Allison Iraheta Thanks Fans For Their Support

Allison Iraheta took to twitter last night to speak to her fans for the first time since she was dropped by her label, Jive Records:

You’ve gotta work hard for what u want.. U cant always expect shit to be done for you. There will always come a time where u just have to take things into your own hands… Wana thank you guys for ur support and words!! Again… I’m not goin anywhere:)

Was talkin to someone very important in my life yesterday about how crazy music is.. And how it can touch u in so many ways… How u can hear ONE song repeatedly and never get tired of it… How u can feel somethin different each and everytime u hear it… How it takes u back to that very first time u heard it.. and even gives u that very same feelin u felt when u did..theres just no need for visuals… It’s crazy..

Good luck Allison!  She’ll land another record deal, even if it takes a little while.  There’s too much raw talent there to waste.

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85 Comments

  1. Yes, she will. I loved what she had to say. She is a young girl and her future is bright. Her voice a gift.

  2. She has the right attitude and her voice is probably my favorite of all idols (sorry Kelly). She can end up the pink of the next generation, and I believe her voice is potentially even better than pink’s, which is saying a lot. It reminds me of Tyler’s voice actually. Time will do her good.

  3. I like the attitude. She must be editing before sending, because it doesn’t read like her usual tweets. Maybe the roller coaster ride changed her a bit.
    If she soldiers on, I think there is a place for her in the entertainment industry.

  4. That was such a mature statement. She has an amazing voice, and apparently a good head on her shoulders, so she’ll land a better deal soon. Talking about visuals, it seems like she and Jive had different opinions about her image. I always thought it was odd that she seemed more assure of herself, and real, on AI than she did in public appearances after the show. After the show it was almost like she was putting on an act, and trying to take on characteristics that were not true to who she was. I have a feeling that some geniuses at Jive and 19 were behind that.

  5. Good luck Allison! I love her attitude. She’s young and talented, hopefully another label will her her a chance.

  6. Conventional thinking is for fans to blame the record label when their artist is doing well. IMO, the record label can only do so much. It is Allison (not Adam) who is ultimately responsible for her career – and has to take accountability for her successes – and failures. That’s the only way she will learn and grow. Allison now just has to roll up her sleeves and focus on establishing her own identity. That definitely means far away from the little sister act. And this may involve taking some steps back – in order to move ahead.

  7. wow. I think these are the first tweets Ive read from her that are actually serious and substantive. Good for her shes growing up :) I too believe she has a lot of potential and with time and original material (which Im very much looking forward to) I think she can be more successful. I also think embracing her latin roots and singing more songs in Spanish wouldnt hurt ;)

  8. She’s really getting cute now…lost all that baby fat!

    Anyway, leaving the label means she has a chance to put out music of substance rather than the bullshit formula pop they forced upon her. Hopefully, she’ll land a smaller label that will give her more creative freedom, and she’ll hook up with the right writers and producers that will mesh with her smokey blues vocals.

  9. It remains frustrating to me to say Jive is responsible for Allisons unsuccessful album. I heard her say many times that all the songs were sent to her for her approval. Jive did all they could promotion wise.

    Allison has to grow up, market herself better and I agree with the above poster, quit the little sister act. There are alot of great voices out there.

    I wish her well.

  10. It remains frustrating to me to say Jive is responsible for Allisons unsuccessful album. I heard her say many times that all the songs were sent to her for her approval. Jive did all they could promotion wise.

    Allison has to grow up, market herself better and I agree with the above poster, quit the little sister act.

    ITA. I also find it very ironic that when Allison was signed, fans were praising Jive to no end about what a great label they were, how they were investing in her and grooming her for long term success as a young female rocker, etc. etc.

    But I always knew Allison would struggle considering that she was never able to build a consistent fan base on AI, even when she gave good performances. She and Anoop fell to the bottom the most during Season 8. That was a huge red flag of problems to come.

    Her being dropped from Jive was hardly unexpected. They gave her 3 singles, an album, promotional opportunities that any new artist would want and she wasn’t able to deliver with sales.

  11. I don’t think you’re right about the record deal unless you mean with some little indie label.

    No major label is interested in signing someone just because they can sing. To get signed, you have to be either a good songwriter or a total hottie bimbo. She is neither so what does she have to offer?

    She’s a person who got voted off a reality TV show, then released an album that tanked. Not exactly marketing gold.

  12. Jive is responsible for radio promos and creating the album. But I don’t know what her management has done to promote her music. Who was her manager out of 19E? Who was her target audience, teen girls & boys? She needs serious growing-up to do and it will be a good time to rebuild her image and musical identity if she has a break for a while.

