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Allison Iraheta parts ways with Jive Records

allison-irahetaImage Credit: Scott D. Smith/Retna Ltd.Allison Iraheta, fourth-place finisher on season 8 of American Idol, has parted ways with her label, Jive Records, has learned. Rumors began to swirl in the blogosphere over Labor Day weekend, when fans of the red-headed rocker noticed she was no longer listed under the roster of artists on Jive’s official Web site.

“Allison Iraheta has parted ways with Jive Records, however she remains signed to 19 Recordings. Allison is currently on the road in the U.S. opening for Adam Lambert on the Glam Nation Tour,” a 19 spokesperson told EW.

19 Recordings is the label arm of 19 Entertainment, which produces Idol. The company has traditionally signed the winner and runner-up of each season of Idol (and occasionally one or two other finalists), then licensed their albums to a Sony Music label (Jive or RCA) for release; READ FULL STORY

Adam Lambert's Glam Nation Tour in NYC: Fans show a whole lotta love

adam-lambertImage Credit: Joe Kohen/WireImage.comAdam Lambert threw a party last night in New York City, and everyone was invited.

Take, for example, the middle-aged woman in the audience who’d traveled all the way from Auckland, New Zealand, to experience the Glam Nation tour alongside fellow female fans from around the globe whom she’d met on Internet message boards. And in a similar vein, while the audience for the first of Lambert’s two Manhattan concerts featured a mix of ages, races, and genders, a cursory glance around the Nokia Theatre revealed that the American Idol season 8 runner-up is indubitably connecting with women of a certain age.

Superficially, it’s a puzzling phenomenon: Openly gay male rocker drawing droves of adoring thirty- to fifty-something ladies who lazy marketing execs might expect to spend their Tuesday evenings sipping white-wine spritzers and listening to their local Lite-FM stations? READ FULL STORY

Adam Lambert's 'If I Had You' video reveals where the wild things are

The lyrics for Adam Lambert’s latest single, “If I Had You,” suggest decadent scenes in nightclubs and hotels and assorted urban glamor stations. But for the corresponding video, which hit the Web yesterday, the unrepentant imp/American Idol season 8 runner-up takes the song’s “life would be a party, it’d be ecstasy” lyrics and transports them to a forest setting. It’s like a mashup of Where the Wild Things Are, Xtina’s “Dirrty” video, and a light splash of Avatar. (Seriously. It’s set in the woods, and Adam has a big, crazy mullet-braid/Na’vi thingamajig, and there are enchanted glowing streamers all over the place, no?) READ FULL STORY

Allison Iraheta's 'Don't Waste the Pretty': Check out her new single featuring Orianthi!

Allison_iraheta-singleEW readers spoke, and the suits at Jive Records listened. The label is officially releasing to radio this week a new and improved version of Allison Iraheta’s “Don’t Waste the Pretty,” which not coincidentally was your overwhelming choice in a poll I posted last month asking what the label should pick as the American Idol graduate’s third single from her debut disc, Just Like You. “DWTP” scored a whopping 45.4% of the vote, followed by “Holiday” (32.5%) and “D Is for Dangerous” (22.1%).

To give the single a little more juice at radio –and a slightly harder edge than the poppy album cut — the label enlisted  Orianthi, who’ll hit the road with Allison later this week as part of Adam Lambert’s Glam Nation tour, to add an amped-up guitar line to the track. The Orianthi-infused “Don’t Waste the Pretty” hits iTunes June 8, according to a rep at Allison’s label.

Personally, I’m stoked that Jive is still trying to make Allison happen despite the disappointing chart performance of her previous releases, “Friday I’ll Be Over U” and “Scars.” READ FULL STORY

Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, and Kris Allen: Awesome three ways in NYC

To folks who aren’t fluent in American Idol, there was probably zero appeal in the idea of Ryan Seacrest’s “Rock My Town” contest that brought season 8 stars Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, and Kris Allen to the Highline Ballroom in New York City last night. Too bad for them. Because all three singers delivered such powerful, confident sets from their recent debut discs that blind devotion to Fox’s ratings behemoth was hardly a requirement for getting left weak-kneed, sore-throated, and ultimately elated by the time the trio combined forces to close the show with Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”

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That said, seeing all three performers in an intimate venue like the Highline, as opposed to on a TV set or in the larger stadium setting of the Idols Live tour last summer, made it clear how each one connects to the audience from a different place: READ FULL STORY

What did we leave off our list of Best Songs by 'American Idol' graduates?

