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American Idol 8 Top 13 — Studio Recordings Available Now

American Idol 8 Top 13 Performance Studio Recordings are available now on iTunes!

Anoop Desai — Beat It MP3
Lil Rounds — The Way You make Me Feel MP3
Kris Allen — Remember The Time MP3
Matt Giraud — Human Nature MP3
Adam Lambert — Black or White MP3
Jorge Nunez — Never Can Say Goodbye MP3
Scott MacIntyre — Keep The Faith MP3
Danny Gokey — P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) MP3
Alexis Grace — Dirty Diana MP3
Michael Sarver — You Are Not Alone MP3
Allison Iraheta — Give In To Me MP3
Jasmine Murray — I’ll Be There MP3
Megan Joy — Rockin Robin MP3

I’ve downloaded a few of these and the best are: Allison Iraheta, Danny Gokey, Adam Lambert, Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud. Lil Rounds is also good, but her voice is not distinct enough — she sounded like any other female vocalist out there.

Also Anoop Desai and Kris Allen’s recordings are not as bad as some people might expect.

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steve
steve

Listening to adams studio i think its much better than the live version. Why does everyone think he is going to final and winning it i just dont see it as it seems like its a you either love him or hate him yes he may hve a big core following but will he pick up other peoples voters that contiue voting when their fav leaves i dont see it.

steve
steve

Matts is amazing hope he wins!!!

purplebanjos
purplebanjos

Why is Danny not "commercial"--because he is not HOT? Commercial means generating "buzz" and converting that into $$$$$. Which Danny has proved he has the ability to do. If VFTW thinks that Adam is their only great hope for defeating Danny, than obviously Danny is generating more than his share of the buzz.

People are not speaking for millions when they say he is not commercial. They are speaking for only themselves.

Mia
Mia

Oops, typo...good LOOKS, not good LUCKS.

Mia
Mia

Since I'm cheap and am not downloading anyone's song, I want to know this --why is it that only Danny's fully tricked-out song is on Rickey's site? I love the guy, but just curious.

Also, I disagree with those who think he's not commercial. He has the voice, he has this nerdy-sexy vibe, and he has a HUGE fanbase. All commercial means is that you have good stage presence and can sell a lot of albums. Good lucks help, but it's not the overriding factor. He certainly isn't the best-looking guy, but I wouldn't call Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel HOT either. Someone explain to me how KID ROCK is commercial. He is the ugliest man I have ever seen on live television.

I also am a huge fan of Adam, Michael, maybe Kris. I think they are all commercial. Michael is my bet to be the dark horse in this competition. Especially if he does well during country week, I think he'll go far.

Denim
Denim

Megan's studio version was so good, very unique.

Kris' and Adam's version were outstanding.

Matt is also very good but I'm sure this isn't new to him. He has done this a lot before.

Danny and Alexis were alright.

It would be interesting if Adam and Matt made it to the Final 2 but I know it won't happen as Danny has a HUGE fanbase.

Sammi
Sammi

WOW! I ♥ Anoop's

DJ Jayito
DJ Jayito

I think Matt G would be the most COMMERCIAL, also. However, I'm not sure idol wants to always get the most "pop" oriented. They had variety going. POP / male R&B / female R&B / country / ROCK (replacing Hicks with Daughtry) / pop R&B / pop/ROCK. They might want Danny for this reason. He's not really in any of these. He's sort of like a "TALENTED TAYLOR HICKS" to me. Adam would be like a GOTH / pop - if that even exists. lol

DJ Jayito
DJ Jayito

A sign of limited popularity, maybe... Matt Sarver and Scott McIntyre are the only 2 studio versions to not be on imeem.

Magnolia
Magnolia

my favorite studio versions of the top 3 are:

1. Megan
2. Matt
3. Adam

these three prove that they can be really good recording artists with distinctive voices.

Ana
Ana

Yay! I agree with both of you too. I would love and Adam vs Matt G finale.

I agree that I really don't see the commercial appeal with Gokey. He can sing but that's about it.

Anyways, in the end we all know that Adam will win, but I hope my favorite Matt G is up there with him in the Nokia Theater. It would be a so much interesting finale.

By the way loved Matt G's recording, great sound.
I am praying that he picks good songs. With Matt is all about song choice, if he picks the right ones he could be just unstoppable.

Lisa
Lisa

Ok this feels like torture. Everytime I go to Itunes I can only find the performances not the studio recordings. Could someone help me out?

2kidsdogs
2kidsdogs

I agree with adamandeva and basketballgirl3 - would love adam vs. matt finale. Add Allsion and that is my top 3!

2kidsdogs
2kidsdogs

I think Matt could definitely be pop - just not rock-pop. Those cds were made a few years ago - the best single off those is I Wanna Move. I love it - it has me dancing all over the place!
I wonder how long they will stay up before they are removed.

basketballgirl3
basketballgirl3

I agree adamandeva. Hopefully Matt pulls and upset, making it an Adam vs. Matt finale!

adamandeva
adamandeva

Matt Giraud definitely has a great commercial voice. He just has to be careful that his artistic desire to do pop music may do him in and kill his chances on idol or as an artist. He has a wonderful voice, but he needs to stick to r&b soul and not try to do pop/rock and change it up ever again.

