American Idols dropped from record labels

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 12th 2008 3:03PM
katharine mcpheeNot every American Idol winner or runner-up has the massive success of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. In just the last three weeks, Sony BMG has dropped three AI contestants/winners from its record label.

The latest to be dropped is season five runner-up Katharine McPhee. She released an album in 2006 that has only sold about 365,000 copies, according to MTV news.

Also dropped from Sony record labels are winners Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard. Hicks' self-titled album is the first from an Idol winner that did not sell 1 million copies. As for Studdard, his 2006 album sold only 230,000 copies. Yikes.

Last season's Idol was pretty bland with Blake and Jordin in the top two spots. Idol returns January 15th, hopefully with some new and exciting talent.

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Seems Like second season Kimberley Locke is doing consistently well. Very Diverse but on the airwaves alot!

February 09 2008 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bernie Sherman

Taylor Hicks,great stage performer;Vegas baby!!! Katherine tremendous voice;sang with the blind romance singer. They need to put out a recording together;fantastic!!!! 43 yrs.old boyfriend good for her.This is an insanely youth oriented society. All you young punks are just jealous!!!! Get it up any way you can. You don't need a hard one to have a women love you..Listen to what they say and treat them as equals is the answer. Youth is wasted on the young. Hang around long enough and you will develop some wisdom.

February 08 2008 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Like Simon always says, song choice is critical. Kat's album didn't sell because the songs on it are crap. She's a beautiful girl with a beautiful voice but she's signing 'songs' that don't show off her talent.
Taylor's album is teriffic. If you haven't heard it you are missing out on some good music. It's nothing like the crap he had to sing on Idol. It's good songs with a good band and his soulful vocals are great.

January 14 2008 at 8:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nathan Lott

Taylor Hicks should go independent with a blues or roots music label because that stuff was good. This pop schlock he had to do wasn't his style.

January 13 2008 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Carrie Underwood is so popular because she sings country. Country hicks come out of nowhere and purchase albums because they can't figure out how to illegally download music.

January 13 2008 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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So the only reason they won't do something illegal because they can't figure it out? Quite the leap there fella.

It couldn't possible be because Underwood may possibly be putting out better songs than the other Idol pop. Nah. What was I thinking bringing logic into this.

January 13 2008 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This isn't surprising. It can even be argued that it is easier to be successful if you don't win. If the singer doesn't win, they are less likely to be stuck trying to gather as broad an audience as possible with a generic sound outside of their preferred genre. One of the flaws of the show is people sing to win and don't sing what they really like how they want much of the time. Contestants may build a fan base with their sound, but that doesn't translate into sales since ballads and pop songs from the past aren't going to make up their entire album. Instead of allowing the contestant to find their niche on the show and then make the most of that, they are forced to be as generic as possible and some of the producers aren't smart enough to realize the problem with that.

January 13 2008 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Roger Rees

Simon was right about Carrie Underwood, that's for sure. She will be a star long after everyone else has been dropped by their labels, developed drug habits, gone to rehab, and appeared on their own E! reality show.

January 13 2008 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You mccokas fans need to come to reality! Well Step 1 has happend with her being dropped by her label.I'll just sit back now and watch what happens when she has her wedding to her daddy/pervert.That will be step 2 in the destruction of a promising career.Step 3 will be the pregnancy news is known and then its all over, so get "OVER IT".From some of her remarks in the past she might be diagnosed with a mental issue over her wanting older men? Anyway McCokas fans We'll see in time if someone wants to invest in her career when they see the same thing that most of the public sees.

January 13 2008 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kelly Clarkson isn't doing that well either, her fame is finally dieing because everyone is now seeing the real, bitch side of her.

No one cares about Katharine McPhee's singing, they rather watch her in porn than listen to her sing. Hmm... American Idol the porno featuring Katharine McPhee. That would sell millions!

January 13 2008 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can't agree with you on dropping it American Idol altogether. The auditions and rejects are sooo funny. That is what the show is all about. The lousy singers and the comments and facial expressions from the judges.

January 13 2008 at 7:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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