Idol Headlines for 10/18/12

Phillip Phillips performs at the Bosom Ball Soundcheck Party in Covington KY.

Bump in his career – NASHVILLE/SINGAPORE – When David Cook went onstage during an episode of American Idol in May, the song he sang could have been written for his record label at the time, RCA. The Last Song I’ll Write For You, a break-up ballad, was followed by the shocking announcement later in the night that he had been dropped by his label. He had released two post-Idol albums with the label. It’s a familiar story by now – the first five male winners of American Idol were all dropped by their record labels after weak album sales. – Read more at AsiaOne

Lucy Hale Talks ‘Pretty LIttle Liars’ Halloween Episode & Adam

Kris Allen Joins Bruce Springsteen For Little Kids Rock – Last night at an event honoring E Street band guitarist, Steven Van Zandt, Kris Allen earned the biggest compliment of his career. The American Idol winner was asked to be a part of the event by Little Steven’s wife, Maureen. He became friends with the couple through his relationship with the night’s host, Little Kids Rock, a non-profit that works to restore and revitalize music education programs in U.S. public schools. – Read more at Radio Alice

THE CAMERA LOVES HER – Carrie Underwood will be right at home when she co-hosts the annual Country Music Awards telecast on Nov. 1, but not just because this is the fifth time she and Brad Paisley have teamed up to host the star-studded show. Armed with a degree in mass communications from Oklahoma’s Northeastern State University, the Muskogee-born singer and songwriter is qualified to work on both sides of the camera when the latest edition of the CMAs airs next month on ABC. – Read more at UT San Diego

Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts of Dancing with the Stars to Divorce – Dancing with the Stars professional dancers Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts have decided to end their nine-year marriage, they tell PEOPLE exclusively. “We have enjoyed more than a decade of a very loving, loyal and happy relationship, but after much soul searching, we have decided to end our marriage. We are committed to staying friends and dance partners. We have immense respect for each other as people and performers,” the pair said in a joint statement Wednesday. – Read more at People Magazine

Britney Spears Buys $8.5 MILLION Mansion with Jason Trawick – Britney Spears has left Calabasas … and moved into a brand new $8.5 MILLION mansion even further away from all of the Hollywood madness. The 8,456 square foot home is located inside a swanky private community in Thousand Oaks, CA — about 16 miles from Brit’s old mansion in Calabasas. Here are the stats — 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, wine cellar, home theater and massive infinity pool. We’re told Britney made the move because she’s starting a new life with fiance Jason Trawick … and wants to be in a new home in a secure location. The move puts Britney even further away from the hub of Hollywood — but we’ve learned Brit will stay in a super-fancy L.A. hotel when “X Factor” comes to Los Angeles in a few weeks. Read more at TMZ

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  • fuzzywuzzy

    Bristol and Mark are on The View, and the ladies are kissing Bristol’s ass. Sherri is being particularly obsequious. Ugh. Bristol discounted that people were voting for her because of her Mom. lol

  • fantoo1

    Scotty McCreery
    I’ll be online today 2pm EST-talking w/Lifeway songwriters of ChristmasInHeaven- register 2view live stream here:…
    7:59am – 18 Oct 12

  • fantoo1

    Here is the link(I can’t edit on the mobile for some reason)

  • Chrissie H

    one more nice article about Scotty and his Christmas album

  • Henrique Mendes

    She is delusional ….

  • Incipit

    Thanks for posting the DC interview with The New Paper in Singapore, mj – I didn’t know they had an on-line edition too. The promo for the Oct 25th ION Orchard gig next week is building.

    It was interesting to see a timeframe in this interview for the break with RCA – the Cook Cone of Silence was still in operation, since David knew long before he said anything in May… “I found out in March. In talking with RCA and figuring out where to move forward, it became apparent that we wanted different things out of the deal.”

    But the part about the new music was as tantalizing as ever – “Coming from a rock background, historically I’ve operated on the mantra ‘the louder the better’.
    “But with the new stuff, I’ve made a concerted effort on toning down the guitars a bit, concentrating on the melody and trying out new textures.“I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone and try some new things musically.”
    Heh. And I have no idea what that will translate to, musically.

