Lee DeWyze New Single “Live It Up” in The Jack Johnson/Jason Mraz Vein (Update: 4 Confirmed Songs)

UPDATE: Lyndsey Parker heard 4 songs from Live it Up today, the three USA Today-reviewed tunes, and another song called “Dear Isabelle”, co-written by Lee, Toby Gad and Lindy Robbins.  The track was produced by Gad.  Read her critiques of all 4 songs HEREBillboard also has a summary HERE.  The HitFix summary is HERE.

After the jump, I bulleted all 4 songs with producer/writer credits and some of Lyndsey’s thoughts.

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Brian Mansfield  of USA Today reported on a colleague,   Elysa Gardner, who got to hear a few of  Lee DeWyze’s new songs this week.  She describes “Live It Up” as being in the “Jack Johnson/Jason Mraz vein.”

Lee co-wrote the lead single “Live it Up”  with Toby Gad (Beyonce’s “If I Were A Boy”, Fegie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”) and Lindy Robbins who has worked with Kris Allen and Jordin Sparks.

There’s also a song called “Me & My Jealousy”–Gardner described as “piano laced” and “surging”–that Lee co-wrote with John Shanks (Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow) and Zac Maloy (Carrie Underwood, David Cook).

Other tracks will include the midtempo and “similarly urgent” “Beautiful Like You” co-written by Thomas “Tawgs” Salter (Canadian producer who has worked with Josh Groban and Lights) and Mark Stochanasky

Shirley Halperin of the Los Angeles Times also got to hear some of Lee’s songs. She tweeted, “Heard some new @LeeDeWyze music today – good stuff!…My full @LeeDeWyze review will come in a cpl weeks, but I loved that it sounded like him, with noble aspirations: coldplay, jason mraz…”

Lee was constantly called a “rocker” by the judges during the American Idol competition. But anyone who has listened to his pre-Idol music knows he’s got more of an indie rock vibe, with elements of folk..  The comparisons to Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz are a good sign that Lee has been able to stay true to the artist he brought to Idol.

Four new Lee DeWyze songs – Credits and additional info

  • “Live It Up” – Producer: Toby Gad. Writers: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins (Lindsey compared to Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and Howie Day with a tiny bit of alt country flair.)  Billboard says the song has an “inspirational message” similar to Idol coronation singles.
  • “Beautiful Like You” – Producer: Chris DeStefano. Songwriters: Tawgs Salter and Mark Stochansky – (Lyndsey calls it a beautiful and dreamy piano ballad, reminiscent of Snow Patrol, One Republic and Five for Fighting.)  Billboard says fans of David Cook and Daughtry should love this song.  HitFix says there’s a “wistfulness as he is waiting for his love to come around.”
  • “Me & My Jealousy” Producer: John Shanks. Songwriters: Lee DeWyze, John Shanks, Zac Maloy – Lyndsey says this chiming, yearning breakup ballad sounds like a single.  She calls it “Total Vh1 material”. Bit of sample lyric “They tell me I should just move on/easier said than done/the only thing keeping me company/is me and my jealousy.”
  • “Dear Isabelle” – Producer: Toby Gad. Songwriters – Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad and Lindy Robbins. –  Lyndsey’s favorite of the 4–a “cute acoustic ditty” like Owl City unplugged.  Slightly reminiscent of the Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”.  Billboard describes it as  “stripped down and personal”. HitFix says it’s “a bittersweet tale about losing a love because of your own doing.”
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251 Comments

  1. Wow! thank you for this fabulous news!! Co writes and with some great names too… Lee for the win ;) Can’t wait for next Wednesday

  2. So glad he got to co-write his single! I’ve got both his preidol albums and he is a really talented songwriter (especially Annabelle).

    “Me and My Jealousy” sounds like it will be in a similar vein to “Never There”-piano-laced and surging. I love his voice when he gets all intense!

  3. 1st winner since Kelly to get a co-write if what I’m seeing on Twitter is correct. Makes me pretty damn happy right now.

  4. Wow that the lead single is one that he co-wrote! I didn’t think that was allowed to happen. LOL. I am certainly curious to hear all of these songs. I like the descriptions of the sounds and styles.

  5. Wow from me too! I haven’t been this excited about a debut in, well, forever!

  6. @LeeDeWyze: Off to bed, busy day!! I’m excited & I’m excited, that you’re excited! Wed is gonna kick ass :) Love you guys and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

    He’s right, I’m definitely excited!

  7. Sound’s like its gonna be midtempo probably. I was expecting an uptempo single, though. The description of the song sounds pretty good!

  8. Tody Gad also co-wrote Allen’s The Truth and Iraheta’s Scars. Let’s just say he doesn’t have a good track record with Idols so far. lol

  9. bringing this over from the other thread:

    Toby Gad and Lindy Robbins co-wrote two songs with Kris: I Need to Know (TG also produced it) and the pre-order bonus track, From the Ashes. Toby co-wrote The Truth (w/Pat Monahan) and produced it for KATA.

    In addition to those two songs, Lindy Robbins co-wrote (w/Kris and Greg Kurstin) Before We Come Undone and Can’t Stay Away (w/Kris and Mike Elizondo). Kris said she was a very nurturing collaborator, kinda like a mom, and was excellent at helping him articulate what he was trying to say.

    So both good people for Lee to work with!

  10. Scars, IMO, is one of the stronger written songs on Allison’s album. But he’s also written 2 of the bigger songs in the last decade. *thumbs up*

  11. Hmmm…I thought Lee said he wanted a sound more like Kings of Leon and Rage Against The Machine than Jason Mraz/Cold Play. Hope this works out for him, but it seems to me he’s been pushed to the light pop path by the Powers That Be, who always want safe music that appeals to the widest audience possible.

  12. Hmmm…I thought Lee said he wanted a sound more like Kings of Leon and Rage Against The Machine than Jason Mraz/Cold Play.

    I remember him saying that he listens to everything from Kings of Leon to Simon & Garfunkel to Rage, but I don’t think he ever said he wanted his album to sound like any of them. Both Slumberland and So I’m Told lean more towards a Ben Harper or DMB vibe. I think Lee is making the album he wanted more or less.

  13. Dunno, Negativo-we’ll have to wait till we hear, but the descriptive words used by Elysa Gardner such as “surging” and “similarly urgent” make it sound pretty intense. Maybe not so light.
    “Live It Up” sounds upbeat. And Lee seems thrilled, so I doubt he was pushed in a direction he didn’t want to go.

  14. No, he never mentioned wanting a hard rock album like Rage. He did mention listening to their music once. He’s always said he wanted a folksy rock/pop album that sounds exactly like what he’s getting.

  15. I don’t ever remember hearing him say he wanted the album to sound like KOL or RATM. I mainly remember them being mentioned as the variety of artists he listens to. The description I remember hearing from him was a mix of folk/rock/pop and that’s exactly the description in the press release. From the beginning of this whole process to now he’s sounded nothing but happy and excited. If he truly did write/co-write every song I think its safe to say this album will very much represent Lee. Getting a cowrite on the first single, right there he has every reason to be happy.

  16. Before We Come Undone and From the Ashes are probably my two favorite songs from Kris’ album so that sounds good to me!

    Lee may have been portrayed as “the rocker” on Idol but in every interview since then he’s made it pretty clear he wasn’t going for that type of sound.

    I’m really happy to see all these details coming out. Sounds like it will be a great representation of his sound and musical direction. I can’t wait to hear it and I’m even more thrilled that Lee cowrote his single.

  17. Congrats to Lee for getting a co-write on his debut single. If is is in the Jack Johnson/Jason Mraz vein, they are definitely targeting him more to Hot AC, than pop (although both Johnson & Mraz have crossed over to Pop at times). Still not sure debuting it on Ryan’s show is the best choice, because a Jack Johnson/Jason Mraz-style song isn’t ever gonna get played on KIIS-FM. But I guess it is simply because his show is widely syndicated around the country (and of course, because of the AI connection). Hopefully the show being syndicated will result in a bunch of stations that DO play that style of music to add the single quickly.

    Anyway, sounds like he got to make (at least more or less) the type of album he wanted to.

  18. Well, doesn’t sound like anything I like to listen to. I hate Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson and wonder why they’re popular (Hmm…similar to how I feel about Lee). I usually give most Idols a chance with their first song. Looks like I won’t be doing that with Lee.

  19. Lee DeWyze hasn’t noticeably charted on any North American radio station since his AI victory!

    The only person doing well right now is Adam Lambert, it’s safe to say AI S08 was a huge flop!

  20. iFly55:
    The only person doing well right now is Adam Lambert, it’s safe to say AI S08 was a huge flop!

    …just gonna quote this while i can ;)

    Well, AI S09 definitely wasnt a flop & Lee’s album will be the perfect example to show why

  21. The only person doing well right now is Adam Lambert,

    Yep just Adam. That Carrie and Chris sure are flopping big time.

    That’s a pretty bold prediction to make to call the season a flop before anyone from the season even released music.

    Lee DeWyze hasn’t noticeably charted on any North American radio station since his AI victory!

    What was he supposed to make some huge impact with? A cover coronation song? Someone should post the airplay for all the winners coronation songs from their win to the time they released an actual single. I’m pretty sure Kelly and David are the only ones who had any major action going.

  22. While the description sounds like my musical nightmare personally, good luck to Lee!

  23. LOL, sr4mjc. It sounds like my musical DREAM, so I guess things are as my mama always said: It takes all kinds of people to make a world.

    Yay, Lee! it sounds like AI is letting you be a grownup! I can’t wait to hear the results.

  24. piano laced… surging… urgent…

    hellyeah – Bring it on Lee!!

  25. Yay, Lee! I don’t think Shirley Halperin was a Lee fan during the course of the his Idol run, was she? Or am I confusing her with Ann Powers? At any rate, I don’t think she is an RCA shill. I am over the moon that she likes what she has heard so far.

  26. Congratulations to Lee in this accomplishment. Maybe the labels are finally waking up to the fact that these people are actually musical artists with talent, and can be trusted to be able to write a decent song.

    But, I’m still unhappy with what they’ve done to the other Idol people that have come before.

  27. She describes “Live It Up” as being in the “Jack Johnson/Jason Mraz vein.”
    It sounds like it could be a reggae inspired tune.

