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American Idol (this sucks!)
Old 26th September 2002
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Angry American Idol (this sucks!)

I know that this is not about gear - I apologize. But as a musician who actually writes their own material I need to "moan" about this. I can't say that I didn't see it coming, but part of me was hoping that this whole thing would flop. I guess I was wrong...

- neil

From
billboard.com:

'Idol' Clarkson's Single Sets Billboard Record
As expected, "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson's debut RCA single, "A Moment Like This," has made the biggest single-week leap to No. 1 in the history of Billboard's Hot 100. The single sold 236,000 copies in the U.S. during its initial week at retail, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and the track rockets 52-1 on the new Hot 100, to be posted tomorrow (Sept. 26) on Billboard.com.

"We're in uncharted territory," Billboard director of charts Geoff Mayfield says. "It's unusual to have a retail single to begin with and it's even more unusual to have one sell decent numbers. This is the first one to sell more than 200,000 [in a single week] since 1999, so those are pretty big accomplishments.""Sam Goody sold more copies of the Clarkson single in one day than the chain has sold of any one single in the past three years," a spokesperson for the chain told Billboard Bulletin. Jim Kaminski, rock buyer at Tower Records in New York, adds, "It caught me by surprise, actually, because I didn't think it was going to be that popular, especially [in Manhattan]. I thought the show was more of a suburban thing. But we've sold all of our first shipment."There's plenty of "Idol"-related activity on the horizon. A compilation album featuring songs from other "Idol" contestants, including "Moment," is due Oct. 1 via RCA. A six-week trek North American tour, which will feature Clarkson, Justin Guarini, and the eight other "Idol" finalists, kicks off Oct. 8 in San Diego and runs through Nov. 20 in Seattle. Clarkson's debut set, originally scheduled for a Nov. 26 release, has been pushed back
Old 26th September 2002
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I'd be curious why this would upset anyone. From my perspective, the American idol thing looks has more in common with a bad 80's dramatic movie ("Fame") than it does with the music industry. Could the "talent" on that show be any more assembly line manufactured?

Imagine if they were full rock bands. They would have just looked like a bunch of fakes and it would have been even more laughable.
Old 3rd October 2002
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I support almost any artist that generates more revenue for the recording industry. Not to mention, Kelly Clarkson is a great singer. (and yes, not only does the single teabag my balls, it sounds like a rip off of the country song "I'm Already There"). None the less, I'd look forward to working with her in the future.
Old 3rd October 2002
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e cue, your repeated mention of tea baggin' your balls in your posts has reminded me of my old college band name...

"The Fatty Tea Bags".... you should hear the music
Old 4th October 2002
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perhaps I should clarify....

I guess the thing that sort of upsets me is that American Idol somewhat proves that with enough money you can be successful in the music business. I didn't mean to knock any of the contestants musical abilities. The finalists were certainly good singers and perhaps are good songwriters as well.

But how many artists are out there, actually trying very hard to make it in the business - that will never be heard because they didn't have the marketing machine (FOX TV, Radio, MTV) or the budget to be able to afford that level of exposure? If Kelly Clarkson was singing cover tunes in small clubs in Texas would she ever have been discovered? Her success is in part due to the fact that a tremendous amount of money went into her marketing and promotion. Although it's impossible to tell, I wonder how many sales of the single were made because the person purchasing the single thought it was a good song vs. the fact that this was the first single by the first American Idol?

Sorry for venting - perhaps I'm in the minority on this. I'll stop now...

neil
Old 6th October 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Kris
e cue, your repeated mention of tea baggin' your balls in your posts has reminded me of my old college band name...

"The Fatty Tea Bags".... you should hear the music
Yeah... time for some new material. Perhaps I should've said:

"The single is worst than getting a dirty sanchez from a senior citizen while drinking shots of sambuka through my nostrils and getting a tattoo with disapearing ink"
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