Idol Headlines for 01/12/10

‘Idol’ creator Simon Fuller may seek a corporate role

Now that Simon Cowell has decided this will be his last season as a judge on Fox’s “American Idol, ” the next drama for the show’s creator, Simon Fuller, may be in a boardroom.

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Fuller, chief executive of 19 Entertainment, which produces “American Idol” for Fox, is eyeballing the top job at 19 Entertainment’s parent company, CKX Inc., according to people close to the situation.

CKX, headed by Robert F.X. Sillerman, also has a majority stake in Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn., and an 80% interest in licensing rights to the name and image of Muhammad Ali.

For the third quarter that ended Sept. 30, 19 Entertainment reported $71.4 million in revenue, accounting for 82% of parent company CKX’s total revenue.

LA Times

Cowell Departure Another Jolt to Weakening ‘Idol’

With Simon Cowell’s days numbered and Paula Abdul already gone, this season is shaping up to be the end of an era for the nation’s most-popular show, Fox’s “American Idol.”

But when it comes to living up to its title — creating a superstar act that captures the imagination of millions — the power of “Idol” has been ebbing for years. (The new season of “Idol” starts Tuesday night (8 p.m. EST.) While the show produced multiplatinum sensations in its earlier days, starting with Kelly Clarkson and ending with Carrie Underwood, recent “Idol” winners or runners-up have not had similar chart success.

Associated Press

‘Idol’ Season 9: An audition for the franchise’s success?

Now we know: Simon Cowell is done with American Idol at the end of the season. Suddenly, rookie judge Ellen DeGeneres looks more like the producers’ hedge bet against his departure than their replacement for Paula Abdul.

The offstage controversy may work short-term ratings wonders for Idol, which premieres tonight (Fox, 8 ET/PT). But if the entertainment media’s obsession with the judging panel’s makeup finds its way into the show itself, Idol’s producers might just as well bring in Henry Winkler as Cowell’s replacement and strap water skis to his feet.

USA Today

‘American Idol’ Preview: Matt Giraud, Experts Look Ahead

And while Cowell grabbed headlines, there are plenty of other judge-related subplots that will also vie for attention, including ones centered on Randy Jackson (how will he fare without fellow lifer Paula Abdul, Kara (can she make fans love her after a rocky first season?) and this year’s new face, talk-show veteran Ellen DeGeneres.

“When I first started on ‘American Idol’ they said, ‘Don’t go on the Internet and read people’s comments, ‘ but I did anyway and the comments from people who were really excited after seeing the first set of commercials were all about the judges — ‘I can’t wait to see Simon and Paula, ‘ ” said Matt Giraud, last season’s fifth-place finisher who, like others we talked to, discussed the upcoming season before the news about Cowell broke. “People do tune in for the judges too. They make the show. If it was just singing and people voting, it wouldn’t have half as many viewers.”

MTV

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American Idol at a Crossroads

Simon Cowell is a lame duck, Paula Abdul is gone, Ellen DeGeneres is arriving. Can Idol survive this upheaval? Richard Rushfield lists the show’s seven biggest challenges.

With Monday’s announcement that Simon Cowell will leave American Idol at the end of this season, television’s sole superpower suffers the biggest hit in its eight-year life span.

The conventional wisdom has among American Idol watchers has always been après Cowell, le deluge. And that could very well be. But could Cowell’s departure also be an opportunity for renewal? Could Idol defy expectations to enter its second decade stronger than ever?

The Daily Beast

It’s the host and judges who make ‘American Idol’ sizzle

So, Simon Cowell announces on the eve of “American Idol’s” return that he’s leaving the hit show after this season. What does that mean for this year?

Fear not, dearest “Idol” fans. Despite — and, in an odd way, because of — Cowell’s impending departure, “American Idol” will remain the best drama on television.

For eight seasons, viewers have been riveted by the show and its portrayals of the light and dark sides of human nature. The show’s classic archetypes of heroes and villains have helped it retain the crown of America’s No. 1 show, and have kept chatter about “Idol” at the forefront of the pop culture conversation.

Detroit News

As ‘American Idol’ season 9 set to premiere, a look back at the best covers ever on the show

It takes years to learn the fine art of interpreting a song. Since the material isn’t your own, you need to bring great character, and insight, to the piece to bend it to your soul.

All of which stacks the deck against the Idol” contestants. They’re too unseasoned to bring much to the table, and worse, they’ve only got a few days to find their way with a piece millions know and love done another way.

Small wonder the wounding charge of karaoke” keeps coming up – even from the most grade-inflating of judges. (Listening Paula?).

Daily News

‘American Idol’ season 9 preview – Sepinwall on TV

Simon Cowell has always been the one man on “American Idol” who speaks the truth and sees through all the nonsense that surrounds America’s most popular TV show – and he continued to do that even while announcing his “Idol” departure.

“Everybody’s talking about the judges, ” Simon said at a press conference with TV critics in which he said he would leave the series after this season to launch an American version of his hit UK series “The X Factor.” (Which I think is a mistake.) “Fundamentally, the reason we do this is we want to find talent.”

That is exactly what “Idol” should be about, particularly in this fork-in-the-road season that will mark Simon’s last, Ellen DeGeneres’ first, and the series’ first without Paula Abdul.

NJ.com

American Idol: The Idols’ Vitals

SETTLING IN FOR a new season of “American Idol” is like dropping into your seat on the first day at school. Before you is a herd of strangers, some you’ll get to know quite well, some you’ll wish you’d steered clear of altogether.

But just as each classroom has its nerds, jocks and preps, those who’ve made a splash on “American Idol” often fall into recognizable categories. Here are a few archetypes to keep an eye out for Tuesday as the “Idol” bell rings at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Express Night Out

An ‘NCIS’-‘American Idol’ Connection

“American Idol” returns tonight for its ninth season going up against “NCIS, ” which is the one series that successfully holds onto its ratings against the show many programming executives consider to be a “death star.” But did you know the two shows actually have a friend/foe relationship thanks to two of its cast members?

“Before ‘American Idol’ and ‘NCIS’ — because I am also a singer and songwriter — Randy Jackson and I were friends, ” Pauley Perrette tells ET. “We were friends for years before we got our shows. I love Randy and he is wonderful. We are very similar. We used to tell people we were twins. Then he got his show, and I got this show, and we ended up on the same time.”

ET Online

Does David Cook look like Jason Bateman in a hard hat?

Settle this for us, PopWatchers. I say the American Idol winner (or Rock Singer, according to this semi-unfortunate chyron), who helped build a house in Indiana on last night’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, reminded me of Jason Bateman on a Bluth Company construction site in Arrested Development. I don’t know, I just got a vibe. Office miscreant Michael Slezak, on the other hand, says hell to the no he they look nothing alike! Whatever. The blue tone of the hat corrupts the comparison. Either way, it was a good thing Cookie Monster had a hard hat to cover up his hair, and Slezak and I both agree that David Cook should not hesitate to incorporate a hard hat into his next music video. We are on the same page again! The page is called POPWATCH and it is Solid As A Rock. Oh and the title of this post should really be Annie comes up with lamest excuse yet to bring up Arrested Development.”

Entertainment Weekly

Former members of Grand Rapids’ Sweet Japonic to back up ‘American Idol’ star Matt Giraud

Kalamazoo’s Matt Giraud, an “American Idol” finalist last season, will get a big musical boost from former members of Grand Rapids rock band Sweet Japonic for upcoming live shows in West Michigan and in Arizona.

Longtime pals of Giraud, The Sweet J Band — featuring ex-Sweet Japonic mainstays Matt Young on lead guitar, Gabe Dutton on bass, Sam Parks on guitar, Davy Tyson on keyboards and Roy Wallace on drums — will perform with Giraud at a fundraising concert in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday and again Jan. 29 at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center here in the Grand Rapids area.

Mlive

‘American Idol’s’ Katharine McPhee having ‘hysterical’ time on ‘Community’

It’s just as we suspected: Katharine McPhee is having a blast on “Community.”

“Having a great time on the set of NBC’s Community! Ken Jeong is hysterical! But pretty much everyone rocks!” she tweeted Monday (Jan. 11).

As Zap2it reported, the “American Idol” finalist will guest star on the NBC sitcom playing Chevy Chase’s step-daughter as well as a possible love interest for Jeff (Joel McHale). What? How can he do that to Britta?

Well, if the tweet is any indication, it appears that perpetually angry Senor Chang (Jeong) will also be in the episode. Si, es bueno!

Zap2it

Kat McPhee Tells Idols to Stay in Closet

Singer-actress Katharine McPhee, best known as first runner-up on season 5 of American Idol, is now advising future gay contestants not to reveal their sexuality while still on the show — regardless of new judge Ellen DeGeneres’s potentially liberating influence.

I love Ellen and think she’s going to be great on the show, ” McPhee tells NightTimez, a New England LGBT newspaper, but that’s a tricky thing I can only compare to someone who’s really spiritual or religious: You don’t need to wear your religion on your sleeve. The competition is not about your faith or your sexuality but about you as an artist.

Advocate

Jennifer Hudson to Perform at the White House

Superstar and formal Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson will perform at the White House on February 10, 2010. She will be singing at the Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” event, which focuses on music that captures the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. February is Black History Month, and President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the concert in the White House’s East Room.

American Idol

Dreamsgirls Syesha Mercado Talks About The Stage Play

Syesha Mercado tells us what it is like to play Deena Jones

Honeymag.com

Bo Bice Talks Family, ‘American Idol’

My, how life has changed for the Alabama native, 34, who placed second to Carrie Underwood in 2005.

Along with wife Caroline, whom he wed one month after Idol wrapped, Bo will welcome his third son this month into a home that already includes Aidan, 4, and Caleb, 1.

Will they keep trying for a girl?

Yeah, if the Lord blesses me with a little girl, that would be cool, but I’d be the stereotypical dad sitting on the porch with my shotgun and it’s not even duck season, ” he tells me. But whatever the Lord throws at me right now, I think I’ve been given more blessings than I ever deserved. If he wants to top it off with anything – boy, girl – I would love either of them.”

OK Magazine

Thunder Drops Two to Close Coliseum

INTRUST Bank Arena Notes

The Thunder moves into their new home on Saturday, January 23rd when they host the Tulsa Oilers at 7:05 p.m. Former Wichita resident and American Idol finalist Phil Stacey will be on hand to perform the National Anthem. The Thunder’s first practice at the new arena is tentatively set for January 18th.

OurSportsCentral.com

ACM Awards confirm 2010 date

Will the Taylor Swift reign continue into 2010? One won’t have to wait long to find out, with the Grammy Awards on the horizon for Jan. 31 and the Academy of Country Music Awards now set for April 18. The gala will once again be broadcast live from Las Vegas, and tape-delayed for those of us on the West Coast. Country royalty Reba McEntire will host for the 12th time.

In a change for 2010, the ACM Awards will widen the entertainer of the year field to eight contestants, up from five. The ACM Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, and air live on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.

LA Times

ETA:

Top 10 ‘American Idol’ Songs

With each ‘American Idol’ season, without fail, we fall in love with these unknown, small town voices and vote on our favorites. We listen to the judges’ critiques; Simon Cowell’s bickering (with this season rumored to be his last) and Randy Jackson’s belief in promising stars (for he fortuitously predicted Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson’s success on day one). But in the end, we, the viewers, decide who stays in the running, where finalists hope the show will jump-start their careers, and soon after commercialize their talent. Over the past eight seasons, here are the Top ‘American Idol’ Songs that have been successful on the airwaves and rated by AOL Radio listeners. Let us know in the comments which idol songs are your favorite!

AOL

The Paula-holics’ Guide to Watching (Abdul-Free) American Idol

While some American Idol fans may be reeling from the news that season 9 will be Simon Cowell’s last, there are others who are already full of uneasy anticipation ahead of Tuesday’s season premiere. If you are a Paula-holic — and I am — you’re facing a huge hurdle: American Idol will air tonight without Paula Abdul. Prepare for withdrawal!

Paula was silly and laughable and weird: a one-lady circus of tinsel and tears. But she brought some unexpected flaky charm to the show’s huge, perfectly tooled engine. She was the bobblehead on its dashboard. I don’t understand: How could you not be a Paula-holic?!

People.com

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251 Comments

  1. Jason’s EP is available on iTunes and Amazon today. If you pre-ordered the album from his website, then you should get the EP sent to you for free. Last I checked I think it was #7 on the iTunes Pop Chart, but as it’s only $4.95 that’s not surprising.

