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Lopez, Urban, Connick & Seacrest Commit To Season 14 Of 'American Idol'

June 24th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Lopez, Urban, Connick & Seacrest Commit To Season 14 Of 'America
"American Idol" judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr. and host Ryan Seacrest are staying put for season 14, according to 21st Century Fox Senior Executive Vice President David Hill, who announced the news on Monday.

"Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I'm thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season," he explained during a network event in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the ...
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The Hottest Male Country Music Stars Of 2014

May 9th, 2014 3:00am EDT
The Hottest Male Country Music Stars Of 2014
Texas native Luke Bryan is one of the hottest stars in country music. The son of a peanut farmer, Bryan is married to his college sweetheart, Caroline, and has two sons.

His hit songs include "I Don't Want This Night to End", "Drunk on You", "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," "Crash My Party" and "That's My Kind of Night."

Bryan burst on the scene in 2010 and received several Academy of Country Music Awards and a CMT Music Award. In 2012, he swept the American Country Awards with nine trophies, including the "Artist of the Year" award. The following year he won the Academy of Country Music Awards' ...
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Miranda Lambert And Tim McGraw Lead Academy Of Country Music Awards Nominations With 7 Each

January 29th, 2014 9:03pm EST
Miranda Lambert
The nominations for the 49th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards were announced on Wednesday during an online video event that featured a host of stars including Erin Andrews, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, Duck Dynasty's Willie & Korie Robertson and Katy Perry, among numerous others.

The nominees were announced through a series of posts to the ACM Awards' Facebook and Twitter pages. Last year's Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw lead the nominees with seven each.

Lambert is set to face off against husband Blake Shelton, who will co-host the ceremony with Luke B...
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'American Idol' Recap: New Judges Means A New Show

January 16th, 2014 9:06am EST
American Idol
13 Years in and suddenly 'Idol' seems like it's playing catch-up.

In what it's hoping isn't its unlucky thirteenth season, 'American Idol' attempted yet another reinvention last night, veering farther away from the snide formula that made it such a breakout success all those summers ago. Gone is the ridicule, the delight at disaster and general amateur nature of the show. Instead, it's mostly good contestants and enough sob/inspiration stories to fill a week's worth of Olympics coverage.

Even worse than that, we're getting to know the contestants before they even sing a bar. Banter abound...
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Keith Urban Cuts His Signature Hair

November 27th, 2013 2:03pm EST
Keith Urban's new haircut
Keith Urban's shoulder-length hair is as recognizable as his face - but yesterday the country star sat in a barber's chair for a drastic change.

Urban tweeted, "Snow ain't the only thing falling in Nashville today!!" with a photo of a barber's chair surrounded by his hair. He then wordlessly uploaded a photo of his new haircut, which has rid the musician of his mullet. The top is still pretty long, however, and the blonde highlights remain.

Urban's twitter profile still shows the "classic" Urban hair promoting his album Fuse on iTunes.

People magazine's latest cover may be the last med...
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Keith Urban Talks Marriage & Fatherhood In People's Country Special

November 17th, 2013 6:01pm EST
keith urban people magazine
Given the busy careers of Keith Urban and his wife, Nicole Kidman, and the challenges of raising daughters Sunday, 5, and Faith, 2 ½, Urban admits in the Dec. 2013 issue of PEOPLE Country (on newsstands Wed., Nov. 13) that living in the moment is sometimes easier said than done. “Nic and I say, ‘Balance is never achieved; it’s just maintained,’” he says. “I’m a guy, so I’m not used to having to maintain anything. I’m used to achieving something, and good, that’s done, move on to the next thing. No, no, this marriage, this family, it’s a garden. It’s not fixed and then you move on; it’s main...
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CMAs Fashion: A Red Hot Taylor Swift, Sheer & Sexy Carrie Underwood & More

November 7th, 2013 8:44am EST
Taylor Swift
Nashville, Tennessee, was hopping last night as performers overtook the town for the Country Music Awards (CMAs).

Taylor Swift, who received the Pinnacle Award, popped on the red carpet in a flowing crimson gown with matching ruby red lips. She knotted her hair back at the nape of her neck.

Carrie Underwood looked incredible in a sheer pink sequined dress that showed off her legs. She swept her long blonde hair to the side.

Miranda Lambert wore an electric blue gown embellished with some sparkles, while her husband Blake Shelton opted for jeans, cowboy boots and a black jacket, vest and ...
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Nicole Kidman Compares Marriage To Tom Cruise With Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

October 29th, 2013 9:00pm EDT
Nicole Kidman
Although being married to fellow celebrity Tom Cruise was "intoxicating," the actor wasn't the love of Nicole Kidman's life.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Kidman likens their partnership to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's relationship.

