Michael Brandy, Deseret News
David Archuleta sings during the American Idols Live Tour 2008 at the E Center in West Valley. He recently released his first single.

Last week "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta premiered his new single, "Crush," on "The Elvis Duran Morning Show" radio broadcast in New York.

Since then, the show as well as the single have had a load of hits on various Web sites.

While "Crush" isn't groundbreaking in ushering in a new music fad, the song is unobtrusive and pleasant.

The ballad, which can be heard on many Archuleta fan Web sites as well as YouTube, has a smooth and contemporary rhythm-and-blues feel. It shows off Archuleta's sincere delivery without going over the top. In fact, he kind of teases his fans and doesn't quite give the full-out belting that is so prevalent in soulful ballads played on adult-contemporary stations.

In doing so, Archuleta whets his fans' appetites for his full-length CD release later this year.

"Crush" was co-written by Jess Clayton Cates, Emanuel Kiriakou and former Evanescence member Dave Hodges.

And here's some more "American Idol" trivia — Hodges also helped write Kelly Clarkson's "Never Again," "Because of You" and "Addicted." So, with that track record, "Crush," should land on the Billboard Hot 100 on merit alone.

But as many people know, the Billboard Hot 100 is fueled by sales. And "Crush" is guaranteed to hit No. 1 simply because it's sung by Archuleta.

The song, which was originally supposed to be released to radio this coming Monday, will be available for digital download on Sept. 2, Rolling Stone magazine reported.

Earlier this year, Archuleta signed a recording contract with Jive Records. His debut CD is slated to be released on Nov. 4.

It is still unclear whether Archuleta will write some original material for the album, but he did express interest in songwriting in an interview last month.

Archuleta said he was gathering songs for his new CD but also said he would like to see if he could put one of his own songs on the release.

"I just hope that some of the songs I write are actually good enough to be on the CD," he said.


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