3 "Idol" alumni target holiday season for debuts

Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:08am EDT
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By Monica Herrera

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The first post-"American Idol" albums from three recent contestants on the hit show are expected this fall, in time for the holiday season. Release dates are still to be announced.

Here's a quick rundown of what they've been working on in the recording studio.


As the most recent winner of "American Idol," Kris Allen isn't just expected to record a debut album -- he's supposed to make chart-topping hits and live up to the sales of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and David Cook before him.

For his fall debut on 19/Jive, the 23-year-old has a wealth of songwriters and producers to choose from: David Hodges (Clarkson, Daughtry), Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse) and Claude Kelly (Akon, Leona Lewis) have all submitted material for the record. Allen also collaborated with Joe King of the Fray in June at Timbaland's Virginia Beach, Virginia, recording studio.

"Each writing session has been a learning experience," says Allen, who adds that his record will sound similar to John Mayer and Jason Mraz, with possible traces of the urban sound that he's been exploring with some collaborators. "I think that we are trying to figure it out and that it's going the right way, and I'm really excited about it. I can't wait."


Adam Lambert is unlike any "American Idol" contestant before him, and not just because of his Goth-glam fashion or seemingly infinite vocal range. The eighth-season runner-up is recording an album for 19/RCA Records just as another set bearing his name is headed to stores.   Continued...

<p>Finalists Adam Lambert (L) and Kris Allen (R) arrive for the finale of Season 8 of "American Idol" in Los Angeles in this file photo from May 20, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>