Allison Iraheta Talks About Single, Reveals Song Titles

Allison Iraheta’s biggest fan, Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly caught up with her by phone to talk about her debut album, set to be released December 1, and her first single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U”.

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She’s happy with the poppy “Friday” but promises there will be more hard-edged stuff on the album:

So let’s talk about ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U.’  It’s got a rock edge to it, but it’s definitely poppy. Was this a strategic move on your part, an attempt to get radio to give you a shot?
That song, the first time I heard it, I loved it. And I was thinking, yeah, it might have a little bit of the pop sound to it, but I don’t mind that at all. I can definitely do harder than this, and I’m gonna. But I thought for a first single, ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U, ‘  we all agreed would be something that would get people’s attention. You’ve got to get in that door. Know what I mean?

What about fans who complained the song doesn’t rock hard enough? What would you say to them?
There’s more to come. And as a first single, I think ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U’  is pretty damn awesome, and a perfect choice. Because [adopts robot voice] In the music business I’m assuming you’re supposed to grab the attention of all audiences so you can get sales and whatnot, blah blah blah. For the album, there’s some harder stuff I’m really excited about, but I’m pretty damn happy with ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U.’ 

She spills some song titles, “Beat Me Up” (not kidding!) was produced by Kevin Rudolph. Explains Allison:

“It’s a pretty rad song. This chick likes being mistreated by her guy. A lot of girls out there, they like that! And it’s kind of sad, but y’know, that’s just the way she is. Not that I’m like that because I’d beat the hell out of whoever the hell mistreats me! I put myself in another girl’s shoes, so it’s a pretty cool song.”

Allison did some writing with David Hodges and others before the tour, and says a song she co-wrote with David Hodges, “You Don’t Know Me” is one of her favorites

  • For more, read the article at Entertainment Weekly HERE.
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49 Comments

  1. Yay for more rock songs..

    and I see what she means by “Beat me up”..basically the girl is being abused by her boyfriend, but I guess still stays with him anyway…seems like really deep stuff on her album.

    She probably has experience with female issues, since she used to volunteer at a Crisis clinic in LA.

    Really Allison’s voice + strong rock ballads= Yes please

  2. She was the chosen one. 19M and 19R had no contractual obligation to sign her or even Adam. She did not make it to the finale and was just 4th in the voting. But she got signed , which shows that her unique voice caught the record company’s attention.
    I think pretty soon there will be a series of promotions for her. I hope this all works out fine. I think her songs will appeal to a wide group not just teens.
    Best of luck to Allison , hers is really an exceptional voice.

  3. I think pretty soon there will be a series of promotions for her.

    Well, she will be doing that Wal-Mart soundtrack( where her performances will be played at WalMart stores), the elle photoshoot, and much more.

    I hope nothing but success for all the idols, especially allison. <3

  4. I’m having trouble liking Allison’s new single. I like the sound. It’s pretty much a poppier version of where indie-rock/ pop were a few years ago. I’m thinking that’s it though.

    It’s like The Hives meets Gossip, sung by Miley Cyrus. It’s odd.

    I really hope they aren’t doing this with the rest of her album. It’s not about it being “harder.” I don’t think that would work for her. She just needs to be more…Allison…and less of what the record company heard at SXSW last year. And by last year, I mean 2008, not this past spring.

    I do want to hear Beat Me Up. Sounds interesting, and she’s got the voice for it.

  5. She tweeted about working with David Bassett yesterday. Bassett worked on Shinedown’s last album, co-writing all the songs that have so far been released as singles, both Rock and AC. This album is sounding better and better with each Allison tweet.

  6. Yes her single is kind of too watered down , for lack of a better description. It sounds like everyone else and does not highlight her unique vocals.
    But I am hoping there are some more songs in her album that would capitalize her strength which is really her voice -raw and rugged rock.

  7. Well, like Allison said. The first single may be too poppy, but it gets her foot in the door.

    It does sound like they are going to have more rock edge songs. And those songs she described sound really intriguing.

