'X Factor' finalists Chris Rene, Marcus Canty, 'Astro' sign to Epic
"The X Factor" semi-finalists Chris Rene, Brian "Astro" Bradley and Marcus Canty have all inked deals with Epic Records, the label announced Wednesday.
Their signings shouldn't come as a surprise, considering they were handpicked and mentored on the reality competition by label head Antonio "L.A." Reid.
Melanie Amaro, the show's inaugural winner, snagged the largest guaranteed prize in television history with a $5-million recording contract with Sony Music through Syco, a joint venture between Sony and show creator Simon Cowell.
Reid was appointed chairman and chief executive of the label in July after previously serving as chairman of Island Def Jam -- from which he departed to become a judge on “The X Factor” alongside Cowell, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Chris Rene, left, Brian "Astro" Bradley and Marcus Canty. Credit: Courtesy of Fox.