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Idol's James Durbin releases first single from second album

November 24, 2013
Hard-rocking James Durbin, the first "American Idol" finalist to actually perform a heavy metal song on the Nokia Theatre stage (with Zakk Wylde on guitar, no less), has a new single out -- "Parachute." Released Friday to iTunes, it's the lead single from from his forthcoming sophomore album, Celebrate, on Wind-Up Records which will hit stores sometime early in the new year.

Digital Journal reported Nov. 22 that the rocker knew it was going to be the first single from the new album as soon as it was recorded, even though it was the tenth song in that lengthy process.

A lyric video for the new song is expected to be out by early December, but until then, a simple audio "video" that was posted to YouTube the day prior to the song's release will have to suffice.

Durbin hasn't released a new single since he dropped a hard rock version of "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" last holiday season. Prior to that, he released three songs off of his first album, Memories of A Beautiful Disaster, two of which charted. His first single, "Stand Up," peaked at No. 39 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, while "Love Me Bad" peaked at No. 33 on the Adult Pop Songs chart. The album bowed at No. 36 on the Billboard 200 (No. 10 on the Rock Albums chart).

The Santa Cruz, Calif., native finished in fourth place on Season 11 of "American Idol." Taking his cue from finalists like Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson before him (neither of whom won the reality singing competition), he jumped headlong into a singing career using "American Idol" as a springboard. Following the Season 10 "American Idol Live Tour," he was quickly signed to Wind-Up Records and began recording his first album.

That album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, has sold 120,000 copies to date, according to Digital Journal.

The 24-year-old walked the red carpet at the 2013 American Music Awards on Nov. 24, stopping to chat about his new music and take a few photos.

"Parachute" is currently available at iTunes for half the price of a regular download.