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Clay Aiken recording fourth album that's set for early May release

By Christopher Rocchio, 02/21/2008 

Clay Aiken is busy on Broadway -- but fear not Claymates, as the American Idol second-season runner-up is apparently good at multitasking.

"We're hoping the next album will be out about May 6," Aiken told People in a Wednesday report.  "We've picked most of the songs.  Sonically, I don't know that we're going down any path that's crazy. I'm not trying to be cool, I'm not trying to be hip. I'm not trying to do anything other than sing stuff that I'm good at."

Aiken is currently playing the role of Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot at the Shubert Theatre -- a gig that is scheduled to conclude May 4 -- just in time for him to promote his fourth album and first since Fall 2006's "A Thousand Different Ways," which consisted mostly of covers.

"In the past five years there's a lot I've learned about life, and I think people learn a lot in the twenties," he told People. "So we found a lot of songs that speak to that. I would like to wrap a lot of the music around that theme. It's early to promise that, but it's a goal."

Some of Aiken's fellow former Idol finalists -- including Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson -- have received recognition for performing duets with other artists, however that's a road he apparently has no plans to go down on his next album. But if he did?

"I've always wanted to do a duet with Martina McBride," Aiken told People.  "I think she has one of the best voices."

Aiken added since he has an established fan base, he doesn't think his image will receive a makeover.

"Last time I came out with dark crazy hair. We did that intentionally," he told People.  "But I'm just going to do what I do this time. We don't have any plans this time. But I've got the red wig [from Spamalot] -- maybe I'll do that!"

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