"The X Factor" U.S. 2012 winner Tate Stevens has flopped with "Holler If You're With Me," his first song to be released for sale since he signed with Syco Music/RCA Nashville. On Feb. 13, 2013, Billboard announced the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week. Stevens' "Holler If You're With Me" (released on Feb. 5, 2013) failed to make it on the chart in the first week since the song went on sale. Meanwhile, this week Syco/RCA Nashville released Stevens' ballad "Power of a Love Song" to country radio. The on-sale release date for "Power of a Love Song" is to be announced.
A clip from the "Holler If You're With Me" music video (sponsored by Pepsi) was shown during the 55th Annual Grammy Awards telecast on Feb. 10, 2013, but that valuable TV exposure failed to ignite sales for the song. As previously reported, "Holler if You're With Me" also bombed on the iTunes' Top 100 Songs (U.S.) chart and hasn't been getting a lot of airplay at country radio.
Stevens is working on his first album that will be released in 2013 on a date to be announced. According to an RCA Nashville press release, the album will feature his collaborations with Joe Diffie, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Shane Minor and David Lee Murphy. Blake Chancey is the album's producer. But based on the dismal sales for "Holler If You're With Me," it's very unlikely that the album will be a big hit. Most "X Factor" winners have their biggest sales with their first singles that are released after they won on the show.
Winners of "The X Factor" are signed to Sony Music, which is the parent company for several record labels, including Syco Music, RCA Records, Epic Records and Columbia Records.
Melanie Amaro, the first winner of "The X Factor" U.S. in 2011, has also been a flop. All four of her songs released for sale since she signed to Syco Music/Epic Records ("Respect," "Don't Fail Me Now," "Love Me Now" and "Long Distance," all released in 2012) have failed to make it on Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her first album, "Truly," was originally scheduled to be released on Dec. 4, 2012, but the album's release has been postponed to a date to be announced.
In most other countries, "X Factor" winners usually debut at No. 1 or the Top 10 in their home countries with their first singles after getting signed to Sony Music. But the winners of "The X Factor" U.S. are embarrassing exceptions.
It has not yet been announced if or when Stevens will tour in the United States.