David Archuleta has been dumped by Jive Records after his sophomore album Other Side of Down sold only 63,000 copies since being released last October.
The album is currently 1,640th in sales at Amazon.com. It has to be disheartening for the 20 year old Archuleta to lose his record contract at such an early age.
The 2008 American Idol runner-up is probably one of the nicest and most humble contestants ever on the show. He even kept his poise when American Idol hyped the finale to be a duel between the two Davids, Cook and Archuleta.
He lost to David Cook in the 2008 American Idols final but Cook’s sophomore album is not selling well with his latest album David Cook Pathway is 44,850th in sales since being released in December. If it that far down the list only two months after its release it would not surprise me to see Cook lose his record deal at anytime.
Lee DeWyze Season 9 winner has garnered great reviews on Amazon.com but his album Live it Up is only 813th in sales. He has received 77 five star votes while tallying only six one star votes.
Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood are the only three American Idol winners to sell millions and millions of albums.
Simon Cowell’s new American Idol type show X-Factor will reward winners with $5 million record deals. The pressure to sell their albums will be heightened because of the $5 million and the contracts will probably be written in a way to insure the record label will have a clause to end the contract with a minimal loss to the label if the winner doesn’t sell records in the millions.
Winning on either show only insures a chance to succeed and David Archuleta has found out it also means he can lose the chance just as easily.
Archuleta will go on and perform in person but without the record contract he will never make the money a Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry will make during their career.
The record business is a cutthroat industry and nobody knows it better than David Archuleta.