Identified

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This article is about the Vanessa Hudgens album. For the Nashville String Band album, see Identified!. For other uses, see Identification.
Identified
Studio album by Vanessa Hudgens
Released July 1, 2008 (2008-07-01)
Recorded October 1, 2007–April 25, 2008
Genre Pop, R&B, dance-pop
Length 37:44
Label Hollywood
Producer Scott Jacoby, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Antonina Armato, Tim James, J. R. Rotem, Christopher Rojas, Emanuel Kiriakou, The Messengers
Vanessa Hudgens chronology
V
(2006)
Identified
(2008)
Singles from 'Identified'
  1. "Sneakernight"
    Released: April 11, 2008

Identified is the second and to date final studio album by Vanessa Hudgens, released on July 1, 2008 in the U.S.[1] June 24, 2008 in Japan, February 13, 2009 in most European countries[2] and February 16, 2009 in the United Kingdom. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics.

Release[edit]

Singles[edit]

"Sneakernight" was released as the first and only single from the album. The track, produced by J.R. Rotem, was released on May 27, 2008 in the United States and February 8, 2009 in Europe. The song peaked at number 88 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video was filmed by Malcolm Jones and premiered on June 13, 2008.

Other songs

"Identified" was supposed to be the second single from the album, but was not released. In compensation, Radio Disney began playing the song from July 15, 2008. Despite not having official release, the song peaked at 98 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100.[3]

Amazed (feat. Lil Mama) was also supposed to be the second single from the album, but was not released either. Just like "Identified," Radio Disney began playing the track from November 20, 2008 and it was included in the Radio Disney Jams 11 CD.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Blender 3/5 stars[5]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[7]
Leigh Valley 2/5 stars[8]
Robert Christgau (dud)[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
The New York Times (positive)[11]
Variety (positive)[12]

Identified has received generally favorable reviews, having a 63 "metascore" based on 7 reviews.[13] Billboard said that the album "panders to the preteen demo with stop-start pop that ranges from pleasant (the title track) to dull ("Amazed") to off-putting ("Hook It Up"). But for little girls, this is one nonstop sing-along."[14] The New York Times said that "a handful of songs like this would have sufficed to help mature her image, and yet "Identified" is far more interesting and unexpected."[11]

Blender gave it a three stars out of five, and claimed that her "voice was made to rip, and when she lets go just a little, the coyness turns sultry—proof that she might just have a life after high school."[15] Variety said that Identified "shows that the High School Musical veteran is definitely ready to graduate. The better parts of the album find her reaching for a more mature sound, but she hedges her bets with large portions of treacly teen-pop...The weakest link in most of the songs is Hudgens thin, piping voice."[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Last Night"   Silya Nymoen, Scott Jacoby Jacoby 3:10
2. "Identified"   Lukasz Gottwald, Cathy Dennis, Max Martin Dr. Luke, Max Martin 3:21
3. "First Bad Habit"   Gottwald, Dennis Dr. Luke 3:02
4. "Hook It Up"   Antonina Armato, Tim James, Devrim Karaoglu Armato, James 2:52
5. "Don't Ask Why"   Gottwald, Dennis, Beau Dozier Dr. Luke 3:10
6. "Sneakernight"   Silya Nymoen, Jonathan Rotem J.R. Rotem 2:59
7. "Amazed" (featuring Lil Mama) Gottwald, Dennis, Benjamin Levin, Niatia Kirkland Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco 2:59
8. "Don't Leave"   Armato, James, Jesse McCartney Armato, James 3:08
9. "Paper Cut"   Johnny Vieira Vieira 2:48
10. "Party on the Moon"   Chris Rojas, Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger Rojas, The Mesengers 3:50
11. "Did It Ever Cross Your Mind"   Vieira Vieira 3:10
12. "Gone with the Wind"   Maimouna Youseff, Kara DioGuardi, Walter Afanasieff, Emanuel Kiriakou, Zukhan Bey, Brandon Howard Kiriakou 3:28

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to Identified[4]

Production[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Identified debuted at #23 on the Billboard 200 charts with a sales of 22,000 copies sold in its first week, 12,000 less than her first album, V.[17]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Hitseekers Albums Chart[18] 15
Austrian Albums Chart[19] 35
European Top 100 Albums[20] 94
German Albums Chart[21] 60
Greek Albums Chart[22] 44
Irish Albums Chart[23] 37
Japanese Albums Chart[24] 85
Swiss Albums Chart[25] 74
UK Albums Chart[26] 46
US Billboard 200[27] 23

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Japan June 25, 2008 Avex Trax
United States July 1, 2008 Hollywood
Hong Kong July 18, 2008[28] Universal Music
Brazil August 5, 2008
United Kingdom February 16, 2009[29] EMI
Finland February 18, 2009[30]
Sweden February 18, 2009[31]

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