Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Clay Aiken's UM In Top AI Vocals

Clay Aiken - Unchained Melody (Season 2)

CA Fans Celebrate PBS, CD News!!!

Curtain Rises on Idol's Season 9

It's showtime for American Idol 9, and the opening curtain countdown is being celebrated in countless ways across the Web.

Clay Aiken's Top 3 performance of "Unchained Melody" from Season 2 is featured in a lineup of 12 former AI contestants at Countdown to American Idol: 12 of the Best Idol Voices on Neon Limelght:

Through all of the delicious side dishes, we really tune in to hear the great voices of talented undiscovered singers. From sultry soul singers, big theatrical wailers, and angelic soothers, Idol has seen every kind of voice imaginable.

The 12 best vocals from Idol's eight seasons -- Clay Aiken, David Archuleta, Elliott Yamin, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia, LaToya London, Kelly Clarkson, Kris Allen, Melinda Doolittle, David Cook, Chris Daughtry, and Adam Lambert -- are featured in the festivities.

Clay sings 'Unchained Melody' on AI2.

Read a blurb about each, view all 12 performances, and leave a comment on Neon Limelight. Of course, Clay's Season 2 version of Unchained Melody is my favorite. The falsetto leap puts a lump in my throat every time:

If Clay didn’t give you chills at least once during his run on American Idol, you’re dead inside. Haul yourself off to the nearest morgue. He’s the first Idol to get hit with the “too theatrical” critique; and, thankfully, for those who’d follow, he made it OK.

Pop Sugar Rush kicked off the new season with a splash about the five Most Successful American Idol Contestants. They include Clay, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson.

The video at Idolator -- Simon's Idol Legacy - His Best and Worst Calls -- includes an exchange CA fans can quote from memory:

Simon Call: "Okay. Very good. You don’t look like a pop star, but you’ve got a great voice. So now what? Clay Aiken, we’ll see you in Hollywood."

Actual Outcome: Oh, ye of little faith. Thankfully for Clay, the mass market can sometimes see greatness beneath the surface. While he may have come in second (by a mere 130,000 votes), Clay went on to debut at #1 on the Billboard chart with the highest-selling first album by an Idol alum to date.

He has scored a number of subsequent hits (though he left the RCA label in 2008), generated some $28 million at the concert box office in his first five tours, and starred on Broadway in Spamalot.

Clay's PBS Special, CD Headline News

Tuesday night the curtain rose on American Idol 9 on FOX. Even more exciting to Clay Aiken fans was the latest tweet from @deccalabelgroup:

Listening to the upcoming @ClayAiken album in the Decca office and it sounds amazing! Fans will definitely not be disappointed!

And from iNternational Media on Wednesday:


American Idol superstar alumni, NY Times best-selling author and TV personality Clay Aiken sings great romantic favorites in "Classic Memories". Stay tuned for more information on a forthcoming special!

And from International Media's Facebook page Thursday morning:

International Media COMING IN JUNE: American Idol superstar alumni and TV personality CLAY AIKEN sings great romantic favorites in "Classic Memories". Tapings for this International Media special will take place in February. Look for the show to be aired on public TV this June!

And then Singer Man tweeted and posted at Facebook about his new album:

Clay Aiken: Clay will release his 1st album on @deccalabelgroup in summer 2010! It will be a collection of classic songs from the 50s and 60s.

WOOHOO, the Decca Decade has arrived!!! Have a wonderful week, Clay Nation!



Sandi said...

The Decca Decade has arrived!


SueReu said...

Loved Clay Aiken singing Unchained Melody. There are several more that I would have included, but I guess it couldn't be ALL Clay!!!


katy said...

How exciting!! A fun day in Clay Aiken land.

lulu said...

Decca is going to support Clay Aiken much much more than RCA did.


Hi Caro, I am so excited with the news on the new album of Clay Aiken, I'm sure great things are coming to Clay with Decca.
I love the interpretation of Clay Aiken on "Unchained Melody. I still listen and moves me
A Hug. Rossy

Anonymous said...

EEEEEEEE. OMG - They are listening to the album at Decca. That means its finished right? I think I love it already and I havent even heard it. lol

Love Clay's version of UM. Watched part of AI tonight but had homework to do. :)



Cindy said...

Yeah, baybee. Unchained Melody was the moment I knew.

Idol found. Game over!

Anonymous said...

YAY! Thanks Caro. I just love Clay's UM. It's my Mom's favorite too. Hope for more great things to come our way. We can't wait :D Bring 'em on DECCA!

Sally (bsrefong)

claniac24 said...

I just re-listened to UM. What a GLORIOUS voice! It's no wonder so many of us fell in love with Clay Aiken. Can't wait for the new CD. I know it will be spectacular!

katy said...

I remember Clay Aiken singing UM and how the crowd loved it. Anxiously awaiting news on the cd.

Anonymous said...

Good blog, always enjoy them. I am excited with All, to have Decca and Clay Aiken bring it on!:)2010 is here !!! The best is on it's way!

chel4clay said...

Clay Aiken did such an amazing job with UM that he has been asked to sing it over and over again. As far as the Decca news eeeeeeee I can't wait.

MissSally said...

Let's not tell Simon that he isn't as omniscient as he thinks he is; time seems to be revealing who the real winners are. Clay's star will continue to rise, just as we knew it would.

ImGranny said...

I LOVED Clay Aiken's performance of Unchained Melody. I can't wait till we get his new CD!

sbleu said...

I love all the new Clay Aiken news. 2010 will be a great year.

CCOL4HIM said...

Lovely blog. I agree with what they said about Simon. Have you heard what Regis said about Kelly Ripa on Jimmy Kimmel a while back? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL-dTvA0X0I

Take care & God bless. Love always, Cynthia

Anonymous said...

Bring it on Clay. I hope we get a tid-bit of Clay news everyday or at least every week.


Sandy said...

WOO HOO! News galore this week and it's all good!

The first thing I thought of when I saw that the CD was hits from the 50's and 60's was - Jukebox Tour 2. I am getting excited already.

Listened to UM again and oh what a feeling! If he hadn't made the top 12 I would have been so disappointed. In fact this should have been in the top 3!

Have a great evening!


Anonymous said...

OMG Caro, you made my week!!!
I simply can not wait to hear Clay SING again ♥♥♥ New Cd & a PBS special it's going to be a great year!