Idol Headlines for 11/03/09

Man charged with stalking Ryan Seacrest

LOS ANGELES ‘” Prosecutors brought felony charges Monday against an Army reservist who allegedly stalked Ryan Seacrest, including showing up at the “American Idol” host’s studio and attacking one of his bodyguards.

Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr., 25, faces up to four years in prison if convicted of the stalking charge.

He was arrested Friday after he appeared at the E! Entertainment Television headquarters and tried to see Seacrest, whose radio show is produced at the location. A restraining order petition filed by Seacrest’s attorneys stated he was carrying a knife.

Associated Press

Gokey ready to Hob Nobble

Season 8 “American Idol” contestant Danny Gokey will perform live at the 20th annual Hob Nobble Gobble and appear in America’s Thanksgiving Parade, parade officials said Monday.

The Hob Nobble Gobble takes place 6:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. Also due: Bethenny Frankel from “The Real Housewives of New York” and local brothers Evan and Ryan Kasprzak from “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Freep.com

Exclusive: Behind-the-Scenes With Kris Allen

Kris Allen, whose video for ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ premieres on PopEater on Nov. 6, has a behind-the-scenes Webisode for us.

The ‘American Idol’ winner is seen at a photo shoot while ‘Dying’ plays in the background. Watch It Below

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Carrie Underwood Says ‘Every Woman’ Has Met A Cowboy Casanova

Three albums into her career, Carrie Underwood is already a country-music vet, paving the way for ladies like Taylor Swift to find success outside of Nashville. On her latest album, Play On, the “American Idol” alum is proving her songwriting muscle, especially on the sassy first single “Cowboy Casanova.”

MTV

Album review: Carrie Underwood’s ‘Play On’

If there’s a slam-dunk aspect to Carrie Underwood’s third album, it’s that she’s handed her “American Idol” benefactors a theme song for the next episode of “Idol Gives Back.” That song is “Change, ” an exercise in social responsibility that challenges the listener to stay open to the possibility that a small gesture can make a big difference.

LA Times

Carrie Underwood Visits The Late Show

Carrie Underwood takes some pictures with fans as she arrives for the Late Show with David Letterman in New York City on Monday (November 2).

The 26-year-old American Idol recently sat down with In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts to discuss her rise to fame, her family, and her boyfriend, Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher. ‘We stay in, you know, we ‘ ¦ we’re not like big party-goers so we don’t show up to events together and things like that, ‘  she said.

Just Jared

Carrie Underwood Says ‘Good Morning America’ 

Out for a promotional appearance, Carrie Underwood was spotted giving a killer performance on ‘Good Morning America’  today (November 3).

The ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’  songstress looked lovely as she took the New York City stage to sing selections from her new album ‘Play On.’ 

Celebrity-Gossip.net

New Music Preview: Carrie Underwood’s ‘Play On, ‘  ‘Glee’  Soundtrack

Tuesday is the traditional release date for new music and two notable albums drop this week: Country singer Carrie Underwood’s ‘Play On, ‘  and ‘Glee: The Music, Volume 1.’ 

The television show ‘Glee’  follows a group of misfit students at fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio who are members of a high school show choir. One of the comedy-drama-musical’s chief selling points is that it’s multimedia’the songs that are featured in the show (mostly covers of pop hits) are also made available for purchase on iTunes. Watch the show, buy the song.

WSJ.com

Carrie Underwood Gets Back to Work With Play On (Part 1)

Carrie Underwood knew she needed to finish a new album this year. Luckily, she viewed the writing and recording process of Play On as a labor of love, rather than just one more thing to check off her huge to-do list. The album will be released Tuesday (Nov. 3).

“I hate deadlines, ” she says. “I love projects. I love things that I love to do. If I have a project that I am totally into, and I love it, then I am all about it. I will go above and beyond and do crazy stuff. I was always the kid in class that would bring something that was really extravagant and had way too much effort put into it. Everybody else would do theirs just enough to get an A, and I had mine that was like … awesome.”

CMT.com

Music Review: Carrie Underwood shows maturation

Carrie Underwood opens her third album with an audacious stomper, “Cowboy Casanova, ” a put-down of a playboy that slyly references a famous quarterback Underwood briefly dated. But everything else about the bold, sassy tune looks forward, a reflection of “Play On, ” which aims to illustrate Underwood’s maturation and growth.

On her first two albums, the “American Idol” winner worked to establish herself as a country music singer. Now that she’s the reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year and Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood looks to expand her boundaries on “Play On.”

Associated Press

Carrie Underwood looks for something different

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ‘” Pop-country has made superstars out of acts like Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and more, but the term is not particularly endearing in Nashville, even to the artists who have come to define it.

“I hate saying pop-country ‘” I hate using that, ” Carrie Underwood says during a recent interview while talking about some of her favorite artists.

Associated Press

Listen Up: Carrie Underwood expands worldview in ‘Play On’

* * * out of four SOLID WORK
This is how to build a career for the long run. On her third outing, the still-blossoming Idol alum with the sterling pipes invites a diverse handful of outsiders to join her proven Nashville-based songwriting/production team. They expand her sound and worldview just enough to perhaps lure more folks to the party while satisfying country radio programmers and her loyalists.

USA Today

Play On puts Underwood’s potential on pause

Carrie Underwood’s path to superstardom has been cut down the middle with savvy, razor-sharp precision. She’s a good girl who occasionally goes bad, a Barbie doll with sporadic Bratz tendencies.

Previous albums have balanced pristine ballads (Jesus, Take the Wheel, So Small, Just a Dream) with fiery rave-ups (Before He Cheats, Last Name). Those discs were far from perfect, but they managed to showcase some flickers of real personality.

Chron.com

Glambert and ‘Gossip Girl’ join the weird world of Weezer

What do Adam Lambert, snuggies, Lil Wayne, Gossip Girl, giant bug costumes and Kenny G have in common? More than they should: They’re all recent additions to the ever-expanding Weezer-verse.

Glambert and Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester are the latest celebrities to get pulled into the schizophrenic publicity cornucopia surrounding the renowned nerd-rockers’ latest album, Ratitude, which drops tomorrow. Frontman Rivers Cuomo brought Meester’”the Gossip Girl star and occasional pop singer’”onstage during their Halloween concert at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom for a duet on their latest single, ‘(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To.’  The fans tweaked out and you can check it out for yourself here:

music-mix.ew.com

Latest Weezer WTF Collaborations: “Gossip Girl” Star, Adam Lambert

Whatever you think about Weezer’s current maximum-WTF promotional campaign for their new record Raditude (Lil Wayne guest spot, flying dogs, Kenny G hookup, giant bug costumes), you have to admit it’s pretty entertaining stuff. And over the weekend, the internet-crashing madness continued.

Pitchfork

David Archuleta And Demi Lovato Dazzle At Final Show Of Joint Tour In Atlantic City

Something happened Sunday (November 1) in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The casino town normally filled to the brim with little old ladies ready to hit it big on the slots was flooded with tweens, teens, and twenty-somethings thanks to David Archuleta and Demi Lovato, two uber-talented teens from two of pop culture’s biggest juggernauts, American Idol and Disney.

AC’s Trump Taj Mahal was the home of the final rescheduled date on their joint tour that was supposed to wrap in August. As the night got underway, it was clear that although there was understandable disappointment initially regarding the date shuffle, it was well worth the wait.

Neon Limelight

Daughtry Uses Fame to Support Charities

As the holiday season approaches, American Idol Season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry and his band, Daughtry, are using their popularity for good. On November 26, Daughtry will perform live at the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Oakland Raiders. This performance will officially kick off The Salvation Army’s 2009 Red Kettle Christmas campaign, which is the oldest annual charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Through December 24, the campaign will raise money for people all over in need, providing toys, coats, food, and countless social service programs throughout the year. Daughtry will perform a medley of hits from their chart-topping sophomore album, Leave This Town. They will also perform songs off their multi-platinum debut album, Daughtry.

American Idol

The Latest News on the Top 2 from Seasons 7 & 8

American Idol’s Season 7 and 8 Top 2 finalists have been in go mode since their finales, and this week is no exception.

American Idol

Former ‘Idol’ contestant Charly Lowry finds happiness

Five years ago, Charly Lowry was on the “American Idol” stage, prepared to sing for votes and the opportunity to have her music heard by millions.

But while the popular Fox reality show can bring instant fame to aspiring singers, and potentially a record deal, it also can mean losing some control over your musical career.

Fay Observer

46% Watch DVR With Commercials

I love to use my DVR to fast-forward through commercials. In a one-hour show, I can knock out generally just under 20 minutes of advertisements. That means DVR makes TV watching around 30% more efficient. I can then use the saved time to do something useful or entertaining. According to a New York Times article today, not everyone has the same attitude as I do when it comes to skipping commercials. In fact, nearly half of DVR users let the advertisements play. While I found this shocking at first, I shouldn’t have.

The Atlantic.com

Simon Cowell and Alexandra Burke help pay for sick toddler Sophie’s life-saving treatment

A toddler is flying to America for life-saving treatment after Simon Cowell agreed to chip in “tens of thousands” of pounds.

One-year-old Sophie Atay’s mother needed to raise £500, 000 urgently to send her for pioneering cancer therapy.

Sophie has received the best treatment UK hospitals can offer but if specialists at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital can see her within the next week her chances of survival will rocket from 20% to 90%.

Mirror.co.uk

Rachel Adedeji ‘ Simon did the right thing

‘It wasn’t Lloyd’s fault that he had a sort throat, we’ve all been through so much. We’re all individual, we’re all good in our own ways. I just hope he (Lloyd) rests up and gets better soon.’ 

