Album Deals In Place For 3 Idol Finalists

    Bing, Bang, Boom. Just like that – Kris Allen, Adam Lambert & Allison Iraheta sign deals with 19 Recordings. How exciting. While Kris Allen was a given, Adam was virtually a given…Iraheta’s label deal was a very pleasant surprise.

    Sure, part of me worries that Adam and Allison signed on too quickly, I’m really hoping that the label gives them the freedom they need to branch out and put out the kind of record they all NEED to put out.

    According to Billboard, Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta have both signed to 19 Recordings/Jive, while Adam Lambert signed on 19 Recordings/RCA.
    Kris Allen
    About Allen’s deal, Chairman & CEO of RCA/Jive Barry Weiss had this to say: “He’s a super-talented singer and all-around gifted musician who has that rare common touch which will give him the ability to connect with the broadest possible audience. We’re really excited to welcome him to the Jive family.” (Via Billboard)

    Adam Lambert
    Regarding Lambert’s deal, Simon Fuller, “Idol” creator and 19 Entertainment CEO had this to say: “To find a talent as exceptional as Adam Lambert is a rare and special event. I am thrilled that ‘American Idol’ was the platform for the world to discover this brilliant young man. He is unique and unforgettable and a certain star of tomorrow.” (Via Billboard)

    Allison Iraheta
    Regarding Iraheta’s deal, Barry Weiss said: “Allison was an absolute stand-out this season. Her bluesy, powerful voice, spunky attitude, and edgy star power immediately captivated us and it didn’t matter where she ranked on ‘Idol,’ we knew we wanted her to join our amazing crop of young talent at Jive.” (Via Billboard)

    Danny Gokey
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    Interesting that Danny Gokey still remains deal-less. According to, 19 Entertainment doesn’t have anything to report quite yet re: Gokey. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t snapped up too. Honestly, I’m just thrilled that deals are in place for Glambert & Iraheta. I just hope they stay true to themselves and release some QUALITY JAMS.

    Who do you think is going to have the most major-label success of the three?
    • Anonymous

      Where's 5th place finisher Matt Giraud in this? Have you heard his studio versions? I would definitely say he's got potential for great success. The guy records really well.

    • I certainly agree with you. I'm sure everyone in the top 5 will be signed at some point in the near future.