Kat speaks!

Katharine McPhee has a new interview out with MTV. While much of it is old hat for us Idol pros–still insisting that no one knew what kind of album she’d put out (“I think people didn’t know what I was going to be. Was I going to be the Celine Dion, the Barbra [Streisand] or the Pussycat Dolls?”), still insisting that she’s “classy Katharine”–there are a few new tidbits:

-Her album, she says, will be a combination of the those elements (presumably balladeer and pop/hip-hop).

-According to this article, it was Katharine who insisted that the album be pushed back to 2007, so that she could have the “quality time” to produce her LP that Taylor Hicks and Chris Daughtry were denied:

“I was getting submitted a lot of songs that just weren’t right and I didn’t think I could make them mine, so it’s been taking a little bit more time So now we’ve been building the songs like how you would if you were making a record if you weren’t on ‘Idol’ and you would take five months.”

-She’s “really a songwriter.”

-The album is going to have a lot of dance tunes, stuff “I can move my booty to a little bit” says McPhee. Also, don’t expect a lot of lyrical probing into Kat’s personal life–there will be no “Daddy, you really hurt me” tracks and nothing referencing her struggles with bulimia.

-If McPhee can’t cut it in the music industry or in Hollywood, she’ll “just get knocked up and be a happy married woman.”

-Some of the potential tracks: “Somehow” (hey, isn’t that a Taylor Hicks song?); “Home” (hey, isn’t that a Chris Daughtry song?), a power ballad; “We Got Each Other” (is that the same one that was leaked); and “Neglected,” which McPhee co-wrote.

-And best of all, the lyrical crapfest “Open Toes” is likely a keeper; McPhee tells MTV “it might be the new ‘Thong Song’.” Oy.

I find it incredibly interesting that McPhee was albe to convince everyone on Idol that she was a bluesy cabaret singer with a love for the standards who was going to put out a killer Norah Jones-type album…and yet now she’s going the dance/club route. Whether that makes her a smart businesswoman who knew that her Idol viewing/voting audience would likely be different than the CD-buying, MTV-watching public, or whether it makes her just a confused 22-year-old still trying to find her way in the entertainment industry, I don’t know.

Anyway, I do have just a few thoughts on the interview. First, I don’t believe that RCA is giving Katharine special time to produce a quality album. Taylor didn’t get it, and he’s the one bridging the gap between Cheeseville (where Idol resides) and Real Musicville (hence, the attention from Relix and Vibe). Chris didn’t get it, and he’s Clive’s Golden Boy. I just don’t think that Kat could have talked Clive into foregoing all those Christmas dollars so she could work on “quality.” But, this is the entertainment industry, and you gotta spin it like you mean it.

As for the album itself, my initial speculation was that the release date had been delayed because Clive sent Kat and her team back to the drawing board after hearing “Open Toes” et. al., but apparently, the pop/hip-hop direction remains. I do believe that Katharine wants to compete not only musically but image-wise with beautiful singer-entertainers such as Beyonce, Rihanna and Cassie (well, Cassie’s 15 minutes will likely be up before Kat’s LP drops), and that this is probably the best way for her to stay in the spotlight, garnering the magazine covers, the photo shoots, and of course the eye of Hollywood.

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