Idol Headlines for 12/10/10

  • Lucy1234

    Nice to see Danny with so many appearances today. Hopefully I can catch Danny’s interview on CMT TV Top 20 countdown this weekend.

    Nice line-up of appearances for Crystal – I wish her luck next week on her album debut.

  • steph6449

    Ethel Merman? Lol. That’s a reference that is going back a while ;)

  • lovingadam

    Adam in french tv (Daily Mouloud)- Seems he really have a good time with the french guy!!

    http://vimeo.com/17655310
    http://www.canalplus.fr/c-divertissement/pid3623-c-daily-mouloud.html?vid=402823

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Can’t wait to see Mama on Leno tonight!

    Here’s a very nice review of FD/Crystal from the Boston Herald’s Jeff Gottlieb. I suspect the reviews will continue to be very positive among critics who are not big fans of Idol, Ke$ha or Bieber.

    The first 10 seconds of “Farmer’s Daughter” might be the most genuine bit of music an “American Idol” alum has produced: Texas blues guitar licks, then the thump of drums, then a honkin’ harp. Bowersox’s songs (she wrote eight of the 12 on her own and co-wrote two more) rightfully reflect her small-town, Midwestern, hippie-chick aesthetic. She bites the hand that may (or may not) feed her on roots rocker “Ridin’ with the Radio” (“The (expletive) that they play now it just don’t feel like it should”). Her un-“Idol” rock tunes mix blues, classic country and heartland soul. The lone dud? A dopey power ballad penned by fired “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. Crystal may not be the second coming of Janis Joplin, but her talent buries Lee DeWyze’s wuss rock. Download: the Muscle Shoals-inspired “Speak Now.” (In stores Tuesday.)

    http://bit.ly/fsdiyQ

  • wjmtv

    Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “Today was the BEST Hollywood Day EVER. Check it out with any of your friends who were there. It had drama, comedy, tension and GREAT singing”

    Nice to see that Nigel has his priorities in order. [eye roll] It’s looking more & more like this season of Idol isn’t going to trip my trigger much.

    Crystal may not be the second coming of Janis Joplin, but her talent buries Lee DeWyze’s wuss rock.

    Seein’ as how Lee isn’t a rocker, never has been, and has not indicated any plans to be, that’s a pretty funny diss.

  • Valentin432

    Adam in french tv (Daily Mouloud)- Seems he really have a good time with the french guy!!

    Would have preferred him to perform but it’s good exposition nonetheless, Adam stayed a good amount of time in Paris it seems.

  • Andy11

    Gene Simmons would have been an awesome judge. Ethel Murman LOL.

  • Valentin432

    Nice to see that Nigel has his priorities in order. [eye roll] It’s looking more & more like this season of Idol isn’t going to trip my trigger much.

    Well, I think he wanted to emphasize the last word on the sentence, so if his priority is “Great singing”, I’m happy.

    Isn’t this the third day of HW? I think it’s group day, I will keep that in mind for the day it’s broadcasted.

  • larc

    Valentin432:
    Adam stayed a good amount of time in Paris it seems.

    I was a little surprised he didn’t go back home the next day after the London show as the others did. Wonder if it was mainly tourist or work time? As more of these interviews turn up, I’m starting to think it was mostly work. Adam doesn’t seem to let a lot of grass grow under his feet.

  • indigo15

    It’s great to see Danny with so many appearances in one day–multiple opportunities to get a bit of exposure and gain new fans. I hear he will debut his acoustic “I Will Not Say Goodbye” video on the CMT Top 20 Countdown. It’s been online for several months now, but I’m glad people outside of the Danny and Idol fan communities will get to see the video and hear this amazing version of that song.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Nigel sure is trying to build enthusiasm for this upcoming season of AI with his tweets. I’m a bit cynical by now about the AI hype and will wait until the show airs before I get excited.

  • Kirsten

    Gene Simmons would have been an awesome judge.

    Gene Simmons was a judge. He did one of those audition episodes (maybe more than one). He cast a dark cloud of negativity and skeeviness over the entire proceedings. In other words, he sucked and I hope Idol never does that again.

    Gene delights in being an a$$. It’s his thing. It works best in small doses or in print, though (if it works for you at all). Having him permanently, on the panel just would not work, IMO.

  • aa618892

    Here is another translated French interview. This one has some very interesting tidbits. The French interviewers so far have been very positive toward Adam and also very well versed on the current music scene, IMO. The interviewer asks some really good questions along with some silly ones. Adam is honest and well spoken as usual. Haha, he hates cats!
    http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=fr&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ozap.com%2Factu%2Finterview-adam-lambert-gay-gaga-christina-kesha%2F384614

  • Elliegrll

    Seein’ as how Lee isn’t a rocker, never has been, and has not indicated any plans to be, that’s a pretty funny diss.

    Lee’s music is rock, just like the music of Mayer, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, and Matt Nathanson. This style is called everything from pop/rock to Adult Alternative/pop-rock, to soft-rock and even like Crystal’s music, folk-rock. The funny thing is that while that reviewer may think that it is wussy, Lee’s and the rest of these guys form of pop/folk/alternative/whatever rock is commercially popular.

  • wjmtv

    Elliegrll:
    12/10/2010 at 9:39 am

    Seein’ as how Lee isn’t a rocker, never has been, and has not indicated any plans to be, that’s a pretty funny diss.

    Lee’s music is rock, just like the music of Mayer, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, and Matt Nathanson. This style is called everything from pop/rock to Adult Alternative/pop-rock, to soft-rock and even like Crystal’s music, folk-rock. The funny thing is that while that reviewer may think that it is wussy, Lee’s and the rest of these guys form of pop/folk/alternative/whatever rock is more commercially popular than Crystal’s style of music.

    I guess my age is showing. To me, rock is rock. Pop-rock, soft rock and folk rock are completely different. I don’t know Nathanson, but I do know those other three guys you mentioned, and I don’t consider any of them to be “rock” either. I haven’t heard Crystal’s album—I’m hoping to this weekend—so I don’t yet know what I’d consider her style to be.

  • larc

    fuzzywuzzy:
    Nigel sure is trying to build enthusiasm for this upcoming season of AI with his tweets. I’m a bit cynical by now about the AI hype and will wait until the show airs before I get excited.

    There’s an ancient rule in advertising about selling the sizzle instead of the steak. I’m afraid that may be exactly what Nigel is doing.

    Then there is also the one about putting lipstick on a pig. ;)

  • bridgette12

    aa618892:
    12/10/2010 at 9:37 am
    Here is another translated French interview

    It was a good interview, I especially liked the part where he gave David Cook the credit for inspiring him to do what he did on his season. It was funny when he said I didn’t change Idol, I just made more noise.

  • FREIDAG

    Adam in french tv (Daily Mouloud)- Seems he really have a good time with the french guy!!

    http://vimeo.com/17655310
    http://www.canalplus.fr/c-divertissement/pid3623-c-daily-mouloud.html?vid=402823

    This Adam interview is hysterical! Thanks for posting it.

    The Boston review for Crystal is great. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for her.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    There’s an ancient rule in advertising about selling the sizzle instead of the steak. I’m afraid that may be exactly what Nigel is doing.

    Yeah, I know what he’s doing. I’m just not believing it until I watch the show myself.

    Then there is also the one about putting lipstick on a pig.

    True! LOL! I still have hope for AI and generally enjoy the show, but with all of the touted changes, Simon’s absence and the new judges, I’ll just wait to see what the show is really like this year vs. what they are advertising that it will be like. ;)

  • Soberba

    Great review for Crystal. B+ sounds pretty fair to me.

  • PRMari

    Allison’s ‘random’ charity event was for the Genlux southern California based fashion magazine. It’s nice to see that she’s recovered from her surgery and is singing again.

  • Suzanne

    David Archuleta performs at the KOSI Jingle Jam, on 12/10, 8:00 am at The Hard Rock Café in Denver. It’s a private invite only, listeners must win to get in.

    How does the station make money from these private jingle jams? There are a few artists performing, who all get paid, but the audience never pays for a ticket. Why would the station pay for it?

  • tripp_ncwy

    FB:
    Stan Wong Photography
    Shooting Star 101.3′s Jingle Ball concert featuring The Goo Goo Dolls and American Idol’s Kris Allen tonight at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium

  • fuzzywuzzy

    How does the station make money from these private jingle jams? There are a few artists performing, who all get paid, but the audience never pays for a ticket. Why would the station pay for it?

    I always thought that the artists were not paid for these appearances, and it was a form of payola to the stations for playing their music. I think that these appearances are part of promotion, paid for by the label/artist.

  • Joyed

    Oops, I missed Brooke’s thread! So excited for her movie:)

  • standtotheright

    I guess my age is showing. To me, rock is rock. Pop-rock, soft rock and folk rock are completely different

    To me, they are all channels from the same stream. Part of the reason that rock has waned in influence is that the experimentation and different sounds that went into its formation (it’s such a bastard format as is) have been replaced with an ossified code of conduct that spends more time on Robert’s Rules of Order than allowing in good music.

  • Elliegrll

    I always thought that the artists were not paid for these appearances, and it was a form of payola to the stations for playing their music. I think that these appearances are part of promotion, paid for by the label/artist.

    The artist have to be paid scale, which is just a small performance fee, or else it would look too much like payola. The station benefits by being able to build up good will with their listeners.

  • aa618892

    It was a good interview, I especially liked the part where he gave David Cook the credit for inspiring him to do what he did on his season. It was funny when he said I didn’t change Idol, I just made more noise.

    ITA! I love how Adam never fails to give other artists their due. I adore how his imagination runs away with him sometimes as with the Unicorn question, lol.

  • Kirsten

    How does the station make money from these private jingle jams? There are a few artists performing, who all get paid, but the audience never pays for a ticket. Why would the station pay for it?

    As fuzzywuzzy states, the artists do not get paid (or get paid a small token amount). I think I’ve read somewhere that the labels help to sponsor the event as well (by buying ad space at the venue). In addition, there are usually corporate sponsors (looking for those valuable demographics in a confined space).

    The radio station gains cred by having these events. Artist X wants to attend their event. Plus, they get listeners. People want to see artist X so they listen intently to even the commercials hoping for their chance to phone in and win tickets. It also helps to builds a relationship with the listeners who win. If the acts are big enough, the station will also get free press on the TV and in the newspapers.

    It’s a marketing tool for the stations.

  • bridgette12

    It was a good interview, I especially liked the part where he gave David Cook the credit for inspiring him to do what he did on his season. It was funny when he said I didn’t change Idol, I just made more noise.

    ITA! I love how Adam never fails to give other artists their due. I adore how his imagination runs away with him sometimes as with the Unicorn question, lol.

    OMG! what he said about the Unicorn was hilarious, it don’t look like Adam likes cats or Unicorns, especially the clean up.

  • cochem

    Taylor & Ruben
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rykfbg3NgnM

    Taylor & Carson James (16 yr old singer/songwriter opened for Taylor..he just learned this summer he has Stage 4 bone cancer)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KInNG25PnHU

    http://www.carsonjames.com/Carson/Welcome.html

  • mmb

    Adam was in Paris to do promo for his cd release ( FYE cd just released recently on France). He wasn’t on vacation but sounds like he made time to have some fun and see the sights

  • bridgette12

    mmb:
    12/10/2010 at 10:54 am
    Adam was in Paris to do promo for his cd release ( FYE cd just released recently on France). He wasn’t on vacation but sounds like he made time to have some fun and see the sights

    I can’t even imagine spending a week in Paris, to eat, sleep and shop. He said it had snowed there and it was beautiful with all the lights. Really glad he got a chance to simply be a tourist and enjoy all the sights.

  • JEliz

    I find it very funny that “Hollywood” week is held in Pasadena. LOL

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    It looks like these are X Factor winners singles:
    Cher – Impossible (originally by Shontelle)
    Matt – Many Of Horror (Biffy Clyro)
    One Direction – Forever Young (Alphaville and Jay-Z/Mr Hudson)
    Rebecca – Distant Dreamer (Duffy)

    Mary’s single was Unbreakable (originally by Westlife)

  • wjmtv

    standtotheright:

    To me, they are all channels from the same stream. Part of the reason that rock has waned in influence is that the experimentation and different sounds that went into its formation (it’s such a bastard format as is) have been replaced with an ossified code of conduct that spends more time on Robert’s Rules of Order than allowing in good music.

    Heh. Pretty much any band I could name that fits my definition of “rock” with no other qualifying adjective, is a band that hasn’t played together in 20 years or more. The only one who leaps to mind who is still out there plugging away, is Springsteen.

  • sr4mjc

    Allison’s ‘random’ charity event was for the Genlux southern California based fashion magazine. It’s nice to see that she’s recovered from her surgery and is singing again.

    Allison had surgery? How did I miss that?

  • Eriko

    Can’t wait to see Mama on Leno tonight!

    Same here, or should I say, the video when posted here on mj. But have to say, wish she´d be forming Speak Now or Holy Toledo with a full band. I think they´d make a bigger impact live on a show like Leno and thus be likelier to bring in new fans/sales

  • larc

    JEliz:
    I find it very funny that “Hollywood” week is held in Pasadena. LOL

    It makes sense logistically if they are trying to keep spoilers to a minimum. Contestants are staying at the Pasadena Sheraton. It connects with the back of the Civic Auditorium where the “Hollywood” phase of auditions is being held, so the kids can move from one location to the other without being visible to the outside public.

