January 15, 2013 |
"American Idol" is back -- again! The series that launched a thousand Sanjayas kicks off its 11th season at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and in order to keep us interested, they've brought in the battle of Mariah Carey vs. Nicki Minaj. Normally, we're not huge fans of buying into ridiculous fights that are staged for television, but we really can't contain our glee when one star (Mariah) hires extra security to fend off the other (Nicki). Ahead of the catfights that surely will ensue Wednesday, we faced off these two divas to see whose claws are sharpest.
September 27, 2012 |
Potential patrons in search of stars at the Adler Planetarium have been out of luck for the last couple days, as the "American Idol" entourage took over the museum in search of their own kind of star. The show has previously discovered finalists like Jennifer Hudson and Crystal Bowersox in Chicago, and based on judges' comments at a Wednesday press conference, the group likes its chances to find another phenom from the city. Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Ryan Seacrest were all on hand for the conference, sitting...
September 6, 2012 |
If someone would have walked up to Jay-Z on the day he started his rap career and said, "One day, the president of the United States will introduce you at your own music festival," I am sure Young Hov would not have believed it. Yet nobody seemed to find this surprise unusual when it happened in Philadelphia during Labor Day weekend. Well, except the angry folks who vented online about President Obama "hanging out with an ex-drug dealer. " Those folks seem to have forgotten that George H.W. Bush once invited the "original gangster," Eazy-E, to the...
August 20, 2012 |
In the midst of tour cancellations due to "strained vocal chords," rumors are flying that Nicki Minaj will join Mariah Carey at the judges' table on "American Idol . " While nothing has been confirmed, one insider told Us Weekly: "I'm not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it. A few more slight things to sign off on, but it is happening. " Another source told the celebrity gossip news hub that Minaj, 29, is "100% confirmed to judge American Idol . " Reps for both Minaj and Fox had no comment...
July 17, 2012 |
First, shouts out to 2 Chainz's street team, who seemed to really embrace their roles as the first point of contact for Monday's Nicki Minaj show at the Chicago Theatre. Outfitted with giant posters advertising 2 Chainz's upcoming album (“Out 8.14.12”) and at least one life-size cutout of the Atlanta rapper, they posed for fan pictures with said cutout and chatted up a few nervous parents who had dropped off groups of high schoolers. They watched over the amazing (and relatively gender neutral)
May 1, 2012 |
***= Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Wednesday Ryan Shaw, Friday, June 29 ($12-$15, 21+) at Martyrs'. On sale 10 a.m. Friday Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Rachel Farley, Saturday, Aug. 18 ($29.50-$59, all ages) at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. Dream Theater, Crimson Projeckt, Saturday, June 23 ($29-$69, all ages) at Chicago Theatre. Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Wisin and Yandel, Friday, Aug. 3 ($29.50-$199.50, all ages) at United Center.