Idol Headlines for 12/03/10

A live acoustic performance from Anoop Desai at the Sapphire Lounge in New York for the BMI Showcase NY on December 8.

Tickets are free, but you have to act now. More information HERE.

Top 3 News Stories of the Day
Top 3 News Stories of the Day

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Today’s Idol Appearances

  • Carrie Underwood is featured on CMT Artists of the Year, CMT
  • David Archuleta performs at the Majestic Theater in Dallas TX to benefit the Childrens’ Medical Center.
  • A Walk in My Shoes premieres on NBC, featuring the music of Randy Jackson and Michael Johns.
  • Crystal Bowersox performs at the 101.9 FM Miracle on State street Pre-party, at Block 37 Shops (State & Randolph) in Chicago IL. 4-6 pm.
  • Kris Allen performs at the 96.4 TIC All Star Christmas in Wallingford, CT.
  • Jason Castro performs at the West Chester, PA holiday celebration. 7:30 pm.  Live stream begins at 7 pm HERE.
  • Sanjaya Malakar appears on the 300th episode of The Soup, E!, 10 pm
  • Lee DeWyze tapes a performance for the Disney Christmas Day Parade, set to air on ABC Dec. 25. He’ll be singing “The Little Drummer Boy”.
  • Ayla Brown and Ace Young appear at US Senator Scott Brown’s Christmas party in Boston

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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Celeb-Filled ‘Digital Death’ Campaign Is DOA

It appears the organizers of a Hollywood campaign to raise money for AIDS in Africa either overestimated the popularity of the celebrities they used — or what their fans would be willing to donate to get them back on Facebook and Twitter.

The organizers promised that when fans donate more than $1, 000, 000, “everyone will be back online and tweeting in no time.”

As of 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, however, just $70, 000 had been donated — meaning unless Seacrest’s fans come up with $930, 000, the “American Idol” host and the rest of the “dead” celebrities won’t be tweeting for the foreseeable future.

(UPDATE: As of 7:30 p.m. EST Thursday, the total is $180, 950 — still more than $800, 000 shy of their goal.)

Read more at Yahoo

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Crystal Bowersox interview: from Idol to Farmer’s Daughter to marriage and beyond

I’ve heard different things, but nothing official as far as what the lead single is. I hear Farmer’s Daughter, I hear Hold On. Has that been decided yet?

Yeah, the label was really pushing for Hold On and it’s a good song, nothing against that song. I mean it’s on the album, I sang it. I’m definitely proud of it. But as far as the first single goes, I was really looking for something that kind of puts me out there as “Hello, here I am, this is my story and this is my song.” And Farmer’s Daughter is an extremely graphic autobiographical song of dealing with child abuse and my mother’s alcoholism and it was just a song about “I’m not gonna take it anymore. I’m no farmer’s daughter anymore.” And I feel like that song was the best one to put out first, to really represent who I am as a songwriter, artist, and a human being.

So is it officially the single?

Yes. Farmer’s Daughter is the single. I think that they’re gonna try to work both at the same time, so we’ll see what happens with that.

Read more at Beatweek Magazine

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Star-Studded Entertainment Lineup and Magical Parade Floats Make the Season Bright During the 27th Annual ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ Telecast on ABC-TV

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. and ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Disney Parks has pulled out all the (silver) bells and whistles for the 2010 “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” TV special – including performances from five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Mariah Carey, country music chart-topper Darius Rucker, singer/actress Amber Riley, Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez and Debby Ryan, young soprano sensation Jackie Evancho, “American Idol” Lee DeWyze, swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, professional dancers from ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” and R&B sensation Sean Kingston.

The annual holiday television special airs Dec. 25 on ABC-TV.  Viewers can check local broadcast times online at http://DisneyParksChristmasDayParade.com and find out more information about the parade telecast.

“American Idol” Season 9 Champion Lee DeWyze performs his own rousing rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy”

Read more at DigitalJournal

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David Archuleta on Good Morning Texas

Via Fans of David

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Eazy FM. 105.5 – Interview David Archuleta – Thailand

VirginRadioThailand

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Malaysia’s FLY FM interviews David Archuleta

Via zerogravity111A

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David Archuleta will perform at the State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony in Sacramento, CA featuring Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger & First Lady, Maria Shriver.

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LDS Church reacts to sale of free Christmas concert tickets

People are voicing their displeasure over the sale of complimentary tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concert featuring local pop singer and American Idol star David Archuleta.

Those complimentary tickets were awarded at random in a lottery last month and because of the popularity of the concert and the limited number of tickets, people are selling their tickets on local classified websites, including ksl.com.

“Tickets to the Christmas Concert are offered at no cost to allow everyone the opportunity to attend. Attempts to profit from this free offering are inappropriate.”

Read more at KSL.com

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Michael Sarver Parts Ways With Dream Records

AI Now: Whose decision was this or was it mutual?

Michael: Parting ways with the label was my idea. After realizing that my career was dying and that the label had no way to give my career life, I eventually asked to be released. The response from the label was actually very nice and understanding! Knowing that they no longer had the resources to sustain my career and at the same time truly having my best interest in mind, the president, Dave Hanley quickly and graciously agreed to release me and allow me to go out and hopefully salvage my career.

AI Now: When did you first start to get a feeling that things might not work out with Dream Records as you had hoped?

Michael: I first got the feeling that things were not going to work out when my album release date was decided, yet for months I watched as no promotion other than video promotion was happening. And when I asked, they said, they did not have the finances to do correct promotion. It was a hard dose of reality but it told me what I needed to know.

Read more at AINow

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Jennifer Lopez: L’Oreal Paris Global Ambassador

Continuing to expand her portfolio, Jennifer Lopez has signed on to be a global brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris.

The “Waiting for Tonight” babe told press she’s pumped about the new venture, which includes a multi-year, multimillion-dollar contract.

Read more at celebrity-gossip.net

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141 Comments

  1. Too bad for Michael Sarver that it did not work out at Dream Records. Looks like he had expectations/they made promises that were not realistic for a small indie label to achieve.

  2. Carrie Underwood is featured on CMT Artists of the Year, CMT

    If Carrie keeps this up she just may make it in the music biz one day.

  3. OMG, BICO is flawless and I was already shipping Klaine before… Imagine how giddy that clip made me?

    Now, can we please actually have them kiss before the seasone is done?

  4. That BICO clip is too adorable for words. Kurt and Blaine – can they just spin off a show starring these two characters right now?

  5. Glee preview videos…FULL performances of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Merry Christmas Darling”:

    I can’t get over the plushness of that common’s room. Dalton must be ridiculously expensive.

  6. Interesting about the MOTAB tickets. I think it is amazing that they don’t charge for the tickets. The churches around here that have Christmas festivals all charge for the performance. I won tickets, but I had to give them away as the timing was not right to travel from Michigan to Utah. Rumor has it (through someone who works at the ticket office) that they had the biggest response ever for tickets. David is the youngest ever to be asked to perform. With all of the older artists out there, David must be counting his blessings. I really am sorry I will have to miss it.

  7. I understand why some ppl are upset that others are selling the MoTab/David A concert tickets when they were free, but for some ppl that really wanted tickets and didn’t get them in the random selection, it’s at least a way they can get some.

  8. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700087815/Charitably-inclined-Americans-contribute-generously-abroad.html

    pic with the article:
    David Archuleta, left, poses with Imelda Odgas and her nephew Ronnie, who are Guatemalan clients of the Utah-based microfinance organization Mentors International.
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    heres an interview from flyfm malaysia,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2WdEITX9RE&feature=player_embedded

    lol asked if he would colaborate with a hip hop artist, he said he didnt know if people would like that, then he name check nicki minaj and starts singing one of her songs. lol lol
    ———–

    Eazy FM. 105.5 Interview (15 minutes long) i think its a thai station?????

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEQBjZKADn4&feature=player_embedded

    bunch of other good questions. nice interview

    -asked how you get to be as good as a singer him. lol practice practice. talked about listening to xtina especially and trying to copy licks and runs etc until he got it right. haha.
    -wanted the album to be positive and represent this stage of his life. said osod is a good representation.
    -talks about writing process
    -talking about sbl(questions about songs), asked what love means to him
    -things are gonna get better, what made you feel better when down, family friends etc
    -good place, whats your favorite place you visit/visited
    -who i am, who is david archuleta
    -if you had 3 wishes to come true what would they be, other than having more wishes. wants his brothers and sisters to reach their potential, make music that lasts etc not just like hits or anything, what to know that he was a good example or that he did enough to be(earned) respected. it was an interesting answer lol if his words lol.

  9. Bringing this over since it was posted later last night:

    Danny Gokey will be on a televised Southeast WI prime time Christmas special Dec. 14

    WISN’s Holiday Spectacular, ’12’s Season To Celebrate’ Showcases Milwaukee’s Holiday Traditions

    MILWAUKEE — WISN 12 captures the spirit of the holidays with a one-hour, primetime spectacular on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. This is the ninth year for “12’s Season To Celebrate,” which features some of the finest local musicians performing in dazzling and unique holiday settings across southeastern Wisconsin. The show will be co-hosted by WISN’s Kathy Mykleby and Toya Washington at Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee.

    Read more at WISN

    Lol at the scalping of Church concert tickets that were free to start with! Doesn’t sound very consistent with the “season of giving”. Those people should just give those tickets away.

  10. Well, the people scalping the tickets probably entered into the drawing so that they could sell the tickets. It probably isn’t a case of now I can’t go so I’m going to sell them.

  11. negativo:
    12/03/2010 at 9:38 am

    Carrie Underwood is featured on CMT Artists of the Year, CMT

    If Carrie keeps this up she just may make it in the music biz one day.

    :lol:

  12. Kirsten:
    12/03/2010 at 10:34 am

    Glee preview videos…FULL performances of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Merry Christmas Darling”:

    I can’t get over the plushness of that common’s room. Dalton must be ridiculously expensive.

    ROTFLMAO….ok guys you gotta stop I am going to need a new keyboard at this point.

  13. Wow, a great Beatweak interview with Crystal that addresses everything we spend our time speculating about.

    http://www.beatweek.com/coverstory/7724-crystal-bowersox-interview-from-idol-to-farmers-daughter-to-marriage-and-beyond/

    Some bullet points:

    1. Jive wanted Hold On as the single, she wanted Farmer’s Daughter, so they compromised and made FD the lead single but will be releasing both simultaneously.

    2. She wanted FD as the single because it is so graphically autobiographical and most accurately represents who she is as an artist.

    2. Jive wanted a November 14th release, Crystal wanted spring, so they compromised on December 14th.

    3. The promotional blitz for the album will be in January/February. Now through New Years is the dead zone.

    4. “For What It’s Worth” is a song she chose to cover because she admires that it’s both anti-war and anti-protester – a very unique combination. She also reveals the song was originally written about a bar fight.

    5. While she appreciates the doors Idol opened for her, she does NOT want to be marketed as the next Idol, but as a new singer/songwriter artist.

  14. Damn that was beautiful! I love this song acoustic.

    I cannot tell you how excited I am about Adam’s acoustic EP. As somebody who fell hard for the guy on the show, only to be completely turned off by his album and a lot of the subsequent hoopla that surrounded him, I just LOVE the way he sounds stripped down. THIS is the guy I want to hear more of.

  15. Kris also has the Mix 105.1 Holiday Soiree with the GooGoo Dolls at 6pm Sunday.

  16. adamofficial put up Aftermath Acoustic. It’s gorgeous

    When you consider that Adam is carrying the entire melody with his voice alone…just oh my! And the emotion he can wring out of words and phrases. His ability to get notes and breathing and phrasing and pauses to convey the meaning of a song is beyond spectacular.

  17. When you consider that Adam is carrying the entire melody with his voice alone…just oh my!

    I am not a singer but I see what you mean. He could do this song with no guitar it is just so lovely. This is a truly great song that was done a disservice with the production on the CD, IMO. Gotta hand it to RCA or whoever, this EP is a brilliant idea and the timing couldn’t be better. I wish it was getting more exposure than just AO and iTunes. I cannot wait to hear Soaked and Music Again!

  18. Interesting about the MOTAB tickets. I think it is amazing that they don’t charge for the tickets. The churches around here that have Christmas festivals all charge for the performance.

    The Church does not charge for any of their services. They are 100% tax exempt from any government intervention. They charge nothing because they owe nothing. The buildings you go to are all paid for.

    And, yes, it is a very big achievement to be able to perform with the most famous choir in the world, and at such a young age.

    This will be one of the highest achievements for David Archuleta for sure!!

  19. lol asked if he would colaborate with a hip hop artist, he said he didnt know if people would like that, then he name check nicki minaj and starts singing one of her songs. lol lol

    frogcooke, wouldn’t it be kinda neat if David did colaborate with a certain special hip hop artist?!

  20. LOL, what a trainwreck. I wonder if they’ll all start donating to themselves to get their twitter back. This concept was just not thought out. Twitter is fun, this is like paying for tweets. Um, just no.

    Hilarious. This is what ego does to your reason, I guess. They figured that people would find their Twitter feeds so compelling that they’d pay a million dollars to get them back ….But, whoops! Instead the response was Out of Iphone, out of mind. Pretty funny. They’d better come up with the million on their own. Ryan, you can fork over this much. Just do it.

  21. I’m waiting for David Archuleta’s accoustic album Jive!

    Hope they can find some better material than what is on his latest album. David has a great voice…but accolades for him are often reserved for material other than his own.

  22. OMG, that acoustic Aftermath was perfect. Adam’s EP is gonna be THE BOMB!!!!

  23. What’s funnier is Gaga is still digitally dead and can’t comment about being in the same category as SuBo.

  24. I can’t imagine David collaborating with Nicki Minaj but he sounded good singing Your Love.

    An acoustic ep would be good but I’d also love if they had an ep of unreleased material. I would love if we could hear more of the songs he did in Nashville that he loved but knew wouldn’t make the album.

  25. frogcooke, wouldn’t it be kinda neat if David did colaborate with a certain special hip hop artist?!

    Actually I wouldnt mind it if he did try something different like that. Would be kind of unexpected and hey as long as they find the right person, I wouldnt mind. Some good collaborations come out of the most unexpected combinations.

  26. What’s funnier is Gaga is still digitally dead and can’t comment about being in the same category as SuBo.

    Love it.

  27. I hope the above Crystal interview will finally put to rest the alleged dispute Jive and Crystal are having. Judging from what Crystal says, their relationship is a very healthy one and both parties are showing mutual respect, not one sided that can never be a good thing in any kind of relationship, business or personal

  28. “For What It’s Worth”, the story of a Bar fight?? Actually, a beloved bar was closing, and 3000 kids were holding a “funeral” for it. Cops showed up in riot gear, this song was born. It’s totally a protest song.

