After weeks of rumors and talks, The Voice finally has officially named Gwen Stefani as its new coach for Season 7. Stepping in for a pregnant Christina Aguilera, the multiplatinum No Doubt singer and solo act will join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who have been on every season of the NBC singing competition show. Not that Stefani will be sitting in the big red chair for consecutive seasons. Aguilera will be back for Season 8, the network also said today. In the meantime, Stefani will be introduced to Voice viewers with a live performance of her 2004 hit “Hollaback Girl” during the May 5 episode. Her fellow new coach, the previously announced Pharrell Williams, will bow on the show that same night. Here’s the release today from NBC:
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The hottest songwriter at the moment, Pharrell Williams (and his signature hat) will join NBC’s singing competition The Voice next season. He replaces original coach CeeLo Green who recently announced his departure. NBC is yet to announce whether fellow original Voice coaches Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine would be back for Season 7. “It’s been a huge year for Pharrell, with recognition for his contribution in the world of music — the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise soundtracks, his Oscar-nominated song Happy and his Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk on the breakout dance hit Get Lucky,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming for NBC Entertainment. “His dominance in record sales in 2014, coupled with his incomparable accomplishments in the world of fashion and design, make him an irresistible addition to The Voice family,” said Paul Telegdy. Singer-songwriter-producer Pharrell was previously an advisor to team Usher on season four of The Voice. He performed the hit single Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke last May on The Voice. Pharrell is the lead vocalist and drummer for the band N.E.R.D. and is a partner in the record production duo the Neptunes.
UPDATE, 4:33 PM: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has done its part to contribute to the wild viral video run of Frozen‘s Best Song Oscar winner “Let It Go”. YouTube is hosting countless versions that are getting millions and millions of hits, and now there’s this one from last night that has Idina Menzel contributing to Fallon’s take featuring kids instruments like the kazoo and toy blocks courtesy of house band The Roots. Check it out:
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The singer-songwriter-producer will sing “Happy,” a song he wrote and produced for Despicable Me 2. It’s a candidate for the Best Song award, along with ”Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, “Let It Go” from Frozen and “The Moon Song” from Her. Williams co-wrote and produced last year’s hit from Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines,” and co-wrote and sang Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” He won seven Grammys last weekend including two for Producer of the Year.
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Well here is an idea that could be very intimidating for other tunes trying to get a foothold in the Oscar race for Best Song this year. Pharrell Williams, who has been on the circuit performing his Academy Award contending song “Happy” from Despicable Me 2, has created what is being billed at the world’s first 24-hour music video to showcase it. Shot over 11 days in L.A entirely on Stedicam (the camera crew estimates they walked over 8 miles each day) more than 400 extras appear in it, including several celebrities and the film’s stars Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove. All of them hand off to one another as the song continues in a loop. Williams appears in the video 24 times, at the top of every hour, and then followed by 14 additional performances in the same hour. Here’s a sample:
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