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Jordin Sparks is Jordin Sparks' self-titled debut studio album that was released on November 20, 2007.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Tattoo 3:53
  2. One Step At A Time 3:26
  3. No Air (featuring Chris Brown) 4:24
  4. Freeze 4:13
  5. Shy Boy 3:22
  6. Now You Tell Me 3:07
  7. Next To You 3:17
  8. Just For The Record 3:56
  9. Permanent Monday 4:12
  10. Young And In Love 3:24
  11. See My Side 3:44
  12. God Loves Ugly 4:22
  13. This Is My Now 3:51

Album BackgroundEdit

Jordin Sparks won the sixth season of "American Idol." On August 17, 2007, it was announced that she had signed to 19 Recordings/Jive Records/Zomba Label Group, becoming the first "American Idol" to join the label group (the second being David Archuleta the following year).

All past "American 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.

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."

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Jordin Sparks" peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 and has since sold over one million copies. On December 12, 2008, it was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Critical response to "Jordin Sparks" has been generally favorable.

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."

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."

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