Idol Headlines for 01/18/12

Bucky Covington performs his single, “I Wanna Be That Feeling” on FOX 17 in Nashville. Watch it Here.

Listen to a preview of David Archuleta’s Nandito Ako.

It’s from the TV show he’s shooting right now in the Philippines.

‘American Idol’: 10 Predictions For Season 11 – Believe it or not, “American Idol” kicks off its 11th season Wednesday night (January 17), and for longtime fans of the show (like myself), it is a time of great trepidation. And not just because we’ve got nothing but auditions to look forward to for the next 354 weeks. Instead, rarely, if ever, has the future — nay, the very existence — of the program been as cloudy as it is right now. – Read more at MTV.

Judging slump? Fatigue factor? 5 questions ‘Idol’ is facing – “American Idol” is hours away from starting its 11th season, undoubtedly by finding some rags-to-riches auditioner who starts the year off on a hopeful note. But while that may be a no-brainer, there’s a lot that’s uncertain about this season. Here are five key questions that the show will have to answer. – Read more at MSNBC

‘American Idol’: Where Are Katharine McPhee, Leah LaBelle Now? – “American Idol” kicks off its 11th season Wednesday night with its first of eight audition episodes. But before we’re inundated with a new batch of contestants (many of whom we’ll forget
about by June), let’s play catch-up with some noteworthy alums. Sure, our Kellys and Carries have remained household names throughout the years, but others — like Katharine McPhee and Leah LaBelle — are poised to have their biggest post-”Idol” years yet. – Read more at VH1

‘American Idol’ Season 10: Where Are They Now? – In interviews following their elimination from the show, “American Idol” contestants often claim that his or her road to stardom has not ended, and that good things are to come on the horizon. But, if previous seasons are any indication, continued fame is hard to come by, unless your name is Chris Daughtry or Jennifer Hudson. Is that the case for any of the also-rans of last season? Or have the men and women of “Idol”‘s tenth season shown more promise than some of their immediate predecessors? Read on to find out what some of last season’s favorites have been up to since the cameras stopped rolling last May. – Read more at Billboard

‘American Idol’ Game Changers: Adam Lambert, David Cook, Clay Aiken Among the Top 10 – Indeed, it’s been a long road that launched with meager beginnings – a makeshift judges’ table and the Texas-sized voice that could: Kelly Clarkson. She set the bar high but plenty have moved it along the way. From the first time a runner-up outsold a winner to the first eye-popping moment when Adam Lambert turned up the heat to 11, Idol has seen many game-changing contestants and performances in its decade on the air. Here, our picks for 10 that stand the test of time: – The Hollywood Reporter

American Idol winner Kris Allen wants to help teachers – American Idol winner Kris Allen may sing for a living, but he knows all too well the challenges that public school teachers face thanks to his wife, Katie, a drama school teacher in Arkansas.
“She loves her job, but she often talks about the challenges,” says Allen. “She’d love to take her students to see a play, but can’t afford to. It’s hard for teachers to do these kinds of things nowadays because schools don’t get enough funding.” – Read more at USA Today

James Durbin on Life After ‘American Idol’ & Are Haley Reinhart & Stefano Langone Really Dating? – I don’t think “Deeper” would be a single. I think the next single that would work would be “Love in Ruins” for Hot AC. I think that song could be a definite hit. It has much more of a throwback feel. And then for Rock, there is a song called “Higher than Heaven” which I co-wrote. It’s so personal. It’s about my life before I met my wife, Heidi. I was going down a broken road, drugs, partying. It was really dark and depressing. And then as soon as I met her, I felt something inside me. A light turned on that had never turned on before and I knew that this was it. If I was going to impress this woman, I had to impress myself. I had to make myself a better person. I stopped doing drugs, I stopped smoking weed, I stopped going to raves. I worked my a** off and I changed that, for her. She was my guardian angel. That’s what I wrote about in “Higher Than Heaven.” But it’s rock n roll, it’s not cheesy whatsoever. It’s me. – Read more at OK

Glee’s Cory Monteith Spills on “Amazing” Finn and Rachel Shocker—and His Season-Four Fate! – So why’d Finn pop the big Q now? “Finn has some real, real feelings for Rachel that lead toward it,” Cory explains, “but I think he’s also trying to hang on to something. He’s trying to keep the love locked down. You know what I’m saying? He’s trying to hang on to what he considers to be the one good thing in life he has going, which is his relationship with Rachel. He feels like it’s his. He’s kind of down on himself because everyone knows what they’re doing; everyone knows where they’re going and he doesn’t. And the one thing he knows he wants is Rachel. He’s in love with her.” – Read more at EW

Glee Scoop: Cory Monteith on the Surprise ‘Finchel’ [Spoiler], Plus: What’s Next for the Duo! – By now, most “Finchel” fans have probably dropped dead from the overload of gleeky goodness found in the final moments of Glee‘s “Yes/No.” But if any of you are still alive and kickin’, TVLine has some fresh Finn and Rachel scoop straight from star Cory Monteith. – Read more at EW

  • Valentin432
  • Valentin432

    I’m surprised how well-informed these idol articles are, those writers are some real idol geeks.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but whoever wrote that Hollywood Reporters article about Idol is smoking some serious crack! An Idol highlights list that doesn’t include Kelly, Carrie, Fantasia or Daughtry is wack.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Haley Reinhart interview on KISS 98.5 
    http://www.kiss985.com/pages/11341087.php?

  • Anonymous

    I love the American Idol Game Changers article….It brought back such fond memories (must be written by an idol geek)! 

    I’m so proud to say I’ve been watching since the 1st season. I’ve never been much of a TV watcher, but after getting in a minor car accident, I was stuck at home during Season 1 auditions and have been hooked ever since!I wonder what kind of place Idol will hold in history when all is said and done. How many artist will have their start there…like Star Search, the Mickey Mouse Club, and Night at the Apollo….but much, much bigger. Idol is definitely an American institution. 

  • Anonymous

    Kris Allen is teaming up with Clear Channel Radio stations for another DonorsChoose charity drive.   
    http://yourlife.usatoday.com/mind-soul/doing-good/kindness/post/2012/01/american-idol-winner-kris-allen-wants-to-help-teachers/605751/1#.TxbbCYgZc4k.twitter

    To bolster their efforts, partner Clear Channel Radio will air a three-month celebrity-studded radio campaign, featuring Allen and others, 850 radio stations, reaching millions of potential donors, while Chase and other partners have agreed to match each donation up to $50, for a total commitment of $250,000.

  • Anonymous

    That Hollywood Reporter article was pretty much dead on accurate.  It wasn’t about CD sales, it was about “Game Changers” on Idol. Glad to see she included Taylor Hicks on that list, for he was the first one ever to bring a musical instrument on the show (before it was allowed, mind you) and immediately separated himself from the pack and ultimately led to his win. Gutsy move… sneaky move… but it worked!

  • Anonymous

    Here is more information about the charity drive from FMQB:

    Clear Channel Communities Names DonorsChoose.org As First Non-Profit Partner
    http://www.fmqb.com/article.asp?id=2375148 

    “A series of more than 300,000 radio spots will feature celebrities and recording artists includingRyan Seacrest, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, J.R. Martinez, Pitbull, LMFAO, Gym Class Heroes, Kris Allen and others to encourage listeners to contribute to DonorsChoose.org and learn more about how to address the lack of educational supplies in our nation’s public schools.”

  • sd34567

    I did not know Idol started back up today.  That goes to show how much I care.  I thought it wasn’t starting back up until after the NFC Championship game?

  • Anonymous

    IMO, as far as changing the show by playing an instrument, I’d have to go with Blake Lewis.  He’s the one who put an end to the idea that the show is just a glorified karaoke competition, and showed that singing is about more than just hitting the high notes.  He wasn’t perfect or a great singer, but he’s the one who opened the door so that contestants could use instruments, as well as rearrange songs to fit their individual style.  

    I would also include Fantasia.  I don’t think the contestants who competed during the first four seasons get enough credit for their arrangements.  They had it rougher than the people who came after Blake.  They were expected to perform songs in certain styles every week, and if they didn’t they would be called out on it by the judges.  They had to be a lot more versatile than the contestants that we have now, and they had to know how to make a song work for them, while sticking with the weekly theme.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for posting!

    Haley did a fantastic job. Her responses were a little slow in the beginning (she sounds SO tired) but she really gained momentum as the interview progressed.

    She even had me chuckling in a few spots….when asked if Casey still looks like a mountain man, she said “yeah, I think he’s now howling” and when asked what she learned from Randy Jackson:”to grow a couple thousand layers of skin”. Gotta love it!

