Adam Lambert - "Better Than I Know Myself" - Available Everywhere!

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Adam Lambert’s NEW single, “Better Than I Know Myself” is available for download today! The new tune, being spun already on radio stations across the country, has a radio adds date of January 23 for Hot Adult Contemporary and January 30 for Pop.

Adam’s album, Trespassing, is set to be released on March 20.

In the meantime, download “Better Than I Know Myself” here:

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  • alterego7

    I am disappointed that RCA and Adam chose this as the lead single. It is just - ordinary.  Nothing memorable. I can’t see it having wide appeal.

  • Anonymous

    YAY!!!!!!! THANK YOU MJ for the LINK!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE ALBUM!!!

    The song really goes along nicely with my Top40 playlist sandwiched between Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain” and “Teenage Dream”!
    I LOVE THAT IT’S SO POPPY!

  • Anonymous

    I am flummoxed by the release date, but I know that Adam + team know waaaaay more about the music business than I do. Love love LOVE this song. *skips off to buy it*

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    I don’t really like the lyrics/melody, the production is very sharp and current though so I could see it doing well on radio.

  • Anonymous

    Downloaded! Thanks for the link, MJ.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks MJ for the link, your the greatest. BTIKM sounds even better and I absolutely love it.

  • Anonymous

    I love it - I bought it - I’m thrilled with it!

  • Anonymous

    So is the adds date December 30 or Jan 30?  I read earlier (as reported by girlygirl on headlines thread) Jan 30.

  • Anonymous

    OMG. My iTunes version sounds so much better than anything I’ve heard online.  Backing track is where it should be…. in the background.  It’s really good. Very radio-friendly and poppy with a great hook. 

  • Anonymous

    Just downloaded it, yay!  Will let the kids listen and let them rate it. 

  • BeachBum

    Awful song… or perhaps it’s the crappy “current” sound! I’ll wait for the acoustic version!!

  • Anonymous

    It was released now for the potential Christmas sales. 

    ETA: I now realize you were probably talking about the radio add date. Sorry /o

  • Anonymous

    MJ, I’m so confused about the dates. Add date 1/30 or 12/30? So many stations are already playing it that it seems kind of crazy that radio promo isn’t for a 5 weeks.

  • mmb

    The adds dates are 1/23 for hac and 1/30 for chr.

  • Anonymous

    AllAccess says it’ll be added to CHR on Jan 30, but HAC on Jan 23. I assume they’ll have set up radio and television promo opportunities before the official add dates since radio can/is playing it already. 

  • Anonymous

    Still love it. It’s got me extremely excited to hear the rest while tiding me over with a cool pop tune showcasing amazing vocals, so job well done I say.

  • Anonymous

    Woot! This sounds even better than the streaming version! His voice is sublime. No wonder all the glowing reviews! If this doesn’t do well I will be stunned. I never would have thought Adam could elevate this song so much from the demo. And he executive produced this beauty, so proud of him!

  • Anonymous

    Got it! Sound quality is amazing! 

  • Anonymous

    It’s great some radio stations are playing it already. If they are playing it, that means the PD’s are liking it and willing to play it without a big push from the label. That’s a good thing and that means it getting a better jumpoff than WWFM.

  • Anonymous

    Your totally right, his voice is pure, crystal clear and amazing. He deserves the glowing reviews for this song and I don’t doubt for a second, that this song will do really well.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely better quality than the live stream. Very crisp vocals, which I am glad of. The quality of the stream made it sound a lot more processed than the actual product.

  • Anonymous

    Nice, he got a banner on the Pop iTunes page for the release. 

    http://a.yfrog.com/img740/3204/y5a.png

  • Anonymous

    I love that the song has been getting such great reviews. That doesn’t guarantee anything, but the overall reaction to it seems really positive so far. 

    Apparently Adele’s singles hit HAC first and then pop a week later, so I wonder if they’re going for something like that–building radio play a bit (just a bit, since it’s almost simultaneous) and then tackling the format they want the most. :)

  • Anonymous

    Just bought mine and loving it!!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, despite the official add dates being over a month away, the song is getting airplay now.  That makes me think it’s very PD friendly and a song they’re ready to put into regular rotation after the holidays. 

  • Anonymous

    Adam has an ITunes banner on pop! I just bought it and it sounds amazing!

  • Anonymous

    I hope so.  It does seem like a good sign that people are into it already (both pop and hac stations, so it could have broad appeal)

  • ronnie

    This song is so dull, and the beginning sounds like a funeral dirge.  Good luck to him, though.

  • TXsunshine001

    Beautiful song & nice banner on I tunes

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYRRCZL5KSSZAHDXW26V5DXFYM indigo

    Love this song, his voice is so crystal clear and full emotion, gives me goosebumps.

  • Anonymous

    Yay, he has an iTunes banner! Damn I love that his vocals are so loud and clear! I think my favorite part of the instrumentation is the synth treatment at the beginning and end, it just gives the song drama and makes it stand out. Great Pop tune!

  • HotHotHot

    Bought it! Love it! 

  • Anonymous

    Bought it! I don’t love the song, but it is starting to grow on me…

  • Anonymous

    Liked this song immediately and every time I listen to it I like it even more.  Never liked WWFM, always skipped it on the album. 

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    I love this song soooo much! I think of my husband every time I hear it… I think it helps if you have love in your life or have had love in your life when you listen to this song. It really is a wonderful emotive song. Thanks Adam!

  • YeahRight

    This song is so dull, and the beginning sounds like a funeral dirge.

    I’ve always said it sounded like a funeral dirge.  Don’t know how popular funeral dirges are on the radio, but whatever.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    OMG, it sounds soooooo good! Not one single preview did it justice. The prodcution on the real thing is amazing, voice front and center!! I find this song so damn sexy!!

  • CindyM

    Bought it, love it! Love all the great reviews, besides all the previous great reviews of the song today we got the very positive MTV review and NYMag Vulture loved it. All the blogs that actually report and listen to POP have been so positive about the song, it gives me great hope! The play by the radio stations today (both POP and HAC) was fun to hear too!

  • Anonymous

    the song in itunes sounds really crisp! no distortion at all! Adam’s voice is crystal clear! I REALLY REALLY LOVE the VOICE LAYERING!! That Electronic Church Organ Synth sounds in the background of the piano melody is f*kin amazing! and then after the bridge his harmonization is really impressive!

    seriously. his f*ckin voice on this is MASSIVE!! I can’t get enought of it! #WASHRINSEREPEAT

  • askance

    Bought BTIKM this morning. It looks good as #3 just behind Adele’s Someone Like You on my country’s itunes :D

  • Anonymous

    Wow listening to the dl…soooo much cleaner that the stream!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    off to a good start — already at #232 on iTunes overall chart

  • Anonymous

    Its been growing on me all week I thought is was ok at first but I am really starting to love it. I hope that radio listeners have the same effect

  • Dakota01

    Just downloaded BTIKM.  It sounds awesome!  Nice banner too!  I am feeling very optimistic about this song’s success. 

  • Miss Chaos

    I bought it,, I love the beginning and how the end fades off, kinda like CLYG does, I love Adams accompaning himself, hehe, the piano in the middle, just cool, there are a lot of different things going on with this song.  Makes it interesting.  A great couples song.  His voice is much clearer on  itunes. Finally someone with a great voice other than the girls singing a pop song, makes me happy,  now for a rock type song for the next one please.  

    This should be big, and Adam deserves it.

  • Anonymous

    Bought it.  Love it.  Love all the great reviews.  Radio is playing it already.  It feels like a great start for Adam’s sophomore album.  I’m happy!!

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    This song sounds more and more amazing. Adam sings it beautifully. I think it will do very well on radio. I love seeing non fans spreading the word to their followers to check out Adam’s song. Positive reviews all around and WOW at all his fanboys coming out from under their rock.

  • Anonymous

    I thought it sounded more like a video game theme. Maybe that’s why I like it so much, I do quite enjoy video games. 

  • YeahRight

    Bought it, love it! Love all the great reviews, besides all the previous
    great reviews of the song today we got the very positive MTV review and
    NYMag Vulture loved it. All the blogs that actually report and listen
    to POP have been so positive about the song, it gives me great hope!
    The play by the radio stations today (both POP and HAC) was fun to hear
    too! 

    How do you people know this stuff?  How do you know it’s being played on the radio?  How do you know about these “great” reviews?

  • Anonymous

    #178 overall, # 50 Pop.
    Not bad for 1 hour and 22 minutes.
    Adam has the bestest fans EVAH… :o))

  • Anonymous

    several reviews have been tweeted and/or posted on the headlines threads here. And 3 radio stations that I know of tweeted about spinning the single today — one in DC, one in Tampa and one in Cincinnati. I would bet that other stations spun it today as well

  • CindyM

    How do you people know this stuff? How do you know it’s being played on the radio? How do you know about these “great” reviews?

    Uh,,,I know how to use the internet.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, have you heard of the Internet?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYRRCZL5KSSZAHDXW26V5DXFYM indigo

    LOL,Internet is a magical place that keeps you in the loop with news of your favorite and not so favorite. After all here we are, again discussing Adam Lambert news practically everyday.

  • ryuryu10

    #154 US iTunes
    #143 Canada iTunes
    #120 Australia iTunes
    #33 New Zealand iTunes
    #1 Finland iTunes

    HaHa.. Finland loves Adam so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    How? Internet.

    btw it should please you to hear that I doubt the song will do well this week. Regular listeners don’t know it exists, as there’s been no promotion or time for radio spins to make an impact. Fans could take it up to top 10, but it shouldn’t remain competitive for more than 48 hours.

    It’ll do better in mid-late January, after people have had a chance to hear it.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Adam has fans all over the world and are very organized. They are also amazing in networking and communicating among all the fans from different countries.

