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Exclusive! Clay Aiken Dropped From Record Label

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Poor guy just can't get a break!

Clay Aiken has been dropped from his record label, sources have revealed exclusively to PerezHilton.com.

He was signed to Decca most recently, but unfortunately the album he released last year did not sell well AT ALL.

We're sorry to hear this, Clay, but we're sure you'll find another label, and then maybe you'll come back strong with your next album!

What do U think? Will Clay make his triumphant return after this speed bump?

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63 comments to “Exclusive! Clay Aiken Dropped From Record Label”

  1. 1

    I sure hope so!! WE need homeboi to represent!!!

  2. 2

    just because you can sing and get a label deal, doesn't mean you automatically will be rich and famous. It takes talent, hard work and some (a lot) of business
    sense.. Look at Madonna, she not the greatest vocalist, but she's a shrewd
    business woman

  3. 3

    He looks like a creep in the photo.

  4. sanaa says – reply to this


    He'll be fine, he has already sold many millions of records and is very very rich, and has a core fanbase that will always go to his concerts, he's the new Barry Manilow.

  5. 5

    Has been. A total diva and he wasn't even good. Good luck with getting another label.

  6. 6

    His Decca label said he moved to a new label so you don't have to worry about our sweet Clay. Changing labels happens all the time in the music business.

  7. 7

    I play with a major symphony orchestra and have had the 'pleasure' of playing behind Clay Aiken. It is WELL known that his is not only difficult to work with, he is rude, and completely disrespectful to all involved. If he weren't an ASS, perhaps there could at least be a slight chance his records would do well.

    We, as musicians, HOPE he doesn't "catch a break". He doesn't deserve it.

  8. 8

    @Jenifer. you're a lying skank . Everyone always says what a total Southern gentleman he is. Are you one of those haters I heard about? Go away!

  9. 9

    It seems everyone that comes out, has issues, I say stay in the closet, sadly enough the world is not ready for gays. I support all gay issues but, if you want a career you need to stay behind closed door. Imagine if Tom Cruise and John Trovolta came out. The only openly successful gay person is Ellen, everyone else may have a partial success rate but, not very A list status.

  10. open says – reply to this


    His people have said they basically don't know what you are talking about, PH. From all I have read, he was moved to another part of Universal.

    to the person upthread.. how and why does he look like a creep in the pic?! wtf.
    he looks fine.. except for a swollen jaw, but fine..

  11. 11

    According to emails from DECCA, he left and is already with another label.
    Looking forward to his new tour and his performance in Broadway Backwards.

  12. 12

    I hope he gets picked up by another record company or gets another show on Broadway or something. I totally enjoy this guy :-)

  13. 13

    His music stinks and clearly the sales of his last album backs that claim. What do you really see in this person that leads you to believe that he has any good music in him?

  14. open says – reply to this


    Re: Pia Tims – I am jealous.. I can't go. :( too far away..

  15. 15

    I've heard he changed labels. Doesn't matter to me as long as he records.

  16. 16

    Many of Decca's artists don't sell in the top ten on Billboard–Clay did. I doubt very much that he was "dropped". Cannot help but question your "sources". He may have chosen to move to a different label–it happens all the time. Just heard him sing at the NHL game on Sunday–phenomenal voice. A talent like that is here to stay.

  17. 17

    PH, if I word of truth ever came out of your mouth, I would faint! Decca has indicated that Clay has moved to another label. But, you would like to spin that into something negative for Clay like you always do. Clay is very talented and will continue to sing and entertain his fans for years to come. No worries!

    Yes, Clay can't catch a break…from haters like you! I guess you forgot you were going to stop the bullying! You just can't help yourself can you!

  18. 18

    Oh, and use a recent pic of Clay for God sakes! That pic was taken after his jaw surgery! But, I'm sure you knew that and that's why you used it!

  19. 19

    Lambert's next.

  20. 20

    You say Clay was dropped? I think you should check your sources a little more closely.

  21. 21

    I don't get why it matters what record label someone is with? Whatevahs. I like Clay's albums and his voice, and he is amazing in concert. My mom took me to his Timeless concert with Ruben Studdard last summer and it was hilarious. I hope to go see Clay on this tour too.

  22. 22

    Re: Samantha07 – plus its way easier for a woman to be out which explains why ellen and melissa etheridge can be openly gay and have a succesful career. my guess is that all of clays claymates or whatever the hell they cal themselves finally realized that they didnt have a hell of a chance with him and dumped his ass when he came out. plus its been said that he isnt a very nice person so its kind of like, what comes around goes around.

  23. 23

    Real people who don't hide behind anonymous screen names say Clay is super nice and the assholes behind keyboards who use anonymity to bash a good man are just despicable haters. Stop bullying Clay. Its so bloody old.

