Katharine McPhee dropped by RCA Records

The RCA Music Group has shed another American Idol star. After J Records dropped Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, American Idol 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee is no longer signed to RCA Records.

“McPhee is no longer on the label’s roster,” Entertainment Weekly reports, after her debut album “never reached gold status.” An RCA spokesperson said, “Katharine is going to record her next album on her own,” and she also has a film project.

The spokesperson added that RCA expects Taylor to return. “After six seasons, we are proud of the eight artists on the roster who started their careers on the show. With respect to Taylor, we have an understanding that he will come back to us to play music once he’s finished writing his new material,” the spokesperson said.

Katharine McPhee: the latest Idol to go indie [Entertainment Weekly]

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