Aaron Carter (album)

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Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter debut.jpg
Studio album by Aaron Carter
Released December 1, 1997 (1997-12-01) (Europe)
June 16, 1998 (1998-06-16) (US)
Recorded 1996–97
Genre Bubblegum pop, pop rap, dance-pop
Length 46:23
52:18 (1998 release)
Label Edel America, Trans Continental Records
Producer Veit Renn, Gary Carolla, Johnny Wright
Aaron Carter chronology
Aaron Carter
Aaron's Party (Come Get It)
Singles from Aaron Carter
  1. "Crush on You"
    Released: November 29, 1997
  2. "Crazy Little Party Girl"
    Released: July 2, 1998
  3. "I'm Gonna Miss You Forever"
    Released: March 28, 1998
  4. "Surfin' USA"
    Released: July 4, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Aaron Carter is the self-titled debut studio album by American pop singer Aaron Carter, brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter. It was originally released in December 1997 in Europe and re-released the next year with a new song and a remix, as well as being released in the United States in the summer of 1998 when Aaron was only ten years old, making him the youngest male pop star in the world since Michael Jackson in 1969. The original version of the album was also available as a limited edition including a poster and a pen that had written on the side, "I Love Aaron", available in red, yellow, green or blue.

The album reached the top 10 in some European countries, and reached #12 in the United Kingdom. While it did not chart on the U.S. Billboard 200, it did manage to reach #17 on the US Top Heatseekers chart, and sold more than 100,000 in the United States.[2]

Three singles were released from the album; "Crush on You", a cover of The Jets' 1985 song, "Crazy Little Party Girl", and "I'm Gonna Miss You Forever". Other songs were released as limited edition singles in some regions. "Crush on You" and "Crazy Little Party Girl" went top 10 and 20 respectively in Australia, while both went top 10 in the UK. All three singles went top 20 in Germany and Sweden, with "I'm Gonna Miss You Forever" peaking at #24 on the UK Singles Chart.

"Surfin' U.S.A.", a cover of the 1963 song by The Beach Boys, was later included on the re-release edition of the album, and released separately as an EP, and went top 20 in the UK and Germany.

When the album was first made available to purchase on iTunes, it strangely featured a Parental Advisory label next to the songs.[citation needed] This was changed to a "clean" label at a later date; however, no "explicit" version exists, as none of the songs actually feature any profanity or suggestive themes, partly due to Carter's age at the time (he became ten years old six days after the album's release); and intended audience.

The album sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" – 1:09 (only on some releases)
  2. "I Will Be Yours" (Carolla) – 3:34
  3. "Crazy Little Party Girl" (Applegate) – 3:26
  4. "One Bad Apple" (Jackson) – 3:14
  5. "I'm Gonna Miss You Forever" (Carolla) – 3:48
  6. "Tell Me How to Make You Smile" (Carolla, Granati, Granati, Sparacino) – 3:47
  7. "Shake It" featuring 95 South (Carolla, Smith) – 3:22
  8. "Please Don't Go Girl" (Starr) – 4:23
  9. "Get Wild" (Carolla, Jordan, McGuffey) – 4:44
  10. "I'd Do Anything" (Carolla) – 4:11
  11. "Ain't That Cute" (Carolla, N. Carter, Littrell) – 3:14
  12. "Crush on You" (Knight, Zigman) – 3:27
  13. "Swing It Out" (Renn, Skinner) – 3:56
  • Re-released in July 1998 with "Surfin' USA" (Main Mix) and "Surfin' USA" (Johnny Jam and Delgado Mix)

Other versions[edit]

The Japanese version of the album includes stickers and bonus tracks:

  • "Crush on You" (Remix)
  • "Crazy Little Party Girl" (One Day Mix)
  • "I'm Gonna Miss You Forever" (Dreamix)
  • "Shake It" (Nick Carter Radio Remix)

The Canadian version has a different cover and includes a poster (different from the one that came with the German version) and has the same track listing but without the Intro.

There was also a limited edition bonus CD pack available, and with it came cards, stickers and a bonus CD featuring:

  • "Crush on You" (Gary's Mix)
  • "Crazy Little Party Girl" (Main Mix)
  • "I'm Gonna Miss You Forever" (Dreamix)
  • "Shake It" (Nick Carter Radio Remix)
  • "Surfin' USA" (album version)
  • "Crazy Little Interview"


  1. "Crush on You" (1997)
  2. "Crazy Little Party Girl" (1997)
  3. "I'm Gonna Miss You Forever" (1998)
  4. "Surfin' USA" (1998; released as a single/EP and included on the US edition and later on the re-release)

"Shake It" (featuring 95 South) was also released as a single in Australia and New Zealand, charting in both; at #44 in New Zealand, and below the top 50 at #66 in Australia.

Charts and certifications[edit]


Charts (1997) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[4] 51
Austrian Albums Chart 17
Canadian Albums Chart[5] 23
Danish Albums Chart[6] 8
European Albums Chart[7] 17
Finnish Albums Chart 27
German Albums Chart[8] 13
Netherlands Albums Chart 36
Norwegian Albums Chart 5
Spanish Albums Chart[9] 23
Swedish Albums Chart 6
Swiss Albums Chart 16
Taiwanese Albums Chart[10] 5
UK Albums Chart 12
Charts (1998) Peak
US Billboard Top Heatseekers 17


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Gold 50,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[12] Gold 25,000^
Germany (BVMI)[13] Gold 250,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[14] Gold 25,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[15] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[16] Gold 40,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Aaron Carter – vocals, main performer
  • Mark Matteo, Tony Battaglia – guitar
  • Mark Goff, Janice Brocking Renn, Greg Whipple, David Nicoll, Michelle Lindahl, Carlos Spencer, Article Bartley – background vocals
  • Dexter Redding – bass guitar
  • Freddie Mollings – scratching, bass guitar
  • Don Rogozinski, Pat Gullotta, John M. Robinson – horn
  • Brian Snapp – flute, horn
  • Gary Carolla – drums, keyboards, background vocals, producer
  • Veit Renn – background vocals, producer
  • Producers – Veit Renn, Gary Carolla
  • Executive producer – Johnny Wright
  • Engineer, digital editing – Don Rogozinski, Michael Tucker
  • Engineer – Adam Barber
  • Assistant engineers – Femio Hernandez, Jim Porecca, Alan Armitage
  • Mixing – Joe Smith
  • Neils Kastor and Jorge M. Jaramillo also contributed.


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