Atlantic Records/STXfilmsKelly Clarkson's latest single, "Broken & Beautiful," is from her upcoming animated film UglyDolls, and she says she really loves it, for two reasons.
In a clip posted on People.com, Kelly says, "'Broken & Beautiful' is one of my favorite things I've ever been able to record, one, because Pink wrote it, and I'm a huge Pink fan."
Pink co-wrote the song with two of Ed Sheeran's frequent collaborators -- Steve Mac and Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid -- as well as Christopher Comstock, better known as electronic DJ/producer Marshmello.
As for the second reason she loves the song, Kelly says, "There couldn’t have been a more perfect song written for the whole theme of this movie. And 'broken' meaning, not damaged, 'broken' just meaning everybody’s under construction!”
In the movie, Kelly stars as Moxy, a misfit toy who leads her pals to the town of Perfection, in hopes of getting matched with a child in the real world. But they eventually learn that nobody's perfect, and it's much better to be unique and to love yourself and all your imperfections.
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesAfter cancelling his South African shows due to vocal strain last week, Sam Smith has now been forced to cancel more upcoming performances – including his planned Billboard Music Awards performance next week.
According to a statement posted to his social media, the singer's “medical specialists are requiring him to have further rest.”
“Regrettably this means that he will be unable to perform at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku this weekend or the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas next week,” the statement continues.
“We apologize for the disappointment for those affected, but the primary focus at this time needs to be on Sam’s recovery and health,” it concludes.
Less than an hour into his Cape Town show on April 16, Sam left the stage after straining his voice. He was supposed to play five stops in South Africa in total.
He had been set to perform “Dancing with a Stranger” with Normani at the Billboard Music Awards on May 1, which would have been his first time performing at the ceremony.
Josh LehrerThe hit musical Waitress marks its third anniversary on Broadway this week, and the show’s songwriter, Sara Bareilles, is commemorating the milestone.
“This show that changed my life opened 3 years ago today,” Sara tweeted Wednesday. “I will forever be thankful. It really IS amazing what baking can do. Happy 3rd birthday to our sweet @WaitressMusical.”
In honor of the anniversary, Sara has released the original demo version of the show’s hit ballad, “She Used to be Mine.”
She also shared with Entertainment Weeklyan excerpt of a letter she wrote to director Diane Paulus and musical director Nadia DiGiallonardo after writing her first iteration of the song, which is sung by the main character, Jenna. She's a pregnant waitress who's stuck in a bad marriage, and starts an affair with her OB-GYN. She's also a whiz at baking pies.
“Hello ladies! I am nearing the end of my recording and just wanted to reach out and say I have birthed my first rough idea for Jenna’s ballad,” Sara wrote in her letter.
“This is a super simple song, but it feels like an appropriate approach to Jenna’s moment of reflection of realizing just exactly what’s at stake in her life.”
Sara's letter continued, “It felt like a moment for her to describe herself in her own words, and be brutally honest with herself about who she was and the mistakes that she made. As I said, this is just a rough idea, but I actually really love the simplicity of it. Pleading, heartfelt and raw.”
The show is currently playing on Broadway, on tour and on London’s West End.
Dennis LeupoldAhead of the summer concert season, Live Nation is bringing back its National Concert Week promotion -- and that means super-cheap tickets for you.
Between May 1 and May 7, fans can purchase concert tickets for just $20 each, including fees. There are more than two million tickets available to see 600 artists across 2,800 shows and multiple musical genres, from country, pop and rock to metal, Latin and comedy.
Prior to the official start of the week, there's a 24-hour exclusive T-Mobile pre-sale starting April 30 at 5 a.m. ET.
The general on-sale starts May 1 at 9 a.m. PT through May 7 at 11:59 p.m. PT via NCW.LiveNation.com.
It's worth noting that some of the participating artists aren't going on tour until the fall, but you can buy the cheap tickets now.
Here's a partial list of the participating acts:
Pentatonix Hootie & The Blowfish Backstreet Boys Rob Thomas Jennifer Lopez Bryan Adams Sara Bareilles The Chainsmokers Lukas Graham Train & Goo Goo Dolls Florida Georgia Line Nelly/TLC/Flo Rida New Kids on the Block
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AGWhen he took the stage for a surprise performance with Ariana Grande at Coachella last weekend, Justin Bieber excited fans by teasing that an album was “coming soon.”
But apparently he spoke too soon. A source tells People he won’t actually be releasing new music in the near future.
“Justin is not about to release another album soon. He started working on a new album a while ago before he needed a break,” the source says. “He is now finally excited about making new music again. However, a new album won’t be finished for at least several months.”
Last month, Justin wrote a lengthy Instagram post in which he said new music was taking a backseat to his mental health as he focuses on repairing some “deep rooted issues.”
The source tells People that Justin’s outlook has been steadily improving.
“The amazing thing is that Justin feels motivated to slowly start working on the album,” the insider says. “He didn’t feel like this before. More and more of the happy and positive Justin is starting to emerge.”
When Justin took the stage with Ariana to sing “Sorry,” it was his first time performing on stage in two years. “I had to get my groove back, I had to get my swag back,” he told the crowd.
While we're waiting, you can hear Justin briefly on "Earth," the new charity single from Lil Dicky that features everyone from Katy Perry and Shawn Mendes to Ed Sheeran and Ariana.
Taylor Hill/FilmMagicJust days before her big reveal on April 26, Taylor Swift took the stage at the Time 100 gala in New York Tuesday night.
The singer, who made Time’s 100 Most Influential People list this year, performed a five-song medley of her hits, including “Style,” “Delicate,” “Love Story,” “Shake It Off” and “New Years Day.”
Variety reports she also gave an impromptu speech mid-performance, during which she said she believes she was selected for the Time 100 list because of her songwriting.
“For me, writing, I’ve always known it was the main pillar holding up my career,” she told the crowd. “I’ve always looked at writing as sort of a protective armor, which is weird, cause you’d think writing about your life, that’s usually likened to vulnerability. But, I think that when you write about your life, it gives you the ability to process your life.”
“I use [writing] as a way to justify things that happen to me,” she continued. “Whether they’re good or bad, I like to honor the good times and really process the bad times.”
While Taylor didn’t provide any clues about her next era or what she’ll be revealing on April 26, she did dress in a pastel pink and yellow gown that matches the aesthetic she’s been teasing on social media as of late.
Brynn Cartelli performs on "The Voice"; Tyler Golden/NBCThe Voice on Tuesday announced results from America's votes for the winners of Monday night's Live Cross Battles, finalizing the teams for coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
In this format, the coaches give their singers some potential parting words and then the vote results are announced. Coaches then have a 10-second window to save or steal the losing artist.
Heading into Tuesday night, Blake had one steal left. while John and Kelly had one save each.
Before the winners were announced, season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli made her triumphant return to The Voice to debut her new song, "Grown Young."
Jej Vinson and LB Crew were the first contestants to learn their fates. Host Carson Daly announced America saved the Filipino-American soul singer, Jej. Upon hearing the bad news, LB was gracious, thanking everyone for the "extreme pleasure" of performing on the show.
Next, it was Team Adam's Kendra Checketts vs. Team Legend's Jimmy Mowery. The two held each other as Carson announced that Jimmy would be moving on. Jimmy seemed calm leading up to the results, but said afterward, "I'm gonna go throw up" while embracing his coach.
Kendra was originally a Team Blake member, even sharing during a rehearsal that she has a life-sized cutout of the country star in her home, so it was no wonder Blake used his final steal on her. "Time for Kendra to come home," he declared, to Kendra's elation. Out of saves, Adam could only respond to Blake, "the same home you kicked her out of."
Shawn Sounds of Team Legend is one of the favorites of the competition, in both voice and personality. America's vote saved him over Team Blake singer Karly Moreno, whom Blake complimented for her winning smile and talent.
Then came the results of the battle between two best friends. Team Blake's country singer, Carter Lloyd Horne, defeated Team Legend's Jacob Maxwell, a bittersweet result for both contestants. But before the vote, John reiterated to Jacob that he'd want to "hear a record with your voice on it" and that great things were planned. Those "great things" are still to come because John used his final save to keep Jacob on his team.
Before the result for the battle between Kalvin Jarvis and Julian King, Adam told Kalvin that his Monday night performance was his best job at the most important time. America agreed, saving Kalvin in the final result. John told Julian he had the "mind and heart of an artist" and during his 10-second goodbye, Julian was gracious in defeat, calling his Voice experience "one of the sweetest chapters in my life."
