Justin Guarini (album)

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Justin Guarini
Studio album by Justin Guarini
Released June 10, 2003
Recorded 2003
Genre Pop, Rock, R&B
Length 49:05
Label RCA
Producer Various
Justin Guarini chronology
Justin Guarini
(2003)
Stranger Things Have Happened
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[2]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[3]

Justin Guarini is the self-titled debut album from American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini. It was released by RCA Records on June 10, 2003.

Background[edit]

In a radio interview, Ryan Seacrest, the American Idol host, remarked of Guarini, "Following his season, there was a huge hype surrounding Justin and no one could believe the hysteria. But, everything was new and they weren't quite sure what to do. With a show like American Idol the window of opportunity is very, very small. Also, Justin had creative conflicts with his record company as far as the direction of the album that additionally aided in putting him past that window of opportunity. After the first season, they learned to capitalize on the window of opportunity for non-winners keeping them in the public eye with singles, videos, rushed CDs, etc., something that didn't happen for Justin".

In an interview with MTV, Guarini spoke of the experience saying, "It really has been just Music Industry Education 101. I learned a lot from it ... And it's not a finger-pointing issue to me; I take as much responsibility as I can."[4]

Originally the song "Sorry" was planned as the first single release from the album, but later it was decided that there would be two "first" singles. "Sorry" was released to MTV and pop radio, while his cover version of "Unchained Melody" was sent to R&B and adult contemporary stations.[5]

Subsequently, Guarini went on to co-produce and independently release a second album, a Jazz album titled Stranger Things Have Happened, and is working on a third album, planned to be a fusion of musical genres, in collaboration with upstart label 3AM Music. Guarini also composed lyrics and/or music for songs he performed for other projects such as the documentary Project Everlasting, as well as collaborated with Jazz bassist David Hughes as a featured vocalist on his album Foreign Shores.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One Heart Too Many"   Derek Bramble, Greeg Pagan, Juliet Taylor-Stanley 3:33
2. "I Saw Your Face"   A. Dixon, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Harvey Mason, Jr. 4:05
3. "Be a Heartbreaker"   David Frank, Nate Butler, Steve Kipner 3:31
4. "Unchained Melody"   Alex North, Hy Zaret 3:26
5. "Sorry"   A. Cantrell, Karlin, P. "Silky" White, Souldshock 4:14
6. "How Will You Know"   Edmonds, Damon Thomas, Mason Jr. 4:04
7. "Inner Child"   Gregg Alexander, Rick Nowels 3:18
8. "Condition of My Heart"   Brian McKnight, Face, Underdogs 3:57
9. "Doin' Things (We're Not Supposed To)"   Damon Sharpe, Joe Belmaati, Mich Hedin Hansen 3:50
10. "If You Wanna"   Justin Guarini, Carole Bayer Sager, Wade Robson 3:24
11. "Thinking of You"   Anthony Nance, Dixon, Justin Timberlake, Mason Jr., Thomas, Underdogs 3:51
12. "Get Here"   Brenda Russell 3:54
13. "Timeless" (Duet with Kelly Clarkson from From Justin to Kelly) Anders "Bag" Bagge, Peer Åström, Henrik Norberg, Karen Poole, Oscar Merner 6:38

Chart performance[edit]

Justin Guarini debuted at number twenty on the Bilboard 200 with first week sales of 57,000 units.[6] As of December 2, 2003 it has sold 143,000 copies in the United States.[7]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak position Sales
U.S Bilboard 200 20[6] 143,000[7]

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