Evolution (Boyz II Men album)

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Evolution
Studio album by Boyz II Men
Released September 23, 1997
Recorded 1996 - 1997
Length 61:48
Language English
Label Motown
Producer Boyz II Men, Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Keith Crouch, Shawn Stockman
Boyz II Men chronology
The Remix Collection
(1995)
Evolution
(1997)
The Ballad Collection
(2000)
Singles from Evolution
  1. "4 Seasons of Loneliness"
    Released: September 9, 1997
  2. "A Song for Mama"
    Released: November 25, 1997
  3. "Can't Let Her Go"
    Released: 1998
  4. "Doin' Just Fine"
    Released: 1998
Evolución
Alternate Spanish cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[2]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[4]

Evolution is the third album by R&B group Boyz II Men, released in September 1997. It is their final album released on Motown Records.[5] A Spanish language version, Evolución, was also issued.

History[edit]

On August 20, 1997, Boyz II Men held a press conference to talk about their first album since 1994's II. They were under pressure with their last two albums cumulatively selling almost 30 million copies worldwide. With Evolution, they worked with their regular collaborators, including Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Babyface. They appeared on many talk shows including The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Vibe Show, The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show and MTV Live.

The album was released on September 23, and that night, Boyz II Men signed copies of the album at the Virgin Megastore in New York City. Evolution debuted at #1 in the Billboard 200 with 215,000 copies sold in its first week of release. The album also debuted at #1 on the R&B Album Charts. However, the album spent only one week at the #1 spot and quickly fell down the charts. Evolution sold two million copies in the United States and over four million copies worldwide, a disappointment compared with the successes of Cooleyhighharmony and II. Evolution was not received well by critics. In October 1998, Boyz II Men went to Japan and Europe to promote the album, and during that year they embarked on the Evolution Tour.

Singles[edit]

The first single released from the album, "4 Seasons of Loneliness", was released in August 1997. The song was Boyz II Men's highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles. It debuted at #2, behind Mariah Carey's "Honey". The following week, the single went to #1, became their fourth (and fifth overall) and last chart-topper to date. 4 Seasons of Loneliness became Boyz II Men's sixth platinum single. Later that year, the second single, "A Song for Mama", was released, a track which already appeared on the Soul Food soundtrack The single reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B Singles Chart, making Boyz II Men the only group in history to have seven platinum singles in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

English version[edit]

  1. "Doin' Just Fine" (Produced by Shawn Stockman)
  2. "Never" (Produced by Babyface)
  3. "4 Seasons of Loneliness" (Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis)
  4. "Girl in the Life Magazine" (Produced by Babyface)
  5. "A Song for Mama" (Produced by Babyface)
  6. "Can You Stand the Rain" (Produced by Boyz II Men)
  7. "Can't Let Her Go" (featuring Puff Daddy) (Produced by Sean Combs)
  8. "Baby C'mon" (Produced by Keith Crouch)
  9. "Come On" (featuring Mase) (Produced by Sean Combs)
  10. "All Night Long" (Produced by Keith Crouch)
  11. "Human II (Don't Turn Your Back on Me)" (Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis)
  12. "To the Limit" (featuring Craig Mack) (Produced by Sean Combs)
  13. "Dear God" (Produced by Boyz II Men)
  14. "Just Hold On" (Japanese Edition) (Produced by Babyface)
  15. "I Can Love You" (Japanese Edition) (Produced by Boyz II Men)
  16. "Can't Let Her Go" (Original Mix feat. Driver) (French Bonus Track) (Produced by Sean Combs)
  17. "Wishes" (Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis)[6]

Spanish version[edit]

  1. "4 Estaciones De Soledad (4 Seasons of Loneliness)"
  2. "A Mi Me Va Bien (Doin' Just Fine)"
  3. "Te Doy Mi Amor (I Can Love You)"
  4. "La Chica De La Revista (Girl in the Life Magazine)"
  5. "Una Canción Para Mamá (A Song for Mama)"
  6. "Yo Te Voy a Amar (I'll Make Love to You)"
  7. "No Dejemos Que Muera el Amor (Water Runs Dry)"
  8. "Me Rindo Ante Ti (On Bended Knee)"
  9. "Yesterday (Spanish Version)"
  10. "Al Final Del Camino (End of the Road)"

Chart positions[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 6
Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart 45
Canadian Albums Chart 2
Dutch Albums Chart 7
European Albums Chart[7] 18
French Albums Chart 7
German Albums Chart 8
Japanese Albums Chart[8] 8
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 6
Swedish Albums Chart 25
Swiss Albums Chart 20
UK Albums Chart 12
U.S. Billboard 200 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[9] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[10] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[11] Platinum 20,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[12] 2× Platinum 400,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Singles[edit]

Year Song[15] Hot R&B Singles U.S. Hot 100
1997 "4 Seasons of Loneliness" 2 1
"A Song for Mama" 1 7

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r315633
  2. ^ Helligar, Jeremy (1997-09-26). "Evolution Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Boyz II Men". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  4. ^ Hardy, Ernest (1997-10-10). "Boyz II Men: Evolution : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Evolution - Boyz II Men". Motown Records. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Boyz II Men CD Singles and CDs". Matt's CD Singles. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  7. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=0wkEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1%7Ctitle=Hits of the World - Eurochart|work=Billboard|publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.|date=25 October 1997|accessdate=25 July 2012
  8. ^ ボーイズ・II・メンのCDアルバムランキング │オリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Boyz II Men – Evolution". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1997". IFPI Hong Kong. 
  12. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Boyz II Men – Evolution" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Boyz II Men – Evolution". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter Evolution in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Boyz II Men – Evolution". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 15, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  15. ^ "Artist Single Chart History - Boyz II Men". Billboard.com. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Butterfly by Mariah Carey
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 11–17, 1997
Succeeded by
You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs by
LeAnn Rimes