Thursday, January 10, 2008

'Idol' buzz: Phil Stacey's first single and more

Phil Stacey's Rascally single

Season 6 finalist Phil Stacey's first single, "If You Didn't Love Me," was sent to country radio stations last Tuesday, and has been posted by his fans on YouTube, below.

According to's Popwatch blog, the track was co-written by Rascal Flatts' lead singer Gary LeVox and produced by Wayne Kirkpatrick, who writes songs for Little Big Town, among others. Stacey's first album, the site says, is scheduled to drop in April. Also due to release an album (on Brash Records) the same month is Stacey's fellow finalist Chris Sligh.

JPL WORKING ON SECOND ALBUM. Jon Peter Lewis is also in the recording studio. reports that the Season 3 finalist will release his second album this spring. JPL, as he was known on 'Idol,' is writing or co-writing several tracks on the as-yet-untitled CD, a follow-up to 'Stories From Hollywood,' a limited independent release.

SIERRA'S WOES GO ON. Meanwhile, the saga of fallen idol Jessica Sierra continues. The Season 4 semifinalist spent New Year's Eve in the hospital after a "serious pregnancy scare," according to The incarcerated Florida resident was rushed to Brandon Regional Hospital suffering from what the Web site describes as "severe bleeding." She and the baby, whose father Sierra has not identified, are reportedly doing fine.

Last Monday, Sierra pleaded no contest to charges of disorderly intoxication and obstruction of an officer and was sentenced to spend the next year in drug rehabilitation. According to Tampa Bay TV station WTSP-TV, she will fly to Los Angeles and undergo rehab at The Pasadena Recovery Center under the supervision of Dr. Drew Pinsky. It's the same facility where Sierra taped the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew," which premiered on Thursday.

The judge has reportedly forbidden Sierra from doing interviews to promote the show. If she does not comply with the conditions of her sentence, she will be remanded to jail to serve a one-year term.

-- Ronnie Gill

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