Ask Billboard: 'Idol'-izing Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina
Ask Billboard: 'Idol'-izing Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina

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Carrie Underwood Halfway Through New Album
Carrie Underwood has revealed that she is halfway done with the follow-up to 2009's "Play On." "I've been writing quite a bit. And I've been in the studio a little bit. So I probably have about half an album done right now and trying to fill in the gaps and figure out what pieces of the puzzle are missing," the former "American Idol" champ told Ryan Seacrest. ( USA Today)

Avril Lavigne Premieres Dark 'Wish You Were Here' Clip
Avril Lavigne strikes a stark pose in the music video for "Wish You Were Here," the latest single from her "Goodbye Lullaby." The clip features the singer writhing around alone on the floor, playing with a rose that's on fire, and letting her black mascara run wild. Watch below:

Gym Class Heroes' 'Papercut Chronicles II' Gets Release Date
"Papercut Chronicles II," Gym Class Heroes' long-awaited sequel to their 2005 breakout album, will be released on Oct. 25 after hanging in limbo without a street date for month. "Right now, we're actually circling third and about to slide into home, and then it's off to be mixed and mastered, and then it's out for public consumption," says frontman Travie McCoy. ( MTV)

Reba McEntire Signs on to ABC Pilot
ABC is going country with Reba McEntire. McEntire is attached to executive produce and star in Malibu Country, which has been sold as a put pilot at the Disney-owned network. The multi-camera comedy project, from ABC Studios, centers on Reba, who divorces her cheating husband and moves her family from Nashville to Malibu. ( THR)

Bob Dylan art exhibition coming to NYC
A New York City gallery will be exhibiting 18 drawings and paintings by Bob Dylan created while the musician was touring Asia. The prestigious Gagosian Gallery says Dylan's Asia Series will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 22. The gallery says it will be the singer-songwriter's first exhibition in New York. ( AP)


(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz)

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