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Friday, November 30, 2007

Kelly Wraps Up NASCAR


If you want to catch Kelly Clarkson perform at the NASCAR Nextel Cup Awards Ceremony tonight, you’re either going to have to stay up late or set your VCRs/DVRs…

The ceremony is airing live on ESPN Classic beginning at 9 p.m., but if you don’t have that, you can catch it at midnight on ESPN2. There are no plans as of now to air it again at another time.

You can also watch it live online at http://www.espn360.com/.

According to NASCAR.com, Kelly will sing “One Minute” and “Since U Been Gone.” THANK GOODNESS, she is not doing “Never Again.”

However, this does beg the question, why can’t RCA release “One Minute” as a single?

Never mind, I think I know the answer to that one, and it starts with a C and ends with an e…and rhymes with hive…

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Jordin Hits an "Idol" Low


It’s a good news/bad news week for Jordin Sparks…

Jordin’s CD, “Jordin Sparks,” sold 119,000 copies to debut at #10 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Although a lot of artists would be thrilled with that total, it’s the smallest sales debut for any “Idol” winner…

Sunday, November 25, 2007

"Next Great Band": My Sincerest Apologies...

For those of you who have been following my recaps of “The Next Great American Band,” I offer my sincerest apologies for not having a recap this week.

Because I was enjoying a nice dinner with my family, I didn’t see the entire show Friday night.

I did see that I was correct in my prediction about Cliff Wagner and the Old No. 7 going home. I also saw The Clark Brothers receive a standing ovation from all three judges and I saw Dicko once again criticize Adam from Dot Dot Dot when he didn’t deserve it. Dicko told Adam that he needed to command attention, not act like he was desperate for it.

I’d really like to know what Dicko’s got against him…

I said last week that I was starting to get a little excited about the show, but I think I’m starting to lose that already. I just have a really bad feeling that Light of Doom is going to win this thing…

If any of you watched “Band” Friday, please feel free to give me your thoughts. Just post a comment or send an e-mail to hdstaytuned@hotmail.com...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know it seems like I just got back, but now it's time to take a few days off and enjoy some turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving...

Henderson, out!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Jordin CD Review: Does the Absence of Clive Mean a Good CD?


I was starting to wonder a little about Jordin Sparks’ debut CD. I had expected to have already listened it to it five or six times by now on the Internet, but it was not made available to any of the usual outlets.

Finally, it showed up today on MSN, and I’ve since given it two listens.

So, let me get right to it by answering the question I posed in the title of this post: Does the absence of Clive Davis mean a good CD?

In this case, absolutely…

That’s not to say that Clive’s participation would’ve automatically doomed the CD, but it definitely wouldn’t have given us the fresh sound that “Jordin Sparks” has. I dare say that it’s the freshest of any of the “Idol” CDs—and that’s a good thing.

The CD kicks off with the first single, “Tattoo,” which has taken some flack from critics for being a ripoff of Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” (They’re from the same producing team.). But I still think it’s pretty catchy…

The second track, “One Step At a Time,” makes it clear this isn’t going to be your usual “Idol” album with it’s catchy beat and beautiful production…

“No Air” is a duet with Chris Brown and it’s got hit written all over it…

Jordin co-wrote “Freeze” which is a moodier R&B track, but still quite catchy…

Most of the reviews I read singled out the next track, “Shy Boy,” as a standout. It’s from the hit-making duo of Bloodshy and Avant, who gave us Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and her new single, “Piece of Me.” But for me, this one’s a little too Britney…

Fortunately, that misstep is followed by the best track on the CD, “Now You Tell Me.” This is a fantastic pop song with its Coldplay-like drums…

The next two songs, “Next To You” and “Just For the Record” are okay. They just sound a lot alike…

Jordin’s first real ballad on the CD is “Permanent Monday” and it’s a pretty good one with some strong lyrics about how her breakup is causing every day to seem like a Monday…

“Young and In Love” is another Bloodshy and Avant track, but it is WAY overproduced…

The sound of “See My Side” has been done before, I just can’t place by who…

The CD concludes in a wash of sentimentality with the Christian pop song, “God Loves Ugly” and her “Idol” single, “This Is My Now.” “Ugly” doesn’t quite fit the CD and it’s a little too unbelievable coming from someone as adorable as Jordin. And you know how I feel about “Now.” I really think they should’ve left it off…

All in all, this is a solid effort and it’s gotten a lot of great reviews. But good reviews do not a hit album make.

Remember, I really liked Taylor’s too…

You can listen for yourself here. Be sure to let me know what you think…

Monday, November 19, 2007

Carrie Gets Animated

You can check out an animated Carrie Underwood in her new video, “Ever After,” which is from the soundtrack to the new Disney movie, “Enchanted,” which hits theaters tomorrow.

The video is cute, although I’m not sure that the animated Carrie looks anything like the real Carrie…

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Daughtry and Carrie Take Home a Trio...

Congratulations to Daughtry for taking home three American Music Awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Album for "Daughtry," Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and Breakthrough Artist...
Daughtry gave a moving performance of "Home" on a stage resembling a living room with video of soliders and their families playing behind them and their AMAs sitting on an end table next to a lamp...
Carrie Underwood took home three as well: Favorite Female Country Artist, Favorite Country Album for "Some Hearts" and the T-Mobile Text-In Award...

"Next Great Band" Produces a Shocker

Because I was bopping to the top with “High School Musical” Friday night, I missed ‘The Next Great American Band” and didn’t have the chance to watch it until tonight.

And wouldn’t you know it that the one I miss produces the biggest shock of the season…

When the two final bands were Tres Bien and Franklin Bridge and Dominic had not done any Seacrest-like promises of a shocker, it seemed obvious that it was Tres Bien who would go home. But surprisingly, Dominic announced Tres Bien and Franklin Bridge, Sheila’s pick to go all the way, was eliminated. No one was more surprised than Tres Bien themselves. Their lead singer, Mikey, even dedicated their performance to Franklin Bridge, who he called “the best band here.”

Of course, since I was never that big of a fan of Franklin Bridge and couldn’t understand why everyone loved them, I was pretty happy. But now that makes me a little concerned about my boys from Sixwire…

Here’s the rundown as the bands performed songs written by the legendary songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller…

Light of Doom: “Jailhouse Rock”
It should’ve been really scary. So how come it wasn’t? B+

The Clark Brothers: “Saved”
I’m not familiar with this song, but they gave it a passionate bluegrassy rendition. A

Dot Dot Dot: “Love Potion #9”
Adam stood still again and played guitar, and this time I didn’t mind his stillness. It produced a really solid vocal. A

Cliff Wagner and the Old No. 7: “Poison Ivy”
This was a cute rendition of this one, but Cliff didn’t really own it as much as he should have. B

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra: “Ruby Baby”
I’m not familiar with this one either, but they gave it a nice sexy feel. And for the second week in a row, Denver actually showed personality. John and Dicko criticized their attempt at funk, but Sheila loved it and so did I. A-

Sixwire: “I Keep Forgetting”
This is my all-time favorite Michael McDonald song and if these guys get a contract they should absolutely put it on their first album. I have NO idea what the judges were listening to since they didn’t really agree with me. They want more edge and that kind of worries me. A+

Tres Bien: “Some Other Guy”
Mikey took a page out of Adam’s book and gave a manic performance that worked pretty well with their whole retro sound. A-

So who do I think should go home? I would say Cliff Wagner and the Old No. 7, even though I like them. Their performance just seemed to lack something this week. If it’s not them, it should probably be Denver and his boys—although I’m pretty curious to see them attack the Rolling Stones, which is next week’s theme…

So let’s hear from you. Are you upset that Franklin Bridge is gone, or are you with me on that one?

And is anyone else out there starting to get just the slightest bit excited about this show?...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Is Kellie "Smarter Than a 5th Grader"?

Sorry for the late notice, but tonight is the night we find out if Kellie Pickler is smarter than a 5th grader...

"Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" airs tonight at 8 on FOX...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Seacrest To Once Again "Rock" in the New Year


ABC has announced that Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark will return to co-host “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

It will be the 36th consecutive year for the show. No musical guests have been announced as of yet.


Seacrest is expected to eventually take over the show from Clark...

The "Idol" Guru Receives an Honor


“Idol” guru Simon Fuller will be honored for his achievements with a prestigious award…

Fuller will receive the Visionary Award from the Producers Guild of America at their awards dinner February 2nd…

Monday, November 12, 2007

Carrie Gets Set to Hit Charleston...with Keith Urban!


Carrie Underwood is joining up with Keith Urban for the “Love, Pain & the whole crazy Carnival Ride Tour”…

The tour will begin January 31st, hitting 24 cities, and Charleston (WV) is scheduled to be one of those. I’ll pass along the date when I get it…

Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Long Weekend...

It's a long weekend, so I'm going to take a break and enjoy it. I hope you do the same...

See you Tuesday!

"The Next Great American Band" Turns a Corner

First, John Rzeznik made my heroes list with his comments about “The Next Great American Band.”

And then, last night, the show itself produced its strongest episode yet as the top eight performed one song, their rendition of a Billy Joel classic…

Let me end the suspense for you and tell you that the two bands we didn’t hear from were Rocket (as I suspected from John’s comments) and The Muggs. Dominic pointed out that those were the two bands that talked back to the judges, but Dicko said it was more about “death by lead singer.”

And the absence of those two singers paved the way for an hour of strong performances as every band made a perfect song choice.

However, I have to admit that I wanted to see Rocket butcher “We Didn’t Start the Fire” just out of curiosity…

Here’s the performance rundown…

Franklin Bridge: “Big Shot”
The sound mix was a little off since the music was a little too loud, but that may have been due to their lead singer being out of breath after rocking out at the beginning of the song. They’re still too rock for me, but they did tone it down quite a bit. B

Cliff Wagner and the Old No. 7: “You May Be Right”
Dicko said it put him to sleep, but I loved the arrangement of this one. I think a bluegrass band should seriously consider recording this one. A

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra: “Tell Her About It”
Denver gave his best vocal performance of the season and even showed a little smidge of charisma. A-

Dot Dot Dot: “Pressure”
As I feared, Adam bowed to the judges’ pressure and stood still. The judges liked it, but I thought the song would have benefited from his manic style. B

Sixwire: “She’s Always a Woman”
The vocals were gorgeous, but I like it better when they go uptempo. A

Tres Bien: “Movin’ Out”
It was a strong vocal, but something just seemed off—and the judges agreed. B-

The Clark Brothers: “She’s Got a Way”
Minus some slightly off chords and a strange ending, this arrangement was gorgeous with a strong vocal from Ashley. A

Light of Doom: “The Stranger”
This was definitely Erik’s best vocal performance, but I think I’m over them. C

Next week, only one band will be eliminated and the remaining seven will perform songs written by the legendary Leiber and Stoller.

Don’t look now, kids, but this could be turning into a real show after all…

Stewie Auditions for "Idol"


Randy, Paula and Simon will guest star on “Family Guy” this Sunday as Stewie, while on the run from his mother, auditions for “Idol”…

“Family Guy” airs Sunday, November 11th at 9 p.m. on FOX…

Friday, November 9, 2007

John Rzeznik to "Band" Contestant: "Stop being such a prima donna"

FINALLY, I have something interesting to say about “The Next Great American Band,” and it didn’t even happen on the show.

In his new blog for TVGuide.com, judge John Rzeznik takes on the audience and one of the contestants and his comments are pretty blunt…

He writes, “I don’t mind if people boo me but don’t boo me until you listen to what I have to say. I was being nice to Lauren [the lead singer of Rocket] last week but she’s obviously too fragile and spoiled for the music business, you know? She should stop being such a prima donna. It wasn’t like I was beating on her for the sake of beating on her. All I said is, ‘You really have to learn how to sing better.’”

John continues, “It’s weird because I’m getting paid to give my opinion, but if I don’t gush, people get so upset. We live in a generation where everyone gets a trophy just for participating. Someone’s going to win and someone’s going to lose. That’s just life!”

