Idol Headlines for 11/24/09

Jennifer Hudson to sing at White House state dinner

Soul singer and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson has been confirmed to perform at the White House state dinner Tuesday evening, according to a representative at the singer’s label, Arista Records.

Amid the glitz and glamour, the 28-year-old Chicago native should feel right at home. Hudson first rose to fame as a contestant on the 2004 season of “American Idol” and went on to star in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls, ” snagging an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the process.

Washington Post

Overnight star Susan Boyle focus of TV special

The one-hour documentary, “I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story, ” will feature performances by Boyle, plus interviews with her as well as friends and celebrities including Simon Cowell, a producer of the special.

It was last January that the shy, dowdy 47-year-old Boyle stepped on stage to audition for “Britain’s Got Talent.” She electrified the judges and everyone else in earshot with her soaring rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream.”

The documentary, premiering Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern time, promises to track her journey from an obscure village in rural Scotland to that breakout performance and the global fame that has embraced her since.

Associated Press

Mary Murphy, Edyta Sliwinska, Alec Mazo To Join Broadway’s Burn the Floor on January 12

Mary Murphy of television’s So You Think You Can Dance, and Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo, from ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, will join the company of the Broadway show Burn the Floor at the Longacre Theatre on January 12. The show will now run through February 14, before launching on an international tour.

Theatermania

More Idol Headlines After the JUMP…

Adam Lambert’s AMA Performance: The ‘Idol’ Experts Weigh In

Adam Lambert exploded onto the music scene at last night’s American Music Awards with a rough-and-tumble performance of “For Your Entertainment.” Unfortunately ‘” and it pains me to say this ‘” the results were mixed at best.

If Adam Lambert’s goal was to simply rile America, then he succeeded. The in-your-face sexuality was bold, brave and totally groundbreaking. (Whether it was “appropriate” for a major network awards show is another discussion entirely.) I applaud Adam and his team for not pulling any punches or watering down his or his single’s rawness.

MTV

Adam Lambert Drops By the ‘Late Show’ 

Fresh from his scandalous performance on the American Music Awards last night, Adam Lambert was spotted in New York City heading to the ‘David Letterman Show’  earlier today (November 23).

Using his coat and sunglasses as a disguise, the ‘Time for Miracles’  singer dodged the crowd and media attention as he headed inside the studio.

Celebrity-gossip.net

New CDs

This year, for the first time in recent memory, ‘American Idol’  had a national sensation on its hands. Its name was Adam Lambert, a wayward musical theater kid with a flexible, operatic voice who each week appeared to have just had an accident in a Sephora.

‘Idol’  also had a winner, Kris Allen, though to many that seemed like some sort of inconvenience: Mr. Allen was an unassuming puppy who nuzzled and yipped his way to the finale, offending no one. Mr. Lambert, his supporters argued, had vision and edge and therefore should have won ‘” though, of course, they ultimately conceded, that must have been why he lost.

NY Times

It’s a Sexy Job, But Adam Lambert’s Gotta Do It!

The Parents Television Council on Adam Lambert’s American Music Awards leash demonstration? Close. The Sept. 16, 1956, New York Times on Elvis Presley’s hip-censored Ed Sullivan performance.

If our outrage over rock stars is nothing new, then neither are our rock stars. From Elvis’ pelvis on down, they are nothing if not dedicated to sex, more sex, the next new single, which is probably about sex, and ticking off people who prefer their s-e-x to be not so explicit, thankyouverymuch.

Criticizing Lambert for what he did, smooched and pawed at the AMAs is like criticizing that Paula Deen lady on the Food Network because she made something with butter: It’s what they do.

And the other night, Lambert did his job very well.

EOnline

Lambert, Boyle face off in record stores today

Adam Lambert and Susan Boyle, first runners up in their respective reality performance shows, have new CDs in stores today.

Not to be contrary, but does anyone remember that Kris Allen actually won Season 8 of “American Idol”? Poor guy’s CD came out a week and it would be a gross overstatement to call the reception muted.

Meanwhile, runner-up Adam Lambert’s glam-puss is inescapable, popping up everywhere save “Meet the Press.” Allen’s probably ready to reach for the Max Factor himself.

TBO

CD pick of the week: For Your Entertainment by Adam Lambert

Expectations aren’t typically associated with recordings cranked off the American Idol assembly line, but there’s been optimism even amongst folks who’ve never watched an episode that last season’s breakout star Adam Lambert might be in this for the long haul.

Evidently that’s where the industry money’s bet, anyway. Virtually every behind-the-scenes A-lister you can think of (Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Kara DioGuardi, Linda Perry) and few you might not expect here, such as Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, the Darkness’s Justin Hawkins and Muse’s Matthew Bellamy, were dragged in. The effect, as is custom with Idol albums, has been to muffle the singer’s personality, with Lambert mostly restricted to hair-metal-grade Queen worship and the Goldfrapp-ian electro-glam stomps with which Goldfrapp was finished long ago.

The Star

The audacity of hype

Can a first impression be trusted anymore?

That was the prevailing question in pop music in 2009, which could very well go down as the year we fabricated superstars out of entertainers who had little to warrant the wave of hype they rode right into our living rooms and into our hearts.

This week, we get to see what some of the year’s biggest names are made of, with the release of debuts from Susan Boyle and Adam Lambert, a left turn from Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, and a second helping of Lady Gaga’s electro-dance tunes.

Boston.com

Pop Top: Kris Allen shows why he should have lost ‘Idol’

Grade: D

CD » Kris Allen seems like a nice guy, but he is inarguably the least talented singer to ever win “American Idol.” His debut “Kris Allen” is unfortunately what we have come to expect from the contractually obligated album that the “American Idol” winner has to deliver before Black Friday: uninspired and unremarkable. The relentlessly bland mid-tempo songs, recorded by 11 producers, reveal nothing of Allen’s personality and show a laziness exemplified by calling a song “Live Like We’re Dying, ” which is not the similarly named Tim McGraw song. While Allen should be applauded by leaving off his coronation song “No Boundaries, ” this is inoffensive and flat-out boring adult pop that takes no chances. At least he included “Heartless.”