    Here is just one day’s worth of reviews from different countries.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=9010936&l=63d51ebebb&id=252558399090 

  • ryuryu10

    #119 US iTunes

  • Susan

    The end of the chorus where Adam is singing the title… it reminds me of something, and 3 days later I still can’t figure it it.  Damn it. ;)

    It seems like an odd tempo for a radio hit but I like the song… don’t loooove it.  I am iTunes-phobe, so I’ll get it when the album comes out.

  • http://twitter.com/Chica63 Kelly

    Just like you find out about anything else… google and twitter. TONS of radio stations across US, Canada, Oz, Finland, etc were tweeting that they were playing it and post their online streams. 933FLA has played it every hour since this morning. One female DJ in San Fran actually squealed like a fangirl after playing it.

    Bloggers, music reviewers etc have been writing about it for a week and I’ve read nothing but really positive reviews. They’re all over twitter and posted on all the Adam fan sites to read.

  • Anonymous

    I totally miss watching his songs go up the Itunes charts :) Hey can someone explain to me if any of those radio stations actually played on air or internet? I know the Florida one was playing it every hour but it turned out to be Iheart radio- was Q102?

  • Anonymous

    It making some nice leaps. According to PopDailyNet, it’s moved up over 100 spaces in just under 50 minutes. Pretty good for a song with no major appearance to back it up.

  • Anonymous

    I just pre-ordered.  Can’t wait!!

  • TXsunshine001

    There are several organized gifting sites too. Just check twitter if your interested. Lol we are a pretty organized fandom

  • YeahRight

    Yeah, I’ve heard of the internet.  But who has time to follow that kind of stuff all day long?

  • YeahRight

    several reviews have been tweeted and/or posted on the headlines threads
    here. And 3 radio stations that I know of tweeted about spinning the
    single today — one in DC, one in Tampa and one in Cincinnati. I would
    bet that other stations spun it today as well

    Who follows radio stations on twitter?  Radio stations have twitter? And I still haven’t see these various reviews.

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    Some people comment on here about Adam quite often I would imagine those people have a fair amount of time in the day to follow that kind of stuff. I only joined MJs a few days ago and I see the same names all over commenting about their dislike for Adam. I wish I had that kind of time in the day.

  • Anonymous

    Different people post reviews they see…it doesn’t exactly take that much time, lol.  Twitter especially has made this possible for every singer and their fanbase. You comment about Adam frequently, but I assume it doesn’t take that much time out of your day. Right? 

    If you’re curious, here’s a compilation of some of the reviews:
    http://idolator.com/6116212/adam-lambert-better-than-i-know-myself-review-revue#more-6116212

  • ryuryu10

    #111 US iTunes
    #102 Canada iTunes

  • Anonymous

    It’s cool that the song is at 119 on US itunes.  Not that big first week sales are likely, but it bodes well for when he actually starts promoting it. :)

  • Anonymous

    Who follows radio stations on twitter?  Radio stations have twitter? And I still haven’t see these various reviews.

    I believe that Whiskey gave you link to tons of these reviews. Please, go back couple of comments and your curiosity will be satisfied.

  • YeahRight

    There are several organized gifting sites too. Just check twitter if your interested. Lol we are a pretty organized fandom 

    Yeah.  Can’t really say how I feel about that.

  • http://twitter.com/Chica63 Kelly
  • Anonymous

    #111 on iTunes overall now I believe.

  • asifclueless

    MJ..thank you very much for the links to download.

    I have spent 2 hours trying to download but no success.

    I’m at the wrong place and the wrong country.
    Amazon mp3 can’t process it to other countries outside the US.
    iTunes store is not available for my region.

    Sad!!! But I’ll be OK.
    I will  just have to  listen to what I have.

    I’ll have more luck with physical CD.

    Is it March yet?

  • http://twitter.com/Chica63 Kelly

    Opps.. how could I forget this one! One of the best of all…
    http://www.muumuse.com/2011/12/adam-lambert-better-than-i-know-myself-single-review.html/

  • Anonymous

    AHH!!! OMG! 111 on overall US itunes!!! and #38 in pop US itunes!!!! GO GO GO!

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    I love that he is already #1 on Finland Itunes chart. Shot up to #1 in about an hour I believe! :)

  • Anonymous

    I love that he is already #1 on Finland Itunes chart. Shot up to #1 in about an hour I believe! :)

    .I would be surprised if he wasn’t. After all he is Finland’s adopted son…  :o)

  • YeahRight

    If any of those reviews are from biased people (known fans of Lambert), I’m not taking any of them seriously.

  • Anonymous

    If they weren’t fans before, well, they are now!! YAY!!!!

  • Anonymous

    You know what, they are all fans…even if they weren’t, they are now. So if you want to read non-biased reviews, AKA bad reviews, you’ll have to wait. I’m sure there will be some to satisfy you…be patient…

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait until we see a live performance of this! When he performs this on tv, the itunes charts is going to light up! I’m guessing TV appearances will come after the Holiday Freeze sometime in January! the ANTICIPATION is killing me!

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    One of the reviews is from the blogger and journalist for the Grammys so I would say he/she (not sure really) that they should be taken seriously. :)

  • Anonymous

    If any track deserves to go up the charts, it’s this one.  The song is excellent – with interesting lyrics, superb production, and sung by a man with an extraordinary voice.  The utter ease with which Adam manipulates his voice, his phrasing, his ability to put flesh on mere words is truly remarkable – as great musicians such as May and Taylor have noted.  The album should be spectacular.

  • Anonymous

    OMG TOP 100 on OVERALL iTUNES!!! !!! http://t.co/G9ATgV8v

  • http://twitter.com/moni0112 Monica

    Same to me =(
    I can´t buy in Amazon : not available to my country only for US costumers
    Very sad =( =(

    I will try tomorrow with ITunes

  • sdmama

    I just looked at iTune store. His single may be #38, but he has the best single cover art!  Who is with me?

  • sdmama

    I just looked at iTune store. His single may be #38, but he has the best single cover art!  Who is with me?

  • Trina

    Bought it and love it. Hope this smashes for Adam! Can’t wait to hear him sing this live at some point. 

  • YeahRight

    Not if they’re a known biased fan.  If it comes from someone like that lyndsey parker thing or that shirley something or other, not taking it seriously.

  • Anonymous

    that’a what makes Adam soooo good. He has the ability to turn critics into full blown GLAMBERTS!! YAY!!!
    #ADAMCHARMICIDE!

  • http://twitter.com/kepilynn808 kepilynn

    Good for you! Do/think/believe whatever makes you happy :)) 

  • Anonymous

    Well you named two when you can discount another dozen or so then I would say your theory has legs. Until then doing the happy dance!

  • Anonymous

    I’m really ecstatic for Adam! i’ve never heard so many radio pd’s excited about his new single. more excitement than FYE and IIHY and WWFM frankly. so I’m cautiously optimistic about radio this time around. Nothing can bring me down!

    and Adam is still in the top 100 on itunes overall w/ just a tweet from him as promo! TV and radio will only help the song up the charts :))))

  • http://twitter.com/kepilynn808 kepilynn

    Yes, me too! I honestly liked WWFM better…and FYE was my fave song on that album…but I love BTIKM too! What I want most is for Adam to get the industry recognition that he deserves. I’m so excited for him!!

  • ryuryu10

    #82 US iTunes
    #73 Canada iTunes

  • Anonymous

    My favourite single of his ever!  And I’m hopeful it will make my favourite video too!

    Still loving the song! Hope it does well. 

    And Finland you are the cutest…especially cute considering he’s there right now.  And they’re playing it on their stations starting this morning, so maybe he’ll hear it!

  • Anonymous

    Adam is Top #76 in Itunes OVER ALL
    and       Top #26 in Pop ITUNES!!!! in US!

    <3<3<3

  • cwm
  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey
  • cwm

    I just bought it and listened. Holy crap, it sounds fantastic! So rich, and clean and clear! I gotta say, I am SO happy to be buying new music from Adam!

    And Whiskey – thanks for posting that acoustic cover. It was sweet.

  • asifclueless

    Thanks … Whiskey … for the acoustic cover of BTIKM.
    It’s sweet and well done. I like it.
    You can tell that this song is hard to sing; but Adam made it seem easy. He sings if effortlessly.

    Happy to see BTIKM is climbing the chart every minute right now.

  • cwm

    Here’s another cover that has popped up. Not bad.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qf0p2Ng3xY

    The dog on the chair behind him just cracks me up – LOL

  • Dakota01

    I see that not only has BTIKM moved up to #64 on the overall iTunes chart, but there’s now a postage stamp on the main music page as well as the postage stamp / banner on the pop page.

    I realize BTIKM’s move up the chart is only temporary until promo and radio play kick in, but it sure is fun to have an Adam song to track again.

  • Anonymous

    it’s actually now
    US ITUNES 60 OVERALL BTIKM http://pic.twitter.com/bwrx0GSf

  • Anonymous

    bought your song adam…can’t wait to see you on the award shows!!

  • Emmy

    Bought mine! So in love with this song!  I haven’t stopped listening to it since it leaked – so glad to get an “official” track. 

  • Anonymous

    annkpowers annkpowers 
    Post-genre, post-gender. This Dr. Luke-produced Adam Lambert ballad bodes well for the new album youtube.com/watch?v=v9ZVIA…
    I love that Ann Powers is so into Adam and his music since she’s such a highly respected music critic and everything. :)

  • luvadamlambert

    IT’S OUT!!!!! and it’s *already* # 48

  • luvadamlambert

    #26 on pop, 48 overall :D

  • Anonymous

    US ITUNES 46 OVERALL BTIKM http://pic.twitter.com/RUyhGpKk

  • mmb

    The sound on the download is just great. Really well done track. It’ll be interesting to see what happens once January promo kicks in. Hoping this wil be a hit for him; the reviews thus far have been amazing ( not that reviews mean much or have any impact on chat success… Still nice to see)

  • Anonymous

    Just bought it :)))))

  • Anonymous

    Bought it, love it, love him. You go, Adam~

  • Anonymous

    38 on itunes. I think FYE (the single) got to a peak of 27, so go! 

  • Anonymous

    Wow – the I-Tunes DL is fantastic. The quality is the best I’ve heard. The great thing about this song is that it grows on you – so I expect it to have a long run on radio.
    Exciting times!

  • Anonymous

    WooHoo!! Beautiful to watch the excitment of BTIKMS rising up the charts. Thanks everyone!

    Well in the UK nothing yet.But am still excited and my predictions for this song still holds. A HIT!! 

    Oh Adam what can I say.  I do not know if its aura or an irresistible force that draws people to  Adam. I have never seen so much radio support initially of a song for him before in USA. Long may it continue even when the album drops and thereafter. As I always say count your blessings it comes in full circle. Adam deserves it. Its a great pop song that sticks like a hole in the head. 

    Have a great day!

    Regards

    B-Babie
    x

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    One more reason that I am not a fan of lower quality online streams — yes it is a way to combat piracy. But they should put a warning on the track at the beginning that it is not the same as the “real” single.

    The real single is so much better than the free online streams.

  • Anonymous

    ITA, this is a far cry from the radio support he got the first go round and yet he still managed to get a huge hit. I don’t know if RCA or his management or both is responsible but kudos to them. It helps that BTIKM is a truly great song though. From the minute I heard the snippet I was hooked and the iTunes version is beyond my expectation. I am hearing that the AO version that comes with the pre-order is even higher quality, can anyone verify, I haven’t got mine yet?

  • Anonymous

    You know the funny thing about the lower quality online streaming, it made me realize if that song could sound that damn good streaming, then it would sound even better when the official copy was released. It lived up to expectations

  • Dakota01

    Adam has a rolling banner on the big CC stations:  Z100, Q102, etc.  I think so far they are doing a great job promoting this song.  I really do believe it’s going to be Adam’s biggest hit yet. I can’t wait to see what the TV promo will be.

    What I’ve noticed too is how many guys sseem to like the song.  If you look at twitter, there are so many tweets from guys about how much the like it.

  • Anonymous

    According to publicist Shoshanna Stone, BTIKM won’t be released in the UK until March 12. She says that in the UK, the radio push comes before the music is put on sale. Adam will be in the UK in February for promo.

  • larc

    #31 at iTunes now!  :)

  • YeahRight

    Ann Powers.  That’s another review I won’t take seriously.

  • Anonymous

    Obviously we’re all entitled to our opinions, but unless a person is completely blinded by their hatred for Adam, there’s no reason not to take the review of a major music critic “seriously.” I mean, there are plenty of things that get good reviews that I still don’t like, so it’s not like her review means anyone is obligated to like the song, but it’s cool for people who do like the song that the reviews have been so good.  I saw that the grammy guy and new york magazine gave it great reviews too. :)

    I’m sure the song will go down since the serious promotion hasn’t started, but it seems good that it’s doing well on its first day, and also that they’ve got the radio station banners and all that.  RCA and/or his management seems really on top of things. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    #31 US, #27 Canada, #1 Finland! (Finland released on 12/19/12.)

    ETA: Ann Powers is an excellent music critic — the fact that she loves Adam just indicates she has great taste! :)

  • Anonymous

    :D

  • Anonymous

    Just bought it!  Sounds great, and it’s a grower—I love it even more now than I did the first day. 

  • Anonymous

    This is without radio play & without promotion. This shows his core fan base is pretty much intact. Yay!

  • Anonymous

    Bought my copy!!  Had to play it soft and low (hubby still in bed asleep), but agree that this HQ copy sounds much better than those online streams.  Adam’s voice is more prominent and of course that is key.

    And definitely a grower!  Not my favorite song from Adam, but I am on board now and really like it…  Will be fun watching it climb the charts once it is released.  

    You go Adam !!

  • Dakota01

    RCA must be thrilled at how well BTIKM is doing on iTunes not just in the U.S. but in Canada, Finland, New Zealand, etc. even before radio play.  If anything, it shows them the size of Adam’s fan base.  Imagine what’s going to happen once this song is played on radio.  I really think it’s going to explode.

  • http://twitter.com/Gemsphire Cheryl Ye

    Finally! New music from Adam, add me to the list of international fans who cannot purchase via iTunes. :-(   I will probably either wait for the physical CD is shipped to my country or order it via Amazon!  :-)
     
    It has been soooo long since we gathered to watch his singles on iTunes chart, let the fun begins once more!  :-)

  • Anonymous

    Disappointed when I first heard the demo (thnx to Claude K.’s horrendous vocals). Didn’t bother to check the official version after reading the 500+ comments, afraid I’ll hate it. And woalah…heard the song over the radio (online) not once but three times! Surprisingly, I loved it on the first listen; quickly recognized it by the 2nd time; and by the 3rd, it got stuck on my head. It’s soooo current and hooky that my sis was subconsciously singing along to it too.

    I flove it so I bought mine today too!! *happy dance*

  • dishwalla

    To give it a chance, I listen to the song several times, and each time I got the same meh response.  Next.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P46N6P5XPK22JVXDJJEENXGLVE marie

    Just bought mine and it’s fantastic!! I can’t wait to listen to Adam sing this song live.

  • CindyM

    #29 overall now :)

  • Avari

    This is awesome. Adam’s worldwide core buying fanbase is as alive and well as ever!   I cannot wait to see what happens when the song gets radio adds, monitored radio play, and real promo. I am excite. ;-)
     
    And Finland, you are so cute!

  • Anonymous

    Uhm, I have a question… is there a possibility for international fans to buy the song somewhere else besides Amazon (MP3 download works only for US) or Itunes (kind of doesn’t work with my current PC)? Thanks a lot for any useful tips.

  • Anonymous

    #29 US Itunes overall Woot! woot!

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    Can you buy the song on Adam Official?

  • Anonymous

    I assume that we gonna get Music Vid of BTIKM.
    Can’t wait. :o))

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    I think you get the song as a free download if you pre-order the deluxe package from Adam Official.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    Whoa! This went to i-Tunes in 27 countries! Holey Moley!! Now that’s what I call International!!

  • http://twitter.com/lorismile1 Lori

    I just bought my copy!!!!   YAY!!!!!!
    #27 over all and #13 on POP!!!  Wooohhooooo!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    Don’t kill me for saying this, but I don’t expect it to stay high on itunes.

    Radio picked it up just yesterday. There’s been no promotion. Non-fans literally don’t know it exists, and an itunes banner won’t change that. imo RCA released it as part of promotion, not because they wanted huge first week sales.

    Whatever. The song is excellent, addictive. Once US radio picks it up, it’ll hit itunes for real and stay there :D

  • http://twitter.com/kms15423 KMS

    Here ya go – http://www.arjanwrites.com/arjanwrites/2011/12/adam-lambert-better-than-i-know-myself-single-review.html#.Tu5xMRy7Ot4.twitter Arjan is the official blogger for the Grammys and music reporter for CNN

  • Anonymous

    It’s definitely not regional :)

  • Anonymous

    I see BTIKM at #27 now; so, has he matched the number for FYE? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S7SESS3YJTJIQGNSE7PL5YUEGQ Silas Warner

    “This is without radio play & without promotion.”

    Are you serious? He’s getting banners on iTunes and Clear Channel stations, reviews from the usual suspects, an over the top press release and radio. All of those are promotion!

  • Anonymous

    Oh no, I don’t think anyone expects it to stay high.  The banners are nice because maybe they’ll remind some non-fans, but the song probably won’t get a consistent position until promotion/radio play really starts. :)  But it’s cool to see it start well.  

  • Tess

    What is he getting outside of the “on-line” community?  Those of us who live and breath the internet don’t really know how to measure real life outside of it.  Without radio play, personal appearances, TV spots, interviews, and heavy heavy word of mouth all of this initial frenzy for Adam will be tempered, considerably.  But I am sure he and his peeps realize this and are betting on the fact that early promotion will help the song and album “down the road”….and this early release will also help TPTB see if Adam has been able to hold on to his fanbase and that will help make the decisions about how much should be spent to promote him and his music down the line.

    RCA has been getting “burned” by the mediocre interest to some of its earlier heavily fanned idols….they are really testing Adam now to see if he can buck that earlier trend.

  • Anonymous

    in all fairness- all press releases are over the top, lol.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know how TLG did on Itunes when it was released?    I agree Tess, this is a good judge of Adam’s fanbase.   I think we all are optimistic that Adam’s single will do well, but Cook’s numbers are a reality check.  

  • Anonymous

    ITA – This is a nice little surge for Adam, but I think we all agree the song will start to slide down the ITUNES chart after it peaks.   It should go back up after radio play begins, but I’m not sure how many spins it will get until after the holidays.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    I expect it to drop once the fanbase stops buying which will probably be by the end of today. But, and a BIG BUT, the way it rose speaks well of how big his fanbase is. I do not think anyone outside of his fans and the on-line community have seen any promotion. To me, promo is when the artist shows up at radio stations and on TV. So far, there has been zero of that from Adam and probably won’t be until January.

  • cwm

    So what do we suppose this means? A TV appearance in the UK?

    LeytonB
    Leyton Bracegirdle

    I know I’ve hinted at some exciting news for #Glamberts before, but it’s finally nearly signed & sealed – hopefully by the end of the week!

    jok1213
    jo

    @LeytonB Do you know when you will be showing BTIKM on the chart show ? thx

    @LeytonB
    Leyton Bracegirdle

    @jok1213 As soon as we get it! But that’s in the hands of the record company….doubt it will be until early 2012 though!

    Leyton’s twitter bio: Swedish Schlager. Burnley FC. Manager of Chart Show TV/Dance Nation TV
    in the UK & for Music Choice Channels across Europe & on Com Hem
    in Sweden.

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    I think that we also have to consider the majority of fans will buy the single from Adam Official as part of the pre-order for the album. The itune numbers will be lower as a result of the buy it at the Adam Official site push as part of the album pre-order. The single is now 25 overall on US Itunes so it is higher than FYE ever charted so that is a huge win already.

  • V Jemmy

    I think you get the song as a free download if you pre-order the deluxe package from Adam Official.

    There isn’t a ‘deluxe package’ yet.  Preordering the basic album from AO gets you a DL of the single and ‘exclusivity’ on more involved (assuming deluxe, etc) packages when they release them later.

    FWIW, I haven’t heard of anyone who’s gotten the download link for the single yet from the preorder, including myself, so if you can’t wait to get the single, I’d recommend using MJ’s links above.

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    I know I am just a recent edition to MJs community but I have to say you guys are pretty AMAZING! Thank you for liking my comments and chatting with me on twitter and here. This seems like a very cool community.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S7SESS3YJTJIQGNSE7PL5YUEGQ Silas Warner

    “What is he getting outside of the “on-line” community?”

    He’s getting banners on iTunes and Clear Channel stations, reviews from
    the usual suspects, an over the top press release and radio. You might discount it but those artists that aren’t even getting that would appreciate some promotion.

  • Anonymous

    I’d just like to say RIP to dhunken, an amazing Adam fan from this site, he would have enjoyed today. 

  • Anonymous

    I think this is a good tune (only heard the online version). Sure to be a hit.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    Awww, ThisIsVooDoo! So sweet and you gave me chills!

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    Did dhunken really pass away? 

  • Anonymous

    I’m seeing this at #38 on the overall iTunes chart right now. If it was higher before, I expect it will slide back at least a bit until the radio play and promo really starts to kick in. But it should have solid first week sales, anyway. And I saw that Sony tweeted that it is #1 on Finland’s iTunes chart :)

  • Avari

    Absolutely, I don’t think anyone expects this itunes surge to last; it really just represents the core fans, IMO. It’ll spike up, it’ll drop/disappear, and then it will (I hope!) come back when the song starts getting official adds and monitored airplay…and heavy hitting promotion.
     
    The activity we’re seeing right now is just an appetizer; promo light, to get some buzz so radio stations will be receptive when adds and airplay time come. (IMO, YMMV, yadda yadda)

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Full fledged promotion really hasn’t started yet. When Adam starts making the rounds on the TV talk shows and this starts being played on the radio, then we will truly see how far he can go. This release is all over the internet and many blogs and other entertainment sites are praising it. I have a good feeling about this and I think Adam is going to very, very well with this album.

  • Anonymous

    This might answer your question. For comparison only, have no intention to start stupid fanwar.
    http://en.randomize.be/iTunes-Top-100/stats/1458/david-cook-the-last-goodbye

  • ryuryu10

    The song is at #25 on US iTunes now.

  • Emmy

    Currently #25 overall in itunes. Go Adam!

  • Anonymous

    I’m seeing it at #25 girlygirltoo. But I’m on my phone looking at it so maybe it’s changed?

  • http://twitter.com/lorismile1 Lori

    Yeahhhh!!!!!  Top 25!!!  I’ll take it for as long as I can get it.

    :-D

  • Anonymous

    Voodoo- I was reading the archives for FYE and TFM and came across Dhunkens posts and got really sad- we toasted to him on twitter. Let’s raise a glass here - he would be so proud today. We miss you dhunken :)

  • Anonymous

    yeah, about a year ago :(

  • Anonymous

    OK thanks.  So 49 peak for Cook.  That is not bad.  No fan war here.   I look Cook well enough.  He was such a popular winner that the numbers for his sophmore album were a shock.  I like to keep those in perspective when I try and predict how Adam will fare.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, he passed in February this year.  He had been sick for a while, although I wasn’t sure of what. He’s definitely missed.

  • Anonymous

    Hey I just added you on twitter! Get a profile pic- everyone thinks an egg pic is a troll, lol.

  • Anonymous

    I was having that issue earlier. It was jumping between #38 and #28, I had to restart iTunes to see the new position. It’s up to #25 overall and #14 on pop.

  • LaurelG

    Chicago’s #1 CHR station and #1 station in the 15 -34 demographic – 103.5FM – has a big Adam banner on its home page!  They’re a CC station so I expect it’s a result of whatever promotional deal was worked with CC.   

    Sounds like there’s some promotion but it’s focused on key markets and stations (we’re the 3rd biggest market in the US).  It’s all good.  I’m gonna assume these RCA people have a plan, lol.

    I can’t wait to hear this song on the radio!  Love it.

  • Anonymous

    It’s doing about as well as FYE did it’s first day or two, which peaked at #26 those days, it’s a nice little victory. The actual singles sold probably won’t amount to much and it won’t stay up long without airplay or promo opportunities, but it’s nice nonetheless. 

  • http://twitter.com/lorismile1 Lori

    This is so exciting!  I’ve missed these days of following Itunes, tracking sales and charts from around the world.  

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, Adam’s been out of the public eye for the past year and a half or so, so I take nothing for granted as far as sales go for him. All I can do is hope for the best.

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    I will raise a glass to Dhunken… I didn’t know you but you would be really proud and happy for Adam today and again that shows what a great community this is! Remembering Dhunken a year later very cool of you and very cool for him!

  • Anonymous

    I got the DL link this morning.

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    I have to say I did not appreciate Cook until I saw him perform with Kris and Adam in New York. I really love an artist who can sing live and connect with an audience and all three did a great job.

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    I am still figuring out technology! lol I will have to figure out how to pop a picture up there. Will work on that today. :)

  • Anonymous

    I just did the preorder and downloaded the single – it does really sound even better than the previews!

  • V Jemmy

    At least some people are getting it.  :)  I suppose that I shall just have to remain patient for the time being.

  • http://twitter.com/lorismile1 Lori

    #24!!!!!  
    Go Adam Go!!!!  

  • ryuryu10

    What? I remember that FYE peaked at #44 on itunes.

  • CindyM

    Raising my cocoa cup to you DHunken. Miss your posts and positivity towards all the idols.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    This. There’s obviously fan interest, and some international interest, as well. Finnish response is adorable but a wee bit biased, as he is their son in law lol! What makes me happy is that (IMO) btikm is hyper radio friendly, and will work beautifully on both chr and hac once it gets reasonable air play  :D

  • Tess

    Again…other than radio play everything is online and the radio play is pretty hit and miss.

  • Anonymous

    What was the peak for Time For Miracles?  Another song released before the album.

  • Anonymous

    That’s cool that you like it!  I mean obviously it would be completely fine if you didn’t, but hearing from non-fans who like it is awesome. :)

  • Anonymous

    Good that BTIKM passed FYE’s top position. Keep in mind that iTunes recently changed the rules so that purchasing multiple copies only counts as one copy (unless you gift), so that makes it harder to rise up the chart than when Cook or Kelly had their lead single out or when FYE came out.  Assuming that bsc fans like me would download multiple copies. And I would, if it counted. 

  • cwm

    Awww, what a sweetheart. Love him! And I’m SO happy for him!

    adamlambert Adam Lambert
    Wow! What a great first day!! Thank you all for buying the single. I love touching you all thru song. #BetterThanIKnowMyself

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure you can even buy multiple copies through iTunes anymore. It tells you that you’ve already purchased the song and asks if you’d like to download it again for free. 

  • Anonymous

    I am glad he added that last part “thru song”or he would have hell to pay later at his meet and greets! LOL

  • Anonymous

    I know without looking his replies will be full of dirty jokes like people tweeting how he can touch them any time. Lol. 

  • Anonymous

    oh, you know we went there, lol

  • Anonymous

    #10- it took 2 days to get there ( gotta love the archives here).

  • Nele621

    When did David Cook start his radio promos? He went everywhere all over the country. He also did every possible tv show he could. I’m surprised Adam is vacationing just as his single comes out.

  • Anonymous

    No, believe me- the radio watcher peeps I follow ( saga is one of them) say it was #26. And there was also an hours long glitch on itunes that day that made it hard to track. ( also in archives)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That’s good.  I don’t think that buying multiple copies just to boost a song’s iTunes ranking makes any sense or is really beneficial to the artist or his/her fans.  It opens up criticism that any ranking that is achieved isn’t legit (which would be true if enough multiples were bought).

  • cwm

    Oh yes we did. LOL

  • Anonymous

    It is the week of x-mas.

  • Anonymous

    I would agree, except that fan bulk buying is common with pretty much every musician today and they don’t actually impact sales significantly (though I guess it would effect iTunes charts somewhat). 

  • Anonymous

    Now it’s at #23 Overall & #12 Pop :)

  • Anonymous

    Yes – raise a glass to dhunken – the best of the best.

  • Anonymous

    lol Fuzzy you should have seen this wed site for Gaga’s fans.  They were taking donations form people to mass buy Marry the Night.  Someone even donated over $250…because they thought it looked bad that it wasn’t doing as well as her other singles on the iTunes ranking.

  • Nele621

    Who is dhunken? A friend of Adam?

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    I bought about 4 or 5 copies of FYE after it came out and gave them away as Christmas gifts to casual work friends. 

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    I am going to go make a cup of cocoa now and will raise it to you CindyM and to DHunken.

  • Anonymous

    He was a poster here, a big fan of Adam and all the Idols. Sweet man. He passed away earlier this year. His account still follows me on twitter, I can’t bring myself to delete it.

  • sdmama

    I think Hawaii is waking up. :D 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    I think that’s because he hasn’t started promoting yet. He usually asks people to request on radio, and he hasn’t done it for btikm. It’s all online, and it’s all fans atm.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I realize that.  Did you not notice that I made my statement a generalization and not specific to Adam?  But, it doesn’t change my opinion that it doesn’t make any sense or is beneficial to the artist or his/her fans in the long run, and depending on how many fans do it, can impact iTunes ranking.  It’s trying to create a false perception.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad Adam is able to enjoy this holiday week.  If the song isn’t going for radio adds until the end of January, he has plenty of time to do more hands-on promoting.  Until it gets radio play, it’s just going to be his already established fans doing the buying anyway.  TV/radio promotion this week would be futile since so many people are preoccupied with holiday preparations.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t remember but someone here I think figured out that mass buying usually equates to about 1000 in sale for idols…god I wish I new where that came some.  I don’t think it makes much of an impact.  I brought up that Gaga example…I guess I should have also mentioned that they were very excited that with all that money they were able to increase her iTunes ranking by what 6 spots for 1 day.  It doesn’t make that much of a difference.

    And as you said it happened with all artists…labels know this.  It really doesn’t make a difference in the long run. Other than a few extra sales

  • Anonymous

    Same here.

  • Anonymous

    I think it is only a handful of fans from any artist that do that.   I’m talking about buying to drive up numbers, not buying for gifts.   

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    I think he is doing other things with his hands at the moment and I bet those things are much more fun than promoting! :)

  • Anonymous

    Same here. Every time I see his pic up in the corner it makes me kinda sad, but I can’t bring myself to delete him. Kind of feels like it would be admitting he’s truly gone.

  • Anonymous

    lol I think I am confused. I was talking about buying to drive up numbers…haha I just looked to see if I could find that Gaga site again to get an accurate numbers on how little it effected sales rankings on iTunes and found out that her fans are once again doing a mass buy today to boost  iTunes rankings because all her other singles hit #1 on iTunes or at least #5

    https://www.facebook.com/events/290012094367230/ 

    lol

  • Anonymous

    Has this review been posted?

    http://thecelebritycafe.com/reviews/adam….LfjdN2w.twitter

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’ve seen organized campaigns to buy CDs to send to the troops, hospitals, etc.  It’s just trying to boost sales under the guise of philanthropy.

  • askance

    Joko54, link is not working for me

  • mmb

    Yes you can’t buy multiple copies on iTunes anymore…. You could a few years ago but not anymore. Now it just prompts you to download again for free

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately as it’s the holidays there isn’t any promotion to be done, there’s pretty much a freeze going on with radio and television. People are concentrating on other things right now.

  • Anonymous

    He’s at #22 Overall and #11 Pop now. One more slot up! Maybe he’ll make it into the top 10 on pop. 

    Any movement up at this point will be small and take a lot more. The difference between numbers is larger at this level of the chart.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder why that screen cap is attaching to all my comments. 

  • http://twitter.com/moni0112 Monica

    Canadian ITunes : #18 overall, #11 pop
    Dutch ITunes : #22

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet
  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet
  • ronnie

    I think it’s great to buy copies to send to troops and hospitals.  They don’t have to take or listen to it if they don’t want, it’s a great gesture.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s great to buy copies to send to troops and hospitals.  They
    don’t have to take or listen to it if they don’t want, it’s a great
    gesture.

    No it isn’t. It is a selfish gesture. There are actually useful things hospitals and military charities ask to be donated, and ignoring that and instead just sending the cd of some artist you stan for and just want to pimp out is gross.

    ETA and before anyone whines, this applies to all fans.

  • Anonymous

    Well I personally think that if you want to give the gift of music to the troops or hosptials give them download gift cards.  No one music tastes are exactly the same as another persons.  Let them decide what they want to buy.  Now you can always give them a list of new music suggestions.

  • Anonymous

    Today is Marry The Night Download Day for Gaga fans. 

    http://gagadaily.com/index.php?/page/index.html/_/interviews/marry-the-night-download-day-r96

    Nothing new in fandom lands.. 

    ETA: As military, sending cds to troops makes no sense. Gift cards are very appreciated though.

  • http://twitter.com/lorismile1 Lori

    #21!!!!!
    Wooohoooo!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    ita. Has nothing to do with the person you stan; troops deserve respect and should not be used to up sales :/

  • Anonymous

    I downloaded my copy of BTIKM and it is on replay.  Love this track and Adam’s vocals.  I hope it does well on the radio and puts Adam’s music out to a larger audience.  I pre-ordered my CD and cannot wait to hear more of the tracks.  Looking forward to hearing what he did with Bruno Mars and Pharrell.  I am ready for a year of new Adam music, but I am still listening to his FYE music and still loving it.

  • Anonymous

    It just hit #1 in Estonia.

    And I think it’s still #1 in his adoptive land. LOL

  • Dakota01
  • cwm
  • Anonymous

    Baking cookies and listening to BTIKM as I bake and frost.   Doesn’t get much better a morning than that.    Love this song, it grows and grows on you.

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    Woo Hoo #1 in Finland and Estonia :)

  • HotHotHot

    Does anyone have a link to the chart that showed the top 10 songs iTunes in all countries? Can’t find it.

  • Anonymous
  • Mieps

    Is this the one you’re looking for? 
    http://www.apple.com/euro/itunes/charts/top10popsongs.html

    I see smeggs posted one, but this one is the pop song version and is slightly different.

  • mmb

    Just cracked top 20 on us iTunes. That’s awesome. Outpeaked FYE lead single 2 years later and at a time when you can’t make multiple iTunes purchases. Good for Adam!

  • Anonymous

    lol I have very few links anymore my computer crashed.  I didn’t realize how many links I had saved since its been so long since I have had anything to watch

  • Mieps

    smeggs, no kidding, it is a long time ago. I was just checking my Dutch friends when the request came in, and then it took me forever to login.

    As for the Dutch charts, no luck there. Slackers! ;)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always side-eyed those efforts to get sales up by sending to troops/hospitals, etc. No fandom can point the finger here as a small percentage is guilty of this in practically every fandom. I also don’t gift to friends/family unless I’m pretty certain they will like it. Trying to foist my personal passion on someone else is not for me.

  • Anonymous

    Opps. This was not supposed to be a reply to you smeggs!

  • Anonymous

    abbysee, I have been doing my happy dance since we get the full song. Bought it from Amazon and been listening and dancing over here.. LOL

  • musicality

    No it isn’t. It is a selfish gesture. There are actually useful things hospitals and military charities ask to be donated, and ignoring that and instead just sending the cd of some artist you stan for and just want to pimp out is gross.

    You obviously have not worked for any type of charity. In college I was a part of many and still am. There are numerous chartities that ONLY want music. Tunes for troops, for hospitals etc. That’s what they request and they don’t find their drives to be “gross”. No, they don’t want gift cards and definitely not download certificates, they want CD’s. I don’t know about drives for the ones for the people who are on this Idol show. But I have worked with one while on study break in Tenesse. They had drives for CD’s amongst other items. I think they would be shocked to know some people found their drives “gross”.

  • Anonymous

    You obviously have not worked for any type of charity. In college I was a
    part of many and still am. There are numerous chartities that ONLY want
    music. Tunes for troops, for hospitals etc. Thats what they request
    and they don’t find their drives to be “gross”. No, they don’t want gift
    cards and definitely not download certificates, they want CD’s (not
    everyone has an iPod). I don’t know about drives organized for the
    people who are on this Idol show. But the most recent one I have worked
    with was while on study break in Tennessee. They had drives for CD’s
    amongst other items. I think they would be shocked to know some people
    found their drives “gross”.

    There is a difference between donating your old cds that you don’t listen to anymore and will just go to waste, and going out and buying multiple copies of your favorite artist’s cd when that money could be better spent buying supplies that troops and hospitals ACTUALLY ASK FOR. Someone isn’t buying those cds because they have the soldiers or sick childrens best interest at hearts, they are doing shameful promotion for their favorite singer. Sorry if I’m going to stick with gross.

  • Anonymous

    WOW!! just catching up.Thanks everyone. 

     This baby keeps going even without Adam doing any promotion himself. What if he did all hell will break loose:-) Not sure how it works.

    I am well aware that this song is going to slow down on iTunes at some point either today or tomorrow. But its all good! 

    Adam’s fan base is alive and well. It can only get larger from here. BTIKM is spiritually sublime.

    I will keep checking in for more news.

    Regards

    B-Babie
    x

  • AllenTX

    Exactly. That’s why I sideeyed Kris so hard when he endorsed the campaign to donate his CDs to children’s hospital or something like that. I don’t remember his exact tweet.

  • luvadamlambert

    SQUEEEEEEE IM SO EXCITED ITS #20 overall and #11 in pop!!!!! :D thank you Adam, for making my day or rather my life

  • musicality

    As someone who has actually worked with charities we never cared about the reasoning behind the donation just plain ole glad we got it. If that was the case then charities would have to turn away 99% of their larger donations as a lot of people donate for a tax break and not out of some altruistic endeavor. I do remember Kelly Clarksons and Archies drive and yes the troops and hospitals ACTUALLY ASK FOR CD’s. It’s not a tough concept, soldiers away from home really do like music and guess what hospitals ask for them too. They chose from a wide selection sent by people from all over the world. People do donate to charity you know. It’s not a novel concept and yes people outside the Idol bubble actually donate CD’s, imagine that.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t remember Kris tweeting about that “campaign”.  The person who started it is also the same person who is currently gifting Adam’s song to anyone who wants it.  She’s a huge fan of Adam’s and has done the same thing with all of this cds and singles.  As well as donated them to charity.  She’s even agreed to buy a legal download for anyone who illegally downloads the song.  
    https://twitter.com/#!/Artistsupporter/status/148988825295785984 

  • Anonymous

    As someone who has actually worked with charities we never cared about
    the reasoning behind the donation just plain ole glad we got it

    As someone who has also actually worked with charities I will tell you that most charities are not plain ole glad to get whatever shit people send them, especially when it isn’t something that is an expressed need, and in many cases it is explicitly stated that they do not want cds. Many people ignore this because like you admit and like I was saying earlier, they aren’t giving to the charity out of altruistic reasons but for purely selfish reasons.

    It’s not a novel concept and yes people outside the Idol bubble actually donate CD’s, imagine that.

    And that is why I already said that is why it applies to all fans. Whether an idol fan sends a bunch of cds or a bieber fan, it is still a selfish act and has nothing to do with actually trying to appeal to what might best help the soldier or the sick patient.

  • starhart

    Well, some people don’t take any negative feedback seriously (they hate Adam, gays, etc etc), others refuse to take positive feedback seriously…all in the points of view.  Bottom line, numbers talk. 
    Myself?  I read all the reviews; love the positive ones because I am such a fan, take the negatives ones based on what I might see as a legitimate issue…but no matter what, love his voice and everything he has chosen to do so far.  I don’t always get it right away–but I am like that with any really new music.  I always listen several times to any new song–it is the rare song that instantly appeals to me. 

  • CindyM

    At least artistsupporter, the person who AllenTx alluded to as starting a buying campaign for hospitals, and one of Adam’s biggest fans, is once again gifting the single to those who want it, and even to those who downloaded it illegally.

    Yes, artistsupporter does this for all Season 8 idols. She’s also a HUGE fan of Kris and does the same for him.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for letting me know that Artistsupporter is gifting BTIKM. I’d forgotten that she loves to gift Idol music. There were a couple of people on twitter that wanted it gifted to them. I’ll pass the word along….

  • Anonymous

    The motives may be selfish, but it isn’t exactly harmful as it’s not taking the place of other more useful donations. All organized fan bases do it. On a scale of ~gross things, this one doesn’t rate to high for me. 

  • Anonymous

    actually artistsupporter is an AI fan she does gifting for ALOT of the idols when they have stuff come out.  She does seem to be a season 8 fan though she gifted Kris, Adam, Allison, Sarver, Danny even Anoop IIRC

  • starhart

    I got my download immediately from AO–literally, on the same page as the order I placed.  Been listening pretty well non-stop!

  • musicality

    If the charity didn’t ask for the item then no it shouldn’t be donated. I am assuming that these Idol fans are donating CD’s to charities that are asking for them. I know Kelly’s fans and Archies fans donated to charities that specifically asked for CD’s and again yes there are charities that want them. I see nothing wrong with that. If Tunes For Troops is asking for CD donations it’s because they want to pack up the CD’s in gift boxes along with other items to ship overseas and no they don’t want to shop for the CDs. There is nothing wrong with that.

    I’m done trying to argue this point. Like I said I’ve actually worked with charites. I’m not saying anything else on the subject as it’s hijacking the thread.

    Back to the subject at hand. I haven’t even commented on it. Actually I haven’t even listened to the song. What I have read above is people say it’s sounds different than the stream. I thought the same with Mr. Know It All.

  • AllenTX

    I don’t even know this artistsupporter. Kris’ twit I mentioned, iirc, didn’t mention this person either, I just remember it was about buying his album for some charity.

  • Anonymous

    She gifts music of many idols, not just Adam.

  • Anonymous

    I posted the same thing before I saw your reply.

  • Anonymous

    Little OT, but I found this funny and I want to change a mood of discussion..
    Listen to the end.
    http://bcove.me/4ucypuyn
    Yes, Adam, there is Santa Clause.. :o))

  • Anonymous

    That is the opposite of OT.  Talk about charity giving and stuff is off topic to me.  Different strokes and all.

    He’s adorable!  His face at the end is so cute.  Maybe Sauli will take him, and he’ll meet Santa Clause!

  • Anonymous

    Huge Adam fan, but not a huge fan of this song.  Of course I’ll still buy it to support him, but I must say I’m disappointed.  Was hoping for something edgier and more original.  This sounds like I’ve already heard it time and time again from so many different artists.

  • Anonymous

    And that is why I already said that is why it applies to all fans.
    Whether an idol fan sends a bunch of cds or a bieber fan, it is still a
    selfish act and has nothing to do with actually trying to appeal to what
    might best help the soldier or the sick patient.

    The point to this kind of buying is not to help soldier or sick patient. It’s to help their favorite artist advancing their career, at mean time to share their music with more people. What’s wrong with that? It’s their money they can use it anyway they deem fit. Why is that gross?
    On the other hand, Adam fans have been donating more than a million dollar to charities. The money they donated helped schools, third world counties without clean water etc. Great job, glamberts!

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    I have been playing this song all day. The single just hit the top 10 on Itunes in New Zealand! Go Kiwis~!

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    Adam is #20 now overall in US!

  • Anonymous

    The point to this kind of buying is not to help soldiers or sick
    patients. It’s to help their favorite artists advancing their career, at
    mean time to share their music with more people. What’s wrong with
    that? It’s their money they can use it anyway they deem fit. How is that
    gross?

    I know the point isn’t to help the soldiers or patients, but fans are still acting like it is. That is the gross part. If people want to blow their money buying a 100 copies of some cd have fun with that fool, it is your money to burn. Don’t be patting yourself on the back for being so generous when that was never your intentions though.

    On the other hand, Adam fans have been donating more than one million
    dollar to charities. The money they donated helped schools, third world
    counties without clean water etc. I’d say “Great job, Glamberts!

    You’re right, that is great work and I’m glad Adam is trying to channel his fans money into those types of efforts instead of buying countless unwanted cds and peddling them to soldiers and cancer patients under the guise of charity.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    Hey guys ….

    FWIW, I just picked up this info regarding the free AO download of the single; this comes from Sony Music:

    @ Sony_Music Sony Music Canada@4evrmomof4 Sorry for the V late reply! Just got OFFICIAL word. Album pre-orders + BTIKM DL will only count towards album sales.48 minutes ago Favorite Undo Retweet Reply
    @ 4evrmomof4 Linda Ladden@Sony_Music Fans R concerned that these d/l will not be counted toward single total sales #’s…do they count? Thank you so much!15 Dec

  • Anonymous

    That’s standard operating procedure. They offer incentive of a free song in hopes getting people to buy the whole album (not unlike bonus tracks). 

    It’s technically not free though, since you are paying for it by purchasing the album, you’re just getting that song before the others. That’s why sales don’t count towards single sales. 

  • cwm

    I placed my pre-order at AO about 12 hours ago, and still haven’t gotten any email regarding the single download. Has anyone else had this kind of delay? I’m wondering if I did something wrong…

  • cwm

    Does anybody know how high FYE, WWFM, and IIHY got on itunes?

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    Yes, I agree, Emy and that’s the point isn’t it?  From what I understand if you pre order the album from AO, they are extracting the monies from the accounts now for an album that’s not dropping until March; whereas, again from what I understand, if you pre-order from Amazon, the monies aren’t extracted until ship date.  I hope this info is correct; if not, I apologize but it’s what I’m led to understand.  So, of course, that would explain it all.

    I bought from Amazon and didn’t pre-order the album from anyone yet.  I’m waiting to see what the ‘deluxe’ version is on Amazon and what AO is offering first.  Plenty of time to decide between now and March.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, if you purchase through AO or Amazon with your debit or credit card, then they do not take the money out of your account until it ships. If you use PayPal, however, it will extract right then, I believe for both. 

    The main difference is that you cannot cancel your pre-order through AO without them taking a fee for at least the song you’d already been given. Since nothing is given for the Amazon pre-order, it can be canceled anytime with no money being exchanged. That’s how you know it’s not really “free.” 

  • Anonymous

    FYE peaked at #26 it’s first week, since it never got real radio play that was the highest it went. I have no idea what WWFM or IIHY peaked the first day or week, but WWFM did at least make it to #10 overall after Adam’s appearance on Idol. 

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I think it usually takes 36-48 hours to peak under these circumstances, so it I’m guessing it’s not due to slow down until sometime tomorrow afternoon/evening? I’m guessing Thursday is when the real dropping starts. That’s great! Let’s see how high this can get!

  • gferna

    Me neither.  But, at least I don’t think you’ll skip it when your CD arrives.  It’s a good song, less quality in comparison with the generic FYE cut (strut, aftermath, fever, pyu, music again, wwfm, fye, iihy, sfw), but it wins in the lyrics.  I think that you’ll get used to it with the time…

  • http://twitter.com/moni0112 Monica

    New tweets from VH1 and radios

     @VH1: GLAMBERTS! Are you likin or LOVIN @adamlambert’s new single? http://on.vh1.com/uchvmv (It’s on repeat over hurrr) #GlitterKisses

    hot995 HOT 99.5
    @adamlambert’s new song. on @hot995. stream here at 6:55 or turn on in #dmv. http://bit.ly/uDGTdT

    Y100MIAMI
    Y100New Song from Adam Lambert! What do you think? http://ow.ly/85h7T

    AliceRadio Alice@97.3
    New @adamlambert next! Tune to 97.3 FM right now and freak out with @jaynatalice …. #betterthaniknowmyself #obsessed

    LarryFlick Larry Flick
    Been luxuriating in gorgeous new music by @AdamLambert @Stevens_Shane @Radiohead @TheTimMcGraw @AidenJamesTour and @MattAlber. Heavenly!

  • http://twitter.com/DanArizmPerez Mauricio Arizmendi

    I expect first week sales of 16k-24k, its high on itunes but the #1 digital song this week sold just 180k, the lowest ever…so digital tracks sales are low

  • http://twitter.com/moni0112 Monica

    ITunes Canada : Overall #13 and Pop #9

  • cwm

    Thanks EmyR. I knew that WWFM got to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 after his performance on Idol, but I wasn’t sure about the Itunes ranking.

  • Anonymous

    If people want to blow their money buying a 100 copies of some cd have fun with that fool, it is your money to burn.

    We are all fools, in our own way. A little bit music and love won’t hurt anybody… it might actually do the world some good, don’t you agree?

  • Anonymous

    If people want to blow their money buying a 100 copies of some cd have fun with that fool, it is your money to burn.

    We are all fools, in our own way. A little bit music and love won’t hurt anybody… it might actually do the world some good, don’t you agree?

  • Tess

    I’ll bite….Adam will sell between 50k and 60k of his single for the week.

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    Woo Hoo Go Canada!

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    Well said QJane! I love that… A little bit of music and love won’t hurt anybody.

  • Anonymous

    IIRC, no guarentees lol, I think WWFM hit at least #7 after idol and stayed in the top 10 for like a week after

  • Anonymous

    I am hoping for like 40k to 50k but not sure how well it will sell….fun times I miss number watching

  • http://twitter.com/moni0112 Monica

    Now is #19 overall ITunes USA!

