‘Live Like We’re Dying’ debuts on Idol airplay chart
Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying makes the highest debut on this week’s American Idol airplay chart. According to MediaBase, Allen’s debut single picked up 180 spins, enough to put it at #51 on our chart. He enters the Mediabase Hot AC chart at #63 and the Top 40 chart at #93.
Within hours of making his yet-to-be-released album available for pre-order on Amazon.com, a frenzy of ordering drove Lambert’s ranking all the way to No. 2 on the online retailer’s bestsellers list.
That put Lambert ahead of Madonna, The Beatles and world-wide sensation Susan Boyle.
Lambert’s album won’t be released until Nov. 24. The only CD that out-ranked him yesterday was Barbra Streisand’s first new record in four years.
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‘American Idol’ winner Kris Allen’s first single is catchy
Kris Allen’s first post-‘ American Idol’ single, ‘Live Like We’re Dying, ‘ is good. It’s surprising, and maybe a little jarring at first, if you expected a ballad or a mellow groove with a spare arrangement, like some of Allen’s best performances on ‘American Idol’ that paved the way to his Season 8 win.
But ‘Live Like We’re Dying, ‘ is very catchy, a bit inspirational (the lyrics are all about seizing the day, and making the most of life and love). Also it’s energetic and danceable, with a really grooving, syncopated chorus ‘â€ so what’s not to like?
N.C. State Fair will play host to special events, ‘$5 Footlong Song Challenge’
Also on Oct. 20, the Subway ‘$5 Footlong Song Challenge’ will take place on the Kitchen Craft Waterfall Stage at 1:30 p.m. Five contestants who submitted original lyrics about the State Fair and Subway footlong sandwiches will perform their songs onstage. Special guest judges from radio station G105’s ‘Bob and the Showgram’ will choose the winner, who will receive a $500 Subway gift card and tickets to see Anoop Desai in concert at Dorton Arena on Thursday, Oct. 22. For contest details, log on to www.footlongsongchallenge.com.
Underwood, Robin Roberts help Opry fight breast cancer
Monday, September 28, 2009 ‘ The Grand Ole Opry is joining the fight against breast cancer this Friday, Oct. 2 with ‘Opry Goes Pink, ‘ and it is getting help from ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ co-anchor Robin Roberts, herself a breast cancer survivor. Roberts will be on hand as a special guest announcer for a portion of the night’s first show.
Roberts will introduce acts as well as the Greater Nashville Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure 2009 Honorary Survivor of the Year Tracie Shelby. On each of the night’s shows, Carrie Underwood will take the stage to ‘flip the switch, ‘ turning the Opry’s signature barn backdrop pink in support of the groups Women Rock for the Cure and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The shows will also include performances from Underwood, Terri Clark, Jo Dee Messina, Lorrie Morgan, Mindy Smith and others as well as special activities recognizing breast cancer survivors and the continuing fight against the disease.
When fans mention the code OPRYPINK when ordering tickets via telephone or enter the same code when purchasing tickets online, $5 from the sale of those tickets will be donated to Women Rock for the Cure and the Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Paris Bennett interview for ‘American Idol Rewind’
Part-time Fayetteville resident and season five contestant Paris Bennett called in late last week to promote the upcoming season of ‘American Idol Rewind, ‘ which starts this weekend on TV Guide Channel.
Her class of 2006 is considered the favorite among many of us ‘Idol’ acolytes. Among the top 10, Daughtry is huge. Kellie has been a surprisingly sturdy presence in country music. Bucky, Ace, Mandisa, Elliott, Kat and Taylor have kept themselves in the spotlight to various degrees. Even Lisa Tucker is working with Ne Yo.
Paris did come out with an album a couple of years back but got little traction. She had a baby nearly a year ago named Egypt. Whatever diva-like issues she had in 2007 are largely gone. But she really hasn’t forged a solid career image that I can ascertain.
Bucky sparks donations to help feed Richmond Co.
They were among an estimated 5, 000 to 6, 000 people at the hour and a half show and taping of footage for a music video. While it wasn’t the first time she said they’d seen Covington in concert, she thought it was a great idea to have people donate to these hunger-related causes.
‘I felt like this was a worthwhile thing to do because it’s to feed the kids, ‘ Reed said.
Reed’s party didn’t come empty-handed. Not only was she carrying a plastic grocery bag full of donations in each hand, so were the other four people with her.
New Blake Lewis Videos
American Idol Season 6 runner-up Blake Lewis has been working on his sophomore album, Heartbreak on Vinyl. This summer, MyIdol members asked Blake their questions. In an exclusive interview with AmericanIdol.com, Blake answered your questions, and we have it all on tape! Watch our interview with Blake.
David Archuleta ‘To Be With You’
Last night David Archuleta made a surprise appearance at the concert of his piano player from his tour, Kendra. David, as you will hear in the video above, says that he called Kendra asking for directions and by the end of the conversation the two decided last minute to do a song together at her concert!
David surprised the audience by appearing on the stage to perform ‘To Be With You.’ Not only do we get to watch David and Kendra work their magic on stage together, but we also get to see David play the piano! Our heart melts!
David posted on Twitter about the night: ‘Made a surprise guest appearance in Kendra’s concert playing To Be With You! We haven’t played it or practiced it since tour lol.’
‘Idol’ finalist shares hopes and heartbreak
It’s been more than a year since Brooke White experienced being a weekly staple of pop culture as a fifth-place finalist on ‘American Idol.’
Now the singer-songwriter with the distinctive, raspy voice and confident piano/guitar chops is back to performing for more intimate crowds ‘â€ albeit on her own terms. (No ballads from ‘Evita’ this go-round.)
The Arizona-bred White is roaming the country on the strength of her first post-‘Idol’ record ‘High Hopes & Heartbreak.’ She’s joined on the road by fellow season seven alumni Michael Johns (eighth place), the pair alternating headlining sets while sharing the same band. They play tonight at the Bottleneck, 737 N.H.
DeGarmo Leads NYMF Concert of Liberty Sept. 29
The New York Musical Theatre Festival concert presentation of Liberty, starring ‘American Idol’ finalist Diana DeGarmo, is presented Sept. 29 at the Acorn Theatre.
Igor Goldin stages the musical that has book and lyrics by Dana Leslie Goldstein and music by Jonathan Goldstein. Jeffrey Lodin serves as musical director. Show time is 8 PM.
DeGarmo (Toxic Avenger, Hairspray, Joseph’ ¦) appears in the title role, with fellow cast members Ryan Duncan (Altar Boyz, Shrek) as James Goodleaf, Leah Horowitz (Les Miserables) as Emma Lazarus and Destan Owens (Chicago, Rent) as Samuel Ferguson.
9/29: ‘Wizard of Oz’ 70th Birthday Concert
BECAUSE BECAUSE BECAUSE: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is turning ‘ wait for it ‘ 70 this year, and Netflix is throwing a big ol’ party in Central Park. Come for a concert of the movie’s songs, performed by the likes of Jennifer Hudson and ‘Dancing With the Stars’ ’ Julianne Hough and produced by ?uestlove of the Roots; stay for a screening of the film itself. Its message may be 70 years old, but it’s never gone out of style. 7:30PM.
Ryan Seacrest looking to cash in on reality series starring Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom
When Khloe Kardashian wed Los Angeles Lakers’ Lamar Odom Sunday night, the reality star heard wedding bells. But for Ryan Seacrest, the reality show producer heard ka-ching, ka-ching.
As guests were arriving to attend the star-studded black-tie event at Kardashian family friend and music manager Irving Azoff’s Los Angeles mansion, the ‘American Idol’ judge was asked if there was any possibility he would turn the couple’s union into a new reality show.
Seacrest, who has been a producer on various reality shows including E!’s ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians, ‘ was quick to answer.
‘I mean, come on, the producer side of me is thinking [it] could be a good reality series, ‘ he admitted to TMZ.com. ‘Today’s about celebration, tomorrow’s about production.’
