David Cook’s single “Light On” will be available on iTunes this week–coupled with a special iPhone application for $1.98, according to this article from USA Today:
The first single from American Idol winner David Cook has been burning up the charts. Now, he has a new way to stoke its popularity: a lighter application for iPhones and iPod Touch devices.
Light On’ which entered Nielsen SoundScan’s digital songs chart at No. 8 two weeks ago ‘ will be available for purchase from iTunes this week for $1.99 with a “lighter” application that illuminates the screen of an iPhone or iTouch MP3 player. When users open the app and spark up the lighter, the full song plays.
“There’s a little semblance of rock mythos to it, ” Cook says. “You get a lighter during a rock ballad and nobody burns their thumbs.”
To be honest, the application sounds kind of…pointless. I think I’ll be just fine playing the song without it. I’m kinda “old school” like that.
The second half of the USA Today article dwells on David’s upcoming album. Considering David wrote or co-wrote every song on the album except for “Light On” (Chris Cornell, Brian Howes) it’s no surprise to find out there will be a variety of styles represented:
“The single is a pretty good indicator of the median, ” Cook says. “There are definitely songs on this record that are heavier than Light On. There’s heavy stuff and soft, intimate songs. But there are also songs that really incorporate the idea of ‘Keep it simple, stupid’ with some guitar, some piano and that’s it.”
Cook’s coronation song, The Time of My Life, which remains No. 1 on USA TODAY’s adult contemporary airplay charts, is included ‘ but as a bonus track.
“I really wanted to show what kind of artist I am going to be for the next five or 10 years, ” he says. “And I am not 100% sure that (Time) fits the record.”
He says he’s satisfied with the end result.
David has lofty goals:
“We put together an amazing record in a very short amount of time, ” Cook says. “(It) attains all the goals that I have set for it. I want this record to be important. I want this record to outlast me, if at all possible.”
If an Idol can manage to put out a record that does not suck–considering the rushed conditions and commercial considerations they’re working under, I consider that a win…