After nine seasons of partnering with Sony Music, "American Idol" has dumped the label in favor of Universal Music Group, reports Reuters.
The agreement will allow Universal to market and distribute albums from the show’s finalists and winners starting with the upcoming season, the story says. The deal with Universal is for a minimum of three years. The arrangement had provided Sony’s RCA label with hits from singers such as Kelly Clarkson, with the show selling over 100 million music units in North America, the story says.
Separately, "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest says it may be weeks before the show’s new judging panel is set, reports the Associated Press.
Seacrest also said he didn’t know how many judges will ultimately end up on the show.