The Los Angeles Times has confirmed with a label rep that, contrary to what is or is not on the Epic Records front web page, X Factor winner, Melanie Amaro and 5th place finisher, Astro, have NOT been dropped from the label.
Gossip began to swirl when the X Factor season 1 alums photos disappeared from the label’s artist rosterpage. A rep tells the LA Times the the website’s landing page is “not a reflection of our entire roster.”
Rumors will, no doubt, continue to swirl around Melanie. Her debut album, Truly, has not only been postponed TWICE, but the the label has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the singer’s album currently has NO release date.
In a Ustream chat session with her fans, Melanie became emotional discussing her post X Factor saga, “There’s been a lot of stuff going on … it kinda brought me down. I keep believing that everything will happen in time. I’ve been really sad, I know everybody has been reading things. I won’t even go into that.”
“But I do know that God has a plan for me regardless of what happens to me in the music industry.”
It has to be tough for Melanie to watch the Season 2 winner, Tate Stevens, release a single and prepare to drop his debut album in May.
What exactly does Epic have in mind for Melanie if they aren’t planning to release an album in the near future? By hanging on to her, is the label attempting to stonewall Melanie from seeking opportunities outside of the X Factor machine? The entire situation is baffling. Melanie’s launch was botched from the get-go. I imagine she’s learning some really hard lessons about the cutthroat music business.