It’s been six days since the news of Clay Aiken’s new recording contract was announced. From The Official Fan Club, we learned that Clay had signed with Decca Records which is part of Universal Music Group.
For the past two months, the gossip/news/blog sites have been somewhat quiet about Clay news. But, with this announcement, there have been many sites that have announced the story, using their own slant on the story. Some sites use good pictures and others find the worst. Most spin the story to fit their preconceived opinions of Clay and his music….good or bad.
BroadwayWorld.com had a great review. I like this paragraph of the story. They said:
Clay Aiken became a music superstar following his success on the “American Idol” television series, and has sold more than six million albums; co-authored a best-selling book; and, played six sold-out concert tours. Aiken released his fourth album, On My Way Here, on May 6, 2008. This was his first album of original songs since his 2003 chart topping, double platinum debut Measure of a Man. On My Way Here’s debut in Billboard Magazine’s Top 5 continued his streak of all four of his albums having debuted in the Top 5.
Playbill also reported on the story. One paragraph stated:
Aiken, who was bested by Ruben Studdard during the second season of “American Idol”, has gone on to sell more than six million albums, co-author a best selling book (“Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life”) and play six sold-out concert tours. He was a focus of the short-lived Off-Broadway musical Idol: The Musical and has appeared on “Ed,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Scrubs.”
MJSBIGIDOLBLOG said in the last paragraph:
Clay Aiken and 19 Recordings (the American Idol label that signs those Idols they choose) could not reach an agreement for a new contract and decided to part ways earlier this year. This was a smart move for Clay. 19E is a terrible company and Clay is well rid of them.
Lalate published a great picture and said:
Decca has several divisions. In recent years, Decca dominated in classical and Broadway Scores. But in recent years Decca moved into pop. Currently Universal operates Decca Label Group for US acts….
The Examiner sparked a mini-war when they included a poll with their article. It’s too bad that the fans of the different Idols get so worked up over these polls.
Living In Turnaround has a wonderful article by a talented writer who started the article by saying:
Six and a half years after hitting the public spotlight, Clay Aiken is moving to a higher level, both in his professional career and in his work as an advocate for children.
With this signing, Clay has moved on from the second largest music group, Sony Music Entertainment, to the world’s leader, Universal Music Group, clearly a sign of UMG’s faith in Clay’s talent and potential to create premiere music.
The following are some of the other articles that you might want to read.
Clay Aiken Officially Signed to Decca Records at ACESHOWBIZ
Clay Aiken Signs With Decca Records at Rickey.org
Idol Watch/Clay Aiken Signs Record Deal With Decca at miamiherald
If you visit Google, you will find more articles and in the coming weeks there will be even more. Let us hope that the writers do their homework and present accurate articles about Clay and his musical career.
Have a good “READ!”
THANK YOU. Reading your blog and the comments regarding
Clay Aiken’s talent is always a good read. I know that
he will do well at Decca/Universal. It is always interesting
to read what the critics have to say about Clay. These
well thought out comments made my Saturday!
Thank you also for the link to Universal Music Group;
very interesting the varied musical genres and different personalities they represent. I was surprised to see so
many top A-listed entertainers. He is in good company
and certainly fits into the Decca/Universal group.
Looking forward to new music in 2010.
I am really excited to see where this takes Clay on his musical journey. I love his voice and can’t wait to get my hands on some new music….not to mention a tour!!!
Thank you for those sites. It seems that most are very supporting to Clay. The others…Pfffft! Don’t worry about them.
I can’t wait to see how Clay does with his new label, Decca. I believe he fits this label perfectly. Can’t wait to get my hands on his first CD from them. I know it will be amazing. Also, if a tour follows I will be in Heaven.
Just love reading the articles, that you for the post so I could read them again..gets me all excited again!
It took a lot of research to put together this blog, I’m very appreciative. I love it when people see the real Clay Aiken and comments are so worthy of Clay’s talent.
Thank you for this list. You are simply amazing and I appreciate all the info that you bring to us.
I love all the great comments about our Clay and his incredible talent.
Now I’m going to continue to read these wonderful articles. 🙂
A lot of work went into this blog, I really appreciate
all your efforts, it is interesting to read the commentary all in one place ~ as well as read what many of those in the industry and blogger world have to say regarding Clay's change in labels. I'm especially pleased to see
write-ups from both Broadway.com and Playbill.
Thanks for all your efforts, they truly are appreciated.
🙂 I think I’ve read everything out there, both good and bad. It’s amazing to me how some of these sites are reporting the same news.
Can’t wait for 2010!! Of course I need to get through the Gala first (can anyone suggest how one tells one’s spouse they’re going to Raleigh in October AFTER one has already bought the tickets?)
Excellent overview of the media attention from Clay Aiken’s first week with Decca Records! Just as exciting, the best is yet to come.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks so much for this great site. The best is yet to come for Clay and Decca, and I canNOT wait.
Sue, is there anything that he wants really bad that you could bribe, I mean trade him for so you can not get in trouble for making plans for the Gala already?
Thank you so much for putting all of this together.
Very impressive. Can’t wait for the next wave of news!!
Thanks so much for the links to the articles. I am very excited that Clay has signed with this new label. Many interesting opportunies await and I am eagerly looking forward to Clay’s next project.
Loved that picture from the AMA awards. Gosh, he looks so young there.
I received several Yahoo alerts about Clay signing with Decca. Such good news!!
Loved reading the write ups and especially like that they are positive and respectful. I think the tide is finally changing!!