Headlines: Jordin Sparks & Glee Stars, Gabby Barrett Gives Thanks

Amber Riley, Jordin Sparks, Ledisi, Anthony Evans, And Kevin McHale In THAT’S WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME – On Monday, December 10, Amber Riley celebrates the holiday season with “That’s What Christmas Means to Me.” This one-night only concert will feature Riley along with a six-piece band performing classic holiday tunes including This Christmas, O Holy Night, All I Want For Christmas Is You, and many more. Joining Riley is a star-studded lineup of incredible vocalists including Grammy nominees Jordin Sparks and Ledisi, gospel singer Anthony Evans, and former Glee co-star Kevin McHale. Additionally, the concert will include a toy drive to benefit A PLACE CALLED HOME, as attendees are each encouraged to bring an offering for the underserved youth the charity assists. – Read more at BroadwayWorld.com

Tenor Anthony Kearns To Perform During The 98th Annual 6ABC Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade – Also participating in today’s parade were “American Idol” stars, Justin Guarini and Michael Woodard and Craig Wayne Boyd from “The Voice” – Read more at Broadway World

Carrie Underwood’s Due Date for Second Child With Husband Mike Fisher Revealed – Taylor Dye of country music duo Maddie & Tae revealed Underwood’s due date exclusively to Us Weekly at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards on November 14. “January,” she said. “And we’ve already offered to babysit.” Maddie & Tae, along with girl group Runaway June, will open for the 35-year-old “Love Wins” singer’s Cry Pretty Tour 360, which kicks off in May. – Read more at US Magazine

Gabby Barrett Pays for Groceries at a Pittsburgh Giant Eagle

…or as Pittsburghers call it Giant Igle. The American Idol alum counts her blessings and gives thanks.

Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie Share Thanksgiving Traditions

Coca-Cola celebrates 25 years of polar bears with a rendition of Phillip Phillip’s “Home”

Katy Perry tops Forbes’ highest-paid women in music list over Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga – Katy Perry is roaring at the top of Forbes‘ highest-paid women in music list. The publication’s annual survey places the 34-year-old pop star atop its recurring ranking of female artists’ salaries after she bagged approximately $83 million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. Most of Perry’s haul comes from her American Idol judging salary and ticket sales for her global Witness: The Tour, which averaged around $1 million per show across the last year in support of her latest album of the same name, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart last summer after spawning hits like “Chained to the Rhythm” and “Swish Swish.” – Read more at EW.com

Married and Writing His Own Music: 17-Year-Old Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Grows Up – Scotty McCreery was humbled from the first moment he won Season 10 of American Idol. The 17-year-old at the time had to fly back home to North Carolina right after the show’s season finale for an AP English test the next morning. “I guess that kind of grounded me pretty quick after winning the show,” McCreery says. – Read more at Dallas Observer

Ready for Christmas: David Archuleta returns to GJ with new album, holiday music – But writing a Christmas song is different from writing a pop song or love song because of the traditions and memories associated with the holiday, he said. “Something that is shared with so many other people… taking on the responsibility for writing a song that talks about that was intimidating for me,” Archuleta said.
But he did it nonetheless, at times pulling from personal experiences he thought many others could identify with, he said. – Read more at the Daily Sentinel

Grifter Journalist Jerry Ji Guo Jailed for Alleged $3.5 Million Bitcoin Heist – On Nov. 9, FBI agents in Puerto Rico arrested the self-described “serial blockchain entrepreneur” on wire-fraud charges for allegedly stealing over $3.5 million worth of cryptocurrency from startups that hired him as a consultant. On Friday a federal judge in San Juan ordered Guo’s transfer to San Jose, California, to face the eight-count indictment, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison by statute, and at least five years, three months under federal sentencing guidelines. At the same time he was promoting an ICO of his own called ICST, or Individual Content and Skill Token, a would-be content sharing platform that would help undiscovered musicians achieve fame and fortune with blockchain technology. Guo claimed ICST had partnerships with The Voice and American Idol (the video is titled “Creators of American Idol’s crypto platform tour Asia”), and he further stoked interest with an online talent contest called ICST Idol that ran before and during the ICO in June. The contest offered 100,000 ICST tokens—“worth $5,000”—to the winner. About 25 people entered. It’s not clear who won the talent show, but Guo won the day. When the ICO closed it had pulled in $2.5 million worth of Ethereum in 17 days. – Read more at The Daily Beast

Simon Cowell breaks down during speech on stage as Lauren Silverman rushes to comfort him –  SIMON Cowell broke down in tears on stage at a charity ball last night – with partner Lauren Silverman rushing to his side to rescue him. he X Factor boss, 56, was overcome with emotion after a film was shown of him spending time with terminally-ill children as part of his work for Together for Short Lives. – See the Video at The Sun

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