Idol Headlines For 6/25/08

‘American Idol’ Runner-Up David Archuleta Works On Debut LP, Looks Forward To Reuniting With Ex-Rivals On Tour

The ink is barely dry on his contract with 19 Recordings/ Jive Records, but “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta says he’s already writing material for his forthcoming debut ‘  he’s just not sure any of the songs will end up on the album.

“I don’t know about the songwriting stuff for me, ” he said at Saturday’s premiere of Disney/Pixar’s “Wall-E” at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. “I love to write songs because it’s a way to express yourself. It’s cool. But I don’t know if any of my songs will be on [the album]. That would be cool if any of them did make it, but it’s a matter of finding the best songs. I definitely want to just write more and see if there are any songs that are suitable for it.”


Behind The Scenes Of The ‘American Idol’ Tour

When the 49-city “Pop-Tarts Presents American Idol Live! Tour 2008, ” hits your city, David Cook, David Archuleta, Jason Cook, Michael Johns and the rest of the Top 10 will be performing mini-concerts, with just a couple of group numbers thrown into the mix. So each time an “Idol” finalist comes on the stage, it will have an entirely new look.

“I am doing a few things. Actually, I am going to be doing the single, ‘Time of My Life.’ I have been blessed to have that song do as well as it has. I am really excited about it. We pushed it up a little bit to try to make it something interesting for the people coming to see the show and we have a few surprises.”


‘American Idol’ Redo?

Paula Abdul proved she’s still got the golden touch by releasing her own hit single this year. Now she’s telling “Extra” how she’d like to change the look of “American Idol.

Extra TV

Former ‹Idol Luke Menard Not Letting Cancer Interfere With Music Career

Former …American Idol contender Luke Menard is continuing on with his music career despite his recent cancer diagnosis.

In May, it was revealed that the Top 24 contestant from Season 7 was battling Hodgkin lymphoma, and though he has been busy receiving treatment for the disease, he continues to work on new music.

Access Hollywood

Josh Bucky and Phil Sing Disney

Country music biggest stars including three Idol finalists have assembled for the upcoming Country Sings Disney project, in stores Tuesday, July 8. The fifteen song collection features classic and contemporary Disney tracks performed by today favorite country stars, including former Idols, Bucky Covington, Josh Gracin, and Phil Stacey.

Bucky Covington sings “You’ll Be In My Heart” and Phil Stacey performs “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” while Josh Gracin sings “When I See An Elephant Fly.”

American Idol

Ruben Studdard to Have 20 Groomsmen at Wedding

Ruben Studdard is planning a big Southern wedding Saturday with fiancà ©e Surata Zuri McCants ‘ with at least 20 groomsmen at his side, a source tells PEOPLE.

The American Idol second-season champ will marry McCants, 30, at Canterbury United Methodist Church in the tony Mountainbrook neighborhood of Birmingham, Ala., according to the source close to the wedding. A rep for Studdard confirms he’s getting married this weekend.


Katharine McPhee Goes Back To ‘American Idol’ Roots With ‘House Bunny’ Sing-Along

LOS ANGELES ‘  Katharine McPhee has a new song coming out, but you won’t be able to find the tune at your local record shop. It’s a cover song of the 1982 classic “I Know What Boys Like, ” it has a “We Are the World”-worthy group of celebrities providing backing vocals, and you can hear it soon ‘  at a theater near you.

“Yes, I will be singing, along with the other ladies, ” McPhee said of the track when we visited the set of her August 22 flick “The House Bunny, ” which back then was planning to name itself after the song. “[We’ll] be bringing back an old song to life. It’s a lot of fun.”



BLAKE Lewis, the “American Idol” run ner-up to Jordin Sparks last year, is the latest to lose his record contract, according to reports.

Lewis, the beat-boxing singer who was a fan fave during the competition, said in an internet radio interview posted over the weekend that his label, Arista, did not want to do a second CD with him.

NY Post

Blake Lewis Beatboxes One Step Closer to Obscurity

No matter what b.s. Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul managed to sucker America into believing during American Idol’s Season 6, faux-hawked dudes doing white-boy beat-boxing are never cool. Until now, Arista Records failed to get the memo. But since Arista’s finally awoken from its “beatboxing is totally the wave of the future” fever dream, Season 6 runner-up Blake Lewis (the scat-man in question) is the latest former Idol to get the boot from a major label. Lewis joins Taylor Hicks, Katherine McPhee and Ruben Studdard in the pile of Idol cast-offs that not even a Claymate could love.

Blake Lewis dropped from Arista

Blake Lewis may have come in second place on season 6 of American Idol, but he won’t be seeing a second release on Arista Records. A rep for the major tells that the label “will not be picking up Blake’s option” for any future recorded projects. Lewis will, however, remain on Idol creator Simon Fuller’s 19 Recordings roster.

The news first broke on popular Idol online destination MJ’s big blog, which featured an audio interview with Lewis where he said that, as of three days ago, he was informed he’d lost his recording contract.

Entertainment Weekly

American Idol Runner Up Blake Lewis Dropped by Arista

The post-American Idol curse continues, as season six runner-up Blake Lewis revealed in an interview that he has already been dropped by his label, Arista. Lewis signed with the label last August and released his debut album Audio Day Dream in December. The album has sold roughly 300, 000 copies since and has not charted any singles. In the interview with Maximum Threshold, Lewis expressed that he never really wanted to sign with a major label but that his second place win behind Jordin Sparks required it.

Rolling Stone

Jordin Sparks is growing into the music business

Sometimes it’s easy to forget Jordin Sparks is only 18.

She has the big, powerful voice and poise under pressure of singers twice ‘ maybe, three times ‘ her age. She has a natural ease at being onstage, at being in the spotlight.

But catch her behind the scenes or talk to her about real life, like wanting to go to her prom or struggling to keep her room clean, and the teenager comes out.

Do Something and BusRadio Announce New Public Service Partnership, one of the largest not-for-profits for teens and social change in the US, and BusRadio, a
national radio network that brings age-appropriate music, news and public service messages to 1 million kids during their daily bus ride, announced a new partnership today. Do Something’s original PSAs featuring top teen celebrities, including Jordin Sparks, Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen, and ways for teens to take action in their communities will be broadcast to BusRadio’s expansive young audience of elementary, middle and high school age youth.


Daughtry to Play Paramount

Guess who’s set to play a special acoustic performance at the Paramount Theater July 21. It’s Chris Daughtry, some guy who lost on some TV show that now sings in some band that’s sold a sh*tload of CDs.

Can you tell I’m a fan?

Daughtry is a big deal around here since he attended Fluvanna High School. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Nice rebound for Fox

Fox’s “Kitchen” (8.3 million, 4.0/11) and “Dance” (8.9 million, 3.3/10) continued to perform well, though the Finals pushed “Kitchen” to a season low.

After several weeks in fourth place, NBC jumped to second to edge ABC and was No. 1 in total viewers.

NBC was boosted by its third-season premiere of “America’s Got Talent”(12.8 million, 3.7/10). The reality competition went head-to-head with the NBC Finals and “Kitchen” yet was only down 14% compared with last year, when it faced repeats. Still, that marks the lowest-rated “Talent” launch to date.

Hollywood Reporter

‘America’s Got Talent’: The talent is Next II None

People have pointed out the similarities between some contestants on America’s Got Talent and some on Britain’s Got Talent. To channel my favorite character from A Chorus Line, “I never heard of Britain’s Got Talent, I never saw Britain’s Got Talent, I don’t give a hoot about Britain’s Got Talent!” I’m just going to focus on what we’ve got here in America. The few, the proud, the talented… people willing to go on reality TV and possibly be humiliated in front of their friends, family, the First Lady of Rock, a stuffy Brit, a Baywatch star and millions of people.


‘Nashville Star’ recap: Britney & Rihanna get countrified!

Confession country buffs: If I had to whip out my iPod right now and construct Lisa’s Country Playlist, it would contain little more than the obligatory Gretchen, Carrie, and Shania. (Would it be too much of a stretch to include “Sweet Home Alabama, ” too?) But even though I’m no country connoisseur, the more I’ve read about Nashville Star through Mandi Bierly’s weekly posts and your astute PopWatch comments — sexual harassment allegations? excessive butt shots of a talentless pretty boy contestant? Billy Ray Cyrus’ facial hair? — the more I’ve contemplated adding it to my DVR lineup. And with Mandi on vacation this week (and a pop-goes-country theme in effect), I decided it was the perfect time to test the waters.

Entertainment Weekly

Canadian Idol Recap: The Top 24 Perform, Part II

Is it just me or does Ben look like he stole that shirt and jacket from Zack closet? Anyway, were on our way to the second half of the Top 24 performances.

National Post

Canadian Idol Recap – Tuesday Night

(andPOP) – Last night, twelve singers gave it their all to fight for the public vote and the second group of twelve will do the same tonight.

Jesse Cottam is the first to perform with …Rebel Yell by Billy Idol. The arrangement is what it would sound like if The Bravery did a cover version of the song. His vocals are shaky throughout most of the song. …You chose the wrong song. That song has nothing to do with the way you sing or your pipes. I dont know what to say except for next, says Zach.


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