American Idol auditions resume tonight in San Antonio and Long Beach. Tune in with us at 8/7c PM on FOX.

Kelly Clarkson tweeted, “Recorded some killer hand claps & vocals w/the amazing Chip Esten aka Deacon Claybourne from Nashville. Can’t wait to sing w/him! Great guy!”

Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett starring in holiday musical ‘Black Nativity’ – A slew of Oscar faves like Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson are on tap for holiday musical “Black Nativity,” which began principal photography today in New York. The adaptation of the 1961 Langston Hughes play, “Black Nativity” will boast new songs and arrangements from producer and singer Raphael Saadiq, with director Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou”) at the helm. Considering its a musical film, there are other artists on tap in the cast: Nas, Tyrese Gibson (or, simply, Tyrese), Island Def Jam’s Luke James and RCA artist Jacob Latimore are also added. – Read more at Hit Fix

Carrie Underwood Joins ‘Tickets-For-Charity’ Program – 9 MUSIC/ARISTA NASHVILLE artist CARRIE UNDERWOOD has partnered with ACM LIFTING LIVES’ TICKETS-FOR-CHARITY to benefit the non-profit organization C.A.T.S. FOUNDATION during the 2013 portion of her “BLOWN AWAY TOUR.” TICKETS-FOR-CHARITY gives fans access to seats at otherwise sold out concerts, with proceeds from the tickets benefitting the artist’s favorite charity, rather than ticket re-sellers.Other Country artists who have teamed up with the program are ZAC BROWN BAND, BRAD PAISLEY, TOBY KEITH and more. – Read more at All Access

Glee Star Amber Riley Hangs Out With Fantasia – Glee star, Amber Riley, tweeted a photo with American Idol season 3 winner, Fantasia, “In the studio with Fantasia listening to her new album, was in tears by b4 the 1st verse ended, this album is AMAZING!”

‘American Idol’ Alum Colton Dixon Brings the Noise — And a Message — on New Album – “I’m just blessed,” the 21-year-old singer tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s been a crazy ride and I’ve learned so much, not only about music and the music business but about life itself.” Dixon’s standing in the Christian market certainly has created some buzz, particularly from fellow Idols like season seven’s Jason Castro, who just released his own CD, Only a Mountain, in January. “I really like his first single, which is, ironically, the name of my first single,” joshed Castro. “He’s got an amazing voice, and we haven’t crossed paths yet. He’s super-talented and he’s just a great ambassador for the show.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Private Coaching by Kimberley Locke! – The American Idol, season 3 alum is offering coaching to a few lucky students. Check out the deets:  I AM Entertainment, LLC is pleased to announce that we are now offering  “Private Coaching” with Kimberley Locke herself!!!  She has been teaching some classes over the past two years and most recently, she just started teaching a class in New York City.  It really has been a fulfilling experience for her to work with such talented singers and share the knowledge that she has gained over the past 10 years of working in the music and entertainment industries.  This is an Exclusive Announcement that is only being offered to those who receive her newsletter.  As Ms. Locke is still aggressively pursuing her own career, she only has room for a few students. If you would like more information please send your inquiries to Info@I-AM-Ent.com or call our office at 818-724-4423 or 917-426-4423.

Katharine McPhee: Super Bowl NYC Celebration! – Katharine McPhee is chic while attending the No Diggity, No Doubt: Beck’s Sapphire Pops Up To Celebrate Super Bowl event on Tuesday (January 29) in New York City. The day before, the 28-year-old actress and her Smash co-star Jack Davenport shielded themselves from the downpour while waiting to film a scene in the Big Apple. – See the Photos at Just Jared

LOGO’S SEASON DEBUT OF “RUPAUL’S Drag Race” ON MONDAY NIGHT SCORES AS THE HIGHEST-RATED PREMIERE IN NETWORK HISTORY – NEW YORK, NY, January 29, 2013 – Monday night’s 9PM season five premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” worked the ratings runway, averaging a .8 rating in the P18-49 demo. This number represents a 33% increase over Logo’s previous top-rated season premiere (fourth season premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) and clocks in as the highest-rated season premiere in Logo history. Additionally, the 90-minute, “Rupersized” premiere tallied 565,000 total viewers tuning in to meet the new cast of 14 drag queen hopefuls who will fight it out to be crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” The fifth season premiere night of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and companion series “Untucked: RuPaul’s Drag Race” delivered over 1.3 million viewers. Fan favorite companion series “Untucked: RuPaul’s Drag Race” at 10:30PM sped across the finish line with its most-watched premiere ever averaging 291,000 total viewers and a .5 rating P18-49. – Read more at TVByTheNumbers

