Idol Headlines for 04/02/10

Microsoft’s Bill Gates will be involved with Idol Gives Back

Bill Gates tweeted: @RyanSeacrest Melinda & I are looking fwd to talking w/you about Idol Gives Back today. We’re proud to be a part of this incredible program.

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@BillGates (via Rickey)

Kris Allen To Share His Experiences in Rwanda April 7 at Heifer Village

American Idol and native Arkansan Kris Allen recently returned from Rwanda where he helped place shoes on the feet of Rwandan children on behalf of Toms shoes and Bridge2Rwanda.

He will share his experiences and some of his music as Bridge2Rwanda, Heifer International and Toms Shoes celebrate the meaningful partnerships all three organizations have with the people of Rwanda from 5:30-8 p.m. April 7 at Heifer Village in downtown Little Rock. Tickets are $25; to purchase click here.

In Arkansas

Adam Lambert just added to KISS 108 concert plus, Shooting Star Casino

Adam Lambert has just been added to the KISS 108 concert in Boston on May 22. Kris Allen is also set to perform, along with The Script, Orianthi, Ke$ha, Jason Derulo and more.

Adam will also play at the shooting star Casino on June 11. Tickets go on sale, May 10. More info HERE.

Kiss 108

Paige Miles: ‘American Idol’ evictee compares ‘Against All Odds’ to a bad ‘Bachelor’ date

Paige Miles is the first to admit she never got to have her “moment” as she advanced to an eleventh-place run on American Idol’s ninth season. But even though she missed the show’s 2010 summer tour by just one slot — alas, the tour only includes the season’s top 10 finishers — she’s maintaining a positive attitude. Paige dropped by the Idolatry studios earlier this week to dish her mostly untelevised Hollywood Week shenanigans (as part of the “Bad Romance” showdown on group day), her week-long battle to embrace her final song choice (Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds”), and Simon’s parting shot that referred to her talent in the past tense. (Ouch!)

EW.com

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Justin Bieber or Tim Urban: Who Has the Better Hair Swoosh?

When it comes to a guy’s mane style, nothing’s hipper these days than the laid back hair swoosh. And no one does it better than “Baby”-crooning star Justin Bieber, whose shiny soft hair apparently naturally sweeps across his face. But when the 16-year-old appeared on American Idol earlier this week, we couldn’t help but compare his hair to that of contestant Tim Urban, whose own eyebrow-grazing locks seem to be helping him sweep votes from young fans across the country. With both shaggy cuts suiting the singers’ styles–pop star and acoustic performer, respectively–we can’t decide whose we like better.

People

Magnus pride spreads throughout the community

Barnstable town employees and residents are showing their support of local American Idol contestant Siobhan Magnus in more ways than just a weekly vote on the national TV show.

Linda Wheelden, administrative assistant to the town manager, wore her “I voted for Siobhan” T-shirt to the bi-weekly town council press conference this week. Sitting not too far away was community services director Lynne Poyant sporting a “Vote for Siobhan Magnus” button.

“I’m getting calls daily asking where can we stay when she comes home, ” said Wheeldon.

Wicked Local

On ‘American Idol’: How to tell the singer from the song?

There is a great deal of soul-searching going on these days about why this year’s “American Idol” crew is not collectively setting the TV-viewing public afire. They’re too green, not enough stage presence, don’t “know who they are as artists” (can we please retire that pretentious and useless pronouncement?), some are just lackluster, off-key singers. But if you listen to the show’s judges (and sometimes, dawg, it is not so easy deciphering their yammering), one criticism emerges repeatedly: the would-be Idols get slammed a lot for picking the wrong songs.

A song selection is excoriated as either “too big” or “too small” or “too old” or “too pageanty” or “too boring.” Sometimes it’s the arrangement that gets blamed (too “predictable” or just “weird”).

Seattle Times

An ‘Idol’ in distress: The top six reasons season nine is a turn-off

Although ratings continue to slip and slide, “Idol” remains one of the most-watched shows on television, pulling in more than 20 million viewers for its weekly episodes. The biggest competitor: “Dancing With the Stars, ” which seems poised to reach “Idol” status in 2010 and occasionally sneak past it.

Putting Ellen DeGeneres in a spangly ball gown or teaching Randy Jackson to samba really isn’t the solution for “Idol, ” though. America’s favorite singing contest is dealing with a variety of pesky gremlins, including the following:

AL.com

Catching up with Bo Bice

In Bo Bice’s life, good things come in threes. The 34-year-old Helena, Ala., native has three sons — Aidan, Caleb and Ean — and is about to release his third album, appropriately titled “3” (out May 18). But when it comes to his post-“Idol” career, the Season 4 runner-up wants a second chance.

Having weathered his share of health problems (mostly stomach-related) and seen his major label deal go south, it seems Bo was never truly able to make the most of his “Idol” name or fame. After all, he did advance all the way to the finale, behind Carrie Underwood, no less.

LA Times

ION Television Launches ‘The Emeril Lagasse Show’ April 18

Emeril Lagasse will host an A-list roster of celebrity friends at weekly celebrations on his new ION Television series, “The Emeril Lagasse Show, ” launching Sunday, April 18, at 8:00 PM, ET with a housewarming party-themed premiere featuring special guest Martha Stewart.

? In the “Do-It-Yourself” episode, “Project Runway’s” Tim Gunn helps Emeril put together a home-made hour of fun with musical guest Bo Bice (“American Idol”).

Broadway World

Syesha Mercado: From third place on ‘Idol’ to ‘Dreamgirls’

“You have many people who were on ‘American Idol’ just going back to their normal lives after the show, and not doing music anymore, ” observes Syesha Mercado, an “Idol” contestant who came in third on the TV talent-show phenom in 2008.

“Then you have people who go on to do a lot of things — Broadway, hit records, movies.”

Mercado is angling for the latter category by signing on to a glitzy U.S. tour of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls, ” which opens a Seattle stand at the Paramount Theatre on Tuesday.

Seattle Times

Taylor Hicks taking it one step at a time

To Taylor Hicks, winning American Idol and stepping out onto the stage every night as Teen Angel in Grease (starting April 7 at the Canon Theatre) share several distinct similarities.

“There’s a rush of excitement, the cheers of the fans and the feeling that you’re making people happy with your singing, which is all I ever wanted to do.”

The Star

Carrie Underwood show is a slam dunk

Three albums and three tours in, it’s become clear that Carrie Underwood has taken this whole American Idol concept quite literally.

The country sweetheart is up to 14 million albums sold and five Grammys, and with her Play On Tour she’s upped the ante on her live production.

Thursday night at the Petersen Events Center, she seemed downright obsessed with heights, of the vocal and physical kind.

Post Gazette

Carrie Underwood Presents $10, 000 Check To Pittsburgh’s Animal Rescue League

PITTSBURGH — Country music star Carrie Underwood was at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh on Thursday where she presented a $10, 000 check to Pittsburgh’s Animal Rescue League.

The Grammy-award winner has teamed up with Pedigree’s Adoption Drive to help homeless dogs across the country. Become a fan on Facebook and help a dog.

Underwood has a dog of her own, and she calls him her son.

WPXI

Carrie Underwood says she will not be her own wedding singer

So how is it humanly possible to plan a wedding with all she has going on?

“I’m working on it, really little stuff we really aren’t that picky about. There are big hurdles, and once we get past those, which we’ve gotten past most of them, everything else just kind of falls into place so we’re just happy, ” she told Fox News in an exclusive sit down. “We’re getting married, and we’ll be spending time with family and friends and really that’s all we need.”

Of course inquiring minds and planning brides might be taking notes on what Underwood puts into her special day, so she says later on she’ll share the details.

FOX 411

Gokey’s foundation partners with local schools

American Idol star Danny Gokey will give back to the Milwaukee community yet again, this time in support of music and the arts through his Sophia’s Heart Foundation. The foundation recently announced the formation of its Music & Arts Program in partnership with St. Marcus School and the Lincoln Center of the Arts in Milwaukee. The news comes just after he signed a major marketing deal with New Berlin-based Wisconsin Vision.
The program will feature a contemporary children’s choir made up of students from Milwaukee’s central city schools, audition’s for the choir have already been held and the first official practice will be held on Monday, April 12. Jeff Krumbein, music director at St. Marcus Lutheran Church will lead the choir.
“It is with great excitement that I get to share the progress Sophia’s Heart has made, ” said Danny Gokey, founder and president. “We are starting our first Music and Arts program right here in my hometown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee holds a special place in my heart I want Sophia’s Heart to be established here and make a difference.”

Biztimes

Former Idol contestant Nick Mitchell shoots music video in Times Square with cardboard Simon Cowell

Guess who’s back, Simon?

Wacky former “American Idol” contestant Nick Mitchell — aka “Norman Gentle” — taped his first music video yesterday morning in Times Square with some help from fashion photographer Nigel Barker and Mr. Cowell himself.

Well, sort of: Norman — a fan favorite who became an Internet sensation last year — made sure to bring along a life-size cutout of Cowell.

NY Daily News

Daughtry comes up short on originality in concert Thursday night at Wolstein Center

Most “American Idol” contestants come and go, but Chris Daughtry has parlayed his fourth-place finish on the show in 2006 into a successful career — at least in the commercial sense. There’s no arguing with his string of Top 40 singles or his multiplatinum album sales.

Still, Daughtry and the group that bears his name were underwhelming in concert Thursday night at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.

It wasn’t a terrible performance. It was just monumentally average.

Cleveland.com

Ayla Brown sets down rules for courting

Ayla Brown, former “American Idol” wannabe, senatorial daughter and Boston College basketball standout, is still available. But Ayla insists she’s not too picky!

“It’s just that I can beat any guy I meet in one-on-one and most guys can’t handle that, ” said Ayla, who was mortified on election night when her dad, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, announced to the world that his 21-year-old daughter needed a date!

And speaking of competition, Brown is headed to San Antonio this weekend to sing the national anthem at the NCAA Women’s Final Four and participate in all the hoopla at the culmination of the gals’ Big Dance.

“I’m performing in Tourney Town, the big festival with fans, food, autograph sessions and players cruising around, ” she said. “And Sunday before the (semifinals) I’m judging a fajitas and margaritas contest.”

Boston Herald

Without “Lost, ” “24, ” or Simon on “Idol, ” Will Nets Take a Different Approach Next Mid-Season?

Sharks Circling A Weakened Idol?

Many people are predicting that without Simon, Idol will flounder and that ultimately Cowell’s X-Factor (which isn’t launching until the fall of 2011) will be Fox’s hot property. Even if American Idol is down drastically as a percentage without Cowell, it could still be a hit for a few seasons.

That might give Fox’s rivals reason to make some moves in the fall they might not have otherwise done.

You had this huge headwind that you were going up against, this hurricane you were facing in midseason, ” one Fox rival says. “It’s still an important force, but less so.”

TV By The Numbers

Simon Cowell blasted bitter by rival judge

He said: ‘If you listen to one of those dancing shows, they always have a singer murdering a song on it.

‘That’s what it kind of – if you’ve ever watched it – that’s what it kind of sounded like.”

Goodman was unimpressed with the comments and appeared on US TV to fight back.

‘He’s bitter. Honestly, he’s bitter. Simon Cowell is bitter, ‘ Goodman said.

‘As far as I’m concerned, those singers are genius. When you watch what they have to go through – hip-hop, light operatic, anything thrown at them, they’re brilliant.

Monsters and Critics

Cory Monteith gets his Glee on

VICTORIA – If Cory Monteith is nervous about performing with his Glee castmates for U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday, or appearing on Oprah two days later, he isn’t showing it.

“As far as Oprah and the White House are concerned, if we mess up, I figure we’ll just get it right the next time, ” jokes the Victoria-raised actor who plays Finn Hudson, the good-hearted singing footballer in Fox’s hit musical-comedy series.

Canada.com

Dancing’s Cheryl Burke: Judges Shouldn’t Have Bashed Chad

Cheryl Burke got right back to work after she and Chad Ochocinco escaped elimination on Dancing with the Stars earlier this week. “I stayed up until 3 a.m. choreographing our paso doble. We just have to put in the extra hours and get the routine down, ” she tells TVGuide.com. “The pressure’s intense.” Even more so after the football star performed a clunky foxtrot and was, as Burke puts it, “trashed” by the judges. See why she thinks the judges’ comments were out of line, how they will bounce back and if they’ll flirt less in rehearsal.

Seattlepi

‘Glee’s Dianna Agron and Mark Salling Share Favorite Routines

As anticipation builds to a gleektastic pitch for the April 13th mid-season return of Fox’s first-year ‘Glee, ’ we gathered the show’s stars to chat about their favorite musical performances thus far. The third installment in the series of interviews features Dianna Agron as Quinn, Finn’s [Cory Monteith] cheerleader girlfriend with a big secret, and Mark Salling as Puck, the football star-turned glee club convert.

Fancast

MORE HEADLINES:

Meat Loaf’s back out of hell – and he still rocks

‘Simon Cowell is a smart man and I salute his success, but he’s not creating artists. He’s creating people who can sing decent cover versions.

‘He has the power to reinvent the music business. He could help take it back to the proper music we had in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties.

‘Someone needs to save music. It’s like saving the whales. I’ll do my bit, but we need to work together.’

Daily Mail

Four for Friday: Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, David Archuleta, Kara DioGuardi

Kara DioGuardi is one of the featured guests on Meat Loaf’s new album, Hang Cool Teddy Bear, due May 11. She co-wrote and sings on a song called If I Can’t Have You,

Here’s the first line from David Archuleta’s Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song, and the Power of Perseverance, due from Celebra on June 1 and available for pre-order now: “I have no idea why I’m doing this, but I know I need to be doing it for some reason.”

USA Today

Jennifer Hudson’s Weight-Loss Success

Showing off her fabulous new look, Jennifer Hudson tended to press duties at the Glass Houses in New York City on Thursday (April 1).

The “American Idol” alum proudly revealed her new weight loss with the debut of her national advertising campaign with Weight Watchers during the Big Apple event.

Celebrity-Gossip.net

Kellie Pickler Likes to ‘Hide’ Behind the Radio

Kellie Pickler is no doubt a natural in front of the camera … She just doesn’t want it in her face all the time! The bubbly beauty fans fell in love with on ‘American Idol’ is grateful for her reality TV start … and grateful she doesn’t have to ever go back there.

The Boot

Danny Gokey’s ‘My Best Days’ Showcases His Positive Outlook

Danny Gokey has emerged from the most difficult part of his life — the loss of his wife Sophia in 2008 — and has a whole new attitude, which is reflected in his single, ‘My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.’

The former American Idol finalist views the song as his own personal anthem, and he says going through that tough time in his life helped to give him a positive outlook on life. “I’ve been there at a point in my life where i didn’t think it could ever get bright again, ” explains Danny. “Turning the page and rounding out this section of my life these last two years, I’ve walked away with one thing, that’s hope. This whole situation didn’t kill me. It didn’t take me out. It’s made me a strong person. It’s made me be able to be more compassionate towards people. It’s made me connect with people on a whole other level because I’ve experienced that pain.”

The Boot

John Stevens Band’s Posterous

There is one master songsmith and lyricist that stands out in my mind. This is the great Sammy Cahn. Unlike Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn was a collaborator. Although he could write music, and he did, his most notable achievements were as a lyricist teamed with brilliant songwriters such as Jule Styne, and Jimmy Van Heusen. Here is my “Sammy Cahn Must List”. If you have never heard these songs, then you NEED to look them up. Listen specifically to the words.

John Stevens

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231 Comments

  1. Adam has now officially been added to the lineup for the KISS108 concert in Boston — so both he and Kris will be performing.

    Kiss108FM

    #More acts announced for Kiss Concert: Adam Lambert, The Script, Boys Like Girls – tickets still available!!! http://ping.fm/0PMPo
    about 3 hours ago via Ping.fm

  2. Oh, and another concert date announced for Adam and Orianthi

    Y94 PRESENTS: ORIANTHI AND ADAM LAMBERT AT THE SHOOTING STAR CASINO — JUNE 11! TIX ON SALE SOON! http://bit.ly/c4ZJN9
    about 2 hours ago via Facebook

  3. Aw, I love that interview with Cheryl. It’s nice to see her so supportive of her partner (and not just because I’m on Team Ochocinco :)). I was sorry to see Shannen go first as well. I have a soft spot for Brenda Walsh, but also, she was clearly NOT the worst dancer out there the past 2 weeks.

  4. Many candidates have been proposed for Cowell’s successor, from Ben Folds to Howard Stern, but to my way of thinking, the ideal replacement would be composer-producer David Foster. He’s got all the qualifications: huge ego, blunt manner, sharp mind, substantial experience in the pop music industry. In 2005, Foster cut several contestants down to size during his stint as an “Idol” mentor.

    Oh, Lord, no. I don’t want to see David Foster on my TV every week, lol.

    I love that Bo loves him some David Cook. Can’t wait to get a hold of his new album. That’s my first Idol rocker love there, Mr. Bice :)

  5. No no not David Foster. He’d be pushing musak on the viewing public every week!

  6. Oh, Lord, no. I don’t want to see David Foster on my TV every week, lol.

    Agreed. Also, there is the fact that Foster lost any relevance he had to the music industry more than a decade ago. Now, he’s pretty much just the guy who takes C-listers out on tour and charges the audience a ridiculous amount of money. He gave up his credibility, and he certainly doesn’t have enough left to make me think he’d be an asset to this show.

  7. No no not David Foster.

    Kara already has the unlikable judge niche covered. No need for two.

  8. Congrats to Katharine Mcphee! She starts her concert tour this evening at McCullum Theater, Palm Desert, CA at 8 pm. Kat’s next concert date will be at Goucher College, Md on 4/10/10. Good Luck, Kat!

  9. [Simon] said: ‘If you listen to one of those dancing shows, they always have a singer murdering a song on it.

    Goodman was unimpressed with the comments and appeared on US TV to fight back.

    ‘He’s bitter. Honestly, he’s bitter. Simon Cowell is bitter,’ Goodman said.

    ‘As far as I’m concerned, those singers are genius. When you watch what they have to go through – hip-hop, light operatic, anything thrown at them, they’re brilliant.

    Um, team Simon. The painful wedding band versions of popular songs by the DWTS house band is actually one of the reasons I can’t watch that show. Well, besides the OTT cheese factor permeating the whole show (way worse than Idol, IMO). Sorry, Len, you’re an expert in judging dance skills, but your taste in music? Isn’t he like, 1000 years old? Hee, sorry. I’ll stop. Simon has his old-farty tastes at times (e.g. SuBo). But nothing compared to David Foster. Please, that guy can go judge Muzak Idol.

  10. I have to add another “no” vote for David Foster as a judge. It’s not hard to find muzak on a daily basis so I don’t need to hear it on AI. heh

  11. RE: Paige Miles: ‘American Idol’ evictee compares ‘Against All Odds’ to a bad ‘Bachelor’ date

    I don’t understand why Phil Collin’s song is so desirable among Idol Contestants. I could swear that I have heard it performed at least 5 times in the past.

    I can’t remember all those who sang it but if I recall, they were — George Huff, Scott Savol, Jessica Sierra among others.

    Among those who performed it, I can only remember Scott Savol’s performance because he actually did the gimmick of throwing off his glasses as he sang the song. His recorded version of the song in the Idol’s Compilation was quite good (BTW, Scott seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth. Don’t know if he’s still in the music busienss).

  12. Ok, so I would consider going to these radio station concerts Adam is giving (KIIS in LA, and now Kiss in Boston) but DAMN! The tix are ridiculously expensive! Like $200 a piece for the top seats on Ticketmaster – that’s like Gaga scalper price bad :-( Oh well, I want to save for more of his solo concerts. Plus, the radio one’s feature a lot of artists I DNW. However, Kris on the Kiss one too is really cool :-)

  13. Kara already has the unlikable judge niche covered. No need for two.

    LOL!!

    I really don’t like David Foster at all. And his mentoring for Season 5 was a good reason to put him on as a judge? I thought he was an asshole, without the funny edge that Simon sometimes has.

  14. I know this has been posted before but we had some confusion about FYE the single and FYE the album in Canada! To clarify-tweet from Sony Music-

    Sony_Music as we said last week – FYE single is platinum and WWFM is double platinum. The album has been certified platinum.

  15. Pam Anderson on Dancing cracks me up. She’s so hilarious IMO! My daughter’s home from college and was watching it so I watched it with her. I might have to watch the show on a regular basis now.

    BTW..MJ….I told her about the background on Kate wanting to get her partner fired. She asked me where I heard that and I said “On the blog”….that’s all I had to say. She knew which “blog” I meant. I told her you did a live blog on the show. She’s gonna check it out next week! :-) Well until Pam gets booted then she will probably stop watching the show. lol

    $200 to see Adam sing 1 or 2 songs is too much. $200 to see the list of acts that are performing, however, is not that bad considering that’s a top seat.

  16. Just got tickets to the Kris Allen concert in Benton, Arkansas on May 29. Anyone interested check bentonchamber.com.

  17. No, no, no David Foster. Not only do I think his taste in music sucks but I just dont like him.

    Aw Bo. He sounds like he’s missing season 7 too.

  18. I don’t know about the la kiss show, but there are only lawn seats available at 35/ticket for the Boston show. Thought about driving up, but not for seats so far from the stage. I’ll wait fir the nyc area shows. There will be NYC area shows, right ???????? I can’t imagine there wouldn’t be

  19. I am scarred. I don’t even let my wife use a flat iron. I don’t allow them in my house! One of my friends said to me the other day, “You got highlights in your hair?” And I said, “No, those are occupational enhancements.” He was, like, “Whatever you gotta tell yourself.”

    LMAO. Bo is awesome!

  20. Danny’s interview with Evan Farmer just ran on today’s segment of CMT’s Top 20 countdown. Danny’s video also moved up to #16, two spots higher than last week. (This is the “hard” countdown, which is not fan-voted.)

    additional air times
    http://www.cmt.com/shows/dyn/top_twenty_countdown/series_showtimes.jhtml

    Saw it online this morning, very nice treatment of Danny and his “fantastic” debut album. Evan Farmer also wrote nice things on his FB about Danny last week when the interview was originally taped. Even says he follows Danny on twitter, lol.

    longer online version
    http://www.cmt.com/videos/misc/499391/top-20-countdown-466-danny-gokey-4210.jhtml?id=1634687

  21. No no not David Foster.

    Kara already has the unlikable judge niche covered. No need for two.

    lol …. Yes yes to this.

  22. On Scott Savol (et al — including Todrick!!!), from Wikipedia:

    Savol recently finished a brief stint at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center in Lubbock, Texas, as the Cowardly Lion, in Todrick Hall’s retelling of the Wizard of Oz. Oz, the Musical sold out both nights. He starred alongside Season Two alumni Rickey Smith as the Tinman, Season 4 alumna Mikalah Gordon as Dorothy, and Vonzell Solomon as Glinda/Aunt Em.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Savol\

    Kind of hilarious, if true, I must say.

  23. $200 to see Adam sing 1 or 2 songs is too much. $200 to see the list of acts that are performing, however, is not that bad considering that’s a top seat.

    Interestingly, it occured to me that I generally spent more to see several AI shows this summer, essentially to hear Adam sing for only 20 minutes – lol ;-)

    However, the rest of the tour – Matt, Allison, Kris, even Sarver and Anoop – were WAY better and more fun than most of the pop acts on these radio concert bills. Sorry, Kesha, don’t really need to hear you butcher mindless globbity gook like Blah Blah Blah while bashing tvs in an indian headress…but that’s just me.

  24. Kind of hilarious, if true, I must say.

    LOL. So, in reference to the conversation on the previous headlines thread, yeah – this is the best that most of the Top 10 can hope for in a few years.

  25. mmb: Adam’s official solo tour is supposed to start in June, so hold on for that. I hope the fan club he talked about is running by then so we can easily get tickets. I also hope that shuts out many of the scalpers. Thanks to them, I was not able to get tickets for his three casino shows. (Incidentally, a big money-making scalper organization was arrested recently in California.)

    Does Kris Allen have a fan club where you can get his tour tickets directly from them?

  26. Yuck – please no David Foster. I don’t know anybody that likes him — just a nasty old man who’s impressed with himself.

  27. Another concert announcement for Kris.

    http://radiosophie.radio.com/

    @HardRockSD Guess whose coming 2 @HardRockSD? KRIS ALLEN!! 4.12.10. Follow @radiosophie 4 a chance to see Kris & Sara Bareilles for Sophie’s Lounge!

  28. I’m glad Bo clarified that this isn’t a Bo goes country album. It makes more sense that 3’s an album that incorporates a lot of his influences one of which is country. He’s got good advice for Casey as far as ditching the guitar once and roaming the stage. But I think Casey’s using his guitar as a crutch because he’s convinced he doesn’t have a good enough voice to get by on AI. He’s definitely no Bo in the voice department but at the same time he’s not as limited a singer as I’d originally thought.

    I love the reviews Carrie’s getting for her voice this tour! She’s got such a difficult set of songs to do but she’s really delivering. Judging from her WPXI interview she might be a little sick right now, or at least congested so it’s even more awesome how much she impressed the Pittsburgh critic.

  29. Concert date announcements are finally coming fast and furious for both Kris and Adam. Nice to see after all the long waiting to hear anything.

    Now, should I try to win tix to Kris’s HardRokSD concert? That’s less than a week before I’ll see him in the Bahamas. I don’t know much about Sara Bareilles…would she be worth tootling down the 405 to see?

  30. Not sure if those was posted yet – daily update for WWFM:

    Published Reports

    POP:
    15 13 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 5461 5238 223 29.462
    -68 Spins
    -97 Bullet
    -0.470 AI

    HAC:
    14 12 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 2460 2116 344 11.962
    +55 Spins
    +16 Bullet
    +0.261 AI

    ETA: losing spins on Pop (argh, stupid pop, though HAC was always a better fit for it, and 13 is a-ok with me ;-) ) It gained, I think, because other songs above it lost more.

  31. girlygirl.

    The Heifer Village event has been cancelled.

    Well, I was originally told it was but maybe not. Trying to follow up now.

  32. BTW – to someone who frequents the Pulse boards more than me, what’s with all the nicknames for artists? Like Kesha’s nickname, Lady Gaga, etc?

  33. ETA: losing spins on Pop

    today was a weird update for almost everything in the top 20…big negative updates for almost all except 2 or 3,… i wouldn’t worry too much unless it continues for 2 or 3 days….seems like today is a bit of an aberration

  34. connie0128

    I think you are confusing the Heifer Village event with the concert for TOMS Shoes that was scheduled for the following day (4/8). It is the 4/8 concert that was cancelled. According to twitter, the 4/7 stuff is still happening.

  35. BTW – to someone who frequents the Pulse boards more than me, what’s with all the nicknames for artists? Like Kesha’s nickname, Lady Gaga, etc?

    I don’t frequent Pulse but I happened to look this am while waiting around for my husband to get his a-s in gear so we a leave for the weekend (arghhhhh). the nicknames are left over from April fool’s…people are posting that today was a really really weird update, top 50 in total lost something like 2000 spins compared to yesterday…no one is sure why

  36. today was a weird update for almost everything in the top 20…big negative updates for almost all except 2 or 3,… i wouldn’t worry too much unless it continues for 2 or 3 days….seems like today is a bit of an aberration

    Yeah, saw the comments about that as well – maybe a second update later this afternoon since there’s speculation some stations didn’t report.

    I’m not too worried about POP – I’m pretty freaking happy it made it to 13, tbh – because it’s not as much of a pop song as it is HAC or AC, and on both of those formats it’s still gaining a lot. :-)

  37. If you have any questions, you can submit them here, evidently

    Uinterview
    Kris Allen: He was the champion on American Idol last year. Now he’s got a hit record and is touring the country -… http://bit.ly/cp8u7b
    28 minutes ago via twitterfeed

  38. girlygirl,

    I called and was told it was cancelled. Just called back and they gave me another number to call – she is out to lunch. So I will keep checking.

    Finally got someone and it is still on! YAY!

  39. Take that negative uodate with a grain of salt today- the only people in the top 15 that didn’t have spin losses were Rhianna, Taio Cruz, B.O.B. and Train. No one at pulse seems to have a clue why it happened.

    Not sure about those names except for that they were part of an April Fools day joke yesterday.

  40. googletot:
    04/02/2010 at 12:04 pm
    Yuck – please no David Foster. I don’t know anybody that likes him — just a nasty old man who’s impressed with himself.

    Best and most succinct description of the man I’ve heard, LOL.

  41. Because LLWD is dropping on the Pop chart, the person who was posting the daily updates on the song’s thread on the Pulse board has stopped doing so. I got the following off the rolling 7-day charts on All Access. Kelly has cracked the Top 20 on Hot AC on the rollong chart, while Daughtry is (back in?) in the Top 20 on Pop!

    HOT AC

    3 3 LIFEHOUSE Halfway Gone 3778 3904 -126 17.249
    5 4 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin… 3752 3693 59 18.107
    6 5 DAUGHTRY Life After You 3702 3598 104 18.32
    14 12 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 2460 2116 344 11.962
    22 19 KELLY CLARKSON All I Ever Wanted 1234 874 360 5.366

    POP

    15 13 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 5461 5238 223 29.462
    13 17 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin… 4307 5330 -1023 22.419
    23 20 DAUGHTRY Life After You 3501 3728 -227 14.909
    39 39 KELLY CLARKSON All I Ever Wanted 1232 954 278 3.703

    AC

    3 3 KELLY CLARKSON Already Gone 1965 1875 90 16.848
    17 15 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin… 265 213 52 2.057
    19 16 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 264 164 100 4.144
    16 17 LADY GAGA Paparazzi 261 238 23 4.641
    21 18 DAUGHTRY Life After You 219 140 79 1.338

    COUNTRY

    1 2 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Temporary Home 4912 5183 -271 35.424
    28 28 DANNY GOKEY My Best Days Are Ahe… 1210 1132 78 7.719

    CONTEMP CHRISTIAN

    37 36 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin… 169 144 25 0.732

  42. If you are Canadian, you can try to win a trip to see Adam in concert

    Sony Music Canada
    We’re giving away a trip to see @AdamLambert with our friends at @ETCanada. Enter here, Canadians: http://bit.ly/cN9j9y
    9:57 AM Mar 29th via web

  43. Take that negative uodate with a grain of salt today- the only people in the top 15 that didn’t have spin losses were Rhianna, Taio Cruz, B.O.B. and Train. No one at pulse seems to have a clue why it happened

    on pulse they are saying there was a mediabase glitch resulting in a loss of reporting of up to 4 hours of programming on some stations….if true, that would explain todays big negative updates (many from completely out of the blue)up and down the top 50 (husband STILL not ready to go…..arghhhhh)

  44. Not sure about those names except for that they were part of an April Fools day joke yesterday.

    Ahh, ok – I almost thought it was some in-joke hating on some of the guys:

    Kesha = Grievou$ – lol

  45. mmb – I feel for you. My Dh has ZERO sense of urgency. LOL

    We should form a support group or something!

  46. And i thought that Kris might be performing his new song on idol on 4/7. oh well…maybe he can prerecord or perform on IGB
    Is it official that Adam’s headlining his own tour and Orianthi is opening for him or just rumors rumors rumors?
    What about Allison? Who can she tour with? I would LOVE if she’d open for Adam, but i understand that it’d be a lousy job for her, because his fanbase already knows her.

  47. What about Allison? Who can she tour with? I would LOVE if she’d open for Adam, but i understand that it’d be a lousy job for her, because his fanbase already knows her.

    Believe it or not, I would actually love this too! Don’t know if it helps at all (as you point out), but I just love the two of them together again! SR and Crazy from the Kradison thing just kicked so much ass, imo.

    But I DO hope she gets on some tour for the summer – whatever it is would be a help.

  48. Is it official that Adam’s headlining his own tour and Orianthi is opening for him or just rumors rumors rumors?

    It is official adam is headlining his own tour (or appears to be) and it looks pretty true that Orianthi is opening for him as at least 2 dates have already been confirmed with the 2 of them and it makes sense for them to tour together since they are both managed by 19, need to tour this summer, and they seem to “fit” well as tourmates

  49. Four for Friday: Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, David Archuleta, Kara DioGuardi
    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2010/04/four-for-friday-daughtry-jennifer-hudson-david-archuleta-/1

    Ryan Seacrest will host the Coke Zero Countdown Saturday, a pep rally and concert at White River State Park, in Indianapolis, Ind. leading up to the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four games Saturday evening. The event — which features Daughtry and Darius Rucker — will stream live starting at 1:45 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. Daughtry goes on at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

    • Jennifer Hudson is the new spokeswoman for Weight Watchers.

    • Kara DioGuardi is one of the featured guests on Meat Loaf’s new album, Hang Cool Teddy Bear, due May 11.

    • Here’s the first line from David Archuleta’s Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song, and the Power of Perseverance, due from Celebra on June 1

  50. Yeah i think it’s a good combo (Orianthi+Adam), his fans should like her or at least be respectful enough and her fans are probably 18-24 demo with dudes, so they might be slightly pissed off, but hopefully they can cope with the madness:)

  51. The Heifer twitter is saying Kris is going to be at this Barefoot Bash on 4/7 — so that seems to me like it hasn’t been cancelled. I wish there wasn’t so much confusion about this stuff, though!

    Heifer
    Rwanda Barefoot Bash at Heifer Village will feature @KrisAllen. Wed. 4/7, 5:30. Get tickets: http://ow.ly/1u6g2 #barefootbash
    about 1 hour ago via HootSuite

  52. Adam has now officially been added to the lineup for the KISS108 concert in Boston — so both he and Kris will be performing.

    Kiss108FM

    #More acts announced for Kiss Concert: Adam Lambert, The Script, Boys Like Girls – tickets still available!!! http://ping.fm/0PMPo
    about 3 hours ago via Ping.fm

    I looked at the acts for the 2009 show. There were 28 acts. 28??!!
    Does it last all day? I’m sure the musical guests will only perform a couple of songs, but that is still a very long day.

  53. sr4- I just listened to Orianthi’s new song Shut Up And Kiss Me. Ugggh- what they have done to this woman, who could have been a rock GODDESS with her gutair skills, makes what they did to Allison pale in comparison. They completely Avriled the poor woman.

    They were in such a hurry to make money off of this beautiful genius guitar player while she was still on the minds of MJ fans around the world that they probably killed her career. The song is TOTAL CRAPOLA.

  54. sr4mjc

    There hasn’t been any announcement yet on who’s performing on AI this week. Maybe it’ll just be the taped performance Justin Bieber did?

  55. They were in such a hurry to make money off of this beautiful genius guitar player while she was still on the minds of MJ fans around the world that they probably killed her career. The song is TOTAL CRAPOLA.

    What difference does it make if her new song is TOTAL CRAPOLA. Most of what we hear on the radio is TOTAL CRAPOLA and a lot of those songs make it to the top of the charts. LOL

  56. I just listened to Orianthi’s new song Shut Up And Kiss Me. Ugggh- what they have done to this woman, who could have been a rock GODDESS with her gutair skills, makes what they did to Allison pale in comparison. They completely Avriled the poor woman.

    They were in such a hurry to make money off of this beautiful genius guitar player while she was still on the minds of MJ fans around the world that they probably killed her career. The song is TOTAL CRAPOLA.

    Yeah, I was hesitant to give my opinion off the bat, but you nailed it. There are a couple of songs on Believe that I do like, but going Top 40 with her is depressing.

    I’m still excited about seeing her play live though!

    and there must be someone else performing besides the fetus next week. Please!

    What difference does it make if her new song is TOTAL CRAPOLA. Most of what we hear on the radio is TOTAL CRAPOLA and a lot of those songs make it to the top of the charts. LOL

    That’s true too, but I like to think she had more potential.

  57. The difference it makes Yankeefan is that no one will buy it just like they didn’t buy FIBOU and According To You. I am not sure if you are aware of this but despite being played heavily on the radio, According to You is not really selling records.

    sr4mjc- What song did you like on the album? And I do agree- I am still excited to see her play the guitar.

  58. Yeah i think it’s a good combo (Orianthi+Adam), his fans should like her or at least be respectful enough and her fans are probably 18-24 demo with dudes, so they might be slightly pissed off, but hopefully they can cope with the madness:)

    Why would Adam fans not be respectful of an opening act? Didn’t the same opening act (maybe 2?) travel with David Cook last year? Weren’t the Cook fans respectful of that band? I’m sure it will be the same situation. I think Orianthi could pick up a lot of fans on this tour. I’ve seen comments from many girls/women saying that now their boyfriends and husbands will happily go with them to the summer tour. :)
    There are a lot of teen girls that are into Orianthi, also. (not cd buying elemenrary, preteen and tween girls) Also, The rabid Michael Jackson fan base overseas is big on her. This might work to Adam’s advantage outside the US. MJ fans will appreciate a male with a higher voice and performance skills.
    I like this pairing.

  59. Adam mentioned as a headliner this summer he will not be playing at arenas, but smaller venues. There was a tweet from someone, and I can’t remember who, that stated Orianthi would be his opener. This was before any gigs were announced, so I don’t know if this person was referring to the recently announced concerts. It would make sense if they announced her as Adam’s opener for the casino gig that she might be his opener for his summer tour. When Adam was on a tv show in Japan, there was a video of her saying hi to Adam (which may mean nothing).

  60. Maybe Orianthi wanted to go the pop/rock route? She was Michael jackson’s guitar player, and his stuff is pop, not rock.

  61. Mary Steenburgen gives Kris a nice shoutout here

    MSteenburgen

    #Off to Ark. Host Oxford American( hippest magazine ever!) event. Awrds to Charles Portis and Morgan Freeman. Kris Allen sings. Adore him!
    about 2 hours ago via Echofon

  62. So, I officially owe a big fat apology to everyone I argued with yesterday over Lee’s viability as a possible AI winner. LOL. I have to grade papers today, which I hate, so as a major timekilling/avoidance tactic I went and looked at all the sites that I knew of that do those idol polling things. And to my surprise, who are the consistently popular contestants?…

    Crystal and LEE. Siohban’s performance was spotty.

    So I am officially eating crow. Lee is looking like a viable contender for the crown if he can pull himself together. He seems to be growing himself a fanbase!

    I would put Casey at 4th but the rest seem to be bunched together, with Big Mike generally liked but not really standing away from the pack. And Tim is his own little phenomenon.

    I guess we’ll see where people’s votes go as performance skills evolve and contestants get voted off, but Lee really does have a shot!

    Lord, not another WGWG. I like you Lee, but GO CRYSTAL! :)

  63. I think Orianthi is a perfect opener for Adam. She has a current hit single, she has respect and name recognition in the business, she is also big around the world being she is from Australia and the MJ connection, which could translate into a “world tour” for both of them. They are both also probably the top new virtuoso’s at there instrument out there right now.
    Plus she played on Sleepwalker, which in itself is a good enough reason for me! :)

  64. What song did you like on the album?

    My opinion means little of course, but I really like ‘Feels like Home’. Not a radio hit, but the guitar tone is gorgeous. And I like ‘Untogether’ and ‘Believe’. The guitar is what sells me on most of the songs. And I think back to some Lita Ford days on a “Think Like a Man”.

