This season's "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard makes his highly anticipated debut with "Soulful." As the title suggests, Studdard has crafted a true R&B album with the help of producers Swizz

This season's "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard makes his highly anticipated debut with "Soulful." As the title suggests, Studdard has crafted a true R&B album with the help of producers Swizz Beatz, Andre & Vidal, Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, among others. The lead single, the Underdogs-produced "Sorry 2004," proves that Studdard can compete with fellow crooners Joe, Avant and R. Kelly. Ballads have been the singer's strong suit, but he does have range. Studdard teams with Fat Joe for hip-hop-inspired fun on the Irv Gotti-produced "What Is Sexy," which samples Mary J. Blige's "Real Love." He also gets personal on the autobiographical "No Ruben." The album includes "Superstar" and "Flying Without Wings"—the songs that helped secure his "Idol" crown. The nation has embraced runner-up Clay Aiken with open arms. That process should be repeated with Studdard.—RH

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