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'Idol' Worship

Five ''American Idol'' alums will release fall albums -- Clay, Ruben, Fantasia, Kelly, and Diana will have new music in stores for the holidays starting Nov. 2

Clay Aiken | FEAT OF CLAY Aiken's Christmas album drops in early November
FEAT OF CLAY Aiken's Christmas album drops in early November

Look for several ''American Idol'' alums to make very special guest appearances on the show once the new season starts in January; they've got product to push.

According to USA Today, the promotional onslaught will occur over five weeks, beginning Nov. 2 with the release of I Need an Angel, a gospel album by season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, which includes an R. Kelly-penned title track that hits radios on Oct. 4. The following week, Clay Aiken, Santa's favorite carrot-topped elf and second-season runner-up, will bestow upon us the gift of a traditional Christmas album, including remakes of ''Joy to the World'' and ''Winter Wonderland.'' Look for the requisite TV special and tour too.

Next up on Nov. 23: Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino unveils her as-yet-untitled debut album, on which she is still working in the studio with such collaborators as Missy Elliott and Jermaine Dupri. First-season winner Kelly Clarkson will be back with a new album on Nov. 30; her single ''Breakaway,'' which also appears on the Princess Diaries 2 soundtrack, is already on the charts. And last but not least, Diana DeGarmo, Fantasia's runner-up, will float a first album on Dec. 7 on the heels of the success of her single ''Dreams/Don't Cry Out Loud,'' which sold 175,000 copies.

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Originally posted Sep 16, 2004