And there’s no better example of that than Kansas City’s David Cook, winner of the reality show’s seventh season.
Unlike past Idol winners such as Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson who have become household names and achieved superstar status, five years after the fact Cook remains basically, “David who?
Cook’s debut album was certified Platinum in 2009 with sales of over one million units and combined with his lucrative deal with Skechers, he was clearly in the chips.
Cook’s second major label album, “This Loud Morning” debuted in June of 2011, garnered tepid reviews at best and sold only 130,000 copies its first year.
But This Loud Morning isn’t worth waking up for.” Next thing anyone knew, Cook’s label dumped him, he dumped the Hollywood manse (it was only 3,000 square feet anyway) and was off to Nashville to look for greener pastures and work on a third album.
Cook even got a taste of good-old fashioned Hollywood tabloid journalism early on after he broke up with Caldwell.
” methodology of totaling earnings “from album sales, concerts, merchandising and other income sources for the past year” doesn’t equate to bottom line bank, it is a good indication that Cook has fared well financially if not artistically following his big win.
How much of that green actually hit Cook’s bank account remains unknown, but clearly there was enough dough and cache to enable him to purchase what TMZ described as a .3 million Hollywood mansion and engage in a high profile romance with second season Idol contestant Kimberly Caldwell.
That’s more than an 87 percent drop from his self-titled debut album.“Poor David Cook,” wrote a reviewer for title since his season 7 win.