Idol Headlines for 04/23/10

Simon Cowell ups fortune by $69 million in past year

British TV personality and music producer Simon Cowell increased his personal fortune by 45 million pounds ($69 million) in the past year, according to The Sunday Times’ annual rich list.

Cowell, best known for his roles as a brutally honest judge on TV talent shows “The X Factor” and “American Idol, ” earned more than half of his 165 million pound fortune from television work alone over the past two years, the paper said.

Reuters

ALMOST $45 MILLION RAISED FOR CHARITY BY “IDOL GIVES BACK”

Thanks to performances by Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Sir Elton John, Wednesday night’s third “Idol Gives Back” charity event raised almost $45 million for a variety of charities, according to figures provided by Fox.

The fundraising figure was slightly below the previous totals for the show, which brought in more than $70 million during its inaugural year in 2007, when Underwood, Fergie, Kelly Clarkson and Green Day performed, and $60 million in 2008, which featured Miley Cyrus, Snoop Dogg, Jordin Sparks and Mariah Carey. The event took a year off in 2009 due to the economic meltdown.

MTV

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

Idol’s Tim Urban Wants to Sing, Act and Keep Smiling

Your exit came on Idol Gives Back night. Was there a small comfort in that? What would you have sung if there had been time?
Yeah. It really did make a difference for me. We had been hearing a lot about Idol Gives Back in the last couple of weeks and I really wanted to be a part of it and to know I got to be a part of it, it made going home not quite as hard. I was planning on singing “Hallelujah” just one more time. I think that would have been a good song to go out on because it’s a song that’s special to me.

TV Watch

Caught in the Act!

This year’s Idol contestants Michael Lynche and Andrew Garcia were a hit at Drai’s Hollywood inside the W Hotel, where they arrived after the Idol Gives Back special. People were screaming their names and begging to take pictures with the contestants, and the guys were eating up the attention. Big Mike was walking around like he owned the club, while Andy chatted up his friends.

People.com

Norman Sings a Song for Wendy!

Before “American Idol, ” Wendy gave Norman Gentle his first break! He’s been a big Wendy Fan for years and after appearing on the show during the “Six Week Sneak Peek, ” Norman auditioned for “Idol” and got his ticket to Hollywood!

Now he’s performing this homage to Todrick Hall’s audition from this season to show his love for Wendy!

WendyShow.com

Carly Smithson of We Are the Fallen Prefers a Band to Solo Career

The lucky few who make it far on ‘American Idol’ usually leave the show with an established fan base to support a solo career. While not all ‘Idol’ alums are solo stars, most go this route. Then there’s Carly Smithson, a season seven contestant who is now the lead singer of rock outfit We Are the Fallen. Sometimes, solo stars don’t fit with an already-established group. For Smithson, the band completes her.

“Definitely for me, this is 10 times better, ” Smithson told Noisecreep via phone from London. “I feel there’s always somebody to call to go do something. We’re all traveling together or, ‘Hey, do you want to write a song?’ It’s very cool to be all five together at all times. It’s very different, though. The whole idea of it — it takes a minute to get used to, but I would not have it any other way now.”

Noisecreep

Daughtry disappoints in rock-by-numbers night at E Center

The conventional wisdom is that any band is better live. But the rock band Daughtry came close to being an exception Thursday, as the band lumbered through a thoroughly unremarkable and relatively short set that seemed much longer than the 90 minutes it actually took.

It’s not that the band, led by former “American Idol” finalist Chris Daughtry, played poorly. The acoustics at the E Center were once again pleasing. Daughtry showed some of the showmanship that you would expect from someone groomed by TV executives, and his voice was flexible and emotive. The four musicians behind him stayed in the background, playing arrangements that mirrored those on the band’s two albums.

Salt Lake Tribune

Ty Herndon and Friends

More artists have been announced for the Ty Herndon & Friends Concert to Benefit Make-A-Wish®.

In addition to Michael Peterson (#1 hit From Here To Eternity and Top 5 hit “Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie”), Anita Cochran (#1 hit “What If I Said”), Amber Hayes (Starred as Kathy Twitty in the national touring play, “It’s Only Make Believe, ” a story featuring the life and music of Conway Twitty) and Daniel Kirkley (Christian Recording Artist – “My New Dawn”), Ty will welcome special guests Diana DeGarmo (American Idol Season 3, Finalist, CMT’s Gone Country, and Broadway star) and Wade Hayes (#1 hit “Old Enough To Know Better” and Top 10 hits “The Day That She Left Tulsa (In A Chevy)” and “On A Good Night”).

TyHerndon

‘American Idol’ Katharine McPhee: Back to brunette

“American Idol” Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee attended US Weekly’s Hot Hollywood Style Issue party on Thursday (April 22) and made a style statement of her own.

After going platinum blonde last year for the release of her sophomore album “Unbroken, ” Kat is back to her original brunette tresses.

Zap2it

Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young – Hair

Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young are going to “Let the Sunshine In!” The “American Idol” alums (finalists in season three and season five respectively) are playing Sheila and Berger in the hit Broadway revival of Hair.

I recently spoke with DeGarmo and Young about their new roles, new tribemates and “American Idol.”

Talkin Broadway

‘Idol’ judge Kara DioGuardi to visit Ocala

MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – On April 24, 2010 American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi will be hosting a celebrity Golf Scramble and Gala Dinner in Ocala.

All proceeds from this event will go to Phoenix House and a new music studio she is building for young adults at our treatment center in Citra, Florida.

My Fox Orlando

‘DWTS’ Derek Hough on Nicole Scherzinger: ‘She Eats a Lot’

Before you get mad at the Pussycat Dolls’ ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ partner, hear the guy out.

“It’s interesting with her, ” Derek Hough tells Fancast when asked about Nicole Scherzinger’s comments to Us Weekly about weight gain on ‘DWTS, ’ “because she’s dancing so much that she works up an appetite so she eats a lot.”

That’s good news for normal sized girls everywhere. The perfect size 2 actually eats! “She’s not one of those girls who just eats celery sticks. She feeds her appetite. If she’s hungry she’ll eat and she doesn’t apologize for it, ” adds Hough.

Fancast

DWTS Crew “Relieved” Kate Gosselin Is Finally Gone

So what are the vibes like now that Gosselin’s outta there?

“Everyone couldn’t be more relieved, ” fesses one of our sources who works on the hit show. “We all had to walk on eggshells around [Kate]. At least we don’t have to worry about where our eyes can or can’t drift off to now.”

Some nerve on that brood broad?

“Kate just thought that everyone was out to get her, ” adds our dancing spy. “That’s why she had all of those crazy rules, like how she was to be approached.”

Dancing with the Stars

Dove Awards Signal Christian Music’s Move to the Mainstream

“American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks belts out the show’s opening number.

Midway through the evening, former heavy metal band Korn’s lead guitarist, Brian”Head” Welch, brings down the house with his instrumental technique and athleticism.

Toward the end of the night, bluegrass icon Ricky Skaggs sings his new single.

The lineup suggests the Grammys. But the music signals a more heavenly intent.

This is the 41st Annual Dove Awards, which air Sunday night on the Gospel Music Channel. It is Christian music’s big-night equivalent to the Grammy Awards.

FOX News

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  1. YOUR WEAKEND TOP 15 CHART PREVIEW

    Hey, we know you’re busy, what with the NBA Playoffs and the NFL Draft, but we wanted to point out a couple of noteworthy aspects to this week’s competition. Columbia has a shot at two of the top three finishers, thanks to the power of Glee (whose album of Madonna covers will debut much higher than Madge’s own recent CD/DVD release, and the continuing strength of mighty AC/DC in week two. We may also see a pair of six-figure totals, as Lady A picks up increased momentum behind Monday night’s ACMs. Oh, and one other thing: the latest episode of Glee reairs tonight, to the delight of those who missed the ending of the show Wednesday night thanks to Idol going long. Finally, ffoot traffic is expected to be high behind the DVD release of Avatar. And now, without further ado…
    * Glee Cast, The Power of Madonna (Columbia) 100-120k
    Lady Antebellum (Capitol Nashville/EMI) 90-100k
    * AC/DC (Columbia) 70-80k
    Justin Bieber, My World 2.0 (Island/IDJ) 70-80k
    Usher (LaFace/JLG) 50-55k
    Now 33 (Capitol/EMI) 35-40k
    Zac Brown Band (Atlantic) 30-35
    * Sevendust (Asylum) 30-35k
    Lady Gaga, The Fame (Interscope) 28-32k
    Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville) 28-32k
    * Circa Survive (Atlantic) 28-32k
    Ke$ha (RCA/RMG) 25-28k
    * Jimmy Buffett (Mailboat) 25-28k
    Monica (J/RMG) 22-25k
    Justin Bieber, My World (Island/IDJ) 22-25k
    * Denotes debut
    You may now return to memorizing the spelling of Ndamukomg Suh. (4/23a)

    http://hitsdailydouble.com/news/rumormill.cgi

  2. I think “Norman Gentle” needs to get more confidence.;)

    Kate did she get the bad press because she was a witch/diva or bad press of other reasons? The later feel bad for her then.

  3. Pop
    13 15 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 4227 4849 -622 22.073
    38 39 KELLY CLARKSON All I Ever Wanted 879 1193 -314 2.958
    98 83 KRIS ALLEN Heartless 71 50 21 0.553
    148 158 ALLISON IRAHETA Scars 13 16 -3 0.006

    Hot AC
    4 4 DAUGHTRY Life After You 3474 3561 -87 17.625
    5 5 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin… 3321 3473 -152 16.704
    9 7 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 3058 2914 +144 16.135
    14 14 KELLY CLARKSON All I Ever Wanted 1870 1716 +154 8.45

    AC
    2 3 KELLY CLARKSON Already Gone 1891 1982 -91 15.715
    12 9 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin… 606 470 +136 5.612
    14 12 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 444 391 +53 5.639
    15 14 DAUGHTRY Life After You 396 349 +47 2.498
    29 27 WILL YOUNG Leave Right Now 67 52 +15 0.197

    Country
    28 26 DANNY GOKEY My Best Days Are Ahe… 1399 1341 +58 9.217
    40 42 BUCKY COVINGTON A Father’s Love (The… 465 430 +35 1.762

    Active Rock
    44 42 WE ARE THE FALLEN Bury Me Alive 223 177 +46 0.312

    Christian AC
    29 31 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin… 211 211 0 1.136
    38 34 PHIL STACEY Some Kind Of Love 106 86 +20 0.607

  4. I was told that Billboard takes it’s numbers on a Monday through Sunday basis. If that is correct, WWFM will probably sell more this week than it did last week. Here are the Itunes positions for that time frame:

    Last week Itunes position:

    4/12- #26 (Monday)
    4/13- #28 (Tuesday)
    4/14- #22 (Wednesday- performance)
    4/15- #12 (Thursday)
    4/16- #10 (Friday)
    4/17- #7 (Saturday)
    4/18- #8 (Sunday)

    ———————————This week———
    4/19- #9 (Monday)
    4/20- #9 (Tuesday)
    4/21- #10 (Wednesday)
    4/22- #10 (Thursday)
    4/23- #10 (Friday)
    4/24- ?
    4/25- ?

  5. I heard All I Ever Wanted on KBIG driving into work this morning — the first time I’ve heard this song on the radio. \o/!

    LLWD continues to get strong updates on the A chart — but I noticed that there is a huge gap between where he is at #9 and the #8 song — like nearly twice as many spins and a big difference in AI, so it will be awhile before Kris moves up on that chart (if he does).

    Hoping that some Keith Urban fan is going to live stream tonight’s concert, but I’m not counting on it. Sounds like The Joint at the Hard Rock in Vegas is a pretty good sized venue, which is cool. Two of the people I met in the bahamas are going to the show, so hopefully they will get some pics and/or video.

    Adam tweeted that he is in London. Hope he and the band have a great time!

  6. People were screaming their names and begging to take pictures with the contestants, and the guys were eating up the attention. Big Mike was walking around like he owned the club, while Andy chatted up his friends.

    Ugh. This guy just doesn’t get it.

  7. In the end, the show lacked any edge or rawness that makes people feel like they are experiencing a totally new experience, the type of experience where tingles go up your back, reminding you that you are alive.

    Quote from local paper about Daughtry concert…and, for me, they hit the nail on the head where Daughtry is concerned. His catalogue of songs is good…but neither he nor his band seem able to color outside of the lines…it’s like listening to the CD whenever he plays…and if you own the CD why go to a concert and hear the exact same thing. Aren’t tours and concerts supposed to be the arena where an Artist can explore their musical ability and let loose with some fun and new interpretations. Daughtry could just as well lip sync his way through a concert for the lack of anything new that he displays live.

  8. It looks like Adam flew in and started his interviews for tv promotion right away. Interviews we will hopefully get to see at some time:

    THURSDAY 22nd APRIL PM TV PROMO

    2:15pm Adam Lambert arrives at LHR on Tour Pro
    American flight from LA.

    4:30pm Myspace i/v

    Car to collect Adam and Lane. Destination: Tour Pro

    5:30pm Clear studio. Car to collect. Destination: Tour Pro
    Location tbc for filmed interview on BBC News

    6:00pm Call time for filmed interview on BBC News Nirvana

    6:30pm Clear BBC news. Car to collect. Destination: Tour Pro

    7:00 – 9:30pm Online i/v’s at Gary McKeel

    7:00pm (TBC) (tbc) MSN: Filmed interview Gary McKee
    (6.8 million monthly unique users – 2.9m to entertainment)

    7:15pm (TBC) (tbc) Talk Talk: Filmed interview Gary McKee
    (6.7 million monthly unique users – 350k entertainment)

    7:25pm (TBC) (TBC) Vidzone: Filmed interview Gary McKee
    (PS3 world)

    7:40pm (TBC) (TBC) Entertainmentwise: Filmed interview Gary McKee
    (1.5 million monthly unique users)

    7:50pm (TBC) (TBC) Electroqueer: Face-to-face interview Gary McKee
    (11k unique users – gay pop)

    8:00pm (TBC) (TBC) Teen Today: Filmed interview Gary McKee
    (25k unique users – teens)

    8:10pm (TBC) (TBC) In The News: Face-to-face interview Gary McKee
    (330k unique users)

    8:20pm (TBC) (TBC) Real Music: Face-to-face interview Gary McKee
    (42 million users)

    8:30pm ((TBC) (TBC) MTV: filmed interview Gary McKee

    8:40pm (TBC) Mybliss: Filmed interview Gary McKee
    (85k monthly unique users – teen girls)

    8:50pm (TBC) (TBC) Entertainment Focus: Filmed interview Gary McKee
    (13k monthly unique users – pop fans)

    9:00pm (TBC) (TBC) Digital Spy: Filmed interview Gary McKee

  9. I think the guy who reviewed Daughtry’s concert main problem problem is that he doesn’t like mid-tempo/soft rock songs, but the crowd who paid money to see the concert, plus the people who have bought over 5 million cds do.

    Has anyone posted the numbers for Adam’s mix cd yet. I don’t see the cd listed on the Billboard 200 chart, but maybe it just hasn’t been updated yet. It will be interesting to see how his numbers match up to others who have released EPs four or so months after they release their first album, or who have released remix cds.

  10. Has anyone posted the numbers for Adam’s mix cd yet

    I haven’t. I do know the mod at AO reported that the remix cd sold 2,000 copies in the first few hours it was released on that site.

  11. I haven’t. I do know the mod at AO reported that the remix cd sold 2,000 copies in the first few hours it was released on that site.

