‘American Idol’s Biggest Winner: Aerosmith

by | February 1, 2011 at 9:01 AM | American Idol, Eye on Idol

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler performs at Fenway Park (John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler performs at Fenway Park (John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)

Joe Perry may hate “American Idol,” but he probably doesn’t mind the boost its giving to sales of Aerosmith music.

Last fall, when bandmate Steven Tyler signed on to judge the retooled singing competition, the outspoken guitarist insisted “I don’t want Aerosmith’s name involved with (the show).  We have nothing to do with it.”

Perry accused “Idol” of being “one step above the Ninja Turtles” and even threatened to replace the band’s biggest star.

That, of course, was before Tyler, 62, became the show’s breakout personality – endearing the legendary band to a largely new fan base.

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Last week, Aerosmith’s best-of CD “Big Ones” ranked #92 on iTunes and their 1998 power-ballad “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” had shot all the way back up to #22.  The band’s anthem “Dream On” reappeared twice – at #77 and #115.

“Steven Tyler is such a character on the show, and that’s sure to boost interest in his work,” “Idol” biographer Richard Rushfield told Fox News.

“Just like we’ve seen in the past, when people appear on ‘Idol,’ it gives their sales a bit of a jump. Clearly, (Tyler’s band mates) didn’t see the potential that being part of the show could have for the band in a positive way.”

Curiously, the extra exposure has not produced similar good luck for fellow judge Jennifer Lopez.

As of Monday, none of JLo’s CDs or singles ranked among the Billboard Hot 200 and her films – which include “Monster-in-Law” and “The Wedding Planner” — were absent from the Netflix  Top 100 chart.

No worries, Idol is reportedly giving her 12 million other reasons to smile.

Watch Jimmy Kimmel’s Take On Tyler’s “Idol” Judging: