According to Shirley Halperin of Entertainment Weekly, David Archuleta has signed with “music powerhouse” Azoff Management.
David joins The Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Neil Diamond, and Morrissey on Azoff’s roster of clients. David’s father, Jeff Archuleta will be co-managing David’s music career with Azoff’s Jared Paul who also manages Nick Lachey and New Kids on the Block.
Diana DeGarmo, Bo Bice, and Katharine McPhee are fellow runners-up who, like Archie, did not sign on with 19M after Idol. Clay Aiken and Blake Lewis signed on, but neither of them are currently on 19M’s roster. Clay left 19 for the Firm in 2004, and Blake Lewis recently mentioned in interviews that he’s looking for new management.
Considering 19’s dubious track record with Idol runners-up, I’m not surprised David didn’t sign with them. Besides I don’t think 19M would have been interested in co-managing David with his father–or anyone else, for that matter.
While David’s music career won’t be managed by 19M, 19 Recordings will oversee the production of David’s debut album, due to drop on November 11 on the Jive label.
Bonus: David blogs on Alloy.com. He’s been writing, recording and wrapping up recording on his album.