I know these reports are beginning to sound redundant, but now the Hollywood Reporter is also confirming that Season 10 American Idol alum, Haley Reinhart, has signed a record deal with Interscope Records.

This comes on the heels of a report from Yahoo Music’s Lyndsay Parker and Idol Top 24 contestant Tim Halperin–both confirming that Haley is good to go with Interscope.

According to THR, “An official announcement regarding Reinhart’s deal is expected to be made public shortly.”

So maybe this week? Let’s hope so.

UPDATE: Los Angeles Times is confirming too.

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  • Pam

    So maybe this week? Let’s hope so.

    Yes please! lol Haley’s fans have been put through enough torture with the she is-she isn’t-she is (and yes I do think she has been signed with all of the clues we have now) I really feel for you guys. Thanks for the info mj.

  • chearts77

    Wonder if they plan to announce it around her home town show in Rosemont IL on Aug 6? That’s next week.

    Anyway, congrats Haley fans!!

  • Kirsten

    So maybe this week? Let’s hope so

    Well, I hope they announce it soon, but this week would be a little strange.

    This week features the nominal hometown concerts of Lauren (Duluth, GA at least being in Georgia) tomorrow and Scotty (Raliegh) on Wednesday. They then head into Nashville for Friday/Saturday which would seem custom made for the two Country kids to get a lot of press and release their videos.

    Since Haley is unlikely to be going for the Country market, it doesn’t make sense to piggyback her on that news does it? And if they were to make it the primary Idol news, why would they try to steal focus?

    I think the best timing to announce it is when the tour hits Chicago, but that isn’t until the 6th. The even have a built in press day for her on the Friday.

  • girlygirl

    Like I said the other day, this is going to be the most anti-climatic official announcement about an Idol getting signed to a record deal ever :)

    Hopefully they make it official soon, then move on to actually releasing a new single for Haley.

  • cmc25

    Never been a fan of the show but after viewing videos from tours, I am most interested in Haley’s album.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    I actually hope they don’t make the mistake of pulling a Pia and debuting a single on the tour. The sets are already fixed, and they would probably have to pull one of her current solos (which nobody wants to happen). There would also be a lot of backlash from fans of other Idols (like James) if they added it as a third song. Release it right after the tour ends.

  • Dera

    I’m a fan of hers. I loved her on the show even when she was on bottom three some idol blog reviewers or t.v. anchors were saying it’s time for her to go home I used to defend her performances. Can’t wait for her album. She has a unique voice and yes it’s radio friendly. IMO she had couple of Idol moments on the show whereas the others didn’t (they had one or two). Hope her album will come out before the end of this year.

  • Swind

    yay! yay! I love all this news about Haley. She really deserves the attention.

  • SajiNoKami

    According to THR, “An official announcement regarding Reinhart’s deal is expected to be made public shortly.”

    Area 51 comes to mind. We know it’s there, sources that worked there have confirmed it’s there, and we have maps showing it’s there.. yet TPTB refused to acknowledge it.
    Why so putzy with the ‘official Announcement’?

  • adolf_hipster

    I hope they give her good songs, her recording voice is stunning.

  • jsrj98

    I actually hope they don’t make the mistake of pulling a Pia and debuting a single on the tour. The sets are already fixed, and they would probably have to pull one of her current solos (which nobody wants to happen). There would also be a lot of backlash from fans of other Idols (like James) if they added it as a third song. Release it right after the tour ends.

    Yes, but James may or may not be signed– Haley surely is. If she’s got a single AND IF it’s good then they should let her sing it while on Tour– an extra 3 or 4 minutes to the length of the show isn’t a big deal (having been to one myself). Plus, it wouldn’t hurt to have the extra publicity for it. The issue with Pia isn’t that they let her sing the new single, it’s that the song itself isn’t all that great.
    ETA: NO new music for Haley unless it’s good. Period. Happy to wait months if need be…

  • randomjoe

    Ah, the highs and lows of being a fan. In this case, not a very straightforward journey at all.

    Hopefully the official release gives us some timeframes?

