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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