AMERICAN IDOL ON THE RADIO: The influence of one TV show on Pop music


MEDIABASE, the world’s most quoted music monitoring service, has released a report analyzing the effect of the artists who have appeared on the Fox Television’s American Idol from the last eight seasons. American Idol has had a massive impact on radio airplay since its debut.

American Idol begins its 9th season tonight. Former winners and finalists from the Fox hit TV show continue to garner major radio play according to Mediabase, the leader in airplay monitoring in the United States and Canada.

Four American Idol performers achieved over 1 million U.S. radio spins over the last decade (2002 to 2009). Here is the TOP TEN:

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1)                 Kelly Clarkson Season 1 Winner   3,786,731

2)                 (Chris) Daughtry       Season 5 Finalist   2,012,389

3)                 Carrie Underwood Season 4 Winner   1,675,041

4)                 Jordin Sparks Season 6 Winner   1,042,670

5)                 Fantasia (Barrino)   Season 3 Winner         604,006

6)                 Josh Gracin Season 2 Finalist         479,204

7)                 David Cook Season 7 Winner         464,435

8)                 Ruben Studdard Season 2 Winner         346,366

9)                 Elliott Yamin Season 5 Finalist         340,339

10)               Jennifer Hudson Season 3 Finalist         296,150

Acts from American Idol have received airplay at every major radio format from Top 40 to Urban, Country, Adult Contemporary, and Rock radio formats.

The most played songs of the decade by American Idol performers are as follows:

1)                 Kelly Clarkson “Breakway”                                                   553,407

2)                 Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats“                                                 545,763

3)                 Kelly Clarkson “Since U Been Gone“                             533,410

4)                 Kelly Clarkson “Because Of You”                                     532,299

5)                 Kelly Clarkson “Behind These Hazel Eyes“             499,864

6)                 Daughtry “Home”                                                                           446,410

7)                 Daughtry “It’s Not Over“                                                         437,302

8)                 Jordin Sparks “No Air”                                                               392,281

9)                 Kelly Clarkson “Walk Away”                                                   386,510

10)               Kelly Clarkson “Miss Independent”                                 361,718

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