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Thursday
Oct032013

New Justin Bieber Single to Kick Off 10-Week "Music Mondays"

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via TwitterJustin Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun have been promising fans some new music before the end of the year, and it looks like it's finally arriving. 

Months after announcing a new single called "Heartbreaker," Justin tweeted that the song will arrive Sunday at midnight, and will apparently be the first installment of a new music release program.

"Sunday Midnight," he tweeted, adding the hashtags ", "

Thursday
Oct032013

New Doors Video Compilation, "R-Evolution," Arriving in December

Eagle Rock EntertainmentA new Doors video compilation that gathers various promotional clips and TV appearances featuring the band will be hitting stores later this fall.  R-Evolution will be released on December 3 and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray in standard and deluxe versions.

R-Evolution charts the band's history and impact via footage from a wide range of sources.  The release features promo films that The Doors made during their heyday for "Break On Through (To the Other Side)," "The Unknown Soldier" and "Roadhouse Blues," among others.  It also contains later videos created after frontman Jim Morrison's death and the group's disbandment, including the 1985 "L.A. Woman" clip that was directed by keyboardist Ray Manzarek.

The video disc also boasts a variety of Doors TV performances -- both live and lip-synched -- from well-known shows such as American Bandstand, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Jonathan Winters Show, as well as more obscure programs like Shebang and Malibu U.

In addition, R-Evolution offers some rarities as bonus features, including a Ford Motor Company training film with a soundtrack provided by The Doors, outtakes of the group's 1967 visit to Malibu U, and a newly-edited segment of the band playing "Break On Through" at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival.

The deluxe editions of R-Evolution will come packaged in a 40-page hardback book featuring photos and lyrics, as well as background information and trivia.

Here's the full R-Evolution track list:

"Break On Through (To the Other Side)": Music Film – January 1967
"Break On Through (To the Other Side)": Shebang – March 6, 1967
"The Crystal Ship": American Bandstand – July 22, 1967
"Light My Fire": American Bandstand – July 22, 1967
"Light My Fire": Malibu U – August 25, 1967
"People Are Strange": Murray the K in New York – September 22, 1967
"Moonlight Drive": The Jonathan Winters Show – December 27, 1967
"The Unknown Soldier": Music Film – February 1968
"Hello, I Love You": Musik für Junge Leute: 4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet – September 13, 1968
"Touch Me": The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour – December 15, 1968
"Wild Child": Music Film – July 1969
"Roadhouse Blues": Music Film – February 1970
"Crawling King Snake": GTK (Get to Know) – December 1970
"The Changeling": Music Film – April 1971
"Gloria": Music Film – October 1983
"People Are Strange": Music Film – 1980s
"Strange Days": Music Film – 1984
"L.A. Woman": Music Film – 1985
"Ghost Song": Music Film – 1995

Bonus Features
Love Thy Customer (music by The Doors): Ford Training Film - 1966
Outtakes: Malibu U - 1967
"Break On Through (To the Other Side)": Isle of Wight Festival - August 1970
Break On Through the Lens - Documentary
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Thursday
Oct032013

Hear Seether’s New Single, “Safe to Say I've Had Enough”

Wind-up RecordsSeether’s collection of greatest hits and rare B-sides, Seether 2002-2013, won’t hit stores until October 29, but you can hear a little preview of it now. The group has just posted a stream of “Safe to Say I've Had Enough,” one of three brand-new tracks included in the compilation.

Seether 2002-2013 will arrive at all the usual outlets on October 29. The set boasts 27 tracks spread out over two discs, and features a number of the band's biggest hits, including "Remedy," "Fake It" and "Country Song." The record also includes a cover of Veruca Salt's 1994 hit single, “Seether,” which is where the group gets their name.

"13 years ago when a demo of 'Needles' came roaring through our speakers and tearing down our hallways, we knew greatness was at our fingertips," said president and CEO of Wind-up Records Ed Vetri in a statement.  "After an amazing young career featuring 11 number-one songs, millions of albums sold, Seether is just hitting their stride and this Greatest Hits package only represents their work so far."

