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Jordin Sparks to sing anthem at Phoenix Suns opener – Jordin Sparks, one of the Suns’ most famous fans, will sing the national anthem Wednesday night for the Suns’ season opener against Sacramento at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Sparks, a Phoenix native, first sang the national anthem at a Suns game when she was 12 years old and has done so at several Valley sporting events throughout her singing career’s rise. Sparks last sung the anthem at a Suns game in 2010 and also performed it for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix. – Read more at AZCentral

Scotty McCreery Joins Triple 8, Adds Scott Stem For Day-To-Day Management – Scotty McCreery has signed a management deal with Triple 8. As part of the new management setup, McCreery’s publicist Scott Stem has moved from Essential Broadcast Media to Triple 8 to handle day-to-day management duties for McCreery. McCreery’s publicity will continue to be handled by both Essential Broadcast Media and Stem. – Read more at Music Row

STING TO RECEIVE “THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD OF MERIT” AND PERFORM AT THE “2016 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS®” – dick clark productions and ABC announced today that composer, singer, actor, author, and activist Sting will be honored with “The American Music Award of Merit” at the “2016 American Music Awards.” The iconic musician will take to the stage to perform a medley of songs, including the raucous first single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” off his new rock/pop album, 57th & 9th, as well as some of his greatest hits. This will be Sting’s American Music Awards performance debut. He joins previously announced show opener Bruno Mars. The “2016 American Music Awards,” the world’s biggest fan-voted award show, will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 20 at 8:00pm ET on ABC. The “American Music Award of Merit” is only given to artists who have made truly exceptional contributions to the music industry. The award was last given in 2008 to Annie Lennox. Previous honorees include Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Prince and Frank Sinatra. – Via dc productions press release

CMA Awards 2016: Seven Past Entertainer of the Year Winners to Perform – The list of 50th Annual CMA Awards performers has expanded to include seven music legends who have a combined 375 CMA nominations and 94 wins between them. Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Charley Pride, Reba and George Strait — all former Entertainer of the Year winners — will take the stage November 2nd as the show celebrates its golden anniversary. – Read more at CMA Awards

Miley Goes ‘Dorm to Dorm’ Campaigning for Hillary Clinton — Watch! – Miley Cyrus is hitting the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton. The 23-year-old singer surprised college students at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, on Saturday, going “dorm to dorm” to encourage them to get out and vote on election day. The former Disney darling donned her most patriotic outfit — with a Miley spin, of course — as she knocked on dorm rooms to speak to students about the power they have as millennial voters. Read more at Entertainment Tonight

Adam Levine responds to sick teen’s heartwarming Maroon 5 cover – Will Hunt, a 16-year-old sophomore at Tennessee’s McCallie prep school, warmed hearts when he covered Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved” while in the hospital awaiting heart surgery. Now, the viral video performance has reached the ears of the band’s frontman, Adam Levine. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly

Blake Lewis Talks Music, PostModern Jukebox and “American Idol” – Do you feel that your music has evolved since competing on “American Idol”? Oh, astronomically. “American Idol” really showed me the politics between art and commerce. What can happen when you bite your tongue when you should be speaking up for your art. I love pop music, catchy tunes and anthems. It just has to come from an honest place, whether it is emoting through relationships I have been through, or just life lessons. This last album I made has songs about all of that. It has the adversity within, getting over depression, growing up with an alcoholic mother, and my best friend getting over heroine for the third time. They are definitely deeper and honest pop songs at the end of the day. I definitely feel that my music has evolved. You mentioned biting your tongue when you should speak up. Have you experienced the opposite? It is pretty interesting. I was really good at speaking up about me on “American Idol” but the aftermath of being signed to major labels was very different. I was told to keep my mouth shut and I thought these people are heads of the industry they know what is best for me. They really ended up doing me harm. It took a while to get back to that frame of mind where I could stand up for myself. I was so let down by people who should have been standing up for me. – Read more at equality365.com

Magnus takes on songs of Dusty Springfield – Siobhan Magnus has never been one to shy away from a challenge. With her new project, an homage to the great British vocalist Dusty Springfield and the vintage soul sound of Muscle Shoals, the Barnstable native boldly flexes new artistic muscles and reveals a very different side of her musical persona. Magnus has relocated to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to absorb the city’s soul mojo and record tracks from Springfield’s 1969 album “Dusty in Memphis,” one of the seminal pop/soul records. She will return to the Cape to perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cape Cinema in Dennis. “This is a very challenging task and also very intimidating,” says Magnus from Muscle Shoals. “I honestly don’t want people to think I’m trying to say `Look, I’m so good I can do Dusty.’ I’m just trying to sing these great songs and capture the honesty and feelings. I read four or five different books about Dusty the person and the artist and just fell in love. This is my tribute to her.” – Read more at Cape Cod Times

Interview: Adam Wakefield Talks Time on, Life After ‘The Voice’ – What was it like being on The Voice? It was interesting. Living in LA and living in a hotel for months at a time was not fun. We were sequestered, so we couldn’t leave the hotel, because people would recognize you. There were paparazzi trying to find where all of The Voice contestants were staying, too. For most of the time, you’d spend a couple hours a day doing something for The Voice, and then the rest of the day, you had nothing to do except hang out at the hotel. But the show itself was a blast. I had these preconceived notions going into it that it was going to be this frilly Hollywood bulls–t, and it is in a sense; I mean, it’s a TV show, and I think more of the show is controlled by the producers than you’d think. But the flip side of that is, they pretty much let me do whatever I want on the show. – Read more at The Boot

American Idol winner Trent Harmon sang the National Anthem and performed a few songs before the Steelers vs Pats football game in Pittsburgh.

Diana DeGarmo Heads to Korea to Star in Jekyll and Hyde

See you in 7 months, America! It’s time to head to Korea for my next adventure with “Jekyll & Hyde!”

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The Voice’s Dez Duron and Idol’s Pia Toscano Join Forces

A true pleasure singing beside the handsome & super talented @dezduron ?

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American Idol alums Elliott Yamin and Anthony Fedorov Pose for a Pic

Great running into my fellow #idol brother @singlikeyaminit backstage at @greek_theatre. #mamabares #sowhat #idolfamily #fahmla

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