Blake Lewis

Blake Colin Lewis (born July 21, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, and beatboxer who was the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol. His major label debut album A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream) was released on December 4, 2007 through 19 Recordings and Arista Records.[2] On October 30, 2007, his first single "Break Anotha" was released. The album landed on number ten on the U.S. Billboard 200 as its highest peak position with 97,500 copies sold in its debut, and has sold over 350,000 copies. After the release of his second single "How Many Words", which peaked at number eight on the U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs, Lewis was dropped by Arista Records. Lewis eventually signed with Tommy Boy Records.

His second album, Heartbreak on Vinyl, was released on October 6, 2009. The first single "Sad Song" was released on July 21, 2009. The album charted at number 135 on the U.S. Billboard Billboard 200, number twenty on the Billboard Independent Albums, and number seven on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums with over 4,000 copies sold in the first week.

His third album, Portrait of a Chameleon, was released on May 20, 2014. This was his first independent record and includes the single "Your Touch".

Blake Lewis
Blake Lewis at the 2009 American Music Awards
Background information
Birth nameBlake Colin Lewis
Also known asBShorty[1]
BornJuly 21, 1981 (age 37)
Redmond, Washington
OriginBothell, Washington, United States
Years active2007–present
Associated acts


Early years

Lewis was born in Redmond, Washington to Dallas and Dinah Lewis.[3][4] Dinah is a former rocker who still sings and plays guitar.[5] He is an only child and is of Welsh, Swiss, German and Irish descent.[6] He attended Kenmore Junior High and later Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington.[7][8] In high school, Lewis participated in many high school state competitions . He also took part in numerous musicals, as well as comedy and rap videos with his friends.[3][9][10][11] In many of these videos, he portrayed his alter ego, Jimmie Walker Blue, the character he introduced during the semi-final round of American Idol.

Lewis started beatboxing at seventeen. He picked up this talent purely by ear, listening to CDs of beatboxing, after he was inspired by Matthew Selby, a former member of the Los Angeles-based a cappella group M-Pact, of which fellow American Idol semi-finalist Rudy Cárdenas was a member.[6][12][13] Aside from singing and beatboxing, Lewis plays the guitar, keyboard, drums and has written many songs such as "She Loves the Way", "Emotional Waterfalls", "Dumpty Humpty" and "Jealousy".[14][15][16] He describes himself as an improv musician and often uses devices such as loop pedals and the Kaoss Pad to layer beatboxing, instruments, vocals and effects to create a song live on stage.[17]

Being a member of the a cappella group Kickshaw for four years after graduating from high school in 1999, Lewis worked with the group on a 10-track album titled Put It In the Microphone, but he quit the group in 2002 to become a solo musician going by the stage name Bshorty, which was basically inspired by the nicknames of the members of 311 and "aggressive inline-skate videos during the 1990s", "doing drum and bass shows, and conscious hip hop shows, singer-songwriter stuff, and electronica and hip hop".[10][12][18][19][20][21] He made connections with various musicians by performing regularly in many venues in Seattle such as Nectar Lounge in Fremont, SeaMonster Lounge, Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, Jet Deck in Everett (now in Mill Creek) and hosted shows like The Digital Lounge shows at ToST.[6][17][22][23] Before Idol, he was working on a solo album with a number of tracks finished.[24]

American Idol


Though he initially found American Idol unappealing, Lewis auditioned for it in Seattle with "Crazy" by Seal and an off-screen rendition of "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5.[25][26][27] Introducing himself as the local beatboxing champion in the audition, Lewis beatboxed along with his teammates, including Chris Sligh, Rudy Cárdenas and Tom Lowe, to "How Deep Is Your Love" by Bee Gees in the Hollywood's Week. The memorable performance received a standing ovation from the audience and Paula Abdul, who commented "that brought down the house". In an early episode of the United Kingdom edition of American Idol, Lewis recalled his first solo performance in the Hollywood's Week was "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" by The Temptations. When later he sang it in front of the other finalists, Phil Stacey felt that it was the best performance he has seen from Lewis.[28]

Lewis ended up the last male contestant standing, despite Simon's first impression that the singer was a bit "over the top" adding "I don't know if you're as good as you think you are". But soon afterward, the judges began predicting Lewis' "front runner" status. In an exclusive interview with X17Online on March 4, 2007, Simon Cowell foresaw Lewis' chance to take the crown.[29] After Lewis' performance of "Lovesong" by The Cure/311 on March 27, Paula Abdul said that she would love to see him in the finale. Cowell further confirmed that Lewis was the front runner of male contestants on American Idol. Lewis, upon entering the top 2 on May 16, 2007, he thus became the first ever contestant from the Northwestern United States (specifically, Washington) to compete in the finale.

