Lady Gaga is a little miffed with FOX and Idol too maybe. As you recall, Wednesday we saw her pre-taped performance of her new single Alejandro. It seems that only five minutes of Gaga’s pre-taped performance made it to the airwaves complete with a grand finale that involved Gaga posing under a dripping statue of a burning angel. But apparently our self-coronated diva wasn’t happy with only 5 minutes. She wrote on her offical Twitter this complaint: “FOX POORLY AMATEURLY edited cut my performance/musical arrangement on idol.” Gaga then directed fans to the “real” version on Perez Hilton’s blog. The blog Idol Tracker was at the taping and reported that the studio audience was forced to stay in their seats over an hour and a half later than expected because of Gaga’s repeated practice sessions, though they say the star was appreciative of the audience’s sacrifice. Gaga’s performance was risqué as usual, but the segment was most likely edited for length, as “Idol” is frequently criticized for going over their allotted time. Of course, we’ve had no comment from Fox.
It’s been announced that this summer, American Idol Kris Allen (remember him, Adam’s runner-up) will be touring the nation with the Barenaked Ladies. The tour kicks off July 8th in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “We’re excited to be on tour with them,” Kris told Entertainment Weekly. “They have a huge live following, so that’ll be fun. We get to play in places like Red Rock because of them. We’ll be playing shows every night.” (Adam will have his own Glam Tour this summer with himself and Allison Iraheta opening for him, interesting.) Kris also just announced his second single that he’ll be releasing, which is “The Truth” featuring Pat Monahan from Train. The duet version of “The Truth” will hit iTunes on May 11th.
American Idol’s arguably most successful winner (and it ain’t no mirror ball trophy), Kelly Clarkson, is singing through her anger. Which, is supposedly a healthy thing to do. Lord knows my shower has heard me croon through some awful days (admittedly, it’s hard to croon to my go-to angry pick of Rage Against the Machine). Now that one of Clarkson’s songs has leaked online, there seems to be a snowball of controversy. See if you can keep up, because it confuses even me. The new song Wash, Rinse, Repeat has lyrics that reference Ryan Tedder – who wrote eerily similar songs for Beyonce and Clarkson. When Beyonce’s song (”Halo”) was released first, everyone called Clarkson’s song (”Already Gone”) a rip-off. Everyone blamed her, when in reality she’d been duped. So her new song (allegedly) rails at Tedder and the music industry. Meanwhile, another released track of Clarkson’s for her new album Naked Eye is being blasted as a rip-off of the Arcade Fire song “Rebellion (Lies)”. On Twitter, Clarkson posted, “I’m so tired of disrespecting, lying, sneaky little trolls that pretend to be human.” Here’s the song check out the words:
Speaking of Kelly C, This week, Billboard.com posted their list of the Top 24 to come out of American Idol. They posed the question, “How have the contestants stacked up out in the wider waters of the music industry?” They answered it by looking at album sales, individual song sales, and radio play counts (according to Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS as of April 17). The top 5 are in order: 1. Kelly Clarkson, 2. Carrie Underwood, 3. Chris Daughtry, 4. Jordin Sparks and 5. David Cook. Some favorites of this blog group: No. 9 is Fantasia, No. 12 is Adam Lambert, No. 13 Jennifer Hudson, No. 19 Taylor Hicks. And guess who’s No. 21….William Hung? For the complete list go to Billboard.com.