Former 'Idol' champ Jordin Sparks 'parting ways' with 19 Management
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/08/2008
It was apparently one-and-done for Jordin Sparks and 19 Management.
"Jordin and 19 Management are parting ways," Sparks' mom Jodi announced Thursday on her daughter's MySpace blog. "It is a mutual decision and we are looking forward to the future!"
Sparks had signed with 19 Recordings/Jive Records nearly three months after she claimedAmerican Idol's sixth-season crown in May 2007.
Her self-titled debut album dropped at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 album sales chart after sold only 119,000 copies during its initial week of release last November. The performance represented the lowest first-week debut album sales of any former Idol winner, however the album has now sold over 960,000 copies since its release, which ranks it ahead of the debut album sales of fifth-season Idol winner Taylor Hicks.
Despite the fact that she has parted ways with 19, Sparks apparently still plans to work on her sophomore effort after the holidays.
"Jordin (is) writing and recording starting in January," wrote Jodi on the MySpace blog. "Hopefully new album out by summer. Expect more upbeat dance tunes!"
Sparks' MySpace announcement came a day after Idol sixth-season runner-up Blake Lewis -- who had been dropped by Arista Records in June -- revealed he recently found a new manager and also had a "new record deal in the works."