New Music Tuesday: Michael Johns, Taylor Hicks, Jermaine Paul

Michael Johns Love and Sex EP

Season 7 Idol, Michael Johns has a new 3 song EP, Love and Sex EP, is available for download now. You can listen to the tunes and purchase via this handy widget!  My favorite is “Cry, Cry, Cry.”

Join Michael’s mailing list and you can download a free demo track, “Tail Lights.”

Taylor Hicks Featured On Jimmy Fallon’s “Blow Your Pants Off

Taylor Hicks is featured on Jimmy Fallon’s new CD, Blow Your Pants Off, a compilation of the show’s best musical parodies.  Taylor was part of the super-hilarious performance of “Friday” with Steven Colbert, and assorted other loonies.  Also, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Justin Timberlake and more have tracks on the album so check it out.

Jermaine Paul – Butterfly Kisses – New Single

If sentimental daughter/daddy ballads are your thing, then you are in luck. The Voice winner, Jermaine Paul released a new single, ahead of Father’s Day called “Butterfly Kisses.”  It’s not my thing, exactly, so I’ll leave it at that.

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  • jersey

    Thanks, MJ. Pentatonix has a new EP that is also available today for pre-order, in case you want to add a link for that.

  • Landon Cox

    MJ lurves Pentatonix, surprised they aren’t up there

  • jersey

    To be fair to MJ, Pentatonix literally JUST posted on Facebook that it was available.

  • Brittany Keener

    lol. “Butterfly Kisses” is not even an original song. It’s a cover. 

  • Anonymous

    That “Friday” parody with Taylor Hicks, The Roots, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon is never not Hilarious!!!  One line is even overdubbed on the CD, so this is definitely a unique version! Taylor and his harmonica get ample time on the tune! Funny as all hell :)

  • Leandro

    Seriosuly that Jermaine Paul first single will be a cover? they’re already throwing him under the bus.

  • Gwen

    Jermaine Paul.  Why’d he cover that Bob Carlisle song, unless it’s because it was a huge country crossover?

  • Anonymous

    Michael Johns seems to be taking David Cook lessons. He sounds like him in the beginning of that song. Unfortunately his voice falters after that. :(

  • Leandro

    Maybe it will works like I will Always Love You by Dolly Parton worked for Whitney Houston. Who knows? lol

  • Anonymous

    Not only is it a cover, but that is one of the cheesiest songs ever written.  Seriously.  I cannot imagine how anyone would agree to cover that!

  • Leandro

    Maybe he changed a lot. I’d like to hear the entire version. Anyone has a link?

  • Anonymous

    Pentatonix snippets are up on iTunes!

    not going to put link here though 

  • Shana Collier

    With the 133 American Idol finalists we’ve had, I tend to forget just how sexy Michael Johns is :)

  • Loretta

    The wheels on the bus go round and round poor Jermaine.  Not even willing to put out an original recording? 

    MJ is alright.  Much prefer David’s voice, range etc.

    Taylor is a hoot.  I have always liked when he played his harp.

  • Trina

    Two weeks ago Jermaine tweeted he was filming a music video for his first single and the name was NOT Butterfly Kisses, but he did say he was releasing a special Fathers Day song which I’m assuming this is it.

  • judes

    Thank you MJ for posting Michael Johns [another MJ] new songs. I also really like Cry Cry Cry. I have had these songs on repeat since I bought them yesterday. This is such a great idea for fans from all over the world who can purchase these straight away . [I have been paid a lot of extra money purchasing from Amazon as many idols music has not been available here in Australia] More idols who aren’t on a major label should do this .

  • David I-Chen Lin

    There’s no way that Jermaine Paul will make it.. I’m still not over the fact that out of the four top 4 contestants he was the one that took the title.. sorry to say but it’s just a fact

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely loving Michael Johns’ new stuff! I’ve followed him since he was on Idol and I really liked his first album. As soon as the songs were made available I was all over them! 

  • Leandro

    On the other hand , Juliet has tweeted she’s composing songs with many famous songwriters and producers, especially Toby Gad, who writes for everyone famous  and John Shanks, grammy winner, 6 times nominee. who has impressive 44 no.1 hits. I think they’re more trying to get her as the “star” from The Voice.

  • ZsusK

    Michael John’s “Taillights” has a very strong Springsteen vibe to it!  I like it… a lot. 

  • Anonymous

    that is what I thought.  I can’t stand the original. Way to ewy gooey.  Won’t even bother listening to the remake. 

  • Steph

    That Jermaine Paul song is absolutely awful. The Voice can’t produce a star.

  • Anonymous

    YES! “tailights” sounds like it should be on Bruce’s “The River” album

  • judes

    Actually the acoustic song Tailights is a lot like Michael’s sound when he was in the band The Rising -way before he was on Idol!

  • Incipit

    judes, I’ll have to check that out then, I liked that sound, even bought a track (“Cradle”) from their last record…but Michael’s post Idol album I didn’t like at all…I wanted to, but not. It had a 70’s feel, or something – just not what I was hoping for. (I blamed it on David Foster. Heh) If this sounds different, more like The Rising did, I may be a customer…

  • judes

    Incipit I really like Cradle as well. I hope you like the songs ? These to me do have a different feel than on his other album.I really love the songs. I’m also really happy because they just became available on Aussie i-Tunes & in various other countries including Japan! So along with what MJ posted above you can now buy the EP on i-Tunes !! [Bands Under the Radar made this possible] If only some of the other idols would make their music available elsewhere.

  • BigNLiddle

    I think Michael Johns’ just tried too hard on his debut album. I wanted to love it and listen to it constantly, but it never happened. I think there were two or three songs that I actually listened to. But his stuff that he sang with The Rising? Love it. Dunno if it’d actually do well on the market, but it’s definitely yummy to my ears.

    Oh, and Jimmy Fallon’s CD? Love it. Love him. He’s awesome. :)