Adam Lambert to appear on Nightline March 12
Check out @adamlambert on @nightline this Friday, March 12th, talking about the music he grew up with and what he’s listening to now!
Danny Gokey’s ‘My Best Days’ sells 65K in first week
enters the country album-sales chart at No. 3 and The Billboard 200 at No. 4. having sold more than 65, 000 copies of My Best Days in his first week. That’s a few thousand better than Bucky Covington did with his debut a few years back, and I believe (I’m sure RCA will have a press release with the specifics later today) that gives My Best Days the best first-week numbers for any new male country act since Billy Ray Cyrus’ Some Gave All did about 90, 000 back in 1992.
Idol track sales: Kris Allen passes a million; Danny Gokey, John Legend see huge gains
Kris Allen easily passes the million mark this week with Live Like You’re Dying. Selling more than 57, 000 downloads, it comes in at No. 22 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Top Digital Tracks chart. Adam Lambert comes in at No. 23, selling almost 54, 000 copies of Whataya Want From Me.
Danny Gokey’s American Idol performance paid big dividends for My Best Days Are Ahead of Me. The track’s week-over-week sales increased 1, 270 percent, the 28, 000 downloads it sold last week nearly half its cumulative total.
Jennifer Hudson to perform ‘One Shining Moment’
NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Hudson will be the new voice of “One Shining Moment.”
The Grammy and Oscar winner has recorded her version of the song that plays each year at the end of the CBS broadcast of the NCAA men’s basketball championship game. Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross have performed previous renditions.
The network said Tuesday that Hudson will be the first woman to sing it. The tune by folk singer David Barrett has been a Final Four staple since 1987, played over highlights of the tournament.
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American Idol’ Exclusive!: Ellen and Simon are friendly, Ellen and Portia even friendlier on the scene at Top 8 girls night
Well, that is, if the local news had Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres as anchors, which is about as far as I can reasonably bury the lead here: No, despite what you may have read, I detected zero frostiness between Idol’s two most famous judges last night. Of course, despite what you may have inferred from Ellen’s nuzzling of Simon at the opening of the show, they didn’t act like the bestest of buddies off-camera, either. Ellen and Simon were, quite simply, professionally friendly with each other, which is about as much as one could ask of fellow judges in their first weeks together on a top rated reality competition program.
‘American Idol’ Producer 19 Entertainment Winding Down London Office: For Sale?
From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: Observers I’ve spoken to say that the decision to wind down the London office of 19 Entertainment could be the first sign of owner CKX preparing to sell. Staff at 19’s London office have been put under threat of redundancy. It’s not known yet how many London staff could be laid off. Employment law here in Britain is a protracted legal process that can take months. The company behind American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance employs around 60 people in London. CKX has decided to wind down 19’s London office given that 95% of its profits come from US-based TV production. Sister offices in Los Angeles and New York recently both took on staff. The company employs around 160 people worldwide. CKX currently spends $30 million a year on overhead. One New York analyst told me this cost-cutting could pave the way for 19 Entertainment’s assets to be sold on – either to new buyers or back to founder Simon Fuller.
Anoop Desai is ‘Single’
American Idol finalist Anoop Desai is ready to release his debut album “All is Fair.” The release is due on May 4, but you can already now get a taste of what’s to come!
Anoop has released a preview of his single “Single” co-written by Anoop Desai, Josh Hoge, and Zach Crowell.
So check out a preview of “Single” here and let us know what you think! Will you buy Anoop Desai’s debut album? Drop us a line.
12 Mar : Adam Lambert in Singapore – First Trip to South East Asia!!!!
American Idol Season 8 runner-up, Adam Lambert is coming to Singapore for an exclusive, by-invitation-only, intimate showcase!
Date : 12 March 2010
Time: 8.30pm (Doors open at 7.45pm)
Venue: Hollywood Pantages Theater, Universal Studios Singapore
Adam Lambert will be the FIRST artiste to perform at Universal Studios Singapore.
American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert reveals he’s proud to be gay
FLAMBOYANT singer Adam Lambert added a special local touch to his Mardi Gras performance last weekend.
Lambert, the runner-up on last year’s American Idol, picked up a codpiece during a shopping trip in Sydney.
“It’s actually a G-string with a leather pouch and studs on it, ” Lambert explained yesterday. “I just put that on and tons of glitter and took the stage.”
It’s Family Day In 2 New Clips From Thursday’s ‘Community’
News came in last week that NBC’s latest addition to their Thursday night line-up, Community, will be returning for a second season, and we couldn’t be happier. We are all in agreement that Dan Harmon’s sitcom about a group of community college students and their weekly antics is one of the funniest shows on TV, and we’re happy to see it return.
With that said, this week’s episode, entitled “Basic Geneology”, looks to be yet another funny one, as former American Idol star Katharine McPhee stops by. From NBC:
Katharine McPhee (‘Community’)
Four years ago, Katharine McPhee was an unknown hopeful with dreams of fame. Fast-forward to 2010 and the 25-year-old has achieved second place on American Idol, two studio albums (the first of which hit No.2, don’t you know), and has successfully carved out an acting career. With an NBC pilot in the pipeline and a guest stint on freshman comedy Community imminent, we thought it was a good time to catch up with the all-singing, all-dancing star.
‘Idol’ singer Scott MacIntyre releases CD, comes to O.C. to sing
With a new album out Thursday, a performance on the “Idol” results show that night, and a series of appearances at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove planned for later this month, MacIntyre shared with us about all that’s happened for him since the Fox singing competition thrust him onto the national stage last spring.
“It’s really a snapshot of what’s been going on in my life, ” MacIntyre said of the album, “Heartstrings.” “Whatever people experience, love, rejection, overcoming tragedy, finding hope. Those are all things I’ve experienced in my life, and this is my way to put it down.”
CARRIE UNDERWOOD DIDN’T LIKE THIS COWBOY CASANOVA
One would think that any guy in his right mind would show country star Carrie Underwood a great time on a first date. However, even this former American Idol champ has had her share of bad dating experiences, and she recalls a miserable outing at the movies. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR TO HEAR CARRIE UNDERWOOD)
Carrie Underwood turns 27: How will Mike Fisher top the giant engagement ring?
Carrie Underwood turns 27 on Wednesday, and the biggest question on many fans’ minds is this: How’s her hubby to be going to top the already ginormous $1-million ring she got for her engagement?
Underwood’s famous engagement ring — from Ottawa Senators hockey star Mike Fisher — is said to be worth between $150, 000 and $1 million.
So, what does the country music darling want to mark this auspicious occasion?
Florence benefit concert planned to aid earthquake victims
FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A Florence organization is hoping to raise money for needed relief efforts in Haiti and Chile by organizing a benefit concert.
The Donate A Blessing Foundation, Inc. will be holding a concert on April 2 at the Florence Civic Center. National recording artists such as John Michael Montgomery, Bucky Covington, Dustin Wilkes, Flynville Train and other acts will be performing at the show.
The benefit concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $24.50. Tickets will go on sale beginning March 12 at 10 a.m. They can be purchased at the Civic Center Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Trace Adkins, Bo Bice, many others join 2010 Tin Pan South lineup
Country star Trace Adkins, American Idol favorite Bo Bice and Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain are among the songwriters helping Nashville’s Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival expand its horizons for the 2010 installment, which takes place March 30 through April 3 at eight Nashville music venues.
Bice and Cain were on hand at the 2010 Tin Pan South preview party Tuesday afternoon at The Rutledge, where organizers announced the line-up for this year’s festival. Like many of the festival’s biggest names — including country stars Kathy Mattea, Heidi Newfield, Julie Roberts and Steel Magnolia — Bice and Cain are artists who are famed for their performing skills as well as their writing.
Concerts during Final Four feature Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls
Rock bands Daughtry and the Goo Goo Dolls will headline two days of a three-day concert series presented in conjunction with the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four basketball games in Indianapolis.
Performances are scheduled at the Lawn at White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., and admission is free.
Tim McGraw, Big Kenny, others tapped for T.J. Martell Honors Gala
Anita Baker, Tim McGraw, Big Kenny and Danny Gokey will appear at the T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala set for March 22 at The Hutton Hotel in Nashville.
Baker and Gokey will perform at the gala along with Dave Mason and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. McGraw will join Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to present the Lifetime Humanitarian Award to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. Big Kenny and Ross Perot Jr. will recognize Senator Bill Frist with the Lifetime Medical Achievement Award.
‘American Idol’ Judge Kara DioGuardi Talks Replacing Simon Cowell
At Elton John’s annual Oscars viewing party, Kara DioGuardi weighed in on rumors that the big party’s legendary host may replace Simon Cowell on “American Idol” next season.
“It would be a very interesting replacement, ” she told MTV News. “[Elton] is somebody who’s been wildly successful in music, who obviously knows a star when he sees one.”
Richard Rushfield Gets a Book Deal
Richard Rushfield, writer, former Gawker editor, former LAT blogger just sold his third book officially today. Its to be published by Hyperion. This tome will cover American Idol and should be out in time for the debut of the 10th season of the talent show. Rushfield tells us it’s working title is “American Idol: The Last Empire.”
“The history and the world of American Idol, ” Rushfield tells FBLA. “How it created an empire, a phenomenon and how its maintained it…and the whole universe that swirls around the show.”
Exclusive Sneak Peek: Idol’s Casey James — From Hellraiser To Heartthrob!
It took three trips to the slammer for American Idol finalist Casey James to get scared straight — and become a better man.
In the March 22 issue of Star — on sale now — we report that the country-twanged crooner, who has caught the attention of the show’s viewers — as well as lovestruck judge Kara DioGuardi — struggled with inner demons that landed him in jail three times.
The Cool, Texas native — who was raised by his single mom — started getting in trouble with the law at just 17. It started with speeding tickets but took a darker turn when Casey was busted for DWI in 2001, when this mug shot was taken.
Casey was nabbed two more times over the following 21 months — culminating in a one-month jail sentence in 2003.
American Idol Finalists Perform This Spring At Miramar Cultural Center
The excitement begins on Saturday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. with Ramiele Malubay, Season Seven American Idol Finalist, in “Back to You, ” her first hometown performance since touring with the top 10 American Idols throughout the USA and Philippines. Together with Fellow Idol Contestant Danny Noriega, they will wow the audience with their rockin’ sweet Big Voices. The show will touch on the importance of giving back to our community such as GK (Gawad Kalinga), a global army against poverty. *Tickets range from $30 to $70.
Underwood flying high as “Play On Tour” starts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After selling more than a million tickets to her last concert tour, Carrie Underwood is aiming higher this time.
Really high. She plans to fly over the audience, for starters.
“We’re kind of going for broke on this one just because I feel like it’s time, ” Underwood said in an interview this week. “At this point, the only thing it’s about is putting on a great show and we’re going out with that in mind. I definitely think we have delivered.”
Underwood’s “Play On Tour” opens Thursday in Reading, Pa., with more than 50 dates in the United States and Canada planned through June.
“As far as things getting bigger, it’s just that — the stage is bigger, there are more lights, there’s more tricks up our sleeve, ” Underwood said. “We have a lot of moving parts on the stage. I kind of get to fly over the audience. It’s really cool. It’s just a lot of stuff. My band’s great, wardrobe’s great. It’s just more. It’s all of the bells and whistles and sprinkles on the cupcake.”
Lacey Brown’s ‘Kiss Me’ hooked Sixpence None the Richer’s Leigh Nash
Sixpence None the Richer singer Leigh Nash wasn’t watching American Idol last week when Lacey Brown covered her song Kiss Me, but she heard about it quickly.
“I almost immediately started getting texts from people, ” says the Nashville-based singer, whose band has reunited after six years and is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on an album set for July release. So Nash looked up Lacey’s performance of her song online. “For the most part, I heard people saying she wasn’t very good, ” Nash says, “but when I watched it, I thought she was adorable.”
Diana DeGarmo and Hair Cast Participate in Love Out Loud Fundraising Auction
The company of the Broadway production of Hair will participate in Love Out Loud: A Donation of LOVE from HAIR, a series of fundraising auctions benefiting the Fresh Air Fund.
The auctions will run from March 11 – May 19 online at www.hairloveoutloud.com where individuals will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of special packages and lots, every two weeks. The initial auction will feature a prize that includes dinner with Hair cast member and American Idol alum Diana DeGarmo. Other packages will feature a voice lesson with the show’s vocal coach Nadia DiGiallonardo, a walk-on role in the show, and an opening night VIP package to a Shakespeare in the Park production.