[QUOTE=vivaelvis;407925]They might want to rethink that strategy. Carrie Underwood is among the true established superstars out there. American idol may be producing the next great things in pop music very soon with this year's AMAZING collection of talent. Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet are about to become super, superstars. They're vocals are on an Elvis level and the judges have been raving at both as being among the best ever in music to date. Ledet is a throwback to James Brown. Ottis Redding and Al Green while Sanchez rivals Beyonce, Whitney and Aretha and is only 16 years old!! Her voice and maturity is far ahead of her peers.
I am not at all confident in anything Sony does anymore concerning Elvis. They have really disappointed me. I thought when they took over for BMG that they would appreciate and respect him and repackage the catalog in a definitive manner but so far they haven't. It's all the same crap we saw from BMG in the 80's and 90's, minus the new creative albums such as Tomorrow Is A Long Time and An Afternoon In The Garden. [/QUOTE
No offense many American Idols-are flavors of the month and, with a few exceptions, most have a short shelf life.
It may be that Sony is trying to keep the artists who are involved with a Duets package-believeable as artists Elvis would have wanted to Duet with....you have to try and somehow straddle that line of being true to the music Elvis made/his likes and dislikes.....and still try to reach people who are not necessarily fans.
The term "Established artists" could include many currect artists as well as artists Elvis maybe would have wanted to Duet with.
I know we all think we have the magic solution to doing this but, its not so simple.....we are not deciding (for thousands of stockholders) how "their money" is spent in promotions, artist direction and creative projects.....they can not just take a creative approach on everything-especially when the artist is dead, left little in the vaults new, and can no longer actually participate in the creative process. Its easy for fans to second guess when its not our jobs on the line, its not our money that will be spent promoting artists.
Very few dead artists get any promotion on level with what is done for Elvis music.
The moment the "crap" (as you call them) releases of repackaged gospel music, christmas music, greatest hits, love songs, movie soundtracks..... quit making a profit.....the more creative and more promoted projects will also be pulled from the calender of Sony.
If you recall the BMG president from the August 2001 interview-he told the people gathered...things like Elvis Love Songs, greatest hits packages are not for the fans, they are for non fans, and things like TTWII 3 cd set, FTD releases, etc.... they were for us who already love Elvis.