Capitol RecordsHere’s another reason to check out the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday. Katy Perry will use the broadcast to perform her new single, “Birthday,” for the first time on television.
Katy will perform the song via satellite from her Prismatic world tour — she’ll be in Glasgow, Scotland Sunday night. “Birthday” of course is the song with the video that has Katy dressed as a variety of the world’s worst birthday party entertainers, though it’s not known if she’ll adopt any of those personas for her performance.
Katy’s a finalist in ten BBMA categories this year, including top artist and top Hot 100 song. Other performers on the broadcast include Imagine Dragons, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, OneRepublic, Pitbull and others.
The Billboard Music Awards air live on ABC Sunday, May 18 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Michael Becker/FOXThe current judges’ lineup for American Idol will remain intact for season 14, according to one report.
People magazine cites an unnamed source who says Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. will be back in 2015.
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest dropped a hint to that effect on Wednesday night’s show, noting that the upcoming auditions tour for next season will include stops in the current judges’ respective hometowns. However, Fox has yet to confirm that J-Lo, Keith and Harry have signed on for another go-around.
Michael Becker/FOXJessica Meuse was eliminated from American Idol on Thursday night, leaving three contestants to compete in next week’s semifinals: Caleb Johnson, Jena Irene and Alex Preston.
Following the announcement by host Ryan Seacrest, Jessica performed her original song, “Blue Eyed Lie.” It was a tune the 23-year-old Alabama resident previously introduced to the viewers during her audition and again during a performance show in early April.
Caleb, Jena and Alex will return to the American Idol stage next Wednesday night. We’ll also see footage from their upcoming hometown visits.
ABC/Matt BrownJustin Timberlake may be a worldwide superstar, but there’s a huge part of the world in which he’s never performed — until now. The singer will make his first-ever appearance in China on June 14.
Justin will appear as the special guest of Chinese pop star Wang Leehom at Beijing’s Bird Nest National Stadium, which holds 91,000 people. Their collaboration is described as a “once in a lifetime performance.” A statement posted on Justin’s website notes that he and Wang “share many similarities in their respective markets. Both are actors, songwriters and musicians who dominate pop charts and social media.”
Gregg DeGuire/WireImagePink‘s husband Carey Hart has seemingly dismissed rumors that his wife is expecting their second child by taking to Twitter to make a crude joke.
The rumors started when OK! magazine reported that Carey was spotted cuddling with Pink; he was rubbing her stomach, claimed the magazine, but Pink “was quick to move his hands away in case anyone saw.” Carey responded to this by tweeting, “Oh man, i was rubbing my p**is yesterday, does that mean my d**k is pregnant?”
Pink herself hasn’t addressed the rumor. Her rep tells ABC News Radio that they don’t comment on their artists’ personal lives.
CBS/Worldwide PantsMariah Carey stopped by CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday night to promote her new album, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, out May 27.
Mariah told David Letterman that the album had gone “down to the wire” after suffering from various delays. She said she wanted fans to experience Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse as a “body of work,” yet people kept pestering her, “So what’s the single and when are we putting it up on iTunes?”
Mariah added, “I’m like, I know, I know this is the typical way of doing things. I’m trying to do something my own way.”
Letterman asked her about the album’s back cover, which features a self-portrait she created when she was three and a half years old. She explained that her young, hand-drawn self has a diamond on one hand and a pack of cigarettes in the other, because her mom smoked.
Mariah also discussed “Dem Babies,” her three-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan, the latter of whom she says has adopted the nickname “Rocky.” It seems he’s been channeling Sylvester Stallone‘s Rocky; Mariah said, “He’s punching kids….These kids are bigger than him, they’re older, and he’s …read more
ClayAiken.comClay Aiken was a runner-up on American Idol, but the singer-turned-politician is hoping to be declared the winner in a North Carolina Democratic congressional primary that election officials say is still too close to call.
As of Wednesday morning, reports Aiken was leading his Democratic rival for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district by fewer than 400 votes with more than 99 percent of the ballots counted.
Aiken and his rival, former North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, both have about 40 percent of the vote. Another candidate was a distant third.
Last week, Aiken got an endorsement Ruben Studdard, the singer who beat him on the 2003 edition of American Idol. Studdard tweeted he was “proud of my friend” and “we need more people like him in Congress.”
The Democratic primary winner will face incumbent Republican Representative Renee Ellmers in November.
Trae Patton/NBCThe top eight artists on The Voice returned for another round of live performances Monday night.
But before they had the chance to sing, the coaches addressed the elephant in the room: Adam Levine‘s new, much-talked-about blond hairdo. When asked why he changed his hair color, the Maroon 5 frontman joked, “I don’t have an explanation. I woke up, had the day off, and I thought I’d look like Shakira.”
Adam said he likes how it looks on him, though he conceded that his mom hates it.
Blake and Usher teased Adam about his new ‘do, with Blake comparing him to both Meg Ryan and Miley Cyrus.
The Voice also welcomed to its stage Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani, who will serve as the show’s two new coaches next season. Pharrell performed his new single, “Come Get It Bae,” and also joined Gwen for a rendition of her solo hit “Hollaback Girl,” which he co-wrote.
When asked what has her most excited about joining The Voice, Gwen replied, “What am I not excited about? Two minutes ago I was giving birth and now I’m standing here.” The No Doubt singer recently welcomed her third child, son Apollo Bowie Flynn, with hubby …read more
Michael Becker/FOXSam Woolf ran out of chances on American Idol Thursday night.
The 18-year-old from Bradenton, Florida, who was saved by the judges on a results show early last month, was eliminated.
The announcement followed what host Ryan Seacrest described as a “game changer” for the show. He presented the five contestants with two options: the person with the fewest number of votes could go home that night — the usual format — or they could all remain safe until next week, when two of them would be dismissed.
Each contestant was given a secret ballot with which to cast his or her vote. In order to avoid an elimination this week, all of the contestants had to vote “yes.” However, two of them — we don’t know who — voted “no.” Moments later, Sam was ousted from the competition.
Sam ended his journey on American Idol by performing the Imagine Dragons song “It’s Time.”
Also during the half-hour results show, judge Keith Urban performed his new single, “Good Thing.”
American Idol returns next Wednesday night on Fox.
Michael Becker/FOXC.J. Harris was eliminated from American Idol on Thursday night.
The 23-year-old from Jasper, Alabama, received the fewest number of votes this week. He had fallen into the bottom two with Jessica Meuse.
After the results were announced, C.J. reprised his rendition of Marshall Tucker Band‘s “Can’t You See” from the “movies”-themed performance show last month. With tears in his eyes, he then hugged his mother on the stage.
When Ryan Seacrest asked him for his fondest memory from his time on the show, C.J. said, “I just met some amazing people.”
C.J. received a lukewarm response from the judges Wednesday night following his performances of The Guess Who‘s “American Woman” and Zac Brown Band‘s “Whatever It Is.”
The competition resumes next Wednesday night on Fox with the top five.
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