Lady Gaga Loves Working With ‘Up-And-Coming’ Artists Like Adam Lambert
Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert are both splashy, glamorous pop singers, so having Gaga write a song for the “American Idol” runner-up’s forthcoming debut album, For Your Entertainment, felt like a natural fit. When Lambert’s camp approached the over-the-top singer to contribute a song to the album (which hits stores the same week as her The Fame Monster re-release), she had just the right song for him.
“I saw him on the set backstage when I did ‘American Idol, ‘ but I didn’t really know him. They called me and told me Adam really wanted me to write for him, ” she told MTV News, adding that the song “Fever” felt just right for Lambert. “And I had this song that I had already done that I thought would have been perfect, so we went into the studio.”
Adam Lambert: Cool, calm and eclectic
Kicking off another typical seven-day work week in the offices of his management company 19 Entertainment, Adam Lambert fixed his gaze on his own pretty face. Scattered across his publicist’s desk were proof sheets from a photo session with the singer, who will release his debut album on RCA Records, “For Your Entertainment, ” Nov. 23. The shots captured Lambert in typical glam-god poses: peacock, street tough, space oddity, freaky adventurer in the boudoir of the damned.
Lambert, who in person is none of those things but rather a startlingly grounded 27-year-old radiating Southern Californian optimism, took up a red pencil and circled a frame. “This one needs a little fix here, ” he said, momentarily playing art director. It’s all part of one big performance for Lambert as he works to resurrect rock in the new pop age.
New E! reality show has folks asking celebs for cash
A new reality show from E! and Ryan Seacrest Prods. gives ordinary people the chance to plead for money from rich celebrities and moguls.
In “Bank of Hollywood, ” a panel of notable names takes pitches from Americans in need of cash. The proposals range from a do-gooder raising money for charity to a grad student who can’t afford a ring to propose to his girlfriend.
“The idea’s simple, ” Seacrest said. “We are giving away tons of money to everyday people to alleviate the stress of today’s climate and have fun.”
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Adam Lambert: I’m “Cool” Being Single
Adam Lambert is already on the rebound!
Three days after Usmagazine.com reported that the American Idol runner-up, 27, split from interior designer boyfriend Drake LaBry, 24, he told Us he’s “cool” being single.
In fact, when his debut album, For Your Entertainment, comes out on Nov. 23, he plans to promote not only his music, but also himself.
“I will date on tour, ” Lambert told Us at the 2012 premiere in L.A. Tuesday.
Explosions Nearly Make Adam Lambert’s Guyliner Run
Plus, whoever the director was certainly didn’t get the memo that explosions are welcome additions to hard rock epics or anything by Motorhead, but pretty much the opposite of what you want to see in a ballad. A “Time for Miracles” does not translate well to a “Time for many, many things to explode around me, leaving me remarkably unscathed, yet ineffective in saving ANY victims of the apocalypse.” It’s like every propane company in the city decided to leave out their wares while Lambert walked around lighting fires.
Maybe instead of screeching from the rooftops about miracles, he could have helped out the innocent skateboard riders that happened to pass by during the end of the world.
Adam Lambert Feels ‘Honored’ To Be On ‘2012’ Soundtrack
It’s a big month for Adam Lambert. He’s releasing his debut album, For Your Entertainment, on November 23, which is just 10 days after “2012” hits movie theaters. This isn’t exciting news for Lambert because he’s a big fan of disaster flicks, but instead because his song “Time for Miracles” appears on the movie’s soundtrack.
At the Los Angeles premiere of the film on Tuesday night, he told reporters how great it felt to be asked to contribute to the film’s soundtrack since it was long before he had started work on his debut LP.
Want to hear what Allison Iraheta’s ‘Holiday’ sounds like? Then check out our exclusive stream of the video…by ‘Rock Star: Supernova’ star Dilana!
As an American Idol obsessive, I was too burnt out from the epic aftermath of Daughtry-Elliott-Taylor-Katharine-Paris-Kellie Awesomeness (aka season 5) to pay strict attention to Rock Star: Supernova when it debuted in July 2006. Still, several of my EW colleagues got deeply invested in the show, which was enough to get me to tape ‘â€ on VHS! in my pre-DVR days! how tragique! ‘â€ a few episodes, and thereby discover the raspy pleasures of eventual runner-up Dilana. And good thing I did, too, because as an Idol obsessive, hers is a name that’s become increasingly important to know.
Allison Iraheta Just Like You Track Listing Revealed
Let the rock-off begin! Just days after the track listing and 30-second samples of Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment were revealed, the tracks and talent roster for fellow “American Idol” alum Allison Iraheta’s Just Like You have been unveiled. The list of familiar contributors to the album suggests that while Iraheta is digging into her rock roots, she’s also seriously indulging her pop side as well.
Like Lambert, Iraheta tapped “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi for some songwriting help for the LP, due out December 1. Kara penned “No One Else” with Pink (listed by her birth name, Alecia Moore) and Grammy-nominated producer/writer Greg Wells (Katy Perry, OneRepublic, Kelly Clarkson), who also contributed to Lambert’s album.
Carrie Underwood Covers ‘Lucky’ December 2009
Carrie Underwood is glitzy in a Rebecca Taylor silk-chiffon blend glitter jacket on the December 2009 cover of Lucky.
The 26-year-old Grammy winner, whose CD Play On is in stores today, is one of the magazine’s ‘most low-key cover girls.’ Carrie said she’s a casual dresser: ‘I love dressing up when I’m in front of a crowd, ‘ she shared, ‘but in my downtime, nothing beats a great pair of sweats.’
CMT Insider Interview: Carrie Underwood
After two multi-platinum albums, Carrie Underwood says she felt less pressure while working her latest project, Play On, which arrived in stores this week.
During a recent interview with CMT Insider host Katie Cook, Underwood talked about her continuing desire to develop as a singer and songwriter. She also offered her observations about the current role of women in country music.
Here’s an excerpt from Cook’s interview:
Carrie Underwood Is Ready for Paradise
Carrie Underwood is performing a free concert on Dec. 5, but there are a couple of catches. One, you have to be a guest at the Atlantis, a resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas. And two, you still need a lot of money. Rooms for that weekend start at $246 a night, but then skyrocket up to the four-digit prices for the really nice luxury suites.
Jennifer Hudson is back in her hometown, and Chicago is starring in her latest project.
There have already been two sightings of the award winning singer and actress.
The executive producer for the holiday special says Jennifer Hudson was chosen because she is one of the most generous artists he has ever worked with and she is spontaneously creative.
The show will be based on her life story and Chicago is the backdrop.
David Archuleta Writing ‘Fun Music’ For Next Album
“I’m hoping that at least some of the songs I’ve written this time around will be able to make it on to the record, ” Archuleta recently told MTV News. “I don’t think songs have to be like these super-#1-smash-hit-sounding songs, because I think it’s more important that it’s like, ‘Hey! This is coming out of me. This is something I connect with. This is something that I like to sing.’ ”
In addition to pushing himself as a songwriter, Archuleta hints that he might cover more genres on the next album. “Even if it’s, like, different styles of music … when you write, it’s like, ‘Yeah, even though these songs are different, they’re David songs.’ And you can’t say anything different. You can’t say, ‘Oh, that’s not a David song.’ It’s like, ‘Well, yeah it is because it’s my story and I wrote about it and it’s coming out of me!’ ”
But here are a few tidbits from Utah’s favorite son. (Sorry, Donny. Maybe if you win “Dancing With the Stars, ” but not until then.)
David, who is learning guitar to go along with piano, is spending all this week and next week writing songs with producers as he works on an album with an unknown release date. He spent some time in Nashville several weeks ago and also wrote while he was there. “I’m learning how to become a songwriter, ” he said.