She explained: "There is something about that sort of existence that, if you really focus on each other and you're in that bubble, it's very intoxicating, because it's just the two of you. And there is only one other person that's going through it. So it brings you very close, and it's deeply romantic. I'm sure Brad and Angelina have that - because th...
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Chart Moves, September 18, 2013: Keith Urban’s Narrow No. 1

September 19th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
Fuse : Keith Urban
 Chart Rewind: Highlights from Last Week (September 11, 2013) 

Ariana Grande found her debut album Yours Truly debuting at no. 1 with 138,000 copies sold.  Tamar Braxton followed behind her in the no. 2 spot with Love and War selling an impressive 114,000 copies.  Nine Inch Nails returned with their first major label effort in a couple of years, selling 107,000 copies.  John Legend arrives to a cooler reception as Love in the Future sells a somewhat underwhelming 68,000 copies good for a no. 4 start.  Jaheim’s numbers are also modest, as Appreciation Day enters at no. 6 with 58,000 copies...
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Rumor Patrol: Lindsay Lohan Rocks Late Night Gig, Kim Kardashian's 'Fake' Baby Photo, More

August 3rd, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Lindsay Lohan Rocks Chelsea Lately: Did Lindsay Lohan really blow people away when she was the guest host on a taping of Chelsea Lately?

Verdict: True! The studio audience was singing Lindsay's praises when she taped the show, which will air on E! Monday night. Rumorfix reports she stumbled in the beginning, but quickly got into the groove and began to sling some zingers at her fellow Hollywood stars. ...
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CMT Music Awards: Winners, Fashion & A Tribute To Oklahoma Tornado Victims

June 6th, 2013 9:06am EDT
Carrie Underwood
On Wednesday night, Oklahoma natives Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert made their state proud by winning some of the evening's top awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Jason Aldean and actress Kristen Bell co-hosted the show, which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban.

Underwood (pictured above) won the coveted "Video Of The Year" prize, beating Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw and Swift. She sang "See You Again" with a church choir and dedicated the song to the victims of last month's tornadoes in Okl...
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15 Songs For A Rainy Summer Day

June 1st, 2013 2:00pm EDT
Rihanna
The coming of Summer brings an anticipation of relief from winter blues, shedding of heavy clothes, outdoor activities, and sunny days ahead.  However, if Spring showers sneak a bit into June bringing more rain, just in case, here is our list of 15 songs for a rainy Summer day.

1. “Umbrella” - Rihanna (Good Girl Gone Bad, 2007)

2. “Rain” - Madonna (Erotica, 1992)

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3. “Here Comes The Rain Again” - Eurythmics (Touch, 1983)

4. “It Will Rain” - Bruno Mars (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -Pt. 1, 2011)

5. “The Rain” - Missy Elliot (Supa Dupa Fly, 1997...
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Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban Pile On The PDA At Cannes

May 20th, 2013 4:07pm EDT
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban wanted photographers to know that they were deeply in love at the Cannes Film Festival Sunday, kissing and pressing together constantly on the red carpet.

Kidman and Urban met up in France after she had been in the country for about a week. Urban was busy filming the final week of American Idol, so perhaps the sudden influx of romance was due to their time apart.

Kidman will be flexing her judging muscles with Steven Spielberg to select the best films from the multitude of flicks in the festival's competitions.

Kidman and Urban were among several big...
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'American Idol' Ratings At An All-Time Low As Producers Consider Big Changes

May 17th, 2013 1:07pm EDT
American Idol
Despite a grab for ratings by playing up a feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, viewers have refused to tune in to American Idol's finale performances this season.

The new judges - Carey, Minaj, and Keith Urban - are probably on their way out along with veteran Randy Jackson after a mere 11.57 million American viewers tuned in to watch the 12th season finalists duel it out.

Compared to the 11th season, the show has lost over 2 million viewers. The rating last year was a 4.2, compared to Wednesday's 2.9 score.

One of the reasons for the drop in ratings may be the strength of Candice...
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'American Idol' Finale Mega-Diary: Complete Recap of Candice Glover's Win

May 17th, 2013 10:11am EDT
Candice Glover is the Season 12 winner
This is it. This is the last one.

For years, I’ve been recapping the cultural touchstone that is the finale of ‘American Idol’ with the classic mega-diary treatment: A blow-by-blow recap of everything that went down on TV’s biggest night.

At least it used to be. Once Upon a Time only the Oscars and Super Bowl drew more viewers than this night, but the last couple year it’s viewership has slowly degraded to the point where one of this season’s results shows got beat out in the ratings by a repeat of ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

That’s enough to prove that the ‘Idol’ finale just isn’t anywhere c...
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Insider Claims All Four 'American Idol' Judges May Be Getting The Boot

May 9th, 2013 11:15am EDT
American Idol
Rumors are circulating that there will be a major shake up on "American Idol" next season. Are judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban all on the chopping block?

With only three contestants left on this season's singing competition, Mariah has been taking her role very seriously. However, it's most likely that she won't be returning. Her bland judging style hasn't made a very good impression on network execs or fans.

A FOX source told E! there will definitely be no Mariah when the show returns next year. A few weeks ago it was even suggested that Jennifer Lopez was...
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'American Idol' Recap: Signs Of Life From The Final Three

May 9th, 2013 8:21am EDT
Angie Miller performs on AMERICAN IDOL
It seems the theme of the past few weeks has been that of three “D’s”: Depressing, Dreary and Dull.

For weeks on end, the three remaining girls chose ballads for each performance. Dreadfully boring ballads that did little to entertain or really enhance their voices in any way. Just sad bits of beauty that are great for singers to mess around, but don’t show anything artistically about the type of singer the contestant could be or what they would record.

All the song choices serve is vanity as they’ve allowed each contestant to do as much vocal gymnastics as possible without having to worr...
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Academy of Country Music Awards Fashion: Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Taylor Swift & More!

April 8th, 2013 8:52am EDT
Academy of Country Music Awards Fashion
Country's brightest and hottest stars attended the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday night.

Several music stars ushered in spring with a variety of colorful gowns, including Carrie Underwood, who opted for a pink and red rose-patterened strapless dress.

Jewel turned heads in a pale pink sequined number, while Taylor Swift opted for a heavily beaded metallic gown.

Sheryl Crow made a departure from the norm in a blue jumpsuit, while Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Miranda Lambert wore black.

See the entire list of winners here, and check out more pho...
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'American Idol' Recap: A Lot Of Stalling On Motown Night With Top 8

March 28th, 2013 11:04am EDT
Janelle Arthur on AMERICAN IDOL
There’s one thing very certain about this season so far. It’s not that a girl is going to win. It’s not that the competition is stacked in the female’s favor. It’s not that this is the worst season for talent since the Jordin Sparks year. It’s none of that. No, the biggest certainty this year is that Mariah Carey is the worst judge on this show since Ellen.

It’s not that what she says is wrong. It’s that she doesn’t say anything. The hardest part about writing this column this season is trying to pick a sound byte out of Mariah’s insipid ramblings. She just never comments on the contestant...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Girls Dominate Again On Beatles Night

March 21st, 2013 12:52pm EDT
Amber Holcomb
There’s a lot to be excited about based on last night’s ‘American Idol’ and it doesn’t have anything to do with the members of the final nine.

Why would we care about them when we get to see a brand new song by Carly Rae Jepsen in just a short two months time? We even get to help her write the lyrics. And if her entire album (yes, there is one) is any indication of the types of songs this Canadian pixie likes to record, then aspiring lyricists should mention the previous evening and their desire to either kiss or hold hands with a potential lover. It’s all set.

Sadly, that news couldn’t b...
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'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch, Jr. Exits + Power Rankings

March 15th, 2013 11:49am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch, Jr. Exits
One week in and the producers’ definitely got their wish.

This season it’s very apparent that the creators of ‘Idol’ and all concerned behind the scenes are desperate to get off the Cute Guy With Guitar treadmill and finally get a female back to the top of ‘Idol’ mountain for the first time since Jordin Sparks beat that beat box guy so many years ago.

The producers only had one real problem in their quest for a winner without a Y Chromone: Curtis Finch, Jr. – the best male singer by far. His smooth soul voice and slick stage presence may have been enough to spoil the ladies’ party, and th...
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'American Idol' Recap: Candice And Angela Own The Top 10

March 14th, 2013 12:18pm EDT
Curtis Finch, Jr. performs on AMERICAN IDOL
Tonight should have been the ‘American Idol’ producers’ dream come true.

Was every performance spectacular? No. Did they manage to book a huge special guest? No way. Did Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell reveal they’d secretly been having an affair this entire time? Not even that.

No! Nicki Minaj was late! That means they had the opportunity do what this show does best: fill, Fill, FILL!

The possibilities were endless. Ryan could have recited a poem about each contestant, Randy could have seen how many women he could call “dude” consecutively, Keith and Mariah could have a competition to sa...
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'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch Jr. Stands Out In Top 10 Men Semi-Final

March 7th, 2013 12:07pm EST
'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch Jr. The Only Standout In Top
The guys of this season’s ‘American Idol’ need no introduction, mostly because they don’t deserve an introduction. They’re just a bunch of mediocre talents with one standout. None of whom the producers particularly want to win.

So who was the best of the worst? Read on to find out.

Elijah Liu Sang “Stay” by Rihanna

Keith Said: I thought that was a really great start to the show.

Nicki Said: I think I would be willing to stay.

Randy Said: It never left first gear. It just lay there flat.

Mariah Said: I liked this a lot. I felt it was one of your better performances.

The Verdict:

He...
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'American Idol' Recap: Semi-Finals Go Live With Top Ten Girls

March 6th, 2013 11:11am EST
Breanna Steer performs in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL
It’s clear this year that the producers want a girl to win. They’re craving it. They’re desperate for it. They’re so in need of a girl to snap the cute guy with guitar streak that there isn’t even a cute guy with a guitar to be seen this year! Or even one with much talent.

That leaves last night’s performers with the staunch task of justifying the producers’ stacking this season’s lineup in the females’ favor. So who answered the producers calls and who left them hanging?

Let’s find out, shall we?

Zoanette Sang “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” by Tina Turner

Keith Said: I love the way y...
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Music's Biggest Stars Rocked The Red Carpet At The 2013 Grammys

February 11th, 2013 11:04am EST
55th Grammy Awards
  The 55th Annual Grammy Awards got off to a hot start on the red carpet, where music's biggest stars gathered before the main event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Most stars adhered to the requests in the memo that CBS sent out on Wednesday, asking stars to tone their fashion choices down. The memo specifically asked that "buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered"; also warning that "see through" fashions, visible thongs and attire exposing any part of "genital regions" was forbidden at this year's award show.

Most stars followed the rules, including Jennifer Lopez, who ...
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Keith Urban Explains His Daughter's Peculiar Name

November 30th, 2012 2:34pm EST
Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban named their first daughter Sunday because it was their least favorite day of the week until they found each other.

The Hollywood actress gave birth to Sunday Rose, her first child with her country star husband, in 2008 and they subsequently welcomed a second girl, Faith, via a surrogate mother in 2010.

The couple revealed they called their youngest daughter Faith to reflect their long struggle with fertility problems, and now Urban has revealed the meaning behind Sunday's unusual name.

He says, "For me, Sunday used to be the loneliest day of the week beca...
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Keith Urban To Receive Nashville Symphony's Harmony Award

October 11th, 2012 6:29pm EDT
Keith Urban
Country star Keith Urban is to be honored in Nashville, Tennessee for his commitment to preserving the city's strong music community.

Bosses at the Nashville Symphony will hand the Somebody Like You hit-maker the prestigious Harmony Award on December 8th at its annual gala, at which Urban has been invited to perform.

A statement from organization president Alan Valentine reads, "Keith Urban has been such a vital force in this community. What he brings to Nashville is precisely what the Harmony Award symbolizes."

In addition to his musical contributions, the new American Idol judge was...
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Nicole Kidman Gets Leggy, Poses With Monster Trucks & Talks Tom Cruise In The November Harper's Bazaar

October 9th, 2012 4:07pm EDT
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman shows off her long legs in a new Terry Richardson photo shoot for the November issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine. The shoot features the stunning Australian actress posing with an interesting choice of props for such a movie icon -- monster trucks.

Nicole hits the big screen next week with her latest film, The Paperboy (Oct. 17); which also stars John Cusack and Zac Efron; and discusses the her red carpet style, getting older and the men in her life.

The actress opens up in the candid interview, revealing that she struggled with all the media attention she received when she ...
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Keith Urban Down Plays 'American Idol' Feuding

October 4th, 2012 11:34am EDT
Keith Urban
Keith Urban isn't fazed by the in-fighting between his fellow American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, calling the panel a "very alive and very invigorating" place to work.

The country singer was caught between the two divas after they became embroiled in a shouting match during try-outs in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday.

In video footage of the incident, Minaj can be heard yelling and swearing at the Hero hit-maker, ranting, "I'm not f**kin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there," while Carey retorts, "Oh why, why do I have a three year old sitting around me?"...
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Ryan Seacrest Reveals American Idol Judges: Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj And Keith Urban

September 16th, 2012 1:07pm EDT
Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Kei
Ryan Seacrest has revealed the upcoming lineup of judges for the next season of American Idol. Randy Jackson has retained his spot at the table, and confirmed judge Mariah Carey has been joined by Nicki Minaj (finally) and Keith Urban.

Seacrest tweeted the above photo with the message, "It's official, your new IdolJudges are @MariahCarey, @NickiMinaj,@KeithUrban & @Yo_RandyJackson!"

He also posted, "Everyone gave a heartfelt toast about being on the show after we ate last night. Cant wait to see the first contestants today. #IdolJudges."

Minaj had been in talks with the show for months, ...
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