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American Idol’s Pia Toscano and Kris Allen Part Ways with 19 Entertainment

On the heels of American Idol Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez’s deal with Interscope Records, Idol alums Pia Toscano and Kris Allen have decided to part ways with 19 Entertainment.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pia split with 19 Recordings and Interscope because of a “difference of opinion” over her potential debut album, which she’d been preparing to release this fall.

“It makes sense for me because I really want to get my music out there,” said Pia. “It’s been a little while, yes, but to be honest, I’m happy for this delay because I don’t think I was ready for it when this all started happening.”

The soulful songstress, who came in ninth place during Season , was considered by many to be one of the strongest singers despite her early elimination. She admitted that she was “over the moon” when she first signed with Interscope but didn’t anticipate how difficult transitioning from singing cover songs on Idol to becoming an artist would be.

Meanwhile, Kris decided sever ties with 19 Management and move to Pearl Group Entertainment, according to THR. Stirling McIlwaine, a former 19 Entertainment executive who also manages Idol alum Chris Daughtry, will work with the Season 8 winner as he readies a new single from his second album, Thank You Camilla.

Sounds like there are some big shifts going down in the Idol recording biz right now!

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter

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09.6.2012 / 05:27 AM EDT by Amanda Bell
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