Idol Headlines for 11/14/10

Carrie Underwood sang her brand new song “There’s A Place For Us” from the new Chronicles of Narnia movie  at today’s Thanksgiving special taping.  The performance will air on CBS Thanksgiving morning at 9 am. (Via @Jackieh90, @ny4carrie)

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Lee DeWyze to sing National Anthem and America the Beautiful at Giants game FOX @ 4:15 ET.

The U.S. Navy band will accompany reigning American Idol winner Lee DeWyze who will sing the national anthem with Roc Nation’s Bridget Kelly.

They will also perform a soulful rendition of America the Beautiful at halftime.

Read more at Trentonian

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Jennifer Hudson performs on the Tina Fey Tribute, Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. PBS stations (check local listings)

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Carrie Underwood appears on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8/7c pm ABC

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Songwriter David Hodges tweets that he’s written 8 songs with David Cook for the Idol winners next album. “70% of the time, they’re 100% awesome, ” he says.

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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Lee DeWyze thanks his Fans from the Giants football field

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Lee DeWyze talks about album debut

“It definitely means more to me when I can take part in the songwriting process, ” DeWyze said. “I wanted these songs to have some depth to them.”

“Live It Up, ” which comes out Tuesday from RCA, is breezy and up-tempo, much in the spirt of Jason Mraz or Rob Thomas.

“The songs on the album are like my children, ” he said. “I feel like they capture my whole range of emotion.”

Read more at Daily Herald

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Kelly Clarkson: Moon Nightclub for Sister’s Birthday!

Kelly Clarkson enjoys a girls’ night out with her friends at Moon Nightclub on Friday (November 12) in Las Vegas.

The 28-year-old singer was at the hotspot inside the Palms Casino Resort to celebrate her sister Alyssa’s birthday. (Alyssa is pictured second from the right in the full pic inside)

See the photo at Just Jared

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Quincy Jones Recalls Getting Jennifer Hudson on Album

“I called Jennifer to give my condolences about the tragedy, ” Q told BET.com. “I’m from Chicago too. I know that city backwards, so I called ’cause I was almost in tears, you know? And she says, “I need to be on the album and I said, ‘Jennifer, I would never bother you with anything like that, with what just happened to you, ‘ you know, when they killed all them people. She said, ‘Quincy, I need to be on the album. I need it, ‘ you know? She did ‘You Put a Move on My Heart, ‘ it really touched me.”

Read more at BET

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Blake Lewis and his Puppy Sir Didimus Catch a California Sunset

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Syesha Mercado’s homecoming includes stop in Bradenton

“This is my first time (acting) professionally in my hometown!” she said during a recent phone interview.

The 23-year-old has been busy trying to snag as many tickets as possible for the numerous people who have helped her become one of the most buzzed about musical actresses. The Tampa audience will be teeming with relatives and mentors. It seems thrilling — and sounds like a perfect recipe for a seriously stressful performance.

“No, I’m over the nerves now when I get on stage, ” Mercado said. “I used to be, but I’m at the point where I’m so comfortable on stage it’s more exciting for me. I want family and friends to see how much I’ve grown.”

Read more at Bradenton.com

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Paula Abdul: Survivor

“I’ve had such an amazing gift of a career that has spanned over 20 years, ” Abdul said from MAW’s ball last weekend at the InterContinental Miami Hotel. “There have been so many beautiful kids that have come through my life who have shown such spirit and courage.”

Starting out in the 1980s as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers, the California native moved on to choreographing videos and then performing such hits as Straight Up and Forever Your Girl.

“It’s interesting the way I’ve come up behind the scenes, ” Abdul says. “I started out in production and rolling up my sleeves and doing the grunt work.”

Read more at the Miami Herald

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Simon Cowell reunited with his brother after 17 year rift

Reunited at last, standing shoulder to shoulder and beaming broadly, this is the moment Simon Cowell finally healed a 17-year rift with his brother.

Moments after the cameras stopped rolling on Sunday night’s X Factor, Simon unfastened his microphone and strolled into his dressing room.

And it was there that he embraced his brother Michael Bailey and told him later: “It’s so good to see you – I’m so happy we’re all back together.”

Read more at the Daily Mirror

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Cowell forgets One Direction names

The SyCo boss forgot Zain Malik’s name when rival judge Dannii Minogue quizzed him on how well he knew his one remaining act on the talent show.

“What are the names of One Direction, Simon?” asked Minogue. Her question came after Cowell suggested that he would have had no problem in making a decision between his acts if he was put in a position like Cheryl Cole last week with two of his groups in the sing-off.

He replied: “Niall, Louis, Harry, Liam and… Olly.” Quickly, host Konnie Huq and Louis Walsh pointed out that there was nobody called Olly in the group.

Read more at Digital Spy

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120 Comments

  1. LOL! Do all song writers use the phrase “the songs are my children”? That’s what David Cook said regarding his songs, when he mentioned that “Mr. Sensitive” was his favorite on DCTR.

    I didn’t know that Simon was estranged from his brother. It’s good that they healed old differences, life is just too short to hold a grudge.

  2. Songwriter David Hodges tweets that he’s written 8 songs with David Cook for the Idol winners next album. “70% of the time, they’re 100% awesome,” he says

    So, 5.6 of the songs are 100% awesome. What is he saying about the other two songs he wrote?

