Yet another Idol has been dropped, but not by their record label. The latest casualty is Season 3’s winner, Fantasia Barrino, and it’s Simon Fuller and 19m that’s doing the dropping. This is according to Shirley Halperin at the Entertainment Weekly Hollywood Insider:
Since her 2004 American Idol win, Fantasia Barrino has weathered her fair share of music business shake-ups, surviving mergers and the recent repositioning of her mentor Clive Davis, who signed her to J Records. Though she still has her contract at J, EW.com now hears that as of today, Fantasia has been dropped from the Simon Fuller-owned 19 Management. The reason for the sacking, according to sources, is that the R&B diva would simply not heed the firm’s professional advice. “There’s only so much energy you can put into helping someone’s career if they don’t want to listen, ” hints an insider. However, like many other Idol contestants, Fantasia remains on Fuller’s label, 19 Recordings, and will continue to share music sales profits with the company.
According to the source, deals for David Cook, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, and Blake Lewis remain in tact.
The past couple of years have been filled with success for Fantasia. Her last album, Fantasia did well on the R&B charts, garnering a hit single, “When I See You”. She starred in the highly rated (but critically panned) movie of her life story on the Lifetime channel, and earned great reviews playing Celie in the Color Purple on Broadway. She’s set to play Celie in the upcoming movie version of the musical. Oprah loves her!
Looks like Fantasia has her own ideas about where her career should be heading…