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Releasing the dogs.

I’ve got a collection of stuff sitting in my links folder, so I’m just gonna dump it all out here.

Taylor Hicks was interviewed by MTV a few days ago (I linked to the VH1 version; trust me, your browser will thank you for it). On the agenda: A video for “Just To Feel That Way” (hooray!). Taylor is also “giddy” about touring with an eight-piece band and is excited for Chris Daughtry’s success. Aww.

Taylor is also primed to give us a “special surprise” on April 20th. Hmm, what could it be? Some have speculated that April 20th is the night where Idol whittles its hopefuls down to six, and since producers have promised a “mega-event” that night, some think that it could be all five winner returning to perform. That could be pretty cool.

Taylor also re-enters the Billboard chart this week at #50, with another 15,000 copies sold…he seems to be holding pretty steadily around that range, and with no single at that. I don’t think Arista really has an excuse for waiting so long on the single, but a model for Taylor’s sales could be Kellie Pickler, who currently is topping country charts with her second single and who performed on The View this past week…which both combined to give her a chart boost up to the mid-thirties. The power of radio, I guess. No guarantees that “Just To Feel That Way” will top any radio charts, of course, but it would be nice. Is it a sad day when the Idol finisher has to look toward a sixth-place castoff for a sales model? Perhaps, but don’t forget that 1) country music LOVES those down-on-their-luck adorable blondes, and 2) at this point in time it’s looking fairly clear that Arista has fucked Taylor over by delaying this single realse. Anyway, radio or no radio, I’m excited for this tour. Taylor’s livelihood is live performing and it should be a blast.

Katharine McPhee has asked Crystal Stark to act as one of her back-up singers at some function or another. Katharine famously got very upset during Hollywood when Crystal was eliminated; when Ryan Seacrest suggested she go say something to the judges, Katharine’s response was “Well, I’m not, like, that mad,” Ha…only, not. Nevertheless this is a very sweet gesture and I hope Crystal, who was a very good singer in her own right, can use this opportunity to further her career.

Katharine also has a couple of new interviews out — one with, where she reveals that she “did like Celine Dion, but Celine Dion is not in anymore.” Now, I know she gave an interview in Entertainment Weekly where she said she’s still a fan, but I think the implication is that Katharine is basically a slave to Top 40 music, and won’t listen to anything “uncool.” Which, there’s nothing wrong with liking new music, but someone ought to tell her that she’s not twelve, and the cool kids in the cafeteria aren’t going to make fun of her for (gasp!) listening to music from ten years ago. She also spoke to, about being a spokeperson for eating disorder treatment (“[t]here’s not much I can do other than just give my advice on where to get help”), about how her new image will translate into reality (“you definitely won’t see me onstage suddenly wearing thigh-highs and a little dress”) (Ed. note: I’ve counted two “little dresses” she’s worn — and made obnoxious poses in — so far…), and of course, her album cover:

It catches your eye and that’s what I like about it, and you can’t really say it’s a slutty picture because it’s just suggestive. There’s no skin showing. It’s still, ‘I’m sexy, I may not be that innocent,’ but I’m also not showing you everything.

Hahahahahahahaha. “You can’t say it’s slutty because it’s just suggestive?” Oh, this girl, she kills me. Maybe she’d be right if her album weren’t explicitly suggesting “Buy one copy and get a free fuck!” But that’s me…


Foxes on Idol reviews.

Foxes on Idol reviewed a couple of the Idols’ debut albums.  Surprisingly (because this hasn’t been the norm), their critic really liked DAUGHTRY, calling it “real rock ‘n roll, not the pasty imitation stuff we’ve been hearing since the ‘80s.” So does that mean that Nickelback and Creed are real rock n’ rollers, too? Heh. Here’s more:

“My favorite track for no particular reason is “Home.” There are no weak songs on this CD and it is exactly what we would expect from Chris. And yes, that’s a good thing. He gave it to us on the show and he gives it to us in spades on his inaugural CD. People of the world unite. Rock ‘n roll is back and its name is Daughtry.”

Heh. One person’s pre-packaged, formulaic pop-rawk album is another person’s “real rock n’ roll,” I guess. Then again, differences in musical opinion are a good thing. And I’ve got nothing against ol’ Chris, so I’m glad to see him getting a positive review, especially since there were some decent tracks on his album.

Kellie Pickler’s album Small Town Girl also merited a review:

“Kellie is pure divine country with no ambiguity. Every one of the tracks on here oozes down home Dolly Parton/Tammy Wynette. Kellie shines better on this CD than she ever came close to on the show.”

I haven’t yet heard Kellie’s album, so I can’t comment on it at all.

And as always, the reviewer dropped an interesting comment that provides fodder for further discussion:

“Just like Chris, we got just what was advertised on Idol from Kellie. No surprises.”

This is quite true. Chris was always the mid-tempo-rawker. Kellie was always the twangier Carrie Underwood, more Gretchen Wilson than Faith Hill. But will the same hold true for Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee? From the three pre-released tracks, Taylor seems to be diversifying, offering up something pop-radio-ready (the treacly “Dream Myself Awake”), something traditionally Taylor (the up-tempo go-crazy “Runaround”), and a Ray-like heart-wrenching ballad (“The Right Place”). For his fans, though, he hasn’t offered anything shocking, and most of them anticipated that Clive would water him down for his debut, anyway.

Katharine, on the other hand, has done a complete 180 from the image she portrayed on Idol. On television, she came off as a wannabe power balladeer (with hit-and-miss results) with the soul of an old-school standards singer. Most people, including myself, felt that the standards yielded her best, most consistent performances, and awaited a bluesy, jazzy album. (And despite the fact that I’m not the world’s biggest fan of her personality, I probably would have downloaded a few of her songs.) But then she beat us all over the head with three out-of-left-field pop/R&B numbers, telling Access Hollywood that this was the type of music she’d always wanted to make, and that the Idol forum didn’t give her a lot of opportunities to sing the type of music she would have liked. And we can all agree that “Open Toes” is quite the departure from Ella and Etta, no?

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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. "