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During a press conference in Manila, Jessica Sanchez, dropped a few details about her upcoming album.  The American Idol runner-up is in the Philippines to perform a Valentines Day concert on Wednesday, with special guest, fellow season 11 alum, Colton Dixon. Read on for more!

The singer said to look out for a track called “Definitely,” which she plans to perform when she returns to American Idol this season. Could the tune be the first single off of her debut album? She told reporters gathered at a press conference on Monday to expect the first single in February with the album–which she has finished recording–to be released in May.

Jessica’s debut album will feature collaborations with songwriter/producer Harvey Mason Jr. (Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, and Jennifer Hudson), artists Ne-Yo and Mary J. Blige, and Toby Gad (Beyoncé, Fergie, Alicia Keys, and Kelly Clarkson).

On her album, which will have a “youthful” vibe, Jessica says, “It’s weird to sing about things that I’ve never experienced in my life. Here in the new album which is already finished, I get to be more myself. The album will be more radio-friendly and will be youthful.”

“It will show the more fun, more pop side of me. While there are a couple of ballads, it’s mostly all about music you can move and dance to,” she added.

Jessica is also looking forward to her guest starring role on Glee. “I never acted before, but I’m sure it will be a fun experience. And I’m really looking forward to it,” she said.

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  • ST7

    Hope it’s great. Looking for her to be a huge star

  • jdanton2

    A duet with Ne Yo and now Mary j Blige sounds great . so excited to hear it all. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.williams.391 Jenny Williams

    Yeah, the Mary J Blige duet really got me excited. If they plan on releasing both of these as singles, this will definitely help her build a Radio presence both on Top 40 Radio and Rhythmic. I’m positive Interscope know what they’re doing with her and I wish her the very best. Amazing Talent.

  • http://twitter.com/jepriy Jepoy Ramos

    Check out her interview

    http://youtu.be/MixF2gMc-e4

  • tati83

    OMG duet with Mary J Blige??? That’s so exciting!!!!!! I know throughout the season last year, Mary was a big fan of Joshua! Glad that she agreed to work with Jessica. So exciting!!!

  • ali_359921

     I agree … She is still young and it would be really a smart move if her management took your point into consideration .. I hope they do ..

  • ali_359921

    So happy 4 her .. Can NOT wait 4 the album .. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Jessica’s people aren’t playing around are they? I can ‘t wait to hear her album. I have a feeling in the long run Jessica will be the one with the longevity.

  • Miz

    Glad to hear she’s going to be doing youthful music. I’m looking forward to hearing it.

  • potatorocks

    Mary j Blige doesn’t say youthful to me.  Do young people know who she is?

  • ali_359921

     Ne-yo seems like one … I think her album will have songs that will atract older, younger audiences ..

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    In R&B absolutely, I don’t know about pop though. I doesn’t really matter anyway unless it gets released as a single.

    Honestly if this girl can just get one high profile hit out of this I will consider this era successful. She needs to buy some time so she gets a bit more wiggle room to grow into herself, methinks.

  • girlygirltoo

    Mary J. Blige doesn’t really get played on Top 40 or Rhythmic stations anymore. She is pretty much an Urban/Urban AC artist these days. The Ne-Yo collab is more likely to get Jessica some play in CHR and CHR/Rhythmic formats

  • potatorocks

    Jessica has two different markets to satisfy–the USA and the Phillipines—so it may be an eclectic record.   I  am interested in hearing what they have put together.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Me too. This will be tricky to pull off but it’s possible. Should be interesting.

  • Tommyo2000

    Interested to see what’s on the album  … and very happy for her … it seems like this has taken forever …  I wonder if anything off the album is going to be done at her concert this week …

  • Anny_nanny

    Can someone explain to me why album already recorded in the beginning of February will be released in May? Is it technical or marketing requirement? Is it normal that the single will be released for the three months before the album or should we release the second single before the album?
    I don’t know. This may have something to do with Glee, but I did not hear specific dates. Has anyone information? And what Jessica says about the promotion of singles? I only know about the concert in Manila, I want to hear plan for the USA. Will the video be? And what is known about the first sing, it will be a duet or solo?

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Can someone explain to me why album already recorded in the beginning of February will be released in May? Is it technical or marketing requirement?

    The release date is tied to when there’ll be maximum promo for Sanchez — the Glee appearance, her Idol appearance, and at least one single peaking or having peaked. All those things together should — ideally — build to create more news value, so more promo.

    Is it normal that the single will be released for the three months before the album or should we release the second single before the album?

    The norm used to be to release the single 6-8 weeks before the album drop, but we’ve been seeing singles build more slowly than that, for new artists. A longer lag time is a lower-risk strategy: either the single peaks (having moved slowly) at album release time a couple months out, or there’s time to release a second single if the first one either peaks fast (yay!) or flops (boo!).

  • Anny_nanny

    Is it means that Jessica will receive two performances at AI this year? Or the first single will not be a presentation during AI and Jessica will perform on the show only in May?
    I’m no prophet, but if Jessica plans to have the bonuses from the AI in May, 12S should be quite boring.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Is it means that Jessica will receive two performances at AI this year? Or the first single will not be a presentation during AI and Jessica will perform on the show only in May?

    I’m assuming one performance on Idol for Sanchez, some time between the date of the lead single drop and the album drop. If she debuts the single on Idol, then the Idol appearance won’t be the week of the album drop, but will be much earlier. If she doesn’t debut the single on Idol, then I’d expect her appearance to be closer to the album drop.

    Either way, this rolls up into a full promo campaign when it’s combined with other activities. An Idol appearance for an Idol alumnus, performing a single that isn’t yet getting radio play, sells maybe 35,000 copies at most, with 20,000 closer to the median (and that includes sales to ardent fans who didn’t need the Idol appearance to buy). [Effects used to be bigger, this is from S10 & S11.] It’s a good platform for saying “Hey look! New single!” but it’s not the only platform, and ultimately, radio play is going to matter more to Sanchez’s success.

  • Anny_nanny

    I know about radio play, so I hope she will be back in the United States before the release of the single and I want to hear that she had received a radio tour.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TBRH25QFXTK5JOPE4HX7FBI5PE J

    There was no mention of a colab with Mary J. Blige before now so I assume that is just a typo. I think they just meant the two share common producers.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    She is going in the absolute right direction for commercial success. I can’t wait!

  • http://twitter.com/Reggie31307 Reginald

    Have high hopes for Jessica’s future. She’s young and commercial, seems to be working with impressive names(artists/producers), have a stint on Glee. All signs point to a proper debuting. Kudos to her team! Can’t wait for everything to fall into place for her. She deserves it! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2K6LL4WPUTAY6TKG2VG3SYFA5M Erlinda

    Oh Wow! I love Jessica. She is so much fun to watch in that interview. Can’t wait for her album.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D3M7HMQJO6FR7KB2XKVQK7EJHY ShannonM

    Found myself smiling so big throughout her interview that my face began to hurt!!!   I find her delightful and have high hopes for her development and continuing success in reaching her dreams!

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    This is great news for Jessica!  She deserves much success with her concert and album!

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I’m really, really, REEEEALLY looking forward to hearing her single!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4JTC7ZSC6SK5SGV5NZMCHB5BHQ Cherry

    Me too!!