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'American Idol 13' recap: Caleb Johnson rocks Top 9 night

Caleb Johnson performs Lady Gaga's "The Edge of

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“I’m With the Band” week kicked off with a bang, as the Top 9 ripped through a medley of rock songs that showed an energy level that has been lacking for much of this season of “American Idol.”

And it, more or less, kept that energy up throughout the show, with some notable exceptions. The show is getting weirder as the season goes on. Harry Connick Jr. stealing Ryan Seacrest’s shoe onstage...

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'The Voice' recap: Cierra Mickens survives battle scare

Emily B. and Cierra Mickens battle on Season

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Just when we thought the battle rounds were over, “The Voice” added a whole new set of battles starting next week. Um, thanks?

Those will likely be the toughest cuts, as they go from 32 to 20 semifinalists, coached by Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

However, the final battle round had its share of rough decisions. Here’s how they stacked up:


TEAM ADAM: Cary Laine vs. Sam...

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'The Voice' recap: Kaufman wins tough battle

Austin Ellis and Josh Kaufman battle on Season

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This season of “The Voice,” much like the NCAA Tournament, is shaping up to be the season of parity.

There may not be a front-runner yet, but there is definitely a lot of talent spread across all four teams.

Here’s how the battles shaped up Monday night:

TEAM ADAM: Austin Ellis vs. Josh Kaufman, “Happy”: This was the best battle of the season so far -- maybe in years. Austin is...

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Intro 3.24.14: Videos from Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Rakim and more

Lady Gaga takes pictures with Fans outside NBC

Who knows what Lady Gaga will have in store for Roseland Ballroom’s final hurrah, starting Friday?

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


LADY GAGA, “G.U.Y.” At Roseland Ballroom...

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AC/DC's Brian Johnson joins Billy Joel in surprising MSG show

Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden in

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Billy Joel is keeping his Madison Square Garden residency interesting, as he really seemed to settle into his new home for the third show Friday night.

The addition of a four-piece string section allowed him to play “Surprises” from 1982’s “The Nylon Curtain” album for what he said was the first-time ever live. Then, after a lovely sing-along for “She’s Always a Woman,” he introduced AC/DC’s...

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Ryan Star on Billy Joel's 'epic moment' at MSG

Billy Joel performs on stage at Madison Square

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Billy Joel plans to play monthly shows at Madison Square Garden for as long as the public is interested. Follow his first year of this groundbreaking music-industry experiment by looking at his shows through a variety of viewpoints -- from critics, musicians, celebrities and fans. This month, it’s singer-songwriter Ryan Star, the Dix Hills native whose album “Angels + Animals” hit stores in January....

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'American Idol 13' recap: Alex Preston leads Top 10 week

"American Idol" season 13 contestant Alex Preston.

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Harry Connick Jr., is admirably trying to educate viewers of “American Idol” on the basics of music theory.

On “Top 10 Night,” where the Top 10 finalists picked songs that reached the Top 10 from the last four years, Connick even sang sharp to show C.J. Harris what he was doing wrong. (C.J. was doing much more than that wrong, though.)

The problem, though, is that Connick sometimes overreaches...

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Eminem, Rihanna set for MetLife Stadium

Eminem performs at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx

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Eminem and Rihanna are taking their “Monster” collaboration to the next level.

The superstars will launch “The Monster Tour” of stadiums in August, including a stop at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 16.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 28 through Live Nation. However, American Express cardholders will have access to pre-sale tickets starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Both of Eminem and...

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'The Voice' recap: Delvin Choice is 'The Man' in battle rounds Night 2

Delvin Choice, left, and Caleb Elder compete on

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Night Two of "The Voice" Battle Rounds confronts one of life's basic questions: Spread out your chores and balance them with fun stuff or pile them together and just plow through one bad day to finish them? "The Voice" producers apparently went for the latter option last night, cobbling together an afterthought of an episode to deal with some of the lesser competitors.

Here’s how the night...

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'The Voice' recap: Sisaundra Lewis rules first battle rounds night

So far this season, “The Voice” hasn’t developed a crop of front-runners the way it has in the past. That makes the battle rounds seem that much more important at creating the kind of star they desperately want.

Here’s how Night 1 shook out:

TEAM USHER: Biff Gore vs. T.J. Wilkins, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

“Don’t dial back the emotion,” Usher tells them before the battle, and then...

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