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Since we’re in the Hollywood Week phase of American Idol Season 12, I thought it was a perfect time to catch up on some of our favorite alums. We’re one step closer to crowning this year’s winner. He/She or some of this season’s finalists might find themselves on this list in the coming years.

Forbes recently released their annual list ranking former American Idol contestants. Taking into account record sales, concert tours, acting jobs and other money-making gigs, the publication gives the low down on the earning power of your favorite Idol alums.

Last year’s top dog Carrie Underwood, loses her crown and drops to runner-up status. Making his debut on the list is Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery. He clocks in at No. 4. His addition bumps off Fantasia Barrino and Clay Aiken from the list. The two ranked No. 4 and No. 9 respectively on the previous rankings. Check out who’s the HBIC on the Idol campus now. I think you might have a good idea. Here’s a hint… they’re “stronger” than ever. I’ve also embedded each singer’s most recent music video below for those who aren’t familiar with everyone’s post-Idol career. Hope you enjoy the list.

check out the Forbes ranking after the jump

Am I wrong, or wasn’t December last month and not now? Because today felt an awfully lot like Christmas when I came across this awesome piece of ear candy. Thank you Jewel for this wicked belated gift.

To celebrate her career, the 38-year-old singer-songwriter is releasing her first Greatest Hits album due out February 5, 2013. Included in the compilation are two brand new duets. One with the Pistol Annies ft. Miranda Lambert on “You Were Meant for Me” and another with the goddess Kelly Clarkson on “Foolish Games.”

This maybe a little TMI, but my ear practically jizzed when I heard Clarkson’s voice on this track. Not only is it one of my favorite songs from Jewel, but Kelly sounds beyond amazing on it. With her more radio-friendly hits like “Stronger,” the American Idol doesn’t get to show off that soulful tone of hers that much. She usually opts for the rocker-pop route. For me though, her strength lies with her bluesy soul range. It’s so darn rich. Don’t take my word for it, check out Jewel and Kelly’s duet below.

check out their duet after the jump

Today, President Barack Obama was sworn into office for his second term at the White House becoming the 44th US president. He was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts. His speech was about 18 minutes long and Obama really emphasized, “Our journey is not complete.”

In his speech, he explained, “This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s possibilities are limitless.” He added, “My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.”

Kelly Clarkson sang “My Country Tis of Thee,” while Beyonce sang the National Anthem. Both powerhouse singers did a great job. In case you missed the speech or the performances, you can check them out below.

Speech & performances after the jump…

Before I begin, I just wanted to preface this post by saying it’s bit self-indulgent. That said, the aim of our Behind The Cast posts are to give you a better insight to who we are. True? Anyhoo, I just wanted to quickly chat about one of our favorite pastimes while getting ready for a night out on the town.

Usually, Brian and my home is the meeting place before we head out. Most of our friends live nearby and we have a bigger place so it makes sense. Plus we have all the board games, karaoke, a hot tub, booze and most importantly an Apple TV. Combined with the brilliant VEVO app, the Apple TV is my favorite thing in the world. Friends come over all the time and play me their favorite new tracks by simply logging on to our Wi-Fi and playing it on our sound system. With the VEVO app, we can play all our current music video obsessions and our favorite oldies which brings me to this post.

Nothing gets a roomful of homos screaming more than playing music videos from our favorite DIVAS. Yes, we’re a gay cliche. However, we also listen to folk music, old school grunge, rock and hip-hop but there’s something about the ladies that gets us all fired up. I decided to share some of the music videos that seem to get the most airplay at our house while enjoying cocktails. I purposefully left out clips from 2012 since that would make this post extremely long. Without further delay, check out a few oldies and relatively-recent clips we love watching while a tad intoxicated.

check out our favorites after the jump

Billboard’s Top 10 Songs Of 2012

In: Music, Patrick

It’s been a big year in music and a lot of records have been broken. It’s insane to think that Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” has passed the 1 billion views mark for his music video on YouTube. Carly Rae Jepsen was launched into superstardom after Justin Bieber personally endorsed her soon-to-be worldwide obsession, “Call Me Maybe.” It’s pretty much a given that these two songs are in the Billboard‘s Top 10 Songs of 2012, but what about the other eight?

Billboard’s top song of the year also charted #1 in Radio Songs, #1 in Digital Songs, #5 in Ringtones, #8 in Pop Songs, and #6 in Adult Contemporary. If that doesn’t give it away, I’m sure the header photo did. The number one song is Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which also features Kimbra. Love that song! Find out what other songs make up the Top 10 list below. I’ve also included all of the songs/music videos should you be inclined to watch the videos and/or listen to the songs. Enjoy!

Check out the Top 10 videos after the jump…

Kelly Clarkson Is Engaged!

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

Kelly Clarkson just announced that she’s engaged to Brandon Blackstock! The proposal apparently took place last night and she’s completely over the moon. The singer made the following announcement via Twitter today (Saturday, December 15): “I’M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever :)

Back in November, Clarkson was on Ellen DeGeneres‘s show and had said that he was definitely going to be the man she was going to marry. “We’re totally gonna get married we love each other we’re totally gonna get married one day.” She added, “‘I mean he’s gotta put a ring on it on some point,’ she told Ellen. ‘But I’ll wait it out…”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

The list just keeps growing for this year’s Divas Live concert. It’s kinda turning into a bit of a gong show at this point. First, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks were revealed as this year’s crop of Divas. American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert was given the responsibility of being the master of ceremonies. A few weeks later, Kelly Clarkson, Melanie Fiona, Metric, Havana Brown and Pitbull were added to the roster of talent. Now, we have another handful of performers on deck to pay homage to the greatest divas of dance music.

Before I reveal who the latest additions are, I wanted to quickly share who the network have enlisted to make an appearance at the event. La La Anthony, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Stacey Kiebler and Kelly Osbourne will have the difficult task of introducing the acts. Also on tap is the wonderfully sassy Miss NeNe Leakes. She definitely has come a long way since her signature, “close your legs to married men,” catchphrase. Also on deck as a presenter is Brandy Norwood. To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised she isn’t performing. After all, she did headline the second edition of the VH1 Divas franchise.

find out the new batch of performers after the jump

Last night, the 2013 Grammy Nominations concert took place, revealing this year’s nominees and inadvertently, those who surprisingly weren’t nominated. Leading the pack this year were Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West who scored six nominations each. Following their lead were The Black Keys and Miguel with five nods. Vocal powerhouse, Kelly Clarkson was treated to four nominations, Taylor Swift got three, and Canada’s own Carly Rae Jepsen, got two nominations.

Both Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj were both snubbed by the Grammys this year. Nicki Minaj was nominated for “Best Rap Album” last year, but moving into the pop category this year, she didn’t make the cut. I’m genuinely surprise that Bieber didn’t get nominated for his Believe album – I thought the album was quite strong myself. His manager Scooter Braun took to Twitter to voice his opinion. After first congratulating Carly Rae Jepsen, he said, “this time there wont be any wise words, no excuses, I just plain DISAGREE. The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one… He later added, “the hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. the kid delivered. Huge succesful album, sold out tour, and won people over…” In another tweet, he insisted, “…this time he deserved to be recognized and I dont really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision i dont agree with.

In any event, he didn’t get nominated but the giant list of people below did. The 55th annual Grammy Awards air Sunday, February 10, on CBS. Check out the nominees below. As a side note, Donovan had previously listed his “Best New Artist” predictions, getting two out of the thirteen options listed correct. I’ve made note of the two he got right underneath that category. In his poll, post people picked Carly Rae Jepsen, but she actually wasn’t nominated in that category.

Check out the full list after the jump…

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