Entries in Record Deal (6)


Pia Toscano Signs Record Deal

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Though America decided Pia Toscano wasn't worthy of making it into the top eight on American Idol, Interscope Records apparently thinks the singer is still worthy of a record deal.  

Antonina Armato of the production team Rock Mafia -- who worked with all of the finalists this past season on Idol -- tells ABC News Radio, "[Pia] just got signed to Interscope. We just finished a song with her called 'Counterfeit,' which is phenomenal...and we did another song for her as well."

The other song is called "Dreamgirl," but Armato and partner Tim James aren't sure if that tune will appear on Toscano's album.  As for "Counterfeit," Armato says Pia sang it "amazingly."  

The deal with Interscope came about quickly, according to Armato.

"They just made the decision a few days ago to actually pull the trigger to sign the deal," she explained. "They have to decide...I guess there's a certain amount of days after American Idol, where you decide, if you're not the winner, if they're actually going to get a record deal."

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Is Gwyneth Paltrow's Record Deal Dead?

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gwyneth Paltrow's reported million-dollar recording contract is no more.

The New York Post reports the Country Strong actress and Oscar-winning Glee guest star was in talks with Atlantic Records for a country album, but "the deal fizzled out."

Paltrow's people tell the paper that it was their client who walked away, not the other way around.

"Atlantic was not the only company pursuing her," one of Paltrow's reps tells the paper.  "[She] still has not decided if she wants to record an album.  It is still something she is considering."

There were rumors Paltrow was seeking $1 million from the record label to sign with Atlantic and the label balked, but The Post's source says that wasn't the case, declaring "that is a ridiculous figure."

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Report: Pia Toscano Inks Record Deal After Shocking 'Idol' Exit

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Just days after her shocking American Idol elimination, Pia Toscano has reportedly inked a recording deal with Interscope Records.

The 22-year-old New York native signed the deal with Interscope less than two days after her controversial axing from the talent show on Thursday night, according to US magazine. The label is reportedly rushing to put an album together for the white-hot Toscano.

"After the show, Interscope told her they wanted her and first thing [Friday] morning, Interscope brass started calling every top songwriter and producer in town to get an album together and rush release it," a source told US magazine.

"Papers are being finalized. It's basically a done deal. She's signing. They rushed everything but she's so excited," the source said.

A representative for Interscope Records was not available Saturday to speak with ABC News.

Thursday's announcement of Toscano' departure from the 10th season of American Idol came after a rollicking performance by Iggy Pop, in which he shed his shirt to belt out "Real Wild Child."

As host Ryan Seacrest said Toscano's name, the crowd's enthusiasm disappeared. The audience shouted "no" while the judges looked stunned. Jennifer Lopez, on the verge of tears, said she was angry and speechless. Randy Jackson echoed her anger and Steven Tyler told America their "lack of passion was unforgivable."

Toscano's exit marks the fifth female in a row booted off the show this season. She was assumed by many to be a finale shoe-in.

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Rep Says Gwyneth Paltrow Doesn't Have a Record Deal Yet

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An online report that Gwyneth Paltrow has landed a recording deal with Atlantic Records appears to have been premature.

Her rep tells People magazine, "There is no deal yet."

There's been a lot of talk that Paltrow will record an album following her role in the recent film Country Strong and her appearances on Glee.

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Report: Gwyneth Paltrow Lands Record Deal

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gwyneth Paltrow has reportedly signed a $900,000 recording deal with Atlantic Records, according to

The New York Post had previously quoted a source as saying the music on Paltrow’s album will be "country pop."

The actress recently starred as a country singer in the film Country Strong, and made another guest appearance as a substitute teacher on Tuesday’s episode of Glee, performing Prince's "Kiss" in a duet with star Matthew Morrison.  Paltrow is also scheduled to appear in a March 15 episode of the Fox series.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Close to Signing Record Deal for Country Album?

Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actress Gwyneth Paltrow's recent forays into music, including singing roles on Glee, a Grammy Awards performance with Cee-Lo Green, a starring role in the film Country Strong, and an Oscar-nominated song from that film are apparently more than a passing interest.

The New York Post reports Paltrow is in "advanced talks" with Atlantic Records.  The newspaper quotes a source as saying, "Gwyneth's agents have been talking to a number of labels about landing her a substantial record deal.  Those who have heard the music say it's country pop."

The source says, "Many labels would be reluctant to give a deal to a star whose first priority is film, but in recent weeks there have been discussions with Atlantic." Paltrow's family connections might also lend her some "street cred" with music execs: her husband is Chris Martin, the frontman of the popular rock band Coldplay.

On another note, Paltrow reprises her role as a substitute teacher on Glee Tuesday night.  The actress/singer is also scheduled to appear in a March 15 episode of the Fox series.

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