Let’s hope you love numbers — after all, our second edition of “American Idol” notes Wednesday is stuffed full of them. If you stick around until the very end, though, you’ll also get a welcome performance from none other than Joshua Ledet.
Album sales – For a pair of idols in particular Haley Reinhart and Kris Allen, Wednesday is a significant day. After all, we finally learn just how “Listen Up!” and “Thank You Camellia” performed without much in the way of promotion on a grand scale.
Overall, “Listen Up!” will debut at #17 on the Billboard 200 with 20,000 copies sold. While this is somewhat disappointing considering that both Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery sold far more records, it’s hardly a surprise considering that Haley released her disc many months later — and at a time in which album sales as a whole are generally slower.
Meanwhile, “Camellia” debuted all the way down at #26 with just 16,000 copies. Unless Kris somehow manages to get “The Vision of Love” or a follow-up single on the radio, we have a feeling RCA will probably drop him a few months down the line as they did with David Cook. It’s sad, but a reality of this business. Meanwhile, Interscope may be willing give Haley more of a chance since this is her debut album.
It may be surprising, but an album of Phillip Phillips covers from this season actually fared better than either “Listen” or “Camellia” in its first week. His “Journey to the Finale” disc — which is really just all covers — sold 24,000 copies in the past week and will debut at #11. Phillip is also likely to have a strong Hot 100 debut with his coronation song “Home,” but we’ll know more about that Thursday morning.
Joshua hits up “Live! with Kelly” – Now, we turn to something unrelated to business in Joshua melting the faces off of everyone in attendance at the ABC morning show.
While the interview with Kelly Ripa and guest host Martin Short is a little forgettable, it’s hard not to love the gospel hands and screams that were fluttering throughout his stripped-down, soulful cover of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” (Granted, someone probably wants to tell Martin that the piano player’s name is Michael Orland and not Michael Orlando.)
Check out the videos below (via Mjsbigblog).
As always, stay tuned for more “Idol” news!