  8. I think FIBOU is a good song and more importantly, the right song. It has plenty of vintage Allison all over the song. There’s a couple chorus lines that’s throwing everybody off, but everything else is her thundering tone that it resonates my speakers at the right volume.
    There’s more Allison in this song than Kelly in “Already gone.”

    Not everything is Joplin. I think Joplin was overated, however I can see her energy and passion – I dig that – and not her tone.

  9. I am happy if she is going to start receiving some promotion now.
    I sort of like her single, but am pleased that her album will have more of a rock edge.

  10. It’s good to embrace something new and updated, especially from 17 year old artist who can sing anything she wants.

  11. I really like FIBOU. And can’t wait for Allison’s CD. So much good CD’S to look forward to.

  12. Appears that the album may present a broad spectrum of records and prove a genre bender, even! LOLz. Knowing her potential as an artist, understanding the realities of publishing success, and after hearing a sampling of the album, an adumbration of the production is the best my brain can muster. Time for the real thing!

  13. Cheetara86October 15, 2009 at 4:47 am
    I think pretty soon there will be a series of promotions for her.
    Well, she will be doing that Wal-Mart soundtrack( where her performances will be played at WalMart stores), the elle photoshoot, and much more.

    Cheetara86, do you have a cite to an article on the WalMart soundtrack?

    ETA: Found it @ http://soundcheck.walmart.com/american-idols

  14. I’m looking forward to her album more and more with every bit of information we get. She pretty much explains FIBOU’s poppyness exactly like we do, it’s pop, but the perfect single to get out there. It sounds like there will be more rock songs in the album. I hope “You don’t know me” makes the album because I’d love to hear that song…maybe inspired by Simon Cowell? I remember her using that same phrase in an interview when asked about the way he treated her.

    Beat me up sounds like an interesting song. I’m glad she’s excited about her album.

  15. After reading the article I really appreciated Michael bringing up the “favoritism” quote that she expressed on Popeater. I think the word that Allison was looking for and didn’t say was “Popularity”. And I totally agree with her…AI is not about the singing, it is about people voting for someone who they connect with on a personal level.

  16. Sigh… I really miss Allison. I hope we get to see more of her very soon.

  17. OK, Alli, Adam and Kris fans: the WalMart Soundcheck promo is really good! Bonus, Alli fans: it’s Alli centric, so don’t miss it @ http://soundcheck.walmart.com/american-idols ! From the comments of others, I gather that the full “soundcheck” will loop in-store at WalMarts. That’s gotta be very good. Does anyone know if such things usually have extended clips from records on the albums? I infer perhaps so from Cheetara86’s post above.

  18. Hi Cheetara! Every time I see Allison headlines I think of you and PRMari. Allison is pretty excitement about how things are going, that’s awesome!

  19. I’m so happy to hear that Allison will have songs on her album that will rock harder than FIBOU. I agree that it’s probably a good choice for her first single (my daughter thinks it’s AWESOME) because it’s in line with the current teen/top 40 pop that’s out there. I hope it does great but I can’t wait to hear her rock out! Love that voice, Allison.

  20. Awww I love Allison. I like Friday I’ll Be Over U (Except for the U part) but didn’t get a chance to buy it. I’ll definitely buy it and I think the strategy is a good one to introduce her to a non AI-audience. Not sure about the “beat me up” song, but I’m intrigued which is what every artist probably wants. Go Allie!!! Nothing but wishes of success for you (U)!!!!

  21. dammit, why did she allow them to give her a song like beat me up? she is too young to understand the implications. why on earth only women get to sing songs that encourage violence towards them? ! so angry…

  22. Thank you, rainbowsun. We go from Allison is young and FIBOY is a good song for her age to she should sing about girls liking and thinking they deserve the shit beaten out of them (ok, so I’m a bit OTT but you get the idea). I am so not a pop listener. This may just be why.

    For a truly haunting song on abuse, listen to http://www.last.fm/music/Todd+Snider/_/You+Think+You+Know+Somebody He doesn’t sing the best but his songwriting is the shit. I only hope that Allison’s song can come close. From what she said about it, I don’t hold much hope. Please surprise me, Allison.

