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A Surprise Hit!

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Who says you need to win American Idol to get big?! (Really all you need is to appeal to middle America!)

Season 8 American Idol contestant Danny Gokey released his new album last week and already it is soaring up the music charts. He has sold over 65,000 copies of his CD, My Best Days, which has landed him at the #4 spot on the Billboard 200 and #3 country album-sales chart.


Somewhere out there, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert are asking themselves, "WHY?!"

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58 comments to “A Surprise Hit!”

  1. 1

    His next album will be called "Okey Gokey" and will feature the Soggy Bottom Boys.

  2. 2

    Ugghh..cannot stand him. Using his the death of his wife to get famous…such a dick.

  3. 3

    I love love love his song!

  4. 4

    I don't think it was a surprise. That song he did was awesome. It was very Keith Urban like.

  5. 5

    I guess being a CLOSET GAY and parading a picture of your dead wife around has its merits! What an A-HOLE, DOUCHE-BAG!!!

  6. 6

    I figure his cult of a church that did quite a number, nationwide, during Idol trying to get the gay out bought up 50,000 copies. 10,000 went to his diehard fans from idol. And the other 5,000 came from country fans who don't realize that he didn't know what the Grand Ole Opry was and said all through Idol that he didn't want to "go country." How's the single selling on i-Tunes?

  7. 7

    Have no idea why Adam would care. Adam sold 200,000 copies his first week and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200. Gokey didn't remotely come close to that.

  8. 8

    I like Danny Gokey. I also liked Adam Lambert on American Idol, but I'm just not into his type of music.

  9. 9

    What kind of people buy stuff by "artists" like this?

  10. 10

    He's so cute!

  11. tasha says – reply to this


    Considering Adam Lambert sold way more then that his first week I doubt he's asking Why.

  12. 12

    I love his new song!! I haven't heard the whole album but i bet it's pretty good. Last season of AI was like the best, Adam was my favorite and Kris and Danny are amazing as well, i don't like this season cause they arent in it!!

  13. pazzy says – reply to this


    i love this song! totally downloaded it after he performed on AI last week

  14. 14


  15. 15

    Danny Gokey Achieves Best First-Week Album Sales by a Debut Country Male in 18 Years!

    i bet adam didn't do that now did he bawahaha suck it haters!!

  16. 16

    There's a whole lot of trailer trash buying horrible country shit like his at their walmart for $4.99

  17. 17

    Um, I am trying to figure out why Adam Lambert would be upset that Danny Gokey sold 65,000 copies of his CD the first week when Adam sold 200,000 copies of his the first week?

    Kris Allen's "Live Like We're Dying" just went platinum. Adam's album is gold and his song "Whataya Want From Me" will soon be platinum as well.

    P.S., 65,000 sucks for a new release, just so you know.

  18. 18

    awww y'all really need to chill…how bout a lovely beverage? A nice tall glass of refreshing, great tasting HATERAID!

    what made him famous?

    the answer is OBVIOUS…

    ya wanna hear why?

    you listening?

    wait for it……..


    Danny has achieved the following-
    Made it thru idol auditions
    Maintained a popular vote to the top three
    Was NEVER on the bottom three till his elimination within the top three
    Managed to negotiate a lucrative recording contract.

    correct me if i'm wrong but all that would suggest that one would have to have some semblance of TALENT.

    So you don't like Danny…I GET IT! he's not your style, preference wotever..but he appeals to alot of others, and that my friends NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU CRITICIZE AND RIDICULE will not change.

    so, have your Hateraid on the rocks, chill out..and move on with your lives.

  19. 19

    the comments about his wife are gettin old time to move on people!!

  20. 20

    Adam & Kris are doing very well, so I really doubt that either of them could care less.

    I still can't stand Gokey, because he still brings up the dead wife thing ALL the time. His success is based on releasing his music in an "off" period so he doesn't have as much competition, appearing on Idol and appealing to a country/main stream audience.

  21. 21

    Lmao right. Gokey aint got shit on Adam Lambert. Seriously.

  22. 22

    you imbecile's need to get a life. and stop bring up sophia you don't know her!

  23. 23

    Re: gossipgrrrl – you know NOTHING about his church so i'd shut the hell up if i were you. inless you have been to his church you have no right to judge or comment about it.

  24. 24

    Wow, jealous much posters? Why does someone's success threaten you so much?
    I would imagine Adam is very happy for Danny; they are friends. And Adam would be ashamed of the way his fans are acting here. No wonder he doesn't want to get up close and personal with them.
    Perez, you don't help by trying to ferment fan wars here.
    Gokey wasn't my fave on Idol, but gotta say- his album is really good.

  25. 25

    What exactly "surprises" you about the success of Danny Gokey? And, what's your beef with "middle America?" I won't dignify most of these comments with a retort, but I will say AMEN to Miss Lisa's comment!!

    For those "anti-Gokey" people out there, I encourage you to spend your energy on LOVE, not hate. You have the right not to like Danny or his music. But, please don't say such hurtful things about his late wife. He did not "parade" her picture around or use his loss to launch his career. Ever lost anyone you loved so dearly? Don't you think he'd give up EVERYTHING he has achieved just to have Sophia back???

    To make hateful comments about someone you don't know is just ignorant. You don't have to like him, but please reconsider the cruelty of your words. Adam is talented. Kris is talented. Danny is talented. American Idol is just a TV show. It's not the be-all, end-all of the music industry.

    Danny has inspired more people than you can imagine to give to charity, to love, to embrace life, to be strong … if you'd be willing to open your heart andn listen to his message & his music, you may actually be "surprised." Go ahead; I dare you.

  26. 26

    Why are you so "surprised" by Danny's success? And, what's your beef with "middle America?" We can't all be rich. I won't dignify most of these comments with a retort, but I will say AMEN to Miss Lisa's comment!!!

    For the "anti-Gokey" people out there, I encourage you to spend your energy on LOVE, not hate. You have every right not to like Danny's music or to be a fan, but I wish you would reconsider the cruelty of your words before they're spoken.

    Have you ever lost anyone you've loved??? Danny didn't "parade" Sophia's picture; nor did he use his loss to launch his career. Don't you think he would relinquish EVERY ounce of success he has had just to have her back?????

    Danny inspires others; that's a fact. He encourages people to give, to love, to be strong, to survive … not everyone will get that. And, that's okay. But, you don't have to be mean. You don't have to hate.

    It's a free country; we're entitled to our opinions. Adam is talented. Kris is talented. Danny is talented. American Idol is a TV show - not the be-all, end-all of the music industry. So what?

    If you open your heart to Danny's music and to his message … you may actually be "surprised" at the impact it has. Give it a chance; I dare you.

  27. 27

    Danny brings up his wife for two reasons. One is because she is a huge part of why he is where he is, and he wants people to know that. The other is that he hopes that others who are going through a devastating time in their lives will see that it is possible to move beyond that and be happy again. He doesn't need to resort to any manipulation to be popular, and I don't think he has the cynicism in him to pull that off anyway. He has one of the best voices to ever come out of the biggest singing contest in the world, he got one of if not the best producer in country music, he has been doing the hard slog across the country for months and people respond to him both because of his extraordinary ability to make an emotional connection to people with his singing, and because he is a warm and kind person. The album is really good, and he's just getting started. I am not a "middle American", I am a West coast bleeding heart liberal who also likes Adam, and I love this guy and really enjoy his music. I am quite sure that he is going to be around for a long time.

  28. 28

    just goes to show u how many middle america, right wing, ultra conservative, born again christian people there are out there.

  29. 29

    Wow! What a bunch of nasty, small-minded people commenting on this site, including the author of the article. The competition is OVER people. These guys are all all talented in their own way, each appeals to a different demographic. Can't we just let it go at that?

  30. 30

    I thought he had one of the best voices in the competition.

  31. 31

    Vocally he's one of the best male contestants AI has ever had. I don't think he knows how to hit a wrong note. Plus his performance on AI last week was actually watchable and it looked like he had fun. Usually the single performances by past contestants are awful.

  32. 32

    Oh bellahboo, suck it. And if you don't know how, ask Gokey.

  33. 33

    He was my favorite on AI and in my opinion, the most talented on the show that season.
    He didn't get all the hype because he wasn't a young, cute, guitar-player who had young girls backing him or an outrageous performer who had only god knows who backing him. He was truly talented and was overshadowed by the likes of Adam Lambert.

  34. 34

    WHAT THE………… ?
    at least he is bad but he is better than anything by lilo, hiedi,spencer,the simpsons, the list goes on and on …………

  35. 35

    I saw the American Idol tour and both my spouse and I felt Danny was hands down the most talented and natural on stage.

  36. 36

    Adam Lambert is definitely not jealous of Gokey-the-douche-bag.
    who cares about Gokey? he's a religious douche who never shuts up about his dead wife. country was his last option.

  37. 37

    OMFG Danny Gokey is SO OUT OF GENREY IS SO OBVIOUS country isn't his thing. He's more of a r&b singer but even they don't want him so he giving Country a try then he's going to fail and hopefully disappear. Fuck his whole "woe me my wife died, now vote for me so I win" Bitch PLEASSSSSSSEeee!!! Call me heartless but the basterd done tried to use his wife's death as sympathy votes. What a piece of shit!

  38. 38

    No wonder your “record company” never really took off, Pig Face. Who American Idolers need to cater to is THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR, regardless of age or socio-economic class. BTW, try defining “middle America” you brain-dead twit.

  39. FSFFK says – reply to this


    im not surprised it sold so much. he performed on AI last week, which gets 20 million+ viewers.

