Release date: July 2009
Battlefield is the second studio album by American R&B and pop singer Jordin Sparks. It was first released on July 17, 2009 in Australia and Ireland, July 20 in the UK and from July 21 worldwide, on Jive Records. The album has debuted at number 7 in the US, number 11 in the UK, number 34 in Australia and top 20 in many territories.
The album is a mixture of contemporary R&B and pop although many critics have cited dance-pop and pop-rock influences. For the album Sparks was reunited with previous producers and hitmakers Harvey Mason, Jr. and Claude Kelly as well as experimenting new sounds with award-winning songwriters and producers such as Ryan Tedder, Dr. Luke and Lucas Secon. Upon its release, Battlefield received generally mixed to positive reviews from most music critics.
The first single is also called "Battlefield" and was produced and co-written by Ryan Tedder. Speaking of the lead song Sparks said
" To me, the title 'Battlefield' is about strength and perseverance, things can go from good to bad in an instant, it could be family, friendship or work; and my favorite line in the song is, 'you better go and get your armor,' because it's telling you to be prepared for that time so that you can overcome it. The single was released in North America on May 12 reaching the top 5 in Canada and top 10 in the US, making it her 5th consecutive top 20 hit there. Internationally the single reached the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, and the top 20 in most other territories. "S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)" is the second single. "Don't Let It Go to Your Head", a cover of the single originally by Fefe Dobson was Sparks' third single to be released from the album. So far it has only been released in the UK on January 8, 2010. The album has so far sold over 600,000 copies worldwide.
On March 15, 2010 it was announced that Sparks was going on her first headlining tour, the Battlefield Tour in support of her second studio album of the same name. The tour kicked off on May 1, 2010 in Uncasville, Connecticut and saw Sparks performing at 39 intimate venues across the U.S. such as theaters, ballrooms, amusement parks, and casinos. The tour ended on July 18, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The album debuted at number seven on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 48,000 copies in its first week. It charted three spots higher, but with lower sales than her debut album. By July 2010, it had sold 177,000 copies in the United States. Worldwide sales stand below the 600,000 mark as of July 2010.