This post was originally intended to discuss Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” tour coming to a close, but after watching “American Idol’s” results show on Thursday I decided to amend my original idea. With Jessica Sanchez almost receiving the boot, it reminded me of all the other Idol contestants who were gone too soon. From Jennifer Hudson, Pia Toscano, Trenyce, etc… some were eliminated way ahead of their time. Most notably, Miss Tamyra Gray.
This former beauty queen was one of my favorites to win the inaugural season of Idol. Sadly, both Nikki McKibbin and Justin Guarini outlasted her, giving us the show’s first shocking boot. All these years, I could only imagine what a finale with Kelly Clarkson and Gray would’ve sounded like. These two divas could’ve really brought down the house. Thankfully, to a couple of special appearances on Kelly’s tour, I no longer have to imagine it. Tamyra joined Clarkson for Whitney Houston’s “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” and “When You Believe“. The duet on the latter was amazing and embedded it below for your viewing pleasure.
As mentioned earlier, I was originally going to just highlight all my favorite Kelly Clarkson covers from her recent tour. During a segment for each stop, Clarkson performed a song cover based on fan requests. I’ve already shared her previous covers of both Madonna and Shania Twain, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. The “Since U Been Gone” singer has covered everyone from Coldplay, Radiohead, Pink, Etta James, Tracy Chapman and even Britney Spears during her fan appreciation segment. I’ve gone through a whole whack of them on YouTube and picked my favorites. Enjoy them. Listening to all the covers reminds me of Kelly’s time on the Idol stage. Oh, memories…
With “Better Than I Know Myself” doing absolutely nothing on radio and on the Billboard charts, Adam Lambert wisely named the second official single from his forthcoming sophomore album to promote. “Trespassing” officially hits stores next month on May 15, and its time for the “American Idol” runner-up to pick a track that’ll create buzz for his new CD.
Glambert announced via Twitter that his next single would be “Never Close Our Eyes“. While the track is better than the lead cut, “Better Than I Know Myself“, it still wouldn’t have been my first choice. Personally, I would’ve picked the title track, “Trespassing” to go with. It’s more upbeat and more in the vein of the music I like from Adam. That said, “Never Close Our Eyes” is better than his first release which sounded like a melancholy pop track that Pink would’ve rejected.
“I wish that this night would never be over,” Lambert belts out the chorus of the pop/rock track. “There’s plenty of time to sleep when we die/ So let’s just stay awake until we grow older/ If I had my way we’d never close our eyes.”
Produced by Dr. Luke and co-written by Bruno Mars (love him), “Never Close Our Eyes” is a catchy track that would’ve fit seamlessly with his debut effort, “For Your Entertainment”. The radio-friendly track shows off Adam’s powerful rock voice to perfection. A snippet of “Never Close Our Eyes” was available last month and now we have the full version. Check it out below.
It only took about 25 years, but Matt Groening is finally spilling the beans. A little confession here. I don’t really watch “The Simpsons” and most likely only seen a handful of episodes over the years. So why I am writing about it? Simple, this is the kind of useless pop culture trivia that might win you $1 million should you ever find yourself on a quiz show or at your local pub trivia night. Obviously the latter will have a grand prize of less then $100 and perhaps comped chicken wings. Free is free, is what I say.
“The Simpsons” debuted almost 25 years ago as a segment on the “The Tracy Ulman Show” in 1987. Two years later, Homer, Bart, Lisa and Maggie received their own show and have entertained audiences for a record 23 seasons. Throughout it’s run, the show has never disclosed the exact location of where Springfield was… until now. Here’s a hint, it’s not in the much-speculated state of Illinois.
Apologies for no ANTM recap this week. Our resident expert Rich is in Puerto Vallarta sipping on some margaritas and conducting his own gay “Easter Egg Hunt” *wink*. It’s a good thing he missed last night’s show because it would’ve driven him crazy, specifically Tyra. She was in fine form with her over-the-top’ness and indulgent tutorials. Really, did we need a master class on all the various types of booty tooching. That said, at least I now know the international sign language for “smizing“. You never know when that’s going to come in handy.
I half debated doing a recap, Rich even asked me to, but I know I couldn’t even come close to his fiercely real intoxibella powers of recapping. He is pretty awesome at doing them. We need to think of an intoxibella name for him. That said, I had titles for my potential recap all raring to go including, “It’s All Fun And Games Til A Teddy Bear Loses Its Ear” or “No Booty Tooching For You“. Instead of a recap, I’m going to combine my thoughts on last night’s episode with my weekly preview pics for next week’s. So, here goes nothing…
Ready for a gay president? Matt Zarley thinks so. The beefy pop star incorporates disco, politics and some good old fashioned sex for his new music video. Titled “Trust Me”, Zarley plays a hopeful presidential candidate embroiled in a salacious gay sex scandal. Sounds like a ripped from the headlines “Law & Order: SVU” episode, right?
“Trust Me” is taken from Matt’s “Change Begins With Me” album which spawned last summer’s “WTF” Billboard dance hit. Going the dance route again, Zarley enlists renowned remixer Cahill to transform his pop song into a potential club anthem. Definitely a wise move. Hands down, this is my favorite track from the talented LGBT artist to date.
Directed by Benjamin Pollock, Zarley’s “Trust Me” video is a lot of fun and very timely given that America heads to the polls this Fall. In the clip, Matt is a frontrunner for the Oval Office until unseen footage from a disco-themed party surfaces. As the headlines read, “Presidential hopeful caught on tape in gay sex romp“. The sex tape features Zarley receiving some oral fun from some sexy dude while his wife watches nearby. Will the sex scandal derail his presidential bid? You’ll have to watch the clip to find out.
Last year, Gerard Depardieu’s alleged public urination on an airplane caused Anderson Cooper to have a major case of the giggles. Fast forward to 2012 and the silver fox newscaster once again bursted out laughing on air. What caused it this time around? Here’s a hint. It involved pussy willows, Polish tradition and something called Dyngus. Already it sounds like a riot.
During a segment of his RidicuList, the 44-year-old was discussing a Polish-American holiday celebrating the end of Lent known as Dyngus Day. Cooper starts to lose it when describing a ritual of “boys sprinkling girls that they fancy with water, and the girls striking back with a tap from a pussy willow branch”. This caused Anderson to visibly lose control. His voice began to go up a couple of octaves and began giggling. At one point, he wipes tears away from all the laughing and walks off in an attempt to regain his composure.
Even though, this on-air laugh attack seems innocent enough. His outburst faced criticism from Polish organizations. During the segment, Cooper utters “this is so stupid“. Some thought he was referring to the Polish tradition, but in fact Anderson later clarifies that it was his inability to stop laughing as being “stupid”. Watch the video below and see if you believe the CNN reporter’s claim. The breakdown begins around the 1:30 mark.
What goes up, must come down. And down it did. After scoring her eighth No. 1 album of her career, Madonna is setting a Billboard record she never wanted. According to Forbes.com “MDNA” will post the biggest second week drop in Billboard history. In its debut week, Madge sold 359,000 copies of “MDNA” out of the gate and this week it moved a paltry 46,000 units. That figure represents a whopping 88% decline. OUCH. This gives the term “top heavy” a whole new meaning and I’m not talking about the “Material Girl’s” boobs either.
In what was considered a savvy move, Madonna included her album in conjunction with concert ticket sales. Those units moved were included in her first week sales total thereby inflating her actual numbers. Since her concert is mostly sold out, those “special” promotional albums are no longer boosting “MDNA“. This week’s totals are a telling barometer on the interest of “MDNA”, which is apparently very little. Typically, albums depreciate in the 40-50% range like Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee” album. He landed in the runner-up slot just behind Madonna and this week experienced a 47% decline with 110,000 albums sold.
Madonna’s huge decline shouldn’t come as a surprise since hardly any promotion was done by Madge herself. To boot, the album hasn’t produced a hit single yet or had any tracks receive substantial radio play. “Give Me All Your Luvin‘” definitely didn’t do the trick. We should hardly feel bad for the 53-year-old singer. Even if her album sells squat next week, she’ll be laughing all the way to the bank thanks to her
overpriced concert tickets.
I have to admit, I have an unhealthy obsession with “Glad You Came“. Trust me, I think I’m starting to drive Brian and my friends crazy with the amount of times I play the song. I just can’t get enough. So you know the second I saw them perform an acoustic version of their Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit, I had to share it.
Max George, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes dropped by San Diego’s Slacker Radio and sang their little UK hearts out. If the first time you heard these guys sing live was on “American Idol” last week, you probably weren’t impressed. To be perfectly honest, they weren’t that great. But now that they don’t have to worry about jumping up and down on stage and trying to woo Jennifer Lopez, the boys can focus on delivering a solid acoustic version of “Glad You Came”. And deliver they did. It’s fantastic.
In addition to belting out their crossover hit, the boys covered a class 90s track. They chose the Goo Goo Doll’s hit song “Iris“. Remember that gooey love song from “The City of Angels” soundtrack starring Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage? Hated the movie, but loved the song. They definitely did it justice. Check out both performances below.