Katharine McPhee, Taylor Hicks Dropped from Labels

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Jun 24, 2007
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Katharine McPhee, Taylor Hicks Dropped from Labels

Thursday January 10, 2008


Katherine McPhee arrives at the 3rd annual Pink Party at the Viceroy Hotel on September 8th in Santa Monica, CA.

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Fallen idols, indeed.

Katharine McPhee — whose self-titled disc debuted at No. 2 (which hasn’t gone gold yet despite being released nearly a year ago) — has been dropped by her label, a rep for RCA has confirmed to Usmagazine.com.

Two days before: Taylor Hicks — who beat out McPhee on season five — was dropped by his label, J Records.

Late last year, ex-champ Ruben Studdard of season 2 also exited his contract with J Records.

What gives?

“I think the industry has seen that unless these artists can churn out strong enough original material, they don’t really have that much traction once we don’t see them on television week after week singing songs we already know and love,†Rollingstone.com editor Caryn Ganz tells Usmagazine.com.

“The majority of major-label artists fail to make a splash — the Idols may have gotten these record deals through less conventional means, but they're falling victim to the same woes now that they're playing the same game as everyone else,†she adds.

The seventh season of Idol premieres Tuesday.

Uh, yeah I guess the novelty of American Idol has worn off. That show should have ended at least 3 yeas ago.


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