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Jennifer Hudson
File:Hudsoncover.jpg
Studio album by Jennifer Hudson
Released September 27, 2008 (2008-09-27)
(see release history)
Recorded 2006–2008
Genre R&B, pop
Length 52:23
Label Arista
Producer Jim Beanz, Warryn Campbell, Missy Elliott, Brian Kennedy, Ne-Yo, Polow da Don, Pro Jay, Salaam Remi, Jack Splash, Stargate, T-Pain, Tank, Robin Thicke, Timbaland, The Underdogs
Singles from Jennifer Hudson
  1. "Spotlight"
    Released: June 9, 2008
  2. "If This Isn't Love"
    Released: February 2009
  3. "Pocketbook"
    Released: February 17, 2009

Jennifer Hudson is the self-titled debut album by the American singer and actress of the same name. First released by Arista Records on September 27, 2008 in Australia, Hudson worked with a range of different producers and songwriters on the album, including Missy Elliott, Brian Kennedy, Ne-Yo, T-Pain, Tank, Robin Thicke, Timbaland, and The Underdogs, among others.

Released to a generally mixed reception by music critics,[1] the album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, eventually being certified gold by the RIAA for nearly 600,000 sold copies.[2] It won three 2009 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding New Artist, Outstanding Album and Outstanding Dup or Group (alongside duet partner Fantasia Barrino),[3] and was nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning in the category Best R&B Album.[4]

As recently reported, a reissue of the album is in the planning stages.[5]

Reception

Critical response

Reviews for the album have generally been favorable. Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe said that, "Despite its flaws, Hudson's debut comes on much like her Dreamgirls character, with admirable self-assurance and real-girl sensuality."[6] Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly said that, "None are exceptional, but they're all a sufficient delivery system for those spectacular vocal chops."[7] Andy Kellman of Allmusic said, "Few vocalists as young as Hudson have a voice that is as versatile and expressive, proficient enough to pull off a multi-dimensional set of R&B songs, yet her debut is as tricked out as that of an artist with a small fraction of the talent."[8].Billboard said that "Hudson is so comfortable with singing--whatever the song might be--that she elevates the material, making it sound like nothing you've ever heard before. All hail the new diva"[9].About.com said the album "is without a doubt one of the strongest R&B albums of 2008."[10]

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with sales of 217,000 copies sold in the United States.[11] In its second week, the album fell to number 4, with sales of 63,000 copies.[12] According to RIAA Certification, the album sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide in the first 6 weeks. On November 7, 2008, her album was certified Gold by RIAA.

Accolades

Hudson's debut album quickly earned her some acclaim, as it received four Grammy Award nominations in 2009, including Best R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Spotlight", Best R&B Song for "Spotlight", and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia performing "I'm His Only Woman". Hudson's debut album won the Grammy for Best R&B Album at the awards ceremony, making it Jennifer's first ever Grammy Award.

Promotion

Tour

Tour
Tour by Jennifer Hudson
File:HUDSON THICK.jpg
Start date March 31, 2009
End date May 8, 2009
No. of shows 19

A tour to promote the album begins on March 31, 2009 in Albany, New York, and runs for six weeks.[13]

Singles

The first single, "Spotlight", written and produced by Ne-Yo and Stargate, hit U.S. radio on June 9, 2008 and the following day was available as a music download. The album's second single was "If This Isn't Love". The third single will be "Pocketbook" featuring Ludacris, it will be released to radio on February 17, 2009.[14]

Track listing

  1. "Spotlight" (Shaffer Smith, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen)
  2. "If This Isn't Love" (Theron Thomas, Terry Thomas, Brian Kennedy)
  3. "Pocketbook" (featuring Ludacris) (Candice Nelson, Hannon Lane, James Washington, Timothy Mosley, Christopher Bridges)
  4. "Giving Myself" (Robin Thicke)
  5. "What's Wrong (Go Away)" (featuring T-Pain) (Faheem Najm)
  6. "My Heart" (Jason Perry, B. Kennedy, Johnta Austin, Polow da Don)
  7. "You Pulled Me Through" (Diane Warren)
  8. "I'm His Only Woman" (featuring Fantasia) (Missy Elliott, Jazmine Sullivan, Jack Splash)
  9. "Can't Stop the Rain" (Amund Bjorklund, Mikkel Hermansen, Tor Eriksen, Espen Lind, Shaffer Smith)
  10. "We Gon' Fight" (Durrell Babbs, Antonio Dixon)
  11. "Invisible" (Tiffany Fred, Steven Russell, The Underdogs)
  12. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (Tom Eyen, Henry Krieger)
  13. "Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There" (Warryn Campbell)
iTunes bonus tracks
  1. "All Dressed in Love" (Cee-Lo Green, Matt Kahane, Salaam Remi)
  2. "Spotlight" (Part II; featuring Young Jeezy)
Target (U.S.) bonus tracks
  1. "Stand Up" (Jennifer Hudson, Earl Powell, Walter English, Bill Grainer, Arr. Herman Little III & Patrick Hayes)
  2. "Spotlight" (Moto Blanco Radio Mix)
  3. "Spotlight" (D. Hotwheel & Fidelity Mix)
UK bonus tracks
  1. "All Dressed in Love"
  2. "Stand Up"
ITunes (UK) bonus tracks
  1. "Spotlight" (Afroganic Mix)

Charts

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Certification Sales
Australian Albums Chart[15] 73 4,500
Irish Albums Chart[16] 46 10,000
Japanese Oricon Chart[16] 27 40,000
UK Albums Chart[16] 17 57,000
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 2 Gold[17] 595,475
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[18] 2

Release history

Region Date
Australia September 27, 2008
United Kingdom September 29, 2008
United States September 30, 2008
Canada October 7, 2008
Europe December 12, 2008

References

  1. ^ "Jennifer Hudson by Jennifer Hudson". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Donna (2009-02-08). "Will Jennifer Hudson win a Grammy". Syracause. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  3. ^ Hite, N'neka (2009-02-12). "Bees big at NAACP Image Awards". Variety. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  4. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (2009-02-08). "Jennifer Hudson wins at marathon Grammys show". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  5. ^ Concepcion, Mariel (2009-01-26). "Claude Kelly Hits Big With Clarkson, Spears". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  6. ^ Sarah Rodman (September 30, 2008 ). She is telling you she's here to stay The Boston Globe. Accessed October 8, 2008.
  7. ^ Chris Willman (September 23, 2008). Music Review - Jennifer Hudson (2008) - Jennifer Hudson Entertainment Weekly. Accessed October 8, 2008.
  8. ^ Andy Kellman. ((( Jennifer Hudson > Review ))) Allmusic. Accessed October 8, 2008.
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/content_display/reviews/albums/e3ic9d5859352b63439cbbf924355e1f8cc
  10. ^ http://randb.about.com/od/reviews/fr/JenniferHudson.htm
  11. ^ a b Katie Hasty (October 8, 2008). T.I. Debuts Big Atop Billboard 200, Hot 100 Billboard. Accessed October 8, 2008.
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  13. ^ http://www.rap-up.com/2009/02/18/jennifer-hudson-robin-thicke-announce-tour-dates/
  14. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/mainFrame.php?url=/site/home/index.php%3Fbs=sp%26sn=home%26d=top40M%26f=home%26ng=top40M%26ag=79
  15. ^ Chartifacts week 41 ARIA. Retrieved October 12, 2008.
  16. ^ a b c Jennifer Hudson - Jennifer Hudson - Music Charts αCharts. Accessed October 7, 2008.
  17. ^ RIAA Search - Jennifer Hudson
  18. ^ Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Jennifer Hudson - Jennifer Hudson Billboard. Accessed October 7, 2008.

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