  3. Lol, Kirsten, hopefully that’s saying “not on the album” about the not-completely-awesome ones ;) Wonder if that caused a fan freak out? I am hibernating away from fandom, I can’t take the angst anymore lol.

  4. So Lee is singing with Bridget Kelly. I’ve seen her a couple times singing “Empire state of mind” with JayZ when alicia keys wasn’t there. She’s pretty good.

  5. Wonder if that caused a fan freak out?

    I haven’t seen much of a freakout. It’s well known that Cook & Hodges have become good friends. They play Ultimate Frisbie together and went to the Lakers/Celtics game during the Finals. (There was a friendly little wager bandied about on twitter. Cook lost.) So it makes sense that they’d be writing a lot together. We’ll see what shows up on the record. ;)

    And for the most part, fans are pretty much all “angsted out”. There comes a time when you become resigned. *sigh*

  6. So, 5.6 of the songs are 100% awesome. What is he saying about the other two songs he wrote?

    Or you should only go to seven out of ten of David’s shows if he tours with his new music, because the other three shows won’t be awesome? lol.

  7. LOL I had the same thought as Kirsten (only I worried about 1.4 of the not-100%-awesome songs.) ;-) And, I’m also reminded why artists should not attempt to do their own PR. Heh.

  8. Aww, Kelly looks so happy in that photo. I loved her performance on the CMAs the other night. It was one of the few showstoppers that night IMO.

    I’m glad Simon and his brother have healed their rift. How many brothers does he have, anyway?

    Does anyone watch CMT? It came as a complete surprise to see Danny doing commentary on CMT’s 40 Greatest Songs of the Decade TV special. It seems he’s been getting a few hosting duties lately as well as his usual singing gigs. Has anyone else heard anything about this? There wasn’t any news that Danny would be doing this at all.

  9. I’m assuming people angsting over silly tweets is just a joke. That’ll teach Hodges to be 100% POSITIVE ALL THE TIME though.

  10. LOL! Do all song writers use the phrase “the songs are my children”?

    Maybe guys suffer from “childbirth” envy? :lol: Another birth wish-Danny has said that his “DNA is imprinted on his CD”, lol

    It came as a complete surprise to see Danny doing commentary on CMT’s 40 Greatest Songs of the Decade TV special.

    A cable show. That is probably what he was filming when that pic circulated of him with the Judds arm in arm,I’ll have to catch it on repeat.

    And, I’m also reminded why artists should not attempt to do their own PR. Heh.

    That was a rather odd kind of statement, wasn’t it?!

  11. That was a rather odd kind of statement, wasn’t it?!

    Hodges needs to get in touch with that nut who wrote Sleepwalker.
    She could give him some leasons on tweeting. ;)

  12. Cory Monteith (Finn from Glee) hosted the Geminis last night (think: Canadian Emmys with about 1/16th the budget, but it’s a pretty casual affair):

    Here is the opening: Cory Gemini Opening

    It features a lot of Canadian actors, so you probably won’t recognize many of them (though, 90210’s Jason Priestly is there at the end and figure skating fans will recognize Kurt Browning).

  13. It looks like Kelly and her friends had a fun gals’ night out. Cute pic!

    So, 5.6 of the songs are 100% awesome.

    LOL! I did that calculation too! Or, it could mean that only 70% of each song is awesome? ;)

  14. Hodges needs to get in touch with that nut who wrote Sleepwalker.
    She could give him some leasons on tweeting. ;)

    :lol: Yeah, that was the other extreme, now wasn’t it!!

  15. When Lee was asked awhile back if the first single had been chosen yet, he said that it was hard, like trying to chose your favorite child. That’s a great article from the Daily Herald.
    Bridget Kelly, who’s supposed to sing the National Anthem and America the Beautiful today with Lee, tweeted last night asking for prayers because she’s lost her voice.

  16. Kirsten:
    Cory Monteith (Finn from Glee) hosted the Geminis last night (think: Canadian Emmys with about 1/16th the budget, but it’s a pretty casual affair):

    Even without knowing all of the people I thought it was a pretty good opening sketch. Cory has talent.

  17. Couldn’t you interpret Hodge’s tweet as 7 out of 10 times the songs are 100% awesome, and the other 3 times they are less awesome, as in 99%?

  18. So Lee is singing with Bridget Kelly. I’ve seen her a couple times singing “Empire state of mind” with JayZ when alicia keys wasn’t there. She’s pretty good.

    Word is that Bridget just got back from London this week and had a serious cold. Lee might just be an emergency fill in, seeing that it was announced so late.

  19. Hodges needs to get in touch with that nut who wrote Sleepwalker.
    She could give him some leasons on tweeting.

    I loved her excitement.

  20. Couldn’t you interpret Hodge’s tweet as 7 out of 10 times the songs are 100% awesome, and the other 3 times they are less awesome, as in 99%?

    It’s probably what he means, but the way he phrased it leaves him open to some good natured snarking.

  21. One fan tweeted Hodges saying something like “well given the state of the economy and all the competition they better be 100% awesome” and he responded with a snarky”thank you captain Killjoy” and I cracked up. For the most part fans are all angsted out and impatient but there is that select group who are almost depressing to listen to because they’re 99% negative and no matter what they read they’ll find a way to equate it to OMG the sky is falling! RCA haaattes him and will never release this! The material must suck! Such delights lol I’m curious how many songs he wrote with Claude Kelly. Those I’m the most excited about. Sort of curious about the Tedder stuff too.

    Was the announcement about Lee doing the NA that last minute? It first came out in his Billboard interview that came out Monday or Tuesday. Assuming the interview was done before that he had to know about it.

  22. Aww, Kelly looks so happy in that photo. I loved her performance on the CMAs the other night. It was one of the few showstoppers that night IMO

    I think kelly was the showstopper the other night. What an amazing voice. Love her.

  23. There’s a new Chrismas CD called “Melodies of Christmas – Men of Christmas.” Check out the line up. Two of the 14 men are Idols:

    NSync
    Clay Aiken
    David Archuleta

    Tony Bennett
    Chris Botti
    Chris Brown
    Kenny Chesney
    Boy Dylan
    Il Divo
    Los Lonely Boys
    Brad Paisley
    Elvis Presley
    James Taylor
    Luther Vandross

    You can order it at Buy.com. Unfortunately, the site does not list what songs each of them sings and there are no song clips provided.

  24. I doubt Lee is a last minute substitute-I think they are supposed to sing together. Seems like every day a new appearance is announced for Lee-I think they are announcing like that to keep his name out there daily rather than making a one time list of every place he is appearing.

  25. Wonder if Target isn’t selling Lee’s album because it’s not in their sale ad today.

  26. One fan tweeted Hodges saying something like “well given the state of the economy and all the competition they better be 100% awesome” and he responded with a snarky”thank you captain Killjoy” and I cracked up.

    I did too. I’d say “that’ll learn ya” about drunk tweeting, but I don’t think it will.

    Wonder if Target isn’t selling Lee’s album because it’s not in their sale ad today.

    It’s in Best Buy’s. I’m sure Target will have it; just for the normal retail price. Walmart’s is supposedly reduced, but I don’t consider $12 a real “sale” price. (To be fair, Walmart put out their Toyland circular instead of a standard local ad; they don’t do those that regularly.)

    But I think this might be the first time in a while that an AI winner didn’t have sales ads at all those stores. I suspect that RCA didn’t bother because of lack of interest.

  27. Hoping that FOX broadcasts the National Anthem before the Giants game. They usually don’t broadcast the NA before regular season games.

    Also, a warning for those in St. Louis, Denver, Arizona and the Pacific Northwest. Those markets aren’t showing the Giants game at all.

  28. googletot:
    11/14/2010 at 10:54 am
    Wonder if Target isn’t selling Lee’s album because it’s not in their sale ad today.

    That was a glaring omission (to me). In the least they advertise new music on Tuesday even if there isn’t a sale price. Heck Jackie Evancho is selling her’s at $7.99. Maybe it doesn’t mean a thing.. but I just find it odd.

  29. Also, a warning for those in St. Louis, Denver, Arizona and the Pacific Northwest. Those markets aren’t showing the Giants game at all.

    Don’t worry…it’s airing in the Boston Market. *smiles*

  30. Wonder if Target isn’t selling Lee’s album because it’s not in their sale ad today.

    Did Lee not get a Walmart Exclusive CD with a bonus track? There not one listed on Walmart.com. I thought he would since he did the Walmart Soundcheck.

  31. I didn’t know that Simon was estranged from his brother. It’s good that they healed old differences, life is just too short to hold a grudge.

    I reserve my right to irrational, life-long grudges (because I can!), but, yes, it’s uncharacteristically high road for Simon.

    He replied: “Niall, Louis, Harry, Liam and… Olly.”

    LOL, really? He mistook one of his boybanders for one of last year’s finalists? Paying real close attention to your puppets contestants there.

  32. I did too. I’d say “that’ll learn ya” about drunk tweeting, but I don’t think it will.

    Thanks for the advice.

  33. Haha at Hodges Tweet. I do follow him and he is usually uber positive about all the co-writes he tweets about. I remember when he was writing for and with Archie his tweets almost sounded over the top. And when he was writing with Katie Stevens. Haha he said she was a rock star! LOL

    But I notice, on the whole, when he tweets about writing with David he is much more….down to earth? LOL Maybe because they are friends he doesn’t BS about their collaboration?

  34. Thanks for the advice.

    Any time!

    Maybe because they are friends he doesn’t BS about their collaboration?

    Oh, I think there is still extra enthusiasm, but yeah, not as much. Maybe when a writer thinks of someone as not just a friend, but a peer, there’s space to acknowledge that good is not invariably great, because there are future opportunities to do something even better.

  35. The lack of Target mention is really pissing me off. I know this is a very competitive week but I’ve seen Target ads where they squeeze in as many as 10 new releases in even if they’re tiny pictures. Hell when DCTR came out there was a prominent pic with the words American Idol WINNER right across it. What’s irritating is in the NY Metro area Target is one of the very few cheap places we have to get music since we’ve lost Virgin and Circuit City at once. Its pretty much just that and Best Buy for good sales.

  36. So, 5.6 of the songs are 100% awesome. What is he saying about the other two songs he wrote?

    That they’re not made with bits of real pather, clearly. In other news, the human torch was denied a bank loan….

    Are people really angsting over that tweet? LOL I’m gonna float Hodges 2.5 cool points for attempting to make an Anchorman reference that ended up hilariously overanalyzed. *hugs fandom*

    I’m curious how many songs he wrote with Claude Kelly. Those I’m the most excited about. Sort of curious about the Tedder stuff too.

    YES please to the Claude Kelly cowrites seeing the light of day, especially the one with Matt Squire. I think that’s Four Letter Word. Awww hellllll nawww to the Tedder. Solo Dave, Cook/Tiemann, Cook/Hollander, Cook/Maida, Cook/Reznik, Cook/Griffin, Cook/That Dude Who Cowrote Paper Heart can all be added to the yes, please pile. Random dudes from David’s European adventure and other names I don’t recognize get filed under ??? As for the Cook/Hodges, hmmm, how do I put this? They have their own category, which I will call the I’m hoping they’ve forged an Axium-esque Shrout/Cook type of songwriting partnership pile.

  37. Hoping that FOX broadcasts the National Anthem before the Giants game. They usually don’t broadcast the NA before regular season games.

    I’m pretty sure the game is the national doubleheader game and they got the A-team broadcast crew. So, it may be shown, at least in cities that don’t have a team playing in one of the 1pm start games being covered by FOX.

  38. As for the Cook/Hodges, hmmm, how do I put this?

    Don’t forget about the Cook/Hodges/Tiemann and the Cook/Maloy/Tiemann songs. Because the surest path to Cook/Tiemann is almost certainly through those. And also, I think having those types play off each other might genuinely get to more well-rounded places creatively than either would alone.

  39. Don’t forget about the Cook/Hodges/Tiemann and the Cook/Maloy/Tiemann songs. Because the surest path to Cook/Tiemann is almost certainly through those.

    Ah, but the surest path isn’t exactly the path that I’ll happily meander down without harboring some concerns. Member of Cook fandom who isn’t enamored with Cook/Malloy, table of one. I’m keeping an open mind to all of it, obviously, because of the common denominator.

  40. Yea! David A’s Melodies of Christmas that he wrote and performed for his Christmas Album last year is the second track of “Melodies of Christmas/Men of Christmas. It’s the Title too!!!!! It looks like quite a collection of Melodies of Christmas. Good gift idea!!

  41. Member of Cook fandom who isn’t enamored with Cook/Malloy, table of one.

    Well, I’m not always enamored with Cook/Maida (I don’t care how many ways they play with the instrumentation, IDIFY is still mostly vague and boring to me), so I get that. But I choose to look at the best results of collaborations (Mr. S, Permanent; Lie, LOTM, the better MWK collabs) before I write collaborations off because of the weaker material.

  42. chessguy99:
    11/14/2010 at 12:11 pm
    I’m pretty sure the game is the national doubleheader game and they got the A-team broadcast crew. So, it may be shown, at least in cities that don’t have a team playing in one of the 1pm start games being covered by FOX.

    That’s it. The only markets without a 1PM game on FOX are Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami. Everyone else will get a 1 PM game. Most of the country will get Minnesota @ Chicago game…including Cincinnati (my market) and Boston (MJ’s market). So if that game goes beyond about 4:05, that would get into the NA.

    MJ…for everyone’s sake, hoping the game in Chicago is a shorter than usual game.

  43. They have their own category, which I will call the I’m hoping they’ve forged an Axium-esque Shrout/Cook type of songwriting partnership pile.

    Shrout/Cook is the best :)

  44. standtotheright, I don’t really love Lie. I like it okay, and Dave’s performance of the song with a capella added in has brought me around, but it’s never going to be a fave of mine. It’s fine though, as I’m in the minority there, and I don’t expect to love every song. I did instantly like Souvenir, so you never know. That was just a laundry list of my personal preferences, hunches, and guestimations. Which, sadly, is all I have to go on right now. Need. Moar. Music. Waterrrrrr…..

    Is it 2011 yet?
    No? DAMN.

    ETA:

    Shrout/Cook is the best

    Because Shrout let David write the lyrics. Annnd scene. Okay, and also because he laid down some great riffs that still hold up. Sads that we’ll never hear those songs live.

  45. I’m not sure what all this worrying about David Cook is about. DC is a smart guy. He has a good sense of who he is as an artist and has an understanding that the business is not just about being the current flavor of the month. I see him as someone who will always have a place in the industry; whether it is performing, or behind the scenes as a song writer or producer.

    DC may not be in the group of hugely successful AI winners like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Fantasia. But neither he is in other end of the least successful like Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard.

  46. Lol sunchick truth be told I initially cringed when it came out he was working with Ryan (apparently they spent two days writing together fwiw) but I’ve become mildly obsessed with One Republic’s Secrets..and Adam’s Sleepwalker heh. Now I’m like CRAP I wanna hear some Cookifed Tedder!

  47. But neither he is in other end of the least successful like Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard.

    Do you know how many albums Ruben has sold, or how much airplay he’s gotten in his chosen genre?

  48. Heh, okay, Trina, I give…I like the video for All The Right Moves because it reminds me of Mr. Brightside. :) Shhh….keep it on the downlow or I’ll have to turn in my Ryan Tedder Is The Debil card.

  49. If they wrote 8 songs together, it seems like Cookie’s album is going to have more of David Hodges’ touches on it than Ryan Tedder’s

  50. If they wrote 8 songs together, it seems like Cookie’s album is going to have more of David Hodges’ touches on it than Ryan Tedder’s

    But that doesn’t mean all – or even any – of those collaborations will make the album. I do think it’s very likely some of them will. I’m hoping the one Hodges & Cook co-wrote with Neal Tiemann make it. I’m hoping several “band” collaborations make it.

    Songwriter David Hodges tweets that he’s written 8 songs with David Cook for the Idol winners next album. “70% of the time, they’re 100% awesome,”

    That doesn’t have to mean 30% of the songs are not awesome. He’s saying 70% of the time. That could mean that 7 out of 10 days, all 8 songs are 100% awesome, but on 3 of those days they are not. ;)
    Perhaps awesome takes weekends off? No, that would be 2 out of 7, not 7 out of 10…

  51. Are people really angsting over that tweet? LOL I’m gonna float Hodges 2.5 cool points for attempting to make an Anchorman reference that ended up hilariously overanalyzed. *hugs fandom*

    Haha I agree. I was just thinking, does no one get that its a play on an Anchorman quote? Sex Panther cologne: “60% of the time, it works every time.” I LOLed when I read that tweet.

  52. Don’t worry…it’s airing in the Boston Market.

    Why would a restaurant show it? I’d prefer KooKooRoo’s anyway. :P

  53. DC’s Sweden/UK trip was like what 2 weeks? Who knows how many songs came out of those sessions. For all we know the album will have THOSE touches even moreso than Hodges, who like Scott said no one knows if all or any will even make the final cut. The boy must have like 50+ songs to pick from considering how long his writing has been going on.

  54. Wow- Lee is looking great-first I’ve seen of him in a while without multiple layers of clothing.

  55. Lee looks happy and super stoked to be there! Good thing he’s not wearing Bears hat!!

  56. “The songs on the album are like my children,” he said. “I feel like they capture my whole range of emotion.”

    As said about certain actors over the years, he covers the whole range: from A to B. I’ve heard the full album and Slezak’s review is fair. The album is bland, almost sonic wallpaper. I noted a number of tracks which recall songs from the past 30 years in an almost copycat fashion. There were few standouts. I will disagree with Michael on one point: for me there was no mistaking Lee’s voice however I don’t see it standing out on radio. I suppose Lee fans maybe be satisfied but will the album find a market beyond them? Maybe 10 years ago.

  57. Do you know how many albums Ruben has sold, or how much airplay he’s gotten in his chosen genre?

    Ruben will alway erroneously be made to be one of idols failures. It’s only when you look at the statistics, both radio and sales, that you see a different story.

  58. The boy must have like 50+ songs to pick from considering how long his writing has been going on

    .

    Didn’t Cook say he had over 50 way back last summer? Like maybe in the Slezak interview-of-blue-shirt-hotness? I’ve lost track. Anyways, they must have hundreds by now. Thousands even. *sobs* Seriously, I’d take a co-write with the neighborhood box boy at this point.

  59. progression:
    11/14/2010 at 3:05 pm
    Didn’t Cook say he had over 50 way back last summer? Like maybe in the Slezak interview-of-blue-shirt-hotness? I’ve lost track. Anyways, they must have hundreds by now. Thousands even. *sobs* Seriously, I’d take a co-write with the neighborhood box boy at this point.

    Why is this album taking so long to put together? Is the problem with the songs selection, scheduling studio time, not enough material, too much material, RCA not liking some of the songs recorded or maybe they really wanted to wait to Spring 2011 to release the album. When is the single going to be released, it’s already heading toward the third week in November. Hopefully David will have a single out by December. He don’t want to be in Archie’s position with his record company releasing single after single, because the songs are not drawing any buzz.

  60. Didn’t Cook say he had over 50 way back last summer? Like maybe in the Slezak interview-of-blue-shirt-hotness? I’ve lost track. Anyways, they must have hundreds by now. Thousands even. *sobs* Seriously, I’d take a co-write with the neighborhood box boy at this point.

    Why is this album taking so long to put together?

    Well all sorts of things happen. One of my favorite bands had their 3rd album all set to release and then at the last second decided to scrape the whole thing and start all over again. And IMHO was the best decision EVER. Their 3rd album is the best they have put out.

  61. Hopefully David will have a single out by December.

    If the album isn’t out until next year, and I’m guessing “closer to April” is more likely than “closer to January” given that the advantage of AI promotion probably outweighs the disadvantage of another month or so without a single, then there would be no point in releasing a single this early, especially when he’d have to fight with increased holiday song airplay (which happens on HAC too). RCA generally releases singles 6-8 weeks in advance of an album drop.

    And I don’t think they are scrapping the whole album. We’ve only heard about a handful of songs written since August, and those seemingly at Cook’s behest (given the collaborators), with the possible exception of this last one.

  62. Ruben will alway erroneously be made to be one of idols failures. It’s only when you look at the statistics, both radio and sales, that you see a different story.

    Ruben’s kind of interesting. Didn’t his gospel album do very well? I always wondered why he never did another one.

    Right now he seems to be concentrating on plays/shows rather than albums. I wonder if he’ll do another album anytime soon.

  63. And I don’t think they are scrapping the whole album. We’ve only heard about a handful of songs written since August, and those seemingly at Cook’s behest (given the collaborators), with the possible exception of this last one.

    Oh I wasn’t trying to say Cook was doing that just saying that all sorts of things lead to prolonged time between albums. Hell there are alot of artists/bands that will have less than a year between albums then 5 years between the next. This doesn’t stop any of them from being bad…or good lol

  64. I’ve kinda been wondering, could any of the songs Cook has been writing be for other artists, song writers make lots of money and DC is a good writer, (IMHO) any one have thoughts on this?

  65. There was a whole discussion about the delay yesterday in the numbers thread. Hell Avril just posted the other day a blog expressing how frustrated she is with the longass delay RCA threw on her. And why would RCA release a single by December in the midst of the Xmas freeze when HAC will be his prime format?

  66. Why is this album taking so long to put together?

    I thought I read on here, maybe in the tennis thread, that a fan asked David about the album and he told her it was done. So I think the fan got the impression they were just waiting on RCA. Waitng on what I don’t know though. I wish I could remember which thread I read that but I know it was on this site.

  67. The album delays may be Sony’s doing, trying to shore up the bottom-line for the year. I’ve heard grumblings that they may be placing a huge amount of their remaining promotion budget with the Britney Spears album due to drop just before the end of the Sony fiscal year. So, it could be leaving RCA with a number of albums to drop, but little promotion budget for them.

  68. Nope — Fox doesn’t usually air the National Anthem except at playoff games

  69. Ruben’s kind of interesting. Didn’t his gospel album do very well? I always wondered why he never did another one.

    Based on the last tally that I saw, Ruben’s first was less than 200,000 copies away from going double platinum, and his gospel album was less than 30,000 away from selling Gold, but I believe that it was already certified Gold.

    Ruben went on record saying that it was a mistake to make the Gospel record so soon in his career, and before he had a chance to establish himself as an R&B artist. He said that releasing the record messed up the momentum that he created with his first album.

  70. I’m super happy that I missed Lee singing at the Giants game! Whew… Thanks to my mute button. Now back to what really counts. Go Big Blue!

  71. Speaking of possible album delays, any news on Jennifer Hudson’s sophomore album? She had said that it would drop in November in past interviews and such. Was a date announced? I might have missed it, but I didn’t see a press release and there’s nothing on HDD about it.

    eta:

    I thought I read on here, maybe in the tennis thread, that a fan asked David about the album and he told her it was done

    Here’s a video taken last week at the Chris Evret Tennis tournament – where David said it’s “almost” done. I tend to discount fan accounts as there tends be a game of telephone

    MBenz00’s video (http://bit.ly/bqX8ef at 1:21).

  72. Ruben went on record saying that it was a mistake to make the Gospel record so soon in his career, and before he had a chance to establish himself as an R&B artist. He said that releasing the record messed up the momentum that he created with his first album.

    Yeah, he’s probably right. That and he had money problems right? Didn’t he sue someone (or someone sued him)? There was a LLLLOOOONNNGGG time between R&B albums.

    Thanks for the info.

    ETA: Sasha, I have heard nada on Jennifer’s album either.

  73. Does anyone have the url for the wiki page that has the idol album stats on it? I can’t find it!

  74. Here’s a video taken last week at the Chris Evret Tennis tournament – where David said it’s “almost” done. I tend to discount fan accounts as there tends be a game of telephone

    MBenz00’s video (http://bit.ly/bqX8ef at 1:21).

    Cook: “we’re almost done.”

    Ah ok. Thanks Sasha. Straight from the horse’s mouth is definitely more accurate than a fan account!

  75. Hopefully someone will get Lee singing on video at Giants. Even if it didn’t air, I would still love to see it.

  76. bmms – everyone is saying the Network didn’t air the National Anthem – how did you get to mute it? Was it aired somehow and no one else saw it?

  77. Re the christmas cd, wish ‘Oh holy night’ sung by Kris (with the band) would be on a cd, it is beautiful and it is my favourite christmas song.

  78. istersay:
    11/14/2010 at 8:29 am
    and Crystal will be at Live In The Vineyard

    http://www.liveinthevineyard.com/litv-vi-november-2010/

    Crystal is scheduled to appear at an exclusive three-day music, food, and wine event, LIVE IN THE VINEYARD, in Napa Valley, CA, November 14. There are no tickets for sale for the event, you have to enter and WIN a radio contest to attend!

    Will there be any video or anything from this?

    ETA – Looks like they post video on their site – but I don’t know how long it takes afterwards for them to post it.

  79. Do you know how many albums Ruben has sold, or how much airplay he’s gotten in his chosen genre?

    Here is an article from Billboard. By totaling the album sales, individual song sales and radio play counts (according to Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS as of April 17), we’ve figured out the true top 24 “Idols” of all time.

    http://www.billboard.com/features/top-24-american-idols-of-all-time-1004088662.story#/features/top-24-american-idols-of-all-time-1004088662.story?page=1

  80. Will there be any video or anything from this?

    ETA – Looks like they post video on their site – but I don’t know how long it takes afterwards for them to post it.

    When Kris did it last year, I think they posted some videos within a month of the event. I could be mistaken about that, since there were a lot of fan videos that were posted on youtube.

  81. It took the Live at the Vineyard people a couple of weeks (or more) to post their official videos of the event last year — but there were a lot of fan videos up on YouTube before 24 hours had even passed …so if there are Crystal fans there taping her set, I would bet the videos will pop up on YT pretty quick

  82. Here is an article from Billboard. By totaling the album sales, individual song sales and radio play counts (according to Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS as of April 17), we’ve figured out the true top 24 “Idols” of all time.

    That list is totally out of date now. There was a lot of debate at the time as it treated the sale of an album on the same level as the sale of a single. A lot has happened since April, that’s for sure.

  83. Ruben’s kind of interesting. Didn’t his gospel album do very well? I always wondered why he never did another one.

    I loved his gospel cd, but I remember how it sort of splintered his audience. On the day I purchased it, a woman saw it and got excited until she heard it was a gospel cd. She said, I don’t listen to gospel, I will wait for his next R&B cd. That always stuck in my mind. I am a uber fan, so I buy everything. Not everyone is. Also quiet as it’s kept and although it sold scads for a gospel cd, that community is very insular, and many didn’t exactly like that some idol guy was honing in on their territory. Also as we’ve seen from subsequent winners, they almost never achieve the sales of their first cd. I think if Ruben had released an R&B cd the year after Soulful, he would be in better shape now. I’ve heard the gospel cd was a compromise with Clive who wanted him to record an xmas cd. So in retrospect, I think I preferred Ruben’s compromise of the gospel cd. More in his wheelhouse for sure. I also think it’s time for more material. I don’t care what genre.

  84. I saw the new commercial for American Idol where the past winners speak about their experiences and how Idol changed their lives. I’ve seen the commercial before but was surprised to see a condensed version of it today. It had Cook, Kelly, Carrie, Lee and Fantasia but no Rueben, Taylor or Kris (I can’t remember if I saw Jordin or not). I’m not sure if they’re showing different versions and maybe Rueben, Taylor and Kris (Jordin?) are in another version. I just hope that AI is not snubbing any of the past winners because I think they all deserve to be recognized.

  85. I’m assuming there are several different versions of that AI promo and they will all be shown at some time or another. It would be bad p.r. to snub any of the previous winners, and although it may seem like it sometimes, TPTB aren’t quite that dumb.

  86. I’ve seen numerous versions of the upcoming AI commercials, and there is at least one with all AI winners. No one is snubbed.

  87. Did a 2nd version of that first 30 second promo ever show up? The one where Kelly,Carrie, David, Ruben and Lee say their names and hometowns? I figured that one would have warranted an alternate version.

    I always liked Ruben and don’t like when he’s seen as a failure. He sold a heck of a lot of albums but got overshadowed by Clay way back. It should be noted that Ruben as it stands so far is the only male winner who’s a Grammy nominee.

  88. I just hope that AI is not snubbing any of the past winners because I think they all deserve to be recognized.

    I think you’ve answered the question yourself. You saw a condensced version. All of the idol winners will or have been featured.

    For the record, it’s sort if a pet peeve of mine. His name is spelled Ruben! Not Reuben, or Rueben.

  89. Personally I don’t think that tptb would care if they snubbed anyone if it some how went against the grain of what they want to accomplish. I don’t think they care that much.

  90. I always liked Ruben and don’t like when he’s seen as a failure. He sold a heck of a lot of albums but got overshadowed by Clay way back. It should be noted that Ruben as it stands so far is the only male winner who’s a Grammy nominee.

    Amen to that.

  91. I hope there is a 30 seconds commercial that will show the winners that were not shown on the other 30 seconds commercials that was aired so far. I think that all winners deserves to appear on at least 1 of the shorter commercial and not just in the ones with all the winners.

  92. That list is totally out of date now.

    But I think it works for the question about Ruben.

    The AI promo is probably too long to air on TV all the time so they air a short one. Although I can’t imagine them airing a promo with only Ruben, Taylor, Jordin and Kris… :/

  93. One of my favorite bands had their 3rd album all set to release and then at the last second decided to scrape the whole thing and start all over again. And IMHO was the best decision EVER. Their 3rd album is the best they have put out.

    Hey, something like that just happeed to one of MY favorite bands, too. Although the new album in question doesn’t drop until later this month. Anyway, I think the info we’ve gotten from Cook’s fortress of solitude is way too piecemeal to deduce anything. Hellafrustrating, but I’m still waiting (im)patiently.

  94. That list is totally out of date now. There was a lot of debate at the time as it treated the sale of an album on the same level as the sale of a single. A lot has happened since April, that’s for sure.

    How did it do that? It clearly separates the total number of albums sold from the total number of singles sold. And considering that the vast majority of the people on the list haven’t released anything since April, the list hasn’t changed that much. Why don’t we just say that Kris and Adam’s numbers have changed since then.

  95. Did a 2nd version of that first 30 second promo ever show up? The one where Kelly,Carrie, David, Ruben and Lee say their names and hometowns? I figured that one would have warranted an alternate version.

    The AI promo is probably too long to air on TV all the time so they air a short one. Although I can’t imagine them airing a promo with only Ruben, Taylor, Jordin and Kris… :/

    If they do anything at all, they will probably have another one with Fantasia, Taylor, Jordin, Kris, plus repeating Carrie & Kelly. But I don’t think they care nearly as much as we do.

  96. My husband attended the Giants/Dallas game today. He said they were handing out Lee’s CD to certain sections of the stadium, and playing clips of his music at certain points. He said what they played sounded pretty good.

    He was still tailgating during the National Anthem and apparently it wasn’t loud enough to hear outside, so he doesn’t know how it sounded. But pretty cool that his CD was advertised at such a big game!

  97. Artemis

    Wow- Lee is looking great-first I’ve seen of him in a while without multiple layers of clothing

    . Um, yeah. He’d almost look rather thin if it weren’t for those pesky pecs and biceps ;)

  98. I’m assuming there are several different versions of that AI promo and they will all be shown at some time or another. It would be bad p.r. to snub any of the previous winners, and although it may seem like it sometimes, TPTB aren’t quite that dumb.

    Quite frankly, I doubt very much it’s a coincidence that Kelly, Carrie and Cook are together in one of the promos with Lee. They are probably considered the most “popular” winners and they are never going to air a commercial with the others who are (for right or wrong reasons) being labeled as losers or have-beens.
    They still want the audience to believe in the dream of multi platinium selling, grammy winnning, charts topping… superstar.

  99. Quite frankly, I doubt very much it’s a coincidence that Kelly, Carrie and Cook are together in one of the promos with Lee. They are probably considered the most “popular” winners and they are never going to air a commercial with the others who are (for right or wrong reasons) being labeled as losers or have-beens.

    Except alternate commercials with different combinations of the winners have already been aired, including those regarded by the media as less successful. For example I’ve seen Lee in one that includes Ruben.

  100. Except alternate commercials with different combinations of the winners have already been aired, including those regarded by the media as less successful. For example I’ve seen Lee in one that includes Ruben.

    From what I’ve read/seen, the only two different 30 seconds ad that they have run is Kelly/Carrie/Cook/Lee with either Ruben or Fantasia.
    Maybee you’re right and we’ll see a combination of “less successfull” idols in a next promo.

  101. From what I’ve read/seen, the only two different 30 seconds ad that they have run is Kelly/Carrie/Cook/Lee with either Ruben or Fantasia.
    Maybee you’re right and we’ll see a combination of “less successfull” idols in a next promo.

    Well, it can’t have been cheap to have an individual location shoot for every Idol winner, and it’s only November. I could be wrong, but I would imagine we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg on this nostalgia-themed past winner promo so far.

  102. They spent a lot of time and money going to all the Idols’ hometowns. For instance, they spent 2 full days in Arkansas. So I suspect there are more promos to come. You can’t really fit 9 people in a 30 second promo

    The promos so far have focused heavily on Carrie & Kelly. Even Lee, as the current champ, hasn’t gotten nearly as much air time in the promos I’ve seen as Kelly, Carrie or David Cook.

  103. Someone on my twitter mentioned seeing the new condensed “looking back” commercial and said it was Carrie/Kelly/David/Lee/Fantasia. I just looked at all the promos that I could find online and there were two that featured all the winners (three if you consider a slightly different version of the first 60 second one), the one with Carrie/David/Kelly/Lee/Ruben. I figure if anything the main reason Lee is included in any short ads is because he’s the reigning winner, not because he’s viewed as more popular than some others.

  104. They spent a lot of time and money going to all the Idols’ hometowns. For instance, they spent 2 full days in Arkansas.

    There were interviews with family and friends as well – it doesn’t seem that this depth of coverage is necessary for 30 or 60 sec commercials. Maybe this material will also be used documentary style, showcasing each winner, as part of celebrating a decade of American Idol?

  105. There were interviews with family and friends as well – it doesn’t seem that this depth of coverage is necessary for 30 or 60 sec commercials. Maybe this material will also be used documentary style, showcasing each winner, as part of celebrating a decade of American Idol?

    I may be wrong but 18 days (2 days*9 winners) doesn’t seem that much to shoot commercials for the n°1 show on tv that will be promoted all over fox for four months.
    They could use the footage at the beginning of the first show as an introduction package to the new season.

  106. I don’t know who this person is, but if he is legit, there will be more extended pieces shown of each idol.

    @thenerdsmind

    I saw the American Idol promo I worked on air last night! The whole piece with David Cook airs in January. Now to find mor

  107. Yeah, I think Lee has been in all the promos because he is the current Idol winner. It would seem strange if they left him out.

  108. Speaking of the AI Season 10 promos, I thought that this was an interesting tweet:

    @thenerdsmind I saw the American Idol promo I worked on air last night! The whole piece with David Cook airs in January. Now to find more work.

    So definitely more than just the commercials then. Looks like we’re going to get a “piece” on each winner. Very cool.

    ETA: Damn you’re fast Wordnerdarchie!

  109. No only do the CD that were given out NOT count as sales — RCA will charge the cost to Lee’s album project as a promotional expense.

    Not sure I understand why they would give the CD away as an NFL game. Usually promo CDs are given to people who can influence music buyers.

  110. So definitely more than just the commercials then. Looks like we’re going to get a “piece” on each winner. Very cool.

    Or maybe just a piece on Idol winners who are releasing albums during the season: Kelly and Cook. And Carrie because she is so big right now. I would be shocked if they ran a whole feature on Taylor.

  111. Brian_C82:
    No wonder the power went out in the stadium.

    For real. Is that why the Giants lost? Because Lee was in the building? I blame him.

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