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  • Wild Card-less Season 12 ‘American Idol’ Top Ten Revealed

    March 11, 2013 5:22 PM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    When it was announced that "American Idol" Season 12's first live results show, on which the top 10 finalists would be revealed, would be a full 90 minutes long, I assumed that meant there'd be some wiggle-room for a few Wild Card performances. I mean, how else was Nigel Lythgoe going to pad an entire hour and a half? Oh, but I should not have doubted Fox's ability to find new ways to make a process that could have been completed in five minutes feel like five hours. No, peopl...  | More »

  • Blake Shelton Previews a Rowdier New Album and a More Competitive New ‘Voice’ Season

    March 8, 2013 11:30 AM ET | Yahoo Our Country
     |  Chris Tillman

    Blake Shelton may seem like a laconic fellow, but behind that casual country ‘tude, there’s obviously a lot of drive that lets him keep three irons in the fire—namely, the imminent arrivals of a new album, a new season of The Voice, and his annual hosting stint for the Academy of Country Music Awards. During Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar this past week, Shelton sat down with a few key programmers and DJs to preview his forthcoming album, Based on a True Story, whi...  | More »

  • Mali Music Confronts Opposition Head-On On ‘Ready Aim’

    March 8, 2013 10:21 AM ET | Yahoo Hip Hop
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Mali Music could have given his new song “Ready Aim” a happy ending. But he seemed to feel a sense of urgency to emphasize the struggle that sometimes comes with transition. On the soulful, rock-tinged song co-produced by Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis, Mali appears to be singing about a hijacking. He’s on a flight. There are machine guns, and a shooting. But he’s not scared. He welcomes the challenge, boldly singing, “Ready, aim, fire. You can’t shoot ...  | More »

  • Blake Shelton Previews A Rowdier New Album And A More Competitive New ‘Voice’ Season

    March 7, 2013 5:10 PM ET | Yahoo Our Country
     |  Chris Willman

    Blake Shelton may seem like a laconic fellow, but behind that casual country ‘tude, there’s obviously a lot of drive that lets him keep three irons in the fire—namely, the imminent arrivals of a new album, a new season of The Voice, and his annual hosting stint for the Academy of Country Music Awards. During Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar this past week, Shelton sat down with a few key programmers and DJs to preview his forthcoming album, Based on a True Story, whi...  | More »

  • No Experience Needed!

    March 5, 2013 4:35 PM ET | Yahoo New This Week
     |  Dave DiMartino

    It’s just one week prior to the annual South By Southwest conference, that yearly gathering held in Austin, Texas, at which today’s biggest and brightest talents congregate, perform before an enlightened and enthused audience, then go about their business as their careers then soar to stratospheric heights! Also, some musicians play! This week’s new releases are a great reminder of that which awaits all of us attendees-to-be: Distinguished oldsters, up-and-coming newbies, ...  | More »

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