Idol Headlines 03/07/10

Danny Gokey sings for hometown crowd

WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE – Danny Gokey sings for his hometown for the first time since becoming a national recording artist.

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Johnny Weir calls Adam Lambert ‘an amazing performer, ‘ contemplates skating to ‘For Your Entertainment’

Of course, the conversation had to turn to Adam Lambert at some point in the night. After all, it was only a couple weeks ago that we asked the “American Idol” runner-up what he thought of the ice skating phenom.

“I think Adam is an amazing performer, ” said Johnny, who also revealed that he watched “Idol” last season and “had a hard time picking between Adam and Kris [Allen].” But by the end of the competition, Johnny noted, he was a faithful “Adam fan.”

LA Times

Kelly Clarkson Takes Pee Break During Concert

Kelly was performing in Germany on Friday night when she mysteriously disappeared from the stage during a song. The band covered for her for a bit before she finally returned. She finished the song and then admitted, “I’m really sorry, I had to pee.”

TMZ

‘Idolatry’: Racial conspiracies, new front-runners, self-sabotaging judges, and a higher power rock the week in ‘American Idol’

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Gokey returns home, charms sellout crowd

The “American Idol” third-place finisher was back in his hometown to showcase his debut album, “My Best Days.”” If Saturday wasn’t Gokey’s best day, it had to be a contender. Turner Hall Ballroom wasn’t due to open its doors until 5:30 p.m. Saturday, but the fans started gathering as early as 7:30 a.m. By 5:30 p.m., the line of fans hoping to get in ran down the street and around the block.

It was a capacity crowd that cut across generations and Wisconsin geography. Lured by Gokey’s cuteness and sweet-guy charisma, 24-year-old Ellisha Haeuser of West Bend attended her first concert. Kelly Townsend came in from Helenville with her 10-year-old daughter, Emma, for a special mother-daughter outing.

Indeed, family groupings were sprinkled through the hall. An evening with Danny feels a little like Sunday dinner at the Waltons’.

JSOnline

American Idol winner plays Vail benefit

VAIL, Colorado — The Vail Cascade Resort hosted the American Airlines Celebrity Ski event to benefit cystic fibrosis research this past week. The event celebrated 25 years of bringing sponsors, celebrities, entertainment, and skiing together at venerable mountain ski resorts.

The evening then kicked into high gear with the introduction of the evening’s musical entertainment — American Idol winner Kris Allen, accompanied by five other stellar musicians. Allen encouraged the crowd to sing along and enticed chuckles with his stories of snowboarding in Vail and earning “battle wounds” of bruises in the process.

Vail Daily

Williamsport-area teen pursues dream on ‘Idol’

f you’ve been watching the new season of “American Idol” — and judging by the ratings, you probably have — you’ve no doubt taken notice of fresh-faced teenage contestant Aaron Kelly.

“His talent is just incredible, ” said John Trallo, Kelly’s Sonestown guitar teacher. “What people have seen of his vocal ability — you haven’t seen it all. There’s a lot more there.

“If he doesn’t win, he’s going to at least be in the top three.”

Centre Daily Times

Song inspires musicians to look to ‘Best Days’

Green co-wrote the song with Kent Blazy at Blazy’s house, and played it for executives at Sony Music Nashville, who immediately took it for Gokey.

“Songs, a lot of times, they know where to go, ” Green said. “It didn’t even have a chance to go anywhere else.”

“My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” was inspired by a conversation Blazy overheard while walking at Radnor Lake. The songwriter had recently lost his wife and he heard someone say, “I really think my best days are ahead of me.” The idea spoke to his desire to try to move on with his life, and he presented it to Green during their writing appointment. Green said that while the song was motivated by Blazy’s grief, it is a positive anthem that anyone can relate to.

Tennessean.com

Katharine McPhee: From House Bunny to “Community” and Beyond!

After Katharine McPhee’s “American Idol” fame she branched out into acting and scored (ha, ..in more ways than one) as a pregnant coed in the popular film comedy The House Bunny.

With a new music tour coming up in April, Katharine is making time for TV as she plays Amber, Chevy Chase’s stepdaughter in the NBC series “Community”, then goes on to film her own NBC sitcom pilot about single girls in the city called “The Pink House”.

We called the “Idol” alum to catch up on her current career boom! Catch the singer/actress Thursday, March 8th in the “Community” episode entitled “Basic Genealogy”.

Teen Television

Celebrities play hoops for charity in Valley

No ticket to the Academy Awards ceremony at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre? No worries — you can see plenty of celebrities Sunday, right here in the Valley.

The Jack In The Box Celebrity Shootout will bring a host of recording artists, television actors and movie stars to town to play basketball for the benefit of local charities.

The event, in its ninth year, tips off at 2 p.m. Sunday at US Airways Center in Phoenix.

