Archuleta rocks Governor’s inauguration (with video)

Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. might be considered a media-savvy, polished politician, but at his inauguration on Monday even he couldn’t compete with David Archuleta for the screams and shrieks of young audience members.

Archuleta, the Murray 18-year-old who finished second in the most recent season of FOX’s TV juggernaut “American Idol,” made a brief appearance on the south steps of the Utah State Capital for the governor’s swearing-in ceremony. The singer performed the national anthem, again, at the request of the governor, four years after the then-14-year-old sang at Huntsman’s first inaugural ceremony.

Salt Lake City Tribune

Carrie on the People’s Choice

Carrie Underwood will perform at the Peopleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Choice Awards Wednesday.

Carrie is nominated for Favorite Female Singer and Favorite Country Song for à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Last Name.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  And since the winners are told beforehand so theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll show up, my guess is that sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll take home at least one of them.

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is nominated for Favorite Competition/Reality Show and Jordin Sparks is nominated along with Chris Brown for Favorite Combined Forces for à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“No Air.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

The Peopleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Choice Awards airs Wednesday, January 7th at 9 p.m. on CBSà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

Herald-Dispatch

Interview: Rye Randa Discusses Shaun White’s Don’t Look Down

The long awaited and much anticipated New Year is finally here. I’ve been biding my time for months now so I could make the announcement that Rye Randa (Singer/songwriter/producer), Michael Johns(American Idol Finalist), and Jeff Foxworth (Missfodus Publishing) fans have all wanted to hear. The three artists have teamed up to do the soundtrack for Shaun White’s documentary DVD Don’t Look Down, which will be released on January 6, 2009.

Blogcritics

American Idol Scam Alert

FOX and the producers of “American Idol” have received information about a mail fraud scam using sweepstakes award letters printed on what appears to be “American Idol” letterhead and allegedly signed by creator and executive producer, Simon Fuller. The letter notifies recipients that they have been selected as a winner of a sum of money and contains fraudulent checks and a phone number to call to claim the fake “prize” checks.

FOX, the producers of “American Idol,” and their subsidiary companies, do not sponsor or support any lottery, sweepstakes or prize contest that resembles the letter referred to above. The producers of “American Idol” are investigating this mail fraud in conjunction with local and national law enforcement agencies. If you receive a letter like this, please report it to the United States Postal Inspection Service at:

https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/MailFraudComplaint.aspx.

American Idol

Citrus Park Mall Hosting An ‘American Idol’ Photo Op

TAMPA – To promote the Jan. 13 return of “American Idol,” Fox is setting up official “Idol” backdrops at various malls throughout the country, including Tampa’s Westfield Citrus Park.

Beginning today, fans will have a chance to pose for photos in front of what appears to be an “American Idol” stage. Photos can then be uploaded to the “Share Your Voice” photo gallery at www.americanidol.com. The backdrop will be in the malls through Feb. 2. Westfield Citrus Park is at 8021 Citrus Park Drive. A new season of “American Idol” begins at 8 p.m. Jan 13 on Fox.

Tampa Bay Online

American Idol Exec ‘Surprised at Kara DioGuardi Choice

“Also, at this stage when we have this dysfunctional family of Ryan, Randy, Paula and Simon, you introduce someone else into that and it’s like bringing a daughter-in-law into the family. You don’t know if she’s going to get in the way. Hopefully, she’ll stand her ground, and she’ll have relevant things to say.”

Lythgoe, who created “So You Think You Can Dance,” admits leaving “Idol” was not an easy decision. “It was very, very tough. I’ve been doing it for eight years, and they’re all really close friends. When they went out on the road to start auditions, I was very down and depressed, but at the same time I was going to South Africa and Australia to do ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ I had to remind myself that if I were on the road, I wouldn’t be able to do that.”

National Ledger

A Hudson update . . .

It was discreet. . . . And it was quiet: Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, who has endured the murder of her family, was in town during the Christmas season with her fiance — and both were spotted dining at the Calypso Cafe in Hyde Park having a post-Christmas meal. Hudson reportedly will not be singing at Obama’s inaugural.

Chicago Sun Times

Kelly Clarkson shares her lyrics

With eight days to go until Season 8, it’s a big morning for Idol news. We’re going to tackle as much as we can here, but at this moment, the major event burning up the wires is the unveiling of the complete lyrics for prodigal Idol Kelly Clarkson’s forthcoming single, “My Life Would Suck Without You.”

The roll out of this comeback album has been a campaign worthy of a World War II invasion plan. In drips and drabs, slowly we have been given glimpses first of the name of the single, then the name of the album, then a release date, then the testimony of expert witnesses who had been granted a glimpse of the prodigal album and dubbed it a return to form and then the cover art (at top).

LA Times

Headlines: Clay Aiken Finishes Spamalot, Martin Moran Takes Over

Clay Aiken played his last performance as Sir Robin in Spamalot on January 4. After taking his final bow, the American Idol alum and pop star was seen standing atop the marquis at the Shubert Theatre, waving goodbye to a crowd of fans on West 44th Street. Spamalot is set to close on January 11, with Martin Moran taking over as Sir Robin for the final shows.

After placing second in the second season of American Idol, a coup that turned him into a platinum-selling recording artist, Aiken made his Broadway debut as Sir Robin on January 18, 2008 and finished his run on May 4 before returning to the role again on September 19. In between, Aiken released his fourth album, On My Way Here, and became a father to his newborn son, Parker Foster Aiken.

Broadway.com

Even Paula Abdul could put out an album this year!

March:

 » Kelly Clarkson, TBA à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  Not much is known about the original “Idol” star’s next one, other than the provocative lollipop-licking cover for the first single, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” and a heavy dose of help from pop maestros Dr. Luke and Max Martin.

Spring and beyond:

 » Paula Abdul, TBA à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  The “American Idol” judge has been threatening to release her first new album since 1995 for over a year.

 » Josiah Leming, TBA à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  Last season’s “American Idol” crying boy will drop his heart-on-sleeve full-length debut.

MTV

New Idol music coming in 2009

Season 1 winner, Kelly Clarkson is back with her fourth album, tentatively called Masquerade, due out March 17. The first single, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” will be released to radio January 19.

Kelly’s gone a bit more pop with this on

Season 6′s Melinda Doolittle’s first CD, Coming Back to You, drops February 3. Her single, “It’s Your Love,” will be out January 20.

Syracuse.com

Antonella Barba Graduates College, Prepares To Hit Recording Studio

Antonella Barba checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace on Thursdsay (January 1), discussing her graduation from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and her plans for 2009, which include hitting the studio with Interscope/ Aftermathà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Producer and aFam Records CEO, Bernard Edwards, Jr AKA Focus. The à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ season six semi-finalist tells readers:

Pop Dirt

Woman not on ‘Idol,’ not from Huntsville

Former model says it’s likely a case of mistaken identity

In a crazy case of mistaken identity that can be attributed to the obsession of Fox’s “American Idol,” Huntsville-area model Stephanie Britt says she’s not the girl Internet Web sites are saying could be among the top 50 contestants for the upcoming season.

Britt, 30, told The Times Monday night by phone she was notified by a friend Monday her name had been mentioned in published reports as being on “American Idol.” A quick search of the Internet also discovered her name and pictures on “Idol” spoiler Web sites like Joes Place, Vote for the Worst and mj’s big blog. She was also contacted by a Times reporter via her MySpace page.

“First of all, I don’t live in Huntsville,” said Britt, who requested her real city not be named. “I put that on my MySpace page because I didn’t want people to know where I live.

“I got a call from a friend today who said, ‘Can you sing?’ and I said, ‘Ah, no, I can’t sing.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ Then, he sent me this article. It’s not me.

AL.com

Paula Abdul Is Distracting

But RAH! was one big epic fail. Abdul said she chose the teams that competed because they were underdogs who never really had the chance to shine. What that really meant is that they are bad. So bad that they couldn’t even do choreography from the Opposites Attract video which is basically standing in place, talking to an animated cat.

Which brings me to my next point…of all the videos that Paula could have had the squads learn choreography from, she used Opposites Attract TWICE. No Straight Up, no Cold-Hearted Snake.

