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Randy Jackson was slouched in a chair in a nondescript office in a Westside rehearsal hall. His body was there but his mind was miles away. The young singer-songwriter, the latest of the Jackson clan to do a solo album--"Randy & the Gypsys," on A&M Records--had just finished rehearsing with his band in preparation for tonight's show at the Roxy--the group's official debut. A study in preoccupation, Jackson was staring at the ceiling, at his shoes, at the table, at the walls.
March 27, 2014 | By Chris Megerian, Matt Stevens and Richard Winton
In the years after his release from prison, Raymond Chow insisted he had gone straight and tried to prove it by posting photos with celebrities and endorsements from politicians across his Facebook profile. The profile shows the organized crime figure known as “Shrimp Boy” rubbing shoulders with the likes of former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom , NFL football player Vernon Davis and Randy Jackson of the Jackson Five. But even by Chow's standards for mingling with the famous and powerful, the summer of 2012 was a good one for Shrimp Boy. According to posts he wrote on his Facebook timeline, he gave multiple speeches in June, including one to a middle school he hoped would “help the kids stay positive and out of trouble.” In July, Chow was honored as a “Change Agent” at an annual “In the Trenches” awards ceremony in San Francisco.
May 9, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Randy Jackson, the only judge who has been on "American Idol" since the beginning, is leaving the show. In a statement to the press, Jackson confirmed that, "After 12 years of judging on 'American Idol' I have decided it is time to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It's been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures. " Jackson's departure comes a day after a report that all four "Idol" judges would be let go before the next season.
February 27, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The "American Idol" top 13 took the stage live on Wednesday night to perform songs suited to the theme "This is me. " They were instructed to select a song that "truly defines them as an artist and as a person," Ryan Seacrest told us. Some of the contestants did that better than others -- just as only some of them managed to stammer out five facts about themselves in a scant 20 seconds when they were ambushed, while doing things like eating their...
July 13, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Is nobody going to Hollywood anymore? Jennifer Lopez announced her intention to leave "American Idol" on Friday morning, hot on the heels of Steven Tyler's declaration of independence the day before. And there are rumors that Randy Jackson, the third and only remaining original judge, might be leaving the long-running Fox talent search. Lopez's voice cracked off and on - Surprised, anyone? No? - as she told Ryan Seacrest she'd be leaving the "Idol" team after two seasons.
May 19, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Randy Jackson is known for providing measured critiques to aspiring singers on Fox's "American Idol," but in his private life, he's had to analyze something entirely different: After a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes nine years ago, the music industry veteran needed to reevaluate his diet and lifestyle. Jackson went from piling his plates high with fried food and counting riding in a golf cart as exercise to eating veggies with every meal and working out every day. He talked to us about how his diagnosis changed his life and how he hopes to help others.
May 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Mariah Carey is tapping a longtime friend -- "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson -- to help her mix things up a bit on her "Adventures of Mimi" tour, which kicks off in August. "With this tour, I'm going to be working on some different arrangements for some of the older songs, to kind of, like, give it a little more life to them," Carey said. "That's not to say they're going to sound totally different and to freak anybody out ... [but] I love resinging songs to different music."
December 9, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 9 - 15 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     This Morning Billy Corgan; Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Hugh Jackman; Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Valerie Bertinelli. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Hugh Jackman; Howie Mandel; Richard Marx performs.
July 19, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 15 - 21 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   CBS This Morning Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani; Heather Graham. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Sunscreen; Hot Chelle Rae performs; the Olympics; Jennifer Tilly; author Phil Cooke. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Karmin and Dragonette perform; Clinton Kelly. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Jo Frost; Eric McCormack.
July 24, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Empress of Soul" Gladys Knight, 67, takes a break from her "multi-month" engagement at the Tropicana Las Vegas' new Gladys Knight Theater to perform at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday evening, sharing a bill with fellow Grammy winner James Ingram. Thanks for speaking to me, especially since I understand you're on vocal rest. Is it tough having a resident show in Las Vegas and singing night after night? Not really. I did it before at the Flamingo for five years, and it was great.
