Haley Reinhart, the bluesy ingenue who placed third on the 10th season of “American Idol,” has parted ways with Interscope Records and 19 Recordings, a source close to the singer confirmed to Pop & Hiss on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old’s post-“Idol” debut, “Listen Up!,” was quietly issued in late May, just as a new victor was crowned. The album debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 after it logged 20,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“Listen Up!” was one of the stronger post-"Idol” efforts in recent memory. Though her stage presence was often criticized by the judges, the singer’s throaty growl showcased during the competition with bold versions of songs from Adele, Alanis Morissette and Elton John was fully embraced on the disc.
Carefully crafted pop hits were traded for depth on the album, which featured the vintage piano-led single “Free.” The disc pushes at the edges of contemporary pop in a way most “Idol” veterans wouldn’t dare with heavy piano lines, horns and bright Motown-inspired dance-pop.
Earlier this year, Reinhart made history as the first former “Idol” contestant to perform at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival. She is currently touring with soul revivalist Allen Stone.
Requests for comment from Interscope and 19 were not returned.