Performer Calls American Idol “Cruel” Despite Huge Post-Appearance Sales Boost
Talk about biting (nay, brutalizing) the hand that feeds you. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jake Bugg — whom Keith Urban introduced as part of American Idol’s new series highlighting up and coming talent — has dissed the very show that helped his music sales.
The Nottingham, England, native reportedly said he had no idea of Idol’s premise before going on to perform his song “Me and You.” When Jake found out that one person goes home on the night of the results show, he told BBC Newsbeat that the powers that be at Idol are “cruel” and the show is a “dream smasher.” Ouch.
Still, there’s no denying the “dream smasher” seriously helped out Jake’s own ambitions. His album, Shangri La, saw a 551 percent sales increase over the previous week on Billboard, making it hard to deny his appearance had at least some major influence on sales.
Not only that, but Jake’s self-titled debut also re-entered the charts, showing up at No. 200 on the Billboard 200, No. 7 on Top Folk Albums, and No. 45 on Top Rock Albums.
It’d sure be interesting to hear what Keith might have to say about Jake’s comments, but the Aussie is likely too sweet and well-mannered to respond publicly. Harry Connick, Jr, though? He may have a little tough love to dole out to the performer.
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