Thursday, December 29, 2011

Last Week of 2011 Miscellany

  • Siobhan Magnus shown signing her limited edition CDs. Watch Here
  • Kelly Clarkson endorses Ron Paul and quickly gets tweet beat. Read Here
  • Kelly Clarkson talks about Idol and X Factor as artist development. Read Here
  • James Durbin gets married on New Year's Eve. Read Here

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Oh Danny Boy!

Oh Danny Boy! Check out Danny Gokey's bride to be, Leyicet Peralta, another Latina!

Video from 2008

Friday, December 23, 2011

X Factor vs American Idol

There's a lot of discussion out there regarding which is better, X Factor or American Idol. To me, it's all about the contestants. For instance, in American Idol Season 9 vs Season 10, Season 9 had too many guitar-strumming singer-songwriter types, while Season 10 had a fine variety of fine talent. So Season 10 was much better. X Factor Season 1 did not have compelling talent.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday-Weekend Miscellany

  • Taylor Swift's CoverGirl ad pulled due to "Excessive Photoshopping." Read Here
  • Adam Lambert arrested in Finland! Read Here
  • Scotty McCreery goes tarp surfing. Watch Here
  • Melanie Amaro has won the inaugural X Factor. Read Here. I find her to be a cross between Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks. However, I don't find her to be particularly compelling.
  • Thia Megia performing at a 49ers halftime. Watch Here
  • Thia Megia's "One Day" single from the soundtrack of the animated movie "Quest for Zhu." Watch Here

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday-Wednesday Miscellany

  • This LA Times article waxes poetic about the cloud in computing, but misses the point about how simple it really is. Read Here
  • Hits Daily Double has its estimates in. Scotty's album picks up a big 66.8K, Daughtry 38.9K, and Kelly 27.5K. Lauren and James did not make the cut of 22.6K. The numbers for Scotty, Daughtry and Kelly all beat last week.
  • This People article says Hugh Hefner had mix feelings about Lindsay Lohan doing Playboy. Read Here
  • Steven Tyler talks about Idol vs X Factor. Read Here
  • Matt Giraud will perform Friday at an undisclosed location? Read Here
  • Check out this extravagant upcoming New Year's bash which includes some Idols like Melinda Doolittle. Read Here
  • USA Today's Idol Chatter has the SoundScan numbers up. Scotty's album is up to 748K total, Kelly 385K, Daughtry 241K, Lauren 196K, James 57K.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thursday-Weekend Miscellany

  • Siobhan Magnus has made available 1000 limited edition autographed copies of her new album. General release is coming in January. See Here
  • Shock jock Howard Stern, who before was considered as a potential judge on American Idol, will join America's Got Talent instead. Read Here

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday-Wednesday Miscellany

  • USA Today's Idol Chatter has the SoundScan numbers up. Scotty's album is up to 681K total.
  • Hits Daily Double has its estimates in. Scotty's album picks up a big 54K, Daughtry 35K, and Kelly 22.8K. Lauren and James did not make the cut of 21.9K.
  • Not much going on in the Idol world. The big stories are the LA Lakers soap opera and the Denver Bronco's Tim Tebow. Tebow is seen by many as touched by God, allowing him to do miraculous things in the fourth quarter to win the game. Let me explain Tim Tebow. First, the quarterback you see in the fourth quarter is the real Tim Tebow. He just hasn't figured out how to do it in the first three quarters. Secondly, the team is on a lucky streak. It happens in sports, it happens in life.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday-Weekend Miscellany

  • How do you really compare the screen sizes of old screen TVs to widescreen TVs? The key is to look at the heights of the screens. Using high school algebra, I came up with some formulas for calculating the heights: Read Here
  • Jordin Sparks "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with skater Sasha Cohen:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday-Wednesday Miscellany

  • USA Today's Idol Chatter has the SoundScan numbers up. They differ a bit from the HDD estimates. Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All" single has passed Scotty McCreery's single "I Love You This Big."
  • Billboard is reporting possible concerts by Queen fronted by Adam Lambert. Read Here
  • Hits Daily Double has its estimates in. Daughtry's album picks up 40K, Scotty 35.6K, Kelly 19.1K. No sign of Lauren or James. That would put them under 14.3K.
  • David Archuleta "O Holy Night" New York:
  • Danny Gokey "O Holy Night" Houston:

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Weekend Miscellany

  • Clips from L.A. Live Tree Lighting (Haley, Casey, Pia):
  • Pia Toscano with Il Volo from that event:

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thursday-Friday Miscellany

  • Richard Rushfield says X Factor is much better than American Idol! Read Here
  • MTV's Gil Kaufman also thinks you should be watching X Factor! Read Here
  • Siobhan Magnus at a Christmas lighting in Boston:
  • Blast Magazine has an article on Siobhan. Read Here
  • Hanson (Siobhan's fave) will have an MMMHop Beer! Read Here

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pia Toscano "The Christmas Song"

And Katharine McPhee at Rockefeller Center:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday-Wednesday Miscellany

USA Today's Idol Chatter has the SoundScan numbers which are very similar to the HDD estimates. Lauren Alaina picked up 18K.

Hits Daily Double estimates Daughtry's album debuting at 130K, while James Durbin debuts at just 25.8K. Scotty McCreery rakes in another 89.5K, while Kelly Clarkson gets another 42.5K. Lauren Alaina is not on the list, which means less than 20K.

The L.A. Times has a whopping four articles on comparing the iPad, Kindle and Nook:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Katharine McPhee "Beautiful" w/SMASH Cast

Katharine McPhee sings Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" with the cast of SMASH:

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday Miscellany

Here's a nice way to start things off. A store in Nashville sold a woman a four year old turkey:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Scotty and Kelly Both Golden

According to USA Today's Idol Chatter blog, both Scotty McCreery and Kelly Clarkson have gone gold. The odd thing is the young guy Scotty has done it with his album, while the old girl Kelly has done it her her single. This is the opposite of what it should be. But the reason for it is Scotty is country, while Kelly is pop. Country folk are still into albums, while pop folk are all about singles.

Wednesday Miscellany

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bloggers Outraged Over USA Today's Facebook Linkage

Many bloggers on USA Today's Idol Chatter blog expressed outrage at the requirement that users have Facebook accounts in order to post comments. Users expressed concerns about privacy issues, choice issues and a general disdain for Facebook.

Tuesday Miscellany

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