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Idol TrackerThis summer’s concert season is shaping up to be one of the most challenging yet for promoters and touring acts alike. Recent weeks have brought news of cancellations across all genres, from Christina Aguilera’s nationwide tour to select dates...
Idol TrackerIt's often been said that "American Idol" is really just a popularity contest. Sure, singing and showmanship is important, as is a contestant's back-story and TV persona, but when it comes to advancing in the competition, many an inferior vocalist have...
Pop & HissSo Jenny from the block is joining "American Idolâ after all? After the singer-actressâ initial deal with Foxâs singing juggernaut was said to have crashed and burned -- the word in the blogosphere is that her demands reached (gasp) diva......
Idol Tracker"American Idol" hit a milestone this week. It had nothing to do with ratings or number of votes. Simon Cowell didnât break a salary record and the funds donated for âIdol Gives Backâ had yet to be counted. What âIdolâ achieved this week was...
Anoop Desai looks to Drake, Elliott Yamin as models on his indie debut, sets sights on international marketIdol TrackerSeason 8âs sixth-place finisher, Anoop Desai, released his debut album, âAll is Fair,â earlier this week, selling it exclusively through iTunes and his own website. But in a crowded market of ex-Idols -- last seasonâs top 4 are all out promoting...
Idol TrackerAs contestants go, few females in âAmerican Idolâ history were as bombastic as Carly Smithson. The Season 7 rocker, one of three in that yearâs Top 12 if you include David Cook and Michael Johns, brought all the grit she could muster into the...
Idol TrackerAnother former front-runner saw his "American Idol" dream cut short this week. Michael Lynche, who was long considered a contender for the crown, only made it as far as fourth place on Season 9, and that was after a judges' save in Week 7. Yet, he's...
Idol TrackerAs is customary on "American Idol" hometown visits, the Final 3 were given one of their song assignments for next week: the judges' choice. For Lee DeWyze, Simon Cowell chose Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," which has been heard on the "Idol" stage more than...
Idol TrackerConventional wisdom has it that just cracking into the top 10 on "American Idol" means a contestant probably has it made in the shade, a successful music career all laid out. Just look at Season 5's fourth-place finalist, Chris Daughtry, whose album sales...
Idol TrackerThe L.A. Times' own Scott Collins wrote an excellent piece on how "American Idol" resonates in the country's churches -- from small to mega. After all, many an ex-contestant -- such as Season 8's Danny Gokey, Season 5's Mandisa, Season 6's Phil Stacey and...
Idol TrackerThe last word Simon Cowell offered to a trembling would-be pop star standing before him at the "American Idol" judges' table was one of his favorites. "Outstanding," he said to Crystal Bowersox Tuesday, after her beautifully direct rendition of the...
Idol TrackerIf you've seen any of the commercials for "American Idol" Season 9, then you've undoubtedly heard The Undeserving, a band from Toledo, Ohio, whose uplifting song "Something To Hope For" is the soundtrack to this year's ad campaign. As it turns out,...
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