Today’s Idol Appearances:
- Elliott Yamin performs at Billboard Live Tokyo, Japan
- Randy Jackson on the Ellen Degeneres Show
- Crystal Bowersox visits KINK radio and 105.1 the Buzz in Portland OR
- Aaron Kelly drops by the Tennessee Mornings show in Nashville
Blake Lewis tweets, “On my way to NYC to shoot something with Rahzel for ATOM tv. Exciting!”
Listen to a full stream of Ruben Studdard’s track on the new David Foster Hit Man CD due to come out on March 1. Listen Here (stream on the sidebar).
Kellie Pickler is set to guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, February 23.
Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “2 of my favorite Hollywood #americanidol programs ever, this week. Great drama on Wednesday and just the best talent on Thursday. You decide”
More Headlines after the JUMP…
Brandon Green Wins Guitar Center’s ‘Your Next Record With Keith Urban’ Contest
Singer/songwriter BRANDON GREEN has been announced as the winner of GUITAR CENTER’s YOUR NEXT RECORD WITH KEITH URBAN contest. Over 6, 000 artists sent in submissions for the contest, where the top 100 were selected through eight weeks of peer judging on www.OurStage.com. URBAN hand selected the winner with his creative team.
BRANDON will get to record a 3-song EP in the studio with CAPITOL/NASHVILLE artist KEITH URBAN and his producer, DANN HUFF. He will also get the chance to open for KEITH on his soon-to-be-launched “Get Closer 2011 World Tour” and will also receive $20, 000 in music gear and endorsements from GIBSON, D’ADDARIO, EVANS and PLANET WAVES.
Brandon was a Top 50 American Idol contestant Season 7 and competed on CMT’s Can You Duet
Read more at All Access Music
EXCLUSIVE: Jordin Sparks Talks Losing Youngest Idol Title, Plus New Album
“I’ve seen a couple of episodes. I’ve been pretty busy, everything’s been insane. But I’ve watched a couple, ” Sparks tells Singersroom. “I actually might lose my crown this year of [being] the youngest winner ever because they lowered the age and there have been some great 15, 16, 17 year olds that I’ve seen and they’re so amazing. So I wish them the best of luck and I hope that they do well.”
Sparks also tells Singersroom she has started work on her third studio album, the follow-up to ‘Battlefield.’
“I just started working on it. I was recording something today that might potentially be for a movie – the theme song of a new movie coming out, so I’m excited about that, ” she says. “I’m working on new stuff. I saw Ryan Tedder and he gave me an amazing song that I’m really, really excited about. So we’ll see how it goes.”
Read more at Singersroom
Jimmy Kimmel at the Grammy Awards red carpet feat. Crystal Bowersox, Jennifer Hudson & Jennifer Lopez
Mandisa visits the American Idol Bus in Nashville
Mandisa dropped by to visit the American Idol bus in Nashville today. She tweets, “The @AmericanIdol bus is in Nashville. Just stopped by to share my exciting news!”
Her exciting news? Mandisa has lost 100 pounds!
The bus is headed to the Hard Rock Cafe downtown and then will go to the Bridgestone Arena at 4pm. Aaron Kelly and Bo Bice are also scheduled to drop by.
Adam Lambert on Fashion Police February 14, 2011
Crystal Bowersox Stops by SoundUnwound Headquarters
American Idol alum Crystal Bowersox stopped by our headquarters this afternoon to play a few tunes from her recent full length release Farmer’s Daughter.
The Ohio native spent Sunday attending her first-ever Grammy Awards show in a stunning long green dress, and then came straight to our office on Monday. She had our whole department laughing and clapping along with her unplugged renditions of songs from the record on her acoustic guitar complete with the scrawling signature of BB King across the face.
Read more at SoundUnwound
‘Rock of Ages’ set for a victory dance at Hollywood’s Pantages
Six years ago, a time portal opened on Hollywood Boulevard. In the flash of a Bic lighter, skinny guys with blown-out hairdos and sprayed-on spandex were rocking power ballads again. A group of theater-world unknowns had created a 1980s hair-metal jukebox musical that they called, variously, “a love letter to L.A.” and “‘Mamma Mia’ for dudes.”
“Rock of Ages” bounced from its tiny King King birthplace to other small L.A. venues and even to Las Vegas, drawing real rock stars and a wider following. But it never gained acceptance in the theater world.
Read more at the LA Times
Simon Cowell seething as Jennifer Lopez snubs his pleas to join US X Factor
SIMON Cowell is seething after a plot to poach Jennifer Lopez from American Idol backfired.
The music mogul approached her after she signed for Simon Fuller’s show, begging her to ditch it and join the panel of US X Factor, which launches this year.
J.Lo – who is also making a grand-scale Latino series with her husband Marc Anthony for the makers of American Idol – was bowled over by Cowell’s charm offensive and agreed to make the switch.
But after a swift intervention from Fuller she changed her mind.
Read more at the Daily Mirror
Simon Cowell marriage back on according to mum of Mezhgan Hussainy
SIMON Cowell’s mother-in-law-to-be has spoken for the first time about Mezhgan Hussainy’s relationship with the TV mogul – and confirmed the marriage IS on.
Mary also revealed the couple are setting up home in LA to coincide with the US X Factor.
Speaking outside her LA home in a dressing gown, pyjamas and specs, Mary, 63, said: “I’m very excited about the wedding. It’s on and we’re very happy for them. Simon is a wonderful man.
“He and my daughter will be living in LA when the US X Factor starts and we’re looking forward to seeing a lot more of them.”
Read more at the Daily Mirror
Glee Guys on Love Songs
Glee Guys on Romance