Idol Headlines for 02/09/10

“American Idol” hopeful from Seattle didn’t make it to Hollywood afterall

Soon after Danelle Hayes finished her audition on last Tuesday night’s “American Idol, ” the buzz started to rise on the Web that the 24-year-old from Seattle was a contender. The judges gave her a coveted “golden ticket, ” meaning that she had made it to the “Hollywood round” of the popular reality-TV singing contest.

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Said one person on Twitter: “I am 1000000% positive Danelle Hayes from Seattle Washington is the Next American Idol! Period.”

Not so fast. Her run on the show officially ended with that golden ticket.

Nicole Gonzalez, a spokesperson for “American Idol, ” confirmed Monday that Hayes did not, in fact, compete in the Hollywood round, which was taped a few weeks ago and airs beginning Tuesday night on Channel 13. Gonzales indicated it was their policy to not comment any more than that.

(Watch Danelle’s audition HERE. Every year there are a handful of golden ticket holders who don’t make it to Hollywood for one reason or another. Sometimes they fail the post-audition background checks. Typically though, these contestants aren’t featured on TV)

Seattle Times

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This year, ‘Idol’ keeps cards close to the vest

Going into American Idol’s Hollywood rounds tonight (Fox, 8 ET/PT), what has the show told us about this season’s talent pool?

Not much.

Nine years in, regular viewers have learned to expect little more from auditions than a few heart-tugging back stories and displays of raw talent. Idol producers may have introduced this season’s eventual winner, but they haven’t divulged much about that person’s potential.

USA Today

4 strong ‘American Idol’ starters could go the distance

An enthusiastically received audition isn’t a reliable indicator of future performance on American Idol, but it can reveal traits that will serve the singer well in competition.

USA TODAY looks at four contestants whose strong introductions suggest a long run.

USA Today

Ellen, Simon ‘have locked horns’ on ‘Idol’

Many expect DeGeneres to slip on Paula Abdul’s rose-colored glasses, but what’s behind the beef with Cowell? For starters, the talk-show host’s first day at “Idol” happened, unfortunately, to be the same day Cowell went to the Fox TCA press conference to announce he was quitting the show. This led to Cowell being late for his “Idol” taping, which led to DeGeneres being annoyed with him before he even walked into the room, according a source close to Fox.

What made it worse was that Cowell, too, was “in a horrible mood, ” said the source. (Apparently, quitting a job that pays you many millions a year for another job that will pay you even more begets a case of the grumps. Who knew?) So Cowell had little patience for DeGeneres’ impatience, but that’s not all: Because of his mood, the contestants, probably unbeknownst to them, were skating on the thinnest of ice. When they made a misstep, Cowell was ready to step all over their dreams, at which point DeGeneres felt the need to take Cowell to task for breaking the hearts of hopefuls.

MSNBC

Ellen DeGeneres Makes ‘American Idol’ Debut Tonight

On Tuesday night (February 9), we find out what kind of chemistry — if any — talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres has with the rest of the “American Idol” judging panel as the comedian makes her debut as the fourth judge during the start of Hollywood Week.

In the early going, DeGeneres reportedly clashed at times with lead judge Simon Cowell, who is departing at the end of the current season, a move that has set off rampant speculation about who might fill his opinionated shoes next season.

MTV

Here’s Ellen

Ellen DeGeneres kicks off her “American Idol” career tonight — and she’s already having problems with Simon Cowell.

Or so it seems.

DeGeneres opens a new era in the life of TV’s most popular show as she replaces Paula Abdul as the show’s fourth judge.

The episode, taped last month in LA, starts the Hollywood round of auditions — four nights of taped performances that air through next Wednesday night and end with the judge’s choice of the top 24 semi-finalists.

The true test will come later this month when “Idol” goes live and Ellen will have to prove she can dance with Simon and the rest of the cast.

NYPost

Big changes will challenge ‘Idol’s’ empire

As “American Idol” heads into its Hollywood round this week, it is once again the No. 1 series on television. But with new judge Ellen DeGeneres replacing the beloved and befuddling Paula Abdul beginning tonight, the quotable Simon Cowell signing off at the end of this season and the show’s star-making powers in need of a boost, the ninth installment of Fox’s singing competition finds itself in an unfamiliar spot: a creative crossroads.

While the judges prepare to choose this year’s 24 semifinalists, “American Idol” could be looking at its last season as a ratings champ. Or it could be on the verge of renaissance. Either way, prime time’s biggest winner is about to have one game-changing year.

“I definitely think ‘Idol’ is in a period of transition, ” said Sandra Deane, editor for AOL Television. “Every week we see that the ratings are stable and still unbeatable, but this may be the last big easy win for them. People will stick around for Simon’s last season, but the transition to next season will be a huge, huge challenge. And I don’t know how they’re going to pull it off.”

SignOnSanDiego

Will Ellen Boost or Bog Down ‘Idol’ Viewership?

After months of speculation, Ellen DeGeneres will finally have the chance to prove herself worthy of the seat between ‘American Idol’ judges Kara, Randy and Simon. Tuesday night marks her much anticipated ‘Idol’ debut, replacing former judge Paula Abdul.

The addition of DeGeneres to the gang is expected to boost viewership, which has been down compared to previous seasons, Reuters reports. Fox is hoping these viewers will stick around for the rest of the season.

Popeater

Kris Allen wows Malaysian fans

KUALA LUMPUR: American Idol winner Kris Allen wowed the crowd of about 800 people with his guitar and folksy style here.

The reality show’s eighth season victor’s showcase included his hit song Live Like We’re Dying.

Allen said he considered being able to perform in Malaysia a “blessing”.

“A year and a half ago, I was in my small apartment, not really doing anything. Who would have thought that I’d end up here?” said the soft-spoken singer, whose self-titled post-Idol album has sold about 245, 000 copies to date.

The Star

Still a chance to join Adam Lambert’s party

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will put 200 more tickets up for sale at 10 a.m. today for Adam Lambert’s “Glamily Reunion” on Feb. 27.

Four hundred tickets for the pre-concert event sold in less than two hours Monday.

Lambert fans posted their distress on Internet discussion boards, said Ciara Green, the casino’s public relations manager. So casino management decided to open the hotel’s 12th floor Wine Bar for an additional 200 “Glamily Reunion” guests.

Ticket holders for the “Glamily Reunion” in the casino’s mezzanine cannot trade tickets for the wine bar, or the other way around.

My Desert

Jeffrey Steele & Friends 2010

We are very excited about our big fundraiser coming up March 11th 2010 at Rocketown. This will be a huge bash to Remember Alex and raise money for the incredible programs set up in his name to help overlooked and at-risk youth. The Alex LeVasseur Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has helped countless teens to date and has several projects lined up to do even more. We would love you to be a part of this incredible event. Tickets are extremely limited and are moving fast. This will be the go-to event of the year, you don’t want to miss it. You can get yours today HERE.

Oh, and did we mention American Idol’s Danny Gokey will be performing at this year’s event as well!

Join us March 11, 2010 @ Rocketown in Nashville, TN

Jeffrey Steele.net

Jordin Sparks: Miami Beachfront Singer

Giving some fans a very special treat, Jordin Sparks performed an improptu concert on Miami Beach’s boardwalk earlier today (February 8).

Dressed in casually in jeans and button-up, the former American Idol grabbed her guitar and sang two acoustic songs, attracting quite the crowd.

The beautiful singer wanted to show gratitude for those who covered her events this weekend at the 2nd annual Jordin Sparks Experience held at the Eden Roc hotel.

Celebrity-Gossip.net

Ruben Studdard Interview, AOL Autos

Ruben Studdard talks cars with AOL Autos. (Fun Interview!)

Vimeo

‘Idol’ champ Fantasia finds voice on stage

Most people know Fantasia Barrino as the golden-voiced winner of “American Idol’s” third season back in 2004 – a woman whose performance of “Summertime” stunned judges and audiences alike. Hard-to-please Simon Cowell said she was the best “Idol” contestant, ever.

Fantasia, who is known universally by her first name, thinks of herself as the real-life incarnation of Celie, the remarkable heroine of “The Color Purple.” It’s a role she knows well – she was a sensation as Celie on Broadway in 2007. Her performance prompted an astounding $34 million in advance ticket sales.

We caught up with Fantasia recently as she prepared to play Celie again in the Los Angeles production of “The Color Purple, ” which opens Feb. 11 at the Pantages Theatre.

OC Register

Local photographer to exhibit his band works

The exhibit, “X, ” chronicles 10 years of music people in iconic situations. It’s a who’s who of Oklahoma and Tulsa music. Close to 30 photos will be on display, said Kerr. And every band included is invited to attend. All of the work will be for sale, including an intimate “out-take” that has since turned into one of his favorite photos.

In the black-and-white still, “American Idol” winner and former Tulsa bartender David Cook poses for a candid photo in 2005, before his rocket ride to fame. Cook took time out from a photo shoot with his band, Midwest Kings, for this shot.

Tulsa World

Revealed: The girl putting the X Factor in Simon Cowell’s life

He’s already fabulously rich and famous. But Simon Cowell now has another reason to feel pleased with himself.

And she’s sitting on the back seat behind him.

The lady in question is Mezhgan Hussainy and – after months of secrecy – she and Cowell have finally been pictured out together as an item.

The X Factor supremo had kept the burgeoning romance with the stunning make-up artist under wraps.

The couple, who met on Cowell’s TV hit American Idol in 2003, were spotted at the weekend as they left the upmarket Mr Chow restaurant in Knightsbridge – with Cowell’s ex-girlfriend Jackie St Claire and her husband Carl in tow.

Daily Mail

The CW to premiere Tinsley Mortimer’s ‘High Society’ on March 10

The CW has announced High Society, a new docu-reality series that will follow Tinsley Mortimer and other members of New York City’s young and wealthy socialite scene, will premiere on Wednesday, March 10 at 9:30PM ET/PT.

In addition, the series will also include Constantine Maroulis — as the former American Idol fourth-season finalist was seen canoodling with Mortimer around New York City late last year.

However it was subsequently reported that Maroulis was cast to play Mortimer’s love interest for the show and once filming stopped, so apparently did their relationship. Mortimer was seen “on the prowl” at Sundance late last month, according to the New York Post.

Reality TV World

The 10 Best Hollywood Week ‘Idol’ performances

I am of the opinion that “American Idol” is split into two categories every year — the freak parade (auditions) and the talent competition (everything after). And as is true each season, I only make “Idol” appointment viewing during this second stretch.

Thankfully, Hollywood Week kicks off tonight, promising the intentionally awful singers are gone and the unintentional awfulness begins. Forgotten lyrics, stage fright, all nighters that lead to verbal smackdowns — this is when “Idol” gets good!

NY Post

‘Idol’ dream begins for Chelsea’s Ashley Rodriguez

“The difference is that her voice is much more supported, and much more solid (now), ” he said. “Also, some of the things she does with her voice are much more deliberate. When she was younger, she would reach for something and get there, but her voice directed her, (it was) not her directing her voice.”

As the competition moves forward, the faculty at Berklee are anxious to see what happens next.

“The fact that they gave her airtime is good, but it is hard to tell, ” said Ken Zambello, head of the school’s competitive Singers’ Showcase, which Rodriguez performed in twice.

Boston Herald

‘American Idol’ Season Nine: The Year Of The Parents

This year’s “American Idol” audition rounds presented a veritable baby boom of young parents aiming for their shot at stardom, often with a newborn or adorable moppet on their hip or clutching too-cute-for-words crayon pictures for the judges.

From the hyper-focused Andrew Garcia, himself the son of former Los Angeles gangbangers, who is in search of a better life for his own young boy, to hulking personal trainer and expectant father Michael Lynche, who might have already washed out because his father allegedly blabbed about his Hollywood experience to a local Florida paper, moms and dads were featured in nearly every audition episode for season nine.

MTV

OK!’s Idol Roundtable: Anoop, Mikalah & Diana Dish on Last Week of Auditions

Of the more than a million people across the country who have auditioned for American Idol, only a few dozen know what it’s truly like to live the Idol life. And that’s why OKmagazine.com brings you Idol Round Table, where former finalists Mikalah Gordon, Anoop Desai and Diana DeGarmo — and some special guests — will share their insider insights on the new season.

This week we asked our experts what they thought of the last week of auditions, before tonight’s episode featuring the first night of Hollywood week.

OK Magazine

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261 Comments

  1. POP:
    22 19 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 3202 2666 536 22.260
    +103 Spins
    +56 Bullet
    +0.750 AI

    HAC:
    30 26 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 695 557 138 2.685
    +25 Spins
    +4 Bullet
    +0.198 AI

    POP:
    17 17 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 4064 3724 340 24.934
    +46 Spins
    +34 Bullet
    +0.561 AI

    HAC:
    8 8 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 2958 2828 130 14.730
    +21 Spins
    -16 Bullet
    +0.048 AI

    62 62 ALLISON IRAHETA Friday I’ll Be Over U 239 215 24 0.558

  2. Problems with Ellen and Simon on the first day?! Although you know they will play up that angle since it is Simon’s last season anyway.

    Kudos to Danny for the Jeffrey Steele event. He has been doing charity events just non stop. He truly puts his actions where his mouth is, saying he wants to mix a cause behind his music. I hope he sings “Tiny Life” for Jeffrey Steele off his album, since Jeffrey wrote it. Beautiful song.

    The reunion for AL fans sounds fun. Its great fun to meet people you have only corresponded with on line!

  3. Wow! good update for Adam! Looks like the radio is playing his song. Even with his big increases in spins, not sure how long he can hold off Kesha and the Fetus. But maybe some ahead of him will drop soon. Looks like Kris is stalling. Does anyone know why? I am sure it is harder to move up once you get in the top 20.

  4. Maybe Danelle couldn’t get the time off work or school or something?

  5. That article about the Tulsa photographer is great and I love that picture of David Cook. Thanks for bringing it over. Another voice from the Tulsa music scene that knew David but did not seem to impressed with him even though he was talented and hard working. I wonder sometimes if these folks ever listened to David sing.

  6. Kudos to Danny for the Jeffrey Steele event. He has been doing charity events just non stop. He truly puts his actions where his mouth is, saying he wants to mix a cause behind his music. I hope he sings “Tiny Life” for Jeffrey Steele off his album, since Jeffrey wrote it. Beautiful song.

    Danny’s been sounding really good with Tiny Life in recent performances. It’s one of those songs with a lotta words but he’s got a nice flow going with it and it really builds into the middle and end.

    I know mj posted here earlier on that this was a song Jeffrey wrote and performed at a club some years ago. It’s interesting no one else ever recorded it until now. Not sure if other artists didn’t relate to it or feel they could sing it, or maybe it was too personal for Jeffrey to let someone else take on until recently. Jeffrey may have felt he could share it with Danny given their somewhat parallel experiences.

  7. This was just posted by the RCA mod at AO re Adam’s AOL sessions:

    “Adam’s should be up in the coming days…the lawyers finally hashed their issues out. Stand by…”

    BTW, great update for WWFM. With all those HAC adds yesterday, it’s going to take off there as well.

  8. That article about the Tulsa photographer is great and I love that picture of David Cook. Thanks for bringing it over. Another voice from the Tulsa music scene that knew David but did not seem to impressed with him even though he was talented and hard working. I wonder sometimes if these folks ever listened to David sing.

    So true– the quotes in the article from the photographer are very telling. He was way in the back of the MWK band shots, and he was always hanging around the studio making music, but blending in the background. No one noticed him at all.

    “We peeled off to do a couple of shots,” said Kerr. “This picture was a fluke.”

    In fact, Cook was in the far back of many of the group shots Kerr shot that day with MWK.

    “He was always hanging out at my studio, laying on the couch, creating, making music. He was furniture. No kidding. I didn’t give any of it much thought at the time. “Months later, someone said, ‘Have you seen Cookie on ‘American Idol’?’ ” said Kerr. “Looking back on it, though, once anyone heard him sing solo, you knew he was gonna win it.”

  9. Well Courtney Hazlett, who wrote that MSNBC piece is just a hack, from my experience with reading her previous work, so I take what she wrote with a salt-lick of skepticism. But she does just seem to be parrotting what mj had reported on awhile ago here. The story may be true, or may not and just a way to drum up more publicity. No idea. I do think that the ratings will go up tonight as people tune into catch Ellen, and to finally seem some good people singing well. I think audition bad singing/sob story fatigue has come and past for this season. Well at least it had for the people I know still watching the show.

    So yay! Hollywood week and getting the show started with all that, ya know, singing stuff.

    Good increase for Adam in pop, but yeah, we’lll see if he can hold off the fetus with hair and Ke$ha. *fingers crossed though*

    Kris is holding in there with airplay, so good for him. I assume it gets tougher the higher up you go, to go up? or is that me making an ass out of, well you get the rest. I also assume that Kris is holding his own on iTunes, because he has been very consistent and will no doubt have another great week in sales. Which will be cool.

  10. Looks like Kris is stalling. Does anyone know why? I am sure it is harder to move up once you get in the top 20.

    LLWD had a spin increase of +40 today and one of +80 yesterday, it also has a bullet of 340, so how can this be an example of the song stalling?

    The song also passed “Down” today. If you mean why hasn’t LLWD moved higher up in the ranking as WWFM has done, I think the answer lies in the fact that songs like 3 and Already Gone are falling, which allowed WWFM to advance, while songs like Carry Out and Bedrock are increasing spins, just as LLWD is.

  11. Guy Oseary would make a lot of sense as an AI judge…he certainly has the music industry credentials

    I do think he would be a good choice to replace Simon, but I am convinced that if they go with an unknown to the general public person, then Randy can kiss the show good bye. They will want to bring in another judge who is well known to the public to increase the curiosity.

  12. babybelle32
    02/09/2010 at 10:46 am
    Looks like Kris is stalling. Does anyone know why? I am sure it is harder to move up once you get in the top 20.

    LLWD had a spin increase of +40 today and one of +80 yesterday, it also has a bullet of 340, so how is this an example of the song stalling?

    The song also passed “Down” today. If you mean why hasn’t LLWD moved higher up in the ranking as WWFM has done, I think the answer lies in the fact that songs like 3 and Already Gone are falling, which allowed WWFM to advance, while songs like Carry Out and Bedrock are increasing spins, just as LLWD is.

    I wondered myself why Kris was still at 17 even though he has 340 more spins. Other songs below it dropping and allowing Adam to move up makes sense. Thanks for the explanation. This stuff is complicated! :D

  13. Looks like Kris is stalling. Does anyone know why? I am sure it is harder to move up once you get in the top 20.

    Way harder to move up, really. Look at how many spins behind Kris Adam is on pop, when Adam is currently 19 to Kris’s 17. And the gaps are way bigger when you get to the even lower numbers.

  14. If you mean why hasn’t LLWD moved higher up in the ranking as WWFM has done, I think the answer lies in the fact that songs like 3 and Already Gone are falling, which allowed WWFM to advance, while songs like Carry Out and Bedrock are increasing spins, just as LLWD is.

    That is exactly what I meant. Thanks for the explanation. As I said, I figure it is harder to move up once in the top 20.

  15. LambertUK: Sony confirm Adam Lambert will be visiting the UK from the 20th-27th March 7 minutes ago from web

    FantasySprings Our concert is officially on Adam Official http://bit.ly/byOckE About 500 tix left. 2 minutes ago from TweetDeck

  16. Saw someone commenting that the venue for Danny’s album release event is a “historic” site. Looked it up, sure enough it does seem to be:

    http://www.pabsttheater.org/about.html

    Milwaukee’s jewel box, The Pabst Theater, was built in 1895 by brewing magnate Captain Frederick Pabst, (left) and was designed by architect Otto Strack in the tradition of the great European opera houses.

    The Pabst Theater has been designated as a City of Milwaukee Landmark, a State of Wisconsin Historical Site, and a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1895, The Pabst is the fourth oldest continuous operating theater in the United States.

    That should be very cool for Danny to have his event in his hometown city, and at an interesting landmark venue.

  17. LambertUK: Sony confirm Adam Lambert will be visiting the UK from the 20th-27th March 7 minutes ago from web

    A week long album promo tour? Can you imagine how many hours and hours of interviews Adam will do? Look at how many he did in 48 hours in Canada!
    What always surprises me is not only the amount of interviews Adam does, but the length of his interviews. Also, there is a huge amount of information he packs into each interview segment.
    Adam’s UK promo actually starts this week. He is meeting with a PR person from the UK this while in New York to begin the process. It seems he already has some online interviews (from the UK) scheduled to do from NYC.

  18. download links to 2 radio interviews in Singapore Kris did today. He again tries out the local cuisine — in this case durin — with some funny results!

    JeanDanker
    #Kris Allen is very laidback and had durian breath! Haha! Catch the encore broadcast of the chat we had – today (wed) @ 7:35am on Class 95! 18 minutes ago from web

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/nzmakn

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/mqgkjo

    in case you don’t know what durian is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian

  19. Do we know if Adam is doing any performances during his UK promo tour? Even say an acoustic something or other for a radio station? Or is it going to strictly be interviews and photo ops?

  20. Gimme a sec girlygirl… this is what we know; from the lambrits

    We’re getting closer to confirming the dates he will be in and where he will be on those days – we will keep you updated!It looks like he will be flying into the UK on the 20th March, and leaving for Europe on the 27th so we will have him for a full week. Sunday 21st he will fly up to Glasgow, and then work his way down the country on a regional radio tour, arriving back in London on Thursday 25th March.

  21. #Kris Allen is very laidback and had durian breath!Haha! Catch the encore broadcast of the chat we had – today (wed) @ 7:35am on Class 95! 18 minutes ago from web

    Seriously? How can a good looking guy like Kris had durian breath??!! eewww

  22. saga

    thanks! yeah, I had seen that before. but it doesn’t seem like they know if he’s going to be performing at any of these stations. both Allison and Kris have done some acoustic performances when visiting stations, so maybe Adam will, too. He did tweet that he and the band are working on acoustic versions of some of his songs…

    PS – the radio interview where Kris eats the durian is evidently a partial recording. According to reports, he also does his own version of Pants on the Ground and talks about some other stuff.

  23. uglyduck

    Because the deejays talked him into trying durian? From what I understand, that has a very strong odor and aftertaste that lingers? Kris didn’t like it very much…

  24. All songs benefit from other songs falling down the rankings. LLWD benefited at some point from the same thing WWFM is benefiting from now. It’s always a “give and take” on the POP mediabase it seems.

  25. uglyduck they had him try it during the interview they had with him. I didn’t get to hear the interview thou. And my computer what let me download with that type. So I’ll have to try and listen when they do there repeat of that.How far ahead are they.

  26. thanks! yeah, I had seen that before. but it doesn’t seem like they know if he’s going to be performing at any of these stations. both Allison and Kris have done some acoustic performances when visiting stations, so maybe Adam will, too. He did tweet that he and the band are working on acoustic versions of some of his songs…

    Well Adam tweeted that he was rehearsing accoustic arrangements of his songs. I guess Tommy or Monte will go with him to UK?

  27. I am thrilled that Danny is doing the charity event for Jeffrey Steele’s foundation. I am so happy that country music professionals seem to be embracing Danny. You never know how the new kid on the block will be treated but from everything I have seen so far from country music artists, radio DJ’s, songwriters, etc, they seem to be accepting Danny. – it could be because they see that he is sincere and a really nice guy with a great voice and hard work ethic.

  28. ilovekrisallen39

    Singapore is in the same time zone as the Philippines — so 13 hours ahead of US East Coast time, 16 hours ahead of US West Coast time

  29. iTunes update:

    #17 LLWD
    #28 WWFM
    #334 FYE

    (Danny, Allison and Matt are not in the Top 1000)

    #82 Kris Allen
    #146/#254 FYE

    (Allison is not in the Top 1000; neither is Danny’s album — will be interesting to see whether the $7.99 price gives him a big boost now that people can preorder it on iTunes)

  30. oh i see then girlygirl and ilovekrisallen39, poor Kris!
    I actually like durian ice cream, but not the durian fruit, and it has a very strong smell!! uughh poor Kris, but thumbs up for trying durian! he’s very brave LOL! still hate that I had to go back to Jakarta a week before Kris is coming to KL :(

  31. thanks! yeah, I had seen that before. but it doesn’t seem like they know if he’s going to be performing at any of these stations. both Allison and Kris have done some acoustic performances when visiting stations, so maybe Adam will, too. He did tweet that he and the band are working on acoustic versions of some of his songs…

    Well Adam tweeted that he was rehearsing accoustic arrangements of his songs. I guess Tommy or Monte will go with him to UK?

    I think it’s more likely that he’s rehearsing those for the NYC concert with Kris and Allison, but acoustic performances at radio stations would be cool. It seems that he’s going to the UK twice, so if he’s doing a radio tour this time (without performances), maybe the next time will involve performances on talk shows and that sort of thing?

  32. Soooo… I take it Adam is gonna do a full radio tour in the UK? From what Im understanding? Is he gonna sing at these too like other artists do?

    It doesnt seems he’s even done a full radio tour even in the US like kris and Allison are doing.. going around to radio stations around the country, performing acoustic versions etc etc. Also Shontelle(because I follow her and she is a non-idol) is doing promo radio tour in the us *again* for her lead single of her 2nd cd. You’d think adam would do those sorta things like most new artists are do.They are all putting in the work.

    Im just not getting this.. shouldnt he be doing this in the US at least first? (a few interviews at a few big radio stations is hardly a radio promo tour)

  33. Thanks girlgirl. I found a link just now to the chart for time differences,so now I can look for it that way. So excited that Adam and Kris are doing so well on the charts and radio play. Can’t wait to hear reports on how the concert was after they perform on Friday. And so happy tonight is Idol night.

  34. No Top 40 Adds yet today for WWFM? I was hoping for Cumulus this week.

    If Adam can promote and chart overseas it’s definitely worth the time upfront. He can come back and make the radio rounds in the US for the next single in a few months.

  35. Is he gonna sing at these too like other artists do?

    It doesnt seems he’s even done a full radio tour even in the US like kris and Allison are doing.. going around to radio stations around the country, performing acoustic versions etc etc.

    Not all artists perform during radio tours. Some do/some don’t. I don’t know why RCA/19 hasn’t had Adam do it. Doesn’t seem to have hurt the progress of WWFM. Hasn’t helped Allison (unfortunately). Kris has only done a few in studio acoustic performances; he has done a lot of interviews w/o performing.

  36. Re Danelle Hayes not making it to Hollywood, can’t say I’m too surprised. She was very promising as a vocalist/performer, but her attitude seemed entirely wrong for the competition.

    Wasn’t she breaking down in tears over working corporate music gigs? I feel like she was absolutely miserable doing those kinds of gigs, which makes you wonder, does she really have it to make it as a big league musician? Even if you win AI, it is no easy road – just ask David Cook, or Kris, or Adam, or any of them – constantly touring, interviewing, doing small gigs, travelling, no sleep. It is not an easy job. If some corporate gigs were taking such a toll, I can only imagine what a bigger music career would do to her.

    BTW – really looking forward to seeing Ellen tonight, and to the beginning of H-wood week! Hope there’s some good talent this year, though I’d be just fine with a year of not getting totally over-invested in anyone too ;-)

  37. No Top 40 Adds yet today for WWFM? I was hoping for Cumulus this week

    .

    I see 4 — 3 in the US, 1 in Canada

  38. I don’t think the acoustic arrangements are for Rock my Town since all band members will be there including Zac, that handles the programming of backing tracks and stuff (including playing the keyboard).

  39. Can’t wait to hear reports on how the concert was after they perform on Friday.

    I can’t wait for the concert either! Hope we get some good vids/audio!!

  40. I don’t think the acoustic arrangements are for Rock my Town since all band members will be there including Zac, that handles the programming of backing tracks and stuff (including playing the keyboard).

    some guy on twitter claims that he is watching adam rehearse acoustic songs for “the show tonight”….don’t know what he is talking about

  41. You’d think adam would do those sorta things like most new artists are do.They are all putting in the work.

    I think Adam is putting in the work. His “work” may be different than others but that doesn’t mean he isn’t doing work to promote his songs.

  42. some guy on twitter claims that he is watching adam rehearse acoustic songs for “the show tonight”….don’t know what he is talking about

    Is Adam already in NY? Or somewhere else?

  43. Is Adam already in NY? Or somewhere else?

    dunno…i saw on twitter that he is “here” (wherever that is) and that he is going to TopShop and doing Wendy Williams show (doesn’t she tape in NYC?)….Adam and Wendy will be GREAT!

  44. Wendy Williams!? OMG – that is awesome! She is hilarious! It might show up on The Soup, too – since Joel McHale and Wendy are like “this”!

  45. Well, i don’t know if Adam will be on wendy williams…he is not listed as a guest this week…so maybe this tweeter didn’t know what he/she was talking about

  46. But I would expect that Adam will tape a couple of TV appearances while he is in NYC and hope he does Wendy’s show bc the two of them together would be a gas

  47. frogcooke:

    Adam has given tons of interviews at radio stations. Do you mean do some concerts like the JBBs? Or like the MeetBall?
    The Canadian promo tour was successful. He interviewed and made appearances at their “MTV” station. Then they played his single or video. Adam is selling well there and his album, singles, and videos are charting! Mission accomplished.

    I’m thinking of when my Top 40 radio station does interviews with an artist. If they are in town for a concert or just promoting a song, the dj asks them a few questions and then they play their song. If the song isn’t in heavy rotation at the radio station, it’s an opportunity to introduce the song to new listeners. This will be the case for the UK radio tour. Why sing something accoustic when the station isn’t even playing your song? It will be an opportunity for WWFM to be introduced to people that aren’t familiar with it. Listeners can hear an articulate an thoughtful interview and then they can hear WWFM for the first time.

    I’ve never heard an artist (and we’ve had LOTS of AI alumni around here) give acoustic performances over the radio. I just don’t get the point of that. Why give an acoustic performance of your brand new single that you are trying to promote? They are trying to get you to buy the recorded version of the song. Why not play it?

