Idol Headlines for 10/21/10 – The Evening Edition

Jordin Sparks gets ready for her next record. She tweets, “Meeting with my A&R today about the next record. Are you guys excited for new material?”

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Kris Allen’s hit single, “Live Like We’re Dying” was officially certified platinum by Jive Records on October 15. Check out the official certification HERE.

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Katie Stevens promises good things to come. She tweets, “Hey! Meetings all went really well this week, so you’re all definately going to be seeing and hearing more of me!”

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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‘American Idol’: Yoko Ono wishes people would just give her a chance

Yoko Ono, avant-garde when The Beatles were mainstream, remains current with music as a fan of Green Day and “American Idol.”

“I was surprised that it was a very stimulating program, ” she tells Zap2it.

“Young people are doing some very courageous things, ” she says. “When you think about it, there are so many courageous musicians. When John (husband John Lennon) started, most people were saying, ‘You are not doing enough, ‘ even when John did it.

Read more at Zap2it

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Photo gallery: Carrie Underwood at Oklahoma City’s Ford Center

Country music superstar Carrie Underwood wowed the sold-out crowd Wednesday night at Oklahoma City’s Ford Center. Check out these photos of the first two songs of Carrie’s home state show by The Oklahoman‘s Bryan Terry

See the photos at NewsOK

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David Archuleta featured in a Funny Or Die Video

This was taped during the SU2C benefit. David enters at about the 2 minute mark.

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Indiana Home Builder Celebrates One Year Extreme Makeover Anniversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of an Indiana home builder demolishing a deserving family’s mold-infested dwelling for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Only 106 hours later, the Cowan-Brown family joined Ty Pennington in yelling those famous words, “Move that bus!” just before the family captured their first glimpse of their new home, built by Hallmark Homes and thousands of community volunteers, including American Idol winner, David Cook.

The Cowan-Brown family desperately needed a new home that was free of an extreme mold infestation, but Andy and Heather Cowan were unable to rebuild their home on their own, as they were already struggling to support their four children on wages earned as factory workers. Their youngest child, Kori, battles a congenital blood disease, which was aggravated by the environmental conditions in the family’s former home, and had already received 17 invasive operations before Ty Pennington knocked on the family’s door last October.

This summer, Kori underwent another surgery, but this time she was able to come home to a place of peace and healing. “This time it was different, ” says Heather Cowan in a recent thank-you letter to Hallmark Homes, “there was no keeping her quarantined from parts of the house that wouldn’t let her heal. It was a wonderful thing just to be able to focus on her.”

Read more at Benzinga.com

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Major League Baseball’s ‘World Series of Costumes’ Gives Fans Chance to See Their Kids on FOX During World Series

Major League Baseball today launched a unique campaign encouraging fans to upload pictures of their kids in Halloween costumes, with the best of them chosen to appear during the FOX broadcast of Game Three of the World Series on Saturday, October 30. Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest of the number one show on television, FOX’s AMERICAN IDOL will act as celebrity judges who are involved in helping to determine the winners. Game Three is scheduled for a 6:57 p.m. ET start, the earliest start for a World Series game in more than 20 years.

Beginning today, fans can go to MLB.com/Halloween and enter the “World Series of Costumes” promotion by uploading photos of their kids (12 and under) in their Halloween costumes. Fans will be able to vote for their favorites among all the photos uploaded, and those who enter will have the opportunity to encourage family and friends to vote through social media platforms. The three winners will be revealed during the FOX broadcast, and MLB.com will feature an additional six runners-up.

Read more at TV By The Numbers

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J.D. Fortune back to fronting INXS

Canadian singer J.D. Fortune says that he’s back on his feet and is reuniting with INXS for an upcoming Australian tour.

Fortune shot to stardom when he won the television reality contest Rock Star: INXS in 2005 and became the new frontman for the band. Later that year, he sang on the group’s record, Switch, which reached No. 1 on the Canadian charts.

But after nearly two years of touring behind the record, Fortune claimed the band dumped him at a Hong Kong airport, leaving the Mississauga, Ont., native to live out of a truck.

While it seemed then that Fortune was on the outs with INXS, he’s back in the fold now and says he’s ready to move forward, calling the earlier conflict “ancient history.”

Read more at The Star

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NBC Brings Back “The Sing-Off” on December 6

NBC will premiere a second season of The Sing Off on Dec. 6. The show hosted by Nick Lachey will air over five nights and feature 10 a capella groups competing for the $100, 000 prize and a Sony Music recording contract.

The episodes will air Dec. 8, 13, 15 and 20. The groups are Committed from Alabama.; Eleventh Hour from Ohio, Pitch Slapped from Massachusetts; Groove For Thought in Washington; Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town from California; Men of Note from New Jersey, The Backbeats from California; On the Rocks from Oregon; Street Corner Symphony from Tennessee; Yale University from Connecticut.

Via Entertainment Weekly

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89 Comments

  1. Kris Allen’s hit single, “Live Like We’re Dying” was officially certified platinum by Jive Records on October 15. Check out the official certification HERE.

    Mazel Tov!

  2. Yay for Kris on “Live Like We’re Dying” getting certified platinum!

  3. Ah yes, nice to see they actually still certify songs over at Jive. lol Grats.

    *still mumbles about Crush not being certified yet*
    Bet they are waiting for it to go double platinum, at this rate it will take another year…

  4. Yes, it was platinum long ago, already. It is just now officially certified by the RIAA :)

  5. congrats Kris on it being made official.

    partyintheusa
    seems it’s a long process..

  6. Good lord! They sure do take their sweet ass time don’t they?! It’s old news by the time they get around to acknowledging it. Why do I have a bad feeling he’s going to be a one-hit wonder like Archie. Jive isn’t that great for idols.

  7. So is Katie signed with someone? There’s been updates almost daily about her working with writers – I wouldn’t think that would happen for free. I dunno though.

  8. Lee’s old record label, Wuli Records, has a new distribution deal with Universal (not SONY!), and is re-releasing some of his older music. I just received this email from them:

    Lee DeWyze “So I’m Told” Re-Release
    Lee DeWyze’s first album, “So I’m Told” has been digitally re-mixed and re-mastered. It even includes updated versions of some of your favorite songs and is scheduled to be available November 9, 2010.

    For the record, Lee wrote ALL of the songs on “So I’m Told” before he even turned 21 years old. The album was under produced and you, the loyal Fan, deserve a more polished version like the critically acclaimed “Slumberland”.

    BEFORE Lee became a huge superstar and gained international stardom, he had 100% artistic freedom on Wuli Records. Lee wrote nearly all of the songs on “So I’m Told” and Slumberland. So if you would like to hear Lee expressing himself with his phat original band, add “So I’m Told” and “Slumberland” to your music collection.

    In case you did not know, “Slumberland”, reached Number 7 on the Billboard’s Heat Seekers Albums Chart through “word of mouth”. It will now be available through our new distribution partner Universal Music Group/Fontana Distribution on October 25, 2010. Let’s try to get all of Lee’s albums in the top ten.

    Watch out for the re-mixed and re-mastered “The Beautiful People” release on November 16, 2010.

    I love how they play up the fact that Lee had “100% artistic freedom” on his pre-Idol recordings, LOL.

    MJ, I don’t have a link, since it’s an email, but I can forward the original to you, if you want to see it.

  9. Finally Kris, the recognition you well deserved and waited for so long. Congratulations!

  10. Didn’t LLWD go platinum like months ago?!

    Not really. Although people often use gold or platinum to mean having sold a certain number of units, gold or platinum is really a certification thing. If a song or album isn’t certified, then it isn’t gold or platinum. I suppose many labels don’t really care that much about certifying songs unless they want to have something to brag about. Perhaps they are more interested in certifying albums.

  11. I love how they play up the fact that Lee had “100% artistic freedom” on his pre-Idol recordings, LOL.

    I can see Lee joining other idols signing with Universal Music Publishing Group. The only thing is Lee does not own any publishing rights to his pre-idol music so his old label can do what they want.

  12. Woo hoo for Kristopher! I hope this is the first platinum of many to come. He’s worked hard and deserves this recognition.

  13. I suppose many labels don’t really care that much about certifying songs unless they want to have something to brag about. Perhaps they are more interested in certifying albums.

    That’s funny, Interscope has a lot to brag about where Lady Gaga is concerned, but they still went through the trouble of certifying many of her singles, including Let’s Dance, Poker Face, Bad Romance, Love Game, and Paparazzi.

  14. BEFORE Lee became a huge superstar and gained international stardom

    ,
    *snort* hahahahaha

  15. That’s funny, Interscope has a lot to brag about where Lady Gaga is concerned, but they still went through the trouble of certifying many of her singles, including Let’s Dance, Poker Face, Bad Romance, Love Game, and Paparazzi.

    Not sure what you mean, but this is what I meant – they probably only bother to certify songs when they want to brag.

    Perhaps because so many songs go platinum now that they want to wait and see if a song can go multiple platinum before they will certify it. For example if you look at Lady Gaga’s certification, they got Poker Face certified only when it reached 4X platinum, and Just Dance at 3x platinum, and they certified quite a few of her song all in one go –
    http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=Lady%20Gaga&format=SINGLE&go=Search&perPage=25

    So perhaps Jive is waiting for Crush to go double platinum, and they are certifying LLWD because they think it won’t go double platinum? But then they haven’t bothered to certify No Air at 3x platinum, so may be they are just cheap skate.

  16. So is Katie signed with someone? There’s been updates almost daily about her working with writers – I wouldn’t think that would happen for free. I dunno though.

    Her updates remind me of Meaghan Joy from S8; constant updates about “good news coming” over the course of a year.

    And what the heck ever happened to Lil from S8?? She had an independent record contract didn’t she? It’s been a year and nothing? Or do we just not have any news of it…… Lil fans???

  17. Well Katie can sing the pants off Meghan and Lil in nothing flat, so I certainly hope she gets signed! I don’t care if people thought she was a pageant girl or not, the girl can flat out sing her ass off!

  18. Grats to Kris on Live Like We’re Dying finally being certified platinum! I expect many more in his future.

  19. How much does it cost to have an album certified platinum?

    David is a delight in that video. Every time I watch stuff like this featuring him I break into a huge smile. Ray of sunshine, that guy.

  20. Not sure what you mean, but this is what I meant – they probably only bother to certify songs when they want to brag.

    Beyonce has a few songs that were only certified Gold, and more that were only certified platinum, so maybe it’s not about bragging, and saying that labels don’t care about certifying singles is an over exaggeration. As far as Jive not thinking that LLWD will go double platinum, but thinking that Crush will, I’m not sure how much water that holds, since Crush came out more than two years ago, so logically, LLWD has probably sold the same amount as Crush did one year after it was released.

    BTW, Jive certified Tattoo as Gold months before they had it certified Platinum.

  21. Lil was supposedly tweeting recently about having a single coming out. It was mentioned on the AI.com site, I don’t follow Lil on twitter. The AI site was updating on Lil for her birthday.

    I don’t really know what’s up with Megan. She did seem to be deciding about taking a deal with a label or doing an indie thing. Hasn’t announced either publicly but she was tweeting recently about shooting a music video. Will be interested what happens there, I liked her original post-AI music quite a bit. (Up on her MySpace and some performance videos that mj posted here from the event Megan did with David Cook a while back.)

  22. BTW, Jive certified Tattoo as Gold months before they had it certified Platinum

    Not according to RIAA site –
    http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=Jordin%20Sparks&format=SINGLE&go=Search&perPage=25

    since Crush came out more than two years ago, so logically, LLWD has probably sold the same amount as Crush did one year after it was released.

    Crush already sold 1.6 million by Feb 2009 –

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2009/02/63030339/1

    So LLWD isn’t even close when compared to Crush.

  23. How much does it cost to have an album certified platinum?

    Just found this:

    http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinum.php?content_selector=certification

    Sounds relatively cheap: “Companies requesting their initial certification audit must incur any travel expenses by the RIAA®’s independent auditor. The charge for certifications is $350 for RIAA® member companies. Non-members are charged $450 per certification, which must be pre-paid. Companies will be charged the full audit certification fee for any requests that do not meet the Gold® and Platinum® Program requirements. A 30-day time limit is set for pending certifications. If a full audit cannot be completed within this time, a charge of $100 will be rendered to member companies and $200 to non-member companies.”

  24. Congrats to Kris officially! :) Heard LLWD today!

    I am curious to see what Katie S. is up to.

  25. Well congrats to Kris on his having LLWD get offically certified as platinum.

    Oh and that radio interview with Adam was actually funny, and I liked the questions. That was a good one.

  26. CindyM:
    10/21/2010 at 6:45 pm
    Cute radio interview with Adam from Australia. Love the pizzaria answer.

    http://www.novafm.com.au/audio_we-probe-adam-lambert_100039

    I wish radio stations interviews here in the U.S. of AMERICA can be funnier like this too?

    Yep we don’t seem to have as much restrictions here , although there is a few seconds time delay in case of any slip ups!!
    Nova asks these sort of questions to any artist willing to be interviewed – [not all would do this without knowing the questions first.] So it also depends on how the interviewee responds & Adam did a great job .
    BTW the girl DJ on one of the interviews is Rikki Lee – who was on the second season of Australian Idol & there was a lot of hooha when she was voted out at about 7th [ a bit like when Jennifer Hudson was ousted on American Idol]

  27. Twitter reports have Danny singing My Wish at the Bella Bash fundraiser in Nashville for a children’s charity. Been a long time since he did that one, though I believe he did it at least once or twice publicly after the AI Tour.

    And Melinda seems to have had her set at the event…

    Melinda Doolittle is rocking it at the Angel Center benefit!

    @mdoolittle you sounded amazing tonight and i love the new song! :)

  28. OMG! Anoop is trending on twitter! He said he wouldn’t sing the same crap that Kesha and Adam are singing.

  29. Check out the David Archuleta video at 3:02. This lady just comes up and kisses him. It happens to him all the time. He is getting used to it now, I guess.

  30. Uh ok not an Adam fan but Anoop needs to STFU. Dude sounds like a pompous jackass in that article and that’s a tacky thing to say about someone I assumed was his friend.

  31. Bella Bash in Nashville:

    CountryClub

    Had a great time at the #Bella Bash Benefit, Danny Gokey sang a #RascalFlatts tune of “My Wish”, was awesome!

    Aw, nostalgia. I loved that from the AI tour. It is a fitting song for inspirational charity events.

    Did Anoop tweet that or was he just quoted somewhere? If so, I never trust quotes completely- remember how Adam fans said the UK interviewers severely misquoted him on Susan Boyle?

    Anoop is a friend of Adam and even visited him after it was over; unless it was a direct tweet I have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  32. I think it’s a smart move of jive to officially certify LLWD right now when AWM is released and climbing the chart. This will reminds listeners of who Kris is and how successful his first single is. And I even like AWM more than LLWD.

    Isn’t Adam so adorable in every interview?????

  33. Another quite favorable review from Buffalo of the concert Danny had last night with TBP and Steel Magnolia. This one is from a University student publication.

    http://www.ubspectrum.com/arts/country-music-s-big-night-out-1.1721523

    Cowboy hats, mustaches and NASCAR jackets were all in abundance for the fall acoustic show on Wednesday at the Center for the Arts. The crowd was treated to great performances by some of country music’s biggest talents.

    The sold out show was hosted by country station 106.5 WYRK and featured artists Danny Gokey, Steel Magnolia and The Band Perry. The acoustic concert highlighted each band’s twangy vocals and instrumental abilities.

    During the concert, all of the artists were featured on stage at the same time. The bands alternated between songs, taking turns wowing the crowd. This allowed the performers to interact on stage and connect with the audience by sharing humorous and personal stories about one another.

    Lol about the twang as far as Danny goes, but another occasion when a country crowd and Danny go well together. Aww.

    ETA: those Country Club peeps often put on videos from different events. Since they were there in Nashville at the Bella Bash show, hope they have will post video with Melinda and Danny. Their videos tend to be really really short with lots of choppy montages though–not all that satisfying, lol.

  34. Trina:
    10/21/2010 at 11:38 pm
    Uh ok not an Adam fan but Anoop needs to STFU. Dude sounds like a pompous jackass in that article and that’s a tacky thing to say about someone I assumed was his friend.

    As a Adam fan, I thought it was hilarious. Anoop(Mr. Personality of Season 8 of Idol) is calling Adam’s music crap. It might not be everybody cup of tea, but it’s not crap. Adam really needs to send Anoop a tweet, thanking him for his kind words and let him know that crap he’s singing, has sold over a million albums and gave him the chance to headline his own tour in the States and abroad. I can’t wait to see what Adam will say, when he hears about Anoop’s review of his songs. I have to say, it’s never boring being a fan of Adam Lambert.

  35. I saw that Anoop is getting hateful tweets from some of the Adam fans who are upset about his comments regarding Adam. I don’t think that Anoop was trying to be hurtful towards Adam when he made those comments. I think it’s unfortunate that some people are saying meant things to him on Twitter.

  36. Sounds like it wasn’t even a quote from him. I wish people wouldn’t bully on Twitter.

    Anoop’s tweets:

    AnoopDoggDesai

    First of all, interviews are not direct quotes. If they were they’d be long as anything

    AnoopDoggDesai

    Point I was making: my brand is not the same as other major respected artists out there. Know some of y’all love Adam and so do I. The end.

  37. I saw that Anoop is getting hateful tweets from some of the Adam fans who are upset about his comments regarding Adam. I don’t think that Anoop was trying to be hurtful towards Adam when he made those comments. I think it’s unfortunate that some people are saying meant things to him on Twitter.

    I am giving Anoop the benefit of the doubt as most Idol fans will. But this was a thoughtless thing to say. A musician should be able to describe his artistic point of view without insulting another artist.

    Plus, both Ke$hia and Adam have a lot of fans. He should consider damage control. Adam has about 1 million fans on Twitter — only a few paid any attention. Ke$ha has more than 1 million fans on Twitter. If Anoop had said something nice, he might have added another fan or two. As it is, this hurt him.

    ETA: And if you look at Twitter most Adam fans are defending Anoop — saying he was prob misquoted. Will be forgotten in an hour.

  38. Adam really needs to send Anoop a tweet, thanking him for his kind words and let him know that crap he’s singing, has sold over a million albums and gave him the chance to headline his own tour in the States and abroad.

    Aw, come on, you can’t compare Adam’s sales to Anoop’s, no matter what Anoop said. Dude is trying to get his music played on his own, that can’t even begin to compare to the promo that Adam has. If that’s really what he said then it came off as douchey for sure but it’s pretty predictable that the Adam fan-mob would now go after him. They seem to be perpetually outraged about *something*. (Though did get a giggle out of the potty-mouthed young lady with a fondness for the “c” word calling him “Apoop” – way to hit him where it hurts!)

  39. Sounds like it wasn’t even a quote from him. I wish people wouldn’t bully on Twitter.

    Anoop’s tweets:

    AnoopDoggDesai

    First of all, interviews are not direct quotes. If they were they’d be long as anything

    AnoopDoggDesai

    Point I was making: my brand is not the same as other major respected artists out there. Know some of y’all love Adam and so do I. The end.

    .

    I wish that people would stop the cyberbullying as well and stop using things like Twitter to do that.

    Also I thought what Anoop tweeted is what Anoop meant as well. That his brand of music is different from Adam’s brand of music. Not that Adam’s music wasn’t good enough or that he was trying to insult Adam or anything like that.

  40. Plus, both Ke$hia and Adam have a lot of fans. He should consider damage control.

    If he doesn’t like their music, he doesn’t like their music (though that’s not what I am getting from what he said – it’s just not his style). Why should he apologize for it? I’m not really seeing what damage this has caused, it isn’t like he’s been in the spotlight. He’s probably had more attention today than he’s had in ages, lol.

    I’m no diehard Anoop fan, BTW. I like the guy well enough, but the crap that people say on Twitter is so incredibly nasty that it *still* blows my mind sometimes.

  41. Ok, this is the direct “offensive” paragraph from the article:

    I asked him what his brand is: “It’s smart. It’s intelligent. I’m a gentleman. My music is real. It talks about life and situations I can relate to. You’re never going to hear me singing a song like Kesha or Adam [Lambert.] That’s not my lane. My lane is smart and hip. It’s hooky, it’ s catchy. I want to appeal to simple universal characteristics we all want, which is love.”

    Maybe Adam and Kesha’s “lane” is super energetic, party time and live in the moment?! He doesn’t paint a picture of what their “lane” is, he is just talking about his own.

    Editing! I see no where in that blurb where he calls Adam’s music “crap”. If you relate the Adam comment to the first bolded portion he is just saying his life and situations are different than his. You don’t know how it was edited.

    Again, remember the UK interview when fans insisted Adam was quoted out of context about saying Susan Boyle’s Wild HOrses was awful?
    I do think some of the nasty tweeters need to keep that in mind.
    Anoop may come off a little pompous, but very intelligent people (which he is) often do.

    Not a huge fan of Anoop’s , but being a fan of an Idol who was dissed for being arrogant and also accused of hating and dissing on Adam, I really do give Anoop the benefit of the doubt, knowing how untrue those allegations were.

  42. Not a huge fan of Anoop’s , but being a fan of an Idol who was dissed for being arrogant and also hating and dissing on Adam, I really do give him the benefit of the doubt, knowing how untrue those allegations were.

    That certain individual was arrogant and had a certain attitude, which is probably one of the reasons why he was forced to go into the country genre, when no one else wanted him.

  43. So based on what, in all likelyhood, was an innocent remark by Anoop, the Glamberts decided to follow up wearing purple and preaching “it gets better” on Wednesday, while tsk tsking bullying, to cyberbullying Anoop over what he said? Oh that’s rich…LOL
    (and yes, supposedly the Lambert fans are defending Anoop now but the mud was flying a few hours ago).

  44. That certain individual was arrogant and had a certain attitude, which is probably one of the reasons why he was forced to go into the country genre, when no one else wanted him.

    I disagree, I think that has been laid to rest post Idol-whether it has been AI people like Jamba Jim or many fans who have publicly apologized. Unless people have met someone and know them personally (which I do-met and know- said person, lol) -they have no idea what someone is really like.

    Whereas, I don’t personally know Adam or Anoop, so would never judge their character or disparage it. Bullying is bullying based on allegations true or false.

  45. If he doesn’t like their music, he doesn’t like their music (though that’s not what I am getting from what he said – it’s just not his style). Why should he apologize for it? I’m not really seeing what damage this has caused, it isn’t like he’s been in the spotlight. He’s probably had more attention today than he’s had in ages, lol.

    Anoop doesn’t need to apologize for anything. But his statement was unclear and did not forward any understanding about his personal brand. Branding is my business and a personal brand should be defined in the affirmative — I am smart, hip and _________. Not in the negative — “You’re never going to hear me singing a song like Kesha or Adam [Lambert.] That’s not my lane.”

    Once you frame things in the negative, you invite opposition and disagreement. It is Marketing 101.

    Anoop did finally tweet a set of explanatory messages:

    AnoopDoggDesai Anoop Desai
    Whoa..reading my mentions. How are some of y’all going to tell me I’m dissing my friends? Hilariously out of line and miscontextualized

    Anoop Desai
    AnoopDoggDesai Anoop Desai
    First of all, interviews are not direct quotes. If they were they’d be long as anything

    AnoopDoggDesai Anoop Desai: Point I was making: my brand is not the same as other major respected artists out there. Know some of y’all love Adam and so do I. The end.

    I think anyone who jumped on Anoop was/is wrong. But I do not think that people who tweeted him asking to explain were wrong. And this follow-up tweet statement was not the best follow-up.

    I agree with Anoop “The end.” Much ado about nothing. It was clearly a statement that was not clear or out of context. And does it really matter? Not to this Adam fan.

    BUT as far as Anoop goes, IMO he missed an opportunity to say something nice about popular singers he likes and emulates. And this was a big marketing miss. Crystal, for example, has done a great job of talking about artists she emulates — and her respect for Melissa Etheridge (who I like) drew me in to pay attention to her.

    So why didn’t Anoop mention someone he emulates — Usher might have been a great choice. Rather than to say I am not like any other major star????

  46. BUT as far as Anoop goes, IMO he missed an opportunity to say something nice about popular singers he likes and emulates. And this was a big marketing miss. Crystal, for example, has done a great job of talking about artists she emulates — and her respect for Melissa Etheridge (who I like) drew me in to pay attention to her.

    So why didn’t Anoop mention someone he emulates — Usher might have been a great choice. Rather than to say I am not like any other major star????

    Good point. I do like when artists give kudos to other artists, for numerous reasons. Perhaps he is just really trying to individualize himself? Because after all, how does he get people to listen to him unless they think he is unique. The Indie business is tough, I guess.

    He could have come across more positively; I just think he probably didn’t mean to insult his friend. And I have really come to realize how editing and the media work.

    And it will blow over as everyone said, hopefully before Twitter ever had/has to step in.

  47. That certain individual was arrogant and had a certain attitude, which is probably one of the reasons why he was forced to go into the country genre, when no one else wanted him.

    I totally disagree and so apparently does Adam. I do not agree with Danny’s religious views — pretty difficult for anyone who is not a Christian to do that — but I do not see he as arrogant. I respect Danny as a musician. IMO Danny has a great vocal gift and, if he had had the benefit of more formal musical training and a broader knowledge of pop music, could have won Idol.

    Finally, not all Adam fans are represented by a few crazy fans on Twitter. Please do not lump all of us into one crazy mass. I met some really crude, drunk Kris fans in Little Rock. I would never claim all Kris fans were crude and drunk. 20 people tweet negative stuff to Anoop — they do not represent all Adam fans.

    ETA: The negativity on Twitter died as soon as Anoop tweeted his explanation. “Twitter is the devil” Kris Allen. That phrase may become Kris” biggest contribution to civilization. Not demeaning any of his other work — it is just that perfect a statement and sooooooo true!

  48. 20 people tweet negative stuff to Anoop — they do not represent all Adam fans.

    Unfortunately I think it was more Adam fans than that. A few/couple of hours ago, they were really attacking Anoop. And saying hateful things about him, including stuff about his appearance. Some of these hateful things were said by people with NoH8 logos. Which is both ironic and hypocritical IMO.

    I don’t think that all Adam fans are like this but unfortunately there are way too many of them that keep acting like this. They keep cyberbullying and attacking people. (And I know they aren’t the only fanbase that does this I remember a lot of Kris fans attacking/cyberbullying Danny as well)

    I think that this type of thing needs to stop. And that some of the Adam fans needs to stop cyberbullying people (along with the other people who do that).

    Hopefully this thing with Anoop will die down as soon as possible.

  49. Q3:
    10/22/2010 at 1:00 am
    I totally disagree and so apparently does Adam. I do not agree with Danny’s religious views — pretty difficult for anyone who is not a Christian to do that — but I do not see he as arrogant. I respect Danny as a musician. IMO Danny has a great vocal gift and, if he had had the benefit of more formal musical training and a broader knowledge of pop music, could have won Idol.

    Finally, not all Adam fans are represented by a few crazy fans on Twitter. Please do not lump all of us into one crazy mass. I met some really crude, drunk Kris fans in Little Rock. I would never claim all Kris fans were crude and drunk. 20 people tweet negative stuff to Anoop — they do not represent all Adam fans

    We will just agree to disagree. His arrogance was obvious to me, but that’s just my opinion and others can think different. I do agree that Danny could have won Idol, but his biggest problem wasn’t that he lack formal training knowledge or a broader knowledge of pop music ,it was that attitude and personality that started irritate the voting public.

    As for what other fans do, that’s their business. None of us are responsible for the others. If someone wants to lump a certain group together, it says more about the person who stereotype, than the ones who are stereotyped. All of us are big boys and girls, with the ability to think as individuals. I haven’t yet seen a psychic link between fans of any person or groups, where all of them think as one. So to feel a need to apologize for what others do, just because someone else wants to lump you all together, doesn’t make sense to me. That’s my opinion of course and others might differ.

  50. Isn’t Adam so adorable in every interview?????

    I don’t think in every one, but that was a good one. And more importantly, funny.

    Oh dear. Poor Anoop. I don’t think he was dissing Adam. Anoop and Adam are friends. I don’t think this will hurt Anoop in any real sense. And I wish some Adam fans would not overreact and give Anoop the benefit of the doubt, that Adam has sometimes asked for from his interview quotes.

    ETA: Although “My music is real. It talks about life and situations I can relate to. You’re never going to hear me singing a song like Kesha or Adam [Lambert.] ” Dude! Ke$ha can’t sing, not really. So comparing Adam to her is harsh. So boo! on you for that, Anoop.
    But yeah beyond that, whatevahs.

  51. i mean, if one looks at the singles ke$ha’s put out, and the ones adam has put out, it’s not like there’s SUCH a vast difference in style that anoop’s mentioning of their names in the same sentence is unjustified. essentially, dancy, poppy, tailor-made for radio and club tunes.

    and if we’re to believe Dr. Luke, who produced FYE, ke$ha’s next single will veer away from her party party party sound, and i’m guessing that will probably resemble WWFM (she did have some ballads on her album that was never released that i think would’ve put radio like a glove).

    adam’s a much better singer than ke$ha, that as much is obvious and i don’t think you’ll find a person in the world that will dispute that. however, the music itself? not so much like comparing apples and oranges. maybe oranges and, idk, tangerines? lol

  52. FourteenPlums Kris Allen Reflects on Long Island, NYC visit RT @EzWriter16: Here it is, Twitter, My @KrisAllen article http://exm.nr/bLLmaq

    Lots of great info and I’m esp. excited about this:

    “Since you’ve been touring you’ve become known for your mash-ups, what’s the craziest mash up you can think of right now?

    Kris: Lady Gaga “Pokerface” and Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”. I don’t even know if that would work, but in my head it works.

    Would you ever consider arranging it and performing it on this tour?

    Kris: Maybe so. Now that I’m thinking about it, it sounds pretty cool.”

    Kris, Please make it happen! Please.. please.. please.. I’m going crazy just by thinking of that mashup!

  53. Kris, don’t even joke about this mashup thing.
    if you are NOT going to do it, don’t even mention it, cause now I REALLY want to hear it.
    And I have no doubt that he can make that mashup awesome.

  54. Ratna12:
    10/22/2010 at 2:02 am
    Kris, don’t even joke about this mashup thing.
    if you are NOT going to do it, don’t even mention it, cause now I REALLY want to hear it.

    When I first heard about raggae NB in one of his old interviews, I thought he was joking and then it became real. So I truly hope that Kris wasn’t just joking here and I just can’t wait for it to happen. And like you, I’ve no doubt that he will make it awesome!

  55. Melinda said that The Bella Bash event featuring her and Danny tonight went well and commented about hanging out with him there. And made a nice comment about him on Twitter:

    @mdoolittle

    The Bella Bash was amazing!!!! I got to meet Russ Taff (WOW!), hang out w/ Danny Gokey (YAY!),

  56. “Since you’ve been touring you’ve become known for your mash-ups, what’s the craziest mash up you can think of right now?

    Kris: Lady Gaga “Pokerface” and Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”. I don’t even know if that would work, but in my head it works.

    Would you ever consider arranging it and performing it on this tour?

    Kris: Maybe so. Now that I’m thinking about it, it sounds pretty cool.”

    Thanks justapixy for that article & yes that would be a great mashup!! Hope he does do it on tour!

  57. Truthiness:
    10/22/2010 at 1:30 am
    ETA: Although “My music is real. It talks about life and situations I can relate to. You’re never going to hear me singing a song like Kesha or Adam [Lambert.] ” Dude! Ke$ha can’t sing, not really. So comparing Adam to her is all mean and stuff. boo! on you Anoop.
    But yeah beyond that, whatevahs.

    I really don’t think that Anoop was comparing their relative singing abilities – he makes it pretty darn clear that he was talking about their SONGS. And honestly, IMO the comparison is relevant and apt, at least in terms of their respective singles. Their songs are, to me, equally lighweight, contrived, poppy and forgetable, but the difference is that Adam elevates his material with his stunning voice. Sadly Kesha doesn’t have the same tools at her disposal.

  58. however, the music itself? not so much like comparing apples and oranges. maybe oranges and, idk, tangerines? lol

    I disagree that they are that similiar. Some of Adam’s songs are popppy, some are not. And I don’t believe that WWFM is so generic, that Ke$ha’s forays into ballads will sound like it. And Adam has stuff on FYE that is musically not what Ke$ha has yet gone into, or will go into. I don’t see any Broken Opens, Aftermaths or even Sleepwalker in her future. I don’t see her being able to do even a Tedder.

    Not that I’m saying that I think FYE is some shining beacon of artistic talent. I’m not, and it certainly has it’s share of pop songs on it, though even they have less production than Ke$ha and sections that deliberately focus on his voice. Which is something Ke$ha isn’t going to be doing, well ever. Because she doesn’t have one. Or at least one that stays in key.

    Personally if I was making comparisons, I would say Katy Perry and Ke$ha, two people who are great hit makers, and really crappy singers, of really generic, but hooky, pop songs.

    But mileage, varying, all that.

  59. Interesting. Katy Perry is not Maria Callas, to be sure, but I wouldn’t call her a crappy singer, at all. She has a great pop voice – even if live singing is not her forte. I think all three can be compared in terms of their genre and material. Also, I’m only talking about their released singles, not their albums, as that is what the public perception of their artistic merit is based on. Perhaps Kesha has some unreleased musical gems on her album? I wouldn’t bet my life on it though. LOL.

  60. ETA: Although “My music is real. It talks about life and situations I can relate to. You’re never going to hear me singing a song like Kesha or Adam [Lambert.] ” Dude! Ke$ha can’t sing, not really. So comparing Adam to her is harsh. So boo! on you for that, Anoop.
    But yeah beyond that, whatevahs.

    truthiness, i think Anoop was more referring to the songs (music and lyrics) than to the singers skills when singing them … because there’s no possible comparison between the Kesha and Adam.

  61. I really don’t think that Anoop was comparing their relative singing abilities – he makes it pretty darn clear that he was talking about their SONGS. And honestly, IMO the comparison is relevant and apt, at least in terms of their respective singles. Their songs are, to me, equally lighweight, contrived, poppy and forgetable, but the difference is that Adam elevates his material with his stunning voice. Sadly Kesha doesn’t have the same tools at her disposal.

