At long last, we have a concert to report. Woo! Clay Aiken is in the house. Even if that house is only 60% full.

Because one concert report may not be enough to chew over, here are a few articles from Billboard to ponder.

Jimmy Iovine wants better quality music. No, he’s not talking about the quality of the song, but the quality of the digital download. Go Jimmy! Dispensing good advice to singers (shut up Randy) while improving the quality of my iPod. Although, it will likely make songs more expensive because goodness knows that the extra 0.001s it takes to transmit is worth 50 cents. Billboard.

As we probably all heard by now, Gaga got the 1000th number one on the Hot 100 chart. But which labels got most of those songs. 1000 No 1′s Billboard

This is the daily numbers thread. Coming at you with the highest bit rate on the blog.

74 Clay Aiken
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre; Atlanta, Ga.
Feb. 16, 2011
$25,540; 556 of 928 (60%); $48, $33

 
  • tripp_ncwy

    nvm

  • windmills

    The Evil Big Machine has struck the country chart! Taylor Swift is suddenly at #1 and Jason&Kelly have been pushed down to #4. DYWS is also almost 100 points behind TICM and about 150 points behind Back To December.

    Big Machine obviously means business. Broken Bow’s going to need a sharper arrow!!!!

    DYWS’s still looking good to be #1 Billboard. But I really want it to defeat Back To December which is at best a #3 peaking song based on where it was headed before the label started messing with the chart.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Mediabase (rolling)

    US

    AC
    2 3 DAUGHTRY September 1718 1706 12 10.156

    HAC

    48 45 KIMBERLY CALDWELL Desperate Girls & St… 174 182 -8 0.176

    JASON ALDEAN/KELLY CLARKSON DYWTS – Impact Date March 07, 2011
    Glee Cast Loser Like Me – Impact Date March 07, 2011

    Adult Hits
    21 21 DAUGHTRY September 53 56 -3 0.176
    25 29 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 40 46 -6 0.298
    28 31 DAUGHTRY No Surprise 37 40 -3 0.176

    Country
    4 4 JASON ALDEAN/KELLY CLARKSON Don’t You Wanna Stay 5190 4733 457 38.644

    Top 40
    31 35 BLACK EYED PEAS The Time (The Dirty … 1188 1688 -500 5.962

    Glee Cast Loser Like Me – Impact Date February 28, 2011

    AAA
    49 44 CRYSTAL BOWERSOX Farmer’s Daughter 60 55 5 0.133

    Urban
    25 22 JENNIFER HUDSON Where You At 1073 889 184 5.883

    Urban AC
    5 4 FANTASIA I’m Doin’ Me 1680 1586 94 11.706
    18 17 JENNIFER HUDSON Where You At 645 492 153 3.979
    29 27 CHARLIE WILSON f/FANTASIA I Wanna Be Your Man … 218 166 52 1.118

    Rhythmic
    46 46 JENNIFER LOPEZ F/PITBULL On The Floor 594 554 40 2.813

    Canadian

    Top 40
    29 28 JENNIFER LOPEZ F/PITBULL On The Floor 402 404 -2 2.343

    HAC
    38 33 JENNIFER LOPEZ F/PITBULL On The Floor 225 198 27 1.743

    Main-AC
    7 7 DAUGHTRY September 292 288 4 1.491

    Country
    2 2 JASON ALDEAN/KELLY CLARKSON Don’t You Wanna Stay 755 719 36 2.061

  • mmb

    What is “adult hits”? How does it differ from the ac format?

  • Eileen99

    Woo hoo for an adds date on HAC for DYWTS! And LOL at the country chart with Big Machine beating up on poor Broken Bow.

    So Glee is releasing their first original song for radio play. Hmmm, interesting development. Do we know who wrote & produced the song?

  • tripp_ncwy

    Adult hits play a mix of rock, alternative, pop, new wave and oldies hits.

    It just popped up when I was going through the MediaBase charts and i thought I would include it. We like numbers.

    There was also a Rhythmic AC chart with only 6 entries.

  • Kirsten

    So Glee is releasing their first original song for radio play. Hmmm, interesting development. Do we know who wrote & produced the song?

