TV makes the radio star. Whether it’s a scripted series, a reality show or a talent contest, being a regular on television is an ideal way to ignite a singer's career.
From Andy Williams to Miley Cyrus, music stars have benefited from the exposure of their personalities and songs on television. With the rebounding Maroon 5 — thank you, “The Voice” — performing Monday in St. Paul, we thought it was a good time to rate just how much impact TV has had on certain stars' recording careers. Weekly series had off-the-charts ramifications on the pop charts for the Monkees and Cher, but not Sonny.
“The Voice,” 2011-present
Maroon 5 had been absent from the Top 10 since 2007, but since its frontman landed on “The Voice,” the band has landed four consecutive Top 10 hits, including No. 1 songs “Moves Like Jagger” and “One More Night.”
“The Monkees,” 1966-68
A made-for-TV band, the Pre-Fab Four had a magical three-year run, including “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer,” and a surprisingly solid after-life.
Sonny & Cher
“Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,” 1971-74, “Sonny & Cher Show,” 1976-77
His music career died but her solo career soared with “Half Breed” and “Dark Lady.”
Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” 1952-66
America watched him grow up on TV, where he made his singing debut in 1957 and then had a seven-year run of Top 10 hits.
“Hannah Montana,” 2006-11
The Disney Channel’s biggest star became a truly household name with hits on the radio (“The Climb,” “Party in the U.S.A.”) and the silver screen.
“General Hospital,” 1981-83
Already a rock star in his native Australia, this pretty boy used a daytime soap to boost his U.S. profile and lay the groundwork for “Jessie’s Girl.”
Careerwise, her sitcom was more of a detour. The consistent country star has scored No. 1 tunes in four consecutive decades.
“Solid Gold,” 1980-81, ’85-86
Clive Davis and TV boosted her comeback because “That’s What Friends Are For.”
“American Idol,” 2011-12
“Idol” reminded America that J-Lo is a music star, but she didn’t back it up with much beyond “Dance Again.”