Idol Headlines for 05/27/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

MultiVu Video Feed: Bon Jovi to Join Golf Legend Tiger Woods For 10Th Annual Tiger Jam on May 26 In Las Vegas

Daughtry, Hootie & The Blowfish Also Scheduled to Perform…

Earth Times

Paisley in overdrive with “5th Gear”

…The new album features a duet with Carrie Underwood on the song “Oh Love.” Underwood toured with Paisley last year, when the two would sing “Whiskey Lullaby.” When he needed a female voice for the new duet, Underwood was a natural choice. “I’m a huge fan of her singing. She’s just tremendous and deserving of everything she’s getting, ” he says. “When I heard that song, it flipped me out, (especially the line) ‘Strong like a mother holds her child.’ If that doesn’t appeal to me at this point, I don’t know what does.”…

Star-studded Kingdom Assignment Event, ‘The Well Done Awards’ to Celebrate Extraordinary Stories of Faith

The Kingdom Assignment book series has been featured on Oprah, ABC Nightly News, The Hallmark Channel, People Magazine and written about in countless newspapers around the world. This special night honoring 31 people who have accomplished amazing stories of faith, will honored with a night of celebration featuring: Guest Artists: American Idol’s Katharine McPhee; “The Pursuit of Happyness” Chris Gardner; Entertainers Bebe Winans, The Groovaloos, The Dailies Band, Dave Koz, Roddy Chiong and American Idol’s Chris Sligh….


Young artists draw praise for festival exhibit
This year’s Festival in the Park contest received more than 100 entries from 16 schools.

…Tonight’s concert performance in Elmwood Park will feature the 1970s band Pure Prairie League, with an opening performance by Josh Gracin, the fourth-place finalist on the second season of American Idol…

‘Idol’ worship
Contestant parlays TV success into music career

A lot of performers have influenced former “American Idol” contestant Elliott Yamin, from icons like Stevie Wonder to more contemporary artists like Ray LaMontagne.

But the most surprising name on Yamin’s list of musical inspirations is deceased singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, a performer who never had a Top 10 hit but whose signature album has sold more than 2 million copies……

Lancaster Online

Dad’s life is story behind Sparks’ ‘Idol’ win

It always is the middle of the story that solves the riddle.

Not the beginning, when Phillippi Sparks watched his single mom walk through the door after one of her three jobs with a bag of fried chicken from her fast-food employer. Not the end, when Jordin Sparks looked out at the audience after being crowned the new American Idol and said, “Mom, Dad, I love you.”

But in between, where you learn how Sparks grew up in west Phoenix wanting more and found it – in the NFL, where he played for nine seasons, and in a family, where he and his wife, Jodi, produced a daughter who suddenly is more recognizable than all the members of President Bush’s Cabinet…

Maroon 5 strikes a balance between the serious and the sexy on new album

..In person, Levine is refreshingly candid and often hilariously profane, but his salty language can’t hide his decent core. At the end of the interview, he apologizes for slightly poking fun at “Idol” contestant Blake Lewis, whom the band has known for years, during the interview; as if the notion he may have said something demeaning has been weighing on him the whole time. Or maybe he’s just afraid that his innocent comment will be taken the wrong way…


Newspaper Features Clay Aiken In Cartoon

The News & Observer daily newspaper of Raleigh has posted another “spoof” cartoon by animator Grey Blackwell and this time, the cartoon focuses on Clay Aiken and other American Idol stars from North Carolina….

Raleigh Chronicle

American Idol’s Entertaining Finale

…While watching one of the production numbers, it occurred to me that everyone seemed on the edge of delirium, all sporting effusive, broad grins, perhaps owing to the fact that virtually everyone on camera either had and/or will be making a great deal of money. I suppose that is cause for a smile or two.

But I will hand it to the producers. Idol was, in its infancy, virtually the antithesis of Wednesday evening’s program. The first year or two it was painfully obvious that the show was being produced on a shoestring budget. The show’s great success since has opened the network’s checkbooks and production values have soared…

Blogcritics Magazine

Atlantic City: Hermits stars Noone

Peter Noone was thrilled when he was asked to coach this season’s “American Idol” contestants during “British invasion” week in March.

He was equally thrilled he paid his dues more than 40 years ago and didn’t need the show as a vehicle to launch his career…


‘Idol’ McPhee just a ‘C’

“American Idol” alum Katherine McPhee earned only a “C” for her work at a Minneapolis-area nightclub…

The Money

American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks Loses Voice, But Keeps Her Cool

It’s just a few days since Jordin Sparks was named the youngest “American Idol” in the show’s history, and in the red-hot media frenzy it sounds like the 17-year-old singer has lost her voice…

Antonella kicks back

“Idol” contestant learned a lot, moving forward

It would be easy for Antonella Barba to regret ever auditioning for American Idol. But the 20-year-old doesn’t.

“I try not to have regrets, ” the Point Pleasant resident says. “I look at everything as a learning opportunity . . . right or wrong, and grow from the experience.”

Barba has learned a lot since February, when she was named to the Top 24 on the musical reality television show………

Ashbury Park Press


Town pedals for patriotism: Bike parade features local Iraq war vet, local star; veterans march in Highlands

Point Pleasant Beach rolled into the season Saturday with its Memorial Day bike parade, which featured “American Idol” contestant Antonella Barba and a local resident who served in Iraq…

Ashbury Park Press

Wal-Mart: Back To Basics
Company Still Looking For Identity As Shareholders Meeting Nears

Wal-Mart put on a shareholders meeting last year that some compared to an off-Broadway extravaganza, with singer Beyonce shimmying in a yellow dress and “American Idol” Taylor Hicks doing his somewhat goofy song-and-dance routine.

The company executive credited with that musical extravaganza — or fiasco, depending on who you talk to — is gone this year, her departure wrapped in controversy…


Ask Kelly Clarkson a Question!

She’s the original Idol ‘ and now she’s answering your questions! Tell us what you’re dying to know about the pop superstar, and your question may appear in PEOPLE.

American Troops Are Remembered with Gifts of Music

This Memorial Day weekend, our American troops will be remembered in many special ways. They were remembered today as it was announced that Redstone Properties, at, has donated 1, 000 Taylor Hicks CD to the Proud Of Our Troops drive. The Proud Of Our Troops drive is an ongoing drive sponsored by Jewelry Sprout, which sends Taylor Hicks CD to our men and women all over the world who are serving our country.

The Proud Of Our Troops Drive began in June, 2006, and in 21 weeks, 3, 157 copies of Hicks debut single, “Do I Make You Proud” were sent to American soldiers overseas! The goal for Part 2 of the drive is 10, 000 copies of Taylor’s new CD, titled “Taylor Hicks….

Views and reviews from Star Party
MUSIC REVIEW: The critic and some fans exchange opinion of performers at the annual event, the 19th of the series.

…Critic: Whether she went in a pop or an R&B dance direction, her material sounded generic. Kat’s most convincing piece was her interpretation of Alanis Morissette’s “Mary Jane.” Not only was it a more personal song, but it was a nice showcase for her voice, both her range and colors. Grade: C+ …


Idol Watch: Another year, another Idol

…Is it ignorant for me to believe that the powers-that-be will cut her a marketing break and not have her coming out looking like Katharine McPhee on her album cover? She is only 17, so surely they wouldnt do that…

Beauregard Daily News

A.M. Surf Report: Justin Timberlake Scores The ‘Coolest Chick Ever’; Kelly Clarkson Gets An ‘Idol’ Apology; Maroon 5 Elbow T-Pain

….Constantine Maroulis has been off “American Idol” for more than two years now, but between musical theater and soap opera roles, he hasn’t gotten around to putting out an album. Until now. Maroulis’ LP Constantine ‘  “better than the one I could have made right off the show, ” he told us ‘  is due August 4. Meanwhile, fellow season-four rocker Bo Bice tells us that his upcoming second album (due later this year) will bear more of his mark. “I didn’t have a lot to do with the first record, ” he explained….

… reports that Kelly Clarkson has received an apology from her record label for Clive Davis’ speech on Wednesday night’s “American Idol” finale ‘  not for the length of the extended monologue, but for its content. Davis, who has clashed with Clarkson over her upcoming My December, plugged new singles by Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks but not Kelly’s “Never Again, ” and highlighted the record sales of other “Idol” vets in the presentation. Davis’ rep denied the report to TMZ, and said that he was simply focusing on recent “Idol” successes, not freezing out Clarkson. …

‘American Idol’ Vets Bo Bice, Constantine Maroulis Can’t Stop Rockin’
Unforgettable season-four contestants hanging tough with new albums.

…The album, titled Constantine, will drop August 7 on his label, with distribution from Sony/Red. Self-proclaimed “blue-collar guy” Maroulis is confident that his fans will find it and buy enough copies to keep him on the road. “I can sell a couple hundred thousand copies and do what I love to do: play clubs, ” he said. “I don’t need to be a huge star.” …


THE SUMMER OF 1967, perhaps more than any other single season before or since, had its own soundtrack. Some would argue that music was the most significant ‘  and lasting ‘  element of what came to be known as the Summer of Love…

…So load up the iPod with these tracks and take a stroll (real or imaginary) down Haight Street. It will be just like 1967 all over again ‘  well, kind of…

…- “A Whiter Shade of Pale, ” Procol Harum (1967)

The English psychedelic rock band skips the light fandango, turns cartwheels across the floor and hits the big time with one of the era’s most-enduring tracks. It’s been covered hundreds of times, with varying results. We don’t have to bring up Elliott Yamin’s version, do we? …

Inside Bay

Nigel Lythgoe ups the ante on ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’
Former hoofer choreographs the drama, right down to the winning moment, on both Fox reality shows.

…The British man turned to the crew. “Did I frighten them?” he asked.

Of course he did, a bit. But the young dancers knew well that the occasional dose of high-voltage shock therapy was what they signed up for. And the speaker, Mr. Nigel Lythgoe, knows they know it too, because generating these shocks is how he spends his days, not just as judge of “So You Think You Can Dance” but also as an executive producer and co-creator (along with “Idol” warlord Simon Fuller). When not serving as judge and producer of “Dance, ” Lythgoe, along with fellow executive producer Ken Warwick, presides over the daily production of another little TV franchise, a show called “American Idol.”…

LA Times

‹American Idol Recap: Christians a Definite Presence

…Besides Sparks, half of the singers on this summer …Idol tour ‘ five out of ten ‘ have Christian roots…

Christian Post


  1. I just read that Idol Worship article. I wonder what Elliott means when he says his next cd will be “really left field”.

  2. “I want to establish myself as a true artist, and I’m really looking forward to getting better in my songwriting and musicianship,” Yamin said. “I’m enjoying being a pop star, and I love being so busy every day with this tour, promoting the record … but that doesn’t mean I want to lose sight of what got me to where I am in the first place.

    Left-field, right-field or center, Elliott’s just gonna get better and better. :) I had no idea he’s a Jeff Buckley fan. Great to see his jump from #67 last week to #20 on the latest posted Billboard chart.

    Season four’s other rocker, #2 finisher Bo Bice, is also prepping an album for later this year: his yet-untitled sophomore release.

    The longhaired Southern rocker says he called the shots this time around.

    Allright Bo!

    Constantine’s got a pretty good rock voice…CD should be interesting.

  3. Man, August 4th or August 7th, I am SO going to buy Constantine’s cd!! :wub_tb:

  4. Constantine and Elliott are distributed by the same outfit – SONY/RED but Elliott has some deal with Sony that I think Constantine doesn’t have. Very fitting for Memorial day, if you go to Elliott’s my space, he’s left a message saying he’s going on a Thanksgiving USO 10 tour to Afganistan, etc.

    One last bit of E news. His song hit 21 on the Top 40 chart today. Since It’s Not Over is falling, Wait for You will pass it tomorrow and become a Top 20 hit. Elliott will then join Chris as the only Season 5 idol to score a Top 20 hit (so far on Top 40 chart.) I’m a proud fan of both. Have a great Sunday.

  5. Happy holiday weekend to all! Enjoyed the articles this AM, Jordin losing her voice! She has no idea what is in store for this tour, get ready to work your butt off! I am liking Jordin more each day, seems like just a kid enjoying this exciting ride on AI

    Heard the news about Elliott and the USO tour, how exciting for him!
    Top twenty hit, for my boy Elliott, way to prove em wrong

    As far as Connie goes, never a fan of the swarmy ones, will pass on the cd

  6. That article about Jordin’s Dad almost got me choked up. They seem like very a well-grounded family.

    Can’t wait for the Paisley/Underwood duet. Their “Whiskey Lullaby” is phenomenal!

  7. From the MTV article: “I don’t need to be a huge star.” à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  Constantine Maroulis

    Glad to hear that Connie… it’s good you feel that way cause it probably aint happenin! :)

  8. Taylorà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s JTFTW doing wayyyy better in other countries then here in the USA shames on the USA

    See here :

    It says :

    World Adult Chart compiled by (US, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Australia).

    That’s ADULT CHART and includes the USA.

    Taylor’s CD is #4. The USA appreciates Taylor, apparently there are many other countries that do too. However, 6 countries is hardly the world.

  9. The company executive credited with that musical extravaganza à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  or fiasco, depending on who you talk to à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  is gone this year, her departure wrapped in controversyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Apparently the only person to talk to who calls this a “fiasco” is the writer of this piece. I’ve been watching the news since last season and I never heard any complaints or talk about fiasco’s then. Now the writer wants to call it that one year later… why ? What’s the agenda ?

  10. I’m not reading a whole lotta love for Kat in today’s headlines, bless her heart.

  11. Ooh, Elliott’s next CD sounds really interesting! Can’t wait to hear what’s on it.

    Bucky did a free concert here Friday night, but I missed it, unfortunately.

  12. That MN reporter said Katharine didn’t have what it takes and was boring basically and yet loved Robin Thicke- who I think is one of the most boring singers and entertainers I’ve ever seen.

    You win some you lose some. *shrug*

  13. Mayfair Review:
    B104 Night has the ticket for Mayfairà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s first paid concert

    McPhee was the probably the surprise of the night, with a confident five-song set that made it clear America got it wrong by choosing Taylor Hicks over her.,0,5432614.story

    p.s. who ever i talked to in daily chat about tegan and sara i just downloaded their new cd and i am loving it!

  14. Elliot, nice use the diasabity card,(opinion just went down or supper up)and why does it sound like other artists like Chris D and tay have said….I sence a little ego in that too, people or artiste have had it harder including Kat w/ an eating disorder..They shreded her here…..Chicken little has the same thing…….Nobodys perfect not even my opinion will be up on him in a week..

    I am daughtry is headling that should be good..
    Constantine is doing a cd I wonder how it is like..

  15. “I say to them right at the beginning, ‘I’m going to mess around with you in the results show,’ ” he said. “I’m there to cause friction. I am there to annoy people or make people laugh or amuse people. That’s what the show is. We’ve got one hour to say, ‘So and so, you’re going home’ so we’ve got to move and manipulate it as much as we can. I always go out and apologize afterwards.”

    Good morning everyone and thank you LisaB..

    Love it that he always apologizes afterwards. Being manipulated is always made easier knowing that there will be an apology…LOL

  16. Yippeee–Elliot the new clay stay in Kubal then…… the way “home” from Daughtry ” is rising….Elliot is on the top 20 already thanks to his appearance..I say five years still will be “daughtry” thought..

    I am sick of elliot now maybe he will stay therein Kubal the army needs volunteers wait he is disabled..thanks E- fans now I hate him more than anyone w/ a passion.

  17. you all missed the most important story…

    jordin already lost her voice. she is weeks ahead of kat. the ice cream truck cannot be far behind (she gets the truck with the music because she is just 17…)

  18. Good for Elliott. I think it’s great that he’s been asked to perform on the USO tour. His music is so good that the troops are going to really enjoy it. Our troops appreciate the performers who come to try to boost their morale and let them know we’re thinking of them.

    Elliott has become a great spokesperson and example of what can be accomplished even if you have a serious disease such as diabetes. Can’t imagine hating on him for that.

  19. taylor needs a real video for heaven’s even get at lease an airplay on a station that never played JTFTW in pheonix arizona..that’s progess

    heaven know is #58 on the mediachart after his appearence on idol..heaven knows look like it will be a hit.they say 3 try is the charm..and believe it or not even thoughJTFTW is #23 on the chart he is safe to move upagain due to lost of airplay around it..if the down in airplay continue Heaven know will fay up the charts after tuesday woooooooooooooooooo

  20. jordin already lost her voice. she is weeks ahead of kat. the ice cream truck cannot be far behind (she gets the truck with the music because she is just 17à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦)

    Folk! I was totally thinking the same thing. Her voice sounded rough on Wednesday, and I don’t think it was just the crying. When she was singing with Ruben, I was thinking he’s either a far better singer than she is, or she’s coasting on the chorus or some reason. Perhaps a little of both. Maybe she’ll miss a few tour dates and make this the most snarkworthy summer ever.

    Hey Rippen – long time no see. Good to see you here on this fine Sunday.

  21. jordin already lost her voice. she is weeks ahead of kat. the ice cream truck cannot be far behind (she gets the truck with the music because she is just 17à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦)


  22. Love it that he always apologizes afterwards. Being manipulated is always made easier knowing that there will be an apologyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦LOL

    Which article is that from Emer?

  23. SpenserJ May 27th, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Folk! I was totally thinking the same thing. Her voice sounded rough on Wednesday, and I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think it was just the crying. When she was singing with Ruben, I was thinking heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s either a far better singer than she is, or sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s coasting on the chorus or some reason. Perhaps a little of both. Maybe sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll miss a few tour dates and make this the most snarkworthy summer ever.

    I thought she sounded great with Ruben.

  24. Thanks for the Lancaster link, LisaB! I thought Elliott’s CD, while still good, was a little too slick; I did figure he had to play it safe for the first one and good to know that was confirmed. I never knew he was a Jeff Buckley fan but I’m not at all surprised when I think about it.

    From the blogcritics link:

    Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight were grand. They don’t seem to have lost a beat, even if Ms. Knight has added a pound or two.

    Hey! So Gladys gets slapped for having the figure of a middle-aged woman, but Smokey doesn’t get called out for having the face of a middle-aged woman? Holy plastic surgery, Batman!

  25. Daughtry performed at the Indy 500 pre-race concert today. I didn’t expect to hear them perform on television, but to my surprise, they performed “It’s Not Over.” I could also hear Chris in the background while the announcers were talking, etc. The Indy 500 is a Memorial Day tradition at my house, so it was nice to see Daughtry perform today (and to see Peyton Manning wave the green flag!). I’ve heard Chris sound much better, but after performing a full set less than 15 hours earlier in Vegas (with Bon Jovi), I wasn’t expecting perfection. LOL The schedule this week has been brutal (LA earlier in the week, DC Friday, Vegas Saturday, and Indy today). I hope the guys get a much deserved break SOON.

  26. I thought Jordin’s voice was overtaxed on the finale, but, the same thing happened last year with the finalists. They sing and practice many times during the day, and, of course, that will take it’s toll on one’s voice. LOL, the ice cream truck with music. Hilarious!

    Good for Elliott, but, I’ve never been a fan of his, and, probably never will be. I just don’t care for his voice. In fact, the only time I actually sat through one of his songs on AI, was during Elvis week. Other than that, I would leave the room for something. But, I’m sure not hating on him. That’s a very strong word.

  27. From reading that article about Constantine, and, Bo, it makes me think more and more that Bo is the one who made the decision to leave RCA. It sounds like Clive wasn’t going to allow him to do the kind of music he wanted. If he had been able to, he might’ve seen the numbers that Daughtry is enjoying right now. But, you gotta love Bo, he gets knocked down, then, gets right back up.

  28. Those folks in Minneapolis loved Robin Thicke, but, thought Kat was boring? Oh my is all I can say. Robin Thicke is horrific.

  29. I thought Chris’ voice was really rough, Carla. I can understand after singing the night before but think he needs a rest. It’s good but bad that he’s getting so much publicity right now because it doesn’t give his voice a chance to rest.

    I have a feeling that not only can Chris thank Bo for helping him to decide to do the show but also for Clive letting Chris do his thing on his album after what he did to Bo. I’m really looking forward to Bo’s next album.

  30. Thanks a bunch for the articles, Lisa B. Some interesting reading both today and yesterday.

    Also to you Kirsten for that TV ratings round-up. I was surprised to see CSI beat Grey’s (Yay!) Sad to see two of my faves (30 Rock and Scrubs) down so far (Boo!). But happy both have been renewed for at least one more year. (Yay!)

  31. bean99……….you are so right, not only about Jordin and Chris but any of the Idols. Overuse of the voice is draining, and can cause a disruption in the career if not taken care of. We’ll see how this bunch fares on the tour.

    Taylor has done 75-90 minute sets on his last tour, had done the 55 or so Idol tour, plus other gigs along the way, and now has a tour lined up from Jun to Sept. I don’t know if it can last. And Chris uses his voice in a different way and is the frontman. Taylor takes advantage of his band for breaks. I wish all of them the best and to take care of those voices that we all love.

  32. Love it that he always apologizes afterwards. Being manipulated is always made easier knowing that there will be an apologyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦LOL

    Which article is that from Emer?


    It’s the article right before the last one that LisaB has posted so far….. Nigel Ups the Ante..

  33. skylight1219, please don’t think I was responding to anything you said. Hey whether somebody likes or doesn’t like Elliott’s music is totally a personal thing. We all have different tastes. I just was replying to this comment about Elliott’s USO invite.

    I am sick of elliot now maybe he will stay therein Kubal the army needs volunteers wait he is disabled..thanks E- fans now I hate him more than anyone w/ a passion.

  34. Hey! So Gladys gets slapped for having the figure of a middle-aged woman, but Smokey doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get called out for having the face of a middle-aged woman? Holy plastic surgery, Batman!

