The Doobie Brothers to Receive Music Biz Organization's 2015 Chairman's Award

Credit: Jim SheaThe accolades keep on coming for The Doobie Brothers.  Last month, it was announced that the veteran rockers will be honored with performing-rights organization ASCAP's Voice of Music Award in April.  Now comes word the band will receive the Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement from the Music Business Association, aka Music Biz, in May.

The Doobie Brothers will be presented with the Chairman's Award at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon, scheduled to take place May 14 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville.  According to the association, the honor "recognizes artists who have maintained a strong creative spirit and achieved significant commercial success throughout their career, continuing to release vital new music deep into their musical lifespan."

The Doobies, of course, have enjoyed an enduring career that's included an impressive string of memorable hits released during the 1970s and '80s.  Last year, the band released a new studio album, Southbound, which featured new renditions of many of the group's classic songs recorded as duets with a variety of country artists.  It also featured contributions from former Doobie Brothers singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald.

"Receiving this Award is a great honor, as it recognizes the music from our early days together and shines a light on the music we're creating right now," says founding Doobie Brothers frontman Tom Johnston.

Adds fellow Doobies singer/guitarist Patrick Simmons, "We're excited about the new creative doors we've opened up for ourselves by working with so many great country musicians and can't wait to carry that experience forward. A heartfelt thanks from the whole band to the Music Business Association for this amazing award."

Previous Chairman's Award recipients include Carlos Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Billy Joel, Paul Rodgers, Brian Wilson, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Stevie Wonder.

The awards luncheon is held in conjunction with Music Biz 2015, an industry conference focusing on various aspects of the music business including new products and trends.  The event runs from May 12 to May 14.

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Hinder Announces Another New Singer 

Image Courtesy of The End RecordsLate last year, Hinder unveiled plans for When the Smoke Clears, the band's first album without their original lead singer, Austin Winkler, who left Hinder in 2013 following a long battle with substance abuse. Stepping in for Winkler was Nolan Neal, whose vocals were showcased on the album's first single, "Hit the Ground." Though it seemed like he was the official new vocalist, it now appears the Nolan Neal era of Hinder is over. On Tuesday, Hinder posted on their Facebook page that Marshal Dutton will be the band's new lead singer.

"We are proud to introduce our newest member of Hinder, vocalist -- Marshal Dutton," reads the post. "As our loyal and beloved fans know, we have been searching to find the perfect fit for two years now and recently came to realize that it was right under our nose the entire time."

Dutton began working with Hinder in 2009 as a co-writer and co-producer on the band's album, All American Nightmare. He's been working with Hinder ever since, including producing When the Smoke Clears.

"We have been the best of friends for many years and we couldn't be more excited for the future!" the post continues.

When the Smoke Clears will be released later this year.

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Imagine Dragons Launch Merchandise Line with Hard Rock to Support Cancer Foundation

Credit: Eliot Lee HazelImagine Dragons and Hard Rock International have teamed up to "slay cancer with Dragons." The rock band and the lifestyle brand have partnered to launch the Imagine Dragons Signature Series: Edition 33 merchandise line in support of the Tyler Robinson Foundation. The line includes limited-edition collectible pin and a T-shirt featuring an original design by Imagine Dragons.

"We feel very passionate about the Tyler Robinson Foundation and are excited to work with Hard Rock to use their global reach and charitable roots to help us spread the message of Tyler and this cause," says Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds in a statement.

Reynolds and his band mates helped create the Tyler Robinson Foundation after becoming close to Tyler, who was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, at age 16. One of Tyler's favorite Imagine Dragons lyrics was "the road to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell" from their hit single, "It's Time."

You can shop the Imagine Dragons Signature Series: Edition 33 merchandise line at RockShop.HardRock.com.

Imagine Dragons will release their much-anticipated sophomore album, Smoke + Mirrors, on Febraury 17. To coincide with the record's release, Imagine Dragons videos will be playing throughout the day on the screens at every one of Hard Rock's 150-plus cafes.

