Idol Headlines for 12/19/09

Paul McCartney backs Rage Against The Machine in Christmas Number One race

Paul McCartney has registered his support for Rage Against The Machine in the battle for the Christmas Number One single.

Despite performing on The X Factor with winner Joe McElderry last Sunday (December 18), McCartney said he thinks it would be “kind of funny” if ‘Killing In The Name’ beats McElderry’s ‘The Climb’ to Number One position.

NME.com

Time Warner cable may drop Fox, along with programs like ‘American Idol, ‘ the NFL; no contract yet

Local Time Warner Cable subscribers may lose “American Idol” and the NFL if Fox and Time Warner Cable can’t come to terms on new contract before the end of the year.

The two media behemoths have gone public with their battle over programming costs, which, could result in some Fox programming – including WNYW/Ch. 5, FX, Fuel, and the Speed Channel – being yanked from Time Warner Cable systems around the country.

NY Daily News

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Fox Drops the ‘American Idol’ Bomb on ‘Modern Family’

Fox has decided to aim a missile directly at heart of ABC’s young comedy hit “Modern Family.”

The network Friday confirmed that it will move new drama “Human Target” from its originally announced 9 p.m. Wednesday time slot to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Its replacement: The “American Idol” results show, which had been set to air at 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

“Target” will still get some exposure behind “Idol” for one week, with the Jan. 20 episode airing at 9. But starting Jan. 27, it’ll be “Target” at 8 and “Idol” at 9.

The Wrap

Brooke White to perform at BYU-Idaho Jan. 9

The oldest of four siblings, her parents passed their love of music on to their children, and that love has blossomed in White.

“My upbringing is entirely the reason that I am the artist I am today, ” White said. “My parents are hardcore music fans, and we grew up in a small house, close together all the time. We didn’t watch a lot of TV; it was constantly about music. It was the glue that held us together.”

Mormon Times.com

‘American Idol’-Simon Cowell rumors: Is a U.S. version of ‘X-Factor’ on its way?

The persistent rumors that Simon Cowell will jump ship from Idol after the 2010 season hit a fever pitch this week, thanks to a report in the London Times claiming that Cowell is preparing an American version of the hit British talent show series The X Factor. ‘The X Factor is due to begin filming in Los Angeles in September 2011, to be shown on Fox and presented by Cowell, ‘  the Times reports. Fox is denying official comment, so this latest wrinkle could be nothing more than meaningless buzz.

EW.com

Rage Against The Machine Take On Simon Cowell In U.K. Xmas Battle

It might be hard for American music fans to comprehend, but the annual race to land the #1 Christmas single in England is a seriously major deal. And typically, the song that wins out is a sappy, cloying ballad full of warm fuzzies that everyone can feel good about at this most stressful time of year.

But Rage Against the Machine have tossed a giant Molotov cocktail into the works this year, igniting a public feud with the man the New Musical Express dubbed “The Grinch” in its current Christmas issue, “American Idol” baddie Simon Cowell.

MTV.com

The X Factor overlord is set to make Jedwards of us all

A “political X Factor”, in which hot topics are voted on by members of the public in instant referendums? A red phone in the middle of a shiny floor studio, just daring No 10 to call and explain its position on the death penalty, or why lethal force is not always the right response to the theft of a DVD player? Once again, our thanks are due to Simon Cowell, the first post-sentient human ‘ not for simply showing us the people we could be, but for planning a lucrative deal with ITV that will make it all happen.

Interviewed on Newsnight this week, Cowell sold his putative new show as “a good way for me to get involved in politics”, with the casual assurance of a man who knows his involvement in politics has long been the optimal outcome for a society seeking heroes it can believe in.

The Guardian.co.uk

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Glee’ Creator Promises More Musical Numbers

“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy told TheWrap that when it returns from its hiatus on April 13, the show will have even more musical numbers per episode.

“We’ve been averaging five or six songs” per episode in the first 15, he said Thursday before the Hollywood Radio and Television Society’s Hitmakers lunch.

“In the back nine we do an average of eight to 10” songs, he added.

“The back nine is about the regionals competition, ” he continued.

The Wrap.com

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113 Comments

  1. That just suxs about Fox and TWC. The football I can do without but no IDOL??? As a TWC customer I do hope in the eleventh hour they will come to an agreement.
    If not, are those convertor boxes still available? :-/ lol

  2. I have a question for girlygirl… you once posted a list of which market LLWD and WWFM was being played at (for POP and HAC). Could you post a current one for WWFM?

  3. ok, TWC, you better man up and get this thing done. If not I see a direct tv dish in my future.

  4. Wahoo, happy 20th birthday to me! >_>. That’s somehow American Idol related because my friend is supposedly giving me a gift related to Kris, David Archuleta, or Joe McElderry that will make me die of happiness.

    Anyway, if Fox loses American Idol, do you think that adds substance to the rumors of X Factor coming here?

