American Idol Kris Allen's highly anticipated new single, "Live Like We're Dying" -- will be officially debuted on Monday, Sept. 21 on New York City radio station Z100. The song is a cover, originally recorded by the Irish band The Script.
As for Allen's album, he wrote on Twitter: "Hey guys! The album is set to release Nov 17th" -- so Allen fans will undoubtedly have that date marked on their calendars.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has recorded her own version of 'No Boundaries,' originally composed for the winner of American Idol -- the competition eventually won by Kris Allen.
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Friday, August 28, 2009
“Hey guys! The album is set to release Nov 17th,” wrote American Idol Kris Allen on Twitter late Thursday night.
The release date for Allen’s debut album had been rumored as November 17, but Allen made the release date official. What he did not mention and has fans curious is what the new album will be titled.
Allen has said in interviews that this will be a pop-rock album – and that “No Boundaries” will not be included.
On Monday Amazon began taking pre-orders for the album under the working title of New Release 2009, reported MTV. “Names like the Fray guitarist Joe King and hip-hop producer Salaam Remi have already been mentioned, but now, you can add the likes of Toby Gad (who produced Beyonce’s ‘If I Were a Boy’ and co-wrote Fergie’s ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’) and Lindy Robbins (who has worked with everyone from the Backstreet Boys to Lisa Loeb) to the roster too,” MTV listed as among Allen’s cast of talent tapped for the album.
And in an interview with the LATimes, Allen sometimes hinted at and sometimes revealed additional information on the birth of about the album.
Allen said, “I think the vision that I have for the first album is so hard to put into words. I know that it’s going to be music that people like and something that is hopefully different than maybe people have heard in a while or maybe ever. I hope that it’s something that grabs people lyrically-wise, subject matter and even musically as well, but something that’s different from what people are doing right now.
When asked whether he was writing songs for the album, Allen said, “I pushed for that. I wanted to be part of the writing process. I don’t know if I can. There’s so much going on right now with the tour and all that. But yeah, we’ve done a lot of co-writing sessions and it’s been an experience because you learn from people who have been writing songs for a long time.
“The first session I had went well, but the song didn’t end up as something I wanted to do on the album. I was intimidated, so I didn’t put my two cents in as much as I should have, but then the next one went really well and I got more comfortable. Same thing with the song though. Closer to what I wanted, but not completely there. And then I was with somebody yesterday and it was weird, but it went really well and I think it’s getting there. I really do. I’m excited.”
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
American Idol Kris Allen and the Idol finalists are contining to thrill fans as the Idol tour continues to travel across the continent.
In Boston, according to thedartmouth.com, "the audience burst into screams as soon as the show’s familiar techno theme began to play and an enormous center screen rolled a video of last season’s 10 finalists. Even without Ryan Seacrest’s famous line (“This… is American Idol”) and the judges’ snarky or gushing critiques, the performers had enough exuberance to fill the TD Banknorth Garden."
After one by one the Idol contestants showed their vocal and performance talents, it was finally time for American Idol Allen.
Allen attracted as much screaming and applause as Lambert had received, according to Alicia Kim of thedartmouth.com. "He may prefer plaid shirts to Lambert’s guy-liner, but the boyishly handsome Allen got even the most die-hard Lambert fans to cheer for him after his four songs that began with an acoustic version of Kanye West’s “Heartless” and ended with The Beatles’ 'Hey Jude,'" offered Kim.
"He and Lambert — affectionately called Kradam by their fans — were the main spectacle during the group finale of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing," said Kim. And then she added, "You cannot help but smile at their beaming faces after another successful stop on the national tour."
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Monday, August 24, 2009
American Idol finalist Michael Johns, at the 8th Annual In-Style Summer Soiree on Thursday evening, told foxnews that, "Kris Allen was definitely the rightful winner." And he added that he thinks that both Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert will have good careers."
Johns, a good friend of former American Idol judge Paula Abdul, also said that he thinks that her return to the show remains a possibility.
"She will be there, you watch," Johns told Foxnews at the 8th Annual In-Style Summer Soiree on Thursday evening. "We've been talking and texting a bunch. She was just upset that they didn't give her what she deserved. She wasn't asking for the same money as Ryan Seacrest. She wanted almost half that -- $20 million over three years. I love her, and she has a bunch of opportunities coming her way."
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Saturday, August 22, 2009
In the Los Angles Times Interview with American Idol Kris Allen, part four, Allen discusses the current Idol tour and plans for his music career:
Before you auditioned for “American Idol,” was there ever a point where you were ready to give up music and get a 9-to-5 job?
I don’t know if there was a time when I was going to give up music completely. I was going to give up trying so hard, because whether it would be playing at a church or playing at weddings or anything like that, I felt like music would always be a part of who I was, but yeah, I was totally ready. I was going back to college and was going to finish and hopefully get a decent job so me and my wife could have a comfortable life together, which would have been fine. But things worked out this way. I’m really happy.
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Posted by Judy Chaffee at 2:03 AM
Friday, August 21, 2009
AMERICAN IDOL KRIS ALLEN DESCRIBES TALKS WITH CHRIS DAUGHTRY -- SAYS IDOL FINALISTS HAVE THEIR OWN KIND OF FRATERNITY
"People have said that once you get onto the show and make it that far, you're in this kind of fraternity, and as weird as this is, it's true," explained American Idol Kris Allen.
In discussing the American Idol tour, Allen told californiachronicle "It's not the easiest thing in the world. There's not a whole lot of sleep, and you're not on any kind of schedule. You arrive in some places at 5 or 6 in the morning, then some places at 1 or 2 -- it's always different. But every night is totally worth it. The shows are what we do this for."
Allen said that Chris Daughtry, finalist in 2006 and now frontman for the band Daughtry, advised him early on to get as much sleep as he could.
In speaking of Daughtry, Allen explained, "We've dealt with a lot of the same people, gone through the same things. There are good things about it, bad things about it -- there's plenty to talk about with each other. People said that once you get onto the show and made it that far, you're in this ... fraternity, and it's true. We all have each other's back."
Further evidence of the fraternity among Idol finalists of different seasons is checking them on Twitter. Each of the finalists can be observed not only following finalists of their own season, but finalists of other seasons as well.
A perfect example is this season finalist Danny Gokey who follows, among others, Kris Allen, David Archuleta, Carrie Underwood, David Cook, Adam Lambert, Jason Castro, Scott MacIntyre, Megan Joy, Phil Stacey, Allison Iraheta, Matt Giraud, Paula Abdul, Ryan Seacrest and Anoop Desai.
Also reportedly revealed in that interview, Allen's favorite judge was the one who has become known as "the judge with a heart," Paula Abdul. Allen has said that he really hopes that something can be worked out between Idol executives and Abdul to keep her on the show.