BMG Signs Granville Automatic feat American Idol season 2 alum, Vanessa Olivarez – BMG has signed Elizabeth Elkins and Vanessa Olivarez of the duo Granville Automatic to its roster. The pair co-wrote the current Billy Currington single “Drinking Town With A Football Problem” and have cuts on other upcoming releases. The duo is also prepping to release their third CD, An Army Without Music, set for release on Aug. 14. Vanessa has 3 cuts on Sugarland records (I did not know that!). Vanessa went out in 12th place on American Idol season 2. – Read more at Music Row
Alex Preston Releases New Album – Alex Preston’s self titled album, written during a crowdfunded wilderness retreat, came out this week. “It really helped to be secluded and alone instead of in a big studio with people I don’t know,” Alex told the Manchester Union Leader. “I wrote about half of the album at the cabin, driven by the seclusion and where I was at that time emotionally.” He added, “There were some pretty long hours — it was intense.” Friends eventually joined Alex to record the album. On Aug. 18, Preston will be at Fenway Park singing the national anthem at a Red Sox game. Alex was accepted at the Berklee college of music and may spend some time there – Read more at the Manchester Union Leader.
Jess Meuse is a Finalist in the Texaco Music Showdown – American Idol season 13 alum, Jessica Meuse, is competing in a new competition. she was chosen to be one of seven finalist in the “Texaco Music Showdown” in Indio, California. “It was a regional event, and I won it, which was really cool,” Jess told CBS 8. “I get to go on to the finals, the Texaco Music Showdown. And I could win enough to fund my EP and just go out and do it because that’s what it comes down to– to do something that big because I’m such a perfectionist.” – Read more at Alabamanews.net
Nick Cannon Hospitalized – The America’s Got Talent posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed, hooked up to a monitors. He wasn’t specific about what’s ailing him, except to say he was exhausted. “Dont worry, Temporary pit stop… Sometimes I can be a little too bull headed and stubborn. I gotta stop running my body to the ground. I be wanting to grind nonstop but the engine can’t run on fumes. On the low though, I really think I’m a super hero… Now I’m not saying I’m Batman, but I am saying nobody has ever seen me and Batman in the same room together. LOL #ImGood.”
Simon Cowell, Kenny Ortega Team for Sony’s Music-Driven Drama ‘Delinquents’ (Exclusive) – Simon Cowell and Kenny Ortega are teaming for “Delinquents,” a music-driven drama that has just been set up at Sony Pictures, according to The Wrap. The plot revolves around a group of teenage boys who meet in detention, form a band and enter a battle of the bands competition. Ortega will direct, while Cowell will produce. The duo will lead an extensive search for fresh musical talent. – Read more at The Wrap.
Fifth Harmony Are ‘Kind of Surprised’ that ‘Worth It’ is Now Their Biggest Hit – “With ‘Worth It,’ we were really surprised,” 5H’s Normani Kordei tells Billboard. “We love the song, but we were kind of surprised, to be honest.” Added Dinah Jane Hanson, “It’s normally the songs that you don’t really think that are the hits!” – Read more at Billboard.com
Audrey Middleton, the first transgender contestant on Big Brother was evicted last night. She spoke with Entertainment Weekly about being petrified to be the first trans contestant and on why she broke the have not rules. In an interview with THR, Audrey talks about what it was like to make BB history, both as being trangsgender and skipping the Veto Ceremony. Julie Chen tells Entertainment Weekly that Audrey made the right choice when she broke have-not rules.