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THE CONSPICUOUS ABSENCE: THE MALE SOLO ARTIST

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1. DAVID ARCHULETA

Hype: The American Idol runner-up possesses a syrupy voice, and he sets it free, Chris Brown-style.
Hit Potential: High—if he follows up his chart-topping "Crush" with some upgraded dance moves.


The music video for "Crush," Archuleta's hit single

2. BON IVER

Hype: This Wisconsin folkie (a.k.a. Justin Vernon) won blogger love for his debut, For Emma, Forever Ago.
Hit Potential: Low. His lonesome sound doesn't lend itself to chart-climbing.


Iver performs "Flume," from his last album.

3. TEDDY GEIGER

Hype: The 20-year-old New Yorker is John Mayer-meets-Jason Mraz.
Hit Potential: High. He lacks that winning, self-deprecating sense of humor, but the chicks dig him anyway.


Geiger covers Sean Kingston's hit "Beautiful Girls."

4. DAVID COOK

Hype: The Idol champ travels in the same circles as Nickelback, and mom-rock fans can't get enough.
Hit Potential: Middling. There's always room for another generic rocker, but Cook won't be anything more than that.


"Fall Back Into Me," from Cook's first solo album, Analog Heart

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