First, West Virginian Landau Eugene Murphy won ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Then he came home to West Virginia to perform. We wondered what his fans were saying on social media. From his stay at a local hotel to his sellout Saturday evening show at the Clay Center to upcoming appearances, it seems people are thrilled.
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It’s a big week in West Virginia pop culture, which is a phrase you don’t really write that often.
First, the debut album by America’s Got Talent winner Landau Murphy drops. I can’t figure out a way to put an image here, but there was a really smooth looking advertisement for the album in today’s Charleston newspapers.
The album, “That’s Life,” was on sale for $8 today at Amazon. My page suggested I buy it with recordings by Susan Boyle and Andrea Bocelli for an even greater bargain, although I think I will decline.
Amazon on Monday morning was ranking the Logan County native’s record No. 1 among jazz recordings, No. 6 in rock and No. 15 in pop. I call that pretty good.
Did any of you in readerland order or download Landau yet? I’m genuinely curious.
Meanwhile, “Super 8,” which was filmed largely in Weirton, is coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday.
Weirton residents were getting a sneak peak Monday evening at the intriguingly-named n Krazy Bout Sportz, courtesy of Paramount Pictures. The DVD (and the sneak preview) include a bonus featurette called “Rediscovering Steel Town.”
In case you didn’t catch it in the theater, Super 8 is the tale of some small-town kids on the trail of a mysterious creature. To West Virginia viewers, the important aspect to note is that Weirton looks really industrial and cool and probably even more so on BluRay.
My dream is for Super 8 Part 2 to include a cameo by Landau Murphy. He can be a guy who works in the local car detail shop.
I’m a bit late to the party on this news but I figure you guys might be, too.
“America’s Got Talent” — the NBC talent show recently popular in the Mountain State thanks to Logan native and AGT winner Landau Murphy — is going to see some big changes in its seventh season.
Piers Morgan, the show’s token no-nonsense judge, announced last Wednesday he would not return to the show. He wants to focus more attention on his CNN show “Piers Morgan Tonight” and the upcoming presidential election.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the Peacock is in “serious talks” with HOWARD STERN to replace Morgan. From that story:
Under the deal being discussed, Mr. Stern would earn about $15 million a year to join Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne on the judge’s table. “America’s Got Talent” is among the most popular shows on television during the summer, when it typically airs, drawing as many as 14 million viewers.
Judges on reality shows typically make salaries closer to $2 million to $5 million a season, a fraction of the roughly $15 million Mr. Stern and NBC are discussing, according to industry executives. But major celebrities who serve as judges often make much more, closer to the $15 million.
This is truly disappointing. “Talent” is probably the best talent competition on television and is known for giving its contestants a lot of artistic control. Landau Murphy told a pool of reporters that’s the reason he chose “Talent” over singing shows like “American Idol” — he knew NBC would let him maintain control of his image and his music.
I doubt any of that will change if Stern takes Morgan’s seat. But I do think that many viewers will be turned off by Stern’s lewd, crude and generally disgusting shtick.
Up until now, viewers could count on “Talent” for family-friendly entertainment. I’m certain that will change with the filthy-mouthed, greasy-haired Stern at the table.
You can take a jock out of shock but you can’t take the shock out of a jock. Or something like that.