Idol Headlines for 01/30/10

Review: ‘American Idol’ alumnus Matt Giraud sharp, confident in West Michigan performance

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP — It was Matt Giraud’s biggest show to date, the first one he booked back when he was entertaining arenas all over the country on the “Idol” live tour.

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With 1, 220 fans — including dozens who had flown in from all over the country, Canada, and even one uber-fan from Denmark — packed into Forest Hills Fine Arts Center for a night of jazz, pop, and blues Mattie G style.

What’s remarkable about Giraud is his comfort level onstage. As he sat behind the baby grand piano for the intimate first portion of the show, it was hard to believe this was one of his first major solo concerts.

“It’s like you guys are at my apartment and I’m serenading you, ” he said.

And that’s what it felt like as Kalamazoo’s pride and joy crooned “My Funny Valentine, ” “Have a Little Faith in Me, ” “You Found Me, ” and “Human Nature.”

MLive

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Ithaca College Vocal Group To Make Appearance On ‘American Idol’

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College’s all-male a cappella ensemble — appropriately named Ithacappella — will make two appearances on national television in the coming weeks. Performances by the group will be seen on the Wednesday, Feb. 3, broadcast of the number one Fox Television show “American Idol, ” and on the Monday, March 1, airing of the CBS daytime game show “The Price is Right.”

Ithacappella will be shown on “American Idol” as part of a montage of performers doing their takes on the Internet sensation “Pants on the Ground.” If you haven’t heard — or at least heard about — “Pants on the Ground, ” you haven’t been paying attention to popular culture. After the January 13 episode of the show featured a contestant singing his original composition, the song went viral. Within a week the video was viewed more than five million times on YouTube and versions were being performed by everyone from NFL quarterback Brett Favre to late-night comedian Jimmy Fallon.

Ithica.edu

Hangin’ With Hudson for…$5, 000?!

Anyone selling tickets to hang with people like Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood on Saturday night at Clive Davis’ legendary pre-Grammy party?

Well, ya better not be!

Why? Read on to find out.

Because you’re not supposed to!

I just got word that an ad on Craig’s List is offering what it claims are two tickets to the soiree for a whopping $5, 000.

Eonline

Lambert tickets going fast

By 12:30 p.m. Friday tickets for “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert’s Fantasy Springs Feb. 27 concert were selling at brisk pace.

By the end of the day, ticket sales were approaching sell-out status.

Lambert is the “American Idol” contestant who lost out to Kris Allen in the May finale of the show, but since has charged ahead of his competitor when it comes to popularity.

By 7 p.m., more than 1, 400 tickets had been purchased and the resort’s hotel had no rooms available for the night of the Feb. 27 show, according to Fantasy Springs public relations manager Ciara Green.

“And the calls are still coming in from around the world, ” Green said in an update.

My Desert.com

Nielsen report shows the ‘American Idol’ impact on music sales

Nielsen Media Research has a fascinating new report called “The Impact of Television on Music Consumption.” Naturally, it includes a lot of information about American Idol. Some of the more interesting tidbits in the report:

• A performance of a song on American Idol has a positive sales impact on the original for eight weeks after the performance.

• American Idol contestants have sold 42 million albums over the past 6+ years; two acts (Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood) have accounted for 19 million of those sales.

Nielsen Media Research has a fascinating new report called “The Impact of Television on Music Consumption.” Naturally, it includes a lot of information about American Idol. Some of the more interesting tidbits in the report:

• A performance of a song on American Idol has a positive sales impact on the original for eight weeks after the performance.

• American Idol contestants have sold 42 million albums over the past 6+ years; two acts (Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood) have accounted for 19 million of those sales.

USA Today

Bonus SoundScan numbers!

I found some extra download data from Nielsen SoundScan in my inbox today, so I thought I’d pass it along to you. It’s heavy on Carrie Underwood, since some of you recently asked for updates on some of her singles. Plus, I’ve got the latest on Danny Gokey’s and Allison Iraheta’s singles, as well as a few other odds and ends. Enjoy!

USA Today

Susan Boyle lined-up to sing for Pope

London: Susan Boyle would be singing for the Pope when he visits Scotland in September.