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Sam Smith Hints He Split from Boyfriend

Derrick SantiniIs Sam Smith back in the lonely hour, so to speak? The 22-year-old singer recently hinted on stage that his romance with boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel is over.

Right before launching into his song “Good Thing” in Toronto Tuesday night, Sam told his audience about the ex that inspired the song, and how history seemed to be repeating itself. "When I fell in love with the person who inspired the majority of this record, I had this fight in me to basically end it when I could've carried on," he said. "But I decided to write this song, and, the day before I wrote this song, I basically went on my phone, and I deleted their number and I deleted everything."

He then added, seemingly in reference to Jonathan: "The reason why this song is very special for me today is that I've actually had to do a very similar thing today with someone I've been seeing."

The chorus of the song says: "Too much of a good thing won't be good for long/Although you made my heart sing, to stay with you would be wrong/Too much of a good thing won't be good anymore/Watch where I tread before I fall." Based on the lyrics, it sounds like the couple's whirlwind relationship may have soured quickly.

After the Toronto show, Sam further fueled rumors of a break-up when he posted an Instagram photo of himself holding a glass of red wine while making a sad face. "Sometimes you just need to lay in bed with a glass of red wine and a football T shirt and listen to Joni Mitchell," he captioned the pic. "It's been a sad day. Beautiful show, but sad day."

Sam and Jonathan had been dating less than a month, and during that time they took an Australian vacation together.

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Ellie Goulding Ballroom Dances for "Love Me Like You Do" Video

Louie Banks/InterscopeEllie Goulding dances a sensual ballroom routine in the new video for “Love Me Like You Do,” her song from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

The video, which was released on Vevo Thursday, starts with Ellie entering an ornate ballroom and is intercut with scenes of her dancing with a mysterious stranger, as well as some never-before-seen footage from the Fifty Shades film starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Ironically, Ed Sheeran's current video for "Thinking Out Loud" features him ballroom dancing as well.  Last year, rumor had it that Ed's hit song "Don't" was about Ellie cheating on him with One Direction's Niall Horan, though that's never been officially confirmed. 

Ellie took a more romantic approach with her video, unlike The Weeknd, whose super-sexual video for his own Fifty Shades of Grey tune, “Earned It,” was released Wednesday. His video featured half-naked women -– including a tied-up Dakota Johnson -– and is definitely not suitable for work.

“Love Me Like You Do” is available for digital download. The entire soundtrack will be released on February 10. Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the erotic novel by E.L. James, hits theaters February 13.

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Rush's R40 Live Tour, Celebrating Band's 40th Anniversary, Kicks Off in May

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentRush will be back in the limelight this year: the band has announced plans to hit the road in celebration of its 40th anniversary.  The Rush: R40 Live Tour is scheduled to launch on May 8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is mapped out through an August 1 show in the Los Angeles area.

A total of 35 dates have been confirmed for the North American trek, which comes on the heels of the November 2014 release of the R40 collector's box set, a multiple-disc video collection available on DVD and Blu-ray that features live footage from throughout Rush's four-decade history. Fans attending the R40 Live Tour can expect the Canadian power trio to deliver a career-spanning set to mark their 40th anniversary.

Tickets for the select concerts will go on sale to the general public starting January 30 via Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.  Pre-sale tickets to some shows will be available to Citi card members beginning this Tuesday, January 27; for more details, visit CitiPrivatePass.com.  In addition, VIP tickets and packages are being sold at VIPNation.com.

As previously reported, Rush launched a special year-long reissue campaign in January, featuring the release of high-quality vinyl and high-resolution digital versions of 14 of the band's albums, with at least one title arriving each month.

