Clay Aiken  has left his label home, RCA, after five years.

According to Billboard, his last album, 2008's "On My Way Here," sold only 159,000 copies. His best-selling disc, 2003's "Measure of a Man," sold more than 2.75 million.

Billboard also interestingly  notes that many "American Idol" second place contestants-- including Katharine McPhee, Justin Guarini, Blake Lewis and Bo Bice,  no longer have major label deals.

Aiken has spread his wings far beyond a traditional pop star, having appeared on Broadway and written a biography. We have no doubt that he'll get a new deal soon-- probably not with another major unless he decides to do an album of a particular kind of music. He's already done an album of covers, but we wouldn't be surprised if he does an all Broadway album or an album of standards.  The Claymates won't let him stay dormant for long.

 

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