  13. I thought she’d do better in the market but I didn’t care for the songs she did.

  14. IMO, everything that has happened concerning Allison´s post-idol life, good or bad (what´s good or bad is really a subjective thing) what Jive did or didn´t do, touring with Adam, her media appearances etc etc. Have all lead to molding, maturing and giving Allison the experience that will make her a better and more successful artist than she otherwise would have been. She´s so young, that I think the timing for pausing and self-reflecting is just right, as she has these experiences to build on when self-reflecting that will be invaluable in making her goals and decisions for her future. Of course, it´s up to her to take advantage of it, but if she does, I´m seeing someone making a strong, focused, “I know who I am and what I want to do” comeback

  15. It is Allison (not Adam) who is ultimately responsible for her career – and has to take accountability for her successes – and failures.

    I don’t understand this. How is Adam part of Allison’s career plan? No one suggested that he was. And if someone did, they’re terribly misguided.

    Allison has to grow up, market herself better and I agree with the above poster, quit the little sister act. There are alot of great voices out there.

    Not that these statements are wrong, but they gloss over what we all know is a complex situation. It’s wrong to put all the blame on Jive or 19. But to shrug off someone with the simple ‘grow up’ meme isn’t right, either.

    Nuturing a strong music career is a long-term journey. And Allison, along with other recent Idols, is just starting out. There will be successes and setbacks for all sorts of reasons. We just have to wait and see how it goes and wish them well (if you like that particular person).

  16. Eriko, ITA. I think Allison has definitely had some amazing opportunities because of Idol, and all the people she’s met, mentors, performance opportunities, recording time, etc. that have helped mold her into an even better, stronger, and more confident artist. She definitely grew a ton over the summer on tour. And so, despite what happened with Jive, I think with the right attitude, her undeniable talent, and persistence, she will definitely just keep getting better and have a great future. I wish her all the best!

  17. No major label is interested in signing someone just because they can sing. To get signed, you have to be either a good songwriter or a total hottie bimbo. She is neither so what does she have to offer?

    shouldn’t we wait until she releases some original material before judging whether she is a good songwriter? Most of the tracks on JLY were written by other artist and or major producers…she only co-wrote one song. Just sayin’. For all we know you could be right though…but I have a feeling she’s got some good ideas now with what she has experienced. Or at least I hope she does :P
    Also, to the poster who introduced the article about Crystal TY! Very touching. I admire her for sharing her personal experiences and for addressing this highly overlooked issue (until recently that is).

  18. I just hope someone prepared her for this happening. This would be difficult for anyone of any age, but she’s still so young. I look forward to her comeback, whenever it takes place.

  19. Not quite sure how this thread became about Adam, and/or Allison’s supposed coattail riding. LOL.

    I still think that she is the most purely talented contestant to come out of AI Season 8, and given the time and opportunity to mature and find/solidify her own musical identity, we will be hearing much more from her down the road. Good luck Allison.

  20. I’m so glad Allison seems to have a positive attitude about all of this now.

    In all honesty, I think Jive is better without her and she’s going to be better without them.

    I was super excited to see that she said this on her twitter “Writing son!!!!”. I LOVE this!

    ETA: Oh, about me mentioning Jive being better without her isn’t intended to be said in a negative way against Allison at all. I just think they had no idea what to do with her talent. Then again, I might have no idea what I’m talking about. ;p

  21. It is Allison (not Adam) who is ultimately responsible for her career – and has to take accountability for her successes – and failures.

    I completely agree, although, I don’t know who argued that Adam was responsible for her career. I don’t think Adam asked her on the tour out of pity. I don’t think Allison half-assed her performances on the tour. It seems it worked out well for everyone.
    Good luck Alli.

  22. Her failure was fairly predictable. I’ve never really understood the appeal (and early hype on Idol) of Allison, although she definitely looks the part more with the weight loss. The red hair should be next to exit the building, imo. Jive just needs to clear the Idol deadwood off just like all the other Sony/BMG sub-labels. Jive never committed payola money to make Allison have a “hit” song, but perhaps that is where Idols are in the pecking order these days.

  23. CRB:
    Her failure was fairly predictable.

    What failure? :-)
    It is a failure only if she believes it is. Many (if not all) artists have been rejected or have faced significant setbacks in their careers.
    From Lady Gaga’s wikipedia entry:

    Germanotta (Lady Gaga) had initially signed with Def Jam Recordings at the age of 19, although she was dropped by the label after only three months.

  24. ^^”Her failure was fairly predictable. I’ve never really understood the appeal (and early hype on Idol) of Allison”

    I agree with this statement…as confirmed by the fact that she was quite a bottom 3 favorite.

  25. I think that there is a big question whether Allison will get another major label record deal. Same issue exists now as there was when Jive signed her — what is the commercial market fit for Allison?

    Regarding Jive, what more were they expected to do? She had the best producers and songwriters working on that album. The promoted 3 singles for her.

    If there was a gap with Allison, I would look to Allison and 19M — because she has never had a clear image/brand. That is not Jive’s job.

    Why would any major label front even $500K on a low-budget major label album for Allison? Poor sales of first album, no hit single, and no evidence of a large fanbase. She would need to put together some killer songs of her own and rebuild her commercial credibility.

    Finally, Adam gave Allison a gift with that opening gig. She performed in front of large audiences that were predisposed to like her. She just couldn’t sell her songs when she performed them.

    JMHO — Alli had a gold opportunity and squandered it. She will not get another one like it.

  26. Wow, all this negativity about Allison… For me, Allison’s CD is gold (Okey, okey, “Friday I’ll be Over You” is a bit on the poppy side), and just a cursory look on Twitter I see a lot of people liking her songs (“Scars” may not be radio-friendly to sell millions, but resonates for a lot of girls). She may not be a “commercial” success like Madonna or Kate Perry, but she is – in my personal sphere – a success in giving me pleasure in listening to her songs.

  27. This is part of her growth, watch her write a multi-platinum smash hit based on this experience when she does get a label.

    In anycase i’m glad her tweet showed some maturity not the usual crass junk.

  28. Finally, Adam gave Allison a gift with that opening gig.

    Just my 2 cents, but I see that as more of a 19M 3-for-1 deal, especially when you factor Orianthi, another 19 artist, into it. 19 was looking to consolidate expenses, and putting three of its artists on the same tour was a good way to do that.

    Not saying that Adam didn’t want Allison on the tour. But I don’t think he offered her the spot as much as 19 simply said she was coming along for the trip.

    JMHO — Alli had a gold opportunity and squandered it. She will not get another one like it.

    I want a look at that crystal ball. Maybe it’s revealing lotto numbers.

  29. roquemocan, I agree with what you mentioned. I think her CD was a success that made many of her fans happy.

    I was surprised to read a lot of negative comments about Allison on this thread, since when I just read what mj wrote, I saw it as something positive.

    It’s great to know Allison isn’t letting this mis-step bring her down. Jive dropping her could very well be a great thing for her in disguise.
    There are many artists that I think are awesome and they are alternative artists that don’t get any radio play. Maybe not being on a major label gives them some more freedom to be truer to who they are. I honestly have no clue. Point is, you don’t necessarily have to be well known or have a huge fan base starting off to be incredibly amazing.

    All I know is that I’m loving how Allison is still pushing forward, and that makes me so happy as a fan. I’d love to see her live, but I’m just so busy a lot of the time. Her live stuff is killer though on video.

    ETA: Just wanted to add that I do respect people being honest though. I don’t understand the hype with some artists as well (some successful and some not by popularity standards). ;p

    Only reason I felt like posting on this thread was ’cause I’m super excited that Allison is just getting back on her feet and working hard for what she wants. :) It’s exiting.

  30. Oh jeez, it seems like some people like being negative towards those they don’t like and kicking them while they’re down. Allison is not a failure; seriously, she’s only 18 and has her whole life ahead of her. Just because her deal with Jive, a label that very obviously did not understand her full potential and market, did not work out (in 9 months to boot, not exactly a lot of time for development), that doesn’t mean she’s a failure.

    I for one am very happy to see that she’s taking matters into her own hands and isn’t giving up. This experience can only do her well in the long run, she has lived a lot in the past two years and all that will shape her even a little bit more as a person and an artist.

    Others may not ‘get’ or like her, but there really are a lot of us that do and want to see her get back on her feet and keep on making music, because that’s what she loves and what we love from her. I don’t care if she becomes an international sensation or keeps on making music for an independent label, as long as she can be happy doing what she loves, that’s all I want for her. The girl has got a ton of soul and passion, that much is undeniable.

  31. Finally, Adam gave Allison a gift with that opening gig. She performed in front of large audiences that were predisposed to like her. She just couldn’t sell her songs when she performed them.

    I have to disagree with this. I don’t see Adam’s audience as Allison’s audience.

    The promoted 3 singles for her.

    They released three singles, there is a difference.

    ETA: I’m really looking forward to seeing what her future holds.

  32. Allison is the only Idol I ever paid to see live and the only one who’s album I own.

    I love that she sent this message to tell her fans that she’s not going anywhere. I admire her persistence and I can not wait to hear more music from her.

  33. Wow I am surprised too at the reaction to Allison on this thread. I think she deserves another chance. I still say she wasn’t marketed correct and that is NOT her fault. That is the management team. She was only 16-17 19 was the professionals who blew it for her IMHO. I also think Allison’s album had some of the best songs on it from all the Season 8 contestants that put out albums. “Don’t waste the Pretty” is a fantastic tune and its success or failure has nothing to do with Allison IMHO. That song should have at least been mildly successful. I don’t think PD knew what to do with Allison. She didn’t fit any mold that was connecting.

