By Joseph Brannigan Lynch
July 11, 2011 at 06:35 PM EDT
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It’s only been a week since we learned that Pia Toscano—the American Idol contestant whose ninth-place finish caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the judges and fans—had in fact scored a long-rumored record deal with Interscope.

But thanks to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and the ever-impatient Internet, we can already listen to the debut single from season 10’s cause célèbre. Check it out here:

On “This Time,” the 22-year-old vocal powerhouse underplays her Celine-styled glory notes and delivers a wistful ballad about finding empowerment after heartbreak—it’s a melancholy yet resolute statement of self-worth that Pia adroitly inhabits with her full-bodied voice.

In short, it’s the kind of tune we can expect to hear Rachel Berry singing the next time Finn screws up: Sad, relatable, and a touch awe-inspiring.

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