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'AMERICAN IDOL'-CHICAGO

CHICAGO (AP) — How to get a golden ticket to Hollywood? Win over the "American Idol" judges before you start singing. One Idol hopeful just had to tell the judges her name, Mariah. Mariah Carey told her they were part of an exclusive club. She makes it. So does a 15-year-old named Isabelle, who cut school for her audition. She got Keith Urban to sing a duet with her. Forty-six singers move on from the Chicago auditions. Next week, Idol moves to Charlotte, North Carolina.

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<<CUT *001 (01/18/13)>> 00:07 "fun so far (laughs)"

Randy Jackson and Isabelle Parell

Fifteen-year-old Isabelle cuts school to go to the Idol audtions. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Excerpt of Isabelle Parell and Keith Urban, performing "Baby, It's Cold Outside"

Fifteen-year-old Isabelle gets Keith Urban's help on her audition. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and Mariah Pulice

An Idol hopeful named Mariah wins over the judges. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Excerpt of Mariah Pulice, performing "Let It Be"

Excerpt of Mariah Pulice, performing "Let It Be." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Excerpt of Clifton Duffin, performing "Superstar"

The judges invite in Clifton's parents, who've never heard him sing before. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj tells Clifton he'll help many would-be singers come out of their shells. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Lazaro Arbos and judges

Lazaro, who has a severe stutter, can barely introduce his audition song. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Lazaro Arbos and judges

Lazaro, who has a severe stutter, amazes the judges with a version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

DESTINY CHILD'S MICHELLE WILLIAMS OPENS UP ABOUT YEAR-LONG DEPRESSION

NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Williams says she decided to finally open up about her struggle with depression in order to encourage others to get help. The 32-year-old singer-actress -- one third of Destiny's Child alongside Beyonce and Kelly Rowland -- says that in the past few months she has emerged from years of suffering from "moderate depression." Williams has a new single about to drop, a solo album in the works and a starring role in a national tour of the Broadway musical "Fela!" But she says she's had days when it was hard "to just get out of bed." She says exercise, positive thinking and therapy have helped her.

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Michelle Williams, recording artist

Michelle Wililams says she is speaking out for the first time about her battle with depression to encourage others to get help. ((note audio quality)) ((note length of cut))

<<CUT *018 (01/18/13)>> 00:21 "just overwhelmed me"

Michelle Williams, recording artist

Recording Artist Michelle Wililams says she had her first experience with depression in her early teens. ((note audio quality)) ((note length of cut))

<<CUT *019 (01/18/13)>> 00:15 "assessment and opinion"

Michelle Williams, recording artist

Michelle Wililams was taught to "just go to church and pray about it," but she says therapy has been an important part of dealing with her depression. ((note audio quality))

PRESIDENT OBAMA RELEASES HIS INAUGURAL PLAYLIST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama has released an official inaugural music playlist. Included on the 16-track list are some of his favorite artists, including Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, and Usher who will be perform at inaugural events starting tomorrow in Washington. Obama released the list through through the digital music service Spotify. Other artists include Marc Anthony, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Cannon and Mindless Behavior. John Legend's "Ordinary People," ''Firework" by Katy Perry, James Taylor's "Your Smiling Face" and the "Glee" cast version of Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" also made the president's cut. Inauguration Day is Monday.

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Excerpt of John Legend

This is a clip of John Legend singing "Ordinary People."

PUSSY RIOT MEMBER LOSES APPEAL

BEREZNIKI, Russia (AP) — A Russian court has turned down an appeal by an imprisoned member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. Maria Alekhina asked the court to defer her sentence for hooliganism until her preschool son becomes a teenager. She argued that separation from her young child now would do irreparable psychological damage to him. Alekhina and two other female band members were convicted last year of hooliganism. The Pussy Riot members performed a "punk prayer" in Russia's main cathedral, pleading with the Virgin Mary for deliverance from Putin, who was then prime minister but on the verge of being elected to a third term as President. The judge rejected Alekhina's petition, saying the court that sentenced her had already taken the child's existence into account.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND LUKE BRYAN AMONG FIRST ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2013 CMA FESTIVAL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood are the first four artists confirmed for this year's CMA Music Festival. Bryan co-hosted the festival's nightly concerts with The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry for an ABC television special last year. The four-day event kicks off June 6 in Nashville. More artists are expected to be announced soon.

JOHN LEGEND AND THE ROOTS WIN NATIONAL AWARD FOR PHILANTHROPIC WORK

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Legend and The Roots will be receiving awards from the arts advocacy organization Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors. They will receive the 2013 Citizen Artist Awards in Washington later this month. President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, Robert Lynch, cites the Grammy award-winning artists for being "extraordinary advocates for the arts and arts education." Previous honorees include Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock and Tony Bennett.

KENNY CHESNEY ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM RELEASE DATE

UNDATED (AP) — No title yet for Kenny Chesney's new album but the country singer has set April 30 as the release date. The new album is the follow-up to Chesney's 2012 "Welcome to the Fishbowl," his 11th No. 1 country album on the Billboard chart. Chesney hits the road March 16 for his 46-date No Shoes Nation tour. The first stop will be Tampa, Florida.

SCOTTY MCCREERY GETS READY FOR FIRST HEADLINING TOUR

UNDATED (AP) — "American Idol" season 10 winner Scotty McCreery is taking a roadtrip. The country newcomer is heading out for his first headlining tour and he's calling it the Weekend Roadtrip. McCreery plans to play 25 cities beginning this Valentine's Day, February 14. McCreery has a new album due later this year and he's still hitting the books at North Carolina State University, where he's enrolled in his second semester.

''THE VOICE" WINNER CASSADEE POPE HAS NEW RECORD DEAL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — "The Voice" winner Cassadee Pope has a new record deal. The 23-year-old Season 3 winner signed this week with Republic Nashville, joining the label's roster of young country stars that includes Taylor Swift and The Band Perry. Pope was a member of country music star Blake's Shelton's team on "The Voice" and won the reality singing contest show last month. A spokesman says Pope is writing songs for the new album and is meeting with producers in Nashville.

BILLY JOEL, FLEETWOOD MAC WILL HEADLINE JAZZ FEST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Willie Nelson, Fleetwood Mac and Hall & Oates are among the acts headlining this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The outdoor spring music event features hundreds of jazz, gospel, R&B, Cajun and zydeco musicians. Festival favorites Irma Thomas, jazz singer and pianist Allen Toussaint and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews are among the many local artists performing. A number of national acts are also scheduled including Earth Wind & Fire, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Jill Scott, Widespread Panic and B.B. King. The festival kicks off on April 26 and runs through May 5.

RIHANNA'S FASHION COLLECTION TO DEBUT NEXT MONTH

NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna is joining the ranks of celebrity musician fashion designers. Her collection for British brand River Island is slated for its debut next month during London Fashion Week. The 24-year-old singer says that an appearance at fashion week is "a dream come true." The clothing and accessories collection will be shown February 16 and then go on sale in River Island stores in Great Britain, and in the United States and Japan starting March 5. This is not Rihanna's only fashion venture — she has signed on to executive produce and star in the Style network reality series "Styled to Rock."

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