Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey are “friends”; Adam’s new old album; Stage Dad: the Jeff Archuleta Story spoof

Random news that spewed forth from the American Idol machine over the past few days:

  • Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey each used Twitter yesterday to insist they get along. Danny wrote, “there has never been any drama” and “We have always fully respected each other. Relax!!,” while Adam wrote that they “have not ever and do not have any drama. We are friends. Chill out w all the gossip kiddies!”
  • An admittedly opportunistic record label is releasing an album featuring old tracks by Adam Lambert called “On with the Show,” and is streaming its first single. Hi Fi Recordings CEO John Hecker called it “a business opportunity” and said “we’re really helping Adam,” but Adam Lambert said in a statement, “Back in 2005 when I was a struggling artist, I was hired as a studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else. … I’m thrilled to be working with some of today’s hottest songwriters and producers and can’t wait for people to hear what my music really sounds like.” But even Ryan Seacrest thought the old album was actually new. [AP and Billboard]
  • The top 10 are prepping for their tour, which starts early next month. Some posted photos via Twitter when they gathered for a run-through. [AP and MJ's Big Blog]
  • The American Idol 8 finalists’ album will feature Adam Lambert’s “Mad World” and Kris Allen’s “She Works Hard for the Money,” and it begins and ends with each of their versions of “No Boundaries.” [Entertainment Weekly]
  • The guy who kept his fingernail clippings in a bag and made it to the top 50 last season before being cut, Brandon Green, is now in the top 20 on CMT’s Can You Duet 2. [MJ's Big Blog]
  • The Jimmy Kimmel Show aired an awesome trailer for a fake Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starring Scott Baio as prostitute-soliciting stage dad Jeff Archuleta. The title and tag line said it all: “Stage Dad: the Jeff Archuleta Story. Because some happy endings don’t have a happy ending.” Watch it below. [YouTube]

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