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Cook Says Underwood is Reason Label Dropped Her

Kristy Lee Cook is speaking out against her former record label, Arista Nashville. The ‘American Idol’ alum says record execs spent too much time and money on another country ‘Idol.’

“(Arista) released me again. It’s because I was on the same label as Carrie Underwood,” Cook tells the Grants Pass Daily Courier. “We’re kind of glad that we got released because we weren’t getting the attention we need.”

Cook first signed with Arista at age 17 but was dropped before any music was released. She was re-signed to the label shortly after placing seventh on Season 7 of ‘Idol,’ and quickly released her debut album, ‘Why Wait.’

“They promoted it a little bit,” Cook says of Arista’s attention to the album. “They spent so much more money on Carrie.”

Cook’s first single, ’15 Minutes of Shame,’ hit the Top 30 on the country charts, but no other singles from the album were officially released to radio. She says fans haven’t heard her best music yet.

“I have a song that they didn’t want me to put on the album that’s going to be a hit,” Cook insists. “I’m going to take it to another label … We’re talking with Universal right now.”

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