Ruben Studdard dropped from J Records

American Idol 2 winner Ruben Studdard has been dropped from his record label, J Records. “A rep from his label has confirmed the artist’s departure,” SOHH reports.

Ruben released his third album, The Return, last October, and sales “have been unable to match his previous success, moving barely 235,000 copies,” SOHH reports.

Instead of producing albums, he’s focusing more on his work on the stage. Late in November, he “[wrapped] up a small tour of his first stage play called ‘Heaven, I Need a Hug’ co-starring with Robin Givens,” and is taking on the role of “Fats Waller in the national touring company of ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

SOHH Exclusive: J Records Drops Ruben Studdard [SOHH]
Ruben Studdard hits the stage in “Ain’t Misbehavin'” [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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