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The Music Industry in the Digital Age

Posted by PandasMama on Sunday, April 20, 2014

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David Archuleta has returned after 2 years away from the music industry. I know all of the fandom is excited to see what’s next for David, but many are worried at the same time. Will David return to the music career he was working on prior to leaving? Will he be able to return to the same level of success he had obtained? Will he sign with another major label? Will he release a new CD? If so, how soon? There are a lot of questions to be answered and from what I have recently learned, David has a lot of new ideas to consider, because there are a lot of changes about to hit the music industry.

Last month I completed an online course from Berklee College of Music covering the history of the music industry and where it is headed in the future. The course was taught by the very knowledgeable John Kellogg, Assistant Chair of the Music Business/Management Department at BCM. In addition to his position at Berklee, Mr. Kellogg is an entertainment attorney and has authored several books about the music industry. This class was very enlightening as to what is involved in becoming a successful recording artist and dealing with the, for a better word, insanity known as the music industry.

The music industry has always been known for its entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology, but along with these characteristics has come a roller coaster of concerns that the next great technological innovation will cause its demise. This fear dates back as far as sheet music when piano rolls and later records were introduced. Later with advent of radio, publishers once again thought no one would buy their records if they could hear it for free. But radio actually saved the music industry during WWII, when records could not be produced, by having live transmissions of programs and performances. Radio was concerned when television came about. Each time something new has been introduced, the industry feared it would be no more, but each time it has recovered and found new ways to thrive.

In the 1990’s people replaced their vinyl and cassette collections with CDs. This was a major boon for the industry. Artists re-released all of their older music previously on vinyl and cassette tapes on the new “indestructible” CD’s. By the end of the 1990’s, MP3’s started to take over the market. With this technology, people no longer needed expensive and bulky players to enjoy their music. iPods could easily fit anywhere and held hours of consumer’s favorite tunes. Today we are in the middle of a shift from the physical world of CDs and DVDs to another digital world beyond MP3s, the world of steaming services. In this new realm, audio and video recording will still be important to the music industry, but these recordings will just be delivered in new ways. Mr. Kellogg and other industry leaders believe that as soon as 2017 the record business will enter a new era where super WiFi will be readily available and people will no longer need a computer hard drive or CDs for music storage. Everything will be available in “the cloud” using subscription services like Pandora and Spotify. If you’re not yet familiar with “the cloud”, you might want to do a little Google search and learn what it is all about. It is taking over everything very soon. The internet has a new way to service the world, and it is awesome.

With this new super-duper internet, the need for a huge amount of monetary backing to produce quality music recordings will end. Soon, all the artist will need to record music and release it to the public will be a laptop with the proper software, a service provider to post the music, and the internet. Artists will be able to produce their own music, possibly at their homes or small studios, and deliver it to their fans without the need of the major record labels.

In the past, signing with a record label was necessary to get your music out to the world. There were many choices depending on the genre of music the artist performed. Today, 3 large conglomerates and their subsidiaries own the majority of all record labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Japan; Universal Music Group, France; and Warner Music Group, Leonard Blavatnik, Russia. These three companies distribute 85% to 90% of all records sold today. But these big money labels aren’t raking in the dough like they used to. The public is now more likely to purchase singles from a digital source like iTunes or Amazon then purchase an actual hard copy CD. The labels have lost revenue and outlets for purchasing actual CD’s have all but vanished. The record companies are looking for new ways to survive this technological change. That is why you see major acts suddenly being sponsored on their tours by huge companies such as Target, Coke, Pepsi, Nike, LiveNation, and iHeartRadio which is owned by Clear Channel, the largest radio broadcasting company.

While the big acts are out working to keep themselves and the big 3 in business, lesser known artists are getting tired of working to produce a product that they are barely compensated for. Recording contracts with these labels are very complex things, involving insane percentages of asset values, royalties and advances. Most artists signed to major labels make less than $1 per CD sold at full price, and this is only after the label takes out the advance money for producing the CD in the first place. Many times an artist doesn’t even break even on a first CD and the advance money recovery is carried over to the next CD they put out. That is why labels sign artists to multiple CD deals, hoping that they will make money off of the artist in the long run. Smaller, independent labels have better deals for artists, sometimes even splitting the royalties 50/50. But now, new artists are discovering they don’t have to play with the big guys to actually have a career in music.
With technological advancements, many artists are starting to create their own record labels. This way they are assured of making more money off of their projects. All of the money that previously went into the hands of the records executives, can now go back to the artist and their team. It’s like a DIY (Do It Yourself) project, except John Kellogg calls it DIO (Do It Ourselves) because he still believes the artist will need a team to make the project (the artist’s career) work. The artist cannot do it all themselves. They will need the lawyer for proper contracts (even contracts with themselves). They will need agents to help with bookings, promotions, social media, etc. It will be a team effort, but the artist will benefit greatly in the long run, as long as they cover all of their bases.

Let’s take a step back to the idea of the distribution of music to the public through “the cloud.” This technology will be very important because it will be the way artists promote themselves. It might not seem logical for an artist to put their music out on the internet for free or almost free, but without the big money of record labels backing them, artists will need a way to reach new audiences. Internet streaming of music will be necessary to lead new fans to an artist and their music. With the demise of the CD album, many artists will be releasing singles and social media will be very necessary for the promotion of the artists. Most that succeed will make money touring, not recording, unless they own all the rights to the music they produce and the music is used in other formats like movies, television, and subscription services, all of which the artist will receive royalties for. Several artists have already become very popular with the younger audiences just by using YouTube. Once the artist has a following they can tour and make money. Royalties for writing music and having it played on the streaming services and the radio will help the artist financially, but the majority of income will come from live performances and they will need to have a dynamic, engaging live performance to keep their fans happy and wanting more.

Another way artists will be reaching their fans is through live streamed performances. I know many of David’s fans have taken part in at least one of the poor quality cell phone “concerts” over the past few years. Actually, most of us probably heard David announce his decision to go on a full-time mission while watching his Christmas concert from Salt Lake City broadcast over Ustream from someone’s cell phone. Well, those types of concerts have suddenly grown up and are now being used by artists to reach their fans through streaming services like ConcertWindow and StageIt, where the audience pays to watch an actual high quality performance over the internet. For a nominal fee, you can see your favorite artist, or maybe one you are just interested in checking out for the first time, without having to travel many miles from your home or pay the exorbitant ticket prices asked these days. Just last month I watched concerts by Imagine Dragons, Keith Urban, and Willie Nelson performed live at a venue right here in Austin, TX, and broadcast at no cost by iTunes as part of their promotion of acts during the SXSW Music Festival. Five evenings of performances were broadcast around the world for free. With the advances in streaming technology, anyone will soon be able to watch their favorite artist perform live without ever leaving the comfort of home. Pay-for-view streamed concerts will soon be the norm for many artists.

Streaming services, DYI recording labels, social media, Cloud technology, and the demise of the CD and major record companies; these are just some of the new changes coming to the music industry in the next few years. Artists must get on the bandwagon with all of the technology or they will be left behind. I guess the same applies to the music fans of the world, too. We don’t want to be left behind, clinging to old technology that probably won’t work 5 to 10 years down the road.

So now that I have bombarded you with information, just think how David must feel at this very moment. Returning from two years in a much more technologically challenged culture and having to dive in head first into the insanity of the music industry. It has to be overwhelming. He has to take his time and decide what will and won’t work for him and his career. He has to learn and plan and pray and listen to his heart before he can dive back in with both feet, if he wants to succeed in the digital age of music.

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PandasMama is a guest writer for The Voice and maintains her own blog, Cacophony vs Harmony.

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David Archuleta’s To Do List?