Here is the full list of dates for the Rush: R40 Live Tour:

5/8 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
5/10 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
5/12 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
5/14 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
5/16 -- Austin, TX, 360 Amphitheater
5/18 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
5/20 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
5/22 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Arena
5/24 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
5/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Verizon Amphitheater
5/28 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
5/30 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/8 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
6/10 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
6/12 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
6/14 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
6/17 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
6/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
6/21 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
6/23 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
6/25 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
6/27 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
6/29 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
7/9 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/11 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Maverik Center
7/15 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
7/17 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
7/19 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
7/21 -- Portland, OR, MODA Center
7/23 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
7/25 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
7/27 -- Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
7/30 -- Irvine Meadows, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/1 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum

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Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin Arrested for Riding Airport Baggage Carousel

Image Courtesy of Nick LanePuddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin was arrested at Denver International Airport after allegedly climbing on to a baggage carrousel and riding it into a restricted area. The band was scheduled to play a show in Denver last Friday.

"So if you haven't heard yet Wes the lead signer from Puddle Of Mudd decided to take a joy ride on the carousel at the airport this morning thru restricted access and got arrested," PoM's promotor, Rock Panther Presents, wrote on their Facebook. "We have been on this all day and he is just about to be release from Jail and will head straight to the venue. The show will go on but that is why we are running late. #‎f**kingrockstars"

In another post, Rock Panther revealed that Scantlin had been bailed out by a fan. The band eventually took the stage at the venue after midnight.

For Scantlin's part, he doesn't seem too shaken up about the incident. Wednesday, he posted a Facebook photo of himself, Photoshopped to make it appear as if he's sitting on a baggage carousel, with the caption "I'm sorry?" and a grinning emoticon.

This isn't the first time Scantlin has gotten in trouble with the law.  He's been previously arrested on charges of domestic violence, vandalism, and on various drug charges.

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New Band Featuring Scott Weiland & GN'R Guitarist Bumblefoot Announces Debut Album

Credit: Catherine Asanov2015 is shaping up to be quite the year for Scott Weiland.  In addition to the release of his debut album with his backing band, The Wildabouts, the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman will be the singer for Art of Anarchy, a new group also featuring Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer.  The band was created by brothers Jon and Vince Votta, who have been friends with Bumblefoot for more than 15 years.

Art of Anarchy's debut album, which is due this spring, will feature "over-the-top songs that break rock music boundaries with an all-or-nothing attitude, star power and bring-down-the-house performances," a press release promises.  For a preview of said over-the-top songs, you can check out the Art of Anarchy album teaser on YouTube.

Art of Anarchy will be Weiland's second collaborative project with ties to Guns N' Roses vet, as Velvet Revolver counted Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum as members.  That experiment didn't end well for Weiland, as he left the band in 2008.

Meanwhile, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts' debut album, Blaster, will be released on March 31. Weiland will be touring North America with the band in support of the new record starting in February, and this Friday, January 23, he will be performing at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café during the Sundance Film Festival.

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Is Adele Working on New James Bond Theme?

LaurenDukoff/Columbia RecordsAs we continue to await the release of Adele's next album, she may be preparing to record a new James Bond theme.

Reportedly, the singer -- who won an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy for "Skyfall," her musical contribution to the 2012 Bond movie of the same name -- was flown to California by the MGM studio to explore a potential follow-up song for the next 007 flick, Spectre.

Britain's Mirror cites an unnamed source at MGM who says, “Everyone thinks Adele is here for her much anticipated new album, but she is actually working on a music idea for the James Bond film."

"The execs made their feelings known to Adele that they want her back for the next film. They’ll still have to decide whether they want the tune once it’s recorded,” the insider adds.

James Bond star Daniel Craig reportedly asked Adele to return for the new film, which will be released in November.

If true, Adele would be the first artist to record multiple Bond themes since Shirley Bassey performed songs for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.

Regardless, the part about Adele being in America is apparently true.  Lady Gaga posted a selfie to her Instagram account early Thursday morning that shows her and Adele hanging together.  "Nothing like a Wednesday night bro-down with the beautiful Adele," Gaga writes in the caption.

