Idol Headlines for 10/05/10

CMT will honor Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band, as the top artists of the year premiering Friday, December 3.

NASHVILLE – October 5, 2010 – CMT will honor Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band, as the top artists of the year in the new 90-minute special, CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR, premiering Friday, December 3. Taping in Nashville, CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR will bring the honorees together with their peers, as well as celebrities from across the entertainment spectrum for a glamorous evening of star-studded performances from the country world and beyond, all in celebration of the successes of the past year.

CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR acts were chosen by ranking the top five artists based on the following criteria: sales (physical albums, digital albums, and single downloads); country radio airplay based on spins; concert grosses as a headliner or co-headliner; and activity on CMT.com (video streams, searches, and artist page views). The rankings were then compiled to identify the leading performers across the four categories cumulatively.

Read more at TV By The Numbers

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@JiveMusic: “Right now @DavidArchie is heading over to @accesshollywood at Rockafeller Plaza for an on-camera interview. Catch him if u can!”

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Fresh off a European USO tour, Kris Allen will play a free concert at the Naval Submarine Base in New London, CT, Friday 0ctober 22. Details HERE.

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Co-Hosts Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley to Perform at CMA Awards

Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Sugarland and George Strait have been announced as performers at the Nov. 10 44th Annual CMA Awards, to air live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

All of the newly added performers received nominations this year, with Underwood and Paisley also serving as cohosts for the third year in a row.

Read more at People

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The cover art for Lee DeWyze’s new album has been chosen: @LeeDewyze: “Hey everyone, I saw the Picked the album cover today!!! I’m excited for you guys to hear all of it, hope your day went well. Finishing up In the studio, then I have to clean my house, about 60000 boxes. I’ll let you know how it goes, love you guys and I’ll talk to ya soon! ”

Lee’s new album drops on November 16.

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@MelindaDoolittle: My home away from home. Getting ready to start song #4 for a very special project. Love Ocean Way! http://twitpic.com/2unjlq…Eight songs recorded and the most wonderful turkey burger from Cheeseburger Charley’s makes a great day!

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Dwyane Wade, Shaun White, George Lopez and Angelica Vale Join Marlo Thomas to Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital This Holiday Season

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Celebrities from film, sports, television and music have donated their time and talents to support the 2010 Thanks and Giving® campaign, an annual holiday program to build awareness and raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For the first time, Miami Heat great Dwyane Wade, Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, Univision’s Angelica Vale and comedian and late night host George Lopez have joined the roster of prominent personalities who have lent their voices to ask consumers to “Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not” during the holiday shopping season by participating, alongside St. Jude patients, in national spots on television and in theatres. The announcement was made today by Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude.

In addition to the stars in the television spots, Katharine McPhee, Julianne Hough, Jewel, Danny Gokey and Jo Dee Messina, will participate in the Thanks and Giving online campaign. The celebrities will provide content that will be shared on www.stjude.org, such as personal photos of themselves with patients and video footage at the Hospital. Additionally, the celebrities will tweet updates about the campaign and utilize their own social networking sites to raise awareness and drive traffic to www.stjude.org. More celebrities are expected to be announced during the Thanks and Giving campaign launch in November

Read more at PR Newswire

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Rival CKX bidders wooing Apollo as partner

Private-equity giant Apollo Management may be smack dab in the middle of the hunt for CKX Inc., the entertainment company behind “American Idol,” The Post has learned.

Leon Black’s Apollo Management has held meetings with two rival bidders: Allen Shapiro, president and chief executive of Mosaic Media Group, and Robert Sillerman, CKX’s founder and former chairman and chief executive officer, according to sources familiar with the talks.

Sources said JP Morgan Chase’s One Equity Partners has backed away from a partnership with Shapiro, who also participated in the buyout of the TV Guide channel toward the end of summer.

Read more at the New York Post

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Crystal Bowersox’s Ex Boyfriend ‘Wishes Her Well’ Before Impending Nuptials

Bowersox former boyfriend Tony Kusian hopes she finds happiness with her new fiancé Brian Walker, RadarOnline.com can reveal.

The talented American Idol runner-up shocked her millions of fans when she announced recently that she was getting married to Walker, later this month.

Kusian’s step mom, Pauleen, told RadarOnline.com: “I think the whole world was surprised by Crystal’s announcement but I know that Tony wishes her and her son well for the future.

Read more at RadarOnline

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David Archuleta – Live AP Interview (recorded 10/4)

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Part 2

Part 3

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The Other Side of Down

David Archuleta may be one of the best singers ever to vie for the “American Idol” title (coming in a wrongheaded second to David Cook), but at this point, his reign seems as distant as the fall of Prussia. (It was, in fact, two years ago.)

In ’08, the elfin Archuleta put out a reasonably successful debut CD featuring the irresistible single “Crush.” He followed that with a largely ignored Christmas album. But things have only gotten harder since. As Archuleta releases his followup CD today, “Idol” talk has shifted away from the singers to the wisdom behind hiring as a musical judge the likes of J.Lo.

That’s sad, considering Archuleta has an ache in his voice that’s more convincing, and a timbre more individual, than almost any other “A.I.” contender. The best parts of his debut CD gave those qualities the right warm and wounded setting.

Read more at New York Daily News

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Exclusive Q&A with David Archuleta

J-14 caught up with American Idol alum turned superstar David Archuleta to chat about his new album The Other Side of Down (out today!), the difficulties of love, and the possibility of an upcoming tour!

Read more at J-14.com

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UNDER DEADLINE FOR ‘IDOL’ ONLINE AUDITIONS? UNDERWOOD’S GOT ADVICE

As everyone knows, a lot of changes are coming to the new season of “American Idol.” Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, of course, are joining the judges’ panel, the age limit’s been dropped by a year, and for the first time, contestants can now audition online. Online auditions are taking place at http://www.myspace.com/americanidol, and there’s one day left to enter.

Read more at All Access

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Clip of Rhenotha Whitaker singing with Jennifer Hudson at NJPAC

Newark resident Rhenotha Whitaker didn’t expect to take the stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center this weekend. But when she was pulled out of the audience by Jennifer Hudson, her impromptu rendition of Chaka Khan’s “Sweet Thing” rocked the house. See Hudson push a backup singer out of the way too. (Video courtesy of Rhenotha Whitaker)

Clip of Rhenotha Whitaker singing with Jennifer Hudson at NJPAC

Read more at NJ.com

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Carly Smithson & We Are the Fallen – Aids Walk Kick off party 2010

Interview conducted at the Hollywood Tower for the LA aids walk kickoff. The walk takes place October 17

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Danny Gokey – Froggy 101 Breast Cancer Awareness show highlights

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Glee Sneak Peek: Mark Salling’s Puck Covers Mr. Billy JoelRead more at E Online

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Lance Bass And Baz Luhrmann Make ‘Glee’ Pleas

It seems everyone has “Glee” fever, including onetime ‘NSYNC member Lance Bass and “Moulin Rouge” director Baz Luhrmann, who are both making their cases to get involved in the show.

“I love ‘Glee.’ I think it’s great,” said Bass, who also recently weighed in on the current season of “Dancing With the Stars.” “I did get to see the premiere, which I loved. Maybe they’ll have a boy-band episode one day. I have no idea! [They should] go for the gusto. Go for the ‘Bye Bye Bye.’ ”

“I’m a great fan of ‘Glee.’ I spoke to [show creator] Ryan [Murphy]. I tried to find a moment to do an [episode] with him,” he shared. “I’d love to do that. I think those kids are phenomenal. If I could, I’d love to [direct an episode]. I’d like to contribute to that, because I do think that is what I hoped when I tried to smash the door 10 years ago [with 'Moulin Rogue'].”

Read more at MTV

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‘Glee’ co-creator Ryan Murphy talks tonight’s controversial episode

Spoiler alert: Tonight’s episode of Glee is one of the series best and most emotional hours to date. When Finn (Cory Monteith) sees a religious vision in his grilled cheese (the episode ain’t called “Grilled Cheesus” for nuthin’), he inspires the other New Directions teens — and even Jane Lynch’s Sue Sylvester — to contemplate their own views on spirituality. “I love when people see Jesus in bird droppings on the windows and then there are lines out the door and that seems to happen so often now,” says co-creator Ryan Murphy. “To me, it just shows everybody in our society, particularly young people, are just desperate to believe in something.”

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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Glee Cast: Let’s Tackle Gay Suicide Right Now

The Glee kids are one of the most sought after, and overworked, casts around right now, and yet they still manage to spend tons of their free time doing charity.

Most of the cast, sans Lea Michele and Dianna Agron, hosted a benefit Sunday to raise money for The Rape Treatment Center. And many of them talked to us about an upcoming episode that will address another unfortunate, but prevalent social issue: gay suicide.

“[Show creator] Ryan [Murphy] wants to do an episode about it, which I think is very smart of him,” the delectable Matthew Morrison told us. “As a cast I don’t know much we can do. That’s why I think an episode would be great… Ryan is very current with staying on the times, so I think it would be this season if it were to happen.”

Read more at E Online

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Are You There, God? Glee’s Twist on Faith

When Ryan Murphy was an altar boy, he was obsessed with the Shroud of Turin, a centuries-old piece of cloth said to bear the face of Jesus. On Tuesday’s episode of Glee, Finn will see God in his grilled cheese sandwich. (He proceeds to ask the “Cheesy Lord” to grant him three wishes.)

Having the glee club wrestle with matters of faith could be controversial. Outside of 7th Heaven and similarly earnest shows, religion is a rare presence in primetime television. Could Glee, with its brand of biting, often politically incorrect humor, be sensitive enough to do justice to the hot-button topic?

On the surface, Finn’s divine discovery is just another way to mock the sweetly dim character. But in the same episode, Glee delves deeper into serious questions of faith when a tragedy prompts Kurt to reveal that he doesn’t believe in God. Some of his classmates tell him he’s wrong; others pray for him in their own ways.

Read more at TV Guide

  • Elliegrll

    Many songs are, in fact, catchy enough to scramble onto the radio. The producers increased the chance of that by upping the tempo, conforming to the charts’ current appetite for the upbeat. ” Stomping the Roses” slips a driving dance rhythm under Archuleta’s vocal, while the CD’s first single, “Something ‘Bout Love,” has a backbeat and bubbly production that’s right-of-the-moment.

    Unfortunately, the vocal approach brings out an aspect of Archuleta that’s his least deep. The production exaggerates the smoothness of his voice, reeking of studio effects, something he hardly needs.

    This is why I have a problem with SBL and some of the other songs on David’s album, and why I think he’ll get some trouble getting airplay. The instrumentation doesn’t sound organic, or really fit his style or voice. SBL reminds me of those kids’ dancing shows that were shown a few years back on Saturday mornings. They took known songs and just slapped a generic throbbing beat on them, so even though the kids could dance to the songs, there was no connection between the lyrics and the music.

    With SBL and some of the other songs, Jive went overboard, and it’s more than obvious that the focus was more on the beat than on the entire song. A song has to be catchy, but the whole thing has to fit together, the beat can’t come off like it was stuck on at the last minute.

  • AndreaH

    This is just speculation on my part but I think it has merit. I believe Jeff Kazee spilled the names of the other musicians working on Crystal’s album in a Facebook post. And then I think that post was deleted because the only reference to it that I can find is a cached page. The cached page is from 9/12/2010 but Jeff’s post was made on a Friday so I think it was made on September 10.
    cached page

    Jeff Kazee in the studio with Producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Bruce Hornsby, Papa
    Roach) for a couple of weeks for an Artist to be named later..Chuck Burgi (drums) & Tommy Byrnes (guitar)-from Billy Joel’s band-and bassist Greg Smith also laying it down…

    He also tweeted this on the same day, September 10, but omitted the names of the musicians: http://twitter.com/jeffkazee/status/24103147705

    in the studio 4 cpl of weeks w Producer David Bendeth (Paramore, All-Time Low, Bruce Hornsby, Papa Roach)..Artist TBA later..good stuff!

    We know Jeff was working with Crystal in September from later tweets – this one from Sept.13:

    Recording the debut album of the very talented Crystal Bowersox..incredible pipes and cool songs…

    I also know that Jeff does not normally work with David Bendeth so it’s unlikely that he would be in the studio with David for another artist during the same month they’re both working with Crystal.

    I know that Greg Smith is onboard because he signed up on Twitter on September 15 and tweeted Crystal the next day:

    @crystalbowersox Well, you and Jeff convinced me!! I just signed up!! Today was awesome! Let’s do it again tomorrow!!

