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Monthly ‘Idol’ Roundup: August 2016

The weather might not be any cooler, but I can assure you that summer is, in fact, ending and that means so is August, so it’s time to talk about what you might have missed on your Idol radar this month:

New Music

On the new music front, Season 14 winner Nick Fradiani‘s new album “Hurricane” was finally released on August 5, 2016. The album features his Idol winner’s single “Beautiful Life” and Fradiani himself wrote and even produced some of the songs on the album, so it’s sure to have his infectious brand of acoustic alternative pop-rock scattered through the albums dozen tracks. The album is available on iTunes and Google Play.

Avalon’s album cover for “SHIFT” [Credit: Avalon Young]

Also joining the music scene with a full-length album of her own is Season 15 alum Avalon Young. Young treated fans to two catchy urban singles “What’s Real” and “Favorite” before unveiling the news that her full length album, titled “SHIFT” would be coming out August 30. If you haven’t check it out yet, I highly recommend it. It’s available on iTunes and Spotify. Young’s style is so refreshing and different compared to the current music scene and definitely might offer a glimpse of the kind of contestant Idol might see if it ever returns to our television screens.

Season 7 alum David Hernandez also released an inspiring song called “Beautiful” (available on iTunes) complete with a video that features people from all walks of life learning to accept themselves just as they are. Now that’s using your talent for good. Way to good, David!

Phillip Phillips has also been posting on his Instagram that he’s wrapping production on his third album since the show and after the success and strong songwriting featured on his first two, I can honestly say I’m excited for that.


Dalton’s tour dates [Credit: Wilspro]

In shows and touring news, our Idol alum have been busy. Season 15 alum Dalton Rapattoni is headed out on his first full length tour since the show ended with 38 dates in everywhere from Detroit to Dallas to Denver—get your tickets here.

Also busy on the Season 15 front is winner Trent Harmon who just made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry the other night to rave reviews. Hopefully the exposure will lead the talent champ to great things with his first album.

Several other Idol alum are also embarking on tours of their own with Season 6 contestant Melinda Doolittle touring New Zealand and Australia, while Season 7 Winner David Cook is heading out on an 16-date United States Air Force Tour. Amazing to see the worldwide impact our talent Idol alum are having.

David Cook’s armed forces promo [Credit: 19 Entertainment, Fox]

Other News

Last but certainly not least, in other news, Access Hollywood reports that American Idol is set to receive the TV Academy’s Governor’s Award for its impact on Television. Additionally, judge Harry Connick Jr‘s TV show Harry is set to debut on September 12. For more info on that and a sneak peek on that, visit the show’s website.

Listened to any of the albums above yet? Planning to go to any of the tours? Or any other Idol news you want to share? Let us know in the comments!

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