"American Idol" Winner Kris Allen Sets Debut Album

June 8, 2009 2:19 PM ET

Just weeks after being crowned this season's American Idol, Kris Allen has inked a deal with 19 Entertainment, which will release his debut album through Jive Records this fall. "As exciting as the last few months have been, I'm really looking forward to what is next," Allen said in a statement. "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!" Allen will join other AI all-stars Jordin Sparks and David Archuleta under the Jive banner, perhaps hinting at the target audience AI hopes Allen will appeal to after Idol.

Before Allen can hit the studio, however, he'll hit the road with the rest of the American Idol Season Eight finalists for a tour starting July 5th in Portland, Oregon. Since the tour concludes September 15th, it's likely Allen will also try to sneak in some studio time in order to make the LP's estimated late autumn release date. Allen's post-Idol coronation song "No Boundaries" is currently Number 23 on the Hot 100 Singles Chart.

"Kris won the hearts of millions of Americans with his soulful voice, good looks and gracious demeanor," AI creator Simon Fuller said in the statement. "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." Allen may soon be joined by a familiar face over at Jive as Idol bible MJ's Big Blog reports that Season Eight's fourth-place finisher Alison Iraheta is rumored to have been signed to Jive as well.

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