will embark with Jennifer Lopez
as a back-up singer on a six-date tour this summer, including stops for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
and Good Morning America
. “I have to pinch myself a little bit that I am in the same room with her now,” Toscano
, a favorite from American Idol
‘s Season 10, said to The Hollywood Reporter
, following a rehearsal with Lopez herself.
Toscano recently backed J. Lo in an Idol performance of “I Luh Ya Papi,” alongside past contestants Jessica Sanchez and Allison Iraheta. And she’s excited to continue learning from the Season 13 judge. “[W]e don’t think we realized getting into it what it takes to become a superstar like Jennifer Lopez,” she says. “I was just watching her in rehearsal just now and she is performing like she is doing a concert.”
See the tour dates (starting tomorrow, May 30) after the jump. More »
:: Alicia Keys
plays the piano, and therefore there are piano keys on her version of the Reebok Freestyle Hi sneaker. The “Girl On Fire”
debuted the designs for her new kicks collection this week. Each pair retails for $80 and is available at Finish Line. [Rap Up
:: R. Kelly encourages women on the prowl to check out his upcoming Single Ladies tour. He tells the AP: “We really want the single ladies up there, and where guys know there’s single ladies, they’re going to be in the mix, because they’re looking for a woman.” The tour will begin to wind its way through the US in October. [Billboard]
:: American Idol Season 10 favorite Pia Toscano has parted ways with her label, Interscope, after a “difference of opinion” delayed her debut album. [THR]
:: John Mayer isn’t allowed to sing for six months following throat surgery last week. But it’s not all bad news for the “Queen Of California” strummer: Despite reports of their breakup, he’s been spotted hanging out with his maybe-still-girlfriend Katy Perry. [PopCrush]
:: Billie Joe Armstrong is also on the mend. The Green Day frontman was hospitalized in Italy over the weekend, leading to a show cancelation. Now back in Los Angeles, the singer was caught on camera claiming that his voice is gone. [TMZ]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can find on the tube today. More »
Etta James’ death at the age of 73
has left many musicians and performers, regardless of musical genre, in grief. Several artists — from the likes of Flo Rida and Kelly Rowland to Pink — took to Twitter to express their love for the “At Last” singer, and share how she influenced their lives and careers. Even Beyonce, who played Etta James in Cadillac Records
, updated her blog to tribute James. Take the jump to see who see who will truly miss this legendary soul singer.
Did You Hear?
:: We knew the moment we first heard that whistle-hook that “Moves Like Jagger” would be featured on Glee. Yes, the New Directions kids move exactly like Mick Jagger — if Mick Jagger were, you know, in a wheelchair. [ONTD]
:: If you thought Katy Perry canceled her appearance at the People’s Choice Awards because she didn’t want to take questions about her split from Russell Brand, the real reason is much less scandalous — she was filming an Adidas commercial. Though Katy is probably feeling bummed about her divorce, we know for sure that her newly-dyed hair is just as blue. [PopCrush]
:: Now is your chance to get your hands on what Snoop Dogg’s been smoking. (Nope, it’s not what you think.) Snoop will be launching his own cigar brand, Executive Branch. The first flavors of the new line will roll out during Coachella where he will be headlining. [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: A record-breaking seven people have been signed out of the Top 9 Contestants from Season 10 of American Idol. Included in this list are winner Scotty McCreery, runner-up Lauren Alaina, as well as fan favorites James Durbin, Pia Toscano, Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams, and most recently, Stefano Langone. Sorry, Jacob Lusk, one day your day will come. [EW Music-Mix]
:: And in further Glee linkage, can you handle 10 minutes of Santana’s sass? [Vulture]
After the jump, find out which acts you can find on the tube today.
If the release of Pia Toscano’s “This Time”
music video has you kicking yourself for not snatching up tickets to see the American Idols Live tour, we have good news for you. Your procrastinating tendencies have finally paid off! Below find out how you could be one of our lucky winners to score two tickets to see the Top 11
perform at a town near you.
Pia Toscano stopped by Live! With Regis And Kelly
this morning to sing her single “This Time”
, and though the American Idol
alum sounded great as usual, she looked fairly awkward just standing there with no backup band playing behind her. Couldn’t they get Casey Abrams to swing by with his bass just so Pia has someone to play off of? (Speaking of the quirky, bearded Idol… why can’t Ester Dean write him
a debut single?) Catch her performance below.
both their debut videos
on Tuesday, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina finish out their week by bringing their sentimental country singles to the Good Morning America
stage for the show’s summer concert series in Central Park. The two faux Idol lovebirds
also joined the Top 11 in performing a medley as cheesy as you’d find while watching the group numbers on results night. Watch all the performances below, and find out when you can pick up Lauren and Scotty’s albums! More »
Did the most current crop of American Idol alumni receive any budget for their debut music videos? Lauren Alaina’s clip was mostly baby photos; Scotty McCreery’s video was him singing on a stage in front of friends and fam; and now ninth-place finisher Pia Toscano’s extremely-widescreen video for “This Time” basically requires her to look gorgeous in various locales (beach, field, street) without offering us anything else. Can’t an Idol get a buck to develop a concept? Vid below.
Pia Toscano seems to be getting the royal treatment in terms of post-Idol
exposure. After finishing in 9th place, Toscano performed on Dancing With The Stars
, hit up Wango Tango
, and last night, she sang her debut single “This Time”
on So You Think You Can Dance?
(looking a little bit more orange than usual… don’t hit the spray tan too
hard, sweetie). Check out Ms. Toscano’s live performance and “This Time” video preview after the jump. More »
Check out your first peek at a long-locked Pia Toscano filming the music video for her debut single “This Time”
. The newly signed Interscope
artist, who recently put her touch on Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab”
, is still on the road with the American Idols Live! tour
, where she’s been performing her Brian Kennedy-produced
song. So whose video will race out first, Pia or Idol
champ Scotty McCreery’s