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"No Boundaries"
Single by Kris Allen
Released May 20, 2009
(See release history)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:30
Label Sony Music
Writer(s) Kara DioGuardi, Cathy Dennis, Mitch Allan
Producer Emanuel Kiriakou
Kris Allen singles chronology
"No Boundaries"
(2009)
"Live Like We're Dying"
(2009)
"No Boundaries"
Single by Adam Lambert
Released May 20, 2009
(See release history)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:48
Label Sony Music
Writer(s) Kara DioGuardi, Cathy Dennis, Mitch Allan
Producer Emanuel Kiriakou
Adam Lambert singles chronology
"No Boundaries"
(2009)
"Time for Miracles"
(2009)

"No Boundaries" is the 2009 winner's single of season 8 of the reality television show American Idol.[1] It was co-written by American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, along with Cathy Dennis and Mitch Allan.[1] It is the first single for winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert.

It was first performed on the May 19th American Idol final performance show by the season's winner Kris Allen, as well as the show's runner-up, Adam Lambert. Both Lambert's and Allen's versions of the song were released to digital music retailers on May 20, 2009.

It is the second American Idol winner single that was released by both winner and runner-up. The first single was "Inside Your Heaven" of season 4, released by winner Carrie Underwood and runner-up Bo Bice.

It is also the second American Idol winner single that is not on the debut album of the winner, after Taylor Hicks' Do I Make You Proud in 2006.

Contents

Reception

The song overall has received mixed reviews. Between Kris Allen's version and Adam Lambert's version, Allen's has sold more digital downloads to date.

Former American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe described hearing the song as the "only downside" of American Idol's Grand Finale.[2] Misha Berson of The Seattle Times called the song "perhaps the most tuneless, hackneyed earful of 'inspirational' junk that any American Idol has been saddled with in their last chance at victory".[3]

The lyrics of the song have attracted particular criticism, with Gil Kaufman of MTV describing them as "a titanic mound of turgid clichés", citing the chorus "every step you climb another mountain / every breath is harder to believe / you’ll make it through the pain / weather the hurricane / to get to that one thing / when you think the road is going nowhere / just when you’ve almost gave [sic] up on your dreams / then take it by the hand and show you that you can".[4]

Billboard reviewed each version separately. On Allen's version, they gave a mixed review, by saying "Even though Allen sings lines like 'there are no boundaries,' his modest presentation implicitly recognizes there actually are. And though he sings he will 'climb another mountain,' this is a vocalist who will reach that peak with a trained, experienced guide."[5] On Lambert's version, they gave a positive review, by saying "There's a slight hitch in his voice, but Lambert gets more comfortable as the rock-of-the-'80s orchestration builds to mind-boggling crescendos. Throwing caution to the wind, and maybe even leaving his cake out in the rain, Lambert shows on this towering if inelegant power ballad he can 'weather the hurricane.'"[6]

Allen's single has sold 312,000 copies.[7]

Track listing

No Boundaries – Single (Kris Allen version)

  1. "No Boundaries": 3:30

No Boundaries – Single (Adam Lambert version)

  1. "No Boundaries": 3:48

Release history

Both versions

Region Date
Austria May 20, 2009
Canada
United States
Australia May 22, 2009
Finland
United Kingdom
Philippines May 26, 2009
Sweden

Chart performance

Kris Allen

Allen's version of "No Boundaries" entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of May 29, 2009, at #11, selling 134,000 paid digital downloads.[8] Also, during the same chart week, the song made its debut at #27 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary charts.
Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100 13[9]
UK Singles Chart 92[10]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 11[11]
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 23[12]
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 26[13]

Adam Lambert

Lambert's version of "No Boundaries" entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of May 29, 2009, at #72, with sales of approximately 36,000 downloads.
Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100 52[14]
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 38[15]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 72[16]

References

Preceded by
The Time of My Life
American Idol winner's singles
No Boundaries (2009)
Succeeded by
TBA
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Simple English

No Boundaries is a song originally made for Season 8 American Idol winner Kris Allen. The song was covered by Allen in 2009 for the celebrating of the finale and winning of Season 8 of Idol. The song was officially released by Kris Allen on May 20th, 2009.

The song was written by Kara DioGuardi, Cathy Dennis, and Mitch Allen. Kris Allen's version of this single was produced by independent producer Emanuel Kiriakou.

Adam Lambert, runner-up of American Idol's 8th Season, covered the song in late-May and released it as his own on June 9th, 2009. Lambert's version was going to be featured on his debut studio album, however it was taken place by his soon top be released single "Time For Miracles".


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