Idol Headlines – 1/22/13 – Evening Edition

Scotty McCreery Tweets, “Yep, I’ll be on Idol Wed night, but it’s quick & at the start of the show..” He also linked to this report on the Charlotte audition episode that’s scheduled to air Wednesday night.

Colton Dixon Goes Hard on Debut Album, Writes Songs With Lifehouse Frontman – Billboard recently caught up with the 21-year-old rocker who says that he had a hand in the majority of the album songwriting process. “I either wrote or co-wrote all the songs except for one. I’m the kind of artist who thinks that everyone should write their own stuff. It means more that way,” he explained. The one song that he didn’t contribute to – “Let Them See You” – was what Dixon considered the album’s missing piece. “I heard this song from a friend of mine and I just had to have it on my record. It finished the record perfectly!” – Read more at Billboard

‘Smash’ Taps Andrew McMahon Of Jack’s Mannequin For Season 2 Songs – For “Smash” Season 2, the NBC drama is expanding its songwriters. Among the new names joining Season 1’s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman is Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin fame. New “Smash” showrunner and executive producer Josh Safran revealed some of the names attached to Season 2 to and said McMahon the “wildcard of the bunch.” “Joe Iconis, Drew Gasparini, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and sort of the wildcard of the bunch, Andrew McMahon, who has never written musical theatre before but he is a pop artist. His band is called Jack’s Mannequin,” Safran told Playbill. “Lucie Silvas is also a singer-songwriter whose music we are also using. She’s not a musical theatre writer either, and her music came to me through Kat McPhee, who one day was just playing me songs that she thought were great and would be great for Jimmy and Kyle, and they were incredible …” – Read more at Huffington Post

StarKid Joey Richter Cast on Glee – We can’t contain our excitement! Joey Richter, our favorite StarKid (sorry Darren Criss), will be appearing on Glee this Thursday as part of the NYADA Glee club set to sweep Kurt Hummel off his feet (with the help of new love interest Adam played by Oliver Kieran-Jones.) – Read more at NewNowNext

Simon Cowell Bullish on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Despite ‘The Voice’ Competition – LONDON — Simon Cowell told reporters Sunday that he is optimistic that ITV hit show Britain’s Got Talent can bring in strong, and possibly even higher, ratings this year despite continued competition from the BBC’s The Voice UK. He also signaled that he wouldn’t return to the U.K. version of The X Factor on ITV and said the future of that show in the U.K. and U.S. would be discussed in upcoming meetings. Syco Entertainment, Cowell’s joint venture with Sony Music, is one of the producers of The X Factor and Got Talent formats. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

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  • H.A.

    Adam did a anti bullying campaign photoshhot for The Friend Movement.

    Adam Lambert – New Photo via elliotlondon The Friend Movement

    Adam Lambert – New Photo via rwphillipsii

    Adam Lambert New Photo via mizz_jpatt The Friend Movement #ADAMLAMBERT #friendmovement #friend #beafriend#stopbullying

    Joseph Calloway was also involved in The Friend Movement. He’s a kid that
    contemplated suicide because of his bullying experience. He says Adam Lambert is his inspiration.

    I remembered why I want to live. Joseph’s story on being bullied

    Joseph and Adam got to meet each other.

  • maymay

    From Phillip`s Offical Facebook:
    Phillip Phillips is coming to France! To get news and real time updates like his French Facebook page here: 

  • Sharon S.

    Joseph’s story is the perfect illustration of what Adam was trying to say in his recent Twitter treatise about focusing more on helping those who are bullied to cope with the bullying and build enough self-esteem to not allow those experiences to decimate their self-worth, rather than focusing all our attention on the bullies themselves.  Fortunately, Joseph found that strength in the love of his mother, his love for his sister, and his desire to insure the bullies didn’t win.  How wonderful that he got to meet Adam.  I’m sure it meant a great deal to Adam as well.  

  • girlygirltoo

    Unless I’m missing something, I don’t see anything on there that says he’s going to France. It looks like that is simply a Facebook page for his French fans.

  • maymay

    Because it was posted on PP`s offical facebook, but I don`t know whether PP will really go to France in the future.

  • justmefornow

    Looks like James may make an appearance on Idol on Thursday night, unless they edit him out:

    anne futch ?@annefutch
    @DurbinRock Didn’t you drop by the Idol auditions in Baton Rouge? Will you be on this Thursday’s show? Durbin fans would love to see you!!!!

    James Durbin ?@DurbinRock
    @annefutch I was there! I dunno if they’ll show it. Btw I was still blonde

  • Montavilla

    I’m excited that Joey Richter will appear on Glee.  He’s a really funny comic actor.  

  • girlygirltoo

    The song request for Kris’ concert tonight is “Let’s Stay Together”

    Yesss!! Looking forward to Kris channeling his inner Al Green :D

  • Kariann Hart

    I disagree with Colton.  Imagine not hearing Elvis Presley songs just because he didn’t write or co-write them.  Not everyone has the talent to write songs.  Colton is blessed that he can.

    I’m really getting excited about Smash!

  • durbesque

    I suppose that Elvis, Sinatra, Whitney, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Streisand, would not make it today.  They just sang.

  • TheOther

    On that note, within the Idol bubble, there’s this misconception that Phillip Phillips has to write every song he records. He has said that he needs to feel a connection to the song.  Not the same thing.  In the BB Cover story, he said he had discarded a bunch of songs that were presented to him that he didn’t care for and was glad Gone, Gone, Gone was switched in its place.

  • Eilonwy

    Eh, young Mr. Dixon hasn’t gotten to the bit in music industry economics where he realizes there’s a nice, steady income stream in writing songs that other people sing… which requires that there be “other people” willing to sing them.

    He’ll learn. He’s also stylistically in a realm (alt-rock) where writing one’s own songs is the norm, so he’s probably thinking about how he fits in with people he wants as peers, rather than about the music industry as a whole.

    I don’t flove statements that imply only singers who write their own songs are real artists, but since Dixon owns it as his opinion rather than making it a blanket statement of truth… my thinking he’s not entirely correct doesn’t take away his right to think that anyway.

  • sdmama

    It looks like, “French speaking Phillip fan can now chat on his French version of Facebook!” to me.  I was hoping he may be actually going to France for some reason, but it might be Jimmy decided to take a better care of French speaking Canadian fans ;)  One step at a time, I guess.  Keep the finger crossed that he will be selling his songs in France some day.

  • girlygirltoo

    Rihanna doesn’t write any of her songs, and it hasn’t stopped her from being megasuccessful. Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand — just other examples of other great performers who didn’t write songs (although I think Elvis got songwriting “credit” on some of his songs).

    Not everyone can write, just like not everyone can sing. Songwriting is a skill, an art, a talent, just like writing a novel or a play or a movie is a skill, art and talent. It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of practice. It can take years and years to become a really good writer.

    I think it helps to connect to the songs more as a performer if you have some hand in writing it, but the best artists can connect to pretty much any song that they are given.

    Monetarily, it makes far more sense to write or co-write your own songs. For instance, because he didn’t write “Home”, Phillip does not get paid even one fraction of a penny for all those commercial radio spins that Home has received — only the songwriters get paid for commercial radio play. If an artist didn’t write the song, he or she gets zip. This is one reason why the trend these days is for artists to try and get songwriting credit, even if they didn’t contribute much, if anything, to the actual writing of the song. 

    But I don’t think it makes you any less of a “real” artist if you can’t, or don’t want to, write songs. Just a different kind of artist.

  • Nadine_Bitch
  • Larc

    Truth is not all the singers writing their own songs really have the ability to do it well.  But it seems to be expected for some unknown reason whether the entirely separate talent is there or not.  I’ve never been able to get my brain wrapped around that.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Such a charmer – love his interviews.

  • Anny_nanny

    I read they were going to release the album in France. I do not understand why it was in France – it seems to me this is the most difficult market in Europe, France has un-loyal attitude to the English-language music. England, the countries of Scandinavia, even Germany had the best start.

  • KelseyW

    Haley tweets: “Back from good old Boston; now in sunny land! Today is the beginning of a whole lot of writing sessions.. Ya heardddd!?!???! #thatnewstuff”

    “Writing 101 with robkleiner and skystonestreet. ”

    So excited!! Can’t wait for the day I get to hear new Haley music! :D

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Not everyone has the talent to write songs.  Colton is blessed that he can.”

    But what kind of songs are they? Lots of people write their own songs – the real question is are they any good? Colton comes across pretty full of himself at times.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris cover Al Green’s  “Let’s Stay Together” State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL

  • lovetheusa1776

    Such a gorgeous song and Kris sounds absolutely wonderful – great performance.  Wish he’d record it.  (Have Elise Testone’s AI version, too – my fav performance of hers.  Mycle Westman of The Voice, as well.  Guess I just really love this song.)

  • SaSa8

    Another good example of not writing your own songs, the King of Country Music, George Strait has had the most #1 singles (57 in total) and has not written any of them.  He has only written a few songs on his last album or two.  So I have to respectfully disagree with Colton on this point. 

  • Tess

    Wow, not that I liked Coltin to begin with but his insinuation that “he” thinks “everyone should write their own stuff” because it “means more that way” just proved to me what a self-centered, egotistical little do-gooder snot he is.  So should actors write their own plays, or movie stars their own scripts, or should we no longer quote from poems or essays because, unless we use our own words, it doesn’t mean as much.

    Sure, sure innocent comment and not that deep but it comes across to me as a little fish thinking he has something more than all the big whales out there.  Well, Coltin, when you win songwriter of the year (which very few self-penned artists do) you can puff out your chest having proven to us that writing one’s own material “means more that way”.

  • potatorocks

    It is a ridiculous notion that everyone who can sing can write.  That everyone who can dance can choreograph.  That everyone who can play an instrument can compose.
    Or  vice versa.   Many lyricists cannot sing well at all.
    I understand an artist makes more money if they write their own material but honestly many of our idol alumni might being doing better right now if they just could have stuck to singing.

  • Miz

    Yay for Kris covering Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’. Such a beautiful and soulful voice.

    What makes me happiest, however, is that I finally see some movement from his fingers on his right hand. That’s been bothering and worrying me. He’s on the road to recovery, yo!

  • Eilonwy

    It is a ridiculous notion that everyone who can sing can write.

    Of course it is. Anybody could have handed Dixon three examples of singers he admires (or at least doesn’t want to cast shade on) and gotten him to back-pedal in a vast flurry of words and strategic explanations. 

    At the same time, he’s mostly parroting what a vocal portion of his fan base and any number of “rock” musicians say openly — that they prefer singers who write their own music, play their own instruments, omg!authenticity. I don’t agree as a blanket statement, because I enjoy any number of pop singers who don’t write their own music (and because I think “songwriter” is itself a valid occupation). But singer/songwriters say sh*t like this, so while I could wish for slightly more tact and shading, I’m not surprised that the sentiment has an audience.

    Actually, I’m mostly surprised that Dixon didn’t go for tact and shading; he usually seems to want it both ways on opinions that might be controversial. I’m not going to change my music-listening habits to agree with him, but this hasn’t crossed my puppy-eating line on giving music half a listen.

  • potatorocks

     Honestly his voice, his type of music, his album cover and his opinions on music don’t interest me.   I should refrain from commenting about him at all.

  • DragonFly

    “For instance, because he didn’t write “Home”, Phillip does not get paid even one fraction of a penny for all those commercial radio spins that Home has received — only the songwriters get paid for commercial radio play. If an artist didn’t write the song, he or she gets zip.”

    Comment is not specific to any particular (Singer Name) but this all seems so The Dark Ages.  It was found actors yrs. ago were not being paid for their reruns & it became a disgrace.  Actors didn’t write or co-write their shows & yet b/c they starred in them in reruns people felt they should be paid for it (my full agreement w/that).  Don’t understand at all how that differs from a song being played over & over again on radio–why shouldn’t singers be given even a semi-decent cut every time, even if they didn’t write or co-write it?  A song is just notes & words on a paper until a good singer performs it–just as crucial as the writer in my book.  Unreal!

  • Incipit

    So, keeping these youngsters from putting their foot in their mouths is pretty much a full time job, and I guess no one wanted it – so we get quotes like that one. smh.

    But since I agree with potatorocks that Colton joins the alumni group where “…his voice, his type of music, his album cover and his opinions on music don’t interest me.” It’s enough to note his foot is firmly fixed in his mouth, up to the knee, as Eilonwy pointed out…and this often happens with new signees, especially with the youngsters. IMO.

    Oh well.

  • Eilonwy

    Don’t understand at all how that differs from a song being played over & over again on radio–why shouldn’t singers be given even a semi-decent cut every time, even if they didn’t write or co-write it?

    The historic reasoning for commercial radio royalties in the U.S. was that radio play is promotion for the sound recording, so the owner of the sound recording itself (record label, which then pays royalties to the singer) doesn’t get royalties because that party is benefitting in the form of record sales. That reasoning doesn’t totally hold water because songwriters also get royalties on record sales, but as owner of the work itself, they negotiated a different deal. 

    Internet radio does have to pay a royalty to the owner of the work (label, which then pays to the singer). Owners of the big internet radio stations therefore b*tch, whine, and moan about how unfaaaaiiiirrrrr this is, because it cuts into their ability to make a profit. (Pandora’s all over this. They can’t get subscriber fees and ads to cover royalty payments.)

    Personally, I’d favor paying singers a royalty on radio play, mostly on the principle that I loathe to “you should do it for free as it’s good promo,” especially in the current market of pricing music to zero. Getting commercial terrestrial radio to find the money in its faltering business model is probably a losing battle, though. *gets depressed about money flow in music industry*

  • Larc

    Singers do get paid in a way for radio play.  It’s free advertising that helps sell their singles and albums.  The benefit seems more than fair compensation.  I think singers would choose that arrangement any day over not being played on radio.

  • Aavari

    Well now, that’s interesting. I had no idea that anyone
    (writer or performer) got paid when a song was played on the radio. I figured
    both got paid out of the sales, through whatever contracts they had with the
    record label responsible for producing the song.


    I did have a vague idea that if a song is licensed for  promotional use (in a commercial or something)
    then yes, the songwriter got royalties from that…but I didn’t realize that they
    get royalties whenever a song is played on the radio.


    I’ve also always had the cynical philosophy that the industry
    sees radio as a means to  drive sales of
    a song or album, which makes the fact that the song writers actually get a cut,
    never mind that the singers don’t, even more surprising. The song writers
    association (or whatever) obviously had a much better lawyer than the singers union
    (or whatever the equivalent is).

  • girlygirltoo

    BMI, ASCAP and SESAC have been fighting for years to get artists paid when their songs get played on the radio, even if they didn’t write the song. Considering the performance has a lot to do with how well a song does on the radio, I think it’s only fair that both the artis and the writer(s) get paid for radio spins. But commercial radio has resisted strongly. It is my understanding that artists and writers ALL get paid for satellite radio and online radio


     This is amazing. Joseph’s video made me cry, what a sweet boy. I am so happy he got to meet his idol, Adam. Also, happy to see yet again how Adam is such an inspiration to young people like Joseph.