American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez: Debut Album Release Date “Probably in October”

Those of you anxiously waiting the announcement of Jessica Sanchez’s record deal can stop fretting! The American Idol runner-up confirmed she is working on an album, and even spilled a tentative release date to the LA Examiner during last week’s Idol tour junket.

“We’ve been talking about the release date,” revealed Jessica about the album. And it will be “probably sometime in October.”

“Just been working on that,” Jennifer said about whether she’s begun work on her debut. “Listened to a couple of songs that we might cut soon…definitely be working on that while on tour.”

Jessica is not looking to collaborate with any producers/songwriters in particular. “Anybody who presents me with a good song,” she explained. “It could be a no name, somebody that’s never wrote a song before, and wrote an amazing song–a hit. And I’ll grab it!”

Watch Jessica’s interview below.

  • blackberryharvest

    Now there should be no more worries about her getting a pay cut! I’m glad they are striking while the iron is hot for her just like with Scotty and Lauren. I wonder if this means she is releasing before Phillip, because I could have sworn I read somewhere about his album being released in November.

    And anybody who thinks girls shouldn’t bother trying out anymore-this is why they still should! She has a major record deal with an album coming out, she is going to guest star on Glee, she is getting paid, and she will have the same promotional opportunities as the winner. Why not try out if you still get all of this?

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Jessica released first.  Jessica probably got quite a bit of work done on her album while Phillip was still recovering from his surgery.  

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Wish the reporter held the mic closer to Jessica’s mouth.  From what I could hear, Jessica has some great goals set for herself.  I hope she gets those hit records that she wants.  Good luck, Jessica!

  • Lombe Chileshe

    O.M.G I cant wait. I Love this girl So much. I Hope she gets the Collaborations she’s being dreaming of. i.E Eminem. Especially since Eminem is Interscope’s Artist and was discovered by Jimmy I, Himself.

  • chessguy99

    I’m sure Jessica will release before Phillip. Universal Publishing called in some of their talent back in May to get started on songs for Jessica. I see Jessica  to be on a timeline similar to Scotty and Lauren, with an album out by the end of October before all the industry biggies start releasing for the holiday shopping season.

  • Anonymous

    I just hope they let her do current, youthful stuff. She could be the next Beyonce if they do.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/57KPQ4K7HIGPGR7PDW333QMZJQ Steppen

    Really? Unless Jessica is NOT signed with UMG (which I doubt is the case), my guess is they will not allow Jessica to release an album ahead of the winner.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Why not? It happened many times before. 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Non winners releasing before winners happens all the time.  It will be easier to get her album out before because she has no illusions of writing her whole album like P2 does. She’ll just pick songs and record.

  • Anonymous

    hmmm…….I don’t think it’s such a good idea to release her album so soon. Interscope should focus their efforts on finding her a hit and getting radio airplay, instead of trying to find 12 OK songs for her to record before Oct. 

    If they are truly releasing her album in Oct, then they should be releasing her new single in July. We’ve seen how long it takes for a song to climb up the radio charts. Haven’t they learned from S10, that most of the idol fan bases are NOT that huge and they won’t sustain sales? So I hope they think outside the box, and find other creative ways to market her.

  • Anonymous

    Really? Unless Jessica is NOT signed with UMG (which I doubt is the case), my guess is they will not allow Jessica to release an album ahead of the winner.

    Nobody, except fans, cares who releases an album first.  This is debated every year despite the fact that it wouldn’t be the first time that the runner up released music first.  The last time that it happened was Archie and David Cook, and that didn’t seem to hinder either of their albums that year.

    Universal Music/Interscope have shown that they don’t want to wait to release albums, and that they want to make a profit as soon as possible.

  • Anonymous

    I can agree with this, especially since Jessica, unlike with Scotty last year, doesn’t currently have a song on the radio.  Plus, releasing early will mean giving her a lot of songs that weren’t written specifically for her, and while that isn’t a bad thing, they really aren’t taking the time to figure out what her style is, or find the best songs.  

    UMG did well by Lauren and Scotty, and it looks like the process of putting together Jessica’s album will be similar to what happened with Lauren, but as you said, the real issue will be getting Jessica a radio presence before the album drops.  Both Crush and Tattoo were released in August, so it’s not unheard of for idol alums to get airplay during the summer.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Traditionally, 1st singles are released about 2 months before the album drops in order to give them time to gain traction on radio.

    So, with that time table, I think an August single release is feasible. They did that for Jordin Sparks and Archie for their first album cycles.

    And I’m sure they’re trying to find the best songs for her.  Not all albums take years to make.  Like I said before, she’s not trying to write anything this time around.

    And releasing in October didn’t hurt Scotty.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    ” while that isn’t a bad thing, they really aren’t taking the time to figure out what her style is”

    Jessica has always seemed crystal clear on what her style is.  In fact, I’ve never seen a teen so laser focused and assured about what they want to do.

  • Anonymous

    But Scotty had a huge fan base coming out of idol and he also had a top 15 hit, so he was able to sustain sales. Lauren had a moderately big fan base and they bought her album the first weeks, but then without a big radio presence it was hard for her to keep the momentum. Haley and James had smaller fan bases and very little radio airplay, and we know how that went. 

    So far Phillip seems to have a large fan base, but there is no evidence that anyone else has a huge fan base in the US. Which is why I had hope Interscope would take a different approach with Jessica, and market her as if she was a completely new artist. Try to find a hit single, get her on collabs, basically get her name out there, outside the idol bubble, and in the urban/RnB/Pop world. That would benefit her career more in the long run IMO.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think that has a lot to do with finding ten to twelve songs that are a great fit for her.  Most people don’t put together albums in just four months, especially not when three of those months are filled with a 50 date touring schedule.  That’s not the best situation, especially when a new artist is working with multiple producers.  

  • Anonymous

    I just hope for a hit single before her release date.

  • Anonymous

     “Jessica has always seemed crystal clear on what her style is.  In fact,
    I’ve never seen a teen so laser focused and assured about what they want
    to do.”

    I think this is absolutely true.

    However, I can also (easily) imagine a scenario in which they don’t offer her one single song that’s actually a *great* song in her genre of choice — not to mention a great *radio* *single* in her genre of choice, of which she’ll need at least one and, preferably two or three, to actually make a go of things …   (Has there ever been a really really great radio song on one of these quick-out-of-the-box Idol debut albums? I can’t think of one, but the overall gloom of it may be clouding my thinking…)….

    And if there isn’t a truly great song, she’ll absolutely have to settle, in some degree, maybe to a great degree … She’s a kid, and they won’t let her do anything else.

    And then, of course, we all know that they’re also quite capable of coming up with cheap-ass, lazy, dumb production on these albums … and, again, that will be totally out of Jessica’s hands.

    Plus, I’m always suspicious, and I remain suspicious, that they’re only pushing her album out so fast because they really only view her — once again — as somebody who can make some quick souvenir sales from the Idol audience, not as somebody they’re really seriously intending to develop as an artist in the long term ….

    As with others, they’ll give her an additional shot if, by chance, she has a song on this quickie album that turns out to be an actual hit. But I still don’t see any real evidence that they’re seriously thinking about that eventuality for Jessica any more than they have for the others.

    Wish I could be pleased about this fast album thing, but, to my reading of it, history doesn’t really give me much reason to be. (I realize that Scotty and, maybe, Lauren seem to be doing kind of well with the UMG brand of just-add-water-and-stir-quickie-idol-album. … But, honestly, it’s very early days yet for both of them, and I think that Scotty has an immediate personal appeal to his intended audience, regardless of whether he gets truly great songs, that transcends Jessica’s personal appeal at this point and that probably accounts for his current success more than the album or, certainly, the singles, in my opinion. )

  • Anonymous

     (Has there ever been a really really great radio song on one of these quick-out-of-the-box Idol debut albums? I can’t think of one, but the overall gloom of it may be clouding my thinking…)….

    Yes, back in the day.

     David A had “Crush”, Adam had “WDYWFM”, Kris had “LLWD”, Jordin had many smash hits. But yeah, ever since season 8, I can’t think of any “good” singles that have been released by an idol winner/runner-up.

    The X factor UK alums seem to be getting the best radio-ready songs.

    ETA: Well I forgot “Home”, that’s a pretty decent song, but I’m not sure it’s a great radio song.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing Phillip’s album will be out in October as well. This is what UMG did last year with Scotty & Lauren, and that worked out well for them. I doubt Phillip will come close to Scotty’s 1st week sales but Jessica might be able to come close to Lauren’s 1st week numbers (which I think was abt 60K?). Especially if she has a single out that is doing ok on the charts at the time.

    Jessica definitely knows what kind of music she wants to make, so hopefully UMG is on board with this and is looking for songs that will fit her style.

  • iFoundIt

    Philips’ album isn’t scheduled until Nov, possibly Dec, so he will have the holiday shopping season.

    Lauren already had a popular song on radio and she benefited with getting a lot of the same promotion that Scotty got with appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, etc.

  • Anonymous

    ” Yes, back in the day.

     David A had “Crush”, Adam had “WDYWFM”, Kris had “LLWD”, Jordin had
    many smash hits. But yeah, ever since season 8, I can’t think of any
    “good” singles that have been released by an idol winner/runner-up.”

    Thanks. Yep, my memory was definitely playing some tricks. that’s what gloom will do to you, I guess!

    Still, even with these, I would call Live Like We’re Dying and WDYWFM very good radio songs, but they weren’t actual smash hits either — Plus, they were more Hot AC songs than Pop, and I’m not sure how well Hot AC is gonna work for a 16 year old.

    And Jordin reminds me of the asterisk that I still think is required for No Air, to indicate that it owes some of its success to Chris Brown. …. I’ll be readier to believe that they’re serious about Jessica when I hear that they’ve got somebody of that sales level to *perform* on her album (not write — all these people who write have a reject drawer from which they’ll be happy to pull material for Idols, and I don’t think program directors give a crap about whose writing credit is on the song … ). And I think I also need to hear that she’s singing some hooks on some potentially hot rap songs or something like that to familiarize people with her before her own album breaks! Both these things ought to be quite possible when you’re with a major label and they’re serious about you. So I’m hoping to see them!

  • lovesickheroine

     I couldn’t agree more. They are really rushing her album, which in my opinion is not a good idea. Lauren is a totally different case ’cause she’s country and she presented herself on the show on who she really is as an artist. If Jessica doesn’t have a huge fan base in the US as much as Phil does, she’s screwed. She cannot rely on her international fans because I’ve lived in the Philippines on my entire life and I know MOST people don’t buy original copies instead, they purchase pirated cds. I’m just crossing my fingers that she’ll have a decent collaboration with a well-known artist so she can capture audiences outside idol, and have her single released 1 or 2 months prior her album release. I am seriously gonna punch someone if her first single is gonna turn out like Pia’s This Time. UGH.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be readier to believe that they’re serious about Jessica when I hear that they’ve got somebody of that sales level to *perform* on her album

    Agree. If Interscope could get B.O.B. for Haley, they should be able to get someone popular for Jessica. 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     They’ve been doing it for all the Idolettes for 10 years.  They can do it with Jessica and Phillip.  Look, no one is expecting a masterpiece, just get some good singles and get an album out in time for Christmas shopping.  It’s not rocket science.

  • Anonymous

    I think if you look at Scotty and Lauren you get the big kick start of launching your career by releasing right away.  They both put out decent to good country albums. Their respective sales have been great and good.  They both have a good toe hold in the country music scene and yes their second albums need to be better thought out.  But for the top two this seems to be the way to play it for your chance at success.  Once you get lower unless something extrodinary happens you need to due a Casey James and build your career more slowly over time.  I think Jessica is a big enough talent to put out an good album by October and then ride it to build up her fan base just as the top 2 have done from last year.

  • Anonymous

    LLWD went Top 10 on the Mediabase Pop radio chart, which is the last time any Idol has done that with his or her debut single. And both LLWD and WWFM have sold nearly 2 million copies. So I think Interscope would be quite happy if Jessica’s single did anything close to that :)

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Look, nothing is guaranteed for any of them, no matter how much time they take to prepare.  Some artists click and some don’t.  Same goes with Idol alumni.  There have been wildly successful winners and flop winners.  Wildly successful runner ups/finalists and flop ones.

    Sony and now UMG have ALWAYS capitalized on the Christmas shopping season and riding the Idol wave.  It’s just good business sense.

    And short of sitting down and having a long chat with Jimmy, we’ll never know how seriously invested they are with any of them.