Simon Cowell’s brother Tony, 59, a close friend of Susan, said The Britain’s Got Talent star, 48, was the obvious choice to entertain him, reports The Daily Star.

Susan is a devout Catholic and still attends mass as often as she can.

The crooner admitted that the opportunity to sing for the pope would be a “dream come true”.

DNA

Reality Flashback: Nigel Lythgoe’s Feminine Side

So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe has often sternly criticized male dancers for being “too effeminate, ” demanding that the boys on his show come across as rugged and masculine at all times. But Nigel is anything but manly in some campy, recently resurfaced U.K. Christmas special footage from 1984.

The rare clip features Nigel, at the time a 35-year-old choreographer and producer, goofing off with Irish pop singer and three-time Eurovision winner Johnny Logan during a run-through of a TV musical performance. Nigel appears to be jokingly standing in for Johnny’s female singing partner during the taped rehearsal, and he certainly seems to relish the role, hilariously hamming it up to the max during his bizarre love duet with Johnny.

Yahoo.com

Mia Michaels: Why I’m Returning to So You Think You Can Dance

Three months after announcing her departure from Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, fan favorite choreographer Mia Michaels is back — at least for one episode.

Opting to leave the show after five seasons to pursue other opportunities that include penning a book and developing a choreography show, Michaels returned to guest-judge season 7’s New York City auditions Jan. 26.

But her prolonged involvement as a SYTYCD judge and choreographer remains a mystery.

“We’ll see…I’m taking it day-by-day, ” the Emmy winning Michaels told UsMagazine.com of her plans for additional appearances on the series. In her time away from the show, Michaels says she has still indulged her passion for motivating and teaching dancers.

US

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47 Comments

  1. That Nigel clip was hilarious. Thank you Lyndsay.

    Brians numbers are curious. I’m guessing the ‘weekly sales’ are the product of taking total sales and dividing by the number of weeks available? Odd that it seems almost all the Idols have been selling 2,000/week on these off cuts.

  2. I’m guessing the ‘weekly sales’ are the product of taking total sales and dividing by the number of weeks available? Odd that it seems almost all the Idols have been selling 2,000/week on these off cuts.

    I don’t know why he keeps using the word weekly, since that’s not the correct word to use. His figures refer to how many units the songs sold last week.

  3. I don’t know why he keeps using the word weekly, since that’s not the correct word to use. His figures refer to how many units the songs sold last week.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Brian is kind of loosey goosey, unintentionally, when it comes to explaining his numbers. I think he assumes people who read his blog are idol fans and know the score.

  4. Bringing over the stats;

    POP:
    29 26 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 2553 2081 472 17.457
    +75 Spins
    +23 Bullet
    +0.556 AI

    HAC:
    36 33 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 503 440 63 1.679
    +15 Spins
    +17 Bullet
    +0.108 AI

    POP:
    21 19 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 3640 3134 506 21.426
    +40 Spins
    -38 Bullet
    +0.048 AI

    HAC:
    10 8 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 2707 2525 182 13.756
    +49 Spins
    +45 Bullet
    +0.312 AI

    On itunes…

    LLWD #17
    WWFM #19

    WWFM #2 Canada itunes.

    AT40;
    WWFM #35
    LLWD #25

  5. DavidArchie: Bow wow wow yipee yo yipee yay.
    about 5 hours ago from txt

    Most important tweet of the year.

  6. By 7 p.m., more than 1,400 tickets had been purchased and the resort’s hotel had no rooms available for the night of the Feb. 27 show

    Seriously — this doesn’t sound too brick to me.

  7. Matt Giraud’s concert sounds like it was pretty awesome. I wish I could’ve gone. I hope there’s some more videos posted soon. Matt sounds awesome in the sound check vids.

  8. By 7 p.m., more than 1,400 tickets had been purchased and the resort’s hotel had no rooms available for the night of the Feb. 27 show

    Seriously — this doesn’t sound too brick to me.

    I think it is brisk for that particular venue.

