Clay Aiken – No Plans To Record Any Time Soon

More on the continuing saga of Clay Aiken and his record label, Decca.

Shirley Halperin of the Hollywood Reporter obtained a statement from Clay and a Decca rep about the Idol alum’s  future with the label that released his last album, Tried & True, last summer.

According to THR, Clay was “cagey” about the possibility of a second project with  Universal’s Decca Records.

“There is no upcoming album planned at this time,” Clay told The Hollywood Reporter. “I am focusing on my live show and heading out on tour this week for the next few months. The truth is, I have no desire to get back into the studio any time soon.”

A rep for Decca was also vague, saying only that she “didn’t know of any plans at this time to release a future album with Clay.”

THR notes that Clay could have a “one-off” deal with Decca, a “common contractual arrangement in which an artist renegotiates with a label on an album-to-album basis.”

“There has never been a long-term label deal in place,” Clay said, “but when there is new album to discuss, I will discuss it with the label.”

  • tibitibis

    Some Idols starts their careers with more than any other singer out there can dream , The difference of their succes is that someones are taking better or the right decisions in a phase where they need to establish their careers in a business that is moving so fast lately and where a succesful album is not guarantee to a succesful career. I don’t even know what to think about Clay and his particular statement…..”I have no desire to get back into the studio any time soon.” when he just started to warm his fans again with new material :/…..kind of funny.

  • druzilla

    Aiken is a tool. He’s used and abused his fans since he was on Idol. I say this as someone who owns several of his cds, gave some as gifts and has his book.

  • sr4mjc

    I’m not sure anyone really cares if he records another album.

  • koshka

    sr4mjc:
    02/09/2011 at 6:41 am
    I’m not sure anyone really cares if he records another album.

    Thats not entirely true.. 60K people will be disappointed or at least thats the # of people that bought his last album.

  • Moria Polonius

    He’s used and abused his fans since he was on Idol

    What did he do that could be describes as using and abusing fans? (Just curious here.)

  • Allison

    What did he do that could be describes as using and abusing fans? (Just curious here.)

    I’m sure she’s referring to him saying back in his idol year of 2003 in Rolling Stone that he was not gay, and thereby misleading them.
    I didn’t like that he straight out lied to fans and/or was not altogether truthful to himself. But life goes on, times change, and who’s been perfectly truthful all the time? When a person in the public eye pleases you more than displeases you, you remain a fan.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think any interest in that genre’s revival has peaked and is now gone. He didn’t catch the wave.

    That’s not true. Michael Buble is more popular than ever and Rod Stewart’s and Barry Manilow standards CDs are still selling well. I just don’t think that this genre is a good fit for Clay’s talents. IMO, musical theater is where he fits best.

  • CSFan

    Well Clay, it seems kinda convenient that your lack of desire to record coincides with America’s lack of desire to buy any of your music. ;)

  • Allison

    Michael Buble is more popular than ever and Rod Stewart’s and Barry Manilow standards CDs are still selling well.

    I don’t have sales numbers on hand, but I recall Barry Manilow’s sales trending downward, and I think the last one of Rod Stewart’s wasn’t as well received.
    Whether it’s Buble’s smart move or his management’s he has been able to put original songs on his cover CDs and they have been released as singles – “Home”, “Everything”, “Haven’t Met You Yet”, to name a few. They drive the sales.
    Perhaps Clay released should have mixed some originals on it with covers.

    CSFan:
    02/09/2011 at 11:33 am

    Well Clay, it seems kinda convenient that your lack of desire to record coincides with America’s lack of desire to buy any of your music. ;)

    I think it’s human nature to be discouraged if something you put effort into doesn’t go places, not “convenient”.

  • samtha

    Whether it’s Buble’s smart move or his management’s he has been able to put original songs on his cover CDs and they have been released as singles – “Home”, “Everything”, “Haven’t Met You Yet”, to name a few. They drive the sales.

    The airplay certainly doesn’t hurt, but I disagree that it drives his sales. I would bet the vast majority of people who buy his albums never even listen to music on the radio. I think Buble’s success has been driven by his touring relentlessly and his management’s very skillful unconventional marketing. I doubt an original song would have helped sales of Tried and True – radio simply doesn’t impact that market much – but I also doubt that album sales were Decca’s primary interest. Most of the acts they market through PBS stations have sold relatively few albums – often fewer than Clay’s album – but they have been very successful at selling tickets. Since the recorded music sales are so meager, I think the deals must include sharing of touring revenues. If Decca is less than enthusiastic about Clay now, it’s most likely due to the disappointing ticket sales for his upcoming tour, as well as what appears to be his desire to tour only a few weeks a year.

  • Allison

    Clay talks about Buble, a friend of his, with a different style:

    http://davidatlanta.com/?p=1228