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VH1 Divas signs on Kelly Clarkson, Kimberly Caldwell gets a record deal

After a four-year break, VH1 is bringing back its VH1 Divas concert. This year, Kelly Clarkson is part of the diva crowd, though honestly, she is SO not a diva.

I also don’t quite see Miley Cyrus as “diva” along the lines of past attendees like Celine Dion and Beyonce. Oh, well. I guess they don’t make divas like they used to. Fantasia would be kind of cool!

Leona Lewis and Adele are part of the concert, too.

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It airs Sept. 17 on VH1 at 9 p.m.

Clarkson is doing a tour of various state fairs this summer, none near Atlanta.

And talk about better late than never: Kimberly Caldwell from season two, better known as a host on the TV Guide Channel, has signed a record deal with Vanguard.

From the press release:

Vanguard Records announced today that it has signed Kimberly Caldwell to its prestigious artist roster. Kimberly is currently in the studio with producer Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson, Trevor Hall, Marc Broussard) writing and recording songs for her debut CD expected to be released in early 2010.

I recall that she was a good singer but needed a bit more experience. Maybe her TV Guide work will help her. Who knows?

-With Paula Abdul using the public to fight her contract battles with “Idol,” her fans are helping with a Twitter campaign. Simon Cowell supported her, too.

-Brooke White has a new album out called “High Hopes and Heartbreak.” She worked with Randy Jackson.

“It is completely bizarre,” the self-effacing White said about Jackson producing her work, out of all the “Idol” alums. “I never saw this coming. I have no idea why he’s working with me.”

Jackson didn’t find it bizarre. “What I loved from her was that she was a straight-up real artist,” he said in an interview. “There’s always room for artists. You have pop stars, and then you have artists. The holy grail are artists. The sprinters are the pop stars.”

46 comments Add your comment

JTesla

July 21st, 2009
11:54 pm

They are just making up the diva thing as they go along now aren’t they? Hey wait, why isn’t Clay on the AI diva poll?

I vote Clay! DIVA!

Nana

July 22nd, 2009
6:32 am

Morning Everybody……………..

Today’s Quote: “Don’t waste your energy on gossip, issues of the past, negative thoughts, or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.”

JT – Clay as a Diva!!!! What a hoot….. :)

Best wishes to Kimberly on her contract. May she do well with it.

Mercedes S.

July 22nd, 2009
7:36 am

The biggest diva, in the proper sense of the word, is Fantasia.

Heather MacDonald

July 22nd, 2009
8:04 am

If Kimberly Caldwell is working with Marc Broussard, she’s going to put out one HECK of a good CD! Also, Miley Cyrus is NOT a diva and neither is Kelly Clarkson. I’m not sure, but I think the folks at VH1 need a refresher course on the definition of diva. Mariah Carey… now THERE’S a diva! I agree with JT that Clay should have been included in the poll. A bigger diva has never been seen on American Idol.

harriett

July 22nd, 2009
8:07 am

Hear, hear! Clay as diva! Love it. Good morning, all.

Lara

July 22nd, 2009
8:43 am

Good morning. I take the “diva” persona to be a negative term, so that is how I voted and I voted for Paris….
How is the week going?! Joke of the day….

Q: Did you hear about the bass player who locked his keys in the car?
A: It took him an hour to get the drummer out!

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2009
8:45 am

Morning!

Someone is going to have to define “diva” for me. Are we talking about back when “diva” meant exceptionally good singer…as in the female lead of an opera? Or are we talking about “diva” as in b*tchy to work with? Or are we talking about “diva” as in talented and loud African-American female singer? I’m a little lost as to who to vote for until I understand what the prevailing definition is.

Um….I understand JT’s definition. ;-)

I’m looking forward to hearing Kim Caldwell’s first release.

harriett

July 22nd, 2009
8:59 am

I always took diva to mean super-talented but difficult to work with–egocentric personality, etc. I really haven’t heard of any of those on the list fitting that description.

