Idol Headlines for 06/26/11

Today’s Idol Appearances: More at IdolStages

Alex Lambert performs at Smith’s Bar and Grill in New York City
Brooke White and Syesha Mercado perform at the Lake Forest Summer Concert Series, Orange County, CA
Bucky Covington performs at the Country Fest, Eau Claire, WI
Fantasia performs at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, Barbados
Jennifer Hudson performs at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival
Ruben Studdard performs at the Nashville Dinner Theater

Registration begins today for American Idol 11 auditions in St. Louis! Check out the release form and registration at Americanidol.com. Registration runs through the end of day Monday. Auditions take place on Tuesday, June 28.

Meet & Greeters who talked to Kelly Clarkson at her appearance at the Houston Galleria have her single pushed back from July to August and her album from September to October.

Idol Season 3′s John Stevens posts an update on Facebook, “Hi Everyone, I’ve been very busy with the Beantown Swing Orchestra in New England. We are currently recording multiple albums for future releases. The first of the releases will be an album of original tunes and new arrangements of old standards arranged by Danny Fratina. It will be released this summer and was recorded live with the 18piece big band . It has been an incredible experience. More updates to come!” John, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music has been living in the Boston area, performing solo and with the Beantown Swing Orchestra.

J.Lo: No ‘Idol’ worship

Fox’s “American Idol” has catapulted Jennifer Lopez’ career from lukewarm to red hot in the space of a season.

And the “Jenny from the Block” singer (photo) may use that new found muscle to flex it during her upcoming contract talks.

Whether she returns to AI is anyone’s guess. Negotiations haven’t started in earnest for next season, but On The Money spies are telling us the opening figure in talks could approach $20 million — roughly $8 million over last year.

Lopez — who was ridiculed for signing with AI –made a shrewd move signing for one year, while her fellow judge Steve Tyler inked a three-year deal for a reportedly $6 million per.

The hard-line chatter is that Lopez will take time off to focus on her movie projects and TV shows as well as her music to advertising if the money is not right.

Read more at the New York Post

Jennifer Lopez: Disneyland with the Twins!

Jennifer Lopez takes her 3-year-old twins, Max and Emme, out for a day of fun at Disneyland on Saturday (June 25) in Anaheim, Calif.

The 41-year-old entertainer rode on the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride with Emme, who held on tightly to a lollipop and even let mom steal a bite.

See the photos at Just Jared

‘American Idol’ seeks a star in St. Louis

“American Idol” supervising producer Patrick Lynn says returning to St. Louis was a no-brainer after finding Underwood here and meeting other interesting characters.

“We loved everything about St. Louis, and we had a great time,” Lynn says. “When we pick a city, we look at where we haven’t gone and where we want to return to, and St. Louis was always a top choice. It wasn’t at the top of the list because every city is at the top of the list. But it was on the list.

“We love the city and we can’t wait to get there. And we love the whole look of the Arch.”

Read more at St. Louis Today

‘Idol’ is looking for ‘lightning in a bottle’

• How many people are you looking to audition in St. Louis?
We don’t have a quota. … But we keep a count of the people that go through, and we never cut off the line. The last person to audition in New Orleans in Season 3 was Fantasia Barrino. Carrie Underwood was somewhere in the middle.

• Does finding Carrie Underwood in St. Louis put pressure on the St. Louis auditions?
It does put pressure on us. We found such great characters there the last time, and we want to be able to bring it again, the next “American Idol.” So it’s the kind of pressure you want. We want to do well this year.

Read more at St. Louis Today

Dr. Dre Makes Surprise Appearance, Presents Diddy With ASCAP Award (Video)

Dr. Dre made a surprise appearance at the 24th ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards on Friday, presenting the ASCAP Founders Award to Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Friday’s event was attended by hundreds of songwriters, recording artists and music industry execs, including Ne-Yo, Jimmy Iovine, Sylvia Rhone, Letoya Luckett, American Idol’s Jacob Lusk, Naima Adedapo, Dirty Money, Foxy Brown, Kelly Rowland, among others.

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Carrie Underwood Learned Angels From Guy Sebastian Version

Carrie Underwood says she learned to sing ‘Angels Brought Me Here’ for American Idol by listening to the Guy Sebastian version.

Sebastian became the first Australian Idol after signing the song on the final night of the first season of the show.

Carrie says it was a hard song to learn. “I’d say it suits him better though. This is a hard song,” she tells Undercover.fm.

Carrie Underwood didn’t know of Guy or the song when she was given it. She said it was picked for her. “At the very end the judges or producers pick different songs for us and that was the one that was picked for me. I didn’t know it at the time but I got to go back and listen to him sing it and learn it off that,” she said.

See the video at Undercover.fm

‘Glee’ a victory in the culture war
By Bill O’Reilly

Although they have not made it an especially big deal, some conservative Americans object to the Fox program “Glee” because it is a politically correct extravaganza that often deals with sexuality among teenagers. This season, actress Gwyneth Paltrow provided some sizzle that awakened any parent in the room, I’ll tell you that.

But there is a social upside to the show. Gays, physically challenged people and overweight kids are all put in a positive light compatible with the show’s liberal tone.

Read more at Boston Herald

  • windmills

    The Carrie interview video is a really good one. 17+ minutes long and the interviewer really did his homework on her background. She even talked a little about her development deal with Capitol Nashville from when she was 15 years old!

    One tidbit from the interview is she and Brad are trying to come up with something special with Remind Me to put on her upcoming album. Acoustic version as a bonus track please!

    Martina McBride’s official website posted a video that kind of recaps her CMA Fest experience. They’re using it to promote a new song that I think might be Martina’s next single. There is 1 Scotty sighting and 4 Lauren sightings in the video. Very cute stuff. Lauren and Scotty are hanging out with Martina backstage at the Opry at 0:10, Lauren’s (still wearing her City Of Hope softball outfit) rehearsing Anyway with Martina at 0:25, Lauren’s singing at LP Field with Martina at 0:59 (they make it almost look like she’s singing One Night but she’s singing Anyway), and Martina’s giving Lauren a big hug at 1:28. It’s very cute seeing Lauren’s facial expressions, you can see the awe and excitement.

  • musicality

    Ouch. Ruben Studdard plays at a 175 seat dinner theater. So you get dinner & entertainment. The entertainment is a side note. His career never took off. That whole season ended up being a bust. Aiken’s career has tanked too. But the next season was Carrie and her career took off. I think I got that in the right order.

  • sr4mjc

    But the next season was Carrie and her career took off. I think I got that in the right order.

    Fantasia was Season 3, Carrie was Season 4

  • larc

    JLo should hope negotiations for another season on Idol go more toward the money figure she wants than toward what she’s actually worth as a judge. If it’s the latter, she wouldn’t make enough to cover carfare and a Big Mac.

  • Mel1

    Problem is, if JLo does AI another season with a huge salary increase, we know what she’s all about. But then again, if she does not do another season, then it was all about promoting her career.

    I didn’t realize Tyler was only getting $6M/yr to JLo $12M/yr.

  • LongKissGoodnight

    So, I hope I am posting it in the right thread. While we are waiting on the first numbers of Cook’s debut to arrive, and since it was recently discussed, I wanted to collect the data/rumors on that rain of Idol’s albums that we are about to experience this year. Here what I came with:

    Jennifer Hudson – March 22, 2011
    David Cook – June 28, 2011

    Living in Rumourville:
    Jordin, Kellie P. – TBA, but already released first singles;
    Danny – announced first single, it should go for dates Aug. 8, album would be out this fall;
    Adam – November 8, 2011, new single late August/early September;
    Daughtry – somewhere in November, TBA;
    Kelly – single had been pushed back to August and the album had been pushed back to October;
    Kris – TBA (no singles yet);
    Carrie (?).

    + S10: Scotty, Lauren ~ this fall?
    Pia – will debut her single “Counterfeit” in August;
    Haley – single should be released in October or November and the album in December;
    James (no rumors yet).

    Casey (2012?)

    I am sure I missed something, or someone, so please feel free to add and correct. %))

  • Indigobunting

    I think they should go for different celeb judges this year. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find someone after they pimped the judges so much last year and JLos resurgence.

    Maybe they can even get someone cheaper, or even more of a celeb.

    I just heard it is rumored Gary LeVox , lead singer from Rascal Flatts will be attending/entertaining on Danny Gokey’s Sophia’s Heart Charity cruise next February! So excited!!!!

  • Mel1

    Even as a rumor, Adam’s Nov 8 date was posted as tentative.

    I hope Adam starts emerging again. He has been in hiding since before and after the Grammy’s.

  • Kirsten

    Ouch. Ruben Studdard plays at a 175 seat dinner theater. So you get dinner & entertainment. The entertainment is a side note. His career never took off. That whole season ended up being a bust. Aiken’s career has tanked too.

    But Clay and Ruben careers did take off. They had huge album sales. Ruben seems to have a song on the radio every year. Clay used to be a huge concert draw. Kimberley moved some serious units, had lots of traction on dance had and some number ones. Josh did well with his first album on country (gold album and lots of radio hits).

