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Single by Jessie James
from the album Jessie James
Released April 14, 2009 (2009-04-14) (radio)
April 27, 2009 (2009-04-27) (Australian radio)
May 12, 2009 (2009-05-12) (digital release)
Genre Country rock, Country pop
Length 3:05
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Jessie James, Kara DioGuardi, Mitch Allan, David Hodges
Producer Allan
Jessie James singles chronology
"I Look So Good (Without You)"

"Wanted" is the debut single from American singer-songwriter Jessie James, self-titled debut album.


Song information

The song is produced by Mitch Allan and co-written by Jessie James, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, Mitch Allan (Faith Hill, Daughtry) and David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Evanescence).[1]

"Wanted" was officially released on Top40/Contemporary hit radio stations from United States on April 14, and 22 stations added the song on this week. It debuted on Australian radio's on April 27, 2009. "Wanted" was released on iTunes on May 12. The song has sold 336,750 digital copies as of August 20, 2009.

Critical reception

Jon Caramanica of The New York Times gives a good review of the song:

"Wanted", the debut single by the Georgia-raised, Nashville-based Jessie James, is feisty shampoo-commercial pop save for three bars near the bridge, when a country guitar shows its hand. If Nashville can go pop, why can't pop start out a little bit Nashville? That's what the music of Ms. James, whose self-titled debut (on Mercury) is due in July, is asking. And while we're mixing, why can't it be hip-hop as well? "Cowboy", written with Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser, has snappy snares and puckish fiddle. The clever "Blue Jeans", which uses a beat drawn from Ms. James's own step routine and tweaks Dem Franchise Boyz' 2004 hit "White Tee", is perhaps the first white-girl country-rap song. But Ms. James knows getting embraced by the home crowd would be nice too. To wit, the Twitter message she recently posted to the producer Mitch Allan, imploring him to "make a country version of Wanted!!! Country stations want it!" But can she go home again?"[2]

Billboard's review of the song said "[p]ull out all the sex appeal" from Carrie Underwood in "Before He Cheats", throw on a Pussycat Dolls beat and infuse some powerhouse Christina Aguilera vocals, and it's nearly Jessie James' 'Wanted'." The site further stated:

The Nashville-based singer's first single has a forceful bang and a slight Southern twang, tapping into Pink and Kelly Clarkson territory with its slamming rock vibe. Mitch Allen (Daughtry, Faith Hill) constructed an alluring rock song with some parts country, some parts hip-hop. James crafted the track with a hot pop/rock team of songwriters: Allan, Kara DioGuardio and David Hodges; paired with her convincing vocals and swagger, she's got what it takes to make a name for herself.[3]

Scott Vollweiler of Broken Records Magazine in their June/July issue stated, "Once you pop the album into your CD player, you will be amazed, this girl can really sing!" and "[w]hile the album sent to us only have 5 tracks, each song was strong and well written". He concluded, "Jessie is truly a country girl singing her butt off. Her first single "Wanted" was written by Mitch Allan, Kara DioGuardi, David Hodges and Jessie herself."

Music video

The music video of "Wanted" was shot on March 28, in Los Angeles. Actor Erik Von Detten makes a cameo in the video as a police officer that chases after Jessie through a series of events and eventually "captures" her in a diner before leading her to his vehicle where they proceed to kiss. The music video was directed by Travis Kopach. The music video was released to iTunes on April 27, 2009 and was featured as the Free Music Video of the Week from May 5 to May 11.


The song has sold 336,750 digital copies as of August 20, 2009. "Wanted" peaked at 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Jessie her first top 40 hit.

Chart (2009) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 40
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[4] 22
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[4] 18

The song did not progress any further on the Pop 100 because it was discontinued in June 2009.


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