Worst of all, Abdul is just one big distraction. This isn’t news, we’ve all seen her judge performances that never happened on Idol and threaten to squeeze off David Archuleta’s head and hang it from her rearview mirror, but at least her Idol outbursts are cushioned by Simon Cowell’s knowing looks. On RAH!, everyone acted like her crazy eyes and non sequiturs were completely normal.

New York Daily News

Puttin’ On the Glitz

If Sunday night’s premiere of “Superstars of Dance” is any guide, you’ll need a strong stomach — and preferably an empty one — to watch the rest of the series. NBC’s foray into the realm of dance competition might not exactly feature “superstars,” but where the dancing falls short, you can count on swooping, swirling and dizzying camerawork to sustain a blinding onslaught of glitz.

Glitz is the real star here, and it’s no wonder producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller, of “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” have troweled on so much of it. There’s little else to sell this series.

Washington Post

‘Superstars of Dance’: Viewers liked it, but critics …

Many on the dance watch (“America’s Best Dance Crew,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing With The Stars”) were probably quietly hoping that NBC’s “Superstars of Dance” did well. The mixture of styles, the continuation of the love of dance, and even cheesy Michael “Lord of the Dance” Flatley helped the show’s Sunday preview get the network’s highest non-sports results in the time period since Feb. 17 among adults 18-49 and total viewers with a 3.1/7 in the 18-49 category (10.4 million viewers overall), according to NBC.

“Superstars of Dance” ranked No. 2 in the the time period among adults 18-49 and tied for No. 1 among men 18-49. It was going up against CBS’ “Cold Case” and “The Unit” and a rerun of Fox’s “24: Redemption” movie.

LA Times

Dance Review: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ tour rates an 8 at American Airlines Center

For anyone who really loves the dance aspects of Dancing With the Stars, more so than the celebrity factor (“Who’ll be this season’s disaster star?”), the live tour is actually a lot more fun than the show. The version that came to American Airlines Center on Sunday night showcased the show’s professionals more than the stars, and rightly so.

The nonprofessional stars à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ Toni Braxton, Maurice Greene, Lance Bass, Marlee Matlin and Cody Linley à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ did their thing, and pretty well for the most part. However, I could have done without the two extended Braxton songs. We were there to watch them dance, not listen to her sing, and she wasn’t in her best voice; her staccato style on “Unbreak My Heart” made her sound uncannily like an album that was skipping.

Dallas News

Amberly working on debut album

Amberly Thiessen isn’t wasting any time getting her music career going.

After finishing Top 6 on Canadian Idol, Amberly headed to New York City and started working on her debut album.

“It’s been really busy. It’s crazy trying to get everything done before Christmas, especially an album, but it’s good,” said Amberly, shortly before the holidays. “I’m really excited about it.”

She is working on the album with a couple of her friends, who own a studio in the Big Apple.

CTV.com

ETA:

Two Davids out of American Idol

It is American Idol (AI) time again. The eighth season of the phenomenal talent show unreels on Jan. 13. Of course, we will get it live. We will get it both ways, on Star World on cable and on Q-11 for free TV and like in the previous years there will surely be repeats two or three times that same day and replays on other days. That is how popular AI is among us Pinoys.

I am not surprised. American Idol is a blend of things we like to watch rolled up in one enjoyable reality package. It has glamour with big stars joining the fun. It is drama, lots of tears, fights and love-giving all around. It is funny, most contestants should go into comedy instead and judge Simon Cowell can be really witty. It is a musical, where we get to hear all those old songs we love. Best of all, although we canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t vote, it is one of the most suspenseful competitions ever.

Philstar

Clive Davis To Present Annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala On 2/7

SonyBMG Chief Creative Officer and three-time GRAMMY ® winner Clive Davis and The Recording Academy ® will present the annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, continuing the party that has been a Davis legacy for nearly 30 years. This exclusive, star-studded celebration – attended by artists and industry VIPs in music, film and television and featuring special musical performances – again will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Broadway World

 
  • mandalay
  • dv
  • terps

    I wonder what Carrie will sing, I hope she sings ” I know you won’t” but that is probably “Just A Dream” :laugh_tb:

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj
  • Paula

    Congratulations, MJ. I enjoyed reading the article, and you’ve hit the big time!

