Blake Lewis’ debut album is in a “new genre I made up,” he says

Jordin Sparks just released her first album, and runner-up Blake Lewis will release his debut, A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream). While Jordin’s record features her pop/R&B music, Blake says he offers something more: a brand-new genre. “It’s my new genre I made up. I call it 2080, because it’s a mix of all the great pop music that’s inspired me,” Blake told MTV News.

The record also suggests another meaning for “A.D.D.,” as it includes of many different types of music. “I wanted to make a hip-hop mixtape or a great electronic mix — just one mix, start to finish, that takes you on a journey through metal, drum-and-bass with scratching on it to Michael Jackson pop into Erasure into Depeche Mode into some dub reggae. This album goes everywhere, and it was an amazing process to work on it. There’s a song on the record that’s [the Police's] ‘Every Breath You Take’ meets [1984 film] ‘The NeverEnding Story,’” he said.

Blake also offered advice to contestants on American Idol 7: “The producers won’t like it, but my advice is be yourself. Don’t listen to anything they have to say, unless it’s going to help you in a certain way. And look at the camera. You are reaching the people at home, so look in the camera or you won’t visually reach anyone,” he said.

‘American Idol’ Runner-Up Blake Lewis Creates Own Genre On A.D.D. Debut [MTV News]

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