Adam Lambert Splits with 19R

American Idol 8 alum, Adam Lambert has split with 19 Recordings, but is still on the roster at RCA, reports THR:

Adam Lambert and 19 Recordings have parted ways, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
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Although the American Idol season eight runner-up had split with 19 Management in August 2011, he remained signed to the recording arm of 19 Entertainment (now owned by CORE Media Group) for another 18 months.

According to sources, January marked the expiration for that contract, although he is still on the roster at RCA Records. “It’s good for both sides,” says an insider. “Adam can move forward with his plans and 19 isn’t stuck in the middle.”

A rep for Lambert says the two parties leave “amicably and with the utmost respect for each other,” adding that the decision is but one part of the singer’s “evolution,” which began when he joined Direct Management Group, home to Katy Perry among other clients.

As for his third album, conversations with the label about direction have already begun, says DMG.

Now that 19R has moved on to partnering with UMG, I would imagine “lame duck” Idols still signed to both RCA and 19R will be moving off the 19 roster eventually.

Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Jordin Sparks and Fantasia are all still signed with 19R/RCA. (edited)

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