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Thursday
Apr252013

"American Idol's" Jessica Sanchez Makes Her "Glee" Debut This Week

Eddy Chen/FOXWe've been hearing about it for a while now, but American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez will finally make her debut on Glee this Thursday night.  She'll play Frida Romero, a big-voiced sophomore who's the star member of a rival glee club from Indianapolis called Hoosierdaddies.  It's not clear if Jessica will perform in this episode, however: no music featuring her has been released in advance.

The episode's main plot concerns a mass power outage at McKinley High, which inspires Will to have the New Directions work up "unplugged" versions of songs.  You'll hear acoustic renditions of hits by Billy Joel, Queen, the Righteous Brothers and R.E.M.

Meanwhile, Will tries to get to the bottom of Sue's departure from McKinley, since he doesn't know she took the heat for Becky's gun mishap.  Sue is now working as an aerobics instructor, and in the episode, she performs a number from the Broadway show Annie, in a nod to the fact that in real life, Jane Lynch, who plays Sue, will be appearing on Broadway in that show starting next month.

Ryder's still trying to find out with whom he's in a Catfish-style romance, and he reveals an embarrassing secret to the rest of the glee club.

In New York, Sarah Jessica Parker returns as Isabelle, Kurt's mentor at Vogue.com.  She asks Kurt to volunteer at a charity event, and he brings Rachel and Santana along.  They all end up performing "At the Ballet" from the classic musical, A Chorus Line.

Glee airs Thursday night at 9:00 on Fox.

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Thursday
Apr252013

Liam Gallagher Goes “Bare” on Upcoming Beady Eye Album to Prove He Can Sing

Donna Ward/Getty ImagesLiam Gallagher has something to prove to his critics. The singer says that his vocals on Beady Eye’s upcoming album, BE, won’t feature any digital effects, all so he can show the world that he can, in fact, sing.

“I’m sick of f**king idiots saying I can’t sing,” he tells U.K. newspaper The Sun. “So I thought, f**k this, no effects, none of that double tracking as much. Let’s get in there bare, this is how I sound, man. This is how my voice sounds so hopefully people will like it and get off my f**king back.”

BE is set to be released on June 11. The upcoming album’s first single, “Flick of the Finger,” has arrived at radio and can also be streamed on the band’s Soundcloud page.

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Thursday
Apr252013

Dierks Bentley and Wife Cassidy Expecting Third Child; He Seeks Twitter Advice from Tim McGraw

Greenroom PRDierks Bentley and his wife Cassidy are expecting their third child, and Dierks is looking for some advice from Tim McGraw on how to cope when the kids outnumber the parents. Of course, Tim and Faith Hill have three daughters, and Dierks already has two little girls, Evie and Jordan.

Dierks posted a message to Tim on Twitter: "So my wife and I will be changing our family defensive strategy come the fall. Switching form MAN-to-MAN to ZONE. #3! Advice @thetimmcgraw?"

Tim wrote Dierks back, "With all the girls so far you might do best to just join the offense!!...congrats on #3."

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Thursday
Apr252013

Report: Drugs Found on Justin Bieber's Tour Bus 

Facebook.com/JustinBieberHere's another black eye, publicity-wise, for Justin Bieber: Swedish police reportedly have found drugs on his tour bus.

The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that police smelled marijuana outside the bus, which was parked outside the Stockholm concert venue where Justin was performing earlier this week.  ”A colleague [noticed] a strong smell of marijuana, like someone had been smoking in the bus," a police spokesperson said.  "We carried out a search and we found a small amount of alleged narcotics. We also found an electroshock weapon that wasn’t licensed.”

Asked if they knew who the drugs belonged to, the spokesperson said, "No, we don’t have a specific suspect, there were several people in the bus.”  As for what kind of drugs were discovered, the spokesperson said that a sample is currently being analyzed.

A source tells Aftonbladet that when the police raided the bus and demanded access to Justin's dressing room, a "panic," broke out.  Said the source, "A couple of dancers started running around screaming ’No weed!’ and another member of Bieber's crew yelled ’Sh*t, the stash!’"

Justin, who's currently in Finland, tweeted on Thursday after the report broke, "some of the rumors about me....where do people even get this stuff. whatever...back to the music."  In addition, a source tells ABC News Radio that Aftonbladet's story "isn't accurate," and that the cops didn't find anything on the tour bus.

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Thursday
Apr252013

Neil Young and Leon Russell Join Willie Nelson for 80th Birthday Special

John Shearer/WireImageNeil Young and Leon Russell saluted Willie Nelson at a concert event celebrating the country legend's upcoming 80th birthday.  The concert was held last Thursday at Jack White's Third Man Records shop in Nashville and was filmed for an upcoming CMT Crossroads TV special.

Rolling Stone reports that unlike all the other guest -- including Sheryl Crow and Norah Jones -- Young played his own tunes, not Willie's, including the rarely performed number "Sail Away" from 1979's Rust Never Sleeps.   Young also performed his classic "Long May You Run" kidding Willie by saying, "I wrote it for my car, but it works for you great."

Nelson turns 80 on April 29.  CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson & Friends from Third Man Records will premiere in late June on CMT.

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Thursday
Apr252013

Metallica to Premiere 3D Film, Through the Never, at IMAX Theaters in September

Facebook.com/MetallicaIf you want to be the first to see Metallica’s 3D film, Through the Never, you’ll need to head to an IMAX theater. The band has just announced that they’ll be premiering the concert flick exclusively at every IMAX theater across North America for a full week starting September 27.

"For four guys in a rock band of average height, to get a chance to unleash their 3D film on IMAX screens the size of buildings across the country is a mind-blowing thought,” says drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement. “There is no better way to experience film and when you throw in the spectacle of music and sound this should amount to an unprecedented, unique and truly next level experience."

After Through the Never has its run in the IMAX theaters, it will expand into additional theaters starting October 4.   

Through the Never features live performances from Metallica as well as a separate storyline that revolves around In Treatment actor Dane DeHaan. According to a statement on the band’s website, DeHaan will portray a member of Metallica’s stage crew who's “sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a rousing live set in front of a sold-out crowd and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down.”

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Thursday
Apr252013

Easton Corbin Gets Uncomfortably Intimate with a Female Fan's Intimates

Mercury NashvilleEaston Corbin has a legion of female admirers, but one lady made her intentions for Easton abundantly clear during one of his concerts at a summer music festival a few years back.  While he was performing one of his hits, a woman actually flung her underwear at Easton, and it landed on his guitar.

He says, "I just kind of looked at them. I didn't even want to know where they came from. I just flipped my guitar over and let them fall. I didn't even want to touch them. That is not an ideal situation at a hot, sweaty fair."

Going forward, Easton encourages all his fans to keep their underwear on during his concerts.  For a complete list of his tour dates, go to EastonCorbin.com.

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Thursday
Apr252013

Bon Jovi's Show Streaming Live on the Web Thursday Night

AEG LiveBon Jovi fans will have a chance to watch the final show of current U.S. leg of the band's tour on Thursday, even if they're not in San Jose, CA, where the show is taking place.  That's because the show will be streamed live at www.Evntlive.com

The first half-hour of Thursday night's show will be streamed free for all viewers; but members of Bon Jovi's Backstage JBJ club will have access to a stream of the entire show, and even at the membership price tag of $55-160, it's still cheaper than a plane ticket to San Jose.  The show starts at 8 p.m. PT.

After the set Bon Jovi is off on a long string of dates in South Africa and Europe before returning for five stateside stadium shows this summer: July 12 at Soldier Field in Chicago; July 18 at Ford Field in Detroit; July 20 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA; and July 24 and 25 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

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Thursday
Apr252013

Bruno Mars Covers "Rolling Stone", Reveals Who "When I Was Your Man" Is About

Facebook.com/RollingStoneBruno Mars is one of the hottest stars on the planet right now, so it's surprising that he's only now getting his first Rolling Stone cover.  The singer graces the cover of the issue that hits newsstands this Friday, and inside, he reveals the woman who was the real-life inspiration behind his #1 hit "When I Was Your Man."

According to the magazine, Bruno "very reluctantly" admits that his girlfriend, Jessica Caban, inspired the ballad -- he wrote it when he was worried that he would lose her.  But the story has a happy ending: they stayed together, and now, Bruno says he has a hard time performing the song in concert.  "You're bringing up all these old emotions again," he says of playing the song live.  "It's just like bleeding!"

Bruno, who the magazine calls "Pop's Golden Child" on the cover, also talks about the struggles he and his family went through in his early life, and the many years he spent paying his dues behind the scenes before becoming a Grammy-winning sensation.  "I wouldn't trade it for anything," he says of his past.  "Because I feel like I can enjoy this so much."

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Thursday
Apr252013

Good News, Bad News for Led Zeppelin Fans

Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesIt's not the same as an interview with the guitar legend himself, but it's interesting nevertheless.  Jimmy Page's rep recently did an impromptu Reddit Q&A session, and the news is a mixed bag for Led Zeppelin fans. Members of Q Prime management -- which manages such acts as Page, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and others -- were reportedly on a road trip to see Dawes when they decided to make use of their time by offering behind-the-scenes answers to Zeppelin fans' burning questions.

First, the bad news: when pressed about the possibility of a Led Zeppelin reunion for either a tour or a one-off show, the responding member of the Q Prime team said, "Honestly, my gut tells me they won't."  Perhaps indicating just how dissatisfied they are with the situation, the Q Prime team responded "John Bonham" when asked which rock star they'd like to bring back from the dead, explaining it was "in the hopes that maybe Led Zeppelin would play another show."

But there was some good news: there will be never-before-heard Zeppelin music on the band's forthcoming remastered box sets. The Q Prime team reported that Jimmy Page is so engrossed in sifting through the band's archives that he's forgoing work on his own solo material in order to concentrate exclusively on Led Zeppelin. What's more, it's likely that there will be a box set for each original Zeppelin album. 

Says Q Prime, "Some of the reissued box sets will come out this year, but in the world of Led Zeppelin, time is a fungible thing. Hopefully will have a box set for Coda too. [It] depends on what's in the archives."

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Thursday
Apr252013

TV on the Radio Working on New Material; Parts Ways with Interscope Records

Facebook.com/TvOnTheRadioGood news for TV on the Radio fans: frontman Tunde Adebimpe has revealed that the band is back together and working on some new material.

“I'm not sure what's gonna be out when, but there's new stuff coming,” he tells SPIN. “We're sort of collecting material for a record, but right now we're only thinking in terms of songs, smaller things we can put out regularly until an album seems possible.”

Adebimpe adds that fans shouldn’t expect the forthcoming tracks to be released through their label, Interscope Records. “We parted ways with them,” he explains. “To the best of my knowledge, they can ask about another record, but I don't think we're gonna do that. That's as diplomatic as I can put that.”

Your next chance to potentially hear one of the new tracks will be when TV on the Radio performs at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. That event takes place on Saturday at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York City.

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Thursday
Apr252013

Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Beyonce & More Make "People" Mag's "Most Beautiful 2013" List

Universal MotownSome of music's biggest names are also among the most attractive folks in the world, according to People magazine.  Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Usher and Queen Latifah have all made the "A-List" in the magazine's Most Beautiful 2013 issue, on stands Friday.

Each of the "A-List" beauties were asked to reveal what they've learned to love about themselves.  Beyonce chose a very specific body part, telling People, "My ears.  I think they're pretty well-proportioned, but for a long time they weren't."