    Seems thats the way of the world. or at least America..
    Smokey can no longer evev BAT his eyelids… They are permanently fixed… Bet he even has to sleep with his eyes open..

  35. Chris was interviewed during the race and said they’ve had 3 performances in 24 hrs and he’s also caught a cold. He blamed Ellen, lol.

  36. jordin already lost her voice. she is weeks ahead of kat. the ice cream truck cannot be far behind (she gets the truck with the music because she is just 17à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦)

    Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t forget Starbucks Folk.

    What about the swimming pool? Surely there is some guy she can find to frolic around in the pool with since she doesn’t have a boyfriend.

    Also, do we know what Bo’s contract with RCA was to begin with? I doubt it was just a one-album deal, so I’d think they’d have to drop him for him to leave, unless someone bought his contract out. But I may be waaaaay off base here. Nevada?

    Happy holiday weekend, everyone! I’ve been out running errands and have some more to take care of today. I WISH I was at the beach, but oh well. :)

    I saw Elliott’s blog post on his myspace and am REALLY excited that he’s coming to FL on the second leg of his tour. My roommate loved him on the show, so she may go with me to see him.

    So Taylor’s going to be here again in August, Kelly’s going to be here in September. I think Kellie Pickler is supposed to be coming here on the tour with Brad Paisley. Hopefully we’ll be on E’s list too. And Clay’s supposed to be here sometime, but I’m not paying $70 for a ticket to go hear him sing covers. Sawry.

    And Maroon 5 are freaking opening for the Police! My only hope of going to that one is winning tickets. Those are WAY too expensive for me.

    *waves to Rip*

  37. bean…….3 concerts in 24 hrs is not good for the voice! And its the interviews too, especially if they have five or six on one day.

  38. Chris was interviewed during the race and said theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve had 3 performances in 24 hrs and heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s also caught a cold. He blamed Ellen, lol.

    So, it’s all Ellen’s fault. LOL.

    Wow. He needs to slow down and catch a breath… and rest that voice.

  39. There is another article in the L.A. Times this morning about how many stars are crossing over into country…….and why. I couldn’t find it on the online version of the Times, but often the real paper and online are a day apart.

  40. I think I read that Daughtry travels by plane mostly too. Airplane air is the pits!

  41. Strike a chord – and a rock star pose – at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp

    …Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s my turn to get up on stage for my opening performance, and I know just how the Colonel feels.

    Playing lead guitar on my right is Jamie Moses, who usually plays with Mike and the Mechanics, but has somehow ended up with me.

    On my left, playing bass, is Neil Murray of Black Sabbath and Whitesnake (their 1985 gig Rock In Rio set a new record when 350,000 people turned up).

    Behind me is Simon Kirke, drummer of Bad Company (60 million records sold)…

  42. Surely there is some guy she can find to frolic around in the pool with since she doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have a boyfriend.

    Sarah, I doubt Jordin frolics..

  43. I doubt Jordin frolics

    What? She’s never kissed a guy or swum in a pool? Well, color me surprised.

  44. That LA TImes article was quite an amazing valentine to Nigel and, not so indirectly, flattering to the show as well. But then again, American Idol the production IS Nigel for the most part. I would never had made a connection between the skills and emotional instincts of a dancer and the ability to produce something of the nature and on the scale of American Idol.

    I doubt Jordin frolics..

    I believe it was determined in chat that Jordin lumbers.

    Lumbering, shrill and strident — oh my!

  45. RSF…………..just for the record, as a long time (very long time) subscriber to the L.A. Times, they are struggling to stay afloat and until this year, barely acknowledged that AI existed, and when they did it was scornfully. The writing this year and the space it takes up could have reinstated the TV guide they took away from us. (yes, we are bitter. We want our TV guide) It’s bad enough, but then they have to be all syrupy and sweet about it.

  46. yoroshiku34
    May 27th, 2007 at 1:50 pm Edit
    Thanks for the Lancaster link, LisaB!

    Yoro! YAY!

  47. I also heard the interview with Chris D earlier today. He just always comes across as ungrateful IMO. Back to waiting for the tracks to dry out so we can get this thing they call the Indy 500 finished today. :grin2_ee:

  48. Just a reminder:

    If you read a post that you don’t like, just skip over it. Commenting on the contents of a post or making judgments on it, or making comments about the blog will not be tolerated at all over here.

    I closed the Daily Chat for a reason. The malarky that was going on over there WILL NOT pick up where it left off over here.

    Thank you.

  49. Thanks LisaB for all the work you do to post these articles for us. It seems to be a labor of love.

  50. Here is an interesting article on how several stars are going from pop to southern country.

    I went to that site, and, it says the page isn’t available??? I think the pop market is oversaturated, and, people know that the country genre is very kind to it’s artists. The fans are also very loyal for many, many, years.

  51. New rule: No more commenting on the blog, on the blog. If you have an issue, email me.

    Disagreeing with a poster is allowed. Making the disagreement personal is not.

  52. Edited to make this comment relevant to the discussion at hand:

    I definitely agree that the pop market it oversaturated right now, particularly when it comes to the pretty pop princesses.

    IMO, AI does nothing to dispel this stereotype, either. So many of the girls who are put through to Hollywood and even the top 24 each year are cookie cutter pop stars. I personally would like to see them take an artist, particularly a female, with a different musical and vocal style, under their wing and let the artist be true to who she is without trying to mold her into the next Britney or Jessica or Christina, and see what happens. Leslie Hunt this year would have been the perfect opportunity for that. But she had no chance, because she doesn’t fit the Idol, or the pop music, mold.

    That would be too much of a gamble. And we know that AI and Daddy Clive only care about the almighty dollar.

  53. Sarah
    May 27th, 2007 at 2:43 pm
    Also, do we know what Boà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s contract with RCA was to begin with? I doubt it was just a one-album deal, so Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d think theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d have to drop him for him to leave, unless someone bought his contract out. But I may be waaaaay off base here. Nevada?

    Since none of us have actually seen Bo’s contract, there’s no way to tell for sure, but considering that runners-up Justin Guarini (AI1) and Diana DeGarmo (AI3) were both originally signed to RCA and subsequently departed — one way or another — after one album, it’s probably safe to say that Sony BMG & RCA can pretty much do what they wish.

    Justin was rather unceremoniously dropped by RCA, according to an article on (December 2, 2003):

    RCA had no comment on reports that Justin Guarini, the second-place finalist for the first season of “American Idol,” has been dropped by the label. The eponymous debut album by Guarini à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ who is no longer listed on the RCA Web site à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ has sold 134,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    The details of Diana’s departure are less clear…it was announced on her website that Diana was “released as per her request” from her contract as of June 1, 2005. Her debut album “Blue Skies” had sold 163,999 copies as of 05-16-06.

    Bo obviously did quite a bit better than either Justin or Diana, with sales of 661k as reported in Billboard on 01-16-07.

    Recording contracts typically include an option clause which allows the label to take a wait-and-see approach for subsequent albums. The artist is required to submit masters for a specified number of tracks for the album and only at that point is the label required to decide whether or not to approve the project as “technically and commercially satisfactory.”

    RCA isn’t commenting on Bo and Bo doesn’t seem to have much to say about RCA, which suggests to me they are still contractually bound for the time being…but we shall see.

  54. *bows to Nevada*

    As always, NV, you are awesome. Thanks. I was wondering how that might work. I know we don’t know any real details, but that helps in my understanding for sure.

    Looking forward to the new cd from Bo, no matter who it’s with. :)

  55. Lisa B, thanks for the enlightening and in parts hilarious article from the Daily Mail about the Rock ‘N Roll Fantasy camp in Britain, in which everyone from the average joe to the richest business exec gets the chance to be coached by and play with legends.

    The idea is that the bands must learn enough songs to record an album and then compete against each other at the end of the five-day camp.

    I never knew there were Rock Camps here in the USA and that Britain has continued the trend, with some mighty big names participating. It sounds like as much a thrill for the legends as the aspiring musicians. If I were on a team, I’d shoot for Simon Kirke’s since I have every bass lick memorized from the first CD :) He and Boz Burrell were possibly the best rhythm section to ever exist…well, I know that’s debatable, but they sure had a big influence on me in ’78.

  56. Nevada — if you’re still here, a numbers question:

    If a cd is selling for 7.99 what is the breakdown on the sales price?


  57. Also wanted to add, that picture of Bill Wyman and the “bloke from the Daily Mail” keyboardist made me smile. And, a different look for Bill in the dark spectacles.

  58. juliegr
    May 27th, 2007 at 6:09 pm
    Nevada à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  if youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re still here, a numbers question:

    If a cd is selling for 7.99 what is the breakdown on the sales price?


