Blake Lewis, runner-up on last season's American Idol
, has signed his first record deal. The beat-boxing specialist from Bothell, Washington has inked a deal with Clive Davis's Artista record label and will release an album later this year. Lewis was a surprise finalist on this past season of American Idol
and while he was destined to lose to the safer and less unusual Jordin Sparks
, he gained a loyal base of fans during his time on Idol
It's being mongered in a few places that the album is provisionally titled “Audio Daydream (ADD)”, but who knows whether that's the truth. Earlier this summer, Lewis explained what fans can expect from his debut. "It's your favorite '80s mix tape - very inspired by Michael Jackson, Prince, Erasure, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, the Cure. It's all over the map, really - very influenced by '80s hip-hop, old school breaks, whatever."
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Lewis is set to collaborate with Jonathan "JR" Rotem, Sean Kingston, Ryan "Alias" Tedder, S*A*M and Sluggo. Unfortunately, I don't know who any of these people are. Hopefully, they'll create some good stuff.
More than any other American Idol
contestant this past season, Blake has the most potential to release a relevant album. Allowed to do his own thing, Lewis is capable of putting out some interesting stuff, the likes of which we've never seen from an Idol
alumnus. Fans can expect more of the sonic experimentation and beat-boxing they became used to over the course of the season. Also, Lewis writes his own music and, while I'm sure the studio will attempt to provide him some hit-making help, what ends up on Blake's first album should more or less be created mostly by him. I have a feeling Blake Lewis
may attain some Daughtry level success.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Source: The Seattle Times, Billboard
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