David Archuleta Signs With 19 Recordings
Much like his “American Idol” cohort, season seven winner David Cook, runner-up David Archuleta has signed with 19 Recordings/Jive. If history reveals anything, fans can expect an album from the 17-year-old pop singer this fall or winter, after his stint with the American Idols Live tour concludes.
It’s possible that the Utah native might be penning some songs for the effort himself. In a recent interview with Billboard.com, Archuleta noted that he has “started to write some songs. I thought that was really fun to do … I’d like to get into that more. I think this experience on ‘American Idol, ‘ trying to figure out what songs work best with your voice and trying to arrange them, has really helped and I’d like to see if I can write some more stuff, because I’ve only written like three songs all the way.”
Hear American Idol winner David Cook
After a quick trip back to his hometown of Blue Springs last weekend, Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œAmerican IdolÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ winner David Cook is back in Los Angeles, where he started work this week on his first post-Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹IdolÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ album.
He talked with us about that record, his hometown and other Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œIdolÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ -related issues.
David Cook Plays Ball with Kimberly Caldwell
Look who David Cook is taking out to the ballgame.
The American Idol winner caught a game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday with season two contestant Kimberly Caldwell, who was singing the national anthem.
Cook and Caldwell appeared to be trying to keep their relationship under wraps, but there was no denying to eyewitness that they were an item. Instead of taking the standard field level seats awarded to anthem singers, Caldwell joined Cook in an exclusive dugout seats out of sight from the big screen cameras.
Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œThey were all cute and cuddly, Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ an eyewitness tells E! Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œThey definitely looked like couple. But they were acting like they wanted to keep it low key.Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬
‘American Idol’ Runner-Up David Archuleta Signs To Same Label As David Cook
What’s good enough for one David is good enough for the other.
“American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta has inked a deal with 19 Recordings/ Jive Records, the same label that signed his onetime rival, David Cook.
Archuleta, 17 Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ who is rehearsing for the American Idols Live! Tour, which kicks off July 1 Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ said in a statement that he is excited to release his major-label debut later this year. “Signing a record contract with 19 Recordings/ Jive Records is truly a dream come true, ” he said. “Being a fan of ‘American Idol’ since season one and admiring the alumni, I am honored and humbled to be a part of that group. I’m really excited to start working on everything.”
Flaks Baffled by David Archuleta’s Beauty
At 12:06 p.m. today, the PR team for American Idol runner-up David Archuleta announced that he signed to 19 Recordings/Jive Records, accompanying the fluffy article with an even fluffier picture of the 17-year-old decked out in a bitchin’ all-white ensemble. Hooray for David! At 1:30 p.m., they issued another press release with a new photoÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ same bitchin’ outfit, different facial expression and lightingÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ and “advised” editors to replace the old one with the new. Why the sudden change?
The simplest explanation is that the second picture is just plain better than the first. But even though pointing out the differences in facial expression may feel as trivial as playing that cartoon game in the Sunday comics, first impressions do matterÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ especially if Archuleta wants to challenge reigning King Gayface (and artificial inseminator) Clay Aiken for a date with every single middle-aged soccer mom in America.
Exclusive Interview With Amanda Overmyer: American Idol Rocker Speaks
If you are a fan of Amanda Overmyer and her straight-up, wall-shaking brand of rock & roll, you appreciated her classic “get me the hell out of here” look she wore during the Idol finale’s group numbers. Amanda had more important things to do. On May 24th, Overmyer and her new band – Kari Kane, Eli Wulfmeier, Alex Lasner, and Ryan Gonzalez – conquered the historic Whisky A Go-Go.
Overmyer’s voice was simultaneously melodic, ferocious, sweet, raw, full and on fire. It was a return to the people’s rock – a mix of growl, scat, solid guitar chords, steady beat, heart and spirit. Just what a wild, Hollywood crowd loves.
Carrie Underwood Plays Baseball For Charity
Strapping on her cleats, Carrie Underwood suited up and took part in the 18th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday (June 4).
Benefiting research and treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, the Gibson Foundation event is all part of kick-off festivities for the upcoming CMA festival.
Singing out about being back on tour
On the phone from Los Angeles, where she was prepping for her new tour with Alicia Keys, which arrives at the TD Banknorth Garden on Wednesday, Sparks spoke of the “Idol” tour, the endless press, the Super Bowl performance, the television appearances, and a last-minute trip to Africa at the behest of first lady Laura Bush. Not to mention the marathon recording sessions for the self-titled debut album that has spawned hits “Tattoo” and “No Air, ” a duet with Chris Brown.
From Idol to Angel: Hicks Makes Broadway Debut in Grease June 6
“American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks makes his Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated revival of Grease at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre June 6.
Hicks, who was the Season Five “American Idol” winner, succeeds Stephen Buntrock as Teen Angel in the summer-lovin’ musical. The Alabama native is scheduled to stay with the production through Sept. 7.
In a recent statement “Idol” winner Hicks said, “I am incredibly excited to be a part of one of my favorite musicals. The Soul Patrol’s gonna invade Broadway!”
American Idol Finalist Bucky Covington to Appear in Hannah Montana Movie
Bucky Covington, who finished in eighth place on the fifth season of American Idol, is going to appear in the new Hannah Montana movie. After his American Idol run, Bucky Covington moved to Nashville, Tennessee and signed with Lyric Street Records.
Interestingly enough, it was Billy Ray Cyrus himself, who extended a personal invitation for Bucky Covington to appear in the Hannah Montana movie that is currently filming in the Nashville, Tennessee area.
Bucky Covington will be appearing as a musician in the movie along with fellow Lyric Street Recording artist Marcel. The song Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œBackwards, Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ which was written by Marcel and Tony Mullins will also be featured in the movie. Hannah Montana: The Movie, starring Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus, is scheduled to be released in theaters in 2009.
Fun in the Sun
A major addition to this yearÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s festival will be the amount of celebrities and musicians present throughout the five-day event. Artists from the area will be heavily featured, including The Catalinas who will be performing on Friday night and the Soul Stirrers who will be headlining the Gospel Fest on Sunday.
Ruben Studdard, who won the second season of FoxÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œAmerican Idol, Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ will be singing the national anthem at the festivalÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Kickoff Ceremony at 10 a.m. at Grand Park across from The Market Common.
Studdard, who is currently finishing up work on his fifth album, will also be available for meet and greet with fans. Ace Young, a fifth season Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œIdolÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ finalist will also be on hand to perform several songs before meeting with fans.
TNA Signs 80’s Stars To Appear At Wedding
June 5, 2008 – As part of the wedding of Jay Lethal and So Cal Val at TNA’s upcoming Slammiversary pay-per-view this Sunday, the company’s signed several veteran wrestlers to appear at the wedding.
The wrestlers include George “The Animal” Steele, a protagonist in the Randy Savage-Elizabeth relationship that the Lethal-Val relationship bears some similarity to, as well as Kamala, Koko B. Ware, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
In addition, American Idol performer Ace Young, who finished seventh on this year’s iteration of the show, will also be making an appearance at the pay-per-view wedding.
Beaver Creek’s Vilar Center adds additional show
I am happy to announce a late addition to the season, Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œIt Was Forty Years Ago Today Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ A Tribute to the Greatest Album of All Time: Sgt. PepperÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Lonely Hearts Club Band.Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ This special evening features an all-star bill of musicians including Todd Rundgren, Lou Gramm, Bo Bice, Christopher Cross and Denny Laine, and is accompanied by an eight-piece symphonette. These artists will be performing the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album in its entirety, as well as some of their own hits from their respective prolific careers.
The Enjoycast: Interviews with Phil Stacey and Asia’h Epperson; craving corndogs; kung-fu crickets
The Enjoycast is a weekly podcast by staff writer Dustin Shipman and features editor Scott Meeker.
This week, they celebrate the start of Boomtown Days with interviews with performers AsiaÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢h Epperson and Phil Stacey, discuss what animals would make better kung-fu practitioners than panda bears and congratulate themselves on their first confirmed listener.
True to his roots: Phil Stacey to perform during Boomtown Days
For Phil Stacey, there was life before his Grand Ole Opry debut, and then there was life after.
Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œIt was life-changing for me, Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ he said. Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œI went from the day before, when someone would come up to me and say, Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Where do I know you from?Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ It was Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Oh, I was on Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idol.Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ The next day, IÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m a country singer.Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬
It was a transformative experience for the performer Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ a Navy veteran and former Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œAmerican IdolÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ contestant who is set to headline SaturdayÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s festivities at JoplinÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Boomtown Days in Landreth Park.
But thatÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not to say that his time on Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œAmerican IdolÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ wasnÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t important as well.
Today We’re Loving
Leonardo DiCaprio and Paula Abdul are making a powerful statement with their One God Jewelry pendant that makes not a religious statement, but one for peace and unity. Paula recently requested 12 pieces for the American Idol Top 12 contestants as well as one for herself and is such a big fan of the line that she is helping design special new pieces. She is even looking at the line as a new potential partnership!
Sex and the Ribald Interview
The interview of Sex and the City: The Movie writer-director Michael Patrick King conducted by the New England Blade falls far from the press junket heap. With the film a raging success, the openly gay King obviously had no problems getting playful with reporter Brandon Voss. Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œI mean, whatÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the only thing I could do to make it [the film] gayer?Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ King responds when asked if the casting of Jennifer Hudson as CarrieÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s assistant was designed in part to satisfy gay male movie patrons. Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œItÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the biggest explosion of color, and then I add an Oscar winner from Dreamgirls. It had to be somebody like that. Luckily, thereÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s only one Jennifer Hudson, and I got her. Who else are you going to trot out with these girls?
Michael Copon, Cher Calvin, Camile Velasco in LA fundraiser
LOS ANGELES, CaliforniaÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ Michael Copon, Cher Calvin, Dante Basco, Camile Velasco, Kelly Hu and other Filipino-American talents graced a recent benefit dinner held to raise funds for several child abuse facilities in the Philippines.
Fil-Am Gina Alexander, whose photo handbags are used by celebrities from Jennifer Lopez to Elizabeth Taylor and have been featured in Elle, People, Vogue Italy and other magazines, hosted the event with Hope worldwide Philippines, which runs a model child welfare and protection system for underprivileged Filipino children. Twin Palms, a restaurant in Pasadena, California, owned by Kevin and Cindy Costner until they split, was the place to be last weekend for news-making Filipinos.
Britain’s Got Talent: A day in the life of winner George Sampson
It’s the surest sign you’ve made it onto the celebrity ladder when you can’t even eat your burger in peace.
Yesterday, Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson was mobbed by autograph hunters and fans of all ages in McDonald’s.
And the 14-year-old breakdancer is absolutely lovin’ it.
From the hordes of adoring girls to the non-stop round of media interviews and rehearsing for the nationwide BGT tour, it’s all the Warrington teenager has ever dreamed of … and more.
“I’m having a great time, ” he says.
So You Think You Can Dance: Let’s Talk Top 20
The Top 20 of So You Think You Can Dance’s season four have been chosen. I got to meet them a little early, and here’s the dish on some of the dancers and the season to come:
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Finally, the Top 20!
After about 17, 000 hours of tryouts, we’ve finally made it. The Vegas callbacks of So You Think You Can Dance and the announcement of our Top 20 dancers. Woo!
Over 200 dancers made it to this round, which is probably the most in all the seasons. Tabitha & Napoleon, Mia Michaels, and Debbie Freakin’ Allen join Mary and Nigel for judging. Nigel greets the dancers and lets them know it’ll be a tough week.
So You Think You Can Dance: Close to Hitting Its Groove
I have a confession to make: I like “So You Think You Can Dance.” I mean, I like it not just as a guilty pleasure or with a hold-my-nose-because-hey-it-promotes-dance attitude. I mean that I look forward to watching it and when I do, it leaves me smiling, cheering and wanting more.
Maybe that doesnÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seem like much of a confession. After all, people across the country love the show. 16 million viewers called in to vote for Season ThreeÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s final four contestants and more than 10 million tune in on average. Over eight million viewers watched the laggard start to Season Four, when the judges began sorting out the good, the bad and the ugly at cattle-call auditions across the country. Along with shows like “Dancing With the Stars” (which I find far inferior and donÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t watch), “So You Think You Can Dance” is credited with creating a surge of popular interest in dance. Fans gossip about their favorite dancers on message boards and shell out big bucks to see the past seasonÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s top 20 contestants perform live in sold-out rock concert arenas.