Recording artists Ciara and Jordin Sparks will serve as coaches during a celebrity basketball game, and several Phoenix Suns players will preside over various contests and promotions. The Suns Gorilla, Suns Dancers and Verve Sol Patrol will also entertain spectators.

East Valley Tribune

Inside Chef Art Smith’s Private 50th Birthday Party!

8 top chefs each contributed a course for this evening and they included Nigella Lawson, Stephanie Izard, David Burke, Ming Tsai, Alan Wong, Gavin Kaysen, Barbara Lynch and Rey Villalobos. There was entertainment by Michael Johns and Sara Wasserman. His life partner, Jesus Salguiero, gave a heartfelt speech about Art that brought tears to everyone’s eyes and Chef Stephanie Izard put it this way, “Art keeps getting smaller and smaller in his waist and bigger and bigger in his heart.” I’ll say, with his 90 pound weight loss (325 down to 235), he is a shadow of his former self and now truly is the role model he’s always hoped to be for the many children he mentors.

Chicagonow

I thought I’d never wed ..and then I met Mez

Simon Cowell thought he’d never marry – because he didn’t see himself as a one-woman man.

The 50-year-old X Factor guru said he always avoided popping the question because he thought he’d “get bored” of any woman with whom he tied the knot.

He told ITV’s Piers Morgan Life Stories last night: “I never believed I could be with one person for the rest of my life.

“I thought she’d hate me or I’d get bored, which is what I had a reputation for. “I thought I had it all. I had girlfriends and I thought, ‘Why get married?'” Simon, who previously dated 80s pop singer Sinitta and TV presenter Terri Seymour – and has had relationships with a string of other glamorous women – said he hadn’t been in love with many of his former girlfriends.

Mirror.co.uk

Simon Cowell takes on Piers Morgan as both plan summer weddings

Daily Mail.co.uk

Producer Lillywhite wants Cowell’s ‘Idol’ seat

DETROIT – Steve Lillywhite wants to “help America find the next Elvis Presley.” And that’s why the Grammy Award-winning producer — whose resume includes work with U2, the Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Morrissey, the Rolling Stones, Phish and scores of others — wants to be “American Idol’s” next Simon Cowell.

The British-born, New York-based Lillywhite has mounted a full-scale campaign to be considered for the job Cowell will be vacating after this season of the hit show to helm the U.S. rollout of his British TV series “The X Factor.” Lillywhite has hired an agent and publicist. He also has posted a short clip on YouTube extolling his bona-fides, and he recently filmed “a slightly more professional” video that will be out soon.

Billboard

Haverhill’s Cooke lands dancing role in tonight’s Oscar ceremony

HAVERHILL — Since appearing on “So You Think You Can Dance” last year, Channing Cooke has left her hometown behind and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in show business.

Cooke, a Haverhill native, went to a Boston tryout for the FOX reality show “So You Think You Can Dance” last year. She impressed the judges enough to make the cut, get invited to Las Vegas for the national competition, and stay on the show until Nov. 19, where she was one of the bottom three dancers and was voted off.

Now living in Los Angeles with three roommates, Cooke recently auditioned for a dancing role in tonight’s Academy Awards ceremony, and was given a part.

Eagle Tribune

Adam Shankman: Just call him Oscar’s choreographer

Adam Shankman’s love affair with the Oscars began with an act of petty larceny.

Back when he was a little boy, his father — an entertainment lawyer and manager — attended the Academy Awards. “He brought home the program from the show, and I stole it, ” said Shankman, 45. “I kept it and would look through that program for years. I just thought it was the most glorious thing in the world.”

LA Times

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92 Comments

  1. Loved the video on Danny’s concert last night from Fox6 news. That’s great he had such a huge turnout at his hometown performance. The interview with his sister-in-law was touching.

    Also enjoyed the article on the guy who wrote Danny’s new single. Seems their paths crossed at just the right time.

    Glad to see Danny’s album is still holding steady at #1 on the Itunes country chart and #2 on the overall chart. His single is still holding steady at #26 on the songs chart behind Kris (#21) and Adam (#23).

  2. Hope Simon has some good car alarms. I fear for his tires, etc once his former girlfriends read the Mirror article. Actually, I don’t fear for him… have at it girls!

  3. Turner Hall was fabulous! Danny will definitely hold up his end of the concert with Sugarland. He looked like a true country “rock star” and just excelled on “Get Away”. The yells he did at the end were awesome; just as good as on the record.

    And he just keeps endearing himself to fans; he sang and held her hand and told the story of a blind fan who traveled all the way by herself with her guide dog from Nashville to see him. She is a college student and had never done anything like that before.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90XmJPy0u4U&feature=player_embedded

    He also stayed until the bitter end to sign almost a thousand autographs after management said only a limited # would be signed.

  4. He also stayed until the bitter end to sign almost a thousand autographs after management said only a limited # would be signed.