  9. Great article on Matty G’s concert last night. Can’t wait to see the vids.

  10. Nice to see the strong updates for Adam and Kris again this morning. Here’s Allison’s:

    66 65 ALLISON IRAHETA Friday I’ll Be Over U 208 174 34 0.423

  11. David rapping to a Snoop Dogg song…
    DavidArchie: Bow wow wow yipee yo yipee yay.
    about 5 hours ago from txt

    That is from Atomic Dog by George Clinton. George Clinton was performing at the Grammy party David went to.

  12. That’s a fantastic article about Matt’s concert. I loved watching and listening to the rehearsal of “You Don’t Know Me’. I am so happy for him.

  13. Seriously — this doesn’t sound too brick to me.

    Just to put things in perspective, here, about Adam’s gig at Fantasy. First Indio is basically the last bastian of humanity (other than some desert towns) as you head on the freeway from LA to Phoenix. It is about a 2 hr. drive to LA or San Diego. The concert was never advertised…it broke on Twitter and that was the only way anybody knows about it. Also, all tickets had to be purchased on the Fantasy website, at their box office, or by phone. This isn’t like turning tickets over to ticket master and having their huge data bank do the work for you. I am sure this whole selling things was way more than the resources of the casino were expecting or could handle.

    Not to say that an “instant” sell out wouldn’t be terrific…but I am just hoping that once this “show” gets some advertising (any advertising) it will sell out for Adam.

  14. DavidArchie: Bow wow wow yipee yo yipee yay.
    about 5 hours ago from txt

    That is from Atomic Dog by George Clinton. George Clinton was performing at the Grammy party David went to.

    Thank you, Kris. Finally, an explanation for that strange tweet. That song must have stuck in his head. He tweeted that very late at night, at 2am local time. Or maybe he partied all night long, heh.

  15. That is from Atomic Dog by George Clinton. George Clinton was performing at the Grammy party David went to.

    Thank you, Kris. Finally, an explanation for that strange tweet. That song must have stuck in his head. He tweeted that very late at night, at 2am local time. Or maybe he partied all night long, heh.

    hahhahaha – he was singing a line to an old school funk classic by george clinton, ”atomic dog”… used to dance our feet off to that song back in the 80’s…it’s the perfect song to party to all night long – if that’s your desire – party on david :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5DrKBNS8so

  16. Is there any indication of Allison touring or doing larger concerts?

    Have seen some news / hints of tour plans &/or larger concerts in different ways for Kris, Adam, & Danny but haven’t seen Allison news on that if there is some.

    Nice that Matt had his home state show this week and it was so successful. I saw him tweeting that he’ll be attending at the Grammy’s.

  17. From the other thread,

    saga
    01/30/2010 at 9:06 am
    It’ll be exciting to see the update tomorrow. I think LLWD will take #19 but WWFM could end up at #23 (and even at #22 if miracles happen).

    Kelly and Beyonce will prob go recurrent and Cascada survives another week.

    That would be excellent news for both Kris and Adam, so I hope you’re right. Guess we’ll find out tomorrow if you were right.

  18. good updates for kris and adam. wwfm #2 on itunes canada? awesome! i saw that FYE was #3 on Finland Itunes too

  19. That “update” for the Kradison concert is pretty much pulled straight off the 19E website. They didn’t even bother to update it — it says Allison’s album is set for release December 1st!

  20. That would be excellent news for both Kris and Adam, so I hope you’re right. Guess we’ll find out tomorrow if you were right.

    The #23 spot for WWFM seems pretty solid (but you never know right?)… #22 is a looooooong shot. :grin:

  21. From the Nielsen Media Research report:
    • Eighty percent of the people who watched the American Idol season finale in 2009 were 35 or older.

    The idol audience is getting older and older it seems. Would love to have the % between men and women as well.

  22. From the Nielsen Media Research report:
    • Eighty percent of the people who watched the American Idol season finale in 2009 were 35 or older.
    The idol audience is getting older and older it seems. Would love to have the % between men and women as well.

    What percentage of the U.S. population is age 35 and older?

    On gender, I’d guess 80% of regular viewers are female. For the finale, maybe a little lower with more male viewers than for regular shows?

  23. saga
    01/30/2010 at 10:58 am
    Bringing over the stats;

    Wow – those numbers are making me very happy! Looks good for both WWFM and LLWD! :-)

    By 7 p.m., more than 1,400 tickets had been purchased and the resort’s hotel had no rooms available for the night of the Feb. 27 show

    Seriously — this doesn’t sound too brick to me.

    I think it is brisk for that particular venue.

    I was like – brick, what? Ahh, brisk! Got it.

    Well, also considering that there is so little advertising for it at this point. I mean, I’d have no idea about the concert if I didn’t visit MJs. Nothing on twitter from Adam even. So, yeah – that’s not bad at all with zero adds outside of the resort itself.

  24. And wow to those AI demographic numbers.

    See, THIS is why the AI formula for discovering a new pop star is going to wind up producing fewer and fewer big sellers, imo.

    You have a completely disparate model, in terms of trying to find young, hip, current acts, but with a show audience that isn’t as into that kind of music. I seriously think that’s been one of the harder selling points for Adam and Kris – they’re music IS skewing younger, but their core bases on AI skewed much older.

  25. Great updates for the guys. Maybe pop radio station will add them now. Kris still has about 30 stations who haven’t added him yet and he’s top 20. Meanwhile, Adam has over 50 stations that haven’t added him yet. Amazing they are doing so well with all those stations still not playing them.

  26. Great updates for the guys. Maybe pop radio station will add them now. Kris still has about 30 stations who haven’t added him yet and he’s top 20. Meanwhile, Adam has over 50 stations that haven’t added him yet. Amazing they are doing so well with all those stations still not playing them.

    IKR? I hope the adds are stronger this week. Especially some HAC love for Adam, considering that he’s spent that time recently with more radio stations.

  27. Looks like WWFM will get some Chicago adds monday/tuesday. San Fransisco is the only top5 radio place where they’re not playing WWFM now…

    Hoping that the power rotation at Z100 will inspire some adds.

  28. http://www.music.myspace.com/

    From HDD:

    GRAMMYS ONLINE: MySpace Music will host a live stream of Clive’s Pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton Saturday night (6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET) and will interview red-carpet arrivals at the Grammy Awards the following night (1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET). Fans can send suggested questions to ask the stars as they file in for the show via Twitter at @myspacemusic. (1/29p)

  29. *waves to girlygirl* Well, we can always talk about the weather! :-)

  30. girlygirl and hoosiermama, here’s something to talk about :):

    krisallenband Lots of new songs for Asia and NYC! Get ready!
    14 minutes ago from web

    I’d so want to hear BIB live!

  31. krisallenband Lots of new songs for Asia and NYC! Get ready!
    14 minutes ago from web

    Oh, I can’t wait. Not only that, but the TV appearances in Asia, etc.
    It should be different just because the audience is different.
    So exciting.

    For NYC, I just hope that he will get some supports.

  32. madeformusic
    01/30/2010 at 8:45 pm

    girlygirl and hoosiermama, here’s something to talk about :) :

    krisallenband Lots of new songs for Asia and NYC! Get ready!
    14 minutes ago from web

    I’d so want to hear BIB live!

    Yeah, great news! I want to hear BIB, too and INTK, both with Kris on piano. I’ve been fixated on Send Me All Your Angels this week, so that would be great, as well. Thanks madeformusic!

  33. I don’t know if I could handle INTK live, it’s so emotional and intimate. But of course I’d love to hear live version of it. And there won’t be any liveKris for me until they come to Europe. Sigh.

    Luckily, there is YT videos and other stuff, so I can enjoy Kris’ performances anyway. If I counted correctly, Kris has sung about twenty different song live after the AI tour.

  34. No reason why Kris won’t get support at the Kradison concert — it should be fine

  35. Haha off-topic but I didn’t know Brooke white judged the miss America pageant.for the first time in a while the person from my state ms.Virginia won!!! Anyway, I <3 Brooke

  36. .girlygirl
    01/30/2010 at 10:12 pm
    No reason why Kris won’t get support at the Kradison concert — it should be fine

    Thanks girlygirl.
    Looking forward more to see the videos from Asia.

    Edit: OK, I don’t know why my quote thing is all screwy, and can’t change it.

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