    Q102Philly Q102 Philly
    If u can’t wait till 8pm to #TAKEOVER our radio station & hear @adamlambert “Better Than I Know Myself” Hit this NOW > http://ow.ly/85UEb

  • Anonymous

    Wow, his itune ranking is blowing my mind.  I feel like this song will be huge once it gets airplay.

  • luly

    It’s great to see this iTunes ranking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    Yeah. tbh didn’t expect it get this high, and expected it to be in free fall by now. No one knows this thing exists! Radio just started playing it today. There’s been no promo. We are a determined and large fan base :)

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing it peaks at 19, I just don’t see it going higher than the songs above it.

    Prediction: 25-50K for first week and ultimately platinum.

    Good to see Adam still has a pretty solid fanbase.  The album should do well, especially if this becomes a hit.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Totally agree.  There’s no consideration for what the troops, hospital patients or charities actually need or want.  It IS gross.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    Thanks, Emy … I’m good then with Amazon. 

  • Anonymous

    Yay for the song!  I’m sure it’ll start dropping soon, but this seems like a great start :)

    I agree on the grossness of mass buying for troops or charities. It’s gross to turn something that should be about what they want into something about sales.  Also, it’s dumb because the tiny tiny amount of fans who mass buy with every idol (and probably a lot of artists) means that it makes no difference overall.  So hopefully/probably there won’t be too much of that :)

  • Anonymous

    First steps:

    ADAM LAMBERT – Better Than I Know Myself: 0.084

    (This is Audience Impression of first spins of the song).

  • Anonymous

    it has gotten a lot of promo. RCA and Sony have been tweeting about it ever since it was annouced as the first single. So have DJs all over the country (and overseas). Several bloggers have written articles about it. It has a banner on iTunes. How is that “getting no promo”? Now, he hasn’t performed it live or done many interviews about it, but that is different from “getting no promo”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I have heard over the years that some have been organized but I am
    assuming they are sending the CD’s to charitites that request them?”

    No, and that’s the issue/problem.  If the charities asked for CDs of a particular artist, then of course, that’s a valid contribution.  All of the organized campaigns that I’ve seen have just focused on buying up the CDs of the artist that the fanbase loves and sending them, unasked for, to the troops/hospitals/charities, etc.  And in some fanbases, it’s far more than just a “handful” of fans.  It’s an organized campaign on message boards with thousands of members.  This kind of campaign IS gross.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BHCD4X7GHJ23SMJ2M2RCQUSNUM Pat

    I am wondering why this discussion is still taking over Adam’s song debut thread?
    Every artist has some  fans supporting these donations. Most fans don’t participate.
    It isn’t limited to Adam so again,why ruin a joyous thread by beating a dead horse? 

  • Anonymous

    It does seem like a good sign that the song is managing to get pretty high, both for Adam’s fan base and also for people liking the song. :)  with the other songs, they were right after AI with all that hype and publicity, and now it’s just him and the banners, so it seems great that the song is having such a good first day. :)

  • Anonymous

    ohhh wook at that wittle number…its so cute

  • Lynne

    I didn’t receive mine, so I contacted AO, gave them my order number, and they sentbit to me a few hours later.

  • Lynne

    Effort things to come according to those who have heard it.

  • Anonymous

     I’m thinking this isn’t a big week for downloads (people are spending their money on gifts) so it’s tough to predict. Also it all depends on longevity on the chart. That said I’ll guess 25-30K first week sales for the song. I think twitter is the prime mover of promo here (if twitter means anything…I’m never sure).

    Is there a prize for the winner. :0

  • Anonymous

    That’s pretty much online promo.  Most people don’t know about the song yet because it’s been played on radio all of one day and Adam hasn’t performed it on any tv shows or radio stations.  The real promo will start next year.  

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I am trying to figure out, because this particular subject has been argued time and time again. 

  • rihannsu

    Well I can’t comment on other fan bases actions but several Adam fans actually researched and contacted charities asking about donating CD’s.  They found several I think and then let others know which ones wanted them and which ones didn’t.  I believe some of the charities specified that they wanted a mix of cd’s so the fans who donated to those sent others as well as Adam’s cds.  I believe one of them was Sister Soldier and I think I remember seeing a very nice thank you that was sent out to the fans.  OF course it would be ridiculous to send cds to a charity without first verifying that they would want them, but where is the harm if they have properly researched and determined what the charity wants or will accept? 

    The cd gifting campaigns in Adam fandom amount to squat compared to the other charitable campaigns that fans have contributed to and actually most of the gifting is geared towards fans who say they can’t afford the album.

  • Anonymous

    There’s so much real need out there this Xmas it’s just sad that people waste their $ trying  to boost sales under the pretend guise of charity. But basically it’s there $, so who can stop them.

  • Anonymous

    I recall the gifting/charity donations/bulk buying sales were brought up when Cook’s album/single came out.   I haven’t read all of the Scotty threads, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was suggested that some of his sales were due to bulk buying/charity drives/gifting.   It is the nature of idol fandome. 

    The thing is, all of those sales are had by all artist, which has been determined not to amount to that much.

    Wait until here is an Amazon/Itunes $3.99 album sale to throw into the mix.

  • ronnie

    I hope so, though it would not take much to be edgier than that.

  • ryuryu10

    Can’t some people just stop beating a dead horse? This thread is about Adam’s new single and it has nothing to do with charities.

  • Anonymous

    Most of the gifting associated with Cook pertained to getting CD’s to international fans, who didn’t have access to them.  As for gifting to charities, I don’t see the issue at all.  Seems like it’s making mountains out of molehills. I think the horse is long dead, lol.

  • HotHotHot

    There are no CDs under discussion at this time.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Someone isn’t buying those cds because they have the soldiers or sick
    childrens best interest at hearts, they are doing shameful promotion for
    their favorite singer. Sorry if I’m going to stick with gross.”

    Totally agree. 

  • Anonymous

    Playing right now on my local radio station!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Oh man, predictions. Haven’t a clue, I guess I’ll wait to see how long the song stays in the 20-50s on iTunes. 

  • Anonymous

    How did we even get on this subject?  Is anyone suggesting people buy Adam’s single/CD and donate it to some charity? Is anyone asking people to buy multiple copies?  Let me go back and read the thread.  I may have missed that part.

    Anyway, glad to see the single is doing well.     

  • Anonymous

    What station?   That is very cool.   I don’t know how adds really work.   I assume stations can add the song even if it hasn’t been officially sent for adds?   Also how many times does a song have to get spun on a station to get an auto add?

  • Anonymous

    Milwaukee station. They have a new music battle where a new song tries to unseat the current champ.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds awesome.  What is the station?  I’d like to listen to it online.

  • Anonymous

    Just ended. They played both songs and took calls for less than 5 minutes to vote. Radio Traffic/Snoop Dog got its 5th straight win with Cali Livin.

  • shell29

    Promo is promo-whether it’s online or otherwise.  The notion that this song has received “no promo” just isn’t true.  But I agree that the heavy duty promo will probably start after the New Year.  Great showing on the iTunes charts so far though.  I’m excited for Adam and his fans.

  • http://twitter.com/PH_lambert PHlambert

    Wohoo! so excited that finally the music is here! Been waiting for a long time. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    There’s internet buzz among fans, but that’s not promotion that appeals to people beyond the fandom. How many people pay attention to what djs say on twitter about an artist who disappeared from the radio 18 months ago? How many people read reviews? 

    As you say, Adam hasn’t performed it live on tv, and it only started getting some radio spins today. The upshot is that “normal people,” ie, non fans, have NEVER heard it, or even heard about it. The itunes banner is very nice, but even that is of limited use, since Adam is hardly Gaga or even Bruno, and his name alone is not enough to convince a person to buy a song they have never heard. Yes, people can listen to the snippet then decide, but, again, the song is limited by its unfamiliarity.

    For those out of immediate Adam fandom, btkim is a cypher.

  • fuzzywuzzy
  • http://twitter.com/Universal_Love Universal_Love

    I heard Better Than I Know Myself on 99.5 after listening to bunch of other regular songs that are played on 15 minutes rotations and IMO this song definitely is a radio hit song.  Loved it!  Trying to make my local radios to play it! Seacrest, I’m looking at you!

  • Anonymous

    For whatever reason, I can’t open the link.  I try cutting off some of the …

    LOL..ok, I see you are linking me back to this tread. Ha Ha. What was the comment that you wanted me to see? I got the link to work but it takes me back to page 1. I’m not sure if anyone else is having problems with the site, but it is taking my computer forever to load comments. :( It makes it slow going to go back.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a happy fan, today.  I’m really pleased that Adam has obviously retained a strong fanbase…. enough to get him to 19 on iTunes in the first 24 hours of release.  But, I’m also so happy that I love the song.  I grew to really like WWFM – mostly because it put Adam on the map, but also because his live versions were pretty compelling.  But, I’ve loved this song from day 1. So, this is really fun for me. :) I’ll relax now, since it’s going to move downward on iTunes until the publicity and radio play revs up. But, damn! This was a good day!

  • http://twitter.com/Universal_Love Universal_Love

    Quote From @bscfan: “Keep in mind that iTunes recently changed the rules so that purchasing multiple copies only counts as one copy (unless you gift)” 

    Is this same rule applies to downloads from Amazon or AdamOfficial?  Could you please advise?  Thanks for your informative comment!

  • kingmikol

    I would say that RCA has sent out to selected radio stations that introduction to the song. And to itunes they paid for the banner. Any other promo out there was not paid for IMHO. 

  • Anonymous

    Does any other lover of the English language despise the neologism, “gifting,” as much as I do.  Along with that might add “regifting” – a horrible practice with a horrible name.  (Had to post that after wading through all the “gifting” comments.) 

    Anyhow – back to the Main Event – the one – the only – the Glorious Glambert and his new transcendent music.  Been in love for three years and it’s never gotten old.  The man’s an effin genius.

  • Anonymous

    there is definitively some radio stuff going on all the Iheartradio clear channels have Adam on their rotating front page banners with the song on their sites to play and comment on each of their fb pages.  So it looks like RCA got CC on board early…doesn’t mean anything for spins but pimping on their homepages is always nice

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    Could mean a lot for post-freeze. It’d be wonderful if they can get a block of CC stations playing this song, get it on high rotation in key cc regions, and add cumulus to the mix. Cumulus added wwfm way after it had peaked, I think. Did they ever add iihy?

  • Anonymous

    hehe can I laugh at the irony of you using “effin”?

  • Anonymous

    Well, being Irish and all . . ..

  • Anonymous

    I doubt there will be any major adding until closer to the actual add date thats what I ment by it not really meaning much for spins atm.  The push won’t be for another month.  What spins and add we get will not be because of RCA promo work so much as the individual stations themselves

  • Anonymous

    You do know “effin” is a town in Ireland, don’t you?
    Besides – there are great neologisms – and “effin” is one of them.
    “Gifting” – just plain ugly.
    Distinctions must be made!

  • Anonymous

    haha its still a “neologism” as you put it…just thought it was funny…*shrug* didn’t mean any harm

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    Die hard fans pestered everyone, kept track of all tweets, hints, snippets, for months and months. Even with that, we didn’t know that this song would be released until the day Adam let us know that it would be, just last week. Those buried in the idol bubble so deeply that they’d post here would also know that there is a song out there called btikm.

    For everyone else, there has been, literally, no promotion until today, when radio started to spin it, and itunes got its banner. Nada. Zilch. NONE. The freeze is going to limit spins, and, according to RCA, radio impact date isn’t till 1/30/12 in any case. I’ll make a wild guess that the itunes banner will soon disappear.

    I don’t get RCA’s reasoning for any of this, but I’m sure they know what they’re doing. I’m guessing that the release itself IS the promotion for something that will hit in mid-late January. If they’re counting on huge first week sales, I question their sanity.

  • Anonymous

    lol I still find it ironic but then I laugh at life so there you go.  And haha you can’t really say you were using the town as a reference it doesn’t fit ;)

    lol but we all have are pet peeves I have nuts in my bread products I am irrational when it comes to that lol

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny about the town.  Read somewhere that Facebook won’t allow it to be used on their website. 

  • Anonymous

    hahaha really thats funny

  • cwm

    Another great review for BTIKM (amusing too):

    http://popmessiahblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/judgement-day-pop-heaven-or-hell-adam-lambert-better-than-i-know-myself/

    ETA: Aack! How do I get rid of the Finnish article that’s tailing me?? LOL

  • Anonymous

    So you consider RCA/Sony/DJs tweets “a lot of promo”?

    I’m a stan and I don’t even follow any of those twitters, let alone casual fans or non-fans!  That is NOT promo in my book.  As well as the bloggers/reviews.  That is buzz.  And yes, luckily for him, Adam is not lacking in that.

    The only promo i see right now is the iTunes banner.  I’m sure that was paid for.

    The actual promo will start in the New Year.  So yeah, IMO how he is doing now is fruit of his fanbase and with very little promo.

  • ryuryu10

    #21 – Better Than I Know Myself 
    #884 – Whataya Want from Me

  • Anonymous

    The gifting thing is just a waste of $. It’s never enough to really make
    a dent as big singles sell millions of downloads. I doubt it’s even to
    help the artists or the charity. It’s more to give the fan a “higher
    profile” IMHO. ;) 

    I am usually the most cynical person ever, but I honestly believe that some of the people gifting songs are doing so purely because they enjoy the music and want to see other people enjoy it as well.
    Or they have online friends in other countries who cannot buy the song so they gift them a copy so they can have one.
    Sometimes a gift is just a gift.
    And, as you mentioned, there aren’t enough gifts happening to make a dent so what’s the harm?

    I don’t get RCA’s reasoning for any of this, but I’m sure they know what
    they’re doing. I’m guessing that the release itself is the promotion
    for something that will hit in mid-late January. If RCA is counting on
    huge first week sales, I question their sanity.

    I think it is a pretty safe bet to make that RCA is not counting on huge first week sales  :)
    A cold release like this may be baffling to those of us not involved in the decision making but it made sense to Adam and his team so I have to trust that it is long term thinking.
    Huge first week sales are all very well and good, but any bragging rights garnered in that fashion are quickly lost when a song stalls out in the following weeks. Given the choice I would clearly prefer a longer trajectory cumulating in higher total numbers and one would assume RCA feels the same way.
    Otherwise I question their sanity  :)

  • http://twitter.com/lorismile1 Lori

    Do we know how high it got on US Itunes?  I saw 19 before I left but AO had it at 17?  I see it’s at #21 now.  I’m surprised it got as high as it did without radio play first.   

    I honestly think they released the song now to take advantage of Itunes gift cards.   However, I don’t expect it to stay high on the chart, or sell a lot it’s first week.  That will take radio play.  I’d love to be happily surprised though.

  • mmb

    I’m sure RCA/Adams team aren’t expecting huge first week single sales for a whole variety of reason. I suspect they released the single when and how the have to 1) get at least some benefit from post Xmas iTunes sales, and more importantly 2) to get the ball rolling with the test spins, smash/trash etc stuff at radio so that once January hits they can hit the ground running with radio promo, tv appearances etc. Adam isn’t going to get the immediate every hour on the hour spins like gaga/Rihanna/Katy/Britney. In view of the long lead time between release and official adds date it looks like tptb are taking his radio roll out seriously and have a plan. We will so if they do and if it works next month

  • fuzzywuzzy

    By releasing the single and starting preorders for the CD, RCA will get an idea of the size of Adam’s core fanbase for his sophomore CD.  This will affect the number of CDs that are produced and the extent and kind of promotion leading up to the actual CD release (amount of promotional $$$ to be spent).

  • Tess

    Exactly what I said early on….this release is all about Adam, his label, and his team gaging the extent of his remaining core fanbase and measuring hard facts (sales and pre-orders) to best figure out how to promo his upcoming album release.

    Adam is definitely a “businessman”…he knows that very little about a music career is about luck, that in reality it is about good decisions at critical times, getting the best return for the buck.

    I am sure “the Team” is carefully monitoring Adam’s initial sales both in the States and abroad.  That will help them determine how his universal release time will work and how much time he needs to devote to certain regions and whether that time will help his cause in other locations.

    Gone are the days when an Artist could just drop off their tunes at a radio station and watch its progress.  Now, everything is calculated.  Its a heck of a lot easier to walk into a radio station and say that X amount of Adam fans bought his single without any promo or play and to get the station advertisers to figure out that Adam will be good for continual business…especially considering how tough things were for Adam the first time around.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    “Given the choice I would clearly prefer a longer trajectory cumulating
    in higher total numbers and one would assume RCA feels the same way.”

    Thank you, and I agree! This is a good thing, and it’s excellent that btikm is still up at 21 on itunes. I think he lost the more fickle idol fans and those uncomfortable with his sexy after the ama’s, and the remainder have been obsessed and faithful. He also creates enough buzz that those who are not fans still have some clue about who he is. He’s well positioned for the longer trajectory you mention; hope he gets it :D

  • http://twitter.com/moni0112 Monica

    ITunes Canada : #12 overall – #8 pop

  • Anonymous

    I just bought Adams new single.  And I love it.  It is #11 on pop i tunes..  Go Adam

  • rihannsu

    Ok, straight from a charity organization perspective.

    1n10
    @1n10

    19m

    Congrats on new single @AdamLambert Your amazing fans gifting Trespassing pre-orders to awesome youth we serve. We appreciate you & fans!

    Retweeted by Hoopla1

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BHCD4X7GHJ23SMJ2M2RCQUSNUM Pat

    Obviously this is just my opinion but I think Adam’s world wide fan base is pretty large and many of them discovered him from other means than American Idol. I personally think he has gained more fans from outside of the idol bubble than he lost from the type of performances he favors.

  • rihannsu

    Although it has dropped to #864 now I saw WWFM at #804 just after 11:00am EST

  • http://twitter.com/moni0112 Monica

    ITunes Spain : #28 !!!!
    GO Adam!!!

  • Anonymous

    Just saw a tweet from Adam, he’s going to make the music video for BTIKM in January. 

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if they decided to drop the single now because he is going to do some New Year Eve’s show and needs something new to perform?

  • gferna

    A “christian” group is boycotting BTIKM… Oh God, the humanity…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BHCD4X7GHJ23SMJ2M2RCQUSNUM Pat

    Has this been posted yet?: I Tunes Middle East has BTIKM at #2.
    (It was re tweeted by Adam)

  • Mieps

    I think his Canadian iTunes adventure is about to end.
    Down to 13 overall and 13 pop :(

  • LindaT

    Quote from gferna: “A “christian” group is boycotting BTIKM… Oh God, the humanity… ”

    Christians being unchristian at Christmas-time. The ultimate irony.

    “Protect the children” indeed.

  • Anonymous

    Yay for the making of the video in January. Promo, radio, video, TV (hopefully)…gonna be quite a month. I’m expecting quite a year actually. Can you say “TOUR”?

  • Anonymous

    whoa really? I didn’t realized he is popular here in Middle East. I can’t even find a physical copy of FYE anywhere:( but i am only in one side of middle east and the most conservative part i must say, so…. but yay for Adam!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BHCD4X7GHJ23SMJ2M2RCQUSNUM Pat

    It surprised me too. I remember hearing he was really popular in Iran a while ago so maybe it’s not such a surprise?
    Anyway,it’s amazing seeing him connect to people in so many parts of the world,isn’t it? 

  • http://twitter.com/heretohearyou Sandy A.

    Exquisite

  • http://twitter.com/svmreiter Susan Reiter

    With the promo starting, appearances etc. and the music video – the next few weeks it will be fun to be an Adam fan!