Pint-sized opera singer Jackie Evancho returned to Oprah yesterday for the second (and last) time for the show’s farewell episode. Along with Josh Groban and Patti Labelle, the America’s Got Talent contestant serenaded Mama Oprah a surprise performance of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” so moving, it could easily be added as the 10th Most Memorable Music Moment in the daytime talk show’s history. See the 11-year-old diva in this exclusive and beyond adorable photo shoot (Ed note: she even poses with puppies, you guys!), and don’t forget, Jackie’s first-ever full-length feature album Dream With Me debuts June 14. Check out more exclusive photos here. More »
When Billboard closes out 2008 next week by charting the year’s biggest hits, you can expect several songs from late 2007 to loom large on the year-end Hot 100.
But I doubt any will surpass the song that made an unrecognizable Tom Cruise shake his groove thing this past summer.
If there’s any chance that something will upset Flo Rida’s pop-rap smash, it’ll be by another newcomer whose big hit proved tough to follow: Leona Lewis. But I wouldn’t count on it.
Last night’s Emmy telecast was punctuated by an interlude where the Oprah-approved crooner Josh Groban ran through a medley of classic television themes; during the four-minute performance, he managed to channel Les Claypool, Will Smith during his Fresh Prince phase, and the lead singer of the dancehall act Inner Circle. Also he used a lot (a lot!) of vibrato in weird places. (I guess moms like that sort of thing?) But even more importantly, there were some curious omissions from the medley, which I’ve taken the liberty to list below.
With the Grammys only five days away–can you taste the excitement?–more news of who’s going to appear on the Sunday night telecast has crossed the transom: • Michael Jackson will appear onstage at Sunday night’s ceremony, but he has apparently “won a stare-down” against the producers, who… More »
Mary J. Blige has ended Josh Groban’s Christmas-fueled reign at Billboard’s top spot by selling 204,000 copies of Growing Pains. But! More »