Are you on Team Nellie or Team Bianca?

152341__bianca_lYou know me: Always trying to restore sweet, sweet balance to your crazy, hectic lives. You spend your day working like an underappreciated pack animal, I try to distract you with (literally) 48 versions of ”The Girl From Ipanema” (and yet no sign of Crystal Waters’ lovely rendition? Is it because she changed it to ”boy”?).

Anyway, in this morning’s slice of yin-yang music news, let’s start with the happy (that way, those of you who aren’t ready to die inside before lunch can stop reading at the end of this paragraph). I am pleased to report that Nellie McKay is like a bird — no, I am not confusing her with Nelly Furtado — in that she is flying away from Columbia Records, which shelved her second album in January during a nasty artist-label tiff. McKay now plans to release Pretty Little Head as a double CD, with a 44-page color booklet, on October 31, via SpinART Records. Yay! If you’re not familiar with McKay’s work, then I urge you (yes, urge, like in an Herbal Essences commercial) to click here and here to hear ”Sari” and ”David,” two of the lovely ditties off Get Away From Me, McKay’s 2004 debut disc.

On the slightly more chilling side of the coin, 12-year-old Bianca Ryan (pictured), the winner of Season 1 of America’s Got Talent, has signed with Columbia/SYCO, and on Nov. 14, will inflict her renditions of (OH) ”I Believe I Can Fly” (NO) ”The Rose” (SHE) ”And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” and (DIDN’T) ”You Light Up My Life” onto an innocent and unsuspecting world. To be fair, the child can sang, as they say (click here for one of her AGT performances), but her skills are kind of like unchilled Jello: Unless she’s locked away in a cool, dark place for a decade or so, my guess is the results of her efforts will be unformed and unappetizing. Doesn’t the kid, and the public at large, deserve better?

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  • Sally

    I absolutely hated that girl and don’t understand why ANOTHER SINGER was chosen as the winner vs. someone more unique with a unique talent.

  • Maria

    Team Nellie! “It’s a Pose” is one of my favorite songs of all time. She writes amazingly witty, feminist anthems. I love her!

  • Jenna von oy

    Whoa Nellie, those two McKay songs are really good.

  • tex mex

    You say Season 1 of AGT like they’re going to put it on again. Please, no, make it STOP!!!!

  • David

    Oh No She Didn’t is right, Slezak! People did vote her into the top spot so there must be an audience for thi. But oh how large the difference between being the cute youngen singing for a talent show and being an artist emoting for airwaves and iPods!

  • Liza

    I still can’t beleive she beat the yodler.

  • Big Momma

    Hey cut her some slack Slezak. I for one would prefer listening to this kid any day over the likes of the,”Nasal Divas”,currently occupying the top slots on the Billboard charts.

  • bud

    She needs to take a lot of voice lessons before she sings up a lung.

  • jason

    america’s got talent WILL be back in january, so brace yourself. and bianca did fall into a strange situation. you need to capitalize on her winning right now, but i do think they should develop her for a future CD. it’s kind of unfortunate, she’s got potential, but the album is gonna tank.

  • Alicia

    I like the girl in the picture simply because we have the same chipmunk cheeks.

  • Jenet

    Go Nellie! Good for her to sticking to her guns and refusing to her release her album as nothing but exactly how she wants it to be. If more artists were like her, then maybe record companies would learn to treat their clients with respect.
    Now, if only would more people would realize how cool and original her music is. She deserves to be way more famous than all the crappy pop stars and rappers and wanna’-be punk emo kids that are flooding our airwaves these days.

  • Shannon

    42 pages? Wowza. Looks like someone’s beaten even Fiona Apple’s wordiness. Anyway, the album sounds like a treat. I can’t wait!
    As for Bianca… ::sigh:: We don’t need another helter skelter belter. That harmonica-playing kid was robbed!

  • byzinski

    Put your money where your BIG mouths are.
    I’ll bet any of YOU LOSERS that Bianca Ryan from Philly will have one of the biggest selling CD’S (coming out on Nov. 14th) as compared with all CD’S released at or during that time period. I can’t even pre-order her CD yet as there is too much backlog orders.

  • Jenny

    My vote Team Bianca This girl can sang !

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