Idol Headlines for 01/28/10

Stars Banding Together to Record New “We Are the World” for Haiti

It’s been 25 years since Quincy Jones helped gather the biggest names in music to record “We Are the World, ” but the song is as relevant today as it was then.

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Jones confirmed to me today that he’s helping spearhead a new recording of the charity song with the proceeds going to help Haiti. The new version will be recorded on Monday in Los Angeles.

The line-up may already include Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Will Smith, Jason Mraz, Sugarland, Sheryl Crow, Mya and teen sensation Justin Bieber, among others.

EOnline

EXCLUSIVE: Simon & Ellen Not Talking To Each Other

While the singers have provided enough entertainment this season, the real show is behind the scenes where Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres are no longer speaking to each other, RadarOnline.com is reporting exclusively.

But a source who was at the taping says the reports of Simon’s late arrival are greatly exaggerated. “He showed up exactly 14 minutes late, ” said one person who was there.

The show started taping without Simon, a move that immediately polarized Ellen and Simon. “People were surprised the show started without Simon, ” said one observer.

The tension between Simon and Ellen escalated instantly due to the situation and quickly it became apparent that when the cameras stopped recording they were not speaking to each other.

Radar Online

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

Todrick Hall Made His Mark Long Before ‘American Idol’

Todrick Hall, a 24-year-old “actor/playwright” from Arlington, Texas, was one of the contestants seen auditioning in the latest “Idol” installment, earning him a golden ticket to Hollywood. But he is hardly a newcomer to the entertainment scene, with a résumé that could further endear him to “Idol” fans.

“You were with Fantasia in ‘The Color Purple’?” judge Kara DioGuardi asked him as he came out to audition, referring to Hall’s stint on Broadway with the winner of Season 3, in a show produced by Oprah Winfrey and undoubtedly seen by many “Idol” fans.

He sure was. In fact, Hall has also appeared in “High School Musical 2, ” and a “Beauty and the Beast” production at Disney World. The up-and-comer has also honed his craft in theme parks and on Disney cruise ships as well as wrote, choreographed and directed his own original production called “Oz, the Musical.” As fans can see on his MySpace, he’s a big fan of Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston, and seems determined to follow in their footsteps.

MTV

Police: Argument over “American Idol” leads to stabbing, arrest

ST. PETERSBURG — Police said a St. Petersburg woman took a TV dispute too far Tuesday night when she stabbed and scalded her boyfriend over “American Idol.”

Police arrested Cynthia E. Bettis-Ware, 52, on a charge of first-degree attempted murder of Kevin Johnson, 47.

It happened at 11:22 p.m. at the Empress Motel, 1501 Martin Luther King St. N, which the couple listed as their permanent address, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Dawkins.

He awoke to Bettis-Ware wielding a 10-inch butcher knife. She stabbed him five times in the back and twice in the chest, an arrest affidavit states. Police said she also severely burned Johnson with hot cocoa.

Tampa Bay

Ashley Ferl, a.k.a. the crying girl, talks about her ‘Idol’ audition

Ashley Ferl is so aware of her American Idol legacy, that when she called EW today to talk about her auditioning experience, she introduced herself as: “This is Ashley Ferl, the crying girl.”

As we all remember, Ferl became famous back in 2007 after perceptive Idol cameramen caught her uncontrollably crying during Sanjaya Malakar’s season six performance of “You Really Got Me.” And, as we saw during last night’s L.A. audition episode, the former audience member tried out to perform on the Idol stage this season. (At 16, the Idol fan, who “had been waiting” to audition, was finally old enough.)

EW.com

Italian Watch Phenomenon IO?ION! Launches in North America

Los Angeles, CA, January 27, 2010 –(PR.com)– IOION, the Italian fashion craze of innovative, waterproof watches in vibrant colors is now launching its already highly-coveted line “IOION Classic” for the first time in North America. Loved and followed by press and media, celebrities like David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Fergie, Adam Lambert, Kirsten Dunst and Lindsay Lohan find reason to wear these amazing watches all the time.

PR.com

Danny Gokey teams with Clorox for flu-prevention campaign

Like Danny Gokey, your best days may be ahead of you. But they won’t be very much fun if you come down with the flu. That’s why Danny’s partnering with Clorox for the second I Don’t Want to Miss Music Video contest, a competition for school musical groups that’s designed to raise awareness about flu prevention.

School groups can visit www.Facebook.com/Clorox to get details on how to submit creative videos with performances of a song written for the contest. A judges’ panel will narrow the entries down to five finalists that will be posted online, where the public will vote for a winner.

USA Today

Rock of Ages Is Raising Funds for Haiti Relief

The cast of Broadway’s Rock of Ages, including Tony nominee Kerry Butler, will auction backstage tours of the musical to raise funds for relief efforts in Haiti.

Butler has teamed with ROA cast members James Carpinello, Lauren Molina and Mitch Jarvis to head the tours (which also include post-performance drinks) in order to benefit World Vision’s work in Haiti.

The rockers also made a Youtube video to let fans know about the package, which also mentions special tours with Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis.

Playbill.com

GODSMACK, CREED, Others Help Send Supply Plane To Haiti – Jan. 27, 2010

GODSMACK, CREED and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello are some of the music luminaries who have partnered with multi-media company DC3 Music Group to raise enough money to pack an MD-80 airplane with supplies and medical personnel and send it to Haiti. According to a press release, the plane is scheduled to leave from Long Beach, California on Wednesday (January 27) and bring 10, 000 pounds of medical supplies, along with doctors and medical staff, to the city of Port-au-Prince, which was devastated by a massive earthquake two weeks ago.

Other artists involved in the effort, which raised over $1 million, include NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, JULIANNE HOUGH, EVE and DAVID ARCHULETA.

Blabbermouth

KELLY CLARKSON LOVES JUST SINGING IN THE RAIN

AMERICAN Idol champ Kelly Clarkson can’t wait to party in her favourite city, Manchester.

The My Life Would Suck Without You star kicks off a six-date UK tour next month and loves the grit, rain and famous Mancunian sense of humour. Kelly, 27, right, told me: “Manchester is one of my favourite places to play. “For some reason those people there are really rad and go nuts. They are easily my best audience. “This will be the first tour where I get some time off in between shows so I plan to check out the city properly.”

“I’m writing and recording new songs, ” she said. “I’ve written a ton with a bunch of songwriters I haven’t written with before. “It’s turning out differently, like nothing I’ve released before. Some of it is very 80s influenced and some of it is singer/songwriter.” But one thing she doesn’t want is a big name producer. She admitted: “I don’t like working with people who have worked with everyone.“Sometimes I get blackmailed into doing so by my label, but I prefer collaboring with people who aren’t on the grid. I don’t want to sound exactly like other people’s records.”

Daily Star.co.uk

‘American Idol’ finalist Matt Giraud returns to Grand Rapids to perform with Sweet J Band

“There’s a lot of good songwriters in Nashville, ” he said. “I’m not writing country music, but there are a lot of gospel and blues influences here.”

The Kalamazoo native’s hope is that there will be a ripple effect to his being in clef cahoots with some respected songwriters.

“I can record my own music, co-written with these writers, who can show (the songs) to their friends, ” he said. “Because they have more powerful friends than I have.”

Anna-Wilson-album.pngListen to Matt Giraud’s first single, a duet with Anna Wilson, “You Don’t Know Me.”

“There’s a lot of good songwriters in Nashville, ” he said. “I’m not writing country music, but there are a lot of gospel and blues influences here.”

The Kalamazoo native’s hope is that there will be a ripple effect to his being in clef cahoots with some respected songwriters.

“I can record my own music, co-written with these writers, who can show (the songs) to their friends, ” he said. “Because they have more powerful friends than I have.”

In addition to writing and recording music for a demo, Giraud, who finished in fifth place on “Idol” last season, will release his first single, “You Don’t Know Me, ” Friday on iTunes. Recorded in October as a duet with jazz chanteuse Anna Wilson for her forthcoming album “Countrypolitan Duets, ” the song is produced by Monty Powell, who has written a bushel basketful of No. 1 country hits, including Keith Urban’s “Sweet Thing.”

MLive.com

Girl’s Dream

“American Idol” auditions are in full swing.

Think back two years and you just might remember Syesha Mercado wowing judges with her Miami audition, performing Aretha Franklin’s “Think.”

Mercado would go on to become the third runner-up in that seventh “Idol” season, setting the stage for a faceoff between the Davids — Cook vs. Archuleta.

Judge Simon Cowell did point out that Mercado’s voice might be too Broadway for pop music. And the creative team behind the international tour of “Dreamgirls” would have to agree: They cast Mercado in the show as Deena, the role played in the 2006 Academy Award-winning film by Beyonce.

The day she got the part remains crystal clear in Mercado’s mind. It was a dream come true.

Eagle Tribune

From ‘Idol’ to lunchroom troubadour

Pop stars, particularly when they’re on tour, follow a different schedule than the rest of us.

It’s 11 a.m., but for Jason Castro it feels like . . . well, it feels a lot like fourth period.

That’s because on this morning, the distinctively dreadlocked singer, a top-four finisher on American Idol in 2008, is performing three short sets in the cafeteria at Haverford High School for groups of students on their lunch breaks.

Try the Sloppy Joe; don’t forget to tip your hall monitor.

Castro, 22, is promoting his self-titled debut album, due in April, with a 31-stop tour that will take him to the World Cafe that night. But here, as in many cities, he is preceding the show with an appearance at a local high school.

Philly.com

‘Idol’ star inspires students at Haverford

HAVERFORD — Former “American Idol” contestant Jason Castro made a stop at Haverford High School Tuesday, striking chords of inspiration for many students.

On a nationwide tour with Matt Hires and Caitlin Crosby, the 22-year-old singer/songwriter performed in West Commons at the school during lunch hour. His ebullient blend of acoustic-folk-pop music, along with his warmth and unassuming manner, were enough to make even those who didn’t know him put down their sandwiches and give a listen.

Castro, who ended as third runner-up on the Fox phenomenon in 2008, played original compositions, including “Love Uncompromised” and “Let’s Just Fall in Love Again, ” the title song of an upcoming album due to be released in the spring.

Delco Times

PREVIEW: Rent at the Lab Theatre

Minneapolis theatergoers will be able to see as much for themselves through the first local, professional production of Rent, which opens on February 3 and runs through February 21 at the Lab Theatre (formerly the Guthrie Lab), located in The Warehouse District near Acme Comedy Club and the former site of Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

Another element that sets this performance apart are the performers themselves. Some of the cast has musical theatre experience-Jamecia Bennett (Joanne) has been seen at the Guthrie, Ordway, and Penumbra Theatre; Reid Hermsen (Mark) at The Children’s Theatre Company; and Kinaundrae Lee (Angel) has been part of an Ivey Award winning show. Others have a very different background. Maria Isa (Mimi) played a sold-out hip-hop show at First Avenue this past summer. Harley Wood (Roger) is the lead vocalist in local rock band Far From Falling. Ensemble member Paris Bennett is an American Idol alumnus. Each cast member brings unique experience, talent, and style to the table, and Rasmussen denotes that this is a perfect fit for Rent, a show about a variety of artists coming together to form a community.

Broadway World

‘American Idol Rewind’: Daughtry, Paris and Ace look back at Millennium Week

As “American Idol” season 9 barrels through its audition weeks, “American Idol Rewind” returns this Saturday (Jan. 30) with all new episodes.

Taking a look back at season 5’s Millennium Week, the stars of the fifth cycle reminisce about what it was like taking the stage to sing the songs of their own generation.

Though some, like Paris Bennett — as you’ll see in the clip below — felt completely comfortable, others like Ace Young delivered what he felt to be “the cheesiest moment in ‘Idol’ history.”

Zap2it.com

Jessica Sierra Drunk While on American Idol

Former American Idol finalist Jessica Sierra (left) admitted to being drunk while performing on the fourth season of the hit reality show.

Her downward spiral began when her mother died during the audition process, she tells Dr. Blogstein’s Radio Happy Hour.

“I couldn’t function for a day without being drunk.” Sierra said about her time on AI, “The drinking part, I think I could hide that pretty well, but I was a mean person. I was really mean to everybody. I just didn’t care.”carrie-underwood

“I think I was particularly mean with Carrie Underwood (right). Our personalities just didn’t click. She was such a happy person all the time and I was so miserable and I had to take it out on someone.”

“I am sorry for being such a bitch.” she wants Underwood to know, “It wasn’t anything that she did other than being happy all the time. “

Dr. Blogstein.com

Randy Jackson sounds off on all things ‘American Idol’

And then there was one. Next season, barring any last-minute twists and turns, Randy Jackson will be the only original “American Idol” judge left sitting. Paula Abdul is now gone and in a blockbuster development earlier this month, Simon Cowell announced he was leaving the nation’s most popular, if aging, television series to start his own show, “The X Factor.”

“Idol” made Jackson a household name and the former session bassist turned pop producer leveraged his fame to expand his brand beyond the hit show. He’s the creator of “America’s Best Dance Crew, ” which is in its fifth season and takes over “Jersey Shore’s” 10 p.m. time slot tonight on MTV. He even has his own line of eyewear.

Jackson was happy to chat about Ellen DeGeneres’ judging style and “Idol” without Simon. But on the looming question of whether the last sitting member of the original Simon-Paula-Randy trifecta is committed to a future on the “Idol” bench or is ready to join his buddies and bolt, Jackson may just keep us guessing.

LA Times

Five more questions with Randy Jackson

It was so nice to catch up with Randy Jackson the other day and gain a little insight into his own open-ended future (read the story here). Of course, there was plenty more to talk about: like Paula Abdul’s next move (“She’s got some surprises going on, ” he said, “people will definitely be seeing a lot of her!”), this weekend’s Grammy Awards (“It’s all about Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift”), and his new favorite band (that he also happens to manage), North Carolina’s Paper Tongues. Here, five more interesting tidbits from our interview with Dawg, the talent hunter — and a follow-up.

LA Times

‘American Idol’ recap: Whips, Smarts

An American Idol audition episode is like a can of Diet Coke ([un]official sponsor of this late-night writing session): No matter where you pick one up — Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando, Los Angeles, or Dallas — it’s going to pretty much look and taste the same as the next one.

Things will kick off with a grim joke of a tryout. There’ll be at least one crying montage in which a third of the weeping rejects will be full-figured women. Any soul who is revealed as ”the last singer of the day, ” or whose intro package contains sentimental music, a story about triumphing over adversity, and/or a phrase that sounds like it could end up appearing in the season 9 victory anthem (i.e. ”the odds were stacked against him”) will make it to Hollywood. And Randy will defy basic mathematic principles (”one billion percent yes, dude”) and the laws of grammar (pick a critique, any critique).

EW.com

‘American Idol’ Recap: Katy Perry To The Rescue In Los Angeles

It was Los Angeles’ turn to strut its stuff in front of Randy, Simon, Kara and Paula’s Seat Filler on Tuesday night’s “American Idol, ” and as expected, a lot of out of work actors showed up to get some primetime shine from Fox. (Shockingly, Lindsay Lohan stayed home.)

The fame-whoring from the army of untalented made for frustrating lows throughout Tuesday’s broadcast, but luckily there were a handful of auditions that made me sit up in my seat and start brainstorming ways to bedazzle names with terrible puns on giant poster-board.

MTV

‘American Idol’: The Audition Episodes Are Almost Over (Yes, Really)

Last night, the endless parade of ‘American Idol‘ audition episodes continued in Dallas, where Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi were joined by the resurgent Neil Patrick Harris and the teen idol Joe Jonas. Can you guess which judge had insightful, sharp critiques of the contestants, and which one was so quiet, it made me wonder if the producers had actually told him “Just smile and look pretty — you’re going to be great for our numbers in the post-tween demo” before he was led into the audition room?

Yes, the judging styles, as they were, of Harris and Jonas were starkly different from one another, with Harris drawing on his . (Some of the contestants he really liked were a little too musical-theater for my personal tastes, but at east he gave reasons for them beyond “I like you” most of the time.) Jonas, for his part, seemed cowed by the cameras, although maybe he was just distracted because he was thinking about his brother’s then-impending solo debut.

Fancast.com

‘Idols, ’ listen up! No bikinis, no cowboy hats

Over the past eight seasons viewers have gotten to know what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to “American Idol” wannabes. As those lucky golden ticket holders head to Hollywood, there are a few things they might want to keep in mind.

Getting a ticket doesn’t mean you won’t get cut right out of the gate. As we’ve seen from the atrocious auditions, often the judges let people move on even if they don’t deserve it based on their vocal talents.

Or, as Katy Perry chided fellow judge Kara DioGuardi when Kara gave a thumbs-up to orphan Chris Golightly largely based on his sad tale of life in foster homes: “This isn’t a Lifetime movie.” Well Katy girl, sometimes it is.

MSNBC

‘Idol’ in Dallas: originality (and NPH) rules

Thankfully, Wednesday’s Dallas auditions episode was far more stimulating than Tuesday’s hour of (mainly) mediocre hopefuls. And you can thank three initials for that: NPH. On the other hand, Joe Jonas, who guest-judged the second half, was a man of few words, and even less airtime, which just goes to show: sitting on that panel doling out advice is not as easy as it looks!

So let’s hand it to Neil Patrick Harris. The “How I Met Your Mother” star was gentle, yet critical, enthusiastic and professional, just the way we like our guest judges. And the talent was impressive too. So much so that we had a tough time choosing a top five. Giddyap for our picks….

LA Times

Idol Does Dallas: The Texas Auditions

OK, I was fearful when I first learned that, hot on the stiletto heels of Paula Abdul’s resignation, Simon Cowell will also be leaving American Idol after this season–and that Paula’s replacement, Ellen DeGeneres, might not stay on for season 10 without Simon by her side. But now that I’ve watched the guest judges in action at this week’s Idol auditions, I’m much less concerned. There’s definitely some fantastic untapped judging talent out there: Really, just have Fox recruit last night’s star judge, Katy Perry, and tonight’s judging genius, Neil Patrick Harris, and the show will be saved for many seasons to come.

Yahoo.com

Neil Patrick Harris shines in Dallas for ‘Idol’

It’s a shame that Neil Patrick Harris has a pretty good day job, what with that “How I Met Your Mother” show and all, because he was the best of the guest judges to grace the “Idol” stage so far this season.

Harris has already hosted the Tony and Emmy Awards, so it’s not like hanging out in Dallas and judging singers for a day would be a big challenge, but he was both entertaining and helpful as the occasion warranted. Plus, he snapped at head judge Simon Cowell, which is always a big hit with the viewers.

MSNBC

Susan Boyle in stalker terror as weirdo strikes ‘for second time’

Susan Boyle was in terror last night after a male stalker broke into her bedroom – in his second suspected attack on her home.

She had just returned at night from recording the Haiti charity single when she disturbed the man who barged past her and fled.

Shaken Susan, 48, is convinced he was the same weirdo who tried to break in just before Christmas.

Yesterday TV mogul Simon Cowell phoned to comfort her – as she was given a guard of private minders. Susan was previously targeted by a suspected female stalker and on Christmas Day she found men peeping through her windows in Blackburn, West Lothian.

Mirror.co.uk

Susan Boyle’s Idol Gets Nasty, Calls Her a ‘Virus’

Susan Boyle has always always professed a deep love for songstress Elaine Paige, with whom she shared the stage last year as they sang Paige’s hit ‘I Know Him So Well’ together. It seems that the adoration is a bit one-sided though, as Paige has fired back at Boyle’s rise to stardom and what it took to get there. “‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘The X Factor’ just take a bunch of people from real life who think they can sing and try and turn them into overnight “stars” with a couple of songs … Ha ha. It’s not entertainment, ‘” Paige said following an awards show.

According to Britain’s Daily Mail, Paige spoke about Boyle’s career at the South Bank Awards. When asked about Boyle’s rise to stardom and the fact that the internet phenom often cites her as her key influence, Paige said: “I don’t particularly feel any pride for her – I’m sure she is proud of what she has done.”

Popeater

Oscar auditions have dancers, judges on their toes

LOS ANGELES — An auditioning dancer in the classic 1975 musical A Chorus Line bemoans being judged thusly: “Dance, 10; looks, 3.”

But the key number at dance auditions for the 82nd annual Academy Awards show was 847.

That’s how many hopeful hoofers tried out last weekend for a chance to pirouette, plié and bust a move on the March 7 Oscar telecast. On Friday alone, 430 men and women braved a heavy downpour, the long line snaking for blocks, for a chance to step and kick before Oscars producer/choreographer Adam Shankman and a panel of judges.

The numbers were daunting, despite Shankman’s theatrical efforts to relax those putting their best foot forward.

“It’s hair-ography, baby, ” he yelled at a room full of eager women, urging them to use every move they’ve got.

USA Today

Edited to Add:

Adam Lambert and Miranda Cosgrove Smile For the Camera in Today’s Daily twitpic

This certainly isn’t the most unusual Daily TwitPic we’ve had. In fact, the person who posted the image even refers to it as “random.” But I’m betting that a lot of you readers will at least appreciate who the players are.

To the right you’ve got Miranda Cosgrove, star of “The School of Rock” and “iCarly, ” and owner of the pic’s tweet. And to the left… well… I’m guessing you recognize this guy. Adam Lambert may have been runner-up in the eighth season of “American Idol, ” but he finished first in the hearts of his fans. And Lambert’s star has certainly been on the rise in the months since the “Idol” season ended, with the pop star attracting equal amounts of fan fervor and controversy. You can see him here with Miranda Cosgrove after the jump.

MTV

Kara DioGuardi’s Cousins Offer to “Smack Down” Katy Perry

“People actually think that I was upset by this — like there was tension, ” DioGuardi, 39, said on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show.

“I think that it’s really good that she disagreed with me, ” continued DioGuardi. “I think that it’s important that people have different opinions or else who wants to watch the show? It’d be boring.”

The songwriter-producer, who has worked with Perry, 25, added, “It’s Katy. I’ve known Katy for a long time.”

Still, her family wasn’t so convinced the sparring was in good fun.

“My Italian cousins back home wrote me texts like, ‘Does she need a smack down?’ I was like, ‘No. You’ve got to chill out, ‘” DioGuardi joked.

US

Michael W. Smith Gathered Artists To Record “Come Together Now” To Benefit Haiti Relief Efforts

On Wednesday, January 27th from 7:00pm to 10:00 pm, Michael W. Smith gathered with artists from the Nashville community, and beyond, at Ocean Way Studio singing “COME TOGETHER NOW” – a song written to remind people of our obligation to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti.

Artists slated to lend their voices include: Aaron Shust, Alathea, Amy Grant, Ashley Cleveland, Austins Bridge, Brandon Heath, Britt Nicole, Chris McClarney, Chris Sligh, Don Poythress, Dorothy Savage, Duane Allen, Echoing Angels, Everlife, Francesca Battistelli, Jaime Jamgochian, Jared Anderson, Jody Davis, John Schlitt, Kate Lazar, Katinas, Kevin Max, Kirk Sullivan, Lee Greenwood, Manic Drive, Margaret Becker, Mark Hall, Matt Dowley, Matthew West, Matt Maher, Meredith Andrews, Michael Tait, MIKESCHAIR, Mike Weaver, Paige Armstrong, Phil Stacey, Point of Grace, PureNRG, Rachael Lampa, Restless Heart, Selah, Steven Curtis Chapman, Toby Mac, Wynonna, and Yellow Cavalier.

Breathcast

Rascal Flatts, Kellie Pickler Among Other To Perform At Benefit Concert

Only $500 VIP tickets remain for the third annual Gift of Music benefit concert featuring Rascal Flatts and Kellie Pickler, as well as Jason Michael Carroll, Keith Anderson, Little Big Town and a host of surprise guests.

The already sold-out show – except the VIP tickets – will take place at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville on February 22. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the W.O. Smith Music School, a school that has provided music lessons at a charge of 50 cents to Nashville’s under-privileged children for 25 years.

RTT

Avril Lavigne, Neil Patrick Harris, and the Ultimate Idol Contestant

After nearly a decade of watching American Idol auditions, I think I am finally close to mapping the genome of the ultimate contestant. And I’m convinced that deep in the bowels of Fox’s secret laboratories, mad scientists are currently using DNA from this week’s cast of characters to engineer the perfect Idol storm: a girl named Christian (No … no special symbolism, why do you ask?) from a Southern farm ghetto (because with the recession and all, it’ll just be more efficient to have all the poor folks in one place) who has survived cancer, or at least a really bad papercut, and also the divorce of her gangsta parents to become a dock worker and “worship pastor” (Are there other kinds of pastors? Pastors for online shopping, maybe, or scuba diving?) raising her 14 beautiful children. Christian will have the voice of Melinda Doolittle, the legs of Carrie Underwood, and the eyeliner of Adam Lambert, and she will know how to work a hoodie with little devil horns.

Slate

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307 Comments

  1. Kris continues to have a great week on the Pop charts. LLWD is now up to #19 after getting another +100 spin day.

    POP:
    23 19 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 3557 2980 577 21.023
    +105 Spins
    +74 Bullet
    +0.448 AI

    HAC:
    10 10 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 2609 2483 126 13.218
    +36 Spins
    +28 Bullet
    -0.056 AI

  2. HAC:
    10 10 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 2609 2483 126 13.218
    +36 Spins
    +28 Bullet
    -0.056 AI

    He’s also likely to move to #9 on the HAC chart – possibly by tomorrow as he’s only 8 spins behind Kings of Leon and gaining while KOL are losng spins.

  3. Thanks babybelle32 & anovich for the great info!!!
    GO Kris Allen… Go LLWD!!
    YayYayYayYay :) YayYayYayYay!

  4. yay, go Kris and go Little Engine!

    I liked Slezak’s recap in EW this morning. He always makes me laugh :) I could totally get on his NPH and Shania for judges bandwagon.

  5. Billboard Top 200 Albums….

    Adam moves up to #21…highest ranking since second week of his album release.

    Kris falls to #101.

    On a side note…Adam’s FYE single moves up to #33 from #41 in the Dance Track Club charts. Talking about the little engine that possibly could.

  6. After watching the auditions for Season 9 so far, I’m actually looking more forward to American Idol Rewind, Season 5 on Saturday nights than I am to Season 9.

    Congrats to Kris and Adam for their positive movement on the various charts.

  7. I liked Slezak’s recap in EW this morning. He always makes me laugh I could totally get on his NPH and Shania for judges bandwagon.

    ITA – Slezak’s write-ups are awesome. So smart and snarky. Love it. In fact, he’s the one who pointed me in the direction of MJs last year ;-) He mentioned it in his columns pretty frequently.

    And I LOVED NPH last night. He could totally replace Simon imo – snarky, funny, quick-witted. Very good. And Shania could replace Kara, and all would be well with the AI panel :-)

  8. You’re going to let Randy slide, Mary102? He’s my least favorite judge of them all!

  9. After watching the auditions for Season 9 so far, I’m actually looking more forward to American Idol Rewind, Season 5 on Saturday nights than I am to Season 9.

    This season has really not started promisingly, imo. I felt the same way a few weeks ago when S8 was repeating on tv. I could just keep watching that rather than S9 :-)

  10. You’re going to let Randy slide, Mary102? He’s my least favorite judge of them all!

    LOL – well, Randy moved up a notch or two since rewatching S8 and realizing that he was 100% on the Adam bandwagon from day 1 – mad props for that, dawg ;-)

    Plus, NPH and Shania were by far the best guest judges so far – so no one comes to mind as an easy replacement for him.

  11. POP:
    30 27 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 2396 1998 398 16.199
    +71 Spins
    +46 Bullet
    +0.699 AI

    HAC:
    36 33 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 446 441 5 1.341
    +13 Spins
    +9 Bullet
    +0.099 AI

    good update for WWFM. it was expected that he would be passed by that (imo awful) bedrock song…

  12. Another idoltracker article. I still don’t know what the h-ll Randy is talking about. Kris and Adam’s cds were pretty much EXACTLY what I thought they would be and sound like.

    Yeah, for the most part I agree. Kris’s is pretty much what I expected (just would have added a bit more accoustic, for kicks, but that would be like a bonus :-) )

    For Adam, same deal – just about what I could expect (and more – lol). But I think Randy wanted Adam to make a pure rock album – he said it time and time again on AI. I don’t think that was ever Adam’s plan, though. So, sorry, dawg, but Adam’s not just gonna make the album YOU personally want from him (and I personally think an all rock album from Adam would not have worked as well to his strengths – especially looking at the state of rock right now – e.g. – not good)

  13. Bill’s Top 40 / Pop Blog
    By Bill Lamb, About.com Guide to Top 40 / Pop

    David Archuleta Fans Raise Funds for Hope For Haiti Now In Virtual Cupcake Drive

    It all started with a simple tweet from MTV reporter Jim Cantiello while he was at Friday night’s Hope for Haiti Now telethon. The message read, “The show’s over but the work still continues. Clipping press i/vs all nite long. OMG @DavidArchie sang backstage for our producers. Dawwwww!” Within minutes, word spread through David Archuleta fandom. The price for sharing the video of the performance was set, and it was a storm of virtual cupcakes. Not only that, serious money began to be raised for the efforts to aid victims of Haiti’s earthquakes. By today the total was in excess of $4,500.

    The song that created the stir is “Prayer of the Children” by composer Kurt Bestor. He wrote the song in memory of the children who were victims of the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Kurt Bestor had served as a missionary in Serbia. To check on the progress of this innovative effort by David Archuleta fans, visit Peace, Love, Cupcakes.

    http://top40.about.com/b/2010/01/27/david-archuleta-fans-raise-funds-for-hope-for-haiti-now-in-virtual-cupcake-drive.htm

  14. If I were a gay male I would so be stalking NPH! He is adorable, witty and was an awesome AI judge! I think he should replace Simon. He could do two shows. Afterall, Ellen is doing a daily talk show and AI.

  15. If you were a gay male? Is that a prerequisite? – cause I’m totally up for stalking NPH myself ;-) He IS adorable! And everything else you said :-)

  16. Kanadie Bonttell

    On a side note…Adam’s FYE single moves up to #33 from #41 in the Dance Track Club charts. Talking about the little engine that possibly could.

    Little engine? Huh. I thought it was the space shuttle that got its glamorous launch on live TV in front of millions at the AMA’s? Very cool none-the-less. It certainly is a big deal.

  17. I’m excited to see that Matt’s duet with Anna Wilson is currently #6 on the ITUNES jazz chart, just a few hours after going on sale. I hope it will keep going up!

    Also enjoyed the article on Matt in the headlines, and am dying to hear the song “Always Remember You” described in the article and co-written with Jerry Flowers.

  18. Billboard chart info — last week’s rankings in ( ):

    Kris – LLWD

    #26 Hot 100 (25)
    #3 AOL Radio (NR)
    #10 Adult Pop (#11)
    #21 Pop (#23)
    #23 Digital (#18)
    #26 Christian (#25)
    #42 Radio (#49)

    Adam – WWFM

    #37 Hot 100 (#55)
    #11 Canadian Hot 100 (#50)
    #26 Pop (#31)
    #29 Digital (#46)
    #32 Adult Pop (#33)

  19. I really love FYE I wish it would do better then what is doing but at least it’s doing good on The Dance Club charts. And am so happy WWFM is doing so well. And yeah for LLWD I just love that song. It’s so good that my two favorite guys from Idol are doing so well on the charts. What are Allison’s does anyone know? I really want her to do better. And how is Danny doing? They were my favorites on Idol last season so was Matt.

  20. iTunes:

    Danny reappears on the chart, while Kris and Adam both have additional songs aside from their singles chart (no Allison or Matt G, though)

    #18 LLWD
    #20 WWFM
    #246 FYE
    #432 AWM
    #518 MBD
    #977 Strut

    albums:

    #93 Kris Allen
    #108/#124 FYE
    #811/#897 Just Like You

  21. Allison was great last year and came in third, but I want to see a male-female finale. Fight it to the death, come on!

    Randy actually said this?!? LOL. Way to rewrite history, dawg!

    Oh, Randy! I may have to rethink those mad props I awarded him earlier in the thread. Hmm, I guess we could have Victoria Beckham replace him on AI?

    ETA: So So amazingly happy about WWFM’s jumps up the chart this week – that is just incredible! Wow. And to still be high on itunes, and doing well on radio. Woot!

    I was hoping before that it would follow in LLWD’s successful footsteps, and it all looks good so far :-) (fingers crossed!)

  22. Wow Randy way to forget Danny or did I dream that Danny came in thrid last year.

  23. I saw his faux pas re: Allison. Seriously, I think that Randy has completely lost it. What is he up to?

    Those are terrific BB rankings for both Kris and Adam! Good for them!

  24. Some positive movement again for Allison

    66 63 ALLISON IRAHETA Friday I’ll Be Over U 206 158 48 0.434

  25. Kanadie Bonttell
    01/28/2010 at 10:02 am

    On a side note…Adam’s FYE single moves up to #33 from #41 in the Dance Track Club charts. Talking about the little engine that possibly could.

    ^^^ I can not believe this song is still chuggling along. My niece went clubbing last week and she said they played the FYE remix and the dance floor got really packed the crowd loved it. I think this going to be a dance hit song.

  26. According to posters on IDF, Chicago’s #1 Top 40 station, WKSC, will auto add WWFM next Tuesday. #3 market! Nice.

    Also, Adam’s AOL Sessions may not go up today as originally thought. The mod on AO said something about the waiver paperwork still being in the hands of the lawyers.

  27. I wonder if it’s going to be like Kris’s AOL Session and it has been what over two months and it’s still not up. And Allison’s was what up a couple of days if even that, and then taken off. What is going on.

  28. Allison was great last year and came in third, but I want to see a male-female finale. Fight it to the death, come on!

    It’s hilarious that Randy is the one who said this. There have been many people post Season 8 who have called Kradison the true top 3 (sorry Danny and his fans – I actually had him as my #5) but to see it from one of the judges is just hilarious.

    On a side note…Adam’s FYE single moves up to #33 from #41 in the Dance Track Club charts. Talking about the little engine that possibly could.

    The first time I heard FYE I surprised it was being released to Pop/HAC. I always thought it could do well on the dance scene and I do think much of what Adam might do in the future would go in this direction. It’s actually a good place for this song, IMO.

    Also, Adam’s AOL Sessions may not go up today as originally thought. The mod on AO said something about the waiver paperwork still being in the hands of the lawyers.

    I’m so not surprised at this considering that Allison and Kris’s sessions have still not been put up, with the exception of those few hours that Allison’s were out.

  29. Also, Adam’s AOL Sessions may not go up today as originally thought. The mod on AO said something about the waiver paperwork still being in the hands of the lawyers

    I’m telling you, something is fishy with the Kradison aol sessions. Lawyers can turn things around really quickly. there is no way that this stuff has been held up this long by the lawyers. Something else is going on and they are using this as an excuse.

  30. This radaronline article (or the source for it) seems to be making light of Simon’s late arrival, saying that he was only 14 minutes late (kind of specific, huh? Not 15 minutes? Or 10?) rather than 1.5 hours late.

    Years ago during a large company project we had one person who continually arrived 10 minutes late to important meetings. I took the time to quantify the cost of wasted productivity (salary plus benefits load) for everyone who waited, and the cost to the company was huge. From that point on, we started meetings without this person, and she eventually started showing up on time.

    I can only imagine the cost of lost productivity if everyone involved with producing an IDOL show had to wait 14 minutes to tape each show. I think it was the right decision to start taping without Simon.

  31. Billboard chart info — last week’s rankings in ( ):

    Kris – LLWD

    #26 Hot 100 (25)
    #3 AOL Radio (NR)
    #10 Adult Pop (#11)
    #21 Pop (#23)
    #23 Digital (#18)
    #26 Christian (#25)
    #42 Radio (#49)

    Wow – that’s a lot of charts for LLWD. I am not familiar with AOL radio. What is this? Does this mean the AOL sessions are up for Kris now? Also, what is the “radio” chart – is this overall for all genres?

  32. OMG – I just saw the article about the stabbing due to arguing over American IDOL – WOW! I guess this is the magnified version of fanwarring!

    I am curious as to what in an audition episode could possibly cause that level of argument – geez – stay away from that house when the Top 24 week starts with voting!

  33. LLWD #17
    WWFM #20

    Yay, go boys! Looking good!

    I agree. I’m so happy for them both. Good job guys! I like it when both guys are doing well.

    Oh and was there some movement, however small, with FIBOU I saw the other day? Okay it was tiny and not worthy of Allison and all the hard work that she’s been doing to promote herself, but hey…movement!

    After watching the auditions for Season 9 so far, I’m actually looking more forward to American Idol Rewind, Season 5 on Saturday nights than I am to Season 9.

    I don’t get Idol Rewind, darn it. I haven’t seen Season 5 besides a few YouTubes of indvidiual performances, but sounds like it could be fun. Maybe I’ll check it out on one of the ARRRRR sites. And I have more desire to watch a season whose outcome I already know, than this season. Hmm. Funny that.

