Boyle snubs Cowell for U2′s financial guru

Susan Boyle is Simon Cowell’s first TV talent finalist to snub him as manager and instead has hired U2′s financial guru, reports say.

The fresh out of rehab singer has signed up the showbiz accountant Ossie Kilkenny to manage her and her finances.

Cowell’s Syco record label will still release the Britain’s Got Talent’s star’s debut album but he will not be her manager, according to the Sunday Mirror.

The 62-year-old, Ossie, helped rock back U2 make their millions and has also worked with The Verve, Tina Turner, Bryan Adams and Van Morrison.

Metro.co.uk

Idol Chatter’s Reader of the Week: sarahw

This week’s Reader of the Week choice is a little bit of payback, because she got interviewed for an article earlier this season, but her comments got edited out. Anybody who reads her comments can tell she knows her American Idol, but who knew she had such an inside perspective? Say hi to sarahw, everybody!

USA Today

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

Susan Boyle Steps Out For a Shopping Spree

After resting for five days in a London mental health center for exhaustion since losing last week’s final of Britain’s Got Talent, Susan Boyle indulged in some retail therapy on Friday.

Looking relaxed and happy, the Scottish singing sensation, 48, made her first public appearance since checking out of the hospital by enjoying a mini-shopping spree at the Lulu & Fred clothing store in North London.

“She was absolutely thrilled and happy,” Frederic Benisty, co-owner of the clothing shop, told London’s Daily Mail. “She was joking around and having a laugh.”

People.com

Simon Cowell’s got Boyle’s back

Hounded by the media, drained by all the public attention, Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle had to check into a psychiatric facility for a rest, but have no fear, her Britain’s Got Talent patron Simon Cowell is looking after his songbird charm.

The entertainment news show Access Hollywood is reporting that Cowell, a judge on the show, has put her up in a London flat now that she has been released from the hospital, according to Boyle’s brother Gerry.

“She’s fine, she’s great,” Gerry told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush.

Boyle’s brother described the trip to the clinic as a temporary measure to find her some peace and quiet.

Vancouver Sun

Kelly Clarkson sticks to essentials on the road

WHEN Kelly Clarkson hits the road — which in her busy schedule is often — there are a few essentials she takes with her.

Her laptop, her iPod, about five books and usually some DVDs. While in Australia last week — between performing on Rove, Sunrise and Good News Week — Clarkson managed to catch a few minutes of her favourite TV show NCIS.

“I’m a huge NCIS fan,” she confesses. “My sister is one of those crime nerds; she watches all those shows. And she got me addicted to this show. I’m currently watching that on DVD.”

Her favourite characters are gothic forensic scientist Abby (Pauley Perrette) and British medical examiner Ducky (David McCallum).

news.com.au

Fantasia Reunites With Mom For Inspirational Concert

American Idol winner/recording star Fantasia is set to reunite with her mother for a special “mother & daughter” performance over the weekend.

Sharing the same stage as Grammy winning Gospel recording artists Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin, Barrino and her mother Diane will perform at the 25th Annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival.

Singersroom.com

Taylor Hicks adds his own flourishes to ‘Grease’

Mid-Michigan fans of “American Idol” who are willing to take a road trip will be able to watch one of the show’s past favorite sons storm the live stage.

Donning a midnight blue suit with 13,000 rhinestones, Taylor Hicks belts out “Beauty School Dropout” in a touring production of “Grease” from June 9-28 at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre. He’ll also perform songs from his new album, “The Distance,” at 8 p.m. June 22 at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.

Since taking on the role of Teen Angel on Broadway last year, Hicks has been thrilling audiences around the country in a touring production of the popular musical.

MLive

Shareholders Treated To Stiller, Smokey And More

Musical performances included Latin American Grammy winner Paulina Rubio, teen idol Miley Cyrus, Allen and legendary Motown recording artist Smokey Robinson, who paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of Motown Records.

Allen and Robinson closed the extravaganza singing “Get Ready,” cutting a picture of music history and future on stage together.

“Having Smokey Robinson and Kris Allen crown the day with the closing performance connected with plenty of folks,” said Melodie Murphy of Gravette, a tax analyst at Wal-Mart’s home office in Bentonville.

NWAOnline

 
  • toonah

    So she’s biting the hand that has given her an apartment. Not very smart.

  • SpenserJ

    Sarah – you’re famous! LOL

    That Boyle woman is just a mess. I expect her anticipated “career” to go down in flames.

  • http://randomizeme.wordpress.com arca

    Actually, it’s score 1 for Boyle – good call – why should she give Simon all the power?

  • chrgi

    I hope they record Fantasia and her mom. I remember tuning into one of my urban radio stations and they played a clip of Fantasia singing with her mom and damn! Fantasia is excellent and it seems like it’s genetic because her mother is also really good.

    Sad to see people put down the success she’s had. There’s a reason why she’s still w/ her original label after all, despite not being triple-platinum or whatever.

  • Sunn

    Ferras al Qaisi of “Hollywood Not America” Tweeted this last night:

    At Lauren Christy’s writing with Desmond Child for Adam Lambert! Amazing songs!
    about 13 hours ago from TwitterBerry

    OhFerras
    Ferras AlQaisi

    Exciting!

  • Kirsten

    Actually, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s score 1 for Boyle – good call – why should she give Simon all the power?

    Because Simon can be a bitter, bitter man when he loses.

    Still, she has some protection. She’s on his label and people already feel protective of her.

    At Lauren Christyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s writing with Desmond Child for Adam Lambert! Amazing songs!

    Why are the songs always amazing? Am I the only person waiting to hear honesty in tweets?

    At Dianne Warren’s writing with David Foster for some lame Idol. Songs suck. Puppies and unicorn shit. I’m going out for some fried chicken.
    about 12 minutes ago from JustGoogleMe

    Disclaimer: I’m sure that Lauren Christy and Desmond Child are writing brilliant songs. It’s just a twitter slam, not an Adam criticism.

  • storm45701

    wow…not signing with the management arm? Interesting. They need to get an album out pronto if they are going to have any impact. I say put Boyle’s CD on the countertop at every Hallmark and watch them fly out the doors…..

    it will be interesting to see not just what labels Kris and Adam end up with, but also who they choose for management. It’s actually better to separate the two functions, IMO.

  • BubbleGum

    Who is Ferra AlQaisi? OhFerras?

    I like that Kris and Adam are starting to work on there albums.We also had a same twitter from people working with Kris.I think both will sell very well.I cant
    wait for there albums.I wish we had there single already.

  • storm45701

    Desmond Child is the name to watch…he’s written a ton of hits. His latest is Katy Perry’s “Waking Up In Vegas”. Dave Hodges, supposedly working with Kris, has written big hits for Evanesence, Daughtry and Kelly Clarkson.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=iamthepurplewalrus&view=videos purplesmile

    Woohoo, Sarah!!! :D

  • BubbleGum

    Adam derserves better than “waking up in vegas”.I cant stand that song but that may be because of Katy Perry.Adam is talented singer so he can make
    any crap song into a hit.I really hope he’s not getting the katy perry treatment.

  • Kirsten

    Desmond Child is the name to watchà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s written a ton of hits.

    Yes, the guy has written tonnes of songs. I just did an ACE title search and it lists 638 songs (not as many as Sarver, but what can you do). Lots of them were huge hits. Everything from “Living La Vida Loca” for Ricky Martin to “Livin’ On a Prayer” for Bon Jovi.

    I had forgotten he’d helped to write Diana’s coronation song (“Dreams”), so he has a bit of an Idol connection already.

  • BubbleGum

    I’m happy that Kris is working with the same people who wrote “breakaway”
    for Kelly clarkson and who helped Daughty with his songs.Both are successful singers outside of idol.

  • storm45701

    well, Adam is certainly a better singer than katy perry…her recent ballad sucked big time (can she even sing?).

    The Idol albums are always full of songs by stock writers that can be called on to create some hits.

  • SpenserJ

    I had forgotten heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d helped to write Dianaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s coronation song (à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Dreamsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ), so he has a bit of an Idol connection already.

    I think he’s written songs for several former contestants. A lot of my favorite Bon Jovi songs have the Desmond touch to them. And, he’s in the songwriter’s hall of fame.

    I’d never heard that Hollywood is not America song before Sunn linked it. It’s pretty good. So, that was the song that got booted from AI for Ruben’s? Interesting. I don’t think I knew that before.

  • Sunn

    storm45701
    Jun 7th, 2009 at 10:56 am
    Desmond Child is the name to watchà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s written a ton of hits. His latest is Katy Perryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Waking Up In Vegasà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . Dave Hodges, supposedly working with Kris, has written big hits for Evanesence, Daughtry and Kelly Clarkson.

    You’re right. Some of Desmond Child’s work:

    Aerosmith – “Angel” (Permanent Vacation, 1987)
    Aerosmith – “Crazy” (Get a Grip, 1993)
    Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer” (Slippery When Wet, 1986)
    Bon Jovi – “You Give Love A Bad Name” (Slippery When Wet, 1986)
    Bon Jovi – “(You Want to) Make a Memory” (Lost Highway, 2007)
    The Rasmus – Black Roses
    Ricky Martin – “Livinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ La Vida Loca.”

    Desmond has written over 40 top 40 hits through out his career. He also appears to have written for most of the American Idols, according to the Agency Group

  • Kirsten

    A lot of my favorite Bon Jovi songs have the Desmond touch to them.

    Yep, a lot of their big ones. He writes them with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.

    And, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s in the songwriterà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s hall of fame.

    He’s a good writer and he seems to be able to write in the genre that compliments the artists he works with (i.e. he’s diverse).

  • SpenserJ

    He writes them with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.

    See, I want that job. Not that I know how to write songs or anything. I just want to hang out with Jon and Richie all day :)

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    Ferras also has the Idol connection. “Hollywood’s Not America” was used in I think the Hollywood rounds of season 7 for montages. I can’t remember exactly what but I remember it being linked here bc I liked the song and went to download it. Yes, Desmond Child is a pretty big name to be writing for Adam, so yay! Who is Lauren Christy?

    LOL thanks for linking my Idol Chatter thing MJ. :)

  • LaurelG

    Yes, the guy has written tonnes of songs. I just did an ACE title search and it lists 638 songs (not as many as Sarver, but what can you do).

    LOL. The Sarver reference. Every time someone mentions that ridiculous number of songs he claims to have written, I have a giggle attack.

  • SpenserJ

    Who is Lauren Christy?

    She’s a part of that “Matrix” songwriting team. They’ve worked with Katy Perry too. (And Christina Aguilera, Jason Mraz and some others).

  • Sunn

    Who is Lauren Christy?

    Wiki:

    Lauren Christy is a singer and songwriter born in London, England.

    Since the late 1990s, Christy has primarily worked with husband Graham Edwards and Scott Spock in a songwriting-producing team called The Matrix. In this capacity, she has written or co-written songs for Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, Hilary Duff,Ronan Keating, Korn, Avril Lavigne, Lillix, Ricky Martin, Ashley Parker Angel, Mcfly, Jason Mraz, Liz Phair, Britney Spears,Skye Sweetnam and Miranda Cosgrove.

    :)

  • Lu

    Most important part of my post….. YAY SARAH!!!

    Wow about Susan Boyle. I wonder how this is all going to play out. Hmm… I do agree with the Hallmark suggestion – lol.

    If any of my chat peeps are interested, I’d love to chat later tonight – after 10:30 or so?

  • SpenserJ

    If any of my chat peeps are interested, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d love to chat later tonight – after 10:30 or so?

    I should be able to stop by :)

  • storm45701

    hey, Carrie Underwood just got inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    isn’t this a little too soon?

  • Calliope

    Yes, the guy has written tonnes of songs. I just did an ACE title search and it lists 638 songs (not as many as Sarver, but what can you do).

    Sorry, I have nothing really to contribute except for: :lol_tb:

    Boyle is setting herself up for a huge fall, in my opinion. Maybe she will do quite well, but the British press and public are notoriously fickle and turn very quickly. They make our press seem like lapdogs.

    Granted, there are certain things in their charts and general love of covers that I never understood, so I could be wrong.

  • canuck

    Good for Susan and smart move not to go with Simon. Simon only sees the $ signs and she needs so much more in a manager.

    Thought the Walmart duet of Kris and Smokey did Kris no favours. Smokey seemed a little geriatric on stage and sadly enough Kris was kind of feeble too.

    Have to say the Danny and Lionel duet was way better.

  • SpenserJ

    hey, Carrie Underwood just got inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t this a little too soon?

    Aren’t they just exhibiting her dress at the museum? I think she has a much longer wait before she would be eligible for actual induction. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is like 25 years or something. I cannot imagine that the Country one is only 5 LOL.

  • Sunn

    storm45701
    Jun 7th, 2009 at 11:28 am
    hey, Carrie Underwood just got inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t this a little too soon?

    Not for country music apparently.

    Good for Susan and smart move not to go with Simon.

    I don’t think so. Simon has made a career out of turning novelty singers into international hits. cases in point Paul Potts and Il Divo and Angelis. I say novelty because they’re not very good.

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

    Pretty sure it was only Carrie’s dress. Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and Charlie McCoy were inducted into the Hall for 2009. :)

  • storm45701

    wow…that’s some honor, for her dress. :lol_wp:

  • SpenserJ

    Not for country music apparently.

    No really, it’s not true. She has a “spotlight” exhibit there – but she’s not an inductee. The inductee list only has about100 people on it, and they’re all old enough to be her grandparents or dead. I’m not sure what their wait time is, but I’m fairly certaing it’s way too early for her.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=iamthepurplewalrus&view=videos purplesmile

    Lauren Christy co-wrote The Remedy for Jason Mraz, that much I know. :P

  • BubbleGum

    Carrie derserves the hall of fame thing.She’s been one of the most famous and the most successful outside of idol.She’s brilliant and amazing.

  • http://emmarude65embarqmail.com carroll

    Kelly’s favorite tv show is NCIS. That is my favorite show too.
    I really like Abby too, and I also like Gibbs and Tony.

    Taylor Hicks in Grease is fantastic. That was a great article about him in Grease. That man can knock your socks off.
    Oh, and his video, WRIR, is on Comcast Cable…On Demand. It is great seeing him on my big screen tv.

  • Lu

    I hope I get the opportunity to see Taylor in Grease someday. I’m sure he rocks it out!

  • cay

    I think it’s very smart for Susan Boyle to go with separate management. As Kelly, Clay, Fantasia and others can tell you, they also found it beneficial to leave 19 management. I believe Kris has to sign with them as the winner, but from Archie’s experience last year I believe that Adam can go outside of 19 for managment when the tour is over. It would be smart for Adam to do that because they will always promote the winner Kris over him, and it’s a conflict of interest. Plus, it brings in new ideas and new connections.

    Ferras writing with The Matrix and Childs is interesting. On Ferras myspace, he says he is a personal friend of Adam’s and that he is a great guy. Also, Ferras is openly gay. Hopefully, that personal connection and knowledge will make songwriting more meaningful. David Hodges had a big hand in Archie’s Crush which was a success so that’s good for Kris. It doesn’t surprise me though that they both are connected to the same people who have had a hand in other Idol albums. But, finding that perfect song is a lot about luck too. So any writer could have written hundreds of bad songs then hit it big with one good one. Just ask Katy Perry. I know we have just heard a little bit, but it seems that both Kris and Adam might be going the very popish route, although I guess that’s not a surprise.

  • http://randomizeme.wordpress.com arca

    Because Simon can be a bitter, bitter man when he loses.

    Still, she has some protection. Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s on his label and people already feel protective of her.

    She has the prime minister asking about her welfare, right? I think Simon will treat her with kid gloves.

  • BubbleGum

    Cay i dont think Kris signed with them.He signed with Jive i believe.I also dont
    think he should join RCA.Kris and Allison should both be lucky.I think RCA was
    only looking forward to promoting Adam this season.They can have him.

  • colette

    Hi — keep trying to find the best place to post these because they’re great. Enjoy!

    ReMusal’s best-yet video of smokey & Kris singing — sound balance a little better (mikes are way out of balance) and K’s soulfulness right on:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-vCCpg0UbM

    the AI kids grooving backstage with Stevie Wonder on an impromptu jam on “As”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P4YvWMhsUU

  • frogcooke
  • Calliope

    She has the prime minister asking about her welfare, right? I think Simon will treat her with kid gloves.

    That’s about on par with this sort of thing in general. One minute the prime minister can ask about you, then the next thing you know the tabloids have turned on you.

    That’s not to say that Simon will sabatoge her or anything, just that it’s not a given that the tide cannot turn. Quite quickly as well, and much faster in the UK than the US.

  • Trina

    I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s very smart for Susan Boyle to go with separate management. As Kelly, Clay, Fantasia and others can tell you, they also found it beneficial to leave 19 management.

    Simon isn’t 19 management, he has his own management company.

    I believe Kris has to sign with them as the winner, but from Archieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s experience last year I believe that Adam can go outside of 19 for managment when the tour is over.

    Not really. 19 has first dibs to manage whoever they want. If they want to manage Adam he can’t just decide he wants to go elsewhere, if they pass on him then he can. Taylor was a winner and they didn’t want him so just being the winner doesn’t automatically mean they’ll take you on.

  • gangreen29

    I love Jordin’s video, at first I thought it was a little boring, but it showcases just how pretty she is, and she is super good at pulling the dramatic face, lol. Kelly needs to take note of Jordin, and realize that when people are criticizing her appearance it isn’t always about her weight. Jordin is heavier than Kelly, but always looks much more put together, where Kelly can just look very sloppy and unprofessional at times

  • http://www.myspace.com/gundomom CarieB

    Sarah!!!!! :clap_tb:

  • cay

    Thanks for the info on 19 management. I really thought that since Clay there was changes and that the runner-up did NOT have to sign with Fuller and company. Archie didn’t sign with them. Clay said it was horrible to be managed by the same people as the runner-up because you are always kept to “second best”. Each management company has their own contacts, etc. They are going to give Kris the NBC Christmas specials, etc. I think it is very unfair to make Adam sign with them. He needs someone solely in his corner for management.

    Allison is looking more and more like she is getting the best deal out of this whole thing. She’s really racking up the best people on her team. I love Adam to death, and don’t think he gets the respect he deserves. But, I’ve always thought Allison will be the Daughtry of the season. 19 management is not very good. Allison has the top people at Jive on her team, and it’s rumored she’s getting amazing mangement.

    Are we sure about Adam? Adam’s friend Lisa D’Amoto (sp?) twittered that losing was actually a blessing in disguise for Adam because he didn’t get the winner’ contract.

  • storm45701

    wasn’t there a court case that said that talent did not have to sign with management they did not want? It may actually not have been specific, but the verdict pertained to the 19E family of companies.

    If Adam does not sign with 19E/M, then they’ll blackball him, just like Clay Aiken and Fantasia. It’s for the best if Kris looks elsewhere, regardless.

  • gangreen29

    Wait cay, Lisa D’amato from ANTM, or is this another lisa? Oh god I hope Adam Lambert isnt good friends with her, she is certifiably crazy.

  • storm45701

    where are we hearing about Allison and Jive? isn’t that still just rumor?
    hell, we still haven’t heard about Kris yet. We all assume Jive, but who knows….

    I wish we could see the winner’s contract to see how bad it’s rumored to be…. tons of 5-year terms, morality clauses, percentage takes, and the like. I wish Smoking Gun would get a copy. I kept saying Adam was probably better off, and I bet I’m right.

  • lavender1960

    Some industry news tangentially related to AI – Sony Music under which umbrella I believe all the Idol labels are under has announced to retailers they are lowering the wholesale prices of CDs, following the lead of Universal Music Group. So will lower retail prices tranlsate to higher CD sales for our Idol favourites – it certainly means someone is making less money in order to lower those prices, and you can be sure the record companies are going to split that pain with the artists and songwriters.

    Ticket sales are looking soft, so far, for some big name bands, like Aerosmith, Dave Matthews Band and Nine Inch Nails, so as could be predicted it is going to be tough filling those seats this summer and I frankly would be surprised if the sales for this AI tour is better than last year. I’m not going though it is closer to me this year because I’d rather save that money to see a whole concert by one or two artists. Then again if you are a family looking for family entertainment can you beat American Idol tour or would the kids rather see Miley or Taylor or the Jonas Bros and are they even touring this summer.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    I made a comment in the Quween thread yesterday regarding the management stuff, but I’ll repeat part of it here…

    There have been runners-up that have signed with 19M, and there have been winners who have signed elsewhere. For example, in season 5, 19 signed Daughtry and Kellie to management contracts, while Taylor and Katharine went elsewhere. In season 6, 19 signed Blake while Jordin signed elsewhere. Blake even stayed with 19 for several months after his label dropped him before they ended up parting ways. And those are just the recent examples I know of. I didn’t really pay that much attention to the details of stuff like that prior to season 5.