    It’s been rumored that Frankie May would be her bass player but is that just for her live performances or also her album? If he’s going to play on her album maybe he isn’t going to be on every track or maybe they have two bass players in the band?

    Because of the observations mentioned above, I strongly believe Chuck Burgi, Tommy Byrnes and Greg Smith along with Jeff Kazee are the musicians on Crystal’s debut album. I’m excited by this lineup because these guys have been rocking for some time and have serious cred.

  • Eileen99

    A boy band episode of Glee would be awesome! I hope they do it, great idea.

  • tinawina

    That’s some serious detective work, AndreaH. :D

    Crystal’s album just keeps getting more and more intriguing. This is going to be a long couple of months.

  • Tess

    Certainly this approach plays into the singer’s doe-eyed character, an aspect which always made him potentially tough to market. (On the virility scale, he makes Bieber seem as burly as Rocky Balboa.)

    – New York Daily News

    I guess I’m not the only one that thinks David’s wide eyed innocence may be a hindrence for him in the marketplace. I know that many in his fandom absolutely love the fact that David highlights his innocence and his vulnerability and his youth but, for me, it is so hard to balance that with the real world inhabited by teens today.

    The youthful audience that should be David’s bread and butter are more about the hunks from Twilight and young love angst then they are about positive message songs. Of course there is an audience for David’s music and his “good boy” persona does well with many that have a conservative leaning…but I really wish that a happy medium could be found so that David could find an audience outside of his comfort zone.

  • AndreaH

    Crystal’s album just keeps getting more and more intriguing. This is going to be a long couple of months.

    Yes…I’m really curious as to the direction Crystal is going on this album and a couple of months wait is going to seem like an eternity. :)

  • windmills

    Awesome research AndreaH! I’m interested to hear Crystal’s album and I’m cautiously optimistic about who she’s working with. I hope at the end of the day this process even with its compromises is something she learns from musically too.

    Here’s a couple more reviews of Archie’s album:

    Dallas Morning News

    Philly Daily News

    They’re not necessarily good reviews but they’re a lot like the Daily News review in that they’re sympathetic.

  • tinawina

    The youthful audience that should be David’s bread and butter are more about the hunks from Twilight and young love angst then they are about positive message songs. Of course there is an audience for David’s music and his “good boy” persona does well with many that have a conservative leaning…but I really wish that a happy medium could be found so that David could find an audience outside of his comfort zone.

    I actually agree with you here Tess. I think there is a good sized audience for Archie’s brand of wholesomeness, but I do think a happy medium is possible that will allow him to cast a wider net, if he wants to do it. I’m not convinced he wants to though. Maybe with time.

  • wjmtv

    Lee’s got his album cover! Cool. Things are getting closer.

    CAN WE HAVE A SINGLE NOW PLEEZE? THANKS.

  • jennyl

    Good to hear about Lee’s album cover. Yes. things are certainly getting closer. 60,000 boxes? Looks like he’s moved his entire house to LA. Hope he’s got help else it may take him until next year to unpack.

  • wellhesback

    NYDaiy News “David Archuleta may be one of the best singers ever to vie for the “American Idol” title (coming in a wrongheaded second to David Cook),”
    newflash to the New York Daily News – many of us found David Cook to be the more pleasing singer to listen to. Also, the competition’s over, already.

  • jpfan

    Actually the Phily Daily News review is positive. It just says it’ll be tough for Archie to compete with Bruno Mars for sales. I’m happy to see the positive tone for Archie in the reviews. His first album got some incredibly “ouch” reviews so that’s a nice change.

  • larc

    tinawina:
    I think there is a good sized audience for Archie’s brand of wholesomeness, but I do think a happy medium is possible that will allow him to cast a wider net, if he wants to do it. I’m not convinced he wants to though. Maybe with time.

    Archie’s wholesome innocence isn’t an act, IMO. It’s the real David Archuleta. Casting “a wider net” before he naturally gains a wider perspective wouldn’t be genuine. But there are hopefully enough dedicated fans to keep his career afloat until that day comes.

  • tinawina

    Archie’s wholesome innocence isn’t an act, IMO. It’s the real David Archuleta. Casting “a wider net” before he naturally gains a wider perspective wouldn’t be genuine.

    Que? I didn’t say it was an act, I totally believe that’s how he really is.

    But I don’t think he needs to change to cast a wider net. He could do it now if that was his aim I think, all he really has to do is sing a couple of pop-friendly songs with themes similar to Crush (earnest love songs, that type of thing, or stuff about dreaming about THE ONE like the My Kind Of Perfect song, just more pop radio ready). But I don’t think that’s what he was concentrating on this go around according to his interviews that were posted here. He said he wanted to write upbeat inspirational stuff and not worry about the rest and that’s what he did. No worries.

    He could have done it if he wanted, but that’s why I said I didn’t think he wanted to.

  • Trina

    I have a feeling later in the week we’ll see Lee’s album cover and I’m thinking maybe single news next week? :) Cant wait!

  • Tess

    He said he wanted to write upbeat inspirational stuff and not worry about the rest and that’s what he did.

    From my interaction with people who know David personally, they say he is using these years of his life to fulfill his church commitment of doing a “mission”. Since he doesn’t feel he can “drop everything” and commit to a traditional mission of leaving home and being a prosoletizing agent for his church 24/7, he has chosen to reitterate his interpretations of his faith through his music and his presentation of himself. And I do applaud him for choosing this path.

    But like several Mormon singers before him found out, there is a very fine line in the public’s perception between being yourself and be a spokesperson. Too much of the goodie two shoes, draw shorts on a magazine cover, I want my music to be inspirational, I don’t date, I’m just a kid can become cloying and off-putting to many.

    David has a great instrument but he seems to be walking a very thin tightrope…and after viewing the world for a heck of a long time I’m not sure the world is ready to embrace the message David is expressing. Not to say the “general” view of the world is better than David’s, or vice-versa but it seems that David is limiting his audience more and more. Again, his choice…but history does say that choices he is making now will impact him for a long time.

  • Kirsten

    I have a feeling later in the week we’ll see Lee’s album cover and I’m thinking maybe single news next week? :) Cant wait!

    Neither can I.

    Idol albums are generally cause for much merriment and snark. Oh, I fondly remember the “temporary” album cover for Hick’s first album on which he looked like “Evil Bert”. Who can forget Kat’s “Bumblebee” cover? Blake’s Unicorn/Trapper Keeper cover. Cook with his alien head. Then there was Kris about to get his brain eaten by some other evil aliens in an empty theatre. And the Pièce de résistance, Adam’s “WTH was he thinking” cover (aka the album cover that generated a million posts).

    I expect no less from Lee.

  • druzilla

    I like Archie. He feels genuine (not a scam artist like Aiken) and doesn’t seem to have developed a cynical bone in his body yet. Unfortunately today’s audience doesn’t see him for that authenticity. They see him as milquetoast or maybe even a Disney-styled poser.

    Their media-fed idea of “keeping it real” doesn’t allow for someone like Archie. They want “edge” and despite his 19 years, Archie is not even as edgy as children’s safety scissors.

    I didn’t care for his debut cd but “Other Side of Down” has many catchy tunes that I find a welcome breather from what else is out there. I hope he has success with it.

  • springboard

    Trina:
    10/05/2010 at 10:29 am

    I have a feeling later in the week we’ll see Lee’s album cover and I’m thinking maybe single news next week? :) Cant wait!

    The single needs to drop ASAP, like now…

  • tinawina

    I don’t know anything about Mormon missions, but if that is what Archie is doing, then I have to respect him for it. If true it puts the whole album into perspective for me. Good luck to him. Like I said I do think there is a market for that even if its not front-and-center in pop culture. Here’s hoping he turns a nice profit for Jive so he can keep on going as a recording artist.

    On to S9… so what is up with the Lee leaks? Can we get some info please? Geesh people. I need some new Idol albums to ass talk about. Only Crystal is giving me something to go on. Get it together Mr Dewyze! LOL

  • girlygirl

    Archie is adorable, but wholesome and vanilla isn’t what music buyers tend to go for these days. Even the JoBros and Bieber are edgier than Archie. So it will be interesting to see how his music connects withe public at large.

    Lee’s single should have dropped by now. They aren’t giving him must lead time to build up interest with people who don’t know anything about him or AI before his album gets released.

    And I am expecting rather generic album art (and a self-titled album) :)

  • girlygirl

    The caption to this photo has a story about Kris’s USO trip with some quotes. Turns out his wife lived near one of the bases he visited (her dad was in the military)

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=263193&id=147103215329999&ref=fbx_album

  • sr4mjc

    @LeeDewyze: “Hey everyone, I saw the Picked the album cover today!!!

    What does this mean? He saw the chosen album cover or he picked the cover? LOL

  • Trina

    Since Lee isnt following the exact timeline as Kris/David I’m going to hold out for tiny bit hope the single *might* also be different and will be something he wrote on. When it comes right down to it that sort of thing doesnt make much of a difference, as long as its a good song that catches on, but gotta admit I’d love that for him especially since it would help gain him some cred if its a good song.

    What does this mean? He saw the chosen album cover or he picked the cover? LOL

    I didnt really understand his tweet right away either but I think he made a typo and meant to say “they picked” (meaning RCA) the cover. Just guessing though.

  • fictitiousreality

    AndreaH:
    Because of the observations mentioned above, I strongly believe Chuck Burgi, Tommy Byrnes and Greg Smith along with Jeff Kazee are the musicians on Crystal’s debut album. I’m excited by this lineup because these guys have been rocking for some time and have serious cred.

    Woahhh A-list musicians for Crystal’s debut. That is frikin’ awesome. Great work, AndreaH. Does anyone know if the album band is the same band that they play on the tour as well? How did that go for the early idols? Seems like things are aligning quite well for Crystal… :=)

  • Indigobunting

    I do feel for Archie; religious singers have a more difficult time not getting a CCM label slapped on them when they sing positive messages (Gokey had this issue too) vs. sex/drugs/drinking/partying songs and it can limit audience.

    Yeah, where is Lee’s single? Wasn’t Kris’s out late September? I’m with girlygirl- think it will be self titled, since he had trouble enough connecting with Idol fans- he will need every bit of name recognition he can get. I’m fully expecting a shot of his “puppy dog look gaze” on the album cover.

    Good for Danny and Kat. Wasn’t aware of Kat, but I know Danny has done several charity gigs for St. Judes already- hospital visits and a radiothon.

  • girlygirl

    The Philadelphia News person gave an A or a B to all but one of the CDs reviewed (and that one got a B-)

  • Tess

    Does anyone know if the album band is the same band that they play on the tour as well?

    Historically session musicians who play for an album rarely move onto a tour with the person they record with. A good session musician may play almost daily at a recording session..and they play for all types of different Artists. They rarely “select” who they are playing with…their role being much more who is available when. I don’t think any of Daughtry’s current band played for his first album, I know that none of Adam’s or Kris’ did. Cook may have had one of his current band members be part of his first album. Besides, many of these session musicians are extremely well paid…they need to learn and interpret new material almost instantaneously. Most acts couldn’t afford to take them on the road.

  • Indigobunting

    Historically session musicians who play for an album rarely move onto a tour with the person they record with.

    Danny Gokey’s session musicians for his album were not his band members either. That is pretty typical.

    Their labels don’t pay the singers enough to be able to afford big names for touring.

  • girlygirl

    IF those are the musicians playing on Crystal’s album, still doesn’t mean they would necessarily tour with her. Studio musicians and touring musicians often diferent. For eample, none of Kris’ band members actually played on his album (although the plan is for them all to play on the 2nd one, since they are now an actual band). I don’t think Adam’s band played on his album, either (maybe Monte did, since Adam actually knew and worked with him). Did David Cook’s band members play on his album?

  • fictitiousreality

    Thanks Tess :) No kidding when Crystal said in interviews that shes collaborating with some amazing musicians for her album…

  • Mary102

    Adam’s “WTH was he thinking” cover (aka the album cover that generated a million posts).

    When I read Lee was gonna reveal his album cover, I suddenly went back a year ago and remembered the day Adam’s cover was released. OMG the epic. :-D Yeah, guessing Lee isn’t gonna top that. Though that would be hilarious if he did.

  • gangreen29

    Who can forget Kat’s “Bumblebee” cover?

    I really liked Kat’s album cover. People were SO mean about it though!

    AndreaH, amazing detective work! Thanks!!

  • koshka

    I’m fully expecting a shot of his “puppy dog look gaze” on the album cover.

    I swear he looks like a basset hound to me. I hope they give him the “staring off into this distance, thoughtful” look. :) As far as a self-titled album, I don’t think it makes a difference one way or another. The type face for the artist’s name is always larger and the albums are always referred to in terms of artist and title… so it makes little difference. I just see it as lazy 19/label decision.

