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Will Adam Lambert Be the Next IDOL Mentor?

Keith Urban had to return to Australia for family matters, so Adam Lambert sat in as a judge during American Idol auditions.

According to TVLine.com, last year’s official mentor, Randy Jackson, has yet to be announced for the show’s next season.  This leaves speculation as to whether or not Lambert wants that job?  The answer is –  maybe.

In an interview, Lambert tells TVLine.com, “I don’t know…I have a lot going on.  I’m working on an album. We might go back out on the road with Queen — so, I don’t know yet. There’s a lot happening.  Time is the issue.”

Adam says he likes the idea. “I feel like (mentoring) is a way to give back,” he explains. “I know it sounds corny, but I want to help the contestants with the light bulb that could go off.”

Idol begins its 14th season in January.


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Whitney Houston Live Album Coming This Fall

Whitney Houston’s fans will soon be able to buy the late singer’s first-ever live album, titled Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances.

Nearly three years after the singer’s death, Legacy Recordings has announced the release which will include 16 live songs on CD and 18 performances on DVD.  The album will assemble performances from various events and TV appearances across the singer’s career. You can expect to hear are her, still talked about today, Super Bowl rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner as well as her 2009 Oprah performance of I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances will drops November 10th.

Here’s the CD track list:

“Home” (The Merv Griffin Show, 1983)
“You Give Good Love” (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1985)
“How Will I Know” (The Brit Awards, 1987)
“One Moment in Time” (The 31st Annual Grammy Awards, 1989)
“Greatest Love of All” (That’s What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990)
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (That’s What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990)
“The Star-Spangled Banner” (Super Bowl XXV, 1991)
“All the Man That I Need” (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
“I’m Your Baby Tonight” (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
“A Song for You” (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
“Medley: I Loves You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going/I Have Nothing” (The 21st Annual American Music Awards, 1994)
“I’m Every Woman” (The Concert for a New South Africa, 1994)
“I Will Always Love You” (The Concert for a New South Africa, 1994)
“My Love Is Your Love” (Late Show with David Letterman, 1998)
“I Believe in You and Me” (The 16th Annual World Music Awards, 2004)
“I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” (The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009)

DVD additional tracks:

“My Love Is Your Love” (Music Video)
“When You Believe” (with Mariah Carey) (The 71st Annual Academy Awards, 1999)


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Elton John New Year’s Eve Tickets Announced

Elton John has announced the on-sale date for tickets to his New Year’s Eve concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

There’s an eight-ticket limit per customer and American Express Card members can buy tickets starting September 22 at 10 a.m. through September 25 at 10 p.m.

The general public can begin to buy tickets on Friday, September 26 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and BarclaysCenter.com.  If any tickets are left by Saturday, they’ll be available at the Barclays Center box office starting at noon on September 27.

Elton’s next show is Wednesday in Spokane, WA.


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Bon Jovi Fans Grab The Photo Book Now

Out now is Bon Jovi: Work, a book that documents the band’s two world tours from 2010 to 2013 and available online.

The 210-page hardcover book features both black-and-white and color images by from the band’s official tour photographer, David Bergman.  You’ll see the band onstage, backstage, at home and even in the operating room, as Jon receives treatment for a knee injury.  A special section of the book features private photos personally taken by Jon.

“From the happy times to the harrowed, these images let you transcend the frame of the photograph to connect to specific moments whenever you open this book,” Jon writes in the foreword, saying that it captures “what it’s like to travel the world with our band, inviting you to be a part of the action.”

“They say every picture tells a story,” Jon writes. “David’s pictures tell our story.”


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Seth MacFarlane Album Gets Release Date

Did know the guy who brought you Ted and Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane is also a singer?  Its true, and he’s just announced a title and release date for his upcoming Christmas album, which will feature guest appearances by his pals Sara Bareilles and Norah Jones.

The album is called Holiday for Swing!, a title that’s likely a play on the classic instrumental tune “Holiday for Strings.”  I’ll be out September 30.  It features MacFarlane’s interpretations of classics like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Let It Snow,” “The Christmas Song,” and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” as well as some lesser-known tunes.  He’s backed by a 52-piece orchestra on the album.

Sara duets with MacFarlane on “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” while Norah pops up on a song called “Little Jack Frost Get Lost.”

You may recall that Norah guest-starred as herself in MacFarlane’s hit movie Ted, and she and MacFarlane shared an Oscar nod for co-writing that movie’s theme, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend.”

This is MacFarlane’s second album; his first, Music Is Better Than Words, came out in 2011.  Also that year, Sara joined MacFarlane on stage in Los Angeles for a duet.


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