Metro News = March 19/07 Toronto
I’m the Boss now: Cowell
Simon Cowell says he’s bigger than The Boss.
In an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes yesterday the American Idol judge says he’s worth five times more to Sony BMG than Bruce Springsteen. “I sell more records than Bruce Springsteen, sure,” Cowell says of the 57-year-old rocker, who signed a contract that was reported to be in the neighbourhood of $100 million US. “I mean, in the last five years, I’ve probably sold over 100 million records. If (Springsteen) got one hundred (million dollars), I should have got five hundred (million dollars),” he says. Cowell says he sells all those records because he’s signed “the biggest artist on the planet” — Fox network’s American Idol. “Every single Idol winner is now signed through Sony BMG,” says Cowell. “And this applies to ... all the countries ... we sell Idol to, which is over 30 countries.”
Albums by American Idol winners and runners-up are distributed by labels within the Sony BMG system through a deal between Clive Davis and 19 Recordings Unlimited, the label managed by American Idol creator Simon Fuller. Interviewer Anderson Cooper asked
Cowell, 47, whether his deal with Sony BMG is in the same neighbourhood as Springsteen’s. “A hundred million ... that’s a great
deal,” Cowell says. Was he referring to himself or Springsteen? “For him,” Cowell says, grinning. “For him it’s a good deal.”