-Paula Abdul revealed the theme to a radio station: disco! Thank you, MJ. I recall this theme was done season two, for better or worse. Let’s talk more about this later in the week. I’m certain a lot of folks wouldn’t be thrilled if this is indeed the theme.
-My colleague Sonia Murray wrote about Jennifer Hudson last night at the Fox. She returns on Thursday as well with Robin Thicke.
She has a command of not only her own rather ordinary R&B material, but such greats as Aretha Franklin’s (“Something He Can Feel”), Chaka Khan’s (“Sweet Thing”) and Whitney Houston’s (“You Give Good Love”). And most spectacularly, every song she sang seemed to emanate from this much older, wiser core layered with gospel heft and Broadway delivery.
-David Archuleta is opening for Demi Lovato and will hit Gwinnett Arena June 29.
-Carrie Underwood’s latest single “I Told You So” has landed at No. 5, making it her ninth consecutive top 5 hit. She’s had six straight No. 1 tunes. I doubt this one will make it that high. (Her album doubled in sales in one week after the ACM victory and she was back in the top 20.)
And despite the “Idol” appearance and a new video, radio is not embracing Kellie Pickler’s “Best Days of Your Life.” In its fourth month on the chart, it is stuck at No. 26, with barely any increase in airplay.
Chris Sligh co-wrote what is now a No. 1 song with “Here Comes Goodbye.” I’ll have to give him a call and get his reaction! That’s a pretty paycheck for the man. The album by Rascal Flatts also came in at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200.
And according to Idol Chatter, Kelly Clarkson sold 40,000 and 471K total. She was ranked #12.