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1/29: Kelly Clarkson jumps from 97 to No. 1! Ratings up over year ago for first time. Phil Stacey goes Christian,

Go Kelly Clarkson! Her hot single “My Life Would Suck Without You” is set to jump to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, up from 97. That’s the biggest jump in Billboard history. After just 10 days, the song is already No. 17 on top 40 airplay, according to Mediabase 24/7. And it sold 280,000 digital downloads, a huge number.

You can watch the video here because I can’t embed though I wish I could!

Chris Sligh’s co-written song “Here Comes Goodbye” by Rascal Flatts is arleady at No. 31 on the country charts. It technically was shipped to radio this past Tuesday.

Season six’s Phil Stacey, who released a country album on Lyric Street that barely sold and was quickly dropped, has signed with Reunion Records, a Christian part of Provident Label Group, under the Sony Music Entertainment Inc. umbrella, according to his own MySpace page. He is blogging about Idol for the LA Times here.

-”Idol” on Tuesday pulled in about 25.2 million viewers. The comparable episode last year drew 28.2 million. That’s about a 11 percent dropoff.

There was better news on Wednesday night, when 27 million viewers checked in on Salt Lake City. That’s up 5% from 25.6 million a year ago. This is the first time “Idol” has had a year over year improvement in any particular episode. Tonight’s episode, being a Thursday, will be quite depressed, probably in the 20 million range.

Last week’s final numbers: 25.9 million on Wedneday (vs. 27.1 million a year earlier, down 4%), 22.8 million on Inauguration day (down from 29.3 million a year ago, down 22%).

-Listen to the full version of Taylor Hicks’ “What’s Right is Right” here at AOL Video. It’s not a full video, just audio and pictures.

-Diana DeGarmo recently performed some new songs including one that is posted on YouTube called “I’m Gone.” Check it out here.

-Idol apologized on behalf of the judge for thinking Mark Mudd in Louisville last week was providing a veiled threat by saying “Be careful” when that was just an innocent colloquialism. When I heard him say it, I didn’t think anything of it either but given Paula Abdul’s Paula Goodspeed problem, I wasn’t surprised by her alarm.

45 comments Add your comment

JTesla

January 29th, 2009
12:36 pm

Kelly Clarkson’s single is great, glad that I could help her set a record. Interesting numbers. Thanks Rodney.

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
12:36 pm

oooooo, k&cf is gonna love this entry!

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
12:41 pm

I actually like Diana’s song a lot!

Taylor’s song is very catchy…it would be nice if he caught on with the public.

And congrats to Idol on increasing their viewship…..musta been all those Osmonds.

Nana

January 29th, 2009
12:43 pm

Americans knows something good when they hear it. Congrats to Kelly!!!!
You’re right Deirdre….k&cf will have a hissy fit on this entry. I can just picture her enjoyment, jumping up & down with hands in the air, yelling, “Oh yeah, Oh yeah.”

KPH

January 29th, 2009
12:45 pm

From previous blog.

Jessuitzzz, Felton was fired at 8am this morning and the press confrence announcing it was at 11:00am. Mike posted it at 10:44am. If you think that is OLD news then the only thing that would substantiate your statement would be if you were in the room at 8am when the firing took place and even then 2 hours and 44 minutes later is not OLD news. You must be Damon Evans who may have made up his mind to fire him a week ago if so then yes to Damon Evans this could be OLD news. I just dont get why some childish punks have to come on a civilized blog just to stir up trouble! Must have forgotten to take their Bi-Polar meds. this morning.

KPH

January 29th, 2009
1:14 pm

Congrats Kelly and Chris. Good luck Phil Diana and Taylor. Just listened to Right is Right and I loved it. Very soulful jazzy bluesy, nice sound.

Negativo

January 29th, 2009
1:26 pm

Man, I’m just thrilled she’s back on top again. The video and song are reflective of that infectiously happy Kelly we all knew and loved before the My December debacle. Clearly, she has learned from her mistakes.

BTW, I’d love to see a collaboration between Cookie and Kelly at some point…my two all-time favorite Idols would be a good fit together.

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
1:35 pm

Hey Neg…how’re you doing? Did we get the Gospel According to Neg re last night’s show…I must’ve missed it.

