Idol Headlines for 07/01/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

Oh, if only today’s kids were as tough as we were

“American Idol” 2006 competitor Bucky Covington is back on the country chart with his latest single, “A Different World.” The song, written by Mark Nesler, Jennifer Hanson and Tony Martin, is a paean to a childhood without seat belts, bike helmets or the surgeon general’s tobacco warning labels.

The chorus:

TV specials to watch on July 4th

…Martina McBride and Joss Stone will sing. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks will perform a song with runners-up Blake Lewis and Melinda Doolittle. Time constraints limit the Idol trio to one song…

Orlando Sentinel

Fair brings financial impact

…He expects new artist Kelly Pickler to draw even more.

…If it a nice evening it will be standing room only, he said.

Pickler was the sixth-place finalist in the 2006 season of …American Idol and one of Simon Cowell favorite singers. Her country album …Small Town Girl was released last fall and went No. 1 on the country charts and No. 9 on the Billboard charts.

…I think she is going to be the highlight of the fair this year, Clark said.

And Malone points out that the entertainment is a huge draw for bringing people from all over the Tri-State.

He says the demolition derby on Monday and Wednesday are always a crowd favorite.

…And this year they are having Kelly Pickler and that will be huge, Malone said…

Ironton Tribune

Pop Life 97: Tunes Were Empty, but the Coffers Were Full

…For better or worse, the musical fallout of that summer is still with us, too. Because of those teen-pop acts, lip-synching became more commonplace (and more accepted) at concerts. Simon Fuller, the manager of the Spice Girls back then, went on to bring …American Idol TV show to the United States.

…Nineteen-ninety-seven was a repudiation of all that 1967 San Francisco rock credibility, said James Barber, an executive at Geffen Records in the 1990s. …Show biz reclaimed pop music in 1997. It became more of a Vegas cruise ship thing. And people were happy to pay for it….

NY Times

‹Im in a very happy place right now – Interview with Vince Clarke of Erasure

…What are your thoughts on American Idol or Pop Idol? Would you ever perform on a show like that?
No. I mean, I think it entertaining but it not much to do with music. It more to do with personality and being famous, you know? It would be great if all the artists wrote their own songs. That would be interesting…


‘Pop Idol’ Winner To Star In Discotivity Show

Before ‘American Idol’ (yes, such a time existed) there was ‘Pop Idol, ‘ the British singing TV show that launched in 2001. It looks like the second season winner, Michelle McManus, has landed an unusual stage role: Mary in Discotivity, a disco version of the Nativity Story.

You read that correctly….



…RED HOT: Sure, RED is happy to hold a monopoly on the first three slots of this issue’s Top Independent Albums roll, but the party doesn’t stop there.

As Jason Aldean claims No. 4 on The Billboard 200, this marks the first year in RED history that the distributor plants two different bows in the top 10. “American Idol” finalist Elliott Yamin became the first of that pair 11 weeks ago when he bowed at No. 3…

CNN Money

Single girls: You gotta have faith

…BOXERS OR BRIEFS? I thought I had solved the mystery of Bothell “Idol” Blake Lewis’ underwear when someone called in a hot tip about spotting boxers in his luggage. Au contraire. “I thought I’d let you know that Blake does not actually wear boxers OR briefs, ” writes Tracy from Albany, N.Y. To prove it, she even sent me a You Tube link ‘  of Blake talking about going commando, not actual video of him being commando, and thank goodness because this is a family newspaper. “I guess his owning boxers is kind of like my owning a treadmill, ” Tracy went on. “You bought it, you meant to use it, but somehow … ” In related news: Does anyone care anymore? …

The Seattle Times

Brad Paisley With Special Guests Taylor Swift, Jack Ingram, And Kellie Pickler

Arista Nashville hitmaker Brad Paisley announces his 2007 tour, Hershey’s Presents Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour with special guests Jack Ingram, Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift. The tour will make a stop in Phoenix on Sunday, July 1 at Cricket Pavilion…..

East Valley Tribune

Faith Notebook: Camp meetings coming up in July

…’Idol’ finalist set for ‘Love’ event

“American Idol” finalist Mandisa will perform at NorthStar Church in Kennesaw on Aug. 24 as a guest for “Love Transforms, ” an event focused on showing how love can change lives…