Maddie Poppe on new album, ‘American Idol’ finale drama: ‘The situation speaks for itself’ – Many of your fans have been upset that “Idol” hasn’t invited you back to perform your new single, “Made You Miss,” on Sunday’s season finale. Is that true? Poppe: You know, I can’t really say a lot. I think the situation speaks for itself. I really don’t want to comment because I don’t want to get into too much trouble, but I think if you put the whole thing together, a lot of people are on the same page with how I feel about it. – Read more at USA Today
Katharine McPhee Gushes About Fiancé David Foster: ‘We’re So Happy and Proud of Each Other’ – The Waitress star also revealed she used “some personal days” so she could sing “She Used to Be Mine” — from the musical that she’s performing in London — at the BCRF gala while Foster accompanied her on piano. How does McPhee feel being onstage with the Canadian songwriter-producer? “It’s amazing,” she says. “This is how we met and how we started, so it kind of feels like old hat to be honest.” – read more at People
Tickle the ivories to “Crocodile Rock” at your own risk, says Postmodern Jukebox’s Scott Bradlee – So when Bradlee received a notice of a copyright violation from Twitter on April 20 for a two-year-old, 20-second-long clip of him improvising the chorus to Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” on piano (without vocals), it hit him where his own music lived – on the Internet. “I received a Twitter suspension for playing the chorus of Elton John’s ‘Crocodile Rock’ on the piano,” Bradlee told Variety on April 24. “It wasn’t a commercial use and I wasn’t selling it. It was me making a fun recording on my iPhone.” His friend and frequent Postmodern Jukebox collaborator Casey Abrams, an alum of “American Idol” season 10 (2011), also had his share of Twitter beefs, ironically for playing Elton John’s “Rocketman” on sitar, which prompted a similar UMPG takedown. Could the company’s legal eagles be sharpening their talons to protect intellectual property anticipating the imminent release of the high-visibility biopic of the same name?
In response to Abrams’ violation, Twitter essentially wiped out his account, removing all his followers, and forced him into a new approach to posting his own daily videos on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. “It’s one less site I have to worry about,” says Abrams, who has a jazz album coming out on May 31st. “It eliminates a lot of stress,” he downplays, noting that, “there’s not a whole lot of love on Twitter.” – Read more at Variety
‘The Bachelorette’: ABC Exec on Season 15, Diversity Efforts and the Franchise’s Evolution – “The Bachelorette” is back for its 15th season with a new leading lady: Hannah Brown, otherwise known as Hannah B. Brown was first introduced to audiences as a contestant on the most recent season of “The Bachelor” with star Colton Underwood, and she was seen as a dark horse for “The Bachelorette.” Although the season just premiered this past Monday, the full season wrapped shooting this week, meaning Brown’s journey for love has come to an end. Viewers will watch her season play out over the next couple of months, but ABC’s reality chief, Rob Mills, teases that Brown is truly torn over who to choose. “What you’re going to find is the decision she makes goes right down to the very last minute,” Mills tells Variety. – Read more at Variety
In Loving Memory of Grumpy Cat: The Internet’s Most Famous Feline Dead at Age 7 – Grumpy Cat, the Internet’s most famous feline, has passed away at age 7, her official Twitter account wrote to its 1.5 million followers today. “Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome,” read a statement from her family. “She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha.” Endless memes—and success—followed. In addition to nabbing MSNBC’s Most Influential Cat Award, she also scored campaigns with Purina and Cheerios. She had guest spots on Today, Good Morning America, American Idol, Sesame Street and even The Bachelorette. – Read more at EOnline