Blake Lewis on Getting Dropped From Label: ‘No Biggy’
"Ring, ring, ring went the phone. Iain my manager baring the news. Arista isn't picking up the second option," writes Lewis on his MySpace blog. "Meaning, I'm not doing another record with them. I'm totally fine with this."
Though he was a fan favorite on the show, the move comes after disappointing sales -- roughly 300,000 copies sold -- since Lewis released the album Audio Day Dream last Christmas.
"I guess the right time was now," he writes. "No biggy."
He is, at least, in good company. Past Idol winners Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard, and fellow runner-up Katherine McPhee, also lost their deals with Arista Records.
Next order of business? A tour, an album and a new label. "I'm still with 19 Recordings and I got a tour and new record on the way," Lewis writes. As for the label, it's "got to be a place where they actually respect my craft and electronic music." --Danielle Anderson Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic