Monday, April 07, 2008

That's Clay Aiken!

AOL First Listen has Clay Aiken's new single, the title track, from his soon to be released, new album, 'On My Way Here' which drops on May 6, 2008.

It's Aiken's first CD of all original material since his debut CD, 'Measure of a Man', which sold 613,000 copies its first week, with total sold of 2.7 million. Aiken's second CD, 'Merry Christmas, with Love', was, at the time, the fastest selling Christmas CD in Soundscan history, selling 1.3 million out of the gate in just 6 weeks.

'A Thousand Different Ways, Aiken's third studio effort, was an album of love song covers 'suggested' by RCA's Clive Davis. Everyone knows when Davis 'suggests', the product usually happens. 'A Thousand Different Ways' sold over 500,000 copies. Aiken is only one of four artists whose first 3 CD's opened at number 4 or higher on the BillBoard charts. 'A Thousand Different Ways' also had Aiken's first penned tune, the exquisite 'Lover All Alone', co-written with David Foster, as a special itunes download.

Aiken then released an EP, 'All is Well', a four-track disc of Christmas music, featuring Foster's slowed-down 'My Grown-up Christmas List', and the title track, the spectacular 'All is Well'.

You can access Clay's first song from the CD

The song, 'On My Way Here', written by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic fame and produced by Kipper (Chris Botti, Sting), showcases a more mature Aiken, a man who has taken a hard look at how his life has unfolded in the glare of the spotlight since his stint on American Idol. It has a definite earworm and makes me anticipate the release of the album.

Currently, Aiken is starring in Monty Python's 'Spamalot' on Broadway until May 4th. On Monday, April 28th, Aiken will appear on QVC from 7:00 to 7:30 pm Eastern Time.

Check out the new song and let me know what you think.