American Idol Winners Getting Little Play On Radio

Published: 2004-08-13
As season two of Canadian Idol is in full swing and drawing more votes each week, American Idol has drawn record numbers of potential contestants as auditions begin for a fourth season of the show. But Season three winner Fantasia Barrino and runner-up Diana Degarmo have not seen their success on the show translate into the real world. Fantasia's single "I Believe" has hit number one on the sales chart and has sold 363,000 copies in the seven weeks since the song's release, however the singer has not even broken the top 40 on radio airplay charts. The song is a hit in her hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina but elsewhere it is played only on R&B contemporary and adult contemporary radio stations.

Runner-up Diana Degarmo's single "Don't Cry Out Loud" - a cover of the Melissa Manchester song - has sold 155,000 copies and isn't even charting on radio airplay charts.

The current trends in radio are sited as at least part of the reason for a poor showing on radio for American Idol contestants. 19 Entertainment who manages all of the Idol contestants is noted as a hard company to work with and it has been suggested that 19 itself may also be contributing to the reasons for poor radio airplay of American Idol singles.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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