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Week Ending Oct. 9, 2011. Albums: Beam Me Up


Scotty McCreery‘s Clear As Day enters The Billboard 200 at #1.  You might expect a debut album by an American Idol winner to open in the top spot, but this is the first one to do so since 2003. Kelly Clarkson, the Season 1 winner, bowed at #1 in April 2003 with Thankful. Ruben Studdard, the Season 2 champ, followed suit that December with Soulful.

The next five Idol winners made the top 10 with their first post-Idol albums, but fell short of the top spot. They were, in order, Fantasia‘s Free Yourself (#8), Carrie Underwood‘s Some Hearts (#2), Taylor Hicks Taylor Hicks (#2), Jordin Sparks Jordin Sparks (#10) and David Cook‘s David Cook (#3).

The last two winners before McCreery didn’t even make the top 10. Kris Allen‘s Kris Allen peaked at #11. Lee DeWyze‘s Live It Up peaked at #19. I haven’t written much in the past few years about the declining fortunes of recent Idolwinners. It didn’t seem to be a reflection of those artists’ lack of star power so much as it was a reflection of the franchise’s waning power to sell albums. But for McCreery to reverse the trend suggests that the franchise isn’t out of gas just yet.

(You may have read that DeWyze was dropped by his label after just one album. This negates the original premise of American Idol-that the winner was destined for recording stardom-but it serves as a reminder of what a tough business this is for artists.)

McCreery’s album sold 197K copies this week. That’s the biggest first-week tally for a first post-Idol album by an Idol winner since Cook’s eponymous album sold 284K in its first week three years ago. But McCreery was edged out by the most prominent runner-up of recent years. Adam Lambert‘s For Your Entertainmentsold 198K copies in its first week in 2009.

There were signs that McCreery would have a have a big debut. His two EPs, both titled American Idol Season 10, have sold a combined total of 231K copies. His single, “I Love You This Big,” has sold 630K copies.

McCreery turned 18 on Oct. 9, the last day of the tracking week. (A #1 album will be a hard birthday present to top.) McCreery is the second teen artist to reach #1 on The Billboard 200 so far this year. He follows Justin Bieber, who was nine days away from turning 17 when he hit #1 in February with Never Say Never: The Remixes.McCreery’s album also debuts at #1 on Top Country Albums. McCreery is the fourth Idol contestant to reach #1 on this chart. He follows Carrie Underwood, who topped the chart with her first three albums; Kellie Pickler, who scored with her first two albums; and Bucky Covington, who hit #1 with his first album. (Pickler and Covington both competed in Season 5. Pickler finished sixth. Covington finished eighth.)

Billboard’s Keith Caulfield adds that McCreery is the youngest male artist to enter The Billboard 200 at #1 with a debut album. He takes the title from Omarion, who was 20 when O debuted at #1 in February 2005. And McCreery is the first country artist to debut at #1 with an initial studio album.Adele’s 21 rebounds to #2 in its 33rd week on the chart. The album has sold 3,885,000 copies. It has already sold more copies than any other album has sold in any calendar year in the last five years. The last albums to sell more copies in a calendar year were Mariah Carey‘s The Emancipation Of Mimi (4,969,000 in 2005) and 50 Cent‘s The Massacre (4,853,000 in 2005). 21 may well top both of those albums before the year is through. Its sales will likely swell after the Grammy nominations are announced on Nov. 30 and throughout the holiday sales season.Tony Bennett‘s Duets II rebounds from #4 to #3 in its third week. This is its third week in the top five, which equals the mark set by Bennett’s 2006 album Duets: An American Classic. The last Duets album to spend more than three weeks in the top five was Ray CharlesGenius Loves Company. It spent six weeks in the top five in 2004-2005.

Feist‘s Metals debuts at #7. It’s the first top 10 album for Feist, whose 2007 album The Reminder peaked at #16. (That album has sold 735K copies.) Feist received four Grammy nominations in 2007. Two of them were for the top 10 hit “1234.”

Jack’s Mannequin was conceived as a side project for Andrew McMahon, the lead singer of the band Something Corporate. But a funny thing has happened. The side project has done better on the charts than the band has. Jack’s Mannequin this week lands its second top 10 album. Something Corporate’s highest-charting album, North, peaked at #24 in 2003.Adele’s “Someone Like You” and “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera hold at #1 and #2 on Hot  Digital Songs. Which will come out on top on the Hot 100? You’ll find out later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.If you missed my Chart Watch Extra in which I listed every top 10 hit ever written by Burt Bacharach and/or Hal David, you have a second chance to read it. (They have been tapped to receive an award named after another peerless songwriting team, George and Ira Gershwin.) Here’s a link.

Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.1. Scotty McCreery, Clear As Day, 197,000. This new entry sold 36K digital copies, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. “I Love You This Big” rebounds from #181 to #83. “The Trouble With Girls” re-enters at #137.2. Adele, 21, 112,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #3 to #2 in its 33rd week. It has been in the top five the entire time. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by “Someone Like You,” which holds at #1 for the third week.3. Tony Bennett, Duets II, 71,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #4 to #3 in its third week.4. Lady Antebellum, Own The Night, 58,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #6 to #4 in its fourth week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. “Just A Kiss” re-enters at #33. “We Owned The Night” jumps from #62 to #58.5. J. Cole, Cole World: The Sideline Story, 54,000. The former #1 album drops from #1 to #5 in its second week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. “Workout” jumps from #66 to #50. “Can’t Get Enough” (featuring Trey Songz) drops from #70 to #155.6. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV, 53,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #7 to #6 in its sixth week. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by “How To Love,” which drops from #19 to #22.7. Feist, Metals, 38,000. This new entry is Feist’s first top 10 album. Her breakthrough album, The Reminder, reached #16 in 2007.8. Rodney Atkins, Take A Back Road, 35,000. This new entry is Atkins’ second top 10 album. If You’re Going Through Hell hit #3 in 2006. “Take A Back Road” jumps from #32 to #17 on Hot Digital Songs.9. Jack’s Mannequin, People And Things, 31,000. This new entry is the act’s second top 10 album. The Glass Passenger hit #8 in 2008.10. Blink-182, Neighborhoods, 31,000. The album drops from #2 to #10 in its second week. “After Midnight” drops from #52 to #187 on Hot Digital Songs.

Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Wilco‘s The Whole Love drops from #5 to #11, Switchfoot‘s Vice Verses drops from #8 to #28, Chickenfoot‘s Chickenfoot III drops from #9 to #29, and Mastodon‘s The Hunter dives from #10 to #43.

Two punk bands from Florida debut in the top 40. Mayday Parade‘s Mayday Parade debuts at #12.  New Found Glory‘s Radiosurgery bows at #26. This is Mayday Parade’s highest-charting album to date.

Adele’s 2008 album 19 jumps from #25 to #19. It returns to #1 on Top Catalog Albums, displacing Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side Of The Moon. This is its 23rd week on top. It’s far and away the #1 catalog album of the year. Among all albums, it’s #27 for the year.

Mutemath‘s Odd Soul bows at #24. It’s the rock band’s second top 30 album. Armistice hit #18 in 2009.

Indigo Girls Beauty Queen Sister debuts at #36. The folk-pop duo first charted in April 1989 with Indigo Girls. They were nominated for a Grammy as Best New Artist, but lost to Milli Vanilli (whose award was later revoked following a lip-syching scandal). The Recording Academy opted not to give the award to the artist with the second highest number of votes. Their “winners book” simply skips over 1989. Based on longevity (an important factor in this category), Indigo Girls deserved the award. They are still charting 22 years later. How about the other nominees? Tone Loc and Neneh Cherry never returned to The Billboard 200 after their hit debut albums. (At least Milli Vanilli got back on the chart with a 1990 remix album.) Soul II Soul charted with two more albums, through 1992. I’m sure academy officials wish Indigo Girls had won the award in the first place. The award to Milli Vanilli was an embarrasing episode for the academy.

The Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams debuts at #42. The album consists of a dozen songs that the country legend had left unfinished when he died in 1953. They were recorded by such artists as Alan Jackson, Bob Dylan, Norah Jones and Williams’ granddaughter, Holly Williams. Williams and his backing group, the Drifting Cowboys, first hit the country chart in August 1947 with “Move It On Over.” They first topped the country chart in May 1949 with “Lovesick Blues.”

The Drive soundtrack drops from #46 to #89 in its fourth week. It’s the top-ranking soundtrack for the second straight week; the top-ranking soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie for the third time in four weeks.

Paul McCartney‘s Ocean’s Kingdom debuts at #143. McCartney is joined by John Wilson and the London Classical Orchestra on the album, which consists of four movements. This is the highest-charting of McCartney’s three classical albums. Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio reached #177 in 1991. Paul McCartney’s Standing Stone hit #194 in 1997. The new album vaults from #58 to #3 on Top Classical Albums, behind Jackie Evancho‘s Dream With Me and Tori Amos Night Of Hunters.

Real Steel was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. The soundtrack features Bad Meets Evil, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, 50 Cent and the Crystal Method. It sold about 1K copies, too few to make The Billboard 200.

Jackie Evancho’s Dream With Me In Concert returns to #1 on Top Music Videos. It has been #1 in two of its four weeks.

Coming Attractions: Evanescence‘s Evanescence, the group’s first album in five years, is expected to be next week’s top new entry. Also due: Martina McBride‘s Eleven, Five Finger Death Punch‘s American Capitalist, Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire, Lauren Alaina‘s Wildflower, Johnny Gill‘s Still Winning, Joe JonasFastlife, Bjork‘s Biophilia, A.N.T. Farm soundtrack featuring China Anne McClain and Taylor Swift‘s music video Journey To Fearless.


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Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarakappeared in court Monday as advocates for a guilty verdict complained that the state’s case against him was shoddy.

Mr. Mubarak is charged with corruption and with ordering the killing of hundreds who died in the uprising that swept him from power on Feb. 11 this year. Without a thorough and fair investigation of those charges, some worry that a Mubarak conviction would be hollow – and undermine the people’s faith in the justice system at a delicate time of transition.

Lawyer Gamal Eid said that the state should conduct a new investigation and that the prosecutor general should resign.

“This is a very important step in the path of regaining or restoring the trust in the Egyptian judiciary,” says Mr. Eid, who is representing families of 16 of the more than 800 people killed in the uprising.

Trial resumes Sept. 5; no more TV coverage

Nearly 100 lawyers swarmed near the front of the courtroom hours before the hearing began Monday, their shouting matches at times turning to pushing and shoving as they argued over their demands. Judge Ahmed Refaat sharply rebuked them when he took the stand, refusing to continue until they were seated and quiet.

Lawyers representing the family members of some of those who died were pleased that Judge Refaat ruled that Mubarak’s case would be rejoined with that of Egypt’s former Interior Minister, Habib El Adly, who is also charged with killing protesters. The trial will resume Sept. 5.

But Mr. Eid says that the police and prosecution have done a poor job of investigating the crimes and putting together a case, thereby jeopardizing justice. He said that the state prosecutor, who was a part of Mubarak’s regime, must be removed, and the judge should appoint a committee to redo the whole investigation from scratch, he said.

Lawyers have also asked to separate the charges of corruption and the killing of protesters into two separate cases, though the judge has not done so. Mubarak, Mr. El Adly, and El Adly’s deputies are charged with ordering the killing of protesters, while the former president, his two sons, and fugitive businessman Hussein Salem are also charged with corruption.

Refaat also ruled that the live broadcast of the hearings would be banned until the verdict is issued, and his decision was met with applause in the courtroom. While protesters had demanded that the trial be broadcast as proof of transparency, some lawyers now hope that taking away the cameras will tame the chaotic behavior of scores of lawyers representing victims’ families, as some of them have seemed to relish seizing the limelight on national television.

Courtroom calls for Mubarak’s execution

As in his first appearance, Mubarak was wheeled into the cage used for defendants in Egyptian courts Monday on a hospital bed, this time for his second appearance, he arrived with an IV. His two sons, Gamal and Alaa, again stood in front of him, partially blocking him from the cameras.

The stands were mostly filled with journalists, lawyers, and state security conscripts, with many empty seats and few family members of victims allowed to attend. At one point, a woman wearing a brooch with a picture of Mubarak burst into a tirade directed at journalists who were commenting on the color of the former president’s shoes, accusing them of humiliating Mubarak. Those around her were drawn into a shouting match.

As the hearing ended, several family members of victims and lawyers jumped up onto the benches, gesturing toward the cage and shouting “execution!”





Just one more year and it will be all over

Today, I “pick” up  schedule at school, then had to turn it back in because they messed it up(took 2 classes off and put me and changed another). I should get it back the first day of school hopefully they wont mess it up again. I also got some test results in (passed YAY!). Hopefully everything else will go smoothly until school gets started. MAybe I’ll try to get a prayer group started this year, or a reading group, or maybe I’ll join some groups,but I’m not sure yet. I’ll find out when I get there. I’m hoping to do some blog posts about school. (not sure if I mentioned that earlier) If anything interseting happens I’ll blog about it. Hopefully this year will be an epic one. So if anything happens I’ll let ya’ll guys know.


FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2011 file photo, entertainment mogul Simon Fuller arrives at the BVLGARI Fundraiser benefitting Save The Children and Artists For Peace and Justice in Los Angeles. Fuller sued the producers and network that airs "American Idol" claiming they had reneged on a deal to give him a share of rival Simon Cowell's show "The X-Factor" in accordance with a settlement they had reached years ago. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)http://news.yahoo.com/idol-creator-sues-stake-rival-x-factor-214355917.html

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creator of “American Idol” sued the show’s broadcaster and producer claiming they have reneged on a deal to give him a stake in a rival competition show that is about to premiere in the United States.

Producer Simon Fuller is seeking an executive producer credit and the appropriate fees once “The X-Factor” — which was created by former “Idol” judge Simon Cowell — begins airing its U.S.-debut in September. His lawsuit is against Fox Broadcasting Co. and the show’s production company, FremantleMedia North America.

Fox will air both “Idol” and “X-Factor,” and FremantleMedia is producing both shows.

The lawsuit reignites longstanding tension between the forces that made “American Idol” one of the past decade’s most popular shows in the United States.

Fuller imported the format from Britain, where he launched “Pop Idol.” The U.S. version debuted in 2001 and featured Cowell as a judge whose biting remarks to contestants became a fixture and a ratings magnet.

Cowell created “X-Factor” three years later; it also premiered in England.

That prompted Fuller to sue Cowell for copyright infringement, and according to his lawsuit, Fox and Fremantle stepped in to preserve “American Idol.”

Fuller’s lawsuit claims he settled the case in 2005 against Cowell after Fox and Fremantle promised him that “X-Factor” would not air in the United States until 2011, Cowell would remain an “Idol” judge for five more seasons, and Fuller would be granted an executive producer credit on Cowell’s show if it ever aired in the United States.

“Despite the clear agreement to grant Fuller an executive producer credit and to pay him an executive producer fee, defendants have refused to honor their obligations and have further refused to negotiate in good faith,” the lawsuit states.

The U.S.-version of X-Factor will begin airing on Fox on Sept. 21.

The case is unlikely to be settled for anything remotely as cheap as a song, with both sides releasing dueling statements hours after the case was filed.

“Mr. Fuller has not been hired, nor performed any duties, on the U.S. version of ‘The X Factor,'” Fox and FremantleMedia wrote in a joint statement. “His suit seeks payment and credit as an executive producer despite his neither having been approved by the required parties, nor hired, as such. We believe this lawsuit is without merit and we expect to prevail.”

Fuller’s attorney, Dale Kinsella, called the companies’ position that Fuller needed to be approved as an executive producer on “X-Factor” absurd.

“Fox is contractually obligated to approve Fuller as executive producer and compensate him accordingly, and it is because of the breach of the 2005 binding agreement that the case was filed,” Kinsella wrote in a statement. “Fox appears to be admitting openly that they have failed to honor the contract terms.”

An initial hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 7 in Santa Monica, Calif.


Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/celebritydocket



FILE- This March 12, 2009 file photo shows John Walsh, host of the television show "America's Most Wanted," in New York. This week marks the final weekly airing of "America's Most Wanted" on the Fox network after 23 years and 1153 fugitives nabbed. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, FILE)http://beta.news.yahoo.com/amw-ending-run-fox-john-walsh-isnt-done-200526524.html

NEW YORK (AP) — This week marks the final weekly airing of “America’s Most Wanted” on the Fox network after 23 years and 1,153 fugitives nabbed.

“I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” said John Walsh, the host and driving force of what he turned into a nationwide crime watch. “Saturday when I see the last show — that’s gonna be painful.”

But that broadcast, which airs at 9 p.m. EDT, is billed as the season finale — not the series conclusion — on the “AMW” website.

Not surprisingly, this is the same attitude voiced by Walsh.

“I’m fighting hard to keep this franchise going,” he said. “It’s a television show that gets ratings AND saves lives, and we’ll find somewhere to keep going. We’re not done.”

Speaking by phone Thursday morning, he had just arrived back in Washington from Brazil. There, he was hunting for a pedophile who has been hiding out in Rio de Janeiro for 14 years.

“He’s a fake minister who molested tons of boys in Florida,” Walsh said. “I was working with Brazilian police, and I think I’ll get this guy.”

The case will be spotlighted on Saturday’s show, and, as he spoke, Walsh was headed to “AMW” headquarters to supervise editing the segment.

He said he will make some parting remarks at the end of the show, with the promise, “We’re going to land somewhere else.”

And after that?

“I’m so used to doing what I’ve done every day for 23 years that I’m still trying to sort it all out,” he said. “But I have many, many offers, a long list I’ve got to wade through and see where we go from here.”

One possibility, he said, is News Corp. sibling Fox News Channel, which that network confirms.

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes “has had preliminary discussions with John Walsh and he’s a fan of ‘America’s Most Wanted,'” said Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti, “but nothing has been decided.”

Walsh said he hopes to have a deal in place, probably with a cable network, within two weeks.

This, of course, is the man who mounted a crime-busting crusade in the aftermath of the abduction and murder of his 6-year-old son Adam in 1981. He became an outspoken advocate for tougher laws against sex offenders, more cooperation among law enforcement agencies, and citizen involvement in flushing out fugitives.

