A roundup of news happening around the globe..
- Well, it’s no X Factor, but American Idol will finally have a winner tonight; either Freddie Mercury-wannabe Adam Lambert or Arkansas crooner Kris Allen. While Adam resurrected his cover of Gary Jules’ cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” and turned in a forceful version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Allen countered with a sultry take on Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” but stumbled with his less-than-inspired interpretation of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” Both men did their best with the so-called “winner’s song,” the yawn-worthy “No Boundaries” co-written by judge Kara DioGuardi and Cathy Dennis. As for the judges, Simon Cowell, not surprisingly given his pro-Lambert leanings this season, favored the rocker. Celebrities in attendance included Katie Holmes with daughter Suri Cruise and Sir Anthony Hopkins (which might explain why judge Paula Abdul was dressed in fava bean green).
- Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood says that the band is has headed back into the studio to begin recording a new album with longtime producer Nigel Godrich. In an interview with BBC 6 Music from the Great Escape music festival in Brighton, Greenwood called the experience thus far “very noisy and chaotic and really fun.” Radiohead plays the Reading & Leeds festival in the UK the last weekend of August and just wrapped a tour of South America with Kraftwerk.
- New Orleans is not just the land of beignets and brassy jazz bands. Swedish chanteuse Theresa Andersson has been causing some Stateside excitement with her quirky debut album Hummingbird,Go! which was the number one selling CD at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Her bon temps continue to roll with an upcoming appearance on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on June 10th prior to an extensive tour of Sweden, including a handful of dates at the Stockholm Jazz Festival and Mosebacke in July.
- And speaking of New Orleans, HBO has officially picked up the new series Treme which will focus on the musicians of the Big Easy, post-Hurricane Katrina. The series, developed by David Simon who created The Wire, will likely launch in the fall. Oscar nominee Melissa Leo, Steve Zahn and The Wire veterans Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters star. Jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, acclaimed saxman Donald Harrison Jr. and eclectic funk musician Davis Rogan will serve as both consultants and cast members.