  5. Go, Sir Paul! I am so over Simon Cowell.

    I don’t know if I quite get the TWC/Fox deal. I’ll be ticked if I can’t watch House and Glee on my new TV.

  6. Well, I’m not going to miss Modern Family for Idol because I have DVR, but if I didn’t I would watch Modern Family over Idol and just go to the internet to find out the results. Luckily we don’t have Time Warner anymore, but I would be surprised if the dispute isn’t settled.

    I can’t stand that song by Rage Against the Machine but I can see why people are sick of Simon. He’s a little too full of himself. I won’t watch The X Factor if it comes here. I don’t really even want to watch him on Idol but I’ve watched since the beginning so it’s kind of like a bad habit, hard to break.

  7. Wahoo, happy 20th birthday to me! >_>. That’s somehow American Idol related because my friend is supposedly giving me a gift related to Kris, David Archuleta, or Joe McElderry that will make me die of happiness.

    Happy bday…

    Go, Sir Paul! I am so over Simon Cowell.

    I’m in for anuone againts Simon… so Go RATM and Sir Paul…

  8. I don’t know if I quite get the TWC/Fox deal. I’ll be ticked if I can’t watch House and Glee on my new TV.

    It’s happened before. The cable provider and some of the networks get in a pissing match over fees. They don’t agree by the deadline, and then the cable provider loses the right to broadcast those channels. So, basically, if you’re a Time Warner subscriber, those channels will no longer show up on your tv, until the 2 can reach an agreement.

    I’m not effected by this issue, because I have FIOS. But, I do know that if we lost the NFL in my house, we’d be switching cable providers the next day. Mr. Spens would never stand for that LOL.

  9. I just dont see Xfctor taking off here. I think Idol is on the downside but it is still very popular.

  10. Please.
    TWC is not going to lose FOX.
    It’s all about negotiations.

    Exactly. As if Time Warner would drop Fox. Ridiculous.

  11. jammasta
    12/19/2009 at 10:47 am
    Wahoo, happy 20th birthday to me! >_>. That’s somehow American Idol related because my friend is supposedly giving me a gift related to Kris, David Archuleta, or Joe McElderry that will make me die of happiness.

    Happy Birthday jammasta! Enjoy the youth! :)

  12. TwigLA
    12/19/2009 at 10:48 am
    Go, Sir Paul! I am so over Simon Cowell.

    DITTO

  13. Go, Sir Paul! I am so over Simon Cowell.

    Now wouldn’t that be wonderful, if Sir Paul replaced Simon on Idol?
    If Simon goes bye bye, the need to get a heavy hitter like Sir Paul, or Elton John. I know, never going to happen, but one can hope.

  14. jammasta
    12/19/2009 at 10:47 am

    Wahoo, happy 20th birthday to me!

    Happy Birthday.

    I can’t believe that TWC will actually drop Fox. WTF they better get their asses in gear and settle this soon.

  15. Now wouldn’t that be wonderful, if Sir Paul replaced Simon on Idol?
    If Simon goes bye bye, the need to get a heavy hitter like Sir Paul, or Elton John. I know, never going to happen, but one can hope.

    I could actually see Elton John. He seemed really into the show in season three when he guest starred, and if you just took the barrel of money for Simon and threw it at someone else I think you could lure in a real big name

  16. I’m only with Simon on this RATM thing because the RATM protest thing has a pretty stupid basis and because Simon is backing Joe and I love Joe. And because I hate the “**** you I won’t do what you tell me” thing. Too hateful IMO. So I’m kinda booing Paul McCartney there. I’m feeling kinda bad for Joe there.

    I wonder if having Simon is bad or good for X Factor winners? I mean, yes, they get a good record label, but they also get a lot of unnecessary hatred just for being associated with Simon.

    Now, if Sir Paul really DID replace Simon, that would actually be better. Elton John sounds like he’d be good, too. That way, you get a big name that everyone knows and respects, AND you don’t get too many people hated because they’re associated with Simon Cowell.

  17. Well, I’m not going to miss Modern Family for Idol because I have DVR, but if I didn’t I would watch Modern Family over Idol and just go to the internet to find out the results. Luckily we don’t have Time Warner anymore, but I would be surprised if the dispute isn’t settled.

    Lots of people are going to do that. I don’t think it’s going to hurt “Modern Family”.

    Fox may be shooting themselves in the foot.

  18. Fox may be shooting themselves in the foot.

    Nah. I mean, you would think, since it’s the results show, which is basically an hour of filler. You can tune in for the last minute and not miss anything, so I’m always surprised at the number of people that actually watch it. And wasn’t the results show at 9 last year, too? It was against Lost (and won, the fuckers). But I still don’t see it doing anything to Modern Family. Really, as surprised as I am that anybody watches the results, I think if there was something else people really wanted to see (and didn’t have DVR), they would watch that, because, again, hour of filler. As annoyed as I am that the results show won against Lost, I don’t think they really took audience away from them, they just happened to have more people watching.

  19. So I’m kinda booing Paul McCartney there. I’m feeling kinda bad for Joe there.

    No need to feel bad for Joe, because he will most likely win the race. Joe is currently ahead by 11K, helped by the sales of physical units. Also that this is Saturday, and a lot of people are likely to buy his single while doing their shopping which should push him further ahead. There is no phyiscal singles for Rage Against The Machine’s song, so unless there is a last minute surge in downloads, it is unlikely to overtake Joe’s.

  20. VFTW has identified over 35 names for potential spoilers for AI9 now’ ¦

    I went through and looked up everybody, and you never know exactly because it is just a small sample of spoilers, but there seems to be a large number of quirky, folksy, alternative type girls. I really think this is what we will be seeing this season. I just have a gut it is going to come down to someone like that and maybe an R&B cute boy that doesn’t have that strong of a voice.

  21. No need to feel bad for Joe, because he will most likely win the race. Joe is currently ahead by 11K, helped by the sales of physical units. Also that this is Saturday, and a lot of people are likely to buy his single while doing their shopping which should push him further ahead. There is no phyiscal singles for Rage Against The Machine’s song, so unless there is a last minute surge in downloads, it is unlikely to overtake Joe’s.

    That makes me feel a little bit better, but I still feel a bit bad because he’s associated with Simon, so, by association, they’re going against him, too, and he’s just an innocent guy who wants to make popular music >_>.

  22. DavidArchie
    Playing in Boston at the House of Blues today. It’s cold!

    Will this be just Christmas songs? And yes it is freezing here.

  23. VFTW has identified over 35 names for potential spoilers for AI9 now’ ¦

    I wish someone else would post the spoilers. Sometimes Joe’s Place does. I can’t go to the VFTW site. They are too pathetic for me to waste precious seconds of my life for. lol

    I hope R&B is represented more on AI. It really needs to be.

  24. Squirrely
    12/19/2009 at 12:08 pm
    DavidArchie
    Playing in Boston at the House of Blues today. It’s cold!

    Will this be just Christmas songs? And yes it is freezing here.

    The first half of the concert is some of his pop songs and a couple of covers (Waiting For Yesterday, A Little Too Not Over You, The Riddle, My Hands, Crush, Zero Gravity, Fields of Gold, Prayer of the Children). The second half and encore are all Christmas (Melodies of Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Ave Maria, Pat-A-Pan, The First Noel, Riu Riu Chiu, Silent Night, Feliz Navidad and encore, Oh Holy Night). In some shows he also throws in What Child Is This.

  25. No Football? Talk about of ticked fans I would be one. Modern Family I can just watch it and see the end of AI to see who gets booted..(always get the guests on Ai on the internet)
    Need to get out those bunny ears..

  26. BTW, Happy B-day janmasta! Let us know what AI related item you get!

  27. I don’t have cable (thank God – I have Directtv), but if TimeWarner drops FOX, I predict they will end up losing a bunch of customers — not necessarily because of Idol, but because of football. Football fans do not like it if they can’t watch their game. Then there are the fans of the better FOX shows (24, House, etc) that will be pissed as well. If these people have any other option other than TW, why wouldn’t they switch if TW drops FOX?

  28. Here is a clip on a Nashville news station of Danny on the set of his music video for ‘My Best Days’ .

    http://www.fox17.com/newsroom/music_beat/videos/vid_134.shtml

    Danny looks good in this. I’m looking forward to seeing his video on GAC and CMT soon.

    I saw him performing live last week in NC at a country western club. Just phenomenal singer, and the country crowd there really loved him. He probably could have stayed signing and talking to fans for at least an hour with all the people who were coming up to see him after he finished his set.

  29. Great news clip from the Nashville station on Danny making his music video for MBD. Can’t wait to see the video. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.

  30. Danny looks good in this. I’m looking forward to seeing his video on GAC and CMT soon

    I agree he is looking good in that video, I think that the video will end up turning out nice. :) I wonder if there will be other people in the video with him, and if so how they will be incorporated into the video. I definitely can’t wait to see it premier on GAC and CMT.

    Also I am glad to hear that he did well at Coyote Joe’s. And I am glad that he will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry in January. I think that will be another good opportunity for him.

  31. I am also upset that we can no longer get into the mediabase.com site. Have to rely on All Acces now booo. Danny’s My Best Days is on the spincrease chart with 116 new spins and total of 33 stations who have added MBD. He had the 2d most adds on Dec 15th with 19 new stations and he is also on the taking off chart.

  32. Great news clip from the Nashville station on Danny making his music video for MBD. Can’t wait to see the video. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.

    I am hoping that the video will premiere no later than late December/Early January.

  33. I am also upset that we can no longer get into the mediabase.com site. Have to rely on All Acces now booo. Danny’s My Best Days is on the spincrease chart with 116 new spins and total of 33 stations who have added MBD. He had the 2d most adds on Dec 15th with 19 new stations and he is also on the taking off chart.

    I am sorry that we can no longer access the mediabase site too. That site was a fantastic site with a whole lot of valuable information up there.

    Since Danny has a spincrease of 116 spins this week, I think that he that he should be over 200 spins for this week so far. I am glad that he is getting more radio airplay and hope that it will continue to increase.

    I don’t think that he will make the Top 50 on mediabase until after the holidays are over, and I think that he will make at least the top 50 and keep moving up on the chart.

    I think that he might chart higher than #55 on Billboard Hot Country songs the week after next after his song goes on sale. Because I believe that Billboard ranks songs on airplay and sales. So he might get some help moving up that chart once his song goes for sale.

  34. What is with Time Warner and Fox? We went through the same garbage last year. The solution is simple to me. If TW can’t come up with a deal with Fox, we’ll simply switch to the competitor cable system in our area.

  35. Danny’s song will show up on All Access when it hits 50 on the country chart. It looks to be in good shape because its showing up on their Taking Off and Spin Increases chart.

    I could see this single doing fine and Tiny Life (which should be the 2nd single) really becoming a huge hit on country. That should be released around the time Danny’s album drops in March. Tiny Life just has hit written all over it. I think potentially it’s the biggest song out of all the S8 releases so far (even though I know squat about country).

  36. Tiny Life just has hit written all over it. I think potentially it’s the biggest song out of all the S8 releases so far

    I love Danny’s single My Best Days also, but Tiny Life is awesome as well. It sounded great live, Danny’s voice totally soars toward the end of that song as it builds. My local DJ in DC just raved about Tiny Life after he heard Danny sing it live at the station’s private listener event, and got him to do it again live on-air even though that hadn’t been planned.

    WSOC country station who sponsored the event at Coyote Joe’s has a video of Danny performing his single on their Video on Demand section. You can really see the crowd digging Danny’s single (cowboy hats and all, lol). And also how expressive Danny is when performing, with a lot of smiles and eye contact to the audience. That may not have been as obvious on AI the way it was broadcast, but in person it really helps him get the crowds with him when he performs. He was much more personable that way than the other two performers I saw that same evening at Coyote Joe’s.

    http://wsocfm.com/pages/1458867.php?contentType=33&contentId=36813

  37. If these people have any other option other than TW, why wouldn’t they switch if TW drops FOX?

    This seems to happen every few years with someone, and then they miraculously score a deal at the very last minute. I don’t remember who it was, but I do remember weeks of some scrolling message at the bottom of my screen telling me that channel would be gone if Comcast didn’t make a deal and to call Comcast and yell at them or something. Or maybe the message was from Comcast telling me to call and yell at Bravo or whoever. It’s all about trying to pressure one side or the other to cave and make a better deal.

    Anyway, I wouldn’t take it too seriously.

    As for people changing cable providers, well, they can change to satellite dish people, but in many places, there’s only one choice for cable.

  38. I love Danny’s single My Best Days also, but Tiny Life is awesome as well. It sounded great live, Danny’s voice totally soars toward the end of that song as it builds. My local DJ in DC just raved about Tiny Life after he heard Danny sing it live at the station’s private listener event, and got him to do it again live on-air even though that hadn’t been planned.

    WSOC country station who sponsored the event at Coyote Joe’s has a video of Danny performing his single on their Video on Demand section. You can really see the crowd digging Danny’s single (cowboy hats and all, lol). And also how expressive Danny is when performing, with a lot of smiles and eye contact to the audience. That may not have been as obvious on AI the way it was broadcast, but in person it really helps him get the crowds with him when he performs. He was much more personable that way than the other two performers I saw that same evening at Coyote Joe’s.

    I love “Tiny Life” too. So far it’s my favorite song I have heard off of Danny’s album. I could see it being a big hit for Danny, if it were released as his second single, when it’s time for his label to release a second single for him. I think that it could be his “Red Light”. :)

  39. Still not a fan of country music, but I can see Danny’s song doing pretty well on the country charts. Are they going to release it to other formats?

  40. MJ

    There are several videos from Kris’ concert last night up on YouTube (couple of them are in the KRIM thread). Are you going to post these as a separate thread?

  41. Still not a fan of country music, but I can see Danny’s song doing pretty well on the country charts. Are they going to release it to other formats?

    As far as I know they have only released his song to Country stations so far. I’m not sure if they are going to release his song to other formats.

    Though I did hear that they will be releasing his song for sale to different countries Internationally. Tomorrow his song will go on sale in the UK on Amazon UK and I heard that his song will eventually be released in other countries for sale for his International fans.

  42. I believe Danny should’ve been included in the NYC concert.

    Danny might surprise a lot of people and do pretty well.

  43. I love ‘Tiny Life’  too. So far it’s my favorite song I have heard off of Danny’s album. I could see it being a big hit for Danny, if it were released as his second single, when it’s time for his label to release a second single for him. I think that it could be his ‘Red Light’ .

    I still can’t decide which of Danny’s new songs I like best, and I’ve heard the same from other fans of his music. I’ve also read that from bloggers at country music sites and other media outlets, who often are choosing different songs as their favorites. Seems to me that means this is going to be a very strong album with songs that will appeal to a diverse audience.

