Steven Tyler won’t be returning to American Idol, but the rocker is still keeping some ties to the reality show. Season 4 winner and country superstar Carrie Underwood will duet with Tyler on Aerosmith‘s upcoming album, Music From Another Dimension (out November 6).
Carrie is an extremely talented, likable artist, so it makes sense why anyone would want to work with her. But the band’s main goal in getting the singer on their album was picking up more country fans. Alleges Mike Mullaney, Music Director of Boston radio station Mix 104.1, ”At first, the rest of the band didn’t want to put it on there but their label convinced them, ‘Guys, this will get you airplay in red states.’ So that was that.”
Carrie isn’t the only country-leaning Idol alum to appear on Aerosmith’s upcoming album. Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina, who first auditioned with Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”, also provides vocals on the album.
“Yesterday: returned to idol & then went to the studio to record background vocals for the new Aerosmith record,” Alaina tweeted back in March. “#ISTHISREAL? Thank u Steven!”
Let’s ignore how depressing it is that the only significant gig an Idol runner-up can get is scoring background vocals on an album from one of the show’s judges. As for Carrie and Steven, how much American Idol trash talk do you think they’ll engage in while recording in the studio?
Get pumped for the duet by watching the two singers rock out at the 2011 ACM Awards.
[Via The Boot]