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David Cook interview for Tabernacle show November 23

CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

David Cook, winner of Season 7, has been touring almost nonstop since the end of his “American Idol” run.

He knows he has to strike while the “Idol” iron is hot before forging his own true post-”Idol” career. Touring is the ticket in this day and age. And Cook, who has honed his stage skills for years before he came on the show, is having no trouble selling tickets for venues such as the 2,500-capacity Tabernacle November 23.

Cook wasn’t originally planning to come to Atlanta for this current Declaration tour, which was set to end over the summer. But with sales going so well, he extended the tour into December.

Burnout alert? Cook denies being cooked.

“I’m good, man,” said Cook, who was on the phone between gigs in Ontario, Canada. “My life is pretty much my job. I sleep as much as my job allows me. I expend most of my energy on stage. It’s great cardio!”

His first post “Idol” album has actually done well, selling 1.2 million copies. (Only a handful of albums in this day of downloads ever reaches that mark.) And he has three hit singles under his belt, counting his “Idol” coronation song. ”Fortunately, we were able to put out a good record people rallied around, which has been really cool,” he said.

I joked that he won’t be like half the Idols and go Broadway. “No,” he said, with a chuckle. “Not yet. It’s kind of bittersweet [ending the tour.]. I’m looking forward to the next challenge. I imagine I’ll be happy to be off the road for like three days. Then I’ll get restless.”

He managed to get two weeks “off” from tour in late October but said he ended up running around anyway – including taping a segment for Carrie Underwood’s upcoming special. There, he and Carrie sang, of all things, Van Halen’s “Why Can’t This Be Love.”

(”Carrie has managed to become a cool friend,” he said. “Through the whole process, she reached out. When she asked me to be part of the special, I jumped at the chance. Anything where I get to be next to one of the most successful country acts is a good thing.”)

Once the tour is over Dec. 2, “I’m just looking forward to spending the holidays with family and hanging out with my dog and being a homeowner.” Yes, he used some of his hard-earned cash to buy real estate — in Kansas City. He decided not to go Hollywood and stick to his Midwestern roots.

He said he has no girlfriend since the breakup with former “Idol” contestant Kimberly Caldwell. Too busy, he said.

His coolest celebrity meeting: becoming friends with Steven Van Zandt, part of the E Street Band. “It’s strange when he’s in the crowd [of my concerts,]” he said. “I’m exponentially more nervous. Afterwards, I’m picking his brain. ‘Was it okay? What did I do wrong?’ Very sweet guy. And honestly, it’s very awesome to have him as a friend.”

He has seen Bruce Springsteen’s three-hour marathon concerts and remains in awe. “He doesn’t even sing slow songs. In San Diego. our opener had to bail so we had to cover two hours. I got off stage, ‘Oh my god! I’m going to die!’ To see Bruce at age 60 chliling it for three hours on stage – it’s a humbling experience!”

On singing Cutting Crew’s “(I Just Died) In Your Arms Tonight” during concerts: “We used to cover that in Tulsa. My rhythm guitarist was the lead singer. We were talking about messing around with it during a break before the second leg of the tour in June. We dropped it a full step into C sharp. It fit my voice. We were able to do our own thing… People may not know who sang the song but everybody kind of knows the song. It’s cool to us, something that transcends an age bracket. And it’s not something you expect to hear.”

“Sure beats ‘The Safety Dance,’ ” I mused, thinking up ’80s songs. Cook laughed. “Or ‘Rock Me Amadeus.’ ”

“Didn’t Bloodhoung Gang cover that?” he asked.

I had no clue. I checked later. That band did sample “Rock Me Amadeus” so Cook knows his Bloodhound Gang!

His thoughts on Paula Abdul’s departure (I know, I know, this is well past due but it’s still relevant): “Paula’s such an integral part of the process. I’m bummed she’s not there. I’ve met Ellen on her show. It’s funny. Off camera, she’s all about Idol. She’s really knowledgable.”

Here are his answers to questions from fans:

Do you still get nervous before going on stage? – Jane Robinson, Wisconsin

Yah. I do. It’s more manageable now. I think if there ever comes a time I don’t get nervous, it’s time for me to figure something else out. I’ve been able to perform my best when I have those butteflies.

