Idol Headlines for 1/31/01

‘Now That’s What I Call Music!’ Heading To TV?

“Now That’s What I Call Music!,” the long-running series of hit-single compilations, is being shopped as a TV show by Simon Fuller and his 19 Entertainment company.

While still in its early stages — the show doesn’t have an official title yet, although it’s likely to incorporate some variation of the “Now” brand name –details are beginning to emerge.

Fuller, the mastermind behind “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” has the exclusive global rights to negotiate a TV deal based on the property. “This show will be nothing like ‘American Idol’ and definitely won’t be a spinoff,” he says. “It will be a new take on music programming.”

At the center of the show will be the hits themselves, by such acts as Britney Spears, U2 and Jay-Z. “The TV show is designed to take the brand ‘Now’ and bring it to a broader level,” says Bob Mercer, CEO of Now That’s What I Call Music, a partnership involving Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and EMI Music. (Warner Music Group has a competing product called “Only Hits.”)

The program’s final aspect would involve finding the next “Now” artists, Mercer says: “That would be new up-and-coming talent that’s either already signed or just as likely not already signed.”

Billboard

A title for Brooke’s album and other headlines

USA TODAY’s Marco Della Cava tells me that Brooke White’s forthcoming album will be called High Hopes and Heartbreak. A label deal is being finalized, according to management. Brooke described the album’s sound to Della Cava as “part singer-songwriter, part pop — but not Britney (Spears) pop.”

Idol Chatter

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After the Auditions The 12 Frontrunners

So the auditions are behind us. We haven’t seen everyone yet, but we’ve seen a lot of them. And on the basis of that half-information, we are prepared to make some predictions.

Tens of thousands were summoned by the “Idol” trumpets. We predict that when the dust settles and the curtain rises over the Idoldome in five weeks, it will be these 12 warriors of song onstage prepared to seize the mantle of history. (Actually we couldn’t narrow it down to 12, so we threw in one extra.)

In no particular order. Listed by name, (audition city), age, hometown. Audition song. Interesting fact. Link to check them out (while they last).

LA Times

“Singing Is Not Your Skeez”

And because I like the Jim Verraros philosophy of focusing on whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s awesome instead of whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s miserable, and because Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m really very upbeat and life-affirming and find myself really dragged down by things that arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t excellent, I vow to make this recap of the weekà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s three episodes one big long loving list of love items. And by list I mean list, because, seriously, three episodes in one week covering four cities’ worth of auditions is enough to make a man question his reasons for liking anything. Thankfully, though, this is the last week of auditions. When theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re over the show becomes a more coherent and entertaining narrative of suffering and shame. Wait, sorry, I mean triumphant song-based thrills and dreams that come true with sparkles and makeup and sexy, sugarlump-enhancing neoprene garments.

Advocate

‘American Idol’ David Cook to play Azalea Festival

Organizers announced Friday that the singer David Cook, who won the seventh season of hit TV show “American Idol” in 2008, would be one of two concert headliners for the 62nd annual Azalea Festival, set to be held April 1-5.

Cook will perform April 2 in Trask Coliseum. Carrie Underwood, also an “Idol” winner, performed at the Azalea Festival in 2006.

Star News

All You Need To Know About The Desperation Felt By The “American Idol” Producers This Year

American Idol combine the auditions in New York City with the sparsely attended San Juan tryouts, the episode decided to devote a full three minutes and 16 seconds of screen time to Alexis Cohen, the middle-finger-wielding Pennsylvanian who last year was talking about being like a pirate and came to her Philadelphia audition covered in glitter, and who this year in New York had a girly dress, a pre-audition chant, “thousands of people across America supporting [her],” and an even crappier voice she had last year, when she at least channeled her craziness into Grace Slick’s persona. (You probably will not be surprised to learn she didn’t make it.) Clip (via MJ) after the jump.

Idolator

Former Idol finalist sings “Guava Jelly”

Former American Idol contestant, Camile Velasco, performs and gives us a taste of her native homeland, Hawaii.

Learning to dance the hula is as easy as 1-2-3. In Hawaii the hula is an integral part of the Hawaiian culture. Beloved by all and studied in the most serious fashion by students in a hula halua (school).

When dancing the hula, there’s always a story to be told with the hands. It can be seductive and suggesting. In fact, Protestant missionaries in Hawaii denounced the hula as pagan and its performances banned because of the gyrations and scantily clad dancers. Luckily it was revived.

ABClocal

Jordin Sparks and The Rhythm Riders à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Mix It Upà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  at Variety Show

Shrinerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Childrenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Hospitals Selected as Beneficiary

Phoenix, AZ – The surviving friends and family of Phoenix resident Toni Davenport who recently passed away from cancer wished to do something in her memory to help others as she had done in life. The idea of having a concert in the Phoenix area to raise money for a great cause in her name was developed. The Shrinerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Childrenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Hospitals was selected as the beneficiary of this show.

The Rhythm Riders from Auburn California, a world class Johnny Cash & Patsy Cline Tribute band who are friends of the Davenport group were invited to head up the show. The Rhythm Riders manager Anthony Kessman then contacted Jordin Sparks management and invited her to participate and she agreed. From there a variety show format and friends list was developed and the show is now growing in scope and size.

EV Living

A School Day To Remember

WESLEY CHAPEL – On Wednesday, students at Seven Oaks Elementary School were surprised with a visit from two VIPs, Jordin Sparks, “American Idol” winner, and Albert Haynesworth, defensive tackle from the Tennessee Titans.

Sparks made a guest appearance on the Eagle Eye News program, which is produced by Seven Oaks elementary students each morning. The students were surprised when Sparks announced over the intercom system, “This is Jordin Sparks, please turn to channel 6 for Eagle Eye News.”

TBO.com

PHOTO: Melinda Doolittle Braves NYC’s Cold Streets for Video

Former American Idol star Melinda Doolittle has been hard at work on her debut album, Coming Back to You, which hits shelves Feb. 3. People.com has a first peek at the singer’s video for her new single, “It’s Your Love.”

In this shot, Doolittle à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ who was a favorite on Idol’s sixth season à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ struts down the streets of New York on a chilly winter day with Cindy Blackman, a drummer who has worked with Lenny Kravitz.

As for her album, Doolittle describes it to PEOPLE as “retro soul that has a touch of Motown, a touch of blues, a touch of Tina Turner in there à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ all of that.”

People

Melinda Doolittle: Former ‘American Idol’ Finalist Releases First CD

‘Coming Back To You’ offers a vintage soul sound that would make Doolittle the perfect addition to a tour including Raphael Saadiq and Solange, both of whom also embrace throwback vibes on their respective releases.

I caught up with Doolittle at a Starbucks in Nashville’s trendy West End district where we talked about her new CD, life after ‘American Idol’ and her work with President George W. Bush.

Black Voices

Kellie Pickler to join BFF Taylor Swift on tour

Kellie Pickler announced on her MySpace blog today that she will join fellow country singer, pal Taylor Swift, on tour. The Season 5 “American Idol” finalist and Swift will kick off the Fearless 2009 tour in Evansville, Indiana, and go on to play 52 cities over six months. The close friends, whose circle reportedly also includes Carrie Underwood and Katharine McPhee, have already collaborated on a song–Pickler’s second single, “Best Days of Your Life”. Pickler hints there’s more to come:

“It’s always fun to be on tour and be with the fans, and to be out with Taylor, who is like a sister to me, is really awesome. We wrote my current single, ‘Best Days of Your Life,’ on tour together last year, and I’m sure we’re going to write on the road together this year, too. So guys: you’ve been warned. Don’t make us mad, because you might just hear about it on the radio!”

LA Times

Jennifer Hudson Arrives for Super Bowl

Jennifer Hudson is in Florida to prepare for singing the National Anthem at Sunday’s Super Bowl, her first performance since her family murder tragedy.

The singer-actress, 27, who also is nominated for four Grammys, was spotted at the airport in Tampa on Friday wearing sunglasses and carrying one of her Pomeranian puppies.

“She says she wants to get back into the flow of things,” her Dreamgirls costar Jamie Foxx, who spoke to her recently, tells Entertainment Tonight.

People

Super Bowl national anthem signals that Jennifer Hudson is back

In singing the national anthem Sunday before a Super Bowl viewership that’s typically close to 100 million in the U.S., Jennifer Hudson will be letting the world know she’s back at work.

The 27-year-old Chicago native has been out of the public eye since her mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother Jason were found shot to death in Donerson’s Englewood home on Oct. 24. The body of her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was discovered three days later, and William Balfour, the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister (and Julian’s mother) Julia, was charged with first-degree murder.

At the time of the killings, Hudson’s self-titled debut album for Arista had been in release for less than a month. The full-fledged launching of her music careerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ as a complement to her Oscar-winning acting careerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ was under way.

Chicago Tribune

Arizona Cardinals will win the Super Bowl . . .

. ..Because they have the heart, determination and the support of the whole state. We are the underdogs, but we embrace that fact. We’ve made it to the championship and history has been made. It’s amazing! I feel so proud to have been along on this crazy ride, a part of this journey, and I will still bleed red and white no matter the outcome!”-Jordin Sparks, “American Idol” winner, Jive Records recording artist

AZ Central

Celebrities, Athletes, VIPs Pick Cardinals to Win

“For me there’s no debate, it’s the Arizona Cardinals,” said singer/songwriter Michael Johns, a former American Idol contestant. “I’ve been looking forward to the Maxim Party more than the Super Bowl itself, and the Patron ‘debate’ on the red carpet was definitely one of the highlights of the night.”

Marketwatch

Sanjaya Malakar sings praises of new ‘American Idol’ judge

Sanjaya Malakar, who became a celebrity, although not a winner, on the sixth season of “American Idol,” thinks the talent competition’s newest judge, Kara DioGuardi, is a great addition.

“I think it’s weird to see four judges, but she’s obviously qualified,” Malakar told the Daily News. “And she’s bringing something new. The other three judges have been there so long, it must be hard for them to come up with new things to say because a lot of the [auditioners] sound the same. Having someone else to bounce ideas off of is bringing a new flavor.”

New York Daily News

Phil Stacey Signs With Reunion Records

Phil Stacey, American Idol Season 6 finalist, announced his partnership with Reunion Records, a division of Provident Label Group, this week.

The relationship between Stacey and Reunion/Provident began last fall following his stellar performance at an event honoring Michael W. Smith at Nashvilleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Terry Hemmings, Providentà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s President and CEO, attended the event and having been moved by Staceyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performance, reached out to him to inquire more about his career plans.

CM Spin

Simon Cowell: I’m not gay, I don’t rip off my artists but I DO find Piers Morgan very pompous

Simon Cowell walks into a dingy backstairs bar at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

‘What a dump!’ he cries, taking in the ancient Roxy Music posters, the peeling floor and stained coffee table.

Edging onto a leatherette sofa, he politely asks his assistant to fetch him a cup of tea and lights the first of a chain of cigarettes.

‘Do you mind?’ he asks, pointing to the smoke. ‘Are you sure it doesn’t bother you?’

However, neither the grim room nor the hazy light can quite dim the lustre of the megawatt Cowell presence.

Daily Mail


  • Jabkmc

    Well then….never mind. haha! Sorry, MJ. I missed it before.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Did the MJ fans know this? Hope soà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Yes, it’s been reported. A couple of times.

    ETA: No prob. You didn’t have to delete it. :).

  • SallyinIllinois

    Alexis is hilarious…she needs her own comedy show.
    Just listened to Melinda’s music and it’s OK, not commercial, not my cup of tea.

    I’ve written before that Melinda and Fantasia right about now would do good to get a band behind them like Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings who are burning up the concert stages and winning Grammys. There are some solo singers that need a smoking band behind them like Amy Winehouse….that band is what made Amy, not Amy.

  • jjcoolgal891

    Reporting: So far, the venues at Chicago, Sayreville, Madison,Pomona, Idaho Falls and Lancaster are all sold out for Archie’s tour. Craziness. Idaho Falls sold out in 5 minutes! Some people were even left without tickets because of it.

  • tinawina

    Maybe I’m crazy, but I kinda like the Now music TV show idea. If it’s basically a show of performances, I might actually watch. Hmmm.

  • jjcoolgal891

    Update: Clarence, NY just sold out as well.

  • star

    americanidol.com has short interview videos of all (I guess…) the Hollywood contestants here.

  • JudyOhio

    When will the billboard updates be posted? Were they already posted and I missed them? If so, point me to them :smile1_tb:

  • BootStar

    So I posted this in the wrong thread yesterday (sorry, MJ!), asking if anybody knew if AOL’s Tour Tracker site is reliable because they have David Cook’s tour as the #1 hottest tickets in the U.S. right now. They had Atlantic City in the red zone, and sure enough, today at 9:59 am (tix were going on sale at 10:00 am), I was able to attempt to buy tix from the Borgata website in Atlantic City, only to be completely shut out after waiting in queue for 15 minutes! Both concerts (3/20 and 3/21) sold out in less than 10 minutes!

    The “least hot” show I could find in my area was at Penn State – York on 3/24 (merely yellow), and I was successful getting a ticket there at around 11:30. They also had gone on sale at 10:00 am. I didn’t even know it was open to the general public until somebody at DCO tipped me off.

    I am so thankful I got a ticket, but horrified at the whole Borgata process. Some folks were able to get tickets to both shows, others got zilch. And it looks like the bulk of the good tickets went straight to the scalpers who are now selling them online for upwards of $600 apiece. So a lot of DC fans may be upset that he chose to go the college tour route this time, but at least colleges and universities don’t allow scalpers to rip fans off.

    Tour Tracker

  • Trina

    I was able to attempt to buy tix from the Borgata website in Atlantic City, only to be completely shut out after waiting in queue for 15 minutes! Both concerts (3/20 and 3/21) sold out in less than 10 minutes!

    I’m got my tix through comp and my Borgata hostess/contact said they sold out in 7 minutes.

  • Jabkmc

    Same thing is happening with Archie’s tickets. There are tickets on eBay already for upwards of $350 each. Bastards…

  • Jabkmc

    Cute new iCarly commercial with Archie…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrdH39FOdyk

  • frogcooke

    jab I was gonna post that commercial haha So cute! Miranda pushes david off the chair hahahaha!

  • Jolene

    americanidol.com has short interview videos of all (I guessà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦) the Hollywood contestants here.

    I can’t seem to skip ahead on the video playlist, is it just me? I want to see some of them, but certainly not all 142!

    And it looks like the bulk of the good tickets went straight to the scalpers who are now selling them online for upwards of $600 apiece.

    Sheeesh!
    I hope those who can’t go to the DC tour this time around will wait patiently for the next one. Nobody should have to pay 600$ for a ticket.
    How I wish I could go. I’m green with envy and hopeful for some Cookie crumbs from those who managed to score tickets. You lucky lucky people, I just know you’re going to have the time of your life (cue magic rainbow!).

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seem to skip ahead on the video playlist, is it just me? I want to see some of them, but certainly not all 142!

    It’s screwy right now, and some of the links are broken. But I did manage to post links for the Top 36 in my list:

    http://mjsbigblog.com/top-36/

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    When will the billboard updates be posted? Were they already posted and I missed them? If so, point me to them

    I just posted the chart…look for the links in the header.