Rachel ‘ who was in Dannii’s Girls group ‘ had been in the sing-off twice before, with Scots singer Rikki Loney and girl group Kandy Rain.

She admitted that it was tough being in the bottom two, and being put out of X Factor – but that she won’t let that knock her confidence.

STV.tv

The ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Halloween Concert: This Is Thriller

Earlier this year when Michael Jackson died, producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe tried in vain to stage a season 5 So You Think You Can Dance special featuring the King Of Pop’s legendary music and moves. But the powers-that-be at Sony told Nigel to beat it, inexplicably (I say “inexplicably” because both American Idol and America’s Best Dance Crew had aired all-MJ episodes before that, and later Sony granted music clearance to the far inferior reality dance show Dancing With The Stars).

Music.yahoo.com

Roxbury ‘Dance’ man keeps cool under pressure

Can Roxbury native Russell Ferguson survive another week on the Fox hit ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ ?

The 20-year-old krump dancer squeaked by to the final 18 last week after a harrowing accident.

His partner Noelle Marsh suffered an injury during rehearsals, and he was paired with their choreographer to dance the fox trot.

Boston Herald.com

‘Dancing With the Stars’ recap: Team Face-off

On week 7 of Dancing With the Stars, the seven couples danced one solo routine each, but the real theme of the night was THE ULTIMATE DUEL between two ”teams” that charged out into the Rectagon in a smoke-machine sequence straight out of Iron Chef America. The secret ingredient is….rosettes! Tiered ruffles! Sparkly lace overlay! HALIBUT! The seven couples split up into Team Paso, who danced to Joan Jett’s ”I Hate Myself For Loving You” (possible nod to DWTS viewers everywhere, and to Michael Irvin because an improvised Faith Hill-in-thigh-high-boots version is the Sunday Night Football theme song) and Team Tango, who danced to ”You Give Love a Bad Name” (ditto, minus Irvin detail). Here’s how they ranked with combined solo and group scores. Ahem! Will the judges please reveal their scores? Carrie Ann Inaba!

EW.com

Aaron Carter shines on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Monday night kicked off what the second week of double eliminations on “Dancing With The Stars.” This week required every team to learn two dances: one alone, and one for a team confrontation between Team Paso Doble and Team Tango. Not only that, but Tom Bergeron announced early that there was another illness in the ballroom.

Six teams and a total of eight dances made a slow pace for two hours, so the night began with a showcase for some of the show’s professional dancers ‘” the kind of filler that’s usually saved for results shows, to no one’s regret. Once that was over, the actual competition began.

MSNBC

Louie Vito ‘Bummed’ to Be Off Dancing with the Stars

I’m not going to lie, I felt like I just lost a huge snowboard contest on Tuesday night. I knew I wouldn’t be the happiest person when we got kicked off the show, but I didn’t realize I would be THAT bummed.

There are a few reasons why I think I took the result show so hard. The first is, I HATE losing. Yes, I had a lot of fun during the course of the show, but regardless of that, I still hate losing ‘ ¦ no matter what it is. Also, the fact that it was a head-to-head dance-off made it worse. I nailed that dance at the practice we had in the morning and I ran it solo back stage at least 15 times. I always consider myself a contest person and do well under pressure. In this instance, I didn’t come through and I took that pretty hard.

People.com

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Team effort

It’s the seventh week of the seventh moon of the seventh star of ‘Dancing With the Stars, ‘  ballroom fans, and the pressure in the Rectagon has been cranked up to 11.

In addition to everyone’s individual dances, this week also marked the epic group dance battle of the season: Team Tango versus Team Paso. Who would emerge victorious, and who would be left smarting from the sting of lower scores? Although, initially, I thought the paso doble folks would be a shoo-in to win ‘” mainly because the dance is a lot of high-energy stomps and showy chests and cape work ‘” Team Tango (consisting of Joanna and Derek, Kelly and Louis, Donny and Kim) out-kicked Team Paso (Aaron and Karina, Mark and Anna, Michael and Anna, Mya and Dmitry) and were awarded a whopping 28 points for their synchronized efforts (Team Paso each got 24).

LA Times

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  1. Danny’s appearance apparently is at a black-tie fundraiser, which I wouldn’t have immediately guessed from the name.

    The Parade Company is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for their largest black-tie fundraiser, Hob Nobble Gobble ®. The 20th Annual Hob Nobble Gobble ® takes place at the Michigan State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, November 25, 2009, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
    Hob Nobble Gobble ® is an unforgettable night of enchantment and wonder for the entire family, with all proceeds benefiting America’s Thanksgiving Parade ®.

    Tickets up to $1000 each.

  2. Wow, Carrie is everywhere. Her album is not #1 on iTunes now and it’s “Carrie Underwood Week” there. Heh.

    And she also has a featured artist playlist where she picks 16 of her favorite songs. And her #10 pick is her AI Best Friend’s Avalanche: “This is my favorite D.C. song!” I love it!

    Go Carrie! Love the artistic progression, too.

  3. Kris’ album is moving up the iTunes charts. At last look, it was #15 on pop albums and #54 overall.

  4. And her #10 pick is her AI Best Friend’s Avalanche: ‘This is my favorite D.C. song!’  I love it!

    How many favorites does she have? Didn’t she introduce Lie as her favorite song prior to DC’s performance for the Holiday special? Maybe she took a page from DC’s book and her favorites change every week ;). Or she’s like me, and Lie is her favorite LIVE track, but not her favorite recorded track? Haha, yes, I like that. Carrie, she’s just like me!

  5. There’s a DC fan on twitter who has a funny about Carrie’s “fav” songs:

    # At TV show taping Carrie said, sing my fave, Avalanche. @thedavidcook said, choose another fave. I’m not singing it unless the Chiefs win.about 1 hour ago from web

    (For those who don’t follow DC twits, he “promised” a few losing games ago that he’d sing “Avalanche” at his concert if the Chiefs won that day. Sads. lols.)

    https://twitter.com/squirtinthedirt

    ETA: JOKE^^^^^. NOT TRUE STORY.

  6. Carrie week indeed WOO TO THE HOO! (tm. DC) She kicked ass this morning. It was really cold out there but she sounded amazing. LOVED CC live. Just wish she would have done more from Play On. And damn if I dont want her boots. So happy to see her at #1.

    Or she’s like me, and Lie is her favorite LIVE track, but not her favorite recorded track?

    That could be possible..I’m actually intrigued she picked that. Woah those two would sound amazing on that as a duet. Maybe she can get him to sing it in concert despite his teams sucking!

    eta: Spritely I *think* that tweet is a joke, at least I’m pretty sure because there were a lot recaps from the taping and that was never mentioned..

  7. From someone at IDF…

    “I just got a reply from Apple, and according to them, the iTunes Pass will only contain 13 songs. That means the bonus track will not be included. How reliable is this information, I’m not sure, ‘cuz the last time I asked if LLWD was gonna be included in the Pass, they said no.

    Look what happened.”

    Ok seriously, iTunes/Jive/19/whoever –WTF?

    Of course, a this poster says, Apple was wrong about whether LLWD would be part of the iTunes pass, so maybe they are wrong again here.

    But just a heads up if you have the iTunes pass.

  8. # At TV show taping Carrie said, sing my fave, Avalanche. @thedavidcook said, choose another fave. I’m not singing it unless the Chiefs win.about 1 hour ago from web

    Is this true? Or, was this person kidding?

  9. Trina, sorry if I wasn’t clear. I know it’s a joke. :) I just thought it was a funny one. Slinks off, lol.

  10. Carrie week indeed WOO TO THE HOO! (tm. DC) She kicked ass this morning. It was really cold out there but she sounded amazing. LOVED CC live. Just wish she would have done more from Play On. And damn if I dont want her boots. So happy to see her at #1.

    Any confirmation whether Cook went out and bought her album at the stroke of twelve and in his “pjs.”

  11. EEP! I didn’t mean to start a rumor! I’ve edited above to make that clearer, I hope.

  12. Cook strikes me as a downloader rather than a big-boxer, so I’m imagining him back in his bunk on the tour bus, in his footie-pajamas, hitting up iTunes at midnight to buy Play On on his iPhone. Too bad he’ll need a microscope to read his name in the acknowledgments – that digital booklet is killer on the eyeballs!

  13. I’m surprised there isn’t a banner for Kris’ pre-order on Itunes. Maybe because they had banner for like a month for the pass?
    Right now the album is in the 50s, which isn’t looking good at all. A little banner could help it.

    Maybe Carrie changes favorite every week, lol, or maybe the dicision to play Lie on her show was made by others, and not just her. David is going to be on Regis & Kelly and everyone is still trying to figure out why and what he’ll sing. I really believe we’ll have Lie. Apparently they want him to perform that song on TV…

  14. Apparently they want him to perform that song on TV’ ¦

    Too bad they didn’t come to that decision back in early 2009. Could’ve saved us from “Come Back to Me.”

  15. Too bad they didn’t come to that decision back in early 2009. Could’ve saved us from ‘Come Back to Me.’ 

    LOL Funny enough they actually taped Lie for GMA back in February.

  16. Kris’ album is moving up the iTunes charts. At last look, it was #15 on pop albums and #54 overall.

    This is so cool! Thanks for sharing. Gooooo Kris!

  17. Commenting on my two favs today:

    It really is Carrie Underwood day. She is hosting The Highway on Satellite radio playing her songs from the album and her other favs as well. I plan to complete her album on Itunes today plus run out to pick up a hard copy of her CD for my mom. My mom loves Carrie.

    As to my other fav Danny. I would not have thought the Hob Nobble was a black tie event costing 1,000 a ticket. I do believe it is for charity. Charity events really seem to attrack Danny. Nobody can say he isn’t working his butt off since he got off the tour. This will be his third performance event plus he is recording for his album and getting his single ready for his radio tour. Go Danny!!

