American Idol Dropout Benson Boone Signs Major Label Record Deal

AMERICAN IDOL Ð Ò401 (Auditions)Ó Ð ÒAmerican Idol,Ó the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, will return to airwaves during its season premiere SUNDAY, FEB. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard) BENSON BOONE
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Congratulations to Benson Boone. Today (Oct 5) Tik Tok star announced a major label record deal with Warner Records and Dan Reynolds of the rock band Imagine Dragons. label, Night Street Records. He also inked a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music and Saint Sounds Publishing. His new single “Ghost Town” will be out next week.

Benson auditioned for American Idol last season, reportedly making it all the way to the Top 24, but mysteriously dropped out of the competition before the rounds aired on television.

Around the time he dropped out, Benson was spotted on Tik Tok working with Reynolds. 

Benson announces his deal on Instagram

“I have absolutely LOVED the last couple months of my life,” writes Benson in his Instagram announcement. “I’ve been finding out who I want to be as an artist. And I am beyond proud to announce that I have signed a record deal with @warnerrecords and @danreynolds from @imaginedragons as well as a publishing deal with @warnerchappellmusic and @saintsoundspublishing .”

The singer continues, “This is just the beginning of my career, and with my first song coming out next week you’re going to be able to understand my music and I couldn’t be happier. I love all of you so much and I’m so grateful to be able be doing what I love.”

Benson’s new song “Ghost Town” can be pre-saved now at this link.


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Benson dropped out of American Idol with little explanation

Benson auditioned for American Idol 2021, advancing to Hollywood and beyond. But after his American Idol 2021 audition aired, Benson was barely seen on the show again. The singer kept quiet initially, but eventually, in April, the singer finally addressed his disappearance in an Instagram message:

“Hey guys, I know many of you have been asking where I went on American Idol. It was a really hard decision for me to make, but I decided to step down from the competition,” he wrote. “I am so grateful to have been part of the show, everyone was amazing and it was an INCREDIBLE experience! Shout out to the remaining contestants, you guys are amazing!! Best of luck to you all :)”

Reliable spoilers reported that Benson had made it to the Top 24, and then dropped out. Anilee List reportedly took his place. In her televised Top 24 reveal, Idol never showed Anilee sitting down with the judges receiving the good news. Ryan announced it in voice over. It’s further proof that Anilee was likely a last minute addition.

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