Idol Headlines for 8/19/14

Tonight, 12 more acts from the America’s Got Talent Top 48 perform for YOUR votes. 9/8c pm NBC.

Capitol CMG Publishing presented artist Colton Dixon with two No. 1 plaques for “You Are” and “Never Gone,” from his debut album A Messenger, prior to his album release show in Murfreesboro, Tenn. His second album, Anchor, releases Tuesday, Aug. 19.


via Music Row

He weds, he weds!: American Idol Season 3 reject William Hung famous for his rendition of Ricky Martin’s ‘She Bangs’ got married in California last month – The most infamous American Idol contestant is married. Chinese born William Hung, 31, is most remembered for his rendition of Ricky Martin’s ‘She Bangs’ on American Idol Season 3 and while he was rejected by the judges he made three albums selling 200,000 units. He recently won the affection of a special someone. reports that William Hung was married on June 17 in Alhambra, California. – Read more at Daily

‘The Voice’ finalist, N.J. teen Jacquie Lee ready to give back at Sandy benefit – LINCROFT — Before Jacquie Lee rose to instant stardom with her commanding vocals on “The Voice” TV competition last winter, she sang at benefit concerts near her native Colts Neck. “That’s what music is for — music unites people,” says the bright-eyed teen who was the first New Jersey contestant ever to advance to the “Voice” finale. “As a musician you want to try and find every opportunity to help people.” So, when her father suggested she headline a Hurricane Sandy benefit, with all proceeds to be donated to storm victims, she didn’t miss a beat: “It wasn’t even a question.” – Read more at

Life After American Idol: The Evolution of Sanjaya Malakar – You made a whole bunch of recent home recordings available on your Bandcamp page. Is this part of a plan to record new material? The Bandcamp recordings are basically intended to help move towards my goal of recording an album independently. My main focus for the near future is writing, recording, and finishing the album. Making sure it comes out right. Have you been thinking about embarking on a Kickstarter or other similar crowd-funding campaign? Yeah, that’s something I’m in the process of doing. I want to be sure all the kickbacks for the backers are worth it and that when I launch it, everything is all lined up. – Read more at The Morton Report

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  • Mateja Praznik

    Three years ago today, Little Mix were put together in a girlband.

  • H.A.

    QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT We Are the Champions TV Broadcast by WOWOW: Tokyo SuperSonic. Spectacular firework ending.

  • windmills

    Apropos of yesterday’s Carrie/Super Bowl rumor post, the Wall Street Journal claims the 3 finalists for the Super Bowl Halftime Show gig are Coldplay, Rihanna, and Katy Perry, and that the NFL wants them to pay their own expenses. All 3 names are global megastars with rafts of recognizable hits so they’d be logical picks for the gig. Story’s behind a paywall, but here’s the link.

  • H.A.

    This makes more sense. If I had my pick RiRi all the way. Although RiRi and Coldplay on the same bill would be great.

  • Mel432

    You have a good attitude about this.

  • Liteasy

    Not a fan of that type of musics. Those pants make her look like she has thunder thighs!

  • windmills

    Thanks. I mean, I’m annoyed that after making the right decision for days not to devote a post to the rumor because of sketchy sourcing, I went ahead and did one yesterday.

    OK, and I’m a little disappointed I can’t do a poll now asking whether Carrie’s family-friendly setlist should include the song where she trashes a possibly cheating ex’s car, the song where a daughter lets her passed out drunk abusive dad die in a tornado, the song where Jesus is a designated driver, &/or the song where a wife and a mistress conspire and kill the guy who’s cheating on them both.

    But I’ll recover from that somehow ;)

  • jan

    You always said it was a rumor – and that’s what it was a rumor. It was fun to speculate and fanwar for a day.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    You said it was a rumor. There had already been earlier moves to speculate about the rumor, so you kept it all in one spot and supplemented with such evidence as seemed applicable.

    That poll would have been fun, though.

  • mjsbigblog

    What’s cool about Windmills, and why I appreciate her coverage on the blog of the artists that she loves, is that she’s a fan with reasonable and realistic expectations–refreshingly free of hyperbole–with an ability to recognize shortcomings and imperfections where they exist.

    And she’s rarely defensive, even in the face of haterade aimed at her favs.

  • bridgette12

    If it has come down between Coldplay, Rhianna and Katy for the Superbowl halftime show, why not have all three. All of them are popular here in the States and abroad.

  • justmefornow

    Promo running on KCBA FOX 35. James is one of the judges at the audition site next month in Salinas, CA….

  • standtotheright

    Also logical, since they already recorded and appeared together at the Grammys.

  • mjsbigblog

    You noted the rumor–which had become pervasive–and then made a case for why it wouldn’t be unreasonable for her to perform at the Superbowl. A valid perspective whether the rumor turned out to be true or not.

    Even as it’s looking like the original rumor was unfounded, a case can STILL be made for Carrie performing at the Superbowl–perhaps with other country stars in the lineup. It wasn’t a terrible or crazy idea.

  • Mel432

    Chris Colfer nominated Adam Lambert for the ice bucket challenge.

  • justmefornow

    James Durbin ?@DurbinRock 30m
    #ALSicebucketchallenge I was challenged by@bigg_b831. I challenge @blakebunzel @caseybassy &@rickydanny. You have 24 hours!!!

    (Your move Casey…..)

