‘The X Factor’ USA notes: Melanie Amaro, Fifth Harmony, Marcus Canty

X FactorAfter spending so much time as of late talking about the season 2 “X Factor” USA contestants, why not give the gang from season 1 a little bit of love? First and foremost, let’s put the focus on a question that a number of people have been wanting an answer to for some time: what in the world happened to the show’s original champion in Melanie Amaro?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amaro’s debut album “Truly” has been delayed yet again, and at the time of this writing there is no firm date announced for the disc’s release at all. This is particularly sad news given that she won her season of the show a year and a half ago, and initial expectations were that she was going to help bring back the diva sound to pop music. Unfortunately, most of her attempts at launching singles have been unsuccessful, and the labels have failed to really find her a sound that fully works for her.

Honestly, we’re not sure that a debut from Melanie will ever see the light of day.

Marcus’ new EP – Speaking of albums, you can listen to Marcus Canty’s entire seven-song EP “This … Is Marcus Canty” over at Billboard, which shows the sort of growth that he has made as an artist since making it to fourth place on the first season. We give this guy some serious credit for working as hard as he has over the past several years, and he’s proven himself to be a scrapper. The songs are pretty good, though we do wish that the backing tracks were a little less electronic.

For those curious, no alum from season 1 has released a full-fledged album as of this writing, although Chris Rene has released a similar EP containing such songs as “Trouble” and “Young Homie.”

Fifth Harmony’s current standing – We just wanted to spend a second pointing out the latest Shorty Awards standings, and just how much of an “X Factor” presence are in these rankings. In the category of band, One Direction (#2), District3 (#4), Fifth Harmony (#5), Emblem3 (#9), JLS (#14), and Little Mix (#16) are all a part of the top 20.

Meanwhile, Carly Rose Sonenclar (#5), Reed Deming (#6), and CeCe Frey (#13) are all a part of the singer category.

If you want to hear some new music from Emblem3 as well as Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack” lyric video, you can do so over here.

Chris Rene

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