Tedder had previously made the decision not to work with contestants from the singing competition American Idol, but he had not heard of The X Factor.After being shown a website about Lewis, he thought that "her voice just sounded unreal," saying that "from a writer's perspective, this girl – with or without a TV show – has one of the best voices I've ever heard." that was released as an i Tunes bonus track and on the Limited edition of her album The Best Damn Thing.

The release of the album marked Lewis as the first winner of a major television talent show in both the UK and US to be given a major global launch with a debut album.

The album debuted at number one in nine countries, including the United Kingdom, United States and Germany, and peaked in the top five in a further eight countries.

"Bleeding Love" was released in October 2007 in the UK and Ireland, followed by a worldwide release in early 2008.

It entered the UK Singles chart at number one with sales of 218,000 copies, which was the biggest first-week sales of 2007 to date.

I have to be able to put myself in the song for it to ring true to me.

If it doesn't ring true to me, it's not going to be believable to anyone else." Opening track "Bleeding Love" employs a church organ which is audible throughout the song until the bridge.

"The Best You Never Had" was also record in LA, written and produced by Billy Steinberg and Josh Alexander, and "Forgiveness" was recorded. Lewis's debut single, a cover of Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This", is included as a bonus track on releases in the UK, Ireland and Japan.

Two new songs were recorded in 2008 to help the album appeal more to an American audience: "Forgive Me", which was written and produced by Akon, and "Misses Glass" written by Mad Scientist and Rock City.

Synthesized strings are also prominent throughout the song, which intermittently integrates wood block percussion throughout the track.

Mc Cartney wrote the song about his longtime girlfriend, and said: "I kept thinking about being in love so much that it hurts.

After winning the third series of reality singing contest The X Factor in December 2006, Lewis began recording the album in Sweden, the United Kingdom and United States, working with a variety of writers and producers.