Katharine McPhee will sing the National Anthem today at Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan to celebrate Tide’s My Story Our Flag installation. She’ll sing at 12 noon. Watch a live Stream
Who Will Carrie Underwood Write for Next? – And when I met newcomer Rachel Holder last month, she told me Underwood had written a song on her debut album, too. It’s called “Lord Help Me.” Underwood co-wrote that one with Katrina Elam and Ashley Monroe, and it has a “Lord help me, I’m fallin’ in love” kind of vibe. I think Holder’s voice will be perfect for it. But then again, so would Underwood’s. – Read more at CMT
Watch Carrie Underwood perform “Good Girl” on Australia’s Sunrise morning show HERE.
Kris Allen interviews with Grammy.com.cover musical education, advice to artists, singing vs. songwriting, American Idol and more. Watch them HERE.
Casey Abrams Summer Tour Announcement
Jessica Sanchez gives album details and talks crazy ‘Idol’ tour – Runner-up Jessica Sanchez tells Zap2it, “I’m excited. It’s going to be our first show and we’re going to have no idea what we’re doing on stage, so it’s going to be great to see us all flopping around and falling on stage.” Don’t worry, it’ll still be a great show. “We’ve just been goofing around a lot [in rehearsals],” Sanchez explains. “It’s going to be hilarious to watch. I’m going to be dancing, and couple of other people are going to be dancing too with me, and it’s just going to be crazy to see us acting like fools.” – Read more at Zap2it
Taylor Hicks at Bally’s Las Vegas
CHERYL COLE SET FOR GLEE ROLE – Eta: A report in comments that Jane has, in fact, used the word keen. Odd. I don’t know. I have a hard time imagining Jane Lynch using the word “keen” to describe anything. The report is coming from a UK tab, so take with a grain of salt. “CHERYL Cole is being tipped to star in huge American TV show Glee. Two of the show’s main stars, Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison, say that producers are desperate to get Chezza. Jane, 51, who plays bitchy coach Sue Sylvester, revealed: “There’s been talk on set of Cheryl appearing for a year or so, but it’s set to happen now. Matthew’s spoken very highly of her and the younger guys on set are keen to have her on, for obvious reasons. Matthew’s chatted to her and she seems keen.” – Read more at The Daily Star
U.K. Album Sales Drop 13% in Second Quarter – LONDON — Despite ongoing growth in the digital market, U.K. album sales fell by 12.7 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2012, according to new market data released by British labels trade body the BPI. Total U.K. album sales — comprising both physical and digital — amounted to 20.6 million in the second quarter, down from 23.5 million in the same period the previous year, according to BPI and Official Charts Co. figures. Total first-half 2012 album sales were 43.6 million, a 13.8 percent fall on the 50.5 million albums sold in the first half of 2011. Read more at Hollywood Reporter
Kelly Clarkson Covers ‘Lucky’ Magazine’s Music Issue! – Kelly Clarkson rocks out on the cover of Lucky‘s first ever music issue, on newsstands July 7. Here is what the 30-year-old Duets judge had to share with the mag: On her new boyfriend: “Oh, there’s all these rumors that I’m a lesbian. I have a boyfriend now, Brandon Blackstock, my manager Narvel’s son, Reba McEntire’s stepson? I just had my 30th birthday and we went turkey shooting. It’s what I wanted to do, so we went.” – Read more at Just Jared
Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About Her New Boyfriend In Lucky’s First-Ever Music Issue – Clarkson opened up to Lucky about her new boyfriend, turning 30 and her low-maintenance style. While the issue doesn’t hit newsstands until August 7, you can get a preview of Clarkson’s interview and a first look at her photo shoot and cover below. – Read more at MTV
Behind the Scenes of the Lucky Shoot
Britney’s bizarre ‘X Factor’ furniture – Britney Spears may be one person who actually enjoys being in a dentist’s chair. According to a new report, the pop star travels with one on tour.
However, it’s not for her teeth per se. “She’s got a portable dental chair, and she loves it,” a source tells The Sun. “It reclines so she can relax while they make her up. We joke with her about it all the time.” The star is even said to have the comfy piece of medical furniture sent by private jet to “X Factor” auditions. – Read more at New York Post
‘The Glee Project’: Kevin McHale talks tonight’s episode and season 4 of ‘Glee’ – This week, Oxygen’s The Glee Project welcomes Kevin McHale, who of course plays Artie on Glee, to mentor the remaining contestants. Their lesson this week? “Adaptability,” which required the contestants to think on their feet. EW spoke to McHale about tonight’s episode — and didn’t hesitate to grill him for scoop on season 4 and even his thoughts on a Quinn/Artie romance. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly