Los Angeles – The producers of "American Idol"
have signed a new multi-year distribution and marketing agreement with major
record label Universal Music Group, replacing a previous similar deal with Sony
Universal said the deal with 19 Entertainment and Simon Fuller will see
its Interscope Geffen A&M label group market, promote and distribute albums
globally from Idol finalists and winning contestants.
The producers said that,
since its debut in 2001, "American Idol" has spurred sales of over
120 million songs on iTunes, and over 100 million unit sales in North America