Tug of War is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriterCarly Rae Jepsen who came in third on the fifth season of Canadian Idol. The album is produced by Canadian record producer and songwriter Ryan Stewart. Initially the album was limitedly released in Canada on the independent MapleMusic Recordings label via Fontana North on September 30, 2008. However, it was subsequently given a mainstream release by Canadian label 604 Records, following Jepsen's signing to the label in 2011, including a digital release on the iTunes Store of the United States on June 14. In 2013, the album was released on CD in the United States, through distribution from Alliance Entertainment. In July 2015, the album was released on vinyl in Europe.
The album's lead single, a cover of John Denver's song "Sunshine on My Shoulders", was released on the iTunes Store on June 16, 2008. The second single, "Tug of War", was released on iTunes Store on September 16, 2008 and peaked at #36 on the Canadian Hot 100. The music video was released in January 2009. The third single "Bucket" peaked at #32 on the Canadian Hot 100, and samples the children's song, "There's a Hole in My Bucket" and its music video was released in May 2009. The fourth and final single from the album was "Sour Candy" which features Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench on the single version. Ramsay also produced the latter song and is the only song on the album that was not produced by the album's main producer Ryan Stewart.
As of June 25, 2012, the album has sold 10,000 copies in Canada.