Morning (latte) update.

Not taking into account any problems with Amazon’s website (which apparently there were last night), Taylor Hicks’ debut album has settled this morning at #22 on the Top Sellers list. It’s the highest pre-sale item by a mile (Gwen Stefani’s The Sweet Escape is second to Taylor at #65), and it even beats out such already-released items such as Corinne Bailey Rae’s debut, Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds (ha!), and Fergie’s The Dutchess (yes, that’s the one with “Fergalicious”). Good for Taylor, although I have to confess that I have no idea where his pre-sale stance ranks in the pantheons of other Idols.

Katharine McPhee’s TBD (yes, I do get the slightest smug satisfication out of typing that, for some reason) isn’t in the Top 100, but in fairness, she’s yet to come up with either a name for the album or permanent cover art, and once those things are set (which should happen soon—her release date is three weeks away), the album will likely move up in pre-sale ranks. Until then, though, her fans have made sure that her Amazon tags are all glowingly positive: “best music,” “vocally amazing,” “beautiful” and “sexy” all made the list. The latter two, of course, I find hilarious, because I do find it rather incongruous that people would be searching for beautiful/sexy singers. Heh.

And lest we leave poor Daughtry off the list, he’s holding steady at #7 on the Top Sellers list.

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