  28. Did I miss something or did Chris and Carrie fall off the face of the planet? No? They’re still more successfull than Adam? Ok, that’s what I thought.

    Back on topic,Jack Johnson/Jason Mraz was somewhat of the vibe I was expecting, a little more pop-y than I expected, I was leaning more towards Ben Harper/DMB; more rock tinged folk, but I can hang with JJ/JM… Coldplay not so much, should be interesting on that comparison. I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, he’s yet to put something out I haven’t enjoyed!

  29. wordnerdarchie I hope so to.I’M so happy for Lee thou.It’s not his fault that the Power’s To Be’s,are how they are.And hopefully other Idol Artist well get the same thing as Lee.At least it’s a start.I can’t wait to hear “Live It Up” sounds so cool.

  30. A breezy shuffle is how Live It Up is described in the Brian Mansfield article. Definitely sounds upbeat. Whenever Jack J’s “Upside Down” comes on the radio I know my toe starts tapping. I love all the info we are hearing about the album and it sounds like Lee is going to put out an album to be proud of. Lee has been working really hard and as someone who has followed him very closely, I must say it seems like he has been concentrating very intensely to get this album done, while on the tour and since, with a few personal appearances at events and even a top notch, very well attended, solo concert. Talent and hard work combined with opportunity are ingredients needed for success. And I define success as doing something that you’ve always wanted to and have it turn out how you envisioned it ( or better) and to not lose sight of who you are. Can’t wait for next week!

  31. iFly55

    huh? Kris, with a Top 10 and a Top 20 hit, and Danny, with 2 Top 40 hits, aren’t flops.

    outside of S8, Carrie, Kelly, Daughtry and fantasia have all had bigger radio hits than Adam this year, so your statement makes no sense.

    Obviously we have no idea how S9 will do in terms of radio play. Neither Lee nor Crystal did anything with their coronation songs, but let’s at least wait and see how their debut singles do before burying them.

  32. I am OK with the Jason Mraz/Jack Johnson sound even if it treads on the side of – ZOMG – pop. If you really want make sure that you steer clear of the dreaded pop genre altogether, you shouldn’t be going on Idol and should be exploring other avenues.

  33. I can’t wait until he gets to do his first album without Idol and he can write every song alone. Then we’ll have an album that will be completely HIM. Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure this one will be great and I could not be more excited.. I just know he isn’t 100% in charge for this one.

    <3 Lee Dewyze!

  34. Aprilfoolish I just checked out Upside Down. It’s upbeat and has an island swing to it. But I can’t imagine Lee singing an island song :P. But like its said, I love everything he’s put out so I’m sure it’ll be good. Can’t wait to hear it. (Plus Jack J sold 8 million albums world wide) :)

  35. The only person doing well right now is Adam Lambert, it’s safe to say AI S08 was a huge flop!

    Yes, Adam is doing well from Season 8 – not as well as Carrie, Daughtry, and Kelly Clarkson did their first year but he is doing well. However, i think that Kris and Danny are doing fine also. Kris has sold over 300,000 albums and Danny is closing in on 200,000. Kris did very well with his first single and Danny’s first single was almost top 20 (at #22). I would not call either of them flops by any stretch of the imagination – definately not in the current climate of today’s music business. Plus with even smaller fanbases in Season 9, I will be surprised if the three signed Idols do as well their first year as the three signed from Season 8.

    With all that said, I do like what I am hearing about the sound of Lee’s album and will definately give it a listen.

  36. I can’t wait until he gets to do his first album without Idol and he can write every song alone. Then we’ll have an album that will be completely HIM. Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure this one will be great and I could not be more excited.. I just know he isn’t 100% in charge for this one.

    He ain’t ever gonna be 100% in charge. Just ask Kelly Clarkson and look how successful she has been.

  37. I don’t think it will have the island swing to it but Jack J. is very stripped down accompaniament I think, mostly acoustic guitar and maybe a light beat. Wiki defines him as soft rock. People need a reference point when they describe someone, so to this reporter, Lee reminded her of JJ and Jason Mraz. Someday people will say, oh yeah! This new guy sounds like Lee DeWyze!! As we get to hear more from him, the differences between him and the rest will start to show him to be who he really is. His own words forewarn us that this album might surprise all of us.

  38. wordnerdarchie:
    10/08/2010 at 7:15 am
    Congratulations to Lee in this accomplishment. Maybe the labels are finally waking up to the fact that these people are actually musical artists with talent, and can be trusted to be able to write a decent song.

    But, I’m still unhappy with what they’ve done to the other Idol people that have come before.

    As a Lee fan, I’m beyond excited that the album is almost here. But besides that, I’m very pleased & happy to hear that they’re slowly letting the kids have more autonomy on their albums. The real David Cook is more than enough for any album cover, and I wish they’d trusted his musical instincts more. But this cover & news for Lee gives me hope that Cook’s next album will be more of what his fans know he’s capable of.

    These early “reviewettes” sound promising. Urgent!Lee is a very satisfying thing. :)

  39. What I’ve heard about the album so far sounds great to me. It sounds like Lee was able to put his vibe on it which is what he wanted to do. I’m super excited for Wednesday to hear his new single Live it Up!

  40. Its so nice to see excitement and buzz on the boards and elsewhere for the season 9 crew… FINALLY. :D I really want to hear Lee’s stuff!

  41. I’m skeptical of the urgent/Coldplay style for Lee because I don’t think he’s good at it BUT Lee doing a Jack Johnson/Jason Mraz type stuff is promising. I’m not a Lee fan and I don’t know if he’s got the flexibility with his phrasing that he needs to pull it off but it’s definitely what I’d rather him do.

    Good that he’s cowritten the single. It’ll be interesting seeing how it sounds and if it pops out.

  42. OMG! another item checked off our wish list! a freaking co written first single! Happy for Lee and so excited to hear the single next week! From the reports it sounds like Lee has been able to really stay true to himself and this cd will be totally his vibe.

  43. IKR?? I never would have imagined I would be so happy with how things are starting off. Not long ago I would have never been positive he would get to co-write his single, or have an actual album title, or an Idol album cover I actually love. Just goes to show you cant look at old patterns and know what will happen. Now I’m just hoping the song is GOOD and RCA/19 does right by him promo wise.

  44. Well, whadda ya know. A song description that makes me think I’ll take a listen and probably like a Lee DeWyze song? Wow. Star this day on the calendar, folks! lol

    I sure hope he can pull it off, and not end up making the comparison an insult to Jack and Jason. ;-) Seriously, I hope this goes well for him. It’s a tough world out there these days…

  45. I wonder if there will be an “Idol” song on the album? Idols used to put their coronation song on it, but last year Kris put Heartless on his album as a bonus track. Any thoughts on which song Lee would use if he did that?

  46. I wonder if there will be an “Idol” song on the album? Idols used to put their coronation song on it, but last year Kris put Heartless on his album as a bonus track. Any thoughts on which song Lee would use if he did that?

    I’m hoping none. As much as I love his idol songs, they are all covers. I want this album to be just about originals that he either wrote or co-wrote.

  47. Not long ago I would have never been positive he would get to co-write his single, or have an actual album title, or an Idol album cover I actually love

    IMO, all these things are elementary that should be taken for granted, but not high on a wish list. What matters, is what the package contains (shiny disk), not the wrapping or print. With all these different people being a part of the songwriting, I hope Lee´s part of the songwriting impacts the songs strongly enough for the whole to be cohesive. And/or the whole CD having the same producer for the same reason.

  48. Eriko look back at the two Lee threads, we’re all pretty much extremely excited about the music. Of course its what’s inside that counts but the couple of things I mentioned are things that have annoyed me in the past about Idol CDs in general and I’m just saying I’m happy that so far Lee is different. Being happy he’s the first winner to co-write their debut is IMO is not a minor thing because for me its a sign that at the least his label has some faith in his writing ability.

  49. Being happy he’s the first winner to co-write their debut is IMO is not a minor thing because for me its a sign that at the least his label has some faith in his writing ability.

    Actually the second. Kelly apparently co-wrote her first single off her album “Thankful” many moons ago. Still, that’s extremely good and rare company for Lee to be in.

    Yes I’m back. ;)

  50. Awwww…..thanks jenny! :) Nice to be back…so far. ;)

    So is this the thread we are going to post in from now on?

  51. I agree with jennyl. I love his idol songs but his originals are too good to be replaced by a cover. All new songs please!

  52. Trina, I understand. I was also pointing out how silly it has been in the past, that something like packaging, CD title and for a songwriter to co-write a single, is something to write home about. Guess everyone agrees it´s something that should be by default.

  53. Yes I’m back.

    YAY^^^

    Live It Up could have an Island beat. I’m listening to Slumberland
    right now and I think I hear the sitar in So What Now. So I could see him trying something new.

  54. Dose anyone know if the whole CD is produced by the same person and who that person is?

  55. Hey all, Powter48 welcome back! I closed out the Feed America thread but we are still posting on this thread and the Lee Announces First Single and Album thread.

    I’m loving all this Lee news, very exciting!

  56. eriko, I think I read that he has several producers. Hopefully, his vibe as a performer will hold it all together.

    And FWIW, while I agree with you that CD title & co-writes probably aren’t top-of-the-line important to the casual buyer, I think an album cover can do a LOT to sell a record.

  57. I think an album cover can do a LOT to sell a record.

    I agree, but again, since 19, Lee or whoever decides it to be a portrait, it should be by default be good as such. If it´s artsy or as I like them, artsy in a conceptual way that get people to take notice, the opinions of it being good or not will vary and be controversial which is IMO a good thing

  58. I think the album cover is going to be very effective for marketing the album. In less that 24 hours, the album post on the AI facebook page has 4,281 Likes and 601 mostly very positive comments like this: “You still don’t know just how popular and handsome you are do ya? Well…. we all do so face it ! YOU GOT IT! CONGRATULATIONS AND GO GET ‘EM LEE…..”. Plus there is a 2nd post with 1,993 Likes and 236 more comments!

  59. If it´s artsy or as I like them, artsy in a conceptual way that get people to take notice, the opinions of it being good or not will vary and be controversial which is IMO a good thing

    I think that having a near unanimous positive reaction to the portrait cover is better than a controversial reaction anyday!

