‘Idol’ track sales: Adam Lambert tops 100K for the week, approaching a million total
Adam Lambert got a huge bump from his American Idol appearance Wednesday, nearly doubling his week-to-week tracks sales for Whataya Want From Me, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Whataya Want From Me topped 100, 000 for the week, pushing him into the top 10 of SoundScan’s Top Digital Tracks chart. That puts Adam at 964, 000 total downloads, putting 1 million within easy reach for next week.
Also, Jason Castro saw large gains for some of his songs, including Over the Rainbow (+911 percent) and Let’s Just Fall in Love Again (+397 percent).
@IdolsNow BREAKING NEWS: ADAM LAMBERT’s “Whataya Want From Me” breaks into top 10 on Hot 100, rocketing 23-10 for new peak position.
@IdolsNow BREAKING NEWS: ADAM LAMBERT is also #1 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart, where “Whataya Want From Me” enters at the top.
Idol Meter update: Crystal’s on top, Casey bottoms out
Crystal Bowersox sets a new high score in today’s Idol Meter, earning a 75 for a performance of The Impressions’ People Get Ready that “featured no guitar or piano but one a cappella verse and even an emotional breakdown, ” writes Ken Barnes. Casey James, who previously had the season’s top score (71 for Jealous Guy), plummets to the bottom of the Meter, his -13 score the result of “an unlucky leadoff position, an unenthusiastic reaction from the judges, and an unexciting, though competent, Fleetwood Mac cover.”
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‘Glee’ exclusive: Madonna sequel in the works!
Glee is heading back into the groove with Madonna.
The afterglow from last night’s smashing (and highly rated) Madge-themed episode has barely dimmed and already series creator Ryan Murphy is talking to the Material Girl about a sequel!
Murphy confirms that he’s in discussions with M’s camp and that “Madonna and her people are into it and want it to happen.” The follow-up would air early next season and feature six more songs from the pop icon’s immense catalog of hits. (There’s talk that fans might be able to vote on which tracks should be used via a poll on Fox.com.)
Russell Brand, Ryan Seacrest prep for tonight’s ‘Idol’
Look for Russell Brand to spice up tonight’s American Idol. Here’s what he just tweeted:
Tonight I’m on “Idol Gives Back.” I’m not giving back the underpants I stole from Simon Cowell’s dressing room. They’re my new stink hat.
The End of the ‘Idol’ Era
This week Alicia Keys mentored the American Idol contestants for “Idol Gives Back, ” but America really wanted to see Kate Gosselin get egg on her face during her “Breakfast Club” foxtrot. In what’s starting to become a regular occurrence, Dancing With the Stars beat American Idol in the ratings—20 million people watched Monday’s episode of Dancing, compared with 19.1 million for Tuesday’s Idol. None of this should be surprising, given that Dancing has stolen everything but its sequins from the show it toppled. The three judges (male, female, crotchety British guy), the voting, and, this week, the movie “theme” night. Idol once had Quentin Tarantino as a guest judge; Dancing had two contestants dress up as John Travolta and Uma Thurman from Pulp Fiction. Paula Abdul—oops, I mean Carrie Ann Inaba—even told Pamela Anderson that she could be on Broadway. Excuse me? Can she sing? Idol has long been the country’s biggest launching pad for semitalented Broadway stars. Then again, the producers of Hair should be thrilled to have Pam on board, too.
‘Sex And The City 2’ Soundtrack Features Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson
Two days before “Sex and the City 2” hits theaters on May 27, fans of the HBO franchise can pick up the movie’s soundtrack to get pumped up for the NYC foursome’s return.
As if having a number of A-list artists on the soundtrack weren’t enough to get fans dancing in their Manolos, it turns out that the stars of the flick — Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon — also appear on the soundtrack, performing the Helen Reddy female-empowerment tune “I Am Woman.”
Album sales: Jason Castro’s debut, Adam Lambert’s ‘Idol’ boost
Two big things in this week’s American Idol album report: Jason Castro has the top-selling Idol album of the week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, as his self-titled album sells nearly 20, 000 copies its first week out. Also, Adam Lambert’s two-night appearance on American Idol helped more than double his weekly sales of For Your Entertainment, pushing it the 600, 000 mark for release-to-date sales.
‘AMERICAN IDOL’ BUZZMETER:
Top ‘Idol’ pundits predict the fate of our contestants.
‘American Idol’: Top 7 talk ‘Idol Gives Back, ‘ Ellen DeGeneres gives sneak peek
“American Idol” is holding its third “Idol Gives Back” charity event on Wednesday, April 21. Find out what participating in the event means to the Top 7 Idols, plus check out a sneak peek from judge Ellen DeGeneres.
The Top 7 Idols tell Zap2it about what “Idol Gives Back” means to them:
Crystal Bowersox’s ‘People Get Ready’: Best ‘American Idol’ Performance Ever?
All season long, the judges on “American Idol” have been urging season nine’s lackluster finalists to search for a song that will give them their “moment.” Those breakout performances have been in short supply this year, but on Tuesday night one of the show’s only stand-out singers, Crystal Bowersox, provided one that could very well go down in the annals of the show’s all-time greats.
‘American Idol’ Reject Katie Stevens Finally Puts Connecticut On The Map
“American Idol” contestant Katie Stevens had a lofty goal on the show. In an early episode, the 17-year-old from Middlebury, Connecticut, told America she hoped to put her home state on the map.
The bubbly teen stopped by MTV News (along with fellow eliminated “Idol” Andrew Garcia) to chat about that now-famous Connecticut quote and much more.
