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Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken
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Clayton Holmes Grissom
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November 30, 1978
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Raleigh, NC
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They both owe their career kick-starts to “American Idol,” however now it seems Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood haven’t been paid their due royalties.

A new lawsuit alleges that Sony Music has withheld payments from both superstars, as well as Chris Daughtry and Clay Aiken, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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He had no problem earning votes during his stint on “American Idol,” and Clay AIken hopes his popularity hasn’t waned in the years since.

The 35-year-old pop singer will officially announce his candidacy for Congress later today (February 5) as he seeks to challenge US Representative Renee Ellmers of North Carolina.

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He was a big winner on Season Two of “American Idol” back in the day, and Clay AIken is eyeing another high-profile gig as of late.

According to a report, the crimson-haired crooner has been chatting with political consultant Betsy Conti with the goal of running for GOP Representative Renee Ellmers’ seat in the US Congress.

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Showing off her burgeoning baby bump, pregnant Tori Spelling was spotted at a Malibu, California farmers market yesterday (July 17).

The former "90210" actress and mom-to-be, who was joined in her shopping efforts by husband Dean McDermott and children Liam and Stella, offered up a glimpse and her adorable growing belly as she wore a stomach-hugging, blue maternity jumpsuit.

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When he decided to become a father, he also decided to come clean about his sexuality. And now Clay AIken has officially declared, “I’m gay.”

He told press, "It was the first decision I made as a father. I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that."

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Back in May, his rep confirmed that he was going to be a father, and this morning at 8:08 am (on 08/08/08), Clay Aiken welcomed a baby boy.

Though they’re not romantically involved, the American Idol stud and his babymamma Jaymes Foster conceived Parker Foster Aiken (who weighted 6 lbs 2oz) by means of artificial insemination.

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American Idol alum Clay Aiken was involved in a dispute with a woman during a flight to Tulsa over the weekend. The altercation, surprising Claymates around the world, even drew the scrutiny of FBI agents.

According to press reports, "Aiken was on a Saturday morning flight for an evening show, and concertgoers said that night he joked onstage about being beaten up by a girl earlier in the day."

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Jared Leto goes Naomi Campbell (well, kind of) on a Hobbit and a Blogger! [BWE]

Speaking of Naomi Campbell.. she's been arrested again for assaulting yet another women! Is this like eight times now? This one was her substance abuse counselor. [BBC]

Sharon Osborne claims that Madonna bought baby David Banda. [The Sun]

Snoop Dogg arrested on suspicion of illegal drug and gun possession. Is anyone surprised? [AP]

Mariah Carey won't be heading to Hong Kong to perform. Low ticket sales and supposed diva demands have caused the show to be canceled. [R&M]

Clay Aiken on Days of Our Lives? Look for him on a special Christmas episode. [AP]

Don't write Dick Clark off yet, he's coming back for yet another "New Year's Rockin' Eve" [AP]

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Its OK to be a loser sometimes. Just ask Clay Aiken.

The Raleigh, N.C., native narrowly missed clinching the American Idol 2 title from Ruben Studdard by 130,000 (out of more than 25 million) votes. Since then, Aiken's success has equaled -- or surpassed -- that of Idol alumni Studdard, Kelly Clarkson, Tamyra Gray and poor, poor
Justin Guarini.

Aiken's first post-Idol release, This Is the Night/Bridge Over Troubled Water, was the only platinum-certified single of 2003. It spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart.

His debut album, Measure of a Man, sold 613,000 right out of the gate, the highest first-week total for a new artist in more than 10 years. (Snoop Dogg matched that figure in 1993). The album has moved more than 2 million copies since its October 2003 release.

On top of that, Aiken was named one of People magazine's sexiest men alive and one of Rolling Stone's People of the Year. He also co-headlined the wildly successful Independent tour with fellow Idol Clarkson earlier this year. Aiken's current solo tour touches down Tuesday at Reliant Arena.

Not bad for a self-professed nerd who doesn't understand what all the fuss is about.

"Lord! I would not get that worked up over me at all. It's all very baffling to me," says Aiken, 25. "I guess that's why it's so hard to wrap my mind around it when people are waiting outside the venue after a concert and cheering. I'm amazed that they're actually doing that because I would never do it. I especially wouldn't do it for some skinny little dork."

Self-esteem issues notwithstanding, Aiken's appeal lies in his ability to offer a little something for everyone. His clean-cut looks make him an ideal pin-up for excitable teens, while his aw-shucks image and soaring voice endear him to mothers and grandmothers.

"Luck. That's all I can figure," Aiken says about his cross-generational appeal.

But much of it has to do with Aiken's effortless genre-switching on Idol, during which he credibly tackled big-band, country and pop classics. He was one of the few contestants who seemed at ease almost every week.

Measure seems designed to make the most of that audience. Hit singles Invisible, I Will Carry You and The Way are poppy enough to attract the TRL set and appropriately breezy for the older, at-work crowd.

Aiken promises more variety next time around. He plans to release a new album next year.

"This last album I like everything on it, really, but a lot of the songs are kind of sappy, heartbreak songs. I don't need to keep oozing heartbreak," Aiken says. "I think I'd like to find some stuff that's a little more upbeat and up-tempo and also a little more positive."
Also on tap is a Christmas album and Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life, a book of inspirational thoughts and musings Aiken says have helped him reach a peaceful place in his life. Publishers were initially interested in an autobiography or a behind-the-scenes Idol story, but Aiken balked. He eventually came up with the inspirational book idea.

Aiken sees the project as an extension of the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, which he founded to help children with developmental disabilities. Aiken has a degree in special education and was a camp counselor/substitute elementary school teacher prior to his musical success.

For now, Claymates (as Aiken's most rabid fans call themselves) will have to make do with seeing their idol up close and personal onstage. Aiken's tour runs through October, and he pads his shows with covers of songs by U2, soft-rock outfit Orleans and Christian-pop phenom Avalon.

You can expect the night to be an all-out squealfest. Has Aiken ever been as star-struck as his fans are about him?

"I guess I got a little star-struck when I met Oprah because she's the media giant. I don't think I could ever get star-struck about anybody else," Aiken says. "I think I was ... You know, I think I ... gosh. I guess that answer is no."

Spoken like a true dork.

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Kelly & Clay have been on a small tour.. the follow are the remaining tour dates that have been posted. I hope they add more.. or extend the tour - I'd love to see them.

Fri 04/02/04 Glendale, AZ Glendale Arena
Sat 04/03/04 Anaheim, CA Arrowhead Pond
Mon 04/05/04 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Tue 04/06/04 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
Thu 04/08/04 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
Fri 04/09/04 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
Tue 04/13/04 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Thu 04/15/04 Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena
Fri 04/16/04 Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

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