    Kelly and Clay, of course, both sued to get out of their management contracts with 19. But they were still signed with 19 at some point.

    So yeah… 19M doesn’t ONLY sign the winner and let everyone else go elsewhere. If they want to manage whoever, they will sign them. I’m sure 19 can’t FORCE them to sign a management contract, but if it’s offered and they refuse the offer, then they probably do have to wait, and that just delays things even more. So IMO, that would just be a stupid move.

    ETA: Lavender, I don’t know about Miley, but Taylor Swift and the JoBros are both getting ready to start tours, if they haven’t already started.

  • lavender1960

    Bubble Gum I so agree about Waking up in Vegas, hate it, couldn’t believe it was Katy Perry first time I heard it…

  • hollygo9

    Wow, Simon Cowell is having a bad year.

  • Lu

    if you are a family looking for family entertainment can you beat American Idol tour or would the kids rather see Miley or Taylor or the Jonas Bros and are they even touring this summer.

    Well, sadly, one kid would rather see Miley and one would rather see JoBros… that kinda sucks for me. Both girls spent the night away last night so I took that opportunity to cleanse the house by blasting MY music throughout!

    Thanks for the explaination about 19. Geesh that stuff is confusing!

  • storm45701

    CD prices need to be lowered….yes, it will decrease the profit per CD, BUT it may increase the numbers of CDs sold. I find this ironic after they just forced iTunes to RAISE their prices! Maybe we’ll see a return of platinum sellers again. Seriously, when only 8 artists a years sell a million or more records each, then there’s trouble in the industry. I think $9.99 is a good retail price for a CD.

    The bad economy is sinking the tour industry. I think some Idol dates have sold out, though.

  • oceana

    If songs and cds are too high on itunes, check Amazon. Often they’re cheaper there.

  • storm45701

    always thought it was odd that Clive wanted Taylor but 19E didn’t. 19E was the smarter of the two, obviously. Of course, they BOTH got their prized DAUGHTRY.

  • frogcooke

    “ETA: Lavender, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know about Miley, but Taylor Swift and the JoBros are both getting ready to start tours, if they havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t already started.”

    miley is starting her tour in september with metro station opening. lol.. and theres really no reason i should know this….

  • Lu

    I think some Idol dates have sold out, though.

    That’s great! I can’t go to that tour. I’d get too drunk – too many beer breaks (Sarver, Corkery, Rounds, Macintyre! lol The last tour I went to was AI5 and I only had 2 beer breaks which was perfect…

  • Lu

    miley is starting her tour in september with metro station opening. lol.. and theres really no reason i should know thisà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Oh how I wish I could be you!!! I know all about the disney singers… sigh.

  • storm45701

    I seriously wouldn’t even need to show up until the second half, if they go in performance order. Even then, Matt and Danny would be bathroom or beer breaks. When you really only want to see three of ten performers, you think twice about buying tickets…..

  • idolbeat

    congrats Sarah! I think you should give it one more shot!

  • SashaB

    “If you are a family looking for family entertainment can you beat American Idol tour or would the kids rather see Miley or Taylor or the Jonas Bros and are they even touring this summer.”

    ^ Hm, Idol alums are everywhere this summer.

    Kellie Pickler, Idol finalist from Season 5, is opening for Taylor Swift.

    Jordin Sparks, Idol winner Season 6, is opening for Jonas Brothers.

    At least with the Idol alums’ concerts, they are not singing covers. And parents don’t have to worry about Dancing Pop Tarts or Corey the warm-up guy. Heh

  • Trina

    always thought it was odd that Clive wanted Taylor but 19E didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t. 19E was the smarter of the two, obviously. Of course, they BOTH got their prized DAUGHTRY

    Clive didn’t have a choice because Taylor’s prize was a recording contract. There’s no way they could have denied him that much as the winner. Once given the contract though then they can do what they want as far as promotion goes.

  • hwc

    Not really. 19 has first dibs to manage whoever they want. If they want to manage Adam he canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t just decide he wants to go elsewhere, if they pass on him then he can. Taylor was a winner and they didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want him so just being the winner doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t automatically mean theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll take you on.

    That is not accurate.

    19 Recordings has right of first refusal on the record deal. Idol contestants are under no obligation to sign a management contract with 19E. Taylor’s recording contract was with 19 Recording (and their partner Arista). He signed a management deal with The Firm.

  • itsalleternal

    Congrats Sarah!!! :)

  • TKat

    CD prices need to be loweredà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.yes, it will decrease the profit per CD, BUT it may increase the numbers of CDs sold. I find this ironic after they just forced iTunes to RAISE their prices! Maybe weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll see a return of platinum sellers again. Seriously, when only 8 artists a years sell a million or more records each, then thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s trouble in the industry. I think $9.99 is a good retail price for a CD.

    The bad economy is sinking the tour industry. I think some Idol dates have sold out, though.