What I love about Adam is his unique vocal tone. I think that it can be both subtle and startling powerful. I definitely see alot of commercial potential in him that many others do not quite see.

I wouldn't be surprised if it was actually an Adam vs. Matt G. finale this year.

I don't see Danny as commercially viable at all.

Dave
Dave

A lot of them are surprisingly good. Although I have Kris Allen's song on repeat. I'd definitely buy his album whenever it comes out. His style is my type of music.. kinda pop acoustic soul.

feaqs
feaqs

Was anyone else taken aback with the 23 songs available on iTunes for Mat Giraud?

And to top it off...they are mostly R&B/Soul...which again makes me wonder why in the HE## did he sing a Cold Play song on his (first) chance to sing to America?

And if memory serves correct...on that first Top 36 show...he made the comment (excuse) that it (Cold Play) was the type of music he wanted to do :?: :? :?:

DJ Jayito
DJ Jayito

So far... I like Matt G's the best.

rheyow
rheyow

Matt's human nature is awesome!! so are kris, adam, and allison..

lil's track sound bland but still good.. but Matt's is the best track out of all these 13 tracks

laff
laff

Danny Gokey gets a penalty for unnecessary roughness! Good LORD, what's with the ultra-agressive vocal? Feels like he's barking at me while slapping me around. Whoa, lighten up, Dan.

Amber, you're on the Allison train? *sniff* - I knew I could count on my online AI BFF! Vamos, Allison!

chessguy99
chessguy99

Thanks for the heads up on Allison's studio recording. I wasn't going to buy it, as I wasn't enamored by the song choice. But, I picked it up on your recommedation and love it.

Daisy
Daisy

Yay! Just bought my 1st Allison song... hope there are many to come! :) Listening right now, and I LOVE her voice! :)

2kidsdogs
2kidsdogs

Human Nature is at #35 on the Pop charts on iTunes!

Go Matt!
Viva La Vida at #41 - Top songs
I Want You Back #29 on R&B,
Georgia on My Mind is at #4 on Jazz songs - all of Matt's songs are all up there on iTunes! yay!

hmmmm
hmmmm

i love megan's voice as well

hmmmm
hmmmm

adam's studio recording = brilliant

i actually really like scott's voice. it's emotional and soothing

Tammy
Tammy

Rickey, before I even read who's recordings you thought were best I went and checked them out myself and yep...Adam, Allison, Danny, Matt, and Scott were the best IMO. It's funny because live I cannot stand Danny, Scott, or Matt but with all the studio mixing they sound fantastic. Of course, just my opinion again but the sign of an amazing singer is being able to sound great live and in studio which for me comes down to Adam and Allison.

sam
sam

You should download Home Sweet Home too. Is really good and the money goes to charity.

SaucyAussieCookFan
SaucyAussieCookFan

I've only listened to Adam, Matt Giraud, Kris Allen, Anoop and Danny so far, but I love Adam's, of course, and surprisingly, I REALLY love Matt Giraud's. I think he has a great recording voice. I love Kris Allen, but I'm not a big fan of the song, so eh.

adamandeva
adamandeva

Adam's studio recording proves to his critics that he has a subtle sound to his voice...he barely uses his high register notes on it and it's brilliant! His voice is so unique and distinct and I think the studio recording shows that he can be a very viable recording artist.

amber
amber

i think kris is going to be the dark horse in that he mysteriously lingers until like the top 6. allison is not a dark horse; she's a front runner.

coolkiko
coolkiko

Megan kinda sent mo the memory lane. Reminds me of Sunday mornings. Lethal if played for more than 5times. On the other hand, I'm surprised how Michael showed control over the song. Gets boring towards the end, though. Scott reminds me of George Michael

coolkiko
coolkiko

Jorge sounds really sappy in the studio recording. Not my thing. Kris Allen more reminds me of BackStreet Boys than Mraz. I agree with Rounds' song. Nothing spectacular but really pleasant to the ears. Matt also reminds me of boybands. Good but something I won't buy.

coolkiko
coolkiko

Allison also sounded good in her studio version. She reminds me so much of P!nk. Anoop is yeah not so bad, but the song really is not for me. I can't feel the energy. Danny Gokey is ok but did not blow me away. Jasmine sounds so much MJ during his J5 days.

coolkiko
coolkiko

Adam's studio recording sounds sooo good. Alexis Grace reminds me of Kelly Pickler

gemini10
gemini10

Yay! Anoop sounds really good.

Jon Brian Blake
Jon Brian Blake

I'm surprised to read "Also Anoop Desai and Kris Allen’s recordings are not as bad as some people might expect." I think Kris Allen's sounds great. I get the feeling there's not too much love for Kris, but I think he's going to go pretty far in this thing. He has a great fresh look, he can sing and all that makes him marketable.

Anoop, I'm not so sure will fare so well. I just don't see him being very marketable. Just my humble opinion. Go Kris!

amber
amber

omg, anoop's is awesome.

kdforda1
kdforda1

Agree with you Rickey, I'm really liking Matt and Danny's vocals and surprisingly Scott.

Howard
Howard

Wow, I am loving Kris Allen's recording! It is on my iPod playing a lot!