The recent Billboard Women in Music event airs tonight at 8 pm on Lifetime featuring performances by Tori Kelly and Fifth Harmony.
Haley Reinhart’s animated comedy, F is For Family premieres on Netflix. You can watch all 6 episodes now if you have a subscription. Haley voices the younger son in a 70’s era working class rust belt family.
MYSTERY SOLVED – American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is lending star power to Mayor Eric Jackson’s free Christmas concert on Saturday. Studdard, who won the second season of the reality singing competition, will join other local talent at an event the mayor hopes will promote goodwill among residents. “It’s a day of unity, a day to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season,” he said. “It’s a time to refocus on what makes us one people, one community.” – Read more at NJ.com
NBC Producers are recruiting for The Voice Season 11 – NBC Producers are looking for up to five (5) ReverbNation solo artists or duos that perform in any genre to tell their story and demonstrate that they are “The Voice.” Selected performers will receive an exclusive pass that gets you to the front of the audition line. – Details and dates HERE. Season 11 auditions are Jan/Feb
‘The Voice’ Winner Jordan Smith on Blake & Gwen’s Chemistry and His Big Victory – “They have kept it so professional, honestly, on set and everything, they’ve been so professional, but you can just feel the chemistry between them,” Jordan said of Blake and Gwen, adding, “All the coaches are really sweet to each other.” The romance, however, has caused a bit of jealousy. Smith said, “You can feel a little jealousy between Adam and Blake now because they had their little bromance thing going on.” Jordan also joked that he will have to be Blake & Gwen’s wedding singer if they ever tie the knot! – Read more at ExtraTV
‘The Voice’ finalist from St. Charles focusing on starting music career – Although Jeffery Austin wasn’t crowned the ninth season winner of “The Voice” this week, he said his career in the music industry is just beginning. “I can’t see myself doing anything but performing — at least at this point in time,” said Austin, who worked in public relations in New York before auditioning for the show. Austin said he doesn’t regret any of his song choices and knew that Smith was a frontrunner, which helped calm his nerves for Monday’s slate of finale performances. “It really took the pressure off,” Austin said. “It allowed me to really focus on celebrating my journey on the show.” – Read more at the Chicago Tribune
The world met Kellie Pickler when she was 19. Now, with a reality show, she has more to share. – “I think sometimes people forget how green I was [on “Idol”],” Pickler, 29, said by phone from Nashville. “This show was something Ryan had approached me about a long time ago, but it wasn’t the right timing. But I’m married now. I’m older. I think there’s a lot of growing up and things you have to learn.” She added that if her biggest struggle is not getting songs on country radio, that’s a pretty good problem to have. “There are people that are dodging bullets right now; I cannot complain about my career and my life,” she said. “I don’t pitch a tantrum over first-world problems.” – Read more at Washington Post
Carrie Underwood on Women In Music Honoree Loretta Lynn: ‘Women Like Her Paved the Way for Women Like Me’ – Ask Carrie Underwood about Loretta Lynn, who’s Billboard’s Women in Music Legend honoree, and she brims with adulation. “Loretta Lynn is absolutely incredible. It’s women like her who paved the way for women like me,” Underwood told Billboard backstage at the American Music Awards in November. – Read more at Billboard
Rita Ora Sues Jay Z Seeking Freedom From ‘Oppressive’ Deal – The British singer filed a complaint against Jay Z’s Roc Nation in a California court on Wednesday, claiming the deal she signed with the entertainment company represents “an oppressive recording agreement.” The starlet signed on with the label back in 2008 when she was 18, making official an arrangement in which she claims Roc Nation garnered “not only the bulk of income from Rita’s record sales, but a sizable portion of her income from endeavors such as live shows, endorsements, sponsorships, acting and merchandise sales.” – Read more at The Wrap