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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | January 14, 2008
Get ready! American Idol superstar Clay Aiken joins the Tony award-winning musical Monty Python's Spamalot, causing a line at the doors of the Shubert Theatre on West 44th Street beginning Friday. And he'll stick with this hilarious show through May 4. Director Mike Nichols: "Clay is amazing, beyond that glorious voice. Turns out he is an excellent comic actor and a master of character. People are going to be surprised by his wide-ranging talent, since the first impression is of great country charm and a singer to remember.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | January 14, 2008
Get ready! American Idol superstar Clay Aiken joins the Tony award-winning musical Monty Python's Spamalot, causing a line at the doors of the Shubert Theatre on West 44th Street beginning Friday. And he'll stick with this hilarious show through May 4. Director Mike Nichols: "Clay is amazing, beyond that glorious voice. Turns out he is an excellent comic actor and a master of character. People are going to be surprised by his wide-ranging talent, since the first impression is of great country charm and a singer to remember.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | July 22, 2004
He doesn't get it. Clay Aiken never dreamed of becoming a pop star -- never mind a sex symbol. And he is an unlikely one: skinny and gawky with jug-handle ears. "Hello! Have you seen me?" says Aiken, who's calling from a tour stop in Kentucky. He plays 1st Mariner Arena tomorrow night. "The attention is flattering. Some [fans] are, like, mothers and grandmothers, but the fan base spans different age groups. I don't understand being ga-ga over anyone, especially me." Last season, he came in second behind Ruben Studdard on American Idol.
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By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter | November 29, 2007
Clay Aiken knows he isn't cool. He doesn't seem to mind. He's been fighting to stay that way after being launched into the ranks of superstardom as the runner-up on 2003's American Idol. The show's quintessential nice guy never wanted to sound like he's in his 60s or like he's trying too hard to be cutting-edge. "If I tried to be cool," Aiken says, "it would be like your parents using slang and sounding weird." He's fought with managers over his image and argued over song choices, saying that many of the songs that were proposed to him were great, but they were better suited for Justin Timberlake or Maroon 5. Aside from an occasional change in hairstyle and wardrobe, Aiken says he hasn't tried to reinvent himself or his music to compete with pop music's edgier leading men. And he admits that it would be odd for people to bump and grind to one of his songs.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN STAFF | December 2, 2004
Mos Def / 9:30 Club Talented rapper-actor Mos Def, whose latest album is the experimental New Danger, will raise the roof at the 9:30 Club, 815 V. St. N.W. in Washington, Wednesday night at 7:30. For more information, visit www.930.com. HFSMas Nutcracker / Patriot Center Blazing with performances by Jimmy Eat World, Good Charlotte, Breaking Benjamin and others, the HFSmas Nutcracker stops at the Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive in Fairfax, Va., Saturday evening at 5. Tickets are $48-$58 and are available through Ticketmaster.
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By LORI SEARS | November 30, 2006
Clay Aiken You can admit it: You're a Claymate, a Clay fanatic, a Clay addict. You love Clay Aiken, his voice, his personality, his various 'do's, everything about the 28-year-old American Idol runner-up. And nope, there's no place you'd rather be Wednesday than the Lyric Opera House, where the singing sensation brings his holiday songs for a festive Christmas show. Aiken will perform tunes from his Christmas album, Merry Christmas With Love, as well as other holiday favorites. The show begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $50 and $65. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.
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By Nielsen Media Research, Exhibitor Relations Co. and Billboard magazine | October 5, 2006
TELEVISION 1.CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS 2.Grey's Anatomy, ABC 3.Desperate Housewives, ABC 4.Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday), ABC 5.CSI: Miami, CBS FILMS 1.Open Season, Sony 2.The Guardian, Touchstone 3.Jackass Number Two, Paramount 4.School for Scoundrels, Dimension 5.Jet Li's Fearless, Focus SINGLES 1.SexyBack, Justin Timberlake 2.Money Maker, Ludacris featuring Pharrell 3.How to Save a Life, The Fray 4.London Bridge, Fergie ...
