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The Cup, May 8-9, will have fashion, cool planes, music (American Idol Star Michael Johns will debut his new song, Dangerous), and, oh yeah, polo matches between the US and Australia. Here, Johnny is welcomed to DC by Navy Lieutenants Kristen Murdock and Brenna Scharp and BAU Systems’ Peri Baykan.


Is he gonna put Dangerous on the new album? ermm.gif

Umm, Michael, are you ever gonna sing your new single? whistling.gif


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From Billboard:

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Idol Worship: Today In 'AI' History - Michael Johns Edition


Johns One year ago today, Michael Johns was eliminated from Idol’s Top 12. The Perth, Australia native was the oldest competitor of the season 7 bunch, and among the most beloved (to us, at least). The song that did him in? Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” which Johns chose for Inspirational Music night (a theme this week’s bottom dweller, Scott MacIntyre, would have appreciated). But despite being labeled a “rocker,” Johns says he’s rediscovered his true passion for soul music, as his forthcoming album, due out June 23, will demonstrate (check out a couple tunes on his Myspace). We got our hands on an early copy and were absolutely amazed by the Muscle Shoals ambition Johns (and several of the Idol band members he enlisted) poured into every track.

As Johns tells it, he finally found his voice — and a proper record deal with Downtown Records, home to an eclectic roster than includes Cold War Kids, Eagles of Death Metal and Art Brut (not to mention France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni). We caught up with MJ last week in Los Angeles and got to remind him that the one–year anniversary of his exit was right around the corner. In typical laid-back Aussie form, Johns laughed it off, insisting he’s glad he went home when he did. Here, more of our conversation, including his thoughts on Adam Lambert!

So here we are in the thick of season 8, have you been watching?
Michael Johns: I saw the country week performance show, but I haven’t really been watching. Not that I don’t want to, I’ve just been so busy. Plus, it’s really hard to watch. You get this sick feeling in your stomach, like being back in the competition again, and you’re just, like, “No!” I don’t want that again. I guess it’s too fresh one season after.

You and Carly Smithson appeared during the Top 36, did you meet any of the contestants?
MJ: Everyone I spoke to was eliminated that night. The groups were split up, and nine of the twelve were going home, but the other 12 were back at the house. Carly and I noticed that it was so dead backstage — and rightfully so. It’s brutal to think that out of the whole room only three were going through. Talk about a bloodbath. With us, only one was going home, and we were all having fun and playing board games.

You didn’t suffer the heat that Carly got for her previous major label deal, yet that came up again this year. Is there something to the argument that having had a major label experience is an unfair advantage?
MJ: I can’t speak for Carly, but it didn’t help or hinder me at all. If anything, I thought the Australian thing would hinder me. But nothing can prepare you for getting on stage and in front of those judges. It’s a whole new world. I’ve never done interviews or photo shoots like that. All my experience from being on a major label is nada. It doesn’t matter. I think that America just wants to see something real. They want talent, and at the end of the day, who cares where you get it from, or how it came to be? The reason Idol still is the biggest show in the world is because there aren’t any tricks — what you see is what you get. You don’t get help with anything. They can steer you, but you pick out the song, the clothes and everything in the end. That’s why it was so cool to see someone like David Cook. He walked through the door with, like, pink scarves, and then by the fifteenth week, he was a rock star.

Speaking of pink scarves, what are your thoughts on this year's favorite, Adam Lambert?
MJ: I think he’s great for the stage, and it might work for TV, but I’m not sure what he’s gonna do in the real world. I don’t get it yet. If he was on our season, I think Simon would have ripped him a new a-hole, but they’re praising him, so go figure?

What about the other finalists?
MJ: Danny Gokey is a good singer. Lil Rounds, I love all her urban stuff, but the one who I think is really true to herself is that little 16-year-old, Allison [Iraheta]. Brooke [White] and I actually met her at a charity function, where she was the one performing. I said, “You go for it, girl. You can sing!” I liked that Alexis [Grace] girl, too. She was more talented than she got to show. It sucks that she got voted off and can’t go on tour.

So what you’re saying is season 7 was the best…
MJ: Every season, I’ve found someone who really had that something, like Jordin Sparks or Bo Bice. This year, I’m not seeing anyone that’s a “star.” But out of any other season, I would want to be on our season, even with where I finished. It’s, like, who are you gonna pick on from our season? From Chikezie to Brooke, Jason Castro, Carly… we’ve all got something. I’m really proud to be a part of my season. We’re all friends and I talk to them all the time.

