Idol Headlines for 12/10/09

So You Think You Can Dance Backstage Scoop: Did an Onscreen Romance Doom a Fan Fave?

This week’s eliminated dancers were Legacy Perez and Mollee Gray. Why Legacy, who seemed to be a fan favorite? According to judge Adam Shankman, “I can only guess that it wasn’t a vote against him, it was a vote for the married couple, you know what I mean?” For his part, Nigel Lythgoe says, “I think the emotion of Ashleigh’s injury effected the vote, ” and later added, “I would have liked to have seen both Legacy and Mollee in the finale.”

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And as for that upcoming season finale, Nigel spills that it’s going to be a little different than usual, thanks to the upcoming holiday. He says, “This is our very first six-person finale, but that’s only happening because we’re short a week [this season]. Everyone is going to dance with everyone else, but we only have one hour for the performance show, for the ‘dance-off, ‘ if you will. So girl A is going to dance with boy A, B and C, and girl B is going to dance with boy A, B and C, and so on. So everybody is going to dance with everybody. Normally in the finale, the boys dance together, and the girls dance together, and they do a group dance as well, but we don’t have time to do that.”

EOnline

Clay Aiken investigation dropped by N.C. elections board

RALEIGH, N.C. ‘” Elections officials dropped an investigation into 2003 American Idol runnerup Clay Aiken’s voter registration on Wednesday, weeks after the singer ruffled feathers by slamming some local school board candidates on his blog.

The Wake County Board of Elections agreed there was enough evidence to indicate Aiken likely voted unlawfully there while living in a neighboring county. But the board declined to seek a more thorough review with the State Board of Elections, which had the small potential to lead to a criminal prosecution.

There was no evidence presented that Aiken deliberately sought to violate election law, and Aiken wrote a letter asking officials to remove him from their voting rolls.

“In this case, I think this should be over and done with today, ” board chairman Sharon Everett said before the 3-0 vote.

USA Today

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Boyle’s ‘Dream’ Continues At No. 1 On Billboard 200

Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream” album continues its hold of the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 527, 000 copies (down just 25%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. After two weeks of release, “I Dreamed a Dream” is now the 10th biggest-selling album of the year with 1.23 million sold.

Boyle fends off the advances of Andrea Bocelli, whose “My Christmas” holds at No. 2 for a fourth week with 428, 000 (up 97%). Bocelli’s set surpasses a million in total sales in its fifth week (1.12 million) and becomes his best-selling album since the release of “Amore” in 2006 (1.66 million).

Billboard.com

Kellie Clarkson, Carrie Underwood top the week’s Idol downloads

Few surprises on this week’s list of Nielsen SoundScan best-selling American Idol tracks. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are still selling in the upper-to-mid-30K range with their latest singles. Daughtry’s Life After You and Carrie’s Hark! The Herald Angels Sing both saw steep increases. Kris Allen dropped off a little with Live Like We’re Dying, and Adam Lambert had the expected post-release-week letdown for his two main tracks.

Perhaps the biggest surprise comes near the bottom of SoundScan’s Current Digital Tracks chart, where we discover that the best-selling track for Allison Iraheta during her album’s release week was not Friday I’ll Be Over U but consistently praised album track Scars.

USA Today

Seven Things We’ve Learned from the Adam Lambert Controversy (And One Piece of Blatant Speculation)

Wait! Stop! I know you’re probably as sick to death as I am of Adam Lambert and the controversy surrounding his November 22nd performance at the American Music Awards.

But before you run screaming from the computer at the sight of another article about this, I think it’s worth asking: what did it all mean? More importantly, what does the rapidly fading moment in pop culture say about America, 2009?

Here’s how I see it:

AfterElton

VOTE: Who Is the Most Overexposed Star of the Year?

We cover celebrities every day here on PopEater, and some you just can’t help talking about — over and over again.

Whether it’s Adam Lambert and his racy performances, sexuality, and outrageous album art or Miley Cyrus and her boyfriends, movie roles or scandalous photos we want to know who gets too much coverage.

So tell us, which male and female celebs are the most overexposed of the year? Vote!

Popeater

EXCLUSIVE: Adam Lambert Curses At Designer After She Scolds Him Backstage

Adam Lambert’s music has yet to make a big splash, but the singer is already a pro at stirring up controversy.

Network’s Editing Of Adam Lambert Called Double Standard Because He’s Gay

His latest encounter in infamy occurred backstage at the American Music Awards, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

Designer Shane Starlet thought Adam’s AMA performance, which included simulated oral sex, was unacceptable- and she let him know it. In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com she revealed the details of their showdown, which included Adam telling her, “Shut up, b–ch!”

Radaronline

Was there a double standard involved in ABC’s disinviting Adam Lambert?

It wasn’t really the man-on-man kiss or the simulated oral sex that marked Adam Lambert’s performance on the American Music Awards as shocking. Mostly it was ABC’s reaction. By rescinding Lambert’s invitation to sing on Good Morning America, ABC self-protectively drew a line that networks usually prefer to keep blurred.

Or as Lambert said on The Early Show on CBS, “There’s a lot of very adult material on the AMAs this year, and I know I wasn’t the only one.” Lambert, runner-up on this year’s American Idol, was referring to other risque performances, including Lady Gaga smashing whiskey bottles, Janet Jackson grabbing a male dancer’s crotch and Eminem talking about his character Slim Shady’s rap sheet of rape, assault and murder.

Winston Salem Journal

Jordin Sparks to play Lemon Ball

“American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks will perform Jan. 9 at the Lemon Ball, the annual gala benefit for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. CBS 3 anchors Susan Barnett and Chris May announced Sparks’ performance last night as they emceed a Lemon Ball preview party thrown by Govberg Jewelers at G (111 S. 17th). Liz and Jay Scott, parents of the late Alexandra Scott, spoke at the party about their excitement over Sparks. Tickets for the Lemon Ball, taking place at the Downtown Marriott, are $250, at TheLemonBall.com or by calling 866- 333-1213.

Philly.com

Scott MacIntyre’s Christmas Music

Season 8 finalist Scott MacIntyre is very busy with his music this holiday season. Scott’s brand-new Christmas EP, ‘Christmas Angel, ‘  is available now on iTunes. The EP features his original pop song ‘Christmas Angel’  and shows off his unique arrangements of traditional classics. You can hear samples of the songs on Scott’s brand new MySpace page.

AmericanIdol.com

Idol to put on show for Whaley Children’s Center fundraiser

The World’s Greatest Office Party is taking place at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre, 5353 Gateway Centre, Flint from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

This is a fundraiser for the children at Whaley Children’s Center. It will feature a special performance by American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee.

There will also be a silent auction held with over 30 items up for bidding.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

For more information, call (810) 234-3603 ext. 101 or visit www.whaleychildren.org

Mlive.com

David Archuleta To Perform At Helen of Troy Halftime Show

EL PASO, Texas (December 8, 2009) – American Idol’s David Archuleta will perform at the Helen of Troy Halftime Show at the 76th Annual Brut Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 at Sun Bowl Stadium.

“Helen of Troy is excited to bring another outstanding talent like David Archuleta to perform at halftime of the Brut Sun Bowl, ” said Gerald J. Rubin, CEO and president of Helen of Troy. “David piqued America’s interest during his run on American Idol and he definitely will be a fan favorite due to his extraordinary talents as a singer-songwriter.”

Sunbowl.org

Archuleta at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods

“American Idol’  has produced a number of talented performers including Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, Carrie Underwood and David Cook. Not to mention the runners-up, such as David Archuleta.

Since his 2008 appearance in the competition, Archuleta has now released his second album, ‘Christmas from the Heart, ‘  and is on tour performing for the holidays. That tour will bring him to MGM Grand at Foxwoods for a 7 p.m. concert Dec. 17.

Norwich Bulletin

Archuleta found Ohio amusing

Having spent the past year touring incessantly, ‘American Idol’  season 7 runner-up David Archuleta says he will never forget his memorable visit last spring to Northeast Ohio.

‘Actually, I [appeared] at the [I-X] Indoor Amusement Park, and it was a lot of fun, ‘  said Archuleta, calling from Rexburg, Idaho. ‘And we had a day off there, too. That was the first time I got to see Amish country. We saw the Wal-Mart there. It was cool to see how they had the buggy parking. I thought it was really neat.’ 

Vindy.com

David Archuleta live: A fan’s experience

The lights went dim, the intro music got louder, the ear-piercing screams bounced off the walls and David Archuleta walked out on stage. He started performing so enthusiastically and energetically, it was like adding gasoline to an already colossal wildfire. He flashed those big pearly whites of his and sang with absolutely no inhibition.

As he played to the emotions of the audience, it was apparent that David genuinely loved what he was doing. His showmanship wowed his fans and made the concert intensely entertaining from start to finish.

Rexburg Standard Journal

David Archuleta spreads holiday cheer in concert and on new album

David Archuleta’s self-titled debut last year featured the Top 5 hit “Crush.” Now the 2008 “American Idol” runner-up is on tour behind a new holiday album, “Christmas from the Heart.” Archuleta, who turns 19 on Dec. 28, spoke to us last week by phone from Idaho, before a gig there.

There are so many holiday albums. What do you hope sets yours apart?

Cleveland.com

Kellie Pickler Presents CMA’s $1 Million Check to Nashville Public Schools

Kellie Pickler assisted the Country Music Association in donating $1, 066, 632 to benefit music education programs in Nashville’s public schools during a student concert Tuesday night (Dec. 8) at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

With funds generated by the annual CMA Music Festival in Nashville, the CMA has now donated a total of $3.3 million to the school system through its Keep the Music Playing program. In partnership with the Nashville Alliance for Public Education, the money has been used to build music labs and purchase more than 2, 500 instruments for Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Pickler attended the concert to make the check presentation and introduce some of the performers selected from 137 elementary, middle and high school schools.

CMT.com

Did ‘American Idol’ hire the wrong Randy Jackson?

Tito Jackson says the course of television history may have changed based on a case of mistaken identity.

While on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Dec. 8 to promote their new reality series “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty, ” Tito told Jimmy the call from “American Idol” was supposed to go to his brother Randy, not the music producer Randy Jackson who got the gig.

“Randy Jackson answered the call, ” Tito says. “My brother didn’t, ” brother Jackie finishes. Yowch!

Zap2it

Carrie Underwood: What I’ve Learned

I was so nervous when I was on my way to L. A. I’d never been on a plane, and I was going alone. I kind of got teary-eyed. My dad was driving, and he said, “If you want to go home, we can go home, and you never have to think about this again.” And I thought, If I don’t go, I’m choosing for this not to happen. It will be my choice. So I figured it would be easier for me to get kicked off American Idol than to have it be my own decision.

Esquire

Carrie Underwood Slams Ex Tony Romo

Tony Romo is known for dumping Jessica Simpson on the eve of her 29th birthday, but he’s got another ex-girlfriend that’s not his biggest fan!

Carrie Underwood did an interview with Esquire magazine recently, and made sure it was clear her song ‘Cowboy Casanova’  was not about Tony!

She said in the article, “No, I would never immortalize a guy that did me wrong. I would never give him that much credit.”

As you may recall, Carrie and Tony dated in 2007, but broke up towards the end of that year. She blames it on football.

Hollyscoop

Carrie Underwood’s Esquire Feature Suggests Deep, Lurking Depression

Apparently Esquire’s Tom Junod interviewed Carrie Underwood, but instead of printing a profile, they just listed a bunch of quotes under the headline “What I’ve Learned, ” and it’s the most unintentionally depressing portrait-in-a-series-of-mosaic-like-glimpses ever.

The country music star is all butterflies and Jesus love onstage, but this scintillating Facebook quiz of a listicle is a cry for help from a cold, lonely prison. I am preserving Esquire’s boldface formatting, because I find it compelling to read these sentences loud at first then very soft, in your head. (Does everyone do that when they read boldface text?)

Gawker.com

Kelly Clarkson’s Decade Honors

Rolling Stone magazine revealed their artist, song, and album of the decade, and American Idol’s first winner, Kelly Clarkson, had her name appear all over the charts! Fans voted in a poll and here are the numbers and categories where Kelly placed.

