KUALA LUMPUR: Female fans of silky tenor David Archuleta screamed his name and clapped delightedly when the American Idol 2008 runner-up appeared at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton Hotel yesterday.
David Archuleta will perform at Stadium Negara tonight
Fresh from a showcase in Vietnam, the 20-year-old from Utah is to perform a full concert tonight at Stadium Negara, presented by his distribution label, Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia.
This is the first time Sony Music is arranging an artiste's concert, "all because of Facebook requests from fans", said the label's managing director, Adrian Lim, at a press conference at KL Hilton.
Archuleta said he thought Malaysian girls "are really cool", adding that he remembered the large crowd of fans the last time he gave a mini-concert at Sunway Lagoon in 2009.
He also announced the Asian Tour Edition of The Other Side of Down, which will have five new singles and karaoke versions of the original music videos of Crush, Touch My Hand, and Something 'Bout Love, among other songs.
Archuleta also commented on the death of British singer Amy Winehouse on Saturday.
"I know she had gone through a difficult life. She made some great music which had a huge impact on the music industry. I encourage people to get out of any kind of addiction. You can do it if you are motivated."
Winehouse shot to fame with Rehab, and won five Grammy Awards in 2008.
Archuleta has a combined album sales of 19,000 units locally, reaching the Platinum status.
Tickets for the 8pm concert range from RM90 for free seating to RM300 for VIP.