Ruben Studdard to Record and Perform American Idol ‘Farewell Song’

were on my list of producers to work with, and to have the opportunity was a blessing,” Studdard says. “If they tell you something is hot, you can probably rest assured that other people are going to like it.” This would be a huge gig for Studdard, who was dropped from J Records last year. The “American Idol” season-five farewell song, Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day,” went on to sell 1.9 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and was the top digital download of 2006. As part of the show’s new sponsorship this season with iTunes, “Celebrate Me Home” will be made available digitally starting March 12, the day the first of the top 12 will be eliminated. In addition, it is expected to be included on one of the compilation albums annually released by “American Idol,” according to 19 Entertainment U.S. head Iain Pirie. In addition, Studdard is in negotiations to perform the song during “Idol Gives Back,” the show’s midseason charity effort.

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