James Durbin: New Album Cracks US Top 40

"Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster", the debut solo album from "American Idol" finalist James Durbin, sold around 28,000 copies in the US.

James Durbin: New Album Cracks US Top 40
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According to Blabbermouth.net, "Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster", the debut solo album from "American Idol" finalist James Durbin, sold around 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 36 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster" was released on November 21 via Wind-Up Records. The CD includes a guest appearance by Mick Mars of Mtley Cre, as well contributions from songwriters James Michael (Sixx: A.M., Mtley Cre) and Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Buckcherry, Ozzy Osbourne), along with Swedish rock band Hardcore Superstar. When asked by Artisan News how the Mars collaboration came out, Durbin said, "Mick Mars actually reached out to us. I had met him at the Mtley Cre show at the Hollywood Bowl when Mtley played and New York Dolls and Poison opened and I got to go back and meet Mick Mars. And when we were making the record, Mick Mars reached out and wanted to play on the record. [I was like] 'Wow. You want to play on the record? We don't need to ask you? You actually want to? Whoa! No freakin' way!'" Durbin, who co-wrote five of the albums tracks, previously said that it was "surreal" to be working with this bevy of rock royalty and recalled, "When Mick Mars started shredding on his guitar I literally lost my mind." The long-time Mtley Cre fan continued, saying, "He's a true rock legend and he's playing on my record. It doesn't get any cooler than that." Mick Mars concurred, "It was sick to have played on James' debut album. To be the only featured guest artist on the record was really cool as I know a lot of others wanted to be on it. James Durbin kicks a-s; he's the real deal." 22-year-old Durbin was guided throughout the making of "Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster" by leading rock producer, Howard Benson. Benson (My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, Motrhead) gives Durbin room to evolve musically on the hard-hitting album, saying the opportunity to work with Durbin was "pretty simple: I loved his voice. I think he has a compelling story to tell." Benson, who kept his eye on Durbin throughout "Idol" thought, "It was interesting that he spoke his mind and didn't back down from who he was. That's always a good sign." On "American Idol", James Durbin waved the flag for rock and it was that devotion to rock that helped him overcome his private struggles with tourette's and Asperger's Syndrome. He touched the hearts of people everywhere while on the show, and with the release of "Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster" he is ready to wave that flag high again.

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    mydonna23
    MOABD is an awesome Album.. not one bit surprised .. I watched Idol only because of him.. I can not wait to hear him live .. Congratulations James .. you make your fans proud
    Trini2deBone
    He will only get better with time. This album was him dipping his toe in the water.I agree with ottoman29..you can not confuse his voice with any one else.His is so distinct.For me he was not trying to win AI..he was performing and that is what had him apart from the others.
    44eandrea
    James made American Idol entertaining for me. I never could get into it before. He can sing anything It's way kool how amazingly talented he is for haveing asbergers and teretts! I've never had a favorite male artist til now. Great entertainer and a great Role model.! Sang all his vocals in 2 1/2 weeks for the album Great Job! I'm Hooked will own every song!
    cettina100
    i think james did a great job with the cd i love i love the song love me bad its alsome.
    Art24
    krakkrox, I've met James twice, he's about 6'4" and 240 lbs, probably eat the Beebs for lunch. He rocks infinitely harder too.
    krisz22
    I don't know what you are talking about razzadazz. He did not have anything handed to him. He worked very hard up till this point and is continuing to do just that work hard. I would suggest reading about him before you start spewing your bullshit comments around. There is nothing average about him at all. You on the other hand are an average idiot that makes a statement before reading the facts
    ottoman29
    most singers on the radio today sound the same. i cant tell them apart. but when james sings theres such a quality there that its easy to recogise. this this cd is amazing as is. you go james. i also only watched idol because of him. i was livid when he was elimated i wont say voted off. moabd is awesome
    welcome763
    razzadazz wrote: Your average american idol wannabe. They always attach themselves to the names of established acts hoping it will give them credibility. Where would he be if it wasn't paid for and handed to him on a silver platter? He should have to work for it and earn it like those who did it on their own, not as a reward for being on a reality tv show!
    i sorry and i don't care about how old this comment if but you sir, are single handily the most stupid person in the world! He started out with nothing, he has WORKED for everything that he has! read up on the information before you blow a fat dick and post something that has no relevant sense.
    Art24
    The CD definitely has the Howard Benson cheese element, but honestly, coming out of American Idol, I expected much worse. There are some half-decent songs on here, and a couple of bonus tracks that stand out. You can hear this guy's potential, on one track called "May" he displays some very nice nuances in his voice and overall his range is very good. I agree with booby50, he's going to win fans with his live performances of which I've seen a few on Youtube. He's only 22, definitely someone to keep an eye on, hopefully he doesn't fall off the map too soon.
    booby50
    This CD disappoints me. He has so much promise as a rocker. Some of the songs have potential to be a rock song, but mellow out in the chorus or in the verses. I am still a big fan of him and his voice and I am hoping he gets more free reign on his next few albums and gets to let loose his rock side. I will definitely be seeing him live regardless, simply for the fact that he is a brilliant performer.
    razzadazz
    Your average american idol wannabe. They always attach themselves to the names of established acts hoping it will give them credibility. Where would he be if it wasn't paid for and handed to him on a silver platter? He should have to work for it and earn it like those who did it on their own, not as a reward for being on a reality tv show!