    Here’s the songwriter’s story:

    In the book Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History, Stephen Stills tells the story of this song’s origin: “I had had something kicking around in my head. I wanted to write something about the kids that were on the line over in Southeast Asia that didn’t have anything to do with the device of this mission, which was unraveling before our eyes. Then we came down to Sunset from my place on Topanga with a guy – I can’t remember his name – and there’s a funeral for a bar, one of the favorite spots for high school and UCLA kids to go and dance and listen to music.
    [Officials] decided to call out the official riot police because there’s three thousand kids sort of standing out in the street; there’s no looting, there’s no nothing. It’s everybody having a hang to close this bar. A whole company of black and white LAPD in full Macedonian battle array in shields and helmets and all that, and they’re lined up across the street, and I just went ‘Whoa! Why are they doing this?’ There was no reason for it. I went back to Topanga, and that other song turned into ‘For What It’s Worth,’ and it took as long to write as it took me to settle on the changes and write the lyrics down. It all came as a piece, and it took about fifteen minutes.”

    http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3035

  29. doeeye:
    12/03/2010 at 12:08 pm

    http://www.miamidolphins.com/news/its-party-time-december-when-dolphins-battle-browns

    12:00 PM
    American Idol winner Kris Allen performs on the Land Shark Tailgate Stage near Gate

    My son, a Brown’s fan along with my husband, is so excited that the game will be televised. Too bad the tailgate party isn’t. :( Maybe something will show up on the big screen during a time out or something. Sorry Kris, I know you brought the Dolphins good luck last year, but hopefully not this year. Hee.

  30. What’s funnier is Gaga is still digitally dead and can’t comment about being in the same category as SuBo.

    It is hilarious. I was thinking about this when the Grammy nominations came out and I started watching the congratulatory tweets to Adam. A lot of them were along these lines: “Wake up! Tweet us so we can get your reaction!”

    I was really glad Adam hadn’t joined the campaign. But I couldn’t help thinking that Ryan Seacrest was probably gnashing his teeth that he couldn’t tweet about the three Idols getting nominations.

  31. Actually I’m sure he was gnashing his teeth even more over the fact he couldnt tweet about bieber.

  32. Ryan should just fork over the 800,000 dollars needed to hit the million. He probably makes that much in an a day anyway so little drop in the bucket lol

  33. Actually I’m sure he was gnashing his teeth even more over the fact he couldnt tweet about bieber.

    LOL, I was thinking the same thing. Bieber or the Kardashians. Idols would be low on the list

  34. It’s totally a protest song.

    Nope. Read the lyrics. It’s a song heavily critical of both the police state and the radical protest movement. One can glean whatever one wants from it, but it’s a very complex song that requires many different layers of understanding. This lyric best summarizes the meaning of the song:

    There’s battle lines being drawn.
    Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong

  35. koshka:

    LOL, what a trainwreck.

    The comments below the article hysterical.

    The best ones are from people who, if they were walking the walk they spout in their comments, wouldn’t be reading a story like that in the first place.

  36. negativo:
    12/03/2010 at 1:52 pm
    It’s totally a protest song.

    Nope. Read the lyrics. It’s a song heavily critical of both the police state and the radical protest movement. One can glean whatever one wants from it, but it’s a very complex song that requires many different layers of understanding. This lyric best summarizes the meaning of the song:

    There’s battle lines being drawn.
    Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong

    It is still a protest song. It is protesting both sides. The song is an expression or declaration of objection, disapproval to both sides. There is nothing wrong with protest songs.

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  37. It is still a protest song. It is protesting both sides.

    Correct. It protests abuse of power and closed mindedness on all sides. That’s what makes the song unique, and why Crystal likes it so much. It’s a very intelligent song, and I’m very glad she covered it.

  38. Seems the posters here at MJ’s weren’t the only ones put off by the “Digital Death” campaign for World Aids Day. They couldn’t even raise $200,000 as of Thursday!

    http://omg.yahoo.com/news/celeb-filled-digital-death-campaign-is-doa/51595

    I posted it last night in the previous thread and it had 859 comments at that time. The comments are now up to 1654 and all of the ones I have read have been negative. Don’t think they are going to get the money. Almost everyone agrees that the celebrities should ante up and get themselves freed because their followers aren’t going to. They obviously didn’t do any preliminary market testing/research.

    I have to say, the Idols who do community service projects do a much better job of it. They make it about the project and not about themselves. Makes me proud to be a fan.

    (I see some of you found the comments interesting as well. )

  39. Almost everyone agrees that the celebrities should ante up and get themselves freed because their followers aren’t going to.

    Yep. People who want to help the cause should donate directly to the charity (or related charity doing the same work). This forces the celebrities to revive themselves by donating their own money so the charity ends up getting more money. The celebs definitely didn’t think this one through. They need their twitter more than we need their tweets. That campaign was such a vanity project. “Look at me all beautiful and tragic. Pony up so you can hear from me again”.

  40. Stan:
    12/03/2010 at 12:30 pm

    I’m waiting for David Archuleta’s accoustic album Jive!

    Me toooo! David’s acoustic and acapela performances are out of this world.

    but accolades for him are often reserved for material other than his own.

    That is not what I’m getting from all the reviews I’ve read from critics and fans alike. Yes, not all the reviews were positive, the majority were, but they all agreed on David’s amazing voice.

  41. negativo:
    12/03/2010 at 2:10 pm
    It is still a protest song. It is protesting both sides.

    Correct. It protests abuse of power and closed mindedness on all sides. That’s what makes the song unique, and why Crystal likes it so much. It’s a very intelligent song, and I’m very glad she covered it.

    I was just confused why you were saying its not a protest song is all. Since it is. Protest song doesn’t just mean war protest. And protest songs are very important. They help the public express their feeling and opinions for situations that they might otherwise be unable to.

    There is nothing wrong with Crystal haveing a protest song on her CD. She is a girl who knows who she is and where she stands. Good for her.

  42. Maybe they should have said that for every ?? you donate the celebarties will match it.

    Or do like Sandra Bullock did when she just quietly donate what was it 1mil to haiti.

  43. CB’s comment may be defensible on the numbers, but by not acknowleding the writing and songs of Clarkson, Gray, Gracin, Bice, Daughtry, Hicks, Sligh, Cotter, White, Castro, Cook, Allen, Lambert, etc., and the songwriters from her very own season, she’s sharpening a distinction that isn’t necessary. She still has plenty of songwriting accomplishments to highlight without that.

    Quick PR tip: “With some notable exceptions” usually covers more bases than “typically” or “usually” without having to change the main point.

  44. I like Crystal and will probably buy the album, but I hope she isn’t too adamant about the “don’t bring up my AI past” stuff. I think it will put AI fans off.

    Obviously most of the Idols would rather be known as an artist first and foremost vs an AI contestant but the reality of it is You were a reality show contestant and that is why you have this album out at all!

  45. I was just confused why you were saying its not a protest song is all.

    Well, it’s certainly not a traditional protest song that condemns one side while promoting another (usually the left condemning the right), but an advocacy song for both the government and radical protesters to calm down and open their minds to reason.

  46. I hope the above Crystal interview will finally put to rest the alleged dispute Jive and Crystal are having. Judging from what Crystal says, their relationship is a very healthy one and both parties are showing mutual respect, not one sided that can never be a good thing in any kind of relationship, business or personal

    I don’t know. Doesn’t seem that cut and dried to me. I can see your argument and Crystal’s that these are good compromises between consenting adults. I agree that it *can* be read that way.

    But I can also see some of them as potential “sabotage by Jive” that they could be slipping by Crystal without her even realizing it because they’re pissed at something or whatever.

    For example, promoting *two* singles? Well, that sounds good. But considering that it’s not clear they usually put in enough money to adequately promote *one* single per AI alum these days, are they really going to commit enough resources to promote two singles simultaneously? That seems so unlikely to me that this one makes me quite suspicious that the label is pretending to be nice while actually just kind of washing their hands of her while pretending that they’re being supportive.

    Similarly, the pre-Christmas is a dead zone thing. Well, yeah, and radio does pick up after the holidays. But at that point *sales* are totally in the doldrums. So they’ll be promoting her at radio in the deadest-of-all-dead zones for *sales*??? Something about that seems suspicious to me as well, honestly. If they really were committed to promoting her as a normal singer-songwriter, why wouldn’t they *want* to wait until the somewhat better selling climate of spring, to provide the time she originally wanted to make a really fabulous album, rather than one that almost certainly has some loose ends because it was done so quickly?

    Sorry, but this leaves me with as many questions as I had before.

    (Not that I think it really matters for Crystal’s long-term future. … She’s obviously got the tools now to work over the years to get a nice niche for herself, touring and probably ultimately indie-recording and writing, Jive or no Jive, seems to me.)

  47. I agree with Negativo’s take on For What It’s Worth–part of the confusion is that after it was written it was taken up as an anthem of the anti-war movement so took on a different connotation. As for Crystal, I’m sure she will be more than happy to play on Idol and take part in Idol Gives Back, etc. But I think she is smart enough to know that being on Idol at this point makes you famous but does NOT sell albums. In fact, the pendulum has probably swung so far the other way that it can be a negative in terms of selling albums. Tough spot to be in but I’m sure her and her people are thinking everything through.

  48. CB’s comment may be defensible on the numbers, but by not acknowleding the writing and songs of Clarkson, Gray, Gracin, Bice, Daughtry, Hicks, Sligh, Cotter, White, Castro, Cook, Allen, Lambert, etc.,

    How many of these have come out with saying, I want to be known as a singer/songwriter? I’m not saying they haven’t, just wondering. I’m a huge fan of two of the ones you listed and agree they all have songwriting talent/abilities.

    Also, I can imagine Jive/Sony/19 saying this isn’t how it’s usually done…(In spite of the fact that several have done so successfully, at least with co-writes.)

  49. For Crystal to claim that the typical Idol comes in with no songs and little performing experience shows a pretty serious ignorance of the show that brought her to fame. It may be true of the masses who try out, but clearly not of the top finishers of recent years. Even from the beginning there have been songwriters, as evidenced by Kelly Clarkson. She really should have done her homework. I was a fan of hers during Idol, but she continues to make statements that put me off.

  50. I’m really interested to see how Jive pushes two singles, presumably one to HAC and one to AAA. I can’t imagine AAA would take much money, there aren’t many stations, but the payoff for sales is quite low there as well (singles.) And if HO does well on HAC, what song to they follow up with?

  51. I don’t know that the ‘singer-songwriter’ label applies to all in the sense that that has come to almost imply a genre, but I bet the rockers all want it known they are writing on their own material. In rock, as in Crystal’s genre, it can be quite detrimental to have people think you are handed your songs.

    Her statements wouldn’t matter so much if there was not already the perception the Idol winners are just handed songs, a perception that has kept them off of rock radio while being completely untrue.

  52. Wait…I always thought rock radio refused to play idols because they were from idol…not because they didn’t think they wrote their own songs. I believe songwriting credit can be read on the albums or easily pointed out to PDs. Being from idol cannot be erased from a resume.

  53. They need their twitter more than we need their tweets.

    WORD.

    That campaign was such a vanity project. “Look at me all beautiful and tragic. Pony up so you can hear from me again”.

    Yeah, so distasteful.

    I think Crystal knows very little Idol history. Not a big deal, except where her ignorance could hurt her. Understanding what battles have been fought and won and or lost by those before her would be smart just in terms of educating herself about the industry and what’s worked/crashed and burned with other Idols on a Sony label in the past. She may have started writing at 10, but she’s still new to a lot of this, and she has a world to learn.

  54. Finally some info on Cook

    thedavidcook David Cook
    Hey everyone! Sorry for the twitter silence. Been crazy focused in the studio since TG ended, trying to finish this record. Getting close!

    If he’s still in studio, that means this record could take a while.

  55. If he’s still in studio, that means this record could take a while.

    Depends on what you mean by “awhile.” They had a solid month and change in the summer, and have been presumably recording in fits and starts since. He said that he hoped to finish up by the end of the year at the Evert fundraiser, which seems consistent with this tweet; it’s certainly possible that he doesn’t make that, but I don’t think it slips that much.

    And as I never expected them to try and put the record out in January, I think it’s fine.

  56. For Crystal to claim that the typical Idol comes in with no songs and little performing experience shows a pretty serious ignorance of the show that brought her to fame.

    Key word: Typical. It’s most atypical for Idol finalists to be singer/songwriters. Remember, there is a huge difference between a great singer who also can write some songs, and a songwriter who also happens to be a great singer. Crystal is very unique to Idol in that regard.

  57. If he’s still in studio, that means this record could take a while.

    I don’t think he’s in the studio recording new songs; I’d like to think they’re in post-production, like mastering or other finishing touches :). Anyway, I’m choosing to like the “getting close” comment from Cook. AND! He’s alive!!11! Hee. I love the over-reaction from fans after he didn’t tweet for OMG, what was it, six or seven days! Some of which were over Thanksgiving weekend (isn’t it clear by now he usually doesn’t tweet much when he’s home spending time with family?) But nonetheless, nice to hear a lil update from the horses mouth that the album is getting there.

  58. Maybe rock radio refuses to play idols because they don’t see them as rockers. Just like some don’t see people who have written some of their songs as song-writers because they have not written as many as some other. Everybody has an opinion on who has cred as a song-writer or rocker but rock radio has the power to accept them or not for whatever reason.

  59. Remember, there is a huge difference between a great singer who also can write some songs, and a songwriter who also happens to be a great singer.

    That wasn’t her quote. It was that “they don’t have songs and they aren’t writers.” That kind of absolutism is very dangerous in interviews, and, in my view, “typical” is not enough of a modifier to soften that statement for the significant number of finalists who were, back to the very first season.

    She can legitimately point to many solo songwriting credits unlike most other contestants, so there is no reason not to be careful with her assessments of their writing abilities in general.

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  61. “typical” is not enough of a moderator to soften that statement

    I completely disagree with this opinion. Not sure how using that word as a qualifier could possibly offend anyone, and, besides, it’s accurate. Most previous Idol finalists were not song writers, and those who were understand she’s not referring to them.

  62. That’s your call, neg.

    In my view, someone who understands the history of the show also recognizes that a greater number of finalists have been songwriters in the past few years and that many who perhaps wrote less on their major label debuts did more on the second (and third), and so using the word “typical” suggests a steady-state of affairs not reflected by the progression in reality.

    PR is in the nuances.

  63. The more Crystal talks the less I like her. Her personality is becoming off-putting to me. Agree with me or not, but this does affect whether or not I will purchase her music.

  64. Key word: Typical. It’s most atypical for Idol finalists to be singer/songwriters. Remember, there is a huge difference between a great singer who also can write some songs, and a songwriter who also happens to be a great singer. Crystal is very unique to Idol in that regard.

    Crystal is not unique to Idol. I can site one example and there are others. David cook had 3 albums out with his band Axium and he cowrote most of the songs with his guitar player, his guitar player wrote one and DC wrote a few others. He put out a solo indy album pre Idol where he wrote every single track without any cowriters. It is called Analog Heart. But David is not unique there are others and neither is Crystal. Sorry she just isn’t.

  65. Sorry she just isn’t.

    I agree that she’s not unique.

    But, really, when you look at the whole nine seasons of the show, the vast majority of people haven’t fallen into this category. And, in the early years, very few did. I don’t remember whether you even had any who’d been writing their own songs much before Bo and, I guess, Constantine, in Season Four, actually. Then in Season Five you got a few, with Taylor and Ace, for example. Season Six you had a few more, I guess, with Chris Sligh, Chris Richardson, and Blake. Then, Season Seven, you had David Cook and Brooke White, who both had done a lot of writing pre-show and others who’d done some, I think.

    You’d have more if you looked at the Top 24 or Top 36 of each season, but nevertheless, there has been, overall, a pretty small number. She’s correct there, seems to me ….

    I do have an issue with her to the extent that she includes “performing since the age of 10” in her contrast, since that’s probably true of the vast majority of others on the show as well. But I’m not convinced she actually meant that as a difference. I think she meant the songwriting, and while there hvae been a good handful of people who very prominently *were* songwriters pre-show, they are still distinctly the minority over the show’s whole run, are they not?

  66. The past three Idol winners are most definately songwriters by any definition of the term, as are many finalists in Idol history.

  67. In the ten year history of the show, how many of the Top 4 finalists have been songwriters on any level? Lee, Kris and Cookie, maybe? Again, not someone who dabbled with writing a song here and there, or co-wrote a few songs with the help of songwriters after the show, but came into the show with a huge library of self-penned, original songs?

    The number is small, and of those who had been songwriters none had the sheer volume of original songs that Crystal brought to the show. It’s no accident that on her album she has 8 self-penned originals, plus a 9th she wrote with her husband, plus the lead single.

    Regarding her lack of political correctness and nuance, well, that’s life. Some people appreciate candor, while others like the sugar coating. I happen to love Crystal’s straight talk, but I also recognize that plenty of others won’t. Different strokes…

  68. The past three Idol winners are most definately songwriters by any definition of the term, as are many finalists in Idol history.

    Yes, the past three winners are.

    But did you look at my list over the first seven seasons? Are there really a bunch more that I didn’t think of there?

    And when you consider that there are 12 finalists in each season, just having three or four per season (and fewer — all the way down to *none* in some seasons) that still puts the songwriters very much in the minority, seems to me. And, really, what did she say other than that it’s rare? And it clearly is.

    I mean, if you take her to mean that she’s absolutely unique and the only one out there, then, yeah, she’s wrong.

    But over the whole run of the show I don’t see more than maybe 15 percent of the top-12 finalists, total, have fallen into the category. And that’s rare, by any way of thinking, in my opinion.

  69. In the ten year history of the show, how many of the Top 4 finalists have been songwriters on any level? Lee, Kris and Cookie, maybe? Again, not someone who dabbled with writing a song here and there, or co-wrote a few songs with the help of songwriters after the show, but came into the show with a huge library of self-penned, original songs?

    The number is small, and of those who had been songwriters none had the sheer volume of original songs that Crystal brought to the show.

    No, there have been quite a few among the top 2 finalists. Taylor Hicks, Blake Lewis, Bo Bice, Cookie, Kris and Lee were all songwriters.. as in wrote a lot of full songs completely on their own, and those are just the finalists. Daughtry, Tamyra Gray, Chris Sligh, Brooke White, etc. as well. Kelly C was more than a dabbler herself. I mean I could go on, but you get the idea.

    BUT I agree that of the 12 people competing every year, few were actually songwriters. And I do think though some of the idols were songwriters, some quite prolific ones, very few of the people who made the final 2 managed to get songs they wrote completely on their own on their post Idol records. But it was not really a case of the songs not existing, the label just said no. Make of that what you will.

    I don’t think what Crystal said is a big deal. She meant no ill intent, she’s clearly trying to address the label’s expectations vs her intentions, and she is careful to say that people who don’t write songs are also great talents. She also used the qualifying word “typically”. So really I think it’s a non-issue. YMMV.

  70. The number is small, and of those who had been songwriters none had the sheer volume of original songs that Crystal brought to the show

    You know that how? I know Cook wrote two albums solely by himself and co-wrote 3 albums, plus extrasongs here and there with his band Axium (and there were some solo writes in those albums too) before idol.

    Not that I think it matters.

    Actually, I think Crystal is very smart to take this line with her release. It gives the press a ‘story’ and makes her different.

    I would have loved it if Cook could have gone the more original route, but there’s no way that that was going to happen once he won: he was very lucky to get as much input as he did and I think that in itself was testament to how he was viewed.

    But I also think that insisting on artistic vision is very likely to be at the cost of financial gain.

    Now, it seems to me that whilst Crystal wants success, her artistic integrity comes first, even if it does mean lower numbers.

    I’d suspect that that was true for all the singer-songwriters from idol, though I’m equally sure that they all want as much success/as wide an audience as is possible.

    Gradually, it seems that the labels are becoming more open to viewing these people as potential artists, to be developed as such. It’s been a long process and bit by bit has been gained ever since Idol started and Kelly began battling.

    Crystal surely stands up for herself and, unlike most others, does so in a very public forum. It would be good if she could acknowledge that others from the same show that she used to gain the spotlight, have talents too though.

  71. Maybe Crystal will be one of the few who has written a hit record or a grammy nominated record. That will set her apart from most of the others. I think FD just might do that if it gets radio play. But even if it is not a hit on radio I could still see it getting a nomination or two.

  72. Oh and yeah – there’s a fairly long history of Idols writing and co-writing, bith before and after Idol. I don’t think there’s anything that unique in Crystal in that regard.

  73. negativo:
    12/03/2010 at 4:35 pm
    In the ten year history of the show, how many of the Top 4 finalists have been songwriters on any level? Lee, Kris and Cookie, maybe? Again, not someone who dabbled with writing a song here and there, or co-wrote a few songs with the help of songwriters after the show, but came into the show with a huge library of self-penned, original songs?

    The number is small, and of those who had been songwriters none had the sheer volume of original songs that Crystal brought to the show. It’s no accident that on her album she has 8 self-penned originals, plus a 9th she wrote with her husband, plus the lead single.

    hehe Sarver

  74. Well if Yahoo voters are any indication Adam and Carrie are going to win their respective vocal categories at the Grammy’s (I know its has nothing to do with how the acedemy will vote but its interesting on what people think in general on all the categories.) Some I was surprised about

    http://awards.music.yahoo.com/nominees

    Yep, Idols are quite good at winning voter polls lol, not surprised with this one.

    The expert pick is more interesting to me, I never would have thought that Michael Buble is the favorite in that category. OTOH, it’s clearly Miranda Lambert award to lose.
    I’m happy that he favours Fantasia to win her first grammy for Female vocals

  75. Blahh, I hate this game. “Your idol didn’t tweet/facebook/mention in that article/sing a song about how amazing my idol is”.

  76. Blahh, I hate this game. “Your idol didn’t tweet/facebook/mention in that article/sing a song about how amazing my idol is”.

    LMAO.

    I mean, I’m not sure if that speaks to everyone’s motivations for their comments or anything, but that sure is a funny way of putting it. It does seem like the “respect my idol” police are patrolling in Idol land sometimes.

  77. I am not sure what is wrong with pointing out something that someone has said that is factual inaccurate. And BTW for information sake I have purchased Crystal’s Idols stuff and I might buy her record if it is good.

