Idol Headlines for 03/02/10

‘Dream’ of stardom a 24/7 goal on Web

Reality programming is entering a new dimension.

Top 3 News Stories of the Day
Top 3 News Stories of the Day

Today at noon, “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller’s Web-only show “If I Can Dream” goes live at ificandream .com and hulu.com.

Five aspiring entertainers, including Miley Cyrus’s ex-boyfriend Justin Gatson, will be filmed 24 hours a day, seven days a week in a Hollywood mansion as they attempt to make their dreams of stardom come true.

Boston Herald

Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’ Tour Returns To North America Thursday

BIG MACHINE star TAYLOR SWIFT will kick off the North AMERICAN leg of her FEARLESS TOUR on THURSDAY (3/4), with a sold-out show at the ST. PETE TIMES FORUM in TAMPA.

The 39-date tour will visit arenas and stadiums in 31 cities in 25 states and provinces in the U.S. and CANADA over the next three months. BNA artist KELLIE PICKLER and EMBLEM/WARNER BROS./BIGGER PICTURE group GLORIANA will be the opening acts.

All Access

Idol Headlines after the jump…keep checking back for more.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Idol’ Finalist Elliott Yamin Needs to Get Out of Chile, Running Out of Diabetic Supplies

The 31-year-old was scheduled to play a 20-minute set at the at the 11th Annual Children Uniting Nations Awards Celebration during the Oscars this Sunday, but its unclear if he will even be back in time. Yet despite the dire situation, Yamin is trying to be optimistic as he prays for urgent assistance.

“I hope to get home before I slip into a diabetic coma. That would be nice, ” he added. “I’m trying to be positive, I’m alive and well. I have all my limbs attached. I don’t know how we all got out of there unscathed. I’m very grateful we lived to tell about it.”

FOX News

Elliott has no idea when he’ll be leaving Chile, “I’m still stuck in santiago, with no clear idea as to when i’ll be able to get out…i think im starting to have post traumatic stress, as i reflect on where ive been over the last 2 weeks, and what ive been thru..altho im safe, alive, and well, still experiencing aftershox, and will b restless until i touch down on american soil” The American Embassy has advised he stay put, rather travel to another airport.. Good news, is that he says he’s “now doing OK” as far as his insulin supply goes.

Biltmore Estate announces summer concerts – Ruben and Clay together again in Asheville, NC

ASHEVILLE — The shows are The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band June 4, The Original Drifters June 11, Brandon Heath July 16 (all at the Diana), The Gaither Vocal Band July 17, Mary Chapin Carpenter July 22, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard July 21, The Steve Miller Band July 29, The Legendary Temptations July 30 (all on the South Terrace), Christopher Cross Sept. 24 and Kathy Mattea Oct. 4 (both at the Diana).

Some of the shows will be held at the new Diana at Biltmore venue, with other performances at the traditional location on the South Terrace lawn. Tickets will go on sale April 6.

Citizen Times

Idol`s Casey James: Cute school pic is just Heaven-ly

American Idol hopeful Casey James is judge Kara DioGuardi’s newest crush and here he is as a fresh-faced schoolboy.

James, 27, who was a member of the jazz band and tennis team during his years at Millsap High School, in Texas, caught DioGuardi’s eye when he performed an acoustic version of Bryan Adams’ hit Heaven on the US talent show.

Monsters and Critics

‘American Idol”s First Four Cut Talk to ET

America voted and Janell Wheeler, Ashley Rodriguez, Joe Munoz and Tyler Grady were all eliminated from the ninth season of “American Idol”‘s Top 24. Now ET talks to the ousted “Idol” hopefuls about the disappointment of not making it another week on the singing competition.

“If there was any way to go out, I’m so proud of myself in the way that I did. Several of the girls have even texted me and just said, ‘Janelle, you had so much poise, you were a class act and we look up to you and we really admire the way that you went out.’ I felt like I kept it together, I sang my song better than I sang it the first time and I’m really happy with how it went, ” Janell says.

ET Online

‘Idol’ threat

In the halls of Barnstable High School, they’re beginning to ask themselves what “American Idol’’ fans and judges may be wondering, too, as season nine of the Fox network’s star-making show unfolds.

Has 19-year-old Siobhan Magnus, a 2008 BHS graduate with no formal vocal training and little pre-Hollywood buzz behind her, become a legitimate top 10 contender? One of the favorites to wear the next “Idol’’ crown? What seemed unlikely a couple of weeks ago doesn’t seem so far-fetched today.

Boston.com

The Lambert Effect :: Is American Pop Queer-friendly?

When Adam Lambert made his man-kissing, leather-clad appearance on the American Music Awards late last year he subsequently ignited a backlash of viewer complaints, cancelled appearances and media criticism.

At the time, many in the music industry, including Lambert himself, questioned the degree to which the ensuing uproar had to do with his being openly gay, rather than simply overtly sexual. After all, numerous prominent, heterosexual female performers have performed equally, if not surpassingly, titillating displays on television in recent years. Unlike the provocative lineage these Madonnas and Britneys follow, Lambert does not enjoy the same luxury. When it comes to sexually explicit, openly gay American male pop performers, the precedent is practically nonexistent.

EdgeBoston.com

Danny Gokey’s ‘Best Days’ Full of Raw Emotion

Danny Gokey is gearing up to release his debut album, ‘My Best Days, ‘ on Tuesday (March 2). The former ‘American Idol’ contestant feels his fans will get to know him after listening to his CD.

“I think there’s gonna be a piece and a side they haven’t seen, ” Danny tells The Boot. “They haven’t [seen] the artistry yet, inside of me. They haven’t seen some of the raw emotion that I’ve been able to put in this CD. I’ve been able to be really blunt because this is my own project. It’s really about everything coming from the inside.”

The Boot

Kellie Pickler will appear on ‘Charlotte Today’

Albemarle native Kellie Pickler will visit the NewsChannel 36 studios Tuesday and appear on “Charlotte Today” at 11 a.m.

Pickler is in town for 96.9 The Kat’s Concert for Hope, which also features Darius Rucker, Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Atkins and Jason Michael Carroll.

The concert is Tuesday night at Coyote Joes.

Before the concert, Pickler will shave 96.9 Morning Show host Paul Schadt’s moustache. Schadt pledged to shave his moustache if listeners raised $200, 000 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Charlotte Observer

CMT Insider Interview: Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood displays her acting skills as a guest star in an episode of the CBS series, How I Met Your Mother, airing Monday night (March 1). She has also been filming a movie, Soul Surfer, and will be launching her Play On tour on March 11 in Reading, Pa.

Her continued advocacy of pet adoption and her own foundation in her hometown of Checotah, Okla., has led to a new promotion with the Pedigree dog food company to assist animal shelters and find homes for abandoned animals. For every person signing up as its Facebook friend, the company will donate 8 ounces of dog food to animal shelters.

“We’re going to raise a lot of awareness for the 4 million dogs that need homes that are in shelters now, that are in shelters every year, ” Underwood told CMT Insider. “They not only need homes, they need food. They need things like that.”

CMT.com

‘American Idol’ Nick Mitchell (Norman Gentle) On Katie Stevens

Mitchell has been busy in his post-“Idol” life. He and some other former contestants are preparing to do a show in Las Vegas, and he recently finished work on a single, “Brit Slap, ” with former Idols Kimberly Locke and Diana DeGarmo. The song, a playful jab at “American Idol” host Simon Cowell, should be released soon.

Mitchell says he still gets recognized by “Idol” fans, and it occasionally pays off. For instance, a cop recently pulled him over for speeding.

“He goes, ‘Wait a minute; you were on ‘Idol’! My wife and I watch that all the time, ‘” Mitchell says. “Then he gave me a pass. That’s been my paycheck from ‘Idol.'”

Courant.com

Taylor Hicks puts heart and soul into Teen Angel in ‘Grease’

n 2006, Mr. Hicks’ fans, the Soul Patrol, voted him into first place to win the coveted (and disparaged) “Idol” crown. Since then he has enjoyed the highs — No. 1 and No. 2 Billboard slots for his debut single and album, respectively — and endured the lows — getting dumped by Arista Records two years later — a pattern that now seems par for the course.

These days Mr. Hicks can be found wearing a costume he describes as “Liberace meets Elvis Presley meets Gram Parsons” and singing “Beauty School Dropout.” For the past two years he has been touring the country, playing the role of Teen Angel in Broadway’s version of “Grease.” Last week, he took some time out while in Milwaukee to talk about the show, his unlikely Broadway training and why being the greatest musician in the world won’t get you anywhere if you just sit in your room.

Post Gazette

Daughtry drummer entertains in classroom

Dave Fox and Neill Clegg’s students at Greensboro College have spent the past several weeks reviewing the history and stylistic nuances of pop music.

On Monday night, they got to see a chart-topping artist in the flesh.

Joey Barnes, drummer for the rock band Daughtry, sang a few songs and offered his insights on the writing process, digital music and Frank Sinatra.

The course, titled “The Top 10 Pop Songs of the Past 50 Years, ” has, over the past semester, featured live performances by Clegg and Fox, as well as local soul singer Jay Bird. The two instructors have known Barnes pretty much his whole life through his father, Joey Barnes Sr., a musician they had played with many times.

News Record

Steve Lillywhite: I’m as handsome as Simon Cowell!

With production credits that include U2, Dave Matthews Band, the Rolling Stones, Jason Mraz, Matchbox Twenty, Talking Heads, 30 Seconds to Mars and the forthcoming Evanescence album, Lillywhite’s resumé pretty much blows the show’s current judges right out of the water.

For the past couple weeks, Lillywhite has publicly campaigned for a shot at the Idol judges’ seat being vacated by Simon Cowell at the end of this season. He recently made one video outlining his qualifications. He’s planning on making another soon.

USA Today

Steve Lillywhite Says He Can Improve ‘American Idol’

A few weeks ago, murmurs started surfacing from the camp of famed producer Steve Lillywhite about possible involvement with ‘American Idol’ next year — specifically, that he wants to be the next Simon Cowell. And he thinks there’s room for improvement.

“People know my music, don’t know my personality, ” Lillywhite tells PopEater. “People who know my personality don’t see it as being a strange thing for me to do. I’ve been following the show closely and the more I see it, the more I feel I can do the job. I think I can improve the show. The current crop — certainly of guys — there’s been no real standouts, and I can’t believe that out of the thousands of people that auditioned, these are the 12 best guys. Simon knows that. You can tell by his body language that he’s embarrassed by the choices they’ve made.”

Popeater

‘American Idol’ + ‘Real World’ = New Web series ‘If I Can Dream’

Despite all of the cameras pointed at them — on a recent visit, PopWatch counted at least five in the living room alone and an average of 3 per bedroom — the Dream team say they aren’t nervous about living their day-to-day lives under the spotlight.

“There’s been times today where I’m like, ‘Oh, man, I’m on camera.’ I really have forgotten already, ” said Amanda Phillips, a former NFL cheerleader from New York who hopes to become an actress/model.

“This is the worst place ever to play hide and seek, ” joked Kara Killmer, an aspiring actress from Texas.

Popwatch

Danny Gokey’s ‘My Best Days’: Track-by-track

Coming out of American Idol last season, Danny Gokey indicated he didn’t want to limit himself to the Christian-music audience that would have been a natural fit for the former worship leader. Given Danny’s penchant for storytelling and inspirational messages — and his apparent lack of knowledge of contemporary pop-music trends — country was about the only format that made sense for him. No, he didn’t grow up on a farm, or even a small town, and he likely won’t challenge George Strait, Toby Keith or Kenny Chesney for supremacy in the genre. But he did show a fondness for contemporary country, especially the ballads, during Idol and the subsequent tour. So, with My Best Days, Danny finds a home in country.

USA Today

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ judge will host Dance Foundation’s gala

Nigel Lythgoe, co-creator and judge on the megahit TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, will host the National Dance Foundation’s annual fund-raising gala next week.

Billed as a ‘five-star evening’, it will be held March 13 at the Fairmont Southampton.

Mr. Lythgoe is participating at the invitation of National Dance Foundation board member and patron, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The Academy Award-winning actress has hosted the black tie event since its inception in 2005.

Royal Gazette

Danny Gokey: ‘American Idol’ gave him ‘a hunger, a drive, a passion’

Danny Gokey’s debut album, “My Best Days, ” drops Tuesday, March 2. Find out what he has to say about “American Idol” and his upcoming tour with Sugarland.

Gokey tells Soundcheck that his time on “American Idol” really helped his passion and his drive grow and it’s what made him decide he “wanted to be a performer.”

Zap2it

Dates Announced For ‘Glee’ Spring Tour

Glee Live! In Concert!” Tour Dates:

May 18 Phoenix, AZ | Dodge Theatre (Tickets on sale Fri., March 12 at 10 a.m. ET)
May 20 Los Angeles, CA | Gibson Amphitheatre (Tickets on sale Sat., March 13 at 10 a.m. ET)
May 21 Los Angeles, CA | Gibson Amphitheatre (Tickets on sale Sat., March 13 at 10 a.m. ET)
May 25 Chicago, IL | Rosemont Theatre (Tickets on sale Sat., March 13 at 10 a.m. ET)
May 26 Chicago, IL | Rosemont Theatre (Tickets on sale Sat., March 13 at 10 a.m. ET)
May 28 New York, NY | Radio City Music Hall (Tickets on sale Sat., March 13 at 9 a.m. ET)
May 29 New York, NY | Radio City Music Hall (Tickets on sale Sat., March 13 at 9 a.m. ET)

MTV

About mj santilli 33692 Articles
Founder and editor of mjsbigblog.com, home of the awesomest fan community on the net. I love cheesy singing shows of all kinds, whether reality or scripted. I adore American Idol, but also love The Voice, Glee, X Factor and more!

218 Comments

  1. Let’s see I can either:
    a) watch Justin Gaston 24/7 thanks to the genius of Simon Fuller
    or
    b) watch my toenails grow

    Yep, I’ll choose b….

  2. Steve Lillywhite is a perfect replacement for Simon. They are both legends in their own mind. LOL

  3. So the Biltmore concert is what the Ruben/Clay reunion chatter was about. It should be fun for those two to perform together again.

    Also, Ruben is scheduled to be on the Wendy Williams Show March 8, according to Croshal.

    http://www.croshalgroup.com/

  4. The ACM Awards nominations have been announced. Carrie got 6 noms!

    Carrie Underwood is nominated for six awards, including Entertainer of Year. Underwood is the reigning Entertainer of the Year, and, if she wins that category again, she will be the first female in Academy history to capture two Entertainer of the Year trophies. Underwood is also nominated as an artist and composer for Song of the Year for “Cowboy Casanova,” as well as Vocal Event of the Year for “I Told You So” with Randy Travis. In addition, Underwood is nominated for Top Female Vocalist and Album of the Year for Play On. If she wins Top Female Vocalist, it will be the fourth consecutive year she has won the category. Underwood also won the 2006 Album of the Year for Some Hearts.

    Source

  5. David Cook tweets that he just arrived in England! – but the airline busted one of his guitars that he used on the idol tour.

    By the way, anyone who’s interested should watch his IdolsNow interview from yesterday – he’s gorgeous and it’s a good interview.

  6. Steve Lillywhite is a perfect replacement for Simon. They are both legends in their own mind. LOL

    I’m favoring him more and more. He’ll seems like he’ll bring the entertainment factor at least! Bring on more British egomaniacs!

  7. Team Steve Lillywhite!!

    Here’s some reviews not yet posted of Carrie on HIMYM last night. I thought she did a good job and she more than cleared my low bar of not blowing a funny episode. She didn’t have enough to do to rate stellar reviews but she’s getting good ones. It’s something to build on if she wants to do more sitcom stuff but I’d be fine with it if she just stuck to the singing.

    LA Times

    I had trepidation upon first hearing that Underwood would be making her acting debut on the show, but I have to admit I found her charming and funny — “I’ve always been hot. What are you going to do?” was a highlight – even though she was playing an unlikable and selfish character in some ways. To use the word Ted called himself for keeping Henrietta (Catherine Reitman) the librarian on the hook, she was a jerk. But also like Ted, Tiffany was being hooked herself by her boyfriend.

    TV Squad

    Now, I have to be honest: I probably would have been on the hook for Carrie Underwood, rubbing her feet and making her chocolate cake. She did a nice job of making Tiffany into someone you’d go on the hook for, though seeing that even someone who’s “pretty much always been hot” could also be on the hook was refreshing.

    Daemon’s TV

    I loved the whole story with Barney and the hot female professions. The writers on this show never seem to run out of awesome material for this guy, it’s great. What did everyone think of Carrie Underwood? I thought she did a great job and was very funny.

    IGN TV

    “Hooked” even works in a big name guest star, another consistent strength of the series. Guest star Carrie Underwood does a decent job as pharma girl Tiffany, so much so that it’s a little surprising it’s her first-ever acting credit. It helps immensely that she has great lines to work with (from “I’ve always been hot — whaddaya gonna do?” to her excitement that Jack is “in a band!”), but regardless Underwood doesn’t have the stiffness or blatant cue card-reading look that’s common with many singers turned actors.

    Congrats to Carrie on her 6 ACM nominations!! I wasn’t expecting the nomination for Cowboy Casanova for Song Of The Year but yay for that!

  8. I still have to get LLWD, but here is WWFM

    Published Reports

    POP:
    19 18 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 4224 3925 299 28.883
    +48 Spins
    +61 Bullet
    +0.134 AI

    HAC:
    20 19 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 1363 1152 211 7.101
    +40 Spins
    +17 Bullet
    +0.187 AI

  9. LLWD up to #11 on the daily update for Pop chart

    Published Reports

    POP:
    13 11 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 5330 4990 340 31.225
    +62 Spins
    -9 Bullet
    +0.453 AI

    HAC:
    5 7 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 3162 3193 -31 16.932
    +12 Spins
    +6 Bullet
    +0.277 AI

  10. David Cook tweets that he just arrived in England! – but the airline busted one of his guitars that he used on the idol tour.

    Let me guess, he traveled by United.

    United Breaks Guitars

    (after that video went viral last year, they did finally replace the guys guitar)

  11. I am so upset for Elliott! I’m praying that he continues to be strong and keeps calm. I’m very grateful for his updates. Love you Elliott. Take care!

  12. I’m also rooting for Steve Lillywhite. So far, he seems the only one close enough to fill Simon’s shoes.

    Woohoo! Carrie with 6 nominations. You go girl. Love Carrie.

  13. That stinks about David’s guitar. I’ve never had an airline break anything of mine, although they’ve lost my luggage a few times. One time we we went to paris, but our luggage went to Cincinnati. Huh?

  14. Quick update on Kris’s schedule (thank @krinja_signal)

    He played at a HS and at a Wal-Mart/Sam’s Clubs event in Arkansas yeaterday, and today he’s in Florida for another Wal-Mart related gig.

  15. Quick update on Kris’s schedule (thank @krinja_signal)

    He played at a HS and at a Wal-Mart/Sam’s Clubs event in Arkansas yeaterday, and today he’s in Florida for another Wal-Mart related gig.

    He’s also scheduled to appear at the American Airline Celebri-Ski this weekend in Colorado

  16. Passing out the ketchup!

    Cumulus added WWFM! 2 stations just popped up, Bismark and Ft. Walton Beach. Does this mean they will all show today?

  17. 2 unmonitored cumulus top 40 stations appear to have added wwfm today… hmmm

  18. Quick update on Kris’s schedule (thank @krinja_signal)

    He played at a HS and at a Wal-Mart/Sam’s Clubs event in Arkansas yeaterday, and today he’s in Florida for another Wal-Mart related gig.

    Does anyone have an idea on how typical tour bands are compensated? I am sure Cale is getting paid for traveling with Kris but what about the other members of the band. They are under contract but would they receive base salary along with a performance fee? I am just wondering what would be motivation to stay together since it looks like a tour won’t happen until summer.

  19. Does anyone have an idea on how typical tour bands are compensated? I am sure Cale is getting paid for traveling with Kris but what about the other members of the band. They are under contract but would they receive base salary along with a performance fee? I am just wondering what would be motivation to stay together since it looks like a tour won’t happen until summer.

    I hope someone can answer this, I was wondering the same thing. We even have the same assumptions. This issue must be a motivating factor towards Daughtry and Cook forming traditional bands – at least thats my guess.

  20. mj, congratulations on your quote in the Boston.com article.

    So, Ashley went to Berklee and Siobhan was put on the waiting list? Not good PR for Berklee, heh.

  21. mmb:
    03/02/2010 at 11:05 am
    2 unmonitored cumulus top 40 stations appear to have added wwfm today… hmmm

    What link are you guys looking at? I don’t see this, but then again I might not be looking at the same thing.

  22. I think we’re looking at the Combined mode to see the unmonitored stations. 1 unmonitored Rythmic Add today too.

    Maybe it’s a little early for ketchup, so just ketchup packets for now. The whole bottle will be passed around later if monitored gets on board.

  23. I am confident they’ll all add. Hope Adam or RCA didn’t have to sell their souls for this! :grin: :grin:

  24. I am confident they’ll all add. Hope Adam or RCA didn’t have to sell their souls for this! :grin: :grin:

    Interns were sacrificed at the altar. LOL.

  25. Interns were sacrificed at the altar. LOL.

    and the interns’ first borns. the monitored stations are adding now too…

  26. Interns were sacrificed at the altar. LOL.

    Yeah, who needs them anyway. :grin:

  27. the monitored stations are adding now too…

    Thank god. Now Cumulus-gate can die! He should have no problem cracking the top 10 now.

  28. Thank god. Now Cumulus-gate can die! He should have no problem cracking the top 10 now.

    Yeaaaaaah, never wanna hear about Cumulus again.

  29. 5 monitored! Good enough for ketchup. Champagne, whatever you like. Now hopefully they’ll spin the song. I’m ridiculously happy about this.

  30. He should have no problem cracking the top 10 now.

    Well, I don’t know about that, but glad they added him

  31. 5 monitored! Good enough for ketchup. Champagne, whatever you like. Now hopefully they’ll spin the song.

    9 actually — good enough to down the entire bottle of ketchup

  32. sr4mjc, we’re up to 9 monitored adds from Cumulus now… they’re 14 right?

  33. He should have no problem cracking the top 10 now.

    Well, I don’t know about that, but glad they added him

    I don’t know about Top 10 – LLWD was added by them a while back and still hasn’t cracked Top 10 on Pop

  34. I don’t know about Top 10 – LLWD was added by them a while back and still hasn’t cracked Top 10 on Pop

    I don’t mean Cumulus is the magic bullet in and of itself. LLWD is 5 months old, on some stations it has peaked already. For Adam, this could be good timing – if gets a good boost going I think he could make a run for it in a few weeks. I think he has a shot if there is a big influx of stations giving him a decent amount of spins.

  35. The adds are crazy today for WWFM … 22 so far including Cumulus

    that is for the week, not just today (includes the hac and ac adds from yesterday). But it is a pretty good adds week for WWFM (finally)

  36. mmb, you’re right. I didn’t realize I was looking at yesterday’s adds too. I got so excited when I saw the Cumulus adds .. but it’s all good … great in fact! Finally, we got Cumulus on board.

  37. OMG!!! I’m so happy, it’s like something good happened to me personally (Am I being ridiculous?).

    Yay for Adam! Here’s hopíng WWFM makes top 10.

  38. I don’t mean Cumulus is the magic bullet in and of itself. LLWD is 5 months old, on some stations it has peaked already. For Adam, this could be good timing – if gets a good boost going I think he could make a run for it in a few weeks. I think he has a shot if there is a big influx of stations giving him a decent amount of spins.

    I know, but at 5 months old, LLWD is actually sitting at #11 this morning, so I think we just need to let things play out – LLWD is sitting close to that Top 10 spot after 5 months and WWFM has been around for a significantly shorter period of time. My commect was more along the lines of needing to wait and see because the adds on Cumulus or anywhere else might take a while to get WWFM up there.

  39. I know, but at 5 months old, LLWD is actually sitting at #11 this morning, so I think we just need to let things play out – LLWD is sitting close to that Top 10 spot after 5 months and WWFM has been around for a significantly shorter period of time. My commect was more along the lines of needing to wait and see because the adds on Cumulus or anywhere else might take a while to get WWFM up there.

    We’re delirious right now… can’t be reasoned with! :grin:

    High on ketchup maybe?

  40. We’re delirious right now… can’t be reasoned with!

    Lol – just trying to inject some sanity into the masses :)

  41. anovich:
    03/02/2010 at 11:46 am
    He should have no problem cracking the top 10 now.

    Well, I don’t know about that, but glad they added him

    I don’t know about Top 10 – LLWD was added by them a while back and still hasn’t cracked Top 10 on Pop

    Very true… but at least it has a fighting chance. Can’t ask for more.

  42. Today Is a good day! Leno tonight! I know some early stations are alreadly dropping spins a little, like Tampa but maybe Cumulus can keep it afloat for a little while longer while Adam is out of the country doing promotion.

    I don’t know about Top 10 but just keeping legs on the song is what I’m Excited about!

  43. girlygirl:
    03/02/2010 at 12:08 pm
    very short video of Kris performing at Wal-Mart event in Floria this morning

    http://12seconds.tv/v/CSGAA

    Wow…it looks like a lot of people…I wonder what this is for…who cares, just more exposure for Kris to a large audience and most likely a diverse one.

    Too bad The Tonight Show didn’t think to book Kris to sing Let It Be and talk about the single proceeds going to Haiti. Could have been good promo for the UN Foundation as well.

  44. Yippee for WWFM adds! Such happy news for Adam. Happily eating ketchup.

    This is great timing in juxtaposition to that Boston Edge article that MJ posted.

  45. awesome that Danny is still #1 on iTunes country albums and #3 overall albums. good for him, especially when he hasn’t even been back to AI yet or had a lot of other national promo

  46. Great news about Cumulus finally sating to add Adam. But if you look at the mediabase board, you’d see that Top 10 is still not even close to a given. LLWD is at #11 and he isn’t going to go Top 10 anytime soon, despite adding spins and AI. Most of the songs between 10-20 have got really good bullets.

    12 9 TIMBALAND Carry Out f/Justin Timberlake 6222 5651 571 37.479
    14 10 LADY ANTEBELLUM Need You Now 5563 4856 707 32.923

    13 11 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 5330 4990 340 31.225
    11 12 IYAZ Replay 5299 5843 -544 30.320
    15 13 KE$HA F/3OH!3 Blah Blah Blah 5159 4623 536 31.447
    8 14 JAY SEAN Do You Remember 5069 6269 -1200 24.398
    17 15 THE SCRIPT Breakeven 4806 4328 478 24.646
    9 16 BOYS LIKE GIRLS Two Is Better Than One 4681 6228 -1547 23.367
    18 17 JUSTIN BIEBER Baby 4525 4228 297 22.995
    19 18 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 4224 3925 299 28.883
    16 19 JASON DERULO Whatcha Say 4019 4339 -320 23.761
    21 20 ONEREPUBLIC All The Right Moves 3906 3566 340 22.334
    23 21 NEW BOYZ Tie Me Down f/Ray J 3504 3013 491 24.907

    Still, it’s great news that Cumulus finally got off their reras and added WWFM

  47. Too bad The Tonight Show didn’t think to book Kris to sing Let It Be and talk about the single proceeds going to Haiti. Could have been good promo for the UN Foundation as well.

    I’m interested to see how the Tonight Show does in general right now with the Jay Leno return and how people feel about it. In my house, we won’t watch Leno because we hated how the whole thing went down. It’s possible, however, that there will be killer ratings this week because people want to see what will happen now that Leno is back , but there might be others like me who won’t watch because of how the Conan thing was handled.

  48. I’m interested to see how the Tonight Show does in general right now with the Jay Leno return and how people feel about it.

    I suspect that jay will suffer for a little bit and then go back to No. 1. I rarely watched before the conan debacle, and was solidly “team conan”, but if Jay has a guest on that I want to see (and if I’m awake), I’ll still watch Jay. The American public has a very short memory.

  49. I know, but at 5 months old, LLWD is actually sitting at #11 this morning, so I think we just need to let things play out – LLWD is sitting close to that Top 10 spot after 5 months and WWFM has been around for a significantly shorter period of time. My commect was more along the lines of needing to wait and see because the adds on Cumulus or anywhere else might take a while to get WWFM up there.

    Okay I get you now. I wasn’t saying it would happen tomorrow. LOL

    I guess what I was trying to say was that the lower number of stations spinning Adam was holding his momentum back, and now that he has a bigger chunk of stations on board he has shot of catching up. All those people with bigger bullets are going to pass him in the short run, but in the long run he can catch the tail end of the wave and hit the bottom of the top 10 or come really close to it, since some of the songs ahead of him now should begin moving down sometime in the next few weeks. He should still have a few weeks before he peaks at a lot of stations I think, so I guess he”ll be able to pull it off. He can get his spins in the 5400 range now. Is that better?

    Kris has had great run – really really great – but I don’t know how much longer he can go because he some of these station have been spinning him for months at this point. I want him to hit 10 though… that would be AWESOME.

  50. Kris has had great run – really really great – but I don’t know how much longer he can go because he some of these station have been spinning him for months at this point. I want him to hit 10 though… that would be AWESOME.

    It’s amazing isn’t it, especially when the song was considered DOA back during the premier period and with Script-gate. I do think that Top 10 might be achievable given he’s at #11 this morning and he still has a decent bullet. I expect Kesha/Blah Blah Blah to pass him in the near future but if he can hang on long enough David Guetta, Lady Gaga/Bad Romance and Kesha/Tik Tok, are all falling.

  51. very short video of Kris performing at Wal-Mart event in Floria this morning

    http://12seconds.tv/v/CSGAA

    thanks for psting. That’s quite a big crowd! I hope we get more videos from this.

    Hope LLWD gets one position up to get into the top 10 *fingers crossed*

  52. I do think that Top 10 might be achievable given he’s at #11 this morning and he still has a decent bullet.

    ITA. I’m going to be holding my breath all week for him… come on Kris! That guy getting a top 10 pop hit after getting written off would be the best.thing.ever. :)

  53. I guess what I was trying to say was that the lower number of stations spinning Adam was holding his momentum back, and now that he has a bigger chunk of stations on board he has shot of catching up. All those people with bigger bullets are going to pass him in the short run, but in the long run he can catch the tail end of the wave and hit the bottom of the top 10

    This. He really really really needed the extra stations — even to have a shot at getting inside the top 15, in my opinion. So hooray for his getting them!

  54. ITA. I’m going to be holding my breath all week for him… come on Kris! That guy getting a top 10 pop hit after getting written off would be the best.thing.ever.

    THIS!!! But if it were to happen (please, oh please), it would just be so Kris – he was written off by the idol-producers, by the media, etc, and then suddenly – boom – a Top 10 his on Pop!!! I think we should tell the ontd_ai folks to do their prayer circles for this.

  55. i want to hear him, in his words, describe this time in his life… has to be one of the worst things a singer has to face….

    David Archuleta Details Vocal Struggle In New Memoir
    Posted on Mar. 2nd, 2010 by Sir Platinum Graham

    American Idol star and Platinum selling artist David Archuleta details his struggle with vocal chord paralysis in a soon to be released memoir titled “Chords of Strength”.

    Slated for release May 4, the shocking memoir details Archuleta’s rise to nearly winning the American Idol title and his drive to achieve the dream of being a successful recording artist despite insecurities he felt about his voice.

    Also opening up about the strength he draws from his family and faith, Archuleta pays tribute to those who inspired him and those who believed in his talent when he did not.

    The cover for the book (pictured) was released earlier this week. It is due for release through Celebra May 4.

    http://www.latinaroom.com/index.php/2010/03/david-archuleta-details-vocal-struggle-in-new-memoir/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  56. We’re delirious right now… can’t be reasoned with! :grin:

    High on ketchup maybe?

    Definitely high. Although I ate mind with mustard. The Cumulus stations have some big markets, so they should give at least a modest sales boost to WWFM, I would think. Not being played in so many large metropolitan areas was a definite depressor of sales, as long as it lasted, seems to me.

    And I’m still hoping Kris can get into the top 10 before LLWD finally comes to the end of its run. It’s not much farther now, and that song has proven much more popular than many thought it ever could be (I always thought it had potential, though, I must say.)

