‘Fingers Crossed’ Singer Lauren Spencer Smith Signs Publishing Deal With Warner Chappell – Lauren Spencer Smith has signed her first global publishing deal with Warner Chappell. The news rounds out her already impressive team, comprised of Shawn Mendes manager Andrew Gertler and a recording contract with Island Records and Republic Records. At just 18 years old, the former American Idol contestant has already scored a mainstream pop hit, with her song “Fingers Crossed” climbing to No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January. Her single “Flowers” has also garnered attention, reaching No. 55 on the Hot 100 in April. Spencer Smith co-writes all of her own music. – Read more at Billboard
Magic Johnson, Viola Davis & Colman Domingo Join The Jennifer Hudson Show Premiere Week Guests – After Simon Cowell was announced as the first guest to appear on The Jennifer Hudson Show in premiere week, the talk show host is gearing up to rub shoulders with A-listers, musicians, and even a sports icon. The first week guests include: Magic Johnson, Mickey Guyton, Yvonne Orji, Colman Domingo, Hannah Waddington and Viola Davis. – More at Jennifer Hudson Show.com
Blake Shelton’s Back to the Honky Tonk Tour – The Voice coach Blake Shelton will return to the road in 2023 for his headlining Back to the Honky Tonk Tour, kicking off on Feb. 16 in Lincoln, NE. Set to join the lineup are reigning ACM Female Artist / CMA Female Vocalist of the year Carly Pearce and rising artist Jackson Dean. Tickets for the 18-date run will go on sale Friday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 23. “There’s nothing like getting out on the road and taking music to the fans,” Shelton said. “I feel just as excited to step on stage and perform as I did the very first time. I know my tour mates Carly Pearce and Jackson Dean feel the same, and I can’t wait for y’all to get to know them better. Break out the hats and boots, ‘cause we’re going back to the honky tonk!” (PURCHASE HERE).
Kelly Clarkson on HARD Divorce and New Music (Exclusive) – Kelly Clarkson is gearing up for a new season of her daytime talk show! She spoked to ‘Extra’s’ Rachel Lindsay about how ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ and ‘American Idol’ have impacted her life, and broke some news about her upcoming record. Kelly also spoke about hard times during the pandemic and her divorce and how doing her show was ‘therapeutic.’ ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ Season 4 premieres September 12 on NBC. (A singer she found on her “Kellyoke” tour will sing on her upcoming album!)
Lauren Alaina Talks Relationship With Kane Brown And How She Helped Him Find His Voice In Choir – Long before Lauren Alaina and Kane Brown became platinum-selling musicians, they attended Lakeview Middle School together in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. They sat next to each other in choir class when Alaina first recognized Brown’s superstar potential. “He never ever ever wanted to sing,” the hitmaker pointed out. “I looked at him, and I said, ‘Can you sing? It sounds like you can sing.’ And he said, ‘I don’t sing in front of people.’ So, naturally, I got him up and made him sing in front of the teacher. Did what I do best, which is embarrassed people,” she added while laughing. – Read more at CMT.com