Pop acts on television this week include Vanessa Hudgens of ‘High School Musical 2’, who visits ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ – taped before her naked picture scandal – on Monday; Mandy Moore, who performs and promotes her guest spot on next week’s ‘How I Met Your Mother’ premiere on ‘The View’ on Monday and ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Tuesday; KT Tunstall, who performs on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Monday, ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Tuesday, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Thursday and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Friday; James Morrison, who performs on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Monday; Barry Manilow, who performs on ‘Today’ on Monday, ‘The View’ on Tuesday and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday; James Blunt, who performs on ‘Today’, ‘Total Request Live’ and ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Tuesday; Paolo Nutini, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Tuesday and ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Wednesday; Justin Timberlake, who visits ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on Wednesday; Kelly Clarkson, who visits ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on Wednesday; Gloria Estefan, who performs on ‘The View’ on Wednesday; Ben Lee, who performs on ‘The Late Late Show’ on Thursday; Ben Harper, who performs on ‘Late Night’ on Friday; and Ingrid Michaelson, who performs on ‘Last Call’ on Friday.
Pop acts on television this week include Aly & AJ, who co-host ‘Total Request Live’ all week; Feist, who performs on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Monday; Colbie Caillat, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Monday; Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, who perform on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Tuesday; Mandy Moore, who visits ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Wednesday; Mat Kearney, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Wednesday; and Elliott Yamin, who visits ‘The Sauce’ on Thursday.
Though John Mayer and Mandy Moore were spotted together having lunch in New York City recently, Mandy insisted to ‘Extra’ that there’s nothing going on between the two. “Oh my goodness. John and I have been friends for years, no romance,” Moore said at the Hollywood premiere of her new movie ‘Dedication’.
John Mayer And Cameron Diaz Go On A Date
August 16, 2007 – UsMagazine.com hears from a source that John Mayer and Cameron Diaz were spotted out in New York City on Tuesday night (August 14). “They went out to several places…It was the two of them, getting to know each other, out on the town,” claims the tipster. Mayer’s rep told Us, “We do not comment on our client’s personal lives.” A rep for Diaz likewise had no comment.
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John Mayer Records New Song With Alicia Keys
July 19, 2007 – John Mayer talked about working with Alicia Keys on her upcoming album on his official web site’s blog on Thursday (July 19). “Alicia and I finally found the time to finish writing a track for her upcoming album,” he writes. “I have never had a better time collaborating in the studio. The song’s called ‘Lesson Learned’ and I can’t wait for the world to hear it. This is probably about as obvious as telling you the sky is blue, but Alicia is the most authentic artist of our generation… She’s strong where she needs to be… Not just strong as a woman (there are many strong women out there) but strong as an artist (there are few, regardless of gender). She has the vision DOWN and doesn’t waste time getting there. I collect stickers… I think the record ‘drops’ in October. Called ‘As I Am’. Insert witty closing line about her being just fine that way.”
John Mayer Shows Up To Cutting Room’s Open Jam Night
July 16, 2007 – The New York Daily News reports that tast Monday, a receptionist at the Cutting Room received a call from a man who didn’t give his name, but asked if there was room for him to perform at the club’s open-jam night. “Sure, come on by,” she said. Five minutes later, John Mayer and his guitar turned up, alone. Mayer performed a full set of blues, including Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’.
Mandy Moore and her band covered Rihanna’s smash hit ‘Umbrella’ for Pepsi Smash Exclusive Cover Art.
“This is one of my favorite songs I guess of the moment,” the singer and actress said introducing the performance. “I’m not a big top 40 sort of listener and I don’t tend to listen to this type of music, but you just can’t deny how melodic this song is.”
Watch the performance below.
‘I Am Mandy Moore’ Airing Tonight
August 14, 2007 – Mandy spoke with The New York Daily News about her one-hour special ‘I Am Mandy Moore’, airing tonight at 10:30 on Oxygen, which is part documentary and part concert. The special follows Moore as she promotes her latest album, ‘Wild Hope’, while balancing her film career. “I think I was welcoming of the prospect [of doing the show] because I feel like I’m a pretty personable person and I love meeting people and I love getting the opportunity to be myself,” Moore said. “As much as you try to infuse that in your music and movies, people don’t necessarily have the ideal picture or maybe the most accurate picture of who you are.” Read more.
James Denton Talks With Star 98.7’s Mandy Moore
July 14, 2007 – ‘Desperate Housewives’ star James Denton was interviewed by Mandy, who was filling in for Valentine & Lisa Foxx of Star 98.7 FM in Los Angeles on Friday (July 13). James talked about his celebrity cover band Band From TV, which features Hugh Laurie of ‘House’ and Greg Grunberg from ‘Heroes’. The interview audio at akamai.net has since been removed.
Mandy Moore has plenty to feel good about, having co-written every song on her heartfelt folky comeback disc ‘Wild Hope’. She spoke with ‘Access Hollywood’ about the project and pressures in Hollywood to be thin.
“Co-writing every song on the record obviously I feel a personal investment that I’ve never felt before,” Mandy said about her latest project. “It makes it all the more exciting. It makes it all the more nerve wracking. Performing live and actually singing my own words is off the charts to me. I’ve never felt that way as a performer on stage, and it being my favorite thing to do. My favorite part of the job. It’s just unbelievable now to be more excited to be going on stage and performing live. There also feels like there’s a little bit more at risk. That’s a new feeling for me as well. I can’t really detach myself from the music because I do have this personal investment in it now.”
As for those who may not like Mandy’s turn from pop to the singer songwriter genre, she said, “I just think that bad reviews or people not responding to the music hurts my feelings a little bit more this go around, because they are my words. They are my sentiments.”
Talking about her bubblegum pop past, which she has candidly disavowed, Moore said, “I’ve been pretty vocal about not being the most proud of some of my previous musical efforts, but I was 15, so I sort of chalk it up to being young and not having a lot of creative control. At the same time, I acknowledge it was a great platform to start and it’s the reason I’m around today. I’m just happy I’m sort of allowed the opportunity to evolve and to be a part of the writing process now and to really put my stamp of approval on everything that I’m doing musically.”
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Mandy Moore was on the phone with Jeff Stevens of the the Mix Morning Show on Mix 107.7 FM in Dayton, Ohio on June 14th. Mandy talked about how her foot has healed up, not getting enough sleep, the new album ‘Wild Hope’, the new movie ‘License To Wed’, and her gig for the station on July 24th – which she recorded a plug for.
The interview audio at akamai.net has since been removed.
‘The Early Show’ co-host Hannah Storm spoke to actress-singer Mandy Moore about working with Robin Williams in her new film, ‘License to Wed’, and her new album, ‘Wild Hope’.
On taking control of her career, Mandy said, “I feel like I’ve really come into my own, especially the last year or so. I signed a record deal with I was 14 so in a way I’ve always felt like I was in an adult world and had the responsibilities that many people my age don’t have, but just recently I felt that I have to be behind everything I do 150%.”
As for how she’s kept out of trouble, unlike some of her female peers, Mandy said, “I think that I genuinely feel so lucky to get to do what I do, that there’s part of me that would never do anything to jeopardize this opportunity. It’s not my cup of tea anyway at the end of the day. I work really hard at what I do and I’m tired at the end of the day.”
Asked what it was like working with Robin Williams, Mandy said, “Exactly what you would expect it to be. I mean he’s just incredible and such a gem of a person, but he has a lot of energy. You can’t go toe to toe with him. He’s a comedic genius. So I knew in the movie I was the straight man. I’m the girl and just sort of sit back. I had a free stand-up show on the set every day. It was perfect.”
When questioned what she set to do on her new album, Mandy said, “I set out to make a pop record that I could listen to. I’ve been pretty vocal about not liking some of my past efforts musically, but I got to co-write with a bunch of incredible indie artists like The Weepies, Rachael Yamagata, people that I really love and respect and I think it added this sort of folk, alt-country, pop element that I’m really proud of.”
Watch the segment below.
Pop acts on television this week include ‘American Idol’ season one champ Kelly Clarkson, who performs on ‘The Sauce’ and ‘CMT Crossroads: Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire’ on Monday; Morrissey, who performs on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Monday; Mandy Moore, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Tuesday and ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Wednesday, and promotes her new film ‘License To Wed’ on ‘The Early Show’ on Tuesday; Paula Abdul, who promotes her reality show ‘Hey Paula’ on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Tuesday; Jon McLaughlin, who performs on ‘Today’ on Wednesday; Paris Hilton, who makes her first post-jail appearance on ‘Larry King Live’ on Wednesday; and Hilary Duff, who performs on ‘Today’ on Friday.
Mandy Moore talked with ‘Access Hollywood’ about her new movie ‘License to Wed’. The singer/actress discussed why she chose the role, trying to keep a straight face working with Robin Williams, working with robotic babies, and she sold the movie in 20 seconds.
“I’m the quintessential girl who loves romantic comedies,” Mandy said about accepting the role. “I loved that this film I think had a little bit more of the guy’s perspective than most, and knowing obviously Robin (Williams) and John (Krasinski)’s involvement I thought that guys would probably be more inclined to go see a film like this. A romantic comedy like this. I was excited about that prospect, but I’m a huge fan of Robin and John’s and I’m a huge ‘Office’ fan. The opportunity to work with both of them, I was like, ahh, yeah, that sound like a good way to spend my summer.”
On holding toe-to-toe with Robin, Mandy said, “Really? To be quite honest, the onus was not on me to do anything comedic in the movie. I got to be like the straight man in the background and sort of the one that propelled the script forward when Robin would improv and deviate from what we were supposed to be doing. It’s challenging to work with him just in the sense that you can’t keep a straight face. It’s difficult, but it definitely keeps you on your toes, that’s for sure.”
On whether the movie’s boot camp might give audiences second thoughts about getting married, Mandy responded, “I don’t know. I think it’s a story that has a lot of heart, but obviously if you’re getting ready to walk down the aisle or maybe if you already are married it’s a great sort of check-in. I don’t think it’s gonna deter people from getting married.” Moore added that the film “really breaks down everything that you should be communicating about in a relationship. Unfortunately it’s not anything that I’ve taken away from me. If anything, it’s made me realize that I can wait a little bit longer to walk down the aisle and I can get married later in life.”
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