The Voice’s Cassadee Pope on Lower-Register Woes, ‘Over You’ Magic and Glass Dresses – Cassadee Pope says she found it “silly” that some fans of The Voice felt that the pre-existing fan base she brought from her old band Hey Monday should have kept her from competing on Season 3 of NBC’s hit singing competition. “I obviously appreciate all the fans I gained from my band, but there weren’t enough of them to make me a very successful artist,” she says. “To me, being successful is selling a lot of records and selling out big venues on tour, and it’s not up to anyone else to decide what success is for me.” – Read more at TV Line

Demi Lovato Ain’t No ChristmasLike an IHOP Christmas!! – Demi Lovato took a page out of Britney Spears’ down-home playbook, and spent Christmas day stuffing her face in an unexpected, but awesome, place — the International House of Pancakes! Demi hit up an IHOP in Texas with her family for dinner on Tuesday, and the ‘X Factor’ judge’s ruling was — AWESOME! She tweeted … “Literally the best Christmas I’ve ever had.” The only person more excited than Demi about the meal — a rep for IHOP who tells TMZ, “We are thrilled that Ms. Lovato came to IHOP for her Christmas Dinner and we look forward to her visiting us throughout the year.” – Read more at TMZ

Nicki Minaj Hosted Hot 97′s Christmas Extravaganza In NYC [PHOTOS] – Remember when Nicki Minaj and Hot 97 were at odds? Well, in spirit of the holiday season, the NYC radio station and the YMCMB Barbie settled whatever differences they once had as she hosted its Christmas Extravaganza party at Webster Hall in NYC last night. However, Nicki was a bit tardy for the party as she didn’t show up until about 2:30 in the morning. To tame the restless attendees who paid $25 to party, DJ’s Spynfo, Young Chow, Magic and Funk Flex kept the crowd vibing reassuring them that Ms. Minaj was on her way. When Nicki finally arrived she revealed herself from upstairs in VIP, where she waved and danced to cuts off her album. Unfortunately that made the crowd even more agitated as boos were heard. The key word here, that some in attendance chose to ignore, is that Nicki was hosting. – Read more at Hip Hop Wired

Prepare for Captain Cowell’s arrival! X Factor judge Simon’s Caribbean adventure continues as he disembarks for drinks – He has just been at the helm of a remarkably unsuccessful season of The X Factor USA. So few will begrudge Simon Cowell getting away from it all by enjoying an hedonistic festive break to the Caribbean in his impressive yacht. And the music mogul continued to indulge himself on Boxing Day, as he was spotted disembarking from his vessel so he could enjoy a festive drink on a nearby island. – Read more at Daily Mail

Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere on Whether ‘Impulsive’ Juliette Is Ready for the Wife Life – After all, the young country star didn’t spend much time mulling the pros and cons of a lifelong union with the chaste quarterback – but Hayden Panettiere says her character’s impetuous move wasn’t a shocker… at least, not compared to other scripts she’s been handed throughout her career. “I feel like I’ve been on shows where anything can happen,” says the woman who used to play an indestructible cheerleader. “It’s not that I’m unsurprised, it’s just that I feel like I’m prepared for anything and I’m excited to go anywhere with it.” – Read more at TV Line

 
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC5Q6ULBZZD3YT6AIN4NTU4S74 Whiteshirt

    I could not stand Cassadee Pope (nee Michelle Branch) on The Voice, but even I agree with her. There’s no rule (nor should there be a rule) that says you can’t come into that competition with an existing fan base. Plus she picked a coach who would let her sing songs from this century and had a breakout moment with Over You.

    She won it fair and square. Now I need to go wash the crow taste out of my mouth….

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Trespassing: Best Of 2012 on iTunes pic.twitter.com/f0iTEws3

  • mmb

    there is a fine line between being fashionably late/making an entrance and completely pissing off your fans who have paid money to see you.  Too many artists these days are fogetting that. Nicki showing up at 2:30 am is insane; Madonna starting concerts at 11pm is insane; Rihanna showing up to club gigs hours late is stupid.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Fox’s New Year’s Eve lineup loses Phillip Phillips, gains ‘X Factor’ winner and a host — EXCLUSIVE

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/12/27/fox-new-years-eve-marlon-wayans-tate-stevens/

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “To me, being successful is selling a lot of records and selling out big venues on tour, and it’s not up to anyone else to decide what success is for me.”

    Interesting that Cassadee’s definition of success depends on a certain level of commercial success. I’m not really surprised, but she’s amazingly candid about publicly stating this as her goal (which is a big reason why I think that she will be very malleable and “obedient” in pursuing her post-Voice career).

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Manila Concert Scene ?@Manilaconcerts

    New update: Adam Lambert Live In Manila concert will now be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on March 1, 2013…. http://fb.me/1POk4CYLb

    Mall of Asia Arena has 13k seating capacity for concerts(20k for sports event) and I think Araneta is 16k. Any Filipino posers can correct me?

  • lovetheusa1776

    Very happy about the “Best of 2012″ – just a brilliant album.

    And the two pics of Lambert certainly offer an illustration of contrasts – fascinating chameleon.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The article states the P2 has a “scheduling conflict” which is the reason why he cancelled. Has he been booked for any other NYE show?

  • girlygirltoo

    Interesting about Phillip not performing on the FOX NYE special. I know it says scheduling conflict, but unless he got asked to appear on ABC’s NYE show (which gets better ratings usually), what would be a bigger gig for him than being on the FOX show? (And I don’t think he’d be allowed to dump FOX for ABC, unless he never signed a contract to perform on the NYE show).

    So I wonder what the scheduling conflict is?

  • girlygirltoo

    Nothing wrong with Cassadee being so ambitious in terms of how she defines “success”, but I think she may end up amending that definition sooner rather than later.

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

    I bet anyone here Cassadee’s album will be released before Jermaine’s album. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    True, but nowhere in her reference to “success” is there any mention of music or her own “musical vision”. I think that Cassadee doesn’t have one and is willing to do whatever musically as long as it leads to the level of commercial success that she wants to achieve.

  • irockhard

    IOW: Fame whore alert!

  • KayLo17

     Just thought I’d share this adorable picture of Jessica Sanchez and DeAndre Brackensick cuddling. they look so in love. pics.lockerz.com/s/272284357

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OSOOTOBRL4XGHQNICOXCCN5IXQ lisa

    if Cassadee sings whatever type of music that sells,whether it be pop,country or whatever then I say she’s very smart.if your love is opera but country is selling then I would go country,without a doubt.DON’T LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY SAY STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF.

  • irockhard

    It’s not that simple, you actually need to be convincing in the new genre. Just because you wanna go where the money is doesn’t mean your new target audience will accept you and if they won’t you won’t sell.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I listen to Hey Monday back in the day. I wouldn’t call myself a huge fan or anything but I could sing a song or two of theirs. If I’m not mistaken the boys in the band wanted to move on to other things but she didn’t! I don’t see how she can be faulted for that. Heck a few of the band members where there when she auditioned. I remember reading many youtube comments etc with fans happy that her buddies from Hey Monday were supporting her. 

    I do agree about her willing to do anything, though! She was on Anderson Cooper talking about how she “loves Country Music” and wants to infuse some of that in her album. She said that she can’t ignore the Country Music fans that got her so far. I just rolled my eyes.

  • Kirsten

    “To me, being successful is selling a lot of records and selling out big
    venues on tour, and it’s not up to anyone else to decide what success
    is for me.”

    Part of me wants to save this quote so that it can be trotted out when she later has a new definition of “success”.

    Even successful Idols have trouble selling out big venues (Carrie seems to be the only one who can do it consistently and even she had to spend time opening and appearing at smaller venues first). Anything is possible, but that will be a 0 to 60 moment for The Voice if it manages to achieve that with Cassadee in the short term.

  • breakdown

    These hosting gigs by entertainers is just a way for them to make a quick buck for doing nothing. They should be expected to show up at a reasonable time!

  • Nadine_Bitch

    shoshanna stone ?@shoshannastoneQuiz on tv. ‘Adam Levine is the lead singer of which band’. Guy answers ‘Queen’. Give me strength.LOL

  • tripp_ncwy

    The Voice’s Terry McDermott on Major-Label Past, Journey Covers and Paul McCartney’s Approval

    http://tvline.com/2012/12/27/terry-mcdermott-the-voice-nbc-season-3-interview-driveblind/

  • girlygirltoo

    that’s called selling out and most fans don’t support artists who try and become XYZ genre artist just because that’s where they think the money is. There are a lot of artists who have tried to cross into the country music genre after beginning their careers in some other genre (usually rock or pop/rock). A few have been successful in making the transition, but I’d be willing to guess that the majority were not. The same thing is probably true in toher genres as well.

  • mmb

    really interesting interview with Terry.  But surprised by the stuff about Let It Be clearance issues.  It has been sung on Idol more than once, was sung on x factor.  Does Paul McCartney have some sort of special problem with the Voice???

  • elliegrll

    if Cassadee sings whatever type of music that sells,whether it be pop,country or whatever then I say she’s very smart.if your love is opera but country is selling then I would go country,without a doubt.DON’T LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY SAY STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF.

    I don’t think that this is a good formula for lasting success.  There are a lot of people who can sing, but very few people who can believably sing more than one genre of music.  I think that we’ve seen on AI that some rock singer might sound nice singing r&b, but the chances of that person being able to go into the marketplace and getting people to actually believe that he or she is a r&b singer is nil.   

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    But Cassadee’s response was directly in relation to her detractors saying she basically already had “success” with her previous band and therefore did not deserve to be on the show.  The complaints against her have never had anything to do with artistry and everything to do with people saying she does not deserve a shot at greater commercial success by going on a show like The Voice.  That’s what she was responding to. 

    The idea that singers should not want greater commercial success is kind of ridiculous to me.  It doesn’t negate any desire for artistic success too.

    And since it is never mentioned….Terry was in a band with a major label deal too.  He had just as much of a chance to build a fanbase as she did.  The fact that she was able to make a connection and keep previous fans interested even after her deal ended is an admirable quality in a performer.  But strangely, instead of being commended for that, she has it thrown in her face like it’s something she should have to defend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright
  • MellyPer1692

    I like Cassadee, she’s honest. It always cracks me up how some of the contestants on Idol and the like pretend its not about success, only about their art. If it was just about their art, they’d never have gone on the show to begin with. She’s refreshing.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    All I see is DeAndre’s hair and difficult to even see that.

  • windmills

    Cassadee’s open and boldly stated ambition to be a big success is pretty much the only thing that makes her interesting to me ;) I’m curious to see what sorts of decisions that ambition leads her to making as far as the music & promo and whether that gets her anywhere. I’ve already stated what a mistake and joke it would be for her to make country her primary format so I’ll definitely get my snark on if she tries that but, if she does more Nashville writing to come up with some well written and melodic pop songs a la the late 1990s/early 2000s, it’s possible she’ll hit my pop sweet spot.

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    There’s nothing wrong with Cassadee wanting to play arenas and sell bunches and bunches of albums.  The only thing that ever bothered me about her Hey Monday experience was how recent it was – she really didn’t give herself much time to try to make it as a solo artist, but maybe it seemed like a long time to a 22 year old who was accustomed to having a major label deal since high school.  

    Terry’s story is interesting.  I continue to be annoyed with him for his crappy 80s song choices on the show, but I will probably buy any of his original stuff. Hopefully he won’t have to worry about giving up music for a bit. He seems to have realistic expectations. 

  • Jordana33

    I think people go on The Voice so that they can be successful singing what they love to sing, so ideally, it’s about success and art.  To me, Cassadee’s comments about success were typical of most winners on these shows.  I just don’t think it’s fair to compare her to those contestants who lost and are just trying to put a positive spin on their experience.   

    if Cassadee sings whatever type of music that sells,whether it be pop,country or whatever then I say she’s very smart.if your love is opera but country is selling then I would go country,without a doubt.DON’T LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY SAY STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF.

    Since most of the viewers of shows like The Voice do not necessarily represent mainstream music lovers, the strategy used to win The Voice won’t work in the competitive world of music. Plus, I do believe that those singers who remain “true to themselves” generally end up having the most longevity and making the biggest impact in the music industry. Country is always a smart move in these singing competitions because it tends to sound better live than most other genres. You have to be a very strong vocalist to pull off most pop songs live, because these songs often rely on a lot of studio manipulations.

    Cassadee is not the strongest vocalist, which is why none of her pop performances in the first half of the competition were well received outside of her pre-existing fan-base. Switching to country half-way through the competition was smart, because it favored her upper register and appealed to more viewers. However, it would be a huge mistake for her to tackle the country industry, because she’s not convincing as a country artist. Unless she can write catchy lyrics like Taylor Swift, the crossover thing won’t work either. Her best bet is to find a good producer and stick to her true passion, which is pop. Her lower register problems won’t matter, because they’ll be “fixed” in the studio.

  • girlygirltoo

    As I said before, there’s nothing wrong with Cassadee’s wanting to play to sold out crowds in big arena and sell bunches and bunches of albums and singles. I just hope that she is realistic about her chances of actually doing these things. Very few artists — and I am including the biggest of the big artist — play to sell out crowds in big arenas. Very few artists sell bunches and bunches of albums. 

    Obviously, it can be done, and maybe she will go on to do just this. But hopefully she has a realistic understanding of what the music industry is like right now. She should, considering her background…

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

    Watched tonight’s livechat with Beatrice and CeCe. CeCe hasn’t confirmed that/if she’s signed, but she’s going to L.A. the first of the year.

    Beatrice gave a little insight to the X Factor audition process. She said they had to go through 3 booths of producers before they got the judges, and that she only had to sing a few lines to get past the producers.  CeCe said that battle rounds and judges house wasn’t about singing necessarily, but who could handle the rigors of a live television show. They weeded people out mentally. Makes sense.

    They also made Bea and CeCe rewatch the LeAnn performance and asked them if that affected Carly’s vote. Both said no.

  • durbesque

    Not a Cassadee fan, but I admire her dedication to her musical vision….?X Platinum.

  • girlygirltoo