by (@zaragolden)

American Idol Kris Allen Says “Things Are Only Gonna Get More Fun” Now That He’s Split With RCA Records

So long, farewell! American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen has parted ways with RCA Records, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Allen signed to the Sony subsidiary after he beat Adam Lambert in 2009, and soon thereafter released his self-titled debut. With his inspiring first single “Live Live We’re Dying” ahead and an American Idol win behind him, Allen’s first album entered the charts at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and, all told, moved more than 346,000 copies. Allen’s 2012 followup, Thank You Camellia, saw more moderate succes, debuting at No. 26 and with his cover performances like the one he did of Ellie Gouldings “Lights” or the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” getting at least as much play as his official single, “The Vision of Love.”

Allen is not the first Idol winner to split with RCA, fellow winners David Cook and Lee DeWyze before him have gone their own. And so Allen isn’t concerned, rather he promises that “things are only gonna get more fun.” In an address to his fans, he said:

I wanted to let everyone now that RCA and I have decided to split ways. I thank them so much for everything that they did for me. There are so many people there that contribute to my becoming the artist that I am and I will miss them all. In saying that, I am really excited about what is ahead. The path has never been clearer to me. I love what I do and I will never stop. So, to my amazing fans, thank you so much for everything so far but things are only gonna get more fun. I promise.

A free artist now, we can’t wait to see what Allen’s next winning move will be.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Kris Allen Teams Up With The VH1 Save The Music Foundation

Arkansas native Kris Allen went from being a virtually unknown musician to a household name in the span of just four short months back in 2009 when he won the eighth season of American Idol. Despite selling over 1.7 million copies of his chart-topping single “Live Like We’re Dying,” Allen has managed to stay incredibly humble and down to earth, as evidenced by his participation in Starburst’s Music With The Masters series. Recently, he spent the day at hanging out with sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Robert Frost Middle School in Los Angeles, where he performed a show in that school’s auditorium that benefited the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. In addition to his biggest hit to date, “Live Like You’re Dying,” he performed “The Vision Of Love,” the first single off his new album, Thank You Camellia, which will be released later this month.

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