Kris Allen officially signed to 19/Jive

It's official. American Idol season 8 champ Kris Allen has been signed, as expected, by 19 Recordings, and his debut album will be licensed to Jive Records for a late fall release, the companies announced today.

Hawk-eyed Idol fans had already noticed that Allen's initial single, the Kara DioGuardi-penned victory anthem "No Boundaries," was released under the 19/Jive banner; "No Boundaries" currently ranks No. 23 on Billboard's Hot 100, while Allen's remake of Kanye West's "Heartless" sits at No. 33.

"As exciting as the last few months have been, I'm really looking forward to what is next," Allen said in a release. "I'm very grateful to be working with Simon Fuller and his team at 19 Entertainment, along with Barry Weiss and Jive Records on my debut album. Everyone's been asking me what it's going to sound like. It will be very similar to what you heard from me on the show — definitely in the pop/rock genre. I can't wait to get started!" Allen sang the National Anthem last night before Game 2 of the NBA finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic.

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  • Bobbi

    Congratulations, Kris! Best of luck to you!

  • ashley*

    Although many have known this for some time, it’s nice to finally see the official confirmation! Congrats Kris! And glad to know he will be releasing a pop/rock album! :)

  • Lori

    I heard Jive is really great. Yay for Kris!

  • Lori

    yay for Kris

  • mtlfan

    Congrats Kris!! Looking forward to your album!!

  • jas

    congrats, Kris!!! Jive is an amazing label and hope he does well there. :D So glad to hear that the worries about him going the country route were unnecessary. :P

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  • Kate

    Allison too! Let’s pray for collaborations on their first albums.

  • Sammie

    Yeah you got Jive and Adam got RCA. So good luck to you both. I like how you got Adam’s back, and he has yours. Great Bromance you got going there.

  • Dave

    You Rock.. Congrats Kris.. God bless..

  • Kirsten

    Congrats to Kris! I think 19 & Jive is a good fit for him, I hope they do right by him. I wish him all the best! I can’t wait to pick up his album!

  • Kirsten

    Congrats to Kris! I think 19 & Jive is a great fit for him, I hope they do right by him. Best of luck to Kris, and I cannot wait to pick up his album!

  • Laura from Cali

    I am so happy for Kris. But I worry about Simon Fuller’s comments a little bit. He didn’t talk about his creative abilities very much but did mention his good looks. I was on team Kris because even though he didn’t make a spectacle of himself, when he played his instruments, arranged the songs so brilliantly, and then performed with such passion I thought he was genius! I always felt like he was singing to me, and that just blew me away. In the name of current, respected singer/songwriters like Norah Jones, Fiest, Death Cab for Cutie, etc… I am hoping that Jive will want this type of Genre on their label, and give him the creative freedom he deserves. PRAY!

  • J

    I want that album NOW!!!

  • Wanda

    Congratulations Kris! You are an incredibly talented singer, artist, musician, and all-around great guy! I can’t wait for the release of your CD. Good luck and God Bless!

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