Monday, October 13, 2008

"Idol's" David Cook, David Archuleta renew rivalry

Some celebrity rivalries just never die, and that seems to be true of David Cook and David Archuleta. The battle of the Davids has morphed from the two singers’ friendly rivalry on the reality show “American Idol” to their careers as budding recording artists.

David Cook, the 25-year-old winner of “Idol” 2008, will release his debut album on Nov. 18, one week after runner-up David Archuleta, 17, releases his first album on Nov. 11. Cook won ”Idol” but Archuleta had many loyal fans, and it will be interesting to see whose album climbs the highest on record charts.

friends.jpgIn the meantime, Cook is releasing a single, “Light On,” from his upcoming album on the America Online pop culture site on Tuesday, said Roger Widynowski, spokesman for 19 Entertainment, Cook’s record company.

The lyrics for the songarchie.jpg include the lines: “Try to leave a light on when I’m gone/Something I rely on to get home” and “When the wires cross in my brain/You’ll start my heart again.”

The song was co-written by Chris Cornell, 44, former lead singer for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. “Light On” will play on airwaves on Wednesday, Widynowski said.

While the two Davids are heading into a battle this November — and both have attracted legions of fans – career’s after “Idol” have been a mixed bag of success for contestants over the years.

Blake Lewis, last year’s runner-up, was dropped by Arista Records, and last week the beat box singer announced to fans his tour had been cut short. But “Idol,” which is gearing up for its eighth season, has also had a few breakout stars — including Grammy-winning country star Carrie Underwood and pop singer Kelly Clarkson.

Cook-ing up tunes

AMERICAN Idol winner David Cook, 25, who hails from Blue Springs, Missouri, will release his debut album on Nov 18, 2008. The first single, Light On, produced by Grammy-winning producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock) was released on US radio and is now made available on iTunes.

Light On also premiered exclusively on AOL Music on its pop culture news site,

Earlier this year, Cook had the biggest single premiere of the year on with The Time of My Life garnering more than one million streams in 24 hours.

Light On was co-written by one of rock music’s most influential innovators, Chris Cornell, lead singer and songwriter for Soundgarden and Audioslave, and acclaimed producer/songwriter Brian Howes, who has worked with superstar rock bands such as Hinder and Puddle of Mudd.

Cook has been busy in the studio with Cavallo, co-writing many of the upcoming album’s tracks alongside some of music’s hottest rock songwriters.

He also launched, his official social networking site where fans can interact with him, his music and each other.

Fans can create their own profiles, make friends and contribute their own blogs, photos, videos and connect with other fans in their towns by various search functionalities. After only five days, it was already the #1 artiste site within the entire SonyBMG community.