Annie Barrett
July 05, 2011 AT 11:02 PM EDT

Looks like Interscope chairman and American Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine really took those “I’ll Stand By You” lyrics to heart. A spokesperson for Pia Toscano confirmed to EW that the season 10 ninth-place finisher has signed a recording deal with Interscope Records. Her debut album will come out later this year, and her first single, “This Time” — an acoustic guitar and beat-driven track by Ester Dean — will drop July 12 just in time for Toscano to perform it as part of her set on this summer’s American Idols LIVE! tour.

As long as this album isn’t called The Princess Pia, and as long as white jumpsuit enthusiast (saboteur?) Gwen Stefani isn’t costume-directing the cover, I am PUMPED about this news. You?

Read more:

‘American Idol’: What’s next for favorites Pia, Haley, Casey, and more

EW.com’s ‘American Idol’ Central

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