It was previously reported by Crystal at a recent VH1 performance, that the Kara Dioguardi co-penned “Hold On” would be the first single from the Season 9 runner-up’s debut album Farmer’s Daughter. But, after making the announcement, she took to twitter to complain about it.
Now, AINOW is reporting that “Farmer’s Daughter”, the song she wanted as her first single is indeed her new single. The song has already gotten spins on radio stations (It’s due to make it’s Chicago debut tonight) is streaming at her My Space and is currently featured at Billboard.
All signs point to “Farmer’s Daughter” as Crystal’s new first single. Congrats, Crystal on getting your way! The downside is that the less accessible “Farmer’s Daughter” with its explicit language and troubling theme (child abuse) will be a harder sell to pop radio than “Hold On”.
The upside? In December, Crystal has a gig sponsored by a California AAA radio station. Is Jive pursuing a completely different strategy for Crystal than they have for past Idols like David Archuleta and Kris Allen? Is Jive eschewing the pop market altogether to market Crystal to Hot Adult and Adult Alternative?
If they are, the single switch could be a very good thing. Crystal is a gifted songwriter. Her blend of folk blues and country would be a perfect fit on Adult Alternative next to acts like Ray Lamontagne and Wilco.
Here’s hoping that Jive has decided to think outside of the box. Crystal isn’t going to be a hot seller coming off a weak season of Idol, so why not market her like a brand new artist? If the album is as good as I’m hearing it is (Critics have it in their hands as we speak), word of mouth could sell the record, in a way her American Idol background can’t
What do you think? Is a single switch to “Farmer’s Daughter” a good thing?