Lee DeWyze to perform at the Very Merry Mixxer 2010 for Mix 106.5 on December 9 at Campbell Heritage Theater in San Jose, CA. More information HERE.
Sons of Sylvia’s Adam Clark talks about touring with Carrie Underwood
I caught up with opener Sons of Sylvia’s oldest trio member, mandolin-playing Adam Clark, outside after last night’s Carrie Underwood show, standing nondescriptly near his tour bus about 100 feet from where a group of Underwood fans waited anxiously for her to exit the venue.
“She’s not going to come out, ” he deadpans, watching the crowd with an amused smile. “She never does until all the fans leave.”
Read more at Idol Chatter
Ryan Seacrest interviews Kris Allen on KIIS FM
Kris will be performing at the4 KIIS “Pick Your Purse” party in a few hours
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Kris performing at Ryan’s Pick Your Purse party
Kris performing at the Grove in LA for Extra
Matt Giraud plays the Grand Ole Opry
Matt Giraud made his debut on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry radio show Tuesday night, appearing with local jazz singer Anna Wilson to perform their duet of You Don’t Know Me.
Today, Matt recorded a second version of You Don’t Know Me with Wilson. “It’s like a broken-down acoustic version of me and her sitting comfortably and recording it, ” he says. Tonight, he’ll go in the studio with producer Doug Grow to record a song for Matt’s forthcoming EP.
Matt has yet to set a release date for his EP but says, “I think we’re going to be getting a single out by Christmas — or at least by Valentine’s Day.”
Read more at USA Today
BACKSTAGE: Locals interviewed for Lambert’s ‘True Hollywood Story’
“The producer, Michael Lynn, is very excited and passionate about the project and said the final production is wonderful, ” Leila Lambert said. “I was able to share so many videos and photographs that have never been released before, so I think it will be refreshing. I have spoken with many people who were interviewed, and they said it was so enjoyable talking about Adam and his success story.”
Also interviewed was Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network/MET2 producer Kathie Bretches-Urban, who first met Adam 17 years ago, when the then-redheaded, freckle-faced Rancho Penasquitos preteen started performing in her company’s youth theater productions in Poway. Bretches-Urban said she spent 90 minutes with the documentary crew last summer answering questions about her first impressions of the young Lambert.
Read more at the NC Times
Carrie Underwood Visits WPOC 93.1. Watch the in-depth interview HERE.
Ruben Studdard – Singing Soul & Heart
American Idol Season 2 winner Ruben “The Velvet Teddy Bear” Studdard goes from concert arenas to the up-close jazz nightclub atmosphere of The Rrazz Room for a limited-engagement Nov. 17-21. “I’m a really big jazz fan and I put a challenge out to my managers to get me into some really cool jazz places.”
Read more at San Francisco Bay Times
Susan Boyle Tops Billboard 200, ‘Glee’ Reigns On Digital Songs
It’s a “Dream” come true: the cast of Fox TV’s “Glee” and Susan Boyle rock the top of Billboard’s charts this week.
“Glee’s” cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” was the top selling song in the U.S. last week, as it’ll debut at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 214, 000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the ensemble’s first No. 1 and biggest sales week yet. Previously, the cast’s best week came when its first single, “Don’t Stop Believin’, ” debuted at No. 2 with 177, 000 (June 6, 2009).
Read more at Billboard
Recording Artist Danny Gokey to Donate Old Eyeglasses to Raise Funds for Free Eye Exams and Glasses for Needy Children
GLENDALE, Wis., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Since early October hundreds of Danny Gokey fans have donated used eyeglasses and non-perishable food items at Wisconsin Vision stores throughout the state. In exchange for their donation, today those fans get to meet Gokey, the 19/RCA Nashville recording artist and 2009 American Idol finalist, when he shows up to contribute his own used pairs of eyeglasses at Wisconsin Vision’s new Glendale location. Gokey’s glasses will then be auctioned online to raise funds for a new program announced today by Wisconsin Vision and Sophia’s Heart to provide free eye exams and glasses for children in need.
Wisconsin Vision will also present a $10, 000 contribution to Gokey for Sophia’s Heart, the non-profit organization Gokey founded in memory of his late wife Sophia to help mend and heal the hearts of children and families who have been touched by poverty, sickness, disease, broken families and broken dreams.
The Clear Days Ahead program is the first medical relief program for Sophia’s Heart. Each month Wisconsin Vision will auction several pairs of Gokey’s eyeglasses for the non-profit. The funds will help pay for reduced-rate eye exams provided by Wisconsin Vision optometrists. The optical company will then donate the needed lenses, frames and fabrications valued at more than $200 per pair. The Milwaukee Teachers Education Association will help screen and refer children eligible for the free exams and eyewear.
