HDD – Album Sales Prediction : Oct 29-Nov 4

With 69.42% of the chart reporting in, Taylor Swift is off to an easy win for her second week. When you move 1.2M units in your first week, even if you have a regular drop-off in album sales, you still sell more in your second week than most people sell all year. Hip-Hopper Meek Mills will have to settle for a meager 2nd slot in his opening week despite a predicted 165-180K in sales.

Now that Halloween is over, people are getting into the Christmas spirit and buying albums along with their Christmas decorations. Thanksgiving needs to get out of the way! Rod Stewart is leading the chart this week with “Merry Christmas Baby” – hey, even aging rock-stars know baby needs a new pair of shoes (little Aiden Stewart just turned 1 this year). Jason Aldean looks to have another hit album on his hands as he is 4th in his 3rd week. Fellow Country artist, Toby Keith, is currently debuting in 5th making it 3 country artists in the top 5. Hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar is 6th, Country band Little Big Town is 7th, British Alt-Rockers Mumford and Songs are 8th, Christmas staples Trans-Siberian Orchestra have a new EP out at 9th to anchor their 2012 winter tour and Eric Church rounds out the top 10.

The top reality show contestant this week is Carrie Underwood. Her fourth album “Blown Away” got a bit of a boost from her hosting duties on the CMA awards last week (many Country acts got boosts as well) and is at 15th. Scotty McCreery was also there and his Christmas album is sitting at 17th. Last season’s Voice winner (and judge) Blake Shelton’s Christmas album is at 20th (he was awarded EOTY and SOTY at the CMA’s). UK X-Factor dream team of boys, One Direction, is 26th (new album soon!). Winner of the first season of The Voice (and judge) Adam Levine’s band Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” album is right behind at 27th. These latter two will battle it out with Thursday night result show performances on the XF and The Voice respectively.

Now 43 featuring Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction, Cher Lloyd, XF US judge Demi Lovato and Voice judge Adam Levine is at 29th. America’s Got Talent is represented by Jackie Evancho who is at 30th. Finally, Carly Rae Jepsen is hanging in there in 39th position.

CHART DATE: 11/05/2012
LAST UPDATE: 11/05/2012 14:26:51
NOW IN: 69.42%

LW TW artist / album label power index
1 1 TAYLOR SWIFT RED 238,686
— 2 MEEK MILL DREAMS & NIGHTMARES 126,166
— 3 ROD STEWART MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY 45,483
3 4 JASON ALDEAN NIGHT TRAIN 41,654
— 5 TOBY KEITH HOPE ON THE ROCKS 32,162
2 6 KENDRICK LAMAR GOOD KID M.A.A.D CITY 29,497
11 7 LITTLE BIG TOWN TORNADO 21,980
4 8 MUMFORD & SONS BABEL 21,337
— 9 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA DREAMS OF FIREFLIES 18,300
34 10 ERIC CHURCH CHIEF 14,738

21 15 CARRIE UNDERWOOD BLOWN AWAY 11,037

13 17 SCOTTY MCCREERY MERC CHRISTMAS WITH SCOTTY 10,390

43 20 BLAKE SHELTON CHEERS, IT’S CHRISTMAS 8,475

19 26 ONE DIRECTION UP ALL NIGHT 7,300
14 27 MAROON 5 OVEREXPOSED 6,317

24 29 NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 43 VARIOUS ARTISTS 5,674
38 30 JACKIE EVANCHO SONGS FROM THE SILVER SCREEN 5,545

— 39 CARLY RAE JEPSEN KISS 3,591

— 50 KILLERS BATTLE BORN 1,599

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Weakend sales predictions from HDD:

    AND NOW, YOUR TOP 15: This week’s top debut, Meek Mill, seems to have been impacted the hardest by this week’s storms, flooding and power outages in the Northeast. While most of the other titles are falling in line with expectations, Mill, whose base has been heaviest in the New York/Philadelphia areas, seems to be coming in considerably below earlier forecasts. His projection today has dropped nearly 10%
    over what the numbers suggested yesterday. In addition, Meek’s digital share may be substantially higher than comparable first week titles indicating consumers on the East Coast are more focused on getting their power back on and back to work rather than buying new releases. Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend:

    Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 325-340k
    * Meek Mill (Maybach/Warner Bros.) 165-180k
    * Rod Stewart (Verve) 75-80k
    Kendrick Lamar (Aftermath/Interscope) 65-70k
    Jason Aldean (Broken Bow) 65-70k
    * Toby Keith (Show Dog) 45-50k
    Mumford & Sons (Glassnote) 40-45k
    * Neil Young & Crazy Horse (Reprise) 30-35k
    * Trans Siberian Orchestra (Lava/Republic) 24-27k
    Pink (RCA) 20-23k
    Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville) 18-21k
    Tony Bennett (Columbia) 17-20k
    Lady Antebellum (Capitol Nashville) 17-20k
    * Flyleaf (A&M/Octone) 17-20k
    Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville) 15-18k

    * Debuts

    Here’s hoping for as rapid a return to normal as possible on the East Coast. (11/1p)

     

  • girlygirltoo

    So Rod Stewart will have the highest 1st week sales for any of the Christmas albums released so far this year, right? Has any other Xmas album released this year had better 1st week sales than Scotty?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes and no.

  • springboard2

    Mediabase:
     
    AAA:
    2 1 PHILLIP PHILLIPS Home 588 518 70 2.517
    +7 Spins
    -1 Bullet
    +0.005 AI
    Country:
    3 6 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Blown Away 4961 6099 -1138 40.974
    -145 Spins
    -36 Bullet
    -1.044 AI
    21 21 CASEY JAMES Crying On A Suitcase 2412 2292 120 18.656
    +39 Spins
    +32 Bullet
    +0.003 AI
    35 35 LAUREN ALAINA Eighteen Inches 802 705 97 4.4
    +67 Spins
    +82 Bullet
    +0.166 AI
    HAC:
    3 3 PHILLIP PHILLIPS Home 4532 4275 257 32.831
    +94 Spins
    +73 Bullet
    +0.551 AI
    8 8 OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN Good Time 3453 3486 -33 24.511
    +22 Spins
    +8 Bullet
    +0.086 AI
    23 20 KELLY CLARKSON Catch My Breath 1392 1010 382 10.428
    +71 Spins
    +6 Bullet
    +0.161 AI
    25 25 HEDLEY Kiss You Inside Out 817 766 51 3.005
    +28 Spins
    +25 Bullet
    +0.089 AI
    32 30 DAUGHTRY Start Of Something Good 458 474 -16 2.151
    +5 Spins
    -1 Bullet
    -0.107 AI
    39 37 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Blown Away 345 310 35 1.542
    +8 Spins
    +10 Bullet
    +0.02 AI
    42 42 CASEY ABRAMS Get Out 266 283 -17 0.564
    +5 Spins
    +7 Bullet
    -0.004 AI
    45 45 ONE DIRECTION Live While We’re Young 245 266 -21 1.038
    0 Spins
    +6 Bullet
    -0.084 AI
    POP:
    9 11 OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN Good Time 7455 8940 -1485 50.54
    -71 Spins
    +196 Bullet
    -0.212 AI
    15 15 ONE DIRECTION Live While We’re Young 5363 5256 107 27.966
    +32 Spins
    +36 Bullet
    -0.247 AI
    20 17 PHILLIP PHILLIPS Home 4662 3741 921 33.321
    +159 Spins
    +39 Bullet
    +0.421 AI
    35 34 CHER LLOYD Oath f/Becky G 1468 1335 133 10.411
    +46 Spins
    +2 Bullet
    +0.252 AI
    45 39 KELLY CLARKSON Catch My Breath 1080 568 512 4.326
    +116 Spins
    +36 Bullet
    +0.306 AI
    42 40 CARLY RAE JEPSEN This Kiss 1016 867 149 4.34
    +38 Spins
    +11 Bullet
    +0.285 AI

  • girlygirltoo

    Thanks. That’s what I thought :)

    PS – This new Tim McGraw song “One of These Nights” isn’t a cover of the Eagles’ classic, is it?

