American Idol’s Pia Toscano has officially signed a recording contract with Interscope Records, THR has confirmed. She will release her debut single, “This Time,” on July 12 and perform the song as part of her set during this summer’s American Idol Live! Tour.
With season 10 coming to a close comes word that fourth finalist out Pia Toscano is already hard at work on her debut album and it promises to be diva-sized, according to producer Rodney Jerkins.
Jerkins says he was in the studio with Toscano as recently as Saturday and that she’s already recorded “a few songs.” The sound? “It’s a big, diva-sounding record,” he describes. “It’s what I think I do best – that big Whitney, Mariah, Celine vibe. We’ve having fun with that.”
What began as one of the most jittery nights so far this season -- would Haley Reinhart wind up on the chopping block or not?? -- ended as its most jovial. Of course, Jacob Lusk was all about a big entrance, so it would only make sense that he’d make a dramatic exit. Still, can’t say I expected to see a hoe-down on the American Idol stage Thursday night starring none other than Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson?! More off-script antics in our weekly recap of what you didn’t see on Thursday’s show…
Grammy-winning producer Jim Jonsin is among a handful of big-name industry players handpicked by music mogul Jimmy Iovine to join this season of American Idol. Along with other accomplished producers such as Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Rock Mafia, Jonsin has only one goal: to transform this year's batch of contestants from talented amateur singers into polished studio stars.
Producer Rodney Jerkins has worked with them all: ladies who need no last name (Whitney, Janet , Britney), newly minted pop superstars (Lady Gaga, Katy Perry) and now, American Idol contestants. As one of six producers tasked with whipping the finalists into tip-top vocal shape, under the guidance of Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine, Jerkins spends nearly half his week perfecting one minute and forty seconds worth of cover songs. It’s a labor of love for the 33-year-old New Jersey native, who was elected “commander-in-chief” by his fellow Idol music makers, and a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly, as Jerkins explains in his Idol Worship interview…
Keeping true to its Season 10 promise, American Idol, 19 Recordingsand new music partners Interscope Geffen A&M will release studio versions of individual songs performed by the Top 13 contestants immediately following Wednesday's performance show. For the first time in the show's history, a compilation album will also be offered. Music will be available for download on iTunes starting at 10 p.m. PST on March 9.