NBC’s ‘The Voice’: Season 1 champ Javier Colon, label part ways

Javier's record deal is over.

At around this time last year, Javier Colon looked to have a promising major-label career courtesy of winning the first season of “The Voice” — however, he is now going back to an indie route after he and Universal Republic Records are going their separate ways.

Javier released a new statement (per BuddyTV) about the move — and not all of it is particularly kind when it comes to his feelings about how he was promoted by the label following the release of his debut album:

“After much thought and deliberation, I have parted ways with my record label, Universal Republic Records. While this may appear to be bad news on the surface, I truly believe that this is exactly the move I need to make in order to continue forward progression in my career.

“The best thing about winning season one of The Voice was the show introduced me to my fans and allowed them to see and hear who I am as a person and what I do as an artist. The unfortunate part of the situation, however, was the unforeseen bad marriage between the label and I. I went into it with high hopes, as I believe everyone did.

“But when you pour your heart and soul into a new album that you think is really great, and your label who is supposed to support, market and promote your music does neither, it’s really hard not to be upset. The truth is, we are all better off going our separate ways. I believe what’s meant to be is meant to be and that’s just how it goes. I’ve always believed that and still do.

“Fortunately, that is now behind me and I am now free to explore a more mutually beneficial relationship. I’m looking forward to staying connected to my fans by touring a lot over the next year which will include singing at The White House’s ‘A Capitol Fourth Concert’ on July 4th, touring with Maroon 5, and touring with Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw this summer.”

Javier is right in that his debut album was hardly promoted save for a few NBC appearances, but also as a singer he was not the sort of artist who was going to sell millions of pop records. The biggest problem with “The Voice’s” structure is that unlike “American Idol,” there really is no plan for success when it comes to some of these artists after the show is over. Universal Republic is not involved with the show the same way that Interscope is with “Idol,” and there also is not a management company attached a la 19 Entertainment.

Do you think this is the right move for Javier to make, and do you blame the label for not really doing much to make Javier as an artist a success?

Photo: NBC

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