PEOPLE The Best of American Idol

Author: The Editors of PEOPLE
Publisher: Time Inc. Books
ISBN: 1618931989
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As American Idol prepares to exit the airwaves after 15 seasons of innovation and inspiration, PEOPLE takes a look back at the show that shattered records, and reinvented the television competition. Highlights of this musical special edition include:
  • Exclusive interviews with the contestants and judges – the ones we loved and the ones we loved to hate
  • A review of the most memorable moments, from William Hung’s “She Bangs” to Fantasia’s powerhouse performances
  • A section that reveals what contestants have been up to since their time on Idol
  • A peek at the biggest successes to come out of the Idol machine, from Adam Lambert to Carrie Underwood

American Idol

Author: Richard Rushfield
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 1401396526
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The currency is fame, and it's bigger than money, more desired than power. Each season American Idol delivers on a promise whose epic scope is unparalleled in the annals of competition: to take an unknown dreamer from the middle of America and turn him or her into a genuine star. It has become not only the biggest show on television, but the biggest force in all of entertainment; its alumni dominate the recording charts and Broadway, win Academy Awards, and sweep up Grammys. In fact, American Idol has reshaped the very idea of celebrity. But it didn't start out that way. When the little singing contest debuted as a summer replacement on the U.S. airwaves, it was packed between reruns and low-cost filler. The promise that it would find America's next pop star produced a hearty round of guffaws from the country's media critics. Now, some ten years and millions of records later, no one is laughing. American Idol: The Untold Story chronicles the triumphs and travails, the harrowing backstage drama and the nail-biting onstage battles that built this revolutionary show. In this revealing book, veteran journalist Richard Rushfield goes deeper inside the circus than any reporter ever has. Candid interviews with Idol alumni, including Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell, shed new light on the show that changed the entertainment industry. And because Rushfield had full access to the people who created the show, starred in it, and kept it atop the pop culture pyramid, this book is the first to take Americans behind the curtain and tell what has really been happening on the world's most watched and speculated-about stage.

American Idol

Author: Shirley Halperin
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 9780810998308
Format: PDF, ePub
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Celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the hit show American Idol, in a book that includes 250 color photos, including performance shots and never-before-published behind-the-scenes photos. 150,000 first printing.

Goodbye Butterflies

Author: David Fish
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781981587841
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Don't Let Stage Fright Sabotage Your Next Big Performance, Presentation or Competition You'll never achieve your full potential as a performer, public speaker, or athlete until you find your way beyond stage fright. The stakes are that high. Goodbye Butterflies' breakthrough DIY stage fright solution offers genuine hope to musicians, actors, dancers, and other performers, as well as public speakers, athletes, and even casual sufferers who become anxious in front of others. Developed by veteran educator, professional musician, and noted stage fright authority Dr. David Lee Fish, Goodbye Butterflies leads you step by easy step towards freedom from your nervousness using the same exclusive READ method he developed for his popular online course (goodbyebutterflies.com). Let Dr. Fish show you how to: calm your nerves unleash your talent enjoy the spotlight While helping you find the way beyond your stage fright, Goodbye Butterflies reveals why it's almost impossible to tackle your anxiety head-on. You'll also learn why getting nervous isn't your fault and doesn't mean you're somehow broken. In addition, you'll uncover the deep danger lurking beneath your nervousness. As an important extra, the approach at the heart of Goodbye Butterflies will help you achieve a state of flow to achieve peak performance when you perform, speak, or compete. No other method offers that. A large bonus section includes instructions on how public speakers and athletes can also benefit from Goodbye Butterflies and profiles famous stage fright sufferers, including Alan Rickman, Helen Mirren, Adele, Katy Perry, and Lorde. Praise for Goodbye Butterflies Having spent the last 30+ years in the entertainment industry as a director, producer, writer, actor, sportscaster and voice-over artist, I'm all too familiar with the nemesis known as stage fright. Working through Dr. Fish's Goodbye Butterflies has helped me better understand this unwelcome guest, who often shows up unannounced. It can be managed and put in its place with the proper perspective, which helps release the artistic flow that is necessary to share the performance that rings true to the audience - be it one person or millions. Mel Fair (Halloween, Super 8, Scandal, Justified, Weeds) Goodbye Butterflies is an essential weapon in the arsenal of any serious performer and anyone else whose career depends on persuading, entertaining, or motivating others. And that's EVERYONE! Dr. Fish is revolutionizing entertainment & public speaking. What Dale Carnegie is to "winning friends & influencing people," he is to performance. DO THIS!!!" Pat O'Connor (artist manager & CEO - POC Media, Inc.)

Bobby Rydell

Author: Bobby Rydell
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780997385106
Format: PDF
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"From his vivid childhood on the fabled mid-20th-century streets of South Philadelphia, to his reign as the Justin Bieber of the "Camelot" era, his battles with alcoholism, and his lifesaving double-transplant surgery, multitalented entertainer Bobby Rydell has one hell of a story to tell. ... Co-written with award-winning musician-author-filmmaker Allan Slutsky (Standing in the Shadows of Motown), Teen Idol on the Rocks not only tells the story of Bobby Rydell, but that of American pop culture through the past six decades ... But, Teen Idol on the Rocks also is a very personal - and often-painful - story. Bobby delves into the darker and more dramatic aspects of his life, including the death of his beloved first wife, Camille, his decades of alcohol abuse, and the last-ditch transplant surgery that saved his life."--Publisher web page.

Billboard

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In its 114th year, Billboard remains the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends.

Billboard

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In its 114th year, Billboard remains the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends.

Dancing to the Music in My Head

Author: Sanjaya Malakar
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439153671
Format: PDF, Kindle
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One of the most popular contestants ever to appear on American Idol gives his fans an all-access pass to the wildly popular television show -- and opens up about how becoming an Idol star changed his life forever Sanjaya Malakar didn't need to win American Idol to take America by storm. He was just seventeen when his unique style, soft-spoken demeanor, and memorable song selections on the record-breaking show's sixth season captured hearts across the country. In his candid new book, Sanjaya opens up about what it feels like to go from obscurity as a high school student near Seattle to worldwide fame as a top ten finalist on one of the most popular television shows in American history. For the first time, the "People's Idol" talks about life before Randy, Simon, Paula and "Sanjayamania," and offers his devoted "Fanjayas" an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster show. From going to Hollywood with his beloved sister, Shyamali, to becoming the most highly anticipated performer of season six, to facing the unforgiving chopping block, Sanjaya tells his fans everything they want to know. Finally, he shares how his life has changed since he left Idol, and where his music -- and unforgettable persona -- will take him next.

Appetite for Self Destruction

Author: Steve Knopper
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416594558
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For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of the recording industry over the past three decades, when the incredible success of the CD turned the music business into one of the most glamorous, high-profile industries in the world -- and the advent of file sharing brought it to its knees. In a comprehensive, fast-paced account full of larger-than-life personalities, Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper shows that, after the incredible wealth and excess of the '80s and '90s, Sony, Warner, and the other big players brought about their own downfall through years of denial and bad decisions in the face of dramatic advances in technology. Big Music has been asleep at the wheel ever since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the 1990s. Now, because powerful people like Doug Morris and Tommy Mottola failed to recognize the incredible potential of file-sharing technology, the labels are in danger of becoming completely obsolete. Knopper, who has been writing about the industry for more than ten years, has unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world's highs and lows. Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources -- from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. to renegade Napster creator Shawn Fanning -- Knopper is the first to offer such a detailed and sweeping contemporary history of the industry's wild ride through the past three decades. From the birth of the compact disc, through the explosion of CD sales in the '80s and '90s, the emergence of Napster, and the secret talks that led to iTunes, to the current collapse of the industry as CD sales plummet, Knopper takes us inside the boardrooms, recording studios, private estates, garage computer labs, company jets, corporate infighting, and secret deals of the big names and behind-the-scenes players who made it all happen. With unforgettable portraits of the music world's mighty and formerly mighty; detailed accounts of both brilliant and stupid ideas brought to fruition or left on the cutting-room floor; the dish on backroom schemes, negotiations, and brawls; and several previously unreported stories, Appetite for Self-Destruction is a riveting, informative, and highly entertaining read. It offers a broad perspective on the current state of Big Music, how it got into these dire straits, and where it's going from here -- and a cautionary tale for the digital age.