Believe it or not there was a time when American Idol winners sold more albums than the runner-ups. One of the last winners to enjoy being part of that selective group was David Cook from Season 7. You may remember David Cook, I for sure remember him very well. He wowed the audiences with his amazing interpretations of classics like Hello from Lionel Richie, Eleanor Rigby from the Beatles and Billie Jean from Michael Jackson. He was also the one who started the WBWG(whiteboywithguitar) curse on Idol. For him, this worked; for the ones that followed him… not so much, and the charts have spoken. And yes, I know that Clay Aiken was a runner-up and sold more than Reuben. I am also pretty sure that Scotty McCreery will sell more than Lauren Alaina, if not more than any other male Idol winner. But yes, as male Idol contestants go, David Cook has been one of the more solid and successful ones. I have been able to see him perform live twice and David is a great performer, deserving of his win and success.
David’s debut self-titled album went Platinum selling around 1,345,000 copies.Today, more than two and a half years after his debut, his new album This Loud Morning hits the streets. Many critics have raved about the album acknowledging Cook’s growth from his previous effort.
Will David be able to replicate Kelly Clarkson’s modus operandi? If you can recall, Kelly’s debut album sold around 2 million copies while her follow-up, Breakaway, a very solid record, sold more than 6 million. In a time where sales numbers are usually low compared to previous years it would be exciting for Cook and his fans to see this happen. Why do I mention his fans? Well, as someone who has followed his career closely and seen him live twice I have to say, David has one of the strongest fanbases I have ever seen… VERY strong. It really isn’t too surprising, he seems like a very nice guy and and is very talented.