Another sing-off for Adam Lambert and Kris Allen


LAMBERT. Release sophomore albums.

THERE are a lot of “American Idol” vets this week on the Billboard chart, where John Mayer’s “Born and Raised” is this week’s No. 1. Last week, Season Eight runnerup Adam Lambert’s “Trespassing” shunted aside Season Four champ Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” from the top spot, making him the first openly gay mainstream artist in history to debut at the top.

Interestingly, three notable alumni—Kris Allen, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez—take their bow on the Billboard 200 this week, with contrasting results: Allen’s sophomore effort, “Thank You Camellia,” opens disappointingly at No. 26. Season 11 champ Phillips’ “Journey to the Finale” does better, at No. 11. Shockingly, Jessica seems to have lost steam after her second-place finish on the show, because her “Journey to the Finale” set could only muster a 126th-place debut. Where have all her voters gone?

While the Idols’ showing on the charts is sending mixed signals, this much is clear: The singing tilt has lost its reason for being because of its penchant for favoring personality over talent. This is reflected even in the ratings, where, for the first time in a long while, the TV show has been dislodged as the current season’s ratings champ!

Throughout the year, the Fox reality program has been “tracking 30 percent lower than last season, which was the show’s lowest-rated finale—until now.” So it would be unwise for the Idols to rest on their laurels and rely on the (decreasing) popularity of the talent search that turned them into singing stars.


As far as longevity is concerned, it doesn’t look like Lambert has anything to worry about—because his exceptional talent sustains his record-selling and crowd-drawing cachet. In fact, his prodigious gifts as a performer can turn mediocre tunes into palatable performance pieces.

In “Trespassing,” punk and glam rock find unlikely companions in electronica and alternative music, genres that allow snippets of Lambert’s multilayered personality to come through. So, as his different musical persuasions unfold, so does he.

ALLEN. Release sophomore albums.

Among the track listing’s crowd-drawing cuts are the irresistible “Kickin’ In” and Bruno Mars’ cute-as-fluff “Never Close Our Eyes.” You want to dance? You’ll enjoy “Trespassing,” a catchy, fun-filled hybrid of Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury. “Shady” sprinkles its funk-fueled hooks with lovely harmonies. Lambert’s dance numbers tend to sound the same, but his renditions “differentiate” one tune from the next.

Malleable pipes

On the other hand, his ballads defy pop music’s cookie-cutter mold: The power of “Broken English” rests on Lambert’s malleable pipes, while the ethereal “Underneath” shines with its persuasive theatricality. “Outlaws of Love” is a smooth ballad that demonstrates the singer’s depth as a performer—and his enviable octaves!

If you’re partial to middle-of-the-road pop, you’ll probably find the lineup of Kris Allen’s second studio release, “Thank You Camellia,” more accessible—and safe. To be fair, the album is much better than his debut recording. It also demonstrates that the voice of “American Idol’s” Season Eight champ is a voice best heard in middle to lower registers.

With its toe-tapping guitar licks, “Teach Me How Love Goes” is a stirring romantic ode, while the buoyant “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not” is Allen’s cotton-candy-coated duet with Meiko (“The Bright Side”). Another note-worthy ballad is the piano-backed “You Got A Way.”

If you’re in the mood for uptempo tracks that you can groove to, you’ll find the radio-friendly “Better With You,” “The Vision of Love” and the reggae-tinged “My Weakness” irresistible.

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  • JanofVA

    That’s just how American tv is…American Idol has been on TV for 11 years..people have lost interest..just like shows before it that have come and gone…the luster and interest is gone.  Americans have somewhat lost interest in reality TV contests.  American Idol should probably close shop soon, I think they have overstayed their welcome.

    Frankly, Americans in general aren’t keen on supporting the “best singers” like Filipinos do.  They are more into performers and gimmicks than talent.  Look at who is on top right now, Lady Gaga, Katie Perry, Justin Bieber…they’re not the world’s best singers but they have the gimmick or charisma that people want to see.  They want to be entertained, not be wowed by a great voice….Phillip Phillips is “eye candy” and that sells…

    • Practical

      Agree regarding what people want to see and it doesn’t mean that they have to be the best singers.

      People just want to be entertained and feel happy when they listen to music or watch concert. That is more important than the voice.

      The bottom line is SALES.

    • Blinkx

      And in America, WGWGs are the popular trend right now. Just look at the charts and see how many country singers they have playing a guitar in their music videos xDDDDDDD

  • RedRoseQueen1

    Translation: If you’re into azz-kickin’ vocals and unique and undeniably exciting performances, buy Lambert’s album.If you’d rather snooze, get the others…WGWGs. Simple.

    • Practical

      It doesn’t matter if you don’t like their albums and songs.

      They SOLD their albums and songs. 

      The bottom line in ANY business is TO SELL and they did JUST THAT.

  • Belinda

    “The singing tilt has lost its reason for being because of its penchant for favoring personality over talent”  ……….. Allen and Phillips won on personality?  What personality?  I must have blinked when they displayed any.

    • indigo

      So agree with you,both Phillip and Kris display ZERO personality, they are young with fairly decent voice & looks They are (WGWG) white guy with guitar. They had no stage presence or charisma. The total package was only Adam Lambert, lets face it, After Adam Lambert showed up on Idol every contestants are measured to the Adam Lamberts caliber and so far no one has reached the Bar Adam has raise and I believe that is the reason for loss of interest in Idol. My honest opinion.

      • Practical

        Adam Lambert could have won instead of Kris Allen.

        However, Adam Lambert lost a lot of votes after the finale because he announced that he was gay a week or so before the finale so the voters had a change of heart.

        It doesn’t matter if you think Philip and Kris have zero personality.
        They SOLD their albums and songs.  The bottom line in ANY business is TO SELL and they did JUST THAT.

      • jrsgirl

        Adam has outsold Kris by astronomical numbers and will continue to do so as his 2nd album has also proved to be more successful than Kris’ same as their first album. Phillip has yet to prove himself. One single and a compilation EP does not a successful Idol make. So you’re right SALES is what matters.

      • Practical

        We don’t have to compare Adam and Kris. 

        The bottom line is that BOTH of them SOLD records. 

        Adam might have sold more than Kris, but still, they BOTH have SALES right now and that’s what matters :)

        As for Philip, he is SELLING now. 

        What makes any artist STAY in the business is based on the sales of their current or latest album. That is the biggest factor.

        I also wish that Jessica’s fans bought her album and songs.  Too many voters but NO sales.

        I am neutral and I like all of them :)

      • jrsgirl

         Adam should have won but he didn’t. It hurt Kris more than it did Adam. Time and sales only proved the point that so many suspected which was people voted FOR Kris AGAINST Adam and unfortunately THOSE people don’t buy CDs.

      • Blinkx

        Yeah it really hurts Kris because as an Idol winner there will always huge expectations for him than the runner-up. 

  • dontblockme

    “Shockingly, Jessica seems to have lost steam after her second-place
    finish on the show, because her “Journey to the Finale” set could only
    muster a 126th-place debut. Where have all her voters gone?”

    Good question…

    • Practical

      They are supporting her in youtube and social networking sites and praising her voice and dissing Philip.

      It is true that she has an excellent voice. 

      However, what Jessica needs is SALES SUPPORT because that is the “make it or break it” factor in the BUSINESS.

      The voices of JLo, Madonna, Britney Spears, etc., are just okay but they perform.  They SELL that’s why they always have songs and albums out.

      Charice has an excellent singing voice.  However, she DOES NOT SELL in the US so she never had another album again in the US.

      There are articles online that says that to make one song, including marketing, video and employee fee, cost around $2 million US dollars.  That is just one song, not even an album.

      Too much investment for something that will not sell.

      That is BUSINESS.

      I have both Philip’s and Jessica’s songs and album to support them in SALES.

    • akramgolteb

      Mga Pinoy at Fil-Am kasi puro pirated music ang binibili.

      • Shai

        Kung ganun, kawawang Jessica.

  • jrsgirl

    “As far as longevity is concerned, it doesn’t look like Lambert has
    anything to worry about—because his exceptional talent sustains his
    record-selling and crowd-drawing cachet.” Exactly :) Not to mention his magnetic personality, incredible intelligence, infectious wit and his tremendously huge heart….oh and he’s also drop-dead sexy gorgeous :)))

  • Meynard Bonoen

    guys, it’s been 3 years since Kris won over Adam and you haven’t get over it. Adam voice is ridiculously high but I find Kris’ pleasant and I can jam to. Right now, I could say Kris is at par with Jason Mraz, John Mayer, etc. I like better a complete musician (that also knows how to write beautiful songs, plays instruments, etc. ) and someone whom I can relate to. Check his new album, Thank You Camellia. Not one song you’re gonna skip and really decent and cohesive.   Honestly, it miles better than any album out there. Check critic reviews from A- to B+. I can say he’s the most underrated Idol ever. 

    • Pam Hart

      So why isn’t he selling? He dropped off the BB 200 on his third week.

  • MaryKAL

    I love both Kris and Adam. And the fact that people are still whining about the out come of Season 8 gets under my skin. They are wayyyyyy too different to even try to compair them. Adam’s voice has a lot of depth but so does Kris’.  Adam can sang. Everybody knows this. But so can Kris. Like I said I love both of them dearly. And yes Adam has sold more albums than Kris but that doesn’t mean he should have won idol. People who are still mad about Adam not winning are pretty much saying they didn’t like FYE just the way it was. Do you think that if Adam won he would have been able to make the album the way he did? No way. 19E would have had creative control over his album like they did Kris’. So please before you start complaining about Adam not winning just remember that if he did FYE would have been a lot different. But both Trespassing and Thank You Camellia are amazing. And the guys love each other’s albums. So whether you’re a diehard Glambert or a diehard Kris fan don’t write off the other album. Give them a shot. I promise you won’t be disappointed!!!! :)

    • jlurksacto

      Wow, and you know all this how?  You were sitting in on the contractual meatings,
      helped write the contracts, talked to the musical directors, etc?

  • Blinkx

    Well isn’t that interesting..Jessica’s single didn’t even debut that high. If people are voting for an American Idol winner they should also buy their music!

    Compare this to last year when Lauren Alaina lost to Scotty her single still managed to chart high. I hope that Jessica releases a new single soon and that people will support her by actually ‘buying’ the single rather than going on the internet to start a pride parade hmph =.=

    • Practical

      Unfortunately, not just Jessica’s original single but ALL her singles did not get a good sales amount….  including her album too.

      I agree with you that Lauren Alaina debuted high. She also sold her albums that’s why she got a country music album deal and it even went as high as Top 5 in Billboard 200.

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