Idol Headlines for 6/7/14

More CMA Festival today, in Nashville TN: The Swon Brothers, Chip Esten (Nashville), Rae Lynn, Keith Urban perform today. Check out the Lineup. Also, Kree Harrison sings at the Grand Ole Opry matinee show at 3pm.

The City of Hope softball game took place this morning with Chip Esten,  Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Kree Harrison and Danielle Bradbery in the lineup.

City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game at CMA Festival - Arrivals
Jamie Lynn Spears, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer, and Lauren Alaina attend the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

Pia Toscano, as the official National Anthem singer for  the Los Angeles Kings, will sing the SSB at tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff game.

Pia Toscano: The Kings Good Luck Charm –  Three years ago, I went to a regular-season game with my manager at the time, who’s friends with [Kings executive] Luc Robitaille. I saw someone perform the national anthem and thought, “I want to do that.” The Kings set it up, and I sang before a regular-season Dallas Stars-Kings game at the Staples Center in January 2012. Luc liked it and invited me back to sing during the playoffs.  The Kings started winning, so they kept bringing me back. Hockey people are very superstitious. They don’t like to change anything. If I switch up my nail polish, the fans notice and freak out about it. So because the Kings went on to win the Stanley Cup that season, they continued to invite me back. Plus — I hope — they really like the way I sing. – Read more at NHL.

Lauren Alaina talks CMA fest, new music and growing up – An estimated 3,000 country music fans came out Friday afternoon to catch Lauren Alaina’s set on the Bud Light Stage at CMA Music Festival. Wearing a silver-sequined bustier and tight black pants, Alaina is clearly not the high school sophomore fans fell in love with when she came in runner-up to Scotty McCreery on “American Idol” in 2011. She’s grown up. And, they love her anyway. Fans whooped and cheered as she performed songs including “Georgia Peaches,” a cover of Reba McEntire’s “Radio” and “Same Day, Different Bottle,” which she wrote last year after her father entered rehab for alcoholism. – Read more at The Tennessean.com

Carrie Underwood Reveals Album Plans at 2014 Fan Club Party – “A while back I was talking to Kimberly Perry from The Band Perry,” Underwood continued. “And we were swapping writing stories and getting new album stuff together and just talking about it, and she said exactly what I feel. “She was like, ‘What if I don’t have anything to write about? What if that’s it? What if I’m out?’ “And I was like, ‘You just gotta get going, you know? You’ll be led in the places you need to be led.’ … And I found that I’ve got some really good stuff guys! Very excited!” – Read more at CMT

Ford, Kia tested as audiences shrink for ‘Idol’ and ‘The Voice’ – The season finales of Fox’s “American Idol” and NBC’s “The Voice” each drew more than 10 million viewers last month. That’s good news and bad news for Ford and Kia, whose brands have been intertwined with the programs through elaborate sponsorship deals that include vehicles given as prizes to the top performers. According to ratings estimates from Nielsen Co., 11.7 million people watched the three finalists on “The Voice” each choose a new Kia from a lineup of five vehicles arrayed on stage during the show’s May 20 finale. The next night, 10.5 million people watched “Idol” finalists Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson dumbstruck at the sight of the 2015 Ford Mustangs they were awarded on the show’s final episode of the season. – Read more at Automotive News

Life After Jimmy Iovine: the John Janick Era Begins at Interscope – Your company is losing one of the biggest names in the business, a genuine titan who has tight personal ties to scores of top-selling artists and has put out many of the highest-grossing albums of the last quarter-century. So you’re freaking out, right? Wrong. Jimmy Iovine’s exit from Interscope Geffen A&M as part of the Apple-Beats deal may have robbed the label of its house guru. But the transition to the new chairman/ceo, John Janick, 36, is going about as smoothly as a succession could. That’s due in no small part to Iovine, who saw it coming — he was in talks with Apple CEO Tim Cook long before word leaked, although the deal ultimately happened “quickly,” says a source — and put a strong plan in place. In fact, Janick has been “100 percent running” day-to-day operations for at least a year, adds an insider at Universal Music Group (UMG), Interscope’s parent company, and looks to have won the hearts and minds of IGA staffers, while Iovine was crowing that he had set out to accomplish “something that none of his peers had done: find a successor,” according to one UMG executive. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Scotty certainly looks like he’s having a great time.:))

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  • Q3

    In the Automotive News article in the OP, there is this…

    Ginger Kasanic, experiential marketing manager at Ford Motor Co. who oversees the “Idol” partnership … says Ford is still evaluating whether it will continue to sponsor “Idol” in its next installment. She says her group is always looking for the next big cultural phenomenon.

    That does not sound good for Idol. At the least, I expect that the Ford sponsorship will generate a lot less revenue for the show. At the worst, Idol could lose another flagship sponsor.

  • lkingcorn

    Fords continued sponsorship of Idol with the shortened hours seems to be a fit. Perhaps Ford will go back to giving top two cheaper cars like they use to. How long have they been giving Mustangs?

