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Tuesday
Jul102012

Miley Cyrus and More Being Considered as New "American Idol" Judges?

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- It could be a big case of musical chairs for the American Idol judges' panel when the show returns next year.

Rumor has it that current star Jennifer Lopez may be leaving, and while former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has denied he's been in talks to serve as a judge, he admits to The Hollywood Reporter that he’d “be more than flattered to have that conversation."

Now, according to E! Online, several other celebrities are being “considered” by Idol bosses.

On the producer’s wish list, according to the report, are Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Black Eyed Peas members Fergie and will.i.am.

According to E! sources, it’s thought that Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler won’t commit to returning until they know who else is involved.

“No one has signed any contracts yet and producers are currently putting out feelers and setting up meetings to see who they can get,” says the insider.

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Wednesday
Apr202011

Black Eyed Peas Launching Music Academy in New York City

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Though their Peapod Foundation charity, the Black Eyed Peas have established music academies in their home state of California that empower young people.

Now, they're taking that model across the country and opening their first such academy in New York City.

The Peapod Youth Voices Academy will make leading technologies for art, dance, music and video production available to under-served youth, to encourage self-expression, creativity and digital literacy.  The school will open in July, with programs for kids aged 13-19.

In a statement, Will.i.am said, "Our passion for music and media was fueled by many generous people on our road to success.  Expanding the network of...academies enables us to pay it forward, giving more youth the skills and encouragement they need to realize their dreams."

In announcing plans for the academy, Fergie told a group of kids, "We are here to be that support that I had from my mother.  I want to be the support for whatever dreams you have and give you the strength to say, look, you can achieve whatever you want to achieve."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar012011

Another Britney Spears Song Snippet is Out, Thanks to Will.I.Am

Photo Courtesy - Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- After announcing via Twitter that he and Britney Spears were collaborating in the studio, Will.I.Am just couldn't resist giving fans a taste of what they've been working on.

He posted via Twitter a link to a snippet of the song they did together called "The Big Fat Bass," and added, "Thank you, Britney, for collaborating.  It was a pleasure working with you.  Thank you for trusting my instincts.  You're a doll."

"The Big Fat Bass," which features Spears chanting, "I can be the treble, baby/You can be the bass/You can be the bass," is the fourth song to be teased from the star's forthcoming CD Femme Fatale, out March 29.  The previous songs were "How I Roll," "I Wanna Go," and "Inside Out."

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Wednesday
Jan262011

Will.I.Am Becomes Intel's 'Director of Creative Innovation'

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am has been named the "director of creative innovation" for Intel.

Will plans to engage in a "multi-year, hands-on creative and technology collaboration" with the company, and he's already working on new music just for them.  His ideas will eventually end up on smart phones, laptops or tablets.

In a statement, Will said, "Nearly everything I do involves processors and computers, and when I see an Intel chip, I think of all the creative minds that help amplify my own creativity."

Will says his vision for the collaboration is to "develop new ways to communicate, create, inform and entertain."

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Monday
Nov152010

New Michael Jackson Album 'Disrespectful,' Black Eyed Peas Singer Says

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- Will.I.Am, of Black Eyed Peas fame, says the upcoming release of a new Michael Jackson album is "disrespectful" to the pop icon.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the singer -- who collaborated with Michael on the re-release of Thriller a few years ago -- says, "Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are...He just wasn't any ordinary artist. He was a hands-on person. To me it's disrespectful. There's no honoring."

The album, Michael, hits stores Dec. 14. The first single, "Hold My Hand," began streaming at MichaelJackson.com on Monday morning.

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