Idol Headlines for 04/09/10 – The Evening Edition

David Cook on his sophomore CD: Massive choruses, mile-long catwalks, and…Dolly Parton?

Is there a possibility you’ll be debuting a single on Idol before the season is over?
Well, we’re working on it, and it’s definitely something I’m cognizant of. I would love to be able to debut a single on Idol this year. But at the same time we certainly don’t want to rush anything. Rest assured, we’re trying very, very hard. I can give a definite maybe at this point.

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LA's Next Great Stage Star II Finale

Is it better than a 50-50 chance?
It really is a coin flip right now. I would say no, it’s not better than 50-50, but it’s not worse than that either.

More, plus info on collatorators, at EW.

Blake Lewis gets his First #1!

From @IdolsNow: @BLAKELEWIS earns the first Billboard #1 of his career as “Heartbreak On Vinyl” moves to the top of Hot Dance Club Play…BLAKE LEWIS’ “Heartbreak On Vinyl” is the 266th Billboard #1 for “American Idol.” The 1st was KELLY CLARKSON’s “A Moment Like This” in 2002.

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More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

Top 9 Finalist Interviews

We have exclusive interviews with each of the Top 9 finalists. They candidly revealed what they’re most looking forward to about the tour, and what it feels like to perform for about 25 million viewers.

Click on the contestants’ names below to watch their interviews:

American Idol

Idol Gives Back and Major League Baseball

As you know, the big Idol Gives Back show on April 21st is less than two weeks away! If you’re watching Major League Baseball this weekend, you’ll hear some of your favorite broadcasters announce that Idol Gives Back is rapidly approaching and they’ll encourage you to join your local team. It’s not too late to join! Search for a team to join or create your own team or personal fundraising page, here.

American Idol

Taylor Hicks to ‘American Idol’ finalists: I hope you dance

He danced the sprinkler with funky abandon. He grabbed Paula Abdul for a brief boogie session. He flopped on his back and finished a song. He strolled through the audience like it was Birmingham’s Southside.

Taylor Hicks, the 2006 winner of “American Idol, ” was outrageously entertaining during his stint on the top-rated reality show.

The Hoover native, who’d spent many years performing in nightclubs, knew exactly how to work the “Idol” stage. He grabbed viewers’ attention, took calculated risks and quickly learned to master the cameras.

“I kind of made the Kodak Theatre into the Flora-Bama, ” Hicks says, reflecting on his strategy.

Kelly Clarkson due to perform in Auckland

Kelly Clarkson has sold more than 20 million records worldwide, but her lifestyle is very much that of an anti-popstar.

The 27-year-old, whose massive voice shot her to stardom after winning the first series of American Idol in 2002, still lives with her family in Texas, and says the people she surrounds herself with are “very normal”.

“I’m about to go paint one of my garages with my nieces and my mom and my sister, ” she says during this interview.

TV NZ

Ayla Brown Joins CBS Early Show

The daughter of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has been named a special contributor to “The Early Show.”

Ayla Brown, who was a season five contestant on “American Idol, ” filed her first report today on Jordan Romero’s quest to summit Mt. Everest.

Brown, who preformed on the broadcast earlier this year, and just wrapped up her senior season on the Boston College basketball team, will report pieces occasionally for the CBS News morning show.

Media Bistro

‘American Idol’ Judge Randy Jackson Explains Michael Lynche Save

This week, the “American Idol” judges decided to use their one-time-only save on Michael Lynche, who came close to going home on Wednesday night. Some “Idol” fans and experts were surprised that they used the save so early in the season, but Randy Jackson says Big Mike earned it.

“It was the right thing to do, ” Jackson told MTV News at the “America’s Best Dance Crew” finale on Thursday night. “He sang his brains out [Wednesday] night. It was the right thing to do. I’m happy we did it.”

MTV

Getting Jane Lynch to sing on ‘Glee’: It wasn’t hard

So how is Lynch’s vogue?

“When she saw it and saw what she’d be doing she was so excited. When you see her do this Vogue it is … awesome. It’s incredible. So it wasn’t hard, ” Falchuck said. “She was being modest, I think, when she told you she would never sing.”

LA Times

‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith, ‘Melrose’ actress Katie Cassidy join the ‘Monte Carlo’ teen dream team

When I saw this bit of casting news this morning, I sent an email to a few pals with a clip and the subject line of: “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Glee’s Cory Monteith and Melrose Place’s Katie Cassidy are set to join the cast of Monte Carlo, which already has both Wizards of Waverly Place’s Selena Gomez and Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester on board, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (On a non-teen-happy side note, Andie MacDowell also stars.) Is there any other more teeny teensplosion out there right now?

Entertainment Weekly

‘DWTS’ After Dark

Check out “Dancing with the Stars” dancers Erin Andrews, Evan Lysacek and others in this Raw video, courtesy of PopTV.com

Extra TV

Erin Andrews Gun Threat

TMZ broke the story that a man in Newport News, Virginia has been sending sexual and violent emails to ESPN’s Andrews since September. The emails — all sent to DirecTV’s “The Dan Patrick Show” — turned violent and threatening in late March.

On March 29, the man wrote, “I would like to see if Erin Andrews can dance her way through a hail of gunfire. Better yet I would love to shoot her with a Barrett rifle. Get the pun — her stalker was mr. Barrett and the barrett rifle is an ultra expensive 50 cl. rifle with a range over a mile.”

TMZ

DWTS’ Brooke Burke: I Want Kate Gosselin “to Pull Through”

Despite many reports of her diva-like behavior on Dancing with the Stars, Kate Gosselin has at least one fellow mom in her corner: the show’s co-host Brooke Burke.

“I have such a soft spot for her, ” Burke told UsMagazine.com at Thursday’s Four Seasons Spa relaunch party in Westlake Village, Calif. “I want her to pull through just as a woman and a mother. I want her to be able to conquer it even if it’s only for one night.”

US

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69 Comments

  1. Blake Lewis gets his First #1!

    I’m so happy for Blake. Dance charts are right where he belongs.

  2. This year’s group of Idols need to read the article with advice from Taylor Hicks. They need it.

  3. Congratulations to Blake!!! I love his second CD and listen to it a lot.

  4. Loved Slezak’s article about Cookie. I can picture David Cook laughing throughout. I am so looking forward to new music from him and the Anthemic (his band). I have so much faith in Mr. Cook that the words “Ryan Tedder” don’t bother me.

  5. Congrats to Blake! Awww, he so deserves that. Heartbreak on Vinyl is an awesome song. It’s so strange they didn’t make that the single. Sad Song is so inferior to it.

    They should also release Love or Torture, that’s a super catchy, Ryan Tedder-co-written (I think) track.

  6. Glad to hear Blake has had success in a niche that works for him.

  7. Yeah for Blake and #1 Dance hit for Heartbreak on Vinyl. I love that song and felt right from the start it was the best song on the album

  8. Congratulations to Blake for his first #1 Dance song. :) He is my favorite contestant from season 6.

  9. I’m happy for Blake. He was my fave during his season. He said some things which lost my support for him (critizing other idols), but I think he has redeemed himself. I never thought he had the best voice, but he is one talented and entertaining performer.

  10. Adam is sounding really great on the TV. I mean he sounded good on the Youtube and VH1 videos but on the TV is really awesome Especially on my new 42″ Flat screen TV I got for my 50th Bday….

  11. Happy Birthday, dhunken. How can Adam not sound good anywhere? I seriously believe that is why the industry has embraced him: not for being controversial or different or gay; it’s because he has incredible talent, first and foremost.

  12. BestAI:
    04/09/2010 at 11:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, dhunken. How can Adam not sound good anywhere? I seriously believe that is why the industry has embraced him: not for being controversial or different or gay; it’s because he has incredible talent, first and foremost.

    I agree and for a list of other reason (The undeniable talent). I know some will disagree but even though all of the other idols are talented some super talented Adam is a Prodigy when it comes to his voice and vocal ability. I have seen professionals over and over again say this and I think they see a talent that they are in awe of and have not seen in a while.

