Idol Headlines for 11/13/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

Sparks Q&A: ‘Hopefully I’ll make some good decisions.’

With the release of her self-titled debut album Nov. 20, Glendale’s Jordin Sparks takes her first step away from the cocoon of American Idol.

Sparks, 17, who came out on top this year in the sixth season of the Fox TV series, toured with other “Idol” contestants for much of the summer and early fall.

Now, she turns her focus to promoting the album and its first single, Tattoo, and looking toward touring as a solo artist………


Shop, give at charity event
Festival of Giving features savings, concert to benefit local nonprofits

….Constantine, one of the stars of the fourth season of American Idol, will be one of the shining stars of the night. He will take the stage for about 20 minutes starting at 6:30 p.m., and afterward, he will spend some time signing autographs in J.C. Penney Court…

Times Record News

Daughtry concert at Carthage canceled

Daughtry Tuesday concert at Carthage College in Kenosha has been canceled due to a throat ailment, according to Carthage College and the band….

….The ailment has forced the band to also cancel some subsequent concerts, according to Carthage….

Journal Times

Two past ‘Idols’ to perform at Salinas Christmas event

This year, Monterey County residents can celebrate the Christmas spirit with not one ‘  but two ‘  past finalists of the hit Fox show …American Idol.

R&B and gospel singers Mandisa and George Huff will headline the third annual …Christmas on Main Street show Dec. 7 through 9 and 14 through 16 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1044 South Main St., Salinas……….

Californian Online

Bein Bobby nets Hub music prize

….His career is getting back on track, too. He just wrapped shooting a reality show for Country Music Television called …Gone Country, where he and fading music stars Carnie Wilson, Twisted Sister Dee Snider, Diana DeGarmo of …American Idol fame, Julio Iglesias Jr., …The Brady Bunch sis Maureen McCormick and Sisquo spent two weeks together living in the same house and learning to be country music stars. Brown said it was no country picnic. Yee ha.

…I went through it, it done, he said. …You really have to watch it to understand…..

Boston Herald

‘Idol’ alum Elliot Yamin is a winner at Crocodile Rock

Forgive the “Idol” chatter, but if Elliot Yamin had shown half the soul, funkiness and charisma he displayed last night at Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, he not only would have won the fifth season of “American Idol, ” he would have been anointed by acclaim after the first week……..


Bill Gates at the Kelly Clarkson concert

Inagural “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson has reportedly sold more than 16 million records, had three No. 1 singles, won two Grammy Awards and earned fans across the globe.

Apparently, Bill Gates is one of them………


Blake Lewis’ CD cover art

There it is, the cover for Blake Lewis’ “Audio Day Dream.” People have been dissing the album cover and Idolator nominated it for worst CD cover of the year. That sort of harkens the questions, does a crummy album cover equate to crummy album sales and what exactly are the worst album covers of the year?

Personally, I don’t buy records based off album covers and I don’t think the cover of a record has much to do with how many records an artist will sell. But that’s just me. I’m sure “A.D.D.” will do just fine regardless of what people think of the cover art.


Double Trouble

Great minds (and stylists) may think alike, but in Hollywood, everyone wants to be an original.

So, we can’t even begin to guess how annoyed January Jones and Katharine McPhee must have been to discover they were both wearing the same green tunic at the Tao Las Vegas second-anniversary party this weekend.

The shock! The horror! The realization that every weekly is gonna pit the two of you against each other!

Let the games begin…


Golden Idol
Elliot Yamin’s ‘Wait’ takes him from third place on TV to Top 10 on the charts

….Yamin says Danny Strick, president of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, heard songs he had written ”and was really impressed and offered me a publishing deal.”

He met with major labels, but with Strick and his manager, Jeff Rabhan, he decided to put a record out himself.

Strick revived a defunct 1970s label, Hickory Records, as Yamin’s imprint and made him an equal partner.

”My deal is unique in that I’m actually like a shareholder, ” Yamin says. ”I have a profit-sharing deal, a 50-50 deal. It’s very sweet.”….