‘American Idol’ notes: David Cook, David Archuleta, and Carrie Underwood

David's on his own.

For the Friday morning edition of “American Idol” notes we are going to be kicking things off by talking about both the winner and the runner-up from season 7.

Cook moves on without RCA – After some great speculation for the past few months, David Cook finally confirmed following the results show performance Thursday night that he has separated from his label following some weak sales of his second album “This Loud Morning.”

Specifically, Cook told The Hollywood Reporter that he actually was ready for a bit of a change:

“It just felt like the time to try something different … I love the creative control, so we’re going to self-release and see what happens from there.”

For now, Cook is releasing “The Last Song I’ll Write For You” independently to test the waters, and will figure out where he wants to go musically from there.

David Archuleta’s Twitter milestone – We don’t get many opportunities to hear from David during his Mormon mission, but on Wednesday he did choose to relay a message to his fans to express his gratitude when it comes to reaching the million-follower milestone.

In a new post on Twitter, here is what Cook’s fellow season 7 alum had to say courtesy of his team (who are managing his account while he is away):

“No way! That is amazing that it got to 1 million even while I am away! Please tell the fans that I am loving it here and having some really wonderful experiences, and that I can´t thank them enough for the support that they´ve shown even while I´m away! A part of my heart is always with them.”

Archuleta will have a new album coming out later this year, and the plan is for the team to continually provide some updates along with music to keep people invested in his career in the coming months.

Carrie on “Kimmel” – Finally, we’ll close with Carrie Underwood giving a memorable appearance on Thursday night’s edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” — which she did more than just perform.

As a matter of fact, she and Jimmy collaborated on an absolutely hilarious spoof of “Before He Cheats” called “Before He Freaks” — which is basically about what happens when an angry Carrie smashes the wrong car by mistake.

Stay tuned — we’ll have some comments from the Hollie Cavanagh conference call with reporters soon!

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