  34. J9BT

    AOL Radio is an online station (no, Kris’s AOL Sessions aren’t up yet)

    I’m pretty sure the BB Radio chart is for all formats — so LLWD ranks #42 among songs in all formats (pop, rock, country, r&b, etc)

  35. Great updates for S8 today! Big jump for Adam on BB hot 100 chart!! So excited to see FYE rising on the dance chart. :-)

  36. Also, Adam’s AOL Sessions may not go up today as originally thought. The mod on AO said something about the waiver paperwork still being in the hands of the lawyers.

    Yep. That’s what’s been holding up Kris and Allison’s sessions too.

    So, in other words? Don’t hold your breath waiting.

  37. Little engine? Huh. I thought it was the space shuttle that got its glamorous launch on live TV in front of millions at the AMA’s?

    And crashed and burned on entry?

    Little Engine to me is LLWD, which started out slow and steady and people pronounced it dead when it was just starting. And it thought chugged and chugged until it gained steam and now is kicking ass. None of that applys to FYE the song. FYE might be more of a zombie. The living undead, shuffling, slowly along.

  38. girlygirl, Matt G’s duet with Anna Wilson is climbing up the ITUNES jazz chart and is currently #4. I am wondering what volume it takes to be in the top 1000 since you posted earlier he wasn’t there yet. I am guessing the jazz chart doesn’t sell a lot of volume. Or was it just too early for it to show up? I know how to check top 100, but not top 1000.

  39. mmb
    01/28/2010 at 10:28 am
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/americanidoltracker/2010/01/five-more-questions-with-randy-jackson.html

    Another idoltracker article. I still don’t know what the h-ll Randy is talking about. Kris and Adam’s cds were pretty much EXACTLY what I thought they would be and sound like.

    I think Randy is engaging in some sort of damage control. The reporters are probably asking why Kris and Adam aren’t selling as well as previous idol top-2-finishers. Randy doesn’t want to say that the show is losing its ability to generate high-selling artists (which may be true). So, instead he blames Kris and Adam for recording the wrong kinds of albums. “It’s not our fault, dawg, it’s theirs!” That’s Randy in a nutshell. Problem is, as mmb and others have said, Randy’s comments don’t make any sense. I think KA and AL’s albums are very consistent with who they are as artists.

  40. OMG – I just saw the article about the stabbing due to arguing over American IDOL – WOW! I guess this is the magnified version of fanwarring!

    I read that to Hubby last night just so he knows never to turn off the tv when I’m watching Idol. He is forewarned. lol

  41. Also, Adam’s AOL Sessions may not go up today as originally thought. The mod on AO said something about the waiver paperwork still being in the hands of the lawyers.

    Yep. That’s what’s been holding up Kris and Allison’s sessions too.

    So, in other words? Don’t hold your breath waiting.

    Which weird. I’m just not getting what legal issues could be involved here.

  42. Kelly Clarkson live in Manila this May 1, 2010

    http://manilaconcertscene.tumblr.com

    I was ecstatic when my friend told me about this a while ago as I had been waiting and hoping for Kelly to come here, but when I saw that the show is “Standing,” ouch!!! I do stand during a concert, but I like knowing I have a designated spot and my old, brittle bones probably wouldn’t be able to endure waiting in line for hours anymore. :(

  43. I saw his faux pas re: Allison. Seriously, I think that Randy has completely lost it. What is he up to?

    I am also very surprised at his continued suggestion that Adam and Kris have not put out albums that their fans expected, and further suggestion that they were clearly counseled by the judges to go in one particular direction, and their “good” counsel was ignored.

    I have heard Adam say many times that he was putting together a set of music over the course of the show, which was quite varied and not all about being a “Rawk Gawd.” We also heard Kris sing two MJ songs, acoustic songs, ballads, songs with piano, current songs, rock songs, etc. Obviously they ended up in the finale because the viewers liked the variety of music they performed on the show. So I cannot understand AT ALL what Randy is saying, other than trying to come up with some excuses as to why their S8 Top 2 haven’t gone platinum yet with their album sales.

  44. I’m just not getting what legal issues could be involved here.

    I’m a lawyer and I can’t figure it out, which is why I think it is fishy!

  45. Truthiness

    In Kris’s case, the thought was that there might be some legal issue with Ryland, since the drummer is (was?) part of another group (Reel Big Fish) with a recording deal. I don’t know if that’s the case, but it is a popular theory. Would there be any issue like that revolving around any of Adam’s band members? Haven’t they been in bands with record deals before? There could also be legal issues involving the songwriters, I think.

    It’s very frustrating. Kris’s AOL Sessions were supposed to be released on Dec. 22. More than a month later? Still no sign of them. Allison’s were supposed to be up even earlier. Nope. So I’m not holding my breath about seeing Adam’s anytime soon — although they had no problem with Kat’s…

  46. “Allison was great last year and came in third, but I want to see a male-female finale. Fight it to the death, come on! ”

    Randy actually said this?!? LOL. Way to rewrite history, dawg!

    Randy not know what the frack he’s talking about? What were the odds?

    I find him the most useless and boring judge of all them. Well maybe aside from some of the guest judges this year, but I haven’t personally seen them, so can’t judge (ha!) if it’s true. But other than that? Randy sucks for me (for you).

  47. I can only imagine the cost of lost productivity if everyone involved with producing an IDOL show had to wait 14 minutes to tape each show. I think it was the right decision to start taping without Simon.

    The moment taping started without Simon was the moment there was finally realization that the emperor was naked. ;)

  48. Which weird. I’m just not getting what legal issues could be involved here.

    I’ll take a wild guess: you are not a corporate lawyer working in the entertainment industry? ;-) I’m guessing it’s mostly CYA-type thing.

  49. I find him the most useless and boring, judge of all them. Well maybe aside from some of the guest judges this year, but I haven’t personally seen them, so can’t judge (ha!) if it’s true. But other than that? Randy sucks for me (for you).

    I so agree with you!

    FYI FYE single has moved up from 41 to 33 on BB dance charts. So it may not have done well on Radio but it looks like it will be at least a moderate dance hit. All good.

  50. I have heard Adam say many times that he was putting together a set of music over the course of the show, which was quite varied and not all about being a “Rawk Gawd.” We also heard Kris sing two MJ songs, acoustic songs, ballads, songs with piano, current songs, rock songs, etc. Obviously they ended up in the finale because the viewers liked the variety of music they performed on the show. So I cannot understand AT ALL what Randy is saying, other than trying to come up with some excuses as to why their S8 Top 2 haven’t gone platinum yet with their album sales.

    I don’t get it at all with Kris, because Kris put out EXACTLY the type if album you’d expect from him. That’s what he did on the show (and tour) to a tee… pop/rock of the acousticy/soul-ish/singer-songwriter-like variety. I don’t know how he could have represented himself any better.

    I do get it a bit with Adam, because they kept calling him a “Rock God” pretty much indicating how they saw him. The (not so) subtle message to my ears was “You should sing this type of stuff, you have a killer glam/metal/OTT rock voice. And throw a sad ballad in there or two for good measure”. But that’s not exactly what Adam ended up doing, he did a more eclectic album.

    Even so, I disagree that they should only be trying to please their Idol audiences. That only works if what your Idol audience wants happens to be something that could fit in the current scene. If not, you have to find a way to split the difference. That’s what Adam tried to do, I think.

  51. So I cannot understand AT ALL what Randy is saying, other than trying to come up with some excuses as to why their S8 Top 2 haven’t gone platinum yet with their album sales.

    I’m sure that’s it. I’m also sure that the producers want this stuff said — excuses found — to keep up the show’s credibility. So whenever they want *anything* said, no matter how absurd it is nor how much it may contradict things that Randy has said in the past, they’ll tell Randy to say it — and he will.

    Seriously.

    I think Randy has occasionally had sensible things to say on the show when his own brain is working his mouth. But I’m also dead certain that he has very frequently functioned as a mouthy hand-puppet for sentiments TPTB want to get out there any time they ask him to (such as when they want some potentially rising contestant who’s a threat to a favorite to be trashed for poor technique or the like, whether they are actually guilty of any such thing or not).

    Randy’s basically a D-lister who would love to be an A-lister and is trying to rake in as much fame and cash as he can before his choice of jobs goes down to a minimal level, and I’m sure he figures that spouting off any nonsensical crap the producers tell him to is his best guarantee of being able to continue doing that. To me, this accounts for the number of extremely contradictory statements he makes every single season, despite most likely being a pretty smart, knowledgeable guy.

  52. I do get it a bit with Adam, because they kept calling him a “Rock God” pretty much indicating how they saw him. The (not so) subtle message to my ears was “You should sing this type of stuff, you have a killer glam/metal/OTT rock voice. And throw a sad ballad in there or two for good measure”. But that’s not exactly what Adam ended up doing, he did a more eclectic album.

    Yeah, I do think the complaint is slightly more valid with Adam than with Kris. …. On the other hand, Adam himself never ever said that he’d do a rock album but several times said that he wanted to do something that would be primarily electro-poppish and dancey, but driven to some extent by rockish guitars and some rock beats. … Kind of his version of Born to Be Wild on steroids. … And with maybe some electro-poppish ballads thrown in. … And, to me, that’s pretty much exactly what his album turned out to be. So while it certainly wasn’t what a lot of people wanted it to be, I’ve always thought that his album turned out pretty much exactly what he *said* *he* wanted it to be.

    (On Kris’s album, I go with Mary102 on wishing — to mesh with my own desires — that there was just a tad bit more acoustic thrown in there. But, really, his, too, turned out pretty much the way *he* said it would, in my opinion.)

  53. Randy’s basically a D-lister who would love to be an A-lister and is trying to rake in as much fame and cash as he can before his choice of jobs goes down to a minimal level,

    Not that I love Randy, but I have to strongly disagree with this statement. Randy may not have been a household name but he was a working, respected musician and producer. He had even been head of A&R for a major at one point. He will always work, his choice of jobs isn’t going down anytime soon. He ain’t Paula. LOL.

    That said, I do believe he often serves as mouthpiece for TPTB.

    Adam himself never ever said that he’d do a rock album but several times said that he wanted to do something that would be primarily electro-poppish and dancey, but driven to some extent by rockish guitars and some rock beats.

    I agree, Adam ended up doing pretty much exactly what he said he was going to do in every single interview he gave. And personally I don’t think his album is THAT eclectic, in the sense that it is very much a pop album. He just explored all the current pop sounds that might fit his kind of sensibilities. And he tried to give it his own spin by giving it an 80s-ish sound. But it is still an album aimed at the modern pop charts IMO.

  54. I think Randy is engaging in some sort of damage control. The reporters are probably asking why Kris and Adam aren’t selling as well as previous idol top-2-finishers. Randy doesn’t want to say that the show is losing its ability to generate high-selling artists (which may be true). So, instead he blames Kris and Adam for recording the wrong kinds of albums. “It’s not our fault, dawg, it’s theirs!” That’s Randy in a nutshell. Problem is, as mmb and others have said, Randy’s comments don’t make any sense. I think KA and AL’s albums are very consistent with who they are as artists.

    EXACTLY. Randy is simply a mouthpiece here for AI damage control. Although in Adam’s case, I think Randy genuinely wanted Adam to make a “rock” album, so he probably actually believes what he’s saying about him. Of course, fast forward a few years and we will see Randy rewriting history yet again and totally taking credit for Adam’s album success! lol.

  55. Not that I love Randy, but I have to strongly disagree with this statement. Randy may not have been a household name but he was a working, respected musician and producer. He had even been head of A&R for a major at one point. He will always work, his choice of jobs isn’t going down anytime soon. He ain’t Paula. LOL.

    Yeah, I know that this is his history! …. Having heard the travesty that is “Randy Jackson’s Music Club” and the absolute hash he created on that album, which had quite a lot of talent working on it, yet the songs are, like, all crap — and crap from a production standpoint — I guess I’m skeptical that his A-list production name is still A-listed! You know more about this than I do, though, so you’re probably right. … And it’s likely that one crappy album doesn’t contradict your whole resume, and a good thing, too!

    More substantively, though, when I was talking D-lister vs. A-lister, I was really talking more about celebrity-type jobs, rather than working in the studio or as the exec. I think he must really want to be on the limelight-and-stage-and-getting-asked-to-be-on-tv A-list, rather than just on the behind-the-scenes A-list. And as a person on the stage and in the limelight, I would say that he definitely *is* a D-lister currently masquerading as an A-lister!

    Anyway, that’s the only way I have been able to explain to myself his frequent willingness to say stuff when he’s told by TPTB to do it, even when he must know that the statements are more or less crap? …. I just find it baffling that, given his experience and resume, he so frequently comes out with really stupid and wrongheaded things that so conveniently turn out to be just what the AIPTB would want to have said! So a misguided attempt at social climbing to keep himself a media darling instead of “just” a producer and exec again is the only potential reason I’ve been able to come up with!

  56. Of course, fast forward a few years and we will see Randy rewriting history yet again and totally taking credit for Adam’s album success!

    Lol – my thoughts exactly! Think J. Hudson 2.0. As soon as she won the Oscar – AI was all over how they made her what she was, we have an Oscar winner, etc etc.

    If (when :-)) Adam and Kris hit it even bigger, folks like Randy will be the first to take credit for it. “Oh, yeah – I discovered him.”

  57. I think Randy genuinely wanted Adam to make a “rock” album,

    IMO Adam would have had a much tougher road to hoe with a “rock” album….I mean, rock radio would not have played him coming off of idol, and most real “rock” albums have modest sales these days and even if they have good sales, they do not sell singles….they did 10/20 years ago, but not lately….

  58. Randy may not have been a household name but he was a working, respected musician and producer. He had even been head of A&R for a major at one point. He will always work, his choice of jobs isn’t going down anytime soon.

    In this business you are only as good as your last album.
    When was the last project that Randy was involved in that produced a Top 10 hit?
    Top 20?
    Top 40?
    Top 50?

    Could it be…. “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow” sung by Paula Abdul??

    He ain’t Paula. LOL.

    Ironic, no?

    Most of what I would consider real success in Randy’s career was as a session musician. Which is nothing to sneeze at but it hardly renders him some sort of expert in what is current and works now. He has the luckiest job in history, knows it, and would probably do anything TPTB asked of him in order to keep it.

  59. Watched Jeff Probst co-host with Kelly Ripa this morning and he was promoting his new show, Live for the Moment. Its premise is to take a person with a life-changing event that has inspired them to live their lives differently and they go on an adventure. So it’s a “seize the moment” kind of show. I immediately thought “they should use Kris’ song on that show!” I googled Probst and come to find out, last October the show was titled “Live Like You’re Dying” (interesting!) and was focused only on terminal patients taking adventures, but now, with the name change they have expanded the concept (altho the premiere show is about a man with a terminal diagnosis). Anyway, maybe something is in the works (we can only hope!) since the stories won’t just be about those who are really dying (LLWD wouldn’t have been so appropriate then)?? Something to watch for (maybe?).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAn1EZO7RKY

  60. Lol – my thoughts exactly! Think J. Hudson 2.0. As soon as she won the Oscar – AI was all over how they made her what she was, we have an Oscar winner, etc etc.

    Similarly with others, too. Like with Elliott — whom they disdained in oh so many ways, and whom Randy falsely accused of being sharp throughout his whole final song on Top 3 night as they frantically tried to ensure that McPhee and not Elliott would make the final (they’d long given up on trying to make Taylor un-happen, of course). …. But then when Elliott produced a *hit* in Wait for You — well, boy, he was their fair-haired darling like crazy. They had him on the show three times, etc. …

    Now, though, when he’s had trouble selling his second (and much better, in my opinion) album, Elliott’s become persona non grata yet again. They are very good at riding their alum’s coattails, if there are coattails to be ridden. I guess it’s silly to be kind of annoyed by that, since they’re in business and in business I guess it’s the rule rather than the exception to throw Jennifer back into the water and let her swim for her life toward the Disney cruise ship until after she wins that Oscar. … But when you’re a fan who’s interested in the show as a place that in some ways fosters new young promising talent, it’s a little sad to watch how easily they pick people up when they believe those people’s hard-won achievement may help the show and ignore them utterly — or publicly rewrite history — when they’re not doing so well..

  61. I guess I’m skeptical that his A-list production name is still A-listed! You know more about this than I do, though, so you’re probably right. … And it’s likely that one crappy album doesn’t contradict your whole resume, and a good thing, too!

    More substantively, though, when I was talking D-lister vs. A-lister, I was really talking more about celebrity-type jobs, rather than working in the studio or as the exec.

    Oh I ain’t saying he’s A-list, I’m saying he’ll work. LOL. I think Randy the producer is dated. Randy the musician will probably always get work, and maybe even Randy the record exec.

    But you may be right that he wants to be a celebrity. Or at least hold on to the celebrity he has now.

    In this business you are only as good as your last album.
    When was the last project that Randy was involved in that produced a Top 10 hit?
    Top 20?
    Top 40?
    Top 50?

    Well sorta. As a producer of A list talent, I agree. But once you’ve had a few hits under your belt like this dude you will always get work, even if its the latest album of people who were big in your heyday. Plus, his extensive experience in the studio with many types of artists and his A&R past make him knowledgable in the art or working with artists, helping them create songs, and sheparding the resulting product through a label… so he’s an excellent candidate to be someone’s head of A&R. Let his staff find the talent, and he can teach them how to be good at handling that talent. That’s what I mean when I say Randy will work.

  62. Oh I ain’t saying he’s A-list, I’m saying he’ll work. LOL. I think Randy the producer is dated. Randy the musician will probably always get work, and maybe even Randy the record exec.

    Okay, then. So we never disagreed about this! … I knew he’d get jobs, too. Just not A-list jobs. And not on-camera jobs that pay big bucks for not doing all that much!

  63. and further suggestion that they were clearly counseled by the judges to go in one particular direction, and their “good” counsel was ignored

    What advice was Kris given? Other than ‘lose.’ Seriously. As for Adam’s not being rock enough, well I can see that much more a valid point, and something I actually have heard as a complaint from people who liked him on the show, about his album. But he did talk about integrating electronic with rock during the show, but was unable to due the constraints of the show.

    Oh and I will say, that yes, I would have liked more acoustic stuff, or stripped down stuff on Kris’s album, but it was pretty much who he was on show.

