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Monday, July 27, 2009

Kimberly Caldwell Signs With Vanguard Records

Vanguard Records announced last week that it has signed Kimberly Caldwell.

According to the press release, Kimberly is in the studio with producer Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson) writing and recording songs for her debut CD.

Kimberly was quoted in the press release as saying, “There are no words that can truly express how thrilled I am about joining the Vanguard Records family. Music has always been my first love so I'm beyond excited to release my debut album and it's such an honor to get to do so alongside the amazing artists who call Vanguard home.”

The Vanguard roster of artists includes Matt Nathanson and Greg Laswell.

Kimberly's CD is expected to be released early next year.

Kimberly will next be seen as the host of “P. Diddy’s Starmaker,” which debuts August 16th on MTV…

Photo Credit: Matt Beard

Kelly Clarkson Vs. Ryan Tedder

For the past few years, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic has been the golden boy of songwriting and producing…

But now that he’s angered Kelly Clarkson, could those days be over?

In an interview with Canada’s CBC radio network, Kelly said she’s angry that Tedder used the same backing track for her new single that she co-wrote, “Already Gone,” that he used for another single—Beyonce’s hit, “Halo.”

According to, Kelly said in the interview that she didn’t realize the similarities until she heard the songs back-to-back. She said Beyonce’s album came out while hers was already being printed.

She said, “No one's gonna be sittin' at home, thinkin' ‘Man, Ryan Tedder gave Beyoncé and Kelly the same track to write to,’ No, they're just gonna be sayin' I ripped someone off. I called Ryan and said, ‘I don't understand. Why would you do that?’”

Kelly also said she’s upset that her record label released “Gone” as a single without her blessing, but said there’s nothing she can do about it. “It sucks, but it's one of those things I have no control over. I already made my album. At this point, the record company can do whatever they want with it. It's kind of a sh---y situation, but ... you know, you learn.”

I can totally understand why RCA would want to release “Gone” as the next single because it’s one of the best tracks on the CD, but it is a bummer that Kelly will be accused of being a rip-off.

And I have to think that this will hurt Tedder. I know if I was a singer, I would be more nervous to work with him if I thought he might be giving me something he’d already shared with someone else.

So just how similar are they? Take a listen for yourself courtesy of YouTube:

And if you want even scarier proof, here are a couple of mash-ups for you. Kelly may have just discovered the similarity, but YouTube users knew it back in April.
Here’s a mash-up of the two for you, set to the music track from “Already Gone”:

And here’s “Already Gone” set to the track from “Halo”:

I want to slap Ryan Tedder just listening to these…

Sad News From the "Idol" World

I always hate reporting sad news in this blog, but everyone else is talking about this story, so I figured I should too…

Former “Idol” auditioner Alexis Cohen was killed Saturday when she was struck by a car. Daniel Bark appeared in court Monday on charges of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, but those charges have since been upgraded to aggravated manslaughter and drunken driving.

Alexis will forever be known as the contestant who ranted “Take it. Take it. Take it.” and vowed to pursue “actressing” after the judges passed on her during the season seven auditions. She returned to audition again this past season with a new look and attitude…

You can see that famous season seven audition here…

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chris Daughtry Makes “Idol” History

No, Chris Daughtry didn’t win. And no, it doesn’t matter…

Chris has made “Idol” history as Daughtry’s second CD, “Leave This Town,” debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200.

Although it may be hard to believe, Chris is the first Idol to have back-to-back #1 albums.

Kelly Clarkson is the only other Idol to have two #1 albums, but they were not back-to-back (For the record, it was her first and her fourth.)…

Photo Credit: Sony BMG

Monday, July 20, 2009

Is Paula Really Leaving "Idol"?

For whatever reason, I didn’t even turn on my computer Saturday. But when I checked in with my Twitter page Sunday night, I could tell that something was up in the “Idol” universe…

No doubt you’ve heard the murmurs today that Paula Abdul will not be back on “American Idol.” You may have even seen the headline on the front page of the H-D online earlier today.

