Download “I Want Your Love” from Anoop Desai’s upcoming project Zero.0 for FREE. Get it HERE. Anoop will be leaking a song a week until Zero.0 drops on March 23. A high fidelity version will be available on iTunes on April 20.

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Season 9 Idol, Aaron Kelly has a new website. Check it out HERE.

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Adam Lambert tweets, “Writing hits w Ryan Tedder! He wrote Sleepwalker…. This guy is one of the greats! And so chill too.”

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Tim Urban performs at the Victoria K and Friends 4th Annual Country Music Festival – Benefit Concert on Saturday March 5 in Hudson FL.

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Jessica Simpson Is a ‘Frontrunner’ to Judge The X Factor

Although buzz about which celebrities could join Simon Cowell’s new show The X Factor is already going strong, a new name has been added to the mix: Jessica Simpson is a frontrunner to become one of the judges alongside Cowell, a show insider tells PEOPLE.

“There [are] loads of conversations happening at the moment,” says the source. “No one has been offered a judging role yet as new names keep coming forward who want the role, but there are some frontrunners and it’s fair to say Jessica is one of them. She’s very keen.”

Is that you, Papa Simpson. LOL. Weren’t there fake reports about her becoming an AI judge?

Read more at People

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Country singer Pickler to headline NCAA festival

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Women’s Final Four basketball tournament will host a free festival headlined by country music star Kellie Pickler.

The former “American Idol” finalist will perform April 2 in the Indianapolis Convention Center along with Indiana native Casey Jamerson, who will perform the same day as part of the “Tourney Town” festivities.

Read more at the Washington Post

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Exclusive: Simon Cowell Bans Idol-Sponsor Coca Cola from X Factor

Simon Cowell, 51, didn’t just quit American Idol. Sources tell UsMagazine.com the acid-tongued Brit also dumped one of the show’s biggest advertisers, Coca Cola.

With Pepsi signing on as the official sponsor of Cowell’s upcoming talent contest, The X Factor, he has gone to extreme lengths to show his new allegiance. “Simon has had his staff and housekeeps clear out all the Coca Cola products in his homes and offices to make way for Pepsi,” says a source close to the star.

Read more at US

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Simon Cowell ‘couldn’t care less’ what Steven Tyler says about him

According to The Mirror in England, Tyler said: “I think one of the biggest problems was Simon hurt people. His comments were nasty. It was too much. I’ve tried to be myself and be different to Simon. If people like it, then that’s great.”

Cowell, in Los Angeles preparing for opening auditions of The X Factor there on March 27, feigned hurt when asked about Tyler’s comments: “Poor Simon.” Reverting to form, he then said, “I couldn’t care less.”

Read more at USA Today

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Cee Lo Green Didn’t Shun The X Factor

Last month, UK’s Daily Mail reported that singer Cee Lo Green, 36, turned down a gig on Simon Cowell’s new talent contest, The X Factor, but a rep for the show tells UsMagazine.com that’s not the case.

“A meeting with Cee Lo did take place and the show was discussed, but he was never offered a role,” says the rep.

Read more at US

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South By Southwest: Join Idolator At Our Pray For Pop Party!

We’re headed to Texas, y’all! Idolator and BuzzMedia will be two-stepping to Austin later this month to join up with the music faithful at South By Southwest, Austin’s annual movie, music and tech fest. Idolator’s official Pray For Pop party goes down from 2-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 at The PureVolume House on 5th and Trinity Street.

And what’s a party without some live music? We’re tickled pink to announce the exciting and eclectic mix of artists on our lineup: Circus performer turned singer-songwriter Neon Hitch; quirky British songbird Eliza Doolittle; suave R&B crooner Miguel; lovely Danish electro-pop darling Oh Land; and American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox (though she’s totally the winner of Season 9 in our book).

Read more at Idolator

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Carrie Underwood poses with the MDA Goodwill Ambassador, “Abbey’s recruiting more MDA Muscle Team superstars! Here she is with Grammy winner Carrie Underwood.”

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CRS 2011 Photos: UMG, Big Machine, Sony Music Nashville

In an unofficial kick-off to CRS 2011 last night, RCA Nashville artist Jake Owen and BNA Records newcomer Casey James performed new music from their forthcoming albums for a crowd of country radio programmers and music industry guests at Margaritaville. This will be the third studio album for Jake and debut album for Casey—both set to release later this year. Pictured (L-R): RCA Nashville VP National Promotion Keith Gale, Sony Music Nashville Senior VP Promotion Skip Bishop, Academy of Country Music CEO Bob Romeo, Owen, Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Gary Overton, James, BNA Records VP National Promotion Bryan Frasher.

