Idol Headlines for 05/25/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

For ‘Idol, ‘ R&B a tough sell
CDs by the black winners haven’t done as well as those by the white ones. Industry observers blame their genre.

Midway through Wednesday’s American Idol finale, Clive Davis offered his State of the Idol address.

As the man in charge of Idol record-making rattled off names of past winners, runners-up, even fourth- and seventh-place finishers, he omitted one of the Idols: Season 2’s Ruben Studdard, the first African-American winner……

SP Times

Oscar Mayer(R) Pairs With American Idol(R) to Support Jingle Contest
Singing Sensation and American Idol Season 5 Finalist Elliott Yamin Signs on to Kick-Off Search

Calling all “hot dogs” with a taste for Hollywood! It’s icon meets Idol as the Oscar Mayer brand today announced its official partnership with FremantleMedia for sponsorship of American Idol Season 7. America’s favorite hot dog company will amplify the partnership to support their “Sing the Jingle, Be a Star” promotion via broadcast and online advertising, on-pack, and online at http://www.singthejingle.com/…..

….AMERICAN IDOL Season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin will help the Oscar Mayer team kick-off the search for the next jingle stars on June 13 in the Central Courtyard at the Hollywood & Highland Center, just steps away from the Kodak Theatre where the season finale of AMERICAN IDOL took place. Elliott will assist the Hotdoggers, official drivers of the WIENERMOBILE vehicles, as eager entrants sing their hearts out at the first open casting call of the hot dog season….

PR Newswire

Idol Ratings Not So Sparkly

In the end, the Sparkettes couldn’t touch the Soul Patrol or Clay Mates.

Proving a fitting end to a season dogged by criticism of mediocrity, American Idol’s sixth finale failed to distinguish itself ratings-wise. About 30.7 million viewers tuned in Wednesday night for the 129-minute filler-friendly show to see beauty Jordin Sparks triumph over beatboxing beast Blake Lewis, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research….

EOnline

Must-do events in May

He’s Coming Home — Sort Of
Since Chris Daughtry of …American Idol fame became a big-time rock star with a double-platinum album, he doesnt get home to North Carolina much. On Wednesday, he will at least be within a few hours of his home in McLeansville, outside Greensboro. Daughtry (left) and his band, Daughtry, will play a sold-out concert at Jesters Pub.

FayObserver.com

Fox Apologizes for Idol Gaffe

Fox has apologized for running over the allotted two hour timeslot on last nights American Idol finale. The show was scheduled to end at 10:00 PM, however, the winner was announced at 10:03 PM, and the show ended at 10:09 PM. As a result of the mistake, many viewers who recorded the show on their DVR’s missed the announcement of the winner….

Broadcast Newsroom.com

Q94’s Melissa Chase muses on the end of another ‘Idol’ season

…During this time, the RCA Music Group and Clive Davis decide whether or not they would like to sign the different artists to their label. Jordin already has a guaranteed spot , but the rest will be decided upon individually. (We hear Clive is already very interested in Blake!) For the artists they pass on, life isnt over ‘ they may choose to sign with a different label. Elliott, for example, signed on with Hickory Records when he was not selected for RCA representation….

Richmond.com

Daughtry takes it in stride

Chris Daughtry will perform at Jesters Pub on Wednesday.
Chris Daughtry has just stepped off a plane in Wichita, Kan., and he literally has 10 minutes to speak.

He physically and mentally tired from the hectic pace of his band nonstop touring schedule. His plane has been taxiing for what seems like hours. But he cant stop. His day is far from over…

FayObserver.com

American Idol and Mobile Marketing
…Had a chance ealier today to talk to Edward Boddington, MEF Americas Board member and Telescope, Inc. Founder. Boddington helped develop ‹Pop Idol in the UK, which became ‹American Idol in the U.S. (he handed the envelope to Ryan Seacrest last night on ‹American Idol announcing Jordin Sparks as the new American Idol)…

Mobile Messaging2.com

The Essentials | Paula Abdul

¢ You might have missed it. Paula Abdul …Greatest Hits: Straight Up! was released May 8.

¢ Abdul was something of an American idol before she started judging …American Idol, which completed its sixth season Wednesday night.

¢ She is not a bastion of lucidity on TV. Maybe Britney Spears is patterning her wackiness after Abdul……..

The State

Drooping ratings for ‘American Idol’ suggest it may have passed its peak

The best days may still be ahead for Jordin Sparks, but the same may not be said for ‘American Idol.’…

The Urbana Daily Citizen

MCCARTNEY SCOTCHES AMERICAN IDOL NON-APPEARANCE

SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY has dismissed reports he failed to honour an appearance on the American Idol finale on Wednesday (23May07) night, insisting he was never invited in the first place…..

Contactmusic.com

Clive’s Speech Ain’t Music to Kelly’s Ears

After Clive Davis’ very public display of rejection toward pop superstar Kelly Clarkson (via a speech that canonized Saint Carrie Underwood) on last night’s “American Idol” finale, sources tell TMZ that SONY/BMG execs were apologizing to members of Clarkson’s camp for their label head’s rude behavior…..

TMZ

How will Jordin’s career stack up?

First, congrats to the bubbly Jordin Sparks, who as the world knows was crowned this season’s winner of American Idol. We all knew she was going to beat out Blake Lewis.

Now that I’ve had a few hours to let it all sink in, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Jordin could do better — in the long run — than first-year winner Kelly Clarkson and the very hot Carrie Underwood……

MLive Blog

Who Is Sanjaya Malakar, Fake or Bill Vendall?

Sanjaya Malakar or Bill Vendall is creating Internet buzz claiming to actually be a Rhode Island School of Design graduate student who was doing a “human art project.” Now he comes to be known either Sanjaya Fake or Bill Vendall…….

Huliq.com

Who is Sanjaya Malakar, really?
Is Sanjaya Malakar a fake??

