Clay, Ruben Albums Due In September
The RCA Music Group has canceled plans for an album-sales showdown between former "American Idol" finalists Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard.The RCA Music Group has canceled plans for an album-sales showdown between former "American Idol" finalists Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. As previously reported, Aiken's and Studdard's still-untitled debut albums were both due to be released Aug. 19, but now the company says the albums will be released on different dates.
The sets should now arrive sometime in September. Aiken's album will be released on RCA Records, while Studdard's album is due on J Records, part of the RCA Music Group. Representatives for both artists tell Billboard.com that the release dates are still subject to change.
Aiken -- who placed second to "American Idol" winner Studdard in the show's second season -- is outselling Studdard in singles sales. For the past two weeks, Aiken's "This Is the Night" has been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" has been holding steady at No. 2.
Both singles were released June 10. "This Is the Night" has sold 538,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, while "Flying Without Wings" has sold 399,000 copies. "This Is the Night" is currently the best-selling U.S. single of the year.
Studdard and Aiken will be part of the concert tour Pop Tarts Presents American Idols Live, which kicks off July 8 in St. Paul, Minn. Meanwhile, Studdard and first "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson will appear Friday (July 4) on ABC's "The View."