Idol Headlines for the 05/28/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

Carrie Underwood: Covering two bases

When a big-time country act plays Atlantic City, the cowboy hats and pressed Wranglers can make it seem like you’re really in the South, and not just South Jersey.
But Stetsons were scarce at Carrie Underwood’s show Friday at Caesars’ spiffy Circus Maximus Theater, which has undergone a $9 million renovation in step with A.C.’s keeping up with the Borgata (and Pennsylvania slot parlors) vibe…

Philly.com

‘American Idol’ finalist visits hometown

LaKisha Jones made a triumphant return to her hometown, where an estimated 500 people turned out to welcome the “American Idol” contestant.

Some fans carried posters, balloons and roses as they waited for Jones to arrive last night (Sunday night) at Flint’s Bishop Airport.

They chanted “Kisha! Kisha!” as Jones rode down an escalator at the airport. It was her first visit to Flint since January….

WTOL.com

Hudson’s Hosannas
Worshipers at yesterday’s early service at Fort Washington’s Ebenezer AME Church bore witness to, if not quite a miracle, a very good work — a performance by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, reports the Post’s Hamil R. Harris.

The “Dreamgirls” actress, who was in town for an Urban League event, said she came to Ebenezer because “hey, I wanted to go to church.”……

Washington Post.com

Give props to Kelly for standing up to her label

I’ve got to give due credit to Kelly Clarkson. As champion of the first season of “American Idol, ” she is the people’s pop artist. Clarkson made good career choices and, aside from her endorsement of NASCAR, I can respect her as a musician…

Post Star.com

Old School Jams, Trashy TV, and Dinner from a Box: Three Ways to Jumpstart Your Workout

…Step 2: Become a Reality TV Junkie

The best way to shed pounds is by doing cardio- the longer the better. Everyone knows it tough to stay on any machine for 30, 40, or 50 minutes, but you dont have to do it all at once. Work your way up from 15 minutes to the entire duration of American Idol (1 hour!) and you are well on your way to jumpstarting your weight loss…

Lumino Magazine

Dashboard Confessional, Katharine McPhee at Six Flags

Dashboard Confessional and American Idol’s Katharine McPhee are the featured performers Monday during the KC101.3 Ticket to Ride 2 at Six Flags New England……

CT Now.com

Flint gets new airport – LaKisha Jones International Airport

To mark her homecoming Sunday, Bishop International Airport was renamed Flint’s LaKisha Jones International Airport for one day….

Mlive Blog

The Biz: Kelly Clarkson, Starburst Duet; Krystal Cooking ‘Real’ Reels

SOME brands wait a lifetime for a moment like this: Masterfoods’ Starburst and Harmon International’s MyGIG are signing 0n as associate sponsors for Kelly Clarkson’s, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s next music tours.

Starburst candies will add some flavor to Clarkson’s 34-city U.S. tour (which begins July 11). Marketing will include radio promos for concert tix and meet-and-greets; if time permits, Clarkson could appear in store collateral for the candy. “They were given those rights, ” said Nicole Winnaman, president at Winnaman & Associates, Pasadena, Calif., who brokered both deals. “Kelly delivers that 18-24 target in a big way; this will be the biggest summer tour for that demographic.” ….

Brandweek.com

Kiss Is Your Life, Simon Cowell

…Cowell American Idol fellow judge Paula Abdul jetted over from LA. TV hosts Ant and Dec, Joseph Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, X Factor winner Leona Lewis and old flame Sinita were among other guests…

The Sun.co.uk

OMG! Cute Boys, Kissing Tips and Lots of Pics, as Magazines Find a Niche

…The universe of stars the magazines cover is somewhat larger ‘  it includes singers like Avril Lavigne and the …American Idol finalists ‘  but largely dominated by people who made their names in television, like Hilary Duff (formerly of …Lizzie McGuire)….

NY Times

Brad Paisley dresses up the stage

…Pickler, the former “American Idol” contender, opened her similarly abbreviated set with an audio introduction by Simon Cowell calling her a “minx, ” although he might have judged her Saturday performance “a bit shrill.”

Her signature “Red High Heels” had all the right strut, but Pickler’s eagerness to entertain obscured the attractive huskiness of her strong voice…

Seattlepi.com

Indy 500 gets another weather break

…Chart-topping band Daughtry, headed by American Idol finalist Christ Daughtry, performed on the Pagoda plaza. Fans lined up 10 deep to see the band, which played in Indianapolis in March….

