Idol Headlines for 12/07/09

Kris Allen, Sean Kingston To Play Billboard New Year’s Special

Carmen Electra will host Billboard’s New Year’s Eve Live special airing Dec. 31 from 11:00 PM to 12:30 AM on Fox. American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen, Idol finalist Allison Iraheta, and Sean Kingston are set to perform at the event, which will broadcast live from Las Vegas and Times Square in New York.

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The special will showcase some of the most memorable moments from the Billboard Music Awards, and will count down the top 5 of the year in music, movies and television.

Billboard’s New Year’s Eve Live special is executive-produced by Bob Bain, produced by Paul Flattery and directed by Michael Dempsey.

Billboard.com

2010 Miss America Pageant Puts the Spotlight On National Judges Saturday, January 30, 2010 Live from Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, on TLC

LINWOOD, N.J., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ — The 2010 Miss America Pageant promises to be an exciting event with the announcement of the strikingly diverse panel of national judges. This year’s panel of seven esteemed judges includes a Miss America turned opera singer and philanthropist; an accomplished actress; an Olympic gold medalist; a six-time Grammy nominee; the most listened-to radio talk show host in America; a successful comedian, and an American Idol finalist. They will evaluate the contestants from the preliminaries through the final night of competition, which will be premiering live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 8:00PM ET live/PT tape-delayed, exclusively on TLC.

From the Field of Creating America’s Rising Talent – Brooke White – White is a singer and songwriter who is most known for her appearance as a finalist on season seven of American Idol. She recently released her debut album, High Hopes & Heartbreak, in which she shares with the world, her love for the music that has shaped her.

PR Newswire

Been there, back again

This year’s “American Idol” might give you a serious case of djà   vu.

Ninth season “Idol” auditioners will look a lot like those from last year’s tryouts — according to a poster on idolforums.com working off a tip from a “reliable source” — because several of them made it as far as Hollywood Week last year.

Among the repeat auditioners to keep an eye out for when “Idol” returns on Jan. 12:

NY Post

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Christmas with Carrie Underwood

Christmas variety shows never played much of a role in Carrie Underwood’s Oklahoma home as she was growing up.

Yet the fourth-season ‘American Idol’  winner embraces them whole-heartedly in ‘Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special’  (tonight at 8 on WFXT, Ch. 25).

The multiplatinum-selling artist will be joined by such guests as Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Kristin Chenoweth, Christina Applegate and fellow ‘Idol’  winner David Cook for two hours of songs and skits.

Boston Herald

Kissmas Bash delivers something for everyone

Judging by the level of screaming that followed the announcement of the night’s lineup, the kids were most excited to see Cobra Starship, a new wave/dance/punk ensemble from New York City, and Kris Allen, the most recent winner of “American Idol, ” who is pushing his self-titled debut album. But that’s not to say that every act didn’t get a rapturous reception.

Then it was Kris Allen’s turn. The reality star and his four-piece band opened with their version of Kanye West’s “Heartless, ” a performance that’s meant to show us what kind of artist Allen is ‘” a nice, acoustic guitar-strumming guy next door that’s not afraid to get soulful.

But his anemic Jack Johnson-ized cover completely missed the point of the original, which used cold, mechanical sounds as metaphors for the narrator’s romantic duress.

Buffalo News

The return of glam rock

Just one look at Adam Lambert’s album cover makes it clear that he was never meant to be the ‘American Idol.’ 

With enough makeup and glitter to give any drag queen a run for his money, the former American Idol runner-up makes no apologies for his over-the-top fashion and music styles.

For an audience that thought Chris Daughtry was too edgy, Lambert must have seemed like the antichrist.

For Your Entertainment is Lambert’s first studio album, and listeners are likely to find that the songs are just as flamboyant as the cover.

The Spectrum

Adam Lambert: ‘For Your Entertainment’

Unfortunately, Lambert’s music isn’t yet as advanced as his ability to shock. The template for the album’s sound is laid out in its first three tracks – the glammy metal of “Music Again, ” the attitudinal boy-band pop of the title track and the plodding hard rock of “Whataya Want from Me.” However, Lambert sings like a teen-pop moppet regardless of his song’s genre, and his well-scrubbed delivery just can’t sell the cuts that aim for sleaze and debauchery. While the album offers an impressive bounty of big, memorable hooks, it’s rhythmically lifeless.

News Observer

(PHOTOS) Carrie Underwood performs in The Bahamas

Paradise Island, Bahamas – American country singer and songwriter, Carrie Underwood performed in The Bahamas at Atlantis on December 5th in a sold out concert with an audience ranging from pre-teen to senior citizens.

Breaking away from her country roots during the last quarter of the show with an electrifying cover of ‘Paradise City’ by Guns ‘n Roses at which point half the audience, already a little miffed by Atlantis’ heavily enforced “you have to stay seated at all times” policy rushed to the front of the stage to let loose and finally really enjoy the rest of the performance.

It was a great gig from an awesome talent.

The Bahamas Weekly

Start of a red-hot career?

Allison Iraheta has come a long way since her awkward first interview with Ryan Seacrest.

The spunky 17-year-old singer ‘ who stuttered and stammered when the ‘American Idol’  host prodded her about school at the beginning of Season 8 ‘ went on to win rave reviews from judges, leaving a lasting impression with her take on Janis Joplin’s ‘Cry Baby.’ 

Spokesman

S.African actors want Hudson ‘out’ of Mandela film

JOHANNESBURG ‘” South African actors want to stop Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson from playing Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in a new film on the ex-wife of the nation’s first black president, reports said Monday.

The Creative Workers Union of South Africa said using foreign actors to tell the country’s stories undermined efforts to develop the national film industry.

“It can’t happen that we want to develop our own Hollywood and yet bring in imports, ” the union’s president Mabutho Sithole said in The Citizen newspaper.

AFP

Actors gun for Hudson

American R&B singer Jennifer Hudson should be barred from playing Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in a film about her life, the Creative Workers’ Union of SA says.

The union said foreign actors should not play leading roles in South African movies because it undermined the growth of the local creative industry.

The union said it would push for a meeting with the departments of arts and culture and trade and industry as well as home affairs.

timeslive.co.za

Kellie and Miranda Make the News

I understand that the wonderful Kellie Pickler has a new record producer, Frank Liddell. He also produces Miranda Lambert, and I love her music. And he’s married to Lee Ann Womack. I’ll be frank with you, Frank. You’ve got yourself surrounded by females, especially if you count the two daughters at home!

Kellie, the Nashville Alliance for Public Education, the Country Music Association and the Nashville Symphony have issued invitations to a holiday concert introducing the Keep the Music Playing All-Stars. What a treat — enjoying musical talents of students from public schools at the lovely Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. I hear the dandy Kellie may be presenting a check during Tuesday’s (Dec. 8) event. I’m also told the brave girl will be going back to Iraq on a tour with Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser to entertain our troops. Lastly, I hear Zac Brown is writing a song that could turn into a duet with Kellie.

CMT

The Recording Academy ® and Clive Davis Present the 2010 Pre-GRAMMY ® Gala

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Recording Academy ® and Clive Davis will continue the tradition of the annual Pre-GRAMMY ® Gala. This exclusive, star-studded celebration ‘” attended by artists and industry VIPs in music, film and television and featuring special musical performances ‘” will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards.

As part of the evening’s festivities, the 2010 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons ® will honor Universal Music Group Worldwide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Morris. The Academy will present Morris with the President’s Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. Past recipients of the GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons President’s Merit Award include Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, Mo Ostin, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, and Berry Gordy.

Business Wire.com

DioGuardi Gets Why People Didn’t Like Her

‘Last year was very difficult. I think because it’s already a great show with amazing ratings, people were like, ‘Why would they add somebody else and break up the chemistry? Why is there this fourth person? Is she replacing Paula?’ which was the most ridiculous thing, ‘  says DioGuardi. ‘People could barely pronounce my name. ‘ If you’re going to replace Paula, it should be some big star, not Karla DeLaGuardia’ ‘” that’s what most people were saying, ‘  she recalls. ‘Why would anyone ever think that I would be there to replace her? She’s someone who helped make the show as successful as it is.’ 

JaxObserver

Joe McElderry is The X Factor hot favourite

Joe ‘ who is mentored by fellow ‘Geordie’ Cheryl Cole ‘ has wowed the audience and the judges with his flawless performances throughout the live shows. The cute 18-year-old even received a standing ovation from all four judges following his performance of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me in week seven.

Last night Joe sang Open Arms by Journey and Michael Jackson’s She’s Out Of My Life and won the praise of all four judges. In tonight’s X Factor, Simon Cowell claimed that the talent competition had become ‘the Joe McElderry show.’ 

STV.tv

Danyl Johnson voted off X Factor

Schoolteacher Danyl Johnson has been voted off ITV’s X Factor, missing out on a place in the show’s final.

Olly Murs, 25, burst into tears when hearing he had made it through. He will face Joe McElderry, 18, and 20-year-old mother Stacey Solomon in the finals.

Johnson’s mentor Simon Cowell said: “There was nothing more he could have done. He’s gone out on a high. He’s a gracious loser.”

BBC.co.uk

DANYL Johnson has admitted he found Simon Cowell’s antics embarrassing during his time on The X Factor.

The dance teacher, who got the boot from the show last night, said his mentor had acted like an “embarrassing uncle” after his performances.

Danyl, 27, told GMTV today: “Simon would stand up at the end, and I’d be like, ‘Simon sit down’ – a little bit embarrassed, you know, like when your uncle stands up and you’re like ‘sit down!'”

But he said he knew Simon’s cringe-worthy behaviour was well meaning.

Danyl added: “He’s been so proud. He’s always believed in me. Everyone says you don’t get that much time with Simon, but you do – if you want Simon – he’s there.”

The Sun.co.uk

Ralit: Hot-coal torture on ‘Top Chef.’ Carnies on ‘Jersey Shore.’ And…porn on ‘SYTYCD’?

Your attention please! We would like to kick off the season finale of EW.com’s groundbreaking-ish video series Ralit with three haikus that reflect this week’s featured shows: Bravo’s Top Chef, MTV’s Jersey Shore, and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Press play below as my cohost Kristen Baldwin and I bid bittersweet adieu to this fall’s crop of unscripted ridiculata, and please do mark your calendars for the Jan. 15 season 4 premiere of Idolatry.

Entertainment Weekly

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299 Comments

  1. “The rest of Allen’s set was much the same ‘” inoffensive adult alternative tunes full of hooks and chord progressions that are pleasant enough, if not exactly riveting. It’s not the guy’s fault that he had to follow Kingston, who was far more entertaining with far less manpower at his disposal. Put him on a bill with other snooze rockers like The Fray or Train, and he’d go over like gangbusters.”

    Wow an honest review of Kris Allen fail.

  2. Mrs. P, if you bothered to read the article, you would have seen that the caption by KRIS’S PICTURE reads:

    American Idol winner Kris Allen was a crowd favorite at Sunday’s Kissmas Bash.

  3. Congratulations to Brooke White for being on the Miss America judging panel. Nice to see her described as a rising talent.

  4. From the videos I saw of the performance, Kris got a wonderful reception from the audience. And unless Mrs. P was actually at the show, I wonder how they know Kris failed at anything. So, I will go by the videos of the audience reaction to Kris’s performance.

  5. The new season of Idol is coming up and I’m not looking forward to it, nothing against Kara but I didn’t think having 4 judges worked. And now Paula left and we have Ellen. Me no like :( Plus I’m a little sick of Simon, but that’s just me.

    But before we begin the new season, here is a look at Adam being interviewed before and after his AI audition last year captured by a Fresno, CA news outlet:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ViIacV4ejY

  6. I saw Kris in Chicago on Friday. No FAIL at all! I don’t get the “anemic” description– Heartless/Gangsta’s Paradise had a very full sound– not like Jack Johnson in the least.

  7. That review of Kris sounded very much like the Idol tour. “If he didn’t have to follow so and so, he would have been better”. Glad the crowd liked him but reviewers still don’t seem to get him.

  8. Ouch, I didn’t like that review of Kris, but since they love Sean Kingston and hate The Fray and Train, then Kris probably isn’t for them. Yes, judging by the videos Kris was great and got a fantastic crowd response. I think the reviewer was in the minority in their opinion that evening.

    I have loved seeing all the videos lately, Kris, Allison, Matt, etc. I’m wondering, has anyone seen any vids of the American Stars In Concert thing? In addition to Michael, I would love to see how Alexis Grace is in concert.

  9. What’s up that reviewers behind? Last time I checked The Fray and Train were pretty dang popular! I can’t stand these people who have no clue what’s being played/popular and then try to write a review.. If you read concert goers’ tweets they were loving Kris.. that’s all that matters!

  10. I wouldn’t use this review to generalize– it sounds like this concert had a significant number of urban/r&b sets so Kris’s set may not have fit in the best. He fit in seamlessly with the lineup in Chicago and yes definitely outperformed Colbie Calliat. Also, apologies for not posting my video of AWM– I have no idea how to transfer it from my blackberry!

  11. For an audience that thought Chris Daughtry was too edgy, Lambert must have seemed like the antichrist.

    LOL!

  12. From the Kissmas Bash article:

    But his anemic Jack Johnson-ized cover completely missed the point of the original, which used cold, mechanical sounds as metaphors for the narrator’s romantic duress.

    My personal opinion, that just strikes me as complete bullshit. It seems to me that you can turn on Top 40 radio and go quite awhile hearing nothing but “cold mechanical sounds”. What makes Kanye’s go at it a particularly creative metaphor using that (ubiquitous) sound? It’s a relatively good song as those things go, but that’s about it, again in my opinion. And even aside from that, I think the only good time to do a cover is when the performer feels that they have some new interpretation to bring to it, otherwise it’s just karaoke.

  13. Did I read that right? Brooke White is going to be a judge on the Miss America Pageant, along with . . . Rush Limbaugh? Can you say Whiskey Tango Foxtrot????

  14. RE: the NY Post article on Season 9, I honestly don’t remember many of the people they mentioned as repeats, except I remember thinking that Frankie had a cool voice. Didn’t she end up in a singoff or something? It will be interesting to see how far these people get the second go around. (I’m already wavering on my “I will not get invested again this season pledge”, lol)

  15. The article from Buffalo makes no sense. First there is the implication that Kris was well-received and then he’s called a snoozer because he had to follow Sean Kingston? I think it’s a writer with an agenda of their own to push who didn’t seem to care that the crowd seemed to really like Kris.

  16. Mrs. P

    You should read that article again, since it says that Kris was an audience favorite and got a huge response. The reviewer evidently simply doesn’t like that type of music, judging by his remarks about The Fray and Train in the article.

    Go look at the video MJ posted and you’ll see Kris did more than fine last night.

  17. Nice little interview DC did with NY’s Fresh 102.7 this morning. Plugged Carrie’s special, talks about how she called him asking him inviting him to be on it, what he likes best about NY, talks about the tour, and the dumbass DJ mentions Kris’ lack of sales and asks him what he thinks Kris can do to sell better DOH. Awkward..

