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Jordin Sparks interview to promote new album “Battlefield”

Two years after winning “American Idol,” Jordin Sparks showed up on the show this spring looking more mature, more confident, more refined.

Her new album “Battlefield” (out Tuesday July 21) also attempts to dig a bit deeper than the teen-age pop feel of her debut recording, which generated three top 10 hits and moved more than one million copies.

“I’ve grown up a little bit,’ Sparks said last week during an hour-long press conference in which I got to ask quite a few questions. “But I haven’t gotten too old. I’m only 19. I still have more growing to do and a lot to learn. I’m still the quirky girl who embarrasses herself on a daily basis.”

And her reputation as a “good girl” has remained unscathed. She has not been the target of TMZ cameras or nasty tabloid rumors.

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“I am a role model,” she said. “I want to make sure I’m not cussing. I don’t cuss anyway. Sex, drugs and rock and roll. I don’t know about those things!”
Her curse substitutes? “I say mother father. Or shaz. Or shut the front door. Or what the foghorn!”

And so far, the sophomore jinx has not yet reared its ugly head. Reviews for her second effort have been positive (Entertainment Weekly gave it an A-minus). And the first single “Battlefield” is in the top 15 on the pop charts and climbing steadily.

“I’m always on guard,” she said. “I never assume people will like what I come out with.”

“Battlefield” evokes a classic 1980s Pat Benatar song she sang on “Idol” in 2007 “Love is a Battlefield.” But Sparks said it’s pure coincidence.

“When I first heard the song, I fell in love,” Sparks said. “I didn’t think of Pat Benatar at all.” She remains a Benatar fan: “Me and my mom have been listening to her since I was a little kid.”

The record does include a tune “S.O.S,” which samples from another ‘80s singer, the lesser known Shannon, who had a major dance hit in 1984 called “Let the Music Play.” Sparks, who was born in 1989, was not familiar with the song.

But she wanted to test her disco chops.

“I’ll always be the ballad girl from ‘Idol,’ “ she said, “but I wanted to try something new, though not so far that people wouldn’t believe me.”

And while she has already sold more than four million singles off downloads, albums are still a factor. She said she was more than a little frustrated when “Battlefield” leaked on the Web earlier this month and spread like wildfire before today’s release date.

“Of course, we want people to buy it,” she said. We worked hard to put it out there. When it leaks, it’s like we lose a little pice of our heart. It hurts real bad.”

Sparks’ next trip to Atlanta will be August 22, when she will open for the Jonas Brothers at Philips Arena.

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JTesla

July 20th, 2009
9:03 pm

Thanks Rodney. Jordin has a good head on her shoulders.

linny@home

July 20th, 2009
11:23 pm

yep, JT — i have a lot of respect for her holding her ground and being who she IS not what people think she should be!

wreckedpizza

July 21st, 2009
12:33 am

What the foghorn??? I love it and must start using it every day!
Reminds me of the girl from “Survivor” (that’s a different reality show) who always said “Oh my heck”. Had quite a good time with that one as well.

JTesla

July 21st, 2009
2:14 am

Someone should suggest to her “Cheese and fries”

let the song go

July 21st, 2009
3:41 am

Who kidnapped a classic? Please let the music go!! I guess b/c I grew up listening to the original, this sounds disconnected, like two separate songs pieced together as a joke. Maybe those who dont know the orignal, will like this. I am sure by now she has heard the original. Maybe this will bring Shannon back to the spotlight.

Nana

July 21st, 2009
6:41 am

Good Morning Everybody!

Today’s Quote: “Don’t be to timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.”

Good interview and video of Jordin, Rodney. Thank you. She certainly has grown up to be a lovely young lady. I like her way of cussing. Her sayings sound like mine. One saying that works for me is “Oh fuddrucker”.

Heather MacDonald

July 21st, 2009
7:15 am

I admire Jordin in many ways, but her ability to stay out of the harsh limelight of Hollywood is especially admirable. She is a good girl with a big heart and a bigger voice. I’m so glad to see her doing so well on the charts!

Lara

July 21st, 2009
8:21 am

Although I believe she is talented, I have never really been a Jordin Sparks fan. I love it though, that she is growing up in such a mature way and avoiding all that crap that comes with the spotlight. I wish her well!

harriett

July 21st, 2009
8:42 am

Good morning all! First, thank you, Rodney, for continuing to have Idol news for us during the off season. What amazes me is Jordin’s success in light of the down year in which she won. She won during what was essentially the worst (IMO) season ever of Idol, yet she remains right up there as one of the best with top ten hits. I congratulate her for remaining true to herself, too, for we all know how easy it is not to.

Mercedes S.

July 21st, 2009
8:47 am

Sharp young lady, seems to be doing all the right things to further her career. Liked both songs – still, if she had to do an “S.O.S.” song from the 80’s, what about the ABBA one? (Let’s try to think beyond Pierce Brosnan in “Mamma Mia!”)

Mercedes S.

July 21st, 2009
8:48 am

Forgot – who was nos 2 and 3 in Jordin’s year? I agree it was the least memorable AI.

Rickster

July 21st, 2009
8:51 am

Number 2 was Blake, I think 3rd was Melinda Doolittle.

Jordin has always looked like she could be the kid sister of “Callie Tores” on Grey’s.

Deirdre

July 21st, 2009
9:18 am

Morning!

Rickster: Callie Torres/Jordin! That’s so true and I never noticed it before.

I have never been a Jordin fan…nothing to do with disliking her and more to do with not remembering her. She’s the Idol winner I always forget when I’m listing them in my head.(NO, I don’t list them in my head often!) However, she’s on the cusp of becoming big right now. She’s getting good reviews across the board for this album. Not many second efforts by Idol winners(or losers for that matter. See Chris Daughtry)get much praise.

I also agree with Heather that it’s refreshing to see a young lady stay true to herself in a world where that gets harder and harder to do.

Thanks for the interview, Rodney.

JTesla

July 21st, 2009
10:47 am

By the way it should be mentioned: Jordin is looking pretty hot, for an Amazon Woman.

idolblogwatcher

July 21st, 2009
10:59 am

Thanks Rodney for interview. I’ve always liked Jordin. At first I didn’t think she would do as well as she has…but I am happy for her success. For her 1st cd to have three #10 hits is great. Of those 3 hits, “No Air” is really one that stands out…of course NOT because of Chris Brown!! I just liked the song and their voices blended well together. What brought that song to life was Katee and Joshua’s hip-hop dance from last season’s SYTYCD. Here is the video of the dance…I enjoyed it better than the official video of the song: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2079906/katee_joshua_hip_hop_encore/

Harm

July 21st, 2009
11:45 am

I saw Jordan on Regis and Kelly this morning singing Battlefield, she was not my pick to win that year, but I’m glad she is doing well!

Nana, I did watch the Bachelorette last night and Reed is coming back next week, Do you have any clue as to who she picks?

I stopped in to say hello, now I must disappear again. I’ve been freezing vegetables from the garden and just when I thought I was finished I get a call to go get prescriptions filled for Asa. Poor baby has a cold! :-)

JTesla

July 21st, 2009
12:21 pm

We are young, heartache to heartache we stand
No promises, no demands
Love is a battlefield
We are strong, no one can tell us were wrong
Searchin our hearts for so long, both of us knowing
Love is a battlefield

Rickster

July 21st, 2009
12:29 pm

I think one big advantage Jordin has is the fact that her dad was a pro athlete. So he’s able to guide her through some of the pitfalls of the celebrity culture. He seems to have done a pretty good job, because you just don’t see many (if any) stories about Jordin behaving badly.

Heather MacDonald

July 21st, 2009
12:56 pm

JTesla… one of my favorite songs. Thanks.

Nana

July 21st, 2009
2:40 pm

Harm – I heard she picked Edd, but not for sure. I hope that Jake comes back as the next Bachelor.

Have been extremely busy today so haven’t posted much. In fact this is the first time since this morning that I have even been here. I hate days like this. Mama said there would be days like this, yes she did.

Going to go ahead and wish everybody a great evening. Keep a song in your heart, a smile on your face and a tap in your toes. Be careful when on the highways.

Later.

harriett

July 21st, 2009
3:56 pm

I have been terribly busy, too today. I will sign off as well. AGT tonight!

Highlander

July 21st, 2009
4:01 pm

I liked Jordin, thought she deserved to win but wasn’t sure she’d do that well once the tour was finished. I’m glad she is and wish her all the best.

And isn’t it a shame that in today’s world we have to give props to a celebrity who DOESN’T act like an idiot or a low-life!

Switching gears a bit, I’m anxiously waiting for news about when L.A. is planning the Walter Cronkite memorial service. Hope the Staples’ Center and Nokia Auditorium are ready! And I can’t wait to see Al Sharpton giving another eulogy! ;-)

Mercedes S.

July 21st, 2009
4:04 pm

Thanks, Rickster, for info on Jordin’s 2 and 3. Whatever happened to Melinda Dolittle?

In throws of packing for family reunion in Portland, OR. Many alpha males involved, so climbing is on the agenda.

Highlander

July 21st, 2009
4:06 pm

On a more serious note, haven’t seen much in the media about Frank McCourt (author of “Angela’s Ashes”, “Tis” and “Teacher Man”) passing away from cancer on Sunday.

You may have to pray a bit harder now for God to hear since He has Frank up there talking his ear off!

Nicole Sydney

July 21st, 2009
6:57 pm

I just love Jordin Sparks for the way she carry herself! I REALLY enjoyed this interview and hope her new CD sell more than ther previous one did. Love this girl!!!

Mercedes S.

July 21st, 2009
10:35 pm

Highlander, the New York Times has devoted three big pieces to Frank McCourt. They may show up, edited down, of course, in the AJC.

Rodney Ho

July 21st, 2009
11:47 pm

New blog entry!

Didnt really listen 2 Jordin until This ablum!

July 22nd, 2009
9:50 am

Battlefield is Jordins BEST album yet from start 2 end…Pick it up it wont dissapoint!! Favorites off the album first the awe-inspiring “The cure”, lead by skillful “No parade” & R&b flare “Watch you go” + VERTIGO is a certified club banger, and “Faith” = chills and will bring tears 2 ur eyes…

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paul

July 23rd, 2009
5:33 am

heyyy guys!!love this!!!love her!!!

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