Welp. Can’t say I’m surprised by this news, but American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is no longer with RCA Records, a label rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.
Signed to the Sony Music subsidiary immediately after his 2009 victory over runner-up Adam Lambert, Allen released his self-titled debut album in November of that year. Moving over 80,000 units its first week out, it charted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and, buoyed by the single “Live Like We’re Dying,” went on to sell over 346,000 copies.
His follow-up, Thank You Camellia, was released in May 2012 and debuted at No. 26 on the album chart with first-week sales of 15,622, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Although the first single, “The Vision of Love,” failed to gain momentum, Allen maintained visibility via his always inventive covers.
In September, Allen revealed that he and 19 Entertainment had parted ways and he signed with new management, Pearl Group Entertainment, which counts Chris Daughtry as a client.
The only Idols who remain on Sony labels are Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, Casey James and Adam Lambert. Ahead of Season 10, 19 Entertainment signed a contract with Universal Music Group to release Idol music. Season 10 Idol, Pia Toscano, was dropped from that label after releasing an unsuccessful single.
Via the Hollywood Reporter
UPDATE: Kris Allen tweets a statement:
I wanted to let everyone know that RCA and I have decided to split ways. I thank them so much for everything that they did for me. There are so many people there that contributed to my becoming the artist that I am and I will miss them all.. In saying that, I am really excited about what is ahead. The path has never been clearer to me. I love what I do and I will never stop. So, to my amazing fans, thank you so much for everything so far but things are only gonna get more fun. I promise.