Thankful (Kelly Clarkson album)

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Studio album by Kelly Clarkson
Released April 15, 2003 (2003-04-15)
Recorded 2002–03
Genre Pop[1]
Kelly Clarkson chronology
Singles from Thankful
  1. "Miss Independent"
    Released: April 10, 2003
  2. "Low"
    Released: August 3, 2003
  3. "The Trouble with Love Is"
    Released: November 12, 2003

Thankful is the debut album by American pop recording artist Kelly Clarkson, released in the United States by RCA Records on April 15, 2003, (see 2003 in music). "Miss Independent" was its first single, followed by "Low" and "The Trouble with Love Is". Initially, the album had been scheduled to be released in November 2002, however, Clarkson's demanding schedule and difficulty finding tracks that suited her taste and image forced the album to be delayed several times.[2] By the time the album was released, over six months had elapsed since "A Moment Like This" had reached number one.

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 selling 297,000 copies. "Miss Independent" went on to be a top ten hit in the United States. Thankful has sold 2,745,000 copies in the United States, receiving a 2× platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[3] In Canada, Thankful was certified platinum for 100,000 copies shipped by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA).[4]


Two songs originally on the album, "Trace of Gold" and "Today for Me", written by Stephanie Saraco, were replaced just before the album release by "Anytime" and "A Moment Like This". Early released versions of the CD still show the original tracks on players that read the data from the CD itself (such as Windows Media Player). The two songs have yet to be heard by the general public. Copies of Thankful sold during its first year of release contained a computer program that could be loaded, and used with the internet for artist updates and music videos. The program ceased to function when her official RCA website was launched. Thankful included three cover tracks, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" originally by Aretha Franklin, "Some Kind of Miracle" originally sung by Puff Johnson and "Just Missed the Train" by Trine Rein. "Just Missed the Train" was previously covered by Danielle Brisebois and Carly Smithson (then Carly Hennessy), who worked on much of her album with Brisebois.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
E! Online B[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
Jam! (mixed)[8]
Q 1/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[10]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[11]

Critical response for Thankful was generally positive. On Metacritic, a website that compiles various reviews, the album received a score of 62, indicating generally favorable reviews.[5] Entertainment Weekly noted that "Clarkson glides through octaves with the masterful control of someone who's been doing this for decades".[6] Rolling Stone gave the album three out of five stars, praising Clarkson's talent and vocal abilities, while criticizing the album for feeling manufactured. They note that "[her] high notes are sweet and pillowy, her growl is bone-shaking and sexy, and her midrange is amazingly confident for a pop posy whose career is tied for eternity to the whims of her American Idol overlords".[9]

On the other hand, Q gave the album a very negative review, stating that the album "has her trilling like Mariah Carey on fluffy R&B tunes."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

Release of the album was preceded by the single "Miss Independent", which become a top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit and a number one top 40 smash. In thanks to the success of the single, as well as buzz from her American Idol win (Clarkson also appeared several times on the show's second season to promote Thankful), the album sold well in the United States. It managed to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 with 297,000 copies sold. The album sold over 1 million copies in six weeks.[12] According to Nielsen SoundScan, Thankful has sold 2,745,000 copies to date in the US.[3]

Further single releases "Low" and "The Trouble with Love Is" did not replicate the success of the first single. "Just Missed the Train" and "You Thought Wrong" had been planned for possible single releases, but after the underperformance of "Low" and "The Trouble with Love Is", they were canceled.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Thankful – Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Trouble with Love Is"  
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
2. "Miss Independent"   Lawrence 3:34
3. "Low"   Jimmy Harry Clif Magness 3:28
4. "Some Kind of Miracle"   Diane Warren
  • Steve Ferrera
  • Lawrence
5. "What's Up Lonely"  
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
  • Stephanie Saraco
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
6. "Just Missed the Train"   Magness 4:10
7. "Beautiful Disaster"   Wilder 4:10
8. "You Thought Wrong" (featuring Tamyra Gray) 3:49
9. "Thankful"  
  • Clarkson
  • Edmonds
  • Mason
  • Thomas
  • The Underdogs
  • Babyface
10. "Anytime"  
  • Biancaniello
  • Watters
11. "A Moment Like This"  
  • Ferrera
  • Steve Mac
12. "Before Your Love"  
  • Child
  • Dennis

Credits and personnel[edit]

Visual and imagery;
  • Executive producerClive Davis
  • A&R – Steve Ferrera
  • Production coordination – Brian Coleman, Andrea Derby, Jolie Levine-Aller
  • Producer – Louis Biancaniello, Desmond Child, Cathy Dennis, Steve Ferrera, Rhett Lawrence, Clif Magness, Steve Mac, Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Sam Watters, Matthew Wilder
  • Engineer – Louis Biancaniello, Carlos Alvarez, J.D. Andrew, Rich Balmer, Jeff Chestek, Steve Churchyard, Quentin Dunn, Doug Emery, Conrad Golding, Jules Gondar, Al Hemberger, Dino Hermann, Matt Howe, Jimmy Hoyson, Jeff Kanan, Chris Laws, Greg London, Craig Lozowick, Clif Magness, Marcelo Marulanda, Csaba Petocz, Lee Levin, Andy Zulla, Robin Sellars, Sam Watters
    • Assistant engineer – Dan Bucchi, Gordon Goss, Kevin Harp, Jun Ishizeki, Daniel Pursey, César Ramírez
  • Mixing – Louis Biancaniello, Carlos Alvarez, Bob Clearmountain, Steve Ferrera, Rhett Lawrence, Tony Maserati, Steve McMillan, Dave Pensado, Andy Zulla, Mike Shipley
    • Mixing assistant – James Briggs, Brendan Kuntz, Matt Snedecor, Patrick Woodward
  • Programming – Louis Biancaniello, Doug Emery, Rhett Lawrence, Clif Magness, Matthew Wilder
  • Arranger – Louis Biancaniello, Doug Emery, Rhett Lawrence, Clif Magness, Sam Watters
  • Vocal editing – Dabling Harward
  • Pro-Tools editing – Rhett Lawrence, Steve McMillan, Andy Zulla, Jim Watts, Olle Romo
  • Drum programming – Carl Sturken
  • Vocal arrangement – Chris Willis
  • Strings arrangements – Dave Arch, Larry Gold
  • Strings conductor – Larry Gold
  • MasteringStephen Marcussen
  • Orchestra manager – Suzie Katayama


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003–06) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 33
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 5
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 83
Irish Albums (IRMA)[17] 46
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[18] 19
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 12
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 41
US Billboard 200[21] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[22] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[23] Platinum 100,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[24] Gold 100,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[25] Gold 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] 2× Platinum 2,776,000[28]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Canada[29] April 15, 2003 Sony BMG CD
United States
Europe July 7, 2003 Sony BMG
Japan[30] July 23, 2003
Australia September 15, 2003
Brazil December 18, 2006


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