Idol Headlines for 10/8/14

Tonight, Survivor continues on CBS. 8/7c PM. Plus, Nashville airs on ABC at 10/9c PM.

Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss Joins ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Cast – Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss has joined the cast of “Magic Mike XXL.” The dancer and actor best known for the “Step Up” franchise announced his involvement in the film on Wednesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “I met with Channing Tatum, and he asked me to join the cast of ‘Magic Mike 2,’” Boss told DeGeneres during his appearance (above). Boss suggested he’d be playing a stripper, because he said he’s “not nervous” about “wearing less.” “There’s this other element. I have to get waxed,” Boss said. “I’m really nervous about that.” “Oh, it’s going to hurt,” DeGeneres joked. – Read more at The Wrap

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Hillsong United, Nashville artists win at Dove Awards – Rock and hip-hop, Southern gospel and teenage pop all rang out from same stage in Nashville on Tuesday night, as the 45th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards returned to Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. Longtime Nashville-area resident Mandisa took home the award for pop/contemporary album of the year for her fourth album, “Overcomer.” The “American Idol” alum had to run back onstage, shoes in hand, after a high-energy performance of the title track. “I am very thankful for this,” she said. “I think back to eight years ago, and ‘American Idol,’ and I was convinced that I was being kicked to the curb. I didn’t know what to do, but I’m a living witness, if you seek first the kingdom of God.” – Read more at The Tennessean

Melanie Martinez Loves ‘American Horror Story’ So Much She Wrote A Song For ‘Freak Show’ – “I think the hardest thing [after the show] was to get the people who listened to me to understand that I’m a songwriter,” Martinez says. Among the many to notice Martinez’s unique style were those at FX’s hit show, “American Horror Story.” Another track on her EP “Carousel” recently scored airtime on the first trailer (below) for “Freak Show,” the show’s fourth season, which premieres Oct. 8. For Martinez, the placement was a dream come true. “AHS” is “absolutely, hands-down” her favorite show. (Martinez is a Jessica Lange fan, in particular. “She’s nuts,” she said of Lange.) – Read more at Huffington Post

Cable’s Pop Unveils Programming Lineup For 2015 Launch – SING IT ON (Working Title) From the company behind “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” SING IT ON is the real-life “Pitch Perfect” only with steeper competition and higher stakes. This docu-series follows the world of collegiate a cappella groups across the U.S. and their journey as they prepare for and compete in the top a cappella competition in the country, the ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella). SING IT ON is produced by CORE Media Group, with Jennifer O’Connell and Teri Wagner Flynn serving as Executive Producers. Jenny Ramirez, Glenn Stickley and Amanda Newman serve as Co-Executive Producers. – Read more at

Phillip Phillips and the SYTYCD Dancers

Phillip Phillips posed with the SYTYCD dancers backstage. The SYTYCD tour played San Antonio Monday night, while Phillip was in town for his own gig the following night.


‘American Idol’ winner and ‘Home’ singer Phillip Phillips to play at A&M – “It was a little confusing,” he says of the song’s ubiquity. “I played shows all the time, and sometimes it would be for 50 people, sometimes a couple hundred people. But then, when it’s several thousand people singing your songs, it’s a little overwhelming because you don’t know how to take it. It took me a minute to really understand — ‘Oh, OK, I don’t have to sing every word of the song. I can let them have a good time singing it, too.'” – Read more at The Eagle

Christian Music Business Diversifies Into Film, Television and More to Battle Declining Sales – American Idol alum Danny Gokey recently scored his first No. 1 Christian hit with “Hope in Front of Me.” He’s excited about being part of the faith-based music community and optimistic about the genre’s future. “The reason is because people want hope,” he says. “People are searching for more, and that never really gets old. You never have too much hope where people don’t need it. There’s almost always a lack of it. So when people are tuning into our stations, which play hopeful music, it connects them right away. I’m just glad to be a part of it because I’ve always wanted to mix hope and entertainment. That’s always been my thing.” – Read more at

Former Executive at ‘American Idol’ Parent Facing Jail for Fraud – A former senior executive at the TV production company behind American Idol and The X-Factor is facing a jail sentence for fraud. Ian Ousey pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court to stealing almost £225,000 ($360,000) from London-based production company FremantleMedia, which owns the rights to the American Idol, X-Factor and Got Talent entertainment brands. According to The Times in London, Ousey of Ascot, Berkshire, admitted submitting false invoices for a four-year period between 2008 to 2012, while employed in the role of FremantleMedia’s Chief Financial Officer. The newspaper states that the 51-year-old exec first began taking money from the Bertelsmann-owned company when he faced missing a payment on Portuguese holiday home and risked losing the property. Ousey’s deception was discovered after bosses questioned his use of the company credit card to book overseas flights. – Read more at

Aiken Unloads North Carolina Mansion – Shortly thereafter, we’ve only just learned from The Bizzy Boys at Celebrity Address Aerial, Mister Aiken sold his mansion outside Durham, NC, for $1,590,000, far less than the $2.7 million he wanted for the place back in 2011. Our research shows Mister Aiken purchased the gated, 6.93-acre suburban estate, located at the back of a gated enclave of similarly sized homes between Durham and Raleigh, in April 2006 for $2,361,000. That means, according to a couple of quick calculations on Your Mama’s trusty bejeweled abacus, Mister Aiken endured a pretty darn hefty $771,000 beat down to his pocketbook, not counting improvement costs, upkeep expenses and real estate fees. – Read more at Variety

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  1. Congratulations to Mandisa on winning another Dove Award.

    On a related note, that’s a really interesting BB article about how the Christian music industry is trying to diversify

  2. David Archuleta attended the Utah premiere for “Meet The Mormons” last night, along with many other LDS personalities. There is an album of photos posted on the official FB page for the movie: and there are tons of individual pictures posted on twitter and instagram from the event under the tag #meetthemormons.

    I think my favorite is from Elaine Bradley of Neon Trees: members of Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons (frontman Dan Reynolds) and Nico Vega along with David after the premiere. Elaine joked on her instagram post that they’ve spawned a new supergroup and will be hitting the road SOON. lol.

  3. Who is photobombing in the back? lol Great picture. Saw some good ones of David with Marie Osmond, also. Loved David’s tweet that he had the best date in the world with #mommasboy. His mom is really pretty.

  4. Yay for Mandisa. Season 5 FTW!

    Also, that article about P@ said A&M. I assumed Alabama A&M and wondered if I should go to Huntsvegas. Apparently not.

  5. It’s an interesting list of what the person (people) running that site wants to see happen, haha. One question: is this website based in the UK? I would guess “yes” judging on how many of the artists mentioned are better known overseas than in the States

  6. ‘Stand Up’ makes it’s first appearance in the new 2014-2015 NHL season in a pump-up montage video for the Boston Bruins (along with songs by Rise Against, Queen, Muse and The Script)

    “The Cup Belongs in Boston – 2014 2015 Season Pump Up HD”…

  7. I’m intrigued by #14:

    “In other Max Martin news, we’d like to hear the fruits of Tove Lo’s writing sessions as part of Max’s team, and in total we’d like to hear three different Max Martin-helmed singles by three different non-Swift US recording artists before Q4 is out.”

    We know Adam has worked with Max Martin. Hope he’s one of the “three”.

  8. Adam spent so much time with Max Martin, I would think his first single would be from their collab. If Adam’s new label released this over the Christmas period, Max would never work with Adam or his label again.

  9. Ha! Somebody from this site wants a Rihanna release really bad. Doubt that Adam would release at Christmas again. At least I hope not.

  10. I don’t think a single will be released this year. I just meant I hope one of the “three” mentioned in the article is Adam’s single. Hopefully his new label will be much smarter regarding timing.

  11. Sorry don’t understand that remark, why wouldnt Max Martin work with Adam again if he released one of their collab singles over holiday season? I simply don’t get it. ,please explain.

  12. @mindysmithmusic

    #Looking 4ward 2 writing w/@KrisAllen next week! He has a gr8t tune #Unique on our new album #SongsforShelterMe!

    Excited about this…she’s a fantastic writer. :)

  13. Haha Matt Giraud

    “@ImMattGiraud: @billyeichner Dangit… Only first level verified ???? I want to be on your show! But you would probably only let me if I brought @adamlambert”

  14. Yes it is..He’s been kinda MIA on social media for the past few weeks and he tweeted today that had “big news” and that he was sorry for being off so long before tweeting about this. He’s been off of Republic’s site since August but nothing was ever confirmed if he got dropped/left .

  15. Aiken plans campaign bus tour

    Clay Aiken is planning a three-week campaign bus tour through the 2nd Congressional District beginning next week.

    Aiken, a Democrat who rose to fame as an “American Idol” contestant, is challenging two-term incumbent Congresswoman Renee Ellmers of Dunn.

    The Aiken campaign didn’t offer up a schedule, but is publicizing a community Town Hall meeting in Randolph County on Oct. 15.

    Campaign spokeswoman Tucker Middleton said Aiken plans to spend Oct. 15 through Election Day on the bus tour.

    The Republican-leaning district covers all or parts of nine counties, including suburbs in western Wake County, parts of Harnett and Chatham, Fort Bragg and the neighborhoods around it, Moore, and most of Randolph.

    Update: This post was updated with the information that the tour would last three weeks, not two.

  16. I can’t think of anyone, whether on a major or indie label, would want to release a single (unless it is a Christmas song) during the holiday season. Radio stations are playing Christmas music (.5% chance you’ll hear a new pop release), TV talk shows are all on hiatus because of the holidays. I think it would be an insult to Max Martin and Adam to release their collab single during the holidays. They did it to Adam for album #2. If a label did it to him again, I would think that they don’t respect Adam enough to release a single at the most opportune time.

  17. … The sports ‘pump-up’ song that won’t die :)
    (Gargano needs to work this magic again for James in era 3.0)

  18. I can’t think of anyone, whether on a major or indie label, would want to release a single (unless it is a Christmas song) during the holiday season.

    QFT. If you’re HUGE in your genre — and/or promised a Clear Channel hourly spin — you could get away with it, but the vast majority of excellent and promising artists are not HUGE.

    We’ve really only got a few more weeks of prime “new singles” season left, especially with radio charts being so slow these days for all but the biggest names and most aggressive promo.

    All preliminary indications are that Lambert’s team, this time around, has a clear grasp of how marketing works, so I’m not really concerned about their doing something egregiously stupid.

  19. She was one of the Hawaiian girls from the third season of American Idol. She was 17, inexperienced, and did an absolutely horrendous cover of Elton John’s “Yellow Brick Road” that was so off-key she got sent home over John Steven’s Crocodile Rock. She took a step back from music for a few years, changed her name, became a reggae artist, and now she’s actually really talented.

  20. Clay sold his house before he announced that he was running for Congress back in February. lol

  21. This is borderline “any news is good news in show business”. Adam has nothing to do with law suit (besides that the plaintiff bought his single among many others for sure), yet BIG picture of his is at the top of the article. Well done, Billboard, you stole a click from me, and I guess that’s why media loves Adam Lambert…

  22. lol – so true – got me as well – even a mention of his tour with Queen –

  23. Just saw Pia singing the NA before the Kings’ season opener, so I guess she is keeping that job

  24. Candice Glover @CandiceGlover
    I’m in LA trying not to fall asleep. Shooting an important video tomorrow

  25. I remember her as talented but so very inexperienced. Her stage fright and shyness got the better of her. She’s had a rough go of it over the years so I’m happy to see she’s putting out some music.

  26. David Archuleta looks like he’s a part of the Osmond clan. Fits right in there. Hope he has some success coming up.

  27. There definitely are a lot of teeth in that picture lol. His music video for the movie just hit 1 million views in a week so I think that’s a good start on getting his name back out there ;)

  28. My question is why is that person buying more than one copy of the same song to begin with? Unless you are gifting it to someone, there’s no reason I can see why anyone needs to buy more than one copy of the exact same version of any song (it’s different if it is an alternate version of the song). I think that’s why iTunes changed its rules — now if you get multiple copies of anything, only 1 copy counts towards an artist’s sales (unless, again, you are gifting the other copies).

  29. Well, given how constantly Glover complains about how she’s bullied, she’s certainly an amazing representative for the cause.

  30. If I was her, I’d be complaining too. Can you imagine how much hate she gets? Or any celebrity really? It’s not easy to deal with.

  31. Why is explained in the article, so why don’t you read the article? Surely if you care enough to comment you should at least read the article. But if you don’t care to read the article yet want to comment, well….

  32. The criticism Candice has gotten has been very mild compared to what most Idol winners have endured. But there also seems to be an indifference to her, which is probably not a good thing for someone in the public eye.

  33. And yet… the vast majority of celebrities manage not to constantly vent on Twitter, including people much more controversial than Glover.

    And yet… her last round of Twit-bitching took place when there were ZERO negative comments to her.

    Glover gets support from her fans by making herself a much bigger victim than she actually is.

  34. The article says she purchased the song but could not locate it on her computer. She tried to download again but was charged again. She wasn’t trying to purchase multiple copies. That was the reason for the lawsuit.

  35. Strange. Seems Candice would want to sleep and be well rested for a video shoot.

  36. Happy 21st Birthday Scotty Mccreery……have a great day….!!!

  37. There could well be things going on outside of Twitter, and Twitter seems like a safe place to talk to supportive friends or fans without going into details. But I don’t know. I just think she must have some reason for what she’s complaining about. I do agree she’d be better not to say anything though. But it can be hard not to say anything.

  38. regardless, criticism is hard to take sometimes, especially when there is a lot of it. some people have more trouble dealing with it then others.

  39. Twitter seems like a safe place to talk to supportive friends or fans without going into details.

    If Glover believes her public, official Twitter is a safe place for private conversations, she’s a fool. It really is that simple.

    I’ve defended that gal up, down, and sideways since her season, but now that she’s announced that the insightful musician I voted for was a lie, while showing us that the real Candice Glover wants to prance around in hot pants singing pop/R&B as if she doesn’t understand the lyrics… if that was the value proposition I’d wanted, I would have voted for Amber Holcomb, who at least had a sense of rhythm.

    TPTB should have let Glover do all these things on the show and spared us this nonsense.

  40. Even if there’s stuff going on in real life, the label, music, etc., there are other ways to talk about it instead of Twitter. You could talk to family, friends, etc. I liked her on Idol, but even if there’s things she needs to get off her chest there’s a better solution than posting things on Twitter where it’s all out for the public & media to know about.

  41. lol. TPTB really should have. I bailed on that season soon after top ten or so out of boredom. But that visual would have keep me watching just for the lulz.

  42. “Constantly”? Not even close looking at her Twitter. Are those tweets usually posted here? Yes. They’re not the vast majority of her tweets tho.

  43. Once a year would be excessive, and she does it much more often than that.

    I’ll admit, though, I’m grateful that her retweets of fan adoration are not reposted here, since that’s a major, major element of her Twitter use.

    There’s a point, in the years after Idol, at which the winner no longer gets a pass for being “naive,” as they’ve had time to get over the naivete and figure things out.

  44. There are Idols, actors, singers who are way more popular than Candice and get more hate thrown at them on a daily basis not just on social media but in mainstream press and they have either learned to brush it off or just keep quiet. No its not easy to deal with but complaining on Twitter does nothing to help matters and could actually egg people on more. As noted the last rant she made, if you look at her Twitter mentions there was nothing to prompt it. If its going on off Twitter then she needs to direct it there.

