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Ruben Studdard signs a new record deal

Ruben Studdard at the Real Men Cook event in Atlanta in 2010. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Ruben Studdard at the Real Men Cook event in Atlanta in 2010. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Ruben Studdard, who released his last 2009 album on Hickory Records, has signed with Shanachie Entertainment for his fall 2011 release.

“We believe that for all his success, Ruben Studdard is an undervalued artist,” says Shanachie General Manager, Randall Grass to Singersroom.com.  “Part of that may be due to his versatility; he has achieved in so many different areas that people just aren’t aware of the totality of his talent. We are very excited at the prospect of working with Ruben and his team to take him to the next level of success in this new phase of his career.”

“I’ve been waiting a really long time for my fans to finally hear the real Ruben. This will be the first time that one producer and one writer will be working on my entire album to create one sound,” Studdard said in what seems to be a press release. “I want my fans to feel like they have been taken on a musical journey by Ruben Studdard.”

His label mates include Les Nubians,  Mint Condition, Keiko Matsui, Walter Beasley, Inner Circle and Patti Austin.

- Based on various press accounts, here’s the attendance for each of the four city auditions so far for “Idol.” St. Louis: 10,000 Portland: 7,000. San Diego: 9,000 (down from 12K four yrs ago). Pittsburgh: 12-13,000.

- For those who follow SYTYCD, the two local dancers, Melanie Moore and Mitchell Kelly, made it into the top 10 Thursday night though Mitchell had to dance for his life. Melanie has been a favorite to win this from day one.

- Sara Bareilles (”Love Song”) is taking over for Nicole Scherzinger (off to “X Factor”) on NBC’s “The Sing Off.”

- “Idols Live” has new sponsors (no more Pop Tarts!) though two are rather old sponsors of the TV show: Ford and Coca Cola. The U.S. Air Force Reserve is the other one.

- Even Simon Cowell has his limits when it comes to power. He asked Fox about changing a couple of dates of the World Series as not to interfere with “The X Factor.” Fox said no, according to The Wall Street Journal. (I’m sure MLB had a say in that, too!)

55 comments Add your comment

JTesla

July 15th, 2011
2:18 pm

Good for Ruben. He’s a good guy and needs to get more music out there.

Mercedes S.

July 15th, 2011
2:18 pm

Have nothing to say but I’m first!
And… good for Ruben.

Mercedes S.

July 15th, 2011
2:19 pm

Woodpappy

July 15th, 2011
2:34 pm

Simon obviously doesn’t understand American Baseball as well as American Country music.

JTesla

July 15th, 2011
2:58 pm

See, always best to leave that “first” bit off.

I think Simon is building his image and looking for some publicity. To be a bad Brit today it takes more than taxing our tea, he has to try to snub one of our sports.

Branch Loveless

July 15th, 2011
3:29 pm

I just hope Rodney researched everything above. Don’t want him pissing off someone by skipping a fact here or there! ;-)

Branch Loveless

July 15th, 2011
3:33 pm

Hope for good things for Ruben, but why is Patti Austin the only label-mate of his that I know? Am I that out of touch?

Baseball is a big MEH for me. I think they should cancel the Series completely if Simon wants them to do so. (I know, sacrilege here in Braves’ country.) Yep, still bitter about the strike of ‘94 am I!

Neg Haleysox

July 15th, 2011
4:41 pm

Crystal Bowersox and LeAnn Rimes Plan ACM Benefit Concert, Aug 15th, Chicago. This is big for Crystal co-headlining with a star as big as Leann. Gotta love Mamasox! http://www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1667359/leann-rimes-crystal-bowersox-plan-acm-benefit-concert.jhtml

JTesla

July 15th, 2011
4:56 pm

Great for Crystal, but is LeSkank Rimes still as big as she used to be?

Rickster

July 15th, 2011
5:06 pm

I’m outta here till Tuesday folks. Celebrating Mrs. Rickster’s birthday on Monday. :-)

Can’t wait to watch Winnie the Pooh with my girls! :-)

Have a great weekend everybody!

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JTesla

July 15th, 2011
6:34 pm

According to People Magazine: “After seven years of marriage, it’s over for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony”.

That’s too bad, I actually thought that one might last. At least after watching her dance during the finale.

Deirdre

July 15th, 2011
7:58 pm

What? Was that why he was hanging around Idol the whole season?

Deirdre

July 15th, 2011
8:08 pm

Maybe he didn’t want her to do Idol again.

JTesla

July 15th, 2011
9:04 pm

I think she got tired of playing “Skeletor captures Castle Greyskull and She-Ra”

Mercedes S.

July 15th, 2011
9:07 pm

So THAT’s why she showed up solo at the Cambridges’ LA Party…

Neg Haleysox

July 15th, 2011
10:04 pm

Marc was probably pissed at how sh-tty JLo treated Haley and dumped the biotch. F–k her.

Seth T

July 16th, 2011
2:52 am

Just continues the drama of marriage between 2 people with a high-profile in the music/entertainment business.

Getting married to another successful guy/girl in the biz, is a bad idea for most of them, most of the time. I think they do it because they think it is expected, that they are now accepted, validated, or that it will solve some issues in their lives – but after the extravaganza of the wedding, pomp and display – the pie don’t taste so sweet, and only creates more problems, expectations, demands on each other and jealousies.

Branch Loveless

July 16th, 2011
8:23 am

Or, in other words, Skeletor and J.Lo are 0-4 now in the sport of marriage. Give it up, already. Find yourselves a flavor-of-the-month and shack up for awhile until your tastes change. Then move on to the next one.

No charge for the above advice. :-)

Mo Schreibman

July 16th, 2011
8:46 am

A good reuben can not be found in this town and if you do not believe me ask my wifes brother the doctor if you can afford him and if you can afford him you must be his doctor but do not get me started please.

Deirdre

July 16th, 2011
9:06 am

LOL…happy to see you hanging around, Mo!

I’ve read rumors that Marc wanted JLo to quit Idol and have another baby. I think there were probably more problems than that.

Hope y’all have a good weekend!

Mercedes S.

July 16th, 2011
3:32 pm

New EW has Kelly Clarkson smack in the middle of its Bullseye with the caption, “Leak of the Kelly Clarkson track ‘Let me Down’ does anything but. It’s amazing.”

Can’t wait to hear it!

Mercedes S.

July 16th, 2011
3:35 pm

And way out in the periphery of the Bullseye is another Idol:”Schmaltz finally has a theme song. Thanks, Pia Toscano.”

Plus, a non-idol: “After sitting through all 154 minutes of ‘Transformers’, we’re still not sure which robot Rosie Huntington-Whiteley plays.”

Nutmeg

July 16th, 2011
5:16 pm

J-Lo/Marc Anthony–sad, as usual.

After doing some reading, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” looks like it is *not* a romcom. It’s *structured* like “Love Actually,” which means it’s an ensemble cast comedy with interwoven threads rather than following a single point. But the commonality among the threads isn’t romance but pregnancy.

I think that’s important. You wouldn’t want to take someone on a first date to *this* movie–unless you’re trying to convince your date to never, ever have children!

Deirdre

July 17th, 2011
7:26 am

Harry Potter this morning!!!!! Yay!!!!!

Deirdre

July 17th, 2011
8:32 am

IMDB lists What to Expect When You’re Expecting as in the comedy, drama and romance categories. I think we can all agree that it takes all 3 to successfully get though a pregnancy.

Heather MacDonald

July 17th, 2011
9:51 am

Happy Anniversary to my Highlander. 7 years today. Speaking of 7 years, news broke this morning that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have split. Kind of surprising.

Heather MacDonald

July 17th, 2011
9:52 am

They had been together for 7 years and have twins. I wonder if her dance that upstaged him so strongly on Idol was a factor. LOL

Deirdre

July 17th, 2011
10:33 am

Congrats to Heather and Highlander!!!!

JTesla

July 17th, 2011
10:52 am

Well it sounds like it is a chick flick, and therefore is a romantic comedy. Because you only have two choices when it comes to chick flicks: romantic comedy and that garbage they show on Lifetime. ;)

Just stiring the pot.

Congrats Heather and Highlander!

Branch Loveless

July 17th, 2011
1:17 pm

Happy #7, Heather & Highlander. I had a good feeling about you two kids! :-)

Mercedes S.

July 17th, 2011
1:23 pm

Hmm, there is such a thing as the seven year itch…

Deirdre

July 17th, 2011
2:07 pm

Harry Potter! Wow…just wow! :-)

Mercedes S.

July 17th, 2011
2:09 pm

Deirdre, I hope you saw the 2-D version of HPVII:2!!!!

Deirdre

July 17th, 2011
3:40 pm

Harry Potter only belongs in 2D…stupid fads don’t suit it.

Highlander

July 18th, 2011
12:25 am

“Hmm, there is such a thing as the seven year itch…” – Mercedes S., 7/17, 1:23pm

Not to worry. Heather knows exactly how to scratch that itch! :wink:

Nana ™

July 18th, 2011
6:29 am

Good Morning All…….

Good for Ruben on his new record deal. Maybe this will take off in a bid way.

Also, I will add mt belated congrats to Heather and Highlander. May your marriage continue to prosper and may you both be very happy.

Deirdre

July 18th, 2011
7:36 am

Morning!

Had a great weekend except for the USA world cup loss. Hope everyone had a great weekend, too.

Harriett

July 18th, 2011
8:21 am

Morning!

Back at it here for a week and then I am off for a vacation at the beach on Saturday. I did peek in and see the comments while I was gone. JLO and Marc A were a weird pairing IMO. The only real connection I could see was they were both hispanic. But, it is sad when any marriage breaks up. Most start out with love and lots of hope for the future.

Woodpappy

July 18th, 2011
8:56 am

In Hollywood…most start out with Lust and hope for a future.

Sam-A

July 18th, 2011
8:58 am

Sad to say I was a little disappointed in HPII! Especially the final battle betw Harry and Voldemort – all that chasing drove me nuts – I missed the great hall, with everyone surrounding them, and especially missed Harry telling Voldemort the info about Snape (won’t say here, in case someone plans to see it and didn’t read the book). That said, I was also disappointed first time with both “Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Order of the Phoenix” first time, with too many changes/additions to book, so hopefully next time I’ll like it better. Good movie, but not what I’d expected.

Sam-A

July 18th, 2011
8:58 am

Oh, and congrats to Highlander and Heather.

Deirdre

July 18th, 2011
9:29 am

I loved the Harry Potter movie but then, I’m not a purest. I never go into a movie expecting it to be like the book. I thought the conversation between Harry and Dumbledore was nicely edited(thought it went on way too long in the book)loved the moment when Harry discovers what he thinks is his fate(full theater went absolutely silent, not even a cough)the warmth and maturity that grows between the 3 main characters, the small touches of humor during the epic battle scenes, Maggie Smith absolutely tough as nails no matter how frail she may appear. Loved it!

Sam-A

July 18th, 2011
9:36 am

Love Maggie Smith. Her expression when she said “I’ve always wanted to use that spell” was great.

Woodpappy

July 18th, 2011
9:39 am

You know as amazing as it may seem, I’ve NEVER read a Harry Potter Book or even seen any of the movies. Am I missing out on something akin to the Star Wars series?

Harriett

July 18th, 2011
9:42 am

Lust? Love? Hmmm, Woodpappy! ;)

Mercedes S.

July 18th, 2011
9:58 am

Four days of Ruben, and not even 50 comments…. and all the talk about the Skeletor and wife and Harry Potter. Kinda sad.

Oldest son, who has an amazing memory, went to see Potter on Friday and was missing a lot from the last book. In the past he was also unhappy about the movies’ basically dropping the Tom Riddle storyline.

Mercedes S.

July 18th, 2011
10:00 am

and ‘pappy – yes, you are missing out on HP. Had you read even one book, you would not have mentioned Potter and Star Wars in the same par. JK Rowling never inflicted a Jar jar Binks on her readers.

Deirdre

July 18th, 2011
10:00 am

Woodpappy, I started Harry Potter back in ‘99 when my younger son’s girlfriend insisted that he read it. He read the first book then handed it to me when he bought the second. The first book is a delightful children’s story about young wizards in modern day London. As each book progresses, it becomes more adult, darker and mysterious. They are all easy(if sometimes, long) reads and very good individual stories but the continuing story is the most important and Harry’s preordained fate as “the boy who lived” becomes the sole focus. It may not be your thing but, if you want to find out, I recommend renting the movies, in order.

Woodpappy

July 18th, 2011
10:14 am

Cool…I’ll have to rent them in order and take a look. Thanks, all.

Sam-A

July 18th, 2011
10:19 am

Deirdre: good advise to Woodpappy. But Wood, if you love to read, be sure to read the books as well. Jo Rowling’s writing grew tremendously with each book, and the series is very easy to read, yet complicated plots and characters never let it get boring or a chore to read. You won’t want to put a book down once you start. Just in either case, be sure to stay in order.

JTesla

July 18th, 2011
10:26 am

Now hold on, when someone says “akin to the Star Wars series?” it should be assumed that they are only talking about the original trilogy. Just as when someone says that they liked Matrix they are only talking about the very first movie and ignoring the existence of the other two.

At least that is how I roll.

Woodpappy, it is a great series, and a great set of movies. They do “grow” in terms of the age that they are geared for with each book. However, I quite enjoyed reading all the books as an adult – without even an excuse to read them. They are no Lord of the Rings (book), but they are better than a lot of other stuff that is out there. And the movies do a fair enough job at covering the books that you can cheat and just watch them.

Deirdre

July 18th, 2011
10:33 am

G

July 18th, 2011
1:05 pm

Late to the part, but good news concerning Big Rube! I hope things really turn out well for him because he’s such a talented singer. I’ve always thought that Rube had a mature sound. Hope the radio stations make room in the rotation for him. He deserves it.

Traci

July 20th, 2011
10:54 pm

This is a really good Record Label for him to be on. They have some really great Jazz artists and a great group of R & B artists. I hope they actually do something with Reuben – he is verry talented.
Maybe a Maysa/Reuben duo. Shanachie Entertainment — never heard of them until I clicked on the link. VERY GOOD stable of artists!