Will there be a live concert CD or DVD – Jane again.

As of right now, it’s too early. But I’d like to do it down the road.

Do you find Tweeting a chore or do you enjoy it? – Jane again.

A bit of both. It’s something else that consumes my being at this point. I try to make it as fun as I can. Hopefully I never tweet anything overly mundane, maybe something intelligent.

How do you measure success as a professional musician and as a person? – Jen, a truly dedicated fan who has seen him 50 times (not a typo there!)

As a human being, just being happy. As long as I’m enjoying where I’m at, I’m being successful. As a professional musician, I think being able to play to a big crowd and being able to put out a good record, everything else just falls into place.

Is it unnerving or comforting to see familiar faces in the crowd? – Jen again.

If people want to come out for one show or 200 shows, come on out. We’re just happy people show up!

How did the appearance on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (airing next year) go? – Sharon Baker (geminigal on Davidcookofficial.com)

It kind of happened real quickly. Actually the town we did it in was right next to my mom and dad’s birthplace. It was a chance to do something that had nothing to do with the tour or Idol. It was doing something for someone else. I had a great time. I did a little bit of everything. Put up some drywall, helped design some rooms, did some stone sheeting on the front facade. They had me all over the place. It was heartwarming to see a family that deserved it.

A third single in the offing from the album? – Sharon again.

As of right now, this record’s cycle is done. I’ve learned never to say never but I plan to just get busy on the next one.

Anything you learned from this long tour? (Actually my question)

Audience connection. Every crowd is different. It’s a matter of giving a great show to everyone of those audiences no matter what vibe you’re getting.

What does the tattoo 14 stand for on his arm? – Vicki Smith (who sent 32 questions but I was almost out of time)

I’ve been asked a lot but I’ll never tell!

Besides golf and baseball, any other outdoor activities you enjoy? – Vicki again.

Man, that’s really it. I like sports in general, the camaraderie, the team vibe, especially when I was younger.

Why do you like cowboy boots so much – Vicki

Growing up in Kansas City, moving to Tulsa, you just see them everywhere. It’s comforting.

Any details on the new album – Jaclyn Queen

It’s hard to say at this point. We’re still in the early stage.

Does it bother you that things you say in concerts, interviews or just about anywhere gets quoted and analyzed ad nauseum on fan sites? If so, do you feel pressure to draw the line between Celebrity David Cook and Private David Cook? – Deborah Clevinger.

That’s a tough line to toe. I’ve tried to maintain some semblance of a private life. Past that, I don’t know. I’ve seen everything I’ve said analzyed. A lot of cases, it’s misconstrued a little bit. But if you can’t control it, laugh like hell. I think I’d lose my mind if I had to mentally stop before I said anything.

IN CONCERT
David Cook (The Script opening)
The Tabernacle
152 Luckie St., Atlanta GA
November 23, 2009, 7 p.m.
$26.50 (floor), $32.50 (reserved)
www.livenation.com, $12 to $12.20 per ticket extra fees

56 comments Add your comment

JTesla

November 17th, 2009
12:24 pm

Thanks Rodney. Great interview. Cook appears to have a good head for the business.

Mercedes S.

November 17th, 2009
12:28 pm

ENjoyed it, Rodney!

valkyrie_skirt

November 17th, 2009
12:33 pm

Nice one rodney.. i’ll say Davis Cook’s hard work really pays off…arggghh im so curious about that tattoo!

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

November 17th, 2009
12:35 pm

Always good stuff from you Rodney, and Cookie is one of my favorites from all the years, just personally. I just **like** the guy, you know?

Cherie

November 17th, 2009
12:42 pm

Does anyone know who is opening for him on tour? And I wish he’d play at Gwinnett Arena. I live in Duluth so I could practically walk to his concert!!!

Rodney Ho

November 17th, 2009
12:45 pm

Some band called The Script. I haven’t done any research on the group. Anybody out there know anything or seen them?

Cherie

November 17th, 2009
12:51 pm

Thanks Rodney. I’ve never heard of them either. I wish he’d pair up with another previous season contestant. I remember Constantine and the two of them together would be a dream team! At least for us girls!

