American Idol alum David Archuleta was dropped from his record label, Jive Records. Jive had produced David’s self-titled hit album, as well as his less popular 2010 release, The Other Side of Down. Despite waning record sales, the break came as a shock to David’s fans. The singer addressed some of those concerns on his video blog.
The singer spun the break first as a result of changing leadership at the record company: “Jive has been changing as a company. The president of Sony, Barry Wise, who’s also head of Jive — he’s no longer with the company. And the same with my A & R guy… Jeff Fenster. He is no longer there.” Archuleta mentioned that he had “offers” to stay at Jive, but that “it didn’t feel like the right thing.” Said David, “I have control over my life. Decisions that I make will make or break… not just things with my career but my life, too.”
David continued, characterizing the break as an opportunity for him to focus more on songwriting and honing his creative voice. “I’ve been focusing on writing by myself… And it’s been really cool to say, this is what I’m feeling, this is what I’m thinking, and this how it comes out in music… It’s something that I feel a connection to and feel good about.”
We understand he’s trying to put a brave face on the situation, but ouch! Getting dropped is never a good thing. Hang in there, David!