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Thursday
Oct032013

3 Doors Down, Black Stone Cherry to Perform at 10th Annual Better Life Foundation Charity Concert

Facebook.com/3DoorsDown3 Doors Down has announced they’ll be hosting their 10th annual The Better Life Foundation concert in their home state of Mississippi. The event, which will feature sets by 3 Doors Down and Black Stone Cherry, takes place on November 16 at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica.

"This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Better Life Foundation and the weekend is going to be better than ever,” says frontman Brad Arnold in a statement. “Thank you to all the fans and sponsors who continue to support the foundation and the amazing work that it does.” 

Proceeds from the concert will benefit The Better Life Foundation, which provides support to children and young adults with special needs. Tickets for the show will go on sale on Friday via Ticketmaster.

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Thursday
Oct032013

Big Boi’s Wife Files for Divorce, Claims Marriage Is "Irretrievably Broken"

BigBoi.comAfter 11 years of marriage, Big Boi’s estranged wife, Sherlita Patton, has filed for divorce claiming that the couple's union is "irretrievably broken."

According to legal documents cited by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Patton is seeking sole custody of the couple's 12-year-old son.  She's also seeking both spousal and child support, attorney's fees and an equal division of marital property.

The couple married in February 2002.  They have two kids, an 18-year-old and the 12-year-old.

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Thursday
Oct032013

Jay-Z Readies New Line of Luxury Watches 

Facebook.com/Jay-ZJay-Z continues to expand his brand, partnering with Swiss watchmaker Hublot to launch a new line of luxury watches, according to HighSnobiety.com.

The upcoming collection, named The Shawn Carter by Hublot Classic Fusion, will be available for purchase on November 20 exclusively through luxury department store Barneys in conjunction with Jay’s curated holiday clothing collection for the store.

Fans with deep pockets will be able to choose between two limited-edition styles -- black ceramic and yellow gold, which retail respectively for $17,900 and $33,900.

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Thursday
Oct032013

Have Chris Brown & Drake Reconciled? Brown Removes Studio Announcement from Social Media Accounts

Universal Motown; Sony Music EntertainmentChris Brown and Drake were reportedly spotted backstage last month in Las Vegas, laughing and drinking, according to the New York Post's  Page SixNow they're apparently working on new material together.

But have the former enemies really reconciled their differences? Brown announced on his Facebook page: "Hangin with Drake in the studio." However, the original post has been removed. In addition, numerous media outlets reported there was a video montage of the pair bonding in the studio --including screenshots -- but all evidence of the pair working together has since been taken down from Brown's Entrago website.

Its been long rumored that Chris and Drake's beef stemmed from both artists being romantically linked to Rihanna, a beef that quickly escalated following their alleged brawl  at a New York nightclub last year.

If any differences have, in fact, been resolved, it's likely the pair are collaborating for Breezy's upcoming album, X, which is slated for a November 19 release. The project will also include contributions from Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Brandy, and Wiz Khalifa, among others.

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Thursday
Oct032013

Keyshia Cole Debuts Video for "I Choose You"

KeyshiaCole.comKeyshia Cole made an appearance on BET's 106 & Park to debut the video for her Elijah Blake-penned ballad, "I Choose You."

In the black-and-white visual, the singer is in love with two men and she struggles to choose the one with whom she ultimately wants to be. "Even if he gives me the world it'll never be enough/Cause I choose you," she belts in the hook.

Before premiering the clip, Keyshia revealed why "I Choose You" needed to be included on her latest album, Woman to Woman. "Mary [J. Blige] sung it before I did and Jennifer Hudson sung it before I did as well and neither one of them took it," said Keyshia on the 106 & Park. "When I recorded it, we definitely paid for it right away. We was like, 'Nobody else is recording this song. We’re taking it.'"

The singer also addressed the rumors surrounding marital issues with her husband, Daniel "Boobie" Gibson. "It’s all good. I’m living my life and I’m trying to do the best that I can do and the best way that I can do it," she said. "If they wanna keep talking, they can keep talking. God is good to me and he’s blessed me so much."

