NEW YORK — "American Idol" winner Kris Allen had a morning of firsts. He not only had the world premiere of his new single, "Live Like We're Dying," at New York radio station Z100, but it was also the first time he'd ever heard one of his songs on the radio.
"It was really cool. You dream of this day, you dream of having a single out and having it on the radio, so this was a cool day," he told radio DJ Elvis Duran and the Z100 morning-show team.
The strummy, sing-songy tune had apparently been earmarked as a single for Kris since he began working on his post-"Idol" album back in May. Allen told MTV News, "[The song] was actually one that we had listened to really early on, and we kind of just fell in love with it. Everyone did."
A cover of a barely released track by Irish pop rockers the Script, "Live Like We're Dying" joins the tradition of "life wisdom" songs that urge the listener to live each moment as if it were their last. Think of it as a less schmaltzy version of Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" or a more dude-friendly twist on Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten." Incidentally, Bedingfield's smash was co-written and produced by the same duo who worked with Allen on this track: Andrew Frampton and Steve Kipner. Two of the Script members are also credited as co-writers.
The positive message is merely one reason Allen was drawn to the song. Responding to one specific lyric, "So if your life flashed before you / What would you wish you would have done?," Kris admitted that if he were suddenly on his way out, there's a big regret in his life. "I wish I would have skydived. It's random, but I have always wanted to," Allen said. "I'm really scared to, but I think that it would be the biggest rush."
While album details are still hard to come by from the tight-lipped "Idol" champ, Allen admitted that "Live Like We're Dying" is just one of many songs on his still-in-the-works CD with producers Frampton and Kipner. "We got a couple different producers on the album, but there's a couple songs that [Frampton and Kipner have produced]. And I'm actually going to London to work with them again."
Should Allen score any free time in England, the Beatles fanatic hopes to hit up Abbey Road to take in some mop-top history. "I hope I get the time. I will totally [take a pic of me crossing Abbey Road]."
Kris Allen's still-untitled major-label debut will be available everywhere November 17. "Live Like We're Dying" will hit iTunes on September 29.
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