First, I have to give Sanjaya some credit. Over the past 24 hours, this video of Sanjaya Malakar hit the internet. In the video Sanjaya claims his name is Bill Vendall, a 25 year old graduate student, who created the character of Sanjaya Malakar as a part of his thesis at Rhode Island School of Design…

Gay Socialites.com

This Is Your Life … again

SIMON Cowell is left speechless as he is handed the This Is Your Life big red book for the SECOND time.

Cowell, 47, was given the honour in 2003 ‘  but he is the first star on the revamped ITV1 show.

New host Sir Trevor McDonald pounced at the American Idol final in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Cowell said: …Is this a wind-up? Im actually really embarrassed. The show will be aired here next Saturday June 1……

The Sun.co.uk

“Idol” Exit — Fame Clock at 14:59

The train has left the station — and the “American Idol” castoffs are on board! Adios!

TMZ cameras caught Phil, Chris, Brandon and Gina as they left their hotel in West Hollywood to head for the Kodak center in Hollywood….

TMZ

Jordin enjoys her first day as ‹American Idol
‹What have I got myself into, she joked, as she rushed to appearances

…Hey Access, it my first day as your ‹American Idol. It 5:25 in the morning and the sun is coming up.

Welcome to 17 year old Jordin Sparks new life.

MSNBC

Live at ‘American Idol’: Red Carpet and Post-Show Report

…Nearly two interview-filled hours after her emotional coronation, Ms. Sparks made her way to the pressroom for a conference with the media, as runner-up Blake Lewis and several of the guest musicians had done earlier. Following are highlights from these Q&As and interviews on the red carpet…

NYPost

American Idol finale audience off from last year

The “American Idol” triumph of 17-year-old Jordin Sparks drew nearly 6 million fewer viewers than last year’s finale, in the latest sign that U.S. television’s highest-rated show may have finally hit its peak….

Reuters.com

American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks Talks
We spoke to Jordin and runner-up Blake moments after the finale.

…When Lewis came before the microphones, he couldn’t seem more pleased. He didn’t appear to be someone who had just “lost” anything. One of the first questions for Lewis was about his rousing performance with hip-hop artist Doug E. Fresh. Lewis could barely contain his excitement when talking about that particular moment. “Doug E. Fresh was dope, ” he said. “He’s such a pioneer. I’ve been beat boxing for eight years now, and he’s been an inspiration. It’s the kind of moment that you won’t ever forget. The energy in that room was amazing. It was hip-hop on American Idol and to me you can’t do better than that.”

Asked about working with Fresh, Lewis said, “We’ve talked about doing a track. I’m going to be in New York in a week, and what’s so great about beat boxing is that it’s such an impromptu style art form. You can be on the street or the subway or in the hallway with a friend. That’s what’s so great about the hip hop culture is that it’s right there, you can reach it, you can grab it. Working with Doug E. Fresh is certainly a dream and it came true tonight.”…

UK IGN.com

All Access Jordin Sparks On Her First Day As The ‘American Idol’

Jordin Sparks is the new …American Idol. Only Access Hollywood was by her side every step of the way when her reign got rolling and only we had her on our stage….

Access Hollywood

Briefly: Ryan Adams, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Bonnaroo, Chali 2na

Brother-and-sister gospel duo BeBe & CeCe Winans (music), who reunited on stage during last night’s (5/23) “American Idol” finale, plan to mark their 25th anniversary with the fall release of their first new album in 13 years, and will back the set with a tour, according to a press release.

“I’m so grateful of Bebe & Cece’s past accomplishments, ” Benjamin “BeBe” Winans said in a prepared statement. “But I’m so excited about coming back together and blazing new trails of hope into the hearts of people all around the world.”

“I’m very excited that the time has finally come for BeBe and I to reunite and encourage the world with uplifting, soul-changing music, ” Priscilla “CeCe” Winans added.

Details about the new album and tour will be revealed in the “coming months, ” according to a spokesperson.

Live Daily.com

Snakepit Ball, shows and parade bring out the stars

A crescendo of entertainment will fill 500-Mile Race weekend, including an Indianapolis Motor Speedway performance by past “American Idol” competitor Chris Daughtry one hour before the green flag drops….

Indystar.com

Spectacle is the rule at ‘Idol’ coronation

…Some “Idol” fatigue is inevitable after a slog from January to May. But this year, the show seemed to wear its maturity on its sleeve; its bigness is becoming both a blessing and a curse…

Boston.com

Kim Goes on Birdie Tear to Lead Colonial

…Two nights before the Colonial, Purdy cast about 100 votes for “American Idol” champion Jordin Sparks, the 17-year-old daughter of retired NFL player Phillippi Sparks, one of his golfing buddies and a fellow board member at the Phoenix country club where they are both members.

“Her family is just a real positive family. I’m trying to bring that to my golf game, ” Purdy said. “She inspired me today.”…

ABC7 News

Jordin Sparks became the new “American Idol” with more than 74 million votes counted, but the results almost felt secondary to the night itself.

When Green Day hit the stage about an hour and a half into Wednesday night’s two-hour show, it became official: This is the best finale ever.

What’s funny is that it caps a season considered inferior to the others.

Perhaps the show’s producers finally learned the meaning of the phrase “all killer, no filler.”…

nyjournalnews.com

On the scene: Green Day’s “Working Class Hero” video shoot

For some viewers, one of the unexpected highlights of last night’s Idol finale was surely Green Day’s performance of their new cover of what may well have been John Lennon’s finest solo tune, “Working Class Hero.” It was a powerful rendition, restrained yet full of intensity ‘  everything your average Idol moment ain’t, in other words. It even came with a good cause: Green Day recorded the song for Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur, an all-star compilation of new Lennon covers whose proceeds will go toward ending the ongoing genocide in Sudan. (The CD will be in stores June 12; you can already donate $0.99 by buying Green Day’s single or R.E.M.’s “#9 Dream” cover on iTunes. To raise even more money for Darfur, Green Day have designed a limited-edition “Working Class Hero” t-shirt available soon at Hard Rock Cafe.) You couldn’t have asked for a better proof that the show’s commitment to social justice extends beyond their special “Idol Gives Back” episode ‘  or that Green Day are rapidly becoming this decade’s most eloquent protest musicians….