  2. YAY!!! It’s Idol day. I hate the audition shows but I’m so glad it’s finally here.

  3. IDF has a complete list of the 1785 songs that this year’s contestants have to select from. It’s nice to see some songs by Idol alumni represented:

    Hollywood Song List

    11. You Redeem Me — Ace Young
    313. Home — Daughtry
    316. Touch My Hand — David Archuleta
    317. You’re The Voice — David Archuleta
    321. Come Back To Me — David Cook
    322. The Time Of My Life — David Cook
    237. Before He Cheats — Carrie Underwood
    238. Don’t Forget To Remember Me — Carrie Underwood
    239. Last Name — Carrie Underwood
    240. Some Hearts — Carrie Underwood
    807. This Is My Now — Jordin Sparks
    850. Already Gone — Kelly Clarkson
    851. Because Of You — Kelly Clarkson
    852. Low — Kelly Clarkson
    853. My Life Would Suck Without You — Kelly Clarkson
    854. Since U Been Gone — Kelly Clarkson
    855. Some Kind Of Miracle — Kelly Clarkson
    856. The Trouble With Love Is — Kelly Clarkson
    857. Where Is Your Heart — Kelly Clarkson
    1346. Flying Without Wings — Ruben Studdard
    1490. Seven Mile Breakdown — Taylor Hicks

    http://idolforums.com/index.php?showtopic=637101&st=0

  4. POP:
    34 34 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 1761 1457 304 13.361
    +23 Spins
    +11 Bullet
    -0.003 AI

    HAC:
    41 40 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 334 273 61 1.336
    +2 Spins
    -4 Bullet
    -0.114 AI

    POP:
    26 26 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 2703 2309 394 15.519
    +57 Spins
    +69 Bullet
    +0.401 AI

    HAC:
    12 11 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 2300 2155 145 12.007
    +18 Spins
    +17 Bullet
    +0.268 AI

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  6. IDF has a complete list of the 1785 songs that this year’s contestants have to select from. Nice to see some songs by Idol alumni represented:

    Darn. Need an account to log on. How on earth did they get that list? 1785 songs to pick from and I bet we here “Against All Odds” again this year.

    Nice spincrease for Kris on Pop. Can’t complain about the AI increase as well.

    In other news, I haven’t seen any mention of this, but given that there was all the Jedward news before Christmas, doesn’t X-Factor Britain run during the fall? How on earth is Cowell going to manage running two X-Factors at once. Or is the British version going to move? Otherwise, he’s going to generate some serious frequent flyer miles and his mentorees won’t get much help from him (which is probably a good thing).

    And because it cannot be said enough. Season 9 starts tonight. Woo!

  7. The New York Times has a couple of articles today about Idol. One has to do with Simon’s announcement that he won’t be returning.

    The second article is about Idol’s commercials this season. It’s in their Advertising column: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/business/media/12adco.html?scp=6&sq=american%20idol&st=cse

    I love this particularly fabulous juxtaposition:

    Another way this new tack is manifested is with fresh-faced actors who appear in advertising in television, in magazines, online, on billboards, in social media and elsewhere. The actors portray would-be contestants at the start of what the show likes to call their journey: singing in the subway or in the shower, behind the wheel of a pickup truck or in a garage band, in a booth in a parking lot or on the beach.

    “I said this year has to be about getting back to basics, being real,” said Joe Earley, executive vice president for marketing and communications at Fox in Los Angeles, part of the News Corporation.

  8. In other news, I haven’t seen any mention of this, but given that there was all the Jedward news before Christmas, doesn’t X-Factor Britain run during the fall? How on earth is Cowell going to manage running two X-Factors at once. Or is the British version going to move? Otherwise, he’s going to generate some serious frequent flyer miles and his mentorees won’t get much help from him (which is probably a good thing).

    I think he will take the flight from LA to London every week, I read somewhere that the judges on DWTS do this too.

    Simon probably doesn’t do much mentoring, the contestants have a vocal coach and a choreographer so the mentor just has to pick the song I think.

  9. I really liked that list of the top 10 covers and so excited to see 2 from season 8. I youtubed all the other ones and enjoyed most of them. Too bad the list wasn’t longer. I probably would’ve enjoyed more. I’m sure people on here will disagree with the 10 in the article.

    I also agree with ABC News article, as harsh as it is. I think Taylor Hicks falling so far down so fast kind of hurt Idol. It made some very good points too about contestants since then but I also think it is too soon to tell if someone is successful or not after only a couple of years and just one CD. Seriously, outside of Carrie, Kelly and Daughtry (although waning for the last), nobody has continued chart success. Although in fairness to the later contestants, one CD is not enough to see if someone has continued success. I do agree that Carrie is correct that people are just not selling as many CDs as they did in the past.

    SuBo may sell the CDs but does anyone think she will be a superstar?

  10. SuBo may not be a superstar but she shows that it’s still possible to have a #1 album off a reality TV show. That’s something Idol hasn’t managed to achieve since S5. Yes, Taylor winning hurt the brand. And S8 sales are going to hurt it further.

  11. lorismile, there were actually 3 covers from Season 8 in the list – one from Kris, one from Adam, one from Allison (which further shows the domination of Kradison :)).

    I’m surprised to see a negative bullet for Adam on HAC – he got a lot of adds there yesterday and they seemed to be really embracing WWFM.

  12. HAPPY NEW SEASON OF AI DAY, EVERYBODY! :-)

    Just realized I’m INSANELY excited for the new season of AI to start! This is the first time I’ve started a new season while still being hugely invested in peeps from the previous season, but I still can’t wait for the new excitement and insanity to begin anew!! Even with Simon leaving (I’m ok with that, the way I see it, he’ll be on a singing show anyways, so I can always watch him on that).

    I’m mainly just hoping that I won’t get as invested this year as last year ;-) LOL (yeah, we’ll see how that works out!)

  13. Vulture is being funny again… :D

    Will Paula Join Simon on X Factor?
    Simon Cowell is putting the old band back together! TMZ reports Paula Abdul “has had discussions” about joining him at the judges’ table for his American version of The X Factor in 2011. If Simon can somehow find a way to make David Archuleta appear as a contestant on X Factor, we’ll promise never to watch stupid old Cowell-less American Idol ever again.

  14. I’m surprised to see a negative bullet for Adam on HAC – he got a lot of adds there yesterday and they seemed to be really embracing WWFM.

    Again, the bullet is not negative, what you are looking at is the acceleration of spins… The bullet is 61.

  15. iTunes update

    LLWD holding steady at #24
    WWFM creeping up to #54
    FYE at #182
    No Danny or Allison in Top 1000

    #18 Jason Castro’s The Love Uncompromised EP
    #112/#956 Kris Allen
    #129/#186 FYE
    #643/#777 Just Like You

  16. SuBo may sell the CDs but does anyone think she will be a superstar?

    Only time will tell…

    jpfan
    01/12/2010 at 10:26 am
    SuBo may not be a superstar but she shows that it’s still possible to have a #1 album off a reality TV show. That’s something Idol hasn’t managed to achieve since S5. Yes, Taylor winning hurt the brand. And S8 sales are going to hurt it further.

    I don’t think SuBo being on a reality show mattered at all in the bigger scheme of things. Her success came from so many other factors that are not at all like what could happen on AI (she’s older, her unique kind of backstory, availability of the youtube vid etc.)

    Future AI peeps could be just as big, and any of the guys this year could still be big for many years to come – who knows? In the end, music is just a really finnicky, tricky business to figure out.

  17. Saga

    Adam’s HAC bullet is negative from where it was yesterday. But it’s up over last week

  18. MBD has a negative bullet on the country charts and certainly isn’t selling much on iTunes. I don’t know how country works but that seems ominous. However, the song continues to get adds and I think country fans tend to buy CDs not downloads.

  19. Saga

    Adam’s HAC bullet is negative from where it was yesterday. But it’s up over last week

    Yup, which is the acceleration. Change in bullet is acceleration of spins.

  20. lorismile, there were actually 3 covers from Season 8 in the list – one from Kris, one from Adam, one from Allison (which further shows the domination of Kradison ).

    Wow, you’re right.

    Also, I just watched Kelly’s Natural Woman…holy shit that was totally friggin awesome. Can’t believe that didn’t make the top 10 list. You know, Idol is actually lucky Kelly won year one but she has proven she’s a hard act to follow. Notice, I didn’t say impossible, just hard.

  21. Season 8 proved that no amount of money poured into marketing can guarantee a platinum selling album. In the long run, I think this is a good thing for Idol and for music generally.

  22. Adam’s HAC bullet is negative from where it was yesterday.

    This is what I was commenting on and I just found it ironic that it happened on the same day he did pretty well on HAC adds.

  23. lorismile
    01/12/2010 at 10:19 am

    I really liked that list of the top 10 covers and so excited to see 2 from season 8.

    Actually there is 3 Kris, Adam and Allison all made the list.

  24. Season 8 proved that no amount of money poured into marketing can guarantee a platinum selling album. In the long run, I think this is a good thing for Idol and for music generally.

    I agree and disagree. It’s a good thing because then Idol would just turn into another Disney machine, singers without substance. I disagree because Disney has shown that marketing, at least to the tweens and pre-tweens, can create mega selling albums without real talent.

  25. I’m mainly just hoping that I won’t get as invested this year as last year LOL (yeah, we’ll see how that works out!)

    I doubt you will. I watched season 8 in a Cookie haze and couldn’t get invested in anyone. You’ll probably spend the season in an Adam haze. Hehe.

  26. but I also think it is too soon to tell if someone is successful or not after only a couple of years and just one CD. Seriously, outside of Carrie, Kelly and Daughtry (although waning for the last), nobody has continued chart success

    But I think that this is par for the course in popular music. It is the rare rare rare artist that has a long term lasting career in the pop music world. Audiences are fickle, always searching for the next new thing. Most pop and hac artists, if they are lucky, have a run of a few years and then fade out of sight (either the band breaks up, or they retire, become irrelevant etc.) Over the last 20/30 years there have been hundreds of bands/solo artists with hit singles or albums but only a few who are still selling today. I don’t think the fact that most idol contestants have popular runs of a few years is anything earth shattering or out of the norm for pop music, or is evidence that the show can’t produce stars. It is creating pop stars with the typical life expectancy of a pop star

  27. Twitter is the place for friends to totally try and embarrass you…like this…

    calevis24

    #True story: katy just walked in and said, “i need to grab a Dvd, kris wants to watch an episode of sex in the city before bed.” @krisallen about 7 hours ago from txt

  28. Meant to say, too, that I adore Kelly, but I don’t think that even her path has been one of steady success — we look at her career through a wider lens because she’s been out there longer. Who knows what some of these more recent alums can do? The ride is bumpy and scary, but fun nevertheless.

  29. I doubt you will. I watched season 8 in a Cookie haze and couldn’t get invested in anyone. You’ll probably spend the season in an Adam haze. Hehe.

    LOL – probably ;-) I walk through life in an Adam haze at this point (I need to get a life, lol).

    I tend to get really really invested every other year – S5 was big because of Daughtry, but then S6, eh, I didn’t care who won, S7 was big with Cook toward the end, and so I figured I wouldn’t care about anyone S8 – hmmm, I see how that worked out :-)

    In fact, I really got invested in all the S8 guys this year, especially seeing them on tour, following them on twitter, knowing about their friendships – somehow it made me love em all that much more!

  30. Over the last 20/30 years there have been hundreds of bands/solo artists with hit singles or albums but only a few who are still selling today. I don’t think the fact that most idol contestants have popular runs of a few years is anything earth shattering or out of the norm for pop music, or is evidence that the show can’t produce stars. It is creating pop stars with the typical life expectancy of a pop star.

    How very true!

    IMHO, if any of these musicians can just make a living doing what they love (yes, even if it’s playing casino lounges), they’re luckier than most of us. Plus, I can’t help but think that for most of them (I’m talking real musicians, not famewhores) the level of adulation/intrusion that comes with top-level stardom gets old reeeaaallllly fast.

  31. I’m surprised to see a negative bullet for Adam on HAC – he got a lot of adds there yesterday and they seemed to be really embracing WWFM.

    They JUST added it. It usually takes a week for them to work it into their playlist or to increase the spins. It’s not automatic.
    Add today=5 spins tomorrow. <It doesn't work that way.
    Give the radio stations more than 12 hours to work it into their rotation.

  32. EW’s picks for the Top 15 best Idol auditions

    I bet out of all those Idol songs on the Hollywood list we’ll hear MLWSWY a lot.

    I am glad that Paris and Sundance made that list. I do agree that they had two of the best Idol auditions ever. I think that Melinda should have made that list. And I think that Brandon Rogers, Chris Sligh’s, Justin Guarini and some others should have made that list. There were definitely better auditions than those.

  33. EW’s picks for the Top 15 best Idol auditions

    I’ve never been so glad to see that faux hawk. :)

  34. Twitter is the place for friends to totally try and embarrass you…like this…

    …or share too much information.

  35. SuBo may not be a superstar but she shows that it’s still possible to have a #1 album off a reality TV show. That’s something Idol hasn’t managed to achieve since S5.

    I get the point that’s being made here… but at the same time, I still maintain it’s not comparable. I’m kind of shocked that industry people rarely talk about what SuBo’s remarkable sales says about the industry that besides her back story selling music, it’s an album of covers that the public is snapping up.

    I mean, I really think it’s just easier for the masses to like an album of covers from a reality show contestant. The good Idol covers sell well on iTunes all season, and I seriously think if Kris, Adam and/or the Davids had come out of the gate with albums of covers, and had their CDs been marketed that way, they would have sold better out of the gate than they have now– maybe not SuBo numbers because they don’t have her backstory, but I do think they would’ve opened really well and gotten bigger numbers. The truth is, the bulk of reality show watchers are not interested in current music from their faves on TV.

    That said, if Kris/Adam/the Davids had come out with albums of covers, IMO, that would hurt the AI brand MORE in the long run, even if they debut #1 on BB200. AI winners/top finishers need to put out original music not only for a shot at any real career longevity, but also to perpetuate the idea that AI is a star-maker, not a cover-singer making karaoke show.

