‘X Factor’s’ Melanie Amaro Working With Tricky Stewart, ‘Surprise’ Writers – “X Factor” winner Melanie Amaro has completed four or five songs for her debut album, a mixture of ballads and upbeat pop songs. “Before ‘X Factor,’ I wasn’t recording, just singing in church and at small events. So being in the studio is a brand new world for me,” Amaro told Billboard.com about her Syco/Epic release. Amaro has been working with “X Factor” judge and Epic Records chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Epic A&R chief C. “Tricky” Stewart, who has produced several of the tracks. Amaro would not divulge the names of songwriters who contributed material — she does not write — saying only “I want to keep it a surprise.” Not surprising, though, is that she is recording material from established songwriters. – Read more at Billboard.com
Fantasia Barrino’s Baby Daddy Regrets Split With Wife, Still Pursuing Her & Cheating – Fantasia Barrino just had a baby with boyfriend Antwaun Cook, but RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned the father is having second thoughts and is actively pursuing his estranged wife, Paula Cook. According to a family insider, Antwaun regrets giving up on Paula and their two children and while Paula is very hurt by what he did to their family, she’s not exactly staying away from him either. Paula and Antwaun both ended up at Club RE:Public in Charlotte over the weekend and things got a little cozy between the two,” the source said. – Read more at RadarOnline
EXCLUSIVE: Stefano Langone Learns Spanish on Latina.com! – Stefano Langone is going to be learning Español on Latina.com! Over the next few weeks, the half-Mexican American Idol alum will be using Rosetta Stone to become fluent in the mother tongue, and he’ll be documenting his journey—on video—exclusively for Latina.com readers! Click play on the video below to hear Stefano kick off his video blog! – See the video at Latina.com
David Cook Interview on KCAL9 News 3/6/12
David is running the LA Marathon next week for ABCSquared.
Jennifer Hudson jumps on stage at Lincolnshire show
Jennifer Hudson surprised the crowd on hand for Rachelle Ferrell’s show at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire Saturday when she joined the jazz singer/songwriter on stage for an impromptu duet.
Read more at the Chicago Tribune
Photo Flash: Theatre Memphis Presents CHICAGO – Theatre Memphis will open Broadway’s longest running American musical, Chicago, on the Lohrey Stage March 9, 2012, to run through April 1, 2012. Alexis Grace, (center left) as Roxie Hart and Rob Hanford (center right) as Billy Flynn in the Theatre Memphis production of Chicago, March 9 – April 1, 2012. They are surrounded by the company chorus. – See the Photos at Broadway World
Danny Gokey Eyewear Photo-shoot –
Danny Gokey Eyewear is being released and here is a trailor capturing moments of the Photo-shoot.
Music Empowers Foundation Launches Spring Fundraiser – Kris Allen, Steven Van Zandt, And Others Join Cause – NEW YORK, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Music Empowers Foundation announced today the launch of its latest online fundraiser, “Music Matters.” With a goal of raising $50,000, Music Empowers hopes to continue its mission of helping to bring innovative music education programs to children in underserved communities across the country. The fundraiser kicked off March 1 and will run throughout Music in our Schools Month, ending at midnight on March 31. The Foundation also announced as a special incentive for early donors, the first 200 people to donate $50 or more would receive a special DonorsChoose.org gift card from Music Empowers and Kris Allen. – Read more at Market Watch
Persian Woman Settles Lawsuit Against ‘Shahs of Sunset’ – A Persian woman who filed a lawsuit, claiming she was forced against her will to play the role of a bad girl on the new show “Shahs of Sunset” has settled her beef — but we’ve learned she’s walking away with a big fat nothing. Sources connected with the dispute tell TMZ … under the terms of the confidential settlement, producers have agreed to cut Kathy Salem out of the premiere episode of the Ryan Seacrest-produced show, which airs Sunday on Bravo. – Read more at TMZ
Steven Tyler talks First Aerosmith Single
Steven Tyler told reporter on the Top 13 after-party red carpet that Aerosmith will be contributing a new song to the GI Joe Soundtrack, titled “Legendary Child”. This song will also be the first single from their new album, and the band looks to premiere it on Idol Finale in May. Via AeroFANatic