Idol Headlines for 02/04/10

Adam Lambert Making Two Trips To The UK

The latest news from the people at Sony UK, who have generously been keeping Brit fans abreast of progress with Operation AdamStorm UK, is that Adam will make 2 visits to these shores, one in March and one in April.

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Baby - Justin Bieber covered by Miguel

The administrators of several UK fan groups received an email yesterday, beginning:

“Wow, things are getting exciting here at Sony HQ! It looks like Adam will be coming into the UK in both March AND April!! Dates are still to be confirmed, but it will probably be the last week of each month.”

Rock Star Weekly

AI winner Kris Allen to meet fans on Monday

PETALING JAYA: American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen will be in town next Monday to meet fans and showcase songs from his debut album, Kris Allen.

The 24-year-old Arkansas native, who beat his flamboyant competitor Adam Lambert last year, is on a three-city Asian tour and will arrive in Kuala Lumpur from Manila late Sunday before heading off to Singapore on Tuesday.

While in KL, fans will be able to meet the Idol at an autograph-signing at Mid Valley Megamall (Ground Floor, Centre Court) at 6pm. The session is open to all.

The Star.com

Special waiver for Kris Allen

WELL, it’s more for his fans. Midas Promotions, the organisers for Kris Allen’s gig at Zirca has announced that there will be NO MINIMUM AGE LIMIT AT ZIRCA for his gig on Feb 10. Yes, this is a special waiver, and it’s due to “overwhelming demand”.

Yup, so kids under 18 can enter. BUT those under 14 must be accompanied by their parents, whom we assume, will be allocated a special parents’ corner so that they won’t cramp their kids’ cool factor. Ha ha!

TodayOnline.com

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

Rejected on ‘American Idol’: Austin Paul, aka CU Buffs’ Austin Bisnow

Tuesday night’s episode of “American Idol” didn’t go as planned for University of Colorado senior Austin Bisnow (who goes by Austin Paul).

Simon Cowell said he thought Bisnow “could be very annoying” and Kara DioGuardi said he “comes off a bit cocky.”

All four judges axed the CU football player.

“I don’t hold anything against them, ” said Bisnow. “It’s their job to be critics. It’s hard finding a balance between confidence and arrogance. I guess I just struck the wrong balance and rubbed the judges the wrong way.”

CU senior Channing Spiro watched the show Tuesday night and sided with the judges’ decision.

“It was so bad, ” said Spiro. “I mean really bad. I don’t know what else to say other than it was just bad.”

Daily Camera

Love’s in the air for Jason Castro

He’s the dreadlocked hearthrob who caught the attention of female fans during Season 7 of “American Idol.”

Now, Jason Castro, the laid back singer/songwriter with the piercing blue eyes, is preparing to debut his first album this spring and taking his show on the road as well.

Castro will appear in concert at Schubas at 9 tonight. He’ll entertain on a bill with Matt Hires and Caitlin Crosby.

“I’m playing an acoustic set and being accompanied by a guitarist. It’s really cool because we’re playing in small venues and just having a good time, ” Castro said.

NWTimes

Greased Lightning

Taylor Hicks has morphed from “American Idol” to “Teen Angel” in a new Broadway production of “Grease” at National Theatre Feb. 9 to 21. This rock ’n’ roll celebration of coming of age in 1959 America combines hits from the 1978 movie like “Hopelessly Devoted to You” with songs from the original 1972 stage production like “Summer Nights.” Hicks, who wowed more than 63.4 million voters to win the fifth season of Fox’s competition, aims to bring a “crisp, fresh approach to the signature role” originally played by Alan Paul.

WhereTraveler.com

‘Idol’ goes to 7 cities, but offers 8 audition days

Fox devoted eight days to the “American Idol” audition round, but there were only seven cities on this year’s cross-country vacation for host Ryan Seacrest and the judges. That gave the show an extra hour to fill, which made Wednesday a clip show that focused mainly on singers who did well enough to make it to Hollywood.

Sixty more minutes of heartwarming tales and nervous-sounding voices … who could ask for anything more?

MSNBC

‘American Idol’ recap: Twelve for the Road!

It took four weeks and eight episodes to get there, but last night, as American Idol presented the last of its season 9 audition episodes, the show finally began to resemble a search for the nation’s next singing sensation, not some act that’s destined to be wedged between the tilt-a-whirl and a display of prize-winning peppers at a two-bit county fair. This sudden influx of talent arrived just in the nick of time: I mean, going into this evening’s telecast, I was more attached to the Sims people from Idol’s unflinchingly low-budget opening credits than I was to most of the Golden Ticket-getters we’d seen in Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Denver.

EW.com

‘Idol’ season 9 auditions: It’s a wrap!

Well, we’ve made it to the end of the city auditions, with 181 hopefuls stamped to go through to the next phase of competition. What did we learn? That the “Road to Hollywood” is paved with bold — 16-year-olds who can belt with the best of them, the once rejected coming back for a second chance, and the truly talented few who really have something to prove.

The show rushed an unusually large number of auditioners through this last pre-Hollywood week episode, so it was a little harder to connect with these candidates, but a few did stand out. Namely, girls. Here are our top five picks. Who were your favorites?

LA Times

The Final American Idol Auditions: Flower Power & Girl Power

Well, it’s the end of the road. The road to Hollywood, that is. Next week marks the start of Hollywood Week–and, perhaps even more importantly, the start of Ellen DeGeneres’s tenure as American Idol’s new permanent judge–so tonight’s Idol episode was the last chance for the other three judges to find some truly deserving new talent. After a somewhat lackluster audition rounds with (in my not-so-humble opinion) precious few real standouts, tonight’s episode–a roundup of unseen clips from all the previous audition cities–was a do-or-die event. And fortunately, it seemed like the Idol producers cleverly saved some of the best singers for last. Also, tonight’s episode was all about the ladies (along with one remarkable dude who sounded like a lady), finally delivering on all the hype about the season 9 Idol title being a girl’s for the taking.

Here were the more memorable auditioners of the evening…

Yahoo Music

‘American Idol’ looks back at the auditions

We like to think of the We Saved the Best For Last auditions night as “American Idol’s” way of saying “the joke’s on you” to all those die-hard fans who’ve slogged through the eight-ish hours of cross-country auditions the singing competition Fox has aired so far. But first, ” ‘Idol’ has to play catch-up on the General Larry Plant phenom. Mister Pants on the Ground is the only wanna-be Idolette anyone’s talking about so far this season. Is that sad? “Idol” introduced him to America and now shows us some of the people who have been covering his tune since. First best-for-last wannabe Idolette, Jessica Furney chooses to sing “Footprints in the Sand, ” which sounds like one of those glutinous tunes ‘Idol’ judge Simon Cowell would mock — except he co-wrote this one, which shocks guest judge Posh Spice. Simon, naturally, loves it and everyone else falls into line.

Washington Post

Simon Wants to Topple ‘We Are the World’

Simon Cowell is the top dog at many things — ‘Idol, ‘ ‘X Factor’ and so forth, and now the music mogul wants to be the titan of another industry — the Haiti charity song biz. Simon’s competitive side has him gearing up for a fight with fellow music honcho Quincy Jones as they unleash dueling Haiti benefit tunes. Healthy competition for a good cause is just fine by us.

Even when doing good, Simon Cowell can’t let go of his competitive nature, and wants to make sure his all-star Haiti single is a bigger hit than Quincy Jones’ re-recording of ‘We Are The World.’

“Simon is competitive about everything he does. He has to clean his teeth better than anyone, he has to earn more money than anyone — and he is determined that his single to benefit Haiti has to outsell Quincy Jones record, ” a friend of the ‘Idol’ judge tells me.

PopEater

Sick Simon Cowell asks Louis Walsh to judge Britain’s Got Talent in his place

Britain’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell has fallen foul of the flu and missed a day’s auditions.

X Factor judge Louis Walsh stepped in at the last minute to take his place next to TV’s Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden.

Joker Louis, 57, appeared on stage with a Simon Cowell mask over his face.

And Amanda sent Simon a pink fluffy hot water bottle to speed his recovery.

It’s the first time Simon, 50, has missed TV auditions and BGT hopes he will be fit for some of the show’s three day stint in Birmingham.

Mirror.co.uk

American Idol Recap: Someone Didn’t Properly Reheat These Leftovers

If you’re the lone sadist who didn’t get their fill of amateur singing during American Idol’s last seven audition episodes, then last night must have been manna from cutting-floor heaven. For everyone else, though, the episode of unseen “highlights” that were just “too good” to leave unaired was like the deleted scenes on a DVD: exciting in theory, but maddeningly dull in practice. Bonus footage is always the extra of broken promises.

Talent, at least in the traditional sense, was not present last night; instead of showing us some of the more impressive ticket winners who had previously been eschewed in favor of “Pants on the Ground, ” they gave us, well, more “Pants on the Ground.” Ryan Seacrest narrated a clip reel demonstrating how General Larry Platt’s ode has become a viral sensation, which, in turn, means that meme is officially dead.

Vulture

The 14 Biggest Freaks of the Idol Auditions

American Idol’s eccentric, atonal auditioners make us laugh—and then we never see them again. Richard Rushfield says: pit them against each other in their own show.