What do you make of the judges’ save?
MJ: I mean, I wouldn’t want to change anything about the way I was eliminated. What if you get kicked off the week after? Then you’re a double loser.

And the addition of Kara Dioguardi?
MJ: I like her. She’s really nice, and has worked with so many different people, but I think having four judges slows down the show. Everyone’s been saying that it seems longer this year, and that’s why.

How did your deal with Downtown come about?
MJ: Weirdly, it all comes back to my old label, Maverick Records. I kept in touch with one of the executives who ended up at Downtown. But it’s just a licensing deal. I own my record because I made it before anything was signed. Then Downtown heard it and said, “We’re in!” The best thing is Gnarls Barkley, Cold War Kids and Santigold are on the label as well and these are artists that I love! So we’re in a really good place.

When you were signed to Maverick as The Rising, the album never came out. But after you made it to the Top 24, they released it?
MJ: Yes. It was pretty upsetting to me. It was, like, all of a sudden I’m good enough? The Rising record can come out now that I’m on the American Idol machine? I was really pissed.

What were you going for with your new album?
MJ: I really wanted to do a Stax record. I went back and re-listened to music from my childhood — Sam Cooke, Otis Redding. Wilson Picket — and when I went to sing on the record, I didn’t even have to think. I was really comfortable. Simon wanted me to do more of that [soul] on the bloody show, but I didn’t get the chance.

How’s our favorite Idol David Cook doing? Talked to him lately?
MJ: He’s great. Such a nice dude and he hasn’t changed at all, to be honest. He wrote me a text the night after he appeared on the show, and I asked if he was in town for a couple days. He told me he was in Indiana and the performance was taped. So I wrote back, “Are you telling me not to believe everything I see on TV?” — Shirley Halperin



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Michael Johns on His Upcoming Album: I Really Wanted to Do a Stax Record


Michael Johns, set to drop a new album titled Hold Back My Heart on June 23rd, recently spoke with Shirley Halperin of Bilboard Magazine about his new record, the current season of American Idol, and the awesomeness of his own season.

Read the entire interview HERE.

Shirley got a hold of a review copy, and says, “We were absolutely amazed by the Muscle Shoals ambition Johns (and several of the Idol band members he enlisted) poured into every track.”

Where can I get my copy? I do reviews! Heh.

Read on…As always, Michael lets a few juicy soundbites fly…

Michael has re-discovered his soul, “I really wanted to do a Stax record. I went back and re-listened to music from my childhood — Sam Cooke, Otis Redding. Wilson Picket — and when I went to sing on the record, I didn’t even have to think. I was really comfortable. Simon wanted me to do more of that [soul] on the bloody show, but I didn’t get the chance.”

What does Michael make of the judges save? “I mean, I wouldn’t want to change anything about the way I was eliminated. What if you get kicked off the week after? Then you’re a double loser.”

Michael is a little skeptical about this season of Idol. He thinks Adam Lambert is great for stage and TV, but wonders what he’ll do in “the real world. ”

“I think Simon would have ripped him a new a-hole, but they’re praising him, so go figure?” says Michael “It’s like, who are these contestants?”

Michael does like a few from this season, “The one who I think is really true to herself is that little 16-year-old, Allison [Iraheta]. Brooke [White] and I actually met her at a charity function, where she was the one performing. I said, ‘You go for it, girl. You can sing!’ I liked that Alexis [Grace] girl, too. She was more talented than she got to show. It sucks that she got voted off and can’t go on tour.”

Michael digs his own season, “…out of any other season, I would want to be on our season, even with where I finished. It’s, like, who are you gonna pick on from our season? From Chikezie to Brooke, Jason Castro, Carly… we’ve all got something. I’m really proud to be a part of my season. We’re all friends and I talk to them all the time.”

The record, “Hold Back My Heart” will be released though Downtown records via a licensing deal on June 23rd. The single, “Heart on my Sleeve” drops digitally April 14.


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From Billboard Magazine.

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Michael Johns Not Holding Back On First Post-'Idol' Album

IPB ImageMichael Johns IPB Image May 29, 2009 04:43 PM ET IPB Image Michael D. Ayers, N.Y.

While the American Idol post-season promo drive for Summer 2009 has kicked into gear for Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, Season 7's Michael Johns will be resurfacing this summer with his first post-Idol album entitled "Hold Back My Heart." Due June 23 via TRP Records, the twelve song set features six songs co-written by Johns and Dave Cobb. Diane Warren and British singer-songwriter James Morrison also contribute lyrics to the set.

Although Johns finished 8th in the 2008 edition of American Idol, his early exit actually worked in his benefit. He immediately went into the studio and started to lay down the initial tracks for what would become "Hold Back My Heart."

"I'd been signed before; my albums have always been shelved, or the label folded, or the guy that signed me got fired," Johns tells Billboard.com. "The most nightmarish situations. This time around, I wanted to go and make the record, own the masters, and whatever happened, it was going to be on my terms, my shoulders. You make enough money from being on the tour and being on the show, where I could fund the record. I knew what I wanted to do sound-wise."

Indeed, after Johns wrapped the recording sessions in late 2008, he then started to pursue a label deal. "I didn't want to just go with any old deal. I've had deals before," he says. "I really wanted to find a family that I thought believed in the direction of my record."

Johns wound up signing with TRP Records, which is the label arm of Three Ring Projects, a Los Angeles based entertainment company that provides management, publishing, and licensing for their artists. Alongside Johns, Jermaine Dupri, Kelis, Lil Kim, and American Idol alum Elliott Yamin are currently working with Three Ring Projects.
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"Hold Back My Heart" has another interesting caveat, in that it's being distributed by Downtown/Atlantic, home to Gnarls Barkley, indie rockers Cold War Kids, Santigold, and electro-dance outfit MSTRKRFT. In this instance, Johns' material is sounding more like the neo-soul of Ray LaMontagne and James Blunt, than any polished, mega-pop that Idol tends to be associated with.

"It wasn't until 2006, I said to my mom "what is it that I sing that you love that sets me apart? And she said, it's when you sing that Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Joe Cocker kind of style."

"I was someone that already had a career before," he continues. "Some of the people that get far on Idol- not to their detriment or anything – they went with a friend to audition and kept getting through. For me, I was able to come in there and use it as a full platform. I knew what kind of record I was going to make and who I wanted to appeal to."

Johns is currently plotting a tour around "Hold Back My Heart," weighing some undisclosed opening slot offers and headlining club shows.
I'll withhold my comments on TRP for just a little while longer, but not much. rolleyes.gif

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QUOTE(jas89 @ May 31st 2009, 4:58 AM) *
lol, TRP is useless.
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I saw a couple of articles from that press release on mjsbig blog yesterday and my response was just whatever. rolleyes.gif

I kinda believe now that we were expecting from him a lot more than what he's capable of, and that's what led to the disappointments. Anyways, I made peace with that and I'm not disappointment anymore. Good luck to him. original.gif


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QUOTE(ainn @ Jun 1st 2009, 2:20 AM) *

I kinda believe now that we were expecting from him a lot more than what he's capable of, and that's what led to the disappointments. Anyways, I made peace with that and I'm not disappointment anymore.

yep. I've made my peace with him as well.


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So we're not posting his news here anymore? huh.gif

I think there's a lot people don't know about yet that will explain some of our disappointments, but like I said before, I'll "Hold Back My Mouth" for a bit more. devil.gif


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QUOTE(Ultimat1 @ May 31st 2009, 2:42 PM) *

So we're not posting his news here anymore? huh.gif


Did I say anything that made you come to this conclusion? unsure.gif I don't see any reason to not post news.

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I think there's a lot people don't know about yet that will explain some of our disappointments, but like I said before, I'll "Hold Back My Mouth" for a bit more. devil.gif


Once expectations are set appropriately, there are almost no more disappointments. original.gif


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QUOTE(ainn @ May 31st 2009, 2:28 PM) *

Did I say anything that made you come to this conclusion? unsure.gif I don't see any reason to not post news.
Not exactly, but I've been gone for a couple of days and the Billboard article wasn't here until I got back. tongue.gif flowers.gif

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True enough. I guess I should lower my expectations of IDF too. haha.gif flowers.gif


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Just had to come by and say that I can hardly wait for the album! original.gif


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So the Air Supply Hold On won't be part of the album afterall
Michael was in Vegas doing vocals for Air Supply's new song "Hold On". It will be on their new album, but I'm not sure if it's the same "Hold On" that was on the Don't Look Down soundtrack. flowers.gif


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Thanks U1, I guess we'll find out on June 23rd happy.gif
I hope it is added as a bonus. It's one of my favorites from the DLD soundtrack. heart.gif


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