It seems safe to assume that "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta is sprinting in the opposite direction from "Idol" champ David Cook. While the "Idol" winner is working with renowned rock producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls) and writing with members of the rock bands Our Lady Peace and Collective Soul, according to E! News Archadorable, 17, is hunkering down to work on songs for his debut with Rock Mafia Records, the Santa Monica, California-based production duo who have whacked out hits for Aly & AJ, Vanessa Hudgens, Mariah Carey and, most recently, Miley Cyrus with "7 Things."
An unnamed source told E! that Archuleta and his father/manager recently met with Mafia producers Antonia Armato and Tim James, and the Archuletas came away convinced that they should go "in that direction," hoping for a "Miley touch to the album." It will certainly make for a clash of the pop idol-versus-the budding rock star, as Archuleta's album is reportedly due to drop the same day as Cook's in November Archuleta is expected to record at least two songs with the Rock Mafia over the next two weeks, which his label hopes might yield the album's first singles. "David knows he needs to have a big radio hit, and Miley's producers are the closest thing he can get to a guarantee," the unnamed source told E!
A spokesperson for Archuleta could no be reached for comment at press time.