Salt Lake Tribune

Adam Lambert

“I was born with glitter on my face/My baby clothes made of leather and lace, ” crows Adam Lambert. The American Idol runner-up is on a mission to revive the camp theatricality of glam, one lip-liner stroke and upper-register operatic shriek at a time. His debut corrals A-list pop songwriters and producers to supply power-chord pomp (“Music Again, ” written by fellow Queen worshipper Justin Hawkins of the Darkness), wind-swept Orientalist arias (“Soaked”) and other showcases for Lambert’s amazing vocal instrument. The songs sound great but feel strangely stuffy ‘” Entertainment seems like a disc that was overthought. Next time, the hugely talented Lambert should make sure he’s going straight for the gut.

Rolling Stone

‘Idol’ runner-up’s debut sticks to the formula

You may not have liked the guy at all, but he wasn’t a cipher. It felt as if he was drawing a line every time he strutted into view, as if to say, “Love or hate it, but there’s no in-between.”

For those reasons, there was hope that “For Your Entertainment” would be the first post-“Idol” debut to break the mold of industry-manicured pap. Instead, it’s a series of hedged bets. It stuffs Lambert into a box of formulas that keep his musical flamboyance in check.

Chigaco Tribune

‘Idol’ airplay: Kelly Clarkson has ‘Gone’ to Number One

Idol Chatter readers are probably used to Kelly Clarkson’s Already Gone being at the top of the American Idol chart — it’s been there for six weeks, after all. But this week, it also takes the top slot on the Hot AC format chart, according to Mediabase.

In fact, the Hot AC chart seems to be where all the action is this week. Carrie Underwood’s Cowboy Casanova, having previously topped USA TODAY’s Country chart, now moves into the Hot AC top 40. And Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying makes the Hot AC top 20, coming in at No. 19. Daughtry has two tracks, No Surprise and Life After You, on the chart.

USA Today

The New American Sweetheart

The standout tracks are a real delight for fans and will likely see some new converts: ‘Before We Come Undone’  sticks out from the rest of the album with its insanely catchy chorus and has the most potential to stir up the pop charts, while ‘Alright With Me’  is likely to resonate with radio audiences with its pulsating beats and highly engaging vocal performance. ‘I Need To Know’  sounds like the ‘Heartless’  singer’s most vulnerable yet; the track is drenched in melancholy that is perfectly executed with the Idol winner’s natural flair for weaving narratives. He pleads: ‘Feels so far away / I want to see your face / Are you even there? / Can you show me? / Can you make me believe? / I need to know’ ¦’ 

The Urban Wire

Allison Iraheta readies ‘Just Like You’ debut

t’s a moment that Allison Iraheta isn’t fond of recalling. After performing in one of the early rounds of “American Idol, ” host Ryan Seacrest approached her for the standard chat-’em-up interview. And by her own admission, Iraheta flubbed it. She stammered, stumbled and looked like she was going to collapse into a fit of giggles – or tears.

“Yeah, that was an awesome first timer with Ryan Seacrest, ” she says with a laugh. “Being on the show and the tour definitely helped prepare us all for what we’re going to be doing now. I’m much more comfortable on the big stage.”

AZ Central

American Idol’s Scott MacIntyre joins Alice Cooper for Christmas Pudding

American Idol’s Scott MacIntyre will join Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, December 18.

Also appearing will be Dee Snider, Warrant, Lita Ford, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Gary Mule Deer, Runaway Phoenix, River of Life Choir, ventriliquist Ronn Lucas and world champion magician Murry Sawchuk. Brad Perry will be the MC for evening and will perform with his band, Acoustic Fingerprints.

Belief.com

Fox411 Exclusive: Katharine McPhee spills on her Thanksgiving special with Greta Van Susteren

American Idol runner up Katharine McPhee is getting ready to release her second album in January, but first, she’s putting in some Fox News holiday time with Greta Van Susteren!

“I was just in Washington D.C., seeing Greta and filming a special for Fox News that airs over Thanksgiving, ” the newly blonde singer told Fox411 at VH1’s Save the Music Big Shopping event. “It was so cool! I was singing for cancer survivors and it was wonderful to be there.”

Fox News

Suddenly Skinny: Paula Abdul Opens Up About Her Post-‘Idol’ Weight Loss

But Abdul insisted that her sudden weight loss was all in good health with no mention of post-‘Idol’ stress and trauma.

“First and foremost I’ve had the ability to have time to have a schedule that allows me to take care of myself and dance and workout, ” Abdul explained backstage. “It’s been great, but now I’m back to work.”

On the note of work, the 47-year-old remained pretty tight-lipped on her upcoming projects (apparently she gets to “wear a lot of hats” and be creative again), although she made it clear she has very much distanced herself from the musical franchise that made her a reality TV sensation.

Fox News

‘A Very Special Christmas 7’ features fresh young voices

A Very Special Christmas 7, out this week, is the latest installment in a franchise that has raised $100 million for Special Olympics. This first batch since 2003 offers 13 tunes, from Kellie Pickler’s sassy Santa Baby to Gloriana’s reverent Silent Night.

USA Today

Photo Coverage: Rosie’s Broadway Extravanganza for Queen Latifah

Rosie O’Donnell hosted “A Broadway Extravaganza, a benefit for Rosie’s Broadway Kids” at 8PM on Monday, November 23. This years celebration included a star-studded tribute performance honoring the one and only Queen Latifah at the world famous Palace Theatre.