Each year in its audition episodes, American Idol establishes the purest of Horatio Algerian, rags-to-riches paradigms: from the vast throng of striving humanity, the less talented fall away until only one chosen talent remains.

Except that for some in the Idol tent, the door to this road will forever be barred.

The Daily Beast

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  1. read more at the link, for those interested…

    Dean Wiers-Windemuller and Open Land to play at Founders Brewery
    By Lorilee Craker | The Grand Rapids Press
    February 04, 2010, 7:47AM

    GRAND RAPIDS — When Dean Wiers-Windemuller opened for David Archuleta in August, he had no idea how fiercely devoted the 2008 “American Idol” runner-up’s fans were. “Some Archuleta fans, a group of women who fly around and follow him to all his shows, told me, ‘You were by far the best opener he’s had — you should always open for him,” Wiers-Windemuller said. The gig was “a blessing for me. I was having a ball.”

    … A fan of “American Idol” and Archuleta, Wiers-Windemuller was surprised to get a call saying he was being considered to open up for the teen “Idol” at his Aug. 17 Intersection show. “The other (act) being considered got vetoed by the Archuleta camp when they looked up his MySpace and saw the ‘f’ word,” he said. (The “Crush” singer is known for his wholesome image and family-friendly appeal.) “I had less than one day to prepare, but it was wonderful.”

    … About 450 music fans packed into The Intersection that summer night, making it Wiers-Windemuller’s biggest show to date.

    “Archuleta’s a really nice, sweet kid,” he said. “We walked in the door, and he was like, ‘Oh, are you playing, too? Cool!’ He was welcoming.”

    http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/02/dean_wiers-windemuller_and_ope.html

  2. David Archuleta appears in this promo for “Scout-O-Rama 2010” celebrating the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary. For those who don’t know, David himself is an Eagle Scout. He somehow found time to finish his Eagle Scout project in the Fall of 2008 after releasing his first album.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZsQLDyVNSs
    David appears between the 0:26 and 0:38 marks.

  3. Oh darn! I was in new york a week before the idol concert. I was in Kuala Lumpur last week but had to go back to Jakarta 2 days before Kris come!! Just my luck!
    And Mid Valley is only 5 mins walking from my palce!! Aargh!

  4. “The other (act) being considered got vetoed by the Archuleta camp when they looked up his MySpace and saw the ‘f’ word,” he said.

    Too friggin funny and what the heck, that gosh darn Utah wholesomeness rears it’s head again. See, it’s easy to speak Archie.
    Normal translation: too fucking funny and what the hell, that god damn religious conservatism is alive and kicking. But, credit where credit is due, it’s Archie’s choice to present himself to the world and I am totally fine with his wholesome, family friendly image. Hope he doesn’t ever fall off the wagon, though. His fans would annihilate him!

  5. sorry can’t edit… I thought Kris was coming to KL last monday, apparently it’s next monday… Oops :p

  6. Oh darn! I was in new york a week before the idol concert. I was in Kuala Lumpur last week but had to go back to Jakarta 2 days before Kris come!! Just my luck!
    And Mid Valley is only 5 mins walking from my palce!! Aargh!

    Oh, no, uglyduck! That’s too bad you missed him twice. They say “third time’s the charm,” so next time Kris will be where you are.

    sorry can’t edit… I thought Kris was coming to KL last monday, apparently it’s next monday… Oops :p

    …maybe he’ll come to Jakarta next time.

  7. But, credit where credit is due, it’s Archie’s choice to present himself to the world and I am totally fine with his wholesome, family friendly image. Hope he doesn’t ever fall off the wagon, though. His fans would annihilate him!

    nah, not all subscribe to the same tenets of certain colorful uses language as he may, hahahah… i know i don’t, at times, and reserve the right to go there in certain situations, lol… not a religious conservative by any means, but i still remember getting those side eye /fish eye looks from my folks and grandparents when saying words like ”dang” – too close to damn for them, lol…

  8. That’s great that the club in Singapore is opening the doors to the under 18 fans and that there is that much interest. I didn’t realize Kris will be the first to do a solo show in Singapore!

    http://www.tdc.sg/events/details.aspx?eid=6521

    Kris Allen, the reigning American Idol will perform in Singapore, at Zirca Mega Club on 10th February. Allen is the first winner of the popular, reality singing competition to stage a solo concert here. The tour is in support of his self- titled, debut album released in November 2009. 
    The 24 year old Arkansas native won the eighth season of American Idol last year, beating flamboyant contender, Adam Lambert. Not bad for someone who tagged along to the audition at his brother’s request.
    “I didn’t have anything else to do so I was down with that,” says Allen. “We arrived and there were 12,000 people standing there and we were the last ones to sign up. It was intimidating.”
    Allen’s’ talent was apparent as early as the fourth grade, when he learned to play the viola and joined the school orchestra. At 13, he picked up guitar and by the time he enrolled in college, Allen knew he wanted to play music professionally.
    “When I was a freshman I realized I needed to start writing songs.” During his sophomore year, he played his first gig at a local bar which gave Allen the encouragement to keep going.
    “Live Like We’re Dying” is his current single. Allen also received his first nomination for Breakout Music Artist at the 2010 People’s Choice Award.
    Tickets are limited, so don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with the Idol himself. Get your tickets now.

  9. excerpted here, read more at the link…

    American Idol Auditions Reaction – The Best Of The Rest
    By Doug Norrie: 2010-02-03 20:01:10

    I’m ready for Hollywood Week plain and simple. These audition shows have been generally brutal, and near impossible to stay focused throughout. I’m not seeing anything new…

    Tonight’s episode was a first for Idol (that I can remember at least). It was sort of a hybrid mix of leftovers that probably should have been the main course… I remember thinking last year that I didn’t know many of the contestants when they were all shacked up in the hotel together. What ended up happening was Idol pigeon-holing its coverage into the people America had already met.

    … ”In the first few seasons, Idol made its bones on Simon just destroying the talentless and then promoting the very talented. That’s when the show, and its talent, were just cementing themselves in relative stardom. But now the Idol fraternity/sorority (fraority) is so full that we don’t need to focus as much on the have-nots. Not with people like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, Kris Allen, David Archuleta, Jordin Sparks, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert to name a few carrying the torch. Those are just the megastars. Tons of others have gone on to modest success in musicals and smaller records. Idol is such a vehicle now; we can focus on determining the next winner and less on the next William Hung.”

    http://www.cinemablend.com/television/American-Idol-Auditions-Reaction-The-Best-Of-The-Rest-22676.html

  10. I just saw a short video of Danny playing the keyboard and singing the Folgers jingle and telling people to go online to submit their videos for the Folgers jingle contest that is going on.

    This video was on Carrie Underwood’s Official site underneath her video section. Danny sounded good. Also, Kara will be judging the contest and will be helping decide who the winner is.

  11. ” …maybe he’ll come to Jakarta next time.”

    I hope so Ross,but I doubt it… Maybe third time’s the charm :) I went back to Jakarta on saturday, and I will probably come to Kuala Lumpur again on the 12th. See how frustrating it is?

  12. I doubt that Dean Wiers-Windemuller has the whole story regarding the act David may have rejected.

    David had Lesley Roy open for him on his solo tour and Ms. Roy has some very adult lyrics in her songs. Those lyrics, such as PsychoBitch, did not cause David to axe her from his tour.

  13. lmao @ Taylor Swift’s label trying to explain away the horror that is Taylor singing live. Dude, she can’t sing. Own it. And this is coming from someone who thinks she deserved album of the year!

    I have totally missed the auditions but I am going to watch Hollywood week. I can’t wait! I’ll make time for that part, for sure. I think I saw all the good auditions on YouTube anyway. Heh.

    Not for nothing, but I wouldn’t expect anyone to be popping it like its hot at an Archie show. LMAO. He may be a wholesome act, but he’s a wholesome act who turns a profit partly on his wholesomeness, and if I were him I wouldn’t be trying to mess with that. Business is business. LOL!

    I have to watch these Kris overseas videos. I haven’t yet. Sounds like they love him there!

  14. forget all about lesley roy sanduskyday, which is kinda bad, because i saw her in richmond when she opened for david, and liked her set… she’s another who deserves some more attention from the label, because she’s pretty good…

  15. Yay- Adam in Europe! Just slip a little more to the east, my friend, and come visit Israel! It’s really small! I could show you it all in one day!
    If you actually want to walk around a bit- two days!!

    Wishful thinking… I wonder though, if his official release in the UK is only in March, when will it be in other parts of the world? If it was sold here, but by a very limited stock and zero promotion- does that mean it was “released” here already, or that some specific venues just got hold of it independently?
    English fans- has the album been sold in stores around your parts already, or will that start only at the official launch?

  16. That’s right, sanduskyday.

    Listen, David may make personal choices about his behavior, which is in my opinion rare (and brave) for a person of his age — it’d be so much easier, I think, for him to give in and at least act like every other 19 year old guy out there. But to decide that his fans are all the same as him? Silliness. My political and social views are liberal and I have learned much from David about acceptance.

    Our country’s founders meant those freedoms to include everyone, I think. Even those whose differences aren’t part of the current social movements.

  17. lmao @ Taylor Swift’s label trying to explain away the horror that is Taylor singing live. Dude, she can’t sing. Own it. And this is coming from someone who thinks she deserved album of the year!

    tell it like it t-i-izz tinawina… lawd hammercy, jack nicholson should face that label guy down, and shout ”you can’t handle the truth”… comes a time when you just have to cut the spin and just call a spade a spade… she’s a good songwriter who cannot sing in a live setting w/o the backup of studio wizardry and autotune… she’s not the only one, and won’t be the last, but her profile is higher now, since her grammy appearance has left her w/little to no wiggle room to dispute it… i don’t dislike her, or downgrade her accomplishments in any way, and i like to support young artists as a rule, but in her case it’ll be as a songwriter, not as a singer or live performer…

  18. sr4mjc
    02/04/2010 at 9:51 am
    I put this in the Adam interview thread but wasn’t sure it it was still going, but Adam is on this cd on the Walmart site. FYE dance mix?

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/13376052
    ————————–
    Very interesting. I’ve said it before, and just for fun, I’m saying it again. FYE will be a hit eventually. I really feel like Adam knew what he was talking about when he felt this was the best song to start with, he was just a little bit ahead of US perception. It’s going to take American people a minute longer to accept Adam than it’s taking his International base. When Americans see it catch on Internationally, we’ll jump on too. New ideas just take us a little longer to accept. It could even take a year, but I really feel like it will happen here eventually.

    Totally agree about the Taylor comments too….she’s a great song writer but the girl can’t sing live. I find myself looking away from the TV screen when she’s performing because I feel embarrassed for her.

  19. ROTFL that Archie cant sing with someone cause of the F word. The boy is gonna be a virgin till hes 80. Gosh darn, they need to let him have some space, or he is gonna be a troubled young man. His fans are never gonna let him step out of the box and grow up. If he even attempts to they will be done with him. Even if the poor boy finds a girlfriend.

  20. Totally agree about the Taylor comments too….she’s a great song writer but the girl can’t sing live. I find myself looking away from the TV screen when she’s performing because I feel embarrassed for her.

    There was one performance by Taylor that I did like- it was for the ACM Artist of the Decade Award show for George Strait that aired on CBS May last year. The song was called “Run.” I don’t have access to You-Tube here, but if you do a search for that performance there should still be a bunch of videos. I thought she did OK on that one.

  21. Not really Idol related, but since AI is mentioned, I’ll post it anyway..

    Label chief defends Swift’s Grammy performance

    Erm, if the label had to defend her performance, I don’t know what else to say..

    Just saw that on EW.com – and the comments are pretty overwhelmingly anti-Taylor – even calling it the beginning of the Taylor backlash. She’s definitely someone, imo, who has gotten more praise and awards than she deserves this year. CMA Best Female Vocalist may have taken it over the top for me. Unbelievable.

    I feel like she had her year, good for her, but now lets make some room for people who can actually sing (sorry, but singing well is kinda a big pet-peeve with me).

  22. From what I understand from reading the comments on the ontd_ai board, there were a lot of complaints from younger fans about there being an age limit for Kris’s concert in Singapore, and the fans and the promoters put a bunch of pressure on the club to drop the age limit.

    Here are some photos from the press conference in Cebu. I hope it was held indoors, otherwise Kris must have been broiling wearing a leather jacket when the temp was supposedly 24 degrees celsius. And is Andrew wearing a t-shirt promoting the album (it looks like it reads KATA)?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsmichaelsinjin/sets/72157623225190953/

  23. Very interesting. I’ve said it before, and just for fun, I’m saying it again. FYE will be a hit eventually.

    FYE moved up to #25 on the BB dance/club chart. So at the moment he has two songs on the BB charts. WWFM this week is #35 hot 100; #4 canada hot 100 (they love him up north!); #23 pop; #29 adult pop; #64 radio (up 20-30 spots from last week); #25 digital. Moving on up in all categories.

    LLWD moved up in lots of categories too. i’ll bring the numbers over if i get a chance (altho someone else will probably do it before me.)

  24. FYE will be a hit eventually.

    I could actually see that happening. It was not a good choice to lead with IMO but I could see it doing just fine as a third or fourth single here, after he’s been firmly established at pop.

    There was one performance by Taylor that I did like- it was for the ACM Artist of the Decade Award show for George Strait

    Yeah? Maybe I will look that up. I would be nice to know she has the potential to get her act together as a live singer. That’s really all she’s missing. If she could just rise to the level of okay she’d be all set. Not that she’s not selling a boatload of records and concert seats now, but you know. LOL

  25. Thursday morning updates:

    iTunes

    #23 LLWD
    #30 WWFM

    POP:
    27 22 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 2804 2397 407 20.001
    +64 Spins
    -8 Bullet
    +0.065 AI

    HAC:
    33 30 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 587 446 141 2.032
    +8 Spins
    -5 Bullet
    +0.019 AI

    63 64 ALLISON IRAHETA Friday I’ll Be Over U 232 206 26 0.463
    +11 Spins
    +11 Bullet
    +0.044 AI

    POP:
    19 17 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 3778 3562 216 22.443
    +29 Spins
    -81 Bullet
    +0.466 AI

    HAC:
    10 8 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 2865 2609 256 14.794
    +14 Spins
    -22 Bullet
    +0.158 AI

  26. There was one performance by Taylor that I did like- it was for the ACM Artist of the Decade Award show for George Strait that aired on CBS May last year. The song was called “Run.”

    ITA – that is the 1 time I haven’t gone running for the hills from a Taylor performance. But I watch all the country awards shows and this is the ONLY decent Taylor performance I can name. She’s usually anywhere from shaky to outright bad.

    Scott Borchetta’s feeble attempt to defend Taylor is definitely AI related now because Kelly Clarkson blogged about it! Go Kelly!!

    http://iamkelly.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/scott-borchetta/

    Wow …..Dear Scott Borchetta,

    I understand defending your artist obviously because I have done the same in the past for artists I like, including Taylor, so you might see why its upsetting to read you attacking American Idol for producing simply vocalists that hit ‘the high notes’. Thank you for that ‘Captain Obvious’ sense of humor because you know what, we not only hit the high notes, you forgot to mention we generally hit the ‘right’ notes as well. Every artist has a bad performance or two and that is understandable, but throwing blame will not make the situation at hand any better. I have been criticized left and right for having shaky performances before (and they were shaky) and what my manager or label executives say to me and the public is “I’ll kick butt next time” or “every performance isn’t going to be perfect” ……I bring this up because you should take a lesson from these people and instead of lashing out at other artists (that in your ‘humble’ opinion lack true artistry), you should simply take a breath and realize that sometimes things won’t go according to plan or work out and that’s okay.

    Sincerely,

    One of those contestants from American Idol who only made it because of her high notes ;)

    By the way this is Scott Borchetta’s 2nd comment. His 1st comment was that the critics were just “jealous” and he invited them to “fight”. The “jealous” part is in the 1st link and the “fight” part is in the 2nd link. He also says Taylor’s the “best emotional singer”. LOL.

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100202/COLUMNIST0501/2020319/1005/ENTERTAINMENT/Taylor-Swift-has-mixed-reviews-from-Grammy-night

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100203/COLUMNIST0501/2030342/1005/ENTERTAINMENT/Taylor+Swift+s+label+chief+responds+to+Grammy+criticism

  27. Totally agree about the Taylor comments too….she’s a great song writer but the girl can’t sing live. I find myself looking away from the TV screen when she’s performing because I feel embarrassed for her.

    If Taylor can’t sing live, then she can’t sing. There’s no logic in the assumption that she can magically sing better in the studio just because it’s someplace else geographically. She can sing exactly the same no matter where she is. But she does have Auto-Tune in the studio.

    Somebody who isn’t good enough to sing without the aid of electronic fakery isn’t good enough to be a professional singer, IMHO. If Taylor had been an AI contestant and had sung the way she did at Grammys, she would have been sent home.

  28. concern is a wonderful thing if it is given with true care, and sincerity – otherwise it’s just disingenuous and transparent… people in any fanbase who think the have the power to ascribe or project unrealistic expectations onto their fave, relative to their own personal lives, mores and values aren’t fans, they’re irrational from the get go and control freaks – not the healthiest way to enjoy someone’s talent, lol… david is his own person, i care only that he’s getting the opportunity to sing, make music that he enjoys making, and find his happiness in that, and wherever else he chooses to find it… his happiness doesn’t impact mine, so he’s free to choose whatever path makes sense for him. one can be a fan, and a grown up at the same time about things…

  29. Oh, Snap!

    Good job Kelly!! She’s totally in the right and I couldn’t agree more.

  30. Billboard Chart Ranksings for Kris and Adam. Last week’s ranks in ( ):

    LLWD

    #23 Hot 100 (26)
    # 8 Adult Pop (10)
    #19 Pop (21)
    #22 Digital (23)
    #26 Christian (26)
    #33 Radio (42)

    WWFM

    #35 Hot 100 (37)
    # 4 Canadian Hot 100 (11)
    #23 Pop (26)
    #25 Digital (29)
    #29 Adult Pop (32)
    #64 Radio (NR)

  31. Well, it *is* difficult to deal with some criticism when all you’ve really been exposed to is accolades. However, that comes with the territory of being in the public eye…good comments and bad ones as well. Obviously, Taylor is putting out music that people love and purchase. I’m not one of them, but that doesn’t take away any of her accomplishments. She and her management have to not be thin skinned when it comes to a bit of criticism. She’s had her share of the praise already!

  32. One of those contestants from American Idol who only made it because of her high notes

    Hot damn. I do so adore you Kelly. I’m a fan of labels sticking up for their artists. I think it’s usually a good thing when executives back their employees. But, you never prove your point very well if you have to start slinging mud in another direction.

  33. Taylor Swift is a very pretty package, BUT she can’t sing live. I have seen her try to sing live at least five times, and she was off key every time. Her fans and record company might excuse her, but when she does that in front of all the biggies in the music business, it is embarrassing. I have watched the Gammys since I was a little girl and each year the best in the business get a chance to show off their skills. Some people might have been a little drunk or a high, but rarely did they have problems singing their own songs in tune. Taylor Swift is not hitting any high notes or singing anything complicated, just very sweet, simple songs, so it shouldn’t be that hard to give a credible performance. Her record company should have been more embarrassed about having one of music’great Stevie Nicks, playing back up singer for a girl who pitchy and off key. Stevie is a nice lady who tries to mentor young singers, but I think she learned a valuable lesson about limits and her own generosity.

  34. Rankings on Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Last week’s rank in ( )

    #36 FYE (21)
    #122 Kris Allen (101)

    FYE is also #8 on Canadian album chart (#15 LW)

  35. girlygirl

    And is Andrew wearing a t-shirt promoting the album (it looks like it reads KATA)?

    WOW!! Could it be?? I think so!! I want Andrew to stand up and take the sunglasses off his shirt so I can see :) Well, since Kris won’t do it, I’m glad Andrew is…. and bring it back and wear in in the States.. please…..

  36. Kelly is THAT chick. OMG I love her. That is all.

    so true tinawina – she is not the one to be messing around with – we need more strong, assertive females like her in this business…

  37. Maybe she should sing songs by other songwriters and pitch her songs to other people.

    The 2nd part maybe but not the 1st part. Taylor butchered her part of Rhiannon at the Grammys, she was weak singing Def Lepperd songs on CMT Crossroads, she was horrendous singing Brenda Lee’s I’m Sorry at the Grammy nominations concert in 2008, and she’s sung some really terrible covers in concert too.

  38. I love Kelly — she is simply not afraid to say what she thinks, no matter what.

    As for Taylor Swift — good songwriter, can’t sing live at all.

  39. Some Matt G news:

    Matt has been in LA since the Grammys, and he has been working with Nick Lippman, a music producer and agent who works with George Michaels and Rob Thomas, among others. Both Matt and Nick are dropping clues via twitter without being explicit — it sounds like Matt may have been recording something yesterday with Nick present (“ears are on fire”… “amazing piano playing going on… Hit is being constructed.”). Here is the most specific tweet:

    @mrlippman:

    Everyone check out my boy and the sickest musician to come along in YEARS! @immattgiraud If you don’t know, now you know 13 minutes ago from UberTwitter

  40. This is it!

    KRIS ALLEN

    Booked my flight to Manila. Got 5 Gold tickets.
    Now I have to book for my hotel (one night only as I have to be back to Hongkong (work) on Monday and back again in Phil. for the Chinese New Year holiday. Aiiyaah!

    This is ridiculously insane. Hope my kids enjoy the concert.
    I just want them to get inspired and have some fun.
    What else can a big fan do?!

  41. One last chart update:

    iTunes album chart:

    #39 Kris Allen
    #88/#234 FYE

  42. There was one performance by Taylor that I did like

    I think she sounded okay… was it last year’s Grammy’s when she performed a duet version of Fifteen with Miley Cyrus? It was a simple, soft performance and she was with her guitar on a stool. Maybe she’s one of those singer-songwriter types with a weak voice who can’t do well if she’s asked to do anything beyond sit and sing with her guitar…

    Anyway, can I just say, I love Kelly Clarkson so much? I love everything about this girl. People have accused her of distancing herself from AI, and she honestly has every right to do so, but I love that she pipes up and defends AI against unnecessary attacks. I’m also sick of music industry people making generalizations about AI contestants’ lack of artistry, musicianship, etc. If they would just pull those sticks out of their @$$’s, set aside their preconceptions, and actually listen to some of these guys, they’d realize a lot of them ARE artists, and AI is far from a glorified karaoke show about hitting the high notes. Yes, it’s about hitting the *right* notes too. Besides which, the high note accusation is so 2006 (or so). Ask Brooke White and Jason Castro about those high notes. Even Kris Allen. These guys did pretty well on AI without hitting those high notes. /end rant.

  43. ok – just reading through the posts. The comments and conjectures people are making about Archie and who he might play with based on a funny passing comment by the opening-up band are taking that comment way too sereiously. This is the David Archuleta who has John Mayer as one of his all-time favorite musicians. (anyone ever read any of his twitter comments? seen pictures of him on that boat trip thing he does? hear his comments about women?) This is the David Archuleta who opened for McFly! And to the person who said the fans would rebel if David ever makes a mis-step I say WHAT? Most people I know try to live their lives following their own code of ethics and everyone falls away sometimes (mean-spirited blogging is part of what I also consider “falling away” from my own values) so I doubt that most people would judge David or anyone who lives a thoughtful life too harshly.

  44. Noticed that Kris Allen album has dropped all the way down to 122 on BB Top 200. OUCH!!! Those single sales better start to help sell some albums soon, cause it is dropping like a rock.

    The itunes banner seems to be helping it out a bit- Plus the reduction in price right here before Valentine’s Day. He is moving up with a big jump on itunes. Don’t know how many CD sales that means but at least it will help some.

  45. OMG – that Kelly response was made of all kinds of win – I love her!

    IDK about Taylor actually being able to sing correctly, even with more practice and lessons. It’s a pitch issue, predominantly, with her, which almost makes me think she may be a little tone deaf – and that’s not such an easy thing to just fix with lessons. You can improve tone, breath control, etc. but to so consistently not be able to match pitch is another issue.

  46. Looks like pictures from Adam’s birthday party are surfacing. Two pretty important people were there: Barry Weiss and Simon Fuller.

  47. There is a very high chance we’ll hear someone singing a Taylor Swift song this season considering the cast, hope it will be better than Stevie Wright.

    Maybee the reason why her manager is angry at Idol is that performance. In this case he has a point.

  48. If Taylor can’t sing live, then she can’t sing. There’s no logic in the assumption that she can magically sing better in the studio just because it’s someplace else geographically. She can sing exactly the same no matter where she is. But she does have Auto-Tune in the studio.

    Well, I think it is possible that maybe she can sing correctly in a small room where things are all acoustic and there’s just one instrument going but can’t sing on the big stage where the instruments are coming out of speakers and such and you have a multiple-instrument backing and you need an ear monitor and so on.

    I haven’t ever heard her do it, so maybe she can’t do that either. But I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt on her being *utterly* unable to sing without audio tinkering. She may just not have the vocal skill and chops to sing live in a situation where what’s coming into your ear is complex and where she feels the need (even though it’s probably not necessary) to kind of belt. Her little, kind of wispy voice is going to be at a disadvantage in those situations, because it may go off pitch when she *pushes* it. But it’s not beyond imagination that it does stay on pitch when she doesn’t have to push it.

    Nevertheless, if she can only sing correctly live if she’s just accompanied by guitar or piano and doesn’t have to walk around and such — well, then, they should have her only sing live *that* way, instead of trying to pretend she can do something else. Plenty of people show off their talents while still living within the limitations of those talents. There shouldn’t be any shame in that, but obviously the label thinks there is and wants her to do big numbers on a big stage instead …. Or else all the critics are completely right and she actually can’t sing live at all!

    And Kelly C — so great.

  49. Here are some photos from the press conference in Cebu. I hope it was held indoors, otherwise Kris must have been broiling wearing a leather jacket when the temp was supposedly 24 degrees celsius. And is Andrew wearing a t-shirt promoting the album (it looks like it reads KATA)?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsmichaelsinjin/sets/72157623225190953/

    thanks girlygirl for the link. And yes, I think andrew is wearing the KATA t-shirt. It seems to me they are growing into a tight knit group (hope Ryland was there though). Sometimes, air conditioning makes the transition between indoor and outdoor a bit steep, so i guess Kris is wearing the leather because of that; could be for the look though, he looks awesome with it!

    i’m so jealous of you mrsdarcy … have a lot of fun to Kris’s concert and please report on it

    If i’m not mistaken Kris album has been up and down the BB 200. So i don’t think it dropping like a rock as someone said it here. It has been even much lower than 122.

    Regarding Kelly… do I admire this girl!!

  50. Heh at Taylor’s manager’s statements. I like Taylor a lot. I think she is a gifted songwriter and a great entertainer (which sometimes make me prefer her over wooden/can’t-anything-else vocalists) but everyone and their dog knows that she cannot.sing.great.live.at.all. To deny so or defend that is laughable. I’m glad that more critics are now voicing this out loud because it’s been that huge pink elephant in the room that very few critics seem to voice out loud before for fear of being accused of bashing “America’s Sweetheart”.

