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.