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  • 'Rising Star' Gets It About 70 Percent Right

    June 25, 2014 11:05 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    On Sunday night, ABC premiered a new singing show called Rising Star. Yes, another music competition. Can this latest entry in a crowded (and some would say fading) market do what The Next, Platinum Hit, P. Diddy's Starmaker, Redemption Song, ABC's own Kelly Clarkson/Robin Thicke/John Legend/Jennifer Nettles-helmed Duets, and even to some extent The X Factor could not — and actually stake out a credible place alongside American Idol and The Voice? Well, maybe. It does have ex...  | More »

  • They Are the Champions: A Queen + Adam Lambert Timeline

    June 18, 2014 11:05 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Adam Lambert is joining Queen on the road this summer, and while it's one of the most anticipated tours of 2014, this trek has been a long time coming. Truly, from the moment Adam first entered America's living rooms and the American Idol audition room five (yes, FIVE) years ago, he seemed fit for a Queen and destined to one day front the legendary glam-rock group. [Related: Adam Lambert Admits He Discovered Queen Through 'Wayne's World'] As we prepare for Queen + A...  | More »

  • Video: RA Scion & Blake Lewis' 'Venus in Transit'

    June 12, 2014 2:30 PM ET

    American Idol Season 6 runner-up Blake Lewis just released his third album, Portrait of a Chameleon, but the hardest-working Idol in showbiz has found time to collaborate with buzzy rapper and fellow Seattle artist RA Scion on "Venus in Transit," the video for which is premiering right here on Yahoo Music. RA Scion — one-half of the hip-hop duo Common Market, who has toured and performed with the likes of Kanye West, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Michael Franti, and KRS-One — co-wrote "V...  | More »

  • Video: 'Idol' Fan Favorite Savion Wright at Yahoo

    June 9, 2014 10:10 AM ET

    Perhaps not since Josiah Leming made it all the way to the Green Mile on American Idol Season 7, only to be cut right before the live shows, had there been as protested and premature an Idol elimination as that of this past season's Savion Wright. The Texan singer-songwriter — who waited years to try out for Idol; had been consistently awesome since he auditioned with his original song, "Dark Side of Me"; and had received a disproportionately large amount of screentime — sob...  | More »

  • 8 Listenable Singles By 'RuPaul's Drag Race’ Contestants

    June 4, 2014 2:10 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    The competing queens on RuPaul's Drag Race are known for lip-synching for their lives, but sometimes, when they try to sing live, they #$%& it up, to semi-quote Ru. Many Drag Race alums have released aggressively Auto-Tuned singles after sashaying away from the show, but few of them have proven to have the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to become real-life pop stars. [Related: An Exclusive Interview With Danny Noriega] But interestingly, two of this just-wrapped season...  | More »

  • 6 Artists Discovered on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    May 27, 2014 6:00 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    So You Think You Can Dance, which is about to return for its 11th season, is renowned for featuring some of the coolest music on reality TV — Sleigh Bells, M.I.A., Bjork, Robyn, Hot Chip, Sam Sparro, Roisin Murphy, Goldfrapp, et al. Forget about that corny wedding band on Dancing With the Stars. SYTYCD is truly in step with what's going on in music. But there are some musical acts that have benefited from the SYTYCD exposure more than others. Below are six of the real winners. 6...  | More »

  • 'As Long As You Love Me' Originally Pitched to Kelly Clarkson

    May 20, 2014 11:45 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    American Idol top two finalist Caleb Johnson just released his rockin' debut single, "As Long As You Love Me," penned by Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins. But it turns out another Idol almost recorded the tune: the one and only Kelly Clarkson. "I wrote something for a bit of fun, and I think she liked it," Justin told Yahoo Music back in 2012, when the Darkness played in the Yahoo studio to promote their comeback album, Hot Cakes. "Kelly Clarkson had a song [of mine] on hold, but unfort...  | More »

  • Video: Randy Jackson's Advice for the Top 2

    May 19, 2014 5:06 PM ET

    On Thursday night, it was announced that American Idol's new top two are Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson. They'll be moving on to Season 13's week's finale, but before they do, Idol's in-house mentor and former judge, Randy Jackson, has some advice for them. "You've got a week left on this show," he warns. "Who are you going to be after this? Honestly, the show is one giant, huge win, but the next level is, what sort of artist are you going to be, after this show?"...  | More »

  • Listen: Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson's Actually Awesome Singles

    May 16, 2014 5:00 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    In an unprecedented and exciting move on American Idol's part, the potential coronation songs by just-announced Season 13 top two finalists Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson are out now on iTunes and Soundcloud, five whole days before they will be performed on live television. And really, both songs sound like winners. Just like Phillip Phillips's "Home" (the best-selling Idol single ever, in case you didn't know), Jena and Caleb's coronation songs sound like real songs. Cool ...  | More »

  • Video: Shakira's 6 Greatest 'The Voice' Moments

    May 13, 2014 5:06 PM ET

    Shakira just announced that she will not return to "The Voice" after Season 6 wraps up next week. Too bad. While I sometimes questioned her decisions as a coach during her bumpy first season, I immediately warmed to her — and in Season 6 she seemed to find her groove, picking great songs for Kristen Merlin, who went from underdog to America's sweetheart under Shakira's watch. Shakira will be missed, but of course, but Gwen Stefani and then returning coach Christina Aguilera w...  | More »

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