Zac Efron tipped to star in Simon Cowell remake of Saturday Night Fever

Efron would be likely to take the lead role as the nattily-dressed Tony Manero, originally played by John Travolta.

Timbaland, the hip hop producer who has worked with musicians including Nelly Furtado, Coldplay, Bjà ¶rk and 50 Cent, has been identified as a possible contender to rework one of the most famous film soundtracks of all time.

Cowell, who has his own television production and music label Syco, and was on this year’s rich list with a  £120 million fortune à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ is said to have been in talks with producer Robert Stigwood, who owns the rights to the screenplay, for several weeks already.

Telegraph.co.uk

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Winner Kris Allen Plans Jive Records Debut

Just weeks after being crowned this seasonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s American Idol, Kris Allen has inked a deal with 19 Entertainment, which will release his debut album on Jive Records this fall. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“As exciting as the last few months have been, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m really looking forward to what is next,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Allen said in a statement. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Everyoneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been asking me what ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s going to sound like. It will be very similar to what you heard from me on the show à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  definitely in the pop/rock genre. I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t wait to get started!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Allen will join other AI all-stars Jordin Sparks and David Archuleta under the Jive banner, perhaps hinting at the target audience AI hopes Allen will appeal to after Idol.

Rolling Stone

Adam Lambert: I’ll “Answer All Those Questions”

Who gives an ef about winning a singing competition? Adam Lambert’s just happy he can finally party at all the best H’wood hot spots. “I was living on Melrose and Wilcox in a studio apartment six months ago just hoping I could get into Teddy’s,” the American Idol runner-up said last night, accepting the Artist of the Year award at the Young Hollywood Awards in Santa Monica. “Now I can!”

Ad couldn’t even wait to get his freak on at the afterbash, ending his thank-you speech insisting that somebody “buy me a drink!”

E Online

Adam Lambert: Rolling Out of the Closet?

Adam Lambert promises that he’s about to address all the lingering questions about him.

“At this point, I think everybody knows everything, but once the Rolling Stone article comes out, people will know everything,” the American Idol runner-up told us last night at the Young Hollywood Awards.

Reportedly, Lambert will officially come out of the closet next week in a cover story for the music magazine…

“I’m excited,” he said. “I want people to know what’s up. It’s words coming out of my mouth!”

E Online

American Idol airplay: Kelly Clarkson stays on top; Kris Allen, Adam Lambert pick up spins

Kelly Clarkson retains the two top spots on USA TODAY’s American Idol airplay chart this week, as I Do Not Hook Up narrows the gap between it and My Life Would Suck Without You. The latest singles from Daughtry, David Cook, Jordin Sparks, Bucky Covington and Kellie Pickler also pick up spins, though Kellie drops one spot, from #3 to #4. The new ones from Taylor Hicks (Seven Mile Breakdown) and Josh Gracin (Enough) look like they’re going to have a hard time catching on, though.

USA Today

David Cook Gears Up For Summer Tour

David Cook is gearing up to hit the road this summer on an extensive tour that stretches into October, The outing gets underway on June 18th in Del Mar, California and currently winds down in mid-October. Cook will be playing a mix of state fairs, festivals and clubs. This will mark Cook’s first major tour since his brother died from brain cancer earlier this spring.

Cook hits the road to support his self-titled debut album, which arrived last fall. Last year”s American Idol champ tells us the songs on the set reflect what’s happened since winning the competition: “It’s pretty undeniably me, which I’m excited about. I feel like my experiences in the last year — not just with the show — just with life — I have a lot of things to talk about.”

kbsradio.ca

Country stars decorate guitars for Opry charity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fans attending Tuesday night’s Grand Ole Opry shows will get a sneak peek of some specially designed guitars.

The Epiphone acoustic guitars were decorated by some of country music’s biggest stars, including Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels and Pam Tillis.

The guitars will be auctioned Friday at the Ryman Auditorium to benefit the Opry Trust Fund, which helps people in the country music industry who fall on hard times.

The guitars are adorned with song lyrics to hand-drawn sketches and are on display in the house lobby until the auction.

Miami Herald

Jordin Sparks Is Out Standing In Her Battlefield

The video for Jordin Sparksà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Battlefieldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  made its way to the Internet over the weekend, and on the day that newly minted American Idol winner Kris Allen made his inevitable record deal with 19 Recordings official, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s somewhat instructive to see what happens to people who stay in the 19 fold for their second albums.

Idolator

2nd Annual Golf and Guitars Charity Even Review

Bucky Covington was the night’s head liner, but when John Michael Montgomery arrived without a band or his guitar he ended up joining Covington on stage. Before the set Montgomery walked up to Bucky saying “I don’t have a band or a guitar can you help me out.”

Covington smiled and responded ” I think I have those things.” The two covered Elvis, played each others hits and had an all around great time on stage. Mid set Covington broke three strings on his own guitar which sent member of Love and Theft Eric Gunderson sprinting backstage. He handed Covington his guitar and the set proceeded. Montgomery, who had a drink in hand the entire night, laughed when he forgot most of the words to his own song “Be My Baby Tonight.” The vocals were taken over by the audience, Montgomery turned to Covington and said “Isn’t great when you get to the point in your career that an audience can sing the song when you forget the words.” The set drew to a close with “I Swear.”

Fan Bolt

Broadway stars have advice for Susan Boyle

Constantine Maroulis, who nabbed a Tony nomination for à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Rock of Ages,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  advised Boyle to stay determined and to never forget who she is.

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Just work hard and believe in yourself. Not to sound too corny. She seems like a nice woman. And the right part for the right person,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Maroulis explained. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“You never know. Things can work out.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

MSNBC

Susan Boyle Reunites with Cat Pebbles and Preps for Career

“She’s really happy and on good form,” a source close to Boyle tells PEOPLE. She has a new manager à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ Ossie Kilkenny, who worked with U2 on their multi-million dollar deals à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ while hit-maker Simon Cowell will help with her music.

“This is all been done in agreement with Simon,” the source says. “Ossie has been brought in and welcomed by all concerned.”

People.com

Britain’s Got Victims: As another Simon Cowell talent show ends, former finalists claim they were cynically exploited

Two years ago, Niki Evans was another vulnerable finalist, on Cowell’s The X Factor.

Her father had just died when she took part and she was left aghast at what she saw as producers attempting to exploit her sob story.

‘They spent three hours literally shouting at me to sing Dance With My Father Again live on the show, with the instruction to cry in the middle of it,’ recalls Niki, 36.

‘I was in floods of tears, saying: “You can’t make me do this. It’s sick.” I would have completely broken down on live television, in front of millions of people, if I’d sung it – but that was what they wanted.

Daily Mail.co.uk

‘Billy Elliot’-powered Tonys dance to best ratings since ’06

In a time of lowered ratings nearly everywhere else, Sunday’s 63rd Annual Tony Awards à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  capped by 10 wins for the Elton John musical “Billy Elliot” à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  actually delivered improved numbers.

An average of 7.4 million total viewers tuned in to the three-hour Tony telecast, up 17% compared with last year and the best figure since 2006, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research.

As usual, the Tony audience skewed older, with a lackluster 1.3 rating/4 share among the advertiser-friendly demographic of adults ages 18 to 49. The program tends to perform much better among viewers 50 and older.

LA Times

Bret Michaels Breaks Nose, Busts Lip In Tonys Accident

NEW YORK à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  Bret Michaels performed at the Tony Awards, and all he got was a nose fracture _ and a busted lip. According to Michaels’ spokeswoman, the rock singer had X-rays taken after getting clocked in the head by a descending set piece at Sunday’s Radio City Music Hall ceremony.

Publicist Joann Mignano says Michaels, who performed with his 1980s hair-metal band Poison, fractured his nose and had to get three stitches in his lip. She says he was getting a CAT scan on Monday as a precaution, as he’s had a past neck injury.

Huffington Post

Bret Michaels’s Tonys Mishap: Shrek and Donkey Helped Me Up

Bret Michaels may have broken his nose and busted his lip during a scenery-related malfunction at the Tonys on Sunday à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ but the Poison frontman and Rock of Love star left with his sense of humor intact.

“He told me, ‘All I remember is Shrek and the donkey helping me up, and Liza [Minnelli] giving me a towel,’” says his rep, Joann Mignano. “And Bret was laughing when he heard [Tonys host] Neil Patrick Harris said he gave new meaning to ‘headbanging.’ ”

People.com

Exclusive: VH1 Shelves Best Week Ever, Possibly Permanently

We hear from a source close to the production of Best Week Ever, which just went on summer hiatus, that the showà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s future is in jeopardy. It will be off the air until 2010, which some employees are considering effectively the same as a cancellation, since Best Week Ever normally breaks for weeks at a time, not months. In fact, we’re told that recent New York City transplant Paul F. Tompkins is considering moving back to Los Angeles. When reached for comment, a spokesperson told us that “VH1′s Best Week Ever has actually gone on its scheduled production hiatus and will return in January 2010. Its companion piece Best Day Ever, which spoofs that dayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s pop-culture news, will return this fall.” No reason was given for the extended time away, but apparently staffers were hopeful that the full 30-minute version would be back this fall.

New York Magazine

SYTYCD finalist Asuka Kondoh: ‘My heart is going to want to burst’

Asuka A San Francisco native and UC Irvine graduate, 25-year-old Asuka Kondoh is “nervous for everything” as Wednesday’s first performance episode nears. But even without her longtime ballroom dancing partner by her side, Kondoh is ready to walk the walk, dance the dance and put her best face forward for America.

LA Times

‘SYTYCD’ finalist Melissa Sandvig is ready to break out of the ballet box

Sytycd_melissa-s_0863_lyFbMelissa Sandvig, 29, may be the oldest contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance” this season, but those closest to this trained ballerina have faith. “This is your year,” her students and husband told her before she auditioned for the show, for the first time, this season. Her ballet background may also make Sandvig stand out from her fellow contestants, but the Los Angeles native says she is ready to branch out big-time.

LA Times

‘SYTYCD’ finalist Ade Obayomi: ‘Whoa, this is really happening!’

Sytycd_ade-o_1345_lyFb Chapman University dance student Ade Obayomi, 20, sounds like a kid in a candy store when it comes to “So You Think You Can Dance,” at least compared with some of his more camera-shy fellow contestants. “I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t wait for everything to be in full force: lights, staging, the audience members, the judges,” Obayomi said. It obviously helps he has lots of support not only from his fellow contestants on the show but also from his teachers at Chapman University, where he just completed his freshman year. “They were like, ‘Follow your dream!’ ” And it seems that is precisely what Obayomi is doing.

LA Times

Hamburg hip-hop specialist dances his dream on Fox reality show

Tony Bellissimo, the lanky hip-hop dancer from Hamburg who made it into the top 20 of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“So You Think You Can Danceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  last week, is going nonstop as he and the 19 other competitors prepare to take the stage Wednesday night.

