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3/30: Kellie Pickler video with Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson sales update

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.

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-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 According to mediabase 24/7, the single is still moving up in terms of airplay but has been superseded by Lady GaGa’s “Poker Face,” and has slipped to No. 4 from No. 3.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.)

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JTesla

March 29th, 2009
11:54 pm

Thanks for the video Rodney, that is one of the best music videos EVAR! Oh and thanks for all the other chart info too.

everett

March 30th, 2009
12:59 am

JT – I’m with you. Great video.
Rodney, thanks for the new thread…good to get away from toxicity.

As much as I respect Danny, I really think Adam is going to take the whole thing home. Certainly not the one I would have picked at the beginning of the season, but he keeps on deliverin’ week after week.

And in my best Robin Williams voice, allow me to say “Gooooood Morrrrrnning, Atlanta!” Wish I could be there with y’all. Lookin’ forward to Nana’s quote o’the day for a bleary Monday.

everett

March 30th, 2009
1:23 am

flbravesgirl – Thanx for the cookies, just what I needed!

iMack

March 30th, 2009
4:02 am

Great video. Both girls look beautiful, it’s funny and the song is so catchy.

But the YouTube versions are all hacked and this one looks really washed out.

There’s a much better version on CMT:

http://www.cmt.com/videos/kellie-pickler/359605/best-days-of-your-life-feat-taylor-swift.jhtml

Rodney, there’s an embed code on CMT you could use also.

Nana

March 30th, 2009
6:27 am

Good Morning Bloggers! Hope ya’ll had a great weekend, even though here is Georgia it was a stormy one.

Today’s Quote: “It’s fine to celebrate success but it it more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

Enjoyed the video. Both, Kellie and Taylor, look great. I like Kellie’s song and the station that I listen to gives it alot of air time. Hopefully, it will pick up and do well.

Just want to say how much I enjoyed OSF last Friday. Looking forward to it again this week. I wished that KPH could have gotten his Rod Steward song posted, but a couple were posted so maybe that him happy.

Deirdre

March 30th, 2009
7:48 am

Morning!

So JT briefly mentions Kellie Pickler in the previous thread and, lo and behold, she appears in the next thread! I’m beginning to think that the true power here doesn’t belong to Neg. :-)

RE VFTW…I think their votes probably help in the early stages of the show when our favorites are usually divided between 5 or 6 contestants. But I think they make very little difference once we’re down to a smaller number of choices. Megan will be gone soon despite their efforts.

Deirdre

March 30th, 2009
7:54 am

Just saw this over at mj’s:

David Cook has canceled the next couple of shows on his tour schedule due to family matters.

My first thought goes to his brother, Adam. Hope this is just something simple.

Nana

March 30th, 2009
9:01 am

I’m with Deirdre. I hope and pray that his brother is alright.

Neg McMuffin

March 30th, 2009
9:08 am

Looks like Kelly has regained mega-superstar status. Good for her, she’ll always be my favorite.

Neg voted Chickezie…his performance of She’s a Woman remains one of my all time favorite Idol performances. He needs to record it…live, of course. Something about him was so enjoyable.

Neg declares the “Idol Meter” utterly worthless. Stick with Dial Idol, and ignore the phonies who think they have a “system”.

Neg wants to be the meat in a Pickler Swift sandwich.

Anyone still think Arch would have been a better Idol winner than Cookie? He’ll be singing in malls and car shows for the next 20 years.

Swami

March 30th, 2009
9:12 am

Aaaah, I figured out what the S stands for. It’s Mike Swami. Of course that is his ability to tell us outcome before season ends.

Katy

March 30th, 2009
9:16 am

Good Monday morning!!! So glad to see the sunshine in Georgia!!! Great quote Nana…as always! Just watched the video and LOVE it!!!
What are everyone’s predictions on song choices for tomorrow night???

Deirdre

March 30th, 2009
9:17 am

Sheesh, Swami…Mike hasn’t even said anything yet today…you’re kinda quick on the trigger, aren’t you?

Neg…I voted Chikizue as well and for exactly the same reason. She’s a Woman was one of the great Idol performances and never gets the credit it deserves.

Nana

March 30th, 2009
9:23 am

No picking on Mike S this morning since he hasn’t even said anything. :(

Thanks Katy. I liked that one too.

harriett

March 30th, 2009
9:24 am

Morning everyone! I had a hair-raising trip from Columbia, SC to Raleigh, NC, and back to Charlotte, NC in the driving rain on Friday! White knuckles all the way! My almost 89 year-old aunt needed to get to a funeral, so I volunteered to drive her. She lives in Charlotte. Whew!

Neg, I voted Chickezie, too. I loved him and wished he could have lasted another week or two. I think he would’ve been really good. Have you seen him on Idol: Where Are They Now? He is so articulate and a great emcee/host.

Katy

March 30th, 2009
9:27 am

Nana…I copy your quotes everyday and look back at them often!!!

