II (Boyz II Men album)
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|Studio album by Boyz II Men|
|Released||August 30, 1994
|Recorded||December 1993—May 1994|
|Genre||R&B, pop, new jack swing, soul, hip hop soul|
|Producer||Babyface, Tim & Bob, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Dallas Austin, The Characters, Tony Rich, L.A. Reid, Brian McKnight|
|Boyz II Men chronology|
|Singles from II|
II is the second studio album by American R&B quartet Boyz II Men, released on August 30, 1994 on Motown Records. It contained the No. 1 singles "I'll Make Love To You" and "On Bended Knee", the latter of which replaced the former at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, making the group the third artist to replace themselves at No. 1 in the United States after Elvis Presley and The Beatles and the first to achieve the feat in 30 years.
"I'll Make Love to You" also spent 14 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 making them the first artist to achieve consecutive double digit runs at the top, with their prior single "End of the Road" topping the charts for 13 weeks and also equaled the record set by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" for the longest run at the top, a record which they held previously with "End of the Road". Other singles released achieved major success, including "Water Runs Dry", which reached No. 2, and "Thank You", which reached No. 21. "Vibin'", however, only reached No. 52.
The spoken track "Khalil (Interlude)" is a tribute to their road manager Khalil Roundtree who was shot in Chicago, Illinois while the band was opening for MC Hammer's Too Legit to Quit tour. II became the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, first presented at the 37th Grammy Awards in 1995.
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The album debuted at No. 1 in the Billboard 200 with 350,000 copies sold. It spent a total of five weeks at No. 1 and was the third best-selling album in 1995 in the United States and sold 12 million copies in the United States.
It did not make a huge impact in the United Kingdom, where it only made No. 17 on the UK Albums Chart. A Spanish language version, II: Yo Te Voy a Amar, was also issued. The album also won Best R&B Album at the 37th Grammy Awards.
- "Thank You" (Michael S. McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Dallas Austin) – 4:34
- "All Around the World" (James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Michael S. McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Glenn "Daddy-O" Bolton) – 4:56
- "U Know" (Michael S. McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson) – 4:46
- "Vibin'" (Michael S. McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson) – 4:26
- "I Sit Away" (Tony Rich) – 4:34
- "Jezzebel" (Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Troy Taylor, Charles Farrar) – 6:06
- "Khalil (Interlude)" (Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson) – 1:41
- "Trying Times" (Wanya Morris, Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson) – 5:23
- "I'll Make Love to You" (Babyface) – 4:07
- "On Bended Knee" (James Harris III, Terry Lewis) – 5:29
- "50 Candles" (Shawn Stockman, Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson) – 5:06
- "Water Runs Dry" (Babyface) – 3:22
- "Yesterday" (McCartney–Lennon) – 3:07
- "Falling" (Brian McKnight & Brandon Barnes) – 4:09
|Australian Albums Chart||4|
|Canadian Albums Chart||3|
|Dutch Albums Chart||7|
|European Albums Chart||16|
|French Albums Chart||1|
|German Albums Chart||18|
|Japanese Albums Chart||9|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||1|
|Spanish Albums Chart||13|
|Swedish Albums Chart||20|
|Swiss Albums Chart||21|
|UK Albums Chart||17|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||1|
|Australia (ARIA)||2× Platinum||140,000^|
|Canada (Music Canada)||5× Platinum||500,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||12× Platinum||12,000,000^|
|Europe (IFPI)||1× Platinum||1,000,000*|
*sales figures based on certification alone
End of decade charts
|U.S. Billboard 200||13|
The Lion King (soundtrack) by Various artists
From the Cradle by Eric Clapton
Monster by R.E.M.
The Hits by Garth Brooks
|Billboard 200 number-one album
September 17–30, 1994
October 8–14, 1994
October 29 - November 4, 1994
March 11–17, 1995
From the Cradle by Eric Clapton
Monster by R.E.M.
Murder Was the Case by Various artists
Greatest Hits by Bruce Springsteen
|United States||August 30, 1994||Motown Records||Cassette, CD|
|United Kingdom||September 12, 1994||Motown Records||Cassette, CD|
- List of best-selling albums in the United States
- List of number-one albums of 1994 (U.S.)
- List of number-one albums of 1995 (U.S.)
- List of number-one R&B albums of 1994 (U.S.)
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