    Thanks for B-day Wishes

  13. dhunken: I’ve been a music student/lover since childhood. I am also very close to musicians. When I first saw Adam, I saw someone really, really special. First, I saw he had the charisma, then I saw the talent, and next the intelligence. The bonus was that for the fierceness of Adam, he is a really, really nice person with a huge heart.

  14. Congrats to Blake; I always thought he was very talented. He doesn’t sing my type of music, but I love him anyway!

  15. About Cook’s album, is anyone else a bit concerned by the ‘massive choruses’? I don’t know, it sounds MOR to me, and I had rather DC and the band go for an edgier style..sigh..

    Happy for the more ‘live feel’ sound though..

  16. I cant even….. *dies*

    Archie on the back of a motorcycle with sasquatch!! I mean what even is this???
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7uUWsPywe8
    (From the Blaze game)

    A Little Too Not Over You
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2kR97_GBxc

    Crush
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTaHGY0jfj4

    Singing Happy Birthday to his mom(after the mascot brought her a cake, awww)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCtNpiY4zHo

    EDIT:
    Fox 13 posted a 13+ minute raw video from the Blaze game of david. Before he takes off on the motorcycle, going around the field, then him singing. Theres no sound till he’s singing but its upfront footage.

    http://www.fox13now.com/news/kstu-archuleta-at-west-valley-e-center,0,2135545.story

  17. About Cook’s album, is anyone else a bit concerned by the ‘massive choruses’? I don’t know, it sounds MOR to me, and I had rather DC and the band go for an edgier style..sigh..

    Happy for the more ‘live feel’ sound though..

    What’s MOR?

  18. What’s MOR?

    DCTR #1 and possibly anthemic big choruses… I want the edgy Cookie back…sigh…

  19. I hear Heartbreak on Vinyl intermittently on Seattle’s dance-oriented radio station. Love the song, such an 80s throwback, so much more fun than what passes for pop nowadays. Congrats to our hometown boy!

  20. I enjoyed the Slezak interview – even though there was no ‘scoop’!

    Put me in the camp who would be quite happy to wait for the album and for Cook to take the time to make it the best album it can be.

    Tedder? Well, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that, for this period of time at least, Cook has to go down the mainstream route, because that is what he seems to want, as much as the record company (for obvious reasons). He wants to be a big star. And it seems that the route to being a big star in American music, especially with the Idol crown hoverring in your recent past, is to collaborate with a small group of proven hit makers.

    I do not believe that Cook writing by himself, or with the Anthemic, is what you would call a mainstream artist: I think he leans towards the alternative side of things and, in many ways, I love that side of his music and hope that it can still exert its influence in DCTR2 as it did, from the fringes and more strongly live, on DCTR1. I also think that maybe in 1-2 albums time, if this one is successful, there might be a chance for more of his own writing.

    But if this is the stage he’s at musically, then I’m happy to embrace it, Tedder and all. The songs and snippets that I’ve heard sound really promising, as does the talk on dynamics. And I’ve always got 4 and a bit alternative albums to fall back on from pre-idol, if it does turn out a bit too manufactured this time around.

  21. Really pushed the interplay between loud and soft, the slow and the fast. And to make a record that catered more to the live show, and that had a versatility.

    From Slezak interview.

    I wonder why the debut albums (everyone’s) doesn’t take this more into consideration. Interesting comment.

  22. From Slezak interview.

    I wonder why the debut albums (everyone’s) doesn’t take this more into consideration. Interesting comment.

    Yeah… I am happy he said it though because that was missing in his first record. I hope he stays away from that “soundwall” they used much on DCTR. I wish Slezak would have asked if he would keep the traditional rock instrumentalization or if he was planning to add a more electronic sound…

  23. I wonder why the debut albums (everyone’s) doesn’t take this more into consideration.

    I would imagine that it’s got a lot to do with that crazy timeline and schedule that all AI alums albums try to hit.