Read more at PRNewswire
P&G, Walmart continue initiative with third family movie
CINCINNATI (Nov. 17) Procter & Gamble and Walmart are continuing their Family Movie Night initiative with a third made-for-TV family film.
The companies said that “A Walk in My Shoes, ” starring Nancy Travis, Philip Winchester and Yara Martinez, will premiere on Dec. 3 on NBC. The film builds on the success of the first two films in the Family Movie Night initiative, “Secrets of the Mountain” and “The Jensen Project.”
“A Walk in My Shoes” also will feature a soundtrack produced by music mogul Randy Jackson that includes songs from artists such as Michael Johns, Judgement, and Walking In Space, P&G and Walmart said. The “A Walk in My Shoes” DVD and soundtrack will be sold together in a bonus pack exclusively at Walmart starting Saturday, Dec. 4.
Read more at Drugstore News
Syesha Mercado returns to Tampa Bay with ‘Dreamgirls’
Much Music – My Date With Adam Lambert Promo
The special airs November 18
‘Dancing With the Stars’: Maks ‘never said’ he didn’t like Bristol Palin
Bristol Palin’s somewhat surprising victory over Brandy in the “Dancing With the Stars” semifinals might have seemed even more dramatic for viewers who read recent stories about bad blood between Palin and Brandy’s partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Maks spoke with press after his and Brandy’s elimination, and he thinks all the talk is a result of the persona he’s developed on the show.
“A lot of things just stick, ” Maks says. “Most recently, there’s Bristol saying that I didn’t like her. I never said that. I want people to understand that I’m just here as a dancer. That’s all I am.”
Read more at Zap2it
Backstage at DWTS: “I’m in Shock” Confesses Tonight’s Eliminee
“I’m in a lot of shock, ” the tearful pop star told us following her elimination. “But I’m very blessed to have been a part of something so amazing, where I can rediscover who I am, challenge myself and prove to myself that if I really commit to something and give it my all, I can be success.”
“I’m just so thankful to Maks, ” she said. “He taught me how to dance with confidence.” Added the sometimes hotheaded dancer, “I’m very proud of Brandy. It’s been an amazing experience, and I really do have a lot to thank her for. It’s been challenging, but she’s been there in more ways than one.”
Read more at EOnline
Kimmel Talks Conspiracy Theories with Brandy, Maks After ‘DWTS’ Cast-Off (VIDEO)
Jimmy Kimmel is outraged by America’s vote to eliminate Brandy Norwood and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy from ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ The pair had scored well all season and garnered their first perfect 30 the previous night. Meanwhile, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas earned lower scores but remain in the competition.
On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (weeknights, 12:05AM ET on ABC), the host tried to draw some anger out of Brandy, but she was very gracious, saying the experience had restored her confidence. “I believe more in myself now.” Kimmel countered, “This would destroy my confidence.”
Watch the clip at TV Squad
Report: Man Shoots TV Over Palin Dance
A 67-year-old rural Wisconsin man enraged over Bristol Palin’s lack of skill on “Dancing with the Stars” blasted his television with a shotgun, leading to an overnight standoff with a SWAT team, according to the AP.
A Dane County Sheriff’s detective said Steven Cowan felt Palin was “not a good dancer and was only on the show because of her famous mother.”
Then Cowan shot his TV before turning the gun on his wife, who ran out and escaped.
SWAT officers surrounded the home and talked Cowan out Tuesday morning.
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Lea Michele to Receive Billboard’s First-Ever Triple Threat Award At Women in Music
Lea Michele, the 24-year-old Broadway ingenue-turned-breakout star of Fox’s “Glee, ” will receive the Triple Threat Award at the 2010 Billboard Women in Music Event on Dec. 2 in New York, it was announced today (Nov. 16). Michele will be celebrated alongside Jazmine Sullivan, who is receiving the Rising Star Award, and Black Eyed Peas vocalist and Grammy-nominated artist Fergie, Billboard’s Woman of the Year.
“I’m so excited!” Michele tells Billboard.com of receiving the honor, which recognizes excellence in performance across acting, singing and dancing.” “At work we have a nickname for Matt Morrison — we call him ‘Triple Threat, ‘ because he’s an incredible singer-dancer-actor. And now I get to borrow that phrase, which is really cool.”
Read more at Billboard.com
Glee’s Matthew Morrison: When I Lost My Virginity
Glee’s Matthew Morrison talks about sex in the December issue of Details (see more photos in the new Us Weekly, out now!)
“I definitely hooked up with a lot of girls when I was a young guy on Broadway, ” says Morrison, 32. “It was exciting. Very joyous and free.”
That’s a far contrast from his college days, when he says he joined a Bible-study group and didn’t lose his virginity until he was 21. (Fun fact: Kristen Bell previously told UsMagazine.com she dated him while an undergraduate at New York University.)
Read more at US
Glee Bully Max Adler says “It Gets Better”
Jim Cantiello’s Musical Glee Cap