American Idol Headlines for 12/11/12 - The Evening Edition

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James Durbin will conduct a live Ustream chate with Muve Music today at 5 pm PST. Check it out HERE.

Pulse Palooza 2013: Get Blown Away by Carrie Underwood! – Five-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood will be performing at this year’s Pulse Palooza, IBM’s premiere annual networking event. In case you’re one of the two people in the world who doesn’t know who Ms. Underwood is, she’s a former American Idol champ who has sold 15 million albums worldwide. (Not bad for a 29-year-old.) Her most recent album is Blown Away. The concert will be held Monday night, March 4 at 7PM at the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena. There will be plenty of food and drinks in case you needed any extra incentive. – Read more at Pulse Blog

From Constantine Maroulis to Bo Bice: American Idol Season Four Finalists Love Broadway! – It’s no secret that American Idol alums often end up on stage (see: Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young, Justin Guarini, Frenchy Davis, Taylor Hicks, Clay Aiken), but when we heard that Bo Bice is headed to Broadway in Pump Boys and Dinettes, we couldn’t help marveling at the theater-centric career path of Season Four finalists, who competed in 2005. Maybe it was inevitable, since Idol actually had a “Broadway Week” that season! Let’s review. – Read more at Broadway.com

Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed Make Beautiful Music Together – He’s a little bit country. She’s a little bit… vampire? Together, they’re Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed, Hollywood’s newest power couple and potential heirs to the Civil Wars’ vacant throne. We talked shop with McDonald and Reed earlier this month, after they’d finished a European promo tour. – Read more at American Songwriter

A.I.’s Lee DeWyze comes to FED LIVE

Many musicians speak confidently about their own new songs and albums, but I’m not sure I’ve ever heard someone as genuinely excited and ready to release a new album as Lee DeWyze. “I’ve really put my time, my heart, blood, sweat and tears into this thing, and it just means a lot more to me than I think anything else could. I can really go on for hours about how thrilled I am about this record,” DeWyze said in a recent telephone interview. “We plan to release a single real soon, and I have some really exciting news that I’ll be announcing soon. But until then, we’re out on the road and playing and trying out the new songs. We’re really having a good time with it, and the fans have been so incredible.” – Read more at sarabozich.com

Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, & Simon Cowell on THE X FACTOR Top 4!

Diamond White On What’s Next After X Factor & Holiday Plans

Emblem3 on One Direction Comparisons – X Factor

Demi Lovato Performs for President Obama for Christmas in Washington

Carly Rose Sonenclar’s X Factor Lessons

Fifth Harmony on Becoming a Group – X Factor

The Voice’s Melanie Martinez on ‘Toxic’, Xtina Critiques and Weird Onstage Talk of Her Ex – Melanie Martinez’s first crack at covering “Toxic” started as a joke. “My friends were like, ‘You should learn a Britney Spears song’ — because I’m so different from that,” recalls the 17-year-old contestant on Season 3 of The Voice. “So I started singing ‘Toxic’ one day, did different little things to it and that’s how my version came around. It was kind of a random process.” Melanie used that ehtereal, stripped-down rendition of Spears’ danceable pop hit for her Voice Blind Audition, and made a memorable first impression on the coaches and the viewing audience. “I’m really happy that was the first song that introduced me as an artist on the show,” she explains. – Read more at TV Line

Songs take starring role in TV drama ‘Nashville’ – That’s why the veteran Music City producer and band leader was so astounded by what he witnessed in the early days of working on the music for the television show “Nashville.” He was nervous about his session with Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio because their song “If I Didn’t Know Better,” written by John Paul White of The Civil Wars and Arum Rae, was challenging and served as a pivotal moment in the pilot. It had to be right, and that depended on the young actors being able to pull it off. “They didn’t know they didn’t have to memorize the song or look each other in the eyes when you’re singing a love song,” Miller said. “For those two who’d never sung in a studio before to go in there, look each other in the eyes with the song memorized and sing the song, I had goose bumps and so did everybody else in the room. … That had a whole lot more soul in it than most of the stuff that gets cut in this town.” – Read more at Tennessean.com

Yoko Ono Covers ‘Firework’ – It might just be the most honest interpretation of Katy Perry’s voice yet. John Lennon’s other half—and artist in her own right—gave a performance of the hit that was enthusiastic, to say the least. Seriously, her cover is really…interesting…lol. – Watch the video at The Daily Beast

 
  • irockhard

    I’m loving the support James is getting from Wind-up on twitter today! That’s right Wind-up, step up the promo!

  • irockhard
  • wordnerdarchie

    For those real estate watchers among us, it’s good to see that David Cook’s house in the Hollywood Hills has sold for a bit more than he bought it for 2 years ago.  I hope his new record comes out in the near future now that his personal finances are looking up.

  • Karen C

    That’s terrific, where did you see that?

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Was just going to post about that. Saw a retweet of the real estate link Apparently, he got about 47K more than he bought it for. Was on the market since March.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz
  • tripp_ncwy

    Pic from the Ronald McDonald House NY MakeA Difference event this evening w/ Kris, Melinda & Lee performing.

    https://twitter.com/MVZaGoGo/status/278677080626049024/photo/1

  • Karen C

    Thanks.  I kind of wondered if it had sold, when Andrew moved back to KC.

  • standtotheright

    He didn’t make all of that as profit once closing costs were factored in, I’d imagine, but if one thinks of the imputed rent for both the home and the studio space over a couple of years, he didn’t do worse than breaking even, really. And for real estate in CA over the last few years, that’s a victory.

    I don’t think that his personal finances have much to do with the album release schedule, though. He has never committed to self-releasing anything post-RCA except for the promo single (and that was as much a PR move as anything, IMO). I think he’s going to release material when he has enough of a reputation in Nashville to have help promoting it (either officially through a label partnership or in other ways). And that reputation is going to come from writing with and for other people, which he is doing.

  • standtotheright

    He didn’t make all of that as profit once closing costs were factored in, I’d imagine, but if one thinks of the imputed rent for both the home and the studio space over a couple of years, he didn’t do worse than breaking even, really. And for real estate in CA over the last few years, that’s a victory.

    I don’t think that his personal finances have much to do with the album release schedule, though. He has never committed to self-releasing anything post-RCA except for the promo single (and that was as much a PR move as anything, IMO). I think he’s going to release material when he has enough of a reputation in Nashville to have help promoting it (either officially through a label partnership or in other ways). And that reputation is going to come from writing with and for other people, which he is doing.

  • Karen C

    He has never committed to self-releasing anything post-RCA except for the promo single

    He has said in several interviews that he is working on a new album that he willl release when it is ready, and has played two new songs in shows.  I think he should release what he wants to when he’s ready, but from what he’s said he intends to release an album.  

    I agree that selling the house might have nothing to do with releasing the album, and I know that he’s trying to build a songwriting career also.

  • standtotheright

     I think he should release what he wants to when he’s ready, but from what he’s said he intends to release an album.  

    I’m not disagreeing with that. I’m disagreeing with the idea that “releasing an album” equals “self-releasing” it. He’s left the option open of working with a label, which would mean another source of financial support if he went that route. So his personal financial picture is not, IMO, the primary (or even secondary) driver of any release schedule.

  • tripp_ncwy
  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Maybe he’s waiting for Fuller to buy his own label, although that would be a conflict of interest … management *and* label?

  • KatMyers

    Blondie is really offputting.  Without him the brothers are actually not that bad.  Meh.  I guess friendship is first.  That at least I can respect about E3.

  • girlygirltoo

    Nice picture of Kris, Melinda and Lee with Steven Van Zandt (& others) at this charity event tonight

    http://instagram.com/p/THrCyeyy30/

  • tripp_ncwy

    Awwww, Kroolittle exists (Kris & Melinda)

    http://instagram.com/p/THsRttsOtw

  • Karen C

    I’m disagreeing with the idea that “releasing an album” equals “self-releasing” it. He’s left the option open of working with a label, which would mean another source of financial support if he went that route.

    I’m not disagreeing either, because we don’t know what he really wants to do. But I do think there’s a possibility of self releasing an album, he was doing so before he was even on Idol, with far less money and resources than he has now. 

  • standtotheright

    I don’t think he’s waiting for Fuller to do anything. I think he’s building relationships with music industry people in Nashville so that people are excited for material from him based on what he has done for others. That gives him more to bring to the negotiating table whether he focuses on a traditional label deal or on another kind of distribution agreement.

  • Karen C

     he needs some way to get real distribution and promotion so that more than core fans can find his material and demonstrate that he has an audience that would support a decent-sized tour or opening slot.

    He still doesn’t necessarily need a label now to do so.  Simon Fuller and XIX would take care of his promo.  And there are many artists that are self releasing music and have had some success. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1310532854 Kerry Ellis Bilicki

    Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed performing on Fox5Vegas tonight:

    http://www.fox5vegas.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8056852

  • Incipit

    ..he didn’t do worse than breaking even, really. And for real estate in CA over the last few years, that’s a victory.

    Absolutely, standtotheright. I was talking to a family member who got out of the Silver Lake area in 2011 – selling real estate in the Hollywood Hills without a net loss was even trickier to navigate. 

    But the Music is independent of the Real Estate, as everyone agrees, except to the degree that the new location has been good for creativity, of course.
     
    Can’t wait to see if there is anything new at the Jakarta gig on the 15th…DC usually has a new cover at the very least, and lately, sometimes a new song.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I don’t think he’s waiting for Fuller to do anything. I think he’s
    building relationships with music industry people in Nashville so that
    people are excited for material from him based on what he has done for
    others. That gives him more to bring to the negotiating table whether he
    focuses on a traditional label deal or on another kind of distribution
    agreement.

    Seriously? There’s a lot of “ifs” in this plan and it puts a lot of power in other people’s hands. Most people don’t build a writing reputation in a year or two, unless you have a stroke of luck. If this is the plan … well, good luck with that.

  • girlygirltoo

    mdoolittle

    #Love this guy AND his voice! Ladies and gentleman, the incomparable krisallen!!! http://instagr.am/p/THsRttsOtw/ 

    #Then there’s this! Awesome night with some SANGIN’ men! krisallen and @leedewyze - MAN, can they sing (andhttp://instagr.am/p/THs1aTsOuP/ 

  • standtotheright

    There’s a lot of “ifs” in this plan and it puts a lot of power in other people’s hands.

    Any deal with any party puts power in someone else’s hands. Better to play a bunch of angles than pinning hopes to one bigwig like Fuller, IMO.

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  • irockhard

    The Ustream chat with James was great, he was at home with Heidi and Hunter and they made an appearance towards the end. The webcam wouldn’t work so we couldn’t see him and he was ticked off about that and said it felt awkward, like he was doing a radio interview. He answered some questions about the new album, collabs, ect. and a lot of questions about music he likes and wrestling related questions. There was plenty of humour too, and I almost died laughing a few times such as:

    Hunter (screaming): “I love my daddy”
    James: “And I love my Hunter. You smell.”

    James (in answer to a question): “Hunter has sat on Santa’s lap 2 times. Two different Santas.”
    Heidi: “The same Santa, two different locations.”
    Hunter: “…Two different Santas.”

    Oops James! LOL!

    When asked if the new album will be “more metal” he said it will have more aspects of metal as he and the band are writing most of it. So glad James is going in a heavier direction, yes! He said they’ve recorded about 20 songs so far and that he’d like to get another 10 or 15 more done. He said he might perform on Idol again, it depends on a lot of stuff that I can’t remember right now. He said he and Chris Rene talked about collaborating but that it probably won’t happen soon as “too many things have to happen first.” He said the one female artist he’d like to collaborate with is P!nk, saying that she’s one of the few artists that retains some moral standard (not sure I agree with him but whatevs). He says he hasn’t collaborated with anyone yet but that he might do so later, he doesn’t know. He said it’d be sweet to tour with Greenday, that it’s his dream to perform at Rock am Ring and that he’d like to do Rock on the Range again. He said he was at Pixar for both personal reasons and for business “my own personal business”. Can’t wait to find out more about that! He also said that he like to do at least one song for the WWE, and is fact hoping to have a few songs on the new album that would be suitable for them to use. That’s everything important I can think of off the top of my head, it was a fun and informative chat.

  • elliegrll

    I agree.  I also think that he’s developing his sound, so that he can target the right audience for his music.  Both of these things are important for most artists, but even more so for for someone who doesn’t have a label, and who has already lost one contract.  David isn’t trying to just appeal to his AI fans.

  • girlygirltoo

    XIX doesn’t seem horribly interested in promoting him.

  • justmefornow

    I got home near the tail end of that and was wondering what had happened to the video, thanks for clearing that up.
    Good to hear about the metal aspect of some potential songs coming from writing with Blake and Jeff. With their heavy metal background coming from In This Moment it would seem a no brainer, lol.Did he mention whether anyone had been added to the band or when they would start touring again?

  • irockhard

    No nothing about the band or touring.

  • justmefornow

    I’m kinda surprised. Other than the new music, wouldn’t that be the next most obvious questions? Maybe both are still up in the air and he can’t say yet?

  • irockhard

    The questions we coming fast and furiously so I doubt even saw all of them. I was lucky that he answered one of my questions (the question about collabs). And there’s also the issue that he’s only gonna reveal what he’s allowed to reveal. Oh one more thing I forgot to mention, he said there’ll be bonus tracks on the new album.

  • Incipit

    Looks like DC is on his way to that Jakarta gig tonight.

    >>@thedavidcook: Waiting to board and fly to Indonesia for a private gig. Ben Folds was on my flight from Nashville to LA. I’m calling that a good omen.

    DC really enjoys Ben Folds as a musician – no wonder he regards it a good omen to be on the same flight for the beginning of this trip. IMO.

  • kmd23

      TMZ  also has it posted on their site that Cook sold his house. Not many comments but some of them are not so nice but then it is TMZ.

  • arkboy

    That type of concert listed above for Carrie is they type of show that pays big time guarantees. Another nice gig for her.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Any deal with any party puts power in someone else’s hands. Better to
    play a bunch of angles than pinning hopes to one bigwig like Fuller,
    IMO.

    Fuller is already his manager — or owns the company he’s signed with — so, to my way of thinking David’s *already* pinned some of his hopes on what Fuller can do for him. After all, he’s not paying him to do nothing. My point was, we know Fuller’s trying to buy a label, is a proven “fan” of DC’s talent and may be the road back to a label … if that’s what he wants. It’s not the *only* road. Nor is anyone saying David shouldn’t write for others, or hone his writing skills in an attempt to get a label deal from *anyone* he wants. Fuller is just one road to that goal, if the man buys a label.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Getty Images: 4th Annual Ronald McDonald House New York Make A Difference Event  (Kris Allen, Melinda Doolittle & Lee Dewyze)

    http://tinyurl.com/cfy7dfu

  • DragonFly

    Really great James D. Q&A—too many questions scrolling by for him to answer but that’s a good thing (lots of interest).  Again, he is so down-to-earth friendly & willing to answer most questions & trivia about his everyday life, likes, dislkes, etc.  Also, w/the confusion in the beginning I know he did talk some about touring (no dates or specifics) so b/c (DANG!!! I can’t believe I missed some of that) hope some fanbase quotes about it will come out.  Sounds like some here didn’t catch much of that either–again DANG!.  He mentions Rock on the Range went well–that they (ROTR) were pleased w/them.  And a whole lot more–was good stuff!  Fans were big time posting thank you(s) to him for doing this.  Said he was very happy to get this time (in 2 yrs. being busy) to spend w/his family. 

  • iani

    I agree that selling the house might have nothing to do with releasing
    the album, and I know that he’s trying to build a songwriting career
    also.

    Fuller is already his manager — or owns the company he’s signed with –
    so, to my way of thinking David’s *already* pinned some of his hopes on
    what Fuller can do for him. After all, he’s not paying him to do
    nothing.

    I don’t think he’s waiting for Fuller to do anything. I think he’s
    building relationships with music industry people in Nashville

    It seems to me that DC still wants to be in the music business, thinking of  his  move to NshV, a place with many musical possibilities to make some money, maybe even buying a nice house at the 1/2 price of the LA one, songwriting with other, for himself also, singing to private events…He has changed pretty much in the last years, maybe his journey from his AI win through his exit from RCA in March  was not as smooth as we thought it might be. He needs now some time to recharge, reevaluate his musical chances, directions, possibilities, maybe even to find a label; I think some news and new music should come next year, we should follow closer the HR for the quickest news, lol. 
    Fuller is a busy guy maybe with direct-managing most of his big clients, he gets paid maybe by a percentage from his client profit, the bigger name the more invested he is. I remember DC had had an album to promote it, many connections to be made back then also with the industry’s people, aware some media critics, get better TV presence including the notorious for idols-David Letterman that he has an album out, put his name of SF there if means something and has some power…,  he, SF, was busy and had time last year in 2011 when DC launch his album, as well this year, to be with Andrew Murry at Wimbledon. DC got Michelle to be his second mother, as one was not enough, where DC was mather+ Michelle were too(just exaggeration though).  Music is an aggressive place to work for your money and from watching DC in the last 4 1/2 years I think he, surrounded by family and friends, has not been his best choices to prepare him for business and for more aggressive actions, but prepared him for his comfortability of life he has now and seems to enjoy it.

  • windmills

    Maybe not a very popular opinion but if what’s going on is David Cook is immersing himself in the songwriter scene in Nashville, then it makes sense that he should take his time. I understand that he’s already an experienced songwriter but, there’s a pecking order in Nashville that he’s very smart to respect. He went to Nashville with a publishing deal which puts him a step ahead of a lot of new to Nashville writers but, it’s still best for him to work from the ground up. 

    Personally, I think this can be a time of serious growth for him as a songwriter as he adjusts to a different environment and maybe starts developing more of a grounded and/or narrative element in his writing. I feel like it would logically take him some time to acclimate, during which period he would write with people he already knows and then slowly start branching out, hopefully in the course of a year or so come up with a few songs that pack a huge punch, and then slowly start easing his way into some showcases and touring to start building buzz, wherever it may lead. 

    If David Cook works faster than that, great. But it seems like it would be perfectly normal for him to take at least a year/18 months after moving to Nashville if not more before starting to organize the release of a new album. I’d guess live gigs will start popping up 1st and that’ll be the 1st sign he’s getting ready. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    He said the one female artist he’d like to collaborate with is P!nk, saying that she’s one of the few artists that retains some moral standard (not sure I agree with him but whatevs).

    Where does James get some of these ideas? lol

    Is it because Pink is married? Many female artists are married or faithful to one partner at the current time. I guess she doesn’t sleep around (anymore), but neither do many other female artists. I can’t figure out what else would be “morally surperior” in any way about Pink!

    James thought Gaga was a poor example for kids because of using the word Fuck during her concerts (which James ended up doing the same, in concerts and on twitter) and because of the way she dressed. Has James seen how Pink dressed in her videos and in concerts or does he know she has a potty mouth? I never understood why small kids and young tweens would be at a Gaga concert, anyways. (without their parent’s consent) If the parents are okay with Gaga’s language and the way she dresses, who is James to be the judge in these types of situations?

  • mjsbigblog

    ….That I deleted a bunch of comments and stopped a fanwar in yesterday’s numbers thread is NOT A SIGN to just begin baiting each other in another thread! Cool it, please.

  • Incipit

    windmills, I can see the sense in what you are saying, and I also see, by the tweets we get, that DC is working something very like that plan – but the writing is very much a Long Term career plan, according to him – so there are still going to be/have been performances going forward.

    Writing for other people has lots of wrinkles to learn that are different than writing or collaborating for one’s own songs…if DC developed “more of a grounded and/or narrative element in his writing…” there would be artists that style would be right for. It is not what I prefer for his own music…and there is no reason he can’t adapt his style for others, while retaining the layered metaphoric ‘moment in time’  style that many of his fans prefer in his own work.

    It’s actually an interesting subject to explore – stylistic differences, like last year when DC said GDG couldn’t sing his songs and vice versa – they had tried at a radio promo for the joint tour – and it didn’t work. I read a blog from another songwriter talking about this that explained that Gavin writes conversational melodies with lots of room to move around in, while John Mayer and Johnny ? write tonal melodies with jazz inflections, which is why Johnny cannot effectively write Gavin songs “even though to my untrained and ignorant ear all of this sounds exactly the same. “If you’re writing for Gavin DeGraw, what you need to be bringing to the table are tough acoustic rhythms that he can chunk out. Writing for either means bringing solid imagery that plays to the cheap seats, while having something more to it for the repeat listener.”

    There’s a lot to the craft of writing for others…and plenty of time for DC to learn the quirks of the trade, if that’s what he wants to do in the future. He’s already got some songs out there recorded by other artists…so we’ll see how that goes, down the road.

    Meanwhile, I hope there’s some new stuff of his own *soon* maybe even something on this Jakarta gig. 

  • iani

     Personally, I think this can be a time of serious growth for Cook as a
    songwriter as he adjusts to a different environment and maybe starts
    developing more of a grounded and/or narrative element in his writing. I
    feel like it would logically take him some time to acclimate, during
    which period he would write with people he already knows and then slowly
    start branching out, hopefully in the course of a year or so come up
    with a few songs that pack a huge punch, and then slowly start easing
    his way into some showcases and touring to start building buzz, wherever
    it may lead.

    Yes, and 3x more for the whole post. I think also that, you had your life and career in LA including SF managemant, it’s time to start fresh and less pretentious in the new musical scene, SF name has been good in the last year or so for dragging him down in his credibility, maybe some eyebrows lifting also…I think as a newcomer singer/songwriter in NshV, especially writing for others for business and not personal feelings put in the music, as crazy might sound it, and I said it already a while ago, he has to take some songwriting classes. I know, it’s an old fashion way, or the talent is there so, no need to…but when I was young like him the songwriters were there to make hits, 4 years of college with tests of doing hit having as  inspiration silly subjects even jocks like writing about 2 birds on a wire or how fun it is to fish and how to do it, explained in the song’s lyrics out of the comfort zone. And there were some hits like this because they were fun, light, coming from the la natural environment and well pun in the songs. What I try to say is music for pleasure and business are 2 distinctive subjects for a songwriter career.

  • irockhard

    Your guess is as good mine.

  • standtotheright

    My point was, we know Fuller’s trying to buy a label, is a proven “fan” of DC’s talent and may be the road back to a label … if that’s what he wants. It’s not the *only* road.

    I didn’t say it was. I said if the argument was that he was waiting for a near-term, near-certain outcome (songwriting and networking in Nashville not apparently being enough of one for some), relying on one player in the industry 1) whose enthusiasm for Cook as an artist, IMO, vastly exceeds his understanding of the scene in which it could be best showcased and 2) would have to go through extensive negotiations to purchase that label and then still more negotiations to utilize its connections for his artists, then I would suggest that is not a prudent path to wait to see how that develops before moving forward. He should be doing what he’s doing and looking for his own label opportunities, featuring people who have more familiarity with the artist community Cook knows.

  • standtotheright

    …if DC developed “more of a grounded and/or narrative element in his writing…” there would be artists that style would be right for. It is not what I prefer for his own music…and there is no reason he can’t adapt his style for others, while retaining the layered metaphoric ‘moment in time’ style that many of his fans prefer in his own work.

    I don’t consider development of narrative to be mutually exclusive with metaphor, and in fact think it can sometimes bring into relief a “moment in time.” I don’t think Cook considers them mutually exclusive either. If one looks at his cover choices, he has gravitated to some indirect recitations (Man in the Box), but also some clearly narrative tales with a few metaphorical elements (LOAP, A Long December), and then some that split the difference (TWIK). (And then there are the party covers, but that’s another story for another time.)

    I agree with windmills that songwriting for others needs to be part of his present, not just his future, if he wants to accrue more attention as a potential resigned (or newly developed for distribution on a special independent imprint ) artist. I don’t think all of his discussions of songwriting are only focused on the future, either. He’s said he has projects, right now, that he can’t discuss because they are likely to come to fruition in the very near term.

  • standtotheright

    I can’t figure out what else would be “morally surperior” in any way about Pink!

    She publicly took time off to raise her kid? Which is also not unique.

    I don’t get how he gets to discuss any artist’s public moral standard after openly touring with Buckcherry. (CB is misogynist claptrap.)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    It could be the part about her being a mom and wife? Like you said, that isn’t really unusual though.
    I LOVE Pink, but she is a badass who puts it all out there in every way. Come to think of it, I’ve never even heard her mention God or religion in any way either. I know that James has considered “being a Christian” a big plus for artists he admired in the past.

  • Incipit

    songwriting for others needs to be part of his present, not just his future, 

    Cool, because it already is, and has been – as I pointed out, he has already written for others… and there’s still plenty of room for development there.

    I don’t know what DC’s songwriting will metamorphosize into or what the progression may turn out to be for his own songs – and those are the ones I  would be purchasing…so I care about that. 

    Other than hoping the songs are successful for DC’s sake, what he writes for others is for their fans to like or not like. I’ll be fine if it’s nothing like his own work, because then I won’t regret someone else singing it. Heh.

    The intellectual curiosity about what it would take to write for GDG, for instance, does not equate to me ever purchasing a GDG song. Two different things. IMO. Of Course.

  • standtotheright

    I don’t know what DC’s songwriting will metamorphosize into or what the progression may turn out to be for his own songs – and those are the ones I would be purchasing…so I care about that.

    Yes, but I don’t think what he learns from writing with/for other artists will have any sort of firewall separating it from what he considers when developing his own work. At any rate, I’m just in the market for coherent and affecting music, and what is “coherent and affecting” for me in any given song depends on a lot of intersecting factors but very few strict qualifications. Makes my life a lot easier.

  • irockhard

    Er first off a brand new artist can’t be choosy about who they tour with, they have to take any offer they can get.

    Second what artists do onstage or sing about doesn’t necessarily reflect their personal lives. I don’t follow the personal lives of the bandmates of Buckcherry but I hear they’re actually pretty clean living these days. Artists make the type of music their target audience wants to hear.

  • standtotheright

    Second what artists do onstage or sing about doesn’t necessarily reflect their personal lives.

    But it does reflect whether one can hold them up as a public moral example if one is going to be foolish enough to try and make celebrities into same. And he did have the freedom to pursue other touring partners or to try and gig alone if speaking out about “moral standards” was important to him.

    As it stands, it just looks like Durbin decided to build a glass mansion around a trebuchet. That probably wasn’t his intent, which is why he should have just said he admired Pink as an artist and left it at that.

  • irockhard

    James has Aspergers and at times will say stuff that doesn’t make sense. So I don’t think it’s necessary to over analyze everything he says. Now if P!nk has any issue with anything he said she’s free to take it up with him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Not over analyzing his statement, anymore than we do every other reality show contestant’s or judge’s words around here. When any of the hundreds of past or present contestants make statements about other artists, it usually gets discussed in some way here.

    Now if P!nk has any issue with anything he said she’s free to take it up with him.

    Why would she want to do that? It’s not like James said anything bad about her anyhow. I doubt Pink would give any thought about what some random reality show contestant said about her on some online chat with his fans. lol