This year’s American Idol winner, 17, and runner-up, 26, are racing to finish their respective albums by November. Here’s what to expect.
Title Jordin Sparks
Producers The Underdogs (Beyoncé’s ”Listen”), Stargate (Beyoncé’s ”Irreplaceable”)
Sounds Like Lots of upbeat pop tracks, such as first single ”Tattoo” and ”One Step at a Time,” which Sparks describes as ”really happy-go-lucky, roll down your windows. It’s a feel-good song”
Standout Tracks ”I’ve got a song called “Overcome,”’ Sparks says. ”It’s got a driving beat and it’s really different. I’ve never sung a song like that.”
Dream Collaborators ”Christina Aguilera. I would love to work with her, except she would probably blow me out of the park.”
Title Audio Day Dream
Producers Ryan ”Alias” Tedder (J. Lo’s ”Do It Well”), J.R. Rotem (Rihanna’s ”S.O.S.”)
Sounds Like Lewis describes ADD as ”your favorite mixtape that someone made you in the ’80s.” Helping him achieve the Reagan-era vibe: his trademark beatboxing and a cameo by Doug E. Fresh.
Standout Tracks An as-yet-untitled collaboration with Idol cohort Chris Richardson. ”We wrote it in 45 minutes. I got a beat from J.R. It was a little piano, three-chords, and this cool, simple beat.”
Dream Collaborators ”Definitely [Maroon 5’s] Adam Levine. And Robin Thicke. I’m inspired by his albums — the first album especially.”