    So, go Kelly! You tell em girl!

    Not all of the Idols are “perfect packages” but there are a lot of them that can do almost everything – sing great live (sure they have their “off” moments but they’re still better than most on those “off” moments), play instruments, write their own songs, great entertainers, good people, etc. and to dismiss that is foolish.

  51. Valentin432
    02/04/2010 at 12:26 pm
    There is a very high chance we’ll hear someone singing a Taylor Swift song this season considering the cast, hope it will be better than Stevie Wright.

    “Maybee that’s why her manager is angry at Idol. In this case he has a point.”

    I can see Simon saying something very sarcastic if someone did a Taylor Swift song. He will probably say, “it doesn’t take much skill or range to sing that song, you could have made a better song choice, or “you sounded better than Taylor did at the Grammys”.

  52. Noticed that Kris Allen album has dropped all the way down to 122 on BB Top 200. OUCH!!! Those single sales better start to help sell some albums soon, cause it is dropping like a rock.

    Kris’ album has been moving around 5,000 copies a week for three weeks straight, and that’s more important than where it ranks on the Billboard charts. As the single has showed, the album can always go back up the chart. Right now, Jive is on the right track. The album selling is going to depend on Kris releasing good singles.

  53. The itunes banner seems to be helping it out a bit- Plus the reduction in price right here before Valentine’s Day. He is moving up with a big jump on itunes. Don’t know how many CD sales that means but at least it will help some.

    I’m not sure iTunes album numbers really mean a lot since they often don’t seem to track with Billboard rankings. In fact, I wonder how many people download their albums from iTunes. Quite a few of my friends buy albums regularly, but none of them ever buys any from iTunes. They occasionally buy singles from there, but not albums. It would be interesting and maybe eye opening to see iTunes actual sales numbers as well as their rankings.

  54. It’s a pitch issue, predominantly, with her, which almost makes me think she may be a little tone deaf – and that’s not such an easy thing to just fix with lessons.

    OMG, that’d be insane– a successful musician who’s tone deaf? I dunno, though, evidence does point to that possibility. I also think she has a problem with rhythm too. Her pitch worsens, and she doesn’t seem to stay in rhythm very well when she sings anything live with a bit of a tempo.

  55. It would be interesting and maybe eye opening to see iTunes actual sales numbers as well as their rankings.

    larc, actually, in the weekly sales post, you can see the sales numbers for the albums under ‘digital’ which follow the entry for the hard copy sales

  56. I’m not sure iTunes album numbers really mean a lot since they often don’t seem to track with Billboard rankings. In fact, I wonder how many people download their albums from iTunes. Quite a few of my friends buy albums regularly, but none of them ever buys any from iTunes. They occasionally buy singles from there, but not albums. It would be interesting and maybe eye opening to see iTunes actual sales numbers as well as their rankings.

    This information is readily available. On average, digital album sales only account for 33% of all album sales. If you go to idol chatter, Brian has listed the total album sales, the total digital sales, and the percentages.

  57. OMG, that’d be insane– a successful musician who’s tone deaf? I dunno, though, evidence does point to that possibility. I also think she has a problem with rhythm too. Her pitch worsens, and she doesn’t seem to stay in rhythm very well when she sings anything live with a bit of a tempo.

    I don’t know Taylor Swift much. Are you discussing only her Grammy perf. or is a general statement?

  58. Re: kris’ itunes bump, Oprah bumped Adam’s fye and fye deluxe up into the high 20s/mid 30s for a few days (and then started dropping) from the mid 140s-low 190s and it resulted in an increase of about 1000 units over the course of the week. But that was two cds (so maybe it was an increase of 500 each. The difference in sales between cds ranked outside of the top 20 on itunes and lower down are relatively small. Hope that helps.

  59. Wow mrsdarcy! I admire your determination,what a schedule :) I kinda envy you… Hope you have fun and get to meet Kris! Gong xi fa cai!

    Kelly Clarkson rocks!!!!

  60. I don’t know Taylor Swift much. Are you discussing only her Grammy perf. or is a general statement?

    General statement.

  61. girlygirl
    02/04/2010 at 1:06 pm
    MTV Russia did a brief report on Adam. I don’t speak/understand Russian, but supposedly they basically call him a male Britney Spears? Maybe someone here knows Russian and can translate it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY-G3DqG9Wc&feature=player_embedded
    —————————–
    Hmmmm…yes, we need a translator…..do they mean Britney Spears pre head shaving, crotch showing? I hope that’s the comparison they’re making! :)

  62. re: iTunes album sales.

    Here are the (rounded) numbers for Kris this week.

    Kris Allen, Kris Allen (5,000, -7 percent, 250,000/1,000 digital, -5 percent, 42,000 digital total)

    So basically 20% of his total sales for this past week were digital, while about 17% of his total album sales (42K of 250K) have been digital.

    Since he has moved up on the iTunes chart from where he was last week, I would think he will move between 1-2K digital albums again this week.

    For comparison, here are Adam’s (rounded) album sales.

    Adam Lambert, For Your Entertainment (15,000, -22 percent, 492,000/2,000, -37 percent, 64,000 digital total)

    Only 13% of his total sales have been digital copies.

  63. I think they were comparing him to Dima Bilan(russian singer), also they talked about him being in musicals and almost winning American Idol . They also said that FYE could be a hit. They seemed to like him. Quality is not that good so i might of missed a lot

  64. Kelly Clarkson is a Goddess. That is all.

    Kelly is a troublemaker and has a big mouth, she can never seem to shut-up and stay away from controversy. She has an awful temper and has quite a few controversies behind her. Hopefully, there won’t be anymore dramatic episodes with her, as with Clive Davis, the ‘Halo’ song debacle, the AI soap opera. I’m glad I haven’t seen her on AI as a guest performer!

    Carrie Underwood, NOW there is a true Goddess!!!! No ‘problems’ with her!

  65. suenigma
    02/04/2010 at 12:04 pm
    Kelly Clarkson is a Goddess. That is all.

    I second that emotion!!!!

  66. larc, actually, in the weekly sales post, you can see the sales numbers for the albums under ‘digital’ which follow the entry for the hard copy sales

    Thanks for that, but there are sources for digital downloads other than iTunes. Amazon for instance. Or do those reported digital numbers reflect iTunes activity only? I guess we can assume iTunes is the source of a huge majority of digital downloads, but it would be interesting to see supporting evidence of sales numbers that are exclusively theirs.

  67. I think of Kelly as “feisty” rather than “troublemaker”, but that’s just my opinion. She certainly has no problems voicing her opinions and I don’t think she would begrudge others voicing theirs either. I follow her on twitter, and she’s a hoot. Took her a few days to get her “twitter legs” under her as she was tweeting herself all the time LOL.

  68. Taylor Swift is a very pretty girl, gifted song writer, terrible singer. The ”what….little ole me’ expression she brings out for each award has grown tiresome too. She probably is a nice person but there is no getting around she cannot sing live and I agree with the person who said on this blog that if you can’t sing live, then you can’t sing.

    Borchetta made a big mistake with his statement and in my mind is just asking for criticism of Taylor. Kelly is absolute great and what I want now is for Kelly to issue a challenge for a sing-off. As a matter of fact, I think any of the previous Idol winners could beat Taylor in a sing-off.

  69. Kelly and Carrie have different styles of standing up for themselves but neither is a pushover and I respect them for that. With both of them there’ve been instances where I’ve wished they did or said something a little differently but at the end of the day they’re both crazy talented vocalists AND artists.

    Scott Borchetta’s AI swipe was more than likely directed at Carrie seeing as she’s closest in sales and profile to Taylor Swift and I think it’s cool that Kelly stood up for Carrie and all the AI family. Carrie’s always had great things to say about Kelly including in her AMA blog where she talked about Kelly saving her because the microwave in her trailer wasn’t working.

  70. kelly_clarkson Carrie/Taylor are both talented. Everybody likes something different. No one deserves to be belittled either way.

    kelly_clarkson Sorry my blog isn’t more ‘happy’ but I can’t stand ignorance or disrespect. Next time maybe a happy one :)

  71. (Comments quoted in reverse, for effect)

    bmms

    Kelly is a troublemaker and has a big mouth, she can never seem to shut-up and stay away from controversy. She has an awful temper and has quite a few controversies behind her. Hopefully, there won’t be anymore dramatic episodes with her, as with Clive Davis, the ‘Halo’ song debacle, the AI soap opera. I’m glad I haven’t seen her on AI as a guest performer!

    Oh, how I love me them troublemakers. “Specially when they can SANG!

    suenigma

    Kelly Clarkson is a Goddess. That is all.

    And what a Goddess she is… :)

  72. I follow her on twitter, and she’s a hoot. Took her a few days to get her “twitter legs” under her as she was tweeting herself all the time LOL.

    She is a hoot, but IMO, her twitter legs are still not quite there. The whole responding fans’ questions with a RT that is a linked Twitlonger…? It requires me to click through like a dozen times to get everything, which is a pain. She should check out some of the other Idols who do Q&As and Twitter parties and see how it could be done–a clean RT of a fan’s question + response in one tweet.

  73. Kelly is a troublemaker and has a big mouth, she can never seem to shut-up and stay away from controversy. She has an awful temper and has quite a few controversies behind her. Hopefully, there won’t be anymore dramatic episodes with her, as with Clive Davis, the ‘Halo’ song debacle, the AI soap opera. I’m glad I haven’t seen her on AI as a guest performer!

    Ruh roh.

  74. Carrie/Taylor are both talented. Everybody likes something different. No one deserves to be belittled either way.

    Yikes, judging from the name that guy Kelly was responding to called Carrie plus the comment here made about Kelly being a troublemaker, I guess fan wars are alive and well.

    Too bad because Kelly was class in defending Carrie and like I said Carrie’s always said great things about Kelly.

    sma11ie maybe it’s me but I like Kelly’s style of repeating questions because it leaves her more space to reply. I get your point though.

  75. Scott Borchetta’s AI swipe was more than likely directed at Carrie seeing as she’s closest in sales and profile to Taylor Swift and I think it’s cool that Kelly stood up for Carrie and all the AI family. Carrie’s always had great things to say about Kelly including in her AMA blog where she talked about Kelly saving her because the microwave in her trailer wasn’t working.

    I agree she was standing up for Carrie. Her latest tweet proves it. Anyway, Jennifer Hudson also sang at the Grammy’s and is known for her big voice. I’m glad Kelly spoke up even though she wasn’t even there. Scott Borchetta stepped on a lot of toes with that inane comment. Carrie and Jennifer Hudson are both very respected in the industry.

  76. JR Labrador
    02/04/2010 at 1:32 pm
    Kelly is a troublemaker and has a big mouth, she can never seem to shut-up and stay away from controversy. She has an awful temper and has quite a few controversies behind her. Hopefully, there won’t be anymore dramatic episodes with her, as with Clive Davis, the ‘Halo’ song debacle, the AI soap opera. I’m glad I haven’t seen her on AI as a guest performer!

    Ruh roh.

    :lol: Are you in agreement? Or was that an “Oh no”?

  77. Thanks Mtlfan and uglyduck! I am pretty sure your chance will come to see our dear georgeous and hear him sing live! I believe he’ll come a long way.

    For sure KRIS ALLEN’s concert will be a blast.
    I’ll bring my little camera and see it from there.
    Just as much as I would like to report, you guys have to tell me what to do as I am not an expert on these things. I’ll probably write a journal at the airport.

    Yes! I am hoping to go to through the meet and greet.
    Have to go to bed as I will have a long night tomorrow night!
    Thanks girlygirl and others for the llinks and reports.

    Kung Hei Fat Choi!!

    Gnight ladies and gents. It’s 2:40 AM Friday here!

  78. windmills

    Too bad because Kelly was class in defending Carrie and like I said Carrie’s always said great things about Kelly.

    Love that!

  79. So it seems to me as if they were trying to diss American Idol specifically and all Idol contestants. American Idol apparently has no artists on it. Taylor Swift is a true artist. Okay.

  80. Well I liked Kelly’s response. I thought she was completely spot on in what she said, and her right to say it, as one of those that known for those high notes. Also I agree using ‘artistry,’ to excuse someone’s inability to actually sing live well almost every. single. time., is a bunch of hooey. Not as if Taylor is Leonard Cohen, she’s writing/singing songs about suburban teenage existence. Whoop.ee.

    So I say Rock On Kelly!

  81. Constantine is re-tweeting mj’s tweet of the Kelly response. Wow, you guys are just like this now, *crosses fingers* LOL

  82. American Idol apparently has no artists on it. Taylor Swift is a true artist. Okay.

    Well, to be fair, Taylor *is* an artist in some ways, and a good one.

    The problem is that for some reason every musician is supposed to do *everything* or somehow be surpassed by others and cost her handlers money.

    Taylor writes nice songs, connects beautifully with her young audience, and perhaps even sings okay under the right circumstances — i.e., when she’s not on a big live broadcast stage with a lot of instruments, being encouraged to push her voice, parade around, try to outsing Stevie Nicks (yeah, that’s gonna happen …), maybe she *can* sing live. I don’t know that we have evidence saying that she *can’t,* at any rate.

    Seems to me that the problem is that in pursuit of dollars the record labels are trying to force everybody to be the hugest artist out there — which would mean being able to do everything, including dance like a maniac while simultaneously singing like an angel songs that you wrote yourself while looking like a runway model. TS, despite her strengths, can’t do that, and very few other people can do it either. But I get the feeling the labels and managers are unsatisfied until you do.

    Notice that Borchetta or whoever denigrates the Idols by saying that they can “only” sing good notes. As if there isn’t a very good place in music for people who are good *singers,* plain and simple.

    Honestly, I thought that Pink’s performance at the Grammys was kind of amazing. But at the same time I don’t get why writing good songs and singing them well isn’t perfectly sufficient. I don’t see why she has to be a Cirque du Soleil performer in addition, in order to get attention.

    Nor do I understand why Taylor S has to keep attempting these big-stage production numbers that keep ending up as big fails.

    Let each performer do the stuff he or she is best at, acknowledge that everybody has limitations and that, in fact, it’s almost impossible to be the dancing/singing/supermodel-lookalike/composer/lyricist that they want to portray virtually all of today’s singers as being, and let it go at that. If they’d just showcase Taylor in her strengths rather than encouraging her to go beyond her limits none of the criticism would have happened.

  83. Kelly is a troublemaker and has a big mouth, she can never seem to shut-up and stay away from controversy. She has an awful temper and has quite a few controversies behind her. Hopefully, there won’t be anymore dramatic episodes with her, as with Clive Davis, the ‘Halo’ song debacle, the AI soap opera. I’m glad I haven’t seen her on AI as a guest performer!

    Carrie Underwood, NOW there is a true Goddess!!!! No ‘problems’ with her!

    How ironic since I saw Kelly’s post as actually defending her friend Carrie. Because that comment from Borchetta? Was aimed squarely at Taylor’s biggest competition in country. Go Kelly.

  84. Pink was a gymnast when she was younger. So she’s using a piece of her background and her strength (literally), in her shows. Is it necessary? No, she’s amazing anyway but if she can do it, why not? Sets her even farther apart from the likes of Miley Cyrus, so I say go for it.

    I applaud Kelly for sticking up for AI and for Carrie. And all the other horrible non-artists that can only sing that come off of Idol. ;)

  85. Pink was a gymnast when she was younger. So she’s using a piece of her background and her strength (literally), in her shows. Is it necessary? No, she’s amazing anyway but if she can do it, why not?

    Okay, Pink was maybe a bad example. I want them to perform within their limitations, and obviously she’s not limited in that way so I guess she can go ahead. I agree that she did it convincingly — although she’s certainly had quite a few more vivid vocal performances, to me, when she didn’t simultaneously have to hang upside down and impersonate a lawn sprinkler!

    Pink aside, however, I stand by most of my point. Taylor S can’t sing live in the big broadcast venues, whatever else she *can* do, and when she does it she looks like an idiot to many and ends up tainting her other, real accomplishments.

    And *lots* of people have not been able to simultaneously sing and pole dance or whatever, so they lip-synch and don’t let on that they have, out of the false idea that you have to sing and dance at once to be a stah. And they end up being tainted when the truth comes out, even though, to me, it should be no disgrace in the world to be unable to sing and gyrate simultaneously, and if you just asked them to play to their strengths — singing — they wouldn’t need to lip-synch.

    It’s just all too much. And it doesn’t surprise me that they’ve got Taylor S doing too much, in their attempt to make her the current superstar of all superstars and that a 20-year-old lets them do it. …. Not so great for her in the long run, though, if you ask me.

  86. Not as if Taylor is Leonard Cohen, she’s writing/singing songs about suburban teenage existence. Whoop.ee.

    My thoughts exactly every time I hear that Swift is such a great songwriter. A great song, IMO, has universal appeal and can be covered by a variety of artists – which is why great songs become “classics”. Anyone over 16 sounds silly singing Taylor’s songs (as we saw when Stevie Nicks was singing about short shorts) and no adults that I know connect emotionally with her songs. Lyrics aside, there have to be better melodies coming out of Nashville. I mean, this is the place that gave us Sweet Dreams, Ring of Fire, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and many other songs that have been covered by dozens of artists.

  87. And *lots* of people have not been able to simultaneously sing and pole dance or whatever, so they lip-synch and don’t let on that they have, out of the false idea that you have to sing and dance at once to be a stah. And they end up being tainted when the truth comes out, even though, to me, it should be no disgrace in the world to be unable to sing and gyrate simultaneously, and if you just asked them to play to their strengths — singing — they wouldn’t need to lip-synch.

    I hear where you are coming from lucy, and I agree. Just do you. There should be no reason why everyone is pressured to do everything.

  88. And *lots* of people have not been able to simultaneously sing and pole dance or whatever, so they lip-synch and don’t let on that they have, out of the false idea that you have to sing and dance at once to be a stah. And they end up being tainted when the truth comes out, even though, to me, it should be no disgrace in the world to be unable to sing and gyrate simultaneously, and if you just asked them to play to their strengths — singing — they wouldn’t need to lip-synch.

    Apparently it was live singing!!!

