Thursday, March 17, 2011

GET IT NOW!!! American Idol: 10th Anniversary - The Hits Volume 1

American Idol: 10th Anniversary - The Hits Volume 1

Be the first to own American Idol: 10th Anniversary - The Hits Volume 1. It's a really great mix of all the past Idol winner's hits - Plus Idol's all-time favorites and Billboard toppers Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry! I love it! American Idol rocks!!

Track Listings
1. Kelly Clarkson - “Since U Been Gone”
2. Ruben Studdard - “Superstar”
3. Clay Aiken - “Invisible”
4. Fantasia – “When I See U”
5. Carrie Underwood – “Before He Cheats”
6. Taylor Hicks – “Takin’ It To The Streets”
7. Daughtry – “Home”
8. Jordin Sparks (duet with Chris Brown) – “No Air”
9. David Cook – “Light On”
10. Kris Allen – “Live Like We’re Dying”
11. Adam Lambert – “Whataya Want From Me”
12. Lee DeWyze – “Sweet Serendipity”

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American Idol's NAIMA Adedapo Sings "What's Love Got to Do with It?"

American Idol Season 10's most unique singer Naima Adedapo sings Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It?" for the Top 12 show. Idol contestants choose songs from their birth year, and Naima picked Tina Turner's 1984 hit.

Naima descends the stairs in another cool, urban look. She took this huge hit from 1984 and made it 2011 by mixing up the vocals, and took over the stage like a pro. The judges had mixed reactions to Naima's performance. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler praised, "Naima! You opened up a can of whoop-de-do on us tonight! You got a sorcerers grasp of melody girl. I just loved it." Jennifer Lopez said, “Hey Baby. So, you bring your specific flavor to everything. I love that. Last week, I gave you a pass on your pitchiness. Now I’m seeing that you are consistently pitchy. I need you to concentrate on that, to work on that. Your flavor's need to bring that all together.” Randy Jackson agreed with Jennifer, "You’re still always under the pitch. You perform, and you got the energy, you look hot. The vocals were all over the place."

"What's Love Got to Do with It" is the second single (after "Let's Stay Together") released from Tina Turner's fifth solo album Private Dancer. In Europe it was the third single following Turner's cover of The Beatles' "Help!". "What's Love Got to Do with It" became Turner's most successful single.

Tina Turner had previously released two solo albums while still with her husband and musical partner Ike Turner. She split from him in 1976 and divorced in 1978. Following the divorce, she released two more solo albums, both of which failed on the charts. However, "What's Love Got to Do with It", from her fifth solo album, reached the top five in both the US and UK. The song ranked #309 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". It also ranked #38 on "Songs of the Century". It was the 17th best-selling single of 1984 in the UK. The song was originally recorded by UK pop group Bucks Fizz, but unreleased until 2000. In 1993, the song's name was used as the title for What's Love Got to Do With It, a biographical film about Tina Turner's life.

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America Idol's Paul McDonald Sings "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"

America Idol Season 10's Paul McDonald Sings "I Guess That's Why They call It the Blues" by Elton John on the Top 12 show. Idol contestants got to choose any song from their birth year. Paul was born in 1984. "Some killer tunes came out that year," says Paul.

Producer Jimmy Iovine noticed Paul's voice was hoarse during rehearsals, and warned him to "Please, come with your full voice for Wednesday night." It was pretty obvious Paul didn't recover his voice, and his performance almost looked painful... poor guy. He normally covers the stage with such swagger, but tonight, he just looked bored and uncomfortable...though that may have been the cold/laryngitis. The audience still loved him, and he received a standing ovation. "Baby, Baby, Baby," sang Jennifer Lopez, "I feel you. I know you felt like you were struggling up there. You have so much soul and so much star quality you overcame that. It happens. And it's whether or not you can make it happen, and you did.” Randy Jackson said, “I kinda differ with Jennifer a little bit...but I'm not gonna give you a pass because you have a cold. Some of the notes were very pitchy, and you were very under the first half of the song, pitch-wise. The thing about you I’re like Ray Montagne. You try and find a way to make the song your own. You say 'I'm not Elton, I'm gonna put the Paul spin on it.' But get the notes right.” Eccentric Steven Tyler liked Paul's individual style. “You define a cool dude in a loose mood. Your swagger up there is way cool. You’re very distinctive. And I like that”

"I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" is a song by British singer Elton John featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica. The song received largely favourable reviews, with Bill Janovitz of Allmusic declaring the song "likely to stand the test of time as a standard." It was one of Elton John's most-played songs on the radio in the 1980's. It is also quite well known for being played at Chelsea FC's home matches (soccer).

The song appeared on the album Too Low for Zero. Released as a single in April 1983, the song reached #5 on the UK chart and #4 in the US chart six months later. The music video features two young lovers that are separated when he leaves for military training, and then they are finally reunited at the end of the song. It was filmed in the The Rivoli Ballroom in London and it is one of the very few times Elton John was filmed or videotaped without wearing his trademark eyeglasses.

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American Idol's Gorgeous Pageant Queen THIA MEGIA Sings "Colors of the Wind"

American Idol Season 10's beautiful Thia Megia sings "Colors of the Wind" on the Top 12 Show. Idol contestants got to choose any song from their birth year. Thia was born on January 30th, 1995, and she picked the ballad "Colors of the Wind" sung by Vanessa Williams in the Disney classic Pocohantas.

Thia looks amazing and poised, as always. The audience gives her an enthusiastic standing ovation, but the judges are ready for something different from Thia. Randy Jackson said, "The problem that I'm really having is, you've been singing all these ballads every week, for me, this was very boring. I felt like I was at some pageant somewhere. There was nothing special or unique about it. And you have the talent. Dig a little deeper....cuz you can sing. You have a big voice...You're here cuz you can really sing." Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is still smitten with Thia, saying, "I think you sang it beautiful. You have a beautiful voice. But, is that song who you think you are?” Thia "thought it was the best song out of all the choices" she had. Then told Randy, "I'm so much more than that. I'm not just a ballad singer." That's wonderful to hear! She has such a beautiful voice, such a lovely tone...we can't wait to hear MORE from her! Jennifer Lopez has always been a fan of Thia, and praised, "When we first saw you, we loved the quality and tone of your voice. You had an Adele type of quality, something very unique, and for 15 years old, it blew us away. It’s a little safe. Push out of the box. Then come out next week and kill it.”

"Colors of the Wind" was the 1995 Oscar-winner for Best Original Song from the Disney animated feature film Pocahontas. It also won the Golden Globe in the same category as well as the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Movie. The song poetically presents the Native American viewpoint that the earth is a living entity where humankind is connected to everything in nature.

The song was performed within the movie's narrative by Judy Kuhn as the singing voice of Pocahontas. Singer/actress Vanessa Williams recorded a version for the end credits which was successfully released as a single and became one of Williams' biggest hits in 1995, earning a Gold single for sales of 500,000 copies, and reaching #4 on the U.S. charts. For her version, Williams received a Grammy nomination as Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in 1996 (she lost to Annie Lennox's "No More I Love You's").

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American Idol's HALEY REINHART Sings "I'm Your Baby Tonight"

Haley Reinhart, American Idol Season 10's coquettish cutie sings "I'm Your Baby Tonight" by Whitney Houston. Idol contestants got to choose any song from their birth year. Haley was born September 9th, 1990, and was humming and singing from a very young age. Haley believes she got her talent from her parents. "I have them to thank for everything. They're amazing performers. I'm doing this for them, totally. Hey, I'm just walking in their footsteps."

Haley struts onto stage, and almost seems to be putting more effort into her 'act' than her singing, which is unfortunate, for when Haley gives it her all, she has a beautiful voice. And I really LOVE that 'growl-y' thing she does! Jennifer Lopez starts off, "When I see you performing up there I hear this amazing voice coming out. I feel that you’re still tense in your body. You're unsure of your movements. Don’t force anything. That’s going to look better than trying to perform." Randy Jackson said, "I'm just a little confused here. I'm just not sure you're sure who you are. You got to find that out and find out what are the songs you're going to perform best. The vocals were ok." Steven Tyler has always loved Haley. He said, "That was sweet and tough. When I first heard you I heard that Janis Joplin thing and I always wait to hear it again. Your voice is so distinct. Dig into the blues a little more."

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" is the lead single and title track off Whitney Houston's third studio album of the same name. The song was produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface.

The music video of "I'm Your baby Tonight" features an edgier, rougher Houston (much different than she was in videos such as "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody") paying homage to the sounds of black music that have helped define her sound, paying tribute in simulation of the Harlem Renaissance (with Houston as Marlene Dietrich), Motown (most notably The Supremes as Houston uses cloning imagery to create two clones of herself), and Hollywood's Golden Age (with Houston dressed as Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face), finally returning to present day by the video's end.

After having charted ten Top 10 hits (and seven consecutive number ones) on the Billboard Hot 100, Houston continued her chart momentum as "I'm Your Baby Tonight" would become her eleventh Top 10 hit and eighth number one. The song had an impressive debut at number 42 the week of October 20, 1990. Six weeks later, it hit number one, ending Mariah Carey's three-week run at the top with "Love Takes Time". "I'm Your Baby Tonight" spent only one week at number one, being knocked out by Stevie B's "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)". Altogether, the single spent seven weeks in the Top 10, twelve weeks in the Top 20, and fourteen consecutive weeks in the Top 40. It also reached number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart for two weeks. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA.

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American Idol's Gorgeous PIA TOSCANO Performs "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"

Pia Toscano, American Idol Season 10 favorite Pia Toscano performs Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" on the Top 12 show. Idol contestants got to choose any song from their birth year. Pia was born October 14th, 1988, and became a little Diva, ("I just thought I was a little super-star," says Pia) singing Whitney Houston at a very young age.

Looking gorgeous, Pia gave another super-star performance. She changed up Whitney's classic, speeding up the tempo, making it almost disco. It doesn't matter what she sings - she can belt it out. Another crowd-pleaser from Pia. Judge Steven Tyler praised, "You are why this show is called American Idol! You took that song over the top. And you nailed it." A smiling and thrilled Jennifer Lopez raved, "I was so glad to hear you do something up-tempo! It was perfect for you. You're perfect every time you get up there." Randy Jackson loved it too. "Every week you're producing amazing vocals. Pia is in the competition to win it! Where you all at? Pia's trying to win this."

"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" is the fourth single from Whitney Houston's second album, Whitney. The ballad was released in February 1988. The song was written by Frank Wildhorn and Chuck Jackson. Wildhorn approached Jackson about the opportunity to write for Whitney Houston. He gave him the title, and Wildhorn completed the music & lyrics for the song.

Initially, Houston did not want to record the song, feeling there was no special message to convey. However, Arista Records CEO Clive Davis believed the song would go to number one if she recorded it, so she agreed. The single became Houston's seventh consecutive number one.

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American Idol's Rocker JAMES DURBIN Sings "I'll Be There for You"

American Idol Season 10's resident rocker James Durbin takes over the stage and sings Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There for You" for the Top 12 Show. This week's theme for the Idol contestants was 'songs from your birth year'. James was born on January 6th, 1989, "a happy little boy." ("A complete little cheese-ball," James describes himself.) "The music in 1989 was some of the best music ever. Bon Jovi was killin' it on the charts," says James, in explanation of his song choice.

James' confidence and stage swagger is so impressive; he just takes over that stage like an old-time rocker. And his screams aren't 'screamy', they're beautiful. Great jump and pyrotechnics at the end. This boy can perform! The crowd and the judges love it! Rocker Steven Tyler said, "1989, I've got leftover sandwiches under my bed older than you. How do you do that?" James answers, "Watching you." Steven goes on to say, "Don’t get too poppy than me." Not too sure what Steven meant...James goes on to say that there was some great music in '89, including some Aerosmith, which he let slip he may be singing for the finale!! Steven says that if James saves it til then, he'll come up and sing with him! Wow! That I'd love to see. Long bleeeep. Jennifer Lopez, laughing and clapping with a huge smile, said, "A great singer, a great performer, makes you want to sing along. And if you saw me, acting the fool, that's exactly what you do. It's amazing, and I love it. I love it. You were great!" Randy Jackson pointed out a few pitch problems, and added, "But what you do always is you figure out how to make it your own. You really did it justice. You found a way to put your high note in, but not overdo it. Very tastefully done Dude." Steven hasn't given enough words of wisdom yet, so he adds, "That man right there has a rich vein of inner crazy."

