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  • ‘Idol’ Coronation Songs: The Good, the Bad & the “Beautiful”

    May 17, 2013 5:20 PM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Ever wonder why the winners REALLY cry at the "American Idol" finale? I think it's because they often have to release "I Believe a Moment Like This is My Now and is the Time of My Life Because I'm Flying Without Wings Inside Your Heaven"-type pap as their first singles. I'd be bummed too. It's too bad that almost every past coronation song has been such a piece of sentimental, Hallmark-y dreck, but some have been more listenable than others. So here's my ranking of t...  | More »

  • Tyga Revisits 2009′s ‘Dad’s Letter’ After Birth of His Son

    May 16, 2013 5:15 PM ET | Yahoo Hip Hop
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    When Tyga was a teenager, he vowed to be a better father to his unborn children than his absentee father was to him. The Compton rapper on Lil Wayne’s Young Money, Cash Money label penned his frustrations about the impact of his dad not being in his life in his 2009 song, “Dad’s Letter,” from his “The Potential” mixtape. The song had new meaning to the hip hop artist last October when he celebrated the birth of King Cairo Stevenson, his son with his girlf...  | More »

  • Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale: Alt-Country’s Dream Team

    May 15, 2013 9:50 AM ET | Yahoo Our Country
     |  Chris Willman

    It’s been a great season for alt-country duets records, as evidenced by three pairs of singers who just got nominated for favorite duo at the Americana Awards: Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, and Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale. All these recorded pairings have been in the makings for decades, and it’s just a coincidence of timing—maybe overseen by the Louvin Brothers from up above—that these projects all finally came to fruition ...  | More »

  • The Lost Weekend!

    May 14, 2013 12:30 PM ET | Yahoo New This Week
     |  Dave DiMartino

    I’m not sure what it may mean as far as the record industry is concerned, but this week was significant indeed. Anyone who’s been paying attention to the present-day music biz realizes that the buzz on Random Access Memories, the soon-to-be-released album by helmet-wearing French space dudes Daft Punk, has been bordering on the absurd since initial track “Get Lucky” emerged during Coachella weekend. This morning it was announced that the entire album could be heard f...  | More »

  • The 10 Most-Robbed Contestants of ‘American Idol’ Season 12

    May 13, 2013 12:25 PM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    "American Idol" Season 12 is at long last limping to its May 16 finish line, and while either Kree Harrison or Candice Glover will make a fine winner, there are many shocked people out there who think third-place finalist Angie Miller was robbed. However, I think there are a few other contestants who really got robbed this season--contestants who, unlike Angie, didn't even make the top 10. Let's hope some of these singers audition for "The Voice" (or "The X Factor," or "The Glee Pr...  | More »

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