All I Ever Wanted (album)

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All I Ever Wanted
Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted (Official Album Cover).png
Studio album by Kelly Clarkson
Released March 6, 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 50:28 (Standard edition)
58:54 (Deluxe edition)
Kelly Clarkson chronology
My December
All I Ever Wanted
Singles from All I Ever Wanted
  1. "My Life Would Suck Without You"
    Released: January 13, 2009
  2. "I Do Not Hook Up"
    Released: April 14, 2009
  3. "Already Gone"
    Released: August 11, 2009
  4. "All I Ever Wanted"
    Released: March 9, 2010
  5. "Cry"
    Released: March 12, 2010[2]

All I Ever Wanted is the fourth studio album by American pop rock singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson, released on March 6, 2009, in Australia and Germany by Sony Music Entertainment and the United States on March 10 by RCA Records. It was her second album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. All I Ever Wanted has been certified Platinum in Australia and Canada and Gold in United Kingdom and Ireland. The original title of the album was to be Masquerade[3] but Clarkson changed it because she felt that there were albums with similar themes on the charts at the time, such as Pink's Funhouse and Britney Spears' Circus.[citation needed] All I Ever Wanted has sold 944,000 copies in the United States.[4] The album was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards.[5]



Clarkson worked with producer, songwriter, and OneRepublic front man, Ryan Tedder. Tedder told Digital Spy that the album's songs feature "big choruses" and "heavy drum programming", and he mentioned that the songs are influenced by the band Garbage, while one song, "Save You", features an experimental bridge that was inspired by Mozart.[6] Kelly has also stated in an interview with PopEater that one song co-written with Tedder, "If I Can't Have You" is "like Eurythmics meets The Killers" and described the track "Cry" as "a waltz" saying it was heavily influenced by country music and calling it the most personal song on the album, adding that it's about betrayal.[7] "I Do Not Hook Up" and "Long Shot" were originally recorded by Katy Perry for her unreleased album, (A) Katy Perry; and "Whyyawannabringmedown" and "All I Ever Wanted" were written by Sam Watters (formerly of the band Color Me Badd), Louis Biancaniello, and the band Aranda, in which they recorded the original demos, for their debut album. Watters and Biancaniello also produced "I Want You" and the bonus track "The Day We Fell Apart". "Save You" is a demo from the now-disbanded Boston group Gone 'Til November, fronted by singer-songwriter Aimée Proal, who co-wrote the song with Ryan Tedder. "If No One Will Listen"[8] is a cover from Keri Noble's 2004 album, Fearless.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club C+[10]
BBC Music favorable[11]
Blender 4/5 stars[12]
Entertainment Weekly B+[13]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[14]
musicOMH 2/5 stars[15]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[16]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[17]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[18]
Vibe 3/5 stars[19][20]

Initial critical response to All I Ever Wanted was generally positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 70, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[20] Los Angeles Times said that "All I Ever Wanted is a masterful rapprochement with the mainstream, full of cheerfully ear-snagging tunes, inventive production, exhilarating vocals and enough inherent Kelly-ness to put aside fears that her label bosses implanted blond electrodes in her brain to make her behave". Entertainment Weekly said that "She just tries it all, co-writing six of All I Ever Wanted 's 14 tracks-- and stumbles only rarely." The New York Times said that "The most immediate parts of All I Ever Wanted read a bit like Kelly Clarkson karaoke: back are the Swedish writers and producers and their laser-guided arrangements, with dynamics that are particularly well suited to her voice, broad, nimble and gale-force strong."[21] The Washington Post stated: "This is one of those rare pop albums that should resonate with the mainstream while also generating critical heat." AllMusic said that "This is a rare talent and while it's not perfect, largely due to those dreary Tedder tunes, much of All I Ever Wanted does justice to Clarkson's considerable skills." The Observer stated, "The original American Idol, Clarkson has thankfully shed the serious artist persona she pushed on 2007's self-penned My December. Guided by premier hitmakers like Ryan Tedder and Max Martin, her fourth LP is a purely production line affair."[22]

The Hartford Courant said that "The good songs are great, but the empty bluster on some of the others overshadows the spunky personality that made Clarkson a draw in the first place." Rolling Stone said that "Clarkson's sense of grievance, inflated to gargantuan size by her huge voice, can be wearying over 14 songs, particularly when the music sags." Slant Magazine stated: "Taken in isolation and out of the context of the album as a whole—say, on the radio—nearly all of these songs work well enough, despite the production choices that don't always play to Clarkson's strengths and which draw too much attention to themselves." Billboard said that "Clarkson's always had the best throaty yell in the business. But now she's becoming a masterful interpreter too."[23] The Boston Globe said that "On her fourth album, All I Ever Wanted, Clarkson the songwriter – she co-wrote six of 14 here – is learning to strike the age-old pop music balance that her hired hands perfected in the past. She's expressing emotional truth while crafting something that sounds good on the radio."[24]

Commercial response[edit]

All I Ever Wanted debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one with sales of 255,000 copies. This marks the second time Clarkson topped this particular chart after her debut set Thankful, which began with 297,000 in 2003.[25] Internationally, debuted at number one on the Australia Aria Charts, selling 10,000 copies. In the United Kingdom the album sold 40,000 copies and an additional 15,000 copies in Canada. It also debuted at number six on the New Zealand RIANZ album chart, becoming Clarkson's highest debut there to date.[26] As of June 2012, All I Ever Wanted has sold 197,817 copies in the United Kingdom.[27]



All I Ever Wanted Summer Fair Mini-Tour

Main article All I Ever Wanted Mini Tour
A 23 Date mini-tour to promote the All I Ever Wanted Album. All dates are at Fairs around the United States.

All I Ever Wanted Tour

Main article All I Ever Wanted tour
A world tour covering North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.[28]


"My Life Would Suck Without You"

The album's first single, "My Life Would Suck Without You", was transmitted digitally to radio stations on January 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm EST for immediate airplay. On January 28, 2009, Billboard announced that the single went from number 97 to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making the biggest leap to the top in the chart's history.[29]

"I Do Not Hook Up"

"I Do Not Hook Up" is the second single off the album.[30] It was released to the United States radio on April 14, 2009.[31][32] The music video was directed by Bryan Barber and was shot in March 2009. It was released on April 20, 2009 on MTV.[33] It has peaked at number twenty on the Billboard Hot 100, number twelve on the Billboard Pop 100, number thirteen on the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks, and number eight on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40.

"Already Gone"

"Already Gone" is the third single. It was officially sent to U.S. radio on August 11, 2009.[34] The song debuted at number 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100[35] early in 2009 following the release of the album, then re-entered the chart following its release as a single; it eventually peaked at number 13 in the US and 15 in Canada. "Already Gone" also spent 8 consecutive weeks at number one on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart.[36] The single cover was released on July 8, 2009.[37] On the issue dated 13 July 2009, the song debuted at number 70 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart.[38] It has peaked at number 12.[39] The music video was released on July 27, 2009.[40]

"All I Ever Wanted"

"All I Ever Wanted" is the fourth and final U.S. single. It was officially sent to U.S. radio on March 9, 2010 and debuted at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has peaked at number 37 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.[41][42] The song debuted at number 82 on the US Airplay Top 100 chart and has since reached number 38.[43] The single was released to the US and Canadian iTunes Store on March 15, 2010.[44][45] It also so far reached number 11 on the Adult Pop Songs chart and number 39 on the Pop Songs chart.[46]


"Cry" was released as a single in Germany and Australia. It was released as a digital download in Germany on March 12, 2010.[2] It was sent to Australian radio on March 15, 2010.[47] It became the second most-added song to radio in Australia the week sent to radio.[48] The song was also covered by Lea Michele in the Glee episode "Choke" on May 1, 2012.[49]

Track listing[edit]

All I Ever Wanted — Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "My Life Would Suck Without You"  
2. "I Do Not Hook Up"   Howard Benson 3:20
3. "Cry"   Benson 3:34
4. "Don't Let Me Stop You"   Benson 3:20
5. "All I Ever Wanted"  
  • Biancaniello
  • Watters
6. "Already Gone"  
Tedder 4:41
7. "If I Can't Have You"  
  • Clarkson
  • Tedder
  • Tedder
  • Greg Ogan (add)
8. "Save You"  
  • Tedder
  • Aimée Proal
Tedder 4:03
9. "Whyyawannabringmedown"  
  • Watters
  • Biancaniello
  • Aranda
  • Biancaniello
  • Watters
10. "Long Shot"   Benson 3:36
11. "Impossible"  
  • Clarkson
  • Tedder
Tedder 3:23
12. "Ready"  
  • Clarkson
  • Aben Eubanks
  • Halbert
Benson 3:05
13. "I Want You"  
  • Biancaniello
  • Watters
14. "If No One Will Listen"   Keri Noble Clarkson 4:03
Total length:

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
No Line on the Horizon by U2
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
March 28, 2009 – April 4, 2009
Succeeded by
Now That's What I Call Music! 30

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Ireland March 6, 2009 (2009-03-06) Sony Music Entertainment
Hong Kong[79] March 9, 2009 (2009-03-09)
New Zealand
United Kingdom[80] RCA Records, 19
United States March 10, 2009 (2009-03-10)
Canada Sony Music Entertainment
South Korea[81]
Brazil[83] March 11, 2009 (2009-03-11)
Italy[84][85] March 13, 2009 (2009-03-13)
Japan[86] March 25, 2009 (2009-03-25) Sony Music Japan
Japan (Deluxe Edition)[87] May 13, 2009 (2009-05-13)


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