UMG Nashville To Offer ‘A Country Christmas’ Programming – UMG NASHVILLE is offering its annual, 24-hour CHRISTMAS special for Country stations’ holiday programming. “A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS” hosts including REBA McENTIRE, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, LUKE BRYAN, MADDIE & TAE, JOSH TURNER, TRAVIS DENNING and more. It features CHRISTMAS thoughts, memories, music and more from many of your favorite Country artists, including all of the above stars, as well as DARIUS RUCKER, LITTLE BIG TOWN, GEORGE STRAIT, ALAN JACKSON, JOSH TURNER, KEITH URBAN and others. – Read more at All Access
Lauren Spencer-Smith to Perform at the People’s Choice Awards
The American Idol season 18 semi-finalist and Tik-Tok sensation will perform on the People’s Choice Awards airing on NBC and E Entertainment on December 6 at 8 pm. Lauren is nominated in the Best New Artist category.
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Ryan Seacrest Teases Unpredictable ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ and ‘American Idol’ 21 – After the holiday season, American Idol will make its return to TV. After all these years on the air, and finding incredible talent, Seacrest admitted that there is still so much to see and hear. “Every year, the judges say ‘Do you think there’s more talent out there? Have we not exhausted every state and every town in America?’ Well it turns out, there’s a lot of good stuff out there,” he told ET. “It’s gonna be a great season. It’s always about what cast we find on the road with those young singers, so I think the judges felt very fulfilled with what we found.” – Read more at Entertainment Tonight
‘Masked Singer’ winner Amber Riley talks overcoming body-shaming from ‘Glee’ fans – Amber Riley “suffered” due to vicious online attacks about her weight while on “Glee,” but a stint on “Dancing With the Stars” helped her win her confidence back. “I suffered so much through my time on ‘Glee’ with people always having an opinion about my body. Like, my body was always a topic of conversation,” the “Masked Singer” winner, 36, tells Page Six exclusively. “It was a war zone for such a long time for people to pick over online.” – Read more at Page Six
Jordin Sparks Talks ‘All-Consuming’ Dancing With the Stars Experience & Reveals Which Dance Had Her Feeling Most Emotional – “I knew it was going to be tough because it’s something I don’t do, but I did not know it was going to be as all-consuming as it was,” Sparks told SheKnows at the red carpet for the 2022 Footwear News Achievement Awards. “I couldn’t think about anything but the show.” Having just gone through the show, Sparks, who recently released her new single “Stop This Feeling,” also shared advice for future contestants. “I feel like if you’re going to do it, try to clear your schedule so you can just focus on the show so you don’t over-stress yourself,” she suggested, noting that the one time she had to fly out of Los Angeles she “thought I was going to lose my mind.” – Read more at Yahoo
With Gayle’s ‘Abcdefu,‘ Kara DioGuardi’s Run as a Top A&R Executive Enters Third Decade – Through Arthouse, which began as a publishing company for DioGuardi’s own song catalog, and her recently launched app, Briidge, the Grammy-nominated artist matches music creators based on their skill set, sound, location and personality, a human algorithm she sharpened while serving as a judge on “American Idol” in 2009 and 2010. Arthouse Music Publishing and Records, for which DioGuardi is CEO, has equity in tunes by Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Halsey, Eminem, Florida Georgia Line and now Gayle, with the double-platinum Grammy-nominated “Abcdefu” finishing out 2022 at No. 15. – Read more at Variety