Chapter V (Trey Songz album)

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Chapter V
Studio album by Trey Songz
Released August 21, 2012 (2012-08-21)
Recorded 2010–12
Genre R&B[1]
Length 65:31
Label Songbook, Atlantic
Producer Trey Songz (exec.), Rico Love, Troy Taylor (also exec.), J-Kits, Benny Blanco, Eric Hudson, John "SK" McGee, E. Miles, A-Wall, Darhyl Camper, Josh Garrison, C4
Trey Songz chronology
Inevitable
(2011)
Chapter V
(2012)
Trigga
(2014)
Singles from Chapter V
  1. "Heart Attack"
    Released: March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26)
  2. "2 Reasons"
    Released: June 12, 2012 (2012-06-12)
  3. "Simply Amazing"
    Released: August 12, 2012 (2012-08-12)
  4. "Never Again"
    Released: November 2012 (2012-11)

Chapter V is the fifth studio album by American R&B recording artist Trey Songz, released on August 21, 2012, by Atlantic Records. It was produced by several record producers, including Troy Taylor, Eric Hudson, Rico Love, and Benny Blanco, among others. Recording sessions for the album took place at several recording studios in Miami—Circle House Studios and Songbook Miami Studios—and New York City—Downtown Music Studios, Engine Room Audio, Icon Studio, Lotzah Matzah Studios, and Premier Digital—as well as Stanley House Studios in London.[2]

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 135,000 copies in its first week. It was promoted with four singles, including the US and UK hit "Heart Attack" and UK hit "Simply Amazing". Upon its release, Chapter V received generally positive reviews from music critics, who complimented its sound and Songz' singing, although some were ambivalent towards its songwriting and themes. As of June 18 2014, it has sold 401,000 copies in the United States.

Release and promotion[edit]

Chapter V was released on August 21, 2012, by Atlantic Records, and on August 17 as a digital download.[3] Trey Songz toured in promotion of the album on his Anticipation 2our, a tour spanning from February 9 to March 11, 2012, in North America.[4] Rapper Big Sean was the tour's supporting act.[4] Music videos for "Hail Mary" and "Dive In", directed by Justin Francis, were released, on August 20 and October 7, respectively.[5][6][7]

The album's lead single, "Heart Attack", was released as a digital download on March 26, 2012.[8] It charted at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100,[9] and number 28 on the UK Singles Chart.[10] Its music video was released on May 4 and featured Kelly Rowland playing Songz' love interest.[11] The second single "2 Reasons" was released on June 12.[12] Its video was premiered on June 12 by BET's 106 & Park.[13] "Simply Amazing" was released in the United Kingdom on August 12.[14] It charted at number eight in the UK.[10] Its music video, directed by Justin Francis, was released on July 23.[15] "Never Again" was released as a single in the UK in November.[16] Its music video was released on November 21.[17]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first week sales of 135,000 copies.[18] It was Songz' first album to top the chart.[18] Chapter V was also Songz' first album to chart in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 10 on the UK Albums Chart.[10] As of October 3, 2012, the album has sold 238,400 copies in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[19] To date, the album has sold over 401,000 copies in the US. [20]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[21]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[22]
Newsday B–[23]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[24]

Chapter V received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 68, based on eight reviews.[25] Allmusic's Andy Kellman commended Songz for "singing about what [he] can do for — rather than to" his female subjects and stated, "Those who tire of the coarse metaphors, disrobing scenes, and 'panty wetter' talk can get lost in the sleek, layered work of Troy Taylor and his associates. The snaking rhythms are just as remarkable as the hypnotic synthesizer textures."[21] Sarah Godfrey of The Washington Post complimented Songz' "signature blend of soft-core imagery and sweet nothings" and wrote that the album "highlights Songz’s unique role in R&B: He bridges the gap between sexless boy bands and unromantic raunchy singers, between young guys who sing shallow songs about strip clubs and old guys who sing heavy songs about their divorces."[26] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times dubbed it "one of his most consistently strong albums" in spite of the potential "conundrum" of drawing on R. Kelly and Usher as influences.[27]