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2009
9:25 am

The dictionary defines diva as:

1. An operatic prima donna.
2. A very successful singer of nonoperatic music: a jazz diva.

However, “prima donna” is defined as “the lead female singer in an opera” or “a vain, difficult to work with, female”.

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2009
9:36 am

So I’m still lost.

harriett

July 22nd, 2009
9:41 am

Me, too, D. I think of Streisand when I hear the word, but the most famous operetic diva in my memory was Maria Callas–notoriously difficult and ego-centered, given to fits if she didn’t get her way. Very demanding.

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2009
9:50 am

I agree that the word “diva” has come to mean “difficult” and Maria Callas was probably responsible for that. It used to mean the lead singer and was only about the voice not the attitude.

The show that Rodney is talking about…I’m not sure what they mean by “diva” but I don’t think a bunch of these ladies would volunteer to be on the show if they thought it meant “b*tch”…which is why I’m not sure WHAT they mean by diva.

kelly&carriefan

July 22nd, 2009
9:51 am

Good morning y’all…

D, I’m with you on the confusion. Because, I’m sorry, if we’re going for the “good” connotation for diva (i.e. a good singer), well…how does Miley fit in? ;) But I don’t see either Kelly nor Miley as being difficult to work with….so, who knows?

JT, lol, always stirring the pot… that was a good one, though.

*Sigh* Yes, Kelly goes on tour and doesn’t even play Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, OR Birmingham….like, seriously? Rodney, I think this calls for an investigative report. ;) As for me, unless they announce additional dates, I’m hauling my cookies to Columbus and/or Knoxville. The things one must do, huh?

blkshephered

July 22nd, 2009
9:57 am

On what basis are they defining this Diva word? My gosh these females havnt been out 10yrs some not even 5yrs. and even so, that is not enough to define a diva. Celen Dion, barbara stresiand, diana ross(the first diva) aretha, gladys, patti, those are DIVAS. not these screaming screetching young flash in the pans! Divas VH1 is a joke.

harriett

July 22nd, 2009
10:05 am

Well, my dear blkshephered, some of those you listed have actually been featured on the VH-1 Divas shows.

Rodney Ho

July 22nd, 2009
10:28 am

Obviously, VH1 is defining “diva” in the best sense of the word. But the word has multiple meanings, some negative. So yes, Dierdre, confusion will always reign on this one.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

hey gang. made it to marietta and back virtually unscathed, but i’m tired today! but tons of work on my desk!!!

JTesla

July 22nd, 2009
11:09 am

K&Cfan: be sure to give us a report on the show once you see it, but state fairs? I thought that was the land of Air Supply, Journey, and REO Speedwagon. I think Kelly can do better than the state fair circuit.

I still can’t vote in the poll, even though I see that Paris is on the list. She is the only one that comes close to fitting my definition of a diva. She’s no Clay, but closer to him then any of the others.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 22nd, 2009
11:28 am

I voted for Paris, JT — to me she fit the “i’m so good” attitude that to me partially defines the diva mentality. i see that j-hud has jumped way into the lead on the voting, but i never saw her as particularly “diva-ish” (defining terms: diva – egotistic self awareness, thinks she’s the BEST, demands special treatment (if only verbally) and while talented, my mental impression is that they think they are better than they really ARE, if that makes sense

Heather MacDonald

July 22nd, 2009
11:34 am

JT, Air Supply, Journey and REO Speedwagon are still selling out MUCH larger venues than state fairs.

JTesla

July 22nd, 2009
11:57 am

Really? Air Supply… seriously? I can see REO Speedwagon, but Air Supply! Who’s on the state fair circuit these days besides Kelly; Kenny Logins, Aaron Neville, the Backstreet Boys?

Linny: I think J-Hud falls into your definition of diva. Prior to the tragedy that befell her, it was safe to report on and discuss such things.

Nana

July 22nd, 2009
12:21 pm

When I hear the word “Diva”, I automatically think of Barbara Stresiand. She has got to be #1 in that category. All that I’re read about her say the same, that she is very difficult to work with and a total pompous bitty. I certainly wouldn’t put Kelly nor Miley in that class.

Rickster

July 22nd, 2009
12:36 pm

I hope Kimberly’s contract precludes her from appearing on “Idol Tonight” on TV Guide Network. She’s annoying as all get out.

Found the following on FoxNews.com:

The Class of 2009 “American Idol” Top 10 tour is earning rave reviews as it travels across the country, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come without its fair share of bust-ups …

“I actually messed up some words and I felt so bad because the band played along,” winner Kris Allen told Tarts prior to their Los Angeles show last week. “So I’m admitting that, I’m sorry.”

While Allen twisted his tongue on one occasion, Matt Giraud suffered a wardrobe malfunction.

“My fly was down in front of 10,000 people. I found out on Twitter which was the worst,” Giraud said. “I did a real smooth turn to fix it … Then one night I went out and my microphone wasn’t there, so I was just singing to the crowd with no mic.”

But offstage, Michael Sarver was the one who had to be wheeled away. The 28-year-old Texan was walking down the steps at the very end of a show when a fan screamed his name, but as he excitedly turned to respond he missed two steps and cracked his heel bone on landing.

“I’m in a lot of pain all the time and I’m supposed to be wearing a boot right now but its driving me nuts so I didn’t put it on today,” Sarver said. “If the doctor hears this, they’re going to scream at me.”

Oh, and curious minds couldn’t help but ask who is the most annoying music mastermind on the bus …

“Scott (McIntyre) does vocal warm-ups all day long. All day long. We all tease him for it but we love him,” Giraud added.

harriett

July 22nd, 2009
1:12 pm

I can believe that about Scott McIntyre. He was annoying enough onstage, and I can only imagine how annoying those vocal warm-ups must be.

kelly&carriefan

July 22nd, 2009
1:17 pm

JT, interesting you bring that up. I was made aware by a fellow Kelly fan, that there’s a trending topic on Twitter calling for Kelly to fire her manager, Narvel Blackstock (Reba’s husband, in case some don’t know). Now, I don’t know if it’s all fans just being too diehard, imagine that. But there have been some questionable strategies, i.e., the state fairs…that’s a very common venue for country artists like, Kellie Pickler, Josh Gracin, even Carrie did some dates last year. But it is very strange for a pop act (a sucessful one at that) to do them. I noticed them earlier when All I Ever Wanted was released and thought it was a quick way to get her out there. Especially since they were scattered dates in preparation for a “Fall Tour.” Imagine the slight disappointment as the dates were released yesterday. I mean, come on, I bet you she can still sell out the Fox or Cobb Energy Centre….I don’t understand the lack of “major” cities in the South. She’s not only skipping Atlanta, but Nashville, Charlotte, Birmingham, and even Miami.

…and well, I’ve probably put to sleep over half of the blog. Sorry y’all. Missed me? ;)

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 22nd, 2009
1:33 pm

yes, K&CF we HAVE missed you!!!! and if i haven’t said it before, so glad you’re back!!!

Brique

July 22nd, 2009
1:41 pm

I vote for Carrie Underwood. Carrie Underwood is the Diva. She is the only Diva from Idol. Period.

ODDS & ENDS — TV Tattle

July 22nd, 2009
1:44 pm

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kelly&carriefan

July 22nd, 2009
1:51 pm

lol, thanks, Linny…I was just joking, but I appreciate that. :)

I still don’t know about this whole Divas show. I mean, Kelly I can see there, but maybe with some slightly older company. As she’s technically the “elder” on that roster. Oy.

Florence

July 22nd, 2009
1:55 pm

I vote Tasia!!!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 22nd, 2009
2:00 pm

I just see “diva” as something totally different, LOL. Kelly’s too nice. Carrie’s too nice. I mean overall, to be called a “diva” — i guess i sort of translate “d-i-v-a” as “prima donna” based on what Deirdre said earlier.

harriett

July 22nd, 2009
2:26 pm

Joke for Wednesday:

A police recruit was asked during the exam, ‘What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?’ He answered, ‘Call for backup.’

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2009
2:47 pm

BUT….VH1 HAS to be using the term “diva” in a positive way, not a negative way or why on earth would these ladies want to do the show? I can’t imagine any performer wanting the negative connotation of “diva”. Therefore, I think we have to look at the title in a positive light instead of a negative one.

And I agree with JT regarding JHud being on the negative side of the word “diva”. Before tragedy befell her family, there were rumors of difficult behavior. Now we’d get our heads bitten off if we even suggested it.

I think Kimberly Locke has also been a bit “bad diva” in the past.

If I was to take Rodney’s list and divide it between “good diva/bad diva” I’d put Kelly, Katharine, Mandisa, LaKisha, Syesha, Carly and Diana on the good diva side and the rest on the bad diva side.

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2009
2:48 pm

Good/bad being a reflection of attitude rather than vocal ability.

Heather MacDonald

July 22nd, 2009
2:55 pm

Yuck. I would kill Scott before the first day of travel was over.

Nana

July 22nd, 2009
3:00 pm

Gotta run, so you all know what to do.

Be safe, be happy, keep a song in your heart, a smile on your face and a tap in your toes. Be careful when on the highways.

Bye………………

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 22nd, 2009
3:39 pm

good call Deirdre!

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2009
3:44 pm

Heather…I actually wanted to kill Scott before he was eliminated…talk about “diva”!!!!!

JTesla

July 22nd, 2009
3:57 pm

If it were me, I’d club Scott like he was a baby seal. Matt is just being nice, I can’t wait for the post tour mud slinging. Of course considering that Scott will probably have as boring a career as his performances on Idol maybe this will be the last we hear of him.

Highlander

July 22nd, 2009
4:08 pm

Blkshepherd, I believe Aretha would actually classify as the 1st “diva.” (Over Diana Ross.)

Using the positive connotation of ‘diva’, I can see Kelly, Jennifer, Carrie and Mandisa qualifying. All talented female singers with big, powerful voices.

Fantasia? Too much screaming/screeching. Paris and Kat? ‘Diva’ wannabes but just don’t have the pipes. Miley Cyrus? …Really??? Miley Cyrus??!! She’s a cute girl with a good (nothing special) “pop” voice. No way she fits either definition.

While we’re on the topic, I wonder where the negative connotation of the word came from. Did it stem from an artist who was very difficult to work with or was it more a case of gender discrimination? A double standard? A male performer who makes demands is called a “perfectionist” or “artistic.” But a female with a strong opinion, who stands her ground (like Barbra S., Aretha, Diana Ross), is labeled a “DIVA.” (Read “beyotch”)

Rickster

July 22nd, 2009
4:11 pm

I wouldn’t kill Scott. I’d just point him in the wrong direction of the bus and say “see ya later!”

(But thinking about it, they probably have someone dedicated to making sure Scott gets on the bus. Okay – that person I’d whack.)

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 22nd, 2009
4:39 pm

My quote for this evening:

From John D. Rockefeller: “Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.”

[give a man a fish...]

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2009
4:48 pm

Excellent quote, linny!!!!!!!!

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2009
4:50 pm

Highlander…we think the gradual shift in the meaning of “diva” started, possibly, with Maria Callas..a true diva in the original sense of the word but a real b*tch to work with.

Rodney Ho

July 22nd, 2009
5:51 pm

New blog entry up. Daughtry no. 1 news and such.

And yes, I don’t know why Kelly Clarkson is not doing an Atlanta date. She is coming to Columbus, though.

LEA

July 30th, 2009
8:16 am

lol u haters, there was never rumors of any difficult behavior from jennifer hudson. Your guys are just being delusional. Everyone who meets her and works with her. Has nothing but good things to say about her. I know I met her at the atl concert, and she was a sweetheart. A Diva is someone who can actually sing very well. and Kelly Clarkson ain’t it. She’s cool but not that great..