    The mod posted that, but in Idol Chatter last week, Brian Mansfield had the rounded total at less than 2,000 copies, but maybe he was just saying that it sold more than 1,000 copies but not too much more than 2,000.

    Is the album available only via digital download, because based on its itunes ranking, it’s only moving a few thousand copies, and on other sites, like Napster, it’s not making any type of dent at all.

    There doesn’t seem to be a lot of hype surrounding this cd, despite the banner ads that RCA has placed on various websites.

  12. i-tunes:

    Singles (top 150)
    7. Like a Prayer (feat. Jonathan Groff) – Glee Cast
    10. Whataya Want from Me – Adam Lambert
    25. Borderline / Open Your Heart – Glee Cast
    33. Like a Virgin (feat. Jonathan Groff) – Glee Cast
    36. 4 Minutes – Glee Cast
    42. Gives You Hell (Glee Cast Version) – Glee Cast
    57. Hello (Glee Cast Version feat. Jonathan Groff) – Glee Cast
    58. Live Like We’re Dying – Kris Allen
    61. Temporary Home – Carrie Underwood
    63. Express Yourself (feat. Jonathan Groff) – Glee Cast
    67. Change – Carrie Underwood
    70. Hello Goodbye (Glee Cast Version) – Glee Cast
    78. What It Feels Like for a Girl – Glee Cast
    88. Life After You – Daughtry
    100. Hello, I Love You (Glee Cast Version) – Glee Cast
    116. Vogue – Glee Cast
    129. Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood
    150. All I Ever Wanted – Kelly Clarkson

    Albums (top 150)
    1. Glee: The Music – The Power of Madonna – Glee Cast
    7. Glee – The Music, Vol. 1 – Glee Cast
    13. Glee – The Music, Vol. 2 – Glee Cast
    25. Play On – Carrie Underwood
    91. Jason Castro (Deluxe Version) – Jason Castro

  13. Daughtry could just as well lip sync his way through a concert for the lack of anything new that he displays live.

    Some of the best out there not only make their live performances different from their CDs, but even different from other live performances. Each concert is fresh.

  14. zuper:
    04/23/2010 at 10:29 am
    People were screaming their names and begging to take pictures with the contestants, and the guys were eating up the attention. Big Mike was walking around like he owned the club, while Andy chatted up his friends.

    Ugh. This guy just doesn’t get it.

    I was just about to say the same thing. I really hope he doesn’t get to the top 2 or 3. I don’t think even his large cranium could hold the size of his ego by then.

  15. Quote from local paper about Daughtry concert…and, for me, they hit the nail on the head where Daughtry is concerned. His catalogue of songs is good…but neither he nor his band seem able to color outside of the lines…it’s like listening to the CD whenever he plays…and if you own the CD why go to a concert and hear the exact same thing.

    Yeah. I’ve seen him live (back a year after his idol season), and it was great and I enjoyed it, but I feel I’ve suddenly gotten really spoiled with Adam concerts. Last summer I remember seeing some of Chris’s AI tour performances compared to Adam’s, and I definitely noticed what you mentioned – Chris tended to always do the same thing, while Adam was constantly improvising, each performance different, and all different from say, what you’d hear on the album. You truly have this sense he’s singing and living it in the moment each time. Kris also has a real knack for this.

    I haven’t. I do know the mod at AO reported that the remix cd sold 2,000 copies in the first few hours it was released on that site.

    That’s awesome, and TBH, I don’t think the sales for the EP were ever expected to be TOO high. Many fans chose to buy the songs separately because we knew they’d have a better positive impact on the singles sales.

  16. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of hype surrounding this cd, despite the banner ads that RCA has placed on various websites.

    Yeah, I’m a serious Adam fan and didn’t buy the entire EP, just my favorite WWFM remix (the Jason Nevins one) and Voodoo. I doubt it took much money to throw together. The DJ’s probably get a small % of each download, there was no physical product to press/ship, and there was a little advertising, but it was likely offset by purchases on AO.

  17. 4:30pm Myspace i/v

    Via twitter, sounds like this is being postponed because Adam is feeling under the weather :-(

  18. hooplamagnet Per Email from Sony to UK Fans: Myspace Live Chat postponed because Adam is feeling under the weather & wants to rest for performances.

    uh oh sounds like Adam’s getting sick. He postponed the myspace chat. I hope he starts feeling better. I think thats the first time I have heard he postponed/cancelled something cuz he was sick :(

  19. From twitter:

    Listening to @frankienegron sing “No Reply” by Kara Dioguardi & David Cook. This song is epic. Look out world — it’s gonna blow you away.

    According to Wikipedia:

    Negrón’s CD got enthusiastic reviews, with Jon Pareles of the “New York Times” highlighting the CD in his Fall record release roundup. [4]. Airgo are currently in the process of re-releasing Independence Day with Negrón’s performance of the Kara DioGuardi/David Cook penned song “No Reply,” mixed by Tom Lord-Alge.

  20. uh oh sounds like Adam’s getting sick. He postponed the myspace chat. I hope he starts feeling better. I think thats the first time I have heard he postponed/cancelled something cuz he was sick.

    He may just need a few hours to adjust to the time difference. Isn’t that big G-A-Y performance this weekend? Adam will certainly want to be in top form for that.

  21. 4:30pm Myspace i/v

    Via twitter, sounds like this is being postponed because Adam is feeling under the weather

    The Myspace chat was actually rescheduled (from Thursday) for today, so all those other interviews took place yesterday. Right now, Adam is doing the UK Nickelodeon show which includes a performance. He may be saving his voice- talking is harder on your voice than singing. Without the Myspace chat, he did 13 separate interviews hours after he landed! They sure have his schedule packed!

  22. Oh..I’m so worried that Adam is feeling under the weather at the start of yet another hectic promo tour. :( It was probably a wise idea to have him push out the live chat to ensure that he gets enough rest so that he can give a great performance at the G.A.Y club gig this Saturday. I suppose a live chat can take place some other time. Hope you take good care of yourself BB.

  23. Thursday April 22
    Kris Allen an acoustic show, CBS Radio, Los Angeles

    Did this show happen? I haven’t heard anything about it.

  24. I hope he’s Adam’s just taking precautions and resting. He’s been at home the past week, it’s too bad that now is when he gets ill. Hopefully it’s just jet jag and an overcrowded schedule. A MySpace chat seems like something easy to cut.

  25. This was todays schedule:

    FRIDAY 23rd APRIL AM: TV PROMO & I/V’S PM: PR

    9.30am Car to collect Adam and Lane Tour Pro 5:19 show

    9:30am Car to collect dancers Tour Pro Destination: 5:19 show
    10.00am-12.00noon Pre record filmed performance of “For Your Nirvana Entertainment” (live vocal to track with 4 dancers)

    Tape 5:19 show (TX 1st May BBC 2)

    Option to tape performance for the on-line show

    For BBC Switch Radio 1 show and future BBC 2 slot.

    12:00noon Car to collect from the 5:19 show. Destination: Teen Nick/Nickelodeon

    12.30-2.00pm Teen Nick Interview and performance. Nirvana

    2:00pm Cars to collect from Nickelodeon . Destination: studio 5
    2:30pm Call time for Live at studio 5 interview Nirvana

    3:00pm Pre record filmed performance of “For Your Nirvana
    Entertainment” (live vocal to track with 4 dancers)
    and interview for Live at Studio 5 (TX W/C 26th)
    (Presenters: Ian Wright, Kate Walsh & Melinda Messenger)

    4:00pm Clear Live at 5 Studio. Cars to collect. Destination: Myspace

    5:00pm Myspace: Live filmed webchat on Myspace Gary McKee

    5:30pm Clear studio. Car to collect. Destination: Location tbc for filmed interview on BBC News

    5.00pm Time Out interview and shoot

    6.00pm Clear

  26. This is like 4th unfavourable review of Daughtry’s concert in past couple of weeks….it’s not a big deal, because they have a strong fanbase, but they should probably think about some changes to make the concerts little more exciting.