In other news, Keyshia recently tweeted that she's hit the studio with Wyclef Jean to work on her next album.

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Thursday
Oct032013

Jennifer Nettles Premieres "That Girl" Video; Full Album Due Early Next Year

Mercury NashvilleJennifer Nettles new video for "That Girl" is now airing at LiveNation.com exclusively through Friday. The clip was shot in New York City under the direction of Philip Andelman, who's worked with everyone from Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Taylor Swift.

Jennifer's song tells the story of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," a woman conned into having an affair with a married man. "That Girl" is also the title cut of Jennifer's upcoming solo album, due out early next year.

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Thursday
Oct032013

Moby to Offer Free Webcast of Los Angeles Concert on Friday

Facebook.com/MobyMusicHere's your chance to check out Moby live -- and you don't even need to buy a ticket.  The singer has teamed up with EVNTLIVE to offer a free webcast of his upcoming concert at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, CA, on Friday night.

The show will feature Moby performing cuts from his recently-released album, Innocents, as well as a collection of his hits. A number of special guests will be sharing the stage with Moby for the concert, including former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, goth-rockers Cold Specks, singer/songwriter Skylar Grey, indie-folk singer Damien Jurado, and vocalist Inyang Bassey, all of whom are featured on Innocents.

You can join the audience online for the concert at EVNTLIVE.com at 8:30 p.m. PT. Following the live event, the show will be available for viewing the next day at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. PT.

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Thursday
Oct032013

"Gene Simmons Family Jewels" Is Back on TV 

Courtesy A&E and AXS TVGene Simmons is set to return to TV thanks to cable network AXS TV, which has licensed all seven seasons of the Gene Simmons Family Jewels reality series. The KISS singer/bassist says he's excited to bring the series -- which centers on his now-wife Shannon Tweed and their two children, Nick and Sophie Simmons -- back to cable, especially since the show helped his family tremendously the first time around when it aired on A&E, starting in 2006.

"Well it's exciting for me because Nick and Sophie, especially, were pre-teens when it started filming so they get a chance to kind of go back and say, 'Ohh,'" Simmons tells ABC News Radio.  "But because of the show, both Nick and Sophie have all kinds of careers.  Nick just came back from London where he acted in something I'm not allowed to talk about, but you'll be amazed.  Sophie and Shannon are doing [another] reality show.  In other words, everything for our family came about because of the show."

Gene Simmons Family Jewels gives a behind-the-scenes look into the lifestyle of the rocker and his clan.  It also helps debunks misconceptions about his life in that it may not be all about rock 'n' roll, Gene says.

"People tend to judge a book by their cover.  You know, [I'm] that guy who sticks his tongue out and stuff, who loves farm animals.  He's this.  He's that," the 64-year-old explains.  "The show is what it is.  You get to see behind the curtain.  I'm actually straight, although it's OK if you're not.  I've never been high or drunk in my life, although people believe I have -- but that's just a personal choice."

He adds, "The family I'm proud to be part of is actually pretty normal."

The series also centers on his relationship with his longtime partner Shannon.  Although the two just renewed their wedding vows last week in Hawaii, on Family Jewels, viewers see Gene struggle with the decision to marry.

"I was always scared of it.  I never wanted anybody to tell me what to do and all that stuff.  I was afraid I would turn into my father," the rock star admits to ABC News Radio.  "My father left us when I was about six or seven and I always thought it was marriage that made him leave, and I had never wanted to get married.  So I stayed together with Shannon 29 years before we decided to get married."

Gene credits growing older as the reason he eventually tied the knot.  "After the kids grew up I went, 'You know what?  I think this girl is serious. I think she likes me,'" he notes.  "At some point, we're all going to be on our death bed and the question comes up, 'Who do you want around you?'"

AXS TV will air back-to-back episodes of Gene Simmons Family Jewels on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET, starting tonight, October 3.

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Thursday
Oct032013

Kelly Clarkson's Flying High as She Winds Down Tour with Maroon 5, Eyes Wedding

Facebook.com/KellyClarksonKelly Clarkson and Maroon 5 have been on the road on their joint Honda Civic Tour since August, but now, the tour is finally winding down: the last date is this Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  And Kelly says she's just loved being on the road with Adam Levine and guys all these months.

