Welp. It’s no surprise that The Voice season 13 winner Chloe Kohanski aka Chloe MK has parted ways with Republic Records. The Team Blake Shelton singer announced the news via Twitter on Monday (Jan 6).
“I released Fantasy with every intention of releasing more music in 2019,” wrote Chloe. “nothing happened like I expected it to, but I’m grateful. (As of 2020) I have parted ways with the record label I was signed to. excited for this new chapter and for my future. thanks for sticking w me ily”
I released Fantasy with every intention of releasing more music in 2019. nothing happened like I expected it to, but I'm grateful. (As of 2020) I have parted ways with the record label I was signed to. excited for this new chapter and for my future? thanks for sticking w me ily
— ????? ?? (@chloemk) January 6, 2020
At least Chloe had the opportunity to release a six song EP. The Voice winners get, at most, a single or two from the Republic Records contract, which is part of the winner’s prize package. The Voice season 9 champ, Jordan Smith was the last winner to release a full length album. Season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli wriggled out of her Republic Records contract with the help of her coach, Kelly Clarkson. She’s working on new music for Kelly’s label, Atlantic Records.
Chloe’s social media feeds were full of angst after her win in December 2017. She appeared to be struggling with the record company as she defined her post-Voice sound. The resulting record, Fantasy, a six song EP, was a modern pop record, in contrast to the 70’s and 80’s vibe she brought to her The Voice performances. After releasing Fantasy, she dropped a few music videos and toured as a supporting act. However, record sales didn’t make a dent on Billboard charts. But it’s not as if Republic went out of their way to promote her music, either.
The Voice is first and foremost an entertaining singing competition. Unlike American Idol and X Factor, whose producers are also in the record business, The Voice has no inclination to promote their alums’ careers. Coaches like Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and John Legend will help promising team members. But it’s not like having a committed team working to develop an artist. For instance, American Idol 2018 winner Maddie Pope has released two singles from her Whirlwind album. The second song, “Not Losing You” recently hit the Top 30 on adult pop. But then, American Idol producers actually own a stake in her career.
Perhaps The Voice 16 winner, Maelyn Jarmon will break the curse. In interviews, the John Legend singer has praised Republic Records. “They have been so fantastic,” she enthused, “My album will be coming out in the new year…probably in the form of singles and be an EP and eventually an album.” she added, “My album will be coming out in the new year…probably in the form of singles and be an EP and eventually an album.”
We’ll see how that goes.