  • DragonFly

    Looking good here James! Both the auditions judging spot & being featured in the promo for it around his area are nice opportunities.

  • Sharon S.

    This is really, really interesting…

    “Queen Tour Rocks Arenas Old-Style”

    This is an article from, with technical jargon galore, regarding how the sound engineering is done for the QAL performances. As an Adam fan, I was absolutely fascinated reading about the considerations the monitor engineer (a veteran of Adam’s own tours) has to deal with in handling the sound mix for his in-ear monitors. Suffice it to say that Adam is a challenge, in the best sense of the word.

  • esther macha

    I read that earlier today .Very interesting.

  • Mel432

    It’s easier on monitor engineers to work with singers who don’t run around so much, and Adam is all over the stage. Also, he does so much with his voice, especially the high notes and improvising.

  • jcabby

    Congrats to Colton! His album is doing well on iTunes too!

  • bridgette12

    That’s a really interesting article, it can’t be easy being a sound engineer on a tour, especially dealing with singers who want it perfect.

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  • MissMyEm

    Matt Giraud is doing a little promo for his friend. Matt seems like a really nice guy.

    Matt Giraud ?@ImMattGiraud 6h

    Everybody just wants to dance, everybody just wants to dance – @KrisAllen #whitechocolate #getthealbum #catchashow

  • YankeeFan08

    I heard on the news this morning that the management teams of these three (Coldplay, Rihanna and Katy Perry) were NOT receptive to the idea of them sharing income with the NFL. If the performance is contingent on the sharing of income from post-half-time tours, they may perhaps need to look at other performers who might be willing to meet their demands. The NFL feels that even though the artists perform at the SB for free, the exposure they receive is invaluable and they should be willing to “share” the income gained from a SB appearance. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  • bridgette12

    The NFL is being ridiculous. They expect the half time performers to perform for free and then want them to share some of their income. The NFL should be grateful they are getting the megastars to perform at the Superbowl instead of trying to gouge them for money.

  • windmills

    It’s such a weird story. I don’t know anything about the NFL’s finances but I always figured that thanks to TV licensing deals, they were in good shape. Such good shape that a slice of the pie from even the biggest tours wouldn’t mean much. There has to be more to the income-sharing aspect – like maybe the NFL wants the halftime performer to donate money to/coordinate with a NFL charity in a campaign that lasts throughout the tour? That way the NFL brand is extended through the act’s tour, and the NFL brand benefits among that act’s fans. I’m having a real hard time believing this is a straight up pay-to-play because the NFL needs/wants $$. But stranger things have happened I guess.

    Pure speculation but I’m guessing this info was leaked by 1 or more of the acts who were in negotiations with the NFL (well, the teams of those acts). The story as is obviously makes the NFL look greedy, so maybe it’s a public negotiating ploy to help pressure the NFL into backing off the demand. Or, maybe it’s a leak by an act or acts that are out of the running to preemptively shade both the NFL and the act who does ultimately get the gig.

  • standtotheright

    Ask them to do a M&G with VIPs and offer that as a ticket package perk if they need more revenue-sharing so badly (pro tip: they don’t). But the money that artists earn after that is their own.
    The cost of a halftime spectacle is built into the show; the only question is which artist submits the line items. So the NFL just needs to stop grubbing.
    It would amuse me if every superstar sent the NFL a “we won’t pay to play” letter, though.

  • girlygirl

    He is a sweetheart. I’ve been glad to hear that he’s been working with new management and a producer who really believe in him. Fingers crossed he finally gets his music released (I know he has that live EP out, but I’d like a studio album).

  • girlygirl

    This is a really good, in-depth interview of Kris. They talked to him for more than 2 hours :)

    Interviews : Kris Allen via @desordenorg

  • girlygirl

    The NFL makes billions of dollars off their tv contract. The network charge advertisers upwards of $500,000 per spot for commercials during the Super Bowl (the price depends on the length of spot and where it goes in the broadcast), and it’s my understanding that the NFL gets a portion of those fees. They certainly are not cash poor. There’s no reason why they should be asking the halftime performers for money.

  • windmills

    Right, that’s why I feel like if the story is true (and I lean to thinking there’s at least some truth to it), there must be more to it than a straight up pay-to-play. But maybe I’m underestimating what people will demand when they think they’re negotiating from a position of strength.

  • bridgette12

    What the biggest stars in the music business need to do is tell the NFL that they are on strike and in their line of work, people pay them to sing, they don’t pay others for the privilege of singing to them.

  • bridgette12

    The NFL is the number one sport in the US, they make billions of dollars a year and certainly are not cash poor. There is no reason to strong arm the halftime entertainers like they are the mafia.

  • mmb

    The halftime show is a huge huge huge huge promotional opportunity for the artist — Its basically one big commercial for them. It is possibly the highest profile tv performance spot an artist can get. I can see why the NFL might want to see if they can get an artist to pay for the opportunity. Just because they haven’t done it in the past doesn’t mean that its not a reasonable idea for the future. Not a bad business idea imo

  • bridgette12

    The NFL don’t pick nobodies to be the halftime entertainers for the Superbowl. These people are already megastars and some of them legends. Do you think they would have told someone like Prince that he would have to share his future earnings with them after agreeing to do this for free? Hell no, Prince would have laughed in their face and told them where to stick their offer.