    And I’m sure others have seen me post before that I am married to a bass player, although an amateur one. And he’s picky, damn picky about guitar playing and thinks she’s quite talented, especially for her age and is looking forward to seeing her. We have a few agree to disagree opinions on bands and guitarists (Led Zepplin, lol) If Adam sings WLL, he’s not going to be too happy, much less a 7 minute accoustic version. I think he’s looking forward to seeing Monte play though.

    Reminds me, I need to remember to get his Cheap Trick tickets tomorrow. I like them too, but he’s a HUGE Rick fan.. I drag him to shows, he drags me to shows and we usually both end up having a good time.

  65. girlygirl- it’s not so much that she went pop, just the kind of pop she went with- and yes, it could have very well been her decision, don’t really know because she is known for working with both pop acts and rock ( Steve vai). It just seems a waste to saddle her with Avril songs, but hey- I still appreciate her as a guitar player and as I said before- looking forward to what she does in concert.

  66. Kris is back in the US.

    @KrisAllen Just landed back in the US. Amazing trip but it will be awesome to see my family in a little bit.
    less than a minute ago via Echofon

  67. Lord, not another WGWG. I like you Lee, but GO CRYSTAL!

    Awww, don’t say that, Tinawina. I like the shy WGWG and Crystal will be fine without the win.

    Just got my new tv guide with an article “Top 10 Idol Roots”. This quote is from Lee’s Dad:

    “Lee told me, ‘Dad, there is no backup plan,’ and I told him, ‘The blessed people are those who can support themselves doing something they love.’ I’m going to encourage him.”

    This quote was a reminder to me of how much this chance means to all the contestants. Sometimes I forget.

  68. The difference it makes Yankeefan is that no one will buy it just like they didn’t buy FIBOU and According To You

    ATY is selling MUCH better than FIBOU.
    Actually, According To You has been on the Global sales charts longer than LLWD. It has consistently sold well around the world for 12 weeks. ATY’s highest chart position was #24. (LLWD never managed to get that high)
    I’m not saying it’s a great song- it is selling pretty well though.

    33
    week 12 According To You – Orianthi
    Geffen – 74.000

  69. Adam and Orianthi seem to be a good pairing imo because of the rock implication fans project on them. But they are both going pop and their pop are different.

    btw, Anyone is digging Christina Aguilera’s new song Not Myself Tonight? Not me. The song is pushed hard on/by the radio.

  70. tiger- I am only talking domestic because we are talking a US tour. It could be quite possible that Adam could open for HER overseas. The only reason she charted as high as she did on BB is because radio played the hell out of that song. She was in the top 5 for radioplay BUT despite that, she has sold as much as WWFM in single sales ( I think she is around 850,000 units- released in October), and she has sold LESS than 100,000 albums to date. That is pretty dismal given the amount of radioplay she got.People who watch the radioplay numbers were really scratching their heads over the love she got on radio.

  71. YankeeFan08:
    04/02/2010 at 2:37 pm

    What difference does it make if her new song is TOTAL CRAPOLA. Most of what we hear on the radio is TOTAL CRAPOLA and a lot of those songs make it to the top of the charts. LOL

    Yeah that!

  72. What difference does it make if her new song is TOTAL CRAPOLA. Most of what we hear on the radio is TOTAL CRAPOLA and a lot of those songs make it to the top of the charts. LOL

    Well, if we were talking about a talent free bimbo like Ke$ha, I’d say whatever. But Orianthi could have a lasting career, with the respect of her peers if she wanted that. The shit she’s releasing isn’t going to ensure longevity for her.

    Oh well, she can always go back to playing guitar for bigger stars if she turns out to be a one or two hit wonder.

  73. I like the shy WGWG and Crystal will be fine without the win.

    Probably. But it’s also about who will take the most advantage of the opportunity, and I think CB is in a better position to do that than LD.

    And I’ve seen some of the stuff Orianthi did with Santana. I hope she gets to release better songs down the line.

  74. btw, Anyone is digging Christina Aguilera’s new song Not Myself Tonight? Not me. The song is pushed hard on/by the radio.

    i’ve only heard it twice now, but I can’t remember it. So I guess that’s a no for me. I remember thinking her voice sounded in good form.

  75. I agree w/ what MJ said re Orianthi.

    I’m for Crystal for the win, because I don’t agree with the “she’ll do ok if she doesn’t win” line. May be true, but I think going for the win is better.

  76. “Lee told me, ‘Dad, there is no backup plan,’ and I told him, ‘The blessed people are those who can support themselves doing something they love.’ I’m going to encourage him.”

    Oh, he’ll be able to make a living regardless. TPTB are probably gonna sign him as long as he cracks top 5 or so. Simon’s seeing dollar signs every time he looks at Lee. I think Lee is pretty set at the moment, as long as his nerves don’t take over.

    Christina Aguleria’s new song sucks IMO.

    I’m for Crystal for the win, because I don’t agree with the “she’ll do ok if she doesn’t win” line. May be true, but I think going for the win is better.

    I’m torn. One one hand I think she is capable of making a great album that’s totally her vibe, but it won’t be in the least bit top 40 and she is not likely to get that kind of wiggle room if she wins. On the other hand, I’m not sure they will sign her (a la Doolittle) if she doesn’t come in at least 2nd. I just don’t know.

  77. I’m still excited about seeing her play live though!

    Me too! Don’t know much about her music, and not a fan of According to You, but I have mad respect for her guitar skills, which will be awesome to watch live! If she can fill in for Monte when he’s out on paternity leave for SW and other solos – OMG that would be epic good!

    Kanadie Bonttell:
    04/02/2010 at 2:53 pm
    I think Orianthi is a perfect opener for Adam. She has a current hit single, she has respect and name recognition in the business, she is also big around the world being she is from Australia and the MJ connection, which could translate into a “world tour” for both of them. They are both also probably the top new virtuoso’s at there instrument out there right now.
    Plus she played on Sleepwalker, which in itself is a good enough reason for me!

    Completely agree – I think it is a very good fit!

  78. That is pretty dismal given the amount of radioplay she got.People who watch the radioplay numbers were really scratching their heads over the love she got on radio.

    Including me. I hear According to You ALL THE TIME in DC, though rarely hear WWFM (again, we suck), which always makes me a little “WTF?”

  79. Lord, not another WGWG. I like you Lee, but GO CRYSTAL!

    LoL! She may not be a White Guy With Guitar, but Crystal is still a White Girl With Guitar. Lee or Crystal, you’re still going to get a WGWG. ;P

  80. BeckyMD- are you in Canada? Because there are not alot of adds yet for Christina’s new song here in the states.

    Let’s see, the words I could understand she talks about kissing the boys and the girls in the clubs and if you don’t like it, F You. Sounds like Xtina is back. Sadz- I thought she was all growed up.

    I would love to see Orianthi be a featured player on songs for current big artists, maybe even have her own album doing that like Timbaland and Santana do. I think even Slash is doing that now, isn’t he?

  81. And re Lee – oh I have little doubt he has a big, growing fanbase. He’s definetly attracting a lot of the fans who went for David Cook before, imo, and that demographic for AI is only growing, not shrinking.

    With his Elliot-esque improvements in stage presence each week, he could easily be top 2. If it were him and Crystal, I’d still pull for a Crystal win, though.

    But especially with the women dropping like flies this year, I think he and Casey (and possibly Aaron and Big Mike), will be in the Top 5.

  82. LoL! She may not be a White Guy With Guitar, but Crystal is still a White Girl With Guitar. Lee or Crystal, you’re still going to get a WGWG. ;P

    LOL – too true. Then again, with this season, the odds are pretty strong that you’ll get a WGWG winner.

    However, I don’t like Lee as a winner in part because of the (closer) similarities to David Cook, and even Kris. Crystal, despite performing with a guitar, is not as similar an artist to either of them. So I’d prefer a win by her.

  83. btw, Anyone is digging Christina Aguilera’s new song Not Myself Tonight? Not me. The song is pushed hard on/by the radio.

    Nope. Don’t like it. The backing vocals and sound effects play like low rent porn imo.

  84. LoL! She may not be a White Guy With Guitar, but Crystal is still a White Girl With Guitar. Lee or Crystal, you’re still going to get a WGWG. ;P

    LMAO! Way to burst my bubble there. :)

    Still, as Mary said, at least she’s more of a americana folk singer girl type. Idol hasn’t had one of those in a winner before! I mean she has dreads! That’s down right radical for this show. LOL

    ETA: BestAI, WGWG = white guy with guitar

  85. Congrats to Danny Gokey for realizing his dream of mixing his music with his foundation.

    His Music and Arts program benefiting disadvantaged children and families starts this month in Milwaukee’s inner city. Not only is there a community choir starting; but kids will have an after school program learning how to digitally process music.

    Similar programs starting soon in Nashville and Los Angeles.

    It never hurts to dream big. More details available at http://www.sophiasheart.org

  86. It’s code for “not Adam Lambert.” :)

    BBBWWWAAAHHHH!!!!!!

    Okay, that was funny. :)

  87. Every year we hear _____ is better off not wiining yet how often does that turn out to be a reality? Crystal is probably the most talented with the strongest voice but I don’t get the vibe she has some insanely rabid type of fanbase who will flip out and buy 10 copies of whatever she puts out if she doesn’t win and she’s not really the most marketable so I’m of the mind she needs the win and the AI machine backing her big time.

    Lee’s stock has been rising a lot and the past week was the first time I felt he’s capable of winning. I’d be fine with either him or Crystal, and I’d crack up if another WGWG wins haha.

    Sidenote, looking at HDD.. holy shit at Justin Biebers 2nd week numbers O.o TPTB are probably pissed they didn’t set out to look for their own little Bieber along with the next Taylor Swift.

  88. Right out of the gate, it is always better to be the winner as opposed to runner-up. Winner gets a big cash prize as the winner. At least a couple hundred thousand from DisneyWorld. Monetarily the biggest record deal. More money from summer tour. Usually an automatic endorsement. Ford commercials (huge amts of money to be earned). Then there is the promotion after the show. Lots of TV appearances. The following season, the previous year’s winner gets a lot of promotion — lots of video/face time, more appearances on AI.

    So for whether it’s Crystal or Lee, yes, winning is much, much better right out of the gate.

    p.s. Thanks for the definition of WGWG.

  89. I hate to brag, but I called Lee as a Dark Horse weeks ago ;). The only thing that held him back were his self-confidence problems, and general unease on the Idol stage. He’s going to at least make the Top 3, I think.

  90. Re Xtina’s new single
    They are pushing that hard here in Seattle I have heard it like once an hour since theyy released it and I cant remember it either. I know she sounded good but that is about it. But it will be a hit cuz they are pushing it so hard and its Xtina. I still hear LLWD about ever hour and a half but not WWFM. Though I am up to hearing it every 4th or 5th day now. At least that an improvement.

  91. I hate to brag, but I called Lee as a Dark Horse weeks ago ;) . The only thing that held him back were his self-confidence problems, and general unease on the Idol stage. He’s going to at least make the Top 3, I think.

    Damn you mj! **shakes fist**

    I should have just listened to you. LOL

  92. Every year we hear _____ is better off not wiining yet how often does that turn out to be a reality?

    I think this is true of Adam or at least it didn’t hurt him any. I even worry about Lee winning because he is going to have to cope with all the interviews, etc. and that definitely is not his thing. Second place also, but to a lesser extent. Maybe Lee will improve some in this area but he is so darn uncomfortable when he has to just talk. I hope the praise from Simon this week will give him more confidence.

    HermeticallySealed, way to muddy the waters. LOL I think it’s up to you to find a way for us to still use WGWG, maybe WWWG.

  93. I’m listening to Kiss in Boston. Xtina’s new single is played every 1.5 hour.

    I was impressed by Lee’s performance this week. But he reminds me too much of David Cook and Kris, so I hope Crystal can win it.

    ETA, I don’t mind Tim winning it.

  94. Lee doesn’t appeal to me at all.

    Should I be concerned that I’m not conforming to my apparent Idol demographic preferences? :lol

    Crystal is by far and away the best performer this year, but I don’t feel that strongly even about her. I’ll probably check out the snippets from whatever record she puts out, but that’s about as excited as I get.

    None of the others interest me at all.

    However, although Tim is of no interest to me musically (and really, why would he be?!), the critique and supercilious comments he got from Kara this week almost make me want to see him stick around to rub their noses in it a bit longer. His answer had a lot of class and it seems to me that his smile is as much nerves and just the way his face works as anything else – it doesn’t reach his eyes! He looks scared!

    Anyhow, if that Bieber kid is that young and pretty, then maybe TPTB should be pushing for a Tim win. Heck maybe they are! Maybe that’s the Grassy Knoll theory of counter psychology for this year! :lol

  95. You can still use WGWG=White Girl With Guitar

    Haha unless I was totally missing the point *shrug*

  96. Lee is growing on me but I doubt it will make me change my mind about me sticking to Crystal to win it all

    Been listening to the new xtina song… not liking it much. Not much melody, it makes it quite generic

  97. His answer had a lot of class and it seems to me that his smile is as much nerves and just the way his face works as anything else – it doesn’t reach his eyes! He looks scared!

    I’m sure he’s scared. Except for Mike, they pretty much *all* look scared to me. They look terrified, right across the board. Crystal included.

  98. She was in the top 5 for radioplay BUT despite that, she has sold as much as WWFM in single sales ( I think she is around 850,000 units- released in October), and she has sold LESS than 100,000 albums to date.

