ABC/Donna Svennevik Just when you thought that the list of artists who Ryan Tedder's worked with couldn't possibly get more impressive, word now comes that he's producing the upcoming album by U2.
Billboard reports that the OneRepublic singer, whose production and songwriting credits already include hits from Adele, Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson, is one of several producers who are toiling away on the superstar band's latest project, which has now been pushed to 2015. Another name in the mix is Paul Epworth, who, like Ryan, worked on Adele's smash 21. Overseeing the project is Danger Mouse, who is perhaps best known as the other half of Gnarls Barkley -- the guy who isn't Cee Lo Green.
According to Billboard, enlisting Ryan and Epworth may be an attempt by U2 to remain relevant in today's music scene, which is something that frontman Bono seems to be very concerned about. He told The Hollywood Reporter in February, "To be relevant is a lot harder than to be successful."
As for why Bono turned to Ryan, well, his track record certainly counts for something, but it turns out that OneRepublic goes back a ways with U2: they opened for the band in 2010. Speaking to Billboard in October, Ryan recalled some songwriting advice that Bono gave him.
"He said, 'I feel a responsibility to actually write and sing about things that have a level of human gravity to them.'" He then added, "I have a feeling I'll be around [Bono] a lot more in the coming years."
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Michael Becker/FOXThursday night, Emily Piriz became the latest contestant to be voted off American Idol, but she has no hard feelings. In fact, the 18-year-old singer from Florida told reporters on Friday that she's tried all the other singing competition shows, and Idol's the best.Turns out that before we ever saw her on Idol, Emily had already tried out for the show once before and failed. She also said she tried out for The X Factor three times, The Voice "three or four times" and America's Got Talent "three or four times." It was based on all that experience that she told reporters, "Idol to me is as good as it gets. You know, it's the best of the best.""It's the original and everyone is a huge family," she explained. "It's been on for 13 seasons. And it's almost all the same crew members, staff people, I mean, everyone's so close and they treat us like family. They really do. It's amazing."Emily says that even though she was "said 'no' to a lot," she "never gave up." "Look at me now," she told reporters. "You just have to keep practicing and keep going. I mean, when I was 13 is when I started auditioning for shows, and I'm 18 now. So, it takes a while, but you can get there. You just have to believe in yourself."Emily also told reporters that this year's official American Idol "goodbye" song -- the song played when contestants leave the show -- is actually Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway." She said each contestant has recorded their own version of the song, which will play over their farewell video package.
Image Courtesy Madonna via InstagramIf you love the song "Wake Me Up" by Avicii, then you'll probably like Madonna's new album. The Queen of Pop confirmed that the two are collaborating on new music.
On Instagram, Madonna posted a photo of herself crouching down in what looks like a marble bathroom. She captioned the photo, "Doing some house work before heading to the studio with Avicci! #artforfreedom#clean."
She misspelled Avicii's name in her caption, but hey, she's Madonna. She doesn't have to worry about little things like spelling, right?
Swedish producer and deejay Avicii, whose birth name is Tim Bergling, not only gave us the hit "Wake Me Up" -- which features uncredited vocals from Aloe Blacc -- but he's also responsible for the follow-up, "Hey Brother." It's not such a big surprise that he and Madonna are collaborating, since she's a big fan of working with the hottest dance music producers around.
Last month, Madonna told The Vancouver Sun that "plans are in the works already" for new music, adding, "Don't ask me with who, it's a secret, top secret." When a new album does emerge, it'll be the follow-up to MDNA, which came out in 2012.
Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has purchased homes in New England and Los Angeles since becoming a global superstar, but she'll always think of Nashville as her home base. In a new interview with Time on the Tennessee city's booming economy, Taylor reveals her practical reasons for working mainly out of Nashville.
"Choosing to have my management company based in Nashville just made sense because my family is there as well as my record label," Taylor says. "I never think about moving home bases. It’s hard to describe why you consider a town your home base, except that when people ask me, 'Where’s home?', I don’t even think before I say 'Nashville.'"
There are also personal reasons why Taylor prefers to spend time in Nashville: it offers her an escape from the paparazzi who track her every move in New York or L.A.
"You don’t see as much evidence of me spending time in Nashville, because I’m not being photographed at the grocery store," she explains. "I’m just able to wander around the grocery store and make casual conversation with the girl standing next to me in the produce aisle."