  18. The iTunes pass included NoBo, so maybe they think that’s a good enough bonus track (NOT).

  19. LOL Funny enough they actually taped Lie for GMA back in February.

    That was only for their website, though right? IIRC, he played Declaration and Lie on that Disney stage (ugh, in an alternate universe, those two could’ve been great singles), and only Declaration was broadcast on TV, while Lie was available online, so technically, Lie has never been on national TV. That whole GMA appearance was kind of a fail for the East coast overall though, because they had problems with the live feed, and we ended up not getting Declaration at all.

  20. “I’m surprised there isn’t a banner for Kris’ pre-order on Itunes. Maybe because they had banner for like a month for the pass?”

    The iTunes pass banner is STILL on the Pop page – no new album promo or updated picture, so IDGI. They also haven’t updated the iTunes pass album track list.

  21. Well, it’s also Carrie Storm or Carrie Underwood week on iTunes. Whatever leverage/pull 19M has with iTunes would be used to promote Fuller’s Golden Princess.

  22. (For those who don’t follow DC twits, he ‘promised’  a few losing games ago that he’d sing ‘Avalanche’  at his concert if the Chiefs won that day. Sads. lols.)

    Yeah, that was a show I went to. Damn you, Chiefs! I was even willing to root against my Redskins to get Avalanche. ‘Course helps that I hate our owner, hee.

  23. Well at least they have Kris’ picture on iTunes. That’s a first ;)

    So far with about 25% of the Top 40 adds in, the only two Idols added was one each for Jordin and Jason Castro. But it’s early yet with most of the adds yet to come. Looks like Gaga will have the most adds for the week though.

  24. Did this get posted here yet? From the volunteer mod at DCO:

    @PCableAccess: This week’s ‘Backstage’  program has David Cook […] Thu nights at 9:30pm on Ch19 [MI]

  25. Would Jive or 19 be responsible for iTunes ads? I can’t remember if Archie had a banner when his pre-order went up…?

  26. I swear, that iTunes pass was the worst idea ever if they actually wanted to HELP the winner’s career. Instead, it siphoned off single sales, so nobody has any idea how many copies of LLWD actually went out through iTunes, and now it’s negatively impacting album sales, as well. Those pass sales better count SOMETIME! Such nonsense to line 19 and Apple’s pockets and screw over the artist at the same time. Oh, wait. That Standard Operating Procedure, isn’t it? Goose/golden egg/etc.

  27. I imagine that like the pre-sales, the iTunes passes will count in the first week sales for iTunes when the album debuts. It will also count in the total sales for Billboard purposes on the debut work. So it will be known eventually, unlike the super-sekrit sales during Idol. Heh.

    Carrie-storm indeed!

  28. I imagine that like the pre-sales, the iTunes passes will count in the first week sales for iTunes when the album debuts. It will also count in the total sales for Billboard purposes on the debut work. So it will be known eventually, unlike the super-sekrit sales during Idol. Heh.

    Carrie-storm indeed!

  29. @PCableAccess: This week’s ‘Backstage’  program has David Cook […] Thu nights at 9:30pm on Ch19 [MI]

    What the hell is that? If it’s backstage/behind-the-scenes footage from a concert I’m seriously gonna die. But WTF is this cable access channel bullshit and how are we gonna get to see it? Ooh, livestream ok. Hmm. According to the schedule it’s a 30 minute program. And the rest of their schedule looks to be mostly Christian programming…? This is SOO odd. Regardless, the prospect of 30 minutes of something DC related is a good thing…

  30. So iTunes has a banner for the pass but not the actual album itself? This means everyone still ordering the pass won’t be getting the bonus track, right? I’m confused.

    Even Kris’s official site is now advertising a widget with a link to pre-order the pass instead of the actual album.

  31. Great article from MTV featuring Rivers Cuomo and Adam mentions:

    From Rivers: Then I was invited to sit in with Adam Lambert and watch him sing, and he was checking out the song. And as it turns out, he came up with a few ideas for it for himself, changed the melody around, suggested some lyric changes and before you knew it, I was writing a song with Adam Lambert.”

    And I loved this quote from him:

    Cuomo clearly enjoyed his time with Lambert and was phenomenally impressed with his instrument. “He has the most amazing voice. It’s exactly the kind of voice I convince myself I have on my best day, but of course I’m nowhere near that amazing,” he said.

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1625387/20091103/lambert_adam_american_idol_.jhtml

  32. Would Jive or 19 be responsible for iTunes ads? I can’t remember if Archie had a banner when his pre-order went up’ ¦?

    I would guess the both label and Itunes are responsible for the ads, both Davids had them, didn’t they? I remember back in the day there was an article about how artists get the ads. Maybe LadyM will have a link.

    and now it’s negatively impacting album sales, as well.

    How is the pass hurting the album sales now?

    @PCableAccess: This week’s ‘Backstage’  program has David Cook […] Thu nights at 9:30pm on Ch19 [MI]

    What is that?

  33. Awwwwwwwwww!

    @thedavidcook: @KrisAllen4Real iTunes preorder today! And Ms. Underwood’s new record out today!!! Go get ’em!

    Jordin tweeted about Kris- pre-order too.

  34. smartcookie
    11/03/2009 at 12:05 pm
    I swear, that iTunes pass was the worst idea ever if they actually wanted to HELP the winner’s career. Instead, it siphoned off single sales, so nobody has any idea how many copies of LLWD actually went out through iTunes, and now it’s negatively impacting album sales, as well.

    How would the itunes pass hurt? If it’s like any of the other passes that Itunes sells, when the single is delivered it is counted at that time. When the entire album is delivered, the single gets “returned” and then counted as “issued” again resulting in a net zero change at that time. The original distribution of the single counts in the sales figures. Also, the itunes album sales will count towards his total album sales first week at the time of delivery just like all pre-orders. Don’t see the negative impact, but maybe I’m missing something??

  35. I swear, that iTunes pass was the worst idea ever if they actually wanted to HELP the winner’s career.

    I disagree. It allowed them to get album preorders right after the finale, thus giving them a chance to rope in some of the people who otherwise might have forgotten about Kris (and all of their other AI favorites) by now. It also allowed them to send new videos every once in a while to remind people of him while he was working on his album.

    and now it’s negatively impacting album sales, as well.

    How is the pass hurting the album sales now?

    It’s not. As Indymuse (and CindyM) already said, all of the preorders, whether they’re from the pass, the iTunes preorder, the Amazon preorder, or anywhere else, will be counted together for one grand total for his first week of sales. For those purposes, it doesn’t matter whether you get the pass or the preorder. And, I’m sure both the label and iTunes know the separate sales totals for the single, the preorder, and the pass, and will use that to make decisions about each’s effectiveness as a marketing tool for Kris. Remember, for artists like Kris, album sales are the ultimate goal.

    iTunes is not perfect, mistakes happen all of the time, you just don’t notice them until you start following someone’s career closely. But, iTunes passes are one of their newer products, and not confined only to Kris, or even only to Idols. I was really happy when the pass went up after the finale, because it meant that 19 continues to experiment with strategies and to implement personalized ones for each artist. That’s never a bad thing.

  36. Too bad they didn’t come to that decision back in early 2009. Could’ve saved us from ‘Come Back to Me.’ 

    LOL Funny enough they actually taped Lie for GMA back in February.

    LIE. My favorite song on the album. Come on, RCA, WTF? Release this gem already. CBTM is drek, IMO, and waaay too close to LO. I was also hoping for Avalanche, another favorite, but I guess not.

    YAY FOR CARRIE! And, er, a banner for Kris would be nice. And a download for Adam would be epic, but that ain’t happening today, clearly.

  37. How would the itunes pass hurt? If it’s like any of the other passes that Itunes sells, when the single is delivered it is counted at that time. When the entire album is delivered, the single gets ‘returned’  and then counted as ‘issued’  again resulting in a net zero change at that time.

    I’m not sure that’s how it works. When you pre-order, you get charged for the “instant downloaded single” and that gets credited. If you cancel the pre-order, you pay nothing more.

    With the iTunes pass, you pay for everything up front and there doesn’t seem to be a cancel option. I suspect that the single is never counted as sold to SS because you’ve already purchased the entire album. Sure, on iTunes accounting books it’s different, but SS has it’s own counting rules. It’s not going to let somebody count an album as 12 singles sold just because they want to. The season pass is an album purchase. A pre-order is just a single purchase until the album is delivered.

    I guess people consider this as hurting the album/single because if people buy the pass, it doesn’t help the song move up the iTunes ranking. The higher you go, the more likely people are to say “Hey, what’s this?” and check it out. But in the end, a single/album sold is a single/album sold. While you loose some spontaneous buyers you gain either. I’m sure iTunes and the industry are looking at ways to maximize sales for all.

    There are lots of other ways sales get split too (for instance when an artist has an explicit/non-explicit version or when they have a single/album version, or standard and deluxe). You know something is selling like hotcakes when it can chart the same song or album twice on iTunes.

  38. I swear, that iTunes pass was the worst idea ever if they actually wanted to HELP the winner’s career. Instead, it siphoned off single sales, so nobody has any idea how many copies of LLWD actually went out through iTunes, and now it’s negatively impacting album sales, as well. Those pass sales better count SOMETIME! Such nonsense to line 19 and Apple’s pockets and screw over the artist at the same time. Oh, wait. That Standard Operating Procedure, isn’t it? Goose/golden egg/etc.

    I think the major positive about the itunes pass, as others have suggested, is the fact that it came out RIGHT after AI, when the winner has the most momentum to really capitalize on the show and turn that into a lot of impulse buys on itunes (think of NoBo’s success after the finale, etc.)

