L E O is making strides!
David Archuleta just keeps getting better and better.
Pop Vortex top 100 pop albums, #Leo by @DavidArchie is #7 YAHOO!!! http://www.popvortex.com/music/charts/top-pop-albums.php …
He fulfilled part of that promise Friday, releasing another four-song EP called “Leo.”
It features “I’m Ready,” one of the best songs we’ve gotten from David since his second-place finish on Season 7 of American Idol. It features “Spotlight Down,” a heartfelt ballad. And it features two more upbeat songs, “Other Things In Sight” and “Someone to Love.”
What it doesn’t feature is a single weak track, a tribute to David’s growing maturity as an artist.
Now 26, David says he decided to name his EPs after constellations because “this phase of my life is all about looking up.” He especially liked Leo because he likes the aura of the tiger — tough, but not overly aggressive. (edit: think he means Lion 😉 )
The former teen heartthrob admits during the chat that he felt like it took him a long time to find himself as an artist, to start acting like an adult in control of his own destiny while the grown-ups around him “treated me like a kid.”
David said he returned from a mission trip to Chile a couple of year ago with a new perspective on life and his music.
“This Leo EP, a lot of the messages are stronger,” he explains. “I’m taking control of my own life. I’m stronger. But it doesn’t mean I have to be all loud and aggressive and obnoxious about it.”
As for the writing process, David said he recalls the post-Idol days when he was always being encouraged to record songs with the hottest producers, when he was always in search of the next big smash hit on radio.
“This time,” he said, “instead of being so caught up in trying to be the big shot, the hit master, the most popular artist out there, it’s about being myself. If it’s taking the risk of not having as cool (of a) hit song, so be it.”
Oh, and here’a bit of irony. David, in his efforts not to focus on making hits, is back on the iTunes charts. In fact, for an independent release, “Leo” is making one heck of a splash on those charts.
Twenty-four hours after its release, the EP was number seven on the iTunes pop albums chart and number 55 overall. Today at noon, it was still in the Top 10 on the pop albums chart.
David is currently touring in support of his new music, and his tour will include stops in Sellersville, Pa., and Pittsburgh next month. You can check out all the tour dates on his Facebook page.