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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Tidbits 8/6

  • 3 Years ago today- the Raleigh AI2 concert and The Clackhouse is born.
  • VOTE-- AOL Music Poll- Ruben vs. Clay... whose CD will you buy?
  • Bouncer15 at the Clayboard, Bouncer15 said that Ryan Seacrest mentioned Clay on E! Network. She also said: "(Ryan) mentioned his new look, but had an old Clay pic, I think with glasses, and said album out Sept 19. The show re-airs in L.A. tomorow at 11 am, don't know if other time zones have the same schedule."
  • This Toledo Blade writer is very negative no only to Clay but to other idols... (why would someone with such obvious bias be assigned to this article? DUMB)
  • Twin Cities Pioneer Press weekly countdown: '4. Speaking of "American Idol," Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken's third album, "A Thousand Different Ways," will feature 10 covers — including this power ballad by '80s rockers Foreigner.'
  • Charlotte Observer article about Idols breaking rank with 19. Mentions Clay who broke from 19E's grasp in 2004.
  • Philidelphia Inquirer- "It's so exciting when American Idol battles spill out onto the streets. Ruben Studdard, who laid the smackdown on Clay Aiken on the show's second season, will again have to face off with his vicious, trash-talkin' rival next month when their new albums are let loose. Clay will unsheath A Thousand Different Ways on Sept. 19."
  • San Antonio Express News (My - Article entitled "Come Ready to Sport your Signature Style at 'Idol'" by Michael Quintanilla. Talks about how Patty Fox can change your looks; "Yes, you, too, can go from frumpy to fa-BU-lous (Kelly Clarkson), from goofy to groovy (Clay Aiken) and from country to couture (Carrie Underwood)."

  • This is soooo funny... Jemrock's lost chapter from LTS.. LOL.
  • Carolina On My Mind: blog about all the things that has been going on this past week.
  • Invisible Kingdom blogs about ATDW: "Also, I'm still hopeful that the original tracks will be mid-upper tempo and still mesh with the rest. Call me crazy, but I don't think that Bon Jovi would write anything snoozy."
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ATDW #1; MOAM & MCWL Climb on

The following rankings were found at Clayversity, and it is really great to see these figures! These are ratings of ATDW, MOAM, and MCWL from Wednesday night through earlier today. These figures will knock your striped socks off!!

Current Amazon rankings (earlier on Saturday)

Rankings Friday night
# 1...ATDW
# 1,472...MOAM
# 1,955...MCWL

Rankings Thursday night
# 1...ATDW
# 1,555...MOAM
# 4,911...MCWL

Rankings Wednesday night
# 5,372...MOAM
# 10,572...MCWL

Starting Thursday night, ATDW was #1 and has stayed there. But notice how MOAM and MCWL have both climbed, MCWL from 10,572 to 902; and MOAM from 5,372 to 620! WOW!!! Somebody is buying all three CD's! We'll try to find out if they continue to climb over the next few days.

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Run To See Breathtaking "Without You" Montage

If you want to see the most breathtaking montage you've ever seen, run, don't walk, to Chexxy's Pearls. Scroll past the first picture to the "You Tube" video montage and click to watch. Are you in for a treat! The montage is by Chexxy, and the music is "Without You" sung by Clay.

My own personal opinion is that this is one of the most breathtaking montages of Clay I have ever seen. Have your tissue ready.

If you want to download this, you can go to YouSendIt, but hurry before it runs out of downloads.

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Countdown to September 19 and ATDW Release! - DAY 44

Here at CDD, we send out the news the day after we receive it. However, with our Daily Countdown until September 19, not so!! We want you to receive the appropriate countdown day on the approprite date. So to remedy that, you will receive Day 45 (August 4) and Day 44 (August 5) today. After that we'll be back to one day.

Now, take it away Clay!!!!

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AD: A Thousand Different Ways

Another CDD ATDW ad for you guys.
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Tidbits 8/5

  • The CB's OneSingerGal found this picture of Clay with producer Adam Anders. He produced "EVERYTIME YOU GO AWAY" which will be on ATDW. (Anders is the one on right with the cap)
  • A new "Analyst" analysis for the new RCA photo -- "I'm here, I'm ready, and you'll never be the same."
  • More ATDW coverage today (there are TONs of sites syndicating the AP story from yesterday, those aren't listed, but you can go to Google News and search Clay Aiken to see them):
    • New York Times
      Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken competed in the second season of “American Idol” three years ago. (Mr. Studdard won the competition, but Mr. Aiken has since had greater record sales.) Now they will go head to head again with their third albums. Mr. Aiken’s, “A Thousand Different Ways” (RCA), will be released on Sept. 19, and Mr. Studdard’s, “The Return” (J), will go on sale Sept. 26.

    • I love this one from TV Squad:-- this is exactly what they posted:
      American Idol champ runner-up Clay Aiken's third album, A Thousand Different Ways, will be a bunch of classic cover tunes. He'll sing everything from Elton John's "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" to Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings." Throw in a Dolly Parton song and a bunch of others and you have quite a collection. He'll also have four new songs on the album (CD!)
    • Teen Music declares: "Clay Aiken Is Back!"
    • Washington Post article about Ruben mentions Clay.
    • Dallas-Ft.Worth Star Telegram
    • says it perfectly:
      The album title was a perfect choice for the collection of love songs as the 27 year old believes that there are many different ways to love someone. Be it friendship, romantic, or unconditional love, there can in fact be 'a thousand different ways' to love.

