Thursday, April 24, 2008

Idol Worship of Leona!

Yes, the much rumored about Leona Lewis appearance on American Idol finally took place last night during the results show, and from all accounts, she simply brought the house down! Leona gave the best U.S. performance of her hit "Bleeding Love" that I've ever seen and heard, hitting an amazingly high note towards the end of the song. It's received stellar reviews pretty much EVERYWHERE! Yes, even the critics are starting to warm up to Leona!

Not too surprisingly, the Idol performance has pushed "Bleeding Love" back ahead of Madonna's "4 Minutes" and into the #1 spot (by a wide margin) on iTunes. Leona's album "Spirit" has already sold over 300,000 copies here in the U.S. in only two weeks, and you just know that the Idol performance will bolster the week three sales.

On the airplay front, "Bleeding Love" continues to do incredibly well. It cracked the 10,000 spin barrier on Pop radio on Tuesday and 100 million in estimated listening audience the next day. It's now setting the Hot AC chart on fire, picking up unheard of 100+ spins a day gains in crashing the top 20 this week. She's currently at #16 there and is a shoo-in to get to the top 10 next week. Even the Rhythmic stations are taking notice of Leona as she's already up to #11 on that chart. Lastly, she's even attracting the older adult crowd, moving up to #17 on the Adult Contemporary chart as of this morning. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - the sky seems to be the limit here for Leona Lewis and her hit "Bleeding Love" here in America!


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