    But so far Jessica has managed to keep her name and profile up since the show ended.  Major sports events appearances and now the Glee gig.  All raising her profile.  I see no reason to get all gloom and doom right now.

    ETA: Look at One Direction. The guy that won that year (Matt Cardle) won by a huge margin. 18 months later, he lost his record deal and 1D are worldwide multi-platinum sellers. Even the runner up outsold him by twice as much. And 2nd – 4th all got US record deals and he didn’t.

    NOTHING is guaranteed.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure if singing hooks on some rapper’s song does anything for your solo career unless you already are established. Artists like Rihanna and Bruno Mars can do it (Bruno was well known in the industry if not necessarily to the public), but look at someone like Skylar Gray — she has been on a lot of people’s singles but when she released her own single, it went nowhere. It might be better if Jessica got her own music out first and built a fanbase and then maybe be featured on someone else’s single.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Doubt it.  His surgery delayed him and he wants more writing credits. They’ll be lucky to get something out by November.  I’m expecting early December myself.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Singing hooks on the track of an already established act is just a way to get your name out there.  Introduce an artist to a new audience.  Hopefully to get people to check your own stuff out. Of course it’s no guarantee but nothing is ever guaranteed.

  • lovesickheroine

    LOL you guys should read this article about Jessica’s debut album. I can’t breathe from laughing!  http://sowhatsnews.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/jessica-sanchez-to-release-self-titled-debut-album-on-july-4th/

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure if singing hooks on some rapper’s song does anything for your solo career unless you already are established

    It worked out really well for Ke$ha.  She’d collaborated a bit on other projects before Right Round, but I don’t think anyone considered her a “name” before that.

    Basically, if one believes that mainstream radio is less receptive to any artists from AI than even a few years ago (obviously some people don’t but there’s a case to be made for it), then it follows that “treating any finalist like a new artist and coming up with as many ways to make radio take notice as possible” seems like a reasonable strategy in light of that.

  • clearone

    I’d put good money on Phillip releasing in time for Black Friday.  An AMA appearance on Nov 18th (I believe that’s when they are), to promote his release on Nov 20th ………. and if this pans out, I will be buying a lottery ticket right after.  :)

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  • http://twitter.com/therocprince Cory ??

    I really want Jessica to get in the studio with Jazmine Sullivan & Salaam ReMi, who wrote and produced “Stuttering”. I feel like that song is a representation of not only the artist she wants to be, but the artist she should be. Salaam is also the producer behind Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” album (as well as Mark Ronson), and a lot of great R&B/Soul records of the past several years. I wouldn’t even mind if they got together and ended up doing her whole album. Jazmine is an amazing writer, as well as an amazing vocalist.

    EDIT/ Toby Gad actually produced “Stuttering” another great producer for her to work with. However, I stand by my first statement too.

  • Anonymous

    I think Kesha was similar to Bruno Mars in that she had already established herself in the industry as a songwriter, so people in the business knew who she was. And she was signed to Dr. Luke’s label, which helped. According to the story, her being on Flor Rida’s song was an accident — she walked into the studio while they were recording it. Floe Rida wanted a female voice on the song, and she was in the right place at the right time. :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Most people don’t put together albums in just four months

    Except for almost every AI winner and runner up over the past 11 years.
    This is the way it works in Idol land! There is nothing unusual about this time frame for those coming straight off of Idol.

  • escape

    Idol all over again.  Where she basically will be handed a bunch of songs to record that UMG probably has sitting on their shelf.  And even though she’s been getting all this high profile appaerances since the show, I don’t even remember the last time I saw her name or any of her songs on Itunes, Billboard chart listings, radio airplay, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     No, she wasn’t established like Bruno Mars. She definitely had industry buzz going but she wasn’t writing for other people until later.  Bruno had YEARS of writing hit songs for other people.

  • Anonymous

    Bruno Mars had the advantage of also being a producer as part of the Smeezingtons.  He was way more well known as a writer and producer and had a few legitimate hits.  I think she was pretty second-string before RR in comparison.

    And it may have been an accident, but it sure smoothed some paths for her.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    ” I don’t even remeber the last time I saw her name or any of her songs on Itunes, chart listings, etc.”

    Considering 90% of the songs she was forced to sing on the show don’t represent her style AT ALL – I’m taking that as a VERY good thing.  LOL!

    I hope the only thing she takes from Idol is the media recognition one gets from being on the show.  Because the majority of the Idol audience is NOT her demographic and she shouldn’t even bother trying to cater to them.

    Just take the AI experience as a jumping off point to build upon.  All the smart, successful Idols know this.  They need to reach beyond the show.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait to hear what she comes out with. Jessica is definitely R&B/Pop. Seeing that Interscope has many urban artists, and those who’ve stated they would love to work with her, she can be a hit maker. Best of luck to Jessica!

  • Anonymous

    Even if people in the industry knew who Bruno was, the B.O.B. and Travie collaborations made it much easier for him to get his music played, and they gave him an attentive audience that was receptive to hearing his original music. The hooks let people know who he is. Given what radio sounded like when Just The Way You Are was released, I doubt that it would have gotten any attention from pop radio if Bruno had not made a name for himself with Billionaire and Nothing On You.

    Singing the hook on the Flo Rida song resulted in Kesha getting a record contract. So it worked for her too.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll make obvious disclaimer that I was not referring to people off of AI.  It’s not an ideal situation, and never has been.

  • Anonymous

    he was working on his album before he went in for the surgery though. And he’s already back in the studio. Interscope won’t let him miss the Black Friday sales. That’s the latest it would come out. I still think October is doable. Might depend on how quickly Phillip works and how much head butting he does with the label on what kind of album to make :)

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     I’m sure that’s the PLAN.  Whether that will come to fruition or not is up in the air.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’m sure we all agree that how this works out mainly depends on whether there’s a really good song or two for radio on the album. Some of us just have more hope than others that they’ll be willing and able to come up with one in this time frame. Here’s hoping, anyway. Good luck, Jessica.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XY62PETGTXO3FFQXX45UKQ2O7M Steph

    Jessica’s album will be (is being) thrown together as is the standard practice for those coming off the show. I doubt that it will be the heavily urban sound that she is wanting, but that’s only because she will likely have to make compromises. I doubt that she is having much say in what the final product will be.

