Pink Goes Naked for "People's" Most Beautiful Issue


ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty ImagesPink is featured in People magazine's brand-new 50 Most Beautiful People issue, and while she's not on the cover, she is featured inside the publication buck-naked.Pink is posing as part of a feature called "Naked at 34," where five different female celebrities show off their nude bodies.  In a photo on People's website, which a People rep tells ABC News Radio is slightly different from the one in the actual magazine, Pink's seen in black-and-white, sitting sideways and slightly hunched over so we can't see her naughty bits.  We can, however, see her impressive collection of tattoos, which are probably more extensive than you realize.  Pink is also naked in black-and-white inside the actual magazine, which hits newsstands Friday."I was a gymnast for eight years, starting when I was 4 years old,” Pink tells People, explaining where she got her body confidence. "So instead of thinking, 'Am I skinny? What does my body look like?’ I grew up thinking, ‘Am I fast enough? How can I use my body?’ I’m a person who could always lose a couple here and there, but I would rather be strong than bony.”Pink says that her two-year-old daughter Willow shares her mom's penchant for shedding her clothes."She said to me the other day, ‘Mama, on Tuesday I think we should get naked and have a naked booby butt dance party.’ I was like, ‘I’m in.’”The other stars who stripped off for People include Orange Is the New Black star Laura Prepon, actress Rachel Leigh Cook, Devious Maids star Dania Ramirez and actress, model and ex-pro wrestler Stacy Keibler.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Frozen" Spends 11th Week at #1, Surpasses0" The Lion King"


Walt Disney PicturesLooks like the soundtrack of Frozen ended up in quite a few Easter baskets over the holiday weekend. The soundtrack to the hit Disney animated film, which came out last year, has just scored its best sales week yet, moving 259,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  As a result, the album spends its 11th non-consecutive week at #1 on the Billboard album chart.   That means Frozen has now passed The Lion King as the longest-running #1 soundtrack ever for an animated film.Frozen's popularity is also extending to other iterations of the soundtrack: Disney's Karaoke Series: Frozen has just debuted at #17 on the chart, with sales of 15,000 copies.  That's the biggest sales week for a karaoke album since 2007, when the companion albums to Hannah Montana and High School Musical 2 sold 22,000 and 16,000 copies, respectively.Billboard notes that Easter usually benefits albums that are child- or family-friendly, which explains Frozen's blockbuster week.  More proof: One Direction's Midnight Memories experienced a 68% sales increase, while the latest Kidz Bop album is up 126%.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

MTV Video Music Awards to Air Live from the Los Angeles Forum


Courtesy MTVLast year, the MTV Video Music Awards became the first awards show to take place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.  This year, the show, which airs August 24, will be the first-ever awards telecast at the Los Angeles Forum.That legendary venue dates back to 1967, and has hosted concerts by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Jackson 5, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Prince and others.  It just re-opened in January of this year with all the latest high-tech bells, whistles and amenities.MTV President Stephen Friedman said in a statement, "With its incomparable legacy as a world-class music venue, the Forum is one of Southern California’s most iconic entertainment landmarks...[and has] has hosted some of the most legendary musical artists and performances ever seen and we can’t wait to add the 2014 Video Music Awards to this list and create the type of memorable moments that music fans will talk about for years to come.”Of course, it'll be hard to top last year's show, which was so memorable that an 'N SYNC reunion was the second most exciting thing that happened all night.  Perhaps you remember the first -- it involved Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, and a foam finger.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Latest Eliminated "American Idol" Contestant Says They Need a "Dictionary" to Un


Michael Becker/FOXThroughout the current American Idol season, some contestants have said that they've been confused by some of the judges' comments and advice -- especially Harry Connick Jr.'s frequent use of highly-technical musical terms.  But the show's latest eliminated contestant says all that could have been avoided...if they had just been issued a reference book ahead of time."Harry, you know, he says some crazy stuff sometimes," says Dexter Roberts, when asked how the judges can make themselves more clear to the contestants.  "And...Keith [Urban], he says some off the wall stuff. But you know, I guess we just need to have a dictionary and we can just look up their terms before we get on the show!"So he agrees that the judges are talking over the heads of the contestants?  "Sorta, sometimes," Dexter tells ABC News Radio. "But we've come a long way and learned to answer their questions, because they kind of taught us as we've been going on."Now that Dexter's off the show, he'll still be rooting for the rest of the contestants, but will  he be rooting for one in particular over the others?  After all, he and fellow finalist C.J. Harris were friends for five years before they ever tried out for the show.  But Dexter denies that he's favoring C.J. to take the crown."Me and him's been together so long, you know, I'm rooting for him, but I'm rooting for everybody because we've become a family," he tells ABC News Radio. "Each week, you'd think we'd be like, 'Oh yeah! I'm glad they're going home!' But it's really sad, because we've become so close to each other, and it sucks to see someone go, so I'm rooting for everybody."On top of that, Dexter says there won't be any jealousy between him and C.J., even if his friend ends up winning the competition."He said the first day, 'If we make it pretty far in the competition, we're still gonna be friends, if [one of us] goes home?' And I was like, 'Of course. We're [still] gonna be buddies.'"  In fact, Dexter says he'd like to record an album of duets with C.J. at some point in the future.But first, the singer from Fayette, Alabama says he plans to head to Nashville to land a solo record deal.  And that's not the end of his ambition: he says he'd also like to star in his own TV show about hunting.  But which one of those things would he like more?"Well, I want both, so it's hard," he laughs. "I wanna sing...in front of thousands, millions of people, but I want my own TV show, so it's in between that."Now that Dexter's out of the Idol bubble, we asked if he could shed some light on one more thing: is Caleb Johnson really going to prom with Jena Irene, as he claimed on the show?  "I have no idea," says Dexter.  "There's no tellin', betwen them two!" American Idol continues Wednesday night on Fox, with the contestants each performing a country song and a rock song.  Dexter says if he'd stayed, the rock song he had prepared was Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Voice" Recap: Artists from Usher and Shakira's Teams Are Eliminated


NBCThe Voice said goodbye to two of its 12 artists on Tuesday night.In the first live results show of the season, Team Usher member T.J. Wilkins and Dani Moz of Team Shakira were eliminated. The bottom three, which were based on the viewers' votes, also included one of Dani's teammates, Tess Boyer.Tess was saved by the fans in the final minutes of the show. Following performances by the three artists, the fans were asked to support their favorite by tweeting the hashtag #VoiceSave, along with the singer's first name.Tess sang Kelly Clarkson's "Dark Side"; T.J. performed Edwin McCain's "I'll Be"; and Dani Moz covered Adele's "Turning Tables."The one-hour results show also featured performances by Team Adam Levine and Team Blake Shelton. Adam joined his artists for a rendition of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," while Blake and his crew took on Travis Tritt's "Put Some Drive In Your Country."Shakira took the stage, too, singing "Empire" from her recently-released self-titled album.The live round resumes next Monday night on NBC.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Is Taylor Swift Selling Her Mansion in Rhode Island?


ABC/Jon LeMayEver since Taylor Swift shelled out a reported $17 million a year ago for a huge mansion in Rhode Island's tony Watch Hill neighborhood, the home has been the site of much drama, from random trespassers, to angry locals accusing her of blocking access to the beach.  Now, word is she's looking to unload the 11,000 square-foot home.The rumor evidently started when a reporter for the local Rhode Island paper The Westerly Sun tweeted, "Is Taylor Swift's Watch Hill mansion for sale? I'm hearing that but I can't confirm."  This, of course, set off all kinds of speculation from various real estate blogs, all noting the sprawling home's eight bedrooms, 10 1/2 baths, reception rooms, 45-foot-long sun porch, five-car heated garage, balconies, swimming pool and sweeping views.A rep for Taylor did not immediately return emails from ABC News Radio seeking comment on whether or not the home is for sale.In addition to the Rhode Island mansion, Taylor also owns a condo in Nashville, a place in Los Angeles, and a newly-purchased pad in Manhattan.  She has definitely enjoyed the Rhode Island mansion, though, telling Rolling Stone, "Man, Rhode Island's a good place. It's a really good place. I've loved really being with my girlfriends a lot [there]. Like, there have been a lot of kitchen dance parties with my girlfriends."Meanwhile, the singer may have moved on to greener pastures...or at least sandier beaches.  She tweeted a photo of herself on Monday walking along a beautiful beach wearing a green bikini, with the caption, "Looking for Easter eggs."  It's not clear where the photo was taken.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Phillip Phillips' New Album Available for Pre-Order, "GMA" Performance Confirmed


19 Entertainment/Interscope RecordsPhillip Phillips has now released more details of his sophomore album, Behind the Light, which is due May 19, and he's booked a major TV appearance to boot.A deluxe digital version of the disc is available for pre-order now, and those who take advantage of that deal will receive an instant download of a new song, "Fly."  The deluxe edition of Behind the Light features three additional songs: "My Boy," "Don't Trust Me" and "Armless Crawler."On May 20, the day after the album hits stores, Phillip will perform on ABC's Good Morning America.  As previously reported, Phillip will kick off a tour with the band O.A.R. on June 12 in St. Louis, Missouri.Behind-the-scenes footage of Phillip shooting the video for his current single, "Raging Fire," is now available to watch on Vevo.Here's the standard track list for Behind the Light:“Searchlight” “Raging Fire” “Trigger” “Lead On” “Alive Again” “Open Your Eyes” “Fool for You” “Thicket” “Fly” “Unpack Your Heart” “Face”“Midnight Sun"Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Adam Levine & Blake Shelton Avoid Commenting on Reports That Gwen Stefani's Join


Trae Patton/NBCIf Gwen Stefani is really joining The Voice, current coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton aren't talking."We can neither confirm or deny," Adam told E!, and Blake chimed in, "If there is a person in this world named Gwen Stefani, I think she would probably be a great addition to this show.""If there was a Gwen Stefani that was gonna be on the show and that also happened to also be the singer in No Doubt and a fashion icon, and many many other wonderful things, I think if that were to happen, that would be great," Adam added. "But I can't say whether or not that's true."OK, now, how about a serious answer? "I hope it's true," Voice host Carson Daly tells E!. "Nothing's confirmed, but if that's the case, should there be fire behind the smoke, we should be so lucky!"If Gwen does become a coach on The Voice, it'll be on the show's seventh season, which begins filming in June.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

A Great Big World Debut "Already Home" Video, Starring "Glee's" Darren Criss


AGreatBigWorld.comA Great Big World has other songs besides "Say Something," y'know. The duo has just debuted the new video for their next single, "Already Home," and they've tapped some well-known actors to play the starring roles: Glee's Darren Criss and Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr.The fact that Darren is starring in the duo's video is something of a "full circle" moment, since the way many of us first heard of A Great Big World is when their song "This Is the New Year" was featured on Glee's fourth season.  In the video, Darren and Jessica play a couple who live on opposite coasts -- he in California, she in New York City. Footage of them going through their lives while constantly thinking of one another is intercut with footage of A Great Big World's Chad Vaccarino and Ian Axel performing the song, the lyrics for which include the line, "If only New York wasn't so far away."At the end of the clip, Darren and Jessica both resolve to book a plane ticket to the opposite coast and surprise each other with a visit. Of course, their wires get crossed, and he ends up in New York, while she arrives in California.  But in the final moments, they're able to break down the barrier between them, as Darren leans across the split screen and kisses Jessica tenderly.A Great Big World will perform "Already Home" on NBC's Today show Wednesday morning.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Josh Groban & Robin Thicke to Guest-Star on "American Dad"


Fox/Warner Bros RecordsAfter appearing on such TV shows as The Crazy Ones, The Office and Glee in the flesh, Josh Groban is now ready to get animated.  He'll be appearing as a guest voice on an upcoming episode of the animated Fox show American Dad.In the episode, which airs May 11, Josh will voice a character, but it's unclear whether or not he's playing himself. The plot concerns Hayley interning at a local news station for female reporter modeled on Nancy Grace...but who is really Roger in disguise. Before that, another chart-topping musician will guest-star on the Seth MacFarlane-created show: Robin Thicke.On the May 4 episode of American Dad, Roger bets an annoying coffee-shop musician that he can outplay him.  Robin plays that annoying musician. In a cool twist, Robin's famous dad, Alan Thicke, also guest-stars in the episode, as himself.American Dad airs on Fox at 7: 30 p.m. ET/PT as part of the network's Sunday night "Animation Domination" lineup.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Hawaii Governor Proclaims "Bruno Mars Day," State Legislature Honors Him, Too


Credit: Andreas Laszlo KonrathOn Monday night, Bruno Mars wrapped up three big concerts in his home state of Hawaii, and Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie honored their local-boy-made-good by proclaiming "Bruno Mars Day" throughout the Aloha state.The proclamation of Bruno Mars Day -- April 21, 2014 -- notes Bruno's many accomplishments, and states that his "talent for combining catchy pop melodies, hip-hop beats and feel-good lyrics has helped him emerge as one of Hawaii's most popular artists."In addition, the Hawaiian legislature honored Bruno backstage at his concert with a special certificate, according to the Hawaii Reporter. "Bruno Mars, a young man born in Hawaii, has become a musical phenomenon and a global icon, and an exceptional representative of the people of these islands," reads the certificate. "The Senate and House of Representatives of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii hereby commends and congratulates Bruno Mars on his outstanding career and extends our best wishes for his continued success throughout the years to come.""Can't describe how it feels to be singing @ home. I love you all," Bruno tweeted when he first arrived n Hawaii for his shows.  For at least one of his concerts, his father's band was one of his opening acts.  As many Bruno fans know, his father is a longtime musician and bandleader, and Bruno got his start as a very young kid, performing onstage with his family.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lorde Postpones Australian Tour Due to Illness


ABC/Lou RoccoIllness has forced Lorde to postpone a tour of Australia that was scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 24.The Australian promoter Frontier Touring issued a statement saying Lorde will return to her native New Zealand for “immediate rest and recuperation in order to regain complete health and continue touring for the rest of the year.”The 17-year-old singer also released a statement through Frontier Touring, saying, “It breaks my heart to have to postpone these shows as the band and I absolutely love playing to Australian crowds, and it was not a decision we made lightly. I know I need to focus on getting better in order to perform at my best. We'll be with you as soon as we can, Aussies." Lorde signed it with her birth name, Ella Yelich O'Connor.In a series of tweets, the singer said she has “a nasty chest infection and general ill health."She also tweeted, “i am so so gutted to have to do this but my parents and my team stepped in telling me i needed a break after being non-stop since the grammys in january. we will 100% be back for this tour (most likely in november) so don't worry about that. i just need time to get back to full gollum girl fitness before i go out playing shows again.”She ended by tweeting, “i'm truly sorry if i let you down or if you feel inconvenienced by this and i hope you can understand.”Frontier Touring says an announcement on rescheduled dates will be made as soon as possible. Here are Lorde's postponed Australia tour dates:4/24, 4/26 -- Melbourne, Festival Hall4/27 -- Adelaide, AEC Theatre4/29 -- Perth, Challenge Stadium5/2, 5/3 -- Sydney, Hordern Pavilion5/4 -- Newcastle, Entertainment Centre 5/6 -- Brisbane, RiverstageCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Katy Perry Talks New Video, Green Hair on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"


ABCKaty Perry shared info on her upcoming video for her single "Birthday" during an appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night.Katy revealed that she went undercover as five of the world's "worst birthday entertainers" for the clip. She explained, "I was sick of making...gorgeous music videos where I'm like sexual." Jimmy Kimmel quipped, "People are sick of that, yeah."Some footage from Katy's undercover adventures aired on the show, including a scene in which she played an androgynous character, "Kriss the Clown," who's on parole and who inadvertently causes a car crash during a party.The lyric video for "Birthday" debuted two weeks ago.Katy told Jimmy she had a nice Easter Sunday, having spent it with her family. They took part in an Easter egg hunt, where she drew attention away from the Easter Bunny. She said the kids in attendance were taking pictures of the Easter Bunny when they spotted her and ran toward her, upsetting the bunny in the process.Katy also discussed the inspiration for her new green hairdo. She said it's the result of her obsession with Tumblr: "I saw some really cute Japanese girl [on Tumblr] that had green-tipped hair, I brought it to the hairstylist and was like, 'Make me her.'"Earlier on the show, Katy took part in a trivia competition called "Who Knows Katy?" in which she tested her knowledge of herself against a super-fan. She lost.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Voice" Recap: The Live Round Begins