  36. EW’s picks for the Top 15 best Idol auditions

    I’ve never been so glad to see that faux hawk.

    Yup. And I say preach it, Michael Slezak! ” . . . And changed the Idol game forever, and for the better.” (I had to laugh at Slezak’s “But close your eyes . . . ” though because I so agreed with him. That whole argyle sweater, fauxhawk with red bangs and soul patch combo was really distracting. Did anybody NOT think David’s was going to be one of those trainwreck auditions?)

  37. That said, if Kris/Adam/the Davids had come out with albums of covers, IMO, that would hurt the AI brand MORE in the long run, even if they debut #1 on BB200.

    I rather doubt Kris/Adam/the Davids would have ever tried out for Idol if the prize was a recording contract to sing an album full of covers.

  38. I mean, I really think it’s just easier for the masses to like an album of covers from a reality show contestant. The good Idol covers sell well on iTunes all season, and I seriously think if Kris, Adam and/or the Davids had come out of the gate with albums of covers, and had their CDs been marketed that way, they would have sold better out of the gate than they have now

    Hmmm, interesting point – I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case, particularly if they followed SuBo’s strategy of having the album released before the holidays. Covers are safe, they’re a known commodity, people love and know the original song, so there’s not that fear of something different, or that necessity to discover something new.

    Plus, the holidays favor covers too – just think of all the christmas albums that sell so well – all covers (well, mostly) :-)

    But ITA – it would never work for AI, because it would completely tarnish the brand of trying to discover new artists (who, say, bring something new to the music scene).

  39. (I had to laugh at Slezak’s “But close your eyes . . . ” though because I so agreed with him. That whole argyle sweater, fauxhawk with red bangs and soul patch combo was really distracting. Did anybody NOT think David’s was going to be one of those trainwreck auditions?)

    Although his voice was impressive, I would have bet the farm that he would never be the American Idol. (However, I did love his low key respectfulness. It sort of belied the look and made you try and see beyond it.)

  40. Happy New Season of AI! for those that have been anxiously awaiting it.

    And well now I’m intrigued-ish enough to want to watch at least the beginning of the season to see how Ellen does, and how engaged Simon is.

    Hate the auditions though, especially all the bad ones, so pfffft to that.

  41. That whole argyle sweater, fauxhawk with red bangs and soul patch combo was really distracting. Did anybody NOT think David’s was going to be one of those trainwreck auditions?)

    I already knew he wasnt going to be a trainwreck since his audition was being pimped in commercials and I remember thinking the difference between voice and overall appearance was so jarring. Then came Hollywood week where he was even MORE of a mess lol The voice was there but yeah just based on his appearance no way did I think he would end up the winner. Just goes to show its impossible to predict things early on. There was an article once where Simon talked about how the night he did Billie Jean, the entire competition changed. I dont think its a coincidence the following week was when he was given the haircut heard around the world..

  42. I don’t think Susan Boyle’s success means that people want to hear an album full of covers, other more established artists have released albums full of cover songs, but they haven’t sold as much as she has. The main thing is that she was on a reality TV show, and people were moved by her story. That huge fact can’t be ignored. November and December sales of idol alums albums have been built on this premise.

  43. I mean, I really think it’s just easier for the masses to like an album of covers from a reality show contestant.

    ITA – even from non-reality show contestants. Look at how successful the GLEE albums/singles have been!

    But I also agree w/keel – the contestants aren’t looking at singing covers for a career – many of them were probably already doing that before they tried out for IDOL.

  44. Not excited about Season 9 at all.

    girlygirl – I felt the same way last season after getting way too invested in S7. I eventually came around and got invested in S8. While I feel the same way you do about S9, my guess is I’ll come around again and fall in love with another contestant or two or three this year.

  45. Isn’t that what the Itunes singles during the AI Season/Summer and the Wal-Mart CD compilation were for? Kris and Adam sold the most on iTunes at the end of Idol last season. And if IIRC, they also sold the most during the summer –off the AI Tour. So, most hardcore fans and people bought their cover albums already from their preferred AI contestants/favorites. So maybe that took away from the interest in buying, new / original product in the fall?

    Not sure if Susan Boyle or the XFactor contestants had any products to purchase over the season.

  46. On the CBS Early show this morning, they had a segment on Simon Cowell leaving Idol. They mentioned American Idol stars as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and ADAM LAMBERT, showing him singing ROF.

    That’s some nice company. I guess the new season will bring new mentions and references to the season 8 faves.

  47. BTW – Very happy to see Heartless by Kris chosen as one of the best IDOL covers. Very surprised to see ROF for Adam – I think Mad World would have been a better choice for him.

  48. I loved and agreed with all the 15 best auditions except Tami Gosnell and Josiah. And I remember being so disappointed when Sundance and Paris never lived up to their auditions.

  49. And I remember being so disappointed when Sundance and Paris never lived up to their auditions.

    yup. of course one of the most interesting things about the show is seeing that there is a world of difference between singing a short accapella clip alone in a room in front of 3/4 judges (and assorted camera people and producers) and singing on a stage on live tv in front of an audience and with 20 million people watching at home and voting….watching s8 again on frc you really see how sooo many promising singers just completely wilted in the top 36 rounds…just awful song choices, awful clothing, awful performances….it is not easy to do what these kids are doing

  50. Really excited about Season 9 start!
    I can’t believe has been almost a year when I saw Adam for the first time.

    I want to know what S9 will bring me this year!

  51. Didn’t Clay do an album of covers? And it didn’t set any records or tear up any charts?

  52. it’s an album of covers that the public is snapping up.

    But that sells now. Just look at the success of the Glee CDs. Jees, even Alvin and the Chimpmunks is near the top of the charts. Look at how many digitals Kris/Adam sold after Idol from their Idol days (not including during Idol), almost 2m combined. Those were all covers (except NoBo). Maybe the public is more ready to spend money on people who are singing songs they already know, versus plopping money down for songs they don’t know from a new artist.

    It’s safe money spent versus a “risk”. Especially if past contestant’s CDs haven’t lived up to the expectation set on them.

  53. On the CBS Early show this morning, they had a segment on Simon Cowell leaving Idol. They mentioned American Idol stars as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and ADAM LAMBERT, showing him singing ROF.

    That’s some nice company. I guess the new season will bring new mentions and references to the season 8 faves.

    It occured to me, hmmm, what a coincidence that Simon is announcing leaving AI just as the new season starts – lol. (rolls eyes)

    The Today Show did a segment on him this morning too – and showed clips of Adam and Kris as part of the segment).

    Stock footage FTW!!!

  54. TA – even from non-reality show contestants. Look at how successful the GLEE albums/singles have been!

    Forget Glee. At least some of those actors can really sing. What about those freakin’ Chipmunks? Cartoon characters singing covers on helium and they are flying out the door.

    Still, there are only certain circumstances under which an album of covers are acceptable and you aren’t going to get much sustained airplay if that’s all you ever do (maybe on AC).

  55. why the heck doesn’t 19 get an itunes banner to advertise the various idol alum albums the week the new season starts…seems like it would be a good tie in…put it up all week and run some commercials during the season opener episodes.

  56. The main thing is that she was on a reality TV show, and people were moved by her story. That huge fact can’t be ignored.

    I didn’t ignore those facts. I was saying in addition to the reality TV show and the back story, the fact that the album is full of covers cannot be ignored. If Kris/Adam/the Davids had put out albums full of covers, they are all popular reality TV show competitors, so even without SuBo’s back story, they would have sold better than they have. I even said probably not as much as SuBo, because she has that back story that trumps them all.

    Good point, SashaB about the iTunes sales during the season (and for S8, during the summer post-season) potentially cannabalizing on their post-AI sales. A lot of the show’s watchers satified their desire for music from their faves downloading those covers and moved on. I wonder if that’s why in S7 they pulled the Idol covers from iTunes a few days after the finale… We kept saying how dumb it was that AI didn’t capitalize on the post-S7 buying frenzy (iTunes sales from S7 were through the roof the week after the finale) and leave those tunes up for longer… but maybe the trade-off is fewer debut album sales…? I wonder…

    But in any case, it would be foolish for AI not to continue to sell those covers on iTunes during the season. People want them (I sometimes do), and I think they help promote the show during the season. My question is if they should keep selling these covers after the season if they want to try to establish the signed contestants as original artists afterwards. Just food for thought.

  57. And I remember being so disappointed when Sundance and Paris never lived up to their auditions.

    yup. of course one of the most interesting things about the show is seeing that there is a world of difference between singing a short accapella clip alone in a room in front of 3/4 judges (and assorted camera people and producers) and singing on a stage on live tv in front of an audience and with 20 million people watching at home and voting….watching s8 again on frc you really see how sooo many promising singers just completely wilted in the top 36 rounds…just awful song choices, awful clothing, awful performances….it is not easy to do what these kids are doing

    Very true. The auditions are very misleading. That’s why I hardly care about anyone at that point – you never know who really has the goods to make it much further in the competition. Auditions are just too brief, and only show the person at “their best” – singing a song they love and have been preparing for months.

    It’s a very different game once Hollywood Week starts. Plus, that’s when performance ability is so much more important – imo many of even the best auditioners have bad nerves and weak performances for the judges that first time.

  58. I think he will take the flight from LA to London every week, I read somewhere that the judges on DWTS do this too.

    That would be Bruno and Len from DWTS, commuting to Strictly Come Dancing in England. So it’s possible, but I can’t imagine why Simon would want to do that.

  59. Top 10 ‘American Idol’ Songs

    With each ‘American Idol’ season, without fail, we fall in love with these unknown, small town voices and vote on our favorites. We listen to the judges’ critiques; Simon Cowell’s bickering (with this season rumored to be his last) and Randy Jackson’s belief in promising stars (for he fortuitously predicted Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson’s success on day one). But in the end, we, the viewers, decide who stays in the running, where finalists hope the show will jump-start their careers, and soon after commercialize their talent. Over the past eight seasons, here are the Top ‘American Idol’ Songs that have been successful on the airwaves and rated by AOL Radio listeners. Let us know in the comments which idol songs are your favorite!

    10) Katherine McPhee: ‘Over It’
    9) Kris Allen: ‘Heartless’
    8.) Elliott Yamin: ‘Wait For You’
    7) David Cook: ‘Permanent’
    6) Jordin Sparks: ‘No Air’
    5) Adam Lambert: ‘Whataya Want From Me’
    4) Carrie Underwood: ‘Before He Cheats’
    3) Kelly Clarkson: ‘Breakaway’
    2) Chris Daughtry: ‘Home’

    1) David Archuleta: ‘Crush’
    The seventh season runner-up finished strong, receiving 44 percent of the 97 million votes. But it’s not surprising ‘Crush’ was such a hit (and our No.1 ‘American Idol’ song) — Jackson said Archuleta could “sing the phone book” and it would still sound great. Growing up in the ‘American Idol’ generation, he became one of the youngest contestants to participate in the show. To keep better tabs on him, check out his frequent tweets.

    AOL Radio

  60. This is what I was commenting on and I just found it ironic that it happened on the same day he did pretty well on HAC adds.

    The adds won’t kick in until tomorrow or Friday.

  61. Top 10 ‘American Idol’ Songs

    I agree with the majority of the list but the ordering made me go WTF…..until I continued reading and learned that this was a fan poll. :)

    I’ve never even heard “Crush” on the radio before.

    ETA: Wait a minute….nevermind. I guess the “votes” refer to the Idol competition. I can’t believe that, for a minute, I considered that 97 million votes were cast in an AOL poll. lol

    EW’s picks for the Top 15 best Idol auditions

    Totally agree with #4 (Carrie) and #1 (Paris). Paris’ audition was, by far, my favorite. It was brilliant.

  62. Top 10 ‘American Idol’ Songs

    I agree with the majority of the list but the ordering made me go WTF…..until I continued reading and learned that this was a fan poll. :)

    I’ve never even heard “Crush” on the radio before..

    fortunately for the song, millions did hear it, and still do – it couldn’t sell like it did and continue to sell [thisclose to 2 million downloads] if it wasn’t being heard on a large scale ;)

  63. Awesome! From Twitter:

    jambajim

    Follow me at @IDOLin140. Gonna try microblogging Idol! Each episode gets recapped in just 1 tweet! Special thanks @cdbnyc for the idea! RT!!

  64. An entire episode in 140? Sounds fairly stupid to me. I like the idea of each contestant in 140 however. That could be fun. I’ve actually pretty much gotten over twitter. For me, for the most part, it seems like a bunch of background chatter…other than following Rick Bayless (he’s like my best thing from following Twitter and from eating at his restaurant).

  65. Didn’t Clay do an album of covers? And it didn’t set any records or tear up any charts?

    Did it come out right after the competition? I was under the impression it was a while after.

  66. I’m very confused by that AOL list. How on earth is Magic Rainbows not on it?

  67. That AOL Top 10 list needs to have a better write up of how they determined the Top 10. It says:

    [H]ere are the Top ‘American Idol’ Songs that have been successful on the airwaves and rated by AOL Radio listeners.

    Cook’s Permanent was never even played on the radio because it never went for adds. On top of that, the single was released to iTunes for only a month as it was a special charity version. And yeah, how could that song make the list but not Magic Rainbow?

    ETA: And Katharine McPhee on the list? Really?

