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Top ‘Idol’ song of the year: Kris Allen’s ‘Live Like We’re Dying;’ Top artist: Carrie Underwood

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Kris Allen may not be on everybody’s lips nowadays but his single “Live Like  We”re Dying” was the top  song of the year among former “Idol” contestants, ranking No. 48 on the Billboard top 100 music hits, sandwiched between two Rihanna songs.

“Already Gone” by Kelly Clarkson came in at No. 74. “Undo It’ by Carrie Underwood came in at No. 88.

The top artist category is based on sales and airplay. Carrie was the top “Idol’ artist at No. 23, just ahead of Adam  Lambert at No. 27. Daughtry is at No. 51. Kris Allen is at No. 57. Kelly Clarkson is at No. 90.

Among radio airplay songs, Lambert had the top hit with “Whatya Want From Me” at 46. “Already Gone” is at  51. “Live Like We’re Dying” is at 54.

Top pop songs: “Whatya Want From Me”" at 48 and “Live Like We’re Dying’ at 49.

Top adult contemporary songs: Five of the top 15 songs from “Idol” alum! “Already Gone” at No. 5, “Life After You” by Daughtry at No. 10 and “No Surprise” by Daughtry at 11. “Live Like We’re Dying” is at 13, “Whatya Want From Me” at 14. Daughtry’s “September” is at 29.

Top R&B/hip-hop song: “Bittersweet” by Fantasia at No. 22

Top country song: Carrie’s “Temporary Home” at 25, “Undo It” at 29. She’s also No. 3 among country artists.

And here’s Kat McPhee’s new video for her original Christmas tune “It’s Not Christmas Without You.” It’s a pretty song.

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kelly&carriefan

December 10th, 2010
11:41 am

Good for Kris! The song is actually quite catchy. Carrie being top artist is not a surprise. Kelly didn’t do that bad with a song that was released back in October 2009.

thetruth

December 10th, 2010
11:42 am

Ruben Studdard joined Mr. Taylor Hicks at WorkPlay theater last night to sing Bobby Womack’s classic from 1972 (also on Taylor’s album, The Distance, who duets the song with Elliott Yamin) on Woman’s Gotta Have It! Just FABULOUS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rykfbg3NgnM&feature=player_embedded

JohnJ

December 10th, 2010
11:46 am

Adam Lambert’s “Whatya Want From Me” was nominated for a Grammy. On YouTube, check out the official video at AdamLambertVEVO.

Heather MacDonald

December 10th, 2010
11:46 am

That song is really lovely (as is Kat!) ! :-)

thetruth

December 10th, 2010
12:13 pm

Taylor Hicks performs at the Hollywood Christmas Parade airing today on the Hallmark Channel!

White Christmas/Merry Christmas Baby! http://vimeo.com/17677490

Mercedes S.

December 10th, 2010
3:27 pm

I say that Grammy nom makes Adam a bigger Idol than Kris…

Rickster

December 10th, 2010
3:53 pm

Once again, Kris Allen (you know, the guy who actually won?) winds up ahead of ‘The guy who came in second to Kris Allen (you know, the guy who actually won?)!!

:-)

Rickster

December 10th, 2010
3:57 pm

“For me” (giving props to my main dawg, Randy) a Grammy doesn’t necessarily mean all that much. There are LOTS of songs that are nominated for (or even win) a Grammy that I wouldn’t listen to even if it were played on the radio – much less pay money to download it.

JTesla

December 10th, 2010
4:31 pm

However Rickster, a Grammy is slightly more impressive than popping up on some random Hallmark Channel show.

Rickster

December 10th, 2010
4:56 pm

Never said it wasn’t, JT. But I’d rather watch a Hallmark Channel show than the Grammy Awards show! :-)

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Stay warm!

thetruth

December 10th, 2010
5:09 pm

I see JTesla is back with his Taylor Hicks hate and yea I’ll agree with Rickser – rather watch ’some random Hallmark Channel show” with a great live performance from a great AI winner than some auto-tuned, pre-recorded grammy show that is bought and sold by the major label.

JTesla

December 10th, 2010
5:28 pm

Hate? Me? Nah, I’m just dispensing the real “truth”.

Hicks is doing his thing, and having a great time. He’s just like most of the prior winners in that regard. Studdard, Sparks, Cook, Allen, heck even Lambert, Aiken, DeGarmo etc. they are all doing ok and are in the same boat as Hicks. Making a living doing what they love. Nothing more, nothing less.

No need to get upset just because I don’t spread the Taylor gospel.

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

December 10th, 2010
10:41 pm

hear hear JT! well said. just because someone is not “my” cuppa tea doesn’t mean i HATE them…. it just means they’re not my cuppa tea. simple, really.

nuff said!

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NegSox

December 11th, 2010
12:16 am

Crystal will perform on Leno in about 10 minutes! Neg is most pleased.

Red

December 11th, 2010
12:58 am

Rodney, I’m very confused about this. Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me” is ranked No.45 on Billboard’s 2010 Year-end Hot 100 Songs chart. So why are you claiming that Kris’s ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ is the top Idol song of the year?

JTesla

December 11th, 2010
2:31 am

“The top artist category is based on sales and airplay…”

Followed by

“Among radio airplay songs”

Of course, Rodney knows the numbers better than I do, and he never afraid to point out when he made a mistake (hello Mama’s Song), but I’m reading that as two different sets of numbers.

alison

December 11th, 2010
3:14 am

>>>Once again, Kris Allen (you know, the guy who actually won?) winds up ahead of ‘The guy who came in second to Kris Allen

Only when Idol bloggers print inaccurate information. Adam Lambert’s Whataya Want From me is ranked 45 on the hot100 songs of the year and was the top idol song of the year. Rodney, will you correct the article please?

alison

December 11th, 2010
3:22 am

Mercedes S.

December 11th, 2010
7:58 am

Entertainment Weekly not overly impressed with Crystal Bowersox’s “Farmer’s Daughter”. Album gets a C and these comments: “Breathe easy, Bowersoxers: Life in the post-Idol fast lane hasn’t scrubbed the season 9 runner-up of her earthy hippie-chick vibe. But if FARMER’S DAIGHTER feels like one of the most genuine Idol-contestant debuts yet, it’s also one of the dullest, with Bowersox hitting every note exactly the way you expect her to. Only ‘Mason’ – a lovely Ray LaMontagne-ish folk-soul ballad – gets her out of the blues-bar rut.”

Deirdre

December 11th, 2010
8:32 am

Morning!

We had to drive to Augusta and back yesterday. Family related problem for my s-i-l. We were happy to help out.

Congrats to Kris AND Adam for doing well with their first ventures outside of Idol-Land. Good luck to Crystal.

I-Ninjakicksbackxfactor

December 11th, 2010
9:43 am

We were all expecting a death metal and hip hop song from Crystal huh EW?

Negsox

December 11th, 2010
9:46 am

Crystal’s Amazon sales have exploded.

* #7 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
* #1 in Music > Rock
* #4 in Music > Pop

I-Ninjakicksbackxfactor

December 11th, 2010
10:00 am

Boston Herald liked it:

“Farmer’s Daughter” (Jive): B+

The first 10 seconds of “Farmer’s Daughter” might be the most genuine bit of music an “American Idol” alum has produced: Texas blues guitar licks, then the thump of drums, then a honkin’ harp. Bowersox’s songs (she wrote eight of the 12 on her own and co-wrote two more) rightfully reflect her small-town, Midwestern, hippie-chick aesthetic. She bites the hand that may (or may not) feed her on roots rocker “Ridin’ with the Radio” (“The (expletive) that they play now it just don’t feel like it should”). Her un-“Idol” rock tunes mix blues, classic country and heartland soul. The lone dud? A dopey power ballad penned by fired “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. Crystal may not be the second coming of Janis Joplin, but her talent buries Lee DeWyze’s wuss rock. Download: the Muscle Shoals-inspired “Speak Now.” (In stores Tuesday.)

Mercedes S.

December 11th, 2010
10:02 am

Good to hear, Ninja! I seldom agree with EW’s film reviewers, anyway…

JTesla

December 11th, 2010
11:53 am

Rodney, checking your source material (which is a bit difficult considering there are multiple charts and you didn’t provide a link) it does appear that Adam is 3 ahead of Kris on Top 100 songs. However, giving you the benefit of the which chart are you using?

Too many charts for me.

wreckedpizza

December 11th, 2010
12:07 pm

“The lone dud? A dopey power ballad penned by fired “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.”

Hmmm…what are the odds?

Mo Schreibman

December 11th, 2010
2:37 pm

You should stick with Loretta Young if it is the Farmer’s Daughter you are wanting or that Inger Stevens who really was Swedish of all things. But if you are wanting the best Christmas record album with ukulele music it has to be Christmas with Arthur Godfrey and All the Little Godfrey’s like Julius La Rosa and that Lu Ann Simms and those McGuire Sisters who had names that escape me now but they were lookers for sure and probably still are if they have not died yet.

Rosita

December 11th, 2010
8:37 pm

Patti, Maxine and Laverne. . . ?

wreckedpizza

December 12th, 2010
11:38 am

I prefer Huey, Louie and Dewey. Just me, I guess.

;-)

Deirdre

December 12th, 2010
12:14 pm

Larry, Curly and Moe?

Rosita

December 12th, 2010
12:51 pm

Darrell and my other brother Darrell?

Mo Schreibman

December 12th, 2010
1:10 pm

Christine and Dorothy and Phyllis it came to me this morning. One of the girls was in a motion picture with Frankie but not the one you are probably thinking about but the one where he had a little brother who liked that Jill St.John who was also in the movie or was it Natalie Wood? It was the wife that Robert Wagner did not drown. I forget which.

Deirdre

December 13th, 2010
7:30 am

Morning!

I hope you’re all finding ways to stay warm.

Deirdre

December 13th, 2010
7:31 am

Mo, I think that movie was called Come Blow Your Horn.

Deirdre

December 13th, 2010
7:32 am

I’m waiting for Rickster and JT to have a field day with that title.

Mercedes S.

