Idol Headlines for 11/13/10

Charice, David Archuleta, and Jesse McCartney team up November 21st for The Grove Tree Lighting in L.A., with Mario Lopez hosting.

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Crystal Bowersox tweets, “…video for farmers daughter coming soon!!!! Yay!!”

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Siobhan Magnus and John Stevens may be performing together soon in the Boston area. According to a tweet from John’s band, the Beantown Swing band, “Siobhan will confirm next week about singing with John Stevens and our 36-piece band in Lexington on December 11!” If this happens people, I am SO THERE.

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Michael Johns tweets, “Just left the studio with randy jackson. We demo’d a new song i wrote for a new movie. It turned out great im pumped”

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Carrie Underwood – There’s A Place For Us (Chronicles of Narnia) B-Roll and interviews

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Lee DeWyze attended the Dave Matthews Band concert last night and got to hang with him backstage. Lee tweets, “Dave Matthews gave me some of the best advice i’ve ever received, i’ll leave it at that…night everyone.”

Hm. I got a random email tip that Lee would be opening for DMB on tour. Maybe the rumor is true?

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Reba, Brad Paisley + More Spread Holiday Cheer in Music City

Kellie Pickler performed a sexy rendition of ‘Santa Baby, ‘ wearing a hip-hugging red satin dress with matching gloves that went to her elbows, while LeAnn Rimes covered Brenda Lee’s classic, ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.’ LeAnn returned to the stage later in the evening to also perform ‘White Christmas.’

Martina McBride received a standing ovation for both of her show-stopping performances of ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’

Read more at The Boot

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David Archuleta and the Girl Up Campaign

This Video for the Girl Up Campaign includes a sweet little spiel from David Archuleta, says David Archuleta Fan Scene

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Matt Giraud sings 4 AM at Hot FM 105.3

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Jordin Sparks Debuts ‘Because of You’ at DOTS

Jordin Sparks looks beautiful in a fun Teri Jon fuchsia dress as she debuts her first ever fragrance, Because of You, at DOTS in Bloomfield, New Jersey on Thursday afternoon (November 11).

The 20-year-old singer’s new scent sells at DOTS stores and online for $14.95 for a 2.5-oz. bottle. This would make a great holiday gift!

See the photos at Just Jared

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Community School’s Angel Ball a sold-out success

Themed “Together We Are One, ” the 2010 Angel Ball drew 400 party-goers to the Naples Grande last Saturday night. And were they ever one, as they jockeyed for positions in the hotel’s second floor foyer reception and later in its ballroom.

A gigantic origami creation suspended above auction tables and floral

Arrangements with Birds of Paradise that Rufino Hernandez of the Garden District described as “Roots and Wings” helped heighten the mood.

Read more at Naples News

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Ayla takes her show on the road to perform for the troops

The 22-year-old Wrentham vocalist, whose star has been rising steadily since she was an American Idol semi-finalist almost five years ago, this month is traveling with her band on a music tour in the Persian Gulf region.

And she’s there in the place of country western music star Tim McGraw, who couldn’t make it.

Brown and her band left late on Monday, traveling to southwest Asia as part of an Armed Forces Entertainment tour to bring some homegrown entertainment to the troops.

“The original artist who was supposed to go was Tim McGraw, ” Brown revealed, talking over the phone as she and her fellow musicians rode to the airport.

Read more at Wicked Local

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Darren Criss, Superstar?

“When it rains, it pours, man, ” Criss says, laughing. “‘Glee’ stuff aside, I’m playing a show on Saturday [at the Mint in Los Angeles] so I’m rehearsing with my band, I’m playing host to a friend this weekend and there’s laundry and food and stuff and a lot of shit is going wrong with my apartment.”

We are, honestly, keeping Criss up from a nap. So let’s address those rumors one at a time: He’s not a regular cast member on “Glee” — yet.

“Of course I would love to be on the show as long as possible, ” he says. “I do love working with everybody and he is a wonderful character. I love what the show stands for and the place it fits in our social pop consciousness. And the end of the day, I trust the creators and I’m happy for the time I’ve been given. Whatever happens, happens.”

Darren auditioned for the role of Finn 2 1/2 year ago…

Read more at Billboard

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  1. X Factor rocked as song selection row breaks out between Cheryl and Katie ahead of tonight’s show

    When the show theme was announced as Elton John, it was thought the X Factor contestants wouldn’t have a problem choosing a track from his vast back catalogue.

    But when it was revealed Katie Waissel was to sing The Bitch Is Back in an ironic take on the controversy this week after she was put through ahead of Treyc Cohen, it seemed the humorous song choice might help her continue in the competition.

    However, now Katie has refused to sing the track after apparently taking mentor Cheryl Cole’s song choice as a direct jibe at her – instead opting to sing the slightly more tame Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting).

    Meet the REAL experts behind The X Factor who, day in, day out, deal with tantrums, tears… and Cher’s obsession with her eyebrows

    It is the most talked about TV show, with every judge’s decision and contestant’s strop dissected. But what’s life really like in the X Factor bubble?
    Sunday 5.30pm

    Treyc Cohen is about to be turfed off, but work has already begun on next week’s show. Judges are given a list of songs to choose from, then they brief choreographer Brian Friedman about their ‘vision’ of the chosen song.

    ‘Simon Cowell will say “I want it to be a big dance number” ’ says Brian. ‘Louis Walsh often says: “Go all the way Brian, make it big.” ’

    On stage, the contestants are all smiles and best of friends. but back at home, a secluded £3.5million Spanish-style mansion in Arkley, near Barnet, Wagner is driving the house mad. He gets up at 5am to ­practise his martial arts. He also sings extremely loudly.

  2. crystalbowersox Crystal Bowersox
    @ @Mamasoxcd1214VI video for farmers daughter coming soon!!!! Yay!!””

  3. crystalbowersox Crystal Bowersox
    @ @Mamasoxcd1214VI video for farmers daughter coming soon!!!! Yay!!””

    Have they changed debut singles?

  4. Matt sounds so good singing on that radio station. Can’t wait for video from his Grand Ole Opry performance on Tuesday!

  5. I like that Lee/Dave Matthews rumor. Over the years I hadn’t been much of a Dave Matthews fan, but he sure has moved up my list in the past 12 months or so. Funny how musical tastes change when you get “old,” LOL.

    RE John Stevens…is this the red-haired guy from Season 3?

  6. Charice, David Archuleta, and Jesse McCartney team up November 21st for The Grove Tree Lighting in L.A., with Mario Lopez hosting, according to this article:

    http://www.examiner.com/glee-in-national/charice-david-archuleta-jesse-mccartney-team-up-for-grove-tree-lighting

    David’s manager Melinda Bell confirmed it:

    Yes we will be there! Come join us RT @kalenab: @MelindaWEG is it true that @DavidArchie will be at the LA Grove tree lighting on 11/21? Thanks :)

    (Not to be confused with David’s tree lighting gig at Jefferson Pointe, Indiana, on November 20th.)

  7. Yvonne13:
    11/13/2010 at 9:44 am
    RE John Stevens…is this the red-haired guy from Season 3?

    Yup. :)

    Let’s see, we have the Season 3 mellow crooners vs. the Season 9 SCREAM!!!. Sounds like an interesting combo. Wish I could be there.

    MJ…make sure you take tons of video. Please? From an original Johnny’s Angel?

  8. VH1 Countdown: No Idol videos on the chart for this week.

    Final statistic for Daughtry’s September:
    Daughtry “September” [15|1(2x)] [REMOVED]

  9. That would be great for Lee. DMB can move thousands and thousands of people and opening for them must be mind blowing. It probably wouldn’t do anything for Lee in terms of gaining an audience, but it would be a heck of an experience.

  10. Maybe Crystal just said farmer’s daughter because that is the name of the album…but then, who knows. Lee’s single changed only days before the release.

  11. It would be cool if David and Charice sing their duet at the Tree Lighting in LA.

  12. That would be great for Lee. DMB can move thousands and thousands of people and opening for them must be mind blowing. It probably wouldn’t do anything for Lee in terms of gaining an audience, but it would be a heck of an experience.

    Since their sounds/styles are so similar, it probably would help Lee in terms of credibility and getting exposure to the people who like his style of music.

  13. But I heard DMB would not be touring next year?

    Yeah it’s up on their website that DMB are taking 2011 off. So, unless Dave is going out on his own, it won’t happen for Lee.

  14. Dave Matthew Band tour ends mid December and from what I have been able to discern his opening acts have already been established. No tour listed for 2011 on his website and Billboard has announced that he is taking a hiatus for 2011. Therefore, I don’t think Lee is going to be opening for DMB any time soon.

  15. Since their sounds/styles are so similar, it probably would help Lee in terms of credibility and getting exposure to the people who like his style of music.

    Well, idk, to me they’re very different. I love DBM and there’s nothing about Lee’s music that I like. One thing DBM fans love about DBM are lyrics and they’d laugh at Lee’s lyrics. But Yeah, sure he could get some fans though. The one I saw opening for DMB has kinda disappeared, lol, but I’m sure it was a great experience for him.
    I also read DBM wouldn’t be touring in 2011. But it could be just Dave.

    I think it’s really cool how Randy works with idols. Sometimes I really think he’s useless on the show, but the guy knows his stuff and he’s the only one who seems to actually care about the contestants post idols.

  16. Maybe Crystal just said farmer’s daughter because that is the name of the album…but then, who knows.

    Oh me! me! (waves hand frantically)

    Cos that was a response to a question: Do you have a video in the works for “Hold On”? Or Farmer’s Daughter?

  17. Well, idk, to me they’re very different. I love DBM and there’s nothing about Lee’s music that I like. One thing DBM fans love about DBM are lyrics and they’d laugh at Lee’s lyrics.

    Lee’s pre-idol music was definitely influenced by DMB. His current album, not so much.

  18. Wow, I don’t see any scenario where a video would be made for any song other than the single. Could Jive possibly be doing something right?
    I feel like Crystal needs Farmer’s Daughter to be the single—it just makes sense on a lot of different levels.

  19. Dave Matthews Band (Openers)
    Summer Tour included Ben Harper and Relentless7, Gov’t Mule, Raphael Saadiq, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Brett Dennen, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, and Zac Brown Band.

    Fall/Winter Tour includes John Butler Trio, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., The Head and the Heart but no opener is listed for the December dates.

    I don’t know these acts except for the Zac Brown Band.

  20. Could Jive possibly be doing something right?

    Jive did 95% right. Gave a singer/songwriter what really needs to be put on her album, 8 originals, 2 co-writes, matched her with one producer who gets her, made her first video from one of her originals. They just need to get the 5% right, make FD her first single and promote it to the right stations. Common Jive just be done with it, so we can all be happy.

  21. But I heard DMB would not be touring next year?

    i read the same thing….that the band was taking next year off

  22. Lee’s pre-idol music was definitely influenced by DMB. His current album, not so much.

    I think most of the songs on the album, aside from the first single, show that one of Lee’s influences is the DMB. That is certainly the style/sound that he’s leaning towards.

  23. It’s great that Dave Matthews was gracious to Lee. Maybe down the road if Dave Matthews does some spot dates he can have Lee on the bill.

    Whether or not Farmer’s Daughter is a single they SHOULD use it to promote Crystal’s album so having a video for it is an A+ decision.

    I just wanna recommend especially the 1st vid MJ posted of Carrie recording There’s A Place For Us for anybody who likes watching behind the scenes studio footage. It’s Carrie singing an untouched vocal in studio plus her and Mark Bright hanging out and working on the song. I love watching that kind of stuff. The song’s going to be very typical movie inspirational but honestly even Regina Spektor’s Narnia song was, plus this has some of the religious undertones that come from CS Lewis.

    That’s the B Roll footage so that makes me think they’re going to put out a video that mixes the studio recording footage with scenes from the Voyage Of The Dawn Treader movie. The ad where they mixed the two up was pretty awesome and really showed how There’s A Place For Us fits the movie so I hope so.

  24. That’s a cool picture of Lee with DM. Too bad that opening act thing seems like a baseless rumor. Lee and Crystal seem to be getting respectable rollouts. Of course, Lee looks to be on track for the worst opening week album sales of any Idol winner. So he should at least enjoy the ride. ;)

  25. I think most of the songs on the album, aside from the first single, show that one of Lee’s influences is the DMB. That is certainly the style/sound that he’s leaning towards.

    IDK, I just don’t hear it on this album as much as I did in slumberland. I guess we each have our opinions.

    Of course, Lee looks to be on track for the worst opening week album sales of any Idol winner. So he should at least enjoy the ride.

    I think this was a given no matter who won this season. Whether it was Crystal or Lee. So people shouldn’t act so surprised when the numbers come rolling out.

  26. Well, idk, to me they’re very different. I love DBM and there’s nothing about Lee’s music that I like. One thing DBM fans love about DBM are lyrics and they’d laugh at Lee’s lyrics.

    I totally agree with this. I’m a huge DMB fan and don’t find much about Lee to like. He might be influenced by DMB but IMHO he is light-years from the band – both musically and lyrically speaking. In fact, now every time I hear DMB I wonder what people are listening to when they say Lee is similar. Lee is still very much an amateur, a wanna be. His lyrics are overly simplistic and cliched and his music is stuck in the familiar and unoriginal. In my opinion, it really diminishes artistry and creativity when you put someone like Lee into the same box as DMB. This kind of false symmetry just irks me. I don’t think Lee is anywhere near ready to open for DMB. Now, if Dave Matthews decides to do some solo gigs and wants to give Lee some exposure, I could see that happening. That’s a whole different ball game. And yes, DMB has announced that they won’t be touring in 2011.

  27. I think the labels should try to get both Lee and Crystal opening slots on established artists tours. They can do small short tours first as well to please their Idol fan base.

    For various reasons, I’m not a fan of long headlining tours for Idol contestants. Not that Lee or Crystal really have big enough fan bases to support that kind of tour.

  28. Cos that was a response to a question: Do you have a video in the works for “Hold On”? Or Farmer’s Daughter?

    This makes me think, what’s the style of the album going to be? If it is simliar to the new version of FD , then the arrangements of ‘Hold On” and ‘Lonely Won’t Come Around’ are going to stick out in a bad way?
    Unless the album versions for these songs are not what we heard either …

  29. I think this was a given no matter who won this season. Whether it was Crystal or Lee. So people shouldn’t act so surprised when the numbers come rolling out.

    It was a given, and I don’t think it matters. Both Lee and Crystal seem to be aiming for a market where it’s going to take time to get the consumers of their type of music to not only notice them, but to take them seriously. There was an article posted in the headlines section a few weeks ago about how pop artists don’t need to have as much credibility as other types of artists, but for the type of music that Lee and Crystal are making, it is a must. They have to show their audience that they aren’t manufactured artists, who only have only have contracts because they were on a reality show.

    I totally agree with this. I’m a huge DMB fan and don’t find much about Lee to like. He might be influenced by DMB but IMHO he is light-years from the band – both musically and lyrically

    Of course he’s light years away from them, he’s just starting out, and releasing an album that was written in less than six months. I’m pretty sure that if we listened to some early Dave Matthews music it wouldn’t be up to par with some of their later music, either.

  30. When Lee said he’d ‘leave it at that’ for the best advice from Dave Matthews … well, this is the first thing that came to mind. (It was a big deal at the time)

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1490541/20040825/dave_matthews_band.jhtml

    For some reason, I think I’m right in the direction my mind is going.

    LMAO! :lol:

    Florida Times Union posted a picture gallery of Danny Gokey’s concert there last night. Sounds like it had a great turnout:

    http://jacksonville.com/mycapture/photos/1116830?pic=1

  31. I hope that Charice and David sing their duet from his Christmas album at that event in LA. They were great together on that song and would be good live.

  32. This makes me think, what’s the style of the album going to be? If it is simliar to the new version of FD , then the arrangements of ‘Hold On” and ‘Lonely Won’t Come Around’ are going to stick out in a bad way?
    Unless the album versions for these songs are not what we heard either …

    Not necessarily a bad way, but I think they are gonna be more cleaner with more prominence given to Crystals vocals. I can totally see this working out for LDCA but HO is gonna sound the same, unless they totally change that arrangement.

    I think David tweeted about the direction of Crystals sound but it was inconclusive.

    @DAVIDBENDETH: referencing Ryan Adams, Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, John Mayer and Shelby Lynn now. Rock? Pop? Folk? Blues…. a smorgasbord. Gimme some dots

    This was after he had done mixing 10 songs (not including FD). Its funny he doesnt mention Country when a lot of people have associated her to country (though a lot of artists in that list cross-over to country music they are not country artists per se).I think there other genres that is more likely to be her sound than country. Right now I have to say its a smorgasbord (i love this word lol). I think its gonna be folk rock vibe overall with some country, rock and blues feel in some of the songs :).

  33. In my opinion, it really diminishes artistry and creativity when you put someone like Lee into the same box as DMB. This kind of false symmetry just irks me

    This so much. I can, somehow, understand if people think their tones are similar, but in terms of music? I dunno, maybe people are only thinking about Crash Into Me? Even that has nothing to do with Lee’s music. Lee’s music is not creative, it’s the same structure over and over again, it’s a repeat of other 1038364 things we have listened to before, not to mention the lyrics sound like something a teen would write. Now, I understand if people don’t even like DMB, but their sound is unique, it is creative and they also have a combination of instruments that you don’t get in Lee’s music.
    But anyway, if Lee gets to open to Dave, good for him. I’m sure he could learn a lot with the man. Dave is brilliant!

    I’m pretty sure that if we listened to some early Dave Matthews music it wouldn’t be up to par with some of their later music, either.

    It would, actually.

    Crystal is obviosuly fighting for FD to be the single. I think Hold On is probably more radio friendly, but she should be getting at least two singles this era, so I can see FD being a single at some point, if not now.

  34. I’m pretty sure that if we listened to some early Dave Matthews music it wouldn’t be up to par with some of their later music, either.

    Well, this is Lee’s third album. And as to DMB’s first major label studio album, it is loaded with some of their biggest hits, “What Would You Say”, “Ants Marching”, “Satellite”, “Jimi Thing”. DMB started out as a true musical collaboration of incredible musicians who all dug each other’s sounds. And yeah, the band had been performing together for years refining their sound before that first big release. (There was an earlier smaller label album filled with recordings of live gigs).

    This situation that Lee is in is nothing like that. As far as I can tell, its a typical Idol setup where the label chooses the band and many of the co-writers and producers. It’s a typical pop set-up that isn’t really conducive to great musical inspiration.