In a mixed review, Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times was ambivalent towards its boudior-themed songs and felt that Songz "might be R&B's most single-minded star".[22] Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone found it to be "full of big ballads and bigger club beats that take dead aim at the pop mainstream", but added that "Songz is at his best playing to his R&B base".[24] BBC Music's Natalie Shaw viewed that Songz does not "reveal a deeper side to his songwriting" until track nine.[28] Ken Capobianco of The Boston Globe felt that it "could use editing", but wrote that "throughout this he sings with urgency and expressiveness."[29] Although he viewed that Songz lacks "natural charisma", Alex Macpherson of The Guardian commended Troy Taylor for making the album "admirably cohesive" and Songz for "mov[ing] into traditional R Kelly territory", writing that it "helps to reinforce Songz's status as the formidable understudy of R&B."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Chapter V (Intro)"   Ezekiel Lewis, Najja McDowell, Edrick Miles, Tremaine Neverson, Troy Taylor Troy Taylor 1:54
2. "Dive In"   Josh Garrison, Troy Taylor, McDowell, Neverson Taylor, Josh Garrison 4:12
3. "Panty Wetter"   Taylor, Eric Hudson, Neverson Eric Hudson, Troy Taylor 3:50
4. "Heart Attack"   Benjamin Levin, Richard Butler, Jr., Neverson Benny Blanco, Rico Love 3:53
5. "Playin' Hard"   Ezekiel Lewis, McDowell, Neverson, Jerren Spruill, Taylor J-Kits 3:54
6. "2 Reasons" (featuring T.I.) Clifford Harris, Jr., McDowell, Neverson, Kyle Stewart, Taylor, Menardini Timothee Taylor 3:17
7. "Hail Mary" (featuring Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne) Dwayne Carter, Jr., Neverson, Ezekiel Lewis, Antoine Kearney, Jay Jenkins , Taylor Lil' Lody, Troy Taylor 3:55
8. "Don't Be Scared" (featuring Rick Ross) Alex Neverson, Neverson, William Roberts II, Harvey Miller, Taylor Taylor, A-Wall 3:46
9. "Pretty Girl's Lie"   Darhyl Camper, Ezekiel Lewis, McDowell, Neverson, Spruill, Taylor J-Kits, Daryl Camper, Troy Taylor 3:47
10. "Bad Decisions"   Richard Butler, Jr. Dwayne Nesmith, Neverson Rico Love, Dwayne Nesmith 4:33
11. "Forever Yours"   Ezekiel Lewis, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, McDowell, Neverson, Tor Erik Hermansen, Edrick Miles, Taylor Stargate, Troy Taylor 4:14
12. "Inside Interlude"   John McGee, Neverson, Taylor John "SK" McGee, J-Kits 1:41
13. "Fumble"   Glenda Proby, Chuck Gibson, Tyrone Griffin, Neverson, Alagy Sanneh, Taylor, Nate Welch Alagy 'Buddah' Sanneh, Glenda "Lady G" Proby, Troy Taylor, Phonix Beats 3:57
14. "Without a Woman"   Sean Fenton, Eric Hudson, Neverson, Sevyn Streeter, Ezekiel Lewis, McDowell, Taylor Eric Hudson, Troy Taylor 4:04
15. "Interlude4U"   Neverson, Spruill, Taylor J-Kits 1:37
16. "Simply Amazing"   McDowell, Neverson, Taylor, Christopher 'C4' Umana Umana, Troy Taylor 3:59
17. "Never Again"   Teemu Brunila, J. Hart, Curtis Mayfield, Neverson, Matt Prime Matt Prime 3:49
18. "Check Me Out" (featuring Meek Mill and Diddy) Bei Maejor, Neverson, Spruill, Taylor, Robert Williams, Sean Combs J-Kits 4:59
19. "Chapter V (Outro)"   Ezekiel Lewis, Najja McDowell, Edrick Miles, Tremaine Neverson, Troy Taylor Troy Taylor 5:31

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Chapter V adapted from Allmusic.[30]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[31] 18
Australian Urban Albums Chart[32] 3
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[31] 156
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[31] 100
Canadian Albums Chart[33] 13
Dutch Albums Chart[31] 6
French Albums Chart[31] 64
New Zealand Albums Chart[31] 36
UK Albums Chart[34] 10
UK R&B Albums Chart[35] 1
US Billboard 200[18] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[36] 1

Release history[edit]

Regions Dates Format(s) Label(s)
United States August 17, 2012 digital download[37] Atlantic Records
August 21, 2012 CD[38]

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