  27. This is like 4th unfavourable review of Daughtry’s concert in past couple of weeks….it’s not a big deal, because they have a strong fanbase, but they should probably think about some changes to make the concerts little more exciting.

    I’ve never seen them in concert, but I’d cut Daughtry some slack for now. They just had to replace their drummer mid-tour. To get the new guy up to speed, they may not be able to afford to do much variation in their set.

  28. Listening to @frankienegron sing “No Reply” by Kara Dioguardi & David Cook. This song is epic. Look out world — it’s gonna blow you away.

    :)

    I know his end goal is to be a working songwriter, so I’m thrilled for David getting started in that direction!

  29. I know his end goal is to be a working songwriter, so I’m thrilled for David getting started in that direction!

    Me too! :) (And I do like Frankie’s voice)

    Here is a tweet from Frankie:

    @kara_dioguardi @thedavidcook & John Fields: Just listening your track again — amazing. I will do it justice. Mil Gracias.

  30. http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20312226_20362239,00.htm

    6. KRIS ALLEN, ”Heartless” (Season 8)
    It was the final week before the season 8 finale, and Kris found himself in the position of plucky upstart, trying to thwart the judges’ dream of a Danny Gokey vs. Adam Lambert matchup. He needed to be vocally flawless. He needed to be artistically inventive. But nobody would’ve said he needed to cover Kanye West. That, however, is exactly what the Arkansas native did; clad in a sparkly black Henley, Kris took an R&B ditty that had been performed on the Idol stage by the original artist only a couple months prior, stripped it down to its acoustic bones, and made the lyrics come to life in a way they never could have through the cold filter of a vocoder. You could tell from Kris’ sly grin going into the final chorus that he achieved exactly what he set out to do: Prove to Simon (and the Idol audience) that he possessed the killer instinct, the creativity, and yes, the vocal firepower to make it to the Nokia. And that’s exactly what he ended up doing.

    3. ADAM LAMBERT, ”Mad World” (Season 8)
    Sure, Adam’s interpretation of Gary Jules’ cover of a minor Tears for Fears hit was vocally flawless. But that was pretty much par for the course during the season 8 runner-up’s Idol run. What made ”Mad World” so absolutely electrifying was the way Adam connected emotionally with the material. As he delivered the lines ”I went to school and I was very nervous/No one knew me, no one knew me,” Adam, bathed in blue light, managed to tap into that wellspring of pain and insecurity that pretty much every person on the planet has felt at one time or another: The kid at school who can’t find anyone to sit with in the cafeteria. The panic-stricken worker in the first week at a new job. The guest who shows up at a party and realizes, ”Oh, crap! I don’t know anyone here but the host.” There’s something really special about a musical performance that can transport you to any number of places or scenarios. In the end, I think the British judge’s standing ovation said it all.

  31. Without the Myspace chat, he did 13 separate interviews hours after he landed!

    Holy bejezus! That is a busy schedule! Wow – I was really hoping he took the few days after GLAAD to rest up considering how crazy the last few weeks (months, year, lol) have been for him!

    3. ADAM LAMBERT, ”Mad World” (Season 8 )

    That synopsis was perfect. It really did give me chills watching it the first time. It was one of those performances that literally haunted me for days, then weeks, later. I had always loved the song before, but Adam’s delivery was just pure perfection.

  32. The mod posted that, but in Idol Chatter last week, Brian Mansfield had the rounded total at less than 2,000 copies, but maybe he was just saying that it sold more than 1,000 copies but not too much more than 2,000.

    Is the album available only via digital download, because based on its itunes ranking, it’s only moving a few thousand copies, and on other sites, like Napster, it’s not making any type of dent at all.

    There doesn’t seem to be a lot of hype surrounding this cd, despite the banner ads that RCA has placed on various websites.

    I think that the Idol Chatter numbers last week were reflecting just the AO sales, which were available several days (the prior week) before the ep became available on itunes and amazon. Its a digital-only dance remix EP. I believe it is only available on AO, itunes and amazon. There is only one new song. The remainder are various remixes of FYE and WWFM only. Dance remix EPs are never big sellers, nor are they surrounded by hype. They are just an easy and cheap way to make a few more sales to the existing fan base (and club djs.) Also, it is a little unclear what treatment billboard gave the EP and whether it was eligible for the main bb200 (altho i doubt it would have sold enough to make it regardless) — the ep may have been what hit #1 on the dance sales chart. Maybe someone here knows.

  33. Holy bejezus! That is a busy schedule! Wow – I was really hoping he took the few days after GLAAD to rest up considering how crazy the last few weeks (months, year, lol) have been for him!

    I read that Adam went twitter silent for those days because he was remotely conducting all those interviews by phone that he couldn’t do in person due to the volcano disrupting his plans. Word was he was putting in very long days doing interview after interview. They rescheduled some of the interviews but they had to do many of them by phone.

  34. I thought that EW list of top AI picks was on target. Now my personal fave of all time was Ring of Fire, and after that a tie (yes, I’m cheating) with Stuff Like That There and Summertime, but I think that for the show, that Mad World was the right choice, and I think rightly placed.

    And OT, I’m still stoked about the Project Runway winner. Yay! At least I have one fave who won on their reality show this year.

  35. I hope the fans in the chat room take into consideration that Adam’s not feeling well and don’t complain if it turns out to be a short session.

  36. The set’s best moments where when Daughtry would offer something different, such as when he trotted out Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”. It was one of the few moments when the visuals of the mild stage show were arresting, as the bald-headed frontman strummed an acoustic guitar at the end of an extended catwalk into the crowd, bathed in a red, ominous light. And a welcome B-side, “What We Have Become,” interrupted the tedium.

    How ironic that covers and ballads are so often unappreciated by the online Idol fans yet the critic found the covers the best part of the concert.

  37. isn’t the EW list of top AI old stuff? I recall seeing it months ago…

  38. isn’t the EW list of top AI old stuff? I recall seeing it months ago…

    I saw it earlier this week. It’s definitely not today-new, but I think it’s new-ish. Thing is, I think they updates these lists every few months or a year by adding to it and taking out a few older ones, so I think the write-up to their old stand-bys like Carrie’s Alone, Fantasia’s Summertime, or Bo’s In A Dream don’t change.

    How ironic that covers and ballads are so often unappreciated by the online Idol fans yet the critic found the covers the best part of the concert.

    I think a lot of online Idol fans love covers? Everytime David Cook and his band worked out and threw in a cool new cover to their live set, fans go nuts. And oftentimes, MJ will even put up a new post if one of the Davids or Kris or Adam add a brand new cool cover to their concerts, and fans eat it up. How do you think they’re unappreciated? Kelly Clarkson has been throwing in covers and mash-ups to her concerts for years now, and it’s always fun for fans to see what new ones she chooses.

  39. Adam’s live chat is over. Nothing in the way of new info, really. He looked okay, so maybe he’s tired more than not feeling well.

  40. Definitely sounds like the IIHY video has not been filmed and is still being planned

  41. About Daughtry’s reviews, the only time I saw him was when he was opening for Bon Jovi. He sounded fine, exactly like the cd. He hardly moved from the mike stand and kept a cowboy hat over his eyes most of the time and barely looked up. It didn’t seem like he was having much fun, a little boring. I can’t say I’m totally surprised with his recent reviews if things haven’t changed much.

  42. girlygirl:
    04/23/2010 at 12:40 pm
    I hope the fans in the chat room take into consideration that Adam’s not feeling well and don’t complain if it turns out to be a short session.

    As usual, we didn’t have to worry about that. I think Adam would have continued to answer questions as long as they asked them. If anything, his answers sometimes are too long and cut down on the number of questions he can answer. LOL

    I think Adam would have to be terribly ill to slow him down in the talking department. :)

  43. I like Slezak rankings.

    We could discuss all day about it, but IMO he picked the right songs for every performer except Clay (I still think that BOTW was more impactfull being the last song of the season).
    Of course he picks his favorites higher than they should be (Trenyce, Carly, Allison, Elliott Kris and Blake) and underestimated some performances like Clay, Carrie, Daughtry or the Davids, but it’s pretty much a MMV thing.

  44. Thursday April 22
    Kris Allen an acoustic show, CBS Radio, Los Angeles

    Did this show happen? I haven’t heard anything about it.

    I think it might have been an schedule’s error. I saw nothing about it yesterday

  45. How ironic that covers and ballads are so often unappreciated by the online Idol fans yet the critic found the covers the best part of the concert.

    I think a lot of online Idol fans love covers? Everytime David Cook and his band worked out and threw in a cool new cover to their live set, fans go nuts. And oftentimes, MJ will even put up a new post if one of the Davids or Kris or Adam add a brand new cool cover to their concerts, and fans eat it up. How do you think they’re unappreciated? Kelly Clarkson has been throwing in covers and mash-ups to her concerts for years now, and it’s always fun for fans to see what new ones she chooses.

    I think this comment – not to put words in the poster’s mouth – refers to a specific subsection of fans of the idols who do not like it when they play covers instead of their original music. They think covers = American Idol karaoke singer. The reality, of course, is that covers are sung in concerts for a reason – they are usually popular songs that evoke nostalgia / excitement in the audience and are just really fun to hear reinterpreted. Anyway, that’s just my take.

  46. Valentin432:
    04/23/2010 at 1:04 pm
    Of course he picks his favorites higher than they should be (Trenyce, Carly, Allison, Elliott, Kris and Blake) and underestimated some performances like Clay, Carrie, Daughtry or the Davids, but it’s pretty much a MMV thing.

    That’s the way Slezak rolls. Add Fantasia and Jennifer to the favorites.

  47. About Slezak rankings:
    David Cook’s Billie Jean on #11? come on… It should be at worse top 4.

  48. valentin432

    Do we know if those are Slezak’s choices, or those were the consensus of the EW staff?

    Everyone’s opinions are going to be different. I thought the list was quite good, myself.

  49. How ironic that covers and ballads are so often unappreciated by the online Idol fans yet the critic found the covers the best part of the concert.

    I love Adam’s ballads- that’s when you can really hear the amazing textures and qualities of his voice. I also enjoy when he does a couple of covers in a 12 or 13 song concert set. I mostly want to hear Adam’s music from his album (or from the 5 bonus tracks), but I do enjoy a couple of covers thrown in.

    I wouldn’t want more than that though. Adam is his own artist with his own album out- AI is over! I don’t want to go to a concert full of cover songs. I could go to the Glee summer tour if I wanted to hear that. LOL

  50. Adam stressed to the contestants that you really have to want this, and you have to work really, really hard. I think that was Jason Castro’s downfall on idol. He seemed a bit lazy. I remember Archie’s comment about he’s never known anyone who slept as much as Jason. Didn’t Jason mess up a lot two weeks in a row before he was booted? I thought his career would have taken off even after the boot because he had a huge fanbase.

  51. I think Adam has only sung one cover per concert he’s already had. Either Mad World of WLL. I think the only songs he hasn’t sung (not including bonus tr.) are Aftermath and PUU. I would love to hear Aftermath live. He uses a lot of his beautiful lower register (just didn’t like Alison’s backing). Hearing any of his songs live are soooo much better than the recording.

  52. I don’t necessarily agree with Slezak’s ranking (Kelly is #1 over Fantasia forever, Billie Jean by Cook is my #3) but he did pick the right songs from each contestant on the list. It’s definitely MMV but I am curious to know if Slezak did this whole thing himself or if there were others involved in the rankings/choices.

  53. They think covers = American Idol karaoke singer. The reality, of course, is that covers are sung in concerts for a reason – they are usually popular songs that evoke nostalgia / excitement in the audience and are just really fun to hear reinterpreted.

    I hear ya. I see live music quite often, and lots of acts throw in 1-2 covers in an hour/hour and a half set, so I don’t understand fans who think that is an AI/karaoke thing. On the other hand, I think putting more than one cover on an album (cough, SuBo) is questionable practice for these guys trying to make their way in the music industry. Now that I think about it, I think maybe the OP was thinking about the griping w.r.t. this season’s practice of inviting former Idols back to sing theme-related covers rather than their own music. Of course I prefer these guys to come back to sing their own music, but I also think playing one cover song on national TV is a whole different thing that’s separate from doing a couple of covers at a full concert.

    As to the part about ballads being unappreciated, I think fans appreciate ballads, it’s just here on MJ’s at least, we discuss a lot about getting our Idols pop radioplay, and not a lot of ballads make it there. They’re not necessarily unappreciated– it’s just fans may be scared of putting them out as singles.

  54. I’m not surprised they didn’t take in more on IGB since ratings are down and the show pretty much stank. It will be interesting to see what the iTunes sales are. There wasn’t a single performance I’d want to download.

    Were the donations from Kris Allen’s ‘Let It Be’ as well as the direct IGB donations earmarked for UNF-Haiti Relief every released? The downloads were at least 125,000 units and I know that wasn’t the final figure. Does anyone know the final figure for the time it was earmarked for charity?

  55. Do we know if those are Slezak’s choices, or those were the consensus of the EW staff?

    Everyone’s opinions are going to be different. I thought the list was quite good, myself.

    I’m guessing that’s Slezak work, if only because there is Trenyce in there. I mean how many would pick her over KLocke “Band Of Gold” or Tamyra “A House Is Not a Home”.

  56. Ah, I see they also have an article about Kris in that People link.

    • Last season’s American Idol champ Kris Allen wasn’t in Los Angeles for this year’s Idol Gives Back special – he was hanging out in Washington, D.C. The singer spent his evening relaxing with friends and sipping red wine at the W Hotel’s POV rooftop bar, which overlooks the White House. “They enjoyed the view and laughed throughout the night,” says a source.

  57. Didn’t Jason mess up a lot two weeks in a row before he was booted?

    Maybe Jason fans will come on and comment, but I seem to remember chatter about how Jason was terribly sick the weeks leading up to him leaving … something about strep throat and IV’s. (Illness also played a role for David Archuleta and David Cook when they had a less than stellar performance. Remember Innocent?) There’s always more going on behind the scenes than what the producers allow us to see and hear about.

  58. As far as Jason…i don’t know what’s the matter. He was signed to a major label right after the show and it did take him soooo long to put an album out and they decided to still put covers from idol on there….also the EP mess. Don’t get me wrong 20k are solid at this point, but where is he gonna go from here? he has no radio single…

  59. That’s the way Slezak rolls. Add Fantasia and Jennifer to the favorites.

    Summertime definetly deserves to be very very high, I am amazed how many contestants, hollywood hopefulls mentioned this performance as their best memory of AI when it’s already been 6 years.

  60. TwigLA:
    04/23/2010 at 1:30 pm
    Ah, I see they also have an article about Kris in that People link.

    • Last season’s American Idol champ Kris Allen wasn’t in Los Angeles for this year’s Idol Gives Back special – he was hanging out in Washington, D.C. The singer spent his evening relaxing with friends and sipping red wine at the W Hotel’s POV rooftop bar, which overlooks the White House. “They enjoyed the view and laughed throughout the night,” says a source.

    ah! an half-truth … didn’t seem to me it would have been hard to know that Kris spent the day talking about Haiti in Washington and was hosting the IGB watch at Hard rock cafe.
    ..passive agressive attitude?

  61. Hahah that EW list you know is all Slezak cuz Fantasia is #1. Nothing against her but she is his all time favorite so anything with Fantasia as #1 is all Slezak. I didn’t watch AI but I went back and watched those performances when it was first posted a few days ago. I think some arnt as good but placed higher than others that were much better, but that is my personal opinion just by watching those videos. I don’t know how it would have been to see those performances taken in context of there prospective seasons. But in the context of that list I think some of them need to moved around, but that’s just me hehe

  62. I think Slezak tweeted the other day that he couldn’t decide between ABMB, Billie Jean and The World I Know. Eh the ranking I don’t care about because everyone has their personal favorites, in fact all these lists are just opinions

    Personally I love covers in concert. Lots of established artists throw them in too. When I saw Bon Jovi in concert when I went to see Daughtry they did about 3 covers. When David busted out Hot For Teacher at the Borgata the place went NUTS. Even the guys there! The only other song people were louder for was LO.

  63. Slezak list is a pretty decent one and we could discuss ad nauseum the ranking and the omissions

  64. Eh the ranking I don’t care about because everyone has their personal favorites, in fact all these lists are just opinions

    Have to agree with that, Trina – it’s just an opinion, interesting to see, nothing more. I was so Idol ignorant past Season 7 that I have gone looking for songs that are on lists from earlier Idols. Sometimes I like them, sometimes not. I was actually more impressed with the new What Not To Sing readjusted listings. They have a little more than one person’s opinion behind them. I went to find the Kellly Clarkson Number 1 song on that list, “Stuff Like That There”, and I liked it better than any thing else of hers I had heard. I can see why it was chosen for that list….but my favorite will always be David Cook. I find it cool that he’s WNTS’s Number 2 pick – but he’s Number 1 to me, and once again, that’s just my opinion.
    ~

  65. As far as Jason…i don’t know what’s the matter. He was signed to a major label right after the show and it did take him soooo long to put an album out and they decided to still put covers from idol on there….also the EP mess. Don’t get me wrong 20k are solid at this point, but where is he gonna go from here? he has no radio single…

    I read some of his interviews. I commend him for taking his time writing the record and learning his ropes before putting out his record– people need to realize he is totally green at this, so to take this as a learning process rather than just sing a bunch of stuff the label throws at him shows he’s in this for the long term. On the OTHER hand, I streamed the album, and I did not really like it, even though he was one of my other faves on AI, and I have a handful of his Idol tracks that I love.

    I also don’t quite get this EP/short album with bonus version release situation either. I saw they put one of the songs on the bonus version on ratethemusic… huh? So Atlantic is thinking of putting out a single that’s not on the main CD? Does he even have a lead single right now? What is it?

  66. Does he even have a lead single right now? What is it?

    Well, this is what wikipedia says, LOL.
    SINGLES
    2008 – White Christmas – non-album single
    2009 – Let’s Just Fall In Love Again – The Love Uncompromised EP
    2010 – That’s What I’m Here For – Jason Castro
    2010 – Over the Rainbow – Jason Castro

  67. 2010 – That’s What I’m Here For – Jason Castro

    That’s probably it; he did perform it on Ellen. Wonder what the Over the Rainbow thing is about…

  68. That’s probably it; he did perform it on Ellen. Wonder what the Over the Rainbow thing is about…

    No clue. I clicked on it and it went to Judy Garland. O.o

    Also, totally random, but I just wanted to comment on how fan flippin tastic The Boxer studio is. Holy crap.

  69. Yeah think it’s true about Shakira. I love her new album so much, i don’t understand why it’s doing so poorly in the US…

  70. Also, totally random, but I just wanted to comment on how fan flippin tastic The Boxer studio is. Holy crap.

    Oh cool. I bought it but haven’t listened yet, LOL. Not always a fan of Lee’s, but this week was decent, and it goes to charity, so I thought, why not? I also bought Crystals and have yet to listen haha. I wish I could force myself to get more cuz it’s for charity, but honestly, I was not remotely interested in any of the other songs.

  71. Thanks Judee!

    I don’t understand either. I read she will be debuting her next single, let’s see what happens. :)

  72. Which idols have had platinum albums/singles, other than the obvious (everyone knows about Kelly, Carrie, Daughtry, Cook and Clay).

  73. http://www.disnology.com/2010/04/23/justin-bieber-and-adam-lambert-on-twilight-eclipse-soundtrack-cd/

    Both Justin Bieber and Adam Lambert are said to be in talks to get their voices on the upcoming Soundtrack CD for the much anticipated movie “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” The film stars Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and is expected to be full of romance, drama and action. So would either of these artists be a good fit for the album?

    Well Adam definitely would be as he is hoping to supply his song “Suburban Decay” for the soundtrack album. The song is described as soulful and moody, and would be perfect for the upcoming Twilight blockbuster.

    Justin on the other hand could be argued. While we love him and his music, we’re not entirely sure that his pop sound would fit on Twilight’s soundtrack. However, we will admit that the songs on his My World 2.0 album were a bit slower and more passionate and could be used when Robert and Kristen are on screen – but we’d much rather him record a new song for the album if it’s decided that he will be included.

    What do you think about this? Are you excited for the latest Twilight movie to hit theaters on June 30, 2010?

  74. ibhde10:
    04/23/2010 at 3:17 pm

    Both Justin Bieber and Adam Lambert are said to be in talks to get their voices on the upcoming Soundtrack CD for the much anticipated movie “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”

    I think the constant flood of false rumors is just the work of the PR hack keeping his name out there.

  75. Which idols have had platinum albums/singles, other than the obvious (everyone knows about Kelly, Carrie, Daughtry, Cook and Clay).

    Rubin, Fantasia, Jordin. Taylor was certified platinum for shipments of his first album, although he never actually sold 1mm units. Maybe Kellie P?

  76. There were 8 AI winners. Kelly, Rubin, Fantasia, Carrie, Jordin, and Cook went platinum. Who was left out besides Kris, Taylor? I thought he was certified Platinum.

  77. Also, totally random, but I just wanted to comment on how fan flippin tastic The Boxer studio is. Holy crap.

    I totally agree! I have listened to it more than any other song from him so far! Sounds like it could be on the radio right now! Yay Lee :)

  78. Maybe Kellie P?

    She sold more than Taylor (854k vs 704k) but she wasn’t certified.

    Only Kelly, Clay, Carrie, Daughtry, Ruben, Fantasia, Cook and Jordin have sold a million or more albums.

    All of the above minus Ruben and Fantasia, and plus David A, Kellie P., and Kris have sold a million or more singles.

  79. Every idol winner had a platinum album? I didn’t know that. I imagine if they had platinum albums, of course, they had platinum singles.

  80. BestAI:
    04/23/2010 at 4:02 pm

    Every idol winner had a platinum album? I didn’t know that. I imagine if they had platinum albums, of course, they had platinum singles.

    Neither Ruben, Fantasia or Taylor had a platinum single.

  81. Did Taylor’s album go platinum? If not, would he be the only AI winner to have neither a platinum album nor a platinum single?

    Platinum Albums:

    Kelly
    Ruben
    Clay
    Fantasia
    Carrie
    Daughtry
    Jordin
    David C

    Platinum singles

    Kelly
    Clay
    Carrie
    Daughtry
    Kellie P
    Jordin
    David C
    David A
    Kris

    Has Jenifer Hudson had a platinum album or single?

  82. BestAI, Taylor was certifid platinum (i.e., shipped $1M CDs to stores) but actually stalled in sales at around 750K (IIRC). So it’s technically true that every Idol winner has had a certified platinum album except for Kris. But for sure every season has had at least one platinum album seller (winner or runner up) — again, except for S8.

  83. Thanks. So many knowledgeable posters. Isn’t it highly unusual to have a platinum album and not a platinum single? I thought it was a single that drove album sales.

