Some Idolmaniacs had theories (or conspiracy theories) as to why this season's dark horse (Kris) prevailed over the more obvious frontrunner (Adam): that conservatives were put off by rumors surrounding Adam's sexuality or by his penchant for mascara and over-the-top theatrics; that the general public was fatigued by premature Lambert hype perpetrated by Simon Cowell, Entertainment Weekly, and Katy Perry; or that maybe 38 million Arkansans CAN be wrong. But even though Kris's victory seemed like an anti-climactic conclusion to an unusually exciting Idol finale featuring great performances by Kiss, Queen, and comedic genius Norman Gentle, he IS the new American Idol, like it or not. And apparently enough Americans do like it (the guy won by public vote, after all), so perhaps it is time to move on...
Ironically, Dolla (real name: Roderick Anthony Burton II) had cited the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, and Pimp C--all legendary rappers who died while in their prime--as three of his chief influences. "I wish I could have [recorded with] Pimp C," he once said in an interview. "I wish I could have done a song with Tupac and Biggie, all the legends." And now, tragically, Dolla has met with a similar fate, dying young.
We here at Yahoo! Music send our condolences to Dolla's friends, family, and fans.
"Wal-Mart's become the biggest retail outlet in the country, but they won't carry our record because they wanted us to censor it," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong griped to the press. "They want artists to censor their records in order to be carried in there. We just said no. We've never done it before. You feel like you're in 1953 or something."
However, 21st Century Breakdown still managed to debut at number one this week without Wal-Mart's help, so all this "scandal" did was probably generate more PR for the album. Sounds like a 21st century success story to us.
"Maybe we'll see an appearance from Carrie Underwood or someone like that," Robert said. "It's that kind of song." Apparently "Trapped In A Dream" is about "feeling like you don't want that dream to go away," Robert explained, although he made it unclear whether or not that "dream" has anything to do with Chris's dreamy-turned-nightmarish relationship with his ex-girlfriend and alleged abuse victim, Rihanna.
Perhaps Chris and Jen could record a country duet? Stranger things have happened...
This announcement, along with ongoing rumors about MJ's poor health, only further fueled speculation that the concerts may be cancelled altogether, but ticket-holding Jacko fans still hope that the King Of Pop can successfully reclaim his throne. And Kenny Ortega, Michael's collaborator, denied the illness rumors and claimed the date changes were necessary to perfect the ultimate concert extravaganza for MJ's audience. "We apologize to all disappointed Michael Jackson fans and remain extremely dedicated and focused on creating an exceptional live music experience," Kenny said in a statement.
Watch this space to see if Kenny and Michael can really pull off this concert thriller.
Bittersweetly, however, the same day Natalie had her surgery, her older sister, Carol Cole, died. We wish Natalie a speedy and painless recovery and send the entire Cole family our condolences.
And on that sad note, thus concludes another week in music news. Come back next Friday for more headspinning headlines, and until then, goodnight and good music.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 STORIES:
1) Kris Allen Is Voted The New American Idol - And the Glamberts are NOT happy about it.
2) Rising Rapper Shot Dead - Dolla was only 21 years old.
3) Green Day Earn No Green At Wal-Mart - The punk band is angry that Wal-Mart refuses to stock their new CD.
4) Jacko's Concert Plans All Jacked Up - Some of his London shows are postponed.
5) Poetic Injustice - A rare Bob Dylan poem put up for auction turns out to be penned by someone else.
6) Chris Going Country? - Brown is reportedly considering recording a country tune.
7) Natalie Cole's Unforgettable Recovery - The ailing soul star receives a new kidney.
8) Not Lovin' It - An employee of Justin Timberlake's restaurant sues for sexual harassment.
9) He's Got 99 Problems But Def Jam Ain't One Of 'Em - Jay-Z leaves his job at Def Jam Records.
10) J.Love Sings Again - Jennifer Love Hewitt is relaunching her music career, this time in country.
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