  • tripp_ncwy

    HDD upcoming new releases for 12/14/10
    Crystal Bowersox 19/Jive/JLG (1st Week Sales – Debut)
    Ciara LaFace/JLG( 1st Week Sales – 81,000)
    Diddy-Dirty Money Bad Boy/Interscope (1st Week Sales – 170,000)
    Michael Jackson Epic (1st Week Sales – 373,000)
    R.Kelly Jive/JLG( 1st Week Sales – 114,000)

    Crystal has competition with her own label on the release of her album. 3/5 of the new releases are from Jive Label Group.

  • PRMari

    Allison had surgery? How did I miss that?

    Nothing major, she went through a tonsillectomy less than two months ago.

  • hoosiermama

    Allison had surgery? How did I miss that?

    She had her tonsils out about 6 weeks ago. She tweeted:

    Allison Iraheta

    On Monday 1st November 2010, @allisoniraheta said:

    Alright guys… Know I’ve been m.I.a lately.. So here it is… Got a tonsillectomy .. on my second week now.. Gettin better… Just been Restin :)

  • JEliz

    Larc – it does make sense logistically, but if contestants are thinking they’ll get a ‘Hollywood’ experience, well, they won’t in Pasadena. I was chuckling at them calling it ‘Hollywood’ week, as clearly they are NOT in Hollywood, they are in Pasadena!! Maybe just call it SoCal week?? :-)

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    The X Factor final: who deserves your vote?

    MATT CARDLE
    In a nutshell: Imagine Shayne Ward and Steve Brookstein are brothers. Now imagine they have a third brother who people refer to as ‘the boring one’. That’s Matt Cardle – a charisma black hole with a lovely voice used mainly to sing songs made famous by ladies while wielding a crap acoustic guitar. Famous for wearing a hat, then famous for wearing a vest.

    REBECCA FERGUSON
    In a nutshell: Smoky-voiced, highly likeable warbler who dealt impressively with the pressure of the whole X Factor thing, seemed to lose ground slightly by sticking too much to one (downtempo) style of song then totally really came into her own during Club Classics week with this barnstorming performance of Show Me Love.

    CHER LLOYD
    In a nutshell: Has done little to distance herself from being the face and voice voice of self-entitled young Britain. One minute is banging on about ‘swagger’ and ‘showing the haters’, the next is as fragile and wobbly as a trifle in a hurricane. During the live shows this just-about-above-average rapper and nice-but-not-extraordinary singer has failed to scale the same heights as she did in her first audition, but with the right song choices could totally pull it out of the bag on Saturday night. Also in her favour, it’s quite conceivable that she would have an incredible first single, a stupendous second single and a messy if diverting debut album, but as a popstar she may have trouble avoiding trouble and/or public slanging matches – reading between the lines of (and simply reading) various news reports she seems pretty poorly equipped to deal with the grim and relentless task of life in the public eye. Recently prompted Daily Mail outrage by waving spoon in the direction of an X Factor crew member.

    ONE DIRECTION
    In a nutshell: Five-piece boyband whose definition of harmonising begins and ends with ‘singing pretty much the same song at pretty much the same time’. In classic boyband style they consist of three amazing ones and two rubbish ones and are a bit ropey at performing live but that’s nothing a few months of aggressive chroeography won’t sort out. AMAZING HAIR.

  • koshka

    JEliz:
    12/10/2010 at 11:00 am
    I find it very funny that “Hollywood” week is held in Pasadena. LOL

    MTE I don’t know if Pasadena has changed any in the last 10 years, but when I was growing up it was FAR from being any kind of hip place to be. LOL

  • sma11ie

    This is kinda news? Hope it’s okay to post. David Cook’s Race For Hope donation page for next year’s race is up. Glad they have it up before his birthday– he’s mentioned before to fans, no birthday gifts or anything, but if they want, to donate to RFH. So… just FYI: http://www.braintumorcommunity.org/site/TR?pg=team&fr_id=1651&team_id=44742

  • Kirsten

    One Direction – Forever Young (Alphaville and Jay-Z/Mr Hudson)

    How exactly is that going to work?

    Let’s see, the original features somebody singing a pure, angelic, emotive hook and one of the best rappers in the world.

    Who on One Direction can sing either part? I suppose auto-tune might be able to cover up their obvious vocal failings for the hook, but all the auto-tune in the world can’t turn you into a non-laughable rapper.

    Plus, I’ve never heard the original version, but the radio edit features enough snuffed out words to give me an indication that it’s a little hardcore. Is Simon really going to have his little imps swearing like weather beaten sailors? Or will he neuter the song?

    I can’t wait to see them try to sing this puppy live.

    Simon should have just gone with the obvious and selected something from the Bieber oeuvre. It’s the market he’s going for anyway.

  • tripp_ncwy

    More of the adventures of ZorroPup.

    theamazingelvis ET Phone home! This little pup cracks me up! http://plixi.com/p/62120449

  • carson

    I don’t think this has been posted:

    Daughtry’s “Learn My Lesson” used on finale of NBC series “Chase” — starts at 39:00:
    http://www.nbc.com/chase/video/betrayed/1263630

    And the band’s playing a benefit for “Musicians on Call”, an organization they’ve been involved in since day one:
    http://wwww.charitybuzz.com/causes/707/catalog_items/250631

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    2010 in Music: The Year That Went Pop

    In a year when some of the music industry’s few remaining presumptions, such as “digital sales will keep growing” and “tours can withstand a weak economy,” were subverted, no one can be blamed for not foreseeing all the ways in which pop music would take over the marketplace. But a takeover it was.

    “It makes it difficult for other music to break through now,” says RCA/Jive Label Group’s Weiss, who cites Daughtry’s “September” as a single that could’ve done well a few years ago but was simply not embraced by top 40 radio this year.

  • Keel
    I guess my age is showing. To me, rock is rock. Pop-rock, soft rock and folk rock are completely different

    To me, they are all channels from the same stream. Part of the reason that rock has waned in influence is that the experimentation and different sounds that went into its formation (it’s such a bastard format as is) have been replaced with an ossified code of conduct that spends more time on Robert’s Rules of Order than allowing in good music.

    Word X 1000. Anyone who does anything new or different gets smeared with the old, disdainful “you call that rock?” comment. It seems the only way rock can be called rock for some folks is if it was first released 20-30 years ago (or more) or if you only use the same instrumentation and general vibe of classic rock songs. The old fogeys have held on so tightly to the traditional notions of rock music as the only type of real rock music, that nothing, not even a modern day Mozart, Lennon or McCartney, can ever wrest that definition out of their old arthritic hands.

  • Indigobunting

    Nice to see Danny with so many appearances today

    Assuming CMT was pre-recorded of course, but he will still be quite busy with the rodeo event and the concert.

    It’s kind of interesting he will have another concert in Vegas again in only one month.

    Aw, Evan Farmer just said that Danny is “the nicest guy you will ever meet”.

