Idol Finalist Kellie Pickler Signs to Nashville Label

Kellie Pickler, a finalist on the fifth season of American Idol, has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/BNA Records. Pickler, 20, will release her first single to country radio in September, and an album is due Nov. 14. The Albemarle, N.C., native is currently on the American Idols Live tour. BNA Records is part of Nashville’s Sony BMG offices. Last year’s Idol winner, Carrie Underwood is jointly signed to Arista Nashville (another branch of Sony BMG) and 19 Recordings.