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'This Is the Night'

''Idol'''s Clay is the winner -- in online sales. Clay Aiken lost ''American Idol'' by a miniscule margin, but he's trouncing Ruben on Amazon.com

Clay Aiken, American Idol | WIN-WIN SITUATION Both Ruben and Clay's unreleased singles are in Amazon.com's top 10
WIN-WIN SITUATION Both Ruben and Clay's unreleased singles are in Amazon.com's top 10

Even though Clay Aiken lost on ''American Idol,'' he's beating Ruben Studdard on one front: the sales chart on Amazon.com. Thanks to preorders, Clay's forthcoming single, ''This Is the Night/On the Wings of Love,'' is the best-selling music item in the entire online store. Meanwhile, Ruben's ''Flying Without Wings/Superstar'' comes in at No. 7, behind such established acts as Norah Jones and Staind (see the chart). Apparently, this doesn't mean that Clay has more voting fans than Ruben -- just more fans with Internet access and credit cards. But, really, there ARE no losers here. Ruben's CD single will hit stores June 3, while Clay's will drop June 10.

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Originally posted May 21, 2003
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