He has goals for his next album, though. “I just want my personality to come out, ” he said. “I want this music to have some character ‘â€ my character. I want my stories to be in here.”
Live Review: David Cook in Phoenix
Early on in his show last night (11/3) at Phoenix’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, “American Idol” winner David Cook [ tickets ] wanted to assure fans that he was giving it his all.
“In the intent of full disclosure, I’m going to tell you something and I want you to try really hard not to hold it against us, ” Cook told the audience, whose deafening screams permeated the air at the singer’s every move. “You don’t even know what we’re going to tell you yet. We just got back from a two-week vacation. This is our first show back. I want you to make sure we’re giving you 175 percent.”
Sierra Boggess, Tyler Maynard, Orfeh et al. Set for New York City Christmas CD Release Benefit Concert
Sierra Boggess, Andy Karl, Tyler Maynard, Lindsay Mendez, Orfeh, Tory Ross, Anya Singleton and Sally Wilfert are set to perform in the second annual concert presentation of a New York City Christmas at Joe’s Pub on December 14. Stafford Arima will direct.
The concert will benefit ASTEP — an organization dedicated to using the power of art to change and inspire individuals and communities in Africa, India and the U.S. — in addition to celebrating the release of a CD inspired by the first New York City Christmas event.
Artists featured on the CD also include Constantine Maroulis and Raul Esparza. The disc features pop, soul, R&B, and rock interpretations of songs such as “Santa Claus Is Coming’ to Town, ” Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, ” “Silent Night” and “New York Christmas.”
American Idol’ finalist wants you to spend a night at his Rock Show’
NEW YORK ‘â€ Constantine Maroulis likes being busy.
“It’s that Greek work ethic, ” the Tony-nominee and “American Idol” finalist says with a laugh. “I thrive on the workload.”
That’s why Maroulis decided he needed another project, in addition to normally doing eight shows a week in “Rock of Ages” on Broadway and working on a new album.
Maroulis’ latest project is “A Night at the Rock Show, ” part of his plan to create his own brand and keep people interested in his work.
Q. Where did the idea for “A Night at the Rock Show” come from?
A. I wanted to do something that symbolized all the influences from my life in rock ‘n’ roll, from Bob Seger to the Goo Goo Dolls, and I thought “A Night at the Rock Show” was a cool concept for the fans. … It’s a celebration of rock music, of songs we can tell these great stories about, songs from movies that I love ‘â€ all leaning on the rock side of things, even if it’s not Twisted Sister like it is in “Rock of Ages.”
Bo Bice gets a spot on soundtrack of ‘Noble Things’
Bo Bice, an Alabama native and former “American Idol” contender, can be heard on the soundtrack of a new movie, “Noble Things.”
It’s about an aspiring country singer who swerves off the road to success and finds himself hitch-hiking home to see his sick father. Bice sings “Old Spanish Trail, ” which crops up in a chase scene, according to his publicist.
Chris Daughtry has had the kind of chart-busting immediate success that rarely happens in music these days.
He sold more than a million copies of his 2006 self-titled CD within the first five weeks of its release before racking up nearly 4.5 million copies sold overall.
It was quite a statement for Daughtry, who performs at Trump Taj Mahal’s Mark G. Ettes Arena at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6. Despite enjoying early popularity on the 2006 season of “American Idol, ” the singer finished fourth that season.
Daughtry strives for normalcy at home
Chris Daughtry stalks the stage in jeans, a black T-shirt and a hint of bling. With a shaved head and beard meticulously manicured, he glares into the middle distance, a young rock star pumping attitude for his first appearance on the long-running PBS concert show “Soundstage.” Then someone in the audience catches him off guard.
Daughtry pauses, grins. Suddenly, he’s not a rock star, just a guy from Guilford County who happened to win the music-biz lottery.
“I’m glad you think I’m awesome, ” he says with a shy smile. “I think you’re awesome.”
