Since Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, and Haley Reinhart are all debuting albums within a week of each other, it totally makes since to include each of them in our Thursday morning edition of “American Idol” notes.
Adam’s album sales – Since Adam’s “Trespassing” is the only disc currently out, it only makes sense to start with that.
According to tracking site HITS Daily Double, Adam is poised to sell somewhere between 70,000 and 80,000 copies of the album in its first week — a number that will put him in competition with another former “Idol” in Carrie Underwood (not to mention chart monster Adele) for the top spot. While this is a smaller number than the 200,000+ who bought “For Your Entertainment” back in 2009, this is on the high end of expectations when you consider that second albums from “Idol” alums rarely sell as strong as the debut, and music in general tends to explode in sales around the holiday season due to the low price point.
What will ultimately be the determining factor here in the race for #1 this week is whether Adam or Carrie receive sales bumps from their performances on “Idol” and the Billboard Music Awards, respectively. If one of them does, they will likely end up scoring the victory.
Listen to “Thank You Camellia” – Kris Allen recent sent out a rather classy endorsement of “Trespassing” on Twitter, and now he is also allowing everyone a chance to check out his new album online several days before its May 22 launch. (You can listen to the songs over at this link.)
There’s some pretty nice jams in here — from the hip-hop infused “Rooftops” to the duet “Loves Me Not” to lead single “The Vision of Love.” “Camellia” is not projected to sell as well as Adam or Carrie’s new discs, but we should have some new information on the subject next week.
Haley’s song previews – While we don’t have any full songs from Haley Reinhart (who was endorsed by Adam during season 10) to listen to, we do at least have a link where you can check out some songs from “Listen Up!” prior to its May 22 launch.
What Adam does for pop and Kris does for adult contemporary music, Haley does for her retro jazz / soul. We’ve said it before, but someone needs to consider making “Oh My!” featuring B.o.B the next single immediately.
Check out some “Listen Up!” previews over at iTunes.