    If I were her manager I would go back to the drawing board work her more as a Latina rocker and even maybe get her on some sort of reality music show. Along the vein of Dance-life only with singers. Maybe even get her on the Just a Dream house. Allison needs nurturing and guidance. She needs to be able to experiment with different looks/styles to find one that works for her best. Heck I think someone needs to develop a reality show with finding a band for Allison where she is the lead singer. A show where they help reintroduce Allison. (actually introduce Allison) While getting a band together for her to front. Her band now was ok but not really what she needs. She needs better musicians and personalities. This could really be a great show for MTV or VH1. Allison is talented and though she may not have a buying fan-base I would venture to say she has a fan-base that would watch a show with her in it. I would venture to guess some Adam and Kris fans would watch because well hey its Allison and there maybe guest appearances by Adam/Kris/Danny anyone from Season 8. BTW I don’t care to get credit for this idea and if it happens GREAT……just remember where you heard it first. :lol:

    Seriously I think it would be a great way to go about introducing and reestablishing Allison and Allison’s brand. To give her an Identity outside of The rocker chick from AI or Adam and Kris’s little sister. So I am not as negative about her chances or into blaming her so much. This has got to be hard on her and I think she is doing all she can. Again I suggest she go at the Latina Rocker more then anything else. The flaming red hair and voice of a true rocker is her biggest assets. They were not the focus of her branding before. I think her branding had her as fun and quirky a bizarre. wrong way to go IMHO. Weird how people turned on her so quickly because she was dropped by Jive. Heck Artist are dropped all the time…does not mean they are not talented. It could mean that Jive and Allison where not a good fit. (I agree 100% with this assessment) I hope she gets signed with a good company that will take some time in developing her. What’s Ellen’s label? Just Kidding :lol:

    I really love Allison and her talent and feel she deserves the benefit of the doubt and the chance to do it all again with better direction.

  34. Heck I think someone needs to develop a reality show with finding a band for Allison where she is the lead singer.

    I like the idea of seeing Allison on TV, but I don’t know if any really good musicians would show up for this.

  35. I like the idea of seeing Allison on TV, but I don’t know if any really good musicians would show up for this.

    I think they would. Good musicians that want to play in band on a major label and for a buzz worthy individual. See Allison would work perfectly as she is known well enough but not too much to overpower the premise. They have done it before and if you extend it to include song writers Latino based, it very well could attract good musicians. (I at first was think a female band but then rethought it and that would most likely take away from Allison being the main focus and center piece of the band. I think it would be worth a shot and it would no matter what bring attention to Allison and a younger demographic. If they can do it for Fantasia or half these other reality person who don’t have talent then Allison would be a no brainier IMHO

  36. I think they would.

    You could be right. There might be people out there who would love to have a chance to be in her band.

    Bring it on!

    ETA: Maybe should could hand out roses to the winning band members. LOL!

  37. I for one am very happy to see that she’s taking matters into her own hands and isn’t giving up. This experience can only do her well in the long run, she has lived a lot in the past two years and all that will shape her even a little bit more as a person and an artist.

    Others may not ‘get’ or like her, but there really are a lot of us that do and want to see her get back on her feet and keep on making music, because that’s what she loves and what we love from her. I don’t care if she becomes an international sensation or keeps on making music for an independent label, as long as she can be happy doing what she loves, that’s all I want for her. The girl has got a ton of soul and passion, that much is undeniable.

    Thank you PRMari! You said exactly how I am feeling just in a better way than I could have articulated.

    I am just happy to hear that she is not giving up on music. I will support her in any way I can.

    I love that she sent this message to tell her fans that she’s not going anywhere.

    Me too! I was surprised to see it since she doesn’t tweet much.

  38. You could be right. There might be people out there who would love to have a chance to be in her band.

    Bring it on!

    Haha! I would watch :)

  39. I am just happy to hear that she is not giving up on music. I will support her in any way I can.

    I like this sentence and I agree 100% and will do the same. :-)

  40. Allie was my second fave on S8 until after the tour; like Adam, she put out music that was quite a bit different from how she was portrayed on Idol. So I didn’t really like her music or connect.

    But I still think she is talented and I feel sad she was dropped. :( She is young, so I think she probably learned a lot and will be back at some point, IMO singing a different kind of music- more mature music as she matures.

  41. She has a TON of talent. I have a feeling she’ll be fine.

    DITTO

  42. She had the best producers in the business. She did not sell them enough to the mass audience. No way another label will pick her up. She probably cost Jive tons of money. I think a grassroots approach is her only option. Bars/clubs. she has alot of years of growth ahead of her before she will be taken seriously.

  43. She had good producers yes, but it wasn’t only her job to ‘sell them’, that’s why she was on a label, they were supposed to do a little bit of that for her. In my opinion, there were no problems in how she worked with those producers. I’m also one who thinks Max Martin for example has NO business messing with Allison’s voice, he did NOT get her at all, that’s not the kind of sound she does naturally. As for the rest…Jive and only Jive chose the singles, that’s not her responsability.

    Also, there are plenty of labels out there, not every artist has to be on a huge label to make music.

  44. If Allison couldn’t get people to rally around her when she was on American Idol, why would it have been any different with Jive?

    Her job is to connect her music, her performances with audiences and obviously she has not been successful with that.

    Example: She performed Scars on her comeback to AI earlier this year. But it was obvious she was nervous and gave a horrible interview with Ryan. And when asked what advice she would give the Idols waiting for the results. She said something flippant about “Oh, it’s scary, I’m glad I’m not where you are”.