Negativo

January 29th, 2009
1:40 pm

D asks: Did we get the Gospel According to Neg re last night’s show?

Neg’s Gospel: Me likey Franky, Rosy and Taylor…especially Franky…the guys all blow. I also likey the chicky-poo that they sent out for the makeover – or was that the night before? At this stage they all run together.

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
1:42 pm

lol! I know what you mean. Chickie-poo was Tuesday night. What did you think of Megan…recently divorced, heavily tattooed Can’t Help Lovin That Man of Mine girl?

KPH

January 29th, 2009
1:43 pm

Just watched the Kelly video and was impressed. She looks better sounds better and has that energy back.

Mike S

January 29th, 2009
1:46 pm

Kelly’s song is really good. She is at her best when she lets her inner rocker out instead of trying to be all Pop princess or sob queen.

harriett

January 29th, 2009
2:04 pm

KPH, some people can’t help it–they just live to put people down. I endorse your reply to Jessuitzzz.

KPH

January 29th, 2009
2:05 pm

Just listened to the Diana Degarmo song on the link above. It is very good also I actually liked the (song) better than Kelly’s.

KPH

January 29th, 2009
2:08 pm

Thanks Harriett. As my Grandaddy used to say people like that just need a good old fashioned whoopin!

Mike S

January 29th, 2009
2:10 pm

I just put all my “admirers” on ex-wife mode.. all I hear is a faint buzzing somewhere in the ether.

KPH

January 29th, 2009
2:14 pm

By the way Mike concerning Jessuitzzz I hope you dont mind me defending you I know you are quite capable yourself.

Nana

January 29th, 2009
2:28 pm

KPH, you know that we regulars always come to the defense of each other. Some people just can’t help themselves and have to find fault somewhere. People like that can’t be happy within themselves.

Okay, I’ve said nuff…….

JTesla

January 29th, 2009
2:37 pm

And I’m not saying a thing. The road we are on now is better than the road we would head down if I said what I know.

Rodney, thanks for posting a picture of Phil Stacey. Many of the females on the blog should get to see some eye candy from time to time too. Of course, I don’t know if Phil qualifies as eye candy, but close enough.

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
2:40 pm

It’s a nice picture of Phil but I’m not sure I’d go so far as to call it eye-candy.

Nana

January 29th, 2009
2:47 pm

I liked the pix of Phil too but am with Deirdre about the eye candy. Now give us someone……..say like…………Patrick Swazye, George Strait, Alan Jackson, and the late Paul Newman.

Time to head home. Gotta take Memory to the vet for her second round of injections. I think she may weight about three pounds now. Will find out later.

Be safe, be happy, love the ones you’re with, and above all else, please be careful when driving.

Catch ya later tonight.

JJ

January 29th, 2009
2:49 pm

You know, being a newbie, I am glad to see that people actually defend each other on this! Why do some people feel that it’s necessary to stir up drama? Oh wait, it’s the same people that went to Idol, auditioned, told they were terrible, and were surprised. Reality hasn’t hit them yet. Wow.

I am going to have to agree with D on this one….Phil is not exactly the eye candy that most would think of when they hear the words “eye candy.” Maybe to some. I go for more of a David Cook look myself.

JJ

January 29th, 2009
2:50 pm

and oh yeah, love Kelly’s new song and video! Go girl!

Mike S

January 29th, 2009
2:55 pm

Judging by the most recent pictures of Phil, there is a whole lot more of him to love, eye candy or not. Not that my pudgy middle-aged self has any room to talk. LOL

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

January 29th, 2009
3:38 pm

i can see where some would find phil eye candy in a brooding kind of way, but he’s not my tops [using only Idol contestants, i'd have to say maybe MJ, cookie, and definitely without a hesitation, Bo]

KPH

January 29th, 2009
3:44 pm

I kinda figured Bo would be your favorite Linny. You old hippie chick. LOL! ;-)

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
3:51 pm

If we go for only Idol eye candy then we can’t leave out Ace…not my cup of tea exactly but he’s very good looking. George Huff…only because he was such a sweetie. Michael Johns. Chris Daughtry had a certain appeal.

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
3:58 pm

Here’s something interesting re the kid who told the judges to “be careful”:

“American Idol” now has its tail between its legs after Simon and Paula confused a Kentucky contestant’s kind, Southern goodbye for a “threat” on their lives.

This statement was just posted on the “A.I.” website:

“We apologize to any viewers who were offended by the misinterpretation of the contestant’s comment to “be careful” upon completion of his audition in Louisville, KY.

Our visits to audition cities are relatively brief and sometimes regional greetings and salutations are lost in translation. We had not heard that phrase from any other contestants during the day, so it took everyone by surprise.

We now know better and look forward to visiting Louisville again someday.”

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
4:00 pm

:-) They must have been bombarded by the South!

harriett

January 29th, 2009
4:02 pm

Yeah, D. We all say “take care,” or some other form of sign-off phase.

harriett

January 29th, 2009
4:06 pm

I keep remembering that poor guy’s face when they asked him if it was a threat. He didn’t know what they were talking about. LOL!

JTesla

January 29th, 2009
4:17 pm

I can understand Simon and Paula not understanding it, one is from England and one is definitely from someplace else. However, the producers should have tried harder to figure it out. The guy was nice, and did explain the saying. But no… they had to do this long lead in, even showing us clips in prior episodes to make this poor guy look crazy.

Be careful.

kelly&carriefan

January 29th, 2009
4:23 pm

LOL @ D & Nana! Well, of course I loved this entry! What’s not to love? Kelly’s doing amazing with the single…and I’m glad she broke the record again!!! I cannot wait for the album. Eeek! I’m looking forward to tonight’s show, it’ll be a nice distraction since Grey’s is a repeat. (Boo on that!)

As far as Idol eye candy, well…I don’t I have to offer an answer. ;)

harriett

January 29th, 2009
4:25 pm

I agree, JT. They made it seem like we were going to encounter a real baddie, and he was as gentle as a lamb and really nice. They took advantage of his look, IMO, and tried to make him look menacing. I believe they knew exactly what they were doing.

kelly&carriefan

January 29th, 2009
4:25 pm

Uh, I typed “I don’t THINK I have to offer an answer. ;) ” (Kinda wish we had an edit post button…

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
4:33 pm

No problem, k&cf…we know exactly who’s on your list! :-)

As for the poor guy who was made to look like a psycho stalker…I think they might owe him more than an apology.

Margaret

January 29th, 2009
4:36 pm

1. Thrilled for Phil Stacey. I think Christian music is where he will excel.

2. Also thrilled for Diana DeGarmo. She’s turned into quite the songwriter! “I’m Gone” is excellent and I wish her much success.

3. What can I say about Kelly Clarkson that hasn’t already been said. AI is so lucky to have found her. I’m happy to see her song is so well received.

JTesla

January 29th, 2009
4:37 pm

Yes, I use the word “Many” instead of “All” on purpose ;)

kelly&carriefan

January 29th, 2009
4:40 pm

LOL, JT…you’re a riot! Here’s hoping there’s some eye candy for us “ALL” this season!

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
4:43 pm

Margaret…welcome to our humble little blog!

harriett

January 29th, 2009
4:56 pm

Ok, blog amis, I am gone for the day. Talk to you on the blog tonight!

Melissa

January 29th, 2009
6:08 pm

Actually, Phil Stacey wasn’t dropped. He chose to leave because he wanted to record Christian Contemporary rather than Country.

Margaret

January 29th, 2009
7:47 pm

Thanks for the greeting, Deirdre. I check out this blog whenever my favorites like Phil are mentioned. :)

CFPhilfan

February 2nd, 2009
1:06 pm

I did not see this blog earlier, but to clarify for the umpteenth time, especially for the naysayers: Phil Stacey, like Billboard has mentioned before, left Lyric Street. The exact words, as posted in “The Everday Christian ( http://everydaychristian.com/leisure/story/253/ ),Phil ” left Lyric Street, which released his first album, to join Sony’s Reunion Records to cut a contemporary Christian album.” Since Lyric Street is a country label, he could not record a Christian album with him; plus they did not support him as well as they could have. There are other artists on the label who have not done as well, either, and are still there. HE WAS NOT DROPPED. I, for one, look forward to this new cd, as it is very much what Phil himself is about: a devoted Christian man who sings about his God.

Alexis

March 30th, 2009
12:16 pm

How do I add your RSS feed to my reader? I could do with a little beginners help :)