YouTube video of Adam Lambert Mad World

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert
I want to see a good video of Adam Lambert performing “Mad World” on American Idol on youTube but they all suck. Help!!
– Sarah – Atlanta, GA

Well Sarah, it really isn’t that hard to find. But since you asked here it is–not from YouTube. Although we did love the video of Adam Lambert’s performance shot by someone actually videotaping their television.


Adam Lambert – "Mad World" (American Idol Studio Version)
Uploaded by YouL00K.

Allison Iraheta returns to American Idol

Allison Iraheta
Allison Iraheta
Season 8 American Idol finalist and fan favorite Allison Iraheta returns to the Idol stage to perform her new hit single, “Scars,” on the first American Idol results show of the season Thursday, Feb. 25 8/7c on FOX. “Scars” was written by Toby Gad and Alyssa James, and produced by Gad.

A devoted American Idol fan since the show’s debut, Los Angeles native Allison turned her childhood dream into reality when she became one of the final four contestants of Season 8. The 17-year-old singer impressed the American Idol judges and viewers with performances that reached well beyond her years. Her debut album, Just Like You on 19 Recordings/Jive Records, was released December 1 and features her first single “Friday I’ll Be Over U,” penned and produced by Swedish hit-maker Max Martin. Also included on the album is “No One Else,” which was co-written by American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, Greg Wells and P!nk.

Allison Iraheta was the last standing girl on Season 8 of Idol. Tune in this Thursday!

Simon Cowell leaving American Idol

Simon Cowell
Yes it is true. Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol.

Cowell told reporters at the TV Critics Association winter press tour that “There’s been a lot of speculation [about my future], partly because we didn’t have an agreement. We reached an agreement formally about half past 11 this morning. Where we have come to is that The X Factor will launch in America in 2011, with me judging the show and executive producing the show, and because of that, this will be my last season on American Idol this year.”

First things first, The X Factor isn’t much different than American Idol except that contestants of all can enter and the judges mentor as well as just critique.

The X Factor will air in the fall, while Idol will continue airing in the spring. So what will happen with this season of American Idol and Cowell?

“I’ve always said this was my last year,” Simon told us. “Everyone thought I was negotiating, but that wasn’t the reason behind it. I felt like doing something different. I like the challenge. I want to leave Idol this year, bigger and better than it’s been before…I hope it’s going to be higher than it was last year.”

American Idol Danny Gokey to release “My Best Days” in March

Danny GokeyAmerican Idol Season Eight finalist and 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville recording artist Danny Gokey is new on the radio with his irresistible debut single, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me,” and fans can be looking forward to a full album, titled My Best Days, scheduled for release in early March 2010.

In addition to enjoying “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” on the country airwaves, the digital single is available this week for the first time, and listeners can stream the track on the recently launched dannygokey.com, where fans can also sign-up for Danny’s newsletter and access forums, wallpapers, news, upcoming events, photos, video, and much more.

An intimate Danny Gokey performance of “O Holy Night” is now available on USA Today’s website usatoday.com. For a limited time during the holiday season, this video can be viewed on the home page or Life or Idol Chatter sections. (Links: www.usatoday.com/life/default.htm or www.idolchatter.usatoday.com.)

Wednesday’s issue of USA Today, the nation’s largest newspaper with a total print circulation of 1.9 million, will highlight Danny, the cover of his debut album and spotlight his “O Holy Night” special online performance.

A final holiday mention: Danny is confirmed to sing the National Anthem prior to the 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time FOX network broadcast of the Green Bay Packers/Seattle Seahawks game on Sunday, December 27.

American Idol Danny Gokey preparing new album

American Idol Season Eight finalist and 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville recording artist Danny Gokey may be in the midst of working on his much-anticipated debut album, but he’s also been on the road, making appearances and visiting country radio in support of his irresistible new single, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.”

The single was serviced to country radio on Wednesday, and fans can also check it out right now with an online stream at dannygokey.com.

Danny rolls out of a busy holiday weekend and will be in Atlanta, GA, tomorrow morning for a schedule that includes an interview and performance on FOX’s Good Day Atlanta and a national anthem performance tomorrow evening in Charlotte, NC. Gokey will sing the anthem prior to the NBA match-up between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Boston Celtics. Fans will be able to see Gokey’s performance as FOX Sports South airs its HD broadcast of the game across the Carolinas.

Danny spent Thanksgiving in Detroit, where he performed on Wednesday evening as part of the festivities leading up to the city’s 83rd America’s Thanksgiving Parade before returning to his native Wisconsin on Saturday to serve as Grand Marshal for the 30th Annual Grafton Christmas Parade in Grafton, WI, near his hometown.

The digital single for “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” will be available on December 22, with a full album arriving early next year.

American Idol finalists Michael Johns and Brooke White announce tour

Brooke White and Michael Johns
Brooke White and Michael Johns
Former American Idol finalists, Michael Johns and Brooke White, have just announced a slew of tour dates. The first show will kick off in Pomona, CA on August 16th. Johns will be promoting his new album Hold Back My Heart, which hit stores in late June. The Aussie singer will be premiering the video for the first single off the album, “Heart on My Sleeve,” shortly. White will be out supporting her album High Hopes & Heartbreak which will be released on July 21st. “Radio Radio,” the first single pulled from the album has already had critics comparing her to greats like Carly Simon and Carol King. Both Johns and White’s albums were produced by David Cobb who also worked with artists like Chris Cornell and Shooter Jennings.

MICHAEL JOHNS / BROOKE WHITE 2009 TOUR

8/16 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
8/17- Sacramento, CA @ Boardwalk
8/19 – Reno, NV @ Club Underground
8/21 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
8/22 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
8/23 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
8/24 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
8/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
8/27 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
8/29 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
8/30 – Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court

American Idol Allison Iraheta signs record deal

Allison Iraheta
Allison Iraheta
It was announced today that 19 Recordings has signed Allison Iraheta , and her recordings have been licensed to Jive Records.

Allison made it to the Top 4 of the recently completed Season 8 of the FOX TV sensation American Idol. The vibrantly red-haired rocker was the youngest contestant ever (age 16) to make it into the Top 12. She had aspired to be on American Idol since its debut in 2002 when she was only 9. Early in the season Allison Iraheta caught the attention of Idol judges, with Kara DioGuardi commenting, “keep your eye on that girl!” One of her defining moments on the show was her performance of the heart-wrenching Bonnie Raitt classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me” in the Top 8 round of performances.

“I think I’m still in shock that this is happening — getting to record my first album and this whole awesome experience is a dream come true!”

Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder & CEO of 19 Entertainment says, “Allison is an incredible young singer. She is without a doubt one of the best teenage singers ‘American Idol’ has ever discovered. We all watched Allison grow in confidence and stature as she performed each week on the show and we can only imagine how far this special girl can continue to blossom in the years ahead.”

“Allison was an absolute stand-out this season,” stated RCA/JIVE Label Group’s Chairman and CEO Barry Weiss. “Her bluesy, powerful voice, spunky attitude, and edgy star power immediately captivated us and it didn’t matter where she ranked on Idol, we knew we wanted her to join our amazing crop of young talent at Jive.”

Allison Iraheta is from Downey, California. The now 17 year old was born in California to Salvadorian immigrants, and has been “singing since she was a toddler” according to her family.

This summer Allison will tour across the U.S with her fellow Season 8 finalists on the American Idols Live! Tour 2009.

American Idol Adam Lambert admits to being gay

Adam Lambert - Rolling Stone
Adam Lambert - Rolling Stone
Adam Lambert confirms he is gay in the new issue of Rolling Stone. The issue hits stands this week, but RollingStone.com already has some excerpts up. “I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay,” Lambert says in the interview, adding, “I’m proud of my sexuality…I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.” Just don’t call him a poster boy, Lambert urges in the piece: “I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader.”

American Idol Adam Lambert announced record will release in fall

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert
American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert has been signed to 19 Recordings and licensed to RCA Records. He is preparing to start work on his debut album which is due for release in fall 2009.

“To find a talent as exceptional as Adam Lambert is a rare and special event,” says Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder & CEO of 19 Entertainment. “I am thrilled that ‘American Idol’ was the platform for the world to discover this brilliant young man. He is unique and unforgettable and a certain star of tomorrow.”

“There are no longer any rules in terms of where the world’s next superstars may come from,” says Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO RCA/JIVE Label Group. “We are thrilled to be getting involved with Adam Lambert as we all at RCA Records believe he is one of those rare, future global stars”.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve come to a creative and collaborative partnership and look forward to developing a really exciting album,” says Lambert. “We are 100% on the same page and are all anxiously awaiting the start of the recordings. It’s going to be ridiculous! Get Ready!!!”

27 year old Lambert, who hails originally from San Diego, CA, had 4 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this summer. With his masterful interpretation of “Mad World” leading the way, he also charted with “No Boundaries”, “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “One.”

Lambert, will be recording his album over the summer while on the road with the American Idol’s Live tour. The tour kicks off July 5th in Portland, OR and culminates on September 15th in Manchester, NH.

American Idol Kris Allen signs with 19 recordings

Kris Allen
Kris Allen
It was announced today that 19 Recordings has signed Kris Allen , and his recordings have been licensed to Jive Records.”

“Kris won the hearts of millions of Americans with his soulful voice, good looks and gracious demeanor,” stated Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder & CEO of 19 Entertainment. “However it is his passion for music and love of performing that will make sure Kris stands the test of time and makes ‘American Idol’ proud.”

“As exciting as the last few months have been, I’m really looking forward to what is next,” says Kris Allen. “I’m very grateful to be working with Simon Fuller and his team at 19 Entertainment, along with Barry Weiss and Jive Records on my debut album. Everyone’s been asking me what it’s going to sound like. It will be very similar to what you heard from me on the show — definitely in the pop/rock genre. I can’t wait to get started!”

“Kris had a terrific run of memorable performances culminating with an incredible win,” stated Barry Weiss, Chairman and CEO of the RCA/JIVE Label Group. “He’s a super-talented singer and all-around gifted musician who has that rare common touch which will give him the ability to connect with the broadest possible audience. We’re really excited to welcome him to the Jive family.”

His popular victory song “No Boundaries” currently ranks No. 23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart. In addition, Allen has two singles on the chart from his American Idol performances, “Heartless” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.” On the eighth season of American Idol, the 23-year old Conway, Arkansas native, who is a pianist and self-taught guitar player, achieved growing popularity and enthusiastic reviews weekly from television viewers and critics alike.

Currently Kris is gearing up for the upcoming 50-city American Idol 2009 Summer Tour. The tour kicks off on July 5th in Portland, Oregon and ends on September 15th in Manchester, New Hampshire. Allen’s debut album is slated for release late Fall 2009.