Happy Valentines Day! :3

Tonight, the girls perform last chance solos before the judges on American Idol at 8/7c on FOX. Plus, the Top 40 are unveiled. And on Glee, the graduates come back to Lima for Emma and Will’s Valentines Day wedding. 9/8c on FOX.

Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Pia Toscano (How is THAT for a Diva trio!) will be featured in the Divas in the Desert Gala for the American Cancer Society, taking place on Friday April 26th at the Westin LA Paloma Resort & Spa. Click for more information.

BWW Reviews: AMERICAN IDOL Winner Phillip Phillips Chats About his IDOL Experiences and More – Both my sisters sing. My whole family sings and plays some kind of instrument. Both of my sisters started playing way earlier then I started singing. I didn’t start singing until I was about 18. They started singing a lot younger. They have a lot better voices than I do. They will always tell me whenever I sound bad or not. It’s good to have them there. – Read more at Broadway World

‘American Idol’ finalist Jason Castro talks locks – There are a few things “American Idol” fans will always remember about Jason Castro. The singer’s memorable performances of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and the ukulele-inspired version of “Over the Rainbow” during his turn on “Idol’s” seventh season are two. His dreadlocks are another. Today, five years after his time on “Idol,” it seems people are still interested in those locks. A Tweet, posted on his website, had a female fan wanting to run her fingers through his hair. “Yes, it happens a lot,” Castro said with a chuckle. – Read more at HamptonRoads

Rock With Her – Lashundra “Trenyce” Cobbins went from North Memphis to Hollywood when she made the final cut on American Idol in 2003. Now Cobbins is in London, where she’s been cast as the female lead in a tribute to pop icon Michael Jackson. More than 10,000 miles away from home, she’s performing in Thriller Live at the Lyric Theater in London every Tuesday through Sunday. “It takes you on a musical journey through Michael Jackson’s entire life,” Cobbins said. “From the time he was in the Jackson 5 all the way up to his last records. It’s a celebration of his music and his time as an artist and icon. – Read more at Memphis Flyer

Fifth Harmony Reunites & Talks Debut Album

They talk about their debut album and more. They expect to begin recording within a week.

Stacy Francis Still Feels Misunderstood + Her New Reality Show!

X Factor’s Stacy Francis, has a reality show?

Demi Lovato Would ‘Love’ to Return to ‘X Factor’ – Demi told Renee she would “love” to return to “X Factor” if her schedule allows. “I’m focusing on my music this year, so it’s going to be a lot of touring, a lot of promoting of my album… but I would love to. Obviously, if they asked for me to come back, I’d say yes.” With Britney Spears exiting the competition show, she would love to see another superstar take her place. “I would love to see Lady Gaga. I don’t know if that is possible or not,” she said. Demi is also on the mend. She broke her leg after her roommate “Pledged” the floor. “I slipped and fell in my living room and, God bless my roommate, but she’s not used to cleaning and so she actually “Pledged” the floors… Needless to say that didn’t go very well.” – See the Video at ExtraTV

Carly Rae Jepsen Reveals Why She’s Heartbroken on New Single ‘Tonight I’m Getting Over You’ – Heartbreak was far from the theme of Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy, career-launching Grammy-nominated radio hit, “Call Me Maybe” – but in her latest single, the starlet touches on romance gone wrong. Reliving the past failed relationship that inspired “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” Jepsen, 27, recently explained at PEOPLE’s pre-Grammy soiree at Sayers Club in Hollywood, “As an artist, it’s fun to explore [my] many sides and sort of go through my experience with love in a more personal way. I hope you haven’t experienced it, but I certainly have had that relationship that is on-again, off-again and good and bad.” – Read more at People.com

Matthew Morrison on Will’s Wedding, a “Big Feud” and His “Rejuvenated” Return to Glee – Last week, millions of Glee fans were shocked — and more than a little horrified — to see Finn (Cory Monteith) lay one on Emma (Jayma Mays) days before she ties the knot. And they weren’t alone. “I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What happened? What did he do?’ It just didn’t make any sense,” Matthew Morrison tells TVGuide.com. “It still kind of doesn’t make sense in my mind, but a lot of things in this show are kind of funny.” Despite the brief smooch between the bride and the best man, Thursday’s special Valentine’s Day episode (9/8c on Fox), entitled “I Do,” will feature the long-awaited wedding of Wemma, one of Glee’s most beloved on-and-off couples. “It was kind of messed up, but it leaves room for a lot of drama and tension,” Morrison says of the kiss. “I think the wedding is going to go pretty smoothly, but I think there will be some aftermath in some episodes to come. … It’s going to be a nice big feud for a couple episodes.” – Read more at TV Guide

Connie Britton Is a Late Bloomer – Connie Britton got over it a long time ago, the part that got away. But it’s a good story, and she still tells it with feeling: The year was 1995. Edward Burns, who had just directed her (and starred in) “The Brothers McMullen,” reached into his backpack one night over dinner and handed her a script that Cameron Crowe had sent him to read. Burns wasn’t interested himself, wanting to act in his own films instead. But he thought Britton was perfect for the romantic lead. – Read more at NYTimes

AMERICAN IDOL GIRLS GROUP NIGHT DRAMA (Idol in a Minute)

 
  • LVD

    Lindsey Parker did an exclusive interview with CaseyJ:

    http://screen.yahoo.com/casey-james-exclusive-interview-222211699.html

  • http://twitter.com/igobyleo Leo Ridela

    Fifth Harmony!!

  • girlygirltoo

    Someone gave Stacy Francis a reality show? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?????

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    PIA J Hud and Jordin!! Wow I never would of thought to pair them together. But definitely from the most talented females to grace the idol stage!

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

    because she’s a famewhore and actually could make a good vilain character on a reality TV show

  • MellyPer1692

    Adam (and Sauli) wish everyone a happy valentines day.

    “@adamlambert: Valentine Homies. Love to You ALL! http://t.co/LxGfVBnk

  • tripp_ncwy

    Venue Information on Kris’ show at the 2013 SXSW March 16 9:00 – 9:40
    VENUE INFO
    Antone’s http://www.antones.net/about/

    THE SHOW AT ANTONE’S ON SATURDAY, MARCH 16
    Jillette Johnson
      9:00PM Kris Allen
     10:00PM Joshua James
     11:00PM Delta Rae
     12:00AM Civil Twilight
      1:00AM A Silent Film

    http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_MS21558

  • girlygirltoo

    I didn’t know Lee was playing at SXSW as well. Are there more Fleming Artists acts performing at that venue on that night between Crystal and Lee?

    It’s interesting that Kris’ show doesn’t say “presented by Fleming Artists” even though that is his (and Jillette’s) booking agent.

  • breakdown

    Take a breath Stacey, and STFU.

  • potatorocks

    Happy Valentines Day MJ and everyone here.

    I don’t know were to ask this because there is never a thread about Joshua Ledet.   Which concerns me because I think it means there is  nothing happening for him.   Does anyone know anything?

  • girlygirltoo

    Looking at his twitter feed, it appears that he was in the recording studio at the end of January but right now is back home in Louisiana

  • blackberryharvest

    Phillip Phillips Mom arrested for DUI

    http://www.tmz.com/2013/02/14/phillip-phillips-mother-sheryl-phillips-arrested-dui/

    It also said his parents split up last week. 

  • girlygirltoo

    Kris’ show in San Francisco tonight is sold out. Now that’s a nice Valentine’s Day present for him :)

    https://twitter.com/krismicklin/status/302188917816446976/photo/1

  • http://www.facebook.com/esther.macha Esther Macha

    It,s really cool for Kris to get to play Antones in Austin.

  • curly_yenta

    Just a bit of trivia… the cover of Taylor Hick’s post Idol CD was shot at Antone’s. :)

  • roarpen

    She’s Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack. God Help us, Stacey F. with a reality show.

  • renzy24

    Jessica Sanchez had a blast in her first solo concert in Manila. BTW it was almost sold out! (Capacity is 16k seats) maybe she got more or less around 12-14k. :)

  • tripp_ncwy

    LiveStream of Kris’ show  tonight Cafe du Nord San Francisco.  Show starts 8PM PST.

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lambert-lust

  • Anny_nanny

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  • girlygirltoo

    unless he’s messing with us, Kris’ song request for tonight’s sold out show in SF will be a little Clay Aiken — “Invisible”

  • tripp_ncwy

    Request song tonight at Kris’ show at Cafe du Nord 
    Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love.

  • girlygirltoo

    actually the request song was I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis Presley)   :)

    the harmonies on that were gorgeous

  • Anny_nanny

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oozQ4yV__Vw
    Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone

  • http://twitter.com/bilolobi Namarinad

     the video is nice and Phillip looks great in there too
    i love at the end when he looks at the moon, big up !

  • Anny_nanny

    It’s the Sun. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/bilolobi Namarinad

    i know lol
    it looked like a reference to the cover of the album

  • tripp_ncwy

    Video: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley(Cover)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpyU4uc3pwg&feature=youtu.be

  • jpfan2

    Official video for Gone,Gone,Gone

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oozQ4yV__Vw

    Interesting concept of mixing old clips in to get the sense of times past. Sort of an up tempo Home vibe.

  • Miz

    Perfect Valentine’s Day  song! That was so pretty.

  • Miz

    From the info, it appears you have to buy a badge to go to the show. It looks like the cheapest that would get you in is $795 for the Music badge.

  • potatorocks

    By the end of Philip’s video I am totally into it.   Many of those clips evoked memories of people and moments in my own life and of course that is what they are going for.   It works.

  • girlygirltoo

    How sweet was Kris talking about Katy :)

  • Incipit

    Sort of an up tempo Home vibe.

    Definitely “Home” 2.0 – Now with Cranked up Nostalgia Vibe”. But at least I finally have an answer for the question I’ve been asking since the album came out…what in the world those lyrics were about? Unless the writers, Todd Clark and Derek Fuhrmann, want to offer another interpretation from the one in the video, it’s not someone going off and leaving him flat – the “Gone” part is times that are long gone, people who are dead and gone..

    Does “Americana” Mumfordy Music focus on these kinds of themes? Kind of a downer, IMO. YMMV

  • standtotheright

    Does “Americana” Mumfordy Music focus on these kinds of themes? Kind of a downer, IMO. YMMV

    Mumford and Sons (who are a British band with their own folk scene to draw from so please everyone stop calling them Americana; they play four-on-the-floor kick-drum folk-rock) focus a lot on Marcus Mumford’s spiritual yearnings and desire to connect with loved ones. They have a song called Ghosts that We Knew but I think the ghosts are metaphorical.

    Of Monsters and Men, who are an Icelandic, not American, folk-rock band, have a wildly up-tempo song called Little Talks where a wife is having a conversation with her dead husband and they are telling each other that they’ll meet again soon; whether real or imagined is left as an exercise for the listener.

    The Civil Wars, who actually are an Americana band, write a lot of distant love songs, but have one about a murder (Barton Hallow) and one that could be interpreted as committing suicide to be reunited with a dead father (My Father’s Father), or just interpreted as returning home to deal with the loss.

    Historical folk music is fairly rife with murder ballads, historical losses, and general longing love, so the idea that the modern incarnations would completely stray away from those themes is puzzling to me.  Even more puzzling is the idea that audiences wouldn’t respond to them, as they’ve clearly resonated through the years.

  • Incipit

     Hey, I don’t listen to any of that genre – and people who do seem to call it Americana Music…so I figure they oughta know, standtotheright.

    Is there a consensus?  I think of it as Mumfordy Music, no matter which continent it originates from – since it looks like all Mumford’s fault that it’s all over the radio and TV at the moment. (and they sure are folky, but they don’t rock much, IMO) Every show lately has a ration of bands and artists I never heard of before who sing in that style – whatever it’s called – and I just tune them all out *snerk* and wait for the next HAC fad.

    Obviously there is an audience responding to them – there was an audience for “Tom Dooley”, and when ‘Billie Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge’, lotta folks were into that too – it’s just a step to the right to get to  the macabre Dead Teenager Ballads of the 50′s and 60′s – “DeadMan’s Curve”, “Leader of the Pack”, too many of those to mention – people were into that too. People haven’t changed…neither have musical themes, much.

    What’s different, IMO, is there is no longer much allowance for thematic or musical variety in any given genre…and if one doesn’t care for Mumfordy Americana Music, one is pretty much SOL with HAC radio lately…speaking as one of those SOL People. Heh.

  • girlygirltoo

    M&S’s current single is called “I Will Wait” and is not downbeat at all

  • http://twitter.com/bilolobi Namarinad

    i love the song “Gone, Gone, Gone” and i love the video
    i love love love the part where Phillip is looking at the camera, so telegenic :)

  • standtotheright

    I think of it as Mumfordy Music, no matter which continent it originates from – since it looks like all Mumford’s fault that it’s all over the radio and TV at the moment. (and they sure are folky, but they don’t rock much, IMO)

    Not really. It is folk-rock because it relies strongly on driving drums that are not associated with traditional folk music. If you have a better hyphenate to describe subgenres that rely strongly on drums and guitar to create their sound than “-rock”, then I encourage you to direct that to the writers covering these sundry bands. But, as I’ve said before, I don’t go in for rock snobbery: If I don’t like certain bands, then I don’t like them, but I don’t stop calling their music rock because of that.

    And it’s also not really Mumford that is “responsible” for hearing a lot of the sounds on HAC, any more than Nirvana was primarily responsible for grunge bands on mainstream radio. The band that makes it big (M&S or Nirvana) is simply the one that has the big single that built on the songs and singles of bands before them (The Decemberists, Neutral Milk Hotel, Laura Marling; or Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, etc.)

    Finally, I don’t consider the varying sounds and themes of these folk rock bands to be limited much at all. You asked if those themes were common. I said in some cases, but for M&S least of all. And I don’t see them as prevalent on HAC as you seem to. Some of these singles never left AAA or Alt even though they were big on the home format.

  • ali_359921

    Jessica’s first solo concert last night which was held in Araneta coliseum ..
    Some of the songs she did on the concert ..

    Someone like you
     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I-ukVBm83E
    Human Nature
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqWZlue4L0I
    Valerie
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZVk5V4z01E
    fairytale (from her upcoming album)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtBT_UaprOA

  • Incipit

     Eh, you name it snobbery, I call it personal preference – which is seldom attached to a band, for me – just to the many styles of music I prefer to listen to. ..and the ones I most definitely don’t.  But a band can put out an album I love, and then turn around and drop the next album and I don’t like it at all…it’s the music, not the band name attached that makes the difference. The name comes to my attention second…and the label slapped on the style is last of all.

    If labels make it easier to identify music for people in a conversation, then I’ll make an effort to ask about their categories and get the name right for them – up to a point – but too much music can claim rock connections, as long as it uses that ‘/’ – -  and a guitar and drums are not all it takes to be considered ?/Rock music. IMO.

    And we’re back to personal preference.  Just as an aside, “Classical Gas” has guitars and drums, and is considered rock, by some people – others, not. It gets called classical pop, instrumental rock, contemporary instrumental, all kinds of things. I don’t actually care what the label is because I love the sound.  And no matter what this latest radio phase is called that has been exemplified by Mumford, and that Iovine jumped on for Phillip’s music  – - I do not like the sound of it at all.

    JMO. Of Course.

  • standtotheright

    but too much music can claim rock connections, as long as it uses that ‘/’ – - and a guitar and drums are not all it takes to be considered ?/Rock music. IMO.

    That so much music can claim rock connections simply reflects the broad prevalence of rock in recent cultural history. For me, if a band refers to its music some form of rock, then I assume the members of said band have a reason for accepting that label and respect their personal preference. No more skin of my nose than saying Mumbai instead of Bombay. I still know where it is.

    I guess for me, there is simply no genre (and very, very few subgenres) where I accept or reject the broader sound (or lyrical content, if applicable) wholesale. Some songs engage me, some don’t; some bands have better track records, some worse. It’s going to be interesting, in this corporate-focused-narrowing but distribution-channel-widening era, to see if people become more flexible about genres or less over time.

  • iani

    I hear no M&S in GGG at all, not musically, stylistically or anything. The M&S music is about power, edginess, strangeness with a “banjo”, maybe the element this band to be associated with Americana, I see more M&S in  Hold On and A Fool’s Dance  than GGG. Maybe Stephanie’s version of Home from the last night to be closer to American folk style there.

    Of Monsters and Men’s …Little Talks where a wife is having a
    conversation with her dead husband and they are telling each other that
    they’ll meet again soon; whether real or imagined is left as an
    exercise for the listener.

    Interesting, another version I read that is about on and off from reality as “she” suffering from Alzheimer. I like their new single better than Little Talks though.

  • Incipit

     Interesting – You said:

    “Some songs engage me, some don’t; some bands have better track records, some worse.”

    And I said –

    “But a band can put out an album I love, and then turn around and drop
    the next album and I don’t like it at all…it’s the music, not the band
    name attached that makes the difference.”

    I think we are saying very much the same thing here standtotheright – not very far apart at all.

    But I hope music and artists can find a way to survive corporate control…cause that bites. IMO.

  • standtotheright

    I think we are saying very much the same thing here standtotheright – not very far apart at all.

    But what I’m saying is that there is very little chance that I’ll like or not like the music from one album to another because of a genre shift in and of itself.  It’s the quality of the song in the genre, not the genre itself.