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Jordin Sparks has another hit on her hands with Battlefield

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.

105 comments Add your comment

Woodpappy

June 25th, 2009
9:21 am

Did I ever mention that I really like Kellie pickler?

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
9:29 am

:-) I think you have, Woodpappy.

And congrats to Jordin…with the exception of Fantasia, she’s probably my least favorite Idol winner but I’m genuinely happy to hear that she’s doing well.

Rickster

June 25th, 2009
9:33 am

I put this link in yesterday’s blog, but CNN.com has an interview with Carly Smithson about her new band: http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/25/smithson.the.fallen/index.html

Woodpappy, do you like Kellie? Or just certain “aspects” of her?

harriett

June 25th, 2009
9:38 am

I was impressed with how much Jordin had grown up when we saw her on the show this season. She is so much more mature looking and acting. Glad to hear she is doing well. That year was a washout for me. Blah.

I am happy for Kellie Pickler, too.

Woodpappy

June 25th, 2009
9:39 am

I really like her as a person. She is absolutely gorgeous and funny as hell. AND, seems too stoooooopid to be real, but I think she is. PLUS, I love her voice.

Rickster

June 25th, 2009
9:52 am

If you ever saw her on “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader”… I don’t think she’s just trying to do the “dumb blonde” act. I think it’s real.

KPH

June 25th, 2009
9:54 am

Kellie Pickler Oh YEAH! :-)

harriett

June 25th, 2009
9:59 am

Someone just brought me a bag full of home-grown tomatoes! Pass the white bread and Duke’s mayonnaise, please! Tomato sandwich, anyone?

Nana

June 25th, 2009
10:00 am

harriett, can you pass me one with some bacon on it?

KPH

June 25th, 2009
10:01 am

I saw her on 5th grader Rickster and I thought most of her act was just that.. an act. Just my opinion. :-)

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

June 25th, 2009
10:01 am

harriett! i wan’ a sammich!!!!!!

harriett

June 25th, 2009
10:02 am

Sure, Nana! Lettuce, too? Toasted or not?

harriett

June 25th, 2009
10:02 am

Ok, linny! How ya want yours?

KPH

June 25th, 2009
10:03 am

Please Harriett with mayo, salt and black pepper on sunbeam white. Oh and a glass of sweet tea .. Thanks! :-)

harriett

June 25th, 2009
10:05 am

Coming right up, KPH! Yummy! And, I do agree about Kellie on 5th Grader.

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
10:09 am

OK…now have have to do some Krogering! Y’all made me hungry!

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

June 25th, 2009
10:11 am

Harriett, lets see…. white bread, dukes, thick slices of ‘maters and salt and pepper…. yep that’ll do it!!! img the memories!!! i’ll bring the sweet tea, K :-)

Mercedes S.

June 25th, 2009
10:12 am

Good for Jordin Sparks, but I still think “Battlefield” is an unfortunate title. Makes me think of “Battlefield Earth”, a movie that is actually worse than the new Transformers movie.

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
10:13 am

My mouth is watering….STOPPPPP!!!

Mercedes S.

June 25th, 2009
10:15 am

PS all this nattering about food – please stop it! I’m still at home, not leaving for another 30 mins for work, and the fridge now beckons…

Rickster

June 25th, 2009
10:15 am

BLT, Whole wheat, toasted, please? Got any RC Cola or Cheerwine?

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
10:16 am

Mercedes…I want to apologize for the “stupidest thing I ever heard” remark. I swear I wasn’t talking about you but about my opinion of the movie you were describing.

I would NEVER call anyone on here stupid! Well…that’s not exactly true….I believe I have called someone stupid in the past…and it was much deserved…but I would never call anyone currently on this blog stupid. Sincerely sorry if it came across that way.

Rickster

June 25th, 2009
10:16 am

Mercedes, “Battlefield” makes me think of “Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar.

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

June 25th, 2009
10:18 am

one of the best sandwiches i EVER ate — (*summer sandwiches*) is an onion roll sliced in half, dukes, thinly sliced vidalia, fresh garden tomatoes, thin slices of cucumber, lightly salted and peppered. omg i could those till i couldn’t see straight!!!

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
10:18 am

And I’m with Nana on the bacon!

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
10:19 am

OMG…I forgot…vidalia slice as well, please!

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

June 25th, 2009
10:28 am

forget Cheerwine — bring back Athens’ own BudWine — omg talk about an addictive wonderful cherry-flavor soda. Cheerwine is like koolaid in comparison!!!!!! anyone else remember BudWine?

harriett

June 25th, 2009
10:29 am

Sorry, am trying to keep up with the orders and keep them straight! Rickster, I gave out my last Cheerwine yesterday, without a tomato sandwich! I seriously had one in my office fridge! D, I won’t forget the Vidalia!

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

June 25th, 2009
10:29 am

well i love a good blt on whole wheat — but i add a fried egg and call it a BELT — and believe me after a good one, that’s something you have to loosen!!!

Mercedes S.

June 25th, 2009
10:31 am

This is worse than reading a cook book! Real kicker, the Vidalia slice.
And I do like “Love is a Battlefield”, which, oddly, doesn’t have the same connotations at all as just plain “Battlefield”.

And D., I know you didn’t call me stupid. But please don’t call “Outrage” stupid either, especially if you haven’t seen it – it’s a very good movie, and I’m sorry if my poor description of it lead you to believe it’s a stupid one.

harriett

June 25th, 2009
10:31 am

I don’t remember that, linny. I lived in GA for 13 years, but never had one. Cheerwine I drank for the first time when I was about six. It went away, but has been brought back recently–at least here in SC.

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
10:39 am

Mercedes…I will watch Outrage if I get the chance. I have had personal experience(during my naive youth) with this situation and probably have a somewhat skewed point of view because of it. My experience would belie the whole “self-hatred and denial” aspect and go straight to the “self-preservation, selfishness and arrogance” part. Hence the cynicism.

KPH

June 25th, 2009
10:40 am

I hope you got a BIG bag of tomatoes Harriett they are going fast. :-)

KPH

June 25th, 2009
10:43 am

Linny I remember Budwine. “makes you glad you’re thirsty”.

Rickster

June 25th, 2009
10:52 am

Never heard of Budwine. Got any Orange Crush?

KPH

June 25th, 2009
10:59 am

Does anyone else play the find five challenge on the AJC homepage?

JTesla

June 25th, 2009
11:01 am

Sorry but the only thing that comes to mind when “Love is a Battlefield” is brought up is that stupid part of the video where Pat starts shaking her chest back and forth as if the ‘battle’ will be won by a chest shaking competition. Laughable.

harriett

June 25th, 2009
11:03 am

KPH, they are just about gone. It was a medium bag of tomatoes, and my boss saw me with them. Had to give her a couple!

Nana

June 25th, 2009
11:12 am

harreitt make mine on Sunbeam white – not toasted (without lettuce), with mayo, salt and extra bacon, please. Oh yeah, gotta have sweet tea and chips. Is it lunch time yet? I just gotta stop at a fruit stand on my way home and get some good maters.

Better still is fresh maters, fresh silver queen corn and homemade biscuits. Yummy.

harriett

June 25th, 2009
11:14 am

Nana, I had fresh butterbeans and silver queen corn over the weekend! Our farmer’s mkt is just about a mile or so from my office, and they have the freshly-shelled butterbeans (or as some call them limas).

harriett

June 25th, 2009
11:21 am

LOL! I have about talked myself into starving for lunch!! Still waiting on my friend to call to meet her! Let’s see, do I have any crackers lying around here?

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

June 25th, 2009
11:27 am

i was just thinking i need to hit the fresh food market no later than saturday morning, i’m OH so ready for that tomato/cuke/vidalia sandwich!!! oh yeah, have to pick up onion rolls…

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

June 25th, 2009
11:28 am

except — here’s the kicker for me. Duke’s is great, don’t get me wrong but i hand churn my own homemade mayonnaise. and once you’ve eaten homemade mayo, anything else is second best…. Duke’s is the closest but still…

Woodpappy

June 25th, 2009
11:30 am

Man, I’m going out for lunch….later !

harriett

June 25th, 2009
11:40 am

Well, linny, I will trade you a couple of tomatoes for some of your homemade mayo!

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

June 25th, 2009
11:57 am

actually H, i’ll email you the recipe, it’s incredibly easy!!!! i hand churn it, but my dad uses a mixer, and it takes MAYBE 5-6 minutes to make!

Nana

June 25th, 2009
11:57 am

While we’re at it, let’s throw in one of my homemade pecan pies. Anyone?

KPH

June 25th, 2009
12:02 pm

I know it’s just thursday but this song fits today’s topic just right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0C4FOL1qIw

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
12:05 pm

Now that we’ve all had an early lunch, how about some dessert(sorry guys…I’ll try to find some dessert for you, too).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWJeZR5ZMx8

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
12:10 pm

Nana

June 25th, 2009
12:30 pm

oooh Deirdre, I like your desert for the ladies! :)

The guy’s dersert isn’t bad either.

KPH – Thanks for the John Denver video. I had forgotten about that song.

Harm

June 25th, 2009
12:49 pm

I guess I’m too late for a sandwich, but if there is any bacon left, may I have that? I’ve never tried Duke’s, I was raised on Blue Plate.

Where did this week go? I can’t recall what I did with Monday and Tuesday! I remember yesterday well, I spent the entire day with Asa. I’m getting ready now to take the dogs to the vet.

I watched AGT both nights, I like Nick Cannon as the host and some acts are very good. I love the dog act (Rockin Roy- I think).The illusionist, the dance group and all the child groups.

Harm

June 25th, 2009
12:54 pm

Just heard on the news that Farrah Fawcet has died.

Nana

June 25th, 2009
12:54 pm

On a sad note: CNN has just announced that Farrah Fawcett has died.

Prayers and sympathies to her family and friends.

KPH

June 25th, 2009
1:07 pm

You are welcome Nana. :-)

KPH

June 25th, 2009
1:09 pm

So sad about Farrah. She put up a great fight. :-(

Rickster

June 25th, 2009
1:18 pm

First Ed… now Farrah. If there’s a celebrity out there with a first name that starts with “G” – they’d best be careful!

KPH, I play the Find 5. I usually find 4.

Harm

June 25th, 2009
1:21 pm

I’m off to the vet, if any of you would like to prepare dinner for me, it would be very much appreciated, send it over, I’m not picky.

I would like to say that I admire Farrah for putting up such a good fight !

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
1:27 pm

Sympathies to the family and friends of Farrah Fawcett. Even when a passing is expected, it is a hard thing to bear.

KPH

June 25th, 2009
1:28 pm

I am hooked on that game Rickster.

Nana

June 25th, 2009
1:55 pm

Did any of you see Farrah in the “Burning Bed” or “Small Sacrifices?” The latter movie is where she met Ryan O’Neal, as he was her co-star.

They have another special on Friday night about her called “Farrah’s Love.”

Mike S

June 25th, 2009
1:56 pm

Well, I am a sad panda.

Charlies Angels premiered when I was about 11, and Farrah was my first true celebrity Crush. Her poster hung on the wall above the head of my bed until I was in college.

A beautiful woman, a wonderful person. She will be missed.

It seems all the good ones in Hollywood are gone now…

Rickster

June 25th, 2009
2:02 pm

KPH, I guess you went through withdrawals the week or so when they didn’t put the game on the site, eh?

harriett

June 25th, 2009
2:04 pm

I guess they didn’t have time to get married.

KPH

June 25th, 2009
2:10 pm

Yep Mike that poster hung on the back of a closet door in my house until my wife made me take it down. :-)

KPH

June 25th, 2009
2:11 pm

Rick I was able to get through it. :-)

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

June 25th, 2009
2:26 pm

i guess, harriett — during those days, it was “cool” and adventerous to be a couple without getting married, now it’s just common….sad…

Mercedes S.

June 25th, 2009
2:29 pm

Read somewhere that all the old “Angels” had been summoned to Farrah’s sickbed – not for the wedding, then, but to say goodbye. Sad.

KPH

June 25th, 2009
2:35 pm

Thanks for the dessert Deirdre. It was yummy.

Nana

June 25th, 2009
2:37 pm

Monday of this week Mary Hart on Entertainment Tonight did an interview with Ryan O’Neal and he said that he asked Farrah again last week to marry him and she said yes. He told Mary that they hoped they had time to pull it together and get married before she lost the battle. My heart just breaks for them.

Lara

June 25th, 2009
2:53 pm

Well, it is ok that I came in too late for the BLT discussion – YUCKK! I will take a BET though….bacon, eggs and toast – no mayo! And an orange crush – oh yum!!!
I was very sad to hear that Farrah had lost her battle, but at least that girl is no longer in pain…

Woodpappy

June 25th, 2009
2:56 pm

When I was a young man I was not allowed to have a poster of her in the house. But I sure enjoyed the one’s for sale for years in almost all the shops ! Thanks Farrah.

Nana

June 25th, 2009
3:32 pm

Time to head home for the day. Everyone be safe, be happy and keep a song in your heart, a smile on your face and a tap in your toes. be safe when traveling on the roads.

And to the one going to San Antonio, have a great time and please be safe.

harriett

June 25th, 2009
4:03 pm

Might as well own up to it, Nana! I am going to San Antonio tomorrow, then driving to Kerrville, TX with other members of the Donald Braswell fan club. We will see our guy in concert on Saturday night with the Symphony of the Hills! He is very appreciative of his fans, and he always spends lots of time with them, both before and after his show.

JTesla

June 25th, 2009
4:27 pm

Enjoy Harriett! If I had fans that went to San Antonio and then to Texas for me I’d spend a lot of time with them too.

I know all my blog fans would drive to San Antonio for me, I’ll let you know when I’m there.

harriett

June 25th, 2009
4:39 pm

Oh, JT, we will have to found another fan club to accommodate your fans!

Judy

June 25th, 2009
4:46 pm

Hello, just spent several minutes catching up with this post as well as the previous one. Remember Cheerwine and would have loved to have tasted Budwine if it is/was better. KPH and Rickster, I am a huge fan of the Find 5 challenge I usually find all 5. I can probably name the 2 that have gotten me recently. i have even figured out how to get the challenges before they post them for us. I was trying all kinds of tricks that week they never posted a new one. oops I probably should not have said that, but oh well. Who actually reads this blog? :)

Judy

June 25th, 2009
4:47 pm

The SC Gov is an attractive man. Harriett can you give me his number? I have a feeling he will be single soon.

harriett

June 25th, 2009
4:55 pm

Judy, I guess it is in the eye of the beholder. For me, not so much.

linny, I will send you a text from TX! Gone now. Talk to everyone on Monday!

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
4:56 pm

I might drive to San Antonio for you JT but I’m not so sure about Kansas.

JTesla

June 25th, 2009
5:02 pm

I don’t blame you Deirdre.

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

June 25th, 2009
5:03 pm

good grief. i don’t want to hear about SC’s governor’s dalliances any more than i wanted to hear about Bill Clinton’s, or anyone ELSE’s. But i did notice that in the AJC article about politicians and their foibles, they would type John Q Jones, R-SC, Harvey Smith, R-Nev, Joe Blow, senator from new york [and not say D- in front of NY), Pete Whatchamacallit, R-Gov, Fla; Whosit Jones, governor of new hampshire [again a democrat but no D- in front of HIS name]. Just thought it was interesting to note… and DUH yes these are not real people, i decided NOT to pander to the ADDITIONAL 15 minutes of shame for anyone, regardless of affiliation… oh, except Billie Boy, of course.

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
5:07 pm

Lol! linny!

If you’re interested mjsbigblog.com has a video up of our top 10 rehearsing Don’t Stop Believin’. It needs some more work but generally, it’s pretty good.

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
5:08 pm

AJC has been trying really hard lately to “balance” their politics. It’s only marginally working.

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
5:11 pm

This from TMZ so take it with a grain of salt. Michael Jackson has suffered cardiac arrest and has been taken to a hospital in Los Angeles.

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
5:54 pm

Michael Jackson has died. God rest his troubled soul.

Mercedes S.

