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Sunday, August 31, 2008

“The House Bunny” Review

I saw “The House Bunny” Friday night and I have to say it was pretty darn funny—despite its weak story…

There are many laugh-out-loud moments and one absolute gut buster as former Playboy bunny Shellie (the fantastic Anna Faris) turns a group of “losers” into the most popular sorority on campus.

But since this is an “Idol” blog, I should focus on Katharine McPhee. Kat honestly doesn’t have much to do in the movie, but she makes the most of what she does have. She has a few funny moments of her own, but she also has the movie’s corniest moment (and one of the few sour notes the movie hits). Plus, there’s never any justification for her character being pregnant, other than for a few sight gags.

And it’s really hard to buy that none of the girls know anything about guys when one of them is pregnant. She clearly knew something…

All in all, I think Kat could have a promising career in acting—just as long as she doesn’t try to remake any more 80s punk songs…

Another Paula Rumor

MSNBC’s Courtney Hazlett is floating another theory about why Kara DioGuardi is joining “Idol”…

She wrote that a source told “OK!” that “they want another female in case Paula misses a taping.”

Hazlett quotes another source as saying that there were many times they had to cover for Paula during the live show. “She wouldn’t just totally disappear. She’d come back—just maybe not in time for live television.”

Paula’s tardiness getting to her seat is well documented, but I’ve never heard of her actually missing any part of a show.

And from what I’ve read, she’s not the only judge show who cuts it close during the live tapings…

So, I’ll just file this one strictly in the rumor category…

Archie Takes a Tumble

I really thought that David Archuleta’s “Crush” would have a little more staying power…

But this week, the song falls from #2 to #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

My only explanation is that it’s not getting enough airplay…

Carrie Hits Another Milestone

This week, Carrie Underwood became the first country artist to achieve Platinum Mastertone status for two songs.

“Jesus, Take the Wheel” just crossed the mark of one million ringtones sold. Her first Platinum Mastertone was “Before He Cheats”…

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Simon Speaks...

We finally heard from Simon about the fourth judge yesterday at auditions in New York—the first time all four judges were together…

The foursome walked a red carpet together through a media circus looking to take the first picture of the group all together.

Simon was quoted in an AP story as saying, “It’s like, you know, having dinner with three people for seven years and getting quite bored of each other. So, it’s having a fourth person, new opinion, I think it’s gonna be interesting.”

Why do I not believe he’s really into this?

Simon later added, “Kara has a good reputation of A, having hits, and B, having an opinion. And that’s a good combination. And she’s cute.”

Randy said, “I think it’s gonna make it sexier.”

Simon also told reporters that they have not decided how ties will be broken now that there are four judges deciding who goes to Hollywood.

As for the seating order, both Randy and Simon said they would be sitting between “the two girls.”

And how will all of the opinions get fit into the show? Simon said, “Paula will have to speak less”…

I’m looking forward to seeing how it all works out…
Photo provided by FOX

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"Grease" Is the Word for Ace

Chalk up another Idol on Broadway…

Ace Young will join the cast of “Grease” as Kenickie beginning September 9th. He’ll stay through the end of the year.

But if you’re excited about an Ace-Taylor reunion, I’m afraid I have to disappoint you. Taylor’s run as Teen Angel comes to an end September 7th.

Ace will, however, star with Charleston’s own Derek Keeling who has played Danny since July…

Paula Is "Thrilled" About Fourth Judge

With everyone wanting to know Paula’s thoughts on the fourth judge, she, of course, goes to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show to share her thoughts…

Paula told Ryan today that she’s thrilled to have Kara DioGuardi join the show, especially since Paula feels like she launched her career. After meeting Kara, a “Billboard” employee dreaming of being a songwriter, outside a restaurant in New York, Paula convinced Kara to move to L.A. with her.

She told Ryan, “She was my roommate! And I took her all around the world with me and introduced her to wonderful people…She stayed in Sweden and wrote with these people and got started living her dream.”

When Ryan asked Paula where Kara will sit at the judges’ table, Paula said she hopes next to her, but if that proves “distracting,” she said Simon will probably separate them.

Does Paula really need any more distractions?

And since Paula seems genuinely excited about Kara, let me float another theory out there for you…

What if Kara is the exit strategy for Randy?...
Photo provided by FOX

Monday, August 25, 2008

J-Hud To Sing for Obama

"Access Hollywood" is reporting that Jennifer Hudson will sing the National Anthem Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention at the personal request of Barack Obama.

Jennifer's debut album hits stores September 30th. Her next film, "The Secret Life of Bees" opens October 17th.

Photo provided by RCA Music Group

Is a Fourth Judge a Paula Exit Strategy?

So, my first reaction to the news this morning that “Idol” was adding a fourth judge was “Wow, I bet Simon’s unhappy.”

My second reaction? “They’re squeezing Paula out”…

The official party line is that a fourth judge will add some excitement to the show.

In the official FOX press release, executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz said, “We had originally intended for ‘American Idol’ to have four judges. We’ve seen from our international series that having a fourth judge creates a dynamic that benefits both the contestants and the viewers.”

“Idol” guru Simon Fuller echoed her comments saying they were “turning the heat up” on the show this year. “[Kara] is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America’s most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show.”

But are they hoping she will eventually fill Paula’s chair? That’s the buzz all over the Internet today as people are speculating that a fourth judge allows Paula to bow out gracefully.

I just still can’t believe that they decided to unleash this on Simon after the numerous times he’s said how much he’s against a fourth judge…

As for Dioguardi herself, she said in an interview on FOX’s press site that she’ll bring her “unique experience” to the show as a singer, songwriter and producer. “I’m also very opinionated and pretty feisty and not afraid of a good confrontation, so I’m looking forward to it. Bring it on.”

If the name Kara DioGuardi sounds familiar, it’s because I’ve mentioned her many times as a songwriter for Idols like Kelly Clarkson (“Walk Away”), Bo Bice (“The Real Thing”), Clay Aiken (“The Way”) and many, many more (including both the Davids). She’s actually written or co-written many of my favorite songs.

As I said before, she’s definitely got the musical chops, but I just don’t see how this is a good thing. If they wanted to inject a new energy into the judges, they should have actually replaced one of them.

And in case you’re wondering, I would’ve gone with Randy…

So what do you guys think? Is this a good way to revitalize “Idol” or is this just an exit strategy for Paula?...
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HUGE News! "Idol" Adds a Fourth Judge

I know the “Dancing With the Stars” cast was revealed this morning, but that is nowhere near the biggest TV news this week…

That would be the bombshell that “American Idol” is adding a fourth judge.

Songwriter Kara DioGuardi, who was a judge/mentor on ABC’s failed “The One” a few years back will fill the fourth seat.

I agree that she has the musical chops, but won’t this leave Simon even less time to speak? And isn’t he the only judge we listen to anyway?

I’ll have more on this development later…

Friday, August 22, 2008

Daughtry Sings for the Democrats

Daughtry will perform at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday, August 26th.

The acoustic concert, which is a benefit for The Recording Academy’s Grammy Foundation, will also include Everclear and the Flobots. The Academy will also host an event for the Republican National Convention, “The Songwriters Circle: The Songs We Love,” which will feature Brett James, who co-wrote Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”

Is it just me, or are the Democrats getting the better end of the deal here?
Photo Credit: David Clinch
Provided by RCA Music Group

Chicken Little Goes to College

Exactly one week after Katharine McPhee makes her movie debut, her fellow season five finalist Kevin Covais (aka “Chicken Little”) makes his in the R-rated comedy, “College.”

But unlike Kat, Kevin finds himself in a major role.

You can see the trailer here.

Kat Knows What Boys Like

In case you’ve forgotten, Katharine McPhee makes her movie debut in “The House Bunny” beginning today. From what I’ve read, she doesn’t have that big of a part, but she does get to perform “I Know What Boys Like” with the cast at the end of the movie.

But after you watch that here, you may wish she had just stayed in the background…

Carrie Stands Up to Cancer

Carrie Underwood has joined with 14 other female singers to record “Just Stand Up,” a single to benefit cancer research.

According to “Billboard,” the song was written by Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who produced it with his hitmaking colleague, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.

Carrie will perform the song with Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Leona Lewis, and LeAnn Rimes on “Stand Up to Cancer,” a special airing simultaneously on ABC, NBC and CBS September 5th.

The song will be available on iTunes September 2nd. It’s already starting to hit radio airwaves, and you can hear it here.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sanjaya's Nationwide Commercial Debuts

Jim, this one’s for you…

Here, finally, is Sanjaya’s Nationwide commercial.

Personally, I think Sanjaya is fine and he does a good job singing the Nationwide jingle. I just don’t think the commercial is all that funny.

Be sure to let me know what you think…

In addition to the commercial, Nationwide has set up a website, that allows visitors to upload a picture and try on various hairstyles, outfits and accessories worn by Sanjaya in the new ads and during “Idol.” You can share the look with the Nationwide Sanjaya widget. You can visit the website here.

Archie Debuts Huge!

As I promised you, David Archuleta had a huge debut on the Billboard Hot 100 with his first single, “Crush”…

“Crush” debuts at #2 after selling 166,000 downloads. It’s the best chart debut in more than 18 months and it’s the best debut by an “Idol” finalist with a song not performed on the show.

So what song was barely able to fend Archie off? Rihanna’s “Disturbia.”

If you still haven’t heard the song yet—and shame on any top 40 radio station that isn’t playing it for you—you can hear it here.

And you know I’m a Cook fan, but this song is GOOD…

Monday, August 18, 2008

Daughtry Sings for CNN reports that Daughtry has been chosen by CNN to record the theme song for their League of First Time Voters initiative.

The song? The band’s cover of Foreigner’s “Feels Like the First Time,” which will appear on the upcoming deluxe version of “Daughtry.”

The song will premiere tonight on “Campbell Brown: Election Center,” but you can hear it here now.

By the way, Foreigner’s Mick Jones, who wrote the song has given Daughtry his approval by saying the song is “very cool” and “more than captured the essence of the original.”

Friday, August 15, 2008

Carrie Inspires Sebastian to Go "Country"

During the premiere of “Gone Country 2,” former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach credited Carrie Underwood with his genre switch…

He told host John Rich that he had two reasons for wanting to go country. First, he’d been a Willie Nelson fan since he was a kid. And second, Carrie Underwood. Bach said “Carrie’s got my song.” He figured if she can do his song, then he could do country.

When Rich asked Bach what he thought about Carrie having his song, Bach said, “She’s got good taste.”

The song he’s referring to is Skid Row’s “I Remember You,” which Carrie is known to occasionally perform in concert.

You can hear it for yourself here.

One of Bach’s competitors on “Gone Country 2,” Mikalah Gordon actually competed with Carrie in season four of “Idol.” Of course, I use the word “competed” rather loosely. However, I’m pleased to report that Mikalah has seriously toned down her personality for “Country”…

“Gone Country 2” airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on CMT…

Archie Tops iTunes

Archie is on his way…

David Archuleta’s “Crush” is currently the #1 song on iTunes.

Look for it to have a big debut on the Billboard chart next week…

Thursday, August 14, 2008

JPL's New Single

I ran across the new single from Jon Peter Lewis this week, and I have to say it’s pretty good.

“Break the Silence” is the title track from JPL’s latest album. It has been released to Adult Contemporary stations and is starting to get some play…

You can see the video here…

Mikalah Goes "Country"

So if you’ve been looking for more Mikalah Gordon—although I can’t believe that you have been—you can get it tomorrow night.

Mikalah is one of the contestants on “Gone Country 2,” along with Sebastian Bach, Lorenzo Lamas, Jermaine Jackson, Chris Kirkpatrick (*N Sync), Irene Cara and Sean Young.

You have to admit. It will be interesting…

It’s also interesting that with as much disdain as John Rich has for “American Idol,” he still always has a former contestant on his show…

“Gone Country 2” premieres Friday, August 15th at 8 p.m. on CMT…
Photo Credit: Ron Jaffe
Provided by CMT

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Clay Returns to Broadway

It was announced today that Clay Aiken is returning to the role of Sir Robin in “Monty Python’s Spamalot” on Broadway.

Clay’s second stint in the show will run from September 19th-January 4th.

Although I’m happy for Clay since he obviously enjoys the Broadway stage—and it seems to enjoy him—I’m also a little disappointed since this means no Christmas tour and very little album promotion.

I’m hoping that it doesn’t mean, however, that there will not be a tour at all for his latest CD. That would just be wrong...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Will Michael Jump Into the Fall Album Fray?

Michael Johns has posted a message on his MySpace site that promises an album in the not-to-distant future…

In the message, Michael said he hopes to have a record done by Thanksgiving for a January or February release. He’s also hoping to have a single released in November. Michael did not elaborate on what kind of an album it would be or on what label it would be released.

In the meantime, Michael will be headed back to Australia to do a charity event in October and then he will return to the states to do a private show with Carly Smithson in Las Vegas.

Michael also reports that he will be doing a concert at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Pep Boys 400 and will be singing the National Anthem before the race on ABC October 25th…

“Daughtry” Goes Deluxe

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year and a half since Daughtry released their multi-platinum debut CD. Now, that CD is getting the deluxe treatment…

“Daughtry: The Deluxe Edition” features the original CD with four bonus tracks: “Feels Like the First Time,” a performance of “It’s Not Over” from the MSN Control Room, an acoustic with strings version of “Home” and the “Idol Gives Back” version of “What About Now.” It will also feature a DVD with videos of “It’s Not Over,” “Home,” “Over You,” “Feels Like Tonight” and “What About Now;” live performances from AOL of “Breakdown” and “There and Back Again;” plus an interview.

“Daughtry: The Deluxe Edition” hits stores September 9th…
Photo provided by RCA Music Group

"Time" Gets Some Olympics Play

Kudos to NBC for using the most appropriate song in the world for its Olympics coverage ending montage last night—-David Cook’s “Time of My Life.”

The song also played over NBC's closing montage of Friday's Opening Ceremonies...

Saturday, August 9, 2008

My Night With Josh Gracin

Last night, Josh Gracin took the stage at the Scioto County Fair. And as expected, it was a great show.

However, if I have one complaint, it would be that Josh seemed to employ too many of the same tricks that he did the last time I saw him. He even opened the show with the same recording featuring soundbites from the “American Idol” judges. Personally, I think Josh has been successful enough in his own right to drop the “Idol” intro…

His first song was a more uptempo version of “I Wanna Live” and then he proceeded to perform for a solid hour and a half with only a small break before the encore.

He sang all of his singles, including his two (surprising) misfires, “I Keep Coming Back” and “Favorite State of Mind,” his latest hit, “We Weren’t Crazy” and his new single, “Unbelievable.” He also did two of his favorites from his first CD, “Wheels” and “Turn It Up” and three additional tracks from his new CD “Livin’ It Up,” the Tim McGraw cover “Telluride,” and my favorite, “Found,” which I hope will eventually be a single.

As for covers, the two most significant ones were Robert Palmer’s “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor Doctor)” and a beautiful rendition of MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine.”

But I have to say the thing that stood out for me the most at the concert was the crowd…

A large group of people actually left after the second song and small groups left throughout the rest of the show (especially during “I Can Only Imagine”). But the real kicker came at the end. Josh had yet to sing “Nothing to Lose,” which I knew was his encore. But when he and his band (who is awesome, by the way) left the stage abruptly at the end of “Turn It Up” (without even trying to sell it as an actual exit) people actually started leaving—a lot of people. Did they really think he would leave without doing his biggest hit? Some of the people leaving were actually surprised when his band returned to the stage.

But having seen Josh before, I knew what was next. I knew that Josh would appear somewhere other than the stage and I scanned around the grandstand looking for him (The people around me must have wondered what I was looking for.). Sure enough, Josh appeared in the middle of the crowd to the left of the stage where he was absolutely mobbed by cameras. How he was even able to sing (“Ain’t Goin’ Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up, by the way), I have no idea.

Josh then retook the stage to finish “Sun” and then go right into “Nothing to Lose,” which got a big reaction from the fans, since I think that was the only reason most of them were there. But even before he finished it, there was another mass exodus…

However, I was in place following Josh with my camera, because as soon as he grabbed the water bottles from the stage I knew that he would spray the crowd and I wanted to be ready to capture it. In fact, I was so busy following Josh with the camera that I missed a member of his band falling while trying to run away from Josh. But Josh got a nice long laugh out of it.

If you ever get the opportunity, I highly recommend seeing Josh in concert. Just be on the look out for water AND flying t-shirts. Josh loves to throw them into the crowd. And don’t worry if you’re not sitting right in the front. Josh has an excellent arm—excellent enough to reach a certain blogger seated a ways back from the stage…

If any of you were at the concert, feel free to share your reaction. Just post a comment or send me an e-mail at

Friday, August 8, 2008

Congrats to Clay!

On his website today, Clay Aiken announced the birth of his son…

Parker Foster Aiken was born at 8:08 a.m. (How cool is that?) at a hospital in North Carolina. He weighed in at 6 lbs., 2 oz, and is 19 in. long.

Clay said Parker is “healthy, happy and as loud as his daddy.” Clay added that the baby’s mother, Jaymes—who he called his “dear friend”—is doing well.

Clay began his blog post with a simple message to his fans:

Hello All...

I know it's been a while. I'm sure you know, it's been a full full
summer. Sorry we haven't spoken in so long. But, I'm sure you know... I hate
putting the cart before the horse. Not my way to tempt fate. But I wanted to
stop by, if only for a second, so you could be the first folks I tell.... HE'S

Clay closed the post by promising to share more “at some point in the future.”

You guys know that I’ve been a little torn about this story, but the truth is I’m really happy for Clay and I hate that someone exposed something he clearly wasn’t ready to tell. And you have to appreciate him sharing the news with his fans first.

I just hate that this news is going to lead to another week of jokes at Clay’s expense instead of another week of appreciating Clay’s new album, which is still playing in my car…

Clay, if there’s any chance you’re reading this, I wish you nothing but the best and I hope that once things have settled down, you’ll find it in your heart to go on tour soon. We miss you.

Hey, what can I say? I’m a Claymate…

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Kellie's Drop Date

Kellie Pickler’s new album, “Kellie Pickler,” will hit stores September 30th, according to…

The album will include her current single, “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” as well as “Best Days of Your Life,” which she co-wrote on the road with Taylor Swift. Swift recorded background vocals for the song.

Also on the album is “Rocks Instead of Rice,” which she co-wrote with the writers of “Before He Cheats.” It’s about a woman at the wedding of a former boyfriend. She performed the song during her appearance at the Paramount Arts Center last month.

You may remember that September 30th is also the date for Jennifer Hudson’s release. I warned you this fall was going to be expensive…
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Carrie Duets With...Elvis?

Sony BMG has announced the release of “Elvis Presley Christmas Duets” which will pair Elvis with some of country’s biggest female stars.

Ah, the magic of technology…

Carrie Underwood will duet with Elvis on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

The CD was recorded in RCA Studio B in Nashville, the same studio where Elvis recorded his original 1971 Christmas sessions.

The CD will be previewed August 14th during Elvis Week in Memphis. It will hit stores October 14th…

Congrats to Bo!

Congratulations to Bo Bice and his wife, Caroline, who welcomed their second son this week.

According to, Caleb joins his big brother Aidan, who will be three in September.

Will the Davids Face Off Again in November?

MTV News is reporting that the Davids will release their albums on the same date in November.

I have been unable to confirm this, but Amazon lists Archie’s release date as November 4th. And we know that Cook’s release is expected in November (No date has been set.). So, if Archie’s date is firm, that means either Archie is releasing before Cook or MTV is right.

I certainly hope they are not. Releasing the CDs on the same day would be a total disaster. “Idol” has a real chance to perk up its sales here and a competition would completely blow it.

I’ll keep you posted…
Photo provided by RCA Music Group

Is Archie looking for the Miley touch?

So while, David Cook is working with a Green Day producer, David Archuleta is going the way of Miley Cyrus…

E! News is reporting that Archie is working on songs with Rock Mafia Records, the duo who have worked with Aly & AJ, Vanessa Hudgens, Mariah Carey and most recently Miley Cyrus on her new hit single, “7 Things.”

According to the E! report, Archie and his father, Jeff, who is also apparently his manager (Uh-oh), recently met with Rock Mafia and decided they should go “in that direction,” hoping for a “Miley touch to the album.”


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Josh Gracin: "It's Like Working the Midnight Shift"

Friday night, Josh Gracin takes the grandstand at the Scioto County Fair.

But today, he took a few minutes to talk to me about Friday’s show and his new single…

“The show is very high energy,” he told me. “I run around all over the stage. We try to give the crowd the best show possible. I’m trying to bring country music to people who normally don’t listen to country. I want the crowd to feel happy, not feel like they went to a turkey show.”

The last time I saw Josh in concert, he performed several covers, but when I asked him if he could reveal what ones we might see Friday night, he just laughed. “I can’t give up all of the surprises,” he told me. He did however admit that the songs can change with each show.

Tonight Josh is in Martinsburg, WV. Tomorrow he’ll be in Wheeling and Wednesday, he’ll be in Point Pleasant, NJ. So what’s the toughest thing about being on the road? “Getting in the swing of things. Just trying to fit into everyone’s schedules. At home I have to fit in with my wife and kids’ schedule and on the road I have to fit into a different schedule. It’s hard when you’re on stage until 11 o’clock at night and you can’t wind down until 1 or 2 in the morning. It’s like working the midnight shift.”

Josh’s home schedule is about to get even busier as he and his wife are expecting their fourth child in the fall—a girl. That will give Josh three girls and one boy, but he’s used to being outnumbered, having grown up with four sisters.

It’s obvious how important Josh’s family is to him as he talks about his new single, “Unbelievable,” which he wrote for his wife of seven years, Ann Marie. “I sat down and wanted to write a song—obviously about my wife—but also a song that people can relate to…Like ‘Brass Bed’ [a top five hit from Josh’s debut album]. Women like it, but guys do too…I wanted to write it from a guy’s perspective so guys could sing it and not feel stupid for liking a love song. I just wrote the things that come to mind when I look at my wife.”

Although Josh has left his days on “American Idol” far behind him, I couldn’t resist asking him just one “Idol”-related question. What is the most popular question you get about “American Idol”?

Without hesitation, Josh answers, “What was Simon really like?” And without me asking, he goes on to tell me that Simon is a normal guy who’s good to talk to.

It seems to me that he’s not the only one…

Josh Gracin will be in concert at the Scioto County Fair Friday, August 8th at 8 p.m. on the grandstand at the Scioto County Fairgrounds in Lucasville. Admission is $7.
Photo provided by Lyric Street Records

Coming up tonight...

So tonight I'll be posting my interview with Josh Gracin.

In the meantime, take a listen to Josh's new single, "Unbelievable," which he wrote for his wife, Ann Marie.

Josh is extremely proud of this one, and he should be. It's gorgeous...

More later, so stay tuned...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Nigel Is Indeed Out

So, it’s official. Nigel Lythgoe has left “American Idol.” However, he has not left 19 Entertainment, as some have erroneously reported…

You may remember that Nigel is also the president of 19 Entertainment Television.

In a statement to the media yesterday (as quoted on, Nigel said he would be traveling to South Africa, Australia and Canada to work on local versions of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

“[As such] I will step back from my day-to-day producing work on ‘American Idol’ and will be devoting my time to a new venture with Simon Fuller.”

In the statement, Fuller praised Nigel’s work and said that they were “now looking at developing a number of shows” through the joint venture…

Super Exciting News About Cook's Album!

Ladies and gentlemen, I now have some of the most exciting Idol news I have ever reported.

Are you ready?

Clive Davis is not involved AT ALL in David Cook’s CD.


Cook told, “I never heard his name brought up.”


Of course, this is probably because of the shakeup earlier this year that removed Clive as the head of SonyBMG (now about to drop the BMG, by the way), but who really cares what the reason is, right?

So who is involved with Cook’s CD? He tells that Rob Cavallo, who produced Green Day’s “American Idiot,” is producing the CD. Also, Cook has written with Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) and Ed Roland (Collective Soul).

No big surprise then that Cook promises the CD will be a “rock record.”

Which may mean that the “Idol” single “The Time of My Life” won’t make the cut. Cook told that he hasn’t made a decision yet, but he doesn’t “want any song to stick out like a sore thumb.”

So I’m guessing that’s a no…

Cook added that “in every meeting that I’ve had with 19 and RCA, they’ve been very supportive of what I want to do with my record.”

I feel the absence of Clive already, don’t you?...

Kristy Lee Cook's "Fifteen Minutes of Shame"

Yesterday it was Archie’s first single. Today, it’s Kristy Lee Cook’s first single, “Fifteen Minutes of Shame”…

The song is undeniably catchy, but I’m still not all that impressed with KLC’s vocal chops…

What do you guys think?

Monday, August 4, 2008

More Breaking News: Archie's First Single!

David Archuleta has released his first single, “Crush” and guess what? It’s good…

It’s clear that they’re going to go the Jordin Sparks pop route with Archie, and considering the airplay Jordin’s been getting these days, that’s not a bad thing.

According to a post on YouTube, the single will be available on iTunes August 12th.

You can hear it here.

Be sure to let me know what you think…

Breaking News: Nigel Out? is reporting that Nigel Lythgoe has left “American Idol.” Nigel has served as the show’s executive producer for all seven seasons.

The report quotes sources as saying that Nigel had told people he just wasn’t “passionate” about the show anymore and that it was time for someone else to step in. also reports that Nigel is working on a new venture with “Idol” guru Simon Fuller and that he plans to spend more time focusing on “So You Think You Can Dance,” where he is an executive producer and judge.

No confirmation on this story yet from any other sources, but if it is true it leads to a question…

Did Nigel really step down of his own free will or was he asked to leave in order to shake the show up creatively?

I didn’t always agree with everything Nigel did, but I think he will be missed…

What do you guys think?

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Josh Gracin in Scioto County This Week

Don't forget that Josh Gracin will be at the Scioto County Fair this Friday (August 8th) at 8 p.m.

I had hoped to get a word with Josh, but I've learned the hard way not to make any promises.

I do plan to be at the show, however, so I hope to at least bring you some pictures...

Photo provided by Lyric Street Records