Popwatch

Wednesday’s Idol: What You Didn’t See
The Grand Finale

…The American Idol Finale red carpet completely blanketed the Hollywood Walk of Fame ‘ except for one particular star in the sidewalk: Ryan Seacrest’s. A square hole was cut in the red carpet so everyone to see it. Everyone, that is, but Carrie Underwood, who was caught by surprise when she suddenly noticed the name ‘ and then had to do a little hop, skip and a jump to avoid tripping on it….

People.com

Tyler versus Sanjaya

Anyone with even a passing interest in Aerosmith was appalled when guitarist Joe Perry joined irritating “American Idol” also-ran Sanjaya Malakar on stage. But the curious collaboration did make us wonder what, if anything, Sanjaya and Steven Tyler might have in common….

Boston.com

Her ‹Purple passion

A new face on Broadway has done something that producer Oprah Winfrey couldnt ‘  convinced me …The Color Purple is a must-see. But it is right now and will be through October.

…American Idol winner Fantasia gives such a powerful performance in her Broadway debut that it almost, to borrow a lyric from the show, …too beautiful for words.

What makes it even more of a triumph is that Fantasia had never acted on stage or even seen a Broadway show before stepping into the role that won La Chanze a Tony last year.

The show director, Gary Griffin, worked with Fantasia in Chicago to get her ready to play Celie, the long-suffering Southern woman Alice Walker created in her prize-winning book. Boy, Griffin did a good job. Fantasia natural ease and honesty come through from the moment she steps on stage at the Broadway Theatre. She doesnt try to sell her acting or singing but creates a beautiful aura around Celie that draws you in. It a deeper …Purple as a result….

Times Leader.com

Any Plastic Surgery For Jordin Sparks?

The question of the moment is whether or not American Idol winner Jordin Sparks is completely natural or has she had any plastic surgery or cosmetic enhancement.

The only rumor currently circulating is about Jordin Sparks full lips possibly being augmented by lip injections such as Restylane or another dermal filler….

Make me Heal.com

Sweet success
Daughtry soars after ‘American Idol’

In a musical age where success is found in iTunes downloads and MySpace friends, rock band Daughtry has succeeded with the original definition of “making it” in the biz – album sales and sold out shows.

Whether it’s lead singer Chris Daughtry’s powerful deliveries, genre-crossing songwriting, unforgettable American Idol performances or rock star sex appeal (sorry, ladies, Chris is happily married) – whatever the formula may be, it’s working for Daughtry…

Myrtle Beach Online

Best on ‘Idol’ so far? I vote for Mandisa

…Many of us believed that it was her performance of Mary-Mary’s “Shackles” that got Mandisa eliminated from the show. Until that moment, the idea of a faith-based song being performed on a show such as “Idol” was unimaginable.

Mandisa took a bold stand for her beliefs in God. It was in that moment we fans were able to know who she is as a person. Perhaps leaving the show took her out of a situation where winning might have had her doing something for which she would have to compromise her beliefs….

Huntsville Times

CANINE COVERUP

…”Paula did not break her nose. She had pitched a fit, threw something into a mirror or glass object, and a shard of glass struck her in the face, which explains why Paula’s nose didn’t seem swollen, ” said our spy. A rep for Abdul termed the account “absolutely, categorically untrue.”

NY POST

82 Comments

  1. Good morning, Lisa. :)

    Doug E Fresh on Blake: “Good dude, good heart, good spirit.”

    He looks it. :)

    And just what was it Blake whispered in Jordin’s era as Ryan’s was breaking open the envelope? “I told her two things,” said Blake. “I said, ‘I love you, Jordin Sparks.’ And I said, ‘If it comes down to me singing this last song, will you do a duet with me?'”

    Awww. I heart Blake. :) I guess this debunks some people’s theory that Blake threw away the crown…

    Oscar Mayer(R) Pairs With American Idol(R) to Support Jingle Contest; Singing Sensation and American Idol Season 5 Finalist Elliott Yamin Signs on to Kick-Off Search

    Yay, Elliott! (Is this a good gig for Elliott?)

  2. I watched Jordin on Jay Leno last night- she gave a very charming interview. She’s quite funny- I wish they would have showed more of the contestants personalities this year. I had no idea that she had that kind of a sense of humor.

  3. I love it, it’s already starting for Jordin, she’s been called too fat by fox news, told she has lip injections and just about everything in between.
    Remind me again why you’d want to win this show?

  4. Remind me again why youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d want to win this show?

    For the chance of winning Clive’s love. Imagine how great Carrie Underwood must’ve felt when she received her “Most Productive Slave” award.

  5. For the chance of winning Cliveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s love. Imagine how great Carrie Underwood mustà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve felt when she received her à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Most Productive Slaveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  award.

    :clap_tb:

  6. One of the things I like about Jordin is that she is an attractive girl w/o being cookie-cutter thin. After all the talk last year about Kat’s bulimia, of course the media hops on this perfectly healthy Idol as being fat.

  7. Yay, Elliott! (Is this a good gig for Elliott?)

    Well…on the one hand, it’s an endorsement deal with a well known company. On the other hand, it’s a wienermobile.

    They are classic commercials and most people can sing them (and they did teach the world how to spell bologna):

    Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuTAW77tfL0

    Bologna Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmPRHJd3uHI

    Competitor From last year in front of the wienermobile: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNBuYmYAS7g&mode=related&search=

  8. They should appologize to Kelly C she is a break out str and singed to thier company even if she is not managed by them…She means dough…

    Clive was tackless but the truth hurts Chris D is the break out star of last season compared to the rest of them…The truth hurts guys.

