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Yesterday, via twitter, James Durbin announced the release of his next single, “Parachute.”

The American Idol season 10 alum is set to release the new song on November 22.

“THE RECORD IS FINISHED!” James tweeted a few days ago about his forthcoming album for Windup Records.

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  • justmefornow
  • justmefornow

    Really interesting new James news!!!!
    Some highlights:
    …….James is also confirmed to attend the American Music Awards Red Carpet pre-show where he will make a special appearance to debut an exclusive video clip featuring “Parachute” and reveal details about his April 8, 2014 CD release in the 5:00 p.m. EDT/2:00 p.m. PST hour. Fans can log on at Durbinrock.com, AMAS.com, ABC.com, Cocacola.com and Yahoo.com to watch it live……..

    http://www.zoiksonline.com/2013/11/james-durbin-set-to-unleash-first-new.html

  • roarpen

    Yeah – we’ve been waiting a long time. And we have absolutely no idea what to expect!

  • roarpen

    Hmmm….does that mean the video will be completed by then?

  • Diablo

    What is the music supposed to be like? Because the cover art looks country. Did James completely give up on metal?

  • roarpen

    Interesting…I think this confirms the fact that his sound is going in a new direction:
    “Parachute” showcases new territory for James leaning more on sing-a-long choruses with crisp pop-rock hooks while still letting his powerful and energetic voice shine.”

  • roarpen

    That is what it is sounding like. He wrote 25 songs with James Michael (SixxAM) in the fall and then they were mostly scrapped and he started all over again last winter. Since WindUp is getting out of old style rock and metal and moving towards indie rock my guess is that they wanted his music to move in that direction too. Re the flannel – lol he’s not country but it looks like it. I will post his note that he emailed to fans about the shirt he wore. Apparently many people were thinking the same thing.

  • Diablo

    I’m a bit disappointed because the song I liked best from his first album was Higher Than Heaven which was quite metal. Most Idols come into their own music-wise with their second albums so I was hoping he’d stick to his guns and produce metal. In any case, indie rock could be a great thing, it’ll be interesting to hear the end result.

  • justmefornow

    I doubt it. That award show is on 11/24, not enough time
    to film a music video, I would think. But 2 days after the song is available on itunes, so it may help with sales at least:)

    Maybe Parachute is being used in some other way in some promo capacity? That story said an exclusive video clip featuring Parachute, not his music video clip. Maybe this is where the mysterious NBC meeting comes into play perhaps?

  • justmefornow

    I like that Wind-up, even if they were behind the “push” for the new sound, at least let him write his own songs this time. 10 out of 11 songs is pretty good, IMO.

  • roarpen

    I really love HTH too and it is also my favorite on his last album. I guess we will just have to wait and see what this album brings. But I doubt its very metal or heavy rock. But who knows?

  • roarpen

    except for the AMAs are on ABC : ) I’m happy we have news, real news, like actual release dates for the single and the album.

  • justmefornow

    LOL. You’re right.
    So maybe the “great meeting at NBC” news is one of the other several “high profile appearances” they mentioned in the story.

    Now we need some real band news too. And tour news would be nice as well.

  • girlygirl

    From the way this is worded, it sounds like the clip will be shown online, but not on ABC on tv?

  • girlygirl
  • roarpen

    Rock

  • girlygirl

    Ah ok, thanks.

    It says at the end of the release that Parachute will be sent to Top 40 radio at the same time as HAC, which is interesting.

  • justmefornow

    Active Rock to be exact. The station I listen to Octane really played it a lot. I know, go figure, it was just a stadium song. I always wondered how well HTH or Outcast would have done instead.

  • roarpen

    The publicity releases for Love Me Bad said the same thing but it was 90% HAC. I think there are a handful of top 40 stations in name that function more like HAC, and those would be the top 40 stations targeted. Just a guess, but based on the last release.

  • justmefornow

    Yeah maybe, because what network carries the pre-show at 5:00 pm, that seems early to start coverage, right? That’s what I think as well.

    I’m more curious about what video the song is featured in, since he won’t have filmed his music video for it yet.
    Hmmm..

  • thirdtime

    Yippee…new music finally!

  • roarpen

    I’m trying to marry these two clips to no avail – lol!

    http://instagram.com/p/ekqtl5Lyaq/

  • justmefornow

    Yeah it’s hard without the music.
    Being that James is just like a big kid waiting for Christmas morning with this song, lol, I bet he releases another snippet soon.

  • justmefornow

    James changed his cover photo for Facebook. Now they really need to update his website soon.

  • SaSa8

    Happy for James and his fans. Hope the single does well. He does look quite different in that picture. He looks good but just not what I would have expected as compared to the rocker image I had envisioned.

  • Liteasy

    If James isn’t having an album with any metal, it seems as though he’s become a puppet and doing what the record company wants. How will his fans like this? This will be a complete turnaround for what they expected.

  • Incipit

    There’s always a lot of window dressing – IDC about plaid shirts and what looks like a bull rider’s cattle chute – and IDK what the Label is trying to pull – I just want to hear the music, and usually, whatever single the Label picks is too safe entirely – so when they get around to the important part, the rest of the music, I will pay attention.

  • justmefornow

    Well, speaking as one of his harder rock fans, I’m waiting to actually hear the whole album and all the new stuff before rendering a final opinion.
    If it turns out to be poppier than some of his harder rock fans like I guess he lose them. But maybe he’ll gain more fans with this direction, who knows? It’s a gamble for him and the label I guess.

    But even Daughtry, as established as he is, was “pushed” to update his sound this era by RCA. James has a lot less control at his label I would believe than Daughtry, lol.

    With Windup changing their business model now away from their older harder rock acts towards newer, younger Alt/Indie acts they are at least attempting to survive and be pro-active in an ever increasingly more difficult music buying climate.
    They are a business after all, not a charity.

  • justmefornow

    Nice to see the Rock Blog Hennemusic post the story :)

    hennemusic ?@hennemusic
    #rock @DurbinRock #rocknews #music #news James Durbin announces new single – NOW at hennemusic http://bit.ly/1fihXAA

  • Porfivor Nixon

    Hmmm… I don’t know, sounds like the PR for David Cook’s last album

  • DragonFly

    FACTS—-DATES—great news! There have been tweets betw him & his video guy-to-go-to but no claims anything re. a music video has been started. Sounds like a lyric video is in the works also.
    And yeah, what damage an innocent plaid flannel shirt can do? There’s been a flood of “likes” for him re. news of dates for new music coming out–glad for him!.

  • roarpen

    If I had to guess, I would say the single will be the poppiest song on the record. That is just based upon watching what songs labels tend to pick for their artists. Nothing I’ve heard about it so far sounds like heavy rock. I think WindUp has moved on past that “heritage” sound as they put it, into indie sounding artists. So, I guess James could play in the sandbox or choose a different path. I am interested to hear it. I really have no idea what it will be like.

  • Porfivor Nixon

    Well this is interesting, he’s a good singer, I look forward to hearing his new stuff. As long as it’s good, I don’t care if it’s not metal or hard rock- I just like good songs. I don’t know about his audience though who might not like a change in genre, he better make sure it’s worth the risk-

  • justmefornow

    LOL at the (Heidi’s) flannel shirt controversy. At least it seems people still care and are paying attention :)

  • justmefornow

    Maybe he will be on the pre-show broadcast?….

    Life of a Rockstar™ ?@LOAR_Music
    .@DurbinRock fans will be excited to see the pop star on @TheAMAs and hear his new song #Parachute out Nov 22
    http://lifeofarockstar.com/new_music/files/james_durbin_set_to_unleash_first_new_music_in_2_years_on_friday_november_22_with_premiere_single_parachute.php

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Naaah. Cook was “big anthemic choruses.” Singing along was not strictly required. It was the song solicitation for P2′s debut album (the ad disavowed as being for P2) that wanted “big, sing-a-long choruses.”

    At worst, it’s meant as a generic “OMGYES we are trying to be radio-friendly!” description. What matters is not whether it’s been said similarly before, but whether in this case, the song delivers results. Since the A&R, songwriting, and production teams are completely different from Cook’s, there’s no reason to believe the music is particularly similar.

  • DragonFly

    Again, James HAS fans of all sorts & the article promises showcasing his strong voice on songs–I’ll take that.. He’ll get comments both directions as he did w/album #1—-not metal enough & do more songs like “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”. Following comments all over people DO like all diff sounds from him.
    Like your last comments. True enough. .

  • DragonFly

    A little tease is correct—but it already is an interesting sound for the intro.

  • DragonFly

    With you on that of course & hoping it’s all good.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Wind-Up’s doing the right thing in going balls-to-the-wall for radio without fussing about the hypothetical wishes of Idol fans. Roughly 90% of those fans vanish no matter what the artist and the label do — attempting to please them won’t bring them back because they aren’t paying attention in the first place.

    For the rest, DragonFly‘s right that a rocker’s fan base coming off Idol is not a unified thing of a single opinion. You’ve got people who’ll love any dimension of the artist’s musical vision because his POV resonates for them, you’ve got people who are mostly on board for the personality, you’ve got people who have a strong metal preference or a strong “he was so dreamy with some softer song” preference or a strong “but we liked the Muse cover best” preference. Some of those latter three groups probably like other forms of rock enough to stick around for them, while others have always been good with “whatever form of rock he wants to do.”

    Thing is, with that level of diversity, any definite artistic direction will lose ya some additional fans. The decision that gets the artist a radio hit is the one that has the best chance of making up lost ground.

  • roarpen

    Well said. Although it was exciting to see him make inroads into rock. It is a business, he has a family to support, and most of all, he’s actually quite a diverse singer, so I’m not sad about the no metal sound.

  • roarpen

    I do kind of wonder how Bruce Henne will respond to a poppier sound. The pros are usually very respectful, fans not so much (in general, not necessarily James’ fans).

  • justmefornow

    You got that right. If Blabbermouth picks this story up those idiots that post there will have a field day.

