During the week of March 8 on American Idol, David Cook, the winner of the popular reality competition’s seventh season returns with a musical treat. His latest song, a cover of the 1985 hit by Simple Minds, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” will make its debut next week as this year’s send-off track for the departing contestants of the show’s tenth season.
This is a big surprise for all of his fans as they’ve waited eagerly for new music from the multi-platinum seller since his successful self-titled debut album back in 2008, selling more than 1.4 million copies along with his American Idol coronation single, “The Time of my Life” becoming the highest-selling in the show’s history.
Cook’s cover of the timeless classic, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” made popular by the John Hughes film, The Breakfast Club, was recorded back in February and selected by Idol creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. In some aspects, it will be awful for the contestants to hear on stage but rock the socks off for his fans sitting on their couches at home.
The song itself is one that is most definitely a fan favourite amongst the older generation and the new. The way Cook brings his own persona to such a track that holds esteem in the musical realm is remarkable. He has a warm and sexy tone with that adored growl that is his own signature on each of songs. The beauty of anything Cook sings is regardless of if he’s written it or not, he adds his own spin to it and that makes him an original in his own right. The track has that new-age appeal but without losing its original essence brings back a lot of nostalgia and is the perfect fit for this year’s Idol’s swan song.
The track will be available for sale on iTunes and other digital retailers on March 8. However it will be available for free for those who wish to pre-order his forthcoming album from the official music store at David Cook’s official site. You can hear a preview of the track in the meantime over at People.com.
David Cook has been busy working determinedly on his highly anticipated sophomore record for months now, tweeting about progress to his fans making the experience a more personable one. It was last month when Cook tweeted how the vocals for the album’s last track are done with a week later, tweeting about mixing. If there’s one thing new listeners must know about Cook is that he cares for his fans and appreciates them, immensely.
The sophomore album, which is yet to be titled was produced by Matt Serletic (Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul) and will be released later this spring by 19 Recordings/RCA Records. He has collaborated with the likes of musical greats like Ryan Tedder, David Hodges and his own bandmates, Neal Tiemann and Andy Skib with his own writing credits on all of the album’s tracks.
David Cook's version of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” will debut the week of March 8 on American Idol.
American Idol airs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX. Check your local listings.
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