Fans in a fever as hot talents make concert stop
What do Denise Mathieu, 43, of Lewiston and Kaelainn Costello, 14, of Yarmouth have in common?
An infatuation with Adam Lambert so powerful they would stand in the rain outside the Cumberland County Civic Center hours before showtime hoping to catch a glimpse of the heartthrob mega-star who a little over a year ago was an unknown chorus boy doing musical theater in Los Angeles.
“He’s the freaking hottest thing you’ve ever seen, ” Mathieu gushed Saturday outside the civic center, where the finalists from the “American Idol” television program were getting ready for the latest stop on their concert tour. “He is so hot and he’s talented.”
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Idols holding steady on the Billboard charts
Daughtry’s Leave This Town is this week’s top ranked Idol-related album, having sold an additional 26, 000 copies. The album is down seven spots to No. 20 on the Billboard 200.
Kelly Clarkson’s All I Ever Wanted is up an impressive eight spots to No. 74 with a sales increase of 3 percent. Look for Kelly’s sales to get a nice boost in the coming week after her appearance on the VH1 Divas special.
Concert review: Original ‘American Idol’ the best? Kelly Clarkson rocks the Allegan County Fair
Kelly Clarkson threw a big party onstage Saturday night at the Allegan County Fair, with monster hits, her vocals like fireworks–showy and explosive– and a band so large it would give Lyle Lovett a run for his money.
Backed by 11 people–11!–Ms. Independence bounced around like she was having the time of her life, and so were the nearly 6, 000 fans at the grandstand.
She came out with a blast, her three-guy brass section blowing down with their high-voltage playing. There also was, in addition to your basic guitar/bass/drums/keyboard set-up, an extra guitar player, bass player, two back-up singers (one doubled as a bass player), and a DJ/Musical Director guy–a bonus that made the show seem more party-like. This largesse made for a layered, rich, and exhilarating sound that just enhanced Clarkson’s already stunning voice.
What’s hot, what’s really not on the CD sales racks
Adam Lambert, title TBA (Nov. 24): The ‘American Idol’ runner-up is the most exciting contestant the show has seen in years, despite not winning the ‘Idol’ title. For his debut, the glammy rocker has enlisted the help of Swedish pop mastermind Max Martin (Britney, Kelly Clarkson), among others.
Another year, another crop of ‘American Idol’ albums. Among them: Kris Allen, Title TBA (Nov. 17); Allison Iraheta, Title TBA (November TBA); Carrie Underwood, ‘Play On’ (Nov. 3); Blake Lewis, ‘Heartbreak on Vinyl’ (Oct. 6); David Archuleta, ‘Christmas from the Heart’ (Oct. 13); and Katharine McPhee, ‘Unbroken’ (Oct. 6).
David Cook on life after winning ‘American Idol’: It’s ‘not a normal lifestyle’
ALLEGAN — David Cook was surprised to learn he had bought an engagement ring for that special someone.
He was surprised, because it never happened.
“One tabloid said I had been spotted in a jewelry store, picking out a ring, ” he said in a phone interview. “I never even went into a jewelry store. Where do they get this stuff?”
Grand Rapids Press File PhotoDavid Cook performs at Van Andel Arena in 2008.
Since the 26-year-old won “American Idol” in 2008, he has been dogged by the rag media, who are obsessed most of all with his love life.
Country’s Raw Side: Don’t Like It? Tough!
FOR the last three years Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift have cast a long, blond shadow over Nashville, polishing country-pop to a high gloss. But a tough streak has been pulsing through the city at the same time.
This fall, as Ms. Swift tours arenas and Ms. Underwood prepares a new album, country’s raw side is having a moment. Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson will release their third albums: Ms. Lambert’s ‘Revolution’ (Columbia Nashville) is due on Sept. 29, and Mr. Johnson’s untitled album on Mercury Nashville is tentatively slated for a November release. Even Tim McGraw, one of country music’s biggest stars, and one of its slickest, appears to be searching for rough edges on his new album, ‘Southern Voice’ (Curb), to be released Oct. 20.
Tulsa Sound king, swing queen and of course, Carrie
Thursday night will be a celebration of Oklahoma music that blends rock, blues, Western swing and one very bright ‘â€ and young ‘â€ country music superstar.
Join Oklahoma country music superstar Carrie Underwood, Tulsa Sound legend Rocky Frisco and Western swing songbird Ramona Reed as they’re inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
“Class of 2009” inductees Underwood, Frisco and Reed join past inductees Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson, Hank Thompson, the All-American Rejects and David Gates, among others.
All three will perform at the 13th annual Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony and concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Muskogee Civic Center.
2009 VMA Awards
1. According to MTV, Janet’s tribute will feature performances by big-name choreographers, including So You Think You Can Dance go-to’s Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, and Wade Robson. Personally, I can’t wait to see Mia put her Capezios where her mouth is (and no, her and the other judges’ lame five-second cameo in that A Chorus Line group routine from the season 5 finale doesn’t count).
2. The trailer for This Is It, the forthcoming Michael Jackson doc, will premiere during the broadcast.
X Factor auditions: week four
Our weekly recap finds the judges in their theoretical fourth week of auditions, and the faint sound of a barrel being scraped in cities up and down the country. Surely we haven’t run out of people that can sing already?
In another multi-location episode, the hopefuls of Glasgow, Birmingham and London are on parade – in front of the judges, and the thousands of people in the arena audience, of course. But how many potential gems will be mined today?
Not that many, as it turns out. Never mind: we watched it anyway, just in case.