Adam Lambert gets guest spot on ‘The View’ after outcry from supporters
After taking heat from Adam Lambert’s fans and gay advocates for a week, ABC on Friday extended an olive branch of sorts to the “American Idol” runner-up who made headlines with his provocative performance last month at the American Music Awards in which he kissed a male musician.
ABC canceled Lambert’s scheduled appearances on “Good Morning America” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and stopped considering him for “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, ” which drew thousands of complaints from viewers and gay advocates who believed the network was retaliating against him because he is gay.
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Top of the charts
Kissmas Bash, like its spring doppelganger, Kiss the Summer Hello, is an old-school, multi-act, variety show-styled concert/ party, fashioned after the early-1960s bills that featured 20-minute sets from, for example, the Ronettes, Rolling Stones, Monkees, whoever, the sole criteria for inclusion being a song in the upper reaches of the charts. Over the past five years, Kissmas Bash ‘â€ which takes place on Sunday in HSBC Arena ‘â€ has reflected an increased diversity in the world of Top 40 music. Just as, in the pop heyday of the 1970s, Top 40 might include everything from England Dan & John Ford Coley, to Barry Manilow, to the Doobie Brothers, to Aerosmith, today, hip-hop, pop-rock, R&B and dance music share the same space. This week, the most popular songs on the Kiss 98.5 playlist included Jason Derulo’s ‘Watchya Say, ‘ Kris Allen’s ‘Live Like We’re Dying, ‘ Cobra Starship’s ‘Hot Mess’ and Hey Monday’s ‘How You Love Me Now.’ Which means that this year’s Kissmas Bash is fulfilling its mandate ‘â€ to bring some of the most popular artists on its playlist together for a holiday throw-down.
Adam Lambert Enjoyed A Crazy Day With Lady Gaga: The MTV News Quote Of The Day
“The Haus of Gaga came in at the end to say hi. She was just there. We were working with her and Jeff Bhasker and we recorded the song, and she egged me on and it was crazy. There might have been some libations passed around, maybe. That’s real rock and roll.”
Eminem Disguises ‘Faggot’ Slur in New Song ‘Elevator’
Eminem cleverly avoids using the word “faggots” in his new song “Elevator” when referring to Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken, replacing it with the words “fake it’s”:
Of course, phonetically, it sounds just like “faggots.”
PREACH IT! Just for you, ABC, a post about Adam Lambert that is Totally Not Gay
PREACH IT! Just for you, ABC, a post about Adam Lambert that is Totally Not Gay
December 4, 2009 | 11:20 am
Poor ABC; for the first time in its broadcast history, it has come across a gay male entertainer who isn’t simply gay. He is, to borrow a phrase from a caller on Randi Rhodes’ radio show, gay GAY gay.
Unlike sexually nonthreatening gay performers of yore, such as Elton John in his wonderfully harmless array of colorful sunglasses, or Liberace, who respectfully concealed his gay toolkit behind a family-friendly piano, Adam Lambert isn’t just a singer who’s gay before and after the music ends. He’s there to shake his gay moneymaker in your face and, as the fear-mongering goes, convert the planet into a guy-on-guy orgy of epic proportion. ABC’s reaction: Keep on canceling Lambert’s scheduled performances.
Underwood sticks to the traditional for holiday special
Carrie Underwood is no dummy.
The chart-topping, Grammy-winning country artist says she loves all styles of music, from Dolly Parton to Ne-Yo. But when it comes to marketing music that will sell, her mantra is simple: Keep giving people want they want to hear.
Sure, there will be opportunities to try something that sounds a little different now and then. But Underwood, the 2009 Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, knows what works for her because her fans told her quite clearly in 2005, the year she won American Idol.
Carrie Underwood’s Big Voice Fills a Chicago Bar
CHICAGO — Carrie Underwood never had to play for tip jars. She never had to take gigs in honky-tonks, bars and clubs on her way to the top. Her journey to superstardom brought her down a different path than most country stars. And yet, she looked so very much at home onstage at a small bar here Thursday night (Dec. 3).
She kept the standing-room-only crowd of about 900 at Joe’s Bar thoroughly engaged for about an hour with a mix of songs and stories and even some genuine self-deprecating humor. Like when she forgot a few words on “Mama’s Song, ” a track from her new album, she remarked that she may forget a few lyrics from time to time but at least she wasn’t lip-synching. She even offered to just make up new words. “But I don’t want to make you guys envious of my rap skills, ” she laughed.
Carrie Underwood in concert
She dominated the stage on season four of the hit television show American Idol. She rocked the country music charts and is now the reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year. She’s also a three-time Country Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year, and a four-time Grammy winner.
Country music queen Carrie Underwood will take to the stage in the Grand Ballroom at Atlantis on Saturday. It’s an event you certainly don’t want to miss. Underwood is known for her strong vocals that she channels into upbeat and touching Christian songs and country love ballads.
American Idol runner-up brings holiday show to Avalon
Western Colorado has given David Archuleta an early Christmas present.
The ‘American Idol’ runner-up performs Saturday, Dec. 5, before a sold out crowd at the Avalon Theatre. Doors to the theater open at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Along with his show in Grand Junction, Archuleta performs Sunday, Dec. 6, in Beaver Creek.
‘I finally have a reason to travel around Colorado, ‘ Archuleta said Tuesday from Los Angeles.
Vail Valley music: American Idol star hits Vilar for holidays
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ‘â€ This week, I wanted to give Vail Valley audiences a little refresher course on David Archuleta, the ‘American Idol’ runner up who will bring his ‘Christmas From the Heart’ tour to the Vilar Center Sunday night.
‘Christmas music is something I’ve been involved with since I was a little kid, ‘ Archuleta told the Vail Daily during an interview this week. ‘We used to sing in hospitals and retirement homes. It’s always been a fun, special time for music with my family.’
Not your usual seasonal sounds
David Archuleta, “Christmas From the Heart” (19/Jive): America’s favorite elfin pop idol, Archie sounds every bit as spot-on key and invested with holiday reverence and good cheer as humanly possible — and nearly as predictable. But given that “American Idol” is about meeting popular expectations rather than exceeding (much less defying) them, it’s somehow comforting that within the familiar arrangements and production touches are a few intriguing touches such as the musical quotations of Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” into his version of “Angels We Have Heard on High.” * * 1/2 (Two and a half stars)
Jennifer Hudson’s holiday special celebrates Chicago
Jennifer Hudson spent several days in Chicago in early November to film her first holiday special. “Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home for Christmas, ” will air at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 on WLS-Ch. 7 (ABC).
Hudson filmed all over the city, including on Michigan Avenue, the Chicago River and at Paul Laurence Dunbar Vocational Career Academy (see clip). The special celebrates her life in the Windy City before she became famous on “American Idol” and then won an Oscar for “Dreamgirls.”
Bucky Covington’s Music Video Climbs Charts
Bucky Covington’s new music video for his current rising single, ‘Gotta Be Somebody, ‘ recently made its debut on Great American Country’s fan-voted Top 20 Countdown. Directed by Devin Pense, this high-energy, live video spotlights his hometown community of Rockingham, NC. Filmed in the local town square during Bucky’s recent homecoming concert, the video features a packed crowd of over 6, 000 fans, friends and family who all roared with excitement to be a part of this surprise video shoot. “Gotta Be Somebody” can also be viewed at various online outlets.
‘American Idol’ changed Jon Peter Lewis
REXBURG, Idaho — When Jon Peter Lewis stepped on the “American Idol” stage five years ago, he had no idea how his musical career would change.
“I tried out for ‘American Idol’ because I had always wanted to be in the music business, ” said Lewis, who was 24 at the time. “I had not really done anything in music. I didn’t want to get to be 40 years old and then think, ‘I never tried.’ ”
Lewis had been attending school at BYU-Idaho and was working toward a career in medicine. But before he knew it, he was competing with the top 10 contestants on “Idol.”
Clay Aiken’s vote in Wake to be reviewed
Clay Aiken’s voter registration status will get closer scrutiny Wednesday.
The Wake County Board of Elections will hold a preliminary hearing into a challenge to Aiken’s voting registration in Wake. Aiken has a home in Chatham County, but voter registration records show that he used his mother’s North Raleigh address when he voted in October in school board and municipal elections.
Claude Pope, the Wake Republican Party chairman, denies he filed the challenge because the pop singer blasted the new school board members as “selfishidiots” on his blog.
Singer, TV host idolizes vibrant Fiji
Many “American Idol” contestants are never heard from again, but Justin Guarini steadily built a career for himself as a singer, actor and television host after his runner-up finish on the debut show in 2002. “Honestly, I was grateful for the exposure from the show and knew that it was up to me to keep the momentum going, ” said Guarini, 31. “I’ve worked really hard to just keep on working in the entertainment business.” His travels for work have taken him around the world, but he’s not done exploring. “I got the travel bug early, ” he said. “Some Americans don’t like going outside of the U.S. … I can understand it to a certain point. But with what’s going on with the rest of the world’s views on America, I do think that it’s imperative that Americans travel and try to understand other cultures if they can. Besides, it’s so much fun to get a glimpse of other parts of the world.”
Hometowne Christmas lights up Sparks
Extra glamour is in store for the 23rd Sparks Hometowne Christmas that kicked off Friday night with lighting of the city’s tree ahead of Saturday’s parade featuring an ‘American Idol’ finalist as grand marshal.
At Saturday’s parade, the grand marshal is ‘American Idol’ finalist, Kimberley Locke. She plans to perform music from her upcoming Christmas CD while riding on a parade float, the city announced. Locke, who appeared on season two of ‘American Idol, ‘ plans to ride on a float from Intuit, the company that is presenting sponsor of Hometowne Christmas.
X Factor row: Family fury as Olly Murs is barred from brother’s wedding
X Factor singer Olly, 25, had promised to be best man for twin Ben today but he has been banned from attending because the nuptials clash with the show’s dress rehearsals.
Bride-to-be Amy Hart said Ben ‘ born 15 minutes after his brother ‘ was ‘extremely upset’ . Her mum, Julie, said: ‘Sadly, it’s set in stone that Oliver won’t be at the wedding and it has affected Ben quite badly.
‘I don’t really know how X Factor works but it seems that once you are in the house you are trapped in there.
‘It’s bad timing, we have been planning this wedding for 18 months. It’s a real shame.’
Cowell gets tattooed at Downing St
Simon Cowell supported the PM’s wife Sarah Brown’s charity last night – by getting tattooed at a Downing Street party.
The X Factor chief is a fan of Sarah’s Downing Tweet twitter campaign to save the lives of mothers-to-be.
A million people have signed up to her Million Mums Campaign and Sarah threw a party at Number 10 to thank the key backers.
Simon Cowell pledges support to ‘different’ X Factor crop
Simon Cowell has said that this year’s X Factor contestants are not ‘big belters’ ‘â€ but they will receive plenty of support.
The music supremo was speaking at the launch of online back-up service Livedrive, which he attended in support of his brother Nicholas.
Cowell was asked if this year’s crop were as good as those in |previous years.