    So it is a smart ploy to get more buyers when the getting is good, rather than wait 4 months later when more people have forgotten these guys.

  39. @thedavidcook: @KrisAllen4Real iTunes preorder today! And Ms. Underwood’s new record out today!!! Go get ’em!

    I don’t think DC’s figured out yet that his followers don’t get his tweets if he starts them out with @reply? Granted, I’m sure the bulk of his followers, particularly those who’d be interested in Kris’ album, already follow Kris. Anyway, hope he figures this out soon. I remember he had that guessing contest about the OLP drummer, and he only replied to the winner who guessed it, so everyone else kept asking and tweeting and wondering who the guest drummer was. Same with his message about “stevequeek”.

  40. The season pass is an album purchase. A pre-order is just a single purchase until the album is delivered.

    Whoa – brain hurting now.

  41. Jordin sparks

    Whoop whoop!! RT @KrisAllen4Real Ok everbody. Album preorder on iTunes today!
    about 1 hour ago from Twitterrific

    me likey that she sent this to her 382,000 followers.. :D

  42. @thedavidcook: @KrisAllen4Real iTunes preorder today! And Ms. Underwood’s new record out today!!! Go get ’em!

    *BIG SMILE* It’s now #10 on the POP album chart. Yay! Keep going Kris!!!

  43. me likey that she sent this to her 382,000 followers.. :D

    Those followers don’t even buy her album… will they pre-order someone else’s? ;)

  44. *BIG SMILE* It’s now #10 on the POP album chart. Yay! Keep going Kris!!!

    ..squeeeeeing!!! that good!!! and this is not counting the itunes pass sold if i understand this right

    Great for DC for the shout out although i understood from previous posts that he needs a twitter 101 course

  45. Mark my words the break out star this year on Top 40 is going to be Orianthi. She sounds like a cross between Kelly C and Taylor S. She’s pretty and she is a kick ass guitarist. She will be the one to watch. Her Top 40 adds are piling up right now. Pretty impressive for a newcomer.

    Oh and she is managed by Simon Fuller.

  46. Those followers don’t even buy her album’ ¦ will they pre-order someone else’s?

    aww leome, we’ll see but at least we know they buy a lot of singles and this can be of some use here!

  47. *BIG SMILE* It’s now #10 on the POP album chart. Yay! Keep going Kris!!!

    wooo hooo! you go get ’em kris! and i assume once the vid is out this friday (squeeeeing) it’ll go even higher.

    so dyu have a link coolcricket?

  48. me likey that she sent this to her 382,000 followers..

    Those followers don’t even buy her album’ ¦ will they pre-order someone else’s?

    Aw, sad! But hey, her fans buy singles, and she also RT’ed JiveMusic’s tweet about Allison’s single, so maybe that would help…?

    TheRealJordin: YES! RT @JiveMusic Allison Iraheta “Friday Ill Be Over U” avail on iTunes NOW! Add her catchy new hit 2 your playlist!

    On a related note, WHY didn’t Allison tweet her fans about her own single dropping on iTunes?!?!

  49. LOL I was going to say 382,000 didnt even buy her album! Its ok its still sweet and I love when Idols support each other. And I only learned pretty recently myself if you start a tweet with @ not everyone will see it so he’ll probably figure it out soon.

    Mark my words the break out star this year on Top 40 is going to be Orianthi.

    I was just saying the same thing to someone the other day. I think she’s going to be massive. Her exposure from This Is It has given her a really huge platform to get started. When she performed with Carrie at the Grammy’s there was a lot of talk about her, lots of people wondering who she was.

  50. On a related note, WHY didn’t Allison tweet her fans about her own single dropping on iTunes?!?!

    She did, just in a typically Allison way:

    Allison4Realzzz

    WhaAaa?? You can now get FIBOU on iTunes now?? WhaAAAaaa??9 minutes ago from Echofon

  51. “Mark my words the break out star this year on Top 40 is going to be Orianthi.” – jan

    Wow, her adds today are amazing. Granted, only 37% reporting, but she leads with 17 adds, followed by Daughtry and Gaga at 12 each.

    Jason Castro has 2, Adam and Allison only one, Kris none so far. I looked back at Kris’ add history for Top 40 b/c I couldn’t remember the split of his first-time adds between Top 40/HAC. He had 26 Top 40 adds his first week (2nd overall). I hope there are lots more adds to come for the S8 people – this is a little concerning.

  52. Mark my words the break out star this year on Top 40 is going to be Orianthi.

    Yep, I’m seeing her everywhere all of a sudden. Have been watching her adds come in today and she’s killing it with only ~40% of the panel reporting. The fact that she’s managed by Simon Fuller means she’ll get top-notch promo. I think she’s primed to really hit big right now.

  53. Jason Castro has 2, Adam and Allison only one, Kris none so far. I looked back at Kris’ add history for Top 40 b/c I couldn’t remember the split of his first-time adds between Top 40/HAC. He had 26 Top 40 adds his first week (2nd overall). I hope there are lots more adds to come for the S8 people ‘“ this is a little concerning.

    To be honest, I’m more concerned about Allison than Kris or Adam. Kris did really well yesterday on HAC and Adam picked up some as well, and this is only his first week going for adds. Allison is in her second week and hasn’t really been picked up – she so far has 3 total in Top 40 and 0 in HAC.

  54. As I see it Orianthi has the empowering lyrics to appeal to young girls – and the looks and guitar playing skills to appeal to guys. That’s a dynamite combination for Top 40.

    Yesterday you could get her single for free on iTunes – today it costs.

  55. Mark my words the break out star this year on Top 40 is going to be Orianthi.

    Plus she also has a feature solo on Adam’s album — Orianthi is also a 19R/Sony artist — synergy!

    The Adam-Orianthi track hasn’t been identified yet but based on the clips bets are the it is either 1. “Aftermath” produced by Howard Bensen who is also producing her album or 2. “Strut” because the guitar in the clip sounds a bit like her.

    My bet is that she is on “Aftermath” be

  56. Also available on iTunes today is a pre-order for Kris Allen’s album. As a bonus for doing the pre-order, you’ll receive a bonus track called “From The Ashes”. 19E has confirmed to AINow that the track was written by Kris, Lindy Robbins, and Toby Gad. Toby Gad also produced the track.

    From AINow. I thought the itunes bonus was going to be the Mat Kearney song. Is that song not going to be on any version??

  57. Why does it seem like Ryan is always being stalked? Poor guy. I’d be scared out of mind.

  58. From AINow. I thought the itunes bonus was going to be the Mat Kearney song. Is that song not going to be on any version??

    hmm, if the song didn’t cut the album, means there were better ones or it didn’t fit with the rest of the tracks. I’m a bit disappointed though because it was one of the collab we got the more insights from

  59. yesterday Daughty was in Toronto; I’m bummed that they are skipping Montreal; I would have like to see his show

  60. “Mark my words the break out star this year on Top 40 is going to be Orianthi. ”

    Managed by Fuller? And she’s actually in the Michael Jackson film? And she’s also featured in Adam’s album? Well, hello darkhorse Orianthi. This fall is just getting more interesting every minute. Heh.

  61. I thought the itunes bonus was going to be the Mat Kearney song. Is that song not going to be on any version??

    I think that the iTune KA version is the last one. So maybe this song didn’t make it at all. Mark me disappointed because I really love Matt Kearney and though that Matt+Kris could = a great song.

  62. thedavidcook: @KrisAllen4Real iTunes preorder today! And Ms. Underwood’s new record out today!!! Go get ’em!

    Woohoo… why so formal with you lady friend there, Mr. Cook? ;)

    DavidArchie: Woot woot! RT @Allison4Realzzz WhaAaa?? You can now get Friday I’ll Be Over You on iTunes now?? WhaAAAaaa??

    For a while there, I thought Archie was mimicking Allison, but it turns out he was just RT’ing her tweet. LOL!

  63. Allison’s tweet is a little weird – not sure why she couldn’t tweet the availability in a clearer more straightforward way. I understand when she’s just having fun that she tweets in a certain way but I wish she would have been a little bit more serious when tweeting about her song availability.

  64. ‘Mark my words the break out star this year on Top 40 is going to be Orianthi. ‘ 

    She was awesome in “This Is It”. The film had some great guitar solos in it from her. Her and MJ had some real chemistry going on. Santana was interviewed a while back and said he would pass the baton onto to her. I like her new song, a lot.

  65. DavidArchie: Woot woot! RT @Allison4Realzzz WhaAaa?? You can now get Friday I’ll Be Over You on iTunes now?? WhaAAAaaa??

    It looks like Archie tried to make her tweet more comprehensible. Heh. (And we used to think Archie was inarticulate.)

    Woohoo’ ¦ why so formal with you lady friend there, Mr. Cook?

    Maybe he’s afraid some big, burly hockey player is going to shove a puck down his throat. ;-)

  66. Well, I bought Carrie’s album on iTunes this morning before I went to work along with Allison’s FIBOU. Of course, would have been nice to see FYE up there, though I already own it. ;)

    Go Carrie! You deserve it!

  67. Woohoo’ ¦ why so formal with you lady friend there, Mr. Cook?

    Maybe he’s afraid some big, burly hockey player is going to shove a puck down his throat.

    Bahaha. I went back to confirm. He seems intent on calling her by her last name like she’s some bro of his haha. Maybe he thinks he’s making some (probably futile) attempts to stave off the fan shipping. Some past tweets:

    thedavidcook: Band played great and I didn’t fall over. Operation underwood holiday special a success. Off to the airport1:08 AM Oct 23rd from mobile web

    thedavidcook: Off to dine with the guys, then practice for tomorrow. Gotta keep up with Underwood.11:22 PM Oct 21st from mobile web

    Also, too cute that Archie spelled out FIBOU for Allison before retweeting.

  68. Would Jive or 19 be responsible for iTunes ads? I can’t remember if Archie had a banner when his pre-order went up’ ¦?

    Yes, Archie did have a banner for his album pre-order last year. I remember it pointing out that you would get an bonus track during the pre-order period.

  69. Orianthi is fantastic! I heard her interviewed last week on WPLJ and Z100 and bought her album that night. Her guitar work is unbelievable. Still haven’t gone to see TII but may do so during the extended run that they (unsurprisingly) have scheduled.

  70. During the weekend Allison lost about 100 followers on Twitter. It’s no surprise why. I know twitter is not the beginning and ending of things, but someone could tell her to tone down the crazy, I think.

  71. Kris is getting great support from the AI family on Twitter – I like when they twitter talk.

  72. Santana was interviewed a while back and said he would pass the baton onto to her.

    High praise indeed. I’m impressed.

  73. I noticed even when he was talking about the taping of the special a couple of times in concert he referred to her as “Ms Carrie Underwood”. I think its kinda cute, like he respects her. But it makes her calling him “Cookie” in her liner notes all the more hilarious.

    I’ve been trying to find info on the pre-orders last year but I do think both David’s had iTunes banners. IIRC DC also had that iTunes app thingie but I can’t remember if that had anything to do with the pre-order or if that was something separate.

    During the weekend Allison lost about 100 followers on Twitter.

    I was one of them. I like her, I’ll buy her album when its out but she gets on my nerves big time on Twitter.

    Orianthi has a big ad on All Access. She’s gonna be on SYTYCD on 11/16 so the 19M promo is definitely kicking in.

  74. Susan, I play this during Bob and Sheri (I Program the music for that
    daypart) – listen tomorrow morning and I’ll get it on for you!

    —–Original Message—–
    From: IPOWER Form Processor [mailto:FormProcessor@ipower.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 1:10 PM
    To: Jennifer Blackwell
    Subject: Z93 Listener E-Request

    Name:susan
    Song Requested:Lets Just Fall In Love Again by Jason Castro Addl.Comments:http://addboard.mediabase.com/SongAddHistory.asp?Sngcde=CA
    STLJFI&ob=1&format=XX

    I so want to see us as an add on here, please play this song, I have
    asked so many times? Pretty please – Keith – this is Baylees mom, vi’s
    friend!

    I didnt even KNOW it, my local station HAS been playing Jason Castro – seeeee -so excited to hear it on the radio tomorrow!

  75. Perhaps Allison does the wild and crazy tweeting because she thinks it helps bolster her rocker image. Surely she doesn’t speak like that all the time.

  76. I would guess the both label and Itunes are responsible for the ads, both Davids had them, didn’t they? I remember back in the day there was an article about how artists get the ads. Maybe LadyM will have a link.

    I do. (And thanks to FolkFan and some of the other resourceful number nerds at DCO for helping me dig it up, since i neglected to bookmark it!):

    Music’s New Gatekeeper

    The article is from 2007, but I haven’t read anything since to indicate iTunes advertising practices have changed. It basically discusses how iTunes dispensed with the traditional cash model for ad placement in their store, and instead uses their prime real estate to barter with the labels for exclusive content, pricing concessions, etc. But essentially it is iTunes’ editors who make the decisions about what to feature in the various placements withing their store, not the labels themselves:

    In all, dozens of iTunes editors and label-relations staffers collaborate in meetings and discussions throughout the week to determine what the home page of the iTunes Store will look like when it is refreshed every Tuesday.

    And here’s the reason every artist wants that prime iTunes placement (and why there are always so many Idol fanwars over who got the biggest ad or the best overall pimpage at iTunes):

    During a week when an album is featured on the iTunes home page it can sell about five times more copies on average through the site than it does in the three to five weeks that follow, when the album isn’t featured, says one industry executive.

    And yes, both Cook and Archuleta had iTunes banners in the Music store, though I remember much gnashing of teeth last year because Cook’s didn’t go up for a full 24 hours or so after his presale was listed. Oh noes! All those “lost” sales! Just kidding. It’s easy to chuckle now – it was ultimately just another one of those iTunes glitches that eventually become par for the course.

  77. Q3 said:

    I think that the iTune KA version is the last one. So maybe this song didn’t make it at all. Mark me disappointed because I really love Matt Kearney and though that Matt+Kris could = a great song.

    Can I just add one other possibility? From what I understood they wrote together and put together a DEMO, not a final version. Could the song end up on MATT’S next album with Kris as a co-writer? That way he’d at least get songwriting royalties, yes?

  78. Orianthi is fantastic! I heard her interviewed last week on WPLJ and Z100 and bought her album that night. Her guitar work is unbelievable. Still haven’t gone to see TII but may do so during the extended run that they (unsurprisingly) have scheduled.

    THIS is a fantastic movie. I originally bought my ticket b/c of Adam’s TfM preview (which was sad, I know, and also wasn’t him, it was the 2012 preview with TfM in the background), but man, did I love this movie. I cried at times; I forgot how I had grown up with MJ’s music. Orianthi was killer; MJ thought she was genius. And she’s only 24! I downloaded her free single from iTunes, but now I need the whole album. Lyndsey Parker either interviewed her or showed the interview with her on her Yahoo Rocks blog, and she is amazing.

  79. Can I just add one other possibility? From what I understood they wrote together and put together a DEMO, not a final version. Could the song end up on MATT’S next album with Kris as a co-writer? That way he’d at least get songwriting royalties, yes?

    Now wouldn’t that be fascinating – and go quite a long way towards Kris’s future.

  80. I remember much gnashing of teeth last year because Cook’s didn’t go up for a full 24 hours or so after his presale was listed. Oh noes! All those ‘lost’  sales! Just kidding. It’s easy to chuckle now ‘“ it was ultimately just another one of those iTunes glitches that eventually become par for the course.

    Yeah, I remember that. Also a cause for much gnashing of teeth was the delay in getting the charity single version of David Cook’s Permanent up on iTunes right after the AI8 Finale. That one did seem rather egregious because it was (1) for charity, (2) was only available for a limited time, and (3) was obviously done to capitalize on the post-finale buying frenzy. I think more than a few people ended up downloading the album version instead of the charity single — thinking they had made a contribution to charity. Fail on iTunes or AI all around. Still don’t know what happened there because IIRC it didn’t go up until two days after the finale.

    Glad to see Carrie at #1. Hope our AI kids get more adds today.

  81. But it makes her calling him ‘Cookie’  in her liner notes all the more hilarious.

    And she also called him “DC” in her iTunes playlist recommendation thingie where she calls Avalanche her favorite DC song. What did I say? Carrie, she’s just like us DC fans! Hahah. I like that idea.

    So DC’s back in concert tonight, first time with The Script. Can I get a woot from the group huggers? Looking forward to fuzzy youtubes and recaps :). Feels like it’s been ages.

  82. suebrody
    11/03/2009 at 3:54 pm
    THIS is a fantastic movie. I originally bought my ticket b/c of Adam’s TfM preview (which was sad, I know, and also wasn’t him, it was the 2012 preview with TfM in the background), but man, did I love this movie. I cried at times; I forgot how I had grown up with MJ’s music. Orianthi was killer; MJ thought she was genius. And she’s only 24! I downloaded her free single from iTunes, but now I need the whole album. Lyndsey Parker either interviewed her or showed the interview with her on her Yahoo Rocks blog, and she is amazing.

    Thanks Sue – I grew up with MJ’s music also, and will probably cry as well. My initial interest, I confess, was the possibility of seeing TfM on the big screen and once that was dashed I cooled a little. But with the extended run, I think I’ll catch it before Thanksgiving for sure. Appreciate the thumbs-up! I’m hearing great things about TII.

  83. Adds are 52% in; Adam has 3, Kris 2, Allison 1.

    HAC adds yesterday – Kris 11 (2nd overall), Adam 6 (4th overall), none for Allison.

    I have to say I’m shocked by the Top 40 adds today, although there is a little less than 2 hours to go. Kris had 26 Top 40 adds on his first day out (2nd highest of the day), and there are so many people ahead of Adam today – previously discussed Orianthi – Adam is currently tied for 17th highest total.

  84. I have to say I’m shocked by the Top 40 adds today, although there is a little less than 2 hours to go. Kris had 26 Top 40 adds on his first day out (2nd highest of the day), and there are so many people ahead of Adam today ‘“ previously discussed Orianthi ‘“ Adam is currently tied for 17th highest total.

    yeah, those are some really bad numbers for Adam. Well and Allison as well, but that was expected, but the Adam stuff…not good.

  85. I have to say I’m shocked by the Top 40 adds today, although there is a little less than 2 hours to go. Kris had 26 Top 40 adds on his first day out (2nd highest of the day), and there are so many people ahead of Adam today ‘“ previously discussed Orianthi ‘“ Adam is currently tied for 17th highest total.

    How many days were there between Kris’s debut of the song and his add date? I can’t remember than sequence. I remember Kirsten said it was a little different that adds were so soon after Adam’s debut. I hope they improve, though, I’m rooting for Adam’s success!!

    Also, how’s the presale for Kris going? Last numbers I saw, Kris was #10 in pop and #38 overall. What are they now?

  86. How many days were there between Kris’s debut of the song and his add date? I can’t remember than sequence. I remember Kirsten said it was a little different that adds were so soon after Adam’s debut.

    Good point. Wasn’t Kris’s single available on ITUNES before ADDS started?

  87. CindyM: Kris debuted on Z100 on a Monday (I want to say Sept 28), then he went for iTunes that Friday (which surprised everyone at the time – people surmised piracy was a possible motive).

    ETA: I just checked my numbers:
    Top 40: add date 10/7 – 26 adds #2 overall; 10/14 – 4 adds, 10/21 – 7 adds.
    HAC: add date 10/7 – 9 #5 overall, 10/14 – 8 #4 overall, 10/21 – 7 #5 overall,
    10/28 – 11 #2 overall.

    Allison did 2 for her debut, and as I recall it was generally thought to be a HORRIBLE day. Adam’s adds today are inexplicable to me – I’m not a big fan of his (but still wish him well), but I certainly bought the media hype and thought radio stations were jumping hoops to add him. There are so many other ahead of him today – which makes the results even more dumbfounding to me.

  88. Adam’s adds today are inexplicable to me ‘“ I’m not a big fan of his (but still wish him well), but I certainly bought the media hype and thought radio stations were jumping hoops to add him. There are so many other ahead of him today ‘“ which makes the results even more dumbfounding to me.

    Maybe this is all related to the boo-foo on the iTunes release. Maybe they (RCA) are telling radio stations to hold back and trying to time it so he has the most adds impacting the same week that he should be getting the most downloads on iTunes. That would equal a higher ranking on his Billboard Hot 100 debut. IDK. Just speculating.

    ETA: Are we sure the add date is correct? And not effed up, same as the iTunes non-release?

  89. Just looked it up. Kris’s debut was 9/21/09. So Kris had a little over 3 weeks from his debut to add date. That seems more logical than what they’ve done with FYE. Different methods for RCA though, I guess. Oh well, maybe Adam will be a slow burner, that’s the mantra, right? I can only hope for his success and think positively!!

  90. Maybe they (RCA) are telling radio stations to hold back and trying to time it so he has the most adds impacting the same week that he should be getting the most downloads on iTunes.

    There is no way they asked radio stations to hold back on the adds. The idea is to have as many stations as possible playing a song before it goes on sale in order to create an instant demand.

  91. CindyM – actually 2 weeks. I was wrong on his add day – it was 10/7. But 2 weeks in between debut & add date does sound correct to me.

  92. Can I get a woot from the group huggers?

    Woo to the oot (tm DC)!! Although we really didn’t need that group hug after all (not that you guys smell or anything) but he was pretty much out and about for a good chunk of his “break,” what with the Carrie special taping, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition filiming, the This Is It Red Carpet apperance and the new song on ESPN. And oh yeah, getting to sing with OLP in his hometown. The only thing that MJs (and DCO) didn’t give us group huggers was a camera inside Cook’s house letting us know what he was up to on a minute-by-minute basis.

    ETA: All that said, I was getting a little twitchy from lack of underwater cellcasts for two weeks (was it two weeks?).

  93. Maybe this is all related to the boo-foo on the iTunes release. Maybe they (RCA) are telling radio stations to hold back and trying to time it so he has the most adds impacting the same week that he should be getting the most downloads on iTunes. That would equal a higher ranking on his Billboard Hot 100 debut. IDK. Just speculating.

    Actually the more stations that add it and play it before going on sale the higher the song will go on HOT100 the first week of sales cause it will have more airplay. I don’t think RCA would tell radio to hold back anything. The moment a song is out there the goal is for it to be added and played, as soon as possible, and the more is played the better the sales will be. I think that’s why the song is not on itunes this week, so it has a chance to build airplay.

    How about the ITunes presale?? What is Kris’s ranking now?

    I see it at 36. It’s really low. A banner would so help it.

  94. RCA is probably just waiting to start their real push with radio until after the AMAs. Honestly, it is way too early to start gnashing teeth and worrying over his single. It’s the same thing I said when Kris Allen’s single was slow starting: you won’t be able to do a post mortem on the success or failure until at least a couple months after the release of the single. Kris’s single has turned into a modest hit, especially on HAC. Give Adam’s more than one day y’all.

  95. 56% reporting now – Adam still at 3, and Kris has gone up to 3, including Portland OR and Eugene, OR, so he’s FIANLLY inching westward.

  96. Script. Can I get a woot from the group huggers?

    Woot. What am I gonna do when the neverending tour finally ends?

  97. smallie said

    So DC’s back in concert tonight, first time with The Script. Can I get a woot from the group huggers? Looking forward to fuzzy youtubes and recaps . Feels like it’s been ages.

    and this afternoon Cookie is doing a private acoustic show at some radio station in Phoenix. If we’re extra lucky we may get YouTubes of that too. Last time he did one no cameras were allowed. I’m not particularly interested in a meet-and-greet, but I’m totally envious of folks who get to go to these special radio concert events.

    ETA – Seriously – I don’t know what I’m going to do once the great Declaration tour ends either! Mr. Cook must do something for all these addicts he’s created.

  98. Niall: I totally agree; however, I at least have been watching adds & charts every day since Kris added, and today’s results are pretty unexpected. It’s worth discussing. I think Adam needs to do a few (or thirty) radio interviews like Kris has been doing non-stop the past 3 weeks.

  99. Maybe they (RCA) are telling radio stations to hold back and trying to time it so he has the most adds impacting the same week that he should be getting the most downloads on iTunes. That would equal a higher ranking on his Billboard Hot 100 debut.

    Well, there could be a sales suppression strategy at play, though the fact that the single is, in fact, available for sale at Adam’s official site would not really make sense in that scenario. Also, if you are trying to maximize a Hot 100 debut, the goal is to get spins (well, actually Audience Impressions) as high as possible while holding the single back for sale. Then when you release to iTunes there is pent-up demand and sales + airplay = killer debut chart position.

    In order for this to happen though, you would usually want to set the adds date at least several weeks in advance of the sales date. It’s not like scoring a lot of adds on the impact date is going to instantly equal 50 million in AI – it does take time after stations add the song for spins and audience to build to critical mass. I mean at this point, FYE has barely gotten any test spins. So if RCA has the Hot 100 on their mind, pushing back the adds date to correspond with it being available at iTunes would not be the way to go IMO.

    ETA: I should also add that 19/Sony doesn’t generally go the suppression route for the Idol debuts – there’s simply not enough time in the very compressed recording and promo schedule to allow airplay to build that way. I really don’t think they’re concerned with the Hot 100 debut at this point.

  100. Kris is #8 on the pop album chart. He has been steadily moving up all day.

  101. Should we be worried, though? Again, I’m not familiar with any of it but it seems Kris had 2 weeks between his Z100 debut and his add date to get a little airplay and raise awareness about the song via interviews. There have only been four days since Adam’s debut on KIIS with no other interviews.

  102. For Kris’s presale, is that #36 overall albums?? That’s not bad at all!

    RCA is probably just waiting to start their real push with radio until after the AMAs. Honestly, it is way too early to start gnashing teeth and worrying over his single. It’s the same thing I said when Kris Allen’s single was slow starting: you won’t be able to do a post mortem on the success or failure until at least a couple months after the release of the single. Kris’s single has turned into a modest hit, especially on HAC. Give Adam’s more than one day y’all.

    Thanks Niall, that’s comforting. I’m not sure how many spins Adam has gotten so far, he can get spins without a station adding him, correct?

  103. So … I’m having a hard time understanding Kris’ album presales.

    Currently, LLWD the single is 112, LLWD the album is #50 pop, Kris Allen the album is 36 overall, 8 pop. However, of course we all know that nobody knows how many iTunes passes have been sold to-date which have siphoned off LLWD single sales and obscured the pre-sale album numbers. Also – iTunes has the iTunes pass banner up (instead of the album artwork) to pre-order for Kris, so I don’t know what in heck the real numbers are. I guess we won’t know until the album actually drops.

  104. he was pretty much out and about for a good chunk of his ‘break,’  what with the Carrie special taping, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition filiming, the This Is It Red Carpet apperance and the new song on ESPN. And oh yeah, getting to sing with OLP in his hometown. The only thing that MJs (and DCO) didn’t give us group huggers was a camera inside Cook’s house letting us know what he was up to on a minute-by-minute basis.

    True. We are spoiled :)

    Woot. What am I gonna do when the neverending tour finally ends?

    THAT is when we’ll really need the group hugging…

    this afternoon Cookie is doing a private acoustic show at some radio station in Phoenix.

    Edit- cool, looks like the station posts their unplugged performances (http://www.mix969.com/pages/unplugged.html). Man, I love me some acoustic radio gigs… wanna see!

  105. Kris is #8 on the pop album chart. He has been steadily moving up all day.

    .yess.. good steady climb today!! me likey.

    don’t think anyone should worry for Adam at this point. Way to soon for this and anyway it will go super well for him!

  106. There are still 57 CHR stations on the Mediabase panel yet to report. There is often a big flurry of new adds right before the reporting deadline. So I would just wait another hour and see what things look like when the format closes at 3pm Pacific. A lot could change yet.

  107. Ladym, (ETA this may have been mentioned by you upthread) there’s that other factor the chartwatchers have pointed out, too: the holiday music phenomenon starting in late November.

    I would guess that labels with any song going for radio adds in this week of November will push hard now, because many stations freeze their playlists and stop adding new music in December, IIRC, and that sort of makes everything march in place for a while.

  108. For Kris’s presale, is that #36 overall albums?? That’s not bad at all!

    No, it’s not bad, it’s awful.
    Itunes doesn’t sell many albums. And usually they peak after two/three days, but they get close to its peak in the first day.
    To give an idea, Archie’s xmas album was released two weeks ago. It peaked at #9 and it sold 4k digital albums (that includes Itunes but not only). At this point in the day it was already close to top 10.

  109. Itunes doesn’t sell many albums. And usually they peak after two/three days, but they get close to its peak in the first day.

    Wait, I thought that physical CD’s weren’t big sellers anymore, that more were sold digitally??

  110. leome: You’re forgetting many (no one knows how many) pre-ordered the iTunes pass in May/June. This is the first year the album could be ordered that early. So why would anyone who ordered in May order again now?

  111. leome: You’re forgetting many (no one knows how many) pre-ordered the iTunes pass in May/June. This is the first year the album could be ordered that early. So why would anyone who ordered in May order again now?

    Those who have the pass wouldn’t order this one. But there are a lot more people who have not ordered the pass and could be interested in the album. We don’t have number for the pass, but I don’t think that one even made it to top 5.
    I’m sure a banner would help it. How can people pre-order it if they don’t know it’s out there?

    Wait, I thought that physical CD’s weren’t big sellers anymore, that more were sold digitally??

    I think there are some artist who probably sell more digital albums, but physical CD’s still sell more. Brian usually posts the idols sales and he posts the total and how many of those are digital. It’s just a little %.
    Number from last week:

    .Daughtry, Leave This Town (10,000, -10 percent, 707,000/1,000 digital, -16 percent, 128,000 digital total) (it means it has sold 707,000 albums, 128,000 were digital)
    .Kelly Clarkson, All I Ever Wanted (6,000, 0 percent, 734,000/157,000 digital total) (She has sold 734,000 albums total, 157,000 of those are digital)
    Source

  112. Where did he peak on iTunes when the Pass first went up? I asked this in the Mediabase thread yesterday. #36 doesn’t seem all that great to me but do we know what the highest the iTunes pass version ever was? I dont think its been in the Top 100 albums in quite a while now.

    Wait, I thought that physical CD’s weren’t big sellers anymore, that more were sold digitally??

    Digital singles are whats big right now, not digital albums.

    Woot. What am I gonna do when the neverending tour finally ends?

    *shudders* GACK! November is filled with so many dates I feel like by December we’re going to crash :( Jesus thank god he’s on Twitter now. That definitely will help a ton.

  113. Wait, I thought that physical CD’s weren’t big sellers anymore, that more were sold digitally??

    Not true. Most albums are still sold as physical CDs, and the big box stores are the big vendors. Physical singles aren’t sold much (or at all?) any more, so iTunes is the main source for those.

    For Kris’s presale, is that #36 overall albums?? That’s not bad at all!

    No, it’s not bad, it’s awful.

    Why? Like others have said, there have been opportunities to order his album from iTunes for months. We won’t know much about Kris’s sales until his first week sales #s are released. Then we can compare digital vs. physical CD sales. Anyway, I’ve always assumed that Kris’s strength would be in CDs from brick and mortar stores, since his fans have a limited internet presence. That doesn’t mean his album won’t sell, it just means that people will pick it up at Target or Walmart when they see it there over the course of the Christmas shopping season. It also means he may not have spectacular 1st week sales, but, hey, slow and steady has worked for him so far!

    ETA: People have been able to order the album for 5 1/2 months. I didn’t expect a stampede to order it now.

  114. Wait, I thought that physical CD’s weren’t big sellers anymore, that more were sold digitally??

    Not even close. Digital album sales are growing, but big-box retailers and physical CD’s still amount for roughly 90% of the album market. For context, David Cook still owns the record for most digital albums sold by a debut artist. His first week out, after having gone to #1 on iTunes with his pre-order and staying at #3 for most of his debut week, he sold 49,000 copies digitally. That amounted to 17% of his 279K sales that week.

    A year after his release, digital sales only account for ~11% of his 1.25 million total.

  115. Itunes doesn’t sell many albums. And usually they peak after two/three days, but they get close to its peak in the first day.

    I highly doubt today’s number are the album’s peak. Today’s just the first day for pre-orders. Around November 17 when the album officially drops, Kris will be getting tons of national promotion on Conan, GMA, etc. (An itunes banner most likely). The only people who know about the pre-orders are rabid fans and we’ve seen all along that Kris’ fans for whatever reason don’t spend all day on the internet.

  116. While #36 isn’t great, it’s still just the pre-sale. If his album drops and only manages a #36 peak during the 1st week sales, then it’s very bad. It’s true though that iTunes doesn’t sell a lot of albums, plus there’s a big drop-off on the Album chart, so unless you’re at the very top of that heap, you’re not moving a lot of units (Digitally, at least).

  117. CD sales are plummeting.

    While digital album sales are rising, they are not filling in the ever widening album sale gap. Or even close. As ladymadonna noted digital albums are only a small fraction of album sales.

    Thus: Album sales of any kind, digital or physical are down 45% from 2000 high to 1/2008. That’s right 45% less albums are now sold. Actually, that figure is almost a year old, could be worse now.

    Here’s a box score web page:

    (In 2008) Physical album sales were down 20%
    Overall album sales dropped 14% after digital was added

    This follows a 15% drop in ’07 and represents a 45% decline since a high in 2000

  118. I highly doubt today’s number are the album’s peak.

    I’m pretty sure they aren’t, the album isn’t even out yet. I think we’ll see the pre-order climbing, I just don’t think without a banner it will get to top 10, and below that the sales just aren’t that high.
    I’m not saying the album will end up selling a lot or not, just that the 30s on itunes really isn’t all that, it doesn’t translate in many units.

  119. I would guess that labels with any song going for radio adds in this week of November will push hard now, because many stations freeze their playlists and stop adding new music in December, IIRC, and that sort of makes everything march in place for a while.

    Very good point, Maturin. The window on new songs gaining any traction before the holidays is definitley closing, though I would say they have a couple weeks yet. The holiday freeze impacts CHR slightly less than other formats, most notably AC, which goes virtually 100% holiday music for nearly six weeks this time of year. But even the Top 40 charts are affected. A lot of songs that drop before the holidays only to tread water are unable to pick up any momentum come January.

    I know timing things around the holidays really wreaked havoc with Archie’s follow-up to ‘Crush’ last year – his adds date was postponed until January and changed several times after that, and ultimately ALTNOY struggled to catch-on. Cook was luckier – both LO and TOML recovered and continued to grow after the holiday freeze last year. But it’s certainly going to be an issue on the whiteboard in the RCA and Jive war rooms for Kris, Adam, and Allison.

  120. Reminder:

    I’ll be deleting defensive, complaining posts. If I find myself deleting your posts on a regular basis, you may end up in moderation.

  121. LOL, speaking of DC my husband just came across my DC stamps! TBH, I forgot I had these! :)

  122. Actually #36 is pretty good, especially since we don’t know whether this includes the iTunes pass sales or not. Even better is that Kris’ album is #8 on the pop albums chart.

  123. Just caught the tail end, literally, of Dom and Hok – spinning and flipping all over the place on Ellen! MJ- are you going to put that up, maybe????

  124. So it looks like Orianthi won today’s Top 40 adds sweepstakes with 37 CHR stations and one Rhythmic. She was followed by Taylor Swift with 28 CHR stations. Coming in third Daughtry with 19 CHR stations.

    Were there other artists out there that I don’t know about that did better on CHR?

  125. Not a great day for adds for Adam, Kris and especially bad for Allison on Top 40. Anybody remember how Crush and LO did when they went for adds. I can’t really remember.

    Jive did get Kris a great first day. I think he was #1 for adds on the Top 40 chart.

    I think 19 would have been happier with a better day for everyone. Years ago it was all about albums but I think now radio is important even for folks off Idol.

  126. girlygirl
    11/03/2009 at 6:05 pm
    Actually #36 is pretty good, especially since we don’t know whether this includes the iTunes pass sales or not. Even better is that Kris’ album is #8 on the pop albums chart.

    I’m really happy for Kris! Looks like he’s going to have a good year…. and all his hard work is paying off. Couldn’t happen t a nicer guy.

  127. Actually Jan, when it was all said and done, Lady Gaga ended up ahead of Orianthi, Taylor, and Daughtry, with 38 additional stations picking up ‘Bad Romance’. Daughtry actually fell to #8 with his 19 adds. Orianthi scored a solid 37 stations today, including the Cumulus block and several big markets.

    Adam ended up tied for the 16th most-added, with 7 stations today. None were major market. A surprisingly small number, I must admit, but we’ll see what happens next week. Ironically, he tied with Kris and Jordin, both of which also had 7 today.

    Jason Castro scored 5 CHR stations today, and Allison ended up with 2.

    ETA: Just to clarify, this is the combined panel. One of Kris’s 7 adds was from an unmonitored station.

  128. Mmm. Gaga ends up at #1. That’s expected. For Adam to only score 2 adds than Jason Castro is not a great first week. I find everything about the way 19 is doing things very odd this year. Things seemed more orderly last year (or am I dreaming.)

  129. I wouldn’t worry about Adam or Kris. It’s still early for Adam, he’ll build up an audience as he goes. (I’d bet the AMA performance will help with demand too.) And Kris’s add numbers are fine, he’s been getting adds to pop stations for a while. And his will probably go up more once he cracks the top 40.

    Slow growth is still growth. :-)

  130. I think Kris would be satisfied with 7 Top 40 adds today. He had 26 first week, 4 the second, 7 last week, and 7 again this week.

  131. There are 2 weeks until Kris’ album but he has enough stations playing LLWD to get a decent audience. Adam doesn’t have much time to make an impression on radio. Of course Daughtry sold a ton and his single wasn’t even released until the week of the album so who knows. Maybe there’s a method to their madness.

    The difference between Kris’ first week of adds on Top 40 and Adam is surprising.

  132. Love Orianthi! Was today the adds date for “According To You” like FYE?

  133. Kris is now officially added on 61 Top 40 stations and was #42 on the airplay charts this morning.

    He’s on 44 HAC stations and was #26 in airplay this morning.

    Don’t know about the Billboard charts.

