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Shock jock Kyle is Idol's new Mr Nasty | BACK |
21 February 2005

Shock jock Kyle is Idol's new Mr Nasty

THE sparks are set to fly on Australian Idol, with outspoken and unrepentant radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands joining the judging panel.

Sandilands was a vocal critic of the second series of the show. He landed the coveted role after a four-month search by producers to find a replacement for Ian 'Dicko' Dickson, who quit Idol last year.

Music entrepreneur Glenn Wheatley was understood to have been sounded out for the role but declined.

That left the door open for Channel Ten to sign Sandilands to a three-year-deal.

Sandilands, 33, is one of the biggest names in Sydney radio. He has vowed to tell it as he sees it, no matter who he offends -- and that includes fellow judges.

He said Idol judges Marcia Hines, Mark Holden and show defector Dickson failed to find a true Australian Idol last year. They also were not critical enough of the performers and the series was "disappointing".

"Dicko was at his best in season one. Mark had more to say that made sense in the second season. And Mark had absolutely nothing to say in the first season."

"Marcia is nice but she does not criticise . . . I can see her and I clashing a bit."

Sandilands said the series two winner Casey Donovan lacked the X-factor.

"Based on record sales of the second group, they got it wrong. Casey is out there, and she is very recognisable, but will never make any money from her CD.

She just does not have the whole package."

But he was "not out to be a Mr Nasty Pastie", like American Idol's infamous Simon Cowell.

"Contestants have got to be an all round talent, they have to be able to speak, act, and handle the schedule. They have just got to be a star."

Australian Idol will be on 10 later this year.

Source: Herald Sun

Anthony Callea builds bridge over troubled water | BACK |
21 February 2005

Anthony Callea builds bridge over troubled water!
Posted on Friday, February 11 2005

March is the month for more Idol releases. Australian Idol 1 winner, Guy Sebastian, will release his third single titled 'Oh Oh' and is expected to hit store shelves from March 21st.

Sebastian's latest album release 'Beautiful Life' has left the top 100 Aria charts only months after it's release with hopes that the new single will spark more album sales.

Meanwhile 2004 Idol runner up, Anthony Callea, who has outshined the winner, Casey Donovan, releases his new single titled 'Rain/Bridge Over Troubled Water'.

The single will be released in two formats on March 14: the standard cd single and the second, a limited edition 2 disc set.

The new single is off his forthcoming yet-to-be-titled album which will be released instores on March 28.

Callea's debut single 'The Prayer' still sits at the number 4 position on this week's ARIA charts after a remarkable 8 weeks of release. The single stayed at the top of the charts for 5 weeks.

1. 'Rain'
2. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'
3. 'Don't Tell Me'

CD1 -
1. 'Rain'
2. 'Wanna Be The One'
CD2 -
1. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'
2. 'Don't Tell Me'

Source: Access All Areas

What's Going On with Casey | BACK |
21 February 2005

What's Going On

'What's Going On' is the killer second single from Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan and the second smash from her debut album 'For You'.

'What's Going On' is a rock-fuelled guitar assault that pays homage to the bands - Incubus, Metallica, Nirvana - that have inspired Casey. With its crunching guitars, powerful chorus and addictive melody, Casey proves she's nothing less than an extrordinary and utterly versatile, soulful perfomer, her raw emotion and conviction shining through as brilliantly on this rockin' number as it did on her debut single 'Listen With Your Heart'.

This enchanced single also includes the B-side 'Something Beautiful' and the video for 'What's Going On', featuring Casey rocking out with full band.

Having just wrapped the HUGE Australian Idol Final 12 tour of Oz, expect to see a lot more of Casey on the live scene in 2005!


