Well, as of yesterday American Idol's David Cook's pre-Idol music was available for sale on Amazon.com. As of today, if you click his tunes you'll see THIS. (Look at the 'Price' section.) *Correction* as of 2:00 p.m. today the album has been taken off Amazon completely.
It seems Cook's music was surpassing the newly released Mariah Carey CD, E=Mc2. David Cook's independently released, Analog Heart was charting at - "Holy bill of rights, Batman!" - yes, David Cook was hitting the Number one spot on the sales charts. As that unique event occurred, "poof" went the ability for folks to purchase David Cook's pre-Idol music.
Rumors on-line have varied between David Archuleta's stage-Pop getting involved as well as the show itself determining it inappropriate for Cook to have his tunes for sale while he's undergoing the competition. Rumors also circulating (and this one may have legs) the producers were seeing the big bucks not hitting their pockets, and likely we will see a re-release of this CD with Idol producer's backing. The new release of course, termed a 'remastered work', or some other form of bullshit. It's all about the "moolah" with American Idol - and the music biz - just ask BMG's recently demoted Clive Davis.
My question, is to ask the validity of this move, or should I say removal, of David's CD from Amazon when nothing was done to squelch the sales of other artists of seasons' past? Consider Bo Bice and Taylor Hicks - both had independent works out on the market while they were competing on the show. More importantly, top that thought with the fact that the gal from Ireland with the angry faces, Carly Hennessey aka Carly Smithson, right now still has her CD on the market available on Amazon for the folks interested in purchasing that Pop pablum. Where is the equality for David Cook and the fairness? Hell, what am I thinking? I'm talking about American Idol.
I have to add - Cook's CD is pretty good, comparable to that Finger Eleven CD I bought recently. The guy definitely belongs on the charts, he's going to hit success and we might see him eclipse his rumored pal, The Daughtry, in the sales department once he leaves this reality show. I find David Cook's vocals superior to what I've heard from Chris D. overall. I also love Cook's personality so much more than that evidenced in The Chris.
I'll close with saying I am flabbergasted about this turn of events for David Cook. I don't agree with the actions taken against his CD.
David Cook, "Billie Jean" video c/o bonk65
People Always Told Me Be Careful Of What You Do
And Don't Go Around Breaking Young Girls' Hearts
And Mother Always Told Me Be Careful Of Who You Love
And Be Careful Of What You Do 'Cause The Lie Becomes The Truth