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Steven Tyler Duets With Rival TV Judge Scherzinger

Rocker Steven Tyler has teamed up with his rival TV talent show judge Nicole Scherzinger for a new solo single.

The Aerosmith frontman took up a seat on the panel of American Idol for a new-look series of the hit show alongside Jennifer Lopez after the departure of Simon Cowell.
He’s heading back into the studio with his band next month (Jul11) to work on a new album, but Tyler is having one last taste of solo work with his new single (It) Feels So Good.
Former Pussycat Dolls star Scherzinger providesvocals on the track – the beauty is also a talent show judge, on Cowell’s American version of his hit series The X Factor.

Lady Gaga’s "Born This Way" A Cappella & "Edge of Glory"

Lady Gaga is set to release “The Edge of Glory” today at 1pm PT / 4pm ET, kicking off iTunes’ “Countdown to Born This Way” promotion leading up to the album’s 5/23 release.   

“The Edge of Glory,” which features E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, was inspired by the death of Gaga’s grandfather in late 2010.  In her interview for Musicians@Google Presents: Google Goes Gaga, Gaga explained that the song is “about your last moment on earth, the moment of truth, the moment before you leave earth.”

Rolling Stone writer Matthew Perpetua reviewed the track in February, writing “This one sounds crazy in print — it’s a massive power ballad with heavy club beats that features Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band wailing on his saxophone — but somehow it all seems totally natural when you actually hear it…  The inclusion of Clemons is an inspired touch that amplifies the song’s Eighties stadium rock vibe, but his actual performance is amazing and ranks among the best of his career.
Born This Way

American Idol Recap: Motown Night

The top 11 American Idol contestants took on Motown this week. It is an important week for the contestants because the 10 who make it to the next round will go on the summer tour.
Casey Abrams took the stage first and sang ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine.’ Randy Jackson called him a “true original” and Steven Jackson praised his perfect pitch.
Thia Megia stepped up her game with ‘Heat Wave.’ Randy loved that she took a chance with something different. Jennifer Love urged her to connect with the lyrics and put on more of a performance.
Jacob Lusk earned a hug from Steven for his rendition of ‘You’re All I Need to Get By.’ Randy called it his best performance yet.
Jacob may have gotten a hug from Steven, but Lauren Alaina earned one of his creative phrases. After her rendition of ‘You Keep Me Hanging On,’ Steven declared she “ripped that song another beauty mark.” Jennifer and Randy loved the attitude she put into the performance.
Stefano Langone sang ‘Hello’ and judges had no complaints about his vocals, but they urged him to connect with the lyrics emotionally next time.
Hailey Reinhart bounced back with ‘You Really Got a Hold On Me.’ Randy thought the start was a little rough and the middle got better. Jennifer said she has the most soulful voice of the girls.
Judges loved when Scotty McCreery hit low notes in his rendition of ‘For Once In My Life.’ Randy dubbed him a “young lady killer.”
Pia Toscano delivered another perfect ballad this week. She sang ‘All In Love Is Fair.’ Judges had no criticism for the vocals, but they want her to try something different. Randy hopes she will try something more up tempo next week. Jennifer encouraged her to “own” the stage.
Paul MacDonald sang ‘The Tracks Of My Tears.’ Jennifer called him the “complete package” while Randy praised his distinctive voice and unique tone.
Naima Adedapo impressed judges with her rendition of ‘Dancing In the Street.’ Jennifer loved the dancing and Randy agreed that everything worked this week.
James Durbin gave another impressive performance. He sang ‘Living For The City.’ Randy thought he was “unbelievable” by the end of the song. Jennifer said the performance left her speechless.

American Idol Hollywood Week Recap: First Round of Eliminations

The first round of Hollywood Week eliminations happened last night on American Idol. The contestants were split into groups and took turns singing on stage. Judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson deliberated before choosing which contestants were staying and which were eliminated.

Some of the highlighted contestants put through include Rachel Zevita, the former season 6 contestant who Lopez said she remembered; Casey Abrams, the Seth Rogan-look-alike; James Durbin, who suffers from Tourette’s and a form of autism; Paris Tassin, a young mom who has a daughter with hearing problems; Chris Medina, the young man whose fiancé was severely injured in a car accident just months before their wedding; and Holly Cavanaugh, who nearly blew her first audition but got a second chance from Lopez.

Next week, the contestants will do group performances before the next round of eliminations.

Simon Cowell: "I Hate Research"

Music mogul Simon Cowell  has slammed producers who rely on market research to govern their decision making, insisting his TV talent shows would never have aired if the powers that be waited for feedback from the public.

The man who has enjoyed a string of TV hits with shows like Pop Idol, American Idol and The X Factor fears too many decisions about what gets recorded in the studio and what is put on TV are dictated by what the public thinks it wants.
He says, “I can’t bear research. Research just kills creativity because people lie in research or they say things they think the person wants to hear, or they overthink it.
“If they’d researched Idol before it went on air, it would not have gone on air – because people would have felt guilty about saying that they like it.”
Simon Cowell: The Unauthorized Biography

Donny Osmond Reacts To The New And ‘Unimproved’ American Idol Following It’s Season Premiere On Fox

The Longtime Entertainer Comments On His Disappointment

Of American Idol’s Tenth Season Premiere On His 

Nationally Syndicated Radio Show

Donny Osmond dished his thoughts about the new and, according to Osmond, ‘unimproved’ American Idol on his nationally syndicated radio show, The Donny Osmond Show, after the January 20 Season 10 premiere on Fox

Here’s what the notable entertainer had to say: “It’s Donny Osmond and Season 10 of American Idol kicked off last night. Lots of pressure for the show, and a lot to prove. OK, look, let me say this, AI first and foremost is a television program. It is not reality. It is packaged for entertainment.”

Osmond continues, “Now, the first rule of entertainment is there has to be some kind of conflict. Conflict is what makes it interesting. I’m sorry, but without Simon Cowell, there is no conflict. With Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, you have three white hats and no villain. It just doesn’t work! There were lots of “I’m sorries” and “you are so sweet” and “I really like you”…no way. Simon Cowell is sorely missed, and if last night was any indication, Season 10 will be the final season of AI. That’s just my opinion, and I know that if I was at the judge’s table I would find it hard to reject people…but I’m not. Yes, it’s great to have two genuine superstars and an industry veteran at the table, but, there is no bad guy. There is no spark. There is no conflict. It’s been fun, American Idol, but it’s time to say ‘see ya!”

Springsteen Makes Surprise Appearance at Jersey Club

Bruce Springsteen wowed music fans at a tiny New Jersey club on Saturday (July 24) when he hit the stage with singer/songwriter Alexandro Escovedo for a trio of tunes.
The rock legend was an unannounced guest at the Stone Pony and thrilled Escovedo’s fans when he walked out to join his pal.
The duo performed Escovedo’s Always a Friend, a cover of the Rolling St ones’ Beast of Burden and a new song, titled Faith, according to RollingStone.

It was Springsteen’s first non-charity show performance at the fabled A sbury Park venue since he performed at a Mike Ness concert in May 2008.