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Clay Aiken signs with Decca Records, Diana DeGarmo starts role on Broadway’s “Toxic Avenger”

Clay Aiken, who ended his RCA deal earlier this year after his last album sold poorly, has signed a new deal with Decca Records. It’s home to Boyz II Men, Andrea Bocelli, Celtic Thunder, Morrissey and Sting. Not bad company.

Let’s hope he can regain his mojo on the music front with his next album in 2010.

His charity foundation has been renamed National Inclusion Society (formerly Bubel/Aiken Foundation. It helps young people with special needs.

-Diana DeGarmo has started her stint on “Toxic Avengers” on Broadway. A sample Tweet:

finally in bed w/ the weenies after a mind blowing day… wow, Toxic Avenger, i am blessed to be working w/ all of you! Sarah’s home, baby!

And check her out as a blonde, blind librarian here.

-Here’s a great photo essay of Adam Lambert and Kris Allen on tour.

-Jordin Sparks, who skipped a recent opening date with the Jonas Brothers and will be joining a leg of the Britney Spears tour, will be at Philips Arena tomorrow to open for the bros. I am skipping out. Sorry.

And a chart update:

“Battlefield” by Jordin Sparks is now No. 8 on the top 40 chart (746K downloads), No. 20 on the Hot AC chart. Her album has now sold 85K.

Daughtry’s “No Surprise” (637K downloads) has gained some momentum and is now up to No. 12 with a solid shot at top 10 on the top 40 chart. It’s also No. 1 on the Hot AC chart. No sign of Kelly Clarkson’s latest single “Already Gone” on the top 40 chart but it’s No. 22 on the Hot AC chart.

David Cook’s “Come Back To Me” is no. 7 on the Hot AC chart.

Top “Idol” artist on the country chart is Bucky Covington, barely hangin’ in there at 29 with “I Want My Life Back.”

Top “idol” artist on the urban AC chart is Jennifer Hudson’s “If It Isn’t Love,” which remains at No. 12.

Kellie Pickler’s latest album has now sold 294K. Her last single “Best Days of Your Life” is at 743K in downloads.) Carrie Underwood’s “Carnival Ride” is close to 3 million. David Cook is at 1.223 million.

Daughtry’s “Leave This Town” has hit the 500K mark, one of only 30 albums to do so this year. Kelly Clarkson is the “Idol” leader at 675K.

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

August 21st, 2009
5:08 pm

NOTICE: I have not abandoned you all but I will be going on vacation next week — so I may not see you again until at least a week from sunday — no computer where i’m going!!!

miss me!!! *smirk*

JTesla

August 21st, 2009
5:25 pm

Thanks Rodney, but skipping out on seeing JoBro the AI guest judge? I don’t blame you.

Speaking of JoBro, remember how I was in anguish due to that picture Rodney posted, well just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, he found that picture of Clay. I think he is trying to drive me away, but wait he teases me with Diana! I’m getting mixed signals here.

Have fun Linny.

Deirdre

August 21st, 2009
5:29 pm

Have a good time linny!

Loved the photos of Kris and Adam!

And Diana looks adorably quirky!

Allie

August 21st, 2009
5:46 pm

Thanks for posting about Diana, Rodney. Here’s a short interview with some clips from the show. She looks hilarious in it.

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/entertainment/television/090820_diana_degarmo

Highlander

August 21st, 2009
6:23 pm

Is that Clay Aiken or Martina Navratilova??

JTesla

August 21st, 2009
6:35 pm

LOL Martina needs to get that arm hair under control.

Allie

August 21st, 2009
6:39 pm

JTesla, you should check out the Diana clips I posted above (watch the full thing). Lots of clips of Diana in nightwear.

JTesla

August 21st, 2009
6:45 pm

Allie, I will, but I need to wait a few hours for “top secret” reasons. Thanks for posting it, Diana DeGarmo deserves the lovin.

FYI bloggers:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/08/21/outing.anonymous.bloggers/index.html

Anonymous bloggers are being outed! To be honest I’ve been thinking about outing Rodney Ho, and forcing him to reveal that he really is JTesla, but I figure that wouldn’t benefit me.

Lar

August 21st, 2009
9:48 pm

Diana looks much older than her idol days 6 years ago, still very cute.

DS

August 21st, 2009
11:17 pm

That’s National Inclusion PROJECT, not Society. Clay also recently signed with Universal Music Group/Decca.

Highlander

August 22nd, 2009
2:33 am

“Clay also recently signed with Universal Music Group/Decca.” – DS, 11:17pm post.

Uhh, did you happen to read the HEADLINE of this thread???

Jennifer

August 22nd, 2009
2:03 pm

Thanks for posting the news about Diana. It looks like she’s getting excellent reviews from those who have attended the show. The clips from Good Day NY are hysterical. I can see why JTesla would enjoy them, too. haha

JTesla

August 22nd, 2009
9:00 pm

Diana handled herself very well in the interview, too bad it wasn’t longer, but then I think she should be in something “bigger” even though it sounds like it is doing very well.

Deirdre

August 23rd, 2009
12:25 pm

The Pittsburgh review of the Idol tour has this hilarious description of Adam Lambert’s looks and talent:

If Elvis Presley and Edward Scissorhands could somehow have a child, it would look somewhat like this Idol runner-up who has already graced the cover of Rolling Stone and will have to come up with some absolutely abysmal songs to mess this up.

Deirdre

August 23rd, 2009
1:06 pm

X Factor just started in England and there’s 2 reasons to watch this video. One is the singer and the other is 4 judges working together well!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m2g5NlmNds

A Realist

August 23rd, 2009
2:16 pm

Clay Aiken believes he’s a better singer than he actually is……HE”S NOT ALL THAT!!! He lost me when he tried to dog out the latest Idol runner-up Adam Lambert. Maybe he felt that there wasn’t room in the music industry for two openly out male vocalist????

Congrats to Diana on landing another Broadway show.

Lar

August 23rd, 2009
2:18 pm

That was a great performance and the judges did not try to draw the attention to them. Thanks Deirde

JTesla

August 23rd, 2009
2:44 pm

I don’t know I was hoping that one of the judges would say “That’s what I’m talkin about right there dawg, you blew it out of the box, that was a hundred, no a thousand, no a billion percent better than anything we’ve ever heard EVER EVER EVER! Watch the pitch though it was a bit pitchy there in parts but for me, for you, for me you blew it out of the box. What’s that, did I already say that? Yeah well I don’t even know what it means dawg, but you can blow yeah yeah yeah”

Highlander

August 23rd, 2009
4:55 pm

D, thanks for the link. Great singer, great response, great SHORT commentary by the judges! That’s the key: quick, concise comments and move on to the next.

However, I doubt that will happen on AI where the director and producers allows the judges to ramble on. Unfortunately, JT’s parody at 2:44 is right on the money. And the same gag could have been written with the ‘artistry’ theme!

Nana

August 24th, 2009
7:16 am

Happy Monday Morning Everybody!!!!!!!!!

Today’s Quote: “One can’t do anything about the length of their life, but they can do something about the width and depth.”

Hope all of you had a great week-end. Mine was busy but good. Saturday our children got together to give hubby and me a surprise 25th wedding anniversary (which is today) cook-out. Really enjoyed the time with my family. Anytime you can spend quality time with family is special.

Sunday morning, I received a text message from linnie letting me know she and hubby arrived safely in Daytona. Hope they have a great vacation.

On Friday. Harm and I spoke on the phone for about 90 minutes and we are getting together on my next trip down to dad’s. Can’t wait for that to happen. We found out that we have alot in common.

Okay, now to address the blog. Great report on Clay and Diana. She does very well on Broadway, as we have seen previously. Also, a good link that Deirdre posted. Our AI could take a lesson or two from it.

Highlander, after I posted my comment on Friday morning, I re-read it and saw that I should have typed WWII and NOT WW11, but by then, it was to late to make the correction.

Deirdre

August 24th, 2009
7:40 am

Morning!

Congrats on the anniversary, Nana. And give Harm a big hug from the blog when you meet her.

What a glorious day it was yesterday! Low humidity, comfortable temps…it was our first little hint at fall. I spent a lot of time outside enjoying it.

Harriett

August 24th, 2009
8:35 am

Good morning! Wow, what a refreshing weekend I had in the NC mts. Dierdre, yesterday morning I woke to 56 degrees with the sun shining! Today in Columbia is supposed to hit 90. Missed you!

Heather MacDonald

August 24th, 2009
8:39 am

Nana, Happy Anniversary. It’s wonderful to see that some couples can make it work! :-) Hope Linnie has a great vacation. I LOVED the video of Diana. She’s really good in musical theatre. It may not be the conventional “former Idol” route, but it’s working for her. She looks great as a blonde, too.

Harriett

August 24th, 2009
8:47 am

Nana, I meant to say happy anniversary as well. I really admire longevity in a marriage. I never was able to accomplish that feat, so I do love it in others.

Deirdre

August 24th, 2009
9:04 am

harriett, I woke up yesterday and today with 61 degrees. It’s like being in heaven after the oppressive heat and humidity that we’ve had. I guess it will go away tomorrow but it’s been a welcome break.

Is anyone out there watching Defying Gravity?

Woodpappy

August 24th, 2009
9:10 am

Hey Nana that’s cool, Friday was my 38th wedding anniversay and my Mom’s 80th Birthday. We celebrated together. Georgeous weekend as well.

Lara

August 24th, 2009
9:16 am

Happy Anniversary Nana and Nana hubby!
I am here, but still sick. Spent my weekend on the couch, wrapped in a blanket with kleenex and cough drops….not fun!
Diana has really grown to be a beautiful and talented woman – good for her!!!

Deirdre

August 24th, 2009
10:18 am

Sorry you’re not feeling well, Lara. Do you have a fever? Swine flu is in Georgia now so you might want to take extra good care of yourself.

Heather MacDonald

August 24th, 2009
11:11 am

Goodness, it’s a slow day in blog land, isn’t it?

Mercedes S.

August 24th, 2009
11:26 am

Happy Anniversary to Mrs. and Mr. Nana!
Today IS the first day of fall, at least in Atlanta…at 7 am, when I was uprooting all my mouldy phlox, it was a lovely, cool mid-50s.
Lady Heather (imagine the unctuous William Petersen intonation), re your post that Diana is not taking “the conventional ‘former idol’ route”, musical theatre just might be THE professional route for the Idols. Clay, Constantine, Diana, Jennifer, Adam have all done very well as musical actors.

Rickster

August 24th, 2009
12:43 pm

I still think Diana got screwed over when she lost to Fantasia. I wasn’t impressed with Fantasia at all.

Happy anniversary Nana. I’m only 14 years behind you.

And didn’t Lakisha do a stint on Broadway as well?

Heather MacDonald

August 24th, 2009
1:00 pm

Mercedes… I love the Grissom voice I heard in my head. :-) What I actually meant was the route that 19 entertainment would LIKE for the former Idol contestants to take is top 40 radio and platinum albums. Instead, you find Diana and others on Broadway doing a great job. I love Broadway, so I say good for them! :-)

Nana

August 24th, 2009
1:15 pm

Thanks for all the happy anniversaires you guys/gals gave out. Congrats to Woodpappy and wife and on your Mother’s 80th b’day.

Lara – Sorry you aren’t feeling well. Hope you get better soon and please stay away from the swine flu!! :(

Rickster – I totally agree with you on Diana and Fantasia. I was so disappointed that Diana did not win season 3. I have never been and will never be a fan of Fantasia. Her style just isn’t my cup of tea.

Harriett – Glad you had a great time in the Smoky Mountains. That’s one of my favorite places to go.

Harriett

August 24th, 2009
1:38 pm

Thanks, Nana. As you know, I am pretty much a beach person, but it was nice to breathe the mountain air and relax over a long weekend–especially after the busy two weeks that went before.

There was a small article in Rolling Stone this week about the Idol tour. It said Adam’s album will drop in November, and there will also be one from Kris and Allison about the same time. They said Adam was clearly the star of the show at every stop, but that Kris was very good, too. The duet with Allison and Adam is still a hit with the crowds. Here is a link to the site with lots of photos from the tour, along with comments from fans: http://www.rollingstone.com/photos/gallery/29775046/on_the_road_with_adam_lambert_and