small susanTo nobody’s surprise, 47 year-old Scottish singer Susan Boyle didn’t win the finals of “Britain’s Got Talent”, when she sang the same old song from “Les Miserables”. It was over when Judge Simon Cowell, pronounced her last high dramatic note as “rather pitchy bordering on making my ears bleed!”

After losing the competition to Diversity a Hip-Hop dance group , Boyle was asked by one of the paparazzi what she thought of Simon Cowell’s comment.  She smiled, spit on the ground and said, “Fuck him if he can’t take a note!”

REMEMBER…“IF IT’S ON THE INTERNET, IT”S GOTTA” BE TRUE!”

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/


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While Simon Cowell salutes the American public, the runner-up Adam Lambert’s version of “No Boundaries” on ITunes, is outselling the “American Idol” winner, Kris Allen’s lackluster “Official” version, I wonder if the show’s producers have finally figured out that they put their money and power behind the wrong guy.

While the internet is buzzing with accusations of voting manipulation, telephone and text kickback scandals, “Idol” producers are “singing all the way to the bank!”

My friend, Kent Kotal, over at Forgotten Hits, just sent me this article From Pop Eater

“New evidence pin-points AT&T as the culprit behind Kris Allen’s ‘American Idol’ victory, The New York Times reports. During the final performances, the mobile company provided phones for Kris Allen fans to cast blocks of votes. There appear to have been no similar efforts to provide this service to supporters of runner-up Adam Lambert.

Last week, AT&T representatives, whose mobile phone network is the only one that can be used to cast ‘Idol’ votes, provided the free services at two parties in Arkansas after the final performance episode. During the event, the representatives provided instructions on how to send “power texts,” which send 10 or more text messages at one time. According to sources, the power texts have an “exponentially greater effect on voting than do single text messages or calls to the show’s toll-free phone lines”

For full Pop Eater article including rebuttal from AT&T, and “American Idol”  http://www.popeater.com/music/article/did-atandt-push-kris-allen-over-the-top/500040

Don’t be disappointed if you don’t see any CDs from runners-up Adam Lambert or Allison until the end of the year, they’re going to squeeze every last sale from the lemon, I mean Kris Allen’s album before they put out any other “Idol” product.

And who’s the big winner at the end of the day…”American Idol”, considering they manage and own the recording rights to each one of the ten finalists! I wonder if the “Idol” lawyers had the foresight to secure the first born of each finalist in anticipation of another Billy Ray/Miley Cyrus phenomenon?

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HERE”S THE HIT VERSION OF “NO BOUNDARIES” ADAM LAMBERT, the TRUE “AMERICAN IDOL” in a better performance than anything he ever did on the show! 

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Thanks again to Kent Kotal Forgotten Hits  http://forgottenhits.com

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In a brilliant and unexpected casting move, Susan Boyle finalist on “Britain’s Got Talent”, who stunned the world last week, singing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memories” has been offered to play the lead in “Phantom Of The Opera”, while Webber is reportedly is writing a new musical for her!

MORE TO COME AS WE FOLLOW THIS BREAKING NEWS STORY!

CLICK Here to watch Susan Boyle and “MEMORY” http://mashable.com/2009/05/24/susan-boyle-memory/

TO SEE SUSAN BOYLE’S SPECTACULAR MAKEOVER

http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/04/22/exclusive-photo-susan-boyle-makeover-and-her-new-video/

REMEMBER…“IF IT’S ON THE INTERNET IT”S GOTTA” BE TRUE!”

Copyright  2009 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO  of ADAM LAMBERT, the TRUE “AMERICAN IDOL” in a better performance than anything he ever did on “American Idol”! Just put up minutes ago it only has 4,000 views on YOUTUBE so far…it could reach 100,000,000 by Memorial Day! Remember you saw it first here at ARTIE WAYNE ON THE WEB!  

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Thank you, Thank you…Rose Gross-Marino for sending me this as quickly as you did!

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

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Twenty years ago, I remember greeting a customer at Genghis Cohen The Chinese restaurant I named and hosted, by saying “Happy Memorial Day”, she looked at me with tears in eyes and said, “How can you say “HAPPY Memorial Day”…I lost my husband in Viet Nam?”

I gently took her hand and told her I meant no disrespect, but said I was happy to be living in America, happy to able to honor the men who gave their lives to keep our country the Land Of The Free. Happy to be able to pursue my own avenues of happiness, and even happy to experience this awkward, but unforgettable moment.

Ten years ago if you wanted to hear some patriotic songs the library was the only place you could go. Now with the internet we have access to every song ever written down, filmed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. The only problem is who has the time to go through the thousands of choices to find what you want?

Ever since I archived my favorite patriotic songs on my blog about a year ago if you Googled the search term PATRIOTIC MUSIC VIDEOS the collection has been #1 every day for the last year!

Includes Elvis, Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Kate Smith, Fess Parker, James Brown, Johnny Horton, Springsteen, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Neil Diamond, The Marine Corp Band, The Army Marching Band, The Navy Band, The Marine corps band, The Air Force Marching Band, and MUCH MORE !

http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/the-top-the-best-and-the-greatest-patriotic-music-videos/

I hope you enjoy this collection and send a thought or say a prayer for the men and women of the armed forces who are keeping us safe every day. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

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When I was General Professional Manager of Warner Brothers Music in Hollywood 1974, I came back to New York to go to my Grandmothers funeral. I didn’t plan to conduct any business, but I wanted to drop by our New York offices to say hello.

Henry Marks, who ran our professional department, was in a meeting with one of his friends, songwriter Mann Curtis (“I’m Gonna’ Live ‘til I Die”, “Aname Core”). I was thrilled and taken aback at the same time. My Grandmother’s name was Winifred Manns…and meeting Mann Curtis at this moment didn’t seem like just a coincidence.

Mann Curtis had written the English lyric to “Let It Be Me”, to French composer Gilbert Becaud, Pierre Delanoe’s music, which was not only one of my favorite songs, but was also a level of excellence I aspired to every time I wrote a song myself.

I felt hunbled to be in the presence of this man, who looked more like a hip college professor than a Tin Pan Alley songwriter. I felt honored when he shared some of the verses to “Let It Be Me” that didn’t make the final cut…I only wish I had written them down.

As I got up to leave, I told Mann that I stopped being a songwriter when I started plugging songs for Warner Brothers, but I was feeling compelled to write again due to my Grandmother’s passing. He looked at me, smiled and said, “You never stop being a songwriter.”

LET IT BE ME

Lyrics by Mann Curtis Music by Gilbert Becaud and Pierre Delanoe

I bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you, let it be me

Don’t take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever, let it be me

Each time we meet love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love what would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you’ll always let it be me

Each time we meet love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love what would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you’ll always—let–it be–me

Copyright 2009 by Warner Brothers Music

Here are The Everly Brothers with the first hit on “LET IT BE ME”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_5-oVJAdHA&feature=related

Here is Jerry Butler and Betty Everett and their hit duet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i22xbY4u2iI

WHY ISN’T THIS SONG BEING REMADE TODAY BY ALICIA KEYS AND USHER?, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND CIARA?…TIM McGRAW AND FAITH HILL? Damn… I wish I had the publishing on it!

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne

Here’s what happened over the next three days after I met Mann Curtis and the song I wrote for my Grandmother “From The Inside”,  sung by Kim Carnes http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/06/30/more-stories-behind-the-songs/

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AND HERE”S THE STORY THAT SHOULD HAVE RUN…”As confetti falls over the newly crowned “American Idol”, Adam Lambert, it’s hard not to become emotional. Not only is his stunning win justified, but his triumph is also a shot in the arm to the entire American Dream!”

