Kristy Lee Cook Dropped by Arista? That Was Fast!

ETA: Kristy Lee has been dropped–I’m hearing the news has been confirmed…

I’ve only got a single, obscure source for this bit of news–I’m going to label it rumor for now. But, according to Country On Demand, Season 7’s Kristy Lee Cook has been dropped from her label:

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Sony/Nashville has confirmed that Kristy Lee Cook has parted ways with Arista/Nashville. Cook joined the label for a second time following her run on the seventh season of “American Idol.”

Cook released one single on the label, “15 Minutes of Shame.” The song peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Her debut album Why Wait debuted at #8 and has sold less that 100, 000 copies according to Soundscan.

Let’s review.   Arista signs Kristy Lee Cook in June, at the end of Season 7.   They throw together an album, literally, in a few days that’s full of left-over tracks. (Carrie Underwood rejects, anyone?)   The album and single are released with very little promotion or fanfare. (coffee bars anyone?)   Predictably, her single and album sales tank. Six months later, Arista cuts her loose.

Why did they bother signing her in the first place?

ETA: Peeps in comments reminded me that Kristy has sold only 25K copies of her album, Why Wait

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72 Comments

  1. Why did they bother signing her in the first place?

    Ain’t that the million dollar question…
    Seems almost like they couldn’t wait to get rid of her, but indeed, why sign her in the first place if there was no intention of investing to make a profit?
    If the idea was to capitalize on the AI fanbase, I would have to think her contract was pre-arranged before the season begun, because by the time it ended it was quite clear that KLC had no real fanbase to speak of. Jason or Michael would have made far better candidates if a label was aiming at Idol fans.

    I just don’t get it.

  2. Why did they bother signing her in the first place?

    That’s the big question.

    It’s like they didn’t even try with her.

  3. Jason or Michael would have made far better candidates if a label was aiming at Idol fans.

    I just donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get it.

    This is full of wtfedness.

    Yep.

  4. I never thought I’d say this, but I kind of feel bad for KLC. They shouldn’t have signed her if they weren’t even going to try to succeed with her.

  5. This is full of wtfedness.

    I simply must add this to my lexicon of slang. LOL!

  6. I think KLC was the latest incarnation of a country blonde will sell anything trend that she – unfortunately- was just a little too late take advantage of. I agree with MJ’s previously stated opinion that if they were going to sign one of the girls Brook would have been a better bet.

    Given this, and Pickler’s less than stellar sophomore numbers I bet we don’t see the country blonde much on AI8.

    ETA: By trend I meant 19’s perception of a trend. Because Carrie can really sing, Taylor can really write, and Kellie has a personality. KLC imo has displayed none of these.

  7. Poor KLC I really like her, she is a nice girl and I like her tone of voice, I have to agree with Jolene telling that maybe all was prepare to her to gain public by AI MACHINE, and they have everything prepare to lauch her, once AI was over they didn ´t like the product and didn ´t help her at all…

    I wish her the best hopefully she still have a career to relauch later…

  8. I concur MJ….Why sign her to begin with??? I still think they missed the boat and should have looked harder at Brooke or Jason. I wish KLC good luck, but she has a hard hill to climb. She is another blond country singer that does not stand out or bring anything new to the table.

  9. I really feel bad for KLC. I hope she can pick herself up, brush herself off and…go buy a horse…

    No, really I hope there is something out there in the future for her. I did kinda want to see her succeed. :(

    ETA: misspelled succeed

  10. Simple…they WANTED her to fail. Allow me to play the part of Jim Garrison:

    Arista is also Carrie’s label. She already has competition in the country blonde dept. (Julianne Hough, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Swift, etc.), and the label wanted to make sure Kristy wasn’t another “threat” by her signing to another label. So Arista signs her, throws together a crappy release with a tiny budget, puts it out with no promotion, and lets it fail, doing what Simon tried to do to other AI contestants…threw her under the bus, thereby turning her into radio poison and nulifying the threat. Carrie continues to be the queen Country Idol, and Kristy Lee goes back to begging for her horse.

  11. and the label wanted to make sure Kristy wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t another à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“threatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by her signing to another label.

    I really doubt they will waste that much money on making sure KLC is not a threat to Carrie. She hardly made an impact on AI and I don’t see a lot of other record labels rushing to sign KLC out of the gates. She would’ve faded into oblivion on her own, they didn’t have to assist her.

