The “High School Musical” movies are what made Zac Efron a household name and they also meant that he spent a few years hanging out with the same group of actors. Of course, he developed a lot of friendships within that group but now that they’ve gone their separate ways into their own careers, does Zac still get to hang out with the “High School” gang? (Click on the audio player to hear Zac Efron)
Right now, you can hear Zac Efron’s voice in “The Lorax: and you will see him next in a movie called “The Lucky One,” which hits theaters on April 20th.
Last night on American Idol was an emotional farewell for contestant Jeremy Rosado, who was eliminated from the competition. Idol Judge Jennifer Lopez was a big fan of Rosado, but despite being an advocate of his, she told us last night backstage after the show that she and the other judges made the right decision to eliminate him. (Click on the audio player to hear Jennifer Lopez)
Last night, the judges determined which of the bottom two contestants were going to go home. Lopez told us that making that decision wasn’t that difficult. (Click on the audio player to hear Jennifer Lopez)
On Wednesday night, the female contestants performed songs from the great late Whitney Houston, and the boys performed songs from the great Stevie Wonder. Lopez thought overall that the contestants did a great job singing the songs of those legendary singers.
Being an American Idol finalist comes with a lot of firsts. There’s the first time on national TV, first photo shoot, first batch of press interviews, and first music video. However, one of the ”cooler” items on the “firsts list” is is waking up to find out you’ve landed your first celebrity twitter follower. FOX All Access host Chris Leary caught up with the Top 13 American Idol contestants and asked each of them who would be their ideal celebrity fan and follower. Check out the video. (Want to make a game of it? Follow each of the Idol contestants on Twitter and find out which contestants land their dream followers first!)
Watch the American Idol Top 13 take the stage this week and sing! It all happens this Wednesday and Thursday at 8/7c on FOX!
Davy Jones, who was part of the ’60s rock group The Monkees and starred in the group’s groundbreaking television show, passed away earlier today at the age of 66. The cause of death is being reported as a heart attack.
Jones, who achieved teen heartthrob status during The Monkees’ chart reign, sang lead on the group’s hits “Daydream Believer,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” and “Valleri.” Although the group officially split in 1971, massive exposure on MTV in the mid-’80s led to a Monkees resurgence, including reunion tours, new music, and a 1997 TV special. The group most recently toured last year to mark its 45th anniversary.
Last year, we spoke to Jones, who told us he still looks back fondly upon his days a a Monkee. (Click on the media player to hear Davy Jones.).
Although “The Monkees” didn’t premiere on TV until September 1966, American audiences first saw him two years earlier, when he appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” with the Broadway cast of “Oliver.” Most people don’t remember his appearance, though, because that just happened to be the night of The Beatles’s historic performance. Jones recalled that historic night. (Click on the media player to hear Davy Jones.)
Although “The Monkees” was only on television for two seasons, its impact was enough to cement the quartet’s place in pop culture forever. Jones made a particularly memorable guest appearance on “The Brady Bunch,” a cameo that was reprised for “The Brady Bunch Movie” in 1995. The group’s music has endured, and the TV series’ influence can still be seen in some shows today. Jones spoke about the group’s legacy meant to him. (Click on the meda player to hear Davy Jones.)
Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and four daughters.
Wiz Khalifa’s hit single featuring Snoop Dogg & Bruno Mars, “Young, Wild & Free,” is skyrocketing up the charts. Not too long ago, Wiz Khalifa stopped by the Fox All Access studio and part 2 of his interview is finally here! We love Wiz…what you see is definitely what you get. He is quite humble, he talks about how he likes to take care of those he’s known and loved all his life. He shares fan interaction stories and tells us the weirdest part of the body he’s ever signed an autograph. He talks about his love for Amber Rose and lists 3 of her most endearing qualities. If you don’t know Wiz…now you know!
Selena Gomez first achieved fame as a TV star, breaking through on Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.” And with the series drawing to a close earlier this year, she’s been making the transition into movies. However, she hasn’t limited herself to the visual media — she’s also had success with a music career. With her band, The Scene, she’s released three albums since 2009, recently making the Top 10 with the hit “Love You Like A Love Song.”
As is the norm these days, her songs have spawned countless fan-performed cover versions on YouTube. When we spoke to Gomez, she told us she enjoys watching other people sing her songs… and admitted there are some who sing them better than she does!
If you watched Hollywood week on “American Idol,” you saw some of the contestants literally succumb to the pressure. Meltdowns, faintings… it was one of the wildest “Idol” weeks ever, and even the judges were surprised by what happened. Jennifer Lopez talked to us about why she thinks this year’s singers are feeling the pressure more than ever, and notes that their ability to handle it could ultimately determine who goes on to win.
Top 24 are unveiled on tonight’s episode of “American Idol,” and voting begins next week, when “Idol” will air Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights at 8/7c on Fox.
The Wanted is a new boy band based in London. The British and Irish gents consist of Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes. It’s been quite a whirlwind these last two years. The Wanted are as surprised as we are about how quickly they crossed the pond…one minute they’re a part of a mass audition to form a new group in the UK and the next minute, they’re listening to their hit single, “Glad You Came,” on American radio stations. While on tour in the States, the guys stopped by the Fox All Access studio to introduce themselves. And boy, did it get rowdy up in here! The Wanted are not only 5 great looking guys with great accents who are extremely talented, but they are off the wall hilarious and fun! Get to know the guys and let us know who you’d vote as the comedian of the group! Cheers!
Their single, “Glad You Came,” music video — Check it out!
By: Robin Whitaker The Fray has a lot to talk about these days. They just released their third album, Scars and Stories (featuring first single “Heartbeat”) and have a 10th anniversary to celebrate this year. The milestones haven’t come without a few scars themselves. We caught up with lead Singer/pianist Isaac Slade, and guitarist Joe King recently to talk about their new album, what they’ve learned along the way, and of course, with February the month of “love”, find out what the guys really love these days (P.S. For all you ladies who have a special fondness for Joe? He needs a Valentine STAT! Surprised? We were! So keep reading!)
FOX All Access: Your new album has a really interesting title, Scars and Stories.
What does it mean to you?
Joe: “You know, for me it was tough to embrace actually for a while, the thought of scars as being a positive. Because at first I was like, God, I really don’t want that to be negative, and feel like or attach it to the association of a scar, to pain, you know? But then I realized this means you made it through. Like a scar is making it through and there’s hope after that. There’s obviously a story to it, but you’re going on and its part of you, but it’s made you better, it’s made you who you are. And, that’s kind of what I resolve to, and even in my own life I was like, O.K. there were things that have happened and scars and things that are there, but now I’m going on and I can see the horizon and I’m headed there.”
Isaac: There’s this album cover that I really wanted to use for the record and we decided not to, but it was a picture of this woman. She was topless, but she was covering her breasts with her hands, and she had this open heart surgery scar that went straight from the bottom of her neck all the way to her stomach. And it was all at once this terrifying image and at the same time this gorgeous picture of this femininity and innocence and vulnerability. You know, it’s like a war wound of what she’s been through, and that kind of sums it up, like Joe said, it is really what we’ve gone through and it’s not bleeding, it’s not a wound that has you running to the ER or something. But it certainly happened and the memories are certainly are not going anywhere.
FOX All Access: So in a way, would you say music is sort of an audio scar?
Isaac: “Wow, I haven’t thought of it that way. But yeah, I mean for me I have, you know, there are artists that I’ll listen to now or a song that comes on and it absolutely takes me back to a time that, you know, that I listened or absorbed that song and it was a major part of my life. This woman came up to us this morning, and she said, “Hey, your first song Cable Car was my divorce party soundtrack.” I said, “How does that work.” She says, “You know, like when all your friends are really tired of you talking about your divorce, you bring them over to your house and instead of talking about it you just get drunk, and we played Cable Car over and over again.” I said, “High five!”
FOX All Access: 2012 marks your 10th year as a band. When the two of you think back to the early days of The Fray, what comes to mind?
Isaac: I remember packing up for a gig and I had to bring my keyboard and I had to bring the PA, and the other guys just brought their amps and stuff. And I was cramming this speaker into the front seat and it wasn’t fitting and I made it fit anyways, and I cracked my windshield because I was hitting it so hard. And that was those days man. We were like you know hauling our stuff in and out of the little venues, sweaty clubs, and trying to sell our EP for $5. We were making $100 a show and we’re like, do we split it four ways?
Joe: Well, no we’d go out to pizza, and have two beers, you know?
Issac: Yeah, add a tip and then we were done; those were the old days (laugh).
FOX All Access: So after all these years, it must feel somewhat like a marriage. How do you keep each other in check?
Isaac: That’s a good question actually. We’ve been friends long enough and we’ve been in this band long enough that we’ve seen both sides of it where we get into the bus and go to the four corners to get as far away from each other as we possibly can. But we’re in a really cool season now, where we’ve worked through a lot of the old stuff and we did the Muppets song and that kind of brought us back together and reminded us that we really do enjoy this, and it’s a fun thing… and it beats making coffee every day… And we just start communicating; I think the best way to keep each other in check has been to just say, ‘hey you pissed me off!’
Joe: Or you usually just like make a fist, a knuckle to the cheek (laugh)…
Isaac: (laugh) Yeah, a quick punch in the jaw saves 20 minutes (Laugh)…
Joe: Yeah, that can definitely keep you in check (laugh)
FOX All Access: So when it comes to music, would you say you lose yourself in music, or do you find yourself?
Joe: Whoa, that’s a good question….
Joe: I think, ahhh (laugh) let me tell you what I think…. I think I find a little bit as I’m writing because there are things that are happening in words and things that kind of fall into your lap, and then after that, I lose it again. The song comes together, and then you’re like, wait – what does this mean?
Isaac: That’s a beautiful way of saying it. I love the idea of the give and take. You know, because we pour ourselves into these songs. We’re not writing hits for some other artist, we’re just trying to write biographical stories, and you do find an expression to longings and to fears that you can’t voice any other way. I can’t just talk about it, it comes out in these songs so I find myself, but then as soon as we give it away and we start playing it and over the arc of our 10 year career, this thing has
consumed me, I’ve gotten lost in it, like I’ve gotten lost in the halls of a huge building and I’m trying to find out who I am, a part from it, and who I am even in the act of the expression of giving it to others. It is beautiful, losing ourselves and finding ourselves.
As far as what Isaac and Joe love these days? Isaac was able to summarize it into
three things: his wife, sea salt toffee dark chocolate and playing shows. When it came to Joe, he told us his daughters, 2 exist underwear, and the most surprising answer of all, loving the fact that someday he’d have a valentine, and in the meantime he’d be hanging out with Johnny Walker. (Side note: WAIT WHAT? No valentine for Joe? Take note ladies! Don’t believe us? Click below to listen to Isaac and Joe talk about it, then send Joe a Valentine!) ♥ ♥ ♥
Show The Fray some love! Check out their new album, SCARS AND STORIES, available now, and catch the latest at their website www.thefray.com