Idol Headlines for 11/17/08

‘Idol’ Cook gets by with a little help

The 25-year-old, who wrote or co-wrote most of the material with a few of those heroes, does dabble in aggro-riffage on the swaggering “Bar-ba-Sol” and even injects a little country sensibility into “A Daily AntheM.” But most of the record occupies that post-grunge middle ground encapsulated by first single “Light On” – co-authored by Chris Cornell – that sounds good one song at a time on the radio but loses its flavor over the course of an entire disc. (Evidence of Cook’s interest in more contemporary and progressive heavy rockers like Muse is scant.)

There’s reason for hope, however, in the handful of strong songs that display sharp pop instincts.

The most striking are those that Cook wrote with Norwegian songwriting-production duo Espen Lind and Amund Bjorklund, a.k.a. Espionage. The pair has lent a hand to some of the tastiest soul pop confections of recent days, including Beyoncà ©’s “Irreplaceable,” Chris Brown’s “With You,” and “Just for the Record,” the best song on 2007 “Idol” Jordin Sparks’s album.

Boston Globe

Sound Bite: David Cook’s big-label debut validates ‘Idol’ fans’ voting

Six months after he won the “American Idol” title, David Cook is back with his major-label debut CD, “David Cook,” and it’s the grittiest, most rocking record by an “Idol” winner yet.

Produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day) and co-written by the likes of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Collective Soul’s Ed Roland and new “AI” judge Kara DioGuardi, the 13 songs marry a formidable rock edge with undeniable pop sensibility.

At his worst on “American Idol,” Cook displayed a smug arrogance that often put him at odds with the judges. But at his best, the 25-year-old Missouri singer stood out for his roughhewn, starkly beautiful (and, yes, humble) interpretations of pop hits such as “Billie Jean” and “Hello” à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ as well as for a poignant relationship with his cancer-stricken brother.

Sacbee

‘Idol’ winner’s cookin’ but he’s not exactly hot

If anyone hoped that David Cook, the first ”rocker” to win the title of American Idol, would make good on his promise to release a major label debut album that was truly his own brand of rock music, well the resulting David Cook isn’t it.

Call this catchy set of pop-rock tracks, like the Chris Cornell-written first single, Light On, a compromise. Cook rocks steadily in the Daughtry-like manner we expected, given the mainstream production polish provided by Rob Cavallo (Green Day). He sings well, in most instances better than he did on the show.

Miami Herald

David Cook Opens Up About Girlfriend Kimberly Caldwell

Amid all the American Idol craziness, last year’s champ David Cook finds peace and perspective with the help of girlfriend Kimberly Caldwell.

“I think she just gets that this is all nuts,” Cook told PEOPLE at the Do the Wright Thing Gala at the Hard Rock Cafà © in New York last week. “She’s a nice break from the chaos.”

Caldwell can relate to what he’s going through: She finished in seventh place on season two of Idol and also has a budding singing career of her own, having released two singles earlier this year. Just don’t ask if they like to do duets. “No, we don’t,” says Cook.

People

Reality judges range from wise to wacko

A tiny little show called “American Idol” affected television in profound ways, but one of its most significant — and pernicious — influences on other competition shows is that its template has been widely copied.

Although more than a few shows have borrowed heavily from its format, what most competition shows steal from “Idol” is the panel of three judges offering critiques to the contestants’ faces.

Far too many shows just think they can sit three people behind a table, call them judges, and then give them a few minutes to make allegedly witty comments. But that rarely works as well as it does on “Idol.”

MSNBC

American Idol Shakes Off The Cobwebs

The downtime for America’s top-rated show is rapidly drawing to a close. The eighth season of American Idol will commence in two months, and while much about the show is familiar formula, there are usually a few new wrinkles to look forward to.