  134. Love Orianthi! Was today the adds date for ‘According To You’  like FYE?

    Yes. Here were the songs impacting today and their CHR adds for the week:

    Orianthi “According to You” – 37
    Taylor Swift “Fifteen” – 29
    Mariah Carey “H.A.T.E.U” – 11
    Jay Sean “Do You Remember” – 11
    Adam Lambert “For Your Entertainment” – 7
    Mika “Blame it on the Girls” – 7

  135. I thought Daughtry went for CHR adds today also – at least that’s what I saw on FMQB.

    Also Jada – who got no adds.

  136. Daughtry was moved to 11/10. IIRC AllAccess had it at 11/3 before but changed it to 11/10 so I think that’s the correct/more updated info.

    Thanks for the list of adds this week. Not too many adds for Queen Taylor! The sky is falling!

  137. Yeah, I was going by All Access’s list rather than FMQB. Not sure which is most up-to-date honestly, but I had thought Daughtry got moved to next week. Gah – I miss R&R. They were always so much more definitive it seems.

  138. Didn’t know Mika had a new single out. Radio here is still playing the crap out of his last one. I remember someone telling me he wasn’t nearly as successful in the US as he is in Europe, so interesting to see him and Adam scoring the same number of adds.

  139. Daughtry had 14 adds today. I think he was 9th on the list for adds. Taylor Swift had 28 adds (she was 3rd on the list). I think Taylor actually did fine today. But Gaga and Orianthi (surprise) def ruled for adds.

  140. sorry to post again so soon, but I meant to see add that the acoustic Cookie crumbs are fantastic; and it’s always good to see that guy laugh.

  141. I can’t see the iTunes updated charts here at work for some reason. Can someone tell me where Allison’s single is now? Thanks (both overall and pop)

  142. Did anyone see this link to the acoustic stuff David Cook did this afternoon?

    Hmm, Lie instead of CBTM again. Is this switch for real, or is he just teasing us? I’m happy that we get another acoustic version, anyway.

    I see the transformation back to the locktopus is almost complete!

  143. wellhesback, I can’t watch the videos right now (headphones malfunction), but I bookmarked them for later viewing and knowing Acoustic!Cook, I’m sure they’re awesome. Thanks for the links!

  144. Love Acoustic Cook. That Mr. Sensitive may be my new fav of that song.

    Raw food diet, ack! He must have been a very bad boy during his “vacation.” If he gets cranky, his mates will force him to eat a whole box of Cheez-Its. When I see him in concert, I’ll be checking for orange fingers.

  145. I’m a little bit confused. The first week after LLWD debuted, it got 4 Chr and 4 hac adds. Do you only count the first official add date, and the actual timeline doesn’t matter?

  146. Wow! I’ve never been a huge fan of Mr. Sensitive, but that acoustic version was amazing! I love the guitar work on that!!!

  147. Just a thought on the add situation – could the reason Adam only got 7 CHR adds be because it was just put on the add list last Friday? I don’t know how radio stations work, but seems like alot of songs are submitted for adds 1,2 or more weeks ahead of time – maybe stations look ahead a week or two and already have a plan of which songs (or how many) they will add for a certain week. Of course an established artist would get more even if it was last minute. I’m guessing Adam will get quite a few more next week, at least I hope!

  148. I think the “official adds day” is the when most stations will actually add a song. It doesn’t mean that some won’t do it before. I think FYE add date was a little rushed. It’ll probably do alot better next week.

  149. “girlygirl
    11/03/2009 at 7:45 pm
    I can’t see the iTunes updated charts here at work for some reason. Can someone tell me where Allison’s single is now? Thanks (both overall and pop)”

    As of 8:10 p.m. EST, overall she’s at #77 and for Pop she’s at #32 – very nice showing!

  150. wellhesback thanks for the links to the accoustic Cookie crumbs. Mr. Senstive is not one of my favorites but that is a terrific version. Some really nice guitar playing there as well. And nothing brightens my day like David Cook losing it to a fit of the giggles, he has the most infectuous laugh ever. If we’re taking bets on how long the raw diet lasts, I pick four days!

  151. Eileen99 :
    “leome: You’re forgetting many (no one knows how many) pre-ordered the iTunes pass in May/June. This is the first year the album could be ordered that early. So why would anyone who ordered in May order again now?”

    You’re correct Eileen99 as I’m one of those iTune Pass holders who did not do this pre-order and am hoping to get the bonus track “From the Ashes” still.

  152. Raw food diet, ack! He must have been a very bad boy during his ‘vacation.’  If he gets cranky, his mates will force him to eat a whole box of Cheez-Its. When I see him in concert, I’ll be checking for orange fingers.

    sounds like he might have been in touch w/ david a, heh… david a has been into that kinda stuff for a while, tweeting about all sorts of natural eating and holistic things he does on the road, and at home… it must really work, as david a looks great, and fit… – i’d love to have his clear skin! raw foods is pushing it a little for me – still a fan of the grilled and the charbroiled :)

  153. Did anyone see this link to the acoustic stuff David Cook did this afternoon?

    Holy god that voice. Can he just please always sing with the acoustic guitar? That “Lie” was just..gah. I love his boots. He and his BFF Ms. Underwood both had some kick ass boots on today.

    I did a raw food diet after I gave birth to my daughter. It sounds really bad but in actuality it’s not too terrible! I drank lots of smoothies and a lot of dried fruits, lots of salads. Oh wait that will probably be torture for him. I give him 3 days tops he sticks with this diet LOL

  154. Thanks for bringing over those Cook acoustic songs. Hearing Mr. Sensitive Acoustic really allows the musicality of the song to shine through. And to compare that haunting, mournful acoustic version to the aggressive, angry hard rocking concert version, it’s hard to believe they’re the same song. And it’s always nice to see Cook’s partner in crime along on these gigs as well.

  155. Are the videos of Cooks acoustic set on YouTube yet? Cuz that’s themonly type of video I can see on my iPod touch.

  156. Wellhesback the links don’t work. I’ll just have to wait until I can use a computer. Thanks though! :)

    What kinda leak is that? It’s a Rickey poll for crying out loud.

  157. Oh. Thanks wellhesback. Thanks for the acoustic vid links for DC as well!!

  158. Interestingly, tonight’s radio “hit or miss” battle on 96.3 in Detroit featured Adam’s FYE versus Daughtry’s new single. The DJ kept commenting on how unusually insane & packed the phone lines were (Idol voters for ya…).

    Daughtry “won”.

  159. @wonderings: why do you say “won”? Was there an AT&T voting party for Chris Daughtry’s new single, too?

  160. Boredinschool

    LLWD debuted on Z-100 on Sept. 21. In the mediabase thread for that next Monday, it says LLWD got 221 total spins. But remember, LLWD didn’t have its official add date until a couple of weeks later. FYE had its official add date just 3 days after it debuted on KIIS FM (even though it is stll not available on iTunes)

  161. Boredinschool

    LLWD debuted on Z-100 on Sept. 21. In the mediabase thread for that nest Monday, it says LLWD got 221 total spins. But remember, LLWD didn’t have its official add date until a couple of weeks later. FYE had its official add date just 3 days after it debuted on KIIS FM.

    Cool thanks girlygirl
    Also I was wondering…has ontd_ai decided to lock EVERY post from now on or something?

  162. Thanks for the links to acoustic Dave! I absolutely flove acoustic Mr. Sensitive – that falsetto kills me every time. Anyone know if there are any mp3s ripped of these performances yet?

  163. CindyM: “That ‘leak’  person is trolling all the threads. Ergh.”

    That “leak” person probably voted 1001 times for Adam since not many people know about that poll. He/she must be very proud of himself/herself and needed the whole world to know and even abused the word “leak”. LOL

  164. Thanks for the David Cook mp3 and mp4 links! Love having acoustic Cookie on my iPod.

  165. Lord I love tech-savvy fans. Thank you for those download links wellhesback!

    I’m also in the “not a big fan” category where “Mr. Sensitive” is concerned but that version was really compelling. My only complaint is that I wish the camera had also caught Neal playing, because that was some impressive acoustic work.

    How stupid is to hope that “Lie” really will be the swan song single for DCTR? That song so deserves a wide audience. I loved the way David changed it up a little here and the tempo was much closer to the faster tempo of the recorded version than the ultra slow version he’s been doing in concert. (hopehopehope)

  166. Jason fans, he was on Houston’s Fox’s morning show, My Fox Houston, Tuesday morning. Link to interview:

    http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/entertainment/music/091103_jason_castro_katy_mills

    Jason also started the weekly webisodes on JCM. First one has some studio footage of him with Serena Ryder. Here’s his tweet from Tuesday:

    First webisode of the new series, THAT’S WHAT I’M HERE FOR: THE ROAD TO THE DEBUT ALBUM is out NOW at http://www.jasoncastromusic.com :) check it!!

  167. Love Serena Ryders voice. Love it even more with Jason’s voice. That there is my kind of music. It has quite the alt-country feel to it from the snippet we got.

    On the other hand, David Cook has my heart and soul (in a box in his basement). That will never change I don’t believe. It’s funny because his music isn’t typically my favored genre. It’s the man and the voice and the writing that has captured me forever and ever, amen.

  168. ETA: Ooops, I goofed the link in the prior post a bit, but at least it works. I don’t seem to be able to edit for some reason.

  169. Link to article regarding Adam’s thoughts on the breakup.

    The most important comment? Adam plans ‘to date’  while on tour.

    Who cares about the breakup and dating?

    TMI Adam………please don’t live your personal life in the media like others do. Thanks.

  170. Charly Lowry and her band Dark Water Rising are absolutely the next big up and coming alternative band!!! I saw her at the 2009 NAMA awards, she won best video there. Amazing talent!!!

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