I don’t think so. I think she was smart not to give carte blanche to American Idol to use her songs. Good for her that she is negotiating an agreement that benefits her and the show.
When it is now so easy to download music, videos,and books, it is also easier to share it with millions of users. That represents a lot of royalities – the money the artists and authors use to pay the mortgage – gone down the toilet. So if Kelly wants to protect her moneymaker, then I applaud her for being a tough cookie and telling the massively powerful American Idol, “Hold on a minute. What’s in it for me?”
Sure American Idol gave Kelly that first boost, but do you think she had a lot of say in, much less receive the majority of royalities from her debut album? (Which, by the way, was produced by Simon Cowell.) Pfft. Please.
When Kelly took hold of her career and image with “Breakaway”, that’s when her real talent shone through and audiences stopped to listen (and buy more than five million copies, according to RCA Records). Girl, earned her own Grammy nominations and hence, the right to control her work. I hope her example inspires more artists and authors to do the same.