Allison Iraheta turns 18: Let's make her debut CD turn platinum!
Image Credit: Joe Scarnici/FilmMagicHappy 18th birthday to Allison Iraheta, fourth-place finisher on season 8 of American Idol and all-around bad-ass chica. Anyone who’s read anything I’ve written about Idol in the history of ever knows I’m a huge fan of The Rocker, and that I am deeply dismayed by the fact that her most excellent debut album, Just Like You, hasn’t already become a monster, multi-platinum smash. (According to Nielsen SoundScan, it’s moved 97,000 copies through last week.) Problem is, I’m not sure the folks at Allison’s label (Jive/19) have done her any favors in the choice of tracks they’ve served to radio. Lead single “Friday I’ll Be Over U” stood out like a bubblegum-covered thumb among the mature, harder-edged ditties on the album — and I’m not really sure Miley Cyrus/Demi Lovato fans were ever going to be Allison’s core audience anyway. Followup “Scars” is certainly a gorgeous cut — but perhaps a little too subtle to be smashed in between, say, “TiK ToK” and “Imma Be.”
But the good news is, it looks like Allison’s label is keeping the faith, thanks to the heartwarming news that she’ll be opening for Adam Lambert on his Glam Nation Tour this summer. [We interrupt this blog post for a momentary Adison duet break: Slow riiiide! Take it Eeee-zaaay! And now we return to our regularly scheduled topic.] Still, while it’s awesome that a Glambertini-buzzing crowd will get a chance to enjoy Allison’s awesome live set, it’s also crucial for the Jive team to serve the correct third single to radio. I’m rooting for one of the following: the monsterously rockin’ “Holiday”; the ’80s-tinged hipsterpiece “D Is for Dangerous”; or the sublimely hook-y “Don’t Waste the Pretty.” (I’ve embedded all three below, plus a bonus Idolatry live version of “DWTP,” just in case you aren’t familiar with these tracks.)
Vote for your favorite song in the poll below, then I will proceed to make it my mission in life to hound Allison’s label with our very scientific results and get her headed directly to the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100. Let’s be honest: The world needs more of The Rocker, and I’m gonna need a project once Idol‘s ninth season wraps in a month’s time. (Follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak.)