By Michael Slezak
Updated August 20, 2007 at 09:03 PM EDT

So American Idol champ Jordin Sparks (finally) has an official record deal (with Jive), and her debut single, “Tattoo,” is set for an Aug. 27 release. What’s even more interesting to me, though, is Sparks’ choice of collaborator on “Tattoo”: Amanda Ghost, whose 2000 debut, Ghost Stories, is still in regular rotation on my iPod. I never quite understood why her lead single, “Filthy Mind,” didn’t catch on at U.S. radio, although perhaps the bleeding bathroom walls, girl-on-girl bathtub action, and exploding male-model chests featured in the accompanying video proved 1-800-TOO-MUCH for the folks at VH1?

Anyhow, following her solo failure, Ghost penned a couple of Top 40 hits for other artists, including the ubiquitous “You’re Beautiful” for James Blunt, and “Beautiful Liar,” for Beyoncé and Shakira, but I still say it’s a shame she wasn’t rewarded for the far more aggressive sound she championed on “Filthy Mind.”

Which brings me to two questions: Can anyone tell me why “Filthy Mind” wasn’t a huge hit? And is it just me, or would Sparks seriously have a hit on her hands if she covered Ghost’s winning “Cellophane” (which you can listen to after the jump)?