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Top Earning American Idols In Focus

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What does this week’s American Idol winner have to look forward to? Far less than in the past. The pop music market, now saturated with close to 100 of the show’s alums, is showing signs of Idol fatigue. Earnings for some of Idol’s top vocalists have nosedived over the past year. The show that reshaped television and the music business just isn’t minting cash for its stars like it once did.

Kris Allen, the 2009 Idol winner, has sold just 300,000 albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In the past year his music and touring sales have delivered an estimated $748,000—nothing much to sing about. He places 10th on our annual list of the top-earning stars launched by American Idol.

Jennifer Hudson’s light touring schedule and the end of her lucrative role as Avon spokeswoman hit the Oscar winner in the pocketbook, too. Forbes estimates that she earned $3.5 million in the year from June 1, 2009, to the end of this month, compared with $5 million the previous year. That dropped her to sixth place from second on last year’s list. Carrie Underwood, No. 1 on our list, earned an estimated $13 million over the past year—$1 million less than the year before. One Idol star, Taylor Hicks, didn’t earn enough to remain on our list.

Plenty of the show’s alums, including Hudson, have made money on Broadway. Among them: Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino, Ace Young and Constantine Maroulis. But Broadway shows are paying less, too. The salary of a starring theatrical role is now as little as 10% of what a newly crowned Idol winner grosses on a debut tour, typically about $300,000.

However, not all Idol stars are taking it on the chin. Kelly Clarkson and Kellie Pickler are in the midst of high-grossing, nationwide tours. Clarkson, No. 2 on this year’s list—and the very first Idol winner—made an estimated $11.7 million over the last year, more than double the year before thanks to a heavy touring schedule. Clarkson was one of the most frequently played artists on radio in 2009, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pickler, No. 4 on our list, has played 100 concerts in the past year, bringing in $7.6 million.

But this season’s stars probably won’t do as well. If there’s one thing lacking among Idol contestants this year, it’s an “It” factor. Neither of the final two vocalists—24-year-old musician Crystal Bowersox of Toledo, Ohio, and 24-year-old paint sales clerk Lee DeWyze of Mount Prospect, Ill.—have the personality draw of, say, an Adam Lambert. And so far there has been little personal drama in their rivalry, unlike David Cook and David Archuleta (season seven), who battled each other like musical gladiators.

Adding to this lackluster season may be an Idol backlash, of sorts. Blogs that cover the show suggest its aggressive product promotions are turning off fans (a recent episode plugged Ford and the latest Shrek movie in back-to-back video segments). There is less behind-the-scenes action to chatter about. Gone are the wacky, off-camera antics of former judge Paula Abdul, who left the show last year. Idol’s creator and its central personality, Simon Cowell, is also leaving after the show’s finale Wednesday night.

Idol now averages 24 million viewers a broadcast, down from its high of 31 million in 2006. A Frank Sinatra-themed episode in early May that featured a special appearance by Lady Gaga drew one of the show’s lowest ratings ever, dipping to 17.5 million viewers. Worse, Idol was recently overtaken in the ratings for the first time by ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

All that said, Idol is still among the most lucrative shows on television. During the upcoming finale, Fox is believed to be charging $1 million for a 30-second spot. The network reportedly pays Cowell $30 million annually for his judging, far more than any Idol contestant has ever made in a year.

Celebrity performers who appear on Idol do so to tap what is still a powerful promotion machine. In May, after Lady Gaga performed a new song, “Alejandro” (wearing a black thong and fishnet bodysuit), sales for the single jumped, says Nielsen SoundScan Vice President Chris Muratore. “The airplay Gaga got of that single was astounding. Digital sales of “Alejandro” went up 70% after her Idol appearance, from 78,000 to 133,000 per week,” he says.

Bowersox and DeWyze will no doubt be signed to record deals, but no one is betting either will be the next Carrie Underwood. That leaves viewers to ponder the show’s only true dramatic storyline this year: Can Idol survive the departure of Simon Cowell, its most recognizable presence?

One viewer believes so. “I think Simon is a kind of love-to-loathe character who revels in his ambiguous popularity,” says Ellis Cashmore, author of Celebrity/Culture and a professor at England’s Staffordshire University. “But American Idol is too robust to suffer from the loss of one individual.”

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I’m Eager To Find Love Again -Tiwa Savage

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Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, has declared her desire to find love and experience once again. The Koroba Crooner shared her deepest wish with her fans and followers via her instagram page. The number one African bad girl is highly optimistic that her prince charming will seek her out soonest as she is ready to be found and pampered with love.
Tiwa shared a picture of herself as she looked gorgeously dressed in a beautifully tailored pink dress for Toyin Lawani’s wedding reception. She captioned it ‘somebody’s son will find me one day.
Savage was married to Tunji Balogun popularly know as Tee Billz Balogun on November 23, 2013 the couple held their traditional marriage at the Ark in Lekki, while their white wedding was held on April 26,2014 at the Armani Hotel, Dubai.
In 2015, Tiwa gave birth to her first child with Tee Billz. However, in 2016 the singer announced the crash of her marriage as she accused her husband of financial recklessness, drug addiction and abandonment.

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Burna Boy Drinks From Grammy Award Plaque

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It is no news that Burna Boy was nominated by the organisers of the grammy awards event and won the award with his popular album Twice As Tall. The award remains a highlight for all the nominations, awards won and every other achievement so far in his musical career.
The self acclaimed African Giant was out clubbing with friends over the weekend and made sure to take along his grammy award plague. In the viral video which surfaced on the internet, the kilometer singer was seen in the club in the company of friends as they celebrated his taking receipt of his grammy win.
In the course of their celebration Odogwu held out the gold plague as champaign was poured into it after which he drank the entire content. The video has gone viral and got social media users talking and expressing diverse opinions, while a popular boy has criticised the Afro fusion singer for taking his plague to a club, noting he and his plague have begun a nation wide tour and may visit all the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.
Social media users have become defence ministers for Burna Boy and they have slammed the blog while hailing the artite, noting the grammy win was well deserved and he can celebrate and do whatever makes him happy with his plague.
Dansonko said: “Celebrate your wins, you worked for it, you deserve it and no one can tell you otherwise.

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Alibaba, Banky W, Others Attend Wizkid’s Debut Album’s 10th Anniversary

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On June 12, 2021, Grammy Award winning music star, Wizkid celebrated the 10th anniversary of his debut album, ‘Super Star’. In a documentary shared on Wizkid’s insa stories, industry giants like Bankyw, Alibaba, Femi Kuti, Basket Mouth and others took turns to speak on the 30-year-old singers evolution since his successful debut.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of the album under BankyW’s Eme, Wizkid released a docu-series titled. “A super star’ made in Lagos on his you tube page and shared across his social media handles.
Speaking in the docu-series, wizkid reflects on his childhood, recalling his early days in Surelere and being the last child of his parents. Wizkid took time to share his experience in BankyW’s Enyire Maths Entertainment (EME) which signed him and released the album.
“Getting signed to Bankyw was one of the amazing things that happened to me, it was just an amazing moment for me, it changed my life,” Wizkid said.

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