Aug 21

‘American Idol’ judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson to reunite on Kelly Clarkson’s talk show

NBCNow that Kelly Clarkson has her own talk show, she might as well invite the three people responsible for her entire career to drop by for a chat, right?

People has confirmed that former American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson will reunite to appear on The Kelly Clarkson Show, which debuts September 9.  On the very first season of American Idol, Simon, Paula and Randy recognized Kelly's talent and sent her to Hollywood.  Of course, she became the show's first winner and arguably its biggest success story.

Simon, Paula and Randy last reunited on TV in 2016, for the final episode of American Idol season 15 -- the last season that aired on Fox.  Cowell's appearance was particularly emotional, as he'd left the show in 2010. 

People reports that on Tuesday, Simon told reporters that Kelly "is the most loyal, nice person," adding, "She’s a great person. She’s real, sweet, funny, a great girl. We’re lucky we found Kelly on the first season of Idol. I don’t think I would be standing here today.”

American Idol was revived by ABC in 2018.  It'll return next year for a third season on the network with Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryant as judges.

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   Aug 21

Taylor Swift says she’ll re-record her old songs to regain control of them

CBS Sunday MorningNot long after Taylor Swift wrote her explosive Tumblr post expressing her horror at the fact that her record company -- and therefore the masters of her previous recordings -- were being sold to Scooter Braun, no less a celebrity than Kelly Clarkson suggested a new course of action.  Turns out Taylor's taking her advice.

Kelly tweeted to Taylor, "just a thought, U should go in & re-record all the songs that U don’t own the masters on, exactly how U did them but put brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions."

She added, "I’d buy all of the new versions just to prove a point."

Now, Taylor tells CBS Sunday Morning that she's planning to do just that.  In an interview set to air this Sunday at 9 a.m. ET, CBS' Tracy Smith asks Taylor, "Might you [re-record your songs]?"

“Oh yeah,” Taylor responds.  “That’s a plan?” Smith asks. “Yeah, absolutely,” says Taylor.

In the interview, Taylor also tells Smith that she didn't find out that Braun was buying her record label until the story was "online," and says nobody in her inner circle knew about it.  The label's original owner, Scott Borchetta, who signed Taylor as a teenager, has written a lengthy posting disputing Taylor's version of the story.

Also in the CBS Sunday Morning sit-down, Taylor talks about her songwriting process, what it's been like growing up in the music industry and gives a peek into her life today.

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   Aug 21

Britney Spears calls out fake people on Instagram: “You never know who to trust”

Getty Images via ABCBritney Spears is hitting back against the haters – with the support of her boyfriend Sam Asghari.

The singer posted a saying on Instagram Tuesday night that reads, “Pay close attention to the people who don’t clap when you win,” and in the caption she calls out “fake” people in L.A.

“Living in LA is such a trip !!! It can be lonely at times,” she writes. “You never know who to trust, and some people can be fake.”

Britney adds, “I have a very small circle of friends, and simply do what makes me happy !!! It breaks my heart to see the comments on my posts sometimes .... so I simply choose not to look anymore ... let the clever haters do what they do best .... hate!!!”

Sam, her boyfriend of over two years, backed her up in the comments, writing, “winners don’t hate or bully, losers (haters) only do because they don’t have what you have (which is the best heart in the world).”

Britney and Sam made their red carpet debut last month at the Los Angeles premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. They sparked engagement rumors following that appearance, but sources said those rumors were not true.

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