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Daughtry (album)

Studio album by Daughtry
Released November 21, 2006 (2006-11-21)
(see release history)
Recorded August - September 2006
Genre Post-grunge,[1] alternative rock,[1] pop rock,[1] hard rock[1]
Length 42:00
Label RCA, 19
Producer Howard Benson
Daughtry chronology
Leave This Town
Singles from Daughtry
  1. "It's Not Over"
    Released: November 21, 2006
  2. "Home"
    Released: April 10, 2007
  3. "What I Want"
    Released: April 23, 2007
  4. "Over You"
    Released: July 24, 2007
  5. "Crashed"
    Released: September 5, 2007
  6. "Feels Like Tonight"
    Released: January 8, 2008
  7. "What About Now"
    Released: July 1, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Digital Spy [2]
Entertainment Weekly B [3]
IGN [4]
JesusFreakHideout [5]
Ultimate Guitar [6]
Rolling Stone [7]

Daughtry is the debut studio album from American rock band Daughtry, the band formed and fronted by American Idol fifth season finalist Chris Daughtry.a[›] It was released on November 21, 2006, by RCA Records. The album is the fastest selling debut rock album in Soundscan history and the band's best-selling album.[8]


  • Background and production 1
  • Promotion and release 2
  • Reception 3
    • Critical 3.1
    • Commercial 3.2
    • Singles 3.3
  • Track listing 4
  • Album musicians 5
  • Release history 6
  • Certifications, peaks & sales 7
    • Singles 7.1
    • Year-end charts 7.2
  • Notes 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Background and production

"Breakdown", as it appears on Daughtry, is actually a rewrite and combination of two songs previously, "Conviction" and "Break Down", performed by Chris Daughtry's former hard rock/alternative metal band "Absent Element". These two songs appeared on the album Uprooted.

Promotion and release

The first single released from the album is "It's Not Over", and fellow Idol contestant Ace Young, producer Gregg Wattenberg, and Course of Nature frontman Mark Wilkerson are credited as co-writers. On December 25, 2008, the song was nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2007, wrestling promotion, WWE, used "There and Back Again" as the theme song for their April pay-per-view Backlash. In the same year, the song "Feels Like Tonight" was used by the WWE' for their annual Tribute to the Troops special in 2007.

Three years after the album's release, it continues to maintain a spot in the top 100 best selling albums. It is still being promoted, along with the band's second studio album Leave This Town. In 2009, ESPN's NASCAR telecasts used "Feels Like Tonight" and "Home" for promotions.



Critical response to Daughtry was mixed; while many critics felt that the album was generally pleasing and the first real "rock" album from American Idol alumni, others felt it was unoriginal and too commercial. While Ken Barnes of USA Today conceded that Chris Daughtry has "strong pipes and palpable angst", overall he found the band "generic", calling them "FuelNickelStaindback".b[›][9] People magazine found the album "a solid if not spectacular effort that at the very least proves that Chris Daughtry is not just another Idol also-ran."[10] Christian Hoard (with Rolling Stone) said that "[Chris] Daughtry gets points for not courting soccer moms, but just because he can howl like a mother fucker doesn't mean he's not a cheeseball."[7][11] In a truly mixed review, Billboard said the album "is music tailor-made for ill-conceived radio formatting, music for consumers whose taste has already been well-established if not preprogrammed," then added, "But [Chris] Daughtry sure does sing his butt off."[12] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic awarded the album three and a half stars out of five, calling the album "a debut that's not only a lot more credible than any American Idol-affiliated rock album should be, but it's a lot easier to digest than most of its [post-grunge] ilk."[13] In a humorous review, comedian Stephen Colbert found Chris Daughtry's success further proof of the impending "cultural Armageddon." He remarked, "It's bad enough this guy sounds like Creed...but Daughtry's success sets a dangerous precedent of rewarding losers...America elected Taylor Hicks as its Idol, and we owe him our loyalty."[14]

The album won an American Music Awards in 2007 for Favorite Pop-Rock Album. The album was nominated for four 2008 Grammy Awards: Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song for "It's Not Over", Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Home", and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "It's Not Over"; the album did not win any.


Competing with a flurry of releases during its opening week (Jay-Z, The Beatles, Johnny Cash and others), Daughtry proved to be commercially viable. The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, behind Jay-Z's Kingdom Come. It sold approximately 304,000 copies in its first week,[15]

The album reached number one on the Billboard 200, with 65,000 copies sold, in its ninth week on the chart,[16] for the issue dated February 3, 2007, becoming the first album from an Idol alumnus to top the Billboard 200 since Ruben Studdard's Soulful album in December 2003. In the next week the album fell to number three on the chart, but its sales increased to 80,000.[17] In the following two weeks, the album remained at number three and sold nearly 80,000 copies each week.[18][19] After this, sales increased to 102,000 copies, but the album dropped to number 9 on the Billboard 200;[20] in the following week, the album climbed to number 2 on the Billboard 200 and sold 84,000 copies.[21] In the next week, its fifteenth on the chart, it climbed back to the number one spot. It was then certified Double Platinum on March 7, 2007.[22] The album was released in the UK on August 20 and debuted at number thirteen.

For the chart week of June 30, 2007 the album was certified 3x Platinum.[23] The album stayed in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart for 27 of the first 28 weeks of its release.

The album deluxe version was released on the chart week of September 9, 2008 and bring a 95% leap to the previous week.[24] As of the album's 87th week on the chart, it has never fallen out of the top hundred. The album has sold 4,813,000[25] in the US by June 2011 and has been certified 4 times platinum by RIAA.

Daughtry is the first American Idol artist to stay in the top 100 for 116 weeks (2.2 years), and was the only debut album in the history of Soundscan to have stayed in the top 200 for 136 weeks until Taylor Swift released her debut album which has charted for 169 weeks (all in the top 100) and is still on the charts.

On Daughtry's 130th week, Daughtry climbed from 174 to 69, making it the biggest jump of the year.

Daughtry and Taylor Swift have been awarded the longest debut albums to stay on the top 100 after both albums have spent seven years on the charts.

Daughtry's debut album stayed in the Top 200 for 176 weeks.[26]


"It's Not Over" led the album release, and proved to be a success, reaching the top five on multiple charts, including the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 where it peaked at number four.[27]

The next single "Home" joined "It's Not Over" on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number five and making Daughtry the first debut album by an Idol contestant to contain two top five Hot 100 singles. Meanwhile, "What I Want" was released as the second single (the third overall) instead of "Home" to rock stations, and reached the top ten on Mainstream Rock, peaking at number six.

The band's fourth single, "Over You" was released to Top 40 and Hot AC radio on July 24, 2007, peaking in the top twenty of the Hot 100. "Crashed" (the fifth overall single), was released in place of "Over You" on rock stations on September 10, 2007.

The sixth single from the album, "Feels Like Tonight", was released on January 8, 2008. The song became a top forty Hot 100 hit for the band, peaking at number 24. The seventh and final single, "What About Now", was released on July 1, 2008. However, the song reached the top twenty of the Hot 100 over two months before its release, making it the band's fourth top twenty hit off the album on the chart.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "It's Not Over"   Chris Daughtry, Greg Wattenberg, Mark Wilkerson, Brett Young 3:35
2. "Used To"   Daughtry, Howard Benson, Zac Maloy 3:32
3. "Home"   Daughtry 4:15
4. "Over You"   Daughtry, Brian Howes 3:27
5. "Crashed"   Daughtry, Nina Ossoff, Dana Calitri, Kathy Sommer 3:31
6. "Feels Like Tonight"   Max Martin, Luke Gottwald, Shep Solomon 4:01
7. "What I Want" (featuring Slash) Daughtry, Howes 2:48
8. "Breakdown"   Daughtry 4:01
9. "Gone"   Daughtry 3:21
10. "There and Back Again" (featuring Brent Smith) Daughtry, Brent Smith 3:15
11. "All These Lives"   Daughtry, Mitch Allan 3:24
12. "What About Now"   Ben Moody, David Hodges, Joshua Hartzler 4:10
Total length:
  • * Joshua Hartzler not credited in liner notes but is registered under BMI for co-writing "What About Now".[28]

Album musicians

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States November 21, 2006 RCA CD
Philippines January 12, 2007 RCA CD
Australia April 7, 2007 SBME CD
Sweden June 6, 2007 RCA CD
Brazil June 2007 BMI CD
United Kingdom August 20, 2007 BMG CD
United States Deluxe Edition September 9, 2008 RCA CD/DVD

Certifications, peaks & sales

Country Peak Position Certification (If Any) Sales/shipments
Australia[29] 38 Gold 35,000
Canada[30] 8 2x Platinum 200,000
Finland[31] 34
France[32] 51
Germany[33] 40
Ireland[34] 38
Netherlands[35] 91
New Zealand[36] 16 Gold 7,500
Singapore[36] - Gold 6,000
South Africa[36] - Gold 20,000
Sweden[37] 17
Switzerland[38] 35
United Kingdom[39] 13 Silver 60,000[40]
United States[41] 1 4x Platinum 4,813,000[25]


Year Single Peak chart positions
Hot 100
Pop 100
Hot AC
U.S. Main Rock U.S. Mod Rock
2006 "It's Not Over" 4 1 1 5 17
2007 "Home" 5 3 1
"What I Want"1 6
"Over You" 18 4 3
"Crashed"1 24
2008 "Feels Like Tonight" 24 12 1
"What About Now" 18 19 3
  • 1 Was only released to rock radio formats, not as a physical or mainstream single.

Year-end charts

Chart (2007) Position
US Billboard 200 1[42]


^ a: Due to the naming conflict, in this article, the band is Daughtry, the album is Daughtry (italicized) and the singer is referred to by his full name (Chris Daughtry).
^ b: This is a portmanteau that references the 1990s/2000s post-grunge bands Fuel, Staind and Nickelback.


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External links

  • review of 'Home'
Preceded by
Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
Billboard 200 number-one album (First Run)
January 28, 2007 - February 3, 2007
Succeeded by
Late Night Special by Pretty Ricky
Preceded by
Not Too Late by Norah Jones
Billboard 200 number-one album (Second Run)
March 11, 2007 - March 17, 2007
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits by The Notorious B.I.G.
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