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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo;2856460;
    Next week's theme is confirmed: songs from the year they were born.
    It's year, people. That means 1991, not the whole span from 1990 to 1999.

    Wow, this is the first time we've had anyone from the 1990s.

    I personally love this theme: it did give us Carrie Underwood singing "Alone", after all. Looking forward to it!
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    So, here's the rundown of what year the top 10 will be picking from:

    David Archuleta - 1990
    Jason Castro - 1987
    David Cook - 1982
    Kristy Lee Cook - 1984
    Chikezie - 1985
    Michael Johns - 1978
    Ramiele Malubay - 1987
    Syesha Mercado - 1987
    Carly Smithson - 1983
    Brooke White - 1983

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    Here are the stats for last week.

    American Idol sales: Good week helps propel Idol gains - Idol Chatter - USATODAY.com


    American Idol sales: Good week helps propel Idol gains

    A healthy Easter holiday week, plus possibly the effect of CMT-related promotions on country artists (meaning Carrie), helped boost the sales of all the Idols on the Billboard top 200.

    Carrie's Carnival Ride shot up 33-15, selling 37,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- a 116% increase. Total is now 1.96 million.

    Daughtry drops 21-27, but increases sales 18% to 25,000 for a total of 3.91 million.

    Jordin is up 32-29 and registers a 35% sales increase to 24,000, bringing her total to 595,000.

    Carrie's Some Hearts jumps 57-51 with a 33% increase to 16,000 for a total of 6.34 million.

    Finally, the charts giveth and taketh away. Blake falls off the chart this week, but Kellie -- aided by an appearance on Idol last week -- returns at No. 146 with nearly 6,000 sold, an increase of about 240%. Her total is 734,000.

    Idols off the chart follow.

    Blake missed the top 200 chart by exactly 36 records, a cruel blow. His rounded total is 4,000, down from 4,300 the previous week, and his total is 282,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway sold 3,500, up from 3,000, for a total of 5.97 million. Her My December sold 1,500, up from 1,300, and totals 758,000.

    Bucky sold 1,600, up from 1,400, total 332,000.

    Elliott sold 1,500, up from 1,200 and enough to push him over the half-million mark (501,000), a notable achievement for an independent album.

    Mandisa sold 600, same as last week, for a total of 75,000.

    Fantasia sold 500, down from 600, for a total of 510,000.

    Bo also sold 500, no change, total 42,000.

    Katharine sold 400, down from 500, for a total of 369,000.

    Taylor sold 200, up from 100, for a total of 701,000.

    Clay sold 200, down from 300, totaling 524,000.

    The 100 club, all of whom sold 100 the previous week as well, stars Ruben (237,000 total), Constantine (25,000), Paris (21,000) and Kimberley (18,000).



    And here are the Download Totals:

    Since I'm so far behind after a day of endless meetings, here's the Idol download situation.

    Jordin's No Air falls from No. 3 to No. 4, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but is up 17% in sales, selling 129,000 for a total of 835,000. Tattoo is up 34-31 with an 18% boost to 35,000 for a total of 1.45 million.

    Carrie's All-American Girl climbs 27-24 and gains 17% to 36,000 for a total of 344,000. Her Before He Cheats is slightly off on the chart, 135-138, but gains 11% to 11,000 downloads for a total of 2.24 million.

    Daughtry's Feels Like Tonight is down 51-53 but increases 13% to 24,000 for a total of 250,000. Over You is down 106-140, off 10% in sales to 11,000 for a total of 944,000. Home drops 140-152 but gains 6% to nearly 10,000 for a total of 1.40 million. And It's Not Over drops 178-185 but increases 11% to 8,500 for a total of 1.71 million.

    Blake's How Many Words, which I may have neglected to mention last week (it fell 128-167 and sold 8,000, off 20%, for a total of 48,000), fell off the chart this week.

    Among Idol-related phenomena, Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love takes over as the No. 1 digital song with 219,000 copies sold, for a total of 537,000. Paula Abdul (who incidentally is kicking off The Today Show's 13th annual series of live appearances April 25) drops 21-42 with Dance Like There's No Tomorrow; it's down 30% to 27,000 for a total of 216,000. And Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah is still making its presence felt, although it drops 10-59 with a corresponding 68% drop in sales to 22,000.

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    The modest note on the door of hot Nashville nightspot Cabana ("Back room closed for private party. Sorry for the inconvenience") gave no indication of the star power gathered in the rear to celebrate Kenny Chesney's 40th birthday Wednesday night.

    The country star approached his major mid-life milestone by partying with family – mom, dad and sis in from Lutrell, Tenn. – and friends Tim McGraw, Kix Brooks (of Brooks & Dunn), Dierks Bentley and Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland). Also on the birthday support team: New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau, pitching ace Roger Clemens and NASCAR legend Sterling Marlin.

    Rockabilly hillbilly Jason D. Williams provided the entertainment for the 200 partiers, but he handed the mic to the birthday boy to perform a raucous rendition of "I'll Fly Away" with back-up singers Faith Hill and Kellie Pickler.

    The food, meanwhile, leaned Asian for notorious health nut Chesney – chicken and beef satay, vegetable spring rolls and tuna tartare on wonton chips – but the cakes were All-American sweet and gooey: One chocolate with white frosting, and one white with chocolate frosting (each with a "4" and "0" candle), and both purchased that day from the decidedly downscale bakery at Publix.
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    Kellie is such a little "minx".
    'Idol' makes fans feel they know show's contestants | www.tennessean.com | The Tennessean
    'Idol' makes fans feel they know show's contestants

    By BEVERLY KEEL • April 2, 2008

    Former American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler says the Fox talent show creates a unique connection between the contestants and the public.

    "TV does something," she said. "I know I can speak for Carrie (Underwood), too. That show really helped both of us because people were watching us every single week. They were able to see us, rather than the only place they could see is in the store on the shelf. It was almost like they got to know us.
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    "They are such a huge part of our success. American Idol does something different because the American public is a huge part of us making it past each round. There is something magical about television for sure."

    Because of Idol, which introduced her irresistible humor and personality to America, Kellie has been offered media opportunities that might have eluded other country stars, such as representing The Tonight Show at the Super Bowl and appearing today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. But a downside might be that viewers think they literally know her. For instance, strangers give Kellie unsolicited love life advice.

    "Random people in a grocery store will come up and tell me what I should do. 'Oh, you should have left him a long time ago.' It's weird…. They don't know anything but a paragraph they read in the paper."

    She says she's learned "the hard way" not to talk about her love life to the media. "I have to keep my big mouth shut about anything personal," she said with a laugh.

    But she doesn't regret being so open about her family's problems (she sings about being abandoned by her mother in the song "I Wonder").

    "Even with American Idol, people were like, 'Why did you talk about your mom or dad?' The thing is, people are going to find out anyway. The whole time I was on the show, reporters were all trying to find out everything about us that they could."

    Speaking of Idol, Nashville acts are prominently featured on tonight's 8 o'clock show.

    Dolly Parton and The Clark Brothers will perform on the show, which also will include updates on former finalists Phil Stacey, Bucky Covington and Bo Bice. The Clark Brothers recently won Fox's The Next Great American Band.

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    Here are the sales totals for the past week.

    Idol Chatter: American Idol News, Rumors & Information – USATODAY.com

    Overall sales slump knocks Idols back a peg

    Easter week was good for the music biz, but this past week saw a substantial decline in album sales, and the Idols were by no means immune. All of the Idols on the Billboard chart are emphatically down in sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    Jordin becomes the highest-ranking Idol on the chart, jumping from No. 29 to No. 25. That was accomplished, however, with an accompanying 28% drop in sales, less than many other neighboring albums. She sold 17,000 for a total of 612,000.

    Similarly, Daughtry held his/its ground at No. 27, but dropped 33% to 17,000 (actually around 500 fewer than Jordin, but rounded off they both become 17,000). His total is 3.92 million -- about 75,000 away from 4 million.

    Carrie's Carnival Ride drops 15-37 thanks to a 58% plunge to the mid-15,000s. Total is 1.98 million -- she's just 22,000 away from 2 million. Some Hearts falls 51-60 with a 36% drop in sales to 10,000 and a total of 6.35 million.

    Kellie falls 146-172, dropping 36% to 3,700 for a total of 738,000.

    Randy's album falls off the chart and will dealt with along with the other non-charting Idols in what follows.

    Randy's Idol-inclusive album sold 2,600, down from 6,500, for a three-week total of 22,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway sold 2,400, down from 3,500, for a total of 5.97 million. My December sold 1,000, down from 1,500, total 759,000. By special request for Michael Lopez, Thankful sold 800 and totals 2.7 million. He also asked for a couple of download totals for two of Kelly's songs -- Never Again is at 953,000, Walk Away at 922,000.

    Blake sold 2,000, or half of last week's 4,000, for a total of 284,000. As I mentioned, it was a tough week for sales.

    Bucky sold 1,200, down from 1,600, total: 333,000.

    Elliott sold 1,000, down from 1,500, total: 502,000.

    Kimberley, who appeared on the results show last week, sold 900, up from 100, for a total of 19,000. So, depending on your outlook, you can view that as a fantastic percentage increase (unrounded, it was nearly 800%) or as something like nearly 30 million saw the show and fewer than 1,000 were moved to buy her album. Her airplay/sales disconnect still seems extreme to me.

    Mandisa sold 500, down from 600, for a total of 75,000.

    Fantasia sold 400, down from 500, total 510,000.

    Bo sold 400, down from 500, total 43,000.

    Katharine sold 300, down from 400, total 369,000.

    Clay sold 200, same as last week, for a total of 524,000.

    Only three members of the 100 club this week. Taylor dropped from 200; total is 701,000.
    Ruben and Constantine remained constant at 100; Ruben's sold 237,000 total, Constantine 25,000.
    Paris slipped under the 100 mark this week and remains at 21,000. As I said, tough week.


    And here is the download data:

    Idols fare middlingly on download chart

    An odd week in the digital tracks realm, in which overall sales were up 7% but a big part of that was the release of two monster-selling new tracks, Mariah Carey's Touch My Body (which broke the first-week record with 286,000) and Madonna's 4 Minutes (217,000).

    They combined to knock Idol-by-association Leona Lewis out of No. 1 down to No. 3, although Bleeding Love sold a healthy 187,000 (down 15% from the previous week) for a total of 724,000.

    Jordin's No Air also felt the effect, dropping 4-5 on the chart despite a 7% gain to 137,000 for a total of 972,000. Tattoo falls 31-39, dropping 6% in sales to 32,000 for a total of 1.48 million.

    Carrie's All-American Girl is down 24-38 with a 10% sales drop to 33,000 and a total of 377,000. Before He Cheats, however, is up 3% to 11,000 and climbs 138-133 on the chart. Its total is 2.25 million.

    Daughtry continues to place four songs on the chart. Feels Like Tonight is up 53-51 and 3% in sales, to 25,000; total is 275,000. Home is also up, 152-145, with a 6% sales boost to 10,000 and a total of 1.41 million. Over You slides 140-170, dropping 11% in sales to the mid-9,000s for a total of 953,000. And It's Not Over slips 185-190, although it gains 3% to just under 9,000 for a total of 1.72 million.

    But there's more. Paula's Dance Like There's No Tomorrow drops 42-67, thanks to a drop of 22% to 21,000. Its total is 237,000.

    The David Cook Effect: Billie Jean by Chris Cornell returns to the chart at No. 100 with 15,000, more than doubling its previous total. The current total is 28,000. Not only that, but Michael Jackson's version jumps 128-103, and is up 25% to 14,000. (Total is 563,000.)

    The (lasting) Jason Castro Effect: Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley is still in the top 100, dropping 59-88 and suffering a 19% decline to 18,000, but still... Total is 677,000.

    The Michael Johns Effect: We Will Rock You by Queen, a chart perennial, is up 165-111, with a 40% increase in sales to 13,000. (Total: 1.03 million.) Not only that, We Are the Champions returns to the chart at 163 with nearly 10,000 downloads. (Total is 673,000.)

    The Ramiele Malubay Effect: Somehow, her fairly pathetic, illness-afflicted version of Alone brought Heart's version back to the chart at 176 with upward of 9,000 downloads. (Total: 231,000.)

    The Carly Smithson Effect: And Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart didn't quite totally eclipse Heart, but is right behind it at 177, also with upward of 9,000 downloads. (Total: 422,000.)

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    From the article babymay linked to above:

    The soldiers' review of Kristy and David A.:
    Kristy Lee Cook, “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood

    Nathan: “A very popular song and I didn’t think she did badly but she is still the least talented.”
    Cory: “She did a great job with the song. She might have saved herself from getting eliminated.”

    David Archuleta, “You’re the Voice” by John Farnham

    Nathan: “I had no clue what the song was.”
    Steve: “This song sucks!”

    After this week’s performances, the consensus among our commentators was that David Cook is the man to beat and David Archuleta should be sent packing.
    Go Steve! These guys are better than Paula.
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    TuneInMusicCity.com

    American Idol castaway Josiah Leming -- that lovable, Britpop-appreciating guy who lived in his car -- holds a Nashville show on Monday, April 7 at 12th and Porter, with friend Josh Johnson opening.

    The show is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start, and tickets are $5 for 21+, $10 for those under 21. Leming's music can be sampled at MySpace.com - Josiah Leming - Ft Worth, Texas - Alternative / Indie / Pop - www.myspace.com/josiahleming.

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    Here are some interesting pictures of the transformation of previous contestants that was on Yahoo.
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