    According To You went for adds on 11/3 and WWFM on 11/24. WWFM has sold around 750K. ATY selling 850K is nothing to sneeze at when it also has had some good sales internationally. (and when the song isn’t very good-IMO) That means there is some strong support from radio in the US and she is popular overseas. WWFM has only been on the global charts for 3 weeks, while ATY has been on the same charts for 12 weeks.

    Orianthi’s album sales in the US are surprisingly low for having a single with such high airplay. I would guess she has done better with album sales internationally. I’m thinking that an Adam/Orianthi pairing would have a great appeal overseas. I hope they get to do some concerts outside of the US!

    I’m not saying she is wildly popular here, but I do think her single has done well and she is a good choice for an opening act for Adam.

  99. Any news on Kris’ single? Any new rumours…?

    Funny you should ask… in the last hour or so Twitter rumours are back on The Truth as single #2 (ugh). Apparently some guy posted on Facebook that he was working in some Nashville studio on Pat Monahan’s background vocals for Kris Allen…

  100. It’s code for “not Adam Lambert.”

    LMAO! So that must be why I completely dismiss anything that has to do with it ;-) I kid, I kid! (except not really…)

    BTW – Mediabase was fixed for POP, WWFM actually has +3 spins for the day, not negative, and apparently the crazy names are due to hackers, lol.

    TW TW+ Artist and Title Spins Spin+ Bullet Bullet+ Aud Aud+ iTunes
    13 +2 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 5532 +3 294 -26 29.859 -0.073 26

  101. I’m sure he’s scared. Except for Mike, they pretty much *all* look scared to me. They look terrified, right across the board. Crystal included

    Yes, what in the world has happened. In past seasons there were always contestants that calmly stood there waiting for their critique with a ‘take your best shot’ look on their faces. I don’t mean they were rude, they were just confident in themselves and even if they weren’t at their best on a particular performance, they already knew. The ones who can’t handle the critiques (Matt, Anoop, etc) really don’t live up to their potential. These kids are uncomfortable and make me uncomfortable.

    Now I will contradict myself and say I really think Mike is too confident. That can be unappealing too.

  102. I’m not saying she is wildly popular here, but I do think her single has done well and she is a good choice for an opening act for Adam.

    Oh, I think she is a great choice! And if she wants to get radio to play her stuff she has to do disney pop, not much choice there. Hopefully she’ll do well and can develope her sound with future albums. She is not the greatest singer but it’d be interesting to see what she does.

    I think Orianthi has a strong male fanbase, Adam has a strong female fanbase, so they’ll benefit from each other. And they both have a rockish vibe that’s strong when they perform live.

  103. I can’t see Adam opening for Orianthi anywhere in the world. He is just way too talented. I realize her guitar skills equal Adam’s vocals, but Adam also has performance skills to go along with his vocals. Some said Adam is too much of a newbie and should have an unknown open for him… I believe his incredible talent makes up for his inexperience. It’s apparent his promoters have enough faith in him even at this stage of his career.

  104. Funny you should ask… in the last hour or so Twitter rumours are back on The Truth as single #2 (ugh). Apparently some guy posted on Facebook that he was working in some Nashville studio on Pat Monahan’s background vocals for Kris Allen…

    Sh*t. That’ll kill him on pop. Double damn.

  105. Every year we hear _____ is better off not wiining yet how often does that turn out to be a reality?

    I think this is true of Adam or at least it didn’t hurt him any.

    In any case, winning is better than not, jmo. Even with the great (seeming) disparity between Kris winning out of nowhere and Adam having so much more buzz, Kris got a lot of really great treatment (and a lot of winner perks Adam never got) by winning. So it’s never anything to sneeze at imo, including in Lee’s case (he’ll get over the interview nerves, or at least cope with them somehow).

    In rare cases I don’t think it matters as much if certain people don’t win (Daughtry, for instance, because of the whole “losing rock cred by winning” thing, and Adam being the other big example).

    But for just about everyone else, much much better to win. Not a necessity to be successful, of course, but it just naturally gives one a leg up in the game.

  106. Sh*t. That’ll kill him on pop. Double damn.

    Well, if I was Jive, I would not try to market him to POP anyways. LLWD was very radio friendly for POP, but Kris in general would fit much better on HAC and AC. That’s nothing against him (because obviously, say, Carrie does very very well by being a country staple, and not a POP one.) But with the kind of music on his album, HAC just seems like a naturally better fit considering what I tend to see on the POP charts.

  107. I can’t see Adam opening for Orianthi anywhere in the world. He is just way too talented. I realize her guitar skills equal Adam’s vocals, but Adam also has performance skills to go along with his vocals. Some said Adam is too much of a newbie and should have an unknown open for him…

    I agree – Orianthi is a great guitarist, but having seen her perform live a few times, she is only mediocre imo as a singer/pop star. Even in terms of the charisma of other pop stars, she is a bit lacking, jmo.

    I personally think the pop route for her was not the best fit, and that she should have focused on more of a rock band setting where her guitar playing could really shine.

  108. Well, if I was Jive, I would not try to market him to POP anyways. LLWD was very radio friendly for POP, but Kris in general would fit much better on HAC and AC.

    I understand your point, but IMO Before We Come Undone would do well on both HAC and POP so why not keep the momentum of LLWD going? I wouldn’t have as much of a problem with TT being the 3rd single even though it is one of my least favorites on the album. I doubt he will get a 3rd single if TT is the 2nd one.

  109. LMAO! So that must be why I completely dismiss anything that has to do with it I kid, I kid! (except not really…)

    Okay – I reference WGWG a lot – and I didn’t have a clue it had anything to do with Adam Lambert. So, clearly I’m out of the loop.

    But for just about everyone else, much much better to win. Not a necessity to be successful, of course, but it just naturally gives one a leg up in the game.

    I agree. There’s a prime example on this very thread – that link about Toddrick’s production of the Wiz with all of those former AI finalists in it. In a few years, that kind of thing will be the best job some of our current top 10 can get. Unless you’re one of the few exceptions with a compelling reason, and a high profile, I think it’s always better to win.

  110. I understand your point, but IMO Before We Come Undone would do well on both HAC and POP so why not keep the momentum of LLWD going?

    ITA. Kris is surely more HAC than pop, but he just had a top 10 single! Why not go with something that can do well on HAC and get at least to the 20s on pop too? More AI for the song, extends his profile for a bit, rides the momentum created by LLWD. I really like The Truth as a song but as a pop single? I just don’t know.

    Well, we’ll see if it is true soon enough.

    Okay – I reference WGWG a lot – and I didn’t have a clue it had anything to do with Adam Lambert. So, clearly I’m out of the loop.

    I’m pretty sure he was being sarcastic, SpencerJ. You didn’t miss anything.

  111. Funny you should ask… in the last hour or so Twitter rumours are back on The Truth as single #2 (ugh). Apparently some guy posted on Facebook that he was working in some Nashville studio on Pat Monahan’s background vocals for Kris Allen…

    Sh*t. That’ll kill him on pop. Double damn.

    no way his next single is ‘the truth’. I’m betting on BWCU

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  113. I’m not too worried yet about the Kris single rumor. Kris’ is the only voice on the Truth, so there’s no reason for anyone to be working on background vocals for Monahan for the song. The only way this would make sense would be if they were doing a total remix of the song, but even then, why would they have Monahan singing? I smell a troll.

  114. Okay – I reference WGWG a lot – and I didn’t have a clue it had anything to do with Adam Lambert. So, clearly I’m out of the loop.

    LOL – it doesn’t have anything to do with him – that’s why I tend to dismiss it ;-)

    I understand your point, but IMO Before We Come Undone would do well on both HAC and POP so why not keep the momentum of LLWD going? I wouldn’t have as much of a problem with TT being the 3rd single even though it is one of my least favorites on the album. I doubt he will get a 3rd single if TT is the 2nd one.

    TT is not my ideal choice either – and I would go with something that has a better chance of doing well on both HAC and POP (definitely a few strong possibilities on the album).

    I guess what I meant to say is that I don’t think a POP hit should be their FIRST priority, if that makes sense (not sure that it does)

  115. According To You went for adds on 11/3 and WWFM on 11/24. WWFM has sold around 750K. ATY selling 850K is nothing to sneeze at when it also has had some good sales internationally. (and when the song isn’t very good-IMO) That means there is some strong support from radio in the US and she is popular overseas. WWFM has only been on the global charts for 3 weeks, while ATY has been on the same charts for 12 weeks.

    I had late October as the release date. I was off by a week, sorry. Still, Orianthi had around 8,000 spins to Adam’s 4,000 spins on radio and he is STILL managing to sell the same amount of singles, and he has sold 5 times the amount of albums. She is almost platinum- I agree nothing to sneeze at, but with the amount of radioplay she had it should have been a a hell of a lot more. With that said, that is why I think she should be opening for him in the states. I have no idea why we are discussing Global sales when we are talking about a domestic tour.It’s not like she is a Robbie Williams overseas.

  116. The only way this would make sense would be if they were doing a total remix of the song, but even then, why would they have Monahan singing? I smell a troll.

    I agree it doesn’t make a lot of sense, although certainly it’s not out of the realm of possibility given that they chose Scars for Allison. I just hope Kris has had a say in the process because he never seemed to be fully on board with TT.

  117. ITA. Kris is surely more HAC than pop, but he just had a top 10 single! Why not go with something that can do well on HAC and get at least to the 20s on pop too? More AI for the song, extends his profile for a bit, rides the momentum created by LLWD. I really like The Truth as a song but as a pop single? I just don’t know.

    Good point – so, completely scratch what I said before, lol :-) I think I was making another point that didn’t come across well, anyways.

  118. I’m pretty sure he was being sarcastic, SpencerJ. You didn’t miss anything.

    Okay cool. So, I’m not crazy then :).

    Good point – so, completely scratch what I said before, lol I think I was making another point that didn’t come across well, anyways.

    LOL. I’m not sure I have a strong opinion on what Kris’s next single should be. I know what I like – but I’m not really good at predicting what will work on radio. I’m hoping the people who make these decisions are good at it though. At any rate, I wouldn’t be too concerned – this is a Twitter rumor, or something equally unreliable right?

  119. LOL. I’m not sure I have a strong opinion on what Kris’s next single should be. I know what I like – but I’m not really good at predicting what will work on radio. I’m hoping the people who make these decisions are good at it though. At any rate, I wouldn’t be too concerned – this is a Twitter rumor, or something equally unreliable right?

    Well, the label supposedly puts out feelers to PD’s to get a sense of what might do well, what the PD’s like, etc. So I have some faith they’ll pick the single that has the best response from them (I think that was the case with IIHY, and Fever was nixed because of some negative PD feedback – which I don’t understand because the song is AMAZING! Sigh, patience, I’ll give it time, etc.)

    That said, Scars was a true WTF decision for me. So, who knows? But I don’t think Allison’s case is a good indication of Kris’s, so there is that.

  120. I just hope Kris has had a say in the process because he never seemed to be fully on board with TT.

    Agreed. Frankly, I don’t think it suits his voice well, and it’s not at all like the stuff he’s had a hand in writing, so I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed that this is just a rumor. I keep going back and forth between AWM and BWCU for what I think would be best, so I’d be happy with either of those. Mostly, though, I just want them to announce it already!!!

  121. But I don’t think Allison’s case is a good indication of Kris’s

    Allison’s case is a complete puzzle in every way. Even when she appears on Idol or some other show and does a great job, there is no bump in her sales. She is talented and I wonder how she would do if she were appearing on this season of Idol instead of last.

    I wish I hadn’t even heard the rumor about Kris’ single, hoping it is simply speculations. The Truth grew on me after many listens but songs on radio need to catch on immediately.

  122. Well, the label supposedly puts out feelers to PD’s to get a sense of what might do well, what the PD’s like, etc. So I have some faith they’ll pick the single that has the best response from them (I think that was the case with IIHY, and Fever was nixed because of some negative PD feedback – which I don’t understand because the song is AMAZING! Sigh, patience, I’ll give it time, etc.)

    I’ve got to say though, that I would pick IIHY over Fever for next single even if the pronoun was not there. And I don’t think Fever is out as a condender for a future single…

  123. 1. Even if that tweet about recording background vocals for one of Kris’s songs is true, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is for “The Truth” — could be a new song that might be used on a t.v. show, commercial, the next album, etc. (although why Train’s lead singer would be recording background vocals for anyone, IDK)

    2. Train’s single, Hey Soul Sister, is (or just was, I haven’t checked today) #1 on iTunes and was a smash hit on both Pop and Hot AC. So they are hot right now, and Jive/19 might want to try and latch onto that.

    From what I’ve seen, while The Truth is a very difficult to sing live, Kris does a beautiful job with it, and the song has gotten a really good response from concertgoers. I think it also has the 3rd most popularity bars on iTunes (behind LLWD and Heartless)

    All that said, I’m still hoping for AWM or BWCU, because I can’t see The Truth doing anything on Pop, while the other two songs have much more potential to be hits in multiple formats. I also want the 2nd single to be something Kris wrote or co-wrote. Kris is NOT just a Hot AC artist — as LLWD shows, he has the potential to have a hit in multiple formats. Why would Jive/19 want to try and limit that? The Truth could be a 3rd (or 4th) single (if Kris gets a 3rd single off his album), but not a good 2nd single, IMO.

  124. Kris also seems to have a lot going for him in terms of getting early radio play for his 2nd single, no matter what it is.

    1. LLWD is a hit, and from what I’ve seen on the web, radio stations got a lot of strong positive feedback about the song from listeners. For instance, it was among the most played songs on big market stations like Z-100 and KBIG for several weeks.

    2. Kris has earned a lot of goodwill by doing all the radio-sponsored concerts and the interviews. Both PDs and deejays seem to really like him personally. And, again, the concerts he did got a lot of positive feedback for the stations. So it would be likely that they would want to play his next single and might even give it some time to catch on rather than dropping it quickly as they might do with a debut single or an artist whose previous songs hadn’t done well in a particular radio market

  125. Also, via mmyy9 at HM, a Japanese fan, FYE is entering unprecidented levels of airplay for a Western artist:

    Quote:
    As posted here FYE has been at #1 on Plantech’s national weekly airplay chart (overall) for four weeks in a row, and according to the article below, now it’s “on par with big hit songs such as Viva La Vida (Coldplay) and Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis)”

    I guess they like FYE in Japan!

  126. Which is the song with the Yeah Yeahs in the beginning? If it’s AWM, that’s the one song I skip over every single time and never bothered to learn the name of it. I find it gratingly annoying.

    I like BWCU and TT, so either is fine with me. As for radio format, I dunno. I wouldn’t have thought ‘Hey Soul Sister’ would do as well on pop and it seems to be doing just fine. My favorite song is Let it Rain.

  127. girlygirl: Does Kris have concerts in California? My husband wants to see him. He and I don’t like Daughtry nor country music (Keith Urban), so that leaves out those two. Isn’t his tour kinda mixed up, performing with different bands and headlining some?

  128. I continue to believe it doesn’t matter who wins S9, because none of them are likely to be commercially successful. Crystal and Siobhan aren’t mainstream enough and Lee not only comes across as another Creed/Nickelback type (and LOTS of people hate those bands) and is so boring/shy that he probably isn’t going to have a huge fanbase coming off Idol. If Tim vcould actually sing or if Aaron was a pop/r&b kid rather than more of a country type, they would have the best chance of being successful, as they could market them as another Bieber. Big Mike could also be successful if he was less old fashioned/lounge singery and more neo-soul/R&B. But he’s not. And with the rapidly falling ratings, it’s pretty clear the advantage of coming off AI will be even weaker for the S9 contestants than it was even for the S8 people.

  129. I’ve got to say though, that I would pick IIHY over Fever for next single even if the pronoun was not there. And I don’t think Fever is out as a condender for a future single…

    As much as I LOVE Fever – I tend to agree. IIHY is a better single choice – and one of the best pop songs on the album – plus perfect for summer. It is very hooky, and not terribly complex, but with a great beat and melody.

    And I also agree that Fever is not out of the running in the future. When Adam was quoted as saying Fever didn’t test well, or something like that, I was immediately surprised – and I think it does have at least future strong potential.

  130. BestAI

    The concerts Kris is doing in California that I know about are these:

    4/12 free concert at Hard Rock (w/ Sara Bareilles), billed as an after-party for Padres’ season opener (San Diego)
    4/15 opens for Lady Antebellum at Wiltern Theatre (L.A.)
    4/22 acoustic gig for CBS Radio (I don’t think this is for an audience, though; I think it’s like an in-studio radio thing)
    7/28 opens for Keith Urban at California Mid-State Fair (Paso Robles)

    Do you and your husband like Sara Bareilles? Do you live near San Diego? That might be the best bet since you don’t like country music. That show is at 8 p.m., but because it’s free, it’s first-come, first-serve in terms of getting in.

    I would think Kris will play more concerts in California this year, but these are the only ones I know of that have been confirmed

  131. I wonder if Japan was able to get more shipments of FYE (the album). They were flying off the shelves after Adam left Japan, and it was difficult to find a store that still had the album. They must have been very cautious with their Japan shipment, if they didn’t offer up enough albums.

  132. and to be fair in my crankiness of single choices, I love the bridge and chorus of ‘IIHY’ but hate the ‘black-color-liner’ lyrics. Equal opportunity complainer today :) But there are plenty of songs with dumb lyrics, so whatever. I just think it feeds fuel to the fire for dj snark.

  133. girlygirl:
    04/02/2010 at 6:39 pm
    I continue to believe it doesn’t matter who wins S9, because none of them are likely to be commercially successful. Crystal and Siobhan aren’t mainstream enough and Lee not only comes across as another Creed/Nickelback type (and LOTS of people hate those bands) and is so boring/shy that he probably isn’t going to have a huge fanbase coming off Idol. If Tim vcould actually sing or if Aaron was a pop/r&b kid rather than more of a country type, they would have the best chance of being successful, as they could market them as another Bieber. Big Mike could also be successful if he was less old fashioned/lounge singery and more neo-soul/R&B. But he’s not. And with the rapidly falling ratings, it’s pretty clear the advantage of coming off AI will be even weaker for the S9 contestants than it was even for the S8 people.

    This nails my opinion about the season. While I’m not a ‘fan’ of Kris’s music (which means little), but during the season I never questioned his capability to have a good radio sound or where he would fit. With heartless, falling slowly & ANS.. he created a current mainstream sound on the show, despite the age material. I’m not even going to mention any other contestant, because my list will be lengthy on their issues, but Crystal is frustrating me. She has the talent, no doubt, but so far has not given off any sort of contemporary vibe. I was wishing more that she stick with the guitar and give us a contemporary songs. If she could just do this, she’d guarantee herself a career. Right now she is just Lilith Fair 2001.

  134. Thanks gg. San Diego is a looong drive, and I would hate to make flight and hotel reservations if we can’t see Kris. The 12th is not a good date, in any case. Too much going on that week for us.

    Another option could be Vegas or any casino concert. My hubs likes to gamble, and it’s been awhile for him.

  135. BestAI

    Well Kris is supposed to be in Vegas on 4/10 for that Pet-a-Palooza charity event, but I don’t know if that’s still the case. His gig on 4/23 with Keith Urban is also in Vegas at the Hard Rock Cafe. He is supposedly playing a casino in Atlantic City (The Borgata) on Aug. 7th which as far as I know is just him, no other acts (it’s not up on the casino’s website yet — may be too far away or something). And of course the one I’m going in the Bahamas on 4/17 is at a resort that has a big casino in it…

    They still haven’t scheduled any gigs for June, which is odd, and July and August are pretty light still. One of the band members tweeted something about preparing for a “big summer”, so there’s probably more tour date announcements to come.

  136. “Oh, Lord, no. I don’t want to see David Foster on my TV every week, lol.

    Agreed. Also, there is the fact that Foster lost any relevance he had to the music industry more than a decade ago. Now, he’s pretty much just the guy who takes C-listers out on tour and charges the audience a ridiculous amount of money. He gave up his credibility, and he certainly doesn’t have enough left to make me think he’d be an asset to this show.”

    I know I am late for commenting but just had to say Spenser that whilst I agree David Foster wouldn’t be right to be a judge on AI – I don’t see Josh Groban, Peter Cetera & Andre Bocelli as “C” listers. I actually have the DVD of one of DF’s concerts [ where Michael Johns performed] & it is the best quality produced DVD & CD that I have heard. He is a very talented musician & I was surprised about the range of quality performers he has both written or produced for.
    Subo has shown that there are still plenty of people willing to by this sort of music – so it may be irrelevant to AI but not to a wide range of music lovers .
    For me I just happen to like different styles of music . I’ll buy anything that’s quality music [ ie good singing & backing ]

    As for the next judge I think Ben Folds would be great but another idea if season 10 is to be the last season, would be to have on previous Idols as a guest judge each week . That would keep the interest going . The idols would also be able to give a unique perspective on judging as they have “been there done that”!

  137. Lee not only comes across as another Creed/Nickelback type (and LOTS of people hate those bands)

    Be that as it may, Nickelback is commercially very successful, and was named “Band of the Decade” by Billboard magazine. They’ve sold 30 million albums worldwide since 2001, and their last album finished in the Top 5 or 10 best selling albums in 2009. No, they are never going to be critical darlings but I’m sure they’re laughting all the way to the bank.

    And don’t forget that Daughtry, who often gets compared to Nickelback, isn’t exactly on food stamps himself. Corporate rock, for better or for worse, is very popular in this day and age, no matter how many detractors it may have on this blog. Just sayin.

  138. She is almost platinum- I agree nothing to sneeze at, but with the amount of radioplay she had it should have been a a hell of a lot more

    .

    Very true. For the amount of radio play the song has gotten, the sales are kind of anemic. Really big hits these days can sell 3 or 4 million downloads. I hated ATY though so maybe I’m biased.

    I hope The Truth is Kris’ next single. I really like the song and I love Hey Soul Sister so I’m happy for the Train/Kris rumors.

  139. Another concert date appearing for Danny.

    This one is at the “Big E” Eastern States Expo (?) fall fair or festival event in Springfield MA. Danny will be performing on their Arena Stage Sept 26th. Some New England fans will be happy, I always see them tweeting to Danny to go up to the northeast which is one area he hasn’t hit a lot yet despite all his travels & touring.

    http://www.thebige.com/entertainment/ArenaStage.html

    Keith Urban gives a shout out to Kris.

    http://www.theboot.com/2010/04/02/keith-urban-kris-allen-american-idol/

    That’s nice of Keith Urban. Kind of cool that two of the AI8 top 3 are doing dates with Keith this summer, and Keith has said such nice things about both of them. (Danny was Keith & Nicole’s favorite during the show, but obviously Keith seems to have liked Kris as well having done that duet with him and now the other dates coming up.)

  140. According to the Shooting Star Website, Adam/Orianthi tix are on sale for the MN casino gig on Monday, May 10.

    Oh-oh-oh! I am SO going to that! It’s two hours down the road, and I missed David Cook last summer when he was down there. I’m NOT missing Adam!

  141. Kelly made a surprise appearance at Reba concert tonight, they performed “Because Of You” & “Why Haven’t I Heard From You”.

  142. Re: sales this season. I don’t think boring would be an issue for Lee. Carrie was often called boring during her season. And Nickelback has sold over 30 million albums all over the world and their current CD which came out in November 2008 has never fell out of the Top 50. I wouldn’t say all that many people hate them. Daughtry has also been called a Nickelback clone and that hasn’t hurt their sales.

  143. I think Casey is quite marketable. So is Lee really, but he would have to NOT do a Nickleback record – that field is crowded. Didi also has potential to me, as does Aaron (as a teen country pop star – male Taylor Swift type – we don’t need another Beiber, he needs a compliment). I don’t think Mike is old fashioned, he just allowed himself to be put into that box to survive. He might be viable in a neo-soul way but not in a mass market way. And Crystal could make an HAC/AAA record.

    I don’t think the question is viability for S9, the question is will someone with strong crossover pop potential or big sales potential win. If they want that, I think they’d have to go with Casey now that Didi’s gone.

  144. I never questioned his capability to have a good radio sound or where he would fit. With heartless, falling slowly & ANS.. he created a current mainstream sound on the show, despite the age material.

    ANS was old, but Heartless was a pretty current song Kanye performed on AI earlier that same season.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7x0zToU9ak

    Falling Slowly won the Academy Award in 2008, around a year before Kris performed it on AI.

    So he did perform some newer music, and that helped define him as a current sort of artist.

  145. girlygirl ITA with what you said about AI9. Best description of it yet, and likely to come true too.

    I think they’re looking too far ahead by saying that next season will be lousy because Simon will be gone. Have they bothered to look at this season? Simon is still here, and yet the viewing audience is dropping by millions each week.

    Something is radically wrong this year.

  146. sr4mjc:
    04/02/2010 at 6:55 pm
    and to be fair in my crankiness of single choices, I love the bridge and chorus of ‘IIHY’ but hate the ‘black-color-liner’ lyrics. Equal opportunity complainer today But there are plenty of songs with dumb lyrics, so whatever. I just think it feeds fuel to the fire for dj snark.

    I wouldn’t worry about it – it never bothered me before (in fact, I never thought about it – lol). But seriously, many big hits have really awkward, weird parts, imo. I’ll hear them on the radio – the song will be great, and then it’ll hit a weird part in the bridge (typically) or have an odd lyric.

    Kanye’s lyrics are often laughable, Stronger, for instance (“I’ll do anything for a klondike”.) Or Carry Out, which always has me lulling on “You can have it your way” (just too recognizable as a fast food slogan – which I know is the point, but idk, I still laugh when I probably shouldn’t – and not for the reason they probably want).

    So yeah, lots of silly stuff out there.

  147. I don’t think the question is viability for S9, the question is will someone with strong crossover pop potential or big sales potential win. If they want that, I think they’d have to go with Casey now that Didi’s gone.

    I don’t think Casey is that current artist they’re looking for – or at least not Pop/HAC material. His best work, and vibe, have always veered more toward country/blues. I’d say that’s more his wheelehouse. His looks, otoh, are more commercial.

  148. So Switchfoot just played a gig in Arkansas the other day and they gave some serious props to Kris (Jon Foreman co-wrote the song “Lifetime” that’s on Kris’s album)

    They even said they would be interested in having Kris tour with them.

    Kris LOVES Switchfoot. Do y’all think it would be a good idea if he could tour with them?

    http://krisallenaddicts.blogspot.com/2010/04/switchfoots-jon-foreman-brags-on-kris.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Krisallenaddictscom+%28KrisAllenAddicts.com%29&utm_content=Twitter

  149. So I’m seeing on twitter that people are seeing Kris’s Ford commercials run at times other than just during AI. Someone saw it while watching Fringe, another while watching Letterman, someone else while watching ESPN, and yet another while watching a Friends re-run on CBS. That’s a good sign that Ford has expanded the use of the commercials! (I read that Ford’s sales were way up during the 1st qtr of 2010, too)

  150. Girlygirl, I think Switchfoot would be a good choice for touring with Kris, as they may have similar sounds. The only problem is they’re not huge and don’t sell that much, but if their fans would be new to Kris, this could be good overall for him.

    Also, just to weigh in on the whole TT not good for POP, as well as Crystal Bowersox, remember Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” is sitting very pretty at #3 on POP right now. Personally, I think this bodes well for the possibility of TT as the next single and for CB.

    How long has Rythmic R&B been hot on Top40? Isn’t it about time for some kind of transition? Just some thoughts. :D

  151. tinawina

    I’m not seeing mass commercial appeal in Casey. He is very generic in terms of style and performance. And how stiff is he on stage? Loosen up a little already. Nothing about him suggests star appeal. If he goes the country-blues route, which seems to be his preferred style, he could be successful I suppose, but likely not star level success. He’s a good (not great) guitarist, he has a decent voice, he’s likable, some people think he’s hot (not my type, but whatever), But there’s nothing original about him.

  152. And….a true sign that Kris is back home… his tweets!

    KrisAllen

    #I will absolutely not try that side of you Belgium! http://twitpic.com/1csfx1 7 minutes ago via Echofon

    (He is talking about peeing again)

  153. #I will absolutely not try that side of you Belgium! http://twitpic.com/1csfx1 7 minutes ago via Echofon

    (He is talking about peeing again)

    haha I am so glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I saw this I laughed so hard. lol

  154. #I will absolutely not try that side of you Belgium! http://twitpic.com/1csfx1 7 minutes ago via Echofon

    Okay, what exactly were they going for with that ad? LOL!!! And leave it to Kris to find it!! :D Too funny!!!!

  155. Also, just to weigh in on the whole TT not good for POP, as well as Crystal Bowersox, remember Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” is sitting very pretty at #3 on POP right now. Personally, I think this bodes well for the possibility of TT as the next single and for CB.

    I completely agree. I don’t know if she would do as well on pop as Lady Antebellum, but I think she would do real well on HAC and Country, or she could go a different route and be a grittier Kelly. People seem to snark on Lilith fair here but guess who is on the Lilith Fair tour this year? I think if Crystal were to win, she would also be helped by being the first front runner on AI to win in years. It would be seen as a completely deserving win. Also, listening to her recorded voice, it is very distinctive and lush, not generic at all.

    ETA I think Sade is another example of someone with recent success that I think bodes well for Crystal. A lot of late 20somethings and 30 year olds are a bit disenfranchised right now in the music world. I think Lady Antebellum, Sade, and Train for example are appealing to them. They still listen to pop music, but their tastes are shifting to a bit more AC sound, and they still are buying albums.

  156. I continue to believe it doesn’t matter who wins S9, because none of them are likely to be commercially successful.

    Seeing how much Simon is pushing Crystal and Lee, and as he is a Sony exec, I’d say that they are both considered very marketable.

    Lee has an extremely radio friendly sound with a huge potential in the soft pop rock market.
    As for Crystal, I have been wondering what mainstream genre she would be, but considering how much Simon likes her, I have no doubt that there is one. I can see modern country with crossover appeal in Top 40 and HAC. As other people have mentioned, Lady Antebellum are doing very well in all formats.

    I also convinced that TPTB are actively, but subtly this year, manoeuvring to need up with the desired outcome: Crystal winner, Lee runner-up. I am very comfortable with this, although I wish they didn’t manipulate so much.

  157. I think Casey is quite marketable.

    Agree Tinawina. Very versatile voice, country or southern rock and good look.

  158. Very versatile voice, country or southern rock and good look.

    I agree about Casey, but be would be yet another Sony country leaning artist, although may be it doesn’t matter.

  159. People I would like to see signed this year from S9: Crystal, Siobhan (yep, I truly think she has something to offer), Casey and Aaron.

    Perhaps Lee as well. He does have a nice recording voice.

    ETA: Crystal-Alt/Rock/Country/Folk, Siobhan-Punk/Pop/Rock, Casey-Southern Rock, Aaron-Country/Pop. Lee-market saturation.

  160. I really like Sobhan, but I am not sure that she can be a mainstream recording artist. I don’t know in what ‘box’ she would fit in..

  161. None of this year’s contestants are more marketable than Kris, and people are still complaining about his low album sales. And Kris had a bigger fanbase coming off S8 than any of the S9 contestants are likely to have. Will any of them have a bigger fanbase than Danny had coming of S8? And Danny’s sales aren’t exactly burning up the charts. With this year’s group being called the weakest ever, that’s really not a good sign for future commercial success.

    The person with the most talent — Crystal — is really an alt-country musician. And she doesn’t seem to be likely to be turned into something she isn’t. last I looked, alt-country was very much a niche market, not one with huge commercial success.

    The others, with the exception of Siobhan, are boring personalities and rather generic as musicians. Not usually a good combination for commercial success. And Siobhan isn’t mainstream, plus it is very tough for female rockers to be successful (see Allison).

    So sorry, but I’ve got a feeling that, unless they put out a great album, whoever wins this year will end up selling even less than Kris. YMMV, but I don’t see any reason for optimism with this group. I doubt that more than 3-4 will even get signed.

    (Casey, IMO, should be a lead guitarist in someone’s band, not a solo artist)

  162. I’m not seeing mass commercial appeal in Casey. He is very generic in terms of style and performance. And how stiff is he on stage? Loosen up a little already. Nothing about him suggests star appeal. If he goes the country-blues route, which seems to be his preferred style, he could be successful I suppose, but likely not star level success.

    I agree that he seems so stiff, and I don’t know why ? Maybe because he is so tall. The other guys even while strumming the guitars, they look more natural. Weird. And reading on some of the AI reviews from this week, since when does Casey become top 5 ?
    Anyway, I guess it doesn’t matter. My prediction top 3 is still Crystal, Siobhan, Lee.
    And I hope that they have the group number at the beginning of result show back, because that will create more togetherness among the contestants and also a great practice for the tour. Group numbers are good to loosen those people up and make them NOT too afraid of looking silly and create maybe more buzz and make the audience like them more. Right now, I don’t really care about anybody. And being indifferent while watching these kind of shows – sucks.

  163. None of this year’s contestants are more marketable than Kris, and people are still complaining about his low album sales.

    It will be interesting to see what happens, however Simon’s opinion is likely to be in line with the industry views on who is marketable. Wasn’t he supporting Carrie who was deemed non-commercial and not really supported on the internet?

  164. L.A. Times article on the scene with Alex Lambert in the If I Can Dream house. Some interesting stuff:
    Alex Lambert’s shock and awe at post-’Idol’ ‘Dream’: ‘I felt like I actually had a chance’

    thanks for that article. its nice to see that Alex is getting to do what he wants, meet collaborators, get vocal lessons and the whole package. compare this to sitting in a one bedroom apartment with 3 grown up brothers trying to write an album with no experience whatsover. so even though he is case in a web series noone watches, atleast he gets a lot of opportunities.

    and i love the fact that one of his songs is called “feelings dont grow on trees”. would love to have a listen.

  165. About the LA times article about Alex:
    I really hope that he can jumpstart his career on the back of these shows. He is also very cute with his new haircut, it can only help!

  166. At least something Kris and Adam fans can agree about: Season 9 contestans won’t be as successfull as their two main horses. It’s beatifull to see such harmony.
    Reminds me of last year when Cook and Achie fans took time from debating why Archie second single didn’t become a hit or why Cook’s singles weren’t doing well on pop to mutually diss Season 8 chances to produce a relevant recording artist.
    Of course in some ways it’s true, since neither Adam (debatable) nor Kris (not as much) has had the kind of success the two Davids had at this time last year.

  167. Congratulations to Adam & his fans for his Unplugged version of WWFM charting on VH1 Top 20 at #2 this week.

    Sadly, Daughtry and Kris dropped off the countdown. I guess I jinxed them last week by mentioning how many weeks they were on the countdown. :-(

  168. None of this year’s contestants are more marketable than Kris, and people are still complaining about his low album sales. And Kris had a bigger fanbase coming off S8 than any of the S9 contestants are likely to have.

    I don’t believe that for a minute. There never was a big fan base for Kris, he won because of the anti-Adam votes and the texting controversy. His first week single and album sales showed that his fan base is small. And although I like Kris, but I never believed him to be marketable. I have said from the very moment he won that I hope he wont’ sell worse than Taylor Hicks, but it looks like he will in fact sell far worse than Taylor Hicks. (And for what it’s worth, I think that if his second single is to be The Truth, then bye bye any chance of him going gold.)

  169. None of this year’s contestants are more marketable than Kris, and people are still complaining about his low album sales. And Kris had a bigger fanbase coming off S8 than any of the S9 contestants are likely to have.

    As much as you would like for that to happen to help Kris look like less of a failure I think Crystal’s sales are going to trounce Kris. Everyone knows Kris won because he was not Danny or Adam. Even having a hit single hasn’t helped his album sales. Kris is an anomaly, not a trend. I think you are looking at Crystal and not seeing a pretty pop princess, but again that is just people acting like top 40 is the be all and end all of music, which it is not. Crystal has heartland appeal, a David Cook with a more compelling backstory.

  170. I am not a fan of kris’ music but I don’t see how anyone can say he is not marketable or not a relevant or viable recording artist. He has a hit record, is opening for some big names and is booked for some big spring radio gigs. By definition he is relevant and viable. Albums sales are nice but they are not the only measure if viability. Half of the acts on the top 40 chart have what people on this board would deem crappy album sales. I do not agree with the position that only multiplatinum album selling superstars are viable recording artists. That excludes 99% of the industry

  171. As much as you would like for that to happen to help Kris look like less of a failure I think Crystal’s sales are going to trounce Kris. Everyone knows Kris won because he was not Danny or Adam. Even having a hit single hasn’t helped his album sales. Kris is an anomaly, not a trend. I think you are looking at Crystal and not seeing a pretty pop princess, but again that is just people acting like top 40 is the be all and end all of music, which it is not. Crystal has heartland appeal, a David Cook with a more compelling backstory.

    These are such huge conjectures considering we’re only in the Top 9 so far. For all we know Crystal could get eliminated in the next few weeks and be buried among the pile of AI unknowns never to be seen from again.

    And as much as you would like to make Kris appear like a complete failure, his platinum single (and counting) and the respect he seems to have gained from other artists would like to respectfully disagree.

  172. These are such huge conjectures considering we’re only in the Top 9 so far. For all we know Crystal could get eliminated in the next few weeks and be buried among the pile of AI unknowns never to be seen from again.

    No less conjecture than saying she is guaranteed to sell less than Kris. Also, sorry but there is no way Crystal is being voted out in the next few weeks.

    And as much as you would like to make Kris appear like a complete failure, his platinum single (and counting) and the respect he seems to have gained from other artists would like to respectfully disagree

    Why has that single not helped his album? At some point, people are going to start to question if the success of LLWD is Kris, or just the song..

  173. Why has that single not helped his album? At some point, people are going to start to question if the success of LLWD is Kris, or just the song..

    Does anyone really care about that in the land of Joe Q. Public radio listener? I think for most people LLWD can stand alone as Kris’s hit single. And I think it has been discussed many times before that many folks will wait until they hear a 2nd single before they think about buying the album. So any questions about is it the song or is it Kris probably won’t be answered until we see how a second single does. I think all you can deduce from album vs. single sales right now is that he didn’t have a big album-buying fanbase coming off Idol, and that LLWD broke out of the bubble and really is a nice hit for him.

  174. mmb:
    04/03/2010 at 9:12 am
    I am not a fan of kris’ music but I don’t see how anyone can say he is not marketable or not a relevant or viable recording artist. He has a hit record, is opening for some big names and is booked for some big spring radio gigs. By definition he is relevant and viable. Albums sales are nice but they are not the only measure if viability. Half of the acts on the top 40 chart have what people on this board would deem crappy album sales. I do not agree with the position that only multiplatinum album selling superstars are viable recording artists. That excludes 99% of the industry

    Also not a Kris fan.. and I’d agree with this. The only thing I’d add is that it seems that Kris did not get the idol winners impact we normally expect, but this means nothing in the end. He’ll have to work hard, but I suspect he is ready for that. Jive has set him up nicely as an opening act and he’ll gain new fans & have the opportunity to release another album with his signature all over it. Besides, the measure of success is relative. Not everyone would wants the same thing. I highly doubt Kris and Adam would want to trade places (I can’t comment on the other idols since I’m unfamiliar with their success in detail).

