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James Durbin releases new album, hopes to reach broad audience

51oWHXbtzjL._SL500_AA300_James Durbin was one of seaon ten’s most memorable contestants. His metal predilections were in full display. He loved being on stage. He had a good voice, and a wail that some folks hated but regardless, he did get better as the show went along. He proved mild Tourette Syndrome weren’t an obstacle. And he showed refreshing honesty on stage and in interviews.

In the end, Durbin took full advantage of his time on “Idol,” educating the world about Judas Priest and quickly nabbing a record deal.

His first record “Memories of a Beautiful Disaster” came out last week and will sell an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 copies, according to HitsDailyDouble.com.

I spoke with him before the album came out. Some work was done before the tour began but he squeezed any free moment he could to refine it. “We were able to reach out to people to get songs written,” he said. “Even if it wasn’t written by me, I was looking for something I could connect iwth on a different level.” Topics at hand: “Life. Loss. Love. Being picked on and bullied every year in school from elementary to high school.”

It’s the hard-rock album with cuts like ‘Higher Than Heaven” and “Deeper.” At the same time, he did throw in a wider variety of songs since he was coming off “Idol.”

“You’re singing to a very very wide variety of people who listen to a wide variety of styles,” he said. “That’s the greatest part of the show: to connect with people you never get a chance to hear metal. And the show was able to showcase hip hop, gospel, country and R&B. They are now aware of what metal is. Or at least some idea, little footnotes of what it is.”

The speed of putting it together precluded getting any big guest acts except guitarist Mick Mars of Motley Crue, who joined in on “Outcast.” “I know everything that Mick Mars ever plays on,” Durbin raved. “It’s the Mick lick!”

He tried hard not to copy others. “At first, I wanted to do something like Black Sabbath, a ‘Neon Knights’ feel. Then I realized you can’t recreate that. It can’t be done again. I want to create my own destiny.”

Knowing that CD sales won’t ultimately pay the bills so he is aware that concert touring and “merch” will make up the difference. He even designs his own T-shirts. And his album is not only on sale through today on Amazon for download at a mere $6.99 but merch is 30 percent off on durbinrock.com.

One thing very hard rock he has never done in concert: stage dive. But he would have to gauge the crowd. If it’s mostly teen girls and older ladies, that wouldn’t be a good idea, he said.

As for touring, he is shooting for late January, early February. He isn’t sure who he will open for but should know relatively soon.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

104 comments Add your comment

JTesla

November 28th, 2011
1:49 pm

Good for James, although I question the cover pic.

Deirdre

November 28th, 2011
2:05 pm

He’s a talented young man. I just wish he was a smarter young man.

Deirdre

November 28th, 2011
2:06 pm

Re JT’s statement: American Idol 10 times better than X Factor, even with the three clowns coming back.

Isn’t it nice that Simon helped us to appreciate AI and its so-so judges even more than we already did?

Mercedes S.

November 28th, 2011
2:53 pm

Great – needed some stockin-stuffers for teens… cover makes James look like one of the primates from the Planet of the Apes last summer…. and not the smart one.

JTesla

November 28th, 2011
3:03 pm

I thought the whole emo look was dead, James proves me wrong. I would have guessed that he writes bad poetry too, but he didn’t even write any songs for his album.

Rickster

November 28th, 2011
3:47 pm

Not one of my favorites (thought he was highly overrated) but I wish him well.

Rickster

November 28th, 2011
4:04 pm

But, then again, I thought most of the Top 10 were highly overrated.) :-)

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JTesla

November 28th, 2011
4:25 pm

How do they stack up? Here is JTesla’s singing duel X-Factor vs. Idol:

Naima Adedapo vs. Stacy Francis: This is a draw, these two would have done better on the other show. Stacy would have done better in a pure singing competition, while the ‘full package’ aspect of Naima would have done better on X-Factor

Pia Toscano vs. Lakoda Rayne: No challenge, Pia. Pia could out sing all three, better looking than all three. Lakoda Rayne would have to struggle to be Pia’s background singers.
Paul McDonald vs. LeRoy Bell: I have to give this one to LeRoy, just by a chin hair.

Now for speculation:

Stefano Langone vs. Marcus Canty: I already forgot Stefano, two weeks from now I’ll have forgotten Marcus.

Casey Abrams vs. Chris Rene: I have to go with Casey on this one, but mostly based on versatility. At least Chris doesn’t make goofy faces.

Jacob Lusk vs. Astro: Astro, no wait, it’s a singing competition, so regrettably I have to go with Jacob.

