Big (album)

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Big
Studio album by Macy Gray
Released March 21, 2007 (2007-03-21)
Recorded 2006
Genre R&B, soul, neo soul, funk, hip hop
Length 43:47
Label will.i.am, Geffen
Producer Macy Gray, Damon Elliott, Ron Fair, Jared Gosselin, Noiztrip, Justin Timberlake, Phillip White, will.i.am
Macy Gray chronology
Live in Las Vegas
(2005)
Big
(2007)
The Sellout
(2010)
Singles from Big
  1. "Finally Made Me Happy"
    Released: February 20, 2007
  2. "Shoo Be Doo"
    Released: March 2007
  3. "What I Gotta Do"
    Released: 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
PopMatters (5/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[9]
Yahoo! Music 8/10 stars[10]

Big is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Macy Gray, released in the United States on March 27, 2007 by Geffen Records. It is Gray's first studio album in four years.

Following its release, the album debuted and peaked at number thirty-nine on the US Billboard 200, selling about 23,000 copies in its first week.[11] Despite not bearing an actual Parental Advisory warning anywhere on the artwork or packaging, the album features several strong expletives.

Two singles were released from the album, the international first single "Finally Made Me Happy", a duet with Natalie Cole, and the North American single "Shoo Be Doo". "What I Gotta Do" was included on the Shrek the Third soundtrack. Music from this album was also featured in the I Love New York season one reunion. The album's cover art was widely illustrated on Apple iPhone's ads and featured on the first boxes of Apple's iPod Touch.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Finally Made Me Happy" (featuring Natalie Cole) Natalie Hinds, Teedra Moses, Cassandra O'Neil, Justin Meldal-Johnson, Victor Indrizzo Macy Gray, will.i.am, Ron Fair 4:02
2. "Shoo Be Doo"   Hinds, Jared Gosselin, Phillip White, Meldal-Johnson, Printz Board, Mary Brown, Jessyca Wilson Gosselin, White, Fair 4:04
3. "What I Gotta Do"   Hinds, Caleb Speir, Jeremy Ruzumna, Josh Lopez, Jason Villaroman Gosselin, White, Fair 3:08
4. "Okay"   Hinds, Will Adams, Justin Timberlake, Speir will.i.am, Timberlake 4:09
5. "Glad You're Here" (featuring Fergie) Hinds, Joe Solo, O'Neil, Meldal-Johnson, Trevor Lawrence will.i.am, Fair 2:54
6. "Ghetto Love"   Hinds, Adams, Moses, Mike Shapiro, James Brown, Betty Jean Newsome will.i.am 3:08
7. "One for Me"   Hinds, Meldal-Johnson, Steve Smith, Mike Farrell, Johnny Mercer will.i.am, Fair 4:09
8. "Strange Behavior"   Hinds, Farrell, Speir, Shapiro Gray, will.i.am 3:35
9. "Slowly"   Hinds, Gosselin, White, Meldal-Johnson, George Pajon Jr. Fair 3:54
10. "Get Out" (featuring. Justin Timberlake) Hinds, Timberlake, Speir, Shapiro, Allen Toussaint will.i.am, Timberlake 4:01
11. "Treat Me Like Your Money" (featuring will.i.am) Hinds, Meldal-Johnson, Adams, Jean Baptiste, Anthony Tidd, Melvin J. Lewis, Michael Matthews, Pete Burns, Mike Percy, Tim Lever, Steve Coy, Larry Smith, Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels will.i.am, Noiztrip 3:27
12. "Everybody"   Hinds, Printz Board, Pajon, Tim "Izo" Orindgreff will.i.am 3:16
Sample credits

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australian Urban Albums Chart[17] 15
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[18] 63
Czech Albums Chart[19] 38
Dutch Albums Chart[20] 56
Estonian Albums Chart[21] 98
European Top 100 Albums[22] 99
Finnish Albums Chart[23] 28
French Albums Chart[24] 149
Italian Albums Chart[25] 33
Japanese Albums Chart[26] 54
Swiss Albums Chart[27] 38
UK Albums Chart[28] 62
US Billboard 200[29] 39
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[29] 14

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Japan[30] March 21, 2007 Universal Music
Netherlands[31] March 22, 2007
Italy[32] March 23, 2007
Australia[12] March 24, 2007
France[33] March 26, 2007
Germany[13] March 27, 2007
United States[34] will.i.am Music Group, Geffen Records
United Kingdom[14] April 2, 2007 Polydor Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Blender review
  3. ^ Digital Spy review
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ The Guardian review
  6. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  7. ^ PopMatters review
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ Slant Magazine review
  10. ^ Yahoo! Music review
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