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nolechica: (adam smoke)
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 11:54 pm
Finally got to watch Glam Nation Live on Friday! I waited until I had the DVD as my iTunes vids don't play seamlessly and the quality's not as good. I knew my dad wanted to see it, but the fact that my mom watched more than half surprised me. I'd still love to see her reaction to Fever though. She did like the acoustic set and asked me about If I Had You, whether it was a single. She also asked me about Twentieth Century Boy, surprised she was still watching. I think she liked it despite thinking me crazy for planning three shows.

As my dad fell asleep before the encore, I need to show him the whole vid, but he was definitely impressed. He thought it was darker than what Adam would do and honestly expected it to be more over the top. He told me Adam is a pretty man, yes using that term, and then told me he wants to see him in drag. And people wonder how I ended up a fan? I got to explain tour economics and that for some of the ideas he threw at me (pyro) it wouldn't be cheap. I told him what the ticket prices for Gaga are and was like get me a #1 single and decent tour budget and we can talk. I told him about Adam buying the rights to the images for the backdrops and that who knew what else he'd gone over budget on, lasers anyone? He told me today that after seeing the tour vid he's really rooting for him to succeed because he wants to see a bigger scale tour, and that he thinks he's capable of some fantastic music if he can find the right collaborators (asked me if he'd found his Bernie Taupin). If you'd told me this was going to be his reaction, I'd have told him months ago you need to take Monday off and come to NOLA with me. Needless to say, some great father/daughter convos happened this week, including me telling my dad about Adam's new boyfriend when we were discussing album two, he was amused when I mentioned the Big Brother connection. *sigh*
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Saturday, March 26th, 2011 04:45 am
Ok, I'd been trying to ignore Chris Brown resurfacing on the music scene after two years, an assault on and split from Rihanna. I tried, and then he shattered a window and tore up a dressing room at Good Morning America when asked about his ex. This was after questions were approved for the interview and he supposedly completed anger-management classes. He had performed one song, but the blow up happened before he was to perform for a live online feed. Anyway, flash forward and he's been invited back to GMA and is still being allowed to perform on Dancing With The Stars. What??? I'll admit to still questioning ABC's judgment over the 2009 AMAs Adam Lambert performance, but now I'm not alone. He was cancelled from GMA after that performance, incidentally replaced by Chris Brown, and yet Brown get to violently destroy ABC property and get invited back? I don't get it. I have my suspicions about Robin Roberts' feelings about Adam that date to a pre-AMAs appearance and watching her squirm. She's so uncomfortable with sex it's funny (wasn't a kiss, just a comment about tour).

Unlike many of my friends, I get that the AMAs decision was about more than just a kiss and was live on TV, but still. I also get that violence is tolerated on the whole more than sex, though I generally don't care as long as it's legal. I know CNN Showbiz Tonight and The New York Post weighed in (the latter makes me think Hell froze) saying Brown should be punished and CNN said he should be banned from DWTS. I'd love to see it. Not just as payback, that's a nice extra, but as a reminder that you gotta walk the walk to get the promo. I do think Brown will get what's due him anyway, as his PR guy, who so woefully prepped him for GMA, has quit. Without someone to spin this, he's got issues, especially since anyone that knows the difference in Rihanna's last two albums knows the damage he did, on Grammy night no less. Fool. And why she dropped/changed the restraining order to help his career? I have no fucking clue!
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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 01:39 am
I've been turning these thoughts over in my head for a while, but after today's news, I need to write it out. Adam's in Denver finally writing for the second album. Albeit with a writer he scrapped last time, but it's finally happening. Plus, as Sleepwalker is one of my favorite songs, I never say no to more Tedder. I do like the live arrangement better though. Also, it's the song I wanted as a fourth single and I know Adam liked it. Plus, Tedder might be bland, but radio loves him. And first thing Adam needs from this album is four solid singles. That could be why Max Martin was mentioned first in the press and he went to Denver early to record with Tedder.

Once the feel of the album takes shape with those two, more eclectic writers and producers can be added. I'd love more with Greg Wells and Sam Sparro and maybe Claude Kelly or Dr. Luke. Also, I'd love to see the January tweet from Tricky Stewart go somewhere and maybe working with Sia. That would add some fresh faces, but not create a one song per person situation. That I'd prefer to avoid as that was one critique of the last album that I didn't want to hear and did. Adam has said he wants more cohesive and while the mention of WWFM has some worried, I'm not surprised. It's not my favorite, but it did the best on the charts and garnered a Grammy nomination, which can't be discounted. I think we'll see a balance of WWFM/Sleepwalker and more funky stuff like Voodoo/DTRH. Although preferably with easier to remember lyrics, as we know that isn't Adam's strong suit. ;-) Also, he'll get more co-writes this time, I think, so that'll prevent cookie cutter, as the songs that he co-wrote last time definitely weren't. Plus, that'll mean kickass bridges. :D

Not sure how Sauli will fit in yet, but I hope anything written about him actually makes the album this time *cough*Voodoo*cough*. That brings me to bonus tracks, those need to not be some of the best stuff on the album this time. When two of your bonus tracks end up in your tour set, you've miscalculated. Also, thank goodness for a supposed simultaneous domestic and international release. That way we get all the goodies at once and Adam gets clearer fan feedback. Can't wait to see what news we get next.
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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 02:56 am
When you spend the morning after the Grammys looking for school pictures of the night's big winners, things have gotten surreal. The front man of said band, Lady Antebellum, teased me all of fourth grade and played Battle of the Bands in our high school gym. I went to school with the keyboardist too, but don't really know him. I did miss their performance though, as Daddy decided to wait until the show started to come get me, missed everything from Bieber/Usher to right before Eminem. And not missing Love The Way You Lie Part 2 was the goal. He also performed I Need A Doctor with Dr. Dre, first time together since Guilty Conscience, I think. Now I just want the uncensored version. *glares at youtube*

As for why I watched like 5 hours of Grammy coverage, including the pre-show? Yeah Best Male Pop Vocal isn't worthy of TV. And while I didn't think Adam Lambert would win, I still wanted to see it announced. He didn't, Bruno Mars did, eh, I like his collabs better than his solo stuff. I watched enough red carpet to be thoroughly confused by Gaga and Nicki Minaj, but did see some stuff I liked, such as JLo's dress and Adam's outfit, wasn't expecting exposed chest, but yeah...the suit was awesome and so was the jewelry. Rhianna's was interesting as I saw the runway version, on a totally different model, a guy. Fandom is strange and wonderful.
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Friday, February 11th, 2011 02:56 am
I've been tossing this entry around in my head for a week. I was so looking forward to the Super Bowl because Christina Aguilera was going to sing the Star Spangled Banner. Imagine my surprise when she flubbed the lyrics, which I couldn't tell what lyrics at the time, but kept going and finished the song without any further gaffes. As I couldn't tell what lyrics, despite having heard the anthem less than twenty-four hours before, I was surprised when the public reacted the way it did. I heard everything from unpatriotic to uncaring to she should've rehearsed more. Honestly, having seen the rehearsal footage that TMZ posted on Tuesday, I think, she did rehearse and it sounded better than the eventual performance. As to the other charges, some people seem to think it was a bigger gaffe to flub the anthem than say to flub your own lyrics on a similar stage (Grammys, AMAs, etc). However, as not everyone, including all of the people I sat with, could name the lyrics that were flubbed (O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?), I didn't get the deal. Shit happens, occasionally on sports' biggest stage with a song most of us learned in kindergarten. Maybe it's my feelings about the song at sporting events or my politics or my friends, but I don't salute or sing anymore. And honestly, I prefer instrumental renditions, more often in tune. I just hate hearing my favorite artists reamed for mistakes. Especially when they've had a less than stellar year already. Flubbing the lyrics and quickly covering is an honest mistake that shouldn't be taken as unpatriotic or uncaring. After the lyrical flubs I heard this summer, this was flawless. Trust me.
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Monday, October 18th, 2010 11:47 am
Lots of bus time this weekend resulted in my listening to lots of music and contemplating reworking the latest Christina Aguilera album. The main album has eighteen tracks and there are six bonus tracks, including the iTunes track. This is overkill. First off, I'd scrap the three intro tracks, even though Max is adorable, but we have evidence of that elsewhere. Also, I'd scrap I Am and used the stripped version that's a bonus track and substitute Stronger Than Ever for All I Need. Yes, I realize that's two of three Sia tracks, but the four ballads in a row were too much, and Stronger Than Ever has a more Fighter like tempo than the Beautiful tempo of the others.

As for uptempo stuff, I'd remove Glam and Elastic Love and sub in Birds of Prey. Despite all the bitching, I really like her uptempo stuff here, especially Prima Donna and Vanity, which allows for the Max cuteness at the end of the diva rant. That makes for a 20 song total as I'd make All I Need, Glam and Elastic Love bonus tracks. Also, fourteen songs for the main album is more reasonable, IMO.

Other thoughts, in the wake of the divorce announcement, Not Myself Tonight as a single makes more sense and I Hate Boys has a place on the album, short and whiny though it may be. I still wonder who Bobblehead was aimed at, and in the absence of an answer, I'll continue to picture Britney. Finally, I love My Girls, but it seems more like a bonus track, but dropping it makes seven bonus tracks which is too many. That's just my gut reactions after having been asked the question. Still not sure what the new track order would be.
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Thursday, November 20th, 2008 05:14 am
One of my birthday presents to myself was David Archuleta's album. Had to track down the bonus tracks not on my copy though.

Album
David Archuleta - Self-Titled

Bonus Tracks
Falling
Let Me Go
Somebody Out There
Waiting On Yesterday
Works For Me

I also snagged Christina Aguilera's Greatest Hits album, complete with bonus tracks disk.
Greatest Hits
Bonus Disk
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Thursday, November 20th, 2008 05:14 am
One of my birthday presents to myself was David Archuleta's album. Had to track down the bonus tracks not on my copy though.

Album
David Archuleta - Self-Titled

Bonus Tracks
Falling
Let Me Go
Somebody Out There
Waiting On Yesterday
Works For Me

I also snagged Christina Aguilera's Greatest Hits album, complete with bonus tracks disk.
Greatest Hits
Bonus Disk
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Thursday, March 27th, 2008 03:22 am
I have three iTunes gift cards ($15 each) to spend and only some idea how to do it. I want Justin Timberlake and Jordin Sparks' albums officially. However, other than that, no idea other than possibly purchasing American Idol studio versions if any strike my fancy. So, any ideas? Y'all have seen most of my music collection, you have some idea what I like, if you figured out what downloads were for me that is...
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Thursday, March 27th, 2008 03:22 am
I have three iTunes gift cards ($15 each) to spend and only some idea how to do it. I want Justin Timberlake and Jordin Sparks' albums officially. However, other than that, no idea other than possibly purchasing American Idol studio versions if any strike my fancy. So, any ideas? Y'all have seen most of my music collection, you have some idea what I like, if you figured out what downloads were for me that is...
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Saturday, March 1st, 2008 10:03 pm
Albums Folder
Oldies Folder

If any file names are confusing, let me know.
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Saturday, March 1st, 2008 10:03 pm
Albums Folder
Oldies Folder

If any file names are confusing, let me know.
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