Lee DeWyze ‘So I’m Told’ To Be Re-Released November 9

The Chicago-based record label that released Lee DeWyze’s two pre-Idol albums will re-release a “digitally remixed and remastered” version of his first album, So I’m Told.

The album will be released on November 9 and distributed through WuLi’s new distribution partner, Universal Music Group/Fontana.

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Lee’s post-Idol debut, Live it Up, will be released one week later, on November 16 by RCA/Sony Music.  Of course, it’s not a stretch to assume that WuLi is hoping to hop on the publicity surrounding Lee’s major label release. And kinda ironic that Idol’s new distribution partner, Universal, will be distributing a release that could compete with Lee’s new music.

Check out the press release after the jump.  Notice how WuLi emphasizes that Lee had “complete artistic freedom” on So I’m Told and his second album Slumberland (which will be re-released through Universal on October 25).

For good measure, a remixed and remastered version of “Beautiful People” will be released on the Live it Up release day, November 16.

Read the Press Release after the JUMP…

Thanks CathyMK…

Lee DeWyze’s first album, “So I’m Told” has been digitally re-mixed and re-mastered. It even includes updated versions of some of your favorite songs and is scheduled to be available November 9, 2010.

For the record, Lee wrote ALL of the songs on “So I’m Told” before he even turned 21 years old. The album was under produced and you, the loyal Fan, deserve a more polished version like the critically acclaimed “Slumberland”.

BEFORE Lee became a huge superstar and gained international stardom, he had 100% artistic freedom on Wuli Records. Lee wrote nearly all of the songs on “So I’m Told” and Slumberland. So if you would like to hear Lee expressing himself with his phat original band, add “So I’m Told” and “Slumberland” to your music collection.

In case you did not know, “Slumberland”, reached Number 7 on the Billboard’s Heat Seekers Albums Chart through “word of mouth”. It will now be available through our new distribution partner Universal Music Group/Fontana Distribution on October 25, 2010. Let’s try to get all of Lee’s albums in the top ten.

Watch out for the re-mixed and re-mastered “The Beautiful People” release on November 16, 2010.

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56 Comments

  1. Wow. Way to jump on the bandwagon and Universal no less! To be honest I will buy it even tho I own the original. I’d like to hear the songs better produced.

  2. So I’m Told is already up at Amazon – I noticed it pre the email, the release date there is November 16, and the label Roc-a-fella, who I understand is part of UMG!

    Won’t link because its not via Mjs links but there’s a new cover (probably the same as the old one but not photoshopped)

    Not totally sure how I feel about them riding the publicity wave, but I really want to have the new versions, even if just to complete my collection, so its a smart move on their part!

    I just hope Lee’s been kept informed.

  3. You can count me in as one of the one’s who is very ‘wtf?’ about this. I too am curious about what Lee feels about this. I don’t know. Unless someone can guarantee to me that Lee 1) is ok with this and 2) gets compensated still for his efforts (I’m admittedly not at all in tune to current and past contracts so I wouldn’t know) then I will be passing and spending my money on LIU.

    I’ll admit that the Wuli people have always given me some reservations. Lee has insisted he wants to move on and look towards the release of his new album (I really don’t care if he’s saying that just to be PC or not. He’s saying it, and he really should be) Even the wording of the press release is giving me the heeby jeebes. “Critically acclaimed”? BEFORE in all-caps? “his phat original band”? (Are we in 1998 again?) Necessary? prolly not.

  4. Nope, not liking the cover. Besides the Powerpoint fontwork, it’s a photo from his “thug” years. No thanks. I’ll take the original. (And so I did.) :)

  5. Not sure how I feel about this. Curious to know Lee’s thoughts.

    Why would Lee have any qualms about this? These guys gave him his introduction to the business. They also released him from the final album on their contract with him, so he could do Idol. The label is a developmental label, the guys running it are only looking to cover their costs and and have more resources to give Chicago area talent a chance to break into the industry.

  6. I’m a little nervous about what “a more polished version” means to the guys at Wuli. I hated their rocked up version of Princess, it just didn’t suit the song. I’d hate for them to do that to So I’m Told.

    It sounds like they’re planning to sell the re-mixed version of The Beautiful People, which is a Marilyn Manson cover, isn’t it? They were giving it away last spring. Wonder if they can now afford to pay for the right to record it?

