“Leaving Arista is a positive,” Lewis tells about his recent split with the label. “The industry is eating itself and I’m not trying to eat off their plate.” Yesterday, the American Idol season 6 runner-up blogged about the news, and how he became aware of it, on his MySpace page, writing: “I was just wishing they would

have put the word out to me over the last couple months, because let’s

face it…. Waiting SUCKS!!!! Oh well. I guess the right

time was now. No biggy. I’m still with 19 Recordings and I got a tour

and new record on the way. Now all I need is a home for my music. Some place warm and tropical…”

Lewis is already hard at work on a follow-up to Audio Day Dream, which he’s co-producing with Seattle drum ‘n’ bass master KJ Sawka, a longtime friend and collaborator. On his way to an all-day drum session for the album, Lewis told the new music is like “Massive Attack meets Zero 7.” Meanwhile, there’s actually still life in ADD: The track “How Many Words” is currently number 39 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart.

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