ETA: Kristy Lee has been dropped–I’m hearing the news has been confirmed…
I’ve only got a single, obscure source for this bit of news–I’m going to label it rumor for now. But, according to Country On Demand, Season 7’s Kristy Lee Cook has been dropped from her label:
Sony/Nashville has confirmed that Kristy Lee Cook has parted ways with Arista/Nashville. Cook joined the label for a second time following her run on the seventh season of “American Idol.”
Cook released one single on the label, “15 Minutes of Shame.” The song peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Her debut album Why Wait debuted at #8 and has sold less that 100, 000 copies according to Soundscan.
Let’s review. Arista signs Kristy Lee Cook in June, at the end of Season 7. They throw together an album, literally, in a few days that’s full of left-over tracks. (Carrie Underwood rejects, anyone?) The album and single are released with very little promotion or fanfare. (coffee bars anyone?) Predictably, her single and album sales tank. Six months later, Arista cuts her loose.
Why did they bother signing her in the first place?
ETA: Peeps in comments reminded me that Kristy has sold only 25K copies of her album, Why Wait…