Monday, December 15, 2014

Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran Others Set for Finale of 'The Voice'

Bruno Mars
Producer-musician Mark Ronson, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter-producer Bruno Mars, British phenomenon Ed Sheeran, Grammy Award and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, the multi-talented Hozier and legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform on the Tuesday, Dec. 16 (8-10 p.m. ET) season finale of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice.”

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars will perform “Uptown Funk” from Ronson’s upcoming album, “Uptown Special.”

Ronson, a Grammy-winning producer, teamed with Mars for “Uptown Funk,” which was released on Nov. 10 and has already climbed to the top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100, making it Ronson’s first track as an artist to break into the top 10. The two developed a close relationship when Ronson worked with Mars on his award-winning album “Unorthodox Jukebox.”

Mars is an 18-time Grammy Award nominee and multi-Grammy winner. At the top of 2014, Mars made NFL history with the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show, which amassed a record-breaking 115.3 million viewers. The critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer and musician has sold more than 130 million singles worldwide and was named Billboard's 2013 Artist of the Year. His current album, “Unorthodox Jukebox” and his debut album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” have a combined certification total of 94x Platinum worldwide. Mars has an impressive catalog of 23 Hot 100 hits.

Sheeran will perform his new single “Thinking Out Loud” from his gold-certified sophomore album, “x” (pronounced multiply), which has gone to #1 in 14 countries around the world, including the U.S. and native U.K. where it’s the biggest and fastest selling album of the year. “Thinking Out Loud” follows back-to-back platinum-certified singles “Sing” and “Don’t,” and is already a chart-topping, international smash whose companion music video has amassed more than 72 million views to date.

At only 23 years old, Sheeran is a six-time Grammy nominee, having just received three more nominations last week — including one for the highly coveted Album of the Year — to go along with previous nods for Best New Artist and Song of the Year. An incredible live performer, Sheeran has sold out countless shows around the world, including a three-night stand at Madison Square Garden and four consecutive nights at London’s O2 Arena. He’s currently in the midst of a worldwide tour in support “x” that will culminate with three sold out shows at London’s Wembley Stadium this summer.

Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will perform with “Voice” artist Damien of Coach Adam Levine’s team. Hudson’s recent album, “JHUD,” was released in September and landed in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. Her recent singles include recently Grammy-nominated “It’s Your World,” featuring R. Kelly; “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” featuring Iggy Azalea; “I Can’t Describe,” produced by Pharrell and featuring TI; and “Walk It Out,” featuring Timbaland. Most recently, Hudson was featured on Gorgon City’s chart topping track, “Go All Night,” off their new album, “Sirens.”

Hozier will perform his wildly popular single “Take Me to the Church.” The Irish singer-songwriter sang with a choral group for three years and toured internationally before “Take Me to the Church” became a worldwide hit. The video for the single went viral, reaching 40 million views, and the song rocketed to #1 in multiple radio formats and is the top global viral track on Spotify for 2014.

Hozier’s eponymous debut album, released in October, entered the Billboard/Soundscan 200 at #2, the second highest charting entry for a new artist in 2014, topping the Rock and Folk Album charts, as well. He received rave reviews for his recent appearance on “Saturday Night Live” and his upcoming sold-out U.S. spring tour is one of most anticipated music tours of the new year.

Rock ’n’ roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd will also perform with “Voice” artist Craig Wayne Boyd from Blake Shelton’s team. Lynyrd Skynyrd defined the southern rock genre in the 1970s and beyond with the legendary hits “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” both included in Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” They have been performing for over 40 years with a catalog of more than 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million worldwide.

Through the season’s opening 11 weeks, “The Voice” ranks as television’s #1 reality series in adults 18-49 and all other key demographics, with its Monday and Tuesday editions combining to average a 4.1 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers overall in “most current” figures from Nielsen Media Research. The Monday edition is the #7 entertainment series on the Big 4 networks so far this season with a 4.2 average in 18-49.

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