    ETAA: Wonky AOL chartage notwithstanding, I really like the start of a new Idol season because all these publications keep doing Top 10/15/20 lists of Idol stuff and you scroll through them and it’s a big ole walk down memory lane. Me like.

  68. Clay’s cover album came out in 2006, 3 years after his debut album. It was mostly covers and IIRC 3 original songs. It went gold but IMO even if he did release a covers CD right after AI at the height of the Clay craziness he would have still sold a couple of million. Back then he had the kind of fans who would have bought anything he put out.

  69. Yea for the top ten idol songs on AOL. Yea for Archie…Crush.. nearly double platinum. One of his songs that did get Airplay!!

  70. And well now I’m intrigued-ish enough to want to watch at least the beginning of the season to see how Ellen does, and how engaged Simon is.

    Haha, they got you! I said I wasn’t going to get interested in last season and they sucked me in… watch out, you’re headed down the same path ;) . Now INVESTED, no, I wasn’t invested in anyone last year. I’m *still* in Cookie haze, lol.

    But I’m excited for more Idol, my kids like to watch it with me and pick their favorites. And it’s more fun now that I can come here and talk about it.

  71. How can I not like the list when they have David’s Permanent on it? I am not sure how they came up with it but it is a good list I think. Although I disagree with the order.

  72. And I am enjoying all these lists and going back and watching the videos. Little trip down memory lane!

  73. As ‘American Idol’ season 9 set to premiere, a look back at the best covers ever on the show

    1) Kelly Clarkson — “Walk On By”
    2) Fantasia — “Summertime”
    3) Jennifer Hudson — “Baby, I Love You”
    4) Alison Iraheta — “I Can’t Make You Love Me”
    5) Carrie Underwood — “Independence Day”
    6) Jordin Sparks — “Heartbreaker”
    7) Taylor Hicks — “Levon”
    8).Kris Allen — “Heartless”
    9) David Archuleta — “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
    10) Adam Lambert — “Ring of Fire”

    This list is from the NY Daily News article MJ posted at the top.

  74. girlygirl – I felt the same way last season after getting way too invested in S7. I eventually came around and got invested in S8. While I feel the same way you do about S9, my guess is I’ll come around again and fall in love with another contestant or two or three this year.

    Same here, J9BT. However, I’m still in denial about investment in S9. We’ll see. :D

    Arrggghh! Why did DC’s audition bring tears to my eyes? :)

  75. Arrggghh! Why did DC’s audition bring tears to my eyes?

    I think coming right after watching him on Extreme Makeover the other night… it got to me. Thank you Idol for bringing me Cookie, lol.

  76. I’m more than happy with just watching S9 kinda like I did S6 – hardly voting, and just enjoying the ride without any strong investment as to who won or lost – for one, it will be much easier on my health ;-) How many mini heart attacks did I have last year?

    Seriously, I just rewatched the Top 3 results night, and almost had ANOTHER heart attack waiting for that second name to be announced! I mean, I know how it ends – lol!

  77. As ‘American Idol’ season 9 set to premiere, a look back at the best covers ever on the show

    1) Kelly Clarkson — “Walk On By”
    2) Fantasia — “Summertime”
    3) Jennifer Hudson — “Baby, I Love You”
    4) Alison Iraheta — “I Can’t Make You Love Me”
    5) Carrie Underwood — “Independence Day”
    6) Jordin Sparks — “Heartbreaker”
    7) Taylor Hicks — “Levon”
    8).Kris Allen — “Heartless”
    9) David Archuletta — “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
    10) Adam Lambert — “Ring of Fire”

    How did Bo Bice’s “Whipping Post” not make this list. Have mercy when he dropped to his knees! Or his “In a Dream”. Replace Jordin with Bo, I say!

  78. PopWrap Exclusive: Lea Michele & Kristin Chenoweth reunite on the big screen

    In news sure to make every musically minded man, woman and child gleek out with delight, PopWrap has learned that “Glee” stars Kristin Chenoweth and Lea Michele will be reuniting on the big screen!

    In 2011’s “Dorothy of Oz” Lea will bring the title character to life while Kristin will lend her unmistakable voice to the role of China Doll Princess. For this animated adventure, the producers have looked to the “More Adventures of Oz” novels that L. Frank Baum’s great-grandson, Roger S. Baum wrote.

    http://www.nypost.com

  79. How could David Cook’s Hello or Billie Jean not made that list? Come on. Or Little Sparrow or Always Be My Baby? ?????? LOL

  80. How could David Cook’s Hello or Billie Jean not made that list? Come on.

    For REAL! I forgot about those.

    ETA: and I would replace Taylor’s ‘Levon’ with ‘You Send Me’. That’s the one even Simon called “magic”.

  81. Yeah, I thought for sure Billie Jean would make the list. And I thought they’d pick Mad World over Ring of Fire, but the write-up for it made sense, in terms of it being so much the opposite of karaoke, lol.

    I’d take Jordin off the list, no offense to her, but I was never really impressed with even her best performances on AI. She was good, but never really great.

    And no Blake either, with “You Give Love a Bad Name” – I actually REMEMBER that performance from S6. Very inventive cover.

  82. <blockquote> As ‘American Idol’ season 9 set to premiere, a look back at the best covers ever on the show

    1) Kelly Clarkson — “Walk On By”
    2) Fantasia — “Summertime”
    3) Jennifer Hudson — “Baby, I Love You”
    4) Alison Iraheta — “I Can’t Make You Love Me”
    5) Carrie Underwood — “Independence Day”
    6) Jordin Sparks — “Heartbreaker”
    7) Taylor Hicks — “Levon”
    8).Kris Allen — “Heartless”
    9) David Archuletta — “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
    10) Adam Lambert — “Ring of Fire”

    How did Bo Bice’s “Whipping Post” not make this list. Have mercy when he dropped to his knees! Or his “In a Dream”. Replace Jordin with Bo, I say!

    How did Clay’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” or “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” not make that list?

  83. How could David Cook’s Hello or Billie Jean not made that list? Come on.

    Maybe they were only counting the finals. Weren’t both of those performed before the Top 12 were picked?

  84. I also find it interesting that they have 3 contestants from last year on the list.

  85. I hadn’t realized they made Cookie laugh in his audition and I fricking love that laugh…

    Oh, for Pete’s sake, I gotta stop watching that. Ha!

  86. Maybe they were only counting the finals. Weren’t both of those performed before the Top 12 were picked?

    I don’t think Billie Jean was. But I don’t remember the exact week.

  87. I don’t think Billie Jean was. But I don’t remember the exact week.

    Billie Jean was Top 10 week.

  88. (And yes, I’m watching it – and I just watched Hello, and… aaaah! I need therapy or something.)

  89. Billie Jean was Top 11..

    Eh that list is an opinion like all those lists. I can barely remember a single thing Jordin sang. I’d put at least 3 of Melinda’s before hers. Carrie’s ‘Alone’ I always felt was her best performance not to mention her true breakout performance.

  90. Just saw on twitter that Adam will be on the radio at Chicago KISS 103.5 (WKSC) this afternoon around 4PM.

  91. That list is bad – it leaves out some great performances. I would replace ROF with Mad world to start with. If they were going to put Jordin on, why not I (Who Have Nothing) or Broken Wing? Billie Jean by Cookie, Imagine by Archie, In a Dream by Bo Bice, Alone by Carrie, Over the Rainbow by Kat McPhee, Hallelujah by Jason Castro, I can think of about 3 Melinda performances, Bridge Over Troubled Water by Clay. The list, to me, barely scraches the surface of some of the amazing stuff on there. The 2 that I wouldn’t touch on there are Summertime by Fantasia (that was perfect) and Heartless by Kris (probably the song that won him the show).

  92. Ok – here’s the REAL best 10 covers list then ;)

    1. “Whipping Post” – Bo Bice (you may swap In a Dream)
    2. “Hello” – David Cook (you may swap Billie Jean)
    3. “Summertime” – Fantasia
    4. “Alone” – Carrie Underwood
    5. “Heartless” – Kris Allen
    6. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Clay Aiken (you may swap Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me)
    7. “Mad World” – Adam Lambert (you may swap ROF or Satisfaction)
    8. “You Send Me” – Taylor Hicks
    9. “Walk on By” – Kelly Clarkson
    10. readers choice! after 1-9 it doesn’t matter!

  93. Yea for David Archuleta’s “don’t let the sun go down on me” making the top ten cover’s list. Of course being a fan I also could have picked Imagine, Love me Tender etc. we all want our favorite to get some recognition .

    On the topic of recording covers for a first album. I will say that I was disappointed that Melinda’s first album was covers after waiting over 2 years for her album. I bought it and think she did well but was disappointed not to hear “new” Melinda songs. I still root for her to do well and think she could have made the covers list for sure but maybe their choices were from finals.

  94. # Back at it today! writing with Mr. David Hodges. I’ll find out his twitter name later…
    about 1 hour ago from web

    RT @Laurie_0 @thedavidcook I guess we did it for you – @hodgesmusic aren’t we nice. // you sure are. thanks, all.
    about 1 hour ago from web

  95. r

    ayni
    01/12/2010 at 2:52 pm

    Ok – here’s the REAL best 10 covers list then ;)

    1. “Whipping Post” – Bo Bice (you may swap In a Dream)
    2. “Hello” – David Cook (you may swap Billie Jean)
    3. “Summertime” – Fantasia
    4. “Alone” – Carrie Underwood
    5. “Heartless” – Kris Allen
    6. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Clay Aiken (you may swap Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me)
    7. “Mad World” – Adam Lambert (you may swap ROF or Satisfaction)
    8. “You Send Me” – Taylor Hicks
    9. “Walk on By” – Kelly Clarkson
    10. readers choice! after 1-9 it doesn’t matter!

    Not a bad list for 10 I pick David Archuleta’s Imagine. simply magic.

  96. Yea for David Archuleta’s “don’t let the sun go down on me” making the top ten cover’s list. Of course being a fan I also could have picked Imagine

    Yeah, Imagine not making the list was kind of a head scratcher for me too. Maybe the person upthread who speculated that NY Post was only taking into account finals performances had it right.

  97. thedavidcook:

    Back at it today! writing with Mr. David Hodges. I’ll find out his twitter name later…
    about 1 hour ago from web

    RT @Laurie_0 @thedavidcook I guess we did it for you – @hodgesmusic aren’t we nice. // you sure are. thanks, all.
    about 1 hour ago from web

  98. There is an amusing blog about the death knell of AI.

    American Idol RIP: June 2002 — May 2010

    Oh, everyone says this thing’s gonna end every year, don’t they? But this year it’s serious, guys. Famousest judge Simon Cowell is putting down the Coke cup in May, and that absolutely means the end. The show cannot go on.

    (snip)

    Well, it’s the same with American Idol. Yes, American Idol is Christmas. Only it’s bigger and brighter and louder and it lasts so long (oh God, so long — part of my revered Idol tradition is starting to really hate it about four weeks before the finale). And it’s been so blessedly familiar year after year. Oh, sure, one year everyone’s talking about Clay and the other guy and then another year everyone’s marveling at Fantasia Barrino’s fabulous chicken dance of revenge and then last year there was gay Frankenstein. But the singers fade from our minds so quickly, so easily, season after season. They don’t really matter. What does matter is that Randy is hooting and braying like King Bowser there on the left. And sandwiched gooily next to him is lolling-headed Perla Abdoo. Finally, there on the right, proud breasted Simon.

    (snip)

    It won’t be the same. It will be weird and foreign and new and with bands. Not just lone hopes hung up on Rupert Murdoch’s hippie-pulled wagon of gold. Like, groups of people. Ugh.

    I just wish that Paula could be carted out for the show’s big 2010 farewell tour. Someone go look under that pile of rags at her house. She’s probably under there. Make sure she’s OK. No, no. Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine.

    …Eventually.

    American Idol RIP at defamer

  99. Duh that’s right BJ was Top 10..damn I better rewatch season 7 all over again :)

    Hasn’t DC been following Dave Hodges for a while now on Twitter..?

  100. Duh that’s right BJ was Top 10..damn I better rewatch season 7 all over again

    I’d feel less lonely if I knew someone else was doing it, too. LOL!

  101. Carrie’s ‘Alone’ I always felt was her best performance not to mention her true breakout performance.

    Totally agree this was Carrie’s game changer and showed that she was going to be a cross over artist.(but mostly a country artist) Independence Day was good but Alone was jaw dropping.

  102. Here’s what I would put up as my Top 10:

    1. “Summertime” – Fantasia
    2. “Heartless” – Kris Allen
    3. “In a Dream” – Bo Bice
    4. “Stuff Like That There” – Kelly Clarkson
    5. “Billie Jean” – David Cook
    6. “Mad World” – Adam Lambert
    7. “Alone” – Carrie Underwood
    8. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Clay Aiken
    9. “Imagine” – David Archuleta
    10. “You Give Love a Bad Name” – Blake Lewis

    Honorable mentions: “Hallelujah” – Jason Castro, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Kat McPhee, “My Funny Valentine” – Melinda Doolittle.

