It's Real (K-Ci & JoJo album)

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It's Real
Studio album by K-Ci & JoJo
Released June 22, 1999
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre R&B
Label MCA
K-Ci & JoJo chronology
Love Always
(1997)
It's Real
(1999)
X
(2000)
Singles from It's Real
  1. "Life"
    Released: January 26, 1999
  2. "Tell Me It's Real"
    Released: April 27, 1999
  3. "Fee Fie Foe Fum"
    Released: September 14, 1999
  4. "Girl"
    Released: November 23, 1999

It's Real is the second studio album by American R&B duo and brothers K-Ci & JoJo released on June 22, 1999 on MCA Records. Recording sessions took place from 1998–1999. The album peaked within the top 10 on the US Billboard 200 as well as Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. On July 26, 1999, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 1,000,000 copies in the United States. It also appeared on international charts, and was certified gold by Music Canada. Upon release, It's Real received average reviews. The album would spawn four singles including the number-two hit single "Tell Me It's Real".

Background[edit]

Production, writing, and recording[edit]

Content[edit]

The tenth track, "Girl", the duo is expressing sorrow to a woman who is not dedicated to holding on to their hearts, with the duo singing, "Girl, if you really do love me, just let me go, let me be so I can find someone to love me."[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

It's Real was released on MCA Records on June 22, 1999 and was available on a CD, cassette, and an LP.[2] Two bonus versions were released: one featuring "All My Life"[3] and a Japanese edition featuring "All My Life" and "Impossible".[4]

Singles[edit]

Four songs on It's Real became singles. "Life", released in 1999, was the first. It peaked at number 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 15 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[5] The following single, "Tell Me It's Real", was the most successful from the album. It peaked at number two on the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[5] As the only single to chart internationally, the song peaked at number four on the New Zealand Singles Chart,[6] number 13 on the Dutch Singles Chart,[7] and number 16 on the UK Singles Chart.[8] The third single released was "Fee Fie Foe Fum" (1999). It did not crack the Hot 100; however, it peaked at number one on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, a chart that acts as a 25-song extension to the Hot 100.[9] The final single released was "Girl" on August 17, 1999. It peaked at number 30 on the US Rhythmic Top 40.[5]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

It's Real debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard 200,[10] which would be its peak.[11] It also peaked at number 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[11] On July 26, 1999, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA, for shipments of 1,000,000 copies.[12] The album charted internationally, as well. It peaked at number 26 in Canada,[11] and on August 23, 1999 it was certified gold by Music Canada, for shipments of 50,000 copies.[13] It also peaked at number 14 in Australia[14] and the Netherlands,[15] number 34 in New Zealand,[16] and number 56 in the United Kingdom.[8]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[17]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[18]

Upon its release, It's Real received average reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, senior writer at Allmusic, gave the album three out of five stars, saying "it simply replicates [Love Always]".[17] She gives "Makin' Me Say Goodbye", "I Wanna Get to Know You", "How Long Must I Cry", and "Hello Darlin'" very high praise and says the CD is worth just for those songs.[17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"       1:13
2. "Fee Fie Foe Fum"       4:19
3. "I Wanna Make Love to You"       3:56
4. "I Wanna Get to Know You"       4:40
5. "Hello Darlin'"       4:23
6. "How Long Must I Cry"       3:49
7. "Makin' Me Say Goodbye"       4:10
8. "Tell Me It's Real"   Rory Bennett, Joel "JoJo" Hailey   4:38
9. "Life"   K-Ci & JoJo, R. Kelly   3:33
10. "Girl"   JoJo Hailey, Rory Bennett, Cedric Hailey Rory Bennett, JoJo Hailey 3:37
11. "What Am I Gonna Do"       4:41
12. "Here He Comes Again"       4:12
13. "Momma's Song"       6:37

Personnel[edit]

Credits for It's Real adapted from Allmusic.[19]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[14] 14
Canada (Billboard)[11] 19
Netherlands (MegaCharts)[15] 14
New Zealand (RIANZ)[16] 34
UK Albums (The Official Charts Company)[8] 56
US Billboard 200[11] 8
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[11] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Chuck, ed. (December 18, 1999). "Reviews & Previews: Singles: R&B: K-Ci & JoJo: Girl". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 111 (51): 37. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  2. ^ "It's Real – K-Ci & JoJo > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ "It's Real (Bonus Tracks) – K-Ci & JoJo > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "It's Real (Japan Bonus Tracks) – K-Ci & JoJo > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "It's Real – K-Ci & JoJo > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Discography K-Ci". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Discografie K-Ci". Dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "K-Ci & JoJo". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. October 16, 1999. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 111 (28): 98. July 10, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "It's Real – K-Ci & JoJo > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  12. ^ a b "American album certifications – K-Ci & JoJo – It's Real". Recording Industry Association of America. 1999-07-26. Retrieved 2011-08-12.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  13. ^ a b "Canadian album certifications – K-Ci & JoJo – It's Real". Music Canada. 1999-04-23. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  14. ^ a b "Australian-charts.com – Discography K-Ci". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  15. ^ a b "Dutchcharts.nl – Discografie K-Ci". Dutch Charts Portal (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  16. ^ a b "Charts.org.nz – Discography K-Ci". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  17. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "It's Real – K-CI & JoJo > Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  18. ^ "K-Ci & JoJo: It's Real : Music Review". Rolling Stone. 1999-07-08. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  19. ^ "It's Real – K-Ci & JoJo > Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 

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