So is Paula leaving? As the adage goes, don’t believe everything you read…

I’m not saying that the Associated Press doesn’t know what it’s talking about. I’m saying that Paula’s manager may be using it to get what he wants for his client…

After all, do you think it’s a coincidence that this story appears just one week after Ryan Seacrest signed his three-year $45 million deal? I don’t think so…

All of this started Friday night, when the “LA Times” website quoted Paula’s manager as saying, “Very sadly, it does not appear that she's going to be back on ‘Idol.’”

He said that he had reached out to the people at 19 to let them know that Paula would love to stay on the show and they said they would be in touch. But according to him, they haven’t been.

Fast forward to the weekend where a Twitter movement began among Paula fans showing their support for her staying on the show. Among the fans were a slew of former Idols, Ryan Seacrest and former executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe. Even Simon Cowell came out in support of her today in an interview with “Extra.”

Somewhere, Paula’s manager is sporting a big smile…

Because with every single tweet, he has one more piece of ammo to use in his fight against 19 and FOX.

Personally, I hope it’s a fight he wins because I can’t imagine “Idol” without Paula.

Now, without Kara? I can definitely imagine that. In fact, I encourage it…

What do you guys think? Would you be okay with a Paula-less “Idol”?

Photo Credit: FOX

Blake Lewis Gets "Sad"

Blake Lewis has released his first single from his upcoming CD, “Heartbreak and Vinyl.” It’s called “Sad Song.”

You can hear it here.

Jordin Sparks CD Review: A True R&B Diva Has Arrived

It was obvious from the first time she declared, “Better go and get your armor” that we were dealing with a more mature Jordin Sparks.

And that maturity shines through big time on her new CD, “Battlefield,” as Jordin gives us a much stronger sound than we got with her debut album. Plus, Jordin worries a little less about radio-friendly pop and focuses on songs that show off her considerable vocal talents…

Jordin does show the playful side we’re used to with songs like “Walking On Snow,” “Emergency (911)” and “S.O.S. (Let The Music Play),” which features the chorus of the 80s Shannon hit, “Let the Music Play,” but there’s definitely more of an edge. Mid-tempo songs like the FeFe Dobson cover, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head,” “It Takes More” and “Watch You Go” are smooth as silk. And Jordin doesn’t forget the ballads as she scores with “Was I the Only One” and the beautiful album closer, “The Cure,” which shows off a nice falsetto.

Jordin takes two slight risks with the mid-tempo “Let It Rain” and the gospel-influenced, “Faith.” “Rain” has a great verse, but the chorus tries a rock edge that doesn’t completely work and causes her to go a little overboard with her voice. “Faith” sounds eerily similar to a good Mariah Carey ballad. The bridge to the gospel portion of the song does lack a little punch, but Jordin brings it back with a nice ending.

The two standouts here are the title track and current single “Battlefield” and the ballad “No Parade.” “Battlefield” was the perfect first single from the CD because it beautifully announces Jordin’s arrival as an R&B force to be reckoned with. “Parade” does the same but in a much different way. This song has hit potential written all over it with Jordin’s beautiful use of her lower register on the verse and the beautiful chorus: “Just another day like any other/Nothin’ in the sky said run for cover/Just another reason I never thought that it would end this way/There was no parade/No lights flashing/No song to sing along the way.”

One of the many things I love about “American Idol” is watching how the winners advance through their careers. And Jordin’s second effort is definitely a step in the right direction as she serves notice to Rihanna, Beyonce, and other R&B divas that she has arrived.

I suggest that they’d better go and get their armor…

“Battlefield” is available in stores and on digital outlets Tuesday, July 21st…

Photo Credit: Mark Liddel/Jive Records

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Brooke White Shares the Secret to Writing a Good Song And Much More

You never know what you’re going to get when it comes to artist interviews. In all honesty, sometimes they just don’t go very well…

But season seven finalist Brooke White is the kind of person I could talk to for hours about just about anything. I discovered this within the first minute of our interview when she started questioning me about my dislike of peanut butter…

Eventually we did get around to talking about her new CD, “High Hopes & Heartbreak.” And, of course, we talked about “American Idol”…

“Hopes” is already doing well on iTunes, which has Brooke feeling relieved. “It was such a personal process making this record. It’s like putting your babies out there.”

The process started as soon as Brooke finished the Idols Live Tour. Brooke admitted there was some pressure to get an album completed quickly after “Idol,” but there were pressures from other sources as well—namely her. “I was really motivated by myself. The first thing, I got back to songwriting. After the show and after the tour, you’re kind of depleted. But you’re also so full with so many things to write about. [The album] was pretty much finished by the end of April. It went really fast, but it was really rewarding and super fun.”

I was almost embarrassed to hear myself tell Brooke she should be really proud of the album, but she didn’t mind. “It’s a regular reoccurrence to second guess yourself. It’s that slight bit of that insecurity. So it’s always great to hear people say they enjoy it.”

So how does Brooke describe the album? “It is a bit of a throwback. It’s a singer/songwriter album…It has an organic tone.” Brooke also described it as “adventure music,” meaning that the album is not restricted to one particular sound. “It has singer/songwriter songs, some turned out more California country…There’s a disco song…It’s got a little bit of it all. Yet, somehow, the album has a cohesiveness to it.”

Ask Brooke to choose her favorite track from the CD, and it’s a little like asking a mother to choose between her children. “I’m so close to it at this point. I would kind of cling to songs as they were happening. Right now I’m revisiting ‘Out of the Ashes.’ It’s particularly meaningful. ‘Sometimes Love’ is another one. It’s hard to choose. I go through different phases where I reconnect with each of them in different ways…I’m not good at the favorite games.”

One of my favorite tracks on the CD is Brooke’s cover of the Kings of Leon song, “Use Somebody.” So I asked her how it ended up on her CD. “It’s one of my favorite songs of the year. The song itself, the structure itself is great. It’s got great bones. It’s just like putting different clothes on it. It’s a different spin on it. Covers are tricky, but I really love how it turned out.”

There’s no doubt that Brooke is most passionate when she’s talking about her music, but she’s not ashamed to talk about the show that introduced her to America. “‘American Idol’ is a household name. I’m really glad to be associated with it. Of course I want to expand on that. At the end of the day, that’s the opportunity that launched my career. But it’s not solely who I am as a person and an artist.”

However, Brooke told me that she has no intention of running away from her “Idol” past and people still ask her about the show. Among the most popular questions she gets are whether she’s still a nanny and if she’s looking for a job as a nanny. But people also still ask her about her most famous moment on the show—when she started over in the middle of her performance of “You Must Love Me” during Andrew Lloyd Webber week. “I can laugh about it at this point,” she told me. “It was not funny at the time.”

Brooke said people also ask her about playing piano with no shoes and they’ve told her how sorry they are she missed her sister’s wedding. Complete strangers knowing so much about her was not something Brooke was expecting. “Once you get out of the Idol bubble…It was so overwhelming. It’s weird, but not in a bad way.”

Right now, Brooke is preparing to share her music with her fans by going on the road. Word had spread on the Internet that Brooke will be touring with fellow season seven “Idol” finalist Michael Johns, but Brooke says they’re actually still working out the details. She did promise me, however, that a tour will “definitely happen.” And she’s really looking forward to it. “When people are singing your songs with you. That’s when it’s unreal.”

When I mention that I can hear everyone singing along to “California Song” in my head because of the great “na na nas” in it, Brooke gave me the secret to writing a good song. “You put na nas in there and it’s a done deal. It’s the special sauce.” To prove her point, Brooke sings me a line of “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”

I could’ve listened to Brooke sing to me all day, but I had to ask her a question about Randy Jackson, who executive produced her album and is also part of her management team. Brooke is the first “Idol” that Randy has made an album with and I asked her if that was flattering for her. “I have no good explanation for it,” she told me. “I never expected or anticipated this was how it would turn out.”

Brooke said that when Randy approached her after the Idols tour that he was “so enthusiastic” about making a singer-songwriter album. “I was kind of like wowed. And I’m very grateful.”

I couldn’t help but ask Brooke if she is getting tired of doing all of these interviews, and she told me, “Not yet.” But it’s clear that Brooke doesn’t mind having so many opportunities to talk about her music.

