Pia Toscano, who finished in the ninth place on "American Idol" season 10, has recently signed a deal with Interscope Records. "I am thrilled to be joining the Interscope and 19 Recordings family," the former wedding singer said in a statement.
The 22-year-old brunette beauty continued, "[Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman] Jimmy Iovine was an amazing mentor during my time on Idol and I'm looking forward to working with him and everyone at Interscope Records and 19 Recordings. This is a dream come true."
Rumor that Pia was approached by Interscope has been swirling on the web since April shortly after she was eliminated from "Idol". At that time, it was reported that the company pursued Pia to follow the footsteps of fellow "Idol" outcast Chris Medina by releasing a single while the singing competition was still running.
Now that she has officially found a home to release her record, Pia is set to release a debut single called "This Time" which is a courtesy of Ester Dean who co-wrote Rihanna's "What's My Name?" and Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass". She is going to drop the new material on July 12 just in time for her to perform it live on "Idol" summer live tour.
The album which is yet to be titled will follow later this year. Details about the upcoming CD and single are still scarce, but reports have suggested the album will have Rodney Jerkins as one of the producers, and the single will be an acoustic guitar and beat-driven track.
Aside from Ester and Rodney, Pia herself has already had a bunch of names in the bucket of her collaborator wish list. She once said, "I would love to do a duet with Alicia Keys, Christina [Aguilera], people that I've looked up to. Jay-Z would be cool [too]." She is additionally keen to work with Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Tedder.
While waiting for the new single to arrive for listening pleasure, fans can catch Pia's live performances with with the other top 9 contestants of the 2011 "Idol" this coming Wednesday when they kick off their summer tour at Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. They are going to stay on the road until at least September 10.