Chris Daughtry New Single “Waiting For Superman” – (AUDIO) (UPDATE: ALBUM TITLE, RELEASE DATE)

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The long awaited new single from Chris Daughtry and his band is here. Check out “Waiting for Superman” here, and if you like, download the track from iTunes.

The single cover is the result of a social media effort to get the word out on the new single. Each tweet sent was incorporated into a cover art mosaic. See the full rendering of the artwork HERE.

The first track from the American Idol season 5 alum, weaves in EDM elements into his signature rock sound. What do you think guys? Do you like Daughtry’s updated sound?

UPDATE: Chris Daughtry announces the name and release date of his 4th studio album on twitter:

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  • Eric Mitchell

    I’m not sure how I like it. I think I would preview an acoustic version of the song. This version just seems too busy to me

  • Dancin VI#81

    not a daughtry fan but I like this go figure

  • garden gnome

    Huh! Confusing isn’t it? It is that really weird beginning that threw me. I must say anytime Chris uses falsetto is great for me.

  • mickivick

    It’s a pretty song – but to me it songs like all the rest of his songs. I do wish him great success with it and his new album!!

  • dy

    I don’t like his new sound. Which is a shame, I’ve been a fan and I like his voice.

  • Banished

    I have always loved his voice; it records so well, and his sound is so clean. I really like it, and hope it does well. Anyone know what happened to the lawsuit his former band mates filed against him?

  • Aaron

    Disappointed. I have all their albums as well as the EP pre-Idol. This is the weakest song/ single they have released. Mid-tempo rockers with melody and ballads are their strengths. I see this song as an attempt to remain on CHR and Adult Top 40, with the addition of EDM elements. IMO, RCA had a heavy hand with the production of the song, and selecting it for the first single. Having said that…. I did download the single from iTunes, and the kids liked it. So what do I know?

  • YankeeFan08

    I’m not hearing anything new here. The song is just so-so for me. I have always liked Daughtry and wish him well.

  • H.A.

    I’m a fan of Daughtry. I have all his albums and I love his voice. From what I read I was expecting him to go in a totally different direction but to me this still sounds like the same Daughtry which is OK with me. I like the song. I hope radio gets on board because he needs another hit song.

  • bridgette12

    I like this song, it’s a whole lot better than anything he had on the last Daughtry album. I’m buying this album when it comes out.

  • Carriefan1

    Great song, boys!

  • bridgette12

    I’m a Daughtry fan also and I think it’s going to be the same Daughtry with better songs. The last album sounded a bit tired and didn’t have a punch. I’m liking this song and it gives me hope that this album will remind me of the earlier Daughtry music. I’m looking forward to the new album.

  • elliegrll

    This is a good song, not one of the group’s best, but I think it’s a song that fans of the group will like. Chris doesn’t stray away from this strengths, and people will recognize it as a Daughtry song, which is a good thing.

  • Stooch

    I guess I can say after a first impression it’s not to bad, but I still haven’t really formed an overall opinion I need a few more listens over time. I will say this outside the vocals the song itself has a bunch of stuff going on that I’m not sure needed to be there. But it does seem a little different than his usual stuff, should be interesting to hear all his new stuff.

  • MissMyEm

    I like Chris Daughtry as a person, but I just never cared for his voice and this song doesn’t make me a fan, especially the verse where I actually winced from his yelling (which always was why I never got into him during S5). However, that being said, since music is so subjective, perhaps the public will like it and I actually hope they do because he seems like a nice and really gracious guy who has been very supportive to many other Idols.

  • dante

    Had to listen a few times but it is growing on me. I love Daughtry’s voice and have several of his songs. Wasn’t a fan during Idol and don’t like to watch him strain his neck while performing. Makes me a weird kinda fan?

    LOL!!!
    Went to iTunes to buy Lay Me Down and ended up buying this song too.

  • breakdown

    I think this is a modernized version of the Daughtry sound and fits in well with today’s music. I love Chris’ voice so this doesn’t disappoint me.

  • carola99

    LOVE the song! Good for Chris. I think it was smart to expand his sound and spice things up. I hear a big hit with this song.
    Powerful melody and great lyrics!

