Steven Tyler has made it clear all along that he intends to make “American Idol” work for him. Though his Aerosmith bandmates questioned his decision to appear on TV’s #1 reality show, Tyler has been savvy about his unlikely gig, making sure to place the band’s music in multiple episodes, which has helped their catalog creep back onto the Billboard charts while keeping their name in the press.
Now, seeing how the “Idol” bully pulpit has helped fellow newbie judge Jennifer Lopez reboot her musical career thanks to the show’s debut of her video for “On the Floor” , Tyler is prepping his own turn in the spotlight.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 63-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will premiere the video for his debut solo single, “(It) Feels So Good,” on the May 12 episode of “Idol.” The song will get its radio debut Monday on “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM morning radio show. Though “Idol” sources would not confirm the report for MTV News, unnamed sources told the Reporter that the video would air on the elimination episode that will reveal this season’s top three.
The video for the song, written by Tyler and frequent Aerosmith collaborator songwriter Marti Frederiksen, was shot just after Easter by director Ray Kay (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears) and was described by a source as “everything you would expect to get from a classic Aerosmith video … pure, classic Steven Tyler in all of his rock star glory.” Rumors say it features a cameo from former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger.
Tyler is on a promotional circuit to push his new memoir, “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” due out Tuesday (May 3).
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