New Year’s Eve is a great pay day for any musical artist with even the slimmest of resumes. (For instance, in Atlanta, we get the likes of Soul Asylum and Coolio at the Hyatt Regency downtown, partying like it’s 1995.)
Jennifer Hudson is joining the biggest show on ABC, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.” She joins Drake, Train, Mike Posner, Far East Movement, Atlanta’s Ne-Yo, La Roux, Natasha Bedingfield, Avril Lavigne and Willow Smith.
David Archuleta will be on “New Year’s Eve Live” on Fox while Katharine McPhee joins Fox News for its “All American New Year.”
MJ has a sampling of others who won’t be televised, such as Matt Giraud at a casino in Battle Creek, Michigan and Melinda Doolittle, David Hernandez and Michael Johns at Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. I scanned a list of Las Vegas New Year’s sites and came across (of all people!) Jasmine Trias, who came in third season three behind Fantasia and Diana DeGarmo, performing at the Cannery. She’ll be competing with feature acts such as Nelly, Jay Sean, Jay-Z, Coldplay, B.o.B., Bruno Mars and Kool & the Gang.
The coolest thing any “Idol” alum is doing that has nothing to do with a pay day is Bo Bice: he will be performing for the troops at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.
- One-day sales from Hits Daily Double project Crystal Bowersox’s album will move about 45,000 to 50,000, comparable to Lee DeWyze.
Here’s Bowersox’s “Farmer’s Daughter” video. It’s a pretty song. Will country radio pick it up?