Adam Lambert tweets, “Music Video shoot today!!! Woohoo”

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert No Friends of Eric Church After ‘Voice’ Smackdown – “I wish I misunderstood this,” Shelton tweeted, in unusually succinct and humor-free fashion, after retweeting a link to the controversial interview in which Church ripped into The Voice and even mentioned Shelton by name, saying he’d rather “starve” than be a reality-show judge or contestant. Lambert was more fiery than Shelton in her own subsequent Twitter response. She angrily wrote: “Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist. Or @kelly_clarkson, @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban. Your (sic) welcome for the tour in 2010,” she added, referring to the 2010 Revolution tour that had Church as her featured support act. After an initial “no comment” from Church’s camp, he issued a statement tonight. “I have a lot of respect for what artists like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and my friend Miranda Lambert have gone on to accomplish,” he wrote at the end of a long clarification. “This piece was never intended to tear down any individual and I apologize to anybody I offended in trying to shed light on this issue.” – Read more at Yahoo Music

American Idol’s Kris Allen Explains Santa Monica Concert Snafu: “I Just Wanted to Go Out and Play” – “I got kind of bored yesterday and wanted to play some music and let my fans hear some stuff,” he told us. “I just wanted to set up and play some music. I didn’t know the rules. I thought the rule was if I wasn’t selling anything I could do it. I just wanted to go out and play.” – Read more at EOnline

Idology: Hollie Rising, Elise Exiting, Phillip Coasting, and Skylar…Conquering Outer Space?

Elise Testone Earned J.Lo’s ‘Respect’ On ‘American Idol’ – “I can look at it like they’re contradicting themselves, or it could be mistaken for I’m just not finding the balance,” she said. “So, they’ll bring one thing to your attention, and then they’ll pull back and they’ll bring another thing to your attention, [and] that might contradict the other thing, but it’s probably because I’m not balancing out the advice that they’re giving, if that makes any sense. Sometimes it didn’t make sense. … I have to say my least-favorite comment was ‘Elise is back!’ because I’m like, ‘I really never went anywhere.’” – More at MTV

Carrie Underwood: ‘Blown Away’ and crossing over – “By now, it’s so familiar,” says the 29-year-old from Checotah, Okla., who performed at the Opry for the first time just weeks after winning American Idol in 2005. “I’ve played here more than anywhere else I’ve played, other than my church back home.” – USA Today

Carrie Underwood Discussess Anxieties, ‘Blown Away’ and Life as a Wildflower – Do you need evidence that Carrie Underwood is still just a small town girl from Checotah, Okla.? Check out her Twitter page. The singer was one of the last holdouts to join, but now says she appreciates being able to jostle with her fans and followers. She doesn’t stalk anyone — most of the 26 people she follows, she knows — and hasn’t become addicted to the social media site just yet. Her favorite part? Watching her number of followers get bigger and bigger… and bigger. – Read more at Taste of Country

Peek-a-boo! Carrie Underwood is just peachy in a plunging sheer dress on new magazine cover – She may have a wholesome image, but country singer Carrie Underwood offered a touch of daring on a new magazine cover. The 29-year-old former American Idol winner sports a plunging peach coloured dress, offering a glimpse of her white brasserie underneath the sheer silky fabric.

Why Carrie Underwood Enjoys Her Dramatic Songs – “There are some definite sweeter songs on the album, but I think the ones that are most impactful are the ones that are…the more drama[tic] songs,” she said. “It’s fun to play a character. It’s fun to not be me all the time. I am in a wonderful relationship. I have a great home life…If I had 14 tracks on the album talking about how wonderful my life is…it’s boring.” – Read more ET Online

‘Dancing With the Stars’: William Levy and Cheryl Burke ‘We were robbed’ – Zap2it was on the scene after the show where we got to chat with Burke and Levi about the situation. Burke says, “We were robbed. Don’t you think?” Yes. Yes we do. ” I think the fact that we couldn’t even hear ourselves or the scores because people were booing so loudly, that for me is better than getting good scores,” Burke adds. – Read more at Zap2it

Dancing With the Stars Backstage Scoop: Who’s Complaining For More Compliments? – “It’s really crazy, it hasn’t even sunk in yet!” Derek told us. “It was just a really, really great night. First perfect score!” “I think I might bawl my brains out after this,” Maria added. “The rumba was one of my favorite dances because I felt like I was in a movie!” So what was the secret to their massive success? Derek said it’s all in the method to his madness. Read more at EOnline

Maksim Chmerkovskiy: I’ll Never Please the Dancing with the Stars Judges – But unlike in seasons past, a usually outspoken Chmerkovskiy says he’s not upset, because he expects judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman to deliver tough critiques at this point. “With a smile on my face and a happy, happy, happy, happy, happy heart, [I'll say] there’s nothing we can do right by them, and it is what it is,” the professional dancer told reporters backstage after Monday night’s show. “Let’s be realistic. If we make it to the [dancing duel], we’re out. That’s a fact, no matter what we do.” – Read more at People

Jennifer Lopez Sued By Ex-Driver — You Let Benny Medina Treat Me Like Crap – Hakob — who was born in Iraq — says Medina hated his guts from the start … claiming Benny would often rip him for the way he dressed, cussed him out in public and told him “he could not speak English well enough.” Hakob claims Medina eventually persuaded Lopez to demote him … taking away his security responsibilities …. and relegating him to “merely be Lopez’s Los Angeles driver.” Hakob says he was basically forced to resign — and now he’s suing J.Lo and Benny for unspecified damages. – Read more at TMZ

6 Juicy Bits From ‘Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell’ – It’s not often that Simon Cowell cowers in shame. But at last week’s British launch of Tom Bower’s unauthorized biography, Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell, the television tycoon admitted he had “spent last week hiding under a pillow in my bedroom” after The Sun leaked the most salacious excerpts from the tome. U.S. publisher Random House has hailed Bower’s book as a “portrait of one of the most intriguing television personalities ever to dominate the music industry,” revealing Cowell’s true colors as a “man who is at once insecure, ambitious, easily bored … a man who will go to any limit to secure his success.” Well, we knew all of that, but here are a few lurid details that aren’t mentioned on the book jacket. – Read more at The Daily Beast

‘The Voice’ Semifinals: 9 Things You Didn’t See on TV – For the first time this season, contestants from all four teams performed on the same show. With all the weaker links weeded out in past weeks, only the strong remain, giving viewers one great performance after another. On TV, you saw Chris Mann return to opera, Lindsey Pavao present a soft and sweet sound, and Juliet Simms rock the house with her out-of-this-world performance of “It’s A Man’s World.” But what didn’t make it onto the cameras? – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

 
  • Trina

    Is it me or is there more bitching about scores on DWTS more than ever this season? I LOVED William and Cheryl last night but to complain about a 27 is ridiculous. While I tend to get annoyed when the show kisses Derek’s ass he and Maria totally deserved that 30. And there goes Maks with his whining.

  • windmills

    I love Carrie bragging on the talent that’s on American Idol lately compared to other shows in this USA Today video. I don’t hold it against other Idols if they’re not super rah rah about AI (and in several cases I can’t blame them if they’re not) but I think it’s cute how much Carrie LOVES the show and embraces the sisterhood/brotherhood aspect of being a contestant.

  • Anonymous

    After all of the conspiracy theory comments, the desperate act comments, the  publicity stunt comments, Kris’ explanation for his impromptu concert is that he was bored.  LOL!  And really, I would have thought the same about not thinking I’d need a permit if I wasn’t asking for money.  Simple explanations are usually the answer.  Exactly what I figured.

  • Nele621

    I was thinking that if Kris was bored, RCA/management are not doing their job keeping him busy. He has a single and album to promote. How about booking him on radio stations, radio concerts, tv shows, etc. How about a paid gig at some club? Look at all the tv shows Carrie has been on/will be on. She probably doesn’t have to go from station to station to get radio spins, tho.

  • Valentin432

    I’m guessing you were talking about this video Windmills http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2012/04/video-5-questions-with-carrie-underwood/1#.T6ACHcXNikM
    (for some reason your link didn’t work for me).

    It’s interesting that Carrie still feels that way about the time she became an Idol.

    I think in a lot of ways it was about bad timing.
    Those first three seasons were different than the rest. Kelly and Clay who were two of the biggest stars during that first period had big problems with 19 around that year and that’s one reason Clay only came back once to the idol stage since then and Kelly didn’t perform on any show during the Breakaway era.
    Kelly was/is very close with Ruben, Clay, Fantasia and Tamyra but the fallout with 19 may had an impact with her relationship to the show back then.

  • YankeeFan08

    Nele, I couldn’t agree more.  Bored should be the last thing Kris is feeling right now. Where is his radio promo?  Has RCA dropped the ball or is there really not much interest in TVOL?  What is his management doing to promote him?

  • YankeeFan08

    Yikes, this review of Carrie’s Blown Away is harsh:

    “Her fourth album, Blown Away, released today, continues the 29-year-old’s
    wishy-washy ways. That’s too bad, as fellow country blond Miranda Lambert has
    thrived commercially and critically by embracing a leather-first, lace-later
    approach. Lambert is a real artist; Underwood now exhibits all the authenticity
    of a Barbie doll.”

    http://www.tampabay.com/features/music/review-carrie-underwood-squanders-her-talent-on-lackluster-new-album-blown/1227742

  • Kirsten

     

    I was thinking that if Kris was bored, RCA/management are not doing
    their job keeping him busy. He has a single and album to promote. How
    about booking him on radio stations, radio concerts, tv shows, etc.

    There aren’t too many radio stations doing interviews on Sunday nights and most tv shows are pre-recorded for that evening as well.

  • Nele621

    Carrie’s dress is daring? Lauren Alaina wore much more plunging necklines while on AI.

  • Anonymous

    It was a Sunday evening.  Kris was sitting around, and decided to go out to the pier and perform for while. 

