Update: Kellie Pickler has a record deal? On The View this morning, Kellie announced that she’s signed a deal. Kellie says that she’ll release a CD on November 14 and will have a single out by late September. Michael Slezak of EW.com’s Popwatch blog re-caps the show here.
thanks to bookwomanblue and sharon8 for the play-by-play in comments
This year, the recording division of 19 is signing more idols than just the winner and runner up. Besides Chris Daughtry, who recently signed with 19 Recordings/Sony BMG it looks like Kellie Pickler has been signed by the country division of Sony BMG. And there are rumors that Ace Young may be signed by Sony as well. His CD is due out, according to Ace’s camp, the first quarter of ’07.
ETA: USA Today has published the official press release announcing Kellie Pickler’s signing with 19 Recordings/BNA Records. BNA is a label under the SONY BMG Music Entertainment umbrella in Nashville, TN. Additionally, Ken Barnes of USA Today spoke with a Sony publicist who says that Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler and Chris Daughtry’s CDs will all be released by the end of the year. However, the publicist had NO firm dates for any of the releases.
Idols on the View
Kellie Pickler will bring her special comedy stylings to The View today. Heh. She appears as a guest host, filling in for the recently departed Star Jones. Check your local listings for air times.
Katharine McPhee was scheduled to guest host on Wednesday, but her name is no longer on the schedule. She is still absent from the tour. She is expected to join her fellow idols on tour sometime this week.