'Idol' Roundup: Grammy Nominations, New Keith Urban Promo and More
'Idol' Roundup: Grammy Nominations, New Keith Urban Promo and More
Jeff Dodge
Jeff Dodge
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Former American Idol contestants over the years have been nominated for (and won) quite a few Grammy Awards. Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood have all won before. And two of them are in the running to win even more. Also in today's Roundup, a second Keith Urban promo has been released, find out when you can watch a Daughtry/3 Doors Down concert on TV and Phillip Phillips is holding strong on the Billboard 200.

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Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood's Grammy Nominations

The 2013 Grammy Award nominations were announced during CBS' concert special this week. And the Idols sure are representing. Check this out. The Queen herself, Kelly Clarkson, has been nominated for four awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album, all for "Stronger" and the album of the same name. Carrie Underwood's up for two awards: Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, both for "Blown Away."

But guess what? There are two other categories where Idols are represented, even though they're not the one's being nominated. "Let Me Be Your Star," performed by Idol's Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty on Smash, is up for Best Song Written for Visual Media. And Jimmy Fallon's Blow Your Pants Off is nominated for Best Comedy Album. You might be asking, what's the connection there? Well, one of the songs on that album, "Friday," features Taylor Hicks.

On a related note, that other singing competition show The Voice has nominations for two of the coaches, but none for any former contestants. So I think it's safe to say that The Voice is good business and publicity for the judges, but not so much for the stars they're trying to create.

New Keith Urban Promo

When the first Keith Urban promo came out, I noted that we didn't get to really see him in his new role as judge. But a second promo has now been released, and we're starting to get a little bit more -- just a little. The below video first showcases how successful the country star has been (4 Grammy Awards, 14 #1 hits, 15 million albums sold). Then Keith is getting the waiting auditioners pumped up, he praises one singer for being what this show is all about and even cracks a joke after someone gives a very loud audition. ("Do you have something with volume?")


He looks like he's fitting in just fine on the show, and he could be one that sticks around for multiple seasons.

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The Top Idol Album Sales

Current winner Phillip Phillips made an impressive debut last week at #4, selling 169,000 copies of The World from the Side of the Moon. In week two, he only dropped one spot. While there appears to be a big drop in sales, though, USA Today notes that "it's a smaller week-to-week percentage decline than last week's other Top 10 debuts, including Rihanna's Unapologetic, which falls from No. 1 to No. 6." You read that right: Rihanna fell further on the charts than our very own P-Squared. Also, take a look at the rest of the Idols that are on the Billboard 200 chart right now:

Phillip Phillips' The World from the Side of the Moon at #5, Selling 74,000 units (Total Sales: 245,000)

Scotty McCreery's Christmas with Scotty McCreery at #12, Selling 41,000 units (Total: 205,000)

Carrie Underwood's Blown Away at #21, Selling 26,000 units (Total: 1.036 million)

Kelly Clarkson's Greatest Hits -- Chapter One at #23, Selling 25,000 units (Total: 99,000)

Kelly Clarkson's Stronger at #180, Selling 5,000 units (Total: 983,000)

Now that Kelly and Carrie have been nominated for multiple Grammys, I wouldn't be surprised to see their sales jump next week.

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