Idol Headlines for 12/13/12 – The Evening Edition

Adam Lambert Forgets The Lyrics To Some Of His Favorite VH1 DIVAS Songs – Adam Lambert isjust like us! No, really. Okay, so, we’re not hosting VH1 Divas, selling multi-platinum records or breaking glass with our voices. But, when it comes to recalling music lyrics, Adam has the same problem we do: “I forget the words to my own songs!”

Read more at VH1

MY FAVORITE THINGS – Phillip Phillips – Click on the icons to see my favorite things… = More at Pop Dust

Clay Aiken’s three favorite Christmas songs – Besides his appearances on “American Idol” and “Celebrity Apprentice,” (on both of which he famously, and unjustly, came in second place), Clay Aiken has earned a reputation in recent years as a musical Mr. Christmas, thanks to the success of 2004 album “Merry Christmas With Love,” (the fastest-selling Christmas album documented by Nielsen SoundScan), and by performing old holiday standards on several different tours across the country. “I say sometimes to people that I was born about two decades too late for my musical style,” Aiken told me in a recent phone interview. “Christmas music is timeless…and my voice fits the older-sounding, crooner-type stuff.” – Read more at JSOnline

Katharine McPhee Hopes Smash Globes Nomination Will Bring In More Season 2 Viewers – “Smash” is revving up for its big Season 2 premiere on NBC on February 5, and Katharine McPhee is hoping the show’s Golden Globe nomination for best Television Series will prompt more people to tune in for its return. “It’s not only a great celebration for what we did last season, but another way to get everyone excited and people who maybe didn’t know about ‘Smash,’ to maybe tune in for a second season,” Katharine, who plays Karen Cartwright, told Access Hollywood on Thursday. “I think it’s all… perfect timing for us.” – Read more at Access Hollywood

Jordin Sparks Talks Boyfriend Jason Derulo, Memories Of Whitney Houston & Her Migraine Issues

Via Access Hollywood

‘Idol’ star Casey James makes Amarillo debut with Christmas show – Though he placed third on the ninth season of “American Idol,” country singer Casey James knows the show comes with its pluses and minuses. “You take the negative with the positive, or vice versa,” James said. “I would not have the opportunities I’ve got if it hadn’t been for the show, but at the same time … it’s one of the things that made me work so hard.” “I’ve spent so long in my life pursuing music and, it sounds funny, but sometimes there can be a little negative light on what you come out with as an artist from a TV show,” James said. “I just wanted to make a good album and it really took me that long … but looking back, I’m definitely not ever going to think, ‘I wish I had come out with it quicker.’” – Read more at Amarillo.com

Britney Spears Top Earner: ‘X Factor’ Judge Is Highest Paid Female Musician Of 2012 – Britney Spears is the top-earning female artist of 2012 thanks to skyrocketing sales of her latest album, “Femme Fatale,” a spot on Fox’s “The X Factor” and hefty endorsements and Elizabeth Arden fragrances. Spears is ranked as the highest-paid performer on Forbes’ “Top-Earning Women in Music” list this year, even though she hasn’t released an album or toured live in the past 12 months. Spears earned $58 million from May 2011 to May 2012. That was shy of the $64 million she made in 2010, but it was still enough to beat out the No. 2 contender, Taylor Swift. – Read more at Huffington Post

Chris Colfer: By the Book – What was the last truly great book you read? I recently skimmed through “Bad Cat,” a picture book filled with adorable photos of cats in compromised and suggestive positions, and witty comments. I’m not ashamed to admit it was the best book I’ve read in a long time and I would recommend it to anyone. It kept my attention; I laughed out loud. I thought about a bunch of political, classical and current titles to say instead, in hopes to impress, but it would have been a lie. Unfortunately, unless I’m adapting or editing something I don’t get much time to read for pleasure, which also made the quick read of “Bad Cat” a great selection at the LAX bookstore I purchased it from. – Read more at New York Times

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Don’t know if it has been posted before or what, but just finished watching Access Hollywood, and L.A. Reid has confirmed he is not coming back to the X-Factor judging table. The article link is below:

    http://www.accesshollywood.com/la-reid-i-will-not-return-to-the-x-factor-next-year-exclusive_article_73771

  • loveroftalent

    Don’t worry Adam, I did not recognize any of those lyrics either….He sure is cute trying to think of them though…

  • HermeticallySealed

     Interview with David Hernandez. Kind of some interesting info.  Guess he has a new album coming out.

    http://www.nunnontherun.com/theatre/davidhernandez

  • Axxxel

    @MJ… what a different and enlighting interview with Chris Colfer…While I read it, I totally forgot that he is a member of the cast of Glee… And I like it that he prefers to have dinner with Jackie Collins :-)

  • 1Can

    Mr. Aiken sings Christmas like no other. Thank you for the article.His tour seems to be drawing well. He also forgets the lyrics :) which he makes fun of on this tour.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e1rb1WrSDA

  • waitingforthe1

    Clay Aiken has earned a reputation in recent years as a musical Mr.
    Christmas, thanks to the success of 2004 album “Merry Christmas With
    Love,” (the fastest-selling Christmas album documented by Nielsen
    SoundScan),

    Just curious if the bolded part is still accurate considering Susan Boyle released The Gift in November 2010 and outsold Clay by a good 200K copies by January 2011.

  • lovetheusa1776

    That’s one of the nicest things about him – no pretense – laughs at himself – just a lovable guy.

  • tripp_ncwy

    HDD: Peter Edge and Tom Corson on the Transformation of RCA 

    http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/news/newsPage.cgi?news09227m01

    Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry & Christina Aguilera mention

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Crystal Bowersox is performing a benefit concert for the families of the mall shooting in Oregon. Love that girl! 

    http://www.kptv.com/story/20342073/american-idol-finalist-headlines-benefit-concert-for-mall-shooting-victims

  • girlygirltoo
  • Nadine_Bitch

    Adam in US Weekly:

    http://www.mobypicture.com/user/squiggles621/view/14416089

    Adam Lambert has been nominated for TWO World Music Awards 2012!

    He’s been nominated for World’s Best Entertainer of the Year and World’s Best Male Artist.
    http://www.worldmusicawards.com/#!worlds-best-entertainer-of-the-year/c17uc

  • blackberryharvest

    Scotty McCreery’s dad tweeted a photo of the crowd for the Scotty McCreery concert(with Paul McDonald). Looks like a packed house!

     https://twitter.com/MikeMGarner/status/279484352742690816/photo/1

  • HKfan

    Love that Adam video. Couldn’t watch it here, but managed to see it on youtube.
    I’m with Adam, I can never match lyrics to songs when they are just read out like that.

  • stargazed

     I’m curious also.   I think Clay’s Christmas album sold a million within a few weeks or so.  Susan may have outsold him, but did she sell as quickly? 

  • arkboy

    I’d have to think the Josh Groban Christmas album of a couple years ago was right at the top of the sales listing. I think he sold 124 trillion copies of that thing.

  • http://twitter.com/JingleBell72 Merle Hill

    I can’t wait to see Adam on TV again.  He’s the one!!!  Should be a great show.

  • http://twitter.com/JingleBell72 Merle Hill

    Let’s all watch Adam Sunday!!!!

  • jan

    There is something very phony about those World Music Awards. The World Music Awards used to be a major deal with stars from all over the world appearing. That Award show ceased to exist after the 2010 show.

    Here is an news article about this year’s awards show in Miami. The local news can’t find any serious information about this show.

    http://blogs.herald.com/scene_in_the_tropics/2012/12/world-music-awards-december-20-at-marlins-park-featuring-headliners-such-as-.html

    It doesn’t appear that any major performers are scheduled for the show. The same 54 tickets have been available for sale on StubHub for the last week. My guess is that someone with a lot of money and big intentions bought the name World Music Awards but they are complete amateurs when it comes to running a show.

  • 1Can

     This article said the fastest selling not the most sold.

     the fastest-selling Christmas album documented by Nielsen SoundScan),

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Clay’s albums often sell the most during their debut week, and MCWL was no exception. So although in early weeks, Clay’s album may sell the “fastest” (often due to concerted mass buying efforts by a very rabid fanbase), it’s small consolation when the total sales don’t come close to other albums which may have sold less their debut week, but end up ultimately selling far more (eg.for Xmas CDs: Buble, Kenny G, Groban, Bocelli, etc.)

  • tucker davis

    I’m hearing Casey’s ‘Crying…” a good bit now on my local country station and the best part is when it’s over, they just say “that was Casey James with…” I think it’s a good sign for his career when AI is not mentioned every time with his name.

  • workdog

     It might be small consolation in terms of overall sales in relation to Bocelli/Buble/Groban  but his Christmas album is legitimately a platinum and a half (I just made that up ‘cuz, hey, it’s not double but it’s almost to “gold” again…hee!) selling album. Nothing to sneeze at, really. Not that you are…but I’ll follow my Momma’s mantra and say “bless you” anyways.:-)

    As to who buys it and in what numbers, I still don’t think any kind of fan concerted effort REALLY impacts any of these idols sales numbers, nor any other artist. There just aren’t enough definitives to make that case in my mind. But that’s all I’ll say because I doubt MJ wants another round of that particular talking point. Merry Christmas, MJ! :-)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    ” It might be small consolation in terms of overall sales in relation to
    Bocelli/Buble/Groban  but his Christmas album is legitimately a platinum
    and a half (I just made that up ‘cuz, hey, it’s not double but it’s
    almost to “gold” again…hee!) selling album. Nothing to sneeze at,
    really. Not that you are…but I’ll follow my Momma’s mantra and say
    “bless you” anyways.:-)”

    I never said that the sales of MCWL were not “legitimate” in any way,
    and I don’t appreciate the implication. Please don’t put words in my
    mouth. The discussion was focused on how “fast” an album sold, and I
    guarantee that it means very little in the long run. In this particular
    case, MCWL was released on November 16, 2004, which likely contributed
    towards it’s high first week sales (Buble, Groban, Bocelli, all released
    in October). BTW, I own that album and like many of the songs on it.

    “As to who buys it and in what numbers, I still don’t think any kind of
    fan concerted effort REALLY impacts any of these idols sales numbers,
    nor any other artist. There just aren’t enough definitives to make that
    case in my mind.”

    Usually, that would be true, but at the time, the Claymates organized a
    campaign to specifically boost first week’s sales of MCWL, with
    donations to various groups (eg. troops, hospitals, etc.), and since
    Clay’s online fanbase was massive at that time, this organized campaign
    most certainly had an impact on first week sales (as it was intended
    to).

  • workdog

     Apologies if you found the word “legitimate” an implication of something not intended. My intent was only to say that his sells are “actual” so perhaps that would have sufficed for the point I was/am making…he has a platinum/and half album of real sales, regardless of the speed. He might not be in Bocelli’s company but I would think the sells are impressive enough to think it has been a successful choice to have made.

    I still have to disagree on the fan purchasing issue as I don’t think the “fastest selling” only meant the first week of sales but the actual amount sold in a quick timeframe. Did the concerted effort produce some effect? Perhaps; but not an impact that was sustained on a week to week basis.

    Again, this is all open to each person’s interpretation and I sincerely doubt it’s ever going to be a provable point, excepting, of course, the actual sales total.

    Once again, apologies if you were offended as it wasn’t my intent.

  • stargazed

    It would be thrilling if Clay had enough of a rabid fanbase to sell a million records in a matter of weeks.  Who does that?  Taylor Swift???

  • waitingforthe1

     

    It would be thrilling if Clay had enough of a rabid fanbase to sell a
    million records in a matter of weeks.  Who does that?  Taylor Swift???

    had being the operative word here.  At one time Clay’s fanbase WAS pretty powerful and was able to get him massive (and quite impressive) first week sales.  He’s still got the highest debut numbers from Idol with over 600K (Susan beat him on that score as well with over 700K back in 09). 

    These days however his fanbase has dwindled to barely even being able to sell 70K albums (if we go by Tried and True). 

    I don’t know what Clay’s first week sales were for MCWL (I assume someone does) but Susan’s first week sales were 318K followed by four weeks of 280K or better so she reached a million within four weeks and was 1.6 million by the first week in January so the question I posed still remains unclear.  Is her’s now the fastest selling Christmas album in soundscan history?

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I don’t know what Clay’s first week sales were for MCWL (I assume someone does) but Susan’s first week sales were 318K followed by four weeks of 280K or better so she reached a million within four weeks and was 1.6 million by the first week in January so the question I posed still remains unclear.  Is hers now the fastest selling Christmas album in soundscan history?

    Well, Boyle definitely edges out Aiken. His MCWL opened at 270,100 [source] and was a bit past 1 million in sales as the new year rolled over, six weeks later. 

    The only other contender who sprang to mind was Michael Buble’s Christmas, but it had an opening week of only 141,000 in early November 2011 before sales accelerated (ending at 2.45 million sold by mid-January), so “fastest selling” wouldn’t necessarily be the right accolade.

    Aiken’s numbers for MCWL remain impressive, nonetheless.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I don’t know what Clay’s first week sales were for MCWL (I assume
    someone does) but Susan’s first week sales were 318K followed by four
    weeks of 280K or better so she reached a million within four weeks and
    was 1.6 million by the first week in January so the question I posed
    still remains unclear.  Is her’s now the fastest selling Christmas album
    in soundscan history?”

    You are correct. Susan’s CD sold platinum in 4 weeks whereas Clay’s took 6 weeks. “The Gift” was ahead of MCWL in sales the debut week and every week thereafter.

    I’ve found the Soundscan sales for MCWL from Pulse from its release (Nov. 16, 2004) until the end of the year (running total in parentheses):

    0 – 1,703 (violations)
    week 1 (ending Nov. 21) – 270,010 (270,010)
    week 2 (ending Nov. 28) – 183,529 (453,539)
    week 3 (ending Dec. 5) – 134,292 (587,831)
    week 4 (ending Dec. 12) – 181,320 (769,151)
    week 5 (ending Dec. 19) – 147,653 (916,804)
    week 6 (ending Dec. 26) – 102,181 (1,018,985) < sold platinum in 6 weeks.
    week 6 (ending Jan. 2) – 11,895 (1,030, 880)

    Soundscan sales for The Gift (Susan Boyle) from its release (Nov. 9, 2010) until the end of the year (running toal in parentheses):0- 686 (violations)week 1 (ending Nov. 14) – 318,581 (318,581)
    week 2 (ending Nov. 21) – 334,505 (631,058)
    week 3 (ending Nov. 28) – 262,865 (878,423)
    week 4 (ending Dec. 5) – 271,567 (1,133,898) < sold platinum in 4 weeksweek 5 (ending Dec. 12) – 243,227 (1,362,766)week 6 (ending Dec. 19) – 254,341 (1,602,302)week 7 (ending Dec. 26) – 240,022 (1,834,706)
    week 8 (ending Jan. 2) – 18,952 (1,851,753)Clearly, Boyle had a faster selling Christmas CD than Clay.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I don’t know what Clay’s first week sales were for MCWL (I assume
    someone does) but Susan’s first week sales were 318K followed by four
    weeks of 280K or better so she reached a million within four weeks and
    was 1.6 million by the first week in January so the question I posed
    still remains unclear.  Is her’s now the fastest selling Christmas album
    in soundscan history?”

    You are correct. Susan’s CD sold platinum in 4 weeks whereas Clay’s took 6 weeks. “The Gift” was ahead of MCWL in sales the debut week and every week thereafter.

    I’ve found the Soundscan sales for MCWL from Pulse from its release (Nov. 16, 2004) until the end of the year (running total in parentheses):

    0 – 1,703 (violations)
    week 1 (ending Nov. 21) – 270,010 (270,010)
    week 2 (ending Nov. 28) – 183,529 (453,539)
    week 3 (ending Dec. 5) – 134,292 (587,831)
    week 4 (ending Dec. 12) – 181,320 (769,151)
    week 5 (ending Dec. 19) – 147,653 (916,804)
    week 6 (ending Dec. 26) – 102,181 (1,018,985) < sold platinum in 6 weeks.
    week 6 (ending Jan. 2) – 11,895 (1,030, 880)

    Soundscan sales for The Gift (Susan Boyle) from its release (Nov. 9, 2010) until the end of the year (running toal in parentheses):0- 686 (violations)week 1 (ending Nov. 14) – 318,581 (318,581)
    week 2 (ending Nov. 21) – 334,505 (631,058)
    week 3 (ending Nov. 28) – 262,865 (878,423)
    week 4 (ending Dec. 5) – 271,567 (1,133,898) < sold platinum in 4 weeksweek 5 (ending Dec. 12) – 243,227 (1,362,766)week 6 (ending Dec. 19) – 254,341 (1,602,302)week 7 (ending Dec. 26) – 240,022 (1,834,706)
    week 8 (ending Jan. 2) – 18,952 (1,851,753)Clearly, Boyle had a faster selling Christmas CD than Clay.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Susan’s CD sold more than MCWL it’s debut week and every week thereafter. The Gift sold platinum by 4 weeks, whereas MCWL sold platinum in 6 weeks.

    http://www.mjsbigblog.com/idol-headlines-for-121312-the-evening-edition.htm#comment-736625325

  • waitingforthe1

    thanks for the responses everyone. 

  • workdog

     Well, I think congrats are in order for both Susan and Clay, really. Platinum in four weeks/six weeks? Amazing and I imagine a feat not accomplished often. Bravo!

    Turtle or hare they both crossed that line in a relatively short time frame and apparently he’s used to second place.:-)

    Thanks for all the fervent research…it’s very enlightening!