    Not to quibble but Anoop said, “You’re never going to hear me singing a song like Kesha or Adam [Lambert.]” He did not say that he would never sing the songs Ke$ha and Adam sing. My impression is that he was trying to say he was not like Ke$ha or Adam — that he was not like any major pop stars. It just came out a bit muddled and people misunderstood.

    IMO “Broken Open” is not lightweight, contrived, poppy or forgetable. Neither is Aftermath, Voodoo, Can’t Let You Go or a number of other of Adam’s FYE album tracks.

    I also do not understand why Ke$ha is being bashed. She is a decent singer (not great) and a really solid pop songwriter. Tik Tok is pop but not forgettable and the top selling song of 2010 in the world.

    Tik Tok is a monster, global pop hit, #1 in 11 countries. Top 4 in all top 30 countries in the world. In the US, it sold 610,000 digital downloads in one week and is 5x Platinum. It is Platinum in 10 other countries.

    I can understand not liking Ke$ha but how can it be wrong for people to disrespect Anoop or Adam, but OK to trash Ke$ha? Pop music can be many things and a hot dance track is one of them.

  62. bridgette12:
    That certain individual was arrogant and had a certain attitude, which is probably one of the reasons why he was forced to go into the country genre, when no one else wanted him.

    LOL. Is Country Music the last resort for failed singers now? Is it where vocalists go to die? I’m pretty sure that the genre is as legitimate as any other, and that for many country singers it was their first and only choice.

    It seems to me that of all the classic American genres of music, Today’s Country Music scene is by FAR the most loyal, and functions the most like a true, supportive community. Country doesn’t seem to put up as many barriers to entry, or tear down it’s success stories for having the audacity to be popular, as the notoriously snobby Rock Genre does. Nor does it suffer from the youth, beauty and media obsession and tragically short attention span/Flavour-of-the-Monthitis of Pop.

  63. Q3. I agree that Tik Tok is a GREAT Pop song, and that Kesha has a cool, entertaining persona. She has a VERY limited singing voice, but she makes it work somehow. For me, all of her other singles have sucked donkey balls so far. I don’t think that we will be hearing much about Kesha in a year or two. Pop is so fickle and her style is just so particular and oversaturated in the market. Just ass-talking.

  64. Q3. I totally disagree. I think it is pretty obvious that Anoop was talking about the songs, not the singing styles. I guess we will never know for sure…

    IMO “Broken Open” is not lightweight, contrived, poppy or forgetable. Neither is Aftermath, Voodoo, Can’t Let You Go or a number of other of Adam’s FYE album tracks.

    As I said, I was talking specificically about their “respective singles” and what the public perception is of their work. TFM, FYE, WWFM and IIHY all have their charms to be sure, but not a true Pop classic in the bunch. There are a couple of really good unreleased songs on his album, agreed.

  65. truthiness, i think Anoop was more referring to the songs (music and lyrics) than to the singers skills when singing them

    Yeah, and how is what Adam writes not real, or not trying to be hooky(which yeah, that’s unique in a pop song), or whatever. And I really do like Anoop, but pops me like a toaster? or some such lyric. Let he who is without crappy lyrics, cast the first stone.

    Ke$ha has a lot of party party scene party as part of her songs. Which it’s pop music granted, but that’s also her schtick and niche. Even with IIHY (a song I don’t like, btw), the lyrics are saying that all the club and scene crap was useless without real emotion. While not a particularly original sentiment, it’s not one of just blah blah blah, grab my junk. And it’s certainly a real sentiment to his life history that I think shows in his live shows, or interviews talking about the song. And certainly WWFM isnt a club club party party song. FYE is, but lots of other stuff on his album isn’t. While musically generic, Aftermath is a deeply personal song to Adam and certainly as real as anything Anoop has written. Songs that Adam also helped write, like Broken Open are also deeply personal for him, emotional and I think a fairly meaningful song, certainly real. So yeah, I’m not getting where Adam is writing songs, or performing songs, that have no real meaning…unlike what Anoop is going to create. Or as much meaning as a Ke$ha pop single.

    Lastly, I actually do enjoy some Ke$ha songs, for what they are, and certainly give some of them their due for being earwormy and damn hooky. Anoop should be so lucky as to be as hooky as Ke$ha can be.

    Disclaimer again, I do like Anoop. I don’t think he was dissing Adam. I’m just having fun parsing his words, well because I can, and its what we do.

  66. i see your point truthiness. I wonder what Anoop really said; it seems he was wrongly quoted because he’s saying so but nevertheless he should be careful to not open the door to comparisons leading to assert that he kind of do better somewhat than other artists.

  67. OK – so Anoop wasn’t saying that Adam’s (and Kesha’s)music was crap – just that it was a totally different style to his…

    But, what if he had? So it would have been totally off to say so in an interview, but only due to the friendship factor and that would have been an issue for Adam and Anoop, not anyone else.

    It’s OK for people not to like Adam, his music or his performance style. Really it is.

    Disclaimer: I’m sure that the number of Adam fans who indulge in this kind of cyber war against absolutely anyone and eveyone who is even the slightest bit negavtive about Adam is probably disproportionately tiny, but boy are they loud!

  68. suenigma:
    10/22/2010 at 3:25 am
    LOL. Is Country Music the last resort for failed singers now? Is it where vocalists go to die? I’m pretty sure that the genre is as legitimate as any other, and that for many country singers it was their first and only choice.

    Never said it was a last resort for failed singers, just it was a last resort for Danny.

  69. Never said it was a last resort for failed singers, just it was a last resort for Danny.

    Everyone is free to like or dislike a particular artist, but I agree suenigma; why would going country be a last resort for anyone? LOL!

    The statement that it was for Danny is simply someone’s opinion and the facts show otherwise. Joe Gallante, head of Sony Nash had his eye on Danny from the start and stated this in print at an interview. Mark Bright wanted Danny for his label, Brian Mansfield reported this, but Danny declined, didn’t want to sing CCM. He had two offers at the very end (not clear which labels) that were bidding. So we are talking 3 different labels at this point; not exactly a last resort ;)

    I think Danny was very smart to decide on Country; it fits him, his fans are very happy with the kind of music he’s making and it is pretty clear his label is doing well by him and he is doing well.
    He has a very nice start on a lasting career.

    Also, just want to make it clear that Danny had nothing to do with this whole drama (besides being friends of Anoop and Adam both) ;)

  70. Also, just want to make it clear that Danny had nothing to do with this whole drama (besides being friends of Anoop and Adam both)

    I agree, Danny doesn’t have anything to do with the Anoop/Adam drama. Except for he cares about them both. And he was cyberbullied like Anoop was cyberbullied last night. And it’s quite possible that him and Anoop were cyberbullied/attacked by some of the same people. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this was the case.

    But the usual claims about Danny, going to country as a last resort or not being Country enough or whatever, doesn’t have nothing to do with that, IMO.

  71. More on the original song Melinda did last night

    …I’ve never sung an original in front of people before & I got to tonight! Loved writing w/ Regie Hamm & LOVED performing our song!!! :-)

    Cute that she was so excited about hanging with Danny (YAY!), lol!

  72. Everyone is free to like or dislike a particular artist, but I agree suenigma; why would going country be a last resort for anyone? LOL!

    It’s a last resort when the other genre’s don’t want you.

  73. Everyone is free to like or dislike a particular artist, but I agree suenigma; why would going country be a last resort for anyone? LOL!

    bridgette12: Tell that to Carrie Underwood, who is one of the most successful Idols of all time – way more successful than Adam Lambert. And for all the promotion that Adam has gotten, he hasn’t exactly set any records when it comes to sales. His debut has been no where near that of Carrie, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Chris Daughtry, – among others. And the reason why he came on American Idol was that he struggled for 9 years working in Hollywood to make a name for himself. And of the Idols from Season 8, Adam by far had the most professional experience and was the most hyped – yet he failed to win American Idol. He was beaten out by a low key college student. And he couldn’t even get a nomination for the American Music Awards.

    BTW, maybe Adam’s BFF, Allison should have gone Country, because they obviously didn’t want her in the pop/rock genre. For all the the hype the Glamanation tour got, Allison ended up being booted from Jive.

  74. Elliegrll. I think Crush has sold about 1.9 million now. I could be wrong, but that is the figure that is popping into my head.

  75. It’s a last resort when the other genre’s don’t want you.

    There are at least two genres that clearly wanted Danny, so I don’t understand this assertion. Sony wanted him for country, with at least two to three labels pursuing negotiations per Danny’s account and other reports. Also one well-regarded Christian label is publicly known to have approached Danny but was told that wasn’t a direction Danny wanted to go. One can only envision that numerous other Christian labels may have had an interest, if that had been Danny’s chosen direction.

    Mark Bright, Carrie’s producer and the head of that label at the time, became Danny’s producer for his country album. He certainly had better things to do with his time than spend it on someone he didn’t believe in, lol.

    I know of zero evidence that Danny made any serious interest to pursue other genres like AC, pop or R&B. Once he had time to look around after leaving the competitive part of the show, he said from quite early on that he was uncomfortable with trying to become a “pop culture” figure or fit into the LA-based music scene and so his focus rapidly went to pursuing “modern soul country” working out of Nashville. He did country songs all the way through his AI experience, from Hollywood Week (Lee Ann Womack’s I Hope You Dance) through his last set for the AI Tour (WHTM, My Wish). Although Danny doesn’t have a traditional country sound, it was never any real huge surprise that he gravitated toward country songs and the slower-paced lifestyle of the Nashville music industry.

    He also had Nashville ties through his wife’s family, and had recorded a couple of praise songs there pre-AI working with his brother-in-law. Danny spent considerable time in Nashville after Hollywood Week and before the AI season started in 2008. That all made the move to Nashville post-AI an easy transition for him. He wound up bunking with his wife’s sister and the BIL for quite a while after the AI Tour, maybe still is when not on the road until his own house-hunting in Nashville yields fruit. And his BIL is a member of his touring band and close friend. Nashville is also where Danny’s non-profit foundation was founded, and it’s proved to be a good place for him to pursue the charity activities that are a huge priority for Danny. So the move to country and Nashville wasn’t really a big shock. What would have been a big shock to me would have been Danny moving to NYC or the LA scene to try his luck with a hip-hop or heavy metal record, lol.

  76. LOL, so Crush hasn’t been able to sell 400,000 copies in 16 months, yet it makes sense to say that Jive knows that LLWD won’t sell that amount when it turns two years old? I’m also not seeing the big difference between Crush’s 1.6 million and LLWD’s 1.5.

    I’m not really sure if you are pretending not to see the point, the point was the Crush sold 1.6 million by February 2009. LLWD only sold 1.2 million by end of March 2010. (LLWD didn’t even make 1 million by Feb 2010, but Crush was released a month earlier than LLWD the previous year so March may be a better comparison).

  77. @Mitchel
    “And the reason why he came on American Idol was that he struggled for 9 years working in Hollywood to make a name for himself.”

    The reality is that American major music(& movie) industry execs are not willing to invest in young American males who are openly gay. They just say; “An openly young gay male won’t be attractive to the straight female audience”. There is a shockingly homophobic situation. That’s why other gay pop artists such as Lance Bass, Clay Aiken, Ricky Martin come out of the closet when they no longer feel the need to sell lots of records. It’s easy to say that being gay is not a big deal, but in reality it’s much harder for a gay artist to appeal the masses. Adam is literally the only young gay male pop artist in American mainstream music scene right now- that alone is a huge accomplishment and it should not be dismissed. It’s shame that lots of Idol fans can’t get beyond the narrative of the competition.

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