    It makes you wonder what would happen if they held back and released to tie in with the new season of Idol. It works for X Factor in the UK, but then the show does run in the late autumn/winter, so prime selling season.

    Edit: that’s not to claim X Factor albums as musically better than AI ones – they most certainly are not: in fact they’re complete crap! But it does maybe point to the fact that AI could hold back and record their first albums after the tour is over, at least. Or maybe have a single that they release in the autumn or an ep and hold back on the album?

  24. fadetowhite – It was kind of ‘duh’ comment of mine. :) The first thing that came to my mind was the whole timeline. It really does make me wonder how much the idols are sort of pushed and pressured during the album process. I know David is pretty sharp and did more than his fair share of gigs before idol. Maybe TPTB just want their album cut and could care much less about what they pull in for tour. These debut albums drive me nuts, because they really say little of them as an artist, yet the world immediately judges this as their best work. IDK what the answer is – no worries though since the show is in its twilight.

    Since there are some DC fans reading. I never bought his album, I probably would have if I was more tied into this blog back then.. but the singles I heard, it sounded like they ironed out his vocals. I absolutely LOVE his live voice. Is this an accurate thing to say re: his vocals on the album? I’m really looking forward to hearing his second album.

  25. Doesn’t seem to work. Oh well I could copy and paste the whole article but not sure if mj would approve.

  26. These debut albums drive me nuts, because they really say little of them as an artist, yet the world immediately judges this as their best work. IDK what the answer is – no worries though since the show is in its twilight.

    Oh yeah – ITA, totally. Though, to be fair, a strong follow up album does seem to erase the memory of the first, going by Kelly and Carrie, so fingers crossed.

    I think the problem with DCTR – and I do actually really like the second half of the album, ignoring TOML of course – is that it had to appeal to tptb’s vision of what the Idol audience want. DC is far too careful to be critical of that approach himself (or even to admit to it) and, of course, he had a record to sell. Plus, I’m sure he was very proud of this first major label effort. BUT, the play to Idol expectations led to two very mediocre and dull generic singles, IMO; to a good DC and Neal Tieman song being buried as an extra hidden track and also took a lot of the passion out of Cook’s recorded performances, which is nuts, because the connection to what he’s singing is a large part of what attracts a lot of his fans.

    However, what he says about DCTR2 is all very exciting. I just hope that the ‘shoot for the mainstream’ theme apparent in the collaboraters – which is a necessity I suspect – is balanced out with his stamp as an artist.

  27. If DC could do a record like KOL’s latest I would definetely buy it but he was far away from that on DCTR. It was much more american rock than what I like. I would love for him to use more electronic sounds too, like Muse does, to make it sound more current.

  28. I never bought his album, I probably would have if I was more tied into this blog back then.. but the singles I heard, it sounded like they ironed out his vocals. I absolutely LOVE his live voice. Is this an accurate thing to say re: his vocals on the album?

    I definitely think his vocals were ironed out a bit and they lost some of the grit that I love live. That said, if you’ve only heard Magic Rainbow, Light On, and Come Back to me you’ve heard some of the weakest songs on the album (Light On I like ok, Come Back to Me I have always skipped). I actually like a lot of it. There’s still rawness in the vocals in Permanent, and Lie is my favorite song on the album (the only other song I don’t like at all is I Did It for You.) But a little less sound and more Cook vocals would make me really happy. And I’d rather hear him live any day over hearing him on the album. He and the band are fantastic live, and they even tinkered with I Did It for You enough to make me like it ;)

  29. I was a huge, massive fan ..and I played DCTR four times…I still play Axium and AH regularly. I am expecting RCA to push towards a more adult rock sound than I would like for the second album, but as long as his vocals are there, I’ll be happy enough.

  30. Saga:

    The funny thing about KOL is that, to me anyway, it’s one of those albums that make a big impact for a few months and then becomes far less interesting. I’ve got to the point where I only really listen to the first and last tracks.

    Muse is a different kettle of fish and I love them, but my pony of the moment is Elbow. A few Elbow-like tracks would make me delirious.

