David Archuleta's single was released a little over two months ago, and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest single debut since 2007, and debuted at #1 on iTunes in about 19 hours. Come on, even Britney's Womanizer needed 22 hours to reach #1, and that's Britney Spears.
A little over 60 days now, and Crush is still holding steady within iTunes Top 20, fluctuating between 14-18, with scarce promotion. No TV appearances as of yet, no myspace and official site gimmicks or updates (on the latter, I'd like to say Jive/Azoff, for the love of everything Archuleta, do update them!). After the initial week's sales surge - brought about, on the bigger percentage, by his fans, his single has been living a life of its own. If his sales this week will be consistent as the weeks before, his debut single is likely to reach GOLD - in a little over 2 months! So much for losing American Idol. Oh, and did I say his music video also topped iTunes?
Apparently, all this "success" (may) have been putting some pressure on *highlight*winner*end*higlight* Cook whose ironically "power-ballad" categoried single Light On peaked at ... somewhere between #6-#8 on the iTunes Top 100. "Rock" fans are more album people than single people, so they say. In the past few days, it has been dropping spots to as low as #98 on the charts - something I feel bad about, though I'm admittedly not his biggest fan. However, as of late, Light On has shot up at least 50 spots up! And I was about to feel happy for him. Well, almost.
I'm at a loss for words, aside from the title of this post, of course. Here, be my guest:
New Music Tuesday email from iTunes
"The Battle of the Davids" was one of American Idol's fiercest competitions ever, as David Cook ultimately outlasted his younger competitor to win it all. With his self-titled debut, the rock-oriented vocalist is out to prove that viewers made the right choice. Pre-order the album on iTunes and get the pre-order-only track "My Last Request" when the album is released on November 18 and the single "Light On" will begin to download immediately. (highlight mine)
5 months after the cheesy show I love called American Idol ended, here's how the winner's label promotes his album. Fueling fan wars, rekindling a painful loss, and shamelessly trashing a previous opponent, 17-year old kid (who by the way worships the ground Cooks walks on) who's doing well on his own - without a need for desperate promotion, much less any promotion at all.
Cook may or may not have a say in how his label promotes his album, and that fact still warrants I rant civilly about this as much as I can, and that I fight the nagging disappointment in my brain, but this definitely puts him a negative light. Of course, his fans on the internet say there's nothing wrong the email. Typical.
Yeah, the adjective "younger" very much makes it an achievement to be proud of. And it's an insanely brilliant idea to need to prove a right choice was made.
If there's any good thing, at all, to come out of this post, it's the certainty and confidence, that I definitely made the right choice. I'm a fangirl, I know.
David Archuleta's self-titled album is out on November 11, watch out for it!
Cook's is out on November 18, by the way.