With the whirlwind post-Idol press tour behind them, American Idol winner, Kris Allen and runner-up, Adam Lambert head back to Los Angeles to start rehearsals for the upcoming Idol tour and begin preparing their post-Idol albums.
I’m hearing the tour will be more like Season 6–featuring the Idols in duets and threesomes as well as solo performances. Last summer’s Season 7 tour featured the Top 10 in their own solo mini-concerts, with the performances announced in order of their elimination.
Frankly, I missed the duets and trios last year, and am glad they’re being thrown back into the mix.
Typically, label signing announcements for the Top 2 are released right about now, so I would be on the look-out for press releases in the coming week or two.
Kris Allen appears to be signed to Jive, as you can see here, his single “No Boundaries” is listed on the latest Billboard chart as 19/Jive.
Jive, part of the Zomba Label Group, is known for it’s youth oriented and/or R&B acts like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Jordin Sparks and David Archuleta. If it’s true, it’ll be interesting to see what they do with Kris, a singer/songwriter type noted for his strong arranging and interpretive skills.
Adam Lambert is rumored to be signing with RCA, home to fellow Idols Daughtry, David Cook and Kelly Clarkson. More will be revealed, very soon, I’m sure.
No matter the label, 19 Entertainment head, Iain Pirie, insists 19 will not play favorites when it comes to promoting their winner and runner up. Clipped from a billboard.biz subscription-only article:
Lambert and Allen are planning their solo debuts with 19 Entertainment, and the company says it’s equally invested in the recording and promotion of both. “It wouldn’t even enter our heads to think about prioritizing anyone over anyone else, ” says Iain Pirie, head of 19 Entertainment U.S. “Kris has a very real, organic approach to his music, and Adam has a very contemporary and expressive way of performing. We’re absolutely thrilled with both of them, and they both have their own niche. There’s almost no overlap between the two artists, which is a dream situation.”
It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but many past Idol winners such as Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and David Cook have appeared at the annual Wal-mart shareholders meeting. This year’s meeting takes place Friday, June 5 at corporate headquarters in Fayetteville, AR.
There has been no official announcements yet, but I’ll be shocked if Kris Allen, a fellow Arkansan, isn’t scheduled to perform. The performance takes place at a closed meeting, but is streamed online via Wal-mart’s website.
Daughtry and Foreigner are scheduled to perform Tuesday night at one of the outdoor concerts scheduled to entertain shareholders who come into town for Friday’s meeting.