  • justmefornow

    Confirmation from James about Tom Lee’s A&R role in his new sound direction?……

    James Durbin ?@DurbinRock 5m
    @tommyrock If it weren’t for your full encouragement to “go for it”, I wouldn’t have been able to make such a special record I love. Thank u

  • roarpen

    Interesting…

  • girlygirl

    The risk with going the HAC route is that that is a very crowded genre. Pretty much any mainstream artist (and even some indie artists who may not consider themselves mainstream) seems to end up targeting HAC radio as either their primary or secondary format. So the question is, how does James, or any artist who isn’t established on radio, get his music played? Even doing a radio tour is no guarantee of getting your single spun. So it will be interesting to see what sort of plan James’ label and management has to try and get attention for this single.

  • DragonFly

    This is ultimately what the hope is when Idols get signed & we all know there are risks even for some who succeed one yr. & unbelievably have to fear for continued success w/a next release??? It’s ridiculous but real! Labels using whatever they’ve got to get a fave noticed is part of the journey we’re supposed to look forward to & at the same time makes ya’ nervous, particularly in a difficult field to break into (realized). Fans watching, supporting, hoping! Be disappointed if Idols didn’t try.

  • springboard2

    So it will be interesting to see what sort of plan James’ label and management has to try and get attention for this single.

    It has to be the same as for any other not-big-name artist:

    1. Release a real single, I mean a song that stands up amongst current hit singles.
    2. Start with a small format, AAA to Alternative depending on the genre.
    3. Push it to at least #5, #1 is best. Since is has to be a good single, it should be feasible.
    4. then push to a larger format.

    The big #1 has to be: a single with hit potential, and not the usual washy washy that alums usually release.

    Followed by more hit singles…

  • justmefornow

    Tom Lee ?@tommyrock 6h
    @DurbinRock It was an amazing team effort and I’m honored to have been a part of it. Congrats man!

  • justmefornow

    American Idol Net ?@americanidolnet
    American Idol Alum James Durbin Releases New Single “Parachute”: American Idol season 10 a… http://bit.ly/1b8Rd2P #americanidol #idol

    “…For his second album, James is writing all the music himself and going with a heavier metal sound….”

    LOL!

    http://americanidolnet.com/american-idol-alum-james-durbin-releases-new-single-parachute/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AmericanIdolNet+%28American+Idol+2013%29

  • iani

    The risk with going the HAC route is that that is a very crowded genre. Pretty much any mainstream artist (and even some indie artists who may not consider themselves mainstream) seems to end up targeting HAC radio as either their primary or secondary format.

    I think so too, they should try AAA or Alt format if his music would be psychedelic or that route and prepare him for a road to radio and stay longer on those formats even with few spins and introduce him to the AAA, Alt PDs with a decent song. It would be indeed risky for a direct HAC route if the song is not pop enough and considerate at least 1/2-hit for the format’s standard to be played. MGMT psychedelic rock band was nominated for best new artist in 2010 for Grammy, I’m not sure though if they had music on Pop or HAC format back then to get noticed by the industry.

  • roarpen

    LOL – what was that? Editorial license? There might be a little confusion when the album comes out.

  • justmefornow

    I hope someone on his team noticed it too. This news item has since been picked up by 4 other sites. They don’t want that version circulating I would think, lol.

  • Happyhexer

    I am a little disappointed. I liked the hard rock / lite metal of James’ first album. But I’ve heard James sing in a variety of genres, including country (NOT that he’s going there, lol, flannel or no), and I seem to like his voice, no matter what. So I will have to wait and see. I was hoping for a rock renaissance, but apparently that’s not going to happen, or if it is, James won’t be at the forefront.

    Radio still holds a lot of keys, and the record company apparently is doing what it believes (rightly or wrongly) is necessary to get that. James may not be able to do exactly as he pleases — who of us can? — but he isn’t strictly a puppet, either. He now has written songs in two different subgenres, and apparently is ready to put out new music. I’d rather have music than no music, and James (as is true for all artists) needs to be successful enough to keep his label happy.

    If the music is good and radio gets on board, he will find an audience (possibly losing some old fans and hopefully gaining new ones). My main concern is whether radio will accept him. It’s pretty narrow right now, in the sense that radio doesn’t play a large number of artists.

  • Happyhexer

    ^ ^ ^ THAT is what I’m concerned about, not whether James will lose some fans, which is inevitable. He can offset the losses with new fans IF he gets radio play. But as you say, it’s a crowded field.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    It’s a reasonable concern. Ordinarily, I’d feel a lot better about seeing Durbin’s new single launched in a niche format — presumably alt-rock, from the description — and then crossed to HAC and CHR.

    However, that’s in the absence of knowing what the song sounds like or what feedback Wind-Up has gotten from radio PDs in various genres. I think going straight to HAC is definitely a risk… my hope is that the label has done its homework so it’s the smartest of the (necessary) risks available to them.

  • justmefornow

    ….Well, not a sound snippet, but a lyric snippet:

    James Durbin ?@DurbinRock
    I’ve lost all gravity now
    Like walking on the moon
    Feels like I’m floating away
    Without a #PARACHUTE