American Idol Alum Pia Toscano Parts Ways with 19 and Interscope

Season 10 American Idol alum, Pia Toscano has parted ways with 19 management, 19 Recordings and Interscope! Via The Hollywood Reporter

In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Toscano reveals that a “difference of opinion” was the reason for the delay of her debut album on the Universal-owned major label. She had hoped would be ready for a fall release.

“It makes sense for me because I really want to get my music out there,” says Toscano of the split. “It’s been a little while, yes, but to be honest, I’m happy for this delay because I don’t think I was ready for it when this all started happening.” She still plans to release a record when the “timing is right.”

Is this the first time an Idol parted ways with 19 before a record was EVEN RELEASED? Wow. Pia only has kind words for 19, American Idol or Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine, whom she called “an incredible mentor.”

“He’s so great at what he does,” she says of Jimmy, “I am blessed to have that [experience] as part of my life.”

She’ll continue to work with producers Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas (The Underdogs). Harvey Mason worked with her on Idol, including on Whitney Houston’s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.”

“Harvey worked with Whitney Houston and she has been my idol who I’ve looked up to my whole life,” says Pia. “[She’s] why I started singing and to be in his hands, as well as Damon’s, is truly an honor.”

Pia does not elaborate on the differences she had with 19 and Interscope, but she does say, “There were a lot of opinions going on, and there was also mine. The audience sees through everything, and if you are not true to who you are, they are going to know. I wanted an album that I could believe in and I could stand by, and I have the perfect team to do that right now.”

“Pop artists with soul,” is how Pia describes her sound, citing Kelly Clarkson and Christina Aguilera as examples.

Pia is currently managed by Redlight Management’s Mark Didia

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