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Monday, June 4, 2007

Jordin and Blake Crack the Charts...

Last week, Jordin and Blake both cracked the Billboard Hot 100…

Jordin debuted at #15 with “This Is My Now.” If you think that sounds low for a winning Idol song, you’re right, but I still haven’t heard any plans to release the song as a CD single, which would no doubt push it to #1. Jordin also debuted at #66 with “A Broken Wing” and #80 with “I Who Have Nothing.”

Blake debuted at #18 with “You Give Love a Bad Name” and at #99 with “Time of the Season.”

Jordin and Blake also debuted on the Top Digital Albums chart with their EPs, with Jordin at #2 and Blake at #3. The EPs are not eligible for the Billboard 200 because they’re only available digitally.

Jordin and Blake are the 29th and 30th singers from the Idol franchise to break onto the Billboard charts…

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Jordin and Blake now on iTunes...

Jordin and Blake’s “Idol” songs are now available on iTunes…

An EP of studio tracks is now available with “This Is My Now,” “(I Who Have) Nothing,” “A Broken Wing,” “To Love Somebody,” and “Wishing On a Star.” The price is $3.99 for the five songs. You can also buy the songs separately.

The other songs you can buy separately are: “If We Hold On Together,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “On a Clear Day” and “Hey Baby.”

You can also download an EP of studio tracks from Blake, which includes “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Time of the Season,” “I Need to Know,” “Love Song,” and “When the Stars Go Blue.” The singles you can buy from Blake are “You Should Be Dancing,” “Mack the Knife,” “Imagine,” “This Love,” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.”

Only the bundles are available at www.americanidol.com...

I’m guessing this is the Idol way of getting more singles on the chart, although I’m not sure how EPs are charted…

Since I have already downloaded several Idol tracks this season (including most of Blake’s), I will warn you that the recorded versions are not the same as the live performances. Blake’s recorded version of “You Give Love a Bad Name” is more straight-singing than beat-boxing. With some of the other Idol tracks (especially Phil’s “Blaze of Glory”), the recorded versions lack the same passion. I just hope that next year they let us download the actual performances like they did in season five instead of just making me put them on my cell phone…

Since there is still no word on a release date for Jordin (or Blake’s) single, I’m concerned that downloading may be the only way we get this year’s and I think that would be a mistake—especially considering the number of copies those things sell. Plus, since I have every winner and runner-up single ever released (as you can see from this blog’s picture), that would seriously mess up my collection…

I was already upset that they didn’t release a finalists’ compilation CD this year because I was looking forward to hearing what the producers would do with Sanjaya…

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Blake speaks...

So what did Blake do after learning he wasn’t the American Idol? He partied at the Sky Bar in Hollywood until 3:15 a.m. and then got 45 minutes of sleep before beginning the media frenzy…

“Entertainment Weekly” asked him if he wanted to speak out against him and Jordin having to sing the same song. His response? “I don’t care—it is what it is. You have your good, your bad, and your in-between”…

Blake once again pointed out the contradictions of the judges on his arrangements, since they didn’t like “Keep Me Hangin’ On” and loved “You Give Love a Bad Name.” “You never know—you can’t win, you can’t lose”…

So what’s next for Blake? He’s already worked with Nick Hexum from 311 on a song he’s written and one that Hexum and Kevin Griffin from Better Than Ezra put together. He would really like to work with producer BT.

As for his time on “Idol”? He told “EW,” “The experience has been so amazing. I can’t even explain in words. It’s bittersweet right now, because it’s over. Two seconds before I got on stage, it was like, ‘It’s done—this is the last time I’ll step on the Idol stage.’ The journey was truly a blessing”…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Have I mentioned that I love Blake?

Blake Lewis, “When the Stars Go Blue”: 19
In the interest of full disclosure, I should say that Blake was doing the Bono-The Corrs version more than he was doing Tim McGraw, but it still worked. I know it wasn’t perfect. But you know I love him.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Rhythm Gets Jordin and Blake Gets Me

Jordin Sparks, “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”: 19
The only reason I marked off any points was because she seemed a little uncomfortable about what to do onstage. Her voice was spot on, though, and she made an “Idol” staple her own.

Blake Lewis, “I Need To Know”: 20
I think Blake looked right into my soul at the end of that one. Holy Cow! Boy, am I glad Phil didn’t go with this one. I LOVE this guy!!!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Blake shows his smooth moves...

Blake Lewis, “Mack the Knife”: 19
Okay, you already know I’m prejudiced, but I had to give him a five in song choice and a five in stage presence for those great moves. Simon complimented the band, but I thought they were too loud—as usual…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Blake shows the "Love" and Jordin takes a risk...

Blake Lewis, “Love Song”: 17
We all kept waiting for him to Blake-ize the song and he never did, but it was pretty (although there were several flaws) and as you know, I love him, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt. But did he do some beat boxing in the song for Gwen?

Jordin Sparks, “Hey Baby”: 16
By far the gutsiest choice of the night, but it just didn’t work for me. The music was weird and Jordin seemed a little uncomfortable.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

"Set me free, why don't you, baby..."

If you had been in my apartment or near my office these last few days, you would have heard me singing the same song over and over...

"Set me free, why don't you, baby. Get out of my life, why don't you, baby. 'Cause you don't really love me. You just keep me hangin' on..."
I don't know how it happened, but somehow I've become completely obsessed with Blake's performance last week. And I didn't even rate it the best...

Fortunately for me (and unfortunately for my wallet), there is a way for me to feed this obsession--two actually.

If you are out somewhere and you hear Blake singing, don't worry. It's just my cell phone. As they did last year, Cingular is offering live Idol tones each Wednesday. Blake joins my rather large collection from last season. At $2.49 a pop, you know that Cingular loves me...

You can also download the performances from AmericanIdol.com. This year, though, the downloads are new and improved MP3s that you can listen to on iTunes or Windows Media Player. This week's performances are actually full length studio recordings of the songs. I have no idea if this is the plan for all season, or if they just did that this week because of all the forgotten lyrics. Believe it or not, the studio recording just doesn't have the same zip for me, but that's not keeping me from playing it over and over. The downloads are just 99 cents each.

I really need Blake to sing a new song, so I can get this one out of my head. And I really hope he doesn't listen to the judges and does his own thing again this week.

"Set me free, why don't you, baby. Get out of my life, why don't you, baby..."

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