Idolator’s Maura Johnston on NPR
This weekend, Idolator editor Maura Johnston did a great interview on NPR about this month’s upcoming Idol releases–Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood (Susan Boyle was also thrown in there).
Maura Johnston is a MUSIC JOURNALIST who also happens to cover Idol. I always respect her opinion. She’s one of the most knowledgeable music writers out there, so frankly, I really don’t see why she’s getting hate from, sigh…some Kris Allen fans.
Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t consider all Adam Lambert fans to be crazy–I just believe there are a core group of overzealous ones who uh, give the fandom a bad name. Given that I’ve been called a Kristard on several occasions just for giving Kris Allen rightful props, I know how this works. And while I know there are a fair amount of Kris Allen fans who are regular Top Idol readers, it does not mean I won’t call out shitty behavior of Kris Allen fans when I see it.
Nothing Maura said in her interview was incorrect–have you listened to a Top 40 station lately? Essentially, Maura says Kris Allen’s music is more geared to a “coffeehouse” and Lambert’s is more Top 40. Big deal.
This doesn’t make her a GLAMBERT. So why are people claiming she has a Glambert #? Even MJ tells her commenters this is nonsense. (I mean, can we just consider the absurdity of all of this? Just the fact fans give themselves NUMBERS is beyond my comprehension.)
Maura does NOT have a glambert #. Trust me on this.
Also, I didn’t find her remarks about Kris dismissive at all. She didn’t say Kris “should” be playing in a coffee house, but that he is a “coffeehouse” type artist. Also, what she said about clean-pop not getting played on Top 40 these days is just the truth.
There are lots of artists who place this type of music who are VERY successful–Ray LaMontagne is one of my favorites, and his last release spent about a week or two at the top of iTunes album download charts. Citizen Cope, Jason Mraz, and even the world’s biggest douchebag John Mayer, are VERY successful playing this “coffeehouse music”. And these types of artists are often more appealing to us music snobs than the “poppy” ones.
No, Maura does not have a Glambert #. And for chrissake, she did not say anything dismissive of Kris Allen. It actually bothers me to see this sort of over-the-top behavior. Maura doesn’t have to cover American Idol for Idolator, she does it because she likes the show. She’s a music journalist. And frankly, she knows more about music than you do so just shut the frak up.
And once again, just as I know not all Adam Lambert fans are batshit crazy, I know this mentality does not also apply to all Kris Allen fans. But come on, people, it’s not necessary to interpret everything a journalist or blogger says as not only negative–because they might not say so-and-so shits Ferrero Rocher–but as meaning they’re in the perceived rival’s camp and out to get the other guy. People can like Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. It’s not one or the other, and as I’ve said since the finale, neither Allen nor Lambert would have cared if the outcome were different. You will find most of us who spend a considerable of time blogging about this shit show actually DO like Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta (sorry, Gokey!), as well as a few other contestants. Of course with anything and anyone, there will also always be a few we can’t stand, either. (Again, sorry Gokey!)
The show’s over. A new season is starting. Get a grip.