Idol Headlines for 11/07/08

Clear Channel Radio Embraces American Idol Alumni with Sneak Peek Program

The two finalists of American Idol’s seventh season, David Cook and David Archuleta, are giving fans the first opportunity to listen to their complete debut albums on Clear Channel Radio’s Sneak Peek program.

American Idol’s seventh season winner, David Cook, lets audiences get the first taste of his 12-track debut self-titled album, which features his top twenty single, “Light On, ” and possible next single, “Declaration.” His Sneak Peek is being offered on-demand on over 190 Clear Channel Radio web sites before its November 18th release date.

David Archuleta’s Sneak Peek is available now, with David Cook’s going live on November 13th.

Business Wire

Miley Cyrus, David Archuleta To Perform In Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Miley Cyrus and David Archuleta will dodge giant balloons together when the teen stars perform in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Other performers set for the annual Turkey Day festivity include Trace Adkins, the Cheetah Girls, James Taylor and Darius Rucker, according to a press release.

The New York City parade will take place November 27 and will be hosted by “Today” hosts Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Al Roker. As is tradition, the casts from several Broadway shows will also be on hand for the big event. This year’s lineup includes “In the Heights, ” “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” and “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, ” as well as an annual appearance from the Radio City Rockettes.

MTV.com

David Cook and Kimberly Caldwell: Lunch Date

Theyve been an item ever since he asked her out on live TV, and yesterday David Cook and Kimberly Caldwell were spotted having a romantic lunch date in Santa Monica.

The …American Idol alums held hands and looked very lovey-dovey, with Cook sporting a black t-shirt with a vest, charcoal wash jeans, and Converse All-Stars while Kim sported a red scoopneck shirt, cropped vest, black stretch pants, and knee-high boots.

celebrity-gossip

The Five Best Tracks on David Archuleta’s (possibly fake) iPod

In the portable-media player era, one of the common gambits for “getting to know” an artist is the celebrity playlist, in which famous people purport to reveal to the world the contents of their digital-music library. Whether these lists of tracks are real or fake or just highly massaged is frequently up for debate, given the sheer number of public-relations types in desperate need of something to do who are still employed by the music industry. But I kind of want to believe in the latest one of these to cross my transom because it comes to us courtesy of American Idol runner-up David Archuleta, who showed the contents of “his iPod” to USA Today as part of the runup to his album’s release next week. If it’s real, it shows just how much the kid has grown since he was annoying the crap out of me every Tuesday night last winter. Sure, some of the songs listed are the sorta-treacly material that made him so annoying during Idol’s seventh season (hello, Wilson Phillips!), but other tracks are really good! I swear! Five examples of this after the jump.

Idolator

David Cook: the grungiest Idol

Need more proof of rock return? Listen to David Cook.

Yes, that David Cook. The season 7 …American Idol champ may not have Chris Cornell pedigree, but he doing his best to sound like a Seattle native.

For Cook debut, …David Cook, out Nov. 18, he enlisted a rock all-star team. The album was helmed by Rob Cavallo, the producer behind Kid Rock …Rock N Roll Jesus, My Chemical Romance …Black Parade and the last five Green Day discs. Although Cook co-wrote most of the record, Daughtry and Hinder hit scribe Brian Howes and Cornell himself pitched in – the single …Light On was penned by the modern-rock trifecta.

Boston Herald

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood is reaching something entirely different than her route to fame in 2005 as an “American Idol”-winning country girl. Her concert at the Nokia Theater wasn’t always successful, but one has to admire the attempt.

The muddled 90-minute show feels like three performers shoehorned into one — the down-home singer who still remembers when her hometown of Checotah, Okla., had only one stop light; the uplifting, big voiced country balladeer; and the sassy gal who just wants to rock.

Variety

Chick power heads Inland: Carrie Underwood grabs attention from ‘Idol’ fans, country enthusiasts

Carrie Underwood has seen more than a million faces this year, and she can add about 11, 000 more with her show Sunday at the new Citizens Business Bank Arena.

“She is a fantastic singer and people love to hear her, ” said Jimi Westbrook of opening act Little Big Town. “And they’re coming out to the shows.”

PE.com

Country-rock tour, starring Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson, rolls into Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson are separated by 27 years and one big chasm between their respective genres: country and pop-rock.

Yet here they are, sharing one band, one stage and more than two dozen hit songs in the 2 Worlds 2 Voices tour stopping Saturday in Grand Rapids.

USA Today called their friendship and professional collaboration “one of pop music’s most curious couplings.” The two are cross-genre and cross-generational, but they have traversed their differences to become peas in a pod. And they each have a history of hits.

Mlive

Two worlds, two voices

Kelly bounced across the sage in bare feet throughout the evening while Reba did her fair share of country music swing and line dance stepping. They honestly looked as though they were having a blast on stage which in turn made it fun for the audience.