  12. I don’t think they spent that much money on KLC in the first place. It looks like they opened up the fridge and pulled out whatever leftover songs they already owned and made her sing them.

  13. Kristy IMO couldn’t hope to be a threat to Carrie. I do feel bad for what’s happened to her but I don’t buy that knollish theory one bit maybe because I don’t see her as threatening.

  14. That’s cold. She must be feeling gobsmacked. Seriously.

    Should never have signed her. If this is true, then this would be meaner than having not signed her in the first place. If this is true, this might truly suggest that a lot of machinations and behind the curtain stuff went down, more than usual, with regard to KLC – her AI selection, and what kind of deal might have been brokered to get her on the show.

    This is my first year following AI. MJ and other, you’ve often refered to 19 as 19Evil, and I’m beginning to see why. ou’ve followed AI for years. Who is her management? Simon Fuller? I’d be curious of 19 dropped her, if not, well, then I’d say Fuller has other plans. If he also did, well, then who knows??

    MJ, is this a new record for an AI contestant – in terms of being dropped by a label? I mean, I know Blake was dropped pretty fast, but six months might even shorter than what he had.

  15. I don’t think they wanted her to fail. They signed her at once because Idol finalists who go country usually do well (Kellie Pickler, Josh Gracin, Bucky Covington). They thought she would be quick, easy money but she didn’t do as well as they had hoped.

  16. This is full of wtfedness.

    LOL It is.

    I think when she went to AI Arista probably thought she could be another country girl making some money for them… I believe they had everything ready for her to get out of AI and record the album. But they probably expected her to have more of a fanbase, which is something she could never really build. They had the material ready (she recorded it in 3 days, things had to be more than prepared) so they sign her and see how much they make of it without putting money behind her because Kristy Lee is not one that ever showed any sign of sucess.

    And that is a good question about her management. Did we ever know if 19M signed her?

  17. MJ, is this a new record for an AI contestant – in terms of being dropped by a label? I mean, I know Blake was dropped pretty fast, but six months might even shorter than what he had.

    This is definitely a record. Blake was signed in August, dropped his album in December, and was dropped from the label in June, he lasted about 10 months with Arista.

    Katharine and Taylor lasted about 18 months with RCA and Arista respectively.

  18. Sorry for being knollish, but you gotta admit it makes a good story.

    In all seriousness, could this have ANYTHING at all to do with the economy? Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE is cutting jobs, budgets, even brands (rumor has it GM will dump Saturn and Pontiac as brand-names). And as was mentioned earlier NBC is talking programming cuts as a money-saver. You know labels are looking to cut any artists they may see as “dead weight.”

  19. Her debut album Why Wait debuted at #8 and has sold less than 100,000 copies according to Soundscan.

    Someone was being generous with the “less than 100,000” amount remark since she has not even sold one fourth of that amount yet, so it was a lot less.

    It would have been nice for them to have waited until after Christmas to drop her but the music business is a business. She’s still probably better off than she was last year this time. I wonder if she has recoupment pending. If so, YIKES.

    Best wishes to Christy.

  20. Sony is firing 5000 employees. Kristie is just one of them.

    Someone was being generous with the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“less than 100,000à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ³ amount remark since she has not even sold one fourth of that amount yet, so it was a lot less.

    Ken Barnes says she has…

    Kristy Lee stayed at 1,000, total 25,000.

    It was pretty obvious from the Idols Live tour that Kristie Lee wasn’t particularly popular, talented or charismatic and most past Idol artists can claim at least two of three of those attributes.

    One might question what exactly Arista Nashville was thinking when they inked any kind of deal with KLC…I know that she “fits the profile” but having good hair of a fair shade and saying “Y’all” seems like an awfully skimpy resume.

    I still find it hard to believe that this is true, it seems too early…much too early.

  21. I don’t understand why KLC was signed either. They probably thought she could do something quick and just be a “holdover” until the Davids came along with their stuff? After all, signing Brooke, Michael, Jason or even Carly would have required a greater investment and more patience.

  22. Well, they’ve had such good luck with country singers with long blonde hair: Carrie, Kellie, Bucky…. why not KLC?

  23. Well, theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve had such good luck with country singers with long blonde hair: Carrie, Kellie, Buckyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦. why not KLC?

    Market oversaturation.

  24. This really makes absolutely no sense to me…at all.

    As someone said before, maybe Arista owed her something. Who knows?

    Not only did they not put any effort into promoting her, but she hardly seemed to care, from what I could tell. But then again, who knows. She barely talked about the album. Neither did any of her fellow Idol contestants, as far as I can recall.

    So…it’s just really weird. I almost feel bad for not digging up that 99 cents. Almost. Nevertheless, I can think of at least one or two other Top 50 contestants…heck, even Hollywood-week contestants…who were miles better than her.

    I’m unable to make heads or tails of it, even months later.

  25. “They had the material ready (she recorded it in 3 days, things had to be more than prepared)”

    In fairness leome, she said that she recorded the album in 4 days…. ;-)

  26. This news item is now also in the December 10 issue of Country Aircheck, a country music industry publication. I have a subscription so the issue was e-mailed to me. It’ll probably come out in the public site later. Check here: http://www.countryaircheck.com/index.php

    Also, this general perception that Idols who go country become successful (“guaranteed!”) is a misconception IMO. I see the names Carrie, Kellie and Bucky being cited. How about Phil Stacey, who never really took off? Josh Gracin, who wasn’t able to maintain a mid-level stardom? Carmen Rasmusen and I think even Kimberly Caldwell released country singles too. I doubt many people even know about that. It’s the same thing with the perception that blonde females make it. All I have to say is Julie Roberts, Ashley Monroe, Katrina Elam (and these 3 are the better-known ones) and countless others… a lot of blondes try to make it, and don’t. I want to quote Trace Adkins, a country singer, here who I thought made an insightful comment that went beyond the usual: “She’s just here because of Idol” as if there are no other factors involved.

    On Reality TV celebrities: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think reality shows can create stars. Reality shows can create semi-celebrities but not stars.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ only gave Carrie Underwood the opportunity to be a celebrity. She turned into a star because she had the goods.

  27. Josh Gracin, who wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t able to maintain a mid-level stardom? Carmen Rasmusen

    Josh Gracin is doing fine. He’s still doing well on country radio and his second CD is great! Carmen had her first video on the CMT Top 20 Countdown shortly after it came out. She’s with an indie label and isn’t going to have huge numbers. I have no idea how many Josh has actually sold in terms of albums, but his first one definitely was gold. But he seems to be churning out singles off his second now and hasn’t disappeared by any means. Just because someone isn’t a platinum seller does not mean that they are not successful to some degree. You can’t expect them all to have Carrie level success.

  28. I think they thought she’d do as well as Kellie and they’d make a quick buck. I doubt they had a pre-arranged deal like some have suggested. Really, why would they do that when they have all the leverage? Kinda like Obama dealing with Blago…. right. Ahem.

  29. I am as perplexed with the KLC situation as everyone is.

    To make matters worse I believe KLC had moved to Nashville in anticipation of the career she was envisioning for herself as country singer and had in fact postponed her wedding to give top priority to this career.

    I just hope, for her and her fiance’s sakes that she hadn’t actually bought a house yet – hopefully she only leased one…

  30. I think it’s a combination of the recent downturn, with labels (and most other businesses) cutting everywhere they can, plus the fact that they didn’t invest a whole lot in her in the first place. We don’t know what the contracts are for the different Idols, but, given the promo they did (or didn’t do), it seems likely to me that they didn’t pay her much (in terms of an advance) or build much of a promotional budget into the contract. Since she hasn’t shown she can earn out even that much, it’s no biggie to cut ties right now and get her off the books and not put out any more dollars. Pounding sand into rat holes, etc.

    Why sign her at all? Because she came cheap and they thought they could make enough quickly to make her worth the little they spent. Didn’t turn out that way (and in this economic climate, they don’t have as much time to let it play out) but no big harm since no big money was spent.

  31. They probably also took a chance on her because of the way the vote numbers probably pinned the meter at the top the week she sang “God Bless the USA.”

    A lot of right wingers jumped in the pool and pleadged eternal allegiance and Arista thought they would be back for the album.

    But they didn’t come back. They liked Sarah Palin more and sent the money to her. Maybe Arista should sign Sarah Palin.

  32. It infuriates me that they tried to throw something together; put out the single, and no video, weeks later the video comes out, and is #4 on the country charts in spite of sales. Then she gets dropped,;what timing? I am told many people are just finding out she had a CD in the first place. Yes, the economy has affected sales for her. Just as it is affecting just about everyone somewhere. I like her album. She sang God Bless the USA since 2002, so there was no conspiracy there. She just happened to be blonde and true country unfortunately she was not able to bring something as fresh as Shania Twain did, and therefore, she could not compete with established artists who had a serious following or an oversaturated market. Maybe if she was brunette or a red head? Well, I will keep following her as long as she makes the news. I hope she will have another chance to make music she loves instead of those chosen by the label.

  33. I’d be shocked if Kristy didn’t already have a relationship with Arista before Idol. Why else would they sign her? If they wanted to make a quick buck, someone like Jason was a better bet. With the lack of promotion and her tepid performance on Idol, it was beyond obvious Kristy was going to flop. Also, her claim that she recorded her album in four days isn’t believable to me.

    My guess is Arista was working with Kristy before her Idol run and told her to go on Idol for the exposure. Probably, most of the album was already finished and paid for. So after the show ended, they just released what they already had.

    If this was the plan, I’d bet 19E was in on it too. The judges were very easy on her in the early rounds, and the show seemed to want her to advance, even though she clearly wasn’t intended to win. And she’s not controversial, entertaining, interesting, or particularly talented. Nor does she belong to a group that’s underrepresented on Idol. As a TV character, she’s white bread. So I always found the show’s interest in Kristy to be quite suspicious.

  34. Maybe Arista doesn’t understand that being the only contestant in the “blonde and cute country girl” niche is good enough for 7th place even without any real talent.

  35. Why are you guys so surprised? There are loads of stars you have never and will never hear of. Just from my small hometown in Texas, there are singers with Sony and another that was produced by Babyface. Of course, they got basically no promotion from any label. Only premium acts get promotion. The rest have to rely on other factors such as pure luck.

  36. Also, this general perception that Idols who go country become successful (à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ guaranteed!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ) is a misconception IMO. I see the names Carrie, Kellie and Bucky being cited. How about Phil Stacey, who never really took off?

    Several close to Phil feel that Lyric Street did not promote him as well as they could have. I thought that many of his songs on the debut cd were great. When “If You Didn’t Love Me” first came out, WUSY in Chattanooga said that his performance on the single “floored them” from the time they heard it and couldn’t get it out of their cd players fast enough to then play it. Their radio station was one of those that got the most requests for the song. There was pretty good promotion for it. Unfortunately, there seemed to not have been as much support for “Old Glory,” which has gotten him standing ovations when he performs the original version. Christian radio stations have played “Identity,” and many love the song. He has gotten many a praise by many, including several big names that heard him at the recent Michael W. Smith tribute He is excellent as a performer, as even a recent fan at his Acoustic concert with Josh Gracin can attest. She said that there were 900 people there, who by the end of the show said that they liked Phil the best and were going to buy his cd. The latest we have heard about him is that he is recording for a cd to be released in the spring. It is supposed to be one of Gospel music, with “Old Glory” included, according to what he told one fan. I, for one, cannot wait for the release.

  37. At the end of it all, I think Kristy really never had a chance. The label put nothing into the album and nothing into promotion, and she simply didn’t come off Idol with enough fans to start strong. If you can’t start strong and you don’t get the promo (or have the talent, honestly) to build up and grow a following, you’ve got nowhere to go but down.

    So what next? I think this is pretty much it as far as the music biz is concerned. Maybe she could go into acting or modeling. I have no idea if she’s got any acting ability, but the only thing I liked of hers was the video for 15 Minutes of Shame. Not the song, just the video. Most likely she’ll move back home, get married and we’ll never hear about her again.

    If she has any fans here, my sympathy goes to them. No doubt that she got a raw deal.
    On the upside – fans of Michael, Carly and Jason can finally stop scratching their heads at how KLC got a record deal while their Idol didn’t. Major labels don’t mean a thing unless they’re behind you. It’s better to be the big fish at an indie label than invisible at a major one.

  38. I feel really bad for kristy, i really wanted her like all the other finalists to do well. This is very unfortunate.

  39. ^Ouch!!!!

    On the upside – fans of Michael, Carly and Jason can finally stop scratching their heads at how KLC got a record deal while their Idol didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t.

    I don ´t think neither of them “wanted” to be signied by a 19M & 19R /SONY label:
    Michael- made clear that he “wanted” to go indie because he has being already “burned” by two labels.

    Carly- if Carly have being signed she would have being getting even more hell as the “biggest plant”of season 7

    Castro- the “I don ´t give a s***” actitude from Top 4, plus the Paula Gate from Top 5 I don ´t think neither of the parts wanted anything to do with the other one…

    Now I don ´t really know what happened in the inside those were my thoughs when neither of them got a record ddeal…

  40. I could never understand why a label picked her up to begin with. Let’s face it, she was at the bottom 3 quite a few times as was Syesha who landed up 3rd but Syesha wasn’t picked up either. KLC would have been eliminated much earlier on but her choosing to do a patriotic song bought her more time.

    I remember seeing an A.I. interview with the three judges earlier on in the season and it was clear that Randy picked her as his favorite (which shocked me) so maybe he had some influence and they threw her a bone but it didn’t pan out. Arista just doesn’t do anything for the artist in my opinion. KLC is pretty and has a decent voice but she’s not in the same league like a lot of other country stars.

    The industry is brutal as a whole and you have to make an impression with the music-buying folks and sell units and if you don’t it’s bye-bye.

  41. I’m sorry for Kristy Lee — I suppose it just takes the right combination of talent, charisma, looks, attitude. She’s got healthy doses of each, IMO, but maybe just didn’t shine enough to create any real buzz. I could still see her having enough success, maybe on a local level, to sustain a smaller career.

  42. Maybe Arista should sign Sarah Palin.

    I bet she sings better! Bottom line, sympathy aside. Did anyone her think she was viable in any way? Sometimes we are more perceptive than the suits.

  43. Did anyone her think she was viable in any way?

    When Britney Spears is still a chart topper, who can blame them for thinking that any empty blonde vessel will do.

  44. She doesn’t have one OUNCE of the personality of Pickles. She’s dull as dishwater and a mediocre singer. If you’re that dull and average you better have one hell of personality to make up for it.

  45. When Britney Spears is still a chart topper, who can blame them for thinking that any empty blonde vessel will do.

    Britney has the money and support behind her. Plus, back in the day, she was one hell of a performer. Can’t sing woth a lick but she put on a killer show.

    CLASSIC BRITNEY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruM67sMWAmw

    Now if KLC could do THAT she’d still have a record deal.

  46. When Britney Spears is still a chart topper, who can blame them for thinking that any empty blonde vessel will do.

    If KLC had 1/1000000 of the charisma, star power and appeal that Britney has, she would’ve won AI.

  47. If KLC had 1/1000000 of the charisma, star power and appeal that Britney has, she wouldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve won AI.

    No way. Her voice isn’t even close to being good enough.

  48. No way. Her voice isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even close to being good enough.

    Heh, that was a hyperbole. But the case is – KLC is a better singer than Britney, her voice already got her through the top 24 meaning she won over the producers. If she had the raw appeal that Britney had, she would’ve won America over too and she could’ve won the whole thing.

    Just sayin’… Britney is never a fair comparison coz she is a very peculiar case. She was never a good singer but she’s still the biggest star in the whole world. It’s never just about the voice, you gotta have that extra something – Britney has it, KLC doesn’t.

    CLASSIC BRITNEY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruM67sMWAmw

    Now if KLC could do THAT sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d still have a record deal.

    LOL, word.

  49. Heh, that was a hyperbole. But the case is – KLC is a better singer than Britney, her voice already got her through the top 24 meaning she won over the producers. If she had the raw appeal that Britney had, she wouldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve won America over too and she couldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve won the whole thing.

    Well she might have placed higher and gotten a record deal that stuck, but I don’t think she could’ve made it past the Davids. They were far too strong and their popularity was too huge to be outdone by someone with KLC’s voice and Britney’s charisma.

  50. I dunno, if she caged dance in a bikini while singing “God Bless The USA” everybody would have been “David who?”.

  51. Well she might have placed higher and gotten a record deal that stuck, but I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think she couldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve made it past the Davids. They were far too strong and their popularity was too huge to be outdone by someone with KLCà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s voice and Britneyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s charisma.

    Again, it was a hyperbole – I wouldn’t take it too seriously.

    But eh, we never know. If she still came out on top after showing the world her cooch and shaving her head – I could never underestimate the power of the Britney spell.

