The Salt Lake Tribune quotes Orlando music lawyer and voting member of the Grammy® Awards, Nick Nanton, Esq., “The Celebrity Lawyer,” regarding his opinion of this season’s American Idol finalists.

Orlando, Fla.- May 20, 2008- Nick Nanton, Esq., Orlando based music lawyer, recently lent his opinion to The Salt Lake Tribune about this season’s American Idol finalists. 

 Nick Nanton, Esq. writes a popular music industry blog ( where nine weeks ago he predicted who would be in American Idol’s top two. Nanton’s top two predictions of both David Archuleta and David Cook came true last Wednesday night. Nanton’s blog, and predictions, caught the attention of the Salt Lake Tribune in an article titled “David Archuleta: What’s next for Utah’s ‘American Idol’ star?” by David Burger. Burger asked Nick Nanton, Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars), Erykah Badu (4 Time GRAMMY® Winning Singer) and a who’s who of pundits the following question, “What should David Archuleta do to have a successful career in music beyond these first 15 minutes of fame?” The article quoted Nanton as saying “I would advise David to focus on being the kind of singer he is. He strikes me as an adult contemporary singer, like a Josh Groban or Norah Jones, who could likely have some crossover success to the pop charts. If he tries to put on a show and look like something he’s not, he will get thrown to the wolves.”

 Asked about his quote in The Salt Lake Tribune, Nick Nanton, Esq. added, “I’m a huge fan of the marketing machine that the folks over at American Idol have put together.  You may not love the show, and I actually do, but you’ve got to respect the numbers they put up consistently.  Many people knock the process, but the fact of the matter is, American Idol lets “armchair quarterbacks” call the plays in the music business which is a lot of fun and has obviously been received very positively by fans across the country.  I wish David Archuletta and David Cook both the best of luck in the finals.  I think David Archuleta will win, and I think they will both sell lots of records…but if I had to guess, I would guess that David Cook will sell more records over the long run.”

About Nick Nanton, Esq.:

Nick Nanton, Esq. is a music attorney with more than a decade of experience in the entertainment industry. He is an award-winning songwriter and producer, and spent much of his career as an artist manager. Nanton has been a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences since 2001 and casts a vote on the Annual GRAMMY® Awards. Nanton is the managing partner of the law firm Dicks & Nanton, PA and the co-author of the book “Celebrity Branding You” as well as the educational course “How To Make More than Milk Money in the Music Biz” with Bob Baker, author of the best-selling “Guerilla Music Marketing Handbook.” For more information about Nanton visit