    But with radio options narrowing down to smaller and smaller boxes, it seems a little like the country genre or its influences are bloody everywhere, as people find it a default option for radio play. Sometimes, the only option – and sometimes one feels a little (or a lot) besieged, if they are most definitely NOT a country music fan. So I was somewhat reassured to read this, on the move to Nashville in June- 

    “Moving to country music capital Nashville this year has also been a boon for him creatively.

    Although he said he has been inspired by the creativity in the city, he’s not about to go into country music himself any time soon.
    “I would love to write for other artists, country artists, but (to do country music myself) I think it might come off as disingenuous,” he said.

    “But I’ve learnt enough from things to never say never.

    “I do wear cowboy boots, though.”

    Heh. Good to Know. IMO.

  • Leandro

    There’s a link here for the 70% of X-Factor aired yesterday.

    Priceless Britney’s face at 15:40

  • MissMyEm

    MJ…I understand you interviewed Kris at LKR.  Can’t wait to hear what he had to say.   Thanks.   In case anyone missed this (didn’t see it posted) here’s Kris singing Time of Your Live, a composition by Steve Van Zandt.   Apparently several bloggers and others feel he should record it and/or incorporate it into his shows.    Also…here’s a tweet regarding what Elvis Costello thought about Kris:  

    @wehomusic Elvis Costello leaned over to me and said “where did this guy come from? He’s great”

    Here’s video.  Thanks to DblJerseygirl. also posted a video but this one is clearer and closer.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Little Kids Rock Gala on VH1 News. Check out Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, Kris Allen & Darlene Love.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Jessica performed with Ruben Studdard, Kenny G and David Foster on Oct. 7. Here’s a pic of her with Ruben:


  • tigervixxxen

    Has this been posted about Phillip’s album drop on Vibe Raters? Good stuff in there.

  • jpfan2

    Interesting info in that HDD link:

    The View and GMA week of release. Letterman upcoming. Singing National Anthem at World Series game one 10/24. LP hitting 11/19.

    Not sure about P2 handling the National Anthem. That could be scary. ;0 Letterman is a nice get though.

  • girlygirltoo

    little worried about him singing the NA. Hopefully he brings his guitar

    But looks like they’ve got a lot of nice promo lined up for his album release week

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Singing National Anthem at World Series game one 10/24.”

    Definitely not a good idea. Could easily be a major trainwreck.

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  • hillstreetblooz

     awesome stuff

  • Karen C

    It was interesting to see a timeframe in this interview for the break with RCA – the Cook Cone of Silence was still in operation, since David knew long before he said anything in May..

    Maybe not so much cone of silence, but that the decision was made to release a single himself when he was going on Idol, and to have the announcement occur then.  It was kind of showing that he intended on releasing music himself.

    Interesting about the timing, and also it did seem like there was at least some talk with the label and that the problem was more creative differences.  It might not have just been about album sales if that was true.

    Heh. And I have no idea what that will translate to, musically.

    The direction might be towards what is more current now, more of a singer-songwriter with less rock than in the past.  And I love when he does rock, too. But I feel that From Here To Zero is a terrific song and might even become a hit if it was released.

    I can’t wait to see what the new album is like, and hope it does well.

  • Incipit

    Karen C, sure, David told Shirley Halperin that he and the Label “saw different things on the horizon”…in the THR interview…but I know people tend to discount anything but sales as a reason. Except, his sales for TLM were not so different than the comps for other folks, at that point.

    But I’m looking at the timeline – David knew in March what he was going to do …by April 28th he had debuted “From Here to Zero” at the Foundation Room of the HOB in Vegas, the night before opening for Bon Jovi at Tiger Jam – and announced there would be a new song on Idol at the end of May.

    I also agree, FHTZ is a terrific song. (MasterClassLady agrees with you, in some detail, giving it a ten out of ten) It’s ‘different’ – almost a syncopated rhythm, but the subtle differences are in the use of language – the lyrics have a different POV than the music it is ‘progressed’ from. The chorus is almost an automatic sing-a-long, it just makes sense musically, even before one has actually learned it. Good writing, IMO. 

    Whatever David plans to do with that track, I could listen to more like that – but not ‘all’ like that. And that’s OK – we also have a newly registered song, “Firing Squad” that people can wonder about. Heh. And where that might fit, I also don’t know – but I “can’t wait to see.”

  • Sharon

    I saw that interview and she said people who liked her Mom probably voted for her and the ones who didn’t voted againist her.