This guy is quickly becoming my hero…

If you’re getting pumped about Lauren’s possible rebuttal tonight, don’t. The show was taped Thursday night—before John wrote his blog. In fact, I’m wondering if the fact that John mentioned her at all means Rocket is out of the competition. Or maybe they’re still in it and he’s trying to stir up some controversy to generate buzz…

About this week’s show, John wrote that it turned out to be “pretty interesting” how the bands interpreted their Billy Joel songs…

“The Next Great American Band” airs tonight (Friday) at 8 on FOX…

"Idol" Adds Instruments

If you saw the Idols Live Tour this year, you know that most of the finalists were able to play instruments.

Now, this season, for the first time, the contestants will be able to show off their skills during the competition….

“Idol” Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe told “TV Guide” that the contestants will be allowed to play instruments if they can. Considering the short amount of time they have to learn their songs, this could get tricky for those who attempt it—which could lead to some interesting performances…

Lythgoe also said that there will only be mentors every other week. “We realized that we took our eye off the ball and didn’t concentrate on the true talent on the show, and that’s the [wannabes].”

Amen to that one…

Paula Abdul told “TV Guide” that one of those wannabes is “probably going to be bigger than William Hung”…

I’m scared already.

The seventh season of “American Idol” premieres January 15th at 8 p.m. on FOX…

Thursday, November 8, 2007

"Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul"


The people behind the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books have teamed up with “American Idol” to produce “Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul”…

The book contains personal accounts from finalists from every season, as well as fans and other notable contestants and auditioners. Paula Abdul wrote the forward…

Jordin Making Her Mark on the Charts


Jordin Sparks’ “Tattoo” is starting to make its mark on the Billboard charts. It moves up to #27 on the Hot 100, just behind Carrie Underwood’s “So Small”…

Kellie Steals the Show

Carrie Underwood may have won two awards at last night’s CMAs, but many think the star of the show was none other than Kellie Pickler…

Kellie received a standing ovation after her emotional performance of “I Wonder,” which she co-wrote about her mother who left her as a child.

Kellie’s mother, Cynthia Malone, has recently been trying to reconcile with her daughter. She told the “Charlotte Observer” in July that she was forced to leave her because of an abusive relationship with her husband. “I knew God had to have a purpose for [Kellie] because there was too many times I would have miscarried because of all the hitting and beating on my stomach.”

You can see Kellie’s performance here…

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Carrie Takes Two...


Congratulations to Carrie Underwood for taking home two awards at the Country Music Awards tonight…


Carrie won Single of the Year for “Before He Cheats” (which she shared with her producer Mark Bright) and for the second year in a row, Female Vocalist of the Year. However, there was no Faith Hill controversy this year…

Mark Your Calendars...

FOX has set the premiere date for the new season of “American Idol”…

“Idol” will premiere Tuesday, January 15th at 8 p.m. with a two-hour episode. Another two-hour episode will follow on Wednesday, January 16th at 8 p.m…

If the writers’ strike continues into next year—and there’s no reason at this point to think it won’t—I would look for LOTS of expanded episodes of “Idol” this season—especially when “House” runs out of new episodes…

Blake's "Audio Day Dream" Cover


Here’s your first look at Blake’s super cool album cover…

“Audio Day Dream” hits stores Tuesday, December 4th…

Kimberley Goes Digital Only

Here’s an update for you on Kimberley Locke’s “Christmas”…

It is now available on iTunes and other digital outlets. It appears that it will not be released in stores.

And if that is the case, I believe that’s a mistake. I’m guessing that because of the weak sales for “Based On a True Story,” they decided to go digital only. But considering it has TWO #1 songs on it, I would’ve taken the chance and I hope Curb eventually does…

Now It's "Duet" Idol?

Apparently not learning its lesson from “The Next Great American Band,” Fremantle Media North America, the producers of “Idol,” are teaming with CMT for yet another singing competition, “Can You Duet?”

The show will look for America’s best country duo as each contestant will sing with a different partner each week. Judges, who have not yet been named, will decide each week who advances to the next round.

Auditions will take place through open casting calls and video submissions with the show premiering in the spring…

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Latest on Jordin's CD...


Here’s your first look at the cover of Jordin Sparks’ new self-titled CD…

Among the tracks is a duet with current chart-topper Chris Brown.

The hype machine will begin soon with performances on “Good Morning America” November 20th, “Live with Regis and Kelly” November 21st, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade November 22nd, and “Ellen” November 26th.

Remember the CD hits stores Tuesday, November 20th…

"Next Great Band": Down to 10...

And we thought Ryan Seacrest was a tease…

I’m really glad that I taped “The Next Great American Band” Friday, because if I had tried to watch it live, I probably wouldn’t have made it through…

Instead of announcing the two eliminated bands at the beginning of the show, each safe band was called out one by one to perform, with a commercial break between each band (except for one).

I don’t know who went through more torture—the bands waiting or us watching.

Why FOX would allow a show as low-rated as “Band” to do another two-hour episode is beyond me. I say we declare Sixwire the winner now and put the show out of its misery…

And I think John Rzeznik would support that because he seems to be tired of the whole thing already. He opened the show with a poorly chosen joke comparing the booing audience to the people who called for Christ to be crucified. Then, several times he chastised the audience for booing. And by the end of the night, he was just trying to move it along as quickly as possible.

And Dicko once again seemed confused about the point of the show. After telling The Muggs last week that you didn’t have to have a great singer to be a good band, he told them this week that it was time to get a singer. Go figure…

So, without further ado, here is my recap of the performances as the bands did an original, followed by a song written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin…

Sixwire: “Gotta Get Away” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me”
The sound mix seemed a little off on the original, but it was another classic country song with syncopated lyrics and harmonies very similar to Rascal Flatts. I was concerned that “Sun” was a bad choice, but lead singer Andy is a better singer than I gave him credit for. All three judges loved it, with Dicko saying they were “such a bonus” for the competition. I think Simon Fuller should sign them immediately. A+

Tres Bien: “How I Feel” and “Love Lies Bleeding”
They had a good retro-funk sound, but at times it was a little off. The second song suffered from the frontman being out of breath, but it was still fairly solid. John and Sheila loved them, but Dicko cautioned them to focus on their musicianship. B

Franklin Bridge: “Love’s Fool” and “Philadelphia Freedom”
The band said in their taped piece that they were bridging the gap between R&B and rock. I think they need to put down a little more pavement on the R&B side as the first song was just too much rock. They totally abandoned the chorus to play guitars and the drummer shouting, “Jump” in the middle of it didn’t help matters. “Philadelphia” should have been their chance to knock it out of the park, but it was a mess. And the judges agreed with me, with Sheila telling them less is more and John going after the fans with “Don’t boo my a--.” C

The Clark Brothers: “Country Time” and “Country Comfort”
The original was a simple country/bluegrass song they handled well, but “Comfort” suffered a little from nerves. All three judges liked them a lot with Dicko saying he was “stoked” they were still in the competition. As am I. A

Light of Doom: “Light of Doom” and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”
The original suffered from a lack of lyrics. “Saturday” was an excellent choice but the Axl Rose impersonation didn’t quite sell it. John and Sheila liked them, while Dicko said they still felt like a gimmick. However, everyone had their shirts on, which was a huge improvement. C+

Dot Dot Dot: “Stay” and “Your Song”
The original had a bit of an Erasure feel (which is a good thing) and “Song” was a fantastic arrangement with its tempo change from ballad to rock—although Adam’s voice was not totally up to the task. However, I thought it was a complete improvement over last week, and John agreed. But Sheila and Dicko criticized Adam for not toning it down enough. I’m afraid if they make it next week they’ll be totally boring. B

Cliff Wagner and the Old No. 7: “The Little White Chapel on the Strip” and “Honky Cat”
Cliff unnecessarily dedicated the first one to Britney Spears and her first husband, but it was a cute bluegrass number. I’m not familiar with “Cat” but they handled it well, even though Cliff didn’t seem all that confident with it. All three judges liked them, with Dicko saying he didn’t know rednecks could be so much fun. B+

