American Idol Finalist Allison Iraheta Signs to 19 Recordings; Debut Album to be Released Fall 2009 on 19 Recordings/Jive Records
It was announced today that 19 Recordings has signed Allison Iraheta, and her recordings have been licensed to Jive Records.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090610/NY30330 )
Allison made it to the Top 4 of the recently completed Season 8 of the FOX TV sensation American Idol. The vibrantly red-haired rocker was the youngest contestant ever (age 16) to make it into the Top 12. She had aspired to be on American Idol since its debut in 2002 when she was only 9. Early in the season Allison Iraheta caught the attention of Idol judges, with Kara DioGuardi commenting, "keep your eye on that girl!" One of her defining moments on the show was her performance of the heart-wrenching Bonnie Raitt classic "I Can't Make You Love Me" in the Top 8 round of performances.
"I think I'm still in shock that this is happening -- getting to record my first album and this whole awesome experience is a dream come true!"
Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder & CEO of 19 Entertainment says, "Allison is an incredible young singer. She is without a doubt one of the best teenage singers 'American Idol' has ever discovered. We all watched Allison grow in confidence and stature as she performed each week on the show and we can only imagine how far this special girl can continue to blossom in the years ahead."
"Allison was an absolute stand-out this season," stated RCA/JIVE Label Group's Chairman and CEO Barry Weiss. "Her bluesy, powerful voice, spunky attitude, and edgy star power immediately captivated us and it didn't matter where she ranked on Idol, we knew we wanted her to join our amazing crop of young talent at Jive."
Allison Iraheta is from Downey, California. The now 17 year old was born in California to Salvadorian immigrants, and has been "singing since she was a toddler" according to her family.
This summer Allison will tour across the U.S. with her fellow Season 8 finalists on the American Idols Live! Tour 2009.
About 19 ENTERTAINMENT LTD
Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment Ltd. is recognized as a lead creator, provider and promoter of globally successful entertainment and music brands of today. The company has attracted a unique team of exceptionally creative executives, who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, sports, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording and artist management.
19 Founder/CEO Simon Fuller has developed and managed some of the biggest entertainment properties of our time, with credits that include the creation of TV phenomenon AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and the HBO series "Little Britain USA." 19's unique talent includes legendary musical icon Annie Lennox, country music sensation Carrie Underwood, the pop group sensation Spice Girls, and IDOL alumni Chris Daughtry, David Cook, supermodel Claudia Schiffer and soccer icon David Beckham.
About JIVE Label Group
JIVE Label Group consists of Jive Records, LaFace Records, Volcano Entertainment, Hitz Committee Entertainment, Battery Records and Verity Gospel Label Group. These labels represent a varied group of internationally renowned artists representing all genres of music including Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Usher, Tool, Ciara, Chris Brown, P!nk, Britney Spears, OutKast, Kirk Franklin, Three Days Grace, 311, Nick Lachey, T-Pain, Bullet For My Valentine, Buddy Guy, Living Things, Anthony Hamilton, Donnie McClurkin, John P. Kee, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, J. Moss and Backstreet Boys. JIVE Label Group is a unit of Sony Music Entertainment.
About CKX, Inc.
CKX, Inc. is engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of entertainment content. To date, the Company has focused on acquiring globally recognized entertainment content and related assets, including the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley, the operations of Graceland, the rights to the name, image and likeness of Muhammad Ali and proprietary rights to the IDOLStelevision brand, including the American Idol series in the United States and local adaptations of the IDOLS television show format which, collectively, air in more than 100 countries. For more information about CKX, Inc., visit its corporate website at www.ckx.com.
First Call Analyst:
AP PhotoExpress Network: PRN4
PRN Photo Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: Jive Records
CONTACT: Roger Widynowski of 19 ENTERTAINMENT, +1-310-461-1788,
email@example.com; or Gina Orr, +1-310-272-2650,
firstname.lastname@example.org or Wendy Washington, +1-212-833-6886,
email@example.com, both of Jive Records
Web Site: http://www.jiverecords.com/