The addition of new judge Kara DioGuardi, the biggest change to the show’s cast since Brian Dunkleman was exiled to Where-Are-They-Now Land after the debut season, was an early sign that the brass takes the two-year ratings decline seriously. And the end of producer Nigel Lythgoe’s day-to-day involvement in Idol could likewise impact the sensibility of the show, given his distaste for the tenor of modern pop music.

Some recent Idol-related news:

Film.com

PAULA ‘HAUNTED’ BY SUICIDE

PAULA Abdul is so freaked out by the suicide of her stalker in front of her Beverly Hills home last week, a friend of the “American Idol” judge says she won’t go back to the “haunted house” even after hiring “healers” to cleanse the house of ghosts. “[Paula Goodspeed] was a deranged stalker who sent her death threats. Paula instructed guards to keep Goodspeed away from her at all costs,” said a source. “She refuses to stay at home because she fears that the spirit of Goodspeed is haunting her house. She feels like this is the absolute worst omen, a really bad curse . . . Paula is suffering. It is well known that she is emotionally fragile.” A rep for Abdul said, “There’s no validity to this. She’s been home since the incident happened. There’s no issue with spirits. Paula is shocked and saddened by what transpired. Her heart and prayers go out to the Goodspeed family.”

NY Post

Review: Carrie Underwood show in Oakland falls short of magic

Carrie Underwood’s last six singles all hit No. 1 on the country charts. That’s one reason why it was a no-brainer that she’d win female vocalist of the year at last week’s Country Music Association Awards show.

But the really amazing thing about her recent chart supremacy is that it hasn’t translated yet to a solid songbook. Despite charting 10 singles in the last four years, and two multiplatinum-selling albums, Underwood boasts an astoundingly underwhelming amount of truly memorable songs.

That definitely factored into the 25-year-old country star’s show on Saturday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The 100-minute concert felt too long and didn’t contain nearly enough songs that truly connected with the near-capacity crowd.

Mercury News

Music review: Underwood woos Oracle crowd

In a country that selects pop stars on a television program, Carrie Underwood makes perfect sense.

Her beauty pageant looks, sorority sister smile and glass-shattering voice that could pop out of even the smallest, cheapest speakers make the 25-year-old from Checotah, Okla. (pop: 3,400), an ideal pop star in the waning days of the Bush administration.

On Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, she flaunted that wholesome, harmless, megawatt telegenic appeal before a capacity crowd whose demographics spilled far beyond the conventional confines of country music, something Underwood only nominally plays.

SF Gate

Carrie Underwood is a Peopleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Choice pick

The people have spoken. Carrie Underwood is a Peopleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Choice nominee in three categories. The Checotah native, who won Season 4 of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is up for favorite female singer (against Alicia Keys and Rihanna), favorite country song (à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Last Nameà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ) and favorite star 35 and under.

News OK

Idol Chartwatch, November 17: New Idol Album on the Charts

David Cook fans are gearing up for the release of his first album this week. His singles have had solid numbers, and with the full force of the Idol machine behind him, he should do well.

Timing is everything, however, and as was the case for David Archuleta, several strong new releases threaten David Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s chances for a #1 debut. Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s up against Beyonceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s double album I Am … Sasha Fierce and Nickelbackà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Dark Horse, both of which debut the same day. Beyonceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s last CD sold over 500,000 copies in its first week, and while CD sales are down across the board, a popular artist is still capable of pulling big numbers.

Foxes on Idol

PEACH BUZZ: Pearson shows off Broadway talents

Former à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Diana DeGarmo showed off her new stylish dark hair when she arrived to sing a few numbers, most notably, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Good Morning Baltimoreà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  from Broadwayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Hairspray,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  where she recently portrayed Penny Pingleton.

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Since I only sang backup on this in this show, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve had to remind myself to sing the lead vocal this time!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  she confided to the crowd.

AJC.com

Zac Efron Turned Down Simon Cowell

Zac Efron nearly signed up to sing for Simon Cowell – except the teen heartthrob did not take him seriously.

