NBC Press Release:
Tuesday, November 30 2004
NBC SPECIALS --(8:00PM-9:00PM) --(TV-G )
"Christmas In Rockefeller Center"
NBC CONTINUES A HOLIDAY TRADITION WITH ITS LIVE, SEVENTH-ANNUAL NATIONAL TELECAST OF THE 72nd CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS CHRISTMAS TREE -- "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," hosted by Al Roker and Nancy O'Dell, is a star-studded one-hour special from Rockefeller Center in New York City. The popular musical lineup for the special will include a mix of current hits and favorite holiday music with performances by Hilary Duff, Kenny Chesney, Clay Aiken, Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Chris Isaak, Michael Buble, Vanessa Williams, and The Rockettes. "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" is produced for a national audience by WNBC and TWI, the television division of IMG (International Management Group). Steve Mayer and Adele Rifkin are executive producers, Mike Mathis is event producer and Steve Grymes is Producer/Director.
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Saturday, November 13, 2004
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From the CH:
From the It's Really Not Just Us Files...
Spoke to a friend of mine tonight from my music industry days in Nashville. I haven't talked to him in quite a while. He's done everything with practically everybody. U2, McCartney, Elton John, Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins, Moody Blues, Santana, Matchbox 20...names keep coming, I could go on and on. He's a musician, songwriter, engineer, producer...truly brilliant and deeply inner connected.
Right away I'm dying to talk to him about Clay, get his reaction. I don't have to wait at all. He asks what I'm up to and I tell him. Of course Clay comes into the conversation.
"Now there's a guy who's going places," he says.
"You think so?" I ask.
"Oh yeah. He is THE buzz right now. And in the circles he's really kind of a mystery."
"What do you mean?"
"Well, you know at first with the Idol thing it was like, okay, flash and burn...fifteen minutes and poof. But he shocked the hell out of everybody when they really heard him. He's got a voice that made everybody pretty much drop their pants."
(I'm seriously biting my lip now.)
He continues. "You know the music industry right now is floundering...it's all over the place. Sure, it has it's peaks and valleys, but there's no defining element. I'm telling you...he could be it. There's a buzz and it's everywhere, at every level. I hear it in the studios, I hear it from the execs, I hear it from musicians...this kid is shaking the rafters. He's going to be around for a long time, and he's already a force to be reckoned with."
"So why won't they play him on the radio?" I ask.
"Radio is and has always been a mafia. With what he's got...who cares if he's on the radio? Ten years from now...hell, two years from now he will be so huge that will be a joke. People are already begging."
"He is one of the hottest commodities around. But I hear he is very selective. That's the best sign of all. He either has a good head on his shoulders, good management...or both."
"So...do you like him?"
"I have to admit, at first I didn't pay much attention. But then I caught him on some late-night show. Don't remember which one. I was riveted. I couldn't believe his stage presence. And that voice! It just does something...I don't know, he grabs you somewhere, takes something vital and leaves you...I honestly don't know how to describe it. He's a superstar...no doubt about it. I wish I had a piece. So does everyone else."
I have been floating ever since this conversation. We know...we've always known. But now they know, too.
From the CB:
I received a message from the Shrine Auditorium where Fred
is working on the American Music Awards. He has been there
a few days and before that he was working at the Dick Clark
Office. Fred said that Clay is scheduled to be a presenter and will be teamed up with Kathy Griffin. “This should be very interesting”
Next week will be a busy week for Fred; he will be a guest at
Clay’s CD release party on Tuesday and has been invited to the Bubel/Aiken Foundation Dinner on Friday and he will be at Clay’s Christmas Concert in Pasadena on Sunday.
Greg Evans, the creator of Luann Comic Strip, is also going to be a guest at the CD release party in Los Angeles at the Burbank Hilton.
Greg has a new collection of Luann Comic Strips out in book form, although the Clay Strips will not be collected in book form until the next book put out by Greg, Fred thought it would be nice if the Clay fans knew about the latest Luann Collection. Here is a link to Greg’s new book on Amazon.com. It is called “Dates and Disasters:A Luann Collection". I thought I would pass this along with this message just in case anyone would be interested in checking it out.
