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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Tidbits 11/29

  • Friday birthdays - Clay turns 29 tomorrow!
  • USA Today Idol Chatter - weak start for Jordin Spark's debut CD, Clay continues to be first week sales champ -
    Jordin's 119,000 first-week sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which landed her at No. 10 on the Billboard album chart, are not only the lowest for an Idol winner, but total less than half of the previous low.

    Clay is the all-time first-week sales champ for an Idol debut album with 613,000 for Measure of a Man.
  • Monster & Critics - American Idol loosing its "spark" -
    Runner ups Clay Aiken, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry proved winning isn't everything - they all have reached levels of great success.

    Sparks has a stronger digital presence that is cannibalizing her album sales, this demonstrates how much technology has changed the music world since Kelly Clarkson began.
  • Charlteston Post & Courier - Quiana Parler set to start in theatrical production -
    Quiana's dream

    Everyone who has ever seen her knows that Quiana Parler is great on stage. Remember "Serenade" at the Charleston Music Hall? She was, well, dreamy.

    Sure, she's a fabulous stand-up singer, but she's a natural in a theater role, too.

    North Carolina Theatre, Raleigh's premier professional regional theater, has scheduled Parler to play Effie White in its upcoming production of "Dreamgirls," set to run Jan. 12-20 in the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

    A Lowcountry native, Parler has toured with Clay Aiken and Kelly Clarkson as a background vocalist and was featured in the "Clay Aiken Christmas Show" last year.
  • Pretoria News (South Africa) - South African Idol article ... weird how OTWOL is listed as Clay's:
    Jody gets Luther Vandross's soppy ballad, Dance With My Father, the powerful Ain't No Other Man by Christina Aguilera and, her choice, On The Wings of Love by Clay Aiken.
  • Christmas tour mentions:
    • Grand Rapids Press
    • Wilkes University - discount tickets available to Wilkes-Barre concert
    • Grand Rapids Press - another article -
      Last December, Aiken joined the Grand Rapids Symphony for a sold-out show in DeVos Performance Hall. But the 2003 "American Idol" runner-up is touring with a new show.

      "It differs a little bit every year," Aiken said about his fourth holiday tour. "We have a tradition of involving people from the communities we visit in the show. The first tour, we used children from local orchestras, elementary schools, high schools.
    • Kalamazoo Gazette
    • Erie Times News - orchestra excited to work with Clay -
      Eric Borenstein, executive director of the Erie Phil, said the orchestra is excited about backing Smith on Sunday, as well as Clay Aiken for his holiday show on Dec. 16, also at Tullio Arena.
    • Wilkes Barre Citizen's Voice
  • Florida Sun Sentinel - Kimberley Locke article -
    This year's band includes contemporary jazz singer and guitarist Jonathan Butler, basketball pro-turned-bassist Wayman Tisdale and American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke. Koz tapped Locke, the Season 2 runner-up to Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, to sing Please Come Home for Christmas on the Memories album.
CDD Blogwatch

  • Chexxy's Place - Clay kicks off Christmas tour. Setlist includes the "Welcome to our World", above.
  • The ConCLAYve -
    Last night was Clay's first tour stop in Wichita, Kansas. For a man who has done everything in the last four years to make each of his Christmas tours different from the last, I had no idea what to expect. One year, it was Clay and his three backup singers, with little children reading passages from the Nativity story. The next, Clay decided to write a play, using actors, dancers and local choirs and, instead of using any of the witty banter for which he has become known, Clay "spoke" his part entirely in song. Last year, he was a solo act with orchestra, and drew reviews that praised his comic skills just as much as his singing.
  • Carolina On My Mind - press applauds Clay's holiday tour


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