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'X Factor' finalists Chris Rene, Marcus Canty, 'Astro' sign to Epic

January 18, 2012 |  2:34 pm


"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.

Reid will oversee the debuts of Rene, who became a fan favorite thanks to his endearing audition track "Young Homie" and his dedication to remaining sober; R&B heartthrob Canty, whom Reid pegged as "the next Bobby Brown," without the sex; and Bradley, the teen rapper with a spitfire flow and Jay-Z aspirations. Rene, Canty and Bradley were three of Reid's four semi-finalists.

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. 


'X Factor' champ Melanie Amaro signs to Epic Records

L.A. Reid officially named chairman and CEO of Epic Records

Despite record industry perils, Simon Cowell is ready to offer 'X Factor' winner $5-million record deal

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy


Photo: Chris Rene, left, Brian "Astro" Bradley and Marcus Canty. Credit: Courtesy of Fox.