    Max Martin is involved.

  • JohnP

    Idol-related, I suppose. Kyle Jacobs, “Say I Do” with Kellie #26 Itunes videos at time of post.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    Adult hits play a mix of rock, alternative, pop, new wave and oldies hits.

    If you have a local station that calls itself Jack, Bob, or similar, it’s likely to be Adult Hits. Retro formats are proliferating: according to Arbitron, the next big thing after Adult Hits (which was the growth format circa 2006) is Classic Hits (rock-era old stuff, but not as old as what Oldies stations play).

    Radio Station World gives an exhaustive and exhausting list of format descriptions.

    The inspiration for the Adult Hits format was the iPod “shuffle” feature, which has to do with why those stations proudly announce that they won’t play a song more than once per day. Since these stations play a few new songs… it is possible (and has happened to me!) to get the exact same Katy Perry song playing simultaneously on my local CHR, HAC, and Adult Hits stations. This is why I have a button for Modern Country on the presets. Escape to songs about drinking beer!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    74 Clay Aiken
    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre; Atlanta, Ga.
    Feb. 16, 2011
    $25,540; 556 of 928 (60%); $48, $33

    That’s a rather misleading report. The full capacity for the Cobb Center is 2,750. Only orchestra seats were available for sale for this show, and the capacity of the orchestra is 1,175. So really, Clay only sold about 20% of the entire venue.

  • tripp_ncwy

    So Glee is releasing their first original song for radio play. Hmmm, interesting development. Do we know who wrote & produced the song?

    Max Martin is involved.

    Kirsten could this be it from ASCAP?

    LOSER LIKE ME Work ID: 882598453

    Writers:
    ANDERS ADAM
    ASTROM PEER
    KOTECHA SAVAN HARISH
    MARTIN MAX
    SCHUSTER JOHAN

  • larc

    fuzzywuzzy:
    So really, Clay only sold about 20% of the entire venue.

    From what I’m hearing, tickets for his tour haven’t been selling well at all. It wouldn’t be surprising if some of the scheduled dates are canceled. Maybe that’s to be expected for a tour supporting an album that is selling very poorly, though.

  • girlygirl

    From the few box office reports I remember seeing, Clay’s tour with Ruben didn’t sell very well, either. Maybe they need to lower the ticket prices.

  • girlygirl

    looks like Crystal got a few more spins for FD. I don’t think the song has cracked the 60-spin barrier on AAA before, has it?

    will be interesting to see what the radio play and sales are for this original song from Glee. Somehow I don’t think radio stations are eagerly awaiting original music from a bunch of tv actors, but we will see.

  • Valentin432

    The three way race to the top between BTD, TICM and DYWS is on lol.
    I don’t think Broken Bow will try too hard to push it this week, furthermore I’m not even sure that they have the means to do it at least not like the major label Big Machine

    In other news, Jlo single is still n°2 on the itunes chart.

  • musicality

    556 of 928

    That’s kind of sad isn’t it? A bit over half of a very tiny venue to begin with. What happened with him? I thought he used to be really popular at one time? Or was that just getting the idol boost after coming off of a TV show? I read Billboards’ concert stats and it was the same thing for Jordin Sparks. 100 people would show up for a 700 people venue. Jordin though has hit singles. I believe Clay is doing theater now? That can be quite lucrative I believe.

  • Tess

    Clay is doing theater now? That can be quite lucrative I believe.

    Clay did one Broadway outing and didn’t get the best of reviews. The guy is doing some touring and a few one-offs. Other than that his career is pretty quiet right now.

  • Elliegrll

    will be interesting to see what the radio play and sales are for this original song from Glee. Somehow I don’t think radio stations are eagerly awaiting original music from a bunch of tv actors, but we will see.

    Who knows, the Chicago and New York City HAC stations added their version of Teenage Dream, as did Top 40 stations in St. Louis and Ottawa. Three of those stations are in the top 5 ranked markets, and another one is ranked 21st. There’s probably a difference, since that was a cover of an original song, but the show’s popularity should help it, plus, the producers can make more money selling their own songs.

  • Elliegrll

    That’s kind of sad isn’t it?

    Not really, when you consider that he hasn’t released any original music in a couple of years, and has been out of the mainstream for a while.

  • sr4mjc

    will be interesting to see what the radio play and sales are for this original song from Glee. Somehow I don’t think radio stations are eagerly awaiting original music from a bunch of tv actors, but we will see.

    I remember when radio used to play the songs from soap stars, Jack Wagner and Michael Damian. And Eddie Murphey and Don Johnson had radio hits. And Rick Springfield did well for himself, but he’s always been more musician than General Hospital star, so we’ll see!

    I predict a Bieber like response from radio. Not huge spins, but they will sell well anyway.

  • mmb

    I have no idea how glee original music will be received, but it will hardly be the first time a tv band or tv actor has had a radio hit. Partridge family and the Monkees all had big hits; John travolta, David soul, Eddie Murphy, don Johnson all had radio hits. Everything old is new again.

    Eta: dang, how could I forget about jack Wagner and Rick Springfield!!!!! ( and the Cassidy brothers of course)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    musicality:
    02/24/2011 at 11:20 am

    556 of 928

    That’s kind of sad isn’t it? A bit over half of a very tiny venue to begin with.

    The venue is actually mid-sized with a capacity of 2,750. They just only made part of the orchestra seats available for sale (928).

    What happened with him? I thought he used to be really popular at one time? Or was that just getting the idol boost after coming off of a TV show?

    He was pretty popular right off the show for a couple of years, but his music never allowed him to transition outside of the Idol bubble.

    I believe Clay is doing theater now? That can be quite lucrative I believe.

    He’s on a tour of 22 shows in support of his most recent CD, “Tried and True”, an album of covers from the 50s and 60s, released last June. He’s been successful on Broadway, but according to interviews, appears to have no immediate plans to return there.

  • sr4mjc

    Sleepwalker is being released as a single in Finland.

  • ladymadonna

    Sorry, iPhone fail. What I was trying to say is:

    Windmills, I am totally loving your reports on the bloodshed and intrigue of the country charts right now. In fact I have learned a ton about the country charts in general from reading your posts, so thank you for helping broaden the perspective of these threads and of Idol number-nerdery in general!

  • Kirsten

    Kirsten could this be it from ASCAP?

    Yep, that would be it. Anders mentioned co-writing it with Max. Looks like the usual Swedish suspects are involved, so this will likely be a hit.

    I wonder who they will have write the song on the show? After that hot mess Rachel wrote last episode and her usual Broadway leanings, I don’t know if it makes sense for her to write an actual hit song. Good thing continuity is a foreign concept on that show.

    And ditto to ladymadonna’s post. It’s been interesting getting the country scoop!

  • soverymel

    Sleepwalker is being released as a single in Finland.

    Oh yay! I hope they get the live performance of Sleepwalker from the tour DVD as a music video like Germany is supposed to.

  • Sumer

    The seat available for Clay were 2700+. When sales were sluggish they then only made orchestra available. His stats come in under 20% sold in reality. Not the 60% being claimed AFTER a ton of seats were taken off for such horrible sales in order to try to make it look more successful.

    This seems to be the routine at all of the stops on this tour. Downsizing to save face when sales are really bad. Just saying.

  • Eileen99

    Windmills, I am totally loving your reports on the bloodshed and intrigue of the country charts right now. In fact I have learned a ton about the country charts in general from reading your posts, so thank you for helping broaden the perspective of these threads and of Idol number-nerdery in general!

    Ditto x 2!

  • AllenTX

    $25,540; 556 of 928 (60%); $48, $33

    well, this is as good as Jordin and Kris have done, if not better. I doubt even Archie will do any better now. and considering that clay is off idol for 8 years and has no radio presence at all. It has been a downhill for clay ever since he was off idol, but all in all, he still managed dragging his 15 minutes much much longer than tons of other idols.

  • n3mover

    Tess said:

    Clay did one Broadway outing and didn’t get the best of reviews. The guy is doing some touring and a few one-offs. Other than that his career is pretty quiet right now.

