EXCLUSIVE: David Archuleta Talks About His New Album

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American Idol alum David Archuleta is looking on the bright side of things on his sophomore effort The Other Side of Down (Jive Records; out today). And why shouldn’t he? The 19-year-old, who co-wrote 10 of the 12 tracks on the pop album, is on a mission of self-discovery that has him positively excited. He’s even thinking of recording in Spanish! We recently had a chance to catch up with the Utah native and here’s what he had to say:

What was the inspiration behind “The Other Side of Down”?

I wanted people to get my perspective of this stage of my life. It’s about moving forward and keeping a positive attitude. I’ve gotten a lot better at expressing myself. Before if people asked me questions, I’d say, “um, I don’t know.” I didn’t know what to say. Music is an escape route for me that allowed me to say how I felt.

What’s your favorite song on the album?

I really like the title track. The reason I chose it is because it represents this stage of my life. I can’t keep up with life. It’s moving faster than I am.

When can we expect a Spanish-language album?

That is something that I would love to do. I mentioned it to my label and they’re excited about it. Half of my family is Hispanic. I want to show them my gratitude. I don’t speak as much Spanish as I would like to. I still talk to my grandpa in Spanish. I want to immerse myself in that culture. One of the first songs I ever learned was a Selena song called “Como La Flor.” I grew up listening to and loving Selena's music. We always had her playing. My mom is a huge fan of Gloria Estefan. I love La India. There are also some songs I like from Christian Castro, Luis Miguel and Luis Fonsi.

What do you think of the new judges on American Idol?

They’re able to relate more. They have a better understanding of what’s going on because they’ve been there as performers. Having a Latina as a judge is great!

So now that you’re writing so much of your music is there a special girl inspiring any songs?

Not right now. It's funny because I tried to stay away from romantic relationship songs because I’m not in a relationship. I wanted to have the perspective of someone that is single. One of the songs is about wondering who that special person is. It’s called “My Kind of Perfect.”

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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