Laine Hardy Parts Ways with 19 Recordings/Hollywood Records

Laine Hardy

Laine Hardy has officially announced that he’s parted ways with both 19 Recordings and Hollywood Records. It comes as no surprise. After the season 19 winner was arrested earlier this year for bugging and spying on his ex-girlfriend, he disappeared from American Idol’s social media.

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It’s also worth noting that Hollywood Records had removed him from their website before the scandal erupted. This, after his debut singles and EP failed to gain traction after a push in the fall of 2021.

The country singer posted a message on Instagram that read, “I was just 17 years old when I first tried out for American Idol, and at the time, I couldn’t have ever imagined where I was headed,” he continued, “Since then, I’ve been able to tour across America, play for our troops in Asia, and make new fans in Europe. I had to grow up quickly and I am still learning more about myself every day.” 

“The teams at 19 Entertainment and Disney Music Group have given me so much support and guidance, and I will forever be grateful,” Laine writes. “And now it’s time for me to take my career in a new direction. And I am figuring that out. Stay tuned for what’s coming next. Love Y’all.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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After his arrest, Laine laid low on social media, finally returning with snippets of songs on his social media accounts.  Earlier this month, the singer posted a clip of a new song titled, “That Man,” co-written with Kylie Sackley and Grant Vogel. 

“I wanna wake up and be proud every day of the way I’ve been living if I can,” the lyrics go. “I ain’t there yet, I ain’t perfect, but I’m working on it…”

Through his lyrics, Laine appears to be saying that he’s trying not to be the guy who would creepily stalk and spy on an ex-girlfriend. And he knows he’s not perfect but wants to be “That Man” who is “proud every day of the way I’ve been living.”

Laine doesn’t mention if he has hired new people to help him move forward, or if he’s going it alone. He should probably spend what money he has on a pr crisis team. At this time, it appears that his stalking and bugging case is still ongoing.

After breaking up Laine planted a listening device under his ex’s dorm room bed

Back in April, news broke that Laine was arrested after his ex-girlfriend found a recording device planted in her LSU dorm room.

The ex found the device under her dorm room bed back in February. Investigators found several recordings on the device dating back as far as Feb. 10, including some where they could hear Hardy’s “very distinguishable” voice. Some of the recordings were taken after the two had broken up in February, according to arrest documents.

The two only dated for about four months. She told police she first confronted Laine because he knew a suspicious amount of detail about what she did during her Christmas break. He allegedly admitted to planting a “bug” but claimed he disposed of it in his pond. The ex also provided police a screenshot of a text conversation where he admitted to leaving the device in her dorm.

The warrant also suggested that Laine removed the recorder at some point to check it before planting it back in the victim’s room.

The crime, Interception and Disclosure of Wire, Electronic, or Oral Communication, carries a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and up to ten years in prison.

Prior to his arrest, the singer taped a performance for The Great Idol Reunion special. It was too late to edit out his performance, but American Idol didn’t upload or publicize his duet with Laci Kaye Booth.

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14 Comments

  1. Just like I have no sympathy for Morgan Wallen’s public scrutiny after being vehemently racist (and just like I am disgusted by his subsequent meteoric rise to chart success), I have no sympathy for Laine Hardy. Having the audacity to lyrically chalk up coercive and abusive behavior as “ain’t [being] there yet” is laughable, and yet I’m sure there’s a large portion of country radio/audiences that will reward him for being “brave” and “overcoming” his misogyny when the song actually drops.

  2. i wouldnt bet a dollar that Morgan has not returned to his old behavior, since ‘the video’ surfaced. the real problem is all the people out there who support him for what he said in the video.

  3. Think it was revealed he didn’t give away all the money he promised . I remember Chris Mann having a whole rant on it on IG as a white former Repubcrap artist

  4. Looks like he has parted with Red Light Management and UTA as well.

  5. Unfortunately, I can see this happening. Last weekend, at one of Jason Aldean’s stadium concerts Jason brought up Maren’s name & basically incited the majority of the crowd to start booing Maren. That same concert Jason brought Morgan Wallen & Miranda Lambert (to sing their duet) on stage. This basically started another controversy. Some people are now mad at Miranda because they see this as supporting Jason. Kelsea Ballerini also posted on social media a photo of her with Morgan at a sporting event so people are now disappointed &/or going after her.

    Maren before last weekend already said she was not attending the CMA Awards which will be held 11/9. She has said she feels uncomfortable in attending because of Jason, his wife, & the controversy. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be surprised because of what is happening & many country fans reaction to Maren if she eventually gets out of the country genre (pop maybe?).

  6. I wouldn’t describe Wallen’s chart run as “subsequent “ to his racist outing. His album had already been #1 for 4 or 5 weeks before that, including the week that The Weeknd performed at the Super Bowl.

    Whether it was going to drop naturally at that point is an open question, but it’s not accurate to say racist fans rallying to him is the only reason he was successful.

  7. Watch Maren Morris get booed at the next awards show she attends for sticking up for LGBTQ against Jason Aldean’s moron wife. Meanwhile, at last awards show (can’t remember which) the cheers for Morgan were deafening :(

    I don’t believe Morgan should be deprived of working in the business. But it’s dismaying to see the general reaction to his racist incident from fans/industry types. As if he were some kind of victim.

  8. Maybe he did give the money and try to make amends.

    “However, he has made good on the donations he pledged. As first reported by USA Today and confirmed to Billboard, Wallen, through his More Than My Hometown Foundation, finished dispersing the $500,000 in January by donating $100,000 to the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville after he visited the museum twice and met with museum vp Tuwisha Rogers-Simpson.”
    https://www.billboard.com/music/country/morgan-wallen-country-community-nashville-music-business-anniversary-1235025673/

    Morgan called a friend a horrible name. That was not to be excused. Country music took a stand for a hot minute but country fans did not. Big and influential country artists did not speak up. And Chris Mann’s ire was never going to be a factor as he seemed more pressed that Morgan had the career that he didn’t. But some of those country artists/or mates go after and shun entire groups of people (in a more hateful manner) that they feel superior to. Would like to see some of them pay a price and not rewarded for their bigotry with constant tv exposure, even if it is ok with country music fans.

  9. Unfortunately, I can see this happening. Last weekend, at one of Jason Aldean’s stadium concerts Jason brought up Maren’s name & basically incited the majority of the crowd to start booing Maren. That same concert Jason brought Morgan Wallen & Miranda Lambert (to sing their duet) on stage. This basically started another controversy. Some people are now mad at Miranda because they see this as supporting Jason. Kelsea Ballerini also posted on social media a photo of her with Morgan at a sporting event so people are now disappointed &/or going after her. Jason’s fans booing Maren was reported in the media so it’s a big news story.

    Maren before last weekend already said she was not attending the CMA Awards which will be held 11/9. She has said she feels uncomfortable in attending because of Jason, his wife, & the controversy. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be surprised because of what is happening & many country fans reaction to Maren if she eventually gets out of the country genre.

  10. Come on in folks. Here is all the latest on Morgan Wallen. We want to be real secretive though. You can only find this information in a Laine Hardy article.

  11. Has anyone else who has won American Idol ever been arrested?I know plenty of contestants have.I don’t recall a winner ever being arrested.I hope Laine is sincere about changing and taking responsibility for his bad behavior.

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