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Monday, June 4, 2007

More Chart News...

Daughtry’s “Home,” which finally cracked the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week, moves up to #5 on this week’s chart…

After debuting at #8, Kelly Clarkson’s “Never Again” had been in a bit of a freefall. But her appearance on the “Idol” finale kicked it back up to #9…

And after a strong bounce to #31 after his “Idol” appearance, Elliott Yamin’s “Wait For You” falls to #35…

Over on the Hot Country Songs chart, Bucky Covington moves up to #17 with “A Different World,” while Kellie Pickler nips at his heels at #19 with “I Wonder”…

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Friday, May 4, 2007

Chart News: Carrie's New Hit and Kelly's Strong Debut

Kelly Clarkson’s new single, “Never Again,” had a strong debut on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, coming in at #8…

Kelly would have debuted higher if not for the debut of Carrie Underwood’s “I’ll Stand By You” at #6. It’s the first iTunes exclusive to debut in the top 10…

Other “Idol Gives Back” songs cracking the chart are Kelly’s “Up To the Mountain” at #56 and “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban and the African Children’s Choir at #78…

Daughtry’s “Home” now sits at #21…

By the way, the #1 song this week is Maroon 5’s “Makes Me Wonder,” which jumps from #64, the largest leap to the top in Billboard history, breaking the record held by Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This,” which jumped from #52 to #1 in 2002…

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Daughtry Coming to Ohio State Fair!

Daughtry will be the opening concert at the Ohio State Fair August 1st at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $32 (which includes fair admission) and go on sale May 12th at noon.

Every other show on Daughtry's tour has sold out so these things will go quick...

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Chart News: Carrie stays at #1...

Carrie Underwood's "Wasted" stays at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart this week. It's her third number one song from her debut album, "Some Hearts." She needs just one more #1 from the album to tie the record of most #1s from a debut album, set by Brooks & Dunn in 1991-92.

Just think, if not for the bad choice of "Don't Forget to Remember Me" as a follow-up to "Jesus, Take the Wheel," she might be going for #5. Let me again suggest releasing "That's Where It Is." I still say that's the money song of the entire CD.

By the way, "Wasted" is the 119th number one for "American Idol"...

Carrie's second country #1, "Before He Cheats," is actually making a move on the Hot 100 chart, as it sits at #15 this week. It's 33 weeks on the chart make it the slowest climber to the top 15 in chart history...

"Cheats" sits just below Daughtry's "It's Not Over" at #14. "Home" climbs to #31...

Bucky Covington's "A Different World" climbs one notch to #24 on the country chart...

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Chart News: Katharine Makes a Jump, Elliott Debuts and "It's Not Over" for Daughtry

Katharine McPhee’s “Over It” jumped from #49 to #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week and was the chart’s greatest digital gainer. The song was recently featured on MTV’s “The Hills” creating online sales of 40,000…

Elliott Yamin’s new single, “Wait For You” debuts at #67, which is one notch above where “Movin’ On” debuted. I’m really hoping this one does well…

And while “Home” falls one spot to #49, Daughtry’s “It’s Not Over” stays at #10. “Over” is #1 on the Adult Top 40 chart…

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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Chart News: Daughtry Returns to #1, Kellie Takes a Jump and Elliott Makes a Chart Appearance

Daughtry's self-titled debut album returned to the #1 spot this week on the Billboard 200 selling another 90,000 copies. "Home" debuted at #83 on the Hot 100 singles chart, but look for it to make a big leap very soon...

Also making its debut on the Hot 100 was Elliott Yamin's first single, "Movin' On," at #61. I'll have more on Elliott's album later this week...

And after making an appearance on last week's results show, sales for Kellie Pickler's CD rose 37%. I guess other people weren't as bored with her performance as I was...

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Story Behind This Year's Elimination Song

As I first told you weeks ago, Daughtry’s “Home” was unveiled Thursday as the song that will accompany the eliminated contestants’ goodbye videos.

Last year’s song, Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” was the #1 song of 2006. However, “Idol” reaped no benefits because Powter was signed to Warner Bros. Now, RCA/19, the official “Idol” record label, will be the beneficiary.

However, the people at 19 say that had nothing to do with the choice.

According to “Variety,” In October, Iain Pirie, head of 19 Entertainment U.S., had a meeting with 19 executive and “Idol” Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe. At the meeting, Pirie played some tracks from Daughtry’s upcoming album. When Lythgoe heard “Home,” he called “Idol” guru Simon Fuller right away and they both agreed it would be perfect.

“Home” was written by Chris and it was the song that convinced Clive Davis to let him make the kind of CD he wanted to.

However, according to “Variety,” it still hasn’t been decided if “Home” will be released as a single. It’s possible that “Over You” could be the next song released.

“Over You” is a great song (my favorite on the CD), but I can’t believe they won’t take advantage of the “Idol” phenomenon. And since digital sales are now figured in the charts, the fans may make the decision for them anyway. It would be better to save “Over You” for later.

Not that Daughtry needs any more promotion. The CD just went double platinum.

I’m curious, though, what Chris thinks of his deeply personal song—that he hoped to be released as a tribute to the troops—being used for the eliminations. Especially now that there are rumblings he’s uncomfortable with his “Idol” past…

More on that in the following post…

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Is Everything Okay With Daughtry?

Sometimes interviewers catch their subjects at a bad time, causing them to act out of character.

For example, the “Rolling Stone” interview in which Kiefer Sutherland said he longed for the day when Jack Bauer died was totally out of character and more than likely the result of a few too many drinks…

That’s why I’m not putting a lot of stock into a recent “Entertainment Weekly” interview with Chris Daughtry, although it does concern me a little.

In the interview, Chris comes off as a man having trouble dealing with his fame. He says that being away from home has put stress on his marriage. And he comes off a little cold when he cancels a Q&A session at a children’s hospital.

But most of all, he comes off as someone who has developed a distaste for everything “Idol.” At the same children’s hospital, he gets angry because they refer to him as “Chris from ‘American Idol.’” He signs a collage of “Idol” snapshots for the hospital scrapbook, but he calls the pictures “cheesy.”

And there may be other problems. Guitarist Jeremy Brady quit the band in the first week because “it doesn’t fulfill me the way I thought it would.” In other words, he couldn’t handle Chris getting all of the attention (Boy, do I hope it was the guitarist that practically ruined their “Tonight Show” appearance.).

As I said, since many of these comments were completely out of character for Chris, I think he was going through a bad time when they did the interview. But if this is how Chris really feels, it could entirely change the way his fans feel about him.

Because whether Chris likes it or not, as long as Taylor’s sales stay flat, Chris is the “American Idol” poster child of last season—even though he didn’t win

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

This Week's Chart News

Here's this week's Billboard Chart News...

Katharine McPhee's self-titled CD fell to #11 this week on the Billboard 200 after debuting at #2 last week. Her single, "Over It" debuted at #48 last week on the Hot 100, but this week falls out of the top 50.

Daughtry's "It's Not Over" fell two spots to #6 this week, but the CD, "Daughtry" maintained its spot at #3 in the Billboard 200...

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Daughtry's Next Single Confirmed?

If you've ever seen the commercial for AmericanIdol.com featuring the spinning Simon, you know that Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" is the featured song.

But during last night's episode, the same commercial featured Daughtry's "Home," which makes me think that it is indeed their next single.

And if the rumors are true that it will be the song for the eliminated contest montage, it's a guaranteed #1. Just ask Daniel Powter...

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Friday, February 9, 2007

Daughtry News: Free Concert, TV Promos and Hangin’ Out With Billy Bob…

If you’re in Greensboro, NC, March 23rd, you might be able to catch Daughtry in concert—for free.

The concert at Greenboro Coliseum is a prelude to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament March 24th-26th. Greensboro is hoping the concert will help its bid for the 2012 Women’s Final Four. They’re expecting 6000-7000 people (I think that might be a little conservative.). Chris is from nearby McLeansville.

In the meantime, Chris is making new friends, including Billy Bob Thornton. Chris says he hangs out at Thornton’s house every time he’s in LA.

And in case you’re wondering, Chris says he is watching “Idol” this year and admits he would do it all again because he was truly able to be himself with everything—“except those Ford commercials”…

Daughtry’s song, “What I Want,” is being featured in the CBS promos for “NCIS” and “The Unit.” But Chris says he hopes the band’s second single is “Home,” because it would be a good tribute to the troops. Chris may get his wish if early reports are correct that “Home” will be the song used for “Idol” contestants’ goodbye videos…

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Thursday, February 1, 2007

"It's Not Over" Keeps on Climbing

Daughtry's "It's Not Over" climbs to #4 on this week's Billboard Hot 100. The song rises two spots from #6.

If it's going to hit number one, though, it will have to overtake Beyonce, who has been literally "Irreplacable," racking up nine weeks at #1. My favorite current song, "This Ain't a Scene, It's An Arms Race" sits at #2 for the second straight week, but holds down the #1 Digital Song spot.

I really like Chris, so I'd like to see him hit #1. But if he doesn't do it with this song, I think he's got an excellent chance later if the rumors about "Idol" using his song as the contestant's going away music are correct...

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Friday, January 26, 2007

"It's Not Over" Cracks the Top 10

This week continued to be a good one for Daughtry as "It's Not Over" cracked the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 moving from #21 to #6--the week's greatest digital gainer.

Although the winner's single (and runner-up's single, in Clay's case) usually always hits #1 in its first week, the Idols have not historically had good luck on the Hot 100 with follow-up singles--other than Kelly Clarkson...

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Daughtry Hits #1

After nine weeks on the chart, Daughtry, has hit #1 on the Billboard 200. The album's sales were up 30 percent over the previous week, probably due in large part to the release of the "It's Not Over" video (As if on cue, "Over" is playing on my XM right now.).

For those of you keeping track, Daughtry has now sold 1.29 million copies of its CD. Taylor Hicks has sold 587,000 of his...

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