Taylor is currently working on the follow-up to her multi-platinum album, RED. She'll take The RED Tour to Asia starting June 1 in Tokyo.
ABC/Matt BrownLady Gaga's forthcoming tour artRave: the ARTPOP Ball hasn't even begun, but it's already plagued by rumors that ticket sales aren't strong, and the whole thing's a flop. But according to the tour promoter, such rumors are "ridiculous."
Arthur Fogel, the head of the Live Nation's Global Touring division, tells Billboard that in fact, ticket sales for Gaga's North American and European dates are 80 percent sold out. He also reveals that six additional North American shows will be announced in the near future, as well as additional dates in the U.K.
Responding to reports that Live Nation has lost $30 million on Gaga's tour, Fogel tells Billboard, "Just a complete fool would say something like that and it could only come from somebody who has an agenda, because it makes absolutely no sense, on any level." And why is that? Fogel says that if a tour was really doing that badly, the promoter would cancel the whole thing rather than take that kind of financial bath.
"You'd say 'pull the plug,'" explains Fogel, who's promoted huge tours by Madonna and U2 in the past.
Gaga's last two tours, the Monster Ball, which ran from 2010 to 2011 and the Born This Way Ball, in 2012, were extremely successful, and both ended up being among the highest-grossing tours of their respective years.
Gaga will warm up for artRave: the ARTPOP Ball later this month when she performs a series of shows at New York's famed Roseland Ballroom, which will close its doors when she's done. The official tour kicks off May 4 in Sunrise, Florida.
Epic RecordsIs Brandon Howard the long-lost son of Michael Jackson? A definitive conclusion was not reached on Thursday.
The website FilmOn.TV on Thursday claimed in a live event that it has seen DNA evidence showing that there’s a 99.9-percent chance that the 31-year-old Howard, a singer who performs under the name B. Howard, is the King of Pop’s son.
However, Howard posted a video on his Facebook page saying he’s “never self-proclaimed to be Michael Jackson's son.” He said, “It is true I did do a DNA test but it had nothing to do with any of this."
Howard also denied a TMZ story – which initially brought Howard’s alleged connection to MJ to light -- that he’s planning to sue Michael’s estate for money.
Furthermore, Howard released the following written statement: "To my fans, family, and friends, despite recent allegations, I did not authorize the testing of my DNA to be compared to that of the late Michael Jackson nor did I contact TMZ regarding the publication of the story. This spring, I agreed to be a part of a documentary with FilmOn.TV and was asked to give a sample of my DNA. Even though I agreed to this I never expected it to be used in this manner. To this day, I have never claimed to be Michael Jackson's son nor do I have any intention of pursuing the family's estate."
Though Howard says he never claimed to be Michael’s son, he doesn’t deny that he is related to the singer, either. Then again, a singer named Augie Johnson, who was featured on Michael’s 1979 album Off the Wall, tells the British newspaper The Daily Mail that he’s Howard’s father.
Mind you, TMZ is claiming that the supposed DNA evidence FilmOn.TV touted is bogus, because the lab itself doesn't exist. Then again, TMZ's supposed evidence for that claim, in part, is that an image from the lab's logo is easily available online. Whatever.
Where’s Maury Povich when you need him?
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesPresident Obama has nothing but “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” for the women of soul, even if he accidentally misspelled the title of Aretha Franklin’s signature anthem.
In an “oops” moment Thursday night, the president dropped a letter when paying tribute to Franklin at the White House concert series event, In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul.
“When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her, she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved. They wanted some respect,” the president said. President Obama's spelling error was greeted by laughter.
Making a “quick public service announcement,” the president explained that when Franklin first walked into Fame Studio in 1967, most of the other musicians had never heard her sing live before.
“When they did, one of them said, ‘The floors rumbled and the walls shook. My brain shook. It was magic,’” Obama said.
“So my advice to everyone tonight is simple: Hang on. The Queen of Soul is in the building. If she blows your mind, it will be OK,” he joked. “That’s what soul music does. It makes us move and it makes us feel.”
Moments later, Franklin rocked the halls of the White House, performing “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)."
The president and first lady were also treated to performances by Melissa Etheridge, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and Tessanne Chin.
Earlier in the day, first lady Michelle Obama was joined by Etheridge, her “other mother” LaBelle, and Monáe -- whom she said is now like another child to her -- as they addressed students.
Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol said goodbye to Emily Piriz on Thursday night. The 18-year-old from Orlando, Florida, was sent home after falling into the bottom three with Jena Irene and MK Nobilette.
Before Emily was dismissed, she attempted to earn the judges' save by singing Grace Potter and the Nocturnals' "Stars." However, Harry Connick, Jr. informed her that the panel would not be saving her.
Emily had saluted Jennifer Lopez on Wednesday's "Home"-themed performance show with a rendition of "Let's Get Loud."
The musical guests on the one-hour results show were former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, who performed his new single, "Raging Fire," and the Irish band Kodaline.
Backstage, after her elimination, Emily told ABC News Radio she's grateful for the experience and is going to keep working to become a successful singer.
Ryan Seacrest told ABC News Radio that while standing on stage with Emily during her “Goodbye tape,” the singer said her stint on the show was like “a flash of time.”
Connick told ABC News Radio backstage that “nobody wants to see anybody go, but it's a competition so somebody's gonna be eliminated.” Connick added, “[I]t's a tough thing see, but...the people have spoken.”
Jennifer Lopez told ABC News Radio backstage that she “wasn't really happy” with the result and the fact that it was all girls in the bottom three. “I hate seeing three girls in the bottom three the past two weeks...I'm like ‘c'mon America.’ What's what? We don't like the girls? We love the girls,” Lopez said, adding, “I get afraid that we're gonna be like five guys in the final...and no girls there.”
Next Wednesday night on Fox, the top 11 will tackle songs from the movies.
Photo: Christie GoodwinAdam Lambert's been pretty busy lately, appearing on Glee and serving as a mentor for American Idol. Now, he's just announced a big summer tour with legendary British rock group Queen, who he's been performing with on and off since the 2009 Idol finale. But what about some new music from the singer? Adam says it's coming, and he believes the tour with Queen will help make it even better.
"I'm working on music now. I've been in Sweden the last couple weeks, and I'm working on stuff, figuring it out," he tells ABC News Radio. "And what's beautiful is that this is kind of a side-by-side thing. I mean, the fact that I get to jump over and do a tour with Queen -- like, the Queen -- not only is it going to be exciting to kind of step away from my creative process a bit, but I think it'll inform it."
"I learn something every time I'm on stage with these guys," he explains, referring to Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. "So I think that it only makes me a better performer, and a better writer. And seeing these fans of this band -- it inspires me."
There's no doubt that touring with Queen will make Adam a better performer: it'll be the first time he'll be headlining in huge arenas, like Madison Square Garden and the L.A. Forum. Of course, Queen regularly played those venues during their heyday in the '70s and '80s.
"This will be my first time at the Garden, and my first time at the Forum, and that's what's one of the very exciting things about working with these amazing gentlemen is that they have so much under their belt. They've experienced so much and I feel like I'm learning every time we're on stage together," he tells ABC News Radio. "To go back to something that feels nostalgic for them, and a first time for me, I think, will be really magical on stage. I think that's kind of the beauty of this whole adventure."
Certainly, the prospect of fronting a legendary, much-beloved rock band whose late lead singer -- Freddie Mercury -- is considered to be one of the best vocalists in rock history -- is daunting. In fact, Mercury was one of Adam's own personal idols, long before he ever met the guys in Queen. But he says he knows how he's going to approach singing classics like "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You" every night.
"One of the things that I always try to do is not to mimic [Freddie Mercury], because I feel like that would be a bit disrespectful, but more to pay respect, and to just bring the songs to life in an honest way," he tells ABC News Radio. "I've had the greatest teacher, to hear and learn these songs, but trying to make them my own, I think, is important."
One thing is for sure: Queen fans and Adam fans both want to see this pairing. Queen's Brian May tells ABC News Radio that he's been hearing from fans on social media, and the response has been nothing but positive.
"I see 'em already on Twitter, y'know, it kind of makes me laugh," he says. "It's like, 'We need QueenBert!' From Argentina, from Tierra del Fuego, from Beijing...the whole world wants us to be together, I think, which is great!"
Queen + Adam Lambert will kick off their tour June 19 in Chicago.
JewelJK.comJewel's debut album Pieces of You was a musical touchstone of the '90s, producing the hits "You Were Meant for Me," "Foolish Games" and "Who Will Save Your Soul." Now, get ready for the sequel...sort of.
Billboard reports that the singer is currently recording a new disc which she sees as a companion piece to Pieces of You. The connection is that the new album will be put together the same way as Pieces of You, which mixed solo studio recordings with recordings of Jewel performing with a live band, and recordings of her performing solo in front of an audience.
To that end, Billboard reports, Jewel is planning a show for her fan community, Every Day Angels, in Nashville on March 21, during which she'll record some of the tracks for the new disc. "I've just always sung better live," she tells Billboard. "There's certain songs that, when I do them in front of an audience it brings out an emotion in me that I don't get just sitting in a studio." Other tracks, however, will be cut in a regular studio.
As for whether the album will be pop, country or something else, Jewel explains, "What I've been making myself do is forget everything I know and not think about genres...I want to forget it all and make a record that is really pure and is me. I'm just going to make what's in my soul. I'm in a position to do that, so I'd be an idiot not to do that."
Currently, Jewel says she's trying to pare down a list of about 40 songs for the project, and plans to release it herself -- as opposed to through a label -- either late this year or in early 2015. She's also working on an autobiography she'll release at the same time.
Monty Brinton/CBSIf you were a songwriter, you'd probably feel pretty great if Bruce Springsteen covered one of your songs, right? Now imagine you're a 17-year-old songwriter with only one album to your name, and Bruce still covered one of your songs. Yes, that happened, so it's no wonder that it made Lorde -- the 17-year-old in question -- cry.
News.com.au reports that Lorde found out about Springsteen's cover of her song "Royals" -- which he performed on stage during a concert in New Zealand -- via social media when she was in Austin, Texas getting ready to kick off her own tour. "My Twitter went mental, everyone in New Zealand was like ‘You can’t believe what just happened!’” she said.
“It was so exciting, it was the highest honor. He’s such an incredible songwriter. I got a little teary. It was very cool,” she continued. "It’s crazy when someone like that is covering your song. Those words were nothing before I put them into my laptop and started messing around with them in the studio. It’s crazy to me they could come out of someone’s mouth who is that respected.”
Lorde is also excited about the fact that her debut album Pure Heroine has gone platinum. "How mental is that, right?” she said. “I was pretty pumped.”
Interscope RecordsLady Gaga is teaming up with Doritos for a very special concert next week in Austin, Texas, and you might be able to go for free...if you're bold enough.
In a video posted on Doritos.com, Gaga announces that on March 13, she'll be performing for the first time at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Her show, benefiting her Born This Way Foundation, will take place at the Doritos #BoldStage, and if you want to attend, you have to complete a series of "bold challenges." Select winners will receive all-expenses-paid trips to see the show.
"Only people who prove their boldness are able to get in," is the way that Gaga explains it in the video. "I believe being an individual and speaking your mind is one of the boldest things you can do," she continues, and then introduces the first challenge.
"I want you to share a picture or a video that expresses your individuality through a bold action," she says. "What bold thing have you done that makes you stand out? I will pick one lucky winner to be a VIP at my show...as for my bold act, well...you'll have to wait for the show."
You have until Saturday at noon Central Time to tweet, Instagram or Vine a picture or video; tag the post with the hashtags #boldstage and #boldbravery to enter. You are limited to between 6-15 seconds for your video. Visit Doritos.com for all the rules.
Speaking about the performance to Rolling Stone, Gaga says, "I’ve been dreaming of this moment. It’s all about the music and the connection with the crowd, and I want the audience in Austin to see me live in a way I never have before...I can’t wait to celebrate with the audience how far music can go when we believe and stick together. It’s moments like these that I live for."
Columbia RecordsTogether with her Glee co-stars, Lea Michele has racked up sales of 57 million singles, and scored 20 top 40 hits. No wonder she felt that it was finally time she got around to releasing her debut album. It's called Louder, and it's in stores this week.
"Glee was a really amazing opportunity for me to sort of be exposed to the music world, as well as, you know, understand what life is like inside of a recording booth, so it just felt like the natural step for me to create my own solo record," Lea tells ABC News Radio.
Unlike her Glee releases, Lea's debut album Louder isn't a collection of cover versions of pop hits or show tunes. It's a pop album, with songs written by the likes of Sia, Christina Perri and Lea herself. While some of the material is definitely informed by the loss of Lea's real-life boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith -- especially the song "If You Say So" -- there are plenty of other tunes on the disc that are hopeful, romantic and upbeat. Above all, it's a very personal album for the singer.
