"American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee is eyeing a Jan. 30 release for her RCA debut, tentatively titled "Never Saw It Comin'." The set primarily features production from Timbaland associate Nate

"American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee is eyeing a Jan. 30 release for her RCA debut, tentatively titled "Never Saw It Comin'." The set primarily features production from Timbaland associate Nate Hill; other contributors include Babyface, Kara Dioguardi and Ryan Leslie, although McPhee is unsure if his cuts will wind up making the album.

"It's rhythm pop," McPhee tells Billboard.com of the album's sound. "It's not like really R&B or really poppy, but there are a couple of tracks that are really good for the 'American Idol' fans who voted for me and knew me as the 'Over the Rainbow' girl."

As for the significance of the tentative album title, she says, "I never saw this coming into my life as big as it did, and you never saw this kind of a record coming. You thought I was going to make a Streisand record."

Having rushed from the "American Idol" summer tour right into the studio, McPhee has yet to line up roadwork for 2007. "I would love to tour, but it will probably depend on how the record does. If nobody buys the record, nobody's going to want to see me live," she says with a laugh.

McPhee's post-"Idol" debut single, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny," peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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