  7. I don’t know how I feel about it either but I went ahead and ordered it off MJ’s Amazon link to have both versions. I’d like to believe Lee left on good terms with Wuli…they still have enough of his originals to make another album which could contain Never There.

  8. I will buy it, too. The Wuli guys gave Lee his start, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt-I don’t think they are out to take advantage of Lee. I own both his preIdol albums and play them all the time-so thanks, Wuli.
    As for Lee not talking about his preIdol music-I’m sure RCA doesn’t want him discussing any of this. He never spills anything.

  9. I am very certain that Lee knows about this (he is friends with the Wuli guys), but under RCA, he can’t talk about Wuli or UMG. I don’t see anything sinister or wrong with it, except to say that I wish it would be released after his new CD, versus before, but then again I am not in the music business, and I am sure there is reasons behind it. Interesting that they are re-mastering the Marilyn Manson Cover, allot of the AI fans were bothered about the song because of the language, and frankly don’t like Marilyn Manson. I love this song, and Lee’s take, so I will buy it, and am hoping that non-AI fans will buy it and the remastered version of “So I’m Told” as well.

  10. Yikes, that cover is creepy. The Idol one is 100x better.

    Isn’t this the same thing that happened with Adam?

    I wonder if this album will compete with Idol sales. Seems like it would be better if it was released after, but I guess they do want to ride the “free” PR that is to come.

  11. If its distributed by Universal, I hope it gets a world wide distribution. I’ll be buying it although I’m with not liking Princess reprise. I just hope they don’t overdo the production.

  12. I will buy it as well! Wuli said in an email that Lee wrote these songs before he was 21 and they were looking to remix them to make it more polished. Curious to see what they’ve done with the songs.

  13. I haven’t bought anything from So I’m Told but I’m going to check this one out..I’ve bought stuff from Slumberland.

  14. Isn’t this the same thing that happened with Adam?

    No, Adam was hired to sing some demos as a studio singer-they weren’t his music.He did not want them put together and sold as an album, but he had no legal rights to the demos or any way to stop them.
    These are songs Lee wrote and recorded. He hasn’t commented (and probably won’t) but I’m guessing he’ll probably get a share of the profit.

  15. Okay I just listened to the snippets on Lee’s site. I’m so relieved. It sounds great. I just hope people don’t get confused with Live It Up.

  16. jennyl:
    10/21/2010 at 8:15 pm
    If its distributed by Universal, I hope it gets a world wide distribution. I’ll be buying it although I’m with not liking Princess reprise. I just hope they don’t overdo the production

    .

    I agree!!!

    These are songs Lee wrote and recorded. He hasn’t commented (and probably won’t) but I’m guessing he’ll probably get a share of the profit.

    I hope that he does get a share of the profits!!

  17. BEFORE Lee became a huge superstar and gained international stardom, he had 100% artistic freedom on Wuli Records.

    Understand press release hyperbole and all, but “huge superstar” and “international stardom”? Umm. I don’t think that describes anyone off AI, not even Carrie.

  18. I bought the original album months ago and listen to the entire album regularly. I have some particular favorites from it: Imagination (love this song as it is), Red Rover (I think the snippet on their website is from the “new” SIL and sounds pretty good) and Predicament (supposedly about “the” war). I do actually enjoy all the songs on the album, tho. Lee writes good stories with his music and I’m sure Live it Up will add more good stories to my Lee collection.

    When asked about the Lee songs Wuli hasn’t released yet, Lee said they own the masters so they are free to do whatever they want with them, Lee left to do his thing and they wished him well. They both have to go on. Wuli has said they plan to release another “new” album of Lee songs later on. That will really be news! Right now, this is just a re-release which may or may not sell a lot of copies, but I don’t think will hurt sales of the new album at all.

    I believe that Wuli is a rather small business and honestly they have a right to do whatever they feel is best for that business. They’re people with families and employees, i.e. “mouths to feed” so to speak. I don’t see how Lee would have a problem with this. Just speculating, naturally as I don’t have any inside knowledge. I hope all works out well for everyone involved, not sure why it wouldn’t.

  19. BEFORE Lee became a huge superstar and gained international stardom

    Superstar??? International stardom??? They’re counting their chickens before they hatch!!!!