  60. I think an album cover can do a LOT to sell a record.

    I don’t know. Do people really buy albums because of the cover? I sure don’t. It may be something fun for fans to talk about until the album is released but I doubt it will have much effect on album sales.

  61. I’m still giddy and I read this article an hour ago :D

    I’m loving finding out the vibe of the album so far. I’m really glad he knows himself well enough as an artist to decide ‘this is the music I want to make’ and he’s been able to stick to that.

  62. I think that having a near unanimous positive reaction to the portrait cover is better than a controversial reaction anyday!

    I wasn´t talking about Lee´s or any other CD cover which goes the portrait rout. And I really don´t think people in general discuss CD covers of those kind, to them, is just a picture. Than there are covers where a lot of thought, creativity and conceptual ideas are created. People see new and different meanings and details from one day to another, just as with any art. If it´s done successfully, it gets lot´s of attention. This was done more in the LP´s days. This is the reason that good graphic designers are highly paid and used to design logos, ads, websites and promotional material. It catches the brains attention

  63. Co writing the first single is far from a trivial matter. That is a huge accomplishment and will impact the royalties that Lee receives and the perception of him as a songwriter. It is important to get a hand in shaping the sound that the public will hear. So the fact that the fans are excited about that is far from a stupid fangirl matter. I also don’t think it makes a big difference if one person produces the record or not. I’ve heard arguments that it makes the record more cohesive but I don’t think some diversity in sound is a bad thing. Kris’s album had multiple producers and I still feel like it held a cohesive sound throughout.

    I’ve thought about if Lee will have to have an idol song on his album and although I’d prefer all original music I understand that is how it happens most of the time. Maybe Lee can rerecord Beautiful Day in his style if the song has to be on there.

  64. Eriko, I would argue that a co-written lead single should be high on the wish list, if the artist is question is trying to establish him or herself as a musician, not just a singer. The quality of the single is of primary importance, but I do think writing credits can boost the legitimacy of an artist. For example, one of the first things I ever heard about Taylor Swift was that she write/co-writes her own material. If she was another singer in the vein of Miley Cyrus (albeit with better material), I doubt she would have gotten the bevy awards she currently sits on. And I think it’s important to keep in mind what other posters have pointed out, the norm for a new artist is different than the norm for a new artist coming off of AI.

    Wading in on the multiple producers vs single producers debate, I think wjmtv is correct about there being multiple producers. And although there are definite advantages to having a single producer (i.e., cohesiveness, as Eriko brought up), the timescale that these things are made on are not conducive to really quality production. I’d argue that having a single person produce David Cook’s album gave it a homogeneous and uninspired feel whereas having multiple producers on Adam Lambert and Kris Allen’s album didn’t notably impact the cohesiveness. That being said, having a single producer worked out pretty well for Daughtry’s debut.

    On album covers: I think pretty much any MBA who specializes in marketing will tell you that packaging matters. And Americans spend seconds, if that, processing packaging. And Adam Lambert’s “controversial” album cover may have done him more harm than good.

    ETA: I’m essentially seconding tigervixxen’s points here.

  65. Now Im seconding your point Monochromatic lol

    Solo male artists typically have their photo on the front cover, so it is not just an Idol thing. It does signal to the general public what type of music he is making. A lot of the more creative art pieces tends to be more indicative of a rock band, who often choose not to put any photos of the band on the cover. I agree that I’ve never bought an album solely because I liked the cover but I don’t think it can be discounted that an attractive cover makes a good first impression on the public. Maybe that doesn’t translate immediately into a sale but there are many factors involved in converting a sale.

  66. Eriko, I would argue that a co-written lead single should be high on the wish list

    You must have misunderstood me. I meant it should be a given, (I understand it´s not so when it comes to AI) and therefore not need to be wishful thinking. This of course only applies to singer/songwriters

  67. I hope his album is quality stuff, and am rooting for his success, because if they Biced him he’ll never recover.

  68. I don’t think it can be discounted that an attractive cover makes a good first impression on the public.

    Lee’s cover image is important because a lot of people have pre-conceived notions about Lee as ‘that Idol winner who worked in the paint shop’ and maybe don’t know much else. This cover doesn’t look like the AI Lee, it has a different vibe – maybe intriguing is a good word?

  69. Powter48. Welcome back girl! ^^hugs^^.

    Best news of the day for me is the confirmation that Lee got to co-write his very first single ( on a major scale).
    We, fans of Lee, know how important and meaningful this is to him – so I’m truly happy he got his wishes.

  70. negativo. I hope his album is quality stuff, and am rooting for his success, because if they Biced him he’ll never recover.

    I have both his pre-idol CDs that he wrote 100% and both are “quality stuffs” ( specially the songwriting). Knowing he co-wrote on most ( if not all) of the songs on his album plus given the plethora of credible writers working with him, I have no doubt it will be good.
    Hope you give it a listen :)

  71. I rarely impulse-buy music, so a CD cover is unlikely to tempt me, but I’ve picked up (and ended up purchasing) many many books because the cover caught my eye. So, I would expect there are a lot of people who do buy music that way.

    That said, if I’d never heard of Lee and saw that CD on the shelf, I’d probably look at it and see if there was a sample I could listen to. The expression on his face would suggest to me that he has a trick or two up his sleeve and I’d be curious to see what he sounds like.

    re: the subtle messages that pictures send, I think we can safely deduce from the look of the photo that the album won’t be Industrial. ;)

  72. Lee’s cover image is important because a lot of people have pre-conceived notions about Lee as ‘that Idol winner who worked in the paint shop’ and maybe don’t know much else. This cover doesn’t look like the AI Lee, it has a different vibe – maybe intriguing is a good word?

    IMO, Lee´s cover won´t matter one way or the other to people who might have preconceived notions about him. Nothing can change those notions other than the music. How the cover can influence people who haven´t heard him before, is another matter. Will the cover help to attract them to take a listen? IMO, a portrait of a guy that doesn´t give any clue of the music the CD contains, will not. Why would it?

  73. Lee’s cover image is important because a lot of people have pre-conceived notions about Lee as ‘that Idol winner who worked in the paint shop’ and maybe don’t know much else. This cover doesn’t look like the AI Lee, it has a different vibe – maybe intriguing is a good word?

    I didn’t even think a lot of people watched AI last season so I don’t think there will be too many pre-conceived notions about Lee. Other than die-hard Idol fans who are either going to buy the album because they liked Lee or not going to buy it because they didn’t. Just saying – look at the followers on twitter – not much buzz with this latest crop of Idols – will be very interesting to see how they do. The music is what will matter and if Lee can bring in some new fans. Doubt a cover of a regular nice looking guy will make much of a difference.

  74. Sure in a perfect world it should be a given for songwriters but it definitely hasn’t been the case for those coming off Idol. He’s the first WINNER since Kelly to have this. And I think Lee more so than the others I think really needed this to help gain some cred. If the song takes off it can be a huge boost for his name and yes certainly royalties play a big part. Not so minor coming off a cover as his coronation song and the least buzzed about season.

    AI9 may have been the lowest rated but I think saying “not a lot” watched is stretching it. It still pulled in a good 20 million viewers which is still a lot more than most shows on TV.

  75. It still pulled in a good 20 million viewers which is still a lot more than most shows on TV.

    Any show! :)

  76. I look forward to Lee’s music plain and simple. I love his cover which is an added bonus, but what’s more important to me is the music itself!

  77. kvwicks13 WHAT???? I thought you voted for him because he’s CUTE! I thought everyone did. [confused] :P

    negativo, after seeing Shirley Halperin’s comment that she “loved that it sounded like him,” I’m encouraged that no Bicing will occur.

  78. Only a small percentage of the millions of AI viewers go on to buy anyone’s album from the show-this was true even in Season One, back when album sales and the economy were strong and more people were actually paying for music.
    Therefore, for a new idol known only from a TV show, it’s important that the cover show the performer in an appealing picture, so the casual viewer/Christmas shopper will pick it up and say, “I remember him/her!” or “Aunt Kathy loves that show” and toss it in the shopping cart. Adam’s campy cover must have scared off some of these people last year, and Kris’s cover was a little scary too(kind of an Alfred Hitchcock vibe),so a lot of people reached for Susan Boyle instead.
    Susan B. has a new Christmas album coming out, so I’m glad Lee has such an enticing cover. Crystal had better smile and hold a bunch of daisies (and maybe a puppy) on her album cover. They can have artistic, groundbreaking covers when they become as iconic as Michael Jackson.

  79. artemis:

    Crystal had better smile and hold a bunch of daisies (and maybe a puppy) on her album cover.

    You mean sunflowers, don’t you? :)

    I agree that the cover needs to be appealing. Fortunately, that is taken care of for Lee!

  80. I think the cover of a CD can help “seal the deal.” By this I mean if you hear a song on the radio you like, and you really haven’t heard much about the singer, you may check it out at the store. I think Lee’s cover picture would give someone the relaxed, down-to-earth, “folksy” vibe, which I think may be what he’s going for. If you like his song and like that kind of music, you might buy it. Or maybe because you like the song, and then you see the cover and think he’s good looking/cute/hot, whatever, so you’re going to buy.

    So the bottom line is, hopefully the first single is good enough to get people there, and then the cover may help “seal the deal.”

    Regarding the cowrite on his first single: Posts from MJ’s here made me intrigued enough that I bought Lee’s first 2 CD’s. I really like them – and what strikes me is not only is he a great lyricist, but he really does have some interesting melodies. And each song (especially on the Slumberland) seems to have a unique or different instrument on it. I especially like the violin on Stay. Every tweet I’ve seen by songwriters that have worked with him give me the impression they like working with him and think he’s really good. So I’m thinking maybe the label gave him a cowrite on his first single because he had valuable input.

  81. Interesting comments from Lyndsey Parker. Until her article I hadn’t realized Beautiful Like You wasn’t cowritten by Lee so I guess he didn’t cowrite everything on his album. Based on all the descriptions the songs I’m interested are hearing are Live It Up and Dear Isabelle. The other 2 sound like generic HAC angsty ballads that won’t stand out.

