10 Albums Where The Sophomore Effect Was Real


Let’s cut to the chase – sometimes the second time around can be pretty crappy. For most of the musicians on this list, their second album/second album of note didn’t go as planned in the commercial department. Some of these sophomore albums are respectable, with some even being the critical equal of the debut. The…

Examining American Idol Winner’s (and Some Runner-up’s) Singles


American Idol has produced better talent compared to its competitor shows by a mile.  Sure, I rant about all the issues with the aging juggernaut (there are plenty), but it has been much more effective in charting artists than The Voice or X Factor.  Where is Melanie Amaro’s debut album? How well did that Tate…

Evaluating Every Season and American Idol Winner


Yeah, maybe I’ve been on a tangent, but discussing the juggernaut that is American Idol is relevant to the music industry.  I have decided to note the highlights of each season as well as the chart performances of each winner. Season 1 Winner: Kelly Clarkson; Runner-Up: Justin Guarini; Finals Should’ve Been: Clarkson; Tamyra Gray The initial season featured Simon Cowell, Paula…

Kris Allen Becomes the Latest American Idol Alum Dropped


I could be incredibly cynical and say “I told you so” to everyone who voted for the more conservative Kris Allen over  glam-fabulous Adam Lambert on American Idol.  That is not to say that “Glambert’s” numbers are exceptional (they’re not as his no. 1 bowing Trespassing has bombed since his historic bow atop the charts as the first openly gay artist to…