February 19, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
This week, “American Idol” continued its bid to win back viewers' hearts with yet another jolt to its format. Billed as "Rush Week," the high-stakes round started the season's live shows, and was the first time finalists would sing for America's vote. In recent years this part of the competition would feature contestants vying for a spot during a semifinals round in Las Vegas. Instead, Rush Week will slice more than a third of the finalists in just a week. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times The tension was immediate Tuesday night as the round also doubled as an elimination with the top 15 women whittled down to 10 -- in front of a live audience.
January 16, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
"Life can change … in a heartbeat," "American Idol" reminded us Wednesday night as it kicked off a new season with a fresh batch of hopefuls, a greater focus on the positive (fewer prolonged looks at the cringe-inducingly untalented and delusional), a few added production bells and whistles (a pre-audition peep at contestants in "The Chamber," new postcard-like city name backdrops, an interactive Twitter poll), more accompaniment (lots of guitars - and a ukulele) and, most notably, a revised judging panel.
November 14, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Mariah Carey didn't hold back about her true feelings regarding her "American Idol" hosting gig. So much for "The Art of Letting Go. " The pop icon unleashed quite a bit of vitriol during a Tuesday interview with New York's Hot 97 host Angie Martinez . Carey didn't refer by name to her former co-judges - Nicki Minaj or Keith Urban - but did liken the whole experience to being "in hell with Satan. " Basically, she didn't like it one bit. PHOTOS: 'Idol' judges through the years "Honestly, I hated it," the 43-year-old said.
September 3, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
You may not be able to wear white after Labor Day, but you can rest easy knowing Fox has officially confirmed the once-again-updated judges panel for "American Idol. " Keith Urban will be the sole returning judge from last season's panel. He'll be joined by "Idol" hanger-on Jennifer Lopez, who had been a judge on the series in 2011 and 2012 and returned as a guest performer last season, and by former "Idol" mentor Harry Connick Jr., whom the Hollywood Reporter identified as the third member of the jury over the weekend.
September 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
After another summer filled with rampant speculation, Fox has finally confirmed the ever-changing “American Idol” judges' panel will be a mix of familiar faces from the show. Country statesman Keith Urban, the sole returning judge from last season's revamp, will be joined by pop diva Jennifer Lopez, who reigned on the aging show in 2011 and 2012, and Harry Connick Jr., who has previously mentored contestants. The good? First, those endless reports of who the network was considering can stop (a deal with pop mastermind Dr. Luke reportedly fell apart in the eleventh hour)
May 30, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Mariah Carey is officially done with “American Idol.” While rumors of her expected departure from the singing competition have been widespread, reps for the singer confirmed her exit Thursday afternoon via Twitter. The glitzy pop icon will shift her focus back to her music career and is prepping a world tour that will launch in Asia sometime in October, representatives for Carey told Pop & Hiss. PHOTOS: 'Idol' judges through the years During her brief stint on “Idol,” Carey launched her comeback single, “#Beautiful.” The smoldering, Miguel-assisted single has heated up Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart, peaking at No. 4, and is lifted from her upcoming 13th studio album.
May 28, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Country star turned “American Idol” judge Keith Urban has set Sept. 10 for the release of his first album in almost three years, “Fuse.” The 45-year-old singer and songwriter says he's working with a variety of collaborators to expand his sound “while still remaining true to who I am.” Those collaborators include his longtime producer Dann Huff, Taylor Swift's main co-producer Nathan Chapman as well as Jay Joyce, Mike Elizondo, Butch...
May 22, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
It's just like the old saying goes: What's good for Clay Aiken isn't always good for Nicki Minaj. According to a report Wednesday from Vulture's Josef Adalian, Fox is mulling the possibility of bringing back former “American Idol” contestants to judge next season on the embattled singing competition series. Notable alumni said to be under consideration include Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken (sorry, Bo Bice fans). While Fox declined to comment, it appears there will be at least a few empty seats at the judge's table next season: Two weeks ago Randy Jackson, the sole remaining original judge, announced his departure from the series amid rumors that Fox was also giving the ax to his fellow panelists Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey.
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