June 25th, 2009
5:55 pm

Checked out the Idols’ group sing – thanks, D. for tip – and true to form, the one line Megan Joy has to herself is out of tune.

Mercedes S.

June 25th, 2009
6:00 pm

Michael Jackson – OMG. What a strange day.

Mercedes S.

June 25th, 2009
6:00 pm

Enter your comments here

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
6:25 pm

TMZ is standing by its source that says Jackson has passed away. They claim that the source tells them EMT’s were unable to revive him. Either TMZ will never live this down or they are accurate.

War Eagle

June 25th, 2009
6:37 pm

Nana

June 25th, 2009
6:50 pm

What a sad day in the field of entertainment. Two deaths in one day, making three this week.

My thoughts and prayers with Michael Jackson’s children and other family members. May he rest in peace and find a peaceful life in the unknown.

linny@home

June 25th, 2009
7:12 pm

wow. it’s true. sad in so many ways. perhaps now his children can live some sort of normal — what ever that is — lives?

Mercedes S.

June 25th, 2009
7:44 pm

ABC’s 20/20 is having two one hour specials tonight, one on MJ at 9, the other on FF at 10.

Deirdre

June 25th, 2009
8:25 pm

It’s like Michael Jackson was 2 different people. The exceptionally talented, innovative and fascinating singer/songwriter and the bizarre, otherworldly pedophile.

I mourn the first and pity the second.

Mike S

June 25th, 2009
8:31 pm

Wow, what a week. Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and now Michael Jackson.

The first 2 were somewhat expected, but no matter how much of a freak he was, it is a wake up call when someone in your own age bracket just drops dead.

I can only pray that Michael is at peace now and the inner demons that have preyed on him for so many years are gone. All other things aside, the man was a brilliant singer and performer, and for all of us who grew up in the 70’s and into adulthood in the 80’s, his music is the soundtrack to our lives.

War Eagle

June 25th, 2009
9:12 pm

Just read that Michael Jackson’s death was George Bush’s fault. Not a surprise since everything else is.

wreckedpizza

June 26th, 2009
2:59 am

Deirdre and Mike S, I so agree with your comments about MJ. He was an amazing performer and captured the world’s attention unlike anyone I can ever recall. I can’t call myself a huge fan of his, but there are several songs I like and associate with growing up.

As for Farrah, I can remember growing up in a strict, no television home. However, my brothers and I would sneak off to a neighbor’s house sometimes to watch some of ‘Charlie’s Angels’. Then Mom would miss us and call the neighbor and make us come home. But, like every teen boy, I was love-struck over the Angels, especially Farrah. May she rest in peace after her battle.

Nana

June 26th, 2009
6:25 am

Good Morning.

In view of the tragic deaths yesterday of FF and MJ, I feel my quote today will mean so much if you think about it.

Today’s Quote: “It is better to have loved and lose it then to never have loved at all.”

We all are here on this earth for only a short period of time, so we are to embrace love and cherish life. Love is the greatest gift of all. Live your life in a way that you can be remembered in a very positive way.

A earth angel is now a Heavenly Angel and a great consummate entertainer has followed. May they both have a peaceful journey.

Nana

June 26th, 2009
6:41 am

In Memory of Farrah Fawcet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8sWwFIFlK8

Why did she have to go
So young I just don’t know why
Things happen half the time
Without reason without rhyme
Lovely, sweet young woman
Daughter, wife and mother
Makes no sense to me
I just have to believe

She flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels
By the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees
And she walks with Jesus and her loved ones waiting
And I know she’s smiling saying
Don’t worry ’bout me

Loved ones she left behind
Just trying to survive
And understand the why
Feeling so lost inside
Anger shot straight at God
Then asking for His love
Empty with disbelief
Just hoping that maybe

She flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels
By the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees
And she walks with Jesus and her loved ones waiting
And I know she’s smiling saying
Don’t worry ’bout me

It’s hard to say goodbye
Her picture in my mind
Will always be of times I’ll cherish
And I won’t cry ’cause

She flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels
By the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees
And she walks with jesus and her loved ones waiting
And I know she’s smiling saying
Don’t worry ’bout me
Don’t worry ’bout me
Don`t worry ’bout me