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Thursday
May072015

Florida Georgia Line Moves Anything Goes Tour to Outdoor Amphitheaters Starting This Weekend

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is moving their Anything Goes tour outdoors to amphitheaters across the country starting this weekend after playing arena shows all winter long.

The duo's Tyler Hubbard says, "That's always a very exciting time for us. Kinda just underneath the stars. You can pack a ton of people in there. It's always a good party."

FGL will be playing amphitheaters all summer long, and duo member Brian Kelley thinks fans from coast-to-coast love enjoying concerts in that environment.

"It's got a different feel," Brian says. "People start to warm up and loosen up."

Go to FloridaGeorgiaLine.com for a full list of tour dates.


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Thursday
May072015

Grateful Dead Getting Inducted into Madison Square Garden's Walk of Fame on Monday

Ken Friedman/Grateful Dead ProductionsFrom 1979 to 1994, The Grateful Dead played an impressive 52 concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden, and now the famed arena is set to honor the band by inducting them into its Walk of Fame.  The ceremony will take place this Monday, May 11, at 11 a.m. ET.

Founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, along with late frontman Jerry Garcia's daughter Trixie, will be on hand to represent the group at the event.  Also being inducted at the ceremony will be New York Rangers goalie Eddie Giacomin, New York Knicks forward Harry Gallatin and acclaimed photographer George Kalinsky.

Founded in 1992, Madison Square Garden's Walk of Fame honors athletes, coaches, announcers, entertainers and others for their memorable achievements and performances at the venue. The Dead, who are marking their 50th anniversary this year will be in some pretty good company: Previous Walk of Fame inductees include Elton John, Billy Joel and such sports legends as Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky and John McEnroe.


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Thursday
May072015

Slash Making "Special Announcement" During Appearance Today on "CBS This Morning"

Image Courtesy of MSO PRSlash is slated to make a special announcement today when he stops by the CBS This Morning show, which airs at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT.  The former Guns N' Roses guitarist, who is touring the U.S. now with his current band Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators, will take part in an interview while on the program.

The stateside trek, which is in support of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his group's 2014 World on Fire album, is scheduled to run through a May 23 show at the House of Blues in Houston.

As previously reported, Slash and company also will be releasing a concert video and album called Live at the Roxy 9/25/14, on June 16.  It will be available in a variety of formats, including Blu-ray, DVD and as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and a digital download.


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Thursday
May072015

Natalie La Rose Says Success of "Somebody" Is "Definitely a Surprise" 

Gavin BondMany new artists aren't lucky enough to score a top 10 hit right out of the gate, but Natalie La Rose managed to do it with her debut single "Somebody."  Natalie says she figured people would like the song -- which features Jeremih and includes a bit of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" -- but she wasn't prepared for this instant success.

The Dutch-born singer tells ABC Radio, "After recording the song and playing it for people, I knew that it had something going on, ‘cause people were singing along and vibing to it a lot. But that it would be the success that has grown right now... I didn’t expect it to be this big and go this fast. So it’s definitely a surprise for me."

After one failed attempt at releasing an album as one-half of a duo called Amsterdam, Natalie struck out on her own and hooked up with Flo Rida. After touring with him for a couple of years, he signed her to his record label, I.M.G., in 2013.  It was Flo, she says, who came up with the idea to put a new twist on Whitney's classic song for "Somebody."

"It was funny because we had written everything of the song except for that part," she recalls. "And I told Flo...'It should be something really catchy, everybody should sing along to it, and it has to have something groovy.' And we were just sitting in the studio for hours coming up with ideas and we were all like, 'No, this is not good enough. This is not good enough.'”

"And then suddenly, it was Flo who was like, 'I wanna rock with somebody,'" Natalie remembers.  "And we all knew that that was the thing that was gonna work."

Unfortunately, their plans to release the single were temporarily derailed when they discovered that the beat on which they'd based the tune was unavailable, because it'd already been spoken for.

"We were ready to release it, and then we heard the beat was sold. So we were like, 'Oh no, what are we gonna do now?'” Natalie recalls. "And then the producers of that same beat went back in [to the studio] and it took them nine different versions to become what it is right now."

Natalie tells ABC Radio, "It’s funny, because in the beginning we really had to get used to the new version, because we were so married to the other one...we were like, 'We don’t know if we like this!' And it just turned out to be such a great success, and I’m so happy that it happened. Everything happens for a reason." 

Natalie is working on her debut EP, which will come out this summer.  She'll also be hitting the road as the opening act for Fifth Harmony's summer tour.


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Thursday
May072015

Slow Sales Start Projected for Ciara's "Jackie"

Epic RecordsThis week saw the surprise release of Ciara's Jackie, which is projected to have a modest sales start, based on first-day forecasts.

According to Hits Daily Double, industry insiders estimate that the singer's set will sell approximately 21,000 to 24,000 copies in its first week, which includes on-demand streaming and digital track sales.

Ciara's sixth album, which she named after her mother, includes appearances from Missy Elliott and Pitbull and contributions from Dr. Luke, Polow Da Don, Harmony Samuels, The Underdogs, Rock City, Ester Dean, and Diane Warren.

The official sales tally will be released next Wednesday.


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Thursday
May072015

Mark Ronson's Rock Legend Stepdad Proud of His "Uptown Funk" Success 

Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Warner Music GroupWhen "Uptown Funk" hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, one of its creators, Mark Ronson, knew that his stepdad could really relate to his achievement. Why?  Because his stepdad hit #1 on that same chart back in 1985.

Many fans probably aren't aware that Mark Ronson's stepdad is Mick Jones of the legendary rock band Foreigner, who topped the chart in 1985 with their classic ballad "I Want to Know What Love Is."  After Mark's parents divorced, his mom, Anne, married Jones. Together for 25 years, they divorced in 2007.  Jones says he's thrilled that the music-crazed little boy he remembers is behind the biggest hit of the year so far.

Did he think "Uptown Funk" would be such a smash? "Yeah, about the second or third time I heard it," Jones tells ABC Radio. "And I just am so proud. You know, I was with him growing up and he used to try to come into my music room all the time, even when I was in the middle of something, but he was so enthusiastic!"

"He’s a real music person, you know?" Jones adds. "And multi-talented. And I think this is fantastic. Every time I hear it on the radio I blast it!"

Asked if Mark ever reaches out to him to get his opinion on his works in progress, Jones says yes, but laughs, "It’s very difficult criticizing, so I just usually keep my thoughts to myself. Otherwise I’m one of those guys that will jump in and take over."

"But I’m just so happy that he’s realizing his dream and it’s great to watch him," he adds. 

Jones and Foreigner will be on the road this summer with Kid Rock.


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Thursday
May072015

AWOLNATION's Aaron Bruno Says "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)" Reflects the "Monster of Anticipation of a Sophomore Followup" 

Credit: Kari Rowe"Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)," the lead single from AWOLNATION's sophomore album, Run, is the number one song on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, and is in the top 15 on Mainstream Rock Songs. Run is the followup to AWOLNATION's debut, Megalithic Symphony, which featured the megalithic single "Sail" and propelled the band into the public consciousness.

As frontman Aaron Bruno tells it, the pressure of writing a successful sophomore album possibly sneaked its way into the lyrics of "Hollow Moon." 

"For me maybe it was the monster of anticipation of a sophomore followup, maybe that's where I was coming from, or possibly different fears throughout my life that I'm trying to address," Bruno tells ABC Radio of the meaning of "Hollow Moon." In the song's chorus, the narrator "make[s] a deal with the bad wolf so the bad wolf don't bite no more."

In recording Run, Bruno felt like he was under a "magnifying glass" and, for the first time in his career, there was "actual anticipation" over what he was going to do next. He wanted to use that anticipation to try something unique.

"I had this platform to create a record that real music lovers could get into, a record that you could listen to front to end," Bruno says. "More than having any commercial success, I really wanted to make a timeless, classic album that possibly pushed the boundaries of recording and sort of capitalized off the success of the first record, because I knew that people would be listening."

In picking what song would be the first to introduce the next stage of AWOLNATION, Bruno and his camp had difficulty in deciding what should be the lead single -- "Hollow Moon" was not every one's first choice -- but Bruno is very pleased with how "Hollow Moon" has been received.

"That was a challenge for our team to, I suppose, re-educate people on where I'm coming from," Bruno explains. "Now I'm sitting here while a song basically with a hardcore breakdown is being played on the radio for millions to hear, so I'm very proud of that at the very least."

While Bruno says "Hollow Moon" reflects his struggle to create Run, he is reluctant to share any more background on the song's lyrics.

"I could get more into it but I don't ever like to explore too much of where I was coming from because that could damage the interpretation of the listener," Bruno tells ABC Radio. "But it's definitely a 'face your fears' kind of song." 

Bruno and AWOLNATION will bring their hit single to the stage on their North American headlining tour, which begins May 27 in Seattle.

 
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Thursday
May072015

Adam Levine Hit with Powdered Sugar Bomb After "Kimmel" Appearance; Suspect Arrested, Held on $100K Bail

Courtesy Laura TijerinaMaroon 5's new single is called "Sugar," and that's just what frontman Adam Levine was apparently hit in the face with after the band performed that very song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night. 

According to the LAPD, Levine was in a parking lot outside the studio after the show signing autographs for fans when a man in his mid-30s attacked the singer and four others with powdered sugar.

A fan tells KABC-TV Levine was with his wife when he was attacked around 8:30 p.m. local time. The singer brushed off the sugar and continued on.

Police say security detained the suspect until cops arrived. The unidentified suspect was arrested on suspicion of battery on Levine and the others.

Ironically, during his appearance on Kimmel, Levine chatted with the host and talked about past scary run-ins with fans, like a recent incident at a concert that left him with a cut ear.

Fans at the scene tweeted the aftermath of the sugar attack, including the suspect being held on the pavement by security.

Maroon 5's new single is called "Sugar," and that's just what frontman Adam Levine was apparently hit in the face with after the band performed that very song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night. 

According to the LAPD, Levine was in a parking lot outside the studio after the show signing autographs for fans when a man in his mid-30s attacked the singer and four others with powdered sugar.

A fan tells KABC-TV Levine was with his wife when he was attacked around 8:30 p.m. local time. The singer brushed off the sugar and continued on.

Police say security detained the suspect until cops arrived. The unidentified suspect was arrested on suspicion of battery on Levine and the others.

Ironically, during his appearance on Kimmel, Levine chatted with the host and talked about past scary run-ins with fans, like a recent incident at a concert that left him with a cut ear.

Fans at the scene tweeted the aftermath of the sugar attack, including the suspect being held on the pavement by security.

An LAPD spokesperson told ABC News Thursday morning that the suspect, 28-year-old Navid Farsi, is the same person who was arrested last week after throwing a rock at Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.  Farsi is being held on $100,000 bail.

 


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Wednesday
May062015

Prince Holding Rally 4 Peace Concert in Baltimore This Sunday

Warner Bros. RecordsAfter recording a protest song in response to the ongoing turmoil in Baltimore, Prince will stage a Rally 4 Peace concert in the city this Sunday.

The concert, to be held at Royal Farms Arena, will feature Prince and his group 3RDEYEGIRL, plus as-yet-unannounced "industry superstars."

The show "is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S," according to a press release.

Attendees are encouraged to wear something gray in tribute to those recently lost in the violence.

Tickets went on sale today at LiveNation.com.

Prince recently recorded a song titled "Baltimore" in response to the incident in the city involving Freddie Gray -- who died one week after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody -- and the ensuing riots that occurred.


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Wednesday
May062015

Report: Richie Sambora Won't Face Charges over Allegations He Threatened to Kill Ex-Girlfriend

Credit: James Minchin IIIThe Los Angeles County district attorney's office has decided not to file against Richie Sambora after investigating allegations that he recently threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and one-time business partner, Nikki Lund.  According to TMZ, investigators determined that the supposed threats were part of a big misunderstanding between Lund and her publicist.

TMZ reports that Lund went to the police because her publicist told her that a friend had said Sambora had threatened to throw acid in Lund's face.  However, prosecutors in the case revealed that the publicist told investigators Lund misunderstood him when he warned her that certain "bad things" could go down during a messy breakup.

Lund also had claimed that Sambora had pointed a gun at her and abused her physically while they were going out, she didn't report the incidents after they occurred, according to the L.A. County D.A. office's investigation.

The prosecutors noted that emails between Sambora and Lund seemed to support Richie's claim that the accusations stemmed from bad feelings over the rocker's decision to pull out of a planned business venture with his ex.

According to an article last month in the New York Daily News, Sambora and Lund, a fashion designer, launched the Nikki Rich clothing line last year and had been planning to open a boutique, but Richie pulled out of the business this past February.  The two had dated for about 10 years after the guitarist split with his wife, Heather Locklear, but Sambora recently began a relationship with Australian rock guitarist Orianthi.


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Wednesday
May062015

Mariah Carey Makes Frito Pie in Hilarious Funny or Die Video

Mark Cant/FoxIf you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if Mariah Carey had her own cooking show, Funny or Die gives you some idea. In a new video called “Cooking with Mariah (and Also with Bryan),” the singer, along with her co-host Bryan Safi, make Frito Pie and discuss past relationships.

Most of the clip involves Mariah mashing some questionable ingredients into a bowl, while taking frequent breaks to fix her hair. At one point, Bryan asks her about a particular lyric in her new song “Infinity,” where she sings, “Boy you acting so corny like Fritos.” She hilariously explains that the line was inspired by a former Italian lover named Frito.

As for why things ended between Mariah and Frito? “Frito stole my car,” Mariah says with a straight face. “So he was kind of jerk, but you always want to gravitate towards those guys. I don’t know what it is about them”

“I used to date someone named Tostito,” Bryan adds.

After some final touches to the Frito Pie that include a sprinkling of M&Ms and some sangria, director Brett Ratner comes out to give it a taste test. The bizarre video ends with a visit from Mariah’s “ex” Frito, who promptly gets the Frito Pie smashed in his face.


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Wednesday
May062015

Tinashe: "I Have Started Recording My Next Album"

Photo Credit: Gomillion & LeupoldAlthough her debut album, Aquarius, has only been out a little more than six months, Tinashe has already begun working on her sophomore effort.

"I have started recording my next album," she tells ABC Radio. "I'm busy in the studio as we speak, so I'm very excited about new music." she told ABC Radio during Live Nation's first-ever National Concert Day in NYC on Tuesday.

While she's still in the beginning stages, she says the new material will reflect her new experiences in life.

"I think I've definitely grown as an artist," she says.  "You know, you experience new things, just traveling, being on the road, meeting new people, seeing new cultures and how they listen to music, I think its a learning process for sure." 

Fans will get to see Tinashe showcase her recent material when she joins the North American leg of Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint tour, beginning July 17 in Dallas, Texas, and wrapping up August 19 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


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Wednesday
May062015

Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson & Meghan Trainor Reveal What Annoys Them Most

ABC/Kelsey McNealWant a surefire way to annoy Nick Jonas? Start abbreviating words unnecessarily. Nick was one of several pop stars who revealed their greatest pet peeves to the U.K.’s Capital FM.

“Abbreviations annoy me,” he said. “All kinds of abbreviations. I just don’t see the point. Why can’t we say the whole thing? The words aren’t that long.”

Jake Roche of Rixton also opened up about what irks him. “There’s a few things in life that annoy me, but my main one is slow walking people,” he said. His band mate Lewi Morgan said he's bothered by “people who say ‘um’ before everything.”

Kelly Clarkson’s pet peeve is more specific to the music industry. She said it annoys her “when you hear singers that sing songs that have obviously never experienced the actual message.”

Tove Lo revealed she hates people who are “in a generally bad mood all the time.” And as for what gets under Meghan Trainor’s skin? “Bugs,” she said.


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Wednesday
May062015

1D's Niall Horan to Tee It Up in PGA Golf Tournament

Jeff Daly/NBCOne Direction's Niall Horan will be hitting the links again with his fellow Northern Irishman, world number one golfer Rory McIlory. Niall will be competing with McIlroy later this month at the BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am at the Wentworth Club near London.

Last month, Niall served as Rory's caddie at the Masters' Par-Three Contest.  In that case Niall was just carrying Rory's bag, but at the Pro-Am -- which pairs pro golfers with amateurs -- he'll actually be competing as part of a team with Rory and two English former soccer players. 

"I'll probably be more nervous than in front of thousands with 1D," said Niall of the opportunity, the BBC reports. "I'm hoping Rory will give me a few tips on calming the nerves."

"Niall and I had a good fun together in the Par-Three Contest at the Masters and I'm looking forward to seeing him again at Wentworth," Rory said.

According to the BBC Niall has a 12 handicap, which means he's not a terrible golfer, but he has nothing on Justin Timberlake, maybe pop music's best golfer with a 4.5 handicap according to Forbes.

The BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am takes place May 20.


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Wednesday
May062015

Kelly Clarkson Thinks Jay Z Is Hot, but Kanye Is "Too Confident"

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteWatch out Beyonce. Kelly Clarkson might steal your man! In a videotaped car ride with a couple of Australian radio hosts, Kelly admits she thinks Jay Z is hot.

It all starts when Bey’s song, “Drunk in Love,” comes on the car radio. "I love this song," she says, before belting out the lyrics to some unsuspecting bystanders.

Then, when asked if she thinks Bey’s rapper hubby is hot, she replies, “Yeah! He’s cool. Any kind of confident dude is hot.” But Kelly does draw the line somewhere. When asked about Kim Kardashian's hubby Kanye West, she says, "Umm… that's a little too confident.”

