Billy Gilman Announces he’ll Sing the Anthem for the 143rd Run of the Kentucky Oaks
Race is on May 5, a day before the Derby.
— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) April 27, 2017
Six Singles in, Mercury Records Nashville Finally Scores a Hit for Lauren Alaina – At a time when new artists typically only get a turn or two at bat without connecting, Mercury parent Universal Music Group Nashville stuck it out with Alaina, now 22. Moberly says that’s partly because of her bubbly, likeable personality, and partly because they saw potential in her newfound maturity and her growing depth and skill as a songwriter. Mostly, however, it was Alaina’s work ethic that kept everyone committed. “She’s hardly ever said no to us when we’ve asked her to go do something for radio,” says Moberly. Another factor is that Mercury has been partnered with 19/Interscope on Alaina ever since she took second place on American Idol in 2011, so the labels share both profits and expenses, helping mitigate the risks associated with the latter. Still, early on in her career, Alaina almost became a casualty. (Next single, “Doin’ Fine,” goes for adds in the third week of May.) – Read more at Billboard
Gwen Stefani Pulls Out of Vegas Performance After Rupturing Her Eardrum – The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Stefani’s manager Irving Azoff informed Ruvo that she was admitted into an LA hospital on Tuesday — after the incident happened on a flight — with the singer being advised not to sing or fly. Azoff offered the event organizers a great fix: an apology video from Stefani to the attendees and Jennifer Hudson as her replacement. – Read more at Billboard
‘DWTS’ Strategy: The Pros Reveal What It Takes to Impress the Judges Ahead of a Double Elimination Night – The contestants on the current 24th season of the popular dance competition show are stronger than ever this year, and although there were a few frontrunners right out of the gate, there have been a few stars who’ve surprised us week after week and have drastically climbed the leaderboard. As the remaining seven couples gear up for their seventh week in the ballroom next Monday, ET’s breaking down exactly what it takes to impress each individual judge, in hopes of getting one step closer to taking home the coveted mirror ball trophy. – Read more at Entertainment Tonight
American Idol 13 Singer Alex Preston Thanks his fans
So many people took advantage of me after AI & now don't talk to me (industry, radio, musicians). Makes me sad but you all make it better.
— Alex Preston (@RealAlexPreston) April 28, 2017
Bea Miller On ‘Chapter One: Blue’ EP, Importance of Vulnerability & Feminism: Interview – Bea Miller has grown into one of pop’s most sultry and intense artists since her stint on Season 2 of The X Factor US back in 2012. Now 18, the New Jersey native continues to find herself through powerful songwriting and tender melodies that tell a gripping story of her journey being a youth. As part of Fuse’s Teen Takeover Week, we chatted with the singer about her trio of EPs that will lead to another album (Chapter One: Blue was released on Feb. 24 and Chapter Two: Red will arrive on June 2), why she chooses to be so open with fans and more. – Read more at Fuse.tv