Last week, we reported that the winner of American Idol 6 Jordin Sparks got a record deal, and this week it’s runner up Blake Lewis’ turn. Blake has signed with Arista Records. Arista is run by Clive Davis, with its most known artist being Whitney Houston. Taylor Hicks, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood are also on this label.
Billboard reports Blake’s record is “your favorite ’80s mix tape,” Lewis says, “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.” It will be released later this year.
As for Jordin’s album, “It’d kind of Kelly Clarkson’s pop edge, a little bit,” she says, “and I recorded a ballad-y type song, like a power vocal song, and then I recorded just a really fun, fast one. I’m trying to mix everything together. I’m loving all the songs I’m recording, so hopefully that will come off the album when you listen to it and you’ll be able to feel the emotion.”