American Idol 10 Top 13 compilation album enters the iTunes charts at no. 9

UPDATE: Hmmm. After just a few hours at number 9, the idol album slipped into number 11 as of March 12th, 3pm!

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American Idol Season 10 enjoys many firsts this season: new judges, new stage and bigger set, a keener audition process, social networking ‘privileges’ for the contestants, a more interactive website with online voting, a more active social network accounts that ‘talks’ to its followers, offering behind-the-scenes tidbits; and just two days ago, a studio version album release of all the songs performed by the finalists!

Checking on how the album is faring, the Top 13 should be feeling pretty, pretty good. The compilation just made it into the Top 10 iTunes charts at No.9 competing with the big names in music!

It has surpassed upcoming albums from Britney Spears, Chris Brown and Foo Fighters. The album is closely ahead of R.E.M.’s (Collapse Into Now) album at No. 11 and six spots behind Glee’s cover album, Vol.5.

Adele’s sophomore album “21” continues to hold the No. 1 spot for many weeks running since it went onsale February 22nd.

On the downside, none of the individual songs made it to the charts- not even the Top 200 singles.

 

Listen to the Audio sampler of all the songs and read our (in)expert review of the tracks here.

 

The real test to these studio albums will be in the coming weeks. Can they sustain the spot and for how long? We also have to point out that the record may have scored higher because iTunes opportunely released the “album only” first for a good number of hours before dropping the 13 singles. This left many users confused and a lot have bought the album thinking the individual songs aren’t available as singles. The initial negative reviews of the album speaks to the flurry. Without pulling the same stunt for next week’s album, we’ll see how the finalists’ efforts truly rank in the iTunes music playground.

According to the Idol press release:

“The songs released on iTunes are studio versions recorded by the Idols under the guidance of Jimmy Iovine’s team, including some of the hottest producers in the business, such as Rock Mafia, Rodney Jerkins, Don Was, Jim Jonsin, Ron Fair and “Tricky” Stewart. The 13 individual tracks and compilation album that are now on sale are the first to be released on the 19 Recordings/Interscope label. The compilation album sells for $7.99.”

American Idol 9 Andrew Garcia, Casey James and Katie Stevens lead the most fans in Facebook

Just for kicks we searched the names of all the Top 24 American Idol Season 9 contestants in Facebook and compared fan numbers. We weren’t surprise to see that Andrew Garcia (35,513), Casey James (23,583) and Katie Stevens (20,255) show the most number of fans with a combined total of 79,351 fans as of February 28th. These numbers were most likely related to the three doing so well in the Audition and Hollywood week, and not so much on their Top 24 performances. Good for them, they were the Idol producers’ favorites as well as the judges’ early picks- they had the most air time among all the contestants!

Surprise, surprise John Park comes in 4th with 18,370 fans. If we were judging based on his dry “God Bless the Child” Top 24 performance, we would have booted him and saved Joe Munoz instead! Poor Joe, he showed very little exposure on Idol that his cute Jason Mraz “You and I Both” didn’t save him from being cut. He’s got 2,049 fans on Facebook. Fifth in line with most fans is teeny-bopper crush material Aaron Kelly with 17,269.

Didn’t the judges openly admit they want a girl to win this year? While Facebook fan numbers isn’t necessarily a good predictor of who is going to win this season or who is leading on the Idol stage, it is somewhat close an indicator on who will at least make it to the top 12 to go on tour! The low turnout of fan numbers may also very well say that if something as easy as clicking a button on Facebook (“become a fan”) couldn’t do it, then people are not going to spend time and money to text the contestants number or push the dial on the phone.

The Top 12 American Idol Contestants based on number of Facebook fans:

Guys:

1. Andrew Garcia (35,513)
2. Casey James (23,583)
3. John Park (18,370)
4. Aaron Kelly (17,269)
5. Tim Urban (10,449) really? we thought he should “apologize” for his sloppy performance on AI night.
6. Lee DeWyze (8,211) dark horse among the guys!
7. Jermaine Sellers (6,250)

Girls:

1. Katie Stevens (20,255) sing contemporary, age appropriate songs and you’ll keep the lead.
2. Crystal Bowersox (9,810) the rocker mom’s got the nod!
3. Didi Benami (8,404) If you have the urge, please do not sing Colbie Caillat or Sara Bareilles, UNLESS you make a new arrangement of the songs; they’re too SAFE and easy and they’ve been so overplayed people are tired of hearing their songs. Surprise us!
4. Lacey Brown (7,019) she better do well on her next performance. the audience might not be forgiving the second time!
5. Siobhan Magnus (6,095) – dark horse among the girls!
6. Katelyn Epperly (5,144)
7. Lilly Scott (3,085) we think she should be in the top 12 but perhaps she is too “Indie” for an Idol platform so she’s not getting enough fans?

A twist is that Tyler Grady (8,191) has more fans than Jermaine or Alex and he was cut. Janell Wheeler (3,126) and Ashley Rodriguez (4,548) have more fans than Lilly Scott and they were both cut. If it isn’t too early to predict that the next to go are Michael Lynche (1,258): he’s a mediocre a capable singer really but lacks star quality; his backstory brought him to the Top 24 and/or Todrick Hall (4,353): takes too much risks! and or Alex Lambert (4,852): too uncomfortable on stage; can’t fight off the nerves and it shows in his face!

The next to go in the girls might or could be Michelle Delamor (1,559), too sound-alike, good voice but not enough and or Paige Miles (3,816): Simon really likes her but a lot of people do not know her well. Like Michelle, she didn’t get enough exposure during the audition and Hollywood week and or Haeley Vaughn (2,088): Haeley, dear Haeley, we would have voted you off based on that shrilly “I want to hold your hand” performance. You are the weakest link.

Any of them could go and they will not be missed on the Idol stage… Prove us wrong you guys!