More Bad Publicity The Australian Idol Brand Did Not Need
Australian Idol winner Damien Leith revealed today in the Daily Telegraph that he sold 300,000 of his first album The Winner Journey but did not make a cent.
The reason? According to industry sources, Leith and his runner-up Jessica Mauboy were victims of fine print in the standard contract signed by contestants, which specifies that the Idol creators 19 Entertainment and local producers Fremantle Media own the rights to their performances on the show.
Interesting that the following year, winner Natalie Gauci re-recorded her Idol songs for The Winner’s Journey to avoid the same fate.
How rude is that? Contracts given to reality TV contestants are apparently pretty advantageous to the production companies. Rumour has it, so I could be wrong, that the MasterChef Australia contract had a clause that Fremantle productions got something like 50% of any profits the contestants made after being on the show.
This clause could mean that they can take the profits from a pre-existing business. So this could mean profits from BJ Parker and his food photography business, or Chris Badenoch and his Beermason’s business. Hopefully they jumped up and down about it. I wonder if this also means profit derived from income which is outside the food industry eg Poh’s art?
Anyway back to Damien Leith, if you are a fan his fourth album, Remembering June, will be released on October 9. He feels it is the record he has dreamed of making for the past 16 years.
“I’ve bitten my tongue so many times but I’m not worried about it any more because I’ve got this new album and it means so much to me. This is the first real album,” he said.
To Get To You is set to put Leith back on top as it was the second most added track to radio playlists last week and features on a Channel 7 promotion for their new hospital drama Mercy