  103. Some lists are just simply meaningless – like lists of best AI covers that don’t include anything by David Cook.

  104. NOW IN: 54.98%

    LW TW artist / album label power index
    — 1 KE$HA RCA/RMG 102,588
    ANIMAL
    1 2 SUSAN BOYLE COLUMBIA 48,312
    I DREAMED A DREAM

    2 3 MARY J. BLIGE GEFFEN 31,355
    STRONGER WITH EACH TEAR
    3 4 ALICIA KEYS J RECORDS/RMG 29,983
    ELEMENT OF FREEDOM
    7 5 ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS RHINO 29,729
    THE SQUEAKQUEL
    5 6 LADY GAGA INTERSCOPE 29,565
    FAME
    4 7 TAYLOR SWIFT BIG MACHINE 23,950
    FEARLESS
    6 8 JUSTIN BIEBER ISLAND/IDJMG 21,681
    MY WORLD
    8 9 BLACK EYED PEAS INTERSCOPE 21,612
    E.N.D. (ENERGY NEVER DIES)
    10 10 LADY GAGA INTERSCOPE 19,479
    FAME MONSTER (EP)

    13 14 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 12,623
    PLAY ON

    — 22 KATHERINE MCPHEE VERVE FORECAST 8,829
    UNBROKEN

    40 47 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 3,481
    FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

  105. 6. “Mad World” – Adam Lambert

    Noooo, Mad World is so boring compared to ROF! Got to have that spice in life!

  106. Noooo, Mad World is so boring compared to ROF! Got to have that spice in life!

    saga, for me, Mad World just showed that there was so much more to Adam Lambert then what many bloggers refer to as “Glambert”. It was one of the times I really felt like Adam was really connected to what he was singing and really transmitted to the audience. I’ve admitted numerous times on this site that I am not a huge Adam fan, but Mad World (the Top 8 version) was a performance where I felt like I saw the real Adam and I appreciated his talent so hugely for that song. ROF was much more divisive and I really didn’t like it. Of course, this is just my opinion and you are of course entitled to yours.

  107. rayni, your top 10 list had a lot of similarity to last year’s pre-S8 EW Top 16 Idol Performances of All Time, so I’m thinking your list is probably pretty good consensus of prevailing opinion.

    http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20007164_20171835_20189900,00.html

    Not sure about Taylor Hicks though.

    ETA: Whoa, anovich, your list looks pretty much cribbed from the EW list from last year — but without S8 peeps, of course.

  108. saga, for me, Mad World just showed that there was so much more to Adam Lambert then what many bloggers refer to as “Glambert”. It was one of the times I really felt like Adam was really connected to what he was singing and really transmitted to the audience.

    Hehe, somehow I think ROF is much more “the true” Adam than MW!
    :grin: :grin: :grin:

    Being European, I never understood (and still don’t) what cultural faux pas he commited with that arrangement. I thought it was abosolutely excellent and it highlighted the song. The middle east thing was totally awesome. It was like taken from a Buddha Bar CD!

  109. That last HDD update must have had itunes in it, which is where I think Kesha sold the most (and certainly more than SuBo would).

  110. ETA: Whoa, anovich, your list looks pretty much cribbed from the EW list from last year — but without S8 peeps, of course.

    Just checked out the EW list – I had no idea I’d had something really similar until I checked that link. The funny thing is that there are so many performances I could subsitute in by the same performer – I have alternates to Cook, Kris, Melinda, Carrie and Bo, but in the end I picked the one that just was much bigger in impact for me. The one I was most indecisive about was Billie Jean because Hello was so amazing as well.

  111. Jim Faber, the writer of that “best covers” article has a well known bias against Rock in general. He hated Bo, Cookie and especially Daughtry with the heat of a thousands suns. He loves big-voiced Divas and Season 9, apparently. LOL. I am stunned though that he left off his beloved Archie’s Imagine. Unfairly I think. That cover was transcendent.

  112. That last HDD update must have had itunes in it, which is where I think Kesha sold the most (and certainly more than SuBo would).

    If so, that just shows you how few itunes albums were sold last week…most numbers barely moved at all (except kesha)

  113. That last HDD update must have had itunes in it, which is where I think Kesha sold the most (and certainly more than SuBo would).

    Mary102, all the numbers stayed exactly the same since yesterday at 54.02%. The only change that I could find was for Kesha’s number. It went from 28,747 to 102,588.

  114. Mary102, all the numbers stayed exactly the same since yesterday at 54.02%. The only change that I could find was for Kesha’s number. It went from 28,747 to 102,588.

    Maybe Kesha’s number had been misreported previously, or something big of hers alone had been left out

  115. I think Kesha made a killing on itunes – she is #1 on the album chart, and had, like 3 songs on the top 10 on itunes last night from the album (not just Tik Tok) including the top 2 on the chart. I’d imagine she’d sell a lot there. So that would explain the big jump vs everyone else (unless I’m missing something – always possible!)

  116. Yep, I like Rayni’s list a lot better.

    But I’d like to put in a tiny vote for Cookie’s “Little Sparrow,” because not only was it amazing (and a daring song choice) but it was HIS arrangement.

    (And I’m sharing the DC love. *sigh* He was wonderful even under the fauxhawk…….)

    In more recent news, Kris’s “Heartless” was a revelation. Bravo, dude!

  117. Some lists are just simply meaningless – like lists of best AI covers that don’t include anything by David Cook.

    I know right? Is that an oxymoron or what? He was like the king of covers. Of coarse in a way all idols have to be.

  118. Okay, I’ll probably get a lot of people disagreeing with me on this, but [whispers]I never really thought that Kris’ Heartless was all that.[/whispers] I think the impact of the performance, coming when it did when it looked like he was perhaps going down for the count and then his pulling it out at the right time like that probably contributed to people thinking it was so much more awesome than it really was, but overall, I just think it looks out of place in some of those Top 10 lists. I think it belongs in the list of Top 10 Idol Game-Changing Performances just because of the timing of the performance (classic ‘peaking at the right time’ scenario), but not in the list of Top 10 Idol Best Performances. There, I said it. Whew. *wipes brow*

    ETA: To be clear, I thought Kris was consistently good throughout the season and really stood out from the pack (obviously since he won despite massive pimping of Adam and Danny), but Heartless just never felt transcendent or chillworthy the way the other Top 10 performances were/are.

  119. Okay, I’ll probably get a lot of people disagreeing with me on this, but [whispers]I never really thought that Kris’ Heartless was all that.[/whispers] I think the impact of the performance, coming when it did when it looked like he was perhaps going down for the count and then his pulling it out at the right time like that probably contributed to people thinking it was so much more awesome than it really was, but overall, I just think it looks out of place in some of those Top 10 lists. I think it belongs in the list of Top 10 Idol Game-Changing Performances just because of the timing of the performance (classic ‘peaking at the right time’ scenario), but not in the list of Top 10 Idol Best Performances. There, I said it. Whew. *wipes brow*

    Wow you are brave! LOL. I am not at all a Kris fan but I have to disagree. I thought that Heartless was fantastic (its the only non-Adam itunes performance/song I downloaded)…his simple no-frills performance of the song highlighted Kanye’s abilities as a songwriter…I never knew that such a melodic song lived under all that vocoding/autotuning…when a cover is done right it makes you think of the song in a new way….i think it definitely deserves to be on any list of top 10 idol covers

  120. Keel, I agree. Impact was certainly a huge part of the equation. I mean, c’mon….Arkansas nice boy in plaid does hip-hop? But, to me, impact is part of the deal. When I think “great cover,” I’m looking at the whole package.

    But…I also think it’s a cool song. For starters, I like listening to it, which is something you will never hear me say about the original. :)

    (And my personal fave of Kris’ performances was Ain’t No Sunshine, but that’s another story.)

  121. Keel, I agree. Impact was certainly a huge part of the equation. I mean, c’mon….Arkansas nice boy in plaid does hip-hop? But, to me, impact is part of the deal. When I think “great cover,” I’m looking at the whole package.

    But…I also think it’s a cool song. For starters, I like listening to it, which is something you will never hear me say about the original.

    (And my personal fave of Kris’ performances was Ain’t No Sunshine, but that’s another story.)

    Heartless was amazing because of it’s impact. Kris was never expected to last as long as he did and with that performance he really had nothing to lose. In reality, was there any other song that was as big a game changer in 8 seasons? Truth is, Kris was never supposed to even make the Top 12/13, and Simon had spent 2 weeks previous trying to get rid of him, aside from the lack of critique he was essentially given on Apologize. When he stood on that stage with just his guitar he had nothing to lose and the impact of it was just amazing.

  122. saga, for me, Mad World just showed that there was so much more to Adam Lambert then what many bloggers refer to as “Glambert”. It was one of the times I really felt like Adam was really connected to what he was singing and really transmitted to the audience. I’ve admitted numerous times on this site that I am not a huge Adam fan, but Mad World (the Top 8 version) was a performance where I felt like I saw the real Adam and I appreciated his talent so hugely for that song. ROF was much more divisive and I really didn’t like it. Of course, this is just my opinion and you are of course entitled to yours.

    I’m not an Adam fan, but my favorite performance of his was definitely ROF. It was fantastic. I always thought ROF was underrated (because of what Simon said) and Mad World was overrated. Sure, MW sounds beautiful, and sits in that perfect place in Adam’s voice (for me, for him), but so does ROF. ROF was just a more original, dynamic, and authentic (for me, for you) performance. Maybe I’m biased cuz I’ve loved the Gary Jules version of Mad World ever since Donnie Darko, and Adam’s performance, while it evoked the same longing, melancholic vibe as the movie (love that movie), didn’t bring that much that was new to it, and visually didn’t grab me. I dunno, emoting in one place in the dark, with the bluish lights– I wasn’t into it. But that’s just one non-Adam fan’s opinion.

    I agree with those who said Carrie’s breakout performance was Alone. I will never not love when Carrie rocks out. She needs to do it more ;). Also, whatever you think of Blake, his take on Bon Jovi was also incredibly memorable, and a game changer not just for his season, but for seasons to come. I only know earlier seasons from youtube, but based on what I’ve seen, I tend to agree with Slezak’s top 16 list as well.

  123. But I’d like to put in a tiny vote for Cookie’s “Little Sparrow,” because not only was it amazing (and a daring song choice) but it was HIS arrangement.

    wjmtv, Cook’s LS belongs in the list of Top 10 Most Underrated Performances coming on the heels of his performing Billie Jean the week before. (Also, it’s a “bird” song and Simon’s tepid comment about it being good despite being about a bird deflated a lot of enthusiasm for the performance.) There’s actually a thread on TWoP about underrated performances and lots of people agree that this performance was massively underrated. I happen to agree.

  124. HDD predictions are final…Kesha #1, SuBo #2, Adam only fell one spot to 41 (just under 11K), Kris, Allison, Danny not in top 50.

  125. wjmtv, Cook’s LS belongs in the list of Top 10 Most Underrated Performances coming on the heels of his performing Billie Jean the week before.

    That’s one that still gets a lot of play on my iPod, love it. Definitely I think one of the most underrated performances, it’s beautiful. Maybe the performance got lost in the haircut heard ’round the world, lol.

  126. NOW IN: FINAL

    LW TW artist / album label power index % change
    — 1 KE$HA RCA/RMG 151,343 —
    ANIMAL
    1 2 SUSAN BOYLE COLUMBIA 93,538 +40%
    I DREAMED A DREAM

    5 3 LADY GAGA INTERSCOPE 65,252 +106%
    FAME
    3 4 ALICIA KEYS J RECORDS/RMG 63,371 +80%
    ELEMENT OF FREEDOM
    2 5 MARY J. BLIGE GEFFEN 49,164 +31%
    STRONGER WITH EACH TEAR
    7 6 ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS RHINO 44,529 +56%
    THE SQUEAKQUEL
    4 7 TAYLOR SWIFT BIG MACHINE 37,399 +7%
    FEARLESS
    8 8 BLACK EYED PEAS INTERSCOPE 35,034 +23%
    E.N.D. (ENERGY NEVER DIES)
    6 9 JUSTIN BIEBER ISLAND/IDJMG 34,316 +15%
    MY WORLD
    10 10 LADY GAGA INTERSCOPE 32,068 +26%
    FAME MONSTER (EP)

    13 18 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 22,289 +21%
    PLAY ON

    — 27 KATHERINE MCPHEE VERVE FORECAST 14,611 —
    UNBROKEN

    40 41 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 10,983 +39%
    FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

  127. Countdown To American Idol: 12 Of The Best Idol Voices Ever

    January 12, 2010 by Neon Limelight
    Filed under American Idol, Lists

    Have you been overcome by excitement tingles yet? In less than 12 hours season 9 of American Idol will premiere on Fox, giving us all new contestants to love (and sometimes hate), new sharp-tongued cracks from Simon Cowell, more dawg-laden rants by Randy Jackson, more stern-yet-sweet advice from Kara DioGuardi, and a brand new judge to make us laugh in Ellen DeGeneres.

    Through all of the delicious side dishes, we really tune in to hear the great voices of talented undiscovered singers. From sultry soul singers, big theatrical wailers, and angelic soothers, Idol has seen every kind of voice imaginable. Here are 12 of the best we’ve heard throughout Idol’s eight seasons:

    David Archuleta, Imagine

    Voices don’t get any more angelic than Archie’s. You hear the judges make comments like “For [insert tender age], this kid is great.” That was never the case for David. For ANY age he’s amazing.

    http://neonlimelight.com/2010/01/12/countdown-to-american-idol-12-of-the-best-idol-voices-ever/

  128. I don’t understand the HDD percentage change info…are all the plusses, supposed to be minuses? I mean, most everyone sold less this week than last week, so why the positive percentages?

