Television can have a terrific impact on music. The last fifty years have proven this over and over. From the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, The Monkees Monday nights on NBC, The Partridge Family and The Archies, to today's TV phenomenon American Idol.
It would appear the AI franchise could do no wrong. Dominating both television and the music scene.
Almost without fanfare, the House of Mouse snuck up and sucker punched America's answer to karaoke stardom.
The biggest album last year wasn't from American Idol, it was High School Musical, a Disney product.
Last week, Idol's darling, Kelly Clarkson released her highly anticipated third album.
It zoomed straight to number one, right?
It was scooped by Miley Cyrus, aka Hannah Montana, star of Disney's highly successful tween series about a teenager who is a normal girl by day and a rock star by night.
Miley breaks Kelly's Achy Breaky Heart
Miley didn't just edge Kelly. She thumped her by nearly 40,000 units. To make it more impressive, the Miley disk is a double CD with a twenty dollar list.
Not to knock Kelly who stood her ground and released a highly personal musical statement. Unfortunately for the most part her statement has been panned by critics as a "hookless depressing mess."
Ouch number 2.
It's not that bad, and it does rock, but it has zero radio support and will fade quicker than a red paint job on a Yugo.
To add insult to injury while critics have been cold to Kelly, they have been embracing another Disney act.
Aly and AJ Michalka have been favorably compared to another pair of sisters, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. Writing their own songs and playing their own instruments, these two young women may actually succeed where many before them have failed. They may leave their teen audience behind and move into that ever-so-elusive grown up audience.
We'll be watching, and not just on the Disney Channel.
'til Aly Michalka and Nancy Wilson trade licks on the solo for Crazy on You
Keep the Adventure Alive,