  40. FSFFK says – reply to this


    Re: bellahboo – so what? adam still sold way more…

  41. 41

    Congratulations to Danny for having the highest debut by any Country male artist - since 1992. Congratulations also for having the most digitally downloads sold by a debut of any Country act - ever. Danny debuted #4 on Billboard's 200, Adam #3 - and Kris #11 and Allison #35. Danny's album was also #3 on Billboard Country charts. And he ended up #3 on ITunes overall in the week he debuted. Really happy to see that Billboard, Rolling Stones, HDD, EW, Prez Hilton - among many others have all heralded Danny's debut as strong and impressive.

  42. 42

    He has an awesome voice! Team Danny all the way. That boy can sing.

  43. 43

    Re: mitchellvii – 65K most definitely does not suck for a debut release in the country genre. Did you not see the information that this was the biggest debut by a male country artist since 1992? It is also had the biggest digital downloads first week release by a country artist, ever. Yes, Adam sold more in his first week, and good for him, he deserves great success too. But the circumstances were different, most notably different genre and pre-holiday release. That means the expectations were different. Danny's results are outstanding. Both of these guys are incredibly talented and I think they will both have successful careers. They are not competing with each other anymore, what one achieves does not take away from the other one.

  44. 44

    And by the way, just so you know, people who use words like "douche" and "dead wife" are simply demonstrating that they are not quick enough on the draw to realize that their heroes on Idolatry and the like that come up with this stuff have their own agendas. You think they really even care what Danny is like? They do not. What they care about is hits on their sites. He was the frontrunner and thus relatively easy to get people all hopped up about. They hold up a photo of him with a neutral expression on his face and say "Look, he is thinking about how he is going to beat everyone else with his sad story. What an arrogant douche". And their minions start obediently pounding out the insults and catch-phrases in their comments section. Watch for it this year, and try thinking for yourselves. It's more interesting that way.

  45. 45

    Sorry, but Danny brings undeniable HEAT to the stage. He's sexy and kinda knows how to work it. that's hot.

  46. 46

    I agree with # 24… I bet Adam and Kris are both really excited and happy for Danny… I love all three and all three make really different types of music.
    Adam and Kris are both well on the road to succes and I'm sure they would love to see Danny succeed too!! Why attack Danny .. he seems like a really genuine nice guy.. he's been through a lot and hasn't given up.. I'm sure if you lost your life partner you would talk about it "all the time" too.. it's part of the healing process..

  47. 47

    I like this guy, I wish he would have won. Adam Lambert is just a rediculous, untalanted idiot who clearly can't keep his mouth shut.

  48. 48

    Re: melissamomof2 – I have to disagree with this. I am a huge Danny fan but I also really like Adam. On his road trip across the country Danny has been asked countless times what he thinks about Adam's AMA performance, essentially been invited to criticize him. He will not do it. I remember he was asked to give 5 words to describe Adam, and he said "He.Is. A.Great.Guy. There, that's 5 words." Even if I didn't admire Adam, I wouldn't diss him because I don't think Danny would like to be represented that way by his fans.

  49. 49

    It's because we support our artists here in Milwaukee! He just did a concert here at Turner Hall for those that bought his CD here. I liked him better than Glambert and Allen. I haven't watched Idol once this season!

  50. 50

    One good debut week from his fan base and then it will be all over. he's terrible.

  51. 51

    He should have won idol. Sorry. Kris Allen is just another guy with a guitar, Adam Lambert is okay, and Allyson or how ever you spell her name was decent but Danny was just simply amazing.

  52. 52

    Re: bigray – Really because Adam Lambert isn't completely gay???? He lost his wife and you're going to tease him about that?

  53. 53

    Re: Midwest Chick – I think it's his music that's making him famous but I could be wrong…NOT.

  54. 54

    People want to talk shit because he brings up his deceased wife but really it wasn't that long ago when she passed away and SHE WAS HIS LIFE PARTNER! Hello? Imagine losing someone who you were supposed to spend the rest of your life with.

  55. 55

    I tather suspect Lambert is to full of himself to even think to ask himself that quest. It's sad as I don't like to think that about people I don't know.

  56. 56

    honestly, I started out liking gokey, but he kinda fell off later to me. When I heard about him going country, I lost a little respect, he implied earlier he was not fond of country and wanted to do some R&B, wonder if his church pushed him that way?? I would still tried out the r&B, but I don't know about country…anyway good for him!
    but why the comparison? each of the singers are doing different things….oh wait, this is perez hilton , forgot where I was.

  57. 57

    I'm a die-hard Adam Lambert fan, but I really don't waste any time worrying about whether or not Danny Gokey has a hit record, and I seriously doubt Adam does either. Good for Danny that his album is selling well. I bear him no ill will, but let's set the record straight. Adam sold almost 200,000 albums in his first week, the album has gone gold, and now his album and current single are starting to chart around the world. If you like Gokey, buy Gokey. If you like Lambert, buy Lambert. But get your freakin facts straight.

  58. 58

    Adam sold 200k on his first week.. And has sold almost 600k in the U.S and 100k in Canada.. So he's not asking himself "Why?".. Maybe Kris is, because everyone from that season is doing better