    I don’t ask for much!

    That said, I do still listen to a lot of the tracks on DCTR: just definitely not the singles! If they’d removed the overly generic stuff from the first half, divided up the ballad triumverate of Lie, Avalanche and IDIFY and added a few more harder sounding songs, I think it would have been a really decent first album and, for a first Idol album, I think it’s a pretty good stab, considering all the things discussed above.

    Springboard – I still play AH and Axium a lot too and would love to see a return of the Axium lyrical wordiness and the balance of hard rock and soft songs that he achieved on his pre-idol stuff.

  31. The funny thing about KOL is that, to me anyway, it’s one of those albums that make a big impact for a few months and then becomes far less interesting. I’ve got to the point where I only really listen to the first and last tracks.

    Muse is a different kettle of fish and I love them, but my pony of the moment is Elbow. A few Elbow-like tracks would make me delirious.

    Yeah I know KOL’s album is repetative but it has maybe 5 really good songs. Still KOL is having trouble with airplay in the US still I think. Use Somebody was a huge hit but Sex on Fire didn’t chart (on HAC/top40). So I guess DC won’t go there since rock won’t play him. So what choices does he have? Soft rock like Kris? Nickelback/Daughtry rock? Or something else? Hmm, maybe more towards what Kelly is doing?

  32. That Taylor advice article was incredible! I always knew Taylor and Adam were the best idol players of all time. Taylor’s a smart guy – knew what he wanted, worked hard, got it.

  33. something else?

    This – I suspect.

    He’s never had a Nickleback or a Daughtry sound, IMO, and I can’t see why he’d develop one now (or, at least, I hope not, because then I might lose interest).

    The KOL singles weren’t my favourite, though Sex On Fire does have great sing a long driving song qualities. The first single on the album (I can never remember its name) has a fantastic instrumental intro, which I still love and the final song (can’t remember that name either) has a lovely, understated sound and interesting lyrics. The rest just sounds the same to me.

    Mind you, the fact that KOL don’t chart on CHR/top 40 makes me wonder again just how important that is…beyond the media recognition value that is.

    Edit: ps – the electronica stuff. No, I wouldn’t particularly like to see them go that way. I know it’s the fashionable trend at the moment, but the point about a trend is that it’s transitory. Now, if you’re Madonna and your whole point is that you reinvent yourself every few years to stay on trend, then great, but it’s not the only way to establish a musical career.

    So I’d rather Cook and co stay true to their own vision of music, however that develops over the coming years and however much they need to compromise with the mainstream in the meantime.

  34. Doesn’t seem to work. Oh well I could copy and paste the whole article but not sure if mj would approve.

    I wouldn’t. Plus, I posted that article already today in an earlier post.

  35. Mind you, the fact that KOL don’t chart on CHR/top 40 makes me wonder again just how important that is…beyond the media recognition value that is.

    KOL is driven by international success wich David doesn’t have. They are getting aiplay in Europe on the big stations. Muse as well. It seems it’s only in the US pop won’t play rock anymore.

    Muse is getting airplay on alternative and I think KOL has gotten that as well. Sex on Fire is an old single that they tried to push to pop//HAC recently.

    http://www.mediabase.com/mmrweb/insideradio/charts.asp?format=5&showyear=y&dpt=n

    Look at this; Nickelback is getting rock airplay but not daughtry.

    http://www.mediabase.com/mmrweb/insideradio/charts.asp?format=7&showyear=y&dpt=n

  36. WOW that was some good advice from Taylor. I like Taylor in his season & thought he got a bum rap from people within the AI bubble. From my perspective he played the game well (even if he pissed off the wrong people), cut an album, then went off to work his ass off and became a success in his own terms. I think he is a lot smarter than people give him credit for. Anyway, I especially liked this advice.

    Let’s get physical. “Remember that it’s a television show,” Hicks says. “It’s visual. It’s a singing competition, yes. The ultimate end game is trying to create a hit record with your voice. But it’s a TV show. You have to balance the visual entertaining with the singing. You have to move, and yes, I think you have to dance. It can be an endearing quality. You’ll never have another moment like this, so let it all hang out.”