    Looking forward to hearing what both Lee and Crystal come up with this fall/winter.

  • Elliegrll

    Their media-fed idea of “keeping it real” doesn’t allow for someone like Archie. They want “edge” and despite his 19 years, Archie is not even as edgy as children’s safety scissors.

    Both Archie and Kris have had the labels bland and milquetoast thrown at them, but Rob Thomas has to deal with the same thing, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a multi grammy winner, selling millions of albums, or being regarded as one of the most respected songwriters in the industry.

    If they release music that people want to hear, their will still be those who label them as being vanilla and milquetoast, but they will be selling music, and that’s all that matters.

  • koshka

    IF those are the musicians playing on Crystal’s album, still doesn’t mean they would necessarily tour with her. Studio musicians and touring musicians often diferent. For eample, none of Kris’ band members actually played on his album (although the plan is for them all to play on the 2nd one, since they are now an actual band). I don’t think Adam’s band played on his album, either (maybe Monte did, since Adam actually knew and worked with him). Did David Cook’s band members play on his album?

    Girlygirl – to take this one step further, did Kris or David even play their guitars on their own albums. I don’t think they did. That will be something else interesting to watch for with Lee and Crystal to see if the RCA/Jive/19 pattern changes at all.

  • bridgette12

    Mary102:
    10/05/2010 at 11:44 am
    When I read Lee was gonna reveal his album cover, I suddenly went back a year ago and remembered the day Adam’s cover was released. OMG the epic. Yeah, guessing Lee isn’t gonna top that. Though that would be hilarious if he did.

    I don’t think Lee is going to go outside his comfort zone. They will probably have him dressed in jeans, leather jacket, leaning against a wall, with that clueless look on his face we saw on Idol.

  • wellhesback

    Koshka, Girlygirl – Unfortunately only one member of David Cook’s fantastic band was able to play on his debut album. That was his fine lead guitar player, Neal Tiemann. Cook said himself more than once that Neal represented him and his musical point of view in the studio when he was not able to be there

  • Trina

    Yeah, where is Lee’s single? Wasn’t Kris’s out late September?

    Doesnt matter when Kris released his, different artist, different label. If you you look back over the years and not just the more recent, you’ll see that theres no set timeframe for single release.Hell I remember being in a total panic waiting for Daughtry’s 1st single to drop because at this point there was still nothing at all being said about one. I remember Chris blogging on MySpace mid October they didnt even decide on a single yet. Its Not Over ended up going for adds AFTER the album dropped. Who knows why with some more time is needed.

  • Incipit

    Did David Cook’s band members play on his album?

    Girlygirl, David somehow managed to have Neal Tiemann, the founder, lead guitarist and lyricist of Midwest Kings, and his long time friend, in the studio, playing on his debut album. David said (paraphrasing) Neal was invaluable in interpreting his POV for him when he was on the Idol Tour, and trying to communicate about the ongoing process in the studio by text, email and telephone.

    The rest were studio musicians, (and Rob Cavallo got a credit, IIRC.) David’s band had not yet been formed. When DCTR went platinum, Neal was incredibly stoked about having played on it!

    I think it’s a good thing for the Idols to have that opportunity, to have someone they know and trust be there when they cannot, and keep them informed of the day to day that they are missing, if they are working on their album while simultaneously traveling and doing concerts all over the country.

    JMO, Of Course

  • Tess

    I really know nada about Lee or Crystal and their guitar skills. My gut tells me they are adequate but not sensational…much the same as most singers who accompany themselves on a guitar. What are their skills like and who should they be compared to?

  • artemis

    The only thing Lee has said is that he has written on all the songs he’s recorded and he’s really happy with how things are going. We’ve gotten very positive tweets from about six different people who’ve written with him. And that’s it. I remember last year Kris fans complaining about how close to the vest he was playing it- he spilled very little info.I don’t think DC has given us many crumbs about his upcoming album.
    My theory is that ever since Taylor Hicks fought epic battles with TPTB, Idol winners have been very careful to toe the line. They appreciate the opportunity they’ve been given after years of struggling in obscurity and don’t want to mess things up by saying anything that would make the suits unhappy.
    I want back a few pages and rewatched the video for Lee’s album cover shoot. He looked great, and he did mention a nude shoot-now that would be an Idol first.

  • Keel

    Unfortunately only one member of David Cook’s fantastic band was able to play on his debut album. That was his fine lead guitar player, Neal Tiemann.

    Yeah, David immediately got his BFF Tiemann on board and even stole him from another band (Burn Halo) that was signed to Warner Music Group to do it. David’s thinking was that since he wasn’t going to be in the studio (AI Tour) for most of the recording of the album, he wanted someone who knew him and could speak for him musically to be at the recording studio when he couldn’t be there to speak for himself.

  • tigervixxxen

    There were tweets of John Shanks and E Kidd Bogart working with Lee, so there has been similar news leaks. No idea who his session musicians are though.

    I also don’t think either Kris or David Cook played guitar on their records. Although it looks like David might on the second one.

  • Mary102

    he did mention a nude shoot-now that would be a first.

    Umm…Oh dear god. LOL (and why couldn’t this have happened with Adam ;-) )

  • girlygirl

    Kris did play guitar on one or two tracks on his album. I am sure that both he and David Cook will play on their next albums.

  • koshka

    My theory is that ever since Taylor Hicks fought epic battles with TPTB, Idol winners have been very careful to toe the line. They appreciate the opportunity they’ve been given after years of struggling in obscurity and don’t want to mess things up by saying anything that would make the suits unhappy.

    Maybe with Lee, but not with Crystal. She’s been vocal fairly recently about her frustrations. I’d lump Kelly in there too, but she isn’t a debuting artist and has a few successful albums under her belt.

    BTW – Is this Kelly’s last album contracted with RCA?

  • artemis

    I know, Mary 102. He’s just too modest.
    I liked Adam’s cover and I know he does what wants and not always what we fans want (See certain hair decisions) and he was expressing his creativity, etc.-but I really think his cover hurt his album sales. Straight males and casual Idol viewers may have been less inclined to pick it up or take it through the checkout line at Walmart.
    So I hope Lee’s cover emphasizes his blue eyes and his guitar. But the professional cover-pickers responsible for past Idol covers have been kind of incompetant.
    ETA-Koshka-I said Idol Winners. We’ll have to wait and see how successfully Crystal’s way of handling things works with Jive.

  • wellhesback

    Cookie supports Archie. DC’s latest tweeet
    thedavidcook That archie kid, @DavidArchie, has a new album out today. Go check it out on iTunes!!!

    I love that they are friends, for some reason. well the biggest reason is that I STILL see Archie fans proclaiming on Twitter and elsewhere how he’s better and should have won. How about they are both excellent but very different.

  • AIaddict

    Oh man, Glee on the subject of faith. That’s an episode I don’t think I will let my kids watch, not sure.

    Please Lee/RCA where’s that single? We’re getting anxious.

    She’s been vocal fairly recently about her frustrations.

    If Crystal’s not careful and does not learn to compromise she may find herself in the same boat as Taylor. Which she may or may not think is a bad thing. I mean Taylor is happy, still making music, singing and touring for a living.

  • sr4mjc

    and he did mention a nude shoot-now that would be an Idol first.

    oh noooooo…. brain bleach!

    I’m guessing it’ll be pretty bland. Jacket, guitar, paintbrush. ;)

  • Trina

    Awww I figured DC would tweet about Archie today. So sweet.

  • larc

    tinawina:
    Que? I didn’t say it was an act, I totally believe that’s how he really is.

    Sorry, I should have been clearer. I was agreeing with you and expanding on what you had said. :)

  • SpenserJ

    Doesnt matter when Kris released his, different artist, different label. If you you look back over the years and not just the more recent, you’ll see that theres no set timeframe for single release.Hell I remember being in a total panic waiting for Daughtry’s 1st single to drop because at this point there was still nothing at all being said about one.

    True, but I think they’re in much different situations. Both AI and Chris Daughtry were much more high-profile than the current AI and Lee. (If I didn’t visit mj’s, I don’t think I would have heard Lee’s name mentioned once in the past few months).

    Chris D’s rabid fanbase also had his “shock boot” to avenge. I think he was going to sell a shit-ton of cd’s no matter what. I think Lee NEEDS a single with heavy rotation to move units of his debut album. AI has lost of a lot of its cache in the area of being able to produce big sales numbers for its winners “just because”. And, Lee is so low-profile, he’s like an “E” list celebrity.

  • windmills

    koshka: BTW – Is this Kelly’s last album contracted with RCA?

    She owes them 6 albums if they keep her (which they will) so it’s one more after this one that she’s working on now is released.

  • Indigobunting

    I don’t think Lee is going to go outside his comfort zone. They will probably have him dressed in jeans, leather jacket, leaning against a wall, with that clueless look on his face we saw on Idol.

    :lol: Bridget! I thought “puppy dog look” was kinder ;)

    a

    nd he did mention a nude shoot-now that would be an Idol first.

    This is a joke I hope :shock:

    It is true that singles are released at varying times, but you would think they want more lead time to build up air play to help the album. Unless they are worried the single won’t last long and they still want it on the charts when the album drops?

    It was a genius decision to have the concert in his hometown where you have guaranteed butts in seats. That was probably his best PR to date.

  • artemis

    OK, I just went back to the front page and I want to modify my slur on professional Idol cover-pickers- I’m a Cook fan, but Archie’s cover is seriously cute! I love it!
    I think anyone from Idol would be very glad to have over 20,000 people willing to buy tickets to come see them perform a solo concert,
    no matter where it is held, especially in this economic climate. Chicago has a huge music entertainment scene, and people who live in the area and can afford tickets have many choices. I’m glad so many
    of them chose Lee and take it as a good sign for the future.YMMV.

  • wjmtv

    I was listening to Cookie’s album on my iPod yesterday, and “admiring” his album cover. Yeah. Pretty awful (and somewhat unfair), especially given how far it is from the real DC.

    I hope they’re kinder to Lee. Him & his GEEtar works for me, as long as there’s no guyliner. But I wouldn’t mind something a little artsy, like Kris got.

    I loved Adam’s cover. It’s so him–shows his sense of humor.

    ETA: artemis I agree. Archie’s cover is off-the-charts adorable. He’s turning into a handsome young man.

  • sr4mjc

    Speaking of jive and covers, here is Pink’s new single’s cover art.

    http://twitpic.com/2uvr7k

  • Kirsten

    I swear he looks like a basset hound to me.

    He looks like the cartoon character Droopy Dog to me.

    I don’t think Lee is going to go outside his comfort zone. They will probably have him dressed in jeans, leather jacket, leaning against a wall, with that clueless look on his face we saw on Idol.

    Something like this?

  • oceana

    Count me as a spiritual, moral and ethical person but not a religious person. Religious music is limited to a religious audience. I find it depressing that David A, who should naturally be a young male with crushes and romances, is so indoctrinated that he thinks he must be on a mission and put out “messages” or else suffer guilt for being so selfish as to be a normal young man. Bottom line, it makes me a little sad, but then again, he always did make me feel that way somehow.

    For me, music like Jack Johnson is spiritual, music that explores life and is philosophical but not promoting an agenda, just a good person trying to understand and figure out life. Most music to me is in between the extremes of decadent rap and religious music. Music to me is spiritual but not in the way that churches define it.

  • wjmtv

    Kirsten:

    I don’t think Lee is going to go outside his comfort zone. They will probably have him dressed in jeans, leather jacket, leaning against a wall, with that clueless look on his face we saw on Idol.

    Something like this?

    There you go with that “nude shoot” thing again…..

  • Kris

    When has David ever said that he must be on a mission and put out messages or else suffer guilt for being so selfish as to be a normal young man?

    David has said that he wanted to write an album that reflected him and who he is and what he has gone through. He has talked about how he worries about what choices to make and has questions about his life and what to do. And that is what his song the other side of down is about. He was worried and he was down but he realized that he couldn’t let his worries keep him down and that he had to get to the other side. He said he wasn’t going to write a song about relationships because he hasn’t really been in one but he still wrote a love song about wondering who the future love of his life would be. The album isn’t about missions or “messages” his about him and his experiences. His confusion and his worries and his outlook on life.

  • Indigobunting

    I find it depressing that David A, who should naturally be a young male with crushes and romances, is so indoctrinated that he thinks he must be on a mission and put out “messages” or else suffer guilt for being so selfish as to be a normal young man.

    IDK, torn about this. No big fan of the Mormon religion (is that what he is? I know they all have to do a mission as part of their religion) especially after reading John Krakauers book but I do respect almost all of them. Our society pushes too much sex to kids; David is just a kid and I kind of admire the thought that young adults have to give back in their young years (even if it is the Peace Corp and not religion related) – builds character and selflessness. Developmentally, the 20’s is a much better era to have the maturity to have a safe, successful dating relationship anyway. I really wish I had been more focused on living life vs boys in my teen years looking back, and am really happy my daughter (so far, lol) is not into that.

    But will that affect Archies commercial success, I do believe so. It is a different era than the Osmonds.

  • HappyDaisy

    Kirsten: Something like this?

    Thank you for making me laugh out loud! That is hilarious! :)

  • aa618892

    he did mention a nude shoot-now that would be a first.

    Umm…Oh dear god. LOL (and why couldn’t this have happened with Adam ;-) )

    Oh man, I just saw this, LOL! Instead we got a fully clothed Adam with a nude female model. I am still hoping for a hot photoshoot with Adam and a hot male model. Maybe for the next album, he.

  • happyhexer

    Cute video of the Froggy 101 Breast Cancer Awareness show with Danny Gokey. Good to see everyone dancing and clowning around!

    *************

    Best of luck to Lee Dewyze. I bought several tracks from one of his old CDs and like them a lot. Will be interesting to see what he produces on his new CD.

  • Indigobunting

    Cute video of the Froggy 101 Breast Cancer Awareness show with Danny Gokey. Good to see everyone dancing and clowning around!

    That was a really cute video. Looked very fun- a lot more fun than some of the charity benefits I have been to :) Wonder if Danny had a chance to bowl; I did hear his band did.

    I heard he did a full set at that little radio benefit; he sure puts his actions where his mouth are: equal effort into a small one vs a large one like the Tennessee River one where they raised $200,000-

    http://www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1648822/darryl-worleys-tennessee-river-run-raises-200000.jhtml

  • bridgette12

    And, Lee is so low-profile, he’s like an “E” list celebrity

    LOL! Is there such a thing as a “E” list?

    Something like this?

    Kristen, I am shocked that you would make that comparison!

  • tripp_ncwy

    This Kris’ birthplace Jacksonville, AR.

    #JacksonvilleCC

    Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Jacksonville Parks & Recreation is welcoming KRIS ALLEN at Excell Park THIS Friday at 10am to present Coach Hickingbotham a check for the proceeds made from the Kris Allen shirts. Hope you can make it! SEE YOU THERE!!

    FB: http://fb.me/L07BIHeq

    ETA: This is probably the park where Kris used to play baseball. They have dedicated a sign to Kris at the city limits as the birthplace of Kris Allen. Possible photo op for the AI Winner’s promo?

  • Keel

    and he did mention a nude shoot-now that would be an Idol first.

    Sure, that would be good for that initial burst of publicity that such a stunt would attract. But down the line, you end up getting sued for causing fans emotional distress. Just look at what happened to Scissor Sisters and Dave Grohl:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHXYBxKZS5Y&feature=youtu.be&a

    Don’t do it! Poor Dave will never be the same again.

  • Mary102
    Kirsten:
    10/05/2010 at 1:32 pm

    He looks like the cartoon character Droopy Dog to me.

    Something like this?

    BWAHAHA! (sorry, Lee!)

  • Mary102

    Oh man, I just saw this, LOL! Instead we got a fully clothed Adam with a nude female model. I am still hoping for a hot photoshoot with Adam and a hot male model. Maybe for the next album, he.

    NGL, Details was still insanely hot. In fact, Adam looked ridiculously hot fully clothed there. And I guess we had the implication of nudity on the FYE album cover so…

    Just having issues imagining a nude photo shoot for Lee’s album though…lol

  • tinawina

    Something like this?

    Oh My God. I did not see that coming, and it was AWESOME. LMAO
    :D :D :D :D :D

  • sr4mjc

    hahaha.. Love it. Love the Scissor Sister’s videos.

  • Mtlfan

    Something like this?

    aww that’s too cute that there’s a bit of resemblance. LMAO :D

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    I cant WAIT until GLEE tonight!! :)

  • Lucy1234

    Cute video of the Froggy 101 Breast Cancer Awareness show with Danny Gokey. Good to see everyone dancing and clowning around!

    Danny is just so darn cute. I think it is great that he puts as much energy into the the small crowds as the large crowds and that he does so much for charity. He really does walk the walk.

  • mozart4898

    Tess:
    10/05/2010 at 12:12 pm
    I really know nada about Lee or Crystal and their guitar skills. My gut tells me they are adequate but not sensational…much the same as most singers who accompany themselves on a guitar. What are their skills like and who should they be compared to?

    I think they both kept their guitar skills pretty quiet (Lee in particular almost seemed at times to perhaps try to downplay what he was doing with the guitar) – not that either of them are incredible but I’ve heard bits of things from both that lead me to believe they’re better than just the strumming that they generally do. Neither of them was in Casey’s league but they’re both very competent. Put it this way – they both play plenty well enough to cover whatever rhythm guitar parts would be needed in their songs, whether it be on a studio recording or on tour. Doesn’t mean they’ll have them play it, but they could without trouble.

    I’m surprised that it’s so common for artists to have a totally different studio band for their albums. I’m well aware that there are studio musicians (having thought before about trying to become one in fact) but I figured that for the sorts of music that Cook, Kris, Lee, and Crystal among others would make, it’d be their band in the studio with them (unless perhaps one person had a conflict, or if they needed instrumentation outside of what they’d usually tour with, i.e. strings or winds). IMO, the more people that could be both recording and touring with them, the better – musicians develop a relationship that comes through in performance and I have to wonder how often the songs sound noticeably different with different musicians playing on tour. (As I think about it, most of the concerts I’ve been to are rock concerts, where the band members are nearly on an equal footing as the singer, so they’re almost always the ones that are on the album. When Creed’s bassist left the group and they toured with another bass player, the difference in the sound was noticeable in concert – even moreso because they sounded so similar to their albums in concert otherwise.)

  • Elliegrll

    but I figured that for the sorts of music that Cook, Kris, Lee, and Crystal among others would make, it’d be their band in the studio with them

    They have three months to tour, make the album (including writing and recording the songs), and put the band together. There is just not enough time to put the band together before they record the music, especially since they usually record the finished product at the same time that they finish writing it.