    Kris has done several interviews as of late.  He was just on Idol, did Pet-poolza.

    if it gets people talking, then kudos to Kris a/k/a The
    Boring One.  :-D

  • windmills

    Valentin432: I think in a lot of ways it was about bad timing.
    Those first three seasons were different than the rest. Kelly and Clay who were two of the biggest stars during that first period had big problems with 19 around that year and that’s one reason Clay only came back once to the idol stage since then and Kelly didn’t perform on any show during the Breakaway era.
    Kelly was/is very close with Ruben, Clay, Fantasia and Tamyra but the fallout with 19 may had an impact with her relationship to the show back then.

    Yes, that’s part of what I was referring to as far as not blaming some who don’t feel as super rah rah about Idol/19. You can add to what you said the fact that  The Firm had a policy of distancing Idols from the show and not making them available for interviews where Idol was going to be discussed: both Clay and Kelly were with The Firm at that time. 

    Was it Kelly who said that the early season people often feel like they were on a different show than the later season people? It was either Kelly or Clay but I think it was Kelly. I think there are stronger bonds among the people in the first few AI seasons like you said and it has a lot to do with having to deal with AI/19/society during the infancy of the show, stuff that people starting with s4 onwards didn’t face as much. 

    I fixed the link, sorry about that. 

    Nele621: Look at all the tv shows Carrie has been on/will be on. She probably doesn’t have to go from station to station to get radio spins, tho.

    She’s certainly been calling into a lot of radio stations though. Nobody’s really immune from having to court radio. 

    Brian Mansfield did a great (and funny) track by track review of Blown Away, and so did Billboard:

    Of course, the whole album isn’t dark and sinister. “Blown Away” is a rich tapestry reflecting the complexities of the human condition, from the poignant “Forever Changed” to the upbeat island-flavored “One Way Ticket” and the sassy lead single “Good Girl.” Underwood’s voice is a force of nature. She belts the rockin’ tunes with power and conviction, yet is equally compelling on the softer emotional ballads. In an already impressive, multi-platinum career, “Blown Away” is a landmark achievement. 

    I’m just linking the track by tracks for now and maybe I’ll do a review roundup eventually.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the management of performers have figured out that even if you get to go on a radio show to promote your song/album, the station may only play your song on that day and never again.  They play whomever they want to play and they may fawn over you while you are there, but that doesn’t mean they will play your songs.  Calling in to request doesn’t necessarily work either.  I wish I knew the reason some songs get played and others much better do not.  Even when they have those “sing off” contests and a song wins weeks in a row until they have to be retired from competition the DJ’s then stop playing the song.  So when they say they play what people want to hear, that is not the case either.  

  • Anonymous

    With radio time becoming more competitive, using traditional methods to get that time just doesn’t cut it anymore.  Artists have to use everything at their disposal:  YouTube, social media, etc.  Being talked about seems to give musicians a better chance of their music being played, even if the song is really good.  I guess that’s one of the effects of our gossip-thirsty society.  So if an artist falls into a blog-worthy opportunity, they and their management have to run with it.

    As Tyrion Lannister may say: “That is the way the game is played.”  Not that I watch Game of Thrones, but I wanted to reference that line from the GoT promo, LOL!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I loved that little USA Today Q & A with Carrie.  She is without a doubt still loyal to AI and she appreciates what the show has done for her.  It can have it’s drawbacks trying to prove yourself and get past the introduction of “American Idol winner…..” everywhere you go but thankfully she has. 

    Love the Galmour cover photo!

  • mmb

    or maybe Kris’ foray onto the Santa Monica pier was a not so subtle hint to his label and management to start promoting him more.  Kris is a laid back guy but he is no dummy.  He knows and sees what other artists are doing.  I’ve no doubt that they have a full round of cd drop week promo set up for him, but in the weeks since his single dropped and leading up to his cd release he really hasn’t seemed to have been all that busy with promotion (unless there is activity that his fans don’t know about, which is possible.) I’m sure he is frustrated with the pace at which is single is moving.  No doubt he wants to be performing more for his fans.   So maybe he figured, screw it — if they won’t promote me I’ll just get out there and do it myself. If so, good for him for having some gumption. Or maybe he really was just bored on a Sunday night.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure which piece Eric Church is referring to, but I Just read an article about him in Rolling Stone where he dismissed the idea of stars becoming stars because “Cee Lo and Blake turned around.”  It wasn’t that bad, but all comments by him should probably be considered in the context of what appears to be lots of drunkenness.

  • Anonymous

     DITTO! But isn’t it worth trying? I know some stations wait until the song gets a bit higher on the charts before they jump on a song so why not try. It’s just doesn’t make sense that management/label would draw such a conclusion. The artist may even make some new fans from just visiting the stations and performing for their listeners some of whom ware not fans.

    To site an example, Chris Rene has 20 POP and 11 rhythmic stations he toured who are yet to add or play the song, but some did. Some added the song before he visited them which makes me think it’s some kind of hand-go-hand-come situation. Why would he go to stations who have already added the song? I’m sure some of the #teamholdingon stations will jump on board later.
    For me, I think it’s worth doing a radio tour.

  • Nele621

    Good point about Kris’s not so subtle hint. He shouldn’t have to do an impromptu concert. His people should have him so booked for promo, that all he would want to do on his days off is rest.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what kind of promo Kris has coming up, but if he did this impromptu performance to give his label or management a hint about their lack of promo for him, then he has a problem. Either they are so busy and too shorthanded to give him the time of day or they have no confidence in his album to make any money once it’s released. I think the biggest mistake they made was not getting him some television performances when the single was released. Second, they should have pushed his Idol performance back to the finale, close to when he was dropping his new album.   

  • Valentin432

    The subject comes up on some interviews in the past when Kelly comes back to Idol, she says that it has changed a lot and that she was on the “homeless” version of idol.

    It’s the difference of being on a replacement summer tv show and being a contestant on the biggest tv show in the country. When you look back at those tapes from the auditions and live shows from the first few years, what is around the contestants is a little more “rustic” (for lack of a better word), they have improved the visual aspect of the show since then.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Even when they have those “sing off” contests and a song wins weeks in a row until they have to be retired from competition the DJ’s then stop playing the song.  So when they say they play what people want to hear, that is not the case either.  

    While I think commercial radio is a financially unstable industry that exists largely to force me to listen to the same three songs regardless of whether I’ve tuned to the CHR, the HAC, or the Adult Hits station in Phoenix, I do kinda understand how the “wins competition, then not played much” thing happens.

    Those competitions appear to get a lot of action from power voters who don’t listen to the station but who want (understandably) for their favorites to get spins. The business’s web nerds can pretty easily determine from the server logs if most votes weren’t local, and it’s not rocket science to notice these high-frequency-voting IP addresses don’t show up as regularly streaming the station or visiting other portions of the site. So poll wins can get a couple prime-time spins (which is great), but the station likely knows whether the win reflects the preferences of its actual listeners or not.

    Radio’s in the business of selling listeners to local advertisers. If a station’s going to respond to requests at all, it’ll be requests from regular listeners who ask for a variety of music — because listeners who will tune in throughout the day, every day, are its product.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what kind of promo Kris has coming up, but if he did this impromptu performance to give his label or management a hint about their lack of promo for him, then he has a problem. Either they are so busy and too shorthanded to give him the time of day or they have no confidence in his album to make any money once it’s released.

    But he didn’t do it for that reason – he did this as something fun for himself and his fans, period. So you (or the OP) are proceeding from a false premise. And also, no, you don’t know what promo Kris has coming up.

    This happened to become a widespread publicity coup for Kris, but he didn’t intend that. Sometimes good things just happen to good people.

  • Anonymous

    I agree mmb, I think Kris was creating a promo opportunity on his own. The fact that he actually tweeted he did it because he was “bored,” was a not so subtle hint.

    If he felt like performing for fans, he shouldn’t have had to do this on his own— he is with a major label and has management. Just feels to me like this is something you do if you feel your management isn’t getting the job done. I don’t get why he hasn’t done much radio promo, but I expect lining this type of thing up is not as easy as one would think.

    Anyway, I hope his single does well. I like it much better than LLWD.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I agree mmb, I think Kris was creating a promo opportunity on his own. The fact that he actually tweeted he did it because he was “bored,” was a not so subtle hint.

    Y’know, when I’m bored on a Sunday night — and despite a bajillion hobbies and projects, it does happen — it’s not a subtle hint that I’m hoping my workplace will email me a nice big stack of research requests in case I don’t have enough on my plate for Monday morning. 

    It’s about wanting to get out of the house and do something different. Hanging out on the Santa Monica Pier sounds just lovely to me (and I’ve even visited the wastewater [seawater?] recycling demo there just because it was cool, not because I had a related client request).

    ‘Sides, artists who are busily on tour play secret shows all the time, just ’cause it’d be fun.

  • Anonymous

    Little Pawns Interviews Kris Allen!  (This is his street team)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2Q_UUHCSsU&feature=youtu.be

  • newinNM

    Yea, new music video from Adam, can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

    I think Kris wanted to play music just for the joy of playing music.  I know he loves what he does, but it’s still work, this was for fun and nothing else (IMHO) .  He had a great time, the crowd  had a great time, he may have picked up a new fan or two AND he got a little unexpected buzz.  It’s all good!  

  • Anonymous

    A new article has popped up in advance of Night of Hope concert in Washington DC with David Cook.  The interesting paragraph for me is:

    The concert will be a mixture of the singer’s two records, as well as
    favorite covers and some new material that Cook has been working on for
    an upcoming release. Of course, “Permanent,” the song he wrote for his
    brother and performed on Idol’s results show two years ago will also be
    played.

    If he actually does sing Permanent (hope the writer of this article has his facts correct) it’s going to be quite the moment.  There won’t be a dry eye there. 

    Also, the line “new material that Cook has been working for an upcoming release” as me quite excited. :)

    ETA: I guess I need to post the link, lol.

    http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/article/20120501/ENTERTAINMENT/705019973/-1/idol-winner-offers-a-night-of-hope&template=fairfaxTimes

  • Anonymous

    I really liked Kris’ impression of Springsteen:  like a rebel preacher, with a direct line to God and his audience, but pissed at his deacons (the government).  I paraphrase of course, but I thought it was really fitting and funny.

