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Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Fleetwood Mac, John Oates Offer Special "Record Store Day" Vinyl

RecordStoreDay.comIf your turntable’s currently collecting dust in your attic, you may want to get it down, clean it off and plug it in: this Saturday is Record Store Day.

This annual event sees hundreds of artists of every musical genre creating special vinyl-only singles and albums, which you can buy exclusively at your local record store. The idea is to keep these local stores in business in an era when most of us purchase music with the click of a mouse.

The marquee release of this year’s event is Bruce Springsteen‘s American Beauty, a 12-inch disc featuring four previously unreleased songs from the sessions that also yielded the Boss’ latest album, 2014′s High Hopes. A related disc is a 7″ version of Ronnie Spector‘s version of Billy Joel‘s song “Say Goodbye to Hollywood,” which she recorded in 1977 with Bruce and the E Street Band.

Fleetwood Mac is offering a 7″ vinyl single of the 1970 song “Dragonfly,” which was Fleetwood Mac’s first single with Christine McVie as a full member of the group. John Oates of Hall & Oates, meanwhile, has a 7″ single featuring <a target=_self href="http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialRelease/6966" …read more

Linda Ronstadt Scores Highest-Charting Album in More Than Two Decades

Rhino RecordsIt’s amazing what being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can do for a performer’s back catalog. Linda Ronstadt, who entered the Hall less than two weeks ago, has just scored her highest-charting album in more than two decades.

Billboard reports that Linda’s new compilation disc, Duets, has debuted at #32 on the album chart. She hasn’t been that high since 1990, when her album with Aaron Neville, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, reached #7. That album featured three hit singles, including “All My Life” and “Don’t Know Much.”

The new album, Duets, collects Linda’s duets not only with Neville, but with Don Henley, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra, James Ingram, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and others. There’s also one previously unreleased track, called “Pretty Bird.”

Ronstadt, who recently announced that she can no longer sing due to Parkinson’s disease, has scored 10 top 10 hits in her career, and 10 top 10 albums. She couldn’t attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 10, but was honored by performances from Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks and Carrie Underwood.

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Magazine Denies It Photoshopped Lorde's Nose

Eliza Grossman for FASHION MagazineLorde has been outspoken in the past about the way that images of her are sometimes Photoshopped without her consent. But her latest accusation, against the Canadian magazine FASHION, has no merit, according to the editor-in-chief of the publication.

A few days ago, Lorde tweeted, “apart from the fact that i’m pretty sure this magazine gave me a new nose (:|), i really like this photo.” She included a photo from her recent spread for FASHION, showing her looking beautiful in a motorcycle jacket and floor-length leather skirt.

But in a statement provided to ABC News Radio, Bernadette Morra, the editor-in-chief of the publication, said, “I can assure you, FASHION Magazine did not give Lorde a new nose. Sometimes lighting or camera angles can give the impression that things look smaller, larger or different than they really are.”

Lorde appears on the cover of the May issue of FASHION.

Last month, Lorde tweeted a photo of herself on stage, and another image of the same performance, showing how her acne had been Photoshopped out. “i find this curious – two photos from today, …read more

Lady Gaga Gets Wisdom Teeth Removed Ahead of Tour Kickoff

Image Courtesy Lady Gaga via TwitterShe wouldn’t be able to sing with her mouth all swollen, so that’s why Lady Gaga has decided to get her wisdom teeth removed before her tour launches next month.

“Wisdom teeth out,” the singer tweeted, adding, in a parody of her song “Poker Face,” “P-p-Percocet p-p-Percocet.” Percocet is a powerful painkiller.

She then posted a selfie showing herself in bed, looking sad and clutching a stuffed animal. “Chipmunk Cheeks,” she wrote. “Wisdom Teeth out before tour. I can’t eat. I’m gonna put some meatballs in a blender.”

Gaga’s artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball kicks off May 4 in Sunrise, Florida.

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Prince Re-Signs with Warner Bros; Readies 30th Anniversary Edition of "Purple Rain" & New Album

Press Here PublicityPrince will now have full ownership and control over his master recordings after signing a new contract with his former label Warner Bros. Records.

The legendary singer has announced that fans will soon hear previously unreleased music as well as a digitally remastered, deluxe 30th anniversary edition of his 1984 soundtrack to Purple Rain.

“A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship,” says Prince in a statement.

“Everyone at Warner Bros. Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent. We are also very excited about the release of new and remastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces,” says Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Cameron Strang.

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4 Non Blondes to Reunite at L.A. Event

AnEveningwithWomen.orgRemember 4 Non Blondes? The group, led by Linda Perry, scored a massive hit in 1993 with the song “What’s Up?” but then disbanded in 1994. Perry’s since gone on to write huge hits for Christina Aguilera, Pink and Gwen Stefani, but now she’s getting the band back together for a special performance.

The band will perform at An Evening with Women, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s annual gala event which is produced by Perry. The May 10 event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel also will feature an appearance by actress and singer Evan Rachel Wood. Margaret Cho will host the night’s festivities.

In a statement, Perry, who just married actress Sarah Gilbert last month, says, “To give is one of the greatest gifts one could ever receive. ‘An Evening with Women’ is all of us giving heart, passion, time and self. I want to be of service and what better way than to create an evening raising awareness by celebrating life, music and community.”

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fun.'s Andrew Dost Scoring New MTV Show, Upcoming Film

ABC NewsWhile fun. frontman Nate Ruess is recording duets with Pink, and guitarist Jack Antonoff is promoting his side project, Bleachers, and co-writing songs with the likes of Taylor Swift, the group’s multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost, has also been keeping busy.

Billboard reports that Dost is getting into film and TV scoring, starting with composing the music for MTV’s new series Faking It. Dost says that doing this sort of work is “my career goal” and “my biggest ambition.” The show, which premieres April 22, is a romantic comedy set in a high school in Austin, Texas, and focuses on two girls whose popularity goes through the roof when a rumor starts that they’re gay. It isn’t true, but the two decide to continue the charade because of their new social status.

On top of that show, Dost is also scoring a movie called Me Him Her, which stars Scott Bakula and Haley Joel Osment.

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Sting, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Kevin Spacey & More Croon & Clown at 2014 Rainforest Benefit

Kevin Mazur/WireImageSting singing Italian opera? Kevin Spacey impersonating Bill Clinton…while standing next to Bill Clinton? Paul Simon cracking jokes like a stand-up comic? It could only happen at Sting’s long-running Rainforest Benefit Concert, which marked 25 years of fundraising Thursday night at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall.

As usual, Sting and his wife Trudie Styler put together a star-studded cast of musicians to entertain the crowd. In addition to Sting himself, the lineup included Sting’s recent tour mate Paul Simon, as well as James Taylor, Stephen Stills, Bruce Springsteen’s wife and E Street Band member Patti Scialfa, Dionne Warwick, opera star Renee Fleming, trumpeter Chris Botti, Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac, two of Sting’s children and Spacey, who proved himself to be quite the entertainer all evening.

The night began with Sting, Spacey, and Taylor performing the Cole Porter classic “Well, Did You Evah!,” an over-the-top comical music number from the movie High Society. Then, the tuxedo-clad Spacey offered up a spot-on imitation of Johnny Carson, before launching into a version of “That’s Life,” made famous by Frank Sinatra. Throughout the evening, Spacey also joined in on group …read more

"American Idol" Recap: Dexter Is Eliminated

Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol said goodbye to Dexter Roberts on Thursday night. The 22-year-old country musician from Fayette, Alabama, was eliminated after falling into the bottom two with Jessica Meuse.

For his swan song, Dexter took on Montgomery Gentry‘s “Lucky Man,” which he previously performed last month, when the top 12 tackled songs that reminded them of home.

On Wednesday night’s “competitors’ picks” performance show, Dexter covered Luke Bryan‘s “Muckalee Creek Water.”

The half-hour results show began with a cameo from Kevin Bacon, who stars in the Fox drama The Following.

The top six will return to the American Idol stage next Wednesday night on Fox.

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Paul McCartney Asks Fans to "Eat No Fish" on Good Friday

PETA.orgAs Christians prepare to celebrate Easter this Sunday, Paul McCartney is continuing his ongoing support of animal rights and the vegan lifestyle by taking part in a new initiative encouraging people to forego eating meat for the holiday. The ex-Beatles legend is appearing in an online campaign launched by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in which he’s wearing the organization’s new “Eat No Fish” T-shirt.

The promotion is timed to coincide with the pre-Easter holy day Good Friday, which Christians traditionally observe by eating fish rather than other meat such as beef, pork or chicken. The new PETA ads also include a comment from McCartney in which he urges, “make it a Good Friday for animals — try vegetarian.”

Explaining why he decided to stop eating fish, Sir Paul recalls, “Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realized, ‘I am killing him — all for the passing pleasure it brings me.’ And something inside me clicked, I realized as I watched him fight for breath that his life was as important to him as mine is …read more

John Legend to Executive Produce Documentary-Style Dance Film

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John Legend is teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through.

Deadline reports their upcoming project will serve as a “documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation.” Legend will serve as an executive producer while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut.

The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer.

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John Legend Executive-Producing Documentary-Style Dance Movie

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCJohn Legend is teaming up with Step Up: All In writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through.

Deadline reports their upcoming project will mix two movie subgenres — dance movies and found footage — to create a “documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation.” John will serve as an executive producer, while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut.

The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer.

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Should Bruno, Katy, Pharrell, Lorde & Taylor Make the "Time" 100?

John Paul Filo/CBSEach year, Time magazine compiles the “Time 100,” a list of the most influential people in the world. While that list is chosen by Time’s editors, readers are allowed to vote for stars of music, TV and film who they believe have changed the world in the past year. Voting’s open now, and among those up for the honor are Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Lorde.

Time is offering readers the chance to choose among 18 of the world’s most popular stars and one top songwriting duo: the husband and wife team who wrote the songs for the movie Frozen. The candidates have been selected for their musical success, their ability to command the headlines, their philanthropy and their social media prowess — except Beyonce. She’s included on the list because, as Time notes, “She’s Beyonce. ‘Nuff said.”

Here are the candidates:

Taylor Swift
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Bruno Mars
Lorde
Shakira
Pharrell Williams
Rihanna
Carrie Underwood
Beyonce
Jay Z
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
Drake
One Direction’s Harry Styles
Rapper Kendrick Lamar
Grammy-winning French robot duo Daft Punk
Frozen composers Robert & Kristin Lopez

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Lorde Wins Prestigious New Zealand Music Prize, Gives Away Her Winnings

Monty Brinton/CBSLorde has continued her winning ways by scooping a prestigious music award in her home country of New Zealand — but she’s decided to give away all the prize money.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Lorde’s album Pure Heroine won this year’s Taite Music Prize, which is given to a local album which is judged by a panel to be the best release of the past year. The winner is entitled to 10 thousand New Zealand dollars, as well as studio time, and Lorde has generously decided to donate the prize money to the other nominees.

In an acceptance speech via video from Las Vegas, Lorde said, “I think everyone is kind of sick of me winning stuff at the moment and I think there are people who are more in need of the funds and the exposure than I am right now. So if you will accept it, the prize money and the studio time have been split between this year’s nominees…if you don’t want it, that’s cool too.”

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"American Idol" Recap: The Top Seven Perform "Competitors' Picks"

Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol‘s top seven took the stage Wednesday night to sing “competitors’ picks.” Each singer performed a tune he or she selected from a pool of suggestions made by the other contestants.

It was the first time in American Idol history that this theme was used for a performance show.

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique all of the contestants. In addition, former X Factor judge Demi Lovato, who recently wrapped up her U.S. tour, dropped by to say hi and offer some comments on the duets. She played coy when Ryan Seacrest asked her if she’ll announce more U.S. dates in the near future.

Here’s what happened on the two-hour show:

Caleb Johnson went along with a suggestion from Alex Preston: “Family Tree,” by Kings Of Leon. Keith called him a “consistent and dynamic performer.” J-Lo said he was pretty amazing, adding that Caleb would be a tough act to follow for the other contestants. Harry liked the way he changed the melody, saying that it would fit right in on a Caleb Johnson album.

Jessica Meuse tackled Miranda Lambert‘s “Gunpowder & Lead,” which was Sam Woolf‘s idea. J-Lo said …read more

fun. to Receive ASCAP Vanguard Award

Fueled by RamenThe members of the band fun. will be honored next Wednesday, April 23, with ASCAP’s Vanguard Award at the performing-rights organization’s 31st annual Pop Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

ASCAP says the award “recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music.” Previous Vanguard Award honorees include The All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys and Beck.

As previously reported, Tom Petty will be presented with the ASCAP Founders Award at event. The prestigious honor recognizes artists whose work has influenced and enriched their fellow musicians. Previous Founders Award honorees include Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, and Neil Young.

The ASCAP Pop Music Awards is an invitation-only event that will take place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. The gala recognizes the songwriters and publishers whose works were the most-played on radio and TV during 2013.

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Sarah McLachlan to Headline "ELLE's" Women in Music Concert, Books TV Appearances

Verve RecordsSarah McLachlan usually keeps things low-key, but she’s planning on making herself very visible in the coming weeks to promote her new album Shine On, her first collection of new material since 2010.

First, Sarah is set to headline ELLE magazine’s 5th annual Women in Music Concert Celebration, which is taking place April 22 in Hollywood. Among the stars who’ll be attending: Phillip Phillips, Glee star Melissa Benoist, actress Anna Kendrick, Olympian and Dancing with the Stars contestant Meryl Davis, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale and more.

Next, Sarah has booked a slew of TV appearances around the album’s May 6 release date. She’ll appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on May 5, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon May 7 and ABC’s The View on May 8.

When you pre-order Shine On from iTunes or Amazon, you’ll get an instant download of Sarah’s new single “In Your Shoes.”

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Train Releasing New Single in June, New Album in September

PRNewsFoto/Daytona International SpeedwayThere’s lots of stuff happening right now in the Train yard. A day after the band announced that they’d be doing another installment of their Sail Across the Sun fan cruise next year, they’ve revealed that fans can expect a new single in June, with a new album coming in September.

The band revealed the news on Twitter, and singer Pat Monahan further elaborated on the band’s new music in his blog, saying he was happy with the material they’ve come up with.

“There are some good ones,” he said of the new Train songs. “I’m starting to get excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this way. This record has clawed at my soul, brought loss, change and periods of trouble and illness. But here I stand and I say that this thing might be the best I’ve done. Definitely the best that I can do right now. That’s always the goal.”

Train’s new album will be the follow-up to 2012′s California 37, which produced the hits “Drive-By” and “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.”

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American Idol Live! Tour Kicks Off June 24

Credit: Brian Bowen SmithIf you want to see this year’s crop of American Idol finalists up close and personal, grab your tickets for this year’s American Idol Live tour. The trek gets underway June 24 in Binghamton, NY and is right now scheduled to run through August 23, wrapping up in Redmond, Washington. Tickets go on sale May 9 at AmericanIdol.com/tour.

Buying the tickets also helps you do some good. One dollar from every ticket purchased will be donated to the Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure that disease.

Unlike some tours in the past, this year’s trek will be limited to the Top 10 finalists: C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. Of those ten, Majesty, MK and Malaya have already been eliminated, but of course, they’ll return for the tour.

This year’s winner will be crowned Wednesday, May 21, and he or she will receive the prime spot on the bill during the tour.

Here are the dates:

6/24 — Binghamton, NY, Broome County Arena
6/25 — Albany, NY Times, Union Center
6/27 — Windsor, ON, The Colosseum at Caesars
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The Man Who Inspired "Royals" Finally Gets to Meet Lorde

ImageCourtesy MLB via TwitterIt’s taken a while but former Kansas City Royals player George Brett has finally gotten to meet the teen whose international hit he inspired: Lorde.

Major League Baseball tweeted a photo of Brett, who was the inspiration for Lorde’s #1 smash “Royals,” posing with the singer, presumably backstage at one of her concerts. The Kansas City Royals organization also tweeted a photo of the two, writing, “And we’ve come full circle!”

Lorde wrote her Grammy-winning smash “Royals” after being inspired by a photo in National Geographic magazine of Brett wearing his Royals jersey. Last month, when she visited Kansas City, the Royals organization presented her with a copy of that particular magazine photo, signed by Brett, and he sent along an autographed Royals jersey for her with his name on the back. He couldn’t be there in person, though, so the meeting this week was a long time coming.

Last year, Lorde told ABC News Radio, “The way I write is that I find a particular word or phrase which kind of defines the concept that I’m thinking about, and when I find that …read more

Lorde Covers "Teen Vogue," Talks Fame, Fashion & "Girls"

Courtesy Teen VogueLorde may complain about being asked to smile during fashion shoots, but that doesn’t mean she hates them. In fact, she’s perfectly thrilled to be appearing on the cover of the May issue of Teen Vogue.

“[S]o happy about this. teen vogue cover star yaaaaaaaw,” she tweeted, and also shared a few images from the fashion shoot, including one which depicts her wearing a strange-looking headband that looks like it was made by a kindergarten student. “My favourite photo from the shoot — feat. improvised duct tape and feather crown,” she tweeted. “My kind of magazine obviously.”

In the cover story, Lorde talks about her newfound fame, expressing astonishment that former Lizzie McGuire star Hillary Duff attended one of her concerts. “This is the most insane thing that’s ever happened to me. That’s my childhood right there. Hilary Duff is a fan—that freaks me out!” she exclaims. She also reveals some praise she received from Lena Dunham, Emmy-winning star and creator of HBO’s Girls.

I finally watched Girls a couple of days ago and I loved it,” she tells Teen Vogue. “I tweeted Lena …read more

"Frozen" Marks 10th Week at #1, Pharrell Rebounds to #2

Walt Disney PicturesThe big freeze continues on the Billboard album chart, as the Frozen soundtrack passes its 10th non-consecutive week at #1.

Billboard reports that in the SoundScan era, which dates back to 1991, only 11 albums have spent that many weeks at #1. Four of those 11 have been soundtracks: Frozen, The Lion King, The Bodyguard and Titanic. The Frozen soundtrack has also passed the two million mark in sales; it’s now sold 2.1 million copies.

Elsewhere on the chart, Pharrell Williams‘ album G I R L has now rebounded to #2 on an 18 percent sales increase. The “Happy” hitmaker has been everywhere over the past few weeks, from Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live, to CBS’ Sunday Morning and Oprah‘s OWN network. The album originally debuted at #2 when it came out back in March and has been in the top 10 ever since.

Now the bad news: Pharrell’s album has also posted the lowest weekly sales total for a #2 album in the entire SoundScan era. It moved just 29,000 copies in the past week. Frozen, by comparison, sold 133,000 copies last week.

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Taylor Swift Posts Video Blog Documenting Super-Fan Gena Gabrielle's Bridal Shower

Instagram via Gena GabrielleTaylor Swift has posted a video blog of her weekend trip to Ohio to attend her super-fan Gena Gabrielle‘s bridal shower. Taylor documented the entire visit including the moment she surprised Gena with a handmade, framed sign, a Kitchen Aid mixer, fine cookware and homemade chocolate chip cookies among other items.

Gena got more than 100 text messages from friends and family once word got out Taylor was at the bridal shower. Even though Taylor is 24 years old, this is the first bridal shower she’s ever attended.

Taylor ended the video with a message to Gena saying, “Thank you for inviting me to your bridal shower, and for me into your life. (Since 2007!!!).”

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Is Lady Gaga's Boyfriend Looking to Put a Ring on It?

Interscope RecordsLady Gaga and her boyfriend, Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney, have been together for two years, so, is he looking to take things to the next level? According to one report, yes.

Life & Style Weekly claims that Kinney has been “secretly” shopping for an engagement ring for Gaga. The mag quotes an insider as saying, “Taylor’s been looking at engagement rings for [her] for a couple of months. He has told a couple of his close guy friends that he wants to propose soon.”

How soon? Apparently, Kinney wanted to pop the question last month, when Gaga turned 28, but he hadn’t found the right bling yet.

“Taylor was considering proposing over her birthday,” dishes the insider. “But he hadn’t found the right ring in time. He wants to find something unique that will suit her personality.”

But even if Kinney does propose in the near future, Gaga certainly doesn’t have time to plan a wedding. She kicks off her new tour, artRave: The ARTPOP Ball, next month, and currently has dates scheduled through November. Teasing fans with what they can expect from her new …read more

"American Idol" Season 13's Youngest Contestant Gives Advice, Reveals Which Champ Would Make Her Lose Control

Frank Micelotta/FOXMalaya Watson, the Michigan teen who was eliminated from American Idol last week, was this season’s youngest contestant, and the second-youngest ever to reach the live shows, after season 10′s Lauren Alaina. While she admits that the Idol experience is “a lot harder than it looks,” the 16-year-old says she’d still encourage other young people to try out, with one condition: your grades have to be good.

Speaking to ABC News Radio, Malaya says, “From the outside in, [American Idol] looks like so much fun, but then when you’re in show business, you notice all the details of everything. It’s a lot. It’s a whole lot!” That’s why any kid who wants to try out has to make sure they’ll be able to simultaneously handle both their schoolwork and all the Idol commitments.

Asked if young teens like her should audition for the show, Malaya tells ABC News Radio, “If their school is good and they have time on their hands, then yeah, if that’s something they want to do.” But, she warns, “Don’t do it while you got all this debt, and your grades look terrible, because then …read more