Kellie Pickler’s “Best Days of Your Life” has had trouble climbing the country charts. After more than four months, it has eked up to No. 28. Only now has her label come out with a video. Why so late? She co-wrote the song with the hottest country crossover artist in years Taylor Swift. The pair are both in the video. (Both look fab.) But it does seem odd they didn’t put this video out sooner and get CMT/GAC exposure earlier. And given Swift’s connection, it’s surprising Pickler hasn’t been able to get more traction with country radio. It’s a decent tune. It’ll be interesting to see if this video will jumpstart the song. The pair are touring together, too, though there are no Atlanta dates that I can find.
-I’m a bit behind in terms of sales for Kelly Clarkson’s “All I’ve Ever Had.” The second-week sales were 90,000, a 60 percent drop from the first week. She is at about 365,000 copies. The single “My Life Would Suck Without You’ has now sold 1.4 million copies. According to mediabase 24/7, the single is still moving up in terms of airplay but has been superseded by Lady GaGa’s “Poker Face,” and has slipped to No. 4 from No. 3. No. 1 is Flo Rida’s “Right Round” and No. 2 All-American Rejects with “Gives You Hell.” There is now zero percent chance the song will go No. 1 on the top 40 charts.
Her second single is coming out this week. It’s the Katy Perry/Kara DioGuardi-penned tune “I Do Not Hook Up.”
On other chart action, Carrie Underwood’s “I Told You So,” which is one of her weaker singles, finally snuck into the top 10 this week, making it her ninth top 10 hit in a row. But it will likely break her streak of six No. 1 songs in a row. Jennifer Hudson’s “If This Isn’t Love” is No. 23 on the urban chart and No. 2 on the urban AC chart. David Archuleta’s second single “A Little Not Too Over You” isn’t getting much momentum. And neither is Elliott Yamin’s new one “Fight for Love” yet. Here’s USA Today’s top 100 “Idol” songs in terms of weekly airplay last week.
We here at Idol Talk love Chris Sligh and he was the guest blogger at Idol Chatter Thursday. He listed the top 9 and gauged their marketability. He is right: this is probably the most marketable top 9 ever, giving season five a run for its money. My girlfriend would be thrilled to know that Chris namedropped her favorite singer Amos Lee, comparing Kris Allen to Amos.
The USA Today “Idol Meter,” using a semi-scientific set of criteria, has Adam Lambert at top now, up from sixth. Danny Gokey slips from fourth to seventh, a bit of a surprise given that I still consider him the favorite. Anoop, who was on top last week, drops to fourth from No. 1. Kris Allen is second, up from third. Matt Giraud falls from second to fifth. Allison moves from seventh to third. Lil Rounds actually climbs from ninth to sixth. Scott remains in eighth. Megan falls from fifth to ninth. Only Scott and Megan have negative scores (as did Michael Sarver before his elimination.)