Katharine McPhee has been away for a minute – actually years – and you’ll be forgiven for forgetting her existence on our musical landscape.
But here’s the deal – Ms McPhee is undoubtedly one of the most talented American Idol alumni to have graced the charts after being announced the runner-up during the ailing franchise’s (RIP) 5th season. She was beaten to the crown by a certain Taylor Hicks (whatever happened to him?) – but her critically hailed self-titled début album (still a personal fave) roared in at # 2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in 2007, producing a well received Gold-certified smash of a lead single ‘Over It‘ (my anthem back in the day, heart-break and young love y’all).
Ms McPhee waited for 3 years before releasing her follow-up effort ‘Unbroken‘ which hit the sophomore slump, limping it at # 27 on the Billboard Charts and producing approximately zero hits. Since then, the ‘Neglected‘ chanteuse has been busy with TV shows and miscellaneous projects – and we thought we would never, ever get to witness another album from the 31-year-old star. Such a waste, the girl had an enviable set of pipes.
We were wrong biaches! Yasssss!
5 and a half years since her last foray into music, Katharine McPhee is back with a brand new single ‘Lick My Lips‘ – that previews her 3rd studio album ‘Hysteria‘ scheduled for a July 21st release!
I’m thoroughly feeling this insanely catchy track – the 80’s retro throwback vibe is something that I’m very here for. Think Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson’s output in the first half of the 80’s – and couple it with a funky ‘Grease‘-inspired video with some skin, and voilà – Ms Katharine is back! And apparently she’s been spending the last 5 years in the gym too – gurl that midriff??!!
Check out the Diane Martel-directed saucy video (replete with whipped cream, bananas, bored shirtless male models, a gigantic comb and cherry pie) for Katharine McPhee’s ‘Lick My Lips‘ right here :