Archive for January 28th, 2007

Sprinkles.

Joss Stone turned down an invitation to appear on American Idol. Says the newly pink-tressed songstress, “I find these shows far too cruel. Music should be allowed to develop naturally.” Hmm. I don’t know if I agree, but I understand where she’s coming from and admire her for not selling out on her principles to promote her upcoming album, that’s for sure. (Of course, I’ll have to hear the rest of her music and see the rest of her “new look” before I can really turn in an opinion).

Where is Bo Bice? Rumors abound that he is no longer with RCA. His publicist won’t comment, the RCA page no longer shows him as a featured artist, and there’s no definitive word on a second album planned. It does sound like he and Clive have parted ways. I wish him nothing but the best and hope he puts out a fantastic, gritty Southern-rock-style album, and if he couldn’t do that under Clive, well, he couldn’t do it under Clive. I think it’ll be very important, though, to follow his career trajectory — if he gets picked up easily by an indie (or even another major) and gets more creative control, it’ll be great. If not, well…it won’t bode well down the road for Taylor’s future as a recording artist, unfortunately.

And you know what? Clive Davis really is a dick. You take an artist, you try to turn them into something 180 degrees from what they are and how they represented themselves on a television contest, and when the fans don’t buy it, you just dump the poor sod and cut your losses? Shit. Hey Sony, you listening to me? It’s time to take out the trash, guys.

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A Katapalooza!

A couple of quotes, a little bit of snark (because it’s sooooo easy), and a review. Oh my!

From SFGate (where I think the writer might have a bit of a crush on McPhee, judging from his “omg i voted 4 u like a million timez!!!11!1” attitude):

You’re appearing on “Ugly Betty” and the Internet serial “Lonelygirl15.” Does that mean you’re preparing for something bigger? Hopefully not “From Taylor to Katharine.”

A: I hope so. They’re just little fun things for me and my fans. But right now I’m all about the record.

Because Katharine’s a giver. And these appearances are in no way designed to promote and sell her album, or establish herself as a viable actress in Hollywood. Nah, it’s all fun and for the fans!

From a new People Magazine interview:

[I] didn’t try to win. I just tried to get by.

That much was obvious. But all kidding aside…I know the girl was recovering from bulimia and all…but it’s amazing that she wasn’t even trying to win, so she says, and yet she still came off on the show to many, many people as seemingly thinking she was entitled to win anyway.

And a review of her album from AllMusic.com:

There is, as Katharine requested, a heavy dose of modern pop here – mainly, a lot of songs that bear a heavy Beyonce influence, along with traces of Christina, and the results can be quite stylish and alluring, as on the glistening, exuberant opener “Love Story” that strikes precisely the right blend of retro-’70s soul vibes and sparkling, stylish contemporary rhythms. But for every time the modern makeover works, it almost as often goes awry, as on the jarringly awkward, rapid-fire “Open Toes,” a self-conscious celebration of sexy shoes where Katharine never once sounds believable; she sings as if she’s only seen pictures of this footwear in US Weekly and never once wore them herself. This disconnect is a common problem throughout this eponymous debut album: try as she may, Kat never sounds sexy when she struts on numbers like “Do What You Do,” which doesn’t come as a great surprise since she was always more spunky than sultry on the show, but it’s a problem that plagues even the old-fashioned tunes, which should have been McPhee’s forte. True, most of the slow ones here are little more than boilerplate ballads, but McPhee can’t breathe life into these songs so they just sit there inert, sounding impeccable but unmemorable. And that gets to the core problem with Katharine McPhee: as pretty as she is, as talented as she is, she has yet to develop a performing personality that is distinctively hers.” (three out of five stars)


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What the kids are sayin’



"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."



"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."



"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "