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Friday
Feb012013

"American Idol" Auditions Wrap Up in Oklahoma; Steven Tyler Shows Up in Drag

Michael Becker/FoxAmerican Idol auditions wrapped up Thursday night with tryouts in Oklahoma City, OK. Judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson descended on the Sooner State seeking talent to send on to Hollywood, but ended up running into Steven Tyler in drag. The former Idol judge showed up dressed in a dress, full makeup and blonde wig as a woman named Pepper to audition. Pepper didn't make it to Hollywood, but there was some real talent in Oklahoma:  

The Good

Karl Skinner initially tried out when the American Idol bus came through his hometown of Joplin, MO. Once he got in front of the actual judges, the red-headed Karl set out to prove that gingers have soul with his over-the-top take on James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)." He picked up the guitar and sang a more subdued, yet vocally impressive original song. Randy said Karl lit up the room, and Nicki liked his wild dance moves. The judges liked Karl's big style, and he's on to Hollywood.

Nate Tao grew up with deaf parents, which led him to become a sign language teacher. He tried out with Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life," and the judges' smiles let his parents know Nate has what it takes to make it as a singer. Mariah enjoyed it, and Nicki liked Nate's charisma. Randy thought Nate was unassuming in his conservative shirt and tie. Keith liked Nate's effortless style. He'll get a chance to show those chops off in Hollywood.

Halie Hilburn brought her stuffed friend Oscar with her to show off her skills as a ventriloquist with her performance of Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart." Halie sang most of the song, but had Oscar do the coyote howls described in the lyrics. The stuffed animal also took on the yodeling part. Once Halie put down the song and sang Gavin DeGraw's "More Than Anyone" on her own, Keith declared that Oscar was holding her back. Mariah loved Halie's voice, and Nicki gave her a yes too. Halie is on to Hollywood, but Oscar will have to stay back home.

Sixteen-year-old Kayden Stephenson has cystic fibrosis and isn't expected to live past 35 years old. He said doing Idol was his dream, and he tried out with "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder. His voice had a spritely quality, and Nicki said it reminded her of Michael Jackson. She was really inspired by Kayden, and Mariah was ready to get him in the studio now. Randy loved Kayden's commitment. He's going on to Hollywood.

The Bad

Anastacia Freeman was emotional before going into the judges' room, and she gave the judges reason to cry with her terrible performance of Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart." Nicki and Randy couldn't contain their laughter, but they assured Anastacia they weren't laughing at her. They were completely lying though. It was terrible. When Anastacia told the judges God told her she should audition, Nicki assured Anastacia she should be happy she followed her heart. It was a big no for Anastacia.

Are You Kidding?

Zoanette Johnson shook her booty for the camera, showing off her loud yellow and pink outfit before heading into the judges' room. She told her family if President Obama won a second term in office, she would try out with the national anthem. Some viewers may have wanted to retroactively change their vote based on Zoanette's performance though. It was truly atrocious, and Mariah even had to prompt Zoanette on the lyrics. Keith actually fell out when she hit some of the big notes at the end, and Nicki told Zoanette she was obsessed with her after the performance. Zoanette then addressed the camera and told Obama she better get an invitation to the White House for the performance. For some reason, the judges gave her a ticket to Hollywood.

American Idol auditions move on to Hollywood next week when the show returns Wednesday night on Fox.

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Friday
Feb012013

Miguel Controlling the Tunes for MTV Reality Show

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCWith five Grammy nominations at this year's ceremony, it's safe to say that Miguel knows a thing or two about music.  So maybe it makes sense that he's been chosen to oversee the music on an upcoming episode of MTV's Washington Heights, according to Billboard.

As guest music supervisor for Wednesday's episode of the MTV reality series, the Los Angeles-based Miguel promises to bring some California flavor to the show.  Next week's new installment of Washington Heights will feature music from LA native Dom Kennedy, whose song "My Type of Party" became popular last year.  Another Los Angeles star, Thundercat, will also get time to shine when his song "Is It Love?" is played during the upcoming Washington Heights episode, Billboard reports.

"What I really wanted to accomplish with this opportunity was somehow bridging the gap," Miguel tells the magazine.  "I thought it would be a really good juxtaposition to take young, hungry kids from New York and help tell their stories with music from young, up-and-coming and hungry kids from L.A."

Miguel's song "Adorn" will also be included in the show's soundtrack.  The Kaleidoscope Dream track is nominated for the Grammy's Song of the Year.

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Friday
Feb012013

Michelle Obama Says Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" Is Her Fave Grammy Song

John Moore/Getty ImagesIt's no wonder that Kelly Clarkson was invited to perform at President Obama's inauguration: his wife is quite a fan.