  • Q3

    There is a lot more to the Ford sponsorship than the cars being given away. In 2008, Ford paid Idol $26 million for the sponsorship. It is lower now (cut at least twice), but was still a significant amount of money. As far as I know, they did not release the sponsorship total for last season: http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/ford-reduced-american-idol-ad-spend-last-season-1200502511/
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    Ford has been an Idol sponsor since the beginning — 2002.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    More pics and an article about the softball game from the Tennessean. Love how they label the teams as McCreery’s vs. FGL. :) http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2014/06/07/florida-georgia-line-scotty-mccreery-step-plate-city-hope-celebrity-softball-game/10167855/

  • Mel432

    Is that Lauren with dark hair? I thought southern girls, especially country-singing girls loved being a blond.

  • Mel432

    The winner/runnerup could always upgrade out-of-pocket. Bo Bice upgraded to a fancy schmancy Mustang. Adam also upgraded to a Mustang (but not all the bells and whistles) in lieu of a Focus (or some cheaper car). I think they started with Scotty’s season, when they gave cars of their choice with all the bells and whistles,

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Yes, that’s her. On the far right…

  • http://mjsbigblog.staging.wpengine.com/ mjsbigblog

    Tagged with her name…:)

  • Mel432

    I’m just surprised to see her dark hair.

  • lkingcorn

    I know how popular the car is, but I wouldn’t think winning Ford Focus a BFD…unless I had no vehicle then it might be different.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Cook gave his Ford Escape to his Father. Then I believe he went and bought a Lexus.

  • wordnerdarchie

    I don’t know if any of you are interested in Cook’s “tour” schedule, but since early September 2013 through last night he’s had 49 concerts. He’s finished tracking for his new record so now it’s moving on to the next stages such as mixing & editing. Here’s the current listing (not all have been officially confirmed), with more being added periodically.

    June 7 360 at the Hilton Ballpark St. Louis, MO

    June 24 United Kingdom – Navy Entertainment AFE Tour
    June 25 United Kingdom – Navy Entertainment AFE Tour
    June 27 Belgium – Navy Entertainment AFE Tour (Open to the public by request)
    June 28 Germany – Navy Entertainment AFE Tour
    June 29 Germany – Navy Entertainment AFE Tour
    July 2 Spain – Navy Entertainment AFE Tour

    July 18 John Burns Park Massapequa Park, NY
    July 19 Bally’s Park Place Casino Atlantic City, NJ
    July 26 Sandy Amphitheater Sandy, Utah
    Aug. 15 2014 Starved Rock Country Ottawa, IL
    Aug. 16, 2014 Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion Kokomo, IN
    Oct. 31 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, FL
    Nov. 1 Broward Center Fort Lauderdale, FL.
    Nov. 4 High Dive Gainesville, FL
    Nov. 6 America Gardens Theatre EPCOT Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Nov. 7 America Gardens Theatre EPCOT Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Nov. 8 Capitol Theatre Clearwater FL
    Nov. 21-23 Tentative Appearance – Chris Everet/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic

  • Incipit

    June 7 360 at the Hilton Ballpark St. Louis, MO

    That’s tonight – and there has been some heavy weather in St Louis today, with the waitresses at the posh 360 Rooftop Bar at the top of the Hilton explaining Tornado Warning Evacuation procedures to the guests…but now –

    >>“@NEMOCookFan: Here’s a pic of magic rainbow chasing off the thunder storm @360stl http://pic.twitter.com/MhuJ63fD5a” / @thedavidcook ha

    There is a rainbow visible over The Arch and on the approach to the city, and the sky has cleared for the evening…

    Glad the dangerous moment has passed, but who could resist the Magic Rainbow Connection. *snerk*>

  • nick

    2 NEW Sister C songs posted on their youtube. Gotta hand it to them. they’re not that bad.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ0QYV-cDjU

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  • Lexie O’Neill

    Understood, but she does look very different. :)

  • Anna106

    Yes he does :)) He’s also an excellent athlete & baseball player so this is right up ‘his alley’!

  • Baltized

    Wow I never thought I would see an article about The Voice’s declining ratings this year. Usually idol is the punching bag for that. lol

  • tripp_ncwy

    Colton Dixon is really proud of this, ha ha. He fell on stage during tonight show.

    Video:
    youtu.be/u64fzBB9tNY

  • Kariann Hart

    Well, maybe Carrie can get pregnant and have something new to write about?

  • Kelly Taylor

    Sebastian Bach transform into Freddie Mercury and Willie Nelson… why? lol

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAryZePTbqQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usrMLVBDbk0

  • http://mjsbigblog.staging.wpengine.com/ mjsbigblog

    I had to look them up. I could not remember them from anywhere.

  • Mafs95

    It seems Mel B will be the 4th judge on The X Factor UK Series 11, joining Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh (not 100% confirmed, though):

    http://www.unrealitytv.co.uk/x-factor/x-factor-mel-b-will-fourth-judge-done-deal-says-insider/

  • nick

    hahaha xfactor!!

  • http://mjsbigblog.staging.wpengine.com/ mjsbigblog

    They were the singing country sisters from season 3. I had to think for a minute!