Jordin Sparks Is Out Standing In Her Battlefield

The video for Jordin Sparks’ “Battlefield” made its way to the Internet over the weekend, and on the day that newly minted American Idol winner Kris Allen made his inevitable record deal with 19 Recordings official, it’s somewhat instructive to see what happens to people who stay in the 19 fold for their second albums. Sparks’ Ryan Tedder-produced track, which has co-written by ex-Color Me Badd dude Sam Watters on its four-man songwriters’ roster, is OK enough and it’s getting raves from people whose opinions I respect. But it still sounds somewhat odd to these ears, like her voice has been dosed with a double shot of Splenda because that was the only way it could match up to the bombast surrounding her. The video, on the other hand, is a simple affair that allows her to get into maximum drama mode. [YouTube]