    I can’t believe her album may not be out until Apr-May but I’m glad they are taking their time to do it right.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Leah LaBelle is signed to L.A. Reid’s Epic Records. She was terrible on Idol. Hopefully she improved. If not, either L.A.’s record label is crazy for signing her or they see a potential star which is unlikely to me considering L.A. discovered Rihanna & Bieber. I just don’t see her being a star like most of the label’s artists.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Lol, Haley is definitely not a morning person, it was 6:30AM in LA. I loved her responses and I thought the interviewer asked some great questions. 

  • http://twitter.com/butterflydm Diana

    Pretty smart idea for Kris to team up with Clear Channel, considering how much power they have over radio.

  • Anonymous

    Excited about this new DonorsChoose charity project that Kris and some of the other Idols are involved with. Very cool that Clear Channel is involved — hopefully the radio spots will help in raising a lot more money. And hey — it gives the Idols something else to talk about if they are interviewed by any CC stations :)

  • Anonymous

    Kris blurb in the latest OK Magazine (celebrity crush)

    http://yfrog.com/hwuv8wj

  • Anonymous

    Now it is official Chris, Marcus & Astro are signed with Epic.

    Sony Music Global:

    http://tinyurl.com/6roaa34

    ETA: As mj mentioned in the Astro thread, a lot of Xfactor news coming out on the eve of the debut of the new season of Idol.

  • Anonymous

    Man Epic signed a boatload of XFactor people. They can’t expect all of them to be successful, can they? Or do they?

  • Anonymous

    I think they definitely expect Astro & Chris to do well because they’re rappers & usually rappers sell a lot of albums. Will they both be accepted in the rap world coming off a talent show? Time will tell since both will be the first ones to go into the rap genre coming off a talent show.

    I think they think Marcus will be a R&B/hip-hop star like a Ne-Yo. I’m not sold on him yet. He’s a good performer, but I think he’s forgettable in his genre.

    I have the feeling that L.A. would have signed all of them after mentoring them. I think he saw potential in all of them. I just don’t know whether all of them will live up to the potential.

  • Incipit

    Interesting DavidC news from Japan this morning – (or last night, or tomorrow, I can never get the time zones straight. Heh.) 

    This Loud Morning was released to Amazon Japan, and the physical “THIS LOUD MORNING deluxe version in Japan includes 5 THIS QUIET NIGHT tracks.” http://bit.ly/y3fH5X (thx2 @kyo_dcol)

    The picture of the titles at the link shows 19 tracks, including the five acoustic versions from TQN. Very Cool. That’s a lot of ‘Bonus’.

    Fans in Japan are tweeting to fans in Brazil about David Cook’s TLM/TQN.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Simon is hedging his bets by having all of these contestants signed.  He’s hoping that at least one of them will be a big commercial success.

  • Anonymous

    I think we’ve counted at least 5 languages David Archuleta can sing in now.  Nandito Ako is beautiful.  This song is in the Mini Series that is currently in the third day of shooting . The song reportedly will be on I Tunes soon!! David has had a grand welcome in the Phillipines and TV5 etc really are promoting David and the series.

  • Anonymous

    Are these the Top 30 American Idol Contestant ever?

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/top-336079-american-ever.html?pic=1

  • Anonymous

    The interview with Haley was really good to listen to. Its the first indepth interview with her I’ve heard. She is so sweet and down-to-earth, and her youthfulness (only 21) shows. On stage she communicates so well with the audience through her performances, one can sometimes think she’s older. So looking forward to her first single. I read somewhere, it’ll  be released March 1st!

  • Anonymous

    David’s song is beautiful. :)

  • Anonymous

    Man Epic signed a boatload of XFactor people. They can’t expect all of them to be successful, can they? Or do they?

    Why not?  It’s not like only one person can be successful at a time in the industry.  They are all talented, and with a lot of luck, and the right A&R they can make it.I don’t think that releasing the information today will hurt AI.  There’s a lot of press surrounding American Idol, and the XF contestants have never had a lot of buzz, and that’s not going to change today.

  • Anonymous

    of course they could all become successful, but the odds are against them, since probably less than 1% of artists signed to any label deal ever becomes a star. If they are able to make a decent living in the business for 5-10 years, that is success in my opinion. If any of them become actual stars, well then good for them, because they will have beaten some long odds. I wish them all much luck with their careers

  • Kitwana

    TV5 sure was quick in getting this preview out. I think David just recorded this a few days ago. It really looks like the station has turned its entire promotional department over to promoting David and his series.

    The preview of David singing Nandito Ako is so awesome. To be able to convey so much emotion in a foreign language requires real talent. It just makes you wonder why Jive was so hell bent on promoting and pigeonholing David as a tween Idol like the Jonas Brothers rather than focusing on his incredible vocal talent at 17. It’s like taking Celine Dion and promoting her like Britney Spears. Celine would never have gone with that approach and I doubt she would have been as successful if she had. David is so lucky that Sony Asia, unlike Jive, continues to promote and support his music despite his refusal to be pigeonholed as a teen idol. This song will make David even bigger in the Philippines. With the Filipino diaspora in Asia, I suspect this song will spread quickly throughout the region. Can’t wait for the whole song and the English version of it that David also recorded.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Another Haley Reinhart Interview: 99.5 Country Radio in Chicago. 

    http://us99country.radio.com/2012/01/18/american-idol-haley-reinhart-on-the-phone-w-lisa-ray/ 

  • Kylee

    So, uh, nice of that author of the MTV article to conveniently leave out the successes of Scotty and instead focus on the failures of the past few winners(Lee, Kris). 

  • http://twitter.com/1WaySTweet Ron Simpson

    The MTV article isn’t finished.

    “On Thursday, Jim will check in with standouts from seasons six through 10.”

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  • Anonymous

    hmmm…We can’t really expect Astro & Chris to do well just because they’re rappers, it really depends on how great the album is. The only rappers that tend to sell really well without alot of buzz, I believe, are the ones with real credibility or real support from industry heavyweights…like JayZ, etc. Exceptions include people like Will Smith. He was a weak rapper with good music and insanely popular already. 
    Chris has a better chance in Pop Rap, but pop fans are fickle sometimes and may only buy his singles, not his album. Flo Rida’s first album flopped but his singles did well. 

    Astro is young. I can’t think of any young rappers that sold well unless they were in Pop Rap. I’m thinking Bow Wow as an example.

    We shall soon see…I wish them both well! 

  • http://twitter.com/1WaySTweet Ron Simpson
  • Anonymous

    When the movie End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal comes out, we should ask Kris if he will see it or not. LOL.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I didn’t like the overly negative tone of that article.

  • Avari

    To be fair,  that article wasn’t a list of highlights,  it was picking out events (or contestants or performances) that changed something permanently for the show and all its future players.  

  • Jean Richard

    MTV is so pop oriented that I doubt they consider many other genres let alone consider another genre a success.

  • Anonymous

    Look for Bria Kam from Atlanta! She is awesome and wish her much success!

  • Anonymous

    OK Mag: 
    ‘American Idol’ Winners’ Best Performances from Kelly Clarkson to Scotty McCreery!

    http://www.okmagazine.com/news/american-idol-winners-best-performances-kelly-clarkson-scotty-mccreery

  • Anonymous

    I agree Astro & Chris & any talent show contestants have to have good albums to do well. I’m saying I think Epic Records & L.A. Reid saw potential in them to sell & to do well in the market which is why they got signed. Whether or not Astro, Chris, Marcus, or any of the other XF contestants become successful depends on the music they make & what they do with this opportunity. This is true of Idol & The Voice contestants, too.

  • djafan

    I don’t know
    Tagalog but the tweets from the those at the recording and the
    Philippino’s themselves say you wouldn’t know it wasn’t a Pinoy
    singing.  David A will be recording the English version, Forever With
    You at the end of the miniseries.

    David A has sung in English, Spanish, Latin, French and now Tagalog beautifully.

    With AI starting up I was pleased to so many google alerts of David A.  He continues to be mentioned as one of the AI success stories.