American Idol judge Cowell was desperate to sign up High School Musical star Zac for a record contract because of his singing voice, boyish good looks and huge fan following.

Zac explains, “Simon Cowell is a great guy. We were backstage at American Idol and he just came up and we talked about an idea – it wasn’t like ‘Hey, sign here. So needless to say I did not do it. I’m not sure it was serious.”

Showbiz Spy

Simon Cowell debunks Terri’s golden parachute rumor

Simon Cowell is talking about his split with Terri Seymour.

In the first and only television interview about their break-up, Simon Cowell and Terri Seymour come to à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Extraà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  to set the record straight.

When asked why, Cowell replies, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Because Terri decided to dump meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦You sent me a text.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Seymour responds, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t dump you…Just time. We had a great six years and weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re the best of friends.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

Monsters and Critics

Simon Cowell to offer Amy Winehouse X Factor job

Simon Cowell could be about to offer Amy Winehouse the biggest gig she has ever had.

The music mogul knows that Amy is a massive star and although he knows she can be unpredictable when she is performing it is thought that he could invite her to perform during the live X Factor final.

My Park Mag

A young Cody Linley steps into final four on ‘Dancing With the Starsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ tonight

When Cody Linley was approached about competing in this seasonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Dancing With the Stars, his first reaction was, “Why me?” The Lewisville native, best-known for his recurring role as Jake Ryan in HannahMontana, has been appearing on TV and in movies since he was in second grade, but he wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t a dancer.

“Then after a while, it was like, ‘This could be a cool thing,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’Å¡” says Linley, who turns 19 on Thursday and is the youngest contestant in DWTS history. “I could learn to dance, and I like to learn new stuff, so why not, letà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s do it. And ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been the most fun Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve ever had in my entire life.”

star-telegram.com

Julianne Hough’s Back in the ‘DWTS’ Competition

Julianne Hough made a surprise return to “Dancing with the Stars” on last week’s results show. Now she is back in the rehearsal studio getting ready for tonight’s competition — and ET is with the two-time champ and her partner Cody Linley.

“I was nervous because I’ve never had surgery. I’ve never really had anything internally wrong with me,” she tells ET.

Julianne’s health crisis was the toughest thing the country singer says she has ever faced, and she explains her decision to have the surgery when she did.

ET Online

Yes, They All Do Think They Can Dance

Will it be Habby Jacques or Saleem Muslim, the members of a flamboyant duo who are pioneering a genre of street dance called mutation? Or maybe Marisa Paull, a 29-year old freelance ballet dancer and teacher? Or will it be Jonathan Platero, who at 20 is already a seasoned veteran of World Salsa Championship competitions?

The Fox reality-television juggernaut à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“So You Think You Can Danceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is gearing up for its fifth season, and these four dancers are among the 900 hopefuls who answered an open casting call on Thursday morning. The line, blocked off by barricades and yellow caution tape, stretched almost entirely around the large block surrounding the Mark Morris Dance Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, where the first of three days of auditions was held. (Subsequent days were at the Brooklyn Academy of Musicà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s nearby Harvey Theater.) Additional auditions will take place in Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami and Seattle.

NY Times

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Cookie on GMA (with some Stephen Colbert):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXyhvPiTcyU

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    ^^^I’ve got a separate post for that now.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Thanks!

  • tinawina

    That first review is in the Boston Globe, not the Herald.

  • ozarka

    David Archuleta makes the cover of Olga! (an Indonesian magazine)…

    Easy, Breezy, Beautiful… CoverBoy

  • frogcooke

    ^^ LMAO ozarka

    Jeanette from iCarly just blogged and also talked about Archie’s cd.

    10 facts you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know about iGo to Japan / David Archuletaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s CD!!!

