Jason Castro Album Release Pushed Back to Early 2010

Jason Castro has postponed the release of his self-titled album from November 17, to early 2010. He sent an email to his fans, late this afternoon, informing them of the change:

Hey Y’all! Just a quick update from the road.

I previously told you that the album would be out in November, but it’s going to be early next year instead. As much as I can’t wait to get my music out there, I really don’t want to rush anything either.

As you know, I’ve poured my life into this album for the past several months – writing over 50 songs, recording a bunch of them, and working to get each one just right. We’re really close, but are making some final tweaks so it can be exactly the album that I imagined it would be! I’m so excited and think it’ll be worth the wait (it’s only a little longer anyway, right? :).

For those who already pre-ordered the album – a big THANK YOU! I’m going to be sending you a bonus track that we just couldn’t fit on the album. And to everyone, click on the ‘shows’ section of my website to see if I will be coming to your town soon – I really hope to see you there!

The album’s first single, “Let’s Just Fall In Love Again” is available for download.

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Jason is about to embark on a nationwide mall tour, beginning in on October 12 in Minneapolis,   in support of the single.

Jason joins Katharine McPhee who also pushed back her sophomore album, Broken, from fall into early 2010.

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35 Comments

  1. Oh Gosh, I love Jason, I hope this is a good thing for him, wondering why they pushed it back, but he sounded ok with it, so good luck to Jason, I will listen to it and probably buy it.

  2. Hope there wasn’t some problem with it – what would cause a label to delay the album’s drop date? I’ll still be buying it.

  3. That Nov 17th date he would have had to compete with Leona and Kris in sales and with lack of promotion Jason is getting (which I’m not surprised at) it would have not looked good for the label to have signed him and his album tank in sales.

    I’ve never been a fan of Jason but honestly I just don’t see him making the impact in the industry some may seem to think.

  4. I really hope this isn’t a sign of trouble for Jason. :/ It’s probably just the competition, I don’t think a major label would’ve picked him up just to mess around with putting out the CD. At least, I hope not, haha.

  5. Dammit Castro…if you have enough songs for 5 albums…release 5 albums..i’ll buy them….stop trying to make the perfect album!..I’ll do that myself when I burn a cd.

  6. I really hope this isn’t a sign of trouble for Jason. :/ It’s probably just the competition, I don’t think a major label would’ve picked him up just to mess around with putting out the CD. At least, I hope not, haha.

    It’s not a good sign but it’s probably better than shoving him out there and allowing him to embarrass himself. Plenty of people get signed to major labels without ever making an impact. The label finds a way, one way or another, to recoup. I suspect his song didn’t do that well in test marketing (the type of thing fans can’t spam with votes) and now Atlantic is back to the drawing board. They’ve got him out on iTunes and they’ve got him doing the radio rounds, and they aren’t going to waste a Leno or Letterman appearance to boost a failing single, so I’m not sure what else the label is supposed to do (outside of something illegal like payola).

    And that statement he made is 100% face saving spin. HE doesn’t decide his album is or isn’t ready, the label does.

  7. Albums get pushed back all the time, for a lot of different reasons. Who know what the real reason is, if it’s not the reason Jason gave? There’s nothing wrong with changing a release date to try to release at the best possible time for that particular album and artist. It doesn’t mean he’s a failure. Daughtry’s 2nd album release was delayed too. I don’t think it was because he’s tanking.

    Niall said:
    “And that statement he made is 100% face saving spin. HE doesn’t decide his album is or isn’t ready, the label does.”

    Maybe he and the label agreed that more time would be best.

  8. Jason has strong material for that album and I think his single has been well received. I don’t think it’s the single which just went for radio adds on the 5th. But who knows. I will just hope for the best. I have already vented about this on my fave Jason fan site.

  9. Plenty of people get signed to major labels without ever making an impact. The label finds a way, one way or another, to recoup.

    Very true, but it’s not like he’s a complete unknown, there are people anticipating this album. Oh well, it’s not the end of the world. He just wants to make music, I don’t think he expects to be the next Joe Jonas (stardom-wise).

  10. Hope there wasn’t some problem with it ‘“ what would cause a label to delay the album’s drop date?

    Typically, because:

    a) It ain’t done.

    b) It’s done and it sucks

    c) The artist is going into drug rehab.

    d) The are manufacuring a dispute with the label to build street cred (see Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Love is Hell Pt1 and Pt 2)

  11. I hope it works out for Jason. I like his sound and talent quite a bit. I don’t know. There are ALOT of “idol” albums coming the next couple months. It’s the old throw it out there now and risk letting it sink amidst the names on which the media is currently focused or wait even longer and risk even more of the public forgetting who he is.

    I also think the label may be recalibrating based on reception to the first single. It’s a bit of both, timing and testing. Again, I hope it works out for Jason. When you get this far out from your respective season, you don’t really have much left to go on but the material and your talent. I sorta think he stood a better chance a year or two a go before radio started changing its sound so much. Here’s hoping he hits a homerun.

  12. Not sure what’s going on with Jason, but I hope it works out for him.

    d) The are manufacuring a dispute with the label to build street cred (see Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)

    Source?

    Wilco already had street cred in spades. I’m also doubtful that the dispute with the label was a publicity stunt. Too many in the industry confirm it, especially around town.

  13. Wilco “sold” their album back to another division of the same record company after generating massive buzz surrounding being “dumped” by their label because the long-awaited new album wasn’t commercial enough. It’s like an alt-indie fairy tale.

  14. Wilco ‘sold’  their album back to another division of the same record company after generating massive buzz surrounding being ‘dumped’  by their label because the long-awaited new album wasn’t commercial enough. It’s like an alt-indie fairy tale.

    I’m well aware of the situtation. I also know they streamed the album for free after getting dumped and then, yes, got picked up by another small label under the same umbrella company. I just don’t see why you seem to think it was a PR stunt and not fuck up by Warner. I think Reprise (original label) and Warner (parent) were dumping acts left and right at that time.

    It actually happened. Besides, Wilco already had street cred with the indie set. They didn’t need that.

  15. I’m not sure the release date being pushed back is a good idea. I hope it is. His record label should know what they’re doing. I’m willing to wait anyway. Heck, I love most of the songs he has on that album so January, February or whatever month they put it out I’m getting it for sure. There are potential hits in that album. It’s too good to let it go.

  16. pj, I agree. The bottom line is Wilco already had the street cred to bargain with. The situations don’t seem comparable. I love Jason, but what sort of cred does he bring to the table? In reality? Wilco has earned a certain respect and fanbase that will stick with him. Jason still has to prove that. Granted, Wilco’s base isn’t HUGE, but it is reliable.

  17. And, how convenient was it that Wilco just happened to have a documentary filmmaker filming all the hassles that resulted in one of the top albums in rock history being dropped from Warner Brothers and picked up by…wait for it…. Warner Brothers. Color me skeptical.

    I am to please, though. I’ve changed the reference to another alt-indie guy who has played the “hassle with the record company” storyline to the hilt. In this case getting the record company to agree to release two EPs, and then, wait for it…. releasing them a few months later as the orginal combined CD. I don’t know why I would be skeptical.

    In any case. I seriously doubt they are playing these games with this Idol kid. This is almost certainly a case where the CD stinks or won’t sell.

  18. Just going over MJ’s news . Looks like a couple of American Idol Alum is pushing back release dates of their albums.
    November is always the best month to release anything new because its the time of year when people let loose even for a bit their control over their funds. I don’t think it hurts even if there are other American Idol singers releasing albums like Kris, Adam and Allison . It might even help call attention to their release .

    Come January and February , sales for most commodities always go on a downward trend. Usually Clearance sales is what may push sales up in January. So its going to be tough to get people to spend during these months.Disposable income may have been disposed already over the holidays.

    I hope these guys have really great songs otherwise their albums will not be noticed at all.

  19. Yes, I doubt it’s a steet cred thing with Jason. I love his voice, but his whole Idol persona was that he just started singing and playing guitar, and used to be a rock drummer.

    I am looking forward to his album next year. I’m used to waiting, so no biggie for me. LOL.

    hwc, LOL. I don’t know much about the Ryan Adams thing, so I can’t comment on that. But I don’t think it’s unusual for documentary film makers to follow semi-famous bands around. I think the guy who did the Wilco one was (and prolly still is) an unknown. But go ahead and cling to your tinfoil hat. ;-)

  20. So is the album done or not? It’s kinda weird if he’s not done recording yet, it’s been a while. If the album is done, I don’t see the point of pushing it back.

  21. Good for him! For whatever reasons it’s being pushed to next year, it’s his first album so it’s important that he is be happy about it. I like him so I’ll look to it next year

  22. Am I the only one who sees this as a good thing? *shrugs* There are numerous major releases this November. It may be a good time to release an album if you’re an established artist but not if you’re new. Jason will end up getting lost in the shuffle and it will be hard to recuperate weeks after.