  • springboard2

    ITunes Charts (from LivePopBars)

    11/6/2012 – Top 1000 Singles
    9. Home – Phillip Phillips
    13. Dream On (The Voice Performance) – Amanda Brown
    17. Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
    20. Don’t Rush (feat. Vince Gill) – Kelly Clarkson
    29. Live While We’re Young – One Direction
    34. Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
    46. My Happy Ending (The Voice Performance) – Cassadee Pope
    51. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
    65. Hit the Road Jack (The Voice Performance) – Melanie Martinez
    76. Don’t Stop Believin’ (The Voice Performance) – Terry McDermott
    88. Want U Back – Cher Lloyd
    91. Iris (The Voice Performance) – Bryan Keith
    99. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
    109. Oath (feat. Becky G) – Cher Lloyd
    117. Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson
    134. El Rey (The Voice Performance) – Julio Cesar Castillo
    147. Everybody Talks (The Voice Performance) – Michaela Paige
    150. You Are – Colton Dixon
    151. Crying On a Suitcase – Casey James
    156. Good Girl – Carrie Underwood
    158. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
    165. One Thing – One Direction
    173. Where We Came From – Phillip Phillips
    204. Payphone (The Voice Performance) – Cassadee Pope
    218. Bulletproof (The Voice Performance) – Melanie Martinez
    226. Maybe I’m Amazed (The Voice Performance) – Terry McDermott
    231. Call Me Maybe (The Voice Performance) – MacKenzie Bourg
    233. This Kiss – Carly Rae Jepsen
    264. All Around the World (The Voice Performance) – Loren Allred
    280. Dark Side – Kelly Clarkson
    281. Toxic (The Voice Performance) – Melanie Martinez
    284. Paris (Ooh La La) [The Voice Performance] – Amanda Brown
    287. Lights (The Voice Performance) – Melanie Martinez
    357. Good Morning (feat. TobyMac) – Mandisa & tobyMac
    433. Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
    434. Torn (The Voice Performance) – Cassadee Pope
    537. Up All Night – One Direction
    558. Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood
    581. Not Over You (The Voice Performance) – Cassadee Pope
    582. Carry On Wayward Son (The Voice Performance) – Terry McDermott
    598. Moments – One Direction
    600. Against All Odds (The Voice Performance) – Trevin Hunte
    601. Na Na Na (Live) – One Direction
    617. Put Your Records On (The Voice Performance) – Nicholas David
    673. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You [The Voice Performance] – Bryan Keith
    683. Jesus, Take the Wheel – Carrie Underwood
    690. Mr. Know It All – Kelly Clarkson
    691. Heart Skips a Beat (feat. Chiddy Bang) – Olly Murs
    747. You Know I’m No Good (The Voice Performance) – Loren Allred
    768. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
    789. How Great Thou Art – Carrie Underwood
    817. Vision of Love (The Voice Performance) – Amanda Brown
    846. Swagger Jagger – Cher Lloyd
    847. Eighteen Inches – Lauren Alaina
    848. It Will Rain (The Voice Performance) – Bryan Keith
    868. With Ur Love – Cher Lloyd
    875. Undo It – Carrie Underwood
    907. Stand Up – One Direction
    932. Pumped Up Kicks (The Voice Performance) – MacKenzie Bourg
    939. More Than This – One Direction
    988. Already Gone – Kelly Clarkson
    1021. One Thing – One Direction

    11/6/2012 – Top 1000 Albums
    2. Take Me Home (Yearbook Edition) – One Direction
    11. Take Me Home – One Direction
    24. Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
    49. The World from the Side of the Moon (Deluxe) – Phillip Phillips
    69. Up All Night (Deluxe Version) – One Direction
    84. Up All Night – One Direction
    134. Sticks & Stones – Cher Lloyd
    206. Christmas With Scotty McCreery – Scotty McCreery
    228. PTXmas – EP – Pentatonix
    274. Greatest Hits – Chapter One – Kelly Clarkson
    278. Kiss (Deluxe) – Carly Rae Jepsen
    285. Cassadee Pope – EP – Cassadee Pope
    318. PTX, Vol. 1 – Pentatonix
    328. Stronger (Deluxe Version) – Kelly Clarkson
    360. iTunes Festival: London 2012 – EP – One Direction
    390. Roads – Chris Mann
    412. Play On – Carrie Underwood
    445. Clear As Day – Scotty McCreery
    500. Phillip Phillips: Journey to the Finale – Phillip Phillips
    636. Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood
    648. Casey James – Casey James
    663. Carnival Ride – Carrie Underwood
    691. I’m Right Here – Chris Rene
    845. Trespassing (Deluxe Version) – Adam Lambert
    891. The World from the Side of the Moon – Phillip Phillips
    916. What If We Were Real – Mandisa

  • girlygirltoo

    “Home” got 8 adds yesterday, and looking at the spins on Mediabase from the stations that haven’t added it yet, it looks like he could get 12 (or possibly more) adds today, including another US Alt Rock station, and an Alt Rock station in Canada.

