Idols are dropping left and right here! Now, it’s Katharine McPhee, according to the EW Hollywood Insider, who has lost her record contract–
Another Idol label deal bites the dust. Hollywood Insider has learned that Katharine McPhee is the latest former contestant to part ways with her record company. Like season 2 winner Ruben Studdard and season 5 champ Taylor Hicks, who were signed to J and Arista Records, respectively, a rep for RCA Records confirms that McPhee is no longer on the label’s roster, adding that, “Katharine is going to record her next album on her own.” McPhee self-titled debut charted at a promising No. 2 in February 2007, but it never reached gold status. Sources close to McPhee complain the label didnt support the album ‘ but Idol Phatigue seems to have conquered McPheever. Still, she shouldnt lose all hope: The singer, who is managed by Guy Oseary, makes her first feature-film appearance (opposite Anna Faris) in I Know What Boys Like later this year, and we hear she’s already in talks with another label.
Just to make sure, EW double-checked–Clay Aiken and Fantasia are still on their record label’s rosters.
I can’t say I’m surprised. Rumors about Katharine and Taylor had been swirling for months. It’s tough times for the record industry, and it appears that Sony/BMG is cleaning house…