RS (Please Bump!)
Clay Aiken is a double-barreled media threat on Tuesday. Not only does the former "American Idol" runner-up have a Christmas album, "Merry Christmas With Love" (RCA), due out, he has a book: "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life" (Random House).
Clay was show. Don't forget to tune in on Monday!
PACIFIC RIM CONFERENCE ON DISABILITIES
Clay Aiken named guest speaker for Monday, February 28
This conference is scheduled for Hawaii.
Friday, November 12, 2004
Thanks to tiffers66 from the Clayboard:
Clay is on MMM Profile right now. I was flipping through channels and saw ruben talking about Clay's AMA win and then they started playing Invisible!
EXCLUSIVE TO WALMART
The NY Daily News
In another bow to Wal-Mart's power, a special issue of People is on sale only in the giant chain's stores.
People Extra, priced at $3.95, is an 80-page issue that features cover girl Faith Ford, Clay Aiken and other stars in holiday celebrations and family gatherings.
Kraft Foods is the sole advertiser in the issue, which was also sent to 925,000 subscribers.
The parent Time Inc. sells the women's mag All You only in Wal-Mart, and other publishers also are targeting its customers.
Doodling for a Cause
By Lynne Voelliger
If you're looking for something fun and different to do Saturday night, plan to spend it at the Bettendorf Public Library. John Travolta will be there. So will Al Pacino and Jay Leno, if only on paper.
Nearly 100 famous actors, authors, athletes, politicians and celebrities have donated their autographs and doodles to help The Library Fund raise money at its 4th Author and Celebrity Doodle Day.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. and will be hosted by Gary Metivier of KWQC-TV6. Guests will have live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and fun as they consider bidding on the doodles of Clay Aiken, Betty White, Dr. Laura Schlessinger and others.
"I would like to invite everyone to come to this fun and unique event,” said Todd Klein, executive director of the library fund. “There is a doodle for everyone.”
The majority of the framed doodles will be up for bid during the silent auction. The live auction will begin at 8 p.m., when 10 of the more popular bids will go to the highest bidder.
“In the past, winning bids have ranged from $50 to $1,000 each,” Klein said. “We have even had a couple go for almost $3,000.”
Proceeds from Doodle Day will benefit The Library Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides funding for library programs, services and technologies.
“We regularly support the summer reading programs, the Booker Bear Reading Challenge for Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley first-graders and the purchase of new books,” Klein said. “These programs and others enrich the lives of children, families, seniors and new readers in our community.”
The first Doodle Day was held in 1998 and has been held every other year since. About $25,000 was raised at the last Doodle Day, held in 2002. Organizers hope to reach the goal of $27,000 this year through the doodles and donations.
Faye Clowe, director of the Bettendorf Public Library, is thrilled with the event.“Doodle Day has a loyal following. There are 300 to 400 people who usually attend,” Clowe said.
The Library Fund staff works year-round on obtaining doodles for the event. “We draw up a list of doodles we'd like to have and send those people a packet with the request,” Clowe said. “We're so pleased with the positive responses that we get.”
Doodle Day is open to the public and admission is free. Reservations are not required.
Far-flung fans feel invisible
N.C.-only policy for Clay Aiken concert stirs discord
By MATT EHLERS, Staff Writer
News & Observer
If Clay Aiken is on stage, there's a good chance that DeDe Hicks is in the audience. Hicks has seen Aiken in concert 29 times -- and she carries memories from each show -- but his performances at this year's N.C. State Fair stand out because they were in his hometown. "Being there, watching him perform, it feels like you're a part of everything," said Hicks, who lives in Memphis, Tenn. " Everybody who doesn't live in Raleigh and is a huge fan would love to live in Raleigh."
So when she found out that attempts would be made to restrict tickets to North Carolina residents for his Dec. 12 performance at the BTI Center for the Performing Arts, she wasn't happy. "At first I was honestly hurt. I didn't know what he was trying to do. I felt excluded," said Hicks, 30.
Big Doings in Clay's World
Tickets for Clay Aiken's Dec. 12 performance at the BTI Center for the Performing Arts will go on sale at 10 a.m. today. See www.ticketmaster.com, visit a Ticketmaster outlet, or call 834-4000. Tickets will be restricted to eight per customer, up from the six originally announced. They will range from $47.50 to $75.
But if you can't snag tickets, don't fret. You will have plenty of opportunities to experience Clay in the next few weeks. The guy is all over the place.
He made the cover of TV Guide on the strength of Sunday's appearance on the American Music Awards (it starts at 8 p.m. on ABC) and the Dec. 8 "A Clay Aiken Christmas" on NBC.
His Christmas album, "Merry Christmas, With Love," arrives Tuesday, and so does his memoir, "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life."
And she had company. Aiken-related Internet message boards have been bouncing around the pros and cons of the policy since it was announced.
Tickets for the performance will be limited to phone and Internet orders paid for with a credit card attached to a North Carolina ZIP code. In-person transactions will be available only at North Carolina Ticketmaster outlets. Meymandi Concert Hall will seat about 1,600 for the concert.
The policy came about after local fans complained that out-of-towners snapped up a large number of the State Fair tickets via an Internet ticketing process. The request came from Aiken via his management, said Jim Lavery, BTI general manager.
The North Carolina-only policy was welcome news for local admirers, but "it's causing some friction with fans across the nation," said Dawn Graham of Fuquay-Varina, who helped organize an Aiken fan convention in Raleigh earlier this year. "I think he was trying to give back a gift, but I'm not sure he realized it could backfire."
Non-North Carolina fans have complained that their money is as good as anyone else's, and that the fans who travel tend to be the most loyal and shouldn't be shut out. Locals have said they should have the chance to see him sing; after all, they were some of his very first fans.
In the end, Hicks -- who drives a car with a "CLA AKN" license plate -- thought on it and decided she wasn't upset about not being able to buy tickets.
"I will still follow him to the ends of the Earth, but I don't know if I'll ever come back to Raleigh," said Hicks, whose house features a three-room shrine to the singer. She wouldn't want to go against his wishes to see local folk in the audience.
But if North Carolinians snap up those tickets quickly, out-of-staters may have a chance to see him in Raleigh after all, Lavery said.
A second show has been slotted for Dec. 13 in Meymandi. That show will happen only if organizers see that tickets for the first show sell especially quickly. And there might not be much notice.
"They'll make that decision depending on how the first show sells," Lavery said. "They could add it 10 minutes after it goes on sale."
Ladies, start your computers.
Clay Aiken is far more intersting a person than a popstar and, God bless him, he's smart enough to know it. The 2003 American Idol runner-up dispenses with his experiences on the show (including, Claymates will be happy to know, the infamous "Grease" incident) in a few vague chapters toward the end. The bulk of the book/brand extension details his working-class North Carolina upbringing - including his abusive, alcoholic birth father and his fascinating, steel magnolia of a mother, a source of comfort, inspiration, and holy terror. (We suggest a sequel: Mama Clay Tells All!) Behind the polite narration emerges a complex guy with a folksy sense of humor ("I was teased by other kids like it was their job") and an endearing ambivalence about his own insta-celebrity. B-
Note: B- is considerably good, considering many books, CD's and movies get C's and D's and even F's from EW.
S'Way which is receiving an astounding 5/5 from over 95% of reviewers has ALSO been named a Music favourite of 2004 by Amazon.ca customers. Congrats Clay!
VIEW LIST HERE
From the CB:
They interviewed him briefly. He gave advise to Tony the weather man, who will be presenting at the AMA's also. Clay said that when he used to sing in church, his preacher's wife told him to "just imagine everyone in the audience is in their underwear and you will do fine." So, Clay gave Tony that advice and said if it was ok for his preacher's wife to tell him that then it was ok for him to tell that to Tony.
Aiken Sells Out Two Shows In Minutes
Singer Limits Sales Of Raleigh Christmas Concert Tickets To N.C. Residents
POSTED: 8:21 am EST November 12, 2004
UPDATED: 1:07 pm EST November 12, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. -- There is no doubt about hometown crooner Clay Aiken being a hot ticket.
Tickets for the Raleigh native's Dec. 12 Christmas concert at Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall went on sale through Ticketmaster and at the BTI Center box office at 10 a.m.
The show sold out in one minute.
A second show was added for Dec. 13., but also sold out minutes later.
The general manager for Ticketmaster said it is one of the fastest sellouts he has ever seen.
Some Clayniacs expected as much and camped out early.
Karen Gilmore arrived at the BTI Center at 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
"I think after the State Fair, we just decided to take a different approach and try to get tickets at the box office," Gilmore said.
At Aiken's request, tickets for the first show were sold only to North Carolina residents.
"I think that it was unfair that people from other states got the tickets and then tried to sell them to people in North Carolina," Carolyn Berlin said. "That was unfair. My daughter was really disappointed."
For fans, the combination of Clay and Christmas spirit was something they did not want to miss.
Gilmore got the tickets she was hoping for.
"Thank you, Clay, for doing this for your home state. Some of your fans are a little upset, but we really appreciate you thinking of us and doing this show. We love you," Gilmore said.
There is a small blurb about the CD and TV Special.
Thanks to calclay from the Clayboard:
Today's L.A. Times ran an article on Eminem"s early release date. The following is part of that article:
"Among the holiday gifts the industry is pushing are a cluster of new greatest-hits albums (Britney Spears, Toby Keith and Shania Twain hot sellers among them already), a holiday-music collection from Clay Aiken and new releases from Destiny's Child, Gwen Stefani and Snoop Dogg. The latter rap veteran's album, also from Interscope, has been moved up a week due to online file sharing and now arrives in stores Nov. 16."
Pretty good company for Clay!!
"This is a different kind of concert," says Aiken, who is setting out on his fourth tour of the U.S. in the last 18 months. "It's not meant to be a show where fans bring signs and scream. The goal is to be more intimate, almost semi-formal. The crew will be dressed up in their Sunday best and I hope the audiences will do the same."
Also on "ET on MTV & VH1" this weekend: You've probably heard about TARA REID's wardrobe malfunction at P.Diddy's party, but we've got the other celeb sightings from the birthday bash, including PARIS HILTON, MARIAH CAREY and CARSON DALY; speaking of birthdays, we're celebrating the big 3-1 with cutie NICK LACHEY & JESSICA SIMPSON in Las Vegas; now you can have CLAY AIKEN 12 months a year with his brand-new calendar; BRAD PITT, MATT DAMON and the rest of the 'Ocean's Twelve' cast are spilling secrets; and we tell you how to dress like MISCHA BARTON, RACHEL BILSON and your fave stars from "The O.C."!
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Thanks to Manukachan from the Clayboard:
They basically talked about his book coming out and they showed bits of Clay on Ryan's show and the Invisible video. Plus, they showed Clay talking from different interviews, one of them being from the time when they interviewed him about Proud of Your Boy. Fans were also shown saying "He's hot!" and "He's adorable!" Clay was shown after that saying how he doesn't get how people are so entusiastic..and said.."Maybe it's my hair." lol It was around 3 minutes long or so. Maybe they will show it again, so I'd keep a look out for it.
From the CB:
Q: What is happening with the book Clay Aiken was supposed to write?
A: Clay's not the kind of guy to say he's gonna do something and then slack off. Nope, the always-busy American Idol hottie found time to finish his book even while he was working on his new CD! Clay's Christmas album is a ho-ho-hymn book of classics, but it's his book that's truly inspiring. Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life just came out from Random House and it features Clay's memories of all his friends who influenced him from his days living in Raleigh, North Carolilna, through the present. Popstar! strongly endorses Clay's music and his new book!
Sources say he'll be singing BOTW and You Raise Me Up
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
New Clay biography at RCA
To the list of "Years Clay Aiken Will Never Forget," you can add "2004." As great as 2003 was for the singer born in Raleigh, North Carolina, 2004 has been even more spectacular, topped off with the release of a new Christmas CD and his first book. As the year comes to a close, Aiken embarks on his fourth tour of the U.S. in the last 18 months - this time it's a holiday tour to support his new album, "Merry Christmas With Love."
There's also his first network hour-long special. "A Clay Aiken Christmas", that will air on NBC-TV on Wednesday, Dec. 8th. Showcasing holiday songs from his CD, and will feature special guest stars Barry Manilow, gospel singer Yolanda Adams and “Will & Grace” star Megan Mullally.
Clay's Christmas tour begins Nov. 21 in Pasadena, Calif. He's scheduled to play 22 dates in 20 cities, accompanied by an orchestra. In some locales, like Atlanta, Clay will be accompanied by a local symphony or Philharmomic. The tour concludes Dec. 23 in Detroit.
Clay's first book, "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life," is published in hardcover by Random House on Nov. 16. Asked to write a book, Ckay declined to pen his biography at age 25. He opted for telling inspirational stories about people who had an impact on his life, either positively or negatively, and the lessons he learned from those experiences.
Clay's Christmas CD, also released on Nov. 16, features some of his favorite holiday songs, including "O Holy Night" and " Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." The album was produced by Walter Afanasieff and Phil Ramone. This is the follow-up to Clay's debut CD, "Measure of a Man, called "the best pop album of 2003" by Billboard. Certified triple-platinum, that first album includes "This Is the Night," the best-selling single of 2003, and "Invisible," an airplay hit at top 40 radio.
One song that didn't appear on "Measure of a Man" was the Neil Sedaka/Phil Cody-penned "Solitaire," which was released as a commercial single in 2004, backed with "The Way." The single has sold over 320,000 copies to date, making it the second-best selling single of the year. It was No. 1 for nine weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart.
Aiken's awards and achievements make for a very long list. Among the highlights: he won an American Music Award and a Billboard Music Award; he was musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" and appeared as himself in an episode of NBC-TV's "Ed"; he graduated from UNC Charlotte with a degree in special education; and he still managed to devote a lot of his time to The Bubel/Aiken Foundation, which he created to foster inclusion of children with special needs.
Clay's amazing journey began at home in Raleigh, where his musical talent was evident as early as age three. His mother, Faye, worked at a local Sears, and Clay would stand up on the carpet samples and sing a song for a dollar. He joined the Raleigh Boys Choir and then his own school choir, and was cast in high school musicals like "Leader of the Pack," "Oklahoma!" and "The Music Man." One summer he landed a role in a dinner theater production of "The Sound of Music."
When he enrolled in college, music took a back seat. He studied special education and worked with individuals with autism. Clay planned his life out: he would teach for six years and then go to William & Mary to get a Masters Degree. He figured by the time he was 50; he would be a high school principal. It didn't quite work out that way. Clay was assigned to the Bubel family in Charlotte, N.C., to take care of their 17-year-old autistic son, Mike. It was Mike's mother, Diane, who insisted Clay try out for "American Idol." Clay preferred "The Amazing Race" but said he would follow Diane's suggestion if she would stop nagging him, It turns out that Diane had the right idea, but the television series was just the beginning of Clay Aiken's career. He is a bona fide success on the charts, on the road and in the hearts of millions of devoted fans.
From JoJo's Newsletter:
GUESTS ON THE "JOJO ON THE RADIO" SHOW!!!
Tonight - Tuesday November 9th
FABOLOUS will be dropping by the KIIS-FM studio to hang out with JoJo!!
(with special bonus questions from Hilary & Haylie Duff, Randy Jackson and Clay Aiken!!)
Tomorrow - Wednesday November 10th
Be listening as JoJo talks to: HILARY & HAYLIE DUFF, RANDY JACKSON, CLAY AIKEN, and Latin Superstar ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ from the McDonald's World Children's Day fundraiser held today!!
See which stores report and which do not!
Instores Dec 14!
Clay's Christmas Special DVD will feature extras that will not be shown on television when it is released on 14th.