      The album name could also be interpreted as being the countless number of way that the cover songs can be sung.

      Fans won't be disappointed with Aiken's ability to really let his vocals out. This album displays the singers talents vocally. But expect a more 'sexier' Aiken as some songs will call for a more relaxed style of singing.

      Our Thoughts
      Clay Aiken has a voice that will have the ladies swooning over this new album.

  • Foxes On Idol: "There are some who might say the curse of the American Idol runner-up is that their albums don’t sell nearly as well as the winners’ do (unless your name is “Clay Aiken”). But maybe that isn’t the worst of it."
  • Lyrichord's Music Musings (above photo courtesy Lyrichord's): Clay Aiken - Then and Now. (big change, huh?)
  • Chexxy summarizes the events of the past week - ET, ATDW PR, etc...
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Clay #7 on!

Clay's ATDW broke into's bestsellers list for the first time this morning. It's currently ranked at #7. Congrats Clay!

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Countdown to September 19 and ATDW Release! - DAY 45

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Vote for Clay on

The official American Idol Website wants to know which Idol's CD you will buy first. Clay is in the lead as of this writing with 50% of the votes. Click the AI link above if you'd like to vote.

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Radio Traffic Reporter Says: "There's a thousand different ways I could get down with Mr. Aiken"

Cute story from the CH's lylekira about a Clay mention on a radio station (didn't specify which one):

OMG guys... I just heard a GREAT DJ mention about Clay, and I raced back to my office to tell y'all. I was in Staples (NO, not buying a router!) and they have a radio station playing and its Breakaway (K elly). When the song finished, she says that is K elly Clarkson there, and then she she says ...

"Speaking of another Idol alumn, did you see that picture of Clay Aiken in USA Today yesterday?" She is now speaking to the female traffic reporter who's about to do an update. "He looked so cute."

The traffic report says "No, he wasn't cute... he was HOT!"

The DJ then says to her "Uh oh you have a new crush? Well you know Clay's new alum "A Thousand Different Ways" is set to be released on September 19th and...."

The Traffic reporter kinda cuts her off and says kinda in a dry and blunt manner "thousand different ways I could get down with Mr. Aiken..."

There is laughing and some cross talk I can't understand...mind you I am frozen in the store staring up at the speakers looking completely moronic at this point.

The DJ then says something about the album being a lot of 80's covers, and I hear her mention the Celine song, Mr. Mister song, and the Bon Jovi written song.

The traffic reporter then says something like "mmmmmm, yep. When's that album released again?" DJ says September 19th again, and then says something about her giving up Josh Holloway from Lost for Clay... and then they go into the traffic report.
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Clay's Name Back at Canadian Sony BMG Site

After being gone for most of 2005, Clay's name is now back on's Artist Roster... another indication that Sony BMG may finally be taking Clay seriously.

Check it out >>

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ATDW Covered on E!'s Daily Ten

Clay & A Thousand Different Ways was featured on today's E! Daily Ten, airing on the E! Channel. Quick recap courtesy the CB's hippoga:

"A Thousand Different Ways will slide into the stores Sept 19 including Dolly Parton's HYCA to Celine's Dion BYLM." Background of Invisible video, then picture of DOlly and Celine.
"But will Clay come in second again? Ruben's Cd will be released one week later" Picture of Ruben.
"But maybe Clay will have the edge. Gone is the geeky pre idol young lad. And even his cute as a button winning look is a thing of the past. Check it out! HUBBA, HUBBA!"
Clay last appeared on the show in May, following his American Idol finale shocker.

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Vancouver Claymates- it's your chance to see Clay in person. According to a report from Global BC last week, Clay will be judging at David Foster's Star Search competition in Richmond, BC September 10. Tickets are now available for $20 and up on Hurry-- tickets are limited.

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Sony BMG Releases Clay Aiken Video Player

Bored? The Official Clay Aiken Fanclub alerted us to this new Clay Aiken video player from Sony BMG. Currently, only Invisible and The Way are up.

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ATDW Makes It Onto the AP Wire

A story about ATDW has made it onto the Associated Press' wire. This is fantastic news since the Associated Press is syndicated by almost EVERY news website. Canadian websites syndicating the Canadian Press will also received the article. Here's a sampling:

The above listed is only a small sampling- over 50 news sites are showing the article and we expect this number to grow.

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Reliving Jukebox 2005: Cary, NC, Regency Park Amphitheater

After his highly successful Greenville, SC concert, Clay took a short trek north to his hometown of Raleigh, NC (the concert was actually held in Cary, NC, a suburb of Raleigh). Clay's return to the Triangle was marked with jubulation. It was the first time Clay returned home following the busy 2004 holiday season marked with the releases of Learning to Sing and Merry Christmas With Love. It was also Clay's first North Carolina concert after his double sellout during October 2004's State Fair when tickets were all snapped up in less than 15 minutes. The Cary concert was no less successful. Only a handful of the 7,000 tickets were available hours before the start of the concert. Proving that North Carolinans still took pride in their 'Idol', the press covered the concert like crazy. The Raleigh News & Observer and Cary News published multiple articles welcoming Clay's return to his beloved hometown. A crew from an area TV Station even showed up at a pre-concert gathering of Claymates. North Carolina was still CLAY AIKEN CENTRAL.

The Performances

  • When Doves Cry continued to entice Claymates. Even with Ms. Faye Parker in row #1, Clay gave it his all (perhaps the best performance thus far). The CB's ClayKeepsOnShining says: "The women in front of me were going ballistic. They were in their mid twenties and had left their husbands at home. My husband was standing next to me so I had to watch my P's and Q's." cc777 adds: "WDC, yes he is sexy, to say the least. Sexy like real southern nights. Any woman that is not dead can see this. Me, yeah I like it."
  • 1000 Days - Clay replaced Just You to debut a new song for the hometown crowd. Similar in musical flair to Just You, 1000 Days was another slow-tempo'ed love ballad. After almost 2 years without a new Clay song, Claymates held onto every note Clay sang. Cellcerters on the receiving end posted the lyrics to the song frantically as Claymates around the country crashed message boards and servers.
  • The Elvis Medley was astonishing as usual. The heat and hometown atmosphere was perfect for Clay's flawless rendition of Elvis' classics. cc777 said this in her recap: "I absoluley love his singing of Love Me Tender and playing the piano. The thouught that he learned to play this and hearing him sing it at the same time is such a wonderful gift to fans like me. It is truly beautiful. It is the sort of thing that if you could only have a few things in life, a recording of this would be one of the things I would want." LUVClay26 said: "I have not seen anything that incited so much jealousy for that hussy mic stand until that night. OMG. Everytime he'd just shake it, I had to grab the chair in front of me and remove my gaze from the binoculars. He so knows he's sexy. Gah! It was bad when he straddled that thing. Man please let me be a mic stand when I am reincarnated. I'll be good."
Stump The Band
No Stump the Band during this concert.

The Fans
As with any hometown show, Clay's best friends -- old teachers, old classmates, relatives -- were in attendence. Ms. Faye Parker had a comfortable seat in row 1. Clay's grandparents were also in the audience. Clay remarked during the Elvis banter how some of Clay's past music teachers would be "crying" over his Elvis performance. Also, Claymates from across the country flew, drove, used any form of transportation to get to Raleigh for the show. Taking advantage of cheap airfare, the CB's hanapepe, hosaa and Texasgreeneyes flew in from Oregon, Maryland and Texas to see Clay.

Classic Clay Moments
  • The night was VERY HOT... During the Elvis portion of the show, Clay asked the audience to collectively blow a breath of air towards the stage... "no... just kidding". Clay also joked, "Wow. I think I am sweating more than Ruben."
  • Clay spent a long time in the audience this time around. The CB's LUVClay26 had a close encounter with Clay: "Clay then before intermission wanted to go and find someone that was there that didn't want to be there. He went into the audience and I DIED. He almost came down my aisle, but didn't. He saved my life by not coming down my aisle I think. I would have died worse than I did."
  • Clay took the risky step of dancing on top of the piana during Great Balls of Fire... "It was somewhere around here he gets up on the piano. HOLY HOTTNESS!! It was cool as he shook his thang and just sang "Great Balls Of Fire." I was dancing having so much fun watching. He looked out to probably somone in front of or in back of me and just looked like he was happy and having fun too. I felt myself blush and cursed at myself for reacting that way because I'm thinking he was just pointing to someone close to me," says LUVClay26.
  • Clay spent time talking about his move back to Raleigh ... "He talked about moving back to Raleigh and said he would never camplain about the traffic in Raleigh again after living in LA. He referred to one of his band members as being one the many people he's met from LA whose insides were not rotting," said the CB's ClayKeepsOnShining in her recap.
Reaction - Pre & Post Concert
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Amazon, B&N Update

  • ATDW seems to have dropped out of Amazon's ranking system after spending a day at #1. It now reads: "ranking: none". This is an software glitch and Clay should be back at #1 soon.
  • Clay rose to #1 at Barnes & Nobel this morning! YAY!
Update 5:14: Clay's back to #1 on The picture is gone though.

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Tidbits 8/4

  • Even more ATDW coverage from the press:
  • article about ringtones mentions popular Clay ringtones: "Clay Aiken-braying ring tones of their co-workers' cell phones."
  • has another nice ATDW mention. They had one yesterday too.
  • Entertainment Weekly comments on Clay's ATDW song choices (it's mixed, but definately more negative).
  • Clay mention in today's Billboard Chart Beat: "Clay Aiken received pop airplay with "Invisible," and has charted numerous times on the airplay-only Adult Contemporary chart."

  • ClaySpots: an open letter to Clive Davis: what happened? -- ClaySpots has an update -- "This is only Clay's second mainstream album. Maybe he's taking baby steps. Maybe he's experimenting with just what that incredible voice can do. Maybe this CD will be a Tour de Force of vocal beauty. I'm just having trouble with knowing that there's very few, if any uptempo, rock-ish songs on the CD when clearly he does them so well and his fans eat it up with a spoon."
  • WebWeaver tells us why she loves Clay Aiken: "My love of Clay began with the VOX. It's a voice that knocks my socks off, and that can reduce me to tears with its total beauty and utter purity."
  • Something That Really Happened- ATDW blog.
  • There Was A Man experiments with a few mockup ATDW covers.
  • Southern Girl's weekly blog roundup.
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calleik's Post: Get Ready For A "Sophisticated" Man

The Clackhouse's calleik said it best in this post today:

Embracing's been an emotionally charged day and a lot to process and try to articulate. Which so many have done so well.

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to see and experience some of what happens on the way to an album release, as well as all the strategizing that spins around it. There is always a "C" in the equation, but it's not conspiracy. It is compromise. I have heard the stories from artists themselves...and the other side from producers and A&R people. Artists know what they like, what they feel comfortable doing, what makes their hearts and minds soar; producers/labels know--or think they know--what will make a good album, generate good reviews, drive sales. Somewhere in the middle, they meet. Sometimes the compromise works, sometimes it doesn't. It's the dance they do and the gamble they take.

How much of this was compromise? Maybe not as much as imagined. Clay is a very smart man...

As I was juggling an incredibly hectic day and monitoring the board, I got an e-mail from a male friend who has always been so-so on Clay but loved the "Rocker Clay" Live clips I played for him. He'd read the press release on one of the news sites he checks...and saw the #1 Amazon ranking when he did a search for something. His comments surprised me. "Wow. There's some seriously cool stuff here. Is he going to tour?" I said, "Oh, you think you might catch a show this time?" "Yeah...yeah, I do. Let me know." "I wouldn't have pegged you for this kind of stuff." "Well, I like the heavy, but I also really like these songs. I think this could be seriously cool." I was then telling a female friend who likes Clay, but only very casually. When I read the track listing to her, she said, "I love these songs! But you know what? This is probably going to be a huge hit with the teens." I said, "What makes you think that?" She went on to tell me how her daughter and friends were on a raving retro kick...and had been playing all the 70's and 80's music they could get their hands on.

Clay is a very smart man.

And I don't believe for one instant that "Rocker Clay" is going away...not at all. He will be right there, onstage, waiting to take us over that edge all over again. And that Clay will make it into the studio before long...maybe next time. But the strategy here is a smart one, I think. And I've begun discussing this with the industry people I know...I'll share more later if you're interested. We want industry respect, we want radio play, we want everyone to see the Clay we see. By having him cover classics by veteran artists who are commercially successful and critically aclaimed, Clay's unique interpretation will likely garner him a new level of opposed to having original material scrutinized and shredded. Good material will come out of the already is. And the radio? I think these songs--because of his voice and styling of them--have huge radio playability. They will catch on with the casual because of their familiarity, but the power of his voice and the skill of his interpretation will drive them home.

And this is not "Ballad Boy" Clay. Far from it. This is a mature, sophisticated man who is on a journey. He has weathered some nasty gales with grace and emerged with his head held high. He has become comfortable in himself...he knows more of what he wants and where he wants to go. The sultry sensuality will take these "pop" songs to a new place...and we will feel the edge. Others will feel something, maybe not really knowing what it is, but they will feel it. They will see it. They will be enthralled.

And they'll be back.

There are exciting things ahead. Clay said: "Keep an open mind." He knows us...and he knew how all over the map we would be. But he also knows himself a lot more...he just knows things.

I will listen. He will sing. The rest will happen.

Oh yeah, it's going to happen.
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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Countdown to September 19 and ATDW Release! - DAY 46

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New Coming Soon

After being neglected for quite a while, is getting a new look to correspond with the Sept. 19 release of A Thousand Different Ways. The look you see above is temporary and a new layout will be "coming soon".

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» See the bestsellers list (music)

#1 A Thousand Different Ways
~ Clay Aiken (Artist)

Amazon also lowered the price to $9.99.

Note: Clay would've been #1 much earlier had not experienced those ranking glitches today. -- not even Justin Timberlake's September 12 release managed to climb to #1!

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A Barrage of ATDW Related Articles!

See what this morning's ATDW Press release did? Look at all these articles about ATDW. Wow -- fantastic BUZZZZZZ!

  • "While collections of covers can be a risky proposition, and, in overall pop history, they don't have a good record of sales or critical acclaim, the covers album The Greatest Songs of the Fifties brought Barry Manilow back to the top of the charts earlier this year and Rod Stewart has turned covers into a franchise. Perhaps this is just what Clay Aiken needs to focus attention on his tremendous vocal instrument. With the legendary Clive Davis at his side, I wouldn't bet against him."
  • Access Hollywood
  • -- "Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard release albums at same time. Second-season American Idol champ Ruben Studdard and second-season runner-up Clay Aiken will continue their musical competition in record stores this September. The two are releasing albums within a week of each other."
  • Billboard
  • E! Online: Ruben Clay "Rematch"... "Get ready for the Claynation versus the Velvet Teddy Bear in a battle royale. Again." -- Note: The E! channel is also running a Clay alert on their ticker. clayfan4ever3122 from the CB says: "It mentioned A thousand different ways saying the it is coming out sept 19 and it has 10 covers and 4 original songs."
  • Live Daily: "Singer Clay Aiken will turn from holiday cheer to his romantic roots with his third album, "A Thousand Different Ways," due in stores Sept. 19."
  • WRAL: "Raleigh native and former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is expected to release a new album this fall."
  • MTV
    Clay Aiken is heading back to the '70s for his next album. The "American Idol" runner-up's A Thousand Different Ways features 14 tracks — 10 are covers of hits from the 1970s through the 1990s, including Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again," which Aiken switched up from a country track to a pop ballad. The LP, due September 19, also includes the singer's take on hits by Elton John, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Foreigner as well as a new track written by Jon Bon Jovi called "These Open Arms." "This is an album of love songs," Aiken said, "but they are about all different kinds of love." ...
  • Charlotte Observer
  • The Web Newsroom
  • Celebrity Cafe
  • IGN -- "Come September 19th Clay Aiken will have three albums under his belt. The singer's latest effort, A Thousand Different Ways, will feature 10 cover songs plus four new songs."
  • Top 40 Charts
  • Star Pulse
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CDD's sashntash spoke with's support center. The website is experiencing problems with ATDW's ranking. As of 12:32 PM EDT, ATDW has no ranking despite the fact 2000 copies were pre-ordered in the last 24 hours.

sash posted this on the CB today:

OK..... Just got off the phone with Amazon.

They agree.. There is a technical glitch that is causing our purchases to not be shown in the sales rank for ATDW and that is causing it to not show up in the Top Seller list in Music.

I emphasized that there are approximately 15,000 people waiting for an answer as to when they are going to get it fixed :grin .

They are submitting a ticket now - urgent basis (so they said...) to get it fixed.

They took my name and cell phone number and promised they will call me when it is fixed and/or when they know when it will be fixed.

I told them that it is #2 at and that I was sure they didn't want our 12,000 members and the members of all the other Clay Aiken fan websites to order from one of their competitors...

I think they finally got my point :grin

So ... we wait some more....

I'll let you know if and when I hear from them.

They said that there were 2000 orders placed yesterday and they will get right on it...
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RCA Issues Press Release for ATDW

As promised, RCA Records finally issued their ATDW press release. Take a look at the tracklisting- very interesting!

Here its is, in its entirety:

Clay Aiken Releases New RCA Records Album 'A Thousand Different Ways' in Stores on September 19th
Thursday August 3, 10:00 am ET

LOS ANGELES, Calif., August 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The long wait for Clay Aiken fans is over. RCA Records will release the singer's third album, "A Thousand Different Ways" on September 19th. The project, Aiken's first outing since 2004, combines 10 cover versions of well-known songs from the '70s, '80s and '90s with four brand-new songs.

The album is a follow-up to Aiken's debut set, "Measure of a Man," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and is certified triple-platinum, as well as the platinum-selling "Merry Christmas with Love," the best-selling holiday album of the 2004 season.

For Aiken, the new album's title has multiple meanings. "This is an album of love songs," he explains, "but they are about all different kinds of love. Romantic love, Friendship, Unconditional love. There are a thousand different kinds of love; a thousand different ways to tell someone you love them. And, on top of that, since so many of these songs are covers, it's realistic to say that many of them have been or could be sung a thousand different ways."

In fact, Aiken has put his own spin on some of the well-known songs he has recorded for his new album. "These are songs I heard growing up. I loved them then and I still love them today, but we decided to do them a little differently. They have new arrangements and we put our own style on some of them."

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil's "Here You Come Again," a No. 3 hit for Dolly Parton in 1978, stands out for Aiken. "I've always loved that song," he says. "But for this album, we didn't use a country arrangement. It's a ballad version now. Adam Anders produced the most amazing arrangement and I couldn't wait to sing it."

Aiken credits Chairman CEO BMG U.S., Clive Davis for coming up with the concept for the album. "When we first embarked on making an album, my executive producer Jaymes Foster and I started out with one or two covers, then we had three. We slowly discovered that it's harder these days to come by songs that are as superb as the songs that I grew up on. Based on that, it was Clive's brainchild that we take classic love songs of the last 30 years and pair them with four new songs. He is a man who not only knows music, but really has his finger on the pulse of what listeners want to hear."

Those who have come to expect Aiken to belt out a song won't be disappointed. The album shows off Aiken's vocals in a big way with songs like the Bad English hit "When I See You Smile" and Harry Nillsson's "Without You." But Aiken will surprise fans by singing in a more relaxed style on some tracks than they have heard before, showing a different, sexier side.

Aiken fans will also be glad to know he was personally involved with the selection of every track and that he participated in every aspect of the album. "For the first album, most of the songs were chosen ahead of time. I was less of a participant in the process. The second album was a Christmas album, so we naturally chose songs of the season. This new album has much more of me in it. Right from the beginning, Clive and Jaymes wanted to find songs that were right for me. Jaymes told me, "Stay in your lane, but remember it's okay to swerve a little and see where it takes you.' That's exactly what we did."

The following is a complete track listing for the much-anticipated "A Thousand Different Ways," including writer and producer credits:

Originally recorded by: Richard Marx
Written by: Richard Marx / Produced by: John Fields

Originally recorded by: John Waite
Written by: Diane Warren / Produced by: John Fields

Originally recorded by: Badfinger and Then Harry Nilsson
Written by: William Collings, Thomas Evans, Michael Gibbins, Peter Ham,
and J.C. Molland
Produced by: John Fields

Written by: Andreas Carlsson, Samuel Waermo, Mimmi Waermo & Clay Aiken
Produced by: Andreas Carlsson and Samuel Waermo

Originally recorded by: Elton John
Written by: Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Producer by: Per Magnusson & David Kreuger

Originally recorded by: Paul Young
Written by: Daryl Hall
Produced by: Adam Anders

Originally recorded by: Bryan Adams
Written by: Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen & Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Produced by: John Fields

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS - Guest Vocals by Suzie McNeil
Originally recorded by: Foreigner
Written by: Michael Jones
Produced by: Russ Irwin, Marti Frederiksen & Charlton Pettus

Written by: Jon Bon Jovi & Desmond Childs
Produced by: John Fields
(CDD's note: MP3 Download - Bon Jovi's version)

Originally recorded by: Celine Dion
Written by: Diane Warren
Produced by: Eman

Originally recorded by: Dolly Parton
Written by: Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil

EVERYTHING I HAVE - Featuring William Joseph on Piano
Written by: Jeremy Bose
Arranged by: Jeremy Lubbock

Written by: Christian Leuzzi, Aldo Nova & Emanuel Olsson
Produced by: John Fields

Originally recorded by: Mr. Mister
Written by: Richard Page, John Lang & Steve George
Produced by: Eman
Listen to the original versions of all the covers at YouTube.

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Full Tracklisting Published by USA Today's Blog -- No BFM or TRD!

Woohoo! The full tracklisting to Clay's A Thousand Different Ways was published by USA Today's American Idol blog. Here's what they posted (including the tracklisting):

Clay: The new album

OK, here's most of the scoop on the upcoming, and much-awaited, third album (if you're counting the 2004 Christmas album, which I guess you should). It's called A Thousand Different Ways, it's coming out Sept. 19 (beating the November Idol rush), and it consists of 14 songs, 10 of them covers of '70s, '80s and '90s.

Here's the track listing, in handy alphabetical order:

A Thousand Days (new song)

Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)

Broken Wings (Mr. Mister, original artist)

Every Time You Go Away (originally Hall & Oates, hit by Paul Young)

Everything I Do (I Do It for You) (Bryan Adams)

Everything I Have (new song)

Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton)

I Want to Know What Love Is (Foreigner)

Lonely No More (new song, co-written by Clay)

Right Here Waiting (Richard Marx)

Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (Elton John)

These Open Arms (new song, co-written by Jon Bon Jovi)

When I See You Smile (Bad English)

Without You (originally Badfinger, hit by Nilsson)

Quotes from Clay (from the press release) follow.

Said Clay: "These are songs I heard growing up. I loved them then and I still love them today, but we decided to do them a little differently. They have new arrangements, and we put our own style on some of them."

He expounded further: "This is an album of love songs, but they are about all different kinds of love. Romantic love, friendship, unconditional love. There are a thousand different kinds of love; a thousand different ways to tell someone you love them. And, on top of that, since so many of these songs are covers, it's realistic to say that many of them have been or could be sung a thousand different ways."

Clay, as you can see, is also sporting the same basic coiffure he showed off on the Idol finale, though I must say he looks quite dashing here.
To learn more about any of the songs or artists listed above, enter the info into Wikipedia.

The biggest shocker today is that Back For More and Tears Run Dry, which were previewed during last summer's Jukebox Tour was left off the tracklisting.

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Tidbits 8/3

  • Tuscaloosa News: Ruben article - the usual Clay mention.
    His first post-“AI" CD, “Soulful," earned advance sales of 1 million, a couple of Top 10 hits and a Grammy nomination, but that’s sometimes lost in the shadow of the even larger success of Clay Aiken, runner-up to the Birmingham-born crooner in Season 2 of “AI."
  • Elmira Star Gazette News - local Idol will "audition for the program that has made singers like Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken famous."
  • Foxes On Idol: Fantasia splits from 19E. "Fantasia has moved to “free herself” from her 19 Entertainment contract, joining other alumni like Clay Aiken, Mario Vasquez, and Kelly Clarkson who hired high-powered attorneys to take greater control of their careers."
  • article about Toms River Fest mentions Clay (Clay began JBT there last year)
  • The Deadbolt: curse of AI's runner up - Clay the only runner up who hasn't broken foot: "That leaves Clay Aiken as the last Idol runner-up to escape with his own two feet."

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Clay Co-Writes New Song, "Lonely No More"

SHOCK! Clay has finally ventured into the world of songwriting. According to USA Today, a new song called "Lonely No More" was co-written by Clay and will be on A Thousand Different Ways.

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Official RCA Press Release To Come Later Today

Clay said yesterday a RCA press release will come in the next "few hours". USA Today confirmed that this morning, giving tidbits from today's upcoming RCA PR. In it, Clay says:

These are songs I heard growing up. I loved them then and I still love them today, but we decided to do them a little differently. They have new arrangements, and we put our own style on some of them."

This is an album of love songs, but they are about all different kinds of love. Romantic love, friendship, unconditional love. There are a thousand different kinds of love; a thousand different ways to tell someone you love them. And, on top of that, since so many of these songs are covers, it's realistic to say that many of them have been or could be sung a thousand different ways.
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ATDW Already Climbing the Charts (sort of)

Exciting news this morning!

  • ATDW is the #2 bestselling album at Barnes & Nobel.
  • Still no ranking on Amazon (all their stats seem frozen -- Amazon glitch)
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Reliving Jukebox 2005: Greenville, SC, The Peace Center

Photo courtesy & copyright 2005 DanieP80.

An electric atmosphere marked Clay's return to the Carolinas. It was also Clay's 2nd time playing the quiet and small South Carolina city of Greenville. During Clay's 2004 Summer Tour, his July 17 Greenville concert at the Bi-Lo Center was a hot ticket and a near-sell out. This time, the venue was the Peace Center- a venue some concertgoers described as the most intimate and exciting venue in the region. As such, Faye Parker's first JBT concert couldn't be more appropriate. A gleaming Faye watched as her son graced the stage singing the hit songs of the past 5 decades.