    Trina: He’s the first WINNER since Kelly to have this. And I think Lee more so than the others I think really needed this to help gain some cred. If the song takes off it can be a huge boost for his name and yes certainly royalties play a big part. Not so minor coming off a cover as his coronation song and the least buzzed about season.

    I’m glad for Lee and his fans that he got a cowrite for his lead single. But, I don’t think it’ll help his cred THAT much. It would’ve if he’d written it solo. But lately critics have been going off on the idea of songwriting by committee where you take the singer and stick him in a room with 2 other professional writers and you get a song. I saw it in the Archie reviews and I’ve seen it in reviews for country albums including Carrie’s. *I*’m not criticizing cowriting because IMO it’s a great way to get outside your comfort zone and learn from good writers. I’m just saying the people we want the Idols getting cred from aren’t going to be impressed with cowrites with professional writers unless there’s something SO unique and fresh, it couldn’t have been done by anybody else.

    It’s definitely progress that Lee got to at least cowrite his 1st single so it’s still a good thing.

  82. Poster: ditto to all you said. I, too bought both of his pre-Idol CD’s based on comments and that’s all I’ve listened to in my car (50 mile round-trip commute each day) since I bought them in May. Love both of them especially Dreaming Alone on SIT.

  83. She describes “Live It Up” as being in the “Jack Johnson/Jason Mraz vein.”
    It sounds like it could be a reggae inspired tune.

    When he sang Beautiful Day, backed up by The Roots, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he gave the song a little Carribean flavor. It was really good! I loved it.

  84. Judging from Parker’s comments it seems like she enjoyed the 3 songs that Lee wrote the most, though of course she was positive on all of them. I know what you are saying about vanity cowrites and until we hear the songs we won’t be able to determine how much of Lee is in the songs. However, judging by how “Only Dreaming” sounds a lot like Lee and Parker’s comments about the lyrics I don’t think it is an unsafe assumption to make that Lee will be able to showcase his own sound and writing style within these songs. As I said above it is very important to get the message across to the general public via the single about the type of artist and musical direction the album has. I don’t think it can be discounted how beneficial cowriting the first single will be.

    Here is another great review of the same songs from Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/news/lee-dewyze-reveals-four-tracks-from-new-1004120125.story?tag=hpfeed#/news/lee-dewyze-reveals-four-tracks-from-new-1004120125.story?tag=hpfeed

  85. I couldn’t imagine Lee not co-writing most if not all the songs on this album. I really liked him on Idol…but what made me a true fan was his pre-Idol music. His writing and voice on his two albums are so unique and touch me in so many ways. I’ve been a big fan of Jack Johnson ever since Curious George, but honestly I enjoy Lee’s music even more.

    I also like everything Lee had to say in his press release. Love the confidence that comes through. He seems very proud of what he’s accomplished while remaining humble and grateful for the opportunity.

    Can’t wait until I’m able to download that single off I-Tunes!

  86. When he sang Beautiful Day, backed up by The Roots, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he gave the song a little Carribean flavor. It was really good! I loved it.

    Me, too! And I think that was when he first started tweeting – I remember that he was over the moon happy to be performing with them. I think we’ll have a good variety of music from him on the album and am looking forward to hearing it all. Hope we get at least one sort of bluesy jazzed up song, like Annabelle (AP performance) or ANS (Village Underground). I would be a happy camper.

  87. tigervixxxen: I know what you are saying about vanity cowrites and until we hear the songs we won’t be able to determine how much of Lee is in the songs.

    My point wasn’t really vanity cowrites. I don’t think any of the Idols are sitting there filing their nails while professional writers do the work of writing the songs and let the Idols take a writing credit.

    I was more saying that critics are skeptical of writing with hitmakers because they think that means writing for radio which spells generic. As fans we can usually pick out the touches that show how much of Lee or any other Idol is in their songs. But I was responding to a comment about “cred” – the people who look down on non-songwriters are looking for something fresh that’s not what you normally hear on the radio and so they’re not likely to be that impressed by somebody getting into studio with a couple of hitmakers and coming up with a catchy song.

    But I’m definitely not trying to say cowriting’s a bad thing because I don’t think it is and the fact that RCA got its head out of its ass and released an Idol cowrite for a lead single is very very GOOD. I just don’t think it means that much more “cred”, is all.

  88. Wow…from Billboard review linked above

    ‘4) “Dear Isabelle”

    This is the most stripped-down, personal track on the album, with Chicago native DeWyze pining after an ex-girlfriend on the shores of Lake Michigan. Interestingly, the track brings to the forefront a question that “Idol” fans have wondered for years: yes, the contestants can play their own instruments – but what if they were judged on their own songs? DeWyze here makes a strong case here that adding that element to the show would make it a lot more compelling.

  89. I’m really looking forward to hearing Dear Isabelle the most. I wonder how similar it is to Annabelle, in the sense that Annabelle could be interpretted as not being a real person i.e. I wonder how literal the meaning is.

  90. I see what you are saying Windmills, and I’ve always felt like nothing in particular can give any of the Idols “cred”. It is true that nobody listening on the radio is going to instantly know that Lee helped write the song, just as they wouldn’t know if he didn’t write it. And it probably doesn’t matter one way or another to radio PDs. I guess it helps the overall branding and perception. If Lee is going to be branded a “singer-songwriter” it helps strengthen that association if he actually is a songwriter. Also, it will likely be mentioned in any of the press about the single. So those things may eventually add up to color the collective general public perception of him as an artist. Granted it will take time but I think it is a key component to begin building that image.

    I’m loving the descriptions of the four songs. It is hard to decide which one I’d like to hear the most. I really have always been pining a bit for a piano based song and it sounds enticing that Me and My Jealousy is described as dark, which is my favorite type of music. So I’ll make that song my pick but they all sound really intriguing.

  91. I’m loving the descriptions of the four songs. It is hard to decide which one I’d like to hear the most. I really have always been pining a bit for a piano based song and it sounds enticing that Me and My Jealousy is described as dark, which is my favorite type of music. So I’ll make that song my pick but they all sound really intriguing.

    For me too. Dear Isabelle is a close second.

  92. Is this typical in the industry – inviting critics for a preview listen to select songs from an upcoming album? I haven’t kept up with this sort of thing before and am curious.

  93. Is this typical in the industry – inviting critics for a preview listen to select songs from an upcoming album? I haven’t kept up with this sort of thing before and am curious.

    bamintx – I was wondering the same thing. I followed David Cook somewhat after Idol, and I never remember his songs being previewed like this.

  94. I don’t know bamintx, whether it is usual or not, but it strikes me that 19/RCA are being very canny about the promo for Lee’s album.

    There’s now a distance from all the anti-hype around the AI9 season, and they seem to be starting off fresh in re-establishing Lee with the Idol viewers – so the idol reviewers/bloggers are doing reviews – and they’re positive! and a single that reverberates coronation single debuts on Ryan Seacrests syndicated show. All good re-orientation of the idol bubble towards Lee as the American Idol winner!

    There’s also that strong Chicago hometown connection, recently revived with 20,000 at the Arlington Park concert. And Dear Isabelle would be an obvious candidate for an album scoop for the Fox Chicago (promised because of the AP interview mix-up.) I also think this week will see news, photos etc from the AI promo shoots for next year – G Safarian promised to divulge some once all the shoots were over, and I think the current one for Kris is the last.

    I don’t know where they’re going but this all seems like a careful promo campaign. There’s a little something to appeal to everyone in what has been revealed, and so far it has been positive, even getting people to change their opinions.

    This is all speculation on my part, of course!

    Just wishing the music would come soon.

  95. Lovin these reviews & everyone’s comments..had a good amount of reading to do this morning ;)

  96. Thanks. Gotta say it’s all working for me. I’m looking forward to the album even more.

  97. had a good amount of reading to do this morning

    Isn’t that the truth! Lot of catching up to do after working all day. Good stuff to come home to for sure. I keep taking a peek at that album cover. Brings a smile to my face every time and just makes me feel good. I’m really hoping the music is all I know it can be from Mr. DeWyze!

  98. I think they still have Carrie and Kelly remaining with the Idol promos but some scoopage when they are done would be great!

    I also recall Adam and Kris previewed their album last year but wasn’t it closer to the album release and the critics had access to the full album or close to full? I could be recalling incorrectly so someone who remembers more clear let me know. I do think that showcasing a handful of tracks with the single release is a good strategy. And nice that they are letting the music do the selling.

  99. tigervixxxen: I also recall Adam and Kris previewed their album last year but wasn’t it closer to the album release and the critics had access to the full album or close to full?

    No. Lyndsey Parker did a writeup of 3 Adam songs (Time For Miracles was already out): FYE, Surefire Winners, Music Again. Here’s the link to that one:

    http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/realityrocks/279487/preview-alert-reality-rocks-adam-lambert-listening-session/

    Her writeup of Kris’s was of 7 songs:

    http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/realityrocks/279432/preview-alert-reality-rocks-kris-allen-listening-session/

    Michael Slezak heard 4 tracks on Kris’s album by October 7th:

    http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/10/07/kris-allen-interview-new-album-daughtry/

    Jim Cantiello of MTV also heard songs off both their albums around the same time as Michael Slezak and Lyndsey Parker IIRC.

  100. I’m so excited all the reviews have been so positive so far. I love seeing “written by Dewyze” over and over!
    ETA Lee has been trending on Yahoo this evening!

  101. Loving L.Parker’s review of Lee’s album preview.
    For a music critic who was a “NON-FAN” to actually write such positive comment is a compliment in itself.
    I am happy that Lee is given such an opportunity to prove himself as an artist.
    He will NOT disappoint.
    Now that some details of the 4 songs are revealed, got me more excited to hear new Lee music than ever!!!

  102. Thanks for last years reviews Windmills – obviously Lyndsey Parker is an Adam fan! (Should have guessed from her pic!)

  103. Thank you windmills, those were fun to read over again. My strongest recollection was of the Kris review which I knew contained more songs and it was a little later on 10/21 but you are right the earlier review was for the same 4 song preview.

  104. I think an album cover can do a LOT to sell a record.

    I don’t think his album cover will bring a whole bunch of non-fans to pick up the album and buy it.

