The second Angie Miller performed her original song during Hollywood Week, she became an instant frontrunner. Even though she never matched the magnetism and magic of that performance throughout her American Idol run, I still maintain she deserved a spot in the Final 2 over Kree Harrison. Miller has more potential of becoming a crossover artist, matching the likes of Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, more than Harrison or Glover for that matter.
Miller was supposed to perform “You Set Me Free” on the finale tonight, but was nixed. Instead, she’ll be performing a duet with Adam Lambert. Even though the 19-year-old won’t get to perform it live tonight, she’s releasing the single immediately after the finale on iTunes, ergo the newly-released artwork. It’ll be interesting to see if she outsells either of the Final 2′s coronation songs. If you missed Angie’s breakout Hollywood performance, check it out below.
Is it me or is losing the UK version of The X Factor better than winning the whole enchilada? With exception to Leona Lewis, I can’t think of any other winner. On the other hand, I can list off a bunch of also-rans popular on both sides of the pond such as One Direction, Cher Lloyd and Little Mix.
Included in that bunch is Olly Murs who was the runner-up in 2009. I’ve been a fan of the 29-year-old since “Heart Skips a Beat.” He continued to earn my love with his collaboration with Flo Rida, “Troublemaker,” which gave him his first US Top 40. Hoping to keep the streak alive, the Brit just debuted the music video for “Dear Darlin“- his third single lifted from Right Place Right Time. The midtempo track sees him transition from pop playboy to soulful balladeer by showing off a more vulnerable and sensitive side. Watch his new visual below.
“Writing with Ed [Drewett] and him being my friend helped, as we sat there for hours before writing, going over old relationships and recalling their scenarios. It’s about writing to someone to tell them how I feel about losing someone. It’s not the kind of song you’d expect me and Ed to write, as we’re bubbly characters, but we were able to open up to each other.” – Olly Murs
Wow! Kelly Rowland wasn’t kidding when she promised she was revealing all in her upcoming studio album, Talk A Good Game. If “Dirty Laundry” is a taste of things to come, I can’t wait for what other secrets she’s going to share on the rest of the album.
As expected, the 32-year-old talks about her past relationship on The Dream-produced track. “Meanwhile this nigga puttin’ his hands on me… I was battered / He hit the window like it was me, until it shattered,” she shares. Rowland also admits that this man turned her against Beyonce and her family, “Don’t nobody love you but me / Not your mama / Not your daddy / and especially not Bey.”
“It was very emotional. It took me days to record,” Rowland tells Billboard. “I had to get past being so upset and actually sing the song, not sob through it. I always hope that my music can inspire someone, the same way other artists inspire me. Dream said, ‘I want to write you a record so that people will know exactly who you are, underneath it all.’”
In addition to discussing her past abusive relationship, Kelly references her dynamic SLASH sometimes resentful relationship with her Destiny’s Child colleague’s success. “When my sister was on stage / killing it like a mother fucker / I was in a rage / feeling it like a motherfucker,” she sings, later adding, “Post-’Survivor,’ she on fire / Who wanna hear my bullshit?” It’s definitely her most forthcoming and frank single to date. Check out the entire track in its entirety below.
Hardcore fans of American Idol will remember Leah LaBelle from Season 3. Back then she auditioned as Leah Vladowski but opted for a more stage-friendly LaBelle for the rest of the competition. Then 16-years-old, she made the Top 12 due to being Paula Abdul’s wildcard pick. Her luck ran out the following week when she was the first voted out. Almost a decade later, the 26-year-old is about to release her debut album.
“Lolita” is the second track from her upcoming Epic Records debut. It’s a follow-up to her well-received lead cut, “Sexify.” Produced by Pharrell, it’s a fun seductive R&B track. The Diane Martel-directed music video is a little budget and borderline creepy with the very young looking boys parading around shirtless, but I’m loving the track. I guess the imagery falls in line with Vladimir Nabokov’s novel. The single definitely deserves a little mainstream love. Check it out below.
Diddy dissolved Danity Kane in 2009, but it looks like the Making The Band-created girl group might be reuniting… and without their former leader. When TMZ photographers asked if Diddy was going to be involved in their reported reunion, Aubrey O’Day responded, “Who’s that?” They might want to check to see who owns the name “Danity Kane” though. I’m sure if Diddy isn’t involved with the project, there’s no way he’s letting them use it. The bad blood between O’Day and him is well documented. I’m sure her firing from the band had something to do with the tension.
TMZ spotted the group’s four out of five members – Aubrey O’Day, Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex & Aundrea Fimbres having lunch with a new manager at The Grove in L.A. It is unknown whether fifth member D. Woods was just absent or not in the supposed reunion.
Danity Kane released two studio albums during their time together. Both of which hit No. 1 on Billboard Top 200 and achieved platinum status. Check out the TMZ footage below, along with my favorite track from the girl group.
To quote Jennifer Garner in 13 Going 30, Nicki Minaj is thirty, flirty and thriving. Photographed by Sebastian Kim, the 30-year-old rapper looks like a human-size bag of cotton candy with her colorful ensemble on the cover of Teen Vogue. Inside the issue, Minaj compares Hollywood to high school, discusses her thoughts on social media and her rough childhood. Check out more pictures and quotes below.
“I used to read the bad things people said about me. Then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power. I tell teens, if you’re having a problem, there’s nothing wrong with deleting your social media. If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison.”
Daft Punk’s highly-anticipated new album Random Access Memories doesn’t drop until May 21st, but the electronic duo is streaming the entire thing for FREE on iTunes. I fully expect the French group to break iTunes records. When they premiered the lead cut, “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharell Williams, it broke Spotify records for number of streams in both the United States and United Kingdom.
To listen to the album, head over to Daft Punk’s iTunes website. If that doesn’t work, open iTunes and search for Daft Punk. Then click on the album cover that’s marked “Listen Now.”
For the honor of Grayskull. This is the best thing Funny or Die has done in ages (save for those hilarious Gay of Thrones recaps). For their latest, they’ve tapped Kylie Minogue to star in a live-action reboot of the classic cartoon, She-Ra: Princess of Power. The reboot is even rebootier. At least that’s what the narrator claims. I know it’s only a joke but truth be told, this faux NBC show looks better than 80% of the shows currently airing on the peacock network.
Stepping into She-Ra’s shoes isn’t much of a stretch for the Aussie popstar. After all, she’s worn a similar headress during her Aphrodite days. Watch her as she battles Skelly aka Skeletor, teams up with her male counterpart, He-Man, and discover that she’s with child. You’ll never guess who her baby daddy is. That’s not even the biggest reveal. Who knew her last name was Weintraub? Check out the clip below.