  24. 24

    Re: Jenifer Richison
    So sorry to read this. I have actually read and heard so many complimentary things from orchestra members who worked with Clay. I am afraid I have to go with the majority. I have also read one negative account that did damage to his reputation. Several years later that account was proven untrue, but the damage was done. I hate to see that happen–so unfair.

  25. 25


  26. 26

    I played with Mr. Aiken in Waukegan. Second string violinist. He a pleasure to work with. We were given the music two days before the concert. When he arrived we went over the music two times and he was open to suggestions. He also has a great sense of humor. I would jump at the chance to work with him again.

  27. 27

    Here's is just one example of a violinist's experience working with Clay Aiken, There are so many more, but I don't want to keep posting.

    "It was great to hear that Greensboro musicians really enjoyed working with our favorite singer. Jean said he was very nice, personable, professional, and lots of fun during the rehearsal and dinner. He came into the rehearsal with a half hour remaining and started singing where they were, checking sound and warming up. "He was very involved with the orchestra and sang to us during the rehearsal," she said.

  28. 28

    What's that? People aren't buying cds that consist of nothing but covers from the 50's sung by a flaming homosexual queen? You don't say…

  29. 29

    I'm thinking Clay Aiken couldn't make a triumphant return at Target, original receipt firmly in hand.

  30. 30

    Re: TrannyTakesATumble – We aren't talking about Adam Lambert!

  31. 31

    Clay has the voice but his personality SUCKS. He rudely put his hand over Kelly Ripa's mouth and started a feud with Kelly and Rosie O'Donnell. American Idol gave him a GREAT start but Clay immediately started putting the show down.THAT WAS DUMB!!! Carrie Underwood keeps telling American Idol , "thank you". Clay should have done that!!! Clay was rude on a lot of shows. DUMB!!!

  32. 32

    Re: thinlad – HAHAHA! How long did it take to make that one up!
    Clay haters are coming out of the woodwork like termites!

  33. 33

    Do you think that if he would stop insisting on recording cover songs over and over again that maybe he would have a chance? Nothing original about this guy other than his over obsessed core fans seemed to really scare him. He just shakes his head when asked about them. It's like he didn't have a chance to build his own empire and do his own thing b/c he's been fending off old women.The lying about the gay thing and then jumping out of the closet after decieving the fans that would lie down in front of a train saying"HE'S NOT GAYYYYYYY" Just too many negatives here. Sad really.

  34. 34

    Clay is a musician, not a diplomat or the pope. Who cares if he is the most polite person on earth or not. It isn't the reason I buy music or the reason I'll always go to Clay Aiken's tours. He is supremely talented and entertaining. That's what matters. The haters can suck my hind tit!

  35. 35

    For crying out loud, Decca said he has moved to another label, not that he has been dropped. Artists change labels all the time, and it usually has to do with finding the right fit. His CD sales are on par with other Decca artists, even greater than most of them, so that is not the reason he has left. He's sold millions of records and is one of the most successful artists to come off of AI, and he will continue to be successful. Gad, stop making it look like it is the worst case scenario. He's starting another tour shortly that will no doubt be another success.

  36. 36

    Decca just said that Clay had moved to another label. Artists change record labels all the time no big deal.

  37. 37

    Oh dear, has the Gayken been dumped again? It was almost exactly 2 years ago that RCA dumped the Gayken and now this. Tsk tsk, maybe he can sign with Perezcious Records, and disappear like Sliimy-bum and Travis Gayland.

  38. 38

    Re: windbourne – Clay has one of the best personalities out there. He has a great sense of humor, great comedic timing, and he's very personable. The only thing you posted that was the truth was that he put his hand over Ripa's mouth. It's about damn time someone did! He didn't START a feud with Rosie and Ripa…they did that all on their own. AND he has always credited and thanked AI even when they have never promoted him. Get your facts straight if you're going to post here. It's clear that you are just a hater when you post lies.

  39. 39

    Re: windbourne – For someone who rags on Clay and his fans, you seem to know a lot about him. Why not spend your energy on someone you like and leave Clay the hell alone. Enough is enough.

  40. 40

    The e-mail I received for Decca said that Clay signed with a new label so was no longer with Decca.

    Clay chose to go…According to Decca, it was his choice. But of course, that doesn't make such a good headline.

    Also, your prejudice against Clay shows when you post a picture that is 2 years old taken when Clay was recovering from TMJ surgery. Why not post one from his latest photoshoot.

    It would be nice if just once you posted true things instead of things that you wish were true.

  41. 41

    Re: Cashmere Jay – Very mature post! Calling Clay "Gayken" is a form of bullying. It's inappropriate and very immature. Get a life.

