More on Daughtry

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There is good news for  Chris Daughtry’s newly-released debut album DAUGHTRY. The online chart news website Hits Daily Double predicts  that  sales-wise  it  will, “bow…in the 270k range. That would make it the highest Idol non-winner first-week sales total since Clay Aiken.”

Preliminary numbers should be available by next Wednesday.   Those Hits Daily Double numbers are up from an initial prediction  that had DAUGHTRY coming in around the 200K mark.   While first week numbers will certainly be good, it remains to be seen if DAUGHTRY has staying power.  

Chris and his band  made a few TV appearances this week to promote the album.   Here’s a performance of “Home” from the Good  Morning America  Fall Concert Series: video.

I’m hearing that the single, “It’s Not Over” will be released to radio in two weeks?   I’m not sure I understand the strategy of releasing the single after the CD is released.   Traditionally, the single is released first to generate interest in the album…

In the meantime,  “It’s Not Over” is the theme music for the  ad promoting the Fall finale of FOX’s show Prison Break.   The ad will run all weekend until the show airs this coming Monday.   That’s a nice bit of promotion for the single.

I downloaded the record from iTunes a few days ago.   Granted, this particular flavor of pop-rock is not normally my cup of tea–while I find some the tunes generic, there are some I really like.   “Home” has a pretty melody and lyrics that resonate without being trite.   I’m a total sucker for the chiming guitars and  candy-coated pop hook  of “Feels Like Tonight”.   “Breakdown”,    “All These Lives”, and “Sorry” are tunes I wouldn’t turn off my car  radio.

Speaking of which, I’ll be  surprised if these tunes don’t get radio play.   I think the rock stations will turn up their nose at the record.   As if the stuff commercial rock radio plays is any “cooler.”   It’s not, if you ask me, but it’s really about seeming hip rather than actually being hip, ya know?   Hot AC is where I imagine these tunes landing–right alongside  bands like Nickleback and Hinder.

If DAUGHTRY takes off on radio, I think Chris and his band  stand a decent chance of growing their fanbase beyond the Idol faithful.