Kelly Rowland, meanwhile, loves her skin.  And she shows it off in a photo shoot for the Most Beautiful issue's No Makeup category.  "When I'm not working, my preference is no makeup.  I like for my skin to breathe, 'cuz I do wear makeup a lot.  So I think it's necessary, just to be au naturel," Kelly says in a behind-the-scenes clip.

Alicia Keys says she feels good about her entire body, telling People, "I've learned to love my curves, my womanliness.  I used to hide it, downplay it...but now I revel in it."

Usher says he's finally embraced his "persistent nature," adding, "I refuse to allow my passion for artistic expression, living a full life or finding the spark in other people, to ever die."

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Thursday
Apr252013

Mariah Carey to Kick Off "Good Morning America's" Summer Concert Series

Facebook.com/MariahCareyMariah Carey is making a side trip from American Idol to New York City's Central Park: she's the kickoff performer on this year's Good Morning America concert series, which begins Friday, May 24 on ABC.

Each Friday throughout the summer, GMA will host a big music name in Central Park for a free concert, which fans are encouraged to attend.  This year's lineup includes stars from the world of pop, R&B, rap and country, from Alicia Keys to Kenny Chesney to Selena Gomez.

Here's who's performing on this year's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series:

May 24 -- Mariah Carey
May 31-- Pitbull
June 7 -- Little Mix and Emblem3
June 14 -- Carly Rae Jepsen
June 21 -- John Legend
June 28 -- Demi Lovato
July 5 -- Imagine Dragons
July 12 -- OneRepublic
July 19 -- Jennifer Lopez
July 26 -- Selena Gomez
August 2 -- Ne-Yo
August 9 -- Kenny Chesney
August 16 -- Macklemore & Lewis
August 23 -- The Wanted
August 30 -- Alicia Keys

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Thursday
Apr252013

Celine Dion to Premiere New Single on "Katie" Thursday

Alix Malka/Feeling Productions Inc.Celine Dion's English-language album has been in the works for a long time, and on Thursday, fans will finally get to hear some of it.

Celine will appear on Katie Couric's talk show, Katie, Thursday to premiere exclusively "Water and a Flame," the title track from her first English-language album in six years.  The disc is due in October and, as previously reported, will include duets with Stevie Wonder and pop star Ne-Yo.

In addition to welcoming Katie into her studio in Las Vegas for the music premiere, Celine also opens up about her life with husband/manager René, 12-year-old son René Charles and twins Nelson and Eddy.  She'll not only discuss the high points, but also the lows, such as her husband's cancer diagnosis and her fertility struggles.

Explaining to Katie why she and her fans have such a strong connection, Celine says it's because she has never hidden any aspect of her life from them.

"I had decided a long time ago that I wanted to be an open book," she explains. "It's been against me pretty much at the beginning of my career that I've talked too much, I shouldn't be that personal...you should keep your private life private."

But then, she laughs, "Helicopters fly above your house and they take pictures, and they take pictures of you in your pool. So, I'm like, I better talk about that, you know?"

Check out the entire interview on Thursday's installment of Katie.

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Thursday
Apr252013

Steve Van Zandt Launches Program to Teach Rock & Roll in Nation's Schools

NBC Photo/Heidi GutmanE Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt is ready to rock America's middle and high schools.

Van Zandt's Rock & Roll Forever Foundation announced a partnership with Grammy Museum to launch "Rock & Roll: An American Story (RRAAS)," a education curriculum designed to teach middle and high school students about the societal influence of rock music.  The curriculum -- including multimedia materials -- will be made available for free to every interested middle and high school beginning this fall.

At an event at New York University, Van Zandt aired a short film showing a pilot class in the Bronx, reports Rolling Stone.  Students related Aretha Franklin's "Respect" to the Civil Rights Movement and watched The Temptations performing for an all-white audience.  "The whole idea is to connect the dots using the popular music of whatever period of time to connect to what was happening historically," Van Zandt says in a promotional video posted on the foundation's website.

