'American Idol' Winner David Cook Releases New Song 'Criminals'

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David Cook performs at the Soles4Souls charity concert, sponsored by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly at the Bridge Building on April 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

American Idol season 7 winner David Cook is giving fans a taste of his forthcoming album, Digital Vein, with the release of his new single, "Criminals."

Cook tells USA Today that the single is “a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, young love against the world” in the lyrical sense, with a guitar line that recalls “One Headlight” by The Wallflowers.

“Let’s break out of this prison cell/ create stories a world will tell  their children,” Cook sings as the song crescendos into the chorus.

David Cook Signs Publishing Deal With Warner/Chappell

As previously reported, Digital Vein will be released by the INgrooves Music Group on Sept. 18.

In March, Cook inked a deal with Warner/Chappell, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group. The co-publishing agreement, executed via the company's Nashville office, was announced on March 24 and extends worldwide. Other Idol alums on the Warner/Chappell roster include season 8 alum Felicia Barton. Also from that season is runner-up Adam Lambert, signed to WMG's Warner Bros. Records.

Cook and his band will live stream an exclusive performance of the album on Sept. 18. Tickets are available at concertwindow.com.

Listen to the track below:

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