David Archuleta – Wait – V Channel Premiere – VIDEO (UPDATED)

Well, I caved. I was going to wait until an HQ version of David Archuleta’s “Wait” video turned up, but I don’t know if and when that’s going to happen.  US viewers are blocked from watching videos at the V Channel site where the video will eventually debut.

This video was taped off of a TV, but the music is synced with a recording of the song, so it’s only half-bad!

See if you can figure out what’s going on in this video.  It’s like David fell asleep in his Hong Kong hotel room (where he shot it) and had a really really wacky dream!  Watch it below.

UPDATED with HQ Video

“Wait” is a the new single from the Asian release of David’s album The Other Side of Down.  In the meantime, David is getting ready to head off to another part of the world on a Mormon mission.

We’ll miss you, kiddo!

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  • Anonymous

    “We’ll miss you, kiddo!”

    Ugh, MJ. With one little line you managed to make me do what no other long rambling but well-meaning fan tributes have made me do in the past week: cry.

    I feel so ridiculous.

    But back to the subject at hand — the video! Its kinda like a question wrapped in a riddle lol. I have no idea what everything means there but its certainly a departure from his previous videos. I like to see when artists try something different. And I really love the song.
    Some fans were upset that such a sad song/video would be his last release for a while but I think its a pretty great song to leave on. People will still be trying to figure out what the videos means two years from now. ;)

  • escape

    A lot can change in the 2 yrs – especially in the ever evolving music industry.

  • Kitwana

    Archie fans have been trying to figure out the meaning of this video since it came out on Christmas. Black water, shattering glass, young girl in white floating up to the sky and then everything going in reverse at the end of the video til we’re almost back where we started. What does it all mean? Brings back some not too pleasant memories of trying to interpret poetry in English class. I would love to ask the director what he was thinking.

    On another note, I am really glad that David had the support of Channel V in producing a video for a song from the Asian Tour Edition of The Other Side of Down. To have Channel V (which is owned by News Corp and which seems to be the equivalent of MTV when MTV played music) is great when you consider that David does not have a label. I doubt that a lot of unsigned artists get such support. Sony Asia also seems to have continued to push the songs in Asia even without Jive or 19R. The first single, Everything and More, is appearing on some Year end Top 10’s. I do find the continued support of Sony Asia fascinating considering how things ended with Jive.

    Here’s hoping David uploads an HD version of the video soon.

  • Anonymous


  • djafan

    Wait was is my favorite song of the Asia releases.  The angst and cry in his voice is like none other.  The blacks and the whites, the mystical feeling of it all is mesmerizing.  Now I have a visual of his expressions to go with the song and I can’t get enough that.  David is maturing into a very handsome expressive young man.  As for the meaning of the video it seems to me that it’s left open for us to interpret.

    Very different of anything he’s done to date and the artistry is beautiful. 

    Hoping he leaves soon so I can start counting the days to his return. 

  • sue

    Yep that line got to me too. :(  I am going to miss him so much.
    The video is great but I too am waiting for a higher quality video to be released to us. The video is sad but it also leaves hope in the end. That maybe things can be reversed and to cherish every minute with what is important to us. It’s a great song to leave with since a lot of fans are saying “wait wait wait don’t go” to David. Happy early Birthday to David. I can’t believe he is going to be 21. All grown up now.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite song of the Asian Edition of TOSOD.  David is very handsome in this video.  This was definitely our theme song the night he made his announcement to go on a Mission.  We were saying Wait Wait Don’t Go!!!
    Not sure what to think of all the Symbolism. Some  such as Snowangelz even have a fun interpretation.
    I getting more like Djfan, get going so you get back sooner.  I am happy for David and those he will serve.  I will miss him but use the time to make my own life better.

  • Anonymous

    I love the new video.  It is definitely a more serious David than we have seen, but we are finding out David has many layers.  I think it is up to us to decide what it is telling us.  I love the symbolism.  He uses a lot of symbolism and metaphors in the songs he writes.  He is pretty much a deep thinker, it seems.  It has been fun to read what people are getting from the video.  So many different theories.  I don’t think anyone is wrong.  We can put our own story to it. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s a very different video from his others, but I think of that as a good thing. He’s not a teen anymore and shouldn’t do videos for teens. I find it fascinating and I don’t think it needs a cut and dry storyline to make sense.

  • Anonymous

    Dang, having Archie gone is gonna make it dull around here.  Definitely going to miss him.
    I love how he loves keeping things enigmatic and deep.  I find it interesting to see how that conflicts with the shallow pop persona Jive was trying to foist on him, and it makes it easy for me to see why he ultimately balked.
    Maybe when he gets back somebody in the industry will be smart enough to take off their blinders and support him in making the real music he’s capable of.  Maybe the industry will have changed enough by then to make it happen.
    Here’s to glimmers of hope in the darkness.

  • Anonymous

    It is not ridiculous to feel sad that Archie is leaving for 2 years soon. Yep, you got with that line too mj. Happy early Birthday to Archie.

  • callmecrazy


    IMO, the best thing that I ever watched with idol is Archie from his first audition to the finale!

    Fav moment for me….SHOP AROUND performance! *giddy*

  • Anonymous

    David will be 21 in just a few hours.  #Happy21stBirthdayDavidArchie was trending worldwide earlier(other timezones).  We will continue the trend! 
    We met him when he was just 16!!!

  • callmecrazy

    Gosh, 21…:O  Met him during the idol tour and got a hug…:D  Best hug ever….o/!


  • Anonymous

    Thanks MJ  Yes we will miss David!  Thanks for the support. 

  • Kitwana

    Heidijoy, I saw the worldwide trending for #happy21stdavidarchie earlier today. I thought it was premature until I realized that it was December 28 in Asia. David’s international fans are pretty amazing. They also managed to trend #waitmv worldwide when the video was released on the 25th. The recent support in Hong Kong, China and South Korea (which will likely increase with the playing of Wait on Channel V) can only strengthen his base of support in Asia. I really hope he gives his Asian fans one last visit before he leaves. They really deserve it. The tough question is which Asian country?

  • Anonymous

    Does David look kind of Asian here?

    The first time I heard the song, I thought it was about death. Still do.

    I like that the video is different and less of a simple story/message than David’s past videos. I’d like the song more if it had a bridge.

    I’ll miss him too. It’s the perfect time to do this mission though–no contractual obligations.

  • BAPC

    Video looks low budget but since it’s a hong kong exclusive thing, it probably was. Still don’t like this song. Very dated and bland. I hope he releases something new before he leaves though. He has been recording in the last year, right?

  • Kitwana

    Good point Overthetop1.  If David had re-upped with Jive/19R or signed with another label, it would have been far more difficult for him to take two years off from recording and releasing new music to go on a mission.  I can’t imagine any label being happy about such a move.  in that sense, now is probably the best time to go.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty sure he’ll be going back to the Philippines in January. Not sure what all the trip will entail though. I guess we’ll see if that rumor proves true — January is coming up quick now.

    David also said there are plans for writing/recording in January & February. It sounds to me like they might have a plan to get some music to the fans while he’s gone. It will be interesting to see how this is handled for the next two years in terms of his website, twitter, any info passed on to the fans, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel Goboywonder

    This tweet from Sony Music Malaysia sending David birthday greetings.
    Sony Music Malaysia
    Happy 21st birthday to our dearest David Archuleta! Fans, don’t forget to send in your warm wishes to David! fb.me/GIpL0piH

    “Happy Birthday David Archuleta” trended worldwide for about an hour again tonight and fans are still going at it. Hope David saw it.

    Overthetop, when David was on AI, Filipinos claim him as one of them.

    Re the Wait mv: It has a lot going on and I will have to watch it some more to get what it all means–other than that it’s sad.  Just like David to leave us with food for thought.

  • Anonymous

    That may very well been part of his plan not to re up with Jive.  He completed the 3 year contract and decided not to sign for another contract.

  • Anonymous

    Happy 21st Birthday to David. I wish nothing but the best to him today.

  • Anonymous

    what songs of David’s do you like?

    I recommend checking out David’s SLC performance of “This Christmas”  David definitely has his groove on.  sorry don’t know how to attach here.

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel Goboywonder

    Here’s the video of David singing This Christmas in SLC. That was some note he hit @3:20 was redic!

  • Anonymous

    Thank You.  I love that performance.  David really gets his groove on. 
    I was there!!  David was on fire!!!

  • Anonymous

    He is a pretty versatile guy.  I also love how he was grooving in Waiting for the World to Change with Jeff L. 

  • Violet W

    We all trended Happy21stDavidArchie a second time when it was the 28th in the US and got it in the top trends for world and US at the same time.

    The best thing though is that fan thank you video – 17 minutes of fan thank yous and well-wishing and promises to wait.  Some very moving and some very creative.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djafans Fan Dja

    MJ, thank you for updating the Wait video. 

    Love the official hd video.  Make sure to watch.

  • rhed31

    looks great in HD. :)

  • Kitwana

    If this is David’s last video before his mission (I really think he has something more planned in Asia), I think it leaves exactly the image of him as an artist that he wants to leave for his fans and the public in general. That is, David Archuleta as a “serious” singer/vocalist performing music with lyrics with meaning/messages. I actually think this was the impression he was trying to leave on American Idol and coming off the show. He was never going to be the teen/tween idol like Justin Bieber or Cody Simpson. It’s just too bad his age and Jive prevented him from going down that route earlier. He’s so lucky that the support from his Asian Fans and Sony Music in Asia and Fox International have allowed him to pursue the career he wants.

  • Anonymous

    We’re hearing Jive blocked him from singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2009 and kept the organizer waiting until a few days prior to the 2010 to finally agree.
    David himself would never reveal any of these struggles but a close relative of the person responsible for securing the Artist for Glad Christmas Tidings reported this just this week.

  • Kitwana

    I had not heard that Jive was against David singing with the choir. That’s very interesting. I guess Jive was concerned about David being too closely identified with being Mormon. I actually can’t blame Jive, if this was the reason. There continues to be some real negative views amongst the general public when it comes to the Mormon religion. Mitt Romney is certainly not playing up his Mormon background and he could be the Republican presidential nominee.

  • Anonymous

    That could be why. This is recent news but not a surprise.  I think they Jive was having their own problems.    David never played up the fact that he was Mormon either.  I can see why something he felt was an Honor was accepted by him though and the timing was probably better anyway.

  • Anonymous

    It is not a requirement to be Mormon to be a Guest Singer.  I’m so glad he accepted though as it was a Once in a lifetime opportunity for me to go and as we saw on his MKOC tour, he has grown as a performer and singer since then.  I think more people knew Mitt Romney was Mormon than that David was.
    All I knew back when he was 16-17 is that I loved his singing and his personality.

  • http://twitter.com/RJ_Vicencio Janina

    I love how this video is open to many different interpretations, and David makes it such a pleasant viewing experience :D I’ll miss him badly when he finally departs for his mission, but right now, I’m excited as heck cause I know he has plans in store for us fans this coming January and February. And also, excited for the future cause I know this mission will provide David with important life experiences that will lead to his growth as a person and his music.