Waiting, ooh waiting on the world to change.

Here come some numbers.

15 36 HICKS*TAYLOR TAYLOR HICKS 38,585 -81 201,881 539,619

Well, before anyone freaks out, it looks like all the albums took a predictable tumble the week after Christmas. Here are some other numbers:

31 3 DREAMGIRLS SOUNDTRACK 104,366 -17 125,272 385,638

That’s only a small tumble, but the movie was only recently released, so of course it’s picking up steam that way, too.

8 11 DAUGHTRY DAUGHTRY 76,262 -69 249,537 1,121,033

He’ll probably be back up next week, propelled by buzz surrounding his New Years’ Eve performance. Taylor will probably get a similar boost from his Orange Bowl show, though I don’t expect it to be as big as Daughtry’s.

And as of now, both Clay and Ruben have fallen completely off the Billboard 200.

But back to Taylor Hicks for a minute. Gray Charles blogged today about Taylor’s upcoming single. Apparently, four songs from the album (which ones, we don’t know) are being floated to focus groups. As of now, the push is to Top 40 radio, not to the Adult Contemporary format. Now, I’m no marketing expert (hell, I never so much as took a class in college), but this seems silly to me. Taylor’s just not Top 40 material. Sure, every now and then something completely new and different is embraced by the ClearChannel gods, such as Gnarles Barkley’s “Crazy,” but I doubt that anyone bearing the American Idol stigma is going to be the harbinger of pop music innovation. So why not release “The Right Place” and market him to A/C? “The Right Place” is widely critically regarded as one of the best songs on the album, and besides, it’s common knowledge that the bulk of the American Idol viewing demographic is not made up of teens, but of 18-49-year-olds, many of whom would probably appreciate the various throwback styles on the album, from the 60’s-era “Heaven Knows” to the 80’s-synth-soul of “Wherever I Lay My Hat.” After all, artists like John Mayer, Corinne Bailey Rae, John Legend and Josh Groban all had fantastic years saleswise, and none of them had Top 40 hits (save for Mayer’s insipid “Daughters,” which I still hear on rotation every now and then). Norah Jones’ album is one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2007, and you won’t hear her sandwiched between The Pussycat Dolls and Justin Timberlake. Why, why, why, Clive, why, AI gods, must you make this unnecessary push? Gah.

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What the kids are sayin’



"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."



"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."



"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "

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