Lewis' beatboxing and scat singing skills had been featured occasionally throughout the competition, notably in the performances such as "Virtual Insanity", "All Mixed Up", "Time of the Season", "You Give Love a Bad Name", "You Should Be Dancing", "This Is Where I Came In" and "This Love". He had also rearranged songs including "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "You Give Love a Bad Name". Although Lewis' first performance in the semi-final weeks, "Somewhere Only We Know", was pure singing and inspired judges to make comments about his contemporary vibe, his signature performance on the show was probably "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi. Lewis incorporated a substantial beatboxing component, making the song sound significantly different from its original version. Jon Bon Jovi, the lead singer of the band who also coached the contestants that week, noted that Lewis' rendition was "rolling the dice". All three judges acknowledged the huge risk of Lewis' arrangement, but also praised him for his originality including beatboxing. Randy Jackson believed that it was the most original performance ever on the show. Cowell even predicted that 50% of the audience "would absolutely hate it" but another half would love it. The groundbreaking performance was later ranked number six in top 20 all-time greatest American Idol performances on[30]

Several original versions of songs Lewis performed re-entered Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart shortly after the show. Lewis' first performance on-stage, "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane, re-entered the chart at number 26 (number 19 on Hot Digital Tracks chart);[31] "Time of the Season", a The Zombies' hit in 1968, reached number 67;[32] Ryan Adams’s "When the Stars Go Blue" hit number 39 (number 37 on Hot Digital Tracks chart);[33] Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" shot up to number 29;[34] "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5 jumped to number 41 and number 45 respectively.[35][36] Maroon 5's album Songs About Jane had re-entered the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart at number five on June 2, 2007 as well.[37]

On May 11, 2007, Lewis visited his hometown, Seattle, Washington for the traditional Idol Top 3 hometown visits. He made numerous appearances at radio stations and then played a concert in Seattle at Westlake Center, including a performance of "Baby Got Back" with Sir Mix-a-Lot. He also visited the top of the Space Needle. Fans followed him to Bothell for a parade and concert at the Sammamish River Park. Afterwards, he proceeded to Safeco Field to sing the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner", for the Seattle Mariners's Game.

Lewis claimed 311 as his all-time favorite band after his performance of "All Mixed Up".[38] Responding to a viewer question on March 13, 2007, he had also confessed his love of "underground hip hop, electronic music" such as Common Market and Panda Conspiracy, with an addition of The Mob Law, which in Lewis' opinion, "should be signed to a major label".[39]

While being the last two contestants waiting for the results on May 2, Lewis and Chris Richardson answered Ryan Seacrest's question about their close relationship, saying that they are best friends.[40] Lewis has "Chris Sligh, Rudy Cárdenas", contestants from the sixth season of American Idol, listed as his own "American idols" on his profile on American Idol official website, while Sligh and Cárdenas also have Lewis on their lists.[41][42][43] Furthermore, Lewis claimed in an interview with The Blaker Girls that besides Richardson, Cárdenas and Sligh, his best friends on the show were Brandon Rogers, Jordin Sparks and Gina Glocksen.[16] In the episode of The View on June 14, 2007, Lewis said that there were "a lot of writers on the show", including Richardson, Sligh and himself.[44]

Jimmie Walker Blue, his alter ego was introduced in the middle of the Idol.[45]

