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Haley Reinhart dropped by Interscope: What all reality competitions can learn from this tragedy*

Sad news, American Idol junkies!

Standout Idol alum Haley Reinhart, who finished in third place during season 10 of the veteran reality competition series, has quietly parted ways with Interscope, the label that signed her following her eilimination. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The singer, 22, who growled out memorable renditions of “I Who Have Nothing” and “House of the Rising Sun” (the latter performance is not available on YouTube, but a live version is embedded below) during her Idol run, released a debut album, Listen Up!, in May, but the record never became a mainstream force on the charts. After moving 20,000 copies in week one, sales topped out around 60,000 total.

Reinhart certainly isn’t the first Idol contestant to lose a major label deal — Season 8 winner Kris Allen was dropped by RCA earlier this year — but news of her split with Interscope feels particularly sad given her formidable (and sadly mis-marketed) talent. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at Lollapalooza Friday: The Black Keys and Black Sabbath deal in different kinds of darkness

By Kyle Anderson & Nolan Feeney

On the opening day of Lollapalooza 2012 in Chicago, people could only talk about two things: The oppressive heat (which isn’t really news for anyone who has ever spent three days repeatedly crossing Grant Park in August), and whether or not Black Sabbath was going to make everybody sad.

Obviously, the idea of the legendary metal band playing a nearly two-hour set of heavy classics was titillating, and frontman Ozzy Osbourne remains one of the most unpredictable characters in rock. But health problems for both Osbourne and Tony Iommi have called into question whether or not this particular Sabbath reunion was a good idea, and suggested that the band might be better served staying at home (which is exactly what drummer Bill Ward ended up doing anyway).

By the time they left the stage on Friday night, they delivered no definitive answers. The set list was unimpeachable —  hitting on everything you could possibly want to hear from them, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” “Sweet Leaf,” “N.I.B.,” and “Paranoid” (which they wisely saved for the encore). Ozzy still has the will of a manic frontman, but neither his body nor his voice seem to be able to match his intent, and he seemed vaguely off for the better part of the evening.

Iommi’s steady riffing carried the night, though the set ground to an unfortunate halt during an overlong drum solo (though honestly, there’s no such thing as an “appropriate length drum solo”) that saw a lot of people trying to beat the traffic home.

Still, for those who stuck around, the rest provided by the rhythmic interlude might have been just what the other members of the band needed, as the band’s finishing run (which included the awesome and deeply underrated Technical Ecstasy gem “Dirty Women”) was as strong as any modern metal act. Were they good? Sure. Should they keep going? The jury is still out.

On the other end of the park, the Black Keys were offering up no such existential quandaries. READ FULL STORY

Album Review: Haley Reinhart's 'Listen Up!'


Haley Reinhart’s debut album Listen Up! hit stores on May 22. Below check out an extended online review of the American Idol alum’s set:

If there is one word that could be used to describe the vast majority of post-Idol debut albums, it’s “bland.” Thankfully, Season 10’s resident growler Haley Reinhart has delivered a debut disc that almost entirely defies that fate. Listen Up!, a vibrant neo-soul collection filled with blasting horns and funky ’60s grooves (and even some ’70s disco), takes full advantage of Reinhart’s remarkable voice, which can flip from bell-clear coo to throaty belt in an instant.

Tracks like “Wasted Tears” and “Hit the Ground Running” showcase Reinhart’s sassy delivery, while the plaintive ballad “Undone” and hopeful breakup lament “Free” reveal a refreshingly vulnerable side. Lyrically, Reinhart (who co-wrote every song on the album except “Free”) shifts between flirtatious come-on-overs and more aggressive naughtiness. “It’s been a while since I tapped into my appetite/But that hunger’s coming back tonight,” she sings to her chosen suitor (or is he a victim?) on sexy rocker “Spiderweb,” available on Listen Up‘s deluxe edition.

Occasionally, the album suffers from overproduction — bellowing echo chambers unnecessarily obscure her voice on the B.O.B. collab “Oh My!” — but that’s a minor quibble for this ambitiously retro collection, which places the chanteuse in the same category as young old souls like Duffy, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Adele. B+

Download these:
Fiery independence anthem Hit the Ground Runnin’
Disco-tinged Now That You’re Here

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'American Idol' alum Haley Reinhart releases video for 'Free,' talks about her upcoming album


Last week, American Idol alum Haley Reinhart, the bluesy 21-year-old Chicago native who came in third place in Season 10, released her debut single “Free,” a hopeful breakup anthem set to a jazzy, thumping piano.

Now she’s got a snazzy new video to go along with it. Reinhart, who stopped by the EW offices earlier this week to chat about her new single and upcoming album, worked with director Christopher Sims to achieve a look that was both “very retro and modern.” Sims set the video in a vintage 1950s diner and “kind of put his spin — literally — on things,” Reinhart jokes.

The clip features our favorite growler in an array of throwback outfits pleading with her man, “I want to be free!”

Well, sorry girl, but he just really likes you (and those legs) — this breakup may take a while.  Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' roundup: New music from Kris Allen, Jordin Sparks, Haley Reinhart, and more!

Yes, a new season of American Idol is just kicking into high gear — but Idol obsessives have ten other seasons worth of contestants to follow, too.

Below, check out a few musical updates from some noteworthy contestants of Idol seasons past.

THIS… is American Idol roundup! READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' alum Haley Reinhart performs debut single 'Free' on stage: Watch the video here!

Idol junkies, the time has finally come!

Haley Reinhart, that jazzy flower child, that little growler who could, that scatting singer who stepped onto the American Idol stage in Season 10 and miraculously survived near-constant critiques from J.Lo and Randy to eke out a third place finish, has debuted her first post-Idol single, “Free,” live on stage, and you know you want to give it a listen.

While performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles yesterday at at the 104.3 MYfm New Music Night, Ms. Reinhart, who scored a contract with Interscope soon after Idol wrapped, gifted audiences with an acoustic version of first-ever single, which is set to be officially released in March. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' roundup: See new videos from Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Anoop Desai, and Daughtry!

If you, like me, are an American Idol junkie and love to follow the careers of former contestants to see who has the grit to make it in a cruel post-Idol world, November has been a fun month.

Not only have Season 10 non-winners Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams, and James Durbin (affectionately referred to as “The Durbs” by EW’s Dalton Ross) all released new music videos, but fellow contestant Paul McDonald recorded a surprisingly un-Twilight duet with his wife Nikki Reed, and older faces like Anoop Desai, Didi Benami, and Chris Daughtry have given us new music as well.

Below, check out Haley and Casey’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” duet, which they recently told me “reminds you of the fireplace,” James Durbin’s fiery video for debut single, “Love Me Bad,” Anoop Desai’s sad but pretty “Want Your Love,” Daughtry’s live concert video of hard-rocking “Renegade,” and a quick preview of  dismissed-too-soon Didi Benami’s new project with singer-songwriter Keaton Simons. READ FULL STORY

'Idol' alums Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams record 'Baby It's Cold Outside': Hear a preview here!

Season 10 of American Idol featured two of the jazziest contestants the show has ever hosted: Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams. The two growlers wowed audiences with their soulful performances, and their scat-tastic duet on “Moanin'” proved to be one of the highlights of the entire season.

Naturally, Haley and Casey didn’t want to let a good thing go, so they reunited to record the smooth Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which will be available for download on November 21.

You’ll have to wait until that day to hear the full track, but here on the Music Mix, we’ve got an exclusive 90-second preview of the seasonal anthem, which Abrams says “reminds you of the fireplace.” He lauds the track for being a “straight up a jazz standard” with “no four-on-the-floor bass drum.”

For the next 24 hours, give the sweetly sung song a listen below. After that, it’s gone! READ FULL STORY

Haley Reinhart sings 'God Bless the Child' in dim New Orleans jazz club, scats with a trumpet player: Watch it here

Please let this be a sign of things to come!

Interscope recording artist Haley Reinhart (typing that will never get old) was recently down. In New. Orleeeeans. with her fellow Season 10 American Idol contestants — and while there, she stopped by Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse to coo a smooth 11-minute rendition of “God Bless the Child” with Irvin Mayfield and his band.

The laid-back session features some astonishingly high runs, bluesy growls, and an extended call-and-response scat session with a trumpet; check out the video (uploaded by Casey Abrams…) below:


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