American Idol season 10 darling Pia Toscano, fresh off a gig opening for the Los Angeles Kings—her Stanley Cup performances of the national anthem made her the “good luck charm” of the finals—took center stage at Crustacean Beverly Hills on Wednesday night. She joined childhood friend, writing partner and producer Jared Lee for what was billed as the Red Hour Jam Session. Crustacean’s sister enterprise, Left Shoe Company, presented the event.
HERE COMES THE JUDGE: The new Jennifer Lopez album, A.K.A., impacts this week's charts in a big way, debuting on six different lists. On two of those charts, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top R&B Albums, A.K.A. bows at No. 1. On the former, this is Lopez' first chart-topping set in over 12 years, since J to the L-O! The Remixes spent one week in first place in February 2002. A.K.A. is the third Lopez album to top this chart — her other CD to achieve pole position was J.Lo in February 2001.
The AmericanIdol Season 13 tour kicked off in Binghamton, New York, on Tuesday with a two-thirds full arena, according to attendees at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
In an ominous sign, the June 25 show at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, the following night was canceled, and this Sunday's show in Syracuse has been moved from the 8,800-seat War Memorial Arena to the 3,300-seat OnCenter Convention Center.
FIVE FOR FIGHTING: American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez is all over the Billboard charts, with five songs in various states of play. She joins Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte on "We Are One (Ole Ola)," the official anthem of the 2014 World Cup, which re-enters The Billboard Hot 100 at No. 59, as World Cup fever rises to a new pitch. The single also returns to Pop Digital Songs at No. 28 and climbs 40 to 31 on Latin Pop Airplay.
It's been a busy seven months for Fantasia. The singer-songwriter took on a starring role in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical After Midnight, which bowed last November. Then she and the cast — with Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle — opened the Tony Awards. "I was so happy to be onstage with Gladys and Patti. I had a smile from ear to ear," says Fantasia.
Anyone who's driven around Los Angeles over the last few weeks has likely seen the parade of banners for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Starring in the lead roles through this run, which wraps June 22, and beyond are husband-and-wife team Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo, both American Idol alums.
"I’m a huge Queen fan,” Adam Lambert said shortly after he completed his run on season eight of American Idol. "Freddie’s the man. He's the voice. Just the musicianship required to sing that kind of music is really high. It's very melodic and rangy and dramatic and I appreciate all that."
For his first Father's Day as a dad, American Idol season four finalist Anthony Fedorov and his fiancee Jennifer Paz are spending the day in a unique way, releasing two singles, both inspired by their son Julian.
West Coast hopefuls looking to audition for the next season of AmericanIdol can do so in an unusual location this coming weekend: the San Diego State Fair.
For the first time in the show's 14-year history, auditions will be held at the fairgrounds in Del Mar, California. All eligible fairgoers between the ages of 15 and 28 can try out without registering, and can bring an instrument if they choose.
'BAD' NEWS: This is a really great week for "Somethin' Bad," the duet by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. The two leading ladies of country music find their single making some major moves on four Billboard song charts. Also, their collaboration appears on Lambert's album Platinum, which debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums.