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Former 'Idol' Clay Aiken confirms he's parted ways with RCA Records

By Steve Rogers, 02/23/2009 

Clay Aiken has confirmed he's parted ways with RCA Records.  However according to the second-season American Idol runner-up, it was his decision to end the relationship with the recording label.

"We were unable to come to terms in a recent contract negotiation, and decided that it was best to move on," Aiken's representative Cindi Berger told People on Friday evening.

Reports that Aiken had parted ways with RCA first surfaced on Friday morning when Billboard reported that the label had quietly dropped Aiken a couple of months ago.

Billboard's report had emerged after RCA had updated its website and the former Idol finalist was no longer listed as an artist.

"On My Way Here," Aiken's fourth album, has sold only 159,000 since it was released in May 2008, according to People.

Aiken's departure means that seventh-season Idol runner-up David Archuleta is now the only Idol runner-up that is still with the label they signed with after competing on the Fox reality competition.

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