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James Durbin premieres title track from new album
Brian Mansfield, USA TODAY 9:24 a.m. EST March 3, 2014

James Durbin will release his second album, Celebrate, on April 8, and USA TODAY is premiering the title track today.

With its bouncy rhythms, synth bass and light, falsetto vocals, Celebrate has a pop feel that might surprise some people who remember Durbin's metal-infused performances during American Idol's 2011 season, where he finished fourth.

But Durbin says, "We wrote a song that's just as special on the record fully produced as it is stripped down. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Celebrate."

Durbin, 25, wrote 10 of the 11 songs on Celebrate, his follow-up to 2011's Memories of a Beautiful Disaster. Pre-orders for the album begin Tuesday on iTunes, but fans can already pre-order a variety of deluxe bundles with autographed CDs and other merchandise on Durbin's website. A Walmart edition of the album will come with a bonus DVD and signed CD jacket.

Durbin released the new album's first single, Parachute, in November. He'll perform the song on Conan tonight (TBS, 11 p.m. ET), then premiere the song's video Wednesday on He's also slated to appear on Idol Wednesday.

On Saturday, Durbin will perform an intimate live-stream show on Stageit (8 p.m. ET), previewing songs from Celebrate and performing past favorites, as well. All tips over $10 collected during the show will automatically include a pre-order of the new album.


The track listing for Celebrate follows:

Children Under the Sun
You Can't Believe
Fool For You
Louder Than a Loaded Gun
Live Right Now
You're Not Alone
Forget It
Real Love