  84. I’m surprised Jordin has a platinum album – how many years did it take to achieve this?

  85. Every idol winner had a platinum album?

    Everyone except for Kris. Although Taylor’s shipped platinum his sales indicate gold – somewhere around 700,000 units. Not sure what’s up with that.

  86. Elliott had a platinum single with Wait for You so add him to that list of platinum singles. No Air went 3xplatinum, I think Crush sold double platinum. It took Jordin a year to go platinum.

    Every season (except S8 so far) one person from the show has sold one million albums or more (not always the winner). And yes Taylor’s album was certified platinum (based on shipments) but only sold around 750K or so.

  87. So many discrepancies throughout the eight seasons. Ruben sold a million albums, but he didn’t seem to have much success in spite of the good sales. Taylor seemed to have a huge, huge fanbase, but he didn’t sell a million albums. I guess Jordin seems to be doing OK, but I don’t hear her name much. Kris hasn’t sold many albums, but he seems to have lots of good concerts scheduled.

  88. Isn’t it highly unusual to have a platinum album and not a platinum single? I thought it was a single that drove album sales.

    Not until the iTunes store became really dominant (sometime after 2005). Billboard and the RIAA used to have a disclaimer that very few singles would reach gold or platinum thresholds. Most people bought albums when the CD was the dominant format (which is why the “Billboard era” is pretty much always going to have the same best-selling albums on the list as it does now).

    But now we’re in a single-selling era again. So platinum singles are actually more likely than platinum albums.

  89. We all discovered, including Adam fans, that he doesn’t have that big of a fanbase. Other than Taylor, I think that helps the debut album. Apparently Cook had a much bigger fanbase than Archie, and of course, seems to have a bigger fanbase than Kris and Adam.

  90. Album sales have really fallen off a cliff since the days Clay Aiken could sell 600K albums in the debut week. But single sales have skyrocketed. Major hit singles can sell 3-4 million downloads these days.

  91. Ruben has had success its just glanced over. He had a couple of big R&B hits and he’s a grammy nominee. Back then during season two selling over a million CDs wasn’t all that impressive since album sales were still pretty big then.

    Taylor I’ll never get why they certified him when it was clear he wasn’t selling a million. These days they’re a lot more strict.

  92. I used to hate buying CDs for $15 and only liked about three songs from them. I can see how downloaded singles would be more popular these days. I know so many people who burned their own CDs from their fave singles. Now with MP3 and ipods, the huge majority of people really did stop buying physical CDs. Remember the towers of CDs you used to have?

  93. David Archuleta has a new blog:
    http://www.davidarchuleta.com/news/blog-david-42310

    Last night I performed at the BritWeek Gala Event honoring Sir Richard Branson, and was supporting the foundations Save the Children and Virgin Unite. It was a really great night! I was asked to sing Imagine, and then I also sang Prayer of the Children. Nigel Lythgoe had asked me to come sing at the event. It’s funny because I actually ran into him at the Atlanta airport not too long ago, and after I saw him there is when he asked me to come sing.

    -snip-
    the rest is about earthquake preparedness. lol

    I’m going to try and get back home for the weekend and just go through things with my family and make a plan too. I remember in school they were talking about how Utah is due for a pretty big earthquake too, and with everything going on right now you never know what could happen.

  94. jpfan:
    04/23/2010 at 4:31 pm

    Album sales have really fallen off a cliff since the days Clay Aiken could sell 600K albums in the debut week.

    His debut week was the biggest in ten years for a debut cd. It isn’t as if it was common in those days either.

  95. Album sales have really fallen off a cliff since the days Clay Aiken could sell 600K albums in the debut week.

    His debut week was the biggest in ten years for a debut cd. It isn’t as if it was common in those days either.

    That’s because of American Idol. You have a ready-made fanbase.

  96. BestAI:
    04/23/2010 at 4:57 pm

    That’s because of American Idol. You have a ready-made fanbase.

    They have that every year. What happened to Kelly then if its so easy? She didn’t sell half what he did and it was the same year. She not only had the season 1 fan base but multiple appearances on season 2 before releasing her debut album. How about Ruben, he won! What about Fantasia a year later?

  97. So Simon made $69 million last year? And for that kind of money he can’t even pretend to do a professional job judging the contestants like, for example, actually paying attention when they are performing in front of him instead of playing kootchy-koo with Kara and other lazy, self-indulgent behaviors?

    I’m so over him. See ya, Simon. Don’t let the door hit you on the arse on the way out.

  98. That’s because of American Idol. You have a ready-made fanbase.

    They have that every year. What happened to Kelly then if its so easy? She didn’t sell half what he did and it was the same year. How about Ruben, he won! What about Fantasia a year later?

    Not one idol would have sold as many albums had they not been on the show. Clay sold better than the other idols, possibly because he had a bigger fanbase or better album. If Adam hadn’t been on idol, he never would have gotten signed by a major label. Even an indie label wasn’t interested. So, the show has helped all of them immensely. Even William Hung.

  99. BestAI, I agree with that but I was originally responding to:

    jpfan:
    04/23/2010 at 4:31 pm

    Album sales have really fallen off a cliff since the days Clay Aiken could sell 600K albums in the debut week.

  100. Taylor I’ll never get why they certified him when it was clear he wasn’t selling a million. These days they’re a lot more strict.

    His sales fell off a cliff. Remember, his album sold gold within two weeks so it wasn’t unexpected that he would eventually sell platinum with that kind of momentum. According to HDD they initially shipped 1.2 million copies of the album.

    But now we’re in a single-selling era again. So platinum singles are actually more likely than platinum albums.

    Yep. Last year, 89 songs exceeded 1 million in sales and it was the first year that songs broke the 4 million mark (achieved by “Boom Boom Pow”, “I Got A Feeling”, “Poker Face” and “Right Round”). In 2008, 71 songs sold 1 million. 41 in 2007, 22 in 2006 and 2 in 2005. BTW, I think Kris has now reached 1 million sold in 2010 so he’ll be adding to this year’s total (he sold some prior to 2010 and they won’t be included in this year’s totals).

    I don’t have the number of albums that sold 1 million albums last year, but it was certainly less than 89 (number 10, “Only by the Night” by KOL sold 1.398M).

  101. [Taylor’s] sales fell off a cliff. Remember, his album sold gold within two weeks so it wasn’t unexpected that he would eventually sell platinum with that kind of momentum. According to HDD they initially shipped 1.2 million copies of the album.

    Wonder whatever happened to those extra @450k albums? Last time I looked, total sales still didn’t go much above 750k. Arista cut him loose, probably partly due to embarrassment.

  102. I want to go to the Summer “Cook” out. Great write up but a rather random appearance.

    I’m always happy to see Cook sing anywhere, anytime, but this does seem really weird. I wonder if he has any sort of family connection there? Is it just the sport tie in they were going for??

  103. Where was Archie’s sales at this time last year. I thought I saw someone say around 600-700K? Or Jordins?

  104. Progression, Archie did this last year, it looks like an ongoing effort on the part of the soccer team’s organization for attracting more people. Interesting that Utah was one of the few states that weren’t covered on the Neverending Declaration Tour.

    videos from Archie’s performance last year:

    Zero Gravity
    Crush

    If there were more songs last year, I haven’t seen that reported. They have special honored guests as part of this – last year was the Armed Services, this year, high school Valedictorians are spotlighted – I don’t have any other details, but I’m sure they will be forthcoming from the CNN – Cook News Network . ;)

  105. Incipit thanks for the info, I didn’t realize Archie had performed there last year. Dave never made it to Utah? Wow, I thought he’d been everywhere but Alaska and Hawaii once he finally made it out of Pennsylvania!

  106. We all discovered, including Adam fans, that he doesn’t have that big of a fanbase. Other than Taylor, I think that helps the debut album. Apparently Cook had a much bigger fanbase than Archie, and of course, seems to have a bigger fanbase than Kris and Adam

    If you are just talking domestically, maybe. Adam has fans spread out in other countries, which was pretty much confirmed by how well he is doing overseas. You have to take that into consideration. You also have to realize that just about every winner and runner up received the bulk of their sales in the first few weeks except for Adam and Kris.

