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Friday, June 8, 2007

In case you missed it....

If you missed Jordin's gorgeous rendition of the National Anthem before last night's first game of the NBA Finals, you can catch it at YouTube. It is definitely worth the listen...

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Jordin at the NBA Finals...

Jordin Sparks will sing the National Anthem tonight at Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Tipoff is at 9 p.m. on ABC.

GO CAVS!!!

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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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Jordin Speaks...

If not for the state of Arizona, Jordin Sparks would not be our American Idol today…

You may remember that I told you Jordin didn’t make it through the first round at the auditions in Los Angeles. Well, that was only part of the story…

Last summer, Jordin auditioned in Los Angeles and a producer had her sing a couple of songs. She told her, “I really like your voice, but there’s something missing.” She asked them if they were sure and they said they were and that maybe she could try out in another city. But for Jordin, the next city was too far away…

Until she won the Arizona Idol contest which gave her a trip to Seattle. And the rest, as they say, is history…

I bet that producer feels stupid now…

While all of America was sure that Jordin was going to take the title, Jordin told “Entertainment Weekly” she had no idea what was going to happen. “When Blake and I were standing up there, he was just like, ‘I love you, sweetheart,’ and he squeezed my hand, and I realized that no matter what happened, everything was going to be OK”…

Jordin received a lot of flowers for good luck before the big announcement, but not just from fans. She received them from Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, who congratulated her on her rendition of “Broken Wing,” Badgley Mischka (the designers who designed all of her finale dresses) and Jennifer Hudson. The card from Jennifer said, “A great journey well deserved, Love Jennifer”…

And in case you were wondering, yes, Jordin gets to keep the five Badgley Mischka gowns. But she said she can’t ever wear them again because everyone’s already seen her in them…

After the show, Simon and Randy both told her that she deserved to win, to which she responded, “Thank you. Why couldn’t you have said that on the show?”…

As for what kind of album Jordin would like to do, she told “EW”: “Well, I love all different types of music so I would love to infuse a lot of that into my album. Like I love country, I love R&B, I love pop, I love soul, and I love rock. So I would love to put that all together. Kelly Clarkson kind of did that, with a whole lot of different genres all on her album, and I think that would be really cool. And I want to sing about things that matter to me, things that touch me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to write a little bit on it, too. I’m going to try, and see what happens!”…

Don’t worry, kids. Clive will crush those dreams right quick…

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Jordin on "The Tonight Show" and Smitty Reacts...

The Jordin media blitz will begin tonight (Thursday) when Jordin appears on "The Tonight Show."
She will not be singing, only talking...

"The Tonight Show" airs tonight at 11:35 on NBC...
Michael W. Smith, who as you know by now Jordin once backed up, posted this message on his website: "Everyone here at MWS.com would like to thank all of you who have supported, prayed for, and voted for Jordin Sparks! We're very excited to see this wonderful woman as our 2007 American Idol. And to think, she's just getting started! Let's keep her in our prayers as she embarks on what is sure to be a remarkable journey."

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The Winner's Single...

"This is my now. And I am breathing in the moment..."

Sorry, it's just that I can't get that song out of my head now...

There is A LOT of stuff to sift through today, but I thought in the meantime I'd let you know that you can hear the recorded version of "This Is My Now" at http://music.aol.com/songs/american-idol-winner-song. You can download it at www.americanidol.com.

No word yet on when (or even if) it will be released as a CD single...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Jordin makes a believer out of Simon...

Jordin Sparks, “Broken Wing”: 18
I originally had this one scored as a 17, but then I got some goosebumps, so I bumped it up a notch. This is an “Idol” standard, but this was the best I’ve ever heard it done on the show. However, I thought Jordin went a little too far with just standing there. I would’ve liked to have seen a little more expression.

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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

Chris and Jordin...

Chris Richardson, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”: 13
I’m sorry. I am just so over him. I thought the whole song sounded off.

Jordin Sparks, “On a Clear Day”: 17
Her voice sounded great, but I just didn’t feel she connected to the song.

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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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Friday, February 23, 2007

Smitty Says, Vote For Jordin!

So now I guess we know where Jordin Sparks gets all that confidence...

It seems that Brandon and Melinda are not the only background singers in the top 24. Jordin, the 17-year-old dynamo, sang back-up for Michael W. Smith on his 2005 and 2006 Christmas tours. Now Smith is campaigning for Sparks on his website.

I find it interesting that no one has ever mentioned her background singing before. Could it be that "Idol" doesn't hold Smith in the same regard as Christina or Usher?

You can read Smitty's thoughts on Jordin on his blog at http://www.michaelwsmith.com/news-detail.php?newsid=806. There will also be more in Saturday's "Herald-Dispatch"...

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