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    I want whatever the A&R person for this song was drinking. It’s the most utterly cynically constructed song I’ve heard in a while.

    –Daughtry-sounding vocals.

    –Ed Sheeran-style song construction, wandering all winsome and woeful about how a young woman’s life is such an Ed Hopper painting, because that’s a nice, familiar sentiment that has a good track record of selling (plus strong licensing potential for TV series montages, as there are always TV series about young women struggling to find meaning, love, sex, and good shoes in the big city).

    –Trendy EDM backdrop.

    This is the first Daughtry single I’ve ever out-and-out loathed (usually, I find Daughtry innocuous, and I ordinarily am warm and friendly toward EDM), but damn — it’s locked and loaded for the current radio market, with the potential sync rights bonus.

  • Sassycatz

    I always get the impression Daughtry listens to what’s on the radio and the top of the charts and writes a song that kind of copies that. He’ll never introduce a sound of his own or innovate or “break ground,” but clearly fitting in works for him.

  • elliegrll

    That hasn’t been my impression of Daughtry. I do think that like any good writer he knows what is current, and how people will perceive a song. I think that’s why people take him seriously as a writer, and why he’s gotten so many writing opportunities.

    Like some idol alums, he’s not going to write a song that would have been a better fit 20 or 40 years ago, or that a current audience can’t relate to.

  • justmefornow

    LOL. I don’t hate it as much as you. I see it more as a guy with a stale sound trying to stay signed and feed his family ;)

    Look, Daughtry has never been known as a leader, pretty much just a follower, ever since launching as “Nickleback-light” so this doesn’t surprise me that much. That being said, it sounds to me pretty much like his old stuff with an added modern beat and effects.
    Whatever.
    Regardless, good luck with it Chris.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Chris’ voice sounds like it always has, but the background instrumentals and production are different than his previous sound.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Hey, I never said I was morally opposed to cynicism! As long as the artist’s on board for it, that’s fine.

    A big part of effective A&R is to see that the music is something that’ll get wide enough distribution to pay the bills. The A&R strategy here is highly defensible, and I expect we’ll see a lot of “well, put it over some EDM!” coming down the pike from other musicians whose prior sound doesn’t get radio traction these days.

    My dislike of the song isn’t based on “oh, Daughtry’s not being authentic!” but on “I just about expired from boredom and annoyance halfway through the chorus, at least I hope that was the chorus because otherwise this song is never getting anywhere.”

    [ETA: As a counter-example that highly calculated A&R alone won’t repulse me, Matchbox Twenty’s last couple singles were totally “we will do whatever it takes to get radio play” pieces, and I ended up really liking them as fun songs.]

  • justmefornow

    Confession: I couldn’t get all the way through it either and stopped about 3/4 of the way. Yeah a little boring, I’ll agree.
    The best I can say about it is it makes me even more curious now about the sound of James’ upcoming “psychedelic alternative pop rock” single.

    – Excited and nervous at the same time, lol.

  • Sassycatz

    How is that different? He listens to what’s current and just writes what fits into that range of sound and that’s what corporate music wants too, so….

  • Nevermind

    The sound is familiar enough to appeal to most of his existing fanbase I think. But even with the added electronica and autotune he still sounds stale. The song itself is pretty dull, I can’t see this competing with Imagine Dragons and other similar electro rock bands.

  • Ronnie D

    Wow. I think this might alienate a lot of his fans, especially the hard rock lovers.

  • Ronnie D

    I think he sounds sort of whiny and “emo” here.

  • elliegrll

    I guess I just have a different perspective. I’ve always thought that the thing that set an artist like Micheal Jackson a part from hacks, or those who weren’t good writers is that he was able to keep abreast of what people like and want. He understood the current culture, and crafted songs that fit, and that people in the current market could understand. Daughtry is not a hack, what he is is a student of his audience and music in general.

