Lee and Crystal both sign record deals; Lee leads on iTunes; Crystal splits with boyfriend

Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox have both signed record deals less than a day after the conclusion of American Idol 9.

Billboard reported that “DeWyze is signed to 19 Recordings Limited and RCA Records, while Bowersox is signed to 19 Recordings Limited and Jive Records. DeWyze joins Daughtry and Adam Lambert at RCA, while Bowersox can now count past ‘Idol’ winners Jordin Sparks and Kris Allen, and 2009 finalist Allison Iraheta, as her labelmates.”

Their records will likely be released late this year. Right now, their first singles are available on iTunes, and while Crystal was initially outselling Lee in pre-orders, Lee’s “Beautiful Day” is now outselling Crystal’s “Up to the Mountain,” according to the combined iTunes sales chart. As of 9:30 p.m. ET, Lee is at #2, while Crystal is #5. This is not a surprise at all: His victory alone would generate more interest, but his single is a far more recognizable cover, never mind the fact that his music is more commercial.

Finally, if you care about such things, Crystal and her 26-year-old boyfriend Tony Kusian broke up on Tuesday, right before the final performance episode. On Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, she said, according to USA TODAY, “We’re both logical, grown adults. He’s a small town guy and it’s fine. But I’m a small town girl, but I want this. I want this more than anything — this career, this lifestyle. I didn’t think he was up for it. He didn’t think he was up for it.”

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