  • Anonymous

    wehoscott: Pier-Gate! @KrisAllen story on KCAL9 News, 4:50p PDT today. Also streamed on kcal.com plus a plug for Thank You Camellia :)

    ETA:
    @wehoscott: The Kris Allen segment on KCAL9 may move up to 4:20p PDT due to President Obama’s speach at 4:30 PDT

  • http://twitter.com/EitWat MADEitTO20nowWAT

    yay promo!

  • Anonymous

     wehoscott is an avid Cook fan who has come through for DC in the past with KCAL9 (he’s on their staff).  It’s nice he’s managed to get this little story on the air for Kris. :D

  • Incipit

     

    ““Last year we did a full-band show at the State Theatre, and the
    response was good so we wanted to come back and do it again, but wanted
    to really try something different,” Cook said. “This will be more of a
    cocktail evening with a few speakers, and then I’ll come up and play an
    acoustic set, like a storyteller’s vibe.””

    Ahh, I wish I could be there – ‘Storytellers Vibe’ – and perhaps new music, Devin  (the lead guitarist) is teasing on Twitter, but I will believe David will sing “Permanent” when I see the video. OK, I have several friends who will be there – I’d believe them too.

    But the “won’t be a dry eye there” – is true enough, wordnerdarchie, if he sings that song. I’ll warn them – waterproof mascara, and plenty of tissues.

  • Anonymous

     Incipit, I’m one of those that will be there with my husband.  We’re taking a small vacation to the DC area.  So I’ll be able to see in person if he sings it.

  • Incipit

     You are one of the fortunate, wordnerdarchie, I know you’ll enjoy the show – and BTW – I would believe you too. Heh.

  • Anonymous

     Maybe the management of performers have figured out that even if you get to go on a radio show to promote your song/album, the station may only play your song on that day and never again.

    Labels already know this, which is why they have to figure out if it’s worth the expense to send people on these radio tours.  The same goes for artists performing at these spring flings/jingle balls, etc.  There is no guarantee that the stations will play the songs.

  • Anonymous

    I agree mmb, I think Kris was creating a promo opportunity on his own. The fact that he actually tweeted he did it because he was “bored,” was a not so subtle hint.

    He didn’t tweet that he did it because he was bored, that’s what he told a reporter who called him and asked him about it.  If you were wrong about that, you could also be wrong about the other conclusions that you are coming to.  It’s not that he needed to do the concert, it’s that he wanted to.  The whole thing looked off the cuff, and even though he sounded great, he didn’t even have some of the songs down pat.

    At this point in his career Kris doesn’t have a problem hanging out with his fans, especially ones in the California area, who he sees all of the time.  Maybe that familiarity will eventually change, but Sunday wouldn’t be the first time that he’s hung out with fans, as if they are old friends.

  • Anonymous

     My favorite is the radio station websites that do voting competitions to see who we want to perform at the jingle balls/spring flings, etc., and not only do that not ask the winner to perform, but they don’t play the winner’s music.  They just want hits on their sites.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    But he didn’t do it for that reason – he did this as something fun for himself and his fans, period. So you (or the OP) are proceeding from a false premise. And also, no, you don’t know what promo Kris has coming up.

    What is Kris supposed to say the next day?  “well that worked how I wanted it to”?  Kris couldn’t admit it was a PR stunt even if it were because that would smell of desperation.  He’s trying to look cool here so he says “oh I was bored…didn’t know the rules….my bad” aweschucks what’s the big deal….

    This happened to become a widespread publicity coup for Kris, but he didn’t intend that.

    When you say widespread I assume you mean it showed up on CNN, Fox News, letterman/leno/kimmel/Fallon et al all joked about it?  It showed up on some idol centric blogs and a few errant media outlets that cover idol happenings as a regular course of their daily reporting. 

    Sometimes good things just happen to good people.

    and sometimes good people promote themselves to get their name out there because they’d like to be a success and continue their career. 

  • Anonymous

    Kris fans, check out this promo from another source.  (Mrs. Steven Van Zandt)

    @MVZaGoGo Bruce fans, check out what @krisallen says after seeing his first Bruce show. Kris is a talented young singer we know.

    @MVZaGoGo Sorry, dumb blonde forgot to post link to Kris Allen interview: http://littlepawns.com/profiles/blogs/littlepawns-interview-kris-allen

  • Anonymous

    Bottom line:  Kris is either a marketing genius or very lucky.  And I don’t even believe in luck.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Bottom line:  Kris is either a marketing genius or very lucky.  And I don’t even believe in luck.

    Eh, what transformed the secret show from the usual “no real post-show coverage for our impulsive bar gig” deal into “cute news item” was the intervention of the cop. And not just any cop, but a cop who’d clearly spent his youth watching old Monkees episodes and dreaming of the day when he could grow up to be a clueless authority figure in a uniform.

    Luck. It exists.

  • http://twitter.com/ljrTR LJR

    Wordnerdarchie – looking forward to reading your report on David Cook’s DC show since you said you’re going (lucky you!).  I’m so curious about what he’s going to do that night – what he’ll sing, what stories he’ll tell.

