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