Mariah Carey is making moves. Today, the R&B diva confirmed that she will be a judge on season 12 of “American Idol.”
“As a singer, songwriter and producer, it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with ‘American Idol,'” Carey said in a statement. “I’m currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, ‘Triumphant,’ which will be out early next month. I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon.”
“Idol” creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said in a statement, “We are proud to have one of the world’s greatest-ever female singers join our show. Mariah defines the word ‘Idol’ and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her.”
The performance lineup for the Smokin’ Grooves Festival has been announced. Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots are set to headline the event, which takes plance on June 16 at The Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Other artists on the bill include Jhene Aiko, NxWorries (Anderson Paak + Knxwledge), H.E.R., Majid Jordan, dvsn, Tiara Thomas, Lion Babe, Arin Ray, Ravyn Lenae, Omarion and THEY, to name a few.
While Badu doesn’t have a new project out, fans will be expecting to hear her classic records. Miguel and Jhené Aiko will promote their latest albums. The latter artist released her sophomore album Trip last September, while Miguel delivered his third album, War & Leisure, in December.
JoJo will soon embark on a 15-date tour. Dubbed Leaks, Covers and Mixtapes, the singer will launch her tour in Anaheim, Calif. on May 29. From there, she will travel to several other major cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston and New York before concluding in Dallas, TX on June 26.
Last August, JoJo launched her Clover Music imprint at Interscope Records. “I’m reunited with [Aaron Bay-Schuck], my original A&R at Atlantic, who was instrumental in signing me there,” JoJo explained. “One of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my career was leave the Atlantic family. It was a decision I seriously struggled with, but felt I owed it to myself to fulfill one of my ultimate goals, which was ownership.”
Clear your cache. Janelle Monáe has announced dates for her Dirty Computer Tour with special guest St. Beauty.
The 27-city tour kicks off on June 11 in Seattle and will make stops across North America, including Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, New York and Tampa. The tour will conclude on August 4 in Monae’s hometown Atlanta.
Presales begin Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. local time. Every online ticket purchase includes a digital copy of Monáe’s new album, Dirty Computer, which releases this Friday, April 27. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Wednesday, May 2 at LiveNation.com.
Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer Tour Dates June 11 — Seattle, WA @ King County’s Marymoor Park June 12 — Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre June 13 — Portland, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater June 16 — San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic June 20 — San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU June 26 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theater June 28 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre June 30 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex July 1 — Denver, CO @ The Paramount Theatre July 3 — Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre July 5 — Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre July 6 — Milwaukee, WI* @ Summerfest* July 7 — Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live July 9 — Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre Detroit July 10 — Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre July 11 — St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant July 13 — Nashville, TN+ @ Ryman Auditorium+ July 14 — Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre July 16 — Toronto, ON @ Rebel July 18 — New York, NY @ Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden July 20 — Washington, DC* @ The Anthem* July 21 — Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 23 — Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz July 24 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte July 26 — Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live July 27 — Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami at Jackie Gleason Theater July 28 — Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Orlando Aug 4 — Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle