Who on earth decided Alfie Arcuri should be releasing an up-tempo single, ‘Cruel’, as his first single?
That was my immediate thought when he showcased his track in The Voice grand final on Sunday, after viewers voted him through on the back of Sam Smith-style ballads for much of the season.
Today Noise11 reports “‘Cruel’ got off to a disastrous start on Monday hovering around the low 30s on Australia’s iTunes chart but grabbed slightly better interest on Tuesday rising to 24 on iTunes before tumbling back down to 36 today” (NB: currently #20).
“The iTunes positions indicate that by the time the ARIA chart rolls around on Sunday night, ‘Cruel’ will be lucky to crack the bottom end of the Top 40 and will most likely struggle to sell more than 1000 units.”
Arcuri, who is to record an album for release at the end of the month, is a fine vocalist, who admits to being an R&B fan. But Universal should have arguably let him step into the spotlight with a ballad. This doesn’t bode too well for The Voice to produce its first star, but fingers crossed.
Previous winners have all peaked their debut singles with:
Karise Eden ‘You Won’t Let Me’: 5 (2012)
Harrison Craig ‘More Than A Dream’: 3. (2013)
Anja Nissen ‘I’m So Excited’: 42 (2014)
Ellie Drennan’s ‘Ghost’: 25 (2015)
Meanwhile coach Delta Goodrem has the #1 ARIA album with “Wings of the Wild” while guest coaches The Veronicas have the #1 single with “In My Blood.”