    The problem is that their careers have now dropped off. Every week, I look at the box scores. I’m constantly amazed at people who used to be big draws playing to small crowds. Here are a few from the last few weeks:

    139 Huey Lewis and The News
    Morris Performing Arts Center; South Bend, Ind.
    June 14, 2011
    $32,575; 891 of 2,564 (35%)

    146 Air Supply
    Glass Cactus; Grapevine, Texas
    June 17, 2011
    $25,323; 872 of 2,100 (42%)

    501 Plain White T’s
    Newport Music Hall; Columbus, Ohio
    May 5, 2011
    $8,374; 485 of 1,000 (49%)

    466 Mumford and Sons
    Dolans Pub; Limerick, Ireland
    March 16, 2011
    $13,947; 400 of 400 (Sold-out)

    268 Michael McDonald House of Blues
    Atlantic City, N.J.
    May 28, 2011
    $20,293; 374 of 1,500 (25%)

    143 Death Cab For Cutie; The Lonely Forest;
    El Rey Theatre; Los Angeles, Calif.
    June 7, 2011
    $27,160; 776 of 776 (Sold-out)

    So, artists whose careers have faded or some genres don’t attract the huge crowds. There are few acts filling stadiums like U2 and Swift. S2 was 8 years ago. That’s a lifetime in the music biz. Not just for Idols.

    I’m not arguing that Ruben or Clay are doing well now, I’m just saying that they once did.

  • bridgette12

    Adam – November 8, 2011, new single late August/early September;
    Daughtry – somewhere in November, TBA;
    Kelly – single had been pushed back to August and the album had

    For RCA, I think it’s a blessing not to have any more Idols to deal with. If these three make the kind of album that I think they are all capable of, it’s going to be a good fall for this trio and the label. I’m looking forward to hearing what they come up with. Hopefully it will be great selling albums and world tours for all of them.

  • larc

    Indigobunting says:
    Maybe they can even get someone cheaper, or even more of a celeb.

    From a purely logical standpoint, I can’t figure out why big celebrity judges are needed. There are many very highly qualified people who would be delighted to do the job for far less money than Idol paid three total slackers this past season. Jimmy Iovine was evidently supposed to do the real judging in S10 so those playacting at the job could do little more than spout platitudes. But there are people available who could conduct master classes even for Jimmy.

  • Trina

    Ruben’s career is always so underestimated. Its 8 years since he won Idol. Wile he didnt have lasting Daughtry level fame he DID have success. He’s the only male winner to get a Grammy nomination, hes sold over 2 million albums, had a Top 10 Hot 100 hit and the same song went to I think #1 or 2 on the R&B chart. And Clay ended up selling over 6 million records..so dont know how season 2 can be called a bust. Its hard to predict how even the more popular Idols will do 8 years from now.

    Javier tweeted last night a picture of himself in the studio with Adam Levine and Rodney Jerkins

    Javstwtr: Me, @adamlevine & @only1darkchild hanging in the studio after recording my song!! http://yfrog.com/gyohtdqj

    Really anxious to hear this..

  • Mel1

    From a purely logical standpoint, I can’t figure out why big celebrity judges are needed.

    Probably because S9 was so criticized for having boring contestants and losing Simon at the end of the season. I think Tyler and diversified contestants revived the energy of the show.

    I think this season, the judges were being criticized by the media for not judging, so hopefully things change. Hasn’t the show learned when Adam got such good reviews for mentoring because he actually was honest enough to tell the contestants where they fell short?

  • Mel1

    Ruben’s career is always so underestimated.

    Most people are referring to NOW. What good was all that success if he can only fill up 175 cap venues. Which for some people, that’s fine, and maybe Ruben is OK with that.

  • girlygirl

    I wouldn’t put Mumford & Sons in that list of artists who can’t draw big crowds. They sold out their L.A. show in a matter of minutes and they weren’t playing a small club. They generally playing venues with capacities in the thousands these days.

  • merkureye

    JLo was a great judge until Pia got kicked off. It was at that point that JLo and Randy both quit providing contructive and insightful critiques of the contestants singing. And even though the judging was good up to that point, it was not applied equitably among the contestants (Scotty was always fantastic and Pia sucked and needed to “research” Celine and Whitney. huh?)

    With only two females remaining after Pia’s boot, I think the producers shut JLo down. Anymore suggestions from JLo for Haley to research Adele or Lauren to research Carrie and this season would have tanked. Its obvious TPTB wanted a female to win or at least get to the T2.

    If JLo returns I think there will be meetings on the proper approach to judging the show wants in S11. Remember, this was ST and JLo’s first year. Experience is usually the best teacher. Both will be better next year.

    Oh, and . . . I too was shocked to learn that Tyler was only making $6 mill to JLo’s $12 mil a year.

  • Indigobunting

    From a purely logical standpoint, I can’t figure out why big celebrity judges are needed.

    For ratings.

    A big reason why S10 was successful- there was mucho buzz for the judges.

    Being an AI fantard, I’d rather have good judges in terms of advice. But AI in an entertainment show, and people tune in primarily for that. And celeb judges helped (well, Ellen is an exception, lol, but she was so bad).

  • McCreerian

    Scotty has cracked the top 20 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    22 22 20 SCOTTY MCCREERY I Love You This Big 19/Interscope/Mercury 2043 1696 347 6416

    Yay so exciting! I knew this would happen soon!

  • Trina

    Thank you Kirsten. You expressed my point better than I did. Just because your career may not be soaring now doesn’t mean any past success should be shrugged off. And like I said there’s NO way of knowing who else the same could happen to. You could be playing to thousands now and a couple of hundreds 10 years from now.

  • oriharakaoru

    I hope Adam starts emerging again. He has been in hiding since before and after the Grammy’s.

    He did do some promo in March for the Aftermath charity single (including being on Idol), but other than that, he’s been working on his album. We’ll see more of him in the coming months when his first single is released.

  • fadetowhite

    Mumford and Sons career hasn’t dropped off – it’s only just started!?

    I’m sure they can fill bigger places than a 400 seat pub in Ireland: but maybe they just wanted a mix of medium and small venues. Their music is hardly stadium filling (it’s quite intimate and I’d love to hear it in a small setting). They aren’t Taylor Swift yet though – that’s for sure!

    But seeing how well their album has done – one of my absolute favourites from the last few years – in the UK and, especially in the US, warms my heart.

    Conversations on the web often seem to paint the musical landscape in the US (and hence worldwide) as being very one note (or maybe two) – in terms of big success, so it’s great to see an M&Sons proving that it ain’t necessarily so.

  • Mel1

    Granted it’s been ten years since Ruben won idol. However, how long was he popular after his first platinum album and his first successful headlining tour. I mean how were his second, third albums, etc., and how many years was he successful in touring after his first tour? Just asking because I don’t follow Ruben at all.

  • keware

    Scotty has cracked the top 20 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Congrats to Scotty! Great news.

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  • gangreen29

    Most people are referring to NOW. What good was all that success if he can only fill up 175 cap venues. Which for some people, that’s fine, and maybe Ruben is OK with that.

    What good was the success is that he made lots of money and can still have a career doing the job he loves. Careers don’t last forever. I think some of the more current idol fans will be in for a rude awakening 8 years down the line. I bet many of them will wish their idol had the success Ruben did.

  • Daytripper73

    With the 9 to 5 tour winding down, it seems like maybe Diana is working towards getting some new music out in between theatre gigs. Ace Young tweeted yesterday after getting to listen to one of those songs:

    Diana’s voice is unbelievable!!! I’m listening to a brand new song of hers getting choked up…so good.

    I’ve liked the country tunes she’s written and performed over the last couple years so it will be fun to hear some more stuff soon.

    Going along with the discussion about varying levels of success, Diana may never burn up the charts or sell out stadiums ala Taylor Swift, but she’s an established Broadway actress and has written and performed some really nice country tunes. She does what she loves, is respected for it, has her own loyal base of fans, and her bills are paid. Sounds successful to me.

  • TheOther

    Not everyone will be a Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, or Chris Daughtry in terms of Idol success. And even they have peaks and valleys in their careers. But it appears that most who have the visibility of the show have continued to make a living in the entertainment field, whether it’s in music or acting.

    There also tends to be a snobbery within the Idol bubble that if someone hasn’t made an impact on the charts, they have no career. Syesha Mecardo is a great example of someone who has found success on Broadway, probably doing better than some of those that were highly touted in the Top 2.

    And I would say that being the first Idol to have a recurring role on a prime time TV series, one that is produced by Steven Spielberg – is not a bad thing for Kat McPhee.

  • TylerWV

    Ruben’s gospel album, I Need An Angel, sold 96,000 copies its first week and the second place gospel album that week sold 8,000. I have that album and its fantastic. Even though its a gospel album, it has some great uptempo songs on there. My oldest daughter bought one for me and one for her and she is not into gospel albums at all and she loved it. Rubens made enough money to open his own restaurant in his home town and had a modeling agency in 2006. Dont know if he still has it. I would call Rubens career a success. 8 yrs later and he is still being booked.

  • mmb

    I don’t know where in the world some idol fans get the idea that it is the norm for a music artist to have a 10-20-30 or more year career of constant radio and album hits and filling large concert venues and that any less is considered a flop or a waste. Most artists are lucky to just make a modest living as a musician; even luckier to have one hit single; even luckier to have 1 hit album. Go back decade by decade and you will see acts that were huge – hit singles/albums/videos/ awards/sold out concerts. Some don’t even make music anymore, some do on a smaller scale, one or two can still sell out big venues. Are they all flops? Their prior successes a waste because they are no longer on top ? Of course not!!!! Yet some idol fans would think that yes, they failed. There are very influential music acts who have never had a number 1 radio hit, or sold a ton of CDs. Are they flops? No. Yet in idolworld they would be. Ruben clay a d others achieved a level of success most artists can oy dream of. That it was short lived does not negate those acccomplishments. If daughtry or kelly or carrie’s next cd flops does that negate everything that came before? No

  • Mel1

    mmb. Good post. I apologize for any Ruben comments. I loved his voice back in S2, and still do. Clay was good too. I can see that it would have been such a close race that season, because they were and still are very talented.

  • girlygirl

    Ruben is still putting out albums, charting and getting gigs some 8+ years after winning Idol. I’d say he’s doing just fine for himself. That’s a pretty long time to sustain any sort of career in this business.

    In general, the ex-Idols have probably beaten the odds in that so many of them are actually making a living for themselves in the entertainment industry. Very few of them seem to need day jobs to support themselves. It would be great if more of them were huge successes, but, then again, that isn’t very realistic. I think it’s great that so many of them have been able to keep doing what they love, even if they aren’t stars or making a ton of money.

  • abbysee

    But Clay and Ruben careers did take off. They had huge album sales. Ruben seems to have a song on the radio every year. Clay used to be a huge concert draw. Kimberley moved some serious units, had lots of traction on dance had and some number ones. Josh did well with his first album on country (gold album and lots of radio hits).

    Thanks Kirsten, you work hard, so I don’t have to, lol.

    Most people are referring to NOW. What good was all that success if he can only fill up 175 cap venues. Which for some people, that’s fine, and maybe Ruben is OK with that.

    So what is he to do, not perform at all because others will say he’s not a success? Or do what he loves to do, and get paid more than the average bloke? I think dudes ahead of the game, many wish they could have that gig.

    What good was the success is that he made lots of money and can still have a career doing the job he loves. Careers don’t last forever. I think some of the more current idol fans will be in for a rude awakening 8 years down the line. I bet many of them will wish their idol had the success Ruben did.

    Except they don’t realize what a success Ruben was, and since he keeps at it, it could happen again. It’s not like he’s out of touch with his genre, since Urban radio supports him. It’s just if someone is expecting pop success, that was never going to happen for him. Ruben is one of idols success stories.

  • steph6449

    Video from Danny’s concert last evening

    Second Hand Heart
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R05QXqgzdwE

    Livin on a Prayer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMvGOUPgjVY

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Joe McElderry survived another week of Popstar to Operastar. This week, he sang Nessun Dorma.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQsW8orWWM4

    Joe is one of 4 contestants left on the show.

  • nhd

    David Cook tells Beatweek about “Circadian” from This Loud Morning

    David Cook’s new album This Loud Morning is more than a mere collection of songs, as the various tracks weave in and out of connected themes and sonically flow into each other. But one need not get any further than the unusual opening track with the unusual name, Circadian, in order to see that this record is something different altogether – and that first song was spawned out of the album’s final track, he tells Beatweek.

    “Circadian was inspired, actually, by Rapid Eye Movement,” Cook reveals in the cover story interview for the June 28th issue of Beatweek Magazine (available in full on Beatweek.com that same day). “Rapid Eye Movement was a song that I wrote pretty early in this process. This record doesn’t exist without that song, because I think that song really opened up my thought process to the rest of this record.”

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  • Sasi

    Please tell me that it is not true about Kelly’s single and album being delayed even longer. I have been waiting so long for her new music to come out and now I hear this news. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH KELLY CLARKSON!!!!!!!!! I hate your label.

  • Incipit

    nhd, thanks for the Beatweek link - nice preview for the story .

    So David is getting the cover story for Beatweek on the 28th, and they are soliciting votes for the online cover? Cute, and nice promo, coinciding with the album drop. I didn’t know that – must have missed it if it was posted here earlier.

  • girlygirl

    Long Q&A with Kris at yesterday’s ALIVE Festival, in which he touches on a lot of subjects, including Idol, who he still keeps in touch with and his current work. He’s pretty clueless when someone asks him about Haley maybe recording one of his songs, but he also talks about writing for others

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jScrcVJdGy8&feature=youtu.be