    Collaborate with coaches. “Some of it has to be yourself,” Hicks says. “You can’t make Joe Cocker do the moonwalk. But the show has coaches and choreographers, and they can help you use that small, minute amount of creative freedom you have. My choreography coach on ‘American Idol’ was Carrie Ann (Inaba) from ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ (Vocal coach) Debra Byrd was great. They’re professionals, and I always listened to their advice.”

    Didn’t Danny complain that he needed/wanted someone to help choreograph his moves on stage? There must be some sort of disconnect. Either that or danny didn’t know what to ask for.

  37. Saga: Oh absolutely, KOL and Muse have huge European and International success – and it’s taken years for them to build it up. So I suppose that does balance out US chart positioning.

    Cook’s just starting out. Who knows whether he’ll ever have that kind of success – and, I guess it doesn’t matter that much as a fan.

    Distance and discovering other music acts that I’m really enthusiastic about has removed that urgent need for my ‘guy’ to be the hugest of huge stars. But I am still interested and invested enough to want him to continue making music and to broaden his fan reach, so that he can be seen as an artist, rather than just that guy who won American Idol. Just because I think he’s talented enough to deserve that at least and because I still love his music 2 years out.

    I’d like to see him given the chance, at least, to succeed internationally, but that’s another story…

    Woah – I’ve been wordy today. Time to go out, but it’s been an interesting discussion.

  38. I think he leans towards the alternative side of things and, in many ways, I love that side of his music and hope that it can still exert its influence in DCTR2

    I hope so, too! I understand so little about the music industry and even less about the Idol industry.I only know what I want to hear, and it’s very rarely played on the radio. So many of the Idol contestants who I found interesting on the show turn up with records I wouldn’t own.I like DCTR, love some of it, but was really
    hoping for more of an alternative sound (after all, his previous work was.)
    I really like Muse, too. They have an interesting sound that is acceptable to hit formats without going too mainstream; I think David would easily be able to fit in with those formats.
    But, what do I know anyway? As long as there are 3 or 4 songs I really like, I’ll be OK.
    Also, does Ryan Teddar have it in his contract that he must write with every idol?

  39. How awesome for Blake to get a #1 on Billboard! “Heartbreak On Vinyl” is SUCH a great song. :D

  40. It seems it’s only in the US pop won’t play rock anymore

    .
    Well, maybe we need to form an Uprising!

  41. The daughter of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has been named a special contributor to “The Early Show.”

    Oh swell. I hope every Idol contestant does as well as Ayla has – she’s been on local media since her season. I do have to wonder if this opportunity is related to her Idol moment, though. Makes me grouchy.

  42. Sorry for the multiple posts; DSL takes so long, if I don’t save, I lose!

    I still play AH and Axium a lot too and would love to see a return of the Axium lyrical wordiness and the balance of hard rock and soft songs that he achieved on his pre-idol stuff.

    Myself, as well. I always go back to those records, Blindsided particularily. I hope this doesn’t make me a bad fan, but it was my discovery of these records on the internet that really solidified my interest in David during his Idol season. I liked him since that Happy Together performance ( didn’t see the season until that night)
    but once his previous music started surfacing, I knew I would be a fan.

  43. Congrats to Blake on getting to number one on the dance charts. It’s actually a cool song, so good for him.

  44. I hope this doesn’t make me a bad fan, but it was my discovery of these records on the internet that really solidified my interest in David during his Idol season.

    That wouldn’t make you a bad fan, it would make you a typical one. LOL

    I do wonder what’s going to happen with DC though, since he has lots of fans who feel like you (want to go back to that sound) and some who only really like the ballads, some who want him to have pop hits and be “relevant”, some who don’t want him to change anything… I think he’s going to have issues no matter what he does.

  45. Tedder? Well, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that, for this period of time at least, Cook has to go down the mainstream route, because that is what he seems to want, as much as the record company (for obvious reasons).

