American Idol is about to undergo its first audience-determined eliminations of Season 10, and starting next week, the show will have a new exit song as former hopefuls bid farewell to the competition. This year's soundtrack to dreams cut short? The Simple Minds classic "Don't You (Forget About Me)" sung by Idol's own David Cook.
The Season 7 winner's reverential version of the 1985 hit, which was also the de facto theme song to the movie The Breakfast Club
, was recorded in February and chosen by Idol
creator and executive producer Simon Fuller
. Fans who preorder Cook's forthcoming second album can access the track for free starting Thursday via DavidCookOfficial.com
. It will also be available for sale on iTunes and other digital retailers March 8.
Cook's highly anticipated sophomore record was produced by Matt Serletic (Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul) and will be released by 19 Recordings/RCA Records later in the spring. Cook has a writing credit on all of the album's songs and collaborated with the likes of Ryan Tedder, David Hodges and his own bandmates Neal Tiemann and Andy Skib. His self-titled debut sold more than 1.4 million copies, and Cook’s American Idol coronation single, "The Time of My Life," is the highest-selling in the show’s history.