See the Photo at Music Row

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Jennifer Hudson’s Beverly Hills Baby

Jennifer Hudson takes her son David Otunga Jr. along with her as she goes shopping with her friends on Monday (February 28) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

At the 2011 Oscars, the 29-year-old singer was asked about her tangerine Atelier Versace dress. “As soon as I walked in, I said, ‘That’s my dress,’” she said.

See the photos at Just Jared

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Blake Lewis Behind The Scenes Of DJ’s Dan’s “Operator” Video

More at Yahoo Music

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Sony Corp. president Sir Howard Stringer officially announces what had been rumored for months: Morris will replace Sony Music chairman Rolf Schmidt-Holtz.

A staff-wide memo from Sony Corporation president Sir Howard Stringer confirms what had been rumored for months: Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris is heading to Sony Music as Chief Executive Officer. He replaces outgoing chairman Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, who will depart the company at the end of his contract on March 31. Morris will start on July 1.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

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First Look at Ryan’s New Reality Show “The Dance Scene” Starring Laurieann Gibson [VIDEO]

“The Dance Scene” premieres on Sunday, April 10 at 10:30/9:30c on E!

From RyanSeacrest.com

 
  • Miss Blue

    One word – Cher.

    As in the real Cher. The American Cher. Cher – the Legend.

    Simon, you want ratings? You want drama? You want humor? GIVE CHER A CALL.

    Jessice Simpson – not so much.

  • FREIDAG

    I just read that Adam won Best Foreign Modern Pop-Rock Album at the Fonograms?

    Does anyone know what these are?

    Love Adam and Anoop’s tweet exchange:

    adamlambert: @AnoopDoggDesai is ready to drop his tracks!!! Check this out: http://tinyurl.com/anoopzero

    AnoopDoggDesai: @adamlambert thanks homie!

  • milwlovesadam

    Oh that Adam, he wins everything outside the states! When will he start winning here? Love the loyalty and friendships those Idols have for each other. Go Anoop!

  • CindyM

    Another international award for Adam:

    Adam won the Fonograph award, the Hungarian Music Association Award for Best International Modern Pop Rock Album of the Year in their ceremonies today.

    Google translate of their award page:

    http://bit.ly/fGHg0z

    He was competing against Shakira, Alicia Keyes, Linkin Park and Jamiroquai

    Congrats Adam!!

  • 1952
  • FREIDAG

    I love tweeting Adam!

    Another one:

    adamlambert: Writing hits w Ryan Tedder! He wrote Sleepwalker…. This guy is one of the greats! And so chill too.

    Edit: And with one tweet Sleepwalker is trending on Twitter worldwide. LOL!

  • JazzRocks

    Glad they’re writing HITS! :)

  • glamertitis

    Why would anyone want Cher to be on their reality show? She is a self absorbed diva of epic proportions. She thinks she is American royalty and all should bow down to her… ugh

    And how would Jessica Simpson have time? If she isn’t already, she is very close to being a billionaire from her clothing line company. Yes, this ex-reality show “personality”, is now a billionaire.

  • CindyM

    glamertitis:
    03/02/2011 at 6:21 pm
    And how would Jessica Simpson have time? If she isn’t already, she is very close to being a billionaire from her clothing line company. Yes, this ex-reality show “personality”, is now a billionaire

    Jessica Simpson isn’t a billionaire, her estimated net worth is ONLY $100 Million (ONLY lol). Her clothing line has had $750M in sales, that’s not net profit and she only gets a portion of that.

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/12/07/jessica-simpsons-clothing-line-expected-make-history-billion-sales/

  • lovingadam

    Sleepwalker is trending worldwide!

    RCAPromo What do the #Glamberts think of the possibility of @AdamLambert & Ryan Tedder working together again?
    about 3 hours ago via web

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Congrats adam!!!!

    THRILLED for ryan and adam to be writing together! I FLOVE SW!!! lol im gonna DIE when adam 2 comes out XD ( as long as he doesnt name it for your entertianment 2.0 or something like justin bieber did, that was stupid lol)

  • Eriko

    1952

    Crystal interview

    More than an interview, great video and performance…thanks for the link

    Where is part 2/2 ?

  • abbysee

    As in the real Cher. The American Cher. Cher – the Legend.

    Why would anyone want Cher to be on their reality show? She is a self absorbed diva of epic proportions. She thinks she is American royalty and all should bow down to her… ugh

    Well Simon thinks he’s British royalty, so Cher being American royalty might work out fine. I think it’s an excellent idea, and have never thought of Cher as self absorbed. Diva, hell yeah, but with a hit in at least the last 6 decades, she sorta earned that shit.

