Adam Lambert: I Wanted Power Wheels for Christmas!
JJ: What was the best gift you received growing up as a kid?
AL: Early childhood, the Skeletor’s capital Gray Skull — the He-Man action toy. It was amazing, because it had a little microphone in the back with reverb so when you would talk into the mic it would make you sound like you had a haunting voice. It had a skull in the wall where you could move the mouth while you talked. It also had a little page where you can put the action figures with a slime reservoir on top, so you could slime them. I was really into that.
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Crystal Bowersox: Bonnaroo Bound?
Indeed, when it comes to marketing Crystal Bowersox the artist, her label Jive Records is also planning some not-so-traditional moves, like trying to book a performance slot at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and sending Crystal to South By Southwest (SXSW), the annual gathering of music fanatics and industry professionals in Austin, Texas.
“The key with Crystal is to deliver her live as much as we possibly can, ” says Jive’s vp of marketing, Lisa Cambridge. “She has a level of integrity as an artist, is so empowered and everything she does creatively is to that end, so her fans are very passionate about her. She’s also extremely acoustic, so she can take a guitar and do a show anywhere, like SXSW, Bonnaroo and things that Idols can’t usually do.”
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Danny Gokey Looks Back at His “Awesome” Year
What were some of the surprises you found as you started trying to establish yourself at country radio and with country fans?
Probably one of the biggest surprises is that we experienced pushback from people. They didn’t really want to hear it because my voice is very soulful, probably more than most country singers. But I think that’s what’s so unique and what makes me stand out as an artist. And I’m sure they have their right reasons. I think in some places I haven’t been given the full shot that I wanted, but it doesn’t stop me. You just keep moving forward and keep making better music. You’ve got to think ultimately, when people push you back, it refines you. You refine your character. You refine your musical abilities to be even better than you ever could’ve been before. I think every challenge poses an opportunity to become better. Although it’s a lot more work now, I think that the next album is going to prove to be a better album. Not only that, but I’ll be a more refined artist.
What was going through your mind the first time someone told you no?
I was hurt. There was frustration because I was like, “Why would you just shut me down like that?” I mean, do you want everything to sound cookie-cutter? Does everything have to sound the same or else you won’t give it a shot? So that was a challenge because then I had people tell me, “You need to change this, and you need to change this.” And I’m like, “But that’s not me, though.” It’s a tough question to answer because you don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you. Radio is a huge part, and you need radio to be successful in this career. So we’re working with it and we’re trying to show people who didn’t believe it that it is believable.
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Casey James Band – The Official Website is Live
Check out the welcome message from the Casey James Band. The website is live HERE. Casey is set to drop his debut album early next year on Sony Nashville.
Crystal Bowersox shows off her hidden talent!
Lee DeWyze VH1 Post it Holiday Message
Five Questions for Lee DeWyze
Connect with David Archuleta and Savvy
David Archuleta sings “Angels”
David Archuleta sings “My Kind of Perfect”
American Idol favorite Sanjaya Malakar sings for charity
Local American Idol favorite Sanjaya Malakar is getting in the holiday spirit performing in Bellevue’s Nutcracker and singing songs for local charity efforts.
“I was just sitting in the car listening to Christmas music and I heard that song and just immediately thought of a cappella for it, ” says Malakar of “Oh Come All Ye Faithful, ” the track he chose to record for 770 KTTH host David Boze’s Christmas concert to benefit Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warrior.
Listen to ‘O Come All Ye Faithful at MyNorthWest.com
Danny Gokey Talks about his Favorite Album of All Time
Watch Danny Gokey discuss some of his favorite albums in 45 seconds.
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Interview: Anoop Desai
So what’s life like after appearing on one of the most recognizable reality show competitions in the world? Just ask former American Idol contestant, Anoop Desai. This Chapel Hill, NC native followed his dream of becoming a singer all the way to the American Idol stage, and although Desai did not win the show, he continues to pursue his passion for music. Anoop’s recently released debut album, All is Fair, is sure to be a crowd pleaser, and a great introduction to the singer’s own style of music.
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Darren Criss’ Yearbook Picture Is Predictably Adorable
Darren’s High School photo and Year Book quote via Jezebel.
The X Factor faces inquiry over Christina Aguilera and Rihanna dance routines
ITV1’s The X Factor is to be investigated by media regulator Ofcom after there were more than 4, 000 complaints that dance routines by Christina Aguilera and Rihanna in the final earlier this month were inappropriate for a pre-watershed show.
The singers performed a series of raunchy routines in the first part of the final of the Simon Cowell talent show, which was broadcast between 7pm and 9pm on Saturday 11 December.
Ofcom said it had received 2, 750 complaints, while 1, 500 were sent to ITV.
Read more at The Guardian