Exclusive: Donnie Klang of MTB "Loves" JT Comparisons, "Anxious" About Dropping Debut

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2008 6:30AM

Published by SOHH.com

Written By Janelle Griffith

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With the hit series "Making the Band" returning to MTV tonight and a debut album on the horizon, SOHH sat down with Diddy's latest protégé, Donnie Klang, to find out how he's preparing and what he thinks about being labeled the next Justin Timberlake.

Having been likened to fellow blue eyed soul singers like JT and Robin Thicke, Donnie insists that he tried to stay clear of the comparisons for his upcoming disc, Just A Rolling Stone, yet he's still flattered by the association.

"I'd rather be compared to this artist [Justin] that's extremely talented and sells multi-platinum album after multi-platinum album and could sell out arenas," he said. "I take it in stride. I love it."

After his fellow "MTB" alumni debuted at number one on the charts - Day 26 pushed 190,000 units their first week out whileDanity Kane outsold the guys this year selling 236,000 discs - Donnie admits he is feeling the pressure to be as successful.

"It's more so that I'm anxious," he revealed. "I can't wait ‘til it's really out there and everybody could hear it front to back. I know there's a lot of fans out there that have been waiting for a long time for it to come out and it's finally coming."

Just a Rolling Stone will feature production from The Dream, Seven, Mario Winans and Danja along with songwriting from The Clutch collective.

As for what fans can expect from this season of "Making the Band" Donnie said there is no shortage of drama.

"It was 11 of us crammed into one tour bus and we were in Vegas for about 5 days so what happens in Vegas will be on this season of ‘Making the Band.'"

Just A Rolling Stone hits stores September 2 and is available for pre-sale now on donnieklangonline.com while "Making The Band" premieres tonight on MTV at 9 p.m. EST/PT

[For more on the R&B scene peep SOHH Soulful]

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