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Nivea is the self-titled debut studio album by American R&B singer Nivea. It was released by Jive and Arista Records on September 25, 2001. A contemporary R&B album with major influences of the pop and hip hop genres, Nivea worked with a wide range of producers and songwriters on her self-titled album which features credits by Leslie Braithwaite, Bryan-Michael Cox, Roy "Royalty" Hamilton, R. Kelly, The Neptunes, Organized Noise, Adonis Shropshire, Teedra Moses, Johnta Austin, and Ne-Yo, among others.
Upon its release, Nivea debuted at number 80 on the US Billboard 200 and number 35 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album was preceded by the its first two singles "Don't Mess with the Radio", which became a top twenty hit in Australia, and "Don't Mess With My Man", a collaboration with Brandon Casey and Brian Casey from boy group Jagged Edge, which became a smash hit, reaching the top ten in France, New Zealand and on the US Billboard Hot 100.
The Declaration is the fifth studio album by American R&B/pop singer Ashanti. It was released on June 3, 2008.
The album includes the single "The Way That I Love You". Ashanti said during her June 2 appearance on the television program 106 & Park that she recorded fifty-two tracks for the album, of which fifteen—including the bonus tracks "Why" and "Hey Baby"—were used. This is her last album to be released on Irv Gotti's label The Inc. Records.
Roc-A-Fella Records Presents Teairra Marí
Roc-A-Fella Records Presents Teairra Marí is the debut album by recording artist Teairra Marí. It was released on August 2, 2005, by Roc-A-Fella Records. The album debuted in the top five selling 69,000 copies in the first week, eventually selling 248,000 units.
Moodring is the third studio album by American singer Mýa. It was released on June 26, 2003, by A&M and Interscope Records. Before Mýa began to work on what would eventually be her third studio album, she participated in prior engagements which would result in the blockbuster success of 2001's "Lady Marmalade", a collaboration for the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack, and a supporting role in the 2002 film Chicago.
Production on Moodring was handled by a bevy of producers and songwriters. Mýa enlisted the assistance of producers: Ron Fair, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Rockwilder, Damon Elliott, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and a handful of others. With this album, Mýa wrote "99.9%" of her own lyrics and co-produced many of the album's tracks. While recording the album, Mýa funded her own studio time, and used several songs taken from her archive of music, recorded two years prior. Described by Mýa as "[s]omewhat of a bi-polar album", Moodring contains elements of R&B, hip hop, techno, pop, and reggae.
The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, with AllMusic praising Mýa for coming up with her best and most varied set of songs yet.
The Truth is the second studio album by American girl group Cherish. It was released on May 13, 2008, and was met with mixed to positive reviews from critics. The album spawned two singles, "Killa" and "Amnesia," and reached number 40 on the Billboard 200.
702 is the self-titled second studio album by American R&B group of the same name. It was released on June 15, 1999, by Motown.
The album peaked at number thirty-four on the Billboard 200 chart. By November 2002, it was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA, after sales exceeding 1,000,000 copies in the United States.
A Girl Can Mack
A Girl Can Mack is the second studio album by American girl group 3LW. It is their follow-up to the groups self-titled debut album. With the follow-up to their platinum self-titled debut, the group attempted to shed their youthful image and craft a mature look. The album combines both ballads and upbeat songs, with several serving as a declaration of equality in romantic relationships. The album was considered at lot "racier" and sexier than their debut.
After The Storm
After the Storm is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Monica. It was first released on June 17, 2003 through J Records. Created over a period of three years, in which Monica experienced personal struggles and its original version, All Eyez on Me, was delayed numerous times following the moderate success of single "All Eyez on Me" as well as the leak to Internet file-sharing services and heavy bootlegging after its Japan-wide release, Monica decided to scrap most of the album in favor of new material for which she consulted new collaborators such as Missy Elliott who would receive executive producer credit due to her predominant share of contributions on the album.
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, Monica's first album to do so, and sold 186,000 copies in its first week. It produced three singles that attained Billboard chart success, including chart topper "So Gone", and has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over 500,000 copies in the United States. After the Storm received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics.
LeToya is the debut studio album by American R&B singer and former Destiny's Child member LeToya Luckett, released by Capitol Records on July 25, 2006 in the United States. The album spawned three singles: "Torn", "She Don't" and "Obvious". Besides the officially released singles, LeToya's debut album also includes the promo singles, "U Got What I Need" and "All Eyes On Me". LeToya co-wrote 10 out of the 14 tracks. The album was the first solo release from LeToya following her departure from her former group, Destiny's Child, of which she was a founding member.
