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Demi Lovato's Nassau Coliseum setlist, fan connection

Demi Lovato performs on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Demi Lovato’s Nassau Coliseum show Tuesday night was a step into a new age of fan participation.

Right before Lovato reached her current dance hit “Neon Lights,” she urged fans to get their Demi Lovato apps ready. “It’s time to tap that app!” read the giant video screens.

And when the song started, it became clear why. Fans who had the app could hold up their smartphones and see them...

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Intro 3.10.14: Videos from Lorde, Demi Lovato, New Order and more

Lorde performs on December 8, 2013 in Los

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The Grammy-winning New Zealand sensation Lorde takes over Roseland Ballroom Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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


LORDE, “Team.” At Roseland Ballroom...

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Al Calderon of Holbrook cut from 'The X Factor' in shocking twist

Holbrook's Al Calderon auditions for "The X Factor"

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Holbrook’s Al Calderon was eliminated from “The X Factor” in one of the craziest decisions in the show’s history.

Calderon kicked off the evening with a smart, though initially shaky, EDM/R&B version of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

Reaction was mixed. “You had a really, really great energy,” judge Demi Lovato said, before adding, “There were times when it was a little pitchy.”


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Simone Torres of Long Island cut from 'The X Factor'

Simone Torres, a 19-year-old student from Port Jefferson

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Simone Torres, the 19-year-old student from Port Jefferson Station once considered a front-runner in this season’s “The X Factor,” was cut Thursday night.

Torres, who attends the Berklee College of Music, performed an ill-advised, up-tempo version of the Sam Cooke classic “A Change Is Gonna Come” that did not go over well, despite her strong, distinctive voice.

Judge Simon Cowell told...

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'X Factor' Top 40 includes 3 LI singers

Holbrook's Al Calderon auditions for "The X Factor"

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After bringing out the largest crowd ever to audition for “The X Factor,” Long Island has three contestants left in the competition, as the show picked its Top 40 last night.

Al Calderon, the charismatic 19-year-old restaurant host who wowed the judges with his soulful version of “Sara Smile” made it through to the next round, as did Simone Torres, the 19-year-old student from Port Jefferson...

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Info on free 'X Factor' tickets at Nassau Coliseum

"The X Factor" judges Demi Lovato and Simon

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“The X Factor” is now offering free tickets to its upcoming audition shows at Nassau Coliseum from June 19 to 21.

The shows will feature the full judging panel – Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and new judges Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio – evaluating those singers who received “golden tickets” from the open call that drew 16,000 contestants at the Coliseum in April.

There will be two separate...

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