Some musical acts, like U2, Bob Dylan and Rage Against the Machine, have used their politics to their advantage in selling music. This doesn’t appear to be the case for pop star Kelly Clarkson following her Dec. 28 endorsement of Ron Paul for the GOP presidential candidacy.
Despite previous reports that Clarkson’s “Stronger” album experienced a post-endorsement bump, the Hollywood Reporter’s analysis suggests that the former “American Idol” winner’s album sales dropped compared to previous weeks. The publication states that for the week ending Jan. 1, 2012, “Stronger” sold 40 percent fewer copies than the week prior – 25,000 vs. 41,000. Although the album did move up the Billboard charts, it benefitted from drop less severe than the albums above it. After 10 weeks on the charts, “Stronger” has sold 451,000 copies.
Clarkson set off a bit of a firestorm when she endorsed the Texas congressman for the Republican nomination in the waning days of 2011. She wrote on Twitter at the time, “I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”
This endorsement angered many in the Twittersphere who called Clarkson “stupid” and accused her of supporting racism and the death penalty while also not supporting equal rights for same-sex couples.
Clarkson responded to the charges with an extended explanation saying, “I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women’s rights, men’s rights, white/black/purple/orange rights. I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he’s my favorite.”