Idols such as Jason Castro, Kris Allen and Jordin Sparks are doing radio concerts this month.
Kelly Clarkson will be at the free Q100 Loft concert tonight. (I’ll be covering it.) Sparks will be the sold-out Star 94 Jingle Jam Thursday featuring Justin Bieber, the Fray and Leona Lewis, too. I expect to make that one, too. Based on what they did in New York at the Z100 Jingle Jam, Bieber will sub out for Chris Brown to sing “No Air” with Sparks. Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert were there, too.
Based on sales and airplay, Kelly Clarkson ranked No. 14 for the year as artist of the year, according to Billboard. (Atlanta’s T.I. landed at no. 8; Georgia’s own Zac Brown Band came in at No. 20.) Taylor Swift was No. 1.
-I’ll tape the Jennifer Hudson special on ABC for sure tonight and will recap for tomorrow. I have a sense there won’t be any wacky skits.
-Poor Ruben Studdard. He drew fewer than 150 people to a Monroe, Mich. cancer benefit concert.
“I’m disappointed,” said Gerald Richards, a promoter whose Soul Lyfe Entertainment brought Mr. Studdard to the River Raisin Centre for the Arts to cap an evening of entertainment meant to raise funds for the Monroe Center Cancer Connection. He said he wasn’t sure the event proceeds would cover the expenses.