Carrie Underwood’s album drops today

American Idol 4 winner Carrie Underwood’s debut album Some Hearts hits stores today.

The big question is whether or not Carrie’s country pop will sell. The record’s first single, “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “was the most-added song and received the most increased plays on country radio last week,” and her single “Some Hearts” will be distributed to both a/c and top 40 radio stations,” according to the LA Times.

But Billboard’s Geoff Mayfield is skeptical, telling the paper, “I suspect the show is at a point of diminishing returns. It can generate great ratings and continue as a strong TV franchise. But that won’t necessarily translate into great record sales when those performers’ albums reach stores.”

Best Buy’s Lon Lindeland, however, said the opposite is true: “There is such a big base supporting American Idols. We’ve seen great responses on the winners. There is anticipation for Carrie Underwood. We’ve seen somewhat of a varied response with runners-up, so with Bo, it really comes down to the quality of the music.”

Simon Cowell thinks Carrie will “sell more records than anyone who has ever been on ‘Idol,'” the Times reports.

Can ‘Idol’ still turn fame to hits? [LA Times]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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