  78. To me, Crystal seems to be all about Crystal. She is always talking about how far she has come without once giving any cred to anyone who has helped her on her journey. She admits that AI gave her a foot-up but she insists that only her talent moved her forward on the show rather than the mediocrity of the other contestants. She glories in her song-writing…but I find it strange that with as many songs as she has penned no one has given her a recording forum for her music until she made it to the finals on a singing competition where the majority of the audience didn’t know nor did they care that she wrote a note or word of her own music. She loves pointing out how she suffered and overcame as a child to an adult…in fact she is highlighting her own misfortunes on her self-penned single and I find this slightly egotistical for a newbie. She tends to build herself up at the expense of hard-working idols who have gone before her…and loves to interject the fact that SHE is all about the artistry, a back-handed swipe at others who also like the financial rewards associated with their careers.

    I have met enough Crystals in my life…and most of them just tend to rub me the wrong way. If other people admire her and like her and feel that she is the greatest singer and songwriter to have ever graced the stage at AI that is great for them. But for me, and me alone, I just find her off-putting and irritating.

  79. Aww, I like what Crystal said about the dog on her album cover:

    “Her name was Angel, and she belonged to the owner of the property where we had the shoot,” she says. “She just jumped up on the couch and we were hanging out. This sounds really cheesy and weird, but the pitbull is a sweet animal that just wants love until it’s provoked — that’s kind of how I’ve lived my life, too.”

    For me, she really does project that tough/sweet vibe. I can’t wait to hear her album and I can’t wait to track what happens to it. I don’t think many idols have been able to target the critical acclaim path right off of the show, so it is neat to watch one try to do so right out of the gate:)

    ETA.

    I find it strange that with as many songs as she has penned no one has given her a recording forum for her music until she made it to the finals on a singing competition

    I don’t since that describes many recent contestants – it is not enough to be a writer to get discovered you need luck and connections too.

    She loves pointing out how she suffered and overcame as a child to an adult…in fact she is highlighting her own misfortunes on her self-penned single and I find this slightly egotistical for a newbie.

    I think she is merely writing what she knows. Also, she is using her difficulties to help others by drawing attention to the causes of diabetes and bullying, etc. I don’t think she’s perfect, but she clearly HAS been through many challenging things that she incorporates into her art.

    She tends to build herself up at the expense of hard-working idols who have gone before her

    She reminds me of Lilly – neither really paid attention to the history of the show, so they seem to revert to public perceptions of AI. While I would love it if everyone who spoke of the show was more thoughtful about its history, its not really surprising that many aren’t.

  80. The crystal debate: I find her attitude off-putting and what not. Thats all I’m adding to this.

  81. David looked and sounded great on that video of his interview on Good Morning Texas. He has gotten a lot better with his interviews. Maybe his new management team has helped him because that was a good interview.

  82. I am not sure what is wrong with pointing out something that someone has said that is factual inaccurate.

    But the thing is, I don’t think it actually IS factually inaccurate. The average person coming off idol does not walk off with a stable of self-written songs saying “I want to record these”. It has happened in the past, but it is not typical of the.. what.. 100 or so Idol alumni, or even really the ones who got record deals or any kind. Maybe they wrote some but they didn’t have that many, or they weren’t insistent about recording only their own stuff, etc. Idols heavily writing on their albums is more a common phenonemenon of the past few years that anything else IMO. Meaning it is more frequent now than it was way back when.

    It seems like every year these interviews get parsed to death in this way, for every single Idol. Oh well, I guess she’ll learn how to word stuff to avoid the bruhaha. Or not. Heh.

  83. She reminds me of Lilly – neither really paid attention to the history of the show, so they seem to revert to public perceptions of AI. While I would love it if everyone who spoke of the show was more thoughtful about its history, its not really surprising that many aren’t.

    I agree. I’m not deeply offended at all. I don’t read a big diss anywhere. I thought it an interesting article, so wanted to discuss. I’m particularly musing about what her lack of insight on past Idols’ writing, wins/losses with record labels, etc. might say about her savviness in navigating her own battles with the label/business. I think it behooves her to learn from the experiences of those that have come before, including people like (ducks) Taylor Hicks. I was a tad shocked that she seemed so ill-informed, because she always struck me as smart AND savvy, even through all her public spats with the label (I’ve generally stayed on her side through them, because I never found her to come off as truly dumb or awful once I get context). But offended for other Idols? Nope. In this case, not all all.

  84. My big problem is: As an artist in a particular subgenre, one is tied to a platform that might seem problematic to the audience of that subgenre. How to resolve that?

    I think it behooves one at that point to do some research and point out that the platform has been responsible for major label deals for legitimate artists, rather than going by hearsay and suggesting personal exceptionalism for one’s artistry. Especially if one’s goal is to come off as humble and grateful for one’s opportunities, which I believe hers is.

  85. Nice pictures frogcooke!

    He has gotten a lot better with his interviews. Maybe his new management team has helped him because that was a good interview.

    David has gotten better with his interviews but I don’t believe management has much to do with that. He has had so many interviews that you can see the comfort he’s developed with them, and when he has the time to elaborate you can see that he is one intillegent and wise young man. Sometimes I think we forget that he started all this at 16, a timid 16 with a huge voice who felt most comfortable singing not speaking.

  86. Speaking of David at 16, I just listened to him singing Mary Did You Know at 16 live, and I am amazed at the control he had over his voice at that age. I know we shouldn’t compare, but I can’t help but compare him to other 16 year olds. I think that is only fair as he is often compared to men much older than he. If you are interested
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQxi9UjqfKQ&feature=related

  87. I think that is only fair as he is often compared to men much older than he. If you are interested

    Very much interested and I agree that it’s only fair. I had heard this Mary Did You Know a while back and it’s still unbelievable to me.

    David concert at The Majestic Theater in Dallas is sold out!

    http://twitpic.com/3cllw4

  88. Speaking of Idols and songwriting… and David Cook being alive, hehe, OMGZZ!!11!!! LMAO at myself.

    thedavidcook:
    Tracking a lil Cook/Skib/Tiemann number called “goodbye to the girl”. Insane vibe creation in progress…

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard any Andy Skib written songs, but I love the two Cook/Tiemann numbers I know (Anodyne and Kiss on the Neck, talk about two ends of the spectrum, but equally awesome!) This is sooo exciting, that I’m not even gonna care that I was wrong earlier about assuming earlier that “in the studio” meant post-production work and not tracking. At this point, it looks like we’re not getting the record til March anyway, so by all means, track as many Cook/Tiemann, Cook/Skib/Tiemann, or Cook tunes as possible PUL-LEAZE… Okay, end/rant :).

  89. All I can say about the possible repercussions of Crystal’s strongarming with Jive is that she may have won the battle but she stands to lose the war.

  90. Shame that things didn’t work out for Michael with his label. I’m wishing him the best in turning things around.

    I’m thrilled that the Tweet Death campaign (whatever it’s called) was such a colossal failure. I thought it was all about vanity and in poor taste.

    Has this been mentioned yet? http://www.alrightwithmusic.com/

  91. I have no issues with Crystal saying Idol is a platform. It is for all of them. I just wish she didn’t act like her songwriting is the bees knees and she’s the most special snowflake the show has created. It may not be her intention, or maybe it is.

    ETA: Thought I’d add to my opinion. FD is a good song. ‘If you want to sing a song, just sing it’ sounds like a nursery school song and one of Archie’s. She says it’s about ‘good music and good people.’ My good music definition and her good music definition is not the same. But don’t imply I don’t have taste.

  92. idolsnow

    LEE DeWYZE in Orlando tomorrow for ABC-TV’s “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.” He’ll sing “Little Drummer Boy.” Broadcast on ABC Dec 25. 8 minutes ago via web

  93. Dlynne:
    12/03/2010 at 6:09 pm
    All I can say about the possible repercussions of Crystal’s strongarming with Jive is that she may have won the battle but she stands to lose the war.

    Crystal is a grown woman with her own opinions and has no problems expressing them. This is her career and she has to live with what the decisions she make and the reprecussions. The people at JIVE deal with all types of personalities and they will work the situation to their advantage and hopefully make a profit off of her. If they don’t, she will be gone just like Allison or any other artist not producing. I am no fan of Crystal or her music, but it’s her right to express her opinions and try to control where her career is going. She’s like Adam in that respect, but she’s needs to keep any arguments or disagreements with JIVE in house. Crystal has some important television appearances coming up and she needs to sing well and make a good impression so she will be invited back, plus more important, ring up some album sells. So far she hasn’t made any big impact on either itunes or Amazon.

  94. I LOVE the digital death charity story. I’d love to think it was intentional, but either way, if it ends the stupid celeb tweet following, that would be awesome. But prolly, the celebs will contribute their own way back to life, and pretend they’re doing it out of altruistic reasons, not just to get their pet PR engine running again. But IMO, any celeb charity Project that one hears about, is primarily PR. Otherwise, they’d just donate their time or money and not tell anyone, just like most people do.

  95. anyone know what park they are filming Lee at? I’ll be at Disney tomorrow and want to avoid it. Hollywood studios because that is where the AI show is?

  96. Maybe my funnybone fell asleep or something, but I thought that dj was an ass. Props to Kris for handling it as well as he did. I didn’t find any of it amusing. Insults disguised as “back-handed compliments” are still insulting. (btw, Kris did say “peanut”, didn’t he?)

  97. ‘If you want to sing a song, just sing it’ sounds like a nursery school song and one of Archie’s.

    I’m a fan of David Archuleta and to date I’ve not heard him put out any nursery school songs. And if he did I’d bet they’d be awesome.

  98. But IMO, any celeb charity Project that one hears about, is primarily PR. Otherwise, they’d just donate their time or money and not tell anyone, just like most people do.

    Thsnk you, Webster, for writing the above. This is my sentiment, exactly. I, personally, dislike the “charity circuit” that many entertainers use as a way of keeping themselves in the public consciousness and I know that many peeps feel that I am deriding the act of charity. Far from it. I applaud any celebrity who champions a particular cause and denotes their efforts and monies to help others. But to flit from one cause to another and perform for any charity that asks seems to me more self-serving than a realistic connection with that charity. When an entertainer is more in the public eye for his/her charity appearances then doing other types of self promotion it begins to feel a little more self-serving than heartfelt.

    And gimmicky charity stuff that requires nothing more than posing for a picture or adding your name to a list of endorsers (like the current campaign)tends to leave a really bad taste in my mouth. Celebrities, like us normal folk, usually tend to focus on one or two causes that are really close to their hearts and they tend to use their efforts to get their fans to focus on these causes, too, while often making personal visits or donations that go unheralded and unreported. That type of involvement means a lot to me.

  99. From a ways back, when Crystal’s possible 2 singles were being discussed…

    And if HO does well on HAC, what song to they follow up with?

    I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the 3 songs that were tested (before the final mixing) were FD, HO, and Lonely Won’t Come Around. In other words, I think FD and HO will be the first ones as singles (maybe to AAA and HAC, respectively), and then to be followed up by Lonely Won’t Come Around. Depending on the exact timetable, it could be ~ springtime when a 2nd (3rd) single would be released and people had commented that Lonely almost had a sorta summery sound. (Other possible single choices IMO, based on my knowledge of the originals, in their acoustic form – Riding with the Radio, On the Run, or Speak Now, and I don’t care that the latter is the name of Taylor Swift’s album.)

    As far as her interview in general, and her attitude – it’s basically already been said. I would much rather someone not sugar coat it. Crystal says what she thinks, and I just don’t see how most of what she says would get people’s panties in that much of a bunch. But no matter what you say or do, you can’t please everyone.

    But on one point, as far as Crystal’s songwriting (or singing, for that matter) never getting her anywhere in the past – it’s my heartfelt belief that you could find the level of talent that you find in a typical season of AI within just one state of this country – in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if you could find that much talent in just one major US *city* even. The truth is there are thousands of talented people out there and who knows what makes one person stand out above others in the end. In Crystal’s case, one big thing that might have been a drawback for her was her looks – I think she’s beautiful but not everyone agrees, and for that matter, she’s 4’11” if I recall right. While height gives a bigger impression of power for men, for women it still has to have some effect if you’re 5 or 6 inches shorter than average. In short (no pun intended), the fact she hadn’t gotten a break in the past probably has as much to do with luck and snap judgments purely on appearance as it has to do with her actual talent.

    None of this will matter if the public hears her music and loves it. Probably at least 90% of the public probably knows nothing of all of this and just cares about whether they like the music.

  100. I just wish she didn’t act like her songwriting is the bees knees and she’s the most special snowflake the show has created. It may not be her intention, or maybe it is.

    LOL I get that impression too. I’m starting to get the impression that she has the same ill informed, critical opinion of AI that a good portion of the music industry has. Doesn’t seem like she has done her homework. Like you though.. I still don’t know if this is how she intends on coming off or if it is some strange by product of her personality or how she expresses herself. *shrug*

    ETA: Thought I’d add to my opinion. FD is a good song. ‘If you want to sing a song, just sing it’ sounds like a nursery school song and one of Archie’s. She says it’s about ‘good music and good people.’ My good music definition and her good music definition is not the same. But don’t imply I don’t have taste.

    sr4mjc are you still here?? this one is for you. Your comments made me think of this song. :) It has all the elements.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ccAf0A1EAs

    In Crystal’s case, one big thing that might have been a drawback for her was her looks – I think she’s beautiful but not everyone agrees, and for that matter, she’s 4?11? if I recall right.

    Personally I think she is a beautiful girl, but then I like different. Beauty is in the imperfect and unusual.

    None of this will matter if the public hears her music and loves it. Probably at least 90% of the public probably knows nothing of all of this and just cares about whether they like the music.

    Yep!! absolutely. Eminem is an a-hole & it hasn’t stopped him.

  101. She admits that AI gave her a foot-up but she insists that only her talent moved her forward on the show rather than the mediocrity of the other contestants. She glories in her song-writing…but I find it strange that with as many songs as she has penned no one has given her a recording forum for her music until she made it to the finals on a singing competition where the majority of the audience didn’t know nor did they care that she wrote a note or word of her own music.

    Not that I agree about the talent of S9, you actually think she should have insulted her fellow contestants by calling them “mediocrity” ?

    Regarding never getting a recording forum. Wouldn´t the same apply to every other AI contestant. Why didn´t Adam Lambert with his pipes get discovered after singing and performing all this time? Speaking of Adam which I loved during Idol, but not his CD. IMO, he says pretty much the same thing in the Evening edition of headlines, when he says “………but he emphasizes that the credibility is also his, not just the show’s. “I believe American Idol is a dream platform for any artist,” he explains. “It did not however, teach me how to sing or perform. I made music for years prior to the show but knew that most major labels wouldn’t be interested in me as a mainstream pop artist unless I could develop a legitimate fan base and prove that I had talent. Idol gave me these opportunities. But I feel I earned my current success by preparing and executing a variety of strong performances every week on the show and being comfortable being different.” But maybe you feel the same way about those comments. IMO, he´s correct, just like Crystal

  102. sr4mjc are you still here?? this one is for you. Your comments made me think of this song. It has all the elements.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ccAf0A1EAs

    Yes! That’s what I mean, thank you. It’s the same vibe. As for my Archie comparison, it’s the same way I feel about Elevator. I picture a bunch of five year olds in a circle holding hands jumping up and down when the Elevator goes up and down.

    Crystal has picked the most snobby genre of music to crack. Franti, Etheridge, Jack Johnson on AAA etc. She’s not there, she could be someday or she may never be. I just don’t think she should be acting like she is as good, not before her album is even out.

    ETA: Eriko, I have no problem with her saying that about Idol, she and Adam are on the same page about it being a platform, I agree with him and her. She’s incorrect about Idols not writing, but I’ll give her a pass on ‘typical idol contestants.’ I’m more taken aback by other proclaimations about what it or isn’t good music. Not solely in the article we are discussing.

  103. Crystal has picked the most snobby genre of music to crack

    She did not “pick” a genre. She picked her own songs, and if they happen to fit best into AAA, that´s were they belong. If she would have tried to change from the music that comes naturally to her, then the “Picked” term could apply

    I’m more taken aback by other proclaimations about what it or isn’t good music

    I´ve never heard her refer to any music as bad. Of course, she has her own personal taste as everyone. She has mentioned the same thing as so many here, most radio stations are dominated with the same kind of pop. I think she wouldn´t either like it, if the radio stations were dominated with AAA songs. She has even admitted she likes some of the rap!

  104. She did not “pick” a genre. She picked her own songs, and if they happen to fit best into AAA, that´s were they belong. If she would have tried to change from the music that comes naturally to her, then the “Picked” term could apply

    It’s kinda what I meant. She is choosing to forego an HAC song that isn’t hers which could get a wider audience to check out her stuff, for her song that fits a format that is generally snobby and impossible for idols to crack (like Rock is). It was the battle she fought. If Jive is going to push two formats with two singles, that’s really interesting because I would think it’s counterproductive to courting AAA snobby stations, if she’s lucky they won’t hear her Nickelback song coming from the station down the hall ;)

  105. I understand why some ppl are upset that others are selling the MoTab/David A concert tickets when they were free, but for some ppl that really wanted tickets and didn’t get them in the random selection, it’s at least a way they can get some.

    Interesting point. It used to be that you could play the “game” of getting several people on computers refreshing constantly to get motab tickets every year. I was really good at that. Then they decided to do the random thing, and it has been so much harder to get tickets. I read that there were 5 million requests for 80,000 tickets. I really think they should charge a minimal amount, such as $5 like they now do for the smaller theater production “Savior of the world”. Many of the people who are putting in multiple requests would only buy what they need and it would deter those who are less serious. I am sure it would still easily sell out, but it would be more sane.

    I took a graduate music course years ago from one of the assistant directors of the Motab and saw him last week. He said he thinks it has gotten crazy and that they should charge a minimal amount too.

  106. I’m not getting the snob/full of oneself vibe from Crystal in that interview at all. I like Crystal OK, she was my favorite this past season, but partially because no one else was remotely interesting. I threw her a couple of votes on the final, but otherwise didnt vote at all. And what I’ve heard so far of her song writing, it’s only kinda good, not great. But to me, that interview sounded just totally normal for anyone talking about doing work they like. Not uninformed, not dissing, not stuck on herself.

  107. Getting back to the convo from a full page ago, for the record, I once counted, and David Cook came into Idol with roughly 100 songs he wrote (either solo or with bandmates) over a 10 year period that were recorded. That doesn’t even count songs that were never recorded, which I imagine would be a multiple of that. These were not just throwaways; quite a few are, IMO, brilliant and beautiful. It’s why I voted for him and have hung around. I don’t know how prolific some of the others have been that wrote before Idol, but this I know. He clearly qualifies as a musician and a songwriter, not just a singer who wrote a few songs.

    On a related note, I believe Crystal is standing on the shoulders of others before her. People fought battles before her to get any of their songs on their records, then to get most, then to get nearly all. It would be good for her to recognize she is not the first to fight this battle. Many have fought for credibility in the industry, and her statement does not help. She may have qualified the statement about the typical Idol, but I am not sure the qualifier extended to saying they came in with no songs and are not writers.

  108. Re: David Cook

    He clearly qualifies as a musician and a songwriter, not just a singer who wrote a few songs.

    I agree and I’m big fan! However, I asked at one point if he or any others specifically called themselves a singer/songwriter. I don’t recall him doing so.

    I also see Kris in the same way, but not with as much experience at DC and CB, but definitely gifted in this area.
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    Also, I think Crystal is different in the fact that she was actually playing for money (tips) at age 10. Also, many have mentioned on here that she didn’t play the idol game. I don’t think Kris Allen did either, but Crystal was much more outspoken in the process.

    Bottom line, they all have their differences.

  109. Regarding never getting a recording forum.

    First, I’m not talking about a recording forum for her singing…I am talking about the fact Crystal “insists” that she is a songwriter with some cred, and I am countering with the fact that prior to being “discovered” on idol (a singing competition doing basically kareoke) no one seemed to take her self-penned music seriously so how can she label herself as the idol with the song-writing chops?

    As far as other idols blowing their own horns: after selling a wad of albums and singles and having some industry cred, an idol is entitled to blow their horn and I hope they do. If they have finally “made” it in the industry they can talk about the road they traveled to get there. But to insinuate, before someone has had any success outside of the idol forum, that they are “better” than the show is slightly ludicrous. Crystal just needs to wait until she has proven herself in the industry to wax poetic on her own behalf, I believe.

  110. webster: But to me, that interview sounded just totally normal for anyone talking about doing work they like. Not uninformed, not dissing, not stuck on herself.

    I’m not Crystal’s biggest fan, but I agree, that interview sounded perfectly normal to me. She came across as articulate, grateful and confident.

    I do doubt Jive’s plan really is “let’s throw two songs out there and see which one floats” since $$ seems to play a big role in the “floating”, but I guess we’ll see what happens.

  111. As for my Archie comparison, it’s the same way I feel about Elevator. I picture a bunch of five year olds in a circle holding hands jumping up and down when the Elevator goes up and down.

    LOL. I have never seen seriously smart 5 year olds understanding up and down side of life like Elevator. This song has at least meanings into it written based on his dream. Oh well, just sing love songs like 90% of all songs on radio. same old same old, never change.

  112. She admits that AI gave her a foot-up but she insists that only her talent moved her forward on the show rather than the mediocrity of the other contestants. She glories in her song-writing

    I thought you guys are talking about Adam except song-writing skills definitely. Is there any reason why Adam maintains his flamboyant arrogance? Is it a tactic? Or is it Shirley Halperin’s writings that tried to give impression to readers that he is a bad ass?

  113. jonnyk

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    12/04/2010 at 4:11 am

    She admits that AI gave her a foot-up but she insists that only her talent moved her forward on the show rather than the mediocrity of the other contestants. She glories in her song-writing

    I thought you guys are talking about Adam except song-writing skills definitely. Is there any reason why Adam maintains his flamboyant arrogance? Is it a tactic? Or is it Shirley Halperin’s writings that tried to give impression to readers that he is a bad ass?

    What would really be arrogant, would be saying that all other contestants are mediocre. And what is meant by “flamboyant arrogance” because even in the Shirely Halperin’s interview, I don’t see it.

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