American Idol no guarantee of marketplace success
Here's a report that American Idol finalists typically have poor record sales and that labels are hesitant to offer contracts to former AI contestants.
Of course, "poor record sales" can mean different things to different people:
Second-season singer, third-place finisher Kimberley Locke, has sold approximately 209,000 copies of One Love, but after her, the next-best loser is — tellingly — William Hungâ€™s Inspiration (194,00).â€?? MTV also runs down the other losersâ€™ album sales: â€œTamyra Grayâ€™s The Dreamer (122,000), RJ Heltonâ€™s Real Life (21,000), John Stevensâ€™ Red (18,000), George Huffâ€™s Miracles (17,000) and self-titled albums from Jasmine Trias (12,000) and Corey Clark (2,400).â€??
Dunno about you, but I'd be thrilled to sell 2,400 records. I would hope that some of these AI also-rans are doing everything they can to hang on to their fanbases.