His TV show premiered in April 1988 on the fledgling Fox network and, little more than a year later, it was the first-ever Fox program to rank first in viewership in its time slot. It’s been a fixture on the network ever since, and during the 2010-11 season, was seen by an audience averaging 5 million viewers.

So last month Walsh, 65, was “in shock,” he said, on getting the news that “AMW” had been canceled. The show is too expensive to produce, Fox entertainment head Kevin Reilly explained. The network is planning to air weekly repeats of its prime-time entertainment series in the Saturday slot “AMW” has held for so long.

“AMW” isn’t completely disappearing from the network. There will be four, two-hour specials aired next season, Reilly said in making the announcement in May.

So far, Walsh said, there have been no discussions with Fox about how and when the specials will be produced. And they won’t preserve the current “AMW” operation, with its 70-plus staff.

“I’ve got hotline operators, website guys, reporters, writers, graphic artists, engineers — we’re a full-blown news operation,” Walsh said. “One of the most painful things I’ve got to do is cut everybody loose. Now my first priority is to be sure Fox treats these people fairly, which I think they will.”

Besides offering “AMW” employees what Walsh calls a “really fair” severance package, Fox has agreed to maintain the telephone hotline and website, which are both essential for receiving tips on fugitives from the public.

Then Walsh hopes “AMW” will soon be settled in a new TV home.

“It’s very simple,” he said. “I want to catch bad guys and find missing children — and we’re not done.”





EDITOR’S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier


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  • jason
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    jason2 hours agoReport Abuse

    This man is a true hero.  We will never know the countless lives that may have been saved over the last 23 years because of his brave actions.  He took an unimaginable tragedy and turned it into something so wonderful! I wish you and your family the best in all you do John!




  • Diana
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    Diana2 hours agoReport Abuse

    think you need to talk to Oprah!!! She has a new network remember! AMW would make a great add on to the OWN network. Who’s with me on this??

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  • jrab
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    jrab2 hours agoReport Abuse

    I hope he’s not done, he has done wonderful things coming out of a great tragedy. Goodluck to you Mr. Walsh.




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    SCOTT Nabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    Fox ought to do away with their crude, stupid cartoons in order to make room for “America’s Most Wanted”, a show which actually HAS a purpose for being on the air! This show is a public service in and of itself, and should be a priority! Makes me wonder where Fox’s priorities lie!




  • Linda
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    Linda2 hours agoReport Abuse

    America’s Most Wanted has been cancelled from Fox and they are wondering what now.  Why can’t AMW have their own show appearing opposite Fox news? I’d watch it over Fox news any day. They are making a mistake.




  • DanS
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    DanS2 hours agoReport Abuse

    Shame on FOX!! To end a show that has proven that it was the leading reason dangerous ppl were caught and FOX cancels the show?? Someone at FOX must have bumped their head, hard!! Bring the show back!!! If not, hopefully John Walsh and AMW can find another station to carry/air the show. Good Luck… More




  • Red Roses
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    Red Rosesabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    They have to find a new station for this show.  Killers and perverts have to be found.  Walsh is a hero!!!!




  • Tamara
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    Tamaraabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    This is unbelievable. This show should never end, never! Mr Walsh is a true hero at best for getting the “bad guys and girls” and has done a wonderful job utilizing our true great detectives all over the world. I am astonished that this show would ever die because unfortunately as long as there are… More




  • Otter
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    Otter2 hours agoReport Abuse

    I remember being a child when his son was kidnapped. He really has changed TV and is a hero to me. Good luck Mr Walsh!




  • Ron
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    Ronabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    Well, that’s a real shame. I’ve been watching AMW off and on since I was like 12 years old. I agree that Oprah’s network would welcome him into the fold, but I’m not sure if would be quite as effective on a cable network. In any case, I hope the show is able to find a new home. Heck, this is a show… More




  • Gail
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    Gail2 hours agoReport Abuse

    what a shame that Fox has done this to AMW. think I will start a boycott of any Fox shows, I know I won’t be watching that station anymore.




  • Mark
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    Markabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    Why would you even consider cancelling a show that has actually accomplished something other then destroying brain cells.




  • Janice R
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    Janice R2 hours agoReport Abuse

    I can not believe fox has decided to end this show! My God something that is so important to all of us to help apprehend and keep criminals behind bars! All about the money forget safety!




  • A different Michael
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    A different Michaelabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    Rupert Murdoch, are you reading these comments? From one Jew to another, put AMW back on the air, you schmuck.




  • MissDee
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    MissDee2 hours agoReport Abuse

    Somebody who’s doing something to stop bad guys, when did heros start getting let go?




  • Gee
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    Gee36 minutes agoReport Abuse

    John Walsh should be proud of the service he has performed for America’s children.
    He turned his personal tragedy into public service. Kudos to both him and his wife.




  • oz
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    oz44 minutes agoReport Abuse

    If it’s not trash FOX doesn’t want it…John I hope you’re back soon…I agree, OPRAH should pick up this show…fox tries to make good guys look bad…Here’s a good guy who has done great things like “CATCHING BAD PEOPLE”…Not only is FOX racist but stupid…




  • Kevin
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    Kevinabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    dearfox network i am very up set that you took amw off theair and i willnot watch your new fallshows this fall sign kevin lane




  • Red Roses
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    Red Rosesabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    I like a lot of shows on Fox, but since they are getting rid of AMW is will boycott them.




  • ROSE M B
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    ROSE M B24 minutes agoReport Abuse

    ok Fox you have a lot of people against this. what about your own personal message to the people watching FOX? we do not need more smut. we ned the good shows that solves things.




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Days after Nicole Scherzinger was tapped to officially replace Cheryl Cole on The X Factor, series creator Simon Cowell says he did all he could to keep Cole around.

Though a source confirms to Us Weekly that her lack of chemistry with the other judges was a key factor in her departure, Cowell tells the Associated Press his primary goal in sending Cole packing was to ease her homesickness.

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“I hate seeing her hurt,” Cowell says of the 27-year-old Girls Aloud singer, with whom he judged the X Factor‘s U.K. installment. “This was a decision we made which we thought would be beneficial to her, funny enough,” Cowell added, telling the AP he now worries if he’ll be able to mend his fractured friendship with Cole. “Not many people will believe that, but that’s the truth.”


In his interview with the AP, Cowell — who assumes “full responsibility” for Cole’s exit — slammed reports that her thick Newcastle, England accent contributed to her departure.

“She was good on the American show,” Cowell said. “I personally thought she was missing her family and friends. She just looked a little bit, I wouldn’t say uncomfortable, but just not as happy as I’ve seen her on previous shows.”


Despite having taken part in a series of U.S. X Factor auditions, Cole was offered a pay raise to return to England and assume a role on her former show. “It was even to the point she’d asked if she could have my dressing room” in London, Cowell told the AP. Those U.K. contract talks stalled, however, and the deal utlimately fell through.

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Attempting to stay in touch with Cole via text message, Cowell has received only one reply from the singer.

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Neal Schon played mostly Paul Reed Smith guitars on Journey’s new album, Eclipse. © Travis Shinn

“I don’t feel like a guitar hero,” says Journey’s Neal Schon. “It’s flattering when people say nice things about what I do, but really, I’m just another guitar player. There’s so many guys who are much better than me. That’s not false modesty – it’s the truth. In the end, it all comes down to trying to express yourself. If you can establish a signature sound or style, that’s a major feat. I’ve been at this a long time, so hopefully I’ve accomplished those things.”

Since founding Journey in 1973 (this after joining Santana at the tender age of 15!), Schon, whose tenure in the band has been a constant, despite what has sometimes appeared to be a revolving door of members, has done more than carve out a recognizable guitar sound. He’s created a rich catalogue of songs that – pardon the cliche, but it’s entirely fitting here – have become part of the soundtrack of millions of people’s lives across the globe. From proms to weddings to even funerals, Journey songs have played a prominent role.

And as for pop culture, screw the critics, who have hurled brickbats at the group since Day One. That Sopranos finale, the last scene? Fuggedaboudit – unthinkable without Don’t Stop Believin’ playing on the jukebox. Game, set match – Journey won the title of Coolest Band Around without even setting foot on the court.

But here we are in 2011, and Journey (which also includes longtime members Jonathan Cain on keyboards, bassist Ross Valory and drummer Deen Castronovo, along with 2007 YouTube recruit, the Filipino-born singer Arnel Pineda who has tackled the unenviable task of replacing vocalist Steve Perry) have just released Eclipse, their most musically diverse and challenging album since 1983’s Frontiers.

There’s hooks a-plenty on Eclipse (a joint production between Kevin Shirley, Schon and Cain), and yes, there’s a couple of unabashed love tunes, but much of the time the group flips the bird at their reputation as ‘sensitive, power-balladeers,’ dishing out muscular, complex cuts that routinely clock in at well over the five-minute mark.

Which suits Schon just fine. “Eclipse is a Catch-22,” he says. “Most people really love it. Occasionally, I’ll hear a snide remark: ‘Oh, they should’ve stuck to the formula. With a song like Don’t Stop Believin’ being bigger than ever, where’s one of those?’ But that’s the thing: We’ve already done that song. We’ve got a ton of those songs. I don’t feel like sitting in neutral. Right now, there’s pretty much nothing we can’t do. We’re going for it.”

Gearing up for a two-year world tour in support of Eclipse, Neal Schon sat down with MusicRadar to discuss the new album and the state of Journey, which he calls a “very happy, very together unit.” In addition, we chatted guitars and gear and strolled down memory lane to talk about the one song that, in Schon’s words, “just doesn’t go away.” Not that he’s complaining.

Once again, you worked with Kevin Shirley, who is known for his speedy manner in the studio. Does that kind of rapid pace inspire you?

“Not particularly. Kevin is quick, and I’ll be honest, he was a little too quick with me. We don’t take forever in the studio; we don’t waste time. But I don’t like to be rushed. Put it this way: I’d rather spend my days playing in the studio instead of having somebody Pro Tool.

“Actually, the record is co-produced by Kevin, Jonathan and myself. After Kevin split and went to work with Joe Bonamassa, I went in and redid things. I heard what we’d recorded, and I thought we weren’t even close to being done. So I recut quite a few guitars and solos. Arnel sang practically the whole record over again. Then we did more keyboard overdubs and moved string parts around.

“We produced a lot of this record by ourselves. But I was very passionate about it and wanted it to be great, so I stuck with it till the very end. From the mixing to the sequencing, I put in a lot of work. In my opinion, when it was done, it was really done.”

Journey are heading to the LG Arena, BirminghamJonathan Cain

Neal Schon at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in 2008Arnel Pineda and Neal SchonEclipse

Jonathan Cain will be playing guitar more on this tourhttp://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/2011/05/31/journey-interview-cain-looks-forward-to-birmingham/

Journey is the band that didn’t stop believing. Ian Harvey talks to keyboard player Jonathan Cain about the band’s upcoming Birmingham concert, their new album and that song.

When Journey, Foreigner and Styx take to the stage at the LG Arena on Sunday, it will represent the ultimate dream ticket for many rock fans.

These are three giants of the melodic rock world (also known as AOR or adult-orientated rock), between them responsible for almost 300 million record sales.

They are also bands who each feature a new singer and for whom fortunes are on the up after the grunge era looked set to have put paid to their aspirations.

Jonathan Cain, on the phone from the States, is clearly excited to be bringing Journey’s full arena show over to the UK, promoting the band’s 15th studio album Eclipse, which was released this week.

“We always enjoy meeting our fans,” says Cain. “Basically the UK fan club – www.journeyrock.co.uk –  have been very tenacious and supportive and really have helped. They’re awesome. Their energy is appreciated over here.  They were the reason that we got there in the first place.”

While still full of Journey’s melodic style, Eclipse is more guitar-driven than some of the band’s albums, and Cain is excited to see how fans respond to that.

“We have classic Journey, which tends to be pop rock, and then the new songs will be the balance of the rock side. So you have this maybe heavier, rawer sound mixed in with the classic hits.

“And it works really well. We tried it in South America where we played a two-hour show and played four or five of the new songs in the context of the greatest hits and I think it works exceptionally.

“People have really embraced it and we feel that in the UK that it’s one of the places that we can play the new music and it will be appreciated. It’s not like going to Vegas and you look at that crowd and think ‘They’re not going to get this’.

“I think that the listening ability of the European rock fan is much deeper. He goes for the detail and wants to get the content and is hungry for that content.  They’re very good listeners in Europe.”

Despite a hiatus after their lauded frontman Steve Perry left the band, Journey have continued to tour and record with a variety of singers including Steve Augeri, Jeff Scott Soto and now Arnel Pineda, a singer from the Philippines whom the band discovered on YouTube singing Journey covers with extraordinary accuracy.

The band has seen its fortunes turn around quite astonishingly in the past few years in a large part after their perennial 1981 hit Don’t Stop Believin’ was featured in the closing moments of the last episode of The Sopranos and particularly after a new generation discovered the song via Glee.

It is now, officially, the most downloaded song in history. So what is it about Don’t Stop Believin’ that so resonates with music fans?

“Perhaps because it gives you permission to dream,” replies Cain.

“That’s the only way I can describe it. It has a hopeful tone to it and in certain times it resonates.

He explains how the song was born after he was drafted into Journey.

“I brought that chorus in, right up to the line ‘streetlight people’.

“When I was in my 20s and struggling to make it in LA my father always used to say: ‘Don’t stop believing Jon. You’ve got the goods, hang on in there, something will happen’.

“So when I got the Journey nod I thought I would bring them his idea.

“And they added to it. That’s what you do in a band. You take one piece and you connect it with another piece. So when Perry heard the chorus it was, ‘Oh why don’t you do the same tune but we’re going to break it down, so just play the piano thing like you do, with those chords, and I’ll see if I can come up with something’.

