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May 14, 2009 | Richard Rushfield
Out of the tens of thousands who queued up before dawn last summer for a chance at the golden ring on "American Idol," it will come down to a head-to-head match between San Diego's Adam Lambert and Arkansas native Kris Allen. The two advanced Wednesday night after the elimination of initial favorite Danny Gokey and will vie next week to become the eighth "Idol" champion.
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March 25, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Though it's still - on some nights - the most-watched show on television, "American Idol" is by all accounts a smaller proposition than it once was, with fewer viewers, less cultural clout and a seemingly diminished ability to produce megastars on the order of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. The retrenchment appears to be affecting veterans of the program too: At the South by Southwest music festival this month, Season 8 winner Kris Allen and Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze could both be seen sharing cozy club stages with the kind of up-and-coming acts SXSW was designed to spotlight.
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BUSINESS
May 28, 2009
Today: Music for the week ended Sunday -- iTunes downloads Top songs: -- 1 Boom Boom Pow Black Eyed Peas 2 Don't Stop Believin' (Glee Cast) 3 New Divide (Linkin Park) 4 Heartless (Kris Allen) 5 No Boundaries (Kris Allen) -- Source: Apple Inc.
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May 29, 2011
SUNDAY TCM's weekend-long Memorial Day war-movie marathon includes Gary Cooper as pacifist-turned-World War I hero "Sergeant York" in the 1941 bio-pic, and John Wayne in the 1945 WWII actioner "They Were Expendable. " (TCM, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) Sept. 11th first-responders as well as armed forces members will be saluted at the "National Memorial Day Concert 2011" in Washington D.C., with performers including "American Idol's" Pia Toscano and Kris Allen. (KOCE, 8 and 9:30 p.m.)
BUSINESS
June 1, 2009
Weekly roundup of the top five in each category: TELEVISION Top shows, viewers 18 to 49 For week that ended May 24: American Idol (Wed.): Fox, 13.2 million viewers American Idol (Tues.): Fox, 11.3 million Two and a Half Men: CBS, 7.0 million Dancing With the Stars - Results: ABC, 6.8 million Rules of Engagement: CBS, 5.8 million Prime-time viewership For season through May 24: CBS: 11.7 million viewers Fox: 9.7 million ABC: 8.9 million NBC: 7.8 million Univision: 3.9 million Source: Nielsen Media Research -- MUSIC Albums Top sellers: Relapse: Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
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March 25, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Though it's still - on some nights - the most-watched show on television, "American Idol" is by all accounts a smaller proposition than it once was, with fewer viewers, less cultural clout and a seemingly diminished ability to produce megastars on the order of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. The retrenchment appears to be affecting veterans of the program too: At the South by Southwest music festival this month, Season 8 winner Kris Allen and Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze could both be seen sharing cozy club stages with the kind of up-and-coming acts SXSW was designed to spotlight.
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April 8, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
This week's round of the "American Idol" competition exposed a few undying truths about pop music. First: One man's meat is another woman's poison. The first two performances had me wondering if I needed to have my ear buds checked, or if the problem was with the judges, who couldn't tell a clever bit of blue-eyed soul from a dance in a cornfield.
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May 29, 2011
SUNDAY TCM's weekend-long Memorial Day war-movie marathon includes Gary Cooper as pacifist-turned-World War I hero "Sergeant York" in the 1941 bio-pic, and John Wayne in the 1945 WWII actioner "They Were Expendable. " (TCM, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) Sept. 11th first-responders as well as armed forces members will be saluted at the "National Memorial Day Concert 2011" in Washington D.C., with performers including "American Idol's" Pia Toscano and Kris Allen. (KOCE, 8 and 9:30 p.m.)
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May 20, 2009 | Richard Rushfield
It could not have had a less auspicious beginning. Season 8 of "American Idol" came out of the gates in a hailstorm of controversy, missteps, shake-ups and wildly uneven episodes. After a seventh season in which the reigning juggernaut of entertainment showed its first signs of mortality as the ratings eroded, the buzz among showbiz cognoscenti was that the long-awaited decline of "Idol" had begun. And in its early days, Season 8 seemed on the way to fulfilling that prophecy. The preseason was dominated by news of format changes, including the addition of uncertain new elements (such as Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge)
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November 17, 2009 | Randy Lewis; Mikael Wood; Greg Kot; Todd Martens; August Brown; Jeff Weiss
John Mayer "Battle Studies" Columbia 1/2 On the high-contrast black-and-white cover photo of John Mayer's latest studio album, the singer, songwriter and guitarist's hands are pulling at the collar of a thick winter coat. It seems as though he's trying to brace against the onset of frosty conditions; the overall effect is fairly Morrissey-esque. That's no coincidence -- in themes and tone, Mayer shows a lot in common with the great romantic fatalist of '80s Brit pop: He's "Perfectly Lonely" in the song with that title, and he opens the collection with "Heartbreak Warfare," about the ways we hurt the ones we ostensibly love.
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November 17, 2009 | Randy Lewis; Mikael Wood; Greg Kot; Todd Martens; August Brown; Jeff Weiss
John Mayer "Battle Studies" Columbia 1/2 On the high-contrast black-and-white cover photo of John Mayer's latest studio album, the singer, songwriter and guitarist's hands are pulling at the collar of a thick winter coat. It seems as though he's trying to brace against the onset of frosty conditions; the overall effect is fairly Morrissey-esque. That's no coincidence -- in themes and tone, Mayer shows a lot in common with the great romantic fatalist of '80s Brit pop: He's "Perfectly Lonely" in the song with that title, and he opens the collection with "Heartbreak Warfare," about the ways we hurt the ones we ostensibly love.
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July 18, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
Every "American Idol" season is a lively, long argument about what matters most in contemporary music. Some think it's vocal talent; others, personality, an image that startles or a crooked smile that helps fans relate. People vote their loyalties and create an intriguing snapshot of the zeitgeist.
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July 7, 2009 | Richard Rushfield
For non-devotees, "American Idol's" summer tour, which launched Sunday at this city's Rose Garden Arena, may seem an afterthought. But to fans of television's most popular program, this year's 52-city tour showcasing its 10 finalists is like seeing the ducklings burst forth and become swans at last. The young talents, who will make a stop July 16 at Staples Center, can finally fly free of the pressure of competition, scowling judges and an often unforgiving media corps.
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June 25, 2009 | Richard Rushfield
In two weeks, the Top 10 contestants of Season 8 of "American Idol" will climb aboard buses for the final rite of an Idol's passage: the 50-city concert tour set to kick off in Portland, Ore., on July 5. For the Idols, the tour represents not only a chance to play rock star in packed arenas, but also the biggest paydays of their careers, with checks of reportedly $100,000-plus coming their way for the four months of labor. But before the road, there are songs to arrange, dance moves to choreograph, wardrobes to fit, and a few last moments of peace.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2009
Weekly roundup of the top five in each category: TELEVISION Top shows, viewers 18 to 49 For week that ended May 24: American Idol (Wed.): Fox, 13.2 million viewers American Idol (Tues.): Fox, 11.3 million Two and a Half Men: CBS, 7.0 million Dancing With the Stars - Results: ABC, 6.8 million Rules of Engagement: CBS, 5.8 million Prime-time viewership For season through May 24: CBS: 11.7 million viewers Fox: 9.7 million ABC: 8.9 million NBC: 7.8 million Univision: 3.9 million Source: Nielsen Media Research -- MUSIC Albums Top sellers: Relapse: Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
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May 29, 2009 | City News Service
Although it drew its smallest audience since 2004, viewership for the "American Idol" finale significantly surpassed its competition last week and helped Fox end CBS' 11-week streak as the most-watched network. An average of 28.84 million people tuned in to see Kris Allen named "Idol" champion, 9% fewer than the 31.66 million who watched last year when David Cook won the singing competition. But it was still 8.5 million more viewers than for last week's most-watched non-"Idol" program, the finale of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2009 | Scott Collins
Wednesday's "American Idol" finale may have boasted higher vote tallies and splashier production numbers than in the past. But the ratings? Call them a sign of the straitened times, but they were reduced. Fox's two-hour finale, a heavily hyped showdown in which low-key crooner Kris Allen upset flamboyant rocker Adam Lambert, drew an average of 27.7 million total viewers, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. That represented a 13% slide compared with last year, making this the least-watched "Idol" closer since the first season in summer 2002 (23 million)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2009 | Richard Rushfield
For non-devotees, "American Idol's" summer tour, which launched Sunday at this city's Rose Garden Arena, may seem an afterthought. But to fans of television's most popular program, this year's 52-city tour showcasing its 10 finalists is like seeing the ducklings burst forth and become swans at last. The young talents, who will make a stop July 16 at Staples Center, can finally fly free of the pressure of competition, scowling judges and an often unforgiving media corps.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2009
Today: Music for the week ended Sunday -- iTunes downloads Top songs: -- 1 Boom Boom Pow Black Eyed Peas 2 Don't Stop Believin' (Glee Cast) 3 New Divide (Linkin Park) 4 Heartless (Kris Allen) 5 No Boundaries (Kris Allen) -- Source: Apple Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2009 | Scott Collins
Wednesday's "American Idol" finale may have boasted higher vote tallies and splashier production numbers than in the past. But the ratings? Call them a sign of the straitened times, but they were reduced. Fox's two-hour finale, a heavily hyped showdown in which low-key crooner Kris Allen upset flamboyant rocker Adam Lambert, drew an average of 27.7 million total viewers, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. That represented a 13% slide compared with last year, making this the least-watched "Idol" closer since the first season in summer 2002 (23 million)
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