By now, you’ve surely read the news that Asheville, North Carolina, native Caleb Johnson was crowned winner
of American Idol
‘s 13th season. The top two finalists, Caleb and Jena Irene
, had a good, old-fashioned sing-off Tuesday night
with the results of America’s final vote announced last night (May 21).
In addition to learning the identity of the winner, the episode was packed with songs from guest performers including Jennifer Nettles, Phillip Phillips, Kiss, Aloe Blacc, Demi Lovato, Paramore, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Richard Marx, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum. Not to be left out, judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban also got on stage to perform together. Former host and mentor, Randy Jackson also joined in on the fun. Heck, host Ryan Seacrest even did his best to sing a tune. More »
is one of the most sensational artists out there, yet when sharing the stage with one if his idols, he went all fanboy on her. “Look who I get to do a duet with! OMG!” Adam shared with the crowd at New York City’s Beacon Theater on Saturday (December 8) night, before Cyndi Lauper
walked on stage and they belted out “Mad World.” “I can’t believe she asked me to do this! This is amazing!” More »
With less than 24 hours till Election Day
, the interwebs have been overloaded with tweets and messages from celebrities about heading to the polls on Tuesday (November 6). From Jason Mraz
and Katy Perry
, who have been performing at rallies in support of Barack Obama
, to Diddy
‘s little sis, Solange Knowles
, our favorite artists have been encouraging us to flex our voting chops and make our decision tomorrow. And while many are pushing us to vote, Lady Gaga
reminded voters in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington to say yes to marriage equality. (Watch her video message above.)
Check after the jump to see some tweets we rounded up over the weekend. More »
Is there such a thing as too many crying teenagers? On December 7, we’ll know for sure, when New York City becomes the epicenter of insane fandom: One Direction, Justin Bieber
and Taylor Swift
are set to perform at Z100′s always-starstudded Jingle Ball. (Also playing are fun.
, Jason Mraz
, The Wanted
, Ed Sheeran
and Olly Murs
, a line-up that would be impressive on its own.) The concert will take place at Madison Square Garden, but expect to hear the screams of their fans in New Jersey.
Tickets for the show go on sale Tuesday, October 23 at 4 p.m. ET, but Z100 “ZVIP” members will be able to purchase them 24 hours earlier. While we’re not sure what a ZVIP member is, we’re guessing a whole slew of Directioners, Beliebers and Swiftys up and down the eastern seaboard are about to find out.
It’s hard to imagine the holidays without some of the festive tunes that appeared on the very first A Very Special Christmas
compilation in 1987 — songs like U2
‘s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, Eurythmics
‘ “Winter Wonderland”, Madonna
‘s “Santa Baby” and Run-D.M.C
‘s “Christmas In Hollis”. But now that the Special Olympics-benefiting compilation is turning 25, two new additions to the series have been announced for this year.
Both A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary and A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace On Earth will be released on October 16. Artists lined up to appear on the two collections include Christina Aguilera, Michael Buble, Train, The Band Perry, Jazon Mraz, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Cheap Trick and Rascal Flatts. More »
If many of the duets on ABC’s new singing competition show Duets
left you cold, you’ll fall head over heels for Christina Perri
‘s collaboration with Jason Mraz
on “Distance.” In the rehearsal video for the song, off her album Lovestrong,
the artists sing the melancholy tune together in the studio as cameras capture their emotional performance. In addition to having two complimentary voices, Perri and Mraz (who appears to have ditched his regular fedora to show off a longer coif) have undeniable chemistry.
“‘Distance’ is a song about loving someone at the wrong time in your life,” the “Jar Of Hearts” singer tells Rolling Stone, who premiered the video. “Maybe it’s too soon, maybe it’s too late, but nevertheless it’s about being around that one whom your heart longs for without being about to show your true feelings, without being able to tell them.”
‘s graduation episode and the Season 3 finale, “Goodbye”, the cast breaks out songs by, well, everyone: tunes by Lady Gaga
, Green Day
, Jason Mraz
and more are performed during the episode, which manages to still be only an hour long. (We’re assuming everyone’s graduation speech will be sung, since there’s no room left for actual dialogue.) Head below to listen to a slew of the numbers performed on “Goodbye”, but don’t be too
sniffly — graduating seniors Lea Michele
, Cory Monteith
and Chris Colfer
will be back for Season 4
. More »
easily fends off new releases Jason Mraz
and Future on Billboard
‘s Top 200 chart this week, as Tuskegee
maintains its #1 position following another 114,000 copies sold. As mentioned last week
marks Richie’s first chart-topper on the main album roundup since Dancing On The Ceiling
waltzed its way to the peak position in 1986. And the singer’s renaissance has arrived just in time, too, given his recent woes with unpaid taxes. More »
Earth Day — the 24-hour cycle when we all try extra
hard to be as “green” as possible — is right around the corner. But for some of our favorite pop stars, saving the environment is a full-time job, and they report to work 365 days a year. If you’re looking for a little eco-inspiration this April 22, check out the examples set by these seven artists who are doing their part to raise awareness for environmental issues, limit their carbon footprints and protect the planet and all its inhabitants. Then tell us in the comments below, or on Facebook
, how you plan to celebrate Earth Day 2012.
In case you weren’t aware, “I Won’t Give Up” crooner Jason Mraz is quite the advocate for marriage equality. So it seems fitting that the singer-songwriter/Etta James fan
would choose gay mag Instinct
as one of the outlets to promote upcoming LP Love Is A Four Letter Word
(out April 17) in. There’s just one surprising factor: in its 15-year history, Instinct
has never put a straight man on the cover — until now. “And after years of quietly supporting numerous LGBTQ organizations and charities, we thought it was time for this unsung ally to get a little respect,” the magazine notes. Catch some quotes from Mraz’s April cover story below!