    She was given a huge audience, yet it did little for sales. And then I hear her SYTYCD appearance wasn’t much better. Can’t blame Jive for that.

    I remember Simon saying that the problem with Allison is that there is a likeability issue between her and the audience.

  45. Perhaps because the Idol audience isn’t her natural target audience? Ever think of that? I can’t believe people are still going on about this so called likeability issue…it’s been two years since Idol, I think it’s time to move on from that.

  46. The music business is really tough. Even people with spectacular talent– more than Alison– can fall through the cracks.

    She did have a unique opportunity to tour with Adam, who had a big following. I wish her luck but fear that she will have a tough future.

  47. If Allison couldn’t get people to rally around her when she was on American Idol, why would it have been any different with Jive?

    Because not everyone watches American Idol.

    Her job is to connect her music, her performances with audiences and obviously she has not been successful with that.

    Obviously everyone is not going to connect with Allison, but I have absolutely no problem doing so. I have watched this show since season 1 and I have never connected to a contestant on this show more than I have Allison.

  48. Perhaps because the Idol audience isn’t her natural target audience? Ever think of that?

    But then what was she doing on a mainstream reality TV show like American Idol? It was obvious she did that in hopes of getting a record deal and launching a singing career.

    That seems to be the ongoing problem with Allison – her audience apparently wasn’t with Idol, it wasn’t with Jive. Now she has the dubious distinction of being the first Idol to be dropped from Jive and the first Idol to be dropped from Season 8.

    The record label cannot force people to like Allison or listen to her music.

  49. Allison raved about working with Max Martin. She raved about picking her own songs from Just like you. It bombed. Let her go away for a couple of years. PEOPLE JUST DONT LIKE HER

  50. PEOPLE JUST DONT LIKE HER

    You’re right. I don’t like her. I love her ;)

  51. PEOPLE JUST DONT LIKE HER

    Sure, there may be some that don’t like her, but more likely there are more (tons!) that simply haven’t had the opportunity to listen to her in a sustained way. Being on a TV appearance is just a point in time, but if we were to listen her on the radio more frequently (which didn’t happen), surely the CD would have been more succesful. This because many of her songs are far better than many of the current “hits”.

  52. i think she has to live her life, experiment. I think she has not found her ‘voice’ yet and need some growth both artistically and personal. For now, I wish her to find a very good rock/alt young rock band with good musical ideas and to grow/collaborate within this group. Think about it! it would be an awesome win-win situation. She’s in need of an appropriate musical environement and she would bring her ‘fame’ to the band (100k album sold is far from shabby!!). That would work for sure, I think.

  53. Come on, it’s too harsh to call her ‘failure’. She’s just 18 and quite a few idols have been dropped from major labels, but continue their careers. Fantasia came back strong with her bizarre TV show and album (and scandals). Look at Charice. Despite the luxurious support from Oprah, Ellen and David Foster from the start, she wasn’t going anywhere until the Glee gig. Now, she is called one of the most promising teen female singers? You never know what’s going to happen. It takes only one life changing gig.

  54. But then what was she doing on a mainstream reality TV show like American Idol? It was obvious she did that in hopes of getting a record deal and launching a singing career.

    Obviously, I wasn’t talking about Allison herself knowing that her audience wasn’t with Idol, how would she even know that at 16? Of course she did the show in hopes of getting a record deal and launching a singing career, which she did. Thanks to Idol she does have a bigger fanbase than she did before, she did get a deal and recorded an album that many people do love.

    Allison raved about working with Max Martin. She raved about picking her own songs from Just like you. It bombed. Let her go away for a couple of years.

    Oh come on, what was she supposed to say? She was Jive’s employee, and she never raved about working with Max Martin saying he was the greatest thing since sliced bread to her, just excited about working with someone as big as him. I actually always got the feeling from her interviews that him in particular was very strict about how he wanted her to sound and didn’t really give her any freedom in the studio. I really, REALLY doubt Allison would’ve chosen for herself something like FIBOU but at 16 and under Jive, you just don’t say no to Max Martin. She also always talked about how she had influence on which songs they picked, but I was never fooled into thinking that meant she got to make EXACTLY the type of album she wanted. She also always said that she had to compromised because she realized that she was in a POP label. I think what she did on tour with her songs reflects more accurately what type of music she’d like to be making. She took FIBOU and flipped it upside down to fit her style.

    As for the needing to ‘live her life’ and mature, yes of course, we all do. That’s how we learn, and she’s doing just that. Give her time, she’s not the first nor will be the last Idol to be let go of her contract with a major label, most don’t even make it to the contract with the major label and most others that do, keep on making music and having a career doing what they love. Not everyone has to be Daughtry to be considered successful, success if a very subjective word.

    PEOPLE JUST DONT LIKE HER

    You obviously don’t, and I think we get that, it doesn’t mean all PEOPLE don’t like her, there are many of us who connect fine with her and actually LOVE her. Things aren’t that simple.

  55. I love Allison. I was hoping she would have caught on. Scars is one of my favorite songs.

  56. Many people seem to forget how young Allison is-she is a teenager. I doubt she had much say in the direction her album would go. Jive hoped she would catch on as a teen pop sensation-it just didn’t happen. For whatever reason, radio would not play her music, so not many outside of her idol fan base ever heard it.She seemed nervous
    during her TV performances and I doubt they gained her many new fans.
    Allison has a fantastic voice. Adam gave her a great opportunity to gain performing experience in front on an audience predisposed to like her by chosing her to open for his Glamnation Tour-and he did choose her btw, he has said he was given a list of performers to choose from. He also chose to feature her in his IIHY video.
    Allison was wonderful at the show I attended and got a lot of love from the audience.
    Allison just needs to get out there and get some more life experience so she can grow to fit her mature voice-playing in small venues, maybe fronting a band. There’s no shortage of musicians who would be happy to play for her.

  57. Just my 2 cents, but I see that as more of a 19M 3-for-1 deal, especially when you factor Orianthi, another 19 artist, into it. 19 was looking to consolidate expenses, and putting three of its artists on the same tour was a good way to do that.

    Not saying that Adam didn’t want Allison on the tour. But I don’t think he offered her the spot as much as 19 simply said she was coming along for the trip.

    Actually Adam did an interview where he talked about the openers and how they were brought on. He said that Orianthi was put as an opener because of their label. But he also said that he had a lot to do with Allison coming on.

  58. Oh come on, what was she supposed to say? She was Jive’s employee, and she never raved about working with Max Martin saying he was the greatest thing since sliced bread to her, just excited about working with someone as big as him. I actually always got the feeling from her interviews that him in particular was very strict about how he wanted her to sound and didn’t really give her any freedom in the studio. I really, REALLY doubt Allison would’ve chosen for herself something like FIBOU but at 16 and under Jive, you just don’t say no to Max Martin. She also always talked about how she had influence on which songs they picked, but I was never fooled into thinking that meant she got to make EXACTLY the type of album she wanted. She also always said that she had to compromised because she realized that she was in a POP label. I think what she did on tour with her songs reflects more accurately what type of music she’d like to be making. She took FIBOU and flipped it upside down to fit her style.

    For some reason this sounds like an insult of somewhat. I know she’s young but you’re making it seem like she was a puppet and that she’s not even satisfied with her album and i disagree. I am a huge fan of her and i honestly think she loves all of her songs. And no, i don’t think she lies in interviews when she says how much control she has. If you watch her performances, she’s very connected and is obviously loving performing these songs.

  59. Age is only a factor in that Allison often appear way more immature in her interviews and her off stage persona. Age has not been a problem for either David Archuleta or Jordin Sparks.

    Allison toured with Adam because it was either that or nothing. I doubt she had any other opportunties to tour with more established acts. And if Jive didn’t feel she was able to play to small venues on her own, she will even have a more difficult time pulling that off now.

    Also, it costs money to front a band. Where is that going to come from now that Allison is without a recording contract? I doubt very much 19 will invest in that kind of expense.

  60. What interviews? She was barely interviewed on live television, except for Idol.

    Age has not been a problem for either David Archuleta or Jordin Sparks.

    Both older than Allison, not to mention that they’re not exactly typical teens.

    For some reason this sounds like an insult of somewhat. I know she’s young but you’re making it seem like she was a puppet and that she’s not even satisfied with her album and i disagree. I am a huge fan of her and i honestly think she loves all of her songs. And no, i don’t think she lies in interviews when she says how much control she has. If you watch her performances, she’s very connected and is obviously loving performing these songs.

    Not at all! I’m just saying that even as much as she likes these songs, they were a compromise in terms of the sound she probably would’ve prefered to do (she LOVES Holiday) and what she knew was more commercial (not exactly loves FIBOU). She flipped most of her songs live to give them a lot more of a harder edge, that was missing from her album, even her acoustic performances were grittier. I’m also not saying she lied during interviews, but she’s not stupid and if she’s asked about all these producers of course she’s going to be saying great things about them. Just because they may not exactly fit her musical style it doesn’t mean she can’t admire them or that they didn’t work well with her. She said she would get songs and she would pass judgement on them, but they were still songs sent to her, not really produced by her and again, I’m quite certain that at that age, if you get something by Max Martin, you’re going to say yes regardless of what it is.

  61. Jordan and Archie are unusually mature for their age but at Allison’s age I doubt they would have defied TPTB when presented with what seemed like a great opportunity. How many teenage performers have their own musical identity figured out, plus having the business savy to know what will sell?
    Most teenagers who hit it big in the music business have parents or other adults who are strong managers or in the business themselves. Miley Cyrus anyone? Does anyone think she makes all her own decisions about her music?
    What Allison has going for herself is a fantastic voice and people at 19 who obviously think she has potential-they haven’t dropped her.

    ETA PRMari-what you said.

  62. PRMari – David Archuelta and Jordin Sparks were the same age as Allison when they were on Idol. They were also the same age as Allison when they released their debut albums.

