David Archuleta (album)

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David Archuleta
David Archuleta album.jpg
Studio album by David Archuleta
Released November 11, 2008 (2008-11-11)
(see release history)
Recorded 2008
Genre [1]
Length 44:28
David Archuleta chronology
David Archuleta
Christmas from the Heart
Singles from David Archuleta
  1. "Crush"
    Released: August 12, 2008
  2. "A Little Too Not Over You"
    Released: January 6, 2009
  3. "Touch My Hand"
    Released: June 9, 2009

David Archuleta is the self-titled debut album from American Idol season seven runner-up David Archuleta.[2] It was released on November 11, 2008, in the United States, by Jive Records. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA (denoting shipments of 500,000 copies) on January 29, 2009.[3] The first single, "Crush", was released to radio on August 1. The album was released in the UK on May 11, 2009. The UK album release was set to coincide with his UK tour with Rock/Pop band McFly in April/May 2009.

Reception and album information[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[4]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[5]
Entertainment Weekly C+[6]
Los Angeles Times 1.5/4 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[8]
The New York Times (favorable)[9]
USA Today 3/4 stars[10]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[11]

David Archuleta received mixed reviews from critics.[12] Billboard praised David Archuleta, calling it "charming" and filled with performances "meant for arenas." It also credited Archuleta as having a "once-in-a-decade pop voice: A silky tenor with a natural melancholy."[13] Ken Barnes of USA Today gave the album a positive review saying, "On American Idol runner-up David Archuleta’s first, self-titled album, the 17-year-old singer delivers a non-stop succession of polite pop songs swathed in gauzy cotton-candy textures and catchy choruses. And that's exactly what he should be doing." The New York Times writes "(Archuleta) has a lovely, foggy R&B voice out of scale with his small body". Writes the review, "The music, made by many producers and songwriters, averages out different forms of radio-format blandness, with tinges of Coldplay and Shania Twain, and a few dollops of good writing." Los Angeles Times wrote The record is larded with awkward modernist R&B, Christian semaphore ballads like 'You Can' and warm-milk mewling that makes David Cook, Archuleta's "Idol" foe, sound like Robert Plant.


The first single, "Crush," was released to radio on August 1, 2008, and was commercially released on August 12, 2008. Its first week it debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 with 166,000 units sold.[14][15] The single has sold almost 2 million copies in the United States.[16]

Archuleta confirmed on his official MySpace blog on November 21, 2008 that "A Little Too Not Over You", a song which he co-wrote, was the next single following "Crush". It was released to radio on January 6, 2009.[17]

On March 13, 2009, Archuleta released a couple of songs from David Archuleta on iTunes that were previously not available as single downloads. "Works for Me" came as a bonus track on the Wal-mart version of David Archuleta, and "Somebody Out There" was exclusive to those who pre-ordered the album on iTunes. Both songs were also included in a 4 track EP titled Four for the Fans, released in 2010 exclusively on iTunes, before the release of Archuleta's single, "Something 'Bout Love", from his third studio album, The Other Side of Down (2010).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Crush"   Jess Cates, David Hodges, Emanuel Kiriakou 3:32
2. "Touch My Hand"   Steve Kipner, Steve McEwan, Wayne Wilkins 4:21
3. "Barriers"   Kipner, McEwan, Wilkins 3:50
4. "My Hands"   Zukhan Bey, James Fauntleroy, Kiriakou 4:04
5. "A Little Too Not Over You"   David Archuleta, Matthew Gerrard, Mike Krompass, Robbie Nevil 3:18
6. "You Can"   Antonina Armato, Tim James 3:42
7. "Running"   Fauntleroy, Waynne Nugent, Kevin Risto, Steve Russell, Dapo Torimiro 3:35
8. "Desperate"   Andreas Carlsson, Desmond Child, Alexander Rethwisch, Konstantin Rethwisch 3:41
9. "To Be with You"   Kara DioGuardi, Kiriakou 3:25
10. "Don't Let Go"   Archuleta, JC Chasez, Jimmy Harry 3:47
11. "Your Eyes Don't Lie"   Armato, James, Devrim Karaoğlu 3:04
12. "Angels"   Guy Chambers, Robbie Williams 4:09

Credits and personnel[edit]


  • All vocals – David Archuleta
  • Background vocals – David Archuleta, JC Chasez, Kara DioGuardi, James Fauntleroy, Storm L. Gardner, David Hodges, Emanuel Kiriakou, Jake Simpson
  • Bass – Jimmy Harry, Sean Hurley, Emanuel Kiriakou, Thomas Lindberg
  • Cello – Stephen Erdody, Trevor Handy, Paula Hochhalter, Cameron Stone, Cecilia Tsan
  • Double bass – Jimmy Harry, Sean Hurley, Emanuel Kiriakou, Thomas Lindberg, Justin Meldal-Johnsen
  • DrumsRandy Cooke, Dorian Corzier, Brian Macleod, Aaron Sterling, Wayne Wilkins
  • Guitar – Tommy Denander, Jimmy Harry, Emanuel Kiriakou, Mike Krompass, Tim Pierce, Francesco Romano, Shaney Swaney, Marc VanGool, Jon Vella, Bruce Watson
  • Keyboards – Marcus Englöf, Jimmy Harry, David Hodges, Emanuel Kiriakou, Robbie Nevil, Alex Papaconstantinou, Eric Ivan Rosse, Shane Swaney, Dapo Torimiro, Wayne Wilkins
  • Piano – David Archuleta, JC Chasez, Matthew Gerrard, David Hodges, Emanuel Kiriakou
  • String – Jeff Bova
  • Viola – Brett Banducci, Thomas Diener, Marlow Fisher, Luke Maurer
  • Violin – Julie Gigante, Natalie Leggett, Dimitrie Leivici, Searmi Park, Cameron Patrick, Jeanne Skrocki, Sarah Thornblade, Margaret Wooten
  • A&R – Jeff Fenster, Gabrielle Rosen
  • Arrangement – Jeff Bova, Eric Ivan Rosse
    • String arrangement – Jeff Bova
  • Assistant – Conor Gilligan, Matty Green, Erik Madrid, Christian Plata, Ken Starkey
  • Artist coordination – Shari Reich
  • Conductor – Tim Davies
  • Contractor – Peter Rotter
  • Digital editing – Chris Reynolds, Pat Thrall
  • Engineer – Jeff Baker, Adam Comstock, Dorian Corzier, Tommy Denander, Chris Fudurich, Matthew Gerrard, Steve Hammonds, Jimmy Harry, Ross Hogarth, Emanuel Kiriakou, Mike Krompass, Nigel Lundemo, Cory Miller, Chris Reynolds, Andros Rodriguez, Pat Thrall, Jon Vella
    • Assistant engineer – Jeff Baker, Cory Miller
    • Vocal engineer – Humberto Gatica, Cristián Robles
  • Mastering – Tom Coyne
  • MixingManny Marroquin, Paul Palmer, Brian Paturalski, Eric Ivan Rosse, Spike Stent, Pat Thrall
  • Producer – David Archuleta, Antonina Amato, Andreas Carlsson, JC Chasez, Desmond Child, Matthew Gerrard, Jimmy Harry, David Hodges, Devrim "DK" Karaglu, Steve Kipner, Emanuel Kiriakou, Mike Krompass, Steve McEwan, Robbie Nevil, Dapo Torimiro, Bruce Wayne, Wayne Wilkins
  • Production coordinator – Cara Bridgins, Brian Gately, Nicole Simon
    • Audio production – Antonina Armato, Andreas Carlsson, JC Chasez, Desmond Child, Dirty Swift, Matthew Gerrard, Jimmy Harry, David Hodges, Tim James, Devrim "DK" Karaoglu, Steve Kipner, Emanuel Kiriakou, Mike Krompass, Steve McEwan, Robbie Nevil, Eri Ivan Rosse, Dapo Torimiro, Bruce Wayne, Wayne Wilkins
  • Programming – Marcus Englöf, Mattew Gerrard, David Hodges, Robbie Nevil, Alex Papaconstantinou, Shane Swaney
  • Drum programming – Zukhan Bey, Emanuel Kiriakou
Visual and imagery
  • Art direction and design – Maria P. Marulanda
  • Photography – Jeff Riedel

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Hong Kong November 10, 2008 Sony Music Entertainment
South Korea November 11, 2008
United States
Canada Sony Music Entertainment
Malaysia November 17, 2008
Australia December 6, 2008
Taiwan December 12, 2008[20]
Japan February 25, 2009
Brazil March 11, 2009
United Kingdom May 11, 2009[18] RCA

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at the number-two spot on the Billboard 200 chart (issue of November 29, 2008), with sales of 183,000 copies in the United States.[21] As of January 2011, the album has sold 764,000 copies in the United States.[22]

Chart (2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 2[21]
Canadian Albums Chart 14[23]
U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums 2[24]
Chart (2009) Peak
U.S Billboard 200 Year-End 51[21]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Sales
United States Gold[3] 764,000[22]


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