Headlines: Maddie Pope Disses Disney Duet, Grace Vanderwaal Headlines Tour

Phillip Phillips Playing Moon Landing Anniversary Party

Is this becoming a thing? Just like the American Idol Top 10 appearing at a Moon Landing anniversary event in Seattle, Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips is set for a show at the Space Center in Houston, Texas.

‘UglyDolls’ to Hit China Theaters on August 8 – STX Entertainment’s “UglyDolls” is set to hit Chinese theaters on Aug. 8, despite rising tensions between China and the U.S. over their trade war. China’s Alibaba Pictures is a co-producer and co-financier of the film. The movie was originally announced as having a mainland release date of May 31. No reason has been given for its rescheduling. – Read more at Variety

Grace VanderWaal Announces ‘Ur So Beautiful’ Tour – Grace VanderWaal will set out on her own headlining tour this summer. She most recently served as opening act on Florence and the Machine’s High As Hope tour.
VanderWaal will launch her 23-date tour on August 10th in Kentucky and wrap in November at the Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival in San Diego. The tour’s name, Ur So Beautiful, comes from a forthcoming single that the 15-year-old will debut on June 28th. – Read more at Rolling Stone

American Idol Season 7 Singer Brooke White Reveals Album Cover

Brooke White’s forthcoming country inspired album Calico will be out on October 4.

Maddie Poppe On the American Idol Duet She DIDN’T Love – In a chat with fans and Mix 94.1’s Heather Collins, Maddie talked about some of her favorite karaoke songs…which unfortunately led to talk of one song she did on “Idol” that actually made her utter the dreaded “K” word. Worse yet, it was a Disney Week duet performed with her competitor and boyfriend Caleb Hutchinson. During the discussion, Maddie grabbed her guitar and spun through a selection of tunes, including covers of the 4 Non Blondes’ favorite “What’s Up” as well as the mellow 70’s classic “Brand New Key.” Of course, the set wouldn’t be complete with a live version of her ultra-catchy single “Made You Miss” off her recently released debut album Whirlwind.Note: The interviewer seems to think their “A Whole New World” duet from THIS season’s Disney night was performed last season… – Read more at MIX 94.1

Caleb Johnson Breaks Heavier Ground With The Ramblin Saints New LP ‘Born From Southern Ground’ (INTERVIEW) – Can we talk a little about your American Idol experience? Being on American Idol was an amazing experience. It’s something I will forever cherish and it will truly have a special place in my heart. After the show, the people working behind the scenes did not have my best interests at heart. The year after was a real struggle for me. Unfortunately, I was under a lot of contracts. I couldn’t really do anything because I was locked in. Luckily. the time was just right. The show was canceled and all of my contracts were null and void. Two years later, I was touring with KISS and Joan Jett, Sammy Hagar, Black Stone Cherry, Cheap Trick. I’ve been on the road for the past three or four years and I’m just wrapping up a tour with Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It’s been a blast and I’m looking forward to touring and playing rock and roll music for people. – Read more at Glider Magazine

‘Masked Singer’ Host Nick Cannon on Why the “Spectacular” Show Breaks Through TV Clutter – Why do you think The Masked Singer made such a splash? Internationally, I think people were taking huge chances on shows like this. But in America, we got stuck with the pretty mundane, run-of-the-mill singing competition shows. The fact that this one had some spectacular and zany component, it was actually able to really break through. What do you think clicked with audiences? It’s the spectacular costumes. It’s the fun and being able to be a little risque and cheeky with the format without taking itself too seriously. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Country Artist You Need to Know: Willie Jones – “Runs in Our Blood” is one of several tracks Jones has released in advance of his as-yet-untitled debut album (4 Sound), due later this summer, one of the most audaciously innovative mainstream country releases in years. Despite being steeped in the diction, delivery and aesthetic presentation of hip-hop, it sounds entirely like commercial country: full of clever wordplay, heavily processed banjo and down-the-middle Nashville subject material. Willie Jones sings in a rich baritone that recalls Southern crooners like Randy Travis and Josh Turner, whose song “Your Man” made Jones a sensation when he showed up on The X Factor in 2012. As a 17-year-old with a flat-top and a denim vest, he wowed Simon Cowell and company by showing that a man who looked like him could belt old-fashioned country music. – Note: Willie was eliminated from X Factor USA season 2 at the Top 16 – Read more at Rolling Stone

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