    On top of the bad economy, there is the continued share growth for digital media sales and other online sales. It is making the brick & mortar retailers push very hard for lower CD and DVD prices, more promotions and financial support to clear stock of slow moving CD’s. Retailers are cutting inventory levels, reducing the number of instock titles, and replacing CD’s and DVD square footage with other merchandise. The music industry is finally starting to try and work to keep their place in B&M retail — just look at a remodeled Barnes & Nobel, Target, Best Buy or even Wal-Mart. And, although most of us probably don’t miss Circuit City, they actually sold a fair amount of CD’s.

  • itsalleternal

    MJ – I think the section on Sarah warrants its own story, but that is just my opinion…

  • itsalleternal

    So yeahà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ 19M doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t ONLY sign the winner and let everyone else go elsewhere. If they want to manage whoever, they will sign them. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sure 19 canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t FORCE them to sign a management contract, but if ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s offered and they refuse the offer, then they probably do have to wait, and that just delays things even more. So IMO, that would just be a stupid move.

    Unless they get cleared by AI, no other label can sign them until three months after the finale (August 20 this season).

    And it doesn’t matter if they were cut in the finals, semi-finals, Hollywood week or even in the auditions.

  • star

    Sarah bb I :wub_tb: you.

    In season 6, 19 signed Blake while Jordin signed elsewhere.

    Actually I think Jordin was with 19M/Simon Fuller for a while too, then parted ways with them after about a year.

    And I love “Waking Up In Vegas.” Desmond Child is not a name that thrills me, though, tbh.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    always thought it was odd that Clive wanted Taylor but 19E didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t. 19E was the smarter of the two, obviously. Of course, they BOTH got their prized DAUGHTRY.

    I don’t think it was that Clive wanted Taylor. It was just that they were required to give him a contract because he won. Since that’s the prize for winning.

    Taylor is one who is truly better off being away from the Idol machine, IMO.

    ETA:

    MJ – I think the section on Sarah warrants its own story, but that is just my opinionà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Uh, no thanks. Heh.

    ETA2: star, I heart you too, my dear. :) And I love “Waking Up in Vegas” too, actually. It’s catchy and fun. And much better than that ballad that was the single prior to this one.

    I really thought Jordin didn’t sign with 19M at all, post-show. I’ll have to go back and see what I can find on it.

  • cay

    It is so confusing because 19R is totally separate from 19E. I believe that 19 Recordings get first dibs on all of them, but I’ve heard conflicting things about 19E. Management is huge for a new artist. It is my opinion that 19E (management) does not do a good job. It is small and London based although they have made steps to increase it’s presence in LA. They did hire Roger W, who was a longtime publicist for RCA. For early Idols, it was more of an issue because if anyone wanted to contact them for anything they had to work under London hours.

    Most of the Idols have been unhappy with them. They don’t have the best reputation for being on top of things, and mishandling pr blunders. I would not want to have this very small European firm represent me if they were representing the winner. 19E is all about promoting Idol. That’s basically all they represent here in the States. Major conflict of interest. If their main interest is protecting the image of Idol, they will ensure that Kris does better than Adam. So many winners have to “get through” their first year, but leave afterwards. Many go the The Firm. (however I don’t know who is good management)

    I don’t see how a small pr firm owned by Simon Fuller can blacklist you. They only manage a handful of Idols here. Maybe after all the people who sued, nobody has to use them for management. They just have to be signed to the record part so 19 gets a portion of every record they sell. (why it is so important Idols do well in concert tours b/c it is rumored they make almost nothing from the record after all the expense are paid out)

  • LaurelG

    Sounds as if the Idols are all converging on LA today. Matt G. tweeted this about 40 minutes ago:

    Sitting in the lounge of Detroit Metro. No Fedora:) can’t wait to play music again.played piano for a minute and a half yesterday.felt great

    Aww. The comment about the fedora with the smiley sign after it was kind of endearing. This guy sure loves music and performing.

  • TKat

    Cay really nice explanation of 19R/19E, thanks.

    Regarding the Ferras al Qaisi twitter – I hope it’s true. It certainly looks like the real Ferras.

    Ferras writes great lyrics. And I think that Desmond Child is a great fit for Adam. He understand the concept of working across genres.

    “Desmond’s a chameleon,” Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler told Rolling Stone. “The first time we met, we wrote “Angel” in about an hour and 45 minutes – and I’m not bullshitting. The guy’s a fucking genius.”

    I’m also really pleased about Lauren Christy, and hopefully the Matrix production team. working with Adam.

    If Adam is working with Farras, Desmond and Lauren/Matrix, that’s a power-packed team. And, since I think Adam has a strong concept of what he wants to do, it bodes well for a great album.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    19E (entertainment) is the parent company, and 19R (recordings) and 19M (management) are arms of the parent company. They are not unrelated at all.

    OMG, Kirsten, where are you? We need your explanation of all this for the millionth time. :)

  • dante

    Wow Sarah ! You are famous now :) Great interview!!!!

  • steve
  • pjd

    Any chance of contract announcements tomorrow now that Kris will be back in LA? I assume he would be present for any type of press event and I wouldn’t think they would want to hold that in Arkansas – they can get a lot more buzz in LA….

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    They don’t usually hold press events to announce signings. They just issue a press release.

  • lucy

    Thanks for the Allison tweets!

    I read into them that they’re beginning to move on her record, too! Good news for my little rocker girl. Go, Allison! (please don’t Disneyfy her!)