Rodney Ho

November 17th, 2009
12:56 pm

I think at this stage of his career, it’s smart for David to just forge his own identity and not try to work the “Idol” nostalgia route – yet.

silverbunny

November 17th, 2009
12:57 pm

The Script is an Irish band that’s toured with U2 and Paul McCartney in the past and made their U.S. debut this year. They sang “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” and current single “Breakeven.” Interestingly enough, current AI winner Kris Allen has two The Script-penned songs on his album including the single “Live Like We’re Dying.”

Stacy

November 17th, 2009
12:59 pm

The Script opened for Paul McCartney when he played Piedmont Park. They’re actually pretty good live – Irish pop/rock, I guess you could say. Way different from Cook’s rock set but complements him well. If you haven’t seen Cook perform live, throw away all your Idol qualms and go and really appreciate what a solid artist he is. Very well-rounded performer, versatile vocally and realizes the importance of connecting with the audience. His band is super tight – one of the best rock shows I’ve seen this year. Me thinks this kid’s gonna make it for the long haul.

Nana

November 17th, 2009
1:04 pm

Rodney, what a great interview!!! :) Thank you, thank you.

It’s nice to know that his parents taught him well and he hasn’t forgotten his upbringing.

Deirdre

November 17th, 2009
1:10 pm

Excellent interview, Rodney. Thanks! Cook seems like he’s easy to talk to and answers your questions with more than grunts. There should be a class to teach celebs how to do interviews. Some of them can’t seem to stop talking and some of them can’t seem to start.

Cherie

November 17th, 2009
1:11 pm

Okay. So I take back the Constantine comment. Script sounds impressive! And Stacy, though I haven’t seen David live, he does come across as a seasoned professional who has honed his craft for years! Hopefully I’ll catch him when he lands here! What is you guys favorite venue? I still pray it will be Gwinnett Arena. I’ve pretty much stopped going anywhere but there. It’s small with plenty of parking and I’m biased…right around the corner from me!

Rodney Ho

November 17th, 2009
1:14 pm

I agree with you Cherie. I do like the Gwinnett Arena a lot. But the Tabernacle, where Cook is playing, is always a fun place to be.

kelly&carriefan

November 17th, 2009
1:16 pm

Thanks for that interview. It was quite a fun read…glad someone else answered the Scripts’ question. They come highly recommended. I’m interested to see the David/Carrie duet. They did a fantatic job while at the Idol Experience…

kelly&carriefan

November 17th, 2009
1:20 pm

As for Venues, Tabernacle is fun. As far as feeling close to the performer, the Roxy was pretty great. Not sure if it’s re-opened yet. Gwinnett Arena as a venue is nice, but as a destination is just very suburban, IMO.

JTesla

November 17th, 2009
1:27 pm

714 here we come!

K&CFan, the David/Carrie duet sounds like a great reason to watch the show (as if Carrie wasn’t enough of a draw).

Kat

November 17th, 2009
1:29 pm

Loved the interview. Informative and fun! David is such a nice guy and all around amazing performer! I can’t compete with seeing him 50 times, but 4 made me happy! I can’t wait to see him again…hopefully next year. :)

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Cherie

November 17th, 2009
1:44 pm

I’ve never been to the Tabernacle but seems like a good time to check it out! I guess since Buckhead is dead, the Roxy has a hard time attracting anyone. The locals seem to run out any kind of entertainment that will draw young crowds. I like Midtown but it’s too far to drive after we’ve been partying all night! At least we have Wild Bills. And if my girlfriends and I have to catch a taxi, it’s only about $10.00!

Cherie

November 17th, 2009
1:56 pm

Speaking of Wild Bills, I don’t know if any of you have ever seen Slippery When Wet…they’re a local Bon Jovi cover band and look and sound like the real band! Anyway, they’re playin next Wednesay, Nov 25 and well worth seeing for anyone who’s not traveling for Thanksgiving. That would also be a great place for David Cook to play.

Tracy

November 17th, 2009
2:01 pm

Any chance of winning a date with David!!!!????

Stacy

November 17th, 2009
2:22 pm

The Script has a very energetic set…very passionate about the music they play. Cool to see. I travel to Atlanta a lot for rock shows (I live on the Gulf Coast), but the Tabernacle is one of my fave ATL venues. Just a great vibe about the place. Center Stage would have also been a great venue for Cook’s show. Hope those who are more anti-Idol will drop in and check him out – he’s worth the time. I never really watched Idol, but recognized he had that “it” factor from his audition when I saw it. Then I just kept up with his individual performances on different blogs. Give him time – he’s gonna be great…he’s already showing flashes of brilliance in his performances and songwriting. It’s exciting to watch artists who have worked so hard on the indie level finally get their music out there where it belongs – in the spotlight.

Justin

November 17th, 2009
2:27 pm

really. no mention of kat today? there is a god!

JTesla

November 17th, 2009
2:33 pm

cherie

November 17th, 2009
2:34 pm

Stacy, I was a huge David Cook fan. He stands out as the must successful “amateur” before the run-up to winning.

Deirdre

November 17th, 2009
2:42 pm

Justin, are you in school now. Or are you just haunting all the Kat McPhee fan sites?

JTesla

November 17th, 2009
2:51 pm

It’s a mystery why Justin, a big fan of McPhee’s, would think that no mention of her is a good thing. Granted it isn’t as big a mystery as Adriana Lima being married to Marko Jaric, but that is one mystery that will never be solved.

Deirdre

November 17th, 2009
3:19 pm

Justin doesn’t think that Rodney is impressed enough with Kat.

cherie, Harriett and Lara…I hope you will all be feeling better soon. cherie, try to keep this blog in mind during the Idol season. Not only is it pretty busy during the day but, on show nights, Rodney does live blogging and this place gets pretty wild. We’ve had as many as 500 posts during a show. Truthfully, it’s hard to keep up with the show while reading all those posts….which is sometimes a good thing.

JTesla

November 17th, 2009
3:31 pm

Rodney could hate Kat, as long as he keeps discussing her then it is all good. She needs all the publicity that she can get.

Please note: If you are her publicist nothing in my post should be construed as implying that Rodney in any way dislikes McPhee. Interview please.

Mercedes S.

November 17th, 2009
5:03 pm

Cherie, the Roxy in Buckhead is “closed for major renovation”.

cherie

November 17th, 2009
5:51 pm

Thanks girls for all all the goodwill and info….been offline for awhile watching Slumdog Millionaire. It’s great being sick! Get to catch up on what I been missing! I don’t have the H1N1 but I did have to roll in this morning for meds at 7AM for chest infection. Anyone seen Slumdog? It was difficult to follow since the characters are Indian but it was good. Mercedes…I figured the Roxy was closed because the “residents” do not want bands or partiers in that area which is kinda why Buckhead dried on the vine in the first place.

I have to say…I have the best roomie in the world. I’m at home today with congestion and she brought me home-made soup from the Kroger Deli. Wondering if I’ll “report” to work tomorrow and suffer through the grind while I’m wheezing! Perhaps I should exaggerate the “wheeze” if I go in. haha!!!

Aside…I’ll stick around Deirdre and Mercedes. I think you girls are the first sane people here. I was attacked for no reason (at least none that I could think of) but whatever. Mercedes…I can’t help but think Roxy is closed for good becuz of its location. I miss the good old Buckhead days. My favorite place was BellBottoms…my mother had all her authentic polyester and I would just hit her closet and be the coolest in the club!!!

cherie

November 17th, 2009
5:54 pm

So does anyone here plan on going to see David Cook? I’m guessing Rodney that you are since you’re the blog host. I tried to buy tickets but said it was sold out. Anyone have connections or freebies?

marygrace

November 17th, 2009
6:03 pm

great interview. still sounds like a regular guy.

cherie

November 17th, 2009
6:04 pm

Since everyone talks about A-I, does anyone watch SYTYCD? Since it’s a fox show, there must be cross-over fans. My fave is Russell, the 20 year old hip-hop dancer. He has the biggest, sexiest smile!!!

JTesla

November 17th, 2009
6:07 pm

“I was attacked for no reason” *cough* BS *cough* No one has called you names, which is not something that you Cherie can say. Feel free to re-read the posts yourself.

With that said, I also welcome you.

It was nice having you blogging in this thread in a non-hostile manner. As Deirdre will probably point out, some of us (me) got our start being a bit of a “pill”. For the most part I haven’t grown out of it, but my point is that it seems to be a common start. So welcome and stick with us. We tend to like all things Idol, while fending off the rabid fanboys and fangirls with little doses of reality.

cherie

November 17th, 2009
6:20 pm

TT…I do not like you so please don’t address me. You insult me on one side of your mouth and then apologize on the other. What is it? Am I hated or made?

So when is the new AI season? The networks usually start showing tickler commericals about now for the new season. We’ve had so many male winners lately that I don’t think it’s a good year for the guys. And is Ellen REALLY going to be a judge? I figured it was just a publicity joke.

cherie

November 17th, 2009
6:22 pm

okay….so I’m a bit of a pill myself. But I take my own medicine if ya know what I mean…

JTesla

November 17th, 2009
6:30 pm

Cherie: Apologize? Hmm I think what we have here is an issue with reading comprehension. I have nothing which I need to apologize for, and therefore have not done so. Also, aside from the last post on the last blog, I have not directed anything resembling insults at you, I’ve not altered your name or directed personal insults at you. I’ll point out that I have backed up my prior statements regarding you with comments made by you. In other words I have backed my statements with facts; you continue to back your statements with nothing but personal attacks.

I’d hoped that you would move beyond the childish name calling. Perhaps come to a realization, like I did, that maybe we could disagree on something and still carry on some friendly blogging, I guess I was wrong. I stopped throwing out the troll designation a while back, but for you it might just fit.

Stacy

November 17th, 2009
8:27 pm

Wow. These comments get off-topic quick around here. Thought this article was about the upcoming David Cook concert at the Tabernacle?

Cherie, try Craigslist for tickets. I’ve seen several listed on there for face value. Good luck and hope you get to the show.

Deirdre

November 17th, 2009
8:42 pm

OK, kids!!! Stop!

cherie came on here today with attitude. Harriett called her on the attitude, cherie denied the attitude and JT dove in for one of his usual “reality checks”

Truth is, the only hard and fast rule around here is that we don’t call the other commenters names. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. That does NOT mean that our opinions may not get shot down, disparaged, laughed at, ridiculed and generally “put in its place”.

If y’all remember, we are allowed to call the singers names. After all, why would we be here if we couldn’t express our extreme dislike for a variety of the Idols? We are not a fan site. We come for the show.

Remember how much trouble we all get into when we try to explain to Archie lovers that he isn’t the be all and end all of the world?

Remember how interesting it gets on here when we happen to mention Diana in a vaguely negative way?

It’s allowed!

Now play nice!

JTesla

November 17th, 2009
8:57 pm

Stacy good point, I shouldn’t have taken the bait. With that in mind: if, down there, you have StubHub that is another option for tickets (but expensive).

Deirdre, I don’t get it, color me confused. I have no problem giving apologies, and perhaps I owe one to Rodney for not keeping my yapper shut (sorry Rodney!), but what happened after that was uncalled for. I think I’ve remained rather civil all things considered.

Rascalete

November 17th, 2009
9:20 pm

I have been a David Cook fan from the his first appearance on Amercian Idol. I have seen many bands and artist over the years but for some reason David Cook and Anthemics come across as a very seasoned Group.
The different setlist each night makes it a nice surprise when you go to mutiple concert (I have been to 7). The band is very talented musician who seem to be able to play almost any kind of music. David Cook is a great vocalist, who has the natural ability to wear his heart on his sleeve and is able to make the audience feel what he is feeling. His sensitivty brings out his vulnerability and that makes the crowds love him. If you can get tickets go to the concert, you will not be disappointed. FrannieW

Rodney Ho

November 17th, 2009
9:42 pm

I checked livenation.com earl today, Cherie. There were tickets available.

Rodney Ho

November 17th, 2009
9:43 pm

Cherie–I meant earlier today. Tix are $38 for general admission (after the extra fees) and $44 or so for the reserved seats. I think the lower balcony is down to single seats.

Mercedes S.

November 17th, 2009
9:48 pm

Roxy is sacred even to Buckhead-ites. It’s the only building with personality left (Pizza Cove, anyone? THAT was a place with character!) since the “Streets of Buckhead” project was started. Roxy will not be torn down.

Vicki (ladynsearch)

November 17th, 2009
10:19 pm

Love this interview, very nice. And thanks for using my questions, lol on counting them :)

Vickie

November 18th, 2009
2:05 am

Diana is named one of the top “30 under 30″ on Broadway:
http:// http://www.broadwayspace.com/30under30.html#0

M.K.

November 18th, 2009
2:55 am

I am sad to hear that “this record’s cycle is done.” I think the best songs were never released. My friends and I (hs/college age girls AND guys) all like Avalanche, Heroes, and Declaration the best. They’re the ones we play most often. He’s giving up on the record too soon. I can’t believe they’re not releasing another single.

Nana

November 18th, 2009
6:11 am

Good Morning Everybody.

Today’s Quote: “Always remember the compliments you receive. Forget about the rude remarks.”

Cherie – I didn’t have a chance yesterday to welcome you to our blogland, so welcome. Hope you decide to stay around for a long while. We do have fun as well as some heated discussions, but we ALL sincerely like each other. A few of us have actualy met and had lunch. The most important thing we try to express is respect for other posters, and for the most part, that is accomplished. Hope you are feeling better this morning.

Harriett, also hope you are feeling much better and that nasty flu/virus has ran its course. Stay well my friend.

Harriett

November 18th, 2009
8:31 am

Good morning. Thanks, Nana. I am getting better, slowly but surely. I will probably only work a half day again. And, I choose to celebrate each new day as it comes with a “tabula rasa.” So, cherie, to answer your question from yesterday, yes, there are several of us here who follow SYTYCD, as do I. I love Russell, too, although I have not cemented a loyalty to any one dancer yet. It will be interesting tonight to see who goes. And, welcome to the blog, cherie.

Erin

November 18th, 2009
1:51 pm

Great interview! Have seen him in concert 7 times now and each one was a different experience. So glad to see he is still just a regular guy who happens to have one incredible voice! He’s an amazing performer with a bright future ahead of him. Cannot wait to see him again at the Tabernacle Monday night.

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Jason

November 19th, 2009
9:21 am

David Cook is the real deal — his live set rocks and his band is tight. Just did his album’s 1 year anniversary concert in Hammond, IN — people screaming and singing along all night — the energy that pours off the stage is unreal. No wonder the guy’s shot when he’s done! These guys love what they do and it shows. This is a rock concert folks — if you can still get a ticket, get out there, Atlanta!

AZ_Rockr

November 19th, 2009
6:15 pm

Great interview? You captured exactly what I love about him as a person and an artist. I agree with Stacy as well you have to see him live to appreciate him as a performer and that it doesn’t matter that he came from AI or not. The truth is he is an amazing talent. I saw him in Phoenix and I wish I could afford to go to every show, because he is that good. He has that it factor and the fact that he writes his own songs and plays guitar…how can I say I want to bear his children…haha…seriously, he seems down to earth and humble and is very grateful to his fans and to AI for giving him the opportunity to get his music out there. In Phoenix, he came down into the audience and was mobbed of course, but I have never seen any artist do that. He is a breath of fresh air and the BEST rock artist to come out in recent years. Believe me, after you see him in concert, or if you “can” find or buy any of his previous music (Analog Heart, Axium (Blindsided, The Story Thus Far and Matter of Time) you will be asking yourself how he did not hit it BIG before AI. His voice, his songs, his music, everything is amazing. We really need to get him or RCA to re-release Analog Heart. It is an excellent album…has a much edgier rock sound to it. Rodney, – please tell him we want more rock and less pop on his sophomore album…either way I will see him and buy his stuff until he stops doing it which I hope is a long time from now.

Ronnie

December 2nd, 2009
6:24 pm

I don’t know what it is about David Cook. You just have to love the guy. He puts on a great show. Even after a year, I still play his album almost every day. One of the reasons, other than his fantastic talent & vocals, that I like him is because he is such a NICE guy. He’s so down to earth.

I read a couple of stats about him so I am VERY surprised that no more singles will be released. Well, he sells albums more than singles – a label’s dream in this music market.

DCTR ranked #13 out of 115,000 albums released last year.
Only 19 “million” sellers this year – there were 57 in 2004/05, 54 in 2005/06, 43 in 2006/07 and 33 in 2007/08.

Only 19 albums made platinum in the 2008-09 chart year. One of those was DCTR. One of only three debut albums to hit that mark.

Not bad for a new artist!