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Allison Iraheta’s new album out tomorrow, Ace Young goes national with ‘Grease’

Allison Iraheta coverAllison Iraheta’s album “Just Like You” is out tomorrow. The fourth place finisher is not getting much airplay with her single “Friday I’ll Be Over You.” I’m kind of surprised top 40 radio is ignoring it because it’s a pretty decent song.

You can sample the album here at idolbloglive.com.

EW gave it an A-minus.

[T]he muscular, instantly recognizable growl that carried her to a fourth-place finish on American Idol’s eighth season is all she needs to seamlessly wed a collection of first-rate ditties, from the relentlessly propulsive ”Holiday” to the ’80s-influenced ”D Is for Dangerous” to the soaring ”Don’t Waste the Pretty.”

The album is solid across the board. She even salvages a song with a stupid title (”Robot Love”). Her rock attitude has not been diluted. Just listen to songs such as “Beat Me Up.” Sure, it’s a bit more pop than her personal taste per se, but she even sings the ballads or mid-tempo pop songs with conviction and passion. As we’ve noted on this blog many times over the months, she is far more mature vocally than 99% of her peers. I’m glad she was able to convey that well on her debut album.

Here’s an interesting quote from Allison in an AP story. It appears a lot of folks remember her but don’t remember her name. That’s not a good thing.

AP: How is your life different now after the tour and recording the album? Did you go back to school?

Iraheta: I’m still doing independent studies. It’s a little hard. I’m trying to get it out of the way. My life is totally different. People know who I am now. Not only do people stare at me because of the redness in my hair, but they act like they know me, even if they don’t remember my name. They’ll say, “Hey, it’s that redheaded girl from ‘Idol.’”

Season five crooner Ace Young, who had played Kenickie on the Broadway production of “Grease,” will take over the main Danny role for the national tour this week. That year’s winner Taylor Hicks remains as Teen Angel.

37 comments Add your comment

JTesla

November 30th, 2009
11:51 am

Thanks Rodney, I’m looking forward to listening to all the songs tomorrow.

Rickster

November 30th, 2009
12:26 pm

I bet Allison has never even heard the term “pan flute!” (Sorry Rodney.)

Mercedes S.

November 30th, 2009
12:47 pm

Have five nieces who’ll get Allison’s album for Christmas. Surprised her “Friday” single isn’t getting better airplay. Do the record comanpanies still have to bribe people to get songs on the air?

It pays to complain. GMA got an incensed response from Adam fans who couldn’t believe their Idol was kicked off the show for kissing a man, while Chris Brown, convicted woman beater, was booked. Now it seems Brown’s interview with Robin has been cancelled.

Deirdre

November 30th, 2009
12:58 pm

Allison has one powerful set of pipes. We always thought she’d do well. Rodney, has any other Idol’s debut album received such high marks from EW?

January 12th!!!! Mark your calendars, blogsters! The fun begins again.

JTesla

November 30th, 2009
1:08 pm

K&Cfan, let us know how the date goes!

January 12th. Check.

Nana

November 30th, 2009
1:12 pm

Another little tidbit on Adam’s album sales:

Adam Lambert’s suggestive American Music Awards performance hasn’t hurt sales of his first album.

With stiff competition from a slew of holiday compilations and Susan Boyle’s first album, Lambert’s debut is still managing to sell well online.

“For Your Entertainment,” Lambert’s first album after his run on “American Idol,” where he came in second to winner Kris Allen, is the fifth most downloaded album on iTunes behind Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle, the “New Moon” soundtrack and John Mayer.

Lambert’s 14-song album is also in the top 10 of Amazon.com music purchases as the ninth most purchased album.

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

November 30th, 2009
1:34 pm

OK. I get Boyle beating out everybody. I even get New Moon s/t doing so well, since the world seems to have gone “Cullen-crazy” but… Lady Gaga??? and worse by a million times, JOHN MAYER????? beating out ANYbody. That boy is so boring i fall asleep when he starts singing!!! always have, having had the not-so-pleasurable experience of seeing him live. **linny shakes her head** and why anyone would spend money buying gaga’s garbage… at least the guys have something to look at on the videos, and her “costumes” are outrageous enough to be somewhat interesting, but sound? hellooooo… are these the people that will vote on next year’s idol contestants? if so…

ahhhh nevermind, let’s just say i don’t GET it at ALL…

kelly&carriefan

November 30th, 2009
1:49 pm

Thanks, JT, will do. It’s a group date, but I’ll take it…

LOL, Linny…”something to look at?” Have you ever SEEN Lady Gaga? I’m sorry, but…um, no. A million times no. Oy. Personally, I’d rather listen to her than see her. Of course, it could just be me. ;) Though, you do bring up an interesting point about the current buying public. Makes me wonder. Would Kelly win today? I’d like to think so, but…hmm.

Mercedes, read about that. Apparently, the 20/20 interview is still on. Guess since they had Rihanna and her side of the story…which I did not see. I have no comments about Chris Brown. My mamma taught me at least that.

JTesla

November 30th, 2009
1:49 pm

umm well… I kind of umm like Lady… GaGa. However, I was with you on the John Mayer thing.

I haven’t bought her album, but I did buy 5 of her singles. Four from her last and one from the current. I can “hear” why she is on top (and last night when I looked two versions of Lady GaGa’s latest album were above Adam) I’m just surprised that she didn’t win any of the AMA’s.

I don’t expect Allison to beat out Lady GaGa, but from what I was able to sample on iTunes her album should be able to beat out a lot of other stuff that is out there.

Rodney Ho

November 30th, 2009
3:10 pm

Given the lack of buzz or radio airplay for Allison, I expect sales to be relatively modest–well under 50,000 first week.

Rickster

November 30th, 2009
3:14 pm

All I know is that – when Lady Gaga was on Idol last season… I was praying that not a single bubble would pop!

JTesla

November 30th, 2009
3:32 pm

Of course, nothing in my prior posts should be taken as a prediction of greatness, especially if you remember how far off I’ve been with prior predictions. I just really-really like “Friday I’ll Be Over You.” and the other songs I was able to sample. If life were fair she’d outsell the top 3 from last season, but life aint fair.

Rickster you and me both. I love Lady GaGa’s music, but at times she is really hard to look at.

Rickster

November 30th, 2009
3:37 pm

I hit the “mute” button while I watched. :-)

Lara

November 30th, 2009
3:43 pm

I am not trying to criticize our dear blogmaster, Rodney, but did you review Adam’s cd at all? Have you received a copy of it or listened to it? I just can’t remember you reviewing it like Allison’s…..You know I love ya!!! Am I the only one here with a copy? Am I the only blogger left on here who is an Adam fan? Could this be because I didn’t watch the AMA’s? Probably not, cause I am sure I have seen worse! LOL
As far as the whole Lady Gaga thing goes, I just don’t get it either. That, and I lost total respect for her when she got rid of her band and took on Kanye’s backing band….whatever!

Harriett

November 30th, 2009
3:51 pm

Lara, no, you are not the only one. I still love Adam, the AMAs aside.

Mercedes S.

November 30th, 2009
4:10 pm

Rodney, I bet the AJC could afford you to BUY a copy of Adam’s album… would like to read your review of it.

I think Lady Gaga is fun to look at and I enjoy her music.

JTesla

November 30th, 2009
4:28 pm

Lara, the AMA’s brought me just a hair onto the “fan” side of the Adam fan-hate line. The performance wasn’t as bad as it is being made out to be. However, we don’t really need a review as it seems that 90% of every blog since the end of the season has mentioned Adam. Allison, and Kris, just aren’t getting the same love. Or for that matter that third place guy… Danny Glasses.

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

November 30th, 2009
4:43 pm

JT you’re on a roll, hon!!! keep it up. I can’t decide who i like LESS, John Mayer or Maroon 5 — they both are just plain ol — BLEH BLAH. And gaga just doesn’t make me gaga over ANY part of her act, musically or visually. sorry.

if you want to hear and see some FINE rock and roll, catch that 25th anniversary concert — 95% of that was incredible, and some of those guys are older than DIRT!!!

Rickster

November 30th, 2009
4:45 pm

I wasn’t a Adam fan prior to the AMAs. :-)

Hope everyone has a great evening. And thanks again to everyone for all the well-wishes over the Thanksgiving break.

Rickster

November 30th, 2009
4:47 pm

Oops. It should have read “I wasn’t an Adam fan prior to the AMAs.”

Rickster

November 30th, 2009
4:51 pm

I do try to be grammatically (though certainly not politically) correct when possible. :-)

Harriett

November 30th, 2009
4:54 pm

Bye everyone. Heading home. Rickster, still thinking of you and your family.

Peter Swartho

November 30th, 2009
8:18 pm

Allison rocks. I really like her.

http://clinirect.com

Vickie

December 1st, 2009
1:57 am

Rodney probably knows if he reviewed Adam’s cd and didn’t give it a glowing review he’d be attacked by Adam’s fans and accused of being biased or a homophobe.

Nana

December 1st, 2009
5:33 am

Good Morning Everybody.

Today’s Quote: “In life there are three things to remember: Yesterday is the past; Tomorrow is the future; and Today is a present.”

I do like Allison’s picture on the cover of her CD, and her voice still amazes me. For someone her age, she does have the vocals.

I will be absence most of the day as I’m about to leave to go to Northside Hospital where my youngest daughter is having major surgery this morning. Not sure when I’ll get back home this evening, but will let you all know how she is doing when I get back. Just say a little prayer for her.

Deirdre

December 1st, 2009
6:49 am

Nana, you know we always have you in our hearts and prayers.

Morning!

JT, I was watching the Roloffs last night and they look like they’re on the verge of splitting up. Any rumors in your neck of the woods?

Vickie, Rodney may not be an Adam fan but he has never shied away from letting fans bash him about his opinion. Remember, the more “hits” he has on this blog, the better it is for him. Besides, he knows how much his regulars like to play with fans.

Lara

December 1st, 2009
7:25 am

Nana – I hope everything goes well today – you and your daughter are in my thoughts and prayers….
Oooh, I was hoping I might start some controversy….just kidding.
I really would just like to know what Rodney thinks about the album that Adam put out vs. what he performed on the show…..does he think that the two things are polar opposites? Just curious….
Happy December everyone!

Mercedes S.

December 1st, 2009
8:26 am

Nana, hopes, thougths and prayers are with you and your daughter. Northside is a good place. Your quote for the day goes with wise words on my favorite mug: “Yesterday is history/ Tomorrow is mystery/ Today is a gift”

Frost on the ground in Hotlanta this morning.

Allison Fan

December 1st, 2009
8:33 am

Allison is on GMA this morning performing live for anyone who can catch a live feed or who is at home to see it.

Rickster

December 1st, 2009
8:53 am

Definitely willing to repay the prayers that have been sent my way, Nana. Hope all goes well.

Harriett

December 1st, 2009
9:06 am

Nana, I know you are not reading this now, but please know that my prayers have been added to those already going up for you and your daughter.

Good morning, everyone. Who picks the singles to be released? I wonder if the artist has any say-so. I don’t think the song they chose for Allison was a good one. And, I believe it was JT who suggested that there were several others on Adam’s album that warranted release over the one that they chose.

JTesla

December 1st, 2009
9:23 am

Harriett, not me, I think it was Mike who made that suggestion. I’m not really a fan of Adam’s music, I just like his willingness to battle puritanical American.

No word on the Roloffs here, although I have a friend who saw Mrs. Roloff at the store a few weeks back. However, that has no bearing on life as we know it.

Harriett

December 1st, 2009
9:44 am

You are right, JT. It was Mike. I am learning to use my new HP Mini, and this is the first message I have typed on it. Takes some getting used to, but I love it so far. Need it for business, since I am on the go so much.

kelly&carriefan

December 1st, 2009
10:46 am

Hi y’all,

Nana, definitely thinking/praying for you and your daughter today. Rickster, you and your family are still on that list. And for everyone else, love, health, and happiness is wished today! Don’t want y’all feeling left out! :)

Harriett, Re: who picks the singles…as far as I know, the label is the one who chooses. *ahem* See Kelly and the whole Already Gone/Halo thing. In her case she didn’t want it released, but was apparently overruled. Which is not to say that more established acts don’t get to choose. But for someone just starting out, I’m guessing that is the case. What I would love to know is HOW the come up with those decisions.

Rodney Ho

December 1st, 2009
1:09 pm

True. I don’t review every album by an Idol alum by any stretch and while I seem to write about Adam every day, I haven’t reviewed said album, which is getting generally good reviews. And no, I didn’t receive a copy of Adam’s CD though I could have easily listened on his FB fan page. Just call me lazy on that front. Anyway–new blog entry up led by… um… Adam.

Rolling Stone gave Allison 2.5 stars and so-so review. The LA Times found it generic.

Truth

December 1st, 2009
1:20 pm

Allison also on Ellen today at 4pm PST.

On my way to the gym, and straight to the music store. Go Allison!

John Swanks

February 1st, 2010
4:41 pm

I try to hate Adam Lambert, but you can’t help to like his music. http://clinirect.com