"As a performer, you really wanna be able to say words that mean something to you, and perform like it's a story, a part of your life," Lea says. "[It's] a...creative and cathartic experience when you're singing your own songs, rather than someone else's."
While Louder is a record that's meant to be played on the radio next to the latest hits by Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, it doesn't sound like them, or, really, anything else on the charts right now. "I definitely wanted it to be unique," she tells ABC News Radio. "I wanted people to be able to listen to the songs and know, 'Oh, that's Lea Michele.' But I think also, at the same time, it's a very accessible pop record."
"I do think that it has my personal touch to it, which I'm really proud of," she continues. "But, you know, there are definitely those songs that are just those, like, standard, straight-up pop songs that you hear on the radio or you dance to in your house or your car."
As for why she chose to call the disc Louder -- that's one of the songs on the album -- she explains, "It really just, in my opinion, sums up the entire album. I really think that the song 'Louder' is such a strong and positive song about speaking your mind and being free and being open and being yourself, and I think that that's really what this album stands for."
Lea has so far released the single "Cannonball" from Louder, but looks forward to bringing all the disc's songs to her fans live with a tour, which she hopes to do between season five and season six of Glee. She also wants to do more touring when the show ends.
"You know, I grew up on the stage and performing live is where I feel the most comfortable," she tells ABC News Radio. "And I'm also incredibly proud of this record and want the opportunity to thank my fans for all their dedication, so going on tour is definitely the next step."
We knew the announcement was coming. Now Queen and Adam Lambert have confirmed they're hitting the road together for a North American tour.
Lambert has performed with the legendary British rock group on a number of occasions, both in the U.S. and overseas, but he and Queen have never actually toured in the U.S. That changes beginning June 19 at Chicago's United Center, the first of 19 dates in all in the U.S. and Canada, wrapping July 20 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, D.C.
When he performs with Queen, Lambert stands in for the band's founding lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 of AIDS-related illness. They first joined forces in 2009 for a performance of "We Are the Champions" on American Idol. In the summer of 2012, Queen + Adam Lambert performed six shows in Europe, and this past fall, they also performed at a multi-artist show in Las Vegas.
"I'm honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie's memory," Lambert said in a statement. "He's a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band." Queen guitarist Brian May kept his comment succinct: ""Let's ROCK those beautiful arenas JUST ONE MORE TIME!”
When May says "just one more time," he isn't kidding. He tells ABC News Radio that this is likely going to be the last time he and drummer Roger Taylor head out on tour together as Queen. "Speaking for only Roger and myself, I don't know how much more we will be able to do this," he says. "So we looked at each other and thought, y'know, 'Should we go for this one more time? Just the one more?'"
Lambert says that what really provided the impetus for the tour was that one-off show that he, May and Taylor did in Las Vegas last fall. "It just felt perfect, it just felt like it was totally in the cut, it was really really good and we figured we had to bring it to more people," he tells ABC News Radio. "And so I'm really excited that this worked out. I feel very humbled and very excited at this opportunity...and lucky. I feel lucky."
May says what gave him and Taylor even more motivation to do the tour was the prospect of returning to all those legendary venues that they had once rocked with Freddie Mercury.
"For us, Madison Square Garden and the Forum in L.A., that's magical nostalgia in a sense for us, but much more than nostalgia, because that's what we do, and that's when we were at our peak and I think we can be at a new peak with Adam," May explains. "For Adam, he hasn't done these things but he's played with us, he knows us and he's the man. He's the guy to pull this off. He's incredible."
Both May and Taylor feel that there is no question that Mercury would have heartily approved of the job that Lambert does fronting the band.
"It goes without saying, really," notes May. "Freddie admired quality and talent and I know Freddie would gasp at some of the stuff that Adam takes on."
"I don't even think about it when we're on [stage] there to be honest, you know, it feels right, it feels comfortable, in a good way, and I don't mean complacent," he adds. "I just mean it feels good and everything is at maximum potential."
So far, the set list hasn't been decided upon, but you can expect all of Queen's biggest hits, as well as some deeper cuts.
