Idol Headlines for 07/25/11

Anwar Robinson performs at The Singers Lounge in New York
Casey James performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles
More appearances at IdolStages

A rep from Brad Paisley’s Talent Agency (William Morris) tweets that he thinks the Carrie Underwood/Brad Paisley “Remind Me” video will be released this week, “just saw the preview for the video of “Remind Me” @BradPaisley and @CarrieUnderwood. It is amazing and beautiful. Out this week I think.”

Christina Applegate tweets, “its official. I will be a guest judge on SYTYCD august 3rd. I’ve never done anything like this except judging at a county fair when I was 15″

Lauren Alaina tweets, “I just realized @justinbieber follows me. Not gonna lie, thought it was pretty awesome #belieber thanks Justin for making me feel cool haha”

David Archuleta receives a 6x Platinum award from Sony Music in Maylasia

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David Archuleta Doesn’t Do Drugs

Cutie pie David Archuleta arrived in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon and at a press conference several hours ago, he was presented with a plaque marking his six times platinum status by Sony Music Malaysia and a wau as a souvenir.

David expressed sadness at the news of Amy Winehouse’s sudden passing: “I know she’d gone through a lot and she lived a very difficult life but she has made some great music which has made a huge impact on the music industry. It’s sad to see her go.”

Read more at Galaxie Blog

American Idol finalist makes appearance at Celebration of Children

Aaron Kelly moved to Nashville to pursue a singing career after becoming American Idol’s all-time youngest finalist last year, but he still considers Pennsylvania home.

“Being home is so nice,” the 18-year-old native of Sonestown, Sullivan County, said in a recent interview with The Patriot-News. “I’d like to send a thanks to my fans in the Harrisburg area. Thank you for all of your support.”

Kelly, who also plays guitar and keyboards, was preparing to return to Pennsylvania for an appearance at PECAN Inc.’s Celebration of Children youth talent show at The Forum on July 17. The American Idol Season Nine Top 5 finalist was this year’s recipient of the nonprofit organization’s Arpeggio Award.

Read more at Penn Live

Katharine McPhee – JustJared.com Exclusive Interview!

JustJared.com caught up with Katharine at the event to chat about the film as well as her new musical series Smash!

Katharine even revealed that she originally auditioned for Sara Paxton’s role before getting the role of Beth.

Read more at Just Jared

Idol tour a triumphant return for Lauren Alaina

“Literally, I cannot. I think about it sometimes, and I can’t even talk about it — I start stuttering, and it just blows my mind,” she said.

Jake Suddeth, the singer’s cousin, said about two dozen family and friends are traveling to Nashville to welcome Lauren home. Until then, dad J.J. Suddeth is celebrating in Facebook posts about his daughter’s new EP, which is available exclusively on walmart.com. The self-titled EP has five tracks, all songs Lauren performed on “Idol,” and sells for $5.

Read more at Times Free Press

Jordin Sparks on the Starkey Hearing Gala Red Carpet

@starkeyhearing tweeted this photo of Jordin Sparks on the Starkey Hearing Gala red carpet Sunday night in Minneapolis, MN.  Miley Cyrus, Reba McIntyre, Meatloaf, Garth Brooks and President Bill Clinton also appeared/performed.

Q&A: Clay Aiken Talks ‘Drop Dead Diva’

Q: How did you get involved in working on Drop Dead Diva?

Clay Aiken: They had called me a while back, a few years ago to do a different episode and I was not able to do it. I was out of out town and was not able to get to Atlanta.

And when they called again – we had left it open and asked them, you know, to call back at another time and we would be interested. Just the timing didn’t work out and when they called this time, I think they had in mind to, you know, this particular episode. And it was something that I was much more interesting in doing.

Read more at All Your TV

Jennifer Lopez ‘Very Happy’ Celebrating Birthday in Miami

Fresh from her split with husband Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, who turns 42 on Sunday, is living it up in Miami to celebrate her birthday.

On Saturday night, Lopez and her entourage of 16 – which included her mother, sister, manager and stylist – enjoyed a lavish dinner at Scott Conant’s restaurant, Scarpetta, inside the Fontainebleau hotel.

Read more at People

Dolly Dazzles (and Raps!) in Hollywood

Dolly Parton turned Hollywood into Dollywood on July 22-23 as the country icon took over the legendary Hollywood Bowl for two high-energy shows.

Being Hollywood, of course, there were some famous faces in the audience: actor Vince Vaughn, who has caught several Dolly shows over the years; KeKe Palmer, who stars with Dolly in the upcoming movie ‘Joyful Noise'; ‘American Idol’ season three runner-up Diana DeGarmo, who plays Dolly’s character Doralee in the touring company of ‘9-to-5: The Musical'; and Dolly’s real-life goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. Dolly, who appeared on ‘Hannah Montana’ as Miley’s character’s aunt, sang the show’s theme song ‘The Best of Both Worlds’ for her friend.

Read more at The Boot

‘Glee’ Season 3: EP talks Finn and Rachel, Will and Emma

While Falchuk said Finn and Rachel will face obstacles on their road to graduation, he revealed the couple will not be breaking up anytime soon. “That relationship — we’re not interested in breaking them up this year and, at the same time, there’s the challenges of you’re graduating and they’re different kinds of people and where does that take you? I think that’s what we’ll explore with that.”

So what about Will and Emma? “They’ll be getting into it this year,” Falchuk said. “All the relationships [fans] should feel really comfortable with. We’re not really interested in breaking anybody up this year, but those are all relationships we’re going to get into. Will and Emma definitely, especially in the first ten.”

Read more at Zap2it

‘Glee’ Cast Remembers Amy Winehouse

“She’s paved the way for so many artists, so at least every artist can pay homage to her in some way,” Ushkowitz told MTV News at Comic-Con 2011. “Hopefully they will,” she said, adding, “It’s just so tragic: She was so young and so talented.”

Criss said, “She definitely brought back a lot of soul to mainstream, and it’s really unfortunate to see her go, but I think she’ll live on in other artists who will follow [with] the same soul.”

Read more at MTV

Live at the San Diego Comic-Con: A Few Minutes With… “Glee”

If you’re a geeky show (or even a geek-adjacent one) the place to be every July is Comic-Con International: San Diego. And with the success of last year’s press line interviews, we’re braving the unwashed masses once again to snag a few minutes with your favorite stars and creative teams. Day 4 marked the end of Comic-Con as we chatted with the gang behind “Supernatural,” “Glee” and “Castle.”

Watch videos interviews with Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz & Harry Shum, Jr., Dot-Marie Jones and series producers at yesterday’s Comic Con HERE.

Sir Philip Green owns no stake in Simon Cowell’s Syco

Announcing the formation of the entertainment vehicle, in January 2010, Cowell and Sony said that each would own 50% of the new company. The statement said that Green, the retail magnate behind TopShop, would be “an adviser to Simon Cowell and a shareholder in the company, majority owned and controlled by Cowell, which will serve as the partner with Sony Music”.

However, documents lodged at Companies House earlier this month show that Green does not hold a stake in Syco.

The ownership structure is a far cry from plans outlined by Cowell and Green in 2010. In an interview with GQ magazine the pair spoke of becoming partners in a business that would become a “new Disney”, with merchandising and retail arms.

Read more at the Guardian

Justin Timberlake Goes Incognito as Ernie at Comic Con

There were scores of outlandish costumes and cosplay outfits at Comic Con this past week, but Justin Timberlake may have trumped them all: dressed up as Ernie from Sesame Street.

The perennial jokester, at the San Diego convention to promote his new movie In Time, purportedly strolled around incognito Thursday as the beloved orange-faced children’s character along with Esquire writer Chris Jones, who accompanied him as Bert.

Read more at the Huffington Post

The Glee Crew on Cast Cuts, Series Regular Upgrades and a Big Dilemma for Coach Beiste

First, Glee reveals that it’s graduating (but not dismissing) Rachel, Finn and Kurt, and now… I can’t even bring myself to tell you which other McKinley High mainstay’s future may be up in the air.

What I will say is that it may involve Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum Jr., Darren Criss or Dot Marie Jones, all of whom stopped by TVLine’s interview suite at Comic-Con to talk up the new season and share their own intel about their respective futures on the Fox phenom. Plus find out what Shum and Criss really think about their recent series regular promotions…

Read more at TV Line

  • tripp_ncwy

    Is it me or has Jordin Sparks been everywhere except in the studio recording? The first part of the year she tweeted a lot about being in the studio with John Legend & others, She made an appearance on idol & then the NKOTBSB Tour. Other than singing the NA every other week I have not heard anything recently about her being in the studio.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    All of this contradictory information coming out about Glee and who is leaving and who is staying. It sounds like it’s all a moving target at this point.

  • Tess

    Is it me or has Jordin Sparks been everywhere except in the studio recording?

    Don’t have a clue if Jordin is actively laying down her voice for the new album but I don’t think recording is a 24/7 full time job for months and months (Cookie’s album notwithstanding). I don’t think a singer, unless they are producing or writing, is as involved in the technical aspects of an album as may be widely thought.

    And, considering Jordin seemed to make some bucks last year she must know what to do to keep her name in lights and the paychecks flowing…she seems to get the fact that being a recording star in the US isn’t just about making an album.

  • LexieN

    So…Justin Bieber follows both Scotty and Lauren (came out in the tour blog last night). That’s interesting… There’s also a CMT interview with Taylor Swift saying she’d love to meet them. I think the support is great!

  • imeanrun

    Number of people Justin Bieber is following: 116,344. Make me think of someone on twitter is excited that Yoko Ono is following him, then he found out Yoko Ono follows half a million people. LOL.

  • rodgers12

    Justin followed lauren right after LMMD performans and scotty yesterday.
    but he is following over 100k lol

    Actually there’s one more interview taylor swift talked about lauren.
    Interviewer told t.swift that lauren wanna work with her and then her reaction was so cute and positive about working with lauren.

    I think country music community really loves these kids and it’s really great to watch it as country fan

  • larc

    rodgers12 says:
    Interviewer told t.swift that lauren wanna work with her and then her reaction was so cute and positive on working with lauren.

    Maybe Taylor would want to sing with Lauren so she could use Lauren’s voice as a guide to help her stay on pitch for a change. ;)

  • music78girl

    David Archuleta received his 6x platinum plaque today for sales in Malaysia. Here’s a video that includes the presentation along with some other press con activities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0nsqplQ-c8

    There are also some pictures in a Malaysian entertainment blog write-up about the event (nice title on that article lol): http://galaxieblog.com.my/blog/permalink.asp?id=4641

  • Fenway

    Thanks music78girl David is having a wonderful time in Asia. It is great to see him appreciated for the talent he is.

  • artemis

    New appearance for Lee DeWyze:

    BizBash Chicago Expo at the Merchandise Mart-August 18

    I’m happy but not surprised at Archie’s success in Asia-all the Lee fans from that area of the world that I talk to on twitter say that everyone loves Archie in their countries.

  • jonnyk

    Holy cow!!! Watch this video. David A’s 2nd concert in Hanoi, Vietnam!!. They all went crazy and security guards couldn’t take a break.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj3hEizyrRE

  • Milly21

    thats really interesting about David’s success in Asia. I think maybe he should keep his efforts there, since they love him so much.

  • Kitwana

    Sony Asia has been so much better at promoting David’s music than Jive that is it laughable. The Asian Tour Edition of The Other Side of Down has gotten more promo in two weeks than the Jive ever gave The Other Side of Down in North America.

  • jeffreythegleek

    Maybe Justin likes Lauren and he’s keeping a watchful eye on Scotty, haha! As for Taylor, isn’t Big Machine part of UMG? It’s not listed as part of UMG Nashville’s website. If she really wants to meet them I’m sure she could snag backstage passes. But watch out Scotty. She collect boyfriends, then writes songs about them.

  • jonnyk

    Newspaper and internet articles describe David A’s Asian concerts as ‘David Archuleta STUNS Manila’, ‘David Archuleta BURNED the stage’, ‘David Archuleta electrifying…’ etc.

    All mentioned his powerful vocals and dynamic performances with no backup dancers / high tech lights. He mixes his songs (mostly penned by himself and classic covers) with fast & slow tempo, piano play, audience participation in singing and often encouraging them to clap and dance. Also, in M&G for special fans, he played drums!!!

  • windmills

    jeffreythegleek: As for Taylor, isn’t Big Machine part of UMG?

    No but Taylor has a deal with UMG for pop and global promotion and Big Machine head Scott Bulls**ta Borchetta also has a joint venture with Universal Republic called Republic Nashville which has The Band Perry, Martina McBride, and Eli Young Band on its roster.

  • heidijoy

    David A. has been treated royally in Asia, by fans,media,Sony and all the tour organizers. David has been on fire in his concerts and along with his band have provided some great shows. Luckily there have been some great videos so we can enjoy his airport arrivals, signing parties,music etc. Tommorrow night is his last concert in Malaysia of this tour.
    Promotion and support can do wonders!

  • larc

    Milly21 says:
    thats really interesting about David’s success in Asia. I think maybe he should keep his efforts there, since they love him so much.

    Maybe if Archie looked grungy, got into drugs, slapped a few women around, used the f-bomb in his songs and sang off pitch, he would go over better in this country.

  • Incipit

    David Cook – Today Show Concert in NY on Thursday morning at
    30 Rockefeller Plaza is being promoted HERE. No mention or confirmation yet on DCO.

  • girlygirl

    Archie really has had amazing success in Asia, hasn’t he? It’s interesting how some artists who have struggled to find a foothold in the States, especially on the radio, can do so well in other parts of the world. Another example of this is Elliot Yamin’s success in Japan.

  • Fenway

    larc…seems like that is what it takes in the USA to be a big success, although there are some out there that are none of the above and also popular. Maybe there is hope for David. We know he isn’t going to change his image and he isn’t going to sing off pitch, so I hope times are changing.

  • heidijoy

    Jordan’s work with Starkey Hearing has been ongoing and the gift of hearing they give to children and others who were not able to listen to music is remarkable. I remember one event that she invited David A to help her with and we were shown a video and see children hear music for the first time.
    She and David also visited a hospital where children with a variety of severe illnesses were treated to a Teddy Bear and visit.
    It’s so great that in addition to the music they give us,they can help the less fortunate.

  • jonnyk

    At the press conference,

    “David Archuleta expressed sadness at the news of Amy Winehouse’s sudden passing: “I know she’d gone through a lot and she lived a very difficult life but she has made some great music which has made a huge impact on the music industry. It’s sad to see her go.”
    When asked if he ever took drugs, David, although a little surprised by the question given his squeaky clean image, answered it like a pro….

  • jonnyk

    (continue..)
    “I can say that that’s something I’m not involved in,” he said. “I try to encourage kids of all ages if there’s something that they’ve become quite addicted to… I do believe that if you’re motivated enough to get out of it, you can get out of it. I just hope that if anyone is struggling with that, I know that they can improve their lives by getting out of it.”

  • Valentin432

    Chris Daughtry was at Comic-Con (or at least at the EW party)

    http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20399642_20512601,00.html#20992532

  • artemis

    Near 2,000 people showed up in 98 degree weather to Hear Lee DeWyze sing at Six Flags in Gurnee Illinois last week, according to the Daily Herald. You have to click on the picture of Lee in the picture lineup(#24) to get to the story:

    http://dailyherald.com/article/20110725/news/707259983/photos/

    Lee’s TV appearance on Windy City Live in Chicago was featured in Brian Mansfield’s Idolchatter. The interview includes a discussion of the Idol finale and performances of Beautiful Like You and Earth Stood Still:

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2011/07/lee-dewyze-sings-on-windy-city-live/1

    Lee tweeted last night that he had songwriting sessions and new songs coming up.

  • jonnyk

    Jordin looks really great on the pic above. Thanks mj. If she endorses a weight watcher program like JHud, she will make money and sell more albums like JHud.

  • carson

    Chris Daughtry was at Comic-Con (or at least at the EW party)

    http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20399642_20512601,00.html#20992532

    More pictures from Comic-Con:

    Chris with Seth Green and cast of Community:
    http://twitpic.com/5ved6x

    With Jim Lee (co-publisher of DC Comics – he illustrated the CD booklet for Daughtry’s LTT):
    http://twitpic.com/5ufsaw

  • mmb

    Fwiw re cook on the today show, iirc they had his prior performance listed for the wrong date on one of their websites- it was listed as 7/28 at the time of his prior performance in late June. Maybe he is doing another performance, but I would bet free Ny is just confused

  • kvwicks13

    Lee also tweeted he has alot of stuff in the works and can’t wait to share it with his fans. He has a show coming up August 13 in Long Island as well.

  • Incipit

    Maybe he is doing another performance, but I would bet free Ny is just confused

    OK, mmb, if the free ny facebook page has a track record of messing up dates – then that could explain this coming out of nowhere.

    The NBC schedule says there was a June 24th performance – that wasn’t a 7AM to 10 AM show – but there wasn’t. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/3041478/ – it was on June 28th, TLG on the Today Show. – not the Toyota Summer Concert series.
    That’s some monumental confusion…someone on DCO might could explain, and dispel the confusion, if they would be so kind.

    JMO.

  • Allison

    Number of people Justin Bieber is following: 116,344. Make me think of someone on twitter is excited that Yoko Ono is following him, then he found out Yoko Ono follows half a million people. LOL.

    That’s funny you wrote that. My daughter was excited because Yoko Ono was following her for a while, but then Yoko stopped.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kidz Bop just posted new video of Kris.

    Introducing Kris Allen, KIDZ Star USA Judge & Mentor
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH6V3dvTKqM&feature=youtu.be

  • girlygirl

    well, so much for getting much time at home. Looks like Kris may be headed back to L.A. today. A couple of people have tweeted about being on the plane with him

  • mmb

    OK, mmb, if the free ny facebook page has a track record of messing up dates – then that could explain this coming out of nowhere.

    The June 9th performance was at the Hard Rock in Times Square, for WPLJ – not at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for the Today Show – so that’s some monumental confusion…someone might could explain, and dispel the confusion, if they would be so kind.

    JMO.

    I was referring to the today show concert page. Back in June they had David listed for a concert on 7/28; it seemed like a mistake since he appeared on today the week of his album release; it is no longer listed on the today shows website. That’s all I’m saying

  • Incipit

    Gotcha. The MSNBC page still has a June 24th performance listed that never happened too – It all looks like a FUBAR.

  • HoppersSkippersMiners

    Just found out that suz526 will be at Adam’s Quebec concert. There WILL BE VIDS!!!

    Yay!!

  • HoppersSkippersMiners

    There may also be….mermish…available.

  • Valentin432

    More pictures from Comic-Con:

    Maybee Chris is trying to get into acting? I wonder if he met Kat during their stay there.

    Season 5 already has 3 ex contestants working in tv shows with Kat, Lisa Tucker and Kevin Covais.

  • girlygirl

    kelly_clarkson Kelly Clarkson

    #I’ll be playing a benefit show to raise money for The Human League on 8/6 in Sudbury, ON Canada! For more informatio… http://say.ly/jnNwMH

  • EmyR

    Just found out that suz526 will be at Adam’s Quebec concert. There WILL BE VIDS!!!

    Not to knock suz526, but there are people with cameras in Quebec. Lol. There were really amazing vids from the Moscow show.

  • HoppersSkippersMiners

    EmyR says: Not to knock suz526, but there are people with cameras in Quebec. Lol. There were really amazing vids from the Moscow show.

    Yeah, but suz gets her vids up really FAST. There was truly awesome stuff from Moscow, but it seemed to take a long time for most of it to hit the Net.

  • girlygirl

    when is Adam’s concert in Quebec?

  • girlygirl

    thedavidcook

    #I LOVE NEW YORK! One of my favorite cities… but we’re not playing there on July 28th. Not sure where that came from. Sorry about that.

  • Elliegrll

    Maybee Chris is trying to get into acting? I wonder if he met Kat during their stay there.

    Chris has attended the convention before. He’s a big comic book and science fiction fan.

  • Oksana2000

    when is Adam’s concert in Quebec?

    girlygirl, on Friday.
    http://www.steagatheenfeux.com/

  • Oksana2000

    Not to knock suz526, but there are people with cameras in Quebec. Lol. There were really amazing vids from the Moscow show.

    It’s easy to take amazing vids if you are not surrounded by video nazis.
    Suz526 proved many times that she is The Video Ninja extraordinaire.

  • Keel

    Cook has tweeted and put the kibbosh on the Today Show rumor.

    I LOVE NEW YORK! One of my favorite cities… but we’re not playing there on July 28th. Not sure where that came from. Sorry about that.

  • Dera

    I can’t wait for Adam’s concert in Quebec, Canada this Friday and watch SUZ526 videos. I loved her videos of AI10 Tour in L.A. Her recent videos of AI10 tour made me not to be disappointed that I couldn’t make it to the L.A. show because of carmegaddon.

  • girlygirl

    Oksana2000

    Thanks!

  • happyhexer

    Interviewer told t.swift that lauren wanna work with her and then her reaction was so cute and positive about working with lauren.

    Actually, I think it would be great if Taylor Swift worked with Lauren. There is little doubt in my mind that Lauren has vocal talent, but she needs to find (or write) age-appropriate songs that still have broad appeal. Taylor has managed to do that, and might be able to give Lauren some pointers. (Though Taylor appeals mostly to a young crowd, her songs can resonate with adults, too, who may remember the angst from their high school/college days.)