    Oh I’m perfectly content with RCA going the mainstream route with him and branching out with collaborators who are hitmakers. I’m FAR from being one of those fans who wants him to write the whole album with Andy and Neal. For one I dont think they’re that brilliant when it comes to songwriting, and two he isnt going to gain any type of buzz with their names attached a single or much of the album. BUT my issue with Tedder is while hes a hitmaker hes unoriginal, uncreative, and frankly everytime I hear an interview with him he bugs the shit out of me. Something tells me David probably wouldnt mind working with him though since hes mentioned liking One Republic or I think one of their songs.

  46. HOT AC
    – Look for Adam to officially be Top 10 when chart is released on Monday, as he’s 21 spins behind Michael Buble (who is losing spins on format)

    3 5 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin 3662 3766 -104 17.713
    12 11 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 2770 2514 256 13.973
    19 17 KELLY CLARKSON All I Ever Wanted 1548 1273 275 7.13

    POP

    -Looks like Kris will fall out of the Top 20 by time official chart is released (#21 spin is less than 100 spins behind him, with a + bullet)

    13 14 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 5249 5554 -305 27.201
    17 19 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin 3622 4288 -666 18.791

    COUNTRY
    -Danny seems stalled a little bit at the moment, despite a decent bullet

    3 8 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Temporary Home 3864 4850 -986 27.813
    29 28 DANNY GOKEY My Best Days 1283 1210 73 8.016

    AC
    -This is the chart with the most positive news

    3 3 KELLY CLARKSON Already Gone 1936 1950 -14 16.454
    15 13 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin 361 272 89 3.504
    16 14 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 335 269 66 4.708
    18 15 DAUGHTRY Life After You 308 234 74 1.836

    CONTEMP CHRISTIAN

    36 32 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin 191 180 11 0.876

  47. I hope this doesn’t make me a bad fan, but it was my discovery of these records on the internet that really solidified my interest in David during his Idol season.

    That wouldn’t make you a bad fan, it would make you a typical one. LOL

    LOL Too true (for me too!)

  48. I hope this soft/loud thing David’s talking about for his sophomore album is less predictable than the soft/low verse then screamy loud anthemic chorus formula he had going on for his debut album. It’s the same thing he did for his AI performances too and though I love David’s live voice I got bored with it because I always knew what was coming. It’s very typical for what happens in pop rock so it’s not unique to him. I’m glad he’s thinking about production too because his producer really didn’t do him any favors on that album.

    I’m not familiar with the UK guys he’s written with, does anybody know anything about them? Other than David Hodges and Zac Maloy none of the other people David’s writing with are collaborators I like. But if David comes up with non generic rock I’ll definitely be interested and I’m confident his sophomore album will be better produced than the first one.

    Congratulations Blake. I’ve never been a fan but I respect him for working hard and finding the right place for himself in music.

  49. rayni:
    04/10/2010 at 8:57 am
    That Taylor advice article was incredible! I always knew Taylor and Adam were the best idol players of all time. Taylor’s a smart guy – knew what he wanted, worked hard, got it.

    I loved Taylor’s advice! I wonder if Casey can take it. Regardless what people thought of Tim’s singing, at least he moved and looked like he was having a good time!

    I would love to see Taylor return to Idol this week!

    Congratulations to Blake!

  50. I’m one of the fans of the band co-writes, but I understand why other folks are for the hitmakers. I just think more interesting sounds come from records when they are exclusively written by the members of that particular band.
    I like the idea of David/Neal co-writes because I think the fusion of David’s lyrics and Neal’s music, to be particular,would produce some very interesting music. I don’t mean to insinuate at all that I think David is weak at writing music nor that Neal is a weak lyricist, just that I think David is exceptionally strong lyrically and Neal is musically very versatile. * Please don’t throw
    tomatoes!*

  51. I just hope DC can continue to build on his success, whatever that means. I also selfishly hope I like the majority of his next album, whatever that means. :D

  52. I just hope DC can continue to build on his success, whatever that means. I also selfishly hope I like the majority of his next album, whatever that means.

    Yeah, that.

