Mount Prospect's "Idol" DeWyze Dropped by Label

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    In this publicity image released by Fox, Lee DeWyze reacts after he was announced the season nine winner during the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 26, 2010.

    For all of the success Lee DeWyze had on American Idol, life recently threw him a curve ball.

    The Season 9 winner and Mount Prospect, Ill., native is no longer with his label, RCA Records. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter earlier this week and then confirmed by the singer on Twitter.

    "Hey guys. Just wanted to let you all know I have not been with RCA for good few months," he posted. "I didn't want that to be my focus."

    He went on to say that he's in the process of putting out another album and is working on other projects.

    "I am very happy to be making the music I am making and the direction I'm going in," he added.

    His debut album, "Live it Up," sold a little more than 168,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the lowest figure ever for an "Idol" winner's first post-show album.

    It's not all bad news for DeWyze, however. He recently got engaged to model/actress Jonna Walsh. The couple are planning a fall 2012 wedding.