Repeatedly I’ve risked mockery by suggesting that Taylor Hicks is the man America needs to bring back Huey Lewis style bar-rock. Give this champ an undeniable song, a video full of football players and a well-placed saxophone, and everybody’s gonna yell “Fore!” But my pleas in the name of aging alcoholics who don’t want to go country or metal have potentially fallen on deaf ears, as the leader of the Soul Patrol is taking his pipes to Broadway. Hicks will be playing the “Teen Angel” in Grease for three months over the summer, amusing and delighting Great White Way visitors of questionable taste who wouldn’t know quality Spuds-rock if it bit them in the news. Tay, dude, you’re above this!
I have little to no idea what “skunk rock” or “grebo” are, but I like the The Guardian‘s query about musical genres that need to be resurrected. After the jump, a list of some forgotten styles I think the young folk of today would be wise to embrace–sounds and aesthetics that could bring this country back from the brink.
Just in time for the seventh-season kickoff of American Idol comes word that Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks and Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard have been dropped from J Records thanks to lackluster album sales. (Studdard is still represented by Idol creators 19 Management.) Meanwhile, Season 5 third-place finisher Chris Daughtry continues to steamroll over the top-40 playlists and big-box music sections of America. Why is this making me wonder if fans of the upcoming season’s contestants will withhold their votes en masse in the show’s second-to-last week?
The self-titled album by American Idol winner Taylor Hicks may have been certified platinum by the RIAA, but it’s only sold 697,000 sales to date. And with a weekly sales tally between 100 and 200 copies, the album probably won’t hit a million copies sold until Hicks is at least 85 years old or so. More »
– A British judge has ordered Sean Combs not to perform under the name “Diddy” in the U.K., where the moniker is registered with a club DJ. The judge also suggested that the rapper hire some better ghost-writers, and to “maybe knock it off with all the Biggie references.” More »
Taylor Hicks isn’t a lock for the No. 1 slot on this week’s Billboard 200–early reports have him battling it out with Young Jeezy and the unkillable Hannah Montana for the chart’s top spot, which surprises us, because we thought the Idol-winner juggernaut would result in his self-titled debut… More »
Welcome to On the Shelf, Idolator’s weekly look at new albums hitting record stores’ shelves on Tuesday. This week’s roster of new releases is small but mighty, and it includes not one, but two certified American Idols. After the jump, we look at tomorrow’s releases from Taylor Hicks, Fantasia, Tyrese, and Ghostface.
Someone in your family is going to either give or receive the debut full-length from recently minted American Idol Taylor Hicks this holiday season, so we figured we’d let you know that it’s started floating around the Internet a good six days before its release next Tuesday. More »
The man who made “soul patrol” a catchphrase is hoping his next one also catches on. “There is a sound that I’ve kinda thought about and it’s called ‘modern wamp,’ ” Taylor Hicks said Monday during a break from recording his debut album. “It’s like swamp meets boogie meets jazz meets hip-hop. More »