    That’s awesome.

  5. OK, someone named LILLYWHITE wants to replace Simon? LOL You couldn’t make that up….

    and anyone see video of Kris singing in Vail anywhere? One of those 500 attendees must have had their cellphone on….

  6. That is awesome. Danny doesn’t even get the day off after everything this past week. He’s off to Chicago for another performance and signing, and then more stuff tomorrow. Hopefully he will get a day off sometime soon to just enjoy everything that’s happening for him.

  7. steph6449

    Judging by Kris’s and Adam’s schedules, days off are pretty rare when trying to promote an album. And it doesn’t seem like he’s going to have a lot of free time once that Sugarland tour starts. But hopefully he will have a little time to try and relax n absorb it all.

    Sounds like Kris’s charity concert gig went really well. I miss getting to see video from his gigs!

    Strong updates for Kris and Adam again today.

    POP:
    13 11 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 5604 5243 361 32.573
    +63 Spins
    +73 Bullet
    +0.412 AI

    HAC:
    7 6 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 3274 3146 128 17.181
    +32 Spins
    +38 Bullet
    +0.176 AI

    POP
    18 16 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 4541 4149 392 29.243
    +90 Spins
    +58 Bullet
    -0.221 AI

    HAC:
    19 19 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 1562 1285 277 8.169
    +66 Spins
    +36 Bullet
    +0.416 AI

    And here’s the update for Allison’s new single…

    376 107 ALLISON IRAHETA Scars 34 3 31 0.076

  8. and anyone see video of Kris singing in Vail anywhere? One of those 500 attendees must have had their cellphone on….

    Most of these one-off private events are not attended by fans. The Artist is just “the entertainment” and part of the evening’s festivities. And this isn’t a knock on Kris…we haven’t seen vids of Adam’s private gigs either. Besides when you are paying mega-bucks for a chicken and peas dinner who “thinks” about taping a performance….the venue is about networking for the audience.

  9. girlygirl, agree. Danny’s schedule the past few months has been crazy also. Normally though, he’s had a break day or sometimes two every week. Right now Danny seems to be on pretty much a 2-week straight run that carries through his 2nd Opry appearance next weekend. Must be quite a ride. His voice seems to be holding up reasonably well, considering how much he is singing. He does anywhere from 4-6 or more songs everywhere he stops, often multiple times a day, so he’s not taking it too easy. But I’m sure it makes sense to hit it as hard as he can for this window of time when the album is first hitting the street.

    The Sugarland tour actually might be restful in comparison :) The tour seems to have some breaks built into it, to avoid overstressing Jennifer Nettles voice, I guess. And Danny isn’t at every stop though he’s on the majority where I’ve seen supporting acts identified. Danny seems to be filling in the Sugarland tour breaks with other events of his own, with some big country music festivals and club dates. A radio station guy was confirming this morning, Danny will apparently be able to make the Summerfest event in Milwaukee for one.

  10. Tess

    I agree with what you are saying about these events, but I saw a tweet from someone who said s/he was the “main camera” for Kris’s gig in Vail. That suggests that the sponsor may have taped the concert? If so, maybe they will post it somewhere. It was a charity event to raise money for CF, and in the past I’ve seen media from those type of charity things posted online. So we will see whether anything shows up.

  11. The release date of David Archuleta’s memoir Chords of Strength has been moved back from the previously announced May 4th date to July 1, 2010.

    Source: Amazon

  12. Those jsonline pics of Danny’s Turner Hall concert last night are great.

    Several YT videos also surfacing

    ending of MBD into Life On Ya
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKbvmm25emM

    I Still Believe – first video of this one I’ve seen with a large crowd, it actually rocks pretty well for Danny here — enjoy hearing the songs for the first time with drums, it adds a nice element
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5xqvIe9-kE

    Back at One including where Danny makes that girl’s day (year, probably) who came to see him yesterday with her guide dog Whitney
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90XmJPy0u4U

    Danny greeting fans including the girl and Whitney
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHc2nr-rvT0

  13. Detailed, very nice article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about Danny’s concert last night.

    http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/musicandnightlife/86754767.html

    Also, appears there is a crowd forming to see Danny in Chicago where he is singing and signing a couple of hours from now at a Best Buy (Orland).

    @dannygokey all of us are outside waiting for you :) and it started raining/drizzling….all for you :)

    Never occurred to me they would have people standing in a line to get into an in-store event, I just walked in when he was there in Virginia last week. They had a nice turnout, would guess 200-250 people, but no special controls to get in.

  14. Latest David Cook tweet from his song writing session:

    Just put down the best two line lyric of my 12+ year music career. Now just gotta figure out the rest of this song

    His fans are now exploding on twitter.

