[dropcap size=small]S[/dropcap]eason 11 American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez seemed to be on the right path after signing with 19 Entertainment/Interscope Records in 2012, but the forecast has changed quite a bit since then.
In late March of this year, Sanchez released her new song “Tonight,” featuring Ne-Yo, which serves as the lead single from her debut album, Me, You & the Music. To date, the single has sold approximately 30,000 copies and has failed to chart on Billboard, despite the duo’s near-perfect performance of the song on American Idol.
Fast-forward to April 30th, Sanchez’s album Me, You & the Music hit stores and its outlook is dismal. According to Hits Daily Double, the project is projected to sell between 15,000 and 17,000 copies by the end of its first week. Fortunately, this sales figure may be substantial enough to earn Sanchez a top ten debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart. (Note: this estimate is for the United States, not internationally.)
I am incredibly disappointed in the way Sanchez’s project was handled. First, “Tonight” definitely should not have been the lead single, which I’ve said before. The song did nothing to showcase her vocal ability, it sounds generic, and it’s obviously forgettable.
UPDATE: Me, You & the Music debuted at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 14,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Secondly, I don’t understand why the album was given a release date prior to seeing how well the lead single would fare commercially. The time between the release of “Tonight” and the album equals a little more than one month, which is very, very rushed. In no fashion is Sanchez a big enough artist who can get away with releasing a lead single followed by an album one month later (if she actually wants commercial success). Rihanna, yes. Sanchez, no.
Sanchez’s team should have given the album, at the very least, two months from the time the lead single was released. Furthermore, when her team realized that “Tonight” fizzled on the charts, they should have taken the cue to choose a new single.
Finally, where was the promo for this album? I’ve seen very few interviews, even fewer performances, and no posters/online advertisements. Womp, womp, womp. It’s almost like Sanchez’s team wanted her to fail.
In other news, Sanchez has landed a recurring role on Glee as Frida Romero. At least if her label causes her music career to fail she’ll have a successful acting career. Though, I really love her as a singer and I wish she were given the proper treatment.
P.S. I think she should release “Gentlemen” as the next single.