  18. The portion of “The Spectrum” article quoted above makes it sound negative. That’s a deceptive impression. Link it and read the whole thing.
    The “News Observer” review is just ugly. Fortunately, the majority of FYE reviews are more positive about Adam’s album.
    Adam Lambert’s album, For Your Entertainment, did debut on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart at NUMBER 3.

  19. In regards to the Raleigh, NC News and Observer review of FYE linked above:
    David Menconi has been the music critic for the N&O since 1991, but he did not write this review. I don’t know who Josh Love is or what is credentials are, he’s only listed as a correspondent with no further info.

    I’d love to hear what David Menconi has to say about FYE, as I read him for years when I lived in Raleigh and know him by his reputation.

  20. Brooke is judging Miss America? Love Brooke, but that is weird.

    Breaking away from her country roots during the last quarter of the show with an electrifying cover of ‘Paradise City’ by Guns ‘n Roses at which point half the audience, already a little miffed by Atlantis’ heavily enforced ‘you have to stay seated at all times’  policy rushed to the front of the stage to let loose and finally really enjoy the rest of the performance.

    Gotta go search that youtube now. LOVE when Carrie rocks out. Still keeping all appendages crossed that her Van Halen duet with DC worked out for tonight… c’mon TPTB’s, don’t fail us now!!

  21. AWE!! Kris and Cobra Starship ..I would have loved to see that! Add Adam in to the equation next time and that’d be my dream concert. All super sweet guys. I just LOVE Gabe Saporta… have met him a couple of times and he is a sweeetheart.

  22. I see south Africa’s point if they want to develop their own hollywood, winnie shld be played by a local, getting the accent and all wld be easy but then this is jennifer’s second oscar , i can totally see it. so back off SA and #let JHplaywinnie

  23. While the album offers an impressive bounty of big, memorable hooks, it’s rhythmically lifeless.

    This critique of FYE made me laugh out loud. FYE may be many things (I personally love it) but rhythmically lifeless is just about the least legitimate complaint I can think of.

  24. yes that review of fye wasn’t great

    I posted yesterday that fye was on all music guides editors list for one of the best new releases in the past 3
    months

    Also on metacritic.com , which combines album reviews, Adam has a score of 70, which is very very good,… Taylor swift who is up for album of the year at Grammys has a 73… and artists like Carrie and John mayor are below Adam… so I thought that was pretty kool

  25. gulfluv

    Here are some videos from the tour that Michael, Alexis, et al are doing

    Alexis – I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkWuN0inq8o&feature=player_embedded

    Alexis & David H. – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL6HMFvnsQE&feature=player_embedded

    Intros and 12 Days of Christmas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJM3dmeyEjE&feature=player_embedded

    Group Medley

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5Jmytc3src&feature=player_embedded

  26. all music guides

    That’s huge. Its kind of a music junkie staple. Plus, doesn’t ITunes use their reviews?

    I have not been paying attention to Adam’s reviews. To me, besides all music guide, the most important are the big national music mag ones (Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin) and the national/major market newspapers (USA Today, NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Sun Times, etc) and the big entertainment mags (EW, People). Plus if AP or anther news wire service issues one, its get picked up and reprinted all over the country. If his overall impression in those places was positive, I think that can go a long way towards creating positive buzz. Was that the case for Adam?

  27. Trina-Thanks for the Fresh interview. David handled those awkward questions just perfectly. I wanted to smack that guy for asking those ridiculous questions about Kris’ sales.

  28. it’s on the allmusic guides website! ironically rite above a David Bowie greatest hits or something like that, or at least it was yesterday, I saw the screencap at IDF

  29. I have not been paying attention to Adam’s reviews. To me, besides all music guide, the most important are the big national music mag ones (Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin) and the national/major market newspapers (USA Today, NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Sun Times, etc) and the big entertainment mags (EW, People). Plus if AP or anther news wire service issues one, its get picked up and reprinted all over the country. If his overall impression in those places was positive, I think that can go a long way towards creating positive buzz. Was that the case for Adam?

    Yeah, largely, with the exception of the New York Times, who panned it.

    Metacritic reckons the Rolling Stone review at about a 60 (out of 100), so better than average, and all other reviews that FYE has gotten as higher than that, other than the NYT.

    Here’s their Adam page, summarizing how they view some of the major reviews — http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/lambertadam/foryourentertainment

  30. tinawina, FYE has gotten great reviews overall. I know People gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars; I think Spin gave it 3 stars, and I think RS gave it 3.5 (out of 5)

  31. But before we begin the new season, here is a look at Adam being interviewed before and after his AI audition last year captured by a Fresno, CA news outlet:

    Enjoy it now, because I’m going to have zero tolerance for rehashing of and whining about prior seasons once Season 9 begins.

  32. Here’s another fun radio interview with David Cook, from Y98 in St. Louis this morning. This time the Idol that the DJ chose to denigrate with an awkward question was Taylor Hicks. Cook deflected it gracefully as always. He also says Carrie is “a beautiful woman” who could make a burlap sack look good (talking about her wardrobe changes for the special tonight). Also sounds like the Van Halen duet is still questionable due to clearance issues, though I suspect this interview was recorded Friday when he did his big block of phoners to promote the Holiday Special:

    http://bit.ly/8AhcZr

  33. I have not been paying attention to Adam’s reviews. To me, besides all music guide, the most important are the big national music mag ones (Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin) and the national/major market newspapers (USA Today, NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Sun Times, etc) and the big entertainment mags (EW, People). Plus if AP or anther news wire service issues one, its get picked up and reprinted all over the country. If his overall impression in those places was positive, I think that can go a long way towards creating positive buzz. Was that the case for Adam?

    FWIW.

    Below is how metacritic.com translates 8 reviews of FYE into scores and comes up with an integrated score of 70.

    http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/lambertadam/foryourentertainment?q=adam%20lambert

    83 Entertainment Weekly
    80 All Music Guide
    75 Los Angeles Times
    70 Spin
    70 Slant Magazine
    63 Chicago Tribune
    60 Rolling Stone
    40 The New York Times

    Here are for Kris’ album, metacritics.com score is 52.

    67 Entertainment Weekly
    60 All Music Guide
    60 The New York Times
    60 Boston Globe
    40 Rolling Stone
    40 Sputnikmusic
    40 Slant Magazine
    37 Los Angeles Times

  34. The women of The View just talked about Adam appearing on the show and getting tweets about being nice to him. Too bad Whoopi is in England and won’t be on the panel when he is there.

  35. Carrie’s interview with Fox 50:
    http://www.fox50.com/dpp/entertainment/carrie_underwood%3A_an_all-star_holiday_special

    It was done the same day as all the other satellite interviews, but this one has new clips including a portion of the skit on Carrie’s dog, featuring the voice of Neil Patrick Harris. NPH rocks!

    And is Cook really doing the radio rounds to promote the special? Or is that just incidental? Well, if he is, thanks! I think Carrie’s still in the Bahamas.

  36. Besides, how mad can we be at the guy since he put a Kris, a new artist, in the same category as the multi platinum selling The Fray. Considering the success that they have had with sales and radio, I think Kris would be fine being lumped with them. But, the most important thing is that the crowd loved Kris’ act, which the article states, and which can be heard in the videos, especially when the crowd sings along with LLWD, which must have been a thrill for Kris.

    yeah, that were my toughts too. On Heartless missing the point… the reviwer seems to miss the point that’s it’s another version..duh

  37. Congratulations to Brooke White for being on the Miss America judging panel. Nice to see her described as a rising talent.

    I betcha David Cook wishes he had gotten that gig.

  38. Thanks BeckyMD, because as we all know, Adam’s career is linked with Kris’, and he can only succeed if Kris fails.

  39. Brooke white and Rush judging? are the contestants wearing bathing suits this year?. brooke has said she was born in the wrong era so she’s pretty conservative for miss america pagent and the rush guy is a nut case. good thing the judges don’t say much. wonder what their questions will be.

  40. On Heartless missing the point’ ¦ the reviwer seems to miss the point that’s it’s another version..duh

    The great thing about Kris’ versions of Heartless, aside from the one that is on the album, is that he puts the focus on the lyrics, so that people get the point of the song. I agree with the reviewer that with the original the focus is on the sounds/instrumentation, and that’s fine, but all of that covers up what are really good lyrics.

  41. because as we all know, Adam’s career is linked with Kris’, and he can only succeed if Kris fails.

    wow, I don’t even think these reviews matter much for most music buyers. I just tried to answer a previous question and provide some info for posters in this AI blog.

  42. Plus if AP or anther news wire service issues one, its get picked up and reprinted all over the country.

    The AP one was definitely a big one, at least in the sense that it did seem to get passed around everywhere, and happily it was one of the most glowing reviews. :) It’s not actually included in the metacritic score, I see, though maybe they’re still gathering reviews. Anyway, if you want to read it, here it is:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091119/ap_en_ot/us_music_review_adam_lambert

    Excerpt:

    With the release of his debut album, Adam Lambert is about to become a huge star. Few human beings have ever been blessed with a voice like his, a ridiculously multi-octave weapon that can coo seductively in the lower registers, and shatter diamonds in the highest ones…This vocal chameleon can be all things to all listeners, and he kills at whatever he sings. Lambert is equally adept at hard rock, pop, disco, and power ballads, often blending ingredients of several in a single track to produce unforgettable results.

    ETA: those smiley faces always look a little obnoxious when they come out as emoticons. Hmmm.

  43. Thanks for the info on Adam and Kris’ review for all who posted them. I have not been on top of that stuff at all.

    Looks like Adam only got one clunker out of the biggies, so that is great! Explains some of the buzz. Good for him! Did he get reviewed someplace Pitchfork-like? It could help get him a little artistic cred type buzz too, to go along with allmusic… if the reaction to his stuff has been consistently good, he may be able to pull it off.

    Kris… well I like it anyway. LOL. He’s in the soft rock slot, and it can be a tough road to hoe trying to get any critical respect for that.

    I wonder what Allison’s will end up looking like?

    wow, I don’t even think these reviews matter much for most music buyers. I just tried to answer a previous question and provide some info for posters in this AI blog.

    Nah, I don’t think they matter too much in terms of purchases, not more than radio play anyway. But they certainly help brand the artist, or help create a positive association in a potential customer’s mind. Plus when awards season rolls around, a well reviewed album is more likely to be in contention.

  44. I wonder what Allison’s will end up looking like?

    Last I checked, she was right under Adam in the critical reviews, around 69 or so. But those were still coming in, so I can’t say for sure.

  45. wow, I don’t even think these reviews matter much for most music buyers. I just tried to answer a previous question and provide some info for posters in this AI blog.

    The information was very helpful. Someone randomly appointed points to other people’s reviews in order to come up with a score. This is important and useful information that will help us understand a lot of things about these albums, or the reviews, or the person who randomly scored them, or something else.

  46. hanks for the info on Adam and Kris’ review for all who posted them. I have not been on top of that stuff at all.

    I know, I normally have no clue how my favorite artists are being reviewed. :) It’s like, you like the artist, you check out the album, you like the album, you buy it. So I suppose reviews can have some effect, since I’m sure I’ve seen a good review here or there that lead me to check out an album I wasn’t familiar with otherwise, but it’s probably not the main route for selling albums. But yeah, it’s been fun to see Adam get good reviews overall.

    Good for him! Did he get reviewed someplace Pitchfork-like?

    Consequence of Sound did a review, if you want to read it: http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/02/album-review-adam-lambert-for-your-entertainment/

    I wonder what Allison’s will end up looking like

    It’s obviously too soon to really tell with any of them, especially Allison, but if you’re interested, here’s her metacritic link–she’s at 66, I think, which is definitely good. All Music Guide wasn’t in love with the album, but they gave her some really nice compliments:

    http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/irahetaallison/justlikeyou?part=rss

    Also, I’ve noticed that 3 out of 5 stars can either be a mediocre review or a really good review, depending on the reviewer. 2 stars is always not good, 4 stars is always excellent, but 3 can go either way. Interesting.

    I’ve had too much caffeine this morning.

  47. I wonder what Allison’s will end up looking like?

    I didn’t read much of Allison’s reviews but got the impression that it’s well received by the critics. Here is metacritics’ summary so far, metacrtics score is 66.

    91 Entertainment Weekly
    80 Boston Globe
    60 All Music Guide
    50 Los Angeles Times
    50 Rolling Stone

  48. The reality star and his four-piece band opened with their version of Kanye West’s ‘Heartless,’  a performance that’s meant to show us what kind of artist Allen is ‘” a nice, acoustic guitar-strumming guy next door that’s not afraid to get soulful.

    It was actually the Heartless/Gangstas Paradise mashup. I’ve read stuff like this before and it baffles me. I don’t think the performance was/is meant to do anything of the kind. People read into appearances what they feel like reading into them, I guess.

    Put him on a bill with other snooze rockers like The Fray or Train, and he’d go over like gangbusters.</blockquote>

    See, I’d love that show.

    And I’d rather hear Kris than Sean Kingston. So would the crowd at that show, apparently.

  49. And is Cook really doing the radio rounds to promote the special? Or is that just incidental? Well, if he is, thanks! I think Carrie’s still in the Bahamas.

    Yeah, he’s done a ton of radio promo for Carrie’s special in the past week or so, and has been pimping it in print interviews for weeks now. It makes sense – appearing on the show is obviously great exposure for him and something he really enjoyed doing. But it also helps bring in the audience from a slightly different demo. He’s not as big a name as Carrie overall but he’s a bigger fixture on Pop/HAC/AC radio, has built some strong radio relationships in the past year, and DJ’s adore him. Especially with Carrie out of the country right now I’m not surprised Simon Fuller has Cook pinch-hitting for her. It benefits them all if the special does well.

  50. I didn’t read much of Allison’s reviews but got the impression that it’s well received by the critics. Here is metacritics’ summary so far, metacrtics score is 66.

    91 Entertainment Weekly
    80 Boston Globe
    60 All Music Guide
    50 Los Angeles Times
    50 Rolling Stone

    Yet it is the one selling the least of the 3 releases from Season 8 with the lowest projected first week sales and she’s not having much radio success. I wish her well and actually adore her, but I could not listen to a lot of her stuff and thnk she has a long road ahead of her to do well. Just seems to me that the music critics don’t always get it right.

  51. Congratulations to Brooke White for being on the Miss America judging panel. Nice to see her described as a rising talent.

    I betcha David Cook wishes he had gotten that gig.

    ^LOL at that, Sassycatz. I hadn’t thought of that. You’re probably right.

  52. I’d love to hear what David Menconi has to say about FYE, as I read him for years when I lived in Raleigh and know him by his reputation.

    I have no idea who Josh Love is or what his credentials are. Menconi is the one whose music reviews I pay attention to in the N&O (he started writing a music column for the paper while he was still in high school). Love’s review of FYE sounds way too amateurish to be taken seriously, IMHO.

  53. The information was very helpful. Someone randomly appointed points to other people’s reviews in order to come up with a score. This is important and useful information that will help us understand a lot of things about these albums, or the reviews, or the person who randomly scored them, or something else.

    Since they are running a business on these reviews and scores, I think they take it more seriously than many casual viewers do. Personally I don’t care much about reviews or critics when it comes to choose music or movies, but I respect their efforts.

