Tour starts Jan. 2; album out Feb. 2
Backing up Nick in the new venture are three member of Prince’s New Power Generation and Jonas Bros.’s producer John Fields. “The funk R&B rock style we’ were going for is definitely there, “ Nick tells People.
What was morning show thinking?
But I digress. A few days after cancelling Lambert on the grounds that ABC couldn’t ensure that the delicate sensibilities of the housewives watching “GMA” wouldn’t be offended by something Lambert committed during his performance, “GMA” announced that it would feature an interview and performance with Chris Brown. That same Chris Brown, who is now a convicted felon for assaulting Rihanna. Call me crazy, but I don’t think there’s a mugshot of Lambert floating around. So, if I have this straight, “GMA” is saying that we’ll let you come perform if you hit a woman, but if you’re a man and you kiss another man, that we just can’t have.
So, as you can imagine, “GMA” then starts to catch hell for its latest action. So today, according to Associated Press, “GMA” cancelled Chris Brown’s Dec. 11 performance. The interview with Brown, that will also be on “20/20” will air, but he will not be allowed to perform, and, therefore, promote his new CD (Yeah, we’re sure they won’t even mention that he has a new project). Instead, he’ll explain and apologize for the umpteenth time why he hit Rihanna. ‘GMA” falls under ABC’s News division, not the entertainment division—not that you’d know it by watching most mornings—therefore, it can justify the interview as a news story.
Beastie Boys and Beck tapped for track remixes
Norah Jones, who’s rocking a guitar instead of sitting behind the piano on her new album, “The Fall,” will hit the road in support of the new album in March.
Additionally, starting tomorrow, Jones will begin premiering remixes of tracks from “The Fall.” On Dec. 1, Rcrd Lbl will debut a remix of “That’s What I Said (The NYC Remix by The Beastie Boys’ Adrock and Mike D)”; Dec. 2, Stereogum will debut “Chasing Pirates (Santigold and Snotty remix), while the Droogs' remix of “Chasing Pirates,” will be on Artist Direct on Dec. 3. The Droogs is a collective that includes Beck.
Dates for Jones’ tour are below.
March 5 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
March 6 Kansas City, MO The Midland
March 7 Omaha, NE Orpheum
March 9 Des Moines, IA Civic Center
March 11 Akron, OH E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall
March 12 Louisville, KY Whitney Hall
March 13 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
March 15 Madison, WI Overture Hall
March 17 St. Paul, MN The O'Shaughnessy
March 19 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
March 20 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
March 25 Boston, MA Wang Theatre
March 26 Mashantucket, CT MGM Foxwoods
March 27 New York, NY WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
March 30 Baltimore, MD Lyric Opera House
April 1 Charlottesville, VA The Paramount Theater
April 2 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
April 3 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
April 18 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
April 19 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Hall
April 21 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
April 23 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theater
April 24 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre
April 28 Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditorium
April 29 El Paso, TX Plaza Theatre
May 1 Austin, TX Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
May 4 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
May 5 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
May 6 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
May 8 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
May 9 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre
May 11 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
May 12 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
May 14 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Will Iraheta outsell fellow 'American Idols' Adam Lambert and Kris Allen?
'American Idol' showcases her potent pipes
At 16, the magenta-haired Allison Iraheta was the youngest contestant on “American Idol,” but she quickly proved more than capable of holding her own among singers much older than she. The confidence and bravado, the now-17 year old displayed on the reality show is amplified on “Just Like You,” her major label debut out Dec. 1.
Just how high will her 'Dream' soar?
Now Boyle is prepped to enter the record books. Her debut CD, “I Dreamed a Dream,” will come at No. 1 on Tuesday, logging the highest first-week sales week of 2009, according to Hits Daily Double. Boyle is on target to sell up to 675,000 copies of the CD, handily topping Eminem’s “Relapse,” which sold around 605,000 units its opening frame.
As we noted earlier, she is accomplishing this feat with virtually no radio play. Instead this is solely a TV and internet phenomenom.
Furthermore, according to Britain’s The Daily Mail, “I Dreamed a Dream,” which came out last week in the U.K., is the quickest-selling debut album ever in England. The title sold more than 411,000 copies in the U.K., besting previous record-holder, Leona Lewis’s “Spirit.” It is also poised to debut at No. 1 on Canada and New Zealand.
Back to U.S., Boyle’s stunning feat robs another reality TV star, Adam Lambert, of debuting at No. 1. “For Your Entertainment” will sell around 230,000 copies, which would normally handily land him at the top.
Legendary British festival turns 40
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A: You know what’s really funny about that is I’m not thinking, “Oh, I have to come up with something shocking.” I really feel like I’m just standing there, being interviewed, answering a bunch of questions and I think it’s actually the journalists who can choose to sensationalize something that I say. I really feel for the most part I’m being 100% myself and just being candid and open and no secrets and it gets kind of turned around sometimes or maybe it’s blown out of proportion…Sometimes I’ll go back and read something and be like (laughs), “That’s an interesting way to interpret what I said, okay.” It’s like what I’m saying being interpreted by somebody else. It’s actually kind of funny to me; I get a kick out of it.
A: I’m a little older and I’ve been in the entertainment industry for a minute and I think that I just kind of have gotten clear on what I want I’d like to go for. It’s like someone gives you an opportunity and goes, “Guess what? You just got a major record deal. Now what?” You have one of two choices: you can kind of be afraid of it and let someone else be in charge of it or you can step up to the plate and [say, “Okay, cool. Thanks a lot for the opportunity and here we go and this is what I want to do.” You can either steer or let someone else steer and I like to steer (laughs).
A: No, this is the album I wanted to make. Of course, there were some time constraints. There are some limitations considering I was on tour this summer and we only had a little while to put it out. I can guarantee you I will grow in the next couple of years and evolve, but for where I’m at right now, I’m very proud of this.
A: Yeah, it was random. The producer that I worked with on that song, he had a relationship with Rivers and they had begun to write this song together. He showed it to me and I said that’s a great song, I want to do that and at least that’s my end of it. I think Rivers did an interview saying they had written it for Weezer and Weezer didn’t want it, so whatever. I don’t even know what the story is anymore.
A: Oh gosh, what’s next? What’s tomorrow? Right now, I’m just focused on looking ahead and then also being in the moment itself, but at night after I go to bed after a long day, I go, “Okay, that was today, you digested it and what’s tomorrow, what’s next on the agenda.”
A: I guess the inflexibility of it all, but you now what? It’s all about how you look at it. I spent the last couple of years working on a show where it was a routine, eight shows a week and I kind of burned out on that lifestyle. I really love the adventure that I’m on now, I love that it’s all in support of my project. I feel like I finally have reached my full potential. On a personal level, I’m doing what I love and it feels good. So whatever the cost of that is, so be it.
Annual induction includes 25 classic songs
What do the Beach Boys’ “California Girls,” James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” and the Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” have in common? They’re all waltzing into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.
Is it Rihanna, Adam Lambert or Susan Boyle?
Have you heard the one about the dowdy looking, middle-aged British singer who, with virtually no airplay and armed only with a great voice, rides not only to the top of the charts, but could possibly experience one of the highest sales weeks of the year?