Calling from the road, Kelly tells ABC News Radio, "Honestly, it's been really awesome. I think we compliment each other very well and everybody's really nice. And it's just been a cool tour."  Not only that, but it's been a very successful tour, with sold-out crowds nearly every night -- a fact which Kelly credits to Adam's star power.

"You know, him being on The Voice -- he just can pack a crowd," she says.  "Like, I mean, there's twenty-eight thousand people there.  It's fun to be able to get to perform for that big of an audience as well."

The one disappointment of the tour, in some fans' eyes, has been that Kelly hasn't made it a habit of joining Maroon 5 onstage every night for a duet.  But as Kelly explains, it's not that she doesn't want to -- it's that she goes on first, and then leaves right away, so she's never around when Maroon 5 are performing.  And the way that she leaves is pretty unique: in an airplane, with her behind the controls.

"I'm getting my pilot's license, so I fly in and out a lot," Kelly explains to ABC News Radio. "I mean, if I'm flying, or if I'm not, my manager has a plane.  And there's a bunch of construction going on at our house...a lot of times I will fly right after I get off stage -- I will just make a run for the airport and fly home and be [there] for all the stuff going on."

Once the tour wraps, the stuff that Kelly has going on at home will include her wedding: she and fiance Brandon Blackstock plan to elope at some point this fall.  Asked if they'll at least have family and friends over for any sort of party or shower beforehand or afterwards, Katy says no, because they think it's unnecessary.

"We're not doing that...we're just keeping it low key," she explains.  "I mean, we're gonna see our family at Christmas -- and our life is kind of constantly one big party!"

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Thursday
Oct032013

Paul McCartney Says He'd Like to Collaborate with Bob Dylan, Thom Yorke

Image Courtesy NME via TwitterPaul McCartney and Bob Dylan are two of the most famous and successful songwriters of the rock era, but the legendary artists have never worked together.  That could change, however, if the former Beatles superstar has his way.

In a new cover story in the U.K.'s NME magazine, Sir Paul notes, "There were big rumors a couple of years ago about me and Bob Dylan writing together, and I've still got that at the back of my mind.  I would like to do it."

Macca reveals that he's also interested in collaborating with a couple of hugely popular younger artists from the U.K., Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz.  While he says his kids would be particularly excited about him working with Yorke, the rock legend admits that he's actually a bit apprehensive about teaming up with the alternative rock luminary.

"My daughter Stella [has] got a project, she keeps saying to me, 'Ring Thom and just go into the studio and just see what you come out with,'" explains McCartney.  "I'm a bit sort of paranoid to just ring him up.  'Hey Thom, it's Paul here…Do you fancy writing something?' Just in case he says, 'Er, actually I'm busy.'"

The new issue of NME featuring McCartney is now on newsstands and also can be purchased digitally at NME.com/Digital-Edition/US.

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Thursday
Oct032013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThe Band Perry's Kimberly Perry won CMA Song of the Year for writing which one of their hits? ANSWER: "If I Die Young."

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Thursday
Oct032013

Joe Nichols Immediately Said Yes to Recording George Jones Tribute with Randy Travis

Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols teamed up with Randy Travis for the new George Jones tribute "Tonight I'm Playin' Possum."  The song is included on Randy's just-released covers album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, and Joe tells ABC News Radio it was a no-brainer to say yes to this collaboration.

"When I listened to the song, I thought, 'Man, this is exactly how I feel as a George Jones fan.  It's exactly what I was feeling when I heard he passed away,'" Joe says.  "Love the way the song came out.  It's exactly what we hoped for being a traditional country song.  A great tribute to one of the greatest of all time."

Of course, getting to record with Randy Travis made the Jones tribute even sweeter for Joe.

He says of Randy, "I grew up idolizing that guy.  He's one of my favorites."

Joe has his own new album, Crickets, coming out Tuesday.  It features his latest hit, "Sunny and 75."

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Thursday
Oct032013

Tamar Braxton Sells Out Paris Show, Covers Rihanna's "Diamonds"

Courtesy of Tamar Braxton's Instagram

Now that she's released her chart-topping album Love and War, Tamar Braxton jetted overseas to perform before a sold-out crowd in Paris.

Earlier this week, the singer entertained for her Europeans fans at the Nouveau Casino where she showcased her Biggie-sampled single, "The One" and her infectious club banger, "Hot Sugar."  Before she closed the set, Tamar also performed an acoustic cover of Rihanna’s "Diamonds."

The singer received an outpouring of support following the concert, which prompted her to post a picture on Instagram with a caption that reads, "I had a BALL! #cantwait2comeback." Tamar later encouraged her fans to pursue their passions in life. "I honestly want you all 2 know I'm NO different from you. We all dream & have goals & I want you to know u CAN DO IT! No matter what

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Thursday
Oct032013

Sinead O'Connor Tells Miley Cyrus, "Don't...Let the Music Business Make a Prostitute of You."

RCA Records/EMI MusicMaybe you remember Sinead [shuh-NADE] O'Connor.  The Irish singer-songwriter had a global hit in 1990 at age 24 with her cover of the Prince song "Nothing Compares 2 U."  Fast-forward 23 years, with Miley Cyrus telling Rolling Stone that her "Wrecking Ball" video was inspired by O'Connor's "tough but pretty" video for "Nothing Compares 2 U."

Those comments caught Sinead's attention, and have prompted the now 46-year-old to offer this advice: "The music business doesn't give at sh*t about you."

O'Connor's open letter to 20-year-old Miley, which she posted on her blog, is actually equal parts tough love and admiration for Miley's talent.

"I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way 'cool' to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos," Sinead writes.  "It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping."

Sinead goes on to say, "The music business doesn’t give a sh– about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted. ….you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either."

O'Connor knows more than a little about controversy.  In 1992, she delivered a performance on Saturday Night Live in which she tore up a photo of then-pontiff Pope John Paul II, declaring "Fight the real enemy."  The act, which she said was meant as a protest over sexual abuse in the Catholic church, torpedoed her U.S. fame.  It's ironic to note that, given Miley's controversial VMAs performance, Sinead had already won three MTV Video Music Awards for "Nothing Compares 2 U" before her SNL appearance.

Sinead ends her letter to Miley by saying, in part: "As for the shedding of the Hannah Montana image.. whoever is telling you getting naked is the way to do that does absolutely NOT respect your talent, or you as a young lady. Your records are good enough for you not to need any shedding of Hannah Montana. She’s waaaaaaay gone by now.. Not because you got naked but because you make great records. ….The message you keep sending is that it’s somehow cool to be prostituted.. it’s so not cool Miley.. it’s dangerous."

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Thursday
Oct032013

Fantasia Begins Rehearsals for Broadway Return, Says "It Feels Good, but Scary at the Same Time"

Courtesy of Fantasia's Instagram

Fantasia Barrino is beginning to feel the nerves as she begins rehearsals for the upcoming Broadway stage production After Midnight, premiering later this month.

"It feels good, but scary at the same time," the singer tells Broadway.com.  "I'm a very emotional person, so I tend to embody these roles and carry them with me."

The musical pays homage to Duke Ellington's orchestra and Fantasia will help re-create the 1920s era when the legendary jazz musician gained exposure at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. She will also showcase songs from the jazz era made famous by the likes of Lena Horne and Dorthy Dandridge.  "If you listen to the lyrics, these women were in a lot of pain, there were dark moments in their lives," says Fanny, who performed "Stormy Weather" -- famously recorded by Horne, but debuted at the Cotton Club by Ethel Waters -- during a meet-and-greet for the the production.

The singer's previous Broadway experience includes the musical version of The Color Purple, which she says was "totally different" and "a little tough," but she's "glad" she did it.

"[Celie] taught me a lot and she prepared me for this [role in After Midnight], as well.  Now I know how to tap in and tap out," said Fantasia.

