Departure (Jesse McCartney album)

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Studio album by Jesse McCartney
Released May 20, 2008
Recorded 2007–2008
Length 44:59
Label Hollywood
Producer Sean Garrett, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, The Movement, The Clutch, Brian Kennedy, Kwamé, Kuya, Clubba Lang, J.R. Rotem, Eric Hudson, MaddScientist
Jesse McCartney chronology
Right Where You Want Me
Have It All
Singles from Departure
  1. "Leavin'"
    Released: March 10, 2008
  2. "It's Over"
    Released: August 25, 2008
Alternative cover
Departure: Recharged
Departure: Recharged
Singles from Departure: Recharged
  1. "How Do You Sleep?"
    Released: January 20, 2009
  2. "Body Language"
    Released: September 8, 2009[1]

Departure is the third studio album by American recording artist Jesse McCartney. It was released on May 20, 2008 through Hollywood Records. The album was re-released on April 7, 2009, under the name Departure: Recharged. The album featured a heavier R&B sound, and spawned three US Hot 100 top 40 hits, "Leavin'", "How Do You Sleep?", and "Body Language". The latter two were released as singles from the recharged edition.

Album information[edit]

It has been described by McCartney as a complete change in musical style compared to his previous releases. About the new album, he said, "I'm shooting for Prince chord changes, Michael [Jackson] melodies, and the bigness of Madonna - fun '80s stuff. That's the best that I can put it".[2] Producers on the album include Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Sean Garrett, The Clutch, Brian Kennedy, and J. R. Rotem.

The album leaked April 30, 2008, almost three weeks before the release date. Departure was released one week early on the Canadian iTunes Store. The CD was released using CDVU+ technology. Some countries, including the UK and Brazil, were excluded from the recycled packaging and CDVU+ Software on the release.

Departure was re-released under the name Departure: Recharged on April 7, 2009. It includes five brand-new tracks and the remix of "How Do You Sleep?" featuring Ludacris. McCartney said that the five new tracks, including three brand-new compositions, would be available for individual sale online for those who already own Departure. McCartney said the following about the re-release: "I kind of want to rejuvenate the album a little bit and make it fresh again for everyone and make sure if they haven't checked it out yet that they will this time".[3]

The songs, "Leavin", "It's Over", and "How Do You Sleep" were frequently played on Radio Disney. "Leavin" was featured on the Radio Disney Jams 11 CD, while "How Do You Sleep" was featured in the Disney live action film, G-Force.

'Departure' debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 in May with sales of 30,200 copies and stayed on the charts for 24 weeks. The album also peaked at No.9 in the Digital Albums chart. The album has sold 272,000 copies to date.[4]


  • "Leavin'" – The song was the first single from the album and debuted at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a final rank at 10, number two on the Pop 100, and number one on the Pop 100 Airplay and the Mainstream Top 40 charts. The music video of the song was directed by Sanji. "Leavin'" also managed to reach number one on the American Top 40.
  • "It's Over" – The second single was released in August. The video was released only in November. The song did not reach the success of "Leavin'", peaking at number sixty-two on the Hot 100 and number thirty-one on the Pop 100. "It's Over" managed to gain wider popularity outside the United States mostly in Asian countries like Malaysia and Singapore by peaking at number one at local radio station charts like Fly FM.
  • "How Do You Sleep?" – Is the third single released from Departure. A single version, featuring rapper Ludacris, was made and sent to radio and has peaked at number twenty-six on the Hot 100 and at number seven on the Media Base's Top 40 Songs.
  • "Body Language" - is the second single from Departure: Recharged. The album version is a solo version, while the single version is a duet with R&B singer T-Pain. The single peaked at 35 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars link
Common Sense 3/5 stars link
Digital Spy 4/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly C+ link
The Guardian 4/5 stars link
Q 3/5 stars p 107, July 2008
Virgin Media 4.5/5 stars link

The album received mixed reviews from music critics. Johnny Dee from Virgin Media reviewed the album saying "Without doubt the pop album of the summer." He praised McCartney's musical growth and transition stating, "McCartney has undergone an incredible re-invention from soppy tween pin-up into an R&B love stallion", comparing the new McCartney style with Justin Timberlake with the same permutation of sexual bragging and toned pop arrangements that has served him so well. He also stated about the album, "the urban slang doesn't sound very convincing but the melodies and excellent production are so sharp he gets away with it", giving it 4.5 stars out of 5.

AllMusic described the album as "a successful attempt from McCartney but still not fully complete to prove that he's no longer a kid, breaking out of his Disney Past also a departure from the stuffy adult contemporary vibe of 2006's Right Where You Want Me, which found the then-teenager acting far older than his years"; and gave it 3.5 stars out of 5. Alex Macpherson from The Guardian reviewed (Departure) as a two step process: "First, put pen to paper and come up with Bleeding Love, the monster single that launched Leona Lewis on the world. Second, reinvent yourself as an Usher-in-waiting on your third album with the help of the best post-Timbaland R&B producers (Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, the Clutch)"; and gave it four stars out of five.

Nick Levine From Digital Spy described the album as 'pointing to a brighter future' for the fresh-faced McCartney, and gave credit to him as he stated: "McCartney's contribution shouldn't be underestimated. He's a sexier, more convincing vocalist than people would think." Also, giving credit to the expensive production team - which includes JR Rotem, Sean Garrett and Tricky and The Dream, and as if comparing between Jesse and Justin [Timberlake] he stated, "JT needn't get scared yet, but he should be aware that a new pretender to his throne has arrived". Levine gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, with the remarkable change in Jesse's musical style and a bright outlook for Jesse's upcoming projects, with plenty of winning hits.[5]


A tour to promote the album began on August 5, 2008 and ended on August 30, 2008.[6] Another tour to promote the album began on February 13, 2009.[7]

McCartney was performing as the opening act for New Kids on the Block in the summer of 2009.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s)[8] Length
1. "Leavin'" James Bunton, Corron Ty Cole, Terius Nash, Christopher Stewart[9] Tricky Stewart, The-Dream 3:40
2. "It's Over" Ezekiel Lewis, Balewa Muhammad, Candice Nelson, Brian Kennedy,[10] The Clutch, Brian Kennedy 4:09
3. "Rock You" (featuring Sean Garrett) Sean Garrett, Robert Gerongco, Samuel Gerongco[11] Garrett, Kuya 3:10
4. "How Do You Sleep?" Garrett, Raymond Oglesby Garrett, Clubba Langg 3:44
5. "Into Ya" Garrett, Walter Scott Garrett 3:47
6. "Make Up" Kwamé Holland, Theron Thomas, Timothy Thomas[12] Kwamé 3:54
7. "My Baby" Jesse McCartney, Evan Bogart, J. R. Rotem[13] J.R. Rotem 3:33
8. "Told You So" McCartney, Eric Hudson, Claude Kelly, Frankie Storm[14] Hudson 4:03
9. "Relapse" Theron Thomas, Timothy Thomas, A. Towns Madd Scientist 3:38
10. "Runnin'" Brian Kennedy, Ezekiel Lewis, Balewa Muhammad, Candice Nelson, Patrick Smith[15] The Clutch, Brian Kennedy 3:45
11. "Freaky" J. Thomas, Theron Thomas, Timothy Thomas Madd Scientist 3:39
12. "Not Your Enemy" McCartney, Hudson, Kelly[16] Hudson 4:14

Departure: Recharged[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
4. "How Do You Sleep?" (Remix) (featuring Ludacris) Garrett, Raymond Oglesby, Christopher Bridges Garrett, Clubba Langg 3:28
13. "Oxygen" McCartney, Hudson, Kelly Hudson 4:02
14. "Crash & Burn" McCartney, Kennedy, Andre Merritt[18] Kennedy 3:18
15. "Body Language" McCartney, Bunton, Cole[19] The Movement 3:39
16. "In My Veins" McCartney, Bunton, Cole[20] The Movement 4:16


Chart (2008) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[21] 92
France Albums Chart[21] 174
Italian Albums Chart[21] 15
Japanese Albums Chart[22] 111
UK Albums Chart[23] 97
US Billboard 200[24] 14

Release history[edit]

Region Version Date
North America Departure May 20, 2008
Hong Kong
Netherlands May 22, 2008
Europe May 23, 2008
Spain May 26, 2008
Australia May 31, 2008
Japan May 23, 2008
Japan June 4, 2008
United Kingdom June 16, 2008
Brazil June 27, 2008
Argentina June 27, 2008
France June 30, 2008
United States Departure: Recharged April 7, 2009[25]
Taiwan April 30, 2009


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