Daughtry releases new rock single 'Renegade': What do you think?


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Chris Daughtry may sell millions of records, but his band has always taken quite a bit of hate from music fans.

Not only did lead singer Chris Daughtry get his start on the oh-so-mainstream American Idol stage, but his band has tended toward lite, adult-contemporary singles like “Home” and “Life After You,” which have given the group an almost Nickelback-ish stigma.

So perhaps the band’s new song, “Renegade,” which was released today on their official website, is seeking to quiet that criticism. “Don’t you want to feel like a rebel?” Daughtry asks, “A renegade on the run?” The song, a straightforward hard rocker, makes me wonder if that sort of break-free mentality will permeate their new album, which arrives on November 21. Is Daughtry trying to rebel against the decidedly safe sound prescribed to them by the music industry?

Honestly, I hope so. Daughtry’s appealing howl ‘n growl sounds as strong here as it did on Idol, when he sang a different “Renegade,” (by Styx) and it would be nice for the band to step out as a real rock troupe.

Readers, what do you think of the new song?

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  • jev

    Love, love, LOVE the new track!

  • amber

    paramore’s new song is called renegade as well… weird.

    • Pogi

      thought the exact same thing!

    • PN

      How ironic! Hope they’re not playing at the same time on the pop stations.

  • Samantha

    I never knew they were hated on. News to me. I’ve always love Chris and the band and thought they were liked and respected.

  • Alleycat

    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Daughtry is back!

  • Joe Daniels

    I think this is the best Daughtry song yet.

  • jef

    Daughtry is a class act and they’d rather rock than not. Look like the label is giving them the freedom to do just that. Loving Renegade!

  • Julie

    I absolutely LOOOOOVE Renegade and have always loved this band!! Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!! :))

  • Star

    LOVE IT!!! I have really enjoyed all their music, but I’m especially a fan of their rock songs and this is my favorite one yet. Glad the label is releasing this, it’s about time. Hope it does well and I too never knew Daughtry was hated on. lol Guess every artist is by someone though.

  • Jay

    I absolutely LOVE it! The songs they’ve released weren’t really that hard but their record are a mix of a both the mid tempo and harder stuff so this sound isn’t new to the die hard fans. Chris’ voice is versatile so he sounds awesome on the rock stuff but can still pull off an emotional ballad.

    • Kat

      My feelings exactly! =)
      Thank you, very welll said!

  • Kristancfan

    LOVE the new song! I hope Daughtry had the freedom on this 3rd album to ROCK a little more! The growl is what we fell in love with. :) Looking forward to the release on Nov 21st

  • Tyramisu

    This is the BEST Rock song DAUGHTRY has put out yet. Can’t wait for this album to drop on Nov 21. He and his band are THE BEST!!! ROCK ON GUYS

  • Esox

    Just confirming…This is a song by Daughtry? Don’t have to hear it, it’s terrible.

    • Kate

      Sounds like you have other issues!!

      • Esox

        I do. All bands in that Creed, Nickelback, Daughtry genre of safe, take no risk, appeal to the common denominator Rock, are terrible.

  • Esox

    Especially when they pose as hard-ass dudes all looking in different directions in their Pub shotrs.

    • tia

      go listen buddy-you will be verrrry surprised. think of hemorrhage with a little more growl!!

  • tia

    yes!!!! chris and the band listened to the fans and finally released a harder rock song!!! its fantastic. the growl in chris’ voice when he says “here we go” makes me very happy!!!

  • TJ

    Love it! I really hate that a lot of the rock tracks from the last album got ignored by the label, so glad to see them kick things off with a rock single.

    • PN

      I wanted You Don’t Belong to be a single from their last album, but they chose September and others instead! This Renegade song is superb!

      • Esox

        Doubt it

      • melanie

        Glad to know it wasn’t just me. I LOVED that song. Unless you are a TRUE daughtry fan you didn’t know they put out harder rock songs on the album.

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