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just go, go, go, go,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  he said Monday during a brief break from the whirlwind of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“rehearsals, staging, lights, wardrobe, interviewsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  that precede Season Fiveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s first performance show, which will be televised tonight from 8 to 10.

But donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get the idea that he is complaining. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just overwhelming and ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s so much fun,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Bellissimo says. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I feel like Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m dreaming.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

Buffalo News

 
  • unique28v

    Awww.. Simon should pick Adam for that role in Saturday Night Fever. lol Although I know Zac has more name recognition and all.

  • JudyOhio

    Not pleased with that choice for the lead.

  • unique28v

    The New Issue of Rolling Stone: The Liberation of Adam Lambert. Article Link

    This link on Rollingstone also has a video of this photo shoot!

  • Mary102

    OMG! Thanks for sharing, unique! That cover is HOT – and the snake! Eek! I was a little nervous about the snake and apple hints before, and think this is much more appropriate :-)

    Can’t wait for this issue to come out!

  • unique28v

    Here is an article in the New York Times regarding Adam’s solo record.

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/09/adam-lambert-reveals-his-solo-record/

  • colette

    Bret, duuuuuude:

    He told me, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹All I remember is Shrek and the donkey helping me up, and Liza [Minnelli] giving me a towel,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  says his rep, Joann Mignano. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“And Bret was laughing when he heard [Tonys host] Neil Patrick Harris said he gave new meaning to à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹headbanging.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    I lknow I’m probably the only person on this board who isn’t obsessing about the Adam thing, but this is so funny!

  • unique28v

    wow.. Adam is on the front page of yahoo already. lol

  • wellhesback

    No, Colette, you’re not the only person not obsessing about Adam. Though sometimes I feel that I am.

  • Suzanne

    I’m also surprised by the choice of Zac Efron for that part. That guy needs to be an uneducated, social misfit who only fits in in the dance arena. Zac Efron is a gorgeous beauty. You know who’s good looking but would do better–Jake Gyllenhaal. Or, obviously, Justin Timberlake. Zac Efron should take a supporting role in a political drama–like a war expose–to build acting skills, present a less-gorgeous image, and show range. Another musical? don’t do it Zac. (*cough*typecasting death*cough*)

  • kbr

    For any Michael Johns fans who don’t know, you can hear snippets from all the songs on his upcoming album (due out 6/23) Hold Back My Heart at http://www.tower.com/hold-back-my-heart-michael-johns-cd/wapi/113498735

    I love the soulful sound myself, then again I like pretty much all things Michael Johns. Enjoy!

  • SarahP

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m probably the only person on this board who isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t obsessing about the Adam thing

    can i join the non-adam-obsession bandwagon? lol

    Susan Boyle Reunites with Cat Pebbles :clap_tb: good for susan

  • steve

    Hey the fall can be a lot harder the higher you let yourself climb.I will just stay on my little hill and wait for my allison CD.

  • gemzone

    David Archuleta has a new vlog up see it at snarky archies….

    http://www.snarkyarchies.com/

    …mirror mirror on the wall whos the fairest of them all… hahaha

  • Ladybug

    Don’t tell me they are really going to re-make “Saturday Night Fever” !! Just……no. Do NOT mess with a classic! Argh!

  • Suzanne

    They’re redoing Footloose too (which Zac Efron wisely declined).

  • unique28v

    MTV Article: Adam Lambert’s Debut Album Due This Fall

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1613513/20090609/story.jhtml

  • ozarka

    David Archuleta has a new vlog up see it at snarky archiesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    http: //www.snarkyarchies.com/

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦mirror mirror on the wall whos the fairest of them allà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ hahaha

    :laugh_tb:!! David cracks me up. I love his randomness. For those who don’t want to wade through all the other articles on the site, here’s a more direct link to his new vlog…

    http://www.snarkyarchies.com/2009/06/new-vlog.html

  • jdanton2

    Jordin Sparks “Battlefield” is up to #16 on the UK itune chart and debuted at #27 in New Zealand on their weekly chart . she seems to be becoming one of the biggest Idols not just here in the US but worldwide.

  • smartcookie

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Zac Efron in a SNF remake. He dropped out of Flashdance (or said he didn’t want to do Flashdance — “dropped out” may sound more involved than he actually was) because he said he didn’t want to be typecast in musicals. (They gave the role to Chace Crawford instead, apparently because he looks like Zac Efron.) If Footloose is too musical, so is Saturday Night Fever. Right now, Zac Efron is like Kristen Chenoweth, whose name gets mentioned every time a new Broadway show is being talked about. And she never ends up being in any of them. I would expect the usual suspects — Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Channing Tatum, the boys from Gossip Girl, one of the JoBros, Derek Hough, maybe even Chris Brown as a rehab project — to be discussed before they cast Shia LeBeouf and people like me complain that he can’t dance and it should’ve been Danny Tidwell.

  • unique28v

    Theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re redoing Footloose too (which Zac Efron wisely declined).

    Yes. But why are they remaking these classics?? They are going to butcher them!

  • ozarka

    Hot Shots at the Power Spot

    Power players Gabrielle Union, Terrence Howard, David Archuleta, Ben Chavez (of Civil Rights fame) and Shawn King dropped in to enjoy some Italian fare in honor of Daphna Ziman and Russell Simmons and to celebrate their earlier work on the Hill during the “Keeping the Promise to our Children” conference – promoting student mentoring and child welfare. (Teatro patron, Mark Freeman, snapped this shot of Howard between courses.)