    Royalty rates are also negotiable. A full-length CD selling for $7.99 suggests a discounted wholesale price, however, and in nearly all instances, CDs sold to vendors (WalMart, Target, Amazon et al) at such a deeply discounted wholesale price earn royalties at a significantly reduced royalty rate.

    My best estimate for a breakdown of a CD selling at $7.99:

    Artist: $0.52
    Producer: $0.24
    Songwriters: $0.27
    Distributor: $1.75
    Manufacturing $1.00
    Retailer: $1.74
    Record label: $2.47

  59. Thanks Nevada. Sorry to ask again — just couldn’t remember the breakdown.

    No haven’t seen the postings — what about them?

  60. Didn’t see this posted anywhere. An article from CNN/Money. Interesting Simon comments, hadn’t seen them before.

    Let the real competition begin
    Now that the show’s over, American Idol’s biggest winner could still be the man who came in second, says Fortune’s Devin Leonard

    Daughtry would surely have been forced to compromise his image as a rock and roller if he had lasted much longer on the show.

    This troubles American Idol’s judges. Cowell recently complained publicly that the success of losers like Hudson and Daughtry is undermining the show. “I think we suffer from Jennifer Hudson- and Chris Daughtry-itis, which is people who didn’t win getting great careers and now a lot of the contestants believed it absolutely doesn’t matter,” Cowell carped to Entertainment Weekly. “Sometimes there’s part of me thinking, ‘You genuinely couldn’t care less what we’re got to say; everything’s going your own way now.

    Maybe this explains, at least in part, why Simon seemed so bored at the finale.

    thx laurirose at the BB

  61. I didn’t link that because it was a rehash of the EW article a few weeks ago.

  62. Lisa B, I scanned EW and Popwatch but only went back a few days. Oh well :)

  63. Regarding the AI Finale, try playing the game “Where’s Simon?”

    Watch the show and look for Simon. Sometimes he’s there; sometimes he’s not. Sometimes’s he’s there and not looking at the stage. Sometimes he’s chatting or otherwise distracted while the performers are singing. Sometimes his seat is empty.

    We should make “Where’s Simon?” a regular segment of the AI season!

  64. yoroshiku34, LOL, thanks for the link, but, where is the link? Thanks.

  65. It’s been a known fact that Simon takes several breaks to smoke his Kools. That could be where he is when he is MIA.

  66. I probably wouldn’t buy a CD from Constantine, but, I sure did love it when he sang, “I Think I Love You,” from the Partidge family. I couldn’t stop laughing. That was one of the funniest moments on tv.
    But, I’m sure looking forward to a new CD from Bo.

  67. I have tried to resist, but my willpower is fading.

    Daughtry, Hootie & The Blowfish?

    Based on the Blowfish face little d à ¢’ž ¢ made on the night he was eliminated from AI5, this pairing seems so…inevitable.

    Where is Boulder when you need her?

  68. I just updated the guidelines to include some information about the Headlines Thread.

    Do not post old crap. This is the DAILY HEADLINE THREAD. LisaB finds nearly everything. If you suspect she hasn’t, look through her headlines first, then the rest of the thread and post only if you don’t find the link.

    The Daily Headlines thread is EXACTLY that. Headlines from TODAY. NOT carp from last year.

  69. Based on the Blowfish face little d à ¢’ž ¢ made on the night he was eliminated from AI5, this pairing seems soà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦inevitable.

    Where is Boulder when you need her?

    You rang?

  70. Very interesting article about pop singers getting closed out of Top 40 radio. It a sad state of affairs, when if it’s not rhythmic, with Timbaland beats, it isn’t even given a chance.
    Radio is so condescending. Just musing, but I’m in NY, and I think NY is ripe for a country station. (It should happen, even K-Rock is back.)

  71. Allison………….be looking for more about the payola scandal. It will explain alot more about how the industry works. I found some other items today that made me ill actually and if I were Jordin, I would run like you know what.

  72. yoroshiku34 – thank you, I finally got to read the article. And, for what it’s worth, I happen to love Bon Jovi, and, the song, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” I think country will be very good to Bo Bice as well. Here’s to hoping.

  73. I just read the article about Jordin and her family. It brought tears to my eyes. She came from a very humble background,and, now I’m extremely happy that she won AI. What a beautiful girl, inside and out.

  74. Boulder Soul
    May 27th, 2007 at 10:59 pm
    Based on the Blowfish face little d à ¢’ž ¢ made on the night he was eliminated from AI5, this pairing seems soà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦inevitable.

    Where is Boulder when you need her?

    You rang?

    Boulder! We missed you in chat!

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