Reality Show Judges See Healthy Sales Boosts (Stats)

When American Idol hired Jennifer Lopez in 2010 for 12m dollars,  it set off a “gold rush”, says The Hollywood Reporter in a new piece.  Since then,  C-listers on singing competition reality panels have made way for increasingly bold faced names like Howard Stern on America’s Got Talent, who is making 15M dollars a year.  Christina Aguilera recently signed on for Season 3 of The Voice for 10M dollars.

What really caught my attention in the article, though, were some statistics at the end of the  piece. Forget those million dollar salaries–if you are an artist looking for a boost in CD sales, sign up for a show!  Here are the deets:

  • Steven Tyler – Catalog sales before and after joining Idol: In 2010, 310,000; in 2011: 650,000+260%
  • Adam Levine– Hands All Over  sales before and after joining The Voice: +115% (“Moves Like Jagger” has sold 4.5 million singles to date)
  • Cee Lo Green:  Lady Killer sales before joining The Voice: 308,000,Sales since April 2011: 155,000 (+50%)
  • Christina Aguilera: 2010′ Bionic saw a slight spike:  Bionic sales before joining The Voice: 279,000 – Sales since April 2011: 22,000 (+8%)

Could this lead to music stars who still have viable careers entering the world of reality tv?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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