Unfortunately, the writing was on the wall here for quite some time. Following the poor sales of his sophomore album “Thank You Camellia,” and a single in “The Vision of Love” that did not perform up to airplay expectations, a source close to the situation says (per The Hollywood Reporter) that “American Idol” season 8 champ Kris Allen has separated from Sony Music label RCA.
Sadly, this just seems to be the trend these days as a number of other past contestants, include season 9 champ Lee DeWyze and season 7 winner David Cook, have also left the Sony brand after some lower-than-expected record sales. The problem with signing “American Idol” stars is that many of them are at the height of their fame before the deals are inked; the have to find a way to sustain it. “American Idol” ended its agreement with Sony before season 10, and the only artists still with them are Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, and Adam Lambert.
The good news for Kris is that he is clearly an extremely talented guy, and he also has a knack for covering songs that plays very well on YouTube. We ultimately have a feeling that he is going to be fine, and we really put much of the blame for this on the label. Save for a chance to perform on “American Idol” itself, Kris barely got anywhere near the promotion he needed for the new single, and we would have even liked to see how some of the excellent remixes of “The Vision of Love” could have fared off in some dance formats.
What is your reaction to this news? We want to hear some of your thoughts below! If you want to watch something that is a little bit happier in Kris’ recent mash-up video, you can do so over at the link here.