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The lights dimmed around 8:20pm, an orchestral intro commenced, and red spotlights began flashing around the multi-level stage, as Muse officially kicked off the first of their three-night stint in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (Jan. 23) at the Staples Center.
The dust has barely settled on Cassadee Pope's big win on "The Voice" last month, but with big changes in store for the show's fourth season -- most notably the addition of two new coaches -- it's never too early to look ahead. Billboard recently attended a press conference with those newbies, Usher and Shakira, as well as mainstays Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.