"I'll Be There for You" is a song by American hard rock band Bon Jovi from their 1988 album New Jersey, was written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. The single of the song was ranked #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Mainstream rock charts. As the band (and hard rock music) was at its peak popularity at this time, the song quickly climbed to the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their fourth and final #1 single. The song has remained as one of Bon Jovi's signature songs and a classic in the power ballad genre. The song was also a peek into a more mature sound heard on their following albums Keep the Faith and These Days.

The verses of "I'll Be There for You" have an eerily and uncredited similarity (both musically and melodically) to John Lennon's Beatles' track 'Don't Let Me Down' (recorded during the Get Back sessions) and the chorus was supposedly culled from an unreleased song by Joel Ellis of Cats in Boots and Heavy Bones. Joel Ellis has said that Lehua Reid (Richie Sambora's ex-fiancée) regaled him with anecdotes regarding Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora 'sitting at the piano for hours with a box full of tapes they got from people and going through the songs looking for stuff they could rip off and laughing about it, your [Ellis'] song was played over and over and over'.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Getting to Know American Idol's SCOTTY McCREERY

Scotty McCreery - Contestants - American Idol

American Idol Season 10 Top 12 finalist Scotty McCreery is 17 years old and is originally from Garner, NC. Scotty auditioned for Idol in Milwaukee, WI.

This young Country Crooner is stealing hearts across America. Scotty sings pure, old-time Country Music, and this has garnered him a very loyal following...including the 3 Idol judges! Randy Jackson has said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t even think about fixing it. Dude, this is exactly where you belong. Don’t change it. I love it.” Steven Tyler, always with a colorful turn of phrase, told Scotty, “The carpet is all paid for, God bless the TV, let's go shoot a hole in the moon! You’re riding high.”

The judges were struck by his deep baritone voice, unusual for his age. In the Hollywood group round, he joined the "Guaps" and became embroiled in drama when Clint Jun Gamboa expelled Jacee Badeaux from their group. Scotty manned up, and later expressed regret for not standing up for Jacee. He was one of the five male vote getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13.

Scotty's favorite quote is from the Bible, Phillipians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Scotty has named Hank Williams, Garth Brooks, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash and Elvis as his musical influences.


Scotty McCreery was born on October 9, 1993 and grew up in Garner, North Carolina. He used to impersonate Elvis as a youngster, and started learning guitar at the tender age of ten. He sang at his West Lake Middle School graduation, and also attended Garner Magnet High School. He was part of a vocal ensemble in his high school, Die Meistersingers, that perform across the United States. He started out singing tenor but switched to bass when he voice turned lower in his sophomore year. He won a country radio station singing contest called "Clayton Idol", and was one of 36 finalists in a "Rip the Hallways" contest featuring teenage vocalists in North Carolina. He has performed at various local events throughout his young life.

McCreery is a fanatic of baseball, and was the pitcher for his team called the Garner Trojans.

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Getting to Know American Idol's Pia Toscano

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American Idol Season 10 Top 12 finalist Pia Toscano is 22 years old and comes from Howard Beach, New York. She auditioned at the New Jersey/New York auditions. This is Pia's second appearance on American Idol, having made it to the Top 40 in Season 6.

The audience and judges love Pia. Not only is she gorgeous and classy on stage, she can truly belt out a tune! Judge Randy Jackson told Pia, "Dude, I'm in awe. Very hot, dope, cool performance." And Steven Tyler said, "You polished that apple...You just slammed it." She impressed the judges with her rendition of "I'll Stand by You" by the Pretenders during the semi-finals, receiving the first standing ovation of the season and earning her a place in the Top 13. The judges said she had one of the best performances in Idol history!

Pia's favorite quote is, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you've imagined and don't worry about the things that you don't have control over." Pia's musical influences include Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Etta James and Luther Vandross.


Pia Toscano was born in 1988. She started singing when she was four and had performed the National Anthem at her junior high school by the time she was twelve. Prior to American Idol, Toscano worked as a make-up artist and as a wedding singer in a band called "Current Affair". In 2006, she graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York City. Fellow Idol Top 12 contestant Karen Rodriguez also attended this school. Toscano won the New York Mets annual "Anthem Search" competition in 2008 and sang the national anthem at a July 2008 game. She has also opened for Barenaked Ladies.

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