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Blake Lewis in the studio with Rodney Jerkins: A Music Mix Exclusive!

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It’s no secret I’m excited about Blake Lewis’ upcoming Heartbreak on VinylI blogged last month about my geeky enthusiasm for the season 6 American Idol runner-up — and the release of lead single “Sad Song” has only made me more wound up for the beat-boxing Seattle singer’s sophomore set. (Ch-ch-check out my pal Annie Barrett’s “Sad Song” review here.) Now, to complete the trifecta of This Month in Blake Lewis Blogging, we’ve got some exclusive footage of the man himself in the studio with megaproducer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. (Am I the only one who can’t hear that dude’s name without thinking of Toni Braxton whispering it during the opening strains of “He Wasn’t Man Enough“? Probs.) Anyhoo, it’s fun to learn a little bit about Lewis’ songwriting style (lyrics come last) and see the way Jerkins tries to build a Top 40 hit around the singer’s nifty bag of human sound effects. Press play below and enjoy it for yourself!