Oh dear, oh dear! It's not been a good six months for our X Factor lot, has it? X Factor 2008 finalist Diana Vickers as become the latest casualty of record label culling today, confirming she has split from RCA records due to "creative differences" following just the one album from the 19-year-old.
Diana finished The X Factor in 2008 in fourth place but unlike JLS and Alexandra Burke, wasn't signed by a Syco-affiliated label meaning she had to wait until singing any record deal. Eventually in 2009 it was revealed that Diana had teamed up with RCA records, and her debut album 'Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree' was released in April last year.
While debut single 'Once' shot straight to the number one spot, follow up singles failed to replicate the success. 'The Boy Who Murdered Love' crept into the Top 40 and #36 and 'My Wicked Heart' missed out on the Top 10 despite a performance on The X Factor to round 15 million viewers.
Diana confirmed today: "Myself and RCA have decided to part company, purely based on a creative level.
"I will always be really thankful for the time we’ve spent together and the support they’ve given me. But, I’ve grown up a lot since the first album and whilst the past couple years have been a lot of fun and a great success, I’m now ready to take a wander down a different, very exciting path! In order to grow, this change has to be made.
"I’m so proud of where the second album is right now and I’m counting down the minutes until it’s all ready and you guys can finally hear it! I’ve been having the best time over the past 6 months- being creative, working with so many inspirational people, falling in love with LA and growing as an artist."
Diana was due to release her second album later this year, but there's currently no word on whether this release will be supported by a major label as yet.
Watch Diana's debut single 'Once' below: