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J.Lo's 'I Luh Ya Papi' turns the tables on rap videos: Watch it here

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Sick of all the under-dressed ladies that rappers like to have decorating their sets like sexy lawn ornaments? So is Jennifer Lopez.

That’s why she decided to put men in tiny bikini bottoms, slather them in oil and perch them around the pool. No, I’m not (just) describing her home life: It’s J. Lo’s new music video!

On American Idol Thursday night, Lopez unveiled her video for “I Luh Ya Papi” — a clip that turns the tables on rap video stereotypes. And it’s pretty glorious. At one point she’s on a yacht, pouring champagne in some guy’s Speedo. This isn’t exactly moving us past the sexual objectification of music videos, but it sure is fun to watch:

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'American Idol' lawsuit claims Sony owes Kelly, Carrie, others royalties

As a wise old prophet once said, music makes the people come together. But an even older, even wiser prophet warns us that money is the root of all evil.

All of which is a roundabout way of saying that American Idol‘s house record label 19 Recordings is suing Sony Music for allegedly cheating its artists — including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken, and plenty of others you barely remember — out of royalties worth millions of dollars.

“We did not want to have to file this lawsuit, but Sony left us no choice, so this became necessary to protect our artists. Our complaint lays out the claims in great detail,” says Jason Morey, 19 Entertainment’s Worldwide Head of Music, in a statement. “Everything we have to say about the case is set forth in it.”

The suit focuses mainly on issues of accounting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the complaint accuses Sony of treating master recordings streamed on services such as Spotify as “sales” or “distributions” rather than “broadcasts” or “transmissions,” allowing the company to pay significantly less than it should under the terms of its recording agreements. It also alleges that Sony has improperly deducted money spent on TV advertising and music videos and that it has not paid proper royalties on compilation albums — attempting “to state compilation albums are not albums” — among other things. It seeks at least $10 million in damages.

When reached by EW, Sony declined to comment on the suit.

Lauren Alaina debuts emotional (and biographical) ballad 'Same Day, Different Bottle' -- VIDEO

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At CMT’s Next Women of Country event at the Farm House restaurant in Downtown Nashville on Monday, American Idol Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina held a room full of fellow female starlets — including Kacey Musgraves, Cassadee Pope, Danielle Braberry, Holly Williams, Ashley Monroe, and Jana Kramer — and industry executives rapt with an intensely intimate new ballad.

On the unreleased track, “Same Day, Different Bottle,”  which Alaina co-wrote with Caitlyn Smith and Dan Couch, she delivers a heartbreaking plea for a man to quit drinking. “Same day, different bottle/Every day I pray you’ll pour it down the drain,” she cried out in a tone that sounds strikingly more mature than it ever did on her post-Idol debut WIldflower, which bowed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 in 2011. The room was visibly taken aback by Alaina’s newfound conviction and the song’s tender, gorgeous melody.

“I went through a weird gray area where I was just kind of singing songs to sing them,” Alaina told EW the following day on the BMI Country Music Awards red carpet. “Now I sing songs because I’m passionate about them, and they mean something to me.” The Georgia native, 19, is in the process of writing and recording her sophomore album as she makes the full-time move to Nashville. “I’ve been dealing with a lot of stuff, as you heard in the song, so that’s kind of postponed my move,” she confessed. (Alaina admitted to Yahoo!‘s Chris Willman that the track is about her father’s struggle with alcoholism.)

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Now Sinead O'Connor is mad at Simon Cowell

Nothing compares 2 feuds.

Earlier this week, Irish songstress Sinead O’Connor made headlines with a series of scathing open letters to Miley Cyrus — which culminated in a threat to take legal action. Shortly after writing that third letter, O’Connor set upon two more targets: Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh, Cowell’s fellow judge on the UK version of The X Factor.

“I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock ‘n’ roll, which has happened because of the industry,” O’Connor said Friday on Ireland’s The Late Late Show. “Because of Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh —  they’ve murdered music. I stand to say it on behalf of every musician in the world and they’ll agree with me.”

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Phillip Phillips' debut album goes platinum -- so how are other singing-show winners doing?

American Idol takes a lot of flack for being past its prime — and given the weak chart performance of its reigning champ, Candice Glover, those criticisms make sense — but make no mistake, the show can still produce stars.

Take Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips: The gravelly-voiced folk-pop singer’s debut album The World from the Side of the Moon was just certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million units. The disc, which was released in November 2012, wasn’t a blockbuster out of the gate. It sold 169,000 in its first week, driven primarily by the success of Phillips’ Olympic anthem “Home,” which sold over 4.6 million copies as a single.

But World has continued selling steadily thanks to the slow-burn success of his platinum follow-up single “Gone Gone Gone,” which has climbed to No. 24 on the Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary chart. And it doesn’t hurt that Phillips nabbed the opening slot on John Mayer’s Born and Raised tour, which he joined in July and will continue with until mid-December. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' winner Candice Glover's album will be released this summer

Candice Glover fans are going to get new music sooner than they hoped. Breaking with tradition, the newly-crowned American Idol winner will release her album, Music Speaks, July 16, not in the fall or later as is typical of the show’s alums.

“I’ve built a fan base being on this show, and my fan base is interested in me now and they won’t see me every Wednesday and Thursday anymore to admire my singing, so I think it’s a good thing it’s coming out this summer,” the 23-year-old explained in an interview with the AP this week.

