Idols set to Perform on the CMA Lays Stage
Two Idols are set to play the Lays stage at the CMA music fest next month in Nashville. Bo Bice will perform June 12 and Casey James on June 9.
Check out this link for more information (Click the Lays Stage zone)
Carrie Underwood to participate in CMT tornado benefit
Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins and The Blind Boys of Alabama are performing for Thursday night’s “Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert.”
The special will air live at 9 p.m. EDT from The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., with proceeds going to the American Red Cross. President Barack Obama, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Alabama coach Nick Saban are scheduled to give video messages.
(Read the press release HERE.)
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The Return of J. Lo
America has spent this spring marveling at the resurrection of Jennifer Lopez. Just a year-and-a-half ago, it seemed impossible that this former icon of hip hop’s upward mobility would ever return to prominence. She fell on her overly fetishized backside during a failed comeback performance at the American Music Awards, and the single she was promoting, the plodding “Louboutins, ” failed to crack the Billboard Top 100 chart and likely led to her split with her longtime label, Epic Records.
Now, the queen of the high-pitched Puerto Rican giggle has claimed a new throne, at American Idol’s judges table, and apparently won back her audience. Her club-banger “On the Floor” is a hit. People magazine named her the Most Beautiful Person of 2011 (Michelle Pfeiffer is the only other 41-year-old to have held that spot). And she’s whispering of plans to eventually launch her own talent show, Que Vida, aimed at the Latin market.
Read more at Slate
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Set to Premiere Video for “(It) Feels So Good” on American Idol, Thursday, May 12
NEW YORK, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will premiere the new video for “(It) Feels So Good, ” his first-ever U.S. solo single, on “American Idol” airing Thursday, May 12. The video was directed by Ray Kay (Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Adam Lambert). Tyler, along with Jennifer Lopez, joined the “American Idol” judges panel in January 2011 and is playing a key role in the show’s current 10th season success.
“(It) Feels So Good” is available now on iTunes and all DSPs from Columbia Records.
Read more at Reuters
CKX and Apollo detail kill fees tied to acquisition deal in regulatory filing
CKX, the parent company of “American Idol” producer 19 Entertainment, which struck a deal Tuesday to be acquired by private equity firm Apollo Global Management for about $509 million, filed its agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The deal has already been blessed by the CKX board of directors and company founder and former Chairman Robert Sillerman, who remains the largest individual shareholder with 20.6% of the stock.
However, in the unlikely event that the deal falls apart, things could get costly. Per the regulatory filing, there is a $20-million fee that CKX could have to pay Apollo if it found another buyer. There are also conditions that call for Apollo to pay CKX if the deal does not close.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times
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Constantine Maroulis & His “Dude Musical” Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages has been a continued success — beyond being nominated for five Tonys — because it was able to overcome one of the toughest things that faces any musical, according to one of its stars.
“Musical theater is not something that most dudes just flock to. Well, we created a dude musical, basically. And that’s been a big part of our core audience, ” says former American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis, who was among those Tony award nominees last year for his performance as Drew in the show that will be at the Hobby Center later this month.
Read more at Houston Press
Just How Bad Is NBC’s Surprise Hit ‘The Voice’ for Simon Cowell?
More crucially, there’s got to be a saturation level at some point for televised singing competitions, right? If TV viewers keep on gorging on “American Idol” and “The Voice” and all the other talent competitions on air, how much appetite will remain for Cowell’s “X Factor”?
Then again, last night, strangely enough, NBC decided to shift the show from 9 p.m. EST to 10 p.m. — its intended regular time-slot — and I suspect when the final ratings come through we’ll see softened numbers. If you ask me, NBC’s playing a dangerous game in relocating a hit so early in its existence, and there’s something about the 10 o’clock hour that seems inhospitable to a show like “The Voice.”
Read more at Ad Age
FIRST LOOK: Glee’s Biggest, Craziest, Most Expensive Show Ever
You could say Glee’s Season 2 finale, airing May 24, has been two years in the making. After all, it was always co-creator Ryan Murphy’s intention to shepherd his freakishly talented group of misfits to meet their destiny: the fictitious national glee club championships in New York. And like the Fox show’s characters, who devour Manhattan in a frenetic first-timer’s visit, Glee hit NYC over five days in April with the sort of precision you might expect of a commando military mission: 10 moving targets, including Times Square and Central Park, which serve as part of the glee club’s life-changing tour of the city. The episode ends with the climactic competition and a death — victim as yet unknown …
Read more at Hollywood Reporter