    Elliot—hotdogs– (why the lifetime movie deal fall threw?)

  9. Clive was tackless

    I agree; he seemed as if he’s barely clinging to life.

  10. Who got the Oscar Mayer endorsement from Idol in the past? Or is this a new way for them to squeeze a nickel out of the show.

    Re Jordan: One of the best things about her win is that she’s a change of pace from the stick thin teen queens out today. Great to see a pretty, confident big girl out there. Jordin looks like she’s got it together and I don’t think any of the snark/criticism will get to her.

  11. Jordin looks like sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s got it together and I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think any of the snark/criticism will get to her

    Don’t count on it. She’s young and impressionable. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m willing to bet she’ll go the Carrie Underwood route and look like a flagpole by next season.

    The pressure to become thin doesn’t come solely from the media and fans; her PR team will likely push her towards it as well.

  12. Clive was tackless but the truth hurts Chris D is the break out star of last season compared to the rest of themà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦The truth hurts guys.

    That is true – Chris D is a breakout star. He deserves the accolades and so does Carrie.

    But it’s like a parent bragging about one child while making disappointed and dismissive comments about the other children at a family gathering – unpleasant and embarrassing for everybody involved.

    He could have mentioned something benign or non-commital about Taylor and Kat’s new singles and albums and then moved on to acknowledge Chris D’s success, but the tone of his voice was obvious disappointment and dismissiveness and, before someone accuses me of being “Taylor-obsessive”, even some of those who are NOT fans of Taylor and Kat felt it was inappropriate.

    Clive’s comments about professional songwriters was indulgent to say the least and way too personal to anyway vaguely familiar with the Kelly Clarkson thing. And for all the denials that a dispute existed, he just laid it bare for the world to see. Again, a parent airing the family’s dirty linen in front of guests at a party.

    Professional songwriters threw together the generic pap on Katharine’s album. Professional songwriters wrote “My Destiny”, etc. He was slapping down Kelly with that.

  13. Heaven Knows a Country Single ? Who woulda thunk….

    Read all about it here ( this review is bizzare) :

    http://www.coquet-shack.com/cmr-H/Taylor-Hicks/Heaven-Knows-0447.php

    American Idol winner Taylor Hicks has been around a while and it shows in his latest single, “Heaven Knows”.

    This is a throwback to sixties pop music, right down to the handclaps, the brass section and the rhythm.

    Which leads us to ask what this has to do with Country music. NOTHING, yet Sony are pushing it out as exactly that.

    Shame on the motives of the well-heeled, misguided folks at Sony.

    Our view: Don’t sully your CD collection with this excellent pop song.

  14. Don’t sully your CD collection with this excellent pop song.

    I guess they mean that since it’s a great pop tune, country audiences should not appreciate it, sorta like how pop listeners shouldn’t enjoy Carrie Underwoods crossover hits. Did I get it right?

  15. At the beginning of the season my husband criticized Jordin Sparks for being heavy (fat). I constantly argued with him that she’s NOT heavy, she’s curvy. I think that girl has some beautiful curves and needs to stay just the way she is. I really hope the people around her recognize that. And, BTW, by the end of the season, my husband changed his perspective about her and agrees she’s perfect :grin1_ee:

  16. Did I get it right?

    I guess you can take it as something like that. What surprises me is SONY is attempting to cross the song over to Country. I don’t think it’ll work (unless of course, Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say” was accepted by country stations in the past ).

  17. Interesting articles today. I enjoyed all of the Blake ones especially. I’m looking forward to seeing him and Jordin on Larry King tonight. Not surprising if Clive is interested in signing him as the one article said. I also liked the Chris D ones and loved the quote about him and his wife being closer than ever. Nice. He’s on Ellen today fyi.

  18. At the beginning of the season my husband criticized Jordin Sparks for being heavy (fat). I constantly argued with him that sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s NOT heavy, sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s curvy.

    I said this before and I’ll say it again — Jordin Sparks looks like the second coming of the oft-neglected and overlooked, Kimberley Locke ( which to me isn’t a bad thing ). In fact to me, her victory is sort of an indicator of how Season 2 would not have been any poorer had Kim Locke won.

    Same hair, same racial mix, same vocal range, same singing style ( except for me, Kim Locke was better ).

    Kim Locke FYI is also a plus-size model. Unless Jordin reduces, she’ll probably an inspiration to the plus-sized set ( which includes girls like Ugly Betty ).

  19. But ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s like a parent bragging about one child while making disappointed and dismissive comments about the other children at a family gathering – unpleasant and embarrassing for everybody involved.

    Although I think the Clive thing has been somewhat overblown, to what degree it was significant it just struck me as being bad business. Taylor and Kat are artists on Clive’s label, he makes money when they do well. So being somewhat dismissive of them when talking to 30 million people is just silly. Especially since if had just mentioned their CDs and singles coming out it would have taken the same amount of time but come across positively.

    Overall I don’t think it is a huge deal, I think most people probably weren’t paying a huge amount of attention to his comments but he could have phrased things better.

  20. Kirsten
    May 25th, 2007 at 9:20 am
    Yay, Elliott! (Is this a good gig for Elliott?)

    Wellà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦on the one hand, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s an endorsement deal with a well known company. On the other hand, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a wienermobile.

    LMAO!

    The disparity isn’t so much an issue of race as it is genre. Studdard and Fantasia sing a throwback style of R&B, which “is in absolute free fall,” says Kyle Anderson, assistant editor of SPIN magazine.

    It doesn’t appeal to the young, MTV generation that has made Idol a pop juggernaut. Top 40 radio stations don’t give it much airplay. And “that’s a genre that has always been victimized by bootlegging,” Anderson says. “You are able to get records in other places.

    Anderson says it boils down to the people steering Sparks’ career.