  52. I saw her perform and shimmy at Newark. Um, I don’t think so. The audience really wasn’t into her, er, wiggling and shimmying. The Davids could’ve worn garbage bags w/sacks on their respective heads and would still have gotten more love. Seriously.

  53. I saw her perform and shimmy at Newark. Um, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think so. The audience really wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t it the wiggling and shimmying. The Davids couldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve worn garbage bags w/sacks on their respective heads and would still have gotten more love. Seriously.

    Exactly the point…she could’ve shimmied and wiggled all she wanted but she just didn’t have the appeal to draw people in. She’s not a magnetic performer. Britney can’t sing but when she performs, it’s a spectacle. People stop to watch. Charisma is key. Unfortunately for KLC, she just doesn’t have *it*

  54. I always thought Kristy DID have a little extra something. It was the only reason she was still around. Honestly, she shouldn’t have made it out of the semis. If you think about it, the girl coasted on one good performance in her AUDITION – “Amazing Grace” – until she got to “God Bless The USA”. And she survived the disaster that was “Eight Days A Week”. There was something about her that attracted enough fans to keep her around a long time. And it had to be more that just being pretty, because plenty of pretty girls never made it as far as she did, and this season was loaded with pretty girls anyway. So I do tend to think if Kristy Lee had a better voice, she might have been a force to be reckoned with. If you know, her voice didn’t make you forget she existed and all. LOL.

    That said, I’m not sure anyone could have made it past the Davids. It’s hard to beat the power of than many women squeeing over cute boys who can actually sing. LOL. But she coulda took Syesha down at least.

  55. There was something about her that attracted enough fans to keep her around a long time. And it had to be more that just being pretty, because plenty of pretty girls never made it as far as she did, and this season was loaded with pretty girls anyway. So I do tend to think if Kristy Lee had a better voice, she might have been a force to be reckoned with.

    Nah, blonde with hot bod and token country singer. That’s what she rode to #7.

  56. I dunno, if she caged dance in a bikini while singing à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“God Bless The USAà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  everybody would have been à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“David who?à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ .

    :lol_tb: at this image…

  57. Yeah, but if she couldn’t even get AI fans excited at an AI friendly concert, then it’s doubtful that she can ‘wow’ non-AI fans. I think KLC is very attractive and has a strong voice. Not my cuppa, but then country often isn’t. I thought that country might be more open and a good move for her, because some the popular current stars are just atrocious. Danielle Peck? Blech. So I thought KLC could stand out a bit, not tier 1 or 2 like Carrie or Kellie Pickler, respectively, but more in the tier 3s.

    I do feel for her. Getting dumped is always hard. Getting dumped publicly and so quickly, well, that is doubly hard.

  58. Personally, I like KLC’s voice over Kellie Pickler. She has something or Randy would have never made his comments. But without marketing, it is hard to get anyone to buy anything!

    I think the economy and lack of marketing are huge issues to overcome for anyone in the business right now.

    I also agree that no one would take out the Davids this year.

  59. Personally, I like KLCà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s voice over Kellie Pickler. She has something or Randy would have never made his comments.

    I would say that too, except I realized this season that Randy is useless and almost irrelevant in today’s music scene. How many copies did his CD sell?

    I do prefer KLC’s flat voice to Pickler’s tuneless one, however.

  60. I think Randy occasionally voices his own opinion — which I now also don’t think much of, having heard his crummy album, where he took good talent and produced dreck — but very often does just exactly what the producers tell him to do, if they decide to give orders. Seems to me I’ve seen him do quite a few about-faces on contestants that are suspiciously similar to the producers’ revising those people into the new darlings or the new goats. … And given the lack of producing talent his own album showed, I can see why he’d want to make himself very very useful to people in the biz, in this case the AI producers.

    It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Arista had some potential-lawsuit-related reason for giving Kristy Lee a second shot and set it up with the AI producers pre-season that AI’d feature her on the show, push her a little — hence the Randy backing — and then Arista’d give her a contract at the end.

    And now that they’ve given her the shot they promised — because of some way they potentially messed up with her earlier contract — they’re done with their obligation and can drop her.

    The whole scenario neatly meshes several of the AI conspiracy theories I’ve been developing over the years.

    On the other hand, maybe it’s just another example of Randy’s questionable artistic judgment, like his love for the vocal stylings of Kim Caldwell, theme-park singer extraordinaire.

  61. Randy tends to favor the trashy blonds. Just as Simon Cowell tends to favor the sassy black chicks. Just as Paula tends to favor the barely legal beefcake.

  62. I posted my theory at TWOP but I’ll repeat it here because maybe someone’s more well versed in the legalities than I am and those could kill my theory.

    My theory is Arista signed Kristy Lee because they had expiring holds on some songs that Carrie and Kellie had rejected. Instead of letting the money they spent on those holds go for nothing they tossed the songs to Kristy Lee and released the album with little promotion. Maybe expiring holds are also why Kristy Lee’s album was released so quickly.

    I don’t know if holds can be transferred from one singer to another though. Can labels put holds on songs for their roster?

    Kristy Lee did do a big radio tour and it helped her single crack the top 30 on country. She also got a video so it’s not like Arista didn’t spend any money on her. Now they’re dropping her because they aren’t going to bother investing any more on someone they don’t think will catch on. With how this was slapped together so quickly I don’t think they ever expected her to catch on no matter who signed her. So, there has to be some other reason they signed her. I don’t see why there’d be any kind of obligation to give her another chance, that’s why I’m wondering about song holds.

    Maybe Kristy Lee knew the score too. Maybe she figured this was a chance to get some exposure and that at least she’d be past square one the next time she tries in Nashville.

  63. My theory as to why she was signed is to keep anyone else from signing her first on the off chance she could sell records. Sign her, give her inferior material, lackidasical promotion and keep the lid on for a few months for name recognition to die down then cut her loose. Why don’t labels sign less people and put more into promoting the ones they do sign instead of throwing a little money here and there on a lot of people and then dumping them? IF it isn’t working for you, change methods and with the music business in such a decline, they should heed the writing on the wall.

  64. This is in imo a classic case of bad judgement.
    The biggest mistake has been to sign KLC, so early and kill all sympathy that Idol fans in general had with her, because they saw it as an affront for their favourites

    They should have waited and maybe sign her at the end of the tour and than let it look like she take her time to work on her album.
    And than after some time release it, when nobody really remember how she has been on idol.

    There could have been a chance people assume she has talent, because:
    Oh she has been on idol in season 7, I heard that has been some very talented people.

    Maybe then she could have had a chance.

  65. They signed her to make a quick buck and expected her to take off more than she did. She obviously still had somebody at Arista who remembered her from her previous contract who thought they could do something with her after some exposure on idol.

    KLC seemed to want everything handed to her. If she was so serious about being part of the country music genre why didn’t she move to Nashville and start performing in the clubs on Music Row? Arista wouldn’t have objected and it would have helped KLC seem less like a carpet bagger to the establishment in Nashville (and radio programmers).

  66. I thought she went well past her talent on the show and didn’t have the personality to attract new fans so I’m not surprised at all that her album didn’t do well but it does seem quick to drop her.

  67. Wow some of you guys are really out of the loop. Whoever just said she expected everything to be handed to her obviously doesn’t know Kristy at all. Do you have any idea what she all went through before idol? Do you have any idea how she was forced to promote herself completely because Arista wouldn’t spend a buck. Do you know that the teeny tiny bit of promotion that Arista did give her was to the wrong target audience…don’t you think its a little fishy that they intentionally released her single with David Archuletas hoping that Archie fans would buy Kristy single as well when Archie is pop and Kristy’s country. Don’t you find it funny that they created her album in 4 days and rushed into everything while Kristy was fresh so they could make a couple extra bucks. Isn’t it funny that Arista let Kristy’s single leak on the internet so early and 15mos is the only single they released into a Video and everyone only knew 15mos and got it for free therefore taking away from record sales!

    How do Britney and Kristy even compare besides the whole record deal part? Do you not realize that the most popular music genre is pop, therefor Britney will obviously sell much more than any country artist could dream of?

    Besides all of this, have you looked into how Kristy is doing? When it comes to real fan voting in country music (Not cmt because they go by things other than only fan voting like billboard etc.) Kristy reaches 4th place above Taylor Swift (At number 9) but Arista leaked the song earlier so her sales were low so they could drop her after getting a few bucks?

    Seriously guys…no what you’re talking about before you speak, you obviously know nothing either about Kristy or the predicament that she is in

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