The Muggs: “Should’ve Learned My Lesson” and “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”
I think lead singer Danny took the judges’ advice to embrace the fact that he can’t sing, because it seemed like his mic was turned down. But that lack of singing ability forced the band to rock out “Blues,” which made it a bit of a mess. John liked the original, but thought “Blues” was a bad choice (which I guess answered the question of who has song choice), Sheila said they need to lower the key of their songs, and Dicko said they had gone backwards. Danny’s response was to boo the judges. D

Rocket: “Future Ex-Boyfriend” and “Rocket Man”
The original showed that the background singers are actually better than lead singer Lauren, who continued to struggle. “Rocket” was a great arrangement, but Lauren’s voice killed it. She just doesn’t hold out the ends of the phrases enough. John said her problem was a lack of conviction, Sheila called the vocals horrific and Dicko said she needed vocal coaching. Lauren responded by saying she is who she is. C (Mostly for the “Rocket” arrangement)

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra: “All Night” and “I’m Still Standing”
The original featured a chorus of “let’s dance” but Denver was as stiff as a board while singing it. “Standing” was a fantastic choice, but they decided to change the tempo, making it sound like lounge muzak. My guess is they couldn’t go with the more dynamic arrangement because it would showcase Denver’s lack of charisma. John and Sheila liked it, but Dicko agreed with me about the tempo of “Standing.” B-

So that left The Hatch and The Likes of You out of the competition. The Likes of You responded positively, saying they would press on as a band, but Shawn, the lead singer of The Hatch took the opportunity to take a shot at the show. When Dominic asked for his reaction, he said, “I’d like to say that America has spoken, but I don’t really think that’s the case. I think it’s more like 300 people in Nebraska have spoken.” Dominic ignored the dig and moved right on…

Next week, eight bands will perform the music of Billy Joel. And FINALLY, the show will be cut to an hour…

What did you guys think? Do you agree with me that Sixwire should be the winner? Post a comment or send me an e-mail at hdstaytuned@hotmail.com...

P.S. It was my plan to have pictures of all the bands, but Blogger wouldn't cooperate.

Jordin's New Video

So either I’ve been misunderstanding Jordin Sparks’ “Tattoo,” or they just gave it a really silly video…

I was under the impression that “Tattoo” was about a broken relationship, but in the video she ends up with the cute guy after she spends WAY too much time on a carousel.

It’s nice, though, to see Blake make a cameo.

Hey, wait a minute. Since Blake is replaced later by the cute guy, does that mean Blake is the broken relationship? Hmmm…

You can see for yourself here…

Sunday, November 4, 2007

K-Lo Celebrates “Christmas” This Tuesday…


Kimberley Locke’s “Christmas” will be released digitally this Tuesday.

The CD contains K-Lo’s two #1 AC hits, “Up On the Housetop” and “Jingle Bells” as well as “Merry Christmas Darling,” “Late Christmas,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Mary, Did You Know?” “Away In A Manger,” “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Ave Maria.”

Kimberley will go for another #1 with the single “Frosty the Snowman.”

I’m trying to clear up exactly where you can download the CD, so I’ll keep posted when I find out…

Speaking of Kimberley, “OK!” featured her restaurant in last week’s issue…

Kimberley opened Croton Creek in Croton Falls, NY, earlier this year…

Mandisa Spreads “Christmas Joy”


Mandisa’s Christmas EP, “Christmas Joy,” is available now on iTunes. It will hit stores November 20th.

It contains “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,” “What Christmas Means to Me,” and “Christmas Makes Me Cry,” a duet with Matthew West.

Mandisa will perform at the New York Stock Exchange Christmas tree lighting December 10th. She’ll also tour with George Huff in California and the two will participate in a concert special that will air on the Gospel Music Channel…

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Carrie Debuts at #1


Carrie Underwood’s new CD, “Carnival Ride,” debuts this week at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart after selling 527,000 copies.

That’s much more than the 315,000 “Some Hearts” sold in its debut week (Of course, it went on to sell 6 million copies.). It’s the best sales week for a female solo country artist since Shania Twain’s “Greatest Hits” started with 530,000 in November 2004…