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Steven Tyler won’t return to ‘American Idol’

Published: July 13, 2012 | 7:00 am
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After a week loaded with rumors about who might land at the judges’ table on “American Idol,” Steven Tyler confirmed Thursday that he won’t be back for his third season when the Fox hit show returns next year.

“I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress, ‘American Idol,’ before she boils my rabbit,” Tyler said in a statement. “I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back.”

Tyler called “Idol” over-the-top fun before making sure to promote the new Aerosmith album, “Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars,” which he said is due out Nov. 6.

The rocker’s statement came after fellow judge Jennifer Lopez’s Thursday appearance on “Today,” where she hinted that her “Idol” days might be done.

“I know everybody wants that definite yes or no,” Lopez said. “I am thinking that maybe it’s time for me to go and do other things that I really love to do.”

Tyler and Jenny From the Block have spent the past two seasons serving alongside Randy Jackson on the show’s judging panel. The reality TV singing competition will return to Fox in January.

Big numbers for Stones, Jagger

While many fans were wishing the Rolling Stones a happy birthday Thursday as the band officially hit the big 5-0, others were taking note of a similarly spectacular number.

Chris Anderson, author of “Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger” (Gallery, $27), revealed this week to “Extra” that Stones lead singer Mick Jagger has slept with more than 4,000 women.

Want names? Andersen says Jagger has rocked Carla Bruni,Angelina JolieUma ThurmanFarrah Fawcett and Carly Simon.

Chrysler teams with Jazz Fest

Chrysler has signed on as the official presenting sponsor for the Detroit Jazz Festival. The sponsorship comes as the automaker is stepping up its involvement in Detroit. It plans to move 70 employees into the Dime Building, now renamed Chrysler House, and Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has been appointed chairman of the 2012 United Way for Southeastern Michigan fund-raising campaign.

The company declined to release the value of the gift, but the jazz festival’s website invites companies to become a “presenting sponsor” with a contribution of $250,000. Chrysler says the sponsorship is an extension of its Imported from Detroit ad campaign.


• Target said Thursday that it’s not selling Frank Ocean‘s debut album, “Channel Orange,” because of his label’s decision to sell it via iTunes ahead of its July 10 scheduled release date, according to Billboard. Ocean’s manager earlier suggested that the retail chain backed away from the album because the R&B singer revealed last week that he’s bisexual.

• After earning $57 million last year, Taylor Swift was named Forbes’ highest-paid star under 30. Other big money young’uns: Justin Bieber (No. 2, $55 million) and Rihanna (No. 3, $53 million). For more, www.forbes.com.

• “Jersey Shore” star Nicole (Snooki) Polizzi told USA Today on Thursday that she and fiancé Jionni LaValle are naming their babyLorenzo. She’s due in September.

• Michael (Mikey V) Vinci will host the evening shift (7-11 p.m. weeknights) on WDZH-FM (98.7) beginning Monday, according to program director Tim Rainey. For more, go to http://987ampradio.cbslocal.com.

• The Fresh Music Festival has canceled its July 20 date at the Fox Theatre, promoters said Thursday. Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.

• Violinist Yale Strom and vocalist Elizabeth Schwartz will perform their concert at Detroit’s Burton Theater at 4 p.m. Sunday, not Saturday, as Names & Faces earlier reported. For more, call 313-891-2514 or go to www.klezmerconcert.eventbrite.com .


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