American Idol champ Caleb Johnson is on track to release his debut album on August 12, which will be the earliest turnaround for an Idol champ's debut in the show's history. He's now selected a title for the disc -- he tells USA Today that it'll be called Testify -- and says he has 10 tracks ready to go, six of which he co-wrote.
USA Today reports that since he won the Idol crown last month, Caleb's been having marathon writing sessions with people who've penned tracks for Rascal Flatts, Daughtry and Shinedown. After one week, they'd completed 12 songs.
"They said that's the first time they've tried doing that in the history of the show," Caleb tells USA Today. "Usually, they just give [the winners] demo songs. I want this to be an artistic statement on my part."
He adds, "I really just want to give people 'me' and not take songs somebody else wrote and have me try to sing them. It's got a lot of soul, a lot of depth, a lot of conviction."
One song Caleb didn't write is called "Another Life," and it was written by "Wake Me Up" singer Aloe Blacc, who appeared on the Idol finale. "I was just completely blown away by it," says Caleb. "It's got this driving piano and these amazing backgrounds. It's awesome."
As for his winner's single, "As Long as You Love Me," Caleb's not a fan. ""It just didn't fit me," he says. "It was really rushed."
Most Idol winners' albums have come in the fall of the year in which they won -- September, October or November. Candace Glover was supposed to release her debut in August last year, but it got pushed back and wasn't actually released until February of 2014.
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