Performances and results

Week Theme Song Choice Artist Order # Result
Top 24 (12 Men) N/A "Somewhere Only We Know" Keane 7 Safe
Top 20 (10 Men) N/A "Virtual Insanity" Jamiroquai 7 Safe
Top 16 (8 Men) N/A "All Mixed Up" 311 1 Safe
Top 12 Diana Ross "You Keep Me Hangin' On" The Supremes 9 Safe
Top 11 British Invasion "Time of the Season" The Zombies 4 Safe
Top 10 No Doubt/Artists who inspire Gwen Stefani "Lovesong" The Cure 8 Safe
Top 9 American Classics "Mack the Knife" Bobby Darin 1 Safe
Top 8 Latin "I Need to Know" Marc Anthony 7 Safe
Top 7 Country "When the Stars Go Blue" Ryan Adams 7 Bottom 31
Top 6 Inspirational "Imagine" John Lennon 3 Safe
Top 62 Bon Jovi "You Give Love a Bad Name" Bon Jovi 4 Safe
Top 4 Barry Gibb "You Should Be Dancing"
"This Is Where I Came In"
Bee Gees 2
Top 3 Judge's Choice (Paula Abdul)
Producers' Choice
Contestant's Choice
"This Love"
"When I Get You Alone"
The Police
Maroon 5
Robin Thicke
Finale Previous Song
New Song
Coronation Song
"You Give Love a Bad Name"
"She Will Be Loved"
"This Is My Now"
Bon Jovi
Maroon 5
Jordin Sparks


Lewis's songs from American Idol have been on sale at the iTunes Store and the American Idol official website as Blake Lewis - EP (called a "bundle" on Idol official website) shortly after the finale of Idol, along with other songs that did not make the EP's cut that are being sold as individual singles. Figures from SoundScan which were posted on USA Today indicated that Lewis' "You Give Love a Bad Name" was "the biggest-selling download of the season", with 192,000 copies sold.[46]

After the finale of Idol, Blake Lewis has made several appearances on television shows. He performed Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved" on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (combined with a snippet of U2's "With or Without You"), The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly and The Early Show.[47][48] In the episode of The View on June 14, 2007, he sang "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane.[44] Lewis had also appeared on Total Request Live, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet with the winner of Idol, Jordin Sparks and Larry King Live with contestants who made into the top ten of American Idol.[49][50][51] On July 4, 2007, Lewis performed "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful" on Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with Sparks and Melinda Doolittle.[52][53]

Lewis took part in the "American Idols Live! Tour 2007" from July 6 - September 23, 2007, along with other contestants in the top ten. He revealed on The View on June 14, 2007 that all the male contestants on the show would be playing musical instruments on the tour (for the first time ever), "doing like a folk band," and that he would bring along his loop pedals for his beatboxing.[44] Before several shows, Lewis improvised, got dressed up as a janitor character named Bob Bobberson and sometimes as a Pop-Tart.[54] He performed "She Loves the Way" on the last show, becoming the first Idol who sang their pre-Idol original materials on the tour. He and Chris Richardson have "started working on a little documentary" on the tour and it will be published at their MySpace profiles.[54][55]

Lewis was named number five in the list of the ten sexiest Idol contestants ever on the website during the running of the sixth season of American Idol and was ranked number 21 in the list of music's 21 sexiest single men on June 11, 2007 on[56][57] Later in the issue of People magazine on June 15, 2007, the brand-new runner-up of Idol appeared on its list of "Hottest Bachelors of 2007".[58][59][60] He has also made a cut on the list of 50 hottest guys on Elle Girl.[61]


2007-2008: A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream)

On March 6, 2008, he performed "How Many Words", from his album A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream), on the American Idol result show.

On the release of his second single, Blake Lewis spent much of his time promoting the single "How Many Words" at various radio stations. While Blake Lewis parted with his label, Arista Records, in June 2008,[62] he will begin his national tour starting on the East Coast at the end of September with the help of 19 Recordings and will be playing songs from A.D.D. as well as new songs.[63] Details about the tour can be found at Blake Lewis's Myspace page[54] or the website of his official street team, the Blake Lewis Army.[64]

Upon his record deal with Arista Records/19 Recordings which was announced officially on August 24, 2007, A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream), Lewis' "electro-funk-soul-pop" first studio album, was released on December 4, 2007.[65][66][67] In fact, the singer has been recording his album in the studio "for all night long" since June 18.[67][68] "Break Anotha", the first single from A.D.D., was released to radio on October 30, 2007 and on iTunes Store on November 13.[69][70]

Blake's second single, "How Many Words" was released on March 10, 2008. A.D.D. has been made available at iTunes and includes his music video for his first single "Break Anotha". On June 25, 2008 Entertainment Weekly officially announced that Lewis was dropped by his label, Arista, but will remain on Idol creator Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings roster.[71]

Lewis has said he's already written four songs for his second album, which he's working on with his band's drummer, KJ "Quantize" Sawka. The pair will be co-producing the effort, which Lewis describes as "Massive Attack meets Zero 7 — drum-and-bass with a little pop influence."[62]

Lewis said he may release the disc through his own label, which he's in the process of getting off the ground. "I'm super-passionate about this record," he said. "Who knows what's in store? Half the year's over, and it's only going to keep going."[62] According to MTV News, the album is expected to have the electronica genre like the first album, and "he is experimenting with his own music" by implementing blue-eyed soul, pop music, rock, jazz, emo, indie and some metal genre. It was also reported on KIIS-FM that Lewis will collaborate with Chris Richardson, KJ Sawka and Ryan "Alias" Tedder.

As of August 2008, the artist has added one song to his sophomore LP, which may be out on the last quarter of 2008 or first quarter of 2009. Lewis told the interviewers that he is very excited to premiere his new songs, and he has learned some lessons from his "A.D.D." era. On an interview, he said, "Where to start… Orchestral Drive-By: KJ and I are about 5 songs deep now. Can’t wait for you all to hear this. I haven’t been this excited in a while. I haven’t been able to produce in a year and half, besides a couple songs on ‘A.D.D.’ and from what I have learned in the last year, it sure has paid off. STOKED!!!"[72]

It was reported that Lewis has collaborated with his friends on the band, Project Lionheart at a track called "My Eyes" and "Hell Yeah".[73] Aside from that, he also collaborated with Common Market's "Trouble Is", where he contributed backing vocals.[74] Blake says who is currently producing his record with his drummer, KJ Sawka. Blake also recorded a track at 311 frontman Nick Hexum's house for the next album. Blake finished a charity song called "Selfless" with Darude for Dance4Life. In September, Blake was featured on a song for BT's album, which he says is a "throwback to Flock of Seagulls.".[75] Blake has also been in Darude's song "I Ran" which hit the charts and is on local radio stations constantly.

2009-2012: Heartbreak on Vinyl

On April 30, 2009, Lewis performed at the 2009 Congressional Clubs' First Lady's Luncheon to Honor Michelle Obama.[76] He performed three songs including a beatbox version of "America the Beautiful".

His second album, Heartbreak on Vinyl, was distributed under Tommy Boy Records[77] - a dance/hip hop/electronic label whose catalog includes albums by Africa Bambaataa, Biz Markie and De La Soul. He signed a deal on Tommy Boy Entertainment to record an electronica album.

The first single from the album, "Sad Song", was released on July 21, 2009. The album was released on October 6, 2009.

2013-present: Portrait of a Chameleon

On February 25, 2013, it was announced that Lewis has signed with Republic Records. He was going to release his third studio album Portrait of a Chameleon in spring 2013 and the first single "Your Touch" premiered on February 26, 2013 on a commercial for Internet Explorer 10.[78] The song was released to iTunes on March 4, 2013.

On February 17, 2014, Blake Lewis officially announced that his new album would be released May 20, 2014 on his own record label, Audio Day Dream Records.[79]

Voice acting

Lewis made his voice acting debut in the English dub of the anime series, Durarara!!, in which he voiced Kasuka Heiwajima;[80][81] however, he was replaced by Vic Mignogna is the show's second season. Lewis had also voiced a character named Thump on one episode of Generator Rex.[82]


Lewis has been supporting cancer research at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle by donating 50% of the proceeds from the merchandise of The Blaker Girls.[83] He chose to put his support behind this organization after a best friend of his as well as his friend's girlfriend were diagnosed with lymphoma.[9][84] In 2010 Lewis competed on Don't Forget the Lyrics to raise money for the Seattle Children's Hospital, a charity that he has worked with for over ten years.



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
and sales


A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream) 10
  • US sales: 309,000[88]
Heartbreak on Vinyl 135 20 7
  • US sales: 10,000[89]
Portrait of a Chameleon
  • Released: May 20, 2014
  • Label: Audio Day Dream Records[79]
  • Format: CD, digital download
- - -
  • US sales: 2,000
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released.

Extended plays

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
and sales


Blake Lewis1 30 3
  • US sales: 46,000[92]



Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Pop
US Dance
2007 "You Give Love a Bad Name" 18 15 Blake Lewis
2008 "Break Anotha" 110 85 A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream)
"How Many Words" 8
2009 "Sad Song" 11 Heartbreak on Vinyl
2010 "Heartbreak on Vinyl" 1
"Till We See the Sun"
2013 "Your Touch" 21 93 32 79 38 Portrait of a Chameleon
2014 "Retro Romance"
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

Year Title Album
2012 "Stay in the Moment"
(Daniel Wanrooy featuring Blake Lewis)[100]
Non-album single

Postmodern Jukebox

Year Title Album
2015 "Radioactive" Swipe Right for Vintage
"Thong Song" Top Hat on Fleek
2017 "Mr. Brightside" 33 Resolutions Per Minute


  • 1 While Jordin Sparks, the winner of the sixth season of American Idol, had "This Is My Now" as her official single, Lewis did not announce his choice of single officially, despite the fact that "You Give Love a Bad Name" was the highest-charting track among his "bundle" of songs available for downloading. "You Give Love a Bad Name" entered a number of charts.
  • ² Unlike the debut songs of previous winners and runners-up of American Idol, all five songs that appeared on Blake Lewis (EP) were released digitally only, not physically.[93]
  • ³ While not being announced as a single, "Time of the Season", the song Lewis performed in the British Invasion week on American Idol, has debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 99, the Pop 100 chart at number 74 and the Hot Digital Songs chart at number 70 in the issue of the charts on June 9, 2007.[93] Several tracks by Lewis have made appearances that week on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and the Pop 100 chart as well, including "This Love" (number 2; number 80), "When the Stars Go Blue" (number 10; number 92) and "I Need to Know" (number nineteen on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart).

Unreleased original works

Guest vocals

  • 2003: Unexpected Arrival, "Julie" (featuring Blake Lewis); "Take Control" (featuring Blake Lewis) Both chorus's written by Blake
  • 2007: Caleb Cunningham and K-Tone, "My Eyes" (featuring Blake Lewis)[105]
  • 2007: KJ Sawka, "Brotherhood of the Drum" (featuring Blake Lewis); "Move On" (featuring Blake Lewis); "WTO" (featuring Blake Lewis) (from the album Cyclonic Steel)[106]
  • 2008: Darude, "Selfless" (featuring Blake Lewis); "I Ran (So Far Away) (featuring Blake Lewis)
  • 2009: DJ Dan, "Operator" (featuring Blake Lewis)


  • 2006: The Sampler, "The Chuck Norris Rap, The Harry Potter Rap, Snakes On A Plane Rap" (Music Video)
  • 2007: Jordin Sparks, "Tattoo" (music video)


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External links

A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream)

A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream) is the debut studio album by Blake Lewis, the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol. It was released in the United States and Canada on December 4, 2007. The first single is "Break Anotha" and was released to radio on October 30. The album did not leak as other artists' albums generally do, instead appeared in full first within the "Free Full CD Listening Parties" section on on December 3, the day before the release.

American Idol (season 6)

The sixth season of American Idol premiered on the Fox Broadcasting Company as a two-night, four-hour premiere special on January 16 and January 17, and ran until May 23, 2007. Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson returned to judge once again, and Ryan Seacrest returned as host. A new record of 74 million votes were cast in the finale round, and a new record of 609 million votes were cast in the entire season (the seasonal total record was surpassed by the tenth season and the finale vote record was broken by the eleventh season). Jordin Sparks won the competition with Blake Lewis as the first runner-up and Melinda Doolittle finishing third. Jordin Sparks is also the youngest winner of the competition, winning at age 17, as well as the first winner from outside the Southern United States. Sparks remained the last female winner until the twelfth season.

American Idols LIVE! Tour 2007

American Idols Live! Tour 2007 was a summer concert tour in the United States featuring the top 10 contestants of the sixth season of American Idol, which aired in 2007. It was sponsored by Kellogg's Pop-Tarts. The 59-date tour started on July 6 and ended on September 23.It follows in the tradition of other American Idol summer tours following the completion of each season in May.

Blake Lewis (EP)

Blake Lewis is an EP by Blake Lewis, the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol. It was released digitally on May 22, 2007.

Break Anotha

"Break Anotha" is the official debut single of Blake Lewis, the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol. Being the leadoff single from A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream), it was first leaked on October 29, 2007 via phone to fans who had signed up at The single began to impact the radio on October 30 and was premiered on 106.1 KISS FM in Seattle. It was released on iTunes Store on November 13 and officially went for adds on November 20.

Heartbreak on Vinyl

Heartbreak on Vinyl is the second studio album by singer-songwriter Blake Lewis released on October 6, 2009. A double LP pressed on red vinyl with only 500 copies was released on August 13, 2010. The vinyl contained instant access to the Heartbreak on Vinyl digital album, 13 remixes of the hit single "Heartbreak on Vinyl" and an unreleased remix of "'Till We See the Sun." Although "Heartbreak on Vinyl" became his most successful single, the album only sold 10,000 copies; less than 1/30 of the copies of his debut A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream).

Heartbreak on Vinyl (song)

"Heartbreak on Vinyl" is the second single by Blake Lewis to be released from his second album of the same name. The track is to date Lewis's most successful single, as it has reached the number-one spots on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs and Hot Dance Airplay charts in 2010. The single pays homage to record stores that closed down or went out of business and its loyal fans of vinyl records.

How Many Words

"How Many Words" is the official second single by the singer-songwriter Blake Lewis, from his debut album A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream). The song was expected to be followed by "Know My Name", and then "Without You". However, due to being dropped by Arista Records, "How Many Words" is the final single from his debut album. He is expected to release a single from his second album at the end of 2009. The single was released to mainstream radio format on March 10, 2008. Also, an EP featuring remixes of the song was released onto iTunes on May 13, 2008. Lewis performed the song live on the March 6, 2008 results show of the seventh season of American Idol.

I Need to Know (Marc Anthony song)

"I Need to Know" is a song recorded by American singer Marc Anthony for his eponymous fourth studio album. It was released as the lead single from the album on August 15, 1999. Written and produced by Anthony and Cory Rooney, "I Need to Know" is a song about a man who longs to know how a woman feels about him. The song blends the musical styles of several genres, including R&B and Latin music; the instruments used include violin, piano, timbales and congas. Anthony recorded a Spanish-language version of the song, translated by Angie Chirino and Robert Blades, titled "Dímelo".

Upon its release, "I Need to Know" received mostly positive reviews from music critics and was praised for its production and choice of musical styles. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2000. The Spanish-language version of the song won the Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year in the same year. Both versions of the song won an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award in the pop category. Commercially, the song charted in the top five in Canada and the United States. It was certified gold in Australia and the U.S. "Dímelo" peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in the U.S. The music video for the song, directed by Paula Walker, was filmed in Los Angeles.

In 2007, American Idol runner-up contestant Blake Lewis performed a cover of "I Need to Know" as part of the Latin round during the show's sixth season. His performance was praised by the judges; Simon Cowell called it the best presentation of the night. However, Lewis's performance received a mixed response from critics; some praised the choice of song while some criticized Lewis's vocal delivery. Lewis recorded the song for his eponymous EP, which peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.

Label This!

Label This! is the third studio album from Finnish trance DJ Darude. Released on October 24, 2007 in Finland and on October 27 in Europe, the American edition was released in 2008, with the notable inclusion of Darude's newest single, "I Ran (So Far Away)" featuring Blake Lewis, as the third track on the album. The tech mix of "Stars" has also been cut, keeping the number of tracks at 12. The album didn't chart as high as Darude's two previous album releases, though Gawker wrote that the album's single "In the Darkness" "is a floating, gossamer piece of trance music of the kind AraabMuzik spun into such magic on Electronic Dream. Like 'Sandstorm,' it's tightly composed, easy to dance to, and has a soaring, undeniable hook."

Portrait of a Chameleon

Portrait of a Chameleon is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter and American Idol sixth season runner-up Blake Lewis. It was released on May 20, 2014. Its first single, "Your Touch" was released on February 26, 2013.

Sad Song (Blake Lewis song)

"Sad Song" is the lead single by singer-songwriter Blake Lewis from his second studio album Heartbreak on Vinyl, released on October 6, 2009 and has reached the number eleven spots on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart in 2009.

The Jam (production team)

The JAM is an American-based music production and song writing duo Mike Mani and Jordan Omley, who have been working together since the early 2000s. As two of SONY Music Publishing’s top producers and songwriters, they have collaborated with artists such as Santana, JoJo, Lady Gaga, Raven-Symoné, Blake Lewis, and The X Factor winner Leona Lewis. Mani's work won them a Grammy award for their collaboration on Santana's Supernatural album featuring Eric Clapton. The duo just discovered super talent Becky G (hit song Shower) and signed her to RCA where they are working with top hitmaker Dr Luke on her project. They have recently done work with the Nickelodeon TV show Star Camp, produced by Quincy Jones, and are helping to develop Nickelodeon's "SchoolGyrls". The Jam produced and wrote four songs on Michael Bolton's new album One World One Love and discovered singing sensation Tori Kelly.

This Is My Now

"This Is My Now" is a song written by Jeff Peabody and Scott Krippayne. It is Jordin Sparks's first single. The top two finalists of the season 6 finale of American Idol, (Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks), sang it during the May 22 and May 23, 2007 finale shows. It was chosen over thousands of other entries in a songwriting contest for fan-written songs to be sung on the show. The song was later included on her debut album, Jordin Sparks (2007).

Lewis sang it first during the May 22 show and received poor reviews from the judges, because the song was not Lewis' style of music. He later revealed in an interview that the producers of the show did not allow him to rearrange the song because "it was the song that won the contest". Sparks received better feedback and Simon Cowell stated that she "wiped the floor" with Lewis' rendition. Sparks sang a reprise of "This Is My Now" after winning the competition on the May 23 show.

Time of the Season

"Time of the Season" is a song by the British rock band the Zombies, featured on their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle. It was written by keyboard player Rod Argent and recorded at Abbey Road Studios in August 1967.

You Give Love a Bad Name

"You Give Love a Bad Name" is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi, released as the first single from their 1986 album Slippery When Wet. Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child about a woman who has jilted her lover, the song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 29, 1986 and became the band's first number one hit. In 2007, the song reentered the charts at No. 29 after Blake Lewis performed it on American Idol. In 2009 it was named the 20th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. Despite the lyrics of the chorus, the song should not be confused with "Shot Through the Heart", an unrelated song from Bon Jovi's 1984 self-titled debut album.

You Keep Me Hangin' On

"You Keep Me Hangin' On" is a 1966 song written and composed by Holland–Dozier–Holland. It first became a popular Billboard Hot 100 number one hit for the American Motown group the Supremes in late 1966. The rock band Vanilla Fudge covered the song a year later and had a top ten hit with their version. British pop singer Kim Wilde covered "You Keep Me Hangin' On" in 1986, bumping it back to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1987. The single reached number one by two different musical acts in America. In the first 32 years of the Billboard Hot 100 rock era, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" became one of only six songs to achieve this feat. In 1996, country music singer Reba McEntire's version reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Over the years, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" has been covered by various other artists including a charting version by Wilson Pickett, Rod Stewart, Colourbox, the Index and the Box Tops.

You Should Be Dancing

"You Should Be Dancing" is a song by the Bee Gees, from the album Children of the World, released in 1976. It hit No. 1 for one week on the American Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 for seven weeks on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, and in September the same year, reached No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Soul chart. It was this song that first launched the Bee Gees into disco. It was also the only track from the group to top the dance chart.

It is also one of six songs performed by the Bee Gees included in the Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack which came out a year later.

Your Touch (Blake Lewis song)

"Your Touch" is a song by American singer-songwriter and beatboxer Blake Lewis. The song was released in the United States as a digital download on February 26, 2013 as the lead single from his third studio album Portrait of a Chameleon (2013). It peaked at number 38 on the UK Singles Chart. The song premiered on February 26, 2013 in a commercial for Internet Explorer 10.

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