Clay Aiken Explains Record Label Split

UPDATE: People magazine reports that Aiken’s split with RCA was due to a breakdown in contract negotiations.

“We were unable to come to terms in a recent contract negotiation, and decided that it was best to move on,” Aiken’s rep, Cindi Berger, tells the magazine.

Claymates, man your battle stations! Sources say that red-headed singer and gay dad Clay Aiken, 30, has parted ways with his record label RCA.

Billboard magazine reports that the split occurred a couple of months ago, though news of the split first broke wide when MTV reported that no mention of the “Invisible” singer was made in recent Grammy press materials sent out by the label, and he had been erased from their Web site.

Reps for the label and for Aiken are remaining mum.

Aiken’s last album, On My Way Here, was released in May 2008 and has sold just 159,000 copies, compared to the 2.78 million units sold of his 2003 debut, Measure of a Man.

Aiken made headlines last September when he finally ended years of speculation and came out of the closet.

He is father to one child, Parker Foster, 7 months, that he conceived with best friend and producer Jaymes Foster.

Potentially sad for Aiken, but he always has a career on Broadway to fall back on.