  • fuzzywuzzy
  • tripp_ncwy

    AA: Impacting Songs – Top 40/Rhythmic-Crossover 
    November 13, 2012

    Jermaine Paul  I Believe (In This Life)

  • windmills

    Hi :)

    Reporting in from Billboard Country Update and Country Aircheck:

    There were 3 Billboard recurrents this week (Jason out of the t10, Tim out of the t30, and Alan out of the t50), and 1 Mediabase/Aircheck recurrent (Tim). This coming week there will definitely be 1 t30 Billboard recurrent (Toby Keith) but no t30 MB recurrents. Carrie’s Blown Away will go recurrent at the end of next week at MB/Aircheck, and may go recurrent this coming week at Billboard (if not it’ll definitely go recurrent the week after that). 

    CaseyJ’s COAS had an OK week, rebulleting at Billboard and gaining 266k to hold at #22 as Dierks Bentley passed. COAS extended its lead on the #23 song by Thomas Rhett to 1.253 million AIs and is unlikely to be passed this week. With Toby Keith going recurrent, COAS should move up to #21 Billboard next week. I’m surprised to see how much COAS has slowed down lately just as it is about to hit the t20. It’s now in a fight to even make Billboard t20 and to get back there at MB. I’m guessing it will still make t20 on both charts but, I’m no longer sure it’ll do a lot after that. With how well COAS moved in its 1st 20 weeks or so I’m really surprised, and the chart is going to get tougher in this last part of the year. 

    At MB/Aircheck COAS lost its bullet and was down 72 points while dropping 2 spots to #22. Nothing that can’t be reversed and the encouraging sign should be that COAS regained its Billboard bullet. I don’t think dropping out of the MB t20 is that big a deal because once again, I think Billboard’s always been more indicative of COAS’s “real” chart position. COAS had a 967 point lead on Thomas Rhett at #23 as of last Sunday and Thomas Rhett only outgained him by 125 points last week. COAS should be safe from being passed this week so it should hold at #22. 

    Lauren’s Eighteen Inches had a flat week at Billboard gaining 14k to reattain the #35 spot. Last week it gained 192k so it is not done as I had thought a few weeks ago. Lauren is 165k behind Rodney Atkins who actually lost 59k last week and is fighting to stay on the chart. But, his MB gains seem to point to him recovering this week. George Strait is 798k behind and a strong possibility to pass. Also look out for Chris Young and Thompson Square who are  875k and 972k behind respectively because they will pass next week if not this week. So, there’s a worst case scenario where 18 Inches could gain but still drop a couple spots to #37 Billboard. The best case scenario would be Lauren holding off all 3 behind her, passing Rodney, and seeing Carrie and Toby go recurrent this week which would move 18 Inches up to a new peak of #32. I’d say it’s likeliest Lauren’ll end up in the #34 to #36 range. 

    At MB/Aircheck Lauren’s 18 Inches gained 40 points and dropped 3 spots to #36 as Hunter, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, and Gloriana all passed. I don’t see this drop as a big deal because 18 Inches got to #33 more because of chart circumstances than because it was having that level of airplay. Based on last week’s gains Thompson Square is a definite threat to pass this week as Chris Young and George Strait close in. Meanwhile Lauren was able to close the 113 gap between 18 Inches and Gloriana’s song as of last Sunday in 2 days because it repassed Gloriana’s song this morning. No matter what Lauren should be safe in the t40 this week. 

    Most importantly of all 18 Inches picked up 5 adds this week from good markets, some big signs of life for a song I thought was done a few weeks ago. Looks like Lauren just needed to ride out the Kacey/Gary Allan storm (and it’ll need to ride out the George storm too). The good thing is that 18 Inches was able to survive that storm. The fact that Mercury took out an ad for the song in Aircheck last week is a sign the label’s getting feedback from radio that 18 Inches has room to grow. 