This just in from the Department of American Idol Blasphemy: Earlier today, I posted a gallery of 28 of the best songs ever recorded by the show’s alumni, and my omission of not just one, but two Idol champs, as well as three Idol runners-up, resulted in the launching of many strongly worded emails and Tweets in my general direction. “You included LaKisha Jones but not **a*a *e*a***?” “How could you leave off *a*ha**ne ***hee?” “Where the heck is **be* S****a**?”  some of you demanded to know. And, to my shock, I even managed to offend myself by overlooking season 8’s tragically early evictee Deanna Brown and her bluesy little number “Sometime Ago,” from her recent indie release Traveler. (I’ve tried to make amends by embedding it below.) But hey, that’s how it goes when it comes to the graduates of American Idol U: There are former contestants out there making a whole lotta music, and when a definitive list of some sort or other gets compiled, there are gonna be inadvertent (and, yes, overt) omissions. Click here to check out our randomly ordered playlist, then head on down to the comments section below to tell us which songs and artists you think should’ve made the cut. (Yelling at your humble listmaker is both allowed and encouraged, as long as you follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!)

Allison Iraheta's 'Friday I'll Be Over U' video: When performance and fashion trump concept and execution

I’m genetically programmed to like things that are awesome, which thereby means I’m crazy about America Idol‘s husky-voiced season 8 competitor Allison ‘The Rocker’ Iraheta and her completely addictive debut single “Friday I’ll Be Over U.” But it also means I wish the folks at 19/Jive had spent a little more time and money putting together the corresponding video, which debuted late last night on YahooMusic.

Make no mistake: Allison is exuberant and lovely as always — the girl is a total rock star, and her youthful joy at making her video debut bursts (adorably) through the computer screen. But much like the dude in the A-Ha video that this clip attempts to pay homage to, Allison is trapped in a concept that’s flat and one-dimensional. READ FULL STORY

Allison Iraheta exclusive: We reveal songwriting and production credits for her debut album!

allison-iraheta_lThe track list for Allison Iraheta’s Just Like You may have leaked at earlier this week, but a source at The Rocker’s label was awesome enough to give some exclusive scoop on the songwriting and production credits for the album. Without any further ado, chew on this, Idoloonies! Me? I’m gonna go find someone to slap me upside the head to help me deal with my surplus of fanboyish excitement.

1. “Friday I’ll Be Over U” (Max Martin, Shellback, Savan Kotecha, Tiffany Amber) (Produced by Max Martin & Shellback for Maratone Productions)
2. “Robot Love” (Heather Bright, Warren “Oak” Felder, Johannes Joergensen, Sterling Simms, Gary Glitter, Mike Leander) (Produced By “Oak” of the Knightwritaz for NineTimesNine Entertainment & Uncle Josh for DEEKAY)
3. “Just Like You” (Max Martin, Shellback, Savan Kotecha) (Produced by Max Martin & Shellback for Maratone Productions)
4. “Don’t Waste The Pretty” (Michael Dennis Smith, Stefanie Ridel, Miriam Nervo, Olivia Nervo) (Produced by Howard Benson)
5. “Scars” (Toby Gad, Elyssa James) (Produced by Toby Gad)
6. “Pieces” (Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Shelly Pieken) (Produced By Dreamlab)
7. “D Is For Dangerous” (Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello, Michael Biancaniello) (Produced by Sam Watters & Louis Biancaniello for MzMeriq)
8. “Holiday” (Dave Bassett, Dilana Trudy Smith) (Produced by Dave Bassett)
9. “Still Breathing” (Tommy Henriksen, Chioma Eze) (Produced by Howard Benson)
10. “Trouble Is” (Ron Aniello, Shelly Pieken, Aimee Proal) (Produced by Ron Aniello)
11. “No One Else” (Kara DioGuardi, Greg Wells, Alecia Moore) (Produced by Greg Wells)
12. “Beat Me Up” (Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher) (Produced by Kevin Rudolf for BAMF Productions)
13. “You Don’t Know Me” (Allison Iraheta, Mitch Allan, David Bassett, David Hodges) (Produced by Mitch Allan & David Hodges)

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Allison Iraheta's 'Just Like You' album cover: EW's exclusive first look!


Friday I will not be over this…no way in hell. In fact, the Idoloonie within may never quite be the same after getting an exclusive first  look at the cover art for Allison Iraheta’s debut album, Just Like You, due December 1 via 19 Recordings/Jive. I’d compare my current condition to someone who just dove into a swimming pool holding a plugged-in extension cord, except for instead of getting a lethal dose of electricity, I’ve been fried by pure joy. Call me crazy, but after watching Allison’s amazing season 8 trajectory — from that sizzling and unexpected first impression on “Alone” to that beyond-her-years take on “I Can’t Make You Love Me” to that gut-wrenching exit performance of “Cry Baby” — it’s a beautiful thing to see her dreams of music stardom on the brink of being realized. Also? That belt? A jangly delight! The hair? A perfect explosion from the fuchsia end of the Crayola box! And the slight hint of a smirk? I like to think of it as a not-so-subtle message to a certain Idol judge who never quite gave her the respect she was entitled to. (No, we will not sully this moment with his name.) What’s more, and as I’m sure is obvs to everyone, the heat of Allison’s music is melting the paint on the wall behind her. Yes? Yes. Now, let’s go straight to the slow clap.  Rocker saved. Rocker signed. Rocker pre-ordered. (To get first dibs on all my Idol news and blathering, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak.) READ FULL STORY

Allison Iraheta on new track titles, songs about abusive boyfriends, and trouble with Twitter


Allison Iraheta is ready to rock — figuratively and literally. American Idol‘s season 8 third runner-up is slated to release her debut album Dec. 1 via 19 Recordings/Jive, and from the sounds of it, the record will have even more grit and grime than her radio-ready lead single “Friday I’ll Be Over U,” which was leaked to the Web last week. I recently caught up with Iraheta via phone to talk to her about her lack of conversational self-editing, her time in the studio with hitmaker Max Martin (“Since U Been Gone,” “Oops!…I Did It Again”) and her favorite songs from her post-Idol recording sessions. Read on…and to get alerts on all my Idol coverage, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!

So let’s talk about “Friday I’ll Be Over U.” It’s got a rock edge to it, but it’s definitely poppy. Was this a strategic move on your part, an attempt to get radio to give you a shot?
That song, the first time I heard it, I loved it. And I was thinking, yeah, it might have a little bit of the pop sound to it, but I don’t mind that at all. I can definitely do harder than this, and I’m gonna. But I thought for a first single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U,” we all agreed would be something that would get people’s attention. You’ve got to get in that door. Know what I mean?

What about fans who complained the song doesn’t rock hard enough? What would you say to them?
There’s more to come. And as a first single, I think “Friday I’ll Be Over U” is pretty damn awesome, and a perfect choice. Because [adopts robot voice] In the music business I’m assuming you’re supposed to grab the attention of all audiences so you can get sales and whatnot, blah blah blah. For the album, there’s some harder stuff I’m really excited about, but I’m pretty damn happy with “Friday I’ll Be Over U.”

What was it like working with Max Martin on the single? He’s produced more hits for more artists than we can even begin to get into…
He’s amazing. And he don’t play! He’s definitely like “We’re gonna do this like this.” But he’s such an amazing person. And there’s a way he transmits energy, he knows how to tell you how to do things without making it awkward and whatnot.

Tell me about one of the other songs you’ve recorded that you love.
There’s a “Beat Me Up” out there. It’s pretty damn amazing.

Did you say “Beat Me Up”? What?
Yeah, yeah, I said “Beat Me Up.” That’s the name of the song.

Who’s responsible for this?
It’s a Kevin Rudolf song.

What’s it about? What’s the subject?
Subject: “Beat Me Up.” Hmmm. [Laughs.] It’s a pretty rad song. This chick likes being mistreated by her guy. A lot of girls out there, they like that! And it’s kind of sad, but y’know, that’s just the way she is. Not that I’m like that because I’d beat the hell out of whoever the hell mistreats me! I put myself in another girl’s shoes, so it’s a pretty cool song.

Have you been doing any writing? READ FULL STORY

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