“Idol” Winner Lee DeWyze’s Album Due In November. After winning “American Idol” last May, Lee DeWyze is set to release his debut album later this year. While it was originally scheduled for an October release, DeWyze’s major label debut will not hit stores November 16th. DeWyze is wrapping up the “American Idols LIVE! Tour” where he takes the stage every night, performing his covers of songs like U2’s “Beautiful Day” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which helped him earn the season nine crown. But the blue-eyed, 24-year-old Chicago-native has already hit New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville to write and record his upcoming effort. Set to feature about a dozen original tracks, DeWyze spoke with our source earlier this month to discuss his upcoming album. “I’ve been writing for months now,” DeWyze told our source. “Since the show was over, I got right in the studio and I’ve been writing on every song. I already got some songs done and I’m in tour mode and writing mode. It gets a little fuzzy sometimes, but I got off on the right foot.” DeWyze cites singer-songwriters like James Morrison and Jason Mraz as influences for his upcoming album, although he hasn’t divulged any of the collaborators he’s working with. Technically, DeWyze’s upcoming album is his third. 2009’s “Slumberland” and 2007’s “So I’m Told” are both available on iTunes and feature DeWyze’s first forays into dreamy acoustic pop. “I’m not trying to make the next big hit. Essentially I just want to make music that I love and that people will love,” he said. Meanwhile, there’s no release date yet for runner-up Crystal Bowersox’s debut. It’s also expected to be due out before the end of the year.
“Idol” Winner Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox Sign Record Deals. The music business moves fast. Less than 24 hours after being crowned the new “American Idol,” Lee DeWyze has already signed his record deal. Runner-up Crystal Bowersox already inked her deal too. DeWyze has already been signed to 19 Recordings Limited and RCA Records, Billboard reports. Bowersox was signed to 19 Recordings Limited and Jive Records. DeWyze will share the same label as “Idol” stars Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, while Bowersox’s labelmates include Kris Allen and Jordin Sparks. First up for the two leading “Idols,” after plenty of press, is the “American Idol” tour, which kicks off July 1st in Auburn Hills, MI and wraps up September 14th. While on the road, they’ll likely start crafting their major label debut albums, which should debut in time for the holiday shopping season. Last year’s Top 2, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, had their releases ready by November. Meanwhile, DeWyze’s cover of U2′s “Beautiful Day” is currently #3 on the iTunes chart, while his cover of Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” is at #10. A duet with Bowersox, “Falling Slowly,” is in the Top 20 as well. The last season of “American Idol,” its ninth, had the lowest-rated finale since Kelly Clarkson was crowned winner during the show’s first season.
Lee DeWyze is the next “American Idol,” beating out Crystal Bowersox for the top prize and a recording contract. The 24-year-old singer performed a smooth set with the 8-time multi-platinum band Chicago as he wowed fans for the win. Bowersox offered a pair of songs with Canadian rocker Alanis Morissette, who showed up for a live duet on the final episode. In the closing tune, Bowersox and DeWyze performed ‘A Little Help From My Friends’ with Joe Cocker. However, enthusiasm has waned for the show, with only 19 million viewers tuning in to watch their final performances on May 25, the lowest rating since the show began in 2002. Even the crowd at the live performance seemed a bit jaded. An ailing Bret Michaels walked onto the stage to sing a duet with a formerly booted Idol contestant, and the crowd barely got up to their feet. Although, the highlight was a duet between infamous former contestants Gen. Larry Platt and William Hung singing the protest song ‘Pants on the Ground.’ A return visit from former judge Paula Abdul also got the crowd going as she bantered with Simon. Simon himself gave his final bow, serenaded by the full collection of Idols singing ‘Together We are One.’ For those who don’t want the action to stop, the Live Tour will kick off this summer with nationwide stops bringing the Top 10 finalists and their favorite songs.“American Idols LIVE!” tour 2010 will feature contestants Aaron Kelly, Andrew Garcia, Casey James, Crystal Bowersox, Didi Benami, Katie Stevens, Lee DeWyze, Michael Lynche, Siobhan Magnus, and Tim Urban. The road show will kick off in Auburn Hills, Michigan and will end at the in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 14.