I followed our new policy and did not blog a single time while on vacation!
But all good things must come to an end. I hope you enjoyed my advance items and your Christmas. I don’t think I missed too much. Here’s a quick summary of what happened while I was gone:
- Constantine Maroulis has become a daddy!
“Sometimes Christmas comes early and we’re so lucky to get the greatest gift a few days early,” Maroulis tells PEOPLE. “Angel and I are thrilled to welcome our perfect baby girl into the world today. Mom and baby are healthy and I couldn’t be more excited to ring in 2011 this way.”
- Carrie Underwood’s “Mama’s Song” moved up to No. 3 while I was gone. Has it peaked? Maybe. But it has done better than I expected and is not a “radio failure” by any stretch of the imagination.
- Crystal Bowersox sold 58,000 copies of “Farmer’s Daughter” her first week, better than Lee DeWyze. The runner up has outsold the winner the first week only twice: Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert, anybody? And given her rootsy sound, the label is trying to get her on South by Southwest and Bonnaroo. Good for her!
- The special promotional “Welcome Home” documentary featuring the first nine winners will air on WAGA-TV at 6:30 p.m. New Year’s Day and 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 8.
- I will screen the 23 minute advance audition material given to the press last week and write about it later today or tomorrow.
- And yes, Dierdre, great story on melisma in the New York Times yesterday. Here’s the link.