Barbra Streisand to Perform on Oscars for First Time in 36 Years – Barbra Streisand will perform on the Oscars telecast for the first time in 36 years, the producers of this year’s show said Wednesday. They did not say what song she would sing. Streisand, who has battled stage fright at various points in her career, has only sung on the Oscars one time before. She sang the love theme from “A Star Is Born” on the 1977 show, which won her the Best Original Song Oscar that same night. – Read more at The Wrap

Justin Timberlake To Perform On Music’s Biggest Night – Six-time GRAMMY winner Justin Timberlake is set to perform on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast. This marks the first time in four years that Timberlake will perform on the GRAMMY stage, and will be his first TV performance since he announced the release of his first studio album in seven years, The 20/20 Experience, which will be released March 19. Previously announced performers for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards are current nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert, the Black Keys, Fun., the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Jack White, as well as Elton John and current nominee Ed Sheeran performing live together for the first time. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL Cool J returns as host of Music’s Biggest Night. – Read more at Grammy.com

 
  • windmills

    Kelly was recording hand claps & vocals for Charles Esten (Deacon from Nashville) last night!

    Recorded some killer hand claps & vocals w/the amazing Chip Esten aka Deacon Claybourne from Nashville. Can’t wait to sing w/him! Great guy!

    https://twitter.com/kelly_clarkson/status/296509429057196033

    I don’t think it’s a secret that he has his own music – he’s been writing for years and he played the real Bluebird Cafe for a benefit a couple weeks ago. I’d love to hear them together, he’s actually a good singer.

  • YankeeFan08

    Lÿndsey Parker ?@lyndseyparker

    The Forbes annual top Idol earners List is out! http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/reality-rocks/kelly-clarkson-reclaims-top-spot-forbes-idol-earners-150736814.html …

  • mmb

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2013/01/30/top-earning-american-idols-2012/

    Here is the actual Forbes article.  Love Lindsay but her write up is a little misleading in parts.  Anyway, Forbes measures earnings between May 2011-May 2012.  Anything from May 2012 to present isn’t included.  As always, the actual numbers need to be taken with a HUGE, huge grain of salt, although the relative rankings probably aren’t too far off the mark.

  • windmills

    Yeah, the Forbes list is nothing but baiting for hits, really. Carrie’s made it clear in the past Forbes isn’t accurately representing her earnings and that she has no intention of helping them out :p 

  • mmb

    I know people who have been included on other lists of theirs (no I’m not rich — but I know some rich people, lol) and they all say the numbers bear little resemblance to reality and their “people” do not cooperate with Forbes

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Couple of things about the Forbes article…

    Doesn’t it seem that Lauren Alaina would be on there, given the time period and the touring, sales she had?

    Also, it seemed like they had interviewed Scotty, but it also doesn’t seem like words he’d say…”he was living off a coin jar in his truck?”  He was 16…

  • girlygirltoo

    Casey Abrams is doing a radio show with Meiko in Minneapolis today (FYI, Meiko is the artist who duetted with Kris on his song “Loves Me Not”)

    @meiko:disqus 
    Minneapolis! I’m playing a show w/ @iamcaseyabrams for@cities97radio 2day @ 4:30p! Send name to meikorsvp@gmail.com to win a pair of tix :)

  • Incipit

    Lexie O’Neill, a bushel of salt shakers is needed for partaking of all parts of the Forbes Annual Guestimation…Scotty was also living at home and attending High School – “living off a coin jar in his truck”? Really? I don’t think so.