    I don’t know. Do people really buy albums because of the cover? I sure don’t. It may be something fun for fans to talk about until the album is released but I doubt it will have much effect on album sales.

    Some people do buy albums because of the cover. I actually read something about this recently. But the albums that people said they bought had something interesting or a naked woman on the cover. A guy smiling did not draw them to buy the album.

  105. But the albums that people said they bought had something interesting or a naked woman on the cover. A guy smiling did not draw them to buy the album.

    Well, I’d buy an album cover with a guy smiling on it but I wouldn’t buy one with a naked woman on the cover LOL so I don’t think we can really generalize here.

    All I’ll say is that if album covers weren’t important marketing tools, all album covers would be blank ;)

  106. Both Billboard and Lindsey used the word surprise in their review. Lee himself said that people will be a little surprise. I’m really anxious to hear what the surprise will be.

  107. Word to that, Trina. ;)

    i think i love u (& your comments) ;) So glad youre part of our cozy corner!

    There i go again…i think im a little giddy again after reading some pretty darn great reviews over & over…& over.
    Speaking of, Billboard and Hitfix had some awesome comments but Lyndsey Parker too?! That makes me happy :)

  108. Me & My Jealousy
    Bit of sample lyric “They tell me I should just move on/easier said than done/the only thing keeping me company / is me and my jealousy.”

    Any Lee fan who had listened to both his pre-idol CD would know that this is totally something Lee would write. The wordings / lyrics are just so very Lee.

    Dear Isabelle really sounds like an Annabelle-vibe ( my favorite from Slumberland).

    Really really getting so excited for all these new materials.

  109. Love that snippet! From the reviews, the sound of Me & My Jealousy seems to have Never There kinda vibe!

    I love Annabelle too but i dont think Dear Isabelle will have that intensity. It seems to have a more lighter sound-“cute acoustic-ditty vibe”.

  110. So I have been following you folks on mjsbigblog for a couple of weeks – I love the vibe here as well as the intelligent conversations – so I signed up :). Ok enough about me . I am loving the reviews I have read about Lee’s new album . He must be on cloud nine !!! I ‘m soo excited for him :)

  111. brod565:
    I love the vibe here as well as the intelligent conversations

    You got that right ;)
    Hi brod565! Yay, youre another de-lurker..thanks for joining us! :)

  112. The wordings / lyrics are just so very Lee.

    Haha. You are so right. It has Lee stamped all over it. I’m a little anxious but excited at the same time because I think the Lee now and the Lee from Slumberland and So I’m Told is going to be different. Lee is growing each day and getting better and better. I think this new album will show a whole new different side of him. Although it looks like the romantic part is still there. Love the reviews. So happy about them.

    BTW. Welcome brod565. Join in the fun.

  113. Love Lee’s music, love the album cover. I consider the album cover a bonus, albeit a very very nice one! Squeeeeee!

    Look, it’s not our fault – the guy even has a “hot”line.

  114. There have been blank album covers. If that didn’t draw anyone to buy it, it probably did draw them to at least pick it up.

    sp34567: Yes, it was a marketing ploy. And if album covers weren’t important marketing tools, ALL album covers would be blank.

    Kvwicks13: I also bought both pre-idol CDs (no pics on those covers), the new CD (pre-ordered from Amazon) before it had a name or album cover, every Idol recorded version from iTunes, and also have a bunch of live and/or acoustic songs from The Huddle, the Arlington Park Concert, the Marilyn Manson cover of Beautiful People, and other gems. And I play all those songs without a visual reference?! Imagine!

  115. I see what you are saying Windmills, and I’ve always felt like nothing in particular can give any of the Idols “cred”. It is true that nobody listening on the radio is going to instantly know that Lee helped write the song, just as they wouldn’t know if he didn’t write it. And it probably doesn’t matter one way or another to radio PDs. I guess it helps the overall branding and perception.

    Oh it definitely helps. That’s what separated Daughtry from the other Idols who had gone before and actually got him some rock radio play for his first single. If the PR for the artist is all around how they write songs and play an instrument, rather than being about ‘he’s flamboyant’ or ‘she’s cute’ or whatever other tacks have been used, then that’s what writers and DJs focus on. The story becomes “Lee Dewyze is a real artist not like all those other people from the show.’ And don’t jump on me! I’m not saying that’s true, just that it’s possible to create that perception.

    That’s not true for country or R&B artists, where it’s accepted that other people write the songs and the singer just stands up and sings them, but it is true of Lee’s genre.

  116. You certainly can’t accuse me of loving Lee for his looks(well you could but you’d be barking up the wrong tree). I love Lee’s voice and his music, plain and simple. I liked what I heard from him on Idol so I set out to find his pre-Idol recordings and once I got them I realized I was a fan of his original music and songwriting skills as well. The man is just very talented and very impressive any way you slice it, and that has very little to do with the way he looks.

    BTW, Happy Birthday John Lennon! You would have been 70 today.

    You may be long gone, but your music is timeless. :)

  117. Look, it’s not our fault – the guy even has a “hot”line.

    Very cute line! :)

  118. Reminder:

    Please don’t make generalizations or question the motives of your fellow posters. I’m editing and deleting posts now.

  119. I also bought both pre-idol CDs (no pics on those covers), the new CD (pre-ordered from Amazon) before it had a name or album cover, every Idol recorded version from iTunes, and also have a bunch of live and/or acoustic songs from The Huddle, the Arlington Park Concert, the Marilyn Manson cover of Beautiful People, and other gems. And I play all those songs without a visual reference?! Imagine!

    Me, too!

    I love Lee’s voice and his music, plain and simple. I liked what I heard from him on Idol so I set out to find his pre-Idol recordings and once I got them I realized I was a fan of his original music and songwriting skills as well. The man is just very talented and very impressive any way you slice it, and that has very little to do with the way he looks.

    Very well said. And whatever Lee’s selling, I’m buying (in the way of music, that is). While I have the mp3s of the Arlington Park songs, I would buy a DVD of that concert, in its entirety, in a heartbeat. And I probably wouldn’t close my eyes while playing it eiher. I may be a grandmother, but I sure ain’t dead yet.

  120. Thank you for the welcomes. I hope I can contribute to the discussion that you all have here . Does anyone else have the feeling that Lee is an old soul ? He sings with more passion and intensity than it would seem possible for someone his age !

  121. Brod565, welcome! And yes, he’s definitely an old soul, wise beyond his years. Most of songs he wrote for So I’m Told were probably written in his late teens and for Slumberland, he was probably 20-21. I’m also excited to hear those other 20 pre-idol songs that Wuli is planning to put into a 3rd album. And, of course, super excited for his new single and CD!

  122. Great discussions here. I agree that Lee is most definitely an old soul and that’s probably one of the many reasons I connect with his music so much. I’m also always amazed when I think how young he was when writing his two albums, which I listen to every day. By the way, I keep wondering when I will have finally OD’d on his music. It’s been how many months now, and all I want is more. I need that new music so bad.

    Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!

  123. Here’s an article about how the cover design can influence the sales of a CD:
    “Design plays a part in purchase decisions. When browsing for CDs, we usually pick up what visually attracts us and then look at the listed songs, unless we are looking for a specific artist or title. This process is the way a person gets a feel for the CD artist, mood, and vibe; and ultimately, hopes to be satisfied that the CD delivers what the design and titles suggest”.
    I think they succeeded in the visually attractive part of the design
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/110754/cd_sales_based_on_album_artwork_cover.html?cat=35

  124. I think they succeeded in the visually attractive part of the design

    I so agree !!!! :)

  125. Sorry I’m a little inept when it comes to computer “stuff” lol I’m learning thought

  126. ldjfan-what a great article. I especially liked the part where it described album packaging design as an “invitation.” Lee’s cover is definately inviting and does represent the product within.
    Added bonus- most of the articles about the album preview(all favorable!) feature that same great picture!

    ETA Just had to read Lyndsey Parker again- she thinks three of the four(the ones Lee co-wrote) are singleworthy! She says “Live It Up” has an alt-country vibe (guitar twang)-that makes me think of Annabelle or Sweet Sweet-my two favorites on Slumberland. Though that vibe says folk or Appalachian mountain music more than commercial country music to me.

  127. ldjfan:
    10/09/2010 at 1:32 pm
    Here’s an article about how the cover design can influence the sales of a CD:
    “Design plays a part in purchase decisions. When browsing for CDs, we usually pick up what visually attracts us and then look at the listed songs, unless we are looking for a specific artist or title. This process is the way a person gets a feel for the CD artist, mood, and vibe; and ultimately, hopes to be satisfied that the CD delivers what the design and titles suggest”.
    I think they succeeded in the visually attractive part of the design
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/110754/cd_sales_based_on_album_artwork_cover.html?cat=35

    Since there’s studies done on everything, I wonder if they’ve studied the differences between males and females when it comes to cover art and how it affects their buying. For me, it really only can have a negative effect – I may actually be embarassed to pick up an album because of the cover. If it’s an artist that I’m looking for specifically I’ll buy it regardless of the cover, but in the rare instance that I’m just browsing for something (I can’t imagine that a lot of people do that, that often, but maybe they do), I’m going to look at the genre of music and then look at the track list and maybe whatever description of the album is given on the back cover. The best album cover in that case for me is something very neutral – something that doesn’t really say too much about what’s inside. I’ve actually covered albums with my hand until I got to the checkout because I didn’t want everyone seeing what I was buying – I’ll listen to just about anything but when I was somewhere around 19 years old, as a guy, it wasn’t cool to be picking up Black and Blue by the Backstreet Boys (I still have it).

    I guess what I’m getting at is that for those who will buy it regardless, Lee’s album cover doesn’t hurt him one bit. For someone who might be on the fence, who knows. A 22 year old guy who actually might want to buy it, might pass because of the prominent picture on the cover. (Of course, there’s iTunes and Amazon now as well so embarassment can be prevented by shopping at home, lol.)

    The track descriptions sound interesting. I do keep wondering about the “rough vocals over pretty melodies” description (or however it’s been put). I find Lee to sound better personally when he’s introspective, in general – when he goes for more power vocally it can sound strained, IMO (I’ve heard two different versions of the same song from him where one sounds fine and the other sounds…well, IMO, awful, but as most of you know I’m not a fan). From the descriptions his vocals may be more contained and less strained, which I think is good for him.