🌹Nothing like a Wednesday night bro-down with the beautiful Adele.

A photo posted by @ladygaga on

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Rascal Flatts to Sing National Anthem Before Nevada's Largest Sporting Event

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts will sing the national anthem before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 8.  More than 100,000 fans are expected to turn out for the Kobalt 400, Nevada's largest sporting event.

The trio's patriotic performance takes place during their nine-show residency at The Joint inside Vegas's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! shows start Wednesday February 25 and runs through Saturday, March 14.

The guys kick of their Riot Tour 2015 May 29 in St. Louis, with Scotty McCreery as the opening act.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Luke Bryan's first hit? ANSWER:  His debut single, "All My Friends Say," went to #5 in 2007.

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Miguel Puts Finishing Touches on Upcoming Album

Photo Credit: Timothy Saccenti/RCA RecordsMiguel has given fans a quick update on his highly anticipated third album, which will serve as the follow-up to 2012′s Grammy-nominated album Kaleidoscope Dream.

The singer recently announced via Instagram that his upcoming set will soon be submitted to be mixed and mastered. "Last touch ups to the album before it goes off for mixing," he wrote in the caption, along with a photo of himself in the recording studio.

He also gave a nugget of advice to aspiring singers. "For all the vocalists out there I highly recommend becoming self sufficient in the studio. Started recording myself when i was about 13, i stole my uncles 4-track recorder... never looked back," he wrote. "Saves so much time and frustration.. Not to mention money ;)"

The singer has enlisted DJ Premier, Jessie Ware and J. Cole for the set, slated to arrive later this year.

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Billy Joel to Play San Francisco for First Time in More Than 40 Years

Library of CongressBilly Joel has announced what's being billed as his only California show this year: a September 5 date at San Francisco's AT&T Park, home of Major League Baseball's world champion Giants.

The concert not only will be Joel's first at the venue, but it's also his first proper show in that city in more than 40 years.  In a statement, Giants President and CEO Larry Baer says, "It's hard to believe it's been over four decades since Billy last played in the city of San Francisco, but I'm confident the city will welcome him with open arms. Billy's star power combined with our world-class venue will make for an unforgettable show."

Tickets go on sale January 30 via Ticketmaster.

Joel also will play another big ballpark this year: Wrigley Field in Chicago.  In addition, he has monthly dates scheduled at New York's Madison Square Garden through November.

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The Black Keys, The Strokes, Alt-J & More to Play Primavera Sound Festival

Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchOne of Europe's major music festivals, Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain, now has a full lineup. The Black Keys, The Strokes and Alt-J will headline the festival, and Sleater-Kinney, Death From Above 1979, Interpol, The New Pornographers and Patti Smith also will perform. Smith will be performing her seminal album Horses in full.

Primavera also will include solo sets from two members of The Strokes: frontman Julian Casablancas -- plus his backing band, The Voidz -- and guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr.

The Primavera lineup was revealed via a video game app created especially for the festival.

Primavera Sound 2015, the festival's 15th year, will be held May 27-30 in Barcelona. You can view ticket options, as well as the entire lineup, at PrimaveraSound.com.

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Ariana Grande to Headline Halftime Show at NBA All-Star Game

Image Group LA/ABCA week after she performs at the Grammy Awards, Ariana Grande will have yet another prestigious gig: headlining halftime at the 64th NBA All-Star Game.

Ariana will take the stage Sunday, February 15 at New York's Madison Square Garden for the show, which is being presented by JBL.  The game will air live on TNT starting at 8 p.m. ET.

At the Grammys on February 8, Ariana is up for two trophies: Best Pop Vocal Album for My Everything and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Bang Bang," her collabo with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj

Ariana will kick off her North American headlining tour, with opening act Rixton, on February 25 in Independence, Missouri.

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Jennifer Lopez Declares, "There's Worse Movies than 'Gigli' Out There"

Lloyd Bishop/NBCWhen Jennifer Lopez visited NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesdayto plug her latest movie, The Boy Next Door, she also took the opportunity to clear the air about the 2003 comedy Gigli, which was roundly panned by movie critics.

When host Seth Meyers asked the American Idol judge about her favorite movies, the subject of Gigli, in which she co-starred with her then boyfriend, Ben Affleck, came up.

While admitting the movie wasn't one of her best, J-Lo didn't think it deserved the beating it took in the media. She blames her relationship with Affleck for the negative attention, noting, "We got a lot of crap at that time. It was 'cause we were together," adding, "There's worse movies than Gigli out there."

Lopez began her career as a dancer and told Meyers she actually enjoyed the struggle of trying to make it in show business.

"I love that feeling of kinda...I don't know, that struggle," she admitted. "That's why I think I like American Idol so much, because I see people like at the beginning of their careers the way I was, kinda like pounding the streets, going to auditions and buying pizza every day...Yeah, I look very fondly on those days."

Her early dancing career included a stint as a "Fly Girl" on the sketch comedy series, In Living Color from 1991 to 93.

Jennifer also noted that being a single mother in the entertainment business can be difficult not only for her, but her six-year-old twins -- a daughter and a son -- from her marriage to singer Marc Anthony.

J-Lo told Meyers her son is now at the age that he "wants to roughhouse," but unfortunately he's "surrounded by women all day."

The solution for her son, according to Lopez, is to hire a manny.  That's right, a manny.  Lopez told Meyers, "I got...a manny, a nice guy to come in and like hang out with [my son] and...have fun with him."

American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.

In The Boy Next Door, Lopez plays a teacher who has an affair with a teenage boy who turns out to be a creepy guy who refuses to leave her alone.  It opens nationwide Friday.

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"Metallica Night" at San Jose Sharks Game Welcomes Hetfield, Ulrich & Trujillo

Don Smith/NHLI via Getty ImagesIt was "Metallica Night" Wednesday at a San Jose Sharks home game. Metallica frontman James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo were on hand at the SAP Center in San Jose to watch the Sharks take on their NHL rivals, the Los Angeles Kings.

The Bay Area rockers wore specially-designed Metallica/Sharks jerseys as they posed with the team’s mascot and dropped the ceremonial first puck.  Metallica music was played during stops in play throughout the match.

The Sharks use the Metallica song “Seek and Destroy” as their entrance music.

The Sharks topped the Kings 4-2.

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"American Idol" Recap: Season 14 Continues with Auditions in Minneapolis

FOXAmerican Idol's 14th season continued Wednesday night with auditions in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back behind the judges' table were Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.

During the show, host Ryan Seacrest once again gave Idol fans a chance to decide via an online poll if a contestant would advance or be sent home. This week, they voted to send a contestant named Matt Riehle to Hollywood.

Here are some of the highlights from Wednesday's one-hour episode:

First up, was St. Paul, Minnesota, native Shannon Bertheaume, a 17-year-old who says she got into music as a form of therapy to get her through the day. She belted out a soulful version of the traditional song, “House of the Rising Sun.” Harry was sold, noting that he responds to people who are “constantly struggling to find the best piece of art they can present at that moment.” Jennifer called her a “crazy artist in the best and most beautiful way.” Keith declared it was “the most raw talent they’d seen.” All three voted “yes” to send Shannon to Hollywood.

Kemil Casey, 19, sang Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” into a gold microphone that wasn’t hooked up, but he claimed it helped him and made the audition feel more realistic. It didn’t provide much help for Casey on his Idol audition. Connick called the performance “oddly entertaining,” but voted “no.” Lopez agreed, noting Kemil had a career in show business, but didn’t know if it was “that one.” She voted “no.” Urban added a third “no,” explaining the vocals “weren’t there.” Casey was sent home.

