The live television performance of The Sound of Music brought a cavalcade of snark to the internet on Thursday night, but for all those attitudinal jabs, there were also plenty of impressive moments to the ambitious undertaking. THR runs down five highlights from NBC's production.
BAPTISM: Last week, Kellie Pickler scored her fifth Bilboard No. 1 as her new album, The Woman I Am, debuted in pole position on Top Independent Albums. This week, it’s Chris Daughtry’s turn to up his total of chart-toppers, as his band Daughtry’s fourth studio album, Baptized, bows in first place on Top Internet Albums.
American Idol's die-hard fans -- diminishing but still proud -- will appreciate the effort Fox and the show's new executive producers are putting into highlighting the series' past to amp up its future.
In July, 10 former contestants on American Idol sued over alleged discrimination on the long-running reality singing competition show. The complaint filed in New York federal court came in at a whopping 429 pages and dealt with such diverse topics as civil rights laws, unconscionable release forms, criminal background checks and a supposedly rigged TV contest.
After a two-year break from American Idol, Rickey Minor will return to take on the role of musical director. The accomplished arranger and producer left the Fox show after season nine in 2010 to lead The Tonight Show band. With NBC relinquishing Jay Leno's late-night throne to Jimmy Fallon, the door was open for an Idol return.
Naturally, that means Ray Chew and his Ray Chew Live band will not be back when season 13 launches in January.
It's been two years since American Idol season 10 alum James Durbin released new music. The rocker's debut alum, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, was issued on Nov. 21, 2011, and peaked at No. 8 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. On Friday, the singer will follow it up with a new single, “Parachute,” and offer a taste of his second album, Celebrate, due on April 8, 2014 from Wind-up Records.
American Idol alum Adam Lambert will join Glee stars Jane Lynch, DarrenCriss, AmberRiley, NayaRivera and ChrisColfer at the Trevor Project’s gala annual fundraiser, TrevorLIVE, on Dec. 8 at the Hollywood Palladium.