    I liked this quote from David in that linked article, regarding the songs & performing acoustically: “I think the best songs are the ones that you can play any way and great songs transcend genres..” I like that David can perform acoustic, or rock out with the band.

    but this quote is so typical David Cook “Who knows how long this ride lasts for anybody and if I can walk away knowing that I helped promote change in something that I am passionate about, that’s better than any plaque or trophy or award.” I like that.

  • Kylee

    Not sure how true this is….

     http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/miley-cyrus-negotiations-join-x-factor-article-1.1070766

    Miley Cyrus to join X Factor?

  • Anonymous

     LMFAO! That’s Right!

  • Anonymous

    Marketing genuis :0  Kris got notice on some Idol blogs and good for him. I wouldn’t exactly say that was some genius move. The Idol world is turning into such a small pond that even a little PR is a big deal.

  • Anonymous

    Cute little Adam segment with MTV:

    MTVBuzzworthy Think you know adamlambert? Well did you know he’s obsessed with kale, BreakingBad_AMC, naps & 7 other things? at.mtv.com/NJH

    Nice for Kris! I think wehoscott is a kris fan too, so lucky that he has Rana at OK! And now Scott :)

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    No doubt Kris is very popular on the Idol centric blogs unfortunately it never seems to translate beyond that. I think his PR team did a good job yesterday getting his name out there even if it was preaching to the choir, it was a fun day for his fans though. The line between Idol bubble and reality is getting blurrier and blurrier. Hopefully Kris has some real promo coming soon to keep him from getting bored. I’m surprised 19m hasn’t booked him on the usual suspects that are Idol friendly like Ellen, Leno, Letterman. Maybe I missed them.

  • http://twitter.com/monica050581 Monica Linder

    super cute video of Adam with his obsession. He is my obsession. :D

  • Anonymous

    Kris and his lucky CA fans(who got to see him perform up close and personal)had fun on a lazy Sunday evening, and really that’s all that matters.

    IMO. Yes he did get some nice promo out of it, but that’s just the icing on top. I have a feeling this gig would just be a blip on the radar to some had a cop not been involved. Maybe some would have thought it was a sweet thing he did for fans and thus still mentioned the appearance anyway, but who knows. What’s done is done. I’m not surprised that this pier appearance is eliciting the typical doom and gloom responses though. Sigh…Kris will make the T.V.(and hopefully radio)rounds just like Adam, David C., Kelly, and Daughtry will/did. If he doesn’t THEN I’ll start worrying about his album promo. *rantover*

  • Anonymous

    This “Pier gate” story has been posted on a bunch of radio websites all over the country, as well as on E! News, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Yahoo!, OK! Magazine websites. To name just a few. So to say that it has been confined to Idol blogs is incorrect.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah – and no one should consider him an “outlaw” in the country music scene either just because he runs off at the mouth – he didn’t have to scrabble his way to the top.  Apparently in his biography it says his moneyed daddy paid his way in Nashville until he started to make sellable music.  And by the way, there’s also a video of him on YouTube taking part in a music competition of some kind…so maybe he’s only against those that he didn’t take part in or that are globally televised!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

     

    Eh, what transformed the secret show from the usual “no real post-show
    coverage for our impulsive bar gig” deal into “cute news item” was the
    intervention of the cop. And not just any cop, but a cop who’d
    clearly spent his youth watching old Monkees episodes and dreaming of
    the day when he could grow up to be a clueless authority figure in a
    uniform.

    Luck. It exists.

    Exactly.  Had this little side performance gone off without interruption the media wouldn’t have had a clue it even happened. 

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

    This is so cute:))  He’s a 70s-80s soul singer, and his nephews are New Edition:)

     Charlie Wilson
    ?
    @ImCharlieWilson

    @ScottyMcCreery Heard you were a big fan of my song “Charlie Last Name Wilson” and tried to perform it on Idol!! Congrats on everything!

    Also…Blar Garner of the country music syndicated radio show is actually traveling to Scotty’s hometown this weekend to video Scotty’s last regular-season game, interview the mayor, etc., etc.:))

  • Anonymous

    “Pier gate” on 
    KCAL9 news.

    http://twitter.com/#!/snapcracklypop/status/197452816070094848 

    “Pier pressure in Santa Monica. Find out why a police officer put an end to an Amer. Idol’s concert.”

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Oh wow, I didn’t know New Edition were Charlie Wilson’s nephews. That is so cool.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget Perez Hilton. Unless he’s doing an Idol blog, now. lol

    I happened to be home sick Monday, searched Kris on twitter, and there were hundreds of entertainment media and other media outlets in the US and outside the US covering it. Just read Canadian coverage today, Brazil, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Well, see, I have the choice of accepting what I and most people saw and heard and read – vs accepting what is basically your own made up story…about what might have happened. I choose not to believe your fantasy motivations behind Kris’s behavior and his actions. Because that’s basically all they are. You’re extremely good at arguing for your theories, but they are only theories and unless you can prove them, that’s all they are, and therefore, I think they’re totally bogus.

    Similar to how I felt about your assertion that the reason Kris used bullying for a theme in his video was because he had a mercenary desire to cash in on the current anti-bullying popularity. Just as now, you had zero proof of that. You’re being convinced of the rightness of your projections doesn’t make them reality.

    I can prove the things we all saw and heard happen but you can’t prove your assumptions. Hope that’s clear enough for you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

     

    Well,
    you see, I have the choice of accepting either what I and most people
    actually saw, heard, and read, vs. your made up assumptions about what
    could have, may have, or might have happened. To me it’s not a tough
    choice

    I choose not to believe your fantasy motivations behind Kris’s
    behavior and his actions. You’re extremely good at arguing for your
    theories, but they are only theories and unless you can prove them,
    that’s all they are, and therefore, I think they’re bogus.

    I can prove the things we all saw and heard happen but you can’t prove your assumptions. Hope that’s clear enough.

    The only thing that’s clear to me is that is seems VERY important that Kris be seen as an artist who has zero interest in marketing himself and his music.  I remember a few weeks ago people were saying they were glad Kris wasn’t desperate enough to do a radio tour because he’s not that kind of artist.  Interestingly enough, those same people are pissed that RCA hasn’t set him up on a radio tour.  what could’ve been looked at as a brilliant career move has been reduced being nothing more than Kris was bored so he meandered out onto the pier without much thought whatsoever. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

     

    I happened to be home sick Monday, searched Kris on twitter, and there
    were hundreds of entertainment media and other media outlets in the US
    and outside the US covering it. Just read Canadian coverage today,
    Brazil, etc.

    you must have a different internet than I do r_o_s_s because when I do a google search I only come up with 44 entries about this story from the last 24 hour news cycle. 

  • Anonymous

    Eh, what transformed the secret show from the usual “no real post-show coverage for our impulsive bar gig” deal into “cute news item” was the intervention of the cop. And not just any cop, but a cop who’d clearly spent his youth watching old Monkees episodes and dreaming of the day when he could grow up to be a clueless authority figure in a uniform.

    This.  If Kris had the show, and it went off without any interference, there’s no story.  It would be a nice thing that Kris did for his fans, but there’s no interesting angle.  The officer stopping the show and his attitude, makes it funny, and and something that’s piquing the interest of the news outlets that are  talking or posting about it.  Every article, radio discussion and news segment has lead with the police shutting the show down, and not how nice it is that Kris was giving his fans a free show.

    So, if the argument is that Kris planned it for the publicity, unless he gets stopped by the officer, he doesn’t get any publicity from this.  

  • Anonymous

     I remember a few weeks ago people were saying they were glad Kris wasn’t desperate enough to do a radio tour because he’s not that kind of artist.

    Considering the massive radio tour that Kris had in 2009 and 2010, I find this hard to believe.  Anyone who followed him knows how many shows he played, all of the jingle balls, spring concerts, petapoolozas, radio Valentine and hookup events, and countless others.  Kris started his touring doing radio concerts, his first show off of AI was playing a pool party on top of a roof, and in the cold for a Boston station.  He followed that up by playing for dozens of stations at Live in the Vineyard.  His first performance of LLWD was at a charity event that a station  radio station was holding for a high school that raised money to fight Breast Cancer.  The station tweeted that he was originally booked to just perform at their Bosom Ball, but then he also agreed to perform at the school.  So, anyone who has been following Kris knows that he had a long radio tour in 2009 and 2010, and they probably also remember the things that were said about some of those shows, especially the ones at smaller stations, or that were held in amusement parks, or other unconventional venues.  I’m sure that many of the fansites have a listing of all of those shows, even the ones that consisted of Kris just playing in the stations’ studios.

  • Anonymous

    If it was a “publicity stunt”, good for Kris.  After all how many “stunts” has Adam pulled before the release of something?

  • Anonymous

    Why would you look at Google to try to disprove my post about twitter? Why not search twitter? Or why not just take my word for it? I have no reason to lie about it. I guess people will just have to make up their own minds about who to believe. Take it easy.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    I was wondering how long it would take to drag Adam name. Adam didn’t pull this stunt, Kris did. lol. Like I posted before good for Kris and his PR move. It got him some needed buzz. PR stunts have been going on since the beginning of music. Welcome to the pop world. It gives him a good talking point on his interviews and it’s all ready working. I would drop the “I was bored” line though because it does starts to look like his people can’t keep him busy. Since you brought up Adam, Layne assisted him for 2yrs so she got to see a master at someone who knows how to work the media. She’s Kris manager right?

  • Anonymous

    So, you are going with the theory that Kris negotiated with the police officer to stop the concert, since that is the part that would ensure that the concert was covered, and not the actual concert itself?

    I’ll have to disagree with you about saying that he is bored, since it underscores that he is an artist, who just likes to play, and will even play when he’s not being played.  That fits his persona better than an image of someone who likes to play the media.  Masters work in different ways, some will rely on anything but their music, while others will put their music in the forefront.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    That’s the beauty of a good PR move. You can spin it to fit the artist persona. “Bored artists wanted to just play music for his fans”. Nice. People who are masters at working the media usually have experience with them and when the media usually goes to them they are prepared. It comes with the package. Kris is learning.

