Kris Allen, answering questions on Unleashed tonight, said he’s pushing hard to have some new music out by spring or early summer.
Songwriter, David Hodges, answers fan questions on twitter. Hodges plans to write with Kris Allen and may write with Carrie Underwood:
RT @dy7764 @hodgesmusic OK I’ll just come out and ask, are you going to be writing with Kris Allen for his next album? // Affirmative.
RT @hodgesmusic Any session with Carrie? I know you are one of her closer songwriting friends. // maybe so.
Jennifer Hudson tweets that she’s finishing up her “Where You At” Music video, “K . Back now yal! I’m headed back out n the Chicago cold to finish the video , since the storm is over”
New show for former Warner Bros. recording artist, Josiah Lemming. He tweets, “New Show! 2/28 – Los Angeles, CA, all ages, and a sweet little spot called Cacao’s – 11609 Santa Monica Blvd”
Artists & Songwriters come together for the Todd Cerney Benefit Concert
On Monday, February 28, country acts Restless Heart, Steve Holy, Ty Herndon, Bo Bice and Jeff Bates will come together to headline a night of music honoring well known songwriter Todd Cerney, recently diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma.
Todd is a Grammy-nominated songwriter best known for his hits “Ill Still Be Loving You” by Restless Heart, “Good Morning Beautiful” by Steve Holy, and “No Mercy” by Ty Herndon.
Read more at Bo Bice.com
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Adam Lambert Spurs Charity:Water Giving, Breaks Donation Record
Adam Lambert hit the million-album sales mark last year and has broken records with concert attendance. But now he can add another meaningful milestone to his list of accomplishments.
He set a record on his birthday last month by raising $260,000 for charity:water, which brings safe drinking water into developing nations. He had originally asked fans to donate $29,000 in honor of his 29th birthday, a goal they helped reach within hours, reports SFGate.com.
Read more at Huffington Post
Toby Gad & Kelly Clarkson in the Studio!
Kelly confirms on her facebook that she and Toby “cut 2 songs for this record. Hope y’all like them!”
American Idol Season 10 Hopeful, Tim Halperin, builds a Snowman with Green River Ordinance
Tim appears to be friends with GRO, a band that has toured with both Kris Allen and David Cook. Hm.
FOOTBALL STARS AND JORDIN SPARKS BRING GIFT OF HEARING TO 200 CHILDREN DURING STARKEY HEARING FOUNDATION SUPER BOWL MISSION
ARLINGTON, TEXAS (Feb. 4, 2011) /PRNewswire/ — Yesterday, with the help of football legends, recording artists and other celebrity supporters, the Starkey Hearing Foundation delivered the gift of hearing to 200 under-served, hearing-impaired children from the Dallas and Arlington, Texas area in tandem with the 2011 Super Bowl taking place this Sunday, February 6.
The Super Bowl mission, sponsored by the Dallas-based Jones Hearing Centers, featured emcee Justin Osmond, along with special celebrity volunteers to assist with the fittings. Celebrities in attendance included:
Jordin Sparks, official Starkey Hearing Foundation Hearing Ambassador.
Read more at PR Newswire
Steven Tyler Answers Fan Questions (Hilariously)
Steven Tyler Make-A-Wish Story – Touching
Steven Tyler showed he has a heart of gold during an unforgettable “American Idol” moment, but who really knew this wild man rocker had such a sensitive side? The Templeton family did and here’s their story that you’ll only see on Access.
Read more at Access Hollywood
AEROSMITH In The Studio
Most of the members of AEROSMITH spent a few days last week working on songs for a new album with co-writer Marti Frederiksen at a studio in Los Angeles. The only man missing was guitarist Joe Perry, who was unable to join his bandmates for the sessions due to what Billboard.com described as an “unspecified commitment.”
Clay Aiken remains ‘Tried and True’
After much speculation about his sexual orientation, Aiken came out as gay to People magazine in 2008. Ironically, another musician, Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block, came out recently by saying he was never in. Aiken understands that. He disagrees with the notion that a public figure should come out when people expect it.
“There was this misconception that I was not out,” he says. “I was in ‘Spamalot’ and everyone knew, but I don’t necessarily want to sit at a table with strangers and tell them. When you come out, you do it with people you are comfortable with.”
Read more at the GA Voice
Clay Aiken: Out ‘American Idol’ singing star says life is good as he launches ‘Tried & True’ tour
To his throngs of loyal fans, singing star Clay Aiken can do no wrong.
“My mother doesn’t defend me as much on some days,” says Aiken, who debuts his Tried & True concert tour Thursday at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.
Read more at the Miami Herald
Jennifer Lopez’s FAO Schwarz Family Shopping Spree
Closing out their stay in the Big Apple with a family shopping spree, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony ventured over to FAO Schwarz in New York City on Friday (February 4).
The “American Idol” judge was all bundled up as she and her hubby made their way inside the store with two bodyguards carrying their twins, Max and Emme.