At the NYU event, Van Zandt recalled that when he was a kid, a school librarian impressed him by showing him the connection between Bob Dylan and the literary greats of the past, drawing him into the world of literature. "Through this simple gesture, the classroom came alive for me," Van Zandt explained.  Now he hopes this program will do something similar for a new generation of American students.

Rolling Stone reports that NYU will host programs to train teachers in the curriculum this summer, and the foundation hopes to have the program in place across school districts in several major cities within three years.

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A Video Introduction from Rock and Roll: An American Story on Vimeo.

Thursday
Apr252013

Bon Jovi's Show Streaming Live on the Web Thursday Night

David BergmanBon Jovi fans will have a chance to watch the final show of current U.S. leg of the band's tour on Thursday, even if they're not in San Jose, CA, where the show is taking place.  That's because the show will be streamed live at www.Evntlive.com

The first half-hour of Thursday night's show will be streamed free for all viewers; but members of Bon Jovi's Backstage JBJ club will have access to a stream of the entire show, and even at the membership price tag of $55-160, it's still cheaper than a plane ticket to San Jose.  The show starts at 8 p.m. PT.

After the set Bon Jovi is off on a long string of dates in South Africa and Europe before returning for five stateside stadium shows this summer: July 12 at Soldier Field in Chicago; July 18 at Ford Field in Detroit; July 20 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA; and July 24 and 25 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

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Thursday
Apr252013

Kenny Chesney Donating "Life on a Rock" Proceeds to U.S. Virgin Islands Preservation Effort

Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney's new album, Life on a Rock, lands in stores Tuesday featuring a lot of very personal songs inspired by his time in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Since that part of the world is so precious to Kenny, he's decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from Life on a Rock to the Friends of the US Virgin Islands National Park.  That charity helps protect and preserve the islands' natural habitat.

Kenny says, "As the world becomes more developed, protecting these wild places is going to become harder -- and the cost of maintaining them needs to be covered."

He adds, "If you’ve ever seen the trees, the oceans from a ridge, the way it all tangles together, you realize how important making sure lands like this exist for the people who come after us is."

The songs on Life on a Rock are just as personal to Kenny as his passion for preserving the Virgin Islands.  In fact, he album's closing track, "Happy on the Hey Now (A Song for Kristi)," was so emotional for Kenny to write and record, he had to do multiple takes in the studio to get it right.

"I still don't think I'm done with it," Kenny says of the song, which was inspired by the death of his friend Kristi.  "I would get in the studio, and I would either be very emotional or, it was just hard."

The Hey Now referred to in the song is a boat Kenny and his friends, including Kristi, would ride around the islands.  Paying tribute to her memory to close out this album seemed appropriate to Kenny.

He says, "'Happy on the Hey Now' just represents all the fun we had.  Kristi represents the poetry and the heart and all that comes along with that."

Look for Kenny to perform NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday.

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Thursday
Apr252013

Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard Talks Lengthy Recording Process, “Taking Chances” on New Solo Album

Dana Nalbandian/WireImageIt’s taken him a little over ten years, but Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard is set to release his second solo album, Moonlander, on June 26.  The guitarist says that while he originally had some tracks ready to go about five years ago, he needed time to make sure that the album came out just right.

“It’s just a kind of a slow process with me, which I think is good for me,” he tells ABC News Radio.  “Personally looking back and really picking and culling through songs…after a long period of time, really sort of being able to have some objectivity about whether I really like them or whether they’re sort of similar to something else or whether they’re not as good as I think they are.  I think that time gives you that perspective.”  

The guitarist adds that the forthcoming album boasts a variety of musical styles and will feature blues and heavy metal influences.  “[Moonlander is] just about taking chances that you might not take in another situation or just pushing those boundaries as much as you can,” he explains.  “I think everybody in Pearl Jam, everyone in Brad has other things that they’re excited about and I guess this just represents some things that I’m attracted to.”