I wasn’t very impressed when the “American Idol” competition began this year, and wondered if I would even watch the whole season. Then a few of the singers began to distinguish themselves, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta, and Matt Giraud  all  made lasting impressions, but it was Adam Lambert who made watching mandatory!

When you see Adam perform “Tracks Of My Tears”, “Whole Lotta’ Love”, “A Change Is Gonna” Come”, or “No Boundaries” you immediately recognize a “quality” that only a few artists have ever possessed. Every time I see him I’m inspired and remember my own Rock and Roll Dreams!

After spending half of my life in the music business, I named and hosted Genghis Cohen the hot Hollywood restaurant, where I hand-painted clothes, and became known as the Father of Wearable Art.

Having said all that, for all that Adam has given me and the rest of the world, I want to give him a present of the last major piece that I created, before I lost control of my hands due to a spinal operation ten years ago.

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In the pocket I’m going to slip a CD of my latest song, which I’m finishing up for him! http://artiewayne.com/best.html

God Bless Adam Lambert, the true  “American Idol”! The jacket is still yours, man, you deserve it!

And congratulations to the guy who actually won…whatever his name is.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO  of ADAM LAMBERT, the TRUE “AMERICAN IDOL” in a better performance than anything he ever did on “American Idol”! Just put up minutes ago it only has 4,000 views on YOUTUBE so far…it could reach 100,000,000 by Memorial Day! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/05/24/new-exclusive-video-adam-lambert-performing-live-better-than-any-idol-show/

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

Official American Idol” website http://www.americanidol.com/

For a glimpse of Artie Wayne’s Wearable Art Collection http://www.artiewayne.com/art.html

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“AMERICAN IDOL” can sidestep sex scandals, but can they skirt the fact they get a cut from every phone call and text they receive. With over 100 million votes expected in tonight’s finale, will they step up and give at least part of their take to charity?

On Monday the international news service Reuters reported,

“American Idol” reaches its climax this week, still ruling the roost on U.S. television after eight seasons, but the battle of the songsters faces declining audiences and limits to its viewer-driven format.

The finale showdown on Tuesday pits musical theater star Adam Lambert, whom Entertainment Weekly magazine called “the most exciting ‘American Idol’ contestant in years,” against college student Kris Allen, a favorite among teenage girls…”

What started as a cheesy summer show in 2002 has mushroomed into a cultural phenomenon and an estimated $1 billion-plus brand spanning everything from ice-cream and trading cards to an attraction at Walt Disney World Resort.

“As a reality show, it’s unique in that regard,” said Brad Adgate, a vice president at advertising buyer Horizon Media.

“Idol” has partnerships with phone company AT&T for fan voting, with iTunes for contestant song downloads, and record company RCA and its sister labels, where Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and other past winners have cut albums.

But clouds are gathering on the horizon.”

DAMN STRAIGHT CLOUDS ARE GATHERING ON THE HORIZON!

My friend, Kent Kotal, wrote in the Latest edition of Forgotten Hits,

“They are NOT toll free numbers … never have been … and I’ve been saying for YEARS now that American Idol and Fox Television are making a KILLING on these phone charges … the program generates BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR in revenue!!! At $1.99 each for text messages, kids voting a dozen times for their favorites are spending close to $25 a week … every SINGLE week … to keep their favorites in the competition. It’s unreal the amount of money being generated by this phenomenon!!!”

The American public doesn’t care about the sexual orientation or marriage status of the two incredibly talented singers Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, but America won’t tolerate being taken advantage of!

It’s no wonder that Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul will be leaving the show when their contracts are up!

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Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

FOR MORE DISCOVERIES AND REVELATIONS ABOUT “AMERICAN IDOL”

“AMERICAN IDOL” VOTING SCANDAL HEATS UP! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/05/13/the-new-american-idol-voting-scandal-heats-up/

NEW VOTING SCANDAL THREATENS ”AMERICAN IDOL” AND “DANCING WITH THE STARS”! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/exclusive-new-voting-scandal-threatens-american-idol-and-dancing-with-the-stars/

RANDY, PAULA, AND KARA PERFORM, WHILE SIMON COWELL JUDGES! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/videos-randy-paula-and-kara-perform-while-simon-cowell-judges/

FORGOTTEN HITS http://forgottenhits.com

ad 12Did you notice how Ryan Seacrest on “American Idol” has been scaring their viewers into voting more or their favorites might be going home? Is Ryan “Pumping The Monkey”, because the producers are getting a piece of the action!

Last week there were almost 64 million votes cast on “American Idol”, last night 88 million votes were tallied! Although the phone numbers are toll free Ryan clearly stated that, “Text messages rates apply” Now who gets the money?

I also wonder if the producers also get any “special consideration” for generating millions and millions of calls in the two hour period after the show from the phone company.

kris yesNow I don’t think there’s anything illegal about all of this…just amoral! I don’t think the British Producers are seeking revenge for losing the “colonies”, they’re just being insensitive to the American people and the kids who text.

Didn’t they make enough from over 40 commercials that ran during last nights show? They tout “Idol gives back”, their fine charitable organization which is saving lives in this country and around the world…why don’t they give back  their text income now and in the future to them? If they did, I might even be tempted to vote for Adam or Kris in the finale next week!

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

EXTRA!! EXTRA!! HERE”S THE HIT VERSION OF “NO BOUNDARIES” ADAM LAMBERT, the TRUE “AMERICAN IDOL” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vokM1z8on5g

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO  of ADAM LAMBERT, the TRUE “AMERICAN IDOL” in a better performance than anything he ever did on “American Idol”! Just put up minutes ago it only has 4,000 views on YOUTUBE so far…it could reach 100,000,000 by Memorial Day! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/05/24/new-exclusive-video-adam-lambert-performing-live-better-than-any-idol-show/

READ THE HEADLINE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN…ADAM LAMBERT WINS AMERICAN IDOL! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/adam-lambert-the-biggest-winner-in-american-idol-history/

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In the ’60s, Mickie Most was one of the most successful producers in the world selling millions of records with The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Lulu, The Nashville Teens, Jeff Beck, Hot Chocolate, and Donovan.

In 1964, on my first trip to London, Chas Chandler (The Animals bass player) introduced me to him. I was really excited to see one of the world’s top producers up close and in action. My chance came when he invited me to the background vocal overdubbing session for The Animal’s “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. Although he was unequaled in the studio, I believe that his greatest talent was his ability to pick hit songs.

mickie with phoneOver the years, Mickie and I became friends, he made me acutely aware of the importance of the song and helped hone my skills both as writer and publisher. Mickie always made sure that I was contacted every time he came to New York looking for material, which was flattering, considering that he never recorded any of my songs. Seeing him meant listening to his new product, which never failed to elicit hours of raves from me.

I remember when he came by my office at Scepter records and played Ed Silvers and me “Sunshine Superman” and “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan before he delivered the masters to Epic…you can imagine how blown away I was!

The last time I saw him was in 1980, when I was producing a single on myself as an artist for Chrysalis Music UK and had gone horribly over budget. He listened to my tracks and gave me $10,000 in free studio time at his RAK studios to finish it up. I couldn’t thank him enough, but my “chemically fueled” out of control ego wouldn’t allow me to complete the project…that’s when I came back to the U.S. broke and brokenhearted…and left the music business.

I’m glad to say I’ve learned from my mistakes. If I have any other regrets, it’s that I didn’t keep up a lot of relationships I made through the years. You don’t meet someone like Mickie very often, but when you do you should cherish them.

MICKIE MOST R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

To learn more about Mickie Most http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickie_Most

NOW HERE’S THE MICKIE MOST VIDEO JUKEBOX


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