  42. 42

    Creep and Homo = no money. The guy looks like a freaking mess gay or straight. Who the hell says Aiken is hot let along an average singing voice. Maybe he needs some more foundation around the face. Crash and burn because we love it Ba Ba Booey!

  43. 43

    Clay Aiken is GEORGEOUS!!!!! His voice is currently THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS. Leave him ALONE you BULLIES!

  44. 44

    Really new to this, but I do need to comment. I think that, as humans, everyone has a bad day - but let me tell you about my experience with Clay Aiken. I direct at a small theater group here in Portland, Oregon. During 2005, Clay's Christmas tour came through town and my group was hired to participate in the program. The night before the performance, we all came to the Rose Garden for rehearsal. We were told that Clay would not be there and that we would block around him. About 15 minutes in, who should walk in but Clay Aiken. He shook everyone's hand, asked their names, and then rehearsal began. After about an hour we took a dinner break. Clay came backstage with us and we all had dinner together. He then went around the room asking everyone questions and calling them by name (which amazed me, I can barely remember my own name). He talked to every person in that room, posed for photos, signed autographs and answered our questions. It was a once in a lifetime experience for most of us in that room. I can honestly say that Clay Aiken is one of the most gracious people I have ever met and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I wish him nothing but the best.

  45. 45

    Re: RJnPDX – Nice piece of work - thanks for sharing.

  46. 46

    Your information is flawed , PH . Clay Aiken's association with Decca Records was for a specific project . You listen to too many message board addicts who jump to conclusions . Try getting the real low down from the Decca or Aiken camps .

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  48. 48

    LOL! Hi, Claymates! I see you are here, per usual, to defend your BF, who wouldn't give you the time of day. Maybe he'll pose as a Claymate (using the pseudonym "WackyJackie") on an Aiken message board again and ask you to buy him a new record label, like he suggested you "all band together and 'buy' a show from Clay," since ticket sales to his upcoming concert are in the toilet. LMAO! Face it, Claymates, BF's career is OVER!

  49. 49

    If he's smart, he'll stay on the Gay Way and look for another Broadway role.

  50. 50

    A for effort Crabby Abby but haters are so easy to spot. Nothing you say matters because haters will hate.

  51. 51

    Re: MasterClass – It's hilarious how Claymates call anybody intelligent enough to see what an arrogant phony Clay Aiken is "haters." Thanks for the laugh. Whenever they can't think of a come-back, out comes the "haters" label. What an entertaining little group those Claymates are.

  52. 52

    Re: Samantha07 – Gay or not, he sucks!!! It has nothing to do with him being gay. If anything, it's the "American Idol" label that's bringing him down. Unless your name is Carrie or Jennifer, chances are, you're not going to get onto the A-List by starting out as a reality star. Also, he's not very attractive. He kind of looks like a chipmunk. Most people want sex symbols as their pop icons. They don't need sex symbols for rock music or adult alternative, but they sure as hell need them for pop.

  53. Sumer says – reply to this


    Clay sucks. No surprise he has been dropped. What the hell is up with his face?

  54. 54

    Re: Brooke2011 – Wow!! Nothing better to do then bash Adam Lambert? He'd chew Clay up and spit him out in a singing contest!! And, before you say anything, I have have 3 of Clay's cd's, but the way he bashes other people made me less of a fan!

  55. 55

    What??!! An American Idol winner doesn't make it big after the first 15 minutes of fame?? get out of town!?! That's just crazy talk!! :)

  56. 56

    Re: MasterClass
    You're calling somebody a skank cause they voiced their opinion??
    How old are you, 15??

  57. 57

    Looks like his diva behavior has finally caught up with him. People will take it if you selling millions– but when you barely hit 100,000 and is costing them money- not so much. It must kill him to know that Adam Lambert is a success being openly gay while he lied and hid it from everyone for years.

  58. 58

    I doubt Clay ever gives Madam Lambert a thought. I doubt Clay was dropped. Decca said he changed labels, I believe them over Perez.

  59. 59

    Re: MasterClass – Oh dear, some of Claymates like you are just twisted bigots. You are a rabid fan of gay singer who is an advocate for gay rights, yet you have no problem with calling Adam “Madam” as a homophobic joke. I never see Adam's fans calling Clay Aiken "Clay Gayken". I find it pity that a lot of Clay fans are still ignorant to the the obstacles and the prejudices that the gay community are confronted with.

  60. 60

    Another label rejects him. He only appeals to Senior Citizens. I thought he was dead or something. I was waiting for him to show up on those Where are They Now shows.

  61. 61

    Clay responded and said he wasn't dropped. Perez is wrong AGAIN! LOLOL

  62. 62

    who the fuck is Decca? there was your first problem right there. try to find a real label.

  63. 63

    Stick a fork in it Aiken your career is dead and has been dead. You only appeal to 60 plus year old grannies.