The Performances
  • The 90's Banter -- Clay's energy was especially on (perhaps from the fact both Jaymes Foster Levy and Faye Parker was in attendence) during this concert. The 90's banter was a performance in itself. As Quiana, Angela and Jacob danced to "Don't Touch This", Clay remarked: "the beauty of this moment is that they have to keep dancing as long as I talk... and they look really tired, so... I think I'm gonna have a seat right here." (thanks to the CB's jerseymeclay for the quote)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water was another hit. Kitty4Clay said in her recap that "Bridge Over Troubled Water was Amazing!!". angelcat4jc said: "BOTW was the best I've ever heard! Just totally awesome. It was really worth the cramped seating to hear that again". jerseymeclay said it even better: "Bridge was pure, and sent me right back to AI2 finale."
  • Back For More - Jaymes Foster Levy, the sophomore album's (ATDW) executive producer, was in the house tonight. Clay gave extra effort on Back For More. jersey said: "He really is magnificent. His talent alone is unbelievable, but paired with such an amazing, generous heart that loves the Lord, he is just ON FIRE!"
  • Clack galore -- Clay's WDC was HAWT (need proof?... see the photo up there ^^)... heck the entire concert was HAWT. The venue was very lax on cameras. Some clack were gathered tonight.
Stump The Band
No Stump the Band during this concert.

The Fans
Clay's biggest fans were at the concert. Among those in attendence were Clay's mom Faye Parker, the sophomore album's executive producer Jaymes Foster Levy and many big name Claymates from the Clay nation, including Goood Baby Brush. Ms. Parker had actually snuck into the venue without Clay knowing -- it all caught Clay by surprise. Perhaps she didn't want Clay to NOT do the 'thudly' stuff he does during WDC (just a thought... LOL). The concert also seemed to have successfully 'Clayverted' a MALE reporter from MSNBC who praised Clay by saying that "[Clay is] able to sing exceptionally well". We also found out (as if we didn't know already) that Clay had a flock of fans following him across the country. Many of the Atlanta concertgoers from the night before had followed the tour bus' route and found accomodations in South Carolina and North Carolina for the Greenville and Cary, NC concerts.

Classic Clay Moments
  • Once again, Clay forgot the words to When You Say You Love Me. He wasn't as embarassed about it as he was the last 2 times he did it. Instead, he laughed it off with comedy. Here is the short recap from the CB's jerseymeclay:
    For the third night, he's forgotten the words to WYSYLM, and it was hilarious!!! He pretended to walk off stage! He pulled his mic out of his ear and said, "I give up!" After the song, he explained how he keeps rehearsing that song so he won't mess it up... "There are 65 songs in this show, and I know the words to ALL of them except the ones from my album! Now that is just embarassing. But y'all don't care, do you?" SCREAMS!!! "Now I just want to try this again, just for the heck of it....'I've been watching you from afar, and the way you make your way around the bar, you LAUGH LIKE YOU'RE REALLY ENTERTAINED! That's it!" A girl on the front row had made CUE CARDS! He took them from her and flipped through and cracked up. "She made me cue cards for my own song! Now, see, if y'all had made cue cards, y'all could have been on the front row too. Are you going to be in Cary, NC tomorrow night? Good. Bring the cards with you."
Reaction - MSNBC Review
Since this review is so good and truely reflective of the unique talent Clay has, it would be a shame if I did not quote it a second time on this main CDD blog. Courtesy MSNBC.
Audience is clay in Aiken's hands
Singer won second place on 'Idol,' but first place with fans

By Andy Dehnart
MSNBC contributor
Updated: 6:23 p.m. ET Aug. 9, 2005

Less than a week after kicking off his 25-city "Jukebox Tour," Clay Aiken performed in Greenville, South Carolina. After performing an energetic review of hits from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s, he concluded with a few original songs, including "When You Say You Love Me," which was on his first album, "Measure of a Man."

As he began to sing, he stumbled, arriving at the wrong words at the wrong time. The music kept playing but Clay turned to the singers on stage with him and said, "That's the third night in a row!" He laughed. "I don't know the words to this song!" Then Clay pretended to sulk off stage, letting one of his back-up singers take over, but he quickly came back to give it another try.

Then, in the front of the Peace Center's auditorium, near stage left, a fan held up a sign. But she wasn't proclaiming her love for Clay; instead, she was offering assistance. "Are those the cue cards for that song?" he asked, walking over toward her. In her hands were, in fact, homemade cue cards with the lyrics to "When You Say You Love Me." Having known of his tendency on this barely week-old tour to have trouble with the song, someone had constructed cue cards to help him out and passed them to the front of the auditorium. His fans knew he was going to mess up before he did.

"Although I feel completely, miserably embarrassed, I'm going to try to continue, if that's okay," Clay said. Then he asked, with mock incredulity, "How do you know I'm going to do the same ones I did last night?"

That's a good question, but there's an easy answer: Clay Aiken may have been the runner-up on "American Idol 2," but two years after he lost that competition, he has become the single most successful and popular reality TV show contestant ever. No other reality TV stars—and few stars of any other origin—have managed to build a fan base like that at the Peace Center last Wednesday. Other reality show participants have recognizable names (such as Omarosa, Richard Hatch), and others have gone on to successful careers (like Clay's "Idol" predecessor Kelly Clarkson, for example), but Clay has an audience like no other.

Even though Clay lost "Idol," he easily outsold winner Ruben Studdard in both singles and albums, and his debut record landed at number one upon its release. His fans are obsessively devoted to both Clay and his art, going online to discuss his music and his charity work (as a UNICEF ambassador, among other things).

There's even a Clay Aiken credit card, which can be used to buy everything from a Clay Aiken bucket hat to a Clay Aiken thong.

Play that not-so-funky music, skinny white boy
Why exactly is this "skinny white boy," as Clay described himself in Greenville, such a sensation? I went to Greenville to try to find out. What has inspired the rabid devotion that characterizes Claymates, as his fans are known? What sort of performance causes fans to attend concert after concert on the same tour?

Although a single concert just skims the surface of the phenomenon, from the moment Clay strutted out on-stage arm-in-arm with his back-up singers, the audience was, well, clay in Clay's hands.

Before the concert began, I asked a fan sitting in front of me to explain, in a sentence, why so many people loved Clay Aiken. "We came for the music, but we stayed for the man," she said.

This enthusiasm for both Clay and his art didn't subside the entire evening. Throughout the two-and-a-half-hour show, the audience stood up (during the fast songs) and sat down (when Clay was telling a story or singing a slower song). Waves of energy rippled throughout the auditorium as he performed medleys of well-known hits from the past half-century, more than capably tackling covers of songs by everyone from Elvis to Prince.

As Clay moved on stage, camera flashes strobed constantly, and tiny images of the stage were visible on dozens of video cameras' view screens. Some fans stood with cell phones open, broadcasting the concert to others around the country, who transcribed it online for the benefit of other fans. The audience cheered wildly when Clay accompanied himself on piano, because, someone quickly told me, he was just learning to play.

Everyone who's heard him knows that Clay can sing. But on stage, Clay is also energetic, humble, and awkward. He mixes self-depreciation with a dose of pretend, over-exaggerated ego, and genuinely appears to be having a great time interacting with his audience and his band. Far more experienced performers would have been thrown off after forgetting words to a song, but it didn't really phase Clay at all; in fact, he embraced it. His personality and persona are as much a part of his performance as his music.

During the performance, Angela Fisher and Quiana Parler sang back-up for him throughout the evening, but the phrase "back-up singer" doesn't really apply to either one. Clay literally shared the stage with them, as they performed their own solos as he stepped aside.

His gawkiness is especially endearing. Clay may be able to sing exceptionally well, but his on-stage talent drops off rapidly after that. Primarily, he dances like a wooden puppet on a stick.

But every time he'd awkwardly attempt a dance move, or just attempt to move a body part, screams would ripple through the crowd. And he played along, giving them more of what they wanted.

Watching Clay and his audience interact was revealing, but in many ways, the concert seems to be just the public side of his popularity. Fans gather online and in person, and have two and a half years of history with Clay; I don't know if I'll ever fully be able to see the Clay phenomenon in exactly the same way they do. But the performance made it clear that, in this era of manufactured pop, where top-40 music is constructed for the benefit of the audience by marketers and radio station conglomerates, Clay Aiken's fans believe they have found something real. That's ironic since Clay Aiken, the phenomenon, was born of "American Idol," which, with its narrow focus and snap judgments, is a televised look inside the machine that produces our entertainers.

At the same time, Clay's fans were introduced to him and his music and saw him work his way up throughout the competition. His talent and his personality are genuine, or at least appear to be, because we've watched him grow along the way. Clay Aiken may be a product of the "American Idol" factory, but to some degree, what went in is what came out, and that's just the way his fans like it.

Andy Dehnart is a writer and teacher who publishes reality blurred, a daily summary of reality TV news.

Copyright 2005 MSNBC Interactive
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Countdown to September 19 and ATDW Release! - DAY 47

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Entertainment Tonight: "Hot New Clay Aiken" Will Be Successful

As promised, Clay appeared on Entertainment Tonight moments ago here on the east coast. (It will air on the west coast and some East coast markets later tonight).

ET was on hand for Clay's recent ATDW photoshoot. They showed some strikingly thudly poses Clay did for the photoshoot which was done at a LA mansion last month. They mentioned A Thousand Different Ways' September 19 release date and predicted that it will be very successful because Clay's beautiful voice "hasn't changed." A snippet of Clay singing Richard Marx's Right Here Waiting was also shown.

ET also revealed more tracklisting information for the CD. According to ET, ATDW will be composed of 4 original songs and 10 covers spanning the past 3 decades. They also mentioned the success of Measure of A Man.

Clay's piece comes on at the very end of the show (last 2-3 minutes).

VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE -- CDD Video: ET @ Clay's ATDW Photoshoot (courtesy the CB's gerwhisp)

Some photos (click to enlarge) are posted below.

Many more hot screencaps at Finding Clay Aiken.

Confirmed tracklisting so far (more info):
  • Covers
    • When I See You Smile (Bad English)
    • I Want To Know What Love Is (Foreigner)
    • Without You (Air Supply)
    • Right Here Waiting (Richard Marx)
  • New songs
    • Thousand Days
None of the above listed songs will be the lead single, according to a rumour from the OFC.

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Clay's hot new sophomore album, A Thousand Different Ways, is now available for pre-order at both the American and Canadian Amazon stores.

It was just added, so no rankings, covers, etc. yet.

Here's the listing on

A Thousand Different Ways
Clay Aiken (Artist)
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* Label: RCA
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... and the listing:
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Thousand Different Ways

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* Format: Import
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So, Claymates... it's time again to send Clay to #1.

PLEASE PRE-ORDER AS MANY COPIES OF ATDW AS YOU CAN RIGHT NOW. is seen as a measure of success. If an artist sells well on, commercial success if almost guaranteed.

Amazon will not charge you for the item until it ships and you may cancel anytime before that without penalty -- SO PLEASE ORDER!!!

The price will change and will update prices on existing orders upon request.

A first day #1 will clearly send a message to the RCA music executives.

» American Claymates: Order via
» Claynadians: Order via

(ATDW is now also available at Barnes & Nobel)

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