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Steven Tyler talks drug use with Matt Lauer: 'I needed that cocaine'

Aerosmith frontman, American Idol judge, and wacky formulator of bon mots Steven Tyler joined Matt Lauer on Dateline tonight to discuss his history of drug use, fights with his band, and his new gig on primetime television.

The most interesting tidbit of the interview was Tyler’s admission that he was taking drugs as recently as 2009; he was high on stage  during his infamous spill, and a subsequent trip to rehab contributed to the fracturing of Aerosmith. Tyler also revealed that during the band’s heyday, venues were contractually obligated to have a small off-stage cubby for members to snort some of that sweet, sweet emotion. “I needed blow,” Tyler told Lauer. “I needed that cocaine. I needed it.” But he lamented the effect it had on his life and relations, including with daughter Liv: “That’s what drugs did. It took my children away, it took my band away, it took my marriages away, and I was on my knees.” READ FULL STORY

'Glee' star Matthew Morrison and 'American Idol' winner Kris Allen talk collaborating on new single, 'Still Got Tonight'

The worlds of two of Fox’s musical giants are colliding: Glee‘s Matthew Morrison and American Idol season 8 winner Kris Allen have collaborated on Morrison’s second single, “Still Got Tonight,” off Morrison’s solo album due May 10.

So how did these two superstars get together? Call it a happy accident. Allen originally wrote “Still Got Tonight” years ago, with songwriters Andrew Frampton and Steve Kipner, but ended up not using the track. Morrison then wound up working with Frampton and Kipner on his upcoming album and they brought the song to the Glee star. But Morrison didn’t realize that Allen was also involved in the song’s creation.  READ FULL STORY

What should surprise 'Idol' castoff Pia Toscano do next?

Now that the shock of Pia Toscano’s dismissal from the ranks of the American Idol finalists has worn off and all her tears are dry, it’s time to face an important question: What is the 22-year-old singer going to do next?

It may seem harsh, but Toscano’s window of opportunity is quite small right now. She’s the talk of the Internet at the moment, but by the time America gets around to voting off another singer next week (and it better be Stefano Langone, America!), she’ll already be forgotten (just ask Naima Adedapo or Karen Rodriguez).

She’s probably fielding a deluge of calls and offers right now, and any decision she makes over the course of the next few days could affect her for the duration of whatever music career sits in front of her.

So what’s a ninth-place finisher to do? Glad you asked.


Lee DeWyze Q&A: EW talks to the 'American Idol' champ about this year's batch, what he's up to, and defending his season

It’s been almost one year since former paint salesman Lee DeWyze became the ninth victor of American Idol—and the last winner crowned with crotchety Simon Cowell piloting America’s top-rated TV show.

After DeWyze performed his latest single “Beautiful Like You” for the new panel of Idol judges a few weeks ago, Live It Up returned to the Top 100 albums chart. Currently on a lengthy tour, the 25-year-old Illini spoke with us about his favorite singers from this season, how his life has changed, and what he has to say to those who criticized his season. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez's latest dance track 'Invading My Mind' leaks: Listen here

By now, you’ve probably run your iPod dead by having Jennifer Lopez’s hot single “On the Floor” on near-constant repeat. (I know I have!) And you’ve no doubt been wondering: When are we getting more new J.Lo? (Again, I know I have!) And the answer is: right now! You didn’t think her PR machine would really let her huge American Idol TV platform go to waste with just one measly single, right? Right!

“Invading My Mind,” apparently the latest song from Jennifer Lopez’s forthcoming album Love?, has leaked onto the internets, and shocker: It’s real dancy and frenetic! Between “On the Floor” and this new “Invading My Mind,” she’s really made a glittery return to her extreme club/“Waiting for Tonight” roots. Sure, “Mind” may be shallower than the kiddie pool, but this one is up from the first second…and never goes down. Yes! Take a listen to a leak here: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Diddy-Dirty Money and Skylar Grey perform 'Coming Home.' Your thoughts?

The American Idol results show performance machine has been relaunched for season 10: Diddy-Dirty Money and Skylar Grey kicked it off by singing their thoughtful, haunting hit “Coming Home” last night. I’m a huge fan of this song and thought it was a great way to get back into these results-show performances, which sometimes can be rather lackluster. Loved seeing Skylar at the piano. (Does anyone get Posh Spice vibes from her?) Loved the vintage photos behind Diddy on stage. Loved figuring out (finally!) who Dirty Money is.

Watch the clip after the jump and tell me: What’d you think?


Adam Lambert's charity dance remix of 'Aftermath' available after he plays 'Idol' tonight: Listen to it here

Adam Lambert is stripping down on American Idol tonight—musically, that is. The glam-tacular rocker will sing an acoustic version of “Aftermath,” the inspirational power ballad from his debut album, on tonight’s results show at 8pm/7c. Hear it here:


Aerosmith to record new album this summer? Tyler says he and Perry 'just smoked the peace pipe'

It wasn’t long ago that newbie reality TV judge Steven Tyler introduced the idiom “—- a duck and see what hatches” to unsuspecting American Idol audiences, and it looks like he’s taking his own advice to heart.

According to his Twitter feed, Tyler has buried the hatchet with long-time songwriting partner/bitter rival Joe Perry and Aerosmith are on their way to “rock’in your worlds this summer by locking our selves away somewhere w/ guitars and drums.” Guitars and drums? Who could ask for more!

Tyler says the return of Aerosmith is reason to “rejoice,” and if the classic rockers are following in the footsteps of their 2004 album, he’s not lying. Honkin’ on Bobo was a late-career highlight, showcasing the band returning to their blues-rock roots and eschewing the watered-down arena rock that ended up making them a perfect soundtrack for Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire air-guitaring on a broom. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez debuts 'On the Floor' video on 'American Idol': Watch it here

Jennifer-Lopez-new-videoAbout a week ago, we here at The Music Mix posed the question: Is J.Lo back? Well, after watching the music video for her new, Pitbull-laced single “On the Floor” debut on American Idol earlier this evening, the answer is rather resoundingly: Yes! The video (coupled with her genius judging skills on Idol) is a return to glamour and fabulousness for the diva who, less than two years ago, could be found falling off her Louboutins while singing the miserable “Louboutins” at the AMAs.

Before we go further, watch the video here, and then enjoy my commentary right afterward:


Jennifer Hudson says new album covers her 'four different lives'

Jennifer-Hudson-OscarsImage Credit: Rick Rowell/ABCSinging and acting talent Jennifer Hudson has plenty on her plate. And judging by her newly slimmed figure, hardly any of it is topped with food.

In addition to promoting her upcoming album, Hudson attended the 83rd Academy Awards last night. The 2007 Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress in Dreamgirls was on hand as a presenter last night, and on the pre-show red carpet, the American Idol alum told EW a bit about the meaning behind her forthcoming I Remember Me, out March 22.


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