  129. I thought Heartless was really cool, but I will have to say, Ain’t No Sunshine > Heartless for sure. Actually, Heartless may only be my third favorite Kris performance after ANS and Falling Slowly. FS was pretty much done straight, but it’s probably the only song I’ve heard Kris sing that I like because I notice his voice and not just the performance or arrangement. I generally agree with those who think Kris’ voice is pretty nondescript and unremarkable, but that he makes up for it with his musicianship (JMHO), but Falling Slowly was an interesting case and his was just the perfect fit for voice it. I mean, I LOVED the original, and even though usually prefer rougher, unique tones like Glen Hansard’s, Jason Castro’s, and Brooke Whites, over smooth ones like Kris’, somehow, with FS, Kris’ version worked, and it sounded great. (I still like Glen and Marketa’s original version though.)

  130. nvm

    Ke$ha topples SuBo from her throne. The HDD % numbers are completely wrong. They’ll probably correct them eventually.

  131. 40 41 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 10,983 -39%
    FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

    That wasn’t so bad… I mean it’s bad, but I thought it would be less.

  132. Ignore the %s, they’re totally wrong.

    They certainly are. Some of the minuses should be pluses and vice versa. I thought it looked a little odd.

    These were last week’s Soundscan totals for Carrie (Play On) and Adam (FYE).

    Carrie: 33,501
    Adam: 17,236

  133. I’m not surprised Kris and Allison aren’t in the Top 50 – Kris was 91 last week and Allison was 186.

  134. I don’t understand the HDD percentage change info…are all the plusses, supposed to be minuses? I mean, most everyone sold less this week than last week, so why the positive percentages?

    Maybe they are all pluses (subconscious).. because they are relieved that all the artists didn’t suck wind completely… the industry being what it is and everything. ;)

  135. Looks like sales dropped 30-35% this week. Obviously some artists were affected more than others. I think sales will stay like this till the Grammys.

  136. sma11ie
    01/12/2010 at 4:09 pm
    I thought Heartless was really cool, but I will have to say, Ain’t No Sunshine > Heartless for sure. Actually, Heartless may only be my third favorite Kris performance after ANS and Falling Slowly. FS was pretty much done straight, but it’s probably the only song I’ve heard Kris sing that I like because I notice his voice and not just the performance or arrangement. I generally agree with those who think Kris’ voice is pretty nondescript and unremarkable, but that he makes up for it with his musicianship (JMHO), but Falling Slowly was an interesting case and his was just the perfect fit for voice it. I mean, I LOVED the original, and even though usually prefer rougher, unique tones like Glen Hansard’s, Jason Castro’s, and Brooke Whites, over smooth ones like Kris’, somehow, with FS, Kris’ version worked, and it sounded great. (I still like Glen and Marketa’s original version though.)

    For me (for you), Kris had 4(5) performances that I loved that probably had great impact on him in the competition. Ain’t No Sunshine (both actually, but Top 9 I think was his first “breakthrough”), Falling Slowly, She Works Hard for the Money and Heartless.

  137. 40 41 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 10,983 +39%
    FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

    What kind of whacked out math is that? Here was the final report for HDD last week.

    — 34 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 16,469 —
    FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

    That’s -33% which is about what you’d expect at this time of year. If the album had a 39% increase in sales this week, it would hae sold about 7.9K and it’s not been that low. AFAIK.

    HDD needs to give their computer a swat.

  138. If the album had a 39% increase in sales this week, it would hae sold about 7.9K and it’s not been that low.

    I can’t edit. Obviously, I meant that it would have had to have been 7.9K last week to have a 39% increase this week and sell that number of albums.

  139. Yeah the HDD chart seems to be all out of whack right now. And it says 55.94% in, not final

    If Adam sold 11K this week, he couldn’t have a 39% increase, since he sold about 17K last week.

    I is confused…

  140. I agree ROF was Adam’s biggest standout, but I think Satisfaction, Feeling Good, Whole Lotta Love and a Change is Gonna Come were brilliant as well (and I obviously loved a lot of others, but I save my hyperbole for the best).

    For me, Kris’s highlight was def, Ain’t No Sunshine (on tour as well, BTW). I wasn’t crazy about Heartless at all. and I loved his song choice with Falling Slowly, but thought that he sung the first half of the song poorly. the second half, on the other hand, was great.

    And Allison? Of all her fantastic performances they choose I can’t make you love me? That was one of those songs she looked like she had no idea what she was singing about (smiling while singing about the deepest hurt and humiliation). I thought he Papa Was a Rolling Stone was off the charts brilliant! Even better than Adam’s Tracks of my tears (and I am a huge Adam stan). So was her MJ’s Give in to Me.

    Oh well- different tastes for everyone :)l

  141. I’ve just recently decided to tackle the “numbers” posts and wanted to send thanks to the very smart crew here @MJ’s that keeps us up to date.
    ..Of course as a rookie I especially appreciate the opinion/summaries at the end of the post! I enjoy hearing your interpretations.

  142. So if it is only 54 percent of the sales Adam could still end up with around 17K

  143. Ok peeps, the chart is showing FINAL again.

    CHART DATE: 01/11/2010
    LAST UPDATE: 01/12/2010 13:39:50
    NOW IN: FINAL

    LW TW artist / album label power index % change
    — 1 KE$HA RCA/RMG 151,343 —
    ANIMAL
    1 2 SUSAN BOYLE COLUMBIA 93,538 -29%
    I DREAMED A DREAM

    2 3 LADY GAGA INTERSCOPE 65,252 -23%
    FAME
    3 4 ALICIA KEYS J RECORDS/RMG 63,371 -10%
    ELEMENT OF FREEDOM
    5 5 MARY J. BLIGE GEFFEN 49,164 -14%
    STRONGER WITH EACH TEAR
    7 6 ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS RHINO 44,529 -13%
    THE SQUEAKQUEL
    4 7 TAYLOR SWIFT BIG MACHINE 37,399 -38%
    FEARLESS
    8 8 BLACK EYED PEAS INTERSCOPE 35,034 -27%
    E.N.D. (ENERGY NEVER DIES)
    6 9 JUSTIN BIEBER ISLAND/IDJMG 34,316 -35%
    MY WORLD
    11 10 LADY GAGA INTERSCOPE 32,068 -25%
    FAME MONSTER (EP)

    19 18 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 22,289 -32%
    PLAY ON

    — 27 KATHERINE MCPHEE VERVE FORECAST 14,611 —
    UNBROKEN

    34 41 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 10,983 -33%
    FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

  144. I thought Allison’s performance of “Someone To Watch Over Me” was her best- it was a type of song that didn’t seem to suit her, but she brought great nuance to her vocal. I also loved her elimination singout of “Crybaby”- she showed star power on that one.

  145. Countdown To American Idol: 12 Of The Best Idol Voices Ever

    Have you been overcome by excitement tingles yet? In less than 12 hours season 9 of American Idol will premiere on Fox, giving us all new contestants to love (and sometimes hate), new sharp-tongued cracks from Simon Cowell, more dawg-laden rants by Randy Jackson, more stern-yet-sweet advice from Kara DioGuardi, and a brand new judge to make us laugh in Ellen DeGeneres.

    Through all of the delicious side dishes, we really tune in to hear the great voices of talented undiscovered singers. From sultry soul singers, big theatrical wailers, and angelic soothers, Idol has seen every kind of voice imaginable. Here are 12 of the best we’ve heard throughout Idol’s eight seasons:

    * David Archuleta — Imagine
    * Elliott Yamin — A Song For You
    * Carrie Underwood — Alone
    * Fantasia Barrino — Summertime
    * LaToya London — Somewhere
    * Clay Aiken — Unchained Melody
    * Kelly Clarkson — Walk On By
    * Kris Allen — Ain’t No Sunshine
    * Melinda Doolittle — My Funny Valentine
    * David Cook — Music of the Night
    * Chris Daughtry — Suspicious Minds
    * Adam Lambert — Mad World

    Neon Limelight
    There’s a video and a nice little write up about each one at the link.

  146. I think what Kris did with Heartless Cook had done the year before with Little Sparrow, it’s just LS is an older song, country, not as radio friendly, and most people recognize Heartless more, plus, LS was right after BJ.
    I agree that it’s one of the most underrated covers (performances) on idol.

  147. posted by rmged (he’s the AO mod right?):

    Quote:
    Monday, January 11, 2010 – 09:57

    Ask yourselves this: in a world where not even Tiger Woods is safe from exposure, does AI stand to lose more by fixing results or playing it straight? RCA had called dibs on signing Adam about 1 month before the finale (we have right of first refusal), not because we thought he would win or lose, but because we felt he had the greatest potential for what we can do as a company. Winning AI has hardly dictated guaranteed success so far (see Daughtry), not unlike College Football, where the best players don’t necessarily make the best NFL pros.

    Source / thread page on AO:
    http://www.adamofficial.com/us/node/1160894

    I didn’t think RCA would sign a contestant that far in advance. I guess they knew what they wanted early on in the game and moved on it. Also, does this mean RCA gets the first choice? It’s interesting information to find out.

  148. nyc:

    Hmmm, according to a later comment in that same thread from the RCA mod, that timeline is actually pretty standard, although from the earlier comment you posted it does sound like RCA was specifically interested in Adam right at the start of the process.

    rmged
    … the Idol finalists are actually all signed to 19 Entertainment, and RCA, JIVE and any other labels that wind up working with the finalists essentially license the artist, for lack of a better term. So when the show is winding down and the top 5, 6 finalists have proven their worth, that’s usually when RCA/JIVE begins discussing which potential winners or runner ups seem to have the most commercial potential, and discuss it with 19 and the Idols. This is why the top 2 or 3 tend to land on RCA or JIVE, while smaller labels eagerly snap up other contenders from amongst the top 10 for independent releases of their own. 19 also chooses whether to remain in business with these Idols as de facto artist managers or not – there’s no one formula applies to all of them.

  149. nyc
    01/12/2010 at 4:56 pm
    posted by rmged (he’s the AO mod right?):

    Quote:
    Monday, January 11, 2010 – 09:57

    Ask yourselves this: in a world where not even Tiger Woods is safe from exposure, does AI stand to lose more by fixing results or playing it straight? RCA had called dibs on signing Adam about 1 month before the finale (we have right of first refusal), not because we thought he would win or lose, but because we felt he had the greatest potential for what we can do as a company. Winning AI has hardly dictated guaranteed success so far (see Daughtry), not unlike College Football, where the best players don’t necessarily make the best NFL pros.

    Source / thread page on AO:
    http://www.adamofficial.com/us/node/1160894

    I didn’t think RCA would sign a contestant that far in advance. I guess they knew what they wanted early on in the game and moved on it. Also, does this mean RCA gets the first choice? It’s interesting information to find out.

    What I take from this is that RCA wanted Adam regardless of where he finished on the show and they made that clear. 19E and it’s companies have dibs on all the Idols and they wanted Adam regardless of his final placement. I think a similar thing likely happened with Allison and Jive which is why she was signed there so quickly. I don’t see this as anything overly shocking.

    I think what Kris did with Heartless Cook had done the year before with Little Sparrow, it’s just LS is an older song, country, not as radio friendly, and most people recognize Heartless more, plus, LS was right after BJ.

    I think the other thing with Heartless is that Kanye had performed the song on a results show earlier in the same season. Not the case with LS. To me Billie Jean was so amazing that LS paled in comparison but I do think it’s because they were 2 weeks in a row.

  150. mmb
    01/12/2010 at 3:29 pm
    and OT, but a big ole YAY for Conan for showing some balls

    I felt the same way when I read his announcement. Although since it is a headline in today’s news and Conan features many AI performers on his show, I think it might be on topic??? If the musical performances are closer to 1:00 a.m. then our AI performers will lose viewers along with the show. :-(

  151. I’m amazed at how much the RCA person posts to the Adam fans. They sure weren’t very communicative with Clay fans.

    Clay’s new label tweeted

    deccalabelgroup

    Listening to the upcoming @ClayAiken album in the Decca office and it sounds amazing! Fans will definitely not be disappointed!

  152. Top 10 songs as rated by What Not to Sing (the last number is the rating)

    1 Stuff Like That There Kelly Clarkson 97
    2 In A Dream Bo Bice 96
    3 Summertime Fantasia Barrino 95
    4 A House Is Not A Home Tamyra Gray 94
    Build Me Up Buttercup Clay Aiken 94
    All By Myself LaToya London 94
    Hemorrhage (In My Hands) Chris Daughtry 94
    My Funny Valentine Melinda Doolittle 94
    9 Don’t Rain On My Parade LaToya London 93
    Billie Jean David Cook 93

  153. Keel
    01/12/2010 at 1:11 pm
    That AOL Top 10 list needs to have a better write up of how they determined the Top 10. It says:

    [H]ere are the Top ‘American Idol’ Songs that have been successful on the airwaves and rated by AOL Radio listeners.

    Cook’s Permanent was never even played on the radio because it never went for adds. On top of that, the single was released to iTunes for only a month as it was a special charity version. And yeah, how could that song make the list but not Magic Rainbow?

