The rumors have been swirling since the day after her shocking “American Idol” exit back in April, but Pia Toscano has officially been signed to Interscope Records. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Idol” songstress will release her debut single, “This Time,” on July 12 and perform the song as part of her set during this summer’s American Idols Live! Tour.
“This Time” was written by hitmaker Esther Dean, who is responsible for Rihanna’s hit singles “S&M,” “Rude Boy” and “What’s My Name.” Dean’s musical stylings can also be heard on Nicki Minaj’s smash “Super Bass.” “This Time” is surprisingly not a ballad — which was Toscano’s specialty during her short-lived time on “Idol.” Instead, it is said to be an acoustic-guitar and beat-driven track.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Interscope and 19 Recordings family,” Toscano said in a statement released to The Reporter. “[Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman] Jimmy Iovine was an amazing mentor during my time on Idol and I’m looking forward to working with him and everyone at Interscope Records and 19 Recordings. This is a dream come true.”
When Toscano stopped by the MTV Newsroom earlier this year, she was coy about the Interscope rumors.
“I don’t know yet what’s going on with that,” Toscano said. “Hopefully good things.”
She did open up a bit about her hopes and dreams, career-wise, in addition to possibly re-teaming with her “Idol” producers sometime soon.
“Rodney Jerkins was my dream. Harvey Mason Jr., amazing. Ron Fair is incredible, and those were the three producers I’ve always wanted to work with, that I’ve always dreamed of,” she gushed. “And this made it all possible. I definitely want to work with Ryan Tedder, Evan Bogart,” she added.
Toscano went on to say that she’d be “totally” into doing a few duets. “I would love to do a duet with Alicia Keys, Christina [Aguilera], people that I’ve looked up to,” she said. “Jay-Z would be cool.”
What about one with rumored love interest, “Dancing With the Stars” pro/ aspiring musician Mark Ballas?
“Ha, totally,” Toscano agreed. “Mark is very, very talented, so it could happen.”
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