  45. Looking at her @replies way after the fact tell you nothing tho. Really bad tweets often get deleted by the tweeter once other people start calling them on it. There are too many @replies she made where the tweet being replied to no longer exists. I don’t think it’s smart, but I don’t think she just complains out of the blue.

  46. If she’s going off in response to one person hassling her, she needs to stop doing that. Twitter has a block feature, and once somebody has made it clear they’re not a fan, it’s not like there’ll be fan outrage at blocking them.

    If there was large amounts of widespread criticism, they wouldn’t ALL delete. There’d be some trace.

    Glover gives the impression that she expects her Twitter stream to be nothing but glowing praise about how everything she does is great. I’m not a fan of tweeting to celebrities to criticize them, but I think her behavior here is unprofessional and unrealistic.

  47. Candice does seem to use twitter to prompt adoration and validation from her fans. She also “sics” her fans on posters who are not adoring or validating, as we learned on this blog a while ago. lol

  48. Actually, I find that not following her at all works incredibly well for avoiding her self-praise, defensive rants, and lack of substantive news. Glover is the only Idol alum where I think I really wasted my votes.

  49. If she really presented herself and her singing in a way that was not authentic on the show, and claims to be a very different kind of singer and entertainer now, then I don’t blame you for feeling that you wasted your votes. I do feel that her retweeting so many icky, fawning tweets is pretty off-putting. I was a fan of Candice’s on the show, but I guess that I’m not now, because she’s not going to be that singer/entertainer any more. lol

  50. The article doesn’t really go into any details other than saying she claimed to have already downloaded the song but couldn’t find it.

    That has happened to me when I’ve bought stuff on iTunes. What I did was to call iTunes support — and they have always been able to find the download and put it onto my computer without charging me for another download.. So my question is, did this person even call iTunes support to find the song she downloaded before she purchased it again?

  51. I don’t know what she did other than what the article said. But there was absolutely no indication that she was trying to purchase multiple copies of the same song.

  52. So she can’t talk about the insults against her and she can’t retweet praise about her or talk about it. Maybe she can tweet about the weather lol.

  53. Well, she couldn’t find it and thought she could download it again. That is what happened. I don’t understand the confusion. She wanted her money back for the second purchase enough to sue about it, so I doubt multiple purchases was her objective.

  54. Candice can tweet/talk about whatever she wants, complain about “haters” and retweet praise about herself ad nauseum as far as I’m concerned. She just needs to realize that it may be having a negative impact on the perception of her as a person. Considering that her twitter account continues to lose followers, it appears that her behavior may not be attractive or favorable to everyone, including some of her fans. And if it’s true that she masqueraded as a totally different kind of singer/entertainer on the show (and seems to resent having done that), then that will have it’s consequences too. She just need to own whatever she did and does.

  55. Not so easy when she “sics” her fans on posters on this blog, whose comments she doesn’t like. She must enjoy manipulating her fans like that, which is very unattractive to me.

  56. Well, a lot of artists would tweet about projects they’re working on and use their official Twitter primarily as a promotional tool for their music and other entertainment projects, maybe giving us behind-the-scenes photos or links to things that excite them right now. But clearly, that’s not Glover’s style.

  57. Matt Girard is performing at Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI, tonight. Thought about going, but it is outside, and I did go when David A. performed a few years back and nearly froze to death. They are showing some sneak peaks during the 7-8 Art Prize time slot. They don’t have much of a crowd this year. Hope the crowd builds before he is finished with his set.

  58. I agree that it’s an illusion, but it can “seem” that way. Otherwise so many people wouldn’t say dumb stuff.

  59. Oh, I agree. I really wish they taught all the kids from top 30 on about how to use social media, do interviews, etc., etc.

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