Candice Glover Performs on "Live! With Kelly & Michael" / Readies Album For July / by

Yes, she won American Idol just four days ago and she already has a release date and a cover for her upcoming album. Candice Glover will release her debut album on July 16th and it's called "Music Speaks". It will be released via Interscope Records.

She has begun her promotional rounds already. Earlier today she stopped by "Live! With Kelly & Michael" and performed her winning song "I Am Beautiful" and gave a brief interview about her three year journey before winning the competition. Check out the action below.

They have stepped it up a bit! I was told that the top three contestants EACH began recording albums and doing photo shoots for their album covers and so much more. I think it's a smart, but pricey thing to do.

It helps keep the momentum going. Releasing the album so soon keeps the attention on Candace versus America forgetting who she is like the past 3 winners. Thing is that the album will be straight manufactored and not personal. This is a situation where she was served songs and productions on a platter like she's Rihanna and was told how to sing them.

But she has some great talent. With that being said, I'll be looking forward to her second album when they actually bring in a few R&B/Urban producers and writers for her. As far as the album cover, it looks very Jordin Sparks-ish..Your thoughts?