Since winning "American Idol" in May, [artist id="3188062"]Kris Allen[/artist] has been putting together his major-label (still untitled) debut, set to hit stores on November 17. And although he's worked with a slew of A-list talent, there have also been rumblings that people close to the singer think the album is "a mess."
But in a new interview with EW.com, Allen says those rumors aren't true.
"I actually heard about that," he said. "The way I heard was I was following Rickey.org on Twitter, and I guess he had said something about it. And I was like, 'I don't know why anyone would say that or where anyone would get that news.' Because the way we feel about things is that everything's going great."
Allen did admit that it hasn't been a smooth road, but that certainly also doesn't mean that the quality of the work is subpar. "I think there are times where you're like, 'Oh, my gosh. What are we doing? Blah, blah, blah.' But I think that's with any album," he said. "But, what we have right now, and the finished product, I think is going to be really great."
Allen — who has worked with everyone from fellow "Idol" alum Chris Daughtry to Kevin Rudolf to the Fray's Joe King — was reluctant to go into specifics about his new tracks, since he's not yet sure which ones will make the final cut, other than first single "Live Like We're Dying." He did say he hopes that "Red Guitar," a song he wrote long before his "Idol" days, can find its way onto the album.
"I know what it means to me, but it might mean something else to you," he said of the song. "[Mike Flynn] and I were working on the track last night. It was fun to be in the studio and working with a producer who sees your vision for a song you wrote."
Allen says there's still a little bit of work left before the album will be ready to face some stiff November competition, including new releases from Leona Lewis and John Mayer.
"We're still writing some more songs for the album and just putting some finishing touches on other tracks, going back to do some minor vocal takes, and that's kind of it," he explained. "We have a lot of songs that are almost done, and with a little bit of work we'll have them completely done."
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