Posted by fenfan123 on Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Hand Selfie by David Archuleta

 

Mission accomplished. David’s home, spending time with family and friends. Or is he? Several people in Salt Lake City have spotted him around town, waving hello, smiling and causing knees to shake. We know because these excited folk have tweeted about it. What do these David sightings mean? Some say he has something up his sleeve. It could be a To-Do List. It’s top secret. Could this be David Archuleta’s To-Do List?
Only he knows what’s on it. And he is ticking off each item as he goes about completing the tasks he has set for himself. Those nameless people tell me they may or may not have read the list which fell out said sleeve one time when he was trying on some shirts in an SLC mall.
So with the help of these people who think they know, I present to you David Archuleta’s To-Do List. (Not necessarily in order of importance) I decided to break each item down and make some suggestions of my own.

1.  Grow The Hair

This is a no-brainer. And he doesn’t even have to lift a hand. All he needs is to stay far, far away from all the barbers and hair salons in SLC, Murray and everywhere else in Utah and the entire US of A. Let nature take its course and that hair will be back in fine form. Please no beanie this time! We need proof it’s actually growing, don’t we now? Apparently the average person’s hair grows half an inch in a month, someone told me. Google confirmed it. It must be true. If he doesn’t cut it, his hair will be a whole half-inch longer by the end April – just about enough to look awesome with the help of some styling product.

2.  Go Shopping

After wearing the same old suits for two years, it’s time to throw them out and get some new clothes. He’d be well dressed after buying some designer jeans, fitted shirts, shoes, boots, a vest, perhaps. (Ermenigildo Zegna has one on his website that goes for a mere $395. LOL) Casual clothes are fine for everyday wear. But every sharp-dressed man needs a smart suit, made-to-measure. No one does it better than Signor Zegna. His website says,
“This season innovative ZegnaSilk fabrics, created from the most precious silk fibers, add lightweight elegance to summer suiting, making it the perfect choice for jackets and suits. Enter the world of Made to Measure and discover the art of personal elegance with Zegna’s seasonal fabrics.”
To make an appointment, all David has to do is just click here:

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3.  Meet With a Stylist

Sometimes even with the most fashionable clothes in one’s wardrobe, it can be daunting putting together different looks for going on tour, hosting Saturday Night Live, interviewing with Oprah or receiving a Grammy for Album of the Year. Time spent pulling together a wardrobe is well worth the investment.

4.  Take Guitar Lessons

We are pretty sure he knows how to play the guitar. Some lessons from an instructor can help him get a basic feel for the same music he already knows how to play so well on the piano. And while he is at it, buy a new guitar! Having the chance to do an acoustic solo during a tour would be refreshing!

5.  Learn Some Choreographed Moves

He learned some Salsa and Bachata tips from Lupe and then showed us how to Dougie in the Philippines. David has shown that he is a quick study when it comes to dancing. It’s time to take it to the next level with the help of a choreographer so that he can bust a move on tour. Moving on stage in a meaningful way shows command of the performance.

6.  Original Music/Songwriting Collaboration

David has written some songs such as Broken or Falling. His writing is inspired just not prolific. Working with a Spanish songwriter might be just the thing to get him going on a Spanish language album. Write some Spanish songs, lay down some tracks, produce that album.

7.  Put a Band Together

David knows we need a tour. And a tour means a band. It takes time to assemble a group of musicians who can play well with his strong vocals. Once a band is formed, they can practice. He can make a set list. His team can set dates, book venues, sell tickets and we can buy them!

8.  Re-connect with the Fans

He has vlogged twice and tweeted several times since his return. Now that he has presumably gotten some tips on how to make the best use of YouTube from Shay Carl maybe we’ll soon see a singing vlog.

9.  Look for a Label

No, not clothes. That’s under “Go Shopping”. This is about music, finding a label that believes in him and will do everything possible to help him make the music he wants to make.

10.  Your turn

I am sure there is a number 10 on his To-Do List. But I missed it after the excitement of number 9. So if you have some idea what it could be, let me know in Comments?

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Fenfan is a staff writer for The Voice.

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David Archuleta on Sale Now!

Posted by djafan on Saturday, November 30, 2013

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With Christmas fast approaching (and David’s return getting closer!) many are out shopping after Thanksgiving when sales are at their best. I’m more of the online shopper and usually not until the week before lol. But while on twitter this tweet got my attention.

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It’s true @DavidArchie fans—the inspirational album BEGIN by David Archuleta is now just $7.49! http://bit.ly/181Gnws  #BlackFriday #DA2014

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Photo credit Desert Book

I thought maybe other stores have David’s stuff on sale. So I checked several out and I was happy to see many stores do have various David merchandise on sale! This makes it perfect for us to stock up with David’s music for gifting and spreading his voice.

I’ve compiled a list with a couple of lowest priced items from each though there are more. Click on the store names and happy shopping!

Deseret Book : Chords Of Strength $4.99 – BEGIN. $7.49

Walmart : Christmas From The Heart $7.00 – No Matter How Far $10.00 (online only prices)

Amazon : The Other Side Of Down $7.99 – Christmas From The Heart $8.38

Best Buy : Christmas From The Heart $7.99 – Glad Christmas Tidings DVD $19.99

Barnes&Noble : David Archuleta CD $1.99 – David Archuleta Dream Big $8.95 (paperback)

Target : Glad Christmas Tidings DVD $16.79 – Christmas From The Heart $7.29

Sears : Christmas From The Heart $5.99 – Glad Christmas Tidings Blue Ray DVD $19.99 (scroll down the page for bargains)

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I know at times we need a silent night but not when David stuff goes on sale!

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So on the heels of this Thanksgiving,

Give the Voice that keeps on giving!

Wrap it round you head to toe,

Fill the stocking,

Tie the bow,

Then let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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Original photo credit Team David

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David Archuleta ~ Caught in His Web

Posted by Angelica on Sunday, October 13, 2013

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ennui  (French) noun:  a feeling of listlessness and general dissatisfaction resulting from lack of activity or excitement.

This is what I’ve been feeling lately. I know a year and a half has passed. I know that means we have only six months left to wait. But I also know why this song by the Kinks has been playing over and over in my head lately.


There is a struggle going on in me. Sometimes I don’t play his music for days that turn into weeks. Sometimes I try to listen to other music for a while. I ended up placing my used copy of Sara Bareilles’ CD, The Blessed Unrest in the card I was mailing to him. It was a spur of the moment act. “Maybe you can listen to it on your P day,” I scrawled as I waited in line at the post office. The fact is, I’m tired. Tired of the same songs on the same albums of his. Tired of listening to anyone else because he has me ruined. So most of the time, I just don’t listen to anyone at all. Maybe I’m crazy, (pro-ba-bly) but I think I know something of what Teddy must have felt in the play Arsenic and Old Lace.

Reverend Harper: Have you ever tried to persuade him that he wasn’t Teddy Roosevelt?

Abby Brewster: Oh, no.

Martha Brewster: Oh, he’s so happy being Teddy Roosevelt.

Abby Brewster: Oh… Do you remember, Martha, once, a long time ago, we thought if he’d be George Washington, it might be a change for him, and we suggested it.

Martha Brewster: And do you know what happened? He just stayed under his bed for days and wouldn’t be anybody.

I just sit in my car in silence and don’t listen to anybody. It’s quite pleasant, really. I think a lot about stuff. Like a few days ago, I was sitting quietly in my car, waiting for the heavy wrought iron gate that sits at the entrance to our little lake community to slowly open. At that moment, I was wondering what the heck I was going to write about him next. It gets harder the longer he’s away. And then I saw them. A dozen spider webs had sprung up on the iron gate over night to adorn the bleak bars with a delicate, intricate beauty. I took out my phone and snapped a picture of it and drove on, thinking how like those webs his hold on us is. How we are caught, as securely as any prey was ever held. And how struggling only makes the cords of love grow tighter.

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Looking back, I realize why I did not see it coming. How was I to see those gently spinning diaphanous threads wafting toward me as I watched and listened each week in wide-eyed innocent wonder? What was there to fear while waiting on the world to change into imagining angels shopping around for smokey mountain memories along that long and winding road to heaven? By the time he strode out to Apologize it was too late. I was already tightly, hopelessly ensnared. With each concert that followed, each video uploaded, I became more captivated and more his captive.

In time he could walk away with confidence, knowing we were securely tethered until his return. When he does, the vibrations will be felt all over the web and across the wide world the net will tremble and our release will come. But we will never be free.

 

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In the Studio With David Archuleta

Posted by MT on Sunday, August 18, 2013

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THIS!!! This video is all kinds of WIN! That’s pretty much all I could say at first about the amazing studio recording we got as a gift from Kari Sellards. I was left almost speechless after the first viewing. I was having a hard time thinking of what I could possibly say about his brilliance in that video. I can’t tell you how amazed I was watching him in action in the studio. I am in awe, to say the least.

Why do I love it so much? Well, I’ll be “shallow” first and say I love the little glance he gives at the beginning, a quick glance directly at the camera showing us he knows he’s being recorded. And let’s face it, he is beautiful with a set of headphones on. I don’t really know why I love that but I do. Love Love Love. Maybe it’s because in my mind he is a “recording” artist and him with headphones while he’s in studio is what my mind feels is a true depiction of who David is. It’s where I feel he belongs. (And on stage of course)  No matter how gorgeous he is, it’s really all about The Voice and the genius behind it.

David in studio, in this video, shows us just how talented he is. And though I have no technical expertise when it comes to music, even I can recognize what a true professional he is, the amazing control he has over his voice, how brilliant he is with improvisation, and how he “feels” the music and is able to so beautifully express himself through perfectly matched vocals. As someone with no musical talent, I would probably be trying to match the music with my notes and tones. But David knows how to take the music to a new level by contrasting his vocals and adding another melodic layer as well as a depth of emotion to the song that can pierce your soul. *sigh* Beautiful.

I’ve heard (seen?) fans say, “What I wouldn’t give to have David at my house for a day so I could pick his brain, or just talk to him for hours.” Me? NO WAY!  No way could I have David talking to me for a day. I’d be a nervous wreck. I love the guy but the thought of talking to him terrifies me. (But in a good way! haha) I am in awe of him and would probably be struck dumb, so that wouldn’t work for me.

But what I WOULD love is to be in the recording studio with him for a day. Not near him, just standing in the background watching. I would pay big bucks to just watch him being himself, recording, improvising, discussing the technical aspects of what he needs to do. And then watching him do what needs to be done, while at the same time adding what he “feels” into the songs. I’d love to watch his mind at work, watch his genius at work. Add to that the wonderful benefit of getting to hear that voice all day, in person. I can’t imagine it getting any better than that.

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MT is a staff writer for The Voice,

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The Essential David Archuleta ~ Defining the Ephemeral

Posted by betsy on Saturday, July 20, 2013

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Most of us have mixed tapes (not tapes, but you know) of our favorite live performances by David. His live shows always seem to bring the best out of him, his voice is always so magical when he’s connecting to us this way.

So the other day I was thinking. What are my favorite songs off his official albums? Now I want to burn a CD of the best songs he’s put out – combine the best of the best. All my faves. Kind of a Greatest Hits, in my opinion, CD. ;)

I’ll allow myself 16, it’ll be difficult..

You Can - My first favorite recording of his. <3

To Be With You – Love this song, but maybe because of the live versions. Not sure. Keeping it though.

Let Me Go – VERY under appreciated (by me) until recently. He ROCKS it out.

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Somebody Out There - Duh. I’ll never not love this special song.

Ave Maria - I know it’s a Christmas song, but it’s too perfect not to include. Also, it’s my list. :)

Good Place – My very favorite thing he’s ever done, ever. I love the produced, recorded version. I love the live, acoustic one that I was lucky enough to hear. Both make me weep. Every word of this song is gold. I still want to stencil the chorus on the upper part of my kitchen wall. This song means so much.

Parachutes and Airplanes – His voice is so stellar here. The word blue, is all I’m saying.

Look Around – This is another that took a while for me to even LIKE. But when it hit me, it really hit me. This part:

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My Kind of Perfect – It’s just – Idk – it’s pure David. <3 (that and I remember where I was, who I was with, and what I was doing when I first heard it. Like a world event, lol)

Forevermore – Exquisite. Love the quiet music and the way he follows it, and leads it. :)

You are My Song – Gah. Love this song. From the first. Pretty love song.

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Tell Me – He sings this sad song so well. Awww. Anya will come back, don’t you worry. ;) Love the piano as well.

Nandito Ako – David singing in Tagalog drives me nuts. In a good way. :)

Don’t Give Up – This ended up being one of my most played on Begin. It tortures me. Sad.

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I don’t want to hear about anyone else attempting to sing this. Cause he’s already done it.

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Angel - Heartbreaking. I heard this after I heard the news of Cory Monteith’s death in a hotel and just cried. I’m not even a fan of his. But it is so sad, and the words “dark, cold, hotel room.” I just couldn’t take it.

Broken - Gorgeous and so David. Obviously. The world really needs to hear this. For their own good.

Let’s call this next one a bonus track since there are 17 now. ;)

Be Still My Soul – This song has such a beautiful message and sometimes I can’t tell when his voice ends and the violin begins. So real, so meaningful.

I just realized that my choices are very ballad-y. His voice is just so perfect on them though!

It may be because I prefer to watch him perform the louder pop stuff. Barriers etc.. Oh, and Your Eyes Don’t Lie. :)

What are your favorite recorded songs? Or live ones? Let’s talk about David. :)

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Betsy is a staff writer for The Voice.

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Interviewing the Voice ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Thursday, June 13, 2013

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In David Archuleta’s absence, we, his fans, have been well cared for over the last several months by Team David. How say you? We have been the recipients of a treasure chest filled with music, video, and never-before-seen pictures from photo shoots and Kari Sellard’s personal camera. What a special treat all this has been for us! But as wonderful as all these gifts have been, we continue to want to hear from David, himself, all the more. It has been nearly 2 years since David Archuleta has spoken directly to fans. We are all anxious to hear about some of his experiences in South America and what he has in store for the next phase of his career.

Well Archangels, the wait is over! Sort of. (Work with me here if you will and suspend belief for a bit, ok?) Through the magic of imagination, breaking the laws of time and space, we have David Archuleta’s first interview with the press (The Voice, natch!) upon his early return from Chile.press22_PhotoBetsy and I got the chance to have an interview with him a month after his secret return.

Question 1: What was your first thought as you crossed into UTAH airspace on the plane home?

Answer: I will get to sleep in my own bed! It was humbling to realize that I could now share all I had experienced with my family. The few times we spoke on Skype were not enough for me. I am so relieved to know that we would be together all the time now. I looked out the window of the plane and I saw the mountains and started singing UTAAAAAAH! (random sings it to interviewer like he did in SLC on AI Tour.) I so wanted to tweet “Hi! David here! I’m baacckkk!!”. I did take a minute to check my twitter timeline (laughs). I was blown away with all the messages from fans. It’s nice to know you are missed and not forgotten. Well, I did keep my promise to return. They kept their promise to wait. It’s a win-win!

Question 2: Just how many fans were there at the airport to greet you?

Answer: I kept my homecoming a secret, so it was just family, and strangely enough, Taylor Swift showed up in the lounge where we were gathered. But I had security escort her to another lounge. I hear she’s writing a song about me now. (laughs)

Question 3: We have talked endlessly about a David Returns Home Concert. Where would be your favorite place to hold this concert?

Answer: Ideally, I would like to have my first concert take place over a long weekend, three shows, at the Interlochen Music Academy in Michigan. It’s got a relaxed, cool vibe to it. My friend Sunny went to music school there, as did Norah Jones, Josh Groban and Jewel! Nothing is confirmed yet, but I am also considering the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It used to be the Louisana Superdome until hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. I hear that it has been completely rebuilt. Performing there would be an awesome thrill!

Question 4: Tell us about the first meal you had when you got back. What did you eat and who shared it with you?

Answer: My 2 younger sisters learned to cook while I was away. We had a special family dinner where they made Chicken Pad Thai. It was so good to eat something familiar. I am so proud of how they have grown up! They plan to open their own restaurant in a few years.

Question 5: Many famous artists have said they missed you and wanted to work with you. Have you decided on who you would like to record with next?

Answer: I suppose I can now announce it: I am collaborating with Alison Sudol who sings professionally as A Fine Frenzy. We will be working on some original songs for a fall tour. The planning is in the early stages. She will open the show and we will sing a few duets during my set. I met Alison 3 years ago and we have stayed in contact.

Question 6: Before you left for Chile, you said you can’t wait to show us the person you will become. How have you changed in the last 2 years?

Answer: How have I changed? Hmmm- let’s see. I am a more realistic person. I have gained a new appreciation for what people must do to survive in poverty. I have seen people in deepest despair, also watched others experience the greatest joy. I was blessed to help deliver a baby in an emergency situation.

Question 7: The world is waiting for you to release an album of Spanish songs. Did you do some songwriting while you were away?

Answer: Songwriting? I’ve written 150 songs in my head. New Life is one of my favorites and I wrote it after experiencing the joy of helping a new baby come into this world. A Spanish album will happen as soon as I can get some songs down on paper and record them. Spending time in a Spanish culture has definitely influenced me.

Question 8: Can you tell a funny story from your experience in Chile?

Answer: It was a challenge to avoid being recognized, even so far from the US. I was walking down the street in Santiago when someone called out, “Josh Bradley?” (laughs). Then the 4 girls started screaming and chased me until I was able to duck down a stairway to the train! I had forgotten that Nandito Ako had played over the internet and not just on TV5 in Manilla. It made me laugh that Josh was more recognizable than me. I will have the opportunity to act again. I have learned that it’s best to not hide behind your comfort zone. Acting is something I really enjoy which helps me to explore parts of human nature that I may not personally experience in my own life.

Question 9: Did you pick up any new habits while you were away?

Answer: Oh yes! You become part of the culture and things stick with you even when you are back home. I now always wear shoes, socks, or sandals in the house. Barefoot used to be the standard when I was home, but no longer. Down in Chile we had to always have something on our feet, even in the house. There were some interesting spider-like wildlife in the kitchen on occasion, haha. Speaking of the kitchen. I learned to cook a few pasta dishes and I can grill burgers like a pro. I never learned to like fish though. I guess bike riding became a new habit. We had no car so biking was the best way to get around. There were dogs everywhere so I was chased more times than I can count! I have learned that life is like riding a bike: to keep your balance, you must keep moving forward.

Question 10: We have to ask it, the marriage question. Any plans in the near future?

Answer: If I meet the right person, I wouldn’t hesitate. I won’t get married just to get married, but I am open to falling in love. It’ll happen, I’m sure. I wasn’t open to it before. I needed to get a few things behind me and now I have. I’m looking forward to falling in love, marrying, and becoming a father. I want lots of children.

David, I want to thank you for allowing The Voice to interview you. I know the fans will think of this interview like a cool drink in the hot desert. We enjoyed all the special music and videos that Team David shared in your absence. But having you back home now is the best gift!

Answer: I just want to thank the fans for all their support and understanding. It was not an easy decision that I made back in 2011. It was a goal of mine to fulfill a mission while I was young. My Heavenly Father, along with family, friends and fans kept me going.

There you have it! We will have a new concert, new music, and for David Archuleta a new start on life along with a fabulous singing career.

Disclaimer: The events described in this interview are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.


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Turning Up the Volume on No Matter How Far ~ David Archuleta

Posted by skydancer1x on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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I am so in love with the new CD “No Matter How Far.” So much so, that I am going to go out on a limb, shimmy all the way down to the end, and declare that this is my favorite David Archuleta album, to date!

For me, his voice comes through better in these songs, than on any of his other CDs.

David’s voice is consistently front and center, bringing us an intimate experience with the melody, lyrics, and his background vocals on each song. I don’t think I have ever heard them so clearly stand out! This CD was so beautifully produced! The songs flow seamlessly, resulting in a cohesive feel to the entire album.

I am thrilled with the song selections, because they are all such amazing songs! And for me, they are even more beautiful then ever on this CD. What is it? I am hearing things I never heard before!! Example…. the backup vocals that David sings on “Everything and More.” Oh My gosh! His voice (s) send shivers that travel straight up my spine, to the top of my head and into the hair follicles on my scalp. Seriously. It’s a natural physical reaction to what I am hearing and there is nothing I can do to prevent it. And then, just trying to breathe, but,(my) lungs shut down, when I listen to “Heart Falls Out.” This song has “hit” written all over it. But so does “Nothing Else Better To Do,” the one that takes me to my happy place, and leaves me there with a big contented smile on my face. Ooooh, and “Tell Me”!!? Well I’ll tell you!! It’s the song that began my search for the perfect pair of headphones.

The truth is, I just can’t get close enough to David’s voice. It doesn’t seem to matter that I finally found a decent set of ear buds to plug into the iPhone, or that I crank the sound up to “could cause deafness” volume. Somehow, I always end up pressing on the ear buds anyway, with both hands, to get the song and his voice into my head! If it were only possible tomorrow, to have tiny surround-sound top of the line headphone “ear implants” actually inserted into my head! That scene from Nandito Ako of Josh Bradley pounding on Anya’s bedroom door to let him in….that would be me at the doctor’s office, begging to undergo that procedure.

But for now, I am off, in search of the biggest, baddest noise elimination headsets I can find! :) Nothing but the best for David.

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We are the luckiest fans in the world. David, thank you for this album, and your beautiful message, that we still hold a place in your heart, “No Matter How Far”.

#DA2014

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David Archuleta ~ No Matter How Far is Here!

Posted by djafan on Sunday, March 24, 2013

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It’s time to celebrate the release of the album, No Matter How Far by David Archuleta!!  This is his third album released since he left on his mission.  David’s current single “Don’t Run Away” is being played on radio and internet radio stations around the world.

Music video by David Archuleta performing Don’t Run Away and music video animation by Kylie Malchus.  2013 Entertainment One U.S., LP, DavidArchuletaVEVO. Published on Mar 24, 2013.

Join in the World Wide Trending Party Monday, 3/25/13 at 7 PM Utah time to celebrate and let the world know that David Archuleta’s archangels are waiting for #DA2014 and are here to stay!!

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Billboard.com posted an article and hosted an album listening party and Twitter blew up! So many tweets and retweets!

Billboard.com No Matter How Far Listening Party

Purchase your copy of No Matter How Far at any of these links:

amazon

itunes

sears

target

kmart

deseret book

best buy

barnes and noble

walmart

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As we wait for the unveiling of “the pictures,” here are the parts tweeted by Kari.  Loving the anticipation!

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David Archuleta – No Matter How Far, The Tracklist

Posted by djafan on Saturday, February 23, 2013

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1. Nothing Else Better To Do

2. Everything And More

3. Don’t Run Away

4. Tell Me

5. Love Don’t Hate

6. Wait

7. Heart Falls Out

8. Notice Me

9. I’ll Never Go

10. Forevermore

AMAZON

Walmart

Best Buy

Barnes And Noble

NO MATTER HOW FAR-002

Posted in @DavidArchie, Appreciation, David Archuleta, fillers, music, song writing, The Voice, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 95 Comments »

 
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