Top Artists of the Decade
21. Kelly Clarkson

Top Album of the Decade
8. Kelly Clarkson ‘ All I Ever Wanted
11. Kelly Clarkson ‘ Breakaway

Top Singles of the Decade
9. Kelly Clarkson ‘ ‘Since U Been Gone’ 

100 Best Songs of the Decade
18. Kelly Clarkson ‘ ‘Since U Been Gone’ 

American Idol

First ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson performs at the Civic Center tonight

She might be one of the most real people to come out of reality TV.

Kelly Clarkson, the first winner of ‘American Idol, ‘  performs tonight at the Columbus Civic Center. She’s joined by opening acts Parachute and Eric Hutchinson.

The tour promotes ‘All I Ever Wanted, ‘  Clarkson’s fourth album. Throughout her career, she’s sustained a strong fan base with rich, soulful vocals on tunes like ‘Miss Independent, ‘Since U Been Gone’  and ‘I Do Not Hook Up.

Ledger-Enquirer.com

Daughtry didn’t have clue about fame while on ‘Idol’

CORPUS CHRISTI ‘” Chris Daughtry had the kind of chart-busting immediate success that rarely happens in music these days, selling more than 1 million copies of his 2006 self-titled CD in the first five weeks of its release and selling nearly 4.5 million copies overall.

Despite appearing to be one of the most popular performers on the 2006 season of ‘American Idol, ‘  Daughtry was voted off earlier than some expected, and finished fourth that season.

Not only did his run on ‘American Idol’  prime the pump for the release of his first CD fronting his band, Daughtry, it seemingly would have given him a taste of the life he was about to experience as one of the most popular artists on the entire rock scene

Caller.com

Happy Birthday To ‘American Idol’ Judge Kara DioGuardi!

Once upon a time, Kara DioGuardi wasn’t exactly a household name, nor was she necessarily an instantly recognizable face. But both of those facts changed dramatically with her arrival on the “American Idol” scene last season as the newest permanent judge alongside mainstays Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.

Now, Kara ‘” who celebrates her 39th birthday today ‘” is well-known in the public sphere not just for her name and face, but also for her voice and sound judgment.

MTV

Hernandez on his life after ‘Idol’

Valley native David Hernandez parlayed a brief run on the 2008 season of “American Idol” into nightclub gigs and a national touring career. Hernandez, a veteran of such Valley R&B bands as Straight Up and Tribe 7, has opened for John Legend and had an extended run at the now-defunct club Barcelona.

He is speaking with record labels and currently has out an independently released holiday album. The latter is particularly appropriate, as he is touring the country for the second year in a show that teams him with other “Idol” alums to celebrate the holiday season. Hernandez, now based in Los Angeles, called to discuss the life of a working musician.

AZCentral

A one-on-one conversation with American Idol finalist John Stevens

The Sun’s Sarah Reynolds- Seweryniak sat down with American Idol finalist and East Amherst native John Stevens as he prepared for his holiday concert at Hilbert College last Friday (Dec. 4) night.

The Sun: Many people know you from your participation on American Idol. You were a 16-year-old then, so now as a 22 year-old man, do you feel you have grown since your participation on the show?

John Stevens: I’ve had more experience. I actually just graduated from Berklee’s College of Music in Boston and I majored in professional music studying performance, song writing and business. I definitely have more knowledge and perspective of the music industry and I’ve definitely gotten more life experience.

The Sun News

Oh No, Simon Cowell Wants In On Gaming

Prepare to see American Idol’s Simon Cowell talking about venturing into video games without actually discussing anything of substance. In an interview with GQ (via MCV), Cowell said he’s teaming with entrepreneur Philip Green to launch an entertainment empire, part of which will include video games. But when he actually starts talking about the vision, things run off the rails pretty quickly. ‘[U.K. talent search show] X-Factor should have been the initial vehicle to have Activision come to us and say: ‘You’ve got all the [consumer] traffic. Can you help launch Guitar Hero?”  The interviewer then reminded Cowell that neither X-Factor nor American Idol feature guitars, to which he replied, ‘I’d put guitars on my show to get Guitar Hero.’  Simon Cowell’s Guitar Hero? Glad it didn’t pan out that way.

GameCrave

Edited to Add:

Barbara Walters More Into Girl-On-Girl

During one of the first segments on her “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009” show last night, Babs aired a package featuring Lady Gaga locking lips with another female — it was not blurred, it was not censored, it was no big deal.

But later in the show, she made a big deal about the fact that she wasn’t going to show Adam Lambert’s man-on-man kiss at the AMAs.

TMZ

Adam Lambert Talks Tiger Woods, Simulatiogate

When he walked the red carpet at Skylight Studios for Tuesday night’s launch of Vevo, a new music-video site, Adam Lambert had two choices: Talk about other people’s scandals, or talk about his own. We in the press pit, of course, opened with the Tiger Woods mess, since, well, it involves real (instead of fake) sex. Lambert didn’t want to go there. ‘I think it’s funny that we focus so much on people’s personal lives, ‘  he said diplomatically. ‘He plays golf. Let’s focus on golf.’  We did not want to focus on golf. Really, don’t famous people screw around on their significant others all the time? ‘I don’t know. I’m new to it. I haven’t tried.’  And anyway, Lambert doesn’t have anyone to screw around on. He broke up with his boyfriend of six months, interior designer Drake LaBry. ‘We just had our differences, ‘  he said. ‘I’m putting a lot energy into my career right now. It’s not fair to him.

NY Mag

Carrie to Launch Play On Tour

The Play On Tour, hydrated by vitaminwater, will feature special guests Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia. The first leg of 45 shows runs through May 30 with tickets for all shows going on sale starting Friday, Dec. 18. ‘I am getting so excited about next year as we are currently working through all the big plans for the tour, ‘  says Carrie. ‘I cannot wait to perform new music and see familiar faces across the U.S. and Canada!’  For the complete tour schedule and more information, go to carrieunderwood.fm.

Country Weekly

Hardworking Daughtry stops in S.A.

It’s not all about Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson and the Beatles this year.

Former “American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry managed another big No. 1 mainstream rock album.

The Grammy-nominated rocker and his band perform at Freeman Coliseum on Saturday to promote their latest hit CD, “Leave This Town, ” which topped Michael Jackson’s posthumous run.

Add that to his list of accomplishments. Daughtry’s self-titled debut album was the best-selling album of 2007.

He told TV Guide that the new songs were inspired by his small-town childhood in North Carolina.

MY Sa

Adam Lambert on ‘The View’: ‘Protect your children, people!’

Adam Lambert’s father told his son he should ‘issue an apology’  after his American Music Awards performance, the singer told The View gals this morning.

Barbara Walters introduced him by saying that her network had cancelled three ‘live performances’  he’d been booked for on ABC and ‘that’s why we’re taping this today.’  (The first part of The View was, as usual, live-to-tape.) When Lambert came out, he said with a laugh, ‘Protect your children, people!’ 

Of course, taped-Adam proved to be a calm, clever charmer. When Joy Behar said he was ‘not a nice Jewish boy, ‘  he got a big laugh by saying, ‘I am a little different. The dreidel spins the other way.’ 

EW.com

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195 Comments

  1. Another free tune (First Noel) from DA’s album being offered as part of the iTunes Holiday Sampler. I love free music!!!!!!!!

  2. Story behind Carrie-David duet being cut:

    The show’s producers at 19 Entertainment apparently did not believe the initial rejection they received from the Van Halen camp when permission to use the song was first requested. Figuring legal and financial issues could be worked out later, they proceeded to film the duet, which now rests on the cutting room floor.

    Logic apparently did not enter the picture here. The last incarnation of Van Halen was a reunion with singer David Lee Roth and all songwriting has commenced with the goal of recording a Roth-led edition of Van Halen. “Why Can’t This Be Love” was a hit from the Sammy Hagar era and, quite naturally, did not make it into sets on the 2007 VH tour.

    http://www.livedaily.com/news/20915.html

  3. Another free tune (First Noel) from DA’s album being offered as part of the iTunes Holiday Sampler. I love free music!!!!!!!!

    Me too. Love free stuff. Listed below are the 20 tracks on the album. The entire album is free. It includes an iTunes LP, the electronic equivalent to a CD booklet, where you can browse photos, check out lyrics, and read more about the artists. The offer is good for only one week. So get it now! Be sure to go through MJ’s iTunes link so she can get credit.

    1. O Come All Ye Faithful — Amy Grant
    2. The First Noel — David Archuleta
    3. Silent Night — Sarah McLachlan
    4. Carol of the Bells / Jingle Bells — Barry Manilow
    5. It Snowed — Meaghan Smith
    6. Above the Northern Lights — Mannheim Steamroller
    7. Baby, It’s Cold Outside — Lady Antebellum
    8. We Three Kings – Toby Keith
    9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen — Rascal Flatts
    10. Silent Night — Wynonna
    11. Twelve Days of Christmas — Mexicani Marimba Band
    12. We Wish You a Merry Christmas — Weezer
    13. A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like a Kiss) — Glasvegas
    14. Another Christmas Song — Stephen Colbert
    15. Greensleeves — Vince Guarald
    16. Dream a Dream — Charlotte Church
    17. The Nutcracker — Kirov Orchestra & Valery Gerviev
    18. Angels We Have Heard On High — Aretha Franklin
    19. O Holy Night — Musiq Soulchild
    20. Auld Lange Syne — The Lonesome Travelers

  4. http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7017228436?David%20Archuleta

    David Archuleta, Thalia Headline “Nuestra Navidad” Special

    Miami, FL (CNS) – David Archuleta and Thalia are among the stars headlining the new “Nuestra Navidad” (“Our Christmas”) special on the Univision network. Airing Thursday, December 17th at 10pm/ET, the special features some of the biggest Latin stars in music performing some of their hit songs and Christmas classics.

    “Nuestra Navidad” goes coast to coast to feature performances taped on location from various Latin music stars. Archuleta will perform “Ave Maria” from New York, while Banda Limà ³n performs “El Burrito Sabanero” live from California. The special visits Alejandro Fernà ¡ndez in Mexico for his performance. Thalia and Pee Wee also perform.

  5. Clay never did get that adage about glass houses huh?

    Radaronline…..well, too bad there were no tweets about that two weeks ago. If a bitch lands in the forest, does it make a sound? Nah!

    Woo, so much Carrie backlash today. What gives? I guess it’s that build them up, just to knock them down thingee. Fame is a bitch though. Sounds sorta sad.

    Loving all the Archie news. Now to follow it up with a some soulful pop music for his follow up cd and I will be a happy camper.

  6. Having spent the past year touring incessantly, ‘American Idol’  season 7 runner-up David Archuleta says he will never forget his memorable visit last spring to Northeast Ohio.

    ‘Actually, I [appeared] at the [I-X] Indoor Amusement Park, and it was a lot of fun,’  said Archuleta, calling from Rexburg, Idaho. ‘And we had a day off there, too. That was the first time I got to see Amish country. We saw the Wal-Mart there. It was cool to see how they had the buggy parking. I thought it was really neat.’ 

    I laughed when I read this, because it’s kinda cute. But unfortunately, I think it reinforces the misconception that Ohio is all country and farmland. When my sister moved to Chicago, she was actually asked if she grew up on a farm! I swear, it isn’t like that! The IX Indoor Amusement Park is about 5 minutes from my house… right next to the Cleveland airport, and about 10 minutes from downtown Cleveland. I guess technically there is some Amish Country in Northeast ohio… but mostly a ton of suburbs, shopping malls, downtown Cleveland, Akron, etc. I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve never seen a buggy anywhere near where I spend my time :D

  7. Kris Allen’s interview with KHOP-FM is up on their site:

    http://www.khop.com/video.asp

    Not much in the way of new info…he says the one Idol he would want to duet with is Kelly.

    ETA: re: the David-Carrie duet…now I’m REALLY pissed! They KNEW they didn’t have clearance in the first place and they recorded it ANYWAY? They should have picked another song that they DID have permission to use! I’ve got steam coming out my ears now! GRRRR…

  8. The show’s producers at 19 Entertainment apparently did not believe the initial rejection they received from the Van Halen camp when permission to use the song was first requested. Figuring legal and financial issues could be worked out later, they proceeded to film the duet, which now rests on the cutting room floor.

    Now there’s an example of hubris. Knowing this and NOT filming a duet using another song, shows just how stupid they were.

  9. Looked at the USA Today headline, and said, “Who?” It only took me another half-second to confirm it was trying to talk about Kelly Clarkson as opposed to Kellie Pickler, but an unfortunate typo nonetheless that made me laugh.

  10. I am so glad that every guy is going to get to dance with every girl on so you think you can dance, but I really don’t understand why it is only an hour. Make the performance show two hours and the results show just one, we don’t need most of that crap, this should be about the dancers in the finals going all out, not a rehash of the season or random musical guests.

    The Carrie Underwood Esquire interview was a bit sad. It definitely seems like she needs to take a break. She has been touring, recording, and promoting almost non stop since her win. I did think the interview format was a bit weird. They made it seem with the boldface and then regular type that it was a complete this sentence interview, but then some of the answers don’t really make sense if that was the interview style. I think it was a long interview that they just pulled out quotes and formatted that way, I have seen other Esquire interviews in the same format.

  11. Looks like we’re close to an official announcement of the 1st leg of Carrie’s Play On tour!

    http://www.usatoday.com/LIFE/usaedition/2009-12-10-lline10_ST_U.htm?csp=34

    Carrie Underwood is ready to Play On for her fans, and she’s announced a nationwide tour in support of her latest album. The tour begins March 11 in Reading, Pa. Underwood will play 45 shows, including Atlantic City, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Tallahassee, New Orleans and Las Vegas, before concluding the first leg May 30 in Spokane, Wash. Tickets for all shows go on sale Dec. 18.

    I really enjoyed her Esquire interview. The format’s different and it’s interesting to see what happens when she’s given the start of a sentence and goes off on her own after that. Gawker’s take on it is pretty funny.

    Edit: gangreen29 I think Carrie’s jaded about the celebrity scene but other than that IMO she seems like she’s in a really good place. This year’s the happiest I’ve seen her (I think it shows on her album too) and she’s been sounding pretty excited about touring Play On.

    Yay for Kelly’s fan honors in Rolling Stone! I still can’t believe RS never put Kelly on their cover especially during the Breakaway days. She’d make for such a fun cover story. Maybe after she’s left RCA.

    It’s fun hearing so much more about Archie these days. I wasn’t crazy about his debut although I loved Crush. I still can’t believe Works For Me didn’t make the album – that one was my favorite. I have a feeling he’s really going to impress (me at least) with his sophomore album.

  12. Just heard LLWD on my local (South Bend, IN) top40 station for the first time–woo hoo!!! The station only recently added it. My dog is confused as to why I was dancing around the room. :-)

  13. ETA: re: the David-Carrie duet’ ¦now I’m REALLY pissed! They KNEW they didn’t have clearance in the first place and they recorded it ANYWAY? They should have picked another song that they DID have permission to use! I’ve got steam coming out my ears now! GRRRR’ ¦

    same here, I was so looking forward to this duet :(

  14. Story behind Carrie-David duet being cut

    Thanks for that. Interesting, though nothing particularly illuminating that fans couldn’t have guessed on their own… I think fans have speculated as much, that the VH camp said no but the producers probably thought they could work it out but ultimately couldn’t. My question is whether LiveDaily had inside scoop, and knows for a fact that was what went down, or if they just posted that article based on logic and conjecture?

    “American Idol” contestants rarely display any business savvy, especially as it relates to the music industry. David Cook, the “AI” champ from season seven, was assigned radio promo duties for Carrie Underwood’s Fox holiday special and decided to talk about what will not be aired and why

    Did LiveDaily actually listen to aforementioned radio promos? David wasn’t talking about what would not be aired and why. I heard those interviews, and he said he wasn’t sure at that point that it was axed, and just mentioned that they did it, but it might not be shown. I think talking about what he did on the special, and then mentioning the possibility that a duet that Carrie and others had already talked up might not make it was both appropriate and savvy. Actually, because he wasn’t sure of the final decision at the time, if in fact someone heard the interview and was intrigued by the duet, they might’ve tuned in to find out if it made it (they would’ve come away disappointed, but then David also warned them that it might not happen). If David knew at the time of the interviews that the duet had been axed, I don’t think he would have mentioned it at all during radio promos. He would’ve just said they’re playing Lie and stopped there (which is what he did on Twitter). Not a big deal, for sure, but just found that opening sentence an odd way to begin that article.

  15. Yay for Kelly’s fan honors in Rolling Stone! I still can’t believe RS never put Kelly on their cover especially during the Breakaway days. She’d make for such a fun cover story. Maybe after she’s left RCA.

    I’m surprised she’s not been on the cover … but, then again, Rolling Stone isn’t exactly the last word on quality entertainment, so why should I be surprised?

  16. what exactly did Tony do to Carrie? dumped her like he dumped Jessica?

  17. The Helen of Troy Halftime Show will feature a performance by David Archuleta, as well as the two fine marching bands of the universities participating in the Brut Sun Bowl.

    David once said that it would be really cool to one day perform at the Olympics. It seems he’s getting closer and closer to that point. :)

  18. I am so glad that every guy is going to get to dance with every girl on so you think you can dance, but I really don’t understand why it is only an hour. Make the performance show two hours and the results show just one, we don’t need most of that crap,

    Amen.

    Not going to happen, though, I guess.

  19. “American Idol” contestants rarely display any business savvy, especially as it relates to the music industry. David Cook, the “AI” champ from season seven, was assigned radio promo duties for Carrie Underwood’s Fox holiday special and decided to talk about what will not be aired and why: A Cook-Underwood duet on Van Halen’s “Why Can’t This Be Love.”

    I’m not sure I’m getting what they’re driving at. It wasn’t David’s responsibility to negotiate the deal. He wasn’t the producer, nor one of the many lawyers I’m sure they had. In fact, it was THEY who showed no savvy at all. David was actually laying out the reality of the situation: they had not acquired permission to use the song or to air a duet that this show had been promoting.

    Put the blame where it belongs.

  20. Yay! So happy USA Today researched the Clay story properly, unlike Josh Grossberg from EOnline. Ya maybe it wasn’t right of Clay to call the school board “selfish idiots” but he does have a degree in special education and he truly knows what he’s talking about. If you read his blog explaining why he called them idiots, he completely makes sense. And he has a kid which makes him so much more invested in education now. Smart guy. :)

    Congrats to Kelly on all her accomplishments!!!!

    MJ I love this website, keep up the good work :)

  21. what exactly did Tony do to Carrie? dumped her like he dumped Jessica?

    Nah. Carrie and Tony remained close friends for many months even after they decided not to be serious (it wasn’t a break up in the sense that they were never gf/bf). She was the 1st person he called after he signed his big contract with Dallas and that was when she was dating Chace Crawford. In fact when the football season started that year they were both still gushing about their friendship, which is weird in retrospect because Carrie was dating someone else. They’re not friends anymore. It’s not publicly known why but I have my theories and I think they both made some mistakes that they’ve learned from.

    By the way I don’t actually think Carrie meant to slam Tony with her Esquire comment. Her comment is pretty much the same as what she said on Ellen – it’s just not her thing to write a song that disses someone she dated. The “done me wrong” thing is referring to what Cowboy Casanova is about, not what Tony did to her.

  22. Morning iTunes update:

    Songs (overall)

    #34 LLWD
    #36 Already Gone
    #40 Cowboy Casanova
    #110 FYE
    #153 WWFM
    #289 Lie
    #999 FIBOU (Scars has fallen off chart entirely)

    Albums (overall)

    #21 Christmas from the Heart
    #29 Play On
    #84 Kris Allen (standard; deluxe at #590)
    #101 FYE (and #159; I’m assuming that’s deluxe at #101, for some reason the chart doesn’t say)
    #190 Just Like You (deluxe; standard at #294)

  23. “Morning iTunes update:”

    The half pints are blowing up Itunes. Good for them. They should have a great week of sales.

  24. Morning iTunes update:

    Songs (overall)

    #34 LLWD

    Continuing to hang in there. Good for Kris.

  25. thanks girlygirl for the itunes update. sytycd really gave a boost to Kris album. Yay to Kris for having his album #14 in pop this morning!

    I like the Kris interview posted by cookbunny. He has said before that his previous idol #1 is Kelly. In an other interview, he said also that for him Carrie’s voice was the ‘perfect’ voice. He’s very appreciative; i love this of him.

  26. Morning iTunes update:

    Songs (overall)

    #34 LLWD

    Didn’t the single get a bump from SYTYCD?

  27. Poor Cookie – He’s always so tactful and thoughtful in interviews. The one time he says something vaguely out of place and this Live Daily article slams him for it.

  28. The half pints are blowing up Itunes. Good for them. They should have a great week of sales.

    LOL did someone not get any yesterday (more like forever from the looks of it)

  29. I’m not sure I’m getting what they’re driving at. It wasn’t David’s responsibility to negotiate the deal. He wasn’t the producer, nor one of the many lawyers I’m sure they had. In fact, it was THEY who showed no savvy at all. David was actually laying out the reality of the situation: they had not acquired permission to use the song or to air a duet that this show had been promoting.

    The referent is simple, if short-sighted and overly critical; he clearly thinks David should have been talking about what he was, in fact, going to perform versus what he wasn’t going to. Marketing logic always has this “don’t let them sweat” sheen; the goal is considered to promote the finished product rather than point out any potential flaws, overly revealing behind-the-scenes action, etc. Thus, ignore the duet ever existed as much as possible.

    Is that kind of dumb? Considering it had been otherwise advertised, yeah, and bringing up the duet had any number of potential utilities (including public pressure to include the duet). But I at least see the claim.

    (Edited because, really, I can’t spell. Holy cow)

  30. Tuesday’s New York Daily News Gatecrasher section, under Seen & Heard…”Unlikely pals Steven Van Zandt and “American Idol” David Cook checking out The Script concert at Terminal 5 on Sunday night”

    Unlikely pals? Come on; they’re such a cute couple.

    The referent is simple, if short-sited and overly critical; he clearly thinks David should have been talking about what he was, in fact, going to perform versus what he wasn’t going to. Marketing logic always has this ‘don’t let them sweat’  sheen; the goal is considered to promote the finished product rather than point out any potential flaws and accident. Thus, ignore the duet ever existed as much as possible.

    Understand, but David didn’t know what the finished product was going to be. However, I’m glad this article found someone to criticize over all of this. And I’m sure Adam Shankman and Nigel Lythgoe are happy it’s not them by name.

    ETA: *Now* Lythgoe and Shankman really owe him.

  31. Didn’t the single get a bump from SYTYCD?

    It did, but the Glee songs got a bigger bump (as they do every week). LLWD passed a bunch of songs that were ahead of it and is selling more than it was. Plus, just like radio, the higher up you go on the chart, the bigger the spaces between the songs. The bump could have been bigger, but a bump is nice.

  32. Billboard Hot 100 for Week of Dec. 19

    #13 Already Gone (up 1 spot from LW)
    #28 Cowboy Casanova (down 4 spots from LW)
    #44 LLWD (up 3 spots from LW)
    #66 Live After You (DEBUT)

    FYE has fallen out of the Billboard Hot 100

    In addition to being #44 on the Hot 100, LLWD is on these charts:

    #15 Yahoo music videos
    #17 adult pop songs
    #33 pop songs
    #38 digital songs
    #47 Christian songs
    #69 radio songs

    The only current chart that FYE is on is:
    #57 Canadian Hot 100

  33. A note on the Esquire article; that really was depressing. Worse, it’s made more depressing than I think it really would otherwise be from the content alone, as it practically looks like Carrie was handed the bold parts and asked to fill them out Mad-Lib style, and proceeded to sulk all over them.

    Also, there was a link to an article about Ryan Seacrest a few years ago on that page… that was priceless fun.

  34. Understand, but David didn’t know what the finished product was going to be. However, I’m glad this article found someone to criticize over all of this. And I’m sure Adam Shankman and Nigel Lythgoe are happy it’s not them by name.

    If you even thought there was going to be an issue, it would have been “prudent” to play it down until it was resolved, in case it didn’t clear. Confirmation is everything in this business. That said, it’s such a cynical point of view to take that I’m hardly blaming David for “not being media savvy”. In fact, good for him for not thinking like that; performers who reduce themselves to that often tend to come off as extremely boring anyway.

  35. If you even thought there was going to be an issue, it would have been ‘prudent’  to play it down until it was resolved, in case it didn’t clear. Confirmation is everything in this business. That said, it’s such a cynical point of view to take that I’m hardly blaming David for ‘not being media savvy’ .

    He’s been navigating the media quite well since he won. It seems petty for this article to even make this an issue about *him*. He was a guest on the show. Not the star, not the director, not the producer, not the lawyers. And then, he does them a favor by helping to promote the show. Granted, he got promotion out of it too, but they clearly were leaning on him to help. It’s like, no good deed goes unpunished.

  36. It did, but the Glee songs got a bigger bump (as they do every week).

    With everybody loving Glee so much, wouldn’t you think that some might conclude that, “Hey, *singing* is nice. Maybe I’ll buy some more music that involves *singing* rather than, oh, I don’t know, electrified-to-death pseudo singing, bumping and grinding, beats without a tune, crap lyrics centered on rape, gunplay, homophobia and misogyny….”

    Apparently not, for the most part, however.

  37. You know what I think Glee should do? Sing “Don’t Waste The Pretty” by Allison Iraheta. Maybe they could sing it to Emma. Also, that’s my favorite song from Allison’s album. It has a very 90’s rock vibe.

    In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com she revealed the details of their showdown, which included Adam telling her, ‘Shut up, b’“ch!’ 

    Oh dear God :(. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s not even half true.

    My new saying: Embrace the Kroevid, everyone. Or at least respect it :P.

  38. The thing is, for weeks, both David and Carrie (and not just them) had talked about the duet. Carrie said in different interviews that were published everywhere that it was one of her favorite moments from the special, that she was excited to show her rock side. They had been advertising it everywhere. Now, imagine David hadn’t said anything. Can you think about the reaction? Really? People would be watching the special to see the freaking duet and zero, nada, rien. That would have been bad. I can’t even imagine the idol blogs and fan boards. lol

    I think David did the smart thing. He alerted those who were expecting the duet that they weren’t sure it was going to air, but at the same time he never said it wasn’t going to air. So, there was expectation, but at least people wouldn’t be surprised at the end of the show when the duet never aired.
    I don’t think whoever wrote that article knows people knew about the duet for weeks and weeks and were waiting to watch it.

  39. He’s been navigating the media quite well since he won. It seems petty for this article to even make this an issue about *him*. He was a guest on the show. Not the star, not the director, not the producer, not the lawyers. And then, he does them a favor by helping to promote the show. Granted, he got promotion out of it too, but they clearly were leaning on him to help. It’s like, no good deed goes unpunished.

    I totally agree. I’m just noting why the criticism even could be broached in theory, even as it is a totally banal one, and, as noted, short-sighted. (The backlash is obviously important to think about, for one)

  40. Maybe it’s just me but I didn’t think the Livedaily article was blaming David so much as casting the whole situation as illogical. Being honest at the time I had mixed feelings when David mentioned the clearance issues. I didn’t think that was a good way to make people want to watch the special but if he was asked about it and was just answering a question then he did the best he could. Now in retrospect I’m really glad he mentioned it because we were all prepared and by telling us what happened, he spared us a lot of crazy conspiracy theories about why the duet didn’t air.

    BTW I don’t think Carrie did many interviews where she gushed about the duet. All the articles came from the 1 conference call interview she did with many outlets.

  41. BootStar, thank you for the heads up on the FREE Christmas album!!! I got mine through MJ’s link.

    hoosiermama
    12/10/2009 at 10:40 am
    Just heard LLWD on my local (South Bend, IN) top40 station for the first time’“woo hoo!!! The station only recently added it. My dog is confused as to why I was dancing around the room.

    :lol: Go hoosiermama!

  42. I’d guess Carrie didn’t appreciate Tony letting Jessica go around and slam Carrie.

    LOL, brings back memories! Jessica was trying to make it in country music and was doing the radio interview rounds and would slam Carrie. On country radio! I’ve always thought Jessica was smarter than she let on, but dude, that was stupid. I guess/hope she got the clue when she wasn’t invited to any awards show, most especially the CMA Awards where Carrie was the co-host. I wouldn’t be surprised if the producers didn’t even consider inviting her out of deference to Carrie. Note to Gokey and Sarver: respect all and respect the country music family. They may not all get along, but they can close ranks pretty quickly. Don’t do a Kristy Lee Cook.

    I think Carrie’s jaded about the celebrity scene but other than that IMO she seems like she’s in a really good place. This year’s the happiest I’ve seen her (I think it shows on her album too) and she’s been sounding pretty excited about touring Play On.

    I agree. I noticed the “happy” really start from when she was asked to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. It’s like she finally felt like she’d made it in. Her “happy” now is more of giddy-happy. And tour dates: show yourself already!

  43. Am I the only one who thinks that Carrie was just being honest and thoughtful in the Esquire interview? I don’t see anything wrong with it. … She just sounds like a real person, to me…..

    The Gawker thing and some of their commenters are busy calling her spoiled or something, but, crap, being a touring musician *is* a tough, disillusioning, and often lonely life. And money sometimes causes as many if not more problems than lack of money, notably — who the heck do you trust? I don’t see her as being whiny for saying and implying those things.

  44. If you even thought there was going to be an issue, it would have been ‘prudent’  to play it down until it was resolved, in case it didn’t clear. Confirmation is everything in this business. That said, it’s such a cynical point of view to take that I’m hardly blaming David for ‘not being media savvy

    Here’s my take on this whole thing. Carrie and Cook have been doing promotion for her special and mentioned in a few interviews the fact that they were doing a rockin’ duet, and that they sounded really good together. The name (Van Halen’s “Why Can’t This be Love”) was even mentioned in a few. Now imagine the scrambling going on behind the scenes when the producers realize that they might not get the clearance. You can’t have Carrie back-tracking, she’s the star. So how can the word get out there? Let’s have a couple of DJ’s bring up the subject of the duet in interviews with Cook and let him throw it out, that it might not happen, as advance warning.

    Carrie is off the hook, as are the producers, leaving Cook (who is well liked in the media) to take any backlash that might occur. It’s better to have a small tempest, than the major one that would have occurred if people weren’t told it wasn’t going to air when they were looking forward to it being in the show. JMO.

  45. Marketing logic always has this ‘don’t let them sweat’  sheen; the goal is considered to promote the finished product rather than point out any potential flaws and accident. Thus, ignore the duet ever existed as much as possible.

    Mark, I understand perfectly what you’re saying. And to a certain extent I feel like that’s what happened after David and Carrie confirmed the duet was gone. Carrie went radio-silent on it during her morning news promo rounds, and David’s tweet only mentioned them playing Lie on the special. That was sufficient signal to most fans that the duet was done for, mostly because David in a way, warned fans that it might not happen. As a fan who knew the duet had been taped, I’m grateful that he’s so honest and up front about these things. By not just sweeping this under, he’s not treating his fans like idiots and chose to shed some light on the situation to some soon-to-be very disappointed fans. Now, I understand that the promos were not for the fans, but for the public, who probably didn’t need to know about a duet they might not see, but if you listened to the way he presented the situation in those interviews, it was brief, in passing, and not at all focused upon as a big deal. I dunno, I just thought it was a leap to conclude DC has no business savvy because he chose to speak frankly but VERY briefly about something that he knew was of interest to his and Carrie’s fans.

    In other news, so excited about the iTunes Holiday sampler and more free Archie Christmas music! His voice is really perfect for those songs.

  46. Am I the only one who thinks that Carrie was just being honest and thoughtful in the Esquire interview? I don’t see anything wrong with it. ‘ ¦ She just sounds like a real person, to me’ ¦..

    The Gawker thing and some of their commenters are busy calling her spoiled or something, but, crap, being a touring musician *is* a tough, disillusioning, and often lonely life. And money sometimes causes as many if not more problems than lack of money, notably ‘” who the heck do you trust? I don’t see her as being whiny for saying and implying those things.

    I do too. It just comes off as way more depressing than I think the content really warrants, in a strange way. With the bolding and the sectioning out of context and all… it’s just weird. Thing is, there’s nothing objectionable about what she said. But it looks so laid out like that.

  47. hoosiermama,

    Darn, I was in my car first time I heard LLWD on my local station so no dance was possible but I did yell out loud and probably looked a little crazy. Dogs are very intuitive so he knew it was a happy dance. LOL

  48. I’m seeing LLWD at #33 on the live feed I just pulled up, with 5 Glee songs ahead of him. 24 hours ago, those were not ahead of him, so yes, he got a bump, maybe something like #31 to #28 if Glee wasn’t involved (for comparison). He moved ahead of a few songs that had been selling more.

    Album at #83 – but he’s got another gap above before he would move up anymore on the pop album chart (currently #13) – Norah is at #65, Buble #60, and Justin Bieber #57.

    P.S. I would LOVE a Kris/Kelly duet.

  49. Mark, I understand perfectly what you’re saying. And to a certain extent I feel like that’s what happened after David and Carrie confirmed the duet was gone. Carrie went radio-silent on it during her morning news promo rounds, and David’s tweet only mentioned them playing Lie on the special. That was sufficient signal to most fans that the duet was done for, mostly because David in a way, warned fans that it might not happen. As a fan who knew the duet had been taped, I’m grateful that he’s so honest and up front about these things. By not just sweeping this under, he’s not treating his fans like idiots and chose to shed some light on the situation to some soon-to-be very disappointed fans. Now, I understand that the promos were not for the fans, but for the public, who probably didn’t need to know about a duet they might not see, but if you listened to the way he presented the situation in those interviews, it was brief, in passing, and not at all focused upon as a big deal. I dunno, I just thought it was a leap to conclude DC has no business savvy because he chose to speak frankly but VERY briefly about something that he knew was of interest to his and Carrie’s fans.

    Oh, I agree with all of the above. And, believe me, I didn’t agree with the note that David wasn’t business savvy; I keep coming around to “banal and short-sighted”. As to myself (indulgent and defensive without reason, I know), I think I was responding to someone (you? Someone else?) who “didn’t get what they were driving at”. I was pointing out it was in the frame of the basic logic of the industry, not that said logic was remotely panning out, given the circumstances.

  50. Dang it’s hard to edit. Wanted to add LLWD passed 4,000 spins per week last night! Woohoo!

  51. And I like the Esquire article. The music biz, and generally celebrity life, is a tough one. Carrie, like other artists, learn some of their lessons the hard way. I’ve always appreciated that she’s managed to keep a level head through the craziness from Idol to now. In fact, that’s one of the things I appreciate from the big 3: Carrie, Kelly and Chris. They all seem to have their act together.

  52. For the record, when I said I was pissed about the duet, I was pissed at 19, never David or Carrie…I doubt they even knew before the fact that 19 hadn’t gotten clearance (and in fact had been DENIED clearance!).

  53. Eileen99
    12/10/2009 at 11:46 am
    Dang it’s hard to edit. Wanted to add LLWD passed 4,000 spins per week last night! Woohoo!

    What exactly does this mean, Eileen99? I’m hoping for a Kris/Allison duet on New Year’s!!

  54. For the record, when I said I was pissed about the duet, I was pissed at 19, never David or Carrie’ ¦I doubt they even knew before the fact that 19 hadn’t gotten clearance (and in fact had been DENIED clearance!).

    *chuckles* Oh, I’d bet not. That clearance had actually been denied and they were still going forward? Someone invoked “hubris” earlier in the thread, as to 19E; definitely the right word.

  55. As to myself (indulgent and defensive without reason, I know), I think I was responding to someone (you? Someone else?) who ‘didn’t get what they were driving at’ .

    It was me, and part of it was me being pugnacious because I couldn’t believe — that in this “whole situation” — that that’s where they decided to lay the criticism and name names doing so. Not just generic producers or bringing up generic promotion, but David Cook.

  56. Mark, I think we’re in agreement. I don’t think you were responding to me initially, as I got what they were driving at. Just felt it was a dumb way to start the article, when they could’ve focused on 19’s idiocy. Oh well, like I said it’s just a little critique, so no big deal at the end of the day.

