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Thursday
Mar032011

Kim Kardashian's New Single Debuts

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Simmons Jewelry Co.(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian's new single "Jam (Turn it Up!)" made its debut on Ryan Seacrest's radio show Wednesday morning.

The American Idol host says he really liked the track -- though, as the producer of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Kourtney & Kim Take New York, it's likely he's more than slightly partial.

The dance track was produced by The-Dream, who told MTV that half of the money made by "Jam (Turn it Up!)" on iTunes will benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital.  The charity angle might blunt some of the criticism of Kardashian's actual singing, for which vocal tricks were used to assist.

Charity notwithstanding, the disses began coming nearly instantaneously, with BlackBookMag.com writing: "Even if the song sounded good (it doesn't), or was catchy (it's not), it would have been difficult to appreciate those things with lyrics this dumb."

Friday
Jan142011

Source: Ryan Seacrest Planning to Propose

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A new season of American Idol may not be the only big event Ryan Seacrest is gearing up for this year.

A source tells RadarOnline.com the American Idol host is planning to propose to girlfriend Julianne Hough.  The insider said, "Ryan already has the ring -- and it's a rock, four to five carats.  Money was no object for Ryan...expect the Rolls Royce of engagement rings."

The source added, "He's had it for a while and is in the process of planning the engagement.  It's going to happen within the next few months or so."

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Friday
Dec312010

Ryan Seacrest Ready to 'Get Chills' While Ringing in 2011

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the sixth year in a row, Ryan Seacrest will be welcoming in the New Year live from New York City's Times Square, as the host of ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  And Seacrest says his favorite part of the gig each year isn't the ball dropping, the confetti, or even all the big names who'll be performing on the show.  No, for Seacrest, it's that one special moment when he realizes that he's standing at the so-called "crossroads of the world."  He tells ABC News, "Every year, you're on the air...and then at midnight, you just stop talking, and you take in that atmosphere, and that environment, and you get chills, no matter how many times [you've done it]....[I get] chills every year."

Though Seacrest is in his sixth year as co-host of the show, and Dick Clark has been doing it for more than three decades, Seacrest says it never gets old.  He explains, "It's something both of us, I know, look forward to every year," saying that he likes "the notion of celebrating at the end of the year."  Seacrest explains, "I know it's been a tough year, the last few years have been difficult.  But to have a celebration, where everyone's in the same frame of mind, is special. And we enjoy hosting that."

This year's show features over a dozen music acts, including the ones who'll be performing in Times Square with Seacrest: Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block.  Asked why artists always seem to jump at the chance to appear on New Year's Rockin' Eve, Seacrest says, "I think it's because Dick has created such an institution in this program,"  but adds, "It also has quite a draw.  You've got about 30 million people watching when that ball drops, and it's a fantastic platform, and a great place for them to celebrate."

One thing that Seacrest has had to learn over the past six years is how to stay warm on New Year's Eve -- since he's originally from Georgia and now lives in L.A., cold weather's not his thing. This year, the enormous snowstorm that recently paralyzed New York won't affect the show, and there's no precipitation in the forecast.  In fact, it'll be above freezing Friday night, according to weather reports.  Seacrest jokes that Dick Clark will be disappointed -- he claims that Clark "deep down inside hopes for some rain and some sleet and some snow to dump on me...so that I've paid my dues, if you will. He's got that type of sense of humor!"

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest gets underway Friday night at 10 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Dec172010

New Kids, Backstreet Boys Added to 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Seacrest will welcome two very special guests to his stage on New Year's Eve: New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys.

Both groups, who'll be touring together in 2011, have joined the lineup of ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, and will perform in New York City's Times Square right before the ball drops.  Other performers on this year's show include Jennifer Hudson, Avril Lavigne, Natasha Bedingfield, and Train.

Fergie will host the West Coast portion of the show, while Jenny McCarthy will help out Seacrest in New York.  The show gets underway at 10:00 p.m. ET Dec. 31 on ABC.

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Tuesday
Dec072010

Host, Performers Announced for 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'

Photo Courtesy - Disney/ABC Television Group/Dick Clark [dot] com(NEW YORK) -- ABC's annual special Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest will be quite the star-studded affair this year.

Not only is Fergie returning for a fifth year to host the Los Angeles party segments of the show, but viewers will see performances during those segments from the likes of Natasha Bedingfield, Train, Jennifer Hudson and Avril Lavigne, as well as Will Smith's 9-year-old daughter Willow, whose song "Whip My Hair" has become an online sensation.

The event kicks off 10 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 31 and will run for three-and-a-half hours, cutting back and forth between Ryan Seacrest, Dick Clark and Jenny McCarthy in New York City's Times Square, and Fergie and the L.A. party segments.  There will also be a look at New Year's celebrations from around the globe, and the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct122010

Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest Are Top-Earning Men in Primetime TV

Photo Courtesy - Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It pays to be on American Idol.  Just ask Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest, who earned more money than any other celebrity in primetime television over a one-year span.

Cowell ranks first on Forbes magazine's list of "Primetime TV's Top-Earning Men," having collected $80 million from June 1, 2009 to June 1 of this year.  Cowell's fortune comes not only from his work on American Idol, which he left earlier this year, but also from his involvement in other series, such as America's Got Talent and Britain's The X Factor.

Similarly, Seacrest was a busy man when he wasn't hosting American Idol.  The emcee, who places second on Forbes' list with $51 million, also hosts a Los Angeles-based radio show and is a producer of such TV programs as E!'s reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Forbes notes that the 10 top-earning men in primetime TV collectively received $308 million over the one-year time period, while the 10 top-earning women only received $162 million.

Here are the top-earning men in primetime TV, according to Forbes, along with their earnings for the year ending June 1, 2010:

1. Simon Cowell, American Idol, $80 million
2. Ryan Seacrest, American Idol, $51 million
3. Donald Trump, The Apprentice, $50 million
4. Steve Carell, The Office, $34 million
5. Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men, $30 million
6. Kiefer Sutherland, 24, $20 million
7. Laurence Fishburne, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, $12 million
8. Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy, $11 million
9. Hugh Laurie, House, $10 million
10. Chris Meloni, Law & Order: SVU, $9.5 million

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Friday
Oct082010

Ryan Seacrest Reportedly Interested in Launching Cable Network 

Photo Courtesy - Angela Weiss/Getty ImagesRyan Seacrest wants to add another title to his resume. He's already the host of American Idol and a Los Angeles-based radio show, an E! News personality, and a reality show producer. Now, Seacrest wants to start his own cable network.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seacrest is in early talks with the entertainment company AEG and the talent agency CAA to launch a cable network that would focus on pop culture, music and lifestyle programming.

Seacrest's role with the network would mostly be behind the scenes, though he would appear in front of the camera from time to time. He would remain with the E! cable channel if the new venture becomes reality.

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Friday
Oct012010

Jennifer Lopez Feuding with Ryan Seacrest on American Idol Set? 

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesJennifer Lopez isn't making much of an impression on Ryan Seacrest at her new job, according to In Touch. The magazine claims she's fought with Seacrest behind the scenes of American Idol over dressing rooms and "which star gets top billing."  A source says, "Ryan was the one who first suggested Jennifer, but now he's starting to regret it, because she’s acting like she’s a much bigger star than he is."  The source also claims that Idol producers "are trying to get them to make peace, but their egos are both pretty big." Lopez and Steven Tyler were officially named the new American Idol judges last week.

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