Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦
SINGING FOR DEALS
EPIC GOES FOR KARAOKE
Looking for its own American Idol, SonyBMG’s Epic Records has signed a deal with interactive karaoke restaurant Spotlight Live that could transform dinner guests into the record label’s next big star, The Post has learned…………….
YouTube unveils anti-piracy filters
Online video leader YouTube on Monday rolled out long-awaited technology to automatically remove copyrighted clips, hoping to placate movie and television studios fed up with the Web site’s persistent piracy problems.
The filtering tools are designed so the owners of copyrighted video can block their material from appearing on YouTube, which has become a pop culture phenomenon in its 2-year existence. The tools also give the owners of copyrighted video the option to sell ads around their material if they want the clips to remain available on YouTube.
To find and remove copyrighted music, YouTube already uses separate filtering tools developed by Los Gatos-based Audible Magic Corp……..
Whatever one thinks of Kelly Clarkson’s artistic achievements thus far, it’s hard to deny her the respect she’s earned for weathering virtually nonstop bashing of both her talent — admittedly, a fair target for anyone who steps in front of a microphone, of course — and the very core of her being.
The latter aspect — she’s been slagged for being a puppet, for refusing to be a puppet and (most ridiculously) for allowing herself to physically deteriorate to the point where she’s a candidate for a spot on “Celebrity Fit Club.”
Clarkson cast aside most of those demons at a spirited, if inconsistent, perf that showcased her natural affability and capacity for tapping into the energy of her aud, on the one hand, and her inability to recognize her limits — which she hit most forcefully when trying to cut her way through the set’s most overamped numbers………
KELLY’S GREEN BUT STILL GREAT
KELLY Clarkson – the test-tube pop star who’s managed to shed the stigma of “American Idol” and spit in the collective eye of her record-company handlers with the release of her latest, self-penned CD – inched closer to complete music credibility with a short and mostly sweet show at the Beacon Theatre.
At Sunday’s gig, the first of three concluding tonight, Clarkson was a mix of giddy, girlish excitement and straight-up self-assurance. She seemed to know her set was going to kill…..
Report: ‘Idol’ judge Paula Abdul living with boyfriend, talking marriage
The American Idol judge and her beau JT Torregiani are now living together in her Beverly Hills home after only five months of dating, according to an insider in In Touch Weekly’s October 8 issue, who added the couple is “already talking about getting married.”
“She is a different person since he came into her life, ” the insider told In Touch about the Hey Paula star. “She has lost seven pounds and always goes to the gym.” ……..
Carrie Underwood dating ‘Gossip Girl’ star Chace Crawford?
Country music singer Carrie Underwood was spotted kissing Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford Friday, October 12, at NYC club Marquee sparking rumors of a new celebrity romance.
“They were canoodling all night and stayed until close, ” one eyewitness told OK!……….
How They Got Their Big Break
Search all you want, there is no magic formula for fame and fortune.
The truth is, big breaks don’t just happen; people make them happen–through hard work, networking, courage, passion and even pain. And as much as modern culture has glorified the notion of the “big break” ( American Idol, anyone?), lasting success has less to do with singular, transcendent moments than it does with incremental progress and unflagging grit…..
Live Review: Daughtry in Phoenix
It would be so easy to rip apart rock singer Chris Daughtry, who helms the band Daughtry.
For one, of course, he was a contestant on pop-idol machine “American Idol.” Then, during his 70-minute concert at Phoenix’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum Sunday (10/14), he donned a T-shirt with the words “Corporate Retail Still Sucks.” (If it wasn’t for “corporate retail, ” Daughtry wouldn’t have the fastest-selling debut rock record of all time.) And he flexes his biceps with every grip of the microphone……..
Stanly residents headed to see hometown hero
The N.C. State Fair began Friday and will continue through Oct. 21 with vendors, rides and on-stage entertainment ‘ including a hometown favorite for many Stanly County residents.
Powers Great American Midways, a company Stanly County is very familiar with, will provide the entertainment for the week-long fair, with fairgrounds opening at 9 a.m. and rides beginning at 10 a.m. Exhibit Halls open at 9 a.m and close at 9:45 p.m. The park and rides will close at midnight.
On-stage entertainment is a key attraction, especially to Stanly County residents this year with Albemarle native Kellie Pickler taking the stage Tuesday night at Dorton Arena……..
The ONE Campaign and Socially Conscious Fashion Label EDUN Join Forces Again to Launch the ONE T-Shirt Sold Exclusively at Nordstrom
Sales continue to support trade and provide life-saving AIDS treatment in Africa
…Influential celebrities giving their time and energy to help reach and engage people in the fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty include Ben Affleck, Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, Laila Ali, Chris Daughtry, Raquel Welch, Kirsty Hume, Donovan Leitch and their daughter Violet, Courtney Love, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Hartnett, The Citizens Band, Rashida Jones, Liv Tyler, Michelle Monaghan, Julianne Moore and Waris…