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December 8, 2005
Floetry, Vivian Green and Lyfe -- Lyric Opera House / The neo-soul artists headline the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $35-$65 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-SEAT or visiting ticketmaster .com Clay Aiken -- Lyric Opera House / American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken brings his Christmas show to the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., at 7:30 Wednesday night. Tickets are $45-$65 and are available through Ticketmaster.
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By Ben Wener and Ben Wener,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 19, 2004
Few musical things are more heartwarming and disposable than a great Christmas album. Think about it: Apart from whack-jobs who get the holiday bug around Halloween, the soonest most people buy a Christmas album is the day after Thanksgiving. And (though some Clay Aiken fans may insist they will play his new one year-round) most people pack away their faves after New Year's Day. That's roughly a month to enjoy your $10-$20 purchase - which typically is more than enough If you overdo it before Christmas Eve, you'll be tearing your hair out to "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2004
Spooky. The Clay Aiken pre-concert at Burke's Cafe was straight from the backstage scene at any old Led Zeppelin concert. You remember - or not: Idolatrous teens hungry for a line of Krispy Kreme doughnuts; one "Clay Mate" reprimanded by another for drinking a Coors Light ("Clay would not approve," said the voice); and messages computer generated onto tucked-in T-shirts: "Bartender, I'd Like a Clay on the Rocks." "I have Mom's Permission to Kiss you!" "Lonely? Call 1-800 Me! Me! Me! Me!"
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October 25, 2007
Just announced They Might Be Giants -- 9:30 Club in Washington on Nov. 23. Also, Elliot Yamin is there Nov. 26. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com. R. Kelly -- 1st Mariner Arena on Nov. 24. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Anamide -- Rams Head Live on Dec. 14. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com. The Mahoney Brothers -- Recher Theatre in Towson on Dec. 13. 410-337-7210 or 410-547-7328. Clay Aiken -- Warner Theatre in Washington on Dec. 2. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Still available Comedian Bill Maher -- Lyric Opera House on Nov. 11. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.
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By LORI SEARS | November 30, 2006
Clay Aiken You can admit it: You're a Claymate, a Clay fanatic, a Clay addict. You love Clay Aiken, his voice, his personality, his various 'do's, everything about the 28-year-old American Idol runner-up. And nope, there's no place you'd rather be Wednesday than the Lyric Opera House, where the singing sensation brings his holiday songs for a festive Christmas show. Aiken will perform tunes from his Christmas album, Merry Christmas With Love, as well as other holiday favorites. The show begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $50 and $65. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.
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By Nielsen Media Research, Exhibitor Relations Co. and Billboard magazine | October 5, 2006
TELEVISION 1.CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS 2.Grey's Anatomy, ABC 3.Desperate Housewives, ABC 4.Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday), ABC 5.CSI: Miami, CBS FILMS 1.Open Season, Sony 2.The Guardian, Touchstone 3.Jackass Number Two, Paramount 4.School for Scoundrels, Dimension 5.Jet Li's Fearless, Focus SINGLES 1.SexyBack, Justin Timberlake 2.Money Maker, Ludacris featuring Pharrell 3.How to Save a Life, The Fray 4.London Bridge, Fergie ...
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By Ruth Ryon and Ruth Ryon,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 13, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Clay Aiken is looking more mature these days since dying his strawberry-blond locks brown and getting a short haircut, but he apparently isn't quite ready to settle down - at least not in the San Fernando Valley home he bought for $2.3 million last fall. The 26-year-old singer, who gained fame in 2003 as a runner-up on the TV show American Idol, is already selling the house. He listed it in March for $2.5 million and expects to close escrow next month. The Mediterranean-style home was newly built when the pop singer bought it. On more than an acre in a private, rural area of the valley, it has plenty of room for Aiken and a number of his friends and family.
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