    Kitwana

    “The preview of David singing Nandito Ako is so awesome. To be able to
    convey so much emotion in a foreign language requires real talent. It
    just makes you wonder why Jive was so hell bent on promoting and
    pigeonholing David as a tween Idol like the Jonas Brothers rather than
    focusing on his incredible vocal talent at 17. It’s like taking Celine
    Dion and promoting her like Britney Spears. Celine would never have
    gone with that approach and I doubt she would have been as successful if
    she had. David is so lucky that Sony Asia, unlike Jive, continues to
    promote and support his music despite his refusal to be pigeonholed as a
    teen idol. This song will make David even bigger in the Philippines.
    With the Filipino diaspora in Asia, I suspect this song will spread
    quickly throughout the region. Can’t wait for the whole song and the
    English version of it that David also recorded.”

    Ditto.

  • Kylee

    I’m not sure if good albums automatically mean good sales…JMO.

  • Trina

    There were once predictions Scotty wouldnt do well because the track record for male tween country singers wasnt good. He proved otherwise. So with Astro, theres a first time for everything. Epic signing so many people is no different than a record label signing any new artist or any low placed finisher on AI, theyre taking a chance on talent they believe in. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesnt..but you never know when someone just might hit a chord with the general public.

    Timbaland tweeted Astro a couple of times around the time he got booted and he told LA he wanted to work with Marcus so I expect Timba will at least work with those two.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t listened to this yet, but I noticed it is for a country radio station??? Is Haley going country?

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Lol, no, but the DJ’s there love her to death. 

  • Anonymous

    David is an amazing young man.  He is working very hard over there. The reports coming from the director are saying that he is a natural…he has no problem showing any kind of emotion.  He wishes that David had more time.  He would like to do a movie with David.  The fact that he picks up languages so quickly is really a plus.  The story was that he learned the French in Pat-a-Pan over the phone with a friend in just a few minutes.  This tagalog language is similar to Spanish, so he said he had less trouble with it than he thought he would.  Fun time to be a David Archuleta fan.

  • Anonymous

    I agree critically acclaimed albums don’t necessarily have good sales. Good albums to me means either you do well in sales or with critics. It can be both or one or the other. Black Eyes Peas have albums that haven’t done well critically, but their albums had multiple hits. So it doesn’t matter that they have bad reviews because they still sell & have hits. Astro, Chris, Marcus & in general all talent show contestants need to either have critically acclaimed albums or sell well with their singles/albums to get a 2nd album with the same label.

  • MissMyEm

    I agree that it was a pretty smart idea to team Kris with Clear Channel.   CC are the godfathers of airplay.

    Interesting and well written article about Kevin Kadish, one of the people who collaborated with Kris Allen.   Kris is also mentioned in the article, but what IMO was particularly interesting after Kris was mentioned was this blurb:

    “I like to work with anyone who is talented, anyone who makes my job
    easier. YouTube and Pro Tools have allowed anyone to be an artist, and
    that’s not what I’m up for. I’m up for someone who is really talented
    and has a voice with something to say. If anyone out there wants to send
    me songs or have me work with them, I’m open to it, but they need to be
    the real deal. Every artist that I’ve spent a lot of time with is a
    natural. It’s not hard to work with them.”

    Here’s the link if anyone wants to read the entire article:
    http://www.briterevolution.com/features/article/kevin-kadish/

    I’ve asked this many times and still have no answer. How does one put something in quotes here? I’ve used and [] but neither seems to work for me. I’m also using Mozilla and I know that on Invisionfree boards I have to manually type in [quote] and [/quote]. On IE it’s okay. So…HELP please.

  • Anonymous

    I think that jpfan2 argument is still valid, because the people who she mentioned did do things that changed the show.  For example, there are many rockers who said that they tried out because of Daughtry.  

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Javier Colon US tour more will be added soon)

    http://javiercolon.ning.com/events

  • Anonymous

    That little bit of David Archuleta singing Nandito Ako was amazing. In Tagalog yet. It gave me the chills. Can’t wait for it’s release on ITunes in both English and Tagalog. David Archuleta is a remarkable talent. It’s an honor to be his fan.He’s got it all together in one very neat package. Love you David.

  • Anonymous

    David Archuleta’s vid. of some of the son Nandito Ako gave me the chills. In Tagalog yet. I can’t wait till the song comes out on ITunes in English and Tagalog. David Archuleta is a remarkable talent. He is everything in one very neat package. Love you David.

  • Anonymous
  • Incipit

    How does one put something in quotes here? I’ve used ….HELP please.

    MissMyEm, the carets are correct to use – it’s only the command words that need changing.

    Type blockquote and /blockquote between them – you ought to be good to go.

