WATCH: American Idol Stars Share Their Experiences in the Dominican Republic – TravelPulse founder Mark Murphy recently sat down with several American Idol performers taking part in the All-Star Summer Music Takeover at the Hard Rock in Punta Cana to find out what their experiences have been in the wake of a barrage of negative news coverage. “The Dominican Republic is easily one of the prettiest places that I’ve ever been,” said singer-songwriter and American Idol season 14 runner-up Clark Beckham. (The Idols assure would-be vacationers that the DR is safe despite the negative news…) – Watch the video at TravelPlus
Adam Lambert Recalls Earning His First Hot 100 Top 10: ‘Having That Happen Was Real Validation’ – In this week’s episode of “My Billboard Moment,” Adam Lambert reflects upon the time his song “Whataya Want from Me” hit the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Billboard cover star Lambert recalls that when the song hit No. 10 in 2010, he was “over the moon” about it. He notes that at that point in time, he felt like he had a lot to prove as an artist based on his identity and the fact that he appeared on a singing competition show. “Having that happen was real validation,” he says. “It felt like, okay, I proved my point.” – More at Billboard
An American Idol Story: Laine Hardy – Watch part 6 of American Idol winner Laine Hardy’s docu-series: The Treehouse, Swamp Pop, and 60s R&B with funky guitars… what?! Find out what they mean and how they’ve influenced me in this episode!
An Interview with “Internet Pop” Star chloe mk – Bringing the “Fantasy” EP to Life – What inspired you to change your stage name to “chloe mk” and what does it mean to you? I think it was less about a name change and just more of a fresh start. I’ve always liked my name. chloe mk feels a little more modern and somewhat digital… and it has a little ring to it which I luv. it’s something that allows me to have a “persona.” – Read more at culture.affinity.magazine
Danielle Bradbery Has Message For Kids Headed Back To School – Danielle Bradbery recently shared with Cody Alan that you don’t need to be a straight-A student or incredibly confident to become an “A-OK,” successful adult. So, listen up kids. “I was a good student, I mean I swear I had ADD and could never stay focused,” shared the “Worth It” singer. “Speaking of grades, though, I just wasn’t a straight-A student. I tried really hard.” “Were you pretty secure in school?” Cody asked. “A lot of people struggle with their identity and who they are?” “I definitely struggled,” laughs Danielle. “I was trying to find myself. I didn’t have what other girls had. I didn’t get all of the guys. Like, I was so awkward. But, life kind of works out and it will work out. I promise!” – Read more at iheart.com
Musikfest concert preview: ‘Idol’ winner Phillip Phillips is excited to be touring the world and doing what he loves – After spending three years in record label limbo, Phillip Phillips has finally reached where he’s wanted to be with his career during this time — with a third album, “Collateral,” and what has been a healthy slate of shows to promote the album. “I’m excited. I love being on the road,” Phillips said in a recent phone interview. “We’ve got new songs to play, all this new music. It’s been a long time coming, so it will be fun.” – Read more at McCall.com