    I don’t see any merit in making songs that people don’t understand or that they can’t relate to. I also don’t see how someone can be labeled as a good writer, if they write songs that would have been a better fit for those living in the 1950s and not those living in 2013. I roll my eyes when people say that some great act from 40 years ago wouldn’t get airplay today. Of course they wouldn’t get airplay with the songs that they were releasing back then, but they wouldn’t have gotten airplay 60 years ago, either. I would think that the intelligent writers of the 1960’s would craft songs that fit the current market just like they did back then. IMO, that’s what makes them good writers.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    You may be right. I really don’t pay much attention to Daughtry, but to me, his vocals sound very similar to before – kind of angsty and overwrought. lol

  • elliegrll

    Daughtry’s songs have always been more Hot AC, but not hard rock.

  • Nevermind

    Michael Jackson was an innovator. He was groundbreaking, he brought new things to the table. I never saw any of that from Daughtry.

  • Nevermind

    Daughtry is not and has never been hard rock.

  • Nevermind

    RCA wants airplay of course, especially since he bombed at radio with his last album. But this song is safe, it’s not what I’d consider a “come back with a bang” kinda tune. Basically he’s gone from Nickleback lite to Imagine Dragons lite.

  • H.A.

    I’m a Daughtry fan but current with his music he is not. He hasn’t changed his sound like ever and that’s OK. He has an audience that likes his sound but since he hasn’t had a radio hit in years I would think radio agrees. It’s not like the guy hasn’t had quite a few radio hits in the past for radio not to ignore but they have. Right now he is still coasting on his existing fanbase which is still decent for someone who hasn’t had a hit in almost 4yrs.

  • HermeticallySealed

    LoL at even remotely trying to connect Michael and Daughtry’s methods. One took current fads and pushed them slightly further to stand out, the other copies to blend in.

  • curlyenta

    It sounds like a piece of crap and a piece of crap is the same no matter when it’s released, whether it’s now or 20 or 40 years ago. Daughtry has never been original.

  • curlyenta

    I agree. Daughtry is the king of copycat.

  • justmefornow

    Exactly. Or competing with other modern rock bands with current sounds more in the “psychedelic rock” vein like Arctic Monkeys.
    (Could this be more of the direction James’ is aiming for? Hmm…)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpOSxM0rNPM

  • Nevermind

    This pretty much. With this song I can hear an attempt to update his sound but he still sounds dated. I dunno how to explain it.

    He needed to change direction for the purpose of airplay but this is feels like a half-hearted attempt, so it falls short.

  • Nevermind

    I’d be happy with that, they’re a good band. As is MGMT.

  • justmefornow

    I agree. Even if some songs are a little poppier for HAC radio play, I’d be ok with that.

  • Eileen99

    I like it. Daughtry needed an updated sound, and I think this brings it. I have the first two albums but didn’t buy the last one. I hope this song is a good representation of the new album & if so, I’ll likely buy it.

    I’ve never been a *huge* fan of his voice, but his band helps me with that. Happy to see him change up the production, though, his sound was very dated on the last album, I thought.

  • JoeDaniels1

    Says the Taylor Hicks fan.

  • JoeDaniels1

    Daughtry’s new song is outstanding, it’s on par with his other singles that have been released before. Can’t wait for Baptized. November 19th.

  • JoeDaniels1

    When is Taylor Hicks bringing out anymore music? Has he found a record deal that will hold onto him or do they all drop him at the drop of a hat?

  • JoeDaniels1

    It’s very risky to bring out your own sound. Look at Lambert, he was dropped for having his own sound. What works on the radio sells. :)

  • Aaron

    Per Daughtry’s twitter feed “Chris Daughtry ?@CHRIS_Daughtry

    20m

    In light of our new musical direction, it feels like a “rebirth” of our band in many ways. Therefore the new album is officially titled…BAPTIZED”

    So…does this mean Daughtry is now more a Pop/Rock act and less Hot AC? Furthermore, what will the whole album sound like… Now I am interested.

  • H.A.

    Radio hasn’t been buying what Daughtry has been selling though. We’ll see with this song.

  • Nevermind

    Judging by this song he’s still HAC to me.

  • jpfan2

    Who knows what radio will or won’t play these days. I know Chris started as a Christian artist so Baptized seems like a return to that.

    I think he’s a talented guy and hope this works out for him. This will be his 4th album with the same label so that alone is quite an accomplishment (especially for an Idol contestant).

  • iani

    I guess I can say after a first impression it’s not to bad, but I still haven’t really formed an overall opinion

    Same my impression, the song is not bad but to me there are some conflicted musical sounds: while I like the background one, his interpretation/ high vocals and corporate style over more delicate, indie, punky backing support is fit “like a fly in a glass of milk”. Just wish him and his band all the best with the new musical direction, I like the single’s artwork and the album’s title.

  • breakdown

    Christian artist? Hardly. He just writes clean lyrics.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    Comparing 99% of artists to Michael Jackson is blatantly unfair. No one–NO ONE–from Idol will ever come close to that.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    There is a market for that.

  • Nevermind

    LOL well I’m not the one who made the comparison.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    MGMT has had exactly one good song. I’m convinced it was an accident.

  • Nevermind

    I’ve heard all their albums and I disagree. But each to their own.

  • Liteasy

    He copies what’s popular just like he did with Nickleback. This song is nothing new – same type of song copying what’s out there.

  • girlygirl

    I think Daughtry considered itself a rock band, not a HAC act. Now, judging from this single, they seem to be trying to go in a much more pop/EDM/direction, but with rock elements.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    But the use of Baptized as an album title didn’t randomly happen. It does seem like he may be setting the foundation for that transition. It wouldn’t surprise me, the song has inspirational tones to it. Not saying it will be played on CAC, but that he’s exploring the future possibility.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    If calling MJ an innovator and CD not groundbreaking in the same post isn’t some form of comparison, then LOL indeed. LOL!!!

  • girlygirl

    There are very few true musical innovators these days. Pretty much every artist copies something from other artists, whether those artists are current or not, and then try to add their own personal twist on top of that.

  • Nevermind

    My post is a reply to elliegrll’s post, she made the comparison.

  • jpfan2

    I’m not saying he’s a Christian artist but those were his early roots. The title seems like a return to that in a certain way. But it could have many meanings.

  • jpfan2

    Totally agree. Chris is in the small group of Idols who have done very well with songs they’ve written.
    I think that’s an achievement in itself. Lots of artists I like aren’t considered innovators and I don’t hold that against them.

  • w-oed

    i never been a fan but this song makes me interested to hear the album

  • Craigin

    I don’t think this song could be a Christian radio song. It’s a secular song through and through (that honestly isn’t too different from his past material)… but I see your point. Chris started his singing career as part of a church worship band before AI and his past singles Home and What About Now received significant Christian radio airplay. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a Christian Radio focused single or two (maybe even the title track) to re-expand his fanbase outside the HAC and Bon Jovi listeners. I really like Daughtry but felt that he hasn’t lived up to his debut with his subsequent releases. Hopefully this one brings him back to the forefront.

  • Nevermind

    It’s really hard for an artist to match, let alone top, their breakout album/single, which is what his debut album was. It rarely happens.

  • Jenna

    I actually like the production but the rest of the song is meh. It’s not very catchy and I don’t think his voice sounds as good as it does in their other songs.

  • Nevermind

    Chris Daughtry has been hinting that his latest album with Daughtry will be out soon, and now, he’s ready talk specifics. Daughtry’s new album, “Baptized,” is set to arrive Nov. 19, and the album’s debut single, “Waiting for Superman,” is already available via all the usual online retailers.

    “We’re excited to unveil our new musical direction,” Daughtry said regarding the upcoming album in a release. “We wanted to remain true to our roots but at the same time felt the need to push ourselves creatively more than ever. ‘Waiting for Superman’ is a perfect example of the overall theme to the new album.”

    “Waiting for Superman” is co-written by Sam Hollander and Martin Johnson, the same folks behind Karmin’s “Acapella.” Daughtry has often stated that he’s a big fan of comic books and superhero characters, so it makes sense that Superman somehow made it into his latest single.

    http://audioinkradio.com/2013/09/daughtry-release-new-album-baptism-november/

  • elliegrll

    I’m not comparing him or anyone else to MJ. My point is that a good writer studies the current culture, and writes songs that those in the present culture can relate to. Michael was accused of trying to provide music for the least common denominator, but there is nothing wrong with studying music, realizing how a current audience will respond to certain arrangements, or studying current popular culture.

  • elliegrll

    I doubt that he would have built the audience that he has if he just copied other people. Hacks don’t tend to sell 6 million albums, or hold on to as many fans as he’s held on to.

  • elliegrll

    That’s not exactly what happened.

  • Nevermind

    Well he didn’t study the culture for his last album. As for his writing: he used to be able to craft catchy hooks but I wouldn’t put him up there with the best.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    I was reading your comment when I wrote my statement.

  • wayne strong

    I like it.

  • DragonFly

    Very much like his voice in this. Many Idols dream about the airplay he’s gotten up to now. I take from others that an A&R man goes out & finds what sound is popular & a label takes it from there (not much an artist has to say about moves these days that I’m seeing).

    M. Jackson–The power for artists to be innovative comes eventually when “money talks” & they’re allowed to make a difference. Even big names had their “not so great” songs that got pulled quickly due to lack of interest.

  • bestmusic

    I like it. It will get radio play.

  • jujubee22

    I like it. Downloaded it. Not gonna analyze it lol

  • Jason Gorny

    I agree! He, Kelly, Fantasia and Jordin are the only Idol acts left.

  • heartly

    I have to remember that there’s more to Daughtry than just Chris. When I read that he says they’re going in a new musical direction and then hear this song, I find myself thinking that Chris sounds just like Chris does on everything. Then I have to go back to the first thing I mentioned, the music does sound different and Daughtry isn’t solely Chris, so he wasn’t blowing smoke with what he says. It’s one of those mental roadblocks I have with this band.

  • Madilo

    november 19th :)

  • Madilo

    Yes !

  • Craigin

    Unfortunate but true…. but it can happen!

  • elliegrll

    Daughtry’s songs weren’t pushed to CAC. The songs received airplay on that format, because they were popular on pop and Hot AC, and the CAC program directors wanted to benefit from that. They played the songs to attract younger listeners to their stations.

  • Craigin

    You are correct. They do that with Lifehouse all the time! Even Jordin Sparks’ “One Step at a Time” got some radio spins on CAC

  • Happyhexer

    Not a huge Daughtry fan. I have one album and was a bit disappointed that all the songs sounded alike, but it did grow on me. I kinda like this song. It sounds fresh and peppy, but the chorus is the same old Daughtry. That’s the part I’m not as fond of. Why is is so hard for Daughtry’s songs to sound different from each other?

  • breakdown

    Trust me, Chris is not becoming a Christian artist. Baptized just refers to a new sound.

  • Liteasy

    His last album has sold approximately 500,000 albums – not even one million,

  • Not fit to print

    This is a nice easy-listening song – I wouldn’t buy it but it wouldn’t make me switch radio stations on the way home from work either. Maybe it will work.

    Radio is what it is. A new cd needs a radio-friendly single to succeed. It’s hard to survive in the music business without making some concessions.
    We’ll have to wait and see if the cd contains some interesting choices and new directions. In the meantime, good luck to Chris.

  • elliegrll

    Considering the number of albums that sold Platinum last year, that’s impressive. Less than 160 of the albums that were released last year sold 500,000 copies or more.

  • springboard2

    But considering his existing fanbase, it’s not. They have been on a downwards trend with singles and albums.
    They may stabilize with the new one though and it would be good, so we’ll see.

  • Alane Leibner

    Hmmm… I can’t think of one artist today who is groundbreaking… I listen to a top 40 station and I think you could probably fit every song played into one of several “sounds”. Trends come and go… in everything, and that’s how it is. I am a Daughtry fan, and love this new song… it may not be anything “new” or innovative… but name one song that gets lots of radio play that is.

  • Alane Leibner

    Me either!!!!!!

  • zme1004

    I think it’s a different style then all the other songs but I like it!