  48. David Archuleta’s “Crush” won Ballad of the Year in Peru’s 2009 Planeta Awards. It tied with Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb.”

    Source: Planeta Awards

  49. apparently adam is in NYC and doing something at TopShop….

    Never mind…maybe he isn’t there…

  50. I was reading the Toronto Star today and in the entertainment section they list WWFM as #5 in Canada Itunes downloads :)

  51. I’ve never heard an artist (and we’ve had LOTS of AI alumni around here) give acoustic performances over the radio. I just don’t get the point of that. Why give an acoustic performance of your brand new single that you are trying to promote? They are trying to get you to buy the recorded version of the song. Why not play it?

    My local radio station does that all the time. They even make you do an acoustic cover of a song outside of your genre. From years of hearing the results of radio interviews on this blog, I don’t think my radio station is unique.

    I think they do it to make it special. They have the person in studio. They can play the recorded song any time they like. Hearing a musician do a live, unique version makes it “Must Listen to Radio” as opposed to “I Can Hear that Anytime Radio”. I think it’s the same principle of why people attend tours. They could just stay home and listen to the CD from the comfort of their favourite chair, but there is something special about a live version. Something that causes them to pay big bucks, stand around for hours (or sit in uncomfortable event seating) and pay 3x too much for a beer.

    I think they tend to do acoustic versions because Radio stations are not concert venues. They have small studios and the setup time needs to be fairly quick (since they are doing a live radio show already). You can stick a couple of guys with acoustic guitars in the room and you have your show.

    So, you do the little interview/acoustic show and then the radio station pays you back (sometimes) by playing the crap out of your song. Bonus is that listeners develop a stronger connection to you because “hey, I heard that guy singing live on the radio. And unlike Taylor Swift, he can sing!”

  52. 98.7FM here in L.A. even has acoustic gigs when listeners can win tickets. Then they rebroadcast the thing at a later date. Similiar to the gig Kris did in Philadelphia back in December. Those are very popular with the listeners. (On a similar note, I wish MTV still did those unplugged sessions — I actually ended up buying the CDs of several of those). Even doing one song acoustically during a radio promo is a lot of fun to hear. Gives me a different take on the song. And the stations almost always play the recorded version of the artist’s single at some point before, during or after the interview anyway.

  53. Meanwhile, Adam and Kris have each picked up one Top 40 add today — from the same radio station — an unmonitored one in Joplin, MO.

  54. On a similar note, I wish MTV still did those unplugged sessions — I actually ended up buying the CDs of several of those

    Yes!!! Nirvana’s unplugged album is one of my all time favourites! But MTV hardly shows music anymore, does it?

    My hunch is that the accoustic arrangements Adam is talking about are for something within the next few days- I’m guessing the Kradison concert. What would be the point of wasting rehearsal time for something that only happens next month, especially when you have a concert in a few days- that you haven’t rehearsed for yet because you were in birthday/grammy/vacation celebrations?

    So I’ll be looking forward for some accoustic songs at the Kradiso concert…
    And who knows? Maybe all three of them will sing together something? Maybe a song from each of their albums, sung by all of them? Probably unlikely, but could be nice… :-)

  55. Meanwhile, Adam and Kris have each picked up one Top 40 add today — from the same radio station — an unmonitored one in Joplin, MO.

    Are we looking at the same chart? BC I see 3 us top 40 (1 unmonitored)and 1 canada top 40 for WWFM

  56. So, you do the little interview/acoustic show and then the radio station pays you back (sometimes) by playing the crap out of your song. Bonus is that listeners develop a stronger connection to you because “hey, I heard that guy singing live on the radio. And unlike Taylor Swift, he can sing!”

    Well not like that not being able sing ever got in the way of Taylor Swift getting radio airplay and sales.

    And I’ve never heard acoustic versions of songs by visiting artists on my indie or Top 40 radio stations when I listened to them. Maybe an interview once and a while, but mostly just promos for the radio station, done while there was an interview, or so I would guess. Probably because my market was too small growing up, and now that I live in city, I don’t listen to that kind of radio.

    But who is to say that the radio station doesn’t pay people back for just doing interviews? That maybe working for Adam, and what the plan is. Not like playing for radio stations is working for Allison.

    Do I selfishly wish that Adam were doing more acoustic radio gigs? Sure. But outside of the few people that hear the performance of them at the radio station, no one outside the fans or bubble care. The only thing that really matters is airplay, and I don’t see any way to know that airplay = interview or interview+performance. So really if it’s just interview, than bang for the buck, easier and cheaper to just do that.

  57. 98.7FM here in L.A. even has acoustic gigs when listeners can win tickets. Then they rebroadcast the thing at a later date.

    yeah, the Star Lounge, right? those are awesome. not only does it make you appreciate the artist more, but its nice to hear a backstory/insight on the song.

  58. The only thing that really matters is airplay, and I don’t see any way to know that airplay = interview or interview+performance. So really if it’s just interview, than bang for the buck, easier and cheaper to just do that.

    im sure they have market research groups that work with labels and radio stations in determining that answer. does anyone here actually work for a label or in a big city market radio? or has done PR w. (working) musicians? anything besides wiki and google? :)

  59. My local radio station does that all the time. They even make you do an acoustic cover of a song outside of your genre. From years of hearing the results of radio interviews on this blog, I don’t think my radio station is unique.

    I’m sure they do this at some radio stations. They don’t do it at mine. Daughtry was on in October and he talked about his album, concert and some personal stuff. Then they played his single and talked up his concert.
    There have been tons of interviews posted from the idols this year. Most of them do not include an acoustic version of their single. Even Kris’ interviews don’t include an acoustic performance the majority of the time. I remember a lot of EARLY morning interviews where Kris didn’t sound like he had been awake long. He certainly didn’t sing at those times. But they played his single after the interview.
    So, You do a little interview and the radio station pays you back by playing the crap out of your song. (or not) Or you dj at their freakin’ radio station for a week and they still don’t add your song. :( Or people hear you on Oprah/Ellen/Conan/Leno/The View/Bonnie Hunt/Jimmy Fallon/The Morning Shows/etc. and they think “hey, that guy or girl can sing live…and he/she looks hot,cool,cute.”
    It’s all promotion.

  60. im sure they have market research groups that work with labels and radio stations in determining that answer. does anyone here actually work for a label or in a big city market radio? or has done PR w. (working) musicians? anything besides wiki and google

    I’m sure there are groups that do that. I meant all us amatuers here speculating on this, don’t really know. Now if someone whips out a spreadsheet where they’ve tracked the radio play to interviews only and interviews + acoustic song, I wouldn’t be surprised given the level of data that some people seem to collect around idol, and that would be great! Barring that, yeah not so much with the actually knowing.

  61. The answer could be maybe Adam is not being offered acoustic gigs at radio stations and he wasn’t offered an opportunity to sing at the Jingle Balls and Kris and Allison and Danny were.

  62. mmb

    WWFM has picked up 1 add today — the other Top 40 adds you see came yesterday…

  63. David Archuleta’s “Crush” won Ballad of the Year in Peru’s 2009 Planeta Awards.

    Cool. But Crush is a ballad? I’ve always thought it was more mid-tempo. I’m actually asking, cuz I dunno.

    My local radio station does that all the time.

    My HAC station does it too. I’ve heard Adele, Plain White Tees, gosh, a wide range of bands/artists actually. Usually they’re in town promoting a show as well.

  64. mmb, I don’t see those adds, where are you looking?

    My local Top 40 station has a morning show from 6-10am and then broadcast’s Ryan’s show and then just regular music play. I’ve never heard acoustic either, it would be fun though.

  65. mmb

    WWFM has picked up 1 add today — the other Top 40 adds you see came yesterday

    oh i see what you are saying…i just usually count all of the the hac ones together on mondays and all of the top 40 ones together on tuesdays (even if some came in on mondays) because of the mediabase deadlines (and because mediabase includes them all together that way on the main pages)….so WWFM has 4 top 40 adds for this week thus far, LLWD has 1 thus far.

  66. mmb, I don’t see those adds, where are you looking?

    you can see them using the “adds by song” or on the main menu, ask for top 40 and canada top 40 and it will list the number of adds for this week and tell you how many stations have reported thus far

  67. Speaking of promotion, does anyone know if any combination of Kris/Adam/Allison will be doing any interviews on Thursday or Friday leading up to the Kradison concert? When are they heading to NYC? I know Kris won’t be there until Thursday afternoon at the earliest, since he still has one more concert to do in Singapore tomorrow. But what about Adam and Allison?

    I would think that Jim C will try to get an interview with all three of them at once. Is Slezak going to cover this? Since the tickets had to be won and it’s a smallish venue, I don’t know if any of the other NY media will pay it much attention. And I don’t know if Z-100 would have any of them in-studio to promote it, since the radio station isn’t involved with the actual concert.

  68. Sometimes, in the Idol bubble, there is a philosophy that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. One idol does it and many AI fans then equate that promotional gig with the “correct” way to get themselves out in front of the masses.

    But is that really how the real world of music works. Every performer is different and every performer works with their peeps to find the best fit for them in the music industry. Obviously Jive felt that the trip to Manilla and such worked wonders for Archie and so they have set up the same type of gigs for Kris. Whether these performances translate to sales in the US is really a guessing game, by us the observer.

    Different Idols have radio promo’d in different ways. Some have made the rounds of a good number of radio stations and it has paid off in increased airplay for them…others have interviewed extensively with visual media. Some idols are good at the celebrity game because of their personalities, other tend to fall flat.

    Idols have done all kinds of tours…from college gigs to coffee houses to small SRO venues. Some idols have opened for large well known Disney stars…others have had the opportunity to tour with large established “stars”. A few idols have done radio sponsored acoustic performances for a handful of lucky radio contest winners, others do private gigs or convention shows.

    Is one really better than the other. I certainly don’t know ’cause I don’t have access to the financial bottom line. All I do know is that everyone of these guys and gals are different both musically and with their personas.

    edit: KEEP your remarks focused on the subject and OFF your fellow posters

  69. Speaking of promotion, does anyone know if any combination of Kris/Adam/Allison will be doing any interviews on Thursday or Friday leading up to the Kradison concert? When are they heading to NYC? I know Kris won’t be there until Thursday afternoon at the earliest, since he still has one more concert to do in Singapore tomorrow. But what about Adam and Allison?

    there are rumors that adam is doing the wendy williams show and I would bet that he has some other appearances scheduled….don’t kris and allison both have to be in florida for a jingle ball type thing right after the kradison concert?

  70. I think it is just a wee bit foolish to feel that everyone has to present themselves the exact same way. Just sayin’.

    ITA. Nor is it fair to insinuate that because an individual’s promotion plan differs from that of others that the individual is not “putting in the work”. It is not as if, while Kris and Allison, are doing acoustic gigs at radio stations that Adam is sitting in bed earing bonbons and watching tv.

  71. I’ve never heard an artist (and we’ve had LOTS of AI alumni around here) give acoustic performances over the radio. I just don’t get the point of that. Why give an acoustic performance of your brand new single that you are trying to promote? They are trying to get you to buy the recorded version of the song. Why not play it?

    Well, giving an acoustic performance does have a few benefits, I think:

    If you do a good job (and most of the Idols do), it tends to impress the djs a lot, and gets them to drool over you, which is probably a good thing.

    It also is a bonus that the station can offer to listeners, to web site visitors (since the performances often get posted), and to a select group of listeners who win a contest or something, because they can come in and hear you live; all of these are good for the station and, thus, most likely good for your chances of being played at that station.

    And they very often are asked to do a performance of more than one song, so listeners get a taste of the rest of the singer’s stuff — and that can’t be bad, when you’re talking album sales, for example.

    It may also build a little interest in people as tour performers, and potentially sell a ticket or two when a tour comes near.

    These things pretty much have to be acoustic, since you can’t really do these lengthy radio tours with a whole band and your whole band couldn’t play at the station anyway. Even big radio booths are *small.*
    Plus, the stations usually play the studio version of the song *too,* so you’re basically getting two spins of the song for the price of one by doing it.

  72. Obviously Jive felt that the trip to Manilla and such worked wonders for Archie and so they have set up the same type of gigs for Kris. Whether these performances translate to sales in the US is really a guessing game, by us the observer.

    Different Idols have radio promo’d in different ways. Some have made the rounds of a good number of radio stations and it has paid off in increased airplay for them…others have interviewed extensively with visual media. Some idols are good at the celebrity game because of their personalities, other tend to fall flat.

    Idols have done all kinds of tours…from college gigs to coffee houses to small SRO venues. Some idols have opened for large well known Disney stars…others have had the opportunity to tour with large established “stars”.

    Girlygirl posted a rumor late last night in yesterday’s headlines thread that Kris will be an opening act for the Jonas Brothers. Has there been any more news about that?

  73. My local Top 40 station has a morning show from 6-10am and then broadcast’s Ryan’s show and then just regular music play. I’ve never heard acoustic either, it would be fun though.

    I know, they sound like they would be fun. I’m all jellus of those radio stations that get them. Of course I would have to start listening to Top 40 radio again to see if they played them, and it’s just not worth it.

  74. don’t kris and allison both have to be in florida for a jingle ball type thing right after the kradison concert?

    Yes, the “Meetball” is the next night, but Kris isn’t performing until 10:00 pm, so he has plenty of time to get there. I put this in the appearance thread, but I’ll repeat it here, just in case: the station hosting this event is my local station. Over the past week, all of the promo I’ve heard mentions Kris performing an acoustic set of 3 songs at 10:00 pm. They mention Allison’s “appearance”, but have yet to say the word performance. So, I’m really not 100% sure if she’s singing or not.

    Although, this really isn’t like a Jingle Ball I don’t think. Those are usually held in stadiums or big venues right? Although this location is called “The Venue”, it as actually a nightclub. So, you can’t get in if you’re under 21 (and, if you go, arrive before 10:00 so you don’t have to pay the $10 cover).

  75. Danny just announced on Twitter that he will be going on tour with Sugarland:

    So I told u all a few days ago I had a major tour announcement. Here it is~ I will being going on tour with SUGARLAND!!!!! I’m super stoked

  76. So I told u all a few days ago I had a major tour announcement. Here it is~ I will being going on tour with SUGARLAND!!!!! I’m super stoked

    As suspected and what a great thing for Danny. Is it the full tour with them, then?

  77. wow, good for Danny….i’ve been saying it for a few weeks now, but his management and RCA Nashville have really done well by him…they have a good plan and his roll out seems to be spot on.

  78. That’s great for Danny. That will give him exposure to a big fanbase. How many opening acts are there, though?..I saw something the other day that made it seem like there were a bunch of acts involved in this Sugarland tour. Like 5 or 6 acts altogether…is that right or am I imagining things again?

  79. Girlygirl posted a rumor late last night in yesterday’s headlines thread that Kris will be an opening act for the Jonas Brothers. Has there been any more news about that?

