“Music Monday” Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote the hit song “Crush” sung by David Archuleta

David Archuleta – Crush

Crush (David Archuleta song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Single by David Archuleta
from the album David Archuleta
Released August 12, 2008
(See release history)
Format CD singledigital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop
Length 3:33
Label Jive
Writer(s) Jess CatesDavid HodgesEmanuel Kiriakou
Producer Emanuel Kiriakou
David Archuleta singles chronology
A Little Too Not Over You
Alternative cover

UK Single Cover

Crush” is the debut single by American Idol season seven runner-up David Archuleta. It was first released to radio stations via New York City‘s radio station Z100 on August 1, 2008, and commercially in the United States on August 12, 2008, through digital distribution. “Crush” was produced byEmanuel Kiriakou and co-written by Kiriakou, Jess Cates and Dave Hodges.[1]

The song was recorded for his self-titled first album, which was released on November 11, 2008.



Release history[edit]

Country Release Date
United States August 12, 2008
United Kingdom February 23, 2009


“Crush” was met with positive reviews by many critics.

Chuck Taylor of Billboard praised it for being a suitable match for Archuleta, citing it as a “hummable, age-appropriate midtempo pop ditty for the 17-year-old, showcasing his fine mass-appeal vocal stylings with creamy harmonies and some nice falsetto effects.” He also predicted chart success for the song, saying “‘Crush’ is likely to put its money where its title is on the charts.”[2]

Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly called the song “surprisingly good!” as well as “hip and contemporary.” He stated, “David adroitly walks the line between giving his core fans their fill of vocal runs while showing enough restraint that he won’t automatically alienate non-Idol-loving listeners.”[3]

Blender Magazine also praised the song, giving it three and a half out of five stars and claiming to have “just listened to the thing six times in a row and we’re not terribly angry about spin seven.” They also liked that the song seemed perfectly crafted for radio, saying, “Songs like “Crush” are great because they sound as if the radio immaculately conceived them.”[4]

Ken Barnes of USA Today liked the “effortless glides into falsetto and some rousing moments in the bridge and chorus”, but also said it “tends to plod”, and “could become pretty tedious with repetition.”[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Declan Whitebloom. The music video was first leaked on September 7, 2008, through AOL, initially restricted toCanada and then released on September 16, 2008, on iTunes. The video now has over 30 million hits on YouTube.

It consists of Archuleta on a vacation trying to get the attention of a girl (played by Hagood Coxe) on whom he apparently has a crush. At the beginning, several teens go swimming in the lake near their summer house, with one of the guys flirting with the girl in the water. After they have finished swimming, the guy runs off, while Archuleta stays behind to help the girl out of the lake. The group is also shown in a cabin playing a game involving post its, while Archuleta is also shown playing his guitar in the cabin. Another scene shows the group by a campfire with several of them paired off into couples. At the end, Archuleta goes out on the deck of the cabin, and the girl follows him out, showing that she shares his feelings. Archuleta is also shown playing the piano near a lake throughout the video.

Chart performance[edit]

After being released digitally in the U.S., “Crush” entered at the Billboard Hot 100 at number two in the week of August 21, 2008, with 166,000 copies sold in its first week.[6] This was the highest entry for a song on the Hot 100 in 2008 and the highest for any song on this chart since Fall Out Boy‘s “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race“, which also entered the chart at number two in the chart week of February 3, 2007.[7]

“Crush” entered the Billboard Pop 100, at number 93 and peaked at number12; it also made the top ten on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. The song entered the Canadian Hot 100 at number seven in the same week.

The single has sold 2,082,000 copies as of October 2012 according to Nielsen SoundScan.[8]

“Crush” was released digitally in UK on February 23, 2009, although no physical CD single was released.

“Crush” was awarded for Choice Music Love Song, in Teen Choice Awards 2009. It also received ‘BMI Pop Award’ in 2010.


Chart (2008)[9][10] Peak
Canadian Hot 100 7
Japan Hot 100[11] 37
Swedish Singles Chart 36
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 6
U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs 15
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 13

Official versions


From David Hodges website:

David Hodges is a Grammy award-winning writer/producer/artist hailing from Little Rock, AR.

As the former writer and keyboardist of the band Evanescence, he and his band mates took home Best New Artist as well as the Best Hard Rock Performance trophy for their hit “Bring Me To Life” in 2004. Evanescence’s debut album Fallen has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

David went on to write and produce Kelly Clarkson’s biggest worldwide single to date, “Because Of You”, which appeared on Clarkson’s 11 million-selling album Breakaway and garnered him the 2007 BMI Song Of The Year honor. The song was covered by Reba McEntire as the first single off her Duets album, and quickly rose up the country charts in 2007 becoming McEntire’s 30th Top 2 country single.

Hodges also penned the single, “What About Now”, which appears on American Idol Chris Daughtry’s debut album Daughtry. The 4x platinum Daughtry to date is credited as the fastest selling debut rock album in Soundscan history. “What About Now” also happens to be the first single on Westlife’s album “Who We Are.” David also won a BMI Pop award for this song.

David wrote the first single “Crush” for American Idol’s David Archuleta, which had the highest chart debut of any single since January 2007. David has since written songs for & released by Carrie Underwood, Train, Christina Perri, Celine Dion, David Cook, Lauren Alaina, The Cab, & many others.

In less than 10 years, David Hodges has been nominated for 6 Grammys & 1 Golden Globe, has won 5 BMI pop awards & 1 BMI country award, has had at least one album in the Billboard 200 for the last 8 consecutive years, and has written on albums that have sold over 50 million copies worldwide.

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