Allison Iraheta’s single “Friday I’ll Be Over U” getting some love from the press

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“Friday I’ll Be Over U” is the first single from the debut album of American Idol season eight finalist Allison Iraheta. On Friday, October 2nd, 2009, a small snippet was released to fans who called Allison’s line at 323-982-8897. The single was released to radio stations on Monday, October 5th. It will be officially released through digital distribution on October 20th, 2009.

Allison’s debut album will arrive in stores and online on December 1st including her soon-to-be-smash “Friday I’ll Be Over U.”

from EW’s Michael Slezak:

“Allison’s debut single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U” (the first 2:20 of which is streaming at PopEater) is the real deal, an aggressively jaunty kiss-off track that juxtaposes genuine, hard-edged attitude from Idol’s season 8 fourth-place finisher with a chorus as unapologetically addictive as Grape Bubble Yum.

Right from the opening “Oh yeah,” you can tell Allison’s having a great time dragging her lie-telling crush back to the customer-service desk for a full-money refund, and the age-appropriate lyrics (”Got my heart by tellin’ lies/ You weren’t what you advertised”) seem designed to spark mass sing-alongs with teenage girls (both inner and actual) across the nation.

Even better, when Allison repeats the song’s title at the end of the second verse — “No, no, I ain’t gonna cry/ Go and be with her tonight/ I really don’t care what you do/ ‘Cause Friday I’ll be over you” — the tart twist of harmony comes off like an homage to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” (with hints of the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb” and an opening guitar line that somehow reminds me of Blur’s “Song 2? thrown in for good measure).”

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from Lyndsey Parker of Y! Music (Yahoo):

“Interestingly, while “Friday” rawks pretty hard–as one would expect from AmIdol’s all-time rockingest rock chick EVER–it doesn’t quite have that bloozy, classic-rock vibe fans might have expected, given Allison’s recent Idols Live tour songs (Janis Joplin’s “Crybaby,” Heart’s “Barracuda,” Foghat’s “Slow Ride”). Instead it is a thoroughly modern affair, reminiscent of the fizzy, attitudinal girl-pop of Scandinavian indie-disco darlings the Sounds and criminally underrated pop-rocker Fefe Dobson…with a coy nod to fierce ’90s femmes like Veruca Salt and Elastica, and a little bit of Toni Basil/Kim Wilde-esque retro-’80s flavor thanks to copious syncopated hand-claps and bloopy, bubbling synths.

This single very effectively and unapologetically establishes just exactly who Allison Iraheta is, with a confidence rarely displayed by recording artists even twice her age. That’s exactly what a debut single should do.”

from Jim Farber of NY Daily News:

“If I alone judged “American Idol,” 17-year-old rocker-chick Allison Iraheta would have come in second in this year’s competition – just behind berserk rock-opera god Adam Lambert.

(In fact, she came in fourth).

Luckily, listeners will soon have a chance to correct this grave injustice. Iraheta’s first single, “Friday I’ll Be over You,” which was leaked to Popeater, comes out any day now. (Iraheta’s full, debut CD doesn’t arrive until Dec. 1st).

If the single’s any indication, we have a lot to look forward it. It’s a zippy blast of rock-inflected pop, much in the Joan Jett mold, though modified by more production gloss than that hard star would ever allow.

While the song’s chorus slicks things up in too obvious a bid at radio play, the verses retain Iraheta’s hoarse-throated charm. She’s always had a great capacity for attitude and a muscular range, both shown off to strong effect here.

The song, penned by teen-pop-czar Max Martin, has just the sharp hooks it needs. But it’s Iraheta’s credible, p.o.’d attitude that makes it stick. While so many young female stars – from Avril Lavigne to Miley Cyrus – feign an ornery style these days, Iraheta sounds like the real, snarling deal.”

Check out Allison’s official fan website here.

Summer Tour 09: American Idol in Kris Allen Land in Little Rock, AR

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Little Rock, AR – FOX16 Top Stories of the day — American Idol Finalists: Allison Iraheta, Scott MacIntyre, Michael Sarver and winner Kris Allen talk to FOX16. Kris dishes they’re “watching a lot of ‘Family Guy'” and Michael Sarver says there’s a lot of junk food eating in the bus that Allison Iraheta calls “party bus.”

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Idol fans flock to North Little Rock

The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien: Musical Guest Allison Iraheta sings “Barracuda”

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To promote the Summer Idols Live tour that started early this month, Allison Iraheta performed on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien Wednesday night. She brought the house down with her rendition of Heart’s classic song “Barracuda.”

American Idol 8 Tour Rehearsal: “Don’t Stop Believing” By Journey

The Idols run through their finale song at their rehearsal space before hitting the road- the classic Journey Song: “Don’t Stop Believing.” The American Idol Summer Live Tour kicks off in Portland, OR at the Rose Garden on July 5.

Sorry we’re not watching. Not paying to see Michael Sarver, Scott McIntyre and Lil Rounds mess up sing. Lil showed so much promise in the auditions and was an early favorite but she never delivered. Too bad. We think she really lost a lot of her fans- including us.

We want to see Alexis Grace!! We’ll pay to watch her perform anytime.

