Headlines: Jena Irene Releases EP, Voice Coaches Mourn Prince

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LOUD & PROUD: Adam Lambert Reveals The Icons Who First Made It Okay To Be Gay – We asked Adam… What is the first gay cultural moment that you can remember? I remember seeing RuPaul on VH1, and being fascinated with this drag queen. I’d not seen one before. Also watching ‘Will and Grace’. I remember watching the show with my family, and we all laughed, which helped us a lot. It broke the ice and opened the way to their accepting me as their gay son. – Read more at Huffington Post

Jena Irene releases debut EP, talks to Jay Towers – Detroit’s Jena Irene is making waves in the music industry. From her first stance on the national stage on American Idol – she now has her own EP that you can buy today. Jena has been a friend of FOX 2 for several years now and performed her debut song “Unbreakable” from her five track EP named “Innocence”. – See the Video at FOXDetroit2

Kree Harrison, Kalie Shorr Among Women Making Inroads In Post-Bro-Country Era – n Harrison’s case, she came out of the Idol experience with significant name recognition. But she was exhausted and determined not to rush an album. In the last year, her publisher, Plaid Flag Music, financed an album she recorded in a week of intensive sessions in Asheville, N.C., that mines old-school soul and country roots. Whether it’s considered commercial country or Americana or something else was less important to her than the quality. “I care that people think it’s good,” she says. – Read more at Billboard

‘Idol’ aside, there’s no one path to stardom, says Lauren Alaina – The final episode of “American Idol” was like a high school reunion, according to Lauren Alaina, the Season 10 runner-up.
“All the different classes were there and it was like we were talking about the teachers and the staff. It was funny to see how all of the seasons were so similar and yet so different.” The key takeaway: There’s no one path to stardom after “Idol.” “Not everybody has turned into Carrie Underwood,” the 21-year-old Alaina says. “But the show does open doors for you, whatever your path may be.” – Read more at Sioux City Journal

Former ‘American Idol’ Star Kimberley Locke Talks Life After the Show, Secrets to Her Success (EXCLUSIVE) – In the new issue of In Touch, former American Idol star and season two fan favorite Kimberley Locke opens up about her life after the show, how it prepared her for the dark side of the spotlight and where she sees herself in 10 years. Kimberley says that she owes a lot to American Idol. “It was a huge platform for me,” she says of the groundbreaking singing competition series, which just ended its 15-season run on Fox. – Read more at In Touch

‘The Voice’ Coaches Mourn Prince: ‘It’s Like a Superhero Died’ – Also on Thursday, the Voice coaches gathered in Hollywood for a karaoke charity event benefiting Children’s Hospital L.A. When Billboard caught up with the quartet on the red carpet outside Hyde Sunset, we had to ask about the day’s tragic news. “His death represents a big hole in the ether right now, especially the musical ether,” Pharrell said. “But his music, his message, his movement — it was just super powerful. His physical presence will definitely be missed. The essence of him survives along with the body of his work, the memories we all have of him, and the incredible impact and impression that he’s made with his songs.” Levine has been a vocal Prince fan for years, even getting to spend time with the often-elusive superstar and covering his “Purple Rain” at Howard Stern’s birthday concert last year. – Read more at Billboard

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