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'American Idol' Kris Allen and RCA Records Part Ways (Exclusive)

American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is no longer with RCA Records, a label rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

Signed to the Sony Music subsidiary immediately after his 2009 victory over runner-up Adam Lambert, Allen released his self-titled debut album in November of that year. Moving over 80,000 units its first week out, it charted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and, buoyed by the single "Live Like We're Dying," went on to sell over 346,000 copies.

His follow-up, Thank You Camellia, was released in May 2012 and debuted at No. 26 on the album chart with first-week sales of 15,622, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Although the first single, "The Vision of Love," failed to gain momentum, Allen maintained visibility via his always creative covers.

In September, Allen revealed that he and 19 Entertainment had parted ways and he signed with new management, Pearl Group Entertainment, which counts Chris Daughtry as a client. In fact, Daughtry remains among a small group of Idols still signed to RCA Records and other Sony labels. They include season one's Kelly Clarkson, season four's Carrie Underwood, season six's Jordin Sparks and season eight's Lambert.

Season seven's David Cook and season nine's Lee DeWyze were dropped from the RCA roster in May 2012 and October 2011, respectively.

the hollywood reporter
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vintage_boom 20th-Sep-2012 02:23 am (UTC)
That's too bad.

Is he still married?
brandon198403 20th-Sep-2012 02:23 am (UTC)
That's too bad. He's talented and his music is pretty great.
kydeon 20th-Sep-2012 02:23 am (UTC)
Still want to bang his Christian ass.

Edited at 2012-09-20 02:24 am (UTC)
misterscribbs 20th-Sep-2012 02:32 am (UTC)
I think he's a pretty good example of a Christian, tho. He has his beliefs, but he's tolerant and isn't ignorant. I like him. And I'd like to bang him, also.
theotherqueen 20th-Sep-2012 02:43 am (UTC)
jaiden_s 20th-Sep-2012 02:50 am (UTC)
Me, too.
panicgaybar 20th-Sep-2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
bibbysbaby 20th-Sep-2012 04:24 am (UTC)
I am obsessed with Monster! the whole album is really great!
hearthecity 20th-Sep-2012 02:25 am (UTC)
that's sad, his last album was really good. Hope he finds a smaller label.
ladyserenity84 20th-Sep-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
I really liked his last album as well. I hope things work out for him - he's quite talented.
misterscribbs 20th-Sep-2012 02:31 am (UTC)
Sad. He is really talented.
promisemewings 20th-Sep-2012 02:32 am (UTC)
And another "American Idol" winner's career goes NOWHERE.
horrorparties 20th-Sep-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
sad :(
tinydevastation 20th-Sep-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Well, this got me interested in listening to Thank You Camellia.
bibbysbaby 20th-Sep-2012 04:24 am (UTC)
you should! it is amazing!
robertsbox_xo 20th-Sep-2012 02:36 am (UTC)
his new album was so fucking good. sad. maybe if rca had done shit to promote him and his singles...
eightball 20th-Sep-2012 02:38 am (UTC)
:( adam Lambert's next.
playthefool 20th-Sep-2012 02:52 am (UTC)
You think so? My mom's an Adam Lambert stan to the extreme. There'll be a shitstorm in my inbox if this happens. ;O
eightball 20th-Sep-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
loll probably. no hit singles and his album cleared 150k. certified tissue paper.
swissbeauty23 20th-Sep-2012 03:11 am (UTC)
really? he's doing enormously well though
hearthecity 20th-Sep-2012 03:15 am (UTC)
RCA seems to love him but I read his sales are around what David Cook sold and he got dropped so maybe...
fireprince 20th-Sep-2012 04:42 am (UTC)
I see no lies. If it weren't for affirmative action he probably would've been dropped too.
sviibwhapp 20th-Sep-2012 02:45 am (UTC)
Good for him. He's better off without RCA. RCA slurps phallus
yummyhead2toe 20th-Sep-2012 02:48 am (UTC)
David Archuelta went on a "religious mission" for two years. D:
swissbeauty23 20th-Sep-2012 03:11 am (UTC)
oh god...
tankmachine 20th-Sep-2012 02:50 am (UTC)
this is rly surprising omg.
backincharge 20th-Sep-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
His last album was great IMO.

But his fans should see this as a blessing. RCA is pure shit. Which leads me to this, are there even any good record companies anymore?
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