  15. Are people tweeting David asking him to tweet the 2 lines? I thought about doing that when I saw his tweet. He’s a tease…

  16. Most of these one-off private events are not attended by fans. The Artist is just “the entertainment” and part of the evening’s festivities. And this isn’t a knock on Kris…we haven’t seen vids of Adam’s private gigs either. Besides when you are paying mega-bucks for a chicken and peas dinner who “thinks” about taping a performance….the venue is about networking for the audience.

    “The entertainment” got a standing ovation, so maybe they’re fans now (some of them may have been, already. Kris isn’t an unknown, after all). And yeah, someone tweeted something about video.

  17. I wouldn’t expect any videos to be up from Kris at the charity event in Vail until next week. The event is still going on today. I’m hoping aaevents.com will post them.

    We did see some tweeted pics of Kris and someone was at the ‘Kris Allen’ table for the dinner. Unfortunately, he didn’t go to the dinner, much to that person’s disappointment. I would have been bummed too.

    I saw elsewhere that he’s scheduled to appear with Keith Urban at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas in April. That would be a fun show to go to.

  18. Tess,

    Videos show up from those private gigs all the time. There were vids from Cook’s Beauti Control gig in Vegas, his Ford gig, and another one he did with Randy Jackson (?) back East.

  19. Most of these one-off private events are not attended by fans. The Artist is just “the entertainment” and part of the evening’s festivities. And this isn’t a knock on Kris…we haven’t seen vids of Adam’s private gigs either. Besides when you are paying mega-bucks for a chicken and peas dinner who “thinks” about taping a performance….the venue is about networking for the audience.

    I agree. I don’t think we’ll see much video from this event. According to the article, this annual event has generated $25 million over the last 25 years. That’s $1 million per year. If 500 people show up to each event, they are somehow making $2K per person. I don’t know what that comes out to per pea they eat, but that’s not chump change. I don’t think people like that are going to be uploading videos to Youtube.

    Still, it’s great that people willing to drop $2K for chicken and peas will give you a standing O. They could just ignore the hired help if they wanted to.

  20. Lol, Steph, that last Utube video of Danny greeting Megan and her guide dog! At the very end you can hear me saying “I;m with the guide dog; I’m their ride! And the guy says “Oh, I’m sorry”. He was
    a pretty nice bouncer, lol!

  21. Love that Cookie’s so excited about lyrics! Hope he’s having a great time in Sweden

  22. Lol, Steph, that last Utube video of Danny greeting Megan and her guide dog! At the very end you can hear me saying “I;m with the guide dog; I’m their ride! And the guy says “Oh, I’m sorry”. He was
    a pretty nice bouncer, lol!

    Lol. I could hear him trying to shoo someone along, and then something about the guide dog. Didn’t realize it was you though, funny :)

  23. The release date of David Archuleta’s memoir Chords of Strength has been moved back from the previously announced May 4th date to July 1, 2010.

    Source: Amazon

    Oops!! My bad. That should say JUNE 1, 2010.

  24. girlygirl, that link for vh1/script is incorrect. It takes me to a japanese speaking woman, lol.

  25. Indigobunting, you sound just exactly as I thought you would! I am so happy that you got to be there. And jellus jellus jellus! ;) I’m just kidding about that, what better way for Danny to end this incredible week than with an outpouring of love from his home town. For him of course, it was about his love and appreciation for his fans. He is so “slimy”, isn’t he. So sweet what he did for that girl, and for staying to do all the autographs. Hope he got to sleep in today!

  26. 03/07/2010 at 1:46 pm
    YouTube of The Script on VH1 Countdown talking about Kris and LLWD, giving him some nice compliments (and making fun of his height)

    i liked it! They seem to be such a bunch of good guys. Love the vibe

    Congrats to Kris for the Vail gig. Love that he got a standing O. I miss seeing videos of his gigs.

    I wish his album does well next week in Japan.

  27. I’m just kidding about that, what better way for Danny to end this incredible week than with an outpouring of love from his home town. For him of course, it was about his love and appreciation for his fans. He is so “slimy”, isn’t he. So sweet what he did for that girl, and for staying to do all the autographs. Hope he got to sleep in today

    Yes, so slimy. Ha. Realizing mannerisms can annoy people and whatnot, Danny really seems like a sweet guy. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about last night:

    Gokey obviously learned a few things about stage craft and projection in the crucible of “American Idol.” He radiated a core honesty that allowed him to project both rising star and grieving husband with equal credibility. Or perhaps it’s simply the appeal of a genuinely decent guy. After the show, he sat in the back of the hall and signed autographs and dispensed hugs and handshakes for an endless line of hometown fans.

    People also really do connect with Danny. For all the criticism he takes for talking about his story, I think Danny fully realizes that and will continue reaching out in different ways through his music and interviews. Here is one gentleman writing today after buying Danny’s CD (revealing among other things, that Danny being a strong Christian is not incompatible with having gay fans who love him despite the culture war stuff that got stirred up at times with AI8 discussions and media):

    I would LOVE for this to get to Danny Gokey himself. I just lost my partner on Feb 25th. [..] It has been so HARD (all the pain/crying/emptiness/sadness/etc…. And his CD didn’t take those feelings away but I just made me realize that there are other people out there going through the same emotions. I know he did when his wife passed away.. and I just want to PERSONALLY thank him for this CD. I feel like it was written especially for me. I know it wasn’t, but it might as well have been.
    It spoke directly to my heart… almost EVERY SINGLE song. But especially the last one “I will not say goodbye”.. MAN, does that ever show EVERY SINGLE emotion that I’ve been feeling since that day. I do have a strong faith in God… and I’m thankful for that. Just a note to say THANK YOU to Danny for having his debut album come out at EXACTLY the time I needed it! THANK YOU!!! and GOD BLESS YOU!

  28. steph, I was also very touched by that post from Danny’s website. I hope that Danny sees it. And you’re right, the reality about Danny is different than the myth. I remember seeing not long ago on Twitter just a random tweet from a man who had gone to what I believe was a radio station event to see Danny, and he had attached a photo. There he was with his partner, with Danny in between them with his arms around them and big smiles on all their faces. It was really cute.

  29. Here is one gentleman writing today after buying Danny’s CD (revealing among other things, that Danny being a strong Christian is not incompatible with having gay fans who love him despite the culture war stuff that got stirred up at times with AI8 discussions and media):

    Yes, I think people somehow mix religion up with gay rights. Yes, there is a segment who take parts of the bible literally and think it is a “sin” or whatever; but it is very unfair to categorize all deeply religious people as homophobes like some did to Danny. There was also a really cute twitter pic of a gay couple who adored Danny when they went to his radio tour in Texas (kinda ironic after Michael Sarver had commented about gays coming out of the closet during AI in Texas-in other words; DON’T). Danny was sandwiched between the two guys in the biggest bear hug and they were just raving about him on their twitter feed.
    And it also points out that as much criticism he gets for continuing to dare mention his loss; he doesn’t even care if it will help one person like the nice man who wrote in yesterday to his fan site.

  30. Steve Lillywhite is a very well known producer – Idol would be lucky that someone of his caliber wants to be a judge.

  31. Adam I catching up on the Beiber kid on Top 40 Mediabase. He is 48 spins away. Yesterday he was over 100 spins away. I think he will pass him and take the #15 spot. Yippee!!!!

    I think WWFM will pass Bieber tomorrow! :grin:

  32. Even for those who follow the Bible language with respect to homosexuality and sin, in the larger scheme of things there are a lot of sins and we are all guilty of them. Just having that religious belief to me does not make someone intolerant, it depends on how they live and relate to other people in addition to what they believe and apply to themselves according to their religion.

    The actual AI8 crew to me do a good job of exemplifying how to get along and support each other, despite their differences in background and to some degree, their possibly differing beliefs and values. Too bad certain segments of the media and some fans tend to magnify or seize on perceived conflicts. It got really tiresome for a while around the AI finale as the media tried to make a story out of differences between Adam and Danny, and then Adam and Kris.

    There was also a really cute twitter pic of a gay couple who adored Danny when they went to his radio tour in Texas (kinda ironic after Michael Sarver had commented about gays coming out of the closet during AI in Texas-in other words; DON’T). Danny was sandwiched between the two guys in the biggest bear hug and they were just raving about him on their twitter feed.

    I remember seeing that, actually. I think they just accidentally ran into Danny in an elevator or hallway, and he was very nice to them and posed for the pic. From what I remember, they said it was an anniversary for them and they were just delighted with having met Danny. They were explaining to their friends (who at first having read some of the other stuff, were questioning the two gentlemen somewhat skeptically about Danny) how sweet he was in person to them both.

    This is kind of cool for Danny, at a Walmart–interesting, I guess just a store somewhere as Danny’s in-store performances have been mostly at Best Buy and one Barnes & Noble. Hope they have enough CDs stocked for those interested to get them.
    http://twitpic.com/177xue

  33. girlygirl:
    03/07/2010 at 1:14 pm

    Are people tweeting David asking him to tweet the 2 lines?

    Oh I’d say looking at his @replies he got about 5,000 tweets asking him to tweet the lines lol Effin tease.

  34. The release date of David Archuleta’s memoir Chords of Strength has been moved back from the previously announced May 4th date to July 1, 2010.

    Source: Amazon

    Oops!! My bad. That should say JUNE 1, 2010.

    Thanks Ozarka. I think this is not unusual to put out a date and then find that it has to be moved back. I am disappointed though.

  35. Really cute fan video of a fan singing My Best Days.

    Doesn’t quite fit the stereotype of someone saying all of Danny’s fans are old women, lol!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx2jIY8AO5I

    Cute video. I had never heard Danny’s song, and I must say that I like it. I could see how it would be a very popular song. It is hopeful and looking ahead to better things. It would be a great graduation video song but it could be ageless as well.

  36. This is another little video by a Danny fan talking about his CD, very short and to the point. He is sooooo excited, funny.

    http://www.twitvid.com/4D10F

    Danny’s CD has some harder-edged uptempo songs than I’d initially guessed, those probably will have some male appeal along with the power ballads.
    I saw a country music reviewer comparing Danny’s song Get Away to something by Montgomery Gentry. Hadn’t thought of that comparison, but after reading it, could see why he might have mentioned that.

  37. oops, sorry about posting the wrong link before! the one with the Japanese woman talking was the promotional thing for Kris’s and Adam’s album releases.

    As for WWFM passing Bieber to move to #15, the people on the Pulse board don’t think it will happen in time for Adam to be #15 on the official chart. Maybe on Monday or Tuesday. Likewise, Kris isn’t going to be able to move to #10 for the official chart, but could get there sometime this coming week (also depends on what happens with Ke$sha’s Blah Blah Blah, which is right behind LLWD but hasn’t gained ground yet)

  38. Being the devoted idoltard that I am, I always post idol updates on my facebook page – cause you KNOW I am a fan of them all . The one that has received the most reaction and response is Danny and MBD. I know this really speaks of my little circle of friends, but withing that circle the ones that have responded to Danny have been a diverse bunch. He has something that speaks to folks for sure. I’m happy for him.

  39. So glad to hear that Kris got a standing O after the Vail gig. That could have been a tough crowd. I admit I’m disappointed there has not been a scheduled tour announced. My only chance of seeing him is in July. I’ve been waiting to schedule my flights to hopefully coincide with a concert, but I’ve about given up. (Don’t want to do the AL theme park thing…)I do agree with what someone posted earlier, that these various gigs are increasing his exposure and his fanbase and ultimately I want what’s best for him. But for his overseas fans, winning tickets on the radio is not an option. It would be great if his management would schedule a couple of July concert dates where we could actually buy tickets, and announce the venues SOON.

  40. I think Kris, Adam and Danny have all connected with a diverse bunch of fans. The question is whether these people will be casual fans who might not necessarily purchase everything they release or go to many concerts, or more hardcore ones

  41. Masieta

    well they have announced two gigs in August for Kris — one in Hershey, PA where he’s opening for Daughtry, and then one the next day in Atlantic City. Maybe keep an eye on those to see when they make the tickets available? Or does it have to be in July for you to be able to attend?

  42. Thanks Ozarka. I think this is not unusual to put out a date and then find that it has to be moved back. I am disappointed though.

    Often release dates are changed for strategic reasons. They may have changed the date because they don’t want the book to be released too close to the release of his next single. They probably don’t want the book to overshadow the release of the single, or vice versa. It would also be beneficial to stagger their release to keep David’s name in the news. In an interview, David did say that his single would be released in the Spring.

  43. Latest David Cook tweet from his song writing session:

    Just put down the best two line lyric of my 12+ year music career. Now just gotta figure out the rest of this song

    His fans are now exploding on twitter.

    Yeah, so I’m pretty sure that was twitter code for “this one’s for you, sunchick. You can tell everybody, that this is your song…” o_O Seriously, though, them thars some lofty ::cough:: words coming from the king of the two liner. I might have clapped excitedly and/or fist pumped when I saw that tweet. Maybe. If I didn’t have to worry about losing cool points and such.

  44. girlygirl – I would definitely be at those concerts in August but 3 weeks in July will be the only time I’m in the States… so now is a good time to say “thank you” again to all of you who take videos of Kris’ concerts and make them and your reports available to the rest of us… we can live vicariously through you :)

    Here’s a recent tweet:
    KAaddicts Kris removed from Vegas show with Keith Urban http://bit.ly/9F4vHX

  45. IKR sunchick? And now he tweeted he wants to move to Sweden heh. After one day? What did they slip him something in his drink? Or like others are asking him, whats her name? lmao.

  46. Danny’s single is starting to slip back a bit on iTunes now (it’s at #28). LLWD (#21) and WWFM (#23) are remaining steady. Looks like Kris is going to have the most download singles sales again for the week.

    Danny’s album is still sitting pretty on the iTunes chart at #2. Kris is at #28, while Adam is at #71 (and #226)while Allison is at #193 (and #947)

  47. can I just say that I HATE radio contests? (throwing my cell phone off the balcony in disgust)…

    …thank you

  48. Monte has a (tongue in cheek) idea for the next Kradison concert

    monterrific

    #We need to do a concert on a cruise with Kris and Allison and call it the Ryan Seacruise. You heard it here (cont) http://tl.gd/ehpoo 8 minutes ago via UberTwitter

    #Me and @Longineu in front of the Queen Mary 2. You’re not going to need a bigger boat http://tweetphoto.com/13631981 10 minutes ago via UberTwitter

  49. Trina

    When he learns Sweden has the highest income tax rates in the world, David might rethink his idea of relocating…no matter how gorgeous the ladies are

  50. Danny’s single is starting to slip back a bit on iTunes now (it’s at #28). LLWD (#21) and WWFM (#23) are remaining steady.