  20. Count me as another who would like to know Lee’s thoughts on this being done. Lee is growing and showing us more sides of him with LIU so maybe he is allright with SIT getting a little more polish. I listened to the snippets and the songs I heard sound good. More than likely I will buy it. I have both SIT and Slumberland already so this will be nice to have. The press release is OTT.

    wjmtv The picture is the same isn’t it? The original cd cover is distorted in black and white and the updated SIT is in color but same pic.

    re-mastering the Marilyn Manson Cover, allot of the AI fans were bothered about the song because of the language, and frankly don’t like Marilyn Manson.

    He has a PG version of that song also so I would think this would be the version being sold.

  21. jennyl:
    10/21/2010 at 10:11 pm
    Hmm. Where did you guys see the updated SIT cover?

    Its on amazons page and the email from Wuli!

  22. AIaddict:

    wjmtv The picture is the same isn’t it? The original cd cover is distorted in black and white and the updated SIT is in color but same pic.

    Yeah, it looks like the same picture to me too. I never thought I’d say I preferred a picture of Lee where I couldn’t actually see him, but in this case I do.

  23. Landmd. Thanks. I like the cover. Lee looks so young. Like fresh out of high school. It has a nostalgic feel about it. Haha.

  24. jenny, youre online! would u be able to get on twitter please? :)

    I like the picture…just not the text. It makes it look unpro- 2 different styles of font in different colours?

  25. do you guys have a link to the new cover? I went to Amazon and I’m still seeing the old one…

  26. Thanks Jenny! It worked!

    Yeah, I agree with Nabs…I like the pic but not the text.

  27. I don’t know if the timing for this is the best, because he’ll basically be competing with himself.

    The press release cracked me up, though. International superstar?

  28. I can’t say I’m buying, but it’ll make for some interesting comparisons once RCA drops this record. Its still unfortunate that they are releasing it a week beforehand – kinda crappy actually. I didn’t like it when they did this to Adam and I don’t like it now.

    No, Adam was hired to sing some demos as a studio singer-they weren’t his music.He did not want them put together and sold as an album, but he had no legal rights to the demos or any way to stop them.

    Hah!! I forgot about the demos.. country-fied Adam, gotta love it. Some of those songs were hysterical.

  29. Saw on twitter that there are callbacks today for musicians for Lee DeWyze-don’t know if it’s for his band or the video.

  30. Wow. That album cover is bad! The cartoon-like font looks like something that would be used for a B horror movie. Now I REALLY hope no one confuses this with Live it Up as this one looks so unprofessional. I’ll still buy the remastered tracks but have no need to buy the hard copy. I’m happy with the original that Lee signed for me on the Idol tour.

  31. That third paragraph bugs the crap out of me. It’s not 100% artistic freedom or expression if you aren’t around to give input on the remixing. When I heard the snippets on WuLi last week, I knew I wouldn’t be buying the re-release. It just doesn’t float my boat. I think it was Predicament (I can’t listen to the snippets right now) where they slowed down his vocals and gave them a heavy echo, as if he was singing in a giant empty warehouse. No thanks.

    I really hope they don’t let the sales of this re-release album determine the fate of that mysterious third album of unreleased originals.

    One last thing, I actually like that photo (not the text though) :)

  32. Nope, not liking the cover. Besides the Powerpoint fontwork, it’s a photo from his “thug” years.

    Thug years? I’m having a hard time imagining Lee ever being a thug. Is this common knowledge?

  33. Nope, not liking the cover. Besides the Powerpoint fontwork, it’s a photo from his “thug” years. No thanks. I’ll take the original. (And so I did.)

    It’s amazing how many album or single covers show the artist (usually male) standing/sitting, on/by the railroad tracks, playing/holding a guitar.

  34. negativo:

    Thug years? I’m having a hard time imagining Lee ever being a thug. Is this common knowledge?

    Nope, it’s just me self-referencing a post I made a month or so back. There was a time when he looked a little menacing (IMO, of course) and I thought that was hilarious because it couldn’t be further from the truth of what he’s really like.

  35. Nope, it’s just me self-referencing a post I made a month or so back.

    Yeah, that makes more sense. Kinda hilarious to think about, actually! Lee’s slightly more menacing than David Archuletta, and slightly less than Kris Allen.

  36. Yeah, that makes more sense. Kinda hilarious to think about, actually! Lee’s slightly more menacing than David Archuletta, and slightly less than Kris Allen.

    I just assumed the “thug” reference to that article (or interview) about how when he was in high school he went through a period when he used to beat up people he had issues with. Or has that now been disproven?

    I just looked it up and it was one time he beat up someone who was picking on his friend, so they kicked him out of high school.

    Anyhow, I thought that’s what was being referred to.

  37. Not disproven as far as I know, but the only fight I’ve ever heard about was in defense of a friend. That is supposed to be the one that got him thrown out of school. It’s from an article written about him back in 2008 in a local paper, so I don’t see any reason to call its truthfulness into question.

    I guess he’s always been a pretty loyal guy to have around. :)

    Have you heard any of the remastered stuff, Ross? If I’m getting the original, do you think it’s worth having?

  38. A bit late on the thread….but I liked the album cover a lot. Reminds me of his Predicament video. But what’s with the horrid bold red letter text fonts!!! The cover looks sorta nostalgic whereas the text/fonts looks “cartoonish” Totally killed the mood the album is trying to convey. Hope Wuli changes it.

    Not sure also if it’s also a good idea to release SIT album that close to LIU’s Nov.16 release date.
    I think it is in Lee’s best interest to concentrate ALL efforts in promoting LIU!!!!

  39. I thought the original SIT album was a great first Indie work by Lee. It does not need remastering for loyal fans. I’ll pass on purchasing this based on the snippets I heard on their site. Now I do wish they would release a new album with the unused material they have.

    That album cover is awful. Love the pic of Lee, but YIKES to the red lettering! :/

  40. Gosh I cringed when I saw the cover :/ Not sure if I’ll be getting this, the original SIT is already more than perfect. If it’s not broken….

    I hope the release of this album doesn’t affect the release of LIU.

  41. Ok, I thought I over-reacted my angst about the SIT release date and album fonts last night.
    Fresh morning today, maybe my views have changed.
    NOT AT ALL!!!
    I went back and listened to the snippet of the songs and thought the sound seems really “echo-ey”. I love the original SIT version. Yes it sounded indie and maybe just a bit underproduced but it really showcased the rawness and pureness of Lee’s voice.
    As I mentioned on twitter “Why fix if it ain’t broken”!!!!

    Ever_wonder_why : Now I do wish they would release a new album with the unused material they have.

    Totally agree……but with a release date loooong after SS and LIU.

  42. Btw just checked out the Live It Up wiki and noticed that someone added track lengths for all 11 songs. This was their source: http://bit.ly/aLa4aY The SS length is correct so i guess the rest probably are too..

    Ever_wonder_why : Now I do wish they would release a new album with the unused material they have.

    ditto :) Really looking forward to that one!

  43. Thanks for the link, nabs. It’s interesting that the only really long song is the only one Lee didn’t write-“Beautiful Like You” is almost 5 minutes long. The songs Lee wrote are all radio length-I’m sure that’s no accident. I hope we don’t have to wait too long to get song snippets-I’m really impatient for Live It Up!

  44. Thanks for finding out the track length info Nabs, just one more little piece to the puzzle. Interesting that many of the tracks are on the shorter side. I’m also really anxious to get the snippets. I did a little recon last night and looked up when a few others’ snippets came out so I’d say the first week in November we really should keep an eye out. ;)

  45. I did a little recon last night and looked up when a few others’ snippets came out

    heehee I did the saaaaame thing! It’s usually about 2 weeks pre-release that something comes out, so yep… first week of November is when I figured we’d get some of the goods. But I’d be happy to be proven wrong by them coming out next week. :)

  46. Hey Lee just tweeted his official band has been formed and he is off to practice ! I so can’t wait for the tour ! Ok album first then tour YIPPEE !!

  47. I wonder if Brandon will be in his band. He needs to spill some details! We probably won’t find out anything until the first time he performs with them.

  48. Lee was so good on the American Idols Tour. I can’t WAIT to see him in concert again!

  49. I love the original SIT version. Yes it sounded indie and maybe just a bit underproduced but it really showcased the rawness and pureness of Lee’s voice.

    That’s exactly the way I feel about it too. Don’t know if I’ll be getting this new SIT or not, but one thing is for sure; if I do, it won’t be replacing my original SIT anytime soon.

  50. Umm..well this guy on twitter just gave ItsMyT1me a 2-word reply & we all exploded ;)

    New band member: ChrisWrate :)

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