  128. That is true that the shrinking of physical CD space in stores in favor of more of an online marketplace changes how consumers browse and find their music. My theory has always been that Idol albums tend to have the large portrait on them (and the self titling in many of the recent ones) are so that the casual and Idol fans will recognize the face and name on the cover should they walk by the CD display or are browsing. I also just think the album cover reflects the style of the solo male artist genre (Rob Thomas, John Mayer, James Morrison all have self portrait covers), which should also be an important signal to anyone spending time casually looking for music. And there is still some browsing online such as the itunes and amazon home pages but people do tend to look for something specific more often than not I suppose.

    One question about you comment when Lee goes for more power in his vocals, are you talking more live or recorded? I personally did not think Lee sounded strained during the Idol show but I can see how some arrived at that conclusion. Recorded I think he uses his power effectively and it comes across very clear, so I expect the same results on the new songs described here.

  129. I’ve actually covered albums with my hand until I got to the checkout because I didn’t want everyone seeing what I was buying – I’ll listen to just about anything but when I was somewhere around 19 years old, as a guy, it wasn’t cool to be picking up Black and Blue by the Backstreet Boys (I still have it).

    Haha! I think most of us probably have/had Black and Blue! Thanks for the memory. Hmmm… Now where is that CD?

  130. One question about you comment when Lee goes for more power in his vocals, are you talking more live or recorded? I personally did not think Lee sounded strained during the Idol show but I can see how some arrived at that conclusion. Recorded I think he uses his power effectively and it comes across very clear, so I expect the same results on the new songs described here.

    I’d say moreso with live performance. His recordings generally came across fairly well – and he did have a couple performances on the televised show (didn’t know if you meant that or on the tour) where I felt he went stronger and didn’t sound strained – i.e. That’s Life (although not a rock song of course, he didn’t hold back on the delivery and I would have picked it as possibly his best performance during the season).

    The tone of voice that I think works best for him was the stripped down acoustic rendition of Use Somebody, as opposed to the full band rock version – at least in a live situation. It’s always easier to get things to sound good in a recording.

  131. Yeah that did not come across clear, I meant more the Idol tour than the TV show. But I understand what you are saying, I agree that Lee’s voice really shines when he’s more stripped down and can use some different textures, though I enjoy his big full voice too.

  132. mozart4898 Have you ever listened to Slumberland? I think Annabelle and Where You Lie are examples of Lee’s rough vocals.

  133. I’m really happy for Lee that the reviews of his new 4 songs have been very positive. I can’t wait to hear his new single on Wednesday. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long to be able to download it.

  134. I’m pretty frustrated because we don’t get Ryan’s program here -I’ve checked.:( Hope it will be available for download on I-Tunes “soon”.

  135. I’m pretty frustrated because we don’t get Ryan’s program here -I’ve checked.:( Hope it will be available for download on I-Tunes “soon”.

    It streams live on the internet as well. Just go to http://www.kiisfm.com and click where it say “Listen Live.”

  136. Super excited for Wednesday to hear “Live it Up”, I’ll bring the coffee and donuts!

  137. Bamintx-MJ will probably have it here.

    I’m so excited- I keep thinking “guitar twang.” This will be a brand new song, but still really Lee. It sounds upbeat and radio ready. If it does well, the fact that it has the same name as the album will really help Lee in November. Along with that inviting album cover!

  138. Powter48, thanks for the link. Do you know what time Ryan’s show airs? Hmmm… I’m thinking I’ll need to block out my Outlook calendar for some “in-office” time on Wednesday and remember to bring the ear buds. ;)

  139. When Lee performed “Only Dreaming” he did say it would be on the album, didn’t he? So that would be 5 confirmed songs, right? I love OD!
    Can’t wait til Wednesday!

  140. And I know not all songs make the cut, but he did get tweets from Claude Kelly about a new song, and a few others I can’t remember. How many songs are usually on an album? 11? 12? 182? (wishful thinking lol)

  141. 182 sounds good to me!

    I think they have to finish the album this week-a month before Nov. 16, so there will be a lot of decision making going on. I think Lee said in a tweet last week that he was still writing and recording. He must be really loving this experience,getting to collaborate with all these successful songwriters and having a song he co-wrote chosen for the single.

  142. Aprilfoolish, yeah Lee did say that Only Dreaming is part of the album. He said, “I got the ok to play one off the album…” I’ve listened to that waaaaaay too many times. lol I sure hope they didn’t cut it out.

  143. Oh goodie! I’m glad I wasn’t only dreaming! So that does make 5 songs we know about, one we know is awesome, and one we will find out about (drumroll please) in 3 days(!), and three that sound like they are going to be amazing! And an album cover that is so Lee! All this fangirl stuff is making me an American ” idle” cause I can’t seem to pry myself away!

  144. Powter48. Thanks for the link.
    I hope that MJ will post Lee’s single launch @Ryans here as well.
    It would be both interesting and exciting to share discussion with you all.
    You all know when it comes to Lee’s music, there are just so so many details to discuss and share – the vocals, the lyrics & meaning, the sound, the phrasing, the accompanying instruments, etc.

    ETA: on my way to Kodiak today and I can only hope there is wifi there or I’d have a frustrating week ahead if I miss all these excitement.
    Can’t wait!

  145. You can also listen to Ryan’s show via the “i heart radio” ap for ipad/itouch/iphone. They stream KIIS FM right from there. I plan to get comfy and listen that way! I believe the show is from 5-10am pacific but probably during the 6-8am hours is the best bet. I saw the thread posted here when Adam’s song premiered there and it was at 6:55am pacific. They also had an interview with him, so we may get to hear one from Lee as well :)

    My guess is there will be 12 songs on the album but there is usually a bonus itunes preorder song and an exclusive wal-mart song. In recent years there has been more of the digital deluxe albums offered that may contain 4-5 extra items, sometimes behind the scenes videos, music video, acoustic versions or a couple other bonus songs. We won’t really know what they are going to offer for Lee until they release track listing details but my guess is we will get about 14-15 songs total and fingers crossed for a couple more if they do a deluxe version.

  146. kvwicks13:
    Coffee, donuts and Lee DeWyze! Doesn’t get any better than that…wait, even without coffee and donuts, it doesn’t get any better that that!

    All this fangirl stuff is making me an American ” idle” cause I can’t seem to pry myself away!

    That’s classic! I knew there had to be a description about my life since LD won me over, and now there is…’American Idle’, love it! :)
    Wednesday can’t come soon enough, I’m really anxious to ‘Live It Up”!

  147. Thanks for the link. Thought I could take a sick day, but big meeting and will probably be there late. I could have listened on the radio w/headphones (if only). I can’t log on to the net from work :( You can believe I’ll definitely be hightailing it home that night for sure!

  148. How many songs are usually on an album? 11? 12? 182? (wishful thinking lol)

    Wouldn’t that be nice !!!! Counting down until Wednesday :)

  149. but my guess is we will get about 14-15 songs total and fingers crossed for a couple more if they do a deluxe version.

    And I thought I was excited before you posted this – Yikes!

    Unfortunately I don’t have an I-pod. By the time i get home Wednesday night I’ll be chompin at the bit.

  150. here is usually a bonus itunes preorder song and an exclusive wal-mart song. In recent years there has been more of the digital deluxe albums offered that may contain 4-5 extra items, sometimes behind the scenes videos, music video, acoustic versions or a couple other bonus songs. We won’t really know what they are going to offer for Lee until they release track listing details but my guess is we will get about 14-15 songs total and fingers crossed for a couple more if they do a deluxe version.

    Really???? I had no idea about the deluxe extra items!!! Please, please, please let it happen. Did Kris have one last year?
    Can you imagine 14 new Lee songs? I’ll really be an American Idle then:)

  151. Both David C and Kris has the itunes preorder and wal-mart bonus songs. David also had a hidden track, so he really had 15 songs plus Time of My Life. Kris had the itunes pass thing (which they don’t do anymore) and it pretty much gave a bunch of videos and interviews from Idol tour but nothing as far as bonus material from his record, so Kris had 14 songs total.

  152. See this is why I’m here – great information – I had no idea ! Oh please let there be bonuses !!!!

  153. Yeah, I’m definately operating in American Idle mode these days-I don’t plan to check many things off my to-do list on Wednesday.

    Last year I bought three of Adam’s albums without even planning to-I preordered from Amazon, then I-tunes had a couple of bonus songs(written by Adam) and videos, so I had to buy that. Then AO offered an album with a separate book of pictures for something like $25.00, so of course I had no choice. My daughter thinks I’m certifiable. So I didn’t mention to her I’ve already preordered Lee’s album on Itunes and two from Amazon. If anybody else is smart enough to offer bonuses, I’ll be there.

  154. I’ve already preordered Lee’s album on Itunes and two from Amazon.

    I have done the same!
    There should probably be an asylum someplace just for ‘American Idles’. :)
    I have rearranged my entire day on Wed. just to hear Lee’s first radio play! It will be a Beautifu Day!

  155. My daughter thinks I’m certifiable

    LOL my husband and 4 children think I obsessed (not )….. well maybe a little :) – I think Lee is my mid-life crisis !! It could be worse !

  156. “There should probably be an asylum someplace just for ‘American Idles”

    He he there is! It’s called American Idyll, it has all us American Idles fangirling with our own American Idol!

  157. There should probably be an asylum someplace just for ‘American Idles’. :)

    Can I make my reservations now ? For I have too pre-ordered on both LOL at least I know I will be in good company !

  158. Hey welcome to the group brod565!

    tigervixxxen : digital deluxe albums offered that may contain 4-5 extra items, sometimes behind the scenes videos, music video, acoustic versions or a couple other bonus songs

    Thanks for the info. Now, this is a definite “must-have” album.
    pardon my ignorance but where do you purchase this?

  159. We don’t know yet what bonuses will be offered for Lee, but I’m sure MJ will post it-you can connect to Itunes and Amazon through her site, and probably Lee DeWyze Official will announce it also.