    Idol doesn’t have a stellar track record in the urban music world so it will be interesting to see if Jessica can become Idol’s first multi-platinum soulster.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     They did pretty good with Fantasia.  And Ruben sold very well right after the show.

    I’m slightly more confident that Interscope can hook Jessica up with the right songwriters and producers since R&B/Urban/Hip Hop is one of their specialties.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    Jessica cannot compete with the ladies currently on the chart: Katy Perry, Adele, Lady Gaga, Jesse J, Selena Gomez and all the others.  She is neither pretty, no interesting.  Glee is her best shot at stardom, although Glee did not do much for Charice musical career in the US.  So far Phillip blew her out of the water with the sales, I don’t expect it to be different with their albums unless UMG will decide to screw Phillip out of promo, like Sony did with many Idols.

  • Anonymous

    People don’t remember, but Fantasia was the first idol alum who Clive decided to take a true A&R approach with.  Kelly has seen more success, but Clive really worked hard to get Fantasia established at radio, and establish her image (musically speaking, of course.)  Ruben has had success at Urban AC, but Clive really didn’t work as hard with him to help him establish a career.  

    Going back to Jessica, Jimmy has to get her a single out as soon as possible.  Jessica is lucky that Jimmy has so many contacts within the radio industry, even though that didn’t help Pia, and so far it hasn’t done a lot for Haley.  Unlike them, she is a better fit to the type of artist that Jimmy has been having success with over the last few years.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    It’s not an ideal situation for any Idol, but it’s the way it always has been. They have to strike while the iron is hot. They aren’t doing it any differently this year, so it should come as no surprise that the winner and runner up will be releasing their debut albums in the fall.

  • Anonymous

      So far Phillip blew her out of the water with the sales

    With idol watchers. Who we all know disproportionately love their white guys playing soft rock. Lets see what happens in the real world.

    Jessica cannot compete with the ladies currently on the chart: Katy
    Perry, Adele, Lady Gaga, Jesse J, Selena Gomez and all the others.  She
    is neither pretty

    Jessica is prettier than each one of those people outside of Selena Gomez.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    That’s true.  But Clive DID do it within the same time frame all other Idol winners/runners up had in the past.

  • Anonymous

    LOL, who was surprised.  I don’t remember that being the topic. Maybe something didn’t come across in a clear way, but all I remember posting is that it’s not unusual for the runner up to release an album first, and agreeing with someone who said that Jessica needs to establish a radio presence before the album comes out.

    Idol alums haven’t always had a radio presence ahead of their albums being released, but recent history has shown that things are going to be a lot harder for them if they don’t already have a single out, and that the singles may take as long as two months or more to get in a position where they can help the artists and the albums.

  • Anonymous

    Free Yourself came out November 23.  Clear As Day came out October 4.  I absolutely believe that they’ve been trying to find material for her already, but a month and a half can make a huge difference in attracting and producing material.  I think that’s why the proposed October drop date is making some people nervous, especially if they’re trying to hit at mainstream instead of country. (If they work her at Urban first, that may be a different story.)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    I disagree, Jessica is prettier than many of the female artists you listed.

    P2 can’t compete with Bruno, Bieber, or Adam Levine on the charts. That doesn’t mean he won’t be able to find some kind of audience for his music. Same with Jessica.

    UMG will do whatever they see as most profitable for themselves as far as promo goes, just like RCA was smart enough to do. The more interest there is in the US and internationally, the more promo the artists will receive. Promo follows interest and potential.

  • Anonymous

    In her case, the time frame wasn’t the issue, since her debut cd was just as messy as all of the other idol alums.  It made no sense that You Were Always on My Mind was included, especially since the album already had Summertime and I Believe.  It was a very uneven album.

    What Clive did do is send her on an extensive radio tour.  She didn’t disappear like most alums, and go on a long tour, probably because of her daughter.  She did do open a few shows for Kem, but I doubt that that tour had more than ten to 15 shows.  Instead, she did a lot of radio sponsored events, and won over the djs, as well as shows that were part of events that happen every year.  

    With Fantasia, it was that marketing/promo strategy that did more to get her established at Urban and Urban AC stations than her debut album did.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Season 3 did a tour just like every other season did.  Fantasia did the summer tour and recorded her album just like every other winner.  Dropped album that November of that same year.  Maybe after the Idol tour they sent her around on the radio tour but she had the same limitations as every other Idol. 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     I’m betting they’re aiming for Rhythmic/Top 40 for Jessica.  And most likely will drop a single in August.  They’ve probably been preparing for her album since before the show ended.  Jimmy was always interested in signing her.

  • lovesickheroine

     Seriously? Toby Gad produced Stuttering? Oh that explains why after the top 7 performance he said on his twitter that he wanted to work with Jessica someday! I would love to see that happen. Jesse McCartney also wanted Jessica to have a duet with him. Jesse might not be as famous as he is before but heck, i see no problem with it plus, he has an album coming out soon

  • Anonymous

    What are you talking about?  Season 3 did a tour just like every other season did.  

    I wasn’t talking about an AI tour, I was referring to idols disappearing off of the scene to go on their own headlining tour, where they are preaching to the choir, or even opening for other people.  My point, as I stated, is that Fantasia really didn’t do that.  Clive Davis had her go on a very extensive radio promotional tour, as well as perform at heavily attended events that targeted the people in her demo.  That, not the typical AI debut album, is what helped her get established.

    I don’t know what the confusion is, since I pointed out that her album was messy too, just like most idol debut albums are, but it was Clive’s A&R plan, not the album, that lead to her being accepted by industry people and consumers of her genre.

    I even stated that Jimmy would have to have this same type of plan for Jessica, and that it is a good thing that he has such a good relationship with radio executives.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Before or after her album dropped?

    And what do you think the NBA Finals, Paquio fight and Glee are?

  • Anonymous

    Barrino also opened for Kanye West in 2005, so it’s not like she did just 10 touring dates and then all radio festivals.

    I think “radio tour” and “regular tour” is a false dichotomy anyway.  Plenty of touring artists use those tour dates to go do special in-studio shows or at least morning drop-ins with the same PDs and DJs that would see them if they only did radio station-sponsored festivals (which tend to be concentrated around holidays). In fact, it’s a double hit, since many of them do the Jingle Ball rounds during the winter anyway.

    FB had an obvious radio format that was receptive to her from jump.  She had a fairly well-reviewed album single with a sample from a beloved band. I’m not dismissing the job they did promoting her, but “she didn’t tour, so she made more casual fans” doesn’t really track with the facts or explain her success at radio.  

    I don’t think that Sanchez will follow that model, at any rate. As I said, she can be on tour and still visit radio. I’d expect that to happen.

  • iFoundIt

    So far Phillip blew her out of the water with the sales
    With idol watchers. Who we all know disproportionately love their white guys playing soft rock. Lets see what happens in the real world.

    This is reflective of the real world.  Home is still on ITunes Top 100.  The only Idol who has a song is Kelly Clarkson.  Truth is, it will be much harder without that core Idol fan base.

    And he’s already back in the studio. Interscope won’t let him miss the Black Friday sales. That’s the latest it would come out. I still think October is doable.

    I don’t think the plan was ever for an Oct release for Phillip.  It was always maybe Dec, which should work out with the holiday shopping season.

  • Anonymous

     “It’s not an ideal situation for any Idol, but it’s the way it always has been. They have to stike while the iron is hot.”

    Well, I guess my question is whether the “have to” is really accurate. It’s certainly what we’ve been led to think, and I can see the reasons for that. But there have been some notable exceptions.

    Elliott, for example, didn’t put out his first album until a year after Idol, and he had a number three debut, a gold album and a platinum single with a top-20-video-for-the-*year* as an *indie.* His iron wasn’t hot at all any more (by Idol standards) and he didn’t even have major-label promotion, yet he did considerably better with that album than the winners and runner up of his season, who were on major labels and did strike with hotter irons (though Katharine’s was delayed a bit, as I recall.) And Casey James has a darned cold iron, but he seems to be doing pretty well right now, too. (And there have been a few others in various niches as well, I think. Bucky, Josh Gracin, Mandisa. )

    Anyway, the secret with Elliott’s and Casey’s albums, in my opinion, was *songs*. And songs trumped hot irons, it appears, in their cases, at least.

    Especially when someone’s as young as Jessica, I really don’t see why they rule out an artist-development process and go with the hot iron instead. It makes me suspicious (obviously. ha).

  • Anonymous

    Barrino also opened for Kanye West in 2005, so it’s not like she did just 10 touring dates and then all radio festivals.

    I know she did one off and spot openings at shows, most of which were sponsored by radio stations.  My point was that she wasn’t put into a position like so many other idol alums where she was booked for a long tour, and taken out of the public eye.  Her promo was better directed at her core demo than most alums, and was heavily centered around introducing her to the people at radio stations.  And Jessica’s will have to be the same way.

    “she didn’t tour, so she made more casual fans”  

    This has quotes around it, so who said it?  I don’t think that’s how it works, it’s more like she wasn’t off the radar, or just promoted to her AI fans, so that allowed her to work radio, and be exposed to a larger group of people, which was necessary, since her subsequent album sales shows that she lost a lot of AI fans, who are not fans of r&b music, or at least the r&b music that she was releasing.  

    The main point is that it wasn’t the album that won people over, and I doubt that it had too many positive reviews, it was the labels A&R plan.

    I actually do think that it is taking something away from her to say that Urban and Urban AC would have been receptive to her no matter what.  Especially Urban formats, since there are not a lot of soul r&b singers who are getting played on that format, which usually just focuses on rap and hip-hop.

  • Anonymous

     

    This is reflective of the real world.

    No it isn’t. Nothing related to idol sales through their first few weeks of the debut album have anything to do with anything outside of the idol bubble. Only long term success can be attributed to gaining outside fans, and one month after the show ending is not indicative of anything besides that people who liked him on idol still like him lol.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t even understand the argument, especially since my post about Fantasia was just reflecting on what Clive did right to help her get established, and had nothing to do with whether or not Jimmy is doing something wrong by Jessica.

    I’m not going to discuss the Huge impact that singing the National Anthem has on someone’s career, or how that’s exactly the same as targeted promotion that reaches people who are in someone’s demo.  It seems like there is an argument starting just for the sake of arguing, and that has nothing to do with what I have actually posted.

  • iFoundIt

    Nothing related to idol sales through their first few weeks of the debut album have anything to do with anything outside of the idol bubble. Only long term success can be attributed to gaining outside fans, and one month after the show ending is not indicative of anything besides that people who liked him on idol still like him lol.

    No one has a crystal ball to project the future.  Sales are sales.  It is much better to have those results than not.  Home will likely go Gold in a few weeks.  I’m sure any artist, especially someone with their first single, would love those results. And not every Idol has gotten those results.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    I was referring to the winner and runner up from my post before. They should strike while the iron is hot. The rest are in a different situation, unless there is a Daughtry type on down the list.

    Jimmy isn’t going to wait to “develop the artist” before dropping an album for Jessica or Phillip. Phillip could also benefit greatly from some extra time for writing and figuring out how to get his jazz-acoustic-rock sound to mesh with something that will be a good fit on HAC or Pop, but he’s not going to get a few months to do that. Jimmy is going to make these albums quickly and throw them out there like they usually do with the winner and runner up.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t say that they “would have been” receptive no matter what.  I’m saying that I Believe sold well and did well at UAC out of the gate which proved receptiveness to her material from early on.  It’s not unusual for successful UAC artists to cross over to Urban, either.

    And the West tour was two months.  I can’t find data on how many dates she actually did, but she was in the press releases from the beginning, so I’m assuming “more” rather than “less.” 

    Sure, it’s great to promote her to her format, but I still object to the notion that going on an actual tour is going to inhibit that when it can be coupled with radio events.

  • Anonymous

    “I was referring to the winner and runner up from my post before. They
    should strike while the iron is hot. The rest are in a different
    situation, unless there is a Daughtry type on down the list.”

    Yeah, I know. I should have clarified myself better.

    It just seems to me that, since there’s some evidence that lower finishers can beat out winners and runners-up with high-quality music that comes out later (after some clear withering away of the fanbase), there’s no *real* reason for the labels to shun the wait in the cases of the runners-up (like Jessica) or even the winners — except, of course, that the label wants the bucks it feels are *guaranteed* with a quickie release and prefers that to a longer-term payoff with the artist that is *not* guaranteed. …

    In the cases of both Phillip and Jessica, I think some kind of artist-development process would probably be to the long-term benefit of both. But I’m sure that the label sees *that* as only a crapshoot — when it comes to their profits — while the payoff from the quick album is a sure (if only very fleeting) thing.

    I definitely get the “should” from the label’s point of view — a profit in the hand is worth two in the bush.

    But I really don’t see a lot of evidence that that “should” necessarily applies to the Idols, including the winners and runners-up. ….

    The difference, to me, is that the labels tend to be making their decisions based on their potential earnings for the next quarter — whereas, with these young artists, it might possibly be better for them if decisions were made based on the next five years, instead.

     If you make a mediocre album that sells really well but doesn’t do much on radio and mainly serves to convince program directors that you’re a flash in the pan who’s not worth playing when your next album comes out and your Idol moment of fame is over, what good does that do you? And it seems to me that that’s a pretty common Idol pattern, which i would say is at least *partly* due to the quick-and-dirty-badly-written-first-album syndrome.

    I completely agree with you that no artist development will happen. …. But I’m not convinced that labels actually are doing what’s even in *their* best interest by skipping it.

  • shell29

    Jessica cannot compete with the ladies currently on the chart: Katy Perry, Adele, Lady Gaga, Jesse J, Selena Gomez and all the others.

    People were saying the same things about Jordin after her season-no way did she have the “looks” or the “appeal” to be able to compete with the established pop starlets on the charts.  Needless to say things worked out just fine for Jordin in that regard.  Sure, she’s not charting right now but again, there were a lot of folks who didn’t think she’d ever have a pop hit let alone four hits in a row (and she deserves the lion’s share of the credit for that-NOT Chris Brown).

    I think Jessica will have no problem competing in the marketplace-as long as they allow her to perform music that she’s comfortable with and don’t continue to saddle with the same played out ballads and cover tunes she had to perform during the Idol competition.  IMO with the right songs and her talent, Urban/R&B audiences will embrace her.  She might not be the next Lady Gaga or Rihanna, but I think she’ll find success on pop radio as well.

    As far as P2 “blowing her away in sales”?  I have a feeling the story will be much different in the fall when she releases her own new music and not a crappy coronation single or tired cover tunes.  We’ll see what happens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002166668687 Ali Goria

    That was the timing in the mainstream’s eyes on Kesha’s RCA contract but she was an industry insider since 2005. She was signed to Dr. Luke since 2005 who also got her that hook on Flo Rida. Her RCA contract is through Dr. Luke.

    So it’s not exactly a Cinderella story after 4-5  years of working that one thing gave her a contract. She had also been on Katy Perry, writing and a few other notables and Kara tried to sign her before the Flo Rida song but couldn’t because Dr. Luke already owned her.

    We’ll never know that one hook in one song got her that contract because she had a track record including writing, being in videos and singing on several songs including Britney. So the foundation for RCA to take a risk was there. Plus she came with 200 of her own songs [fragments] and a killer image. Rare, imo. Oh AND her mom is a song writer in Nashville lol.

    In fact she wrote Britney Till the World Ends and I think another one last year.

  • blackberryharvest

     

    Jessica cannot compete with the ladies currently on the chart: Katy
    Perry, Adele, Lady Gaga, Jesse J, Selena Gomez and all the others.  She
    is neither pretty, no interesting.

    Lady Gaga and Adele aren’t exactly flattering in appearance.

  • escape

    Good luck to Jessica if she thinks that within 4 mos and with her first CD, she has the power to call the shots and turn out an album the way she wants it, with the writers and producers she wants, and with the promotions she needs.

    At the end of the day, it will likely be Interscope’s vision, which probably isn’t very different than what she did on Idol.   And at the end of the day, it will likely just be songs that they already own and not previously used with other artists.

  • Anonymous

    multi-platinum? That’s shooting a little too high considering pretty much no artist sells multi-platinum these days, let alone a debut artist.  :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/maria.romeo.900 Maria Romeo

    She is gonna sell more than phillip.  Mark my words.  All i know is i will be buying hers and not phillips.

  • Anonymous

    What’s been generally reported is that she kept working hard behind the scenes, trying to land a contract, and that it was not until she did the hook on Flo Rida’s song that someone believed in her enough as an Artist, to give her a chance.  Maybe you’ve read something different, but just because people believed in her as a writer, that doesn’t mean that they thought that she could do well as a singer.

  • Anonymous

    We’ll never know that one hook in one song got her that contract

    I don’t think anyone is saying that; we’ve touched on the deal with Dr. Luke.  But “having a contract” and “getting airplay” are not at all the same thing, and singing the hook on a #1 pop hit seems like it would help with the latter.  That’s why people are suggesting it as a path for Sanchez.  It doesn’t work all the time, as some mentioned, but I doubt it would hurt.

  • halo9125

    Here’s the thing: unlike Lauren Alaina, who had a semi-decent hit with “Like My Mother Does”, along with a music video to promote it- I can’t even remember the name of “winner’s song” (if that’s what they call it) that Jessica performed at the finale. That’s one strike against her right there. That, combined with recording on tour, and the apparent rushing they have planned to get an album out in October -all of these factors are strikes against Jessica. If she’s THAT good, there’s nothing wrong with an artist development deal, and releasing good music. The “strike while the iron is hot” approach isn’t going to work for Jessica because given the fact that her Idol music barely sold, clearly there aren’t tons of people clamoring for her album. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Eh, it worked for past runner ups like Lauren Alaina or David A., it can just as easily work for Jessica. Like everyone else, she will need to have a single that is getting good airplay. Jessica also has some international interest and the Glee gig. She will be fine.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TBRH25QFXTK5JOPE4HX7FBI5PE J

    Jessica is already very talented and I think Jimmy knows, due to Jessica’s age, she will not reach her potential as a performer and vocally for a few more years (until she is 18 at least). I don’t think there is much pressure for huge sales or even “cashing in” at this point, on her debut album.

  • Anonymous

    There is always pressure on the Idol runner-up to sell well — almost as much pressure as there is on the winner. Lauren was 16 (or just turned 17?) when her album came out. Although the labels will talk about “artist development,” especially with younger artists, that doesn’t mean they don’t have expectations in terms of what type of sales they would be happy with.

  • Anonymous

    Lauren’s song barely made it into the top 40.  It peaked at #36, and didn’t stay there for too long.  That’s better than not making the top 40, but I wouldn’t say that that put her in the best position to launch her album.  

    Jessica may have that strike against her too, but I would hope that Jimmy releases a single for her before September, it’s obviously not going to be the song that she performed on AI, since that song was for the benefit of AI fans who like Hot AC music, and these are not the people who Jessica will be marketed to.

  • Anonymous

    “Jessica is already very talented and I think Jimmy knows, due to
    Jessica’s age, she will not reach her potential as a performer and
    vocally for a few more years (until she is 18 at least). I don’t think
    there is much pressure for huge sales or even “cashing in” at this
    point, on her debut album.”

    Well, if this is true, then I’m even more confused. Why, then, the hurry to get an album out in October? October is awfully soon when she’s on tour into September. What would be the purpose of that other than the age-old Idol tradition of having the first album be a quickie vehicle put out for the sole purpose of cashing in as much as possible on an Idol’s 15 minutes of initial fame?

    If they don’t want the usual momentary cash-in, then why couldn’t they wait at least a few months, to give them more time to develop a strong album, find the best songs, build some airplay for the first single before the album release, etc? If they’re actually looking at her as somebody they plan to develop, why even put out a quickie album that gets made before the label even really fully knows the capabilities of the artist?

  • Anonymous

    October release is the norm. Last year both Scotty and Lauren released in October. This year because of Phillips health issues Jessica will probably release before him. But that’s the norm for winners and runner ups. FYI Jessica is very good looking so that shouldn’t be an issue! I think she will have definite success. Hope jimmy gets her the right material!

  • Anonymous

    “October release is the norm. Last year both Scotty and Lauren released in October.”

    Well, it’s the norm on Idol because the labels are trying to cash in on the fame of the contestants with a souvenir album before the initial glow fades! I think we’ve pretty well established that over 11 seasons! …

    But that still leaves wide open the question of why in the world you’d release something in October from somebody who’s been madly touring up through September, and whom you don’t even know very well, if you’re *aren’t* interested in “cashing in,” as you said that the label is not, in Jessica’s specific case.

    That was my question — and just asserting that it’s been the case doesn’t answer it. Why was it a clear cash-in in the case of so many people before, but is *not* a cash-in when it comes to Jessica? I’d love to believe that they are no longer interested in quick Idol cash-ins and are hyped to develop artists this time, but I don’t see you’ve given us anything but the unbacked-up assertion that this is what they’re doing.

  • shell29

    Who said she’d be able to call the shots?  If none of the other Idols before her have been able to do so with their debuts, why would the story be any different for Jessica?  If they allow her to perform the style that she prefers and provide good songs along those lines, I think she’ll be in good shape.  Obviously she’s not going to have her way completely, but if they can find a happy medium I’m sure they’ll find a way to make it work.

  • Anonymous

    I keep hearing about Jessica’s “style.”  It doesn’t matter what her style is, or which genre she wants to record, she will do what TPTB want her to do, especially on this first album.  They will have her singing teenie bopper songs, hopefully, as she IS only 16.  Then if she gets lucky, and has a hit, she might be able to make an album more her liking.  Two words:  BO BICE

  • Karen C

    Actually from Season 7-9, the winner’s albums were released in November,  and the runner’s up were too, except for Crystal’s, which was released in December because she wanted more time.  They had singles released sometime around September.  I’m not sure about before that. 

    The reason that Scotty and Lauren’s albums were released in October, and also probably Jessica’s will be ready is because they are not writing or cowriting songs, and Phillip probably will be, in addition to his surgery, so I would expect him to have more time.

    If Jessica is ready, it’s good that they’ll allow her to release hers first because at one time there was a rule that a contestant couldn’t release anything before the winner. 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    She’s no Bo Bice (and I liked Bo a LOT).  Fortunately Jessica’s preferred style is what’s current on today’s radio.  So I see no reason why Interscope won’t be willing and able to find songs in that vein.  And, yes, more than likely age appropriate.

    Poor Bo was trying to bring classic rock back.  That was never gonna happen.

  • alterego

    She’s going to be told to sing songs that are given to her.  She isn’t doing any collaborations.   She doesn’t have a song on radio. She didn’t get the pimp spot of Black Friday sales. The writing is on the wall. Next.

  • Anonymous

    I think she will be successful and people will forget that she was on AI. 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     She’s going to be told to sing songs that are given to her. 

    **They all pretty much are (and have in the past)

    She isn’t
    doing any collaborations.  

    **Do you know something we don’t because I’m pretty sure no details have come out yet.

    She doesn’t have a song on radio.

    **They’ll release one eventually

    She didn’t
    get the pimp spot of Black Friday sales. The writing is on the wall.
    Next.

    **Neither did Scotty and he did great.  NEXT.

  • Anonymous

    What Black Friday pimp spot? Nothing that has transpired so far has led me to believe that she won’t at least be given a shot. Otherwise they would not be recording an entire cd. It would be only what is now the minimum offer of an EP. Nobody posting here at Mj’s so far have given us anymore scoop. For the record P2 is gonna record what they tell him to as well!

  • Anonymous

    When I said the norm I meant the winner or runner up releasing in October November etc is the norm! NOthing unusual here!! The competition is over. These are all young kids trying to realize a dream. I honestly wish them all the best. The music world is such a tough business. Jessica is definitely my favorite and I just wish her the best of luck.

  • Anonymous

    Even if she does become successful, people won’t forget she was on Idol. People still remember that Kelly and Carrie came off of Idol, and it’s unlikely Jessica will become as successful as either one of them.

  • Anonymous

    At least we know that she will release an album.

    I think the debate between “striking while the iron is hot” (e.g. Jordin) or “making it polished with time” (e.g. Casey James, Haley) is an interesting one, but I think that it would take a good SONG – may it be from a quick write or a long process – to really see long term success for Jessica. Some songs sting if they are released early (This Time) or the other way around (No Air) while some that are long term can be the same, so the key here is to find good songwriters to bring her a hit song. The likes of Haley can still reach long term success with time as her song I think is still charting in the HAC(?) so we can’t shut her down yet.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XY62PETGTXO3FFQXX45UKQ2O7M Steph

    Bo Bice? Nah. I’d say more like Allison Iraheta. Jessica will likely be Allison’d — the young girl with a voice the label has no clue what to do with. Allison’s debut was a complete disaster and she’s yet to recover (career wise) from it.

    And we all remember when Kat McPhee was going to be an urban music princess. That didn’t turn out well either.

    Interscope had better watch what they’re doing or Jessica’s launch could wind up being yet another Idol debacle.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Well, these days pretty much all Idol releases are debacles. I have little faith in 19R and their associated labels. They just don’t put enough effort and money into Idol albums and how no vision how to achieve commercial success.

  • Anonymous

    I think Jessica is in better career shape than Allison or Kat. She could do the r&b/pop songs that are popular and she’s a teen. That’s a good thing in Pop these days. However, the franchise needs to come up with a hit Pop single for her similiar to No Air for Jordin.  Let’s see if they can do it.

  • http://twitter.com/cocoloids Franco Carlo Buendia

    I just wish she’d do a collaboration with a popular artist like Bruno Mars or Nicki Minaj or someone, and I hope she gets with a catchy tune so that she could sell. Wishin her all the best.

  • alterego

    I’d say more like Allison Iraheta. Jessica will likely be Allison’d — the young girl with a voice the label has no clue what to do with. Allison’s debut was a complete disaster and she’s yet to recover (career wise) from it.

    Allison was also known to having a boring personality who wasn’t able to connect with her music.

    In as far as album sales of 2nd place finishers, Jessica is more along the lines of Diana DeGarmo, Justin Guarini.

    My take: the girl who will be the most successful will be Skylar.  I also think that Elise will have a long term career.

  • OffLeash

    If we look at Jimmy’s record with the Idols he personally signed so far, namely Pia and Haley, he’s kept them in the genre they performed on Idol. Same for the ones he shipped off to Mercury-Nashville, but those were a no brainer.
    We’ll see if Jimmy’s strategy changes with Jessica. It’s possible it will because if they’re in it to cash in on Idols fresh off the show like many of us believe, he’s also aware of how low her post Idol sales are. BTW, is it officially an album, not an EP she’s recording?

    As for the official label announcements, still nothing about P2’s deal. If they still don’t announce it this week, now that P2 is talking to the press again, I wonder if it means Jimmy and P2 aren’t agreeing yet on the direction of his album. We’ll see what this week brings, but they seem to be taking their sweet time, although I don’t remember when they announced the deals last year.

  • Garrett Clayman

    they released Kat McPhee’s album after Christmas and it sales were not up to par. every album since then has been released in the holiday season

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “(Has there ever been a really really great radio song on one of these
    quick-out-of-the-box Idol debut albums? I can’t think of one, but the
    overall gloom of it may be clouding my thinking…)…. ”

    If you don’t count the “coronation single” from earlier Idols, then “Miss Independent” from Kelly’s debut album was a great radio hit:

    “Miss Independent” performed strongly on the Billboard charts, and managed to peak at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. Moreover, the single came out at the time that the Billboard Hot 100 airplay was changing to include fewer top-40 stations, and more R&B and rhythmic
    stations. The single also did not have a commercial release on vinyl or
    CD-single forms to give it a boost on the charts. The single was
    released as a digital download. It charted and peaked at number two on
    the first ever digital download chart in July 2003.[4] The song was a smash on top-40 radio formats, and peaked at number one for six weeks on Top 40 Mainstream and an equal six weeks on the Top 40 Tracks

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Independent_%28Kelly_Clarkson_song%29

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Not sure what’s up with P2 and Jessica’s deal announcements.  The last time it took this long to get an announcement was Season 6.  The rumor was, they had a super hard time trying to find a label for Jordin within the Sony family until Jive stepped in (who was barely connected to Sony).

    We didn’t get her announcement until AUGUST.  And only after they announced her they announced Blake’s deal.

    So I don’t know what’s holding up P2’s deal.  Maybe they’re trying to find the right label for him within the Universal family?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    If we look at Jimmy’s record with the Idols he personally signed so far, namely Pia and Haley, he’s kept them in the genre they performed on Idol.

    Not really. Pia did a straight Pop song, which wasn’t anything like the big Diva ballads that she did on AI. Haley leaned more towards her jazz sound, wrote most of her songs and has a collab with B.O.B on her album.  

  • Anonymous

    So I don’t know what’s holding up P2’s deal. Maybe they’re trying to find the right label for him within the Universal family?

    Well, for branding purposes, Island/Mercury would make the most sense. 

    But it’s a different label group than Interscope/Geffen, and this would not be the first time that the label group that sponsored the show hung on to the artists regardless of the sense behind it (see: Crystal Bowersox going to Jive under RCA/Jive instead of Columbia). 

    I suspect that he’s staying on Interscope and they are waiting for Home to go gold so that they can put that in the press release (maybe they figure the tour will boost sales so that it gets there in a couple of weeks?). And of course, Sanchez should get her release out immediately after.

  • OffLeash

    Pia’s single sounds more like a Celine Dion “pop” song to me. And Haley did plenty of jazzy performances on Idol. Her album sound was no surprise to me.

  • OffLeash

    I suspect that he’s staying on Interscope and they are waiting for Home to go gold so that they can put that in the press release (maybe they figure the tour will boost sales so that it gets there in a couple of weeks?).

    I hadn’t thought of that. It would make sense. I think “Home”‘s total sales could be close to 470k this week, so we’re getting there.

  • Trina

     

    Has there ever been a really really great radio song on one of these quick-out-of-the-box Idol debut albums? I can’t think of one, but the
    overall gloom of it may be clouding my thinking.

    IMO “Tattoo” was a great song, perfect for Jordin’s age at the time, and ended up being a smash that eventually propelled more radio hits for Jordin. I’d also say Jesus Take The Wheel was a really good, well written song.

  • Anonymous

    I guess I was thinking if it took Jessica awhile to have a hit single, then there would be distance between her AI run and whatever success she might have.  But you’re probably right. Since she came in 2nd she is probably well known enough that she will be referred to as an AI runner-up for quite sometime.

  • http://twitter.com/cyrilandrea Cyril Mista


    clearly there aren’t tons of people clamoring for her album.  ” I don’t think so “Jessica Sanchez Debut Album” just trended WW 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002622916703 Aeronwy Elf

    Shouldn’t her album be out by now since it’s November? She said it will be out sometimes in October and I checkec I-tunes yesterday. She is going to be the most successful artist in the world.