American Idol Headlines for 12/15/12

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Clay Aiken performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL.
Carrie Underwood performs at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.
Constantine Maroulis performs in Jekyll & Hyde the Musical at the Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX.
Taylor Hicks performs at Bally’s Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.
Daughtry performs at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
Mandisa performs at the Hits Deep Tour in Pittsburgh, PA.
Lee DeWyze performs at Fed Live in Harrisburg, PA.
Casey James performs at Midnight Rodeo in Amarillo, TX.
Scotty McCreery performs at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Event Center in Cherokee, NC. Read more at AmericanIdol

Adam Lambert Talks VH1 Divas: ‘People Aren’t Ready For This Party!’ – “I just feel like people aren’t ready for this party. I don’t think anyone’s going to be ready for it,” he told Access earlier this week in an exclusive interview to promote the VH1 special. “It’s going to hit them like a ton of bricks across the face and people are going to walk away from watching this thing like, ‘That was the best party of the entire year. I feel it. Yeah!’” “We’re opening the show this year with this kind of comedy sketch, mocumentary style [chronology, looking at] my journey to becoming a true diva. And in the sketch, NeNe comes in and she’s like the diva coach,” Adam explained. “She’s giving me my swag… I predict it’s going to be a lot of laughter and we’re probably going to have to pull it together for these takes so that we can seem serious, but I’m sure it’s going to be a lot of fun.” – Read more at Access Hollywood

Scotty McCreery Balancing College Finals With Being a Country Star – McCreery’s most recent omission regarding his studies is a far cry from how he perceived his life as a college student just months ago. “So far, it’s not been that difficult. I’m not exactly taking Advanced Chemistry right now. So far, it hasn’t been horrible,” he exclusively told Taste of Country. “I’ve just had to have better time management on the road. Instead of sitting down for an hour playing Xbox, I have to sit down and study or write a paper.” “That just comes with growing up and maturing,” added McCreery. “As long as I can do that, I think this whole college thing is going to be easy. If I just wait until 5AM when something’s due in the morning, then that might kill me, but we’ll see.” – Read more at Taste Of Country

Lauren Alaina and Steven Tyler Reunited in Nashville – No judging this time around—American Idol finalist Lauren Alaina and former Idol judge Steven Tyler were reunited last night (Dec. 13) when Aerosmith played Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. During Aerosmith’s classic “Walk This Way,” Lauren popped out and joined Steven on the catwalk that extended into the crowd. The two exchanged a hug, then engaged in a little call-and-response singing, as well as the famous footwork that has come to define the song. – Read more at Country Weekly

Randy Jackson Reacts to L.A. Reid’s ‘X Factor’ Exit: ‘What? No!’ – The Hollywood Reporter broke the news to the American Idol judge on Thursday afternoon, who responded with his trademark, “What?! No!” Jackson said that Reid, the chairman of Epic Records, is a “dear friend.” And as a music-maker himself, he sympathizes with his fellow judge in understanding the difficult position of being a TV star and running a major music company. “He’s got two amazingly tough jobs,” said Jackson adding, “I can’t even imagine.” “He was great — he’s gotta come back,” said Jackson. “I gotta call him.” – Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

Frenchie Davis Talks ‘American Idol,’ New Album & More – Thanks to XL Nightclub, we received the chance to sit down with the incomparable Frenchie Davis, who most know her from her abrupt exit of American Idol 8 years ago, and who recently resurfaced on The Voice this summer. But before and in between reality shows, Frenchie has worked on Broadway as Effie White in Dreamgirls, won a Grammy for her performance in “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and is releasing her first album, Just Frenchie, with the lead single “Love’s Got a Hold On Me.” – Read more at NewNowNext

L.A. Reid’s ‘X Factor’ Departure: End Of The Real Talk? – Which is why I was surprised, and disappointed, to see on Thursday that Epic Records boss L.A. Reid? announced he’s leaving “X Factor” after two seasons. Forget for a moment that jumping ship the week before the finale is bad reality show form. The real bummer is that Reid was one of the true bright spots on a show that is still struggling to find its focus. I’ve written before? about how much I love the pomp and spectacle “X Factor,” and how “The Voice” and “American Idol” clearly borrowed a page from the first “Factor” season and upped their flashpot and graphics game during performances this year. – Read more at MTV

Is ‘Smash’ a Musical? Behind the Golden Globes Shocker – A lot of people — OK, let’s just say most people — were shocked to find that NBC’s Smash is nominated for a Golden Globe. Nobody expected that. If they did, they’d be lying or delusional. Smash is a drama about trying to stage a musical (about Marilyn Monroe in season one) on Broadway. But is Smash really a musical? Because it’s certainly not a comedy. There are two shows on television that play at being “musicals”: Glee is a hodgepodge of emotions but most clearly a comedy about a nerdy glee club trying to sing their way to being accepted and popular at school; the other is the aforementioned Smash, which is, to state it again, a drama about staging a musical.- Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Ratings: 12.12.12 Sandy Benefit Concert Draws 19.3 Million U.S. Viewers – Nearly 20 million people in the U.S. tuned in to watch Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and other music legends at the 12.12.12 concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday, according to Nielsen. All told, the concert — which was held at New York’s Madison Square Garden and aired on various networks, including ION, AMC, IFC and VH1 Classic — drew 19.3 million total television viewers in the U.S. for at least a portion of the show, though the concert was accessible to nearly 2 billion people worldwide via TV, the internet and radio. – Read more at The Wrap

 
  • Incipit

    12.12.12 Sandy Benefit Concert Draws 19.3 Million U.S. Viewers – Nearly 20 million people in the U.S. tuned in to watch Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and other music legends at the 12.12.12 concert 

    I LOVE this – I love that the audience was so big and the concert being accessible to nearly 2 billion people worldwide via TV, the internet and radio  - who could also donate  - it’s just so much sugar! Can’t wait til we get some idea of the monies collected…I keep thinking of the people who lost their homes, and the upcoming holidays  - and hoping we have made at least a small difference in the enormous task of rebuilding..

  • BonnieDee

    Love the Lauren and Steven friendship.  I hope she gets to sing with him on an album someday.  

  • MellyPer1692

    Another new show for Adams International Tour, Jakarta Indonesia:

    http://www.adamofficial.com/us/event/2013/03/10/gandaria-city

    Date: March 10, 2013
    Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
    Venue: Gandaria City

  • bridgette12

    Another date added to the non-tour, Adam’s spring is going to be very busy.

  • MellyPer1692

    : “VH1 Expands Efforts for Digital ‘Divas’ – Multichannel News – http://t.co/Nk06ofsn

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

     “He’s got two amazingly tough jobs,” said Jackson adding, “I can’t even imagine.” “He was great — he’s gotta come back,” said Jackson. “I gotta call him.”

    Randy Jackson, as the great guru he’s, fountain of pure wisdom, up to the level of a Dalai Lama, for sure will convince LA Reid to rethink his decision.

  • Axxxel

    faint faint faint….

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Scotty’s show for tonight is Sold out.:)  As is his February 22 date already:))

    Didn’t Lauren get to sing backup on something with Steven Tyler already?  Good for her…

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Scotty’s show for tonight is Sold out.:)  As is his February 22 date already:))

    Didn’t Lauren get to sing backup on something with Steven Tyler already?  Good for her…

  • Incipit

    12/15/12/ – Jakarta, Indonesia -

    So, the Billionaire owner of RCTI/MNC television in SouthEast Asia,  - has this lovely daughter  Angela who is getting married to Michael  Dharmajaya - in Bali – with the reception in Jakarta on the 15th – and they have invited 5000 friends to the celebration – with a Ballet troop and incredible flowers and a seven layer cake – each guest has their own entrance pass, and the entertainment is a concert with David Foster on piano, David Cook, Nicole Scherzinger, Ruben Studdard, Regina from IndoIdol Season 7, and some say, Charice. Just the wedding of the year in Indonesia. Heh.

    There are reports of David’s set list –  but no videos (yet) including “Light On” and “Fade Into Me”, and the 1982 Chicago cover he did that Foster wrote with Peter Cetera, “It’s Hard To Say I’m Sorry.” – or the Boyz to Men cover in 2011 – if folks prefer. 

    But there are also reports that Hell Froze Over. Heh.

    David pulled “Time of My Life” out of retirement and sang some of this? for the wedding couple. Either he was paid large sums, or the Bride asked him to do it – either one would work, I guess. My bet would be on the bride requesting it. But videos of either song would be lovely to have.  The cover brings the total cover list to 31 – and yet another style…but the Magic Rainbow Reappearing? Gotta see that one!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2GSMAIVVJS4KFW5L3XHBUO46DA LUCIE

    Yes Scotty had to work hard to balance both Finals and multiple performances in the last week. But I’m sure he ACED those exams like he always does.

    Scotty tweeted this last night. Great prayer 
    Scotty McCreery?@ScottyMcCreery
    Thx Max Lucado for this Christmas Prayer written about today’s tragedy–http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/max-lucado/a-christmas-prayer_2_b_2302548.html?utm_hp_ref=tw …

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2GSMAIVVJS4KFW5L3XHBUO46DA LUCIE

    Scotty has received such a great reception from his 2 shows this week in Alabama, I’m sure tonight will be no different. From the reports from Twitter and IDF members, he’s totally energized after completing his Finals.

  • Axxxel

    Great experience for Regina (winner of Indonesian Idol in 2012, season 7)  !! First a duet with David Cook (winner American Idol season 7) this year and now this !!

    Wow, if I am a billionaire and I want to organize a wedding for my love – one, I would invite Adam Lambert to sing… If and if.. in the meantime, i guess I have to get tickets for his concert in Gandaria City/Jakarta in March 2013…

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    What surprises me is that they didn’t ask him to sing (or he just didn’t sing it for whatever reason) Always Be My Baby. I would’ve bet the farm on that one being on his setlist!

  • Nadine_Bitch

    A fan video from last night’s Jingle Ball:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o-cTgBgVU4&feature=player_embedded

    That note on Fever… wow! O_o

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I had forgotten the success that Frenchie Davis has had with her career.  Would it have been better if she lasted for an Idol tour?

    Glad that David Cook and Adam Lambert are doing so well.  Go get ‘em!

  • Karen C

    I’ve been LOL that he did TOML !! Hope there’s video. It probably was because the bride requested it.   And I would have thought he would have  done ABMB, unless it was during the Indonesian Idols set because they did do it together the last time he was there.

  • marmom07

    Here is another fan video from the Jingle ball.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8C9U6XJbsg&feature=player_embedded

    He does Naked Love, Cuckoo, WWFM, and Is this love. He says a few heart felt words about the tragic event yesterday. IMO very well done. He starts talking at about 9 min mark. 

  • beck1982

    Omg I knew those billboards in my hometown and the ones in Dover themselves would def make that concert a sell out! Yes I’m so much more pumped for this show now!

  • Incipit

    Yeah, he did just do ABMB, Sassycatz – with Regina – and I haven’t seen her set list – maybe they did it again in her time slot…you have a point, Karen C. Maybe not – I guess that was up to the Bride. it was her Fairytale Wedding, after all – Daddy just paid. 

    It amuses me that DC did the Ninja Rainbow – but I also wanna hear the Chicago cover – he always has some kind of a spin on the covers that make them intriguing. Of course – since Foster was a writer on that one – he may not have wanted DC to change it at all – IDK.  That’s what I’m waiting to hear.

  • heartly

    The other night Kelly was part of an intimate benefit concert in Nashville.  Her set was very stripped down with just her, her keys player, drummer (box beater) and a guitar.  The whole setting was very relaxed and she was still really jetlagged from the London trip last week and has been working a lot since they got back on Sunday so she was really off the cuff in her banter with the crowd. For as tired as she was, you’d never know by listening to her sing. Her set was:

    Walk Away
    Since U Been Gone
    Mr. Know It All
    Dark Side
    I’ll Be Home For Christmas
    The Sun Will Rise – rare performances of this song. Said she really fought to have this song included on the album because she loved the message so much.
    Stronger – intro’d it by talking about how this song took on a new meaning when the Seattle Children’s Hospital did their video for it earlier this year. 
    I’m Not the Only One – done with Jill and Kate. They dusted off this song that Kelly had performed once during the VIP shows for the AIEW tour.  There’s also a studio recording of this song done by their side project AlreadyFamous. No one knows what’s going to happen with it but it is a great song.
    You Still Won’t Know What It’s Like – she wrote this song specifically for these kids and sang it at the benefit show 2 years ago and also did it on the first leg of her tour this year.  She said that they’ve been trying to get it released as a charity single for a long time but there’s a lot of legal tape to get through because of her contract and she’s still hopeful it will happen eventually.

    The whole show is archived here with great sets by JillandKate and Tyler Hilton, who did a stellar version of “What A Wonderful World” and a touching speech before Kelly’s set by one of their friends, Kristen Howerton.

    And for something much lighter, one of the show’s she was on last week posted this on Youtube about her best and worst things of 2012. spoiler alert… a kiss and her dog.  http://youtu.be/CI0Hnt9n93A

  • heartly

    congrats! what an great cap to an amazing year for her!

    Kelly Clarkson ?@kelly_clarkson
    I’M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever :)

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

    Dammit! You beat me to the punch! LOL. Yes Congrats Kelly!

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

     I’d forgotten about those billboards–great, they worked!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Sounds awfully cheesy for David… doesn’t get more Velveeta than that Chicago song and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough… what’s up, is he going to join Michael Johns in David Foster’s traveling show, or was this a one off to score some quick cash? I ain’t mad at him, just never would have expected him to hook up w/the king of schmaltz Foster for anything…

  • Axxxel

    but it is in Bali…. being a bit cheesy in paradise…. why not ???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     LOL… I guess that makes it OK… seems it was a private gig that didn’t remain too private… If I was a rock guy trying to keep my street cred, Id want a gig like this to remain ‘private’, lolol…  David Foster and David Cook are an odd combo in my head – but money talks, lol…

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  • Karen C

    I think it’s because when he was in  Jakarta last summer, he was very popular and well respected, and from what he said, he was very humbled that he was so popular there.  Maybe the bride and groom are fans and requested him to be there.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    I’d think if all that were so, he’d have gone back over as a solo act, not part of the package in the  David Foster Traveling Cheese Show… was Michael Johns not available, and Cook subbed? :)  sorry, not a fan of Mr. Foster, who just oozes straight up cheese to me. The money had to have been good, because I swear to God him performing with Foster and that Pussycat Doll lady has caused me to start looking at him in another musical light, lol… maybe his next private gig will do a better job remaining private, lol…

  • Trina

    I’m pretty sure David did play a couple of solo gigs in Jakarta and I really dont believe David Foster hired him (or Nicole) for that matter to be part of anything regular hes doing.  IIRC back in season 7 Foster HATED him and I remember him saying that if he won he would never watch AI again. He was all about Archie and Michael Johns.  I thought it was common knowledge AI in general is very popular there and I can easily see the bride being a big fan. if David pulled out TOML I’d make a safe bet rich bride wanted the song and said rich daddy made him an offer he couldnt refuse.

    eta: I saw earlier a translated article that said all the people that performed Hary Tanoe invited. IMO he invited whoever the hell his daughter wanted, this wasnt Fosters doing.

  • Karen C

    I don’t think it was that David Cook was replacing anyone, I think he was requested by the bride.  Maybe David Foster was already booked, so they added David Cook. 

    Doesn’t really matter, I think it was nice that they asked him to do it.

    ETA: Maybe it was too expensive for him to go back again so soon, if he wanted to go back this was a good opportunity.

  • girlygirltoo

    I’m sure there are weddings where this isn’t the case, but every wedding I’ve gone to, the music is extremely cheesy. I wouldn’t be surprised if the bride gave David a list of songs she wanted him to perform. And since it’s her wedding (and he likely got paid a bunch of $), he couldn’t really say no.

  • Incipit

    what’s up,

    Heh. I have no idea what’s up, hillstreetblooz – although I will imagine a good amount of money from the Bride’s daddy, the billionaire who threw the partay, for starters. 

    Michael Johns is there in Jakarta  but did not perform at the celebration – and AFAIK Michael is scheduled to be in Foster’s gig on the 17th, which David is not – so this looks like his presence was a special request from the Wedding Party…but I don’t ‘know’ for a fact. Karen C’s speculation has reasonable underpinnings, anyway.

    David has done other private gigs and never said a word – but this one had 5000 people holding an Entrance Pass with his face on it – and some of them got a little excited. (understatement) The invitations and the passes were all over Twitter long before David’s tweet about the flight – no way it could stay private. Especially after Dad streamed it on his TV channels. 

    Check out the post I made about this gig this morning – lots of pictures linked to illustrate what style of wedding celebration we’re talking about. No expense was spared. (And really – the flowers are to die for. IMO.) 

    But someone posted this THR article from 2011 about the money in Private Gigs – and a slew of artists who have done them - Katy Perry, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Billy Joe Armstrong, Christina Aguilara.,  Aerosmith, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Kenny G, and The Eagles, who also hold the record – One song, “Hotel California” – Six Million Dollars.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Yep, wedding music is usually cheesy, but money talks, and we all know the rest, lolol… everything (and body it seems) has a price, so I guess the price and the venue was right for him to pull out TOML and that hoary Chicago song – wonder what the price would be for him to sing those 2 stateside?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     I know there’s plenty o’money to be had in private gigging… strange that  nary a peep was heard or video surfaced from those high profile artists private gigs that I’m aware of… one hears of millions of dollars passing hands to big stars, but no video or other leakage that could possibly damage their cred… Right or wrong, I’d have a hard time taking some of the above singers or artists seriously if they were caught on tape singing some seriously smaltzy or cheesy song… Beyonce and a few others played for some shady prince a few years back and it caused her to get some bad press, so I’d think you’d have to be careful about the info leaking about so called private gigs… times are tough, folks have to do what they gotta do to pay the bills – just be discreet if you don’t want Hard For Me to Say I’m Sorry all over the next while you trying to build some rocker or alt rocker cred, lol… I do want to hear this version from Cook if it surfaces :)

  • Karen C

    If anyone can take the cheese out of a cheesy song, it’s David Cook. I think most Neil Diamond songs are kind of cheesy, and he decheesed them.   Same with Died in Your Arms tonight.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     We shall see – the video should be a hoot!

  • Incipit

    I do want to hear this version from Cook if it surfaces :)

    *snerk* Of course you do.  So do I  - Because there’s cheesy songs – and then there’s whatever DC does to said cheesy songs. Like, say “Hello”. 

    Although, to be fair – I guess it’s not quite so hoary any more – since Boys 2 Men covered it last year, now it’s all current and stuff. Hah. Funny how that can happen – Magical. 
    (…and there are six or seven versions on youtube, with their fans posting. Which. I don’t like them. Much too warbly, with a nowhere ending. IMO.)

     So maybe that’s why the Bride wanted it – and it was just convenient that D Foster wrote it with Peter Cetera for Chicago back in the day. Also weird – Turns out Boys 2 Men is IN Jakarta on the 12th of December – but that was the same day as the wedding ceremony in Bali. The world is a strange place. KWIM?

  • MellyPer1692

    Some great pics from Vh1 Save The Music rehearsals

    “@vh1savethemusic: @adamlambert rehearsing for @vh1divas! More shots coming… http://t.co/RNPnurzi

    “@vh1savethemusic: @adamlambert is killing it! #VH1Divas http://t.co/ALXYJSIZ

    “@vh1savethemusic: @adamlambert, @kerihilson & @KELLYROWLAND are killing it on stage! Tune in tomorrow night for #VH1Divas :) http://t.co/WON6cuzS

    “@vh1savethemusic: @adamlambert gettin his dance on! #VH1Divas http://t.co/Z20WA8K1

    “@vh1savethemusic: Another great shot of our fav host @adamlambert! #VH1Divas http://t.co/IMrO28us

    “@vh1savethemusic: Dance pic! Go @adamlambert! http://t.co/0ekI38JS

    “@vh1savethemusic: It’s a party! #VH1Divas http://t.co/uPKkvKF9

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Seems this gig hit him right in his wheelhouse and played to his strengths – singing cheesy covers in front of audiences – albeit smaller than the 20-30 mil a week he was used to on Idol, and getting major paid to do it – gotta give the fans what they really want, huh? :)

    B2M singing HFMTSIS via Foster makes more sense than Cook, IMO… their vocal style and history of singing some rather massively successful cheesy ass ballads doesn’t make one’s musical mind stretch too much to incorporate HFMTSIS into their repetoire…  Anyhoo, it’s nice that Cook was able to make a few extra coin over the holidays… being labelless when trying to record an album can be finanacially daunting, and if David Foster and some other kind folks or fans can throw him a few more bones like this gig, he just may have something new ready to go next year – here’s hoping.

  • bridgette12

    I’m loving all of these tweets, sounds like tomorrow’s show is going to be a lot of fun and full of surprises.

  • Incipit

    If anyone can take the cheese out of a cheesy song, it’s David Cook. I think most Neil Diamond songs are kind of cheesy, and he decheesed them.   Same with Died in Your Arms tonight.

    Oh, excellent examples, Karen C. I’m not checking back right now – but didn’t that guy on XFUK do “Died In Your Arms” a couple weeks ago – and he just copied the original?…it was so pedestrian.

    DC’s re-arrangement of that song Rocks!

  • loveroftalent

    Adam certainly looks in his element, and having a great time….Loving all the pictures…Thank you so much for posting them…

    Fingers crossed for the livesteam to work in CAnada..

  • MellyPer1692

    One more!! Omg, looks like fire lol

    “@Wildaboutmusic: @adamlambert fans will want to see his first song. And put on your red shoes. http://t.co/Ya0GU7F4

    Bowie maybe?? Lets dance?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    “Put on your red shoes, and dance the bluesssssssssss, let’s dance”" hahahahahah… I like that song… would be cool if Bowie would make a surprise appearance (extreme wishful thinking)

  • Incipit

    if David Foster and some other kind folks or fans

    Heh. hillstreetblooz, IDK if you were being consciously ironic – but there’s no track record of friendship there – not that DC has ever said a word…he wouldn’t be so ungracious, and he’s not some greenhorn that takes things personally. But this is all the more reason we suspect that the wedding party picked the artist they wanted – Foster played for the Bride’s father’s Anniversary party – but a friend of the Bride tweeted that she was choosing. So she also got “Light On” and “Fade Into Me” – and that last one can be a very romantic wedding song.

    I’ve often thought it’s a good thing the artists couldn’t actually ‘see’ that 20,000 audience when they were just starting on Idol – just the folks in the Nokia and the camera’s eye are likely enough. But 5,000 wedding party guests is a good group – and after all, it ‘was’ televised – Daddy live streamed it – not so different from the Idol experience after all…although it pays better. For all I know, the Indonesian RCTI/MNC audience was even larger than the Idol audience in 2008!  *snerk*

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    OMG, this is awesome.  Some dude was tweeting @vh1savethemusic to throw shade on Adam, saying it’s “counterproductive” for Adam to be hosting a benefit performance for saving the music…since he doesn’t play an instrument, dontchaknow.  Save the Music’s response?

    vh1savethemusic
    @WickedSinsDyer Actually, more than half of the people who purchased tickets for the show was because Adam is hosting :)

    There are reasons VH1 chose Adam to host this show.  That, right there, is one of them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     ”So she also got “Light On” and “Fade Into Me” – and that last one can be a very romantic wedding song.”

    FIM IMO is an example of cheese lite, so it’s inclusion in the wedding – those notorious hotbeds for cheesy music – with Foster and HFMTSIS fits, lol… Maybe FIM was a harbinger on TLM of the direction he may plan to ultimately go with his music… I mean anyone’s guess is as good as the next person’s, and FIM was released as the 2nd single… then he hooks up with David Foster in Bali to sing some heavier cheese, so who’s to say what we may be getting if/when his next CD drops? Will it be rock, or will it be cheese? Stay tuned, it’s going to be fun trying to figger it out.  All this cheese talk has me jonesing for a Ruben sandwich, followed by a cooked ham and cheese on white bread, served with an ice cold Foster’s lager – yummy! :)

  • Karen C

    Pretty sure it was RCA that wanted him to release FIM, it wasn’t the direction he intends to go in.   The new songs that he has come up with on his own are much better.

  • Karen C

    but didn’t that guy on XFUK do “Died In Your Arms” a couple weeks ago – and he just copied the original?…it was so pedestrian.

    Yeah, he did, I was watching it.   It amazes me what David did to that song.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     How do we or anyone really know or say definitively what he plans to do musically? I mean, he’s kinda confused the heck out of a lot of people with the release of TOML, followed by Light On, then the dreck that was CBTM, then the debacle that was TLM… seriously, all BS aside, he should just release a CD of cover songs and be done with it – make people aware again of what makes you special and stand out… covers it seems are apparently what seems to excite people more than his original music.  Appearing with David Foster? IMO, for him, not a good look if he’s trying to be taken seriously as a rocker. If he’s looking for a songwriting mentor or a famous connection to help open some doors, Foster is his guy… Heck, maybe he should call up Richard Marx while he’s at it, lol…

  • MellyPer1692

    More:

    “@Wildaboutmusic: @adamlambert will sing more than any host in #VH1Divas history tomorrow night. http://t.co/RusMHXRo

    “@Wildaboutmusic: @adamlambert and his dancers are getting a little handsy at #VH1Divas rehearsals. http://t.co/xEcarmDv

    Omg, it’s soooo long until tomorrow.

  • Incipit

    I mean, he’s kinda confused the heck out of a lot of people 

    Bwahahaha! – Yes, yes, he has. Indirectly. Even if David can’t take credit or blame for that set of singles – since they were Idol PTB and RCA’s Brainchild’s respectively – not counting “Light On”, they are NOTHING like what he does in concert. And “Fade Into Me” unplugged, acoustic is transformed from the album track. Don’t know if you ever heard it – maybe look up Cincinnati  ”Fade Into Me” on youtube.
     
    But I know you don’t keep tabs on the music from TLM in concert – or the interviews – so I assure you, i’m not laughing at your serious suggestion for an album of covers, which will not happen. And he doesn’t have to call Richard Marx, Richard Marx already offered to write with David. Heh. Doesn’t mean he will, doesn’t mean he won’t – but I doubt he gives a crap about ‘a good look’ or ‘cred’. 

    i know what David has said he won’t do – like an album of covers – but I don’t even pretend to know what he ‘will’ do, musically – that’s still WTF!Cook, like it’s been from the Idol audition –  - and that keeps it real. IMO.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    ”“@Wildaboutmusic: @adamlambert will sing more than any host in #VH1Divas history tomorrow night. http://t.co/RusMHXRo

    I’m officially calling this show ”The Adam Lambert Show!” lol
    Thanks MellyPer for the pics:)

  • iani

     All this cheese talk has me jonesing for a Ruben sandwich, followed by a
    cooked ham and cheese on white bread, served with an ice cold Foster’s
    lager – yummy! :)

    Lol, it sounds like DC, Ruben and DF were part of the menu, I agree though DC looked “yummy” in those pictures.

    “But 5,000 wedding party guests is a good group”

    This is a crazy number, from where so many “fam. and friends” come from?!
    The weddings are about cheesy music, booze and cheesy dance, DC has kept the right tone and personalty I am not surprised of his cheesy fest part but of the changing decisions, his stubbornness failed again, first with ABMB and now TOML. I think he’s living/seeing now the reality of his chances and the reality of the music overall, hopefully for some videos will pop soon. I don’t think he’ll be a permanent part of DF-group of friends, but he might do these kind of gigs for good amounts; a gig here-a gig there might work very well for him and in a pretty easy/comfortable way. I still hope for his new music though, I would not like a CD with covers at all, for non invested fans might be a good solution to make some money, but I don’t think it is a good, healthy way right now(maybe later) to build a career as an artist or songwriter.
    I remember when The Killers sang at the yahoo’s CEO wedding how many fans were worried, also how many raised eyebrows for their Christmas songs last year instead to come with a new single after a drought of more than 4 years of no new music. So, life is not easy for anyone to deal with on many aspects, not for regular people(see the tragedy of those innocent kids killed), not for celebrities with money(Lindsay Lohan for ex.), not even maybe for those wedding’s hosts to deal with so many guests and shake maybe all 5K hands, as well for musicians and DC with all the changes in his life, so he got a good gig in Jakarta in MO.

  • girlygirltoo

    I’ve never seen any of the VH1 Diva specials — has the host ever sung on any of them before?

  • MellyPer1692

    From the Jakarta Post:

    “@jakpost: Adam Lambert: More than a trespasser http://t.co/cWqeFCxS

  • MellyPer1692

    Yes, girlygirl. VH1 Divas doesn’t always have a host but both Queen Latifah (2003-one solo and two duets in the Stevie Wonder medley) and Paula Abdul (2009-solo medley of four of her hits) performed.

  • fantoo1

    Random question, but is anybody else not able to view the “likes” of a comment? I try clicking to see who “liked” a comment, but it won’t show. I wonder if it’s an Internet thing or a website thing?

  • http://twitter.com/AwesomeWillis Willis White

    The THR article on Smash is amusing. The author spent many paragraphs explaining why Smash isn’t a musical and should be considered Drama. Problem is, it clearly is musical. Singing songs in “public” with no one paying any mind is a musical. Just cause it’s been a while since Cop Rock doesn’t mean we can’t take a musical TV show seriously.

  • Incipit

    Doesn’t work for me either, fantoo1. I think it’s a Disqus thing – they have “issues”. Annoying – but not as much as when the sidebar freezes. IMO.

  • fantoo1

    Yay glad I’m not the only one having a problem. Hopefully they are aware of this.

  • blackberryharvest

    Not working for me either.

  • sdmama

    Oh, yes, let that be red shoes and not ruby shoes!

  • sdmama

    What is Adam wearing? Black pajama top?  Or modified Kung Fu jacket? Kinda cute but I hope that’s not what he will be wearing for camera.

  • Karen C

    How do we or anyone really know or say definitively what he plans to do musically? I mean, he’s kinda confused the heck out of a lot of people with the release of TOML, followed by Light On, then the dreck that was CBTM, then the debacle that was TLM… seriously, all BS aside, he should just release a CD of cover songs and be done with it –

    Umm, no.  TOML wasn’t his decision to released.  CBTM was most likely a label decision, also.  THey did release Barbasol to rock, which is what David wanted, but RCA did nothing to promote it.   TLM definately wasn’t dreck, IMO, at least not the songs that defined the album, like Circadian, REM, GTTG, Paper Heart and they were definately alt rock. The singles that were released did not reflect the rest of the album and were most likely a label decision.   And with any artist, he does have a big enough audience that likes his songwriting, it may not be for everyone, but very few artists are. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    ‘I doubt he gives a crap about ‘a good look’ or ‘cred’. 

    Obviously, lol. Wow, so Marx has contacted him already – they do say like attracts like, so it may not be a stretch if we get some Right Here Waiting For You flavors in some new material.  Doesn’t Cook already have a similarly titled song Right Here With You? Oooooh, tin hat time, lol… WTF!Cook in present time means What The F?????  Let’s see… Foster, Marx – get a collab w/Barry Manilow on the next CD and we’ll be cooking! I Write The Songs would be a perfect cover in concert :)

  • elliegrll

    Appearing with David Foster? IMO, for him, not a good look if he’s trying to be taken seriously as a rocker. 

    The people who are handing out rock cred don’t know about this appearance.  Right now, David probably isn’t on their radars, and a private wedding isn’t exactly something that’s going to get a lot of news print or attention.  

  • Karen C

    What’s wrong with Richard Marx?  I suggested if they wrote a song together it should be called Right Here Waiting for You to Come Back to Me…..

  • Incipit

    Ahh. Michael Johns and DC in the same place geographically – for the first time in two years – getting to hang out a bit – >> @michael_johns: Just chillin with my boy David Cook after two years! Always have a laugh http://bit.ly/UJsTwi   Nice.

    *chuckle* Had this whole Richard Marx conversation already, back in April, hillstreetblooz, when the twitter exchange went down, with John Fields, (@strawberrius), Richard, and David. The whole thing was a trip – and who knows if anything will ever come of it – but the guys were all enjoying it.
     
    I suppose it’s all in the way you look at things – if one is fixated on ‘cred’, it’s possible to miss a lot of the fun. 

    You focus on the ham and cheese on white bread, hillstreetblooz – it’s cool – - I’ll take the Ham on Wry. *wink*

  • girlygirltoo
  • girlygirltoo

    thanks for the info :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Kinda sad isn’t it? :) Not being on any radar that could possibly be of benefit to him in his chosen genre… *shrugs* no biggie, there’s gold in them thar hills like this gig w/Foster and Friends… there are worse things than being a highly paid wedding singer, I reckon… as long as the money is green or the check clears it don’t matter… it’s all in naming your price :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Ooooh, that one may have been a hit on the Adult AC chart 25 years ago, lol…

  • suenigma

    To each their own. I don’t consider TLM dreck, by any stretch. I think that it’s an excellent album, albeit not perfect. I also don’t consider FIM total cheese- although it’s not one of my faves on the album, it is quite beautiful, IMO.

    TOML – cheesy yeah, but beloved by many. Nice that he dusted it off for the bride, who is a huge Cook fan. It’s pretty obvious that Cook was not a stand-in for Johns, and was not there at Foster’s behest – an absurd assertion.

    Cook is nothing if not versatile. It may not be what he is widely known for thanks to Idol, but his rock chops were earned long before Idol, and he seems pretty secure in that knowledge, even if the world at large doesn’t know it. I love the fact that despite rock being his genre of choice, he is not not a snob, nor does he consider himself above the cheese. He went to college on a musical theatre scholarship afterall. LOL

  • mjsbigblog

    So…we’re going to continue the fan baiting from last night into this morning? 

    Actually, no we’re not. 

    I think we get the point. 

  • SullyD

    Thank You.

  • Pippygirl

    All this veiled insult talk about cheese is giving me a headache. I personally think FIM is a beautiful song, if it’s cheesy then order me some! Although I am not a huge fan of all David’s post idol music  (my main beef is that his songs frequently end up hurting my ears with a wall of sound) the man’s talent is undeniable. The fact that on Idol he took every possible cheesy theme and made it into something unique demonstrates that. The fact that Idol no longer values that ability doesn’t negate it imo.

  • Incipit

    Oh, it gets worse and worse, or better and better, depending on how many strings of pearls one is wearing. Bwahahaha!

    It’s pretty obvious that Cook was not a stand-in for Johns, and was not there at Foster’s behest – an absurd assertion.

    I know, right?  No one does their homework anymore. *snerk* Michael Johns is there – in Jakarta. He didn’t need a stand-in.
    This ‘notion’ that I’m supposed to angst over DC, or be ~sads~ that he was flown halfway around the world and put up in a luxury hotel, and paid to entertain 5,000 people and a large TV audience at the wedding celebration of a billionaire’s daunter, who was also a fan – is definitely worth a *chuckle* or three – Bottom Line –  That’s what artists do, entertain people for money, whatever the spin. But this is more fun  - I don’t do angst anyway – so Yeah.RE WTF Cook below ~ D was there apparently with MJ?>>@TiiaTeheIn hyatt hotel jakarta.just one song.>>COOKistas ?@COOKistasTo the curious ones re this photo http://is.gd/ZrdnGN . David Cook reportedly sang “Always Be My Baby” at a hotel (Tnx @TiiaTehe !)

    Love to see those two get a chance at a few shenanigans – remember the ’08 Idol Tour, and O’Donovan’s Pub in Minneapolis, with David playing Air Drums to Michael’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” – complete with fancy stick twirls?  Those guys still amuse me. 

  • wordnerdarchie

    Well, what do you know.  David Cook’s demo of “This Year” has resurfaced on a tubey video.  We’ll see if RCA cares or not, lol.  (They used to take it down …. quickly.)

  • elliegrll

    Kinda sad isn’t it? :) Not being on any radar that could possibly be of benefit to him in his chosen genre… 

    This puts him in the same position as almost everyone else who has come off of AI.  It’s not a great position to be in, but it seems like he is trying to develop his sound, and figure out a way to reach an audience that will support his music.  He’s not trying to make cover albums, or just release music that will appeal to AI fans.

  • getaway1

    That’s why it’s more advantageous to have someone like Jimmy Iovine, the CEO of Interscope, mentor during the live shows and in turn have Scotty and Phil develop and grow in the genres. He got to work and know Phil over several months. He picked out a great single for him. And he understood the vision behind The World From The Side Of The Moon to green light it. Iovine could have easily gone the safe route and capitalized off the success of Home, but he let Phil do his music, and it is paying off.

  • Incipit

    We’ll see if RCA cares or not, lol.  (They used to take it down …. quickly and I think they will.)

    If this is the one you mean - Published on Dec 9, 2012

    ?????? ?????? ?? ???? ?????? ??????????? ?????? ???? ???, ??? ????????????, ??????, ????????? ??????. ??????????? ?? ?????!

    Then it’s still there, wordnerdarchie. It’s not like this demo was ever going to be on either RCA album – I don’t get why it keeps on turning up, years after the fact. But, I guess there is interest in some quarters. Who knows?

  • wordnerdarchie

    Yes, that’s the one.  I have it from a good source, that the request to remove will be made, if it hasn’t been already.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoria

    Why would RCA care about it?

  • Incipit

    I have no idea why, Shoria. Force of habit? *snerk* Or they still retain some sort of copyrights in that music? They have to have a legal standing of some kind, to request a take-down. 

    That demo is one of a half dozen or so connected to 2008 DCTR writing sessions that turned up at Cherry Lane Publishing, back before they were acquired by BMG Rights Management in 2010.

    The demo snippets aren’t even on their site anymore….and David’s latest licensing arrangement is with Greenlight Music…and that’s as far down the twisted path as I have gone. Heh.

  • standtotheright

    Eh, for enough money I’d guest star on Honey Boo Boo and tap dance with the pig [there is a pig, yes? I only read some recaps.], but I wouldn’t think it was unfair if it got a few eye rolls.

    Other than choosing talented people to perform, nothing about the way this wedding was conducted suggested that the family was overburdened with taste or good breeding. So the fact that they wanted a whole plate of Velveeta for their songs (and yes, TOML is processed cheese music that should never have been the anthem that it was [no matter how much anyone personally professes to love it] and FIM acoustic is at best an American brie-style wheel) is not astonishing.

    But I don’t think it’s any different from US movie stars who abandon their usual stateside restraint and gravitas to star in Asian ad campaigns. It doesn’t reflect on the roles they’ll choose at home, and it doesn’t reflect on the music Cook will do on his own.

    Still, fans should share those videos privately, not leave them public. I don’t think Cook wants anyone to have false hope about TOML making an appearance over here.

  • Karen C

    I didn’t know he changed licensing too.  RCA probably does have the rights, along with the licensing company. I think also there was a rumor that this particular song was going to be used for something but then it was leaked so they didn’t.    Guess we’ll see if it stays now.

     

  • wordnerdarchie

     The snippet for that song is still up at Cherry Lane, but it is interesting that the playbacks are no longer available at BMG.  Good catch there, but I wonder why.

  • Incipit

    It really is a twisted path, this publishing/licensing/rights administering thing, wordnerdarchie.

    AFAIK - CherryLane still has the 12 songs from DCTR, and several snippets listed, but not the demo playbacks, and not the music from TLM.

     Greenlight, They have all the tracks from DCTR and TLM, bar Kiss On The Neck and the Bonus tracks, listed. They used to have ”Lie” listed as “Lu”, IDK if they ever fixed it.

    Neither company inspires confidence in getting the lyrics right – they both need a copy editor.

    This information is as of May, 2012.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Ah, but if you have the direct links, you can play the snippets at CL…. ’cause I’m doing it right now, lol. ;)
    ETA: Of course, if they read here, that might just have tipped them off – might see another window closing.
    ETA: And I would really like to hear a full demo of “Strange and Beautiful”

  • Incipit

    I have some of the old links, wordnerdarchie – and almost all the lyrics – and I would love to hear a full demo of all of them…like “That’s What I Get”, and “Strange and Beautiful”…interesting to see if anything is ever done with these. After all – “One Second…” and “Only Honest…” both made it out into the larger world. 

    Which leads me to all the intriguing titles that didn’t make TLM – and wonder if they are also around somewhere on a website.

    Can you tell I’m jonesing for new music? *snerk* @ Myself.

  • Karen C

    Incipit,

    Souveneir was the other one that I liked, and he must have too since he did it so often in concert.   

    Of the ones we didn’t hear,  I would have loved to hear Mouthbreather.   I doubt we’ll hear the other songs.

    I’m just glad he has the freedom to do what he wants with his new music.

  • Incipit

    it seems like he is trying to develop his sound, and figure out a way to reach an audience that will support his music.  He’s not trying to make cover albums, or just release music that will appeal to AI fans.

    elliegrll, I saw a piece of news just now that caused me to come back to your post – and the ‘develop his sound’ part. Since David has written w/his long time friend and bandmate Andy Skib (Rhythm guitar, keyboard, vox) before leaving LA (the latest one we heard was the collaboration on “The Last Song I’ll Write For You” that David and the band did on Idol in May)- and Andy has been making writing trips from LA to Nashville, …it was interesting to see that Andy announced today he has “Officially moved to Nashville” with his new bride.

    >>Andy Skib ?@andyskib
    Looking forward to seeing what Nashville has in store for the Skibs. Very very optimistic!

    I think this is part of developing the sound they want for the next album, just as you posted.

    IMO. Of Course.

  • getaway1

    I find it a strange twist of fate that while David Cook may have been more versatile in his season and ratings held up, he ended up suffering in the long run, by not establishing himself in his genre lane. Cook’s music was not a huge hit on AAA. And he didn’t seem to get support from RCA in that respect. Yet it was Phil that eventually cracked open AAA.  Home is #1 for like 6 weeks now. And it has been reported that AAA has been playing Phil’s new music from his CD. There is definitely something to say about Interscope’s direction in having the winners focus on their home genre.

  • Karen C

    Getaway,

    he ended up suffering in the long run, by not establishing himself in his genre lane.
    Cook’s music was not a huge hit on AAA. And he didn’t seem to get support from RCA in that respect.

    I think this was the mistake RCA made, especially with TLM. It  very well could have and should have been on AAA.  I even asked the RCA rep that was on DCO for  a while why they wouldn’t do this, even though it was the right fit, and he basically said they didn’t want to risk not getting airplay.   But the other part of this was the songs RCA chose to release as singles, other than Light On.  

     I do think that with Phillip, he is hitting at a time where the type of music he is doing is charting, so it might be timing also.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Just like I thought.  That David Cook song we talked about earlier is no longer uploaded.  It has been removed.  RCA is still vigilant. Yup.

  • Karen C

    Guess they still care…….