At one point Kelly gave a rather lengthy introduction to a song then just as they got ready to sing she realized the intro was meant for a different song. She became flustered, looked at Reba and said, …Why didnt you stop me? to which Reba nonchalantly replied, …Aww, I figured youd get there eventually ¦

Star Exponent

McEntire, Clarkson merge two worlds into one great show

ALBANY ‘  Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson duo tour, …2 Worlds, 2 Voices, which captivated a full house at the Times Union Center Thursday night, was perhaps misnamed.

True, the two do come from different worlds. McEntire has been one of the biggest female country stars for roughly three decades now, while Clarkson has risen from the winner of the first …American Idol to a bonafide superstar in her own right, based on the strength of bubblegum/hard rock hybrid hits. Musically, at least described on paper, the two couldnt be more different.

Daily Gazette

Bucky Covington Learns the Ropes

It was just two years ago that Bucky Covington established himself on “American Idol” and found his way to a country recording contract.

This new into the business, he wisely taking it slow in building his career, still establishing a fan base and learning how to work a crowd. He says he taking it from the ground up as he aims for a place among country biggest stars.

Gac TV

Concert to recall a day of courage

On Saturday, Harris will mark the 43rd anniversary of the ambush by appearing at Koka Booth Amphitheatre as part of the 8th of November Concert Celebration. The event will feature live performances by country artists Billy Ray Cyrus, Josh Gracin, Rockie Lynne and Bo Bice, along with the 82nd Airborne’s All-American Chorus.

Before they became stars, Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich were performing at the Buffalo Saloon in Deadwood, S.D. Harris, who had retired as a master sergeant after 25 years, was bartending. The three became friends, and Harris shared his memories of that violent day. He also gave Big Kenny the top hat he wears on stage and in videos.

News Observer

Paula Abdul Gets Emotional About Jennifer Hudson

Paula Abdul speaks out about the day she found out about the murders of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew.

“I was devastated, ” Paula tells ET about finding out the news. “I was immediately on the computer saying, ‘what’s going on here? This is crazy.'”

Paula says her heart goes out to the Academy Award winning actress. “I can’t even imagine what it must feel like for her and her family and it doesn’t make any sense. It’s awful, it’s horrific, it’s unfathomable.”

ET Online

Paula Abdul: Obama Victory Triggers Tears and Texting

With the election of Barack Obama, Paula Idol of American Idol will stay just that ‘ an American.

“I was crying!” she tells PEOPLE. “You feel such a sense of pride that you can’t even articulate how good you feel. It’s unbelievable! I have chills. I was just so excited. I was texting everyone: ‘Peace has begun.’ And then I was texting everyone, ‘I don’t have to move to Vancouver now!'”

Abdul, 46, is in New York City hosting Paula Abdul’s RAH Cheerleading Bowl, a high-energy cheerleading squad competition that will air New Year’s Day on MTV.

People

No Christmas Bonus For Simon Cowell

It could be a bonus-free Christmas for reality show Scrooge, Simon Cowell, according to reports out of the UK.

ITV, the network which airs Cowell …X-Factor, the …Idol-like reality competition that spawned the likes of Leona Lewis, is cutting back due to tough financial times.

The network said it …cant afford to overpay for its talent roster, after predicting a 9 percent drop in advertising in the run up to Christmas, according to reports out of the UK.

Access Hollywood

Backstage: Why Dancing with the Stars Made Susan Lucci Cry

Susan Lucci swears she didn’t mind flying back and forth from New York to Los Angeles every week to compete on Dancing with the Stars. It was a grueling schedule that lasted seven long weeks ‘  and often made her cry. “The airplanes were not the problem, ” she said on Wednesday night, moments after getting her walking papers. “We could lie down on the plane and sleep.”

The real fly in the ointment, she says, was her day job. If Lucci could have changed anything about her Dancing experience, “I probably would have asked for a leave of absence from All My Children. Because I think to learn these dances in four days is challenging enough. But working on both coasts, we only had the evenings to practice. I don’t mean to whine at all ‘  I’m so thrilled with everything that happened ‘  but to do this justice, I think you should simply focus on this, which is plenty.”

TV Guide

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Duo Get Real With ET!

The “Dancing with the Stars” competition is really heating up with only five couples left on the dance floor! Taking a break from their grueling rehearsal schedule, the lovable Warren Sapp and his gorgeous pro partner Kym Johnson are on the ET stage interviewing each other about everything from their dancing, to their nicknames for each other — to the first time they saw each other!

After this week’s score of 21, the couple is ready to really step up its game. Judge Len Goodman called their foxtrot “a little bit of a disappointment, ” while judge Carrie Ann Inaba noticed that Warren wasn’t his usual self, and asked, “What was going on?” Warren responded that his shoes were bothering him.

ET Online

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