  23. Has FIBOU gone back on sale yet? I didn’t have a chance to purchase it when it was up, and I really want to hear it.

  24. Psyched for her album, but not sure about a song called Beat Me Up unless there is some sort of “leave that asshole” message in there.

    Other than that, rock it out, Allie!! Love her!

  25. dammit, why did she allow them to give her a song like beat me up? she is too young to understand the implications. why on earth only women get to sing songs that encourage violence towards them? ! so angry’ ¦

    I think you’re jumping to conclusions without the evidence. I think we should wait until we hear the song and then judge. I doubt Jive and her A&R would approve of a song that encourages violence towards women. Not to mention that she herself does not condone it. It may turn out to be quite the opposite and a good message for young girls to love themselves. Allison herself aknowledges that she’s not that great at explaining things, so don’t take her description of the song as gospel.

    Has FIBOU gone back on sale yet? I didn’t have a chance to purchase it when it was up, and I really want to hear it.

    It goes back to iTunes on October 20.

  26. This chick likes being mistreated by her guy. A lot of girls out there, they like that! And it’s kind of sad, but y’know, that’s just the way she is.

    Something about this really bothers me, i’m going to have to listen to the song before I decide about that one.
    I’m not in love with her first single either but I see why they picked it and it’s not going to put me off buying her CD, I love Alli’s voice, voted my fingers off for her and I can’t wait for the release.

  27. ‘Moan, peeps! There will be a meaningful message in Alli’s song, and we should know it! She has another song she wants on the album, ” You Don’t Know Me”, as in: don’t judge a book by its cover, don’t prejudge, don’t judge a song by its title!!! Really, now.

    All girls and women should be taught about abusive relationships and physical abuse. They should be very knowledgeable about the causes, consequences, and remedies, again from an early age. Alli volunteered for a crisis center. That alone gives her a basis to understand the implications of abuse in a relationship.

  28. I’m gonna reserve judgment on ‘Beat Me Up’. Allison’s explanation of the song does not sound like a positive message, but quotes are often misleading. So I will wait to hear it.

    I am really hoping her sound ends up with more edge than FIBOU. I really think, especially with the ladies of AI, their 1st album is more of a test and Album #2 gets more into who they really are. And in Allison’s case by Album #2 she will have 2 or 3 years more experience.

  29. rainbowsun: dammit, why did she allow them to give her a song like beat me up? she is too young to understand the implications. why on earth only women get to sing songs that encourage violence towards them? ! so angry’ ¦

    Let’s not jump to conclusions that the song encourages violence toward women. Neither you nor I nor anyone else here has any idea what the ultimate message of the song is. We also have no idea how well she understands the implications of, well, anything, because we don’t know what all of her life experiences have been. She may well understand some things much better than most people here — her age doesn’t prevent that possibility. Also, she has done work for Casa Youth Shelter for abused kids, at least to the extent of shooting a public service announcement for it.

    So, I’m hopeful that it is ultimately a powerful anti-violence song. Maybe it isn’t. We just don’t know, so we can’t reach any conclusions about it, other than the fact that she has tackled a painful subject in some way.

    AnninSD: And in Allison’s case by Album #2 she will have 2 or 3 years more experience.

    Oh please god, make it more like 1 or 2 years! I don’t want to wait even 2 years for more Allison music!

  30. David Hodges saw that artilce and tweeted:

    Hodgesmusic @pwopah what a compliment! Allison’s a sweetheart and I hope “you don’t know me” gets heard because it rules.about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific in reply to pwopah

  31. dammit, why did she allow them to give her a song like beat me up? she is too young to understand the implications. why on earth only women get to sing songs that encourage violence towards them? ! so angry’ ¦

    I have to agree in a sense. I mean, I highly doubt it is pro-violence (GOD FORBID), but I would rather a 17-year-old not sing that kind of song. I actually tweeted @EWMichaelSlezak about it, in fact. I know she’s a rocker, but ppl I would rather her sing songs like Barracuda (which I thought suited her perfectly) or Cry Baby (big fan of her take on it, even tho others were not). I guess we’ll have to wait till the album comes out to see how it sounds and what it’s message conveys.

    I think her current single is just awright. It’s too poppy for me, and I like her edgier vocals. While it does get her out into the music scene, I wonder if ppl who really like it and buy it will be surprised or disappointed with the rest of the album? I hope not.

  32. If you don’t think Barracuda and Cry baby are too mature for a 17 year old, I don’t think she’s too young for a song that tackles a serious subject like this one. Her performance of those two songs was very aggressive and sometimes dare I say….sexually charged. So for me, I don’t think she’s too young to tackle the subject of abusive relationships. We also don’t know the exact content of the song and how it deals with it. I think it’s best to just wait and see….or listen.

  33. So looking forward to her album. Yea for her rockin it! Glad I bought the single when i did. She probably would not sing a song she was uncomfortable with.

  34. The common mental, physical, sexual abuse of 17 yo and under girls is rampant. Something like 50% of 16 yo’s have suffered or witnessed it. A 17 yo can address it. The subject of this song’s appropriateness is NOT ripe for discussion as NO ONE has any idea what it’s about. I’ll admit I was presumptuous in saying all was appropriate, but so should those of you have said not so. Let’s drop it until we hear the song, then contribute an informed comment.

  35. I listened to the Idolatry interviews again when I looked at the current interview, and was reminded how much I miss her singing. I hope that the album will showcase that amazing voice.

    I did get to buy her single when it was available, and am enjoying it quite a bit. Hopefully, the album will show the rocker side of Alli more, but the single should be good for radio play.

  36. The subject of this song’s appropriateness is NOT ripe for discussion as NO ONE has any idea what it’s about. I’ll admit I was presumptuous in saying all was appropriate, but so should those of you have said not so. Let’s drop it until we hear the song, then contribute an informed comment.

    C’mon now, we do this to EVERYTHING under the sun! If it weren’t for speculating, we’d have 1/10th of the posts!! That being said, I can’t wait to hear more of Allison’s music. Do we know for sure that “Beat Me Up” will even be on the album? Both Kris and Adam are still recording and it doesn’t seem as if the tracks have been narrowed down yet. I haven’t followed Allison as closely as I have followed Adam, so is she done recording?

  37. “Beat Me Up” was produced with Kevin Rudolf (i believe), so I expect Kevin’s stuff to be on that album.

    Since she is doing soundcheck thing with WalMart and will probably be singing some songs from the album, I really can’t wait to hear her songs live.

  38. Speculation and discussion are one thing, judging/pre-judging is another.

    And those stats on abuse of girls her age are pretty accurate.
    Maybe she will be another S8 idol breaking new ground?

    For some reason the idea of this song made me think of Tracy Chapman. Love her voice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl6yilkU1LI

  39. I don’t think she’s done recording yet. She was still recording just yesterday.

  40. And those stats on abuse of girls her age are pretty accurate.
    Maybe she will be another S8 idol breaking new ground?

    Its definitely an issue that should be brought out into the light.

  41. I already expressed my disappointment about the single. For me it was unlistenable blechy teenybopper pop. I’m thrilled about “more rock.” Can’t wait. Rock on, Allison!

    Oh and I love her humor, with the robot voice.

  42. To begin so as not to appear unbiased. Allison had a very good voice on AI not my favorite performer but quite talented. However the more I saw of her and her personality I began to not care for her at all. She needs a handler, PR help or something. To call a song BEAT ME UP rad, and the girl likes it is concerning. NO GIRL LIKES IT!!!! I”M 18 and I am disturbed by it.

    Not to mention her weird way of talking.

  43. selena – you are biased. We already know that about you. Now please go away.

  44. Not to mention her weird way of talking.

    Weird way of talking?

    To call a song BEAT ME UP rad

    Seeing as how she has all the information about the song and I don’t, so far, I’ll take her word for it and wait until I DO have the information to make and informed decision.

    selena ‘“ you are biased. We already know that about you. Now please go away.

    LOL! :)

  45. Considering how long ago “Hit Me Baby One More Time” came out, I’m finding the arguments over “Beat Me up” pretty funny. This isn’t the worst thing a teenager has sung about in the last decade. At least I believe Allison understands what the song is about…that’s understands the subject, not experienced it.