    Kelly Clarkson’s Don’t Rush debuted at Billboard this week at #55 with 787k AIs. It’s really tight in that part of the chart so I’d say DR has a very good shot of making t50 in its 2nd week by passing songs from The Farm, Clay Walker, Colt Ford, Tyler Farr, and Craig Campbell. Jana Kramer is only 4k ahead of Kelly this week but I’m going to guess Jana’s song may stay ahead this week. 

    DR is not showing up under Aircheck Activity yet but I think that’s because it just got released to radio last week and Aircheck looks for 3 weeks of point gains. 

    Kristy Lee Cook’s Airborne Ranger Infantry remains tantalizingly close to debuting at Billboard, missing out by only 10k with a total of 616k. Most of the time that AI total would be good to chart in the mid-50s but the very bottom of the chart is pretty strong right now. ARI is on 14 Billboard country stations with 3 adds this week. I still don’t see ARI under Aircheck Activity. 

    Idol-related ads: 19/RCA/Columbia Nashville has a full page ad for Kelly’s Don’t Rush in Aircheck telling country PDs DR is “exclusively for country radio”. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Nice that you’re back, windmills.  :)

  • fantoo1

    While we are kind of on the subject of George Strait, I am thrilled to see where he debuted this week. After his last single didn’t do so well, I was afraid that country radio would start ignoring him.

    Glad to see Lauren’s single doing well. Happy for Casey too.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Yay, you’re back!  By the way, wasn’t there an interview with Scotty in the Billboard Update?  Plus, several mentions of him in the Aircheck update including the various country shows… :)

  • girlygirltoo

    oh hey, welcome back! :)

  • ptebwwong

    CHART DATE: 11/05/2012 
    LAST UPDATE: 11/06/2012 12:54:12 
    NOW IN: FINAL 

    LW TW artist / album label power index % change 
    1 1 TAYLOR SWIFT BIG MACHINE 331,311 -73% 
    RED 
    — 2 MEEK MILL MAYBACH/WARNER BROS. 167,085 — 
    DREAMS & NIGHTMARES 
    — 3 ROD STEWART VERVE 94,845 — 
    MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY 
    3 4 JASON ALDEAN BROKEN BOW 70,957 -38% 
    NIGHT TRAIN 
    2 5 KENDRICK LAMAR AFTERMATH/INTERSCOPE 59,056 -76% 
    GOOD KID M.A.A.D CITY 
    — 6 TOBY KEITH SHOW DOG 49,710 — 
    HOPE ON THE ROCKS 
    — 7 NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE REPRISE 48,888 — 
    PSYCHEDELIC PILL 
    4 8 MUMFORD & SONS GLASSNOTE 45,601 -18% 
    BABEL 
    — 9 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA LAVA/REPUBLIC 32,530 — 
    DREAMS OF FIREFLIES 
    11 10 LITTLE BIG TOWN CAPITOL NASHVILLE 28,061 +38% 
    TORNADO 
    21 12 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 23,376 +69% 
    BLOWN AWAY 
    5 16 TONY BENNETT COLUMBIA 21,050 -39% 
    VIVA DUETS 
    13 20 SCOTTY MCCREERY MERC NASH/19/INTERSCOPE 16,192 -18% 
    CHRISTMAS WITH SCOTTY 
    19 21 ONE DIRECTION SYCO/COLUMBIA 16,160 +10% 
    UP ALL NIGHT 
    14 23 MAROON 5 A&M/OCTONE 15,208 -18% 
    OVEREXPOSED 
    43 28 BLAKE SHELTON WARNER BROS. NASHVILLE 13,825 +55% 
    CHEERS, IT’S CHRISTMAS 
    20 29 JUSTIN BIEBER ISLAND/IDJ 13,358 -8% 
    BELIEVE 
    24 34 NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 43 CAPITOL 11,754 -7% 
    VARIOUS ARTISTS 
    — 37 JASON ALDEAN BROKEN BOW 9,760 — 
    MY KINDA PARTY 
    38 39 JACKIE EVANCHO SYCO/COLUMBIA 9,044 -7% 
    SONGS FROM THE SILVER SCREEN 
    45 45 GREEN DAY REPRISE 7,119 -17% 
    UNO 

    http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/sales/salescht.cgi

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

     13 20 SCOTTY MCCREERY MERC NASH/19/INTERSCOPE 16,192 -18% 
    CHRISTMAS WITH SCOTTY

    Yay!!

