Bucky Covington's debut CD is in stores now, and his music video is available for online viewing at CMT.com and Yahoo Music. You can buy Bucky's album at Amazon, Best Buy , iTunes and Target, hear the full version of his single "A Different World" at CMT and GAC, or enjoy samples of songs from the CD at Bucky's official MySpace. An autographed copy of Bucky Covington can be ordered while supplies last at his official site or via his official fan club.
Rumor has it that all 10 of last year's finalists will be on hand for tomorrow's big American Idol finale extravaganza. The only reason this rumor seems a bit doubtful is that one year after Taylor Hicks' big win, they're so successful and busy that it's hard to imagine them all in one place again! If you'd like to know what the media has to say as Season Six comes to a close, here's a typically skeptical look at the overall Idol picture by Joanna Weiss of the Boston Globe, who gives Bucky an interestingly conflicted mention:
By now it's clear that the show is about the elevator ride, represented visually in the opening credits. It's the journey from obscurity to instant fame, the understanding that, in a saturated media landscape, having name recognition is half the battle -- and the whole entertainment industry is ready to capitalize. Within a day of leaving "American Idol" last year, eighth-place finisher Bucky Covington was approached by Mark Miller, the frontman for the country band Sawyer Brown. Before long he had been signed to Lyric Street Records , the country-music division of
Disney, which also signed second-season "Idol" finalist Josh Gracin. Covington's debut album, released last month, is now on the Billboard Top 10 country charts.
Hmmm. On the one hand, I'd quibble with any implication that it's mere name recognition that made Bucky Covington a success--I think Bucky and Mark put together an excellent rockin' country album that's catching fire far beyond Bucky's Idol fandom, and the month it's spent in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart is an indicator that the buzz is good among people who simply like enjoyable current country music. (Besides, we're only on the first of what will likely be a string of strong singles!) On the other hand...the bare facts of Bucky Covington's success got a nice meaty mention in the Boston Globe's notoriously cynical-but-fun entertainment section--something that not many of the paper's readers would have anticipated a year ago today, and something that might inspire the curious to check out his CD (which can be heard at CMT.com, by the way) and see what the fuss is all about. We'll call it a win.
Other than finale rumors, it's a relatively quiet time on the general scene today. But the turbulence is in full swing on the charts, where Bucky's "A Different World" and the song one rung above it continue their furious fight for fifteenth place. (Remember the same topsy-turvy moves when both hit Top 20? Like that...) The Mediabase weighted and Top 500 charts both list Bucky's single at #16 this morning. This is definitely one of those weeks when requests and votes make all the difference! Keep requesting "A Different World" at your favorite local and streaming country stations, and if syndicated shows like Lia and Blair Garner's After Midnite are part of your area's airwaves, call up or log in and put in a good word for Bucky there, too.
Remember to hit the curiously addictive Hits Daily Double this morning--the second and last day of automatically-updating album sales estimates for this week starts shortly. Hang in there for another wild ride!
We'll stick those handy voting links to the CMT Pure 12-Pack and GAC Top Twenty ballots right here, as well--"A Different World" is burning up the video charts, so tune in later this week to see how your votes counted...
Finally, be sure to stop in at Team Covington today--Kathy's got the scoop on Bucky's upcoming appearances out West in beautiful California, where his devoted fans have been waiting patiently to see him again. You can catch up with Bucky's entire tour schedule at his official site.
More soon--have a terrific Tuesday!