6/19 -- Chicago, United Center 6/21 -- Winnipeg, MTS Centre 6/23 -- Saskatoon, Credit Union Centre 6/24 -- Edmonton, Rexall Place 6/26 -- Calgary, Scotiabank Saddledome 6/28 -- Vancouver, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena 7/1 -- San Jose, SAP Center 7/3 -- Los Angeles, The Forum 7/5 -- Las Vegas, The Joint 7/6 -- Las Vegas, The Joint 7/9 -- Houston, Toyota Center 7/10 -- Dallas, American Airlines Center 7/12 -- Detroit, The Palace of Auburn Hills 7/13 -- Toronto, Air Canada Centre 7/14 -- Montreal, Bell Centre 7/16 -- Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center 7/17 -- New York, Madison Square Garden 7/19 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 7/20 -- Washington, D,C, Merriweather Post Pavilion
xBMGNick Carter is making a reality TV comeback. He and his fiancée, Lauren Kitt, will star in their own unscripted series, "I ♥ Nick Carter," premiering this summer on VH1.
The theme of the show is that the Backstreet Boys singer is done "playing the field" and is settling down with Lauren. The cameras will document their relationship as they prepare to tie the knot.
According to VH1, the couple will have to work around Nick's career, their "outrageous families," and the fans who are upset Nick's off the market.
The premiere date for "I ♥ Nick Carter" has not yet been announced.
Nick previously appeared alongside his family, including younger brother Aaron, in an E! reality series titled House of Carters, which aired for one season back in 2006.
Epic RecordsMeet Michael Jackson's new son: Brandon Howard. So claims Howard, a 31-year-old man who alleges he has DNA evidence proving he's the son of the late King of Pop.
According to TMZ, Howard says he obtained Michael's DNA from an orthodontic device, and a test performed on it shows the singer is his father. The results will be posted Thursday on FilmOn.com.
TMZ adds that Howard -- a singer himself who performs under the name B Howard -- will seek money from Michael's estate.
A lawyer for the estate reacts to TMZ, "We've never even heard from him." The lawyer also states that "any deadline for claiming to be Michael's child has long since passed."
Howard's mother is R&B singer Miki Howard. Michael's father, Joe Jackson, represented her in the 1980s.
As far as we know, Michael has three children: two sons, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II, a.k.a. Blanket, and one daughter, Paris.
Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol's top 12 returned to the stage Wednesday night to again perform for viewers' votes. This time, they had to choose songs that reminded them of home.
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. were on hand to offer their critiques of the contestants.
Here's what happened on the two-hour performance show:
Seventeen-year-old Jena Irene, who hails from Farmington Hills, Michigan, sang the KT Tunstall hit "Suddenly I See." Keith and Harry both encouraged her to loosen up a little more on stage. J-Lo said that no matter which song Jena chooses, she shows off a uniqueness in the tone of her voice.
Mont Vernon, New Hampshire's Alex Preston performed a slightly-stripped-down version of Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want To Be." Jennifer thought the arrangement overpowered his vocals. Harry agreed, though he admired the fact that Alex tried to be more creative this week. Keith felt the new arrangement may have shaken Alex's confidence a little.
Jessica Meuse of Slapout, Alabama, played Dido's "White Flag" on her acoustic guitar. Harry said she's usually like a "laser beam" with her vocals, but this time she was off. Keith had a different take -- he said as long as Jessica sings the lyrics as if she truly believes in them, her pitch won't matter as much.
Dexter Roberts, from Fayette, Alabama, tackled "Lucky Man," by Montgomery Gentry. Keith called it the perfect song for Dexter. He also said Dexter showed off a vulnerable side during a moment when he either forgot a lyric or the arrangement was off. Harry said it was a great performance.
Emily Piriz of Orlando, Florida, paid homage to her heritage as a Latina -- and to Jennifer Lopez -- by performing "Let's Get Loud," which she used to sing into a hairbrush as a child. J-Lo said it was a pleasure to hear someone choose her song. Harry suggested that she needed to bring more energy to the stage. Keith loved it, but he urged her to be more confident.
Caleb Johnson, who was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, rocked out to "Working Man," by Rush. Harry called him the most consistent singer on the show, but wondered if Caleb's becoming too predictable. Keith praised him as one of the best singers he's heard in a long time, and that it was a challenge for Caleb to take on a "band song." Jennifer said she'd been waiting for a performance like that one all night.
San Francisco's MK Nobilette played an acoustic version of "Drops of Jupiter" from Train, which is native to her city. Keith advised her to work on the connection between how she looks and how she sings. Harry said MK appeared to be uncomfortable, and it made her look as if she doesn't want to be on the show.
C.J. Harris of Jasper, Alabama, covered John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change." J-Lo said she enjoyed hearing C.J. singing about changing the world. Keith wanted him to make the song his own. Sam Woolf, who lives in Bradenton, Florida, selected "Just One," by Blind Pilot. The panel seemed to think he didn't deliver the breakout performance that's required at this stage of the competition.
Malaya Watson of Southfield, Michigan, took to the piano for Tamela Mann's gospel song "Take Me To The King." Keith was unfamiliar with the song but he was moved by it. J-Lo said she had tears in her eyes because she was so proud of Malaya. Harry said she was in control throughout the performance.
Ben Briley, a resident of Gallatin, Tennessee, performed "Turning Home," by David Nail. Jennifer said that after a brief hiccup in the beginning, she got a good feeling from it. Harry dismissed it as just "OK."
Majesty Rose of Goldsboro, North Carolina, closed the night with Coldplay's "Fix You." Harry liked the beginning part of the performance the best. Keith was confident she'll be back next week anyway.
One of these contestants will face elimination on Thursday night's results show, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox. The musical guests will be former American Idol champ Phillip Phillips and Irish band Kodaline.
Columbia RecordsEver since we got word that Katy Perry and John Mayer had broken up, rumors have been flying as to the "real" reason behind their split. But now, a new report claims that it may have simply come down to an everyday, mundane reason: they couldn't overcome their fundamental differences.
A source close to John tells People magazine, "They're two very strong-willed people. Despite caring about each other very much and wanting to make it work, they are, at their core, quite different." One way the two are different, an industry insider tells People, is in their ages. John is 36; Katy is 29, and that was evidently enough of a gap to be a problem.
According to the insider, Katy was much more interested in partying than John was, and after a while, he got fed up. "At times they seemed really happy together and in love, and other times he seemed like he just wanted to get away from all the parties and go home," the insider dishes. "I can't say I always blamed him."
On top of the differences, says the insider, was the fact that Katy is about to embark on her Prismatic World Tour, which will keep her on the road for months on end. "She's a smart girl. She knows no relationship can survive that kind of distance and strain, and she's not going to slow down now when she's at the top of her game," the insider explains.
Katy is already joking about the split. As previously reported, when asked by a fan in Australia if she had a boyfriend, she replied, "All of my fans are my boyfriends."
Monty Brinton/CBSLorde is fond of referring to herself as "weird" and she says that applies to her current U.S. headlining tour as well.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal about how her live shows compare to those of other contemporary pop artists, the 17-year-old singer insists, "I'm too weird as a performer to copy anyone else. I kind of thrash around [on stage]. It's unsettling to look at. But I can't dance."
Despite her unique performance style, Lorde has been receiving great reviews for her tour, which just kicked off this past week in Austin, Texas. Rolling Stone, which put Lorde on its cover not long ago, praised the "power and conviction" in her "short but strong" set on that opening night.
Despite all her success, Lorde continues to be an interesting mixture of supreme confidence and insecurity.
Speaking about songwriting, she tells the Wall Street Journal, "I'm afraid I'll wake up one day and it'll be gone. I still ask myself: Is my life interesting enough to write about?" Yet, she also tells the paper, "If you believe in yourself, you think what you've done is all right. And then other people might think it's all right too."
Image Courtesy Taylor Swift via InstagramWhen Taylor Swift decides to hang out and relax, she picks some pretty interesting people to do it with. Not long ago, she was shopping and going to the beach with Lorde, and now she's moved on to road tripping through California with Victoria's Secret supermodel Karlie Kloss.
"California here we come...right back where we started from...ROAD TRIP," wrote Taylor on Twitter Wednesday, and posted a photo of both she and Karlie sitting on top of a huge sign that reads "Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park." Next came a photo of the two of them standing together in what looks like a Redwood Forest, looking up. The caption reads, "This forest situation."
Next came an Instagram shot of Karlie kissing Taylor on the side of the head, captioned, "Beach, forests, cliffs, Northern California, sand, flower picking. Best road trip ever." Then, a photo of the two of them frolicking on a beach, with the caption, "On the way home." Karlie, meanwhile, posted a photo of herself writing in the sand, "Karlie Hearts Taylor."
Last year, Taylor got to hang out with Karlie when both appeared on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show TV special.
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