First lady Michelle Obama tells People magazine that out of all the songs nominated for Grammys this year, her favorite is Kelly's #1 hit, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)."  She tells the magazine, "It's an empowering song with a positive message."

Soon, Mrs. Obama may join Kelly in the annals of Grammy history: she's nominated for her own trophy this year, in the Best Spoken Word Album category, for her gardening book American Grown.  The president, however, already has two Grammys, both in that same category, for his own books.

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Thursday
Jan312013

Angie Stone, LaTocha Scott Join Cast of R&B Divas

TV OneTV One's R&B Divas series returns for season number two this spring, and the show is introducing two new cast members: Angie Stone and former Xscape member LaTocha Scott. The music vets will join the show's original cast, which includes Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt.

Angie broke onto the music scene as part of the hip-hop trio The Sequence.  The group's first hit single "Funk You Up," was released in 1979.  Later establishing herself as a solo singer, Angie went on to release six albums, including 2012's Rich Girl.

As for LaTocha, she's been working on a book that takes a look back at her career as part of Xscape.  She's also recording her solo debut album.

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Thursday
Jan312013

Snoop's "Reincarnated" Documentary Coming to Select Theaters

Instagram.com/SnoopDoggSnoop Dogg's journey to become Snoop Lion will play out on the silver screen this spring in a movie opening in select theaters March 15.  Snoop's documentary Reincarnated will reach movie-goers in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago and Atlanta, according The Hollywood Reporter.

Snoop's Snoopadelic Films teamed up with VICE Films to make the project happen.  It follows Snoop on his trip to Trench Town, Jamaica, where he set to work on a new album that is inspired by the musical legacies of reggae greats Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.

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Thursday
Jan312013

Led Zeppelin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award in Germany

Soren Solkaer StarbirdLed Zeppelin will be honored with the first International Lifetime Achievement Award at the ECHO awards on March 21 in Berlin, Germany.  According to the group's official website, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones will be present to accept the award.  Robert Plant will be unable to attend due to a previously scheduled concert that night in Singapore.

The New York Times recently reported that the band is negotiating with several subscription music services, including Spotify, Rhapsody  Rdio, and Deezer, to stream its classic catalog.  Led Zeppelin held out until 2007 to make its music available on iTunes.

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Thursday
Jan312013

The Who to Perform Special Benefit in New York with Elvis Costello as Final 2013 U.S. Concert

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who have announced that the band will perform its final 2013 U.S. concert on February 28 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden with Elvis Costello & the Imposters

The "Who Cares" performance, in the relatively small 5,600-seat theater, is a benefit for Teen Cancer America and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.   Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have supported the Teen Cancer Trust in the United Kingdom for over a decade.

Tickets and VIP packages for the event go on sale Saturday, February 2 at Ticketmaster.com and range from $125 to $1,000.

The Who's current “Quadrophenia & More” tour continues February 1 in Oakland, California and will travel to Europe for twelve dates this summer beginning June 8 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Thursday
Jan312013

Miley Cyrus Lands New Record Deal; Album Out Later this Year

Courtesy: Cosmopolitan MagazineFor her first album in three years, Miley Cyrus is teaming with the guy who helped create her biggest hit. 

Billboard reports that Miley has signed with RCA Records for the as-yet untitled album, which will be out later this year, and one of the producers she'll be working with is Dr. Luke.  He co-wrote her 2009 smash "Party in the U.S.A." -- with Jessie J -- and also produced it.

As previously reported, Miley has worked on her new material with Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams and Tyler, the Creator, but she says that the album won't be hip-hop, nor sound like Nicki Minaj or Rihanna.  She told MTV last September that the new disc would be "the biggest record I've ever had."

Meanwhile, Miley's latest movie, So Undercover, is coming Tuesday on DVD.  It casts her as a teen private investigator who's tapped by the FBI to go undercover in a college sorority, but she has a hard time fitting in among the snooty rich girls.

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Thursday
Jan312013

Chris Daughtry Starting Work on Band's Fourth Album

Image Courtesy Chris Daughtry via TwitterDaughtry just kicked off another leg of a tour in support of their third album Break the Spell...but a fourth album is already underway.

Chris Daughtry recently tweeted about writing some new songs in Nashville, and now, speaking to The Battle Creek Enquirer, Chris says, "I'm...trying to get a jump-start on the writing process for Album Four.  I’m not exactly sure when we’re gonna be recording the record or putting it out, but we’re thinking it’ll be sometime this year."