The car trip also includes Kelly singing her own hit "Since U Been Gone" with the windows down, as well as Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" and One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful."


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Wednesday
May062015

Morrissey, Bloc Party to Play 2015 FYF Fest 

Image Courtesy of Harvest/CapitolMorrissey will headline this year's FYF Fest, held in August in Los Angeles. The former Smiths frontman is joined by Bloc Party, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Belle & Sebastian, Dinosaur Jr. and more on the festival's 2015 lineup.

Before he plays FYF Fest, Morrissey will embark on his own headlining tour, beginning on June 11 in New Orleans. The trek includes a stop at New York City's Madison Square Garden, and The New York Post reports that MSG will not be serving meat or dairy products on the day of Moz's June 27 show in deference to the famously vegan singer. There's no word on whether Morrissey has made a similar request to FYF Fest.

Last week, Morrissey wrote an open letter on behalf of PETA to former Vice President Al Gore and Kevin Wall, the co-founders of the Live Earth concert event, condemning them for allowing meat and dairy products to be sold at Live Earth 2015.

The 2015 FYF Fest will be held August 22-23 at the L.A. Sports Arena and Exposition Park in Los Angeles. Tickets will go on sale on May 8 at FYFFest.com.


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Wednesday
May062015

Black Veil Brides Announce "Alive and Burning" Live DVD 

Credit: Jonathan Weiner Black Veil Brides will release their first live DVD, called Alive and Burning, on July 10. The DVD was filmed last November at the band's sold-out hometown show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.

BVBs played The Wiltern show as a part of the band's Black Mass tour, which was launched in support of their 2014 self-titled album. Black Veil Brides debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200, giving the band their second straight top-10 record.

This summer, Black Veil Brides will be playing on the 2015 Vans Warped Tour alongside Asking Alexandria, Escape the Fate, Matchbook Romance, Motion City Soundtrack and many more. The Warped Tour kicks off June 19 in Pomona, California and wraps August 8 in Auburn, Washington.


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Wednesday
May062015

Lauryn Hill Confirmed for Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World Fest Lineup

Lloyd Bishop/NBCLauryn Hill will perform during the second annual Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World Festival.

According to Billboard, the singer will showcase at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, on June 20 -- just a few blocks from Armstrong's longtime home on 107th St.

"We’re excited to bring Ms. Lauryn Hill to headline," says Jeffrey Rosenstock, executive director of Kupferberg Center. "The first major music festival to plant its flag in [New York]’s most diverse borough [Queens]" is designed to "celebrate Louis’ vision of listening to ‘all kinds of music.’"

This year's festival, which takes place from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., is ticketed but free -- visit ArmstrongsWonderfulWorld.com for more.


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Wednesday
May062015

Thompson Square, Joe Nichols, Parmalee & More Performing on Country Cruising Voyage in October

Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square, Joe Nichols, Parmalee and Trace Adkins are among the stars hitting the high seas for the Country Cruising voyage this fall. The cruise sets sail from Miami, Florida October 23 with stops in the Bahamas, Key West and the Grand Cayman Islands through October 30.

Craig Morgan, Neal McCoy and newcomers Charlie Worsham and Lindsay Ell are also performing on the cruise. For more information, go to CountryCruising.com.


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Wednesday
May062015

Steven Tyler, The Jacksons Among Stars Performing on Next Week's "American Idol" Finale

FOXAmerican Idol will welcome a familiar face to the stage on May 13, when the second night of the Fox singing competition's two-part finale is set to take place.  Former judge Steven Tyler is one of the many stars who will perform on the episode, which also will see the winner of the show's 14th season crowned.

Other well-known music artists who will be on hand to perform on the program -- with and without American Idol contestants -- include The Jacksons, former Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald, Chic's Nile Rodgers, New Kids on the Block, Ricky Martin, Jamie Foxx, Fall Out Boy, Chris Brown, Janelle Monáe and Pitbull.  In addition, all three current Idol judges -- Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. -- will show off their own talents.

Tyler was featured on last week's episode of American Idol in a taped segment that showed the final five contestants visiting him in a Nashville studio while he worked on his upcoming country solo album.  The Aerosmith singer announced via Twitter that he'll premiere a new song called "Love Is Your Name" on the finale, and it's also been revealed he'll be performing a duet with finalist Jax.

Part one of the finale will be a one-hour episode that airs May 12 at 9 p.m. ET.  It will feature one contestant being eliminated, and then the final two hopefuls singing one more time for America's votes.  Part two will air from 8 p.m. to 10:06 p.m. the following night.


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