    I like the idea of Cook having a hit, but I can read the tea leaves at CHR. A leadoff safely inside the Top 15 and a follow up that gets within the top 25 would be reasonable to expect given the performance of other rock/pop-rock acts who have charted. So I don’t need the album to be stuffed with songs by hitmakers, but a few, to help plane and gloss the hooks, would work. (Also, Trina and I totally agree on Tedder. The guy seems like a dick.)

    I like an alt-leaning artistic POV, but I honestly think the four most rocking songs on DCTR were better structurally and lyrically than the four hardest on AH and nearly any four Axium songs one would care to name. (Couldn’t get into Axium at all.) Not that I need every song to be a burner; my fandom was basically solidifed on BNTL. Still think it’s one of the best in the Cook catalog. I do like several MWK songs and the NT collabs, so a couple would be good by me.

    Basically, I want a better-sequenced album with enough sonic variation to make it worth playing through, a better ratio for up-tempo songs to mid-tempo and ballads, and a couple of songs that make me want to create a playlist so that I can put them on repeat. Which is pretty much what I ask for from any rock-leaning album I buy. Heh.

    Oh, and windmills, my understanding is that the UK cowriters have been in the business for awhile and actually have some rock bona fides to their credit. Jim Irvin wrote for an indie band and then spent years in the UK musical press. Julian Emery was a rock guitarist who has worked with that pop-punk band McFly. They weren’t really on my radar before, but I wasn’t upset to hear about the collaborations, especially since Cook seems enthusiastic.

  53. standtotheright: Thanks for the info! My preliminary opinion of them is thumbs up because they aren’t your typical AI go to hitmakers and maybe they’ve written some quirky stuff with David.

  54. Not sure how I feel about “massive choruses” on DC’s upcoming CD. I’m not usually a fan of that..more like verses that “slide” into the chorus..not get overpowered by them. But it depends how it’s done.

    Just bring the up tempo pls, bring the rock, bring the instrumentation. I’m not crazy either about the fact he’s saying he’s got songs using the high upper register of his voice so much. Heck I really wanted the opposite of that. I wanted more of a “dirty” lower register sound with heavy baseline and something bluesy and hot. And pls no wimpy songs like CBTM. On the first CD I’m looking for a song like “Crazy Bitch” and I get “wind in her hair”….

  55. And pls no wimpy songs like CBTM. On the first CD I’m looking for a song like “Crazy Bitch” and I get “wind in her hair”….

    Ha, that was funny! If there are any songs on there like that, you can bet it will be the first single!

  56. Yeah I’m actually very interested in the UK writers since I know so little about them, they aren’t the standard go-to Idol people and now hearing David sound so enthused makes me very curious about the material.

    I’m also intrigued about the week he spent in Sweden. Other than knowing he worked with Savan Kotecha we really know nothing about how the work turned out, if that was the only collaborator or what. If he spent a week there I figured he would have got a lot of material out of that. Not very familar with Savan but I do remember when he first tweeted about writing with him the poor guy got ripped to shreds on Twitter. I thought maybe he was quiet about those sessions since the fans reacted so badly.

  57. Not very familar with Savan but I do remember when he first tweeted about writing with him the poor guy got ripped to shreds on Twitter.

    Why was that, Trina? (I don’t twitt/tweet? so unless someone happens to link a tweet or post about it, I have no knowledge of it. ) Were they ripping David or Savan?

  58. “Doesn’t seem to work. Oh well I could copy and paste the whole article but not sure if mj would approve.

    I wouldn’t. Plus, I posted that article already today in an earlier post”

    Mj, you did post the first two paragraphs of the article but forgot to put up the link. That’s why someone upthread asked for the link. I provided it.

  59. I hope this soft/loud thing David’s talking about for his sophomore album is less predictable than the soft/low verse then screamy loud anthemic chorus formula he had going on for his debut album.

    I see what you mean, but upon further inspection of DCTR, only Light On strictly follows that formula, and he didn’t write LO… I mean Declaration does as well, but that’s about it, I think…?

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