NBCThe Voice launched its live round on Monday night, with the 12 remaining artists taking the stage for solo performances. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher were there to offer their two cents.Here's what happened during the two-hour show:Team Usher's Bria Kelly opened the broadcast with a risky song choice: Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." Adam said it was a tall order to take on that hit, but she brought angst and something different to it. However, both he and Shakira wished Bria sang it in a higher key. Usher said he felt the passion and fire in Bria's voice.Team Adam's Delvin Choice tackled The Righteous Brothers classic "Unchained Melody." Usher said there was more "rejoice" in Delvin's version, but he wouldn't say whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. Adam said he had goose bumps from the performance, and he was so proud of Delvin.Dani Moz of Team Shakira sang Pink's "Just Give Me A Reason." Adam said it is such a hard song to perform that it leaves an artist no time to breathe. Shakira said Dani was dynamic, and heartfelt in the verses.Audra McLaughlin of Team Blake covered "Angel of the Morning," made famous by several artists, including Juice Newton and Olivia Newton-John. Usher was impressed by how long Audra can hold notes. Blake called Audra one of his favorite country singers -- high praise coming from him.Usher protégé T.J. Wilkins took on John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change." Shakira referred to him as sincere and extraordinary. Usher said his artist experienced an "incredible breakthrough moment."Team Blake's Sisaundra Lewis dazzled the coaches with “Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” by Elton John. Adam said the best aspect of the performance was the restraint she showed. Blake said he hopes Sisaundra has taken a moment to enjoy her run on the show.Team Shakira's Kristen Merlin sang Sugarland's "Stay." Blake applauded how she was able to step up on a live show. Shakira said it was a moving performance.Kat Perkins of Team Adam belted out Heart's "Magic Man." Blake couldn't believe that Kat was once a nanny, calling her a rock star. Adam gushed over her power and charisma.Team Blake's Jake Worthington covered Travis Tritt's "Anymore." Shakira said he may be one of the most endearing contestants on the show, because he's so honest with his delivery. Blake added that honesty is so important in country music.The final Team Shakira artist to enter the spotlight was Tess Boyer. She sang Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There for You." Blake, one of her former coaches, implied she's the strongest artist on Shakira's squad. Usher, who also once coached Tess, said he and the rest of the panel celebrates her talent. Shakira said Tess nailed her performance.Team Usher's Josh Kaufman closed the show with Sam Smith's "Stay With Me." Adam called himself "stupid" for letting Josh go earlier in the season. Blake said Josh is the artist to beat on Team Usher. Josh's coach said he told a story and showed command.Two artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night's results show, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC. Shakira will perform.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Despite Claim, Photographer Did Not Hear Madonna's New Album


Image Courtesy Madonna via InstagramHey, did you hear?  Madonna's album is totally done...and a famous photographer has heard it!  Except...it's not, and he didn't, and the whole thing is a lie.That's according to the Queen of Pop's rep, who tells ABC News Radio that an Instagram post from fashion photographer Mert Alas, in which he claimed to be listening to the star's album, is nonsense.Alas is one half of the photography duo Mert and Marcus; together, they directed Madonna's 2012 video for "Girl Gone Wild."  Alas posted a photo of Madonna, and captioned it, "In my room listening to the NEW ALBUM!!!!! Im DYING!!!!!! LET ME LOVE YOU FROM INSIDE OUT."But referring to Alas' claim, Madonna's spokesperson tells ABC News Radio, "In his dreams...she’s only starting to write [the album]…no one has heard it."Madonna's been working on her new album with a wide variety of collaborators, including Swedish deejay Avicii, and people who've written hits for Fergie, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and Colbie Caillat, just to name a few.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Elton John Establishes Fund in Memory of Late Dance Music Pioneer, Will Play NYC


Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAFYou may never have heard of Frankie Knuckles, but dance music as we know it today basically wouldn't exist without him.  The Grammy-winning deejay and record producer, known as "The Godfather of House Music," died on March 31, and now Elton John is paying tribute to him by establishing a charity fund in his name.Through his Elton John AIDS Foundation, Elton has established The Frankie Knuckles Fund, to support HIV information, testing and treatment.  In a statement, Elton says, "Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of color, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.”The fund will be aimed particularly at empowering and improving the health of the black community.  Black men are 40 percent more likely than white men to be diagnosed with HIV, and 46 percent of people in the U.S. living with HIV are black.In other Elton John charity news, the music legend will be performing April 28 at the Hot Pink Park Party, the annual New York City fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  He's played at the event since it first began in 2001, performing solo renditions of both his hits, and more obscure album cuts.  Sara Bareilles is also performing at the event; her most recent live album featured a version of Elton's hit "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," so let's keep our fingers crossed for a duet.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Fleetwood Mac, John Oates Offer Special "Record S


RecordStoreDay.comIf your turntable's currently collecting dust in your attic, you may want to get it down, clean it off and plug it in: this Saturday is Record Store Day.This annual event sees hundreds of artists of every musical genre creating special vinyl-only singles and albums, which you can buy exclusively at your local record store.  The idea is to keep these local stores in business in an era when most of us purchase music with the click of a mouse.The marquee release of this year's event is Bruce Springsteen's American Beauty, a 12-inch disc featuring four previously unreleased songs from the sessions that also yielded the Boss' latest album, 2014's High Hopes.  A related disc is a 7" version of Ronnie Spector's version of Billy Joel's song "Say Goodbye to Hollywood," which she recorded in 1977 with Bruce and the E Street Band.Fleetwood Mac is offering a 7" vinyl single of the 1970 song "Dragonfly," which was Fleetwood Mac's first single with Christine McVie as a full member of the group.  John Oates of Hall & Oates, meanwhile, has a 7" single featuring two songs: "Stone Cold Love" and "Close."  John co-wrote and co-produced the first song with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, and Ryan sings backing vocals on the second tune.While the majority of Record Store Day releases come from alternative bands, there are other pop releases too.  A 12" picture disc version of Katy Perry's album PRISM is available, and fun. has a 10" vinyl disc featuring unreleased demos from their debut album, Aim & Ignite.  The members of One Direction aren't old enough to remember a world without CDs, yet they've prepared a seven-inch vinyl picture disc of "Midnight Memories," the title track from their most recently album.  The artwork features the boys dressed up like '80s hair-metal rockers -- appropriate, since "Midnight Memories" sounds an awful lot like Def Leppard.In addition, Phillip Phillips will be performing live at one of the participating stores: Rasputin Music, in Berkley, California.  Not only can you catch his show, but you can pre-order his new album Behind the Light, and receive a wristband to meet him afterwards.For all the details about which artists are releasing what, and which stores are participating, visit RecordStoresDay.com.

John Legend to Executive Produce Documentary-Style Dance Film


ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend is teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through.Deadline reports their upcoming project will serve as a "documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation." Legend will serve as an executive producer while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut.The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

American Idol Live! Tour Kicks Off June 24


Credit: Brian Bowen SmithIf you want to see this year's crop of American Idol finalists up close and personal, grab your tickets for this year's American Idol Live tour.  The trek gets underway June 24 in Binghamton, NY and is right now scheduled to run through August 23, wrapping up in Redmond, Washington. Tickets go on sale May 9 at AmericanIdol.com/tour.Buying the tickets also helps you do some good.  One dollar from every ticket purchased will be donated to the Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure that disease.Unlike some tours in the past, this year's trek will be limited to the Top 10 finalists: C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf.  Of those ten, Majesty, MK and Malaya have already been eliminated, but of course, they'll return for the tour.This year's winner will be crowned Wednesday, May 21, and he or she will receive the prime spot on the bill during the tour.Here are the dates:6/24 -- Binghamton, NY, Broome County Arena6/25 -- Albany, NY Times, Union Center6/27 -- Windsor, ON, The Colosseum at Caesars6/28 -- Orillia, ON, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre6/29 -- Syracuse, NY, Oncenter Complex7/1 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival7/3 -- Cincinnati, OH, Horseshoe Cincinnati7/5 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino7/6 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap7/8 -- West Long Branch, NJ, The MAC at Monmouth University7/9 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion7/11 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum7/12 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center7/13 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center7/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts7/17 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall7/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall7/19 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts7/20 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre7/22 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center Concert Hall7/24 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre7/25 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre7/26 -- Birmingham, AL,  BJCC Concert Hall7/28 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre7/29 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie7/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater8/1 -- Kansas City, MO, Midland Theatre8/2 -- Mulvane, KS, Kansas Star Casino8/3 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Ballroom8/6 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum8/7 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino Resort8/8 -- Springfield, IL, Illinois State Fair8/9 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino8/11 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center8/13 -- Phoenix, AZ,  Comerica Theatre8/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre8/16 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Special Events Center8/17 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic8/20 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion8/21 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at The Moda Center8/23 -- Redmond, WA, Marymoor ParkCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Train Releasing New Single in June, New Album in September


PRNewsFoto/Daytona International SpeedwayThere's lots of stuff happening right now in the Train yard.  A day after the band announced that they'd be doing another installment of their Sail Across the Sun fan cruise next year, they've revealed that fans can expect a new single in June, with a new album coming in September.The band revealed the news on Twitter, and singer Pat Monahan further elaborated on the band's new music in his blog, saying he was happy with the material they've come up with. "There are some good ones," he said of the new Train songs.  "I’m starting to get excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this way. This record has clawed at my soul, brought loss, change and periods of trouble and illness. But here I stand and I say that this thing might be the best I’ve done. Definitely the best that I can do right now. That’s always the goal."Train's new album will be the follow-up to 2012's California 37, which produced the hits "Drive-By" and "50 Ways to Say Goodbye."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio