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Next Wednesday on American Idol, the Top 4 will choose songs from California artists for a “California Dreamin'”-themed performance show. On Thursday’s results show, judge Jennifer Lopez will perform her new single “Dance Again” and season 7 champ David Cook will debut his new single “The Last Song I’ll Write for You.”

Carrie Underwood’s fourth album, Blown Away, is set to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart next week. It’s her third No. 1, following 2009’s Play On and 2007’s Carnival Ride. Her post-Idol debut, 2005’s Some Hearts debuted and peaked at No. 2. The new disc is predicted to sell around 275,000 copies, according to industry sources.

“Music video shoot!” Adam Lambert tweeted on Tuesday. The season 8 alum shot the new video for his latest single, the Bruno Mars-penned “Never Close Our Eyes” earlier this week. Afterward, Adam confessed, “That shoot was a long one!! This video is going to be AMAZING! Get ready!!!!” He also uploaded a photo to give his fans a little taste of what’s to come.

When New York magazine caught up with Dave Matthews at the premiere of Last Call at the Oasis, they wondered if the musician had heard Idol finalist Phillip Phillips’ Top 6 cover of “The Stone.” “I haven’t seen him yet,” confessed Matthews, “but I keep my head in the sand.” When Matthews learned that Phil’s gritty style has often been compared to his own, the “Crash Into Me” singer didn’t mind. “More power to him. I wouldn’t imagine that imitating me would bring any quality of popularity, but that’s okay if it does.” Matthews also joked, “Maybe I paved the way for him. I wish him the best of luck! He should kick my ass, [then] maybe I can retire and he can take over my band.”

Eliminated season 11 contestant Elise Testone may be gone, but she’s not forgotten. Here’s the talented singer reprising her performance of Adele’s “One and Only” on Monday’s Live! With Kelly.

Whoops. The crowd at Kris Allen’s impromptu secret show at Santa Monica Pier Sunday night caught the attention of a pier security guard who shut it down. Earlier that evening, Kris tweeted to his fans, “How bout the pier in Santa Monica? 8 pm. You…me…couple tunes…ocean breeze…birds pooping on us. It’s gonna be great.” But, just as he was finishing up a brand new tune called “Should I,” a surly security guard put a halt to the fun. Apparently, Kris was busking without a permit. When the season 8 winner extended his hand, the officer curtly replied, “I don’t shake hands with anybody.”

Afterward, Kris tweeted, “Well I wasn’t expecting anything from tonight but that’s not what I expected. Getting stopped by the cops never crossed my mind. Thanks to everyone that came out. Had a good time. And to the people that just stopped…thanks for stopping. Btw I didn’t mean any disrespect to other street performers out there. I respect them so much for what they do.” Watch the big bust here.

David Cook fans were treated to a new song when he performed at a radio event for Mix 94.1 at HOB Foundation Room in Las Vegas recently. Listen to the pretty new tune “From Here to Zero” below. David will be performing another new song called “The Last Song I’ll Write for You” when he appears on American Idol next Thursday.

Carrie Underwood visited Staten Island’s famed PS22 to sing with the super-talented elementary school chorus last week. Check out video of their awesome performance of “Good Girl.” Those kids are impressive!

We’ve got a pair of season 9 contestants with brand new YouTube performances. Ninth place finisher Andrew Garcia and his collaborator D-Trix cover the latest Maroon 5 smash “Payphone.”

Tim Urban, who left the competition a few weeks later in seventh place, debuted the music video for an original song called “Someday.”

Watch animal lover Kellie Pickler work as a caregiver at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tenn. in this promo for GAC TV’s Day Jobs. The show gives country music stars the opportunity to work a real-life day job, often going back to the place where they worked before they hit the big time. The episode debuted last week, and no doubt the season 5 alum offered up plenty of laughs throughout. For a schedule of repeats, check the GAC TV schedule.

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