James Durbin will conduct a live Ustream chate with Muve Music today at 5 pm PST. Check it out HERE.
Pulse Palooza 2013: Get Blown Away by Carrie Underwood! – Five-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood will be performing at this year’s Pulse Palooza, IBM’s premiere annual networking event. In case you’re one of the two people in the world who doesn’t know who Ms. Underwood is, she’s a former American Idol champ who has sold 15 million albums worldwide. (Not bad for a 29-year-old.) Her most recent album is Blown Away. The concert will be held Monday night, March 4 at 7PM at the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena. There will be plenty of food and drinks in case you needed any extra incentive. – Read more at Pulse Blog
From Constantine Maroulis to Bo Bice: American Idol Season Four Finalists Love Broadway! – It’s no secret that American Idol alums often end up on stage (see: Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young, Justin Guarini, Frenchy Davis, Taylor Hicks, Clay Aiken), but when we heard that Bo Bice is headed to Broadway in Pump Boys and Dinettes, we couldn’t help marveling at the theater-centric career path of Season Four finalists, who competed in 2005. Maybe it was inevitable, since Idol actually had a “Broadway Week” that season! Let’s review. – Read more at Broadway.com
Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed Make Beautiful Music Together – He’s a little bit country. She’s a little bit… vampire? Together, they’re Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed, Hollywood’s newest power couple and potential heirs to the Civil Wars’ vacant throne. We talked shop with McDonald and Reed earlier this month, after they’d finished a European promo tour. – Read more at American Songwriter
A.I.’s Lee DeWyze comes to FED LIVE
Many musicians speak confidently about their own new songs and albums, but I’m not sure I’ve ever heard someone as genuinely excited and ready to release a new album as Lee DeWyze. “I’ve really put my time, my heart, blood, sweat and tears into this thing, and it just means a lot more to me than I think anything else could. I can really go on for hours about how thrilled I am about this record,” DeWyze said in a recent telephone interview. “We plan to release a single real soon, and I have some really exciting news that I’ll be announcing soon. But until then, we’re out on the road and playing and trying out the new songs. We’re really having a good time with it, and the fans have been so incredible.” – Read more at sarabozich.com
Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, & Simon Cowell on THE X FACTOR Top 4!
Diamond White On What’s Next After X Factor & Holiday Plans
Emblem3 on One Direction Comparisons – X Factor
Demi Lovato Performs for President Obama for Christmas in Washington
Carly Rose Sonenclar’s X Factor Lessons
Fifth Harmony on Becoming a Group – X Factor
The Voice’s Melanie Martinez on ‘Toxic’, Xtina Critiques and Weird Onstage Talk of Her Ex – Melanie Martinez’s first crack at covering “Toxic” started as a joke. “My friends were like, ‘You should learn a Britney Spears song’ — because I’m so different from that,” recalls the 17-year-old contestant on Season 3 of The Voice. “So I started singing ‘Toxic’ one day, did different little things to it and that’s how my version came around. It was kind of a random process.” Melanie used that ehtereal, stripped-down rendition of Spears’ danceable pop hit for her Voice Blind Audition, and made a memorable first impression on the coaches and the viewing audience. “I’m really happy that was the first song that introduced me as an artist on the show,” she explains. – Read more at TV Line
Songs take starring role in TV drama ‘Nashville’ – That’s why the veteran Music City producer and band leader was so astounded by what he witnessed in the early days of working on the music for the television show “Nashville.” He was nervous about his session with Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio because their song “If I Didn’t Know Better,” written by John Paul White of The Civil Wars and Arum Rae, was challenging and served as a pivotal moment in the pilot. It had to be right, and that depended on the young actors being able to pull it off. “They didn’t know they didn’t have to memorize the song or look each other in the eyes when you’re singing a love song,” Miller said. “For those two who’d never sung in a studio before to go in there, look each other in the eyes with the song memorized and sing the song, I had goose bumps and so did everybody else in the room. … That had a whole lot more soul in it than most of the stuff that gets cut in this town.” – Read more at Tennessean.com
Yoko Ono Covers ‘Firework’ – It might just be the most honest interpretation of Katy Perry’s voice yet. John Lennon’s other half—and artist in her own right—gave a performance of the hit that was enthusiastic, to say the least. Seriously, her cover is really…interesting…lol. – Watch the video at The Daily Beast