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2020 American Idol winner Just Sam says she "ended up broke" after paying off her record label

  • Samantha Diaz, who goes by the stage name Just Sam, won the Idol season that was the first to be impacted by the pandemic, resulting in virtual performances. According to Just Sam's Instagram Stories via Just Jared, Sam signed a record deal with Hollywood Records after winning Idol in May 2020, but she parted ways with the label without ever releasing an album with them. “I was not the one that pulled (my 'Rise Up performance') down from iTunes, Hollywood Records did that,” Just Sam said. “I don’t know the logistics behind it. I don’t know the legal side of things. But I believe that when we parted ways, in order for them to keep 100% of the money that was made from ‘Rise Up,’ I think they had to pull it from streams so that I wouldn’t get a cut, which is smart. Smart move Hollywood.”

    TOPICS: Just Sam, ABC, American Idol, Reality TV