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‘Idol’ bits: Steven Tyler apologies to Nicki Minaj over rant; Phillip Phillips’ album opens at No. 4

Steven Tyler questioned Nicki Minaj's judging abilities without having ever seen them, which peeved Nicki. CREDIT: AP

Steven Tyler questioned Nicki Minaj's judging abilities without having ever seen them, which peeved Nicki. CREDIT: AP

Steven Tyler recently told MTV that he thought new judge Nicki Minaj would not like Bob Dylan if he had competed on “American Idol.” In fact, he said, she would “had him sent to the cornfield.”

That type of statement has been said for years, that Dylan would do poorly on the show period. That part is hardly controversial.  But he made it sound like his crew (with Jennifer Lopez) would have nurtured Dylan like they did singer songwriter and Georgia resident Phillip Phillips.

So sweet Nicki went on Twitter and flamed out Tyler over three Tweets combined here: “Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven’t seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet! I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. I haven’t done anything to you. That’s a racist comment. You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f*** yourself and worry about yourself babe.”

Tyler apologized quickly. “I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki,” the Aerosmith rocker said Tuesday on eTalk, a Canadian entertainment show. “But I am the farthest from [being a racist],” he said. “I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. I don’t know where she got that out of me saying I’m not sure how she would’ve judged Bob Dylan.”

Minaj is stirring the pot, already, with a feud with other new judge Mariah Carey already in the can. We are still seven weeks from the show’s 12th season debut.

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Phillip Phillips’ new album “The World From the Side of the Moon” debuted at a respectable No. 4 with 169,000 copies sold. That fell short of how Scotty McCreery did last year with 197,000 copies. Given that album sales keep falling year by year overall, Phillips’ debut is more than respectable. His single “Home” has moved more than 2.5 million copies.

The worst debut? Lee DeWyze season nine with a pitiful 39,000 copies. Kris Allen opened with 80,000 copies. David Cook back in 2008, when overall album sales were at least 35% higher? 280,000.

On the “Today Show” today, he played “Gone Gone Gone,” which I videotaped last week at the Mall of Georgia. That’s a strong sign it’s going to be his next single. It has a similar enough feel to “Home” that I think it would complement that song well and get him some Hot AC/adult alternative airplay.

He also tried his hand at doing the weather for Al Roker:

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Scotty McCreery and Cee Lo Green will be on the “Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting” special tonight on NBC. His Christmas album has shipped 500,000 copies.

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Clay Aiken is doing a Christmas tour. No Atlanta date though.

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27 comments Add your comment

JTesla

November 28th, 2012
6:09 pm

Thanks Rodney, next season should be interesting. Just… interesting.

“Lee DeWyze season nine with a pitiful 39,000 copies” Also thanks for the laugh. 39,000 copies. LOL.

MC

November 28th, 2012
6:24 pm

A “racist comment” where race isn’t mentioned. She’s a class act, that one.

another comment

November 28th, 2012
7:23 pm

They had to get someone cheap after they spent all of their budget on Mariah, the real talent. It is Keith, Mariah and Randy Jackson who are the Talents. Nicki is just a thug. 87% of the Demographic doesn’t know who she is.

Kevin

November 28th, 2012
7:28 pm

Send him to the Cornfield is a quote from The Twilight Zone Episode ” It’s A Good Life”. It’s not raciest at all. ” Send Him To The Cornfield Billy!”

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
8:12 pm

Anybody here watching XFactor.

I like the way DWhite changed the melody of Whitney’s song, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Made me think of Whitney’s change to Dolly Parton’s song “I Will Always Love You.”

Diamond did good. LA Reid is WRONG!

Seth T

November 28th, 2012
8:14 pm

Per what I have seen on some documentaries from before my time, along with my own work with Dylan music over the past decade, Bob Dylan was never known for his great singing ability, but first as a songwriter and a folk artist. His fan base was upset when he played an electric guitar on-stage for the first time.

He wrote lyrics that connected with many, and song arrangements that were often unique and not within the mainstream pattern of the music world. Many of his songs are still covered today by many name artists, and the buyer’s often don’t notice that the song was written by Bob Dylan.

However, it is very unlikely that any panel of Idol judges, present or past, would have given an unknown Dylan anymore than a bored look if he went in to sing acapella in front of them. While Idol has produced some talent, their format is definitely not the path for most creative artists.

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:17 pm

Hi Pitchy, I’m watching XF. I didn’t think Diamond was very good at all and I usually love her!

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
8:27 pm

Glad you’re here, DanJ.

I think he’s doing a grave injustice to this beautiful song. The lyrics to a “Loving Feeling” is heartfelt, very emotional. He’s not even tapping into the essence of the song (IMO).

Seth T

November 28th, 2012
8:28 pm

Hi Pitchy — thought we might get an X-Factor thread, but maybe after the show, or tomorrow for the elim’s.

Since Diamond sang first tonight, it’s a sign that she will be unlikely to gain any ground from last week. Usually the first place singer never gains ground, and often slides down some in ratings. Not a hard & fast rule, but a general observation.

That effect lessens as the field narrows down to 4 or 5.

Rodney Ho

November 28th, 2012
8:28 pm

Sorry I didn’t post an X Factor item sooner but I have it up for you to comment with…

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
8:28 pm

DanJ, I don’t think she did great, but she did good! I really liked the way she sang the beginning of the song.

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
8:29 pm

I agree with Simon! Vino did not do good, imo.

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
8:32 pm

LA just said “one of the best songs in the World,” but did he do it justice? No, LA said he did “good.” Heck, with one of the best songs in the world, not good for your mentor who pick the song to say you did “good.” Not “great,” just good. LA, you are the Bama of the week, and it’s only Wednesday…lol

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:32 pm

Pitchy, Rodney has an XFactor up. I guess we should move to it!

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
8:34 pm

Good evening, Seth T!

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
8:35 pm

Moving over…

Deb

November 29th, 2012
12:38 am

If American Idle keeps nicki on I will not be watching it this year. Talk about extreme grudge. I hate it when everything gets blamed on race when it had nothing to do with it. Get over yourself Nicki.

liberalefty

November 29th, 2012
1:35 am

what did TYLER say that was racist?

Bone

November 29th, 2012
6:40 am

That’s the problem with how education has failed the U.S.. You have someone that was told they could sing and cared less on learning ANYTHING, then becomes famous SOMEHOW, then opens their mouths when they are criticized about anything and calls someone “racist”.

I wish people in general would look up the meaning of words before using them. Apparently the education system failed Nicki, or does she know what the meaning of “education” is.

1st mate

November 29th, 2012
8:27 am

Hey Pitchy, not sure if people on here know what the “Bama of the week” is, I do, I love Huggie.

1st mate

November 29th, 2012
9:21 am

I dont think what Tyler said was racist, but it was genreist (i just made upa word) He was implying that her being a rapper could not appreciate the music of Bob Dylan, and that is a false statement.

flats

November 29th, 2012
10:51 am

I’m so tired of old rock stars trying to make it in the pop world.Go back and rock out with the stones and what not.

Woodpappy

November 29th, 2012
11:22 am

That Minaj woman is pure trash in my book. She has no business on AI as we will all see when the curtains go up and the lights go on…..

TalentedTenth

November 29th, 2012
12:27 pm

Pitchy & 1st Mate

I love Huggie too. Bama of the Week!

Nicki, I’m willing to bet, is clinically unstable. It is one episode of neurosis after another.

Tyler handled it well taking the high road and simply apologizing in a great way because he is also questioning her intellect.

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dick whiskey

November 29th, 2012
1:56 pm

who is nicki minaj?

Reee

November 29th, 2012
3:28 pm

Okay, I’m a black woman and I don’t understand where in the hell did Nicki get the idea of Steven being a racist by his comment. I was even caught off guard by it. I’ve noticed how Nicki brings up the “You think I am like this because I’m a black rapper” comment quite often. Not the case. Steven simply implied with Nicki being the relatively new artist among veterans on the panel and her work being more so on the current pop side as of now that she would likely send someone like Bob Dylan to the cornfield because his work wouldn’t be consider hip and cool enough. It was an assumption he made and a harmless one at that. Nothing racist there. Sighs.