Departure is the forthcoming third studio album from American pop singer Jesse McCartney. The album is now complete. It is expected to release May 20, 2008. It has been described by McCartney as a complete change in musical style, compared to his previous releases. He was quoted saying about the new album, "I'm going for Prince chord changes, Michael (Jackson) melodies, and the bigness of Madonna - fun '80s stuff. That's the best that I can put it".Producers on the album include Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Sean Garrett and J.R. Rotem.
The album's first single "Leavin'" has premiered on his MySpace site.
PopJustice.com reviewed the album, and said "Departure repositions McCartney alongside Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown and stands as an exciting, brilliantly produced landmark on the post-'Maneater' pop landscape. While referring to "My Baby", one of the album's records, they went on to say "if Michael Jackson was recording 'Off the Wall' in 2008 it would probably sound a bit like this." The site also provides a several snippets of some songs ("Rock You", "How Do You Sleep" and "My Baby") featured on the album.
Rolling Stone have commented on the songs and are speculating that the song "How Do You Sleep" may be the second single choice. Rumours suggest that "It's Over" might be the second single choice.
According to McCartney's Australian website his version of Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love" (which he co-wrote) will be a bonus track on the Australian release.