The singer will begin performances as the first special guest star in the Warren Carlyle-directed production on October 18.  As previously reported, Toni Braxton and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds will also appear in After Midnight later this year.

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Thursday
Oct032013

Documentary About the 12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert to Get Theatrical Premiere in NYC and L.A.

121212Concert.orgThe new documentary about the historic, star-studded benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, held last December at New York City's Madison Square Garden, will gets its theatrical release in New York City and Los Angeles in the coming month.  The film, titled 12-12-12, offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the musical extravaganza came together, as well as featuring highlights from the show, which took place on December 12, 2012.

The concert's jaw-dropping lineup included the surviving members of Nirvana performing with Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters duetting with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Coldplay's Chris Martin teaming up with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, as well as sets from rock veterans The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel and Bon Jovi.  The show ended up raising more than $50 million for the Robin Hood Foundation, which distributed the funds to those affected by the devastating storm.  Proceeds raised by the movie also will go to the organization.

A special premiere event is scheduled to take place on October 28 -- the eve of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy hitting the Tri-State area -- at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.  Many of the performers who participated in the 12-12-12 concert, as well as people hit hard by the hurricane, will be invited to attend.  Public screenings of the movie will begin on November 1 in New York and L.A.

Jim Dolan, Harvey Weinstein and John Sykes, the benefit show's producers, said in a joint statement, "12-12-12 was one of the most remarkable events Madison Square Garden has hosted in its 134-year history…but if you thought the concert was wild, wait until you see what happened backstage that night.  This film takes you behind the walls of Madison Square Garden and into the production areas and dressing rooms of the biggest recording artists in the world to see firsthand how a massive event like 12-12-12 was created."

McCartney is one of the executive producers of the 12-12-12 documentary, which was first shown last month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Thursday
Oct032013

"The X Factor" Recap: The “Four-Chair Challenge” Begins

Nino Munoz/FOXThe X Factor introduced a brand-new round called the "Four-Chair Challenge" on Wednesday night’s show. The acts in each category will compete for one of four available spots. Simon Cowell has the groups, Demi Lovato has the girls, Kelly Rowland has the singers over the age of 25 and Paulina Rubio is mentoring the boys.

The acts in the over 25 group and the girls competed Wednesday. Here's a rundown of the action:

The night began with the first of Kelly Rowland’s over-25 singers, recently divorced Victoria Carriger singing Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love.” Demi loved the singer’s raspy voice, but felt her energy was lacking. Paula also loved the texture of Victoria’s voice, but Simon didn’t think the performance lived up to her audition. Kelly disagreed, noting that Victoria held the room’s attention. She gave Victoria a chair.

Kristine Mirelle was next offering a soulful, laid-back version of Britney Spears’ “Oops!...I Did It Again.”  Lovato felt the performance was “pitchy,” and Rubio agreed, adding that Kristine wasn’t ready for the finals. Simon agreed with the female judges when it came to Kristine’s pitch problems, but felt she deserved to move on because they were looking for acts with potential they could develop it. Kelly had the final say and gave Kristine a seat.

Next on the stage was 27-year-old Jeff Gutt, who didn’t make it through the auditions last year, but managed to impress the judges this time around. He chose “Amazing Grace” for Wednesday night’s performance, earning a standing ovation from the audience. Paula said the power was beyond his voice and his will “captivated” her. Demi said he “came so far from last season” and “had talent.” Simon agreed, pointing out that “If you’ve got it, you’ve got it, no matter how old you are.” Kelly agreed and awarded Jeff her third seat.

Twenty-nine-year-old Nashville native Rachel Potter tends bar for a living, but hopes to change that with this competition. She sang Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable,” but was visibly disappointed with her performance. She explained she had a cold. Demi remarked that she believed Rachel had talent, but called her performance “a wreck.”  Kelly gave her the final seat in her group anyway.