‘X Factor’ Update: Danyl Johnson Fails To Live Up To Hype
A few weeks ago, affable schoolteacher Danyl Johnson auditioned for British talent show The X Factor and was shockingly told by none other than Simon Cowell that it was the best first audition Simon had ever seen in his eight-year reality career. As a result, Danyl was catapulted to instant viral stardom and declared The New Susan Boyle.
And of course, as a result, the pressure was on. And the backlash was in motion. As the show advanced to its ‘Boot Camp’ round this week, with the final 24 being mentored by Simon and the other three X Factor judges, viewers wondered: Would Danyl rise to the occasion and deliver another watercooler-chatter-worthy performance? Or would he crack like, well, Susan Boyle?
EXCLUSIVE: RadarOnline’s DWTS Blogger Lacey Schwimmer Injured
RadarOnline.com’s own Dancing with the Stars blogger Lacey Schwimmer has suffered injuries in and around her hip muscles, we’ve learned exclusively, which will take three weeks of physical therapy to treat.
While in rehearsals on Monday with her Iron Chef star and partner Mark Dacascos, Schwimmer ‘severely strained’ her hip flexors and abductors.
Those muscle groups serve to flex the hip and pelvic regions, and lift them away from the body.
‘I’m doing ok, in a lot of pain but hey that’s a dancers life!’ Schwimmer tells us.
Louie Vito’s DWTS Blog: ‘My Hair Is Me’
One week down, another to go, and boy, am I thankful to live to dance another week. Going into the first show I had no idea what to expect. I can deal with pressure and nerves. In fact, I LOVE pressure, but this was on a whole other level. The rehearsal went super well. I felt like I danced better than ever. Going into the first dance, I was ready to go. I am my toughest critic. I did my dance successfully and thought I did pretty well. I started to get on myself about my two mini slip-ups during the dance. Chelsie just told me to get over it and kill the salsa. So with the salsa, I just tried to turn it up a notch and get it going. Overall with both dances I was stoked. I didn’t forget any steps. I was a little nervous I would keep a game face on, but I smiled the whole time. Most importantly, Chelsie was happy.
Elizabeth Taylor is a Dancing With the Stars Superfan
Former model Kathy Ireland might not be the judges’ favorite on Dancing with the Stars, but she can count on her most loyal supporter, Elizabeth Taylor, to give her top marks.
After Kathy, 46, and her partner Tony Dovolani performed ‘Shall We Dance’ from The King and I Bruno Tonioli wasn’t impressed, telling them ‘You can’t dance the quickstep two miles apart’ ¦ You’re elegant, beautiful to look at, but you have to be engaging.’ But Dame Elizabeth couldn’t disagree more!
‘Saw Dancing With The Stars tonight. Didn’t think the judges were fair to Kathy Ireland.’ Elizabeth, 77, tweeted about her friend and business partner on Sept. 28.
‘Kathy was delightful, gorgeous and fit the music they chose perfectly, ‘ the former Mrs Richard Burton twittered, ‘If they ever do a remake of The King and I she should star in it.’
Aaron Carter Scores Big On ‘Dancing With The Stars’
If Monday night’s episode of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ proves anything, it’s that Aaron Carter and his professional dance partner Karina Smirnoff have the chops and the chemistry to make it pretty far in the competition. Their Muppet-themed tango routine earned the pair a score of 27 out of 30.
And they were praised accordingly by the judges. Bruno Tonioli declared the routine, ‘Spectacular, spectacular!’ adding that Carter is ‘a mini-Fred Astaire.’ Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said the performance was ‘truly a pleasure’ and that it had ‘great pizzazz.’ And the guest judge for the night, ‘Moulin Rogue’ director Baz Luhrmann, said the couple was ‘clever and inventive, ‘ according to People.
All this praise may be why Carter thinks he has a shot at winning the dance competition. In an interview with 104.3 MY FM’s Valentine in the Morning on Monday, hours before the show, he declared, ‘There are no if’s, and’s or but’s or possibilities or chances, I’m going to win ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ ‘