Tonight, the America’s Got Talent auditions continue!
Playlist: What’s Adam Lambert listening to? – Fresh from a world tour fronting Queen, Adam Lambert has a new album, The Original High, out Tuesday, which features cameos from Tove Lo and Queen guitarist Brian May. As his single Ghost Town climbs the charts, Lambert picks some of his favorite recent music for USA TODAY. – Read more at USA Today
Carrie Underwood – Arkansas Country Music Festival Cancelled – The country music festival at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark was scheduled to be held from 26 to 28 June (15), but nearly two weeks before the kick-off, bosses announced the shows will not go on as planned. A statement posted on the event’s official Facebook.com page reads, “It is with great regret that due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to hold Thunder on the Mountain. – Read more at ContactMusic.com
Phillip Phillips, unlikely pop star – “It’s all you hear on radio, all about being happy about things. Not everybody’s happy all the time. Sometimes, it’s good to be filled with a little anger,” he says. “But, you know, the album also has a lot of love and light.” Recent tours with O.A.R., Matchbox Twenty and John Mayer have helped give him some direction. “John really helped me get into that jam-band kind of crowd,” he says. “We like to jam, extend songs, change them up, and play a different set every night. We did a co-headlining tour with O.A.R. last summer, and they can jam, too. It was good to get in front of those fans that I really want.” – Read more at South Florida.com
Will Simon Cowell Return for Final Season of ‘American Idol’? – Cowell, one the original judges on “American Idol,” said he is okay with the 13th season [sic] being its last. “I kind of said goodbye many years ago.” He also revealed he doesn’t see himself returning as a judge, joking, “I don’t really know… maybe I’ll flip the light switch off at the end or something.” – Read more at Extra
Blur guitarist calls X-Factor the ‘devil’s work’ – The X-Factor isn’t for everyone. In a new interview with the Mail, British band Blur called out the show—and all singing contests, really—when asked what they thought about televised talent shows. “Stage left with a machine gun,” guitarist Graham Coxon said. “In the past, TV talent shows provided entertainment, but they didn’t promise anybody a career. I don’t believe in the devil, but The X-Factor is the devil’s work.” – Read more at Entertainment Weekly
Taraji P. Henson Discusses ‘Empire’s’ Successful Debut, Season Two and Social Injustice – What can we expect for next season? They are going to deal with a lot of the past, and this is something that I requested. What happened with Cookie in the 17 years she was locked away from her family? How did Lucious become – some people want to call him this monster – but people are the way they are because of their circumstances and so we just want to delve a little bit more into how these people became who they are. – Read more at Billboard.com