  35. With the announcement that the FD vid is on the way, it’s pretty much a given at this point that FD is going to be the 1st single (YES!!). My hope is that they make it a live performance video, and don’t cheese it up with bad actors in a mini soap drama.

  36. This so much. I can, somehow, understand if people think their tones are similar, but in terms of music? I dunno, maybe people are only thinking about Crash Into Me? Even that has nothing to do with Lee’s music. Lee’s music is not creative, it’s the same structure over and over again, it’s a repeat of other 1038364 things we have listened to before, not to mention the lyrics sound like something a teen would write. Now, I understand if people don’t even like DMB, but their sound is unique, it is creative and they also have a combination of instruments that you don’t get in Lee’s music.
    But anyway, if Lee gets to open to Dave, good for him. I’m sure he could learn a lot with the man. Dave is brilliant!

    This is true of most idol music that is generally inferior to non-idol music.
    I also usually prefer the pre-idol music, and Lee’s album isn’t an exception.

  37. It was a given, and I don’t think it matters. Both Lee and Crystal seem to be aiming for a market where it’s going to take time to get the consumers of their type of music to not only notice them, but to take them seriously……They have to show their audience that they aren’t manufactured artists, who only have only have contracts because they were on a reality show.

    But proving their marketability beyond of Idol is true of everyone that comes off the show. Also do Lee and Crystal really have the luxury of time on their side? Because eventually it will be about sales. It always is. Coming off of a high profile platform Idol means the bar is also set to hit the ground running. When you look at the Idols who have been dropped by RCA and Jive, it wasn’t because they were not talented or did not work hard; it likely came down to the reality that they could not make enough money for their record label. It’s still a business at the end of the day and that won’t change.

  38. I think this was a given no matter who won this season. Whether it was Crystal or Lee. So people shouldn’t act so surprised when the numbers come rolling out.

    So if we all know this then why is the assumption framed that the labels don’t know this? I get that the most important thing to RCA and Jive is recouping their costs but even at the start of these projects they had to project out what revenue they expected in return. So I’m just wondering what adjusted set of expectations there are.

  39. I’m just catching up with Crystal’s music and I really like Farmer’s Daughter. Her vocal performance is really good and I think the song is very interesting/compelling.

    I like songs that I feel have something to say and feel authentic to the singer. I’m afraid I don’t get that from the Lee songs that I’ve listened to. I also think Lee needs to reveal some more of himself in his interviews and his singing. I think that’s what one of the things he was missing on Idol. I think Crystal does that very well. We can love or “hate” an Idol for it, but I think it builds a connection with the listener and ultimately will cement fans to them that relate to them.

    That’s why Danny is my favorite Idol. And BTW, It looks like he had a great turnout last night. He really rocks a fair!

  40. Well since DMB is FINALLY taking a break from going on the road in 2011, it’s pretty much a mute point. And TBH, I don’t know if DMB’s huge fanbase that they’ve gained by touring pretty much continuously for the past 15 years would be all that excited about seeing someone from AI on tour. Maybe Lee could win them over eventually, but DMB is pretty much anti-commercial anything — there’s a reason he started his own record label (ATO). It might be hard for the band or their fans to take anyone coming off AI very seriously. JMO of course, YMMV

    And I don’t get why Crystal would e making a video for FD unless they have decided to make that the first single. All this flip-flopping back and forth is making me nervous

  41. I think Crystal does that very well. We can love or “hate” an Idol for it, but I think it builds a connection with the listener and ultimately will cement fans to them that relate to them.

    Very interesting comment! I think that is really true; openness and sharing ones self does open them up to more criticism but also more bonding. I wonder if that was Allison’s issue? She was cute and goofy but it was hard to really tell her true personality/character.
    Although it is more difficult for younger artists; they are more unformed as people.

  42. So if we all know this then why is the assumption framed that the labels don’t know this?

    I assume they know, personally. How could they not? All Lee and Crystal have to do is meet whatever expectations the label has for them. And they have to turn nice profits at some point.

    I think vocally Lee gets compared to DMB, but I totally agree he’s not like hem musically. I think he gets Mraz because of the strummy guitars thing but he’s not very Mraz-ish either to me. His album, as has been said before, is very Plain White Ts I think, with a couple of modern rock post-U2 types songs thrown in.

    I love Farmers Daughter as a song but I don’t think it will work as an HAC single.

  43. I also would love it if David A. did the duet with Charice. It would be the first Live performance of the song together. David did the duet with his Mom on Christmas tour last year.

    Thanks OZarko for keeping us updated here on David A news.

  44. 105.1 The Buzz
    Hi, it’s Sheryl and I’m the official Buzz reporter for Live In The Vineyard. The official kickoff is tomorrow and I’ll have lots of pics & video for you. In the meantime, enjoy this performance from Kris Allen at last year’s Live In The Vineyard and keep listening to 105.1 The Buzz for an exciting announcement about Kris Allen in Portland!!!

    (Portland is the final stop on the Kris/Lifehouse tour. I’m assuming the “exciting news” is nothing more than a radio show tied into that concert date, or maybe that he’ll be playing the Jingle ball (although Lee’s already booked for that, so I doubt it) but we will see)

  45. I also would love it if David A. did the duet with Charice. It would be the first Live performance of the song together. David did the duet with his Mom on Christmas tour last year.

    Thanks OZarko for keeping us updated here on David A news.

    Thanks, Heidijoy! I too would love it if they did the duet on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Not only would it be the first time they will have performed it in front of an audience, it would be the first time that they will have sung it together period. If you’ll recall, David and Charice were not even in the same studio to record that song due to scheduling conflicts (David was very busy with the Demi Lovato tour at the time). They each recorded their parts separately and they were mixed together at a later point.

  46. Season 9 of AI wasn’t a great platform for either Lee or Crystal. The season may have had relatively good viewership but it didn’t have much buzz…and the tour was lackluster for sales and audience at its best. Internet buzz is pretty quiet for both Lee and Crystal..and TV entertainment shows (E, Access Hollywood) haven’t given these two much if any airtime for the past 6 months and neither one has been front and center in print media.

    That being said I don’t think Crystal or Lee will have gigantic first weeks of sales…their AI fanbase appears to be much smaller. And since they have very little media presence many outside of AI don’t have a clue as to who they are.

    If their albums are “fantastic” they might be able to increase their audience and gain a foothold once their music is heard, but based on the current market I wouldn’t hold my breath. Look at Jordin and Archie, they both have/are taking a bath with their second album. I think AI has definitely over-reached and there are just too many AI singers out there..many with the same fan base…and purchasing dollars only stretch so far.

  47. Matty sounds so good as usual! I hope we get to see his Grand Ole Opry performance on Tuesday.

  48. Wow, that’s an impressive sized crowd for Danny in Jacksonville! Danny has a way of getting everyone involved and turning every show into an experience. It’s my understanding most of his shows have sold out and the venues are getting larger.

    It’s very exciting, everything that’s been going on with Danny lately, and he shows no signs of stopping. He’s an incredibly good live performer and clearly loves his fans.

  49. I do not think Crystal will ever be a Idol darling like Carrie or Kelly. But I do think she is unique enough that she will have staying power with her music career. I also think she will earn respect in the industry, among other artists that will help her. Whether you agree with her or not, Crystal is someone who tells it like it is. And those are the people that usually gain long term credibility.

    The problem with Lee has already been voiced many times over. Lee Dewyze/Kris Allen/David Cook. I doubt many of those outside of the AI bubble can tell them apart – or really care too.

  50. Ozarko, Yes I recall that. Amazing! Hoping it works out!!
    Meanwhile David is having fun in Singapore. One interviewer likes his sparkly eyes!! Ha!

  51. LadyBeBop, that’s for the X-Factor spoilers. I agree Katie’s rumored song was more fitting.

    I’m very disappointed by what Dannii saddled Matt with. Surely he has the falsetto to pull off any classic Elton song but why that one? Although a much later song, I’d love to hear Matt take on Sacrifice. Paije’s is a bit wtf since it’s a novelty song. I suspect Aiden’s take will be “dark and intense” maybe more like Kate Bush’s cover. Simon’s choice for One Direction is uninspired. I’m sorry for Rebecca particularly if she’s doing the version linked at the site. A look at Wagner’s mashup reveals Louis is clearly insane. One of those would’ve been perfect for Mary. Cher’s back to rap mashups. Yawn. So many great songs to pick from… Disappointing X-Factor ahead.

  52. Danny has a way of getting everyone involved and turning every show into an experience. It’s my understanding most of his shows have sold out and the venues are getting larger.

    From what I’ve seen, Danny has done a variety of venue/event sizes. The smallest of his solo shows have been a couple/few hundred people, up to some thousands. Most commonly, he’s somewhere in between when he does his own shows.

    He usually sells well but I wouldn’t claim that they regularly sell out. He probably had his highest percentage of events selling out right after his AI9 performance and when his album was just out, so there was a lot of excitement to see him. I’ve been very happy with how his audience has sustained since then, after it leveled out somewhat.

    I’d agree though, Danny is getting better and better as a live performer, and building off that ability to connect with crowds that he always had even when his stagecraft was a bit more enthusiastic than smooth, lol. I hope the experience he’s gained this year will set a foundation that he can use in 2011 to do even better touring on his own and hopefully going out on the road with another major country headliner again.

  53. It’s my understanding most of his shows have sold out and the venues are getting larger.

    He does well, but yeah, I think he’s only sold out a hand full of shows (not counting radio tour ones)- he is usually booked in decent size venues.

    I agree Toonces, that he is an incredibly good live performer and I hope that helps him get a gig with another good opener in 2011. Sugarland was fantastic, but following country tradition by being the first opener, he only had 5 songs. His shows with Lady A, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton (as well as some of the country multi name fests he appeared at) were better in that he had a 45 min. to 1 hour set.

  54. Danny having fun on stage
    Danny getting the crowd to sing along

    Danny & band in motion
    Crowd up on their feet
    Danny interacting with the crowd

    Thanks Steph, I love those! I can feel the energy.

    I will see him next week in Sheboygan (I think that one may be sold out) and I can’t wait, although I actually prefer fair venues, I don’t like having to sit in a seat. He tells the crowd to come to the front for the last 4 numbers or so, but some venues won’t let him do that :(

  55. Oh yes David/Lee/Kris are SO much alike in every way. Gosh when they strap on those guitars they look like triplets! Oy. After listening to Lee’s album the funny thing is its the complete opposite of Kris and David’s, not even remotely alike IMO.

    I do think Lee will struggle early on, mostly because of the lack of buzz and rabid Idol fanbase some other winners had, but people outside of AI who aren’t even paying attention to the winners and thinks they’re all the same, I seriously doubt that will be the big issue.

  56. ScottDMacIntyre: Singing the national anthem at Bridgestone Arena for tonight’s Predators vs Blackhawks NHL game! Gonna be a blast!

    Scott singing the NA, hmm. Could be good, or could be not.

  57. I think AI has definitely over-reached and there are just too many AI singers out there.

    Tess, I agree with you. And that AI9 Idols are going to have a tough time because of the over saturation.

  58. Trina:
    11/13/2010 at 3:57 pm

    Oh yes David/Lee/Kris are SO much alike in every way. Gosh when they strap on those guitars they look like triplets!

    Don’t forget the plaid!!!!!

  59. Matt Giraud sings 4 AM at Hot FM 105.3

    Matt is really cute singing that.

    As usual though I’m suffering a little from genre confusion trying to figure out where he wants to go with it :? Can’t quite make that fit with his Anna Wilson song and then the Jim Brickman song, or some of the other new songs of his that have been posted here.

  60. I think AI has definitely over-reached and there are just too many AI singers out there.

    I’ve never understood this argument. Once someone has established themselves as an artist, and not just someone from a reality show competition, PDs will play their music, and consumers will buy their music, based on the music, and won’t care that they used to be a reality tv star.

  61. Michael Johns tweets, “Just left the studio with randy jackson. We demo’d a new song i wrote for a new movie. It turned out great im pumped”

    Michael has so much going on lately & it relates a lot to music he has written. It is a big advantage if you can pen your own songs – helps to sustain your career.

  62. Lee Dewyze/Kris Allen/David Cook. I doubt many of those outside of the AI bubble can tell them apart – or really care too.

    Would it be appropriate if I said Fantasia, Melinda Doolittle and Jennifer Hudson were all the same person and nobody can tell them apart? Or is it only appropriate to discount male guitar players?

    I think AI has definitely over-reached and there are just too many AI singers out there.

    I see both sides to this. Yes that to the general public it doesn’t matter who came from Idol or how many are out in the marketplace. I’d say there are an awful lot of new artists trying to get on the charts but the Idols are fighting with all of those more than each other. But, in the case of support from the Idol fanbase in general I’d say yes there is some oversaturation and general Idol fatigue. My point has always been that the “lackuster” season 9 was more due to Idol fatigue and than anything that actually happened on the show.

  63. Matt is really cute singing that.

    As usual though I’m suffering a little from genre confusion trying to figure out where he wants to go with it Can’t quite make that fit with his Anna Wilson song and then the Jim Brickman song, or some of the other new songs of his that have been posted here.

    steph6449, Matt’s singles with Anna and Jim were great opportunities for an unsigned artist to get some visibility, and both were very well done and something Matt can be proud of. His single with Jim is playing in Target stores everywhere, and is still on the AC chart after 13 weeks. His single with Anna is getting him a debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, and got him a showcase gig for Music World (Anna’s label) a few weeks ago. And there may be more to come as Anna’s CD comes out on February 1. To me, the vocals on both singles are unmistakably Matt, but I agree the style of the songs is different from his originals.

    But I think the fourteen Matt originals he’s performed have a distinct Matt sound that is pretty consistent. All have positive themes. Some are pure fun and others offer hope in the face of difficult times. All showcase his strengths: there is a strong melody and beautiful piano solo, his gorgeous falsetto, and just the right amount of vocal runs to make things interesting without being over the top.

    Here’s a playlist of Matt’s originals that his fans put together in anticipation of his Opry debut.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/mattgiraudfans?feature=mhum#p/c/D9D25A7A59BDFEC6

  64. Matt sounds incredible! 4 AM is not my favorite of Matt’s originals but it has grown on me so much! Its a fun song!

    steph6449

    As usual though I’m suffering a little from genre confusion trying to figure out where he wants to go with it Can’t quite make that fit with his Anna Wilson song and then the Jim Brickman song, or some of the other new songs of his that have been posted here.

    The Anna Wilson and Jim Brickman songs are just collaborations. We put together a youtube playlist to showcase Matt’s music. You can find it here…

    http://www.youtube.com/user/mattgiraudfans#p/c/D9D25A7A59BDFEC6

  65. My point has always been that the “lackuster” season 9 was more due to Idol fatigue and than anything that actually happened on the show.

    I really think it was the casting of so many in the same genre. I also think that the show just didn’t feel the same because of the judging panel. Simon was checked out and I think that helped the audience check out. No matter how much people in the bubble talk about Simon’s uselessness, people in the real world still pay attention.

  66. I think AI has definitely over-reached and there are just too many AI singers out there.

    I definitely think there is some truth in this statement. During Season 5, I was a big fan and the entertainment magazines had huge articles on the contestants, especially the final three, to the point where issues that featured them were big sellers. The press was all over the Kris/Adam match-up and they got tons of publicity and the press room on final night was overflowing. The drop in album sales for Idol contestants is another big indicator that the market may be saturated with Idols, even keeping in mind the decrease in album sales in general. I think many of the devoted Idol fans already have one or two Idols that they particularly like and follow and they’re content with that unless someone really special comes along.

    The past season was virtually ignored by the media. I think the show is not must-see tv like it once was and it will take some great contestants to get the media’s attention again. Sadly, I don’t see that happening. But I might be completely wrong about the tv show because I do think there will be a lot of attention to the show, at least at first, due to the new judges. Then again, if the judges get all the attention and the contestants get little, that probably is not a good thing.

  67. steph6449, Matt’s singles with Anna and Jim were great opportunities for an unsigned artist to get some visibility, and both were very well done and something Matt can be proud of. His single with Jim is playing in Target stores everywhere, and is still on the AC chart after 13 weeks. His single with Anna is getting him a debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, and got him a showcase gig for Music World (Anna’s label) a few weeks ago. And there may be more to come as Anna’s CD comes out on February 1. To me, the vocals on both singles are unmistakably Matt, but I agree the style of the songs is different from his originals.

    But I think the fourteen Matt originals he’s performed have a distinct Matt sound that is pretty consistent. All have positive themes. Some are pure fun and others offer hope in the face of difficult times. All showcase his strengths: there is a strong melody and beautiful piano solo, his gorgeous falsetto, and just the right amount of vocal runs to make things interesting without being over the top.

    Ha ha ha Csprof I see you beat me!

    :) I like Matt, and I think it’s great that he’s done the collaborations with Anna and Jim, and will have the chance to perform at the Opry this week.
    My comment was more if he is looking to be signed by a label or release his music as an indie, it can help to at least have a home base in some genre that’s identifiable. Matt can be a little confusing that way to me–and others, I believe. Matt reminds me in some ways a little of his AI bff Danny, in that they both have very versatile, interesting voices and like different kinds of music so choosing a home genre may be harder than for some others with more narrowly defined tastes / styles. Danny’s done pretty well finding a home in the country genre but branching out in live performance to show off other aspects of his sound and personality.

    I just wonder if Matt might do better in his prospects as a recording artist if he could do the same, whether choosing to tether himself in jazz, or AC, or some other area that would give him a foundation.

  68. aww to this from someone on twitter who seems to have attended Adam’s tour date in Munich yesterday and had a great time.

    just listening to @dannygokey album, which finally came in the mail today!!… dude its so good! i especially love “i still believe” <3

  69. Would it be appropriate if I said Fantasia, Melinda Doolittle and Jennifer Hudson were all the same person and nobody can tell them apart?

    If all three had won three season of Idol in a row, there would be comments about diva overload. And since all three would be signed by 19 there would be issues promoting them. And probably by the time the third diva in a row won, folks would be getting sick of their genre and hoping for something new from the show.

  70. I just wonder if Matt might do better in his prospects as a recording artist if he could do the same, whether choosing to tether himself in jazz, or AC, or some other area that would give him a foundation.

    The jazz market has become so small that I think AC makes the most sense for him — maybe contemporary smooth R&B influenced AC. Still my #2 Idol alum — after Adam, of course! But I really hope he gets signed.

  71. Usually to the extent he is doing something in one of the major music centers I see Matt pursuing music connections out of Nashville.

    Does that work for AC, or is AC more an LA-based scene?

    ETA: lol, what prompted this?

    adamlambert: Barbara Streisand.

    [ psst, for Adam – it is “Barbra” :) ]

  72. Q3, I think you are right. Matt isn’t a true jazz artist, but he can prosper on AC with his jazzy influences the way Michael Buble has. He has a toehold in AC from having an almost top-20 song (#21), and his music could certainly do well there. But I would hope some of his songs could cross over to some other format that would get more attention.

  73. Thought maybe there’d be more news about the “video for Farmer’s Daughter” this evening. I really don’t think this would be a case of Crystal saying something to try to make it happen – she’s definitely bullheaded but it was already announced that Hold On would be the first single, and I don’t think she’d stir the pot like that to try to get things all riled up again. To me, if she said there will be a video for Farmer’s Daughter soon, it means one of two things – there will be a video for that song, or there will be a video for *A* song from the album, Farmer’s Daughter – in other words, a video for Hold On. The wording gives no reason to suspect that it’s the latter though.

    Also saw an interesting point made (now I can’t recall if it was in this thread or in the one with the link to Farmer’s Daughter on MySpace) – if they were going to have Hold On as the first single still, how come no performance of it was released from VH1? Unless she didn’t actually sing it there – I’m not sure if she did or not. (And if she didn’t…how come at this point she’d be doing any sort of appearance without performing it – I’d assume she knows it well enough to perform it now.)

  74. I’ve never understood this argument. Once someone has established themselves as an artist, and not just someone from a reality show competition, PDs will play their music, and consumers will buy their music, based on the music, and won’t care that they used to be a reality tv star.

    I agree with this. That is just where they started. You never know where they will end up.
    Miranda Lambert just won female vocalist of the year at the CMA’s and is having a GREAT year. I had almost totally forgot she came in third on Nashville Star.

  75. Unless she didn’t actually sing it there – I’m not sure if she did or not. (And if she didn’t…how come at this point she’d be doing any sort of appearance without performing it – I’d assume she knows it well enough to perform it now.)

    She did perform it there. It was Jim Cantiello who tweeted about it first.

  76. I think AI has definitely over-reached and there are just too many AI singers out there.

    I think the problem of saturation comes in the fact that just coming through the show won’t get anyone a viable career. Actually, that has always been the case. The ones who continue to have a thriving career have both loads of talent, are working their tails off, have found a particular niche that needs filling, and put on a dynamic, exciting show. I think Adam, for example, ticks off each item on that list. I would argue that his music isn’t really all that, but it plays second fiddle to his larger than life persona. Artists need to stand out in some way – with remarkable grab-you-by-the-back-of-your-neck songs, or with performance or with dazzling personality. I think Crystal and Lee are both decent artists, but I don’t think they are really remarkable, at least at this point, and I’m not at all sure that either of them have that something unique that the public is searching for. And getting filtered through the loser of the AI label system where any uniqueness you do have is sanded off with the generic planer certainly doesn’t help any. Maybe this new system where the label is more involved with help. Or maybe they’re just aiming to spit out manufactured stars. Its hard to tell until we see it in action. But reducing the age range makes me think its going to be the latter. I think they’ll be successful in spitting out little pop stars, but they’re going to have a very short shelf life, which they probably don’t care much about anyway since the next year they’ve got the newest model coming down the conveyer belt.

  77. I also think that the show just didn’t feel the same because of the judging panel. Simon was checked out and I think that helped the audience check out. No matter how much people in the bubble talk about Simon’s uselessness, people in the real world still pay attention.

    I totally agree – Simon had a lot of influence in everything. I also fault the production of the show last season – it was awful. I wonder if things will get back on track with Nigel, and a new band. I think the new judges will hurt Idol, though. In this show’s format, the contestants come and go, but the judges/host stayed the same. People just might not make the effort to invest in both new judges and new contestants.

    My point in saying all this is I agree that the talent got the blame for the lackluster season 9, but I didn’t find the talent lacking at all.

  78. Barbra Streisand is a song by Duck Sauce. It’s a silly song but quite a hit in some European countries. :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu_zwdmz0hE

    Thanks. Lol, pretty funny but I don’t get it, hahaha. I mostly listen to country radio, doubt they are playing that one much ;)

  79. The ones who continue to have a thriving career have both loads of talent, are working their tails off, have found a particular niche that needs filling, and put on a dynamic, exciting show.

    You must not have seen Carrie’s early tour reviews. LOL j/k :D

  80. Can’t wait for Carrie’s new song on the 16th. :) Matt is sounding really good.

  81. In terms of Dewyze /Allen/Cook debut albums-I think David’s tracks were MUCH stronger than Lee,in terms of writing,and Kris had some very good ones.I think that may be the real difference.For Lee,I’m not really inspired by the tracks,but I may be one of the few who like SS-I just like it-guess I’m in the minority…

  82. Crystal tweets from her Live in the Vineyard gig:

    — Mamasox and briansox got their wine on in Napa valley!!! 2 minutes ago via Twitter for Androi

  83. Since Crystal’s genre type was questioned here, here is what her producer thinks of her type:

    @DAVIDBENDETH: Someone asked me today, so what kind of music is CB? I said the great kind.

    The great kind is my favorite too :D

  84. As usual though I’m suffering a little from genre confusion trying to figure out where he wants to go with it Can’t quite make that fit with his Anna Wilson song and then the Jim Brickman song, or some of the other new songs of his that have been posted here.

    I think Matt is really at heart Jazz.

    I always thought he was light pop/rock on Idol; but when I saw his concert in MI the Jan. after the tour finished I was really surprised. It was completely jazz; from the songs he sang (including the new ones he wrote) and the band he had assembled. Anna Wilson was there and sang their single with him- it was great.

    But Jazz is a tiny market so I think he is doing the AC thing with Brickman to just get exposure.

    To me, his heart seems to be wrapped around Jazz. What that means as far as getting signed, I don’t know.

  85. Holy crap! Lee and DMB! Oh please God let this happen! that is huge!

    You might need to read back a few pages before you get too excited.

  86. Lee, David and Kris’s music are so different. Why compare them? I can’t see David writing or singing Brooklyn Bridge or Kris either.

  87. fictitiousreality:
    11/14/2010 at 12:29 am

    Since Crystal’s genre type was questioned here, here is what her producer thinks of her type:

    @DAVIDBENDETH: Someone asked me today, so what kind of music is CB? I said the great kind.

    The great kind is my favorite too :D

    :) :)!!

  88. Lee, David and Kris’s music are so different. Why compare them? I can’t see David writing or singing Brooklyn Bridge or Kris either.

    They are distinctly different to people who tend to listen one or more of their particular flavors of the pop rock genre. But to people who are not drawn to any of their types of music, those distinctions are just not as clear.

  89. Not attempting to evaluate the quality factor, but where would a store manager stock “the great kind” of music in a store? Under what categories for merchandising would it fit at iTunes or amazon?

    A lot of artists / listeners don’t love the genre binning game, but there is a practical aspect to it that’s useful when there is soooo much music out there. It would be fairly difficult for someone to do well in commercial music by just saying my music is full of free-floating genreless goodness :)

  90. Not attempting to evaluate the quality factor, but where would a store manager stock “the great kind” of music in a store? Under what categories for merchandising would it fit at iTunes or amazon?

    Ummm Best Selling / Hot rack just near the entrance and/or checkout counter ;)

  91. They are distinctly different to people who tend to listen one or more of their particular flavors of the pop rock genre. But to people who are not drawn to any of their types of music, those distinctions are just not as clear

    I think the distinctions aren’t clear to those who don’t bother to listen to their albums, or to those who haven’t bothered to listen to the music that they released pre or post American Idol, and who make decisions about these people based on how they look, act, or whether or not they beat their favorite for the AI title.

  92. Lee, David and Kris’s music are so different. Why compare them? I can’t see David writing or singing Brooklyn Bridge or Kris either.

    They are not identical, but as they are all pop rock, I think that the comparison is valid, and I wouldn’t be surprised if non idol watchers didn’t distinguish them from each other because none of them has emerged as stars out of the AI bubble, and all three albums have this added touch of blandness that Jive/RCA love to add as an ingredient to most idol first album.

  93. I think the distinctions aren’t clear to those who don’t bother to listen to their albums, or to those who haven’t bothered to listen to the music that they released pre or post American Idol, and who make decisions about these people based on how they look, act, or whether or not they beat their favorite for the AI title.

    But it happens all the time. Most people don’t do deep research on a particular artist before forming an opinion. They listen a song or two or maybe three, if they like any of them they may continue to click new youtubes or itunes snippets, but if they don’t they make a judgement right then and there. Not saying it won’t change in the future with some new song, but a PHD in an artist’s body of work is not normally a prerequisite for a musical opinion. These surface judgements are hella frustrating to fans of an artist that know there is more to them than that, but it’s common. And it happens to all artists.

  94. There’s a rumor on twitter that Kris may be added to the Jingle ball lineup for this station in Portland (supposed to be an announcement on Monday about an “Idol surprise”). Lee is already on the bill —

  95. Elliegrll:
    11/14/2010 at 2:01 am
    I think the distinctions aren’t clear to those who don’t bother to listen to their albums, or to those who haven’t bothered to listen to the music that they released pre or post American Idol, and who make decisions about these people based on how they look, act, or whether or not they beat their favorite for the AI title.

    I think most people feel that these contestants each season have a opporunity each week on Idol to show the country their singing ability. It’s not the responsibility of the viewer to do any indept investigation of the contestants former pre-Idol music to see if they have some great musical talent that they haven’t presented on the show. You either connect with the Idols or you don’t and very few viewers are going to all love the same people. I don’t assume just because others don’t like my favorites, that their viewpoint is wrong. It’s all a matter of your own paricular taste in music. My favorites in order they were on Idol is Fantasia, Daughtry, Cook and Adam. All these people have something in common that attracts me, great talent, distinct voice and the ability to give great live performances.

  96. They are not identical, but as they are all pop rock, I think that the comparison is valid, and I wouldn’t be surprised if non idol watchers didn’t distinguish them from each other because none of them has emerged as stars out of the AI bubble, and all three albums have this added touch of blandness that Jive/RCA love to add as an ingredient to most idol first album.

    If they haven’t emerged from the idol bubble, those who don’t watch idol don’t know or care about them, so they aren’t lumping them together, nor would they have a clue about what their cds sound like, this would especially be true in the case of Lee, who hasn’t even released any music yet.

  97. I think most people feel that these contestants each season have a opporunity each week on Idol to show the country their singing ability. It’s not the responsibility of the viewer to do any indept investigation of the contestants former pre-Idol music to see if they have some great musical talent that they haven’t presented on the show. You either connect with the Idols or you don’t

    Obviously the three that are being mentioned connected with people, that’s why they won. I’m not saying that people have to listen to these alums pre-idol music, just that the labeling that is going on has nothing to do with the music that these people are or have produced. And while people hear things differently, the labeling also doesn’t seem to come from a place of being up to date with what is currently playing on the radio, or different styles of music.

    I don’t assume just because others don’t like my favorites, that their viewpoint is wrong.

    I’m not sure what this has to do with labeling what type of music people sing, and I’m pretty sure that everyone feels that their favorites are great singers, put on entertaining live performances, and are talented.

  98. Lee tweets, “Dave Matthews gave me some of the best advice i’ve ever received, i’ll leave it at that…night everyone.”

    To go back to the paint store?
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    j/k

  99. There’s a rumor on twitter that Kris may be added to the Jingle ball lineup for this station in Portland (supposed to be an announcement on Monday about an “Idol surprise”). Lee is already on the bill –

    Does anyone know if this is an acoustic show? I just wonder if it will be full bands or just small acoustic sets.

  100. They are distinctly different to people who tend to listen one or more of their particular flavors of the pop rock genre. But to people who are not drawn to any of their types of music, those distinctions are just not as clear.

    That is true for any type of music though. If you don’t listen to electro dance pop, Kesha, Katy Perry and Rhianna are the same person. Most people who don’t listen to country couldn’t tell you the difference between Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, or any of 5 other blonde female singers. BUT, people who keep up with a particular genre can tell you the differences, and in fact might think it ridiculous that you’d ever think they were the same.

    Lee/Kris/Cook/Daughtry don’t have to differentiate themselves to the average “non idol watcher”. They have to differentiate themselves to the average pop/rock fan. And they are not competing with only each other to people who don’t watch idol.

  101. I’m stoked about the Siobhan Magnus/John Stevens collaboration. I could see them making some damned good music together.

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