There's no certainty of success after being on American Idol
. Just look at Casey Abrams: he's now a hippie singing on the streets -- or is he? Also in today's Roundup, Phillip Phillips has released a new music video, and Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson are seeing an increase in album sales following their big night at the Grammys.American Idol Recap: Top 40 Unveiled >>>Videos: Casey Abrams Becomes a Hippie on the Streets
Even though he released his debut album last year, we really haven't heard all that much from season 10 finalist Casey Abrams. But he just pulled a stunt that's getting everyone's attention, even a major gossip website. TMZ's Hollywood Tours bus came across Casey
on the side of the road, without shoes on, playing a guitar and lying against a giant stuffed gorilla:
It soon became obvious Casey wasn't just some "dirty, singing hippie person" all of a sudden, as TMZ called him. His fellow season 10 finalists were in on the joke and tweeted about him, some "worrying" about him and others saying they spotted him:Haley Reinhart
: "Where's Casey?? ... WHERE'S CASEY?!??! I'll tell you where he is, on Sunset and La Cienega! Being a bum. ... If @IAmCaseyAbrams can get his act together in time, he'll be joining me Friday @ the HOB. He's being busy bein' a #bumonthestreets."
: "Been texting and calling @IAmCaseyAbrams all day... somebody said they saw him climbing through dumpsters in downtown hollywood?! #WheresCasey."
: @IAmCaseyAbrams, you're not answering your phone, Im worried! Where are you!?!? #wherescasey."
And then a video appeared online called "Casey Abrams is Homeless," showing him walking the streets of Hollywood with his bass and the stuffed gorilla. It starts off with other Idols like Haley Reinhart and Paul McDonald talking about Casey, who eventually runs into Jack Black and receives some advice from the star. It's all quite humorous.
But this wasn't all done just for fun. No, everything lead up to the release of Casey's new music video for his single "Get Out," which picks up right after the events of the above homeless video:
American Idol By the Numbers: How Were the Top 40 Featured in the Auditions? >>>Video: Phillip Phillips' "Gone Gone Gone" Music Video
Speaking of music videos, Phillip Phillips is following up the massive success of "Home" with his latest single "Gone Gone Gone." And he just released the music video for this latest tune. As we all know, Phillip is a very laid-back guy, and that's reflected here. Also, there are home videos included throughout, though it's not clear if any of them have a connection to the singer.
The Top Idol Album Sales
Colton Dixon started out
with strong first week sales of his debut album. In the second week, though, the same can't be said, as A Messenger
dropped 40 spots. This means Phillip Phillips retains the top spot again among the Idols. And both Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson saw an increase in sales following their big Grammy wins. Here's where everyone stacks up on the Billboard 200 this week, courtesy of USA Today
Phillip Phillips' The World from the Side of the Moon
at #36, Selling 15,000 units (Total Sales: 694,000)
Carrie Underwood's Blown Away
at #41, Selling 14,000 units (Total: 1.285 million)
Kelly Clarkson's Greatest Hits -- Chapter One
at #48, selling 11,000 units (Total: 269,000)
Colton Dixon's A Messenger
at #55, selling 10,000 (Total: 32,000)
Kelly Clarkson's Stronger
at #128, selling 4,000 units (Total: 1.023 million)
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