"I love Kelly Clarkson!" she said. "I think especially the single, 'It's Alright, It's OK,' definitely came from an inspired-by-Kelly [place], because when I was younger 'Since U Been Gone' was one of my favorite songs, whenever I was going through relationship problems, to put on. [It] made me feel so much better and that definitely inspired 'It's Alright, It's OK.' "
However, Tisdale is quick to note that her musical influences stretch far beyond pop music. "I definitely feel the Used. I've always been a big fan of Boys Like Girls, My Chemical Romance, Led Zeppelin," she said. "All those that I loved growing up inspired [my] second album."
But the Kelly Clarkson sound isn't the only "American Idol" influence on the album: Tisdale once again worked with "Idol" judge/ songwriter Kara DioGuardi on what she says is her favorite track on the album, "What If."
"Kara was a lot of fun. I worked with Kara on the first album," she said, adding that the pair finally got around to writing a song together for Guilty Pleasure.
"You know, we tried writing on the first [album], but I was so new to it and I was just learning about myself as an artist. I could tell I grew as an artist, not only in my vocal but also in my writing, because on the second [album], when we got together ... and then we wrote a song together. She definitely knows what she's talking about. She's definitely a little headstrong and I am too. I look up to her."