The Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Curated By Usher, With Performances By Mariah Carey & Tim McGraw

The 37th Annual Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular curated by Usher, with performances by Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Selena Gomez.

The show starts at 8pm EST and will first have the artists performances and after that, the greatest fireworks display in America. More that 40,000 fireworks will light up the sky, synchronized to a 25-minute, hand-picked score. You won’t want to miss this.

The fireworks show can be seen from any are with an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. There are four badges  positioned in the Hudson River between 24th street and 42nd street. For the best spots, head to the 12th avenue below 59th street at the following access points along  11th avenue.

Access points:

24th Street    26th Street    27th Street

29th Street    33rd Street    34th Street

40th Street    42nd Street    44th Street

50th Street    52nd Street    54th Street

56th Street    57th Street

Macy’s says you won’t want to miss the lights show during the last 5 minutes of the fireworks finale if you’re near the Empire State Building.

Parking will not be available in the area, so it is recommended to leave your cars at home. NYC transit will run increased Subway service before, and after the fireworks. Bus service near the fireworks will be rerouted, with extra trips available after the event.

Use public transportation and buy round-trip fare with MetroCard to avoid long lines after the fireworks. visit mta.info to plan your trip.

Noe I. for Windows of the World

 

Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban Joining American Idol

After three months of speculation, Fox announced that Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban are joining the judges panel for this upcoming American Idol season. Other two already confirmed judges are Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson, replacing J-Lo and Steven Tyler who departed at the end of last season.

Host Ryan Seacrest remains, while Jimmy Iovine is expected to give his commentaries as always.

Carey’s contract with the show is worth close to $18 million while Minaj will pocket $8 million for her part and Urban will get half the price. Ryan Seacrest earns $15 million a year and his commitment is for two more years, while the new judges are in for one year.

Hopefully the new judges will bring more public after years of declining ratings.

Auditions for Idol kicked off in New York City Sunday and other cities as Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte and San Antonio are next. Mariah shared this pictureof the judges and Ryan on Instagram

American Idol returns in January 2013.

Noe I. for Windows of the World

Mariah Carey Gets Triumphant

Mariah Carey presented her new single “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” and talked a bit about her upcoming album in a press conference hosted by IDJ Music Group for Radio and Media people on Thursday, August 2, 2012. Kick off was at 3:00pm ET and lasted for about 45 minutes. Here it is Mariah’s new song ‘Triumphant’

Mariah Carey to be the Next Judge on American Idol

Mariah Carey is joining the judge’s table of “American Idol.”

Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly announced the new addition to the “Idol” team at a Television Critics Association press conference today. In a statement released by Fox, Carey said, “it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with ‘American Idol.’ … I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon.”

“We are proud to have one of the world’s greatest-ever female singers join our show,” “Idol” creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said in a statement. “Mariah defines the word ‘Idol’ and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her.”

The 5-time Grammy winner isn’t sidelining her recording career for the show. She’s currently working on her new album and its first single, “Triumphant,” set for release early next month.

Former “Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez and Stephen Tyler announced they were leaving the reality show earlier this month. Both judged for two seasons. Randy Jackson, who’s been judging the competition from the start, remains on the panel.

Good Morning America reports.

Dick Clark Passed Away At 82

Famed television personality Dick Clark died of a heart attack Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, his spokesman confirms. Clark was 82.

Clark is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as “American Bandstand,” the game show “Pyramid” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

He was nicknamed “America’s oldest teenager” and maintained his youthful looks into his 70s.

Clark had been in St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., after undergoing an outpatient procedure Tuesday night. He suffered the heart attack following the procedure and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Clark is survived by his wife, Kari, and his three children.

Clark, who started out as a TV announcer in Utica, New York, parlayed his “Bandstand” fame into a career as a producer and host of dozens of other shows, including ABC’s annual New Year’s Eve telecast, which he launched in 1972.

The original “American Bandstand” was one of network TV’s longest-running series as part of ABC’s daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. It later aired for a year in syndication and briefly on the USA Network. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Madonna. The show’s status as an American cultural institution was solidified when Clark donated Bandstand’s original podium and backdrop to the Smithsonian Institution.

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Disney Fantasy Christening with Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon in New York

All aboard: Singer Mariah Carey helped christen the new Disney cruise ship Fantasy at a Hudson River pier in Manhattan on Thursday night and promised to bring her twins back to enjoy some Disney hospitality.

“I christen thee Disney Fantasy. May God bless this ship and all who sail on it,” said Carey as she stood with Disney’s CEO Bob Iger, and of course, Mickey Mouse.