He adds that he wants to start writing now so that the group "can have as many songs as we can before we head into the studio."  However, Chris told the Erie Times-News, "We're super-early in the process now...we won't have anything to record until probably late spring or early summer."

As for what the new songs sound like, Chris says, "I can’t even define it. I mean, it’s definitely us, it’s definitely Daughtry, but I don’t think it sounds anything like what we’ve done."

While in Nashville, Chris revealed on Twitter that he was collaborating on songs with Blair Daly, who's had a lot of success creating country hits for acts like Rascal Flatts.  Daly also co-wrote Uncle Kracker's hit "Smile."   Chris also tweeted that he was writing with Matt Thiessen, who co-wrote the Owl City/Carly Rae Jepsen duet "Good Times," and who sang on and co-produced the #1 Owl City single "Fireflies."

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Thursday
Jan312013

Adrenaline Mob Schedules More US Tour Dates; Announces Release of Covers EP, "Coverta"

Elm City MusicAdrenaline Mob isn’t done promoting their debut album, Omertá. The band has scheduled another leg of tour dates which kicks off on March 12 at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT, and will make stops in New York, Orlando, Houston, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, among other cities.  Nothing More will support the band on all the newly-announced dates.

In addition, the band has revealed that they will release an EP, Coverta, the same day that their tour begins. The eight-track release will feature cover versions of some of the band’s favorite songs, including cuts by Dio, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

Here is the track list for Coverta:

“High Wire” (Badlands)
“Stand Up and Shout” (Dio)
“Break on Through” (The Doors)
“Romeo Delight” (Van Halen)
“Barracuda” (Heart)
“Kill the King” (Rainbow)
“The Lemon Song” (Led Zeppelin)
“The Mob Rules” (Black Sabbath)

Here are the tour dates:

3/12 -- New Haven, CT, Toads Place
3/13 -- New York, NY, Marlin, Webster Hall
3/14 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Altar Bar
3/15 -- Allentown, PA, Crocodile Rock
3/16 -- West Springfield, VA, Empire
3/18 -- Jacksonville, FL, Brewster’s Roc Bar
3/19 -- Tampa, FL, Orpheum
3/20 -- Orlando, FL, The Haven
3/22 -- Houston, TX, Scout Bar
3/23 -- San Antonio, TX, Backstage Live
3/24 -- Dallas, TX, Trees
3/26 -- Albuquerque, NM, Launch Pad
3/27 -- Phoenix, AZ, Joe's Grotto
3/28 -- San Diego, CA, Brick By Brick
3/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, Cheyenne Saloon
3/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, Roxy
4/1 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Black Sheep
4/2 -- Kansas City, KS, The Voodoo Lounge
4/4 -- St Louis, MO, Fubar
4/5 -- Nashville, TN, Exit IN
4/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Masquerade
4/7 -- Richmond, VA, Kingdom

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Thursday
Jan312013

Chris Young's Biggest Fans Wanted for His Upcoming Appearance on "Katie"

Monarch PublicityChris Young is headed to New York City for an appearance on Katie, and you could be in the audience.  A post at KatieCouric.com calls for Chris's biggest fans to write in and explain why they should be invited to see Chris perform on the show this Tuesday.  We'll keep you posted on when Chris's appearance will air.

In other Chris Young news, he's set to take part in a Livestream performance and Q&A session on February 14 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.  The webcast will originate at the Livestream NYC studios, and you can catch it at New.Livestream.com/LiveStreamSessions/ChrisYoung.

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Thursday
Jan312013

Iron and Wine to Release "Ghost on Ghost" in April; Offers Stream of “Lovers’ Revolution”

Craig KiefSam Beam has a new Iron and Wine album headed our way. The singer/songwriter has just announced that he’ll drop his fifth studio album, Ghost on Ghost, on April 16.

Beam also revealed the track list for Ghost on Ghost, which features 12 new songs. He noted that the songs are a departure “from what he called the ‘anxious tension’ of his two previous records.” “This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few,” said Beam in a statement.  Those previous two studio albums are 2007's The Shepherd's Dog and 2011's Kiss Each Other Clean.

To give fans an idea of what they can expect from Ghost on Ghost, Beam has posted a stream of one of the album’s tracks, “Lovers' Revolution."

Here's the track list for Ghost on Ghost:

“Caught in the Briars”
“The Desert Babbler”
“Joy”
“Low Light Buddy of Mine”
“Graces for Saints and Ramblers”
“Grass Windows”
“Singers and the Endless Song”
“Sundown (Back in the Briars)”
“Winter Prayers”
“New Mexico’s No Breeze”
“Lovers’ Revolution”
“Baby Center Stage”

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