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A.I. Castoff Daughtry is Billboard's Top Seller of '08

By malcolm Published: December 14, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) _ He may not have won "American Idol," but Chris Daughtry is the king of the album charts this year, according to Billboard.

The "Idol" finalist's band, Daughtry, sold 3.2 million copies of their self-titled debut, making it the most popular album of the year, according to the trade magazine. The group was followed by Akon, whose "Konvicted" sold 2.7 million; Fergie's "The Dutchess," which sold 2.4 million; the "Hannah Montana" soundtrack with 2.5 million copies sold; and 2005's "American Idol" champ Carrie Underwood, whose "Some Hearts" sold 2.3 million copies.

Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" was the No. 1 single of the year, followed by Rihanna's "Umbrella." Both have been nominated for a Grammy for record of the year. Rounding out the top five was Gwen Stefani at No. 3 with "The Sweet Escape," Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" at No. 4, and T-Pain's "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" at No. 5.

The Police's reunion tour was named the top tour of the year, grossing at least $212 million.

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Ok, so the top albums of the year are by an A.I. launched "active rock" band, an R&B singer, whatever the hell Fergie is (annoying?) a kiddie pop star and another A.I. contestant/winner.

Not one hip hop artist made it to the top 5. Hmmm, perhaps people are tiring of odes to strippers, the acquisition of overpriced stuff, gangsta poses and "dance of the month" tunes.
Making songs with only the potential ringtone sales in mind is no way to make a record or sustain a career, people.

Say how much do you think the members of the Police each will reap from that #1 selling $212 million tour?
The stage production was minimalist (just a few spotlights, no big screens, lasers,smoke or elaborate rigs), unlike Genesis whose Tony Banks said they'd likely break even on their reunion tour because their legendary light show cost a bunch of dough, as does the staff to make it all look good.

Not a bad haul, for the relatively pressure-free joy of reliving your salad days, eh?

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