Tim Urban performs at the YouthJamz benefit concert on Feb. 25 @ La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, CA (to benefit San Diego Homeless Teens)
Mary Murphy had cancer surgery for tumor in her throat: “I can’t scream”
Returning So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy had surgery for a tumor in her throat in December, and at least right now, cannot scream, her signature method of expressing approval and appreciation.
Mary told me this at a Fox party for TV critics last night, where she also shared the news with others. She told me that she learns more at the end of January, and said, “I’m a little scared.” However, she said doctors discovered she had an “encapsulated tumor, ” which she said means it’s less likely that the cancer spread.
Mary will be rejoining SYTYCD as judge this coming season.
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DOES JENNIFER LOPEZ HAVE AN UGLY BEAUTY SECRET?
Jennifer Lopez has earned many nicknames over the years – everything from Bennifer (when she was with Ben Affleck) to J.Lo. But in hushed tones in certain beauty salons across Los Angeles, the singer and actress has also been dubbed, Paylo – a reference to what some say it her apparent lack of generosity when it comes to tipping.
“Jennifer Lopez thought her friendship paid for the service, ” sniped one Beverly Hills beauty expert. “One time she came into a salon and got her eyebrows shaped, hair colored, and a blowout for free and then left with out tipping anyone, ” sputtered the disgruntled beautician.
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@nigellythgoe tweets, “You’ve got to love her Christmas present from Mark.”
Q&A: Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Constantine Maroulis talks about ’80s musical ‘Rock of Ages’
With his show coming to town, Maroulis chatted up Stuck in the ’80s boys Sean Daly and Steve Spears about hirsute rock, scoring that Tony nom and whether Idol helps or hinders a guy trying to make it on Broadway.
We’re ’80s archaeologists, fearlessly digging for deeper meaning into the fluff of that decade. Why do hair metal and cheesy rock anthems have such a hold on the culture?
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What ‘Idol’ needs to do in Season 10: Kill the Cowell archetype
On Monday, I published the first in a series of posts about things American Idol needs to accomplish if it wants to successfully reinvent itself. This season, the top priority of the show needs to be focusing on the contestants. It also should have a second goal that’s almost as important.
#2 Kill the Simon Cowell archetype
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Kelly Clarkson gets a goat for Christmas
@KellyClarkson: That last picture is one of my Christmas presents an his name is Billy Joel ….he doesn’t like anyone else on the land but he loves me which is why I love him even more ha.
19 Zany Moments From The TCA ‘Idol’ Panel
While Tuesday morning’s American Idol panel offered little in terms of substantial info about the forthcoming season and all the changes being discussed — precisely for that reason, it’s still being debated — some of the back-and-forth banter between the judges and executives was downright comical at times. TCA members have Steven Tyler to thank for many an eyebrow-raising moment. A sign of what’s to come? Let’s hope so.
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Jennifer Lopez Feels ‘Anxious’ Before Idol Eliminations
“I get very involved and attached to the kids, in the sense of their trajectory and watching them, ” Lopez, 41, said after Idol’s Tuesday’s Television Critics Association’s press panel, in anticipation of having to eliminate 50 percent of the contestants during a taping later in the day.
“I feel really anxious about cutting half the kids today, I really do, ” the pop star added. “I’m really not looking forward to it. You want to pick the right ones and you want to see who’s really going to make a great show, and at the same time, be great artists. But I feel like we have so many good ones that we’re going to lose some good ones today. And that’s what bothers me.”
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DAVID ARCHULETA IS TAKING OVER SWRV!
Every Wednesday, we’re letting one of our favorite musicians run SWRV Takeover, and this week David Archuleta is taking his best shot! Watch the Idol play HIS favorite music videos this Wednesday, January 12th at 6pm & 9pm Eastern Time, and head to swrv.tv/takeover to make your own! Don’t just watch! (Via Facebook)
Not sure how to watch SWRV? Click here for all the details: How To Find SWRV
Credit: SWRV Facebook
Andrew Garcia announces a New show Feb 5 in New York
Boring ‘Idols’? Just blame the viewers.
The folks behind “American Idol” do not think they bear any responsibility for the fact that, since they started allowing “Idolettes” to perform with instruments, the annual competition has been won by a spate of utterly forgettable, virtually indistinguishable, scruffy-but-safe white guys with big, soulful eyes who stand behind guitars.
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STAR-STUDDED EVENT TO FEATURE 2011 GRAMMY SALUTE TO INDUSTRY ICONS® HONORING ENTERTAINMENT ENTREPRENEUR DAVID GEFFEN
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Clive Davis and The Recording Academy® will continue the tradition of the annual Pre-GRAMMY® Gala, and this year’s event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® (www.grammy.com). This exclusive, star-studded celebration will feature special musical performances and is attended by artists and industry VIPs in music, film and television. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.
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The American Idol Judges Get in the Hot Seat
Last night Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Ryan Seacrest stopped by Tonight to chat about the 10th season of American Idol, which kicks off next week. The interview was fairly boilerplate—the biggest piece of news regarded Lopez’s long-in-turnaround album Love, which is finally seeing the light of day even after flopping both on the charts and on stage. But the interplay between the new panel’s members offered a few hints about what’s in store for the coming weeks and months.
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SIMON COWELL is working on launching a Rat Pack-style swing group through his Syco record label.
The mogul’s team are calculating how much cash the project could make before trying to find the right singers.
He prefers to listen to old crooners when he’s relaxing at home.
A source says: “Simon loves SAMMY DAVIS JR and FRANK SINATRA and once called big orchestra number Mack The Knife, ‘The best song ever written’.
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‘Glee’: Sue Sylvester Throws an Epic Fit & Sings Justin Bieber
“In the Super Bowl episode, Sue tries to top herself by shooting Brittany [Heather Morris] through a human canon and [Principal] Figgins won’t let her do it – an insurance liability or something – so she throws a fit, ” Lynch told reporters at Fox’s TCA party Tuesday night.
“Yeah, it’s the biggest fit yet. It’s epic. We did it in three or four [takes]. I destroy his office and then I destroy the locker room. They had to rebuild the room after I destroyed it, ” she added.
Lynch also dished that in the episode they’re working on right now: “In the Justin Bieber one, if you will, she actually sings a song with the Glee club. I can’t say the song. I don’t even know it yet. I never heard it and I have to learn it.”
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Arcade Fire, Florence + the Machine and Vampire Weekend are just some of the indie acts that owe much of their crossover success to the network that outperforms late-night tv.
With so many music options available to listeners at any given moment, breaking a new act is more challenging than ever. Even the perfect alignment of mainstream press and promo — say, a Rolling Stone feature, a performance on Conan or a video in rotation on one of the MTV channels — won’t necessarily add to an artist’s bottom line.
But during the past decade, one media outlet has proved to be incredibly effective in connecting a band with its target audience, prompting an instant sales bump and, most important, spreading the word: National Public Radio. Arcade Fire, Florence + the Machine and Vampire Weekend are just some of the indie acts that owe much of their crossover success to the member-supported network, which boasts an audience of 34 million, according to Arbitron, along with a devoted online following. All nabbed Grammy nominations this year, one played for the president (Arcade Fire) and another on the VMAs (Florence), and each has graduated to the opposite end of the dial: mainstream alt-rock stations such as Los Angeles’ KROQ.
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter