>It’s been a hot minute since “American Idol” season 9 finalist Nick Mitchell, a.k.a. Norman Gentle, has been at 2C Studios here in Brooklyn, following his dazzling collaboration with DNA on “Bitchslap!” which, to date, has fostered 60,000+ hits on YouTube. He and Ayhan & Dennis are strategizing their next forward move.
>The Brookfield, Conn., News-Times Post wrote a rousing profile of Norman Gentle and his first single “Bitch Slap!” produced by Ayhan Sahin and Dennis DelGaudio, complete with a huge photo on the front page of the Diversions section from the video shoot. Click to read the whole kit and kaboodle. Nice job!
>Wednesday night’s “American Idol” season 9 finale was one agonizing affair. Is it any surprise ratings plummeted 16%, their lowest since season 1? The Bee Gees, Alanis Morrisette and Janet Jackson were refreshing—if only they weren’t padded by all those no-name amateur finalists. And top two Lee DeWhatever and Crystal Suxsox… Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson they are not.
The reason I tuned in at all was to see our Norman Gentle, the first finalist ever invited to appear on two consecutive finales; he was slated this year during Dane Cook’s god-awful unfunny farewell tribute to Simon Cowell.
As the song began, Norman gamboled onstage with his Cowell cardboard cut-out—only to be short-circuited when that asswipe Ian Benardo stormed the stage and began an abusive tirade. The camera quickly cut to a commercial—eradicating the entire 4-minute song that Gentle had been rehearsing three days for.
What we see in the last second is Gentle tossing aside his companion cardboard cutout to wrestle the microphone from the vigilante dumbass. Norm’s a hero! After the show, Cowell offered Gentle a hug(!), sharing, “I loved your song. Loved the music video.” Sweet! We love the fact that Cowell has heard Gentle’s single “Brit Slap!”/”Bitch Slap!”
Meanwhile, Normy was interviewed by The Los Angeles Times‘ Shirley Halperin for its red carpet video coverage Wednesday night, where he hawked “Bitch Slap!” Well done!
And Thursday morning, Gentle appeared on “Wendy Williams Show,” which showed a clip of the music video, also highlighting it on her web site. Gorgeous…
Career counseling: Topics at hand were upping Norman Gentle’s momentum (he’s in Los Angeles this week for press and “American Idol’s” finale), Ayhan & Dennis’ DNA trajectory, Chuck Taylor’s next moves… and the finest burgers in the nabe.
>Whee-ha! In less than three days, we’ve gotten more than 10,000 hits for Norman Gentle’s video for “Bitch Slap!” What a wild ride. This is making my brain ache and my stomach hurt. I think I might barf from the excitement… good for weight control, at least.
This morning, after two hours of hasty U.S. Census Bureau work, I’m back at my desk, shoveling through a barrage of 30 emails between Team Gentle members, updating Norm’s blog on the hour with the latest, and giggling over the continuing momentum.
This morning, Perez Hilton tweeted his mammoth following of 2 million, which should keep this big, beautiful tidal wave building.Also, over the weekend, “American Idol” season 7 winner David Cook sent a Twitter to his 119,000 followers… third tweet down.
>Wondering why I am continually posting updates on Norman Gentle, cool cats? You see, I’m a huge fan… that is, of my partner Ayhan, who has been working like a mad dog for 10 years to gain traction in the music biz, producing, recording and writing with indefatigable dedication.
He’s released a handful of CDs with the stellar Karine Hannah, as well as Jose Promis, Matt Zarley and Mitch Zorba, while producing full albums for Adam Shenk, his own DNA (with partner Dennis DelGaudio), and collaborating with the likes of Emre Yilmaz, Sertab Erener, Sezen Aksu, Sandra Bernhard, Melba Moore, Tinatin, “American Idols” Anthony Fedorov, Jon Peter Lewis, Vonzell Solomon… on and on. He also launched his own indie label, Young Pals Records International.
Ten years, waiting for the click. For some semblance of a payoff that goes beyond personal satisfaction. Ayhan’s spirit never wanes; he continues to be the most dedicated, disciplined individual I know.
So when a surreal lunch took place last October, arranged by pal Fred Bronson—with Ayhan, Dennis and me, along with “Idols” Kimberley Locke and Diana DeGarmo, Norman (a.k.a Nick Mitchell)… and Neil Sedaka thrown in for good measure—which led to the alliance of Norman Gentle and DNA, it was a match made in melodic heaven.
They’ve all been good for each other: Nick parlayed his comic genius into a burgeoning recording artist; while Ayhan and Dennis had the chance to work with an act whose fan base is established—to extend his acclaim, while hopefully establishing theirs.
With the addition of Ghia, who entered as a lyricist and energized into an all-round brain trust, Team Gentle fell into place—with one element missing: a crackerjack writer who could put all progress into words via press releases and a persistently updated webbie for Norm. Well, I’ll be, that’d be me.
So this is truly a labor of love. And it’s a blast to have Ayhan at last tickling at the success he’s tirelessly worked toward. The road is still long, there are of course no guarantees, but the attention Nick-o’s first single “Brit Slap!”/”Bitch Slap” has achieved already is mighty and gratifying… and the story is building day by day: Having his phenomenally produced, good-time music video for “Brit Slap!” launch on Yahoo! Music Friday was another high.
Yes, high times. It’s about time. Congratulations, Myhan.