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Adam Lambert Slapped With Lawsuit

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Music, Tyrell

Oh oh. After riding high from a stellar performance with Queen at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Adam has found himself in a little bit of a pickle: a lawsuit at that. According to the Hollywood Reporter, when Adam Lambert appeared on FOX’s hit reality series American Idol, he was in violation of a contract was involved in with Colwel Platinum Entertainment.. The contract including music services and publishing.

Now, the entertainment company is trying to release an album of song that Adam apparently recorded before and during his time with Idol. The album is called Beg For Mercy and it was appearing on Amazon.com for a while. According to reports, “at the time of the recordings the singer had an operating agreement with one of its divisions called Welsford Music Productions, and that competing on the show was in violation of this agreement.”

Lambert’s camp immediately went to work on getting the LP taken off the net and sent take down notices to Amazon.com on October 14. The album was taken off the site but now, Colwel Platinum is suing the artist for making a false claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This act criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works. It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself. That was a lot of legal jargon so let me explain it a little easier for you below.

More on Adam Lambert’s lawsuit after the jump.

American Idol Debuts First Season 11 Promo

In: Donovan, TV Shows

With the live shows beginning this week on “The X Factor“, FOX thought it was the ideal time to start promoting their other reality singing competition show. You know that small show called “American Idol“. The network debuted the first teaser for “American Idol’s” upcoming 11th season during Game 4 of the World Series yesterday.

Back from their well-reviewed debut last season, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler once again join Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest to find America’s best undiscovered talent. Featuring the tagline “the incredible journey begins“, the crew walk in some Hollywood backlot (Universal I’m guessing) attracting a mob of auditioners and fans.

Contrary to popular belief, “American Idol” didn’t crash and burn after Simon Cowell’s departure. Myself included. The chemistry of the revamped judging panel sizzled and the caliber of talent showed up in droves. The show had creatively comeback and experience a renaissance. Since then, however, two high-profile singing competitions have debuted.

While both “The Voice” and “The X Factor” aren’t nowhere near the Neilsen ratings Idol experiences, both have made their mark and won fans over. When Idol returns, it’ll be interesting to see if it maintains its dominance in the genre or if it’ll lose viewers. Check out the promo below and see if you’ll be coming back come January 2012 to “American Idol”.

view promo video below

It’s the time of year again to vote for your favorite artists, albums, TV shows and more. The categories for the 2012 People’s Choice Awards have landed and at no surprise to many, Katy Perry is leading the way with six nominations to her name. Lady Gaga and Beyoncé aren’t far behind but it doesn’t mean anything unless fans vote their favorites into the Top 5.

This year, the show has introduced a few new categories including Favorite Album of the Year and Favorite Tour Headliner. The show doesn’t air on CBS until January 11th, 2012 but you can already start casting your votes. Check out a few of the categories below and then head to the official site to vote now.

Check out the categories and nominees after the jump.

Those baby blues of his may have helped Lee DeWyze top Crystal Bowersox for the “American Idol” Season 9 title, but they have done squat in selling albums. When DeWyze’s debut album sold a paltry 39,000 units in its first week, he earned the unwanted distinction of having the worst first week sales by any “American Idol” winner, or runner-up, for that matter. There’s only one direction to go, right? (Click here to see how all winners and runners up did in first week sales)

Many of his fans optimistically hoped that “Live It Up” would be a slow yet steady seller. A year later, those hopes and dreams have been squashed. With almost a year on store shelves, the album has only sold a disappointing 168,000 copies. The numbers were so sad, newly appointed RCA Records CEO Peter Edge dropped Lee from the label. When his option ran out at the end of September, the label said “thanks, but no thanks“.

RCA is still the home of several Idol winners. Which ones? You know, that ones that sell. Season 8′s Kris Allen, season 7′s David Cook, Season 6′s Jordin Sparks, season 4′s Carrie Underwood and season 1′s Kelly Clarkson all still call RCA home. Reigning Idol winner Scotty McCreery better sell records if he wants to stay in their company. Judging by estimated first week sales, he won’t have to worry.

see how many copies Scotty is estimated to sell in his first week

Apparently, today is the official day for American Idol Season 10 contestants to release their debut music videos. We just don’t get one, not two but three alums from the past season showing off their first post-Idol offering. Winner Scotty McCreery, runner-up Lauren Alaina and gone-too-soon Pia Toscano go head-to-head-to-head trying to become the most successful singer from Season 10.

Based on the quality of the visuals, I would have to give the upper hand to Pia Toscano. Hers seems to be the most polished and financially-backed. That being said, the other two are targeting country listeners, so having a glitzy glamorous video isn’t exactly of the utmost importance. Check them all out below and see which one you like the best.

Watch all three music videos after the jump

The beautiful Jennifer Lopez is covering the latest issue of Vanity Fair and she’s talking about the relationship that is most important to her: the one with herself. I know that sounds a little vain (it is Vanity Fair after all) but if you can’t love yourself, how can you love anybody else? She also expresses how she wants to make sure that she never settles for less than she believes she deserves. She says,

It’s not that I didn’t love myself before. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are compromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself – if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now. Sometimes it doesn’t work – and that’s sad. But I remain an eternal optimist about love. I believe in love.

If you’ve been following the break-up of J Lo and Marc, you know that rumors have been circulating that Marc was controlling in the relationship and would even approve which pictures of J Lo could be released. To me, Jennifer seems like a pretty independent woman and being nailed down by her man like that only stifles her freedom. Sometimes, I think it takes a great deal of courage to just walk away. But what about the future with Marc and more importantly, the kids?

More of the interview and full cover after the jump

Interscope Records Signs Haley Reinhart (Finally)

In: Donovan, Music

When I first heard Haley Reinhart sing, I was on the fence. Then when she sneaked into the Top 12 on this year’s “American Idol“, I was annoyed she claimed a spot over a couple of my other favorite girls. I wanted her gone immediately, especially during the first few weeks. I wasn’t alone. She was perennially found in the bottom three.

But then something happened, Haley started to find her groove. She started to pick the right songs and have more confidence on stage. All of a sudden, the girl who I wanted desperately eliminated was now my favorite contestant- not just from this season but from the past two. My how things had changed. So you can imagine my delight this morning when I read the utterly talented Haley finally scored a record deal.

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Creator of American Idol, Simon Fuller is suing FOX for some money he believe he’s owed. To my surprise, it’s not for Idol but for FOX’s new show launching this fall: The X Factor.

Fuller is claiming that FOX and Fremantle North America (producers of Idol and X Factor) are not holding up their end of the bargain on a deal that was allegedly made to give him an executive producer credit on the new show as well as receive the money that would go along with that title. Yesterday, Fuller filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages rumored to be well into seven figures. However, FOX and Fremantle say that Fuller is off his rocker.

This little spat trails back to 2004 when Fuller sued Simon Cowell in the British courts for ripping off the Idol format to create The X Factor in the UK. FOX was able to help the two Simons come to an agreement where Idol held Simon as a judge until 2010 and gave him a bigger chunk of the show. In return, Cowell agreed not to bring X Factor to the US until this year.

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