Idol Headlines for 8/11/14

Bachelor in Paradise continues tonight on ABC 8/7c PM. Snark along with Shnugs live blog!

Blake Shelton set to Duet with…Barbra Streisand!Barbra Streisand announced a duets album today, featuring performances with Blake Shelton, Josh Groban, John Legend, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley (UGH) and more. Check out the legendary singer’s Instagram announcement HERE. Includes waxworks album cover! Heh.

Caleb Johnson testifies about his debut album – . “We really buckled down and busted our butts,” Johnson says. “We put our best feet forward and put out a record I’m extremely proud of.” Bolding so we remember 6 months from now when he disavows the album as not “really me.”“We were really trying to push it and not have every song be a riff-rock song,” he says. “Every song would incorporate those elements but show different flavors. And not just that, but show my talent as a writer, too.” Let Me In, which features the horn section from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, probably pushes farthest. Songs like the album’s single Only One, as well as Testify, Let Me In and ballads Fighting Gravity and Change grew from “the bones of ideas that I came in with,” Johnson says. “Then the writers were incredible. They were some of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with. We really just bounced off each other and pulled these songs out. Most of these songs we wrote in half a day, because we were going so quickly.” – Read more at USA Today

FOX 17 Catches Up with Jena Irene – She may have been the runner-up on season 13 of American Idol, but Jena Irene Asciutto is definitely a winner in her home state of Michigan. On August 7, the singer stopped at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant as part of the Idols Live Tour. FOX 17’s Jackie Green caught up with the Farmington Hills native about life on the road and what it’s like to be back in Michigan. – See the Video at FOX 17

Artist who performed Christian song on ‘American Idol’ leads worship for Assemblies of God Centennial – Angie Miller of “American Idol” fame led worship for the final evening of the Assemblies of God Centennial celebration in Springfield, Mo. Miller belted out a heartfelt rendition of “Revelation Song,” Sunday, leading a crowd of thousands. The service, which was simulcast to more than 700 host sites, concluded the 100-year anniversary for the Assemblies of God Church, the largest Pentecostal denomination. It was estimated that the simulcast would be watched by 10 million viewers. – Read more at AL.com

Female country singers get extra spins on radio – Three times an hour, from Monday through Sunday, SiriusXM’s The Highway channel will introduce what it calls Fresh Female Voices, little-known records by women with and without record deals. It’s part of a platform-wide music-discovery initiative taking place on the subscription-based broadcast service this week. The women include major-label acts Leah Turner and Kelleigh Bannen, as well as singers who’ve achieved some industry renown, such as Pistol Annies member Angaleena Presley and Brandy Clark, who has penned hits for Miranda Lambert and the Band Perry. Small-label or independent acts such as Sunny Sweeney, Risa Binder and Allison Veltz will be played. Marks also has picked records by outside-the-box acts, namely former The Voice runner-up Dia Frampton and Swedish folk band First Aid Kit, who he feels fit the format. – Read more at USA Today

 

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