I can always use a little inspiration!!! Thanks! :)

Neg McMuffin

March 30th, 2009
9:31 am

Haven’t seen that, Harriet, but it doesn’t surprise me that he is a great host/emcee – he has a lot of charm and likability. Neg also wanted him to last longer, and thinks he had the chops and personality to make it to the Top 5 or 6, but unfortunately he was not a favorite of Simon at all, and getting bashed by him every week probably cut his time prematurely short.

harriett

March 30th, 2009
9:35 am

Neg, I agree about his not being a Simon favorite. I was so impressed with seeing him in the host role yesterday. TV Guide Channel runs those shows, and they are on on weekends here in SC. He looked like he’d been doing it all his life. He’d have a great career in television. The camera loves him.

Lara

March 30th, 2009
9:45 am

Hello Monday morning blogsters!!!
I can’t watch the video, but I am not as enamored of Kelly as some of you….wink wink! I am sure it is great!
I voted for Chris Sligh – partly because I like him and partly because he reads this blog and I thought it would give him a smile to see some votes thrown his way! :)
Thanks for the great quote, Nana!!!! Nice way to start a Monday!

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

March 30th, 2009
9:54 am

i had a hard time deciding whether Chikezie or Chris was my favorite of those listed — I liked them both a LOT. so since i couldn’t decide, i voted for Chris since he might read this, and when I get home, i’ll cast one from my HOME computer for Chik — that way i can be fair and true to my heart, LOL!!!

LOL, Lara, I just read your post above as i was typing this one….great minds?

JTesla

March 30th, 2009
10:36 am

I voted for Chris, not because he reads the blog, but because he was my favorite. He may not have had a “wow” moment like Chikezie had, and his name certainly isn’t as cool, but he was fun. Unlike Linny, I’ll only vote once ;)

Deirdre

March 30th, 2009
10:43 am

I’m getting ready to go shopping for an engagement party dress. This wedding stuff can be fun!! :-)

Anyhow, I’ll be back this afternoon..hold down the fort and be nice to the lurkers!

Woodpappy

March 30th, 2009
10:45 am

Good morning all. Had to swim up creek all weekend long…tired this morning.

JTesla

March 30th, 2009
10:54 am

“engagement party dress” remind me to have Deirdre plan my daughters wedding.

Nana

March 30th, 2009
11:12 am

I also voted for Chikezie and wished he had lasted longer. I believe that if Simon doesn’t like you, you won’t last long.

Katy, I think we all can use a dose of daily inspiration. It sure won’t hurt us any.

JT: There is also a rehearsal dress, reception dress and a going away dress for the bride, and this is not counting the dresses for both Moms. See what you have to look forward to!!! :)

TXGal

March 30th, 2009
11:14 am

Morning, I just now catching up on the last couple of days blogs. I wanted to tell Deirdre that I have four English Bulldogs. Three are named after songs, Maggie Mae, Good Golly Miss Molly, and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. And the male is just Bull Wrinkle. I too voted for Chikezie although, and debated between he and Chris, none of the others were even considered. Have a good day, it’s a beautiful day in West Texas!

harriett

March 30th, 2009
11:21 am

GAgirl

March 30th, 2009
11:24 am

Good Morning from sunny, warm Southern California…Hope all my blog friends are doing well today. Can u believe it is almost April and the Easter Bunny will soon be making his rounds? Can’t wait to bite the ears off of my chocolate rabbit. I know many of you are probably dealing with that nasty green pollen already…don’t miss that stuff.
Have a wonderful day…..

harriett

March 30th, 2009
11:58 am

It is actually warm and sunny here in SC, too, GAgirl! The pollen here is yellow, and it is a mess. But, it is one of the things we just put up with, as you know.

Nana

March 30th, 2009
12:10 pm

So, is this the list they have to choose from? I looked at it and can only relate to the country songs. Of course, I have heard of some of the artists, but am not familar with the song.

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

March 30th, 2009
12:13 pm

Tx i LOVE your male dog’s name!!! That is so clever!!! Love it!!!

JT don’t give me a hard time, i TRULY could not decide between the 2, Chris and Chik, because i truly DID like them both!!! Neither should have left so early, IMHO. So my split personality will vote once each!!! :P

anyway … boss just got back from a hearing…

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

March 30th, 2009
12:37 pm

gross gross gross…just looked at the list…. without the country songs, i saw absolutely N O T H I N G i would want to hear! sorry. barf. yuk. bleh. i may take a vacation from this week because frankly, i am not at all sure i will hear ANYthing i care to hear!

all i can say, based on the so-called “artists” — these kids better be doing some SERIOUS arrangement work to make the songs their own, or i will be muting a LOT. sorry. just NOT my taste represented here, and i think they will find a LOT of the “older” folks who regularly watch the show are turned totally OFF by this concept. It’s probably 90%+ people under 25 who do the downloading from itunes, and the taste in music is totally different from someone older.

do they REALLY want to cater to the teenie boppers to the exclusion of the adults who enjoy the show??? do they REALLY want to do that?

bleh. sorry, excuse the rant.

everett

March 30th, 2009
12:50 pm

Nana, thanks for the quote – you never let us down.

My vote went to Chikezie. He was a big favorite of mine that season. I’ll bet he really does make a good host because he’s so personable.

And it’s sunny in warm in GA, CA and TX? Grey, overcast and chilly in WA. (Insert big sigh here.) Harriett, I’m glad you are safe after the scary storms you had to drive through.

everett

March 30th, 2009
1:07 pm

Hoo boy, do I agree with Linny! Might be the week to skip. I should have listened when Mick Jagger told me “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Like linny, I don’t seem to want any of those songs…and I use the term “songs” lightly.

Lara

March 30th, 2009
1:08 pm

Wow, there is a lot of “RAP” on that top 100 list. The girls might go with Pink or Beyonce. I can see Scott doing “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey and Kris doing “You found me” by The Fray.
Think anyone will take a chance on a David Cook, Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood song – nice to see our AI winners represented on this list!!
What about Adam doing “Gives you Hell”? It is pretty EMO!!!
Hmmm, Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi is on the list. I keep telling you guys, they really should do an 80’s big hair metal night!!!

puppy

March 30th, 2009
1:08 pm

the only song worth hearing would be Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi..IMO and a couple of country songs…

Nana

March 30th, 2009
1:09 pm

I hope that not any one will do a song by a idol winner!!!!

Nana

March 30th, 2009
1:17 pm

From reviewing the list, here is what I pick:

Matt: Dead & Gone by Jutin Timberlake
Kris: Here Comes Goodbye or Forever by Rascal Flatts
Scott: It Won’t be Like This for Long by Darius Rucker
Adam: Livin on a Prayer by Jon Bovi
Danny: All Summer Long by Kidd Rock
Allison: Hot & Cold by Katy Perry
Megan ???????

I’m just playing around with the selections and probably not even close to having one selection correct.

JTesla

March 30th, 2009
1:33 pm

This week should be good, sometimes we complain that the contestants are forced, week after week, to pick songs that were done decades before they were born. Now they get to do something current. Can they change it up, will they be able to showcase the type of artist that they will be once the show is done? This will be a good test.

Nana, I like your pick of “Hot & Cold” for Allison. No Bon Jovi… or Jon Bovi, those songs have been done a bit much.

everett

March 30th, 2009
2:01 pm

Good point, JT.

GAgirl

March 30th, 2009
2:11 pm

Only Bon Jovi should do Bon Jovi!!!!!

Nana

March 30th, 2009
2:12 pm

I still have no clue for Megan. She would be the one that would be hard to select a song for.

I dunno, I kinda like Bon Jovi and think Adam may do well with one of his songs. I’m anxious to see who selects what. They may fair better at doing current hits than selecting songs that are 40/50 years old.

I do wish AI would do the Big Band era again.

Nana

March 30th, 2009
2:44 pm

Almost time to call it a day and head home. Hope ya’ll have a great evening.

Be happy, be good, be safe and love the ones you’re with. Remember to keep a smile on your face, a song in your heart and a tap in your toes.

And as usual, be careful on the roads and highways.

Don’t forget DWTS tonight.

Deirdre

March 30th, 2009
4:10 pm

Back!

I’m still laughing at the name Bull Wrinkle, TXGal! So cute!

GAgirl, there’s a yellow film over everything right now…I know you don’t miss that.

JT…I just bought my dress for the engagement party…it’s hot pink! :-) I’ll be happy to help you with your daughter’s wedding…in 20 years!

The song list(thanks harriett) some of them should be ok but many of them are melody-lacking schlock!

Deirdre

March 30th, 2009
4:19 pm

Danny Gokey didn’t get a lot of rehearsal time this week. From mj:

Danny Gokey is on his way back to Los Angeles to perform on American Idol tomorrow after spending a few days back home in Milwaukee to attend his grandfather’s funeral.

JTesla

March 30th, 2009
4:22 pm

Hot pink? And 20 years? Try 30!

Sorry to hear the news about Danny’s grandfather.

Rodney Ho

March 30th, 2009
4:33 pm

The theme is top downloads. That is kinda vague. We don’t know what criteria they’re going to use. Could be current iTunes top 100 or No. 1 downloads or…something. We’ll see. I looked over the top downloads of the past four years and will post my thoughts tomorrow on which might work for whom.

harriett

March 30th, 2009
4:36 pm

Looking forward to it, Rodney!

harriett

March 30th, 2009
4:53 pm

Time to go. Talk tomorrow. Enjoyed the day with everyone!

Green Neggs and Harm

March 30th, 2009
8:45 pm

Man, Gokey can’t catch a break…poor guy.

flbravesgirl

March 30th, 2009
10:28 pm

That’s a shame. My sympathy to Danny & his family.

I am in the under-40 group but I am dubious about the quality of this category. There’s a lot of garbage played these days. Allison should consider a Pink song, they both have powerhouse voices.

Carmen

March 31st, 2009
5:15 am

I voted for Chris. I think of all the idol contestants who have finished 10th, Chris will be the most successful in the music industry. He has already cut an album, had a song in the top 10 for his genre plus he has proven he is a great song writer with the new hit song he wrote for Rascal Flatts. He is also producing— the boy has major talent!! Plus he is funny.
I hope Chikiezie and Michael are both sucessful in their careers. I like both of them too. I think all three of these guys have the “like-ability” factor.