Happy Freedom Day!

Update: Ken Barnes from the USA Today Idol Chatter blog is reporting that Jordin Sparks’ album release date is scheduled for November 20.

Today marks the day that Season 6 contestants are released from their contracts with 19 alphabets! We know that Jordin Sparks inked a deal recently with 19 recordings/Jive recordings (she’s the first Idol not under the RCA/Clive Davis umbrella.)

According to the NY Post, Blake Lewis signed to Arista last month, but no formal announcement has been issued yet.

To celebrate, Chris Sligh has posted posted some demos on his My Space, which I have not had a chance to listen to yet (work beckons, I’ll listen later!)

Now that the Season 6 kids are out from under 19, hopefully there will be more news on the Idols’ future plans. That Blake Lewis press release should be coming any day now…

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  1. Today marks the day that Season 6 contestants are released from their contracts with 19 alphabets!

    MJ’s being a comedian today. hee MJ, unless you changed season 7 to 6 already, I didn’t see an error in the article or maybe I’m just blind. LOL

  2. I’m not sure where to post this and I am desperately trying to unload 2 tickets to the show in NY at Nassau Coliseum for tomorrow. I am out of town and CANNOT GO and it is killing me to see these great seats go to waste. BEST OFFER ASAP as I have to make a decision by 5PM tonight.
    Here is a link:

    If there is a better/different place anyone can suggest to post this, please let me know ASAP. Thanks so much.

  3. I want that Blake Lewis press release now. Can’t wait any longer.
    Anyways, I hope it happens tomorrow or next week at the latest.

  4. Please, please, please let the words “Lyric Street Records” be in Phil’s future…

  5. Does this mean Sanjaya is going Christian/religious on us? Hmmm….this is interesting. First Jennifer Hudson, then Chris Sligh, now Sanjaya. It would certainly make Simon cringe.

  6. Sorry I can’t edit that last post…I meant to say Mandisa…instead of Jennifer Hudson (although she is very religious – oriented) and I made the comment based on what Simon thought about Mandisa singing gospel on the show and that look he gave Melissa on the final.

  7. I listened to Chris Sligh’s My Space songs and liked Something Beautiful. However, it is a song about Christ so I guess he’s going Christian music. I wonder why he’s not trying for mainstream now.

  8. I’ll stick with my original prediction that 3 or 4 of S6 idols sign with Christian lable.s

  9. No it just means Sanjaya posted a song from his Gospel choir days.

  10. I’ll give Blake a listen when his cd comes out. I’ll even give Sligh’s a listen even though he TOTALLY turned me off with all that VFTW carp. I do think Sligh has a unique sound. I’ll also be interested in hearing what Melinda and Phil record. Don’t really give a hoot about the AI6 winner. Yawn.

  11. Sligh’s 3 new songs are actually fairly good. I might check out his album. Can’t wait for that Blake press release, I’m starving for info :)Also, wasn’t Jordin’s rumored release date also Blake’s rumored release date? (not to mention Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys). Hmmm.

  12. Question: Why the need to get out from 19?

    19 doesn’t sign all of the contestants, but the contestants all have to wait the three months before doing anything else. Now, those that aren’t signed (and were never going to be signed) are free to try to obtain a contract elsewhere.

    19/Sony/BMG usually decides fairly quickly who they are going to sign and who they are not going to sign. So, the rest are left dangling for several weeks/months hoping that other labels will still be interested in them when they are free. It’s nice that they get their chance to make a deal now.

  13. Question: Why the need to get out from 19?

    That’s my question also. However, based on what Kelly C. said in the past (she’s a big mouth isn’t she and very outspoken), she said that when she went in to talk to management she could never get anyone at the “top” of 19 to talk to her (meaning Fuller, I guess) it was always some little peon….that po’d her off, and she dropped 19. But she’s gone through about 3 or 4 managers since that time. 19 is handling Chris D and Carrie quite well.
    Kat was with 19 in the beginning and she’s gone through 2 more managers.

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll stick with my original prediction that 3 or 4 of S6 idols sign with Christian lable.s

    JP, I believe in your prediction now after seeing what the Idols are posting on their Myspace. It wouldn’t surprise me if Melinda, Lakisha, Sanjaya, Chris S., all went “spiritual” recorded music.

  14. I think Sligh will have a really good career in CCM. There are some very, very good artists in that scene. No, he may not be a HUGE star, but I think he can definitely be a successful CCM artist. Just ask George Huff… he hasn’t done badly for himself at all. Mandisa seems to be doing well also. And Nashville is a great place to be for CCM. Sounds like things are going really well for him! Yay!

  15. Sanjaya is NOT going gospel. He’s already been on record as saying he wants to do R&B flavored with Jazz, Rock and Indian fusion.

    Sligh is going Christian Rock. Phil is probably going Christian/Country. Lakisha mentioned an interest in doing a Gospel record. I’m not sure if Melinda will go that route.

  16. Canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t wait for that Blake press release, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m starving for info

    I hear ya. Can’t wait either. I mean how long are they going to make us Blake fans wait. Please! I want my A.D.D. soon.

  17. Sligh just announced that he IS indeed going the Christian route.

    Yay! News! I hope the next few weeks feature a flurry of news for the Idols who have had to keep their futures on the back-burners all these months. Nice to see them get their chance.

    I think Sligh will do well in his chosen niche and it sounds like we might be getting a press-release from him very soon.

  18. Re: “Tatoo”
    Jordin sings well, but frankly, her voice lacks style. She doesn’t have her own “sound” yet, just like Katharine McPhee before her. I’m shocked that this is the first single. Sure, it’s bubble gum pop and right up the alley of a 17 year old, but there isn’t that great of a hook attached to it. I can’t imagine singing that song with the windows rolled down or anything. I’m sure radio will give it a shot but I’m disappointed in what was produced.

  19. Jordin sings well, but frankly, her voice lacks style. She doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have her own à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“soundà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  yet, just like Katharine McPhee before her. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m shocked that this is the first single.

    I heard it too and like the lyrics. It’s something Carrie U or Kelly C could sing and that’s my problem with her voice. It’s so Kelly C-ish and Carrie U-ish, just not distinguishable. I mean if I was in the store and that song came over the mic, I would listen and probably ask “who’s singing that song”; know what I mean? The most distinguishable girl singer last season was Stephanie Edwards, but she didn’t have “it”. I don’t even think Sabrina’s voice is “distinguishable.” Say what you will about Beyonce, at least I know her when I hear her. :)

    Hmmm….this puts a lot of pressure on the other Idols, don’t you think? with three signings already….time will tell, but I feel that MindyDoo and Lakisha will end up like Vonzell Solomon – nowheres.

  20. Sligh may have a slim chance in CCT if he sees a doctor for “Foot In Mouth Disease”. :undecided_tb:

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