Idol Headlines for 12/20/09

Simon Fuller set to take helm at CKX

According to sources and analysts close to the Nasdaq-listed group, the board of directors is understood to be gearing up to ask Mr Fuller to take over the helm, as the division he presently runs, 19 Entertainment, generates the majority of the company’s profits.

Mr Fuller is understood to be speaking to the the CKX board of directors ‘ of which he is a member ‘ about the move, which will catapult him to the helm of the company that bought 19 Entertainment, his talent company, for £64.5m, plus share options, in 2005. A source familiar with the situation said: “Fuller will sell his stock, once he has finished negotiating his new package with the board, and then will take over the CKX business within the next year.

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Adam Lambert and Tiger Woods: A Tale of Two American Idol Scandals

Adam Lambert and Tiger Woods. One’s career trajectory is on the way up. The other’s appears on the way down — or certainly stuck in a deep, sand trap.

What do they share in common beyond celebrity? Among other things, the double-edged power of the persona or public image; the perils of image management turning on you like a hydra-headed viper; the merciless maw of celebrity gossip, and the media’s penchant for cheerleading ‘schadenfreude’, that timeless and timely German term meaning to take pleasure from someone else’s misfortune.

Schadenfreude is something at which the news and entertainment media are so deft at exploiting to grab audiences all the while laying off on them the motivation for media saturation or piously laying on the “need to know rationale.”

Psychology Today

Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding provided something for everyone

Valley-based rock star Alice Cooper and his wife, Sheryl, tweaked the program of the ninth edition of their Christmas Pudding charity concert, making it more friendly for families and people who couldn’t stay for the entire four-hour-plus proceedings.

Sets by contest winners the Jeff Hunt Band, Micah Beverly and Buskin Cuffs also were well-received, as was “American Idol” veteran Scott MacIntyre.


Steph Jones is The Little Drummer Boy

Jordin Sparks makes a special cameo appearance in musician pal Steph Jones’ new music video for his own rendition of the Christmas classic ‘The Little Drummer Boy.’ 

The vid was just shot on December 8 and also features B.Scott.

As for what inspired the video, Steph says, ‘Think [director] Tim Burton meets Nightmare Before Elm Street meets The Nutcracker!’ 

Just Jared

David Archuleta’s Christmas show brings wonderment — holiday’s and his

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.

Time to Rage Against the Corporate Pop Machine

Every now and then, Daily Mirror columnist Brian Reade has something valuable to say, and his most recent column is one such example.

First, a little history. Here in Britain, a massive campaign is underway to declare Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing in the Name” the No. 1 Christmas single. Currently, that little ditty is neck-and-neck with X-Factor winner Joe McElderry’s current single “The Climb.”

Like every other thing that X-Factor (and Britain’s Got Talent / America’s Got Talent) has produced, the music is syrupy and has got a bigger corporate stamp on it than Microsoft, another meaningless mass-produced bit of balladry for the masses. And that’s my problem with it.

Christmas Number 1: who will be top of the festive pops?

The season’s musical turkeys have fallen from contention, and with just five days to Christmas, squeaky-clean Joe McElderry, the winner of television talent show The X Factor, is slugging it out at the top of the charts with Rage Against the Machine, a raucous American rock outfit notorious “for rebelling against structures”.

Could any contest be more enticingly poised? Joe is packaged as the new Cliff Richard, an 18-year-old, cherub-faced, Diet Coke-drinking Geordie sent forth to defend the nation’s musical honour against the anarchic Ragers, whose foul-mouthed repartee last week forced the BBC to take them off the air.

Rage Against The Machine Promises Free Concert If They Beat Simon Cowell

With just a few hours remaining before the winner is decided at the close of today’s sales, Rage Against The Machine has announced it will play a huge free concert in the U.K. to celebrate a victory as the clock ticks on the historic people’s campaign to beat Simon Cowell for Britain’s No. 1 Christmas single to raise money and awareness for homelessness.

If the unprecedented grassroots movement to topple Cowell’s X-Factor monopoly is successful and the band’s single, “KILLING IN THE NAME” finishes No. 1 on the Christmas Week UK pop charts over Cowell protg Joe McElderry’s “The Climb, ” the group vows to return to U.K. shores sometime in 2010 for the massive “thank you” gig ‘ ¦. and invite 2nd Place finisher and X-Factor impressario Simon Cowell to MC the show!

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