  • Anonymous

    Except for this blog I haven’t seen anyone dissecting this incident and putting the whys, hows, etc under a microscope. It is being treated as a funny, lighthearted story. Which it is. Or was until now.
    Of course the caption under the KCAL 9 video of the story says  “Sex trafficking charges”. So that could lead to a whole lot more publicity for Kris. Maybe he paid someone at the TV station to do that ;).

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think that Kris deserves all of the credit for how the story is being perceived.  I think the fact that it’s not unusual for artists to play these impromptu concerts, whether it be on the street, beach, or small clubs, is playing a huge role in why the media aren’t aware that they are being played.  Since it’s not unusual they are just blindly accepting Kris at his word, since they know that without the inclusion of the surly officer, they wouldn’t be covering something that happens all of the time, especially in LA, New York, and towns all around the country, especially when acts are touring, and have impromptu jam sessions.

  • Anonymous

    A lot of mainstream media has covered this Kris incident but I don’t really think that it will translate into more interest about Kris.  It’s just a temporary blip in their news cycle and will be forgotten by tomorrow. I really can’t believe that Kris did this as some sort of publicity stunt.  One look at his face when the cop showed up should tell anyone that he was pretty surprised.  If Kris is that good of an actor then maybe he should start auditioning for some acting roles. 

    Kris will have to depend on his music to get people interested in him.  My worry is that as long as he’s depending on 19E to get opportunities for him to perform he will continue to flounder.  He was lucky he got the Idol performance but it was certainly not timed where it will help his single or album sales much.  I haven’t heard a peep about him getting gigs on any of the late night shows or Ellen and I will be surprised if he does.  He seriously needs new management.

  • Anonymous

    Of course the caption under the KCAL 9 video of the story says  “Sex trafficking charges”. So that could lead to a whole lot more publicity for Kris. Maybe he paid someone at the TV station to do that.

    Not gonna lie, this one made me laugh out loud.  He’s a crafty one, that Kris.  ;)

  • Anonymous

    Of course the caption under the KCAL 9 video of the story says  “Sex trafficking charges”. So that could lead to a whole lot more publicity for Kris. Maybe he paid someone at the TV station to do that.

    Not gonna lie, this one made me laugh out loud.  He’s a crafty one, that Kris.  ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I hope Kris saw the tweet from the Evening News producer from KTLA who wanted to set up an interview with him.

  • Anonymous

    Great interview with Little Pawns and I love looking at Kris talk. :D

  • Anonymous

    wehoscott was also at The Mint for Kris show because he uploaded a couple videos. And if I’m not mistaken, he was at The Viper Room also, I thought he posted some pics. Maybe he was also a Kris fan or maybe he was in the area and wanted to hear some music, who knows.

    I hope that he can get the interview of Kris for KCAL and tell us when it will air. :)

  • Anonymous

    Lol, everything at this blog gets dissected, EVERYTHING. No matter how special a snowflake, people make assumptions and question on both sides of the fan line.

    Just taking a look at tweets to rcapromo, lane, 19E and RCA radio people, asking why kris’s promo hasnt started yet, why no radio shows etc. coming from some of the kris fans here, that Might be a reason people figured it was a planned promo opportunity for him. No biggie.

  • too-cool-for-school

    Piergate wasn’t orchestrated. Here is how I have articulated Kris’ thought process on Sunday afternoon. If it seems outlandish to you, do note that it actually has Kris Allen written all over it.

    Phase 1:
    (I’m bored and it’s a nice day outside.) *tweet* “Who likes to go to the beach?”

    (Maybe it would be fun to play some tunes.) *tweet* “Who wants to go to the beach and watch some guy play some tunes?”

    (Hmm, maybe people will show up. [shrug]) *tweet* “How bout we meet in Santa Monica at 8 pm. I’ll try to get some more info from him on exactly where.”

    (((Yeeesss.. I can see how this all must be sounding like some really well thought out publicity stunt. [coughs])))

    Now, Phase 2:
    Overlooks needing a permit. At pier, gradually larger crowd than expected, people having a good time.

    Substandard “cop” arrives in belated fashion after Kris + fans having been there an hour (?). Dude is a real hard-ass about Kris being sans said permit. Kris packs up, crowd disperses. Mild media coverage ensues the following day, a handful of people get all riled up over how it was staged while the rest of us laugh at the impromptu mishap.

    The end. Being on the side that laughs is more fun, TBH.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    just got around to watching idology… I love Michael and Melinda together…they are so funny.  Her wide eyed surprise at the things he says is so cute.  I seriously LOLd at her reaction to him calling Skylar’s “the show must go on” the performance of the season… poor Michael..he always gets enamored with a girl with a big voice and she always loses…. 

  • too-cool-for-school

    I love how every week Slezak gets in a good jab at J-Lo’s “singing”, hahaha.

  • http://twitter.com/EitWat MADEitTO20nowWAT

    I think his contract might be up soon. At least that’s how it seemed with David Cook. He’s had a contract for 3 years and went from 19 to Simon Fuller last year.
    I’m sure when he either renews his contract or sings with somebody else we’ll know.