    Hope it’s not too late to answer this, but the Top 10 list was based on “AOL Radio,” an online streaming radio service provided through AOL.com. Sounds to me like what they are counting as “votes” are requests, comments, and ratings of the tracks (you can rate them on a five-star scale). http://music.aol.com/radioguide/bb

  154. DISCLAIMER: I love Adam but I’m not a fantard. I don’t have any of the walls in my house papered with his picture. I’m just a lifelong musician. /disclaimer

    That being said, I’m not at all surprised if RCA signed him that early. A voice like his comes along about once every blue moon. (More like once every 30 years or so.) Add his ready-to-run stage presence to the mix, and they would have been nuts not to grab him, win or no.

  155. Damn, that RCA mod for AdamOfficial is all kinds of chatty. The RCA mods for DCO (rcajosh is the one I know) hardly ever posts. And if he does, it’s usually about stuff like “yeah, we’ll work on the wonky spam filter.” Where’s the love rcajosh?

  156. ozarka..Countdown To American Idol: Have you been overcome by excitement tingles yet? In less than 12 hours season 9 of American Idol will premiere on Fox, giving us all new contestants to love (and sometimes hate)..

    Let the games begin!!!

  157. I think what Kris did with Heartless Cook had done the year before with Little Sparrow, it’s just LS is an older song

    I’m a huge Cooktard and flove Little Sparrow, but Kris’ Heartless was a completely different thing from DC’s LS. I’m not saying Heartless was a mindblowing reinvention in the vein of what Cornell did with Billie Jean, or what Dilana (that her name?) did with Ring of Fire, but its tempo and genre changes noticeably and significantly in Kris’ version, while LS retains a similar tempo… and a folky-rock take on a folky-country song isn’t that different… On the flip side, though, I have always muttered under my breath that what Kris did with She Works Hard For the Money (slow it down and make it acoustic) was overrated, and pretty much done better with DC’s version of Always Be My Baby.

    OT, but a big ole YAY for Conan for showing some balls

    Conan has always been a class act, and ridiculously intelligent to boot. I expected nothing less than that awesome statement from him. #teamconan and Jimmy Fallon. Leno’s a nice guy, but I don’t care to watch him on TV, ever.

    I’m amazed at how much the RCA person posts to the Adam fans.

    NGL, I think it’s kinda creepy. No RCA mod posts on DCO, I don’t think…

    * David Cook — Music of the Night

    WTF? I enjoyed that performance and it was a great vocal… but I’m with Simon, I prefer the more raw DC voice, not the rounded, more affected “musical” voice he used…

  158. Winning AI has hardly dictated guaranteed success so far (see Daughtry), not unlike College Football, where the best players don’t necessarily make the best NFL pros.

    If they feel this way I wonder why they signed David Cook, this statement is a dig against him I think.

    RCA mods never ever post on DCO. I am not sure if DCO has any RCA mods. I think it is all volunteer.

  159. Was just gonna post that Becky…you beat me to it. Yay for new videos!

  160. Yep! Adam fans gonna go crazy over the vulnerability in that clip….me included!!!!!!!!!!

  161. Top 10 songs as rated by What Not to Sing

    Interesting list– and so many semi-final performances! I do think the show is a marathon and contestants burn out (as do viewers who are perhaps harder to impress), so it’s rare to get those 90+ performances late in the season.

    About RCA wanting to sign Adam a month before the end– I’m not surprised either. I think it’s probably pretty common– I heard something similar about Archie from S7 from Jive, I think.

  162. If they feel this way I wonder why they signed David Cook, this statement is a dig against him I think.

    What?!? Where’d you get that? The statement above was totally a dig at Taylor. Never even occurred to me that they would be referring to Cook. David is like RCA’s #2 or #3 selling artist this past Billboard year, behind only DMB and KOL. Why in the world would they be digging at Cook?

    ETA: Ack, kept on writing Cook for Taylor and vice versa.

  163. If they feel this way I wonder why they signed David Cook, this statement is a dig against him I think.

    Huh? How can you even read that in that statement? There are 8 AI winners, RCA has two of them signed with them, I doubt they’d be talking about one of those two. I think when they talk about winning AI non guaranting success they’re talking about AI winners non signed with them.

  164. If they feel this way I wonder why they signed David Cook, this statement is a dig against him I think.

    Yes, because Adam’s accomplishments so far really dwarf Cook’s? Where are his platinum singles, his platinum album? Heck, where are his gold albums and singles? Where are his positions in the Top 10, or 20, or 30 of any chart whatsoever? If they define Adam as accomplished and David Cook as subpar, they have no sense of math.

    What has Adam given back to your company, RCA? What has he done for YOU other than waste your money? This is coming to be one of the most devastatingly miscalculated decisions you have ever made. Yet you continue to ignore the artists who actually work for you.

    Adam so far is a failure. He has zero accomplishments other than accumulating scandal.

  165. About RCA wanting to sign Adam a month before the end– I’m not surprised either. I think it’s probably pretty common– I heard something similar about Archie from S7 from Jive, I think.

    word is after the ”imagine” performance there were offers coming in from many labels wanting to, or expressing interest in signing david… regardless of his placement… and according to him, he was signed to jive just moments after the s7 finale… dunno how common this is, but that’s how it went down according to sources…

  166. Looks like sales dropped 30-35% this week. Obviously some artists were affected more than others. I think sales will stay like this till the Grammys.

    Alvin and the Chipmunks only had 13% drop. Those three must be partying like rock stars right now. :)

  167. EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me” Music Video

    Arrrggggggghhhhhhhhh.

    May have to take back what I said earlier about not being an Adam fantard……

    Adam so far is a failure. He has zero accomplishments other than accumulating scandal.

    I agree it’s a bit early in his career to be comparing him to someone with a year’s headstart, but to say Adam has accomplished zero is a bit much. He wasn’t exactly in larvae form when he first hit the stage last January.

  168. Because David won Idol that’s why. They are talking about AI winners are they not?

  169. Because David won Idol that’s why. They are talking about AI winners are they not?

    But why would you think they are referring to someone that RCA signed — as opposed to someone in the same season as Daughtry who is not in the RCA roster. What would it serve RCA to insult a guy (David) who made them a lot of money? And why would the RCA mod be stupid enough to insinuate that one of RCA’s A&Rs fucked up in signing David?

  170. glambert696969 The most amazing 20 seconds ever committed to film: http://ow.ly/1mXXbG ADAM LAMBERT’S WHATAYA WANT FROM ME SNEAK PEEK! 6 minutes ago from web

    glambert696969 I will be live-tweeting it now. As I rewatch for the 70,000th time. (I counted.) 6 minutes ago from web

    glambert696969 Adam looks amazing. 5 minutes ago from web

    glambert696969 He has a TV remote. 5 minutes ago from web

    glambert696969 The camera is shaky. 5 minutes ago from web

    glambert696969 He’s in a loft? 5 minutes ago from web

    glambert696969 Maybe a doctor’s waiting room. 5 minutes ago from web

    glambert696969 He’s singing to the TV sort of. 4 minutes ago from web

    glambert696969 THIS MUSIC VIDEO WILL CHANGE HISTORY. 4 minutes ago from web

    glambert696969 His acting is AMAZING. I hear they’re going to revise the Oscar eligibility rules to include Adam’s work in his music videos. 3 minutes ago from web

  171. Nowhere in that statement do I see how that could possibly be seen as a dig towards David. That’s really reaching IMO. For that matter it could be seen as a dig towards Kelly too since she’s the other winner RCA signed and that’s absurd. And who’s to stay hes only talking about RCA winners because he works for RCA?

  172. glambert696969 His acting is AMAZING. I hear they’re going to revise the Oscar eligibility rules to include Adam’s work in his music videos. 3 minutes ago from web

    Damn, that is some Grade A, prime snark right there. Hilarious!

  173. Because David won Idol that’s why. They are talking about AI winners are they not?

    But they’re not saying all idol winners. Do you think this is about Kelly too?
    We all know some idol winners didn’t find much success.
    If RCA had a problem with Cook he wouldn’t be signed with them. It’s not that complicated.

    glambert696969 His acting is AMAZING. I hear they’re going to revise the Oscar eligibility rules to include Adam’s work in his music videos. 3 minutes ago from web

    LOL Priceless

  174. I don’t know you would have to ask the mod what he was thinking but he was saying that AI winners don’t make the best pros so he was talking about David and all the other winners I guess but David was the most recent winner in the time frame that this guy is talking about. JMO

    And David was the winner most recently signed with RCA so it would seem that the guy was referring to him.

  175. I really took that as a dig towards Taylor, not Cook, since they specifically mentioned Daughtry.

  176. anemicandholding:

    What???
    I think RCA calls dibs on who THEY think will be the most successful. I think it was a smart call for them to snag both Cook and Adam. They both are the top sellers from their respective seasons.
    The statement from the RCA mod was not in reference to David Cook in any way. I’m sure RCA is quite happy with David.
    I’m also sure they are happy with Adam and his 450K album sales (500K incl. international sales) and a single that is moving up the charts.
    BTW, what artists is RCA ignoring?

    BTW, Adam looked very handsome in that short video clip. Does Jim seem a bit obsessed with Adam lately? He just tweeted a bj joke about being in Chicago. I guess he wants to hitch a ride on the media machine also.

  177. Oh please. That wasn’t a dig. It was just a compliment for Adam. Was it a dig when Jive said they always knew they wanted to sign Allison?

  178. I remember reading back in early May or late April that Kris, Adam and Allison were already meeting with labels. It was pretty clear that these 3 were all getting signed no matter who won.

  179. I didn’t know where to mention this so HEADLINES gets the post…
    19 18 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 22,289 -32%
    PLAY ON
    — 27 KATHERINE MCPHEE VERVE FORECAST 14,611 —
    UNBROKEN
    34 41 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 10,983 -33%
    FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

    good news all around and I am glad Adam still his listed in the top 50 – so proud he is selling that album

  180. And David was the winner most recently signed with RCA so it would seem that the guy was referring to him.

    But youre also questioning why they signed him in the first place which confuses me even more. How they view him now bears now meaning on how they viewed him when they signed him. He sold nearly a million downloads in 4 days,maybe they thought he was destined to sell Susan Boyle numbers?

    If they thought he was such a failure he wouldnt be getting a 2nd cd (see Taylor, Kat, Blake, Diana, etc.)

  181. So the HDD building chart is final. The prediction has this for Adam:

    34 41 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 10,983 -33%

    Neither Kris nor Allison is in the Top 50. The album in the #50 spot is Shakira’s She Wolf, at approximately 9,500 in sales

    Most of the albums on this chart are listed as dropping between 20 and 40 percent from last week. So, if these numbers for the Top 50 are anywhere close to accurate and Kris’ album drops by a similar percentage, he would have somewhere between 5400-7200 in sales (if my math is accurate).

  182. Well maybe he did not mean David when he was talking about “Idol Winners” but how do we really know who he meant when he did not say?
    I don’t like the post because it is vague and can be taken anyway apparently. He was being critical of Idol winners IMO.

  183. unique28v
    01/12/2010 at 6:05 pm
    “Oh please. That wasn’t a dig. It was just a compliment for Adam. Was it a dig when Jive said they always knew they wanted to sign Allison?”

    I agree, it was a nice thing to know that RCA wanted him whether he won or lost. I don’t see that statement as a dig at anyone, certainly not David Cook.

  184. . Does Jim seem a bit obsessed with Adam lately? He just tweeted a bj joke about being in Chicago. I guess he wants to hitch a ride on the media machine also.

    Nyah, Jim just likes snarking at the cray cray of the Glamberts and making fun of them. Which I think is a noble and worthy effort.

    He was being critical of Idol winners IMO.

    Yeah, the Idol winner who didn’t do well in comparison to the guy the signed. Which wouldn’t be Cook, because they signed him and he’s doing well and yes, also won. Seems pretty obvious to me they’re dissing Taylor, the guy who won who didn’t do well in comparison to their guy Daughtry.

    MMV, clearly, but yeah, I’m not seeing the Cook diss. They LIKE Cook. He’s one of their top selling artists last year and Archie did well as the non-winner, but not as well as Cook and Archie isn’t signed to RCA.

  185. anemicandholding
    …Adam so far is a failure. He has zero accomplishments other than accumulating scandal.

    Adam may be many things to different people, but considering he’s sold almost 1/2 a million albums in less than 2 months, my top 40 station is now playing him on a regular basis, has some fairly decent name recognition for his talent/music – and seriously,when it comes to real scandal he’s a baby wuss ;)…So not so much a failure in my world especially when you consider where he was a year ago. And comparing idols is comparing horses and zebras.

  186. I don’t really see the RCA rep post as a dig against Cook specifically. I think it’s just a statement that you don’t have to win to be successful, meaning that their 2 other winners (Kelly and Cook) are successful, but so is Daughtry who didn’t win and Adam can be as well.

    On the radio adds front, it doesn’t look like Kris or Adam picked up too many stations. At least it seems that HAC is starting to add WWFM.

  187. Well maybe he did not mean David when he was talking about “Idol Winners” but how do we really know who he meant when he did not say?

    Well, I know he didn’t mean Kelly and Cook. Considering they’re the two idol winners RCA signed and hasn’t dropped yet. It’s cause RCA is happy with them. Pick any of the other 6.

  188. Actually the more I think about it, the more I don’t think it is a dig against anyone, just saying it doesn’t matter if someone wins AI or not regarding commerciality.

    ETA…do we ever receive “clip” of videos for other artists?