  57. Station Spins LW Format Market Label Owner Market
    Rank Date/Time Added
    KBEA-FM Pub 1 Top 40 Quad Cities, IA-IL RCA/RMG Cumulus Broadcasting LLC 146 3/2/2010 8:34:00 AM
    KKCT-FM Act 0 Top 40 Bismarck, ND RCA/RMG Cumulus Broadcasting LLC 286 3/2/2010 8:00:00 AM
    KMCK-FM Pub 0 Top 40 Fayetteville, AR RCA/RMG Cumulus Broadcasting LLC 132 3/2/2010 8:36:00 AM
    KQXY-FM Pub 1 Top 40 Beaumont, TX RCA/RMG Cumulus Broadcasting LLC 140 3/2/2010 8:41:00 AM
    WHHY-FM Pub 1 Top 40 Montgomery, AL RCA/RMG Cumulus Broadcasting LLC 153 3/2/2010 8:34:00 AM
    WHOT-FM Pub 2 Top 40 Youngstown, OH RCA/RMG Cumulus Broadcasting LLC 126 3/2/2010 8:36:00 AM
    WTWR-FM Pub 0 Top 40 Toledo RCA/RMG Cumulus Broadcasting LLC 91 3/2/2010 8:35:00 AM
    WWCK-FM Pub 1 Top 40 Flint, MI RCA/RMG Cumulus Broadcasting LLC 127 3/2/2010 8:41:00 AM
    WZNS-FM Act 0 Top 40 Ft. Walton Beach, FL RCA/RMG Cumulus Broadcasting LLC 227 3/2/2010 8:00:00 AM
    KRBE-FM Pub 1 Top 40 Houston RCA/RMG Cumulus Media Partners LLC 6 3/2/2010 8:44:00 AM
    WWWQ-FM Pub 1 Top 40 Atlanta RCA/RMG Cumulus Media Partners LLC 7 3/2/2010 8:41:00 AM
    WDAY-FM Act 0 Top 40 Fargo, ND – Moorhead, MN RCA/RMG Radio Fargo-Moorhead, Inc. 218 3/1/2010 3:51:00 PM

    Isn’t it beautiful??!!! Pass the ketchup and champagne. (Weird combination…but, WHATEVER!) Where’s dhunken? Isn’t he bringing the ketchup? :)

  58. Definitely high. Although I ate mind with mustard. The Cumulus stations are generally big markets, so they should give at least a modest sales boost to WWFM, I would think. Not being played in so many large metropolitan areas was a definite depressor of sales, as long as it lasted, seems to me.

    Yup, very happpy! Cumulus put new songs on low rotation though so I am not expecting killer updates right away but every little spin increase counts!

  59. I’m very grateful we lived to tell about it.”

    You should be, Elliott, you should be. And now you have a forum to help a lot of people. Stop whining and use it.

  60. Nina1:
    03/02/2010 at 12:52 pm
    I’m very grateful we lived to tell about it.”

    You should be, Elliott, you should be. And now you have a forum to help a lot of people. Stop whining and use it.

    Where is the whining? I didn’t read any whining. I took it was concern and a little panic about slipping into a diabetic coma and the frustration of not being able to do anything about it. I’m sure he will bring attention to the situation there once he has taken care of his own health.

  61. Nina1:
    03/02/2010 at 12:52 pm
    Stop whining and use it.

    Give him a chance. Everything I’ve seen about Elliott points to him be a thoughtful and caring person. I’m sure he’ll use this opportunity to help others once he’s gotten himself back together.

  62. You should be, Elliott, you should be. And now you have a forum to help a lot of people. Stop whining and use it.

    I don’t understand. A brittle, Type 1 diabetic can slip into a diabetic coma and die in a relatively short period of time without insulin. Why would it be whining to be concerned about dying?
    Elliott is in my thoughts, and I hope he stays well, and finds a way home soonest.

  63. I’m sure he will bring attention to the situation there once he has taken care of his own health.

    I’d say the multitude of phone interviews he’s already done have brought some attention to the situation. I don’t really mind someone sharing with the world that they’re a wee bit panicked about being in a scary situation. I think it helps give people a better understanding of how truly devastating these types of disasters are.

  64. Cumulus adds are the first step, now they just have to spin. I’d love to know what really went down behind the scenes. If Adam is singing at their next Christmas party, we’ll know. Although strike that, maybe he had to promise never to sing at their parties, lol.

    I’m laughing at Kansas City Cumulus holding out so far. Cookie territory ;)

  65. I’m laughing at Kansas City Cumulus holding out so far. Cookie territory

    Naah…they just added. a few more came in including KC….and the great hot spot of Bangor, Maine (now the UMO kids can hear the song..if they play it that is)

  66. How I Met Your Mother ratings from last night from Marc Berman:

    How I Met Your Mother (Viewers: #2, 10.48 million; A18-49: #2, 3.9/11)

    That’s higher than their last 2 episodes:

    2/8: How I Met Your Mother (Viewers: #3, 10.11 million; A18-49: #2, 3.8 rating/10 share)
    1/31: CBS’ already renewed How I Met Your Mother was on the 8 p.m. map, with 9.37 million viewers (#3) and a second-place 3.7/10 among adults 18-49 at 8 p.m.

    Here’s CBS’s press release about it:

    HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER was second in households (6.3/10), viewers (10.48m), adults 25-54 (4.7/12), adults 18-49 (3.9/11) and adults 18-34 (3.4/10). Compared to the last first- run episode (on February 8, 2010), HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER was up +3% in households (from 6.1/09), +4% in adults 25-54 (from 4.5/11), +3% in both adults 18-49 (from 3.8/10) and adults 18-34 (from 3.3/09) and added +470,000 viewers (from 10.01m, +5%).

    It was a competitive night with the Bachelor finale and Chuck although House was a rerun. I don’t know how much credit Carrie deserves for the ratings but I’m just glad they were above the season’s average for the show.

  67. is there a reason all the song spins, adds, etc are here and not the mediabase thread?

    Sorry, heading over there!

  68. According to @RCAMusic Adam is performing Sleepwalker on Leno tonight! Whaaaattt????

  69. According to @RCAMusic Adam is performing Sleepwalker on Leno tonight! Whaaaattt????

    OOOOHHHHH. Testing the waters for the next single? I love the end of Sleepwalker live but the verses always seem a little too high to me. Off to watch FS again to evaluate..

  70. I just saw the tweet on tweeter mmb, I thought he was singing Music Again. Sleepwalker is my son’s favorite on Adam’s cd. And one of my favorites. Can’t wait.

  71. I

    just saw the tweet on tweeter mmb, I thought he was singing Music Again. Sleepwalker is my son’s favorite on Adam’s cd. And one of my favorites. Can’t wait.

    Yeah. Adamofficial has been posting that he was singing music again for the past week. But I like the idea of him doing Sleepwalker on Leno

  72. mmb:
    03/02/2010 at 1:36 pm
    “According to @RCAMusic Adam is performing Sleepwalker on Leno tonight! Whaaaattt????”

    I love Sleepwalker more than Music Again, so I am very happy. I hope he does it the way he did at the New year’s Eve concert, that was spectacular.

  73. Does anyone have an idea on how typical tour bands are compensated? I am sure Cale is getting paid for traveling with Kris but what about the other members of the band. They are under contract but would they receive base salary along with a performance fee? I am just wondering what would be motivation to stay together since it looks like a tour won’t happen until summer.

    I was just wondering about this this morning. I’m glad someone put it to a question.

  74. According to @RCAMusic Adam is performing Sleepwalker on Leno tonight!

    Interesting. And I think it’s a better choice than Music Again. I mean besides my not liking Music Again and liking Sleepwalker, I don’t think there is a chance that Music Again will be a single, while Sleepwalker might. Plus I think that for the Leno audience that Sleepwalker is a better fit.

    But we’ll see if that is indeed the song he is singing.

    I hope so, I’m really looking forward to seeing a good quality version of that song.

  75. Good choice to do Sleepwalker on Leno. Looking forward to it! I figured something was up when Adam teased us in a tweet about “can you guys guess what song I’m performing” when we all thought it was going to be “Music Again.” Frankly, I’ll be happy seeing him perform anything. :-)

    (I actually thought for a wild moment that he might do “Wild Horses” since that tweet came in the middle of the SuBo controversy. LOL)

  76. sr4mjc:
    03/02/2010 at 1:38 pm
    According to @RCAMusic Adam is performing Sleepwalker on Leno tonight! Whaaaattt????
    OOOOHHHHH. Testing the waters for the next single? I love the end of Sleepwalker live but the verses always seem a little too high to me. Off to watch FS again to evaluate..

    Oh s**t!! I love Sleepwalker!!! I’ve been saying that this song should be his next single since forever!! The combination or Adam’s crazy vocals and Ryan Tedder’s talent is a winning situation IMHO, love them both.
    OK, back to lurking…
    Oh, and YES!!! for all the ads today! :) :)

  77. (Chew Chew Chew) yummy yummy yummy my words taste so good. I am so thankful and grateful that I was wrong about Cumulus and I humbly but loudly am letting you all know I WAS WRONG!. Ok pass the Ketchup please as the words are little dry! :mrgreen: Yeah Now only hope they spin him. :lol:

  78. I’m also interested in how the band is compensated.

    And excellent that Allison got an add!

  79. dhunken… you crack me up! I always appreciate your take on things, your positive attitude, and your sense of humor!

  80. A station in Columbis Ohio added Scars!

    Because Ohio rocks like that. :D

  81. Thank you to the man behind the scenes at RCA who makes things happen!

    dhunken, I have more ketchup to share. Would you like some champagne too?

    I hope he kills Sleepwalker tonight! I wonder how he’ll do his hair?

  82. Very happy he is singing Sleepwalker. And, super excited about Cumulus!!!

  83. Quickly adding, SOOOOOOOO happy about Sleepwalker, one of my favorites, hope he kills it, its late nite, he is allowed to go a little wild!!!!

  84. dhunken, I have more ketchup to share. Would you like some champagne too?

    (mmmm mmmmm mmmmm) Champagne hell yeah. Never thought that being wrong would make me feel soooooooo Good. Oh someone please put on Feeling Good sung by Adam. What a day. Ketchup Champagne and Feeling Good. Does it get better then this…..Yeah I know it does. Like A frigging Adam Lambert Concert. Woo Hoo :mrgreen:

    Fellow Word Eaters I am happy to be in your company. :mrgreen:

  85. The Leno people gave him really nice lighting when he was on last time and its the same studio….so hopefully Sleepwalker will look gorgeous….maybe a little dry-ice fog?

  86. Star Magazine has a full page on Didi this week, about her background with Jason Reeves and his ties with Kara.

  87. Since the Cumulus stuff is finito I guess we’re done with the boo hoo, Amerika is so backwerd and unkool compared to those Europeenas who will love everything Adam does including his album cover. Oh shit, wait….I’m going to be let down if he doesn’t do his trademark bj move in Australia, Japan and England. Because they can handle it. :)

  88. You should be, Elliott, you should be. And now you have a forum to help a lot of people. Stop whining and use it.

    You know, Elliott went to Chile straight from a trip to Angola for IGB. And unlike many people, he’s stayed quite involved with the IGB-spawned Angola work — for both malaria and an orphanage he visited — ever since the last IGB show, in addition to his work on other causes, including juvenile diabetes and epilepsy, which his girlfriend suffers from. If anything, he spends too much energy being a sweet and helpful person and not enough ruthlessly pursuing his career, in my opinion!

    Elliott ended up in the emergency room many times in his early years of struggling with diabetes, and recently watched his mother decline and die suddenly, unexpectedly, and quite young at least partly from a digestive-tract-related situation as well. And Elliott’s a very expressive, emotional guy, in whatever the situation. It’s perfectly understandable that he’d initially get in a moderate freakout about his really quite serious medical condition. He has a long basis for worry and stress is a huge aggravator for diabetes.

    In the long run, he always seems to opt for being a good guy to others. I don’t expect this time to be any different.

  89. Since the Cumulus stuff is finito I guess we’re done with the boo hoo, Amerika is so backwerd and unkool compared to those Europeenas

    Hmmm. And you think America *isn’t* like this? lol.

  90. Frankly I don’t care if Cumulus added on their own because the song entered the Top 20 or if RCA had to sacrifice interns. We’ll never know what happens behind the scenes, but at least they added. Now they just have to spin.

