Crystal Bowersox Follows Suit With Lee DeWyze, Parts Ways With Label

Oct 24th, 2011 // 2 Comments

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.


  1. Oh Crystal, I had such high hopes for you. She truly was a different kind of contestant on AI. Going that country route didn’t do her any favors, I figured she would rock our bowersox off with a alternative rock type album. That didn’t happen, and her album was alright, but it was underwhelming.

    I hope she changes it up for that next album, I believe there is still hope for her.


  2. Still arrogant. Yes Crystal, you WERE dropped. By the parent company RCA/Sony. If they wanted to they would have kept you. Did you move to RCA Crystal? No? Oh OK. Have fun, Indie girl.

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