'American Idol' winner Kris Allen signs to 19/Jive
"American Idol" winner Kris Allen has signed with 19 Recordings, who will license Allen's recordings to Jive. His first release will come out later this fall.
Allen, whose win many saw as an upset over critic's favorite Adam Lambert, is already enjoying his first blush of success. He has three songs currently on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart: his version of the "official" "American Idol" single, "No Boundaries" (Do these treacly songs ever get the winner off to a good start? Eight seasons in, the resounding answer is no. They are simply a way to instantly capitalize on the initial rush of excitement fans feel for the winner), "Heartless" and "Ain't No Sunshine."
No word on who will be producing or writing for Allen's CD, but the fact that he signed with Jive, as opposed to other possible labels within the Sony family (such as RCA or Arista), indicates that he will stay within the pop range that he showed on "American Idol." Jive is also home to artists like Britney Spears and former Idol contestant Jordin Sparks.
As is the usual case, 19 Entertainment, whose CEO Simon Fuller is creator/executive producer of "American Idol," has the right of first refusal to sign any "AI" finalist to his record label, 19, then license the CD to the appropriate label.
Allen's deal with 19/Jive is an arrangement similar to those for Kelly Clarkson (on 19/RCA), Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville) and Kellie Pickler (19/BNA). In other words, a record-selling Idol is a gift that just keeps on giving to Fuller.
19 Entertainment will also manage Allen's career.
Before his CD comes out, Allen will hit the road on the 50-city American Idol 2009 Summer Tour, which starts July 5 in Portland, Ore.