From the NYPost:
It’s already known as ARTFLOP.
On Nov. 6, amid the kind of hype not seen since Michael Jackson floated a statue of himself down the Thames River, Lady Gaga released her third studio album, “ARTPOP.”
And not since Jackson has such a globally famous, white-hot pop star had such a rise and precipitous fall: “ARTPOP” is on track to lose $25 million for her label, Interscope, prompting rumors of imminent layoffs.
But it’s not just album sales. When Gaga opened this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, her performance was eclipsed by the twerking Miley Cyrus. Gaga’s work as both host and performer on a recent “Saturday Night Live” was underwhelming, and her recent ABC special, “Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular,” had a dismal 0.9 rating among viewers ages 18 to 49, with just 3.6 million viewers total.
“That ‘Applause’ Gaga is hearing these days has been reduced to a polite golf-clap,” said The Wrap, referring to the title of her first single from the album. CONTINUE READING
Buzz Track: My Getaway
Singer-songwriter Kellie Rodriguez is currently promoting her new EP which was recorded in Los Angeles. She captured the eyes and ears of songwriters after building a name for herself through vocal competitions in the San Fran Bay Area. Her Rolling In The Deep Cover which she posted on YouTube garnered over 70,000 views. Kellie is planning several shows that will coincide with her CD release.
This must hurt. “The X Factor” is just not doing well. We all know it. But on Wednesday night there was an added insult: Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas special had more total viewers than Simon Cowell’s competition. The irony of course is that Clarkson was discovered on Cowell’s “American Idol” and was the very first winner of that show.
“X Factor” was the eleventh–yes 11th– most watched show on Wednesday night. That’s also rough news. From 8 to 10 pm “X Factor” had 4.97 million viewers. It was up against another singing competition on NBC called “The Sing Off.” That show had 6.03 million viewers. Ouch!
Later on NBC, Clarkson’s Christmas special came on at 10pm and scored 5.31 mil viewers. Indeed, if you take away the shows on the almost non existent CW network, “X Factor” had the lowest total audience of any show on Wednesday night.
The people at “American Idol” had better be watching this news. If they haven’t made severe changes for the upcoming season, they’re going to be in the same predicament.
Buzz Track: Heartstrings
Spencer Sutherland is a singer/songwriter who delivers his own stylistic soulful combination of Pop meets R&B. Sutherland has recently shared the stage with the likes of Emblem3, MKTO, Ariana Grande, and Big Time Rush. He just released his first two singles to iTunes. The first track ‘Everything Has Changed’ a duet of a cover by Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran with Disney’s Stefanie Scott (Lexi from Ant Farm) and his debut solo single “Heartstrings”. Featured on USATODAY.com, ETonline.com, MTV Buzzworthy, as well as Just Jared.
The finalists on NBC’s The Voice took the stage and covered American Authors “Best Day Of My Life” pushing the song on top of the iTunes Charts. The track sold 14,000+ copies within two days. American Authors who made it on our ‘band to watch list’ is sitting at #8 on the Hot AC chart and moving up on Top 40. The song which was produced by Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta (Dirty Canvas Productions) was also featured in a Lowe’s television advertisement in the US, and a Hyundai television advertisement in the UK.
Britney Spears: do she even have a constituency? As the 31 year old former teen queen heads to Vegas, her recording career is on the wane. This week she sold around 108,000 copies of her “Britney Jean” album. That’s considerably less than her peers, such as Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Selena Gomez in their debut sales weeks.
Justin Bieber should watch the Britney saga closely. Spears’s stardom came in her late teens and early twenties. Her mental breakdowns and public spectacles didn’t help. But like most invented pop stars, Spears was not designed for a shelf life of more than five years. The fact that she sold even 100,000 copies this week is pretty good. But sales like that won’t sustain her over the next decade.
“Britney Jean” indeed sold fewer copies than the Duck Dynasty family The Robertsons, singing Christmas carols. (I cannot believe anyone in their right mind is buying or even listening to that.)
Britney will be alright. Even though “Britney Jean” is a non starter, the former pop tart will sell tickets in Vegas. And she’s got her Perfume. At least she made the effort. Way down the charts from number 4, around 20, is Lady Gaga’s scuffed and abandoned “ARTPOP.”
Buzz Track: To Give (featuring Matisyahu)
Matthew Wade is a singer-songwriter out of Boston that goes by the stage name My Silent Bravery. He has toured nation-wide supporting acts such as Kris Allen, Howie Day and Tyler Hilton, as well as landing placements on shows like CW’s One Tree Hill, and MTV’s Real World & True Life. Tonight he will be opening for Daughtry at the 5th annual WXLO 104.5FM acoustic xmas concert. He also recently released an original single called “To Give” featuring Matisyahu and the video is nearing 400,000 views.
Buzz Track: Crash it All
New comer on the scene Sierra Maines has released her first single that comes off her EP that she recorded in Nashville. Her influences range from Stevie Nicks to Jennifer Knapp. Her songs are moody and dreamy and will most likely find a home on popular TV shows. Visit her artist page for upcoming shows.