America saved Team Kelly singer Rebecca Howell over Team Legend's Beth Griffith-Manley, a defeat everybody took hard -- except maybe Beth, who promised she wasn't done yet. Kelly hugged them both on stage and told Beth, mid-embrace, "if you ever want to sing with me please tell me," which was met with an immediate "I do!"
Blake told Gyth Rigdon he was already a star before hearing the result of his battle against Team Kelly's Abby Kasch. Indeed, Gyth won the vote but Kelly used her final save, calling Abby's rock & roll/country vibe an important lane for women to occupy in music.
The last result saw the sibling trio The Bundys defeated by Team Blake's country crooner, Andrew Sevener. Kelly lamented running out of saves, but thanked The Bundys for making The Voice history as a trio with their beautiful group harmony.
Here are how the teams look at the end of the Live Cross Battles:
Team Adam: Mari, Domenic Haynes, Betsy Ade and Kalvin Jarvis
Team Blake: Kim Cherry, Oliv Blu, Dexter Roberts, Selkii, Carter Lloyd Horne, Andrew Sevener, Gyth Rigdon and Kendra Checketts
Team John: Maelyn Jarmon, Lisa Ramey, Celia Babini, Jimmy Mowery, Jacob Maxwell and Shawn Sounds
Team Kelly: Matthew Johnson, Presley Tennant, Rod Stokes, Jej Vinson, Rebecca Howell and Abby Kasch
The upcoming animated movie UglyDolls features a voice cast made up of big music stars, including Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull, Bebe Rexha, Nick Jonas and Blake Shelton. They all recorded their parts separately, but they've gotten together for promotional appearances. And according to Pitbull, his run-in with Kelly Clarkson was the pits -- literally.
"I got a chance to interact with her [at CinemaCon] in Las Vegas, which was a lot of fun," Pitbull tells ABC Radio. "I came backstage, I'm congratulating her with everything that she's got going on, and she's doing the same. And she says, 'Pit, wow, you smell good! What you wearing?'"
When Pitbull told Kelly he was wearing his own signature cologne, she made an odd request.
"She said, 'Y'know, I been runnin' and gunnin' so much that I forgot to put on deodorant this morning, do you think I could [use] a little bit?'" Pitbull recalls. "I said, 'Definitely, I got it right there'"
He laughs, "So she took it and she put it under her armpits. And she said, 'I'm gonna tell the whole world that I put Pitbull in my pits!'"
In UglyDolls, Kelly Clarkson is Moxy, a misfit toy who leads her pals -- including UglyDog, played by Pitbull -- to the town of Perfection, in hopes of being matched with a child. But they eventually discover that being yourself is much more important than being perfect.
"It's a perfect time for the perfect message: to let everybody know that perfection does not exist," Pitbull tells ABC Radio. "We're living in a society right now where it's all about trying to have this perfect picture...and you live in a society of followers and likes -- when I think it should be 'leaders' and 'unique.'"
Tuesday, a source has confirmed to ABC Radio that Britney Spears began her current, 30-day stay at a mental health facility of her own free will -- the result of both the emotional strain of her father Jamie's illness, and a necessary adjustment of her psychiatric medication. Now, Britney herself has confirmed it to her fans.
"Hi guys. Just checking in with all of you who are concerned about me," Britney begins a brief video she posted to her Instagram Tuesday night. "All is well. My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately, so I just needed time to deal. But don't worry -- I'll be back very soon."
In a lengthier, written message accompanying the video, Britney provides additional details.
"Wow!!! There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things crazy things being said," Britney writes, in part. "I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me. Don’t believe everything you read and hear."
She goes on to say her former manager, Sam Lutfi, had crafted "these fake emails everywhere" -- apparently referring to reports circulating that she'd been involuntarily committed to the mental health facility, prompting the #FreeBritney hashtag. Britney and her father obtained a restraining order against Lutfi ten years ago, claiming he and others were attempting to gain control of her affairs.
"I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment," Britney writes, closing with, "Your love and dedication is amazing, but what I need right now is a little bit of privacy to deal with all the hard things that life is throwing my way. If you could do that, I would be forever grateful. Love you."
Britney, 37, checked herself into the facility earlier this month. Her father suffered a ruptured colon last November, and Britney canceled her planned Las Vegas residency Domination and all other work commitments as a result.
Photo by Getty ImagesOnce Upon a One More Time, an upcoming jukebox musical based on the songs of Britney Spears, hasn't even opened yet, but the movie rights have already been sold, reports Deadline.
Sony Pictures will bring the story -- a twist on classic fairy tales -- to the big screen. The show itself premieres in Chicago this fall, and will open on Broadway in 2020. Britney and her manager are among the co-producers of the film.
As previously reported, the plot of Once Upon a One More Time concerns fairy tale princesses, including Cinderella and Snow White. When they gather for their book club, a fairy godmother gives them a copy of The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan's landmark 1963 book which is credited with sparking the feminist movement of the '60s and '70s in the U.S.
The exposure to these radical ideas shakes up the women, inspiring them to search for fulfillment in ways that don't involve marrying a prince.
The musical will feature hits like "Toxic," "Lucky," "Oops I Did It Again," "...Baby One More Time" and many more.
Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARASAdele and her husband may have split, but she’s determined to keep things civil for the sake of their six-year-old son Angelo.
“Adele’s son is everything to her. Her whole life revolves around him,” a source tells People.
The insider adds, “I just can’t see her divorce getting messy because she’s so careful when it comes to her son. She’s always five steps ahead in terms of how a decision will affect him.”
Adele has long kept Angelo out of the public eye.
“She takes him to the park or on a hike and to birthday parties for his friends,” another source says. “It’s clear that she tries to create a happy and normal childhood for Angelo.”
The singer announced her split from Simon Konecki last weekend, after seven years together.
"Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly," Adele's rep told ABC Radio in a statement. "As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AGIs *NSYNC planning to reunite without Justin Timberlake?
Following their well-received surprise Coachella performance with Ariana Grande, sources tell Billboard the group and their team are considering “a more prolonged return” as a foursome.
While plans for a comeback are still up in the air, the April 14 performance proved JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone could successfully command the stage without Justin.
“There’s such a hunger now for great pop, for nostalgia,” one industry source tells Billboard. “It’s almost like a warm, comfortable blanket, especially for the generation that grew up with them, who are now moms and dads. The timing is right.”
Brad Wavra, Senior VP of Touring at concert promoters Live Nation, adds, “The four of them would be great. There’s no denying the talent that Justin has, but the four of them together proved it [at Coachella]: the music sounded great, they looked great, the fan response was awesome and I think that that would be the same all across America.”
Wavra thinks that, like the Backstreet Boys, the foursome could find success in Las Vegas or as part of a package tour; another source believes they could easily sell out arena dates, since it's been more than 15 years since fans have heard their hits live.
*NSYNC has officially been "on hiatus" since 2002. The last time all five members of the group performed together was one-off appearance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
Jesse Grant/Getty Images for DisneyAvengers: Endgame had its star-studded premiere Monday night in Hollywood, and one celebrity who made an unlikely appearance was Backstreet Boy AJ McLean. Turns out he's super-tight with the guy who started the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe 10 years ago: Iron Man. Well, Iron Man's real-life alter-ego, anyway.
"Robert Downey [Jr.] has actually become a dear, dear friend of mine," AJ told Entertainment Tonight. "He is one of the sweetest, most talented, most genuine human beings on the planet and he has always been so gracious to hook a brother up [with an invitation]."
It turns out that, "out of all my brothers in the band, I am the most obsessed with Marvel. Obsessed," gushed AJ.
But even though he and RDJ are BFFs, AJ swears he didn't pump him for any spoilers about the super-secretive film.
"I don't ask. I don't want to know. I sometimes won't even watch the actual trailers. I don't want to know nothing," AJ claimed.
The Backstreet Boys will finally wrap up their successful Las Vegas residency on Saturday, and then hit the road for their DNA tour next month. This past Saturday, April 20, marked the group's 26th anniversary.
Avengers: Endgame officially opens on Friday from Marvel which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.
GP/Star Max/GC ImagesForget those #FreeBritney rumors: The singer is not being held against her will at a mental health facility.
A source has confirmed to ABC Radio that the details in a new TMZ report about Britney Spears are accurate. Britney is finishing up a 30-day stay at a mental health facility, and she's there of her own free will. Her presence there is a result of both the emotional strain of her father Jamie's illness, and a necessary adjustment of her medication.
Over time, Britney's medications had become less effective, so her doctors had to work to find a new combination. The singer first had to be weaned off the original medications, a process which needs to be done very carefully.
During the process, Britney became unstable, and was admitted to the facility while the doctors worked to find the right drug combination to get her back on track. They now believe they've found it.
