Update: Radaronline.com talked to a publicist who thinks RCA dropped Clay because he came out. That’s ridiculous I would imagine RCA dropped him because he failed to sell records. Rumors about Clay being dropped from RCA have circulated for MONTHS now.
I mentioned the fact that he was no longer on RCA’s roster back in November. This shiz is OLD NEWS. It’s going to be fun (ridiculous) to watch the gossip maw run with this one…
Oh geez. Since Perez Hilton just picked this up, it’s probably going to be everywhere.
But, it should come as no surprise to Idol watchers that Clay Aiken is more than likely going to be dropped by RCA.
It appears that his fans are spreading the word–I got an email yesterday from someone who kindly outlined the Clay Aiken-is-about-to-be-dumped-from-RCA talking points for me:
- On RCA’s website Clay has now been demoted to the same degree as other previously dropped idols (Blake Lewis, Katherine MacPhee, etc.) including the deletion of all his press material.
- Clay’s RCA artist page and message board (ClayAiken.com) has now been deleted and the URL redirected to the non RCA owned fanclub (clayonline.com).
- In recent RCA Grammy oriented press materials, Clay is now left off the standard listing of their artists that closes every release.
- Finally, at the recent huge Disney World opening for the American Idol Experience, Clay was conspicuously absent.
The first items probably mean something–the first two, in fact (as mentioned in comments) were done months ago. Clay not attending the Disney thing means nothing–only Cook and Underwood are still fully under the 19 umbrella–that didn’t stop the other Idol winners from attending.
Clay’s first album, Measure of a Man went double platinum, while his latest album, On My Way Here, didn’t even go Gold, so it won’t be a surprise if and when RCA finally drops him…