  89. Apparently it was live singing!!!

    She shoulda lip-synched. lol

    With Taylor S, I keep wondering what would happen if they just had her do a lower-key acoustic set. Of course, if it turns out that she really really can’t sing, then the flaw would be *way* apparent in that case! Maybe that’s why they don’t have her do it!

    Honestly, though, it would surprise me if somebody as into music as she seems to have been in her young life simply can’t sing on pitch at *all,* regardless of the circumstances. For most people, practice does bring improvement in your ability to hear and sing on pitch, at least in optimal circumstances such as when you’re not being backed by a big band and have different sounds coming from all around you. And heaven knows Taylor S has had a lot of practice hearing and singing pitches.

  90. In that video from Russian MTV about Adam… They are saying that he almost won American idol and FYE has a bit hit potential in Russia. Later they are comparing him to one Russian singer (who i really don’t like and Adam is 100miles better than him), they are saying that he is the new Britney Spears in a male version. There was an ”expert”. the guy that was speaking right near to the end of the video, in the end he say’s : ” Ofcourse you can see that he looks horrible, butour nation loves freaks like these.”

    Sorry for my english if it isn’t great, couse i am from eastern europe :)

  91. does anyone know if kris, allison or adam have any other nyc area appearances scheduled for around when they are going to be in town for their concert? I don’t see any on MJ’s appearances page, but I would think that if they were going to be in NYC their publicists would have set something up. I would assume adam will be taping his VH1 top 20 countdown appearance while he is in town (its scheduled to air on 2/20.) also nyc fashion week is 2/11-2/18.

  92. This happens;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXFzP3SBlZU&feature=PlayList&p=752073A6BCD876E9&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=20

    Yikes. … Not quite as bad, to my ears anyway, as I’ve heard her sometimes (I admit I didn’t listen to all of it, though — too teeny pop for me to spend the whole 4 minutes!), but, still, not good.

    It doesn’t make sense, though, because unless she’s a *very* rare person they certainly could train her to do much better. Makes me think that they’ve just never cared about it, maybe figuring that her target audience won’t care? …. Maybe all this criticism will change minds and she’ll concentrate on learning to sing more on key now. It can be done. Although I guess when you’ve just won every vocal award in the history of the universe, you may not think that you need to do something so mundane as practice singing on key? Strange, the whole thing.

  93. Oh, how I love me them troublemakers. “Specially when they can SANG!

    Carrie can SANG and probably better than Clarkson. Oh, I love them NON troublemakers!

  94. So Adam’s going to the UK . Blimey! Can’t wait to see the reception he’ll get there. They will luv him. Maybe he’ll run into Bowie. Would love to see that.

    IMO Taylor Swift cannot sing and I was embarrassed for her at the Grammys.

  95. also nyc fashion week is 2/11-2/18.

    Jim Cantiello hinted a few weeks ago that there was some kind of Idol connection to fashion week, but he wouldn’t elaborate.

    Especially after getting the Grammy fashion gig for ET, I’m really really hoping Adam has something in connection with Fashion Week :-)

  96. Honestly, though, it would surprise me if somebody as into music as she seems to have been in her young life simply can’t sing on pitch at *all,* regardless of the circumstances. For most people, practice does bring improvement in your ability to hear and sing on pitch,

    I kinda disagree here. I hate to think that anything is BEYOND being fixed, but, as I mentioned before, if she is tone deaf, that is something entirely different from having a weak voice (as in, weak breath support, tension, etc.) Those things can be fixed, but I know personally that there are people out there who just can’t match pitch. (see AI auditions for examples :-) )

  97. bmms
    02/04/2010 at 3:40 pm

    Carrie can SANG and probably better than Clarkson. Oh, I love them NON troublemakers!

    Whoa, bmms, I never said, nor did I mean to imply that Carrie Underwood can’t sing. Glad you admire her talent and persona. She is a quite the accomplished song-bird –and a beautiful young woman, besides.

  98. I kinda disagree here. I hate to think that anything is BEYOND being fixed, but, as I mentioned before, if she is tone deaf, that is something entirely different from having a weak voice (as in, weak breath support, tension, etc.) Those things can be fixed, but I know personally that there are people out there who just can’t match pitch. (see AI auditions for examples :-) )

    Well, I kind of know from experience the opposite! I don’t believe that there are very many people at *all* who are actually tone deaf, if they train enough and train correctly. I’ve seen plenty of supposedly tone deaf people be transformed.

    Matching pitches is really just something that the human brain does naturally, especially any human brain that spends a huge amount of time around music, listening to tones all the time. If Taylor is tone deaf, I would bet my house that it’s because neither she nor anybody around her has put in the kind of effort needed to train her!

    The AI auditioners who can’t match pitch are mostly people who don’t have any actual idea what music *practice* truly is, I expect. And from the results, I guess Taylor doesn’t either! She could learn if she wanted to, though. I’m sure of it …. And if I had won a bunch of awards declaring me vocalist of the year, I think I would begin learning … stat. lol.

  99. Nor do I understand why Taylor S has to keep attempting these big-stage production numbers that keep ending up as big fails.

    But was what Taylor did at the Grammys really all that complicated? She was hardly putting on a BEP style, or Gaga style big dance number. She was just standing there and singing a duet – shouldn’t be that complicated, particularly when matched with an excellent singer.

  100. Well, I kind of know from experience the opposite! I don’t believe that there are very many people at *all* who are actually tone deaf, if they train enough and train correctly. I’ve seen plenty of supposedly tone deaf people be transformed.

    But it begs the question, with all the resources now at her disposal, and music playing such a prominent part of her life for so long, why hasn’t she been trained properly? She is still young, I’m sure she could improve, etc, etc. We’ll see if they actually put in the effort to give her that kind of help (which I think they should).

  101. But it begs the question, with all the resources now at her disposal, and music playing such a prominent part of her life for so long, why hasn’t she been trained properly? She is still young, I’m sure she could improve, etc, etc. We’ll see if they actually put in the effort to give her that kind of help (which I think they should).

    My guess is that they just didn’t figure it was necessary. That her persona on stage, her songwriting, the fact that she plays the guitar, etc., would be plenty to keep her demographic audience happy. And it seems to me that it turned out that way. We didn’t really hear complaints from her concerts, did we? So that probably confirmed everybody in figuring that she didn’t need any singing training…. But now that she’s winning all these awards and singing for people who aren’t her fanbase, and sharing stages with people who are much more gifted *and* better trained singers than she is — well, now the crap is hitting the fan about her lack of vocal skills ….

    The thing is, I suspect that, when she’s not distracted by noises and not jumping around and such, she sings adequately enough, and even fairly on pitch. But these stage situations always include auditory distractions, extra movement, and such that pull you off pitch if you haven’t really developed a strong skill in staying on it. So it’s probably only now that her management is noticing it’s a problem they need to do something about.

    They *can* do something about it, though, unless she’s a very rare specimen indeed. I swear!

    (not saying that they can make her a *great* singer — she doesn’t seem to have great pipes …. But a much more accurate and capable-sounding singer — heck, yeah……. The tweenies don’t care for the most part, though!)

  102. I once attended a vocal workshop where I saw the leader work on someone with pitch problems. Only time I ever seen it and it was fantastic. He made the person glide up to the notes instead of hitting them directly to “train” pitch. Really interesting.

    Listening to Taylor it seems she has problem controlling her pitch while she sings in hear chest voice. In her head voice she has no problem. So yes, a matter of pracise and training… She is probably not a good chestvoice singer (meaning she can sing softly but not belt out and keep her pitch).

  103. Danny says on Twitter that he has a big tour announcement coming soon:

    This week we have hit so many citys I love this private jet! Big tour announcement coming soon-Also c where I’ll be next

    I saw on another site roughstock.com that Sugarland has just announced that they will be going on a 55 city tour starting in April, the same month Danny is going on tour.

    http://www.roughstock.com/blog/sugarland-s-to-headline-new-tour-the-incredible-machine-/

    If Danny is on this entire tour(he’s listed on megaticket as performing at at least two of their shows), that would be fantastic for him.

  104. Listening to Taylor it seems she has problem controlling her pitch while she sings in hear chest voice. In her head voice she has no problem. So yes, a matter of pracise and training… She is probably not a good chestvoice singer (meaning she can sing softly but not belt out and keep her pitch).

    Yep, that’s what I hear, too.

    Not like those so many of those crappy Idol finalists who merely have the ability to hit the pitch and support their tone in all parts of their voices!

  105. Matching pitches is really just something that the human brain does naturally, especially any human brain that spends a huge amount of time around music, listening to tones all the time.

    That’s an interesting theory, but I play several instruments, love music, and am around music a lot since I was little, and I actually have a great ear for pitch. I can tell when others (or myself) are off pitch, but I am NOT a good singer because I personally know I have trouble staying on pitch when I sing. I just can’t make my voice make the noises that I want it to– I belt out songs for fun at karaoke, but it’s kind of hilarious because I go with a lot of my friends who are amazing singers. Anyway, I guess my point is my brain can match pitches well but that doesn’t mean my voice will do what my brain tells it to do. But then I’ve never tried to train myself vocally or anything. I’m thinking Taylor can hear pitch since she plays instruments and write songs. She just can sing in key…

    I once attended a vocal workshop where I saw the leader work on someone with pitch problems. Only time I ever seen it and it was fantastic. He made the person glide up to the notes instead of hitting them directly to “train” pitch. Really interesting.

    That is really interesting. Maybe I need to go to a workshop. But then where will my friends get their comic relief at karaoke?

  106. “As a matter of fact, I think any of the previous Idol winners could beat Taylor in a sing-off.”

    …and also the runner-ups, and the third placers… as a matter of fact, I think Taylor Swift wouldn´t make even Hollywood Week!!! She is THAT bad!

    She, as some Disney stars, is a studio product, where Autotune can create vocals line by line if necessary (and in her case I think it is)! She is the “poster child” for all that is wrong with the music industry… Does she sell gazillion records? So did Milli Vanilli, and they didn´t sing a single note!

    Quoting lucy a little: if this girl wins “every vocal award in the history of the universe”, why would she bother “to do something so mundane as practice singing on key?”

    One more question: is anybody else sick of Taylor’s shocked expressions and “OMG, I can’t believe this is happening” comments when she wins the awards? I think maybe she is truly shocked because she knows that she can’t sing and can’t believe that she is winning over so much more talented people… But she isn´t even humble to acknowledge the other nominees! I hate her lack of humbleness!!!

  107. gigi.br…Agree with you. On the live blog on Grammy night, so many posters as well as myself just couldn’t stand to see that fake shocked expression. LOL Just as you said….she is shocked because she can’t believe she beat all these other talented people!!

  108. That’s an interesting theory, but I play several instruments, love music, and am around music a lot since I was little, and I actually have a great ear for pitch. I can tell when others (or myself) are off pitch, but I am NOT a good singer because I personally know I have trouble staying on pitch when I sing.

    You could be trained! I guarantee it. I’ve seen it.

  109. Two years ago on Can You Duet, one of the judges said he was Taylor’s vocal coach. Believe it or not, shes better at singing now then way back when she first started so you can imagine how bad she was then. Most if not all singers use autotune when making their albums, I understand. I didnt know till I read a grammy article that said Jamie Foxx also uses it when he sings live! One of the rappers, I think it was TPain, said Jamie told him to use it. Its a wonder they don’t have Taylor use it unless they were afraid that would get a backlash similar to those that lipsynch. It amazed me that Jamie Foxx would have to resort to that, guess he’s not as good a singer as I thought. Makes me nostalgic for the old days when they sang live and you knew it was them doing the actual singing.

  110. I just saw a short video of Danny playing the keyboard and singing the Folgers jingle and telling people to go online to submit their videos for the Folgers jingle contest that is going on.

    This video was on Carrie Underwood’s Official site underneath her video section. Danny sounded good.

    Thanks so much for posting this, JX223! I was able to see this ad three times today. I knew that Danny could play the piano, as I remembered a friend of his saying it, but I had never seen him play. That was really nice, and Danny sounded good.

    I hope the speculation about the tour is right. That would be awesome! It’s very obvious that Danny and his band are very excited about the upcoming tour.

    I also look forward to seeing Danny on AI on March 4, that is if his new drummer was correct about the date, which I think he probably is!

  111. Press release out about Danny’s radio tour. Interesting that the radio station guy says close to 500 people came out in the evening concert earlier this week in upstate NY. It did look like Danny had a great response in one pic they released, but I had no idea there were that many peeps there.

    http://rochester.metromix.com/content_image/full/1745107/560/370

    Sony’s done a good job pushing out regular press releases on Danny that get picked up in country media outlets. Last I looked, they had more on Danny than any other artist on RCA Nashville’s roster. Can’t complain, not to mention the private jet this past week.

    I also saw the news coming out about Sugarland announcing their spring/summer tour. It didn’t confirm yet that Danny (or Jake Owen) were on the tour, but maybe now that Sugarland has led off the news about who’s touring with them will follow. Saw that Danny was tweeting to look for his tour announcement soon.

    This is a link to that ad with Danny just before one of Carrie’s videos. It’s cute.

    http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid41509411001?bctid=42287354001

  112. Thanks so much for posting this, JX223! I was able to see this ad three times today. I knew that Danny could play the piano, as I remembered a friend of his saying it, but I had never seen him play. That was really nice, and Danny sounded good.

    I hope the speculation about the tour is right. That would be awesome! It’s very obvious that Danny and his band are very excited about the upcoming tour.

    I also look forward to seeing Danny on AI on March 4, that is if his new drummer

    I thought that Danny sounded good playing the piano and singing too aek. I thought that folgers ad with him was cute. :)

    I really do hope the speculation about Danny touring with Sugarland is true as well. I believe that it is, I have seen at least two dates mentioning him touring with them and Jake Owens. And I hope that he will be on the full tour with them. That would be really great for him and expose him to a lot of new music fans.

    And I believe that it is true that he will be back on March 4. That is an elimination night, and the week his album drops. So I could see him back on AI performing that night promoting his single and album. Hopefully he will get a boost in sales for his single and album after he performs that night.

  113. Brandon Fraley, the keyboard player/background vocalist in Danny’s band, just tweeted this. Interesting, had no notion a private jet would fly that fast.

    This is why I love flying in a private jet!! Wow! So fast!!!! http://yfrog.com/1dp2wtj

  114. Most if not all singers use autotune when making their albums, I understand.

    not all singers use it, or even have need of it, thank goodness… i’m a little old school, and like my vocals pure, though that is getting to be a few and far between kinda thing… i guess it explains some of my love of david a’s voice… it just has that clarity, that tone, that crystal clear pureness i love to hear, without a lot of frou frou or embellishments added from the studio added… this entry is from one of the engineers posted during one of david a’s recording sessions for his debut cd… it made me very happy to read it then, and now…


    Thursday, September 04, 2008

    Jive Records David Archuleta Recording at Winterland Studios

    We just hosted David Archuleta along with his producer Eman in Studio A. David was the runner up on the last season of American Idol and is signed to Jive Records.

    We were impressed with their professionalism and talent. Its easy to be sceptical when someone is young and hits it big because of being on TV in front of millions, but this boy can sing. No Autotune needed.

    http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=117808213&blogId=430127144

  115. Diana DeGarmo is returning to Broadway, as part of the cast of the Tony award winning musical “Hair.” From twitter.com/broadwaygirlNYC:

    My sources at @hairtribe CONFIRM @DianaDeGarmo will be part of the new cast!!

  116. David Cook was very busy on Twitter today – besides sending kudos to Kelly Clarkson for her defense of AI, and tweeting one of his cowriters about Talking Heads there was this:

    Bob Harper (the trainer from the reality series The Biggest Loser) tweeted :

    I was working out yesterday and David Cook was in the gym…he was one of my favorite Idol’s….going to the gym now. Day off today!!!

    and David replied with:

    Thanks, @MyTrainerBob! Hopefully, you didn’t see me gasping for air…

    to which Bob replied:

    @thedavidcook No, you were doing GREAT…just like the Rock Star that you are!!

    PS- I don’t think this was posted before; I looked thru the thread

  117. I think Katy Allen is lonely and/or bored, since ever since Kris went off to the Philippines, she’s been tweeting a lot.

    This one was pretty funny (referencing the t.c. show Real Housewives of…)

    drake & I used to call ourselves the real housewives of AI RT @Marthaa_JB: there should be a show called Housewives of American Idol about 1 hour ago from Echofon

  118. Kris and Adam seem to be regaining their footing on the iTunes chart:

    current positions:

    #21 LLWD
    #29 WWFM

  119. I’m watching “NightLine” feature of Simon Cowell, and it kind of makes me mad, but this is the media, so I guess I should have known better.

    Anyway, at the beginning the host said “He can be cranky……..behind AI, and in the process he makes huge amount of money and also create superstars like AL and Kelly C.”

    Montage of people auditioning and coming out giddy with golden tickets “….It is the hunger that makes AI what it is. The hunger you can see on the audition, people desperate for fame and fortune” clip of Kris singing No Boundaries after he won.

    “While only the very few only reach this point where they pick the best” while showing films of Kelly, Carrie and Ruben.

    OK, I could be over reacting, since the picture of Kris and Kelly is back to back, so it could be that Kris clip is meant for the “pick the best ” line, but seriously, it was right after “desperate for fame and fortune”.

    LOL. Hopefully somebody upload this.

  120. I’m thinking that maybe they meant that Kris singing the “coronation song” represented the fame and fortune that the auditioners are desperate for. I’m glad you caught the show, hopefully there’ll be a youtube.

  121. I doubt Nightline was suggesting anything there. No one would ever describe Kris as desperate for fame and fortune…

  122. Friday updates:

    POP:
    20 17 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 3840 3600 240 22.871
    +62 Spins
    +24 Bullet
    +0.428 AI

    HAC:
    9 8 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 2889 2658 231 14.817
    +24 Spins
    -25 Bullet
    +0.023 AI

    POP:
    27 22 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 2864 2478 386 20.378
    +60 Spins
    -21 Bullet
    +0.377 AI

    HAC:
    33 29 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 597 488 109 2.023
    +10 Spins
    -32 Bullet
    -0.009 AI

    iTunes

    #22 LLWD
    #29 WWFM

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