  160. Usually iTunes offers the deluxe versions. You can see Archie’s current album has one there. Sometimes the official website offers deluxe or some sort of package deal for an album just like Artemis mentioned buying the album that came with a photo book from Adam’s official site. I think we will get any details about all that when they announce the track listing and writing credits for all the other songs. iTunes still hasn’t updated the correct release date or album cover so they are probably waiting to do one big update with the track listing.

  161. Thanks for all the infos artemis and tigervixxxen.
    I’ll be on the lookout for it when and if it does come out ( and I hope it does).
    I also hope it will be a hard copy versus download versions. I am pretty old school and sentimental about having actual hard album copies of artists/musicians I really like.

  162. I’ve already preordered Lee’s album on Itunes and two from Amazon.

    Well, then, that makes three of us. I pre-ordered iTunes right after the win because they do usually add a bonus song. Then I pre-ordered a hardcopy from Amazon just because I like to have the physical CD (yes, so I can look at the all-important album cover ;) but also so I can get it signed in case I have the opportunity). Then when OperationAlbumSpike was announced, I had to order another one, just had to LOL. I plan on buying the Walmart version if it has a bonus track too. I love Kris’s bonus track, Send Me All Your Angels, that he co-wrote with Chris Daughtry and Breathe Tonight, which was David Cook’s bonus song from Walmart.

  163. I have pre ordered on iTunes and I’m definitely going to get a hard copy from walmart. If there are more versions with bonus content I’m getting those too!

  164. Wow, I missed alot on the thread here today. I’m a total Lee fangirl and my kids think I’m obsessed as well. Wednesday can’t come fast enough! Although I’m excited to hear “”Live it Up”, I will be more excited when I can actually buy it!

  165. I’m certainly going to try and get as many songs and specials as I can, but at present I can’t even pre-order from i-Tunes, living in NZ! Hmmm … I’m sure there’s ways around that, they’ll become obvious closer to the time! And I’ve already made arrangements for “Live it up”!

    Of course the single will make a lot of difference to the album sales as well, and my number nerdie thing got to wondering just how much? I ended up with a few questions!

    Yesterday, for comparison, November 16 releases on the Amazon best-sellers list:

    #5 Susan Boyle (releases the previous week, but probably still charting near the top that week)
    #6 Josh Groban
    #87 Keith Urban *single released
    #104 Kid Rock *single due Oct 12
    #113 Rascall Flatts *single released
    #198 Norah Jones
    #214 Lee DeWyze *single due soon!!!!
    #395 Rihanna

    There are also some Xmas albums
    #162 Pink Martini
    #333 Loreena McKennit
    #365 Annie Lennox

    and Bruce Springsteen previously unreleased tracks and special sets from Darkness #22, #37 & #126.

    And a Glee album, Pink Greatest Hits and Burlesque are also down for release that date (rankings at present below #450 at present).

    Questions to those more knowledgeable than me!

    Anyone to add or take off this list?
    How important are the Xmas albums?
    And how does Bruce Springsteen fit in this list?
    Any other suggestions/comments?

    Comment: The rankings bounce round a great deal, especially with the lower ranks – which suggests to me that the actual pre-orders numbers are small, so just a few sales can make a lot of difference in rank! (Makes sense if Amazon only sell about 6% of sales.)

    ETA: I know, I know, too many numbers! help me get rid of some of them!

  166. Sure, I always enjoy commenting on numbers! I saw some industry projections in Billboard magazine last week that they expect 200k opening week from both Rihanna and Rascal Flatts. They may be expected to be the strongest openers that week. Keith Urban and Kid Rock may be just under that. You are right that Susan Boyle will still be a factor but I do wonder if she can rake in sales like she did with the first one, did the novelty wear off? Her album is a holiday one as well. Taylor swift could also still be selling very well by then too. I don’t know that the greatest hits stuff will be a big factor. Amazon has perhaps an “older” market so it’s not always easy to tell how presales translate into opening sales, just as Rihanna is lower here than what I would expect. She also has a single out too. Thanks for the numbers, I’ll be curious to see how those change in the coming weeks.

  167. Thanks tigervixxxen! Taylor Swift’s album release is Oct 25, she’s currently at #2 on the Amazon List. Maybe 3 weeks later her sales may be less influential?

    Do you know of projections for Josh Groban?

    This is my first time of following such things through – I learn such a lot from it!

  168. ItsMyT1me:

    I plan on buying the Walmart version if it has a bonus track too. I love Kris’s bonus track, Send Me All Your Angels, that he co-wrote with Chris Daughtry and Breathe Tonight, which was David Cook’s bonus song from Walmart.

    There isn’t much Walmart can do that pleases me, but their AI bonus tracks tend to kick ass. :)

  169. Here are a couple really good resources to look up album release dates.

    This one lists just about everything possible under the sun. They still have Lee listed for 10/26 (and the WuLi records for some bizarre reason) but they will get it corrected soon.
    http://www.newmusictipsheet.com/page.php?id=out_later

    This one just lists major releases and updates rather slow but is another really solid resource.
    http://features.metacritic.com/features/upcoming-album-release-calendar/

    Groban is harder to predict, he hasn’t had a non Christmas album released in the US since 2006. He definitely has his fans but I don’t think he’s expected to make a big debut. Taylor Swift is predicted to open at 750k, so if that is the case she will hang around for a long time.

  170. There was also a question on twitter about how to find the best radio station to listen for Live it Up once it is released to radio. I’ll have lot of other links and goodies later. I don’t want to overwhelm now and we don’t know exactly the radio formats that the single will be targeted to. Hot AC and Top 40 are probably good assumptions but I’ll hold off for now. Anyway, here is a good place to look up the stations in your local radio market.
    http://radio-locator.com/

  171. The live link doesn’t work for me. Guess I have to listen to it vicariously through all of you until the download is out. Hope it comes out soon.

  172. jennyl, I’m in the same position, plus its 2-5 am for me! Hope there’s a replay button somewhere to listen later!

  173. Aww I’m sorry that you can’t listen to the live stream. And the i heart radio ap doesn’t work for you? I bet MJ will have the link up here very soon, you won’t have to wait long!

    Maybe RCA isn’t linking to itunes yet because they have not updated anything. lol

  174. What is the i heart radio ap? I hope MJ does link it. I’ve taken annual leave on Wed partly to monitor the web the whole day. Haha.

    Imkhemari, let’s hope we get that download link on Thursday.

  175. Oh sorry, the i heart radio thing is for iphone/ipod, I have no idea if it works internationally either. But just one idea so that we don’t have to be chained to the computer during the show if we don’t have to be! These two days are going to go by so slow.

    One random thought I had as I was watching the videos from Arlington Park last night: I noticed that the lettering they used on Lee’s name in the banner behind him there is the same from the album cover.

  176. Wednesday can’t get here fast enough! I’m ready to Live it Up right now!

  177. I just hope Ryan Seacrest plays ‘Live It Up’ first, so the anticipation doesn’t kill me! (and then all day, every day!)

  178. That’s a good review, kvwicks! Thanks for posting it.

    I am officially dying to hear “Dear Isabelle” now.

  179. Great review kvwicks! Though the fact Lee had written on 2 others as well as Dear Isabelle has passed them by! Wondered if the link could be posted on the headlines thread as well, might as well spread the Lee news around, though the comparison with Adam Lambert will set some back!

    And a link for those overseas (like me) to listen to Ryan on Wednesday http://radiotime.com/station/s_22064/The_Point_949.aspx from @_DoubleJ_ on twitter!

  180. Though the fact Lee had written on 2 others as well as Dear Isabelle has passed them by!

    Imkhemari, I thought the same thing. Unless he co-wrote the other two and maybe Dear Isabelle is totally his own, not sure. I will post it on the headlines as well.

    FYI, the link to the review is on the previous page.

  181. Unless he co-wrote the other two and maybe Dear Isabelle is totally his own, not sure.

    Well, the original post here says both Dear Isabelle and Live it up were co-written with Toby Gad and Lindy Robbins. But maybe Dear Isabelle sounds closer to the pre-idol songs?

    Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait!

  182. kwicks13, Thanks for posting another great review! I especially liked their comment “his mastery of the guitar as well as the vocal chords”. Very nice! Can’t wait to hear the whole album!

  183. I wonder if Dear Isabelle is similar to Annabelle! Alot of people have commented that they liked Dear Isabelle the best of the 4 songs that they heard!

  184. I loved that review Thanks for posting the link kvwicks 13. I’m so excited for Wednesday but I wish the album was coming out sooner I so can’t wait to here ” Dear Isabelle “

  185. Did I or did I not say (several times) that he’s a better guitarist than anyone would know from just watching Idol? Did I???????

    /gloat

    ;)

  186. He’s pretty good on the piano as well. If you saw him play on the If I Can Dream house, he played very well. He’s a bit modest, I remember in an interview he said he dabbled a bit on the piano. From what I saw, he was very good and comfortable playing piano!

  187. wjmtv, Yes! And you were so right! Too bad it was never mentioned on AI.
    I read an old review of Slumberland some time ago, and the reviewer specifically mentioned that Lee was a “master” guitar player as well as a great songwriter and vocalist.

  188. California peeps, did you see MJ posted about another charity appearance for Lee? This one is on Friday in San Francisco but tickets are available to the public. They are a little pricey ($125) but it is for a good cause. I hope some people are able to attend this one if they have the chance! I bet Lee will perform the single :) Info here: http://thisoldbag.org/

    brod565, one of the guys from WuLi said on one of the fan boards that Lee played all the instruments on Never There except they rerecorded the piano part recently since it was just on a keyboard from when they initially had done the song. Did anyone else read that, am I remembering what they said correctly?

    I’m also thrilled with the reviews, this is some good buzz for Lee. I am very intrigued with Dear Isabelle, it does seem like the stand out of the four songs but they all are complimented. Is it Wednesday yet?

  189. tigervixxxen,

    one of the guys from WuLi said on one of the fan boards that Lee played all the instruments on Never There

    Yes, you are correct, I remember reading that, too.

  190. I wonder if Dear Isabelle is similar to Annabelle!

    Karen, my guess is that they are fairly dissimilar since one of the other reviews from last week said that “Dear Isabelle” has a “Hey There Delilah” acoustic type vibe to it, and as we all know “Anabelle” is more in the bluesy rock mode.