“Ross Valory created the signature bass line, Perry came up with some great vocal melodies over it and off we went. It was very much an ‘improv’ kind of creation.”

And did you have even the slightest clue what that song would become?

“We didn’t. We thought it was a lovely song and it definitely was kind of dramatic. With the piano starting, I think it has a particular colour to it. It wasn’t just one continual blast.

“When we recorded it, it was done pretty quickly. I remember Steve had to leave with just the basic track done and he came back the next week and sang the vocal in three takes. We did the background vocals and that was the end of it.”

Journey’s message of hope continues with the release of Eclipse, an album that, according to Cain,  Neal Schon, the band’s leader and guitarist has been wanting to make for a decade or more.

“It’s a raw rock album. It’s guitar driven. Neal said early on ‘I want to go with this. Will you go with me?’ I said, well lyrically it’s got to be profound, I don’t want to put out any old stuff. If we’re going to go in this direction, it’s got to be to some mystical place, like Zeppelin did with their music.

“Neal came to me with this conceptual idea, the Hindu interpretation of life as an endless circle. So I started doing research on the internet and writing ideas down. And I really liked the concept, you known for a band that sings about hopeful things.

“Without being  religious, I believe in a universal god, and I like the idea of the endless circle. I’ve always dabbled in the metaphysical belief. I was meditating and performed yoga and I always noted this wonderful high energy and I wondered how can I trigger this peace of mind and this happiness?

“I thought this is something that we should look at, maybe with this album. With the conflict and turmoil that we face every day in our society sometimes it’s good to see how you relate to the universe and god.

“Neal had some ideas and it encompasses physical, spiritual and metaphysical ideas which go really deep, without being too ‘heavy’ about it.

“I was able to craft some very sensual lyrics. Neal allowed me to write these lyrics. He’s a Buddhist, he’s a spiritual man, he likes the idea of eternal peace – that  conflicts can be resolved. I said this is what we should be singing about, not about chasing women around.

“When we finished these songs and we learned them and started singing them in the studio it was like ‘Oh, I was right!’ This was something different.

“But to me it’s an album that is not a one-listen record. You need to listen through it a few times. It’s very complex musically, it has many layers to it and there’s something different every time you listen to it to pick up on.

“Journey has always been a communion between the pop side and the rock side. This is the rock side. We’re really sticking our rock side out into the universe without relying on the pop end of things . . . I can write those songs all day long.”

This tour will also see Cain step away from his keyboards and play more guitar on stage than ever.

“Because there’s so much guitar on this album, live I have to be the rhythm guy.  I’ve had to learn these songs for Neal and support my brother.

“And you know what, he’s supported me all these years and stood behind me and my songs, my ballads and this is my payback to him. I like to play guitar. This is kind of a turnabout for me and he’s very proud of this album and so am I. It’s truly a testament to our brotherhood together, this album.”

And what about the fact that there’s a relatively new face fronting the band (this is Pineda’s second album with Journey, after 2008’s Revelation)?

“You know what, the music’s bigger than all of us,” says Cain. “The music speaks for itself. It’s timeless and no matter who sings it, as long as you’re bringing the genuine timbres and tones . . .  you want to give the people the best you can be.

“That’s why when we found Arnel and we heard him sing we thought ‘This guy is unique to himself as an artist.’ Now when you see him he’s just cool, you know. He’s evolved.”

A large part of that evolution Cain puts down to the massive concert that Journey played in the Philippines, introducing Pineda as their frontman there for the first time.

”I think a lot changed when he sang the big concert in Manila. Singing for his homeland and getting praised as the hometown boy, the man of the hour. It celebrated his achievement of being something, coming from the street and making something of himself.

“He’s quite a legend over there and after that show, he understood what it was about.

“Now he goes on stage and every night he’s the lead singer of Journey, no question. It takes a lot of time to fill those (Steve Perry’s) shoes. And his voice now  . . . it’s like being a stock car racer and you go into the Nascar. And Arnel has this great race car, he’s a great driver and he just needed to learn where to put the gas and where to get off the gas.”

So finally what about the dream ticket of Journey, Foreigner and Styx on the same bill?

“It’s going to be friendly. But it’ll be a real competition, as always, for bragging rights,” laughs Cain.

You’d better believe it.

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* Journey, Foreigner and Styx play the LG Arena, Birmingham on Sunday June 5, 2011. Tickets are £40 plus booking & transaction fees.

Stage times:
Styx – 7pm-7.45pm
Foreigner – 8pm-9pm
Journey – 9.30pm-11pm

Read more: http://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/2011/05/31/journey-interview-cain-looks-forward-to-birmingham/#ixzz1O7lxFJRh


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