Kelly Clarkson And Brandon Blackstock Are Engaged

Kelly Clarkson closeup

‘American Idol’ season one champ Kelly Clarkson took to Twitter (@kelly_clarkson) to announce she is set to walk the aisle soon. The Grammy-nominated singer, 30, and Brandon Blackstock, a Nashville-based talent manager, have been dating for a year. Kelly’s manager Narvel Blackstock is Brandon’s father and is married to Reba McEntire. Kelly writes:

I’M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever :)

The announcement caught the attention of fellow Texan Demi Lovato, who wrote to Kelly on Twitter (@ddlovato):

@kelly_clarkson SO happy for you!!! He better treat you like a queen or I’m gonna have to come after him! :P

A fellow ‘Idol’ alum Kimberley Locke tweeted (@KimberleyLocke):

@kelly_clarkson that’s fantastic, congratulations Kelly! I’m very happy for you!

Pop Artists React To Sandy Hook Elementary School Mass Shooting

Victoria Justice, seen here in stripes, is among the pop artists reacting to the news of a tragic killing spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Several pop artists are turning to Twitter to react to the horrifying news that a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday morning murdered at least 26 people, including 20 children. Many took the chance to push for additional gun control in wake of the tragedy. Among the tweets:

Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice): Today is a very sad day… words cannot express the sadness I feel for Newton, Conn. and for all the families that have been affected.

Owl City (@OwlCity): My heart goes out to the victims of the shooting in CT this morning. Prayers are with you.

Sandi Thom calls for more gun control in response to school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, ConnecticutSandi Thom (@Sandi_Thom): 18 children shot in Conneticut school. How many people have to die for this country to change its Gun Laws!

Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks): Those precious children…I will never understand the evil in this world. On my knees praying for those families. I am in tears.

Skylar Grey (@SkylarGrey): This school shooting is horrible news…so heartbreaking. I don’t understand what compels someone to do that.

Michelle Branch (@michellebranch): Gun control people!!! My heart is breaking. As a parent this is my worst nightmare.


Demi Lovato Can’t Stand Guys Who Cry

Demi Lovato, seen here blonde with bangs, talks with Z100 about how she can't stand guys who cry, X Factor, Britney Spears and her hit single 'Give Your Heart A Break'

Demi Lovato was recently on the phone with JJ of Z100 in New York City to talk about her hit song ‘Give Your Heart A Break’, how she judges on ‘The X Factor’, how her friendship with Britney Spears is developing, not wanting to devote herself to a relationship at the moment, and how she can’t stand men who cry.

Asked about her supposed role of “the enforcer” on ‘X Factor’, she said, “I am just really honest. I think we’re all really tough judges. I don’t think there’s one judge that goes easier on anybody else. We’re all pretty tough.”
Asked if she ever looks over and thinks, “Oh my god, it’s Britney Spears”, Demi confessed, “I still do that. What are you talking about?” As for whether she’s close to Spears, Lovato said, “We haven’t hung out or anything because I’ve been on the road and she’s busy too, but if we both had free time, I know we’d both love to hang out and just get to know each other better. She’s a really, really sweet girl.”

On the success of ‘Give Your Heart A Break’, she said, “I’m really thankful for it. I like how it’s happened, but really any song that does well I’m thankful for it too.”

As for dating talk, Demi said, “I’m not at a place right now where I can devote my time or devote my heart, because right now I’m devoting it to my music and my work. There’s a time for a relationship in your life, but I don’t know if 20-years-old is a time to be in a relationship, but it it happens, it happens.”

As for her pet peeves with men, Demi revealed, “I can’t stand it when guys cry. It’s like, grow some balls and stop crying. If they cry over something super super romantic or whatever, that’s totally okay, but if you’re crying because stupid reasons that girls cry over, I’m like, ‘If I’m not crying over that, you shouldn’t either.'”

Listen to the interview via Z100 below.

Demi Lovato On Dip Dye, Niall Horan & Busy Schedule

Demi Lovato relaxes in-flight

Demi Lovato was on the phone with Jeff Hurley of B104 in Whitehall, Pennsylvania the other day. The actress and singer talked about balancing her busy schedule, coloring her hair, what’s up with her and Niall Horan of One Direction, how she learns about gossip involving her, her biggest career milestone and what she does in her spare time.

On balancing touring, ‘X Factor’:

You know what, I don’t know. I really don’t know how I’m balancing it. I’m just taking it one day at a time, and I feel like I can do anything for one day. When I get through the day, it’s a whole new day the next day. So I don’t really look at it as oh my gosh, I have so much to do this summer, which is the way that I used to look at things. Now I look at it as okay, today I’m in California, tomorrow I’m in a different country, whatever, but I can handle it.

On coloring her hair:

I’ve been obsessed with the dip dye coloring thing. It’s like a new trend I guess. I saw it and I was like man, I really want to do that. I hope I can do that. So one day I just did it.

On if she’s aware of a guy named Niall Horan of One Direction:

Niall is a friend of mine. I do know who he is and everyone knows who One Direction is. We’re just friends and he’s awesome and he’s cool.

On how she learns about rumors about herself:

Sometimes it’s like I see it myself, like if I go online or something. I never go online really. So I always hear about it through my managers or my parents will be like, hey, are you dating somebody? I’m like no, what are you talking about?

Listen to the interview via below.

Demi Lovato Knew All Along She Was Being Punk’d

Demi Lovato shows off her Topshop outfit

Demi Lovato sat down with Chris K of The End 107.9 backstage at Endfest 2012 to talk music, her role as a ‘X Factor’ judge, hosting the Teen Choice Awards and knowing all along that she was being a ‘Punk’d’ victim.