  64. BB200 (rankings only)
    1 Hope For Haiti Now,
    2 I Dreamed A Dream, Susan Boyle
    21 For Your Entertainment, Adam Lambert
    24 Play On, Carrie Underwood
    54 Leave This Town, Daughtry
    101 Kris Allen, Kris Allen
    175 Daughtry, Daughtry
    179 All I Ever Wanted, Kelly Clarkson
    198 Some Hearts, Carrie Underwood

  65. girlygirl,

    Thanks for the explanation of BB Radio ranking. When traveling and not having access to my usual radio stations, there seems to be a huge range of musical genres across the country. Some parts of the u.s. specialize in Country music and this must figure heavily into the rankings. Wonder how many country songs are ranked ahead of Kris. Plus soft rock, golden oldies, etc. Am I understanding your explanation correctly? I was unaware of this category……is there anywhere it can be accessed?

    If Kris is #42, this sounds like a big deal to me even if there are 41 ahead of him. Am I overstating the importance of this rating?

  66. What advice was Kris given? Other than ‘lose.’

    Yep, that was it all right.

    And the advice to Adam was, “The seventies, the eighties, Nine Inch Nails, it’s your lane, take it!” as I recall.

    Not quite sure what that means, but I guess it does mean “be a rock god” so the criticism of Adam is slightly more on point, I guess…. Adam as Trent Reznor,though . … not really seeing that! There would still be synthesizers, however, I guess!

  67. IMO Adam would have had a much tougher road to hoe with a “rock” album….I mean, rock radio would not have played him coming off of idol, and most real “rock” albums have modest sales these days and even if they have good sales, they do not sell singles….they did 10/20 years ago, but not lately….

    ITA – becoming a “rawk gawd” would not have been a smart move for Adam. That genre is hard enough right now to break into (and it’s pretty much dying, sadly), but even harder for AI alum, no matter how much you have RS serving as your own personal cheerleader.

    Eclectic as it is, and not being the preference of some fans from the show notwithstanding, I think going the more pop-electro route was much smarter. The way I always saw it was – electro-pop, but with more of a rock edge (which is not as common as, say, what peeps like Gaga are putting out now). And that’s what he did.

  68. Even so, I disagree that they should only be trying to please their Idol audiences. That only works if what your Idol audience wants happens to be something that could fit in the current scene. If not, you have to find a way to split the difference. That’s what Adam tried to do, I think.

    ITA! Few can build a successful music career just trying to please their Idol fans. The majority of the music-buying public probably never even watches AI. In fact, some of my friends who buy a lot of CDs tend to write off Idols as a class and look down on them as being somehow less than professional.

    I think the sooner Idols can get themselves separated from AI influences, the better for those who are truly talented. No matter how nice the carriage that brings them to the ball, they have to get out and venture inside on their own before they can really dance.

  69. What advice was Kris given? Other than ‘lose.’ Seriously. As for Adam’s not being rock enough, well I can see that much more a valid point, and something I actually have heard as a complaint from people who liked him on the show, about his album. But he did talk about integrating electronic with rock during the show, but was unable to due the constraints of the show.

    Lol at the comment regarding the advice to Kris was “lose.” That was definitely the advice from Top 5 on.

    And I think Adam produced what he said he would. He never said he was a “Rock God” or planning on going in that direction. That was Kara.

    Randy himself was the one who actually compared Kris to both Jason Mraz and The Fray, so really, what was he expecting Kris to come out with?

  70. just announced that Carrie is singing the NA at the superbowl….I am sure she will look and sound beautiful

  71. I do think Randy has a sort of point when it comes to Adam. He may of said he wanted to do a electro pop dance record in interviews after the show, but you have to remember that most outside of the bubble don’t read those types of articles. They would assume the Adam they voted for on the show would be the same one they would get after, but many inside the bubble understood his frequent choices of classic rock was just a strategy to advance farther into the competition. I think that might explain why Adam has good, but not great album sales. I disagree with Randy though that long term a rock album would have been a better strategy. I think Adam deep down is a pop singer and that is where long term he will have success

  72. yay! i saw that per Marc Malkin at E! online’s twitter that carrie is singing the national anthem at the superbowl!

  73. The first time I heard FYE I surprised it was being released to Pop/HAC. I always thought it could do well on the dance scene and I do think much of what Adam might do in the future would go in this direction. It’s actually a good place for this song, IMO.

    Although the POP/HAC charts and Dance charts are not mutually exclusive. Songs do cross over.

    Consider the case of Lady GaGa’s Just Dance:

    Released – 4/8/2008 (Spring)
    Hit #2, Hot Dance Airplay and Hot Dance Club Play – Summer, 2008
    Enter BB Hot 100 chart at #76 – 8/16/2008
    Hit #1, BB Hot 100 Chart – January, 2009
    Certified, 4X Platinum

    Who knows what could happen to FYE? I personally love the song and the video. And it never really got the radio exposure it needed to catch fire, imo. Maybe (like Adam), it needs to build up its fanbase first, before the PD’s will hop on board. I’m not trying to persuade anyone here. Just my own belief that this song sounded like a hit to me from day one.

  74. 1.i think adam made the right decision- he is DEFINATELY POP.

    2.i also think that the rock community (alot of them being straight males) would not have embraced adam b.c of his sexuality.

    3. pop is what adam wants to do and he put different shades of alot of genres on his album which is a fantastic strategy to me-there is something there for everyone.

    4. the pop community is the one that embraces what adam wants to do-similiar to gaga but not really (dressing up, theatrical stuff)

    5. like someone else said, hes doing whats popular at the moment and what he likes-the “rock” genre is really hard to break into, especially for someone off of idol

  75. To further underline the full-bellied sack of inanity and injustice that is Randy Jackson.

    Kara Dioguardi = judge on the show, am I right? Coiner of the “rock god” ridiculousness?

    Cowrote a FRAKKING DANCE SONG FOR LAMBERT’s ALBUM! Eg

    Strut

    As well as writing for Allison’s. I’m pretty sure that when one of the American Idol judges helps you turn out your album, Jackson turning around and claiming the problem is the alumni didn’t listen to the wise counsel of the judges is a sack of camel dung.

  76. LaurelG
    01/28/2010 at 12:48 pm
    The first time I heard FYE I surprised it was being released to Pop/HAC. I always thought it could do well on the dance scene and I do think much of what Adam might do in the future would go in this direction. It’s actually a good place for this song, IMO.

    Although the POP/HAC charts and Dance charts are not mutually exclusive. Songs do cross over.

    Consider the case of Lady GaGa’s Just Dance:

    Released – 4/8/2008 (Spring)
    Hit #2, Hot Dance Airplay and Hot Dance Club Play – Summer, 2008
    Enter BB Hot 100 chart at #76 – 8/16/2008
    Hit #1, BB Hot 100 Chart – January, 2009
    Certified, 4X Platinum

    Who knows what could happen to FYE? I personally love the song and the video. And it never really got the radio exposure it needed to catch fire, imo. Maybe (like Adam), it needs to build up its fanbase first, before the PD’s will hop on board. I’m not trying to persuade anyone here. Just my own belief that this song sounded like a hit to me from day one.

    I do know there is cross-over from Pop to dance. And I appreciate your opinion on the song. I just felt like Adam was capable of better and FYE was not the song to introduce him to Pop/HAC. The fact that WWFM has been doing so well and is moving up the charts shows he has relevance on Pop/HAC. I just never saw it with FYE and think this song shows he can also have relevance on the Dance charts, and this is what I think the song shows as it moves up the Dance charts.

  77. And I think Adam produced what he said he would. He never said he was a “Rock God” or planning on going in that direction. That was Kara.

    What Adam did was probably something of a fluke that can’t be compared with what other Idols have done. Evidence is that 19E and his label pretty much got out of the way and let him do whatever the hell he wanted. I’m not sure how many other Idols, if any, have ever been afforded that luxury on a first CD.

  78. Evidence is that 19E and his label pretty much got out of the way and let him do whatever the hell he wanted.

    And what is this evidence of which you speak?

  79. He’s my least favorite judge of them all!

    I’m president of that club sister :). Randy is utterly useless. I have never heard him say anything that had any value whatsoever. He could be replaced by a wind-up toy that was programmed to say the same 5 phrases each time you pulled its string.

  80. On a side note…Adam’s FYE single moves up to #33 from #41 in the Dance Track Club charts. Talking about the little engine that possibly could.

    WWFM #20

    These two things surprise me, but I’m thrilled about both of them! FYE keeps selling and it’s doing well in other countries. Adam has TWO songs charting! :)

    WWFM is really taking off! I’d say the Oprah bump is over and now sales are due to radio spins and the mv! It’s moving faster than I expected it to.

  81. Evidence is that 19E and his label pretty much got out of the way and let him do whatever the hell he wanted

    I don’t think this is unique to him. If 19E had their way, Carrie would not have gone Country, for example. Didn’t Clive want her to go the Pop route? And there were all the rumors that 19E might have wanted Kris to go the country route after they paired him with Keith Urban at the finale.

    And I don’t know what you mean about them going out of their way to let him do what he wants.

  82. Who knows what could happen to FYE? I personally love the song and the video. And it never really got the radio exposure it needed to catch fire, imo. Maybe (like Adam), it needs to build up its fanbase first, before the PD’s will hop on board. I’m not trying to persuade anyone here. Just my own belief that this song sounded like a hit to me from day one.

    I’m totally with ya! I LOVE FYE :-) I think it’s sexy, fun, and it always makes me want to dance! The mv is great (and sexy, lol). So, who knows?

    My whole take on FYE was – it could have been a hit with a woman singing it, and a new solo male artist doing it was just not as easily acceptable to radio. WWFM was, otoh, a much safer, more palatable radio-pick.

    So, imo, with Adam getting more radio exposure and love via WWFM, they may be more willing to pick up on other pop-dance songs (including, possibly FYE) in the future.

  83. If 19E had their way, Carrie would not have gone Country, for example.

    No, Clive wanted pop, but 19 fought for her to go Country like she wanted.

    I think 19 gives them all a good deal of leeway, or will at least fight the label for them if they think the person is worth it. But I suspect if 19 doesn’t like the product the Idols come up with then they will yank those chains but hard. I don’t think anyone gets carte blanch.. too much money at stake.

  84. Just in case this hasn’t been posted yet…

    Musicfest 2010 Philippines Ad (Kris Allen, Jabbawockeez, Boyce Avenue)

    I’m still hoping I get to catch the first show.

    Why is this concert in a “parking area”? Do they come in and set up chairs?
    I ask this because I remember seeing that some tickets costs more than others. What do the better tickets get you? Chairs up front?

    Is this what type of set-up Cook and Archie had last year? Don’t they have stadiums or concert halls?

  85. Is this what type of set-up Cook and Archie had last year? Don’t they have stadiums or concert halls?

    Outdoor performances seem to be pretty standard and pretty popular in the Philippines. Nice weather and all that, I guess.

  86. Adam is definitely a pop singer – and that’s fine.

    I quite like a few of the songs on the album: Music Again and Sleepwalker in particular. And Broken Open is fairly good too.

    But I did have a disturbing moment last week, when a song came up on my ipod that sounded exactly like S Club 7. Trying to work out how the hell an S Club 7 song got on there I looked and saw it was Pick You Up! :lol

    Anyhow, I’ve worked out why his music doesn’t speak to me any more powerfully: I much prefer either more alternative music or more rock orientated music.

    But I can also see why pop fans would love his style and album so much.

  87. I saw his faux pas re: Allison. Seriously, I think that Randy has completely lost it. What is he up to?

    He is trying to cover up the fact that they were hysterical in their praise for Danny Gokey. If I disliked Danny, one reason would be the disproportionate praise by the judges heaped upon someone with a moderately good voice like Danny. (Did someone say sell-out stadium? How stupid does that sound now?) Their judging stank, and I’m not surprise they are trying to rewrite history.

    Even so, I disagree that they should only be trying to please their Idol audiences.

    I disagree even more with the idea that Adam isn’t doing as well as might be expected is because he wasn’t trying to please the Idol fans. Let’s remember that Adam didn’t win, and if the rumours were true, he lost by a huge margin. It looks like his album sales early on actually reflects the size of his Idol fan base fairly well.

    The reason that he isn’t going stratospheric with his album is to me fairly obvious and has got nothing to with what’s in the album – he is gay, and there is still a sizeable portion of population who are hostile to gays. There are then also a lot of people who don’t mind gays but do mind those who are aggressively gay, which is why the Adam playing up his “gayness” is to me another mistake. Boy George’s look was clearly gay and he looked far stranger than Adam Lambert, but Boy George was considered mainstream enough to guest star in a family show like A-Team. Boy George didn’t frighten the horses. I also mentioned before the album cover, but to me that was more about bad taste than anything else.

    That said, Adam is doing fine – the album is going gold and I do still expect it to go platinum. The only real surprise is the weakness of Kris’ fan base and his poor album sales, and he is doing exactly the same thing as we all expect him to in the album. Actually, that’s not quite true, I wouldn’t have expected Kris to do a song like LLWD, but that song is turning out to be a success for him. And if he is honest, neither would Randy expect Kris to do that song, or that the song would be a success. As always, Randy is really just spouting nonsense.

  88. Here are the various Billboard rankings for Adam :

    Hot 100: up to 37 from 55(wwfm)
    Billboard 200: up to 21 from 35 (album)
    Pop songs: 26 up from 31 (wwfm)
    Dance club: up to 33 from 41 (for FYE single)
    Digital songs: 29 up from 46 (wwfm)
    Canadian hot 100: 11 up from 50!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (WWFM)
    Canadian hot 100: 27 up from 37 (for FYE)
    Canadian albums: 15, and first week on the charts!!!!!! EDIT: This is a re-entry on the charts, 1st one was at 11 some time ago
    Adult pop: 32, up from 33 (wwfm)

    looking good!!

  89. also-“HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAM”!!!

    he also tweeted for his twitter followers to buy matt’s new single- good karma adam!!

  90. Check out the funny Bubble Tweet from Archie’s collaborators…

    DavidArchie: Uh, yeah I think these guys might need some fresh air or something lol. @EmanuelKiriakou and @Andre_Merritt for ya. http://bbltwt.com/25vpd

  91. Adam is a good friend; he is always supporting people’s projects on twitter. I am amazed he can actually keep up with everyone’s work with all that he has going on.

  92. And what is this evidence of which you speak?

    It’s not just one thing, but a number. For one, Adam insisted in several interviews that he wasn’t being dictated to by either 19E or RCA. He even said on one occasion that he was being allowed to “steer the ship.” Then in another interview somebody who worked on the album (I think it was Ryan Tedder) said he asked for guidance from the label and was told to do “whatever Adam wants.”

    I’m sure Adam wasn’t just handed the keys to the place the minute he walked in. Judging from things he said even before last season of AI ended, he had a clear concept of what he wanted his album to be. He probably explained his concept and all concerned liked what they heard. Guidance isn’t as necessary for those who know where they want to go and how to get there. Even at that, Adam was undoubtedly more on a very long leash than free to roam at will. But he was obviously able to do what he wanted within those wide confines.

  93. Apparently Adam is doing some sort of a concert at a resort in palm springs on 2/27….i’ll try to bring over a link

  94. That is spectacular! I remember reading that Cook and Archie had HUGE crowds! How many people were in attendance at their concerts?

    estimates have put attendance at 50k + inside the grounds, and anywhere from 40-50k who were able to listen/watch outside the grounds… the promoters of the concert like to go with over 100k for total in attendance, and i’m with whatever works, lol… it was a great show.

  95. Really? That’s odd. David Cook is doing a show on 2/27 at the Morongo Casino… which is right around the Palm Springs area:

    Cook/Adam duet? (One can dream, right? :-))

  96. Wow I would love to see a Cook/Lambert concert. I wonder why Adam isn’t going to the Phillipines with Kris. Didn’t both David’s go last year.

  97. That is spectacular! I remember reading that Cook and Archie had HUGE crowds! How many people were in attendance at their concerts?

    estimates have put attendance at 50k + inside the grounds, and anywhere from 40-50k who were able to listen/watch outside the grounds… the promoters of the concert like to go with over 100k for total in attendance, and i’m with whatever works, lol… it was a great show.

    Here’s a vid from that concert where you can see the vast crowd on the jumbotron on Cook brings Archie out to join him in the finale (crowd shots 4 min mark and later). Sniff.

  98. OK, so supposedly Adam will be appearing at Fantasy Springs resort in Indio, CA on 2/27. Tix on sale tomorrow and details will be up on resort website soon. The resort tweeted it (hence my use of supposedly). Fantasy Springs — hee hee, sounds like the site of a porn movie. But John Legend is appearing there in Feb as well, so if its good enough for him, its certainly good enough for Adam. Yay, a concert! that you can actually buy tickets for (rather than winning them)…hope all you west coast people enjoy it!

  99. Here’s a vid from that concert where you can see the vast crowd on the jumbotron on Cook brings Archie out to join him in the finale (crowd shots 4 min mark and later). Sniff.

    Darnit, that makes me tear up every time, lol.

  100. Yay, a concert! that you can actually buy tickets for (rather than winning them)…hope all you west coast people enjoy it!

    Ahh :-( Where are the east coast concerts? I’m feeling so deprived, and/or a need to move to LA tout de suite.

  101. Wow I would love to see a Cook/Lambert concert. I wonder why Adam isn’t going to the Phillipines with Kris. Didn’t both David’s go last year.

    DNW – this keeps the both pigeon-holed in the AI niche and they need to build themselves away from that.

  102. Location says Cabazon,CA is there another resort in Palm Springs

    The Fantasy Springs Casino website says they’re located in Indio, CA.

  103. anovich
    01/28/2010 at 2:39 pm

    Wow I would love to see a Cook/Lambert concert. I wonder why Adam isn’t going to the Phillipines with Kris. Didn’t both David’s go last year.

    DNW – this keeps the both pigeon-holed in the AI niche and they need to build themselves away from that.

    ^^^Agree I don’t think there should be a Lambert/Cook concert. Heads will explode.

  104. Location says Cabazon,CA is there another resort in Palm Springs

    The Fantasy Springs Casino website says they’re located in Indio, CA.

    Haha. So Indio is about 23 miles sound east of Palm Springs, while Cabazon is about 17 miles north west of Palm Springs. Google maps tells me David and Adam are having concerts about 37 miles from each other, just 40 minutes apart on I-10.

  105. Oh man, an Adam concert. Bring it to FL Adam! (with my standard disclaimer of not May 22-29 because I will be on a cruise. Although you and the band are welcome to join me, lol)

    Lucky West Coasters!

  106. wow, did you know that Adam was the runner-up to David Cook? LOL

    Wait – he didn’t win?

    I kid, I kid ;-)

  107. “Oh for Pete’s sake, they can’t even get Kris right as the winner last year?”

    LOL! Well Randy didn’t get the 3rd place finisher for S8 right, and he was on the show for the entire season, so why should a measly reporter get the winner right!

  108. Will Ellen speak to Simon?

    Will Simon even acknowledge Ellen’s presence?

    These questions and more soon to be answered on the next AMERICAN IDOL!

    Does anyone care? [crickets chirp….]

  109. LOL! Well Randy didn’t get the 3rd place finisher for S8 right, and he was on the show for the entire season, so why should a measly reporter get the winner right!

    So, the correct order for last year was:

    Winner – David Cook
    Runner Up – Adam Lambert
    3rd Place – Allison Iraheta

    Do I have that right ;-)?

    ETA: Woo to the hoot with the itunes update! Wow – those songs are staying really really strong on the chart. And will hopefully move up even more soon!

    It makes me very happy that without as much radio play WWFM is doing that well.

    ETA 2: And WWFM music vid still showing at #1!!!

  110. It’s kind of funny, but whoever wrote that really needs to fact check before writing. My goodness, these two guys are from two entirely different seasons of American Idol.

    Apparently Randy wrote it. The guy wears many hats …

  111. hoosiermama, I read your post about the new show and using Kris’s LLWD but I also I think Danny would be a great one to add on this show. His inspirational *ways* should fit in nicely. (heh). He even is lending his voice to the Flu campaign!

  112. I Tunes update:

    WWFM #18
    LLWD #17

    Yeah there is a callout by diehard Adam fans to purchase the single and anything else Adam related at all cost for his birthday starting tonight.

  113. Winner – David Cook
    Runner Up – Adam Lambert
    3rd Place – Allison Iraheta

    hahaha! that’s funny

    I read i somewhere today than Jason Castro was 3rd place in his year… poor Syesha

  114. There’s a Patty Griffin featurette in this week’s EW with the Lost cover. Yes, this is relevant to the news thread because the featurette is Patty commenting on 5 acts who have covered her songs: Kelly, Susan Boyle, the Dixie Chicks, Jessica Simpson, and Miranda Lambert. The featurette coincides with her new album called Downtown Church being released.

    I don’t have a scanner but Patty either says Kelly has a beautiful voice or that she loves Kelly’s voice. She remembers how Kelly went to 1 of her concerts in pigtails and Patty was convinced she was a little schoolgirl. LOL. She’s also very complimentary of Susan Boyle saying Up On The Mountain’s a very hard song to sing and Susan nailed it.

  115. “Yeah there is a callout by diehard Adam fans to purchase the single and anything else Adam related at all cost for his birthday starting tonight.”

    I consider myself a pretty diehard fan and I have been on a couple of fan boards but have seen no such callout just alot of great fan vids and Birthday wishes. Maybe on twitter? I don’t twitter.

  116. Why are these concerts always on days that I have to work? Feb. 27th is a Saturday — and I work until 11 p.m. on Saturdays! What’s the use of being within driving distance of these places if I can’t go???? (wah!!!)

    And if that Facebook is right, that Kris is going to be in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, that means he’s going to be over in that part of the world for close to 2 weeks — since his scheduled concert in Singapore is on Feb. 10th. Busy guy! Hopefully he’ll get some time to see the sights…

  117. twitpic.com/10749t

    Yum!

    No way that picture is real. You can tell they stuck his head on someone’s body!

    I Tunes update:

    WWFM #18
    LLWD #17

    Yeah there is a callout by diehard Adam fans to purchase the single and anything else Adam related at all cost for his birthday starting tonight

    Well, I am one die-hard Adam fan who will not buy the single. I bought the video and the album. That’s good enough.

  118. WWFM #18
    LLWD #17

    Yeah there is a callout by diehard Adam fans to purchase the single and anything else Adam related at all cost for his birthday starting tonight.

    Or maybe, just maybe, it is because it is being played almost every hour on Z100? or because it was heard on the AT40 for the past 2/3 weeks? or because lots of radio stations are regularly playing it as evidenced by its position on the mediabase chart? IIRC, once LLWD reached the mid 20s on the mediabase pop chart his itunes sales were consistently ranked in the mid 20s-high teens. So why should it be any different with WWFM?Why is the reason always “well, it must be the 100 diehard Adam fans buying a million copies of the single/cd/video etc.”

  119. Adam has asked his fans to donate to DonorsChoose.org if they want to get him anything for his birthday…there’s a link to the various projects on Adam’s twitter page. I’d think most of Adam’s hardcore fans already have his single…

  120. “Yeah there is a callout by diehard Adam fans to purchase the single and anything else Adam related at all cost for his birthday starting tonight”

    Yep, just saw this on twitter…

    RT @Derakhshand: RT Fans see if you can move WWFM on iTunes to top 10 by tomorrow as a BDay present to Adam Lambert! I bought dozens of WWFM this morning.
    3 minutes ago from web

  121. I consider myself a pretty diehard fan and I have been on a couple of fan boards but have seen no such callout just alot of great fan vids and Birthday wishes. Maybe on twitter? I don’t twitter.

    Didn’t you know that all of Adam’s fans are somehow all connected to the mothership that gives out directives for us to execute on? Yeah… I didn’t get the memo either. ;)

  122. So, the correct order for last year was:

    Winner – David Cook
    Runner Up – Adam Lambert
    3rd Place – Allison Iraheta

    omg LMAO

  123. well that was a waste of $$ by @derakhshand because from what I understand iTunes doesn’t count multiple purchases of the same item by the same person past (I believe) 3 copies.

  124. Tickets for Lambert’s concert, who lost out to David Cook on “American Idol” last May, are priced from $39 to $79 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the casino box office and online.

    LMAO!
    Maybe Randy is promoting this concert. He seems to get confused.

    “Yeah there is a callout by diehard Adam fans to purchase the single and anything else Adam related at all cost for his birthday starting tonight.”

    I consider myself a pretty diehard fan and I have been on a couple of fan boards but have seen no such callout just alot of great fan vids and Birthday wishes. Maybe on twitter? I don’t twitter.

    ITA. I haven’t seen anything about purchasing music. I have seen some fan sites that are donating to donorschoose as a gift for his birthday. I’m not buying the single, because I own the cd.
    Maybe it’s an ontd-ai push. They seem to love to do things like that.

  125. Yeah there is a callout by diehard Adam fans to purchase the single and anything else Adam related at all cost for his birthday starting tonight.

    Uh, what? Except that his single has been high on itunes for at least the last week or so, and steadily rising up the charts way before then, so unless everyone has been doing this since last week, I doubt it.

  126. nyc

    Nope, the ontd_ai peeps had a poll about what to do for Adam’s birthday. The winning idea was to do a dollar derive for UNICEF’s Haitian Relief Fund — but that was before Adam tweeted about the DonorsChoose.org stuff. So they did another poll about which of these they would end up promoting (I haven’t bothered to lookto see which won the poll) — but it wasn’t anything to do with buying his single.

  127. I’m waiting on the upload of that behind the scenes video, but I’m wishing that screencap is real. Lol. Nothing wrong with wishing ;)

  128. a few people tweeting to download WWFM on itunes does not a movement make! Unless you follow the person tweeting, you would never even know the tweet happened (if a tweet falls in the woods and no one is there to see it did it even happen?) And really, if it is being done who cares? Every fan group does stuff like this (not just idol fans or adam fans)and the amount of sales generated are relatively negligible in the scheme of things..

    edit

  129. RT @Derakhshand: RT Fans see if you can move WWFM on iTunes to top 10 by tomorrow as a BDay present to Adam Lambert! I bought dozens of WWFM this morning.
    3 minutes ago from web

    Only a handful of lunatics will be stupid enough to waste their money buying something they already own. I doubt it would be enough to effect the iTunes chart.

    But seriously, WTF is wrong with people? How can they think putting stuff like that out on twitter would be at all helpful to their fave? All it accomplishes is to make them look nutters.

  130. girlygirl: Thanks for the info! I know ontd-ai is made up of all ages, but the majority of members seem to be younger. (I love to read their unlocked threads.) They are smart, funny, and have raised a lot of money for charity! Good for them!

    a few people tweeting to download WWFM on itunes does not a movement make! Every fan group does stuff like this (not just idol fans or adam fans)and the amount of sales generated are relatively negligible in the scheme of things..

    So true! I couldn’t have said it better! It’s a lazy excuse non fans come up with everytime their non-fave has a chart increase or good sales numbers.

  131. Is the Allison & Kris concert in Kansas real? The link is broken.

    Nothing wrong with Kansas at all… but as a stand alone its kinda random. Maybe its hooked up to a station?

  132. “Reporters” obviously don’t do any research before they write entertainment articles. Between Adam coming in 2nd behind David Cook, Ali placing third this year and Jason placing third last year (according to an article yesterday), poor Kris, Archie, Syesha and Danny have disappeared!

  133. sr4mjc- someone on IDF has got it ripped and is uploading it. Needless to say, many people are waiting with anticipation(LOL understatement). All this excitement for a glimpse of Adam without a shirt haha. Must be because he is always so covered up dammit!

  134. I was just reading a thread on Adam Official about purchasing WWFM for Adam’s b’day starting at 8 tonight through tomorrow.

  135. Is the Allison & Kris concert in Kansas real? The link is broken.

    Nothing wrong with Kansas at all… but as a stand alone its kinda random. Maybe its hooked up to a station?

    yes, its part of a radio station spring fling…other acts are performing as well

  136. I’m on two different Adam boards and have seen no such “callout.” All I’ve seen is the Donorschoose links.

  137. Oh my – just rewatched that vid from Cookie & Archies appearance in the Phillipines last year. I teared up again also. One of my favorite Cook songs, so emotional so soon after his brother had died. And he closes the show bringing Archie out. I love him.

  138. I was just reading a thread on Adam Official about purchasing WWFM for Adam’s b’day starting at 8 tonight through tomorrow.

    That campaign has been going on for a while on twitter and in some other places. Some people may do it, but the bulk of WWFM’s sales are going to come from getting airplay, and having a bigger group that some overly invested fans buying the song. I don’t think people fully understand the difference between how much the number ten song is selling and how much WWFM is selling. Besides, I’m pretty sure that the people who don’t mind doing this already have more than two copies of WWFM, so it does seem a little silly, especially since Adam has asked people to donate money to charity. That money could also go a long way to help those in Haiti. At least the drive isn’t being done just so WWFM can pass LLWD.

  139. “a few people tweeting to download WWFM on itunes does not a movement make! Unless you follow the person tweeting, you would never even know the tweet happened (if a tweet falls in the woods and no one is there to see it did it even happen?)”

    All you have to do is search for “Adam Lambert” on twitter and you will see the iTunes tweets. You don’t have to follow the people. (just an FYI)

  140. Cool article from Rockstar weekly. Disclaimer: the author slant is all positive when it comes to Adam. They are from the UK.

    http://www.rockstarweekly.com/content/view/1405/206/

    And because one or two people make a twitter suggestion about something does not make it a movement. I could look up tweets about any star on twitter and I am telling you this call out is mild. Most don’t even make anyone notice. But its cool that people think that Adam’s fans are so organized and powerful.

    edit

  141. edit

    Exactly! And as I said before, it would be one thing if the sales on itunes spiked to #1 for a short time then jumped back down immediately to some low number. But the fact that WWFM has been steadily moving up the itunes chart (coincidentally, with increased radio spins and the mv release – gasp!) and stayed high for at least a week now, has me thinking it’s hardly some organized fan crusade.

  142. mmb – thanks for the Allison and Kris concert info. So happy Allison is getting out there.

    Also thanks to the person notating AO thread about WWFM. I better run over there and pledge my DD college fund. LOL

  143. I was just reading a thread on Adam Official about purchasing WWFM for Adam’s b’day starting at 8 tonight through tomorrow.

    So, “the massive campaign” hasn’t started yet and WWFM is at #18 on the iTunes charts? Awesome! I’d say it’s selling pretty well for only being out 9 weeks!

    But its cool that people think that Adam’s fans are so organized and powerful.
    edit

    We couldn’t even get it together to get him the People’s Choice Award or to get his WWFM video to debut at #1 like the Light On video did.
    We suck.

  144. I also would never buy multiple anything for something as stupid as getting him in the top 10 on itunes. First it would be temporary and I still think it will happen organically in time. That is the only honest way and I believe the only way Adam would want it to happen.

    Now banning together to get him #1 on twitter for his birthday. I am all for that and would do my part.

  145. A buying campaign? Eh, that’s nothing new. It’s nothing to get upset about, they won’t make much of a difference anyway and they are wasting their money on something that Adam wouldn’t even want them to do. People do that crap all the time and it doesn’t really make a difference. I wouldn’t get worked up about it, nor the idea that it will make a huge difference for WWFM or be used as reasoning why WWFM is climbing. It might spike it up briefly but the song has been climbing and I’d imagine will climb on its own. When the dust settles, it’ll go back to its regular trending whether they bump it or not.

    In the meantime, if they really want to just wildly spend money, I have a credit card that I could use paid off? :)

  146. I’ll never understand the bulk-buying thing that some AI fans will do. Why be so concerned about someone else’s sales figures? I don’t care enough about any strangers to buy something I already own just to “support” someone. Beside the fact that, clearly there are people in the world who need that support right now much more than Adam does.

    And, I hate when people at the fanboards encourage (cajole, guilt, etc.) other fans to use their hard-earned money for some pointless buying campaign.

  147. Now banning together to get him #1 on twitter for his birthday. I am all for and would do my part.

    Right, that’s free, and all the fanbases do it and succeed. Heck, I think Cook’s fans even got Andy Skib up to #1, didn’t they? Or close to it? I’m too lazy to Twitter more than a couple times, I’m not a very good fan ;)

  148. We couldn’t even get it together to get him the People’s Choice Award or to get his WWFM video to debut at #1 like the Light On video did.
    We suck.

    Ha! that made me laugh

  149. Right, that’s free, and all the fanbases do it and succeed. Heck, I think Cook’s fans even got Andy Skib up to #1, didn’t they? Or close to it? I’m too lazy to Twitter more than a couple times, I’m not a very good fan

    Heh. Something liked that, but they failed on Neal’s birthday. Poor guy. Lol But yeah, alot of fanbases do it (i.e. Justin Beiber).

  150. OK — enough with itunes etc. what is this I hear about a topless Adam video?

  151. David Cook’s latest tweet
    “Finishing up here in NYC. Happy with the work done here, plus I heart NY. Working on some vlogness for you guys in the next few days.”

    Vlog! excitement. hope Dublin makes an appearance

  152. I am waiting patiently for the video and I will be more than happy if that pics turns out real.

    All the incorrect article stuff is crazy. Having never watched before last year, I would have believed everything they wrote.

  153. David Cook’s latest tweet
    “Finishing up here in NYC. Happy with the work done here, plus I heart NY. Working on some vlogness for you guys in the next few days.”

    Yes, please, Mr. Cook – vlog would be nice. Going through withdrawal here, lol.

  154. I consider myself a pretty diehard fan and I have been on a couple of fan boards but have seen no such callout just alot of great fan vids and Birthday wishes. Maybe on twitter? I don’t twitter.

    I didn’t see this about the WWFM single on twitter (but have been at work), but I did see someone tweet about gifting 1300 WWFM videos when it was available on ITunes. The tweeter (is that a word?) provided a link to livejournal, I think. I didn’t spend a lot of time validating it, but the comments I read on livejournal link were thanking someone profusely for their generosity.

    I believe that MJ has said fans for many artists take action to promote sales. This person was obviously wealthy enough to gift 1300 videos, so hats off to him/her!

  155. mmb …originally from Boston….Portland now (love it) …and you??

  156. Thanks windmills for writing out what Patty Griffin said about Kelly in EW.

    Tweet from Kelly earlier

    In the middle of doing interviews for South Africa, can’t wait to come in March!!! So excited!! I wanna see a lion haha!!

  157. Hey it looks like LLWD and WWFM are #16 and #17 respectively on iTunes. Way to go guys! And Adam’s WWFM vid is still #1 with FYE vid at #33. Happy Birthday Adam!

  158. mainegal — originally from the uber hotspot of auburn/lewiston…portland is a great great town

  159. Hey it looks like LLWD and WWFM are #16 and #17 respectively on iTunes.

    Yeah- I just noticed that Haleluja by JT and MM has completely vanished from the chart (and it was #1 for two days now)- wonder how that happened??
    Not complaining, though!

    Go boys!

    And thanks for the behind the scenes of WWFM mainegal! It was interesting!

  160. interesting that the “hand to the cheek” and “shirtless Adam” were cut from WWFM vid…..boooo!
    Their bad…our loss!!

  161. dhunken, the Rockstar Weekly article was GREAT. So well written. Thank you for posting it. But you should have saved it for the birthday party tomorrow (heh… j/k).

  162. I didn’t see this about the WWFM single on twitter (but have been at work), but I did see someone tweet about gifting 1300 WWFM videos when it was available on ITunes. The tweeter (is that a word?) provided a link to livejournal, I think.

    There was a fan who gifted 1,000 copies, all total, of Adam’s FYE (not WWFM and not just Adam that was gifted), Allison and Kris’s MVs for people. It was on the Livejournal, ontd_ai and less to do with Adam-fandomium, as parts of gay rights for them. They are very active in that, and give a lot of time and money to its and other social/political causes.

    As for the call to get another copy of WWFM? Never heard it. But then I have never Tweeted and don’t go on Twitter except when people here provide links to pictures or whatever, on it. The only thing I’ve seen is people wanting to raise money for charities on Adam’s birthday with donor drives and the like. Some discussion on which one to do.

  163. Tweet from a publicist from London (NirvanaDC) :

    “so just spent the morning with Adam doing our first UK shoot. I have to say one of the nicest, most professional and down to earth people”

    Now he’s starting promo for the UK? Didn’t he just get back from Canada? Busy Boy!
    Has anyone noticed that these phrases used to describe Adam by this UK publicist seem to be used frequently? I’ve seen these exact same phrases used repeatedly by djs, reporters, interviewers, etc. to describe their time with Adam.

  164. Only an Idol fan would waste thousands of dollars “gifting” a video that anyone can see for free on Youtube. Probably for the thrill of seeing it #1 video on iTunes for awhile. Too bad this $ can’t go to Haiti relief. At least when Idol fans waste their $ it should go to a good cause.