  54. Just seems to me that the music critics don’t always get it right.

    I think it depends on what “right” means. Music critics like Beethoven a lot, too, but he isn’t selling much either.

    “most popular” and “best” aren’t always the same thing…. Hell, they’re hardly ever the same thing. And not only in music.

    In the long run, critics often turn out to be pretty “right” when it comes to history judging. Though not always, of course.

  55. Mediacritic which rates album reviews gave Adam’s “For Your Entertainment” an averaged score of his reviews of 70. (That’s what I just saw.) The highest score given is 97.
    97-Brian Wilson(just one of many)
    59-SuBo
    Kris is listed, but I’m not going there.
    However, something with the lovely name “F**k Buttons” got a score of 83!!!

  56. ‘most popular’  and ‘best’  aren’t always the same thing’ ¦. Hell, they’re hardly ever the same thing.

    Ain’t that the truth!

  57. I didn’t read much of Allison’s reviews but got the impression that it’s well received by the critics. Here is metacritics’ summary so far, metacrtics score is 66.

    91 Entertainment Weekly
    80 Boston Globe
    60 All Music Guide
    50 Los Angeles Times
    50 Rolling Stone

    Yet it is the one selling the least of the 3 releases from Season 8 with the lowest projected first week sales and she’s not having much radio success. I wish her well and actually adore her, but I could not listen to a lot of her stuff and thnk she has a long road ahead of her to do well. Just seems to me that the music critics don’t always get it right.

    IMO, Allison’s problem is not that she is not talented (can’t dispute her talent) or that her album isn’t good (appears to be solid), it is that she is 17 and is completely overshadowed by Adam and Kris (and somewhat by Danny)…this is the first year since I guess season 5 that 19 has tried to promote 3 or 4 artists at the same time…while there is room in the business for everyone, I don’t know if it is smart to drop so many AI albums at the exact same time, and I don’t think the public is interested in 3 or 4 AI albums at a time.

  58. On the subject of reviews, The Washington Post did a great combo review of Adam vs. SuBo – they definitely gave the edge to Adam, but worked in a bit of a comparison of two “second place finishers on big reality shows” – and how they crafted their first albums. They had a great line about how one of the more telling differences between the two was that Adam pretty much emerged from the womb with a plan for world domination – lol, pointing out that he was much more aware of how to make it in the biz than SuBo (not that that’s hurting her now, lol).

    As for Allison’s reviews, many of them seem very good, but I’ll also point out that the EW one (one of the best, A-) was done by none other than Slezak, which makes it just a tad biased (in fact I’m surprised they let him review it – they didn’t in Adam and Kris’s cases).

  59. this is the first year since I guess season 5 that 19 has tried to promote 3 or 4 artists at the same time’ ¦while there is room in the business for everyone, I don’t know if it is smart to drop so many AI albums at the exact same time, and I don’t think the public is interested in 3 or 4 AI albums at a time.

    Yes – this was my take as well. And as soon as I learned they’d try to sell all three of them at the same time, I was worried. Kris had the win, Adam had the hype, and poor Allison (also on Kris’s label) would be the odd one out.

  60. However, something with the lovely name ‘F**k Buttons’  got a score of 83!!!

    I love them. Very psychedelic, very synth-y….. Trippy trippy trippy for all those of us who enjoy a little electronica, trip-hoppy, ambient stuff from time to time!

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Adam likes them, also, come to think of it.

  61. I suspect this interview was recorded Friday when he did his big block of phoners to promote the Holiday Special

    Hehe…big block of phoners. Sorry. I’m in 6th grade.

    But thanks for that interview. It seems the main purpose of these phoners is to promote the special, as that’s what’s being mentioned in the interview’s lead-off intro. Makes sense. Anyway, always love hearing these DC interviews so no complaints here. Sounds like he did a bunch, so just hoping we get a few more of them posted online!

  62. Yeah while he’s talking about other stuff the focus does seem to be on Carrie’s special. He tweeted on Friday he had done 2 hours of phone interviews so I suspect they were all set up for that. I don’t even think we heard them all. I think a Twitter trending project planned for tonight as well. We DC fans do love us some Twitter trending!

    These were buried in the DC/Claude Kelly thread..AP pics from the special. Whoever dressed him for the show? I sincerely thank them. Guh.

  63. I love them. Very psychedelic, very synth-y’ ¦.. Trippy trippy trippy for all those of us who enjoy a little electronica, trip-hoppy, ambient stuff from time to time!

    Hmm, may need to check them out :-)

  64. Since they are running a business on these reviews and scores, I think they take it more seriously than many casual viewers do. Personally I don’t care much about reviews or critics when it comes to choose music or movies, but I respect their efforts.

    I’m sorry, but I don’t understand the meaning of someone applying a point value to someone else’s opinions. If the EW critic had given an album a grade of an 87, that’s one thing, I’d still think that the grade is pointless as far as music buyers are concerned, but still that would be that person’s opinion. It’s pretty much as pointless as comparing two artists because they were on a reality show together, but I know people like to do that too.

  65. Yes ‘“ this was my take as well. And as soon as I learned they’d try to sell all three of them at the same time, I was worried. Kris had the win, Adam had the hype, and poor Allison (also on Kris’s label) would be the odd one out.

    Allison’s promo seems schizophrenic to me. She’s gotten some big pushes in cretain ways but non-existent PR at the same time. I don’t understand where they are trying to push her – the tweens? Pop? Spanish/Latina? She’s had little bits and pieces everywhwere but nowhere cohesive as a whole. With Kris there hes been a big CHR/HAC push and he’s definitely reaping the rewards significantly in HAC and more slowly in CHR but that is evident as well. I also think he was sent for adds in CAC. With Adam the major push seems to be towards CHR with some towards HAC and while there was definitely a significant misstep things seem to be heading in the right direction. Danny is obviously going to be being pushed for Country and I think there is CAC potential for him similar to what is available to Kris.

  66. Mediacritic asks the reviewer to give their own score, but does it if the music critic doesn’t give a score.

  67. Adam Lambert is going to be on the finale of SYTYCD Dec. 16 as per

    Lyndsey Parker tweet.

    Yes guys, Adam Lambert is performing on the SYTYCD finale 12/16. Very exciting!

  68. I’m sorry, but I don’t understand the meaning of someone applying a point value to someone else’s opinions. If the EW critic had given an album a grade of an 87, that’s one thing, I’d still think that the grade is pointless as far as music buyers are concerned, but still that would be that person’s opinion. It’s pretty much as pointless as comparing two artists because they were on a reality show together, but I know people like to do that too.

    Actually, it’s no different a concept than rottentomatoes.com for movie reviews. It’s a lazy man’s (or lazy woman’s) way of getting a consensus on what a bunch of critics are saying about a particular (ostensibly) artistic product, and if you want to, there’s a link to what your favorite reviewer’s review. If you don’t think it’s accurate or reliable, that’s one thing, but it’s a good compilation of mainstream media reviews at the very least.

  69. Allison’s promo seems schizophrenic to me. She’s gotten some big pushes in cretain ways but non-existent PR at the same time. I don’t understand where they are trying to push her ‘“ the tweens? Pop? Spanish/Latina? She’s had little bits and pieces everywhwere but nowhere cohesive as a whole.

    Yep, ITA – and that is too bad, because IMO the most successful artists off Idol, especially immediately, are the ones with one very specific musical identity mapped out. Especially in a case like Allison’s, where she’s a little younger, less experienced, and could use a bit of a formula to be molded with (at least for her first album). I feel that hasn’t really happened with her.

  70. Metacritic also has Carrie’s score – Play On – 54.

    80 – Billboard
    75 – Entertainment Weekly
    79 – Boston Globe
    60 – New York Times
    57 – Paste Magazine
    50 – All Music Guide
    50 – Slant Magazine
    50 – LA Times
    20 – PopMatter

    Hasn’t hurt her sales, she’ll been in the top 10 since her album dropped.

    SuBo scored a 59. And I think many would consider Carrie’s album stronger than SuBo. Heh. Reviews are subjective. *shrugs*

  71. Carrie interview with myFOXphilly:

    http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/news/local_news/Carrie_Underwood_Holiday_Special_12_07_09

    Different set of clips, and she talks about Cook somewhere in the middle.

    Thanks for posting that. I love the Carrie-DC friendship and when they talk about each other. One of the anchors, when talking about DC, said, “he sounds good”… that’s weird. Did he see an advanced copy, or maybe he watched the some promo clips the rest of us hasn’t? I wished Carrie would’ve mentioned their duet. Or if that the anchor would’ve said, instead of “he sounds good”, something about them sounding good together, I would have some reason to hope for the duet’s survival… but alas. I’m thinking it really may not happen… sniff!

  72. Adam Lambert is going to be on the finale of SYTYCD Dec. 16 as per

    Lyndsey Parker tweet.

    Yes guys, Adam Lambert is performing on the SYTYCD finale 12/16. Very exciting!

    I can’t wait! I love SYTYCD. Nice tweet by Lindsey.

  73. Hasn’t hurt her sales, she’ll been in the top 10 since her album dropped.

    SuBo scored a 59. And I think many would consider Carrie’s album stronger than SuBo. Heh. Reviews are subjective. *shrugs*

    Popularity is subjective also, just in a different way.

    Anybody expecting critical opinions of *anything* to track popularity or popularity to track critical opinions is obviously barking up the wrong tree.

    They’re just measurements of two different kinds of responses to something. And one is as valid a measure of the other, for people who are trying to gauge how “good” something is.

    No need to sneer at all critics’ opinions just because critics don’t love somebody who’s your favorite or to sneer at somebody who’s popular just because critics don’t adore them. Positive responses from either critics or the public certainly mean *something* positive about a song or a performer, they just don’t mean the *same* thing.

    I’m sure Adam, Carrie and everybody else would *love* to have great critical reviews *and* great sales.

  74. I’m not sure how Metacritic comes up with the scores they assign each review. I remember that EW gave Kris’s album a B-; how does that translate into a 67?

  75. sma11ie according to this it does sound like his performance is one of the clips sent out to reviewers/media. Oh I’ve already braced myself for the duet not happening, even moreso now that Carrie stopped mentioning it. Oh well. I’m thrilled though that “Lie” will be heard by a large audience who may not be familiar with it. And finally a good version without fans screaming during it!

    eta: RCA just tweeted

    @RCAMusic: Join @thedavidcook as he rings in the holiday season on tonight’s Carrie Underwood All Star special, tonight 8pm ET on Fox

  76. thedavidcook: Happy Birthday, Larry Bird! Thanks for making me love the Celtics and Sycamores…
    30 minutes ago from mobile web

    I’m not getting my hopes up about seeing the duet. If it does actually air, I’ll consider it a pleasant surprise. After he mentioned clearance issues again, it makes me think it’s a no go.

  77. How metacritic decides on scores:

    http://www.metacritic.com/about/scoring.shtml

    A: To put it simply, a METASCORE is a weighted average of reviews from national critics and publications for a given movie, book, TV show, videogame, or album. For those of you who enjoy math, read further.

    The basic concept is the same for each of the genres (except books, which has a unique system) currently included in our site. Let’s use a fictional movie–‘Iron Chef vs. Godzilla’–as an example.

    Our staffers will go through every publication on our Film Publications list (see below) looking for reviews for Iron Chef vs. Godzilla. For each review found, we will take the score given by the critic and convert it to a 0-100 point scale. (For those critics who do not provide a score, we’ll assign a score from 0-100 based on the general impression given by the review.). These individual critic scores are then averaged together to come up with an overall score.

    This overall score, or METASCORE, is a weighted average of the individual critic scores. Why a weighted average? When selecting our source publications, we noticed that some critics consistently write better (more detailed, more insightful, more articulate) reviews than others. In addition, some critics and/or publications typically have more prestige and weight in the industry than others. To reflect these factors, we have assigned weights to each publication (and, in the case of film, to individual critics as well), thus making some publications count more in the METASCORE calculations than others.

    In addition, for our film and music sections, all of the weighted averages are normalized before generating the METASCORE. To put it another way that should be familiar to anyone who has taken an exam in high school or college, all of our movies, games, and CDs are graded on a curve. Thus the METASCORE may be higher or lower than the true weighted average of the individual reviews, thanks to this normalization calculation. Normalization causes the scores to be spread out over a wider range, instead of being clumped together. Generally, higher scores are pushed higher, and lower scores are pushed lower. Unlike in high school, this is a good thing, since it provides more of a distinction between scores and allows you to better compare scores across movies (or CDs).

    The resulting METASCORE, then, is a good indication of how a particular movie/game/CD was reviewed. The better the reviews, the higher the score will be; the worse the reviews, the lower the score will be. Ideally, if reviews are completely divided between good and bad, the METASCORE should be close to 50.

  78. I’m not getting my hopes up about seeing the duet. If it does actually air, I’ll consider it a pleasant surprise. After he mentioned clearance issues again, it makes me think it’s a no go.

    But he might have done that interview Friday. Just looking at the bright side. hehe

  79. I’m not getting my hopes up about seeing the duet. If it does actually air, I’ll consider it a pleasant surprise. After he mentioned clearance issues again, it makes me think it’s a no go.

    How incredibly stupid this has been. I honestly wish we had never heard about it in the first place.

  80. They had a great line about how one of the more telling differences between the two was that Adam pretty much emerged from the womb with a plan for world domination ‘“ lol, pointing out that he was much more aware of how to make it in the biz than SuBo

    Ha! So pretty much 100% wrong then. Seems like SuBo’s strategy is the one that has resulted in world domination.

  81. Thanks for the Metascore explanation, lucy. I’m not sure it’s a fair system, but at least now I understand how it works.

  82. I don’t think Mrs. P was being dishonest when she quoted from the negative review of Kris’s performance. She never said the crowd didn’t give Kris an enthusiastic reception, just that the music critic wasn’t impressed with his set. And from the sound of the article, it seems that pretty much everyone on the bill got a good response, with CS and Kris maybe getting a slightly better one.

    I’m not trying to read anything into this situation, but it could be Kris got a good reception because the audience liked Kris the person, not just because of his performance. Such things do happen. Just sayin’…

  83. Yeah, I think the duet got cut! Damn it!

    Is there a certain building you guys want me to go burn down? I agree with Sassycatz, I wish I had never heard of it. GAHH.

  84. Kris is easily winning the radio station’s poll for which was the favorite performance of last night’s Kissmas Bash. I think this suggests that the crowd really liked his performance – no matter what the reviewer thought of it.

    http://www.kiss985.com/pages/5811342.php

  85. Kris is easily winning the radio station’s poll for which was the favorite performance of last night’s Kissmas Bash. I think this suggests that the crowd really liked his performance ‘“ no matter what the reviewer thought of it.

    http://www.kiss985.com/pages/5811342.php

    The poll is not restricted to people who went to see the show… So basically, it doesn’t mean anything.

  86. GREAT early review for the Carrie special from CinemaBlend:

    http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Carrie-Underwood-An-All-Star-Holiday-Special-Early-Review-21542.html

    In anticipation of the holiday season, FOX gifted to me a sneak peek of tonight’s Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special. While I didn’t get the full two-hour experience, I was afforded the opportunity to see several of the musical numbers, and exactly one comedy sketch. The good news is that Underwood, and her bevy of guests sounded wonderful, and the one sketch was even pretty funny.

