Friday, October 07, 2011

Lee DeWyze Dropped By RCA Records


There have been American Idol winners who have done way worse than Lee DeWyze who have somehow managed to hang on to their record contracts. I mean the guy sold 168,000 albums which is a bunch these days in a world of free downloads, but it was not good enough as he was dropped by RCA. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter it sounded like RCA took a couple of digs at Lee and maybe that he brought this on himself. Asked about the inconsistencies about Idol winners, the RCA rep said, "Those where the A&R wasn't the best, or they weren't willing to be A&R’d, they didn't last.” I wonder if Lee was being difficult. I know that Kelly Clarkson was on the one album that went nowhere but she seems to be back on board the do whatever they say train. Hopefully Lee will find a new home.

15 comments:

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

Was he the ho-hum singer who beat Crystal Bowersox? Yeah, I never thought he'd last.

Pookie said...

who?

if we're going to talk RCA, the real loss here is the closing of Jive and Arista. now THAT is travesty and end of an era.

Aly said...

I suppose he can always go back to the paint store. Career advancement.

Cathy said...

Granted, I don't watch AI, but I couldn't name one of his songs if my life depended on it.

Trey said...

Which Idol winners have done worse than him? Thought he had the lowest sales numbers. Seems like a nice guy, and they didn't do a whole lot with him but the music business is pretty rough these days.

Aly said...

Closeted Gay Guitarist, Enormously Fat Brother, Raspy-Voiced Prematurely-White Douche.

Layna Day said...

Lee used to release indie records through WuLi Music. They're releasing some of his older stuff now. I imagine he'll go back to that and tour. He'll be fine.

I don't think Lee was difficult but it was obvious RCA and Idol had no use for him or anyone from Season 9, including Crystal Bowersox.

Trey said...
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Trey said...

@Aly lol are those other Idols? I can guess the second is Ruben who did really well with his album. No idea who the first and third are.

The country ones seem to do the best.

FS said...

Kris Allen is believed to be the closeted gay guitarist. Soul patrol guy is the raspy voiced douche. I cannot remember his name, he beat Katherine McPhee and Chris Daughtry. seems with the exception of Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, you do better if you don't win.

Trey said...

Thanks FS.

I think Jordin did better than the runner up her year too, and was Crystal (who Lee beat out) dropped from her label? Don't really follow her.

Lelaina Pierce said...

I saw Bowersox performing with someone else recently...? Can't remember what talk show or with whom though.

I never really thought much of this dude during his season, so I can't say I'm surprised.

Ashley said...

Sad! I thought AI cared about their winners. Poor guy.

Worstcompanytoworkfor said...

I never got the boring Kris Allen and Lee Dewyze love fest by Idol fans.

That new country singer also...guess teenage girls are doing all of the voting on that show, and then they don't buy their music.

Mooshki said...

Worstcompany, that's not quite true - I heard Scotty's new album is going to hit #1 this week. (The "country singer" guy.)