    I’m having a hard time believing that one. First, that’s an incredibly odd pairing to me. And second, I thought the one with the modicum of talent was going on tour with his solo project or whatever? So, I don’t think they’d even be able to start a tour until summer or later. (I think I read about the Nick thing in a magazine – so I could be totally wrong about this). Wouldn’t it be a little early in the year for them to already be lining up opening acts?

  80. ozarka

    Nope, no more news. Hopefully, just a rumor because that wouldn’t be a good idea at all.

  81. As suspected and what a great thing for Danny. Is it the full tour with them, then?

    I think that there were at least a couple of dates where he wasn’t on listed on the concert with them, but I think that he will be with them for a lot, possibly most of the tour dates. I believe I’ve seen him listed on at least 7 or 8 concerts with them so far, and I definitely think that he will be doing more concerts with them. I think that he might be with them for the majority of their tour. Hopefully more information about his tour dates with them will come out soon.

    Like 5 or 6 acts altogether…is that right or am I imagining things again?

    It looks like Sugarland will be rotating their supporting acts. So far I have seen Jake Owens, Julianne Hough, Luke Bryan and I believe Little Big Town listed as supporting acts for some of their concerts.

    I am not sure if they will have more supporting acts than those people and Danny. But Danny has been listed as one of the supporting acts on most of the concerts, where there was more information about who is performing.

  82. Great for Danny, but I’m hoping for some tour plans for Kradison now :-( Kinda frustrating to see that Danny’s is the most well planned roll out of the bunch, considering that he himself seemed to just fall into country after not really knowing what genre he would do.

  83. I’ve never heard an artist (and we’ve had LOTS of AI alumni around here) give acoustic performances over the radio. I just don’t get the point of that. Why give an acoustic performance of your brand new single that you are trying to promote? They are trying to get you to buy the recorded version of the song. Why not play it?

    If you go on most radio station websites, especially the Clear Channel owned ones, they have videos and audio clips of major artists performing acoustic versions of their songs in the radio stations studios. So, it is a normal way for artists to promote themselves and their songs.

  84. So I’m looking at the Pulse Board and it is going to be very interesting to see where Adam and Kris end up on next week’s mediabase update on the Pop charts. Because the songs currently in the #10-#13 spots have huge drops in spins/bullets, but the songs at #14-#15 have similar spin/bullet increases to Kris (who is at #17), so he probably won’t moe up much, while the songs right behind Adam (who is at #19) at #21-#23 all have spin/bullet increases at least similar to him — in fact, the songs at #21 and #23 have bullets basically double his. So the back end of this Top 20 could look a lot different next week.

    6 10 JAY-Z Empire State Of Mind… 5562 6761 -1199 33.508

    9 11 RIHANNA Hard f/Jeezy 5467 5933 -466 30.017
    13 12 JASON DERULO Whatcha Say 4961 5156 -195 28.307
    12 13 OWL CITY Fireflies 4544 5226 -682 25.109
    15 14 TIMBALAND Carry Out f/Justin T… 4471 4076 395 27.897
    16 15 JASON DERULO In My Head 4408 4052 356 26.194
    21 16 YOUNG MONEY Bedrock f/Lloyd 4273 3253 1020 29.674
    17 17 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin… 4064 3724 340 24.934
    14 18 JAY SEAN Down f/Lil Wayne 4045 4100 -55 26.665
    22 19 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 3202 2666 536 22.260
    18 20 BRITNEY SPEARS 3 3184 3689 -505 21.104

    32 21 JUSTIN BIEBER Baby 3178 2023 1155 18.253
    23 22 THE SCRIPT Breakeven 3134 2614 520 16.359
    31 23 KE$HA F/3OH!3 Blah Blah Blah 3087 2028 1059 19.952

  85. Kris just picked up a big add, WKQI in Detroit. This is a mostly rhythmic music pop station that I thought would never add LLWD.

  86. The Mix in Chicago (and I think XRT actually did this, too) used to put out a compilation CD each year consisting of various in-studio, acoustic performances. I have a few of them, and there were always some really great performances. So, I hope Adam gets to do some in-studio radio things when in Europe.

    No way would Kris or his team agree to have him open for the Jonas Brothers. I just can’t see that happening at all.

  87. Adam’s lack of adds today aren’t going to help things next week either. I hope some come in at the bell.

  88. Great for Danny, but I’m hoping for some tour plans for Kradison now Kinda frustrating to see that Danny’s is the most well planned roll out of the bunch, considering that he himself seemed to just fall into country after not really knowing what genre he would do.

    Hope they all get good tour opportunities/match-ups. I saw that JoBros rumor yesterday also for Kris, will just say it’s “interesting.”

    If Danny just “fell into country,” so far he appears to have fallen right side up :) Even one of the usually snarky media outlets in Milwaukee had a nice article yesterday saying the country route was turning out to be a wise move for Danny.

    Glad that Danny put out the word officially. By this time it was the world’s worst secret, lol. Hopefully now they will release a more complete list of the tour dates, which have been slowly trickling out. Up to eight involving Danny last I saw.

  89. There is a lot of competition for adds…lots of new singles are starting to be released now after a bit of a lull around the holidays.

  90. I think it is just a wee bit foolish to feel that everyone has to present themselves the exact same way. Just sayin’.

    Reminder:

    Could we please offer our opinions without judging or namecalling fellow posters?

  91. irlygirl posted a rumor late last night in yesterday’s headlines thread that Kris will be an opening act for the Jonas Brothers.

    I’m not sure if this will happen but I could *definetly * see it

  92. Early Tax Deduction for Haiti Relief Passes Congress

    (Bloomberg) — Taxpayers will be able to deduct donations for Haiti earthquake relief on their 2009 returns instead of waiting until 2010, under a bill approved by Congress.

    … The Haitian government has buried more than 72,000 bodies and the overall death toll may be higher than 200,000, Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said Jan. 19.

    … “This measure encourages Americans to give to the Haitian relief effort immediately,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, in a statement.

    Source: Business Week

  93. From Kris AI Now interview

    I’ve interviewed many people over the years – including some of my friends – but American Idol winner Kris Allen is the first person to make me forget that I was actually conducting an interview. From the moment Allen walked into the room, his genuine attentiveness and laid back demeanor made me feel as though I was chatting with an old friend. It was not at all what I expected from someone who was thrust into super-stardom just months ago.

    It seems like these words have been used to describe Kris on more than one occasion.

  94. If Danny just “fell into country,” so far he appears to have fallen right side up Even one of the usually snarky media outlets in Milwaukee had a nice article yesterday saying the country route was turning out to be a wise move for Danny.

    From his background before Idol, and song choices on AI, the best fit for Danny always seemed to be the “inspirational, christian” route – but he often dismissed that to go for something that iirc was some bizarre “pop, latin, jazz” hybrid.

    Country didn’t seem as obvious, particularly considering that he had no prior country experience or leanings, and that genre, some would say even more than others, requires a certain “street cred” to really break into. So the whole move to country was always met a bit dubiously by me. Though, I do think that the more “inspirational side of country” (for lack of a better phrase) could serve him well.

    IDK, I wish him the best and think he will do fine. There was just something about how he stumbled upon country that always kinda rubbed me the wrong way.

  95. KUALA LUMPUR: American Idol winner Kris Allen wowed the crowd of about 800 people with his guitar and folksy style here.”

    “Folksy” What the heck have they been watching? Did the writer see the crowd surfing, did they hear him Come Together?? Did the writer watch any any of the concert? Kris doesn’t have a “folksy” style in my opinion.

  96. “Folksy” What the heck have they been watching? Did the writer see the crowd surfing, did they hear him Come Together?? Did the writer watch any any of the concert? Kris doesn’t have a “folksy” style in my opinion.

    In my opinion, he does. Not a bad thing, though, it’s just his singing style.

  97. So, it is a normal way for artists to promote themselves and their songs.

    Not in my city at the popular top 40 station. It is also normal for artists to give an interview and then the station plays their new single. I’ve heard lots of those type of radio interviews on this site. They must be beneficial too, otherwise people wouldn’t waste time doing them.

    On another note, Travis Wall just tweeted that the New York airport has been shut down. Uh oh.

  98. The 10 Best Hollywood Week ‘Idol’ performances

    * Kelly Clarkson, “Save The Best For Last”
    * David Cook, “Everything I Do”
    * David Archuleta, “Heaven”
    * Frenchie Davis & Kimberly Locke, “Band of Gold”
    * Kris Allen, Matt Giraud, Justin Williams & India Morrison, “Want You Back”
    * Blake Lewis, Rudy Cardenas, Chris Sligh & Thomas Lowe, “How Deep Is Your Love”
    * Adam Lambert, “Believe”
    * Syesha Mercado, “Chain of Fools”
    * Carrie Underwood, “Independence Day”
    * Michael Johns, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

    Source: New York Times

  99. Danny’s been completely open with media and radio station DJs on his promo tour that he came from a background singing religious / gospel music (not CCM), and wanted to find another direction in mainstream music. He’s not been getting any big backlash about that, although I’m sure his sound and background coming into country music won’t be for everyone’s tastes.

    He did three country songs on AI–probably over half of the weeks he was really free to choose any genre he wanted? Plus half of his tour set was country, with WHTM and My Wish. Until the tour, anyway, it just didn’t strike a lot of people as Danny singing “country” since his sound isn’t all that traditional and he doesn’t have a typical country image.

    He still doesn’t. What he’s coming out with seems to be “soulful” modern country with some definite R&Bish elements. He’s not doing any Latin songs, but two of his current band members (of three) are of Puerto Rican background, and long-time family/friends of Danny. There were interviews of Danny in May on radio where he talked about exploring the idea of “modern soul country” for his album. It wasn’t something that came all that late in the game, although I for one didn’t quite appreciate that when he said “modern soul country” they literally meant as much country+soul as we’re actually hearing.

    They’ve got an interesting mix. I wasn’t sure how country audiences would take it, but I’ve seen him twice now live in those venues (once at the Opry, once at a country western dance club / bar) and it suits Danny and goes over very well.

  100. Kris opening for the Jonas Bros. – I hope that’s not true. Danny opening for Sugarland is a great gig for a new artist in country.

    That list of outstanding performances for Hollywood week is pretty decent. The White Chocolate performance was one of my favs. Ditto for “How Deep Is My Love.”

  101. Danny opening for Sugarland sounds great. Jonas Bros and Kris that would be a great family friendly act that could gain Kris alot of exposure to new fans.

  102. Kris opening for the Jonas Bros. – I hope that’s not true.

    It seems that Jive and Disney seem to have an agreement of some kind. Haven’t Jordin and Archie both opened for a Disney Artist? If the rumour is true…is the resistance because peeps would like Kris to open for a more mature performer with a slightly older fan base?

    Since I don’t follow Kris, I am not sure who Jive “thinks” his current fan base is composed of. Anyone who has been to his gigs have a thought about who Kris attracks at his concerts?

    And maybe if Kris does have a little bit older fan group maybe Disney is hoping to use that to help the Jonas Brothers get out of the Teen/tween mode. Isn’t one of them married and another one out of his teens. Maybe this would be beneficial for both parties.

  103. Kris’s interview with AINow.com is up…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkP85xR0WZw&feature=player_embedded

    thanks gg for the link. Josh skinner is a nice guy (hey he answered me when i asked when the interview would be available). I was expecting a good interview. And it is although I would like him to open more on the red guitar question. I’m glad he’s already doing writing for the next album.

    regarding the folksy thing… nah , beside his current album, you just have to listen to his pre-idol album BNS to see that he’s not folksy at all. Playing acoustic guitar doesn’t mean you’re automatically folksy

  104. The Jonas Bros. used to have mostly tween girl fans. While that worked well for teens Jordan and Archie, I’m not sure it’s so great for Kris. I think Kris should open for an artist with lots of males fans. Those are the fans that will help him establish a career with some longevity.

    However, I see the point about the JoBros trying for a different audience.

  105. Well it is pretty much a done deal now that Adam has sold over 500K the final numbers for HDD are in (he only dropped 6% which I think is really great) http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/sales/salescht.cgi Also as Kirsten has informed us the Grammy’s push has increase record sales. The 50 album on the list sold over 12K percentages are up across the board. So now I feel I can say Congrats Adam on having your first Gold Album now on to Platinum Could happen by years end.

  106. I really, really don’t think Kris is opening for the Jonas Brothers. That makes no sense.

    It makes more sense to pair him with a more established pop rock act.

    I’ve never been to a concert, but I’ve read Kris gets a lot of people in their 20s to his shows. I have no idea if that is true.

  107. Regarding the 10 Best Hollywood Week ‘Idol’ performances

    Kris did his audition with a Michael Bubble song. I would have like to hear his audition; Kara said during her critique for his MITM on the top 36 that he surpassed the original. I guess we’ll never see it

  108. If Danny just “fell into country,” so far he appears to have fallen right side up :) Even one of the usually snarky media outlets in Milwaukee had a nice article yesterday saying the country route was turning out to be a wise move for Danny.

    ITA, lol. I have seen several articles (and people) now saying the same thing- that although it seemed odd at the time; now that they have heard his product, it really makes sense. Country certainly has some roots in gospel (not CCM, which he did not sing) and Danny did seem to gravitate toward country songs. I think Randy Travis urging Danny to go into country played a big role in his decision.

    And I can see how some would think since he doesn’t have a twang that he wouldn’t be country; and of course some will not like his music.
    But it is “Danny country” and it is a nice R&B influenced country that even this non- country fan loves. And the ballads are pure Danny.

    It appears he is gaining acceptance in Nashville and it certainly is a big score to be a supporting act for Sugarland, one of the hottest names in Country right now, esp. popular with younger fans, which he will need.

    I also hope all the Idols get good Tours that will help them win new fans beyond the AI realm. I can’t believe that Kris will be touring with the Jonas Brothers; that has to be a silly rumor someone started. As far as who Adam will tour with after the UK tour- very interesting they had him start there- all kinds of possibilities there.

  109. It makes more sense to pair him with a more established pop rock act

    What about pairing him with KoL? Not sure if they are yet THAT big, but with the grammy and a few huge hits this year, I could see them touring and doing well, and then Kris seems an interesting fit with them. Certainly similar fanbases, imo.

  110. The 10 Best Hollywood Week ‘Idol’ performances

    David Archuleta, “Heaven”

    Simon Cowell didn’t care much for David Cook, but when time came to critique David Archuleta’s version of “Heaven,” the man with a million words was at a loss for most of them. Much like the backup singer who cries throughout the 16-year-old’s heartfelt performance.

    i didn’t begin watching s7 or become aware of david until he grabbed me w/ ”shop around” in top 24 week – was working on a project that kept me occupied day and night, lol… i missed this performance, but it’s now a youtube fave… the backup singer being reduced to tears during his performance speaks rather eloquently for many of the fans who have heard david sing live – especially during the recent christmas tour… when david is in the zone, with the right song, there is nothing much you can do to prevent these kind of emotions from coming out… i watch it now and just nod my head, because i know exactly what that background singer was experiencing – ”ave maria” was my undoing by david on the christmas tour, lolol…

  111. Congrats to Adam on a gold album. His sales are holding up well and that’s after the Oprah and Ellen bounces.

    If he can continue to sell 10-13K a week, he would have a platinum album in 40 weeks but a reappearance on Idol would give sales a big boost at least for a few weeks. The key now is to go for consistency and longevity on the charts and to use hit singles to fuel sales.