  • windmills

    Lexie O’Neill:Doesn’t it seem that Lauren Alaina would be on there, given the time period and the  touring, sales she had?
    Also, it seemed like they had interviewed Scotty, but it also doesn’t seem like words he’d say…”he was living off a coin jar in his truck?”  He was 16…

    I’d guess they couldn’t find numbers for Lauren’s touring, contacted her people for help, her people declined to release info, and so she was left off the list. I think some Idols have cooperated with Forbes in the past (which probably magically boosted their presence on the list, LOL). Not Kelly or Carrie though and I doubt Chris Daughtry ever did. The whole thing is tedious tbh. I really don’t think Forbes tries very hard with its list. 

    Next year’s list is going to be hilarious if Forbes includes all of Carrie’s touring.

    Maybe Scotty was joking around and Forbes didn’t get or convey that.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Scotty joking around would make sense.:)

    I understood the bushel of salt part, just thought LA being off the list was strange.  I was actually glad to see the list, as opposed to our thoughts last summer that they didn’t even care to try any more.:))

  • justmefornow

    LOL that Forbes list. 
    If that was my name on it with tax season coming up, I’d be pissed.

  • lexa

    http://www.rcarecords.com/news/adam-lambert-be-honored-we-are-family-foundation-gala

    I so wish I could go to this show! Hope for good videos.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I was actually glad to see the list, as opposed to our thoughts last summer that they didn’t even care to try any more.:))

    Yeeeeaaahhhhh, but “trying” is mostly an indicator that somebody at Forbes thinks Idol mentions will get hits, and we kinda knew that from the propensity of Forbes’ blogger contributors to write “how to succeed in business” articles centered around poorly drawn analogies to Idol.

    The content of Forbes’ top-earning Idols list is about as credible as if I started doing an annual Most Successful Retail Chains list that was constructed from my general impressions of the stores without reference to the chains’ actual financials. It’s faux data that muddies any available waters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Wow!  JHud is doing movie after movie after movie, she’s more an actress than a singer now.
    Jennifer is also slated to sing on the Academies.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    In the line of what’s truth and what’s not (and then I’m done:), do you think that pocketing 1/5th of what you make number in the “quote” by Scotty is accurate?  

  • Nadine_Bitch

    I checked Adam’s calender between May 2011- May 2012 and find out that there were only couple of gigs that I thought might paid him big.

    05.28.11- Moscow, Russia, Maxidrom Festival
    07.29.11- Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC, St. Agathe en Feux Festival
    08.07.11- VH1, Behind the Music on VH1
    08.18.11- Vh1 Do Something Awards 2011, Vh1-TV
    10.30.11- The Hub, Majors & Minors
    04.26.12- Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    05.14.12- New York, NY, The MLB Fan Cave
    05.17.12- American Idol – Performance, FOX – TV
    05.18.12- Chicago, IL, Fantabuloso
    05.19.12- Boston, MA, Kiss Concert 2012
    05.20.12- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
    05.22.12- Philadelphia, PA, Q102′s Springle Ball 2012
    05.25.12- Wilkes Barre, PA, Sapphire Salon Presents KRZ’s Summer Smash
    05.26.12-Agawam, MA, Six Flags New England
    05.27.12- Washington, D.C., Freshtival

    He probably even earned more from July 2012 to Dec 2012 with so many big concerts that he did than one year from May 2011 to May 2012.

    6 Queenbert concerts
    2 Summersonic Japan
    Caulfield, Australia
    The Voice of China
    2 South Africa concerts
    2 Hennessy Atistry (Shanghai & Vietnam)
    1 Bali, Indonesia

    - Costa Mesa
    - Sacramento, CA, Endfest
    - Des Moines, IA, Water Works Park
    - Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
    - Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino
    - Dallas, Texas, Dallas Texas Tango
    - Napa, CA, Live in the Vineyard

    I’m just happy Adam and other Idols who get to make a living while doing what they LOVE:)

  • justmefornow

    Scotty, living off a coin jar in his truck, lol. 
    I’m curious about Lauren not being on the list as well for that time frame. And although James’ album sales and his spring and summer touring was during that time frame as well, I wouldn’t have expected him to earn yet over 1 mil to reach those bottom numbers. 
    But since he and Heidi in the past few months just bought a house close to the beach in Santa Cruz, he must be doing fairly well :)

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    From Forbes:  More recent winners must turn over somewhere in the neighborhood of half of their income to Idol—before paying any remaining agents, managers and attorneys, not to mention Uncle Sam.
    ^^ What does it mean that they turn over …half of their income?  Is that contractual when they go into the top 10?  What is that about?

