Jordin Sparks (album)

Jordin Sparks
Studio album by Jordin Sparks
Released November 20, 2007 (2007-11-20)
(see release history)
Recorded June – October 2007
Length 49:08
Jordin Sparks chronology
Jordin Sparks (EP)
Jordin Sparks
Alternative cover
Australian, UK, and iTunes Deluxe Version cover
Singles from Jordin Sparks
  1. "Tattoo"
    Released: August 27, 2007
  2. "No Air"
    Released: February 11, 2008
  3. "One Step at a Time"
    Released: June 10, 2008

Jordin Sparks is the self-titled debut studio album by American pop and R&B singer Jordin Sparks. It was released on November 20, 2007 in the United States and November 27, 2007 in Canada and Christian music stores. In United States it debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 with sales of 119,000 copies in the first week. It has produced four top twenty singles, with "Tattoo" reaching number 8 eight on the US Billboard Hot 100, and "No Air" reaching number three. The album has sold over 3 million copies worldwide, her best-selling album by far.[1] Sparks supported the album with the As I Am Tour and Jesse & Jordin LIVE Tour. The album was certified Platinum for sales in excess of 1,000,000 by the RIAA in the US on December 12, 2008.[2]


Sparks won the sixth season of American Idol. On August 17, 2007, it was announced Sparks had signed to 19 Recordings/Jive Records/Zomba Label Group, becoming the first Idol to join the label group, the second being David Archuleta the following year.[3] All past Idol winners and runners-up are or were signed with the RCA Label Group’s J (Fantasia, Ruben Studdard), Arista (Justin Guarini, Taylor Hicks, Blake Lewis) or RCA (Kelly Clarkson, Bo Bice, Clay Aiken, Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, Diana DeGarmo and idol successor David Cook) labels, with the exception of Carrie Underwood signed to Arista Nashville. Sparks has stated that she recorded some songs for the album but the bulk of the recording was done in Los Angeles after the tour was over.[4] She said the album would be "Top 40, radio-friendly, uplifting stuff" hopefully mixing "the pop rock sound of inaugural Idol Kelly Clarkson with the R&B edge of Beyoncé".[5][6]

Release and promotion

Jordin confirmed on her MySpace that the official track listing as well as the release would carry bonus tracks at Wal-Mart, Sony, and the iTunes Store. An exclusive video of the photoshoot for Jordin Sparks was posted on Sparks' YouTube channel in October, where snippets of "Permanent Monday", "Overcome" and "One Step at a Time" could be heard. There are two available covers of the album, one for the US and Canada, and one for the UK and Australia, although the US and Canada cover was available in the UK and Australia (in stores and on iTunes) until "No Air" came out in those countries, in which the new cover was released. The song "Permanent Monday" was featured in the Salt Lake City audition episode on the 8th season of American Idol. The song "Young and In Love" & "This Is My Now" were featured in spirit episodes of MTV's The Hills.


Other songs


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Boston Globe(favorable)[13]
Entertainment Weekly(B+)[14]
Jesus Freak Hideout[15]
The New York Times(favorable)[16]
Rolling Stone[17]
Slant Magazine[18]
USA Today[19]
The Washington Post(mixed)[21]

The album entered the Billboard 200 at number ten, and has since sold over one million copies.[22] It was released in the UK on April 14, 2008 but did not enter the UK album charts until July 2008, where it peaked at number 17. The album was certified Platinum in the U.S. on December 12, 2008.[2]

Critical response to the album has been generally favorable.[23] Billboard stated Jordin brought "a first effort that's all over the map—and works" while sounding "like exactly what she should be singing at this age and juncture in her career."[24] Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ saying her debut "is as much effervescent fun as any post-Idol bow" and added "Idol has crowned winners with even bigger voices, but it hasn't given us one who's any easier on the ears."[25]

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Tattoo"  Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Amanda Ghost, Ian DenchStargate 3:53
2. "One Step at a Time"  Robbie Nevil, Lauren Evans, Jonas Jeberg, Mich HansenJeberg, Cutfather, Robbie Nevil 3:26
3. "No Air" (with Chris Brown)Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas, James Fauntleroy II, Erik Griggs, Mike Scala, Steve RussellThe Underdogs, Erik "Bluetooth" Griggs* 4:23
4. "Freeze"  Jordin Sparks, Eriksen, Hermansen, Ghost, DenchStargate 4:13
5. "Shy Boy"  Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback, Klas ÅhlundBloodshy & Avant 3:22
6. "Now You Tell Me"  Frankie Storm, Espen Lind, Amund BjørklundEspionage 3:07
7. "Next to You"  Lindy Robbins, Emanuel Kiriakou, Jess CatesKiriakou 3:17
8. "Just for the Record"  Johnta Austin, Eriksen, Hermansen, Lind, BjørklundStargate 3:56
9. "Permanent Monday"  Kiriakou, Robbins, Walter AfanasieffKiriakou 4:12
10. "Young and in Love"  Karlsson, Winnberg, Jonback, Cathy DennisBloodshy & Avant 3:24
11. "See My Side"  Karlsson, Winnberg, Åhlund, Robin CarlssonBloodshy & Avant, Klas Åhlund 3:44
12. "God Loves Ugly"  Christa BlackStephen Lipson 4:15
13. "This Is My Now" (bonus track)Scott Krippayne, Jeff PeabodyLipson 3:51

(*) Co-producer)





Chart positions

Country/market Peak
Sales Certification
Austrian Albums Chart 41 30,000 Gold
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[28] 17 50,000 Gold
Belgium Albums Chart 66
Brazil Albums Chart 19 4,000
Canadian Albums Chart 12 70,000 Gold
German Albums Chart 42
Irish Albums Chart 19
Netherlands 41
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 10 7,500[29] Gold
Swedish Albums Chart 57
Swiss Albums Chart 29
UK Albums Chart 17 120,000 Gold[30]
US Billboard 200[31] 10 1,100,000[32] Platinum[2]

Release history

Region Date Format Label
United States[33] November 20, 2007 CD, digital download
Canada November 27, 2007
Australia March 29, 2008 CD, digital download on iTunes only
Sony Music
New Zealand
United Kingdom April 14, 2008 CD, digital download
Brazil April 20, 2008 CD
Germany July 4, 2008 CD, digital download
Poland September 1, 2008 CD
Italy February 6, 2009[34]


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