Daughtry returns with ‘Leave This Town’ on July 14

05.07.09 8 years ago

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Daughtry’s new album, “Leave This Town,” will come out July 14. The 19/RCA Records release is the follow up to the band’s 2006 self-titled debut, which has sold around 5 million copies worldwide and was one of the top-selling albums of 2007.

Daughtry debuted the first single from the album, “No Surprise” on “American Idol” last night. We’d have to hear the song a few more times before we critique it, but at least we can safely say that, unlike Paula Abdul who also debuted a new song, Chris Daughtry was actually singing most of his song. To her credit, Abdul looked fabulous!

Daughtry’s appearance was a clear reminder that at this point in the competition, it doesn’t matter who wins. If they’ve gotten this far, they are practically guaranteed a record deal. Chris Daughtry pretended that not winning “AI’s” fifth season still hurt, but he’s got 5 million reasons to show why who wins no longer particularly matters.

Daughtry has clearly planted its flag in the arena-rock category of acts that critics tends to loathe, but audiences love-think Bon Jovi or Nickelback– both of whom Daughtry has toured with. The band reunites with rock producer Howard Benson for “Leave This Town.”

As Chris Daughtry told Hitfix in February, Daughtry has written with a number of high-profile collaborators, including Richard Marx and Nickelback’s Chad Kroger. Chris Daughtry is also writing with his band mates-bassist Josh Paul, drummer Joey Barnes, guitarist Brian Craddock and guitarist Josh Steely. “We’re very happy and proud of [the record],” Daughtry said. “Hopefully that translates when it comes out and people will dig it and continue to buy our stuff.”

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