You better break out your copy of Wrapped In Red, because Kelly Clarkson is getting into the Christmas spirit again.
The powerhouse vocalist has just announced her first-ever annual Christmas benefit concert called Miracle on Broadway in Nashville on Saturday, December 20 — and she’s bringing quite a few friends along for the ride.
The Christmas-themed concert will feature original performances of holiday classics, as well as performances of Wrapped In Red hits, from Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Charles Esten and Meghan Trainor. And, in keeping with the Christmas spirit, all proceeds from the event will be donated to four Nashville charities. More »
frontwoman Hayley Williams
canceled two Texas “Monumentour” show dates with pop-punk rockers Fall Out Boy
due to chest infection and exhaustion. [Billboard
:: Accused of having ghost producers, Scottish beatsmith Calvin Harris took to Twitter to set the record straight. [MTV]
:: President Barack Obama channels his inner Iggy Azalea and raps “Fancy,” courtesy of barackdubs. [Buzzfeed]
:: Sued for sampling “Khosara, Khosara” from the Egyptian movie Fata Ahlami in his hit track “Big Pimpin’,” hip-hop kingpin Jay Z hits another setback due to a Supreme Court ruling as the trial enters its seventh year. [Hollywood Reporter]
:: British “Boom Clap” songstress Charlie XCX opens up about her track “I Love It” for Swedish duo Icona Pop, calling the hit “one of the most annoying songs in the world,” but only in the best way possible. [NME]
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rocked Good Morning America
earlier today (June 13) with a short but very sweet live set in New York’s Central Park. Hayley Williams
and the boys performed current single “Ain’t It Fun”, which recently became the band’s first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as “Still Into You” and “Misery Business” as part of the show’s summer concert series.
Hayley prowled the stage with her usual confidence and attitude, belting out “Ain’t It Fun” with a little help from the adoring crowd. The trio is in fine form, which bodes well for the launch of next week’s Monumentour with Fall Out Boy. Watch Paramore shake up Central Park up top. (There are two other performances after the jump). More »
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 »
“I heard my friend Adam Levine
and Maroon 5
was just here,” Shakira
said, while pacing inside Carson, Calif.’s StubHub Center. She was right: On May 10, Top 40 acts both rising (OneRepublic
, Ed Sheeran
) and established (The Voice
coaches Shakira and Levine) delivered hits throughout the day-long festival Wango Tango.
Of course, these featured artists would also join together throughout, too. Iggy Azalea joined Ariana Grande on stage to deliver her verse in Grande’s current smash “Problem.” According to AP, a pregnant Christina Aguilera rushed to sing with A Great Big World on their intimate ballad “Say Something,” though her late arrival hardly affected how well the performance turned out.
See highlights from all these artists, plus Paramore and Ed Sheeran, after the jump. More »
Fall Out Boy
both returned in 2013 after short breaks to take back the pop rock mantle, and now they’re teaming up for a massive summer tour. The ridiculously titled Monumentour, which also features New Politics
in the opening slot, kicks off June 19 in Hartford and hits a bunch of outdoor amphitheaters across the US and Canada, finishing August 17 in Concord, California.
it’s been a year full of surprises for us and we figured we’d kick off 2014 in the same way,” the band posted on Facebook. “It’s great to get the chance to share the stage with a band we have never toured with that has their own unique legacy.”
Tickets go on sale to the general public January 17 and 18. See the full list of dates and tour trailer below, and head to Fall Out Boy’s site for more ticket information. More »
Last week we posted our editors’ picks for the Best Albums Of 2013
, but the year-end roundups don’t end there! Between November and December, we posted two polls — one asking you to vote for the best LPs released between January and June
of this year, and one with a poll for albums released between July and December
. We’ve now compiled all the data, read all your comments and put together the 2013 edition of Idolator’s reader picks for the Best Albums Of The Year.
As with many things in life, it’s good to get a second opinion. Interestingly, three of the below albums — Tegan And Sara‘s Heartthrob, Pet Shop Boys‘ Electric and Selena Gomez‘s Stars Dance — where on the Idolator roundup we previously posted. Head below to see all the other albums you chose as your faves from ’13! More »
Things have been pretty quiet on the Paramore
front in recent weeks. I’m pretty sure I saw Hayley Williams
on The Talking Dead
the other night, but other than that, they’ve been in consummate professional mode, touring behind their strong self-titled comeback album. So it’s fitting that their latest video, for the anthemic “Daydreaming,” is largely comprised of tour footage. There’s a loose narrative about two fans following the rockers on tour, and the simple, intimate depiction of the band nicely contrasts with the high concept “Now”
video that served as the introduction to this album era.
Check it out up top. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Kendrick Lamar leads the BET Hip-Hop Awards nominations. The kind of New York — he has the receipts! — scored a whopping 14 noms. Drake snared 13, while J. Cole got 10. [Rap-Up]
:: This is a terrible pun but I have to make it. Pusha T has pushed back his eagerly awaited solo debut My Name Is My Name until October. [Vibe]
:: MS MR show their versatility by performing a surprising great cover of the Arctic Monkeys‘ “Do I Wanna Know?” on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. They should put this on iTunes! [Pigeons & Planes]
:: Fancy a Caribbean cruise with Paramore and Tegan and Sara? Well that could become with Parahoy! — a four day floating music festival. Now where can I buy a ticket? [Billboard]
:: Grimes is a fashion plate, so it makes complete sense that she’s been hit up to co-host MTV Video Music Awards red carpet coverage. Have Charli XCX and Sky Ferreira been hit up for 2014? [NME]
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has postponed her first headlining US tour
swooped in and asked her to open for them on their UK dates in September
. This is the second time this year Charli has put off a cluster of shows: earlier this month, the starlet canceled her fall European tour
so that she could start working on the follow-up to her debut album True Romance
Charli’s US dates will only pushed back about a month (to October/November), but based on the singer’s tweets and an accompanying Facebook post, she’s still pretty broken up about the development, even though it’s an important opportunity for her (she called it “super scary and exciting”). I’m sure her fans can wait the extra month, especially after she promised new music “is coming very very very soon.”
Head below to see Charli’s apologetic tweets. More »