  175. There is no Santa Claus. Idol hasn’t really broken a big star since S5
    However, TPTB are now good at generating Top 40 hits from the show. I could see them doing the same for the winner of S9. So it’s possible for the winner to match Kris’ sales. And I guess a Top 40 hit is good enough to not be considered a flop.

    I don’t see any superstars on S9 to say the least. So in a way Kris may be the new kind of Idol winner. Obviously Adam has been more successful but not in the massive way that Daughtry overshadowed Hicks.

    To sum it it up the definition of success for Idol finalists ain’t what it used to be.

  176. mmb.. I completely agree with what you said, except I am a fan of his music. Kris has a popular single and is getting ready to release another single. His music appeals to all types of people, which is apparent by him charting on many different formats. Kris might not have been able to attract a lot of the fanatical OTT AI fans, but he was and has been able to pick up the casual viewers/listeners. These people were able to get him the AI win and a platinum single. I wouldn’t count Kris out just yet.

    BTW.. Some real Kris news is below. LLWD is the little song that keeps on chugging on. It definitely knows “no boundaries”.

    # idolsnow
    BREAKING NEWS: KRIS ALLEN scores his first #1s on the Billboard charts. Magazine introduces 21 new digital genre charts this week and Kris is #1 on two of them: “Live Like We’re Dying” tops the new Christian Digital Songs chart & Christian/Gospel Digital Songs about 6 hours ago via web

  177. And I think it has been discussed many times before that many folks will wait until they hear a 2nd single before they think about buying the album.

    Maybe for most artists, but not for artists off Idol. Yes, I understand if you had never heard anything from an artist besides one song you would wait to hear another one, but Kris was on idol for months singing in front of tens of millions of people, and his hit single should have been enough to peak interest in some people who saw him on the show and liked him to buy his album. Adam is still having strong sales from his one single…Also, I really don’t give a damn about Kris Allen and his sales, I was just disagreeing with the assertion that no one this season will sell more albums than Kris. You all seem to be acknowledging that Kris isn’t an album seller, so I don’t see the problem..

  178. Allison’s case is a complete puzzle in every way. Even when she appears on Idol or some other show and does a great job, there is no bump in her sales. She is talented and I wonder how she would do if she were appearing on this season of Idol instead of last.

    Something about Allison and Didi Benami is the same. They don’t generate any passion, for some reason. I am usually not in favor of big make-overs that obliterate a person’s identity, but I think Allison could use one that establishes a more solid identity. She is always “just Allison” and I think it would be helpful for her to shake things up a little. She needs ot stop being the kid, maybe bring her wardrobe up a notch, change it up. I don’t think she sells, b/c I don’t think she is taken seriously and she is not articulate enough to generate fans via interview. I like her voice a lot, but I don’t get worked up over her performances……she needs to behave, treat herself, like a stah, with the presence of one.

    Did is a beautiful girl who falls into the nice girl category, which may not be where an aspiring musician should be. No truly differentiated identity. She need to somehow set herself apart as something special, not just nice.

  179. Well Kris could potentially hit 300K (if they ever release another single or he gets another Idol shot.) It is very possible that no one from S9 comes close to that number. No one is that exciting and Top 40 hits don’t guarantee great sales. Orianthi with a big hit and tons of promo has only sold 100K albums and she was in that big MJ flick.

    I don’t want to be negative but Allison doesn’t have an appealing personality. I was kind of surprised 19 signed her actually. It isn’t just about talent (and I’m not really a fan of her rock screaming style either.)

  180. Well Kris could potentially hit 300K (if the ever release another single or he gets another Idol shot.) It is very possible that no one from S9 comes close to that number.

    I also think its possible Crystal hits that number her first week if she continues to dominate the competition.

  181. Not only do I not have any sense of how any of the s9 folks will do post idol I don’t even care. This is the first season that I have not been able to muster any interest in or passion for a single contestant. Not one! Every prior year there were several – even s6! This year just leaves me ice cold.

  182. Not only do I not have any sense of how any of the s9 folks will do post idol I don’t even care. This is the first season that I have not been able to muster any interest in or passion for a single contestant. Not one! Every prior year there were several – even s6! This year just leaves me ice cold.

    Sorry to hear that, I know how it feels because I experienced that the last two seasons..

  183. Maybe for most artists, but not for artists off Idol. Yes, I understand if you had never heard anything from an artist besides one song you would wait to hear another one, but Kris was on idol for months singing in front of tens of millions of people, and his hit single should have been enough to peak interest in some people who saw him on the show and liked him to buy his album. Adam is still having strong sales from his one single…

    Adam has had 3 singles off of his album that people have heard: TFM, FYE and WWFM. Maybe people liked all 3 enough to buy the album?

    P.S. I personally think it’s too early to tell if Kris is a success or a failure. It’s such a relative thing. I’m pretty sure even IF (that’s a big IF) his album even gets to gold or platinum some people would still tear him down just because they want to.

  184. also think its possible Crystal hits that number her first week if she continues to dominate the competition

    Look all our crystal balls are pretty cloudy but I’ve been following this show closely for awhile. I think Daughtry hit that number his first week and Cook came close so I’m going to say its highly unlikely that Crystal matches it. But more power to her if she does.

  185. Adam will probably get his 4th single off the album before Kris gets a second. :) I think RCA needs to keep putting out the singles to recoup.
    Hey Jive, wake up. What are you waiting for? Even if the album is kinda dead, you can make $ from singles.

  186. jpfan:
    04/03/2010 at 10:11 am

    Adam will probably get his 4th single off the album before Kris gets a second. :)

    I really hope not!!! He mentioned that it would be announced in about a week, a week ago. Hopefully we will hear something soon. His fans are getting antsy. I think it is awesome that LLWD has done so well and was able to stick around for so long while it built up steam, but I am ready for a new single.

  187. I know I sure am. And now Kris’s video isn’t even in the top 20. Was it retired or just fell off the countdown. I know it was up last week and I actually remembered to vote last week.I got in around 30 votes.

  188. I hope the second single gets announced by this weekend. I just really want to know!!!

  189. Well Kris could potentially hit 300K (if the ever release another single or he gets another Idol shot.) It is very possible that no one from S9 comes close to that number.

    If they don’t even come close Sony would in no doubt run away and break their agreement with Idol!

    Naa, both Crystal and Lee are marketable with the right material, and they will get it because idol is getting better at it.

  190. I just wonder what’s taking so long for Jive or Kris or anyone to let us know what the single is. Yeah I know Kris mentioned last week that we should hear something in about a week. And know that Kris is back in the states his hear to promote the new single. Maybe after Easter well find out something.At least I hope so.

  191. ilovekrisallen39:
    04/03/2010 at 10:18 am
    I know I sure am. And now Kris’s video isn’t even in the top 20. Was it retired or just fell off the countdown. I know it was up last week and I actually remembered to vote last week.I got in around 30 votes.

    Check and see if it has been pulled from the list.. they did this with FYE just before WWFM was released.

  192. I think some of the Season 9 contestants like Crystal, Casey. Lee and Mike and Sibohan are as talented as Kris, so I see no reason why one of them wouldn’t do quite well in sales. I think Kris is doing OK, but to say he will sell better than any Season 9 artist will is not realistic.

  193. I think some of the Season 9 contestants like Crystal, Casey. Lee and Mike and Sibohan are as talented as Kris, so I see no reason why one of them wouldn’t do quite well in sales.

    I would even say, ‘at least as talented as Kris’..

  194. Maybe for most artists, but not for artists off Idol. Yes, I understand if you had never heard anything from an artist besides one song you would wait to hear another one, but Kris was on idol for months singing in front of tens of millions of people, and his hit single should have been enough to peak interest in some people who saw him on the show and liked him to buy his album.

    But that’s my point – the artists coming off Idol generally sell a load of albums at first to their Idol fanbase, and as I said in my initial post, it’s clear that Kris’s isn’t that large or doesn’t buy much by way of albums. So I think the start that he had albums-wise already acknowledges that he’s not getting the post-Idol-fan-buying boost, which puts him more on par with a “regular” new artist, which makes me think we wait and see if another single(s) gets the album jumpstarted.

  195. Obviously Adam has been more successful but not in the massive way that Daughtry overshadowed Hicks.

    To sum it it up the definition of success for Idol finalists ain’t what it used to be.

    Obviously, it’s still too early to be making definitive statements about Adam’s career, or anyone else from S8 for that matter.

  196. Obviously, it’s still too early to be making definitive statements about Adam’s career, or anyone else from S8 for that matter.

    I agree completely with this.

  197. Even with the decline in sales I don’t think its unreasonable to expect an AI winner at the LEAST to go gold and I would hope the next winner can at least do that. At one time platinum was an expectation and obviously things have changed an awful lot but for someone who has the massive amount of recognition being on AI you aren’t just any typical new artist. Kris is lucky because he has a hit single that has sold well. I tend to think the next winner will either have to have good album sales OR good single sales to be seen as remotely successful. While there are all different factors in being successful but for TPTB I’m sure they’d like to make money and see decent sales.

  198. I’m starting to wish Adam never recorded Time for Miracles and included it in the album. Then we wouldn’t have the 3/4th single dead horse beating in every singles discussion. Hopefully he made a decent fee for singing it, but it’s doubtful it made much impact in selling the album.

    I really hope Kris makes a singles announcement and goes for radio adds soon. It seems like both record labels are a little off on timing right now. Jive needs to jump on single #2 for Kris like yesterday and WWFM is probably going to be dropping on Pop before Adam sings it on Idol, which is assumed but not confirmed for 4/14. I know it’s hard to time things peaking and dropping on the charts, but both camps seem to be missing the target.

    Come on Jive!

  199. Reminder:

    If I put a poster in moderation for the second time? You are never going to be let out. Just a reminder.

  200. Something about Allison and Didi Benami is the same. They don’t generate any passion, for some reason.

    Apart from both having appeared on American Idol, and the fact both are girls, I don’t see any connection whatsoever between Allison and Didi Benami.

    For one thing, Allison got all the way to No. 4 last season, and she had to do it all on her own, without any pimping or gokeying by the show, without any face time until the end (the same more or less applies to Kris Allen too, who the show also ignored early on, except he made it all the way to No. 1).

    You don’t have to generate any passion to get people to vote for you on American Idol — or do you? I think you do. People say, “Wow, that was a great performance, I’m voting for him/her”!
    If you don’t generate any passion, you get voted off.

    Allison generated enough passion — and was friends with — top idols Kris Allen and Adam Lambert that many fans endearingly referred to them as “Kradison”, and still do.

    You want to talk about Allison generating passion, just watch the YouTube performances of her in the Telemundo competition (which she won, by the way) in Mexico City! One of the men judges was so overcome with emotion, he could only say “Diez” (ten), which he wrote down on a piece of paper, and held over his head.

    Sorry for going on and on about this, but if I wasn’t a passionate Alli fan, I wouldn’t have bothered.

  201. Adam has had 3 singles off of his album that people have heard: TFM, FYE and WWFM. Maybe people liked all 3 enough to buy the album?

    Adam is on the second single off his album. TFM=bonus track on album and sound track song. Never released as a single. FYE, 1st single. WWFM. Second single. IIHY=3rd single. I think Adam has had good album sales because WWFM is appealing to a lot of people AND he is interesting. Helps that Oprah, Ellen, and Leno think he is interesting and talented too.

    I like to listen to these guys(Kris and Adam) as if they were new artists and not artists that I knew from Idol. That is really hard for me to do as an Adam fan, lol. But when I listen to LLWD, I like the song. SO that song would likely make me go check him out on itunes. I might like the some of the songs ok but still not buy the album yet. This is exactly how I was with the Script. I heard about them over a year ago. went to itunes, thought cool. saw them open for david cook, loved them, would have bought the album at the concert but they were sold out. so start hearing Breakeven on the radio, start really loving the song. So bought the EP. Now I’m lookig tosee them in concert. Folks, it took me over a year to buy that album. So I don’t count Kris out at all. As good as these guys are, I really think it will be their sophomore albums that say them most about where they are going as artists.

  202. I read through the majority of comments in this thread. Sorry, late to the party. Great thoughts, tho…
    I went to the AL.com article Idol in Distress: 6 Ways its Tanking or something like that. Pretty spot on, imo. Okay, didn’t take much effort to scroll back up. 8th headline down, 6 Reasons S.9 is a Turnoff.

    I’m not fully on board with “we miss Paula, boo on Ellen and her lack of music knowledge.” But the other points were good:
    not enough variety in styles; contestants are too “green”; pageanty styles being dismissed (ie Katie patterning herself after Diana DeGarmo or Kat McPhee); format is tried; useless mentoring- or as I call it, hug & plug. tm, Me!; they used chart topper Kesha as a reason as well. Bringing in the hottest acts to deliver mostly disastrous, offkey, autotuned performances. The finalists are sitting on the sideline couches, thinking “Yay, this is what I’m supposed to aspire to. WTF??”

    I’m not in favor of If I Had You for Adam’s next single but hey, it could work. I enjoy the song but I think it will sound like garbage on the radio for some reason. BWCU or AWM are both great songs for Kris. Eventually I think they could both work on HAC or AC, but probably not in a breakout way. But I wish him the best. Tho, it did seem, Cook’s Come Back to Me had more staying power than LO…. (but that could have been timing as Time of My Life had like 6 lives on radio.) Maybe there is something about a second single staying power, No Air, Come Back to Me.

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