1. A response to this, sort of — why The Voice having an MC probably won’t be a game-changer. This is where BBMak comes in, by the way.

    Critics have dubbed this sort of music “the new boring,” but even now, as Adele’s proven, it’s quite lucrative. (This is incidentally part of why country artists are so successful on Idol and its derivatives, because country radio’s far more tolerant of power ballads and soft-rock than top 40–and, stray Jason Aldean tracks aside, mostly free of rap.) The downside to this model, of course, is that it’s increasingly irrelevant to what actually gets on the radio; the show’s song choices are getting more current, but decades-old standards still outnumber tracks that might actually chart.Idol‘s latest change-up? Close-harmony tracks from the late ’50s. You can’t get any less hip-hop than that.

     
  2. NBC’s “The Voice” will add rock legend Stevie Nicks, Pat Monahan (lead singer of Train) and Ryan Tedder (lead singer of OneRepublic) to its star-studded live results show and season finale on Wednesday, June 29 (8-9 p.m. ET).
    — One of these things is NOT LIKE THE OTHERS.
     
  3. TORI AND TAYLOR THOMPSON DON’T ACTUALLY CALL CEE LO GREEN AN IDIOT, NEWS AT FIVE

     
  4. This week’s recap. Vicci on “Drumming Song” = still the mother of missed opportunities! Blake = creepy as hell. 

     
  5. OneRepublic Jesus Take The Wheel Kings of freaking Leon aaaaagh

     
  6. In which The Voice tries to wring drama out of a “couple” conceived, consummated and cleaved in the space of about 15 minutes. Oh, and they sang something too.

     
  7. Idol took precedence over The Voice live-tweeting last night, but nevertheless, I wrote this. It’s not about Lady Gaga, either!