Australian Idol Album, Single and Tour | BACK |
18 January 2005

To coincide with the upcoming national Australian Idol tour starting this month, producers have decided to release a cast album and single featuring the Idol contestants. The "Australian Idol Final Ten 2004: Cast Album" was released this week featuring tracks from Casey, Daniel, Courtney, Marty, Hayley, Ricki-Lee, Amali, Emelia, Anthony and Chanel. This is the first release from the Top 10 Idol finalists after producers decided not to put up for sale an album and single during the series.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Good Times
2. The Flame - Casey
3. I Want To Know What Love Is - Anthony
4. You Weren't In Love With Me - Courtney
5. Angel - Hayley
6. Constant Craving - Chanel
7. The Power Of Love - Marty
8. Proud Mary - Ricki-Lee
9. You Raise Me Up - Daniel
10. If I Ain't Got You - Emelia
11. Shackles - Amali

Also available from next Monday, 24 January 2005 will be the Top 10 Cast single "Good Time"- a song made famous by INXS and Jimmy Barnes. It was also the first Top 12 group song performed in the Australian Made results show, but the single does not feature Dan O'Connor or Angie Narayan.

The Australian Idol tour starts this month and continues til February. The Australian Idol Top 10 will embark on a near sold-out national tour starting at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on the 18 January. The tour will be the first time that the top 10 Australian Idol contestants have been back together since the Grand Final at the Sydney Opera House in November.

The concert is rumoured to include contestants performing songs from the Australian Idol album, show and new material individually for the first half and a series of duets and group performances to conclude the show.

The Australian Idol Live dates:

January 18, Tuesday: Newcastle Entertainment Centre
January 20, Thursday: Wollongong WIN Entertainment Centre
January 22, Saturday: Sydney Entertainment Centre
January 24, Monday: Canberra AIS Arena
January 28, Friday: Perth Burswood Dome
January 30, Sunday: Adelaide Entertainment Centre
February 1, Tuesday: Melbourne Vodafone Arena
February 4, Friday: Hobart Derwent Entertainment Centre
February 5, Saturday: Launceston Silverdome
February 9, Wednesday: Cairns Convention Cent
February 10, Thursday: Townsville Entertainment Centre
February 12, Saturday: Brisbane Entertainment Centre
February 13, Sunday: Gold Coast Convention Centre

If that isn't enough, also currently available is the Australian Idol- Greatest Moments 2004 DVD. The DVD takes an inside look into the phenomenon that is Australian Idol, with over 3 hours of footage taking you through each day of the Idols experience. The main feature is a 2 hour special from the very first audition to the grand finale at the opera house.

Special features include:

- Finalist Profiles: find out everything you wanted to know about your favourite finalist.
- Juke Box 2004: Highlight tracks from the series.
- Andrew G & James's bloopers
- Unforgettable Idols
- Anthony & Casey's first auditions.

Donovan dons her goth look | BACK |
18 January 2005

Donovan dons her goth look
January 15, 2005

AN old tyre yard isn't the kind of place you'd expect to find Casey Donovan, particularly in the middle of the night.

But that's exactly where she was on Thursday, completing a lengthy night shoot for the video of her latest single, as these shots exclusively show.

The clip, for new song What Going On? was shot at Tempe Tyres, a disused petrol station and tyre yard in Tempe in Sydney's southwest between 9pm and 5am, no doubt leaving Donovan a little bleary eyed by the time filming had wrapped up.

As can be seen from the picture, the Australian Idol winner has gone back to her trademark gothic look, sporting her regular dark locks for the video after her short-lived brunette/blonde hair combination.

Casey remonstrates with a wayward boyfriend during the course of video, headed by director Andrew Rose.

She appears gloomy, and later confronts the boyfriend, who appears to be messing around behind her back with another girl.

The single will hit stores on February 28.


Casey's heart's hardly in it | BACK |
18 January 2005

Casey's heart's hardly in it
January 6, 2005

IN the latest embarrassment for Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan, she has been overtaken on the charts by an dol contestant who didn't even manage to make the finals.

Not only is Donovan being outstripped two-to-one by Idol runner-up Anthony Callea, her single Listen With Your Heart is this week sitting at No. 8 on the national ARIA singles chart, one place below Idol beatboxer Joel Turner's track These Kids.

Donovan's album For You is poised to drop out of the top 20. It has slipped dramatically down the charts after debuting at No. 2 three weeks ago and is sitting in 18th spot.


Local idols reclaim charts | BACK |
18 January 2005

Local idols reclaim charts
Jonathon Moran

AUSTRALIAN Idol competitors led an upsurge in popularity of home-grown music in 2004, with a whole new generation of local talent emerging.

Australian Record Industry Association chief executive officer Stephen Peach said it was an "incredibly strong performance" from Australian artists last year, both in terms of chart performance and sales.

"We won't know the full year position for a little while yet, but the strong performance by Australian artists has continued through the second half of the year."

For the 12 months to last August, 13 Australian performers racked up 20 separate entries at No. 1 positions on the ARIA album and singles charts.

Seven of those No. 1 hits were by Australian Idol competitors Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll and Paulini Curuenevuli.

The 2004 figures represent the greatest number of Australian artists hitting the top position in any 12-month period in the 21-year history of the ARIA charts.

And Australians continued to make their mark post-August with this year's Idol winner Casey Donovan spending the last few weeks in the

top singles spot with her debut offering Listen With Your Heart.

Idol runner-up Anthony Callea also hit No. 1 with his debut single The Prayer and beat-box kid Joel Turner made his mark with These Kids.

Melbourne rockers Jet won six gongs from seven ARIA Awards nominations. The band recently finished a US tour and their debut album Get Born has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.

In August, they became the first Australian act to win the MTV award for best rock video for Are You Gonna Be My Girl.

Also hitting top spot on the ARIA charts during 2004 were Spiderbait, Something For Kate, John Butler Trio and a selection of Christian faith music from the Hillsong Church.

Music guru Glenn A. Baker said there was a move back to basics within the music industry.

"When I attended a John Butler Trio concert at the Enmore Theatre a few months back I came away with the very distinct impression that rock music appreciation is moving, perhaps cyclically, toward that which existed in the late '60s and into the '70s and was known as underground," Baker said.

"That is, it was free-flowing, rootsy, raw, drifting but intense, organic and decidedly musical.

"Add that to the recent success of acts like the Waifs, Little Birdy, Pete Murray, Joss Stone and Ben Harper, and there seems to be a definite pointer toward an earthy, bluesy, soulful sound taking hold in 2005."

Baker noted the trend may be a natural reaction to the more manufactured pop music and boy and girl bands of recent years. "Next year could well be the year of the real," he said.

ARIA's Peach agreed but said the success of the local industry in 2004 had been across the board, covering a range of musical genres from pop to classical and rock.

Peach said the industry would continue to be influenced by the emergence of new technologies.

"The legal download market is one area where we're expecting significant growth."

He said there was also the ring tones market for mobile phones that would continue to "become important in 2005 as the necessary mobile phone technology hits the market".

After a lull in the '90s, "heritage" artists led the charge and put Australia back on the international touring map in 2004.

Touring acts included Cyndi Lauper, James Brown, Fleetwood Mac, Meat Loaf, George Benson, Elvis Costello, Don McLean, the Pretenders, the Who and the Eagles.

Music industry stalwart and head of promotion company Frontier Touring Michael Gudinski said: "The concert business has had one of its biggest years ever this year."

Acts confirmed for 2005 tours include Blondie, Willie Nelson, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bryan Adams, Norah Jones, Keith Urban, REM, Mark Knopfler and David Byrne.

And Australian pop princess Delta Goodrem will take to the stage in her first proper national tour next March on the back of her second album Mistaken Identity.

Commenting more generally on the local music industry, Gudinski said the sector was "shaping up pretty well".


Loser doubles winner's sales | BACK |
18 January 2005

Loser doubles winner's sales
December 31, 2004

ANTHONY CALLEA may have been beaten into second place in November's Australian Idol final by Casey Donovan, but it's Callea who is currently trumping Donovan with his sales figures.

Anthony didn't garner as many audience votes and therefore lost out to Casey in the year's most watched TV show, but it's clear that Callea is the favourite in the stakes that really matter - the charts.

Callea's single The Prayer - a genre-crossing track that was bound to be a big seller - has been sitting pretty at the top of the national ARIA singles chart for two weeks and has notched up four times platinum sales (which equates to 280,000 copies of the song).

Donovan's much-hyped single Listen With Your Heart, on the other hand, is currently at No. 4 on the chart with only 140,000 copies sold.

The Idol winner's album For You is faring even worse: it debuted at No. 2 two weeks ago but has since slipped to No. 11, not a good sign after being on the charts for such a short space of time.

It remains to be seen whether Callea's album, set for release early next year, fares any better, but for the time being at least he appears to be the more bankable of the final two Idols.


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