  • ldjfan

    Kristen – I think you might be underestimating Lee (which is a common thing around here). Have you seen his Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot video? Lee’s lookin’ like a million bucks! http://video.yahoo.com/watch/8181290/21713597

  • Keel

    Elliegrll:
    10/05/2010 at 5:21 pm

    ^^I agree with all that you said.

    Also, we have to remember that there has been a history of a slow evolution of what Idol winners (and runners up) were able/allowed to do on their debut albums.

    I didn’t follow the early years but IIRC, Daughtry was able to write/co-write on his album but wasn’t able to convince TPTB that his old bandmates should be part of his touring band, much less the studio/recording band. Skipping Jordin (who is more your typical Idol winner of old), we get to Cook and he was actually the first AI winner to convince TPTB that (1) his old band members (Neal, Andy and now Monty (who played on his indie CD) should be part of his touring band and (2) one of his band members should play on the album. Kris was also able to do the same as far as the touring band part and I have no clue as far as whether any of them got to play on the album. And then now, we come to Crystal and Lee and they’ll probably benefit a bit from whatever battles the previous Idols managed to win and hopefully win a few more. To use a Cookism, it’s all about a progression.

    ETA: Question: Did Adam’s good buddy Monte get a chance to play on his album?

  • koshka

    ETA: Question: Did Adam’s good buddy Monte get a chance to play on his album?

    I just check the album credits to double check myself. Monte isn’t on the credits. I’m hoping that Monte will have some influence on album #2, he certainly improved the sound on the live tour.

  • mmb

    ETA: Question: Did Adam’s good buddy Monte get a chance to play on his album

    monte did not play on Adam’s album..i think he was touring with madonna at the time (i can’t recall whether sticky and sweet tour was done by summer/fall 2009)…to illustrate that even established pop stars use studio musicians for their recordings and yet other musicians for touring, monte has done several tours with madonna and is her guitar teacher, yet has only played on a small number (like 2 or 3) of her recorded tracks.

  • bridgette12

    ldjfan:
    10/05/2010 at 5:45 pm
    Kristen – I think you might be underestimating Lee (which is a common thing around here). Have you seen his Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot video? Lee’s lookin’ like a million bucks!

    No disrespect, but looking like a million bucks and Lee DeWyze just don’t jive together in the same sentence. I saw a whole season of Idol with him on it and that dazed, confused and overwhelmed look was like a permanent feature on his face. Unless Lee decide to go all campy in his photo shoot, no one is really going to care either way about the album cover.

  • bridgette12

    mmb:
    10/05/2010 at 6:18 pm
    monte did not play on Adam’s album..i think he was touring with madonna at the time (i can’t recall whether sticky and sweet tour was done by summer/fall 2009)…to illustrate that even established pop stars use studio musicians for their recordings and yet other musicians for touring, monte has done several tours with madonna and is her guitar teacher, yet has only played on a small number (like 2 or 3) of her recorded tracks.

    Yeah, Monte was touring with Madonna Internationally, when Adam was making his album. I remember Monte saying the band would be working on the second album with Adam.

  • desy

    Wow, looks like Danny is having a lot of fun while helping the charity raise $ and he definitely knows how to get his audience on their feet. Looks like they all had so much fun on that show.

    He is such a great performer be it in front of a big or a smaller crowd.

    Thanks for posting the video!

  • tripp_ncwy

    moved

  • Tess

    Lee’s lookin’ like a million bucks!

    Thanks for the laugh!

  • ldjfan

    Unless Lee decide to go all campy in his photo shoot, no one is really going to care either way about the album cover.

    bridgette 12 – No disrespect but I think you seriously underestimate the loyalty of Lee’s fans. The Photo Shoot video has over 10,000 views just at just one of the websites it is posted at and there are over 4600 views of the 2nd Photo Shoot video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho9rHjBi5wo&feature=player_embedded). We are all very excited to see the album cover and are prepared to get blown away by his music.

  • ldjfan

    Tess – did you watch the video? Lee says he feels like a million bucks in the video.

  • standtotheright

    As long as LD doesn’t have that pursed expression that reminds me so forcibly of Glenn Beck, I’m good. Droopy Dog would be just fine. Heh.

    As for Archie: I think the album’s reach exceeded its grasp. But I don’t think that deliberately choosing positivity and hope over disillusionment and disappointment is simply about promoting a message. I think it’s very personal to him. And I think it’s only delicacy on the part of the press that is leaving that (IMO) obvious reading off the table.

  • Dlynne

    I love Archie’s album cover. I think it really captures his personality.

    Lee looked very handsome in the video of his album photo shoot. I’m really looking forward to seeing it!

  • rivermaya

    ldjfan. Thanks for the link on Lee’s photo shoot (I have not seen that one).
    I hope the album cover comes out good. But what I DO really care about more are the music on his album.
    I already loved “Only Dreaming” and couldn’t wait till the single and the album finally drops.

  • sp34567

    No disrespect, but looking like a million bucks and Lee DeWyze just don’t jive together in the same sentence. I saw a whole season of Idol with him on it and that dazed, confused and overwhelmed look was like a permanent feature on his face.

    This. When people actually say that he’s “hot”, I immediately think okay, that’s why he won and I shake my head, wondering where do they see it.

  • wjmtv

    I still think Lee won because he understood the game better than anyone else.

  • ldjfan

    When people actually say that he’s “hot”, I immediately think okay, that’s why he won and I shake my head, wondering where do they see it.

    Can you see it here? http://twitpic.com/2uqzbf or http://bit.ly/cLAM2Y

    I still think Lee won because he understood the game better than anyone else.

    So true. His unique voice and emotional singing style had a lot to do with it too.

  • jennyl

    dazed, confused and overwhelmed look

    = cute, genuine and beyond adorable. :)

  • nabs

    niice, jenny! :)

    Word to that ;)

  • sp34567

    I still think Lee won because he understood the game better than anyone else.

    Really? How? All I saw was a lot of pimping for him out of nowhere and some people actually buying it.

    Can you see it here? http://twitpic.com/2uqzbf or http://bit.ly/cLAM2Y

    Doesn’t matter how many pics and vids you link to. I’m never going to see it.

  • jennyl

    All I saw was a lot of pimping for him out of nowhere and some people actually buying it.

    I don’t think pimping would mean winning. It could have had the opposite effect. The general viewers are much smarter than that.