Did you know that Katie taught herself to play the piano and the guitar? You’d never think it from her “Idol” run. “My whole thing is I had, they called it ‘David Archuleta Syndrome’ because David Archuleta would always go into rehearsals saying ‘I can’t play the piano.’ And he really could!” she said. “And that was me. I was like, ‘I can’t do this, I’m gonna go on stage and I’m gonna mess up immediately and I’m gonna flop and not focus on my voice.’ But I’m gonna play the piano with ‘Let It Be’ on tour.”
Kelly Clarkson Tries and Fails to Snuff Out Cigarette Controversy
But the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids isn’t buying Clarkson’s “for the fans” spin.
She “has let down her fans and chosen to be a spokesperson for the tobacco industry” by going on with the show, says CTFK spokeswoman Marina Carter. “In doing so, Ms. Clarkson is allowing her name, image and talent to be used to promote cigarettes to Indonesian youth.
We again call on Ms. Clarkson to withdraw tobacco industry sponsorship of her concert and to demand the removal of any tobacco-branded advertising and promotions associated with it.”
Your move, Kelly.
Allison Iraheta Covers ‘Latina’ May 2010
Here’s what the 17-year-old singer had to share:
On keeping a little bit of anonymity: “A lot of people still don’t know who I am until I say, ‘Soy de American Idol.’ That’s when everyone starts snapping their cameras.”
On Adam Lambert’s offer to have her move in with him: “My mom loves Adam, but I don’t know. That’s gonna be a tough one to sell.”
Jordin Sparks and Steve Smith to Lead March for Babies in Manhattan
The March of Dimes New York Division announced that American Idol winner and Grammy nominated singer, Jordin Sparks, and New York Football Giants wide receiver, Steve Smith, will lead March for Babies® in Manhattan.
Over 8, 000 New Yorkers are expected to join March for Babies on Sunday, April 25 for the 3.5-mile walk, starting at Lincoln Center and ending at 23 St. and Madison Ave. CBS 2 News Co-Anchor, Maurice Dubois, and WCBS-TV/CBS 2 Sports Anchor and Reporter, Sam Ryan, will co-host the morning program.
Constantine Maroulis Plays Highline Ballroom, 6/16
Tony Award-nominee and current star of ROCK OF AGES Constantine Maroulis is set to perform a solo concert at the Highline Ballroom this June.
Maroulis’ concert, entitled A Night At The Rock Show, will take place on June 16th at 8pm. Doors open at 6pm.
‘Idol’ Guest Blog: Kim Caldwell Seeks Inspiration From The Top 7
Despite the fact that pretty much all of the American Idol judges were calling Season 9 a “girls year, ” we’re down to the Top 7 and we’ve only got two girls left in the competition. And we’ve got a bad feeling that this is the week one of the ladies is voted off (and it probably won’t be the female who wanted off the show).
Lovely lady from Season 2, Kimberly Caldwell, is back as our weekly Idol guest blogger to graciously impart some wisdom on the Idols’ performances last night. But is Kim on Team Bowersox, or is she a Siobhan fan? Head below to check out the Idol alum’s take on the Top 7, and if she felt inspired by any of the contestants’ songs of inspiration:Kim’s review:
HAIR’s Ace Young Heads to Rudetsky’s Chatterbox, 4/22
HAIR star Ace Young will sit down with Seth Rudetsky on April 22nd to chat with him on his weekly live talk show Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox.
To attend Chatterbox, there is a $10 donation and a two-drink minimum. The donation goes directly to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the nation’s leading industry-based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization.
Sparks Will Fly – Interview Inside
Jordin Sparks was American Idol’s teen dream champion, taking home the crown in season six of the show in May 2007. The youngest American Idol winner, Sparks released her self-titled debut album in November 2007, which went on to sell over 1.6 million copies worldwide, earning U.S. platinum status and spawning three Top Five hits on Billboard’s pop singles chart including “Tattoo, ” “No Air” and “One Step At A Time.” Her sophomore release, Battlefield, has been a critical and commercial success.
Exclusive Interview: Scott MacIntyre (American Idol Finalist)
Scott MacIntyre may not be getting much rest these days, but he sure is having fun. The American Idol Season 8 finalist is just back from Japan where he performed to sold out crowds, and is now promoting his new CD Heartstrings throughout the US. The 24 year old musician, singer, and songwriter isn’t letting any opportunites pass him by — but then again, he never has.
‘American Idol’ Stylist Miles Siggins on the Style Evolution of Ryan Seacrest and Why He Doesn’t Dress Simon Cowell
British stylist Miles Siggins has been cultivating the looks of aspiring pop stars on Fox’s “American Idol” since the series’s second season, when two of his all-time favorite contestants, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, vied for the singing competition’s coveted title
While the dapper Siggins’s work with the sometimes fashion-phobic male contestants gets him plenty of attention, he is also the man responsible for the style evolution of host Ryan Seacrest.
And what a transformation!
American Idol Star to Sing at Spring Daze
Cary, NC – Spring Daze is going have a little American Idol glitter with a performance by Anoop Desai on the Sertoma stage.
Anoop is schedule to perform at 1 pm on Saturday, April 24.
Glee Boss Dishes on Show’s “Core” Couple (and That Other Guy)
Pucksters, you might want to go ahead and cover your eyes for just a tick while we deliver some news that’s guaranteed to make you douse your own face in delectable blue slushie:
“The Finn-Rachel relationship is obviously a core of the show, ” says executive producer Brad Falchuck—dun, dun, dun!
Now that that’s finished (well, sorta), we actually have some spoilery goodness from Brad himself on all fronts, including Puckleberry love, Finchel romance and everyone else who’s getting in the way…