Idol Headlines for 11/28/09

Lambert’s album sells well in wake of controversy

(CNN) — Adam Lambert’s suggestive American Music Awards performance hasn’t hurt sales of his first album.

With stiff competition from a slew of holiday compilations and Susan Boyle’s first album, Lambert’s debut is still managing to sell well online.

“For Your Entertainment, ” Lambert’s first album after his run on “American Idol, ” where he came in second to winner Kris Allen, is the fifth most downloaded album on iTunes behind Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle, the “New Moon” soundtrack and John Mayer.


This dude might have peed on Adam Lambert

Did some fellow clubgoer piss on Adam Lambert tonight?

Judging from his most-recent Tweet, Adam Lambert went to NYC nightspot Juliet this evening.

Juliet is the sun.

I went to The Box’ ¦ A tranny that was performing peed on the front row’ ¦ Glambert was sitting in front row. He threw drink. Was hilarious.

Re the peeing’ ¦ it was fucking hilarious. Everyone was laughing. @adamlambert included.

I have been inundated with @adamlambert fans. Guys, it was just some tranny pee. Calm down.

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Review: Adam Lambert on CD not as outre as expected

On Music Again, the catchiest dance-rock number on Glambert’s anticipated — I was going to say “much anticipated, ” but judging by its lackluster sales compared to the Susan Boyle CD that, in some accounts, is supposedly outselling Adam 10-1, “much” is overstating things — everyone’s favorite guyliner sings, “You make me want to hear music again.”

Lambert’s For Your Entertainment makes me want to hear Adam on Idol again. On Idol, Adam sang mostly familiar cover tunes but drastically reworked them and, in nearly all cases, dramatically improved upon them. Will anyone care to listen to Tears for Fears’ Mad World again now that Adam made his rendition a new pop standard?

Miami Herald

Adam Lambert Jokes Being a PEOPLE Sexy Man Inspired Performance

Adam Lambert’s performance at the American Music Awards ‘ during which he locked lips with a male and simulated oral sex ‘ was deemed too sexual for some. And just weeks before that, the American Idol finalist was featured in PEOPLE’s Sexiest Men Alive issue. Coincidence? Maybe not: Lambert jokes that inclusion on the Sexy Man list may have inspired him.

Outrage Over ‘GMA’ Decision to Drop Adam Lambert for Chris Brown

ABC has booked Rihanna-beater Chris Brown for an interview and a performance on “Good Morning America” — right after the network canceled guy-kisser Adam Lambert.

Brown will do a taped tell-all with Robin Roberts, followed by a performance of songs from his new album. But TV insiders say the appearance, slated to air the week after next, has outraged feminists and gay activists who wonder why a convicted girlfriend abuser is more palatable to the network than an openly gay man who broke no laws with his raunchy performance on the “American Music Awards.”


Review: Allison Iraheta and the Idol curse

On American Idol this year, teenager Allison Iraheta sang if she mainlined cigarettes for decades and revealed herself as one of the most credible rockers to sing on the Idol stage. Of course, there is not much competition for that title, some people actually think David Cook is a rock artist. Heck, lil’ dynamo Allison could have excelled on CBS’ defunct Rock Star a few years back. (We hear Aerosmith wants a new singer…)

I was thrilled that Iraheta, though cut in fourth place behind the banal Danny Gokey, managed to secure a fast record deal at the same time as winner Kris Allen and runnerup Adam Lambert. But Just Like You, the resulting album, strips Iraheta of her personality in favor of off-the-shelf songwriting and overproduction.

There are moments. D Is for Dangerous is a kicky rocker and Scars is a heartfelt ballad.

Miami Herald

‘American Idol’ encores compete for our attention

American Idol ‘” and, for that matter, America ‘” is a funky, fickle thing to figure out. In May, the people’s champion was the amply chinned, phenomenally average Kris Allen from Arkansas. But since the confetti fell on Season 8, the overwhelming pop-culture star has been the second-place dude, San Diego’s sexually puckish Adam Lambert, the hottest topic in music after his crotch-grabbin’, dude-mackin’ appearance on Sunday’s AMA Music Awards. Allen’s disappearing act, however, has been nothing compared to fourth-placer Allison Iraheta, an L.A. teen who maintained all the post-Idol buzz of Jorge Nunez.

Tampa Bay

‘American Idol’ winner David Cook’s ‘Shattered Dreams’

Life for “American Idol” Season 7 winner David Cook has been going well, enough so that his stealthy victory over David Archuleta really doesn’t seem so surprising anymore.

With his self-titled album making platinum, Cook has been enjoying his solo tour “Declaration, ” which hits Fort Lauderdale’s Nova Southeastern University on Sunday, Nov. 29.

On his tour, he tells the Miami Herald that he’s been trying to “unveil” a new song.


Nice guy rock? David Cook shows it can be done

David Cook couldn’t be a nicer guy. Friday night before a Mahaffey Theater crowd of about 1, 300, Cook praised his fans, his band and his opening acts to the hilt and generally self-effaced all over the stage.

Nice seldom equals rock ‘n’ roll greatness, though, and if Cook’s music succeeds on its own modest terms, it’s only because he aims squarely for the middle.

In concert, Cook keeps things cool

He was the nonchalant champ, Mr. Laid-Back Goes to Hollywood. In front of 30-million-plus rabid viewers, David Cook Fonzied his way into winning the seventh season of American Idol. Oh, this Midwestern rocker was cool, cat-burglar cool.

But would post-Paula fame get to his curiously coiffed head, rattle his 26-year-old cage? At a Friday gig at the Mahaffey Theater, 1, 300 fans, many of them those irascible Cougars for Cook, would say that their man remains the calm, charming customer he’s always been.

Actually, they’d scream it.

Tampa Bay

Carrie Underwood: Holiday Variety Special a Dream Come True!

Carrie Underwood has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. She recently hosted the CMA Awards, released her third CD, Play On, and just wrapped up her variety special Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special.

“It was a lot of fun to tape and I think we ended up with a great show, ” Underwood says of her very own two-hour special.

Carrie Underwood: Holiday Happiness

Gearing up for the busy holiday season ahead, Carrie Underwood recently taped her variety show ‘Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special.’ 

The ‘American Idol’  alum told press she enjoyed participating in the gig, and is excited for everyone to see the show on December 7th.

Pop Quiz: David Archuleta

David Archuleta, the doe-eyed runner-up from the seventh season of “American Idol, ” appears Monday at the Warfield in support of his new album, “Christmas From the Heart.” The 18-year-old singer’s second release this year features his golden-voiced takes on a handful of seasonal standards such as “The First Noel” and “O Holy Night, ” as well as a new song called “Melodies of Christmas.” He called us last week from his family’s home in Murray, Utah, to talk about his career so far, holiday plans and dream about Bob Dylan.

SF Gate

David Archuleta makes second half of symphony show sing

I’ll admit, after the first half of pop singer David Archuleta’s concert with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Friday night, I was struggling to keep my inner Simon Cowell in check. But for the second half, it was Paula Abdul all the way.

The first half of the ‘Christmas From the Heart’  program at Hill Auditorium was a surprising disappointment. Archuleta, ‘American Idol’  runner up in 2008 and thus familiar with the ways of acerbic judge Cowell and the more gentle Abdul, seemed to lack confidence. Control, pacing and pitch were all over the map, and many high notes were left untouched.


David Archuleta fans moved to tears at Ann Arbor Symphony concert

David Archuleta’s performance Friday night with the Ann Arbor Symphony was full of many high points, breathtaking moments and tear-jerking melodies.

Stepping into this concert, I didn’t know what to expect. On one hand, I was bracing myself for high-pitched squeals from young teenage girls and on the other hand I was getting ready for a lovely symphony performance. During this concert, Archuleta combined an element of pop and classical music to create a beautiful, once in a lifetime experience.

‘Idol’ Archuleta’s career a lovely blur

At age 10, he won a children’s division of the Utah Talent Competition.

At 11, he was performing an impromptu song in a Los Angeles hotel lobby for “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson.

At 12, he became the Junior Vocal Champion on the TV show “Star Search.”

At 17, he received 97 million votes and was the runner-up on season No. 7 of Fox’s “American Idol.”

Press Democrat

Guess who’s coming to town ‘ Archuleta

By now, if you live anywhere near Sonoma County, you know that
American Idol runnerup David Archuleta is coming to town on Sunday (Nov. 29) for a concert at the Wells Fargo Center.

So far as Idol Chatter knows, Archuleta will be the first AI graduate to perform locally.

Following is a story advancing his visit and during the weekend we’ll add in subsequent posts some of the other ‘Archie’  tidbits we gleaned from a 20-minute interview that couldn’t be included here,

And, of course, we’ll review his concert on this blog Monday (Nov. 30th) morning.

Press Democrat

The White House Christmas Tree

Michelle Obama will be on hand on Friday afternoon when the White House Christmas tree arrives.

At 2 p.m., Mrs. Obama will preside over delivery of a Douglas fir, about 18-1/2 feet high, from Shepherdstown, W. Va. In a ceremony similar to those carried out through the years, it will reach the North Portico of the White House via a horse-drawn carriage.

And this begins the start of Christmas tree ceremonies in the nation’s capital. A ceremony for the lighting of the National Christmas tree on the Ellipse is set for Dec. 3, (next Thursday) with various musicians and celebrities celebrating the event, including Sheryl Crow, Jordin Sparks and Celtic Woman.

New York Times

Hollywood Christmas parade on tap

The days following Thanksgiving mean only two things in Los Angeles: crowded parking lots at shopping malls and the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade.

On Sunday, celebrities, high school marching bands from all over the country, floats and other forms of roving entertainment will take to the streets to help usher in the holiday season.

As usual, thousands are expected to attend, but for the first time in its history, the two-hour parade will be recorded and broadcast nationwide on MyNetworkTV on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. and on Christmas Eve at 10 p.m.

LA Independent

Video: Kara DioGuardi Looks Ahead To ‘Idol’

Kara DioGuardi’s written plenty of pop hits, turning love woes and triumphs into catchy hooks for everyone from Pink to Cobra Starship, Britney Spears to Kelly Clarkson and more. But when asked to pick her all-time favorite song from the pack, she doesn’t hesitate for a second.

Gamble on ‘American Idol, ‘ ‘Sex and the City’ slot machines

If you’re over 21, you can now play slot machines based on two of your favorite shows, “American Idol” and “Sex and the City.”

Both slots were new releases at the 2009 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. In “American Idol, ” slot players can trigger a bonus round that lets them become one of three judges — Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi or Randy Jackson — and then plays video clips of past contestants, good AND bad.

According to, Paula Abdul was the lone holdout participant even BEFORE she announced she was leaving the show. Innnteresting.

The man who turned Susan Boyle into a superstar ‘” and it’s not Simon Cowell

It was another whirlwind week in the life of Susan Boyle. The Scottish singer wowed millions of US television viewers, smashed sales records for her debut album ‘” and burst into tears at the Rockefeller Centre in New York.

Yet the shoulder on which Boyle was pictured crying was not that of Simon Cowell, who discovered her on Britain’s Got Talent, but that of the man perhaps most responsible for reinventing the gifted, yet fragile, singer: Andy Stephens, a veteran music industry manager who has steered George Michael through many a crisis.


‘So You Think You Can Dance’s Nigel Lythgoe on Nathan: Engage your brain!

One of the nice things about the “So You Think You Can Dance” judges — Nigel in particular — is they say what they think.

And this week, they sent contemporary dancer Victor Smalley home, but there was some debate as to whether Nathan Trasoras should’ve gone instead? Why?

Well, Nigel says that while Nathan is a tremendous dancer, the kid simply needs to start engaging his brain.

He feels Victor’s growth in the competition should’ve guaranteed him a spot in the Top 10 over Nathan.

Cloris Leachman takes on ‘Ballroom With a Twist’

Two characters are indelibly associated with Cloris Leachman ‘ Phyllis, the nosy landlord on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Frau Blucher, a servant who at the mention of her name sets horses a-whinnying in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein.

But in a career that spans stage, film and television and includes an Oscar for best supporting actress for The Last Picture Show in 1971, Leachman never caused the stir she did last year on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Paired with professional Corky Ballas, Leachman was eliminated in week six but not before impressing the judges and wowing the audience with graceful dancing and sometimes ribald entertaining.

Dallas News

Lady Gaga set to sex up X Factor

London: Pop singer Lady Gaga, who’s known for her bizarre style, is keeping X Factor boss Simon Cowell guessing about what exactly she’ll wear while performing on the show next week.

The 23-year-old singer is famous for wild outfits that have seen her shooting sparks out of her bra, and wearing only gaffer tape over her nipples.

And producers are said to be confused over what she’ll wear in the show.


Leona Lewis Hopes “Echo” Will Resound

LONDON (Billboard) – Violence and theft. Not words one would normally associate with Leona Lewis, the squeaky-clean winner of “The X Factor, ” who went on to stunning worldwide success with her debut album, “Spirit.”

Nor, one imagines, exactly how Clive Davis, Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment envisaged the comeback push for the British singer.

While the promotional campaign for Lewis’ debut was hitch-free, the setup for its follow-up, “Echo” — released November 16 in the United Kingdom on Cowell’s Syco Music and a day later in the United States on J — has been anything but smooth.

NY Times

‘Tired’ stars revolt over X-tra songs

Danyl Johnson led the X Factor stars in a revolt over complaints they are being worked too hard.

The teacher and his finalist rivals demanded showdown talks with Simon Cowell because they will have to perform an extra song, plus a dance routine this week.

An insider said the contestants fear they have too much work and will not be able to perfect their acts in time for tonight’s show.

But Cowell, who fears losing Jedward may make the X Factor boring, told them to stop whingeing and get on with it.

The insider added: “Their workload seems to have tripled.

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