Well. It looks like the latest X Factor USA winner, Tate Stevens, is no longer listed on the Sony Nashville website. He was under the RCA Nashville umbrella. When an artist is deleted from a label website, it usually means they’ve been dropped. Or, “parted ways” with the label, in PR parlance.
During his season, Tate’s storyline as the all-American family man was wildly appealing to X Factor voters. Contestant voting order was revealed during every results show up until the final 3, and the country singer was in 1st place nearly every week.
But as we singing competition fanatics know, a viewer willing to pick up the phone isn’t necessarily going to open their wallets after the confetti has fallen and the albums are out. Tate’s self titled debut sold 16,859 copies when it dropped back in May. Fellow season 2 alums, fourth place finishers, Emblem3, released their record last week and outsold him handily, landing in the Billboard 200 at No. 7 and selling 46K. When 3rd place finishers, Fifth Harmony, drop their record later this year, I am betting they’ll outsell Tate as well.
Hey, maybe there is room for Tate in that world X Factor thingy taking place in Indonesia that season 1 winner, Melanie Amaro, is competing in. At the same time, you can comfort yourself with the fact that you got to release an album at all.