    “Okay, now for David Archuletaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s CD. What do you all think of it?! I wanna know! My favorite songs are à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Crushà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“You Canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“My Handsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“A Little Too Not Over Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Your Eyes Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Lieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Angelsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Waiting for Yesterdayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , and à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Somebody Out Thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . I think Crush, My Hands, and Waiting for Yesterday have crazy-cool beats and awesome lyrics! I love all the whoaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s and wooà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s and hums that he does! haha! A Little Too Not Over You and Your Eyes Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Lie are awesome, clever, and fun! Angels, Somebody Out There, and You Can are all stunning, beautiful, and simply perfect. I love that they are so tender, gentle, and real. I just love them! Thoughts? Comments? What are your favorites?? Lemme know!”

  • cruzceleste

    ^Awww… so cute she is totally a fan girl for David… IÂ ´m so leaving a message…

  • waffle

    That Sacramento Bee review is made of win! The writer is a fan, I can tell. :)

  • ggdoorsfan

    May be of interest to some Archuleta fans – taken from HDD Rumors tab:

    THINNING RANKS: Longtime Entertainment Weekly co-lead music critic Chris Willman and senior writer Shirley Halperin have left the building, just one more sign of the apocalypse.

  • baxter

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20081117/D94GM61G1.html

    thought this was an interesting article about file sharing and law suits. COnsidering that the Idol albums are rolling out right now, remember, when you file share/download ILLEGALLY you are STEALING!!! Pay for what you use peeps. Musicians/songwritters work hard and deserve to be compensated for that work.

    And if you haven’t pre-ordered yet, remember to use the links here at MJ’s to order. She too, works her ass off for all of us and helping her in any way ( Hell it cost you nothing to use the links she provides) is the best way to say THANK YOU MJ!!!

  • cruzceleste

    THINNING RANKS: Longtime Entertainment Weekly co-lead music critic Chris Willman and senior writer Shirley Halperin have left the building, just one more sign of the apocalypse.

    Oops… :ohmy_tb: I just hope they don ´t find were we left them :hmm2_ee:… I was hoping they will find out they are missing until the next month :hmm2_ee:…

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    THINNING RANKS: Longtime Entertainment Weekly co-lead music critic Chris Willman and senior writer Shirley Halperin have left the building, just one more sign of the apocalypse.

    That’s too bad. I’ll miss Shirley, in particular. I hope she’s going on to bigger and better things.

  • elisad

    Well you left out this part…

    THINNING RANKS: Longtime Entertainment Weekly co-lead music critic Chris Willman and senior writer Shirley Halperin have left the building, just one more sign of the apocalypse. Reach Willman at CWillman at aol.com and Shirley at ShirleyHalperin at gmail.com. Both are very well-respected journalists and come highly recommended.

    In case anyone still remembers him, Chris Richardson posted a new song(cover of T-Pain’s I Can’t Believe It) on his MySpace.

  • frogcooke

    lol celeste…

  • EmmaJK

    Another nice review for David C. from Express Night Out:

    http://www.expressnightout.com/content/2008/11/find_your_flannel_david_cook.php

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    THINNING RANKS: Longtime Entertainment Weekly co-lead music critic Chris Willman and senior writer Shirley Halperin have left the building, just one more sign of the apocalypse.

    That’s too bad.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/iamthepurplewalrus purplesmile

    Cookie’s CD is already being sold in Manila record stores. The Pinoy Cookistas are currently squeeing their hearts out. Heh.

  • Michelle

    Cookieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s CD is already being sold in Manila record stores. The Pinoy Cookistas are currently squeeing their hearts out. Heh.

    LOL, that sneaky Date Line!!!

    I hope Chris Willman and Shirley Halperin land on their feet.

  • frogcooke

    Archie has a new blog! Talks about the concercts he’s gone to, alanis, nkob with natasha and said he learned Rob Cavallo that produced Cooks cd also produced Univited. Also pimped Cook’s cd again lol (mentioned twice in his blog lol)

    http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=372079673&blogID=449730421

  • ozarka

    It’s good that Archie has been going to a bunch of concerts lately. It’s valuable training for him in preparation for his own tour performances.

