Shortly before the second season of X Factor in the US comes to an end, seasoned record executive L.A. Reid has announced he will not be returning for a third season. The official reason is that he needs to spend more time with his "day" job of running a record label. However, I would suspect if X Factor was more successful at generating recording stars, L.A. Reid might stick around for a while longer. He signed three of the first season's competitors, Chris Rene, Marcus Canty, and Astro to contracts while also agreeing to be the distributor for the debut album by winner Melanie Amaro. Unfortunately, after the release of a number of singles by the artists and a debut album by Chris Rene, only one item, Chris Rene's single "Young Homies," has sold more than 100,000 copies. It was a minor hit selling almost 300,000 copies and making a respectable showing at mainstream pop radio. However, his debut album has only sold 22,000 in more than two months of release. X Factor will be back for a third season, and the show has strong TV ratings, but it won't be with L.A. Reid in a judges' chair.
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