  • smartcookie

    Great interview, mj. (You’re also really cute in the picture!)

  • rockfan

    Great article, MJ! Congrats!!

  • itsalleternal

    Good catch about Stephanie Britt by the Huntsville paper. Besides, that one is too old! (Also, she was never listed in the top 50)

  • dv

    Congrats MJ, great interview.

  • curlyQ23

    EEP!

    Los Angeles Times

    How fantastic! Congratulations for this great exposure.

    And just want to say thanks for maintaining such an awesome blog. I’ve lurked here for a while and have just started posting occasionally but this has quickly become my favourite Idol spot. I’m looking forward to posting more when AI8 starts up.

  • sma11ie

    EEP!

    Awesome, and great answers! You got me curious about JPL (didn’t watch his season) and Kelly’s IGB performance now(missed IGB last year).

    Anyone watch that Nigel super dance show or whatever? I flipped past it for like 10 seconds and it looked super cheesy (in a bad way). I see it got good initial ratings. Just wondering if it’ll keep up. I kinda liked what little I caught of SYTYCD.

  • itsalleternal

    As the site continues to grow, I am sure full-time advertisers will help out…

  • ozarka

    Wow!! So that’s you, MJ?

  • abbysee

    Mj, that was an awesome review. Make up and hair tips from Sanjaya, and Ryan’s frosty tips make me lol! You know I’m a fan, now you are gonna have groupies! Congrats, on the great press!

  • cheese

    Awesome interview, mj! I’m glad you got your digs in on Constantine. Heh.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/iamthepurplewalrus purplesmile

    Yahoo, mj! Kudos! :D

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    Nice, MJ! Exciting stuff! Congrats!

  • tinawina

    YAY MJ!!!!! Nice picture, your eyes look great. I didn’t realize you started season 5! That’s when I first came around. Look at you getting all famous on us. Methinks you better gird up on server space now, season 8 your membership is gonna grow with all this new publicity!!
    :clap_tb:

  • SashaB

    Aw, MJ, what a fabulous interview. Awesome answers. Love it. Seriously, you have the best info and scoops. Wish you’d make this a separate blog post :-) Congratulations!! Ooh, I can just see you and Rushfield doing some analysis and blogging together. Fabulous!

  • ozarka

    Congratulations, MJ! You’re famous! Tell us about Rushfield. He’s obviously and Archie luver, isn’t he?

    ETA: BTW, you have beautiful baby blue eyes!

  • Rosalee

    Congratulations on the interview, MJ! Nice pic. This belongs on your front page – not buried in the comments.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    Fantastic interview, MJ and wonderful pic! It has been so much fun watching this site and your presence online grow. You’re a star!! :clap_tb:

  • mac

    Wow!!!! Congratulations MJ. What a great interview. Loved the questions the interviewer asked and your answers were great and some were a hoot! You should be really proud of yourself. You’re blog is great and I really enjoy coming here. Sometimes the discussions are very entertaining, but sometimes very informative. Thank you for running the blog! (of course you have taken away several years of my life that I could have been productive……but oh well!) I love it. LOL.

  • itsalleternal

    Meet the REAL new American Idol! :king_tb:

  • sma11ie

    This belongs on your front page – not buried in the comments.

    I agree!

    Oh, and the Constantine thing is funny. Do you have a link to your original write-up of that incident? What a d-bag. His loss– doesn’t he know a positive interview on MJ’s does wonders for building goodwill in the Idol fanbase?

  • gingerly

    Woohoo MJ! Damn, girl you’re even more awesome than I thought :clap_tb: :clap_tb:

  • Jolene

    MJ, that was a great interview! It’s always nice to get more insight from you.

    This blog is the go to place for any Idol fan, in my mind, and I really appreciate the amount of work and love you put into it. While last season made me a fan of David Cook, I think this place made me a fan of American Idol, much more than the show itself ever did.

  • templeton

    Heh. Congrats mj! I guess my hubby is not the only fan of JPL. He loved his take on A Little Less Conversation. Damn, does this mean I should buy JPL’s cd’s for him?

  • FolkFan

    Great interview, MJ. Congrats!

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Aw, thanks guys. I am going to pull it out front, at least for Richard’s sake. It was really nice of him to feature me like that.

    He’s going to be featuring other Idol bloggers on his pages, but I’m really honored that he thought of me… :).

  • Dr. Tracey

    Congratulations MJ!
    I started coming here during Idol season just for the spoilers but I was so impressed with your blog overall that i’m here reading every day now, congrats again!

  • Kirsten

    Congrats on the interview MJ!

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    MJ, he wouldn’t have been doing a very good job if he hadn’t! This site is the best AI site on the web!

  • weareallinnocent

    Yay MJ!! Rushfield actively promotes those who deserve it — Carly, MJ, who’s next? :-)

    Glad you’re pulling it up front!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/iamthepurplewalrus purplesmile

    Damn, does this mean I should buy JPLà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s cdà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s for him?

    Yes, yes, yes. I have yet to get the second CD, but the first one (which dear pj here gave me), at least, is awesome. :D

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m glad you got your digs in on Constantine. Heh.

    Yeah, way to go, mj! lol

  • CathyMK

    Great photo and interview, MJ! And he picked you to be 1st in the series! Bet Constantine won’t hang up on you next time.

    I have to agree with Rushfield that MJ’s is the “one crucual Idol destination.” When I started looking for info about AI online last year, I constantly saw people referring to things they read on “MJ’s”. It seemed like almost all of the juicy info started out here! Now I don’t bother with most of those other sites. I know that if it’s important, MJ will have it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    EEP!

    Los Angeles Times

    OMG!!! :clap_tb:

    Congratulations, MJ!!!!

  • lefty

    Folks who were running searches on “American Idol Spoilers” were finding my site. The blog grew from there.

    And that is *precisely* how I got here. :bye_tb: Congrats, MJ!

  • http://myspace.com/pm68 Pam

    Nice interview mj. You are a STAH! :clap_tb:

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Folks who were running searches on à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol Spoilersà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  were finding my site. The blog grew from there.

    And that is *precisely* how I got here.

    I found her when someone mentioned MJ’s Big Blog at the scary boards – that is before MJ became a “forbidden word.” Heh. Puh-leeze.

  • templeton

    Thanks purplesmile. Will try to find somewhere on the net for hubby to listen to JPL’s cd before I invest in it.

  • baxter

    sniff…sniff…and to think I knew her when…now you’re a STAH!!!!

    Congrats MJ….it’s well deserved praise and acknowledgement.

    * Why the hell didn’t I get her autograph while in the back of our cab ride together…..??? :)*

  • lefty

    I found her when someone mentioned MJà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Big Blog at the scary boards – that is before MJ became a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“forbidden word.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Heh. Puh-leeze

    Are you serious? MJ, an outlaw and a star!?

  • oceana

    Congratulations MJ! It couldn’t happen to a more deserving person. Great picture too.

  • tinawina

    Which scary boards banned MJs? That’s hilarious!

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    14. If you could ask any Idol one question, who and what would it be? I’d ask Sanjaya Malakar for hair and makeup tips.

    LOL…

    Great MJ, congrats….

  • Lisa

    MJ became a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“forbidden word.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Heh. Puh-leeze.

    I still chuckle over that, LOL. Congrats MJ!!

    ETA..tinawina it’s the AI skeery boards & we had inventive little ways to get around it, LOL.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    ETA..tinawina ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the AI skeery boards & we had inventive little ways to get around it, LOL.

    EmJays Gigantic Cyber Write-up…. :wink1_tb: :laugh_tb: ….

    Seriously an honor, MJ.

  • itsalleternal

    The AI boards are currently closed…and they have been for over a week. I used to always post there but now I don’t do it very often.

