A Love Story (album)

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A Love Story
Studio album by Vivian Green
Released November 12, 2002 (US)
Recorded Axis Studio
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The Studio
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The Blue Room
(New Jersey)
Electric Lady Studios
(New York)
The West Stable
(West Chester, Pennsylvania)
Genre R&B, soul
Label Columbia
Producer Vivian Green, Anthony Bell, Junius Bervine, Durrell Bottoms, Jamar Jones, Fred Kenney, Osunlade, Eric Tribbett, Tye Tribbett
Vivian Green chronology
- A Love Story
(2002)
Vivian
(2005)
Singles from A Love Story
  1. "Emotional Rollercoaster"
    Released: January 28, 2003
  2. "Fanatic"
    Released: March 15, 2003
  3. "What Is Love?"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
BBC Music favorable link
Billboard favorable link
BlackPrint 4.5/5 stars link
Blender 2/5 stars link
Mojo 3/5 stars link
MVRemix 8/10 stars link
PopMatters mixed link
Rhythm Nation B+ link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link
SonicAmp 8/10 stars link
Soulwalking favorable link
28 Days Movement (3.75/5) link

A Love Story is the debut studio album by American R&B singer Vivian Green, released by Columbia Records on November 12, 2002 in the US. It spawned three singles: the US Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hit "Emotional Rollercoaster"; the Fred Kenney-produced "Fanatic" and the Osunlade-produced "What Is Love?".

The album debuted at #93 on the US Billboard 200 chart in December 2002 and later peaked at #51. It garnered Vivian Green three Lady of Soul awards nominations for Best Solo R&B/Soul Single - "Emotional Rollercoaster", Best Solo R&B/Soul Album of the Year - A Love Story, and Best Solo R&B/Solo or Rap New Artist[1] and BET Awards nomination for Best R&B Female Artist.[2] A Love Story was certified gold by the RIAA on May 6, 2003.

Background[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

A Love Story debuted at #93 on the US Billboard 200 album chart in December 2002. The album later peaked at #51 on the same chart and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart at #18 on March 1, 2003 due to consistent sales. The album was certified gold by RIAA on May 6, 2003 and stayed on the Billboard 200 album chart for consecutive 27 weeks. A Love Story has sold over 531,000 copies in the US alone, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[3]

Singles[edit]

  • The first single from the album, "Emotional Rollercoaster", peaked at #39 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number #13 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single was a moderate success and became Green's only Top 40 hit ever.
  • The second single, "Fanatic", peaked at #52 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
  • The third single, "What Is Love?", also appeared on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and peaked at #75.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wishful Thinking" (Vivian Green, Junius Bervine)
  2. "24 Hour Blue (Just One of Those Days)" (Green, Bervin)
  3. "Superwoman" (Green, Bervin)
  4. "What Is Love?" (Green, Eric Roberson, Osunlade, Joseph Sample)
  5. "Music" (Green, Thaddeus Tribbett II, Parris Bowens II)
  6. "Emotional Rollercoaster" (Green, Roberson, Osunlade)
  7. "Final Hour" (Green, Jamar Jones)
  8. "No Sittin' By the Phone" (Green, Tribbett, Bowens)
  9. "Affected" (Green, Anthony Bell, Benjamin Kenney, Christopher Shar)
  10. "Fanatic" (Green, Fred Kenney)
  11. "Ain't Nothing But Love" (Green, Bell, Roberson, James Poyser)
  12. "Be Good to You" (Green, Bervin)
  13. "Complete" (Green, Bell, Isaac Hayes)
  14. "Keep on Going" (Green, F. Kenney, Jeff Bradshaw, Bowens, Timothy Day)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak position Certification Sales
US Billboard 200 51 Gold 531,000
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 13

Year-end charts[edit]

Year Chart Rank
2003 US Billboard 200 [4] 200
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums [5] 42

Credits[edit]

  • Davis A. Barnett: Viola
  • Diane Barnett: Violin
  • Lynne Beiler: Cello
  • Anthony Bell: Keyboards, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
  • Damen Bennett: Flute
  • Junius Bervine: Keyboards, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, String Arrangements, Instrumentation
  • Durrell Bottoms: Producer, Engineer
  • Jeff Bradshaw: Trombone
  • Alice Butts: Art Direction, Design
  • Thom Cadley: Surround Mix
  • Chauncey Childs: Executive Producer
  • Timothy Day: Guitar, Engineer
  • Omar Edwards: Organ
  • Russell Elevado: Mixing
  • Michael Fossenkemper: Mixing
  • Larry Gold: String Arrangements
  • Vivian Green: Vocals (bckgr), Producer
  • Stephen Groat: Bass
  • Derrick Hodge: Bass
  • Jamar Jones: Piano, Producer
  • Ben Kenney: Guitar
  • Fred Kenney: Programming, Producer
  • Olga Konopelsky: Violin
  • Charlene Kwas: Violin
  • Oliver Gene Lake Jr.: Drums
  • Alexandra Leem: Viola
  • Jennie Lorenzo: Cello
  • Jonathan Maron: Bass
  • Carlos "Storm" Martinez: Engineer
  • George "Spanky" McCurdy: Drums
  • Shinobu Mitsuoka: Mixing Assistant
  • Ryan Moys: Engineer
  • Osunlade: Producer, Instrumentation
  • Pino Palladino: Bass
  • Kevin Patrick: A&R
  • Federico Gonzalez Peña: Keyboards
  • Bill Phelps: Photography
  • Isaac Phillips: Guitar
  • James Poyser: Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
  • Tony Prendatt: Engineer, Mixing
  • Darcy Proper: Surround Mix
  • Eric Roberson: Vocals (bckgr), Engineer
  • "Little" John Roberts: Drums
  • Frank Romano: Guitar
  • Erik Sayles: Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar
  • David Schneider: Oboe
  • Clayton Sears: Guitar
  • Chris Stevens: Trumpet
  • Igor Szwec: Violin
  • Gregory Teperman: Violin
  • Alex Theoret: Mixing Assistant
  • Eric Tribbett: Drums, Producer
  • Thaddeus T. Tribbett: Bass
  • Tye Tribbett: Piano, Keyboards, Producer, Instrumentation
  • Steef Van De Gevel: Mixing Assistant

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