  • frogcooke

    ozarka.. yeah, he said as much in his blog. lol

  • gerreb

    Ok, so I NEVER win anything….but i signed up for a contest with my local radio station in Minneapolis to win David Cook’s CD. I was just planning on buying it cause i never win anything, but I got a call this morning that I won and it’s in the mail!! Yay!

  • Davidx2

    I loved Archie’s new blog….and how sweet that he reminded everyone about Cook’s album release tomorrow. :mrgreen_wp:

  • cruzceleste

    ^Great for you!!!!!

    LOL, that blog form David is love… hahaha I ca ´n imagine him being all fan boy over Natasha, I think she is his “celebrity crush” even when he won ´t admited…

  • Keel

    That ExpressNightOut review is well done. He’s not exactly leaping out of his chair with excitement, but you can’t say that he didn’t fairly argue his point:

    “David Cook” the album is like David Archuleta the person à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  it’s a teenager. It’s thrashing about, searching for an identity like schoolmates on career day, trying on hat after hat to see which one fits best. It’s eminently listenable, gratifyingly variable and certainly well-produced. But it’s also a mildly unfocused volley from an artist who’s bursting with talent, but still musically finding himself.

    Plus, this may be the first person to mention the hidden track.

    Also, here’s another review — this one from Newsday:

    http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/music/ny-etcook1117,0,5754675.story

    To sum up:

    Somehow, “David Cook” matches its creator – a little unfocused but brimming with potential and so much likability that the faults get forgotten.

    I like the “bursting with talent” and “brimming with potential” parts myself. :)

  • Trina

    ABC press release about the red carpet pre-show..some snippets that mention DC
    PREMIERE OF “2008 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS RED CARPET LIVE!” TO AIR BEFORE “AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS” NOVEMBER 23 ON ABC

    Carrie Ann Inaba and Chris Harrison Will Host; Nicole Scherzinger, Christian Siriano and Corbin Bleu Will Be Special Correspondents; David Cook to Give Exclusive Performance

    dick clark productions President Orly Adelson announced today that ABC will broadcast the “2008 American Music Awards Red Carpet Live!” a special pre-show that will feature an exclusive early look at the night’s top fashions and jewelry, sneak peeks at last minute preparations and rehearsals, as well as sit-down interviews with 2008 AMA performers and presenters. “Dancing with the Stars'” Carrie Ann Inaba and “The Bachelor”/”The Bachelorette” host Chris Harrison will host live from the red carpet. Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger will be on hand as music correspondent, “Project Runway” Season Four winner Christian Siriano will serve as the fashion correspondent and “High School Musical’s” Corbin Bleu will be reporting the action from backstage. “American Idol” winner David Cook will perform hits from the red carpet. “2008 American Music Awards Red Carpet Live!” will air on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC, immediately followed by the 36th annual AMAs.

    “We are excited to bring viewers a first look at their favorite artists with Red Carpet Live,’ where fans will follow the stars from the limo to the limelight,” said producer Paul Flattery. “Each host and correspondent will add a unique element to the show, and we are thrilled to have David Cook perform on our broadcast.”

  • ozarka

    There is a new David Archuleta survey at RatetheMusic. It’s asking for opinions on “A Little Too Not Over You” using a clip that is 1:46 long.

    LOL, that blog form David is loveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ hahaha I ca ´n imagine him being all fan boy over Natasha, I think she is his à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“celebrity crushà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  even when he won ´t admitedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Hahaha! I think you might be right, Celeste.

  • CathyMK

    I’m finding the album reviews for DC/DC fascinating, since I’ve never gone out of my way to read so many for the same album before. Virtually every song has been mentioned by name and both loved and hated by reviewers at this point. LOL They also either love the record’s eclectic nature or think it makes the album sound unfocussed. I’m surprised about that one- I’ve always thought that it’s a good thing for an album to have different types of songs. It gets boring if they all sound like the same song over and over.

    And could that ExpressNightOut writer have pulled out any more tired facts from David’s AI run or compared him to any more artists? He even managed an Archuleta comparison!

  • ozarka

    Another review of Archie’s album: “The Kid’s Got It”

    Oh, and there is that matter of the punishing vocal runs that David tosses off as easily as breathing in this song. In fact, overall, there are times when listening to the album and paying close attention to the vocals that I don’t think I am listening to a human at all but rather a creature that was manufactured to sing. It can be downright frightening at times how precise and mature this kid’s vocals are.

  • ozarka

    There is a new David Archuleta survey at RateTheMusic. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s asking for opinions on à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“A Little Too Not Over Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  using a clip that is 1:46 long.

    Given the higher sales of “A Little Too Not Over You” at iTunes, there has been some speculating that the reason ALTNOY is being surveyed is to possibly exchange it for “Touch My Hand” as the next single. Celeste, you may get your wish after all. :smile2_tb:

  • Keel

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m finding the album reviews for DC/DC fascinating . . . . Virtually every song has been mentioned by name and both loved and hated by reviewers at this point. LOL They also either love the recordà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s eclectic nature or think it makes the album sound unfocussed. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m surprised about that one- Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve always thought that ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a good thing for an album to have different types of songs. . . .

    And could that ExpressNightOut writer have pulled out any more tired facts from Davidà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s AI run or compared him to any more artists? He even managed an Archuleta comparison!

    Although I also find it odd that some reviewers are taking the eclectic nature of the album as a negative rather than a positive, I can also see where they are coming from. Generally, I get exhausted listening to albums from artists that have signature sounds but not a lot of variety because by Track 5 I am sick and tired of listening to (what seems like) the same damn song. However, I can also understand that Cook’s album is probably breaking some unspoken rule that singer/songwriters have to have a signature style that is recognizable by the time a song gets to the chorus. I personally hear it thoughout most of this album, but I can forgive the reviewers for not quite getting there yet. I know that many fans who know Cook via Analog Heart were up in arms right away (even when all we had were the lyrics) when they heard Light On because they knew he didn’t write the song. And I also know that many of those same fans breathed a huge sigh of relief when they heard “Declaration” on SNL because they knew right away that Cook wrote (or co-wrote) that particular song. For fans familiar with his prior work, there is no mistaking that combination of music and lyrics that is signature Cook.

    As for the comparisons in the ExpressNightOut/Washington Post review, although I find the review enjoyable and quite fair, I find it funny that he compared “Declaration” to the Foo Fighters’ “This is a Call” and compared “Lie” to the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris.” Mainly because Johnny Reznick co-wrote on “Declaration” and the Nixons’ Zac Malloy co-wrote on “Lie.” So now, it seems that Reznick is a Grohl wannabe and Malloy and Espionage are Reznick wannabes. Who knew?

  • cruzceleste

    Given the higher sales of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“A Little Too Not Over Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  at iTunes, there has been some speculating that the reason ALTNOY is being surveyed is to possibly exchange it for à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Touch My Handà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  as the next single. Celeste, you may get your wish after all.

    :D I hope so, ALNTOY is a great song… the message and everything… I will be the happy if that were the second single… but I won ´t get mad if Barriers or My Hands were in this position either…

  • frogcooke

    Updates from someone who went to the Bonnie Hunt taping for Archie, over at snarkies

    some clips:

    -Bonnie’s doing an auction for charity. David gave a leather bracelet, instead of giving her a CD or poster, because he didn’t wanna be like, “Let me give you my face.”
    – During the commercial break, he was talking to Bonnie and pointing to his shirt — apparently, he’s also giving her his light blue Oxford shirt.
    – He got so many screams that Kathy Griffth curled up on the floor and covered her ears.
    – The studio is really close to where the fires are, so the air is smokey, so David left right after the show ended, because it wasn’t good for his voice, of course.