A July release means Glover’s fans will likely be able to catch her performing many of the album’s tracks, including the already-released kick-off single “I Am Beautiful,” on the American Idol tour, which will begin June 29 in St. Louis.

Read more:
‘American Idol’ winner: ‘A lot of dreams came true for me tonight’
‘American Idol’ season finale recap: All Cried Out
Keith Urban willing to return to ‘American Idol’

Mariah Carey rides Miguel's hog in '#Beautiful' video: Watch it here!

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Considering how much Mariah Carey’s new single “#Beautiful” is driven by guest vocalist Miguel, it’s only appropriate the video for said single features Carey riding on the back of Miguel’s motorcycle.

The clip, which premiered last night on American Idol, actually features Miguel in multiple drivers’ seats: He later sits behind the wheel of a cherry automobile while Mimi teases a handful of upskirt shots in what appears to be a chandelier-adorned barn.

There’s little else besides those two set pieces, though luckily “#Beautiful” is such a breezy tune that it all falls into place. Give it a look below.  READ FULL STORY

Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and #DemBabies celebrate 5th anniversary, Cinderella-style

The best way to brush away rumors that your bosses want to replace you with Jennifer Lopez? Simple: Put on your best princess gown, find a few dudes willing to dress up like cartoon footmen, and ride through Disneyland in a monkey-fighting fairytale carriage.

That’s just what Mariah Carey did last night. She and favorite accessory husband Nick Cannon spent the evening celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary at an elaborate, Cinderella-themed, Disney-approved vow renewal ceremony that featured trumpeters, a second wedding dress, and even a full-on Prince Charming outfit for Cannon — complete with epaulettes! This is true love, people. The occasion also happened to coincide with the second birthday of Cannon and Carey’s adorable twins, Moroccan and Monroe — a.k.a. “#DemBabies,” as Carey fondly calls the kids on Twitter.

Check out Mariah’s grand arrival at Disneyland’s Cinderella Castle, courtesy of the star’s own Vine account. (You just know that if Cinderella lived today, she’d have live-tweeted the crap out of that ball.)

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Scotty McCreery's new single 'See You Tonight' sounds shockingly contemporary

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Last year’s American Idol winner Phillip Phillips gets a lot of credit for reinvigorating the Idol crown’s significance, but people seem to forget that his predecessor, Scotty McCreery, has had a pretty darn impressive post-Idol career himself.

McCreery’s debut album Clear As Day sold 1.2 million copies and spawned two country hits, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls.” Today, an Amazon listing confirmed what many have recently speculated — that McCreery is about to unleash new music into the world. The deep-voiced country crooner, who’s currently enrolled at North Carolina State University, will release “See You Tonight” on April 9, and it’s safe to assume he’ll perform the song when he visits the American Idol results show two days later.

There’s no official audio for the song yet, but country expert Windmills of MJsBigBlog shared the video below (with great audio) from a recent concert of McCreery singing “See You Tonight.”

My snap judgment? This is by far the best thing he’s ever put out. While much of Clear As Day felt dull and antiquated, both lyrically and musically, “See You Tonight” feels fresh, youthful, romantic, and perfect for the warm summer nights ahead. McCreery’s baritone laces the moonlit lyrics convincingly — especially that “Baby, it’s worth the drive/you’re worth the drive” lyric, which will have a lot of his female fans swooning. The song actually reminds me a bit of Eric Church’s “Springsteen,” another romantic, torchy midtempo number. Give it a listen below: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' alum Jessica Sanchez releases debut single 'Tonight' featuring Ne-Yo

Ten months after finishing in second place on Season 11 of American Idol, 17-year-old diva-in-training Jessica Sanchez has released her first single, “Tonight,” a club thumper featuring Ne-Yo, who penned the track.

The song is far better than Jessica’s non-starter pop singles “Change Nothing,” which she performed at last year’s finale, and “Fairytale,” which she debuted at a showcase last year. And it’s light years ahead of the generic dance tracks released by The Voice‘s Jermaine Paul and The X-Factor‘s Melanie Amaro. “Tonight” actually sounds like it could fit right in on pop radio or blaring out of the speakers in a club.

Here’s the thing, though. I’m just not buying it — and that’s because I still remember the Jessica Sanchez I got to know on Idol. (How could I not? It hasn’t even been a year.) That girl was timid, chaste and typically performed vanilla Star Search-approved anthems like “The Prayer” and “I Will Always Love You” without an evident connection to the lyrics.

She had a bellowing instrument and could hold her own with the likes of Jennifer Holliday, but when she’d sing sassier tunes like “Proud Mary,” she’d stomp her feet and snarl and seem as if she was play-acting like all the diva greats she grew up watching on YouTube. To be clear, Jessica was (and is) an incredible vocalist, but what I’m saying is that she lacked her own artistic perspective. She was immature.

Granted, maybe she’s changed a lot in a year. Maybe sparkly bare midriffs, high tops, and techno productions like “Tonight” have always been her prerogative, but I can’t shake the feeling that she’s still playing a part — especially when it stands in such stark contrast to her previously TV-established identity. “We ain’t even on earth tonight,” she sings. “We on a planet where the dudes got money and they not afraid to spend it.”

Does that really sound like something that Jessica Sanchez, the quietly polite up-and-comer we saw on Idol, would ever say? To be fair, Rihanna plays a part when she performs. So do Katy Perry and Ke$ha. But they all arrived on the pop culture landscape as fully realized personae — we didn’t watch them transition into their sexified selves. When you do watch that transition, though, it’s hard to read the resulting work as authentic.

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