American Idol’s James Durbin Cracks Top 10 on Billboard’s Rock Album Chart with Debut Album, Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster

Performance on Conan Show Confirmed For Thursday, January 12

Revolver Magazine names James one of the “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars”

American Idol finalist, James Durbin, celebrated a whirlwind year in 2011 with the release of his Wind-Up Records debut album Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster as it cracked the Top 10 on Billboard’s Rock Album chart at #8 and #36 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart. Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster is quickly approaching 100 thousand in sales.

To kick off 2012, James is currently featured in Rolling Stone and is set to make his late night television debut Thursday, January 12 on Conan performing his new single “Love Me Bad.

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In addition, Walmart has announced it will feature James and his band in their prestigious "Soundcheck" series and show clips of exclusive performances on the in-store TV monitors for the month of January. Click here to watch the exclusive “Soundcheck” performances:

Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster features not one, but two lead singles with the power-charged ballad “Love Me Bad” at Top 40/Hot AC radio and the anthemic rock single, “Stand Up” which is a gleaming showcase for Durbin’s signature rock-star yowl and powerful, energetic voice. The NFL has tapped “Stand Up” as its stadium anthem featuring it on jumbotrons nationwide during its games this past Fall and current Winter season. The video for "Stand Up" will make it's debut on VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform and ESPN on January 24, 2012.

People magazine gives Memories Of a Beautiful Disaster a 3 out of 4 star review and says “Durbin is one of the best voices to come out of Idol. His debut packs metallic muscle.” In addition, Revolver magazine has named James one of the “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” alongside other rock icons including Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons and Dave Grohl.

Unforgettable performances on the Idol stage with legends such as Judas Priest and Zakk Wylde led Durbin’s own “Idols” to support the rocker’s first ever release. Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe, songwriters James Michael (Sixx A.M, Mötley Crüe) and Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Buckcherry, Ozzy Osbourne) along with Swedish rock band Hardcore Superstar all contributed to the making of Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster. Durbin, who co-wrote five of the albums tracks exclaimed it was “surreal” to be working with this bevy of rock royalty and recalls, “When Mick Mars started shredding on his guitar I literally lost my mind.” The long-time Mötley Crüe 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 echoed the same fervor, “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 ass, he’s the real deal.”

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 aspergers syndrome. He touched the hearts of people everywhere while on the show, and with the release of Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster he is proudly waving that flag high again.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the awesome review! James Durbin is a phenomenal artist/entertainer and also very humble...he always talks about how much he appreciates his loyal fans.
James has had a fantastic year and know 2012 will be just as great or greater! James Durbin...YOU ROCK!

Anonymous said...

Great reviews and great things happening for James! Glad to see his star starting to rise!