This just in: American Idol's season 6 runner-up, Blake Lewis, will drop his sophomore set, Heartbreak on Vinyl, on October 6th via Tommy Boy Entertainment. Also breaking: My voice, because despite my best efforts to suppress it, I let out a schoolgirl-like squeal when said record-release news landed in my inbox.
Yeah, I know, music hipsters would probably prefer to dismiss Lewis as a beatboxing Idol annoyance/the only person other than Jordin Sparks to sing "This Is My Now" to a TV audience of 25 million people. But I say the guy should not be dismissed so easily. Listen to "End of the World" (embedded below), an album cut from his debut Audio Day Dream (which sold 308,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and tell me that soaring chorus shouldn't have gone directly to the upper quadrants of Billboard's Hot 100 without passing 'Go' and without collecting $200.
Okay, if "End of the World" didn't get you excited enough, check out further deets on Heartbreak on Vinyl after the jump.
From the Tommy Boy press release: "Most recently, Lewis has been busy making appearances across the country. He joined the likes of Lady Gaga, Estelle, Katy Perry, Leona Lewis, Gavin Rossdale, and fellow American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson, on the T-mobile GRAMMY Celebration Concert Tour. He also performed for Michelle Obama at the Congressional Clubs’ First Lady’s Luncheon where he even got the first lady, herself, to beatbox."
And hey now, even Lewis' explanation of the album's title is kind of endearing: "The title is an ode to all the record stores that have been closing down due to my industry eating itself. These are the stores that brought inspiration to all of us music lovers and have led me to make the music I create today. Heartbreak On Vinyl is filled with electro pop goodness, with melodies I cherish and that I hope my fans will sing to. It comes from the land of the broken hearted to help you mend lonely wounds."
Now reveal yourselves, Lewis fans! Who's excited about Heartbreak On Vinyl?
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