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Idol's C.J. Harris Discusses Facing Adversity as a Black Country Artist

C.J. Harris

C.J. Harris has come a long way from playing bars in Jasper, Alabama to making it to the Top 6 on Season 13 of American Idol — and his journey wasn't without a few bumps along the way. Harris weathered some pretty harsh criticism on the show about his singing style, but that was nothing compared to some of the prejudice he faced back home when he was first starting out as a musician.

"I would go in some bars and people didn't want to see [me]," Harris told TVGuide.com this week. "It didn't matter how good I was. They didn't want to hear it. I've had people walk out on me. I've booked shows back at home, and I'd come and play the show, and the owner would come up to me and say, 'Hey, people just aren't enjoying your music tonight. We want you to cut it short.' It was obviously because of one reason. I've dealt with that."

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American Idol's Ben Briley: "My Song Choice Got Me Sent Home"

Ben Briley

Certain performances from American Idol are so memorable that the songs should probably be sealed away in the Idol vault — like Haley Reinhart's Season 10 rendition of "Bennie and the Jets." So when Season 13 contestant Ben Briley dusted off the Elton John classic ... read more

American Idol Rush Week: How Did the Girls Do?

Adam lambert, Marrialle Sellars

Another day, another American Idol dream crushed. Tuesday's episode kicked off Rush Week, in which only 10 of the Top 15 girls were chosen to sing live in their bid for the finals. read more

The Voice: Who Should Make the Top 12?

Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton

After months of performances, The Voice is finally ready to reveal Season 3's Top 12 singers on Thursday. This elimination is far more crucial than in years prior since, for the first time, there is no guarantee that every coach's team will have a slot in the finals. So who has the pipes to make it to the top? Check out our picks below: read more

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lenny Kravitz to Perform at Super Bowl

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert

Country music power couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert will perform "America the Beautiful" as part of Super Bowl XLVI's pregame show.

In the past, Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony, and Alicia Keys, have held the same honor.
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Motown Songwriter Nick Ashford Dies at 70

Nick Ashford

Nick Ashford, the Motown hitmaker who penned such classics as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "You're All I Need to Get By" with wife Valerie Simpson, has died. He was 70.

Ashford, who had battled throat cancer, died Monday at a New York hospital with his family by his side, his rep told Reuters.

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A South Carolina native, Ashford met Simpson in a Harlem church in 1963 and the two decided to write songs together. Three years later, they scored ...
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Cheers & Jeers: Is Jason Derulo Out of His "Mind"?

Jason Derulo

Jeers to Jason Derülo for doing the worst damage to "Georgia" since General Sherman.

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The 21-year-old pop footnote behind such instantly forgettable trifles as "Whatcha Say" and "In My Head" had the gall to cover "Georgia on My Mind" on Dancing With the Stars: The Results. The classic tune... read more

The Next Great Biopic? Watch the Trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Ray Charles got one. So did Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Hey, even Dewey Cox got one. So it's about time that Weird Al Yankovic's life story is immortalized in film.

The folks at Funny or Die have unveiled its latest creation, a fake trailer for the stirring Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (which is not coming to a theater near you).

Watch videos of Weird Al

Mocking every formulaic convention of the biopic — succeeding in his ...
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Stars to Re-Record "We Are the World" for Haiti

Quincy Jones

Twenty-five years after its original release, Quincy Jones is spearheading a new recording of "We Are the World" to raise money to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Watch the original "We Are the World" music video in our Online Video Guide

"It's the 25th anniversary and it's perfect timing," Jones told E! News. "It's not an accident, man. That's God. It will be 'We Are the World' for Haiti."

The original song, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and co-produced by Jones, benefitted African famine relief... read more

Late Show's Paul Shaffer Orchestrates a Legendary Gig

Paul Shaffer

Most people know Paul Shaffer as the bespectacled bandleader on Late Show with David Letterman. What they may not know is that Letterman's sounding board is also the music director for the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In 1986, Shaffer's HoF gig got him noticed by HBO, and he was brought on board as music director for an episode of the Cinemax series Sessions. This, however, would be no ordinary concert. Piano legends Fats Domino, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis would be sharing the stage at New Orleans' vaunted Storyville Ni read more

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