Crystal Bowersox announced her first single at a VH1 taping this morning.
According to a tweet from MTV’s Jim Cantillo, her first single from her debut album, Farmers Daughter will be “Hold On” written by Chad Kroeger (Nickleback) and Kara DioGuardi.
Jim says the song “sounds GREAT.”
Mm. Crystal’s single is not a co-write….
Crystal is at VH1 taping an acoustic performance where she is singing 4 songs, including 3 originals with her band. She introduced her new drummer, Chad Szeilega of Breaking Benjamin, on twitter this morning.
Farmers Daughter drops December 14.
3rd Update: Read Jim Cantiello’s review of today’s performance at VH1. Crystal also performed “Farmers Daughter”, “Ridin’ With the Radio” and a cover of Ray Lamontagne’s “Jolene”. The VH1 higher-ups believe so strongly in Crystal they are REALLY eager to promote her (for reals!)
Fun side note: Mamasox introduced the song — which tackles alcoholism and child abuse — by joking that it was her first single. “No wait, that’s ‘Hold On, ‘ right Joe?” she quipped to Jive bigwig Joe Riccitelli, seen grinning through his teeth on the sidelines.
“Hold On” jokes aside, Riccitelli practically exploded with pride when introducing his recent acquisition. He read a personal e-mail from MTV Chairman and CEO Judy McGrath, who raved about Crystal’s recent performance at a “Girl Up” charity event, comparing Bowersox’s stage presence and talent to artists as varied as Taylor Swift and Eminem. Whoa!
2nd Update: Crystal Bowersox tells a fan on twitter that she “can’t even speak about” the fact that her song is not a co-write. And then she tweets, “If you can’t say something nice, just keep your mouth shut and think about furry pink bunnies. Memo to self.” Crystal also gave her fans permission to spam the label to change the song to a co-write. Seriously? A terrible idea that ain’t going to work.
UPDATE! We may have found the “Hold On” Demo from Kara (Jim Cantiello confirms, the demo IS the single) Kara and Chad Kroeger are both lame, but “Hold On” has a great hook. Disappointed she didn’t get a co-write, but I think Crystal can make it work. Jive is looking for a hit. Crystal is an incredible songwriter, but her stuff is not generally super-radio friendly. Artists who come through the Idol system ALWAYS have to compromise.
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