Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦
No Votes, Just Hugs, Smiles and Pop
…American Idol once known for celebrating big ballads and big voices, seems less old-fashioned than it used to. As …Idol veterans storm the pop charts, the franchise (which also includes a management company and record label) has become better integrated into the music industry, embracing the genre divisions that rule mainstream radio. The set list included Fall Out Boy, Martina McBride and Gnarls Barkley songs. And during the intermission, screens showed videos by successful ‘ and genre-oriented ‘ …Idol alumni: the rocker Chris Daughtry, the country star Carrie Underwood, the R&B singer Fantasia. (Where was Kelly Clarkson, formerly the franchise star pupil?)….
‘Next Great’ Fox series hunting for best band
Sheila E. (The Glamorous Life) and the Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik will headline the judging panel on The Next Great American Band, a new music competition from the producers of American Idol.
The rest of the field tilts Down Under: Australian Idol’s Ian “Dicko” Dickson is the third judge, and New Zealand Idol’s Dominic Bowden hosts the Fox series. It premieres Oct. 19…..
Daughtry pays tribute to Layne Staley
….Getting a superstar act like Daughtry to play this benefit at the Showbox — he’s playing a venue 10 times larger in two weeks in Puyallup — was a coup, even if Daughtry’s only connection to Staley was the Alice in Chains T-shirt he wore. Daughtry’s show was slick, professional, timed-to-the-minute, and focused more on theatrics than on emotion — exactly the opposite of what Staley presented onstage.
Still, Daughtry certainly has studied the sound of Alice. His tight band — picked for him by his label, rather than formed out of childhood friendships like Alice — put on an energetic show and hits like “Home” and “There and Back Again” were crowd-pleasing and driving. Coming in fourth on “American Idol” may have been the best career move Daughtry could have made: His latest album has sold over three million copies and is the fastest-selling debut rock album in SoundScan history….
…Daughtry displayed his versatile voice on chart-topping songs such as …Home and …It not over. Even though Daughtry was voted off in season five, he proves that he is operating just fine on his own. During his performance, Daughtry ‘ who blew the American Idol audience away with a perfect rendition of …Hemorrhage (In my hands) by Fuel ‘ once again displayed his talent with a perfect performance of …Hey Man Nice Shot by Filter. The audience bounced up and down, singing along as Daughtry energized the crowd in anticipation of Nickelback, disproving rumors of poor stage presence for Daughtry…
PIRATES AND HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 TRIUMPH AT TEEN CHOICE AWARDS
…Choice Movie Actress Drama: Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)…
…Choice TV Reality/Variety Star: Sanjaya Malakar (American Idol)…
…Choice TV: Reality/Variety Show: American Idol…
American Idol Winner Speaks Out On Other Idols Sparks Calls Friendly Relationships ‘Abnormally Weird’
Jordin Sparks calls it “abnormally weird” how well she gets along with the other “American Idol” contestants, even after weeks on tour together.
Sparks says they’re like “any dysfunctional family” when they get on each other’s nerves, but at the end of the day they still want to hang out together.
Sparks will release her debut album on November 20th.
She describes it as pop-rock in the style of Kelly Clarkson, plus some ballads like she did on the show, and she wants to add some country music.
The Fifth Element #43
As long as I’m tying up loose ends, I’ll comment on the mind-boggling fact that Melinda Doolittle was thrown off American Idol while Blake Lewis remained. (Of course, by now, we all know that effervescent, personable, and precocious Jordin Sparks is the new Idol. Don’t we? Criminy, I sure hope so………..
…Heating up the Hot Stove
“American Idol” finalist Ayla Brown debuted the dance pop single “Absolutely Everybody” at the Hot Stove, Cool Music show. The Boston College basketball player and Wrentham native also trotted out her beau, fellow BC student-athlete Chris Kowalski of Dorchester, to the Fenway Park fund-raiser…
Idol Chatter ‘Idol’ wannabes arrive early for shot at fame30-second auditions are today
Jamie Romain has one dream. One very masochistic dream – to be critiqued by Simon Cowell.
The 16-year-old Orlando, Fla., vocalist has traveled 1, 000 miles with her mother for the mere chance to croon a couple of notes in front of the sharp-tongued British music mogul……
Jordin Sparks To Release First Single …Tattoo Monday
Jordin Sparks, winner of the 2007 American Idol, will release her first single …Tattoo, a pop rock tune, to radio stations on Monday, Aug. 27. Her debut album is scheduled to be released on Nov. 20…..