    -snip-

    It all comes down to your centerpiece. They need to have poise, humor, timing and a great voice. They need charisma like you’ve almost never seen, so your eyes are drawn to them the moment they walk on stage. Carrie Underwood is, of course, gorgeous and has a stunning voice. As it turns out, she’s got all those other qualities to boot. I’m sure she’s not looking to abandon her singing career for a run at a variety series, but I’d love to see her at the center of the occasional holiday special like this.

    The sneak peek FOX sent out did include Cook… and still no mention of the duet. *sad*

  87. It wasn’t a review (honest or otherwise) of a ‘Kris fail.’  It was a reviewer’s opinion of a Kris performance. It wasn’t honest or dishonest, just subjevtive.

    Correct, it was a reviewer’s opinion of Kris’s performance and in that reviewer’s judgment Kris failed.

    What I disagreed with was babybelle’s characterization of a fellow poster (Mrs. P) as dishonest. In my opinion, Mrs. P wasn’t being dishonest because she wasn’t saying anything about the crowd’s reaction at all, just the reviewer’s.

  88. Oh well, my BFF loves Carrie so I’m going to call her about it so she can watch tonight. I’m trying to brainwa- I mean Cookify her. I thought the duet could have been able to do it. But I think she’ll like “Lie”. Its just sooo disappointing though.

    I don’t know if I buy this “clearance issue” thing. You would think they would have cleared this before they had them sing it. I hope it gets released on the internet or something. It’s such a shame to have it go to waste…

    This is getting my blood pressure up. I’m going to go listen to Vera by the fantabulous Andy Skib. hehe

    ETA:@thedavidcook: Writing with Sam & Sluggo today. Co-wrote Breathe Tonight with them. Stoked to see what we get the next few days

  89. I’m not trying to read anything into this situation, but it could be Kris got a good reception because the audience liked Kris the person, not just because of his performance. Such things do happen. Just sayin” ¦

    it’s not because the reviewer was not on his side that it is needed to extrapolate this to the crowd. I’ve been following ALL his performances since the tour and he’s getting great reception all the time. For example at the Vineyard gig, he was the only one performer beside the headliner to get a standing O at the end of his set

  90. Thanks for the Metascore explanation, lucy. I’m not sure it’s a fair system, but at least now I understand how it works.

    Exactly. … And at least they tell us how their system works, so we can dismiss it or not, based on understanding it — they could do much worse!

  91. http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/morning/carrie-underwood-interview

    No way! Carrie mentions loving Teddy Ruxpin… on the Y98 David Cook interview this morning, DC mentions Teddy Ruxpin as his favorite Christmas present growing up! Haha, that is too cute.

    The sneak peek FOX sent out did include Cook’ ¦ and still no mention of the duet. *sad*

    SOOO SAD!! Someone post that thing online…? Is that possible that a song has musical clearance issues for TV broadcast that doesn’t extend to online content?

  92. seriously try not to get that upset about it. Clearance issues happen all the time and it can’t always be prevented, yes even last minute things happen. I can’t possibly conceive any reason why they would deliberately cut something Carrie herself has raved about so much. Didn’t she say repeatedly it was one of her favorite moments of the show? Forget David, but IMO they wouldn’t do that to her if there wasn’t a good reason.

    Wow he’s still got more writing here to do? A few more days? I thought he would have been heading back to KC by now.

    @thedavidcook: Also, everyone please check out Carrie Underwood’s Holiday Special tonight on FOX! We’re playing “Lie”!

    Oh god the Teddy Ruxpin thing is adorable!

  93. @thedavidcook Also, everyone please check out Carrie Underwood’s Holiday Special tonight on FOX! We’re playing “Lie”! 2 minutes ago from mobile web

    DANG. Thats all I have to say.

  94. Well, this article, which was just posted, specifically references the Van Halen duet. So maybe it was included in the press clips after all? Who knows. I hope it airs, but I’ll be psyched to see Lie performed on national television, and am looking forward to the rest of Carrie’s numbers too. I think the special is going to be just cheestastic.

  95. What I disagreed with was babybelle’s characterization of a fellow poster (Mrs. P) as dishonest. In my opinion, Mrs. P wasn’t being dishonest because she wasn’t saying anything about the crowd’s reaction at all, just the reviewer’s.

    LaurelG, in any case, the comment of Mrs. P sounds like a generalization and it is why it is irking some people

  96. Edit function’s gone. Sorry for post-hoing.

    @thedavidcook: Writing with Sam & Sluggo today. Co-wrote Breathe Tonight with them. Stoked to see what we get the next few days

    Ooh, I LURVE Breahe Tonight. You, broke when I just bent. What a great first lyric. How that song got relegated to a Walmart bonus track (and how KOTN got stuck as a hidden track) will forever baffle me.

  97. @thedavidcook Also, everyone please check out Carrie Underwood’s Holiday Special tonight on FOX! We’re playing ‘Lie’ ! 2 minutes ago from mobile web

    wow.. not to be missed!!!! :)

  98. Correct, it was a reviewer’s opinion of Kris’s performance and in that reviewer’s judgment Kris failed.

    Basically, who cares? A reviewer’s opinion does not make a performance a fail. I stand by my earlier post and while I agree Mrs. P wasn’t dishonest, she was not accurate in her reply. Not the same as dishonest but not right, either.

    I’m not trying to read anything into this situation, but it could be Kris got a good reception because the audience liked Kris the person, not just because of his performance. Such things do happen. Just sayin…

    You’re not trying to read anything into the situation? To most people Kris is a musician and it’s unlikely he’d get a great reception, as well as the crowd singing along to LLWD, and screaming and cheers during and after every song, just because they liked him as a person.

    Kris is easily winning the radio station’s poll for which was the favorite performance of last night’s Kissmas Bash. I think this suggests that the crowd really liked his performance ‘“ no matter what the reviewer thought of it

    The poll is not restricted to people who went to see the show’ ¦ So basically, it doesn’t mean anything.

    I disagree that it doesn’t mean anything. For one thing the attendance was huge, and it’s a good bet the attendees listen to the station that sponsored the event. It also means Kris is the most popular artist of the group, according to the votes of the listeners. That means a lot.

    Let’s get something straight, anyhow. The reviewer never said Kris isn’t a good performer or musician. He also never said the crowd didn’t love Kris — in fact, he said the opposite. All he really said is the type of muic Kris does is not to his liking.

  99. ETA:@thedavidcook: Writing with Sam & Sluggo today. Co-wrote Breathe Tonight with them. Stoked to see what we get the next few days

    He sounds like he’s on a frickin’ writers conveyor belt.

  100. SOOO SAD!! Someone post that thing online’ ¦? Is that possible that a song has musical clearance issues for TV broadcast that doesn’t extend to online content?

    I don’t think it works that way, or things wouldn’t be pulled off the web all the time for using a song they didn’t have permission to use.

    But agree about the sads if the song is pulled. And I would add that it would suck as well. Darn you Eddie VanHalen!

    Well I didn’t like the review of Adam’s album and I didn’t like the review of Kris in concert, so headline grrrness for me all the way around. But it’s totally the right of these guys to not like Adam’s album and find that Kris’s set, while popular with the people there, was anemic artisically and he didn’t find it interesting. I disgree with them, which is my right and from my taste. I personally happen to like Kris’s music live much better than recorded. Like with CSA in particular. I think it’s okay on the album, but I think I just got spoiled by how much more I liked it live.

  101. Ooh, I LURVE Breahe Tonight. You, broke when I just bent. What a great first lyric. How that song got relegated to a Walmart bonus track (and how KOTN got stuck as a hidden track) will forever baffle me.

    And sadly I bought my copy at Target. *headdesk* Should’ve done my research. So I don’t have My Last Request or Breathe Tonight. Just a live mp3. #pitypity

  102. AH shit isn’t Archie’s Kansas City concert tomorrow? I was hoping he would have got to go to that! For gods sake let the boy go home and see Archie, and his dog!

  103. I must be missing something here…has someone definately said “there will be no CookWood duet,” or is everyone just assuming there’s no duet because it hasn’t been mentioned? I listened to both those Carrie interviews and unless I missed something (and if I did, tell me the timestamp it’s said) there simply wasn’t mention of the CookWood duet. Doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Heck, there’s a LOT of stuff that wasn’t mentioned or promoted. They have to leave SOMETHING for the actual special!

  104. I don’t have “Breathe Tonight” either because I refused to buy anything from Walmart. Sometimes your “principles” and your “passions” clash. Heh.

  105. sallysimmons-Are you a SuBo fan? You can’t argue that she had a successful
    debut.
    That said, I’m not dismissing world domination by Adam Lambert.
    If you don’t mind, could you tell me where you got your crystal ball? So many people have one, maybe they’re included with “I Dreamed a Dream”?

  106. I don’t have ‘Breathe Tonight’  either because I refused to buy anything from Walmart. Sometimes your ‘principles’  and your ‘passions’  clash. Heh.

    If that had been me, I would have checked my principles at the gate. I know shame on me. But it’s David. That justifies it right? What? It doesn’t? ;)

  107. Sassycatz
    12/07/2009 at 1:24 pm
    I don’t have ‘Breathe Tonight’  either because I refused to buy anything from Walmart. Sometimes your ‘principles’  and your ‘passions’  clash. Heh.

    I agree, I won’t buy anything from Walmart either. I’m lucky enough, I realize, to be able to do that.

    That being said, if there was an Adam Walmart special song, I would Arrrrr it. I mean I bought a physical copy of the CD and a digital one on iTunes, so I figured I am paying the artists. I just won’t be paying an artist through Walmart.

  108. cookbunny, The reason people are thinking the duet might not be shown on TV is that David himself brought it up in a couple of phone interviews. He said there were clearance issues and he hoped it would be cleared in time for the show. Sounds like they’re all trying to make it happen but its iffy.

  109. Ha! So pretty much 100% wrong then. Seems like SuBo’s strategy is the one that has resulted in world domination.

    Well, except kinda not. The point in the article was that SuBo was more being puppeted into a specific role by her album, because she had no real sense of the music biz, or her path in it, on her own. I actually firmly believe that. I think SuBo kinda stumbled upon this fame thing, got really lucky with her timing, backstory, Simon’s backing, etc. which led her to become a huge success. Adam, otoh, clearly has a stronger sense of what he wants in the music biz, has gone for it, has appeared to call more of his own shots (sometimes for better or worse, lol) than she has. That’s what they’re saying.

  110. AH shit isn’t Archie’s Kansas City concert tomorrow? I was hoping he would have got to go to that! For gods sake let the boy go home and see Archie, and his dog!

    thats what im saying! lol

  111. Well, the good news is… David Cook will be on my TV tonight! Singing my favorite song off the album… so this is good. I feel like a complete dork to get so excited when he’s on my TV. My husband is good for a few eye rolls tonight, I am quite sure. Perhaps even a raised eyebrow. Ah, well. He might laugh at me but he watches the kids so I can go on David Cook adventures with vascot (once he realized that I do not fling panties). And he loves Allison and watched Idol for the first time this season because he thought she was awesome. *Smishes big burly ex-football playing hubby who loves Allison*

  112. For example at the Vineyard gig, he was the only one performer beside the headliner to get a standing O at the end of his set

    Not to take anything away from Kris, but Kimberly Caldwell also got a standing O at the Vineyard gig.

    I think the special is going to be just cheestastic

    And that’s just how we, american idol fans, like it!

  113. AH shit isn’t Archie’s Kansas City concert tomorrow? I was hoping he would have got to go to that! For gods sake let the boy go home and see Archie, and his dog!

    I was also hoping he would be hoping on a plane to go home tonight or early tomorrow to make Archie’s concert. He’s mentioned wanting to get out to a show, and this one would’ve been perfect, but his tweet about being “Stoked to see what we get the next few days” pretty much dashed that hope for me. DARN YOU TPTB’s. Darn all these things out of our control today (Cookwood duet being the major fail of the moment).

    I must be missing something here’ ¦has someone definately said ‘there will be no CookWood duet,’  or is everyone just assuming there’s no duet because it hasn’t been mentioned?

    The latter. But it’s very telling that Carrie and DC both went from touting the duet in earlier press to pretty much radio silence on it from Carrie, and reservations about it being shown from DC. And DC’s tweet only mentions Lie. Why wouldn’t he promote the duet on twitter if it’s still on? I hope we’re all wrong and it’s still on, but basically, outlook not good.

  114. Thanks csprof and girlygirl for the video links! Ask and you shall receive around here, too cool.

    To everyone going to the Kris concert tonight have fun and bring back vids and reports! I think MJ and ross are going and I can’t remember who else. If you can keep yourself from worrying over complete strangers and getting caught up in the controversies, following AI in the off season is pretty fun :)
    (Although I think the controversies is what makes it fun for some people, lol)

  115. I was also hoping he would be hoping on a plane to go home tonight or early tomorrow to make Archie’s concert. He’s mentioned wanting to get out to a show, and this one would’ve been perfect, but his tweet about being ‘Stoked to see what we get the next few days’  pretty much dashed that hope for me. DARN YOU TPTB’s. Darn all these things out of our control today (Cookwood duet being the major fail of the moment).

    first cookwood then archucook…. TPTB are against us.

  116. Hey, the original recipe Boot song is getting some news today. Billboard named Daniel Powter the “One Hit Wonder of the Decade” for his hit “Bad Day”. Ouch.

    I wonder why he never really had a follow-up hit. People like to say that “Bad Day” was only a hit because of AI, but it was a hit in several countries before being selected as the AI boot song. Plus, no subsequent boot song has been as big a hit (and Ruben’s barely made a ripple).

    Yahoo

  117. first cookwood then archucook’ ¦. TPTB are against us.

    What more is left to lose? The next thing you know Cook and Archie will die in a carcrash. j/k Archie joked about that once didn’t he?

  118. OMG with the will they or won’t they. Cookwood, you are a tease. Clearly they should have forgone the Van Halen and went with my suggestion to recreate this amazing duet.

    Let’s see, Claude Kelly recently gave a shout out to grunge and random tweeter man was diggin the shizz outta the real live guitars during their sesh, Wattenberg co wrote Declaration, Sam and Sluggo not only cowrote Breathe Tonight, but also stuff for Boys Like Girls. I’m thinking we might have ourselves a rock record, y’all. \o/ Hopefully, with Cook writing with all of these guys, the record will hang together.

  119. Help me out here, isn’t this December writing stuff kind of last minute? I don’t think David never mentioned all these upcoming sessions for December. I know he said not long ago that he would have meetings with RCA the day after the tour ended and that he planned to take December off. I think mostly January was mentioned for writing and February/March hitting the studio. I think that’s how I remember it..? It just feels like they didn’t even give him a moment to catch his breath coming off the tour.

  120. IMO, Allison’s problem is not that she is not talented (can’t dispute her talent) or that her album isn’t good (appears to be solid), it is that she is 17 and is completely overshadowed by Adam and Kris (and somewhat by Danny)

    I disagree. Yes, she’s talented and yes her album is pretty good. But her extra low sales aren’t because she was overshadowed…or at least I don’t believe that’s the main reason. The real problem is that her album will not appeal to the vast majority of AI viewers.

    I love Allison’s voice and adored her on AI but have no desire to listen to any of these tracks more than once and won’t be buying the disk. Kris kept to the poppy/strummy side of rock with his album thus avoiding offending most AI viewers. I don’t like his sound, but it is definitely popular at the moment. Adam, while introducing electropop elements, kept most of the sounds on his album to things that could be played on Top40 or HAC stations instead of going true electropop (as he appears drawn to). Allison’s disk on the other hand leans more rock/alt sounding but with a poppy layering and, while somewhat suited to her, is not as appealing to the average AI viewer. She really is more along the AvrilL sound and is going to need to attract a new fan base…unfortunately, I’m not sure she’ll do it with this disk because while she sounds really good on it, most of the songs seem to be lacking something that makes them stand out as extra special. That may not matter with the right promotion, but it’ll make getting radio play a bit more difficult.

    My favorite song on her disk is Holiday and that’s because it has my favorite back-beat/guitar-intro kicking it off and giving it a dark sexy flavor. Unfortunately, she loses that flavor when the chorus kicks in and only regains it briefly at the 2:16 mark. While I understand why they went with this sound, I think it does her an injustice. She’d sell great if she went more jazz. Or, as she is more inclined toward rock, if she’d gone with a purer alt rock sound without the pop layer I think she’d draw a new audience quickly. Either would have a better chance of attracting a long term dedicated fan base than the current disk.

  121. Another one here who does not have DC’s Breathe Tonight because I choose not to give business to WalMart. Didn’t know there were so many of us.

    The duet thing is a bummer if it’s cancelled. There have been some weird mixups/problems in Cookieland — remember the AI performance of Permanent and it wasn’t on I-Tunes to purchase for charity for a half day or so? The abrupt cancellation of the finale show of the Tour. Now this duet thing. Why so many mixups? Why couldn’t they have cleared the song BEFORE Carrie and Cookie did the duet? Seems basic. Just venting and wondering, that’s all.

    Thank goodness LIE is still a go!

  122. first cookwood then archucook’ ¦. TPTB are against us.

    What more is left to lose?

    I KNOW! This is like the OPPOSITE of the Christmas spirit. Why are TPTB’s *taking* things away from us? December should be full of good news for fans! Aren’t both Davids’ birthdays this month? Which means the FANS should be getting gifts, right? Haha. Oh well. I won’t complain too much as long as DC keeps tweeting to keep us informed about album 2’s progress.

  123. It just feels like they didn’t even give him a moment to catch his breath coming off the tour.

    Agree. Wouldn’t some time for rest and reflection be good for creativity? What about some alone time for DC to write some fine lyrics? Is this how a lot of songwriting is done by artists? Appointments in studios to churn out tunes pronto? Again, just wonderin’.

  124. Help me out here, isn’t this December writing stuff kind of last minute?

    I don’t think it is last minute. He has always said he would start working the day the tour ended. He only said that he’d take days off to be with his brother for his graduation and then his birthday. But till then, it’s work. I don’t know when is Andrew’s graduation though.

  125. It will be kind of weird of David is the only guest who doesn’t sing with Carrie, no? I’m still hopeful it will work out even though I hate Van Halen, lol.

    Help me out here, isn’t this December writing stuff kind of last minute? I don’t think David never mentioned all these upcoming sessions for December.

    It seems like they’re really pushing to get at least a single out in time for David to make an Idol appearance in the spring. That projected summer release date is also looking more and more likely.

  126. gulfluv, I’ll report back for sure! See you guys later, I’m going to see Kris tonight.

  127. I’m trying to focus on all the good things that have happened in Cookieland over the past year or so, despite recent glitches. Even little things – like him going out with Stevie VanZandt to hear some of his tour buddies’ in concert last night.

    This is unusual for me as I am naturally pessimistic.

  128. Reminder:

    Stay on topic. What’s not the topic? Dissecting a poster’s reaction to one of the news items as if she’s not here.

  129. “I love Allison’s voice and adored her on AI but have no desire to listen to any of these tracks more than once and won’t be buying the disk. ”

    Allison is too young for her voice. She like David Archuleta should have waited to go on American Idol and should have developed themselves into something that goes along with their voices. It may have been better for both of them to wait 3 or 4 years but patience is not something most teenagers have.

    Both of these singers even though they might do reasonably well would have done much better if they had waited. Allison is no more a rock singer, even though she has a rock voice, then David Archuleta is really a poppy tween singer. Having a voice doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the performance skills or the maturity to make that voice do what it has the potential to do. If either of these kids can still be around in five years they may have a chance of doing well. But the kind of crap on their first albums didn’t make this seem too hopeful.

  130. LOL at the Buffalo News’ disdain for Jack Johnson and thinking The Fray and Train are snooze-fests like Kris. To each his own, but IMO if you’re compared with hugely successful acts like The Fray and Train, Kris is in good company. I quite liked Kris’s mash-up of “Heartless” + “Gangster’s Paradise” last night, but it seems the line-up was largely all about R&B and synth-stylings (Cobra Starship, Jason DeRulo, Sean Kingston and Keri Hilson), so it would seem out of place. I guess if Buffalo had wanted a one-note show, they probably should’ve booked someone else, because Kris doesn’t do synth-pop and autotune.

    It seemed the crowd gave Kris a very good reception, so that is all that matters. Tough thing for reviewers to not let their musical preferences dictate their reviews, I guess. I went to a bash of sorts once, with a bunch of acts I didn’t particularly care about, but they were still entertaining, even if they didn’t appeal to my musical tastes.

  131. It just feels like they didn’t even give him a moment to catch his breath coming off the tour.

    Well, in light of the lack of another single from DCTR, my theory is that these writing sessions with known writing commodities are all about the lead single for the next album. I don’t think Cook would be down with rushing another album out the door in DCTR fashion (god I hope not!) but RCA, if they are really intent on giving him some big support with album 2, might want a strong opening single sooner rather than later. Maybe they want to get Cook back on the radio in a bigger way in advance of the album dropping, and there’s an AI Season 9 debut to think about, too.

  132. Kimberly Caldwell also got a standing O at the Vineyard gig.

    thanks leome, i didn’t know! Great for her

  133. Help me out here, isn’t this December writing stuff kind of last minute?

    I don’t think it is last minute. He has always said he would start working the day the tour ended.

    Actually, now that Trina reminded me, I do distinctly remmeber DC saying several times that he was taking most of December off for his brother’s graduation, his birthday, Christmas. Of course, he also said he would start working on record #2 immediately, but I didn’t think he necessarily meant it literally. I guess RCA did though.

  134. In terms of writing sessions, you also have to do them when the writer/producer is available. I would guess Claude Kelly is a pretty in-demand person.

  135. #

    Not sure if these were posted before. Several photos of Adam and Kris (alone and together) at the US Weekly Hot Hollywood Party. I know I haven’t seen these before, but maybe I sarvered’ ¦

    http://www.startraksphoto.com/site/gallery/Gallery.aspx?ev=3704B4EC235
    #

    Thanks, there are some really cute pics in there. How tall is Joel McHale? The pic of Kris next to him made me smile. Cute pics of Alec and Edyta and Tony and Chelsea (DWTS) in there too.

  136. Hm. Just watched some dudes lock some serious lip on an ABC soap opera–One Life To Live.

    Also, somebody is in the hospital–victim of a gay hate crime.

  137. I remember DC saying he was intending to take December off in past interviews too but I guess things sort of changed.

    I don’t think Cook would be down with rushing another album out the door in DCTR fashion (god I hope not!) but RCA, if they are really intent on giving him some big support with album 2, might want a strong opening single sooner rather than later. Maybe they want to get Cook back on the radio in a bigger way in advance of the album dropping, and there’s an AI Season 9 debut to think about, too.

    That’s some good food for thought sunchick and no I’m not trying to make you hungry but If I did, so sorry. ;)

    What you said there I think might be exactly what may be happening at the moment since it’s all about $$$$ and getting him back on the radio ASAP.

  138. also relating to Archies billboard concert:

    RT @OurWorldLive: New contest announced soon. We can’t give you the details, it will involve BillboardLive.com, Twitter & David Archuleta..

  139. I do distinctly remmeber DC saying several times that he was taking most of December off for his brother’s graduation, his birthday, Christmas. Of course, he also said he would start working on record #2 immediately, but I didn’t think he necessarily meant it literally. I guess RCA did though

    Yea I know he tweeted, I think around the time of the 3rd to last show that he was one step closer to seeing his dog so I just assumed he’d get to home pretty soon after that..I wasn’t really thinking all this writing was next. It wasn’t until the day after the last show he said he was heading to NY for a week or so. By the buses in Charlotte he did say “they” changed some plans and also said they arranged for him to go to NY earlier since the show got cancelled. I think Andrew might be graduating on the 12th, sometime around there.

  140. mj
    12/07/2009 at 2:17 pm

    Hm. Just watched some dudes lock some serious lip on an ABC soap opera’“One Life To Live.

    Also, somebody is in the hospital’“victim of a gay hate crime.

    Sssshh! *whispers* ABC is supposed to be homophobic! ;)

  141. mj
    12/07/2009 at 2:17 pm

    Hm. Just watched some dudes lock some serious lip on an ABC soap opera’“One Life To Live.

    I don’t watch the show. But at a guess, based on what I’ve seen on ABC, these characters likely blend real well and could easily live in suburbia and be the type of folks you’d ask to watch over your house while on vacation. The safe gay male syndrome…with the underlying message, really we’re just like you, nothing to see here. Not all straight people are like that. And not all gay people are like that, but that seems to be the approved image for gay people on TV.

  142. Both of these singers even though they might do reasonably well would have done much better if they had waited. Allison is no more a rock singer, even though she has a rock voice, then David Archuleta is really a poppy tween singer. Having a voice doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the performance skills or the maturity to make that voice do what it has the potential to do. If either of these kids can still be around in five years they may have a chance of doing well. But the kind of crap on their first albums didn’t make this seem too hopeful.

    how can anyone say for certain how they, or any young singer for that matter, would have/could have/should have fared by waiting.. i want a crystal ball like that, for sure… you are entitled to your opinion about their albums, it’s all good, but all i’m gonna say is that enough people bought the crap on david’s a’s cd to make it go gold and then some, and they sure bought the crap outta a crappy little song called ”crush” that’s sitting on the edge of double platinum, and they sure like seeing him tour all over the world and this country, as evidenced by his many sold out shows – and there’s a crappy little christmas cd out there that is currently outselling a lotta big guns on itunes, including a few from s8 idol who have had 1000x the promo… one person’s crap is another’s treasure, so if this is crap, i’ll gladly take it :)

  143. jms
    12/07/2009 at 2:30 pm

    I don’t watch the show. But at a guess, based on what I’ve seen on ABC, these characters likely blend real well and could easily live in suburbia and be the type of folks you’d ask to watch over your house while on vacation. The safe gay male syndrome’ ¦with the underlying message, really we’re just like you, nothing to see here. Not all straight people are like that. And not all gay people are like that, but that seems to be the approved image for gay people on TV.

    I don’t know why it has to be an “approved image”. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy has some flamboyant gay characters that aren’t the usual “we’re just like you”, but that show was successful. What is wrong with characters who are gay but are not necessarily stereotypical gay? It seems like when you show gay characters on TV who aren’t Miss J from America’s Next Top Model, you’re misrepresenting the gay community. ABC Family for instance has a show called Greek , where a gay frat guy is one of the cast of characters. To me, it didn’t come off as if the show purposefully put the gay guy in a frat house to make it an “approved image”. In fact, the show’s creator is himself gay and the character was modeled from his experience as a fraternity member in college.

  144. from hits daily double… with a little over 36 percent of vendors reporting… idol alums hi lited…

    CHART DATE: 12/07/2009
    LAST UPDATE: 12/07/2009 12:23:06
    NOW IN: 36.20%

    1 SUSAN BOYLE COLUMBIA 178,344
    I DREAMED A DREAM

    2 ANDREA BOCELLI DECCA 89,722
    MY CHRISTMAS

    3 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 39,419
    PLAY ON

    15 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 19,191

    31 KRIS ALLEN 19/JIVE/ZLG 11,002

    41 DAVID ARCHULETA 19/JIVE/ZLG 8,943

    43 ALLISON IRAHETA 19/JIVE/ZLG 8,308

    http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/sales/salescht.cgi

  145. Lots of Idols on that chart. Don’t assume that means 1/3 of the total numbers are in. HDD is more complicated than that. Here the top 10 so far:

    1 1 SUSAN BOYLE COLUMBIA 178,344
    I DREAMED A DREAM
    2 2 ANDREA BOCELLI DECCA 89,722
    MY CHRISTMAS
    9 3 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 39,419
    PLAY ON
    8 4 TAYLOR SWIFT BIG MACHINE 38,982
    FEARLESS
    17 5 NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC SONY MUSIC 37,041
    NOW 32
    — 6 R. KELLY JIVE/JLG 33,632
    UNTITLED
    10 7 MICHAEL JACKSON EPIC 30,809
    THIS IS IT
    4 8 LADY GAGA INTERSCOPE 27,213
    FAME MONSTER (EP)
    12 9 TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON CHOP SHOP/ATLANTIC 26,683
    SOUNDTRACK
    16 10 JUSTIN BIEBER ISLAND/IDJMG 23,838

  146. i know that’s right jpfan…. got a long way to go, and anything can happen, ha.!

  147. carrie is holding over very well. i wonder if she’ll ever release an album without the cushion of holiday sales? but if ain’t broke…

    justin bieber’s CD is also holding up very well, which is a suprise since i would think that his appeal right now is so very limited to a certain demographic that it would have been front-loaded and then subsequently drop like a stone.

    no words for either subo or taylor swift.

  148. Lots of Idols on that chart. Don’t assume that means 1/3 of the total numbers are in. HDD is more complicated than that.

    This is true – but for now Allison’s numbers aren’t looking good. Kris’s numbers look good for his 3rd week and Adam’s might be a monumentally huge drop which I sort of expected because of how big his first week was. Susan Boyle’s numbers just defy logic.

  149. david a looks to be on his way to another good week – he sold enough to chart on hdd the last two weeks, but for some glitchy reason his numbers were left off… i’m excited with what i see with the 1st update… hoping to see it pass 100k in total sales with this week’s report… the little christmas album that could, ha!

  150. SuBo’s sales are really insane. She’s crushing everyone else but Bocelli.
    Okay, I still don’t get it.

  151. Susan Boyle’s numbers just defy logic.

    And yet I don’t know one person in real life who has bought that CD. Are people just not admitting to it? Porn, sex toys and a SuBo CD in a plain brown wrapper please.

  152. justin bieber’s CD is also holding up very well, which is a suprise since i would think that his appeal right now is so very limited to a certain demographic that it would have been front-loaded and then subsequently drop like a stone.

    Yeah but its Christmas, and parents and grandparents will buy his CD a gift to their kids. Not to mention kids buying it for each other. He’s set.

  153. Well, as has been mentioned, it’s impossible to tell what this really means.

    But it does look as if Adam and Kris could have a shot at 40,000 and 25,000 to 30,000, respectively, which would be *fine* for them, I think. That would mean that Kris has seen very little dropoff since last week — which seems like great news — and that Adam would be nearly halfway to gold in two weeks, which is very helpful.

    Allison’s number, though. Yikes. It looks as if she *may* make her prediction, but could actually fall below it, the way idols tend to do. I certainly hope not. But — lower than Archie’s Christmas album. I don’t really know what to make of that. Does nobody know she has an album out? Is the Idol audience just too old to buy anything from Allison? ….

    I’m old, and I like quite a few songs on the album, and *love* her voice, so I bought it. Anyway, hope for this week that this first tally really does represent just a third or less of sales, for her, in particular.

  154. it was to be expected to see SuBo first this week too. Her drop seems to be in the order of 30-35, which is very good; there is quite an audience for her it seems.

    Not bad at all for Kris, he seems to maintain more or less the sales of his 2nd week.

    too low for Allison but as predicted

  155. SuBo’s sales are really insane. She’s crushing everyone else but Bocelli.
    Okay, I still don’t get it.

    i guess some things are meant to remain a mystery….

  156. tinawina
    12/07/2009 at 3:04 pm

    justin bieber’s CD is also holding up very well, which is a suprise since i would think that his appeal right now is so very limited to a certain demographic that it would have been front-loaded and then subsequently drop like a stone.

    Yeah but its Christmas, and parents and grandparents will buy his CD a gift to their kids. Not to mention kids buying it for each other. He’s set.

    true, which i guess would also explain taylor’s surge and to a lesser extent, carrie’s. and then you have the old christmas album standbys.

  157. Not bad at all for Kris, he seems to maintain more or less the sales of his 2nd week.

    To me this seems to show future potential for Kris as more people are exposed to him and his music.

  158. Well Adam’s drop will be HUGE and that’s about what I expected. Hopefully, it will just stay with 80 and not 85. Which that’s not a sentence I like. feh. it But Kris’s seems to be holding up well from last week, which good! That’s about what I expected he would do. He seems to be the one that stabilizes and that’s helped in part because he has a song that is doing fairly well and getting his music out there. So good for him. At least I have less heartburn with Kris’s numbers now.

    Allison? yeah, she’ll do about what I expect. While getting out there on TV this week, she’s not getting the spins she needs.

  159. Allison could jump up (or down) in the ranking as he rest comes in. So we will see where she really falls tomorrow.

    I just want her to make the 30K.

  160. SuBo’s sales are really insane. She’s crushing everyone else but Bocelli.
    Okay, I still don’t get it.

    When you buy anyone else’s album, you’re buying music and, secondarily but right in there in many cases, a romantic, sexual fantasy (see Bieber, Justin.)

    But when you buy Susan Boyle’s, you’re buying one or more of a bunch of feelings that people value, I would bet.

    Like, I’m a good person who can completely overlook the surfaces in life to see through to the beauty within … And, Even though I may be plain and old and unprepossessing, I can live out a dream if I just stand up and let my inner beauty shine through. …. Etc.

    Ten bucks for a shot of feeling like that (plus 50 minutes of pretty, inoffensive music that helps me reinvigorate that feeling) probably seems like a pretty good deal to many.

  161. When you buy anyone else’s album, you’re buying music and, secondarily but right in there in many cases, a romantic, sexual fantasy (see Bieber, Justin.)

    Ickk. Do not see a romantic, sexual fantasy there.

  162. Not bad at all for Kris, he seems to maintain more or less the sales of his 2nd week.

    To me this seems to show future potential for Kris as more people are exposed to him and his music.

    Yeah. Seems pretty clear that the radio play is now translating into album sales. That’s great news.

  163. When you buy anyone else’s album, you’re buying music and, secondarily but right in there in many cases, a romantic, sexual fantasy (see Bieber, Justin.)

    Ickk. Do not see a romantic, sexual fantasy there.

    Are you an 11-year-old girl?

  164. jpfan
    12/07/2009 at 3:03 pm

    SuBo’s sales are really insane. She’s crushing everyone else but Bocelli.
    Okay, I still don’t get it.

    Yeah didn’t everyone who wanted her CD for Christmas get it already with last weeks numbers. ;-) J/K But it is the CD that defies all logic. Good for her! (Damn that Simon Cowell is just getting richer off the whole phenom)

  165. Ten bucks for a shot of feeling like that (plus 50 minutes of pretty, inoffensive music that helps me reinvigorate that feeling) probably seems like a pretty good deal to many.

    Define inoffensive.
    (I’m kidding. Please don’t)

  166. But when you buy Susan Boyle’s, you’re buying one or more of a bunch of feelings that people value, I would bet.

    Even my mom was like ‘I think SuBo’s story is sweet and a triumph. It’s so nice that she’s doing so well! Let’s hear if to the middle-aged ladies!’ Which I was like ack! no, wrong. It’s manipulation and some backstory and have you heard her music? it’s a bunch of covers done in a mediocre way. I’ll spare the rest of our discussion of music and mediocrity being rewarded in this culture, but I was shocked that even someone as normally savvy as my mom was sucked into the SuBu phenom, but I think her response is fairly typical.

    Though thank goodness she didn’t buy SuBo’s album, but then she doesn’t buy a lot of music. She gets stuff from the library and burns it. Yes, my mom’s a pirater, sorry music industry.

  167. Define inoffensive.

    the kind that sells a million copies in 2 weeks, heh

  168. At the rate she’s going SuBo will be platinum either this week or next – it really defies all logic and I know no one who has purchased or wants this CD.

  169. At the rate she’s going SuBo will be platinum either this week or next ‘“ it really defies all logic and I know no one who has purchased or wants this CD.

    somebody’s buying the cd – either folks are just lying about buying/downloading it, or soundscan is perpetrating a massive fraud on the public, lolol… i go with door number 1…

  170. At the rate she’s going SuBo will be platinum either this week or next ‘“ it really defies all logic and I know no one who has purchased or wants this CD.

    Yeah, I don’t get it. I mean even my mom didn’t actually want her music, was just happy that she was successful. I know of no one else who wants her music and I even know of people who do want Bocelli’s xmas album, but SuBo’s? nyah.

    I remain confounded by her. Impressed, but confounded.

  171. somebody’s buying the cd ‘“ either folks are just lying about buying/downloading it, or soundscan is perpetrating a massive fraud on the public, lolol’ ¦ i go with door number 1′ ¦

    yes but who are the people who are buying it and where do they live?? Seriously, i have not met a single person who has bought it, intends to buy it, or wants to receive it as a gift. But people are obviously buying it in droves.

  172. I don’t watch the show. But at a guess, based on what I’ve seen on ABC, these characters likely blend real well and could easily live in suburbia and be the type of folks you’d ask to watch over your house while on vacation. The safe gay male syndrome’ ¦with the underlying message, really we’re just like you, nothing to see here.

    I don’t watch soaps, but aren’t most of the characters in them fairly safe? Aren’t they set in suburbia with a bunch of “average people” (except in the look’s department)? A smattering of doctors. Some vague business dude. A harlot or two. Somebody running the local restaurant/bar. The most dangerous/unsafe dude is the guy who wears a leather coat and dates a lot of women. If he sticks around, he’ll eventually become safe too.

    I think it would be more of a problem if ABC soaps featured scarey, not-like-you characters who happened to be gay because they would stick out like a sore thumb and would seem to be making a statement that gay people are not like you.

    And, all the gay people I know are just like me. Some dress better. Some dress frumpier. They have their problems with battling dandelions in their lawns and deciding where they are going to go on vacation. We swap techniques on how to raise kids. Sure, they have issues that I don’t have to deal with, but that’s a problem imposed by the external world (ie. they are fundamentally like me, but the world sadly sometimes treats them differently). If I hung out in biker bars, I would probably know scarier people of all persuasions, but then I would be scarier too. Boo!

  173. @nealfingtiemann Everybody check me out on fox tonight! I bet i’m gonna look great!

    Neal is so humble.

    Yeah, I don’t get it. I mean even my mom didn’t actually want her music, was just happy that she was successful. I know of no one else who wants her music and I even know of people who do want Bocelli’s xmas album, but SuBo’s? nyah.

    Maybe the UK people are the ones buying the album in masses.

  174. Maybe the UK people are the ones buying the album in masses.

    these hdd numbers are us sales – so there’s gotta be a lotta lyin’ folk in this country snapping this baby up :)

  175. I was CD shopping this weekend and I couldn’t help but notice that they seem to have given up on even shelving SuBo’s CD. In one store, they had two 4 foot high towers of her CDs stacked on the floor. If I’d had more time, I would have watched the towers to find out who these elusive SuBo fans are. Since I don’t know any people who want her CD and I don’t hang around biker bars, I’m forced to conclude that hard-core biker gang dudes are buying her CD. Maybe they are more mellow than I thought.

  176. Maybe the UK people are the ones buying the album in masses.

    the numbers in HDD are US only I thought but she’s also topping UK charts

  177. these hdd numbers are us sales ‘“ so there’s gotta be a lotta lyin’ folk in this country snapping this baby up

    Its so weird because everyone I know would laugh at the thought of buying her album. Someone needs to get the security tapes at stores and see who is picking them up.

  178. Okay, I confess. I went out and bought 669,843 copies of Susan Boyle’s CD last week. I just couldn’t stand by and let Pebbles the cat starve.

  179. I confess.. I did buy Subo Cd but certainly not for me. I had to get it for my mother-in-law who neglected not buying SuBo Cd on QVC. When I heard her said that during Thanksgiving dinner, the light bulb in me lighted up immediately as we always had headache thinking of her Christmas gift. So there you got 1 buyer here.

  180. Sassycatz
    12/07/2009 at 3:54 pm
    Okay, I confess. I went out and bought 669,843 copies of Susan Boyle’s CD last week. I just couldn’t stand by and let Pebbles the cat starve.

    LOL that’s a good one!

  181. ggdoorsfan
    12/07/2009 at 3:47 pm

    Maybe the UK people are the ones buying the album in masses.

    these hdd numbers are us sales ‘“ so there’s gotta be a lotta lyin’ folk in this country snapping this baby up

    Maybe they are all illegal aliens from Great Britain. :lol:

  182. Going by my mother-in-law, I would guess that a lot of the buyers for SuBo Cds here in US are the baby boomers. But who knows..

  183. I don’t watch soaps, but aren’t most of the characters in them fairly safe? Aren’t they set in suburbia with a bunch of ‘average people’  (except in the look’s department)? A smattering of doctors. Some vague business dude. A harlot or two. Somebody running the local restaurant/bar. The most dangerous/unsafe dude is the guy who wears a leather coat and dates a lot of women. If he sticks around, he’ll eventually become safe too.

    Well ABC’s top rated soap, which isn’t saying much these days, is General Hospital which is all about the mob and they’re the moral centerpiece of the show. But it’s pretty much the same formula of good guys and bad guy, just on GH the “good guys,” are mob sociopaths and the bad people are the cops, lawyers, FBI, army and firemen of the world.

    Anyhew, I do think the point is valid that what is shown, especially for gay males, is meant to be as safe, generic and “good,” as possible. Kissing for men took forever to show in daytime TV, CBS’s ATWT was really the pioneers there.

    But the amount of sex and degree that is shown for hetro characters is very different than for gay characters, especially gay males ones. The level is not that graphic. The level of bodies shown and the actions in bed for hetro couples is just not there in a corresponding way for gay characters, especially gay male characters. A kiss is pretty much a big deal for gay male characters, for hetro characters? Yeah, no. Speaking of GH, it’s had a scene which pretty clearly intimated a woman was going down on a guy, that would never happen with gay male characters.

    And I think the general idea of the safe, suburban, hetro seeming character is one that is used the most, to make people feel the most “comfortable,” with the gay character, is a valid one. The Matt character. I think AfterElton’s articles about Butch It Up and their response to the Newsweek article about how too many femine gay men are ruining gay rights in this country, is a valid one. And let me point out that Newsweek article about how gays can’t have too many feminine types out there, like Adam, who ruin it for the community does go to the point of the ‘safe, suburban, neutered gay guy,’ as one that somehow straights need to see more of to allow gays their rights. Or something.

  184. Maybe they are all illegal aliens from Great Britain. :lol:

    good one – that’s as good an explanation as any :lol: suebo’s pimp hand came out and put the smackdown on everybody – in the uk and europe and the usa… now that’s big pimpin’ baby!

  185. @nealfingtiemann Everybody check me out on fox tonight! I bet i’m gonna look great!

    I bet you’re going to look incredibly fug, as usual.

    I think I’ll buy 5 SuBo cd’s this week, just because I think her continued chart domination is absolutely hilarious. In fact, I think I’ll start a SuBo for Troops campaign. Who’s in?

  186. Hey i am in the UK and I don’t know anyone who has bought SuBo either !!

  187. David Archuleta talks about Baltimore show and his next album

    Chatter: Is there a timetable for the album? When are you hoping to release it?

    David: ‘Just sometime next year. I guess. You never know how everything is going to work out. But it’s been nice because it’s not like: ‘You have to release it in three months, and you only have this much time to work on it. And, by the way, you have to do all these other things while you work on that.’

    ‘It’s so nice. It’s like, wow, I don’t have to stress and worry about getting everything done. I can take my time. I can enjoy the process. I can enjoy writing and not worry ‘ ¦ ‘Oh, this song isn’t a number one hit, so let’s stop writing it.’ It’s more like, ‘Let’s finish the song. This song is me.’ That’s what’s been fun about getting to do this.’ 

    Chatter: Some people are going to hear Nashville and think you’re coming out with a country album.

    David: ‘No, no. Nashville, it’s not really that country. They have a big indie scene there. Paramore’s from there. And Kings of Leon. (The album) will be pop.

    ‘I just want to show more of who I am. And I feel like the more you show people who you are, the more people can respect you because you’re not trying to be something you’re not. You’re just trying to be you and share who you are with other people.

    ‘I think that’s how you get the greatest connection through music. You tell your story. You share your feelings, whether they’re happy, weird, whatever. It’s just a matter of being honest with your music. And I think that’s what people will appreciate the most.’ 

    Idol Chatter (more at the link, including an audio clip)

  188. yes but who are the people who are buying it and where do they live?? Seriously, i have not met a single person who has bought it, intends to buy it, or wants to receive it as a gift. But people are obviously buying it in droves.

    Well, I did see a frighteningly large gathering of ferral cats outside the Target this weekend. And one of them appeared to be carrying an Amex gold card in it’s mouth. Hmmm……

  189. This is getting my blood pressure up. I’m going to go listen to Vera by the fantabulous Andy Skib. hehe

    Not sure how listening to a song about the third anniversary of an ex-girlfriend’ suicide by setting herself on fire would make you relax, but oooookay. Whatever floats your boat. (From the verdant yet macabre imagination of Neal Effing Tiemann . . . .)

  190. great interview ozarka… can’t wait to hear more about and from david’s 2nd pop cd…

  191. LOL SpenserJ. I’m sure the troops would appreciate it as much as an idol cd!

  192. Hey i am in the UK and I don’t know anyone who has bought SuBo either !!

    I know one person in the US who bought it (it wasn’t me). ;)

  193. Great interview with Archie – thanks ozarka. Love that he name-checks Paramore and KOL as being Nashville artists. The dude has always really known his pop music.

  194. Hey i am in the UK and I don’t know anyone who has bought SuBo either !!

    LOL The amazing invisible SuBo fans!

  195. @nealfingtiemann Everybody check me out on fox tonight! I bet i’m gonna look great!

    I bet you’re not even going to appear, and I bet you already know that.

  196. Not sure how listening to a song about the third anniversary of an ex-girlfriend’ suicide by setting herself on fire would make you relax, but oooookay. Whatever floats your boat. (From the verdant yet macabre mind of Neal Effing Tiemann . . . .)

    Rofl! Umm, its not the lyrics but the voice. Idk? hehe (Please tell me thats not a true story!)lol

  197. Adam promoting Michael Saver’s new single on Itunes

    Hey friends! Check out Michael Sarver’s new single on iTunes available tomorrow! :) Retweeted by 20 people

    adamlambert
    Adam Lambert

  198. @nealfingtiemann Everybody check me out on fox tonight! I bet i’m gonna look great!

    I bet you’re not even going to appear, and I bet you already know that.

    Haha, I think that’s exactly what Neal meant. The special is done by a lot of the same producers as AI, right? Yeah, they seem to always keep Neal in the dark, literally.

  199. Haha, I think that’s exactly what Neal meant. The special is done by a lot of the same producers as AI, right? Yeah, they seem to always keep Neal in the dark, literally.

    Yah like the R&K performance. Neal got zero camera time, and you could barely see him. The two things that got camera time were David and Andys right hand.

  200. yesteday, i was listening to radio while driving my car and they were broadcasting a top 40 radio show from London. The DJ was pimping SuBo saying that he kind of like her ‘wild horses’. I guess he was just going with the flow..

    Since I don’t know any people who want her CD and I don’t hang around biker bars, I’m forced to conclude that hard-core biker gang dudes are buying her CD. Maybe they are more mellow than I thought.

    ROFL

  201. LMAO at the idea of Neal shrouded in darkness yet again, while everything on set is all brightly lit and Christmas cheerful and stuff. If I were a bettin woman, I’d place my money on Kyle being the member of the Anthemic most likely to get major face time.

    Also, so far we’ve established SuBo’s sales can be attributed to mother in law gifts, hardcore biker gangs with hearts of gold, illegal aliens, feral cats, and Spencer J. Did I miss a demo?

  202. Well, I did see a frighteningly large gathering of ferral cats outside the Target this weekend. And one of them appeared to be carrying an Amex gold card in it’s mouth. Hmmm’ ¦’ ¦

    OMG Sunchick – that’s hilarious. Do you think they’re buying them as Christmas gifts for their recluse, cat-lady owners?

  203. Are we sure Neal’s twitter hasn’t been taken over by… not-Neal? I mean, he tweeted that he had to go to DMV and then said… boo hoo. LOL. Doesn’t sound like him, he never even mentioned drinking!

    Yeah, they seem to always keep Neal in the dark, literally.

    They definitely hid him in the shadows on Regis & Kelly. I guess he’s skeery? I think he’s cute, lol. But he has grown on me, for sure.

  204. I don’t hang around biker bars, I’m forced to conclude that hard-core biker gang dudes are buying her CD. Maybe they are more mellow than I thought.

    Hey, they collect toys for tots, so why not?

    LOL SpenserJ. I’m sure the troops would appreciate it as much as an idol cd!

    They can use it to flush Al Qaeda out of the caves, unless Bin Laden’s a fan then he’d be in there groovin’ to SuBo.

    Haha, I think that’s exactly what Neal meant. The special is done by a lot of the same producers as AI, right? Yeah, they seem to always keep Neal in the dark, literally.

    They’re afraid he’ll frighten the children.

    LMAO at the idea of Neal shrouded in darkness yet again, while everything on set is all brightly lit and Christmas cheerful and stuff. If I were a bettin woman, I’d place my money on Kyle being the member of the Anthemic most likely to get major face time.

    Kyle is a cutie. The camera men love him. Heh.

  205. Also, so far we’ve established SuBo’s sales can be attributed to mother in law gifts, hardcore biker gangs with hearts of gold, illegal aliens, feral cats, and Spencer J. Did I miss a demo?

    Grandmas? As in a parent “helping” their kid by grandma a Christmas gift (for thos who know gifts don’t only come from Santa) and suggest the child by SuBo. I could totally see it :)

  206. Oh my…. this is funny.

    @thedavidcook everyone check out @DeRayDavis. Funny guy and cool as hell.

    @DeRayDavis YOOO @thedavidcook THX for the OUTTA NOWHERE FOLLOW FRENZY u sent.. needed more supermodels followin COOL bro!!ima send u sum of my HoodRats

  207. Its so weird because everyone I know would laugh at the thought of buying her album. Someone needs to get the security tapes at stores and see who is picking them up.

    Some of the very same people who are laughing at the idea, among others.

    Take a look at the Facebook “favorites” of everybody you know. I found a *ton* of people I know — none of whom that I would hvae suspected — who list Susan B as somebody they’re a “fan” of ….. I’d bet fairly heavily that quite a few of these people are buying her album, though many of them may be buying it on the sly.

  208. now this is some cool thinking out of the box marketing… and it’s good to begin seeing jive waking up and starting to target david a to the latino/ spanish speaking demo… will be interesting to see how this plays out…

    PumpTop TV Salutes Hispanic Market with Celebrity Appearances on its Digital Out-of-Home Network

    published: 12/07/2009

    In an effort to demonstrate just how interactive and diversified programming can be on its nationwide digital out-of-home network, PumpTop TV has announced that selected stations in eight major metropolitan designated market areas (DMAs) will feature Hispanic-focused content to provide viewers with a richer, more targeted experience. The cities selected all have a large Hispanic population: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and Chicago.

    Starting Monday, Dec. 7, PumpTop TV will feature programming from Rooftop Comedy, Alebrije Entertainment, Univision’s top astrologer Walter Mercado, Manana Media, Sony Music featuring David Archuleta, Splash News Online and Movie City News highlighting a special interview with Penelope Cruz about her upcoming movie ‘Nine.’  The programming will rotate so that PumpTop TV viewers will receive a wide variety of entertainment and information that will consist of video and banner content.

    ‘We are very excited to be able to demonstrate just how flexible and user-friendly our network can be,’  said Doug Woo, executive vice president of AdtekMedia, the parent company of PumpTop TV, Irvine, Calif.

    ‘PumpTop TV knows and understands how important the Hispanic market is to the future of the United States, so we are delighted to be able to serve this market with dedicated capabilities. As time goes on, PumpTop TV will explore and launch many cutting-edge possibilities. Like any new communications tool that has multi-platform capabilities, our system will evolve into a major out-of-home information video network that can deliver all kinds of content on a unique interactive basis.’ 

    The PumpTop TV network is part of a joint venture between PumpTop TV and Outcast that lets advertisers such as Red Bull, GM and Verizon reach a combined audience of more than 20 million motorists each month on 12,600 screens at service stations and convenience stores nationwide, including 15 of the top DMAs, according to the company.

    http://digitalsignageexpo.net/DNNArticleMaster/DNNArticleView/tabid/78/smid/400/ArticleID/2343/reftab/66/t/PumpTop-TV-Salutes-Hispanic-Market-with-Celebrity-Appearances-on-its-Digital-Out-of-Home-Network/Default.aspx

  209. Bo Bice is in that list of One-Hit Wonders of the 2000s with Inside Your Heaven. Eh, I wouldn’t include that, it wasn’t a hit, but I guess they base this on HOT100 rankings.
    source

  210. Take a look at the Facebook ‘favorites’  of everybody you know. I found a *ton* of people I know ‘” none of whom that I would hvae suspected ‘” who list Susan B as somebody they’re a ‘fan’  of ‘ ¦.. I’d bet fairly heavily that quite a few of these people are buying her album, though many of them may be buying it on the sly.

    I’m going to check all of my Facebook friends for this evidence, so that I can spend the rest of the week mocking them relentlessly. I anticipate this to be hours of entertainment! :)

  211. @DeRayDavis YOOO @thedavidcook THX for the OUTTA NOWHERE FOLLOW FRENZY u sent.. needed more supermodels followin COOL bro!!ima send u sum of my HoodRats

    samiamhollander Writing with @thedavidcook. Follow him. He was on some small public access show called “American Idol” or something. He def needs fans.

    I can just see David’s writing sessions: Okay, enough with writing songs; it’s time to tweet.

  212. Here is an interview Kris gave to the radio station hosting his concert tonight. The interview contained some of the same old questions until the end when they are talking about Adam. LOL

    Kris Allen performs at 104.5’s Acoustic Christmas in Worcester, MA

    http://podcasting.fia.net/5816/4087654.mp3

    I hope the link works if not, you can get on the radio station’s website on the righthand side under podcasts.

  213. @DeRayDavis YOOO @thedavidcook THX for the OUTTA NOWHERE FOLLOW FRENZY u sent.. needed more supermodels followin COOL bro!!ima send u sum of my HoodRats

    samiamhollander Writing with @thedavidcook. Follow him. He was on some small public access show called ‘American Idol’  or something. He def needs fans.

    BBWWAAAAHHHH!!! David needs some “hoodrat” followers. Epic twitter parties will result, for sure.

    Y’all are on fire with the SuBo jokes! Me likey!

  214. They can use it to flush Al Qaeda out of the caves, unless Bin Laden’s a fan then he’d be in there groovin’ to SuBo.

    I’m thinking more that SuBo was an Al Qaeda plot, myself. So my vote is he’s grooving out to her. I mean, if one can groove out to SuBo. Maybe while buying kitty treats and on the way to the biker bar.

  215. @DeRayDavis YOOO @thedavidcook THX for the OUTTA NOWHERE FOLLOW FRENZY u sent.. needed more supermodels followin COOL bro!!ima send u sum of my HoodRats

    Okay, looks like this Deray Davis guy is some random comedian/actor from LA that has nothing to do with his current writing/recording sessions… which is cool and all, but why in the world is he tweeting about this comedian guy in the middle of what seems to be a writing session with Sam Hollander and Sluggo? But maybe he’s like me when I need a break from studying, and I’ll tweet about something random and unrelated. Selfishly, I’d like to know how the sesh with the Breathe Tonight cowriters is going, though. Alas, not every collaborator will have Claude Kelly’s twitter enthusiasm :).

  216. The cities selected all have a large Hispanic population: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and Chicago.

    Starting Monday, Dec. 7, PumpTop TV will feature programming from Rooftop Comedy, Alebrije Entertainment, Univision’s top astrologer Walter Mercado, Manana Media, Sony Music featuring David Archuleta,

    I happen to live in one of those cities! It will be so sweet to be serenaded by Archie as I fill up on regular unleaded. Hmm… excuse me while I go check the gas gauge.

  217. I feel that Subo’s success is partly due to the songs she’s singing – bringing back the “old favourites” a bit like Michael Buble & Il Divo.
    I don’t own a Subo album yet but I do have copies of the other 2 & I love them!!
    I don’t know why there should be any surprise at people buying her albums seeing the success of MB & Il Divo!!
    There is a lot of music around that is basically club dance music which doesn’t relate to a lot of people – so when an album comes out offering something different & is from someone like Su bo with a high profile its lapped up . Makes total sense to me!!

  218. I just got back from filling a prescription at Walgreen’s and they had a display on the checkout counter with Carrie, Adam and Kris’s CD’s! This made me happy. It also made me wonder if my local Walgreen’s manager is an Idolloony since I’ve not noticed other CD’s for sale at Walgreen’s. There could be though as I’ve never looked for them there.

  219. That Neal F-ing Tiemann – another triumph over true talent over looks. Just like Susan Boyle!

    like I said yesterday, I amazing how much mileage David Cook gets out of just a few tweets. I’m so looking forward to seeing him and the boys (incl. Neal) on TV tonight

  220. That Neal F-ing Tiemann ‘“ another triumph over true talent over looks. Just like Susan Boyle!

    Hehe I think Neal is sexy. Snake bites and all. =) And I’m going to go hide under a rock now.

  221. A couple of people on twitter crashed Kris’ sound check this afternoon. The band might have just been goofing around, but if they weren’t, could get a couple of unexpected songs from Kris& crew at tonight’s show. Stuff that isn’t on album. So we’ll see…

    Here’s brief vid of them soundchecking AWM

    http://www.twitvid.com/20304

  222. @DeRayDavis YOOO @thedavidcook THX for the OUTTA NOWHERE FOLLOW FRENZY u sent.. needed more supermodels followin COOL bro!!ima send u sum of my HoodRats

    Hahaha! David Cook does have him some loyal fans. Adamant? Hee.

    Hehe I think Neal is sexy.

    I sorta have grown to find him attractive over the past year… and that surprises me greatly because me no likey facial piercings. Of course I think he’s adorable, he’d probably like to smack me. But kinda sexy too. Though really, that kind of musical talent is pretty hot.

  223. (And can I admit that I’m kinda embarrassed by how excited I am that David Cook will be on my TV tonight? How the heck can I miss someone that I don’t know, will never know… ?)

  224. I sorta have grown to find him attractive over the past year’ ¦ and that surprises me greatly because me no likey facial piercings. Of course I think he’s adorable, he’d probably like to smack me. But kinda sexy too. Though really, that kind of musical talent is pretty hot.

    Truer words have never been spoken. The only thing about Neal that bothers me is his seeming obsession with alcohol. How often/much do you have to drink to be classified an alcoholic? I was wondering about that the other day…

  225. @thedavidcook Did you know that @samiamhollander once juggled 40 buick lesabre convertibles for charity? That’s why you shold follow him!

    My grandmother owned one of those cars. We called it Loretta. Drove it right into the ground.

  226. How often/much do you have to drink to be classified an alcoholic? I was wondering about that the other day’ ¦

    Heh, he reminds me of my brothers. My brothers have that same creative brain and it seems to run right alongside their drinking issues (of course alcoholism runs in my family in a big way). Who knows how much he drinks, how often, and how often he talks about it and doesn’t drink but… I wish he’d take care of himself. He’s pretty brilliant musically (quit smoking, too, Neal!)… don’t burn yourself out, dude.

  227. thedavidcook:

    Did you know that @samiamhollander once juggled 40 buick lesabre convertibles for charity? That’s why you should follow him!
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    everyone check out @DeRayDavis. Funny guy and cool as hell. about
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  228. I wish he’d take care of himself. He’s pretty brilliant musically (quit smoking, too, Neal!)’ ¦ don’t burn yourself out, dude.

    The only way he’ll have a liver by the time he’s 35 will be if he tattoos one on his abdomen. And is that a cigarette pun? Quit smoking and don’t burn yourself out?

  229. And is that a cigarette pun? Quit smoking and don’t burn yourself out?

    Haha, inadvertent maybe? :)

  230. I amazing how much mileage David Cook gets out of just a few tweets.

    Same here, and its really sad that I follow anyone he tells us to follow. I’ll even follow someone who is sending over hoodrats. Is he actually, um, well, writing today?

    I’ve often wondered if Neal actually drinks as much as his tweets suggest. I have no doubt he loves his booze but the constant tweets where he always has to mention some form of drinking almost feels like sometimes he’s trying to hold a certain image, if that makes any sense.

    I just got back from filling a prescription at Walgreen’s and they had a display on the checkout counter with Carrie, Adam and Kris’s CD’s! This made me happy. It also made me wonder if my local Walgreen’s manager is an Idolloony since I’ve not noticed other CD’s for sale at Walgreen’s.

    It’s not just your Walgreens, I’ve seen the same display at multiple Walgreens all over and also a couple of Rite Aids as well.

  231. CHART DATE: 12/07/2009
    LAST UPDATE: 12/07/2009 16:08:52
    NOW IN:

    54.98%

    idol alums hi lited….

    1 SUSAN BOYLE COLUMBIA 310,352
    I DREAMED A DREAM

    2 ANDREA BOCELLI DECCA 221,535

    6 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 52,919

    21 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 28,017

    33 DAVID ARCHULETA 19/JIVE/ZLG 19,147

    37 ALLISON IRAHETA 19/JIVE/ZLG 17,762

    41 KRIS ALLEN 19/JIVE/ZLG 14,648

    wow at david’s update – can i be allowed a hell yeahhhhhh :)

    go little christmas cd go!!!

    http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/sales/salescht.cgi

  232. NOW IN: 55.94% (already changed a little esp for the top 2)

    1 1 SUSAN BOYLE COLUMBIA 383,959
    I DREAMED A DREAM

    2 2 ANDREA BOCELLI DECCA 269,188
    MY CHRISTMAS

    9 6 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 52,919
    PLAY ON

    3 21 ADAM LAMBERT 19/RCA/RMG 28,017
    FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT
    — 33 DAVID ARCHULETA 19/JIVE/ZLG 19,147
    CHRISTMAS FROM THE HEART

    — 37 ALLISON IRAHETA 19/JIVE/ZLG 17,762
    JUST LIKE YOU

    31 41 KRIS ALLEN 19/JIVE/ZLG 14,648
    KRIS ALLEN

    SuBo sale is simply AMAZING!!! If she keeps up at this pace, she could hit another 700K again LOL Good for her!

  233. 33 DAVID ARCHULETA 19/JIVE/ZLG 19,147

    Yay for Archie. It’s a nice Christmas CD. I just wonder if he is aware he looks like an elf on his album cover. I bet he is, but too kind to say anything about it. That way he won’t hurt the photographers feelings. He’s nice like that. :)

    I’ve often wondered if Neal actually drinks as much as his tweets suggest. I have no doubt he loves his booze but the constant tweets where he always has to mention some form of drinking almost feels like sometimes he’s trying to hold a certain image, if that makes any sense.

    That makes sense. I hope he doesn’t feel like he has to talk about it all the time to hold a tough guy image. Because in all honesty, he doesn’t have to.

  234. Glad to see that Adam is hanging in there with Gaga and Rhianna’s numbers for the second week. It is easier to compare him to the ones that released in his genre last week. Doesn’t look too bad to me.

  235. tripp_ncwy
    12/07/2009 at 4:49 pm
    Here is an interview Kris gave to the radio station hosting his concert tonight. The interview contained some of the same old questions until the end when they are talking about Adam. LOL

    Kris Allen performs at 104.5’s Acoustic Christmas in Worcester, MA

    http://podcasting.fia.net/5816/4087654.mp3

    I hope the link works if not, you can get on the radio station’s website on the righthand side under podcasts.

    Thanks tripp_ncwy!

  236. Yay for Archie. It’s a nice Christmas CD. I just wonder if he is aware he looks like an elf on his album cover. I bet he is, but too kind to say anything about it. That way he won’t hurt the photographers feelings. He’s nice like that.

    lol dont get me started on the cover. I’ll leave it at no comment haha

  237. lol dont get me started on the cover. I’ll leave it at no comment haha

    I know right? His first album he’s not smiling and looks emo. And his second he looks like an elf smiling ear to ear.

    ETA: Carrie Underwood is #1 on Yahoo search.

  238. Go David A!!! Imagine what this album could have sold if there was actual promo for it.

  239. heh – looks, schmooks… the cd is selling perhaps in spite of the elfin cd cover, and that’s all that matters in the end… i’m more in agreement w/kris regarding the promo – boggles the mind to think what the numbers would be if there was a concerted jivian/management effort to spend some actual bucks on some… oh well, nothing to do now except take the numbers as they come.. and they’ve been looking pretty darn good so far….

  240. Yay for Archie!!! Nice increase and nice change in ranking.

    There are 3 adds today to the AC format for HYAMLC:

    KBEE-FM, Salt Lake City, Market Rank 30
    WASH-FM, Washington DC, Market Rank 9
    WRCH-FM, Hartford, Market Rank 50

  241. thanks ozarka for the adds info – not a bad day for david, not atall….

  242. Did y’all see how many of the other AI8 Idols tweeted today pimping Michael’s single that drops on iTunes tomorrow? I saw Anoop, Adam, Allison, Kris and Megan all tweet their support.

  243. cookbunny
    12/07/2009 at 5:53 pm
    sunchick

    Also, so far we’ve established SuBo’s sales can be attributed to mother in law gifts, hardcore biker gangs with hearts of gold, illegal aliens, feral cats, and Spencer J. Did I miss a demo?

    Gangsta rappers?

    http://www.popeater.com/2009/12/07/50-cent-susan-boyle-duet/

    STFU! Haaaaa…….heee…..Oh fiddy, you so crazy! Also…

    Dear Jay Z,
    I know dat ladies is pimps too, but please, when fiddy calls, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT allow SuBo the rights to your tunes for her inevitable follow up album of hip hop covers. Cuz that shit be jacked up.
    Love,
    sunchick

  244. So mj and ross are at tonight’s Kris show, yes? Cool. We should get some good video from it then.

  245. Now, I might just buy a 50 cent SuBo duet just for the kitsch of it all! LOL.

  246. Great day of adds for LLWD! I counted 7 HAC (including LA, Dallas, and San Diego) and 3 Top 40

  247. Interesting tweet from Worcester…

    myang007

    #Saw tween walk out w/ Kris’s CD?! Did Jive finally get around to bringing merch? 17 minutes ago from txt

  248. Not to harp on that old subject, but we all know that there are some truly amazng photos of Archie by fans that would have been vastly superior to this and not one tiny bit of photoshopping needed. Jive simply needs to go to any fansite and pick the best picture, pay the fan a little money and the album cover could have been great. But I agree with the other poster who said that the album is selling despite the cover photo and despite the lack of promo. Just think of how much more it might have sold with decent promo and a picture that didn’t make him look 14.

  249. Kris is about to start his set…

    shawna_lee

    #Setting up for Kris now, omfg. I’m going to barf from joy hdgkgad 1 minute ago from txt

  250. i feel ya cmom… i’ve, how shall i say it… lowered my expectations, and disabused myself of the notion that jive’s art or graphic design departments have a clue, hahah… they’ve never let me done yet, and i don’t expect them to have an ”a-ha” moment regarding the photo selections anytime soon… remember the peter principle? – i think they wrote the book in this area, lol.

  251. Maybe they are all illegal aliens from Great Britain.

    Well, this legal alien from Great Britain is going to increase SuBo’s sales by just one – for my US Citizen Mother. She must have spent hours on youtube watching the audition vid and each time a huge grin crossed her face. She was just beaming with pride for her fellow Scotswoman and never failed to share the story with her friends. I found it highly amusing. That said, there certainly seems to be a ‘feel good’ factor about the whole thing.

    I’m in the UK at present and also don’t know of anyone who’s buying the CD. But hey, you go Subo!! (Even though I have informed my own kids that I do not want one in my Christmas stocking!)

  252. Now Kris is doing a Christmas song – Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

  253. Kris just finished his 7-song set. He got a great response from the crowd again. SET LIST:

    Heartless/Gangsta’s Paradise
    Can’t Stay Away
    Is It Over
    Alright with Me
    Man in the Mirror
    The Christmas Song (“chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”)
    Live Like We’re Dying

  254. priscillefyo

    #Awww 2 girls had signs, and kris waved them over so they could meet him 3 minutes ago from txt

  255. @mjsbigblog That sounds naughty!! RT @mjsbigblog @krisallen is checking out the barenaked ladies! 11 minutes ago from web in reply to mjsbigblog Retweeted by 1 person

  256. David Archuleta
    Christmas from the Heart
    Summary: Exciting young pop vocalist gets it just right

    I couldn’t find the good folks at Jive, because they neglected to leave an email address lying around, so I paid full price for David Archuleta’s new chart topper. Now, there’s no law that says critics should always be spoon fed, but having to buy the CD always puts me in a nasty mood. So, it was a darned good thing that Mr. Archuleta (may I call him David?) began with a sweet, unadorned rendition of Joy to the World. What a pure, mesmerizing vocalist!

    Yes, I am just getting the tweet on David Archuleta. I didn’t watch most of last season’s American Idol, having discontinued after watching Paula ice that poor fellow that was just wishing the judges a nice day in Southern, when he answered their rejection with the common rejoinder “Y’all be careful.” I’m sure Paula still has to petition the court for lots of restraining orders and all, but feigning fright over “Be careful”? Get a grip, Paula!

    I digress. And anyway, David Archuleta is from a couple of seasons back, the one season I pretty much watched all the way through. Seems like he came in second, but he’s still an American Idol in my book.

    Archuleta could have done any number of things on this record that would have annoyed me: Gimmicky, star-studded Christmas CDs designed to make a few bucks with some public domain songs and a vocoder; bring the entire project in with 11 songs at just under 27 minutes; you know, the sort of holiday album that just sort of phones it in. But he didn’t do any of those things. (Well, he did include Silent Night, which is a definite faux pas in my book, but he offset this affront by including his sweet original Melodies Of Christmas (co-written with Z. Picante)). And he included that stunning rendition of O Holy Night, that completely stopped the world for me. Pick me up off the floor, Scotty: I’m stunned!

    In short, David could have disappointed me, because I was sort of hoping to be disappointed. But his Christmas record did all the right things: a slough of high-powered producers, a second slough of stellar musicians who played just the right number of hooks, 13 songs, 56 minutes, no gimmicks, just a sweet, pop vocalist doing what he does better than almost anybody on the planet. All that, and that cool duet with Charice Pempengco. (I could just say ‘Charice Pempengco’ over and over. Charice Pempengco. Charice Pempengco. Charice Pempengco.

    So, somebody hit me with a rubber mallet if I get all petulant and pouty over having to buy the latest pop CD. (The little runner-up better autograph the durned thing, though, if I run into him at the mall.) David Archuleta’s Christmas from the heart is fun for the whole family!

    –Richard Banks
    (Reviewed in 2009)

    http://www.christmasreviews.com/warchuleta.shtml

  257. Okay, I confess. I went out and bought 669,843 copies of Susan Boyle’s CD last week. I just couldn’t stand by and let Pebbles the cat starve.

    LOL – ah, so you’re the one :-)

    I must admit, I’m not terribly surprised about SuBo’s success – it was some special marketing genius (cough*Simon Cowell*cough) who timed the album for the holidays, and made it nice, light, easy listening fare that is aimed for the market that actually buys cds and doesn’t know how to steal music (note to self, only sell to the over 60 crowd). Add a gooey, feel good backstory, and you have a perfect storm. Don’t expect her to tour anytime soon, though, judging by the BGT summer schedule.

  258. Glad to see that Adam is hanging in there with Gaga and Rhianna’s numbers for the second week. It is easier to compare him to the ones that released in his genre last week. Doesn’t look too bad to me.

    Yeah, right now the top of the charts seem pretty overrun with more seasonal fare, or country – which tends to sell more cds than other genres. So, there you have it. Time for Adam to release that Christmas album ;-) (or, er, country album – RoF remix, anyone?)

  259. Here is some cute convo between mama allen and Jim. Love them!

    allen_kimberly Ok seriously if you are from St Louis or Dallas you need to change your vote to Little Rock (72201). It’s much closer than NY!

    jambajim @allen_kimberly Looks like u’ll have to fly up to NYC. Dinner’s on me. It’s the least I can do to make up for Little Rock’s crushing defeat.

    allen_kimberly @jambajim it ain’t over til it’s over’ ¦. I’ll match the dinner invite, heck I’ll even cook for you here in Little Rock.

    jambajim @allen_kimberly Oh you are baaaad. I’m about to Tweet my 5k followers & tell ’em to vote for your zip code. How can I turn that offer down??

    jambajim EVERYONE VOTE FOR LITTLE ROCK! http://tinyurl.com/ye5uqmw #JimIsATraitor #ButSeriously #HowCanITurnDownAMamaAllenDinnerInvite #YoudDoTheSame

    jambajim Everyone vote for Little Rock! Zip code 72201 http://tinyurl.com/ye5uqmw #JUDAS

    allen_kimberly @jambajim ‘ ¦..as it should be’ ¦ You’re a good boy!

    jambajim OMG people. Chillax! LOL. Vote for whichever city you want. Like I have any power at all. And, duh, NYC is gonna win. Sorry @allen_kimberly!

    allen_kimberly @jambajim what happened? You get death threats too’ ¦.. Some people take things so seriously!

    allen_kimberly Chill out people! I’m harmless’ ¦. I can’t even vote! BTW’ ¦ Don’t mess with @jambajim or I will flare my momma nostrils at you!

    josh_betten @allen_kimberly NOOO!!! Not the momma nostrils!!! I’ve seem ’em. They’re scary.

  260. David Archuleta, ‘Christmas from the Heart’ 
    Published December 07 2009

    Check out these new holiday CDs

    David Archuleta may be a teenager but he’s well suited for classic holiday songs like ‘Silent Night’  and ‘Ave Maria.’  The former ‘American Idol’  runner-up sings those songs and more on his new holiday CD ‘Christmas from the Heart.’ 

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

    http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/143555/group/Arts%20and%20Entertainment/

  261. The banter after Is It Over is that Kris looks out into the crowd and there is someone with a sign that says…Kris, I want to meet you! He reads the sign out loud and says…”done.” Then others in the crowd start screaming they want to meet him too and he deadpans…”she had a sign, you didn’t” and everyone starts laughing.

    I am liking that his personality and dry sense of humor is coming out more in these shows…..Banter is fun too on Alright With Me as well when he says if people don’t sing along he’s leaving.

  262. Izzieq
    12/08/2009 at 10:09 am
    The banter after Is It Over is that Kris looks out into the crowd and there is someone with a sign that says’ ¦Kris, I want to meet you! He reads the sign out loud and says’ ¦’ done.’  Then others in the crowd start screaming they want to meet him too and he deadpans’ ¦’ she had a sign, you didn’t’  and everyone starts laughing.

    I am liking that his personality and dry sense of humor is coming out more in these shows’ ¦..Banter is fun too on Alright With Me as well when he says if people don’t sing along he’s leaving.

    Thanks Izzieq! And yes on his personality and humor side of him coming out more and more as time passes by.. We didn’t get to see much of all that till recent months after he was all done with the album and the album related stress/pressure. Glad that he is so comfortable and happy now as you can really tell from all his recent performances/interviews! YAY for Kris and his band!

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