On hosting the TCA’s:

I’m a little nervous because I have only a couple of hours to practice the whole thing, and I’ve never really hosted much. I hosted something for MTV, the New Year’s Eve bash, so I don’t have much experience but I think I’m gonna have a lot of fun.

On new music:

I’m actually not working on anything at the moment. Of course anytime I get the inspiration to write a song I will, but there’s nothing at the moment ready for the fourth album.

On her evolving hair style and color:

I dyed my hair pink, the ends of it pink, like a month or two ago. Then I was like, I need a change, I need something (different), so I was like how about blue and green?

If she was upset to be Punk’d:

I wasn’t upset.. I actually… should I? I knew the whole time. But I felt so bad that they had went through so much, I was like, okay, I’ll just go with it. They didn’t tell me. A bunch of people were like, hey, there’s gonna be a camera crew, but they want to hang out with you. I was like that’s shady, what? Then my friend talked to them and was like, oh, but I can’t tell Demi. She’s like, no it’s cool. Then my mom I guess found out through my manager, and she was like, hey, I just want to let you know, before you go and hang out with your friends tonight, you’re gonna be Punk’d so make sure that your hair and makeup is done. I was like, great! Thanks!

On the surprise being spoiled:

I want that to happen. I’m really into practical jokes and stuff like that, so I want to get re-Punk’d. For awhile there I went with it. People at MTV were like, did you know? I was like no way. I think it’s been long enough for me to say absolutely, I knew the entire time.

On her fellow ‘X Factor’ judges Britney Spears, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid:

It’s awesome. Britney is amazing. She’s such a icon, and she’s really humble and sweet to work with. She’s awesome and Simon is really funny and we have so much fun together, and L.A. is awesome. Everyone is great.

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Demi Lovato ‘Unbroken’ Lyrics Hangman Game

Demi Lovato at a soundcheck

Demi Lovato featured in our hangman style game, where players attempt to select letters and guess the lyrics to one of the former ‘Sonny with a Chance’ star’s songs. The lyrics from the selected tracks come from Demi’s 2011 album ‘Unbroken’, released last September. Demi said about her third studio album:

With my new album, I’m hoping to provide inspiration for girls everywhere who are going through the same issues I’ve faced. I think this will come through in a lot of the material. My first single is really special to me – to me it symbolizes my journey from the person I was to the happy healthy person I am today, and the fact that people are able to rise above anything, despite the odds.

Check out the game below the cut, as well as the album artwork and track listing for some clues, and comment to share how you did. Good luck.

Demi Lovato Agrees To Be ‘X Factor’ Judge

Demi Lovato in a Mickey Mouse shirt

According to TMZ, Demi Lovato has signed a deal to be a judge and mentor on the second season of ‘The X Factor’. The singer and actress will be in New York City on Monday (May 14) to announce she’s joining the show during the FOX Up Fronts. The 19-year-old will reportedly be joined in the Big Apple by Britney Spears, who will also be introduced to the ‘X Factor’ team that includes Simon Cowell L.A. Reid.

Demi Lovato ‘Give Your Heart A Break’ Video

Demi Lovato 'Give Your Heart a Break'

Demi Lovato is out with the music video to her new single ‘Give Your Heart a Break’, off the American pop singer’s third studio album ‘Unbroken’, out now on Hollywood Records. “The new music video, I’m basically trying to convince a guy that I didn’t break his heart, and we get into a fight and I try to win him over again,” Demi told MTV News. “So I do something special for him at the end of the song.” Watch the Justin Francis directed video via YouTube below.

Pop Artists React To Whitney Houston Death

Several pop artists are sharing their thoughts on Twitter following the news that Whitney Houston had been found unresponsive in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday afternoon and declared dead after paramedics were unsuccessful performing CPR on the singing legend. Houston was 48. Among the Tweets:

Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira): :'( RIP Whitney
Lighters up for Whitney! #IWillAlwaysLoveU

Kimberley Locke reacts to the death of Whitney HoustonKimberley Locke (@KimberleyLocke): Just getting home, so shocked by the news on Whitney. #sad

Cyndi Lauper (@shebop_aka_cyn): I am so sad. She was young. A great voice gone. xx cyn

Jennifer Love Hewitt (@TheReal_Jlh): My heart is broken!Whitney Houston is with the angels! We will miss u! Rip…” I will always love you”.

Elliott Yamin (@elliottyamin): What the EFF?!?!..did Whitney Houston really die 2day???
RIP Whitney!…wow,so sad!
Jeez-lew-ease!….i keep wishin this Whitney mess is all a hoax,and expecting her 2 appear w/a performance 2mrrw nite at the Grammys : (

Lauren Pritchard (GrlCalledLauren): RIP Whitney. We will always remember your voice, your greatness and your spirit. Everyone misses you.

Ayla Brown comments on the death of Whitney HoustonAyla Brown (@AylaBrown): I can’t believe Whitney Houston passed away. She influenced my music in so many ways over the years. She was the best the the preachers wife

Justin Guarini (@justin_guarini): We’ll miss you Whitney.
I remember sitting &listening to the LP of Whitney’s first album and being blown away by how effortless and unique her voice was. She was beautiful, and a woman of absolute distinction. That’s the way I’ll always remember her. My heart goes out to her family. #weloveyouwhitney


Demi Lovato: Kim Kardashian & Selena Gomez Mean The World To Me

Demi Lovato wearing eyeglasses

Demi Lovato spoke with Billboard about the support she received from a pair of celebrities since checking herself into a treatment center last fall. “I feel like there are some people that you’re friends with that talk to you on Twitter or you text,” the 19-year-old said, “but the people that are really there for me are the people that were there for me when I went into treatment. The people that were calling me while I was in there were Kim Kardashian and Selena Gomez. Those two girls, they meant the world to me. They still do.”