The 25-year-old singer has released his first single “Time of My Life”, the winning song on Idol’s Songwriting competion, right after the finale on May 21, 2008. The song entered the iTunes chart at no. 1. The studio versions of his performances on American Idol like Dream Big, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, The World I Know, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Billie Jean, Always Be My Baby, Hello, Music of the Night, Eleanor Rigby, and I’m Alive are also doing very well.
His runner-up on Idol, David Archuleta, amassed 323,000 downloads in the same period. The next closest “Idol” contender was Jason Castro, with 64,000 downloads.
Former bartender David Cook, from Blue Springs, Mo., defeated the 17-year-old David Archuleta of Murray, Utah, by a margin of 12 million votes out of the world record 97.5 million cast by viewers.
Apparently, a domino effect happened on George Michael, Carrie Underwood and ZZ Top when their singles reaped huge increase in downloads after making guest appearances on the show.
David Cook is currently working with Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and Jesse McCartney on his upcoming album. Ryan and Jesse wrote the numbe one song “Bleeding Love”, the carrier-single of Leona Lewis.
The album is slated to release in the fall of 2008.