  • halo9125

    Ok so let’s figure this out:Pia’s official site was updated to UMG on June 24th and the official announcement came on July 5th. Haley’s site was updated on July 12, so by my highly unscientific calculations, the official announcement will come- hmmm- tomorrow?

  • mada23

    so by my highly unscientific calculations, the official announcement will come- hmmm- tomorrow?

    Ill take that. And then blame myself when I get duped once again :P

  • tomk

    Also picked up by the Los Angeles Times:
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2011/07/american-idols-haley-reinhart-inks-deal-with-interscope-.html
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    I just wish it would become official so that Haley can actually talk about it when she is asked the question. Also would allow her to move on from getting that question every time she is interviewed!

  • abbysee

    Like I said the other day, this is going to be the most anti-climatic official announcement about an Idol getting signed to a record deal ever

    You got that right!

  • Ringo

    I just wish it would become official so that Haley can actually talk about it when she is asked the question. Also would allow her to move on from getting that question every time she is interviewed!

    I’d settle for her to get an interview! One not cut short by timing issues or with another idol hanging on. Hell, you think she would actually tweet if she announced? I like that she lets her performance do the talking, but come on girl, feed your fans.

  • whateverblah

    I actually hope they don’t make the mistake of pulling a Pia and debuting a single on the tour. The sets are already fixed, and they would probably have to pull one of her current solos (which nobody wants to happen). There would also be a lot of backlash from fans of other Idols (like James) if they added it as a third song. Release it right after the tour ends.

    Not sure why there would be a backlash, or at least one that had any merit. Haley getting one more song than James for finishing ahead of him seems fair to me. Pia getting the same number of songs as James while finishing 5 places lower than him is really not fair IMO.

    They should eliminate Pia’s other song (Empire State of Mind) and add a song for both Haley and James IMO.

  • Ringo

    They should eliminate Pia’s other song (Empire State of Mind) and add a song for both Haley and James IMO.

    Eliminate the opening all girls number — Born this way, too, move Jacob down to pre-intermission, then allow Haley a single and James another song. Voila! All problems fixed.

  • tomk

    I’d settle for her to get an interview! One not cut short by timing issues or with another idol hanging on. Hell, you think she would actually tweet if she announced? I like that she lets her performance do the talking, but come on girl, feed your fans.

    I don’t think it is just letting her performance do the talking – it is also the fact that these are tools (facebook and twitter) that she probably had NO interest in prior to American Idol. One of those “responsibilities” (though really it isn’t) that she has yet to completely embrace with everyday updates on what she is up to.
    I would hope she would tweet a little when the announcement is made – but I still wouldn’t count on too much with that. It is one of those things you need to be in the habit of doing – and she isn’t :)

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    Actually, tomk, her pre-Idol facebook page can still be found, but it’s as private as all get-out–you can’t even see the number of friends. The profile photo is obviously pre-Idol and is one that couldn’t have been lifted from anywhere else. So she used FB to some extent pre-Idol. I think she also had a pre-Idol (or at least pre-Top 13) Twitter (@imhaleyreinhart), but it’s possible that 19 supplied that one at Top 40 or Top 24.

    She isn’t yet trending on Yahoo like Pia did when the info leaked for good.

  • jsrj98

    I would hope she would tweet a little when the announcement is made – but I still wouldn’t count on too much with that.

    Perhaps with pressure of the really BIG news out of the way, she’ll feel more comfortable tweeting the little, more mundane, stuff. I guess we’ll see. She certainly knows now how rabid some of her fan base is.

  • sagi

    If she is definitely signed, I doubt there will be a single at all until she can start working on making an album. She already stated she is kind of glad that single they had for her fell through. She also stated she felt it a blessing in disguise so she can work on making music she feels good about. So, I am not expecting anything coming out soon. She is on this tour now, and will probably use what time she has hooking up with writers and producers and IMO will not really get down to business until after the tour. But, it might be only logical in my head, so who knows? :)

  • SajiNoKami

    Ringo says:
    07/25/2011 at 8:04 pm

    They should eliminate Pia’s other song (Empire State of Mind) and add a song for both Haley and James IMO.

