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The year that was
They say everyone comes home again. It may be that time — musically speaking, at least. When we talked to Kelly Clarkson in July, in the heat of a well-publicized battle over creative differences with her label, she opened up about her true feelings
for its chief, Clive Davis: “I am not a fan … and, despite the rumors, he is nowhere near a father figure.” (A week later, she apologized on her website.) Her fussed-over album has had mediocre sales, and now Clarkson seems to be switching musical gears to get back to her Southern roots: She hired pal Reba McEntire’s husband to manage her, recorded the country-tinged duet “Because of You” with McEntire and last month announced that the two will go on tour together in January. Hey, the country thing has been working out just fine for Carrie Underwood, right?
Kwanzaa goes multicultural
The Minneapolis Kwanzaa seven-day activity ends with a gala public celebration, which is rapidly gaining the status of a marquee event. This year it is being held in the downtown theater district Pantages Theater. The date for the event is December 29 at 7 pm.It is rapidly becoming one of the more widely attended functions of the season. Students from throughout the district are bussed in for the occasion. Tickets are $15.Also participating will be Robyne Robinson, award-winning Fox News anchor, always a favorite at local functions, and the dynamic Paris Bennett, the teenage sensation who captivated the country with her appearance as a finalist on the popular American Idol TV show. Paris will also receive an award, along with several other youth leaders.
Ring in the New Year with a twang
Keith Anderson, Luke Bryan and Bucky Covington will hit the stage at the Tinley Park Convention Center to rock every country fan from the north ‹burbs all the way down to the south side. And the bar wide open until midnight. So you can get your fill of free beer, wine, bubbly and mixed drinks all night long. The casino room will be open, too, if you want to place your bets on the perfect 2008. And if you think youre the next big star, check out the Karaoke Lounge while youre there.
Only 2 million watch as the Clark Brothers win Fox Next Great American Band
FOX The Next Great American Band concluded last Friday night, and the Clark Brothers won the show and a recording contract. That group defeated Denver and the Mile High Orchestra and Sixwire.
I learned this from a Fox press release, because like most of America, I didnt watch the series, an American Idol knock-off that was actually produced by that series producers, but which was exiled to Fridays and left to conclude during the holidays.
The season finale placed fourth in its timeslot, according to Zap2it.com, which says it earned a …earned a 1.8/3 rating. That means about 2, 030, 400 people watched, which means it lost more than 1.5 million viewers from its low-rated premiere. Even worse, that fewer than the 2.5 million who watched the pathetic end of On the Lot.
Road From Eloise a Golden One for The Clark Brothers
Three men who grew up spending part of their lives in Eloise have been picked as “The Next Great American Band” – now they have to figure out what to do next. “We’re still kind of brainstorming, ” said Ashley Clark, who with brothers Adam and Austin formed a band, The Clark Brothers.“We’ll just see what the next step is, ” he said.Clark said the three brothers will begin working on an album shortly after the first of the year, but he doesn’t yet know whether the album will be recorded in Nashville, where they brothers now live, or in California.The Ledger