    That’s how Jordin Sparks went platinum.

  112. HDD Final Numbers.

    38 46 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 13,467 -6%

    Pretty good #’s considering really no promotion this past week! :)

  113. Some other interesting HDD numbers:

    1 LADY ANTEBELLUM CAPITOL NASHVILLE/EMI 201,426 -58%
    NEED YOU NOW
    — 3 NICK JONAS & THE ADMINISTRATION HOLLYWOOD 83,963 —
    WHO I AM
    12 7 TAYLOR SWIFT BIG MACHINE 52,155 +55%
    FEARLESS
    6 8 SUSAN BOYLE COLUMBIA 46,716 -16%
    I DREAMED A DREAM
    29 16 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 32,047 +76%
    PLAY ON

  114. Haven’t Jordin and Archie both opened for a Disney Artist?

    Jordin first opened for Alicia Keys for her first album. Then she opened for the Jonas Brothers and Britney. Archie opened for Demi.

    I don’t know if Jive has a special arrangement, but if Kris is opening for any Disney artist, I suspect that Plain White T’s might be the best option (although they haven’t had a major hit in a while). LOL. Queen is on Disney now and Kris has already played with them.

    I don’t think it has to be Disney, though. Usually it’s the management that sets up the tours (as rgmed famously explained the other day to Adam fans) and neither Archie or Jordin were with 19M when their Disney tours were arranged.

  115. I really, really don’t think Kris is opening for the Jonas Brothers. That makes no sense.

    It makes more sense to pair him with a more established pop rock act.

    ITA. I’m embarrassed that I know enough to question the rumor but I thought the Jonas Bros were on hiatus because the one called Nick has a new gig called Nick Jonas And The Administration? I think their album’s out or is coming out soon. I think it’s a bid for respectability. Actually it’s not so out there that Kris might tour with them but idk.

    There was just something about how he stumbled upon country that always kinda rubbed me the wrong way.

    Me too Mary102 and Danny’s music isn’t changing my mind. Only 1 out of the 7 new songs I’ve heard from him actually has a genuine country element to it. It is good they’re not forcing him to be something he’s not but it just feels like they’re marketing it to country for sales and not artistic reasons.

    Congratulations Adam for selling over 500k albums! Good to see the small decrease from last week.

    There’s some great Grammy increases including Carrie’s. I think the i-Tunes deal with the release of Temporary Home video must have helped because Carrie didn’t even sing her own song at the Grammys.

  116. With Danny, it’s not a matter of not having a twang or what have you, it’s a matter of having earlier interviews where he basically said “not doing country, don’t know country, never been country, etc” and then sudddenly signing to a country label. To me, Carrie is country, Kelly is country, that’s what they’ve been doing even before AI. But Danny really did just seem to stumble upon it, and since he seemed to not have a very strong sense of musical identity going into, or out of, the show, I have a feeling recording label PTB basically put him into the genre and told him to go with it.

    It’s probably no big surprise that I was neither a big Danny fan on the show, nor am I a fan of country music in general. I met Danny, he’s a very nice guy, and I really enjoyed his connection with the crowd during the AI tour. There – ended on a positive note :-)

  117. Some other interesting HDD numbers:

    1 LADY ANTEBELLUM CAPITOL NASHVILLE/EMI 201,426 -58%
    NEED YOU NOW
    – 3 NICK JONAS & THE ADMINISTRATION HOLLYWOOD 83,963 —
    WHO I AM
    12 7 TAYLOR SWIFT BIG MACHINE 52,155 +55%
    FEARLESS
    6 8 SUSAN BOYLE COLUMBIA 46,716 -16%
    I DREAMED A DREAM
    29 16 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 32,047 +76%
    PLAY ON

    dang, lady antebellum is smashing it again… two weeks in, and they’re gold – no doubt they’ll see platinum very soon – that’s impressive in this horrible music climate… susan boyle is still kicking butt, as is carrie… no comment on nick jonas or taylor swift, lolol… they still have their fans…

  118. Obviously Jive felt that the trip to Manilla and such worked wonders for Archie and so they have set up the same type of gigs for Kris. Whether these performances translate to sales in the US is really a guessing game, by us the observer.

    Actually, I don’t think the point of performing in Asia would be US record sales. I would think it would be to sell records in Asia.

  119. To me, Carrie is country, Kelly is country, that’s what they’ve been doing even before AI.

    We posted at the same time so I responded to your earlier comment before I saw this one. Do you mean Kelly or Kellie?

    I assume you meant Kellie but hearing Kelly sing some of those country classics in her preshows and the ease with which she gets Reba’s songs I think she’d make a credible country album too.

    Edit: Oh there’s the Nick Jonas & The Administration album.

  120. ozarka
    02/09/2010 at 3:37 pm
    The 10 Best Hollywood Week ‘Idol’ performances

    * Kelly Clarkson, “Save The Best For Last”
    * David Cook, “Everything I Do”
    * David Archuleta, “Heaven”
    * Frenchie Davis & Kimberly Locke, “Band of Gold”
    * Kris Allen, Matt Giraud, Justin Williams & India Morrison, “Want You Back”
    * Blake Lewis, Rudy Cardenas, Chris Sligh & Thomas Lowe, “How Deep Is Your Love”
    * Adam Lambert, “Believe”
    * Syesha Mercado, “Chain of Fools”
    * Carrie Underwood, “Independence Day”
    * Michael Johns, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

    Source: New York Times

    That’s not the New York Times. It’s the New York Post. HUGE difference in newspapers.

    I agree with most of his choices. Personally, I cringed when Adam did Cher. I didn’t think it was a good choice at all and I was rooting for him. (knew him before AI)

    How did Kris and Matt go down in ‘infamy’? Does the author even know what that word means? Here’s the definition – well known for some bad quality or deed.

    I would have put Kris ‘Man In the Mirror’ on the list. It was awesome and bought him his spot. I’m sure I could come up with a lot of other top notch Hollywood Week performances. But then the list would be longer than 10.

  121. Does anyone know how much #50 sold on HDD?

    nevermind-I saw it on another board. 12,500

  122. I agree with most of his choices. Personally, I cringed when Adam did Cher. I didn’t think it was a good choice at all and I was rooting for him. (knew him before AI)

    Interestingly enough, Adam said he chose Cher in part to stand out (by picking from the “girls” list), yet it turned out quite a number of contestants chose songs from the other gender’s list – including guys choosing female artist songs, though since he went first (lol, always remember that he was #1) I guess he had no way of knowing what everyone else would do ;-)

  123. i feel danny gokey is going to sneak up on us all and be very successful in the country music field… what looks like an act of desperation on his part in choosing country may turn out to be the best and shrewdest move made by him and tptb in s8… the reception he’s getting from the label, and getting selected to tour w/one of countries biggest and highest profile acts signals to me that he and the team around him are on their game, are taking his rollout very seriously, and plan to give him the backing and exposure needed to begin gaining a foothold in the genre… and you know what – i wish him well, though i didn’t follow him on s8 much, or follow country music much at all, but he seems to be on his grind, putting in the necessary work to get to where he wants to be… gotta respect anybody who goes out of their comfort zone musically as much as he appears to be doing, and giving it their all. will keep an eye and ear out on danny’s progress…

  124. Not in my city at the popular top 40 station. It is also normal for artists to give an interview and then the station plays their new single. I’ve heard lots of those type of radio interviews on this site. They must be beneficial too, otherwise people wouldn’t waste time doing them.

    Yes. They are both normal, common and beneficial.

    The vast majority of radio interviews are done over the phone. The artist phones in from wherever and sometimes does many interviews to radio stations in many cities in one day. Obviously, if you phone in, it’s pretty tough to perform an acoustic song. The compression algorithms used for transmitting audio over phones are fine-tuned for the human voice and music often sounds tinny on them. Certainly, not good enough for broadcast. Plus, if you use a speaker phone, you often get other audio side effects.

    But, it is common enough that when an artist is available for an in studio interview for them sometimes to do an acoustic performance.

    I would never argue that an interview on the radio was not beneficial. I’m only arguing that performing an acoustic song is not some sort of bizarre activity that has no benefit at all and is something that rarely ever happens. I feel that it is possible for two different things to both be beneficial.

  125. With Danny, it’s not a matter of not having a twang or what have you, it’s a matter of having earlier interviews where he basically said “not doing country, don’t know country, never been country, etc”

    Do you have a link for those interviews where he said that? I believe Kris and Michael are actually the ones who said those words. I am a Gokey-holic, lol, and never heard Danny say those words in any interview.

    Congrats to Adam on Gold.

    And Congrats to Lady Antebellum on their smashing success. They are also a group that gets criticized by some traditionalist for not being “country enough”, but its clear from sales that people like it. One of Danny’s songs from his album was cowritten by Lady Antebellum (Its Only).

  126. In the interviews I have seen when Danny mentioned Country music he has always said that he was open to doing it. I have never seen him say that he didn’t want to do it or wasn’t interested in doing it. Every time he mentioned it he said that he was open to doing it.

    I remember him saying that his first experiences with non Christian music were listening to artists like Wyonna Judd, and Alan Jackson. Plus he said the first single he bought was Tim McGraw’s “Don’t Take The Girl”. I believe that his grandmother is a big fan of Country music. He didn’t have a ton knowledge of Country music before AI, but he did have some knowledge of it. Plus he tended to gravitate towards Country songs on AI.

    I think that Country music is a nice fit for Danny. Danny is doing fine so far as a new Country artist, and I think that he will continue to do well. Him touring with Sugarland will be a great experience for him, and I think that he will do a good job being an opening act for them. I believe that his live performances are one of his strengths. He does a great job of connecting with people. I think that he will be fine and grow as an artist.

  127. What about pairing him with KoL? Not sure if they are yet THAT big, but with the grammy and a few huge hits this year, I could see them touring and doing well, and then Kris seems an interesting fit with them. Certainly similar fanbases, imo.

    KOL is huge. They have a solid long term fanbase and could probably fill their venues. But I can’t imagine that band letting an Idol open for them. And I can’t imagine their audience not giving Kris a hard time. KOL is very concerned with the whole cred thing. Boo to that, because it would be a great opportunity for Kris.

    Maybe someone like Colbie Callait? Or the Fray? I dunno.

  128. i feel danny gokey is going to sneak up on us all and be very successful in the country music field… what looks like an act of desperation on his part in choosing country may turn out to be the best and shrewdest move made by him and tptb in s8

    To be honest, this is part of my issue with it. I think it was a shrewd move by PTB (though I think for Danny’s part he was more or less going along with what they told him to do). Compare that to the assuredness of Kris and Adam, in terms of how much they knew who they were as artists during the show, before the show, and after, and that’s where part of me can’t help but feel a little down that Danny gets the big tour, and the “smooth” roll out (compared to all the craziness in Kradison land) while their own tours are so up in the air.

    When I get their tour deets, I guess I’ll calm down a little ;-)

  129. Congratulations to Adam for having a gold album. That is nice to see. :)

  130. KOL is huge. They have a solid long term fanbase and could probably fill their venues. But I can’t imagine that band letting an Idol open for them. And I can’t imagine their audience not giving Kris a hard time.

    True dat. I know they got huge in 2009, of course, but before then had been way more of an indie, alt band. A friend of mine is a huge fan of theirs, but got kind of mad that they were just now big in a more pop sort of way – so I can see being tied to an idol as a big no-no for them.

    But style of music/fans – I think would be really cool for Kris – if it could happen ;-)

  131. “Folksy” What the heck have they been watching? Did the writer see the crowd surfing, did they hear him Come Together?? Did the writer watch any any of the concert? Kris doesn’t have a “folksy” style in my opinion.

    mr
    02/09/2010 at 3:34 pm
    In my opinion, he does. Not a bad thing, though, it’s just his singing style.

    I took the author’s meaning of ‘folksy’ to be down to earth and unpretentious. Kris has an easy approachable manner about him. He and the band dress like they could be in the audience.

    So yes, I feel he does have a ‘folksy’ style about him. Key word to me in that review was WOWED. From the videos and interviews we’ve seen and heard, Kris Allen definitely wowed them – and us.

  132. I love Kris, but I am getting so tired of him being described as a ‘laid back’ kind of guy. I know it’s true, but ‘we get it already’. He uses the term all the time and all the interviewers do, too. I don’t know why it bugs me, just the overuse, I guess. Oh well, just had to say that.

  133. but he seems to be on his grind, putting in the necessary work to get to where he wants to be… gotta respect anybody who goes out of their comfort zone musically as much as he appears to be doing, and giving it their all. will keep an my eye and ear out on danny’s progress…

    He definitely has been working really hard the past few months. I am glad to see that things are working out for him. IMO, he deserves this.

  134. To be honest, this is part of my issue with it. I think it was a shrewd move by PTB (though I think for Danny’s part he was more or less going along with what they told him to do). Compare that to the assuredness of Kris and Adam, in terms of how much they knew who they were as artists during the show, before the show, and after, and that’s where part of me can’t help but feel a little down that Danny gets the big tour, and the “smooth” roll out (compared to all the craziness in Kradison land) while their own tours are so up in the air.

    sometimes the best or most successful outcomes are the result of people ”falling” into things, lolol… i personally value hard work, paying dues, discipline, preparation and all that other stuff we’ve been conditioned ad nauseam to believe one must have/do in order to succeed in anything… but i also never discount luck, timing or serendipidity… if danny is the benefactor of the last three, i ain’t mad at him… it’s just how the cards fall sometimes in the mystery of this crazy little thing called life ;-)

  135. what looks like an act of desperation on his part in choosing country may turn out to be the best and shrewdest move made by him and tptb in s8

    I for one never thought it was desperate and agree it was a shrewd move. That’s kind of the problem – well, not that it’s a smart move but that it’s such a cynical move that isn’t backed up by substance.

    that’s where part of me can’t help but feel a little down that Danny gets the big tour, and the “smooth” roll out (compared to all the craziness in Kradison land)

    Ah how quickly we forget. Just like Adam, Danny had to do a quick switch of singles although Danny’s label reacted much more quickly to early programmer feedback. Plus Danny had a hometown PD say he doesn’t see Danny with a long term career in country music and those whispered questions haven’t exactly subsided yet. Of course he has the advantage of operating in a less media intensive environment than Adam & Kris so every career development gets less scrutinized. As somebody who follows country music closely I’d say he’s had a decent rollout but it’s hardly been spectacular compared to other new artists, especially ones with the TV advantage that he had.

  136. Was Lady Antebellum the trio that performed on the Grammys, one girl and two guys? I actually had to mute them, found the singing horribly off key. If it wasn’t them, I apologize and want to know who it was so I can avoid them in the future.

  137. Was Lady Antebellum the trio that performed on the Grammys, one girl and two guys? I actually had to mute them, found the singing horribly off key. If it wasn’t them, I apologize and want to know who it was so I can avoid them in the future.

