Jordin Sparks - General Discussion

By interesting, you mean copying Tinashe? "Right Here Right Now" is a pile of rejected songs that nobody wanted. Her previous album was way better.

The hostility! I'm not going to argue about Jordin Sparks, so good day to you, ma'am!

By the by, I was referring to the song, not the album.
It's on Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings, and a label called Larger Than Life, which is an imprint of Sony but basically indie from what I understand (it's a part of RED, which is "a Sony Music Entertainment-owned sales and marketing division that handles releases for over sixty independent record labels.")

Are any of the songs a survivor of the "I Am Woman" era?

They were lost when she departed RCA.

Remember that Skipping a Beat song she had on her soundcloud, around summer 2013? Was that from a different album cycle technically or...

Sorry to create a Frankenstein of a post here but I have a fair bit to add to these posts.

It's been my understanding that her record deal (as is typical for Idol contracts) is divided up so that 19 Recordings owned the phonographic copyright (the recordings) and then they were licensed out to the major label that backed Idol that season for release and promotion. In Jordin's case, this was Jive, and then RCA when Jive went defunct and its artists were transferred to RCA. The thing about Jordin's transfer from RCA to Louder Than Life is that it's yet another Sony label so I don't think it involves any sort of new contract -- she just found an ally in Salaam Remi and asked to be moved to his label. RCA obliged because she was clearly not a priority there in the crowded stables and she was staying under the Sony umbrella.

Laura's right that Louder Than Life pretty much is on the same level as an indie label so people should take that into consideration when evaluating album sales/impact, etc.

As for the I Am Woman era/Skipping a Beat, I don't think the songs she recorded were necessarily lost with RCA. As I said, 19 owns her recordings and she's still with them. I think the tracklisting as it stands now comes down more to the direction she wanted to go in rather than label restrictions, keeping in mind that over the years she continued to record as her album was delayed endlessly. What I do know is that 11:11 is at least two years old, maybe longer (having been uploaded to this Soundcloud under the title "11:11 (Wish)"), because I've had that one in my iTunes library for quite a while. As for Skipping a Beat, one thing we're still missing from that time is Before It Breaks, her song with Jason that was supposedly her real first single (if any of you remember that #10DaysBeforeItBreaks debacle, for lack of a better word). I seem to recall a video on Twitter that had a small clip of a song but I'm not sure if that was the song or if it's even still up.

And just for good measure:

I didn't realise this album existed until Amazon just recommended it to me. I love Jordin's first two albums - is this worth buying?


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Performing "One Step at a Time" on Pitbull's NYE. The crowd is rolling.

She's done a new song, now back to "No Air".