Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger Goes Platinum
It was only last week that Carrie Underwood‘s latest album Blown Away hit platinum status. And now Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger has also just been certified platinum. RCA Records made the announcement via Twitter: “Congrats to @kelly_clarkson who’s album #STRONGER album has officially gone platinum!”
Kelly may be celebrating the success of Stronger, but she’s already gearing up for her next release: a greatest hits album. This was revealed during a recent Sony UK conference. While we don’t know much about it yet, Chart Show TV tweeted that, besides the greatest hits, there will be some new songs on it as well, and is expected to be released before Christmas.
Kris Allen Departs Record Label
Another Idol has now been dropped by their record label, and this time it’s season 8 winner Kris Allen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This should come as no surprise, considering his sophomore album, Thank You Camellia, debuted at No. 26, selling only 15,622 copies in its first week. Compare this to the runner-up from that same year, Adam Lambert, whose sophomore release debuted at No. 1 with 77,000 copies sold.
Kris took to Twitter to send a message to his fans: “I wanted to let everyone know that RCA and I have decided to split ways. I thank them so much for everything that they did for me. There are so many people there that contributed to my becoming the artist that I am and I will miss them all. In saying that, I am really excited about what is ahead. The path has never been clearer to me. I love what I do and I will never stop. So, to my amazing fans, thank you so much for everything so far but things are only gonna get more fun. I promise.”
Have you noticed a pattern every time this happens? The only winners to be dropped by their original label are all male. Every single female winner (Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, and Jordin Sparks) remains on board.
Casey Abrams’ “Simple Life” Music Video
Casey Abrams has released a new music video for his single, “Simple Life.” Take a look below:
Speaking of “Simple Life,” if you want to listen to this and the rest of the songs off his self-titled album, the entire set is still available to stream for free.
As we know, Twitter is a fast and easy way to make announcements and send out updates. So here are some of the latest Idol tweets to give you an idea of what former contestants have been up to lately and what we can expect coming from them soon:
Bo Bice: “Just had a meeting with some friends about doing a supergroup!! I’m excited to get a new band together.”
Blake Lewis: “Sa, Sa, Sa…. Studio! This single is turning out to be massive sounding. Can’t wait to release it upon y’all. ;)” “Back in the studio with @MattLange We are gonna wrap up this single in a couple days. I’m flipping out it’s so good! #Album3”
Heejun Han: “Meetings with TV producers are always fun, sharing ideas and laugh hard.”
The Top Idol Album Sales
Music sales numbers from the previous week have been released. And here is a list of the five Idols currently on the Billboard 200 chart, courtesy of USA Today:
Carrie Underwood‘s Blown Away at #24, Selling 15,000 units (Total Sales: 794,000)
Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger at #89, Selling 4,000 units (Total: 929,000)
Phillip Phillips’ American Idol Season 11 Highlights at #156, Selling 3,000 units (Total: 80,000)
Mandisa’s What If We Were Real at #170, Selling 2,000 units (Total: 212,000)
Bucky Covington’s Good Guys debuts at #178, Selling 2,000 units
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