'Idolatry': David Cook gives us scoop on writing his sophomore CD!

Say what you want about David Cook, but don’t call him lazy. After taking home the American Idol season 7 crown in May 2008, Cook spent that summer and fall writing and recording his self-titled debut album during breaks in the “Idols Live” concert tour. The resulting CD has now gone on to sell 1.3 million copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), due in no small part to Cook’s relentless touring schedule; he played 153 shows in 2009 (not counting trips to Iraq and the Philippines, nor corporate and promotional gigs). But there was no extended vacation for Cook when he finally sent his tour bus to the garage in December. Instead, he headed back to the studio to start the writing process for his sophomore disc, which he hopes to release in mid-2010.

While visiting New York City for a recording session in late January, Mr. Cook took on one more task, stopping by the Idolatry studios and spilling a little scoop on his work-in-progress: We got some details on his dream collaborators (Max Martin), heard about some “lofty ideas” (like going the Imogen Heap route), and were treated to four separate titles of songs he hopes will make the final album cut (!!!).

Press play below for the full Cook experience (did I mention he’s sporting a fetching jewel-toned shirt?), and to get all my Idol-related scoop, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak. Oh, and click here if you want to read my review of Carrie Underwood’s National Anthem!

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  • sam

    Thanks for this. Love David and can’t wait for the new CD.

    • Elizabeth

      I love David Cook! I want to see and hear more of him, from what i can tell he seemed to sell a lot of records. Why doesn’t someone pimp him instead of that fool Lambert. Cook is a class act that I want to follow!

      • Vickie

        What has this interview got to do with Adam Lambert. These are two totally different singers. Nobody is pimping anyone. Adam is the news more because he wants to be in the news more. He is an interesting person and some people like to hear about him, so simple… If you don’t fine, but this article is about David Cook not Adam……..

      • Jen

        No one’s “pimping” Lambert. He’s in the news 24/7 because he does interesting things and people want to know about him because he is awesome. It’s really not that hard to understand.

      • Rebecca

        I agree – I wish David would be promoted better.
        Adam and David are both super talented and certainly quite different but I think DC is getting very little promotion right now. I have tried to call the record co and tell them.
        Winning Idol may have not been the best thing for him after all. My friends felt it wouldn’t but I really thought winning it was the RIGHT thing!
        Seems like Adam and Daughtry get more respect in the rock world. David is just a stellar talent; it’s a shame. (I am a vocal coach).
        His voice is soooooo free and huge and beautiful, and his writing is equally amazing IMO.
        Get it together, RCA!!!

      • KAREN KOPESKY

        DAVID IS SO AWESOME..HE’S LOWKEY SO THEREFORE DOESN’T GET THE PRESS THAT SOME OTHERS DO BUT TAT’S A GOOD THING. KRIS ALLEN AND HIM DON’T NEED ALL THE TMZ PRESS..THER MUSIC SPEAKS FOR ITSELF! CAN’T WAIT FOR HIM TO COME BACK TO MINNESOTA,,,HIS 1ST CONCERT HERE AT MYSTIC LAKE WAS BEYOND AWESOME. CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT ALBUM..I’M SURE IT WILL BE AS GOOD AS FIRST IF THAT’S POSSIBLE

  • Bea

    Adorable and smart! love this interview. Can’t wait for this record!
    Awwww he is wearing his Windsor concert shirt…mmmhhaa memories :)

  • mon

    Can’t wait to get that ALbum!!!!! The anticipation is killing me

  • Kat

    i love u david!! thank you for this delightful way to end my day!!
    MS, you are my hero `<3

  • JJenniac

    Great interview as usual. Good scoop. I would have loved to see some more humor and goofiness between you two because I know you both have it you! Can’t wait for Dave to drop his next record and more importantly get back on the road with the fellas!

  • tracy

    daaaaave! i didn’t realize how much i’d missed him until his face appeared (and a fetching jewel-toned shirt, indeed!) and i squealed. he’s a doll – thanks for a great interview, michael!

  • Sydney

    I seriously cant wait for this new album. I loved the last one I know this is going to be even better!

  • swiggy

    Can’t wait for the next album!!

  • Meg

    Thanks for the great interview with David Cook. Great questions about the writing process. He is so talented. Can’t wait for his next record.

  • sue willis

    David Cook, always a class act.

  • Ayla

    Thanks Michael for this interview. It does sound like this album is shaping up to be something very special and great. Can’t really say I’m thrilled to hear that Dave (might be) working with Max Martin and Ryan Tedder. I thought those guys would be solely first post AI record guys. But overall, very excited about the little tidbits Dave threw our way here.

  • harley quinn

    Michael, you look especially dapper. Did you dress up for Cookie? ;) Great interview. I love how you get all serious and musical with him. Also, please pass along that With Me Empty is by far the coolest title he threw out there and he should totally fight to get it on the record. (She says, not even hearing the finished product.) Sounds like classic Cook/Tiemann, which is a very good thing.

  • emma

    Wow, how great is it to see David Cook looking so great, he just lights up when he talks about music. Can hardly wait for this next record, it all sounds so intriguing.

  • ricey

    I CANNOT WAIT for the next album! Awesome interview. I hope he does get to work with everyone he wants to. The song titles are intriguing.

  • Tara

    Excellent interview. I love it when interviewers actually ask David about his music – and you were able to get some great scoop regarding the sound and titles. Awesome, and makes me even more excited for this next record.

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