And if I had put together such a solid project, I would enjoy constantly talking about it too…

“High Hopes & Heartbreak” is available exclusively on iTunes now and will hit stores and all digital outlets Tuesday, July 21st. You can learn more about Brooke at her website

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to try and write a song with lots of “na na nas” in it. I’ll be sure to give Brooke a co-writing credit…

Photos Credit: June Baby Records

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Brooke White CD Review: A Breezy, Pleasant Surprise

In today’s musical climate of hip-hop beats and naughty lyrics, it’s easy to wonder what happened to the breezy pop songs of yesteryear.

Well I’m happy to report that I’ve found them on Brooke White’s new CD “High Hopes & Heartbreak.” And I mean that as a big compliment…

Now, before I get too deep into my review, I have to say that I’m as surprised as anyone to be a fan of this CD. Breezy pop has never been my thing. I’ve never been a fan of Carly Simon, Carole King or James Taylor, who are all influences here. But there’s just something so infectious about the songs on “Hopes” that I just can’t help myself…

The CD starts out with the uber-catchy current single, “Radio Radio,” followed by the song Brooke debuted on “American Idol” last season, “Hold Up My Heart,” which comes off much better here. “Out of the Ashes” and “Phoenix” both sound like they came directly from a Simon or Taylor album. And just try to not sing along with the catchy chorus of “California Song.”

Brooke also shows she can switch on the emotion with “When We Were One,” “Sometimes Love” and the gorgeous “Smile.”

The real surprise here, though, is Brooke’s version of the Kings of Leon song, “Use Somebody.” In Brooke’s hands the song takes on a totally different tone as Brooke gives it a real sense of vulnerability.

I would say the only misstep on the CD is when Brooke tries to do something different and adds a slight disco sound to “High Hopes & Heartbreak.” With a more stripped down sound the song might have worked…

If I had to sum up the album in one word, I would probably say pure. In fact, the sound is so pure that at times Brooke’s voice slightly betrays her. But in today’s world of Auto-Tune and vocoders, I find the raw sound pretty refreshing.

Kudos to Randy Jackson, the album’s executive producer (and Brooke’s co-manager), for giving us Brooke as she is and not trying to turn her into something she isn’t (Brooke co-wrote much of the CD.). Clearly, he was missing that pure pop sound as well. Maybe I don’t give him nearly as much credit as I should…

If you’re a fan of Brooke White, you’ll love the CD. But if you would just like to have a little break from the relentless beats of today’s music, you should give this one a try. Even if you weren’t a fan of Brooke’s on the show, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I know I was…

“High Hopes & Heartbreak” is available now exclusively on iTunes. It will hit stores and all other digital outlets Tuesday, June 21st…

I'll have more from Brooke later this week...

Photo Credit: June Baby Records

A Jordin Sparks CD Review Tease

For the record, I’ve written a review of Jordin Sparks’ new CD, “Battlefield,” which hits stores next week. But her record company has asked me to hold it until next week…

So, today, I will just give you a small taste of what I have to say…

It was obvious from the first time she declared, “Better go and get your armor” that we were dealing with a more mature Jordin Sparks. And that maturity shines through big time on her new CD, “Battlefield”...

For the rest, be sure to visit the blog on Sunday…

Photo Credit: Jive Records

Saturday, July 11, 2009

New Music From Blake Lewis...

You can hear a short clip of Blake Lewis’ new single, “Sad Song” here

It’s very Erasure, and I mean that as a compliment…

No More "No Boundaries"

Here’s an interesting piece of info for you, courtesy of MJ’s Big Blog…

“No Boundaries” has been removed from Kris Allen’s set on the Idols Live Tour. He is now doing The Killers’ “All These Things That I’ve Done.”

WOW! Even Taylor Hicks was stuck with “Do I Make You Proud” and Jordin Sparks with “This Is My Now” for the whole tour, so “Boundaries” must really be getting zero crowd reaction.

Personally, I think they should’ve added “She Works Hard for the Money.” “Man In the Mirror” would have also been a nice add, but I’m guessing that those song rights are in some limbo right now…

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

What Would You Ask Brooke White?

Next week, I am scheduled to talk to Brooke White about her new album.

So what would you ask Brooke if you had the chance?
Feel free to post your questions, or send me an e-mail directly to
Photo Credit: BWR

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Details on Carrie Underwood's New CD

19 Recordings/Arista Nashville announced today that Carrie Underwood will release her new CD November 3rd…

Mark Bright, who produced “Carnival Ride” and seven songs from “Some Hearts” will once again have the producing honors.

A new single is slated to hit country radio later this summer…

It’s going to be an expensive fall for “Idol” fans…
Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles/Sony BMG Nashville

David Archuleta Gets to "Know" Hannah Montana

David Archuleta makes an appearance on “Hannah Montana 3,” which hits stores today…

Archie and Hannah duet on “I Wanna Know You,” the song they performed together on the show.

You can hear it here. If you saw the episode, you’ll note that some changes have been made to what parts David sings…

You have to admit, it's pretty cute...

Monday, July 6, 2009

Details From the Idols Live Tour

The Idols Live Tour kicked off over the weekend in Portland, which means that the set list is now known…

If you’re attending one of the concerts and want to be surprised, stop reading now…

Here’s the rundown from…


Michael Sarver
"In Love With a Girl," Gavin DeGraw
"Closer," Ne-Yo

Megan Joy
"Put Your Records On," Corrine Bailey Rae
"Tears Dry on Their Own," Amy Winehouse

Scott MacIntyre
"Bend & Break," Keane
"A Thousand Miles," Vanessa Carlton

Lil Rounds
"Be Without You"/"Just Fine," Mary J. Blige
"No One," Alicia Keys
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyoncé

Anoop Desai
"Always On My Mind," Willie Nelson/Elvis Presley
"Mad," Ne-Yo
"My Prerogative," Bobby Brown

Matt Giraud
"Hard to Handle," Otis Redding/Black Crowes
"Georgia on My Mind," Ray Charles/Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell
"You Found Me," The Fray

Production Number
Megan & Lil: "Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You," Four Seasons/Andy Williams
Scott & Matt: "Tell Her About It," Billy Joel
Michael: "Suspicious Minds," Elvis Presley
Anoop, Matt, Scott, Michael, Lil, Megan: "Beggin’," Four Seasons/Madcon

Allison Iraheta
"So What," P!nk
"Cry Baby," Garnet Mimms/Janis Joplin
"Barracuda," Heart

Danny Gokey
"P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," Michael Jackson
"Maria Maria," Santana
"What Hurts the Most," Rascal Flatts
"My Wish," Rascal Flatts

Adam Lambert
"Whole Lotta Love," Led Zeppelin
"Starlight," Muse
"Mad World," Tears for Fears/Gary Jules
"Slow Ride," Foghat (with Allison)
"Life on Mars"/"Fame"/"Let’s Dance," David Bowie

Kris Allen
"Heartless," Kanye West/The Fray
"No Boundaries"
"Ain’t No Sunshine," Bill Withers
"Bright Lights," Matchbox 20
"Hey Jude," The Beatles (w/several other Idols)

Entire Group: "Don’t Stop Believing," Journey (with a chorus of Steam’s "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye")

Notice that the only one doing a Michael Jackson song is Danny. Anoop tweeted that they tried to add a tribute at the end of the show, but it just didn’t work out.

If anyone should be singing a Michael Jackson song, it should be Michael Sarver doing “You Are
Not Alone.” I think that would have really stirred the crowd—even before Jackson’s death.

So is it just me, or is this a little lackluster? I can’t really explain it, but I’m just not thrilled with all of the choices. Where is “She Works Hard for the Money” from Kris? And Allison is doing “So What?” How tired of a choice is that, especially since it was a group number on the show? Wouldn’t it have been better to hear her do “Sober” or skip the Pink altogether and just do MJ’s “Give In to Me”? And Matt is doing “You Found Me,” his performance of which on the show was universally blasted by everyone? And Michael doing “Closer” when R&B was what helped knock him off the show?

What do you guys think? Is this a good set list, or are you—like me—starting to doubt your ticket purchase…

Photo Credit: 19 Entertaiment

Paula Hopes to Be Back

Paula Abdul told the Associated Press today that she hopes to return to “Idol” for a ninth season.
Paula said she has been invited to come back and is hopeful a contract can be negotiated.

She gave the interview while she was filming an episode of Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.”

You can read the details here.

This is good news, because honestly, could you even think of "Idol" without her? I can't...

Photo Credit: FOX

"Rock of Ages" CD Reminder

In case you haven’t noticed, this is a BIG month for “Idol” releases with new ones from Daughtry, Jordin Sparks and Brooke White.

Plus, the “Rock of Ages” original cast recording hits stores tomorrow after only being available from digital outlets.

You can see my review of the CD here. You can listen to the CD for yourself here.

I had hoped to have more for you on this, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to work out, much to my consternation and chagrin…

Photo Credit: New Line Records

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Daughtry CD Review: What's Not to Love?

With rock albums, it usually takes me a couple of listens before I can decide whether I like it or not.

But with Daughtry’s new CD, “Leave This Town,” I knew instantly…

I not only like it, I love it. And you will too…

Daughtry is not just picking up where they left off with their second CD. They’re actually improving on their first release by giving us a project that feels less like a collection of singles and more like a cohesive album.

That’s not to say there aren’t singles on “Town,” because there are—good ones. But sometimes it’s nice to hear more from an artist than just songs on the radio. And “Town” gives us that whole package…

In fact, I’m not sure there’s a misstep across the whole album. Rockers like “You Don’t Belong” and “Every Time You Turn Around” are not usually my thing, but with such catchy choruses, they’re hard to resist. And speaking of catchy, I can’t find a better word to describe the single-worthy “Life After You,” which boasts Chris and Chad Kroeger of Nickelback as two of its co-writers.

Another single-worthy rock tune, “What I Meant to Say,” features the classic chorus lyrics “Can I be so bold/’Cause all this sucking up to you is just getting old/Well it’s not too late to say it right this time/’Cause I know I said I’m sorry/But that’s not what I meant to say.”

I love a good haunting rock song and Daughtry provides one with “Open Up Your Eyes,” which Chris co-wrote with former Evanescence members David Hodges and Ben Moody. Its theme of life after death really resonates.

For those fans who are looking for the next “Home,” I would nominate “September,” written by Chris and Daughtry guitarist Josh Steeley, which reflects on times gone by. “Learn My Lesson” is another potential single, as is one of my favorites, “Supernatural.”

And just when you think you’ve got the Daughtry sound figured out, the guys throw in a wild card with the gorgeous ballad, “Tennessee Line,” featuring Vince Gill. Don’t laugh. The song is good and Gill and Chris harmonize beautifully. The CD closes with the gorgeous “Call Your Name” that shows a lot of vocal range from Chris. And I love the key change on the ending.

But for me, the highlight of the CD is the second track and the current single, “No Surprise,” which also boasts Chad Kroeger as a co-writer. The slight chant at the beginning, the killer chorus with the catchy lyrics of “It’s no surprise I won’t be here tomorrow/I can’t believe that I stayed till today,” and Chris Daughtry’s great vocals all lead to one of the best songs currently on the radio. I think it could be the band’s best song yet.

Chris Daughtry gets a lot of credit for his vocals, but I don’t think he gets nearly enough credit for his songwriting. He either co-wrote or solo wrote all 12 tracks on the CD and they all have great hooks and well-crafted lyrics.

If you’re a Daughtry fan, you will love “Leave This Town.” If you’re a rock music fan, you will love “Leave This Town.” And if you’re just a fan of good music and solid complete albums that you can just put in and listen to without having to skip through some songs, you will love “Leave This Town.”

Daughtry is truly coming into its own as a band. I’m just glad we get to come along for the ride.

“Leave This Town” hits stores and digital outlets Tuesday, July 14th…

Photo Credit: RCA

Daughtry Returning to Columbus

Daughtry will be doing a 13-date club tour in August to support their latest album, “Leave This Town.”

The tour will hit the Lifestyles Community Pavilion in Columbus August 7th. Tickets go on sale July 11th…

To see the rest of the schedule go to Daughtry’s official website

Photo Credit: RCA

Daughtry Goes Gaga

Here’s a video you have to check out. It’s Chris Daughtry doing an acoustic version of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” at a German radio station.

You can see the video here.