December 13th, 2010
8:10 am

Good Morning… and may it warm up soon… our Tree, which was stuck in a pail with water after being brought home from Big John’s, is now frozen solid.

Rickster

December 13th, 2010
8:55 am

Your queeness…. to use a line from the “Grinch” – I wouldn’t touch that… “with a 39 and a half foot pole!” :-)

Nana

December 13th, 2010
8:56 am

Good Morning.

Trust all is staying warm this very cold morning. It’s colder than a well diggers rear end!!!!!!!! My little doggies didn’t want to go out this morning until I put their sweaters on. They’re not dumb.

Been away for the last several days and haven’t read the threahs that was posted. Just skimmed over them. Good for the idols that were mentioned for best artist of the year, song of the year and whatever else.

Nana

December 13th, 2010
9:00 am

My fingers are so cold, I can’t even type the correct spelling. In my post of 8:56, last paragraph, first sentence, should have been “haven’t read the threads” instead of “threahs”.

Now, I will go build a fire and grab another cup of coffee and maybe I can thaw out.

kelly&carriefan

December 13th, 2010
9:17 am

BRRRRR!

(That’s about all I can muster this morning, but I’ll add “Hi Y’all!”)

Rickster

December 13th, 2010
9:32 am

I’m not sure which way to go….

Do I drink something warm to increase my internal body temperature making me feel warmer – but increasing the thermal differential between that & the temperature here in the office?

Or do I drink something cold, thereby decreasing my internal body temperature and decreasing the thermal differential between that & the temperature here in the office?

Deirdre

December 13th, 2010
9:35 am

Drink something warm and put your coat on.

Rickster

December 13th, 2010
10:01 am

Hmmm.. the jacket’s on (and helped, by the way)… but my only beverage choices are orange juice, flavored Vitamin Water (Power-C) and regular Vitamin Water. There’s no hot beverage vending machine here at the building.

Sam-A

December 13th, 2010
10:05 am

Rickster: If your office doesn’t provide coffee (how dare they!), sounds like a good Christmas gift for you might be a Keurig or Tassimo, so you could have hot coffee, chocolate or tea whenever you need/want it.

Woodpappy

December 13th, 2010
10:08 am

Dang, I think I’ve been frost bitten! Went out early this morning to feed our pets (chickens, turkey, guinea, and rabbit) and when I went to pet the Big Turkey, she had frost on her back. And before you get onto me about leaving them out in the cold, they have the Taj Mahal of a hen house, and bunker with lots of heat lamps to snuggle in. They just prefer to go out early for breakfast.

Rickster

December 13th, 2010
10:12 am

Sam-A… what a generous offer!

I’ll send Rodney my shipping info so he can forward it to you! :-)

Mercedes S.

December 13th, 2010
10:31 am

This morning it was so cold that rather than going out to the street for my dailies, I went online and read the AJC and NYT.

Now the sun broke through.

Didn’t have time for posting of movies last week. Saw and didn’t care all that much for “Black Swan. Director Aronofsky is obsessed with obsessed people; I’m not. I love ballet movies, and I love noirish stuff ,but watching stick-insects pick scabs from their emaciated bodies is not my idea od fun at the movies.

Sam-A

December 13th, 2010
10:59 am

Rickster: I think your wife would be a better gift-giver – she might not understand a gift to her one-and-only from another woman! Tell her Walmart has the “mini” for $89 – cheapest price I could find!

Rickster

December 13th, 2010
11:31 am

I would give you the shipping address of the super-secret, undisclosed, highly secure but oh so comfy bunker, but if that information ever got out…. the results would be disastrous!

Deirdre

December 13th, 2010
11:40 am

Just the Adam fans trying to swim the moat would cause havoc!

Sam-A

December 13th, 2010
12:13 pm

It would be an interesting experiment – give us the address and we’ll see what happens!

Rickster

December 13th, 2010
12:40 pm

It doesn’t have a moat, your queeness. But… I really like that idea! :-)

Deirdre

December 13th, 2010
12:42 pm

I knew you would! ;-)

Deirdre

December 13th, 2010
12:43 pm

I’m very fond of mine!

Rickster

December 13th, 2010
12:45 pm

Just for reference… what inhabits your moat? Alligators? Piranha? Crocodiles?

Rickster

December 13th, 2010
12:51 pm

Hey Rodney! I heard an advertisement on Fish 104.7 for a big Christian music fest (Winter Jam 2011) coming up on Jan. 16th. On the list of performers was Idol Alum Chris Sligh. http://www.jamtour.com

Since he actually reads this blog… I’m sure you could get an interview with him!

(You’re welcome for the heads up.)

Rickster

December 13th, 2010
1:13 pm

Sorry… I should have typed “Idol Alum (and all-around good guy) Chris Sligh.”

Rickster

December 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

I guess with the new moat going in… I know what I’ll be doing over my winter vacation. :-)

Rickster

December 13th, 2010
1:32 pm

Saw something that said Kim K unveils her new boyfriend.

Reminded me of an old joke about Zsa Zsa Gabor’s latest husband from Red Buttons on the old “Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts”

“I know what I’m supposed to do. But how do I make it interesting?”

Rickster

December 13th, 2010
3:07 pm

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