  189. If they feel this way I wonder why they signed David Cook, this statement is a dig against him I think.

    That’s a pretty big reach, IMO. Dave was in talks with labels as far back as top 5 week in his year. Marketable is marketable, regardless of whether a contestant wins or not. That doesn’t take anything away from the marketable winners.

    RCA mods never ever post on DCO. I am not sure if DCO has any RCA mods. I think it is all volunteer.

    I tend to agree. DCO has a volunteer mod, I wonder if this might be a similar situation? Seems pretty unprofessional for an actual employee.

  190. Because David won Idol that’s why. They are talking about AI winners are they not?

    OMG, when I read that RCA mod post I never for a second thought he was referring to Cook…all the guy said was that they sign who they think they as a company can have the most success with and in any given season that it not necessarily the winner, and used Daughtry as an example…how does anyone read a slight to Cook in that statement????

  191. I tend to agree. DCO has a volunteer mod, I wonder if this might be a similar situation? Seems pretty unprofessional for an actual employee.

    Yep, some of the things that mod was saying seemed a little unprofessional to me. However, would a volunteer mod have privy to the signing info?

  192. On top of everything else, David and Adam had the same A&R guy at RCA. (Dude just recently left to be become the President at Columbia — because he was so successful with the acts he signed at RCA: http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/news/newsPage.cgi?news07824m01.)

    While at RCA, he A&R’d multi-platinum, platinum and gold artists, including the Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Daughtry, Velvet Revolver and David Cook along with breakthrough artists Ray LaMontagne and Imogen Heap. His most recent accomplishment was overseeing A&R for the highly anticipated debut album from American Idol finalist Adam Lambert.

    In other words, Adam and Cook were signed by the same guy at RCA. So why the RCA mod would ever take a shot at Cook when his boss (or now former boss in a more powerful position in the industry) is the same guy who signed Cook would be mind-bogglingly stupid.

    ETA: Linked to the HDD article instead.

  193. Sorry guys went off the rail a bit I think but I still say the guy was talking about “Idol Winners” not being the best pros and David is an Idol winner that is why I took it that way. If I was a Kelly fan I would have thought it was a dig against Kelly. But this is my last post on the issue.

  194. Adam so far is a failure. He has zero accomplishments other than accumulating scandal.

    Wow. So when will Adam be deemed to have accomplished something? Only if his album goes platinum? Because by that standard the vast majority of Idol contestants and music industry artists have accomplished nothing. Only if he has a no. 1 single? Only if he wins a grammy? only if he wins a oscar? only if he accomplishes all of the above? As of today’s date, Adam is a celebrity, a reality tv star, has a song on a hit movie soundtrack, is about to be interviewed by Oprah, has had his album listed on several best of year lists, has one of the best reviewed idol debut albums ever, had a no. 1 video on itunes, has a song in the top 40 on both hac and top 40, has sold close to 500K albums and 500K singles etc. etc. I think that he has accomplished “something”.

  195. No offense, but I think reading any slight to Cookie from that RCA mod statement is 100% reading comprehension fail.

    The thread subject is actually the nutball finale voting conspiracy theory, and the RCA mod is doing their level best to try and shut it down, by logically stating that Idol would have nothing to gain by people’s crackpot theories of behind the scenes voting shenanigans, and everything to lose. The stuff he talked about is more about the loser than the winner, and the now generally accepted theory that at this point you don’t have to win to go on to be successful.

  196. Wow. So when will Adam be deemed to have accomplished something? Only if his album goes platinum?

    I would say Gold on album or single is an accomplishment – which he is close to doing. Or charting in Top 10 on one of the major radio formats – lol!! :)

  197. http://ow.ly/1mXXbG

    Snippet of Adams new video Whataya Want From Me ! I think it is going to be very gooood!!!

    “””Adam so far is a failure. He has zero accomplishments other than accumulating scandal.”””

    LOL – ha ha ha ha, how funny – yes failures sell 200,000 in their first week and then are on Ellen, Leno, Letterman, Oprah – yes that is a definition of failure – oh how funny that statement is to many, I am sure

  198. For full disclosure I do not go on Adam’s website and thought that the post from the RCA Mod was just a statement on the site. So I had no information on the context of the post because it was only the one post that I saw.

  199. Adam so far is a failure. He has zero accomplishments other than accumulating scandal.

    Gee wish I had Adam’s brand of failure. LOL LOL LOL

  200. Adam so far is a failure. He has zero accomplishments other than accumulating scandal.

    Totally disagree and I know I won’t change your mind so not going to explain why. It would be mute but felt it necessary to say I humbly disagree with your assessment.

    I also don’t think the article in any way was a dig against David Cook. Why would it. David is one of RCA best selling Artist and just finished a successful Tour. I also got the dig was at Taylor Hicks if anyone.

  201. Kris’ Heartless was a completely different thing from DC’s LS. I’m not saying Heartless was a mindblowing reinvention in the vein of what Cornell did with Billie Jean, or what Dilana (that her name?) did with Ring of Fire, but its tempo and genre changes noticeably and significantly in Kris’ version, while LS retains a similar tempo… and a folky-rock take on a folky-country song isn’t that different…

    I liked Kris’ Heartless and thought it was a brilliant strategic move, but it’s not a rearrangement of Kanye, it’s a rearrangement of The Fray’s cover. I think that LS was actually more of a departure from Dolly’s version of the song than Kris’ was of The Fray’s Heartless Cover.

  202. Adam isn’t a flop but he isn’t setting the world on fire either. And I’m not exactly sure how FYE being #41 on the charts and no Kris or Allison to be found qualifies as “good news all around.”

    Adam isn’t matching Archie’s sales last year and is no where near Cook’s. It wouldn’t be such a big deal except for all the crazy promo he got. He’s doing okay and his album sales look decent because Kris’ are terrible. Fortunately, Kris is doing well selling downloads of LLWD. So he gets his face shown on Idol. No Taylorization here.

  203. The “Adam is a failure”, “what has Adam done for RCA?” comments crack me up. Other posters have successfully answered with Adam’s accomplishments but I want to add the success of the Idol Tour last year. From what I saw myself and saw on numerous youTubes, reviews and other posters comments, I’d say Adam was solely responsible for at least half of tour’s attendance numbers and merchandise sales if not more. I think some people made pretty good money from Adam there too.

  204. From what I saw myself and saw on numerous youTubes, reviews and other posters comments, I’d say Adam was solely responsible for at least half of tour’s attendance numbers and merchandise sales if not more.

    I certainly don’t agree with the Adam is a failure meme. Not even close IMO. He’s doing great.

    But the bit above about how he was responsible for at least half the tour’s attendance numbers and merchandise sales, where did that come from? I didn’t really keep up with S8 during the tour so this is really news to me. They never released this data during the S7 tour (that I’ve heard) so how do you know this?

  205. Eh, I don’t think Adam is a failure, and I don’t think he’s a stand-out success. I think he’s doing okay, not stellar. I think he has a chance of doing okay in the longer term of as well, we’ll see, I certainly hope so, but it’s certainly not a sure thing at this point.

  206. I liked Kris’ Heartless and thought it was a brilliant strategic move, but it’s not a rearrangement of Kanye, it’s a rearrangement of The Fray’s cover.

    Actually, Kris has talked about how it came about. He was listening to Kanye’s album and tought Heartless would be a good pick. He started from there to make his own version; so it’s an original version. And the Fray version is quite different.
    Kris is a very good arranger; it’s one of his big strength.

  207. I’d say Adam was solely responsible for at least half of tour’s attendance numbers and merchandise sales if not more.

    I think this is a bit of an exaggeration. Considering that the attendance this year matched last years, and that for many people the AI tour is a yearly ritual, I think it’s a stretch to say that half of the people showed up only because Adam was on the ticket. As far as merchandise sales, I don’t want to doubt your word for it, but I’m having trouble believing that you have access to the books so that you can back up your claim.

  208. Aww — it’s gonna start pretty soon for the East Coasters, huh? Have fun folks! Hold on to your sanity for as long as you can! Hee.

  209. Keel and babybelle- I never quoted any stats. I specifically said that I came to that conclusion from what I saw myself at the two concerts I attended and from the many reviews and comments about the reaction to Adam on tour. Adam’s tour merchandise was completely sold out at the concerts I went to while there was plenty of the others. Maybe I am totally off base and isolated on this but there were many reports on this but I never claimed to have access to stats, just my observations.

  210. 15 minutes until Season 9… woohoo! Now to get through the auditions and get to Hollywood which is where I really get interested :)

    Though I do like to try to pick out the good folks, and I like seeing Cookie’s mug on the wall, and I like hearing what songs they are using…

    Whee! Even my kids are excited, they have watched with me the past couple years (before that my oldest was 4 so, not so much.)

  211. That’s a MAJOR stretch to say Adam was solely responsible for half of the tour ticket sales and merchandise. Kris and Danny both had huge fanbases at every concert, and the other Iodls on tour also had their own (smaller) groups of fans at every stop. He definitely had an huge fanbase at the concerts and he probably did sell more merchandise than any of the others– but it likely wasn’t anywhere close to 50% for him and 50% for the other 9.

  212. Ugh, I love Adam but there is zero proof of any sales-related tour stuff. None of that info is public, it’s all conjecture and rumor. It’s great if like me you had an amazing concert experience and it FELT like so many people enjoyed Adam’s performance, but that’s totally subjective. IMO making pronouncements like that without proof is part of what makes people think that so many of Adam’s fans are nutballs.

  213. Keel and babybelle- I never quoted any stats. I specifically said that I came to that conclusion from what I saw myself at the two concerts I attended and from the many reviews and comments about the reaction to Adam on tour

    A conclusion based on two concerts…Yeah that really proves your point.

    IMO making pronouncements like that without proof is part of what makes people think that so many of Adam’s fans are nutballs.

    ITA!

  214. #thedavidcook

    “Lovin’ this new song idea…. just sayin… ” 8 minutes ago from web

    I’m really liking that Cook is tweeting from his songwriting sessions. I can’t wait to hear his new songs. The next few months is going to seem like a lifetime.

  215. I’m really liking that Cook is tweeting from his songwriting sessions.

    It is very nice of him to feed us Cookie crumbs. So far we haven’t needed a group hug but… we’ll see how long we last ;)

  216. Rumor alert!

    iamtimyap

    # just got word now that adam lambert-kris allen and jabawokeez are coming to manila feb 5 to perform at mckinley hills and feb 6 in cebu about 1 hour ago from mobile web

    # YES YOU HEARD IT RIGHT:) ADAM LAMBERT is coming out to Manila too :) im here with the producers&they re thinking of making Adam the finale 34 minutes ago from mobile web

  217. It can’t be said enough, Twitter has been a blessing. I think since he got on there the longest he went without tweeting was like what, maybe 2 days? Of course I’d prefer hearing and seeing him but Twitter has definitely been an enormous source of fun and I think he knows its important to keep fans informed on there during the downtime. Just the small details like knowing when he’s writing and with who is a good thing..btw his earliet tweet about the new season starting up was so damn adorable. I swear wanna squish him.

  218. Glad to see Idol start up again. Reminds people of the ones they like from the previous season(s). Hopefully will turn into more sales.

    Does anyone know how reliable this place is

    http://www.statbrain.com/

    It says it tells how many visits any site has.

    like

    adamofficial.com 5,529 visits per day
    daughtryofficial.com 8,176 visits per day
    davidcookofficial.com 8,061 visits per day
    mjsbigblog.com 14,804 visits per day

    I was looking to find somewhere more reliable than Alexa.com.

  219. LLWD is now #20 on iTunes — that’s its best ever rank. And Kris’ album, which was #112 (& #956) this morning is now at #84 (and #841)

    So maybe in part because of the Idol premiere?

  220. unidentified
    Glad to see Idol start up again. Reminds people of the ones they like from the previous season(s). Hopefully will turn into more sales.

    Does anyone know how reliable this place is

    http://www.statbrain.com/

    like

    adamofficial.com 5,529 visits per day
    daughtryofficial.com 8,176 visits per day
    davidcookofficial.com 8,061 visits per day
    mjsbigblog.com 14,804 visits per day

    Never heard of it, but I really hope it’s not accurate:

    krisallenofficial.com 24 visits per day

  221. Rumor alert!

    iamtimyap

    # just got word now that adam lambert-kris allen and jabawokeez are coming to manila feb 5 to perform at mckinley hills and feb 6 in cebu about 1 hour ago from mobile web

    # YES YOU HEARD IT RIGHT:) ADAM LAMBERT is coming out to Manila too im here with the producers&they re thinking of making Adam the finale 34 minutes ago from mobile web

    You’ve got to be kidding me !! Noo !
    Separate the cord already.

  222. IMO making pronouncements like that without proof is part of what makes people think that so many of Adam’s fans are nutballs.

    IMO, what “people think” is that there are nutballs in every fanbase.

  223. LLWD is now #20 on iTunes — that’s its best ever rank. And Kris’ album, which was #112 (& #956) this morning is now at #84 (and #841)

    So maybe in part because of the Idol premiere?

    Probably. Kris got some primo screen time during the premiere. Ford commercial, post-show interview on the news, and face shown prominently in the background banner.

  224. IMO, what “people think” is that there are nutballs in every fanbase.

    LOL – so true. Believe me, having been to so many idol related things, the tour shows, etc – I can attest that there are some OTT fans in EVERY fanbase.

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