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'American Idol 13' recap: Emily Piriz sparkles on Top 13 night

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Contestant Emily Piriz

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“This Is Me” week on “American Idol” proved to be a little more difficult than expected, as some of the Top 13 struggled to express themselves clearly.

Luckily, judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban are getting better at their own self-expression. Their criticisms and suggestions – even when contradictory – make sense for the most part, and seem aimed to help the finalists...

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Billy Joel opens vault of unreleased Russian performances

Kanye West's 5 biggest surprises at Nassau Coliseum

Kanye West performs on his Yeezus tour, which

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        Kanye West is always full of surprises.

        However, for the final North American show of his “Yeezus” tour, he was practically a different person from earlier in the tour and from his outrageous controversial public persona.

        Could it be that ‘Ye, a new father...

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Intro 2.24.14: Videos from Young the Giant, Emblem3, Shaggy and more

Young the Giant singer Sameer Gadhia rocks the

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Young the Giant brings more than “Cough Syrup” to Hammerstein Ballroom Friday and Saturday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.

THE LIST

YOUNG THE GIANT, "It's About Time." At Hammerstein...

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'American Idol' Season 13: Top 13 finalists chosen

"AMERICAN IDOL XIII." Malaya Watson performs "Hard Times"

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 “American Idol” set its Top 13 Thursday night, with America picking the top five guys and top five gals and the three judges each picking a wild card contestant.

There were a few surprises, as judge Jennifer Lopez said, “Some that I was rooting for didn’t do as well.” Early favorite Emmanuel Zidor didn’t even get a chance to “sing for his life,” after last night's iffy performance of...

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'American Idol' Season 13: Alex Preston shines in Rush Week

Alex Preston, 20, delivers the best performance of

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Night Two of “American Idol” Rush Week was just as ridiculously rushed as the first. But because the guys knew what was coming, they handled it better than the gals did.

Of course, that isn’t saying too much. While there is a lot of talent in this season’s class of semifinalists, there isn’t a lot of experience. It’s where “The Voice” has shifted the expectations of singing competitions. On...

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Justin Timberlake cancels MSG show due to health reasons

Justin Timberlake will make up tonight's canceled show

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Justin Timberlake rescheduled his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden Wednesday due to health reasons, only hours before he was supposed to take the stage.

“There is never an easy way to do this... Unfortunately, I have to postpone tonight's show to Friday,” Timberlake Tweeted at 5:40 p.m. “I am truly sorry to everyone that have tickets for tonight. It kills me to have to do this. I hope...

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'American Idol' Season 13: Malaya Watson charms on Rush Week

"American Idol 13" semifinalist Malaya Watson, 16, of

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In case there was any doubt whether “American Idol” meant it when they said the focus of this season would be on having the singers do their best, um, we got the first Rush Week.

Rush Week is all about trying to make “good TV,” having the 15 semi-finalists sit in a room not knowing whether they were going to get a chance to sing until minutes before they had to go on. It succeeds in creating...

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CeeLo Green leaving 'The Voice'

"The Voice" judge CeeLo Green on the Sept.

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CeeLo Green won’t be turning his chair for “The Voice” any longer.

One of the singing competition’s original four judges, Green told Ellen DeGeneres on a show airing today that he would not be returning for a seventh season of “The Voice." (Green was already sitting out the sixth season, which begins on Monday.)

“I don’t want to wear out my welcome,” Green told DeGeneres, adding that...

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'American Idol 13': Top 31 semi-finalists start battling Tuesday

'AMERICAN IDOL XIII': Left to right, Keith Urban,

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Right now, “American Idol” feels broken – not smashed beyond repair the way it seemed destined to be after the failed Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj experiment, but still pretty messed up.

Though the lengthy audition process, which wrapped up last week when they selected the 30 – well, 31 – finalists, was much more streamlined than in the past, they ended up with new problems. There were many singers...

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