Jordin Sparks (album)

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Jordin Sparks
Studio album by Jordin Sparks
Released November 20, 2007 (2007-11-20)
(see release history)
Recorded June–October 2007
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 45:17
59:48 (deluxe edition)
Label Jive, 19
Producer Stargate, Jonas Jeberg, Cutfather, Robbie Nevil, The Underdogs, Erik "Bluetooth" Griggs, Bloodshy & Avant, Espionage, Emanuel Kiriakou, Klas Åhlund, Stephen Lipson
Jordin Sparks chronology
Jordin Sparks (EP)
(2007)
Jordin Sparks
(2007)
Battlefield
(2009)
Alternative cover
Australian, UK, and iTunes Deluxe Version cover
Singles from Jordin Sparks
  1. "Tattoo"
    Released: August 27, 2007
  2. "No Air"
    Released: February 11, 2008
  3. "One Step at a Time"
    Released: June 10, 2008

Jordin Sparks is the self-titled debut studio album by American pop and R&B singer Jordin Sparks. It was released on November 20, 2007 in the United States and November 27, 2007 in Canada and Christian music stores. In United States it debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 with sales of 119,000 copies in the first week. It has produced four top twenty singles, with "Tattoo" reaching number 8 eight on the US Billboard Hot 100, and "No Air" reaching number three. The album has sold over 3 million copies worldwide, her best-selling album by far.[1] Sparks supported the album with the As I Am Tour and Jesse & Jordin LIVE Tour. The album was certified Platinum for sales in excess of 1,000,000 by the RIAA in the US on December 12, 2008.[2]

Background[edit]

Sparks won the sixth season of American Idol. On August 17, 2007, it was announced Sparks had signed to 19 Recordings/Jive Records/Zomba Label Group, becoming the first Idol to join the label group, the second being David Archuleta the following year.[3] All past Idol winners and runner-ups are or were signed with the RCA Label Group’s J (Fantasia, Ruben Studdard), Arista (Justin Guarini, Taylor Hicks, Blake Lewis) or RCA (Kelly Clarkson, Bo Bice, Clay Aiken, Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, Diana DeGarmo and idol successor David Cook) labels, with the exception of Carrie Underwood signed to Arista Nashville. Sparks has stated that she recorded some songs for the album but the bulk of the recording was done in Los Angeles after the tour was over.[4] She said the album would be "Top 40, radio-friendly, uplifting stuff" hopefully mixing "the pop rock sound of inaugural Idol Kelly Clarkson with the R&B edge of Beyoncé".[5][6]

Release and promotion[edit]

Jordin confirmed on her MySpace that the official tracklisting as well as the release would carry bonus tracks at Wal-Mart, Sony, and the iTunes Store. An exclusive video of the photoshoot for Jordin Sparks was posted on Sparks' YouTube channel in October, where snippets of "Permanent Monday", "Overcome" and "One Step at a Time" could be heard. There are two available covers of the album, one for the US and Canada, and one for the UK and Australia, although the US and Canada cover was available in the UK and Australia (in stores and on iTunes) until "No Air" came out in those countries, in which the new cover was released. The song "Permanent Monday" was featured in the Salt Lake City audition episode on the 8th season of American Idol. The song "Young and In Love" & "This Is My Now" were featured in spirit episodes of MTV's The Hills.

Singles[edit]

  • The first single released was "Tattoo", which was released to U.S. radio on August 27, 2007.[7] The song became the album's first top ten hit, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • The second single released was "No Air", a duet with Chris Brown,[8] which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. On February 28, 2008 Billboard stated that "No Air" was the top digital sales gainer after selling 73,000 downloads.[9] Both "Tattoo" and "No Air" have been certified platinum by the RIAA.[2] "No Air" has also reached number one in both the Australian and New Zealand singles charts. "No Air" was the number one song of 2008 in New Zealand.
  • The album's third single, "One Step at a Time" was released on June 10, 2008 and peaked at seventeen on the Hot 100 giving Sparks her fourth consecutive Top 20 single.[10] She is the only American Idol contestant to have all of their first four singles become Top 20 hits.