Allison Iraheta is Signed to 19 and Jive Records

Season 8’s fourth place finalist, Allison Iraheta, has been signed to 19 Recordings and her recordings have been licensed to Jive Records. She now joins Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, who were also signed to 19 and RCA/Jive this week.

Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder & CEO of 19 Entertainment said, “Allison is an incredible young singer. She is without a doubt one of the best teenage singers American Idol has ever discovered. We all watched Allison grow in confidence and stature as she performed each week on the show and we can only imagine how far this special girl can continue to blossom in the years ahead.”

allison_210x280Barry Weiss, Chairman and CEO of RCA/Jive, added that “Allison was an absolute stand-out this season. Her bluesy, powerful voice, spunky attitude, and edgy star power immediately captivated us and it didn’t matter where she ranked on Idol, we knew we wanted her to join our amazing crop of young talent at Jive.”

Allison is just as excited. She said, “I think I’m still in shock that this is happening- getting to record my first album and this whole awesome experience is a dream come true!”

As the youngest contestant and resident rocker of Season 8, Allison was as vibrant as her red hair. She has been a fan of the show since she was 9 years old, so as soon as she was old enough, she auditioned. During the auditions, Kara DioGuardi commented, “Keep your eye on that girl!” and Paula Abdul labeled her the “dark horse” before announcing that Allison was a Top 36 semi-finalist. From her first live performance of “Alone” to her heart-wrenching version of “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Allison won over America and the judges.

Allison’s debut album is scheduled for release this fall. In the meantime, Allison will be touring the country with her fellow Top 10 Idols.

Source: American Idol Official Site

5/6 American Idol Top 4 Results, “Cry Baby” Night

Tonight was a bit of a travesty. The second best performer from last night got sent home, and we have little idea how the voting could have had this result. But we have been surprised before.

Adam was no surprise. He was great, and safe. But of the other three, we would have expected either Kris (because of overall mediocrity) and Danny (because of the worst performance we have seen in the final four) to go home.

But sadly, it was Allison, who belted out a massive performance of Joplin’s Cry Baby. And the only thing wrong with the performance was perhaps the songs obscurity to a modern audience. Janis is barely known now and her style was an acquired taste, so perhaps the more ubiquitous sounds of the Beatles, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin laid Allison to waste.

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Allison did an even better performance of the song tonight, with a fitting tear in her eye. Yes, Cry Baby, and realize how incredibly talented you are. At 16, a gal that will be remembered for years to come and perhaps have her first hit CD by next year.

Appearances by Daughtry and No Doubt rounded out a great show and we have to give kudos to Idol for having the guts to finally do an all out rock night. A night where even Led Zeppelin allowed a tune to be done on American Idol for the very first time.

From the best screams (Adam) to the worst (Danny) we loved the entire show, but we are saddened that Allison was the one to go. She is more deserving.

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5/5 American Idol Final 4 Rock Week, “Danny Off-Key”

This should have been the week to use the save, because there is a good chance that Danny, who did a horrible rendition of Aerosmith, may likely need it to be saved from his first painful performance of the season.

But let’s get to the show. (Audio Performances at the end of the post)

Adam Lambert- “Whole Lotta Love” – Led Zeppelin – First was Adam. We had said weeks ago that Adam sounds like Robert Plant, but Plant required a studio to pull off the screams, and Adam can do it effortlessly live. We knew, if he didn’t majorly screw up and try to do the song too differently from the original, he would kill it. He got advise from the weekly mentor “Slash” to not improvise the song too much. Adam listened, and it was awesome rock. He is the only person in Idol history that could have pulled off that song. (10/10)

Allison Iraheta- “Cry Baby” – Janis Joplin – Second was Allison. This is a classic song, which requires an amazing vocal range to pull off well. Allison was not challenged by what was a classic Joplin tune. She belted it out as well as Janis ever did live. We loved it, but there is no way she could outdo Adam. (9/10)

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Kris Allen- “Come Together – Beatles – Kris did this OK. It was a bit mundane and not overly thrilling to watch. He was on key throughout and did it well, but we wouldn’t break down a door to see him perform it. (7/10)

Danny Go Offkey- “Dream On” – Aerosmith – Nothing could save Danny here. He was already out of his element and there are so many bluesy rock songs he could have chosen instead. He tried to be Adam and scream, and that is not only not Danny’s style, but it is way out of character and his vocal range. Where Danny shines is the blues, and instead of choosing a Stones tune or a Joe Cocker song he could have nailed, he chose to do Aerosmith? Their biggest hit no less? Bad idea Danny. (5/10)

There were some duets, but none were worth much and none would make a difference in the voters minds. The solos placed Danny so far behind it was pathetic and one bad week could send him home because the judges totaly blew the save two weeks ago.

Danny Gokey could lose to Kris and Allison for the first time in this competition on one bad performance. And we coined the phrase Danny Offkey to express how bad this performance was. After weeks of greatness, Danny could well go home, unless the audience gives him a chance because he has been so great in past weeks.

As a note to our readers, Danny made votefortheworst.com, and if you vote for Danny tonight, you would be.

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