As I was coming up with Idol artists to write about yesterday, I almost included Blake Lewis, as his second CD is supposed to drop this fall on Tommy Boy Records. At the end of the entry, I decided I had a full slate, and stuck with the three you may have already read. So imagine how fortunate I was feeling when I heard Blake talk with Derek and Romaine last night on Sirius XM Out Q. Besides promoting his appearance at L.A. Pride this weekend, he also dropped some details about what’s going on with his new music.
First off, I’ve got to give props to Derek and Romaine for a great interview. Besides the fact that Derek didn’t seem to be familiar with Blake’s work, he had some great questions that drew Blake out. When asked about the new record coming out on October 6th, Blake said that he thinks it will be called Heartbreak on Vinyl, citing his penchant for recording songs about relationships ending. This seems to contradict some other sources that cite Universal Imagery as a potential title, but there are still several months to go. In his words…
“(I)t’s a very big dance record. Very good baselines that get you out on the dancefloor.”
In addition, he also talked about “Sad Song”, his new single that is coming out in July. When asked why he recorded a sad song, Blake said that he didn’t think of it as a sad song, but more of an “anthem for the broken-hearted.” Other questions ran the gamut from influences and heroes (Nick Hexum from 311 was his favorite introduction because of the show), his participation in L.A. Pride, and the inevitable question about Adam Lambert (Adam is his favorite, but predicted he would come in second). He also said his own website is down currently, but that all updates can be found on his MySpace profile.
It sounds like Blake’s making the best of what few Idols seem to get…a second chance. I will leave you with Blake’s recent performance of “Disturbia” on American Idol Extra last month.
well ok, i was a little concerned about blakes new direction, but not so concerned that i wouldnt have checked it out. however an anthem for the broken hearted sounds immense. I’m very excited.
It’s a great concept, if nothing else. Now let’s see how the execution goes.
You know, I really want to be excited about Blake’s new direction but I’m not really. I loved many tracks from ADD but have not been excited at all about his new dance cover songs. I am hoping the new album will be good but I think his chance has passed. You can thank Clive Davis and “Break Anotha”.
If “End of the World” or “I Got U” had been released as a single, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Those records were AMAZING. But we are. It’s tough on the in-between output, because those tracks were someone else’s vision, and he was providing vocals. I think “Sad Song” will be a good indicator of where he’s going. Here’s hoping it’s worth listening to.
I’m definitely interested to hear this. I’m a complete whore for the new wave of American dance music. Hopefully, he bucks the Idol curse and comes up with something non-conventional!
If there was any shot for him to come up with something non-conventional, yet hope to get a large audience, I think Tommy Boy is about the best he could have done, unless he had gotten signed to Astralwerks.
As long as he never, ever does a video podcast ever again.
Yeah…he’s kind of a freak.
Ahhh – how did I miss this post?
I effing love Blake Lewis (and I think like Lambert – it was obvious he’d come in 2nd, and it’s probably a better thing for them overall). So psyched to hear new material. I cannot even explain. Be sure to give me a nudge when that new one drops to make sure I hear about it. I always tend to hear about these things last. ::sob:: Haha!
You know I’ve got your back.
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