American Idol runner-up David Archuleta premiered his first single “Crush” this morning on New York pop radio station Z100. The track starts out sounding like Chris Brown singing a Max Martin-penned Backstreet ballad before blossoming into a lush chorus reminiscent of JoJo’s “Too Little Too Late.” Ten years ago, this song — which was co-written by onetime Evanescence member Dave Hodges — might have been a hit. Now, it’s something you’d expect from an American Idol silver medalist. Your move, Cook. Archuleta’s debut album is due out later this year on Jive Records. Listen to “Crush,” which will be available as a digital download on September 2nd, here.
UPDATE: The digital release for Archuleta’s single has been moved to August 12th.