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David Cook Slams Charts At #3

November 27, 2008

c1Idol winner David Cook’s eponymous debut album has proved itself worthy, landing at #3 on the Billboard charts for its debut week of release. The self titled album sold 280,000 copies, behind Beyonce’s and Nickelback’s albums, which were both released on the same day.

However, in the case of digital sales, the album landed at the #1 spot.

While Cook came in third to Beyonce’s debut at No. 1 with “I Am…Sasha Fierce” (Music World/Columbia) and Nickelback’s “Dark Horse” (Roadrunner), his album debuts at No. 1 on Top Digital Albums, giving the “American Idol” its 210th No. 1 on a Billboard chart.

Cook’s album sold more than Idol winners Jordin Sparks and Fantasia Barrino in its first week, but is behind other winners, namely Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks and Kelly Clarkson who are first, second, third and fourth respectively.

Here are the debut week sales of all Idol winners:

1. Ruben – “Soulful” (Dec 9, 2003) – 416,569 (# 1)
2. Carrie – “Some Hearts” (November 15, 2005) – 314,549 (# 2)
3. Taylor – “Taylor Hicks” (Dec 12, 2006) – 298,199 (# 2)
4. Kelly – “Thankful” (April 15, 2003) – 297,000 (# 1)
5. David – “David Cook” (Nov 18, 2008) – 280,000 (#3)
6. Fantasia – “Free Yourself” (November 23, 2004) – 239,389 (#8)
7. Jordin – “Jordin Sparks” (November 20, 2007) – 119,119 (#10)

Cook’s first single, “The Time Of My Life” also mirrors the albums position on the charts, for it also debuted at #3, and is still going strong. Besides hitting the platinum status, the song has also smashed another record:

David Cook’s reign on the Adult Contemporary chart with “The Time of My Life” (19/RCA) has gone into double digits, making him one of 15 solo male artists to rule this survey for 10 weeks or more since the chart began in 1961. Cook is the only male artist to have a song advance to No. 1 on the AC chart in 2008.

Meanwhile, runner up David Archuleta’s new single will be “A Little Too Not Over You”, not “Touch My Hand” as planned. Bummer.

Let’s hope Cook’s album will continue to do well in the long run, and here’s hoping that they choose a great second single to propel the album sales!

What do you think? Leave comments!

[News Source: Billboard]
[News Source: FansOfDavid]
[News Source: MjsBigBlog]
[Photo Credit: David-Cook.com]

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America’s Next Top Model: McKey

November 21, 2008

And so… Another cycle has ended and we have another winner.

mckey

McKey Sullivan beat 13 other girls in Cycle 11 to emerge as the winner.

She is no doubt the best winner in ANTM history, tall, stunning, great personality, constantly taking amazing high fashion shots, consistently staying in the top 5 call out every single week and has never been in the bottom two.

She is the obvious winner ever since the top 6 when the girls arrived in Amsterdam. From there she emerged as a power player and peaked at the exact right time, stunned the judges week after week with stellar photos, and surprisingly, delivered a rather good commercial and photo for CoverGirl.

I ought to be happy and all… But I’m not.

McKey winning was already stamped in my mind ever since the top 6, she was the already the clear winner then. But while she might be one of my favourites, I was thoroughly disappointed my ultimate favourite didn’t win…

analeigh

Analeigh Tipton.

Analeigh was my favourite this cycle, I’ve been rooting for her throughout the competition. She landed in the bottom 2 in the third week and then rebounded to be in the top 3 for seven amazing, consecutive weeks, producing fantastic photos with crazy poses. She was the dark horse in the competition and was definitely one to look out for. Besides being photogenic, she has hands down the best runway walk in the bunch and has a cute bubbly personality and a huge heart. Analeigh might not be America’s Next Top Model, but she is America’s Next Top Best Friend. [quoting Jade]

It was devastating to see Analeigh struggle in her CoverGirl commercial where everyone expected her to excel, since her previous commercial in the top 7 was without a doubt the best. It was painful to watch her forgetting the lines and stumbling through. Even with a great photo, the judges sent her home anyway, which I think is an idiotic decision. They sent her home for not having a great face? Like come on. Her face is to die for. It’s totally stupid to send her home like that, knowing that she has the best runway walk and could kill at that final runway show. And all those comments about her going into the commercial/acting stream? Hello? Did you see her Windmill photo last week? That pic was stellar. She has high fashion potential too you know. You hypocritical judges said it yourself.

After Analeigh was sent home I couldn’t even concentrate on the rest of the show, it was all a blur, I didn’t had any interest in it anymore, I knew who was winning anyways (thanks to 888770 for spoiling it for a lot of people, you suck). All I know is that Samantha shouldn’t be in the top 2 at all. McKey deserved to be there, but Analeigh should be stomping on that catwalk, not Samantha.

final runwayIn fact the finale was a total disaster in my opinion. The runway might be creative and fun and all, but that hill that you have to run up to reach the top? That’s insane. What if a model ran up the hill and slipped and fell and injured herself? That’s not good is it? Plus the girls looked foolish running up, clutching their dresses and humping for breath at the top while posing for the camera. Huh. McKey and Samantha totally steamrolled that runway… In a bad way. McKey had a better walk, but her body was so stiff and she was so masculine it was like she was going to punch someone in the face (Paulina please). Samantha meanwhile was so jittery she looked like she was going to cry. I don’t see a [quote Tyra] ‘butterfly’ at all, I see a caterpillar afraid to fly. Both were so awfully painful to watch I cringed the whole way through. If only Analeigh were there, she would ‘ve stomped all the other models off the catwalk.

At final judging it was crystal clear all four judges were already rooting for McKey while giving Samantha some kind comments. When they reviewed their runway walks I almost laughed, it was obvious they weren’t that impressed as they said they were, their eyes were totally giving them away. Ha. Regretting now that you sent Analeigh home? I think so!

Portfolio wise I dont think Samantha stood a chance against McKey at all. McKey has hands down one of the best portfolios this cycle. Samantha produced a few good shots here and there but McKey was thoroughly consistent. The judges were even totally bias. *cough Paulina cough* Tyra might be neutral and defend both of her ‘babies’, but it was clear who the others were rooting for.  Nigel was team Analeigh, but in this case he sided McKey. Miss J, the runway diva he or she (who knows)  is, was rooting for McKey for her height, photogenic-ness and ability to be a high fashion model. And Paulina, the ultimate big mouth and the most bias judge this cycle, wanted McKey to win like mad. I mean hello, she pimped this girl the whole way through the competition. All was well for McKey, and expectantly, she won. Duh. What an obvious cycle.

analeighAhhh… So there goes another cycle. Good winner, good cycle, could’ve done better. I originally dubbed Cycle 11 as “the best cycle ever”, since every elimination was going as I have wanted it… Until now. Sorry but Analeigh should’ve totally been in the final 2 with McKey and stand an equal chance of winning. Other than that, I’m very content with the final five girls. They were my targeted top five, my ‘dream team’ since the beginning, namely Analeigh, McKey, Elina, Samantha and Marjorie, glad they all made it to the top.

My thoughts on post-ANTM, the girls that will be successful (with the exception of the winner) are Analeigh and Marjorie. They are the only truly promising girls in my eye. I sincerely hope that Analeigh gets signed by Elite, even though she didn’t win. Elite has done wonders in the past, signing Katarzyna and Anya (who were, by the way, ROBBED, and should’ve been the final 2), even though they didn’t win, but Elite saw model quality in them, and are now booking jobs like crazy. Hopefully Elite will see the light in Analeigh and sign her up ASAP. Then she’ll start booking jobs and do ads and print work and show the judges who’s the boss. Ha.

It sucks that your favourite doesn’t win. Somehow my favs are always jinxed. C6 Joanie landed second; C9 Heather landed fifth; C10 Katarzyna landed fifth; and now Analeigh finished third. Ah well.

Unfortunately there’s another jinx… Winners often aren’t as successful as those who didn’t win. Hehe. Now thats an evil thought.

Congrats to McKey for winning. Duh.

Analeigh, you’re always a winner in my heart.

BRING ON CYCLE 12!!

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Time Of My Life Hits Platinum!

November 20, 2008

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David Cook’s power single “Time Of My Life” has finally smashed into the platinum mark from sales. The coronation song has been selling steadily since it was released when Cook won American Idol Season 7 back in May. Despite low air play, it’s been featured in many shows such as Dancing With The Stars and The Olympics. Since then it has still been going strong in sales, and finally reached it’s platinum status. TOML debuted on the Billboard charts at #3, one of the strongest first week sales since Season 2.

The Time of My Life slips 125-127 but is up 14% to 11,000, and achieves the milestone of 1 million sales!

TOML is now the highest selling coronation single in Idol history, beating Clay Aiken’s “This Is The Night” and Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This”, which are second and third respectively.

Meanwhile, Cook’s first post-Idol single, “Light On” is managing fairly well although not as successful as TOML.

David C.’s Light On is down slightly on the chart, 67-71, but climbs 17% in sales to 21,000 for a total of 247,000.

As for his self titled debut album, sales are expected to be good. The album is expected to fight with Nickelback’s “Dark Horse” for the second place spot. First place is predicted to fall to Beyonce with her new album “I Am… Sasha Fierce”. Taylor Swift might even go strong in her second week with her sophomore album “Fearless” and rob the #2 spot away.

A double dose of Beyonce and her alter ego will grab the top spot on the HITS Album Sales chart next week, as her two-CD Music World/Columbia set, I Am… Sasha Fierce, will debut at #1 with 500-550k in sales, according to those hardy retailers who still have their doors open. The real tussle will be right below that for #2, as a debuting RCA/RMG’s David Cook and Roadrunner’s Nickelback go head-to-head with this week’s chart-topper, Big Machine’s Taylor Swift, in her second week. All look to be in the 300k range, mas o menos.

Let’s hope Cook’s album will exceed expectations and bow at number one on the charts, even beating Beyonce! Hopefully “Light On” will do better when it gains airplay, and kudos to “Time Of My Life” for hitting platinum!

David Cook’s got a great year ahead of him. GET YOUR COPY OF THE ALBUM, IN STORES NOW!

What do you think? Leave comments!

[News source: IdolChatter]
[News source: MJ'sBigBlog]
[Photo credit: DavidCookWeb]

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David Cook – David Cook [download] [UPDATED]

November 15, 2008

David Cook has come a long way since winning American Idol 7, and now he has a new album dished out for millions of fans waiting in anticipation. The wait has finally paid off, this album is packed with numerous radio friendly songs, from pop/rock ballads to heartbreaking emotional tracks. First single “Light On” is already making an impact on the radios worldwide. One of the many reasons why this album is so special is because Cook definitely pours his heart and soul into it, the lyrics are powerful and the whole album is an emotional rollercoaster, in a good way; from the sweet taste of fame to the sadness of watching a sibling struck down by cancer. “A Daily AntheM” even spells  Cook’s brother’s name, that just shows how awesome this person is. Standout tracks include “Declaration”, “Heroes”, “Life On The Moon”, “Permanent” and “Avalanche”. || Two bonus tracks were released via iTunes and Walmart and are absolutely worth listening to. Overall its a very solid album that is definitely recommended to anyone at all.

Download: HERE
[Link Updated: Includes Bonus Tracks!]

Track List: [ETA!]

  1. Declaration
  2. Heroes
  3. Light On
  4. Come Back To Me
  5. Life On The Moon
  6. Bar-ba-sol
  7. Mr Sensitive
  8. Lie
  9. I Did It For You
  10. Avalanche
  11. Permanent
  12. A Daily AntheM/Kiss On The Neck
  13. Time Of My Life (Bonus Track)
  14. Breathe Tonight (Walmart Bonus Track)
  15. My Last Request (iTunes Bonus Track)

Let’s hope a better second single will be chosen to propel the album sales towards the highest level possible, cause it definitely deserves it. Get your copy in stores November 18th! Can’t wait to purchase mine.

[PS: "Kiss On The Neck" is a hidden track, it's around 8 minutes behind "A Daily AntheM".]

What do you think of the album? Please leave comments! Enjoy!

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David Archuleta – David Archuleta [download] [UPDATED]

November 8, 2008

American Idol 7 runner up, David Archuleta is setting to break records with his new self titled album. With already an incredibly successful single, “Crush” on the charts and peaking at #2 on the Billboard Top100, his album might follow in it’s footsteps. Archie’s album include nice, soothing tracks like “To Be With You” to  rhythmic songs like “Touch My Hand”. Standout tracks include “Touch My Hand”, “My Hands”, “You Can”, “To Be With You” and “Your Eyes Dont Lie”. || Bonus tracks have also been released through iTunes and Walmart. There are some great tracks that deserve to be on the album as well. Notable ones include “Falling” and “Somebody Out There” which showcases Archie’s pure, beautiful voice. Overall this is a great album and will definitely do well!


Download: HERE
[Link Updated: Includes Bonus Tracks!]

Track List [ETA!]:

  1. Crush
  2. Touch My Hand
  3. Barriers
  4. My Hand
  5. A Little Too Not Over You
  6. You Can
  7. Running
  8. Desperate
  9. To Be With You
  10. Don’t Let Go
  11. Your Eyes Don’t Lie
  12. Angels
  13. Let Me Go (Bonus Track)
  14. Waiting For Yesterday (Bonus Track)
  15. Falling (Bonus Track)
  16. Somebody Out There (Bonus Track)
  17. Works For Me (Walmart Bonus Track)

Best of luck to Mr. Archuleta! Get your copy when it hits stores November 11th! I will definitely be getting mine.

What do you think of the album? Please leave comments! Enjoy!

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Kristy Lee Cook – 15 Minutes Of Shame Music Video Premiere [watch]

November 5, 2008

Both the Cooks have been releasing their music videos recently. The female Cook, Kristy Lee Cook, has released the music video for her first single off her album “Why Wait”, entitled “15 Minutes Of Shame”.

I love the music video, I think it’s hilarious. The point of the song was definitely delivered across. I love how Kristy slaps her boyfriend/fiance/husband (?), and records a song and sings it live to mock him. Kristy shines brightly in the video, she looks gorgeous. As the video showed a large crowd as her audience, let’s hope Kristy’s career will continue to skyrocket to fame!

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David Cook – Light On Music Video Premiere! [watch]

November 4, 2008

Thousand of fans have been waiting like crazy last night for the premiere of David Cook’s new music video at midnight. “Light On” is the first single released from his self titled album, slated to be released on November 18th. And now we finally have the video! Whooohoooo!


Link: Here

Here’s what the video is about in my opinion. It starts with a girl and her boyfriend who visits a diner to have dinner. Instead of accompanying the girl to her seat, the boyfriend goes over to chat with his buddies and other girls. So, the girl is left alone at her table, waiting for her food. The waiter catches her eye and she smiles. Meanwhile, the girl’s friends coincidentally arrives and chats with her, while her boyfriend is still busy with his friends. Naturally, the girl gets jealous and feels that he isn’t putting much attention on her. They left after an heartless meal, the waiter looking on. In the car, the girl and her boyfriend argues and that made the girl mad, so she decides not to follow his ride home and walk home instead. Expectedly, her “light” arrives, thus the line “try to leave a light on when I’m gone, something I rely on to get home”. The waiter with his bicycle cycles up to the girl and offers a ride home. She agrees and sits on the front of his bike and they cycle away together, happily ever after.

I really really like the music video, I like videos that shows a story behind a song. Cook looks amazing in the video, I love the background highlights shining on their backs, creating silhouttes and shadows. Very very cool. And I also love this part “when the wires cross in my brain, you’ll start my heart again” and Cook points to his head. Hehe! That was adorable. Plus, the band and their interaction with everything was incredible.

Overall this is a great video and hopefully it’ll help relauch single sales for Cook. But what do YOU think of the video? Cheers or jeers?

Watch out world, Cook is here!

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