Anoop Desai Working on Debut Album

If you missed the first part of USA Today Idol reporter, Brian Mansfield’s interview with Season 8 Idol, Anoop Desai, you really ought to check it out HERE.

In it, Anoop has some very good advice for Idol hopeful, John Park, whose audition aired during Tuesday’s Season 9 Chicago auditions.

Part 2 was just posted, and here’s where it gets good–Anoop delivers the deets about his upcoming album, tentatively titled All is Fair, set to be released this spring.

  • Read Part 2 of the USA Today interview HERE.

His first single is called “My Name” and was co-written with Season 7 Idol, Brandon Rogers.  Other writing collaborators for All is Fair include Season 6 semi-finalist Jared Cotter (co-writer of Jay Sean’s smash “Down”), Nashville pop singer-songwriter Josh Hoge and Anoop’s pal, David Mikush.

Anoop has already tracked 7 or 8 songs for the album, “It’s just a matter of getting them into the studio and producing them, mixing them and mastering them, ” says Anoop, “I’m still writing every day. If something emerges that’s better, we’ll put that on there, too.”

The sound will be more of a pop feel than R&B, and half the tracks he’s cut so far incorporate tabla and/or sitar.

“I think that’s a cool vibe, ” he says. “That’s something I’ve been experimenting with a lot in my music–sort of bringing pop, R&B and Hindi music into one vein.

While the album will likely only be sold digitally in the US, Anoop’s got some contacts that can distribute physical releases in India.

“Both of the cultures I consider myself to be a part of–the South and India–have rich musical traditions, rich food traditions, rich literary traditions. It’s something that has been really nice for me, because I can draw from those rich traditions and feel part of them at the same time.”

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22 Comments

  1. I am looking forward to Anoop’s debut album. I will be buying it. :)

  2. If Allison’s CD is flopping there is not way Anoop’s is going to be successful.
    But I wish him the best of luck…

  3. I’m curious about the sitar and tabla sound fused with pop and R&B. This music definitely will be unique and could be really interesting.

  4. Soccerboi- I think that that really depends on how you define success. The article mentioned that they were hoping to market the album in India and I think that if they do that and market the album to the Indian communities in the US, UK and South Africa (which is where Anoop’s mom was born) the album could do quite well for an indie release.

  5. The thought of marrying the his background traditions ( Southern and Indian ) and music interests ( r&b and pop ) sounds interesting so I’m curious about what the finished product will be.
    It’s impossible to make it in the music industry unless there is something that makes you stand out. This could work for him but it will have to be new, fresh and good.
    I like Anoop and I’m rooting for him to do well and looking forward to hearing that upcoming single.

  6. I think he’ll be just fine. He made a smart move by incorporating old Indian instruments in his songs, which will definitely make him standout from all the repetitive mainstream pop music. I hope to see him on the charts!

  7. Because Anoop is basically releasing this album independently and it will only be available digitally, it will be hard for it to be really successful in terms of sales. But I’m still excited that he’s going to be releasing new music…it sounds interesting.

  8. It sounds interesting to me. i’ll have a listen for sure when it comes out. Love his idea of including an Indian musical flavor to pop and R&B

  9. forgot to mention….this metallic blue color on him … killer!!! yay Anoop!!

  10. Because Anoop is basically releasing this album independently and it will only be available digitally, it will be hard for it to be really successful in terms of sales. But I’m still excited that he’s going to be releasing new music…it sounds interesting.

    Just so I understand this… a copy of Anoop’s CD will not be available at Walmart or Target, only on the Internet? What if it seems very popular, would some label be able to pick it up?

    Here I go with my visions for Anoop. I hope his songs are so danceable that one of the dance shows (SYTYCD, DWTS) will book Anoop as a guest!

    That is Anoop’s color. WOW!

  11. Definitely agree on the color.. and love that smile!

    It’s so good to finally hear about Anoop. I had been wondering what he had been doing all this time. Glad he finally figured out what makes him stand out while being true to himself. Looking forward to hearing the cool new music, esp with the Indian influence.

    There’s no doubt people will start making comparisons to Jay Sean (another Indian pop r&b artist who is crazzzy successful), it’ll be interesting to see how Anoop deals with that. I wish him luck.

  12. On one hand I am excited for Anoop’s upcoming album; on the other, I am worried because he will be releasing his album independently and so far, he gave no hint of a major company distributing the album(that’s why it’ll be only digitally released).

    I am from Asia and I usually buy the physical copies of albums so I haven’t really tried purchasing through downloading and because the release is independent, it probably won’t be released here in the Phil. I have to find other ways to get a legit copy….which is sad really…because I think Anoop’s type of voice and his forte(which is essentially love songs/ballads/pop R&B songs) just resonates so well with Filipinos.I know for a fact a lot of Pinoys consider Anoop one of their favorite if not their no. 1 in last season’s batch.

    Hopefully, record labels see the potential in him….esp. for a crossover international appeal….I mean do they realize how many Indians there are around the world?Of course I’m not saying that just because he’s Indian means that other Indians will follow his music but this was one way Jay Sean thrived in his initial foray into professional music–as I understand…one of his markets were the British Indians in England and Europe then later on he “invaded” India….well…

    Good luck to Anoop and to MJ, thanks as always.

  13. So excited for Anoop! His album sounds like it’s going to be quite unique and fun, I can hardly wait. Anoop was one of my favorites last year and I am so glad he’s working hard at his career. I always thought he and Adam were the best last year when it came to pure vocal talent, it’s just too bad that the judges/producers seemed too engrossed in their own agendas to see his potential. Go Anoop! :D

    Oh, and I definitely agree that he should try to market his album in the Philippines. I think he could be wildly successful there, as well as countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Anoop had an international appeal from the very start and he definitely needs to use that to his advantage.

  14. Here I go with my visions for Anoop. I hope his songs are so danceable that one of the dance shows (SYTYCD, DWTS) will book Anoop as a guest!

    This would be awesome!

  15. its great that he is making music but i dont see how he is going to grow on people. he seems to already think he is a huge star. not a fan of his attitude. its very hard to be successful in the music industry so i feel for him but he seems pretty confident in himself. good luck.

  16. His album sounds like its going to be great, I like how he is incorporating Hindi music along with R&B & pop.

  17. Well if the pics we’ve seen posted lately and the awesome suit have any kind of indication of how good this album will be, I’d say he’s got something going. :D

  18. its great that he is making music but i dont see how he is going to grow on people. he seems to already think he is a huge star. not a fan of his attitude. its very hard to be successful in the music industry so i feel for him but he seems pretty confident in himself. good luck.

    I think there’s a fine line between confidence and cockiness and sometimes people already have an impression on him (“frat boy”) that’s it’s hard for him to overcome esp. since now he’s out of the limelight. For us fans who follow him and his interviews, I can confidently say the situation is just the opposite.He is confident but he is far from thinking of himself as a huge star…..this is exactly the reason why he set out on his own.The way he dresses, the way he talks only show him to be a hopeful person who knows what he wants and strives to get to that goal….

  19. MJ, I believe Brandon Rogers was on Season 6. He was eliminated in 12th place after he forgot the lyrics to “You Can’t Hurry Love”

  20. jga94 – I agree that it’s more confidence than cockiness. I have kept up with Anoop since he’s been off the show too. I’m impressed by his work ethic and dedication. He seems very focused. And I have found that he consistently comes across as sincere and humble regarding himself and his current status.

    one really good recent interview with Anoop was done by BuddyTV
    the audio is here:

    http://www.buddytv.com/articles/american-idol/exclusive-interview-anoop-desa-33851.aspx

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