    Eliminate the opening all girls number — Born this way, too, move Jacob down to pre-intermission, then allow Haley a single and James another song. Voila! All problems fixed.

    This seems strangely logical. If Pia only has one, then Paul only having one makes more sense, cuz what does Stefano have 1 + duet? he is a step higher so it makes sense.

  • Desdemona

    This seems strangely logical. If Pia only has one, then Paul only having one makes more sense, cuz what does Stefano have 1 + duet? he is a step higher so it makes sense.

    Pia SHOULD only have 1, dammit. James should have 3, dammit. Haley could have 3 AND the duet. James doesn’t even HAVE a duet – Casey has 2 and a duet, and James (as well as Jacob) outlasted him.

    On topic now, happy for Haley and her fans to get this unofficial official confirmation of a signing. James soon, please! Dammit!

  • MBane

    Can’t wait until she can start talking about where she is with her album, and who she is working with.

  • sr4mjc

    Excellent news!

  • Jamcracker

    The Yahoo story was kind of sketchily written, but this one I can believe. This is awesome. I feel like she could make one of the most interesting records of any Idol signed to a major deal(if they put their full support behind her). She has a special voice and a crazy cool vibe to her.

  • tibitibis

    Can’t wait for the announce , then the single and the Album !!! :)

  • sharilee

    Hi, I am a Scotty McCreery fan and I wish HALEY all the best. She stands on her own in her unique way very well. I will buy whatever she puts out besides Scotty’ of course. Casey’s too if there is no much moaning and growling and James’s if he has slow numbers like “my guitar weeps” song. Best of luck to all 4. Ever wonder why I never mention Scotty’s shadow? hahal

  • Lilzie

    There is another smoking gun that Haley is signed – the FB pages. Haley’s FB page now looks the same as Scotty, Lauren and Pia’s and all have links to iTunes which the others do not have.

  • tomk

    There is another smoking gun that Haley is signed – the FB pages. Haley’s FB page now looks the same as Scotty, Lauren and Pia’s and all have links to iTunes which the others do not have.

    Good catch. Everything is changing in the world of Haley – while nobody will say anything officially. Pretty funny, but I guess we must remember that most people – even Idol fans – aren’t sleuthing the Internet for all of these clues. To many, this will still be a “surprise”.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    Next thing to look for is the artist page on Interscope’s website.

  • YeahRight

    Eliminate the opening all girls number — Born this way, too, move Jacob down to pre-intermission, then allow Haley a single and James another song. Voila! All problems fixed.

    No. Not fixed.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I don’t think they will mess with the tour at this point. I think the tour is for the fans of the show, not for promotion. That’s assuming either James or Haley has a single ready to go. LOL.

    That said, I don’t begrudge Pia her song. It’s not working, anyway.

  • CRB

    I’ll buy that she is signed.

  • McCreerian

    So now that is pretty much confirmed that she is signed-what kind of album do you think she will make? Will she join Ke$ha, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga in making the overproduced pop? Or will she go towards the Adele or Amy Whinehouse(RIP) route? Christina Perri?

  • ksl

    If you go to Interscope’s AI page Haley is heavily featured over others.

    Example 1:
    http://www.interscope.com/artist/default.aspx?aid=1210

    She’s the only one to have her EP on the front page of the AI section of interscope.

    Example 2:
    http://www.interscope.com/americanidol/releases

    Click on the AI releases tab and Haley’s EP is listed 1st giant sized and then everyone else miniature sized below her.

    Silly tea leaf readings, I know…but it could mean something.

  • springboard

    Excellent news! Looking forward to Haley talking about the album.

  • Swind

    I wouldn’t mind an album release sometime during Season 11, so Haley can perform her new single on the show. That would be a great bump for her as a new artist who fans will remember from the following season.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Just warning all y’all. She was my fave this year, which means I have cursed her.

  • allstar

    No surprise here. After all, they were going to have Haley debut a single during the AI finale if it weren’t for Spidey. From that point on, it was obvious she would be signed. I would have bet everything I owned on it.

  • tomk

    So now that is pretty much confirmed that she is signed-what kind of album do you think she will make? Will she join Ke$ha, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga in making the overproduced pop? Or will she go towards the Adele or Amy Whinehouse(RIP) route? Christina Perri?