    For the country charts though which Nashville peeps probably would check most closely, Danny’s single is holding at #3 behind Lady A and Taylor Swift. Not sure how long his place will hold, but it’s nice to see :)

    I read (obviously) a lot of the twitter traffic on Danny, and have yet to see hardly anyone who bought his CD and disliked it. Hopefully that will serve him well over time, if people consider it to be a good product.

    He seems to be holding at least his place on the country radio chart (#34 currently), one source I saw thought he could move up a couple of spots for the week. It would be nice if he can break into the top 30 this month. That would probably help with more radio play as a lot of stations seem to have very limited formats that don’t often play songs outside the top 25 or so.

  51. Monte has a (tongue in cheek) idea for the next Kradison concert

    monterrific

    #We need to do a concert on a cruise with Kris and Allison and call it the Ryan Seacruise. You heard it here (cont) http://tl.gd/ehpoo 8 minutes ago via UberTwitter

    I’d like to see people try to walk out on that one.

  52. Ha, I saw that, Trina. And now I’m afraid this brilliant couplet he speaks of so highly is something along the lines of…

    Gersh gurndy morn-dee burn-dee burn-dee,
    werdy nerdy flipy flurvy woop!….

    (She said in her best Swedish chef…)

  53. For the country charts though which Nashville peeps probably would check most closely, Danny’s single is holding at #3 behind Lady A and Taylor Swift. Not sure how long his place will hold, but it’s nice to see :)

    Yes, I will expect his single to fall back down. I’m actually quite surprised it reached in the lower 20’s at iTunes; can’t recall the peak, but it was #21 or #23. I know that is from AI fans who finally knew he had a single out. I would expect continued sales to come from mostly country fans, however, so it will fall back down again- country fans (unless they are crossover) purchase less singles and it is a smaller market.
    But I like seeing him right behind Lady A and Taylor too Steph =)

  54. When he learns Sweden has the highest income tax rates in the world, David might rethink his idea of relocating…no matter how gorgeous the ladies are

    Hey! :grin:

  55. can I just say that I HATE radio contests? (throwing my cell phone off the balcony in disgust)…

    …thank you

    I don’t even have this chance (!) to see Kris so while i sympathize with you a lot I can’t help to be a little envious ;)
    … joking aside, true that it’s a pain to be riveted to the phone in the hope of getting tickets

  56. E! just used FYE as the background music over the open for their red carpet coverage

  57. I can’t see the drummer clearly enough to see whether it’s someone other than Ryland or Drew

    Ryan on the E! red carpet coverage just mentioned how E! is premiering the Lady Gaga/Beyonce music video this coming week — and that it is TEN minutes long. YIKES

  58. I’d like to see people try to walk out on that one.

    The true hard core BSC fans will find a way to make their statement. Perhaps they could hide in the loo. They can claim that Kris gave them indigestion if anybody calls them on it.

  59. student_Inlove:
    03/07/2010 at 6:36 pm

    Adam Lambert Sunrise video; http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/play/-/6901665/adam-lambert/

    Thanks for Posting….that was beautiful. Adam is so versatile in voice and look. He does Mardi Gras and then this all within 24 hours. Fantastic. The man can sing no question about it. I personally loved both performances as they were appropriate to the venue he was singing in.

  60. Kirsten:
    03/07/2010 at 6:56 pm

    I’d like to see people try to walk out on that one.

    The true hard core BSC fans will find a way to make their statement. Perhaps they could hide in the loo. They can claim that Kris gave them indigestion if anybody calls them on it.

    Hopefully no BSC fans will be there….(I know wishful thinking)…they can always jump ship and swim! :-) I think the cool thing in all of this is Monte welcoming another Kradison concert so obviously the people involved love it! To me that is more important then some rude fans. (even if they are Adam fans. No excuse for rudeness)

  61. She finished the song and then admitted, “I’m really sorry, I had to pee.”

    That’s a really bad moment. Poor thing!