    “I think the missteps of Ruben and Fantasia will play in her favor,” he says. “These are rich people who didn’t get rich being stupid. I think they have learned from those mistakes and may be able to package her in a way that will sell records.”

    Interesting comments from the Floridian article. I really hope Jordin breaks the cycle. Hopefully she can help to re-invigorate flagging R & B sales. She definitely has what it takes.

    And I hope she keeps the weight.

  21. Great to hear that Daughtry will be back on home turf, so to speak. Should be one rockin’ show.

    There’s a very good chance that we’ll go see D when the tour swings our way. The man can blow and I expect that he will garner numerous awards. (maybe even a Grammy in the best new artist category).

    Husband was not invested at all last year, but had D pegged early on as the best vocalist. (damn him) :laugh_tb: I always pulled for Mr. Hicks…:)

  22. From nyjournalnews.com above

    When Green Day hit the stage about an hour and a half into Wednesday nightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s two-hour show, it became official: This is the best finale ever.


    {{{{cough)))))

    Uh-huh, sure it was. :rolleyes_wp:

  23. …..On the other hand, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a wienermobile.

    And when he was on the show, Elliott was pimping for a Porche. LMAO

  24. Overall I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think it is a huge deal, I think most people probably werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t paying a huge amount of attention to his comments but he could have phrased things better.

    You’re right..Honestly what Clive said about Taylor and Kat went right over my head. I was like, hey was that just to acknowledge their existance…LOL But what really stood out in my mind was the tongue bathing of Carrie and the complete dimissal of Kelly. I know she is a AI baby but damn… I’m sure Kelly will not be back anytime to soon or until the next cd release..

  25. Husband was not invested at all last year, but had D pegged early on as the best vocalist. (damn him) I always pulled for Mr. Hicksà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦:)

    I know we live in a world of instant everything but don’t be to quick to count Taylor out..LOL

  26. The disparity isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t so much an issue of race as it is genre. Studdard and Fantasia sing a throwback style of R&B, which à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“is in absolute free fall,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  says Kyle Anderson, assistant editor of SPIN magazine.

    In other words, they are not generic sounding enough. They don’t sound like fifteen other singers out there.

    Did originality take a vacation, then quit..sheeesh..

  27. Maybe I’m just not “critic oriented” enough. But, sully and excellent about the same CD?

    Does anyone know what that meant?

  28. All I can say about Elliottà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s deal with Oscar Meyer is that it seems appropriate considering all the talk during Season 5 about his à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹meat.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    Hey! How bout them Yankees?

  29. There’s a great interview with Blake on the website of his hometown Fox affilliate, Q13.

    They ask him if he has a deal and he said there was a whisper in his ear about it Wednesday night. They ask him when his album will be out and he says around Thanksgiving/Christmas.

  30. Congrats to Blake for getting props from Doug E. Fresh, this is huge….As for Clive, shut up! What he did was wrong on so many levels, dude can’t you just take to one for the team?

  31. I thought all 2nd place winner on AI got deals. I’ve never heard of one that didn’t and that included people who were a lot less commercial than Blake. Why would he need a whisper in his ear?

  32. Hi MJ, Love your blog, and your re-caps are hilarious. I hope Ken and Nigel reads your comments and make changes for next season.

  33. sexygirl – never in a million years would I count Taylor out of the running for future high sales :) I detected a glimmer of hope in Clive’s voice…but thought his speech was completely lackluster. Did Kelly C. ever have an option to get out from under Clive’s umbrella? I mean, that was a billion years ago…if I were her, I would hate to be under his thumb.

    In other words, they are not generic sounding enough. They donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t sound like fifteen other singers out there.

    Did originality take a vacation, then quit..sheeesh..

    Exactly, the R & B field is already saturated with cookie cutter artists. Perhaps if Jordin keeps it just about the music and avoids the standard simmering sexpot image, it will give her an edge. *I hope*.

  34. I kinda scanned in here today…I apologize if this has been mentioned

    The top 10 contestants will be on Larry King tonight 9pm EST

  35. I thought all 2nd place winner on AI got deals. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve never heard of one that didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t and that included people who were a lot less commercial than Blake. Why would he need a whisper in his ear?

    It’s probably a whisper because they cannot announce his deal until they announce Jordin’s deal officially (her signing it, etc.).

    As for Clive, he usually does sign on the runner up but some people (including me for a nanosecond) were concerned that he may not this year given the opinions about this season being lackluster (which, I don’t agree with but I’ll let that slide). I’m almost positive Clive is going to sign him but I must admit I initially had my doubts about it.

  36. ”Let’s just face it: Now that the first single [Over It] is pretty much over, I can now say that that wasn’t my favorite song. In the nicest way you can possibly say it, I didn’t want that song to be something that I was a part of. I don’t know how else to say it. ‘If I had let the record label make the record that they wanted to make, I think it would have been a completely different record. [The record label and Clive Davis] would have gone for more of like the Celine Dion big-ballad thing. Or the female version of Josh Grobin. Which is fine, but I think I’m so young, it’s not what I want to do right now. I think you can always do that. Like 10 years from now, I’ll only be 32, you can do that.”

    – American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee

    *********************************************************************will we remember her in 10 years???????

  37. Kirsten: Wellà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦on the one hand, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s an endorsement deal with a well known company. On the other hand, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a wienermobile.
    ___________________________

    LOL! Thanks, Kirsten. :) Awww…that little bologna boy is too cute… :wub_tb:

  38. we remember her in 10 years???????

    There are singers who have made BIG hits that sold millions ONCE and then promptly faded into obscurity.

    Some I can think of are :

    MACARENA by Los Del Rio ( 14 weeks #1 on Billboard ), single went Quadruple Platinum. Anyone know who Los Del Rio are ?

    PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC by Wild Cherry ( 4 weeks #1 on Billboard), single went double platinum garnering the group a Grammy Nomination. We never heard from Wild Cherry again.

    YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE by Debbie Boone ( #1 for 10 weeks ), covered by several other artists. Debbie Boone disappeared from the music scene after that.

    SEASONS IN THE SUN by Terry Jacks ( #1 for a month ), sold millions of copies. I can hear people asking — Terry who ?

    Hence, the above question is a good one. I would have to say it depends on the longevity of the genre she wants to perform in and also her ability to be flexible and adapt when the genre she performs in becomes passe.

  39. coco,

    Do yoy have a link for that Katharine quote? I’d like to read more….. Thanks!

  40. OMG!
    Taylor Hicks Scores a Really Hot Chick?
    Posted May 25th 2007 1:45PM by TMZ Staff
    Filed under: Hook-Ups, American Idol

    Taylor Hicks was spotted in Hawaii earlier this week with a tight-bodied, blonde babe! Guess it pays to be an “American Idol” afterall!

    http://www.tmz.com/2007/05/25/taylor-hicks-scores-a-really-hot-chick/
    ———
    http://www.splashnewsonline.com/

    It looks like American Idol winner Taylor Hicks has gone out and gotten himself a girlfriend (a rather hot girlfriend if I may say so). We spotted the happy couple doing more than a little frolicking on the beach in Hawaii

    So many cougars and grandmothers in Middle America must be heartbroken

  41. Overall I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think it is a huge deal, I think most people probably werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t paying a huge amount of attention to his comments but he could have phrased things better.

    Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re right..Honestly what Clive said about Taylor and Kat went right over my head. I was like, hey was that just to acknowledge their existanceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I agree in part. My sister, who is a casual AI watcher, thought she heard Clive say that Katharine sold well (duh!). She, however, didn’t miss Clive’s dissing of Taylor (and his sales), such that when Taylor came on to sing Heaven Knows, she turned to me and half-jokingly said “see, heaven knows he tried, Clive, so cut him some slack…” My sister can’t stand Taylor but she genuinely felt what Clive said and did was in poor taste.

  42. Poor Taylor. He’s finally been caught with a chick. Watch the fantards go BERSERK.

  43. Does anyone know if there are mp3s of Wednesday’s performances anywhere? I usually get them from Rickey.org or the Yahoo group, but neither has them up – just video caps.

  44. Taylor Hicks was spotted in Hawaii earlier this week with a tight-bodied, blonde babe! Guess it pays to be an à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  afterall!

    Oh well, the price of fame. So much for privacy. I guess she must be the spark he mentioned in the Ok magazine…LOL

  45. MTV NEWS
    Ace Young is gearing up to release his debut album. The #7 finisher on season five of “American Idol” has signed a deal with S Curve Records (Fountains of Wayne, Joss Stone) for the yet-untitled disc, scheduled to drop in September and be preceded by a single in July. Young will be backed by a full band on the album, which is being executive produced by hitmaker Desmond Child (Kelly Clarkson), with songs written by Diane Warren (‘NSYNC, Pussycat Dolls) and Andreas Carlson (Nick Lachey, Britney Spears). Young, who helped write pal Chris Daughtry’s first hit, “It’s Not Over,” said he’s writing or co-writing all the tunes on his album as well as working on songs with “everyone,” though he declined to name names. “You’ll hear it when it happens,” he promised. …

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1560530/20070525/jeezy_young.jhtml

    Finally!

  46. Oh well, the price of fame. So much for privacy. I guess she must be the spark he mentioned in the Ok magazineà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦LOL

    You know it’s gunna hit the tabloids in record time! Hey! Publicity is publicity eh? LOL

  47. Ace Young is gearing up to release his debut album. The #7 finisher on season five of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  has signed a deal with S Curve Records (Fountains of Wayne, Joss Stone).

    So, did Constantine leak this news?

    (sorry, couldn’t resist…what an a$$ Con was last year…although, that is something that has probably remained constant).

    Congrats to Ace! It’s too bad about Diane, but what can you do? The rest of his team sounds great and I’m glad that we’ll be hearing his music on the radio again soon.

  48. Hmm, I wonder if I should go post this to Constantine’s message board? :ponder_tb:

    ETA: I hope Ace doesn’t title his album, “Ace Young.”

  49. Congrats to Ace! Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s too bad about Diane, but what can you do?

    :lol_tb:

    Sigh. So true. I suppose this means will be at least one sappy ballad on the CD.

  50. Since somebody mentioned the name above, did Constantine ever get a record deal offer? Thanks in advance.

  51. Holy cow. Congrats to Ace. (I actually thought this would never happen). So who didn’t get signed? Kevin Covais??? Seriously, this will make his fans happy and he’s a very nice guy.

  52. Poor Taylor. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s finally been caught with a chick. Watch the fantards go BERSERK.

    One quick and dirty solution is to dye your hair BLACK while on vacation (during down time ). Maybe the Paparazzi might miss you.

  53. One quick and dirty solution is to dye your hair BLACK while on vacation (during down time ). Maybe the Paparazzi might miss you.

    Maybe that’s what Britney was trying to do when she shaved her head.

  54. Yay on the Ace news! *hugs pj*

    I hope Ace doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t title his album, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ace Young.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    I was going to say this, too. Brett Young then? Heh. ;-)

    I believe Ace will be able to pull off a Diane Warren song quite well. If any one of the AI5 (or AI6) boys can do it, it would most likely be Ace. ;-)

  55. congrats to Ace and his fans! I was beginning to have my doubts about whether or not he’d ever put anything out. I guess he and Constatine share hairstyles, but not career paths.

  56. I say Go Taylor & blond chick! I want to see what sort of music he writes when he’s “in love.”

  57. LB2
    May 25th, 2007 at 3:41 pm
    Since somebody mentioned the name above, did Constantine ever get a record deal offer? Thanks in advance.