    I really wanted Fever for the next single and that’s not going to happen, but I guess they are testing out Sleepwalker. It’s still mid-tempo to me like WWFM but Tedder songs sell well!

  91. America has some major issues with human rights as any other country. It took a long time for the Cumulus Adds and sounded like RCA had to intervene on Adam’s behalf.

  92. Kate – Why do you think RCA intervened? And if so in what way to get so many to add at once?

  93. lucy:
    03/02/2010 at 2:21 pm
    Since the Cumulus stuff is finito I guess we’re done with the boo hoo, Amerika is so backwerd and unkool compared to those Europeenas

    Hmmm. And you think America *isn’t* like this? lol.

    Yes. ;) actually I do still think america is backwards. Why else would we think its funny that Palin and Adam are on the same show. Personally I think it is funny that Shaun White, Palin and Adam are on together.. what a dinner party that would make.

  94. Squirrely:
    03/02/2010 at 2:39 pm
    Kate – Why do you think RCA intervened? And if so in what way to get so many to add at once?

    I think they had to do some extra strong arming, but I also don’t think it is unusual for labels to ‘intervene’ on behalf of their new artists. I’m sure Jive did this with Kris as well, I think it just went a little easier in this case.

  95. Why do you think RCA intervened?

    The mod at AO said that RCA was aware of the problem and was sending in a heavy hitter to work on Cumulas adds. I wonder who he had to blow what he had to promise to get them to add WWFM?

  96. Thanks for answering guys. I hope this means WWFM will continue to climb the charts.

  97. I’m still wondering about the pay situation question for band members that go on tour with an individual such as David Cook or Kris Allen. Anyone have any insight, info?

  98. Well let’s just say that the scary Amerika vs. cool Europe always seemed like bs to me. But if those furriners are so cool they’ll have no problem with a)Adam’s original album cover b)his patented AMA bj pantomime or c)fans touching his junk. If they do, I hope they get the dreaded “h” worse thrown at them and I don’t mean horse doodoo. :) And if they don’t get to experience all that I’ll feel kinda let down. Maybe they’re not so kool after all.

  99. tiger92:
    03/02/2010 at 2:45 pm
    Why do you think RCA intervened?

    The mod at AO said that RCA was aware of the problem and was sending in a heavy hitter to work on Cumulas adds. I wonder who he had to blow what he had to promise to get them to add WWFM?

    If there was blowing (of lets say wind ;) involved they probably would have added it a long time ago. LOL :)

  100. RCA probably promised Cumulus that Ke$ha would do some spring/summer gigs for them. Aren’t she and Adam on the same label?
    Labels use the clout from their hottest artists to float all boats. Let’s see if Ke$ha makes any radio appearances on those radio stations.

  101. jpfan… wat? totally confused.

    I don’t think America is scary so much as ridiculous sometimes. My our new governor is advocating for concealed weapons, but is in staunch opposition to protective right for gays. It just wacko to me. Europe? Have no idea, don’t live there, only visited, which doesn’t mean much.

    jpfan… good guess on the kesha deal.

  102. But if those furriners are so cool they’ll have no problem with a)Adam’s original album cover

    I don’t think they would have a problem with the album cover either. The record companies switched the cover for Kelly’s and Jordin’s cd. I’m pretty sure it didn’t have anything to do with “furriners” disliking the original album covers. From what I understand, it is common to have different covers/pictures/tracks for album releases in different countries.

  103. Well let’s just say that the scary Amerika vs. cool Europe always seemed like bs to me.

    Not from Europe but from Canada and we have included gay right into our human rights constitution. When the US does that I will say bs also. Right now cool Europe seems pretty far ahead to me.

  104. From the interviews I’ve listened to from Canada, Australia, Finland and NZ, most said they didn’t understand why the AMAs were an issue. So I’d say they are already have a different mindset than the American media.

  105. I love Music Again but when Adam does Sleepwalker live it is awesome. I am sooo happy for those Cumulus adds. Don’t follow the radio threads much but I know this was important. Tampa plays the heck out of WWFM already so I was happy.

  106. Still sad to hear England won’t get the glam album cover. Didn’t they invent the whole glam thing with Bowie? You’d think they’d be the perfect market. Okay, I’ll stop beating the dead horse. Is Japan getting the original cover? I actually think it would work there.

    The benefit of being on a big label is the clout their stars have. So I def see Ke$ha being of use for RCA.

  107. I don’t think RCA had to promise them anything to get them to play Adam’s music. They probably mentioned how ABC got slammed by GlADD and some of their audience for their overboard actions against Adam. Someone reminded them that they don’t want to be seen as homophobics, by playing everyone ranked above and below Adam, but not him. I kind of figured they gave in, just to prevent some bad publicity.

  108. LOL, not sure this is exactly “newsworthy”, but apparently David Cook’s tweets complaining about his broken guitar were written up in a lil’ blurb.

    Cook’s guitar damaged on flight

    In a post on his Twitter.com page, Cook writes, “A busted guitar, courtesy of the airline. Flowers would have been a better welcome to England gift, but beggars can’t be choosers.
    “R.I.P – tobacco-burst Gibson 335 from the Idol tour. Your (sic) were the voice of your generation.”

    Aw, his typo even got a (sic)! Haha. So random. Btw, that United breaks guitar song was hilarious.

  109. Not from Europe but from Canada and we have included gay right into our human rights constitution.

    Where? It’s not in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The courts extropolated from the rights given to others to include gay rights. They are not explicitly included (explicitly mentioned are race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability). The charter is available on-line.

    The courts decided to extend the rights and the government decided not to invoke the notwithstanding clause (and did bring in some legislation to support some gay rights).

    When the US does that I will say bs also. Right now cool Europe seems pretty far ahead to me.

    Gays do have rights in the states, but not to marriage in most states. Europe is not a single entity. And they certainly are not always the paragons of non-discrimination they are touted as being. Certainly, I haven’t heard of any successful campaigns in the US to outlaw the wearing of hijabs or the building of minarets. And the truly, openly racist (to the point of it being a major part of their platform) political parties in the US do not seem to enjoy the success they do in some European countries.

    I’m not going to say the US is the bastion of all rights and freedoms (it certainly has a way to go), but I think it’s BS to say that Europe (unconditionally) is better. And Canada certainly has some house cleaning to do as well. Just recently, it wasn’t reporters from the US that were questioning Johnny Weir’s sex (it was reporters from Canada and Australia).

    An no, I’m not American.

  110. Kirsten…Gay rights are incorporated into most provincial legislations such as the Ontario Human Rights Code. Section 5 of the Ontario Human Rights Code states “every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to employment without discrimation because of race, ancestry place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, record of offenses, marital status, family status or disability”. There are similar prohibitions relating to housing, vocational associations, and harrassment in any of these venues. Most provinces in Canada have similar legislation.

  111. yes, luv. jpfan was asking if Japan was getting the original FYE cover or if they were getting the UK and Europe cover with the silver hand picture.

    Big add from Baltimore today too.

  112. I forgot about Elliot. I loved his one song, I can’t remember the title, but the main line in it is “baby I will wait for you”. I’m thinking about buying his album. Does anybody here own it, and care to give their thoughts on it?

  113. well, I am German by brith and for the last 11 years US citizen by choice. My husband made the choice for me :) . I married an American (US American that is – I always kinda hate it when people forget that America is all of the continent).
    When it comes to music, I really have given up on most US stations, they pretty much STINK. Due to the wonders of the intenet I listen to German stations, Music is soooo much better most of the time and News is tons more informative. The gay musician issue is a non-issue, totally! Most stations don’t bleep anything either, which threw me off at first, when I actually heard the S-word etc. sung out loud and with pride. Adam is just getting started there, his music/ vocals are beeing praised as the new Freddy Mercury. WWFM is being played at some of the stations I have listened to. Ohm yeah, and FYE – the single – is very popular in the discos (dance clubs). Also my friends were laughing at us over the fuss from the AMAs.

  114. Gays do have rights in the states, but not to marriage in most states.

    Which rights are you referring to? I’m probably reading too much into this.

    If a state allows civil unions thats fine as long as you never cross state lines. Marriage is few and far between, so not worth mentioning. Also there is no specific protection for sexual orientation in 1/2 of our states… however if you beat up someone that is gay, then it is a hate crime. So I guess gays have some sort of protection as long as you are in one of those states that has this legislation (not every state does). Our legislation also does not cover equal rights for adoption, immigration, taxes or military. I know much of this, I have a few gay relatives. For this reason, I don’t think Fever will ever fly here. I have hopes it will do well overseas.

  115. luvadamlambert:
    03/02/2010 at 4:00 pm
    SQUEEEE at cumulus adds !!! I’m TRILLED!!!!

    Now all we need is hot 99.5

    Luv that is my station too.. don’t bet on it. LOL ;) At least they have him listed on there request form. Yeah!? ;)

  116. I loved his one song, I can’t remember the title, but the main line in it is “baby I will wait for you”. I’m thinking about buying his album. Does anybody here own it, and care to give their thoughts on it?

    I don’t have the album with that song – “Wait for You” – on it, that was his first. I have his newest one, though, and I love it. I like “Don’t Be Afraid,” nice little R&B tune, and “You Say,” another kinda chilled out R&B song, “Forever In You”… it’s a solid album, really, one of the few that I loaded the whole thing onto my iPod. Of course I’m a little biased since I’ve always liked Elliott, but I don’t spend $$ on albums unless I really think I’m going to like them :)

  117. Certainly, I haven’t heard of any successful campaigns in the US to outlaw the wearing of hijabs or the building of minarets. And the truly, openly racist (to the point of it being a major part of their platform) political parties in the US do not seem to enjoy the success they do in some European countries.

    This. The French hijab thing is very WTF to most Americans, I would think. I just saw a piece on our local San Francisco TV station about a stock girl who was fired from Abercrombie for wearing one, and the kids they interviewed outside were all saying they’d quit shopping there anymore because that was just plain discrimination. Don’t understand why anyone in France would think there’s a grey area there. And on the radical political parties in Europe, OMG!! My eyes practically popped out of the socket when I saw the political posters they were posting at my company’s German facility during the last elections there. Seriously disturbing. And Switzerland, OMG!! — I had to ask my Swiss-German speaking friend whether a big billboard that showed a white sheep and a black sheep and some pretty flagrant signage about wanting the black sheep kicked out of the country actually said what I thought it said. So yeah, Europe ain’t no paradise for equality either — though America clearly has its share of human rights problems too.

  118. Luv that is my station too.. don’t bet on it. LOL ;) At least they have him listed on there request form.

    That station, ugh. I mean, the good news is I like LLWD – if I hated it, I’d be in trouble, it’s on their mega rotation. But they subject me to the same 10 songs over and over and over… They never did pick up Cook, which is why I listened to 107.3 the whole time he was charting, heh!

  119. I forgot about Elliot. I loved his one song, I can’t remember the title, but the main line in it is “baby I will wait for you”. I’m thinking about buying his album. Does anybody here own it, and care to give their thoughts on it?

    He has three albums, actually — two pop and one secular Christmas. The hit song, Wait for You, is from his first album, Elliott Yamin, which is a kind of major mishmash of styles, and, therefore, has something for everybody, if you like Elliott! (I think so, anyway!). It’s got the big pop hit, Wait for You, but also a nice more roughish R&B one, Train Wreck (my personal favorite), some very sweet ballads — You Are the One and Take My Breath Away — , Elliott’s Donny Hathwayish version of A Song for You, and a lot of R&B-flavored pop, varying among the more or less modern/traditional and more or less successful….

    His newer album, Fight for Love, is more through-and-through contemporary, R&B-and-soul-flavored pop. Its one foray into more old-school R&B is Cold Heart, which is a favorite of a lot of folks who like old-school Elliott. I think this album is well produced, cohesive, and pretty strong as contemporary soul-flavored pop goes — though lacking a bit of edge, I must say, which, to me, is kind of Elliott’s downfall — and, as an album, better than the first. Folks who don’t like contemporary pop tend not to like it, though!

    For lovers of old-school Elliott the Christmas album, My Kind of Holiday, has a lot of fun R&B-flavored stuff, ranging from a great version of Merry Christmas, Baby, to some very cool new stuff like Warm Me Up and Christmas Without Carol.

    Elliott’s also had tons of bonus tracks that don’t appear on any of the albums — like a beautiful version of Whiter Shade of Pale and also numerous originals. So if you do mp3s, it’s worth giving his stuff a listen and buying singles rather than one of the albums, perhaps.

    Elliott — worth listening to and buying, in my opinion!

  120. I don’t have the album with that song – “Wait for You” – on it, that was his first. I have his newest one, though, and I love it. I like “Don’t Be Afraid,” nice little R&B tune, and “You Say,” another kinda chilled out R&B song, “Forever In You”… it’s a solid album, really, one of the few that I loaded the whole thing onto my iPod. Of course I’m a little biased since I’ve always liked Elliott, but I don’t spend $$ on albums unless I really think I’m going to like them

    Ahhkay. Cool. I think I might get it. I don’t really have and R&B CDs. I could see my brother liking it.

    For lovers of old-school Elliott the Christmas album, My Kind of Holiday, has a lot of fun R&B-flavored stuff, ranging from a great version of Merry Christmas, Baby, to some very cool new stuff like Warm Me Up and Christmas Without Carol.

    Isn’t he Jewish though? LOL

  121. David Cook twit-pic’ed a photo of his damaged guitar. Good on keeping the fans informed Dave! Now a little more about what you’re doing in England, plz.
    http://twitpic.com/168svg

    He and Neal sure are nutters about their guitars

  122. For those wondering about how Kris’s, Cook’s and Daughtry’s bands are compensated, the short answer is I don’t know.

    The long answer is I don’t know, but I’ll make a guess. RCA signed KA, DC and CD specifically — the bands were not signed as bands, like, say, U2 was signed back in the day. The case where an individual comes onto a label and then later forms a band usually means that the band members are sub-contractors of the signed artist, and it’s the artist who pays them. That may be part of the artist’s deal with the label — that they get money up front to form a band — but I’m sure the artists have to pay that back when they start generating profits.

    I seriously doubt, in the case of Cook, for example, that Andy or Neal have any sort of direct contract with RCA. I don’t think RCA would be interested in them at this point, but I’m also not sure the guys would want any sort of contract like that for themselves — they’re much more free this way. And, in the case of Neal, any sort of contract with RCA could potentially complication to the rights to his songs. (This is also why Cook’s Cherry Lane deal was such a critical and good thing for him — it keeps that revenue stream relatively independent of both RCA and 19, I’m guessing.)

    What sort of deal KA, DC or CD have worked out with their band members is anyone’s guess. Some artists keep all the money for themselves and the band members remain hired hands at a base salary. Some artists set up revenue sharing deals from touring, but that’s all up to them. How each of these guys has set up the financial aspect of their bands is anyone’s guess, though sometimes there are clues if they start writing together — you can sometimes guess how things are going by how they share writing credit, but then again, creative relationships don’t necessarily = legal relationships.

    I’m basing some of this on some banter from a Cook concert, where he said, in mock despair, about some unexpected addition to the show, “Oh great, *another* person to add to the payroll.” So I thought at that point aha, the sub-contracting mechanism (which isn’t at all uncommon) was how they were set up.

    Did I mention this is allll one gigantic guess on my part? Yeah. I could be wrong about all of it!

  123. wellhesback:
    03/02/2010 at 4:12 pm
    David Cook twit-pic’ed a photo of his damaged guitar. Good on keeping the fans informed Dave! Now a little more about what you’re doing in England, plz.
    http://twitpic.com/168svg

    He and Neal sure are nutters about their guitars

    Poor David. :(

  124. I think there is a big difference between social conservatism and its affect on music between the US and many other countries. Whether bigotry is alive and well across the pond or up north it isn’t as apparent for artists and performers like it is here in the states.

    For some reason the US is intent with proclaiming actors and musicians and athletes as roll models (’cause parents don’t have the time or inclination to be roll models for their own kids). Therefore these “lazy” parents are all about making sure that the roll models for their kids are total straight arrows following all the “alluded” to standards of a very hypocritical nation. So, no one with ideas or lifestyles outside of the box need apply to be a “winner” in the states…ain’t going to happen.

    Conversely, no matter the social conservatism of the vast majority of Europeans or Canadians they are able to discern that fine line between real life and celebritism that Americans can’t. They will reward someone for their talents and their contributions to sports or music or theater without judging them for their lives off the playing field. That is the tolerance that the United States lacks. People here think that in order to be famous you need to toe the line…and if you don’t then you aren’t given the time of day. Too bad parents don’t follow this line of thinking in their own lives. Aw…the hypocrisy of the United States population…it boggles the mind.

  125. And the truly, openly racist (to the point of it being a major part of their platform) political parties in the US do not seem to enjoy the success they do in some European countries.

    I lived in Italy for half a year and encountered more racism than I have in like 15 years in the US. I still loved it there, though. Not to say I don’t encounter racism in the US as well. Bottom line, this:

    I’m not going to say the US is the bastion of all rights and freedoms (it certainly has a way to go), but I think it’s BS to say that Europe (unconditionally) is better. And Canada certainly has some house cleaning to do as well.

    I.e. generalizations on such things will always be countered. That’s why some people squawked at Adam’s initial generalization about the U.K. being so far ahead of the U.S. Is there some truth to that? Of course. But most of the time, it’s better for public figures to avoid blanket statements like that because they’ll rile up those who object, etc. Case in point, I was just reading a sports blog on hockey this morning, and the blogger brought up a good point about the perils of angering people when making careless statements in a chat format:

    [I]t’s easy to get in trouble on these chats. For example, two weeks ago, I opined that Wizards games were more diverse than D.C. United [soccer] games. Then I was informed that, according to the most recent data, United’s fan base is 27.5 percent white, 52.9 percent Hispanic, 12.5 percent black and 2.9 percent Asian. That’s pretty diverse. I’d like to think that in print or even in a blog post, I’d have done more research than “Gee, it seems to me….” So these chats are clearly operating with some different standards.

  126. I’m glad Cumulus stations have added Adam Lambert’s song “Whaddaya Want From Me” – really glad. I think more people will likely hear the song now, and it’s worth hearing.

    (If it’s thread-related: Puritanism is part of America’s history – just a fact. It rears its head in odd and, IMO, sometimes unfortunate ways. And, yes, I am an American – looking forward to when my country legally acknowledges the civil rights of Americans who are gay and lesbian. Are there other countries that might be further along or more liberal in regard to that issue? If so, good on them. It’s not “anti” anything to recognize that sometimes there’s something good going on somewhere else from which we can learn.)

  127. Isn’t he Jewish though? LOL

    Yep. THat’s why it’s a *secular* Christmas album! I don’t know that he would have made one on his own, but after Wait for YOu hit it big, Target asked him to do one in their series, so he did. And it was a very strong seller for them.

  128. I’m not going to say the US is the bastion of all rights and freedoms (it certainly has a way to go), but I think it’s BS to say that Europe (unconditionally) is better. And Canada certainly has some house cleaning to do as well. Just recently, it wasn’t reporters from the US that were questioning Johnny Weir’s sex (it was reporters from Canada and Australia).

    An no, I’m not American.

    Very well said. Europe is made up of some rather diverse countries. They don’t all seem to agree on which human rights matter and which don’t. Also, there are more than 350 million people in the U.S. It would be impossible to quantify how we all feel about anything.

    I know many people view North America as so less enlightened than Europe, that great leader in human rights. But, let’s just say that I’d rather go to an Eagles home game in some Cowboys gear than be the wrong color at one of those international soccer games.

  129. Yep. THat’s why it’s a *secular* Christmas album!

    That’s an oxymoron. Like Microsoft Works.

  130. Plus, there are different areas where you can be conservative or liberal.

    Being sexually liberal doesn’t rule out being a big fat racist, for example. And of course when you’re in a more racially and ethnically homogeneous country, you don’t get as many chances to be racist — as we’re seeing now with anti-immigrant, more racist fervor kicking up across Europe. The U.S. has been diverse all along, so there have been lots of people for us to hate.

    I think it’s hard to deny that the U.S. is a not very sexually open society, on average, though. (despite our way sexual media). I’m writing about teen pregnancy just now, and it’s pretty clear that Canada, Australia, northern Europe generally, aren’t as loath to talk about it and acknowledge that teenagers are sexual beings, etc., as many many Americans are. While they have lots of political parties with cracked right-wing views on lots of things, those particular counties don’t have large political movements quite as fixated on snuffing out all teen sexuality, telling gay people to become straight, and pushing women back into early childbearing and away from the workforce as we do.

    And it’s the sexual thing that one talks about when talking about Adam, not the many other kinds of uptightness and backwardness that exist around the world.

  131. I seriously doubt, in the case of Cook, for example, that Andy or Neal have any sort of direct contract with RCA. I don’t think RCA would be interested in them at this point, but I’m also not sure the guys would want any sort of contract like that for themselves — they’re much more free this way. And, in the case of Neal, any sort of contract with RCA could potentially complication to the rights to his songs.

    Well, so long as we’re ass-talking . . . .

    I do recall from Cook’s past interviews that RCA and/or 19 did have a say on which members would become part of his touring band. I recall Cook giving Andy and Neal props for stepping in and impressing whichever PTB who had a say on their becoming members of his touring band. All that said, from everything Cook has said, it seems that he is their boss and he pays them — and not the label or 19.

    As far as Neal, not being signed to the label also gives him the flexibility to play/write for other acts. He played on a couple of tracks on the new Uncle Kracker album and Burn Halo tweeted recently that they just finished a songwriting session with him. And of course, Neal has talked about writing some new songs for MWK. If he was signed to RCA like David, he’d probably have to get their permission to do other things.

  132. Thanks MollyAnnMay, that was a very interesting post. I kind of assumed the band members would not be contracted to the labels themselves but get paid by Adam, Kris, David, etc.

  133. ‘American Idol’ David Archuleta as Dr. Seuss for Read Across America

    Could “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta be any cuter?

    Tuesday, March 2 is the National Education Association’s 13th annual Read Across America day. The NEA chose this particular date because it is Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

    David Archuleta is getting in the action, tweeting,”Today’s Read Across America! Volunteer to help encourage kid to read books! Happy Birthday Dr. Suess! My favorite author as a kid!” and “Going to read at an elementary school! 4th grade classes haha :).”