  62. Danny today at Best Buy — wonder if his hand was hurting after all the signing the past couple of days — could imagine so as it seems he signed for as many of last night’s crowd (up to 1000 peeps) as wanted him to in Milwaukee, and then had another good-sized turnout in Chicago apparently today for his performance and more CD signing at Best Buy.

    http://twitpic.com/179bic

  63. *
    steph6449:
    03/07/2010 at 7:28 pm

    Danny today at Best Buy — wonder if his hand was hurting after all the signing the past couple of days — could imagine so as it seems he signed for as many of last night’s crowd (up to 1000 peeps) as wanted him to in Milwaukee, and then had another good-sized turnout in Chicago apparently today for his performance and more CD signing at Best Buy.

    http://twitpic.com/179bic

    Well if it is I have a duel feeling about it….on one hand you want to say poor guy hope it doesn’t cause any serious problem……on the other hand Yeah all those people want his autograph to the point of it hurting him. So feel better Danny glad your hand is hurting because of fans wanting your autograph. :cry: :-)

  64. Good for Kat McPhee for branching out into acting. Pop careers don’t come with a guarantee, so going into other fields of the industry is smart.

    Kelly Clarkson, watch that vitamin water!!

  65. n3mover:
    03/07/2010 at 7:39 pm
    Good for Kat McPhee for branching out into acting. Pop careers don’t come with a guarantee, so going into other fields of the industry is smart.

    Its more like.. pop careers don’t pay what they used to. Gotta bring money in some way when illegal downloading is sucking money away left and right.

  66. 15 YOUNG ICONS

    I•CON [ay-kan] n. One who is the object of great attention and devotion; an idol.

    These Latino idols are courageous, committed and extraordinarily talented. And they are all age 30 and under. We look at who they are, what they do, and the qualities leading them to greatness.

    David Archuleta, 19
    American Idol

    Now a mainstay of pop radio, Archuleta gained fame as the first runner-up on American Idol in 2008. One of the youngest contestants on the show, his boyish charm made him a favorite throughout the competition.

    Source: Hispanic Magazine

  67. Well if it is I have a duel feeling about it….on one hand you want to say poor guy hope it doesn’t cause any serious problem……on the other hand Yeah all those people want his autograph to the point of it hurting him. So feel better Danny glad your hand is hurting because of fans wanting your autograph.

    Yes, that definitely would be under the category of “good problems to have” — lol :) Still, bet his hand is cramping a bit at a minimum, poor thing.

  68. Radio DJ in Chicago writing at their website about Danny’s appearance today at the Best Buy.

    http://www.us-99.com/blog/2010/03/danny-gokey-catch-him-if-you-can/

    Danny Gokey just wrapped up a stunning performance at the Best Buy in Orland Park! The energy from both Danny and the crowd was electrifying! The question isn’t how big of a star is he going to be…cause he already is! Catch him if you can!
    Check out Danny tomorrow morning with Lisa and Ray. He will also be on WGN-TV.
    Danny to tour with Sugarland this year…and stay tuned to US99 for an upcoming performance in the area.
    In the meantime, check out his new CD, “My Best Days!” You are going to love it!

  69. Kat McPhee is awesome. Luv her! She’s coming to Altantic City in a few weeks. I’m tempted to go see her show.

  70. Yes, I will expect his single to fall back down. I’m actually quite surprised it reached in the lower 20’s at iTunes; can’t recall the peak, but it was #21 or #23. I know that is from AI fans who finally knew he had a single out. I would expect continued sales to come from mostly country fans, however, so it will fall back down again- country fans (unless they are crossover) purchase less singles and it is a smaller market.=)

    And it hasn’t got enough airplay yet to sustain high download numbers. Once it does, it will go back up the itunes charts, although may be not as much as pop songs.

  71. springboard

    well it’s still sliding at the moment — down to #34

  72. well it’s still sliding at the moment — down to #34

    Oh yes, it is going to keep sliding for quite a while, imo. I expect that it will need at least twice as much aiplay for it to have any effect on sales.

  73. For where Danny is on the radio charts (#32 today), having a single charting at all on the iTunes top 100 single chart is pretty great.

    When I looked it up one time, relatively few country singles by newer artists | artists who were in the 30s on the country radio chart were in the iTunes top 100. Possibly also true going into the 20s, didn’t look that far ahead. Most of the country singles on the iTunes top 100 singles chart seemed to be the big names with top-ranked current songs, or older very popular songs.

  74. Yeah – looking it up today, still true. Danny’s single has been running just slightly behind Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack on the country radio charts, though he snuck by both today. Gretchen’s single isn’t even in the iTunes top 200 country singles, and Lee Ann’s is at #122. (Where Lee Ann’s I Hope You Dance older song is at #78.)

    Danny’s MBD is still #3 on the country singles chart, and for now he also has I Still Believe (#53) and I Will Not Say Goodbye (#99) in the country top 100. I don’t disagree his single sales are likely to drop off to more parity with where his radio play stands, but for the time being those are good results. His single is behind Lady A and Taylor Swift, no mean competition. And he’s running ahead of Easton Corbin who also has a debut album selling well this week, and has been enjoying a top 5 hit that is all over country radio.

    Looks as if Danny may have a chance to break into the top 30 this week on the Billboard country chart, very nice for him.

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