The album garnered mostly positive reception from music critics, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200. It was certified Platinum in December 2006.
Olivia is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Olivia. It was released on May 15, 2001, through J. As the first artist signed to the record label, Olivia was referred to as "the First Lady of J". Olivia is a R&B album with elements of hip hop, jazz, and pop. Its lyrics revolve around sexuality and romance. Critics noticed two distinct tones on the album, which Olivia identified as softer R&B alongside harder hip hop sounds. Guest vocals are provided by Petey Pablo and Jimmy Cozier. Olivia wrote six of the album's twelve tracks where she sings and raps.
The album received mixed reviews from critics. It peaked at number 55 on the Billboard 200 and at number 22 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Three singles—"Bizounce", "Are U Capable", and a remix of "You Got the Damn Thing"—were released from the album. "Bizounce" reached number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It peaked at number sixteen on the Canadian Singles Chart. Olivia did extensive promotion for the album which included television performances, live shows, and a tour leading up to the album's release.
Chain Letter is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Brooke Valentine, released on March 15, 2005, by Virgin Records America. Work on the album began after Valentine left the female group Best Kept Secret, in order to pursue a solo career. She moved to Los Angeles, California with producer and Subliminal Entertainment CEO Deja the Great to begin work on the album. Valentine enlisted a variety of producers to work on the album including Bink!, Bloodshy & Avant, Déjà "The Great", Jermaine Dupri, Brandon Howard, Lil Jon, Matt Serletic among others.
Musically the album is predominantly a R&B body of work, that features elements of hip hop and crunk. Upon release "Chain Letter" was met with critical acclaim from music critics who praised the album's production, with other critics comparing the album to the work of film producer Steven Soderbergh. Commercially the album fared well and peaked at sixteen on the Billboard 200 and three on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. The album sold 290,000 copies in the US.
The album was preceded by the release of the lead single "Girlfight", that features Big Boi from the band Outkast, and Lil Jon.
Ms. Kelly is the second solo studio album by American recording artist Kelly Rowland. It was released on June 20, 2007 through Columbia Records in collaboration with Music World Entertainment. Originally titled My Story and expected for a mid-2006 release, the album marked Rowland's first solo studio album in four years. Retitled and delayed numerous times prior to its official release, the album's release date was eventually moved to 2007 in favor of a multi-tiered marketing strategy and additional recording sessions. Willed to produce a more personal effort after her debut studio album Simply Deep, Rowland contributed nine tracks to the reworked Ms. Kelly, which took her solo work further into urban music markets, involving production by Scott Storch, Polow da Don, Soulshock & Karlin and singer Tank, among others.
Upon its release, Ms. Kelly received generally positive reviews from most music critics and achieved reasonable commercial success, debuting at number six on the US Billboard 200 and at number two on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 286,746 copies in its first week, being Rowlands' highest first-week sales with a studio album to date.
A Different Me
A Different Me is the third studio album by American R&B singer Keyshia Cole, released on December 16, 2008 in the United States. The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA.
Blaque is the debut album by the American girl-group of the same name. Producing two singles, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on April 10, 2000. and has sold 1.5 million copies to date.
B2K is the debut album by R&B/pop boy band B2K. It was released on March 12, 2002. The album debuted number 2 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart selling 109,000 copies in the first week.
O is the debut studio album by American R&B singer Omarion, released on February 22, 2005 via Epic Records and Sony Urban Music. Despite featuring explicit language, the album doesn't have a Parental Advisory label on the cover. It features three singles: the title track, "Touch" and "I'm Tryna." The album entered at number one, and has sold 758,000 copies in the United States as of November 2008. O went on to be certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 48th Grammy Awards.
Ciara: The Evolution
Ciara: The Evolution is the second studio album by American singer Ciara, released on December 5, 2006, by LaFace Records. The album is separated into five sections, with each showcasing a different side of Ciara's artistry. The first features crunk&B and uptempo records, which mainly deal with feminine independence, while its successor, entitled The Evolution of Music features ballads dealing with the positives and struggles of love. The Evolution of Dance features dance tracks, The Evolution of Fashion deals with self-expression, while the last, entitled The Evolution of C, features tracks that discuss how Ciara has evolved as a person since the start of her career.
