Adam Levine illustrates relationship between TV and a singer's career

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 3, 2013 - 3:58 PM
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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.

Adam Levine

“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

“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.”

 

Ricky Nelson

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.

 

Miley Cyrus

“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.

 

Rick Springfield

“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.”

 

Reba McEntire

“Reba,” 2001-07

Careerwise, her sitcom was more of a detour. The consistent country star has scored No. 1 tunes in four consecutive decades.

 

Dionne Warwick

“Solid Gold,” 1980-81, ’85-86

Clive Davis and TV boosted her comeback because “That’s What Friends Are For.”

 

Jennifer Lopez

“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.”

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