Ruben Studdard, who released his last 2009 album on Hickory Records, has signed with Shanachie Entertainment for his fall 2011 release.
“We believe that for all his success, Ruben Studdard is an undervalued artist,” says Shanachie General Manager, Randall Grass to Singersroom.com. “Part of that may be due to his versatility; he has achieved in so many different areas that people just aren’t aware of the totality of his talent. We are very excited at the prospect of working with Ruben and his team to take him to the next level of success in this new phase of his career.”
“I’ve been waiting a really long time for my fans to finally hear the real Ruben. This will be the first time that one producer and one writer will be working on my entire album to create one sound,” Studdard said in what seems to be a press release. “I want my fans to feel like they have been taken on a musical journey by Ruben Studdard.”
His label mates include Les Nubians, Mint Condition, Keiko Matsui, Walter Beasley, Inner Circle and Patti Austin.
- Based on various press accounts, here’s the attendance for each of the four city auditions so far for “Idol.” St. Louis: 10,000 Portland: 7,000. San Diego: 9,000 (down from 12K four yrs ago). Pittsburgh: 12-13,000.
- For those who follow SYTYCD, the two local dancers, Melanie Moore and Mitchell Kelly, made it into the top 10 Thursday night though Mitchell had to dance for his life. Melanie has been a favorite to win this from day one.
- Sara Bareilles (”Love Song”) is taking over for Nicole Scherzinger (off to “X Factor”) on NBC’s “The Sing Off.”
- “Idols Live” has new sponsors (no more Pop Tarts!) though two are rather old sponsors of the TV show: Ford and Coca Cola. The U.S. Air Force Reserve is the other one.
- Even Simon Cowell has his limits when it comes to power. He asked Fox about changing a couple of dates of the World Series as not to interfere with “The X Factor.” Fox said no, according to The Wall Street Journal. (I’m sure MLB had a say in that, too!)