    As for LJFIA, I believe it has exceeded expectations. When it was released, it has absolutely no airplay. The marketing was targeted for old fans who stuck with him.

    Maybe they pushed it back to concentrate on promoting the single. They’ll probably release another single by then.

  23. Don’t you think that the reason is competition and, if he releases in, say, March, he guests on AI and will get a splash out of it? If he goes on AI promoting an album that’s 4 months old, it will get a bump but what if it’s completely in the crapper by then? I was thinking that spring release is strategic for anyone who might get publicity from AI.

  24. Rockee, I was thinking the same thing. Maybe they will be releasing another song which may sound more like a guaranteed hit. I sure love this guy and hope Jason will get the opportunity to appear on the show. These Mall tours are giving him performance experience.

    I hope this works out for him. He’s such a sweet guy!

  25. Thanks for the youtube link. That #15 song – Closer – he sounds and looks great.

  26. Mmm. I thought the Novemeber date would work because Jason and Kris Allen are similiar artists with fan overlap. I wonder why this is being pushed back unless they have lost faith in the project or want to release another single.

    Why send him off on a long promo tour and then postpone the album?
    I don’t get it.

  27. I think that this is a great idea, November is really about this years Idols, and rushing to put something out is always bad – slow and steady wins the race, haste always makes waste – Good move Jason and we will all still be here waiting for it, that is for damn sure!

  28. Aww, I really want to see Jason do well. At least this shows that his record company is trying to think of the best strategy to maximize sales for him. But isn’t early in the year (Jan-Feb) the worst times to sell albums?

  29. I didn’t even think about the performing on Idol angle…that actually makes a lot of sense, Suzanne. I really hope he gets invited back. :)

  30. Although I’m disappointed, I can understand the delay. Jason just finished recording the first week of September. He started the radio tour the second week in September. Except for a day or two off to practice with his band for the State fair concert, he has been on the road every since and will be on the road until mid November.

    All artists tweak the songs before final mastering, he has had no time off to do anything. I will buy Jason’s CD whenever it comes out.

  31. i dont understand why everyone has to think so negatively about this. there are plenty of reasons why an album could be delayed and they dont all have to be bad reason.
    why should he want to put his album out at the same time as at least 3 other former idols?? he isnt signed with 19E and has no reason to lump himself in with that same group.
    he has been performing these songs quite a bit lately and i would be willing to bet they have been watching fan reaction to the songs and are tweaking them as they feel the need. also having been performing them live so much maybe just maybe jason isnt liking certain things bout them and wants to adjust them some. he seems to be quite the perfectionist when it comes to his music.
    i think its much better to delay sending something out that you feel is just not quite ready yet than to rush something out just for the sake of having it out there. we all know if its rushed out the critics will tear it apart……
    and we are only talking a 6 week delay here, not months an months……
    from what we have seen from jason so far everything he has done has been well thought out and for a reason……..i think this is the same thing.

    oh and since idol starts airing again in january that kind of plug for a new cd wouldnt hurt either……

  32. I am actually glad it got pushed back. I think Atlantic is trying to get as far away from the AI label as possible so he has more creditability as an artist. Having the CD drop the same time as Adam or Kris or others is an almost tacky way to capitalize on his AI success. Something which a lesser talented previous Idol might do. I think they are also rethinking it after seeing the audience demographic on the road. The age range spans from little kids to elderly but I am guessing median age is 30-50. I think they maybe had the teenybopper market (Jonas Bro, David Archie demographic) targeted until they saw his biggest fan base is wanting that soul baring sensuality he displays in his songs. Way too mature for little girls. Dont get me wrong, there will be songs like LJFINA on his CD that will appeal to the preteens. But I have a feeling they are going to release a single that is more emotionally mature to stir up the college age women and older before his CD does drop. And in the end I think that is what will give him more staying power.

  33. Here’s another reason why people shouldn’t be freaking out. Atlantic Records for a major label, is not a sales oriented label. Sure every company wants sales, but a lot of Atlantic’s artists don’t sell a ton but they tour consistently. Often times after years of building up they will take off.

    Some examples of this are the band Needtobreathe. They have toured steadily with Atlantic for years. When they released their most recent CD, the label underestimated their sales potential and the band ended up breaking the expectation by something like 4 or 5 times.

    In terms of touring without big sales, take Serena Ryder for example. She’s an Atlantic artist and has been for years. She doesn’t sell much, she has no radio play but she is always touring and has a steady group of fans.

    Relax people!

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