David Archuleta Talks “The Other Side of Down” with MTV News

David Archuleta sat down with Jim Cantiello of MTV news yesterday afternoon to talk about the release of the Seasson 7 runner-up’s 3rd studio album, The Other Side of Down

Ep. 12: How to eat LAMB before and ...
Ep. 12: How to eat LAMB before and after Game of Thrones. Split, Croatia Travel Guide

David talks about the hopeful message of the album, why he doesn’t care about hit records, and anticipating the video for his new single “Elevator”

Watch the three part interview after the jump.  Jim’s write-up HERE.  The new album is available today. Get it HERE.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

About mj santilli 33689 Articles
Founder and editor of mjsbigblog.com, home of the awesomest fan community on the net. I love cheesy singing shows of all kinds, whether reality or scripted. I adore American Idol, but also love The Voice, Glee, X Factor and more!

34 Comments

  1. He personally don’t care about hit records, well I bet JIVE does. He needs a hit song to sell this album outside of his fanbase and to get radio play.

  2. Can’t deny that this is such a better album than his first. I’m just confused though how he can have huge turnouts at singing events but he’s never on the radio. Would love for someone to explain this!

  3. It was another good one. Looking forward to all of the chats that David has today!

  4. Ahh David…our own personal Pollyanna for the 21st century. May life always be a bouquet of Daisys and a sky full of Butterflies for you.

    And to answer an earlier question…I perceive that David is just too Pollyanna for our rather cynical world. Radio listeners (at least for pop) seem to be a bit more cynical and angsty and David comes across as to sunshine and roses and happy days are here again. I think a lot of people would rather leave their uplifting to their time spent in places of worship and not so much in their cars as they are fighting their way through commuter traffic.

  5. Well, no one speak for me, please. I like my music to correspond with my own moods, which are occasionally dark but often optimistic. I find top40 radio to be heavily cynical or just plan nasty. Good for David for offering an alternative.

    About radio and concerts and such: my daughters are a little younger than him and NEVER listen to radio. They find their music online through Facebook plays, Youtube, etc. Same with concerts — we all follow our favorites online and learn of concerts that way.

  6. how he can have huge turnouts at singing events but he’s never on the radio. Would love for someone to explain this!

    I probably know nothing more than you do but radio play helps a lot with the buzz specially during the time when the album drops but it does not guarantee album sales. It does help single sales. Jason Derulo/Jay Sean/BoB has/had radio hits when their album drops but sold what? 20k-40k on the first week? To date they probably sold less than 200k. Shontelle has a hit with Impossible but didn’t even hit BBtop 50 when her album dropped 2 weeks ago. I think the buzz should come from many places not just radio. TV, magazines, news, concerts even tabloids.

    David has a little of this and a little of that so far. I hope the promo extends beyond just the first week of album release.

  7. how he can have huge turnouts at singing events but he’s never on the radio. Would love for someone to explain this!

    Oh I get it. Concert turn outs! Yeah it’ll be interesting with no radio hits he’ll be relying on die hard fans to see him in concerts.

    But really, I think if Pattinson and Lautner will sell tickets for a concert right now, I think it will sell out in minutes lol.

  8. I love David’s honesty. I love how he is not afraid or ashamed to be who he is. To be so young he really knows what the value in life is and what is most important. He could be a great inspiration to a lot of kids who are going through tough times at school with the bullying. Kids who feel like they have to fit in and act a certain way to be accepted.

  9. I feel like with pop radio right now there is just certain types of music that is dominating right now. Most of the songs on the radio are about sex, partying, and trying to get with somebody. And pop radio is dominated by a certain few singers and anyone else needs to be heavily pushed by their label. Even Natasha is struggling right now and she has had huge hits in the past. Maybe this is because she isn’t like the other female singers on pop radio. She actually makes music that means something. She isn’t all about image.

  10. I think a lot of people would rather leave their uplifting to their time spent in places of worship and not so much in their cars as they are fighting their way through commuter traffic.

    LOL, I don’t know if I wanna be uplifted all the time but I would say that fighting commuter traffic has to be at the top of the list of the times when I need it MOST. Actually, I’m thinking that getting more Archie on the radio might cure road rage across the nation ;)

  11. I think a lot of people would rather leave their uplifting to their time spent in places of worship and not so much in their cars as they are fighting their way through commuter traffic.

    Some people use music as that outlet. You know, some people dont have religious views, so that really wouldnt work.

  12. May life always be a bouquet of Daisys…[daisies]

    Sounds good to me….
    :)

  13. I respect David’s image and message, and I do appreciate the uplifting powers of music. However, if I want to be told that “things will get better,” I don’t necessarily want to hear David literally singing, “Things are Gonna Get Better.” He sounds like he’s talking to an 8 year old. There are other artists out there with a positive message who aren’t so Captain Obvious about it.

  14. cheese:
    10/05/2010 at 2:03 pm
    I respect David’s image and message, and I do appreciate the uplifting powers of music. However, if I want to be told that “things will get better,” I don’t necessarily want to hear David literally singing, “Things are Gonna Get Better.” He sounds like he’s talking to an 8 year old. There are other artists out there with a positive message who aren’t so Captain Obvious about it.

    Like I said in an earlier thread, it’s not always obvious that “things are gonna get better”. This is especially when you are young and facing what you believe to be the “worst” crisis ever or think that high school will never end. That is why I think it was so important that Ellen kept saying in her video about bullying that things are going to get better. Sometimes what seems obvious just has to be said.

  15. Some people use music as that outlet. You know, some people dont have religious views, so that really wouldnt work.

    Aaaaaaaaa-mennnnnnn

  16. Like I said in an earlier thread, it’s not always obvious that “things are gonna get better”. This is especially when you are young and facing what you believe to be the “worst” crisis ever or think that high school will never end. That is why I think it was so important that Ellen kept saying in her video about bullying that things are going to get better. Sometimes what seems obvious just has to be said.

    You make a very good point.

  17. Today is so full of news and interviews for David. My mood is definitely on “the other side of down.” Love this day.

  18. Me too, Kathy. I really enjoyed the Goom radio interview David just finished. He was hilarious in it.

  19. I love how David said he was going to work on getting to the point in interviews quicker. He was going to be short and concise. And the whole conversation about the bathroom was just so funny.

  20. Hilarious. I need that one on record to replay when I need a good, hard laugh.

  21. I’m loving the interviews and the Interviewers seem to be enjoying David too. I for one am loving David’s music and messages. I enjoy listening to his Cd vs the radio.

  22. I hope someone got that recorded or they put it up. The bathroom thing was just funny. lolol

  23. Oh I get it. Concert turn outs! Yeah it’ll be interesting with no radio hits he’ll be relying on die hard fans to see him in concerts.

    Well, he’s not going to be a pop star. But, really, the vast vast majority of musical performers are niche artists, and a fair number make a decent living at it. He’s talented and enough people in the industry and the public know about him that I think he can probably work himself into a solid niche over time. That isn’t what we’re led to expect from Idol, but, in fact, it’s what most of the Idol alums — as well as most other singers — end up doing.

  24. David just totally charmed the DJs. The female DJ couldn’t help telling David that she loved him.

  25. Well, the album is at Borders as I just bought one. I think some of the songs have a great message if you listen carefully to the lyrics.

    “Things Are Gonna Get Better” is a great theme song for this YouTube
    channel http://www.youtube.com/user/itgetsbetterproject
    which a lot of kids…and adults..need to see.

    There should be something on this album for everyone…I like it!

  26. David just sang Elevator at Z100. It was really great. He really sang the mess out of that song. The best ever Elevator.

  27. Ironically, I think David is a bit of a rebel in his own way. He doesn’t care what the norm is, he doesn’t care about being cool or what sells today–he does his own thing regardless of what people think. He’s not afraid to just be himself, whether it comes across dorky or rainbows and sunshine. I wish I were that brave. This kind of music is just what our cynical world needs right now.

  28. This kind of music is just what our cynical world needs right now.

    Well said!!!

  29. Ironically, I think David is a bit of a rebel in his own way. He doesn’t care what the norm is, he doesn’t care about being cool or what sells today–he does his own thing regardless of what people think. He’s not afraid to just be himself, whether it comes across dorky or rainbows and sunshine. I wish I were that brave. This kind of music is just what our cynical world needs right now.

    If you really listen to his music, it is a tale of coming from dark places and triumphing over hard things– the story of David’s life. It has not been daiseys and butterflies, unfortunately. Most people will be able to relate to this– people of all ages.

    Elevator today was the absolute best! I hope MJ will post it. Amazing!! That is why although his albums are good, he is so much better live!

  30. Frogcooke, thanks for bringing the Elevator link over.

    I confess I disliked the song from the first, as well as his performances of it. It didn’t show off his amazing voice and, well, it was odd.

    After watching David sing Elevator yesterday: Whoa! I love it! I get it now. What a triumphant performance that was. After he nailed every piece of that song, he looks into the camera and says, “so, there’s Elevator” and gives us a pretty satisfied looking smile.

    He worked it out so nicely, smoothing out the rough areas, making his weaknesses his strengths. Yes, I can see this as a good single and even greater video.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.