    And they both still have recording contracts – with Jive. So Jive must be doing something right.

    I don’t think anyone has every deny the fact that Allison is talented. But it takes a lot more than just being a good singer.

  63. @escape: I think what some of us like about Allison is that she is very real, unfiltered, warts and all. She is very much the teenager girl (and this is also what grates some, too). As such, she is not a Disney princess, and may not be the next Selena Gomez or Miley Cyrus (but then, people surely don’t criticize them as much for their indiscretions and pecadillos). So, with her, it is “Take it or leave it!” (as one of her songs says) :)

    As some have suggested, it may not be that Jive is bad, or Allison is bad, but that for her particular style, and what Jive wanted, it wasn’t a good match.

  64. @Artemis ITA with you: I suspect Allison is going this journey very much alone. I suspect her family supports her fully, but none of them “manages” her – like it would be with a Miley Cyrus or an Archuleta.

    So, with mistakes et all, it is HER sole journey, done by a wide eyed 16 years old.

    I would say people dismiss her because she is so girlish (case in point: most of her tweets) and a buffoon, but we die hard fans know the depth and maturity that lurks inside (case in point: see her interview with Slezak, and see how she maintains her private life very private, or see interviews with Ricky Minor about life inside the Idol mansion, or remember her work ethic – she has paid her dues singing in megastores, bars, whatnot). She is, in a word “marvelous”!

  65. As some have suggested, it may not be that Jive is bad, or Allison is bad, but that for her particular style, and what Jive wanted, it wasn’t a good match.

    Good point. It just seems that they were not the right fit for each other. I look forward to any chance that Allison will put out music that she has written. I would love to have more insight into what she has gone through in her life (not trying to pry or anything. I just want to know whatever she is willing to share.)

  66. I would be upset if Allison would still be under contract with Jive. Last year I was secretly hoping Allison would opt out of her deal and go with a different label and start recording some honest music with vocal integrity. There isn’t a Jive artist the I like or that I can stand listening for more than 15 seconds. No offense to the other Idols who are signed with Jive. Allison is a different animal, she’s out there, weird, different bursting with talent. The greats were that way, misunderstood like Hendrix and Shanon Hoon.

    The way Allison is doing it, is the way it should have been done from the beginning. Write some good music near her heart and jam with her band and finally lay it down in the studio when fully baked. Pop music top 40 is at it’s worst stage in music history. Not that I was ever fond of pop music before. Real music has gone underground.

  67. Great description Rub^^^

    Allison is definately quirky, a bit of an odd duck-but I like that about her. She and Jive just weren’t a good fit, but I believe she
    has a future in the music business as a unique artist.

  68. Maybe I’m viewing the subject of the thread a little bit differently from everyone else, but I see the quoted tweets as expressing Allison’s gratitude for support and most importantly what’s in her heart when it comes to her relationship with music.

    Allison has stated that she accepts responsibility for her own destiny, and she realizes that she needs to work hard to pursue her dream. Do we really know what that dream is? Is it to hit the top of the Billboard charts? Sell millions of records? Make millions of dollars? Or, could it possibly be to achieve that perfect moment where she magically expresses all the emotions inside her with her music?

    Allison is an 18 year old who has had a passion for music since she was a little child. She has an understanding and appreciation for many different musical genres – no doubt inherited from her parents. She may not be the most eloquent public speaker, but her musical maturity – her depth of understanding of what it means to be a musician, an artist – is well beyond her years.

    I would love to see Allison become a commercial success, but first of all I would want her to remain “true to herself”, as she always says. Success can be measured in many ways, but each individual has a right to measure it in his or her own way.

    So, as one of Allison’s appreciative fans, I say “you’re welcome,” and hang in there kid. Nobody can take away your dream, if you don’t let them.

    Note to MJ – Thanks for creating an Allison-specific thread. It’s been a long time.

  69. Jordison you are tha man, youre right on the money again!!!!!

    As an addendum to your post, I feel Allison has succeeded as an artist -who has refused to be molded into something she isn’t- and making the best out of the hand she was dealt. And at 18 selling over 100k as is! …not bad for someone who finished 4th with the strongest top three pretty boys in the show’s history.

  70. And at 18 selling over 100k as is! …not bad for someone who finished 4th with the strongest top three pretty boys in the show’s history.

    Lol — hadn’t thought of it precisely that way, but I guess Kris, Adam and Danny could all considered to be “pretty boys” :) And that was an extremely strong top 3 IMO. S8 top 5 for that matter was quite strong when you include Allison and Matt.

    Doesn’t seem surprising to me that Allison may be going through a period of introspection and figuring out where she wants to go next. Hopefully she has some options, whichever way she wants to go. It was fairly confusing to me what it meant that she is no longer with Jive but still under 19R.

  71. Thanks MJ for the thread! And please tell us if we are overstepping the thread rules…

    I just wanted to add, that, even though Allison’s current CD wasn’t written by her – I don’t consider it being bad just because of that fact.

