Idol Headlines for 8/14/10

Adam Lambert “If I Had You” Remixes Drop 8/17 on website, 8/24 on iTunes

Adam Lambert

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tweets, “IF I HAD YOU REMIXES will be available on my website adamofficial.com this Tues, Aug 17th and on iTunes the following week. Includes remixes by Jason Nevins, Morgan Page, and Dangerous Muse. Also will feature The radio remix of the track (hits way harder than the album version)”

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CKX Says Mistake on ‘Idol’ Lowered Quarterly Sales

Aug. 13 (Bloomberg) — CKX Inc., owner of the “American Idol” television program, overestimated first-quarter revenue from the talent show, and said an adjustment to fix the mistake lowered second-quarter revenue by $2.3 million.

The over-accrual occurred after CKX misinterpreted the show’s ninth-season contract, the New York-based company said today in a regulatory filing.

CKX has included as revenue the minimum it expects to receive from Fox And Bertelsmann AG’s Fremantle Media related to “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest’s compensation and is negotiating with those companies over the amounts they will pay, it said.

Read more at Business Week

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Casey James Staples Center Backstage Interview

According to Casey, the official label signing announcement will be made on Tuesday August 17.

via EExaminer.com

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEWS: American Idols Live Tour Members Dish On Who Should Be New Judge

The American Idols Live 2010 Tour hit Los Angeles Friday night with the Season 9 contestants performing a concert at the Staples Center. This was the last group to experience the wrath of Simon Cowell before his retirement, so RadarOnline.com asked them who they think should replaced the judge who became more famous than any of the Idol winners.

“It doesn’t matter who it’s going to be, ” the American Idol winner Lee DeWyze told RadarOnline.com. “The show’s going to go on and be successful. I think they should just bring in people who aren’t trying to be the next Simon, Kara, Randy or Ellen.”

Watch the Videos at RadarOnline

Adam Lambert & Neil Visit The City of Brotherly Love!

Adam Lambert carries several bags with him as he leaves the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Friday (August 13) in Philadelphia, Penn.

The 28-year-old entertainer was joined by his younger brother, Neil!

Also pictured inside is Adam signing autographs after his performance on Thursday evening (August 12) in Upper Darby, Penn.

Read more at Just Jared

FOX 17 Interview with Diana DeGarmo

Tickets for the much anticipated 9 to 5 musical are now on sale!
The tour kicks off right here in Nashville and a girl well known to Fox has been cast as Dorlee!

Entertainment Reporter Stacy McCloud sat down with Diana DeGarmo, who just completed a stint on Broadway for the musical “Hairspray”.

Watch the News Report and Extended Interview

Fundraiser Cause Strikes Chord With ‘Idol’ Finalist

The Evansville Association for the Blind is hosting “Melody and Merlot, ” a night out that includes a wine reception conducted by Wine- styles, a silent auction and a performance and chance to meet Scott MacIntyre, an “American Idol” finalist.

MacIntyre, known for his talent on the piano, plays benefits all over the country.

“I’m very partial to organizations that are involved with the visually impaired and blind community, ” said MacIntyre, who has a visual impairment, “because I know what I’ve come through in my life. It’s organizations like this that enable people to really reach for their dreams and give people the tools to be creative and accomplish things in their life.”

From a young age, MacIntyre connected to music.

Read more at California Chronicle

Glitter hits casino dance floor

Choreographed and directed by Dancing with the Stars’ Louis Van Amstel, the show featured DWTS professionals Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts, American Idol finalists David Hernandez and Vonzell Solomon, a dozen backup dancers and host Evan Lysacek, the 2010 gold medallist in men’s figure skating, who paired with Trebunskaya to finish in second place in this year’s Dancing with the Stars competition.

The show was seamless and fast-moving with a minimum of commentary. Group dance numbers gave way to musical interludes — solos, duets, some with dancing in the background, some without — which led to routines by the headliners and quickly back to the eye-catching group routines.

Read more at ChroncleHerald.ca

FOX Phoenix interview with Crystal Bowersox

Crystal is thinking of moving back to Chicago…

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ winner Lauren Froderman ‘thrilled’ and ‘re-energized’ to win

America has a new favorite dancer, in the form of an 18-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona. Lauren Froderman beat out the top five boys to win Season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance this week, and took home a cash prize of $250, 000.

On The Red Carpet correspondent Stuart Brazell caught up with Lauren, immediately following the announcement.

See the video at OnTheRedCarpet

‘American Idol’ Contestants Want Lady Gaga, Harry Connick Jr. To Judge

More at MTV

David Cook & Midwest Kings interview from 2006

In this pre-Idol interview, David figures he’ll never make much money as a musician, but he’s going keep playing music for as long as he can….

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53 Comments

  1. Diana is just giddy over working for Dolly Parton, and being Doralee Rhodes! Good for her. It’s a well deserved opportunity.

  2. Woooooooohoooooooooo!!!! Press release will be Tuesday according to this interview!!!!!!!! :)

  3. Funny how Neil hated being photographed by Adam fans and ranted about it numerous times on twitter. And there he was featured on Just Jared! He must be boiling in rage right now, lol.

  4. Nice video of Danny singing I Still Believe at his headlining show in Napa. Seems to have been a particularly good show for him, he and two of his band members tweeted about it after, and there were quite a lot of audience / fan tweets also.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPT0PF1iFuM

  5. I enjoyed the article about the 90 minute special featuring some Dancing With The Stars cast. This sounds like a breath of fresh air in a pretty stagnant TV summer. I would love to have been able to see this since AI alum David Hernandez and Vonzell Solomon were cast members. Both have great singing voices.

  6. bringing this over from the late night thread…

    Kris got a really good review from the Des Moines paper for his show Friday — called a “fresh bold sound” — link to full review is in Kris concert thread (paper also said crowd was 10K+)

  7. This video just surfaced of David Cook, with Neal Tiemann and Andy Skib, from their MWK band days, maybe 4 1/2 years ago
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdNt0bbfcsg

    You hear Cookie talking about wanting to make some sort of living w/music and wanting to connect with people with his songs. very, very cool.so happy this sweet kid’s dreams are coming true.

  8. Why did Sony Nashville tweet Casey to shut up about his contract with them until the press release this Tuesday? I just assumed they gave him to go-ahead to say something since he kept tight-lipped about it for so long? It’s not like word hadn’t leaked already.

  9. Thanks for the link wellhesback: they really don’t seem to have changed that much, which is pretty amazing, when comparing interviews now to these clips.

    So glad that the prediction about never making much money from music didn’t come true!

  10. BootStar: Why did Sony Nashville tweet Casey to shut up about his contract with them until the press release this Tuesday? I just assumed they gave him to go-ahead to say something since he kept tight-lipped about it for so long? It’s not like word hadn’t leaked already.

    Seeing as a Sony spokesperson had already confirmed to Brian Mansfield on Monday that Casey would be signing with them, I think the text to Casey was to tell him not to reveal specifics (which he hasn’t). I don’t think he would have tweeted the news that he would be working with Sony Nash if he didn’t have permission. Like you’re saying it was pointless to restrict Casey from at least confirming the contract because that word was out already. But I think they’re trying to hold back some specifics (which label, maybe the producer or producers he’ll be working with, maybe some official statement about the kind of album he’ll make) to make a splash with the press release. It’ll already be a little less of a splash because the fact that Casey is signing leaked a week early and already got picked up by the media but I think everybody’ll still pick up the press release when it goes out.

  11. I saw that MWK video earlier. David and the guys seem about the same, maybe a bit more mature. It also shows that he isn’t in music just for money and fame, because he would be doing music without it.

    I’m so glad that they are getting to make their living doing what they love. I know David has said that he was going to try to make it in music until he turned 26, and that it was getting close when he won Idol. That he would have still done music, but it would have been a hobby and he wouldn’t have made his living from it.

    I’m just so glad that he went on AI and it really shows what the show can do for musicians and singers.

  12. Thank you, windmills. I knew you’d be able to explain it to me! Is there any word yet on which management Casey is going with? That’s so important for any artist, but especially for Casey since he doesn’t seem to have been born with a strong marketing gene.

    That MWK video is quite interesting. Great find, wellhesback! Could have lived without the description of that dude wetting the bed all over Skib, but what a nice little glimpse into a past it seems TPTB would like to erase. I so wish some old Axium videos would surface.

  13. But I think they’re trying to hold back some specifics (which label, maybe the producer or producers he’ll be working with, maybe some official statement about the kind of album he’ll make) to make a splash with the press release.

    A splash, really, huh..nothing about this season has been a splash.

  14. One of the things I like most about that old MWK vid is that Cookie still has those two guys along with him, sharing the ride, and keeping each other down to earth. sweet.

  15. Thanks for posting that video of David Cook. He is still the same guy when you see him interviewed today. So the young lady was sewing on a patch and here is a pic of said patch: http://grab.by/5U6T//

  16. that david cook/old mwk was very cute..

    david said he was 23 that time.. i was like thinkin.. dude, in a year or two.. you’ll be the next american idol, and you don’t have to worry about music bein expensive that you need to get out of it..

  17. Aww I can’t watch the vid – treat for me later :) . One reason I think David and his awesome band are so fun to watch is because they just love playing music. Thanks for bringing them to us, Idol :)

  18. But I think they’re trying to hold back some specifics (which label, maybe the producer or producers he’ll be working with, maybe some official statement about the kind of album he’ll make) to make a splash with the press release.

    They usually do not divulge those kind of details in a press release announcing someone’s signing. It’s basically out that Casey will be signed with Sony Nashville, so it’s really too late for any kind of spalsh with the media. Most aren’t going to make a big deal of a story that the LA times already reported on last week. It will be old news.

    Is there any word yet on which management Casey is going with? That’s so important for any artist, but especially for Casey since he doesn’t seem to have been born with a strong marketing gene.

    I agree, I never saw Casey as someone who was very business oriented.

  19. What a great video of Cook and Andy and Neal. I liked how pre-Idol Cook had such little expectations of music bringing any kind of financial reward and how he really was just doing it for the love of music. His biggest reward was just having his music connect with people. So happy for him and all his success. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  20. Right, Keel, I got that too, and he really does connect with people. I actually have connected to him more than any other music artist both on and off of AI. I think part of is because we saw him on the show, but it isn’t just that since I haven’t felt that with anyone else from the show even though there have been people that I have liked.

  21. Great Cook, Teimann & Skib interview. It’s nice to see that they all are pretty much the same dudes. David is very consistent when it comes to statements he has made regarding his thoughts on fame and music. I am glad to see that those thoughts are all his and not anything that came out of some PC PR training. I knew that before, but it’s nice to see real evidence with this pre AI interview. And it also shows that Cook always had this serious mature side regarding music. I wonder if there is more to this interview? It has a weird edit.

  22. I haven’t heard much from either Adam or Neil about working together. Probably these two haven’t been this close since Adam finished his high school. Neil being Neil, I am curious to hear what he has to say about highs and lows of helping his famous older brother with his new job as his summer job ;D

    I hope Adam is taking him to Europe and Asia, too. I know Neil wanted to get scholarship/job to go to Japan badly, and he was really disappointed that he didn’t get that. At least I hope he is going there with Adam. I see they have a day off in my home town of Osaka. I would give up just about anything to be able to show them around.

  23. ScottDMacIntyre: Just had lunch w @dannygokey b4 his AZ show 2nite! Duuuu :)

    Wonder if Scott is attending the show as well.

  24. I’m getting anxious to hear Casey’s album, even though he hasn’t made one yet. I know it’s gonna rock no matter what genre. I love his voice and I love his guitar playing. Maybe he’ll be our new Stevie Ray Vaughn, but better. We even have a statue in our downtown park of Stevie Ray. Austin also has a seeming independent radio station–KGSR–that could give him plenty of air time. That is, if he’s not too C&W. Gotta have some “independent” in the music to be played there.

  25. I like Casey and he’s a good guitarist, but in my opinion he isn’t anywhere close to what Stevie Ray Vaughan was. That’s unrealistic expectations to put on anyone.

  26. Oh, the MWK interview is quite a find. Kind of like a mini DCATA: Behind the Music. So it’s always been about the music rather than a desire for riches and fame. Not surprised at all. And well done, AI, you know? The way those guys (Monty included, even) were in the musical trenches together and have all of that history behind them adds a little something extra special to the whole DCATA vibe. Sometimes I wonder how hard David had to fight behind the scenes to make that happen for all of them. If it was a case of picking your battles, he chose wisely, that’s for damn sure.

  27. I like Casey and he’s a good guitarist, but in my opinion he isn’t anywhere close to what Stevie Ray Vaughan was. That’s unrealistic expectations to put on anyone.

    ITA. The same with the prediction that Casey will match the success of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood.

  28. OK, so of course I loved that MWK video. It really was like a little behind the music peek. I love that Neal and Andy (and Monty!) are still there with him. I’m awfully glad we got a chance to get to “meet” Mr. Cook. karenc, totally the same way, never have quite connected to an artist like this (granted in 7th grade I was convinced that if I could just *meet* John Taylor he would surely marry me… but tweenie land is different from grown up land, usually – bwah!).

    I was actually listening to an audio of him performing “Creep” way back when with Axium and wow… makes me wish my local music scene days were in *Tulsa* and not *Fairfax.* Didn’t have anyone that sounded like that (or MWK for that matter because I have an arsenal of MWK albums, love them) performing here… (though must give props to the Speaks, who I loved here locally). Of course part of the problem might have been that I was managing a rapper so it was an interesting point of view. But that background that I have I think makes me enjoy where he is now even more because I’ve *been* there behind the scenes watching so many talented musicians grinding away and going nowhere. So I think I get a *little* bit why he stands up on stage sometimes and still looks surprised and humbled. I try to imagine what it would have been like for my brother to make that leap and it’s just beyond imagination. [Coolest thing we did was he had a spot on Comcast Sportsnite when Chris Cooley was there (go Skins) lol. Nothing quite like what David is doing…] Where’s tinawina, didn’t you used to manage indie artists, too? I think it gives a cool perspective. It’s also why I laugh, loudly, when people suggest that someone with a self-produced album is already famous and shouldn’t be on Idol… you could buy my brother’s album from Target and he… is not famous. At all.

  29. That’s unrealistic expectations to put on anyone.

    Eh. Hyperbole. The guy is talented, and he’s young. I like the music he makes. Casey will learn from every gig, every collaboration, and improve, and with good fortune, he’ll have a supportive label and sales that will enable him to make music for a long time to come. Works for me.

    Thanks for posting that video of David Cook. He is still the same guy when you see him interviewed today

    Ditto, That was a great find! And there are echoes of everything he said four years ago in so many interviews over the past two years – it’s very clear he’s still the same centered guy. Even if the monetary cost of making music isn’t part of the equation any more – he’s shopping for guitars on eBay, not in an exclusive shop, and flying Coach with Monty on the way back from a friend’s wedding.

    Like the little crumbs of history too – the names of past band members, and the talk about Axium touring with MWK – and the the road stories. Cool.

  30. ScottDMacIntyre: Just had lunch w @dannygokey b4 his AZ show 2nite! Duuuu :)

    Wonder who got stuck with the tab? ;)

  31. larc, no idea, but seems the whole MacIntyre clan is out to see Danny and tweeting tonight. Aww.

    Today, August 14, 2010, 7 minutes ago | idolkatelyn (Katelyn MacIntyre)
    At the @dannygokey show in Queen Creek AZ!!! Excited 2 c him!!! :)

  32. Aww, that is so sweet that Scott and Danny were able to get together for lunch and that they will attend his show.

    I know Matt came to Danny’s Nashville show also.

    It’s nice when the former contestants stay in close touch and make an effort to see one another.

  33. BootStar: Is there any word yet on which management Casey is going with? That’s so important for any artist, but especially for Casey since he doesn’t seem to have been born with a strong marketing gene.

    I agree about Casey’s lack of a strong marketing gene. But I usually gravitate towards artists who are like that.

    Management’s a tricky thing. As fans (of no matter whom) we’re more impressed by really aggressive and flashy management that’ll keep our girl/guy’s name and face out there and that’s constantly reminding the public how relevant they are. But that doesn’t suit every Idol’s personality. Take Kelly and The Firm. The Firm got this huge gift when Kelly signed with them about a month after Breakaway the album came out. They got to push her and push her hard when she was already destined for a huge upswing because the album was such a smash. But by the end of it Kelly was over being a superstar and The Firm didn’t understand that. They wanted to keep pushing.

    IMO Casey’s very serious about having a respectable career as a musician but I don’t think he’s got the hunger to be the biggest wavemaker out there. TBH I think less than a handful of Idols have that. Adam probably. Is there anybody else? Maybe David Cook. More than anything I think Casey needs management that understands that. I associate the lower key style with old school management and not as much the more modern, aggressive management style you’d find at a place like The Firm.

    Short term a younger, more modern management company would probably do a better job marketing Casey and they’d probably be quicker and more responsive. But long term I don’t see that being the right fit for him. It’s a dilemma IMO.

  34. I was actually listening to an audio of him performing “Creep” way back when with Axium and wow… makes me wish my local music scene days were in *Tulsa* and not *Fairfax.*

    Tierbee, I know how you feel. I’m from the Tulsa area and I’m so wishing I had checked out the local music scene more around that time. Granted I don’t live there anymore but it makes me wish I had gone to see more bands play when I came home for visits. I also wish I had kept in touch with an old musician friend I used to have. He lives in Nashville now and I found him on twitter and back when I used it, myspace, and he has posted about knowing David and Andy and even being invited by Andy to the cd release party they had in NY! Its like 6 degrees of separation or something, lol. But yeah I wish I had been more aware of Cook and the gang back around 2006-07.

  35. IMO Casey’s very serious about having a respectable career as a musician but I don’t think he’s got the hunger to be the biggest wavemaker out there. TBH I think less than a handful of Idols have that. Adam probably. Is there anybody else? Maybe David Cook.

    But that thinking may not jive with what a major label like Sony Nashville wants and expects. Sony Nashville is a business and it is now Casey’s job to prove that he can make them money, through his recordings, live shows and other appearances. Because at the end of the day, it all comes down to the bottom line. Idols like Rueben Studdard, Diana DiGarmo, Bo Bice, Taylor Hicks, Kat McPhee, Blake Lewis were not dropped from their contracts because they were not talented or hard working. It likely came down to the fact that they were not able to make enough money for their record labels.

    Kelly Clarkson is the top selling Idol of all time and after her is Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Clay Aiken. And Jennifer Hudson, Kelli Pickler, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, David Archuleta, Kris Allen were all named in Forbes’ Top 10 highest earning Idols of last year.

  36. IMO Casey’s very serious about having a respectable career as a musician but I don’t think he’s got the hunger to be the biggest wavemaker out there. TBH I think less than a handful of Idols have that. Adam probably. Is there anybody else? Maybe David Cook.

    I’d assume Carrie, for one, even if that’s not the persona we generally see in public. Believe there are others in their different ways who aim to make a larger impact (perfectly fine thing, IMO), but won’t name names.

    Whether there’s a ton of pressure on Casey though, probably depends on what approach they want to take, how much money is involved in the deal, etc.
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    idolmom: @dannygokey thx so much 4 tix 2nite u r gr8 we r really enjoyin ur concert pls give my best 2 ur fam 35 minutes ago via mobile web

  37. I haven’t heard much from either Adam or Neil about working together. Probably these two haven’t been this close since Adam finished his high school. Neil being Neil, I am curious to hear what he has to say about highs and lows of helping his famous older brother with his new job as his summer job ;D

    I’m guessing Neil really enjoys working with Adam but had rather die than admit it. Somewhat typical younger brother and definitely typical Neil. ;)

  38. Danny has added an encore to his set- he sang it tonight in Arizona

    @dannygokey You were so awesome tonight!!!!!! You made my drive worthwhile & put _______ in a tizzy with the encore! 21 minutes ago via Echofon

    Lol, he sang Bon Jovi’s “Living On a Prayer” for the encore.

    Before I started going to country concerts, I would have thought that was odd; but since I have seen Sugarland cover Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond and other pop songs during their set as well as Danny’s opener in Illinois- a traditional sounding country band sing Lady Gaga’s Poker Face- I guess that is not unusual at all.

    Can’t wait to see that one on You Tube :)

  39. tierbee My brother was a musician as well, and his story and some of his friends was very much like David’s, playing in local bands since he was 15, really, up to the part where he would have to get a full time job when he was 26, but he still did music on the side, like David said he would do. That’s why too I appreciate what AI does for people.

  40. But there’s a big difference between being under pressure to be a success/pleasing your record label and being the next great guitar legend. Casey may very well go on to have a solid career and make Sony a lot of money, but predicting he’ll be the next Stevie Ray Vaughan is the kind of unrealistic expectations no newcomer should have to endure. I mean, I know every year we hear “(insert name of Idol) will go on to be the next(insert name of legendary superstar)” and it’s proven its never that easy. Even saying so and so will go on to be the next Carrie or Kelly is stretching it a bit, IMO even more so with the huge declining CD sales in general we’re dealing with.

  41. I wouldn’t say Casey’s the next Stevie Ray Vaughan, it’s too early for that. But I would say that especially from what he’s done on tour, he does the same type of music, especially his guitar playing. I’m saying this because we have yet to hear what he is going to put out for his cd. I hope he does go in that direction, though.

  42. angelia:
    08/14/2010 at 1:29 pm
    I enjoyed the article about the 90 minute special featuring some Dancing With The Stars cast. This sounds like a breath of fresh air in a pretty stagnant TV summer. I would love to have been able to see this since AI alum David Hernandez and Vonzell Solomon were cast members. Both have great singing voices

    I know, this sounds like a great performance. I wish it would air on television. How wonderful that David Hernandez is getting so much work after Idol. He really did deserve to be on the tour!

    Great news for Diana Degarmo. She has had a lot of work on Broadway, and I see her as having a continous career. She’s so talented!

  43. steph6449: I’d assume Carrie, for one, even if that’s not the persona we generally see in public.

    Eh based on Carrie’s decisions you’re probably assuming wrong. If Carrie were interested in being the biggest wavemaker out there she wouldn’t be holding fast to her anti-remixing stance. It’s preventing her from crossing over to pop radio and she’s losing out on a good number of sales because of it. She also isn’t promoting to pop radio and she cut her pop label out of her record deal after the fight over remixing. It’s not like country radio is punishing remixers so it’s not like Carrie would face backlash if she did remix her songs. She’s still refusing to do it. Too, it’s not like she’s out there talking about how noble she is for not remixing either. She just doesn’t do it and that’s that.

    19 has been pushing her forever to go global and branch out more, too. But it’s pretty clear Carrie’s been the one holding things back. It’s also obvious she’s held back because she doesn’t trust the media. For somebody of her stature she’d be in the media A LOT more if she catered to it whether it’s photo ops, private charity donations, or something else. But she’s limited her exposure. She’s somewhat lucky she’s gotten the interest she does anyway, like I don’t kid myself because I know the looks aspect of things has helped her. But I really respect the way she’s handled it so far.

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