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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Kat Hits the Big Screen

Katharine McPhee is hitting the big screen…

Kat will make her feature film debut as the star of “The Last Caller,” an indie dark romantic comedy. The film is “a coming-of-age tale about a self-obsessed woman (Katharine) who searches for love, hope and meaning during a few random events with other urban seekers,” according to “The Hollywood Reporter.”

The film, which has a $5 million-$8 million budget, will start shooting in New York this fall.

Katharine said she’s up for some big studio projects, but they weren’t starring roles. “I wanted to start off doing something a little different. It’s something that a lot of people wouldn’t expect me doing…[It] is definitely a little darker than me”…

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Chart News: Katharine Makes a Jump, Elliott Debuts and "It's Not Over" for Daughtry

Katharine McPhee’s “Over It” jumped from #49 to #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week and was the chart’s greatest digital gainer. The song was recently featured on MTV’s “The Hills” creating online sales of 40,000…

Elliott Yamin’s new single, “Wait For You” debuts at #67, which is one notch above where “Movin’ On” debuted. I’m really hoping this one does well…

And while “Home” falls one spot to #49, Daughtry’s “It’s Not Over” stays at #10. “Over” is #1 on the Adult Top 40 chart…

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

McPheever Heats Up?

I had to share this picture with you. It's an ad from RCA on a website for radio program directors encouraging them to add Katharine's single, "Over It."

I'm goiing to leave the comments up to you guys...

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This Week's Chart News

Here's this week's Billboard Chart News...

Katharine McPhee's self-titled CD fell to #11 this week on the Billboard 200 after debuting at #2 last week. Her single, "Over It" debuted at #48 last week on the Hot 100, but this week falls out of the top 50.

Daughtry's "It's Not Over" fell two spots to #6 this week, but the CD, "Daughtry" maintained its spot at #3 in the Billboard 200...

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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Katharine's Sales Figures

Katharine McPhee's self-titled CD debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 after selling 116,000 copies.

For those of you keeping track, Taylor sold 298,000 in his first week, while Daughtry sold 304,000. It's still pretty good, however.

Even better news for Kat is that her single, "Over It" debuts at #48 on this week's Hot 100--a very strong debut.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

News for McPhans...




So I guess I shouldn’t give up my part-time career as a TV critic to become a music critic, since everyone seems to be disagreeing with me about Katharine McPhee’s CD. “USA Today” even gave it three out of four stars. Oh well. I stand by what I said…

I finally caught Katharine’s performance of “Over It” on “The Tonight Show” last week. It was obvious that she was extremely nervous since she only smiled at the end and she was most enthusiastic about meeting Mary Lynn Rajskub (not that I blame her on that one). “Over It” is a difficult song to perform and Katharine did a good job, but I think her people should strip the song down so she can be more expressive. The overpowering backup singers were a little restricting…

Katharine is letting her fans—the McPhans—choose the ending to the “Over It” video. The video will show Katharine singing the song and then setting off to deliver it to her cheating boyfriend. She tracks him down at a party and then either gives him the tape or gives him a second chance…

Katharine says that “Neglected,” which she co-wrote (and is one of the strongest tracks on the CD) is about someone specific in her life, but she won’t day who…

As for her experience on “Idol,” Katharine has said in interviews that she never felt fully comfortable on the show. She told “People” that although she originally snuck away from “Idol” to meet him, she and her boyfriend, 41-year-old Nick Cokas, split during the show because she wasn’t being very nice to him. She and Cokas have since reunited…
Photo courtesy of "USA Today"

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Let the Katharine Media Blitz Begin!

The Katharine McPhee media blitz begins in earnest tonight with a performance on “The Tonight Show.” Tonight’s show should be a pretty good one, as Jay’s also got Bill Cosby and the fabulous Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24”). Wonder if he can get her to reveal as much about “24” as he always gets Kiefer to? But I digress…

This week, Katharine will also visit “Today” (January 31st) and “Live With Regis & Kelly” (February 1st). Then next week, it’s “TRL” (February 5th), “The Early Show” (February 6th), “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (February 7th) and “Larry King Live” (February 8th).

