Kris Allen, winner of Season 8 of American Idol, is no longer an RCA Records artist.
The Hollywood Reporter reported the news earlier this week; Kris confirmed it on Wednesday.
In a tweet to fans, he wrote: “I wanted to let everyone know that RCA and I decided to split ways. I thank them so much for everything that they did for me. There are so many people there that contributed to my becoming the artist that I am and I will miss them all.
“In saying that, I am really excited about what is ahead. The path has never been clearer for me. I love what I do and I will never stop … things are only gonna get more fun. I promise.”
In my mind, things already got more fun with “Thank You Camelia,” his second album, which marked a major improvement over his post-Idol debut.
Problem was, that post-Idol debut was the worst performing CD by an Idol winner through the first eight seasons. And, from a sales standpoint, “Thank You Camelia” did worse, staying on the Billboard 200 just two weeks.
When you’re a pop artist and that happens, your days with your label are usually numbered.
On the bright side, Kris has a number of concert dates lined up, including one at The Hamilton on Oct. 28. Tickets to the show are $28.50 and are available here.
And Kris performed a three-song acoustic set on Yahoo earlier this week that included “Monster” and “Better With You” from “Thank You Camelia.” Head to his website and you can check out the performance.