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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Taylor Hicks Clicks With The Music Fans

Okay more press to deal with this morning. I was perusing the latest American Idol news and came across this beauty from Kira L. Schlechtrof of The Patriot-News in which she claims:

For every “American Idol” star who experiences massive success — such as Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood — still more — like Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks — don’t seem to click with audiences.

Soul singer Elliott Yamin, who finished third to Katharine McPhee and winner Hicks last year, falls somewhere squarely in the middle.

Taylor doesn't "click with audiences"? Well now. Hold the ship there, Kira. Let's examine this a bit. It seems you are saying that Elliott clicks more with music buyers than Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard! Hmm.

Are you saying that this "clicking" is based on record sales?? If so, then your statement can't be true, since both Taylor Hicks AND Ruben Studdard have far outsold Elliott Yamin in record sales. Taylor Hick's latest album has sold 697,000 albums (based on Soundscan reports) to date, yet Elliott's CD has only sold 433,000 albums. In fact, Taylor has outsold everyone else from the 5th season of American Idol, sans Chris Daughtry, who clearly has licked Clive Davis' ass a few times over. Ruben's first album sold upwards of 2 million copies. Elliott loses here.

Does she think success is based on concert revenue? Based on 5 recents concerts in venues less than 1,500 seats, Elliott totaled a measly $49,539 in tour revenue, not selling out one. The Wall Street Journal reported that Taylor Hick's first concert tour this year exceeded 1.9 million in revenue. So I guess Taylor has Elliott beat in that department as well.

So, we can say then that the 2 biggest determining factors of "success" and "clicking" in the music industry has Taylor Hicks beating Elliott Yamin by a mile.

Sorry Kara, but your article is just bad spin to make your article seem accurate. In reality, your initial premise is wrong. Nice try, though.

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