Friday, May 17, 2013
Candice Glover is the new "American Idol" winner. The 23-year-old beat out Kree Harrison to take the "American Idol" crown for Season 12.
Glover is the first female winner since Jordin Sparks won "American Idol" Season 6. Third time's the charm it seems, this season was the third time Glover tried out for "American Idol."
The "American Idol" finale opened with group number featuring the Top 10 contestants singing The Wanted's "Glad You Came" to an audience filled with past "Idol" winners and contestants. Janelle Arthur took the stage with The Band Perry and the Top 5 "Idol" boys sang a medley with surprise guest Frankie Valli.
Mariah Carey finally took to the "American Idol" stage to sing a medley of hits, including her current single "#Beautiful."
In addition to Frankie Valli, there were plenty more celebrity cameos. Emeli Sande joined fourth runner-up Amber Holcomb to sing her hit "Next To Me" and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson showed up to sing "Inseparable" with Candice Glover.
The Top 5 "Idol" women also did a medley with Aretha Franklin via satellite. The special guests didn't stop there: Jennifer Lopez returned to "American Idol" and performed with Pitbull.
"American Idol" returns for Season 13 in January 2014.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Backstreet Boys marked their 20th anniversary and their upcoming world tour by getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"Backstreet is Back ... and we aren't going anywhere," Nick Carter, 33, told fans as all five members of the 1990s band gathered to unveil their star - located right next to another popular boy band, Boyz II Men.
The close harmony singers were visibly emotional as they thanked their families and fans for their support over the years.
"What an honor it is," said Kevin Richardson, 40, holding back tears. "What a beautiful day. What another beautiful way to celebrate 20 years together."
Formed in 1993 in Florida, the Backstreet Boys went on to sell more than 130 million albums worldwide and score hits like "I Want It That Way," and "Shape of My Heart."
The other members of the group are Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough.
After several hiatuses in the 2000s and the departure of Richardson, the five original members officially got back together last year and will embark on a world tour in May, starting in China.
Backstreet Boys are also due to release a new album this summer, and a music documentary in 2014.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Britney Spears releases her in-the-works eighth studio album, the pop superstar will return with "Ooh La La," a new song featured on the soundtrack to the "The Smurfs 2." The 31 year old broke the news to her fans on Twitter yesterday. She tweeted: "Remember that surprise song I recorded for my boys? It's coming soon! #OohLaLa for #TheSmurfs2 :) Stay tuned for more..."
"Ooh La La" was produced by Spears' "Femme Fatale" collaborators Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Ammo Cirkut, while Bonnie McKee, J Kash, Lola Blanc and Fransisca Hall all score writing credits. The song will play at the end credits of the film, which hits theaters on July 31.
"I have always loved the Smurfs as a kid and now my boys are the biggest Smurfs fans EVER," Spears said in a press statement. "I wanted to surprise them with a song in the movie. I know they'll think it's Smurftastic!"
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