soulstar

MusiqJanuary 1, 2003
Neo-Soul℗ 2003 The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Soulstar is Musiq Soulchild's third album, released in 2003. It debuted on the Billboard charts on December 27, 2003. On the Billboard 200, it peaked at number 13, spending 23 weeks on the chart and exiting on May 29, 2004; on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, it spent 37 weeks, falling off on September 9, 2004. This would be his final album for the Def Jam label before moving over to Atlantic Records for his next album Luvanmusiq.
The vinyl release of Soulstar has a different track listing from the CD. The songs "whereareyougoing" and "leaveamessage" do not appear on the vinyl version of the album.

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Soulstar (feat. DJ Aktive & Carol Riddick)2:42
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Youloveme3:50
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Womanopoly4:54
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Forthenight (feat. Aaries)3:49
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Infatueighties4:32
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Whoknows4:55
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Babymother4:42
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Missyou3:57
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Momentinlife (feat. Kindred The Family Soul & Cee-Lo)4:43
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Thereason5:26
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Dontstop (feat. Bilal)4:23
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Her3:49
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Whereareyougoing4:28
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Romancipation4:08
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interlude0:38
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Givemorelove3:45
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Leaveamessage5:45
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Total length
1:10:34
Tracks
17
Released
December 9, 2003
Label
℗ 2003 The Island Def Jam Music Group
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
"The R&B Hippie Neo-Soul Rock Star" -- wait, isn't that Cody ChesnuTT? Or is that Van Hunt? Erykah Badu? Regardless, that's what Raheem DeVaughn is calling himself, and it's likely a catch phrase intended to gain some more of the attention the singer deserves. Despite reaching the Top Ten of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, 2005's The Love Experience didn't crack the Top 40 of the Billboard 200, and none of its excellent singles (including "Guess Who Loves You More" and "You") came near the Top 30 of any chart. By word of mouth and persistent rotation on "grown folks"-type R&B video programs, DeVaughn gradually developed enough of a following -- including vocal admirer Alicia Keys -- to make his follow-up a rather anticipated release. DeVaughn's new nickname is just one part of a subtly aggressive attempt at attaining further commercial appeal: Scott Storch, Chucky Thompson, Orthodox & Ransum, Kwamé, and Bryan-Michael Cox are all brought on board to give Love Behind the Melody more of a mainstream R&B radio sound without making it seem like a blind stab at sales. Even "Customer," with its gently twisting, lullaby-like resemblance to J. Holiday's "Bed," and the anthemic "Woman" (an extension of "You"'s proud pro-woman theme, nominated for a Grammy prior to the album's release) are not likely to dismay those who are opposed to modern pop/R&B. What's more, both songs are convincingly "honor and do for you" in a selfless way, a major aspect that separates DeVaughn from nearly all of his contemporaries on the radio. In fact, as a whole, the album is much more "You're great" than "I'm great." Even the tracks that act more as mood pieces, such as "Desire" ("It feels so damn good to be used") and "Marathon" ("You make all my daydreams come true"), are full of gratitude, and they are destined to be slotted into many modern quiet storm playlists, leaving immediate and lasting impressions. This is a significant improvement over The Love Experience in every respect -- somehow displaying an increase in both modesty and ambition, as well as offering a more refined yet bolder set of material. Whether or not DeVaughn goes gold, you can bank on at least a couple major R&B artists going into the studio throughout the remainder of 2008 wanting to come out with something as hot and imaginative as this. [This album was also released with the bonus track "Text Messages" and a remix of "Customer."]
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