Sunday, August 24, 2008

Clay Aiken's OMWH 'Medals'


ONE WORLD, ONE DREAM -- Final festivities in the Beijing National Stadium (the "Bird's Nest") conclude the 2008 Olympic Games. Photo by Shaun Botterill.

Festivities, Montages Celebrate Games

Beijing Olympics Remembered

Memorable heights in athletic achievement and spectacular ceremonies are coming to a close today with the final curtain of the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

For those in China, the Aug. 24 festivities have already concluded while telecasts of the magnificent 8 p.m. "One World, One Dream" bow are gradually wending their way through time zones around the world.

The official
Beijing Olympics website contains medal totals, a complete photo gallery, and much more. Below are three photos from the Aug. 24 closing ceremony.


Acrobatic artists perform on the memory tower in the finale. - Xinhua



Double decker bus honors London 2012 games. - Michael Steele



Colorful fireworks mark the Beijing closing ceremonies. - Xinhau

OMWH Montages Honor Olympics

Several tracks from Clay Aiken's On My Way Here album naturally lend themselves to montages about the Olympics, especially the lead single and "Ashes."

These videos, favorites among sports enthusiasts and CA fans throughout the Summer Olympics, can be viewed at YouTube:

Congratulations, Michael Phelps! ("On My Way Here") by SueRue

Olympians on Their Way by Hosaa

Olympic Dreams - On My Way Here by SueRue

Shawn Johnson - Beijing Dream ("Ashes") by Yollie950

8-08-08 On My Way Here by Yollie950

A blog in the Indy Star linked Clay and gymnast Shawn Johnson in this Final Thoughts entry:

Shawn Johnson could be to gymnastics what Clay Aiken was to American Idol. In other words, finishing second, and having stage presence, can be as good as finishing first. Aiken is the singer whose career skyrocketed while that of the Idol winner, Ruben Studdard, did not.

All-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin will be a popular figure, but in a country that usually only embraces winners, silver medalist Johnson could be an exception. (She did win a gold on balance beam.) Johnson's publicist told a Des Moines, Iowa, reporter that shawnjohnson.net received 2.3 million hits on a recent weekend.


OMWH is featured on 'Super Hero' CD. - Graphic by Amazing_CA

OMWH Anchors Olympics Album

Clay Aiken's "On My Way Here" is among the songs featured on the album "Super Hero," jointly released by Sony BMG and MBC Sports to celebrate milestone moments and victories of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The "Super Hero" story is highlighted on the Korean website Yes 24 with "OMWH" playing in the background.

A Sony/BMG executive said, "In order to find appropriate songs for the Olympics, we have gotten recommendations for songs from online users who love pop and executives from major labels around the world.

In the process, 19 famous artists from around the world allowed their songs to be featured on the album. There are many excellent pieces in the album, so I dare say that this is the best compilation album yet."

An alluring musical extravaganza, "Super Hero" will let you relive the moments of jubilation as some of your favorite athletes set out to make history in the world of sports.

The "Super Hero" playlist, which opens with Clay's "On My Way Here," also includes songs by John Mayer ("Say"), Scorpions ("The Game of Life"), Krystal Meyers ("Make Some Noise"), Mario Frangoulis ("Here's To The Heroes"), Donna Summer's Stamp Your Feet, the Backstreet Boys ("Something That I Already Know"), Sara McLachlan ("Angel"), among others.

Fans can purchase "Super Hero" at Yes Asia for $17.99 plus $3.99 shipping. Upon completion of name and address info, there will be a "Shipping to United States or Canada?" question. This link pulls up a page with a "Fly cart to US" tab, which takes the buyer to a North American website where the order can be completed with Paypal.

Clay's song has been played as backup in several MBC-TV promos for Olympic programming, giving him lots of excellent exposure in Korea. One such video --
Olympics On My Way Here -- has been uploaded to YouTube by olympicsdream.

Several bloggers have featured Korea's use of "OMWH" during MBC-TV Olympic coverage. SEE
Clay Aiken Ruminations, Clay Aiken News, All That Is Clay Aiken.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics are over. Undoubtedly, memories will continue on indefinite replay for the athletes who competed and those who cheered them on.

Have an awesome week, Clay Nation!

Caro

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67 comments:

katy said...

Thank you for posting the Olympic montages on YouTube with Clay Aiken. These will be wonderful memories for so many viewers and athletes.

redca40 said...

It was nice on closing day of the olympics to view the montages of songs by Clay Aiken by various people in the Clay Nation. Great blog!

kilo said...

What a great combination, Clay Aiken and the Olympics! Thank you.

tnmtmama said...

So many of the songs on Clay Aiken's new cd would have been great for the Olympics. I so glad that Korea used OMWH.

Anonymous said...

If Clay Aiken were an Olympian, he'd be GOLD for sure!

Thanks for the links to all the beautiful montages.

Medusa said...

Wow, what a wonderful blog full of beautiful photos, great montages and beautiful Clay Aiken songs. On My Way Here is the perfect sound track for the Olympics. Each Clay Aiken song is so special in its own way.

Really nice job, Caro!!! Thanks!

SueReu said...

Caro

Great blog!!! I loved the Olympics and will really miss them (can't wait until the Winter Olympics - are we counting down yet???) Clay Aiken's music makes them even more special!!!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!!

jbc4clay said...

I have really enjoyed the Olympics this year. With the added attraction of the Koreans using OMWH with a lot of their coverage and the wonderful montages with songs from Clay Aiken's CD has been really great. Thanks for the Blog!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the links to the montages. Those were really cool!

claniac24 said...

Wonderful blog! I SO enjoyed the pics and the montages. Clay
Aiken and the Olympics...What a perfect combination!

Anonymous said...

On My Way Here is a great song by Clay Aiken that really fits with the Olympics. I've watched those videos and they are all very nice.

Anonymous said...

I really love this blog.

Clay Aiken and the Olympics? Oh yesssss!! I am so glad they used one of his songs in the Korean recaps. How awesome!

gaymarie

Sandy said...

Hi Caro,
I watched the closing ceremonies this morning...very spectacular!
More spectacular was the playing of OMWH by some athletes and TV stations in Korea.
I love the Olympics and most certainly look forward to 2010 when Vancouver hosts the Winter Olympics!

Have a great week!
Hugs,
Sandy

Ashes said...

This is great Caro. A fitting tribute to the closing of the Olympics. I was watching the ceremonies and had a secret wish to hear Clay Aiken singing!

musicfan said...

This has to be one of the best blog sites around. I love how you combine two of my favorite things.......Clay Aiken and the Olympics.

Anonymous said...

Clay Aiken's music is perfect for Olympic montages, isn't it? Great blog - love those closing ceremonies pics, too!

Anonymous said...

I love seeing all the videos. Thanks for putting them all in one spot!!

anon said...

Clay Aiken and the Olympics...both great!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the beautiful photographs and the links to the Olympic montages! Wonderful news that Clay Aiken is included on this compilation album. I can't wait to receive my copy.

Deona said...

I liked that quote comparing Shawn Johnson to Clay Aiken. That was nice.

Anonymous said...

I am astonished at how much work you put into this blog. Viewing all the amazing montages which use Clay Aiken songs in regards to the Olyimpics is so enjoyable.

~Shycon

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the links for those montages, Clay Aiken's music and the Olympics are perfect together.

Anonymous said...

You do such a good job with your blogs! Thank you for all you do in promoting Clay Aiken.

BichonLover said...

Clay Aiken sets off fireworks in my heart!!!!
:-)

katy said...

Love Shawn Johnson, what a fighter to hit those moves. Love Clay Aiken and he sure hits those moves.

Anonymous said...

This is such a wonderful blog Caro, I'm going to miss the olympics and I already miss Clay. Spamalot soon...Yah!! I can not wait to check out all the links....Your The Best!!

Hugs, Marlyne

Anonymous said...

The videos are an excellent tribute to the Olympians. I've been playing them over and over all day. I'm so proud of them all...and Clay too. ;-D

ruthiejane said...

How great that Clay will be in such talented company on that CD. Thank you for posting where to get it. I'm on my way there now.

PaulaBear said...

I'm so sorry that I missed the closing ceremonies, but how exciting that Clay Aiken's music will forever be associated with the 2008 Olympics!!

gerra said...

I really love your blogs, and the graphics are amazing.

kilo said...

Thank you for your wonderful Clay Aiken blog!

Anonymous said...

Great blog, Caro.

"The 2008 Beijing Olympics are over. Undoubtedly, memories will continue on indefinite replay for the athletes who competed and those who cheered them on."

Yes, and now so many in Korea will associate some of those wonderful memories with a Clay Aiken song. All gold, definitely, no matter how anyone placed in the events themselves. Talent doesn't always place first in a competition, but winning isn't everything either - how well Clay's fans know that! Kind of fitting, isn't it?

LovesClaysVoice said...

Thanks for all the Olympic montages! They are wonderful! I so enjoyed the Olympics and will miss them! Not as much as I miss Clay though!!!

Anonymous said...

love your Clay Aiken blog

the closing ceremony was so great.

Anonymous said...

Lots of great information about the Olympics using Clay Aikens music . Beautiful photos too .

Thanks !

musicfan said...

Clay Aiken should have a medal for every album he has made. He is a true talent.

Anonymous said...

I love seeing the videos. Clay Aiken is a very special young man.

Anonymous said...

Had to watch these a second time..you can't get enough Clay Aiken!"

katy said...

The Olympics may have ended but wonderful memories preserved by montages using Clay Aiken music. Good Job!!

redca40 said...

Clay Aiken's song goes so well with the olympics, I had to watch them a second time too.

marhaven said...

I really enjoyed the Olympics and am looking forward to the next one in London, I believe.

All the montages using Clay Aiken songs were awesome and I have saved them to watch again and again.

Anonymous said...

Loved seeing the pictures from the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics. Also, loved seeing the montages with the athletes and Clay Aiken songs--just beautiful! Thank you!

Miss Tacky said...

Isn't it amazing that Clay Aiken would be mentioned twice in such significant ways in terms of the 2008 Olympics? He really is a popular icon.

BichonLover said...

I wish the USA had featured Clay Aiken's song "On My Way Here" for their Olympic coverage. What an inspiring song!

susytx said...

I love it! Global themes from a global kind of guy---Clay Aiken!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Clay Aiken song for the olympics athletes!

musicfan said...

The closing ceremonies of the Olympics were wonderful. The only thing that would have made them better would have been to see and hear Clay Aiken singing.

Anonymous said...

Clay Aiken and the Olympics.....both exciting parts of the summer of 2008

Ashes said...

I found more great links here I missed seeing before. Not a one should be missed.

THANKS for your super Clay Aiken blogs and for supporting mine :)

Anonymous said...

I just received my "Hero's" CD today and have to say that Clay Aiken is surely in some good company on this album.

So proud of him for being on this and for his song being chosen by Korean tv to be played for the Olympic coverage.

Someone upthread he deserves a medal for his CD's - I totally have to agree. He's GOLD for sure in my book!

Anonymous said...

Clay Aiken deserves gold in every category!

~Shycon

Anonymous said...

Lots of good stuff on that album...the best being Clay Aiken!!!

Anonymous said...

The Olympics were beautifully done this year. Kudos to China on a fine job, and kudos to the montage makers. Clay Aiken's voice and songs just go so well with the Games.

Anonymous said...

Great blog about Clay Aiken. I love all of the montages. Thanks so much. I never get tired of him.

outback

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,
Had to come back and check out the links.....Oh My Goodness, they are awesome.
Thank You for such a wonderful blog.
Hugs, Marlyne

katy said...

The Olympics was made even better with the montages with Clay Aiken.

Anonymous said...

Clay Aiken Rocks!

Anonymous said...

Clay Aiken's music is perfect for the Olympics, inspiring and exciting. Thanks for the great videos and pictures.

Anonymous said...

Clay Aiken has so much talent. I just love his new CD. You can hear some of his new songs here:

http://www.myspace.com/clayaiken

katy said...

To hear more of Clay Aiken's music go to http://www.myspace.com/clayaiken

Deb said...

Amazing blog as always.
I loved how you pulled all the Olympics together.
What wonderful montages with Clay Aiken songs.
Thanks

kim said...

The Olympics are over but thank the Lord, Clay Aiken will never be, as long as the fans love him as we do!

BichonLover said...

I see that new links for Clay Aiken have been posted on your excellent blog! Thank you for keeping us up to date! :-)

Anonymous said...

I am so impressed with this blog. Thank you for sharing all of this with us.

Anonymous said...

Clay Aiken is so special and I thank you for this blog that supports him.

Anonymous said...

There is so much here and I love it. Thank you for your support of the Olympics and of Clay Aiken.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the rundown on how Clay's song was included in the Olympics. I loved the montages.