NEW YORK (AP) - Danica McKellar's busted rib and Amy Purdy's back spasms were great for ratings. Nearly 16 million people watched "Dancing With the Stars" last week. That's the most-watched episode of a reality show this season. It's good enough for third place in the ratings behind "NCIS" and "The Big Bang Theory." The two episodes of "The Voice" rank sixth and eighth. "American Idol's" performance show came in 19th place with fewer than nine million viewers. The results show didn't make the top 20.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - All four coaches are still alive on this season of "The Voice." Three contestants were sent home last night. But each coach has at least one singer in the remaining top five. Team Adam is the only one with two. Team Blake went into last night's show with three, but two were eliminated. Blake Shelton's sole remaining team member is country teen Jake Worthington. Team Adam's Christina Grimmie was voted into the top five. Kat Perkins from Team Adam was saved by the instant Twitter vote. Usher's Josh Kaufman and Shakira's Kristen Merlin were also safe last night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Carrie Underwood may someday be a shoo-in for the Country Music Hall of Fame - if her career continues on its current track. But she says right now, she's just happy that she has some of her stuff at the hall's museum. Underwood says she's honored to have a dress among items belonging to icons like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. Underwood is one of the acts taking part in a benefit to support renovations to the Country Music Hall. Vince Gill says the refurbishing of the Nashville auditorium is not just something to give a nod to country's past, but also is an investment in its future.
NASHVILLE (AP) - Jack White is putting out a vinyl version of his "Lazaretto" album that's unlike any LP you've seen. Side A plays from the inside out, and the dead wax area contains a hologram that moves when played. Two tracks are only on the vinyl version and are hidden beneath the center label. They are played by dropping the needle on the paper. One of the hidden tracks plays at 78 rpm, while the other plays at 45 rpm. Since the rest of the album is at 33 rpm, it's a three-speed record. The song "Just One Drink" has either an electric or an acoustic intro, depending where you drop the needle, but the grooves meet for the rest of the song. Both side A and side B end with locked grooves that repeat, like The Beatles did on the "Sgt. Pepper" album. One side of the album is shiny and the other side is matte. Too much to fathom? Watch White demonstrate it at www.JackWhiteiii.com . "Lazaretto" comes out June 10.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nicki Minaj will head to the city of brotherly love for the Roots' annual 4th of July Jam. The rapper-singer will perform on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Independence Day for the free event. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced Monday at a news conference that Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson and rising stars Ariana Grande and Aloe Blacc will also perform. The Roots will work as the house band at their annual jam concert, which has previously featured Earth, Wind & Fire, John Mayer and Jill Scott. The 4th of July Jam will air live on VH1 and Palladia and stream on VH1.com. The Roots will release a new album, "And Then You Shoot Your Cousin," on May 19.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Police say country music singer Scotty McCreery was the victim of an early morning home invasion near the campus of North Carolina State University, where he is a student. Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue says officers were called shortly before 2 a.m. Monday to an apartment about a mile from campus. Three suspects armed with guns are reported to have taken wallets, cash and electronic items. Police say the 20-year-old McCreery was among the victims. No one was injured. A native of nearby Garner, McCreery won TV's "American Idol" in 2011 and was named best new artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards the next year. In addition to being a recording star and a pitchman for Bojangles' Chicken 'n Biscuits, McCreery is wrapping up his sophomore year of college.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - British Princes William and Harry have been spotted at a downtown Memphis, Tennessee, restaurant. Local media reported the two arrived Thursday night for a dinner party in a private room of Charles Vergo's Rendezvous. Tennessee has been abuzz for weeks with speculation on whether William and Harry would travel to Memphis for the weekend wedding of a friend. A C Wharton Jr., mayor of the Tennessee city famous for Blues music, says Memphis was ready to host the British royals should they attend what he describes as a strictly private affair. A busy weekend looms in Memphis with the start of the annual Memphis in May tourism event and The Beale Street Music Festival kicking off.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The National Geographic Channel says two Alaska State Troopers who were shot and killed in a remote village had been featured on a show about patrolling the state's wild terrain, but they were not filming at the time of their deaths. National Geographic said in a statement it was "incredibly saddened" to hear about the deaths Thursday of Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson in the isolated community of Tanana. Few details about the shooting have been released, other than authorities saying one person has been detained. National Geographic says both officers had appeared on the show "Alaska State Troopers," but neither had a film crew with them at the time of the shootings. National Geographic says filming currently is being done with other troopers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jena calls "The Twist" "unnecessary and stupid." Alex says it "was not cool." And Jessica says it reminded her of "The Hunger Games." Sam Woolf also didn't appreciate how "American Idol" forced them to decide whether to send someone home right away or wait a week and have two voted off. Jena and Alex voted to keep things the way they were, which meant Woolf had to say goodbye because he had the lowest number of votes. The Woolf-pack is angry at Jena and Alex, but Woolf says they shouldn't be. He says they didn't know who was going home, so it wasn't a slap at him. Woolf says The Twist was just too much drama.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Viewers get input on "American Idol" twice this week. Tonight, of course, someone will be sent home based on the viewers' votes. Last night, Idol fans got to make song choices for the top five. Each did two songs. Harry Connick Junior loved Alex Preston's emotional struggle on "Say Something." The judges praised Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene's energy on "My Body." But usual favorite Caleb Johnson got some critical comments. Connick thought he was playing to the camera too much.