Update from Eonline:
Toscano’s rep tells us that chatter about a done deal is “all rumor, ” but E! News has learned that while a record contract hasn’t been signed just yet, Interscope does want to produce a single with Toscano and release it while American Idol is still on.
19 Management has yet to approve this, however.
Once 19 Management figures out their marketing plan for Toscano, though, Interscope Records exec Jimmy Iovine wants to get her in the studio to record a single asap, according to an Idol insider.
REPORTEDLY is the key word here. Basically its entertainment sites posting unconfirmed rumors. Nothing official yet.
US Magazine is reporting that recently ousted American Idol contestant, Pia Toscano will be signed to Interscope records ASAP:
“Pia is being signed to a deal with Interscope Records who are rushing her into the studio to record an album ASAP, ” a source familiar with the contract talks tells Us. “Starting [Thursday] night after the show, Interscope told her they wanted her and first thing [Friday] morning Interscope brass started calling every top songwriter and producer in town to get an album together and rush release it.”
As for the contract, the insider says, “Papers are being finalized. It’s basically a done deal. She’s signing. They rushed everything but she’s so excited.”
UMG seems keen on striking when the iron is hot, but will the interests of the record label clash with what’s best for American Idol, the television show?
Will rushing out an album from a 9th place finisher diminish the impact of the eventual winner? Shouldn’t the Idol who takes the crown get first crack at the marketplace? If winning doesn’t matter at all, what incentive does that give Idol contestants to compete hard for the prize?
What do you guys think?