David Archuleta signs with Azoff Management but will be co-managed by his dad

American Idol 7 runner-up David Archuleta will be managed by Azoff Management, which Entertainment Weekly reports is “the career-launching (and often sustaining) music powerhouse that counts The Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Neil Diamond, and, most recently, Morrissey among its clients.”

However, David’s former manager—also known as his father Jeff Archuleta, who’s also known as a pain in the ass although not to his son–will stick around. EW reports that “Jeff Archuleta will co-manage his son’s music career along with Azoff’s Jared Paul.”

All of this also means that American Idol‘s owner, 19 Entertainment, “apparently passed on Archuleta, while signing winner David Cook (a 19 representative declined to comment),” according to EW.

Meanwhile, David Archuleta blogged yesterday that he’s “been writing (!!!) and recording, trying to wrap things up here for the album,” and says that “It’s been so exciting, being able to write with different writers and learn so much from them.” They still have more to teach: in his post about writing, he uses “haha” six times.

David Archuleta signs with Azoff Management [Entertainment Weekly]

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