Well, this was no surprise. As I've documented here before, Pia Toscano, the lovely, talented, charming, classy, beautiful, sexy vocalist that she is, was treated like a pile of festering horseshit by Interscope records the past year since her single "This Time" was "released" (though not to radio).
Pia, of course, was most diplomatic and professional in announcing the parting of ways, but we all know down deep she had to want to choke the shit out of some of the scumbag execs over there for banishing her to Siberia despite doing everything she was asked with a smile.
Anyway, here's the announcement:
Hers was the most shocking elimination of "American Idol's" tenth season, but a little over a year since the show wrapped for Pia Toscano, the singer has parted ways with 19 Recordings and Interscope.
In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Toscano reveals that a "difference of opinion" was the reason for the delay of her debut album on the Universal-owned major label. She had hoped the record would be ready for a fall release.
"It makes sense for me because I really want to get my music out there," says Toscano of the split. "It's been a little while, yes, but to be honest, I'm happy for this delay because I don't think I was ready for it when this all started happening." She still plans to release a record when the "timing is right."
Toscano adds that she holds no ill will towards 19, "American Idol" or Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine, whom she called "an incredible mentor."
"He's so great at what he does," she said of working with the Interscope head and veteran producer. "I am blessed to have that [experience] as part of my life."
Her future recording plans are a continuation of her work with Grammy-winning producers Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas -- aka The Underdogs -- the former with whom she was first paired on "Idol" where she performed and recorded, among other songs, Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go."
Toscano auditioned five times for "American Idol" before finally making it to the show on season 10, and once she did get through to the top 13, she was almost immediately hailed as a frontrunner. However, in a surprising result, Toscano was eliminated on week 9 after performing Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep Mountain High." The uproar over her early exit led to a quick signing with Interscope and a single, the song "This Time," which Toscano performed on the "American Idol" summer tour.
So, what's next for Pia? Well, my advice would be to try getting a single out stat, and then make plans to release her album (independently if necessary, though hopefully with a label). Preferably she should make it some kind of pop ballad, as it's definitely Pia's strong suit. Maybe since Haley Reinhart has a salmonella type reaction to releasing and performing pop ballads she could trade Pia Undone for a jazz/blues song to be named later?
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