This week in music: Blake Shelton, Michael Bublé play St. Paul

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Country music superstar Blake Shelton and pop-jazz crooner Michael Bublé are among the artists rolling into the Minnesota this week for concerts.

Both artists will play the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul: Bublé on Wednesday and Shelton on Thursday.

The Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year and a coach on the NBC reality competition "The Voice," Shelton is currently on the road on his "Ten Times Crazier Tour" along with Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer.

Access Atlanta music critic Melissa Ruggieri raised a glass to Shelton after his Georgia tour stop in Atlanta last month, saying the singer-musician "proved himself an immensely likable talent perfectly coupled with the affable hoist–a-whiskey songs that are his specialty."

Shelton also won over Pittsburgh Post-Gazette critic Claire Aronson last month, who wrote "country music fans were in heaven" during the show.

Shelton played a lot of his older hits, and even for the sake of self-parody attempted a cover of the song "Yeah" by Usher -- his fellow "Voice" judge this past season.

The crowd found the attempt at the cover "hilarious and Shelton stopped after less than a minute."

"I am country singer. I am a hillbilly. What more do you want from me?" Shelton said.

Bublé, meanwhile, rolls into St. Paul on a tour in support of his latest No. 1 release "To Be Loved."

 Chicago Tribune music critic Kevin McKeough says the crooner was a huge crowd=pleaser at the opening of his tour in the Windy City Saturday night.

"A remarkably ingratiating superstar, Bublé waded into the audience to give a fan a birthday hug and invited a couple onstage after seeing them holding a sign asking them to sing at their wedding," McKeough wrote.

Bublé jokingly replied, "I'll sing at your divorce, too," before serenading the couple with the bouncy tune, "Everything."

Also coming in concert this week:

Former Men at Work front man Colin Hay plays the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis Saturday night.

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