Katharine will also play herself on an upcoming episode of “Ugly Betty.” Everything I’ve read says it’s this Thursday’s (February 1st) episode, but Katharine’s website says it’s February 8th. Of course her website also said she was appearing tonight on the “Jay Leno Show,” so take it for what it’s worth. Either way, Katharine couldn’t be appearing at a better time since “Ugly Betty” is red hot right now. However, since the fabulous Tim Gunn will be appearing in the same episode, she’s going to get upstaged. “Betty” airs Thursday at 8 on ABC…

You can still catch a listen to Katharine’s CD before it hits stores tomorrow at http://music.aol.com/songs/new_releases_full_cds...

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

CD Review: Katharine McPhee: R&B Princess?


When Katharine McPhee finished second last season, there were a lot of questions about what kind of album she would release.

Unfortunately, her self-titled debut doesn’t do much to answer those questions…

There are some bright spots on Katharine McPhee, but the majority of the CD is cheesy R&B that ranges from risqué to just plain ridiculous…

“Love Story,” one of several songs co-written and produced by Timbaland protégée Danja, gets the CD off to a rocky start with the first of his R&B messes. Her first single, “Over It,” really does grow on you and after listening to the entire CD, there’s no doubt it was the best choice to go with first since it’s actually the best cut. “Open Toes” is another Danja cut (Katharine also gets a co-writing credit.) with a good beat, but her ode to her slingbacks is just a little ridiculous (“I’m lovin’ these slingback shoes. I like the way they stay loose.”). Katharine said she thought the track could be the new “Thong Song” for ladies. Not even close. There is no way I would’ve put this track so early on the CD.

Then we get the first of the bad transitions as the next track, “Home,” is a soaring ballad written by the prolific Kara DioGuardi. “Home” is solid, but the CD quickly goes back downhill with “Not Ur Girl.” Danja sounds like he was going for a Christina sound on this one, but it misses the boat. “Each Other” is a completely unmemorable Danja track, but “Dangerous” is downright cheesy, which leads us into another bad transition with the “Hurt”-like ballad, “Ordinary World.” “World” is another strong track, but it is unfortunately followed by the CD’s worst cut…

“Do What You Do,” co-written and produced by the Underdogs (Beyonce, Pink, “Dreamgirls” soundtrack) is a cheesy Pussycat Dolls knock-off. And unfortunately for Katharine, the risqué lyrics come off as more ridiculous than sexy. Not sure what they were thinking with that one. “Better Off Alone” only makes me wish that its co-writer, Austin Carroll (“The One: The Making of a Superstar”), had recorded it himself. His soulful voice would have handled it much better.

Danja finally gets it together with “Neglected,” which sounds a lot like “Cry Me A River” or “What Goes Around”—and that’s a compliment. The CD closes with “Everywhere I Go,” which was co-written and produced by Babyface. Why in the world you would leave this song until the very end, I have no idea. Maybe they wanted to leave things on a good note. “Everywhere” is not a fantastic song, but it’s classic Babyface, so it’s definitely worth listening to.

There’s no doubt that the ballads are Katharine’s strong suit, but I think that’s more of a reflection on the songs themselves and not Katharine’s singing. If they wanted to make her an R&B star, fine. But they needed to give her good material to do it with.

Personally, I would’ve liked to have heard a more pop CD from Katharine, combining power ballads and radio-friendly upbeat tunes, but maybe RCA was concerned that Katharine would be compared to Kelly Clarkson.

I have to believe, though, that constant comparisons to Kelly would be better than this.

You can listen for yourself at http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/mcphee__katharine/1398994/album.jhtml?popThis=playIt(). Be sure to let me know what you think.

Katharine McPhee hits stores January 30th…

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