• 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 »

  • Video: First Listen: Jacquie Lee's Debut Single

    May 8, 2014 5:40 PM ET

    Team Xtina teen powerhouse Jacquie Lee wowed on "The Voice" Season 5 last fall, holding her own against much older and more experienced top three finalists Will Champlin and Tessanne Chin. She'll soon be heading out on the 31-city Voice Live summer tour with Tessanne, Will, this current "Voice" season's to-be-determined top three, and Season 1 runner-up Dia Frampton. And surely one of the highlights of her set will be her debut single, "Broken Ones," premiering right here on Yahoo M...  | More »

  • Watch Emma Stone on 'In Search of The Partridge Family'

    May 5, 2014 3:45 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," starring It-Girl Emma Stone, comes out May 2. But you know what's really amazing? The fact that she was almost The New Laurie Partridge, and that she got her start on an "American Idol"-style VH1 singing competition called "In Search of the New Partridge Family" 10 years ago. [Related: All-Stars Perform at "Spider-Man" Afterparty] Come on, get happy, and watch one of her performances from that long-forgotten show, of Meredith Brooks's '90s empowerm...  | More »

  • Born to Do It: The 'American Idol' Top 5 Talk Musical DNA

    April 28, 2014 10:10 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Last year on "American Idol's" rival show "The X Factor," a contestant named Bree Randall claimed she was "literally born to do this! — a semantically incorrect sentence that was ultimately her undoing. But when it comes to the current crop of contestants on "Idol" Season 13, there's actually some truth to that statement. Music truly seems to be in their DNA. [Related: Season 11 'Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Premieres New Video] Alex Preston has the most famous mu...  | More »

  • First Listen! Jedward Grow Up on New Single 'Free Spirit'

    April 21, 2014 11:25 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Although Jedward, aka "double divas of Dublin" John and Edward Grimes, were considered novelty contestants when they placed sixth on "The X Factor U.K." in 2009, they've managed to carve out quite a career for themselves since, with endorsement deals, several television shows, two competitive performances at Eurovision, and three albums to their credit. [Related: Exclusive Jedward Interview] But now at age 22, they're ready to really be taken seriously, as they prepare to releas...  | More »

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