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Oct 29 04 11:09 PM
Quote:CHART BEAT BONUS
June 27, 2003
BACK IN THE CHART LIFE: After a six-year absence, Steve Winwood returns to The Billboard 200, as "About Time" (on his own Wincraft imprint) enters at No. 126. It's the first Winwood album to chart since "Junction Seven" went to No. 123 in June 1997.
"About Time" is the 11th solo effort by Winwood to appear on The Billboard 200. The first was "Winwood," which peaked at No. 93 in 1971.
Before stepping out on his own, Winwood was a member of three groups: Traffic, Blind Faith and the Spencer Davis Group. Counting back to the debut of that last outfit's "Gimme Some Lovin'" LP the week of March 25, 1967, the 55-year-old Winwood has an album chart span of 36 years, three months and one week.
HER DESTINY: Beyonce Knowles earns the biggest hit of her career away from Destiny's Child this week, as "Crazy in Love" (Music World/Columbia) jumps 6-3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Crazy" eclipses the song that peaked at No. 4 the week of Dec. 28, 2002 - "'03 Bonnie & Clyde," which was credited to Jay-Z featuring Beyonce Knowles. "Crazy" is credited to Beyonce featuring Jay-Z.
"Crazy in Love" is in a tight battle with "Magic Stick" by Lil' Kim featuring 50 Cent for supremacy on the Hot 100 next week, should Clay Aiken be ready to release his grip on pole position with "This Is the Night" (RCA). If "Crazy in Love" does reach the top, it will be the 93rd No. 1 hit for the Columbia label in the rock era, and the first since "Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child led the list for two weeks in August 2001.
Columbia is far out in front among labels with the most chart-topping titles. In second place is RCA, which collected its 60th No. 1 song when Aiken debuted at the summit last week.
'TROUBLE' MAN: Though his album career stretches back 23 years, 10 months and three weeks, John Mellencamp has never appeared on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart until now. There's a good reason -- he never recorded a blues album before. "Trouble No More" (Columbia) debuted at No. 1 and is still picking up top ink, for the third consecutive week.
BRINGING HOME THE AIKEN: "This Is the Night," Clay Aiken's chart-topping Hot 100 song, picks up enough new airplay at Adult Contemporary radio to debut on the AC chart at No. 27. Last week, Aiken's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" entered the same chart at No. 30. Even though "Bridge" also earned more airplay this week, it was forced down, and thus off, the chart, but could return.
Meanwhile, "American Idol" runner-up Aiken and winner Ruben Studdard are experiencing their first international success. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" debuts at No. 1 in New Zealand and Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" is a new entry at No. 2. New Zealand is one of the countries that aired "American Idol," and even though New Zealanders couldn't vote to decide the outcome of the series, they've managed to vote belatedly with their wallets.
PHOTO FINISH: Clay Aiken isn't the only contestant from a TV series to have a best-selling single on a Billboard chart this week. While Aiken's two-sided "This Is the Night" / "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is No. 1 on Hot 100 Singles Sales, "Nashville Star" winner Buddy Jewell rules Top Country Singles Sales with "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)" (Columbia). Jewell's single replaces Kid Rock and Allison Moorer's "Picture" after that track's 31 consecutive weeks at No. 1. That is the third longest in this chart's history behind a pair of LeAnn Rimes' singles: "Can't Fight the Moonlight" (37 weeks) and "How Do I Live" (32 weeks).
Oct 29 04 11:22 PM
Ruben Studdard & Clay Aiken Biographies!
Studdard & Aiken: In the Beginning
Ruben Studdard: Before American Idol, Ruben was a voice major at Alabama A&M University. Studdard also performed with his bands, Just A Few Cats and God's Gifts.
Clay Aiken: Big hearted Clay used to work with the Community Alternatives Program for Persons with Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities in North Carolina. He was also a Special Education major at UNC-Charlotte.
American Idol Facts
Ruben Studdard: Ruben auditioned for American Idol in Nashville, Tennessee. All three judges said they got goosebumps during Studdard's audition. Later, guest judge Gladys Knight nicknamed Ruben Studdard The Velvet Teddy Bear.
Clay Aiken: Clay slept on the sidewalk in Atlanta, Georgia to ensure a chance at auditioning for American Idol. At his audition the judges said he could easily make it to the first or second spot.
Studdard and Aiken Makeovers
Ruben Studdard: Since winning American Idol, Ruben has changed up his wardrobe a bit. He's broken ties with the maker of the his famous 205 area code shirt.
Clay Aiken: Clay underwent a major transformation while on American Idol. He changed his hair color from red to brown and updated his wardrobe.
Did You Know...
Ruben Studdard beat Clay Aiken by 134,400 votes in the American Idol finale.
Clay Aiken's original last name was Grissom, but he changed it to his mother's maiden name, Aiken, when he was about 20.
Clay Aiken's CD single, This Is The Night/Bridge Over Troubled Water sold more copies then Ruben Studdard's CD single, Flying Without Wings/Superstar.
Ruben Studdard's real first name is Christopher.
Clayton Aiken shortened his name to Clay at the suggestion of American Idol producers.
Ruben Studdard Says
"This is wonderful, man. I've dreamed of being in this place my whole life and I am finally here, and there is nothing better than being able to live out your dream." ~ Ruben Studdard
Clay Aiken Chatter
"I'm really not that special. Really, I'm not. I was on a big TV show, but it was just a TV show." ~ Clay Aiken.
Oct 29 04 11:25 PM
Quote:FULLER PLANS GLOBAL 'I LOVE MUSIC' BRAND
by Ajax Scott
Pop Idol mastermind Simon Fuller is plotting his most ambitious project yet with plans to launch a global music brand targeting lapsed buyers.
Though details are still sketchy, Fuller says he hopes to launch the I Love Music brand in pilot form next year. The basic concept is to offer a vast catalogue of third-party-owned music content to consumers over platforms including TV, mobile telephones, online and traditional retail.
He is currently in talks with several brands in the telecoms and soft drinks sectors with a view to signing around five global partnership deals over the next six months. Early discussions are also understood to have been held with key record companies about supplying content.
'There are a huge number of people who love musice but don't know how to get it and don't buy it,' he says. 'My goal is to reconnect theses people into the music industry and to plug them into all the new music that is happening.' Fuller adds that his model would introduce a new stream of income to record companies.
News of Fuller's latest scheme comes as his 19 Group of companies celebrates a week of successes involving its management, record production and television arms. In the US, Fuller - who started his career managing Paul Hardcastle and recently developed the Pop Idol and American Idol brands - pulled off a historic double as American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken and winner Ruben Studdard debuted in the top two slots on Billboard's Hot 100 chart - a first in its history - while his projects claimed three albums in the Top 20, including Bare by Annie Lennox.
Meanwhile, in the UK last week 19 had two singles (by Amy Studt and S Club) and two albums (Lennox and S Club) in the respective Top 10 charts, as well as the biggest-selling single of 2003 to date trhough Spirit in the Sky by Gareth Gates featuring The Kumars. The chart successes come on the back of runaway ratings for the American Idol series screened on the Fox Network.
'This week has been the best week in 19's history,' says Fuller. 'It's all coming together with everything we have been working towards on both sides of the Atlantic and across music, TV and film.'
UK writer/producer Steve Mac also shared in the landmark Hot 100 achievement. He produced Aiken's RCA single This Is The Night, which took the top spot with 390,000 sales, while he co-wrote with Wayne Hector Studdard's J Records-issued Flying Without Wings, which debuted at number two with 285,000 sales. The releases mark the first time that two new entries have simultaneously debuted in the top two slots in the 45-year history of the Hot 100.
Sales of the records further boosted the global top-line revenue spun-off from the Idol brand, which sources estimate tops ï¿½115m. On top of that, broadcaster Fox is said to have grossed a further $500m form the American Idol series, while sources indicate that gross touring revenue from the UK, Germany and US totals $25m and the two spin-off movies have grossed a further $3m each.
After scoring an historic US chart double, it was back into the studio last week for writer/producer Steve Mac to begin writing and production work on four tracks for American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken's forthcoming debut album. The RCA-signed singer (pictured, left, with Mac), whose This Is The Night - co-penned by UK songwriter Chris Braide - debuted at one on the Billboard Hot 100 ahead of the Mac and Wayne Hector-penned Flying Without Wings last week, arrived at Rokstone Studios in London last Thursday to start work on his album, which is scheduled for an August release in the US. 'It is really good to be part of history and it is also good because I have just started in the US and this opens a lot of doors as people really respond to and respect the songwriting,' says Mac. 'It is a real buzz, almost like starting again.'
End of this part of Music Week. Inside there was also this small box sidelined:
The normally sedate pace of the Hot 100 singles chart is shattered this week by new arrivals - for the first time ever - at one and two. American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken's debut single, This Is The Night, takes pole position, while winner Ruben Studdard's cover of Westlife's hit Flying Without Wings debuts at two. Although neither record was played enought to make the Top 75 airplay chart, they both recorded massive sales. Aiken's single sold 393,000 copies last week, and Studdard's 286,000.
Oct 29 04 11:26 PM
Davis sees singles spin
By PHYLLIS FURMAN
NY DAILY NEWS BUSINESS WRITER
Monday, June 30th, 2003
For years now, record companies have all but stopped selling singles, abandoning what has become a money-losing proposition.
Leave it to legendary music honcho Clive Davis to put a new spin on the sale of individual tracks, while making a tidy profit in the process.
This past week has been great for the RCA Music Group chief - and it's not just because he has four of the country's top ten albums, including the No. 1 record, "After the Storm" from Monica, "Dance With My Father" from ailing rhythm and blues star Luther Vandross at No.2 and Annie Lennox' "Bare" at No.5.
Check out the singles charts and there is Davis again, leading the pack and selling megaunits to boot.
Two stars of the Fox Television hit "American Idol" who are signed to RCA, Clay Aiken, and Ruben Studdard, have claimed the top two spots on the singles chart. More important, together they've sold nearly one million units at a full price of $4 each.
Until the recent Davis surge, singles had gone the way of "American Bandstand," with sales plummeting 61% to 12.2 million units last year.
But RCA was looking to capitalize on the tremendous power of the "American Idol" phenomenon and found that releasing individual tracks from two of the show's most recent stars was the right strategy.
"We knew there was a huge demand," said Tom Corson, worldwide marketing chief for J Records, a division of RCA Group. "The singles business has been moribund for years, but with the right kind of demand you can make money."
"This harkens back to the early 1960s," said Daniel Glass, president of independent record label Artemis Records. "They treated this as a teen pop moment. They didn't discount the records, and they've sold hundreds of thousands of units."
On top of Davis' success, there's another reason to be hopeful about the resurgence of the singles business. Record execs are pointing to the successful launch of Apple Computers' Itunes digital store. Since launching just weeks ago, Apple has sold 5 million tracks at 99 cents a pop.
For now, the big profits in the music business will continue to come from the sales of hit albums. But the resurgence of the single is important because the added profits mean "we can hire more people and we can spend more money on artist development," Corson said.
Meanwhile, Davis headed for a vacation in St. Tropez last week to enjoy his latest hot streak.
It's been just six months since BMG Entertainment chief Rolf Schmidt-Holtz elevated the fabled hitmaker to a star position, naming him chairman of RCA Group, a unit that includes both RCA Records and J Records.
Davis' strides almost certainly mean he'll get a powerful role, should BMG end up merging with AOL Time Warner's Warner Music Group.
"Clive will be in an exalted position," a music source said.
Oct 29 04 11:28 PM
Sexy beast! Heartthrob Clay Aiken vamps it up for the cover of his very first solo CD.
It ain't necessarily true that when you're No. 2, you have to try harder. CLAY AIKEN may have come in second in the "American Idol" competition, but his "Bridge Over Troubled Water" single beat out winner RUBEN STUDDARD's in sales.
Now the runner-up is slated to release his first album, as yet untitled, in late August or early September, and he couldn't be more excited.
"Now it's in the hands of the mixers," he said during a break from shooting the 40 rolls of film from which his album cover will be culled. "I might have to go back and finish one or two things after everything gets mixed and comes together. So now I am just looking forward to the end of the album-making process, so that is why this shoot is neat. This is a big part of what I worked toward."
ET dropped by the photo studio of hot new photographer KEVIN HEES as the "American Idol" runner-up posed for the camera. Tune in tonight as we catch up with Clay and get a behind-the-scenes look at the cool album shoot!
"I think I broke three cameras today," laughs the ever-modest new pop star.
Music legend CLIVE DAVIS is the executive producer of the LP, which was recorded in Miami, Los Angeles, London and New York, with songwriter/producers including STEVE MAC, DESMOND CHILD, CLIFF MAGNESS, STEVE MORALES and RICK NOWELES.
"This is a big part of what I worked toward," Clay admits. "The album is supposed to be released pretty soon, so this is the icing to let me know it is going to happen. The picture is going to be on the album. It makes it real. It makes it all come together."
Prior to this photo shoot, though, Clay shot the cover of the current newsstand issue of Rolling Stone.
"Ruben is the person who told me how big it was," Clay says. "The management company came to me and said Rolling Stone wants you to be on the cover. We had done magazine covers with the show before. I said, 'Okay, that will be kind of cool.'"
Fans who can't wait for the new album can catch Clay live when the "American Idol" 39-city tour kicks off in St. Louis on July 8.
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