The album was seen as a coming of age project for the singer, as it featured songs with more substance than her last effort. It deals with Ciara's experiences after being in the public eye for the two years prior to the album's release. The tracks are also said to be geared toward a more urban audience. Ciara was the executive producer of the album and enlisted production from Phillana Williams, Antwoine Collins, Brian Kennedy, Bryan-Michael Cox, Calvo Da Gr8, Dallas Austin, Jazze Pha, Kendrick Dean, Lil Jon, Mr.
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Tiffany Evans is self-titled debut extended play by American R&B singer-songwriter Tiffany Evans. It was released by Columbia Records with bonus DVD on October 12, 2004 see 2004 in music. EP contained covers of songs by many popular singers including Stacy Lattisaw, Cyndi Lauper and Shanice. The album's main and only single, a cover of Lattisaw's song "Let Me Be Your Angel" (along with its B-side "I Want You Back", originally by The Jackson 5) was released on September 7, 2004 with the music video. "Let Me Be Your Angel" was a minor hit in United States, peaking #95 on Billboard's Hot 100.
In 2008, when Evans' self-titled debut album was released, EP was re-released, also by Columbia Records, and with the same track listing and cover art.
The Chronicles Of TK [Japanese Edition]
The Chronicles of TK is the debut album from Tynisha Keli originally titled, "Even If It Takes Forever". The album features the singles, "I Wish You Loved Me" and "Shatter'd". It also debuted at number twelve on the Japanese Albums Chart with sales of over 10,192 copies in the first week. The album was released digitally on April 21, 2009, and physically in Japan on April 22.
In A Perfect World...
In a Perfect World... is the debut studio album of American singer-songwriter Keri Hilson. It was released on March 24, 2009 through Zone 4, Mosley Music Group and Interscope Records. Originally planned for a 2007 release, it was pushed back numerous times into 2008, amid her label's budget issues and minor single releases. The production on the album was handled primarily by Timbaland, Polow da Don and Danja, among others.
The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 94,000 copies in its first week. On October 22, 2009, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, following shipments in excess of 500,000 copies in the United States. Upon its release, In a Perfect World… received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics. The album earned Hilson Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on January 31, 2010.
It's About Time
It's About Time is the second studio album by American singer Christina Milian. The album was released by Island Records on June 15, 2004 in Japan, and July 13, 2004 in the United States. It's About Time served as Milian's debut in the US; the September 11 attacks occurred two weeks prior to her debut album was scheduled to be released, and Milian opted to record a new album for the US market.
For the production of the album, Milian worked with Bloodshy & Avant, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Cory Rooney, Warryn Campbell, Bryan-Michael Cox and Poli Paul. Milian received writing credit for seven songs on the album, often basing them on personal experiences. The style and sound of the album was compared to that of Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez by several critics.
The album peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard 200 album chart and number 21 in the United Kingdom, selling a total of 382,000 and 63,708 copies respectively. The album achieved Silver certification in the UK, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
More is the third album by Canadian R&B recording artist Tamia. It was released by Elektra Records on April 6, 2004 in North America. Created over a period of three years, in which the singer gave birth to her first child, the album, initially titled Still, was indefinitely bumped from its original August 2003 schedule after Tamia was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and forced to to undergo treatment. With the illness in remission, she resumed work on the album later that year and arranged additional recording sessions with producers Poke & Tone, Spanador and R. Kelly to revamp parts of the album which saw her also reteaming with frequent partners such as Jermaine Dupri, Shep Crawford and Mario Winans.
The album was released to generally mixed reception from music critics, who applauded Tamia's vocal performances and noted its sophisticated sound. Criticism mainly targeted the amount of fillers as well as the album's occasionally inconsistent production. More debuted and peaked at number 17 on the US Billboard 200 and number four on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with first week sales of 71,000 copies copies.
Special Occasion is the second studio album from R&B singer Bobby Valentino. Valentino co-wrote over three quarters of the album, which also features songwriting and production from Tim & Bob, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Timbaland, Sean Garrett, Don Vito, Bryan-Michael Cox and Dre & Vidal. Due to a lawsuit with a UK artist who has been going by Bobby Valentino for over 35 years, the album in the United Kingdom is labelled as "Bobby" instead of "Bobby Valentino".
The album was set to be released on December 12, 2006, but was delayed until May 8, 2007. Special Occasion's first official single was the Rodney Jerkins-produced track "Turn the Page". The ballad features Valentino singing about trust and taking risks in a relationship. The album features guest appearances by Ludacris, Timbaland and Fabolous. The second single from the album is "Anonymous," featuring and produced by Timbaland.