  • cruzceleste

    Fresh from IDF:
    http://idolforums.com/index.php?showtopic=584429&st=0

    Hey guys, I know i’m a newbie so most of you wont believe me, but whatever. David did an interview with my radio station of KDWB and they asked him about future singles, and he said they’re for sure releasing “Touch My Hand” and “A little too not over you” and based on the success of those three will determine if there will be a forth single.

    Dang it Jive, why do you play with my feelings???…. Why do you insist in TMH being a single??? WHY??? WHYYYYYY?????!!!!! :

  • cheese

    Couple of DC articles

    L.A. Times

    USA Today – Article and What’s On David’s iPod

    OK. Idol-bashing L.A. Times blogger is now a fangirl and USA Today seems to be predicting that Cook will be the lowest-selling Idol winner evah! WTF?

    Hey, my kid downloaded Touch My Hands today. It’s the only song on David Archuleta she likes even though she realizes the lyrics are kind of lame.

  • gerreb

    USA Today seems to be predicting that Cook will be the lowest-selling Idol winner evah! WTF?

    are you kidding me?? not a chance!! do they remember past idol winners?? hellooo taylor!!

  • cruzceleste

    ^^I won ´t put my money on that prediction, good luck for Mr. Cook Tomorrow..

    Hey, my kid downloaded Touch My Hands today. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the only song on David Archuleta she likes even though she realizes the lyrics are kind of lame.

    Sorry, nothing personal, just that I think ALNTOY is a really cool song and it has being selling really well with out promotion, so I guess just IMHO is a great choice for the next single…

  • Jabkmc

    USA Today seems to be predicting that Cook will be the lowest-selling Idol winner evah! WTF?

    Huh? Wah? !!!!! Pshaw….

    Hey Frogcooke – Did you see the updates at Snarky’s about David entering the stage at Bonnie Hunt’s show by sliding down a fireman’s pole? Can’t wait to see it. Epic!

  • leome

    USA Today seems to be predicting that Cook will be the lowest-selling Idol winner evah! WTF?

    I think they wanted to give the two perspectives. That one saying that and Tom Vickers saying it will be a hit.

    The articles were pretty good.

  • E

    No way Cook will be the lowest selling idol winner. I’d be shocked if he sells less than Jordin, and I love Jordin.

  • ladymadonna

    USA Today seems to be predicting that Cook will be the lowest-selling Idol winner evah!

    Yes, and Ken Barnes at USA Today also said this about Cook’s prospects with TOML in comparison to past coronation songs:

    David C. is likely to surpass Taylor on this list (that should happen in a couple of weeks), and he might have a shot at Ruben and Carrie, but picking up another 360,000 downloads to beat Kelly has to be considered an outside possibility.

    The rainbow sailed past Kelly two weeks ago, and will easily surpass Clay’s single this week (in addition to crossing the Platinum barrier either this week or next). That will make TOML the highest-selling coronation song ever, based on Ken’s attempt to equalize the apples/oranges comparison of physical vs. download sales. And Dave did it in less than 6 months. Kelly and Clay have sold their totals over 5-6 years (Kelly released AMLT in 2002 and has sold an additional 160K copies since 2006).

    TOML isn’t close to done yet, and I actually still think LO may have longer legs than many are predicting. But we’re a long way from knowing whether any of the S7 contestants will be successful commercially. That’s just not something that can be judged by a few singles or first-week debut album sales.

  • CathyMK

    Idol-bashing L.A. Times blogger is now a fangirl

    Whoa- Ann Powers, who used Cook as one of her prime examples of “Flyover Rock”, has been Cookified? Her article/review is the most positive and sympathetic that I’ve seen so far. And her favorite song is A Daily Anthem, the one song on the album David wrote himself. I feel like I’m in some alternate universe, she speaks so highly of him, his talents, and his cowriters. Never underestimate the power of the Cookie to win people over, even if they think they can’t stand him to begin with.

