Posts by Lyndsey Parker
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks4 hrs ago
For "American Idol" winner Kris Allen, the past couple of years have been more dramatic than an entire season's worth of elimination nights.
In 2012, he issued his second post-"Idol" album, "Thank You Camellia," only to receive little promotion and part ways with both 19 Management and RCA Records shortly after its release. Then in 2013, he experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. He became a father, but he also shattered his wrist in a head-on car crash; after multiple wrist-fusion operations, he still has a limited range of motion that has affected his guitar playing.
But through it all, Kris has survived like the champion that he literally is.
"I remember the first time I looked at [my wrist], I said, 'I'll probably never be able to play again,'" Kris tells Yahoo Music. "But after three surgeries and playing with a cast on, over and over again, I figured it out. It's not the same way of playing, but I do play guitar, which is great. I'm glad that I'm still able to do that and write songs."
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks6 hrs ago
Last night, the "Voice" top 20 Playoffs continued with Team Shakira and Team Adam's contestants. And today, "The Day After" has a very special guest, Season 2 "Voice" finalist Jamar Rogers, to discuss all of the performances.
Jamar is a very busy guy these days, what with his youth pastor work, touring, recording for Tommy Boy, hanging out with Bill Clinton, and wedding-planning. (Congrats, Jamar!) So "The Day After" is delighted and honored that he took time out his packed schedule to watch last night's "Voice" episode and share his thoughts today. Come check out our chat now!
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks22 hrs ago
"The Voice" Season 6 inched one episode closer to the long-delayed Live Playoffs this Tuesday, when the show staged its not -live Playoffs with Adam Levine and Shakira's semifinalists.
Ten singers sang, six singers advanced, two hours passed. Overall, this was a more compelling episode than last week's Team Blake Playoffs, and for the most part the right contestants made it through — with the possible exception of one promising newbie.
Let's get to the recapping, shall we?
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music1 day ago
Southern California's Coachella Music & Arts Festival was a cameo-filled affair this year, with surprise appearances by everyone from Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, and Mary J. Blige to Slash, Drake, and even Justin Bieber. But the cutest cameo of the weekend took place Sunday during Beck's Main Stage set, when he was joined by his adorable lookalike son, 10-year-old Cosimo.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music1 day ago
Call it "Cameochella." At this point, the special guests at Southern California's Coachella Music & Arts Festival generate more buzz than any of the actual official headliners. After Saturday featured surprise appearances by Beyoncé, Jay Z, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, and many others, the cameos kept coming on Sunday. Really, only at Coachella would Justin Bieber and Slash ever grace stages on the same field on the same day.
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance2 days ago
Saturday at Southern California's Coachella Music & Arts Festival boasted more cameos than a grandmother's jewelry box — led by Coachella's reigning, returning power couple, Beyoncé and Jay Z.
At Coachella 2010, when Jay Z headlined, Beyoncé performed a surprise duet with him on "Forever Young." This year, she kept it in the family — dashing out during her little sister Solange's Gobi Tent show to bust some adorable synchronized-sibling moves on Solange's hit "Losing You," as the crowd went predictably ballistic.
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance3 days ago
Outkast's appearance this Friday at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was perhaps the most hyped Coachella reunion show since the Pixies played the Southern California desert festival in 2004. But you wouldn't have known that from Friday's shockingly apathetic audience, composed of mostly unappreciative, casual fans who probably only wanted to hear "Hey Ya!"
[Photos: Coachella 2014 Music & Arts Festival]
This Thursday, on one of the least surprising "American Idol" results shows in recent memory, the bottom two were C.J. Harris and Malaya Watson, inarguably this week's weakest performers (and worst duet partners).
Perhaps the only surprising thing about this outcome was the fact that Ryan Seacrest merely announced a bottom two , not the show's usual bottom three. Gee, I wonder why? Did "Idol" producers not want to reveal that golden boy Sam Woolf, who'd been the controversial recipient of the Judges' Save last week, was already in the bottom three again, for the fourth time this season? That sure would have made the judges look foolish — even more foolish than when Keith Urban rocked a mullet or Harry Connick Jr. hoisted a random, terrified tween on his shoulders on Wednesday's show.
This Wednesday, the Season 13 "American Idol" contestants performed. Again . The top eight went '80s — with the help of Season 7 winner/'80s-cover-song maestro/guest mentor David Cook — and here to talk about all the retro shenanigans is world-renowned "Idol" authority and all-around awesome guy Jim Cantiello.
Some of you many know Jim from stint as an MTV News correspondent, or from his time co-hosting "The X Factor's" live preshow. You "Idol" diehards definitely know him from his hilarious "Idol in a Minute" YouTube recaps. But since Jim has been silent all this season, it's time for him to play catch-up...with, basically, "Idol in 15 Minutes." Check out our awesome, extended chat here!
Haters declaring that "American Idol" is over and is no longer a viable platform for rising artists should watch the new music video by Season 11 champion Phillip Phillips and kindly back off. While last year's winner, Candice Glover, has struggled commercially, P-Squared is still going strong.
His quintuple-platinum coronation song, "Home," became the most successful "Idol" single of all time (outselling Kelly, Carrie, et al) and was featured in NBC's Summer Olympics promos and countless films, TV shows, and ads. His second single, "Gone, Gone, Gone," shifted another cool million units. A well-received tour with John Mayer followed, and now, as Phillip prepares to release his full-length sophomore effort "Behind the Light" on May 19, that album's lead single, "Raging Fire," is simultaneously ascending Billboard's Adult Alternative, Hot Adult Contemporary, and Adult Contemporary charts.