IndyStar.com

Plunge in CD Sales Shakes Up Big Labels

…Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles album often cited as the greatest pop recording in music history, received a thoroughly modern 40th-anniversary salute last week when singers on …American Idol belted out their own versions of its songs live on the show season finale.

But off stage, in a sign of the recording industry declining fortunes, shareholders of EMI, the music conglomerate that markets …Sgt. Pepper and a vast trove of other recordings, were weighing a plan to sell the company as its financial performance was weakening.

It a maddening juxtaposition for more than one top record-label executive. Music may still be a big force in pop culture ‘  from …Idol to the iPod ‘  but the music business own comeback attempt is falling flat….

NY Times

Opie, Imus, Katie and other observations

…Look for some tweaking on American Idol, too. The final couple weeks of this season, when ratings usually shoot up, were down substantially. It could be that this season’s cast wasn’t as interesting as some others or maybe the novelty is finally wearing off. But Idol is too important to Fox and the producers for them to sit around and pray this was just an aberration.

An obvious step would be to find a way to limit votes to one per person. The perception that the best singers are being sabotaged by serial callers has to be a turnoff to many…

Sun-Sentinel.com

From Valley Youth Theatre to big time

Valley Youth Theatre has spawned several success stories. Among them:

Jordin Sparks: The American Idol victor appeared in productions of Cinderella and The Wiz. She didn’t play a lead role in either production, but her youth was the deciding factor.

AZCentral.com

Monday TV talk

…Live with Regis & Kelly: From …Mr. Brooks, actor Kevin Costner; …American Idol winner Jordin Sparks performs; 2007 Indy 500 winner…

The State.com

Cover Girl
The winning ”American Idol” EW cover! Check out the Jordin Sparks image you picked as your favorite in EW.com’s poll

EW.com

Local girl chosen for ‘Idol’ camp

Naomi Duerr was 21 months old when she appeared in her first play. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a performer.

Now she is getting a unique opportunity and a step closer to that dream

Naomi, 13 and a seventh-grader at Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School, is the first Alabama resident to be chosen for Idol Camp 2007….

Montgomery Advertiser.com

Former ‘Idol’ Elliott Yamin enjoying his ‘icing on the cake’

Elliott Yamin isn’t like other “American Idol” alumni. He doesn’t diss the judges, doesn’t get defensive about being on the show, and he doesn’t have publicists who tell journalists not to ask questions about it.

“I’m not one of those ‘Idol’ castoffs who’s always saying don’t ask me one more (bleeping) question about this show, ” he said. “I don’t mind.”…..

MLive.com

‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ still turns us on
Beatles album forever changed way music is made, played

” How could they top (‘Revolver’)? Little did we know that … we would not only be topping it, but sending all barriers crashing to the ground.”

— Geoff Emerick, Beatles engineer

THE BARRIERS crashed all right….

…Robert Thompson, a pop culture professor at Syracuse University and a past president of the American Pop Culture Association, says “Sgt. Pepper’s” still unifies people in a way today’s music can’t, thanks to different social and technological conditions. Noting that the album was recently feted on TV’s No. 1 show, “American Idol, ” he asks, “What if ‘American Idol’ is on TV 40 years from now? What album from today would be played? There’s not one I can think of. I have a class of 150 people and none of them have the same songs on their iPods. It was an album that became the soundtrack of America for a period. That just doesn’t exist today. There’s nothing even close.”…

Contra Costa Times.com

37 Comments

  1. …the CD format, introduced in the United States 24 years ago, is in its death throes. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Everyone in the industry thinks of this Christmas as the last big holiday season for CD sales,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Mr. Sinnreich said, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“and then everything goes kaput.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Sad.

  2. I don’t know… I know downloads are the be all end all right now but when I REALLY want a cd I still want to have a physical cd. Even though I download like crazy, I still buy cds and I hope I can continue to do that.

  3. I only buy Elvis cds now lol. I very rarely buy cds because why pay for something when you can get for free (unless i want to support an artist like Tegan and Sara, but then again I go see them in concert as well)
    If it wasn’t 15.99 to buy 12 songs then I might buy them more often.

  4. I must be a 31 year old dinosaur, because I love buying CDs and until reading this I was holding out hope that the US would sell singles again as they do in the UK.

    When my faves release an album I love going to the music store and buying the physical CD, seeing the artwork in the booklets, checking to see if the lyrics are included and complaining when they are not.

    I think by going to the music store and buying the physical cds, it shows true interest in the artist and a better indicator of the fan base. It is easy to sit online and buy cheap download singles. Those fans tend to buy or download a lot, and are less loyal.

    I think it will be a long time if ever, that we see loyal fanbases such as those for Madonna. Fans who will follow the journey for 25 years. Now, if you get 2 huge albums, it’s a shock. That is why I am rooting for Kelly to do well with album #3 despite Clive being an A-hole for his comments at the finale. I hope he doesn’t decide to punish her by pulling back on the promotion budget. Look at what he did for Diana DeGarmo? You remember… he did squat and let her flouder. Don’t think for a moment that he wouldn’t now that he has found his golden girl, Carrie.

  5. Despite costly efforts to build buzz around new talent and thwart piracy, CD sales have plunged more than 20 percent this year, far outweighing any gains made by digital sales at iTunes and similar services.

    I guess the internet has taken over discovery of new artists. If only the recording giants would quit being so danged greedy in always pimping whatever the latest big trend is…those “Cookie Cutter” artists who yield them instant gains, but are undermining the entire music industry. Too much homogenation. The A & R guys are told to find what’s hot, what will sell, and any artists with an organic sound are blown off.

    I’ve never understood why the big 4 music labels don’t just block the capability to burn CD’s…it seems like a winning combo for both artists and the music labels alike. And then they’re getting a % of the digital downloads. Why they are venturing into merchandise sales, concert tickets, and other unconventional outlets to offset the losses is beyond me. Hey…remember the music???? I think digital d’loading and CD’s can co-exist nicely, whatever one’s choice is. But I’m like others, I want to see, feel, smell and devour every word in that CD liner. I miss the days of the LP’s and the artwork.

    Very telling that Paul McCartney chose to market his new CD with Starbucks. Hope this will pay off for him. Guess an artist does what he has to do..and bet he could share quite a few interesting stories on his experiences with record co’s.

  6. CD’s just sound better. Digital music is in a compressed format–quality is lost. Plus, I want to OWN my music outright–play it however and wherever I want.

    I still buy tons of CDs and then burn mp3s for my digital player. I have some downloaded iTunes music, but I absolutely hate their format.

  7. But Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m like others, I want to see, feel, smell and devour every word in that CD liner.

    I love liner notes. They will be sadly missed if the CD goes the way of the dodo.

    CDà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just sound better. Digital music is in a compressed formatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’quality is lost. Plus, I want to OWN my music outrightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’play it however and wherever I want.

    I totally agree.

    Er…I guess I shouldn’t just post “Me too”. New content coming up.

    What do people think this will do to the concept of the album? Most people just buy tracks from iTunes. Would it make more sense just to release singles in the future? Can you build up enough buzz to sell singles all on their own? Carrie’s ISBY was certainly doing well enough before TPTB took it off iTunes. Will this open up the market or tend to focus it on those that can easily get their single out there (e.g. by having it sung on a popular TV show).

  8. I come from the age of vinyl, so I bought plenty of vinyl albums and 45 singles in my day.

    However, from early on I wanted to be able to listen to only the tracks I liked, so when tape came into popularity, I quickly got into making tape compilations of the tracks I liked off of albums.

    Being able to download individual tracks is most definitely right up my musical alley and most of what I buy is individual songs from collections/albums/CD’s, old and new.

    That said, I still like to buy CD’s to support my favorite artists and because I know I want their entire work. Not just bits and pieces. Even though I will still pick and choose music from the CD and make my own CD’s or to play on my mp3 player.

    But my purchasing of entire CD’s has gone way down as my purchasing of individual tracks has gone way up. Apparently I am not alone on this sea of change in the way music is bought and sold.

  9. I do buy cds if I want the whole thing or use iTunes when I just want a song or two. I love that you can do that because often I’ll find a song way after it came out and won’t necessarily want any more from the cd.

  10. I don’t buy CDs a lot anymore. However, if there is a particular artist/album I like, I want to have the physical CD.

  11. I do both, but agree with MJ that I don’t love the Mp3 compressed format and prefer the CD quality, and like Kirsten, love the liner notes.

    I would rather purchase the CD and convert to Mp3 what I want. I download from itunes those artist that I like one or two songs or I am not a huge fan. It is a fairly inexpensive way to get music, quick and takes no effort. (ok..little lazy here)

    Lately,I have been getting into live concert performances and downloading flac files. The quality is fabulous.

  12. Kirsten, I think the record companies have the right for their product to be distributed as they see fit. I-tunes is just a distributor. They could pimp the singles on I-tunes (and/or competitors) and create a buzz for the physical CD. I’d be cool to have the vinyl & artwork, and then be able to burn a CD from the LP. Surely they could work up something and strike a deal with the right company.

    Of course, radio isn’t out of the picture for me. I still rely on it (mainly rock and R & B stations) for what’s good out there. The record companies have got it all but can’t see the forest for the trees.

  13. I guess I’m the loner here — I love downloading music, and I enjoy browsing the iTunes store more than standing around a brick-and-mortar shop selling CDs. And I’m 37, so I’ve lived the whole range, from vinyl to tapes to CDs to downloadable music. I appreciate that the sound quality is diminished, but to me, that’s a trade-off I’m happy to make, for ease and convenience. As a working mom, I can’t make time for record shopping on the weekend — I’m much more likely to spend an hour or two in front of the computer after the kids are asleep, following chains of “you might enjoy” or “others also purchased” in search of artists I’ve never heard of, listening to little snippets of this and that. I also like the freedom of being able to purchase a song or two without committing to an entire album.

  14. lg: The record and movie companies and all the laws and governments in the world can’t and won’t be able to stop people from burning CD’s and DVD’s. They may have all the right, but they don’t have the power. In fact, right now iTunes has the most power because they are pretty much a monopoly in the US. The programmers and hackers are just smarter and faster than the record companies and the governments. Pandora’s box has been opened and there’s no way to put it back in.

    3girls: You may be a minority here, but you’re now part of the new majority in the real world.

  15. I appreciate that the sound quality is diminished, but to me, thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a trade-off Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m happy to make, for ease and convenience.

    I do like iTunes for all the reasons that you mentioned. It has a great catologue of music and one can find some great new artists. You can also listen before you buy and see all the different versioins. Plus, 99 cents is so cheap, one doesn’t mind buying a song just for the heck of it.

    I don’t want iTunes to go away. I just like having the option of owning the CD for those songs/artists I really like. It’s like the difference between devoting 2 hours of your life to watching a movie on tv and actually buying the DVD.

  16. I love buying CDs. If there are only a few tracks I’m interested in, I don’t mind purchasing them off iTunes. Even though the purchased file is compressed, the loss in sound quality is almost unnoticeable to my ear. Plus, I like being able to carry 5,000 songs in my pocket. However, if I plan on buying a whole album, I want the physical CD. Firstly, like MJ said, I want to own my music outright; and secondly, I like having a physical backup of my digital music library. I’ll also go out and buy a CD if I want to make a point to support an artist for a specific reason.

    I do think in the era of downloads, you loose the “concept” of an album as a collective work of art. Albums like Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” were meant to be purchased as a whole, not track by track. I enjoy albums that are cohesive in that sense, and you just don’t see a lot of that anymore. Rather, a band or artist has to pimp one single three-minute song as being representative of their talent and musicality. In that sense, I think some artists are stifled, but for others, the shift away from that is very beneficial.

    ETA:

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want iTunes to go away. I just like having the option of owning the CD for those songs/artists I really like.

    Yeah, what she said. :)

  17. What I like about iTunes is that if offers more than music -movies, tv series, audio books, PODCASTS! I love the free content, downloadable episodes of NPR shows that I missed and other perks.

    However, I could spend hours perusing book stores and CDs reading the box copy. I love old record stores, and we still play vinyl along with physical CDs, Sirius and burned CDs from downloads. Some guy invented a device that convert vinyl analog into digital (MP3) files.

    There are so many ways to get music and the record companies seem stuck in the 20th century technology. If they were smart they would switch to more of a content licensing model, which I think they’re starting, but unfortunately taking a heavy-handed approach – through the courts and legislation that raises fees to broadcasters and internet radio.

  18. I do think in the era of downloads, you loose the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“conceptà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  of an album as a collective work of art. Albums like Pink Floydà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Dark Side of the Moonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  were meant to be purchased as a whole, not track by track. I enjoy albums that are cohesive in that sense, and you just donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see a lot of that anymore.

    I’m not certain because, of course, I haven’t heard it, but I’ve gotten the impression from a couple of interviews with Kelly that I’ve read, that that approach is what she was attempting with her new cd. She really seems to want it taken and evaluated as a whole.

  19. pfeeder, didn’t even think of the hackers and programmers. You’re right, the problem is a complex one and here to stay.

    http://www.riaa.com/issues/piracy/

    The consumer is the ultimate victim, as pirated product is generally poorly manufactured and does not include the superior sound quality, art work, and insert information included in legitimate product.

    On I-Tunes, it’s become such a vital and wonderful musical outlet and I would love to have it. Just haven’t subscribed…yet :) Need to learn more about it all. Computer has crashed twice after d/l’s from commercial sites. Not to mention that I would go nuts downloading and rack up a huge monthly bill, lol.

  20. I still buy CD’s at times, but usually no matter how much I love an artists very few CD’s have more than a couple of their songs that I love to hear. But my computer is loaded with music and videos have gotten online that I probably use more than anything else. On the move/road I now have my ipod. BUT although I use itunes, they do not have all the music I want to download. On some artists they don’t have all the albums or the one I’m looking for. I frequently can’t get the song I want from itunes.

  21. I buy CDs if it is an artist or a CD I particularly love. I tend to impulse buy on iTunes. Like I heard a Squeeze song on the radio, remembered I only had the cassette tape of it from college, and went and bought it on iTunes.

    I don’t like the fact that iTunes limits the amount of times I can burn it. Even though I don’t really burn CDs, I don’t like them restricting me, especially when it’s not that much more to buy the CD and own it outright.

  22. Some guy invented a device that convert vinyl analog into digital (MP3) files.

    Well, there ya go! Now if only I still had all those vinyls. Maybe instead of the music labels getting into ticket sales and merchandising to diversify and boost the bottom-line, they might try pressing a little vinyl packaged with that much-coveted artwork. I think it would be appreciated by music fans of all ages.

  23. I always thought Timberlake’s timing was slightly off:

    LOS ANGELES, May 28 /PRNewswire/ — Multi-platinum four time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Justin Timberlake has launched Tennman Records, a joint venture with Interscope Records, it was announced today by Jimmy Iovine, Chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M. Mr. Timberlake will serve as Chairman and CEO of the new joint venture, which will be based in Los Angeles and will be distributed worldwide by Interscope Geffen A&M.

    http://money.aol.com/news/articles/_a/justin-timberlake-launches-tennman/n20070528140509990005

  24. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like the fact that iTunes limits the amount of times I can burn it. Even though I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t really burn CDs, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like them restricting me, especially when ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not that much more to buy the CD and own it outright.

    Oh, trust me, there are ways around that – and I don’t just mean by burning the songs then reimporting them to iTunes. ;) This is a common complaint, but it seems that Apple is listening. iTunes will soon be offering tracks from EMI artists with no Digital Rights Management. (DRM is that lovely little bit of info encoded into the track which prevents you from playing the song on more than five computers or computers that you’ve not authorized.) While they’re priced slightly higher at $1.29, they’re encoded at a higher bitrate and give the purchaser a higher degree of ownership.

    Still, I prefer to buy the CD if I plan on purchasing the entire album. :)

    Apple Seeks More DRM-free Music For iTunes Store
    (I hope posting this link is ok. While it’s not “current news” per se, it does seem pertinent to the ongoing discussion. If not, please, delete away.)

  25. Mandisa’s new single is a good hear — strong, upbeat, very well sung — and she sounds almost nothing like Lakisha, for those who insist on comparing them! (OK, they both do gospel-flavored R & B, but so do a lot of other good singers.)

    Curious how it will do…… you can hear it on her myspace site.

    And yay for Kiki — what a nice welcome home….If you’ve never been to Flint, you can’t imagine how desolate that place is economically and how much this native sister gave it a morale boost….. :clap_tb: :smile_wp:

  26. I am from the age of vinal, 8-tracks, cassette, you name it and I was there. I like being able to download a single here and there but I still love buying the CD, I like seeing who the artist thanked, the photos, who sang/performed on what track, etc.

    I read an article in which Bucky Covington said he wished he were able to put his CD on vinal, said it gives it a whole new quality of listening. He also said he may put out about 500 vinal copies of his CD for his fans to purchase. I hope he does.

  27. I’m glad Lakisha got a nice, proper welcome home. While she wasn’t necessarily my favorite this season, I will say that she’s got a FANTASTIC recording voice, and I can’t wait to see how her album turns out in the future.

  28. I do think in the era of downloads, you loose the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“conceptà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  of an album as a collective work of art. Albums like Pink Floydà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Dark Side of the Moonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  were meant to be purchased as a whole, not track by track.

    To be fair though, not even 5% of albums are “concept” ones. Most albums have 1-5 songs you’d listen to regularly.

  29. I download from iTunes, subscribe to Rhapsody, and buy Cds. I don’t like to shop, so if I want something quicky, iTunes is the way to go. I also buy much less now that I have Rhapsody.

    I like to listen to full albums. I only make mixed CDs for exercising. I just got an iPod shuffle and it’s great for that, but I don’t like the way it jumps around for casual listening. I guess it’s because I have eclectic tastes and usually when I listen for pleasure I have a particular mood in mind. A CD doesn’t have to be a “concept” CD to be a cohesive group of songs that are worth listening to from start to finish.

    ETA: I don’t see how iTunes or digital media preclude an artist from putting the best set of songs on a CD. Often, the best songs aren’t released as singles.

  30. I always thought Timberlakeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s timing was slightly off…

    Heh heh.

    I’m thinking Vanity and Taxes here…

    The à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“socialà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  ripping and burning of CDs among friends …accounted for 37 percent of all music consumption

    I’m finding this statistic incredible. More than one-third of the music people listen to is obtained off the grid from friends willing to share? I’m skeptical. Granted, the volumes are greater, but is this fundamentally different from the cassettes we used to create and duplicate in a previous eon?

    I’m sure as hell not contributing to their woes. I’m one of those freak-geeks that still buys new releases in vinyl when available. Lucinda Williams’ and Wilco’s newest being my most recent purchases. The MP3 format is woefully inadequate to my ears and I would never pay for a download. Capture some freebie MP3s off the web that play while I’m washing the car or plastering? Sure….

  31. I believe the 37% figure. I gave a $25 itunes gift to a 13 year old. He looked at me like I was nuts. He said he never buys music…he gets it for free. Me=astonished.

  32. I know my oldest son got free music years ago before they started charging teens but I don’t think he does anymore. He’s in college so you never know. Our youngest likes older rock so has been buying vinyl records and downloading them but will buy new cds more than he downloads from iTunes.

  33. I still buy tons of CDs and then burn mp3s for my digital player. I have some downloaded iTunes music, but I absolutely hate their format.

    On I-Tunes, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s become such a vital and wonderful musical outlet and I would love to have it. Just havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t subscribedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦yet :) Need to learn more about it all. Computer has crashed twice after d/là ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s from commercial sites. Not to mention that I would go nuts downloading and rack up a huge monthly bill, lol.

    I also come from the age of vinyl, so I bought plenty of vinyl albums and 45 singles in my day along with cassette tapes. I understand what lg is saying. I have dial-up service and cannot even view YouTube. I have all this fancy equipment on my computer that I have never used.

    I do buy CDs but they are all “Greatest Hits” edition or soundtracks. I am so out of it i that I have never done any of the above mentioned. My 6 year-old Grandson has his own iPod.

    I have read all that has been posted here and realize that I have become that little ole Grannie who cannot keep up with the new technology! I think I will just weep. :sad_wp:

  34. Look for some tweaking on American Idol, too. The final couple weeks of this season, when ratings usually shoot up, were down substantially. It could be that this season’s cast wasn’t as interesting as some others or maybe the novelty is finally wearing off. But Idol is too important to Fox and the producers for them to sit around and pray this was just an aberration.

    An obvious step would be to find a way to limit votes to one per person. The perception that the best singers are being sabotaged by serial callers has to be a turnoff to some voters

    Oh if it were only so simple. I think they tweaked a lot this year (IGB anyone?), but it was sorta like making apprenti sleep in a tent–no one was interested in the tweaks.

  35. Hi Grammie Kari,
    Welcome to 21st century marketing :) My son can hear a good song on the radio and then instantly download the song onto his phone. The times have certainly changed. Instant everything.

    Artists are having to rely on new methods to get their music out there and are heavily utilizing the internet. I’m on dial-up too – total bummer! (Btw, burning CD’s from your media player is a snap:).

    Thanks db for the article ^^ from Apple. How interesting that one of the “Big 4” (EMI) is offering tracks to i-Tunes from their artists with no Digital Rights Management.

    I admit to getting a burned CD from friends here and there, (however, with my kids it seems to be the standard way of acquiring new music). But, I just want what is best for the artists and bands, and the peeps who love their music :) We have a lot of good options at our disposal.

    And wanted to say earlier how great it was to read about KiKi’s homecoming. She was the best I’d seen her at the finale and kinda reminded me of Aretha. A record deal can’t be too far behind.

    Happy Memorial Day to all (or what’s left of it).

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