Another "Idol" Departure: Kris Allen Leaves RCA

After three years, the eighth "American Idol" winner has signed with a new label. Another "Idol" Departure: Kris Allen Leaves RCA

Kris Allen may have won American Idol but it definitely hasn’t been smooth sailing from there.  After experiencing victory back in 2009 when he triumphed over runner-up, Adam Lambert, it’s been pretty much a downward spiral.

When he released his debut self-titled album, it was clear that things weren’t great – it only sold 80,000 copies its first week and exited the chart at #11 on the Billboard 200.  The lead single, “Live Like We’re Dying,” however, was moderately successful, moving 346,000 units.

His most recent effort, Thank You Camellia, only sold 15,622 copies during its first week back in May.  Ouch.

A rep for RCA Records has confirmed that the eight American Idol champ has left the label.  RCA also dropped David Cook and Lee DeWyze but have retained Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks and Adam Lambert.  Allen has now signed with Pearl Group Entertainment.

The struggling singer seems to be optimistic about the future, however.  In a statement to his fans, he thanked RCA for all they did for him and that, while he will miss certain people from the label, he is excited about what lies ahead since the “path has never been clearer.” 

Hopefully, this is the start of something great for Kris Allen.

Written on Sep 21 2012 by Jeanne Dupuis (Google+ profile), writer at KOvideo. Tags: kris allen american idol rca records


Kathy May 10p 2 years ago

Why do these story tellers keep dishing the same junk? These artists were left out in the cold by Jive Records. Jive does not promote. it is as simple as that. David Cook is a star, everyone knows that and he was successful in spite of this joke of a record company. Basically you have to work for yourself and be a cookie cutter robot that they could care less about. He chose this He didn't sign with them on his new contract. They put a little money into Chris then let him hang out to dry. AI dropped Jive 2 years ago for a reason. Look at the success Scotty McClearan has had and look at Phil Phillips' success of "Home". That's because AI found a better label to represent their winners. Case Closed.


Terry Clark 10p 2 years ago

You got sme of your figures wrong in this story. His lead single, "Live Like We're Dying", actually sold over 1.7 million downloads, going platinum. Not too shabby. The 346,000 number is most likely the total ales for his first cd. Kris will be fine. He will sign to another label that will appreciate him more for his songwriting, singing,playing multiple instruments and performing.


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