Headlines: Maroon 5 Cancels Super Bowl Presser, Maddie Poppe, Chevel Shepherd New Music

Maroon 5 Cancels Super Bowl Halftime News Conference – Maroon 5 has canceled its news conference to discuss the band’s Super Bowl halftime performance, choosing to not meet with reporters as most acts have done. The NFL announced Tuesday (Jan. 29) that “the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday.” Maroon 5, with frontman Adam Levine, will be joined by former Outkast member Big Boi and Houston rapper Travis Scott at halftime of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots. – Read more at Billboard

Allison Iraheta Talks Singing Backgrounds for Kelly Clarkson

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Reigning American Idol Champ Maddie Poppe to Release New Single First Aid on Friday

Reigning The Voice Champ Chevel Shepherd Announces The One Life Project

Ariana Grande, Adam Lambert, and more to appear on Wicked 15th anniversary album – To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the acclaimed musical, Verve/UMe announced Friday that they’re releasing a new version of the Grammy Award-winning original cast album, titled Wicked: The 15th Anniversary Special Edition on Feb. 8. In addition to 19 tracks sung by the original cast, the special two-disc CD set will also include four bonus tracks recorded live during the NBC special A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years On Broadway from last October. That means fans have the opportunity to hear Ariana Grande sing “The Wizard and I” all over again, as well as Pentatonix’s rendition of “What Is This Feeling?”, Adam Lambert and Ledisi’s “As Long As You’re Mine,” and “For Good” by Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, who were also joined by a chorus of actresses who also portrayed Elphaba and Glinda. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly

Hutchinson describes new songs and angst before working with Atlanta music ‘legend’ – Caleb Lee Hutchinson recalls being “terrified” at the prospect of working with famed country musician Kristian Bush. Hutchinson recently released the first two of six songs recorded and produced by the male half of country superstar duo Sugarland at Bush’s Atlanta studio. He said he had not met Bush before recording the new songs and admitted being “terrified at first.” “I’ve been listening to Sugarland as long as I can remember, so I was a bit scared to work with him and meet him and … worried I might make an embarrassment of myself,” he said. – Read more at mdjonline.com

Scotty McCreery reveals Jimmie Allen is his brother from “American Idol” — but he still stole his puppy – This weekend, Scotty McCreery wraps up his Seasons Change Tour with shows in Boston, Massachusetts and Westbury, New York. “Best Shot” hitmaker Jimmie Allen‘s been opening the tour, but one things fans may not realize is how far Scotty and Jimmie go back. Jimmie was a contender on season 10 of American Idol, the same year Scotty won. Scotty remembers being impressed with Jimmie’s talent even then. “When I was sixteen,” Scotty explains, “and we were both on the show and we were all in a circle, just playing guitar singing songs and Jimmie was there, and I was like, ‘Man, this guy, he’s got the goods for sure.’ So, we do go back.” – Read more at kwbe.com

AGT: The Champions Finalist Angelica Hale on Her Future, Career Advice, Music and More – Her parents first noticed their daughter’s talent for singing when she was 2-and-a-half years old. “Angelica was singing along with the radio in the back of the car,” says her mom, Eva, “and that’s when we started giving her voice lessons.” Before a performance, Angelica’s mother gives her low-pressure advice. “We tell her to have fun, do your best and sing from your heart,” her mother says. “No matter what happens, you are the best to us. You are our winner!” – Read more at Parade

AGT’s Jackie Evancho Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder: I Would Go ‘Days Without Eating’ – “I’m just a perfectionist at heart and that includes myself and what I see I am. I want it to be perfect to me and unfortunately I can’t do that. But I do think that growing up in the spotlight, being a kid, being surrounded by all of these adult women who are beautiful and slender and tall was really difficult for me because I wanted to be that and I wasn’t,” the America’s Got Talent star said in an interview with Access on Tuesday. “And then I started to hit puberty and I got my womanly curves and everything. It was just, for lack of a better word, triggering. It was really difficult for me to accept,” she admitted. “I think that my body was changing in a way that I was hoping wouldn’t happen,” 18-year-old said of puberty. – Read more at People

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