Good to see Jordin Sparks is not suffering any major case of sophomore slump. Her current single “Battlefield” jumps from 25 to 19 on the Mediabase 24/7 top 40 chart. The song’s ranked No. 18 on Star 94 and No. 21 on Q100 locally.
Idol Chatter reports the song moved 55,000 copies last week, the most of any “Idol” and up 41% from the week before.
Daughtry’s “No Surprise” is not climbing the top 40 charts the way some of his early hits did. It’s up to 27 from 30. I’m not sure if it is going to even make the top 10 but it is top 10 on the Hot AC chart. The song has sold 337K in digital downloads so far. David Cook’s “Come Back To Me” has gotten zero traction on the top 40 charts but is No. 11 on the Hot AC chart. “I Do Not Hook Up” remains in the top 10 for Kelly Clarkson with 444K sold so far (while “My Life Would Suck Without You” is very close to selling 2 million downloads.)
Kellie Pickler’s “Best Days of Your Life,” which has been on the country chart for more than six months, is still gaining airplay but is stalled at No. 15. I can’t imagine it has a real shot at the top 10. The song has also sold more than 500K in digital downloads. Bucky Covington is struggling at No.34 with “I Want My Life Back” but is still (barely) getting upward momentum.
Top album sales — Carrie’s “Carnival Ride’ moves another 10K and 2.9 mil total. Kelly Clarkson’s “All I Ever Wanted’ Sold 9K and 621K overall. Kellie Pickler moved 8K and 249K total. David Cook sold 8K, too, and 1.18 million total.
Simon Cowell, whose hands are already full as judges for “Britain’s Got Talent” and “American Idol,” is not going to judge “The X Factor” anymore. That’s a British talent show he created which founded Leona Lewis, according to the U.K. Mirror.
The Financial Times said Cowell is going to create a global entertainment empire with a British billionaire retailer Philip Green which will include his “X Factor,” “America’s Got Talent” and “Britain’s Got Talent” holdings. And this juicy tidbit:
Mr Cowell has been offered an American Idol contract that would make him the best-paid star of TV, with a deal likely to surpass even Oprah Winfrey’s estimated earnings, according to a person familiar with the talks.
Reportedly, he already makes $30 to $35 million a year from “Idol” alone. But I doubt he’d even approach Oprah’s true earnings, which Forbes estimates at $275 million a year.