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(FMQB)   If you've ever wondered how much effect "American Idol" has on radio, here comes the broadcast science   ( ) divider line
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2007-03-13 05:24:08 PM  
wow, that kelly clarkson chick seriously owns the others
2007-03-13 05:46:59 PM  
Nice titties, too.
2007-03-13 06:06:00 PM  
albo: wow, that kelly clarkson chick seriously owns the others

I hate pop music. A lot. But you know what? She's actually got talent.
2007-03-13 06:48:26 PM  
And yet, none of the Idols have broken into the Classic Rock stations I listen to...

It sounds impressive to say that they have received 4 million "spins" but I don't know how many the bigger pop stars have gotten over that period.
2007-03-13 07:03:18 PM  
Ha ha! Bo sucks!!!
2007-03-13 07:17:30 PM  
POP music sucks... fark cliche? anyone?
2007-03-13 07:18:01 PM  
I've never watched American Idol. I couldn't give two shiats.

/Kelly who?
//There's other stations other than NPR?
2007-03-13 07:20:24 PM
2007-03-13 07:21:20 PM  
Pop is music for sheep and we are wolves disguised as sheperds.
2007-03-13 07:23:09 PM  
More than 730,000 spins ?

She must be getting reeeal dizzy...
2007-03-13 07:23:53 PM  
Ha ha! Bo sucks!!!

Yeah, but Bo knows.
2007-03-13 07:25:34 PM  
All that radio play, really? Must be on one of the boring stations I never turn to.

It's be nice if there was at least one Metal station around here. KShe touches the edge of it, but it's more of a Classic Rock station these days.
2007-03-13 07:29:43 PM  
Just started watching American Idol this season, so I have NFC who those other people are. What I DO know is that I am in love with Blake Lewis
2007-03-13 07:33:25 PM  
Competing for Best Singer on American Idol is kind of like caring who wins Best Eater of Cow Sphincters on Fear Factor.

/Is it 8:00 yet?
2007-03-13 07:35:31 PM  
Yeah Kelly Clarkson is marginally hot and she's got a fairly good voice, but her music suck massive donkey schlong. Celine Dion has a good voice, too, and yet she also sucks. None of them will be remembered in 10 years. And Zeppelin and Floyd will still be popular. Suck it Idols.

/Still fun to watch the insults.
//Most are well deserved.
2007-03-13 07:38:37 PM  
Suck it Idol's. Suck it long...and suck it hard.
2007-03-13 07:38:57 PM  
Note to Radio and Popular Artists:

These are instruments. Learn to play them.

This is a pen and a paper. You write your own songs with them.
2007-03-13 07:39:27 PM  
glorified kareoke
2007-03-13 07:42:23 PM  
I think Davinci's Notebook summed up the stench of this sort of music (Celine Dione, boy bands, Clay Aiken, all sorts of what I call "board room" music written for sheep):


Declaration of my feelings for you
Elaboration on those feelings
Description of how long these feelings have existed
Belief that no one else could feel the same as I

Reminiscence of the pleasant times we've shared
And our relationship's perfection
Recounting of the steps that lead to our love's dissillusion
Mostly involving my unfaithfulness and lies

Penitent admission of wrongdoing
Discovery of the depth of my affection
Regret over the lateness of my epiphany

Title of the song
Naive expression of love
Reluctance to accept that you are gone
Request to turn back time
And rectify my wrongs
Repetition of the title of the song

Enumeration of my various transgressive actions
Of insufficient motivation
Realization that these actions led to your departure
And my resultant lack of sleep and appetite

Renunciation of my past insensitive behavior
Promise of my reformation
Reassurance that you still are foremeost in my thoughts, now,
Need for instructions how to gain your trust again

Request for reconciliation
Listing of the numerouss tasks that I'd perform
Of physical and emotional compensation


Acknowledgement that I acted foolishly
Increasingly desparate pleas for your return
Sorrow for my infidelity
Vain hope that my sins are forgivable
Appeal for one more opportunity
Drop to my knees to elecit crowd response
Prayers to my chosen deity
Modulation and I hold a high note...

2007-03-13 07:43:22 PM  
Personally the brilliant one here is Ryan Seacrest who has literally found his own printing press to print oout cash.
2007-03-13 07:45:38 PM  
submitter: If you've ever wondered how much effect "American Idol" has on radio, here comes the broadcast science

Not really.

/satellite radio subscriber
//many, many choices do i have
2007-03-13 07:47:33 PM  
Look for Bucky Covington's star to rise when his album drops next month. he has a video out of his first single and it's pretty good. Although it is country.

Video link
2007-03-13 07:49:27 PM  
Who cares meet nobody cares.

/American Idol is mind numbing TV
2007-03-13 07:51:32 PM  
I never paid attention to how much top 40 singers sucked until I was trained on what to listen for by the three judges. "way off key!" "You were all over the place!" "Very pitchy". There are only a few singers on the radio that I would say have talent.
The majority "made it" because they have a unique sound or a few catchy songs.
2007-03-13 07:51:34 PM  
One likes to believe in the freedom of music, but glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity. Yeah.
2007-03-13 07:53:00 PM  
Ow My Balls Please, please tell me that has music to it. Where can I get a copy?
2007-03-13 07:53:25 PM  
I stopped listening to the radio when even the classic rock stations stopped playing Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

/older school than my years.
2007-03-13 07:53:27 PM  
I have never heard an American Idol person on the radio. Never. But like a couple of people above I only listen to Classic Rock stations, some of which do occasionally play newer stuff like STP, Pearl Jam, U2, and Nirvana.
2007-03-13 07:54:21 PM  
I find it somewhat telling that the #1 Song Leader spot on that American Idol chart is "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson.. A throw-away song that was handed to her by Avril Lavigne that Kelly had absolutely no part in writing.
2007-03-13 07:56:35 PM  
Combat Medici Yeah. And they got it completely right 27 year ago. And we still haven't learned. At least we've got that one Idol chick's nudie pics.
2007-03-13 07:57:50 PM  
Bah. +s
2007-03-13 07:57:52 PM  
American Idol makes many people instantly famous at the beginning of a season...

The rest of the show is a battle to see who can retain that fame.
2007-03-13 07:58:12 PM  
some of which do occasionally play newer stuff like STP, Pearl Jam, U2, and Nirvana.

STP: 1992
Pearl Jam: 1991
U2: 1976
Nirvana: 1988

Newer stuff?
2007-03-13 07:58:25 PM

The biggest sausaged fingered singer ever on American Idol.

/have only watched one series
//more than enough
2007-03-13 08:00:59 PM  
Zeppelin: 1968
Floyd: 1965
Cream: 1966

Yeah, U2 is still new. STP is really new. Nirvana sucks.
2007-03-13 08:06:52 PM  
I don't have to watch American Idol. All of the crappy morning show and afternoon show crews on the radio play their crap over and over again.

I'm especially looking at you, Opie & Anthony. You guys are Bob & Tom but with more annoying accents and 2 hours of American Idol recap every day.
2007-03-13 08:06:56 PM  
I love the Kate Miller-Heidke (Wiki link) song "Australian Idol":

I was having a bad week - I crashed the car and the cat carked it • Weighed myself outside Woolies and I'd put on 4 kilos

Arranged to meet an old friend for coffee • I poured my heart out - told her all about • Poor dead fluffy, and the bloody car, and did she think I should go on a diet?

She studied my face, trying to frame the words to say • Just the right blend of sympathy and advice • She took a big breath. And looked into my eyes and she said:

You should go on Australian Idol! • Even if you don't win, you'll have a great time. • Don't worry that you don't look like a supermodel • They're even letting fatties on there now so you should be fine.

I said 'Thanks, I feel a lot better now' • Then I erased her number from my phone • I didn't know how much we'd grown apart.

The very next day was my birthday. • No one called, except my grandma • And she was drunk, she just needed a lift home from the pub

Then that Sunday night, I went to dinner with my rellies • They said 'Happy Birthday! Do you mind if we put the tv on? • It's nearly the final of Australian Idol and

You should go on Australian Idol • You're much prettier than her - she looks like a pudding • 'You'll win it no worries love' said my uncle • And I just turned and looked at him like he was something that I stood in.

And don't get me wrong - if I turn on the tv and it's on • I can't stop watching. Even with the ads • Even with those two dickheads blabbing on between songs • I love to see their spirits crushed, their egos shattered • I love the ones that really suck in the first auditions • I love to watch them sob, their dreams in tatters • And I laugh while I eat my dinner • They're crying in their 5-star hotel, and I'm cackling on my cack-brown couch • And it's not that I am jealous, I'm not jealous, I'm not jealous. • The next Sunday, I had a pretty bad hangover

Feeling pretty grumpy • Sitting on the couch, eating Pringles feeling sorry for myself. • I flipped to Channel 10 and before I knew it I was watching a really short guy • Singing that really annoying song by Craig David.

Suddenly I rose to my feet - it must have been divine intervention • I saw the light in front of me, and I screamed!

Why am I watching Australian Idol? (God!) • Am I really reduced to this pitiful state? Jesus! • I may as well just head down to my local karaoke bar • Or better still just change to SBS. • You better believe it - I changed to SBS • So Marcia, Dicko, whatever your name is... • Shove it up your ass!
2007-03-13 08:09:05 PM  

Nirvana sucks.

Thank you. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks so.

Note to pop-stars:

A good singing voice does not make you worth listening to. Take piano lessons or something. If your that passionate about making music (as opposed to pre-scripted, formulaic noise with a back-beat), then put more effort into *that* rather than your image.

Otherwise, you are a whore. Whore whore whore whore. Every last damn one of you.

A real music god isn't playing for an audience (necessarily). The crowd is just there for the priviledge of watching as he/she makes love to their instrament.

/American Idol is pornography
2007-03-13 08:18:37 PM  
Speaking as a non-American, I can tell you the ONLY Am-Idol contestant that has broken through overseas is Kelly Clarkson. The others, if they even get a release, don't sell at all.
2007-03-13 08:19:12 PM  
Ahhh the usual music snobs.

What is the purpose of music???

My answer is that it is to convey an emotion.

A twelve year old girl is not going to be attracted the the same emotions some 30 or 40 year old guy is (who is stuck in the music of his youth very often). Sadly this group is the loudest and most pretentious of all music fans.
Sure you can argue complexity or arrangement but those don't necessarily convey more complex feelings.

I love Chopin piano concertos and they convey far more meaning and complexity than classic rock but it doesn't mean I will complain about how simple and stupid your music is. Or the corporate nature of all rock songs even the indie labels.

My point is music is meant to convey an emotion and not everybody relates to music like you do.

One persons Chopin can be another persons Justin Timberlake.

It all goes with different levels of maturity and my Chopin is way more mature than your classic rock.

/some sarcasm included to make my point
2007-03-13 08:22:17 PM  
Aracnix didn't get enough hugs.
2007-03-13 08:23:49 PM  
Oh snap...anyone catch the Simon pwn on Ryan?

Ryan: something about idol's shoes
Simon: You know all about heels
Ryan: Stay out of my closet
Simon: Come out of the closet
2007-03-13 08:30:31 PM  
So is there any current band analogous to King Crimson, XTC, Genesis (70's version) or other experimental and creative artists? The last good thing I've found has been Tree Wave. I'm sick of template-created pop music drivel. (I was going to say "A.I. generated music", then remembered the initials of American Idol.)

At least I found out why that piece of crap show is still on the air...Americans love their insipid pap, and it apparently makes Clear Channel and the RIAA very happy.
2007-03-13 08:32:47 PM  
I'll take Anal bum cover for $100, Trebek.
2007-03-13 08:33:38 PM  
Catlord: I find it somewhat telling that the #1 Song Leader spot on that American Idol chart is "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson.. A throw-away song that was handed to her by Avril Lavigne that Kelly had absolutely no part in writing.

The #2 song, "Because Of You", she wrote entirely by herself. She also co-wrote most of her other hit songs. So, what exactly is "somewhat telling"? It's not her fault that Avril's song turned out to be a big hit. And it certainly wouldn't have been as big with anyone else singing it.

There are plenty of talentless model-types out there for people to hate on... there's no need to talk crap about the talented singers (even if you disagree about the amount of talent, or don't prefer that kind of music).
2007-03-13 08:35:15 PM  
You know what would make American Idol great? Put Simon on a 10 day meth/pcp bender, sit him down with a bottle of Jacks and a .38.

"That was utter shiat!"


Cue to Seacreast, pulling body off of stage, Simon laughining hysterically. Randy and Paula sitting, staring in fear.

/grew up on Classic Rock, but hate it on the radio
2007-03-13 08:35:26 PM  
>>Genesis (70's version)

It's hard to say what's the 70's version. With Phillips? With Gabriel? With Hackett? For much of the 70s, the band was just Collins, Rutherford, and Banks, and Trick of The Tail ain't too bad.

But I think I know what you mean. What you want to do it go to Progressive Rock on Wikipedia and you'll find all kinds of great bands, many of them deliberately carrying on that 70s tradition.
2007-03-13 08:35:58 PM  
Kiler That was funny, wasn't it?

rrtt22 If the purpose of music is to convey emotion, which I don't necessarily disagree with, then I'll put Zeppelin or the Doors against Wolfgang or Fryderyk any day. I love them all (or anyone but Elgar). But most pop music is throw away crap simply because it totally fails to convey anything except the greed of the producers. There is no art, no beauty, no soul. Pathetic really.
2007-03-13 08:38:25 PM  
Ryan Seacrest is the present generation's Dick Clark, both of them smarmy little bastards who probably molest small animals.
2007-03-13 08:41:56 PM  
Boap123: Personally the brilliant one here is Ryan Seacrest who has literally found his own printing press to print oout cash.

no the brilliant one is Simon, he owns the whole thing, he's the one signing Seacrest's paychecks. and since he has all the participants under contract he's even taking some of Jenifer Hudson's Dreamgirls money
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