    I don’t usually watch Leno, but may have to give up Jon Stewart tonight to see Crystal on Leno :)

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Thus, the reason I have no interest in top 40 whatsoever. Thank GOD for Crystal…

    http://www.billboard.com/#/features/2010-in-music-the-year-that-went-pop-1004134336.story?page=1

    …But perhaps most striking is the way in which synth-driven, Auto-Tuned, four-on-the floor-influenced pop dominated the Hot 100. Of the 15 songs to reach No. 1 on the chart this year, just six fall outside of this descriptive: Eminem’s “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie,” Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” and “What’s My Name?”, B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars’ “Nothin’ on You” and Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.” When these are the four artists delivering the closest thing to a slow jam, it’s safe to say we’ve entered a new era.

    “When you listen to radio now, it’s all so much about tempo,” says Barry Weiss, outgoing chairman/CEO of RCA/Jive Label Group, which can count Ke$ha, Usher and P!nk among this year’s biggest success stories.

    “We’re in a golden spot for pop music, for sure,” adds Antonio “L.A.” Reid, chairman/CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG), whose artists Bieber, Rihanna and even Kanye West helped solidify pop’s current boom. “I don’t see it moving any time soon.”

  • Q3

    I was a little surprised he didn’t go back home the next day after the London show as the others did. Wonder if it was mainly tourist or work time? As more of these interviews turn up, I’m starting to think it was mostly work. Adam doesn’t seem to let a lot of grass grow under his feet.

    Lane said he was going back to France to do some interviews. FYE was released in France on 11/8/10 and France was not on the first two European Promo Tours.

    Here is a better translation of the OZAP interview — http://www.twitlonger.com/show/7du2h4

    I always thought that the artists were not paid for these appearances, and it was a form of payola to the stations for playing their music. I think that these appearances are part of promotion, paid for by the label/artist.

    The deals for for these promotional concerts are all different. Depends on the artist and the station. The performers usually get paid, but then they are usually charged for technical support. For most performers they have more expenses than they payment they receive.

    The radio stations use the concerts as an extra revenue source (from ticket sales, merchandise and concession sales), as a value add for advertising deals, a ad revenue source (sponsorships are sold), and for station promotion. Participating artists often provide merchandise for radio contests, and agree to do on-air interview and exclusive meet and greets.

    ETA: When the concerts are free radio concert, the artists are often not paid to perform. When the tickets are expensive, like the Y100 Miami Jingle Ball ($54-$157), the artists almost always get compensated.

  • Incipit

    Thus, the reason I have no interest in top 40 whatsoever. Thank GOD for Crystal…

    Negativo, my reaction to the ‘don’t see it moving anytime soon’ was, ‘that’s too bad’.

    Although I agree with your lack of preference for that current style, my rallying cry is ‘Thank GOD for iTunes and David Cook!’

    So really, thanks are given by any of us with disinterest, and sometimes disdain, for the popular music. At least we have music and artists we do care to listen to. KWIM?

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Oh SNAP! All 4 X Factor finalists have official websites with SyCo logo. Only 24 hours before the final!

    SYCO_NEWS SYCO_NEWS
    Brand new @onedirection website is now live! Sign-up to the mailing list now! http://bit.ly/1DofficialSite

    SYCO_NEWS SYCO_NEWS
    Brand new @beccaxferguson website is now live! Sign-up to the mailing list now! http://bit.ly/RebeccaOfficial

    SYCO_NEWS SYCO_NEWS
    Brand new @matt_cardle_uk website is now live! Sign-up to the mailing list now! http://bit.ly/MattCardleMusic

    SYCO_NEWS SYCO_NEWS
    Brand new @CherLloyd website is now live! Sign-up to the mailing list now! http://bit.ly/CherLloydCom

    http://www.onedirectionmusic.com/
    http://www.rebeccaofficial.com/
    http://www.cherlloyd.com/
    http://www.mattcardlemusic.com/

  • wjmtv

    Keel:

    Word X 1000. Anyone who does anything new or different gets smeared with the old, disdainful “you call that rock?” comment. It seems the only way rock can be called rock for some folks is if it was first released 20-30 years ago (or more) or if you only use the same instrumentation and general vibe of classic rock songs. The old fogeys have held on so tightly to the traditional notions of rock music as the only type of real rock music, that nothing, not even a modern day Mozart, Lennon or McCartney, can ever wrest that definition out of their old arthritic hands.

    I hope you aren’t counting me among the fogeys, because I’m not saying that “rock” is the only music that matters. All I’m trying to say, is that it’s one kind of rock music (IMO) and it’s very different from other kinds of rock music. My personal tastes lean decidedly toward folk-rock and alt-rock, although I love the Boss as much as any fogey (and Lord knows he can get other-rocky from time to time—”Nebraska,” anyone?)

  • CindyM

    #
    # Crystal Bowersox crystalbowersox

    Hangin’ out at Leno with @FrankieMaybass, Tommy Byrnes, @Jeffkazee, Chuck Burgi! 3 minutes ago via Twitter for Android

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    So really, thanks are given by any of us with disinterest, and sometimes disdain, for the popular music. At least we have music and artists we do care to listen to. KWIM?

    Even though Crystal is my absolute favorite (big surprise, eh?), I happen to also be a Cookie fan. I loved him on the show, and liked his album, too. I also completely agree with you that it’s very fortunate we have an island of something to enjoy in this endless sea of auto-tuned, mindless, sexbot pop blather that surrounds us.

  • tinawina

    “We’re in a golden spot for pop music, for sure,” adds Antonio “L.A.” Reid, chairman/CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG), whose artists Bieber, Rihanna and even Kanye West helped solidify pop’s current boom. “I don’t see it moving any time soon.”

    I’m not sure what he means here. Does he mean electro pop or “pop music” in general? I think the electo/dance pop boom is destined to end at some point fairly soon because pop radio always goes through cycles, and this one’s clock is ticking. LOL. If he means pop radio’s stranglhold on singles sales (less so on albums, but it is still significant), I totally agree.

    ETA: The most interesting part of that article was the talk about the most sucessful artists being the ones who are open to blending styles and collaborating with people outside one genre. I thought Train talking about having to change the way they think to work with the pop writers on “Hey Soul Sister” was inteteresting, given the earlier convo about the rock gatekeepers being too stale and not open to change. Also the stuff about radio being really rhythm driven at the moment… I tried to think back to all the non eleccro pop hits of the last year and the only ones I could think of that did not have a strong rhythm were The Only Exception and Need You Now. Interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Part two of the Crystal interview is fantastic; just like the 1st part was. Candid and straight from the heart as always, I especially appreciate how she explains RWTR as a roots sing-along that effectively takes a shot at today’s electronic pop radio monopoly. I feel she says and sings all the things I would say and sing if given the same opportunity, which is exactly why I just love her!

  • girlygirl

    Not all of the radio station Jingle Balls are free. In fact, none of the 3 Kris is doing over the next few days (SF, SR, Portland) are free to the public (unless you win tickets). I think tonight’s show (with the Goo Goo Dolls) costs upwards of $55 for the best seats. Tomorrow’s show in SR is $15 per ticket ($20 if buy on ight of). I forget what the Portland show cost, but it wasn’t free either (that one — which also has Lee on the bill — has been announced as sold out)

  • girlygirl

    RWTR seems to be one of those “love it or hate it” songs. Several people on my twitter feed absolutely hated it, while a couple of others really liked it

  • Hazehel
    One Direction – Forever Young (Alphaville and Jay-Z/Mr Hudson)

    How exactly is that going to work?

    It’s say Forever Young rather than Young Forever, so presumably it would be closer to the Alphaville original rather than the Jay-Z retake, i.e. no rapping.

    Alphaville – Forever Young
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHIIATt0BaM

    I think it could work well, the notes are not really that high (apart from the end bits which can easily be changed, or just change the key), and they wouldn’t have chosen it if the boys can’t sing it. The song do remind me somewhat of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young, a song written for his son and here sung by Joan Baez – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N9xcrAqdeA

  • Q3

    “We’re in a golden spot for pop music, for sure,” adds Antonio “L.A.” Reid, chairman/CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG), whose artists Bieber, Rihanna and even Kanye West helped solidify pop’s current boom. “I don’t see it moving any time soon.”

    I think that he is talking about Island Def Jam being in a golden spot because their artist are selling extremely well — and they have Bieber, Rihanna and Kanye.

    And Kanye may not be to your taste, but “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is one great album. It has gotten great reviews — with 32 major reviews it has a Metacritic score of 92.

    Not all pop music is crap. Not all rock or indie-style music is good. And some of the best music is produced by artists that do not fit into nice need genre boxes — Weezer and Arcade Fire are both rock but they both cross into pop freely — just like The Beatles did almost 50 years ago.

    And pop music is far more diverse then what is played on Top 40 radio — which is actually a multi-genre radio format that play popular hits, not just pop music.

  • Andy11

    Maybe I’m being optimistic, but I think that this golden age of uptempo, autotuned pop music may be about to implode. The stock market always crashes as soon as everybody has finally jumped in and I’m wondering if the same thing may happen here. Just the fact that Glee soundtracks dominate the charts (and I LOVE Glee, by the way) shows that there is something definitely missing in new music. I guess we will see.

  • HotHotHot

    David Cook is highlighted on Idol Chatter today.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/index

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

    loved the french interview :) haha i love watching adam and i got to practice for french at the same time–i now know how to say “f&ck” in french–my french teacher will be so proud :p haha adam gives such great interviews :)

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

    oh and the person adam was tweeting looks like she could be his sister haha :p

  • tinawina

    I think that he is talking about Island Def Jam being in a golden spot because their artist are selling extremely well — and they have Bieber, Rihanna and Kanye.

    Ah, now THAT makes sense! Thanks.

    And pop music is far more diverse then what is played on Top 40 radio — which is actually a multi-genre radio format that play popular hits, not just pop music.

    I agree with that statement, only I would use the words “supposed to be” instead of “actually”, since I do think pop radio has been unusually narrow lately. I mean when you go months without even a ballad hitting the top of the charts you know there are some issues. Heh.

    Still, I like pop too. Everyone has their own definition but for me, all pop means is “three and a half minutes of catchiness”. :D If a song is designed to be assessible to the massess, to stick in people’s heads and be sing along-able, then its a pop song (or at least pop-influenced) to me. You can do that in a smart and creative way or in a derivative and mindless way, but its all pop IMO.

    ETA: HI LUV!!!!!!! Got your stuff back? :D

  • sr4mjc

    There’s plenty of pop music lovers who don’t love the autotuned dance/hip hop collab phase. Too bad the PDs don’t agree. I love pop, but hate Posner, Derulo, Enrique, Cruz, etc. And I love Alt Rock and Classic Rock and much of HAC as well but not Train, lol. Folk and country aren’t my bag. It’s a big world out there. One genre is not better than another. They all have good music and not good music. It’s all preference. Some people like jazz, I am convinced I am allergic.

    Duran Duran’s new single is quite good, can’t wait for the album in the 21st! Bringing it back old school! I hope they tour.

    You can do that in a smart and creative way or in a derivative and mindless way, but its all pop IMO.

    nods in agreement

  • sma11ie

    RWTR seems to be one of those “love it or hate it” songs. Several people on my twitter feed absolutely hated it, while a couple of others really liked it

    It was probably my bottom two songs from Crystal’s record, which I liked overall. I like the sentiment and the idea of it, just not the actual song. Gonna go watch her part 2 now. Enjoyed hearing from her directly on Part 1 :).

  • HermeticallySealed

    Sweet. Didn’t know DD had a new album coming out. Red Carpet Massacre was kind of a mixed bag for me. Hate Timbaland, but the stuff that was clearly Simon and Nick was good.

  • Eriko

    Part two of the Crystal interview is fantastic; just like the 1st part was. Candid and straight from the heart as always

    Agree, I find her also so relaxed and at ease. The interview captures how content she´s now. Very articulate, like a seasoned pro. Last thing that comes to mind, is that she´s trying to sell or promote something. And talk about jamming lots of symbols and meanings into a wedding ring :)

  • Incipit

    There’s plenty of pop music lovers who don’t love the autotuned dance/hip hop collab phase. Too bad the PDs don’t agree. I love pop, but hate Posner, Derulo, Enrique, Cruz, etc. And I love Alt Rock and Classic Rock and much of HAC as well but not Train, lol. Folk and country aren’t my bag. It’s a big world out there. One genre is not better than another. They all have good music and not good music. It’s all preference. Some people like jazz, I am convinced I am allergic.

    sr4mjc, There ‘is’ a lot of music, something for everyone – just – not on most radio stations. Although, I do like Jazz – but there are just as many different types of jazz as there are types of rock. I don’t care for all of it, in either genre. I don’t care for the soft rock that seems to be accepted by the PD’s now, so I go looking for what I do like.

    The Top 12 ‘Rock’ albums charted by Billboard is enough to show me that the style of rock I like to buy, and hear, is not in vogue right now – and with two soundtracks on the list, I guess pickings are slim.

    19 John Mayer
    28 Norah Jones
    31 Twilight Soundtrack
    32 Owl City
    33 Jack Johnson
    42 Nickleback
    50 KOL
    53 Linkin Park
    57 Train
    59 Daughtry
    65 AC/DC Ironman II Soundtrack

    As Tinawina says – “pop radio has been unusually narrow lately.” That’s an understatement, I think. I tend to ignore it. There are other options for music.

    IMO, Of Course.

  • songsungblue

    Crystal is very guarded, and having worked with abused children years ago, I find this unsurprising. She essentially parented herself. Sad, but I have to give her credit for growing into a fine, moral person. On the other hand, I think her world-weary sort of affect is going to be something she’ll grow into. It took Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams until their late 30′s or 40′s to really make an impact. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is true of Crystal.

  • sr4mjc

    Sweet. Didn’t know DD had a new album coming out. Red Carpet Massacre was kind of a mixed bag for me. Hate Timbaland, but the stuff that was clearly Simon and Nick was good.

    ‘All You Need is Now’ is free on itunes this week. (Took Adam’s thumbnail on the front page, grr fandom collision) ;)

    ETA: Mark Ronson produced the new album.

    http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/134522-duran-duran-all-you-need-is-now/

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I tend not to generalize about music in any format and like the diversity that’s available, including current pop music. I also realize that there is “good” music that is not to my taste, and my liking some music doesn’t necessarily put in the category of “good”. ;)

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja
  • Q3

    Just to prove that great music is all a matter of personal taste — with the exception of Twilight (because of MUSE mostly) and AC/DC (and this Soundtrack is not my def of AC/DC), this could be a list of the artists I work to avoid…

    The Top 12 ‘Rock’ albums charted by Billboard is enough to show me that the style of rock I like to buy, and hear, is not in vogue right now – and with two soundtracks on the list, I guess pickings are slim.

    19 John Mayer
    28 Norah Jones
    31 Twilight Soundtrack
    32 Owl City
    33 Jack Johnson
    42 Nickleback
    50 KOL
    53 Linkin Park
    57 Train
    59 Daughtry
    65 AC/DC Ironman II Soundtrack

    I cannot understand how Owl City is rock – it is synthpop and not very good synthpop IMO. And I do not want to have a “sock hop under my bed.”

    But there are some rock albums further down the list that I do like:

    #72 CONTRA, Vampire Weekend
    #80 THE SUBURBS, Arcade Fire
    #81 ASYLUM, Disturbed
    #83 SIGH NO MORE, Mumford & Sons
    #90 PLASTIC BEACH, Gorillaz
    #97 COME AROUND SUNDOWN
    Kings Of Leon
    #98 THE RESISTANCE, Muse
    #99 MOJO,Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

    And at #124 VALLEYS OF NEPTUNE, Jimi Hendrix :) with 60 minutes of unreleased Hendrix music. Which was one of my fav “new” albums of the year.

  • suenigma

    songsungblue:
    12/10/2010 at 4:44 pm
    Crystal is very guarded, and having worked with abused children years ago, I find this unsurprising. She essentially parented herself. Sad, but I have to give her credit for growing into a fine, moral person. On the other hand, I think her world-weary sort of affect is going to be something she’ll grow into. It took Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams until their late 30’s or 40’s to really make an impact. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is true of Crystal.

    Excellent points! But I’m hoping for early thirties.

  • MrDuffin

    suenigma:
    12/10/2010 at 5:29 pm
    songsungblue:
    12/10/2010 at 4:44 pm
    Crystal is very guarded, and having worked with abused children years ago, I find this unsurprising. She essentially parented herself. Sad, but I have to give her credit for growing into a fine, moral person. On the other hand, I think her world-weary sort of affect is going to be something she’ll grow into. It took Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams until their late 30’s or 40’s to really make an impact. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is true of Crystal.

    Excellent points! But I’m hoping for early thirties.

    I would bet by the age 27.

  • Q3

    It took Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams until their late 30’s or 40’s to really make an impact. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is true of Crystal.

    Not disagreeing about Crystal have a lot of time to make an impact. Lucinda Williams is prob a better example than Bonnie Raitt. Bonnie Raitt made a huge impact and achieve critical and commercial success before she was 30.

    She had released 3 albums by the time she was 24 years old — and two were universally praised by critics. She was on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1975 (when she was 25 years old) and “Sweet Forgiveness” was a commercial success and released when she was only 27.

    I am not sure the definition of “huge impact” but Bonnie Raitt was the role model for an entire generation of women who had not been respected as R&B musicians and guitarists — many of whom did not believe that they could play this music without being ridiculed. (Probably hard for anyone who is younger to understand how amazing it was for Bonnie Raitt to play with Howlin’ Wolf, Sippie Wallace, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and many of the other great bluesmen. I was lucky enough to see her perform many times in the 70′s.)

  • JEliz

    koshka:
    12/10/2010 at 1:02 pm

    JEliz:
    12/10/2010 at 11:00 am
    I find it very funny that “Hollywood” week is held in Pasadena. LOL

    MTE I don’t know if Pasadena has changed any in the last 10 years, but when I was growing up it was FAR from being any kind of hip place to be. LOL
    Koshka – :-)

  • JEliz

    Ugh, block quote fail. Didn’t mean to shout. sorry. :-(

  • girlygirl

    Michael Slezak is leaving EW.

    RIP Idolatry?

    http://corp.mail.com/news/pressrelease/50

  • girlygirl

    KrisAllen Kris Allen
    I feel like people on planes are disappointed when they see me spending the flight playing Angry Birds. Maybe I should be reading a book
    3 minutes ago

  • CindyM

    @MichaelAusiello I’m beyond excited to announce that ewmichaelslezak will be joining TVLine.com! http://bit.ly/

    Wow. Didn’t see this coming. I wonder if he can take idolatry with him?? Doesn’t seem like a step up, does it?? I’ve never heard of TVLine.com. Their website isn’t live yet.

    Ah, looks like a brand new venture with other EW staffers on board.
    http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2010/12/10/michael-ausiellos-tvline-com-is-launching-in-january-heres-your-first-look/

  • CindyM

    Awww
    crystalbowersox
    http://twitpic.com/3er3lk 2 minutes ago via Twitter for Android

    Damn, I always noticed Leno’s jaw, but his whole head is huge!

  • sma11ie

    Michael Slezak is leaving EW.

    RIP Idolatry?

    OMG, Idolatryyyyy! I’ll read Slezak’s recaps wherever he goes, but I’ve come to really enjoy the whole EW team who puts together those hilarious Idolatry episodes, what with the random Godzilla clips and such… TVLine sounds like a zap2it… which doesn’t make too many of its own videos, to my knowledge. Hope I’m wrong and we still get something Idolatry-like. I wonder who will take over Slezak’s mantel on EW? Kristen? Her mean streak was only funny when tempered by Slezak… unfettered, she would be too much, IMO. Hmm. There was that other guy who guested that I liked, forget his name. He liked Archie? But he was maybe too nice.

    KrisAllen Kris Allen
    I feel like people on planes are disappointed when they see me spending the flight playing Angry Birds. Maybe I should be reading a book

    LOL, Kris seems to subscribe to David Cook’s #pointlesstravelmath. David tweeted this around Thanksgiving:

    thedavidcook: Lotsa flying today = lotsa “Angry Birds” playing today #pointlesstravelmath

    thedavidcook: Or maybe I’ll pick up that Keith Richards book… Decisions, decisions…

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    One More Time:

    Please keep numbers out of the Headlines thread. Numbers go in the daily numbers thread.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Bonnie Raitt made a huge impact and achieve critical and commercial success before she was 30

    .

    Bonnie Raitt was a critical darling early on, but she did not become a big star with radio hits until the early 90s.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Wow, Slezak moving on up! Maybe he’ll make Mama the 1st interview on his new and improved Idolatry. Her single will be released on January 10th, so it would be good timing.

  • Eriko

    Michael Slezak is leaving EW.

    RIP Idolatry?

    http://corp.mail.com/news/pressrelease/50

    Hmmm, maybe that´s why they didn´t let him review Crystals album? And EW were getting back at him by giving her a poor review??? j/k ….or am I?

  • Incipit

    Wow, Slezak moving on up!

    Interesting news. I wonder who EW has on the bench, or if they will hire someone fresh. In any case, who do they have with the knowledge and access of Slezak, which puts him in a strong place for this new position?

  • Elliegrll

    Wow. Didn’t see this coming. I wonder if he can take idolatry with him?? Doesn’t seem like a step up, does it?? I’ve never heard of TVLine.com. Their website isn’t live yet.

    This is a site that was just started by Michael Ausiello and Matt Milosevic, who just left tvguide.com. I think their departures are more about the cost cutting at EW and tvguide than anything else.

  • CindyM

    Eriko:
    12/10/2010 at 7:11 pmRIP Idolatry?Hmmm, maybe that´s why they didn´t let him review Crystals album? And EW were getting back at him by giving her a poor review??? j/k ….or am I?

    I hope you are. Not every critic is going to love Crystals music. It doesn’t take a conspiracy or ulterior motives to not be impressed. Just a matter of different tastes.

  • Tess

    I think their departures are more about the cost cutting at EW and tvguide than anything else.

    I have no way of rating the validity of this statement…but I always find it interesting that when something new happens and people move on it is always insinuated that they were “forced out” of their old gig. From my “life” experiences, sometimes the biggest way up the ladder is to move on and try something new and I don’t give a frig if the move was a forced one or not.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Were Slezak’s articles for EW in the magazine as well as online? It looks like his new job is with an online media site.

  • tinawina

    Slezak new site has the E! spoiler chick too, the one who writes Watch with Kirsten. She’s pretty popular.. I’m really curious about this venture.

    They should merge with TWoP and make a TV super-site. LOL

  • wjmtv

    Elliegrll:

    This is a site that was just started by Michael Ausiello and Matt Milosevic, who just left tvguide.com. I think their departures are more about the cost cutting at EW and tvguide than anything else.

    Excellent observation. Print journalism is really hurting.

  • Andy11

    They will probably make the dude who wrote the Crystal review the new Idolatry guy. Since Idol wants to find the next Bieber this year, that guy would fit perfectly.

  • progression

    I wonder who will take over Slezak’s mantel on EW? Kristen? Her mean streak was only funny when tempered by Slezak… unfettered, she would be too much, IMO. Hmm. There was that other guy who guested that I liked, forget his name.

    Adam Vary?
    I do hope Idolotry survives somewhere, it’s hilarious.

  • karenc

    As Tinawina says – “pop radio has been unusually narrow lately.” That’s an understatement, I think. I tend to ignore it. There are other options for music.

    I agree that pop music, and especially pop radio has been very narrow. And I kind of wonder if the decrease in cd sales is because some people don’t like what they’re hear in pop right now. And I think different kinds of music are more easily available because of itunes. I just wonder if instead of buying what is currently considered pop, they are buying other music.

  • Elliegrll

    I have no way of rating the validity of this statement…but I always find it interesting that when something new happens and people move on it is always insinuated that they were “forced out” of their old gig. From my “life” experiences, sometimes the biggest way up the ladder is to move on and try something new and I don’t give a frig if the move was a forced one or not.

    I never said that any of these people were forced out, just that the companies that they work for are in financial trouble. They could have left on their own, after seeing that TV Guide and EW weren’t as healthy as they once were.

  • toonces1966

    It’s great to see Danny’s staying so busy during this “low profile” time while he’s writing and working on his new album. The CMT Countdown show should give his album another nice boost–and the video of the acoustic version of IWNSGB, which will be shown, is incredibly beautiful. I’m glad Danny’s album is still chugging along healthily, 9 months after its release. I hope he gets another single from his current album after the holidays, so he keeps some radio presence until his next album. I wouldn’t be surprised if the reason RCA has given him the go ahead this early is so he can promote it at the end of season 10. We all know how his appearance on AI9 worked out for him. They probably want to repeat that.

    Aw, Slezak is leaving EW? I think he’s a pretty fair reviewer most of the time, although he seems to sometimes live in a season 8 time machine. I wonder if he’ll take Idolatry with him, lol. I honestly couldn’t stand Kristen Baldwin although I suppose many Idol fans enjoyed her snarkiness. Snark is great, but IMO Baldwin crossed the line from snark into cruelty the way she treated Gokey during season 8. YMMV, of course. That being said, somehow it seemed Slezak needed her to balance him and Idolatry in season 9 was yawnworthy without her. Of course, that might have been due to the overall apathy surrounding the entire season.

    I for one can’t stand the current state of pop music. Everything on the radio is autotuned to death–or is mindnumbingly sleepy/folky. Even in the past year, the Top 40 landscape has changed drastically. Rock is barely existent anymore on AC/HAC–even mainstream postgrunge “rock” like Nickelback and 3 Doors Down barely get airplay anymore.

  • Indigobunting

    Hmmm; Idolatry gone? Just one more nail in Idol’s coffin??

    Or will Slezak start his own series…….stay tuned! Personally, I can live without him. He and Kirsten could be pretty funny; but he just got way OTT in his fanboyishness. Save that for us amateur fans :)

    Thanks MJ for recording that CMT interview with Danny!

    Short but sweet. Someone said he came back after Taylor’s song and hung out with Evan until the end of the show.

  • lucysfave

    Since I don’t get the CMT Top 20 Countdown on my TV, it was a real treat to see that MJ captured and posted it above:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MwdN0xHQkM&feature=player_embedded

    The interaction of Evan Farmer and Danny is really cute in the very beginning of the video. I heard Danny also closed the countdown with Evan. Thanks, MJ!

  • toonces1966

    Aw, Danny always has such great rapport with everyone who interviews him. He’s a natural at this celebrity stuff. It’s true, no one who’s met him has said they disliked him.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    They will probably make the dude who wrote the Crystal review the new Idolatry guy. Since Idol wants to find the next Bieber this year, that guy would fit perfectly.

    Good point on the douche fool that loves Bieber but hates Crystal. Seriously? That’s not even a matter of taste, it’s utter incompetence as a critic.

