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Kris Allen - 19 Recordings Has Signed the American Idol Season 8 Winner and Has Licensed to Jive Records

Jive Records - 06/08/2009

It was announced today that 19 Recordings has signed Kris Allen, and his recordings have been licensed to Jive Records."

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"Kris won the hearts of millions of Americans with his soulful voice, good looks and gracious demeanor," stated Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder & CEO of 19 Entertainment. "However it is his passion for music and love of performing that will make sure Kris stands the test of time and makes 'American Idol' proud."

"As exciting as the last few months have been, I'm really looking forward to what is next," says Kris Allen. "I'm very grateful to be working with Simon Fuller and his team at 19 Entertainment, along with Barry Weiss and Jive Records on my debut album. Everyone's been asking me what it's going to sound like. It will be very similar to what you heard from me on the show -- definitely in the pop/rock genre. I can't wait to get started!"

"Kris had a terrific run of memorable performances culminating with an incredible win," stated Barry Weiss, Chairman and CEO of the RCA/JIVE Label Group. "He's a super-talented singer and all-around gifted musician who has that rare common touch which will give him the ability to connect with the broadest possible audience. We're really excited to welcome him to the Jive family."

His popular victory song "No Boundaries" currently ranks No. 23 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. In addition, Allen has two singles on the chart from his American Idol performances, "Heartless" and "Ain't No Sunshine." On the eighth season of American Idol, the 23-year old Conway, Arkansas native, who is a pianist and self-taught guitar player, achieved growing popularity and enthusiastic reviews weekly from television viewers and critics alike.

Currently Kris is gearing up for the upcoming 50-city American Idol 2009 Summer Tour. The tour kicks off on July 5th in Portland, Oregon and ends on September 15th in Manchester, New Hampshire. Allen's debut album is slated for release late Fall 2009.

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  About 19 ENTERTAINMENT LTD.

Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment Ltd. is recognized as a lead creator, provider and promoter of globally successful entertainment and music brands of today. The company has attracted a unique team of exceptionally creative executives, who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, sports, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording and artist management.

19 Founder/CEO Simon Fuller has developed and managed some of the biggest entertainment properties of our time, with credits that include the creation of TV phenomenon AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and the HBO series "Little Britain USA." 19's unique talent includes legendary musical icon Annie Lennox, country music sensation Carrie Underwood, the pop group sensation Spice Girls, and IDOL alumni Chris Daughtry, David Cook, supermodel Claudia Schiffer and soccer icon David Beckham.

About JIVE Label Group

JIVE Label Group consists of Jive Records, LaFace Records, Volcano Entertainment, Hitz Committee Entertainment, Battery Records and Verity Gospel Label Group. These labels represent a varied group of internationally renowned artists representing all genres of music including Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Usher, Tool, Ciara, Chris Brown, P!nk, Britney Spears, OutKast, Kirk Franklin, Three Days Grace, 311, Nick Lachey, T-Pain, Bullet For My Valentine, Buddy Guy, Living Things, Anthony Hamilton, Donnie McClurkin, John P. Kee, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, J. Moss and Backstreet Boys. JIVE Label Group is a unit of Sony Music Entertainment.

About CKX, Inc.

CKX, Inc. is engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of entertainment content. To date, the Company has focused on acquiring globally recognized entertainment content and related assets, including the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley, the operations of Graceland, the rights to the name, image and likeness of Muhammad Ali and proprietary rights to the IDOLStelevision brand, including the American Idol series in the United States and local adaptations of the IDOLS television show format which, collectively, air in more than 100 countries. For more information about CKX, Inc., visit its corporate website at www.ckx.com.

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SOURCE: Jive Records

CONTACT: Gina Orr, +1-310-272-2650, gina.orr@sonymusic.com, or Wendy
Washington, +1-212-833-6886, wendy.washington@sonymusic.com, both of Jive
Records; Roger Widynowski, 19 ENTERTAINMENT, +1-310-461-1788,
rogerw@19entertainment.com

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