    The atmosphere was casual, and the food great as always. Teatro may not have won the nod at the RAMMYs, but these celebs sure knew it was the spot for some influential interacting.

    Hehehe… David’s a power player now!

    HERE are some Getty Images of David at the Children Uniting Nations Conference.

    And HERE is one with David and Shawn King (Larry King’s wife).

  • ozarka

    Although [Demi Lovato] may have most of her plans all lined up for the tour, there are still a few moments that could be spontaneous, like a possible collaboration with her tourmate, David Archuleta. “I can’t wait to see David and his set, he seems like a nice guy,” she said. “Don’t have plans [to collaborate ye]. If we could work something out by the end of the tour, [that would be cool.]”

    Source: MTV

  • lucy

    Demi Lovato Readies New Songs For Tour With David Archuleta

    Although she may have most of her plans all lined up for the tour, there are still a few moments that could be spontaneous, like a possible collaboration with her tourmate, David Archuleta. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t wait to see David and his set, he seems like a nice guy,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  she said. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have plans [to collaborate ye]. If we could work something out by the end of the tour, [that would be cool.]à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    I don’t know how cool it would be. If I sounded like Demi Lovato, I don’t think I’d want to be teaming up with Archie. It would too easily show off my flaws as a singer. On the other hand, if it would buy David some more exposure, then I hope they go for it. H

  • colette

    By the way,mini-clip of Kris Allen (remember him?) from the Lakers game are up at krisallennation.com

    in one he says a woman asked him for a pic and than kissed him on the mouth! He was totally low-key about it, as usual, but blech. call me a prude or something, but fans coming up to you out of nowhere and swapping saliva? there are limits….

  • hellothere

    By the way,mini-clip of Kris Allen (remember him?) from the Lakers game are up at krisallennation.com

    Thank you. I remember him but I don’t think anyone else does, unfortunately.

  • TylerWV

    By the way,mini-clip of Kris Allen (remember him?) from the Lakers game are up at krisallennation.com

    I remember him quite well and waiting for his cd. A lot are. Everyones expectations for Adam are so high right now I wonder if any human could meet them. Lets give them both a chance and remember both have fans and feelings.

  • hellothere

    I remember him quite well and waiting for his cd. A lot are.

    If only 19 felt the same way. For them, and, apparently, everyone here, it is all about Adam. Like you said, good luck to him in meeting their expectations.

  • unique28v

    Like you said, good luck to him in meeting their expectations.

    The only expectations Adam has to meet is his own.

    Again some people will hate, some people will love it.

    Yup. It always comes down to that. Its just unfortunately that sometimes hate is louder than love.

    Here is the link to Adam’s acceptance speech at the young Hollywood Awards.
    http://bit.ly/fi5P3

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    hellothere, don’t worry about Kris. As he says himself, he’s a chill guy who’ll pop up his head every once in a while. He just wants to make good music.

    Here’s something you’ll like. :D

    I didn’t see this article posted yet. It’s more interesting stuff that didn’t make the EW print interview by Miss Schwartz. If mj agrees, this might deserve a separate blog entry for comments.

    http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/06/kris-allen-on-loving-jacko-learning-the-viola-and-being-a-heartthrob.html

    Kris Allen on loving Jacko, learning the viola, and being a heartthrob

    *snip*

    On Michael Jackson and his other favorite artists back in the day
    I was a huge, huge, huge fan of Michael Jackson. Almost too big of a fan. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s one of the best ever. I would sit in my room and put on a hat and try to dance in front of the mirror. All this stuff on my own, never in front of people. I was too embarrassed. I started listening to him and then started listening to a lot of R&B stuff like Boys II Men, II. I grew up listening to that. I love that. [Singing] à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll make love to youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Probably not a good idea [for a 9-year-old kid]. And then I think my next CD was TLC, Crazy Sexy Cool. My parents were totally cool with it — maybe they didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know exactly. They were young and they tried to be cool. [Laughs]

    What heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s listening to now
    A lot of different stuff. Love Coldplay. Coldplayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s first CD, I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s amazing. The Kings of Leon CD is incredible. I like Mutemath a lot. The Kanye CD [808s & Heartbreak], ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s amazing, one of the best of the decade, probably.

    *snip*

  • Tess

    If only 19 felt the same way. For them, and, apparently, everyone here, it is all about Adam. Like you said, good luck to him in meeting their expectations.

    I may be an Adam fan but it, in no way, means that I have forgotten Kris. And I don’t think his recording label or his management team or his publicist have forgotten him either. When there is something interesting to comment on I’ll always be first in line since I think he’s a great guy and hopefully will record an awesome album.

    I’m sure there is a lot of discussion going on by his peep right now to determine how to keep the Kris Allen buzz going. It may seem underwhelming right now compared to the interest surrounding other idols but it will pick up as the tour begins and it gets closer to releasing his new material. Patience seems to be the main prerequisite for any Idol fan during the time between the finale and the tour.

  • AnnaMarieFields

    Kris seems like a chill dude.He wont on off the face of the earth.We still hear some stuff.He’s going to make awesome album just like Adam and Allison will.I think Kris likes to stay in the background.He’s chill that way.

    On being his own artist in the, eh-hem, often controlling recording industry?
    I am really laid back and kind of go-with-the-flow, but I will never do anything that I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t believe in. So if thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a song that theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re trying to shoot at me and Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m like, ehhhh, then it probably wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t happen. I think it would just be uncomfortable. You canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t do something that you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t feel good about.

    And just becauseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ On adjusting to overnight heartthrob status I always try to take it with a grain of salt, because being that is not going to get me anywhere. I just hope I can put out good music. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s weird. But [my wife is] amazing at dealing with it. They ask her for her autograph as well. [Laughs]

  • jmom376

    Kris fan here too… I completely expected it to be this way, but am ok with it now. I am happily listening to his music and watching his idolatry videos while I am waiting. My only expectations of Kris is to create lots of Kick Awesome music that I can purchase. I don’t need all of the other stuff like magazine covers and such. As long as his team promotes him when his music comes out and he actually gets radio play, I am fine.

  • 77amy77

    You’ve probably already seen this MJ but if not, Claude Kelly, (one of the writers on My Life Would Suck… as well as a bunch of other pop songs), tweeted that he’s in the studio with Kris today.

    http://twitter.com/ClaudeKelly

  • AnnaMarieFields

    I have a question.Its going to look stupid.If Kris in the studio does that mean that Kris is recording (already??!!)or still writing music with differant people?
    I suppose this means that the song if he is recording on is his single??? sounds like its coming soon if he’s recording after a little over a month since idol

  • Kirsten

    I have a question.Its going to look stupid.If Kris in the studio does that mean that Kris is recording (already??!!)or still writing music with differant people?

    The other day, he was writing with David Hodges (according to Hodges himself). Today, it seems like he is recording.

    There isn’t a lot of time to record these Idol albums, so they fit them in when they can. The labels would have started planning for these albums before the confetti fell. I seem to recall that Adam and Kris said that they were meeting with labels before the finale. It takes a while to mix the singles and plan a release. If Kris is going to release a single in August, it’s not too soon to start laying down tracks. Especially if they want to pick from a few.

  • storm45701

    I know Daughtry started writing and recording immediately after Idol. I seem to recall Cook saying they were writing as soon as the press gigs were over. Kris wasn’t at rehearsals today, so he’s probably doing recording/writing time.

  • jmom376

    edit: you need to read my guidelines stat.

  • hellothere

    Kris fan here tooà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ I completely expected it to be this way, but am ok with it now. I am happily listening to his music and watching his idolatry videos while I am waiting. My only expectations of Kris is to create lots of Kick Awesome music that I can purchase. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t need all of the other stuff like magazine covers and such. As long as his team promotes him when his music comes out and he actually gets radio play, I am fine.

    Well, I’m glad somebody is OK with it; because, as a fan of him and his music, I am not OK with him being treated like Hicks 2.0. No, he isn’t gay, doesn’t do any drugs (that I know of), doesn’t wear makeup and doesn’t go looking for attention. And, for that, his team is not promoting him? OK then.

  • Kirsten

    Well, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m glad somebody is OK with it; because, as a fan of him and his music, I am not OK with him being treated like Hicks 2.0.

    But, if 19 does decide to treat Kris like Hicks 2.0, there is nothing the fans could do. If fans could effect change, the Soul Patrol would have done that back in S5/S6. Outrage will get fans nowhere but a ticket to “crazy-fanville”.

    It doesnt seem that they wanted Kris to win. They have their marketing plans in place well before the confetti falls. So, I think fans need to set realistic expectations for the support Kris will get. Due to tradition, he will get invited onto all the talk shows, etc, when he releases his album, so that’s a help. If he gets a single released before his album, that’s a victory. If his picture in the AI backdrop isn’t outside the frame of the camera and obscured by a plant, that’s a victory. If at least one person associated with the show doesn’t go on all the talk shows saying his win wasn’t a complete travesty, that’s a victory. If he gets invited to sing back on the show, that’s a vicotry. If you set low expectations, you will be happy, not bitter, with what happens. LOL. And this show is meant to be entertainment, so I recommend that to maximize positive entertainment, expect the worst and be pleased with the good stuff. It’s all part of AI and the record business. No matter what happens, Kris will be MUCH better off than when he started this process. At least you get an album!

    Jive is pretty good. Hopefully, they will put out a good album and get Kris some attention on radio. 19 doesn’t seem to hate Kris, so that’s a plus.

  • cookcricket

    Well as I said on the RS thread, the world is enamored with Adam, but Adam seems/seemed to be enamored with Kris, so maybe they should take a look to see what Adam sees. ;)

    I too have feared that Kris would receive the Taylor Hicks treatment. However, I have a lot of hope in Kris, yet again, being the quiet storm when it comes to the album. jmom376, I truly believe he is a gem.

    I also believe if for some reason they are just throwing things at him (I don’t want to try to read 19′s mind), that he will make it his own and it will be amazing! You can’t keep a good man down!

    Having said this, Adam may also make an amazing record and I’m sure Allison will too. I can say for myself, that I will definitely buy Kris’s, probably buy Allison’s and perhaps download some of Adam’s.

  • jersey

    Oh this is where the Kris fans are! LOL. I hope that Kris gets good support from his label. I know I’m looking forward to his cd. I’ve already bought the Kris Allen pass on itunes. As always, Kirsten, thanks for the level head.

  • jmom376

    Cookcricket.. That is exactly how I feel about their records.. I have already prepurchased Kris’s, but will check out Adam’s and Allison’s to see if there is anything that I want to download.

    BTW: I am not happy at all if Kris gets the Taylor Hicks treatment, but I have came to the conclusion that there really is not much I can do about it besides support Kris as much as I can through purchasing anything that he releases. I am also trying not to respond to all of the negative comments out on Kris’s press releases, but it is not easy. However, I don’t think stooping to their level will prove anything.

  • leome

    If Kris is recording already maybe we can expect a single by the end of July/beginning of August.

  • shadow-rider

    I’m a fan of both Adam and Kris. Looks like I will be buying two albums this fall. I can’t wait to see what they put out. Very curious. But seeing the amount of talent these two have I am sure it will be amazing and worth the wait.

    I remember hearing in an interview Adam had said he will be doing some new stuff on the AI tour which I am assuming will be stuff from his upcoming album. I wonder if Kris will be doing the same. Has anyone heard Kris comment on this?

  • cookcricket

    Kirsten, I agree with everything you have said. I think we need to set expectations at a realistic level. However, it is so darned frustrating to watch believing this guy could really be big. He is so current!

    I keep thinking of Aesop’s Fable The Tortoise and the Hare. Slow and steady wins the race. This is where my hope lies for Kris’s career. We’ll see. I want to remain positive. I’m trying so very hard not to put down any other finalist in the process.

    ETA: jmom376, yay! :) Kirsten, lol at “Heartless”/Paris. :)

  • Kirsten

    I am not happy at all if Kris gets the Taylor Hicks treatment, but I have came to the conclusion that there really is not much I can do about it besides support Kris as much as I can through purchasing anything that he releases.

    Exactly. You aren’t going to get the label/19 to change their ways. I remember, the Kat fans sent Kit Kats to Clive to try to get him to do something or other. I think he just ate them. Or gave them out as bonuses to the staff or something. Whatever, he didn’t do what they wanted.

    Yep, he just keeps plugging away and defying expectations. I think he is current and I think Jive is smart, so maybe he’ll pull it off. Even if all this fails, with iTunes, the barrier to entry is small and maybe he can release his own music later. Bo’s independent second CD was much truer to himself. And, we’ll always have “Heartless” (well, and a bunch of other songs, but “Heartless” fits in with “Paris” better).

  • cookcricket

    shadow-rider, hearing about Kradem fans also gives me some hope. :) I don’t think anyone has ever done anything off of their albums on tour (could be wrong), but they have sung songs that they didn’t cover on idol. Perhaps, this is what Adam was referring to.

  • AnnaMarieFields

    Kristen-I love your wisdom.You re-stored everybody’s faith in Kris.

  • SarahP

    http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/06/kris-allen-on-loving-jacko-learning-the-viola-and-being-a-heartthrob.html

    Kris Allen on loving Jacko, learning the viola, and being a heartthrob

    nice article but as a big Kris fan, nothing is new there. except that he loves coldplay (who doesn’t!!!!!). during the show i really wanted Kris to win but was afraid that he (or anyone else) losing to Adam will get overshadowed with all the media frenzy surrounding Adam. so now a few weeks have past and come to think of it, its pleasantly surprising a lot of articles do acknowledge Kris’s talent, and that he didn’t “rob” Adam of the AI title. and the Idolatry video totally focussing on his music was super! so i have my hope restored!

    I keep thinking of Aesopà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Fable The Tortoise and the Hare. Slow and steady wins the race. This is where my hope lies for Krisà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s career.

    i’m only worried that today’s music business is pretty action packed and fast paced with OTT people getting all the glory from Katy Perry to Lady Gaga to even creatures like Soulja boy so i’m worried that the tortoise can definitely get overshadowed by the hare

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  • cookcricket

    ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m only worried that todayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s music business is pretty action packed and fast paced with OTT people getting all the glory from Katy Perry to Lady Gaga to even creatures like Soulja boy so ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m worried that the tortoise can definitely get overshadowed by the hare

    LOL, don’t underestimate that tortoise. There is a lot of wisdom in this fable. Even if the hare initially overshadows the tortoise, the tortoise still wins in the end. I personally think the sideline peeps in this fable, stood back to see what would happen…and them were amazed. The ultimate conclusion of this is patience is a virtue…we’ll see. Insanity peeps, need not apply. 1 yr. is ultimately not a long time. Okay, sorry, I’m done. lol.

  • colette

    I have it from good sources that Taylor kinda screwed himself a little with that first album. He got very excited by all the bells and whistles available to him, and of course there was that rush rush rush thing.

    I guess in some cases (Carrie, Cookie, and of course Kelly — the “kuh” sounds — so maybe Kris too??) it works out through the rush. It seems to me that happens when the artist’s style is very defined, as it was with the above.

    Adam could have a tougher time nailing it down. And I think Kris knows just who he is musically.

    But though it’s totally out of my hands (or as Brett Dennen sings, “Darling do not fear what you don’t really know’), I’d love to see TPTB on these records not gum them up with a lot of crappy, committee-written songs and overdubbing, etc. Simple and soulful for Kris, that’s my bid.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    nice article but as a big Kris fan, nothing is new there. except that he loves coldplay (who doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t!!!!!). during the show i really wanted Kris to win but was afraid that he (or anyone else) losing to Adam will get overshadowed with all the media frenzy surrounding Adam.

    SarahP, I’m a big Kris fan as well (and for the record, also an Adam/Allison/Anoop fan). Perhaps I’m not as big a Kris fan as you because I hadn’t read/heard a lot of the musical influences stuff before. I knew he was a Jacko and Boyz II Men fan but those details he revealed in this EW article were news to me.

    As for Adam overshadowing him, well, frankly the media spotlight on Adam is still only a small portion of the entertainment news scene. Even without Adam’s RS cover story, Kris and the other Idols would still have to fight for a slice of the media pie with the established stars. If anything, Adam’s RS story actually brings some attention back to Kris, with the “attractive” and “distracting” roommate anecdote.

  • SarahP

    LOL, donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t underestimate that tortoise. There is a lot of wisdom in this fable. Even if the hare initially overshadows the tortoise, the tortoise still wins in the end. I personally think the sideline peeps in this fable, stood back to see what would happenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦and them were amazed. The ultimate conclusion of this is patience is a virtueà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll see. Insanity peeps, need not apply. 1 yr. is ultimately not a long time. Okay, sorry, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m done. lol.

    :tongue1_tb: awwww i have to wait for another one more year (and couple
    more years even..) to see who actually wins! serves me right for being an overinvested fan this year…

  • hellothere

    Completely agree with Kirsten and others who have said that nothing can be done about Kris getting the Taylor treatment. It is what it is. It may suck, but if 19 is fully invested in Adam, Kris gets the shaft and nothing his fans do or say will change that. It is baffling, though, because he is current and marketable, but, I guess, in the end, regardless of who takes the title, they will promote the winner they chose in advance. Forgive me for forgetting that, as they had gotten the winner they wanted for S6 and S7.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    hellothere, I’m kinda baffled why you think 19 is giving Kris the shaft? What exactly do you think they should be doing to promote him at this time before the tour even starts and before he has even recorded any songs?

    His signing with 19R/Jive was only just officially announced June 8th, 2 days ago. He’s done the New York media tour, including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he was featured prominently at the AI Experience in Walt Disney World, and he has sung the NA at an NBA finals game. Sounds like a pretty full promotional plate to me.

    As for Kris receiving the Taylor treatment, only time will tell if that will come to pass. In the early aftermath of season 5, Taylor had a great deal of publicity. It was only after his album came out and wasn’t well-received (even amongst a lot of Soul Patrollers) that he seemed to get less and less support from the label.

    In the end, it does all come down to the music.

    i have to wait for another one more year (and couple more years even..) to see who actually wins! serves me right for being an overinvested fan this yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    SarahP, why does it even have to be a “race” between Kris and Adam? If one sells more records than the other, does it mean the other has failed? Frankly, both of them have way more to contend with in the music industry than where they are relative to each other. I’m not sure some fans are seeing the bigger picture here.

    I have it from good sources that Taylor kinda screwed himself a little with that first album. He got very excited by all the bells and whistles available to him, and of course there was that rush rush rush thing.

    colette, I fell in love with Taylor’s pre-Idol music (he had several songs available for free download at one point) but so far, none of his post-Idol material has been as good, imo.

  • hellothere

    RemusL,

    You are absolutely correct. There really isn’t anything that can be done promotion-wise until there is something to promote as there aren’t any hot button media issues with Kris. But, it doesn’t bode well that all indications currently point to Adam being the top priority. When they are consumed by promoting Adam, it doesn’t leave much for Kris when he needs it.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    hellothere, um, you do realize these labels have rosters of many, many artists. Not to mention Kris and Adam are on separate labels, each with its own marketing department.

  • hellothere

    ^^
    True. But, the majority of promo (outside of the radio variety) is the responsibility of the management. And that is where Kris will encounter a problem if he shares Adam’s management and they are focused on Lambert alone.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    hellothere, again, I feel like I am just repeating myself, but firms like 19 do know how to handle the careers of more than one artist. If you choose to believe otherwise and believe Kris is doomed to second-class status as far as 19 is concerned, well, that’s certainly your prerogative. Personally, I’m confident Kris is getting all the support he needs.

  • Kirsten

    As for Kris receiving the Taylor treatment, only time will tell if that will come to pass. In the early aftermath of season 5, Taylor had a great deal of publicity. It was only after his album came out and wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t well-received (even amongst a lot of Soul Patrollers) that he seemed to get less and less support from the label.

    The “Tayloring” of Taylor started long before the albums dropped. Even before he’d recorded a note, 19 had decided to shuffle his picture for the audition back-drop out of the camera frame (when every other year winners have got one of the center positions) and auditions happen during the summer. The label also didn’t release a single before the album dropped (a normal industry practice) and one wouldn’t drop until 3 months later (despite the album going gold in two weeks). Then there is the telling coincidence of 19 employees such as Simon going on record to say how much Taylor and Kris are crappy winners. Simon once schooled Randy to not say something negative about a coronation single because they have to market it, so Simon well understands concept of how management needs to get behind their product (and Simon is a producer of the show and one of the show’s products is the winner). I agree that Taylor’s album wasn’t going to find a market, but 19 treating him as a joke winner certainly didn’t improve his career.

    Maybe Kris will get positive treatment from 19, but if their story arc for the season is that of the “rightful winner and world superstar” who got “robbed”, that leaves Kris in the position of “fluke winner” or “thief”. If 19 decides that is the story they want to run with, I think Kris fans have to accept it because complaining never changes it (19 is an unmovable object. Look how they ignored fans pleas for less judging and more singing and gave us more judging and less singing). That doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t complain. People still complain about the weather even though they know that doesn’t achieve anything.

    If a fan thinks that Kris will get the full pimp treatment (19 crowing about Kris being the rightful winner and making a big deal about him leading up to the new Idol season that coincides with the Idol album release season), I think that’s totally reasonable position to have as well. Anything can happen.

    It’s always interesting to see how things unfold and I have fun looking for the ulterior motives (I love reading mysteries, so it’s an extra game for the season for me).

  • SarahP

    i have to wait for another one more year (and couple more years even..) to see who actually wins! serves me right for being an overinvested fan this yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    SarahP, why does it even have to be a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“raceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  between Kris and Adam? If one sells more records than the other, does it mean the other has failed? Frankly, both of them have way more to contend with in the music industry than where they are relative to each other. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not sure some fans are seeing the bigger picture here.

    i retract my earlier statement about kris vs. adam in the long run since they are not competing against each other but against the rest of the world blah blah but i still like the tortoise vs hare story :happy_tb:

  • lucy

    Personally, I think the biggest problem Taylor had is that he mostly loves older music. Loves loves loves it, loves performing it, is great performing it, mainly wants to write music that has a lot of echoes of older music.

    I think that’s a large part of the reason that they shoved him into the background — they didn’t see a big and growing audience for that music outside of Idol (maybe they were wrong, of course — who knows; I kind of suspect that they were right, though.) Anyway, that clearly makes Taylor into a niche artist. And there’s nothing at all wrong with that. He’s great at his niche. But Sony keeps wanting the big payoff, and you get that with people who are devoted to the current styles, so if you look to be a niche person (aside from the huge niches, pop country and dull-ass Nickelback-type rock) they just aren’t very interested.

    When Kris — and Adam, actually — talk about their musical aspirations and influences, they talk about both past people and current people. They both listen to tons of current people. Neither one seems to want to recreate something. They truly want to do things that are them and that are new. Now, whether they succeed at that is another question, and whether what they create will actually interest a huge number of the current audience is still another question. But I can definitely see TPTB getting more firmly behind those dreams than they would ever get behind Taylor’s, who more or less declared himself a niche guy — and a retro guy, into the bargain — from the outset.

  • colette

    lucy:

    Hmm.

    I don’t really think the problem for Taylor was liking “old” music, though lordy knows I might be wrong on all of this.

    I think the problem is that they didn’t know what to do with Taylor, he didn’t quite know what to do with himself, and much of his cachet was built on his extremely fun and slightly outrageous performance style. If you go back and look at his vids from the show, he’s having a blast and so is the audience, and he still can work a crowd. But that never translated to recordings.

    When his first post-AI album came out, the songs that he wrote on it from earlier days were praised by critics and the rest of it either got trashed or a meh reaction. The “disowning” of Taylor began in earnest round then, I think. And it dovetailed with a very active negative reaction to him by a fairly large contingent of critics/viewers who always hated him. I still have to explain to people why I actually liked the guy. He’s now spoken of as a mistake, which must hurt a lot.

    Fact is, I wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention to Idol before Taylor. Viewership was high during his year, not just because of him but he certainly helped. And didn’t a whole bunch more blogs and fansites blossom during his year? Including this one?

    Kris is really very different than Taylor, temperamentally and musically. TPTB may have been pimping like crazy for Adam and Danny, but I just have a feeling that Kris knows what he’s about and is going to deliver. He’s a cooler head, and a more defined artist.

    And one thing I love about Kris is that his musical influences are broad — he loves great older stuff like the best of MJ and the Beatles and Motown, and current stuff too.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    i retract my earlier statement about kris vs. adam in the long run since they are not competing against each other but against the rest of the world blah blah but i still like the tortoise vs hare story

    Oh, I actually like the tortoise vs hare story quite a lot too. The WhatNotToSing.com article analyzing how Kris won is basically subscribing to the same theory.

    Personally, I think the biggest problem Taylor had is that he mostly loves older music. Loves loves loves it, loves performing it, is great performing it, mainly wants to write music that has a lot of echoes of older music.

    If I recall, during his tenure as reigning AI, a lot of older artists/musicians loved jamming with him on stage while a young buck like JT publicly dissed him.

    Then there is the telling coincidence of 19 employees such as Simon going on record to say how much Taylor and Kris are crappy winners. Simon once schooled Randy to not say something negative about a coronation single because they have to market it, so Simon well understands concept of how management needs to get behind their product (and Simon is a producer of the show and one of the showà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s products is the winner). I agree that Taylorà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s album wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t going to find a market, but 19 treating him as a joke winner certainly didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t improve his career.

    Simon might be technically contracted to 19 but he’s no mere employee mouthpiece; he also their competitor. He says and does whatever he wants, and he obviously hates being shown up as wrong in any way. He may have agreed not to outwardly diss coronation songs but he’ll display his displeasure in other ways, like not standing up to congratulate the winner or disparaging him on radio/tv interviews after the fact.

    I’m not exactly sure what 19 hoped to achieve by marginalizing Taylor before the dust had even settled on season 5. Questioning the legitimacy of his win only hurt the franchise’s credibility (what little there is) in the long run, as well as their own profit margin. I guess we’ll get an inkling of where Kris stands in their eyes by the placement of his picture during the upcoming auditions for season 9. I think the AI producers this year may have started to realize that promoting past AI alums can only help strengthen the brand going forward.

  • cookcricket

    I do find this all very interesting! And Kirsten, mystery readers unite! :) I love mysteries. I feel as if clues to the behind the scenes action of AI are always found here on mjs. Perhaps this is why I love this blog so much.

    I think the AI producers this year may have started to realize that promoting past AI alums can only help strengthen the brand going forward.

    RemusL: I hope you’re right here. The fact (I think) that viewership was high during season 5, may play a factor in this as well. I wasn’t into AI until last year myself. Anyway, along the mystery lines I always love it when I’m surprised in the end (which doesn’t happen often), so I hope I’m surprised when it comes to my feelings about how TPTB will handle Kris. In spite of this however, he does have a way of peeking his head out and saying I’m still here (tm Kris, I think)! a la the RS interview.