Jordan Smith, winner of The Voice (Season 9) is celebrating today. His debut album, Something Beautiful, is number one on iTunes, according to a report on People.
Yes, it's true. The amazing singer, who managed to take over Adele's top spot on iTunes, (even before being declared the winner) surpassed the soundtrack of The Passion and Gwen Stefani, to claim the top position.
If you've never had the pleasure of hearing Jordan Smith sing, you're in for a treat. Take a few minutes to listen to his blind audition on The Voice, where it all started. You definitely won't regret it.
Maybe not so ironically, Gwen Stefani was Smith's coach on The Voice, the hit NBC show where people from all walks of life hope to make it big in the music industry. Both of the singer's albums flew to the top of the pop chart, on the same day.
In a recent interview, Jordan Smith had this to say about the whole experience.
"It took me a long time to become confident. Music saved me. It opened up my world and made my life a lot more beautiful. At the end of the day, I knew it was the thing I could fall back on, and it kept me on the right path."
'Something Beautiful' from @JordanSmithLive is available on @AppleMusic!https://t.co/OV2hO1OVKF pic.twitter.com/n7XaomyJj9In the words of Yahoo Music, The Voice'ssales curse is over. Curse, you ask? It's quite possible, when viewers consider the show hasn't launched a talent like American Idol's Kelly Clarkston or Carrie Underwood in years.
— Republic Records (@RepublicRecords) March 28, 2016
In addition to claiming the top spot on the iTunes pop chart, Jordan Smith's Something Beautiful broke another Voice-related record as well. First week album sales totaled 54,000.
.@JordanSmithLive's album #SomethingBeautiful hits number one on iTunes https://t.co/8fwcFo6NCyThe previous record holder was Cassadee Pope. You might remember her as the winner of Season 3. Her debut album, Frame by Frame sold 43,000 copies in the first seven days after release.
— People Magazine (@people) March 23, 2016
As surprising as it may seem, for such a popular show, The Voice's associated record label (Universal) is known for not properly promoting its winners. How crazy is that?
Apparently, Jordan Smith is one of the lucky ones. He was able to get his album out three short weeks after his win. The winners of Seasons 2, 6 and 7 never recorded a post-Voice album. Seasons 1 and 5 winners released albums, which were deemed unsuccessful. The winner of Season 4 released an extended-play CD, almost 12 months after winning.
As far as album promotion goes, Smith lucked out on that, as well. He was invited to preform on the People's Choice Awards, he appeared on The Today Show and sang the national anthem at the NHL's Winter Classic.
Something Beautiful features original Jordan Smith compositions, including the debut single, "Stand in the Light." Popular covers include "Amazing Grace" and "Over the Rainbow."
Knox News reminds readers that the uber-talented Jordan Smith, who hails from Harlan, Kentucky, released Something Beautiful on March 18. It quickly rose to the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Top 200. This ranking is the highest achieved by a competition winner in roughly five years. He is returning to The Voice on April 13, as he has been invited back for a Season 10 performance.
What do you think about the extremely talented Jordan Smith? Is there a certain song he sings that you honestly can't get enough of? Is there a song you think he should sing? Please take a minute to leave your comments below.
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