Season 10 is one of the best seasons of American Idol. The presence of the contestants who are singing different genres of music brought the show to the wider audience. You will hear pop, country, jazz, rock, rnb, gospel and dance music from them. The low sales figures of past seasons’ alumni were criticized. It is good that the season 10 talents are helping Idol regain its lost glory.
American Idol Season 10 Singles
Scotty McCreery, Season 10 Winner, released his winning single “I Love You This Big” on May 25, 2011 which was recently certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. It debuted and peaked at #11 in the US Billboard Hot 100 selling 171,404 in its first week and #15 in the US Hot Country Songs. The song also reached #1 in ITunes and finished the week as #1 Hot Country Digital Song.
Lauren Alaina, runner up, also dropped her single “Like My Mother Does” reaching as high as #20 and #36 in the US Hot and US Country respectively.
Pia Toscano, who finished 9th, released the single “This Time” on July 11, charting at #4 in the US Bubbling Under Chart.
It was on August 30 when Scotty McCreery’s follow-up single called “The Trouble with Girls” premiered on country radios and became available in iTunes the next day. The song charted #1 in the US Bubbling Under and has so far peaked at #32 in the country charts.
Lauren is set to release “Georgia Peaches” as her second single. James Durbin (4th Place) recently announced double single release. First is the track from the “Official Gameday Music of the NFL Vol. 2” called “Stand Up” and second is his lead single “Love Me Bad” which became available in Amazon on November 1.
Meanwhile, Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams recorded a version of the Christmas classic “Baby it’s Cold Outside’ which will be available in iTunes on November 21.
American Idol Season 10 Albums
Scotty and Lauren both released a compilation of their season performances during the finale. Scotty’s release reached #3 in the US Country Albums and #12 in the Hot 200 while Lauren’s peaked at #9 and #42 in the same charts. On June 28, the Top 4 (Scotty, Lauren, Haley and James) sold individual Wal-Mart EPs: Scotty at #10 US Hot and #2 US Country; Lauren at #24 US Hot and #6 US Country; Haley at #37 US Hot and ; James at #31 US Hot and #7 US Rock.
Scotty McCreery’s debut album called “Clear as Day” (Mercury Nashville) peaked at #1 in the US Hot 200 albums for selling almost 197,000 in the first week, making him one of the three Idol winners whose debut albums became #1 in the US (the other 2 being Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard). A week after, on October 11, Lauren’s debut album “Wildflower” (Mercury Nashville) was released peaking at #5 in the US album chart.
James Durbin will have his first album come out on November 21. It’s called “Memories of a Beautiful Disaster” (Wind-Up).
Alumni Pia Toscano, Haley Reinhart and Stefano Langone are working on their albums too which will be out next year.
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