Wednesday, September 30, 2009

American Idol Update

Season 1's Justin Guarini has lots to celebrate right now; he is engaged to girlfriend Reina Capodici. He recently told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that he plans to get back into the studio as soon as possible to work on a new album, and if you go to Justin's website you can listen to a song that he co-wrote with the intent that it would be on the "New Moon" soundtrack, but it did not make the final cut. Season 1 Winner Kelly Clarkson is currently on her "All I Ever Wanted" Tour;

Kimberly Caldwell, from season 2 has signed a record deal with Vanguard Records and hopes to have an album released in early 2010. The other Kimberly, Kimberly Locke is hard at work with Randy Jackson on her fourth studio album. Clay Aiken has signed a new record deal with Universal's Decca Records, this after he was dropped by his former label. He hopes to release new music in early 2010. Season 2 Winner, Ruben Studdard is going on a 10 city tour as a part of the David Foster and Friends tour.

Rumor has it that Neyo may be executive producing Jennifer Hudson's next album. She told Neyo that she wants her next album to be more personal, considering all the things Hudson has gone through in the past couple of years, there is no doubt that it will be.

Anwar Robinson will co-star in a Broadway musical tribute to Michael Jackson called, Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, the tribute will take place on October 19th at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. --- for tickets and info.

The gorgeous Constantine Maroulis will continue to star in Broadway's Rock of Ages through Jan. 2010; this excites me because it means I still have time to go see it. The lovely Miss Carrie Underwood has been a busy lady. Her new single, "Cowboy Casanova" is quickly climbing the country charts and she will release her third studio album "Play On" on November 3rd. Here is the single--- . I will keep you all posted on the video which is scheduled to debut on October 2nd.

Katharine McPhee has released two singles, "Had It All" and "Say Goodbye" from her upcoming album, "Unbroken" which is scheduled to be released on January 5, 2010. You can hear the new singles on Katharine's myspace ---

Phil Stacey will continue to tour from now through at least the beginning of 2010 with his new album, "Into The Light". Blake Lewis will release his second studio length album, "Heartbreak on Vinyl" on October 6, 2010. Miss Jordin Sparks is the face of the new Got Milk Ad, and she recently premiered the music video for her new single "SOS: Let The Music Play". Check out her website to see both, .

Jason Castro is out with an impressive first single called, Let's Just Fall in Love Again" which is also the title of his first full length studio album to be released on November 17th. Critics already love the single, and Castro is up and running with a website and a mall tour. I might just have to take a drive down to Providence! Go to his website so you can go see him at a location near you, and you can also listen to his new single while you're at it--- Syesha Mercado will be playing Deena Jones in the national tour of "Dreamgirls" which kicks off November 7th in Harlem at the Apollo Theater. Check out the "Dreamgirls" website to look at the tour schedule and purchase tickets,

One of my faves from Season 8, Matt Giraud has up an awesome myspace page, and everyone should check it out, you can listen to all the songs he sang throughout the season-- Your fave red headed rocker and mine, Allison Iraheta is hard at work in the studio with Kevin Rudolf, Max Martin, and David Hodges. Her album with Jive and 19 is set to be released on December 1st. For more updates, check out her website at The record deal that Danny Gokey signed with 19 and RCA Nashville marks the first time in American Idol history that the top 4 contestants have cut record deals. For more info on Danny go to his myspace All I know so far about Adam Lambert's album is that it is scheduled to be released on November 24th. American Idol winner Kris Allen has chosen "Live Like We're Dying" to be the first single off his debut album which will be released on November 17th. So far, critical response on his single has been positive. (Kris' official website:

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