Randy Travis Confirms Carrie Underwood will be on his upcoming album due out in early 2011
Underwood, too, is “gonna be in the studio with us, ” he says. “She wants to do something old, and I don’t even know what we’re going to do yet.”
The album should be out in 2011 at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter, Travis says.
Read more at The Weekender
Missy Elliott to appear on Jennifer Hudson album.
Singer/producer Missy Elliott tweeted yesterday, “Going back to finishing this J Hud joint love yall! Muah!”
Other contributors to Jennifer’s album, due to drop in November: Claude Kelly, Ne-Yo and John Legend
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‘Idol’ hopefuls crowd AT&T Park
An estimated 7, 000 people filed through AT&T Park on Tuesday, the first day contestants could register to hold a spot for auditions Thursday – the registration office will stay open every minute until 8 a.m. the day of the tryouts – and indulge their fantasies of winning the everlasting fame the show promises.
Patrick Lynn, the show’s supervising producer who has organized the cattle lines since it all started in 2002, said he’d noticed that the contestants today are more savvy to the show’s process, seemingly born with innate “Idol” knowledge.
“I called last season Idol 2.o, ” Lynn said. “We’d finally reached a point where all of the people who’ve grown up with the show are now able to try out for it. They know how it all works.”
Read more at SF Gate
Antwaun Cook Defends Fantasia: Don’t Blame Her for My Broken Marriage
“Antwaun would be remiss not to address the criticism and judgment he has received, ” Cook’s lawyer, Nicole Sodoma, said Wednesday in a statement. “He knew Fantasia Barrino but the failure of his marriage can in no way be blamed on anyone except the two people that were a part of the union – Paula and Antwaun.”
Read more at People
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Remember Crying Hoff?
‘Gulf Is Back’ tribute plays to full house
“The Gulf Is Back” will air on the CW Network at 7 p.m. Aug. 27.
David Hasselhoff, known as “The Hoff, ” kicked off the taping before a packed house.
Other musical performances filmed during the Coliseum concert featured Lonestar, Terri Clark, Bo Bice and Taylor Hicks.
The show will also highlight fishing trips, boat rides and other hot spots along the Coast with stars Ricky Skaggs, Ace Young, Kyle and Chris Massey, Drake Bell, Brian McKnight, Dean Cain, Shannon Elizabeth and B.B. King.The television special is one in a series of initiatives being coordinated through the governor’s office to promote the Gulf Coast as a tourism and convention destination.
Read more at the Sun Herald
Taylor Hicks isn’t the kind of guy who waits for things to happen or makes excuses when life throws him a curve ball. Even if his recording studio was in his kitchen and he had to hand deliver copies of his self-produced, handmade albums door-to-door to get his music out, he’d do it. If he had to stick CDs in the windshield wipers of every car in the Walmart parking lot, he’d do that too.
Read more at Laughlin Entertainer
‘Idol’ winner Jordin Sparks is ready to fly on Broadway
NEW YORK — Jordin Sparks, who at 17 became the youngest performer to win American Idol, is about to make her Broadway debut playing another precocious overachiever.
But Nina, the working-class character she portrays in the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, initially gets our attention not by surpassing expectations, as Sparks did on Idol’s 2007 season, but by failing to live up to them.
Read more at USA Today
Carly Smithson attended the Idols Live show in San Diego on Monday night:
@carlysmithson: Went and saw the Idols live tour last night @thekatiestevens was amazing !! Can’t believe that girl is so young.
@carlysmithson: @LeeDeWyze was telling me before the show how different his version of Beautiful Day was gonna sound. It was so good I barely recognized it
David Archuleta backstage at the Idols Live show in Anaheim last night
@davidarchie: Made it to the Idols Live concert in Anaheim tonight!! Brings back memories. Big Mike is on killin’ it!
David Archuleta with Aaron Kelly and Katie Stevens
New Video “The Truth”: Kris Allen’s Operation Desert Storm
So, was the final video result worth all that suffering? In a word, yes. Esteemed cinematographer Aaron Platt, who directed the dreamy desert clip, did a superb job of creating an artsy, moody, cinematic vibe, shooting Kris amid Discovery Channel-esque sandscapes, dramatically crashing chandeliers, sepia-toned silhouettes…and, um, Pat Monahan.
Read more at Yahoo Music
When TV’s leading men and women leave
The heart of groundbreaking drama “ER” continued to beat after the movie-bound George Clooney pulled the plug on his heroic character, Dr. Doug Ross. The laughs kept coming even though Shelley Long’s Diane Chambers stopped slinging cocktails at ” Cheers, ” and “Star Trek’s” USS Enterprise stayed aloft for decades after William Shatner vacated the captain’s chair.
But “American Idol” without acerbic, tough-love judge Simon Cowell, “Larry King Live” sans Larry King, and “The Office” minus its clueless boss, Steve Carell as the always inappropriate Michael Scott — can the franchises thrive, even survive, without them?
Read more at the Los Angeles Times
Lauren Froderman of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Photo Shoot
MYFOXNY.COM – Lauren Froderman danced her way into America’s heart on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Tuesday she came to New York to take a leap into the role of cover girl for a “Dance Spirit” magazine photo shoot.
Lauren, 18, of Phoenix, experienced the joy of a lifetime when she won the TV show contest and its $250, 000 prize.
In Focus: Chris Colfer’s Journey From “Social Llama” to Glee
The thing to know about Glee actor Chris Colfer is that he’s not like his character, Kurt.
McKinley High’s fashionable soprano is comfy both performing in 10-inch-high Lady Gaga heels and coaching the football team on how to put a ring on it. He’s the group’s lone, self-assured outcast, virtually free of self-pity and most content in Alexander McQueen.
Colfer says he, on the other hand, was more of a “social llama” in high school.
Read more at TV Guide
Kings of Leon: We rejected ‘Glee’
With everybody apparently clamoring to get their music on “Glee” it’s refreshing to see some bands actually refusing to license their music to a TV show.
Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Folowill told music mag NME that he’s rejected the show’s request to use his music, adding that he’s never watched the series and “apparently everybody loves it.”
Folowill also said the band turned down ABC’s “Ugly Betty.”
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Aero Assault — Perry Shoves Steven Tyler Off Stage
TMZ has obtained video … showing Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry hip-checking Steven Tyler off the stage and into a crowd at a concert in Toronto last night … and it didn’t look like no accident.
It all went down during a performance of “Love in an Elevator” — first, Steven playfully bumped Perry … and then Perry retaliated bumping Tyler right back … sending him face first into the crowd.
See the Video at TMZ