  • mmb

    Cher>>>>>>>>>>> Jessica. Trust me on this

  • 1952

    Eriko .. that’s all I saw. One of the VI’s posted it on twitter

  • sylvanaire

    Has any video shown up of Casey James’ gig last night? Was hoping for a bit of new music from him.

  • TexasWannaHoldEm

    Ryan Tedder + Adam Lambert = @#$%$#@%^&*(*&^%$%&^( & :) :) :) !!!

    P.S. I flove Cher.

  • Indigobunting

    Oh Simon, is that the best you can do??!!

  • milwlovesadam

    Texas: LOL. Me likey Cher too.

  • TexasWannaHoldEm

    Haha, I might even watch a program with Simon on it if it included
    Cher :)

  • prd9601

    Jessica Simpson? That is almost as bad as Kim K’s new song!

  • milwlovesadam

    Well, Jessica is of the “Oops,my boobs are falling out of my shirt, ditzy blonde category.” Maybe that’s what Simon wants.

  • luly

    Great that Adam is working with Ryan Tedder again :).

  • claudette

    I don’t know any group of people who love her and her Dad. What is he thinking? Paula appeared truly ditzy. Everyone is going to see Jessica’s ditziness as fake and plea for attention.

  • GreenHippo

    Simon wants Drama on X-Factor, Charlie Sheen is abvailable :mrgreen:

    I don’t get it, what is this “Dance Scene” all about? Anyone?

  • luci

    Just heard Colton and Jacee are going to be on Ellen Tomorrow. So excited.

  • tripp_ncwy
  • BootStar

    Has any video shown up of Casey James’ gig last night? Was hoping for a bit of new music from him.

    sylvanaire, sounds like since it was all folks “in the biz” nobody was capturing anything on video, but there should be lots of video when he opens for Sugarland on Friday. Sounds like he performed all new songs last night though and was playing with a couple of session musicians who used to play with John Mayer. Casey had to have been stoked about that.

    Has there ever been an announcement about Casey’s management? Do we know who that is yet?

  • Niall

    If Cher’s a diva she’s earned the right to be. The woman is an American music, tv, and movie legend. Personally I’ve always found her to be intelligent and self-depreciating. I’d love to see her on X Factor. She’d probably be one of the few people they could hire who could get me to tune into that show.

  • dcglam

    P.S. I flove Cher.

    Count me in on team Cher — BIG TIME!!

  • bridgette12

    Love that Adam is working with Tedder. Sleepwalker was great and I hope with these two guys working together, they will create a few hit songs.

  • steph6449
    Has any video shown up of Casey James’ gig last night? Was hoping for a bit of new music from him.

    sylvanaire, sounds like since it was all folks “in the biz” nobody was capturing anything on video, but there should be lots of video when he opens for Sugarland on Friday. Sounds like he performed all new songs last night though and was playing with a couple of session musicians who used to play with John Mayer. Casey had to have been stoked about that.

    Last year some video snippets of Danny’s CRS performance did eventually show up on some of the country media sites.

    One was Nashville Country Club that had a montage of performers across a variety of the CRS 2010 events. Might be worth keeping an eye on for the CJ fans. Believe a photo gallery also showed up eventually at GAC or CMT online.

  • GreatAdamFan

    Yay to Adam finally tweeted about working on his new album with Ryan Tedder! Was wondering how long he had wanted to keep us fans from the suspense after having been spotted in Denver the last couple of days lol! :)

  • tuti

    why i feel adam is tuning down hes music style?i still miss rock adam with hes cool style,now hes changing,hes turning too classic i dont like it,i hope 2album be better than1album that didint sale much.

  • girlygirl

    thedavidcook
    Regarding tomorrow’s surprise, be sure to check out http://www.davidcookofficial.com tomorrow morning for information. Hope you guys enjoy!
    1 minute ago

  • tuti

    i hate steven tyler and jlopez as judge they too nice not honest as simon and randy.

  • Trina

    RCA also tweeted to watch DCO in the morning. I feel a squee coming!

    eta: Neal and Andrew RT’ed the tweet. IMO something big is happening..

  • ms0712

    Byroncooke

    Its official : @adamlambert “Sleepwalker” will be released as a single in Australia! Ill be playing it this weekend on RADAR NEW HITS 9 minutes ago via web

  • CindyM

    tuti:
    03/02/2011 at 8:16 pm

    why i feel adam is tuning down hes music style?i still miss rock adam with hes cool style,now hes changing,hes turning too classic i dont like it,i hope 2album be better than1album that didint sale much.

    Hey tuti, you might want to take a gander at James Durbin from AI this year. He sang Judas Priest last night. Might be more your style. That way you can quell your disappointment. :)

  • Keel

    Something tells me the surprise from Cook isn’t just an appearance on Entertainment Tonight. *still trying to manage expectations*

  • Incipit

    Keel & Trina, something tells me you are correct. The preponderance of evidence & logical deduction, for one thing. And also. I’m freaking ready to stop pretending to be patient!

    *snerk*@Myself.

  • Indigobunting

    Danny is auctioning off a bunch of his glasses for charity- both Sophias Heart and also to benefit WI Vision “Clear Vision” program Danny and WI Vision are partnering in (free eye exams for disadvantaged kids and free frames that people donate).

    His first pair went up tonight. Bidding is up to $420 if anyone wants a pair of Gucci frames. There will be plenty more pairs to come, I have a feeling.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Glasses-worn-Danny-Gokey-American-Idol-/320665494215

  • jumpstart

    Something tells me the surprise from Cook isn’t just an appearance on Entertainment Tonight. *still trying to manage expectations*

    *crossing fingers* I’m not going to get any sleep tonight.

  • BootStar

    Last year some video snippets of Danny’s CRS performance did eventually show up on some of the country media sites.

    One was Nashville Country Club that had a montage of performers across a variety of the CRS 2010 events. Might be worth keeping an eye on for the CJ fans. Believe a photo gallery also showed up eventually at GAC or CMT online.

    Thanks, steph6449! I’m trusting Shari Gellar to do the heavy lifting. She’s amazing at finding all this stuff.

    Oh, man. I hope the Cook “news” is worth all the angsting. It HAS to be the boot song, no? WTF else could it be?

  • tuti

    sorry,james not my type,he can sing,good for him.hes style and clown performence not my type but he can rock.

    im saying be cause adam rockout on AI but when he perform he tune it down thats i dont like about him.

    thanks for new song choices they bring to the show that he rocked judas priest.if they have this song choices on other season im sure daughtry and adam could rockout too.

  • wordnerdarchie

    My prediction for what the news being posted tomorrow on DCO is: album drop date along with mention of first single and details of the boot song on Idol. I’m dreaming big. ;)

  • cookmerized

    wordnerdarchie – if you don’t dream big, what’s the use of dreaming.

    what time does morning officially happen on DCO? Cause morning in my cookie land happens when the clock strikes midnight.

  • lucysfave

    Danny is auctioning off a bunch of his glasses for charity

    Indigobunting, Danny seems to be taking your advice from a few days ago—less hair product! He does have a lot of hair and he’s wearing it longer! Good pic.

    I must be failing as a Danny fan, I can’t remember the song that those glasses are from. I remember he wore them out on tour, too.

  • Trina

    If it is the boot song then RCA would be nuts NOT to tie in news about a single or album drop date. But does TV Squad have inside info? At the end of their recap tonight they mention he’s performing tomorrow night..?

  • girlygirl

    for what it’s worth, this site claims David will be performing on Idol tomorrow

    http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/02/idol-news-beat-lady-gaga-to-perform-also-lee-dewyze-plus-t/

  • girlygirl

    here is the set list for Kris’ performance at the DC gala yesterday

    lizbiz8
    @jazzyritz Man in the Mirror, LLWD, Stuck in a Moment
    1 hour ago

  • tierbee

    How the hell am I supposed to concentrate on my transcription work when I’m waiting for this mysterious Cookie treat? C’mon now.

  • tierbee

    Oh, BTW, totally random but my sister can’t go with me to the Street Corner Symphony show on Saturday night (in Reston, VA) so if anyone wants to go and needs a ticket… it’s sold out. You don’t have to hang out with me, either, lol. I just hate to waste a ticket!

  • cookmerized

    you and me both, tierbee, minus the transcription work. isn’t it morning already?

  • Keel

    My prediction for what the news being posted tomorrow on DCO is: album drop date along with mention of first single and details of the boot song on Idol. I’m dreaming big.

    I’m choosing to believe you are Nostradamus and all your predictions will come true.

    . . . wanna take a gander at the title of that first single? ;)

  • http://flamingnose.blogspot.com Scott

    girlygirl:
    03/03/2011 at 12:47 am
    for what it’s worth, this site claims David will be performing on Idol tomorrow

    http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/02/idol-news-beat-lady-gaga-to-perform-also-lee-dewyze-plus-t/

    I am convinced this blogger took information about David having a song on Idol (maybe the boot song, or something other than that) and misconstrued that as him performing. I highly doubt David is set to perform live. First of all, most of his band is out of town, temporarily touring with another band. David would have to be coming on to do some acoustic song. I don’t buy it, even as a charity single.

    Second, David was very clear. He said we will “hear” his surprise (that he already recorded) on TV and several tweets followed about a new DC song being mixed – after the album went to post-production.

    I never believed ET was the “extra treat.” ET is a videotaped segment and was set up by 19/RCA as part of the roll out (promotion). David was plugging his “treat” on a radio show the other day – he would not, IMO, give some plug to an ET segment, much less call it some treat he recorded.

    I think several things are coming together tomorrow. A synergy of promotion and information to be released. Can’t wait to hear all the news.

    And snoozefest? Hmmmmmfp!

  • sma11ie

    And snoozefest? Hmmmmmfp!

    For what it’s worth, I’m pretty sure I saw the original, un-updated version of that article with Lee Dewyze as the performer for the show (notice his photo is still on the page!) and the “snoozefest” comment was already there. Granted, the writer could’ve edited that out when she changed it to David (for the record, I agree with you that she’s jumping to conclusions as well- don’t think he’s performing), but it appears the original comment was intended for Lee and Jlo. Not editing may or may not mean she thinks David’s a snoozefest as well, but evidence points to this person being a lazy reporter (not fact-checking or confirming announcements, it seems?), and I can’t expect a lazy reporter to be bothered to make the strenuous effort to change a whole sentence and some lame transition/set-up about the Gaga-on-AI news, or whatever.

  • wordnerdarchie

    LOL!

    . . . wanna take a gander at the title of that first single?

    Before the Busch Garden’s concert I had an entry in “first single” contest of Paper Heart. Then came the “treat” at BG. But I’m not feeling that one now.

    Hmmmm. “Goodbye to the Girl”?

  • cheese

    Boot song revealed! (and available for free if you pre-order David’s album starting today!) HollywoodReporter says it will be played on the show next week.

    http://bit.ly/fEnvOZ

    Now we Cook fans can wonder if the Tedder-cowritten “The Last Goodbye” is the first single.

  • Trina

    OMGOMGGG!!11!

    Jeeessus that picture!

    ETA: Ryan’s name is still being dropped a lot lately. Still betting on a Tedder first single.

  • luly

    Great that David is doing the boot song :).

  • ibhde10

    Thrilled he got the boot song, sads that it is a cover and such an iconic song at that.

  • tierbee

    Yayyy! Boot song! Album preorder! Plus I get to see Street Corner Symphony on Saturday? I love this week, lol. :)

  • mmb

    I love that simple minds song!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to hear Cook’s version

    And shockingly supersmart marketing by 19/ RCA. 1) cook is a popular ai winner but has been off the public radar for a while. Smart to give him a well known cover that will be heard weekly to remind them howuch they like him, 2) give the existing fanbase even more incentive to preorder by giving them the free download. Looks like they are being smart about his rollout

  • tripp_ncwy

    here is the set list for Kris’ performance at the DC gala yesterday

    lizbiz8
    @jazzyritz Man in the Mirror, LLWD, Stuck in a Moment
    1 hour ago

    There was also a group song My Wish.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    And shockingly supersmart marketing by 19/ RCA. 1) cook is a popular ai winner but has been off the public radar for a while. Smart to give him a well known cover that will be heard weekly to remind them howuch they like him, 2) give the existing fanbase even more incentive to preorder by giving them the free download. Looks like they are being smart about his rollout.

    This will give David some weekly promotion and give 19/RCA an idea of how many avid fans are still out there for David, which will help them plan the promotion of his album.

  • Planet Fierce

    thanks for new song choices they bring to the show that he rocked judas priest.if they have this song choices on other season im sure daughtry and adam could rockout too.

    Adam was the first one to sing a Led Zeppelin song on American Idol, if you recall. And he has increased his fan base via “Whole lotta Love” with his unbelievable rendition(s) of that song. Both Daughtry and Adam rocked out on the AI show a lot…I don’t understand your complaint I guess.

  • tripp_ncwy

    moved

  • ms0712

    Adam was the first one to sing a Led Zeppelin song on American Idol, if you recall. And he has increased his fan base via “Whole lotta Love” with his unbelievable rendition(s) of that song. Both Daughtry and Adam rocked out on the AI show a lot…I don’t understand your complaint I guess.

    Planet Fierce, I don’t understand, either. I think, tuti is Adam’s fan but her/his posts most of the time are the things she/he does not like about Adam. Very confusing, indeed.