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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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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 29, 2007

Elliott Debuts Strong

Elliott Yamin's self-titled CD debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 this week after selling 90,000 copies. It's #1 on the Independent Albums Chart.

In fact, it's the highest debut for a new artist on an independent label in Soundscan history.

And now that "Wait For You" has officially become his new single, I think his sales will go even higher.

And yes, you can count me among those 90,000 copies...

If you still haven't heard "Wait For You"--which I would count as one of the best "Idol" singles ever released--you can hear it at www.myspace.com/elliottyamin.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Elliott Is "Movin' On" And He's Taking Me With Him...

I was never a fan of Elliott Yamin (except when I wanted him to get in the top two instead of Katharine), but after hearing him and Chris Daughtry rock Nickelback’s “Saving Me” during the Idols tour, I could almost see what everyone else saw in him.

And after hearing his debut CD, I can definitely see it…

“Elliott Yamin” is Brian McKnight meets Stevie Wonder meets Donnie Hathaway and I mean that as a compliment. Much of the CD has an old-school vibe, but Elliott does a great job of giving it a fresh and somewhat surprising sound as well.

The CD kicks off with the first single, “Movin’ On,” which is produced by DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit. It’s a catchy number with an old-school 80s vibe, but the real gem of the CD is the second track, “Wait For You.” I honestly hope that “Movin’ On” dies out quickly, because this ballad is slated to be the second single and it’s got top 40 hit written all over it. If you only listen to one track, this is the one.

“Find a Way” is a social consciousness song that has a nice sound but it tries a little too hard. “One Word” is a solid track followed by the second best track on the CD—another ballad—“You’re the One.” The next track is called “I’m the Man” but if you’re thinking it’s some kind of silly anthem a la Katharine’s “Open Toes,” no such luck. This one goes in the good anthem column and is probably the third best track.

After that, the CD leans a little toward the cheesy side with “Trainwreck,” “Free,” “Alright,” and “Take My Breath Away," as Elliott tries to show some groove and it falls a little flat. But unlike Katharine's attempts, you won't laugh out loud. The CD concludes with his best known “Idol” number (the one that made Paula cry), “A Song For You.” It still sounds great, but it just doesn’t fit in with the rest of the CD. Maybe with his new sound (and new look), it just doesn’t fit Elliott anymore.

If I were to rank Elliott’s CD with his fellow “Idol” competitors from season six, I would definitely put him just below Daughtry (I’m sorry. I still think Taylor’s is the best.). I’m not a big R&B fan, but Elliott’s voice is so pure, it’s hard not to like this one.

You can listen for yourself at http://music.aol.com/songs/new_releases_full_cds. "Elliott Yamin" hits stores Tuesday, March 20th.

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"Idol" Week on "Live"

"Live With Regis and Kelly" will feature several "Idol" alumni during its "Idol" week this week...

And yes, I think we all know which alum will not be a part of the week--even though his recent co-hosting stint on "The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet" showed us that Clay is a natural for it...

Elliott Yamin will start things off Tuesday, March 20th with a performance of his first single, "Movin' On." Of course, March 20th is the release date of his CD.

Then Wednesday, March 21st, Bucky Covington will perform his single, "Different World."

Thursday, March 22nd, it's Josh Gracin's turn to perform.

And on Friday, March 23rd, this week's eliminated contestant will perform. If there's any justice in the world it will be Sanjaya, but can America really handle another performance from him? Maybe it will be their punishment for keeping him in there so long...

Normally I would watch all of these performances and tell you about them, but since I have made a vow to never watch "Live" again--especially with Regis gone--you all will have to tell me about them.

I'm especially intrigued by Elliott Yamin making "Live" his first stop on his publicity junket. As those of you who watch the show know, "Live" is not the easiest place to perform with the early hour and Gelman's strict two-minute rule. It should also make Bucky's performance fairly interesting...

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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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Friday, February 9, 2007

Elliott Is "Movin' On"


So, for Jim’s daughter and her aunt—and all of you other Elliott fans out there—here’s the promised news on Elliott Yamin’s album…

Elliot’s self-titled debut CD will be released March 20th. The CD is already #36 on Amazon.com.

You can hear a sample of his first single, “Movin’ On,” and check out his new look at www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y8_eLLE4rA...

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