Fantasia dropped by 19 Management?

Since her 2004 American Idol win, Fantasia Barrino has weathered her fair share of music business shake-ups, surviving  mergers and the recent repositioning of her mentor Clive Davis, who signed her to J Records. Though she still has her contract at J, now hears that as of today, Fantasia has been dropped from 19 Management. The reason for the split, according to sources, is that age-old saw "creative differences." However, like many other Idol contestants, Fantasia remains on the label 19 Recordings and will continue to share music sales profits with the company.

Given the poor climate for record sales, and the lackluster sales of many Idol releases, Fantasia’s albums have done fairly well. Her debut, Free Yourself, sold almost 2 million copies, and the follow-up, 2006’s Fantasia, went gold and garnered three Grammy nominations. She also starred in her own Lifetime TV biopic, authored a book about her rags-to-riches story, and received top billing in the Broadway production of The Color Purple. Says one executive and Fantasia defender: "She’s a star and so multi-talented in every area. Sometimes you have to sever a relationship in order to move forward, but there’s no doubt that Fantasia is accomplished and has proven herself. Someone will want to represent her."

A rep for 19 declined to comment, but assured EW that management deals for David Cook, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, and Blake Lewis remain intact. 19 also represents Annie Lennox and The Spice Girls.

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  • Gale

    Sorry to hear this. If 19R still has their fingers in the pie, I feel sorry for Fantasia since she is no longer with 19M…I somehow think they will screw with her CD sales.
    BTW, unless something changed recently, Clay Aiken was able to get out of his 19M contract back in 2004 when it was found that 19 was withholding opportunities and offers from him. IMO that is why his CDs since that time have been messed with by 19R.
    I don’t trust 19 at all.

  • YoYo

    Fantasia is a genuine artist. She does not need Simon Fuller 19 Management to show her true genius.
    I’m pretty sure that they wanted her look a certain way etc. Too bad. Their loss !!!!!!!


    Sorry Fantasia;same s**t different day.
    Welcome to show biz.Love you ma!!!!

  • abby

    This has nothing to do with Clay Aiken. How can a company mess with his sales when they don’t manage him anymore? And since his departure from 19 where are all of those opportunities, Spamalot 4 years later. Maybe he should fire his new manangement company.
    Fantasia has been very successful and will continue to be successful. She will have new and better management. 19 isn’t the only game in town.

  • dsquaredfromasquared

    Fantasia left 19 once before, back in 2006. She should just hire Oprah as her manager.

  • Tracie

    Personally I think Fantasia is very fortunate to be away from 19 and Fuller’s management.
    But to abby up there (or should I call you by your real name Dawn)? I think you should just worry about the artists you like and not those that you don’t. It makes things so much less stressful.

  • Kierra

    I think that she is a great singer and she needs to keep doing what she does but she also needs to be with a great management and she will go very far in her life time….love you girl and I enjoy all of your music and your movie also.I would love to meet you in person!

  • mila

    “A rep for 19 declined to comment, but assured EW…”
    How does one assure someone without commenting?

  • Dawn

    Now all we need is for her record label to drop her and we never need to see or hear this train wreck again. *prays*

  • Dave

    abby Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 05:43 PM EST
    How can a company mess with his sales when they don’t manage him anymore?
    19Recordings has 50% say in all aspects of the album production and promotion. They can sabotage you good if they want. They did it to lots of the others that they want to hold back and then later they drop them justifying it by lower album sales.

  • Dixie

    Abby, lets talk about Clay’s sales. Based on album sales, Clay is only surpassed by Kelly and Carrie. Not Fantasia. All idol winners who received the acclaim and backing that goes with being the winner. But as the Fantasia fans always say Kelly and Carries sales and grammy wins are not the only measures of success. So lets mention his eight tours, a best selling book before Fantasia, own TV prime time special, college graduation, and the establishment of his Bubel Aiken foundation still aiding children today as well as his multiple tours as a Unicef ambassador most recently in Somalia. All that without even getting into his other multiple appearances and other charity work. Lets not forget Spamalot too,directed by award winning Mike Nichols 4 years later versus Fantasia broadway stint 3 years later. The same Fantasia fans that used to mock Clay as Broadway. Clay has been and will continue to be successful in his career and his activism for children all over the world.

  • Janel

    The girl has potentially the best talent from AI in my opinion. What I see as a problem is her image which is polarizing. I can see this being a problem with whatever management team she gets unless she goes back to a Violator type team. She embraces the hood and unless you are a hood person or a fanatical fan you won’t appreciate her. She needs a major overhaul and someone to take complete control of her career. I dont think she is capable of making wise decisions.
    How did clay get into this conversation???

  • John

    I hate Clay Aiken fans. What an obnoxious bunch. This topic isn’t about Clay (who sucks, btw), so go away.

  • anonymous

    Take your own advice, John.

  • Lisa

    That is a blessing in disguise. When one door close, another one opens bigger and better. Wverything happens for a reason. God bless you Fantasia I look forward to hearing your music soon. You know 19 had their picks anyway. When they use them up they will be dropped to.

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