‘American Idol’ Winner + Runner Up Both Get Label Deals, Everybody Wins
American Idol found its final winner in Trent Harmon last night (April 8), but he's not the only Idol hopeful who will benefit from the show. Runner-up La’Porsha Renae has also been offered a deal with Big Machine Records.
"Because of the overwhelming fan demand and success of the farewell season of American Idol, we have made the decision to sign both the winner, Trent Harmon, and runner-up, La'Porsha Renae, to exclusive recording agreements,” said Scott Borchetta, the CEO and founder of Big Machine Label Group via The Hollywood Reporter. "I can't think of a better way to bring this American institution to a close. Everyone at the Big Machine Label Group, the Universal Music Group and Motown Records are so thrilled with the outcome and can't wait to get to work."
Borchetta says Harmon plans on heading down to Nashville to begin recording a country album post-Idol responsiblities, while Renae will be working with Ethiopia Habtemariam, the president of Motown Records and president of urban music/co-head of creative at Universal Music Publishing Group.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Big Machine and 19 Entertainment on such an incredible talent as La’Porscha," she said.
Jason Morey, the worldwide head of music and executive vice president of 19 Entertainment, spearheaded the deals, saying, "American Idol has always been about the search for a superstar. This season, America helped us find two. We're ecstatic to welcome these world-class artists to the 19 Entertainment family."
There's no word yet as to when either album will be released, though Borchetta insists there's no rush: "The music comes out when it’s ready. ... Neither Big Machine nor 19 want to put out a piece of product.”
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