    At least one HAC station hosted Danny for an event on his radio tour earlier this month, and played some of his songs on air. Don’t know about any adding his single to their playlists. Wouldn’t surprise me if he does get some play on AC or Christian / family-friendly stations in addition to the country outlets. But I think his team is really focused hard on making inroads into the country world right now. With his radio tour and other appearances so far, and singing at the Opry coming up in early January, they are making a good start.

  44. But I think his team is really focused hard on making inroads into the country world right now. With his radio tour and other appearances so far, and singing at the Opry coming up in early January, they are making a good start.

    I think that they are doing a pretty good job on how they are handling his music career so far. Putting him on the radio tour is one of the best things they have done for him. He has really benefited from that. They have also been good at helping him get a lot of gigs, so that more people including Country music fans can be exposed to his music.

    They haven’t even really started the heavy promotion like national promotion yet. I think that the first national exposure he will get as a Country artist will be when his video premieres on GAC and CMT. I think that his label will help him get more national exposure, when it gets closer to his album being dropped.

  45. I think that his label will help him get more national exposure, when it gets closer to his album being dropped.

    I think so also. I’ve heard that he expects to be invited on AI9, which will be great timing for his album coming out in March. They also haven’t done any of the national interview shows, so he can come out fresh to those without having been overexposed before the album is even available to buy. They are probably thinking about tour plans also, hopefully with a big-name established country act that Danny can go out with.

  46. I think so also. I’ve heard that he expects to be invited on AI9, which will be great timing for his album coming out in March. They also haven’t done any of the national interview shows, so he can come out fresh to those without having been overexposed before the album is even available to buy. They are probably thinking about tour plans also, hopefully with a big-name established country act that Danny can go out with.

    I think that him performing on AI in March to promote his single and album will definitely help him. I remember Brooke White got a nice boost in sales for her single, after she appeared up this season.

    I do think that we will see more national promotion when it’s closer to the drop date for his album.

    And I wonder who he will tour with as well. I know there was some speculation about him possibly touring with Rascall Flatts, but I think that the final leg of their current tour will end in the beginning of next year.So I don’t think that he will be able to get onto their tour.

    But hopefully his label will find him someone to tour with. I can definitely see him opening for a bigger Country act. And sometimes when tours are going on big acts will add smaller acts to the tour lineup. And sometimes they extend their tour. I am hoping that Danny gets to tour for a bigger act.

  47. tinydance

    had Danny signed his label and management deal by the time this NYC concert was first announced? I’m not sure that he had.

  48. While I initially didn’t love Tiny Life the more I hear it the more I’ve come to appreciate it. The amount of passion that Danny is able to
    infuse into the song is what is really beginning to sell it, for me.

    I also like the respose that he received for “Be Somebody” and “I still Believe ” from the Coyote Jose videos. These are songs that stray a bit from the “country” sound but it looks like the crowd really took to them, which is great because it will help to have these type of songs that people who wouldn’t normally listen to Country Music can also enjoy.

    I STILL BELIEVE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbzQ2FU1BNI

    BE SOMEBODY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wrm7hSUlp-Q

  49. David Archuleta brings holiday show to Westbury

    For David Archuleta, the holidays have always been happy ones.
    The “American Idol” runner-up says that’s what makes his current tour, which combines the pop songs from his debut with the holiday songs from his “Christmas from the Heart” album, so much fun.

    “I don’t think there’s ever a time in the year that I sing more than during the holidays,” says Archuleta, calling from a tour stop in Waukegan, Ill. “And I’ve sung more during the holidays this year than ever before.”

    What is it about holiday songs that appeals to you?
    It’s just what they’re about. They’re very close to me and what I believe. Everyone seems to enjoy them, and they put people in such a good mood. It’s just kind of magic what’s inside those songs, and I definitely feel it.

    Was it hard getting into the holiday spirit in the summer, when you recorded the album?
    That’s the time of year when no one is thinking about the holidays. But once you get in your head that, “OK, I remember Christmastime and what these songs are about,” it was fun.

    Are you already working on your next pop album?
    I am. I’ve already been working on writing and stuff. After the holidays, I’ll be kicking into the next gear on recording. . . . It’s kind of nice that we’re not as rushed as the last two albums. It’s nice to be able to just focus on that. I want to show my personality. I’m a quirky, little, geeky kind of kid. That’s who I am, and I want to show that. I’m not perfect, and I’m kind of weird, but hey, that’s me.

    Explore LI

    ETA: I absolutely love David’s sweet, cheesy, bubbly, disarming, and self-deprecating personality.

  50. I also like the respose that he received for ‘Be Somebody’  and ‘I still Believe ‘  from the Coyote Jose videos. These are songs that stray a bit from the ‘country’  sound but it looks like the crowd really took to them, which is great because it will help to have these type of songs that people who wouldn’t normally listen to Country Music can also enjoy.

    I liked I Still Believe the first time I heard it, and for me it has a country-ish sound although also on the bluesy side. Be Somebody struck me as very old-school R&B when I heard it initially, still pretty much think so. But as I was there at Coyote Joe’s, the country peeps in the crowd really did take to it as much as any other song Danny performed. He introduced it asking if they were ready for “country music with soul” or some words to that effect. I was interested to observe how that went over — have to say, the crowd embraced it as a fun upbeat song with a catchy vibe.

    Someone pointed me earlier today to a quote on the Opry’s website. Seems very supportive of artists taking less common directions into country music, as Danny appears to be doing with his “soul country” approach.

    The Grand Ole Opry celebrates the diversity of all the musical styles under the country music umbrella. In addition, the Opry presents the many generations of artists who have formed country music’s rich legacy and continues to forge its future course,’  says Opry General Manager, Pete Fisher. ‘The key to the Opry’s longevity can
    be attributed to its ability to evolve with the ever-changing musical landscape of the times.’ 

  51. had Danny signed his label and management deal by the time this NYC concert was first announced? I’m not sure that he had.

    And he isn’t with 19’s managment, the way that Allison, Kris, Adam are, I believe. And of course given Ryan’s involvement with AI and through it, 19M, that is probably the determing factor. Besides that Danny’s country music really wouldn’t go with the pop/rock concert that Allison, Kris and Adam will be putting on.

    But Danny seems be to doing well and I agree that the way they are growing him, doing all the basic groundwork, doing the radio tour and playing at Opry, is very smart. And before the freeze, he got a hell of a lot of adds, so good on him! Not a fan of Danny or his country music, though I do like his voice, but I wish him nothing, but the best.

  52. Someone pointed me earlier today to a quote on the Opry’s website. Seems very supportive of artists taking less common directions into country music, as Danny appears to be doing.

    The Grand Ole Opry celebrates the diversity of all the musical styles under the country music umbrella. In addition, the Opry presents the many generations of artists who have formed country music’s rich legacy and continues to forge its future course,’  says Opry General Manager, Pete Fisher. ‘The key to the Opry’s longevity can
    be attributed to its ability to evolve with the ever-changing musical landscape of the times.’ 

    I think that this is an interesting quote. A while ago I remember watching on GAC, a show taped at the Opry where Country artists were performing Gospel songs. I could see Danny participating in an event like that some day at the Opry. I like that the Opry embraces other musical styles that can be incorporated into Country music.

  53. Danny signed with 19 Records / RCA Nashville o/a August 20th, according to his website, although it wasn’t announced until early September. Believe the management deal was announced in October, though may have been in effect earlier judging by tweets from the manager about her new client for whom she was ‘busy busy busy’. Lol.

    I don’t really have a concern about Danny not being part of the Kradison concert. He’s doing a different genre of music, that has its own rules. His label is really focusing on inroads into the country music radio and media world right now. If he overused his AI exposure, it might backfire at this point in time when he is doing so well in the early stages with radio airplay.

    And really, to me it would be better for Kris, Adam and Allison to each be doing their own thing also. They need to be establishing their respective identities and showing they have box office pull individually. If they are going to perform with other artists, I’d rather see something more like what we see Danny doing — going out with other non-AI artists in his chosen genre. The other day at Coyote Joe’s he appeared with Phil Vassar, David Nail and Mallory Hope. At the Opry, there will be Chris Young and Hank Williams, Jr as well as Danny if I’m remembering right. That seems like a better way to gain audience and credibility outside the AI bubble.

  54. I’m a quirky, little, geeky kind of kid. That’s who I am, and I want to show that. I’m not perfect, and I’m kind of weird, but hey, that’s me.

    I cant wait to hear what the quirky, little, geeky kind of kid wrote for his next album… sure will love it..

    ETA: I absolutely love David’s sweet, cheesy, bubbly, disarming, and self-deprecating personality.

    Me too..

  55. I haven’t watched x-factor, so I don’t think I’ve seen this Joe guy sing, but it cracked me up to read that he said this after hearing “Killing in the name of” for the first (!!) time:

    “”They can’t be serious!” he said. “I had no idea what it sounded like. It’s dreadful and I hate it. How could anyone enjoy this? Can you imagine the grandmas hearing this over Christmas lunch? ”

    Allow me to say: hhaaaaaahaaaaa

    How old is this kid? Two thousand??? “Killing in the Name of” is one of the best songs EVAH, in fact, we never have a party around here without it!

    And I’ve been a fan of Paul McCartney ever since I was 11 yrs old, so I found myself smiling a lot to hear he liked the idea it would “win” the race for Christmas!

  56. If TW can’t come up with a deal with Fox, we’ll simply switch to the competitor cable system in our area.

    If you have a competing cable provider in your area you’re very lucky. TWC has a monopoly in NYC and a lot of other places.

  57. I believe Danny should’ve been included in the NYC concert.

    Danny might surprise a lot of people and do pretty well.

    You never know, he just might. I liked him on tour, but have not liked what he has put out so far.

  58. I absolutely love David’s sweet, cheesy, bubbly, disarming, and self-deprecating personality.

    Add me to that list too.

  59. ‘ They can’t be serious!’  he said. ‘I had no idea what it sounded like. It’s dreadful and I hate it. How could anyone enjoy this? Can you imagine the grandmas hearing this over Christmas lunch? ‘ 

    Joe really said that? Well I know he’ll win the xmas selling wars, but now I really wish he wouldn’t. I know it’s crazy that people might not want Simon Cowell shoving more of his product at them and singing a truly gag-worth Miley Cyrus tune while doing so. I mean it’s not like Joe is singing an actual xmas song, so not as if xmas will be ruined because some people want to try and make RATM have a bigger hit than he does for xmas. Grandmothers probably aren’t going to hear it piped into their living rooms while knitting sweaters for their grandkids, or in the stores while picking up that xmas goose. I mean it’s a silly thing to do at all, but people aren’t going to be ruining xmas is Whoville by trying to make RATM sell more.

  60. Joe really said that?

    Truthiness- yeah, according to that same site that had McCartney’s response to it- NME.com- there was another article linked there, that had Joe’s response… I found it very lulzworthy… :-)

  61. Danny’s radio tour heading to Florida after New Year’s. Also heard that they may be in Texas in mid/late January sometime.

    99.9 Gator Country is teaming up again with Mavericks to bring you another FREE SHOW ! Thursday, January 7th from American Idol it’s Danny Gokey! You cheered him on during IDOL, now please help us welcome the newest country star with a FREE SHOW AT MAVERICKS! [..] From Jacksonville’s New # 1 for Country, 99.9 Gator Country !

    http://www.999gatorcountry.com/gatorevents/Details.aspx?ID=143327

  62. tinydance
    12/19/2009 at 2:33 pm
    I believe Danny should’ve been included in the NYC concert.

    Danny might surprise a lot of people and do pretty well.

    I was definitely not a fan of Danny. But I do feel bad for him after how much they hyped him on the show, he seems to be somewhat out in the cold. It really makes you wonder.

  63. girlygirl
    12/19/2009 at 2:25 pm

    iTunes chart update

    #26 LLWD
    #54 WWFM
    #96 FYE (song)

    On the iTunes POP chart

    #14 LLWD
    #28 WEFM
    #35 FYE (single)

  64. I was definitely not a fan of Danny. But I do feel bad for him after how much they hyped him on the show, he seems to be somewhat out in the cold. It really makes you wonder.

    Doesn’t worry me at all. Don’t forget Danny did an event just last month with Ryan Seacrest’s radio station, and got some exposure from that and mentions on Ryan’s top 40 show.

    Danny also has said he will be on AI9 next year, which should be great timing for his album release in March.

    The USA Today country music and AI blogger Brian Mansfield out of Nashville commented a while ago on the approach being taken for Danny’s launch as different from what we see with Kris, Adam and Allison. He said it was tailored for how the country music world works, and that there are different rules they are playing by for Danny.

    I’m happy to wait and see. The launch for the other three doesn’t seem to have broken any records by AI standards. So far, indicators appear that Danny should do pretty well in the more slow-building approach they’ve adopted, which gives them room to grow into next year.

  65. Danny’s album won’t drop till March. He’ll get his national promo closer to that date. Right now he’s getting acquainted with the country world.
    His label is actually doing a very good job with him so far. Country appears to have its own ways of doing things and so far, so good for Danny.

  66. Country appears to have its own ways of doing things and so far, so good for Danny.

    Way better than KLC last year I think…

    He’s wearing a snuggie in a sea of presents’ ¦ lol Heard he also wore it while singing patapan in the vip soundcheck lol lol

    LOVE HIM <3 … he is fun when he is excited like he was on the vlog… afnd keep looking to someone who was put it presure on him… funny vlog… :)

  67. RT @mjsbigblog: Surprise! I’m at the @DavidArchie concert at HOB Boston

  68. Paul McCartney is an asshat. Joe McElderry does not deserve this kind of treatment. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if his management sees his as being too ‘soft’ in popularity as a result and treat him accordingly (shabbily) when it comes time to record and promote an album.

  69. RT @mjsbigblog: Surprise! I’m at the @DavidArchie concert at HOB Boston

    Awesome! Hope you enjoy Zero Gravity, Riu Riu Chiu (Go Latino David!), Pat-a-pan, and of course O Holy Night. Plus all of the other songs. :)

  70. You know, I don’t feel to bad about whoever wins the Christmas special. Admittedly, the Rage Against the Machine song is more fun a song (it doesn’t help that I managed to hear Joe’s version of “The Climb”, and shouldn’t have been surprised to learn that the arrangement was designed to be more sappy than the original, but I somehow was anyway), but it wouldn’t prove nearly as much as its proponents would like to think. But what would you expect against a movement which is backing Rage Against the Machine as proving anything, oblivious to the fact both are owned by the same parent company? *shrugs*

  71. RT @mjsbigblog: Surprise! I’m at the @DavidArchie concert at HOB Boston

    Have fun MJ! (Oohh so jellis)

  72. ScottDMacIntyre: Me & my new best friend Alice Cooper :P http://twitpic.com/u9je1

    Not sure I get the concept of them doing their Christmas concert together, wonder how it went. I did like Scott’s Christmas EP though, very nice.

  73. awwww look at Archie in that Snuggie. lol That is too cute. Have fun at the show mj. :)

  74. david is killing it at the house of blues in boston – the crowd is going craaaaazy on the cellcast…. beantown has bitten the dust for the archuleta :)

  75. This may already have been posted, but WYWFM is #10 on Open House Party’s top ten tonight! Yay!

  76. This may already have been posted, but WYWFM is #10 on Open House Party’s top ten tonight! Yay!

    where did you see it?? OHP link??

  77. nvm.. I saw it :grin:

    That should be good for some extra spins tonight, I’d think! I think we just missed hearing it, though, because there are a couple recent posts on Twitter thanking OHP for playing it.

  78. Wow, even the crappiest cellcast evah couldn’t stop the awesomeage of David Archuleta from coming through. He. was. on. it. tonight!

  79. oh incase you dont have twitter hers some of mjs tweets:

    Security had to help a girl who felt faint. David asked the crowd not to push

    Fun watching Archie rock out to Feliz Navidad

    Totally presh introducing the string section. Lots of banter and articulate story telling between songs

    @DavidArchie has come a long way since his Idoldays, when he’d stand planted on the floor gripping the mic

  80. @DavidArchie has come a long way since his Idoldays, when he’d stand planted on the floor gripping the mic

    Wow, that’s really great to hear about Archie and sounds like a good show and that mj had a good time there. Excellent.

  81. saga
    12/19/2009 at 5:39 pm
    For mr, Noa Dori singing at the ADL event’ ¦

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3Mo-ngzs24

    Just saw this now! Once again- thank you, Saga!
    She has an incredible voice, huh? But I’ve never heard of her around here… only found out about her after the Youtube with Adam.
    I’m not even sure she sings contemporary music… sounds more classical… it’s a shame they didn’t duet, but they both sang their anthems beautifully :-)

  82. mj
    12/20/2009 at 12:31 am

    Back from the Archie concert. He’s so adorkable! Ha.

    Hahaha Great word! I vote for it to be in the Webster Dictionary with a picture of Archie’s face! :-)

  83. Yay! Glad you had a good time MJ!

    Also, since it’s after midnight here in Kansas City … Happy Birthday, David Cook! and for your sake, Go Chiefs! haha!

  84. somebody knows how I can upload a picture to the avatar?

    Also, since it’s after midnight here in Kansas City ‘ ¦ Happy Birthday, David Cook! and for your sake, Go Chiefs! haha!

    Happy bday cookie :) (why for his safe? -_-??????)

  85. Thanks for the tweets MJ. I haven’t been able to attend any of David’s Christmas concerts. Hope you enjoyed it.

  86. Hey Cruz!

    Happy bday cookie (why for his safe? -_-??????)

    Because I love his love for our Chiefs even though they suck so bad. And it’s his birthday! He deserves for them to win on his birthday, don’t ya think? haha!

  87. Sunday is also Anoop’s birthday! So happy birthday to both David Cook and Anoop!

  88. adorkable and fierce, and a heck of a dynamic live performer haha… those three things together equal dynamite… caught the show tuesday night in baltimore, and ”o what a night”…

    December 19, 2009
    David Archuleta’s Christmas show brings wonderment — holiday’s and his
    Posted by John J. Moser

    It was an astonishing sight: teen and ‘tween girls shrieking at and cheering someone singing traditional Christmas songs Friday at Stroudsburg’s Sherman Theater.

    But this was an astonishing concert. ‘American Idol’  runner-up David Archuleta sang so well in his holiday show ‘“ a little more than half of which was Christmas material ‘“ that he drew five standing ovations over his 17 songs in 90 minutes and often prompted spontaneous cheers and clapping mid-song.

    The level of Archuleta’s talent, the breadth of styles he can master, the warmth he brings to a concert. Those were Christmas gifts, indeed.

    http://blogs.mcall.com/lehighvalleymusic/2009/12/david-archuletas-christmas-show-brings-wonderment-holidays-and-his.html

  89. Happy Birthday to David Cook and Anoop!

    Glad you enjoyed David Archuleta’s show, MJ. I saw your tweets.

    And I think I’m going to worry all morning until I get tweets from David, his band and some of the fans saying they are safe somewhere (since they left Boston last night en route to NY.)

  90. My daughter watches the KIDZONLY channel on cabel – well, hears it. During a Jonas Bros song, there was an ad for Allison’s FIBOU saying “new music Mondays” with her pic. A lot of Radio Disney peeps played on that cable channel.

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