'American Idol' Runner-Up David Archuleta Signs Record Deal
Fri, 06 Jun 2008 10:05:41
David Archuleta has signed a deal with 19 Recordings/Jive Records, following in the steps of such fellow "American Idol" runner-ups as Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson and Clay Aiken. The 17-year-old singer plans on releasing his debut before the end of the year.
"It was fascinating to watch David's journey through 'Idol,'" Simon Fuller, the show's creator and the founder of 19 Entertainment Label Group, said in a statement. "He is a genuine pop star, and is a gifted singer."
"American Idol" averaged around 27 million viewers per week this season. Many people expected Archuleta to win, but David Cook edged ahead by 12 million votes on the show's season finale.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff