"American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi is probably getting fitted for her hoodie as you read this.
That's because, in addition to her desk duties on "Idol" (which may or may not include feuding with fellow host Paula Abdul), she's also working with [artist id="2402281"]Cobra Starship[/artist] on songs for their new album.
According to a spokesperson for the band's labels, Fueled by Ramen/ Atlantic, DioGuardi — who's penned tracks for everyone from Celine Dion to Kelly Clarkson — has spent time working with the guys (and gal) in Cobra Starship, who are busy recording the follow-up to 2007's [article id="1572041"]Viva la Cobra[/article].
Their rep told MTV News that the band "did some stuff with Kara," plus "Let It Rock" singer/songwriter [article id="1602567"]Kevin Rudolf[/article] and production duo S*A*M and Sluggo (the Academy Is ... , Coheed and Cambria). Nothing has been locked in for the final album just yet, but apparently, "the sh-- sounds major already."
Back in January, MTV News spoke to Cobra frontman [article id="1603624"]Gabe Saporta[/article], who told us that the band was working with a host of songwriters on the new album, including Benny Blanco (Britney Spears, Katy Perry) and Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump, who produced Viva.
"We're open to work with anyone, anytime, as long as we feel they get Cobra Starship," Saporta said. "Patrick gets us the most. But we're definitely down to sit and work with anyone. You know, we'll try anything and everything."
There's still no title or firm release date (according to Saporta, "I don't know when the record's going to come out, and I don't worry about that. I don't worry about that sh-- at all"), but various reports have it hitting stores on August 1. And according to a post Saporta wrote on Cobra's Web site, they've already got one song in the bag ... a tune called "Pete Wentz Is the Only Reason We're Famous."
"We always referred to it as 'Smash It Up,' because the chorus goes 'Smash it up.' But then, one of the shelf kids said we should name our album 'Pete Wentz is the only reason we're famous.' And we said 'F--- you, kid! We're also famous because of Patrick Stump,' " the post reads. "But we did like how that title rolled off our tongues. So we decided to name this song that."