Headlines: Jennifer Hudson Set for Aretha Franklin Funeral, Idol Tour Bus in Miami

Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson among performers set for Aretha Franklin’s funeral – Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and Jennifer Holliday will be among those performing at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, a source with knowledge of the planning tells CNN.
The funeral is set to take place on August 31 at 10 a.m. ET at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.
Public viewings will be held August 28 and 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, the singer’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, previously told CNN. – Read more at CNN.com

The American Idol Audition Bus Hits Miami

Caleb Johnson Set to Release New Solo Music

Along with touring with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and Meat Loaf, the American Idol season 13 winner will be releasing new music. 

American Idol Top 10 Finalist Ada Vox Ready to Release Music

Former American Idol contestant Noah Davis kick-off this year’s bus tour – Following the success of the first American Idol on ABC, this Saturday the bus tour is traveling all around the country once again to find the best talent to take the stage this year. Former contestant Noah Davis joined us talk everything idol and why you do not want to miss out. To audition vist: www.AmericanIdol.com/auditions. – Watch the Video at Good Morning Washington

‘American Idol’ winner Maddie Poppe talks fame, upcoming Sioux Falls show – Argus Leader: What can fans expect from your show in Sioux Falls? Maddie Poppe: A lot of the other contestants on the show are doing bigger numbers. A lot of like “wow” show moments. I’m going to strip it back and just do me and a few other guitars just because that’s kind of the vibe that I like. I think that it fits what I was doing on the show, so I’m doing more of an acoustic set. – Read more at Argus Leader

WATCH: ‘The Voice’ Winner Jordan Smith Talks New Album & Working With John Legend – It’s been three years since he won The Voice but Jordan Smith is just getting started! Next stop? Music world domination. The singer sat down with OK! and exclusively talked about what it was like getting in the studio for his new album Only Love and what it was like to collaborate with music icon John Legend Opens a New Window. – Watch the Video at OK Magazine

Stephanie Rice: ‘If I Didn’t Perform I Would Die’ – When Stephanie Rice came out to her parents ten years ago at age 18, she received the one response she was most afraid of: rejection. They told her “they couldn’t choose their daughter over God,” and they’re estranged to this day. And, as she later recounted on her blind audition for season 12 of The Voice, she finds music is the best way for her to channel her emotions over that painful moment in her life. – Read more at Houston Public Media

Camila Cabello, Harry Styles, Kelly Clarkson on How Simon Cowell Built His Hit Factory – “Look at the careers of artists that Simon has been a part of and you will most likely find one common denominator: confidence,” Clarkson says. “I’m not sure that Simon could ever work with people that are insecure, and if he has or does, I’m almost certain he would be annoyed by it. Simon has been a part of so many careers and all the artists are very different from one another, but I do think, for the most part, he is attracted to working with people that know who they are, are good humans and are hard workers.” – Read more at Variety

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  1. Casey James singing a teaser from his new music today —this sounds like the Groove is HEAVILY Blues, and I’m loving it! Can’t wait to hear more! Seems he is planning to debut some of the music from his new record at The Woodlands in Texas this weekend…

    The Woodlands, Texas
    #theblues #texasroadhouse #vintage guitar


  2. PRESS CONFERENCE August 28 Park Theater @queenwillrock @adamlambert to

    September 1 marks the kickoff of Queen + Adam Lambert’s Las Vegas engagement The Crown Jewels, and the musicians will be making quite the entrance next week when they arrive in Sin City to prepare for opening night.

    Adam and Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor will arrive by private jet on Tuesday, August 28, at the MGM Resorts aviation hangar, and then go right to a press conference to talk to the media about the show, at Park Theater at Park MGM.


  3. I did not know that Adam came up with the title “The Crown Jewels”.

  4. Heh. It was sitting right there on my IG follow list, so I scooped it up! ? I am waiting to buy, as soon as it gets released…the last new slice of a bluesy sound I bought was Gary Clark Jr’s “Bright Lights”. Ready to put some new notes in rotation! ???

  5. Check out @KinkyBootsatBat.. and David up for playing at the Heckscher ball fields in Central Park, Broadway Show League, at 8:30 in the morning??
    Carolann @88olpgirl
    1 hour ago

    Nice day to take in a ballgame
    Go @KinkyBootsatBat !!!
    Representing with #theboyfromBlueSprings KC’s own


  6. I don’t know if he looks younger, but in general, Latinos have such great skin texture which allows them to age gracefully. Look at J-Lo.

  7. I saw that their on-stage seats were selling for $1400. That could have been for their closing show.

  8. I seem to remember hearing a song by Gary Clark Jr., maybe on an awards show? Was “Bright Lights” that song, or is it the album? Either way, do recommend it as a purchase?

  9. I bought the track after hearing it done on Idol, it is from a 4 song EP…and I do recommend it! Here’s the RS review ….https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/bright-lights-103106/

    ”…a genuine 21st-century bluesman, raised on the form in all its roughneck roadhouse glory but marked by the present day? That’s been as hard to find as a 21st-century clockmaker.

    It’s on rotation in one of my daily playlists; if the description in the review speaks to you…check it out?

  10. The lack of gray hair is also a big help, lol. That can add 10+ years to your look.

  11. Not taking anything away from him, but this just seems like common sense to me. However, there might be a lack of that these days.

  12. David C Q&A posted less than an hour ago –

    51 minutes ago

    .@thedavidcook takes on seven questions about @KinkyBootsBway, dressing room must-haves, & his upcoming tour.
    August 23rd, 2018?by Josh Ferri

    Some interesting answers in there:
    “1. How is this run as Charlie Price different than the first time in Kinky Boots?

    I think the most obvious is that the first time I was starting effectively from “step one”. I really started from the beginning, figuring out my voice within Charlie and where I can get Charlie to sit. This time, I was starting with more of a base, and what I love about that is that it’s allowed me to find new things and nuances with this character that either I couldn’t last time or just didn’t have the time to find last time. This time has been more challenging, in the context of just trying to find the nuance within Charlie.”

  13. He didn’t. It’s the name of a 8 CD box set of Queen’s first 8 albums, released in 1998.

  14. Noted on a random tweet – Happy Freedom Day to the Season 16 Idol alums…??

    Evan Clem
    Happy idol freedom day







    hope you guys announce you’re record deals now

  15. Just like they named their last big tour after one of their albums, Queen could have done the same for the Vegas tour after any of their other albums or used the same title of the last one. Adam suggested they go with “The Crown Jewels,” after another one of their works, for the Vegas Residency. They had a lot to choose from but Adam liked that one for this tour and they agreed it was a perfect fit. They often use some of his suggestions about their tours.

  16. Adam suggested they go with “The Crown Jewels,” after another one of their works, for the Vegas Residency.

    Yes, It always surprises me how much input Adam has. Brian has said Adam is very involved with lighting, staging, choosing color schemes among other things with this tour. I also love that Brian and Roger have such healthy egos with letting Adam be front and center when it comes to representing them to the media and with him getting all the attention that he does with QAL like a true frontman should.

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