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

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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Scotty McCreery releases new single 'The Trouble With Girls': Listen to it here!

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery may have just released a music video for his coronation song, “I Love You This Big,” but the deep-voiced country teen has already unveiled a second single.

McCreery debuted “The Trouble With Girls,” a lovesick ode to the entire female sex, from his debut album Clear As Day (out on October 4), this morning. You can stream the track below: READ FULL STORY

'Idol' alum Brooke White releases debut single as Jack and White, 'Gemini': Hear it here! -- EXCLUSIVE

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Over two years after the release of her post-American Idol record, High Hopes and Heartbreak, sunny Season 7 American Idol alum Brooke White is back, but no longer as a solo artist.

White now sings alongside Jack Matranga in a duo they’ve named Jack and White, which formed earlier this year after the two met for a songwriting session for White’s own album. “Everything we started writing started sounding like its own thing,” White explains to EW. “This wasn’t a Brooke White record, this was a collaboration.” And so, the duo was born.

A few months later, Jack and White are set to unveil their debut EP, Gemini, on August 30. The disc, currently available for pre-order on iTunes, has a “modern folk-pop” sound according to White. The singer, in true songwriter fashion, also describes her duo’s sound with an image: “Horseback riding down the Pacific coast—that’s what it is!”

EW has the exclusive stream of the pair’s debut single, “Gemini,” a luminous track that, as the lyrics state, walks “a fine line between darkness and sunshine.” Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Pia Toscano's new 'This Time' video: Sexy or robotic? Watch it here and decide

Pia Toscano may have finished in ninth place on American Idol last season, but with the amount of promotion she’s gotten since the show wrapped, you would almost think she’d won the whole contest.

Interscope signed the raven-hared balladeer in early July and released a debut single, “This Time” a week later. Despite heavy promotion and Pia’s recent performance slot on last week’s So You Think You Can Dance, the track has yet to take off on the charts, though.

So I’m sure both Interscope and Ms. Toscano are hoping that the the just-released music video for “This Time” will give the single some much-needed momentum. Check out the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Scotty McCreery releases 'I Love You This Big' video: Watch it here!

American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery has released a music video for his debut single, “I Love You This Big,” which currently sits at number 18 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart.

The video—like most Idol videos that are shot while the kids are on tour—is pretty straightforward. It features the North Carolina teen singing his ballad on a park stage, while loving couples intertwine fingers and smile at each other in front of a firework-lit summer-night sky.

Although his crazy eyebrows have taken a break, Scotty performs “I Love You This Big” with all his other typical mannerisms (hand on his stomach, microphone cocked sideways, arms stretched wide), and those gestures look much more organic in this down-home picnic setting than they ever did on Idol‘s pageant-ish stage.

Check out the video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' roundup: What's new with seven non-winners from past seasons -- hear their latest music here

Not every American Idol contestant can be a Kelly Clarkson or a Carrie Underwood.

Most fade into relative obscurity a few months after their season wraps, communicating regularly with their small Twitter fanbases or occasionally appearing on TMZ, but rarely actually doing much on the music front.

Something different is happening this summer, though. Idol alumni are taking charge of their careers and releasing a whole slew of new music into the world—and I’m not talking about the winners. Sure, David Cook has a new album, and Jordin Sparks is hitting the pavement to promote her new single, but a handful of Idol contestants (like Brooke White, pictured) who didn’t make the finals have new material due, and we’ve gathered them all in one big listening session here just for you.

After the jump, check out all new music from Chris Richardson, Kellie Pickler, Danny Gokey, Casey James, Brooke White, Mandisa, and Anthony Federov: READ FULL STORY

Haley Reinhart signed to Interscope Records

She’s weird and she’s wonderful — and now she’s got a record deal, too! American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart has officially been signed to 19 Entertainment/Interscope Records, a rep for the label confirms. Haley, who slinked and growled her way through constant criticism and into third place during the most recent season of Idol, is currently working on a debut album.

The deal marks yet another achievement in what has been a particularly good year for Idol contestants who didn’t take the crown. Runner-up Lauren Alaina was quickly signed to Mercury Nashville Records following the completion of the show, and ninth-place finisher Pia Toscano, who, like Haley, nabbed an Interscope deal, has already released a debut single, “This Time.”

This deal makes a lot of sense: Adele is dominant right now, and in the wake of Amy Winehouse’s tragic death, people are all the more reminded that they enjoy female singers with a good bit of raspy soul. Haley Reinhart would fit right into that niche.

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'American Idol' finalist Pia Toscano claims her spotlight with debut single 'This Time'

It’s only been a week since we learned that Pia Toscano—the American Idol contestant whose ninth-place finish caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the judges and fans—had in fact scored a long-rumored record deal with Interscope.

But thanks to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and the ever-impatient Internet, we can already listen to the debut single from season 10′s cause célèbre. Check it out here:

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Pia Toscano signs with Interscope Records

Looks like Interscope chairman and American Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine really took those “I’ll Stand By You” lyrics to heart. A spokesperson for Pia Toscano confirmed to EW that the season 10 ninth-place finisher has signed a recording deal with Interscope Records. Her debut album will come out later this year, and her first single, “This Time” — an acoustic guitar and beat-driven track by Ester Dean — will drop July 12 just in time for Toscano to perform it as part of her set on this summer’s American Idols LIVE! tour.

As long as this album isn’t called The Princess Pia, and as long as white jumpsuit enthusiast (saboteur?) Gwen Stefani isn’t costume-directing the cover, I am PUMPED about this news. You?

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As Lady Gaga tweets her support for ill Clarence Clemons, we look back at the Big Man's extraordinary career

Lady Gaga has tweeted her support for Clarence Clemons, following the news that the famed saxophonist suffered a stroke over the weekend at his home in Florida.

The 69-year-old Clemons, a four-decade member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and the go-to sax man for countless other artists, had been particularly active lately, appearing on two singles—“Hair” and “The Edge of Glory”—on Gaga’s Born This Way, and performing with the pop star at the recent American Idol finale.

“Little monsters, my very close friend +musician on The Edge of Glory, Clarence Clemons is very sick,” the singer tweeted earlier today. “Can we all make some get well videos?” Of course, Clemons’ collaborations with Gaga are just the latest chapter in the storied career of the artist who has also worked with Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, and, yes, a certain Boss man, to name but a very few. READ FULL STORY

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