Monthly Archives: June 2009

A Wake-Up Call

david_wachovia004Thought to re-post a comment I left on The David Chronicles, upon learning of the news that three shows on the Demi Lovato summer tour – Louisville, Portland, and Grand Rapids – where  David is serving as the opening act, have been cancelled:

From the deliberate editing out of older fans, male fans, etc. who appeared at David’s tour in his House of Blues “Touch My Hand” video to the deliberate marketing in the Disney direction, David’s label, Jive, and his management, Azoff, are pushing a certain kind of Disneyfied version of David that most of his fans are saying: WE’RE NOT BUYING IT!

Seriously, Jive needs to take an account of what they think they’re doing. If David were fresh off the street, someone who had never appeared on American Idol, and they took one look at him and said “Radio Disney!” this marketing strategy would have worked out just fine. But, that’s not how it works.

Anyone who has paid attention to Idol contestants’ post-show career knows that those Idols whose careers follow the kinds of performances they showcased on the show are the ones with the most success (excluding Kelly Clarkson who transformed into a 21st-century version of Alanis Morissette and Avril Lavigne, think Carrie Underwood, who recreated her country girl persona; Chris Daughtry and David Cook, who recreated their rocker personas; and Jennifer Hudson, whose shock boot history on the show strikingly mirrors the rejection her character Effie White received in the movie Dreamgirls, for which she received her Oscar). What this means is that David Archuleta, who never did Radio Disney on the show, in fact, reclaimed and triumphed in his mad interpretation skills on inspirational ballads and love songs, should have been marketed in this genre, give and take a few uptempo songs a la “Crush” and “Zero Gravity.”

His label and management totally threw out his ballad persona to pursue a misguided image of Disney David, an image that this blog is working hard at subverting, that appeals to the tweenie boppers, and it’s not working – IMO – because by the time David got a year older, so did the tween girls who voted maniacally for David when he was on AI, and those tweens are listening to what the regular teens are listening to. They too are beyond Disney, and if they are fans of David, it isn’t because he is “Disneyfied.”

If there is any “wake up call” Jive and Azoff need with this Demi/David tour not selling out in large arenas, it should be that they need to give up Radio Disney because it’s just not David, and nobody – not even the tweens – are buying it.

The glimmer of hope I have is that David himself has hinted that his second album is going to have a mature sound, and now that “Daddygate” has in effect taken a bit of the shine off of David’s “squeaky clean” image, it makes no sense to even go down that route. David has matured, and so has a certain segment of the audience who discovered him on AI.

We, his mature fans, ain’t going nowhere, so it’s time for them to take us into their marketing considerations too.

David Receives Gold Plaque

@ David’s concert in Uniondale, New York:

Blogging “From the Road”

ARCHULETA LOVATO CONCERTDavid’s latest blog:

Hello all. I’ve come to give you my attempt at a SHORT blog report for the day. The tour with Demi has begun, and the first couple of shows have been great!! Demi is a wickedly talented girl! I’m glad to be on tour with her and am looking forward to an awesome Summer with her. I’m very happy to see the fans again too!! I’ve missed seeing all of you lol. Thanks for coming to the shows you guys! It really means a lot and makes it quite enjoyable. It’s great seeing all the old familiar faces and catching up, and then also getting to meet new faces as well. SO THANK YOU FOR COMING!!

Today I got my RIAA certified gold plaque for my album!!! It’s so cool you guys!! What an accomplishment it is to get one of those. You see other artists’ plaques on the walls of recording studios and stuff, so to have one of my own is seriously so surreal. Thanks for each and everyone of you fans for buying an album to make it happen! Maybe one day we’ll even go platinum! Craziness! As soon as I get a picture I’ll try and upload it somewhere haha. It’s not exactly a literal gold album, but it has my picture and the RIAA certification thingy on it… So it’s official! haha.

So today seems like a lot is has been happening with good music coming out! If you didn’t know already, Regina’s new album came out today!!! WDf;oihegalkejdgnaelkgjaehfgpiuhchachacharmin;asdghdf;oiaub!!!! I just got back from the city so I haven’t listened to it yet. I’m so excited to though! I’ve been listening to Begin to Hope to warm me up for the new stuff though, and after I finish writing this blog I’m going to let my ears have some Regina Spektorism treatment. I want to listen to it the whole way through without anything keeping me busy or distracting me, so now after the busy day I’m going to sit back and enjoyyyyy.

Brooke White’s 2nd single has also come out! It’s called Radio Radio. When I was in LA a few weeks ago she played it for me in the car and it always gets in my head! Radio radio, tell me what I wanna know wanna know. Michael Johns’ album has also come out today!! I’d get it if I had more money in my iTunes account lol. I only have 4 cents left, and I might need to just reset the account info or something but I’ll figure it out soon! It’s been acting up for a while but someone gave me a gift card so I was able to get Regina’s album and Brooke’s single haha. Thank you for the gift card though! Carly Smithson also has her new band! Woot woot woot. It’s called We Are the Fallen and you can check out their new song on http://www.myspace.com/wearethefallen. You should check it all out! I’m really excited for all my idol buddies! haha. I also heard that it’s Jason Mraz’s birthday today on this music-packed day, so happy birthday to Jason!

Ok, so I think I’m done for this blog entry! Hooray for not rambling as much! What’s funny is it takes me just as long to make short blogs as it does long blogs haha. Wait.. maybe even longer! Because it takes quite the effort to summarize what I want to say. As long as it makes sense though and there’s not so much dead space for those who read, I’m happy. Well all right, before I allow myself to ramble even more I’ll talk to you guys later!

Song for the day: Radio Radio – Brooke White

Certified Gold!

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David just happily tweeted that his self-titled debut album is officially certified Gold.  He’s receiving his plaque today.  Congratulations, David! 🙂

Singing Like He’s Grown

So, when you’re making an entrance like this (video from Wilkes Barre concert last night)…

… you better be headlining your own tour, lest the artist following is a huge star a la Miley Cyrus.  No wonder, then, that Demi Lovato has already been quoted as saying she needs to “pinch herself” because she can’t believe “an American Idol contestant” is opening for her (see IDF link posted by Desertrat in previous post).  All I can say to that is, yes, Demi, I cannot believe David is opening for someone such as yourself either.

Regardless of the line-up, I have to say it’s really sinking in as to how fast David has “grown.”  Sure, he needs someone to choreograph him to just stand still with a certain pose of bravado so that silhouetted opening really drives the audience wild and over-the-top in their swooning, but David will get there.  However, the same IDF link reveals a concert goer’s observations that he seemed quite sad when getting off his tour bus.  So, it wasn’t just our imaginations when we heard raw pain and anguish in David’s “Apologize” performance in Hartford two nights ago.  There is still a wave of melancholy in last night’s version:

Yet, it’s nothing like the Hartford performance.  He still sings beautifully, but there’s nothing like the rawness of the first performance.  At any rate, what has definitely changed is the quality and gravity in the Voice.  We’ve always known David can sing like he’s “grown,” but now, I’m feeling that he, the Man, is finally grown.  As if David the boy finally caught up with his beyond-his-years Voice.  And, just like that, David feels so out of place in this tween/teen marketing in which he is “opening” for some Disney teen star.  I would hate to be following a David Archuleta, no matter how “honored” I felt to have an “American Idol” contestant opening for me.  As we’ve all witnessed, David grows by leaps and bounds.  Whatever will he be like at the end of this tour?  Even his shoulders seem wider, his eyes hooded, his demeanor more mature.  We still have glimpses of his boyhood (that “wave” behind the curtain), but it is slowly disappearing.  Sniff sniff.

Who am I kidding?  I’ve been waiting for “Just David” to catch up with “David the Voice” for quite some time. It’s just happening a lot sooner than I anticipated.  He will continue to amaze, and while I’m saddened to hear that he seems sadder than his usual self, we will definitely benefit from that David Archuleta sound.  He, who has always been able to mend the heart, is now quite capable of breaking it.  

And just to show where David’s heart still lies, read this story about Project Alicia (whom David dedicated his song “You Can” to at last night’s concert).

Videos posted courtesy of The David Chronicles.