  • girlygirltoo

    MEDIABASE MONITORED RADIO ADDS – ALL FORMATS – 100% REPORTED IN

    No adds this week for 1D’s latest single. That seems a little odd to me.
    53  –  Nicki Minaj – Va Va Voom44  –  Kelly Clarkson – Catch My Breath40  –  Justin Bieber f/ Nicki Minaj – Beauty and a Beat21  –  Phillip Phillips – Home
    12  –  Cher Lloyd f/ Becky G – Oath
      8  –  Carly Rae Jepsen – This Kiss
      5  –  Kelly Clarkson f/ Vince Gill – Don’t Rush
      5  –  Lauren Alaina – Eighteen Inches
      5  –  Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time
      5  –  Maroon 5 – One More Night
      4  –  The Wanted – I Found You
      3  –  Melanie Amaro – Love Me Now
      2  –  Carrie Underwood – Blown Away
      2  –  Chris Richardson f/ Tyga – Joy & Pain
      2  –  Chris Mann – Roads
      1  –  Blake Shelton f/ Miranda Lambert – Jingle Bell Rock
      1  –  Blake Shelton – Time for Me to Come Home
      1  –  Blake Shelton – Santa’s Got A Choo-Choo
      1  –  Casey Abrams – Get Out
      1  –  Casey Abrams – Simple Life
      1  –  Daughtry – Start Of Something Good
      1  –  Colton Dixon – You Are
      1  –  Kristy Lee Cook – Airborne Ranger Infantry
      1  –  Leroy Bell – One More Chance
      1  –  Vicci Martinez f/ CeeLo Green – Come Along
      1  –  Demi Lovato – Give Your Heart A Break
      1  –  Maroon 5 – Daylight

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “– 3 ROD STEWART VERVE 94,845 — 
    MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY”

    If this number holds, then Rod sold significantly more CDs than the 75-80k that HDD had predicted. I have a feeling that David Foster may have EP’ed his 3rd big selling Christmas CD in a row.

  • windmills

    Thanks for the welcome back everybody :) It feels great to be able to be back posting after Sandy! 

    fantoo1: While we are kind of on the subject of George Strait, I am thrilled to see where he debuted this week. After his last single didn’t do so well, I was afraid that country radio would start ignoring him.

    IA. I also think George’s team realized he was going to have to start playing the media game a little which is why they had the whole press conference about his upcoming tour being the last time he’d go on a full out tour. I’ll still be skeptical about how country radio’s going to treat him until I see them at least take his singles into the t10 consistently. But, at least they’re starting him out better than Alan lately (don’t get me started on that).

    Lexie O’Neill: Yay, you’re back!  By the way, wasn’t there an interview with Scotty in the Billboard Update?  Plus, several mentions of him in the Aircheck update including the various Christmas shows… :)

    It was actually Aircheck that had the Scotty “Off The Record” interview (link, scroll to page 7). BCU probably had a bunch of mentions about the shows he’ll be singing on. Aircheck also starts out with a CMA article where they talked to 6 country PDs about the show. They all raved about Brad & Carrie as cohosts & several were really complimentary of Kelly’s performance with Vince. 

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Thanks for the response, Windmills.  Missed you!  Now, one thing I was really missing your input on was Scotty’s new management–any insight into Todd Cassetty and so on? :)

  • windmills

    I saw that news. It seems like there’s been a trend of record label people moving into the management side. There’s a parallel with CaseyJ here because CaseyJ ended up with Bryan Frasher for management, and that was somebody who used to be at his label before moving to the management side. I think by going with Todd Cassetty Scotty and his family were showing a preference to a guy they already knew and also know will make Scotty top priority (as opposed to joining a manager at a larger management company where that might not be as much the case). Down the road it’s still possible that Cassetty will merge with a larger management company like Bryan Frasher did with Red Light Management. 

    I don’t know a lot specifically about Cassetty. As far as results, there’s always that initial honeymoon period where your management is trying to make a statement to you and trying to prove you made the right decision. I’ll be looking down the road, maybe starting 5 or 6 months from now, to get more of an idea of what I think of Scotty’s choice. It surely doesn’t look like a bad decision right now.