See the Photos at Celebrity Gossip
‘American Idol’ Judge Jennifer Lopez to Watch Super Bowl With Obama
Jennifer Lopez has a big Super Bowl date this year: President Barack Obama.
Along with two United States, the American Idol judge and her husband Marc Anthony will be watching the Super Bowl at the White House Sunday.
Lopez tells Extra that she wasn’t sure why she scored an invite. “Maybe that’s why I don’t want to talk about it,” she said. “I don’t even feel like it’s real.”
Also on the White House’s Super Bowl party guest list:
Read more at THR
Jennifer Lopez: Daughter Emme, 2, Sings “Like Shirley Temple”
She’s already sent a handful of singers through to Hollywood Week on American Idol, but newbie judge Jennifer Lopez admits that some of the best female vocals she’s heard can be found at her very own home.
“It’s funny when you listen to her, because…she sings out of pure joy and pleasure,” Lopez, 41, tells Rachael Ray of her 2-year-old daughter, Emme.
“The minute she thinks you’re watching her, she stops,” the proud mom tells Ray during an appearance to air Monday on The Rachael Ray Show. “But she has a beautiful little voice, almost like a little Shirley Temple vibrato type thing.”
Read more at US
Jennifer Lopez on Sirius Satellite
Jennifer Lopez on Rickey Gervais and the GGs
Jennifer Lopez Talks American Idol and Mom’s Jackpot on SiriusXM Hits 1
You can listen to Jennifer’s entire interview HERE.
Jennifer Lopez: American Idol Already Has Frontrunners
Jennifer Lopez won’t name names, but she already has her favorite singers on American Idol.
When asked on SiriusXM radio’s The Morning Mash Up if there was a contestant who appeared to be a frontrunner, Lopez admitted, “I thought that about a few different people. And as we go through the process and I see them perform more and more, it changes. That’s how many good people we have.”
Read more at People
Envelope Music Producers Roundtable: Hitmakers look forward to new year of bigger hits
Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” Cee Lo Green’s “[Forget] You” and B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes” not only proved to be major game changers for the artists performing them, but it put the three hitmakers responsible for crafting the singles (Alex da Kid, Ari Levine of the production trio the Smeezingtons and RedOne) on the map.
After spending a better part of 2010 blanketing airwaves and filling headphones with indelible hooks and melodies, the three are now duking it out for Grammy gold in some hotly contended races.
Watch the Video at the LA Times
The X Factor Judges Still Yet To Agree Deal For UK Series
Bosses on The X Factor are still yet to agree on a deal with any of the judges, despite auditions for the show starting in the next few weeks.
According to The Sun, the ongoing negotiations regarding the US version of the programme have brought this year’s series of the hit ITV show to a standstill.
The futures of judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole are still unclear, as well as that of host Dermot O’Leary, who could be joining the music mogul and Chezza in America.
Read more at MTV UK
‘Glee’: Lea Michele’s Cosmo cover makes moms mad and teenage boys ‘confused and offended’
Lea Michele and her “Glee” co-star Dianna Agron stirred up some controversy when they posed in provocative photos for GQ’s October 2010 issue (Note: Cory Monteith did not stir up controversy, presumably because he’s a dude) and now it looks like Ms. Michele is at it again.
Michele’s March cover of Cosmopolitan features her in a plunging neckline, revealing plenty of skin but not a whole lot of cleavage. Let’s face it… she’s not Sofia Vergara.
Fox News found some moms who are absolutely appalled by the photos. The parents claim that because Michele plays a high school “good girl” on TV, she should uphold that image off-screen as well. No word on whether these parents understand what “acting” means, but we’d imagine they expect Jane Lynch to berate children in the street and Kevin McHale to remain wheelchair-bound at all times when in public.
Read more at Zap2it
All Hat … Some Cattle
The ACMs are six months away from the CMAs. Both are huge platforms for the labels. Prestige of a Grammy, sales push for a performance at the ACMs. All the awards are high-stakes bragging rights and resume material. An artist may not care, but his booking agent sure does. A win can mean bigger money. Can mean you get a chance when, pre-win, you were not on that person’s radar. The Carrie Underwood omission from the ACM Entertainer of the Year slot is not something fans of Carrie wanted. But did others feel good not seeing Carrie in the competition? You bet! Enough said on that … Birds and bees stuff. Some folks are very naïve and some don’t like having the curtain pulled back in the Land of Oz!
The Idol show is rolling along. Ratings are about even to where they were. Fox doing a much better job at promotion. That 23-year-old cowboy was called out by TMZ for something already. He’s too good to be true with the right: hair, hat, clothes, song, mama & daddy, horse and even a former record deal … whoops, maybe he’s not the rookie he seemed to be? Still, John Wayne Schultz. Didn’t sing enough really to hear. I guess Hollywood week will see what he has. No way he survives … or you wouldn’t think. The blonde from Tennessee may have a chance, too. Both may get a deal despite Idol.
Read more at All Access