Let This Video Be Your Annual Reminder That Jamie Foxx Has the Voice of a Damn Angel

Normally we wouldn’t support anyone interrupting a late-night bit about adorable dogs wearing sunglasses, but Jamie Foxx gets a pass just this once. The Baby Driver actor surprised James Corden on Thursday night by derailing The Late Late Show to challenge him to one of the show’s epic riff-offs. With some help from The Filharmonic, the two belted out songs like Bruno Mars’s «24K Magic» and Stevie Wonder’s «For Once in My Life,» and nearly came to blows over who deserved to be the winner. Luckily Ansel Elgort popped up out of literally nowhere to calm them down, and proved he’s got some seriously impressive pipes of his own.

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Niia Is the Unassuming Voice of Her Generation

No one knows exactly how many realizations Kylie Jenner had in 2016, but apparently one was that she likes jazz – judging by a video she dropped late last year featuring the music of up-and-coming singer and pianist Niia. With her music school background and an eclectic, understated sound that incorporates Danish pop and 90s soul, Niia is a breath of fresh air – and a left turn for Jenner, known to primarily bump rap and hip-hop in the background of her Snapchats. 

“She picked the song herself,” says Niia (pronounced ny-uh), a glamazonian, pony-tailed 28-year-old rocking all-black threads. “I was like, ‘What?’ [‘Last Night in Los Feliz’] is not a song she would normally choose. Everyone was like, ‘What’s this song?’ and I was like, ‘It’s me!’” 

With the release of her debut album, I, Niia needs less and less of an introduction. Jon Caramanica of the New York Times called the record “majestic,” and a display of “millennial romantic angst.” But Niia never aspired to be the voice of a generation. “When I was little, I was never like, ‘I want to be a big star,’” she admits. “To me, being a singer meant you go to school and then you probably become a music teacher.” 

But music school didn’t go according to plan, and after dropping out, Niia took to L.A. “You can always go back and get your degree – I’ll be that weird old lady with long hair in the vocal major class in a couple years,” jokes the Massachusetts native. “This industry is so youth-oriented and you should take opportunities when they come.”

Despite Niia’s thoughtful, refined delivery in song, she tends to be more off-the-cuff in life, like when she went on tour with Wyclef Jean after appearing on his sugary mid-2000s bop “Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)“. “It all happened way too fast,” she told Vogue.com. But her move to Los Angeles paid off – both professionally and personally. It was there that she met Danish record producer Robin Hannibal – one half of the enigmatic dream-pop duo Rhye – who helped her crystalize her genre-bending sound, beginning on the 2014 EP Generation Blue. Around the time she moved, Niia also began a new relationship – a convergence of events that would inspire the album I, in which, unlike Adele (whose music famously reflects on romances past), Niia sings about her current relationships, flaws and all. “Falling in love is really shitty, to be honest with you, so I focus on the hard parts of falling in love, like being dissatisfied or jealous or insecure.” says the singer. “[But] we’re still together. I think it would be hard to go on tour and sing all these songs if we weren’t.”

With searing tracks like “Constantly Dissatisfied,” the record is, like any so-called angsty millennial, confessional. But, as Niia admits, that’s not in her nature: “I’m talking about things I, one, have never talked about, and two, would definitely not want anyone to know.” For “Sideline,” a song about vying for a lover’s undivided attention, Niia recruited the help of queen of catharsis Jazmine Sullivan. “I was like, if I’m going to lose to another woman, she’s going to have to be the most badass chick, that that’s Jazmine Sullivan,” Niia says of the duet, the inspiration for which wasn’t entirely autobiographical. “I was watching one of those channels where it’s all old videos from the 90s, and ‘The Boy is Mine’ by Monica and Brandy came on, and I was like, what if I do something like a modern day version of the diva duet?”

While she may take cues from previous generations, this jazz singer is anything but behind the times. “I wanted to give the idea [for ‘Sideline’] a more modern flip, because I didn’t really want to battle [Jazmine]. It’s more like we’re on the same team. I want to be a role model for women to band together,” she says. “…And beat up the dude. He’s the asshole, not us.” 

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Celine Dion’s Family Is Just Like Her Voice — Gorgeous and in Perfect Harmony

Celine Dion may be a world-renowned pop star, but she’s also a proud mom. The Canadian singer and her late husband René Angélil are parents to three sons, René-Charles, 16, and 6-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson. Over the years, the boys have grown up right before our eyes as they have accompanied their mother to various events, including her emotional return to the stage after René’s death last year. Aside from their public appearances, Celine has also given us a more candid look at her family life as she documents their sweet moments at home.

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Kelly Clarkson Is Joining “The Voice” And Not “American Idol” 

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Kelly Clarkson was supposedly in talks to make her grand return to American Idol when ABC brings it back from the morgue next year, but there’s been a twist bigger than the one that Ryan Seacrest’s panties get into when his hairstylist uses the wrong kind of pomade. TMZ said that Kelly was making room in her schedule to shoot American Idol, but it turns out that she was making room in her schedule to shoot Idol’s nemesis The Voice. NBC snatching Kelly Clarkson away from ABC is going to lead to the NBC Peacock v. Mickey Mouse bitch fight I’ve been waiting for.

Variety says that Kelly will begin swinging around in that stupid red chair in February 2018 when she becomes a coach alongside Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Kelly will make her debut on season 14 and they haven’t decided who the fourth coach will be. Another American Idol alumni, Jennifer Hudson, will be a coach on season 13 along with Adam, Blake and Miley Cyrus. The Voice people have apparently been asking Kelly to be a coach for a long time but she had to turn them down due to scheduling conflicts. Kelly spit this out about coaching contestants who will probably never become stars and will be lucky to become regulars on the county fair circuit:

“I’m so excited to join ‘The Voice’ at NBC. We’ve gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn’t been right until now. I have always loved appearing on the show as an adviser or performer and established an amazing relationship with the network during my Christmas special. I can’t wait to turn my chair and see the faces of up-and-coming artists and provide them with the help and support they’ve needed to break into the industry. Watch out Shelton, I’m comin’ to win!!”

TMZ says that Kelly was talking to ABC about doing Idol but they couldn’t afford her and so NBC paid up and got her. Kelly’s season of The Voice will probably go head-to-head with American Idol, which premieres around March 2018.

You know that saying, “Don’t forget where you came from”? (Side note: I almost typed “Don’t forget who you came on.” That’s also a good saying to trrrrrry to live by.) Both Kelly and JHud haven’t forgotten where they came from, but they did take a giant shit of betrayal on it by joining its nemesis! I like that disloyal move, though, and it’s the best thing Kelly has done since the cinematic masterpiece From Justin to Kelly.

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Jared Leto’s Voice is Not a Thing

So I was watching that Blade Runner 2049 trailer yesterday, and despite my burning love of the original movie and equally potent hatred for sequels that arrive decades later for seemingly no reason I have to say…I was kinda digging it.

The synth.

The imagery.

The Gosling (he’s got his faults, but that stoic-yet-vulnerable badass shtick of his seems well suited to a Blade Runner movie if you ask me).

Combining all that with the knowledge of the Villeneuve and Fancher of it all meant that, yeah, the trailer was doing its job very well. I was excited. Aroused. Teased. Stoked. Enthused. In short, I was quite fucking enraptured, alright?

Except.

Except for that voice-over.

The trailer opens with an ominous synth blast and the retro hum of a flying car. Then that voice-over intones, ‘Every civilization…’

And then a second’s dramatic pause before it resumes with…something.

Something it took me three tries to hear. I had to move the clip back and replay it three times and then really, really laser-beam focus before I could register that next line.

Because Jared Leto’s voice? It’s nothing.

I can’t think of a better way of putting it. There’s plenty of hate out there—some justifiable, some less so—for Leto, so this is not me adding to that. This is just a cold appraisal of a mystical entity that confuses me.

It’s not just me, right? Jared Leto’s voice—it’s not a thing? Not just in this trailer, but in everything he’s ever been in.

Even on the opening, ‘Every civilization…’ bit of the trailer I was struggling. And that had the hook of being the by-its-very-nature intriguing first line of a trailer.

Actors usually have voices. Their voices act too, often in very distinctive ways.

Harrison Ford swaggers; Ryan Gosling mumbles something that’s probably compelling?; James Earl Jones booms with authority; Cate Blanchett oozes mystique; Sam Elliott narrates; Viola Davis tells you what’s what; Liam Neeson threatens; Frances McDormand is compassion; Catherine Keener condescends; Rosario Dawson makes you want to go along with whatever the hell she might be up to that day; Tommy Lee Jones huh? what d’you say, Tommy?

To a greater or lesser degree, actors have voices. I know that Jared Leto has a voice too. Like, academically, I get that that’s a fact.

But also no.

After finally hearing Leto’s voice in that Blade Runner trailer I did a little experiment: I paused the clip and I firmly tried with all my might to hold his voice in my mind. It was gone again within half a minute. Like trying to trap neutrinos in the palm of your hand it evanesced with apparently zero effort. Attempting to replay his line in my head in his voice just led to the line playing in that version of my own voice that exists in my head. You know the one. The cooler version of what you actually sound like. Then I tried Leto’s line in Harrison Ford’s voice in my head. That worked fine. Of course it did. Because Harrison Ford’s voice is a thing.

I tried others.

Leto’s line in Kevin Corrigan’s voice? Fine.

Leto’s line in Alison Brie’s voice? A-ok.

Leto’s line in Sigourney Weaver’s voice? A-yup.

Shit I managed to hear Leto’s line in my head in Dustin’s voice.

And I don’t have a single fucking clue what Dustin sounds like!

But I bet his voice is a thing.

I went back and replayed the Blade Runner clip again to hear the results of Jared Leto’s voicebox vibrating in his throat; his tongue and his lips forming those vibrations into words I understood. Again I tried to hold it, and again it escaped with nary a trace like a minuscule kitten’s fart. The words remained, but the voice did not. Like the elision of physical states as separate dimensions collide and a momentary cosmic smoothing happens—which is a nonsense sequence of words describing nothing that I’ve just made up, which I bet nonetheless still has a sound that’s more of a thing than Jared Leto’s voice.

Put it this way: I heard it about 20 seconds ago and again it’s gon—oh, no wait, I think I got it!

No, nevermind, that was Dustin’s again.

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13 Reasons Why: You Might Be Taken Aback by Katherine Langford’s Real Voice

Katherine Langford burst onto the scene in a huge way this year thanks to her starring role in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, and for good reason. The 21-year-old actress, who only did one small film before landing the role of Hannah Baker, hails from Perth, Australia (she even did her audition over Skype). But after watching the show and hearing Katherine’s voice over and over again via her 13 tapes and numerous flashbacks from Clay (Dylan Minnette), it’s hard to image her having any other accent than her perfected American one. But the Aussie native, who told POPSUGAR about how much she loved being able to experience «American» high school while filming the show, has an adorable accent. Hear her natural slang in the video above, in which she talks about her love for Dylan.

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