Cheers 2 U

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Cheers 2 U
Studio album by Playa
Released March 24, 1998
Recorded August 1997 - February 1998
Master Sound Studios
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Soundtrack Studios
Axis Studios
Manhattan Center Studios
New York City, New York
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 65:42
Label Def Soul
Producer Barry Hankerson (exec.), Jomo Hankerson (exec.), James Earl Jones III & Derick "D Man" McElveen, Smokey, Timbaland
Playa chronology
Cheers 2 U
(1998)
Never Too Late
(2003)
Singles from Cheers 2 U
  1. "Don't Stop the Music"
    Released: September 9, 1997
  2. "Cheers 2 U"
    Released: March 10, 1998
  3. "All The Way"
    Released: May 5, 1998

Cheers 2 U is the debut studio album from American R&B group Playa, released March 24, 1998 on Def Jam Recordings subsidiary Def Soul. The album was originally going to be named eponymously, and release was planned for October 1997. Later, Static named the album Cheers 2 U after one of their songs. It was primarily produced by Smokey and Timbaland.

The album peaked at number eighty-six on the Billboard 200 chart.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The album peaked at eighty-six on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached nineteen on the R&B Albums chart.[2]

Leo Stanley at Allmusic called the album "a promising debut" and also referred to the work as "a debut of enormous potential."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Sample(s)[3] Length
1. "Intro (Interlude)" (feat. Magoo) Barcliff, Bush, Carlos, Garrett, Vinicius, Norman, Peacock 1:39
2. "Don't Stop the Music"   Bush, Garrett, Peacock, Yarbrough, Peoples 4:45
3. "All the Way"   Bush, Garrett, Mosley   4:56
4. "Everybody Wanna Luv Somebody"   Bush, Garrett, Mosley, Peacock   5:18
5. "Together"   Peacock, Bush, Garrett   3:55
6. "Derby City (Interlude)" (feat. Magoo) Barcliff, Bush, Garrett, Peacock   2:24
7. "I-65"   Bush, Garrett, Peacock   4:36
8. "Cheers 2 U"   Garrett, Mosley   5:11
9. "Ms. Parker" (feat. Missy Elliott) Elliott, Mosley   5:02
10. "Top of the World"   Garrett, Mosley, Peacock   4:58
11. "One Man Woman" (feat. Aaliyah) Garrett, Peacock   4:30
12. "I'll B 2 C U"   Bush, Crouch, Garrett, Jones, Mosley, Patterson, Peacock 4:25
13. "Push"   Bush, Garrett, Peacock   4:01
14. "Buggin' Over You"   Bush, Garrett, Peacock   3:51
15. "Gospel Interlude"   Bush, Garrett, Peacock   2:12
16. "I Gotta Know" (feat. Foxy Brown) Bush, Jones, Marchand, McElveen, Patterson, Young 3:59

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1998)[2] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 86
U.S. R&B Albums 19

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[4]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks
1997 "Don't Stop the Music" 73 26
1998 "Cheers 2 U" 38 10

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from Allmusic.[5]

  • arranging – Playa
  • assistant engineering – Wayne Allison, Victor Bruno, James Rosenthal
  • assistant mixing – James Rosenthal, Todd Wachsmuth
  • engineering – Wayne Allison, Jimmy Douglass, Rob Paustian, Steve Sola, Timbaland
  • executive production – Barry Hankerson, Jomo Hankerson
  • guitar – Bill Pettaway
  • keyboards – Kerie Cooper
  • mixing – Conley Abrams, Jimmy Douglass, Timbaland
  • performer(s) – Aaliyah, Magoo, Missy Elliott, Foxy Brown
  • photography – Jonathan Mannion
  • production – James Earl Jones III, Derick "D Man" McElveen, Smokey, Timbaland
  • programming – Derick "D Man" McElveen
  • vocal arrangement – James Earl Jones III, Playa, Static
  • vocals – Playa
  • vocals (background) – Playa

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stanley, Leo. "allmusic ((( Cheers 2 U > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  2. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Cheers 2 U > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Rap Sample FAQ - Quick FAQ Search: Playa". The-Breaks.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  4. ^ "allmusic ((( Cheers 2 U > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  5. ^ "allmusic ((( Cheers 2 U > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 

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