The evening featured unforgettable performances by Nikki Blonsky (HAIRSPRAY Movie), Melinda Doolittle (AMERICAN IDOL), Montego Glover (MEMPHIS), Norm Lewis (LITTLE MERMAID), and special performances by Judy Gold, The Cast of Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter and of course – Rosie’s Broadway Kids.

Broadway World

Role showcases Mercado’s voice and acting skills

The new revival of “Dreamgirls” takes something familiar and gives it a beautiful new sheen and exciting energy at the historic Apollo Theater.

Charting the rise of a young female singing group that resembles Diana Ross and the Supremes, it becomes a thrill ride of music, vocal prowess and emotionally moving stories.

It is also a marvelous showcase for Sarasota’s Syesha Mercado, who plays Deena Jones in a thrilling style that allows audiences to watch her grow from exuberant youngster to mature star, just as local fans have done since her days as a student at Manatee School for the Arts and Booker High School through her third-place finish on “American Idol.”

Herald Tribune

Danyl Johnson jokes ‘I am dating Lucie Jones and Jamie Afro’

X Factor hopeful Danyl Johnson has insisted that he has recaptured his “mojo” after recent knocks shattered his confidence. The 27-year-old from Reading told reporters that he faced a struggle to win over the support of the public.

STV.tv

‘Dancing With the Stars’ recap: A Real Threesome

On Monday night’s Dancing With the Stars performance finale, Mya, Kelly Osbourne, and Donny Osmond danced a final standard or Latin, barely kept up during a daunting “Megamix Challenge” (what is this, Jock Jams? I wish!), and attempted to wow us with the dreaded/revered freestyle round. More shocking than any of the performances was the fact that this episode was only 90 minutes long. What did you readers do with your extra half hour? I spent a good deal of mine coating my laptop with a fresh coat of spray tan because you can never be too safe, googling ”where to buy cute gray hat with leather strap that Kelly Osbourne wears during rehearsal, ” and weeping that we didn’t get to see the DANCMSTR vanity plate a single time in season 9. WTF? I refer to this jerk by his cutesy moniker for an entire season and he can’t even validate my insanity with even a glimpse of the reasoning behind it?! The exploding mirror ball of frustration within my heart has vomited out this short poem:

EW.com

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Megamixed finals

But rather than go the regular route of having each finalist perform two routines — one standard and one freestyle — the producers have tried to jazz up their own combination of choreography and entertainment by introducing something new into this program: the Megamix. Which, as it turns out, is neither an intrastate lottery nor a CD compilation of hair-metal music. No, the Megamix is a routine in which all couples dance the same dance back to back, in unison (this one just so happened to be choreographed by Seasons 2 and 3 pro Nick Kosovich). But instead of a groovy rendition worthy of a volume of “Now That’s What I Call Dance, ” the Megamix kind of turned out to be a mixed bag, no? It went so quickly and kind of clunkily from the Viennese waltz to the samba to the jive that it was hard to keep up. And I think Kelly still may be taking off her skirt in the transition.

LA Times

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133 Comments

  1. MJ – any confirmation that ABC really cancelled Adam’s GMA performance? If so, I hope that backfires on them enormously. He was his usual gracious, articulate self on Z100 and WPLJ this morning, morning audience appropriate.

  2. Performing after the State Dinner is a very nice honor for Jennifer. Congratulations to her.

  3. I’m asking the same GMA question. People on Adam fan sites have received the e-mail. WTF?

  4. Oh the Susan Boyle production is getting ridiculous. But lord will Simon be rolling in it. :roll:

  5. That;s a really good review the Urban Wire gives Kris’ album.

    Speaking of whom — he was on a twitter roll last night. He played at the Saban Free Clini’s Gala Dinner (Kara was in attendance), then headed home to have some fun on twitter with Allison and Cale.

    krisallen

    #Note to self: find pitch before you start singing. about 9 hours ago from Echofon

    #Just Fox executives. No big deal…….RT@NoteRobot oops. hope u were alone??? about 9 hours ago from Echofon

    Pic from performance:

    http://twitpic.com/qq83e

    Meanwhile, Kris, Allison and Cale tweets about snuggies!

    allisoniraheta

    @KrisAllen Man were so WILD!!! about 8 hours ago from Echofon in reply to KrisAllen

    #and did i mention..im STILL WEARING IT !!!! about 9 hours ago from web

    #very useful… actually on my way to the bathroom there.. and STILL WEARING IT!! im in love with this thing… hahah about 9 hours ago from web

    RT @KrisAllen: I have to get this to satisfy my wildside http://twitpic.com/pg4xv I’m pretty satisfied http://twitpic.com/qq9y6 about 9 hours ago from Echofon

    Just bought a snuggie… Unnecessary ??? I think so…haha about 11 hours ago from Echofon

    krisallen

    @AllisonIraheta don’t worry I satisfied mine. http://twitpic.com/qqalh about 8 hours ago from Echofon

    #Dear Snuggie, you have fooled for so long but I know your secret. All you are is a backwards robe! You will pay Snuggie….You will pay. about 8 hours ago from Echofon

    #@calevis24 I can play this game Snuggie. Backwards beer bottle: chuggies! about 7 hours ago from Echofon

    RT @Clamanity: @calevis24 @Krisallen Backwards @alexwtrugs –Truggie! about 7 hours ago from Echofon

    calevis24

    #Dude! @Krisallen, i.m burning #snuggie down! Here’s an idea…let’s sell backwards hats…we’ll call them duggie’s…Wait… about 9 hours ago from txt

    #Or backward’s diapers…huggie’s… about 9 hours ago from txt

    #@Krisallen, I think that makes a moonwalking dog…a puggie? about 8 hours ago from txt

    Allison looks very cute in her snuggie, but Kris — OMG, crunk face, sunglasses and leopard print snuggie — ROFLMAO

  6. Band member of Adam says GMA is still on!!!

    TommyJoeRatliff

    GMA is still on! Didn’t get canceled :) Letterman went great, we had a lot of fun!!!

  7. Album review…

    David Archuleta may be a teenager but he’s well suited for classic holiday songs like “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria.”

    The former “American Idol” runner-up sings those songs and more on his new holiday CD “Christmas from the Heart.”

    There’s a plethora of holiday music out there with musicians recording holiday music just because, but Archuleta’s recording makes sense. He’s got a powerful, soulful voice that’s beyond his years.
    If you’re looking to add to your holiday music collection or get into the spirit of the season, this CD is a good choice.

    San Francisco Chronicle

  8. I called the Hudson Theatre. It’s cancelled.

    But this makes no sense for ABC. Zero. Capitalizing on AMA controversy to create bigger audience makes sense. Incurring ridicule and setting up CBS for big score makes no sense.

    Something is crazy here.

  9. Do we have the actual numbers of KA yet? Or does that information come out later on tonight?

  10. The actual sales figures from Soundscan (official sales) won’t be available until tomorrow earliest. HDD sales figures should be available by the end of the day.

  11. Allison’s album will be streaming on Myspace starting on Saturday:

    TheAlliekatz UPDATE UPDATE: Allison Iraheta Album will be STREAMING LIVE on 11/28 THRU 11/30! That Alliekatz is what’s up!
    22 minutes ago from TweetDeck

  12. I watched Rihanna this morning and there was NO mention of Adam being on tomorrow, so I think he was canceled early on. And is anyone surprised? Sheesh. There are consequences for being a sleaze.

  13. Thanks, girlygirl, for sharing the great tweets and twitpics. My favorite part of that review:

    As we’ve come to expect, the draw of Kris’ performances is the man himself. His emotional connection and ability to relate to his audience makes his debut album hard to resist in a music store full of ‘artistes’  who are nothing more than well-packaged and well-designed products to meet the needs of their customers.

    I got to see him on Ellen before going to work this morning. Great full band perf. of LLWD and nice interview after.

  14. the urbanwire review of kris’s album was nice. i liked what they wrote almost in the end

    – It’s really the search for the new American sweetheart; someone whom the world can listen to all day and feel like they’ve known him like an old pal –

    the review like the new version of heartless too. good work kris!

    and also thanks JohnM, for the update on Allison’s album streaming.

  15. From: http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/news/newsPage.cgi :

    “Rookies Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert made their respective cases for becoming staples of the awards-show season. Jay Leno should have one or the other on every week.

    Gaga, who segued from ‘Bad Romance’  into ‘Speechless,’  took the stage in a flesh-colored bodysuit with pointy boobs and flashing lights by using her microphone stand to break open a glass box with a piano inside. Straddling the bench, she then proceeded to smash glass bottles as she performed the song. In a bizarre touch, she had violinists perform wearing gas masks in smoke-filled chambers beside her. Why, you ask? Because she’s Lady Gaga, of course.

    Lambert went for a Bowie look, sporting a silvery suit with spikes on his left shoulder for the show’s closing number, to belt out the ‘For Your Entertainment’  from the album of the same name. He also planted a kiss on his presumably male keyboard player and introduced a dancer’s face to his crotch.

    Note: No dancers were harmed during any of the above set pieces.

    At least one thing to laugh about today.

  16. Adam did some radio promo this morning. It was great!! I hope he continues to do a lot more.

  17. For David Cook fans – there are lots of good videos coming from David’s Atlanta show yesterday. DC was IN the crowd at the end of one song – so cool. Also a guitarist from the band Injected which wrote Bar-ba-sol came on stage & jammed. And Some of the guys played some acoustic impromptu in the parking lot after.
    Here are some links
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhJ-H9qJsCM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VCRyomtciU&feature=player_embedded
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvQ3qJdL5Zo&feature=channel
    http://bit.ly/72IkOV
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VCRyomtciU&feature=player_embedded

    also – Cookie’s guitarist Neal Tiemann had a Q&A twitter party last night. Interested fans can find easily enough. Really fun answers from him. too bad I was asleep for the actual party

  18. also ‘“ Cookie’s guitarist Neal Tiemann had a Q&A twitter party last night. Interested fans can find easily enough. Really fun answers from him. too bad I was asleep for the actual party

    I just went back and read those – that was actually vastly entertaining. I have grown rather fond of Mr. Neal :)

  19. I just watched this video of GRO singing On Your Own impromptu last night. I kept only watching Neal. Then Andy comes up takes the cigarette out of his mouth and starts smoking it. Then some other dude takes it out of Andys hand and throws it on the ground. lol The traveling cigarette!

    My Walmart isn’t carrying Adam’s album or Lady GaGa’s

    At the moment or forever?

  20. Neal Tiemann had a Q&A twitter party last night.

    Thanks. I lost his twitter address. Where can I find it?

  21. Don’t Miss This Show on Thanksgiving Day

    And American Idol stars David Archuleta and Katharine McPhee belt out songs that will put you in the holiday mood. When you watch the show, check out McPhee’s fabulous new look with her platinum blond hair and metallic miniskirt. I met Archuleta briefly in the makeup room, and he was as adorable as you would imagine. What impressed me most, though, was that voice. When he sang a simple, elegant and powerful rendition of ‘Silent Night,’  he made this cynical old journalist tear up a bit.

    Ladies’ Home Journal

  22. I just watched this video of GRO singing On Your Own impromptu last night.

    That was great! Lucky fans who got to see that little impromptu show ;). I think GRO is adorable, liked them a lot when I saw them at Birchmere. Didn’t their song just break Top 20 on HAC? Come On?

  23. album review…
    Holiday albums: Time for candy canes, coal

    ‘ ¢David Archuleta, Christmas From the Heart (Jive): The American Idol alum plays it straight on this collection of traditional hymns. He has a lovely voice, especially on the “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” duet with Charice Pempengco, which will make this a must-have for fans ‘“ and pleasant for others, too. Two candy canes.

    Orlando Sentinel

    ETA: The reviewer gave Bob Dylan’s Christmas album “one lump of coal.” LOL!

  24. Didn’t their song just break Top 20 on HAC? Come On?

    I don’t know but I love that song.

    seriously, thanks!

    Your welcome. :)

    The reviewer gave Bob Dylan’s Christmas album ‘one lump of coal.’  LOL!

    Okay that is funnnny.

  25. That performance of LLWD on Ellen was the best live performance so far, I think. The band looked relaxed and great.

    Very nice review on Kris’ CD, and nice to read about Jennifer Hudson getting a great honor, singing at the White House.

    I wouldn’t mind watching a special on Susan Boyle – what a great story. Her music isn’t necessarily anything I would listen to or buy, but it’s truly an amazing story.

  26. KrisAllen says:

    Congrats @adamlambert on the new album! Everyone go get it.
    36 minutes ago from Echofon

  27. HDD with about 70% of info in:

    3 6 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 65,251
    PLAY ON

    — 8 KRIS ALLEN 19/JIVE/ZLG 54,131
    KRIS ALLEN

  28. Live Music Lives on VH1 on Fridays with New ‘Friday Night Alright’ Series of Concerts from the World’s Leading Rock and Pop Music Artists

    Beginning New Year’s Day 2010, VH1 births “Friday Night Alright,” a music fan’s passport to first-class rock and pop music concerts in HD from around the world every Friday night at 11 PM.

    The weekly global musical expedition is scheduled to begin on Friday, January 1, 2010 at 11:00 PM*. On that night, Pink’s high-flying “Funhouse” tour kicks off an itinerary packed with A-list performers set to roll out the first quarter of the new year including U2, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Green Day, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, The Killers, Coldplay and Katy Perry. Jim Shearer, of VH1’s “Top 20 Video Countdown,” will present the series.

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/live-music-lives-on-vh1

  29. Speaking of last night’s Atlanta show, after seeing the HFT vid I gotta say, Dave I’m awfully fond of those red shoes and the pantz too. ;)

  30. The Reuters reporter obviously wasn’t paying attention to where Adam’s album was prior to the GMA news.

  31. They showed part of Adam’s music video on It’s On with Alexa Chung today. It was only a 20 second clip though.

  32. HDD with about 70% of info in:

    3 6 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 65,251
    PLAY ON

    ‘“ 8 KRIS ALLEN 19/JIVE/ZLG 54,131
    KRIS ALLEN

    Whooaaaaa. Is that Kris’s album sales? If so, thats really bad.

  33. Very nice review on Kris’ CD, and nice to read about Jennifer Hudson getting a great honor, singing at the White House.

    Yes! I wonder what she will sing? Whatever it is she’ll be great!

  34. Not sure where else to post this – but is anyone else worried that Allison hasn’t gotten and adds today?

  35. unique28v, that’s with 70% reporting so it’s still has some ways to go up (hopefully).

    Ugh, with the Adam GMA cancellation which I’m seriously disappointed in (my comments are in the cancellation thread), I need to go to my safe place . . . .

    Yup, pics of David Cook’s chunky ass = world peace. Or in this case, a vid of him climbing a van after his Atlanta show. Lots of man booty in fine form: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VCRyomtciU

  36. Pics and videos of David’s chubby ass always make me happy. Thanks Keel!

  37. Great gig for Jennifer Hudson! I’m happy for her getting to perform for the President again!

    For anybody interested CNN has posted clips of Carrie Underwood singing Change and Leona Lewis singing Happy on their website:

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_freevideo+%28RSS%3A+Video%29&utm_content=Twitter#/video/showbiz/2009/11/23/heroes.underwood.perform.cnn

    Also I thought this was cute from somebody who works at CNN:

    http://twitter.com/j9iamunno/status/6017240491

    Mom of CNN HERO Jordan Thomas just told me that Carrie Underwood intro’d herself to Jordan; he thought he dreamed it! tinyurl.com/ydqxkxx

    Check out the URL in the tweet for more on Jordan Thomas. He’s doing some amazing things.

  38. CHART DATE: 11/23/2009
    LAST UPDATE: 11/24/2009 14:22:42
    NOW IN: 70.38%

    LW TW artist / album label power index
    — 1 JOHN MAYER COLUMBIA 301,204
    BATTLE STUDIES
    2 2 ANDREA BOCELLI DECCA 192,190
    MY CHRISTMAS
    — 3 NORAH JONES BLUE NOTE 177,382
    THE FALL
    — 4 50 CENT SHADY/AFTERMATH/INT 156,863
    BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT
    — 5 CASTING CROWNS PROVIDENT/REUNION 146,250
    UNTIL THE WHOLE WORLD HEARS
    — 6 JUSTIN BIEBER ISLAND/IDJMG 133,872
    MY WORLD
    10 7 TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON CHOP SHOP/ATLANTIC 107,060
    SOUNDTRACK
    4 8 MICHAEL JACKSON EPIC 98,556
    THIS IS IT
    3 9 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 85,501
    PLAY ON
    — 10 KRIS ALLEN 19/JIVE/ZLG 84,846
    KRIS ALLEN

    5 11 TAYLOR SWIFT BIG MACHINE 82,796
    FEARLESS

  39. Kris has a pretty good chance of debuting top 10 then which would be great! He’s really close to Carrie at #9 and he’s got 2k on Taylor at #11. Soundscan could change the order up but my fingers are crossed that Kris get his top 10 debut and that Carrie stays top 10 too!

    Congratulations Carrie for selling over 500k copies of Play On already!

  40. NOW IN: FINAL

    9 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 85,501 -32%
    PLAY ON

    10 KRIS ALLEN 19/JIVE/ZLG 84,846

  41. Final numbers:

    — 1 JOHN MAYER COLUMBIA 301,204 —
    BATTLE STUDIES
    2 2 ANDREA BOCELLI DECCA 192,190 +39%
    MY CHRISTMAS
    — 3 NORAH JONES BLUE NOTE 177,382 —
    THE FALL
    — 4 50 CENT SHADY/AFTERMATH/INT 156,863 —
    BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT
    — 5 CASTING CROWNS PROVIDENT/REUNION 146,250 —
    UNTIL THE WHOLE WORLD HEARS
    — 6 JUSTIN BIEBER ISLAND/IDJMG 133,872 —
    MY WORLD
    10 7 TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON CHOP SHOP/ATLANTIC 107,060 +112%
    SOUNDTRACK
    4 8 MICHAEL JACKSON EPIC 98,556 -20%
    THIS IS IT
    3 9 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 85,501 -32%
    PLAY ON
    — 10 KRIS ALLEN 19/JIVE/ZLG 84,846 —
    KRIS ALLEN

  42. 10 KRIS ALLEN 19/JIVE/ZLG 84,846

    That was right in the prediction range, wasn’t it?

  43. Yes, he was predicted to sell 85-90k (well, almost within the range).

  44. That was right in the prediction range, wasn’t it?

    I think HDD said 85-90k for Kris and Kris sold 85k rounded (Soundscan could bump him over 85k) so yeah I’d say that’s right in the prediction range.

  45. How is Soundscan different from HDD?

    HDD’s numbers are estimates from info retailers give them. Soundscan numbers are the official ones used by Billboard and are the actual number of scanned purchases plus some estimates from independent retailers that don’t report to Soundscan.

    Based on Andrea Bocelli’s numbers this week I think he and SuBo will be the top 2 albums on next week’s charts with SuBo topping the charts.

  46. Those are bad numbers even in this economy, fortunately the numbers shouldn’t change that much next week with the help of black friday.
    I hope LLWD continues to pick up adds and becomes a hit single .

  47. “Those are bad numbers even in this economy”

    Are they? He sold more than double One Republic and like 25% more than Leona Lewis– I’m really asking.

  48. “Those are bad numbers even in this economy”.

    They are not bad numbers at all, not in my books. It’s only Idol fans who expect those high numbers. I bet you Jive is happy he didn’t sell below the predicted numbers. Even those artists who have had albums out before couldn’t come close.
    It’s the haters who are going to make a big deal out of it. He has a very good album with lots of potential hit singles, if Jive beef up the promotion , he’ll sell well.
    They screwed his numbers up with that terrible itunes pass that people cannot even download. I don’t think they will be expecting anything bigger, IMO.

  49. Those are bad numbers even in this economy, fortunately the numbers shouldn’t change that much next week with the help of black friday.

    These are bad numbers for an Idol Winner, the lowest ever. I doubt that black Friday will help. David Cook released the same week last year and his sales decrease was over 60% in the second week even though it was Black Friday, so there is no reason to think this will not happen to Kris.

  50. These are bad numbers for an Idol Winner, the lowest ever.

    Does anyone remember what Jordin’s were? I forget.

  51. He sold more than double One Republic and like 25% more than Leona Lewis’“ I’m really asking.

    With this question, I decided to do some digging and found this from MTV. Here is the excerpt. That week was Black Friday week which was the same week that Jordin released her debut album.

    One Republic, enters at #17 with 75,000 scans

  52. Wow! Really bad numbers for the winner of American Idol. Maybe we should decrease our estimate for Adam down to 75-80K since he was only the runner-up.

  53. We don’t know if #10 will hold up. I really hope that it does and Taylor Swift doesn’t take it away from him when the final numbers come in.

  54. Those are bad numbers for an Idol winner because they have a built-in fanbase that most new artists don’t have. The expect the Idol fans to buy the first week and then sales usually drop. Although Kris has a single on the radio it is not considered a hit yet and I don’t think he has reached much outside the AI fanbase plus it DOES NOT help him that the media only seems to care about Adam. Adam the personality sells. The media has pretty much written off Kris.

  55. Oh no, Kris’ ‘glory’ being crowned the Lowest Winner Sales in Idol History starts the second his HDD sales figures came in….

    Many had predicted him to be crowned this already because he didn’t deserve to win. On the other hand, people jeered him because he took Jordin’s crown as he is expected to do crazy sales first week as the Idol winner.

    Any way Kris goes, he will never be reprieved of constant jabbings.

    Well for me, honestly I’m just sad that Kris has to endure all this while I am enjoying his music so much.

    He is a genuinely great and talented guy whose sin is only winning that darn Idol title and for being non-controversial. And maybe for having a high threshold of ‘patience’.

    Anyway, I can hope he does well enough to continue making music I enjoy.

  56. Leona Lewis numbers were low – hopefully she has a better second week…but then again her UK numbers could be really good.

  57. Those are bad numbers even in this economy,

    Kris is doing OK. Not saying it’s great, in fact he is one of worst performaing Idol winners, about on a par with Jordin Sparks once you take the drop in album sales into account. However that is very much expected beforehand, I don’t think many people predicted him to sell over 100K this week, in fact he is selling 5K more than my prediction if HDD turns out to be right. Jordin eventually managed to sell a million, although Kris is very unlikely to achieve that given the general drop in sales and he may not have a massive hit like No Air which helped to push up Jordin’s sales. I do however expect him to reach gold. I think the next single is crucial to how well his album might sell, let’s hope they choose the right one.

  58. It makes absolutely no difference whatsoever if Kris is 10th or 15th. He only sold approx 85,000 albums his first week, the lowest of any AI winner. Adam will outsell him and that is all anyone in the media will talk about. However, I do not think that Adam is going to sell what RCA had hoped either, but we will see how long he can milk this AMA performance.

  59. Kris is doing OK. Not saying it’s great, in fact he is one of worst performaing idol, about on a par with Jordin Sparks once you take the drop in album sales into account.

    I think Kris is doing ok as well. For whatever reason, the wind out of the AI fan base has been knocked out. I believe Adam will outsell Kris, but it may not be by a lot.

  60. I honestly believe too much emphasis is placed on theses first week numbers, let things build and grow. I too believe Kris will be just fine.

  61. All of today’s top 40 adds are in. I apologize for not giving the combined reporters yesterday (monitored & unmonitored combined) as one poster noticed and I didn’t.

    Daughtry 12 (3 unmonitored)
    Kris 7
    Adam 4 (WWFM)
    Adam 1 (FYE) (unmonitored)
    Allison 1
    Jason 1

  62. Those are bad numbers for an Idol winner because they have a built-in fanbase that most new artists don’t have. The expect the Idol fans to buy the first week and then sales usually drop. Although Kris has a single on the radio it is not considered a hit yet and I don’t think he has reached much outside the AI fanbase

    ITA. These are not good numbers for an idol winner, who has had more exposure from being on Idol, than a lot of new artists. And unless Kris has a huge hit off of his album, he isn’t going to sale as many albums as he did this week in the future.

    Unlike some new artists who might debut with smaller numbers but whose sales go up after they get more exposure and become more popular. I think that Kris’s sales are going to go down next week. I think that the best he can do is hope that his sales stay steady after they decrease next week. Maybe more radio airplay and video airplay will help him stay steady in sales, after they decrease.

  63. Dear God –

    With all the Adam bashing going on can we PLEASE talk about other Idols at the AMA’s??!!

    Kelly sounded BEAUTIFUL, so insanely proud of her. Carrie was her usual lovely professional self. Not sold on the gold hot pants, but sounded great. Daughtry was…well, you know, Daughtry. Decent, but not my cuppa.

    Yes, there’s bruhaha brewing today, but can we PLEASE remember that this is an IDOL site and these guys did a FANTASTIC job, and deserve some kudos?? PLEASE!! :grin:

  64. I don’t know why people take idol numbers so personal, no one of us have personal connections with any of them or will ever have.

    These numbers are awfull, Cook sold 280,000 last year and Kris sells 85,000 this year.
    I don’t know if it’s due to the winding out of the idol fanbase because maybee Adam will sell 280,000 or next year we will have a winner who will sell the double of any of them (like Cook did with Jordin).

    Leona’s number are bad too but she was never that big in the US and she has other countries were she’s popular in particular in the UK. One Republic have not sold that much during their first week either.
    Carrie is in her 3rd week already so it’s not normal that she is still selling more albums than Kris in his first week of sales.

  65. Kris fans better hope for more than gold for Kris or there may not be a 2d album. Taylor Hicks almost sold a million and he was dropped. Kris has to be played on the radio and needs a hit. We all know that Jordan is still with Jive doing considerably well because her singles have done well on radio and in sales.

  66. Though the 85K seems low compared to other idol winners’ first week sales, it’s awesome compared to his first 1-2 week LLWD single sales. So I’m happy with the number and still believe Kris will be okay in the long run. 85K is good considered all the slam and buses that most medias had ran him over with so far… So many even intentionally put out ugly pics of him to go with their negative/forced articles… All in all, Kris will be fine… time will tell.

  67. I think ontd_ai said Allison video was on itunes – I didn’t see it.

  68. Here’s a very brief review of Allison’s album by Michael Slezak:

    http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20322505,00.html

    Good review. Will that be the one that appears in the magazine? If so, I’m glad Slezak got to do the “official” review for her. It does make me wonder, though, how they dole out the reviewing assignments at EW. Why did Alison get Slezak and Kris Allen got saddled with the clueless Whitney Pastorek?

  69. Squirrely: I think ontd_ai said Allison video was on itunes ‘“ I didn’t see it.

    Yes, it went up last night, and mj had a post about it this morning. It’s currently #32 on the iTunes list of top videos.

  70. monte
    “Kris fans better hope for more than gold for Kris or there may not be a 2d album. Taylor Hicks almost sold a million and he was dropped. Kris has to be played on the radio and needs a hit. We all know that Jordan is still with Jive doing considerably well because her singles have done well on radio and in sales.”

    As a kris fan, I’m not concerned about him being dropped or not as I believe he will have a second album with or without 19/Jive.

  71. Unlike some new artists who might debut with smaller numbers but whose sales go up after they get more exposure and become more popular. I think that Kris’s sales are going to go down next week.

    The only albums I can think of that didn’t go down their 2nd week are some Christmas albums that were released early and then had their sales go up. Of course Kris’s sales will go down 2nd week even with Black Friday. That’s what happens to everyone.

    It’s obvious by now that none of this year’s AIers have AI fanbases comparable to previous years so I’m . None of them have gotten off to great starts on the radio either, we’ve got 2 failed 1st singles that were quickly switched out (Adam’s and Danny’s) with the fate of their 2nd singles remaining to be seen (Adam’s off to a better start there), Allison’s 1st single isn’t looking good airplaywise, and Kris’s is just starting to show signs of life.

    With Jive we know they’ve got a model for trying to sustain sales with radio play so the artist builds up a respectable amount of sales in the long run – it happened with Jordin. I don’t think Kris has a smash hit on his album like Jordin did but I think he’ll do respectably long run with sustained radio play and touring. Not platinum but gold probably.

  72. I don’t think Kris will do too badly on Black Friday. It’s a big weekend for sales, and i am sure he’ll see a good boost.

  73. Adam’s music video is up on his website. He tweeted:

    adamlambert: My video “For Your Entertainment” is now up on adamofficial.com!!!!

  74. I LOVE Adam’s music video!! Yea!!!! I love his sly little smile in it. lol Here is Jim C (MTV’s) tweet on it:

    jambajim:
    LOVING the Adam Lambert vid. http://www.adamofficial.com… SOOO deliciously seedy, so playful, so much fun. He looks awesome. Win!!

  75. Adam 4 (WWFM)

    Again, I’m not sure if this is news or Adam-centric, but WWFM officially went for adds today on Top 40 according to AllAccess.

  76. It’s obvious by now that none of this year’s AIers have AI fanbases comparable to previous years so I’m

    I left that dangling by accident. All I wanted to say I’m not surprised that Kris’s 1st week sales are lower than previous AI winners’ sales.

  77. WWFM got 4 adds but it got the #1 and 2 Top 40 stations in the US – NY and LA. That’s pretty awesome. Yes, FYE is dead. It flopped badly and RCA was smart to put a stake in it and move on.

    Kris has Jordin type opening sales. Let’s see if he has Jordin style success. Adam will have a much better opening week than Kris. S8 fans have to buy something. I could see Adam selling 200K his first week. Cook sold 280K last year off a comparable grossing tour. And he didn’t have the publicity Adam got this week. Although I think he had a bigger fanbase from Idol. HDD predictions tomorrow,

  78. Kris evidently will be singing Christmas songs for his appearance on the Bonnie Hunt show (tapes today, airs 11/30)

    krisallen
    Bonnie Hunt is huge in LA! http://twitpic.com/qt749
    42 minutes ago from Echofon

    bnsheetz
    Does a better afternoon than kris allen singing you christmas sonngs even exist? dont really think so
    14 minutes ago from web

  79. jpfan

    Again, I have a feeling you may be overestimating Adam’s fan appeal a bit. After their albums dropped, Kris went to #4 overall and #1 pop on iTunes. Adam has gotten to #5 overall and #4 on pop. I understand that’s not the only source of sales, but this is one indication that Adam may not put up big sales. We’ve already read that Susan Boyle is going to blow everyone else away.

  80. WWFM got 4 adds but it got the #1 and 2 Top 40 stations in the US ‘“ NY and LA. That’s pretty awesome.

    Yeah. thats awesome! Hopefully WWFM can be a hit song for Adam. We will see tomorrow night how well he performs it live since he sang it on Letterman.

  81. Did both the regular and deluxe Kris CD’s make the Top 10 on iTunes? I think that’s where Adam probably did better. He seems to be holding his positions a bit better too. I’m not even going to attempt making predictions because I thought Kris could sell 100k and no way did I suspect Susan Boyle would sell what she is. Its all a crapshoot and itunes and Amazon don’t always give the full picture despite who’s higher there.

    Q&A on David Cook’s twitter right now.

    Aww

    RT october_cmu @thedavidcook have you bought Carrie Underwood’s cd yet Cookie ;) twice. both are incredible. :)

    Too cute.

  82. awwwwwwww Archie just sang Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with his mom *hearts*

    in the first half new songs: fields of gold, the riddle and prayer of the children.

    aww he has a kids choir with Ave Maria…

  83. <blockquoteawwwwwwww Archie just sang Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with his mom *hearts*

    Videos are slowly going up! So sweet, Archie and his mom singing..she got all teary eyed and the hug, awww.

  84. heres the vid of david singing with his mom! So sweet! *sniffle*
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9bYecSvFn4

    fields of gold:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9faFvHnIIUI

    —–
    really nice review from the salt lake tribune:

    http://blogs.sltrib.com/burger/index.php?p=6390&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

    Archuleta, who turns 19 at the end of December, ably balanced a show that showcased his pop talent as well as a strong display of covering other’s material ‘” most notably a collection of Christmas standards that closed the show.

    While the show was advertised as Archuleta performing selections from his recently released album, ‘Christmas From the Heart,’  the singer began his set with songs taken mostly from his 2008 debut self-titled album. With more confidence and stage presence than he has shown yet, he flexed his vocals through ‘Crush’  and ‘A Little Too Not Over You’  as well as performing his up-tempo rave-up ‘Zero Gravity.’  Archuleta was backed by four musicians, but played piano as he covered Five For Fighting’s ballad ‘The Riddle,’  showing an inkling of a direction his career could take him.

    Illustrating a talent for building a solid, thematic set, Archuleta then performed two songs that served as a transition between his opening set and his closing set of Christmas tunes. The highlight was when he was accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, singing a rendition of Sting’s ‘Fields of Gold’  that changed the vocal melody to make the song his soulful own.
    It was then time for the main show to start.

    more at link

  85. The highlight was when he was accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, singing a rendition of Sting’s ‘Fields of Gold’  that changed the vocal melody to make the song his soulful own.

    frogcooke, is there a video of “Fields of Gold?” I love that song, curious to hear Archie sing it. I still gotta get out and grab his Christmas album. Like, before Christmas. Heh.

  86. i just posted it in the post above i editedit in :)

    his version is closer to eva’s than stings just so you know

  87. Aw, I loved that video with his mom. I’m a mom… stuff like that makes me sniffle, lol. I really liked his version of Fields of Gold, very nice! Keep doing your thing, Archie!

  88. haha! Froggie. I saw you were busy, busy, busy so I was gonna help you out. Dang! You still beat me. LOLZ

  89. Wow, those video’s from Archie’s Christmas concert are really nice! They convinced me to go buy the CD. And the video of him singing with his mom is adorable.

  90. OK, the Ave Maria video definitely cemented that I’m buying me an Archie Christmas CD.

  91. OMGosh! Now I know where David gets his Diva Hand. That’s so funny! He definitely takes after mama.

  92. Thanks for all the links, frogcooke! Wow, her videos are so clear , in both sound and picture. Nice!

  93. I can’t wait to get home to see these videos. I work the night shift and am unable to watch youtubes from work. ~sigh~ Woe is me!

  94. I’m still watching videos from last night. Man. I knew it’d be a good concert, but he was spot. on.

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