Other songs[edit]

  • "This Is My Now" was released after the victory of Sparks on American Idol. The song reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, but never received official release as an album single.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[11]
Billboard (favorable)[12]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[13]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[14]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[15]
The New York Times (favorable)[16]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[17]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[18]
USA Today 3/4 stars[19]
Vibe (mixed)[20]
The Washington Post (mixed)[21]

The album entered the Billboard 200 at number ten, and has since sold over one million copies.[22] It was released in the UK on April 14, 2008 but did not enter the UK album charts until July 2008, where it peaked at number 17. The album was certified Platinum in the U.S. on December 12, 2008.[2]

Critical response to the album has been generally favorable.[23] Billboard stated Jordin brought "a first effort that's all over the map—and works" while sounding "like exactly what she should be singing at this age and juncture in her career."[24] Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ saying her debut "is as much effervescent fun as any post-Idol bow" and added "Idol has crowned winners with even bigger voices, but it hasn't given us one who's any easier on the ears."[25]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Tattoo"   Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench Stargate 3:53
2. "One Step at a Time"   Robbie Nevil, Lauren Evans, Jonas Jeberg, Mich Hansen Jeberg, Cutfather, Robbie Nevil 3:26
3. "No Air" (with Chris Brown) Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas, James Fauntleroy II, Erik Griggs, Mike Scala, Steve Russell The Underdogs, Erik "Bluetooth" Griggs* 4:23
4. "Freeze"   Jordin Sparks, Eriksen, Hermansen, Ghost, Dench Stargate 4:13
5. "Shy Boy"   Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback, Klas Åhlund Bloodshy & Avant 3:22
6. "Now You Tell Me"   Frankie Storm, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund Espionage 3:07
7. "Next to You"   Lindy Robbins, Emanuel Kiriakou, Jess Cates Kiriakou 3:17
8. "Just for the Record"   Johnta Austin, Eriksen, Hermansen, Lind, Bjørklund Stargate 3:56
9. "Permanent Monday"   Kiriakou, Robbins, Walter Afanasieff Kiriakou 4:12
10. "Young and in Love"   Karlsson, Winnberg, Jonback, Cathy Dennis Bloodshy & Avant 3:24
11. "See My Side"   Karlsson, Winnberg, Åhlund, Robin Carlsson Bloodshy & Avant, Klas Åhlund 3:44
12. "God Loves Ugly"   Christa Black Stephen Lipson 4:15
13. "This Is My Now" (bonus track) Scott Krippayne, Jeff Peabody Lipson 3:51

(*) Co-producer)

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Vocals – Jordin Sparks
  • Featuring vocals from: Chris Brown (Jive)
  • Background vocals – Tracie Ackerman, Sherree Ford Brown, Cathy Dennis, James Fauntleroy, and Chau Phan
  • Guitar — Dave Rainger, Henrik Jonback, Corky James, Andrew Hey, and Ian Dench
  • Bass — Henrik Jonback, Alex Al, Emanuel Kiriakou, and Walter Afanasieff

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Country/market Peak Sales Certification
Austrian Albums Chart 41 30,000 Gold
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[28] 17 50,000 Gold
Belgium Albums Chart 66
Brazil Albums Chart 19 4,000
Canadian Albums Chart 12 70,000 Gold
German Albums Chart 42
Irish Albums Chart 19
Netherlands 41
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 10 7,500[29] Gold
Swedish Albums Chart 57
Swiss Albums Chart 29
UK Albums Chart 17 120,000 Gold[30]
US Billboard 200[31] 10 1,100,000[32] Platinum[2]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[33] November 20, 2007 CD, digital download
Jive
Canada November 27, 2007
Australia March 29, 2008 CD, digital download on iTunes only
Sony Music
New Zealand
United Kingdom April 14, 2008 CD, digital download
Brazil April 20, 2008 CD
Germany July 4, 2008 CD, digital download
Poland September 1, 2008 CD
Italy February 6, 2009[34]

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