But Britney's dad Jamie did not force her into the facility. While he's her conservator, he doesn't have that legal power, nor does he have the power to force her to take medication.
In fact, TMZ reports that Jamie didn't want Britney to go to the facility because he was afraid it would leak to the media. Britney herself is the one who said she wanted to go.
Meanwhile, the podcast responsible for claiming that Britney's being held against her will is now the subject of multiple complaints, Medium reports.
According to the report, complaints have been made to FBI, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and the State Bar of California regarding the podcast's possible violation of Britney's privacy. The #FreeBritney movement started after the podcast aired communications from a person who claimed to have inside knowledge of the singer's hospitalization.
NBC/dick clark productionsHalsey has lined up not one but two performances at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.
She was previously announced to be joining K-pop sensation BTS for their new collab, “Boy With Luv.” Now, it’s been announced that she’ll also be performing solo, singing her number one hit “Without You.”
Tori Kelly has been added to the lineup as well; she’ll perform with "Tequila" duo Dan Shay. R&B star Ciara will take the stage to debut her single “Thinkin Bout You” for the first time on television.
They’ll join previously announced performers Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle, Jonas Brothers, Khalid, Madonna and Maluma, Panic! at the Disco, and this year’s ICON Award recipient Mariah Carey.
The Billboard Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas May 1 on NBC, with Kelly Clarkson serving as host.
Vincent PetersWhen Kelly Clarkson shared her Easter plans this past weekend, she ran a long list of activities that included doing yoga, going on an Easter egg hunt, opening Easter baskets and painting Easter eggs. But she also casually mentioned that one of those activities involved making new music.
“Yoga, coffee, easter baskets, egg hunt, breakfast with the little kiddos & hubby, & now I’m off to the studio to work on the new album! Happy Easter y’all!!," she tweeted. "Not gonna lie, really excited to paint eggs w/kiddos tonight."
The new album will be the follow-up to Kelly's 2017 release Meaning of Life -- she just wrapped up her tour in support of that disc. As for the fact that she worked on it on Easter Sunday, well...Kelly has to take her free time where she can get it.
“I don’t get many days to actually work on my record,” she tells People magazine. “So yeah, I had to work on Easter. Jesus didn’t mind, he told me.”
Kelly also told People that she refused to let her children believe that the Easter Bunny brought them their baskets.
“Sometimes I’m tired of giving credit to non-existent things. Like I’m very busy, and I took the time to shop at Target and put this all together," she explained. "I did this — no bunny! They got chocolate, so they’re fine.”
Kelly hosts the Billboard Music Awards May 1 on NBC. Her new talk show premieres September 9, also on NBC.
Robert Kamau/GC ImagesTaylor Swift really knows how to whip her fans into a frenzy.
The singer stepped out in New York City Monday wearing what appears to be new merchandise for her TS7 album. She was photographed wearing a pale pink cropped shirt with a floral design and her name written on the sleeve, as well as matching floral shorts. She also had the tips of her hair dyed pink.
The color scheme of Taylor’s outfit seemed to match the girly pastel aesthetic she’s been teasing on Instagram.
Beth Griffith-Manley performs on "The Voice"; Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice continued its new format of competition, the Live Cross Battles, for a second week on Monday night. Coach Blake Shelton has one steal left, and Kelly Clarkson and John Legend both have one save each, to be used during Tuesday's live voting results.
Adam Levine kicked things off by choosing his team member LB Crew, who performed the spiritual "Wade in the Water." He challenged Team Kelly's Jej Vinson, a Filipino-American who covered "Versace on the Floor," a song by his music role model, Bruno Mars.
Afterward, Kelly called it the best cross battle so far and Adam praised LB, telling him he "picked the best possible time to have your best possible performance." Blake and John gave the edge to LB, though, with John finding it appropriate that LB "brought him to church" the day after Easter.
Up next, it was another even match between Team Adam's Kalvin Jarvis and Team Legend's Julian King. Kalvin sang "New Rules," by Dua Lipa, while Julian performed a bilingual version of Adele's "Hello." Kalvin's performance went over well with Adam, who declared him a new frontrunner, while John observed that both male singers "chose to sing ladies from across the pond." Kelly couldn't decide between the two, but made the salient point that this season of The Voice has a particularly strong crop of singers, so winning on the show comes down to song selection and interpretation.
