Leave This Town

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Leave This Town
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Studio album by Daughtry
Released July 14, 2009 (2009-07-14)
Recorded September 2008 - March 2009
Los Angeles
Genre Alternative rock,[1] pop rock,[1] post-grunge,[1][2] hard rock[1]
Length 45:28
Label RCA, 19
Producer Howard Benson
Daughtry chronology
Leave This Town
Leave This Town: The B-Sides - EP
Singles from Leave This Town
  1. "No Surprise"
    Released: May 5, 2009
  2. "Life After You"
    Released: November 10, 2009
  3. "September"
    Released: June 1, 2010

Leave This Town is the second studio album recorded by American rock band Daughtry, released through RCA Records and 19 Entertainment on July 14, 2009.[3] It is the first album that they recorded as a band, as their self-titled debut album was recorded before the band was formed and only lead singer Chris Daughtry was signed to the label; it was also their last album to feature Joey Barnes on drums. The album's style is primarily arena rock, with influences ranging from hard rock to pop rock.[4][1]

Three singles were released from the album, led by "No Surprise", which became the group's fourth chart topper on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart in August 2009.[5] All three peaked within the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and within the top 5 on both Adult Pop and Adult Contemporary.

The album was released to generally mixed reviews, with critics noting the lack of progression from their previous album.[6][1] It fared better commercially, debuting atop the Billboard 200 and selling over 1.3 Million copies in the US alone.[7] Leave This Town has been certified Platinum by both the RIAA and Music Canada.


Chris Daughtry announced on his Twitter that there would be 14 songs on the record, but 5 bonus tracks in different stores.[8] Nearly 70 songs were written for Leave This Town, before the selection was narrowed down to 19.[9] Daughtry co-wrote the songs on the album with Richard Marx, Chad Kroeger from Nickelback, Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic, Jason Wade from Lifehouse, Adam Gontier from Three Days Grace, Eric Dill from The Click Five, and Mitch Allan from SR-71 and Tommy Henriksen. On May 29, 2009, Daughtry released the album art cover.[10] The songs written with Marx, Tedder, Gontier and Wade didn't make the standard edition of the album, but were released as bonus tracks in various markets.

Three songs from the CD ("No Surprise," "Every Time You Turn Around," and "You Don't Belong") were used to promote racing on ESPN.[11] "You Don't Belong" resultantly entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 95.

The title of the album comes from lyrics from the track "September".


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[12]
IGN (8/10)[13]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[14]
The New York Times (Positive)[15]
People 3/4 stars[16]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[17]
Slant 1/5 stars[18]
Sputnikmusic 2/5 stars[19]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[20]

Critical reception[edit]

Critical response to Leave This Town was mixed. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 59, based on 10 reviews.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

It sold 269,000 copies in its first week in the U.S., peaking at number one. It peaked at number two in Canada, six places ahead of its predecessor. The album has sold 1,329,000 copies as of May 2, 2012.[7]

In media[edit]

"Ghost of Me" was featured on a CSI: Miami commercial.

"No Surprise" was performed live by the band on the top 4 results show of the eighth season of American Idol on May 5, 2009.

"Tennessee Line" was performed live with Vince Gill during the 2009 CMA awards on November 11, 2009.[21] It was also used as a music backdrop to the trailer for the TV series "Young Justice".

"Learn My Lesson" has been featured in a commercial of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in Animax-Asia.

"Every Time You Turn Around" was featured in the video game MLB 2K10

"Supernatural" is featured in the preview of the 2010 MLB Division Series, both NL & AL on TBS.


  • "No Surprise" served as the lead single for the album. It was streamed on their official website, on the evening of May 6, 2009.[22] The song was made available on iTunes May 5, 2009. It debuted at number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100 the chart week of May 23, 2009. It is the band's highest debut to date on the chart, fueled by strong first week digital sales of 103,000. It has sold 1,201,000 copies in the United States by January 19, 2011.[23]
  • The second single, "Life After You", was released around October 2009. It has sold 890,000 digital downloads in the United States.[23]
  • The third single is "September". It was performed on the American Idol Season 9 Top 4 Results Show. It has sold 419,000 digital downloads in the United States.[23]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Don't Belong"   Chris Daughtry 4:00
2. "No Surprise"   Daughtry, Chad Kroeger, Eric Dill, Rune Westburg, Joey Moi 4:29
3. "Every Time You Turn Around"   Daughtry, Andy Waldeck 3:39
4. "Life After You"   Daughtry, Kroeger, Moi, Brett James 3:26
5. "What I Meant to Say"   Daughtry, Brian Howes 3:09
6. "Open Up Your Eyes"   Daughtry, Ben Moody, David Hodges 4:19
7. "September"   Daughtry, Josh Steely 4:00
8. "Ghost of Me"   Daughtry, Howes 3:38
9. "Learn My Lesson"   Daughtry, Mitch Allan, Chris Tompkins 3:50
10. "Supernatural"   Daughtry, Josh Paul, Hodges 3:38
11. "Tennessee Line" (feat. Vince Gill) Daughtry, Brian Craddock 4:37
12. "Call Your Name"   Daughtry, Joey Barnes 4:03
Total length:
Unused tracks
  1. "From Where You're Standing" (performed live)
  2. "Standing Still" (performed live)
  3. "When You Come Around" (performed live)
  4. "You're In My Hands" (performed live)
  5. "Back to Me" (performed live)


Band members[edit]

  • Chris Daughtry - lead vocals, rhythm guitars
  • Josh Steely - lead guitars, backing vocals
  • Brian Craddock - rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Josh Paul - bass guitars, backing vocals
  • Joey Barnes - drums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Howard Benson - additional keyboards and programming
  • Phil X - additional guitars
  • Michito Sanchez - additional percussion
  • Jamie Muhoberac - additional keyboards
  • Aubrey Haynie - additional fiddle
  • Vince Gill - guest vocalist on "Tennessee Line"
  • Debbie Lurie - string arrangements
  • Mark Robertson - string contractor

Technical personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
BLACKsummers'night by Maxwell
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 1, 2009
Succeeded by
Here We Go Again by Demi Lovato


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[43] Platinum 80,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] Platinum 1,329,000[7]

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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