American Idol's Blake Lewis Announces Special Release

American Idol's Blake Lewis will release his newest album, Heartbreak on Vinyl, on vinyl of course, with a wealthy of new, never before released content, this August.

Lewis, who recently topped Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay Chart and the Dance Club Play Chart at #1 with the title track "Heartbreak on Vinyl," will sign, hand-number and personalize each of the only 500 available Limited Edition Double LP copies sold. The album, pressed in a unique red vinyl, is currently available for pre-order at www.blakelewisofficial.com and will be delivered to customers beginning August 3rd.

In addition to the personalization of each LP, Lewis is offering a slate of new content with each purchase including free instant access to the digital album, 13 remixes of the chart-topping single "Heartbreak on Vinyl," and free membership to his VIP Opendisc site. The VIP Opendisc site offers exclusive content from Lewis including video messages, promo videos and "making of" clips, interactive Q&A sessions, remixes, bonus audio and track by track commentaries and much more. To top it all off, by the time each LP is delivered, those who purchased it will also receive a free MP3 of an unreleased track "'Till We See The Sun."

"The inspiration for my song 'Heartbreak on Vinyl' is the closing of indie record stores in Seattle, which saddened me as I literally watched the demise of traditional record stores," said Lewis. "Despite the ongoing change in the industry, I still want to stay true to that which inspired me; and I am so excited to make my album available to my fans on vinyl. I want to continue to support independent record stores and develop my music and distribute it in ways that fit me and my personality, but it's equally cool to be able to provide additional content digitally with the release of this new vinyl. I hope all my fans are as excited as I am." Staying true to what he preaches, Lewis performed this year at Seattle's own independent record store Silver Platters on Record Store day.

Continuously busy on the road, Lewis can be seen performing at several appearances across the country this summer. Next up for him is a performance at Island Park in Springfield, OR on July 17th, quickly followed by a headlining appearance at San Diego Pride on July 18th. On August 8th, he will be a featured performer at Chicago's famed Market Days. Lewis' recent Billboard chart-topping positions make him the only American Idol to top both of those charts. American Idol competitor Jordin Sparks is the only other former top-two finalist to top the Dance/Club Play Songs chart and Kelly Clarkson is the only other American Idol performer to top the Hot Dance Airplay chart back in 2005.

Lewis released his sophomore studio album Heartbreak on Vinyl, on October 6th, 2009 via Tommy Boy Entertainment. He worked with a host of songwriters, producers and collaborators including S*A*M & Sluggo (Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco), Dave Audé (Pussycat Dolls), Rodney Jerkins (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears), and Jean Baptiste (Will.I.Am, Black Eyed Peas) on an album that is fresh and full of surprises. A "Heartbreak on Vinyl" viral video, created by his fans, was ranked on Yahoo's Top 10 Year End list of 2009.

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