  • LaurelG

    Danny was apparently in Nashville working on his foundation and he’s headed to LA, per his tweets:

    Im gonna be leaving Nashville 2day and will b on my way to L.A. I got a lot accomplished these last few days. Now for tour rehearsals!

    If you read his latest messages, he was apparently campaigning hard for Mr. Twitter Universe. He’s a competitive guy for sure! heh.

    Anoop was in DC. Maybe for some R & R (?) and he’s en route too.

    http://twitter.com/dannygokey

    http://twitter.com/anoopdoggdesai

    http://twitter.com/mgiraudofficial

  • Trina

    Jordin was definitely with 19 for a while and departed in November of 2007
    Here’s the blurb from HDD that was posted right here back then

    http://mjsbigblog.com/19-entertainment-ends-its-management-relationship-with-jordin-sparks.htm

    THE SPARKS ARE GONE: Simon Fullerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s 19 Entertainment has terminated its management relationship with Jordin Sparks. The 19 Recordings label will continue as Jordinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s record company with its joint venture partner, Jive Records.

    When people say 19M can blacklist you, I think they mean mostly getting to use AI for further promotion in the future. 19 may be a small company but Simon Fuller is powerful especially for what he’s done for David Beckhams career. Frankly I’m grateful for them in David’s case because IMO they’ve done much more for him than RCA. And Daughtry and Carrie, who are considered two of the biggest Idol success stories don’t seem to be unhappy under their management.

  • cookcricket

    19 management is not very good. Allison has the top people at Jive on her team, and ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s rumored sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s getting amazing mangement.

    I guess I shouldn’t jump to any conclusions since there has been no official word yet. But what does this mean for Kris? I will be extremely POed if they pull what some call a Taylor on him. Someone, if you can, please reassure me that they’re going to treat him like the winner he is. Thanks.

  • BubbleGum

    Kris is getting the same people that worked with Archie’s album.He is also getting someone that worked with Daughty and Clarkson to work on his album.I forget there names right know.

    Kris is also with Jive.So i highly doubt Allison will be the “greatest” jive producers IF Kris is on that label.Song/19 made it clear that Adam/Kris will
    be highly promoted.Although I HIGHLY doubt it.I hope everyone on RCA will run for there life.The RCA label wont care about anyone but Adam for months.

    Its best that Adam runs away from RCA as well.
    They both have the best track-record with big
    people like Kelly Clarkson,Clay Aiken,Fantasia,
    Kat,Blake.Does the list have to go any longer?
    Adam doesnt derserve that kind of treatment.
    There not good with anyone who isnt rock and Adam is more dance/pop/techno/fushion.He needs
    a label who likes diversity artist.

  • penzap

    Huh? I think this guy is a little confused? But poor Kris if true

    RudyTorres Adam Lambert just butchered the national anthem in rehearsal at Staples Center. FAIL!
    6 minutes ago from txt

  • saga

    I read somewhere that Max Martin was intrested in working with Allison, anyone heard anything about that?

  • erinnthered

    OMG! SARAH!

    Nice interview!

    I still say go for it, audition-wise! I hope you can work it out.

    Most Famous Person I’m Related To: My second cousin was the voice of Sleeping
    Beauty.

    Dude! That’s my fave Disney animated movie of all time! Very cool!

  • LaurelG

    Kris is getting the same people that worked with Archieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s album.He is also getting someone that worked with Daughty and Clarkson to work on his album.I forget there names right know.

    Kris is also with Jive. . . . I hope everyone on RCA will run for there life.The RCA label wont care about anyone but Adam for months.

    All of the above is stated as absolute fact. I know there’s been a lot of speculation based on various tweets and clues, but has anyone come out with a formal statement confirming any of the above?

    RudyTorres Adam Lambert just butchered the national anthem in rehearsal at Staples Center. FAIL!
    6 minutes ago from txt

    OMG! The Claymates are at it again!

  • JulieR

    Allison just confirmed Jive in two tweets:

    “JIVE RECORDS !!!!!!!!!! YEAHH MANNNN”
    30 minutes ago from web

    “so you guys wanna know what record label i signed onto ???”
    34 minutes ago from web

    Twitter.com/AllisonOfficial

  • steve

    That is not her.That one has been shut down twice now.She may have one now but waiting for it to be confirmed.

  • storm45701

    That’s NOT her Twitter account, as far as I know.

    OMG…Kris career will be ruined…NOT. I have a hard thinking he won’t do fine, unless it’s nerves (which I only saw once on the show).

    what makes one think it’s the Claymates?

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    Yay, Kris did a great job with the NA! Sounded awesome!

    (Let’s go Magic!!! :))

  • JulieR

    If that’s not her, feel free to delete my post, MJ.

    However, I could swear I got her Twitter address from a post made by Anoop.

    P.S. Kris just did a great job on the SSB at the NBA game.

  • storm45701

    he was fantastic.

    let the haters come to play…….

  • Tess

    I’m just sitting back, relaxing waiting for the official press release about Kris, Adam and Allison concerning which recording arm of 19 E they are signed with and even if they have been signed. Also if they are going with 19m as management or choosing another notable management firm to represent them.

    Also, I am sure that (and I believe this has already happened but that is only my opinion) a call has gone out to the songwriting industry that Kris, Adam, and Allison need material to record. Since the three of them will be out on the road for the better part of 3 months it seems reasonable to speculate that they are using the next few weeks to (as well as rehearse) meet with lawyers, producers, management, songwriters, etc. to get everything moving along.