    In another of the articles LisaB linked, there was this:

    Constantine Maroulis (Season 4) revealed that he used to work at a New York deli and made sandwiches for Jordinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s father, former Giants star Phillippi Sparks. He had this advice for the newest Idol: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Think ahead and plan ahead and be smart, get a great team and do great projects, and just be yourself. Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get caught up in this whole hysteria, all of this fame thing because ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll end very quickly.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Now part of the cast of daytime TVà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s The Bold and the Beautiful, Maroulis will release an album Aug. 7. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“My first single is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Everybody Loves.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ I started my own label.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

  58. So many cougars and grandmothers in Middle America must be heartbroken

    Cougars? :ponder_tb:

    I guess if they’re going to gossip about Taylor, it may as well be about him frolicking with a very hot blonde on the beach in Hawaii. This grandmother in Middle America couldn’t be happier for them!

    I do worry about the lady in question though. I hope she has skin made of teflon.

    ETA: Congrats Ace!!! That’s awesome news for a great guy!

  59. jpfan
    May 25th, 2007 at 3:42 pm
    Holy cow. Congrats to Ace. (I actually thought this would never happen). So who didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get signed? Kevin Covais??? Seriously, this will make his fans happy and heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a very nice guy.

    For future reference:

    Taylor Hicks – Arista
    Katharine McPhee – RCA
    Elliott Yamin – Hickory Records
    Chris Daughtry – RCA
    Paris Bennett – 306 Entertainment
    Kellie Pickler – BNA Entertainment
    Ace Young – S Curve Records
    Bucky Covington – Lyric Street
    Mandisa – EMI Nashville (Sparrow Records)
    Lisa Tucker
    Kevin Corvais
    Melissa McGhee

  60. RE: Ace Young.

    Here is video of Ace Young interviewing Jordin and Blake at the Morning Show :

    http://www.rickey.org/?p=3713

    Ace was at the AI 6 finale and sat beside Ashley ( the Sanjaya fan who would cry when Sanjaya sang to her )…everytime he talked to her, she would cry.

    Jordin says she plans to make an album that has everything in it — Country, R&B, Pop… the whole works combined ! ( she’s trying to please everyone, she’ll end up pleasing no one ).

    Blake wants to make an album with an 80’s flavor. Something like Duran Duran meets Michael Jackson’s Bad, Something like Maroon 5, jazzy vocals, something you can dance to or groove to in the car. He’s also interested in doing voice-over work.

  61. cougars = hot older ladies

    LOL! Representin’! Well except for the prowling part…

    Jordin says she plans to make an album that has everything in it à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  Country, R&B, Popà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ the whole works combined ! ( sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s trying to please everyone, sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll end up pleasing no one ).

    Throw something at the wall and see what sticks. Great.

    Blake wants to make an album with an 80à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s flavor.

    They all seem so hopeful and shiny when they’re newly minted. Then they end up ground down by the immovable force that is Clive. Actually though, jazzy vocals are what’s in so THAT might be doable. Blake’s vocal stylings remind me a bit of Jamie Cullum. I hope he make that record.

  62. And so the gossip mongers go ( I won’t be surprised if the pics make the gossip mags ) :

    http://www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_272613627.shtml

    American Idol Taylor Hicks Shows Off New Beach Body and a New Blonde
    ———————————————————–

    By Cathy Beers
    May 25, 2007

    American Idol Taylor Hicks is no longer chunky. The soulful singer and winner of last season’s American Idol took to the surf with a mystery hard-bodied blonde in Hawaii earlier this week and was snapped by paparazzi. Taylor female fans will love the photo, he looks great. TMZ reports that Taylor and his mystery gal “made the trek to the 808 after Taylor’s “American Idol” season-ending mini-concert on Wednesday and have been spotted getting real lovey dovey all over the beach.”

    Fox News from Milwaukee notes that there is little secret to how Taylor drooped the weight. A report on the television station’s web site reports that he lost 20 pounds since he won American Idol a year ago — and he did it the old fashioned way. Eating sensibly and exercising.

    ***

    Although he has taken up running when he’s not on the road, the bulk of his activity comes when he is entertaining. He calls his show “high energy soul-aerobics.” No word on what he calls his beach make out sessions.

  63. I know I’m a tad behind, but FINALLY! YAY! The Ace news makes me very happy. :-D

  64. Here are the titles of the albums made ( or soon to be released) by the class of season 5 :

    Taylor Hicks : Taylor Hicks
    Katharine Mcphee : Katharine Mcphee
    Elliott Yamin : Elliott Yamin
    Chris Daughtry : Daughtry
    Paris Bennett : Princess P
    Kellie Pickler : Small Town Girl
    Bucky Covington : Bucky Covington
    Ace Young : ( I bet you’re gonna guess — Ace Young )
    Mandisa : ( I bet you’re NOT gonna guess — Mandisa )

  65. Actually though, jazzy vocals are whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s in so THAT might be doable. Blakeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s vocal stylings remind me a bit of Jamie Cullum. I hope he make that record.

    YES!! :wub_tb:

    Jamie Cullum is one of my favorites, and I said the same thing to my friend a couple days ago after listening to a few of his pre-Idol original tracks. He’s got the jazzy feel of Jamie, with the beatboxing of Timberlake, plus a little reggae groove mixed with M5…if he makes THAT album, he’s my perfect little package.

    I hope they let him do his thing, cause it would definitely work.

  66. I hope they let him do his thing, cause it would definitely work.

    C’mon, you know Clive’s gonna Bice him just like he did Taylor. Sad but true.

  67. Oh NO Jordin!!!!!! Do not make an album that will have something for everyone. Some other Idol already tried that and we know what happened with that. Failure! heh I love Jordin, she is young enough to still be naive. I kind of remember those days.

    Taylor and blonde. Alright!

  68. Jamie Cullum is one of my favorites, and I said the same thing to my friend a couple days ago after listening to a few of his pre-Idol original tracks. He’s got the jazzy feel of Jamie, with the beatboxing of Timberlake, plus a little reggae groove mixed with M5if he makes THAT album, he’s my perfect little package.

