Begin (David Archuleta album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 7, 2012 (2012-08-07)
LabelHighway Records
David Archuleta chronology
No Matter How Far
Singles from Begin
  1. "Broken"
    Released: July 31, 2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment TonightPositive[1]
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Recording Radio Film Connection3.5/5 stars[3]
The Washington Times2/5 stars[4]

Begin (stylized as BEGIN.) is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter David Archuleta.[5] The album is composed of nine cover songs and an exclusive original track sung by Archuleta himself.

Album information[edit]

The album was released on August 7, 2012, under Deseret Book's label, Highway Records, (formerly known as Lightwave Records), a subsidiary of Shadow Mountain.[6] The album consists of ten tracks, nine of which are cover songs by Archuleta and one of them, titled "Broken" is an entirely new song co-written and sung by Archuleta himself. Archuleta said about the album "I wanted to still be able to give people an idea of what it's like for me and find songs that they can connect with as well."[7] A music video for the song "Everybody Hurts" was released on August 23.[citation needed] The video was directed by Jed Wells and features footage from Archuleta recording the song in the studio the day before he left on his mission.[citation needed]

The album was released in Malaysia through Sony Music [8] and in Philippines by Ivory Records.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artist(s)Length
1."Beautiful"Linda PerryChristina Aguilera3:59
2."Somewhere Only We Know"Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard HughesKeane3:52
3."Everybody Hurts"Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, Bill BerryR.E.M.4:53
4."Don't Give Up" (featuring Libby Linton)Peter GabrielGabriel & Kate Bush5:35
5."Angel"Sarah McLachlanMcLachlan4:37
6."Bridge over Troubled Water"Paul SimonSimon & Garfunkel5:06
7."Broken"Jon Hunt, David Archuleta[9]Original composition4:29
8."True Colors"Tom Kelly, Billy SteinbergCyndi Lauper3:39
9."Pride (In the Name of Love)"BonoU23:52
10."Be Still, My Soul"Jean SibeliusSibelius4:59
Total length:45:01


The album sold around 11,000 copies in its first week and debuted at #28 on Billboard 200 chart.[10]


Chart (2012) Peak
US Billboard 200[11] 28
US Billboard Independent Albums[12] 5

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United States August 7, 2012
Philippines August 25, 2012[13]
Taiwan August 28, 2012[14]
Malaysia September 4, 2012[15]


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  9. ^ "Kari Sellard's Twitter". July 16, 2012.
  10. ^ "Rick Ross Pushed Out Of #1 By NOW LP On Billboard". August 15, 2012.
  11. ^ "Week Ending Aug. 12, 2012. Albums: Sinatra Lives!". August 15, 2012.
  12. ^ "David Archuleta: Away & BEGIN.s Charting". August 16, 2012.
  13. ^ "PH Launch for @DavidArchie's BEGIN: Raffling Off 40 CD's, Begin & DA Merch, etc!". August 17, 2012. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013.
  14. ^ "陽光大衛暫別樂壇 美國偶像改行南美傳教 Sony Music Taiwan". August 24, 2012. Archived from the original on December 22, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  15. ^ "SONY to release 'Begin'". August 17, 2012.