    Actually, this is entirely wrong. Clay received outstanding reviews for his Spamalot run, including three from members of the NY Critics association. He has since been offered more work on Broadway, but has not accepted anything yet, although he does say he wants to return.

  • J9BT

    I wonder who they will have write the song on the show? After that hot mess Rachel wrote last episode and her usual Broadway leanings, I don’t know if it makes sense for her to write an actual hit song. Good thing continuity is a foreign concept on that show.

    lol. I thought the story line painted her initially as someone with no inspiration because she hadn’t “lived” enough to write with emotion, but by the end she skipped off happily having found inspiration to write a great song by having a relationship with a gay guy. So…..maybe “Loser Like Me” was the result of that? She’s a loser for being a straight girl in love with a gay guy?

  • Eileen99

    nvm

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This seems to be the routine at all of the stops on this tour. Downsizing to save face when sales are really bad. Just saying.

    Yes, many venues have removed sections from availability, so many of Clay’s shows will have “capacities” substantially less than the full venue capacity.

    Tess said:

    Clay did one Broadway outing and didn’t get the best of reviews. The guy is doing some touring and a few one-offs. Other than that his career is pretty quiet right now.

    Actually, this is entirely wrong. Clay received outstanding reviews for his Spamalot run, including three from members of the NY Critics association. He has since been offered more work on Broadway, but has not accepted anything yet, although he does say he wants to return.

    I don’t think that post is “entirely wrong” at all. IMO, the reviews that Clay received were solid and good, taking into account that this was his first appearance on Broadway, but hardly “outstanding”. I’ve only seen one report from a fan from a meet and greet about Clay being offered a role that he did not accept, and I think that it’s speculating regarding any other offers that he’s received.

  • Moria Polonius

    He has since been offered more work on Broadway, but has not accepted anything yet,

    Out of curiousity: what has he been offered that he turned it down? If his recent tours aren’t selling like in the past, accepting Broadway roles should have been a no-brainer, especially if he was successful there?

    ETA: fuzzywuzzy answered my question somewhat.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    In a recent meet and greet, a fan asked Clay about Broadway, and he responded that there were “no irons in the fire”.

  • mmb

    For some reason the Idol bubble seems to view Broadway as some sort of easy fall back position — that idol alums can easily pick up the phone and just be in a broadway show. Not so. Among other things, in order to succeed on Broadway, the idol alum needs 1) some acting talent, 2) a charismatic on-stage personality, 3) a good work ethic (8-9 shows a week can be tiring, and you need to take good care of your voice) and 4) the right role. By all reports Clay had a successful run in Spamalot. He seems to have been embraced by the Broadway communiy. I am sure that Clay will have an opportunity to work on Broadway again if he wants to. But I can’t think of a show right now that has an appropriate role for him (maybe Billy Flynn in chicago, but thats about it.) I am not a Clay fan, but you really can’t knock Clay for not being on Broadway right now. It really is a case of the right role at the right time. And those opportunities do not come along — for even the biggest broadway stars — every day

  • girlygirl

    It’s not like Broadway is thriving right now anyway. The economy has hit that area of the entertainment world hard as well. Many shows die a very quick death. And ex-Idols are competing against people for jobs who have way more theatrical training/experience than they likely do.

  • girlygirl

    Chris Medina’s awful (IMO) single is #157 on iTunes this morning.

    Crystal and Lee, meanwhile, are both out of the Top 1000

  • Allison

    Clay’s current tour did not sell well, that’s true. But he was highly praised for Spamalot, did a terrific job in the role, and brought many, many more customers into the theater. To say he didn’t get the best of reviews is plain wrong.
    Times are tough for everyone.

  • musicality

    For some reason the Idol bubble seems to view Broadway as some sort of easy fall back position — that idol alums can easily pick up the phone and just be in a broadway show.

    People think that because a big time Broadway producer said that they are always looking to casting idols because they come with a built in following. It’s relatively easy for an Idol to get a Broadway role. I can dig up the interview if you’ll like. It was interesting and quite extensive.