Special Occasion debuted at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 92,000 copies in its first week, just over one-half of his previous album's first-week sales. The album eventually peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
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Jagged Little Thrill (Lp Version)
Jagged Little Thrill is the third studio album by American R&B group Jagged Edge. It was released by So So Def and Columbia on June 26, 2001 in the United States. The album's name is a spin on Alanis Morissette's album, Jagged Little Pill. The album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 215,000 copies in the US, outranking their previous album, J.E. Heartbreak which had peaked at number eighth on the chart; the album is the group's highest peaking album to date. However, it was not as successful as the group's previous album, though still successful; achieving Platinum status by the Recording Industry Association of America. Jagged Little Thrill has sold 1.5 million copies in the US.
Three singles from the album was released. Lead single "Where the Party At" featuring rapper Nelly reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's second top ten single, and became the band's third chart topper on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Follow-up "Goodbye" became the first single of the group to not reach the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, but reached the top 20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Director is the fourth studio album by American R&B singer Avant. It was released on April 25, 2006 by Geffen Records and reached number one on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, while peaking at number four on the US Billboard 200. As of 2008, Director sold 600,456 copies in the US.
Three singles were released: "You Know What", "4 Minutes" and "Lie About Us". "4 Minutes" describes a man's desperate attempt to mend a broken relationship.
In And Out Of Love
In and Out of Love is the debut album of American R&B singer Cheri Dennis, issued by Bad Boy/Atlantic Records. It was exclusively released digitally through the iTunes Store on November 13, 2007 with a followup of the physical CD's and Vinyl's made available on February 26, 2008. In and Out of Love debuted at #74 on the Billboard 200, Dennis's debut album received highly critically acclaimed reviews despite questions being raised concerning the album's sudden halt possibly due to the record label and the music industry's infamous promotional discrepancies, corruption, quid pro quo, fraudulent fine print being added onto contracts, breach of contract, and federal embezzlement.
"Portrait of Love", the second of three singles released, reached #55 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It was originally entitled "Portrait" and featured only Yung Joc, but after the single was leaked the track title was changed and Gorilla Zoe was added to the song. The first single "I Love You" peaked at #18 on Billboard, and the third single "Pretend" featuring Maino peaked at #116 on the charts.
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Off The Hook
Off the Hook is the second studio album by American girl group Xscape. The album was released on July 1, 1995, through So So Def and Sony Music Entertainment. The album was preceded by the release of four singles — "Feels So Good", "Who Can I Run To" and "Can't Hang/Do You Want To". The album was produced by Jermaine Dupri and featured a guest appearance by MC Lyte.
The album debuted at number twenty-three on the US Billboard 200 and number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA the on November 16, 1995 and won the 1996 Soul Train Music Award for R&B/Soul Album of the Year – Group, Band or Duo.
Lessons In Love
Lessons in Love is the third studio album by American singer Lloyd, released by Young Goldie Music, The Inc. Records, and Universal Motown on August 4, 2008. This is the last album to be released on The Inc. Records.
MH is the debut solo album by American R&B recording artist Marques Houston. Conceived after the disbandment of his former boy band Immature, the album was first released by Interscope and Elektra Records on October 21, 2003 in the United States. MH features guest appearances by Joe Budden, Jermaine Dupri, former B2K member Lil' Fizz and peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard 200, and peaked at number 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Should I Stay?
Cassie is the self-titled debut and only album released by American singer Cassie, released on August 8, 2006, by NextSelection, Bad Boy Records, and Atlantic Records. Cassie was discovered by record producer Ryan Leslie, who helped her record demo tapes. After Cassie was signed by Diddy, the founder of Bad Boy Records, she continued to work with Leslie who produced the entire album. Musically, Cassie is an experimental R&B and pop album with hip hop influences, containing "looming synthesizer patterns" and "ice-cream-truck melod[ies] to give it a slightly twisted and threatening edge", as well as "flippant playfulness."
The album was well-received critically and praised for its production. In addition to being called "confection", it drew comparisons to Janet Jackson. It debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 100,374 copies, staying on the chart for thirteen weeks. As of January 2010, the album had sold 650,000 copies worldwide. Cassie received a vinyl reissue nine years after its original release, reasserting its cult following and influence in certain circles according to music critics.
How To Be A Lady: Volume 1 (Explicit Version) (Explicit Version)
How to Be a Lady: Volume 1 is the debut album of American R&B group Electrik Red, released May 26, 2009 on Radio Killa and Def Jam Recordings. Production and songwriting for the album was handled primarily by The-Dream and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart. How to Be a Lady is an R&B album that incorporates elements of electropop and hip hop, and contains lyrics concerning sexual and gender-related themes.
The album debuted at number 100 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 5,000 copies in its first week. It produced two singles, "Drink in My Cup" and "So Good", that achieved moderate chart success. Upon its release, How to Be a Lady: Volume 1 received generally positive reviews from most music critics. The album has sold over 5,000 copies in the United States.
All Day, All Night
All Day, All Night is the second studio album by American R&B duo Changing Faces, released in 1997. The album was released after multiple soundtrack appearances by the group including A Low Down Dirty Shame in 1994, White Man's Burden in 1995 and High School High Soundtrack and Space Jam, both in 1996. The album features the singles "G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T.", "All of My Days" and "I Got Somebody Else", the latter of which was featured on the High School High soundtrack. The album was certified gold by July 1997, having sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S alone.
Hot & Wet
Hot & Wet is the fourth studio album by American R&B group 112. The album followed the successful Part III album, with the club tracks "Na Na Na Na" and "Hot & Wet" which was produced by Stevie J. It was also their first album not exclusively associated with Bad Boy Records, signaling the groups' eventual departure from the label in 2004.
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Late Night Special (94603/explicit)
Late Night Special is the 2nd studio album by Pretty Ricky. It was released on January 23, 2007. The album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling over 132,000 copies in its 1st week. In its 2nd week on the chart it fell to #5 with 62,000 copies in the United States. The album has since been certified Gold by the RIAA.
Release Some Tension
Release Some Tension is the third studio album by American R&B vocal group SWV.
Guest appearances are made by E-40, Puff Daddy, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Foxy Brown, Lil' Cease, Lil' Kim, Snoop Dogg and Redman.
The album features hits like "Rain", "Someone", "Can We". Another single "Lose My Cool" was slated to be released as the album's third single but due to limited radio airplay it was shelved in favor of "Rain" which became one of their most notable hits.
"Someone", although featuring one of the biggest producers/artists of the year, Puff Daddy, only reached #19 on the Billboard charts. Group member Coko claimed "Someone" was a "half-assed song" in a 1997 interview shortly after the single's release. Nevertheless, the single was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies.
The album was certified gold by the RIAA for shipments exceeding 500,000 copies in the United States.
Brutha is the eponymous debut studio album by American R&B group Brutha released on December 21, 2008 by Def Jam Recordings.
The album was supported by one single, "I Can't Hear The Music" featuring rapper Fabolous. It peaked at #81 on the Billboard 200, and has sold 100,000 copies in total. It remains the group's only full length project to be released.
The Glamorest Life
The Second Coming
The Second Coming is the second studio album by American singer Adina Howard. While being her third studio album, it was actually the second album to be released in the United States and worldwide, thus the album title's reference.
Following a hiatus from the music industry due to the difficulty Howard received in the shelving of her sophomore album Welcome to Fantasy Island by Elektra Records, she signed with the Rufftown Records and began work on a new album in 2002. Announcing the title Ride Again: 7/2 the album was set for an estimated July 2, 2003 release but was later delayed. Following another title change, Howard finally decided upon The Second Coming and it was released on April 6, 2004.
"Nasty Grind" was released as the album's lead single and garnered notable airplay on Urban radio. The single's music video was inspired by D'Angelo's "Untitled". A second single "Outside" was planned, with a remix version premiering, but was later cancelled.
Two tracks from her 1997 shelved album, Welcome to Fantasy Island appear on this album, "T-Shirt & Panties" and "Crank Me Up".
Welcome II Nextasy
Welcome II Nextasy is the second studio album by Next, their second album for Arista. Since its release, it has been RIAA-certified gold.
In Love Wit A Thug
IMx is the self-titled sixth album by American band IMx, it was released on July 3, 2001 on MCA Records. It peaked at #126 on the Billboard 200 chart and at #26 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Round 2 is the second studio album by American recording artist J. Holiday, it was released on March 10, 2009, by Music Line Group and Capitol Records. It is the follow-up to his debut album, Back of My Lac', which was released in 2007. This record would later be his final studio release with Capitol. The album was supported by the lone single, "It's Yours", which achieved moderate chart success.
Upon release, Round 2 received mixed reviews from music critics, who complimented its production and songwriting and was considered to be an improvement from his previous album.
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