    Interestingly, most of my favorite “contemporary” artists are British and their debuts are produced in the UK – at least at first (Amy Winehouse, Paolo Nutini, Jamie Cullum, Lilly Allen, etc.). There seems to be a much more organic feel than the stuff produced in the UK as opposed to the polished slickness of LA produced albums. I wish Blake (and Taylor) could make their next albums there. American Idol debuts tend to be over-produced and polished to the point where all the edges and grit are removed – not a good thing in my opinion.

    Maybe Clive – or whoever works for him that isn’t senile, will have a little more sense with Blake (and Jordin, for her sake).

  69. There has been some discussion in chat about the S6 Idols charting this week. Like most of this season, things are a little different this year and Billboard has even decided to address the issue.

    Here is an excerpt from the Billboard clarification (posted on Pulse):

    True, you can purchase 10 tracks by Sparks and 10 tracks by Lewis on iTunes. But five of those tracks for each artist are bundled together as an EP (the term once stood for Extended Play, and indicates a product longer than a single but shorter than an album). Each EP purchased will count as one EP sold and not as five singles, so EP sales won’t be eligible for the Hot Digital Songs chart or the Hot 100. Because the EPs are exclusive to iTunes, they won’t be eligible for the Hot 100 either. They can chart on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums chart, and Top Digital Albums (EPs chart on our album tallies, not our singles charts).

    When individual tracks are purchased — that is, if someone buys four or fewer tracks from an EP, they count as singles.

    It will be difficult for all of the tracks on the EP to chart individually, as many people will be purchasing the entire EP. It’s just 24 hours after the finale as I write this, and both EPs are already in the iTunes album top 10.

    I’ll try to explain a little (but will probably only make it worse). EPs count as albums, not singles (in the past, the winner and runner-up released a CD single which counted towards the Hot Singles and Hot 100 charts). But, these EPs cannot count towards the Billboard 200 chart (the main chart which we’ve been discussing album sales on) because they are sold from a single source (which disqualifies them).

    Also, it appears that if you buy all 5 singles individually, they count as buying the EP so don’t waste your money. EP sales will contribute to the Comprehensive Albums chart and Top Digital Albums chart (they will do well on this chart).

    Purchases of singles (provided you don’t buy all 5 from the EP) will count towards the Hot 100 and the Hot Digital Songs (and some sub-charts of that). Due to the eligibility rules, it appears that they cannot chart on the Hot Singles chart. The Digital Songs chart is based on sales, while the Hot 100 is based on sales and airplay.

    There is like a gazillion charts, but the most prestigious are typically the Hot 100 (singles), Billboard 200 (albums) and the airplay charts. But, a sale is a sale and it’s all about the music.

  70. Every season, the Idol single has debuted at the top of the Single Sales chart and stayed on that chart forever (both Taylor’s and Kat’s are still on it this week, Bo’s “Inside Your Heaven” shows up from time to time as well). The way they’re doing it this year, I don’t think the impact will be quite as impressive. Yet another way this season is kind of off. They will most likely do well on Hot Digital Songs and Tracks, though, which is a good thing.

  71. Why would it be a bad thing for Ace to use “Ace Young” as the title to his album? When you’re starting out, I don’t think it’s such a bad idea to have your name out there.

  72. Another thing I’m going to have zero tolerance for in this thread: Double posting.

    Now, it’s very easy to check to see if something has been posted already. DO NOT POST A LINK UNTIL YOU CHECK LISA’S LINKS AND have LOOKED THROUGH THE THREAD.

    All double posts WILL BE DELETED.

    Also, Daily Headlines means EXACTLY THAT. TODAY’S HEADLINES. Not yesterday’s, not links from 6 months ago. Thank you.

  73. I almost forgot about Lisa Tucker.

    Too bad she didn’t get a record deal. I guess she can gain a few pounds and be Jordin Sparks’ stunt double in her inevitable upcoming Lifetime Original movie.

  74. cougars = hot older ladies on the prowl

    not necessairly hot, having visited a few bars myself and seen some ladies try to pick up my male friends is quite amusing.
    p.s. i believe the stylist said Jordin is a weird figure to dress (well duh.) but she’s not overweight but she’s not super skinny so it’s hard to try and find clothes that fit her.
    Although she was modeling for a plus size clothing line before idol I believe

  75. calimari
    May 25th, 2007 at 4:05 pm
    I say Go Taylor & blond chick! I want to see what sort of music he writes when heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“in love.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    The SOUL comes out when he gets dumped. Just the way it is…

  76. I didn’t see this in the articles linked above:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/25/arts/music/25idol.html?_r=2&ref=arts&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

    In its six-year existence on Fox, the show has done much to codify the second chapter of the Great American Songbook: the one that begins in the late 1950s and extends to the present. The songs arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t as literate as the standards of yesteryear, but the American public isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t as literate either. Popular music has moved out of the head and into the body and become a competitive sport. The public may not know much about American history, but millions can recite pop and rock à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢nà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ roll history like catechism; it may be the only history most Americans really know.

  77. And here is a look at Maroon 5’s innovative record deal with Universal after Sony BMG got cold feet and bailed:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/21/arts/music/21maro.html?ref=music&pagewanted=print

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Songs About Janeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  sold an estimated 10 million copies worldwide, but that was not enough to assure top executives at Sony BMG, the music giant that distributed it, that the rights to Maroon 5à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s future recordings were worth the asking price. Instead Sony BMG sold its stake in the partnership with Octone Records, the start-up label that had signed and developed the band.

    and:

    Rivals estimate that A&M/Octone will have to sell at least 15 million albums for Universal to break even on its investment. Universal insiders put the figure in the 10 million to 12 million unit range. With CD sales in the United States already sinking about 20 percent since a year ago and the industryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s prospects still uncertain, either figure is a tall order.

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