    Sorry, between covering 3 shows and the top 36 leak, plus some personal crap…I’m sorta behind right now. :).

  • CathyMK

    So a lot of DC fans may be upset that he chose to go the college tour route this time, but at least colleges and universities donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t allow scalpers to rip fans off.

    That may be true at the students-only shows, where they can make people show their student ID before letting them in, but it’s not true for any of the shows that are open to the public. There were tickets for the York, PA show on eBay this afternoon. At the Mount St. Mary’s show, which is closest to me, students get the first crack at the tickets. They can buy 2 tickets each for $10. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that paying $10 and selling them for hundreds of $$ is easy money. At this point I’m doubtful that there will even be tickets available by the time they go on sale to the public, other than at the scalper sites. For that matter, students who want to go may well be shut out by others who are just buying them to scalp.

  • Jabkmc

    Sorry, between covering 3 shows and the top 36 leak, plus some personal crapà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sorta behind right now. :).

    What a slacker…. :smirk1_ee: :wink_ee:

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    What a slackerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    :tongue2_tb: :happy_tb:

  • Jolene

    Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s screwy right now, and some of the links are broken. But I did manage to post links for the Top 36 in my list:

    Thank you so much, MJ!

    For that matter, students who want to go may well be shut out by others who are just buying them to scalp.

    That’s why I’m glad they’re putting a very low limit on how many tickets each student can buy – you won’t have a case of one student buying 50 tickets this way.
    Also I’d imagine most colleges that price tickets differently for students will require proof that the concert goer is in fact a student, I know mine does, so that should also help ward off scalpers.

  • soundscene

    So I posted this in the wrong thread yesterday (sorry, MJ!), asking if anybody knew if AOLà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Tour Tracker site is reliable because they have David Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s tour as the #1 hottest tickets in the U.S. right now.

    I don’t know how the tour tracker works, but they’re not entirely accurate. If you check out DA’s dates, they don’t have all of them up. And the heat index for Idaho Falls and Chicago dates is zilch when those shows sold out in 5 and 15 minutes, respectively. lol. Maybe it takes awhile for the heat indexes to become accurate, and some spots haven’t registered yet. Or maybe AOL can only get a certain amount of information from various vendors and venues.

  • mac

    If you check out DAà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s dates, they donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have all of them up.

    They also don’t have all of David up there. He has no head in his picture! :laugh_tb:

  • JudyOhio

    ^^^ I saw that too mac, the headless Archie! It hit me funny at first, but then I was like, wow, pretty sloppy work on their part!! I almost scrolled to see if they had any of the artist’s pictures upside down, lol, then thought nah won’t bother, lol.

  • KTINTN

    Taylor to be on Reg & Kelly on last week of Feb AND 3/2 –
    Yahoo! Video Premiere on 2/17 –
    Album Premiere on AOL week of 3/2.

    http://www.myrocketscience.com/

  • frogcooke

    Looks like DA is going to be on the next disneymania cd..

    from idf:

    I saw a post on the Facebook group and someone was saying how her friend was just flipping through channels and came upon an ad for the next Disneymania CD and she says she heard David’s name mentioned. The next CD would be Disneymania 7 so I was trying to dig up some info on Google…a page on Freebase says a few artists that are “rumored” to be on it, including David.

  • ozarka

    They also donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have all of David up there. He has no head in his picture!

    I think AOL is making a subtle reference to Paula Abdul’s endearing comment to Archie, “I want to squish you, squeeze your head off and dangle you from my rear-view mirror.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  :laugh_tb:

  • JudyOhio

    So THAT is where his head went!!! Paula! You can’t do such a thing!!!!!

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    Regis & Kelly have always been so good to Taylor. When you watch him on their show, it seems as if Regis truly enjoys him and his music. Its fun to watch!