Cook and Archuleta both sign record deals

American Idol 7‘s winner and runner-up will officially but unsurprisingly both be producing records, as David Archuleta has signed a record deal–not with Muppet Records, surprisingly enough, but with Jive Records. Winner David Cook signed with RCA Records, and they’re both being managed by 19 Recordings.

In his fake press release quote, Archuleta said, “Signing a record contract with 19 Recordings/Jive Records is truly a dream come true. Being a fan of American Idol since season one and admiring the alumni, I am honored and humbled to be a part of that group. I’m really excited to start working on everything.” And Jive’s Tom Carrabba said, “David Archuleta has already shown the world that he is a star. He’s a young, talented singer with wide appeal and we’re thrilled to have him join our roster.”

In his press release, David Cook said, “I am extremely happy to be signed by 19 Recordings / RCA Records. Signing this deal is truly a dream come true. I am looking forward to the recording process and creating a record. The support I have received from America has been overwhelming and I can’t wait to hopefully do right by them.”

The press release says David Archuleta “is expected to release his debut album later this year,” while MTV News notes that “[i]f this year’s pattern follows that of previous years, the Cook and Archuleta albums should drop in time for the holiday season, with the first official singles coming out in the late fall.” In the meantime, both Davids will appear on the show’s tour, which starts tomorrow.

+ Correction: An earlier version of this story said both Davids signed to Jive records, citing MTV News’ report, which remains incorrect. However, David Cook is signed to RCA Records.

Archuleta Gears Up For American Idol Tour [19 Recordings/Jive Records]
American Idol Season 7 Winner David Cook Signs to 19 Recordings / RCA Records [RCA Records]
‘American Idol’ Runner-Up David Archuleta Signs To Same Label As David Cook [MTV News]

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