  • Lisa

    EmJays Gigantic Cyber Write-up

    ROFLMAO! :clap_tb:

  • Lisa

    This is interesting:

    “Apple cuts copy protection and prices on iTunes

    Apple Inc. closed its final appearance at the Macworld trade show Tuesday by cutting the price of some songs in its market-leading iTunes online store to as little as 69 cents and disclosing that soon every track will be available without copy protection.”

    http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090106/ap_on_hi_te/tec_apple_macworld

  • sma11ie

    ^^ Yep, except they’re also gonna start charging $1.29 for the most sought after tracks, which make up the bulk of their overall revenue.

    I think that’s a pretty smart pricing plan. I’m actually excited cuz I’m thinking I will benefit since my tastes don’t tend toward the hottest singles on the iTunes top songs. But we’ll see. Oh, and yes, about time they’re making the DRM go away!

  • Kirsten

    Just found this from me5671 over at Pulse (look like RCA is doing research for Cook’s next single):

    I just got a ratethemusic survey on David Cook. It looks like the label is about to pick a follow-up single soon!

    [snip]

    The songs on the survey were ‘Lie, ‘Come Back To Me,’ and ‘Declaration.’

  • templeton

    I vote for Lie or Come Back To Me

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    ^^ I got the survey too, I will answer it when I arrive home my office computer don ´t have audio..

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    I’m voting for “Lie”….

  • sma11ie

    Ooh, yay, NEW SINGLE, how exciting!! For me, anything but Come Back to Me… that song is pretty but not what I want for the next DC single. If they want pretty, I’d rather Avalanche, though Lie and Declaration would beat both of those for me, so either would be great. I was kind of rooting for Heroes after the ESPN clip, but I guess that’s out of the question now… I dunno, I guess I’m leaning towards Lie since that might have more crossover appeal? This is hard for me, though, cuz I pretty much love the whole album, and I could honestly see Permanent, Life on The Moon, Bar-ba-sol, A Daily Anthem as singles as well… I’m thinking that’s too many, and a sign that I’ve lost my ability to be objective =P. Good thing I’m not rating, too much pressure, heh.

  • Jolene

    Lie is my favorite song on the album, but I’ll be fine with Declaration too.
    Come Back to Me might have hit potential, but personally it’s one of the songs I like less on the album, so, eh.

    And I’m one of not-so-many who’d really like to see Life on the Moon get out there at some point.

    RCA already chose my least favorite song as the first single, so for me any song on the album is a huge move up from LO. As long as they promote it, I’ll be happy with whatever they choose.

  • kbr

    Great interview MJ, I love Richard Rushfield!

    By the way, great news about Michael Johns and the Shaun White soundtrack release. Hopefully we’ll get a date soon, I know I will be downloading that from Itunes as soon as it’s available. The little pieces of songs I heard in the documentary sounded really good.

  • listen

    I voted for Lie (I don’t really care much for Declaration, shhhhh)

    Really was hoping Heroes might be next up as a single, but Lie will work just fine; it is one of my favorites.

  • itsalleternal

    I do agree with a phased pricing plan on iTunes. Older and independent ones should go at lower prices (older ones more so, like 49 cents) than the biggest hits.

  • lefty

    And Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m one of not-so-many whoà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d really like to see Life on the Moon get out there at some point.

    I love that song.

  • Barbariba

    Lie is one of my top 4 songs on the Record, so I voted for it. But I wouldn’t be disappointed if RCA chooses Declaration for the next single. Count me in with everyone who thinks that there are multiple hits on DCTR. I can hear so many of these songs on the radio with many of them having cross-over appeal.

  • Lisa

    Voted for Lie also even though I personally love Shaving Cream the most, but I get that it might not be the best radio friendly.

  • primeminister

    Cook ended 2008 on the official Singapore charts, the 987FM Top 100 Countdown, at #7 with his rendition of “Always Be My Baby.” Archuleta’s “Crush is #9.

    Here’s the year-end chart:
    http://www.mediacorpradio.sg/987fm_08top100/top100.pdf

  • http://myspace.com/pm68 Pam

    I voted last night. I was torn between Declaration and Lie. I ultimately went with Lie. It’s one of my top favorites on the album. I’m with sma11ie about CBTM. I don’t dislike it, just don’t see it working as a single but what do I know? Heh

  • mac

    I voted last night. I was torn between Declaration and Lie. I ultimately went with Lie.

    Me too Pam. I love all three songs, but then I narrowed it down to Declaration and Lie. I thought Declaration might be better for radio (more upbeat song), but ultimately I went with my favorite Lie. Barbasol is my number 1 and Lie is my number 2. It is interesting how we are all choosing Lie. I think it is a beautiful song!

  • Fran

    Re the Rye Randa interview and the Shaun White Doco. Yes, in answer to a quote from the article, I live in a cave :wink_wp: and I had no idea who Shaun White is until I heard Michael Johns is co producing the soundtrack. I am excited and can’t wait to hear the 9 songs that he sang on it and hope that if the three of them are performing at the X Dance or the X Games in January, some MJ fans will find a way to see them and come back with goodies for the rest of us who cannot be there.

  • smartcookie

    “Life on the Moon” is my favorite song on the album, but I voted for “Declaration.” I love “Lie,” too, but “Declaration” just hit me a little better at the moment I was filling out the survey.

    But I am totally smitten with “Life on the Moon.” Always and forever, you and me, LOTM, baby.

  • cookcricket

    But I am totally smitten with à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Life on the Moon.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Always and forever, you and me, LOTM, baby.

    LOL smartcookie, are you saying you want to live on the moon with DC? (Not a bad thought. ;)) I love this song too! This, Heroes and Avalanche are my favorite songs on DCTR. However, I would put She’s My Last Request up there too.

  • CathyMK

    Jason blogged today. Did we know that he has a band to rehearse with?

    Wednesday, January 07, 2009

    back to work!

    heyyoooo!

    so im back in la. its been an eventful 24 hours. first, let me back track a bit. 3 days ago it was in the 70′s and i was enjoying a wonderful meal by my grandmother in her backyard. 2 days later i get up to go to the airport and there is ice on the trees!!!! whaaaaat?! the weather in texas gets crazier every year. so ya i go to the airport, have to stand outside while i wait to check my bag…i am shaking im so cold and exhausted because my family stayed up wayyyy to late the night before. haha something that happens alot when everybodys home! so i go in the airport and find a nice cozy seat. it really was out of the ordinary. big leather right in front of a flat screen. there was only one row of these, it was awesome! i sat down and started reading a book ive been working on for a while now! the historian, it was a gift sometime this summer. im hoping they will read this and let me know it was them so i can say thank youuuuu! im loving it. so yaaa our plane was and hour and a half late which was ok for me and my book but not ok for the band rehearsal i was supposed to be attending that evening!!! so i find a nice window seat(literally find… southwest airlines… oh man i hate having to pick a seat! haha but i love cheap tickets!) so ya i have a seat and am joined by a fellow musician that i chatted with just before boarding. hes studying music in arkansas and i cannot remember his name. a chronic problem i have. haha so yaaa we get de-iced and on our way and arrive in la… i usually dont check bags but i did for the holidays because i took home everything and was bringing it all back out so i wait… and wait… and remember why i never check bags. haha and then i head to the condo, unload my stuff and its time to go! a second more and ill be late! so i get in my car andddd it doesnt start. haha of course it doesnt start! lol so luckily i find a car to borrow from my second family out here and head to practice. band practice!!! our first plugged in rehearsal. booyuhhhh have a blast and then i drive home and go to sleep. i was tiredddd. so today, i try to jump start my car. it tries but it isnt working so i had to go buy a new battery and install that sucker. i also went grocery shopping while i was at it. went to costco and bought ALOT of food. so i ate a double portion tonight. haha so yaaaaa im back to work! just wanted to say hey and let you know that i am safe and sound and wrecking the town! haha not so much that last one…

    talk soon!

    jasonnn.

    http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=104282517&blogID=462012776

  • cookcricket

    Thanks for the Jason post CathyMK. I love Jason! Can’t wait for whatever he puts out!

  • gabam

    Jason’s blog makes me happy. It’s so…..Jason.

    The band Jason referred to is probably The Heavy Steadies. I think that they will be working with him for a while. They were his band for both the Tulsa and the Garland concerts. They are really great guys. I’m looking forward to their 2009 CD, in addition to Jason’s.