    I think if you were to actually add up Adam’s sales across the globe, he would be platinum ( or close to it) in album sales also- YMMV.

  107. Wow, I thought he’d been everywhere but Alaska and Hawaii once he finally made it out of Pennsylvania!

    Heh. David and the Anthemic were in 44 states, the Phillipines and Canada, there’s a couple of cool tour maps at DCO – Here’s one of them. I wonder if someone kept track of how many miles – or how many hours on the bus.

    Artists on tour put in a lot of road time.

  108. Where was Archie’s sales at this time last year. I thought I saw someone say around 600-700K? Or Jordins?

    I don’t know what Jordin’s sales figures were after 21 weeks, but David A. sold 674,247.

  109. Jordin by week 22 was at 655,386 and was #18 on the BB200. I think she was certified platinum right around the same time DC was.

  110. If you are just talking domestically, maybe. Adam has fans spread out in other countries, which was pretty much confirmed by how well he is doing overseas. You have to take that into consideration.

    Yeah, I’m just talking about domestically. Of course, Adam’s situation in the US is unique to all other idols, so you can’t really make the same comparisons.

  111. Slight correction, Jordin was at 677,856 and #16 on the BB200 at week 22.

  112. As far as Jason…i don’t know what’s the matter. He was signed to a major label right after the show

    Jason wasn’t signed to a major label until April 2009. He spent quite a bit of time writing and evaluating options before finally choosing a label.

  113. Thanks. So many knowledgeable posters. Isn’t it highly unusual to have a platinum album and not a platinum single? I thought it was a single that drove album sales.

    Singles drive sustained sales, usually.

    If you have another way of promoting yourself before you release your album – high interest and name recognition from your musical glory days (Whitney Houston, Guns N Roses), YouTube fame (Subo, The Beiber), TV celebrity status (Idols, Ashlee Simpson), or being blonde, skinny and party happy (Paris Hilton) then you can manage to sell a lot of albums in the first few weeks. But usually these will dry up in a short time unless there is some way to consistently remind people you have an album out… hence the single. :)

    People have been experimenting with other methods. Having a song in commercials sometimes works (Moby, IPod indie band of the day) or used in a TV show while horny doctors make googoo eyes at each other (Snow Patrol, Matt Kearney). but still, nothing works as well and as consistently as having radio play your songs, even with the decline in listeners.

    Yeah, I’m just talking about domestically. Of course, Adam’s situation in the US is unique to all other idols, so you can’t really make the same comparisons.

    I’m not sure though.. there have been a number of them who sold something overseas, though I don’t know if we’ve ever kept close track of it before. I know Daughtry did well a number of places, Archie did well in part of Asia, Jordin apparently got promoted in England… but I have no idea how we would pull all that stuff together. I would imagine the fact that Adam is being targeted overseas this early makes him likely to sell more, but there would be something to contrast if we actually had the data.

  114. This may answer the single question from KAO.

    New Version of “The Truth” Featuring Pat Monahan (Train) Streaming Now!
    .By now all of you are familiar with Kris’ song “The Truth”, from his debut album. Its already a classic, but its about to get even better. Streaming on the site right now (in the top right hand corner) is a brand new version of the song featuring none other than Pat Monahan from Train.

    Check it out now to get a new take on a Kris Allen favorite and leave your thoughts about the collaboration right here in the comments.

    http://www.krisallenofficial.com/us/home

  115. girlygirl the play button is so small in the upper right-hand corner. Look under Buy It.

  116. I’m not sure though.. there have been a number of them who sold something overseas, though I don’t know if we’ve ever kept close track of it before. I know Daughtry did well a number of places, Archie did well in part of Asia, Jordin apparently got promoted in England… but I have no idea how we would pull all that stuff together. I would imagine the fact that Adam is being targeted overseas this early makes him likely to sell more, but there would be something to contrast if we actually had the data.

    There is some information on wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daughtry_%28album%29#Certifications.2C_peaks_.26_sales
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordin_Sparks_%28album%29#Chart_positions
    Same thing with Kelly but in a larger scale.

  117. The KAO website irritates the shit out of me….

    Oh, no………

  118. tripp_ncwy

    Nothing happens when I click on it. And when I click on the CD photo, that just takes me to the store, which has the original version of the song. Why won’t it work? Did it work for you?

  119. I’m not sure though.. there have been a number of them who sold something overseas, though I don’t know if we’ve ever kept close track of it before. I know Daughtry did well a number of places, Archie did well in part of Asia, Jordin apparently got promoted in England… but I have no idea how we would pull all that stuff together

    I remember reading that Kelly and Jordin have done well outside of the US. I guess they love their Divas overseas. LOL Also, Daughtry has had success outside of the US.

    ETA: I just saw the charts posted above. I thought Jordin had sold much better than that outside of the US. Daughtry sold more than I expected. Kelly is the queen. :)

  120. Nothing happens when I click on it. And when I click on the CD photo, that just takes me to the store, which has the original version of the song. Why won’t it work? Did it work for you

    Not the CD photo but the little icons under the scrolling text. The icons are really small. There is one for play in the middle.

  121. girlygirl.. You have to click on the play button. It is a tiny arrow under the line under the Buy It.

  122. Just listened to the new version of TT… don’t know what to think really… it’s not a true duet so why have someone else sing a bridge? Also the transfer into the bridge seems very off. This will not work on POP imo.

  123. I will add my two cents on the new The Truth. Oh Hell No!!!!!!! Pat Monahan adds nothing to the song and actually detracts from the emotion of the song. Please Jive just say no.

  124. tripp_ncwy

    finally! thank you!

    on twitter everyone seems to hate the new version…

  125. Since they are streaming the song and already had Pat rework it, does that pretty much indicate it is the new single?

  126. Thanks tripp_ncwy – I got to hear it 2nd try! It was going okay until this strange VOICE comes on!!!! WTF?? (: (: :(

  127. oh lord Pat sounds HORRID on this new version of TT. They better not use this version if they decide it should be the 2nd single…the original is way better. So what if it’s a little long…they play songs over 4 minutes on the radio…

  128. girlygirl, they are asking for comments and they have a buttload already and it is not pretty.

    I hope if Kris reads the comments he understands that they are directed at the new song & Jive and not him personally.

  129. OMG you guys…. I’m seriously in tears..=( Sounds like Pat smokes 3 packs a day next to Kris’ beautiful voice… I’m so horrified right now…. JUST NOOOOOO !!! How could they….even…… ugghhhh…… please let me be sleeping right now……

  130. I am wondering if Kris should maybe change management like Jordin did… they just don’t seem to make good decisions.

  131. It really freaked me out when I heard Pat’s voice…..I could not listen any more!! I’ve been lurking lately trying to stay positive but this was too much & I needed to express myself a little – I’m with you Kris fans JUST NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  132. Wow. Jive are seriously delusional if they think this updated version of Truth is better & the comments on KAO agree – not one positive comment on Pat’s vocals- musically it doesn’t make sense – a random different voice on the bridge that is no way as good as Kris’s original version. Why not just shorten the version – what’s with having to include Pat? The fans have definitely spoken on this – maybe this is why its taken so long to release a single- Kris does not agree on this new version I wouldn’t blame him. I like the original version of this song- don’t try & reinvent something that’s good to start with!!

  133. Interesting:

    I tried everything to make these pictures possible on this forum and couldn’t but maybe someone else is smarter than I am. They were posted by someone from Malaysia.

    Go to idolforum.com, click on AI8, click on Kris Allen, scroll down to Malayisan K Sizzle, click on the number 47. Scroll down to April 21 and you will see some pictures of Kris from other countries.

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