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Glee’s Mark Salling (Puck) pushes back his album release date back. He tweets, “work load has been crazy, pushing my album release from 10/12 to 10/26. can’t wait for you to hear”
UPDATE: Matt’s big news is a sponsorship deal with Yamaha Piano. Also, Matt says he’ll be appearing on Idol next year. He performed “Thank You”. I’ll post video if it surfaces. Matt tweets, “It’s OFFICIAL I’m exclusively endorsed by YAMAHA!!”
Album Sales Hit Low Mark For Third Time This Year
For the third time this year, weekly album sales have dipped under the 5 million mark, and this week established the latest low watermark for that measure in the history of Nielsen SoundScan.
Album sales for the week ending Sept. 12 were 4.83 million, which is down from the previous low of 4.95, set for the week ending Aug. 15. And that was down from the 4.98 million for the week ending May 30, the first ever dip under the 5 million mark for weekly album sales.
Read more at Billboard.com
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Kellie Pickler Trying to ‘Jump into Wedding Mode’
“I’m in the middle of working on an album and on the Rascal Flatts tour, so trying to juggle that and plan a wedding has been a challenge,” she said Tuesday at the ASCAP Awards in Nashville. “I think once the record gets finished I can jump into wedding mode.”
As for getting into tip-top shape, the bride-to-be seems to already have that part down. Down two dress sizes since the CMT Awards in June, Pickler credits a change in eating habits and cutting out “a lot of junk.”
Read more at People
‘Entertainer of the Year’ Jennifer Hudson Headlines the Women’s Association of NJPAC’s Spotlight Gala, October 2, 2010
NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winner, American Idol superstar and Soul Train’s ‘Entertainer of the Year,’ Jennifer Hudson brings her soaring vocals to the Women’s Association of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s annual Spotlight Gala, the largest and most eagerly anticipated nonprofit fundraising event in the State of New Jersey, on Saturday, October 2, 2010. New this year, there are multiple ways for patrons to take part in the festivities at various prices, starting at $35, including two special party packages and performance-only tickets. The gala takes place throughout the Arts Center and in a 300-square-foot heated tent.
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New Jennifer Hudson Weight Watchers Ad ‘I Can’
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Jennifer Hudson: ‘I Lost 20 More Pounds!’
Since she revealed her amazing body transformation in April, Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson has lost an additional 20 lbs. “I didn’t expect to go as far as I did!” the Weight Watchers spokesperson told PEOPLE in New York City, where she launched the Lose for Good campaign, which teaches families how to prepare healthy low-cost meals in an effort to help fight hunger and obesity. “People are like, ‘Okay Jennifer don’t lose anything else!’”
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Diana Degarmo as Doralee Rhodes
Diana will sing with her Idol, Dolly Parton at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday.
Chris Sligh Rises Above His ‘Broken’ World
The Boot recently sat down with Chris at his record-label offices, to chat about his new album, ‘The Anatomy of Broken,’ being on ‘A.I.,’ impending fatherhood (his baby girl is due next month!) and writing a Rascal Flatts smash.
Read the interview at The Boot
Idol winner comes to Paramount
Think you remember Taylor Hicks, the salt-and-pepper-haired, happy-go-lucky Alabama boy who won the 2006 American Idol?
Well, you might need to think again.
“You have to create a character to imprint yourself on the brains of people who watch the show,” Taylor explained to me when we talked about expectations for his Saturday night show at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre. “American Idol was more character-oriented than if I was allowed to play instruments like I do now.”
Read more at the Rutland Herald
Nautica Malibu Triathlon 2010 – Kimberly Caldwell Sings the National Anthem
Kimberly Caldwell sings the National Anthem at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon 2010 on 9/11
‘Idol’ star doubles on country
It’s no secret that country singer and “American Idol” alum Bucky Covington often has his fans seeing double.
In fact, the freaky mirror effect will be in full flower Friday night, when Covington and, yes, Covington converge on the stage at downtown Bloomington’s Six Strings.
He and his shadow are, in fact, Bucky and his identical twin brother, Rocky.
Read more at Pantagraph.com
Will ‘American Idol’ Kill Jennifer Lopez’s Career?
“If someone as savvy as Ellen DeGeneres couldn’t figure it out, who’s to say what will happen when personalities as big as J.Lo and Steven Tyler come together?” says TV Guide senior critic Matt Roush. “We’ve just come out of a year when the show was seen to be in real disarray.”
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Michael Grimm: ‘I just never thought of winning this’
“I was so prepared to bow out — the biggest nightmare was standing next to her on stage — I knew she was going to win,” Grimm told USA TODAY afterwards. “I just never thought of winning this.”
Grimm sang the Percy Sledge hit When A Man Loves A Woman in Tuesday’s finale. The “perfect song, a perfect delivery and a great performance,” said AGT judge Sharon Osbourne.
Raised by the Butters, Grimm promised to use his winnings to buy them a new home. The Mississippi couple lost theirs in Hurricane Katrina.
Read more at USA Today
America’s Got Talent‘s $1 Million Winner to Buy Home for Grandparents
And they’re not the only ones. Grimm revealed he plans to propose to Lucy, his girlfriend of nearly three years and the inspiration for his performance of “When a Man Loves a Woman” during Tuesday’s finals. “That’s my girl,” he said, “and I’m not gonna let that one go.”
But even a nearly-engaged guy has crushes, and Grimm got to perform with one of his — Jewel — during the finale. “She’s amazing,” he said of his duet partner on “Me and Bobby McGee.” “She made me feel so comfortable on stage. But [at one point] she smiled at me and I almost vomited. I couldn’t believe she smiled at me that way!”
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