Gwinnett Arena yesterday announced more tickets available for just $14.99 for the Demi Lovato/David Archuleta concert June 29. Tickets were set at $39.50 to $49.50.
Clearly, sales have been slow for them to offer this sale up TWICE. As Archie fans noted, some folks may not be willing to shell out that much just to see a 50 minute set by Archie instead of a full concert and may not care enough about Disney star Lovato. Also, Archuleta was not given much billing, if at all. It’s considered a “Demi Lovato” concert on the Ticketmaster page.
In his 50-minute, 11-song set, Archuleta drew screams not just for great singing – his big notes on “Hold On” and “You Can” were worthy – but for just being a crowd-pleasing young guy. (He also got screams just for a small hand wave when his back-lit shadow appeared on the closed curtain before it rose for him.)
-And good news for Archie fans– his album has been certified gold, which means 500K delivered to stores. In this day and age, that’s an accomplishment.
-Anybody watching “America’s Got Talent”? I haven’t had a chance yet but ratings last night were down about 15% from a year earlier despite all the Susan Boyle hoopla. That’s 11.3 million, down from 12.8 million for the 2008 opener and 13 million for the 2007 opener. Viewing for broadcast TV is way down year over year anyway. People keep on going over to cable, where the action is.
-Adam Lambert had recordings done a couple of years back that will be turned into an album set to be released later this summer and it seems 19 Recordings and the Idol Powers That Be can’t stop it from happening, according to Reuters..
“American Idol” producer 19 Entertainment issued a brief, businesslike statement attributed to Lambert in which he is quoted as saying, “The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on.”
“It doesn’t surprise us, but it doesn’t make us feel good,” Hi Fi Chairman and CEO John Hecker told Reuters on Tuesday. “For some reason it’s scaring Goliath, and I don’t know why.”
-And what little of “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” I’ve seen (mostly on “The Soup” with Joel McHale), Sanjaya Malakar has been a great player. But alas, he was voted off last night, leaving three behind (including Ga. Tech grad John Salley). He won 9 of 12 competitions, according to MJ.