Lauren Alaina opens for Jason Aldean on his national wide tour. The tour begins at the BiLo Center in Greenville, SC tonight.
Jennifer Hudson, Amber Riley Nominated for NAACP Image Awards – Amber Riley was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Glee. Jennifer Hudson for Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Music Video for “Where You At”, Outstanding Album for “I Remember Me”. See the full list at The Hollywood Reporter
Steven Tyler to perform national anthem – FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler will perform the national anthem for Sunday’s AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium, Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced today. Tyler and Aerosmith have strong Boston ties, and according to Kraft, Tyler “has been a loyal, good Pats fan.” – Read more at ESPN
Jennifer Lopez Talks Marc Anthony Breakup: We’re Like Sonny & Cher After the Divorce – If Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s split is messy, they sure have been doing a good job of hiding it while filming their new television series, ¡Q’Viva! The Chosen. In fact, you wouldn’t even know they were no longer together in the premiere episode until…they are asked about it by a producer during a scene in the show. Lopez smiles and says it’s “very Sonny & Cher after the divorce.” – Read more at EOnline
Hollywood War of the Wages – Lopez may be winning the ratings war but Cowell is winning the war of the wages. The music executive earned $90 million last year thanks to The X Factor, which he owns a share of, and his record label, Syco. Lopez earned $25 million. Most of that came from Idol but she also has several movies coming out and a new clothing line. Read more at Forbes
So You Think You Can Dance alum, Alex Wong announces via twitter, “Have some exciting news to announce! I will be in the Broadway Original cast of Newsies opening in March! :D Broadway debut!”
‘American Idol’ Castoff Stealing Ryan Seacrest’s Identity … For Money – Shaun didn’t make it to Hollywood (his audition was … less than stellar) … but he’s unfazed — telling us, he got such a positive reaction from his Ryan Seacrest impression on Wednesday night’s show, he has decided to pursue a career as a Seacrest impersonator.
Shaun tells us, he has already booked a gig with a local radio station to do his Ryan act — and is currently reaching out to as many people as possible to get his new career off the ground … friends, managers, agents. His ultimate goal — Shaun says he wants to host parties, shows, you name it … all doing the Seacrest thing. Way to aim high. – Read more at TMZ
Adam Lambert: ‘Better Than I Know Myself’ Video Still – Exclusive – Check out this exclusive still from Adam Lambert‘s upcoming video for his new single “Better Than I Know Myself”! The song is off the 29-year-old singer’s second studio album, Trespassing, which is due in stores on March 20 – See the photo at Just Jared
‘American Idol’ Showcases Generational Shift That Marketers Must Be Wary Of – But what is so fascinating – and why we should care about this show – are the changes in contestants’ attitudes as season after season has bridged the time from economic gluttony to the economic gutter many find themselves in today. As a direct result of this recession, Generation Y isn’t what conventional wisdom and demographers alike first thought: it isn’t one big giant mass of 80 million kids. Instead, it is two very different, very unique cohorts – Generation Y and what I call Generation Green – both about the same size but growing up in very different environs. American Idol is a window into these two groups and the impact they have on the American marketplace. Read more at Forbes Magazine
Kellie Pickler stands on tradition – On Kellie Pickler’s eighth birthday, her dad was in jail, the same place he spent much of her childhood. But Clyde Pickler didn’t let the day go unrecognized. He worked odd jobs in the facility and saved up enough money to give his young daughter a choice: She could have a television for her room or a radio. For Pickler, the decision was easy, and it changed her life. – Read more at the Tennessean
Singer Tim Urban giving Torrington High School benefit a boost – TORRINGTON — Tim Urban, a 2010 American Idol contestant, will give a benefit show at Torrington High School Saturday night (Jan. 21) to raise money for the high school senior prom. The benefit starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door. Before his foray into the American Idol challenge, Urban performed at coffeehouses and cafes in his native Texas, and released his own CD of original music in 2008. That all took place a full two years before his Idol experience. Despite his prior experience performing, Urban said he learned so much more from Idol. – Read more at the Register Citizen
Jennifer Lopez Slammed In Anti-Nuclear Iran Fiat Parody Video (EXCLUSIVE) – After writing Jennifer Lopez an open letter, asking her to renounce her endorsement relationship with Fiat — a company accused of supporting Iran’s ballistic missile transportation — United Against Nuclear Iran has now released a parody video, further vocalizing the singer’s involvement with the company. The video, given exclusively to The Huffington Post, shows Lopez’s Fiat commercial spot, in which she is driving through her born-and-raised Bronx, spliced with images of violence at the hands of the Iranian regime. Mirroring the smooth-talking Lopez in her joy ride spot, the parody features a similar voice-over with a very different sentiment. – Huffington Post
Louis Van Amstel talks about his ‘Dancing With the Stars’ future and new line of workout DVDs – EW caught up with Dancing With the Stars pro Louis Van Amstel, who’s on tour to promote his lifestyle brand (and just-released 5-disc workout DVD set) called LaBlast Fitness. Louis (pictured with Kelly Osbourne during season 9) didn’t compete on ABC’s dance hit last fall, but don’t worry — he’s on contract for five more years. “I’m liking the balance of having one season on, one season off,” he said. “But I’m ready to be back on. So far I have walked out with all the partners I’ve had as good friends — some of them were a little crazy of course, but it’s such a nice journey.”b8f7-64e4d90ec0e0.html#ixzz1k0qYLj92 – Read more at Entertainment Weekly