  • Avari

    Ha ha ha…so Adam is quite the problem child! Scotty too, to a lesser extent.

  • Anonymous

    Lol, well I could very well see the Problem Child in Adam but Scotty not so much. That was actually a very apt description of Adam.

  • Anonymous

    Poor David Cook.  Where is he in that matrix?  They forgot him.

    And just a question for that writer…. what if the artists goal isn’t to be a “cash cow” for someone else, especially a conglomerate who takes most of the money anyway?  Just sayin…

  • MissMyEm

    The comments are worst than the article.   I can’t understand why people can’t let these things go.   Both writer and commentors.

  • Anonymous

    Daughtry tried out because of Bo Bice. I think that’s why the article called the first rockers game changers and not Daughtry

  • Anonymous

    I am guessing they used 10 people to keep their formula simple and picked the obvious choices for their catagories

  • Anonymous

    Just seemed wierd that they’d include all the winners except David Cook.  Doesn’t make sense to me.

  • Mateja Praznik

    I think it’s pretty clear they would put David Cook in the same group with Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze. His last album didn’t do well. If it did, they would put him with Cash Cows.

    I guess Jennifer Hudson could be put umm, in or somewhere close the Star group? She looks like a star, she has endorsement deals … Maybe she is a Star, but close to Problem Child group? Fantasia would probably also be with Problem Children.

    Scotty… I think it’s a bit early to say.

    But Idol’s success rate obviously doesn’t look too great.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    They left out Fantasia too. Her life seems like one that would make her “a problem child.” As for David Cook, by their definitions, he does not fit into their matrix at all. Not easy to categorize him.

  • Mateja Praznik
  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Lol at Adam and Scotty being “problem children”. Well problem children do end up becoming stars when talent can’t be denied.  The graphs are interesting.

  • Incipit

    Poor David Cook.  Where is he in that matrix?  They forget him.
    … what if the artists goal isn’t to be a “cash cow” for someone else, especially a conglomerate who takes most of the money anyway?…

    curly_yenta – you’ve put your finger squarely on the sloppy writing in that article – IMO. Of Course. It’s only meant to include anyone who has buzz at the moment it was written – with other artists pulled in to serve as contrast. It’s just ‘entertainment’ writing – NBD – IMO.

    DavidC doesn’t fit their artificial “matrix” so they left him out, along with any other past winner or contestant  that wouldn’t support the point they wanted to make, like those who go an independent route. That’s sort of backwards to the way a “theory – hypothesis” is supposed to work. But no pretensions remain to insight or depth with that magazine.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Poor Cook, how about the forgotten child. lol

  • Anonymous

    I think one of the reasons why The Voice, Idol, & other talent shows work is because many people don’t want to listen to too many manufactured artists like GaGa, Katy Perry, Britney, etc. I think people just want to hear good singing & less of the theatrics, auto-tune, & other stuff.

  • sdmama

    This youtube has been circulating in facebook, shared by high school kids.
    The Gay Rights Movement:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u62OtM_vt5k&feature=colike  It is a bit heart wrenching.
    Lady Gaga and Ellen are featured, and I think I saw Adam kissing Tommy on AMA stage in a flash. 

  • CindyM

    Dean Piper, Entertainment columnist for londons Daily Mirror previewed tracks from Adams album. Track commentary on a few different singles and very positive

    http://deanpiper.com/2012/01/18/first-listen-adam-lamberts-wonderful-trespassing/

  • Mateja Praznik

    Well, regarding gay rights… We have problems in Slovenia, too. It’s not as much about gay rights, it’s about rights of children with gay parents. It’s too sad, we will have a referendum about human rights.

    http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/slovenian-court-referendum-challenging-same-sex-marriage-adoption-law-can-p/

  • Anonymous

    This is an amazing review.

  • Anonymous

    lol these type of articles generally don’t make a whole lot of sense.  They are usually written fast to get something out to take advantage of Idol starting up today

  • Anonymous

    gah that review…..seriously it needs to be march 20th already

    I need “Shady” NOW…I love the Scissor Sisters

  • CindyM

    I think people want to be entertained.  The sales of the artists you mention speak to what people are willing to actually put their money towards for entertainment.  I think perhaps that Idol and The Voice work as television talent shows because they aim to please everyone and alienate no one.  Makes for an easy sell to the family audience and an enjoyable tv experience, but not the music sales experience unfortunately.