  • fantoo1

    He was also working at the grocery store, so I’m sure they pay more than coins lol.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Here’s a nice article about ASTRO about what he’s up to.  YES, he still has is record deal with EPIC!  They list all of the people that he’s working with.  Impressive list!

    http://indierapblog.com/2013/01/astro-brooklyn-ny-he-fell-off/

    The relevant part:

    “Now, Astro is hard at work on his major label debut. In January 2012, Astro inked a deal with his “X Factor” mentor LA Reid to join Epic Records. Currently, he’s in the studio with Pharrell Williams (Jay-Z, Britney Spears), Boi-1da (Drake, Eminem) and Hit-Boy (Kanye West), among others, working on material to provide the soundtrack to the summer.

    “I still want it to have that hip-hop feel of a mixtape, but it’s gonna have more of a concept and radio material,” Astro says of his project. “I want to make it a storyline, like Ice Cube’s Death Certificate, where it had a “Life” side and a “Death” side, and it actually meant something. I want it to be something people enjoy.”

  • heartly

    Kelly was recording hand claps & vocals for Charles Esten (Deacon from Nashville) last night!

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!  haha  Ashley Arrison instagramed something similar yesterday too.  http://instagram.com/p/VFpscCmY99/

    This and the Blu Sanders duet tweet have my head spinning.  Connected, not connected? Maybe they just happened to be in the same studio yesterday and she popped by? I’m not used to her doing all these side projects and actually hearing about them so lately there just seems to be so much going on and so many questions.

    On a side note, I just learned that Charles was on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” years ago and I’m having a hard time comprehending that one too. lol

  • windmills

    heartly: This and the Blu Sanders duet tweet have my head spinning.  Connected, not connected? Maybe they just happened to be in the same studio yesterday and she popped by? I’m not used to her doing all these side projects and actually hearing about them so lately there just seems to be so much going on and so many questions.

    I know! This is the great thing about Kelly living in Nashville, she can run into people easily and side projects are never far behind!

    My vote is Kelly’s adding vocals to music Charles Esten is recording and I bet you’re right about it happening because she was in same studio for something different. 

    heartly: On a side note, I just learned that Charles was on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” years ago and I’m having a hard time comprehending that one too. lol

    Yeah, this still freaks me out :p I don’t think contrasts can get much bigger between that and his current character, though his character on Big Love was probably an even bigger departure. 

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    It’s the other way for me.  I knew Charles Esten (or Chip) from Whose Line is it Anyway first and when he started popping up on other shows it took me a long time to figure out who he was and where I remembered him from. 

  • SaSa8

    Actually, the 1/5th comment is not in Scotty’s quote but the writers comment.  And my teenagers save their “spending” money in a jar (but don’t keep it in their truck haha).  I think that was how Scotty meant it in a joking kind of way.  Pretty funny to me.

  • jdanton2

    Three of the best divas from Idol’s past,Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson and Pia Toscano  performing at an event on April 26th.

    http://www.divasinthedesert.com/

     

  • YankeeFan08

    Folami ?@FOLAMI @nilerodgers and Chic are rehearsing with @adamlambert @sam_sparro on #Shady right now!!!! They are effing #awesome!!!!!! oh my God!

    There better be video of the show!  So sorry I didn’t get tickets.

  • YankeeFan08

    ?@sam_sparro
    Me and @nilerodgers @adamlambert adamlambert at rehearsal for WAFF Gala!! #shady http://instagr.am/p/VH4VXNogwx/

  • onebirdlover1

    That does sound like Scotty being funny. His favorite line “I’m still eating off the dollar menu”. He works constantly so should be pretty well off by now.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris Allen @KrisAllen
    This is why we try not to have days off. #outalivetour youtu.be/CrVlr6RkvZI

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris Allen @KrisAllen
    This is why we try not to have days off. #outalivetour 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrVlr6RkvZI&feature=youtu.be

  • tripp_ncwy

    STREAMCULT.com:  EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW w KRIS ALLEN  

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6PW5UCmgvU&feature=youtu.be

  • YankeeFan08

    @KathySledge
    @adamlambert ~~ absolutely Amazing vocals @ rehearsal !! Love it! K xx!!

