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If You Don’t Know Meaghan Smith Yet, You Should—And You Will

January 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm , by

MS_TCO_FINALYou may recognize Canadian singer (and soon to be star) Meaghan Smith’s voice from the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack, where she covered the Pixies song, “Here Comes Your Man.” That was how I personally discovered her, and that’s all it took…now I’m a super fan.

Her style, which she describes as “modern vintage,” makes me want to put on a cloche hat, pour a glass of wine and kick up my heels. So, as you can imagine, I was so excited to find out that she has a new album coming out, Cricket’s Orchestra, which is currently available on iTunes and will be available everywhere February 9.

I got the chance to speak with Meaghan, and you can read some highlights from our chat after the jump, but first—because hearing is believing—check out her music video below.

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Idol Chatter: Kara DioGuardi Interview

January 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm , by

Headshot 2009Yesterday, I spoke with American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi, about this season’s contestants, Simon’s surprising departure, Ellen’s much-anticipated arrival and her latest music endeavor—jingles.

You guys have had quite a week—how is everyone handling the news of Simon leaving?

We’re all sad. It’s difficult to see somebody leave who’s been such an important part of the show. He has incredibly unique takes on the contestants, he’s funny and witty, and he’s able to say things in a way that no one else can. We’re going to miss him.

How is Ellen doing so far?

She’s doing an awesome job. And the dynamic is really coming together nicely. She’s a natural judge—she’s warm, funny and critical when she needs to be. She knows about music and can tell when something’s off.  I’m really very impressed by her.

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard some great songs get butchered. Are there any that you’d like to have banned from the audition room?

[The Jackson 5’s] “ABC” should not be sung by anybody and [The Temptation’s] “Get Ready.”  If I ever have to hear those two songs again—other than the originals—I may just have to jump off a bridge. Certain songs are so classic that you should leave them alone.

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