Phillip Phillips is taking a stand against the team behind American Idol and he has filed a lawsuit to try and get himself released from his recording, management, and merchandising deals with 19 Entertainment.
The 24-year-old singer entered into a contract with the firm after he won the eleventh season of Idol, but he feels that he has been “manipulated” by 19 Entertainment and its affiliated companies into accepting jobs.
“I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol,” Phillip said in the lawsuit (via The Hollywood Reporter). “The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with. I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans.”
Among the things that Phillip stated in the lawsuit were that he was forced to perform for free for an Idol sponsor and that he didn’t know the title of his latest album before it was released publicly.
Caleb Johnson picks up some goodies to go after appearing on Good Day Philadelphia in Pennsylvania on Tuesday (July 15).
Just recently, the 23-year-old American Idol champion talked with Newsday about his upcoming album, Testify, which is out on August 12th.
“It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s been awesome,” he shared about doing the tour and album at the same time. “It’s been going 100 miles an hour, and it’s a wild, crazy experience. I’ve been working nonstop, and I love it. I can’t wait for people to hear the record! It’s a huge thing where I get to write and be involved 100 percent.”
Caleb added about the songs, “Really heavy, soulful songs with visceral conviction — rock and roll songs with soul. “Testify”] goes from theatrical songs to bluesy, soulful-stripped-down, visceral songs to bombastic, over-the-top stuff.”
The 17-year-old singer opened up about her performances throughout the season and dished about sharing “Can’t Help Falling In Love” with another singing competition contender — Christina Grimmie.
Christina took on the song on The Voice just a day before reprising her own performance on the show.
“I actually was not aware until I got home [that she covered it on The Voice] from the rehearsal for the next week. I wasn’t even going to go and watch The Voice, but I was getting a lot of Twitter messages [about it]…She did amazing on it. I listened to her and it [our versions] sounded completely different, so props to her,” Jena shared.’
The 22-year-old champ just announced his debut album, which is anticipated for a release on August 12th and it’s already available for pre-order!
“Wow what an incredible journey thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart this is absolutely amazing I am at loss for words right now !!! Thank you to all the amazing people who watched voted and supported me throughout this show !!” Caleb wrote on his Facebook page after taking the title home.
He added, “I cannot wait to release some original soulful heavy rock n roll music for you in the coming months !!! God bless each and everyone of you !!!:) What an honor and privilege ! Thank you all so much!”