With American Idol Season 10′s Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina’s currently riding high in the charts — McCreery’s Clear As Day is #4 in its second week on the Top 200, while Alaina’s Wildflower debuted at #5 this week — news has come that Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox has parted ways with her label RCA/Jive. (Jive itself was folded following a recent restructuring of parent label RCA.) This follows the announcement from earlier this month that Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze had been dropped by RCA.
This marks a rather unceremonious capping-off of the 2010 American Idol season, which signaled Simon Cowell’s last run on the series before exiting to launch The X Factor in the States. It was also the year that Ellen DeGeneres made her lackluster debut at — and quick exit from — from the judges’ table.
Neither Crystal or Lee’s debut albums debuted within the Top 10 of Billboard‘s main album chart upon their releases late last year. And while Entertainment Weekly reports that Bowersox’s Farmer’s Daughter has sold about 210,000 copies to date compared to the 168,000 DeWyze’s Live It Up has moved, that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the nearly 300,000 McCreery’s Clear As Day has done over the past two weeks.
That said, Bowersox appears to be doing her own thing these days. “I split with jive because they don’t exist anymore… Technically, I haven’t split with anyone,” the singer tweeted late last week.
She’s expected to release her sophomore album independently.