    Flyover Rock articles:

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-ca-flyover2-2008nov02,0,4814295,full.story

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2008/11/flyover-rock-wh.html

    Only 20 minutes til it’s time for the iTunes download!

  • FolkFan

    As one Cookie (Scott) says: Nobody sells David Cook like David Cook. The LA Times blog is just one example of that.

  • ozarka

    Below is a link to the Washington Post’s review of both David Cook’s and David Archuleta’s albums. The review leans favorably toward both of the Davids…

    “Cook, Archuleta and Echoes of ‘Idols’ Past”

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

    Okay, I HAVE to go to sleep but I just had to post really quick…

    I went to the last SYTYCD show of the tour in Tampa tonight and it was great. I’ll do a recap later, but I just have to say a few things.

    – Spense is amazing. :) She was not able to go to the show tonight, but she did get tickets for our (huge) group coming from Orlando, and not only that, but gave me and Sarah-friend #1 her front row seats since she couldn’t go.
    – Twitch was injured and not able to dance. He said he injured himself LAST NIGHT. DAMN IT. They pretty much just cut all of his dances, except that Thayne did the Russian Trepak with Joshua.
    – Courtney cried just about every time she was on stage. It was sweet.
    – Mark is even HAWTER when dancing in person. OMG. That’s all I will say because anything else could quickly devolve into “did I just say that out loud?” type information. Heh.
    – Courtney & Gev are A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E.
    – Joshua & Katee dancing together = Love. That is all.
    – Will, in the opening number, looked DIRECTLY at me and grinned. Set the stage for the rest of the night. I could not wipe the cheesy grin off my face.
    – Chelsie H is really, really pretty and really, really good live. She cried a lot too. She and Mark are just great dancing together.
    – I WISH I HAD A BODY LIKE CHELSEA TRAILLE’S.
    – I was not complaining about Thayne’s perma-smile, because he’s actually very cute, and did a really good job filling in various spots in the show. And he also smiled that not-so-annoying smile at us – a couple times.
    – Gev also smiled and waved at us. (I’m telling you. Spense is awesome. These were totally OMG seats.)
    – Sarah-friend #1 got LOTS of pics. If they turn out well, I’ll put them in a photobucket for everyone to see. :)

    That’s it for now. A more in depth recap later… right now, I’ve GOT to go to sleep.

  • cruzceleste

    Thank You Ozarka, good review…

    I like these parts:

    But the show’s overseers have recently loosened the creative reins, or at least given the appearance of doing so. Both “Cook” and “Archuleta” offer previously forbidden glimpses, however brief, of the artists’ actual personalities: Cook is Chris Cornell as a Midwestern bar singer; Archuleta seems to be made entirely of fluffy unicorns and Skittles.

    Hey, me likie Skittles!!!! ;D

    But both “David Cook” and “David Archuleta” are better albums than the tone-deaf show souvenirs most contestants are routinely saddled with.

    This works for me!!!! ;D

    DOWNLOAD THESE: David Archuleta: “Crush,” “My Hands

    See she likes My hands…. that song is great…..

  • cruzceleste

    Nice review for both Davids:

    David vs. David: The two ‘Idol’ rivals now have competing albums

    This other not so nice in both of them, but anyway:

    David vs. David, Round 2: duel of CDs for rivals

  • jpfan

    Love the unicorn and Skittles comment.
    David Wright’s charity gala makes Page 6 of the NY Post today. Snark city to say the least.

  • frogcooke

    Pics from Bonnie Hunt:
    http://www.bonniehunt.com/as_seen_on/081117/18tuesday/photos.html#lastframe

    click replay. 2 of david and one of kathy griffeth ducking after audience cheers for david

  • cruzceleste
  • cruzceleste

    ^^See he looks young and good with that clothes, that wasn ´t that hard…
    Thanks Frogcooke