Next up was retired 34-year-old Chicago football player Lorie Moore, who sang Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You.” Demi told the singer she “felt the passion,” of her performance, but wasn’t sure she was looking at a “superstar.” Simon didn’t like Moore’s version of the song, but felt Lorie “could sing.” With no more chairs open, the singer had to convince Kelly she was worthy of replacing one of the four previous singers and did so by giving an impassioned speech about her devotion to hard work.  Kelly gave the singer a chance, but with all four seats filled someone had to get “switched out.” It was Kristine Mirelle, who was sent home.

Twenty-six-year-old Allison Davis was next with Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok.” Lovato thought she had the look, but couldn’t take her seriously as an artist. Simon went even further, calling Davis a “wannabe.” Allison made a plea to stay in the competition, but Rowland sent her home.

New dad Jeff Brinkman, who runs a dog walking business, chose the David Guetta song “Without You” for his performance. Demi thought it was a poor song choice, saying she was “bored.” Simon agreed, calling the choice “ridiculous,” but acknowledged he felt bad because Jeff had a great voice. Kelly decided to give him a shot and put him in one of the seats, knocking out Victoria Carriger.

The oldest contestant in the competition, 68-year-old Denny Smith, bears an uncanny resemblance to Santa Claus. He sang a version of Wilson Pickett‘s “In the Midnight Hour” that had Paula proclaiming “I once again believe in Santa Claus.” Simon added, “Well Santa just rocked the house.” Once again, Kelly had to decide whether to be “naughty or nice” and risked getting coal in her stocking by sending Smith home.

Thirty-six-year old Portland, Oregon, native James Kenney is a building attendant who’d like to realize his dream of singing professionally. He sang Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.” Demi felt the singer “killed it,” calling the performance “solid.” Simon agreed, saying James earned his “total respect.” Kelly had the final say and after commending James for taking “a leap of faith,” gave him a seat in her group and sent Jeff Brinkman home.

Fifty-four-year-old grandmother Lilly McCloud was the final artist to try for a place in Rowland’s top four. She sang Mark Lanegan’s “House a Home.” Demi proclaimed McCloud not only sounded great, but “looked like a superstar. Paula said the performance “left her speechless” and called Lilly “a goddess.” Simon thought the competition needed “big voices and big stars” and the singer “had The X Factor.” Kelly felt she had no other choice but to put Lilly in her final four, switching out Lori Moore.

Jeff Gutt, Rachel Potter James Kenney and Lilly McCloud are the singers over 25 who are still in the competition.

Next up were the girls, mentored by Demi Lovato.

Twenty-year-old California native Bree Randall is a full-time student and intern for a clothing line. She sang a soulful version of The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” that disappointed Kelly, who felt there was “no growth” between the audition and Wednesday’s performance. Paula agreed and Simon felt she brought “the right outfit” and “the right personality,” but didn’t bring her voice. Demi was also unimpressed, but the singer managed to plead her way into a seat.

Fifteen-year-old Khaya Cohen is a student in New York City. She sang Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” that knocked out the crowd and the judges. Rowland said the young singer had “incredible instincts” and a presence on stage. Simon felt Wednesday’s performance was even better than her audition and commented, “I know a lot of great producers who’d want to work with you right now.” Demi said not only the girls, but the “entire competition” needed to watch out for her. She also told Khaya to “take a seat.”

Twenty-four-year-old Jamie Pineda gave a bilingual performance of No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak.” Kelly said she loved her voice, but she looked a little uncomfortable onstage. She said Jamie redeemed herself when she sang in Spanish. Simon wasn’t impressed when she sang in English, but “saw a market” for her when she switched languages. Demi felt Pineda “looked like a star” and gave her a seat on her team.

Next up from Los Angeles, California, was Ashly Williams, whose mother was murdered when Ashly was 14 years old. Williams sang Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” Kelly praised Ashly for being talented and overcoming all that she has. Paula said she was speechless. Simon liked Ashly, but not the song or the performance. It came down to Demi, who gave Ashly a chair in spite of Simon’s comment.

So far, Bree Randal, Khaya Cohen, Jamie Pineda and Ashly Williams occupy the four chairs in Demi Lovato’s girls category, but that could change when the rest of her group takes the stage on Thursday.

The X Factor returns on Thursday and 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.

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