    But I’m sure whatever it sounds like, it’ll be great. :)

  191. Thank You tigervixxxen :) I love him playing the guitar but I sure wouldn’t mind seeing and hearing Lee play the piano ! Hell he could be playing a rubberband and I’d be there LOL !

  192. one of the guys from WuLi said on one of the fan boards that Lee played all the instruments on Never There except they rerecorded the piano part recently since it was just on a keyboard from when they initially had done the song. Did anyone else read that, am I remembering what they said correctly?

    It was Ryan who said that, and you are correct, he said they rerecorded Lee’s original keyboard part with the piano part that is now on the track.

  193. It was Ryan who said that, and you are correct, he said they rerecorded Lee’s original keyboard part with the piano part that is now on the track

    If I remember right Ryan said that they wanted to redo with a grand piano!

  194. brod565, one of the guys from WuLi said on one of the fan boards that Lee played all the instruments on Never There except they rerecorded the piano part recently since it was just on a keyboard from when they initially had done the song. Did anyone else read that, am I remembering what they said correctly?

    Does that mean he played the guitar on the song, too? I just assumed that was Louis. The guitar work on Never There is excellent!

  195. A lot of people have commented that they liked Dear Isabelle the best of the 4 songs that they heard!

    I like the way that all the tease is for “Dear Isabelle”!

    Kinda like: Did you enjoy “Live it up”? – then buy the album to hear “Dear Isabelle” (it’s even better!)

  196. Love coming home to another great review. Can’t it be Wednesday yet????

    I asked Lee on his hotline if his first video could include snippets of him playing piano and drums as well as guitar. Hope he answers yes!

  197. At the Ford event with Crystal, they were asked about guitars and Lee said he could play electric but his preference was acoustic.

  198. Does that mean he played the guitar on the song, too? I just assumed that was Louis. The guitar work on Never There is excellent!

    Some how the thought of Lee playing the electric guitar on that song is so sexy ! (just saying )

  199. he could play electric but his preference was acoustic

    That’s because acoustic guitar are more romantic, and he said on the Jimmy Fallon showed that he learned to play guitar as a teen so he could sing and play love songs to get the girls!

  200. That’s because acoustic guitar are more romantic, and he said on the Jimmy Fallon showed that he learned to play guitar as a teen so he could sing and play love songs to get the girls!

    Well, it worked! He sure got us!

  201. kvwicks13:

    That’s because acoustic guitar are more romantic, and he said on the Jimmy Fallon showed that he learned to play guitar as a teen so he could sing and play love songs to get the girls!

    I’ll never forget the comment he made at his homecoming. (I say “never forget,” but I don’t know the exact words) but the gist was, “Why would I leave the stage when all these cute girls are standing here?” He’s all boy, our Lee.

  202. ItsMyT1me:
    Lee Fans, @Eilonwya10 has written another David & Lee vignette. http://tiny.cc/h3y0u She’s the author of the Neal/David/Lee/Bear story :)

    It’s hilarious, even if like me you know very little about DC, the Lee bits are stunning – and it includes some comparison of album covers! It had me literally ROFL!

    ETA I hope I haven’t stolen your post here ItsMyT1me! It was too good not to share!

  203. I’ll never forget the comment he made at his homecoming. (I say “never forget,” but I don’t know the exact words) but the gist was, “Why would I leave the stage when all these cute girls are standing here?” He’s all boy, our Lee.

    I’ll never forget that either. It was such an uninhibited thing to say, especially in front of 40,000 people! Lee definitely loves the girls.

  204. “Why would I leave the stage when all these cute girls are standing here?”

    :)

    I loved when he said “All these cute girls, man, what’s going on?!” with the dorkiest smile on his face.

    Sorry, just had to reminisce for a second haha :)

  205. Another announcement of the new album and song debut on Idol Chatter http://ydtalk.com/chatter/?p=1598.

    Nice support for Lee’s pre-idol work as well as the usual press release blurb:

    “To see my name listed in the credits on each song was really important to me because I’m a songwriter” DeWyze says on his site.

    Of course, this being an Idol album, he had lots of collaborators.

    Not that he necessarily needed them. His pre-Idol album, “Slumberland,” is quite impressive. Here’s hoping they didn’t mess too much with the Lee DeWyze sound.

    And so say all of us! Guess we’ll find out soon.

  206. I’m a little confused about Ryan’s show….if you go on his site it looks like some radio stations have a 3 hour show while others have a 4 hour show. I’m going to listen to a Cleveland station that airs from 12-3 pm and pray I don’t miss it :) Is MJ going to have something on this site to watch/listen? Wednesday is tom!!!!

  207. I shouldn’t wish my life away but can it be Wednesday already !!!

  208. And a link for those overseas (like me) to listen to Ryan on Wednesday http://radiotime.com/station/s_22064/The_Point_949.aspx from @_DoubleJ_ on twitter!


    Imkhemari
    HELP! Which channel should I log into? There are 31 stations.

    Is it the first one that says KISSFM City Newburgh? Okay there are a few stations with KISSFM on it. I’m now confused.

  209. Lee co-wrote most of the songs, something that’s not always true when Idol champs come out with their first post-Idol albums.

    Another good point from the article Imkhemari posted. Thanks for posting. I’m even more excited with all these positive reviews. Not sure I can wait 5 more weeks!

  210. Did you guys see on the HL thread today that lee is lighting up Graceland in november? How cool is that? :) love that he is making all these appearances and hopefully we’ll get lots of coverage of that event.

  211. One more day!!!!!!

    Yay for Lee at Graceland. I wonder if he will sing in Memphis?
    I’d love to hear Lee singing “Love Me Tender,” strumming his acoustic guitar.

  212. Jennyl, the link worked for me…it’s The Point 94.9. Ryan’s show is 11am to 3pm US Eastern Time. We’re in the exact same time zone, so for us it’s 11pm to 3am. That’s reaaaaalllly late for me…it’s on a Wednesday night and I have to be at work by 7am every Thursday. I can probably stay up until 1am so I hope Ryan plays Live It Up within the 1st 2 hours.

  213. Ryan’s show is live on KIIS FM in LA but it is syndicated to many other stations, some who play it live and others who save it for later in the day. Some of those stations choose to cut out some stuff, sometimes the more rap and dance pop songs not all stations want to play that Ryan does. I don’t listen to the syndicated show enough to know if the premieres and celeb interviews are generally kept in the syndicated programs but a 4 hour show would probably be a better bet than the 3 hour one. Anyone in the US who can listen to KIIS on the stream I’d recommend doing that just because then it guarantees you’ll have no problems. But I know for those of you outside the US have to find something that works, so fingers crossed!

  214. Did you guys see on the HL thread today that lee is lighting up Graceland in november? How cool is that? love that he is making all these appearances and hopefully we’ll get lots of coverage of that event.

    That is VERY cool! :)

  215. Well that’s that! Single tomorrow, album nov 16! I’ve put everything into this album so I’m very excited to get it out there…
    It’s a fun album and I am very proud of it, I can’t thank you all enough for your support and encouragement, you are the best fans/friends.
    So thanks again guys you’ll be hearing from me here and there over the next few weeks, it’s gonna get busy, but it’s what I love.
    So,try to have a good day if u can, I’ll update you in a bit you guys and I’ll y’all to ya soon LIVE IT UP!!!!!
    Lee Dewyze via twitter, around 1:40 central time Oct. 12, 2010

    Looks like Lee is finished with his album!! Im so excited less than 24 hours to go!!! Live it up!! :)

  216. Lee has to be both nervous and excited for tomorrow – I know I am for him :)

  217. A snippet of a new song:

    Rickey
    retweet by sunnydai_
    Exclusive Video: Lee DeWyze – Live It Up preview in the studio http://14.ly/byIRFS I’M SO EXCITED! THIS IS AMAZING! GO LEE! @leedewyze

    Marvellous! A glimpse into the song-making process!

    Rickey corrected himself – NOT Live it up but another song on the album! Isabelle?

    ETA the intro chords sounded like Lee’s Beautiful Day?
    “and I dream x3 … take me back to where we were”

  218. Thanks for the link Imkhemari! The studio looks like a really nice relaxing place :)

  219. Hi Katya, Thanks. 94.9 point kind of hangs for me. I just hope it’lll work tonight. Thanks for the time as well. Bad at this sort of thing. I also can’t stay up too late so hopefully things work out.

  220. Lee twitter about an hour ago the song will not be LIVE IT UP its going to be SWEET SERENDIPITY – Never a dull moment with Lee :)

  221. IMKHEMARI – Thanks so much for the link it was great to be able to see some of the studio process !! I love it !!!

  222. Here’s a corrected twitlonger with links for listening to Ryan’s show over the internet
    http://www.twitlonger.com/show/6f16eh

    They’re at different US times, 3 links for the US, 2 for overseas. The original interview and playing of Sweet Serendipity is scheduled for 8.15am PST, but I don’t know if those times will translate to the other broadcasts as I gather they sometimes re-arrange the schedule!

    Anyway I’ll be trying for the PST time, it’ll be 5.15am in NZ! See you here later in the day! #SweetSerendipity !

  223. Rocco’s post was good, still supportive with a little of the WTH we are all feeling right now. By this time tomorrow I hope we are all saying that it was pure genius. Like Rocco says, we will love it anyhow, but I want every one else to love our boy. Here’s hoping this song draws them in!

  224. If you miss the interview part of Ryan’s show with Lee, iTunes offers podcast. I did search on Lee and it’s right there, so I’m glad cause I have to work this morning.

  225. I really liked Kirsten’s post on the single thread at 12:33 this morning:

    “A last minute switch could indicate that the label is invested in having a hit song. If they didn’t care, they would just run with whatever.”

    That sounds promising.

    As for those who are worried that the title suggests either a ballad or something saccharine, I offer, “Sweet Sweet” which is decidedly neither. :)

  226. BTW anyone else living outside U.S- try these for a live stream (the ones posted earlier turned out to be delayed):

    > http://bit.ly/8XBpQx

    That one should work for everyone but if it doesnt..try this-
    It doesnt seem to work for everybody but it did for me so it’s worth a shot:

    > http://bit.ly/d3jQHO
    You’ll see that the last 1 on the list is KIIS FM. click on it to play & it should take u to the kiis fm player :)

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