Vanessa Andrea got emotional as she talked about her husband Jeremy, who’s currently on active duty in the Air Force, noting he was her “hero.” She recovered quick enough to perform Grand Funk Railroad’s version of “Some Kind of Wonderful.” Urban declared the song was her “jam.” Connick agreed, noting it suited Vanessa to a T. Lopez loved her sound, style and confidence. When Andrea called her husband to tell him how she did on the audition, Keith asked for the phone and one by one, each judge told Jeremy their verdict was a “yes,” and Vanessa scored a golden ticket to Hollywood.

Zach Johnson, 20, from Fargo, North Dakota, auditioned with “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” by Keith Whitley. Harry loved his energy and voice, but advised Zach, who sings with a twang, but doesn’t speak with one, that if he didn’t talk with a country accent, he shouldn't sing with one. Connick decided to vote “yes” anyway. Keith also liked Zach enough to vote "yes," and even invited him onstage during one of his concerts a couple of weeks later. Jennifer was on the fence and wanted hear what he sounded like singing, minus the twang. Afterwards, she was sold and agreed with Connick and Urban that Johnson deserved a chance to go to Hollywood.

Minnesota native Cindy Jo Scholer, 26, is a pre-K teacher as well as an avid hunter and fisherman. She belted out Patsy Kline’s “Crazy.” Jennifer thought Cindy Jo “lost the melody in an attempt to show off.” She voted “no.” Keith urged her to “lose all the theatrics,” but voted “yes,” noting Scholer had a good voice and could sing. Harry thought the song was more yelled than sung, but said he really liked her voice and voted “yes.” Connick also joked later that he was scared to say “no” to someone who kills bears for sport. Cindy Jo earned a trip to Hollywood for the next round of competition.

Jacob Tolliver currently lives in Las Vegas where he's an understudy for the actor who portrays Jerry Lee Lewis in the musical Million Dollar Quartet. He gave an impressive performance as “The Killer” on “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” but the judges thought it was the wrong choice for an Idol audition because they couldn’t determine what kind of artist Tolliver is. When Lopez asked him to sing another song, Jacob chose Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.” Connick thought this song gave him a “peek into individuality” and voted “yes.” Lopez agreed Jacob has talent and also voted “yes.” It was another “yes” from Urban and Tolliver bagged himself a ticket to Hollywood, as well as a selfie with the panel.

Hannah Mrozack is a 16-year-old native of Richfield, Wisconsin, whose version Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” drew comments like “fantastic” and “amazing” from the judges. Without any need for discussion, all three voted to send her on to Hollywood.

Mark Andrew, 29, is a foreman with his family’s landscaping business. He started off singing “Soulshine” by The Allman Brothers Band, until Urban, noting that it was a stylistic tune that was suited to Mark's voice, stopped him and asked if he could hear something a little different. Mark chose “I Want to Be Like You,” originally performed by Louis Prima in the Disney film, The Jungle Book. Jennifer loved the tone of his voice, saying it “cuts through so hard.” She voted “yes,” as did Harry, who declared he wanted to hear Mark on a record. Keith added a third “yes” and Mark was off to Hollywood.

The American Idol auditions continue Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.

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Zac Brown Says It's All About the People

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band's new single, "Homegrown," is the first venture in the band's partnership between their own Southern Ground Records, fashion designer John Varvatos' record label and Nashville-based Big Machine Records. Zac believes the kind of people he surrounds himself with has been crucial to the band's success.

“It’s all about the people," he reflects. "It’s all about the help that I have, and I’ve got brilliant, passionate people that I try to instill the way that I would answer or to do things. We have our philosophy behind it, but that’s the only way it gets done, with all of our people.”

The new album from Zac Brown Band is due in stores and online this spring.

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Nashville Notes

Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Florida Georgia Line on Access Hollywood Live on Thursday, discussing the sold-out opening weekend of their Anything Goes Tour 2015. Check local listings for details about the syndicated show.

Love And Theft will join Jerrod Niemann for his January 27 Chords For A Cause Benefit at Nashville's Dan McGuiness Irish Pub, to raise money for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

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