James Durbin vs. Josh Krajcik: Josh wins this one, he’s more seasoned, and more talented.

Haley Reinhart vs. Drew: Haley, she turned it up late in the season and made herself a contender.

Lauren Alaina vs. Rachel Crow: Lauren, but not by much.

Scotty McCreery vs. Melanie Amaro: Melanie wins. She’s simply more talented.

Idol 5, X-Factor 3 with two draws. Idol 2011 wins (for now).

JTesla

November 28th, 2011
4:26 pm

I should point out, those are the top 10, in order for Idol.

Deirdre

November 28th, 2011
4:29 pm

Nicely done! I agree with all of your picks…even the non-picks!

Mercedes S.

November 28th, 2011
4:31 pm

JT, there were actually four girls in Lakoda Rayne

Nova

November 28th, 2011
4:41 pm

I think the CD cover is AWESOME! I really don’t understand the negative comments on that or the comment about wishing he was smarter. I think he should have won American Idol, whether you’re a rock/metal fan or not, he was consistently good and had great ideas. James, the whole CD is AWESOME, but my favorites are May, Everything Burns, All I Want and Screaming. Well, actually, I like them all. So happy for you! Keep on singing!

JTesla

November 28th, 2011
4:43 pm

Oops, now that proves a point. I’m not sure what point that is, but it proves it. Let’s see there was the brunette, the cute blonde and the not so cute blonde and then the blonde that I mixed up with either the cute one or the not so cute one depending on her hair style.

Thanks Mercedes, I got my math figured out now.

Rickster

November 28th, 2011
4:49 pm

Now there area names actually being bandied about re: judge/mentor change.

Is the “X Factor” judge’s panel prepping for a swap?

Reports out of London over the weekend have it that Simon Cowell is pondering a switch of Kelly Rowland — the former Destiny’s Child member who broke into the music business with Beyoncé Knowles — for Nicole Scherzinger.

Rowland appears as a judge on the British version of “X Factor” and the swap — if it happens — would bring her to the US show next season and send Scherzinger to the British show next fall.

“Simon thinks she’ll be amazing on the US show,” a source told Now, a British weekly.

“Nicole’s had a mixed reaction in the US, so there’s talk of a job swap.”

A spokeman for “X Factor” said that no decisions of cast changes will be made until the show ends next month.

But privately, at least, Cowell has indicated that the show needs some adjustments after the first season, where the ratings have been very good but not blockbuster.

Rowland began on the London TV show only this year, taking over for another “X Factor” judge, singer Cheryl Cole.

Cole had been moved over to the American version last summer, but was let go after two shows when Cowell decided she was not right for the show. Cole was replaced with Scherzinger.

Cowell is famous for shaking up the casts of his shows, which include “America’s Got Talent” and several international spin-offs.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/new_glam_judge_factor_QXlUghMEOoCma6m8AxJgyI#ixzz1f2U6SsYo

Rickster

November 28th, 2011
4:50 pm

The best part of the article is the part that says “the show ends next month.” :-)

JTesla

November 28th, 2011
4:58 pm

Rickster, that is the best part.

Since they are insisting on doing a second season I would like to see Kelly Rowland. Granted the only reason I feel that way is because I think she is easier on the eyes than Nicole. Except when Kelly parts her hair down the middle. Not the best look for her, unless she is trying out for a part in Charlie’s Angel Reboot 4.0.

Deirdre

November 28th, 2011
5:03 pm

LOL!

I will not be surprised if LA leaves the show citing business obligations or some such nonsense. And if the anti-Seacrest isn’t gone within minutes of the end of this season, I’ll be very surprised. NOBODY likes him!

Rickster

November 28th, 2011
5:10 pm

My ideal mentor/judges panel:

Simon (it’s his show.)
Paula ( who knows what she’ll say next?)
Harry Connick Jr (Loved him as a mentor)
Katy Perry (Loved her “not a Lifetime movie” comment as a guest judge on AI.)

Judges’ Rules:

1. One minute to critique. (After that, your mic is shut off.)
2. No criticizing another judge. (Do that, and your mic is shut off.)
3. No self-promotion. (Do that, and your mic is shut off.)

It’s quitting time, folks. I’m outta here.

Seth T.

November 28th, 2011
6:10 pm

The GOOD: X-Factor has another double elimination this week (unless they pull another stunt)

The BAD: Drew is slipping in the popularity polls around the net. (Maybe she will need to create another dress design or ensemble for her young Facebook/Twitter fan base.)

Hip-hop & rap fans are jumping on all voting mediums, and don’t really care about a “singing competition”, but support what they see as fun and lively. The X-Factor is looking for an International Star – and not really for the best singer. (However, if Simon loses one of his girls, his after-performance comments toward the rappers or Marcus won’t be so sweet)

The UGLY : The show has wasted a lot of broadcasting time on bogus acts starting with the top 17, that have turned-off a number of people that I know — that started watching, but now only watch the elimination show, if that.

Mercedes S.

November 28th, 2011
6:10 pm

I second Rickster’s motion.
Oh – we don’t have a say?
No more X-Fix season for me, then.

JTesla

November 28th, 2011
6:37 pm

Is X-Factor going to be another 2 hours?

Seth T.

November 28th, 2011
7:17 pm

I believe it’s on from 7:00 Central to 8:30 on Wednesday — then the 1 hour elimination show at 7:00 Thursday.

Most say that the Paula-Simon reunite – has not been a big deal, ?? thoughts?

JTesla

November 28th, 2011
7:37 pm

For me it has neither detracted from the show, nor has it been a great boon. The show is being dragged down by a tired format, boring host, two lackluster judges, and questionable talent choices. I thought the Simon-Paula thing would add to the tired format, but I’m just really indifferent towards the two of them being together. I guess it just works, which is a good thing at this point.

Seth T.

November 28th, 2011
8:07 pm

Yes, I agree that the host and letting talent like Jazzlyn and some others get pushed-out for make-shift groups because of setting-up the categories like they did – really hurt the show’s potential.

I see where Xavier Colon (The Voice winner) will play the role of Ray Charles – in a future “Playboy Club” episode. Colbie Calliat will play Leslie Gore.

A lot of talent shows and record labels trying to make new stars right now, as the UK X-Factor has their current top 5 and former winners they are trying to sell – –

but not much action from the other “Voice” top 8 that I have seen. Their Mentors were spouting that they would all be superstars, but went back to their own business and kinda forget about them right after.

Deirdre

November 28th, 2011
9:01 pm

I thought Playboy Club was canceled.

Deirdre

November 28th, 2011
9:07 pm

The theme for this week’s XF is Michael Jackson songs. I wonder how Astro will worm his way out of that.

Mercedes S.

November 28th, 2011
9:09 pm

Ditto re “Playboy Club”.

karen

November 28th, 2011
10:11 pm

Oops, I thought this blog was about James and his new album. Silly me. Anyway i love the album.

Kayla

November 28th, 2011
10:15 pm

I was pleasantly surprised when I heard James’ CD – actually I absolutely love it. There are a few tracks I’m not as excited about, but a few that I can’t get enough of, like Higher Than Heaven and May and Love In Ruins. And to be honest…I can’t believe I’m even saying this…but this is my favorite CD from an Idol ever.

JTesla

November 28th, 2011
10:26 pm

Karen: “Oops”? Why are you saying “Oops”? Did you unexpectedly rip one? We’re not in the same room, so you can pass a little gas without saying oops.

WB

November 28th, 2011
10:33 pm

Loved James on AI and love him still! MOABD is awesome! I have several favorites off the album May will bring tears to your eyes and James sings it with amazing vocals, Love In Ruins is a very catchy and on the harder rock side as is Higher than Heaven and Screaming ,2 more amazing songs! This album begs to be blasted from your car windows! Way to go James!

Seth T.

November 28th, 2011
11:06 pm

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/x-factor-james-durbin-chris-rene-astro-265071

That’s true, thread on James Durbin – if the link works, here’s some of his comments about X-Factor.

Seth T.

November 28th, 2011
11:34 pm

Now that I commented on The Voice, I see Dia Frampton has a new video out and an album forthcoming.

http://www.buddytv.com/articles/the-voice/watch-the-voice-runner-up-dia-42756.aspx

Javier Colon to do some songs with Natasha Beddingfield – some news on the link above? Dough no what blog I seen the news on Javier’s offer to do a Ray Charles song, on The Playboy Club, tried to back-track and can’t find it now.

I also thought the show was now cancelled, but also heard (only speculation) that they were possibly going to put together some additional episodes that would be available on-line only. My understanding was that they cancelled the show due to a large number of complaints about the theme of the show.

Matt

November 29th, 2011
2:46 am

I’m with Kayla, this is the best Idol album I’ve ever heard. There are 5 rocking songs: Outcast, Stand Up, Higher than Heaven, Screaming, and Deeper, and one song, May, that nearly made this adult man cry. I never expected anything this good to come out of the Idol franchise. There is one Daughtry-like song, Love Me Bad, that sounds like radio-friendly cheese, but rest of the album has reallly grown on me.

Highlander

November 29th, 2011
7:32 am

“I’m with Kayla, this is the best Idol album I’ve ever heard.” – Matt, 2:46am

You two just don’t get out much, do ya? :D

I thought James was a good performer and a good singer, although he was over-the-top sometimes. But the cover pic kinda makes him look like the biggest poser. Well, next to Adam, that is! :lol:

Highlander

November 29th, 2011
7:41 am

Check this out —- Simon commenting on Astro-tudes behavior:

“It was uncomfortable,” says Cowell during an interview aired on the Pepsi Live pre-show. “It’s one thing refusing to dance, it’s another to say, ‘I’m just not gonna sing.’ If he hadn’t sung, of course I would’ve kicked him off. I’m trying to help him.”

WOW!!! Uh, Simon, …the kid hasn’t SUNG a friggin note yet!!!!!

Highlander

November 29th, 2011
7:50 am

Whoops! Forgot to say that quote was lifted from the HollywoodReporter.com site, too.

Deirdre

November 29th, 2011
7:59 am

Morning!

Oops, I thought this blog was about James and his new album. Didn’t we mention James earlier?

DanJ

November 29th, 2011
8:30 am

I’m glad to see James release a CD, I hope it does well for him!

As for the XFactor changes I’d like to see Clive Davis replace LA Reid. While he’s old, well into his 70’s he is a legend and he would have been great if he had the girls this year. I’d bet the farm Simone and Thia would have never made the cut. And honestly Simon is not even in his league. I believe he and Whitney were mentors on one of the British talent shows once. Not sure which.

I also like to see a female host replace Steve Jones and while Kelly Rowland would be a good choice to replace Nicole IF Simon wants to boost ratings bring in Maraih.

Rickster

November 29th, 2011
8:46 am

Oh…. please no….. not Mariah! Please not Mariah.

Deirdre

November 29th, 2011
8:59 am

No Mariah! The woman is a walking ego who thinks she’s still 21.

What about Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood?(no that they’d ever do it) Both girls have experienced the pitfalls of the genre and successfully transitioned into the recording business. Who better?

DanJ

November 29th, 2011
9:03 am

Well Rickster Idol has JLo, The Voice has Christina…Why not bring in a bigger diva in Mariah? I’m not saying I agree with it but if I’m the producer of the show I’d have to consider it. Same with Madonna or any other larger than life star.

Matt

November 29th, 2011
9:43 am

Highlander, tell me what Idol has put out a good CD, I would love to hear your answer? And please don’t tell me David Cook, Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, or Daughtry because I will LMAO because that’s all manufactured pop. ldol is a joke and the 90% of the country that doesn’t watch the show knows it. Relative to that, I think James’ CD, not judging it by its cover, is not bad, although unfortunately for James nobody is going to buy it. BTW, your 2:46am is 11:46pm to me (West Coast) so I don’t get the relevance of your comment.

Rodney Ho

November 29th, 2011
9:46 am

No surprise given the schedule but “X Factor” is doing another double elimination this week from 7 to 5. Who will likely go home? I’d say Astro has a major target on his back.

DanJ

November 29th, 2011
9:52 am

Rodney I say Astro and Marcus go! Although Rachel could take the place of one of the boys.

Sam-A

November 29th, 2011
10:05 am

Matt: Now we’re the one’s laffing our butts off! Kelly “manufactured pop”. Obviously you’re not very familiar with her albums. The girl can rock with the best of them. She has a huge, fabulous voice. Simon was right a few years ago stating she can hold her own with those considered “the best”, ie Whitney, Mariah, et al. Her songs are varied and cover everything from rock to ballad to “lite” country, to a bit of pop. She’s fabulous, and most of the regulars here will defend her mightily.

Mercedes S.

November 29th, 2011
10:09 am

Matt, go ahead and LYAO, but several Idols have put out great CDs… Adam’s among the best. Have you even listened to any of them??

And good morning to all – we’re expecting SNOW in Atlanta later today…

Matt

November 29th, 2011
10:27 am

Yes, I’ve heard them, and you’re all drinking the Idol kool-aid, there’s a big world out there besides Idol music. And the fans of Kelly, Adam, etc, all say the same thing, “They’re the greatest thing since sliced bread”, which is why people laugh at Idol fans. I’m not even saying James is great, because half his CD is to please his Idol fans, I’m just saying there is actually some good songs on there.

Rickster

November 29th, 2011
10:38 am

And a happy early birthday to Clay Aiken who turns 33 tomorrow.