Idol Headlines for 12/03/07

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Blake Lewis’ ‘Audio Day Dream’ is a wealth of styles

“American Idol” Blake Lewis and American composer Irving Berlin (who wrote “White Christmas, ” “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “God Bless America”) usually aren’t mentioned in the same sentence.

But Lewis’ highly anticipated debut album, “Audio Day Dream, ” which Arista Records releases Tuesday on its 19 Recordings label, features the high-flying, guitar- and horn-driven “Gots To Get Her, ” a song inspired by the Irving Berlin classic “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”………

Seattlepi

Blake Lewis’ debut album disappoints

….Unfortunately, on his debut recording, “Audio Day Dream” (“ADD”), we’re still not getting the rest of the iceberg. The album, which comes out Tuesday, is 16 tracks (55 minutes) of energetic, bubblegum pop.

Lewis’ love of hip-hop, drum and bass and trance music appears on “ADD” like faint syrup in a giant Italian soda…..

Seattle Times

Reviews: Blake Lewis’ ‘Audio Day Dream, ‘ Wyclef

….At his best, like with the infectious “My Hello, ” Lewis is pure pop star, especially when his voice drops to his lower register. He also does well with the first single “Break Anotha” and the playful “Know My Name, ” which features Lupe Fiasco.

Unfortunately, those songs only point out how there’s not enough playfulness on the rest of “Audio Day Dream.” Lewis’ free-form beatboxing appears on only a handful of songs and the skit featuring his alter ego B Shorty falls flat, as do a bunch of the more generic love songs, mainly co-written with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder….

Newsday

BLAKE LEWIS ‘BREAKS’

Blake Lewis may have finished behind “American Idol” champ Jordin Sparks back in May, but he was recently named the most popular artist on AOL on the strength of his first single, “Break Anotha.” His album, “Audio Day Dream, ” which hits stores Tuesday, has the feel of an ’80s mixtape, combining hip-hop and electronic influences. The Redmond, Wash., native has come a long way since his high-school beatboxing days.

When did you first start singing?…………

NYPost

‹American Idol Star Blake Lewis Releases First Album

We might as well say that Blake Lewis conquered the audience in the sixth season of the popular show …American Idol by other means than his singing talent. Beatboxing and originality were his strengths and his voice came on second or third place when it came to recognizing his skills.

The issue now is that his first album, …Audio Day Dream focuses most on his voice. It would be unfair to say that it is lacking originality, as the blend of styles is certainly a one of a kind combination, mixing hip-hop, rock, pop and soul with electronic influences…….

enews20

Petty tabbed for Super Bowl halftime show

….While Petty will headline the halftime festivities, the game’s pregame entertainment has yet to be finalized as talks continue to focus on a possible appearance by “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks.

Upi.com

No Bond For Idol Sierra, 11 Year Term Possible

….Sierra, who appeared in jail-issued orange, was denied bond and will remain in jail.

Judge Margaret T. Courtney told the 2005 American Idol finalist that she was looking at 11 years and 60 days in a Florida state prison. Sierra was on probation for a prior conviction two weeks ago for felony battery and cocaine possession when she was charged with two new charges early Saturday morning, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest in addition to violating her probation.

Prosecutors had warned her at that time that any future arrest would negate the plea deal which had placed her on probation.

…Obviously the bar scene isnt working out so well for you, the judge told Sierra. …I would suggest you find another form of entertainment. Good luck….

North Country Gazette

Washington elite fetes Hollywood stars

….Dressed in a white evening gown, Ross blew kisses and fingered the multicolored decoration hanging around her neck as she listened to Vanessa Williams, “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks and Ciara belt out songs that made Ross famous…..

Reuters

Various Artists
Hear Something Country Christmas 2007

….Even newer ladies on the scene with more of a pop-crossover appeal do it up with more of an old-school country style. American Idol alums, Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler make an appearance on the disc. Underwood clear voice is lovely, yet powerful on …Do You Hear What I Hear while Pickler vamps it up on …Santa Baby, sounding like a countrified version of Britney Spears (before she became truly …not that innocent”) and retaining a bit of Eartha Kitt playfulness from the original….

Popmatters

Disney Parks ‘Dream’ Up Star-Studded Spectacular for 24th Annual Christmas Day Parade Holiday Special on ABC-TV December 25th

— “American Idol” sweetheart Katharine McPhee will perform a Disney
Princess-inspired number, singing a medley of some of Disney’s classic
tunes.

PRNewswire