    On the other hand, Idolatry is 100% signature Slezak and I’d be very surprised if it is brought back on EW without him. If anything, that would be what he’s looking to expand with this move to this bigger and better opportunity. His Idolatry interviews were way, way beyond EW in production and talent. I still go back and check out his brilliant Crystal interview now and then, and can’t help but chuckle at how he bumped Lee for her as the season finale in what amounted to his own personal protest.

  • glamertitis

    and can’t help but chuckle at how he bumped Lee for her as the season finale in what amounted to his own personal protest

    .
    Uh, what? Now Slezak bumped Lee to protest that Crystal lost? You give Sleazyak too much “untrue credit ;) Where does this fabrication come from? It’s unhealthy dude – send me the quotable proof of Slezak saying he dissed Lee because he won and Crystal didn’t. Even Slezak isn’t that stupid. I would guess it is something as simple as scheduling issues…. big deal

  • isisdagmar

    Good point on the douche fool that loves Bieber but hates Crystal. Seriously? That’s not even a matter of taste, it’s utter incompetence as a critic.

    Wait, do you mean that anyone who doesn’t like Crystal is a douche fool? Or just anyone who likes Bieber? The former would seem unreasonable–even the most talented artists aren’t liked by everyone with overall good taste in music. The latter is more reasonable, lol, though a lot of the critics whose reviews I like for books, movies, theater, etc., have mostly good case with the occasional WTF? moment.

    I mean, I think Crystal is really good but she’s not so incredible that it’s unreasonable for someone to not be into her. Although even really incredible artists, like best-of-all-time artists, aren’t for everyone. With my current favorite singers like Radiohead, Florence + the Machine, Gillian Welsh, Adam Lambert, and Rilo Kiley, they mostly get good reviews but not always, but I don’t think the reviewers who don’t like them are necessarily douches. Well, not most of the time, lol. :)

  • CindyM

    negativo:
    12/10/2010 at 9:13 pm

    They will probably make the dude who wrote the Crystal review the new Idolatry guy. Since Idol wants to find the next Bieber this year, that guy would fit perfectly.

    Good point on the douche fool that loves Bieber but hates Crystal. Seriously? That’s not even a matter of taste, it’s utter incompetence as a critic

    He loves Bieber?? Did you actually read the review he gave Bieber?? He gave Bieber’s album a B- not an A+ and the review was snarky as hell.

    http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20442917,00.html

    He didn’t say he hated Crystal either, just that he found her album dull and in a bit of a rut. A lot of people said that about her during the AI season too. I don’t agree about her album, but he’s probably not the last person who’s going to say something like that. Those same complaints have been voiced on this and other blogs. If you actually research some of his reviews, his tastes are pretty varied. He recently gave Keith Urban, Josh Groban, and the Tribute to Loretta Lynn good marks. He also did a great story on Jamey Johnson, called him one of Nashville’s most riveting artists. He seems to like his country/bluegrass artists.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    He loves Bieber?? Did you actually read the review he gave Bieber?? He gave Bieber’s album a B- not an A+ and the review was snarky as hell.

    One can enjoy eating at McDonald’s, and point to the fact that they sell millions of Happy Meals per day, but any food critic who’d rank McD’s over a premier steak house is an incompetent douche. Of course, people have probably had their beer poisoned for saying such things, but that’s how I see it.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Wow, talk about a one time hater that just got Crystalized. I have a hunch there’s gonna be a lot of this going on. Read it all…

    http://jdesab.blogspot.com/?zx=a2603352bc4a84e9

  • iluvai

    I for one can’t stand the current state of pop music. Everything on the radio is autotuned to death–or is mindnumbingly sleepy/folky. Even in the past year, the Top 40 landscape has changed drastically. Rock is barely existent anymore on AC/HAC–even mainstream postgrunge “rock” like Nickelback and 3 Doors Down barely get airplay anymore.

    Amen!

  • istersay

    Live stream for east coast NBC Tonight Show
    http://www.boxlive.tv/channels/nbcnow1

  • Q3

    Elliegrll:
    This is a site that was just started by Michael Ausiello and Matt Milosevic, who just left tvguide.com. I think their departures are more about the cost cutting at EW and tvguide than anything else.

    This does not appear to have anything to do with job eliminations or cost cutting at EW.com or TVGuide.

    This is a well funded project backed by MMC. Slezak has been hired as a Senior Editor — so it looks to me like this is a bigger job, with more money and a broader range of topics to cover.

    This is also a step up for Michael Ausiello and Matt Webb Mitovich.

    Michael Ausiello left TVGuide in 2008, went to EW.com, then left EW in September 2010 when he put together the deal with Jay Penske at MMC to head up TVLine. http://corp.mail.com/news/pressrelease/47

    Ausiello is Editor-in-Chief and he is putting together a complete editorial team — and cherry-picking people from all over the place. So far — Matt Webb Mitovich from TV Guide, Michael Slezak also from EW and Megan Masters from E! Online. There are several more high-profile people who cover TV rumored to be heading to for TVLine.

    Slezak announcement: http://www.movieline.com/docs/TVLINE%20Press%20Release%20Slezak%20Masters%20%28Distribution%29.pdf

  • Q3

    This is a number but so nice I wanted to post it here!

    Farmer’s Daughter Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14 in Music!
    12:30PM ET! That is up from #52 earlier today. :)

    Leno should push it into the Top 10.

    Also up to #66 on the iTunes album chart! That is by far the highest it has been.

  • JosieX

    mj, thank you for recording Danny on CMT. I just got home from work a few minutes ago after a long hard week and that was a treat to see.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Crystal’s performance of FD on Leno was a lot more country-ish than the album rendition (which I liked a lot more). She looked good and sang well though.

  • Q3

    fuzzywuzzy:
    12/11/2010 at 1:02 am

    Crystal’s performance of FD on Leno was a lot more country-ish than the album rendition (which I liked a lot more). She looked good and sang well though.

    ITA — FD just hit #10 on Amazon Music Best Sellers list! :) #2 in Rock! And Leno hasn’t been broadcast in the Mountain and Pacific time zones.

  • toonces1966

    The current state of pop music is so distasteful to me, that I’ve actually been listening to a lot more country lately, because the music played on country now is just better, and a lot of it is pop enough now to attract even a non-country fan like myself. Although…Danny is largely responsible for my newfound interest in country music. Until he went country, I was allergic to the genre.

  • Grammie Kari

    Gene Simmons kinda of disgusts me. Jennifer and Marc are record producers and involved in other parts of the industry. I think she’ll make a good judge and has genuine talent herself.

  • Eriko

    He loves Bieber?? Did you actually read the review he gave Bieber?? He gave Bieber’s album a B- not an A+ and the review was snarky as hell.

    He gave Miley Cyrus B+ IMO, someone like him rating Crystal is as absurd as someone who mostly likes Crystal or AAA kind of music to rate Miley Cyrus

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