    Unfortunately yes. Hillary Scott was off key and she has that tendency live which is too bad. Charles Kelley has a great voice though and he’s a lot better at staying on key.

    Be prepared: Lady A are the next crossover sensation and their whole album is geared to cross over. Need You Now is HUGE and is shooting up the Top 40, Hot AC, and AC charts.

  138. Was Lady Antebellum the trio that performed on the Grammys

    I wonder if the success of album number 2 for Lady Antebellum is in direct relation to their first album and the awards that went along with it. If it continues to climb and sell then people really love the album….if it stalls then the “hype” is just hype. I’m going to watch this one closely, ’cause it’s interesting.

  139. Of course he has the advantage of operating in a less media intensive environment so every career development gets less scrutinized.

    that is what i think gives him an edge – he will have the luxury, as it were, to work on and fine tune his craft, get his legs under him so to speak w/o the intense media scrutiny and nitpicking kris and adam endure as winner and runner up …he should be able to go about learning and growing unfettered by unrealistic expectations, which should free him to perform in a way that is less self conscious… sometimes i really think not winning idol, for someone like danny, can be a blessing in disguise… he has everything basically the winner and runner up have – a contract, songs on the charts, a fanbase that supports him, the support of his label… but he has less pressure, less scrutiny, less expectation going in, and the time to grow, while he hones his craft, and begins building a following in country from scratch… he’s a darkhorse for success in s8, for sure, but he’s in the race…

  140. Be prepared: Lady A are the next crossover sensation and their whole album is geared to cross over. Need You Now is HUGE and is shooting up the Top 40, Hot AC, and AC charts.

    “Boring” is the new “good.” … Well, maybe it was the old “good” too.

  141. I wonder if the success of album number 2 for Lady Antebellum is in direct relation to their first album and the awards that went along with it. If it continues to climb and sell then people really love the album….if it stalls then the “hype” is just hype. I’m going to watch this one closely, ’cause it’s interesting.

    The awards for I Run To You have been part of the building wave but the real driver is their single Need You Now. People just love that song. It shot to #1 on i-Tunes in ALL genres after their CMA performance last November at which point it wasn’t getting any pop play. It’s now #2 on i-Tunes all genre after the Grammys and like I said it’s shooting up the pop charts. Whether people get bored after Need You Now the single fades on pop we’ll see but that song has a ton of life left in it – it’s #27 pop right now with a big bullet.

    “Boring” is the new “good.” … Well, maybe it was the old “good” too.

    I can’t disagree with that.

  142. I would have put Kris ‘Man In the Mirror’ on the list.

    That was his top 36 performance, not Hollywood week. Maybe the NY Post will do a top 36/24 list when that time comes.

    I would never argue that an interview on the radio was not beneficial. I’m only arguing that performing an acoustic song is not some sort of bizarre activity that has no benefit at all and is something that rarely ever happens. I feel that it is possible for two different things to both be beneficial.

    I agree both can be beneficial. I never said it was bizarre, just not common on my top 40 station in my city. You would think record companies would have looked into whether or not an acoustic performance would help with spins or support from the listeners.
    Kris and Alli take along another member of their band when they do these types of performances, so it would be just as easy for Adam to bring along Monte on guitar or Zac/Lisa on keyboards. If these types of radio performances make a bigger impact, you would think RCA would send someone along with Adam. We know he can do stripped down performances from his Upright Cabaret vids and also the GMA version of Starlight.
    Who knows? I do wonder what they are getting an acoustic set ready for, though.

  143. Honestly I find lady a duller than dishwater. But obviously lots of other peeps love them

  144. With Danny, it’s not a matter of not having a twang or what have you, it’s a matter of having earlier interviews where he basically said “not doing country, don’t know country, never been country, etc” and then sudddenly signing to a country label. To me, Carrie is country, Kelly is country, that’s what they’ve been doing even before AI. But Danny really did just seem to stumble upon it, and since he seemed to not have a very strong sense of musical identity going into, or out of, the show, I have a feeling recording label PTB basically put him into the genre and told him to go with it.

    Will admit I didn’t follow the contestants that closely during the AI season, but I thought Danny identified himself as a church singer without any other “genre.” So as far as lack of a clearly defined identity in the modern music industry, fair enough. Short of doing praise and worship recordings, or recording hymns, whatever Danny chose to do would have been a shift. Even CCM would have been a new direction for him.

    While I know the high profile interviews immediately after Danny left the show, quoted him as thinking about R&B, most people here probably did not follow the longer-format radio interviews he did very close to that time. In those, he spoke quite early on about exploring “modern soul country.” I want to say at least one of those, by a Christian radio broadcaster I know, was in May. In any event, if Danny wasn’t thinking about country in May, he made very odd choices for his tour set to go with half of it as country songs. Danny also talked to label reps throughout the summer, starting before the AI tour with meetings in Nashville. So while Danny certainly is not a lifelong country boy / country singer, I don’t think there was anything all that sudden in Danny’s move into country music coming out of AI.

    I definitely don’t know of any interviews where Danny rejected country music, or the idea that he might someday sing in the country genre. (Again, if he felt that way, it’s so weird that he kept choosing all those country songs when he didn’t have to.) The two AI8 finalists who I did hear those kinds of remarks from were Kris who distanced himself from country when peeps were speculating as his finale pairing with Keith Urban. And Michael Sarver, who several times refuted interviewers who assumed he must be a country singer. He said he viewed himself as R&B, despite his Texas sound and the country-seeming image. Michael even said in one interview that he disliked country music as a rule, except very “selectively.”

    Michael shifted gears later when he evidently felt fans wanted him to go country — which is fine for me, I think they all have the right to try their luck wherever it may seem best to them. Including Anoop with his R&B + Hindi combination I read about here recently. Or if Adam were to think back to Ring of Fire, and decide to skip the glam rock thing, and try his luck with country someday. (Not likely, lol — obviously, but if he wanted to and could get people to back him in it, it’s his option to try in view.)

  145. The fact is that Danny said very early on he was open to country music, that he sang country songs on the AI tour with very good reception, and has been working his butt off at the grassroots level to get cred as a new country artist. He has gotten a good reception from radio, from country music insiders and country media. He is paying his dues as a new artist and not using his AI celeb status just like Darius Rucker did when he moved from Pop to country music. I would suspect his label knows they have a diamond in the ruff which is why they are spending so much time and effort with Danny and the fact that he is touring with Sugarland proves to me that 19/RCA Nashville are completely behind him. Danny’s fans are patient, they aren’t looking for huge numbers and huge success from the get go and plan to be around for the long haul, no matter how long it takes.

  146. Thanks for the warning on Lady guys, it’s not really my cuppa. But who and what succeeds in the music business doesn’t make a lot of sense to me much these days anyway.

  147. When I get their tour deets, I guess I’ll calm down a little :)

    Aww, hope some news comes then. Not sure I hope it is JoBros news for Kris, that does seem odd to me. But should reserve judgment I guess. Will be interested what they do for Adam, and I hope Allison doesn’t get overlooked.

    Danny’s fans are patient, they aren’t looking for huge numbers and huge success from the get go and plan to be around for the long haul, no matter how long it takes.

    True. Hadn’t thought of it, but funny to think that Danny’s signing with the country labels is perceived by some as “sudden” when Danny fans were waiting and waiting patiently all summer as he kept meeting with country label reps and telling us that his record deal would be announced “soon.” Lol. Soon took like two months, didn’t it? And although the Sugarland news is pretty splashy, we haven’t had the fun of seeing Danny on any national tv appearances since he did the AI finale, and a couple of morning shows right before or right after. Seems that he will have some coming up, but again we’ve had to be patient, patient — for close to a year, in that case (May 09 to Mar 10).

    Plus Kris, Adam and Allison fans were able to buy those albums last fall. For Danny, we are still waiting although finally his album release is now less than a month away :) It has helped though that he has done so many performances on his radio tour. I’ve been a little amazed how many. Some days he has had 3-6 stops a day, singing at several of the stops anywhere from 3-8 songs each time. Lots of youtube goodies and photos as a result.

  148. Hooorayy! Adam sold 13,400! This is so much better that I expected, I figured around 10k. Congrats on the GOLD ALBUM Adam!

  149. Finn, I get you on the laid-back thing. Kris is rather chill, composed .. i odn’t know laid-back sounds a bit like lazy for me which is so not the case for him and also when he performs I wouldn’t call him laid back .. i think he’s quite energitic

  150. HDD Final Numbers.

    38 46 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 13,467 -6%

    WOW!!! I did not expect that! Congrats to Adam for going gold!

  151. Tess

    Like most of the people coming off AI, Kris has fans in pretty much every age group. But from the concert I went to and from what I’ve seen online in both the videos and in the comments is that the majority of his fanbase is made up of people who are basically in his age range — i.e. early 20’s to early 30’s. And he seems to have a lot more male fans than most (not all but most) of the people coming off Idol tend to get. Not exactly compatible with the JoBros screaming tween girl fanbase.

    From my experience, tweens tend to be fickle fans. They don’t tend to stick with their “faves” very long. Kris needs to be marketed to the type of fanbase that would be more likely to stick with him for the long haul — not to little girls who might be quick tol turn their back on him as soon as the next cute boy comes along. This seems to have already happened to an extent to the JoBros –haven’t they’ve been overtaken in popularity by Justin Bieber? From my outsider (non-tween) perspective, it definitely appears that they have.

  152. Congrats to Adam for getting his 1st gold album!

    Ahh, that is nice! Let’s hope he get many more and a long career! :grin:

  153. Need You Now is HUGE and is shooting up the Top 40, Hot AC, and AC charts

    Yeah I heard it and wasn’t happy. I was like “WTF is country doing on my stations!!!”

    If country becomes the new POP then I am living in my CD collection until it passes.

  154. girlygirl, the Sugarland tour starts officially April 23rd. There appear to be some concerts running into October, but the specific times/dates and supporting act details aren’t published for a lot of the 55 locations they named in their press release for the tour.

    Danny is listed for at least eight dates in May and June — Philadelphia, Hartford CT, Idaho, Utah, Colorado Springs, Pittsburgh, Rochester NY, and Sioux Falls SD areas.

    ps – as there was mention of Kellie above, she got a nice writeup here
    from one of the regular writers at CMT.com
    http://blog.cmt.com/2010-02-09/kellie-picklers-voice-shines-in-studio-330-sessions/

  155. I like lady a

    less than 3 hrs until AI!!

    I’m trying to see if I can set wwfm up as my ringtone on my new samsung rogue :) ( I lost my old phone so this was my 2-day early bday present :))

    But I can’t imagine that band letting an Idol open for them.

    I agree,and still think the Jonas brothers is a good choice(well not good but I could see it happening)

    ADAM,BB YOUR GOLD!!!!!!(haha this deserves a squee so cover your ears)

    hey,I know squeeing is annoying ;) but this sitution requires it

    CONGRATULATIONS ADAM!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  156. Wow – sales for Nick Jonas and his new band aren’t all that are they? He didn’t sell much more than Kris and he’s a Jonas! (Not a diss to Kris – this is a diss to the Jonas brand)

  157. Someone mentioned Maroon 5 is releasing a new album and will tour. If their album works out that would be a perfect gig for Kris.

  158. I was/am not a Danny fan , however, it shouldn’t matter if country was not his cup of tea before shifting strategies w. his management team. if his album is a hit and people respond well to his music, trust me, none of that will matter. Just like Adam has a different strategy (the whole celeb thing that was discussed yesterday), Danny’s route to make music is by embracing this country idea. look, the guy wasn’t a musician before Idol. he drove a freakin truck for a living. its not like he recorded a bunch of R&B records and then decided to ditch that genre for Nashville. Nope, he was just a karaoke singer on a reality show. Thus, record companies can freely mold him into whatever works. Plus, he seemed to do well on songs that were country while on Idol (jesus takes the wheel and the rascal flatts song).

    Anyhoo, the Sugarland gig is huge, IMO. A respectable, popular, and somewhat mainstream band….perfect.

    And yes to Kings of Leon, Fray, Colbie for Kris…..stay away from the Jonas Brothers and anyone of that nature (aka fake musicians).

  159. I hate that Lady A song. I remember liking their previous stuff, but that song is just UGH.

    Yeah, Nick’s not doing so hot. I think the Jonas thing is over. Finally.

    Congrats to Adam!!!!!!

  160. I think the Jonas thing is over. Finally.

    Guess tweeny girls don’t like it when one of their heart throbs gets himself hitched. Ah…

  161. I like the video of the guys arriving at the airport and the look on their faces. That’s alot of luggage…geez. Actually kris looks tired in that video…they all do! I always wonder what the guys in the band think of all this hoopla and everything…I bet they didn’t think this would be happening to them…I truly hope they are enjoying the ride!

  162. all this talk of tours is getting me a bit antsy…we still havent heard anything concrete about adam or kris (an appearnce here, an appearance there. big whoop. i want a fking tour! ).

    cant MJ work her networking magic and get us some inside scoop? :) nudge, nudge

  163. IzzieQ

    did you see the video of the band messing around after the autograph session in KL yesterday? The one where they even pick Kris up briefly? they obviously get along very well and they looked like they were having fun. It’s got to be a little strange though, since they didn’t actually go through the whole Idol experience, so they don’t have the experience that Kris himself does of dealing with the screaming an all that.

  164. That’s not the New York Times. It’s the New York Post. HUGE difference in newspapers.

    Oops… Yes, I just noticed the mistake but too late to edit. Sorry. Thanks for pointing it out.

  165. Funny tweet from Daniel Allen

    DA4Real
    #You know you’re proud when your former College Cheer Coach calls & says he heard “Live Like We’re Dying” at cheer comp (in a cheer routine). about 4 hours ago from web

  166. Does jambajim know something we don’t…or not…?
    jambajim @___polyethylene because 19 has it out for him, right crazies? Just chillax! Tour dates will be revealed soon. 19/Jive is doing GREAT things
    about 17 hours ago in reply to ___polyethylene

  167. I agree with most of his choices. Personally, I cringed when Adam did Cher. I didn’t think it was a good choice at all and I was rooting for him. (knew him before AI)

    Yeah, on the Top 10 Hollywood performances, I recall quite clearly Adam’s performance of Believe. I was actaully primed to get on the Adam bandwagon at that point but when he belted out that Cher tune, I just cringed and thought it was one hot mess from start to finish. It was screechy, out of control and he just was trying to do too much in one song. I’m really surprised he made it on that list.

    Also, I’m a huge Cook fan but I didn’t think his Everything I Do performance was all that either. It wasn’t a mess or anything and he definitely deserved to go further, but it didn’t make me think he was going to be the next winner or anything like that. That one snippet of him singing I’ll Be in Hollywood was really beautiful though. Wish we could see a full version of that. (Also, Cook got points deducted for Hollywood because I’m pretty sure that’s when he sported the most tragic of all his tragic hairstyles (and he’s had many) — namely, the Hollywood Pouf (one odd curl sitting atop his head as though he just removed a big roller from it that morning and forgot to run a brush through it). WTF?

  168. IzzieQ

    did you see the video of the band messing around after the autograph session in KL yesterday? The one where they even pick Kris up briefly? they obviously get along very well and they looked like they were having fun. It’s got to be a little strange though, since they didn’t actually go through the whole Idol experience, so they don’t have the experience that Kris himself does of dealing with the screaming an all that.

    Yeah, I saw that…really funny..they do seem to get along really well. It must be strange for the other guys cuz this is new to them…I am sure Cale gets a kick out of seeing the girls screaming for Kris…I am sure Kris gets alot of ribbing from all of them.

  169. I’m beginning to wonder if someone posted the rumor about Kris opening for the JoBros on the “all knowing” twitter, HA! out of wishful thinking.

    Anyway, I will say again that I don’t believe it would be a total loss. Parents take their young girls to them in concert and if they have any musical sense at all they would see Kris and be impressed. I would not like to see a long tour with him opening for them, but exposure is exposure.

    I will also say that I still believe Nick Jonas is very talented and I hope that even though his first album/single haven’t done so well, that this will not be the end of his attempt to go it alone.

  170. all this talk of tours is getting me a bit antsy…we still havent heard anything concrete about adam or kris (an appearnce here, an appearance there. big whoop. i want a fking tour! ).

    I wonder how much is because tours just aren’t making the dough this year and they are trying to pair them up with the right match.

  171. Jonas Bros and Kris that would be a great family friendly act that could gain Kris alot of exposure to new fans.

    Hmm, I’m not so sure. I’ve done drop-off and pick-up for my nieces at a Jonas Brothers concert, and I didn’t see a single adult who was there willingly. It was all girls 13 and under with their parent, chaperon, Nanny, baby-sitter, etc. No one older than 12 is interested in the Jonas brothers. Plus, I think they’ve lost some of their cache with the tween crowd, so I don’t think they’ll be pulling in nearly the audiences they were before.

    I agree with most of his choices. Personally, I cringed when Adam did Cher. I didn’t think it was a good choice at all and I was rooting for him. (knew him before AI)

    I made fun of him unmercifully for that. It was also when I started calling him Adaminelli LOL. He won me over later :).

    When I get their tour deets, I guess I’ll calm down a little

    I’m really skeptical we’ll be getting any big tour announcements. All of the other AI alumni who’ve done solo tours (even on a small scale) had much bigger sales by this point. It’s a tough market out there, and they just may not want to take the financial risk of a tour without knowing if Kris or Adam can fill the seats. And from a business standpoint, if I were a record exec, I wouldn’t see any point in sending Allison on tour right now at all.

    I think both Kris and Adam would be well served to open for a bigger act. I just can’t think of the right fit for either, of any of the people we know are touring in 2010. But, I’m not in the music business, so I could be completely wrong about all of it.

    I’d like the chance to see Adam, Kris or Allison if they came locally here. I’m just not going to hold my breath, because I think it could be a while.

  172. Does jambajim know something we don’t…or not…?
    jambajim @___polyethylene because 19 has it out for him, right crazies? Just chillax! Tour dates will be revealed soon. 19/Jive is doing GREAT things
    about 17 hours ago in reply to ___polyethylene

    sure sounds to me like something is planned, jim knows exactly what it is, and thinks Kris’ fans will be happy about it

  173. HDD Final Numbers.

    38 46 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 13,467 -6%

    WOW!!! I did not expect that! Congrats to Adam for going gold!

    I did not expect that either. The new single must be driving some sales since he didn’t have an appearance or anything last week.

  174. Looks like another Sugarland date for Danny in Columbia Maryland May 16th. Jake Owen will also be performing.

  175. FINAL STATION ADDS FOR THIS WEEK:

    LLWD – 9 (3 Top 40, 2 Hot AC, 1 AC, 2 Canadian Top 40, 1 Canadian Hot AC)

    good news is that 4 of the adds are Clear Channel stations, including Top 40 ones in Detroit and Seattle

    WWFM – 14 (5 Top 40, 8 Hot AC, 1 Canadian Top 40)

    good news is that 4 of the adds are Clear Channel stations; also that got officially added to Hot AC station in Detroit (#11 market)

    MBD – 3 (all country)

    FIBOU – 3 (all Top 40)

  176. and they just may not want to take the financial risk of a tour without knowing if Kris or Adam can fill the seats.

    I think it all depends on what kind of tour is set up and to what size venues. I agree that it would be very iffy for Adam or Kris to try large size venues…but if I remember correctly most of the idols who toured solo started out in very small venues….maybe 500 or so peeps….and tickets were pretty cheap. As the tour escalated so did the size of venues.

    Now I understand that Kris did OK on his overseas tour and it sold well and he did OK on the Jingle Ball Thingys. Adam has done OK with his two gigs….good attendance at Gridlock and nice sales at Fantasy Springs. I think it is more about timing and decisions still being made about what kind of tour. I think Kris might be successful doing a college tour like Cook for a few months. Adam might be able to sell out a 1000-2000 seat venue. But then, their peeps may be looking to hook them up with an established act and I haven’t heard a lot of tours announced yet.

  177. Looks like another Sugarland date for Danny in Columbia Maryland May 16th. Jake Owen will also be performing.

    Is that at Merriweather Post Pavilion (or however you spell that)? I haven’t been there in ages. Going to all the Cookie shows last year made me want more live music ;)

  178. Ooh, is it almost time for Idol? It’s fricking snowing again here, nothing better to do. Nothing like another 10 inches or whatever they are calling for on top of the 25 you already got. Bah!

    luvadamlambert, are you enjoying the break from school? My kids are bored silly, we’d all be ok if they went back soon, lol.

  179. Dang Steph, I live in Columbia, MD. WOW – am I excited or what – Danny and Sugarland 10 minutes from my house.

  180. Looks like another Sugarland date for Danny in Columbia Maryland May 16th. Jake Owen will also be performing.

    Is that at Merriweather Post Pavilion (or however you spell that)? I haven’t been there in ages. Going to all the Cookie shows last year made me want more live music

    Yes, that’s Merriweather.

    Dang Steph, I live in Columbia, MD. WOW – am I excited or what – Danny and Sugarland 10 minutes from my house.

    I live near there too, dang :) Definitely hope to attend.

  181. short video of Kris and the guys arriving at the Singapore airport. The facial expressions on Andrew, Chris T, Drew and Cale are amusing. And Kris loves that beanie, doesn’t he?

    I wonder why he is wearing that beanie, Kris must know by now the terrible heat and humidity you can get in those countries.

  182. I wonder why he is wearing that beanie, Kris must know by now the terrible heat and humidity you can get in those countries.

    LOL, that has often been asked about Cook, too. I’m thinking fallback when you just don’t have a good hair day? :)

    Yes, that’s Merriweather.

    Hmm, I might have to go to that. I have been wanting to see Sugarland anyway, bonus to check out Danny’s set as well.

  183. I wonder why he is wearing that beanie, Kris must know by now the terrible heat and humidity you can get in those countries.

    LOL, that has often been asked about Cook, too. I’m thinking fallback when you just don’t have a good hair day?

    Also indoors in Asia are often heavily air conditioned so the beanie can be useful to not be effected too much with too much difference in temperatures

  184. Yes, that’s Merriweather.

    Hmm, I might have to go to that. I have been wanting to see Sugarland anyway, bonus to check out Danny’s set as well.

    From what I saw, tickets go for sale publicly on February 19th. I put myself on the Merriweather newsletter in case they had any earlier news :)

  185. I’m really skeptical we’ll be getting any big tour announcements. All of the other AI alumni who’ve done solo tours (even on a small scale) had much bigger sales by this point. It’s a tough market out there, and they just may not want to take the financial risk of a tour without knowing if Kris or Adam can fill the seats.

    I agree. Headlining tours are very expensive to get off the ground. Someone has to pay for the band members and sound, lighting and tech crew on a full-time basis (hard for any of them to take other gigs on off days), sound and lighting equipment rental, bus(ses) and equpment van/truck rental, and of course, hotel accommodations for when they do not have to be on the road. In Adam’s case, this would also possibly include costumes, backup dancers and makeup/costume peeps. And that’s not talking about any sets that may need to be transported.

    IIRC, when Cook started his tour, there were 11 guys in one bus for the spring (college) leg of the tour. It wasn’t until the summer when they were playing larger venues that they increased to two busses and a full-size equipment truck (as opposed to a van that they had previously). And Cook had the benefit of a sponsorship from MTV for that one college reality show thing that MTV was launching at the time — besides obviously having reached platinum in sales at that point.

    I suspect we’ll hear about one-off gigs or a mini-tour for Adam and Kris at first and possibly pretty high profile opening gigs (where they can piggyback off the headliners’ sound and lighting equipment and split the cost of some crew). The thought may be to save their gunpowder ($$) for when they have second hit singles under their belts or better album sales and therefore more assurance of getting more butts in seats for a headlining tour. In Adam’s case, I suspect that they may be looking into having him tour internationally at first — provided he gets a widespread hit over there — and parlay that into better opportunities in the U.S. Lady G and Katy Perry, IIRC, were doing bigger tours in Europe first before they did their large tours here.

    ETA: Opening act does not equal headliner. D’oh!

  186. Congs to Adam for FYE gold. He seems to have a great vacation too. Hope WWFM keeps climbing up the charts and selling well.

  187. it’s a matter of having earlier interviews where he basically said “not doing country, don’t know country, never been country, etc”

    I have read just about everything there is to read about and watched just about every video there is to watch regarding Danny Gokey. I have NEVER read a quote from Danny saying anything like what you are saying that he said here. Seriously, I haven’t. I have read quotes from both Michael Sarver and Kris Allen to this effect, but never from Danny.

    If anyone can find a quote where Danny says the above, I will be more than happy to admit that I am wrong. But honestly, I don’t think anyone is going to find it because in all of my reading and video watchings, I have never heard him say that.

    From the time before he went on the AI tour, I remember him saying that he was open to doing a modern, soulful country. And that is EXACTLY what he is doing.

    I don’t think that Danny “stumbled” upon anything. I think he thought about the type of music that was sutable for him as an artist, and talked carefully with several labels over the summer to try to find a place in the industry where he could be successful making music that he enjoys. And I think that’s why we are seeing an album that has several songs with an r&b flavor in it. I have heard the majority of the songs on Danny’s album, and trust me, they all seem VERY Danny. Imo, he didn’t “stumble” into anything. He is making music that he loves. Of this, I have no doubt.

  188. from direct lyrics…

    Jordin Sparks Performs With David Archuleta

    writer: kevipod @ 9 Feb, 2010

    R&B singer Jordin Sparks did a gig last week in Miami as part of her “Super Bowl Experience” mini tour in Florida’s famous city. The surprise moment happened when she brought to the stage fellow American Idol contestant David Archuleta to perform together Jordin’s hit “No Air”. Looks like Breezy wasn’t in town or due to schedule problems couldn’t make it. I gotta say David did an excellent job.

    http://www.directlyrics.com/jordin-sparks-performs-with-david-archuleta–+-keha-conquers-italy-news.html

  189. Fun Adam vacation pics, thanks didilynn. Looks like Adam and friends went to Cabo San Lucas for vacation (the picture on the boat shows Lands End in the background). And it looks like they had a great time. Good for them!

    I do kind of wonder if they meant for those pictures to be publicly posted. It felt a little weird to be checking out pics of Adam on vacation just relaxing and goofing off with his friends. Like I was invading his privacy or something.

  190. I’m really skeptical we’ll be getting any big tour announcements. All of the other AI alumni who’ve done solo tours (even on a small scale) had much bigger sales by this point. It’s a tough market out there, and they just may not want to take the financial risk of a tour without knowing if Kris or Adam can fill the seats.

    Exactly what I was thinking last night about why no major tour announcements from Adam (it was an Adam thread) his album sales are only so-so, and his second single is only beginning to maybe take off (after the dud of his first one). As Adam has said, IIRC, they had to do well enough to tour, I don’t think he’s doing well enough to do any real touring in the US right now. And if he would be opening for someone, who would it be for?

    Kris is a cheaper tour to put on, at least right now, but I think they might want a second single out there, before they do so. That or again, find someone to open for. I think tht will be easier for Kris than Adam again here as well.

    So probably just as well Adam is doing whatever he is overseas for a while, and that Kris had his mini-tour in Asia/Pacific.

    Which is why I remain all ‘dayum! good move!’ for Danny opening for Sugarland. I think it makes a lot of sense and is very sound.

  191. this is so funny…they run that Ford commercial, and AWM re-emerges on the iTunes chart for a couple of days (#914 right now, but will likely move up)! It would be interesting to find out how many downloads of AWM they’ve sold since that commercial started airing

    LLWD is back up to #15 again. (WWFM is still at #28)

    I think his album moved too — it’s at #75 now — I think it was in the low 80’s this morning

  192. cwm
    02/09/2010 at 9:07 pm
    it looks like they had a great time. Good for them!

    I do kind of wonder if they meant for those pictures to be publicly posted. It felt a little weird to be checking out pics of Adam on vacation just relaxing and goofing off with his friends. Like I was invading his privacy or something.

    I felt the same way for some reason. I felt like I was spying on them or peeking in the window. There is nothing particularly private about the pics but they do have a private feel to them. I sure hope he wasn’t caught by surprise that they were made public.

    It does look like they had a nice relaxing time though so I am glad about that.

  193. Exactly what I was thinking last night about why no major tour announcements from Adam (it was an Adam thread) his album sales are only so-so, and his second single is only beginning to maybe take off (after the dud of his first one). As Adam has said, IIRC, they had to do well enough to tour, I don’t think he’s doing well enough to do any real touring in the US right now. And if he would be opening for someone, who would it be for?

    Hmm, if it’s just a matter of sales, then it doesn’t make much sense that Danny with zippo sales to his name gets the first major tour.

    Granted, I’m trusting it’s all just a logistical thing. With both Adam and Kris, it makes plenty of sense for them, like Danny, to open for someone. Most AI’ers do that to start anyways, even Daughtry did. And recent interviews suggested that was the route Adam was taking. So

    I’m guessing they’re just trying to work out logistics of who is touring later in the year, and would be a good fit with Adam and willing to have him as an openner (ditto with Kris).

  194. Edit is acting funky – but the post above should have “So I’m guessing…” as one thought.

  195. I have read just about everything there is to read about and watched just about every video there is to watch regarding Danny Gokey. I have NEVER read a quote from Danny saying anything like what you are saying that he said here. Seriously, I haven’t. I have read quotes from both Michael Sarver and Kris Allen to this effect, but never from Danny

    .

    Ok, I can’t find the exact example (my fail), but here is a snippet from his Idolatry interview post-show that shows why I have a stronger sense that he stumbled into country.

    http://www.ew.com/ew/video/0,,20312226_20312230,00.html?bcpid=44801794001&bclid=3343000001&bctid=24711964001

    First, we have at the 2:50 mark, the quote that he had no idea what “Grand Ole Opry Week” was. Sorry, but that is sorta like saying you don’t know who the Beatles or Rolling Stones are, but you want to start your own rock band.

    Then, here:

    http://www.ew.com/ew/video/0,,20312226_20312230,00.html?bcpid=44801794001&bclid=3343000001&bctid=24716454001

    He describes his sound post-AI as “soul fusion with nice beats with some latin R&B spanish guitar” – whatever that is – around the 4:20 mark, and right before it he goes on about how he didn’t really know his sound on the show, but his goal with the music is to sell a lot and have large crowds (around the 4:00 mark).

    That’s how I justify saying he just stumbled into country.

  196. Hmm, if it’s just a matter of sales, then it doesn’t make much sense that Danny with zippo sales to his name gets the first major tour.

    Danny is opening for Sugarland. It’s a major tour but it’s not his major tour. As an opener he can piggyback off the headliners’ sound and lighting equipment. Otherwise, that’s a buttload of speakers, amplifiers, lighting, soundboard, lightboard, etc. that he would need to rent or buy himself. He’d also have to pay for the crew that would set up and man those boards (though Sugarland they may ask him to split some costs). Also, headlining carries the reputational risk of not filling the seats and by opening, that’s not his risk.

    By the way, does anyone know how openers get paid?

  197. Danny is opening for Sugarland. It’s a major tour but it’s not his major tour. As an opener he can piggyback off the headliners’ sound and lighting equipment.

    Which is why the rest of my post went on about Adam and Kris ALSO openning for other acts. My guess is the logistics just haven’t been worked out for them. But I was posting this in reply to the statement that Adam and Kris’s sales numbers may have not been high enough to justify touring.

  198. girlygirl: The snake video was so funny! I liked it when Kris gently petted the snake. I’m so freaking out. I think he might have been freaking out just a tiny bit. lol

    I hate the way snakes slither. The video was cute tho! I bet the guys are having a lot of fun.

  199. i hope for adam to open for gaga this upcoming summer, hell be done with promo overseas. gaga talked to seacrest the other day on his radio show talking about the 2nd leg of her US tour and its “wicked” theme…lol adam would definately come full circle then after being in wicked in LA lol

  200. also, some girl on twitter that had some scoop on adam on ellen b4 anyone else (has nbc connections) said she is 80% of something “bigger than ellen” coming up for adam…

  201. That Idolatry interview was in May sometime, so very early after Danny came off the competitive AI season. And it was beyond nice of Danny to even do that, after the way Idolatry acted toward him all season. Without rehashing all the possible interpretations of what the brief mention of Opry theme week meant, Danny said nothing disrespectful to or dismissive of country music. What he appears to have found as he looked into it more, is that he could gain the backing of (at least one, reportedly more than one) major country labels to do a soulful country album that leverages his ability to sing inspirational country ballads, R& B-influenced songs, and gospel all together. He’s got a good mix of all of those on his album. Danny was hardly savvy in the record business and all the genre permutations before joining AI, he drove a semitruck and ran a church music program. Don’t think it’s surprising he had to think through what he wanted to do, and get different inputs and advice along the way.

    Danny is not pretending to be anything he’s not. He’s telling anyone who asks that he was not a country singer before AI — he was a church music / gospel singer and he is making a change in a direction he feels suits him and that he can relate to. People can accept that or reject it, it is what it is. He’s hardly the first person in country music to come up singing church music. I was reading about Opry members recently, was actually surprising to me how many of them did not have a direct path up through traditional country music.

    I’ve yet to see anyone in country music media or radio who’s really been scornin’ on Danny about his background. Most of them seem to like him, or at worst recognize he has a lot of supporters and are open to checking out what he’s up to.

  202. cakeygirl
    02/09/2010 at 11:38 pm
    “i hope for adam to open for gaga this upcoming summer, hell be done with promo overseas. gaga talked to seacrest the other day on his radio show talking about the 2nd leg of her US tour and its “wicked” theme…lol adam would definately come full circle then after being in wicked in LA lol”

    That would be great, but I also wish he could tour with Pink. I absolutely love her, she’s has a great voice and puts on a great stage show.

  203. That would be great, but I also wish he could tour with Pink. I absolutely love her, she’s has a great voice and puts on a great stage show.

    I think we were talking before about how Pink just ended a tour (or is going to) iirc. Though ITA – I’d love a tour with him and Gaga, Pink, or Christina Aguilerra (prob my three top picks for him).

    I really hope Gaga has more tour plans in the US that Adam could be a part of. She did such a small tour in the Winter, and they sold out so quickly – she could easily do more here imo – like in the summer, after the international stuff is over.

    Steph6449 – I completely understand your attitude toward Danny (one of my BFFs is a HUGE Danny fan :-)) Sorry to bring all that up in the first place – clearly just my misdirected frustration that no such plans have been announced for Adam yet.

    ETA: And ITA – he was a big sport for agreeing to appear on Idolatry in the first place.

  204. First, we have at the 2:50 mark, the quote that he had no idea what “Grand Ole Opry Week” was. Sorry, but that is sorta like saying you don’t know who the Beatles or Rolling Stones are, but you want to start your own rock band.

    I don’t believe that Danny did not know what the Grand Ole Opry was. Country music was the only genre of music, other than gospel/Christian, that his parents allowed him to listen to growing up. On top of that he had lived in the Nashville area a bit before coming on AI. I thought then, and I still think that what Danny meant was that he didn’t understand what they meant by “Grand Ole Opry Week”. Grand Ole Opry is not a genre, so what did that mean? Did he have to sing songs that had been specifically sung at the Grand Ole Opry? What exactly did it mean?

    I will grant you that that he had not recently been listening to country music. Danny has been very open and upfront about that. He was immersed in Gospel music. But it is obvious that Danny was drawn to many of the songs that are currently being sung in the country genre and he is making music like that now, and it sounds good!

    I do think Danny was very interested in making a record with latin influences. I think that he likes that kind of music and was more recently familiar with it because his wife and her family introduced him to that genre. So yes, I do think he loves this music and would love to make a record like that some day. People can love many types of music all at the same time.

    However, I have seen Danny in concert singing the songs on his album, and I can tell you that there is no doubt in my mind that he loves the music that he is making. I believe he talked extensively with his label about the type of music he wanted to produce, and he is putting out an album that very much represents who he is as a person and artist.

  205. clearly just my misdirected frustration that no such plans have been announced for Adam yet.

    I don’t think anyone needs to worry about Adam. I can’t imagine that “they” don’t have big plans for him. But as fans, we always worry, don’t we? :)

  206. David Archuleta Calendar: On Sale for Charity
    February 9th, 2010 9:04 AM

    David Archuleta is featured on a new calendar.

    Created by photographer Jennifer Barry, the item is on sale at Qoop.com and benefits a cause near to the American Idol runner-up’s heart: the Utah chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    “This year instead of waiting for a fundraiser to begin, I created it myself as I was inspired by David’s charity speech [in January],” Barry said. “I have been wanting to help support Crush MS through photos I have taken of David.

    “So, this year, I made a 2010 David Calendar called ‘Be The Change.’ All proceeds will go to help support the fight against MS… whether you purchase this calendar or not, please make this the year YOU make a difference!”

    http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2010/02/david-archuleta-calendar-on-sale-for-charity/

  207. Which is why the rest of my post went on about Adam and Kris ALSO openning for other acts. My guess is the logistics just haven’t been worked out for them. But I was posting this in reply to the statement that Adam and Kris’s sales numbers may have not been high enough to justify touring.

    Which I don’t think they are as headliners, hence Danny not doing that. Danny doesn’t have to be responsible for getting butts in the seats, per se, because Sugarland can presumably do that all on there own. So Danny will get exposure to their audience.

    And if Kris and Adam are opening for others, as yes, given their sales and when others with better sales, opened for othes, I think it would be odd if they were expected to headline major tours anytime soon, question remains for whom?

    As for how much opening get paid, well I’ve seen this debated here before, and it seemed to some said it was really pretty low. Others said depended on who they were opening for. And yeah, I think Kris’s options are wider, his costs lower, so good for him.

  208. I don’t think anyone needs to worry about Adam. I can’t imagine that “they” don’t have big plans for him. But as fans, we always worry, don’t we?

    Lol. So true! If they’re not outselling everyone, at the top of the charts, #1 in every poll, winning every award, it’s major freak out time ;-)

    Sometimes expectations (and patience) have to be tempered!

  209. And if Kris and Adam are opening for others, as yes, given their sales and when others with better sales, opened for othes, I think it would be odd if they were expected to headline major tours anytime soon, question remains for whom?

    Yeah, I’m very much expecting both to open for others – and Adam’s recent interview answer to that effect seems to support that as well. I was always more for the openning angle, anyways – because it does serve to get you a bigger audience outside your core audience – which is so important this early in their careers.

  210. Mary102, thank you. Your BFF has good taste :) and Adam is actually my second favorite, so do hope he gets the appropriate tour for his career also. Also wish that for Kris, even though he isn’t so much my personal taste.

    However, I have seen Danny in concert singing the songs on his album, and I can tell you that there is no doubt in my mind that he loves the music that he is making. I believe he talked extensively with his label about the type of music he wanted to produce, and he is putting out an album that very much represents who he is as a person and artist.

    aek – agree with this completely. Danny seems very very happy with the set of songs they’ve chosen for his album, and just bubbling over with excitement about the tour news and other goodies he hasn’t yet been able to spill.

    The mix of songs has been a little surprising to me, but very good match for Danny personally and vocally. We’ve only heard a couple of them with the studio versions, but they sound good. And RCA has seemingly been very supportive of Danny, with the soulful sound, top-grade Nashville songwriters, and even the tiny hint of Latin style through his Puerto Rican bandmates.

  211. Lol. So true! If they’re not outselling everyone, at the top of the charts, #1 in every poll, winning every award, it’s major freak out time

    Mary102, I sometimes believe we worry about them a heck of a lot more than they ever worry about themselves!

  212. Mary102, thank you. Your BFF has good taste

    Lol – she doesn’t frequent websites like this, so I pass on all the Danny news to her :-) Plus, I made her a cd of Danny songs from idol (plus Sarver songs, her second fav). So I figure that must earn me Danny brownie points :-)

    And it is interesting to always note, before I started going down that weird tangent on this thread, that Danny did tend to sing country songs on AI. I think he might have subconsciously known he wanted to do it, without necessarily calling it that by name at the time on the show.

  213. mary-gaga is planning a US tour this summer-perfect for adam to open. she is touring in larger venues supposedly

  214. We won’t have Kris’s number till tomorrow when I think we get the estimates of the idol sales from Brian Mansfield.

    ETA: And by tomorrow, I mean Wednesday.

  215. Ohhhh, cakeygirl!!! For real!? I was looking for deets on this earlier but couldn’t find them! OMG – SO SO hope he gets to tour with her! That would be HUGE for him :-)

  216. In the Kris thread someone suggested Train as a possible band for him to open for. Kris sings The Truth which was written by their lead singer. I like Soul Sister, but don’t know much else about them, so don’t know whether to think it’s a good match or not?

  217. And it is interesting to always note, before I started going down that weird tangent on this thread, that Danny did tend to sing country songs on AI. I think he might have subconsciously known he wanted to do it, without necessarily calling it that by name at the time on the show.

    I think Danny liked “message” songs. Country music is big on message songs. I’ve said it all along- This might just work. I could see country music fans embracing Danny. So far, I haven’t seen or heard of any backlash from djs or other artists.

  218. “I don’t think anyone needs to worry about Adam. I can’t imagine that “they” don’t have big plans for him. But as fans, we always worry, don’t we?”

    aek- Adam doesn’t look too worried judging from those vacation pics. I am pretty sure his management has plans for him we can’t even begin to fathom.

  219. clearly just my misdirected frustration that no such plans have been announced for Adam yet.

    I don’t think anyone needs to worry about Adam. I can’t imagine that “they” don’t have big plans for him. But as fans, we always worry, don’t we? :)

    I can’t see him doing much of touring before the summer anyway. He is scheduled to do international promo both in Mars and April in Europe and I assume they’ll want him to do Asian and Brazilian promos as well?

  220. About touring- opening for Lady Gaga in the summer sounds great- right after his intl. promo…
    I had hoped he could headline when we were discussing it a few months ago- but I had hoped his sales would be a little higher… not that he’s doing bad- I think it’s awesome that he went OFFICIALLY GOLD (WOOOOOHOOO!), but I guess it’s not enough to enable him to headline just yet. Not the kind of show he wants to do, anyway (dancers, fire, the works).

    I know twitter is the devil- but that rumour someone upthread posted about the girl who works for atv network who’d predicted Ellen ahead of time and says something “bigger” is in store for him-

    I really feel like indulging in a silly rumour wager:
    I say he’s performing at the Oscars!!! Ha! Let’s see what happens… :-)

  221. If he could open for one the really big ones, like Gaga or Xtina, I think that would be a better gig than headlining. Adam is a new artist and he needs to expand his fanbase, I think it would be smart. And probably fun too!

  222. I was hoping SNL because it’s NBC, but Oscars would work! What network is that on?

  223. Oh, the secret new maybe gig? Is the tweeter really sure that the gig will happen? I thought she said about 80% sure?

    My bet is SNL (or maybe I should say my wish?). Why would Adam perform at the Oscars if TFM is not nominated? SNL is a better gig for his album sales and his own music…

  224. saga
    02/10/2010 at 6:36 am
    If he could open for one the really big ones, like Gaga or Xtina, I think that would be a better gig than headlining. Adam is a new artist and he needs to expand his fanbase, I think it would be smart. And probably fun too!

    Total agreeance. :D

  225. I just checked SNL’s website, the next live show is with JLo on 2/27. Maybe March!

  226. adam is NOT going to be performing at the oscars…he does not sing a nominated song, is not is a recent or upcoming movie, there is no reason for him to be a part of the ceremony. yes, sometimes they have random people sing songs that are nominated (eg kristin chenoweth). However, the show is on abc which is unlikely to give the green light for him to sing live on their biggest show of the year. just not gonna happen. enough said.

    now SNL or an appearance on something else, that i could see happening.

    Re: touring, we have no idea what discussions are being held. But they are unquestionable being held. Adam has done a lot of stuff that his fans have had no idea of until just before it happened, but which was obviously planned a long time prior. I have no doubt that Adam will either be opening for an appropriate act starting this summer, or will be doing a smaller tour of small venues in major cities on his own. But in view of his international promo obligations this spring (and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him do an early may idol appearance to launch a second single) I don’t expect anything but an occasional one-off concert a la FS until this summer.

  227. Ok- you guys are probably right about it not being the Oscars… lol- I didn’t even know it was the evil ABC’s… So I’m all for SNL too!!! He could be really funny on it!!

  228. I wouldn’t be surprised if he popped up on tv in some capacity not too far down the road – as in a guest spot on some show. I have a feeling his team is working that angle, plus he has already shown the interest.

  229. also, some girl on twitter that had some scoop on adam on ellen b4 anyone else (has nbc connections) said she is 80% of something “bigger than ellen” coming up for adam…

    This could easily be SNL appearance. Adam could be hosting,(acting in skits), and also, being the the musical artist as well. Now, that would be BIGGER than Ellen!
    80% is a pretty high expection number, to throw out into the universe. She was porbably playing it safe.

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