Chart Beat Wednesday: Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire
On Country Songs, a former pop/rock smash crosses over, as Bucky Covington arrives at No. 58 with “Gotta Be Somebody.” Nickelback’s original topped Adult Pop Songs for five weeks beginning in January and reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 10), Alternative Songs (No. 10) and Mainstream Rock (No. 9). The track also peaked in the top 20 on Pop Songs (No. 13) and Adult Contemporary (No. 18).
“Glee” cast member Cory Monteith is joining Amanda Crew and Adrianne Palicki in the cast of indie thriller “Breaking the Girl.” The film, directed by Jamie Babbit (“But I’m a Cheerleader”), centers on a manipulative college student who takes an innocent classmate under her wing in the guise of close friendship, with the real intent of blackmailing her into committing murder.
The Many Roles Of ‘Glee’ Meanie Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch has earned a lot of attention recently for her role as Sue Sylvester in the new Fox comedy series Glee. As Sue, Lynch plays the cutthroat coach of an Ohio high school cheerleading team, a woman who’s constantly scheming ‘â€ and who’s not above indulging in dirty tricks ‘â€ to keep her squad, the Cheerios, at the top of the high-school food chain as the glee club tries to work its way up.
‘Glee’ video: We talk to the cast at their NYC soundtrack signing!
Now, I love Glee but I was NOT prepared for the Gleek enthusiasm seen at yesterday’s soundtrack signing at the Time Warner Center in New York City. Luckily, I was there with a very brave camera crew and caught the whole bonanza on film. Thankfully, there were no Gleek stampedes, but I did get to chat with Chris Colfer (Kurt), Dianna Agron (Quinn), and Mark Salling (Puck), as well as some very excited fans. Watch the video below for the cast’s thoughts on everything from their favorite Glee songs to the World Series and Madonna!
Cheryl Burke to Perform on Broadway?
Dancing With the Stars pro Cheryl Burke may be headed to Broadway this winter, sources tell PEOPLE. Burke, 25, was spotted at the Ambassador Theater Tuesday night catching the musical Chicago.
A source tells PEOPLE that Burke is in talks to take on the role of Roxie Hart this winter in between Dancing’s current season and season 10.
‘It’s always been a dream of Cheryl’s to perform on Broadway, ‘ the source says. ‘She’s excited to show off her other talents besides being a good dancer. She’s been vocally trained and she has a great voice.’
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Tabitha & Napoleon talk season 6 standouts…
Yep, got more “So You Think You Can Dance” for you, friends.
Caught up with my favorite choreographing couple Tabitha & Napoleon after this week’s episode and we had a nice little chat.
Who were they loving this ep? Who can they not wait to work with?
NappyTabs is talking (and giving it up for the show’s most fantastic new addition, Ms. Stacey Tookey)…
Frankie Goes To Hollywood star Holly Johnson: ‘Simon Cowell was the only person to offer me work’ – exclusive
After a string of mammoth No1 hits, the Frankie Goes To Hollywood star had retreated from the world of pop.
Now, in an exclusive interview with the Mirror, Holly reveals how one man refused to give up on him ‘ a then little-known music industry executive named Simon Cowell.
Holly says: ‘When I dropped out of the music business, it was like being an outcast for a number of years.
‘It was a very hard and dark time for me. I was gravely ill and no one knew if I would make it.
‘I had little support from people in the music business and I didn’t hear from any of the other band members.
The X Factor: Have Jedward peaked?
X Factor has thrown up a handful of incontrovertible truths this year. Cheryl Cole is programmed to cry at 30-minute intervals. Simon Cowell doesn’t know what shirt buttons are for. And Jon and Edward’s rendition of Oops ‘ ¦ I Did It Again will forever be seen as the zenith of human civilisation. Don’t bother arguing against that last one. You’ll just look silly.
But now I’m worried. Could that Britney performance have been so magnificent that Jedward will never be able to top it? In short: have the twins peaked too soon?