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LA Times has numbers on what Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell might get

The L.A. Times, using unnamed sources, says Paula Abdul is making $4 million and is seeking $12 million a year.

Simon Cowell, already making $36 million a year for “Idol,” may get a new multi-year deal worth $45 million, the paper’s sources say.

Great stats from the story here:

In the most recent season, the program averaged 26.6 million viewers per episode, and advertisers shelled out more than $700,000 for a 30-second commercial, TNS Media Intelligence said. Overall, “American Idol” took in almost $850 million in advertising revenue last season, more than any other television show, despite the weak economy.

Simon, in the meantime, is working as an executive producer on a British battle of the bands type show featuring Kate Moss as a judge. Because when you think rock band, you think Kate Moss, right?

That $850 million, however, is down from $903.3 million in 2008.

-And rumors of Jennifer Lopez replacing Paula Abdul on “Idol”? Hogwash, she says to People.com.

And some good news related to the tragic death of Alexis Cohen in that hit-and-run this past weekend. The cops have found the man who may have done it. This story provides no details how they found the dude.

-David Cook fans take note: he will be at Georgia national Fair south fo Macon in Perry GA October 18. Go here for tix.

-And Kelly&CarrieFan noted a controversy involving Kelly Clarkson. She didn’t want her latest single “Already Gone” out because it sounds almost the same as Beyonce’s “Halo.” The problem: songwriter Ryan Tedder gave both singers the same backing track. Whoops! Here’s an excerpt from the New York Post.

A hurt Clarkson said she confronted her co-writer on the phone , “I don’t understand. Why would you do that?

“No one’s gonna be sittin’ at home, thinking ‘Man, Ryan Tedder gave Beyoncé and Kelly the same track to write to.’ ” she said. “No, they’re just gonna be saying I ripped someone off.

32 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

July 27th, 2009
12:41 pm

I think Idol is making a big deal out of these contract negotiations for publicity. It never hurts to get the media talking about you even more than they already are.

kelly&carriefan

July 27th, 2009
1:01 pm

lol, hey, Rodney…who’s KellieFan? ;) Though, thanks for the mention!

Mercedes S

July 27th, 2009
1:13 pm

“Songwriter” gave singers the same backing track” – so I’m not getting old and senile; today’s music sounds the same because it IS the same… Not that I know what a backing track is – explanation, someone? Rodney? Good news abt hit and run driver caught. Alexis Cohen’s death most read news item on CNN ; if it wasn’t for “Idol” no one except for immediate family would have paid attention.

JTesla

July 27th, 2009
1:27 pm

Interesting stuff, thanks Rodney. For anyone that is interested, I’d take 4 million a year to let Simon draw on me with crayons.

Heather MacDonald

July 27th, 2009
1:35 pm

K&C Fan, I agree that the vocals on Cry are much stronger and it’s a much more emotional song. That would have been my preference for the next single, but they didn’t ask me. LOL
JT, I’d let Simon write on me with permanent marker or anything he chose for the low, low price of free just to be in his presence. Mmmmm… Simon. :-)

kelly&carriefan

July 27th, 2009
2:01 pm

Technically, a backing track is what someone sings over when they are performing live and it’s not possible to have. Like sometimes pre-recorded backup vocals, or special sounds the band can’t play because they were done in the studio, etc. In this case, I’m guessing Ryan supposedly sent Kelly and Beyonce the same, or very similar, instrumental part to have them add lyrics/change the melody. Someone who knows more about music than me could answer this better, ha.

Heather, I agree. Though, I still say that she should save the ballad for after the summer. And I know they didn’t ask us…perhaps, they should’ve. ;) Seriously, engage the fan base. Do polls and survey to get momentum building. I hate to keep sounding like such a fangirl, but I kinda feel like this how D feels about the Idol changes….

JT, you are hilarious…do we know if Kara’s coming back? I think I’d let her doodle on my hand or something. ;)

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 27th, 2009
2:12 pm

K&C – gotcha! and thanks for ’splainin’ it to me!!! I’m probably in a HUGE minority here, but …. i wouldn’t WANT to have a song out that sounds like beyonce. pretty lady. sings ok. but NOT someone i’d want to be compared to if i were a singer. face it, her sexiness is what sells, if she looked like … me? … she’d not make it past the first auditions! (so to speak)

kelly&carriefan

July 27th, 2009
2:19 pm

lol, Linny…I agree, about the Beyonce being an okay singer.

Oh, and *gasp* Rodney, I just caught that you called Kelly’s song Almost Gone…just kidding. :)

Rickster

July 27th, 2009
2:32 pm

I found Alexis Cohen as scary as anyone. But I think, had she been giving a chance, she could have wound up being better than Amanda “Biker/Rocker chik, punk skunk hair: Overmeyer.

As for Paula, I wouldn’t be counting that $12 million yet. No contract offer in hand?

Rickster

July 27th, 2009
2:36 pm

And at $700,000 per 30 second spot, that explains why they stretch the results shows out for 60 minutes. That gives them double the revenue for little (if any) increase in the costs to put on the show.

Lissa

July 27th, 2009
2:41 pm

Hmm… heading down to Perry to see David Cook at the fair might be fun. I graduated in Reaves Arena, so it’s always fun memories seeing concerts there. :)

JTesla

July 27th, 2009
2:44 pm

“let her doodle on my hand” K&Cfan? I’m taking that to be a family friendly “code.” We still haven’t heard about Kara’s AI fate. The only news we have heard about her was that she got married and is now probably doodling on her husband’s hand.

Deirdre

July 27th, 2009
3:17 pm

Sheesh! JT!!!!!!! LOL!

JTesla

July 27th, 2009
3:28 pm

Was that too much for the off season?

kelly&carriefan

July 27th, 2009
3:41 pm

LOL @ JT…you are too much! I was actually being serious, since she is married and all. But you know, if she weren’t, different story.

Highlander

July 27th, 2009
3:48 pm

Just when we thought Paula was off her addiction comes a report that she’s asking for an $8 million raise on Idol. Really??? …She thinks she’s worth $12 million per year to the show!?

Sounds to me like she’s still on some kind of ‘medication’!!!

Highlander

July 27th, 2009
3:55 pm

I’m with you, Mercedes (1:13pm post). With all the recording studio computer-generated technology gone overboard, most of today’s “dance” or “pop” music sounds more manufactured than written.

Let’s see, …we’ll use this drum track, then add this bass track…

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 27th, 2009
4:01 pm

Amen and Amen, Mercedes and Highlander

and JT, today is just a pleasant and fun reminder of why we love you so much!!!! i’m still trying to stifle an out-loud chuckle!!!

harrietth

July 27th, 2009
4:14 pm

Enjoyed all of your comments today. JT, you are back in rare form! Am trying to work a bit ahead in anticipation of my vacation next week, so I did not contribute much today. Tomorrow, perhaps. Bye for now.

Rodney Ho

July 27th, 2009
4:24 pm

Fixed your handle Kelly*CarrieFan! I’m sure I had PIckler on the brain when I typed that! :)

Deirdre

July 27th, 2009
5:57 pm

Speaking of Rodney having Pickler on the brain…we haven’t heard from Rodney’s favorite Idol for quite awhile! ;-)

JTesla

July 27th, 2009
6:15 pm

Hasn’t she had the same song on the country charts for a good 10 years now? I think that is the only official mention that she gets in the blog. Rodney, we need pictures of Pickler.

JTesla

July 27th, 2009
6:16 pm

So, did you all hear about Michael Vick?

LOL I think I’ll step out of the blog for a while ;)

Deirdre

July 27th, 2009
7:33 pm

You are sooooo bad, JT! :-)

JTesla

July 27th, 2009
9:05 pm

Rodney time for a new thread: Kim Kardashian is single! Here is a little blog entry about it with picture:

http://thesuperficial.com/2009/07/kim_kardashian_is_single.php

There is a link to an US Magazine article, but the picture in the original source isn’t as good. I’m not the journalist here folks so I don’t feel compelled to site the original. I think it goes without saying that I will either be locking myself in the room for the rest of the night, or boarding the next plane to Southern California.

linny@home

July 27th, 2009
9:39 pm

ok. harriett, nana, re jillian’s big day….that was just WRONG! whatshisface is incredibly selfish! imho.

Nana

July 28th, 2009
6:26 am

Good Morning Everybody!!! Time to rise and shine and enjoy another beautiful day.

Today’s Quote: “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

I missed my afternoon sign off yesterday. I was off site for my company’ annual Education Celebration. We manufacture school supplies and for the past several years we hold a celebration to all the schools in Spalding County and donate school supplies to all the teachers to disburse to the needy students in their classroom. This is a hugh event the we sponsor and this year we donated over $300,000.00 in supplies. What a wonderful day it was.

linny – I totally agree with you about Reid. I just knew she would choose Ed. Although, I was pulling for Kipton.

lovepaula&ryan

July 28th, 2009
6:53 am

In the first place, I don’t know why Simon gets THAT much. A hundred million or something? Could someone clarify if he’s involved in the production? Sure, he’s the most amusing judge, but to get a humongous talent fee (enough to pay a third world country’s debt) for spewing weird metaphors is TAD too much.
Well yeah, but does you and your neighbor have the same job? Are you guys colleagues?

What am trying to say is, Paula does have the right to demand a higher talent fee if the guy next to you is getting ten times more. Honestly, they bring the same amount of viewing (dis)pleasure to the show. Add to the fact that they are both pioneers of American Ido

lovepaula&ryan

July 28th, 2009
7:06 am

for me Paula is the best judge it s simple and clear I like her personality cause she s funny crazy and for Saula ( Simon and Paula ) and like her emotional judging. mmm The 4th judge i have nothing against kara and I feel guilty 2 say this but 3 judges system was waaaaaay better and adding a 4th judge was a bad idea it completely ruined the chemistry and sometimes the judges were competing which is so uncomfortable , they used 2 b one family .

I feel that Paula s angry cause they disrespect her and want 2 send her a message she s replaceable while actually she s not . They are all taking huge money which 4 me I dont know what r they going 2 do with it but if they gave Simon and Ryan those figures Paula has the right 2 ask 4 more cause she s sitting right next 2 them and whether people like her or not she is a main person on AI . At least they could have kept what they gave 2 them secret . She deserves what she is asking give Paula $$$$

Deirdre

July 28th, 2009
7:17 am

lovepaula&ryan…Simon gets $45 million over a three year period and no, he is not part of the leadership of the show, nor does he own any part of the show, nor does he have anything to do with what happens to the Idols AFTER the show. (I threw in that last part for people who think he “pimps” certain contestants in order to fill his own pockets. He pimps certain contestants because he likes them better than others, which makes him…omg…wait for it…a JUDGE!)

Deirdre

July 28th, 2009
7:17 am

Nana

July 28th, 2009
7:18 am

Huh?

lovepaula&ryan – are you the same person in the two posts above? Sure doesn’t sound like it.