    If year’s past have been any indication they may record while on the tour since there are many very good recording studios that they can use in various cities in the U.S.

    Also, in Allison’s case, since she is a minor I am sure that she and her parents are getting some good direction and advise as to her future before anything is concrete.

  • LaurelG

    what makes one think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the Claymates?

    Because of the rampant (probably totally unfounded) speculation that the Claymates were behind the MSNBC story …………

    I wasn’t serious. I imagine it was just some non-AI watching person who couldn’t tell an Adam Lambert from a Kris Allen if one or both came up and slapped him …

  • smartcookie

    Anybody watching the Tonys? There was a joke at Constantine’s expense almost immediately. In other Idol news, Dolly was on hand (because she’s nominated for the score of 9-to-5, although Next to Normal just won). Anyway, I love that we’ve already seen Elton John, Christopher Sieber, Gavin Creel and our host Neil Patrick Harris, all of whom are out and proud and nobody cares. (And three of the four have outstanding voices. Elton used to, but I think he’s faded a lot.)

    Oh well. Just loving America’s gayest night on TV. It’s usually also America’s best sung night on TV, but at the beginning, the sound was horrible. Worse than AI. That’s saying something.

    I’m rooting for Gavin Creel (and I bet somewhere, Adam is checking his blackberry every five seconds, because if anybody was born to rule at Tony parties, it’s Adam Lambert). Gavin probably won’t win. But Constantine better not!

  • jersey

    OMG, Sarah! Great Idol Chatter. I just read it.

    ETA: I just watched Connie on the Tony’s. He still skeeves me out!

  • abbysee

    Sarah, congrats on the article. You should go for it one more time!

    I hope Connie wins. He is skeevy for sure, but he’s a talented skeev!

    I always wonder why people that a label can’t service two contestants fairly at the same time?

    I know in claymate lore, Clay got the shaft, but in retrospect I think he was doing a helluva lot better before he switched management. He got to drop his cd first. He got on the ballot of the AMA’s,and won fan choice award. He got the cover of RS and he toured with Kelly Clarkson. From there it was certainly downhill.I mean some of it had to do with horrible choices and bad music, but still. Whose fault was that?

  • erinnthered

    Article on Walmart’s marketing strategy that mentions Kris performing at the Shareholder’s meeting.

    http://adage.com/article?article_id=137132

    More specifically, it frames it as though Miley Cyrus was opening for him at the meeting. lol

  • Keel

    I know in claymate lore, Clay got the shaft, but in retrospect I think he was doing a helluva lot better before he switched management. He got to drop his cd first. He got on the ballot of the AMAà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s,and won fan choice award. He got the cover of RS and he toured with Kelly Clarkson. From there it was certainly downhill.I mean some of it had to do with horrible choices and bad music, but still. Whose fault was that?

    But in AI-verse, the reason that an Idol doesn’t become the #1 Ohmigosh star that that Idol’s fans predicted is always because they got shafted in some way by 19R/E/M (take your pick), the label, the media, etc. It’s usually much further down the line when fans start talking about the not-so-great music that the Idol put out and maybe some bad choices. That, or the fans just keep moving the “goal line” (read: lowered expectations) as far as what constitutes success for their Idol and bristle when someone calls their Idol a flop by arguing that their Idol never defined success as having a thriving recording career, but rather . . . whatever it is that their Idol is currently doing.

  • noctem seizure

    That, or the fans just keep moving the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“goal lineà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (read: lowered expectations) as far as what constitutes success for their Idol and bristle when someone calls their Idol a flop by arguing that their Idol never defined success as having a thriving recording career, but rather . . . whatever it is that their Idol is currently doing.

    Thank you. It is remarkable to me that defenders of AI’s track record of produces successes cite all the Broadway performers, movie actors, television personalities, etc.

    I said it in a couple other threads, but Idol’s stated purpose is to create recording stars. Not all of the following are stars, but there are currently I’d say a grand total of seven AI alum that are still relevant mainstream music artists:

    Kelly
    Carrie
    Chris
    Jordin
    David
    David
    Jennifer

    Of those, only the first two have had (at least) two successful album eras. The second two look they are on track to have successful second eras, as well. The last three are freshman, so we don’t know if they will still be successful as sophomores or not.

    But, getting back to the idea that ex-Idols in other entertainment fields deserve to be considered success stories in the same way as the above seven major recording artists, I can only say that thank goodness Constantine didn’t win that Tony, so we’re not forced to have this ridiculous debate again on a new level.

    But, to really settle the question, I think the hypothetical example I invoked earlier today works pretty well. The question I asked was, suppose Kimberly Caldwell wins an Emmy somehow in a television show hosting category at some point– are we then going to add her to the “A-List” of successful former Idols too??

  • Lu

    ^^
    I know it’s a long shot but I think Elliott could have a shot at this. His first album did great and he did have a song that went all the way to top 3 on top 40. He is slowly – emphasize the work slowly – working his single from his second cd up the charts. It’s a harder road for him with no label but we’ll see. His second cd is full of radio hits. I hope something clicks for him. I also would add Fantasia to the list unless you’re thinking she’s not considered mainstream.