    I thoroughly enjoy it, and – as is – is a great album. Someone said that, with Allison’s CD, different people have different favourites – or even change favourites with time… which I take as a sign that the album has many consistently good songs.

  72. It was fairly confusing to me what it meant that she is no longer with Jive but still under 19R.

    I think its a good sign that 19R is holding on to Alli. The press release read “…Allison had parted ways with her label…” I take that as negotiations break down. 19 on behalf of Allison, couldn’t agree with Jive on the direction of her future. Allison is in good standing. In taking a quick look at S9 idols, I think at this time last year Allison had more followers on twitter than the winner has at this point, let alone Crystal or the fourth placer. If thats any indication, for whatever is worth. A major label signing is imminent.

  73. She’s so genuine and pure (talent-wise). I just don’t think “people” (as in mainstream audience) have found her yet. She’ll get there! Someday she will be famous and the people that haven’t been following her will be like, “where the heck did she come from? She sure had it easy!’ lol

  74. The press release read “…Allison had parted ways with her label…” I take that as negotiations break down. 19 on behalf of Allison, couldn’t agree with Jive on the direction of her future.

    That’s just the political correct term used when someone is dropped from their label. Google Allison Iraheta and every article says she was dropped by her label. There was no talk of any contract negotiations at all.

    Allison is in good standing. In taking a quick look at S9 idols, I think at this time last year Allison had more followers on twitter than the winner has at this point, let alone Crystal or the fourth placer. If thats any indication, for whatever is worth. A major label signing is imminent.

    This is just all speculation. There is no factual indication that she will be picked up by a major label. In fact, if you look at Idols who have been dropped, most are never signed back to major labels.

    There is also no correlation to the number of Twitter followers and record sales. Also, not all followers on Twitter are necessarily even fans.

  75. That’s just the political correct term used when someone is dropped from their label. Google Allison Iraheta and every article says she was dropped by her label. There was no talk of any contract negotiations at all.

    I’ll take the press release over a google search any day. Any talk of negotiations aren’t made public until finalized, standard legal operation. Even that press release had to be questioned and sought after by someone in the media, EW’s Slezak.

    This is just all speculation. There is no factual indication that she will be picked up by a major label. In fact, if you look at Idols who have been dropped, most are never signed back to major labels.

    Nothing is factual until is final, but if we go by probabilities, then the percentages are that she will make music and release records through out her 20s at the very least. And when you say “most” are never signed to a “major”(without cross checking your claims),then there exists another set of probabilities. Time, talent and even buzz is on her side. All things considered, 19 are in the business of making money, but even if they decide to “part ways”, she still has a dream spot starting point.

  76. I’ll take the press release over a google search any day.

    Same here, considering not all sites are reliable with their information.

    Came back to this thread since lately I’ve been craving more of Allison’s music.
    Just listening to her live performances on shows and everything I’d be surprised if a label didn’t pick her up. Especially since she’s showing good work ethic by still continuing forward and writing!

    I still can’t express how excited I am to hear that she’s writing (or was writing anyway according to her twitter). :D

    Most likely the reason that 19 didn’t let go of her was because they still want her. Perhaps they thought Jive wasn’t the best fit for her just like some of her fans thought. I could be wrong of course, but that’s the story I’ll be sticking to for now. :)

  77. allison isn’t going anywhere 19e 19r is owned by Simeon fuller and he is the one that wanted allison from the start before s8 even hit the airwaves mr Fuller has stated that she was to be singed no matter where she placed on idol

    even when she sang in front of the judges the first time you could tell that thay were giving orders to put her through (kara; i wish you could wait another year) and listen to the rest of the judges this was a TPTB order put her through

    even when crazy bich told ryan that she was the best singer in the room were did the camera pan to? out of all the people in the room the only face you see is allison

    19e 19r has dropped jive at the same time jive drop allison to me it looks like when 19e got rid of jive 19 did the best thing took allison with them

  78. @jason1313 interesting teory, but I think that if that were the case, she would have been pimped a little bit more. Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta were almost completely unknown to the public until the second group elimination. I remember from that time, before the group rounds, that Danny Gokey and Lil Rounds were the early favourites. Allison’s “Alone” moment was an unexpected moment that put her in the running – and that is after a spacy interview and the shock of hearing she was going to sing “Alone”. In any case, hopefully she has people sticking to their guns with her career – she has so much to give still.

  79. Impatiently waiting for something new from Allison. She’s been gone too long.

    In the meantime… I want to wish a happy birthday to one of her biggest fans. I miss my basement buddies!

    ETA: Ooops! Its still 12/13 where I live!

  80. Impatiently waiting for something new from Allison. She’s been gone too long.

    Me too! I anxiously await the day for some kind of news. Forgot about this thread and stumbled upon it in my bookmarks. I am hopeful for the february announcment (per her tweet about her big changes come feb). I want to know what it is! (Better not just be about her hair. Lol)

    I miss my basement buddies!

    Again, me too! One day Allison will give us something to talk about. It has to happen. Right? Haha.

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