‘Feeling’ Steady: Black Eyed Peas Match Decade Mark On Hot 100
With its 14th week at the Hot 100 summit, “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas matches Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” for longest No. 1 stay this decade. The Peas have now held firm at No. 1 for 26 straight weeks, with “Boom Boom Pow” preceding “Feeling” with a 12-week run, making them the second act in the 51-year history of the Hot 100 to remain at No. 1 for a half a calendar year or more. The other was Usher, who spent 28 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2004 with four tracks.
On the wings of strong first-week download sales (110, 000), Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova” makes the Hot 100’s biggest leap (96-11). The song opens at No. 8 on Hot Digital Songs, Underwood’s eighth top 10 on that list since it launched in February 25. That sum ties her with Beyonce for second most top 10s among females, trailing only Rihanna who’s reached the upper tier 12 times. “Casanova” previews Underwood’s third studio album, “Play On, ” set to hit retail on Nov. 3.
Young Stars Record ‘A Very Special Christmas’ for Special Olympics
Some of the best and brightest young stars of today are joining together to record one very special album: Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Colbie Caillat, Vanessa Hudgens, Sean Kingston, Leighton Meester, Kellie Pickler, Ashley Tisdale, Carrie Underwood and more are all lending their talents to A Very Special Christmas: Volume 7, to benefit the Special Olympics.
Universal Music Enterprises is set to release the album for purchase on Nov. 24.
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ET’s Behind the Scenes of Carrie Underwood’s Latest Video
Grammy Award winning artist Carrie Underwood is gearing up to release her new album next month — but ET’s got footage from the set of her new video “Cowboy Casanova” before it debuts this weekend!
The video, set to premiere this weekend on CMT as part of the network’s multi-artist Big New Music Weekend, is for Carrie’s song that is the nation’s No. 1 country digital single.
Look out for her video Friday on CMT during the network’s 6 to 11 a.m. block of new music videos, or catch it on CMT.com.
Carrie’s album Play On hits store shelves on November 3.
Q&A: Jordin Sparks Talks About Her Role Models, Advice For Young Girls & More
Starpulse had the pleasure to sit down with Jordin Sparks this week to discuss her latest venture, “America’s Biggest Sleepover” courtesy of BeingGirl.com. BeingGirl is a website that focuses on advice, friendship, and bonding in adolescent girls across the country.
Sparks’ personality is as bubbly as you would think – and she has a good heart to boot. For every girl that signs up, $1 is donated to the Protecting Futures Foundation, a program designed to keep young girls in school.
Falling in love again with Jason Castro
Ahh … Jason Castro. Just say his name and girls start gushing. The Texas native, who placed third on “American Idol’s” seventh season, is adored for his dreamy blue eyes, signature dreadlocks and sweet rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Well ladies, I have good news and bad news for you.
The good news is Castro will be at 202 Market in downtown Roanoke on Thursday night for the breast cancer awareness event “Pretty in Pink Ladies Night Out.” Blake Lewis, the beat-boxing phenom from “Idol’s” sixth season, will also perform.
The bad news? I spoke with 22-year-old Castro recently, who was in Dallas getting ready to perform at the State Fair of Texas. I asked him if he has a girlfriend. Read on to see what he had to say about that, life after “Idol” and his cougar following.
Concert review: Crowd swoons over their ‘Idols’
“American Idol” came to 202 Market in Roanoke on Thursday night, and Simon Cowell was NOT in the house. The only people in the house were Jason Castro and Blake Lewis’ adoring fans — about 300 of them –and their camera flashes.
U2 (who played in Charlottesville) didn’t have anything on those guys.
The “Pretty in Pink Ladies Night Out, ” a benefit for breast cancer, certainly brought the ladies out — most of them for Castro, “Idol’s” fourth runner-up during season seven.
The After Party Welcomes Diana DeGarmo and Nancy Opel Tomorrow 10/2
Friday October 2nd THE AFTER PARTY welcomes American Idol’s Diana DeGarmo and Tony Award Nominee Nancy Opel and their castmates from Off-Bway’s The Toxic Avenger
Also featuring London’s premiere cabaret performer Barb Jungr.
Plus Members of BROADWAY IN SOUTH AFRICA including The Lion King’s Sean Bradford, Mamma Mia’s Frankie James Grande and Rent’s Adam Kantor with William Wade at the piano!
From ‘Idol’ to Angel
In the future, every “American Idol” finalist will spend at least 15 minutes on Broadway. Which means Taylor Hicks is ahead of the curve.
Alabama native Hicks won “American Idol” in 2006, beating out a finalist field loaded with North Carolinians, including McLeansville’s Chris Daughtry, who has emerged as the top record-seller from that year’s “Idol” crop. While Hicks has not sold as well as Daughtry, he’s still putting out albums, including this year’s “The Distance.” And he has a healthy side-career going in musical theater, playing Teen Angel in the musical “Grease.”
“Grease” opens Tuesday in Durham. We chatted with Taylor by phone from Houston.
Blake Lewis Party
(antiMusic) American Idol Season 6 runner up Blake Lewis’ second album, Heartbreak on Vinyl, will be released on October 6th, 2009 from Tommy Boy Entertainment and the singer will be holding a record release party for the effort at the Roxy in West Hollywood next Thursday night.
Here is a little info his PR peeps sent over: For his official album release party, Lewis will perform tracks with his full band from his forthcoming Heartbreak on Vinyl. The event is open to the public with tickets available through Ticketmaster.
The ‘Idol’ is back ‘â€ but did he ever leave?
And he’s extremely busy.
Recently, Guarini has been recording his third album, working on launching a new Web show called ‘Sketched Out’ (which is absolutely hilarious ‘â€ I watched it and was laughing out loud) and has been preparing for his Oct. 10 show at the Sellersville Theater with the jazz band Drivetime, with whom he recently recorded a cover of Bobby Caldwell’s ‘What You Won’t Do’ for its new CD.
‘This is my opportunity to show my hometown people how much they mean to me, ‘ he says, ‘and what their support has given me over the years.’
Paula Abdul planning clothing line for dogs
The former ‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul, who has several pet pooches, has decided to design a range of exclusive accessories for pampered animals.
A source said: “Paula is secretly launching a new business, designing duds for classy canines. She has already met with major pet store buyers who are straining at the leash to handle her designs.”
The 47-year-old ex-pop star is believed to be working on crystal-studded collars and leashes, T-shirts, sweaters and shoes for dogs.
Kate Moss to sing at Simon Cowell’s 50th birthday party
Just who do you get to sing in front of the most powerful man in pop on his 50th birthday?
Madonna? Whitney Houston? Bjork? Nope. Simon Cowell’s star-studded 50th birthday party will be capped by a musical turn from none other than Kate Moss.
The supermodel will be murdering – sorry, belting out – karaoke classic Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald when she takes to the floor tomorrow night.
With Leona Lewis, Jennifer Lopez, Il Divo, Alexandra Burke and Westlife all in attendance, the pressure’s on Mossy to give the performance of her life.
Simon Cowell’s private 50th birthday bash made public
On the north shore of Long Island in the 1920s of F Scott Fitzgerald’s imagination, impossibly glamorous guests would descend upon a mansion to attend the gilded parties of a man whom they did not really know, but to whom they had attached quasi- mythical cultural status. Tomorrow night, another party will be held at a country pile, though this one will merely have a 20s theme. It will take place near Barnet in Hertfordshire; it will be attended by the likes of Philip Green and Sinitta, and it will celebrate the 50th birthday of Simon Cowell.
We get the Gatsbys we deserve.
Simon Cowell’s £1m happy birthday to himself and the showbusiness party of 2009
It is being billed as the showbusiness event of the year. Simon Cowell, widely seen as the most powerful man in the entertainment industry, turns 50 in a few days’ time, and a huge party for 400 guests is being planned for tomorrow. ‘It’s going to be a big bash, ‘ says Cowell’s PR, Max Clifford, with some understatement. But who’s on the guest list? What will they bring for the man who has everything? And why are there rows behind the scenes about the ‘unauthorised’ party that was thrown for him a couple of months ago? ALISON BOSHOFF reveals all the juicy details. . .
Susan Boyle set to sing on X Factor
Susan Boyle is being lined up to sing on X Factor, in her first live British TV appearance since finding worldwide fame.
Earlier this month Su-Bo wowed US viewers when she appeared on the finale of America’s Got Talent. And she is now expected to sing on the X Factor in November, to coincide with the release of her new album I Dreamed A Dream.
Exclusive: DWTS’ Aaron Carter: I’m Not Trying “to Hook Up” With Karina Smirnoff
Aaron Carter says his comments about not wanting to date Dancing With the Stars partner Karina Smirnoff were taken out of context.
While chatting with 104.3 MY FM’s Valentine in the Morning on Monday, Carter, 21, said he would not want “to be in that category” of men who have romanced Smirnoff, 30. “I’m sorry, but I’m not that guy, ” he said. “I don’t got that kind of time.”
But Carter tells Usmagazine.com he has “the utmost respect” for Smirnoff, who recently called off her engagement to Makism Chmerkovskiy. He says he was only trying to be “professional” by saying he’s not “trying to hook up” with anyone on the show.
‘Glee’ Star Amber Riley On ‘Idol’ Rejection: ‘I Still Work On FOX And Get Paid’
Getting rejected by the world’s biggest singing reality comeptition was good for Amber Riley, the ‘Glee’ star said on ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ on Wednesday.
‘I auditioned for ‘American Idol’ at 17, they told me, ‘No.” Amber told Wendy.
Amber further revealed she didn’t even have the chance to show her skills to then-judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.
‘I got to the producers, ‘ she said of her audition experience. ‘I didn’t get to meet anybody.’
‘Glee’: The top 5 reasons to rewatch ‘The Rhodes Not Taken’
I don’t know how “Glee” keeps topping itself — it just does! If I tried to list all the ways the show makes me happy, we’d be here all night, so I’m limiting it to the top reasons you’ll want to rewatch last night’s episode, “The Rhodes Not Taken.”
Eliminated ‘American Idol’ Game Programmer Lashes Out at ‘Morons’
Hell hath no fury like a geeky programmer scorned. After 18 months of work and development, Raw Thrills has reportedly pulled the plug on its ‘American Idol’ arcade kiosk, which has led to some poignant and acerbic criticism from one of the game’s creators.
According to Game Set Watch, programmer Cameron Silver said that the DVD-creating, green-screen karaoke kiosks “were killed on account of stupidity.” While ‘American Idol’ devotees may mourn the loss of a game they never got a chance to experience, it has at least provided footage of some of the most uncomfortably terrible karaoke ever witnessed. Seriously. Just try to make it through an entire video (after the break). And, does anyone know why images of Vietnam, IV bags, and aircraft carriers would be flashing up during Pat Benatar’s ‘Heartbreaker?’