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Back from vacation: catching up with the news

broadwayI 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.

15 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

December 27th, 2010
10:16 am

Welcome back, Rodney! Appreciated your pre-written blogs last week.

Deirdre

December 27th, 2010
10:20 am

Welcome back Rodney. Thanks for taking care of us while you were gone.

Rickster, I don’t know what WGWG is either but I just figured it’s because I’m old.

Mercedes asked me to post the following:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/arts/music/26browne.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

Negativo

December 27th, 2010
10:30 am

The Mamasox revolution has just begun. Outselling Lee in the 1st week by 19k, before her single or video has been released, is remarkable. Gina Orr is leaking that the 2nd week numbers also look strong, too, and that we can expect a crossover to both rock and country radio. The music video for Farmer’s Daughter will be featured on VH1, MTV and CMT.

Mercedes S.

December 27th, 2010
10:37 am

Thank you Deirdre! I must learn how to link those things…I thought it was an interesting story about the anti-melisma movement… wonder how it will affect Idol this season.

JTesla

December 27th, 2010
10:55 am

Welcome back Rodney. Great picture, but could you post one without Constantine in it next time?

wreckedpizza

December 27th, 2010
11:04 am

Will add my “welcome back Rodney” to the chorus here. Looking forward to amping up for the start of AI10.

Add me to the list of folks befuddled by WGWG…must be some new code or something.

Rosita

December 27th, 2010
12:03 pm

Is it like wysiwyg

Negativo

December 27th, 2010
12:11 pm

WGWG = White Guy With Guitar.

JTesla

December 27th, 2010
12:29 pm

TASA = That is a silly acronym.

JTesla

December 27th, 2010
12:30 pm

And yes it should be TIASA, but the acronym police said that one was already in use.

Deirdre

December 27th, 2010
12:40 pm

Thanks Neg!

Did anyone else out there just realize that the new season starts in less than 3 weeks?

Rodney Ho

December 27th, 2010
1:16 pm

Is it actually three weeks and two days?

JTesla

December 27th, 2010
1:30 pm

Mercedes S.

December 27th, 2010
2:05 pm

Life after Christmas = IDOL!!!!

Rosita

December 27th, 2010
4:50 pm

You can tell it’s almost time b/c . . . the Neg returns! :-)