On The Download: Jordin Sparks' ‘Battlefield'

Everyone might be talking about Adam Lambert and Kris Allen right now, but another recent American Idol is making a big splash on radio airwaves as well. Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks' first single from her sophomore album, "Battlefield," is quietly creeping its way up the charts, currently sitting at #18 on iTunes singles chart.

The song exemplifies what Jordin does best – teen pop love song confections – and of course highlights her soaring voice in a giant build-up towards the end. "Idol" fans may have heard her perform it live with One Republic's Ryan Tedder (who co-wrote it) when she debuted the single on the FOX show back in April.

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"To me, the title 'Battlefield' is about strength and perseverance," Jordin explains about the album and song title. "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."

More true words about love and relationships have never been spoken.

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Fans of the '80s will of course know this to be the second great pop song with use of "Battlefield" in the title – upon first listen, I instantly recalled Pat Benatar's 1983 breakthrough hit, "Love Is a Battlefield," which is remembered best for its pioneering brigade of women scorned parading choreographed through dark urban streets.

Jordin's new album, also titled "Battlefield," is due for release on July 21.

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