Jason Aldean opened up Saturday Night Live with a touching tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and Tom Petty. Aldean performed a cover of “I Won’t Back Down” by Petty.
On WWE Monday Night Raw, Roman Reigns took on The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship and in the process got attacked by Cesaro and Sheamus. Afterwards, WWE had Roman Reigns backstage with his former Shield partners, teasing the reunion of the group.
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ABC sent out the following press release.
Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie have signed on as judges for the beloved music competition series “American Idol” for its first season on ABC. They round out the panel of judges, alongside judge Katy Perry. Ryan Seacrest will return to host the series. The panel will make their debut appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, October 4.
“I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams,” said Bryan. “To be in a position in my career to help facilitate this along with the other judges is just a complete honor. It’s gonna be a blast!”
“I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan on ‘American Idol,’” said Richie. “As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!”
“Luke and Lionel are the perfect additions to round out our panel of judges for ‘American Idol’ on ABC,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “In their respective genres of music, both Luke and Lionel possess insurmountable popularity and award-winning talent that are undeniable, and we are lucky that they will help in paving the way for hopefuls pursuing their dreams on our stage.”
Trish Kinane, president of Entertainment Programming, FremantleMedia North America, executive producer and showrunner of “American Idol,” said, “We have taken our time to get the right mix of amazing talent for the new Idol judging panel. Our viewers expect musical credibility, passion and a true concern for the contestants; and with Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie joining the brilliant Katy Perry, we have two more world-class musical powerhouses eager to get to work and identify the next generation of superstars.”
Peter Hurwitz, CEO and president of 19 Entertainment-parent Core Media Group, said, “This extraordinary panel of judges speaks volumes about the continued power of the iconic ‘American Idol’ brand. We are thrilled to have Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan join Katy Perry and, ultimately, millions of viewers as we begin this new era on ABC.”
Yesterday, Bryan kicked off his ninth annual Farm Tour performing in six cities through October 7. Since the tour’s inception in 2009, Bryan has awarded 50 scholarships to a local student from a farming family within the communities the tour has played. Bryan will also continue his Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour through October.
Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards and the 2017 Super Bowl LI national anthem performer. Luke has placed 18 singles at No.1, sold over 10 million albums and more than 40 million tracks with three billion music streams, and has performed for millions of fans on tour. He recently debuted a new single, “Light It Up,” which is the first song off a new album due out later this year.
Singer-songwriter, record producer and international superstar Lionel Richie has a discography of albums and singles that are second to none. His music is part of the fabric of pop music; in fact, Richie is one of only two songwriters in history to achieve the honor of having No. 1 records for nine consecutive years. With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, four Grammy Awards®, the distinction of MusicCares person of the year in 2016, and Kennedy Center Honoree in 2017, the Tuskegee, Alabama, native is a true music icon.
Richie is known for his mega-hits such as “Endless Love,” “Lady,” “Truly,” “All Night Long,” “Penny Lover,” “Stuck on You,” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” and one of the most important pop songs in history, “We Are the World,” written with Michael Jackson for USA for Africa. His song catalog also includes his early work with The Commodores, where he developed a groundbreaking style that defied genre categories, penning smashes such as “Three Times a Lady,” “Still” and “Easy.”
Richie launched his Las Vegas headlining residency show, Lionel Richie – All the Hits, at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in April 2016. In an unforgettable evening featuring his brightest and best anthems which have defined the music icon’s unparalleled career, Richie takes his fans on a spectacular musical journey, performing a variety of his seminal hits. With his most recent All the Hits, All Night Long Tour, Richie sold out arenas worldwide with a set list of his brightest and best anthems. In recent years, he also headlined festivals including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Glastonbury, drawing the festival’s biggest crowd ever with more than 200,000 attendees.
When “American Idol” debuted in the U.S., the series revolutionized television, pioneering the reality-competition genre and holding an unmatched record for being the highest-rated series for nearly a decade. The series also ushered in second-screen audience participation, being the first to introduce text-based and mobile voting. The “Idol” format has taken on original versions in 55 countries around the world, and “American Idol” itself has played to a worldwide audience of over 460 million across 53 countries. At its new home on ABC, “American Idol” will continue to be a force in the television landscape, reaching every corner of the country in its search for the next great music sensation.
“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin along with co-executive producer, Megan Wolflick. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.
ROH sent out the following release.
THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE FINDS A HOME
Cody to sign a contract with Ring of Honor Wrestling
September 23, 2017 – LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – After an incredible run like no other this past year that saw Cody compete all around the world in promotions such as New Japan Pro Wrestling, Impact Wrestling, The Crash, APW, PWA Canada, and Northeast Wrestling just to name a few, The American Nightmare has decided to ink a domestically exclusive contract with Ring of Honor Wrestling, where Cody is currently the World Heavyweight Champion. The official signing of this contract will take place tonight at the ROH Television Tapings at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas and it will air in October.
Just one month ago on Dinner with The King (Jerry Lawler’s Podcast), Cody stated “Ring of Honor hates the fact that I genuinely remained a free agent; I did not sign a contract with them. I signed on for various dates, and I have many dates left with them. I really like Ring of Honor. But I’m not going to be exclusive anywhere. I did exclusive.” After much deliberation, the hottest free agent in professional wrestling has had a change of heart.
When asked about this, Cody said “I grew up in this business, I’ve seen its peaks and valleys…I know we are entering an unprecedented time in pro wrestling/sports entertainment and it’s time to put my flag in the sand. Joe Koff and his team put together such a generous offer…with some non-wrestling projects on the horizon that I hope to announce soon, and the potential of starting a family down the road…it was a perfect fit. Myself, Marty Scurll, Hangman Page, Matt and Nick Jackson…it’s the dream team…like the 1992 dream team. I have several goals in mind for myself and for ROH and I can’t wait to get started.”
The exact terms and length of the deal cannot be disclosed, but it is the most generous offer in Ring of Honor history and Cody will be in an ROH ring for the next several years. Cody will still be able to compete internationally around the world while calling ROH his home base. He will also continue to work with New Japan Pro Wrestling who has a partnership with ROH.
Ring of Honor General Manager Greg Gilleland said, “When Cody first started competing in ROH, we knew we wanted him to be exclusive, but respected his wishes to try out the rest of the industry. Finalizing this deal is another big step in his career and a great step in the continued development of the Ring of Honor brand, delivering the best, real professional wrestling to a rapidly growing and the most passionate fanbase around the world.”
In addition to his in-ring activities, Cody’s brand continues to grow with recent appearances on the CW hit series ARROW opposite Stephen Amell playing the character Derek Sampson and several non-wrestling projects on the horizon. Cody is also a collaborator at the Nocking Point Winery and has his American Nightmare t-shirts in Hot Topics throughout the US and Canada.
For any business related inquires, you can contact Cody’s wrestling manager Brian at BookRhodes@gmail.com.
Current and former Voice coaches Blake Shelton and Usher teamed up for a special performance at the Hand In Hand benefit concert and performed “Stand By Me”.
Watch Miley Cyrus talk about her return to the Voice. Family, Farm and Music (And Sparkly jeans) are part of life for Miley.
- American Idol is reported to be offering potential judges a huge package deal that would pay big in the future. Idol‘s Salary cap is rumored to be $40 Million with about $35 Million already accounted for. The deal ABC is offering includes Disney “perks”. These perks include licensing agreements and potential production deals.
- Kelly Clarkson spoke with USA Today about why she chose The Voice over American Idol. Clarkson said “We’re used to The Voice schedule, we already have to work around it because of our family,” said Clarkson, whose manager and husband Brandon Blackstock also manages Blake Shelton, another Voice coach. “We have four children — that can be very taxing with a schedule. It was just a no-brainer for me with The Voice because of that alone.”
- Luke Bryan has been offered a spot on the judge’s table.
Showtime has confirmed that the Floyd Mayweather v. Connor McGregor fight drew about 4.5 million buys. If that is true, they made $460,000,000.
On Friday, Showtime confirmed that the Mayweather vs. McGregor buyrate was somewhere in the 4.6 million range.
“It’s too early to declare a hard number,” said Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president of Showtime. “[It’s] tracking in the mid-to-high 4 million pay-per view buys.
“If we don’t reach the record, we’re going to be very, very close,” he added. “We consider it a massive success.”
Dwayne Johnson posted a video urging people to donate money to the Red Cross. He donated $25,000.
The Voice season 7 winner, Craig Wayne Boyd announced his new album Top Shelf will be out on October 27. Boyd won The Voice and instantly had issues with his record deal. Boyd spoke out about post Voice life a few years back. Blake Shelton also spoke to Ruben Jay about the post show contracts and his frustration.
A little over a year ago, CWB had commented on a record deal or distribution deal that was in the works.
Boyd told The Boot that he feels his wife brought sophistication to the album.
“I feel like the album itself — it’s got a little bit of the grit, the whiskey, to it … [but] with my wife now being such an important part of my life, she brought a little bit of sophistication to me,
Craig Wayne Boyd, Top Shelf Track Listing:
1. “Stuck in My Head” (Arlis Albritton, Brian Davis, George Ducas)
2. “Somewhere in There” (Jared Mullins, Travis Denning, Chris Stevens)
3. “She’s Killing Me” (William Dewar Hopkins, Bobby King, Steve Mitchell)
4. “Wild Ways” (James LeBlanc, James Matthew Nolen, Skip Black)
5. “We Sweat” (Josh Helms, Walker Hayes, Matt Willis)
6. “Everywhere You Go” (Cole Taylor, Shane Minor, Matt Dragstrem)
7. “Sweet Temptation” (Jason Mizelle, Pete Steward, Josh Helms)
8. “Better Together” (Craig Wayne Boyd, Will Edwards, Brett James)
9. “Hold Me Up” (Josh Helms, Jason Mizelle, Chris Cron)
10. “Only in My Mind” (Thomas Tillman, Chad Tyler)
12. “Presence of the Lord” (Eric Clapton)
13. “Sweet Temptation Mini Jam”