  165. Canada Itunes, WWFM single is #1- pop and #2 overall. Yayyy!!!!! Congratulations Adam!!!

  166. I don’t think the shirtless Adam photo is real. It seemed obviously fake to me.

  167. Recap of yesterday show from TWOP

    Loved the way Jacob introduced NPH (and crosses my finger that’s a preview for Ellen also):

    Instead, though, we get Neil Patrick Harris. The most wonderful man in the world. I don’t know what to say about him that hasn’t been said. He’s like the George Clooney of television. You’re allowed to love him no matter who you are. He is the original unicorn. If he touches your iPhone you can get bars everywhere you go from that point forward. He says he’s into magic tricks but that’s only because if he admitted that he was actually magical and could do actual magic, the government would come take him. I predict that even though he has less of a reason to be here than even Avril and Katy, he will also be the best guest judge, because he is the best. I think this is how Ellen will play out also.

  168. Adam Lambert and Miranda Cosgrove Smile For the Camera in Today’s Daily twitpic

    lol that’s so weird.I’m obsessed with Adam and my friend is obsessed with jeannete mccurdy whi co-stars with miranda cosgrove.

    cool ! A behind the scenes wwfm.thanks for posting it..

  169. All you have to do is search for “Adam Lambert” on twitter and you will see the iTunes tweets. You don’t have to follow the people. (just an FYI)

    There are tons of Tweets about Adam, even if I cared enough to look at them, which I don’t, some seemingly random Tweets about it, I agree, don’t a movement make.

    Only movement stuff I’ve persoanlly seen is charity stuff. So not like the message is really out there, taking over.

    I’m sure there are the small cray-cray wing of the fandom doing whatever, but that’s always the case. Thankfully they seem to have missed giving the memo to the rest of the Adam fanbase. Whom I hope take Adam’s Tweet about his celebrating his birthday by giving to charity, a little more to heart.

    Oh and I’m a really sucky fan, I haven’t bought WWFM at all yet, video or single. Hey, I bought the deluxe digital album and deluxe physical album, enough for me.

  170. nyc..”Has anyone noticed that these phrases used to describe Adam by this UK publicist seem to be used frequently? I’ve seen these exact same phrases used repeatedly by djs, reporters, interviewers, etc. to describe their time with Adam.”

    I agree!!….and not only do they feel that way personally after meeting/working with him, it seems Adam has made such an impression that they tweet their reactions almost immediately.

    ..also add to the list the muscians and songwriters who have worked with him.

  171. This is 100% gossip but supposedly Ellen is a bigger diva than even Paula was. That’s hard to believe but that’s the gossip. So the fact that there are already backstage problems between Ellen and Simon is not surprising.

  172. Sorry I can’t edit but I’m hoping this year a real SOB wins Idol. Because part of the show’s culture is that not only are they talented but they’re so nice and down to earth. Honestly, who even cares about that stuff when it comes to an actor or artist but for an Idol contestants it’s key.

    They all are down to earth great guys with wonderful families. Those pedestals get pretty high until they do something human and the whole thing kind of crumbles.

    Why not start with someone who’s already an SOB? Never happen, sadly.

  173. Thanks for the BTS-WWFM….great video.

    Couple of observations… Adam just seems to tower above most of the people there…and those shoes with the toes pointing upward…kind of elfin. I’m sure they are big bucks designer shoes. But I’m always nervous he’s gonna trip. In fact I thought the shoes were the problem on the Ninja roll. LOL

    Have seen other stars wear them too.

  174. jpfan..”At least when Idol fans waste their $ it should go to a good cause.”

    I don’t understand how $$ to a good cause is a waste of $$ ???

    and shouldn’t the person giving the $$ get to determine what is a “good cause”?? IMHO

  175. nyc
    01/28/2010 at 5:46 pm

    Tweet from a publicist from London (NirvanaDC) :

    “so just spent the morning with Adam doing our first UK shoot. I have to say one of the nicest, most professional and down to earth people”

    Now he’s starting promo for the UK? Didn’t he just get back from Canada? Busy Boy!
    Has anyone noticed that these phrases used to describe Adam by this UK publicist seem to be used frequently? I’ve seen these exact same phrases used repeatedly by djs, reporters, interviewers, etc. to describe their time with Adam.

    NYC I was thinking the same thing. I have read more then once people who are working with Adam for the first time say similar remarks. This has always been my first thought of him. He is a nice respectful caring fun lovable person. IMHO

  176. Is anyone else getting 12 hour old information when they look at the Itunes live feed, for the Top 1000? It was up to date for me earlier but now I am getting 12 hour old information.

    But I am glad to see Danny make it back into the Top 1000 on Itunes, last time I checked he was in the 470’s up there and #73 Country. I think that his video coming out has given him a bit of a boost on Itunes.

    His video was supposed to debut on GAC today, I’m not sure if it did or not, but CMT has it up on their site now. And GAC has an artist page for him now. I am definitely hoping that he gets a decent amount of airplay for his video on both channels.

    Also I think that he might break into the Top 40 on Country within the next couple of weeks. He’s #42 on mediabase and I think that he’s #41 on Billboard. So hopefully his song will become a Top 40 Country song within the next couple of weeks.

    And I hope that Matt’s single does well. He’s was in my Top 3 this year and I think that he is very talented, and I wish him well.

  177. jpfan
    01/28/2010 at 5:59 pm

    Sorry I can’t edit but I’m hoping this year a real SOB wins Idol. Because part of the show’s culture is that not only are they talented but they’re so nice and down to earth. Honestly, who even cares about that stuff when it comes to an actor or artist but for an Idol contestants it’s key.

    They all are down to earth great guys with wonderful families. Those pedestals get pretty high until they do something human and the whole thing kind of crumbles.

    Why not start with someone who’s already an SOB? Never happen, sadly.

    Jpfan I agree with your post. 99% of the idols (who are top10) are down to earth people. I also agree that the pedestals they are put on are way too high and when they do something human they are ripped apart. Sadz

    I would LMAO if the winner this year was an SOB and a Diva and self centered and full of themselves. It would save on a lot of debating and fan waring. :LOL: but alas as you say it would never ever happen

  178. Bulk buying is like saying you don’t have confidence in your favorite to do well on their own and gain new fans.

  179. Even 12 hour old info on iTunes can be up to date. It’s confusing that’s the way it is.

    A real self centered diva on Idol would be so refreshing. Too bad it will never happen.

  180. Son of a bitch – a nasty self centered person who isn’t very nice.

  181. luvadamlambert
    01/28/2010 at 6:06 pm
    It’s from the ‘behind the scenes of the WWFM video shoot

    when? I didn’t see it..

    It’s at 6:09, right at the end of the video.

  182. Truthiness

    There was a gifting thread for the WWFM music video on the ontd_ai board when it was released to iTunes the other day. There is also a current gifting thread over there for Matt Giraud’s single, since it’s now on iTunes.

    There must be some people with a lot of extra disposable cash available to them…

  183. Also I think that he might break into the Top 40 on Country within the next couple of weeks. He’s #42 on mediabase and I think that he’s #41 on Billboard. So hopefully his song will become a Top 40 Country song within the next couple of weeks.

    Cool for Danny and his fans. Thanks for the update.

    Bulk buying is like saying you don’t have confidence in your favorite to do well on their own and gain new fans.

    Bulk buying is only fine and dandy when done at Costco or at co-ops, it’s lame when done for Idols.

    I really do wish those few fans that are doing this, were instead giving the money to charity as Adam asked of fans wanting to give him a present. I mean of all the times to ignore what Adam is actually saying.

  184. I would LMAO if the winner this year was an SOB and a Diva and self centered and full of themselves.

    If it happened, you would never know it. All celebrities have a public face, that’s sanitized for your approval. Unless you know these peeps personally, you have no idea what they’re like in real life.

  185. There was a gifting thread for the WWFM music video on the ontd_ai board when it was released to iTunes the other day. There is also a current gifting thread over there for Matt Giraud’s single, since it’s now on iTunes.

    There was one for LLWD video as well. But the person was saying that someone gifted 1300 copies of WWFM mv, not the normal gifiting that ontd_ai does. And the only time there has been such a bulk gifting was for Kradison as a whole, and only that one time, and for 1000, not 1300 copies.

    I just went to the WWFM gifting post, and it was a few people gifting a few videos, 4 or 5, at a time at most, to some broke peeps. I think if totalled, the gifted videos might make 25-30 tops. Kind of different than supposedly 1300 of WWFM being gifted is all I’m saying.

  186. MJ

    I don’t know — with paparazzi everywhere, camera phones, twitter and other social networking sites, it’s a lot harder than it used to be to hide the fact if someone is a SOB…

  187. Valentin432 I love Jacob’s recaps from TWOP. He’s longwinded and a little crazy, but I love him all the more for it. I know lots of people love Katy Perry and loathe Avril, but I much prefer Avril’s brand of brattiness to Katy’s , due to the same reason Jacob puts in his recap:

    So maybe you think Avril is a loon, or just a dumb girl, but she’s not half as dumb as fucking Katy Perry, who is giving it away for free because she doesn’t care either way, and they both made a tremendous amount of money off a very simple equation. The difference is that running around with a gang of sensitive dumb Abercrombie models and mispronouncing David Bowie’s name and pretending you understand what punk rock is… Is very punk rock. Not to mention hilarious. Not to mention huge amounts of fun.

    But inviting everyone to watch you engage in titillating homoerotic displays of homophobia — kissing each other being “not what good girls do” — for the express purpose of trading your own body for approval and acceptance — and this is just the one song, I mean, all of her singles are like this — is not fun. It is a narrative world in which men change their minds, while girls change their clothes. Sex stops being sex and starts being a costume you put on, or a job to do, you’ve lost the point of sex entirely. That is not awesome. It is not punk rock.

    Because on the one hand, it’s about you: sk8rboi wish-fulfillment boyfriend, rocking out, having fun. And on the other? No wishes to fulfill, no reason to rock out, nothing fun to do. Just waking up with glitter on your face and your panties in a wad.

    Be honest: You can hope your boyfriend “don’t mind it,” but if he’s not at least watching you do it, is it really happening at all? If some drunk whore kissed another drunk whore and there weren’t any straight men watching, did it really happen? Do they even really exist at all?

    Okay, maybe that was apropos of nothing, but I just had to say it. Also, I’m with Jacob, and I heart NPH. Who doesn’t? :)

  188. Has Matt G’s/Anna Wilson’s single moved up any furtehr on the iTunes jazz charts? Last I heard, it was at #4

  189. girlygirl

    There was a gifting thread for the WWFM music video on the ontd_ai board when it was released to iTunes the other day. There is also a current gifting thread over there for Matt Giraud’s single, since it’s now on iTunes.

    There must be some people with a lot of extra disposable cash available to them…

    I read through that gifting thread, it’s basically a handful of supernice benches offering to gift 5 vids to the first 5 people that comment below them, usually broke college kids or high school teens without a credit card so they don’t end up just downloading it once it’s ripped and on the web for free. And it’s less than 10 bucks out of their wallet. Although the thread was only 2 pages long though, so I don’t think nearly as many were gifted this time around.

  190. mj
    01/28/2010 at 6:24 pm

    I would LMAO if the winner this year was an SOB and a Diva and self centered and full of themselves.

    If it happened, you would never know it. All celebrities have a public face, that’s sanitized for your approval. Unless you know these peeps personally, you have no idea what they’re like in real life.

    What you mean we don’t really know these people? Pishposh I say….Its just crazy talk!….. ;-) (J/K)

  191. If it happened, you would never know it. All celebrities have a public face, that’s sanitized for your approval. Unless you know these peeps personally, you have no idea what they’re like in real life.

    This is so true.
    However in a reality show, I believe it’s harder to hide one’s real character because of the stress, judging and criticizing so more chance to catch someone off guard and see his/her real colors

  192. The guest judges have contributed a lot to the auditions so far (much better than season 4 or 6). People are definetly interested in potential replacements for people who are leaving and people we wish would leave.

    IA almost entirely with Cantiello rankings and it’s also what I would have predicted before the auditions began (I would just have switched Kristin Chenoweth with Shania).

  193. There was one for LLWD video as well. But the person was saying that someone gifted 1300 copies of WWFM mv, not the normal gifiting that ontd_ai does. And the only time there has been such a bulk gifting was for Kradison as a whole, and only that one time, and for 1000, not 1300 copies

    Truthiness, I actually have a link to the person that did the gifting for the 1300 FYE mvs – http://sdrichey.livejournal.com. The only gifting that was done for Kradison as a whole, I believe, was 100 ea of their singles. She stated that the 1300 mvs was done to support Adam, not help out college kids.

    This is my first time following AI on line at all, so I am amazed to hear that such things go on. When they do, though, people remember it, and we’ve all been guilty at one time or another, of passing judgement on a group as a whole, when it’s possibly only a few over invested fans involved. Maybe it shouldn’t even be brought up, but when someone insists that this type of thing just didn’t go on, I think that leads the way into a discussion where others may want to refute the fact. I find it kind of fascinating.

  194. jpfan
    01/28/2010 at 5:56 pm

    This is 100% gossip but supposedly Ellen is a bigger diva than even Paula was. That’s hard to believe but that’s the gossip. So the fact that there are already backstage problems between Ellen and Simon is not surprising.

    LOL, I showed my family this headline and my 11 yr. old daughter responded, “They just want publicity”. I’m sure all things aren’t puppy dogs and rainbows behind the scenes, but I know I’m curious to see what happens on the show. Oh well, I was gonna watch anyway.

  195. Truthiness, I actually have a link to the person that did the gifting for the 1300 FYE mvs – http://sdrichey.livejournal.com. The only gifting that was done for Kradison as a whole, I believe, was 100 ea of their singles. She stated that the 1300 mvs was done to support Adam, not help out college kids.

    Well I stand corrected. Thanks for the info. But that is the same person who posted on ontd_ai and she included Kris and Allison in one of her bulk buys for all three. It was in response to the ABC banning stuff. And she supports Adam as part of her support of young artists and supporting gay rights,as you can see from that page . Her blog isn’t called “friend of the rainbow community,” for nothing.

    So eh, I don’t see her as being that cray-cray. She just has the wherewithal to support the arts and gay rights as she sees fit, and gifts stuff as part of that.

  196. girlygirl, Matt and Anna are at #2 on ITUNES jazz! They just need to pass Louis Armstrong… I am hoping they’ll get there tomorrow in time for the song’s live debut.

  197. thedavidcook: # Finishing up here in NYC. Happy with the work done here, plus I heart NY. Working on some vlogness for you guys in the next few days.
    about 4 hours ago from web

  198. “So eh, I don’t see her as being that cray-cray. She just has the wherewithal to support the arts and gay rights as she sees fit, and gifts stuff as part of that.”

    I certainly don’t think that’s crazy. I think a lot of people have different types of charities and organizations they support. I give to Breast Cancer and Diabetes organizations because those diseases are prevalent in my family. I think to each their own and how they choose to spend their money is up to them.

  199. So eh, I don’t see her as being that cray-cray. She just has the wherewithal to support the arts and gay rights as she sees fit, and gifts stuff as part of that.

    Yup, I’m actually a little envious. I’d love to be in a position to do something like that for Kris, but even if I really wanted to, my husband would probably have me committed. You do have to admit, though, that with that type of buying, it makes it difficult to determine whether a person really has as large a fan base as stated, is succeeding with new fans, or just some kind, altruistic supporters. I think it’s what leads people to make judgements regarding power buying by fans. I think that is all people are getting at. As I said, I find it to be a fascinating topic.

  200. I thought multiple buys didn’t count on the itunes chart (above 5-7 or something)? They certainly must count in the pocket of the artist though.

    But lets say we wanna raise WWFM into top 10. How many extra copies would be needed? 10K? 20K? More? If each fan buys 5, you’d need at least 2000-4000 fans to be part of this drive… not very likely.

  201. I certainly don’t think that’s crazy. I think a lot of people have different types of charities and organizations they support. I give to Breast Cancer and Diabetes organizations because those diseases are prevalent in my family. I think to each their own and how they choose to spend their money is up to them.

    Well much as I like Adam, I think giving money to organizations like Breast Cancer research and Diabetes, are much more important. But no reason one can’t do both, especially if one has the wherewithal to do so financially. What’s “crazy!” for one person in terms of spending, is just eh, for another. This person is interested in supporting you artists, gay rights, politics, Broadway. So yeah, I can see why Adam appeals to her. ha!

    But yeah, if this person was mortgaging her house and this was the thing she spent her money on? I’d think she was cray-cray.

    Oh and yeah, this was a bit ago, December 3rd, which is why I missed it. So it was FYE that was bought, not WWFM. That part I was right about. Phew, not completely crazy that there wasn’t some massive WWFM buy that I missed. Oh and yeah her buying them was in response the ABC banning thing, which is easy to see why I missed it as well. Too much Adam news going on, too much of it annoyed the ever living crap out of me. Not that least of which was my still being pissed at Adam for his piss poor performance vocally and otherwise.

  202. girlygirl,

    Correction to my previous post. Now Matt and Anna are #1 on the ITUNES jazz chart! They made it! Now let’s see if they can make a dent in the overall chart.

  203. I thought Adam’s AOL sessions were due out today. Allison’s came out earlier in the week. They were really wonderful. Love both of them!

  204. I think it’s what leads people to make judgements regarding power buying by fans. I think that is all people are getting at. As I said, I find it to be a fascinating topic.

    Well I still think if people make judgements about some one-offs, they’re going to come to some wrong conclusions. That one person is just just that, one person. And it wasn’t even something she normally does, just her reaction to the AMA fallout stuff with ABC. Not how I would have handled it, but okay, personal choice. And not one lots of people made, or one most people have the wherewithal to make.

    Outliers, like this person, aren’t able to really effect anything really on things like the iTunes singles chart, or albums sales, or whatever. Adam’s sales follow trends like the other albums. His album sales were down in January, like everyone else. His singles get boosts from the same things other things do, like Oprah. Or like the beginning of the AI season, which increased Kris and his sales this year, just like sales increased last year for both Davids. Things like increased airplay, leads to sustaining those boosts more, as more people are aware, and therefore want to buy the song. One-offs don’t really effect trends like that.

  205. Honestly, who even cares about that stuff when it comes to an actor or artist but for an Idol contestants it’s key.

    I like to hear good things about the people I’m fans of. I have been particularly impressed with Lady Gaga in her interviews lately. I’ve liked her music for awhile, but her interviews have made me like her more. They prompted me to seek out more information about her and now I would love to see her live. I also make sure that I try and catch her performances or interviews on tv.
    I think people as a whole (not just AI fans) like hearing that an artist or celebrity that they like is a all-around wonderful person. It doesn’t mean if I hear the opposite that I won’t buy a cd or go see a movie due to a personality of an artist or actor. I do find that it is a nice plus and makes me like a favorite a little more.

  206. So eh, I don’t see her as being that cray-cray. She just has the wherewithal to support the arts and gay rights as she sees fit, and gifts stuff as part of that.

    I certainly don’t think that’s crazy. I think a lot of people have different types of charities and organizations they support. I give to Breast Cancer and Diabetes organizations because those diseases are prevalent in my family. I think to each their own and how they choose to spend their money is up to them.

    Just so I get this straight. I heard about this woman buying 1300 copioes of the FYE mv back when it happened. But I don’t see how this constitutes supporting the arts or gay rights. If she gave money to the arts, or to a gay rights organization, in Adam’s name, let’s say, that would be what I would call supporting those things. But buying 1300 copies of Adam’s mv is supporting Adam Lambert.

    That’s okay, too. It’s a free country. But supporting Adam is not the same as supporting cancer and diabetes research, in my opinion.

  207. Adamized, his having the same problem as Kris is and why Allison’s was pulled so quick. So it probably won’t be up for awhile if ever. It has something to do with the Lawyers, there was talk about it earlier, I think it was in this thread near the beginning.

  208. Strange about having so much trouble with the AOL sessions this year. Last year both David’s had them posted with no trouble if I recall.

  209. st so I get this straight. I heard about this woman buying 1300 copioes of the FYE mv back when it happened. But I don’t see how this constitutes supporting the arts or gay rights. If she gave money to the arts, or to a gay rights organization, in Adam’s name, let’s say, that would be what I would call supporting those things. But buying 1300 copies of Adam’s mv is supporting Adam Lambert.

    “That’s okay, too. It’s a free country. But supporting Adam is not the same as supporting cancer and diabetes research, in my opinion.”

    Your right it is a free country and people have the right to support any type of organization they want or an individual. What I deem to be important to me, might not seem important to someone else. I don’t stand in judgement of anyone, especially on how they spend their money and why.

  210. But I don’t see how this constitutes supporting the arts or gay rights. If she gave money to the arts, or to a gay rights organization, in Adam’s name, let’s say, that would be what I would call supporting those things. But buying 1300 copies of Adam’s mv is supporting Adam Lambert.

    She sees that supporting Adam is supporting an artist directly, just like when she donated copies for Kris and Allison, that guy Randy Harrison on her site, and that going forward she will try and gift cds of other artists.

    And her massively buying those MVs was in response to the ABC cancellation thing, which she felt, rightly or wrongly, was done because there were gay male/male acts, and that by supporting Adam specifically, as a response to ABC’s “homophobia.” Now I happen to disagree that the reason it was censored and the cancelleations. But the argument about homophobia as the reason for it, has been made ad nauseam in a variety of places, especially on ontd_ai. So not like it’s an opinion that exists singularly, or in a vacuum. I disagree with that opinion, but that doesn’t mean that others don’t believe that Adam was the victim of homophobia, so that was how she choose to support him…and against homophobia, by doing what she could to support an openly gay artist.

    Of course she’s an Adam fan, but part of that seems for her, to encompass other things she’s interested in, like gay rights and supporting artists. It just so happens that she can do so, she may feel directly, by supporting Adam.

    Also this isn’t to say she’s not also doing other stuff for gay rights as a whole, and for artists. If I remember corectly, she is involved with those things and in susbstantial ways. She may not just Livejournal about it. Which I get, I don’t use my livejournal for my political and social interests. I only even got it so I could view more Veronica Mars fanfic, and locked posts on ontd_ai.

    And putting it on-topic, nope, still don’t see how the potentially crazy outlier really effects sales. Yes it happens to Idols, no I don’t think it makes a substantial difference. Oh and WWFM wasn’t the video being bought by her, so guess we can’t say if WWFM is doing well, it’s all on her.

  211. Just saw this, with Danny set to perform at a big event for country radio broadcasters next month. Alan Jackson is the other performer, and Brooks & Dunn will be there. That’s a pretty great set up for Danny.

    http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/69978/sony-crs-luncheon-lineup-set-brooks-dunn-to-make-s

    So far, Danny’s label is doing really really well by him :)

    I think his news about the “major tour” he’s got starting in April is going to be very exciting and a hot country music ticket based on the few clues we’ve seen as to who he may be going out with. A DJ who saw the info but wasn’t allowed to release it said earlier this week that Danny’s fans would be “thrilled” once they learned of his tour plans. From the hints I’ve seen, I think we definitely will be thrilled for him.

  212. Just saw this, with Danny set to perform at a big event for country radio broadcasters next month. Alan Jackson is the other performer, and Brooks & Dunn will be there. That’s a pretty great set up for Danny.

    http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/69978/sony-crs-luncheon-lineup-set-brooks-dunn-to-make-s

    So far, Danny’s label is doing really really well by him

    I think his news about the “major tour” he’s got starting in April is going to be very exciting and a hot country music ticket based on the few clues we’ve seen as to who he may be going out with. A DJ who saw the info but wasn’t allowed to release it said earlier this week that Danny’s fans would be “thrilled” once they learned of his tour plans. From the hints I’ve seen, I think we definitely will be thrilled for him.

    Very excited for Danny. :) I think it’s great that he is getting to perform at a gig that Alan Jackson is performing at. And I am also very excited about his possible tour news. Nothing is confirmed yet, but based on an advertisement for a concert I saw mentioning him, I think he could end up going on a pretty great tour.

    Danny is supposed to start touring in April, and he stated the other day that he will be apart of a major tour. Well, there is an advertisement from a radio station in Philadelphia where they are advertising concerts featuring Country artists as some sort of “megaticket”.

    They got Sugarland on the ticket for one of the days May 15 and they got Danny’s name and his label mates Jake Owens name down under theirs. It looks like Jake and Danny might be opening for Sugarland that day.

    http://promo.livenation.com/megaticket/susquehanna-bank-center/

    And Sugarland starts touring in April, so I wonder if Danny will be on tour with them? If so that would be awesome for Danny. I am definitely am excited and interested to see what he ends up announcing about his tour plans, once his record label gives him the go ahead to do so.

  213. Thanks for this link http://sdrichey.livejournal.com.

    I’m going to write down her email for the next time Adam release something. As I don’t live in USA, it’s a process to get something from Itunes (I have to buy a gift card on ebay then wait for response then bla bla bla)

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  214. Wow, can I laugh out loud at some fan gifting videos as some sort of gay rights action. I guess gay rights is just another way to rationalize the bulk buying that’s gone on for years now. Usually its to help support the troops or people in hospitals or some other such nonsense.

  215. And putting it on-topic, nope, still don’t see how the potentially crazy outlier really effects sales. Yes it happens to Idols, no I don’t think it makes a substantial difference. Oh and WWFM wasn’t the video being bought by her, so guess we can’t say if WWFM is doing well, it’s all on her.

    I read a discussion here recently that speculated that it would only take selling a few hundred mv’s on itunes to take it to number 1. So, if that is the case, Adam’s first #1 mv status could be attributed to this one supporter. Which is fine. As stated, it’s her money to do with as she pleases. I’ve seen too many comments on different media pieces, though, claiming that this proves, without a doubt, that Adam is better than Kris, has a MUCH bigger fan base than Kris, etc, etc. It gets tiresome, to Kris fans (and other Idols fans as well, I’m sure).

    Whether this one fan made such a purchase, or 5,000 fans, it does bring into question Adam’s other sales and his true fan base. That is one perception, and I don’t think it’s a totally unreasonable one.

  216. Laury
    I’m going to write down her email for the next time Adam release something. As I don’t live in USA, it’s a process to get something from Itunes (I have to buy a gift card on ebay then wait for response then bla bla bla)

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

    She did it back in the beginning of December as a way she could protest what she saw as unfair treatment. If she offers again, fine, but she hasn’t for WWFM and I just don’t think you can assume she’ll give you stuff for free in the future.

    ETA: Edited because I didn’t mean to sound so lecture-y.

  217. Danny is supposed to start touring in April, and he stated the other day that he will be apart of a major tour. Well, there is an advertisement from a radio station in Philadelphia where they are advertising concerts featuring Country artists as some sort of “megaticket”.

    I would just find it amusing as heck if Danny’s tour was announced first. You go Danny!

    I guess gay rights is just another way to rationalize the bulk buying that’s gone on for years now. Usually its to help support the troops or people in hospitals or some other such nonsense.

    Or maybe this particular woman felt like personally supporting an openly gay artist this one time, in a big way due to one action. I mean it’s not like she bought the multiple copies to get Adam ahead of the charts! Or beat Kris! Or give away free copies of it so others can see how great Adam is!!1! Or to send to hospitals or to the troops to inspire them!!(as I understand the tale about Clay fans buying multiple copies of his CD supposedly did). She bought multiple copies of something as a response to what she felt was an unfair action. Not like she was saying it’s going to end homophobia or change anything regarding ABC at all. Nor were the videos shipped off overseas to help the troops in Afghanistan find and kill Bin Laden, just by the power of Adam’s dancing! Or to hospitals, because forgetting the laying of the hands, all that is needed is laying on them some beats from FYE. She just wanted to show Adam some support about this, and this is the way she choose. Eh.

    So yeah, not still not seeing how this is all effecting numbers of WWFM 6 weeks later.

  218. A full tour with Sugarland would be a great opportunity for Danny :) Hope that turns out to be true. And appearing with Alan Jackson is a compliment to Danny, Alan Jackson is a class act.

    I’m glad Danny will be out on tour starting as early as April in support of his album release in March. I don’t understand why the other three who’ve had albums out haven’t been able to do any high-profile touring, although compared to Danny they’ve much greater national tv exposure I suppose.

    Also saw that Danny’s My Best Days video is now up at CMT.com and the GAC site. Not sure if it’s been played on television yet, though both GAC and CMT were tweeting about it today.

  219. Whether this one fan made such a purchase, or 5,000 fans, it does bring into question Adam’s other sales and his true fan base. That is one perception, and I don’t think it’s a totally unreasonable one.

    Well, she’s not doing it for the WWFM music video and it’s still at #1. Although I really don’t think it takes a ton of purchases to get music videos to the top, I think the market for these is much smaller.

    These kind of fan efforts happen for all the Idols that come off the show with even a modest sized fanbase, but as many of our Idol watching veterans have said repeatedly, the actual number of fans involved is not big enough to cause anything but maybe a small temporary bump. Not enough to truly affect the bottom line. Plus, I don’t think anyone with eyes is arguing that Adam’s fanbase is some huge behemoth. They may be vocal, but he was polarizing to begin with, so they aren’t that huge compared to years past, and then the AMAs alienated even some of them.

    At this point, it’s all down to radio play and other means of exposure outside the fanbase gained through Idol itself.

  220. It will be odd if Danny’s is the first tour that starts from Season 8 .

  221. A full tour with Sugarland would be a great opportunity for Danny Hope that turns out to be true. And appearing with Alan Jackson is a compliment to Danny, Alan Jackson is a class act.

    I’m glad Danny will be out on tour starting as early as April in support of his album release in March.

    ITA. If Danny tours with Sugarland that will be awesome for him. A great opportunity that would help him a lot. IMO Sugarland are fantastic. :) And they have done some crossover stuff which has been pretty cool. I am glad that he will be touring in April too, especially since his album is coming out in March. Hopefully he will gain a lot more fans and get a lot more exposure on his tour.

    The opportunity to perform at a concert where Alan Jackson is, is great too.

    Also I was watching GAC earlier today and didn’t see his music video up there, so I am not sure if it premiered today,even though they said it would. And I don’t know if it premiered on CMT either today. But I will be on the lookout for it on both channels. And I am glad that both GAC and CMT have info about him and his music on their sites. And are supporting him on Twitter.

  222. @soverymel I really don’t understand what was rude in my comment. I didn’t want to offend her or offend you sorry, I just said it was great that she did it and as I read that she also did it to help other people to get the music; The next time she ask I’ll send her and email because it’s hard to international fans to get the music if they don’t have ITunes store in their countries.
    I don’t understand why It such a big deal anyway, I don’t think if she buys several copies as a gift at the end she’s going to have a big impact on overall sales numbers. An example of that like you said she didn’t buy several copies of WWFM and still the video reach number one in a few hours. It’s not that deep :)

  223. I read a discussion here recently that speculated that it would only take selling a few hundred mv’s on itunes to take it to number 1. So, if that is the case, Adam’s first #1 mv status could be attributed to this one supporter.

    Which except that was back in December for FYE, so 6 weeks later and WWFM being number one where she hasn’t done that is.? And statistically this woman is outlier, and indeed even for this woman, the FYE thing was an outlier buy. So, yeah. And if FYE stayed number one for a bit, then even with ‘just a few hundred,’ videos, this woman only took care of one day. What about all the other time when she didn’t?

    Whether this one fan made such a purchase, or 5,000 fans, it does bring into question Adam’s other sales and his true fan base. That is one perception, and I don’t think it’s a totally unreasonable one.

    But she also bought things for Kris and Allison! will that mean that their sales should be questioned as well? Well with Allison, what sales? So I guess SHE is safe at least. And yes, this one time thing by her in this one area is big, but as evidenced by even her, other idols have the same thing! And for all of them, it’s a small percentage.

    As I said earlier, it’s like Adam’s sales are kind of you know, like other people’s sales. Like going down in January, like everyone elses. Going up based on things like being on Oprah (which, Cook also got an Oprah bounce from his appearance. Or things like the start of AI, which also raised the sales of Kris this years as well, just like it did for both David’s last year. Or how in the last few weeks of December, Adam had been weeks of sales during the same weeks lots of other artists had big week in sales. See the way that Adam’s sales follow some of the same patterns as other artists, Idol and otherwise, seems to indicate that his sales are not just dependent on the same 5,000 people all buying multiple copies of things.

    That being said, I do think that Adam’s MV sales on iTunes are more directly related to his fanbase, than outside that. I mean, the guy hasn’t gotten the kind of penetration with that video to warrant it that number. But who is to say if it’s people buying multiple copies, as much as it is a percentage of his fanbase buying just one copy. I suspect the later, rather than the former. And heck, even this chick hasn’t bought some massive amounts of WWFM, so count her out.

    I mean if Adam had people who could really effect buying for any prolonged period, and keeping that rate. As it is, it’s not flat, it follows general trends and discernible things that effect sales.

  224. Laury
    The next time she ask I’ll send her and email because it’s hard to international fans to get the music if they don’t have ITunes store in their countries.

    Oh, I’m sorry, when I read your initial post it sounded like you were going to email her asking for something even though she hadn’t offered to buy anyone anything lately. My bad, since it now sounds like you only meant to take her up on any future offer she may make. I don’t know if she will, though, she ended up getting a lot of criticism outside livejournal for her gesture.

  225. ITA. If Danny tours with Sugarland that will be awesome for him. A great opportunity that would help him a lot. IMO Sugarland are fantastic. And they have done some crossover stuff which has been pretty cool. I am glad that he will be touring in April too, especially since his album is coming out in March. Hopefully he will gain a lot more fans and get a lot more exposure on his tour.

    I love Sugarland, enjoy Jake Owen also. That would be a great combination of younger country acts going out together, and it would be beyond fun if Danny ever got to sing a duet with Jennifer Nettles on tour.

  226. Whether this one fan made such a purchase, or 5,000 fans, it does bring into question Adam’s other sales and his true fan base. That is one perception, and I don’t think it’s a totally unreasonable one

    But who is questioning it? Fans of other idols? I doubt anyone else cares…

    I just don’t see the concern as to who is buying what and how many and are their numbers inflated, etc… So lets just assume much of Adam’s sales numbers were inflated by over-invested fans, so what?

    In the real world where Adam, Kris, Allison and all the others are now living and competing, their sales have to eventually come from outside their fanbase or they won’t be successful (at least not as singers/musicians).

  227. I love Sugarland, enjoy Jake Owen also. That would be a great combination of younger country acts going out together, and it would be beyond fun if Danny ever got to sing a duet with Jennifer Nettles on tour.

    I like Jake Owens too. I really like the soulful sound of his song “Don’t think I can’t love you.” And I was hoping that maybe someday Danny could do a duet with Jennifer Nettles. I think that she is a good vocalist, and I would love to hear her and Danny sing together.

    I think that if he tours with Sugarland and Jake Owens that would be a good fit for him. They are a popular and talented Country act, they’ve done crossover stuff. And Jake is young and one of Danny’s labelmates, so a tour with them plus Danny sounds good.

  228. A full tour with Sugarland would be a great opportunity for Danny Hope that turns out to be true

    That sounds like it would be a good thing for Danny, and if it happens, yeah, his label seems to be doing some very smart things for him.

    Also I was watching GAC earlier today and didn’t see his music video up there, so I am not sure if it premiered today,even though they said it would. And I don’t know if it premiered on CMT either today. But I will be on the lookout for it on both channels. And I am glad that both GAC and CMT have info about him and his music on their sites. And are supporting him on Twitter

    Wow, that sounds like good support for Danny to have with getting his video seen. I hope they start playing his video soon and you do see it. Always fun to see/hear your idol when they get out in the real world.

  229. I thought Adam’s AOL sessions were due out today. Allison’s came out earlier in the week. They were really wonderful. Love both of them!

    You’re kidding, right? Allison and Adam’s AOL Sessions are going up and they still haven’t put Kris’? That was supposed to be up on Christmas eve and a month later still a no show.

    Oh, and on the birthday buying of WWFM for Adam. It’s on Adam Official which I believe is more than just a few fans.

  230. TwigLA Adam’s isn’t going up. Or at least not yet. His having the same problems as Kris and also Allison’s isn’t up either. I know it was up briefly when it first came out but it was pulled after a few hours from what I heard. The lawyer is the one that’s holding everything up. I think it was mentioned during the beginning of this thread.

  231. That sounds like it would be a good thing for Danny, and if it happens, yeah, his label seems to be doing some very smart things for him.

    ITA. RCA/Nashville have been taking their time to help Danny and I hope that it will pay off in the end. Even though there have been times where I wish they would have moved faster ( stuff like the annoucement of the record deal, release of the music video) And they really haven’t started national promotion for him yet. But they have a plan for him and have been doing smart things regarding him so hopefully things will work out.

    I think that them putting him on the radio tour was a really good idea. And them setting things up for him to be apart of a major tour will really help him as well. Hopefully they will really start to kick off the national promotion soon and that will help him with album/single sales.

  232. TwigLa I looked back in the thread the waiver is still in the hands of the lawyer,someone mentioned that it was posted on his Official website about that. And then MJ said that’s wants going on with Allison’s and Kris’s session’s also. So who knows if we’ll every see them. Just wondering what is the holded up. Katerine’s was put up right away. I know that she was on a different season but still she had no problems. It just seems so fishy.

