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David Archuleta explains split with record label, management

February 23, 2011 |  4:15 pm


David Archuleta was not exactly dumped by Jive Records, the "American Idol" runner-up said in a video blog posted Tuesday on his official YouTube channel, despite the many headlines to that effect that have popped up since Friday.

David Archuleta explains his decision about Jive Records "It just felt like the right time to part ways," Archuleta said in the video blog post, titled "Decisions, decisions."

Regular Ministry readers already heard of the split Friday as a parting of the ways between Archie and Jive, though we'd now like to add that the 20-year-old said he's broken up with his management team as well.

"Decisions," Archuleta had tweeted cryptically on Thursday -- anyone seeing a theme yet? -- the day before the split with Jive went public. "They are scary things before knowing what could happen after you make them, but I'm excited for what the future holds."

He spoke Tuesday about how Jive had changed as a company, mentioning his own growing self-awareness. There were, he said, "offers that I continue working with them, but it just didn't feel like the right thing. I loved working with them, they've been so great, you know, the people there are just awesome ... I've learned a lot from them."

About his management team? "I realized that this is not where I need to be right now," he said. Then, because he's David Archuleta, he clarified and praised: "Not like they were doing anything bad or anything wrong, you know, they've been great."

He told fans he's been working on writing, solo, to see what comes out, and is figuring out what direction he wants to head in as an artist.

"Only recently I've learned ... it's an obvious thing, but it just took me a while to realize," he said, "I have control over my life. The decisions I make, that's what's going to make or break not [only] my career, but my life as well."

"I'm sorry for scaring you guys," he said.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: David Archuleta at an event in L.A. on Nov. 5, 2010. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images