    Archie also posted the following Twitpics:

    http://twitpic.com/168jpc
    http://twitpic.com/168hnq

    Source: Zap2it

    ETA: He read to them Dr. Seuss’s inspiring book Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

  134. I do recall from Cook’s past interviews that RCA and/or 19 did have a say on which members would become part of his touring band. I recall Cook giving Andy and Neal props for stepping in and impressing whichever PTB who had a say on their becoming members of his touring band. All that said, from everything Cook has said, it seems that he is their boss and he pays them — and not the label or 19.

    Kris has also said that he had to audition his band, and that Cale got his spot through auditioning, though I think Kris encouraged him to do the auditioning.

  135. I know many people view North America as so less enlightened than Europe, that great leader in human rights. But, let’s just say that I’d rather go to an Eagles home game in some Cowboys gear than be the wrong color at one of those international soccer games.

    Huh… if you mean team colour I get it but not racial colour… you do realize that there are a lot of african players in the European league of soccer?

  136. And it’s the sexual thing that one talks about when talking about Adam, not the many other kinds of uptightness and backwardness that exist around the world.

    I can definitely agree with the US being pretty sexually uptight. I can’t, and never get on board with, the notion that I should be ashamed of the US because we’re so backwards and Europe is so on the ball. I can’t stand anything being painted with a broad brush like that. There are plenty of people in the US who are open-minded, accepting people. There are plenty of people in Europe, I’m quite sure, who are racist as hell. And vice versa.

  137. you do realize that there are a lot of african players in the European league of soccer?

    Lots of diversity here, too – my home team (DC United) has a very diverse roster. But I suspect they meant wearing the wrong team’s colors. Wouldn’t want to run afoul of hooligans ;)

  138. dhunken:
    03/02/2010 at 4:39 pm
    HDD final sales number in Adam made it into top 50 Don’t see Kris but maybe I missed him will look again:

    I don’t see Kris but he could easily have a nice increase and not make the list since #50 has 11,017.

    ETA: I only see Carrie and Adam on the list in terms of idols

  139. Lots of diversity here, too – my home team (DC United) has a very diverse roster. But I suspect they meant wearing the wrong team’s colors. Wouldn’t want to run afoul of hooligans ;)

    Haha, yes then that IS dangerous!! Totally agree!

  140. I don’t see Kris but he could easily have a nice increase and not make the list since #50 has 11,017.

    I have no doubt that he at least doubled his sales from the previous week.

  141. I don’t understand. A brittle, Type 1 diabetic can slip into a diabetic coma and die in a relatively short period of time without insulin. Why would it be whining to be concerned about dying?

    From my reading of Elliot’s tweets, he has insulin, shelter, food, etc. As an American and a “celebrity”, I suspect he’s likely to continue to have the necessities. I was a bit hard on him, but my Yankee grandmother would rise from the dead and box my ears if I was wussing out as Elliot currently is. He has yet to demonstrate any compassion that I have read about, and he could try to be helpful, productive and informative, while stuck in a bad situation. Not everyone is a hero, but he just seems, well, totally self-absorbed. He has more reason than most of us, but it still is unbecoming.

  142. Keel: I do recall from Cook’s past interviews that RCA and/or 19 did have a say on which members would become part of his touring band. I recall Cook giving Andy and Neal props for stepping in and impressing whichever PTB who had a say on their becoming members of his touring band.

    That’s a good point — that there are new artists and then there are NEW artists. Even with DC’s past regional touring and DIY recording experience, it seems like the label doesn’t trust these Idol signees with anything, including the formation of a decent band. Now that you reminded me I do remember that DC did say he had to lobby for Neal to be involved on DCTR1 and that the guys had to audition for the band.

    I wonder sometimes about the relationship between RCA and 19 and particularly the A&R guys at RCA who have nothing to do (of course) with the show, but are then given these artists to develop. I mean, they obviously can opt not to sign the Idol artists, but even when they do, they seem awfully wary of them. Not without cause! But it has to make things feel all a bit tentative. At least, in the beginning.

    All that said, from everything Cook has said, it seems that he is their boss and he pays them — and not the label or 19.

    That’s the way I remember it too, though I have no idea from where. It was more than just that concert comment — that just stuck in my head because he was so funny.

  143. How many spins does it take to get an Auto-Add? Raleigh has 16 spins and Denver 10 for WWFM but aren’t added yet.

  144. From my reading of Elliot’s tweets, he has insulin, shelter, food, etc. As an American and a “celebrity”, I suspect he’s likely to continue to have the necessities. I was a bit hard on him, but my Yankee grandmother would rise from the dead and box my ears if I was wussing out as Elliot currently is. He has yet to demonstrate any compassion that I have read about, and he could try to be helpful, productive and informative, while stuck in a bad situation. Not everyone is a hero, but he just seems, well, totally self-absorbed. He has more reason than most of us, but it still is unbecoming.

    I think that until recently Elliot was worried about running low on insulin because while he had extra with him, eventually the supply was going to run out on him. To me, the tweets sounded like he was in danger of running out of his needed insulin and that would be a huge cause for concern to him. I think this was his biggest issue with his situation.

  145. On a more serious note, if I enter, let’s say a board room, and find one woman and 20 men present, then I would think there is an issue with gender equality on that board. Same thing if I look at top40 and find no openly gay artist getting airplay. Now, Europe doesn’t seem to have the same prejudice against gay artists since there are openly gay performers getting airplay there. Does that mean Europe doesn’t have any prejudice at all in any subject? No, ofcourse not. Europe struggles a lot with racial discrimination and could learn a lot from US in that respect. Also the culture vary a lot from country to country in Europe, making it hard to generalize.

  146. He has yet to demonstrate any compassion that I have read about, and he could try to be helpful, productive and informative, while stuck in a bad situation. Not everyone is a hero, but he just seems, well, totally self-absorbed. He has more reason than most of us, but it still is unbecoming.

    Have you actually followed Elliott’s activities over the past few years? He does charity stuff all the time, both official and just in a personal way.

    Yeah, he’s a little hysterical in Chile, but what is he supposed to do there? He’s not exactly a search and rescue expert.

  147. How many spins does it take to get an Auto-Add? Raleigh has 16 spins and Denver 10 for WWFM but aren’t added yet.

    Pretty sure that different stations have different Auto-Add requirements and I think there are stations that don’t auto add. My understanding is there is no blanket criteria.

  148. yuh, right! RCA is going to make Monte Pitman audition for Adam’s band.

  149. Great Day to be an ADam fan!!! Happy Cumulus Add Day! Doing the happy dance but without Ketchup cause I hate Ketchup! SO excited for Adam’s sells this week without appearances! Go ADAM! I will break open a bottle of wine tonight while he sings Sleepwalker!! and tomorrow—– He goes GOLD!!!! Woo hoo!!!!

  150. On a more serious note, if I enter, let’s say a board room, and find one woman and 20 men present, then I would think there is an issue with gender equality on that board. Same thing if I look at top40 and find no openly gay artist getting airplay. Now, Europe doesn’t seem to have the same prejudice against gay artists since there are openly gay performers getting airplay there. Does that mean Europe doesn’t have any prejudice at all in any subject? No, ofcourse not. Europe struggles a lot with racial discrimination and could learn a lot from US in that respect. Also the culture vary a lot from country to country in Europe, making it hard to generalize.

    But what is the proportion of openly gay artists to those that are not gay, bi or in the closet? That would also need to be taken into account when discussing prejudice. In a company that is say 40% female to 60% male, having only 1 woman on a board that has about 12-15 people would be a problem. By contrast, on a chart of 40 artists, having only 1 artist that is openly gay might just be due to to the proportion of openly gay artists in the medium. Adam is part of a subset that is a small percentage of artists that are trying to get on the Top 40/HAC/AC charts as compared to the group as a whole.

  151. But what is the proportion of openly gay artists to those that are not gay, bi or in the closet? That would also need to be taken into account when discussing prejudice. In a company that is say 40% female to 60% male, having only 1 woman on a board that has about 12-15 people would be a problem. By contrast, on a chart of 40 artists, having only 1 artist that is openly gay might just be due to to the proportion of openly gay artists in the medium. Adam is part of a subset that is a small percentage of artists that are trying to get on the Top 40/HAC/AC charts as compared to the group as a whole.

    Maybe there are less gay people in the US than in Europe, yes.

    But I do see what you mean. Where I live we don’t have many africans. You would never see a black person on a company board (though we do have a minister of african decent). Is that because their percentage of the population is low? Not entirely imo, there is just no way they would ever be let into those circles, it’s just culturally impossible.

    I don’t think there are so few gay artists/performers though.

  152. To me, the tweets sounded like he was in danger of running out of his needed insulin and that would be a huge cause for concern to him. I think this was his biggest issue with his situation.

    Yeah, I got the impression (I follow him) that the poor guy was really freaking out. And if you follow him you know that he’s pretty chatty anyway, much less when he’s really scared. Now it sounds like he’s getting out and about more.

  153. “But what is the proportion of openly gay artists to those that are not gay, bi or in the closet? That would also need to be taken into account when discussing prejudice. . . . [O]n a chart of 40 artists, having only 1 artist that is openly gay might just be due to the proportion of openly gay artists in the medium. Adam is part of a . . . small percentage of artists who are trying to get on the Top 40/HAC/AC charts as compared to the group as a whole.’

    If I follow this logic correctly, is the conclusion then that there simply needs to be more artists who are openly gay in the “pool”? Well, I would agree with that! (And, in PART ‘cuz of Adam, that might be more likely, no?)

  154. He has yet to demonstrate any compassion that I have read about, and he could try to be helpful, productive and informative, while stuck in a bad situation. Not everyone is a hero, but he just seems, well, totally self-absorbed. He has more reason than most of us, but it still is unbecoming.

    He just lived through one of the biggest earthquake’s in recent world history. I think he could be cut some slack in being a little stressed. By the way, stress has an effect on blood glucose levels iirc, which would require even more insulin than a person would need under normal circumstances. It wouldn’t take much for his blood glucose to get out of control. Do we know if the hospitals emergency rooms are even functioning? Yeah, I think i’ll cut him a break.

  155. If you’ve never been involved first hand in a natural disaster I don’t think it is possible to relate to how people react. It is a “shocking” experience and just to get your own equilibriam back is a struggle. Especially when there are a multitude of severe after shocks associated with the quake.

    And the last thing the Chiliean govt. wants is a US citizen running around trying to be “helpful” and just getting in the way and putting himself and others in danger. Unless you are “trained” to be of assistance it is best to just lie low and try not to add to the commotion.

  156. Final HDD numbers

    50 48 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 11,490 -2%
    FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

    I’ve got 21 adds! Is that correct?

    It’s a good day for Adam!

  157. But, let’s just say that I’d rather go to an Eagles home game in some Cowboys gear than be the wrong color at one of those international soccer games.

    As an Eagles fan from way back in Franklin Field (which many Eagles fans of today never heard of) that wouldn’t have made you very popular with the fans. :)

  158. Tess:
    03/02/2010 at 4:56 pm
    “yuh, right! RCA is going to make Monte Pitman audition for Adam’s band.”

    Monte certainly didn’t have to audition for Adam’s band. Monte is a rock star among guitarist.

  159. tiger92:
    03/02/2010 at 5:32 pm
    Final HDD numbers

    50 48 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 11,490 -2%
    FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

    I’ve got 21 adds! Is that correct?

    It’s a good day for Adam!

    AND he sings Sleepwalker on Leno and goes GOLD tomorrow! Gold single to go with his GOLD album!! Dang he is getting all shiny!

  160. Same thing if I look at top40 and find no openly gay artist getting airplay. Now, Europe doesn’t seem to have the same prejudice against gay artists since there are openly gay performers getting airplay there.

    But maybe, just maybe, we can consider the possibility that radioplay is determined by geographic trends that have nothing to do with an artist’s sexuality. US radio simply does not have that many male pop songs doing extremely well right now. For whatever reason, male artists that are doing well are usually hip hop, or pop/R&B artists. You’ll get the occasional pop/rock act doing well as well. Maybe UK radio is just a lot more hot on male pop stars in Adam’s genre than US radio right now.

    If an openly gay artist who plays incredible polka music just got signed by a major, and was being pushed hardcore to Top 40 radio, and gets denied airplay, does that mean those program directors are all homophobes? Or maybe his music is just not a good fit with their music at the moment? Perhaps in 5 years, polka will have a sudden surge in pop radio, and this artist gets radioplay. Has America progressed on gay rights, or are PD’s merely doing their jobs and acting according to trends?

    I’m not writing off the possibility that there may be some discrimination in Adam’s case, but I cannot assume that is the main cause. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and Cumulus radio stations were resistant to the song because they weren’t sure about it because there aren’t a lot of songs in Top 40 like Adam’s song. And now they’re opening up to it as they test and do market research, etc., and realize it could be a good fit. Besides which, Adam’s song is doing great!

  161. The problem with discrimination that is more subtle is often it is unrecognizable by some and attributed to some other factor, in some ways it is more dangerous than blatant discrimination that tends to anger people and makes them take action to change things for the better. An example I know of is a friend of mine who is wheelchair bound with a college degree and has been looking for a position for 10 years and as soon as she gets to her scheduled interview, she is told the position is no longer availabe. She can’t prove really that is why the interview was cancelled due to discrimination, but it very likely was.

  162. I’m not writing off the possibility that there may be some discrimination in Adam’s case, but I cannot assume that is the main cause. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and Cumulus radio stations were resistant to the song because they weren’t sure about it because there aren’t a lot of songs in Top 40 like Adam’s song. And now they’re opening up to it as they test and do market research, etc., and realize it could be a good fit. Besides which, Adam’s song is doing great!

    Oh… I don’t mean that there is any discimination against Adam specifically right now (maybe there is, I wouldn’t know). I think there is discrimination against gay artists overall and that Adam has enough momentum right now due to his AI stint to cross this line. Hopefully others can follow. I just think it’s naive when you look at what artists get airplay to think there has not been an issue for gay artists in general.

  163. The problem with discrimination that is more subtle is often it is unrecognizable by some and attributed to some other factor, in some ways it is more dangerous than blatant discrimination that tends to anger people and makes them take action to change things for the better.

    Truer words were never typed.

  164. Interesting but ultimately unconvincing reasoning to me, sma11ie, simply because of the distance between the novelty (really?) of a male pop/rock artist vs the novelty of a polka artist signed by a major and heavily promoted to top 40 radio. The latter wouldn’t happen – but Adam was signed, promoted successfully, and if Cumulus stations alone had never added him . . . that would’ve been weird. But they did (finally), and I agree that Adam’s song is doing great. (Hmm . . . and it just occurred to me that there are parts of Cascada’s “Everytime We Touch” that do actually sound like polka to me . . . )

  165. The band members have to audition and be approved by the label, but only the “Idol” is actually signed by the Label. The said artist then pays the band members whatever price is agreed upon.

  166. The latter wouldn’t happen – but Adam was signed, promoted successfully, and if Cumulus stations alone had never added him . . . that would’ve been weird. But they did (finally), and I agree that Adam’s song is doing great.

    In fact, Adam’s WWFM now has more adds on Pop than Kris’s LLWD (125 to 124). And the song climbed faster on the Pop chart as well.

    So, I do think that radio deserves a break on the homophobia carpet bombing claims they’ve been receiving for the last 4 months. I’m not going to claim for a moment they are not homophobic elements to radio, but it does seem that an openly gay artist at the beginning of his career can get airplay. So, it’s not a total barren landscape for gay artists. Some might argue that he should have achieved these results even faster and I can’t say it’s not true (because I don’t know). But I will say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, so it’s not all bad news. At least, getting airplay is not the impossible dream.

  167. I can’t edit my last post, but I just wanted to add that just like how Obama’s election doesn’t mean racism is dead in the US, I’m not claiming for a moment that Adam’s radio success is an indication that homophobia is dead either. I’m just saying that it’s a step in the right direction and it’s a reason to be optimistic.

  168. Kirsten:
    03/02/2010 at 6:38 pm
    I can’t edit my last post, but I just wanted to add that just like how Obama’s election doesn’t mean racism is dead in the US, I’m not claiming for a moment that Adam’s radio success is an indication that homophobia is dead either. I’m just saying that it’s a step in the right direction and it’s a reason to be optimistic.

    Agree with you :)

  169. I can’t edit my last post, but I just wanted to add that just like how Obama’s election doesn’t mean racism is dead in the US, I’m not claiming for a moment that Adam’s radio success is an indication that homophobia is dead either. I’m just saying that it’s a step in the right direction and it’s a reason to be optimistic.

    Nicely said!

  170. I’m just saying that it’s a step in the right direction and it’s a reason to be optimistic.

    Ditto too!
    And as a German, this is a step which has been taken in Germany a good 10 or 20 years ago, probably most of Europe.

  171. Huh… if you mean team colour I get it but not racial colour… you do realize that there are a lot of african players in the European league of soccer?

    Yes I realize that. I watched a documentary a couple of years ago about the racism some of those Africans faced in the International leagues. A documentary in which a few of them were pelted with bananas while on the field in some of those more “enlightened” countries. That was kind of my point. We all have a way to go. And, nobody really owns the moral high ground in human acceptance as a nation.

    but I just wanted to add that just like how Obama’s election doesn’t mean racism is dead in the US, I’m not claiming for a moment that Adam’s radio success is an indication that homophobia is dead either. I’m just saying that it’s a step in the right direction and it’s a reason to be optimistic.

    Sometimes the steps and the optimism are all you’ve got. But then again, that’s pretty much how we’ve advanced in every other area. So, even though it’s not enough, you’ve got to support the progress you do see. It tends to shine a light on the ugliness you want to change.

    As an Eagles fan from way back in Franklin Field (which many Eagles fans of today never heard of) that wouldn’t have made you very popular with the fans.

    Now, it’s likely to get your a$$ kicked.

  172. wait-adam beat kris in album sales the week kris was on idol??? dang!!!

    btw, i am SO HAPPY that cumulus finally caved in and added adam. this way the song hopefully can go higher and reach its full potential. and sleepwalker tonight at leno-what a great day to be an adam fan. and also kris and adam reaching milestones on single sales tomorrow, awesome!

  173. somehow soccer hooligans and Adam Lambert doesn’t match, does it?

    when it comes to international sports people are crazy (cray cray! – hmm sounds familiar), you have no idea how bad I was teased by my own family that the US had more medals than Germany in these Winter Olympics. Almost as bad as being an AI, in particular an Adam and David Cook, nut :) Well, they tease me about it, especially my son.

  174. Interesting but ultimately unconvincing reasoning to me, sma11ie, simply because of the distance between the novelty (really?) of a male pop/rock artist vs the novelty of a polka artist signed by a major and heavily promoted to top 40 radio. The latter wouldn’t happen – but Adam was signed, promoted successfully, and if Cumulus stations alone had never added him . . . that would’ve been weird. But they did (finally), and I agree that Adam’s song is doing great.

    Exactly! Adam isn’t playing polka, so he is getting added, which makes sense! Anyway, my whole point was that Cumulus’ slowness to add Adam’s single doesn’t have to be blamed on discrimination. There really could be legitimate (right or wrong) marketing decisions at play. It’s like assuming that I must also be homophobic just because I don’t like WWFM! I beg to differ!

  175. Yes I realize that. I watched a documentary a couple of years ago about the racism some of those Africans faced in the International leagues. A documentary in which a few of them were pelted with bananas while on the field in some of those more “enlightened” countries. That was kind of my point. We all have a way to go. And, nobody really owns the moral high ground in human acceptance as a nation.

    I don’t think that’s a big problem anymore. The whole French team (the one that won the world cup a decade ago) is from African decent. Some of the biggest stars in the French, Spanish and English leagues are now African. I can see there being huge problems when they started playing in Europe years ago but not anymore, they are just too big stars. There are players from all the world playing the European leagues now because thats where the money is. Asians, Brazilians and Africans.

    Though I do think Soccer teams has an ingrained bully mentallity that probably is not nice.

  176. Has this news been posted?

    WWFM video has over 1 million views on VEVO and FYE on You Tube (Audio only) has over 2.2 million views (and over 11,000 comments)

  177. i think mjs gonna call it when she said that she could see wwfm, sleepwalker, and iihy as singles! go mj:)

  178. You should be, Elliott, you should be. And now you have a forum to help a lot of people. Stop whining and use it

    .

    Whining? He’s a little freaked out by the whole thing. I think I would be too.

  179. I’m betting TPTB are thrilled with the radio play for Adam and Kris. Congrats to both guys!

  180. David Cook fans – this is cool. this link takes you to an NBC Olympics site where you can see the silver medalist’s exhibition skate to Cookie’s version of “Billie Jean” in good quality w/no voice overs
    http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/assetid=c5d0352e-a4fa-4d21-8e18-79ad3dadc178.html#gala+daviswhite

    Way cool, thanks! Scott Hamilton’s a nice guy, but couldn’t hear Cook over Scott’s comments during the TV airing of this skate. This video makes me want to play my collection of Cook’s Idol songs. Will never forget his amazing performance of Billie Jean on Idol.

  181. I’m betting TPTB are thrilled with the radio play for Adam and Kris. Congrats to both guys!

    TPTB and I are happy with their air play. And I think that with the Idol boost of last week, that Kris can get that platinum single this week and not next, which will rock. And Adam will definitely be gold given where he was last week in terms of sales and his iTunes placement.

    And I expect to see a nice increase in terms of sales for Kris. Definitely a nice boost over 4K.

    And cumulus adds.

    It’s a good day for my Idol boys.

  182. Adam was great on Leno tonight and I liked the looked he had tonight. He looked like the superhero of Rock n fashion. :lol:

  183. wait-adam beat kris in album sales the week kris was on idol??? dang!!!

    That’s great for Adam, but Kris wasn’t on Idol to promote himself. He went on Idol to help Haiti, and I’m proud of him for it. He did a great job.

  184. He did a great job.

    I really liked his performance. :) Very nice version of that song.

    So excited for all the amazing Adam-related stuff today. The Cumulus adds are amazing.

  185. ross:
    03/03/2010 at 12:59 am
    wait-adam beat kris in album sales the week kris was on idol??? dang!!!

    That’s great for Adam, but Kris wasn’t on Idol to promote himself. He went on Idol to help Haiti, and I’m proud of him for it. He did a great job.

    You are kidding, right? If TPTB only wanted to promote Haiti they would have gotten an established artist to sing on the show. It may not have been Kris’s motivation, but it was part of TPTB.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.