    As for the perceived Carrie backlash, meh. Anyone who’s popular gets haters, especially on the internet. She’s not for everyone, but in the public a lot, so she’ll bring out her share of haters online. She’s far from crossing the threshold to “overexposed”, so I’m not worried for her at all. For some terrible reason, American pop culture loves to build up celebrities and then tear them down and hate on them. It’s a disease, just check out all the haters on Twitter.

  57. BootStar
    12/10/2009 at 10:03 am
    Another free tune (First Noel) from DA’s album being offered as part of the iTunes Holiday Sampler. I love free music!!!!!!!!

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/itunes-holiday-sampler/id344104720

    Thanks a bunch Bootstar for the link! Downloading the entire free album now. Love the first 4 tunes a lot esp. Sarah McLachlan’s Silent Night! Now I’m thinking of getting her entire holiday CD and I already bought David’s one.

  58. It was me, and part of it was me being pugnacious because I couldn’t believe ‘” that in this ‘whole situation’  ‘” that that’s where they decided to lay the criticism and name names doing so. Not just generic producers or bringing up generic promotion, but David Cook.

    Well, it’s kind of two different criticisms going. There’s the criticism of the conflict being aired, and then of the conflict existing. David’s only getting blamed (idiotically, even then), for the former; the generic names get the latter. That the former would even be important? Dumb, too, and I’m guessing uninformed. (I’m willing to bet my left foot that the writer didn’t even fact check to figure out that David and Carrie had been publicizing this one for weeks to fans)

  59. Eileen99
    12/10/2009 at 11:46 am
    Dang it’s hard to edit. Wanted to add LLWD passed 4,000 spins per week last night! Woohoo!

    That’s awesome news!!! Hope the increased spin will help him sustain the album sale in addition to stablizing LLWD single sale.

  60. Eileen99
    12/10/2009 at 11:44 am
    I’m seeing LLWD at #33 on the live feed I just pulled up, with 5 Glee songs ahead of him. 24 hours ago, those were not ahead of him, so yes, he got a bump, maybe something like #31 to #28 if Glee wasn’t involved (for comparison). He moved ahead of a few songs that had been selling more.

    Album at #83 ‘“ but he’s got another gap above before he would move up anymore on the pop album chart (currently #13) ‘“ Norah is at #65, Buble #60, and Justin Bieber #57.

    P.S. I would LOVE a Kris/Kelly duet.

    Thanks for the info! And you’re right, LLWD has moved 3 spots and finally moved ahead of Kelly, Train and “Forever” by Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem!!! YAY!

  61. I loved the Carrie piece in Esquire, and I actually liked the formatting. They were obviously quotes pulled from a longer interview, but they got right to the gist of it. And I didn’t think she seemed sad at all — just frank and realistic. I found it very refreshing. And LOL about Tony Romo and not wasting a song on him. (Did that make anybody else think of Taylor Swift and her song about one of those Jonas brothers? Just me? Never mind!)

    Carries’s got a good head on her shoulders. I’m not a big fan of her music (although I like a lot of country artists), and I didn’t love her special the other night, but I *really* like Carrie as a person.

    Poor Cookie ‘“ He’s always so tactful and thoughtful in interviews. The one time he says something vaguely out of place and this Live Daily article slams him for it.

    I actually thought he was doing damage control for Nigel & Co. I mean Carrie and others associated with the show had been blabbing about their duet for weeks, and I think they needed somebody to gently get the word out that the duet wasn’t going to air. I think Cook took one for the team here. He’s just not that dumb.

  62. Finally! Carrie’s tour dates for the first leg of her Play On tour have been announced:

    March 11 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
    March 12 Albany, NY Times Union Center
    March 13 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
    March 15 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
    March 16 Bridgeport, CT Arena at HarborYard
    March 19 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
    March 20 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
    March 21 Worcester, MA DCU Center
    March 23 Hamilton, Ontario Copps Coliseum
    March 24 Kanata, Ontario Scotiabank Place
    March 26 Trenton, NJ Sun National Bank Center
    March 27 Amherst, MA Mullins Center
    March 29 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena
    March 31 Rochester, NY BlueCross Arena

    April 1 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Civic Center
    April 3 Pikeville, KY Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
    April 6 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
    April 7 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
    April 9 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
    April 10 Rockford, IL Rockford MetroCentre
    April 12 Ft Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial
    April 13 Saginaw, MI Dow Events Center
    April 14 Lansing, MI Breslin Student Events Center
    April 23 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
    April 24 Toledo, OH Lucas County Arena
    April 25 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
    April 27 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum
    April 28 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center
    April 30 Fayetteville, NC Crown Coliseum

    May 1 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
    May 2 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena
    May 4 Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee County Civic Center
    May 5 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
    May 7 New Orleans, LA Lakefront Arena
    May 8 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
    May 10 Beaumont, TX Ford Park Events Center
    May 12 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
    May 13 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
    May 15 Tucson, AZ Tucson Arena
    May 18 Fresno, CA SaveMart Center
    May 20 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
    May 21 Reno, NV Reno Events Center
    May 22 Las Vegas, NV Orleans Arena
    May 29 Everett, WA Comcast Arena at Everett Events Center
    May 30 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena

  63. Big jump for WWFM this morning on iTunes chart. It was at #153 before his interview/performance on The View aired — it’s now at #126

  64. ‘Morning iTunes update:’ 

    ”The half pints are blowing up Itunes. Good for them. They should have a great week of sales.”

    yes indeed – isn’t it grand :-D

  65. Considering the interference SYTYCD experienced with end of the season baseball and now the shortening of the season due to the holidays, I cannot figure out why they decided to move this show to the fall. They had the summer virtually all to themselves and the ratings were much higher. Makes no sense to me unless it is because of other commitments by Nigel and others. The whole season has seemed rather rushed to me and because of that, I don’t feel as if I’ve really connected with any of the dancers as I usually do. Its too bad. This show is a favorite.

  66. I do too. It just comes off as way more depressing than I think the content really warrants, in a strange way. With the bolding and the sectioning out of context and all’ ¦ it’s just weird. Thing is, there’s nothing objectionable about what she said. But it looks so laid out like that.

    Yeah, I agree with that. … It looks strangely *amateur,* as well, for Esquire, for crap’s sake.

  67. Hmm, the reporters are all such negative Nellies today. I think if Adam had blown up at some woman like that, we’d have heard about it long before now.

    And, trying to spin that song clearance debacle like it’s somehow David Cook’s fault? That’s laughable. I’m sure he wasn’t the guy on the phone with Van Halen’s people LOL.

    I’m no Carrie fan, but she gives every impression that she’s a sweet and level headed girl. And Tony Romo? He should start worrying more about winning than dating and dumping hot blonds.

  68. Now I’m thinking of getting her entire holiday CD and I already bought David’s one.

    Get it! Wintersong is one of my favorite holiday albums (and you’ll be helping the economy! :-) ). It’s only $7.99 (but follow mj’s links so she gets credit). Sarah does a fantastic version of Joni Mitchell’s “River,” and I absolutely love her version of “What Child is This?” (Greensleeves). (I’m not surprised that she’s a favorite of David Cook’s. She’s amazing at re-working a classic and bringing something new to a familiar song that’s been recorded hundreds of times.)

  69. BootStar ITA. I absolutely believe he was asked to do damage control. I suspected that anyway but even moreso now seeing it was such a royal 19E screwup. I don’t believe at all they had him do 2 hours of radio interviews simply for the sake of plugging the special, 19 wanted to put the word out there were problems and David did it in the nicest way possible. How many interviews did both he and Carrie talk up the duet? Lots. Frankly I’m glad he did those interviews and said something beforehand because can you imagine the uproar if there was no warning before watching the special?

  70. I don’t believe at all they had him do 2 hours of radio interviews simply for the sake of plugging the special, 19 wanted to put the word out there were problems and David did it in the nicest way possible.

    Interesting perspective. It’s a possibility that 19 told him the duet was in jeopardy and sent him to radio to drop that bomb tactfully– which, IMO, he did. I heard I think 3 of those interviews he did, and honestly, he handled providing that info really well– kind of really matter of fact, no biggie, but here’s the situation. He focused on the special, and mentioned in passing they did a duet that might not make it cuz of legal issues, then laugh it off with the DJs quickly, like, yeah, aren’t clearances a bitch, then quickly moved on. No dwelling on the problem, just providing the info. I like to think that the DJ’s didn’t press on further to ask the hard-hitting questions about who dropped the ball (cough, 19) on the epic fail precisely because DC wasn’t griping about it or talking about it as an epic fail– he’s charming enough and easygoing enough about it that the conversations naturally moved on. So, LiveDaily? No business savvy my sweet ass! Heh, pardon me, ranting a lil.

  71. I hope everyone’s prepared for the world to explode tomorrow.

    KRISALLEN

    #If the world doesn’t explode after the amazing show tomorrow night at z100 jingleball then it never will about 2 hours ago from Echofon

  72. Diane: 4,000 spins/week simply means LLWD was played over 4,000 times last week on US stations.

    BTW, for spinaholics, LLWD was played for the first time yesterday on the HAC station in San Francisco – another new market for LLWD. Seems the West Coast is finally coming around. I’m also seeing new spins at new HAC stations in Chicago & Sacramento, although LLWD is already being played at the major stations there.

  73. Maybe David Cook will finally take a break, lol…

    thedavidcook

    Last day in NYC… stoked to see home and fam and Quik Trip and vacay and…. (slow fade out)

  74. ITunes Pop…

    It’s neck and neck with Kris’ album at 13 and Adam’s album at 14. Another AI moment in the making.

  75. BTW, for spinaholics, LLWD was played for the first time yesterday on the HAC station in San Francisco ‘“ another new market for LLWD. Seems the West Coast is finally coming around. I’m also seeing new spins at new HAC stations in Chicago & Sacramento, although LLWD is already being played at the major stations ther

    Do you by any chance have the name of that SF station? I’m sure I can pick it up from where I’m at. I just don’t really listen to local stations due to XM. Thanks Eileen.

  76. Big jump for WWFM this morning on iTunes chart. It was at #153 before his interview/performance on The View aired ‘” it’s now at #126

    Yea! That’s awesome news! That song is so good, and I feel it could really take off once more people get to hear it – so here’s hoping it does! :-)

    Considering the interference SYTYCD experienced with end of the season baseball and now the shortening of the season due to the holidays, I cannot figure out why they decided to move this show to the fall.

    I have a feeling moving SYTYCD to the fall was a great business move by Fox. For one, the show is WAY cheaper to produce than most scripted shows (all reality shows are), and second, for the last few years, pretty much every new Fox show to premiere in the Fall has been cancelled quickly. The only shows that have tended to take off on Fox have been the ones they premiere in the Spring during the covetted “post-AI” time slot. I for one really loved the extra SYTYCD to fill the void left by AI and summer SYTYCD!

  77. BTW, for spinaholics, LLWD was played for the first time yesterday on the HAC station in San Francisco ‘“ another new market for LLWD.

    Mix106.5 has been playing LLWD for weeks, but perhaps they are listed as a South Bay station though they get picked up by SF listeners. So I’m guessing its KLLC97.3 or Star101.3 that added LLWD for the first time? Cool.

  78. Happygolucky:

    San Francisco – KLLC
    Sacramento – KZZO
    Chicago – WCFS

  79. I just checked Itunes, and Kris’s ranks are (single/album):

    Overall: 32/82
    Pop: 13/15

    :cool:

  80. Happygolucky:

    San Francisco ‘“ KLLC
    Sacramento ‘“ KZZO
    Chicago ‘“ WCFS

    I’m guessing its KLLC97.3 or Star101.3 that added LLWD for the first time? Cool.

    Eileen and Keel, Thanks!!! I’ll check it out. West Coast and Canada stations should join the LLWD bandwagon.

    I was curious this morning and checked the New Zealand Itunes chart and it’s sitting at #14. I think it has never gone over Top 20 since its release a couple of months ago (I maybe wrong). New Zealand loves LLWD!!!

  81. Eileen99
    12/10/2009 at 1:13 pm
    Diane: 4,000 spins/week simply means LLWD was played over 4,000 times last week on US stations.

    Thanks! I guess that one was rather elementary. This is just all new to me, but I find it fascinating!

  82. Singles:

    #32 LLWD (it was at #34 earlier this morning — has been bouncing between #29-#35 the last few days)
    #105 FYE (it was at #110 this morning prior to The View int/perf)
    #108 WWFM (it was at #153 this morning prior to The View interview/performance)

    Albums

    #77 Kris Allen (was at #161 prior to his SYTYCD performance last night)
    #79 FYE (standard) (was at #101 prior to The View int/perf)
    #99 FYE (deluxe)(was at #159 prior to The View int./perf)

  83. ”ozarka

    12/10/2009 at 2:14 pm

    #17 Christmas from the Heart ‘” David Archuleta (iTunes overall)”

    the little christmas cd that could – keep rising david, keep rising :D

  84. David Archuleta ‘American Idol Is Diverse’

    Published Thursday, 10th December, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    David Archuleta has praised American Idol for allowing a diverse range of artists to be involved.

    In an interview with Parade, the singer ‘“ who came runner-up in the show last year ‘“ told the magazine: ‘A lot of people watch that show and it’s such a diverse audience. ‘Families watch the show ‘“ all ages. I think people give music they normally wouldn’t listen to a chance.’  Archuleta added.

    ‘It’s also a great example of the idea that music doesn’t have boundaries. I wouldn’t want my music to be enjoyed only by one group.’  ‘Music has been a blessing in my life, so it’s neat to know that being able to share music with other people can do something for them ‘“ that I’m not the only person benefiting from it.

    David continued by telling the publication: ‘I think that’s the point of music, being able to share, being able to communicate.’ 

    http://angryape.com/news/david-archuleta-american-idol-is-diverse

  85. David A.’s Christmas album is really doing well. Good for him! I wish he had his 2nd “true” album out, though. Same with david Cook.

  86. El Paso, Texas ‘“ American Idol alum David Archuleta has been named the halftime entertainment for the 2009 Brut Sun Bowl, according to Sun Bowl officials.

    Sun Bowl picks David Archuleta as halftime entertainer

    Updated: Dec 9, 2009 06:44 PM

    Archuleta, the runner-up in the May 2008 American Idol finale, recently released ‘Christmas from the Heart,’  his sophomore album. The teenager’s Christmas album debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard Top 200 list and No. 2 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums list when it was released in October.

    Archuleta is the third American Alum to perform in the El Paso area in recent weeks. Kelly Clarkson performed in Las Cruces last week and David Cook, who beat Archuleta for the American Idol title, performed at Club 101 in early November.

    http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=11651049

  87. “I wish he had his 2nd ‘true’  album out”

    So the Christmas Album is a fake and not worth the bother. How about referring to his next album as his 2nd pop album.

  88. thanks girlygirl – we want him to take all the time he needs to ”tell his story” on the 2nd pop cd… no rushing this time, or scrambing to meet a deadline… we eagerly await it, but will be patient as he goes through the process to create it :D

  89. from live daily….

    The 12 shows of Christmas: Holiday fare for everyone on the list
    Published December 9, 2009 03:12 PM

    By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

    From Trans-Siberian Orchestra to ‘American Idol’  runner-up David Archuleta, performers are getting fans in the Christmas spirit on stage this holiday season. Some are bring good tidings on tour, while are performing exclusive one-off shows. Here’s a quick look at some of those special occasions.

    ======================

    David Archuleta, through Dec. 20

    ======================

    Kids are flocking to theaters this month as former ‘American Idol’  contestant David Archuleta embarks on a holiday tour in support of his debut Christmas album, ‘Christmas From the Heart.’ 

    ‘I’ve always been really involved during the Christmastime with singing,’  Archuleta told LiveDaily. ‘It’s just something I’ve been doing since I was little’“Christmas caroling when I was little little, to singing in church at little parties, family parties and neighborhood parties. To be able to do a Christmas album with those same songs on it is really cool.’ 

    http://www.livedaily.com/news/the-12-shows-of-christmas-holiday-fare-for-everyone-on-the-list-20924.html

  90. great point mrs. p – i’ve seen the christmas cd referred to in that manner, and it’s all good… david sorta went outside of the norm and released one early in the game – it throws some folks off :D

  91. “#17 Christmas from the Heart ‘” David Archuleta (iTunes overall)”

    Nice! Good for David and his fans!

  92. ===========================================
    ‘#17 Christmas from the Heart ‘” David Archuleta (iTunes overall)

    Nice! Good for David and his fans!”
    ===========================================

    old and new :D

  93. #17 Christmas from the Heart ‘” David Archuleta (iTunes overall)’ 

    Aw – you know I’m really pleased for him: he deserves it.

    A year and a bit out from AI7, it’s just so much easier to appreciate Archie’s character and talent.

    Glad that the ‘fanwars’ from that season are pretty much over.

  94. David Archuleta brings his holiday spirit to the Wellmont

    Thursday, December 10, 2009
    Last updated: Thursday December 10, 2009, 1:50 PM

    BY DILLON RAND
    The Montclair Times

    ==========================

    great interview, read more at the link…
    ==========================

    “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta heads to the Wellmont Theatre on Sunday promoting his Christmas album, “Christmas From The Heart.” The album works to capture both Archuleta’s cheerful personality and undeniable vocal talent. Archuleta has proven himself dedicated to singing, being famed for overcoming vocal paralysis before starting his whirlwind of success on “American Idol.”

    His progression would continue after the show with his popular self-titled debut album. The album featured “Crush,” a song that would hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts. Not surprisingly, both of his parents have musical backgrounds and were an inspiration to the young Archuleta, who is now only 18 years of age.

    http://www.northjersey.com/community/events/David_Archuleta_brings_his_holiday_spirit_to_the_Wellmont.html

  95. I don’t believe at all they had him do 2 hours of radio interviews simply for the sake of plugging the special, 19 wanted to put the word out there were problems and David did it in the nicest way possible.

    Agreed. I think it bares noting that the duet had been confirmed a long time ago and Slezak even did a blurb about it and linked to the Cookwood 1.0 vid on the EW site. So, at the very least the entertainment media had been using the duet as a talking point. I do believe Nigel and pals realized they needed to forewarn the people who had heard about it and were tuning in expecting to see David and Carrie sing together. All that said, I don’t think LiveDaily was all that harsh. Ill informed in thinking that David both announced that the duet existed and then announced that it wouldn’t clear in the same breath when a little bit of research would have revealed that was not the case, but not all that harsh. I kinda figured that the Van Hagar-ness of the song was the issue considering the bad blood, but I thought the hold up would have been Hagar not clearing it out of spite, rather than Van Halen not wanting to promote a Hagar helmed tune. Interesting that VH basically prefer to pretend Van Hagar never existed LOL. And who’s the one that’s not business savvy, LiveDaily? Hee.

    In other news, when band love collides…Cookie and Pete Wentz! ~small internal squee~

  96. excerpted from the montclair times interview… what’s not to like about this guy… we respect him, he respects us…

    DILLON: Shifting gears a bit, you won a Teen Choice Award in ’08 for “Most Fanatic Fans.”

    ===========================================

    DAVID: Oh yeah (laughs). I was surprised because the Jonas Brothers have more fanatic fans than I do. I don’t know. I don’t have as many fans as the Jonas Brothers, but the fans I have are really dedicated. I really appreciate it. They are the ones who allow me to do this. They are the ones who support me and come to the shows and enjoy the music. You just have to love and appreciate what they do. Sometimes it can get a little crazy, but all in all they are really great. And they try to be really respectful to me. I think that is really cool of them to do. They don’t hound and attack me. They just say “Hi!”

    http://www.northjersey.com/community/events/David_Archuleta_brings_his_holiday_spirit_to_the_Wellmont.html

  97. Albums

    #77 Kris Allen (was at #161 prior to his SYTYCD performance last night)
    #79 FYE (standard) (was at #101 prior to The View int/perf)
    #99 FYE (deluxe)(was at #159 prior to The View int./perf)

    New update on albums

    #80 Kris standard Album (was #77 at 2pm)
    #72 Adam Standard Album (was #79 at 2pm)
    #98 Adam Deluxe Album (Was #99 at 2pm)

    Singles:

    #32 LLWD (it was at #34 earlier this morning ‘” has been bouncing between #29-#35 the last few days)
    #105 FYE (it was at #110 this morning prior to The View int/perf)
    #108 WWFM (it was at #153 this morning prior to The View interview/performance)</blockquote

    Single Updates

    #32 LLWD
    #105 FYW
    #107 WWFM

  98. There is a video of Archie on People

    David Archuleta Previews His Christmas Album
    The singer, who will perform a live concert on Billboardlive.com on December 17, chats about his newest CD and his future tour.

    http://www.people.com/people/videos/0,,20326084,00.html.

  99. I don’t always agree with Ken Tucker, but I think he gives a spot on review of Susan Boyle’s new album, especially the part about “authenticity.”

    People professed not mere admiration, but also love for Susan Boyle. She singlehandedly, overnight, altered the tone of shows such as America’s Got Talent; suddenly, tears of gratitude were popping from the eyes of judge Sharon Osbourne at the mere sound of a child contestant hitting a high note with precision. The feeling was, Boyle is real. In this sense, she was as much a benefactor of the cult of authenticity as Bruce Springsteen has been.

    Susan Boyle’s Easygoing ‘Dream’ Of A Debut

  100. Interesting tweet I saw:

    RT @claytonhein: I wnt 2 buy Adam Lambert’s new album, not b/c I rlly enjoy his music, but b/c I dont lk ppl that dont lk gay ppl.

  101. Interesting tweet I saw:

    RT @claytonhein: I wnt 2 buy Adam Lambert’s new album, not b/c I rlly enjoy his music, but b/c I dont lk ppl that dont lk gay ppl.

    Well, I guess it makes up for a couple of the sales Adam lost because people refuse to give him a chance because he’s gay.

  102. And the Itunes see-saw continues for the pop albums.

    Adam now 13, Kris 14

  103. I kinda figured that the Van Hagar-ness of the song was the issue considering the bad blood, but I thought the hold up would have been Hagar not clearing it out of spite, rather than Van Halen not wanting to promote a Hagar helmed tune. Interesting that VH basically prefer to pretend Van Hagar never existed LOL.

    I love Eddie, but I’m fairly certain he’s a grudge holder :)

  104. Well, I guess it makes up for a couple of the sales Adam lost because people refuse to give him a chance because he’s gay.

    And of course, that one stranger’s random tweet is totally indicative of why the other 250,000 people bought it. ;)

    And the Itunes see-saw continues for the pop albums.

    Adam now 13, Kris 14

    I’m pleased that their tv appearances seemed to give them some bumps today. I’d be happy to see them see saw that high at all week.

  105. sorry whoever tweeted the above. That (” I wnt 2 buy Adam Lambert’s new album, not b/c I rlly enjoy his music, but b/c I dont lk ppl that dont lk gay ppl.”) doesn’t seem to be a good reason to buy music. For me, anyway. To each their own.

    I’m not buying Adam’s album because I don’t particularly enjoy his music. Me buying or not buying it does not affect the cause of gay rights. It doesn’t affect my lifelong friendships with gays and lesbians. I could go on, but I think it’s a shame that it’s come to this. Although money is money, and whatever reason causes AL’s album to sell is good for him, I guess.

  106. I’m not buying Adam’s album because I don’t particularly enjoy his music. Me buying or not buying it does not affect the cause of gay rights. It doesn’t affect my lifelong friendships with gays and lesbians. I could go on, but I think it’s a shame that it’s come to this. Although money is money, and whatever reason causes AL’s album to sell is good for him, I guess.

    I do think most people buy because they like it. JMHO. :)

  107. RT @claytonhein: I wnt 2 buy Adam Lambert’s new album, not b/c I rlly enjoy his music, but b/c I dont lk ppl that dont lk gay ppl.

    Hmm, I think I’ll go out and buy Susan Boyle’s album not because I enjoy her music but because I don’t like how society devalues middle-aged women. After all, it’s a lot easier than joining NOW, for instance, and actually getting involved in a meaningful way.

  108. RT @claytonhein: I wnt 2 buy Adam Lambert’s new album, not b/c I rlly enjoy his music, but b/c I dont lk ppl that dont lk gay ppl.

    Well jeez its only one person doing it. It is not like droves of people are buying his album only because they are supporting gay rights. I only wish that were true. If this is this persons feeling why is it wrong. In some indirect way support of his album is a support towards gay acceptance. Believe it or not.

  109. The feeling was, Boyle is real. In this sense, she was as much a benefactor of the cult of authenticity as Bruce Springsteen has been.

    I am sorry Ken Tucker great guy but this to me is absolute blasphemy. Susan Boyle is now on par with Bruce Springsteen. At least Adam looks like Elvis. ;-)

  110. I am sorry Ken Tucker great guy but this to me is absolute blasphemy. Susan Boyle is now on par with Bruce Springsteen. At least Adam looks like Elvis.

    Yes. This. Don’t even say Bruce Springsteen and Susan Boyle in the same sentence! Oh crap, I just did.

  111. seriously
    Yes. This. Don’t even say Bruce Springsteen and Susan Boyle in the same sentence! Oh crap, I just did.

    LOL

  112. In some indirect way support of his album is a support towards gay acceptance. Believe it or not.

    I have almost all of Elton John’s albums — in the original vinyl — so I’m good. Thanks anyway. ;-)

  113. I have almost all of Elton John’s albums ‘” in the original vinyl ‘” so I’m good. Thanks anyway.

    I don’t get your post directed toward me but glad you got Elton John music. He is very talented just like Adam. ;-)

    By the way impressed that it is in its original vinyl. Do you have a record player? That is amazing if you do. Keep those Albums they are worth money :-)

  114. I have almost all of Elton John’s albums ‘” in the original vinyl ‘” so I’m good. Thanks anyway.

    You and me both, Sassycatz

  115. In other news, when band love collides’ ¦Cookie and Pete Wentz! ~small internal squee~

    Aaah Pete my first crush. J/k. I hadn’t realized how short he was. Poor dude could use an inch or two of growth. (Get your mind out of the gutter).

    I love Eddie, but I’m fairly certain he’s a grudge holder

    And now I’m a grudge holder too. ;) So thanks, Eddie!
    ETA: I only wish I was a gun holder right now. :)

  116. I am sorry Ken Tucker great guy but this to me is absolute blasphemy. Susan Boyle is now on par with Bruce Springsteen. At least Adam looks like Elvis.

    LOL, he wasn’t comparing Susan Boyle’s artistry with Bruce Springsteen’s! He said that, like Springsteen, she was a “benefactor of the cult of authenticity.” The point being that there is a huge segment of folks who crave authenticity in the subjects of their devotion. Artists for populists, etc. It was an analogy!

  117. If this has been posted anywhere, I’ve not seen it. Allison got a beautiful article written by her at access hollywood.

    Here is just a taste of it:

    Season eight’s third-runner up, Allison Iraheta, was signed to Jive Records (the same label to which winner Kris Allen was signed), as soon as the label was allowed to sign her. In Allison, we have one of ‘Idol’s’  best all-time voices and one of the most packaged rock personas since Chris Daughtry presented himself in season five.

    Read more at:
    http://www.accesshollywood.com/_article_26470

  118. The feeling was, Boyle is real. In this sense, she was as much a benefactor of the cult of authenticity as Bruce Springsteen has been.

    Ken Tucker is just so, so, so full of it. Susan Boyle is just as much of a media creation as Donna Reed as the world’s best mother or Cheez Whiz as actual food. I still think it was the whole manufactured story, not her talent, that they latched onto, with the shocked looks on the judges’ faces and the amazingly spiffy backing track and even the choice of song she performed, which just happens to be the title of her album AND her entire brand — that she dreamed this dream and what do you know, sad little pathetic her actually got to accomplish her DREEEEEEAMMMM!! A real Cinderella story. Which can’t happen if you find somebody who is already gorgeous and happy. It has to be somebody miserable and scruffy, wearing rags, looking lost and unstable, or there’s nothing for Fairy Godmothers like Simon to lift her up from.

    It’s all just so cynical to me, to take this lady with an okay voice and paste FRUMPY LOSER on her forehead, and then tell the entire world that she is only being spared from being a FRUMPY LOSER for the rest of her life by the good graces of Simon & Co.

    And the absolute opposite of “authentic,” which is such a cliche, anyway.

  119. and one of the most packaged rock personas

    Hmm, is this a good thing?

  120. It’s all just so cynical to me, to take this lady with an okay voice and paste FRUMPY LOSER on her forehead, and then tell the entire world that she is only being spared from being a FRUMPY LOSER for the rest of her life by the good graces of Simon & Co.

    By the good graces of Simon and You-the-enlightened-album-purchaser.

    This album allows everybody to be her “Fairy Godmother”.

    And my cynical self agrees with yours. I like a feel good story as much as the next person, but this one was manufactured like a cheap plastic toy at Walmart.

    And I’m starting to think that Danny was meant to be our “Fairy Godmother” moment (and that chicken farmer dude from AGT…where is he anywhere?). I think people would have tired of SuBu if we’d had to see her do 13 performances. She only sang two songs during that entire competition.

    I’m so torn. I love to see MASSIVE numbers like this, but my goodness is Simon rubbing his hands in glee that his plan worked. I like a bit of organic in my “Fairy Godmother” moments.

  121. I have mixed feelings on SuBo as well. The biz could use her massive sales even though her music seems mediocre.

    I like the “Fairy Godmother” stuff though within limits. Without it, Idol is just another vehicle for “package artists.” Plus it’s great that SuBo isn’t joining the Idol Top 40 hit factory. No need to follow her on the radio charts. She don’t need no stinkin charts. :)

    And honestly it is funny that the reality show runner up who looks to be a huge international is Susan Boyle. Did anyone see that coming?

  122. I love Eddie, but I’m fairly certain he’s a grudge holder

    I can see that LOL. I guess I figured he wouldn’t care much about Hagar vs. Roth semantics. You know, like a ” lead singers are just interchangable whatevahs, I’m Eddie effing Van Halen” thing. Actually, it was more fun to blame Hagar. :D

  123. Heh if I was Eddie Van Halen I wouldn’t let an AC crooner and a Barbie doll country singer use my material on a half baked holiday special. Rock integrity for the win.

  124. iTunes update for Adam and Kris

    albums

    FYE #61 overall; #13 pop
    Kris Allen #79 overall; #14 pop

  125. Love Eddie, but yeah, he can be a little petulant at times. Too bad this played out the way it did for all concerned.

  126. I’m pretty sure Carrie wasn’t planning to duet with, say, Josh Grobin, so I have no idea who this “AC crooner” would be. ~scratches head~

  127. At least Adam looks like Elvis.

    Not to me – don’t see any resemblance at all.

    Wonders why Bo wasn’t allowed to sing on Carrie’s special since he was there. I would have loved to have watched him, and I’m sure many other would too.

  128. Speaking of Barbie Dolls, I thought it amusing that Carrie poked fun at that whole idea by dressing everyone for the 1960’s girl group medley in !960’s Barbie Prom dresses. Very tongue in cheek, IMO, and one of the three segments I actually enjoyed on the special.

  129. Heh if I was Eddie Van Halen I wouldn’t let an AC crooner and a Barbie doll country singer use my material on a half baked holiday special. Rock integrity for the win.

    I actually wondered if Eddie Van Halen didn’t want his song associated with a “variety show” too, but since you raise the issue of “rock integrity,” how did you feel about those Rockers With Integrity, Queen, letting Lambert and Allen sing with them on the Idol finale? I mean if Cook is nothing more than an “AC crooner,” what the hell are they?

    And with regard to Susan Boyle, she’s not really my cuppa, but I don’t see how she’s any more manufactured than anybody who’s a product of the American Idol franchise. Certainly Simon Inc. exploited SuBo’s storyline, but she’s no less talented than a lot of popular singers. People buy music from a singer who moves them. For whatever reason.

    As another recent reality show runner up (who has been widely marketed as The Next Big International Icon) has stated repeatedly, it ain’t that deep!

  130. Wonders why Bo wasn’t allowed to sing on Carrie’s special since he was there. I would have loved to have watched him, and I’m sure many other would too.

    I would have loved to see him too. Everytime he performs, I am always impressed. I think there were a lot of “missed” opportunites on Carrie’s special.

  131. I was looking forward to the duet. Cause as Carrie said, they sound really good together. I would of loved to see Bo sing too.

  132. Yeah, Bo was awesome when he came back to perform on S7 of Idol, but, as I recall, he didn’t move a whole lot of product as a result, and he was promoting a new album at the time. Maybe the producers didn’t think he was a big enough draw. I love the guy, though.

  133. And my cynical self agrees with yours. I like a feel good story as much as the next person, but this one was manufactured like a cheap plastic toy at Walmart.

    I don’t know why, but I found this Analogy so funny…maybe because it is so accurate…….hahahahahahhaha

  134. Heh if I was Eddie Van Halen I wouldn’t let an AC crooner and a Barbie doll country singer use my material on a half baked holiday special.

    Hm, when Cook covered “Hot for Teacher” during his tour, a video of it was posted on Van Halen’s website and David was given credit for it. Don’t think VH has a problem with who is performing. From what has been written, the duet seems to be the victim of Van Halen infighting.

  135. The Esquire article on CU was just fine. Carrie represented herself honestly & with dignity. If you go from small town farm girl to music touring sensation w/o any real transition, this is what it’s gonna look like to you.

    Ironically the next article in the “What I’ve Learned” series was on Mohammed AlBaradei (sp?). Seriously? Carrie is great, but I honestly was much more interested in what the UN nuclear weapons inspector had to say about all that he’s seen these last 10 yrs…

  136. LOL, he wasn’t comparing Susan Boyle’s artistry with Bruce Springsteen’s! He said that, like Springsteen, she was a ‘benefactor of the cult of authenticity.’  The point being that there is a huge segment of folks who crave authenticity in the subjects of their devotion. Artists for populists, etc. It was an analogy!

    @Bootstar: ITA! Analogies FTW!

  137. I actually wondered if Eddie Van Halen didn’t want his song associated with a ‘variety show’  too

    Ditto, but then there was the pesky matter of Glee getting clearance for Jump to be used in a number with high school kids wearing jammies and bouncing on mattresses. I don’t think VH would have had a rock integrity leg to stand, err, jump (JUMP!) on, really. The Hagar feuding thing makes the most sense.

  138. I have no idea who won the competition that SuBo was 2nd. Who was it and how are they/he/she doing?

  139. Speaking of Van Halen. I was just at WalMart and there was an advertisement for Van Halen on Guitar Hero. It comes out on Dec. 22nd. How’s that for rock intergrity? A video game…

  140. I have no idea who won the competition that SuBo was 2nd. Who was it and how are they/he/she doing?

    Funny, I have no idea either. I wonder if the winner is feeling overshadowed by SuBo?

  141. A dance group called Diversity won Britain’s Got Talent, beating out SueBo

    I had to look this up just now, because I had no clue.

    But since it was a dance group, not another singer, really can’t do any sort of comparion in terms of success

  142. I would have loved to see him too. Everytime he performs, I am always impressed. I think there were a lot of ‘missed’  opportunites on Carrie’s special.

    Well, at least her mother got to sing and aren’t we all happy about that.

    Hm, when Cook covered ‘Hot for Teacher’  during his tour, a video of it was posted on Van Halen’s website and David was given credit for it.

    See! They could have done Hot for Teacher and Carrie could’ve played the teacher.

  143. LOL, Mrs. P. I think a few people who share your assessment of Cook have wandered into some of his concerts and have sat in shock as he rocked their socks off with his band.

  144. Its official!! Adam is headlining Gridlock’s New Year’s Eve Event!!

    It’s nice to know he won’t have to resort to busking for the New Year.

  145. I have mixed feelings on SuBo as well. The biz could use her massive sales even though her music seems mediocre.

    I just have one question. Why do people not seem perplexed when Eminem sells the way SuBo sells? Is his “music” really any better than hers? His “singing”? I seriously don’t understand why his music, which is not music to me, is considered more worthy of sales than hers is. In other words, I don’t hear anyone being shocked by his monstrous sales numbers when they occur, but I am more baffled by his than by hers. At least she sings, and her music is not profane or offensive.

    Likewise with Taylor Swift. Somehow it’s oh-so-shocking-and-mystifying when she sells millions, but for Eminem and Ice Cube and others like them, it’s not surprising or strange? I remember people being shocked and dismayed a few years ago when Norah Jones swept the grammys, yet if Eminem or Ice Cube or Kanye West does it, there’s no surprise, no belittling comments about them.

    Why, in other words, is rap such an accepted art form now, but singing a la Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift, or Nora Jones is not considered worthy of huge success? Is it something about men being more acceptable than women? Or do people think that rap is a legitimate form of music but softer music or more innocent music like Taylor’s is not legitimate? Also why is there not surprise about Andrea Bocelli’s sales?

  146. Or do people think that rap is a legitimate form of music

    I think rap is crap and that’s why when you look up the word “crap,” it says “c” rap.

  147. Why, in other words, is rap such an accepted art form now, but singing a la Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift, or Nora Jones is not considered worthy of huge success? Is it something about men being more acceptable than women? Or do people think that rap is a legitimate form of music but softer music or more innocent music like Taylor’s is not legitimate? Also why is there not surprise about Andrea Bocelli’s sales?

    I’ll try to answer. But you’re lumping a bunch of people up together that don’t quite mix for me. I’ll start with Eminem and SuBO.

    SuBo is singing covers. Not that well. Her whole thing is her rags for riches story.

    Eminem is not a singer. He’s a rapper. But what he produces is original. So he has that going for him. He writes his own stuff. I think he’s very talented, although I haven’t listened to him lately. I heard some not great stuff from critics I admire on his latest album. But when he’s on, he’s great at the slant rhyme. I don’t know if that is a term used in rap, but it’s used in poetry.

    Taylor Swift … I’ve never heard anyone say they’re shocked at her sales. It’s a no brainer… she writes pop-friendly songs with catchy hooks. I hear people say she can’t sing live. I agree. Again, she writes original music. Unlike SuBo.

    Norah Jones… what? I think she’s had her share of critical acclaim. My AAA station sure loves her. Not quite sure of that example either.

    I don’t think it’s a sexist thing. I think it’s becaus SuBo’s voice isn’t the best, she’s singing covers, and I’m assuming she didn’t do anything cool with the arrangements (I haven’t listened, but since I know TBTB are behind her album, I think it’s a valid guess).

    If you want to hear a female artist do covers, I suggest Cat Power’s The Covers Record.

    SuBo is a story. Not an artist. And she’s sold sooooo much that it’s easy to ridicule. We’re talking the best selling debut album of all time, right? That’s insane to a lot of folk. Me included.

    ETA: And yes, I think rap/hip hop is a legitimate form of music. As with all music forms, there’s a lot of crap, but some great stuff too.

  148. ETA; And yes, I think Rap is a legitimate form of music.

    Yup!! Very legitimate.

  149. I still think it was the whole manufactured story, not her talent, that they latched onto, with the shocked looks on the judges’ faces and the amazingly spiffy backing track and even the choice of song she performed, which just happens to be the title of her album AND her entire brand ‘”

    I really don’t think people buying her album are just buying her story because most people are too cheap to buy something they don’t like.

    SuBo got over 1,000,000 hits on YouTube way before the competition she was involved in was over. And instead of her fading away into obscurity she outsold everyone this month. It’s like lightening in a bottle and will probably never be duplicated any time soon.

    Try as we might, no one can explain the phenomenon of Susan Boyle. And I’m happy for her.

  150. Really good interview with Archie on 101.9fm The Mix (WTMX) which aired yesterday. He gets pretty philosophical in this interview…

    http://cdn1.libsyn.com/caracarriveau/David_Archuletta.mp3?nvb=20091211033745&nva=20091212034745&t=0693f9bded61d8cdcb4cf

    David: “It’s kind of like a house on the road. It’s not a very big house. It’s basically, like you’re living in a skinny hallway…”

    David: “When you’re on American Idol, you’re kind of exposed. Everything… everyone…You’re getting interviewed about everything. They’re talking about your family and your life and stuff. They’re learning about you and learning about who you are as a performer and a singer and stuff. So it’s really interesting. ‘Cuz it’s like you don’t get into char-… like you can get into character but people know how you are as a person so well that, I mean, who you are is your character. So it’s like you and your performing character become one thing. So it’s just interesting. There’s not a whole lot of mystery behind the artist. But it’s kind of nice because its like hey people accept… people like you for who you are, not just for your music.”

  151. I really don’t think people buying her album are just buying her story because most people are too cheap to buy something they don’t like.

    SuBo got over 1,000,000 hits on YouTube way before the competition she was involved in was over. And instead of her fading away into obscurity she outsold everyone this month. It’s like lightening in a bottle and will probably never be duplicated any time soon.

    Try as we might, no one can explain the phenomenon of Susan Boyle. And I’m happy for her.

    Lots of older artists do cover albums that sell pretty well. See Rod Stewart. He traded his hot pants for standards. There’s a market for that sort of thing. Add that market plus a compelling back story and there you have it. SuBo explained.

    I’m happy for her, I guess. I hope *she’s* happy. There were enough reports of her not being able to tour that make me suspcious that she’d rather be at home singing in her local pub. No doubt the money is a plus.

  152. You’re welcome. This one has much better audio, you can actually hear the guitar, which is excellent, David Immerman really gets Allison. It’s just audio though.

    http://bit.ly/81Z65n

  153. I am a huge Carrie Underwood, Melinda Doolittle, David Cook fan. In fact I am probably a Cooktard. But God Damn it America!!!!! Will somebody please pay attention. Allison Iraheta is the real deal. She is absolutely brilliant!!!!!!!! She may never make it big, but every time I watch a video performance, I am convinced that she may be the most superb vocalist ever to emerge from AI.

  154. A surprising sign of some life for Allison’s single — the Portland, Oregon Top 40 station that added her on Tuesday (and is her biggest-market add so far) started playing it pretty heavily on Thursday — only 4 spins on Tuesday and Wednesday combined, but 6 spins today. A guy from the station tweeted:

    We just started playing your song like crazy today here at Z100 Portland! Good stuff!

    And thank you Lydia for your comments. You’re starting to sound like one of us true believers!

  155. Thank you girlygirl.

    I was going to look up the winner, but figured someone here would know :) You are right with the no comparison with it being a dance team that won

  156. But God Damn it America!!!!! Will somebody please pay attention. Allison Iraheta is the real deal. She is absolutely brilliant!!!!!!!! She may never make it big, but every time I watch a video performance, I am convinced that she may be the most superb vocalist ever to emerge from AI.

    She certainly packs an emotional punch. I heart her. So glad I voted for her. I think Jive is treating her like a new artist, and not just an AI contestant they hope to make a quick buck off…. I hope so anyway.

  157. Oh I heard LLWD on KBIG driving home again from work tonight — so that’s two out of the last three days that I’ve heard it. I don’t think they are spinning it a lot quite yet, but the fact that the two times I’ve heard it have been in the evening (between 7-8:30 both times) rather than in the wee hours of the morning could be a good sign.

  158. I think it is the SYTYCD fans that are getting cheated this season. Seeing the group dance is a favorite of mine. I love the contestants this year, but the program did not flow smoothyl. I also missed having a guest judge. Also, Ryan IS good enough to be in the finals.

    Now we go back to the summer schedule, right?

  159. BeckyMD

    IKR? I’m hoping that they shot more than one promo. I actually like the concert of this one, but I’d like it better if they had had more of Kris in it.

    I know there was a really cool promo with David Cook that ran last season.

  160. IKR? I’m hoping that they shot more than one promo. I actually like the concert of this one, but I’d like it better if they had had more of Kris in it.

    My bet is on there are more. It’s stupid to have him in the studio for a back shot.

  161. Surely that’s not what Kris said he shot right? I was just saying the other day I wondered when the new promo would start airing. I know last years with David started Thanksgiving week. Hopefully there will be another with Kris more on par with that.

  162. Looking at mediabase’s projected charts for next week, and so far it’s looking good for both Adam and Kris —

    WWFM is projected to be at #43 on the Top 40 radio chart (up 7 spots)
    LLWD is projected to be at #31 on the Top 40 (up 2 spots) and #16 on the Hot AC chart ( also up 2 spots). Hopefully these projections will hold up when the chart goes final

  163. Archie seems to really like Allison’s album…

    Julia_13: @DavidArchie have you got @allisoniraheta’s cd?:) whats your fav song?

    DavidArchie: @Julia_13 Yeah! I like a bunch of them actually! D is for Dangerous, Beat Me Up, Don’t Waste the Pretty, Still Breathing. Good stuff!

  164. Just downloaded that free itunes holiday album mentioned earlier in the thread.

    Really surprised at how good track 13 is – the Glasvegas track – A Snowflake Fell… It’s outstanding.

  165. LLWD is projected to be at #31 on the Top 40 (up 2 spots) and #16 on the Hot AC chart ( also up 2 spots). Hopefully these projections will hold up when the chart goes final

    A lot depends on the weekend. If LLWD made the AT40 countdown, it could get past “Never Gonna Be Alone” (40) and “Heaven Can Wait” (as the Breakout song). It leads them all week and then slides behind them because they are on the countdowns. The AT40 doesn’t have songs go recurrent and it lags by several weeks. If you add recurrents back in, LLWD is currently at 36 on the chart so it should make it on the AT40 in some future weekend. “SOS” was 38 on the AT40 and 36 on the Rick Dees last week and that fell back down the charts a few weeks ago (to give an indication of the lag).

    Also, if the projected charts are correct, “You Belong With Me” will be at 21 which will make it go recurrent.

    For Adam, “One Time” will definitely go recurrent (LLWD whould be past that song by then so it won’t effect it’s placement).

    But one should never count your spins before they happen.

  166. WWFM is showing a really strong bullet on Top 40 and already has an audience that would match songs in the 30s with fewer spins. It could break into the Top 40 by next week. It’s just weird because I caught the FYE video on VH1 for the time.

    I guess the combo builds interest in the Adam brand but it’s still a confusing roll out to say the least.

  167. Looking at mediabase’s projected charts for next week, and so far it’s looking good for both Adam and Kris ‘“

    Looks good! 3 more spots and Adam will have his first top 40 hit!

  168. “A lot depends on the weekend. If LLWD made the AT40 countdown, it could get past ‘Never Gonna Be Alone’  (40) ”

    Aha! So this is what happened with LLWD vs. Nickelback. I wondered last weekend (or the week before?) how/why Nickelback all of a sudden pulled ahead when LLWD seemed poised to pass it. It’s evil Ryan!
    Seriously, though, that makes total sense and I just learned something today and it’s only 6am. Good start to the day.

  169. Kirsten, if you are still here – did you see on the Pulse LLWD thread you linked me to the other day (that shows Quick Cut info) – there is a really nice new LLWD banner posted on some website I’ve not heard of – FMQB or something like that. What is that all about?

  170. Kirsten, if you are still here ‘“ did you see on the Pulse LLWD thread you linked me to the other day (that shows Quick Cut info) ‘“ there is a really nice new LLWD banner posted on some website I’ve not heard of ‘“ FMQB or something like that. What is that all about

    No, I hadn’t seen that, but I just checked it out and it’s a great ad.

    FMQB (Friday Morning Quarter Back) is a music industry magazine. The ad is aimed at radio stations and others in the biz. It’s clear that Jive has decided to spend budget on selling Kris to radio (earlier AllAccess ads as well) which likely means they are building for the long-term. Ads at this time likely mean they are trying to give the song a push into the next level.

  171. Kirsten, as I thought, thank you. That tell me Jive is 100% behind Kris, too, and sees him as a long-term investment. (omg yay).

    And yeah, it’s a beautiful ad. Will investigate more when I get to work.

  172. Eileen99
    12/11/2009 at 9:56 am
    Kirsten, if you are still here ‘“ did you see on the Pulse LLWD thread you linked me to the other day (that shows Quick Cut info) ‘“ there is a really nice new LLWD banner posted on some website I’ve not heard of ‘“ FMQB or something like that. What is that all about?

    Can you show the link to the ad? Thanks!

  173. snlw – I don’t have the link here at my office – Kirsten, are you still here?

  174. @ snlw

    Here is a link to the FMQB add. Kworb included it in his post– last post on the page.

  175. Sorry, link FAIL! I haven’t been able to link for awhile now. Anyway, IDF has it posted.

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