  233. ITA. RCA/Nashville have been taking their time to help Danny and I hope that it will pay off in the end. Even though there have been times where I wish they would have moved faster ( stuff like the annoucement of the record deal, release of the music video) And they really haven’t started national promotion for him yet. But they have a plan for him and have been doing smart things regarding him so hopefully things will work out.

    That’s true. Danny’s launch has been much slower building than some of the others, but I’ve always had the impression they had a pretty definite gameplan in mind. Seems like we saw part of it pop earlier this week with the video, and Danny getting that 4-page feature in Country Weekly magazine, and being in several regional television shows today with the music contest. With more coming with the appearance with Alan Jackson and now probably some very exciting tour news going out with a big-name act to some decent-sized venues. Danny’s very good in the large venue formats, I’m sure he will do very well. Crowds really love him also, was pretty obvious each time I’ve seen him in front of a live crowd.
    Can’t wait to hear what they have planned for Danny closer to the time his album hits for sales. The appearance on AI9 seems like one thing, but from what one of the DJs was saying earlier this week there is more than that :)

  234. I have to admit that the idea of Danny touring w/ Sugarland is the first thing that has caught my attention in regards to him on here. (Well I watched the vid, but wasn’t overly impressed.) My hubby (and partner) covers one of their songs and it’s awesome!

    I’ll be curious to see what happens with this.

  235. Oh, and on the birthday buying of WWFM for Adam. It’s on Adam Official which I believe is more than just a few fans.

    It’s not something offical on Adam offical. It’s one post on one website’s community board, on the second page right now. There is also a post about giving money to his charity. And lots of other posts about wallpapers; about who Adam’s favourite celebrity crush is; about voting for the video (yeah, that seems to be popular) and lots and lots, of hang out posts. So yeah, it’s not even the only birthday post. And I know of no Adam fan that regularly goes to AO. Well not on purpose. I had to visit it, just to see if there just to check it out based on your post. And I feel kind of sick inside now.

    And ontd_ai kicked AO’s ass in raising money for charity last summer, but they’re also raising money for charity for Adam’s birthday, not buying singles to commerate it. So yeah, AO is eh, when it comes to do anything other than annoying radio DJs.

  236. That’s true. Danny’s launch has been much slower building than some of the others, but I’ve always had the impression they had a pretty definite gameplan in mind. Seems like we saw part of it pop earlier this week with the video, and Danny getting that 4-page feature in Country Weekly magazine, and being in several regional television shows today with the music contest. With more coming with the appearance with Alan Jackson and now probably some very exciting tour news going out with a big-name act to some decent-sized venues. Danny’s very good in the large venue formats, I’m sure he will do very well. Crowds really love him also, was pretty obvious each time I’ve seen him in front of a live crowd.

    I agree, Danny does well with live crowds, so I am hoping his first major tour will be a good and fun experience for him.

    I am interested in seeing what national promotion that RCA/Nashville have lined up for him especially between now and the release of his album. We know for sure that he’s coming back to Idol, because he said so.

    I think that if he performed on the March 3 elimination night, that would be good. He could perform “My Best Days” and remind people that his album is out that week. Hopefully an appearance on Idol would help him out with sales. I remember Brooke getting a boost in sales after she appeared up there last year. Hopefully the same will happen with Danny after he appears up there.

    Also, I heard that he might be on Regis and Kelly. And I’m not sure what other national promotion he will get, but I hope he will get a decent amount of national promotion for his single and album.

  237. I think that them putting him on the radio tour was a really good idea. And them setting things up for him to be apart of a major tour will really help him as well. Hopefully they will really start to kick off the national promotion soon and that will help him with album/single sales.

    Well I am a fan of the slow and steady and doing all the groundwork to sell a single an hopefully, and album. So I think RCA Nashville is being very smart with Danny thus far. And as it seems he’s just under the top 40 for Country, I think it’s been going well.

    Also, I heard that he might be on Regis and Kelly. And I’m not sure what other national promotion he will get, but I hope he will get a decent amount of national promotion for his single and album.

    Well Randy erasing him aside, but then he’s a moron, do you think there is a shot he’ll get to sing on AI?

  238. Well Randy erasing him aside, but then he’s a moron, do you think there is a shot he’ll get to sing on AI?

    I think that Danny will get a chance to perform on AI this season. He has said at least a couple of times that he will be back on AI this season. So I think that he will be back to perform on the show. I could see him coming back on an elimination night around the time his album is released. Like the first week in March when it will be released.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if all of the top 4 will be back this season to perform on Idol. I could see the show inviting them all back. And maybe even some people who finished later than 4th. I think that Danny will probably be one of the first ones to come back.

  239. Well Randy erasing him aside, but then he’s a moron, do you think there is a shot he’ll get to sing on AI?

    I think Randy is possibly scared and insecure. His secure and comfy friends are leaving him and he’ll say about anything at this point. Like on the show. I kinda feel sorry for him actually. Not money wise, but inner security wise. Poor guy.

    I’m sure Danny will be back, they loved him last year.

  240. I like Randy, and I know Danny appreciated Randy for giving some practical advice during one show. I think a lot of people just accidentally think of Allison coming in third because her album came out more or less coincident with Kris and Adam, while Danny’s is coming out several months later. Randy’s based in LA, where that’s probably an even easier slipup as the focus hasn’t been on Danny who’s been working out of Nashville with an entirely different set of media players. I’ve also seen more than one article where people don’t seem to understand what the term runner-up means, and will accidentally demote or promote one or more than one of those who finished just behind Kris.

    Danny’s told people since December he expects to be on AI9. Last time, it was on video and he sounded quite definite about it although he didn’t give a date. For some reason Danny’s team loves to keep secrets, which seems very different than the other three. It’s been like that all through his process since he’s been signed. His fans are catching on though, as when he gets really quiet it can mean something’s about to break like his video debut popping this week.

  241. The tour news seems almost too good to be true for Danny. I am excited for him. I know that Danny and the dj’s at one radio station seemed very pumped about his tour news and some other things that were in store regarding Danny, but of course, they said that they couldn’t spill the beans yet. So, who knows? It could be true. At any rate he definately has some good things coming up soon.

    Truthiness, I’m almost positive that Danny will come back on AI this season. He has said that he would be (at least a couple of times), so I imagine unless something unforeseen comes up, he will be on. I look forward to seeing him on AI, and hopefully this will give a lot of his less rabid fans an opportunity to reconnect with him and find out about his music. Because let’s face it, if you were a casual Danny fan, you most probably wouldn’t know about his music at this point. The exposure just hasn’t been that widespread at this point. But I think that’s coming.

  242. I didn’t read the article where Randy made the mistake, but it seems to me that he probably just mispoke. Randy always seemed to like Danny on the show. Anyway, I’m not really bothered by it.

    And Steph, you are right, Danny does seem to be in his own little world as compared to Adam, Alison, and Kris. Not a lesser world, but a different one, nonetheless.

  243. You do have to admit, though, that with that type of buying, it makes it difficult to determine whether a person really has as large a fan base as stated, is succeeding with new fans, or just some kind, altruistic supporters. I think it’s what leads people to make judgements regarding power buying by fans. I think that is all people are getting at. As I said, I find it to be a fascinating topic

    Except – not really. I don’t really see how that can be the case. If any of Adam’s music had jumped up to some ridiculous number, or even just a very high number, and then immediately fallen down, then I can see there being an actual case for the behavior you describe.

    But how is WWFM building up on itunes from the 100s, up through the 30s by early last week, up to the 20s and teens now, at all indicative of this kind of crazy, fan gifting behavior? To me, it is completely representative of what typically happens with songs that move up the charts – they get more airplay, have some promotion, a mv, get people aware of it, and continue to sell more based on that.

    As others pointed out, a few isolated people doing it (as happens EVERY year at SOME point) is not gonna make any noticeable impact.

  244. I’m almost positive that Danny will come back on AI this season. He has said that he would be (at least a couple of times), so I imagine unless something unforeseen comes up, he will be on

    I would expect him on as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if Matt or Michael made it even. Last year we had a lot of S7 talent make it back – all the major ones who had albums out or coming out – Cook, Archie, Michael Johns, and Carly all performed.

    ETA: Oh, and Brooke – almost forgot Brooke. Just as I tended to do during S7 of Idol.

  245. Danny’s gotten a fair amount of promotion within country music radio and other media, but yes, for the mainstream AI public he’s not been as much in view to this point as those who have been on network tv several times. Eventually that will presumably balance out as the RCA gameplan carries through. I see a lot of people who are happy to see now that Danny’s got an album coming out. Hopefully they will show up to buy in decent numbers.

    It’s interesting to me how many network tv affiliates are running the spots today with Danny just about this music contest. Danny’s had maybe half a dozen spots, each 3-5 minutes long, talking about flu prevention with the Clorox doctor (who sometimes doesn’t get asked any questions as the hosts focus totally on Danny, lol).

    Smart idea by someone, it seems. That’s a good amount of screen time for a singer who’s not even singing during the appearance. These spots got aired at least in Houston, Rhode Island, Milwaukee, Seattle, Orlando and maybe others. Could be more tomorrow.

  246. Jx223, I remember seeing you say quite a long time ago that you’d like to see Danny sing a duet with Jennifer Nettles. Looks like that could possible come true, how cool is that! I don’t know if she ever sings with people who are opening for the show, but if I were her, I would want to sing with Danny, and I can’t imagine that he wouldn’t be thrilled to sing with her.

    aek, I agree with you on the Randy thing. It doesn’t seem to be unusual for people to get tripped up over the 3rd place finisher vs. 3rd runner up thing. I think that Randy and Danny liked each other. I remember Danny answering a question of which judge had given him the best advice by saying it was Randy telling him to support his lower notes more. He did work on it too, and I think of this when I hear beautiful support on his lower notes, such as in “O Holy Night”. (Christmas is over but I still watch that video sometimes because I love the way it sounds. Same thing with that hymn he sang at that conference even though I’m not religious, it just sounds so beautiful).

    On the Simon vs. Ellen thing, I agree that it’s an attempt to try to manufacture some drama.

  247. It will be odd if Danny’s is the first tour that starts from Season 8 .”

    Well if you take things literally – Kris is the first of Season AI8 to tour as his trip to South East Asia is like a mini tour. Just because its not yet in the US doesn’t make it any less important!!Kris originally said that he would start touring in February- he just didn’t say where!!
    I am sure the US dates will made known when Kris’s schedule is worked out fully!!

  248. It doesn’t seem to be unusual for people to get tripped up over the 3rd place finisher vs. 3rd runner up thing

    3rd place really is the cursed place, isn’t it? Wasn’t it said that no 3rd placer (till Danny) was signed by a major label? And even Danny wasn’t signed immediately (or at least it wasn’t announced for an eternity). Very weird. Even 4th place seems to get more props on a regular basis.

  249. I remember Danny answering a question of which judge had given him the best advice by saying it was Randy telling him to support his lower notes more. He did work on it too, and I think of this when I hear beautiful support on his lower notes, such as in “O Holy Night”.

    I’ve noticed this also. Danny definitely seems to be stronger in the lower register, and I think he’s also hitting lower notes in his new songs than I ever recall on AI. It’s fairly noticeable on the two most recent ballads he’s unveiled from his album, and in O Holy Night. He also hit a few notes toward the end of O Holy Night that threw me, as they sounded like a “legitimate” (trained) voice more than the naturalistic style I usually hear from Danny. He can mix it up more with his vocal style than we sometimes realize.

  250. Mary, if there was a 3rd place curse, I think it is about to get its ass kicked. ;) I’m just teasing, I have high hopes for Danny but of course we won’t know how it’s all going to work out until quite a bit further down the road. I hope that Allison makes it big too, she is so talented.

    I think that Danny was the first to be picked up by 19, but I’m not sure if a 3rd place finisher was ever signed to a major label or not. I’m not sure why it took so long to announce Danny. He said the other day that the process was not difficult. My speculation is that he knew that he wanted Mark Bright to produce him, and it may have taken awhile for that to be worked out with RCA.

  251. Mary, if there was a 3rd place curse, I think it is about to get its ass kicked. I’m just teasing, I have high hopes for Danny but of course we won’t know how it’s all going to work out until quite a bit further down the road. I hope that Allison makes it big too, she is so talented

    I agree – I hope for the best for all of the top 5, actually, who I think had some very strong talent (imo the strongest top 5 ever on the show).

    I was thinking of a curse more in terms of the other silly things that tend to happen with the third placer (Randy not mentioning Danny, Syesha not being remembered, poor Melinda, etc. ) After all, Danny did break the curse of being signed to a major label.

  252. I’m not sure why it took so long to announce Danny. He said the other day that the process was not difficult. My speculation is that he knew that he wanted Mark Bright to produce him, and it may have taken awhile for that to be worked out with RCA.

    Danny was talking to more than one record label, for one thing. He said at one stage that there were two negotiating somehow with his reps, seems that took a while and they may have made a strategic choice to let the announcement come slowly. Maybe that was to get us used to the slow pace of everything since then :)
    I guess that could be just a country thing. I’ve listened to a lot of country music for ages but haven’t followed the charts much until recently trying to figure out how Danny’s doing. Was fascinated to read a comment at a country music blog complaining that Taylor Swift had a new song “rush” to hit #20 on the country charts in “only” 5 or 6 weeks, lol.

    Josie, hope you aren’t totally teasing ;)

  253. Is this Danny possibly opening on tour for Sugarland a rumor or something more substantial?

  254. girlygirl, there’s at least one ticket outlet whose website has tickets for sale for a May date in the northeast with Sugarland as the headliner, and Jake Owen and Danny as the supporting acts. So unless that’s wrong, there is something coming. Whether a full-blown tour, or something else no way to be sure. Danny and his bandmates have made several references to a tour starting in April. And Sugarland is due for a new tour in ~April also. So…….at least a plausible possibility this is more than just the one date that’s come to light.

    Will be interesting to hear when anything definite becomes available. Whatever they have planned, the DJ I heard on radio sounded as if it was pretty hot. Danny was more low-key, but he often is when he’s trying not to spill the beans on something his reps have told him not to reveal pending a press release or whatever.

  255. Whatever they have planned, the DJ I heard on radio sounded as if it was pretty hot.

    Yes, Steph, the djs in the interview with Danny seemed to be really pumped about who Danny said he was going on tour with. They were saying things like “it’s really big,” or something to that effect. They really gave us, the listeners, the impression that he was going on tour with a big name. Time will tell, I’m excited anyway. :)

  256. Ha ha steph, I think you know the answer to that! ;)

    I hope so :)

    Have to say, apart from the Sugarland scenario, I’m pretty excited Danny gets to appear with Alan Jackson at the country radio convention or whatever that is. Very nice for him to be included with Alan in front of that many country music industry types.

    Just saw a report Danny’s video was played on GAC.

  257. girlygirl, GAC is Great American Country, a cable channel and website that shows country music videos.

  258. I don’t think bulk buying has much affect on albums or singles sales. Of course it’s to support the artist. All the other reasons seem like bs to me. Idol fans are famous for spending tons of $ supporting and stalking, oops, following their favorites.

    Nice to see that Elliott will be back on Idol.

  259. I will re-post this in 1/29 headlines thread when it’s up…

    Early Friday am update

    iTunes

    #17 LLWD
    #19 WWFM
    #241 FYE
    #523 AWM
    #582 MBD
    #726 YDKM (Matty G)

    POP:
    28 27 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 2478 2029 449 16.901
    +82 Spins
    +51 Bullet
    +0.702 AI

    HAC:
    34 33 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 488 442 46
    +42 Spins
    +41 Bullet
    ??? AI (not listed)

    CANADIAN UPDATE:

    CHR/POP:
    36 31 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 258 181 77 2.437

    +6 spins
    = bullet
    +0.113 AI :o

    HOT AC:
    24 24 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 273 259 14 2.180

    +4 spins
    -7 bullet
    -0.018 AI

    Total AI: 4.617 (+0.095)

    #3 on Canadian iTunes.

    POP:
    22 20 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 3600 3056 544 21.378
    +43 Spins
    -33 Bullet
    +0.355 AI

    HAC:
    9 9 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 2658 2521 137 13.444
    +49 Spins
    +11 Bullet
    +0.226 AI

    65 64 ALLISON IRAHETA Friday I’ll Be Over U 206 167 39 0.42

    Ok, rushing off to work now…

  260. This is 100% gossip but supposedly Ellen is a bigger diva than even Paula was. That’s hard to believe but that’s the gossip. So the fact that there are already backstage problems between Ellen and Simon is not surprising.

    I think they’re different kinds of divas, though. If Ellen is a diva, and I have heard that she is, I’ll bet she’s a hard-nosed, cranky, day-in-day-out, perfectionist-type diva, while Paula’s a shocking-explosion-that-comes-out-of-nowhere, bitchy, nutso, weepy, drunk-seeming diva. …. Oh, well. New experiences for the AI staff! …. And I do think that Ellen’s divaness will set up some interesting backstage drama with Simon, the backstage playground bully, who never before has had to deal with a pushy A-lister on the show who has absolutely no reason to fear him! I like the idea of that!

  261. iTunes

    #17 LLWD
    #19 WWFM
    #241 FYE
    #523 AWM
    #582 MBD
    #726 YDKM (Matty G)

    It’s interesting how Danny’s numbers have been bouncing around while he’s been pretty steady on the country radio charts. Has that happened with Allison also? I guess in the second half of the iTunes top 1000 it may not take a huge difference in numbers to drive the placement. As he’s gotten a little more promo here and there, sometimes he’s been in the top 1000 or here back close to the top 500. Other days, he’s not been listed in the top 1000. Presumably the music video and tv he’s done this week may be helping, and the debut of his video was featured on the main AI website when I looked yesterday, which can’t hurt any.

    It’s all good, I guess, and should get even better once they do some real advertising and tv appearances, and his “major tour” promo kicks in–whether that is confirmed to be with Sugarland or somebody else. Nice for Matt that his song with Anna Wilson is seeing a good response.

  262. Kara DioGuardi and Elliott Yamin head to Angola for ‘Idol Gives Back’

    “Elliott leaves for Angola on Feb. 16. “Idol Gives Back” is scheduled to air on April 21.”

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/americanidoltracker/2010/01/kara-dioguardi-and-elliot-yamin-head-to-angola-for-idol-gives-back.html

    So I wonder what this means for Kris and his Haiti trip? I wonder if it will be included.

    Well, the Angola visit will be a follow-up to show that initiatives they started in earlier IGB shows are still proceeding, continuing to raise funds in other ways and such (Elliott’s been working with Exxon Mobil, raising more cash, for example — just had another event a few months ago). …

    So I would imagine they’ll want to start a new initiative or so this season — I’d think that would be where Kris and Haiti might come in.

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