Barnes and Noble
Wholesome American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken follows in the tradition of PC pop crooners Perry Como and Andy Williams with this album of traditional Christmas fare. For this family-friendly collection, produced by Phil Ramone (Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow) and Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey, Kenny G), the North Carolina native lends his dramatic vocals to a dozen Yuletide favorites that provide the perfect background music for tree trimming or nuzzling by the fire. Supported by lush string arrangements, Aiken easily switches gears from a snappy, Harry Connick–reminiscent reading of "Winter Wonderland" to a subdued version of "Sleigh Ride." The slight singer even sinks his vibrato-tinged chops into Celine Dion's "Don't Save It All for Christmas Day," which is given an R&B sheen, thanks to an arrangement of organ, gospel harmonies, and vocal phrasing that's more robust than anything else on the disc. Not surprisingly, this devout Christian really shines on the disc's more spiritual material -- whether it's the hand-in-glove fit of Aiken's pliable tenor with the children's accompaniment provided by Broadway Inspirational Voices on a delicate rendering of "Silent Night" or the robust phrasing reverberating throughout an uplifting version of "Joy to the World." Earnest and endearing, Aiken's Merry Christmas with Love is a winning holiday record. Dave Gil de Rubio
It's the American Business Women's Association magazine.
He's in the Nov/Dec issue.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
You can now listen to 30-second samples of all the songs from Clay's new CD, "Merry Christmas With Love" at MSN music.
Here is the track listing:
1. O, Holy Night 3:36
2. Winter Wonderland 2:47
3. Silent Night 2:14
4. Hark The Herald Angels Sing/O Come All Ye Faithful 3:58
5. Have Yourself A Merry LIttle Christmas 3:25
6. Mary, Did You Know 3:18
7. Joy To The World 2:10
8. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 2:34
9. Don't Save It All For Christmas Day 4:30
10. Merry Christmas With Love 4:01
11. Sleigh Ride 2:58
12. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? 3:01
The Charlotte Observer
Spend the holidays with Clay
Raleigh concert restricted to N.C. residents only
Clay has managed to squeeze a hometown stop in his Joyful Noise Christmas tour visiting 20 cities in November and December.
Aiken will perform at Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall and - at his request - efforts will be taken to restrict ticket sales to North Carolina fans. According to Raleigh's The News & Observer, Ticketmaster will allow only phone and Internet purchases with a credit card attached to a North Carolina ZIP code.
The holiday tour supports his upcoming holiday album, "Merry Christmas with Love," due in stores on Nov. 16. The collection includes the singer's take on standards including "Sleigh Ride," "The Christmas Song," "Winter Wonderland" and "Joy to the World," among others.
Aiken will be backed on the tour by an orchestra.
On the same day that Aiken's Christmas album reaches stores, Random House will release the Aiken memoir "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life."
Aiken will make many television appearances to tout the book and album, including Nov. 15 on CNN's "Larry King Live," Nov. 17 on ABC's "Live with Regis and Kelly" and NBC's "Today," Dec. 6 on NBC's "The Tonight Show," Dec. 9 on ABC's "The View," and Dec. 10 on ABC's "The Early Show." According to his website, he'll also appear as a presenter on the Nov. 15 American Music Awards.
Thanks to iluvuclay from the Clayboard:
McDonald's Event From RHT: I was not there. I got this report from someone who was there that posts on RHT.Quote:
Okay folks, I'm back. (Actually I went to work from the event, so I have to keep this fairly brief - I'll post more later when I get home from work),
Clay was GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He was wearing blue jeans, a checked button up long sleeve shirt, under a brown v neck sweater. I think brown or black shoes. His hair looked really dark and nice reddish brown and his eyes -- they were so bright and sparkly!!!!!!!!!
He was in GREAT spirits, seemed really happy to be there and chatted with The Williams sisters, Carl Lewis and also Randy Jackson (who looked really good, btw).
Most of us could hear the proceedings, but since we weren't "invited" guests we weren't allowed inside the tent they had up in the parking lot for the event. For those of you who are also members of Our Man Clay (Winter and Jammin711's site) both Winter and Jammin were VIP guests and got to go inside. I know Jammin took great pics and she and Winter had their pics taken with Clay. I'm sure there will be pics posted on her site this afternoon.
Anyways, We got to see Clay as he mingled with the guests before going into the tent, and he waved to us (we were only a few feet away on the sidewalk), then he smiled for some of the fans who had cameras (now keep in mind there weren't all that many Clay fans - maybe a dozen of us),
After the mingling, he went into the tent and was introduced by the MC and he made a brief speech about the charity and so on. I was too busy swooning listening to his voice to catch most of what he said. After Clay the other celebs were also introduced and spoke, then when they had all gathered, they did the handprints.
After the handprints, they led the celebs into the McDonald's restaurant, presumably to take pics (I'm not really sure what they did in there, but all the cameramen followed them). They were only in there a short amount of time (maybe 15 minutes), then the celebs started coming out one by one.
Clay came out and some of the fans started to wave and say "Hi Clay" so he walked right over to us and said "Hi Guys" with a huge grin and started shaking each person's hand!!!! Bob and Linda were there and he looked at Bob and said "Hi Bob"! He asked one lady if she came far and she said "No, just from LAX". When he got to me, I froze (natch) and he took my hand and all I could do is stare into those green eyes and babble something totally incoherent. I think I said "I love you" for about the 800th time. He was wonderful.
I have some crummy pics, but I'll have to post them later when I get home. If I think of anything else, I'll update the recap later.
Thanks to fodderwing from the Clayboard:
I was watching Oprah's After the Show on the Oxygen Channel and they went to break and showed a lovely commercial for Clay's Christmas album. The ad said it will be on sale at Target on 16 November!!!
It shows him singing 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' - just a beautiful!
Also from FoxyLady From the Clayboard:
It was about 30 seconds long and showed the beautiful album picture.
"Clay Aiken, Merry Christmas With Love. The Brilliant new Album of Favorite Christmas Standards, performed only as Clay Aiken can. Including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Oh Holy Night, and Winter Wonderland. Clay Aiken, Merry Christmas With Love. The Holiday album the whole country has been waiting for. Available at Target November 16."
He sang bits of each song as they were announced, then Sleigh Bells in the background during the rest. They had other pictures too, including the one with the Christmas tree.
Thanks to riversend22 from the Clayboard:
Once again...he's everywhere. They were doing their birthday special for the night and asked:
"Which pop singer made a guest appearance on Charmed"
Clay, Nick lachey, and Justin Timberlake were the choices.
HE"S IN GREAT COMPANY FOLKS!!
Monday, November 08, 2004
Thanks to too old for clay from the Clayboard:
The TV Guide Channel is having a pre-AMA special and Red Carpet show the day of the AMA's starting at 6pm. Maybe there will be a Clay sighting and/or interview.
Thanks to kellykellyk!
Glen Roven, four-time Emmy winner, is one of the rare musicians equally at home in both Classical and Popular music.
Current projects include: NBC’s CLAY AIKEN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, with Aiken, Barry Manilow, Megan Mullaley & Yolanda Adams.
Okay, we had a chance to talk to LPB this evening who provided some more information about the importance of making the NYT list, and some very interesting numbers showing just how few sales can make a difference in whether a book makes the list or not.
The importance of making the NYT list is immeasurable when it comes to exposure and prestige. We've all walked into bookstores and seen the big row of "New York Times Bestsellers" front and center. LPB notes, "Apart from prestige and store placement, many bookstores use the NYT list to decide what to discount, so books that hit the list usually get better, more visible placement in the stores as well as deeper discounts for the consumer."
Those discounts will often lead to even more sales, maybe extending its stay on the list -- as well as help out those in Clay Nation who plan to buy extra books as gifts!
So can a few early sales really make a difference in whether or not a book makes the New York Times list or not? Consider this week as an example. The difference in a book being #15 (and on the NYT Bestseller List) and #16 was only 240 books.
Some other numbers of note this week. The difference between the #1 and the #2 book on the NYT list was huge. #1 (Jon Stewart's America, still going strong with 6 weeks on the list) sold 70,000 books. #2 sold only 14,000 books. This could bode well for Clay's chances on the list, but Stewart's book sales are showing no sign of slowing, and LPB says that there are a number of expected big sellers from all houses around the time of Clay's release. That's going to make for a very crowded playing field.
Yet more numbers wonkiness: NYT and Bookscan tally their numbers differently.That is, not all stores that report to Bookscan report to NYT and vice versa. Looking at this week's Bookscan numbers vs. the NYT list shows an interesting development: According to Bookscan, the #11 NYT bestseller sold 3,439 books while the #15 and #16 books sole 4,198 and 3,958 respectively, both higher than the book NYT places at #11. Obviously, it's very important to purchase from stores who report to BOTH Bookscan and NYT.
These stores report to both NYT and Bookscan:
Barnes and Noble
(Waldenbooks and Borders sell online via Amazon.com)
These stores all report to Bookscan but do not report to NYT
Many people on various boards are reporting Chapters-Indigo Books Canada has sent our RANDOM HOUSE versions of LTS out already.... WOW!
Sunday, November 07, 2004
I know this is kind of far in advance and hopefully it hasn't already been posted, but I've been told by a DJ on Mix 105.1 in Orlando that they will be interviewing Clay on November 18. The interview will be during the Scott and Erica Morning Show.
Even though MIX does not play Clay, both Scott and Erica have been very complimentary of him. Maybe this interview will be a start for getting Clay on that station. Even if they just played Clay's Christmas songs, that would be a good start. However, I do not think we should inundate this station with requests or act like crazy fans. I am only posting this so that no Clayfans in the Orlando area miss this interview because they do not normally listen to that station.
Clay will not be at the radio station, it is a telephone interview. I hope those Clayfans in the Orlando area will listen to MIX in the morning on November 18. Scott and Erica usually do a very nice interview of anyone that is on their show.
By Phyllis Moore
Casey Sutton called her marketing teacher a "Clay Aiken psycho" because of her avid following of the American Idol singer. But it paid off when Tammy Vail marketed the Charles B. Aycock High School junior right on stage with Aiken during his recent State Fair concert.
Mrs. Vail said she and Casey have been Clay fans for a long time, attending many of the same concerts but separately. She said she also knew that he has been bringing an audience member up on stage to sing a duet with him during his shows.
So when she learned that Aiken was scheduled to give two concerts at the state fair, she told her student, "We're going to the state fair and you're going to sing with Clay."
She said she has used the "American Idol" TV show as a model in her marketing class because students could relate to it and actually see how marketing takes place.
When a second show was added and she was successful in getting tickets, Mrs. Vail said she researched as much as she could on the computer. She learned that auditions were held with Clay's bodyguard before each show.
She knew which song to prep her student to sing -- "Without You," which Clay sang with Kimberly Locke, a finalist on "American Idol" the year Clay won.
Mrs. Vail took Casey and two other students to the fair on Monday, Oct. 18. Casey said they asked everyone from fans to police about how to find where to audition. When they did, they found they were not the first to arrive.
"There was a huge, huge crowd of people auditioning," Casey said. She estimated about 100 actually tried out.
"There were some really, really good ones and some that were definitely posers, wishing to sing," she said.
The bodyguard took Casey's name and seat number in case she was chosen. She soon learned she was one of three finalists.
Casey said it was difficult to focus on the concert and fully enjoy it because she was on pins and needles about who would be chosen to sing with Clay. About three minutes before she would make her stage debut, the bodyguard sought her out and brought her backstage, where she was given instructions.
Even though she said she was nervous, the butterflies went away when she walked out on stage. She said she asked Clay if she could have a couple of minutes to speak.
"I said hello to my friends, to my teacher in the audience," she said. She then thanked the women who had directed them to the audition, the police, "everyone I had run into the whole doggone day."
And then she impressed the crowd with her own vocal talent. She said she has been singing seriously for the last three years, and it is something she would one day like to pursue further.
Just as quickly as it arrived, the moment was over and Casey returned to her seat. Instead of being able to enjoy the rest of the concert, though, she said she immediately began phoning everyone to share her news.
"Someone had called my mom while I was singing on stage," she said. "So she listened to it."
"It's the first concert that she hasn't been to with me."
The daughter of Karen and Rick Sutton of Pikeville said she was given an autographed shirt by Clay's management to commemorate the occasion. After the concert, she found herself surrounded by autograph-seekers and well-wishers.
"One lady almost tackled me," she said.
And the number one question she was asked about her experience?
"Everyone kept asking me how he smelled," she said. "I was not thinking about smelling; I was thinking about breathing."
Published in News on November 7, 2004 02:08 AM
Clay is on the cover of the new issue of , with a new interview and an excerpt from his book: "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life," which hits bookstores Nov. 16, the same day his album "Merry Christmas with Love" is released.
Here are some scans of the TV Guide feature: