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  • Steven Tyler's turn on 'Idol' boosting Aerosmith sales

    Looks like Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is having the last laugh on his bandmates.

    Joe Perry et al raked him over the coals for joining “American Idol” as a judge for its 10th season, but due to the 60-something rocker’s smooth charm and the incessant playing of “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” on the show, sales of old Aerosmith songs are zooming up the charts.

    Aerosmith’s 1998 power ballad, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” is currently #22 on Apple’s iTunes chart, and not one but two versions of Aerosmith’s 1973 hit “Dream On” are charting, at #77 and #115, respectively.

    “Steven Tyler is such a character on the show, and that’s sure to boost interest in his work,” Richard Rushfield, author of “American Idol: The Untold Story” tells FOX411 exclusively. “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.”

    And while Tyler’s band mates are eating crow, the Aerosmith frontman has become a breakout star—again.

    “So far, Steven Tyler has been a pretty striking presence on Idol,” says Rushfield. “He’s a wild character, and he’s pretty much pushed Simon Cowell out of people’s minds in just two weeks.”

    So take that, Joe Perry! And let the Aerosmith break-up rumors commence…

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