There was a lot of talk about Martina McBride last week due to two of her songs being chosen for performances on American Idol for Country Week. Scott MacIntyre sang “Wild Angels” and Lil Rounds sang “Independence Day.” Martina McBride could not have orchestrated a better promotion for her newest album release if she had tried.
That is correct. Martina McBride has a new album out. “Shine,” McBride’s 10th studio album, was released Tuesday, March 24. And if past selections are any indication, there will be some material on the new album for American Idol contestants to perform.
Martina McBride released her first album, “The Time Has Come,” in 1992 and immediately began hitting the country charts. All three releases from her debut album charted in the Top 50, with the title track peaking at #23 on the Billboard Country singles chart. She would quickly become known for her anthemic and empowering songs scoring a #1 hit with “Wild Angels” in 1996. In 1997, she would release “Evolution” and see her first crossover hit, scoring a Billboard Hot 100 hit with the single “Valentine.”
In all, Martina McBride has had five #1 hits. She also had a #1 Adult Contemporary song with “This One’s For The Girls,” a song that was also performed on American Idol by Kendall Beard in Season 8 as part of the performances of Group 3 of the Top 36.
Since 1992, Martina McBride has sold over 16 million albums worldwide. Seven of her studio albums have been certified gold and several have gone platinum.
Her career has been highlighted with awards as well. She has won the Country Music Association’s (CMAs) Female Vocalist of the Year four times and the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist three times. Her video for “Independence Day” won the CMA for Video of the Year in 1994.
Her songs are perennial picks on American Idol and she guest hosted in 2007. But last week, during Country Week, Scott MacIntyre rearranged McBride’s “Wild Angels” for piano. Although it sounded like Martina McBride’s only partially (during the chorus), it was a tribute to the staying power of the song.
As was “Independence Day.” During the same show, Lil Rounds, more of an R&B traditionalist singer, told the judges she chose “Independence Day” because of its relevance, a pointed reference to the ongoing story of domestic violence concerning R&B artists Chris Brown and Rihanna. “Independence Day” is a double entendre about freedom, of how a little girl becomes free of her father’s abuses on July 4, America’s Independence Day.
The only thing that could have promoted her new album better would have been a personal appearance by Martina McBride herself and perhaps a promotional commercial being shown during Country Week on American Idol. Since the show is the Number one show in the United States, according to Nielsen Ratings, it might just have guaranteed Martina McBride at least another gold album.
But, then, “Shine” will probably go gold anyway. “Ride,” the first single released from the album, has been on the charts for 20 weeks, and presently sits at its peak position, #14.
“American Idol,” Fox Television