BILLY PORTER TO JOIN RYAN SEACREST AND LUCY HALE IN TIMES SQUARE FOR “DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2021” – dick clark productions and ABC today announced that Emmy®, Grammy® and Tony® winner Billy Porter, who hosted the New Orleans festivities for the first time last year, will join Ryan Seacrest and Lucy Hale in Times Square in New York for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021.” Returning to the show for her fourth year, award-winning multi-platinum selling artist Ciara will once again oversee the Los Angeles festivities. In his 16th year as host of America’s most-watched New Year’s Eve special, Ryan Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight live from New York City on Thursday, December 31, 2020 beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC. This is a broadcast event closed to the public. – Via press release
American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips plays Charity Concert for Needy Families
“I’m joining @HormelFoods this Friday, December 11th at 7pm CST on their YouTube channel for a special
Concert of Hope & Thanks to feed families in need this holiday season,” writes Phillip. “Text HORMEL to 243-725 or visit http://ConsciousAlliance.org/Hormel to pre-register for the auction or make a donation to the Virtual Food Drive in exchange for a limited-edition Phillip Phillips ‘Art That Feeds’ concert poster. Every $1 donated to the Holiday Auction or Virtual Food Drive provides 2 meals to a hungry kid.”
Every $1 donated to the Holiday Auction or Virtual Food Drive provides 2 meals to a hungry kid.
— Phillip Phillips (@Phillips) December 8, 2020
‘The Voice’s Carter Rubin on His Amazing ‘Rainbow Connection’ Performance and Future Album Plans – “It was a really meaningful song for me, because Gwen was the one who picked it out for me,” the young singer told reporters after the show. “She said that she wanted me to take this classic and make it my own, and that’s what I tried my best to do.” “I dedicated this song to my brother, who’s on the autism spectrum, because the song kind of reminds me of innocence, and just believing, and that’s the way he lives,” he added. “So I think it was a really nice dedication to him.” – Read more at Entertainment Tonight
Simon Fuller, Verizon Form Pact to Develop 5G Music and Entertainment Experiences (EXCLUSIVE) – Simon Fuller is fully on board the 5G hype train: The British music impresario believes the next-gen wireless technology is a game-changer that will transform the way fans experience music and entertainment. Fuller, creator of “American Idol” and founder of XIX Entertainment, formed a partnership with Verizon to develop experimental new entertainment experiences using the telco’s 5G Ultra Wideband platform and VR, AR and mixed-reality technologies. “It’s a way for me as an independent entertainment entrepreneur to explore what’s possible with a large technology company that has invested billions in this incredible technology,” Fuller told Variety. “If we find something that connects, we can take it to the next level” and launch a business based on the prototype. – Read more at Variety.com