Then came the battle between best friends. Blake picked boyish-looking country singer Carter Lloyd Horne to perform, then challenged John, who matched Carter's handsome looks with his own heartthrob performer, Jacob Maxwell. Carter sang the intense "Way Down We Go," by KALEO, while Jacob went with "You're Still the One," by Shania Twain. Little did the coaches know, the two contestants are close friends.
The singers were paired for battle because of their similar look and style, and admitted afterwards that it was a little disappointing because of the close friendship they forged offscreen. "Little heartbreaking," said Carter about having to battle his best friend.
Kelly picked sibling trio The Bundys to perform next and issued her challenge to "Elmer Fudd," aka Coach Blake. Asked by Kelly if he's scared of The Bundys, Blake laughed it off, saying that "it takes three people to go against" Andrew Sevener.
Kelly complimented The Bundys on their cover of The Box Tops' "The Letter," pointing out how hard it is to do sibling harmony, let alone in a live setting. She also dropped a hint that the song The Bundys rehearsed to sing next in competition is "killer," portending whom she might use her last save on. Blake described Andrew's performance of Travis Tritt's "Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde" as a person "strolling around the stage looking for loose change" and declared that he burned the house down with his voice, a strange analogy that Adam Levine was quick to point out.
Next came the most unique pairing in the Cross Battles. Team Legend's Shawn Sounds, a Houston educator with a powerhouse voice, performed "Lay Me Down," by Sam Smith. John challenged Blake, who chose a singer from the opposite end of the spectrum -- the sunny-voiced Orange County native Karly Moreno. Blake said Karly has a "wtf factor" and called her performance of Marian Hill's "Down" a breath of fresh air. Meanwhile, John heaped praise on Shawn's vocal range, saying that while he loved Shawn's tenor, he had no idea he would sing "down there" in a deep baritone.
Team Adam's last artist of the night was Kendra Checketts, whom he stole from Blake's team. He challenged John again, who chose a singer John originally stole from Team Adam: Jimmy Mowery. John was a big fan of the piercing high notes Jimmy hit during his cover of "Mercy," by Shawn Mendes. But the coaches were captivated by the pain and power in Kendra's performance of "Cold Water," by Justin Bieber, and Blake was sure to remind everyone he was the only coach to turn for her during her blind audition.
With only two artists left on Team Kelly, young country singer Rebecca Howell performed another Shania Twain song, "Any Man of Mine." Her challenger from Team Legend was former Anita Baker background singer Beth Griffith-Manley, who dropped to her knees during her rendition of "I Put a Spell on You," by Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
Afterward, John talked about Beth's ability to move beyond her "polish" after a discussion they had during rehearsal to draw on the song's raw energy of pain. Adam called Rebecca transformation into the show's best country singer "the shock of the season."
The final Cross Battle saw Team Blake's Gyth Rigdon take on Abby Kasch from Team Kelly. Abby sang a lively version of "Cupid's Got a Shotgun," by Carrie Underwood. But it was Gyth who seemed to really impress, using his strong country voice to soothing effect on the mellow "Goodbye Time," by Conway Twitty, a song Blake also covered as a young man. "This guy's going to be in the finale," Blake promised -- the rare point with which Adam agreed.
The Voice returns Tuesday night at a new time, 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Tune in to see voting results for the Monday night Cross Battles.
"Sweet but Psycho," the breakthrough single from Ava Max, is a big hit in the U.S., but before that, it was a big hit all around the world, starting in Sweden. Even so, Ava says it took seeing the song become popular in a bunch of other countries to finally convince her that it was a hit.
"When it went #1 in Sweden, I was like, 'OK this is weird, this is like an anomaly, it's not gonna happen again,'" Ava tells ABC Radio. "And then it went #1 in Finland. Then Norway. Then everywhere else in Europe, and then it reached #1 in Australia."
Ava goes on: "I wasn't believing it at the time, and it took me, like, until [a few months ago] to be like, 'Oh wow, this is really going! People actually know the song!'"
One country where the song's success has been very meaningful to Ava is Albania -- because her parents are Albanian immigrants, just like the parents of DuaLipa, Bebe Rexha and Rita Ora.
"I haven't even gone there yet and I feel the love and support tremendously," Ava says of her parents' homeland, where she still has plenty of family.
As for her family in the U.S., Ava says, "Everyone is super excited because they've seen the struggle of 10 years of [me] wanting to do this and not having the chance or the opportunity, so they're proud and happy...and they're just like, 'Keep going!'"
Ava plans to release her debut album sometime this summer.