  • Anonymous

    More Adam news leaking out.  He’ll be in Austria on his birthday and another radio concert on February 5th in Stockholm.

    I think the plan is to do US radio promo this week/next (ryan, and other radios already talking about meeting him) and then eu promo, including uk, and then back to the us i think.

    Also Leno backstage titbit interview:

    http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/backstage-with-bryan/sam-worthington-sherri-shepherd-and-adam-lambert—backstage/

  • jaylee

    I’m really excited about Trespassing, Cookoo and Shady.
    I’m dying to hear them.

  • lorismile

    That Dean Piper review of Trespassing is amazing!!!! I’m so excited!!

    I hope we get video of his Stockholm unplugged showcase.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    Interesting…the Rolling Stone article didn’t say one word as to why Scotty is a “problem child.” 

    And, if you go back and look at the article with pictures of “then and now,” I think Idol has produced quite a bit of success…

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t see this posted here and I put it in the Leno thread. Yes, this review is amazing and I can’t wait to hear the rest of Trespassing! Why do you suppose so much British and other International Media have gotten to hear the album first? Is it because the first major wave of promo will take place there? “Broken English” and “Trespassing” are the ones I just have to hear now! And he said there were more surprises too? Aaaaagh!

  • Anonymous

    Of course, people want to be entertained. Idol is a family show. There are many reasons for it’s success. I agree that an enjoyable talent show does not translate to sales as we have seen over the years. I’m just saying that I don’t think many Idol viewers like the manufactured pop stars in the world no matter how successful they are. But I would also say that Idol viewers don’t typically buy a lot of the popular music out there.

  • Anonymous

    Do any of you get the feeling, reading between the lines, that Dean Piper thinks BTIKM is the least interesting song of those he’s heard?  Good news if so. 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    All those other Adam tracks sound friggin’ AWESOME, which just makes me even MORE ticked off that they lead with such a light weight single.

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking they considered him a “problem child” because he’s a teenage male country artist which has not been seen before. So nobody knows how his career will do since he’s the first. I highly doubt it’s against him personally.

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap, this is the best thing out of Dean Piper review.
    “This album was born to fly.

    It’s also something I can imagine in full being more of a ‘piece of
    work’ rather
     than just a male pop vocalist album. The scope to push
    boundaries with the tracks I’ve heard is huge.

    It also feels like an album that will take him from being a name ‘from Idol’ in Europe to a serious player. A household name.”

    Holy crap, I say. And this reviewer is not the only one saying stuff like this. However this era turns out, I am already so proud of Adam. It sure sounds like he has upped his game.

  • Anonymous

    I think BTIKM is doing it’s job. It is reintroducing Adam back into the mainstream music scene and it has received glowing reviews which has in turn created more anticipation for the album. BTIKM has been reviewed as a high quality pop song with a great vocal performance and production. If critics weren’t impressed with BTIKM we wouldn’t be getting all this interest in the album, IMO.

  • Anonymous

    Scotty is in the “problem child” section because he hasn’t proven himself to be a cash cow or a star yet.  That will come with the second era.  He’s just too new for any other section so it’s not a criticism.  The point of the article was to show those who fit into those sections and some were left off because they don’t fit any of the sections, such as Cook who was very successful with his first era so they didn’t want to send him to the “dogs” but he doesn’t fit the other sections either.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Maybe not least interesting, but certainly not as explosive. So that’s good!

  • Anonymous

    I think people want to be entertained.  The sales of the artists you mention speak to what people are willing to actually put their money towards for entertainment.  I think perhaps that Idol and The Voice work as television talent shows because they aim to please everyone and alienate no one.  Makes for an easy sell to the family audience and an enjoyable tv experience, but not the music sales experience unfortunately.

    AI wants to please everyone because they want to draw 20 million people, and it’s hard to do that if they aren’t showcasing a diverse roster of talent.  In the real world, Gaga and Katy Perry aren’t the only successful artists, or even the most successful.  But getting back to comparison with AI, the idol alums no longer have to appeal to a diverse audience.  In fact, it can be argued that the most successful alums are those who have been marketed to a specific audience, and have not tried to be all things to all people.  That means that we can have people who release country, pop, r&b, rock or whatever, they can still be successful and find an audience.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    IKR, but I like this part of the review:

    “Releasing this track first shows just how confident the label is on this album.”

    BTIKM feels like Kelly’s MKIA. A safe debut song to introducing the album.

  • Anonymous

    They left out Fantasia too. Her life seems like one that would make her “a problem child.” As for David Cook, by their definitions, he does not fit into their matrix at all. Not easy to categorize him.

    Fantasia’s life hasn’t stopped her from being one of the most successful female r&b artists out today.  I think it’s giving the author too much credit to say that Fantasia or David didn’t fit.  It’s more like no adequate research was done, and he forgot about them.

  • Anonymous

    Whiskey- I totally missed that quote. I agree about MKIA. Plus both songs are vocally strong and reinforces the fact that Kelly and Adam are real singers, kind of building on Adele’s success.

  • iani

    “As for David Cook, by their definitions, he does not fit into their matrix at all. Not easy to categorize him.”

    Uff, and I’m happy! I read first the comments here and then the RS article, much better not to be in any category, with exception of Carrie, and I don’t see any wrong with Adam’s and Scotty’s one, the rest are not in so flattering  rectangles. I don’t know why Jordan(not sure about Ruben) is in the “dog” part, she should be out with Fantasia and DC in “No Comments Section”, JMO.

  • Anonymous

    Am I hearing right?!  Did Archie sound sexy at the end of that song?  It may be easier for him to get into it in a foreign language and in a part of the world where he is soo loved.  Waiting for the whole song.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Fantasia’s life hasn’t stopped her from being one of the most successful female r&b artists out today.

    Her private life is so topsy-turvy, it has the potential to derail her. Thus, she is high maintenance. I’d put her in the problem child area.

    It’s more like no adequate research was done, and he forgot about them.

    Well, this matrix thing is definitely not science, by a long stretch. It’s more like a party game.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    No artists personal mishaps has ever derailed their careers especially a pop artist. Fantasia is respected among her community and the music industry. Fantasia is no where near high maintenance. I think you have no idea how pop artists or even R&b artists music buyers choose to buy their music and it is not based on their personal mishaps.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    No artists personal mishaps has ever derailed their careers especially a
    pop artist. Fantasia is respected among her community and the music
    industry. Fantasia is no where near high maintenance.

    I don’t agree. Since you say *no* artist has had their career derailed, I would point out Whitney Houston. Of course, her issue was drugs, but it was also a bad marriage.

    I think you have no idea how pop artists or even R&b artists music
    buyers choose to buy their music and it is not based on their personal
    mishaps.

    I should know something about it since I am a buyer of pop and R&B music.

  • Anonymous

    That RS article with the Matrix made little sense and ticked me off. Kelly should have been a star, not a “cash cow”. I wouldn’t classify any of them as “dogs” — certainly not Jordin, who has  made Jive quite a lot of money with her singles sales. Nor Kris, since I’d be willing to bet Jive made a fair amount of money off LLWD as well. Scotty’s a problem child? Why? He fit very neatly into the country market. Unless they meant because of his age? And some people left off the grid entirely? Yeah, didn’t like this article at all…

  • djafan

    You’re hearing right.  David A has been showing a more mature side of him in his singing and live performances.  The clips of the miniseries have been something.  If you have a chance check them out  @ FollowArchuleta.ph , a website dedicated to all he’s doing in the Philippines.

  • Anonymous

    I went to see the Scissor Sisters in concert a couple of weeks ago, they were great, loved every one of the songs they did, and Jake Shears is kinda cute..

  • sdmama

    Taylor is turning into a good looking man, who reminds me of George Clooney.  If I think of him as “a kid on Idol” he looks prematurely aged, but as an adult, he looks ready to play an attractive middle aged lead on TV.  I wonder if he is ready for another change of games.

  • Anonymous

    In person Taylor is a good looking man.  He also has a great ass, lol.  I didn’t think he was particularly attractive on idol, but I loved him anyway.  Now that he’s slimmed down and gotten older, he has really come into his own.  Very cute.  I would love to see him on teevee!

  • Anonymous

    Gotta agree with you there… and he’s even more disarmingly handsome in person. Supposedly he’s working with well known acting coach Carl Ford in NY and perusing TV and film opportunities. His face is definitely made for the big screen, imo ;)

  • Anonymous

    Why yes he does (have a great ass)! lol…. not that I look at things like that… ahem! ;)