Jennifer Hudson (album)

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Jennifer Hudson is the eponymous debut studio album by American singer and actress Jennifer Hudson. It was first released in Australia, and it physically released in North America on September 27, 2008, by Arista and J Records. Hudson worked with several producers and songwriters on the album, including Rock City, Missy Elliott, Brian Kennedy, Ne-Yo, Salaam Remi, T-Pain, Tank, Timbaland and The Underdogs, among others.

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2008 studio album by Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
Studio album by

Released September 27, 2008 (2008-09-27)
Recorded January 2007–2008
Genre R&B[1][2]
Length 52:23
Jennifer Hudson chronology
Jennifer Hudson
I Remember Me
Singles from Jennifer Hudson
  1. Spotlight
    Released: June 10, 2008
  2. If This Isn’t Love
    Released: February 24, 2009
  3. Giving Myself
    Released: June 2, 2009

Three singles were released; “Spotlight” reached number one on the BillboardsHot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and in the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart. Jennifer Hudson debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, with first-week sales of 217,000 copies. and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United States.

Hudson promoted the album in numerous live appearances; including co-heading a North American concert tour with Robin Thicke, from March to May 2009. Hudson won three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding New Artist, Outstanding Album and Outstanding Duo or Group for the album,[3] and was nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning for Best R&B Album.[4] A deluxe edition was released to iTunes on February 24, 2009.[5][6]

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In January 2002, Hudson signed her first recording contract with Righteous Records, a Chicago-based independent record label. In 2004, she was released from her five-year contract so that she could audition for the third season of American Idol in Atlanta.[7] As a finalist, Hudson received the highest number of votes in the Top 9 after her performance of Elton John‘s “Circle of Life” on April 6, 2004, but two weeks later she was eliminated after performing Barry Manilow‘s “Weekend in New England“, coming in seventh place.[8]

In November 2005, Hudson was cast in the role of Effie White for the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls.[9] The filmmakers insisted on casting a relative unknown in the role, paralleling the casting of then-24-year-old Jennifer Holliday in that role for the original Broadway production.[9] 783 singing actresses auditioned for the role of Effie White.[10] Hudson was selected to play Effie, leading Fantasia Barrino to telephone her and jokingly complain that she “stole [Barrino’s] part”.[11][12][13] Her performance earned several prizes, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Hudson won particular praise for her show-stopping onscreen rendition of the hit song, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going“, the signature song of the role.[14][15] Her rendition entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 98 in the January 13, 2007, issue and was Hudson’s first top ten hit on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay chart on February 24, 2007.

In September 2006, Hudson performed the song “Over It” live on Fox ChicagoMorning News. In the interview, she said that the song would be included on her first album, to be released in early 2007; this was before she had been signed to a record label.[16] In late November 2006, it was announced that Hudson has signed a recording contract with J Records, a label of the Sony BMG music conglomerate.[17] Hudson spoke to Access Hollywood at the 2006 A Fine Romance event in Hollywood, exclaiming,: “My album, I’ll be recording my album! I just signed my record deal two weeks ago. So I’m starting on that in January.”[17]

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