    If she does anything that resembles Ke$ha, I will make a list of all Interscope artists – tape it to the radio in my car – and anytime one of their artists came on the radio, I’d shut it off.
    I don’t see her going anywhere near that kinda stuff; though Haley can be theatrical, I don’t think that is going to be the main vibe in what she does. I would lean more towards the Adele side of things if I wanted to pinpoint a direction. But again, she just needs to define herself.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Interscope has Feist. Not saying they will turn Haley into a Feist, but they do have more than pop princesses.

  • chrislongisland

    Haley will go her own route, and definitely not the overproduced pop direction. She can be sultry and rock out, she can be intense and also smooth. She’ll be just fine and sound amazing, and she seems smart enough to only record music she believes in.

  • Kirsten

    Will she join Ke$ha, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga in making the overproduced pop? Or will she go towards the Adele or Amy Whinehouse(RIP) route?

    I’m hoping it’s more of an Adele/Amy route. Haley has such a bluesy voice and can inject a lot of nuance. Lady Gaga is in a class of her own and one should not try to join her (you’d just look like a copycat).

    Meanwhile, Haley would be wasting her talents singing Ke$ha and Katy songs. Those types of songs don’t require you to be able to sing (Ke$ha mostly talk sings and Katy is hopeless). They are more about attitude, hooks and looks. I’m not saying those two women aren’t talented because they are. They help to write those songs and a hook is not an easy thing to write. They shape their attitude and presentation, just as Gaga does and that is often what gets you noticed in the biz. Haley can sing, though, so I’d like that to be front and center for her songs.

    Click on the AI releases tab and Haley’s EP is listed 1st giant sized and then everyone else miniature sized below her.

    I don’t know why hers are giant, but the entries seem to be in alphabetical order by grouping.

  • lucy

    Haley can sing, though, so I’d like that to be front and center for her songs.

    Amen to this.

    Especially true since really *selling* the songs, expressing and acting them, isn’t something she does consistently yet, in my opinion. (like Pia, to me — although I’d put Haley a hair ahead of Pia in the expression department — and who knows if they ever will, but that’s another question …) So her musicianship and singing ability had better be front and center, since she’s got those in spades, to me.

  • ksl

    Entertainment Weekly has picked up the story, too.

    She’s weird and she’s wonderful — and now she’s got a record deal, too! American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart has officially been signed to 19 Entertainment/Interscope Records, a rep for the label confirms. Haley, who slinked and growled her way through constant criticism and into third place during the most recent season of Idol, is currently working on a debut album.

    http://music-mix.ew.com/2011/07/26/haley-reinhart-record-deal/

  • frazzledrazz

    It’s officially official! Where’s the celebration post, MJ??? :)

  • Lilzie

    Just tweeted by KIISFM

    1027KIISFM 102.7 KIIS-FM
    #AIFANATICS – @AmericanIdol’s Hayley Reinhart (@HReinhartAI10) has signed to @Interscope!
    1 minute ago

  • Willis

    1027KIISFM 102.7 KIIS-FM
    #AIFANATICS – @AmericanIdol’s Hayley Reinhart (@HReinhartAI10) has signed to @Interscope!

    Nice! Even though they spelled her name wrong…

  • tomk

    Nice! Even though they spelled her name wrong…

    As long as Interscope doesn’t do the same thing, we should be OK :-)

  • tomk

    Official Press Release:
    http://yfrog.com/gz95869529j

  • ksl

    The only weird thing about that press release is the fact that Haley actually has FOUR 1 million+ AI performance videos on youtube. Rolling in the Deep, Bennie, I Who Have Nothing, AND House of the Rising Sun.

  • tomk

    The only weird thing about that press release is the fact that Haley actually has FOUR 1 million+ AI performance videos on youtube. Rolling in the Deep, Bennie, I Who Have Nothing, AND House of the Rising Sun.

    I found that part interesting, because I wasn’t sure if executives at Interscope really looked at that kind of stuff. The press release pretty much confirms that they were paying attention to the youtube plays.