American Idol Triple Play: New Videos For Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina And Pia Toscano
Nothing like a little country music on a dreary, rainy day. That's what I always say. Actually, I never say that. I generally despise country music, with a few SMALL exceptions (Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Dixie Chicks, Kelli Pickler). I lost faith (and interest) in this past season of American Idol the minute Haley Reinhart was eliminated after coming in third place. When I knew there'd be 2 country singers in the final two, I just lost interest. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with country, as evidenced by my small list above...it just doesn't make for an interesting finale and it's very unlikely that I'd buy an album by a country artist. Add to these facts...Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina both bored me to tears. They didn't take chances, every performance sounded the same and they both lacked personality. Sure, Scotty McCreery had his deep, old-time country voice and Lauren Alaina was an emotional wreck half the time, but musically - neither contestant in the top two engaged me half as much as Haley Reinhart did. While Haley's personality wasn't always the best, she had what the other two contestants didn't (in my eyes). An AMAZING voice! When she was eliminated, it was all over for me. WOMP WOMP.
Back at the end of July, Entertainment Weekly's music blog, Music Mix confirmed the rumor that Haley Reinhart had in fact been signed to Interscope Records, part of Universal Music Group, American Idol's new label group (replacing Sony Music). While Haley isn't expected to start working on her album until after the American Idols Live tour wraps up next month, at least I know something is coming. Now, I can sit back, relax and watch the other Idol contestants release music. This year's winner, North Carolina-native Scotty McCreery released his debut single, "I Love You This Big," on May 25th, immediately following the season finale. Written by Jay Smith, Ronnie Jackson, Ester Dean and Brett James and produced by Mark Bright, the single makes the most of McCreery's good old fashioned country voice. Sounding well past his young 17 years, Scotty sings his heart out in this uber-cheesy country ballad. After it's release, the song climbed to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on the Hot Country Songs chart. McCreery debuted the Shane Drake (the one responsible for all of those terrible Ford music videos)-directed video on August 9th on CMT. Check out the video for "I Love You This Big" below and pre-order Scotty's debut album HERE, due out this Fall on Mercury Nashville. You can also download Scotty's single on iTunes HERE.
This year's second runner up was the adorable Lauren Alaina. Hailing from Georgia, Lauren Alaina established herself as a country singer from the get-go. While not quite as memorable as Season 5's Kelli Pickler, Alaina was plenty cute AND talented to boot. Her debut single was the EQUALLY sappy "Like My Mother Does," written by Nathan Chapman, Liz Rose & Nicole Williams and produced by Mark Bright (who also produced Scotty's debut single). The song was originally recorded by Season 7 contestant Kristy Lee Cook back in 2008 and then later by Atlantic Nashville recording artist Jesse Lee in 2009. So that makes Lauren Alaina the third person to sing this song? Why not give the girl some fresh material to work with? After it's May 25th release, "Like My Mother Does" went on to become a top twenty hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #43 on the Hot Country Songs chart, making it the first CHARTING version of the song. The Shaun Silva-directed video premiered on August 8th on CMT and features loads of footage of a young Lauren and her mother, whom she's made this song about apparently. You can also pre-order Lauren Alaina's debut album HERE, due out this Fall on Mercury Nashville. Download the single on iTunes HERE.
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