Blake Lewis signs with Arista; will produce “your favorite ’80s mix tape”

American Idol 6 runner-up Blake Lewis has signed with Arista Records, and “[h]is debut album is slated for release later this year,” the AP reports.

Blake recently told Billboard that the album will be “your favorite ’80s mix tape, very inspired by Michael Jackson, Prince, Erasure, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, the Cure. It’s all over the map, really — very influenced by ’80s hip-hop, old school breaks, whatever.”

“They’re letting me down the album I’ve always wanted to make,” he said. Blake has “written 11 of his own songs for the set,” and “he’s recorded eight songs so far, working with producers such as Sam Hollander, Mike Elizondo and J.R. Rotem, with bt working on another track,” Billboard reports.

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