Moonlander features 11 new songs, which will be previewed one at a time every Tuesday for the next 10 weeks.  The first single from the album, “I Need Something Different,” and the title track are currently streaming at PearlJam.com/Moonlander.  In addition to new tracks appearing online each week, a different original piece of artwork created by Gossard will also be unveiled with each song premiere.

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Thursday
Apr252013

Michael Buble Talks New Album, Baby Names and Reese Witherspoon on "Nightline"

Facebook.com/MichaelBubleIt was a great night for Michael Buble fans Wednesday.  The singer spoke to ABC's Nightline about how his life has changed since getting married and preparing for a baby; about making music; and why he asked Reese Witherspoon to sing a duet with him on his new album.

"I think there was a fire in me that, in my life, is unmatched," said Buble in an interview with Nightline's Cynthia McFadden. "I don't think that I've ever met anyone who was as hungry as I was."

Buble has a couple of things going on in his life to stoke that fire: he released his new album, To Be Loved, Tuesday, and he's married to 25-year-old Argentinean actress Luisana Lopilato. They are eagerly expecting their first child, a baby boy, this summer, so Michael has already cut back on some tour dates.

Buble and his wife plan to have the baby in Canada and to secure him Canadian, Argentinean and Italian citizenship -- both Michael and Luisana also have Italian citizenship. But when it comes to baby names, the two say they can't agree on whether to pick a Spanish or English name.

"One of my favorite singers growing up was named Vaughn Monroe," Buble said. "I love Vaughn and I love Vaughn Buble, but it is out."

While the couple is excited to create a family together, making an album together is not on the horizon.

"I think never," Buble said. "Someone wanted me to record with her on this record [To Be Loved] and I was like, 'uh uh.' See, it's funny: I love having my wife here...yet I think that working together in that way is terribly cringe-y."

But Michael did do a collaboration on To Be Loved with another famous actress. After watching Reese Witherspoon play June Carter in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, Buble said he fell in love with the actress's voice and asked her to sing a duet with him on his new album. The two sing together on the sad, romantic song "Something Stupid," which Buble said is one of his favorite tracks on the album.

"I thought [Witherspoon] had a really wonderful dulcet sweet tone," he said. "She really understood the subtext of that song ['Something Stupid']...and when she sang it she believed it, and when you believe it the audience has to believe it."

Witherspoon recently made headlines when she was arrested for disorderly conduct after she became upset her husband was pulled over for driving erratically. Witherspoon later publicly apologized for her behavior.  Buble said he thought she handled herself with poise.  "I only hope that if I get into trouble, and when I get in trouble, that I handle myself with such grace and dignity," he said.

So what is next for Michael? Obtaining something he says he will never get.

"I will never get critical acclaim," he said. "There's nothing cool about liking a guy who's sold 40 million records. It's cool to like someone who's sold 5,000. Who's the indie star, who's the underdog. That's cool, that's hip. I just need to take solace in the fact that I don't make records for the critics. I make records for people, and the greatest review I can get is when somebody pays their money across that counter and buys one of my records. And that's something that I can live with."

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Thursday
Apr252013

Fox Denies Wanting to Swap Mariah for J-Lo on "American Idol"

FoxFox has responded to the rumors of a possible American Idol shakeup, and as you'd expect, the network is adamantly denying they're true.

The Hollywood Reporter published a story this week claiming that Idol producers, concerned about the show's declining ratings, were recently considering replacing first-year judge Mariah Carey with former panelist Jennifer Lopez in midseason. It would have been a highly unusual move, obviously, given that the American Idol season finale is just three weeks away.

It's true that J-Lo will return to the show, but it appears it won't be as a judge. The Los Angeles Times quotes a Fox spokesperson as saying, "This is just another ridiculous Idol judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale." TMZ.com reports that Lopez is indeed slated to be a musical guest on the finale.

The Hollywood Reporter story stated that Mariah put the kibosh on the alleged switch by threatening legal action.

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