Soulful (Ruben Studdard album)

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Studio album by Ruben Studdard
Released December 9, 2003
Recorded 2003
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 55:28
Label J, 19
Producer Melvin "St. Nick" Coleman, Dre & Vidal, Babyface, Irv Gotti & Jimi Kendrix, Fred Hammond, Kevin Hicks, Jazze Pha, Harold Lilly, James McMillan, Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers, Lil' Ronnie, Swizz Beatz, Gerard Thomas, The Underdogs
Ruben Studdard chronology
I Need an Angel

Soulful is the 2003 debut album from second-season American Idol winner Ruben Studdard. It was released on December 3, 2003, by J Records.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sorry 2004"   Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas, Ronnie Jackson, Tony Dixon, and Eric Dawkins 4:22
2. "No Ruben"   Harold Lilly, Melvin Coleman, Will Jennings, Joe Sample 4:02
3. "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"   Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb 4:23
4. "Take the Shot"   K. Dean, Harold Lilly 4:23
5. "What is Sexy" (featuring Fat Joe) Irving Lorenzo, Jeffrey Atkins, Nathaniel Robinson, Kirk Robinson, Mark Morales, and Mark Rooney 3:40
6. "What If"   Mason Jr. Thomas, Dixon, Lofton, Dawkins, Jason Edmonds 3:50
7. "Superstar"   Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell 4:13
8. "Can I Get Your Attention" (featuring Pretty Tony) Lilly, Gerald Thomas 3:37
9. "For All We Know"   Sam Lewis, J. Fred Coots 3:41
10. "Play Our Song"   P. Alexander, Johntá Austin, Kevin Hicks, Keri Hilson 4:07
11. "Don't Quit on Me"   Dean, Lilly 3:18
12. "After the Candles Burn"   Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, Jason Boyd, and Ryan Toby 3:31
13. "Flying Without Wings" (bonus track) Steve Mac, Wayne Hector 3:44
14. "We Have Not Forgotten" (featuring Fred Hammond (bonus track)) Hammond, Noel Hall 4:39


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (unfavorable)[2]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
Mojo 3/5 stars[4]
People 2.5/4 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars[7]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[8]
Variety (negative)[9]

Sales performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 U.S. album chart selling over 417,000 copies in its first week,[10] and has since been certified a platinum record. In the U.S. the album has sold an estimated 1,779,000.[11]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard 200 1


Preceded by
The Diary of Alicia Keys by Alicia Keys
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 21, 2003 – December 27, 2003
Succeeded by
The Diary of Alicia Keys by Alicia Keys