19 Entertainment signs Idol stars to record contracts


19 Entertainment Limited, a division of CKX, Inc., announced last week the signing of American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen, runner-up Adam Lambert and finalist Allison Iraheta to long-term recording agreements with record division 19 Recordings. Kris Allen’s and Allison Iraheta’s albums will be distributed through Sony Music’s Jive Records and the recordings of runner-up Adam Lambert will be distributed through Sony Music’s RCA Records.

“Our American Idol Season 8 finalists were an exceptionally strong group, and we are very excited to have signed such talented performers as Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Alison Iraheta,” says Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder and CEO of 19 Entertainment Limited. “We look forward to contributing to and sharing in the continued growth of these incredible singers on their debut albums.”

Currently, Kris, Adam and Allison are gearing up for the upcoming 50-city American Idol 2009 Summer Tour. The tour kicks off on July 5th in Portland, Oregon and ends on September 15th in Manchester, New Hampshire.