    Anyone who thinks an average 17 year old, even 14 year old, from a major city doesn’t understand topics like abuse, drugs, pregnancy, or alienation is really deluding themselves. Trying to shelter or protect kids at that age only creates more problems.

    It’s good to embrace something new and updated, especially from 17 year old artist who can sing anything she wants.

    The problem for me, with this single, is that none of it is new. Literally, not a single chord. If I had a couple of hours I could piece together every song that got cribbed in creating “Friday I’ll Be Over You.” It’s kind of astounding really. And these were very popular songs. Most of them charted pretty well in the US, and very well in the UK and Europe. It’s like a franken-single.

    Not that everything isn’t derivative of something, just that this is more “obviously cribbed” than “inspired by.”

    Forget “edgy” or “hard.” I think, to paraphrase Potter Stewart, Allison’s sound will become apparent when we hear it. I just hope we get to hear it.

  46. erinnthered: Anyone who thinks an average 17 year old, even 14 year old, from a major city doesn’t understand topics like abuse, drugs, pregnancy, or alienation is really deluding themselves. Trying to shelter or protect kids at that age only creates more problems.

    Well-said. I get so incredibly tired of “she’s too young for XYZ”.

    The problem for me, with this single, is that none of it is new. Literally, not a single chord. […] Not that everything isn’t derivative of something, just that this is more ‘obviously cribbed’  than ‘inspired by.’ 

    Oh, sure. I think the first word that popped (oops, no pun intended) into my head when I first heard the clip over the phone was “generic”. “Plug and play” also came to me. Great art it ain’t.

    But I daresay that the vast majority of pop is as unoriginal — as cribbed — as this. That doesn’t make this song’s construction any better — just makes it “less worse”, so to speak.

    But despite its genericism, the thing that gets me is that, in the final production, her voice is still in there to be appreciated for those who listen carefully on a good sound system. I’ve said on Allison’s site that I think the song works on two levels — the teeny-boppers can mindlessly bop to it, and those who listen carefully can get a taste of her vocal talent — not enough of a taste, for sure, but it’s there. There are a few elements of the song I really dislike; but her delivery takes the chorus beyond its inherent upbeat nature and makes it beautiful. For me, it just demonstrates again that she seems to be able to vastly improve any song.

  47. Eee, Allison news! Excuse me while I hug this post.

    I was too slow to download her single and only managed to listen to it once, which gave me a big hit of Avril Lavigne and not much else.

    I was sad because much as I enjoy Avril, Allison’s voice is *nothing* like hers, but it also immediately became apparent what the strategy would be — to make her sound familiar, comfortable and not omg scary/different (which she is, except I think that’s a good thing).

    That’s the sound they’re going for, obviously — add a hook and you’re good to go, like a pre-fab house. It’s a bit boring, it’s totally unsurprising, and it looks like all the other houses, but it will get the job done, and hopefully shelter her into the public consciousness. At which point she can bust out real Allison songs and rock everyone’s socks off.

    Hey, a girl can dream.

  48. MollyAnnMay: I was too slow to download her single and only managed to listen to it once

    You can still listen to it at the original Popeater link (and it should be available for sale again next Tuesday). I suggest giving it a few more listens to see if it grows on you and her vocal qualities emerge more, as was the case for a lot of people.

    Having said that, I think your comments were right on — the goal of these singles is definitely to make the artists sound familiar, comfortable, un-different. And I love your housing metaphor — at the end, I got this vision of her slamming the windows open and belting something out to the neighborhood!

  49. Hey, thanks for the link, JohnM! I have listgened to it a couple more times and I can hear her in there a bit better now. I knew they’d popify her, so the production, while dreary, was hardly a surprise, and I actually like the song itself. It hits exactly the right attitude for Allison, IMO.

    Plus, they can’t overdub the hell out of her when she sings it live, so that is what I can’t *wait* to hear. : )

    at the end, I got this vision of her slamming the windows open and belting something out to the neighborhood!

    Yeah!

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