    Great pic! Adam, Kathy Sledge, Taylor Dayne, Sam Sparro and Nile Rodgers:

    https://twitter.com/FOLAMI/status/296742038651682816/photo/1

  • lovetheusa1776

    Just a great interview – love Kris’s laid-back humor – not a “creepy fraternity” – so funny.

    And my fav is “Leave You Alone,” as well – beautiful song.

  • YankeeFan08

    Really nice pic of Adam!

    ?@FOLAMI@FOLAMI
    Coolest day ever!!!! The singing thats about to go down tomorrow…. You are not ready!!!! @ @ Manhattan, NY http://instagr.am/p/VILI0eAqOl/

    Sounds like she’s a tad impressed … LOL!

  • lovetheusa1776

    Looks so young and happy – wonderful to see.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Skylar Laine @Skylar_Laine
    Watchin @AmericanIdol makes me happy but sad at the same time. I’m plannin on independently releasin a few songs on iTunes soon so be ready!

  • YankeeFan08

    @nilerodgers
    @sam_sparro me and @adamlambert at a kickA$$ rehreasl today. http://twitpic.com/bzmvt5

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Adam Lambert in talks to judge `Idol` next season (Season 13) FOX 32 News

    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/20877476/adam-lambert-in-talks-to-judge-idol-next-season-zwecker …”

    Not Again!! Seriously.

  • blackberryharvest

    Lol why would they already be searching for a judge when the season barely started? Kinda weird…

  • fantoo1

    That article is very poorly written and halfed assed.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Who knows. It was on the local TV news. So not just a poorly written article. I doubt both judges will be around because of their huge careers and commitment but it doesn’t matter because just NO to Adam judging Idol. He’ll be very busy with his new album.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    I’ve no idea whatsoever about the validity of the story, but if Adam were to get an album out by the end of the year – a very big if, but it’s possible – a stint as an Idol judge next season would actually be perfect timing for promoting the album.  I know that’s not what it’s “supposed to be about,” but let’s be real.  Everyone who signs on to judge one of these shows has their own agenda for doing so.

    I will say I’d be amazed if the judging panel next season is identical to what we have right now.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Just no to the whole idea. I hope the story goes away and there’s no truth to it. Lol at the fans giving it a big yawn and telling Idol to GTFO.

  • bridgette12

    I don’t believe this. Why would anyone think that American Idol would be searching for judges for the next season, when they need to work on making sure that the panel they have for this season get their act together. 

  • annie12120

    I was at iTunes just now and there is a CD called The best of New Country – Country Hits 2013 and Phillp Phillip’s Home is on the CD… Now the song is going Country?

  • BonnieDee

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/soteamusa/8429587514/in/photostream/  Pic of Lauren at the Special Olympics World Winter games participating in the Unified Sports Experience.  

  • http://twitter.com/bilolobi Namarinad

    LongKissGoodnight and Girlygirltoo this is for you
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8-NRBzkX2k&feature=player_embedded
    enjoy it’s awesome !

    i hope MJ will post some videos of Phillips tour
     

  • Nadine_Bitch

    I would want him to just Tour with Queen where he could possibly get paid more than judging AI.

    That station obviously just wanted some hits.

  • justmefornow

    I’m sure the video for the new album is still in the planning stage, but James talking again with his LMB director is cracking me up. This guy’s a hoot!

    Roman White ?@RomanWhite
    @DurbinRock I can’t wait for a silent, monkey hug. It’s been so long since I’ve seen my baby…oh, & I can’t wait to see the chimp either.

  • irockhard

    I hated LMB but the video was great, Roman White is a good director and I’m fine with him working with James again.

    I wonder when he’s gonna release the next single, maybe only March when he hits the road again.

  • justmefornow

    You could be right. He’s just recently talking again with White, so maybe they already have a song in mind for the next single. 

    Maybe they were waiting to get the new bass player and the band solidified before shooting. Makes sense.