It Was All a Dream (Dream album)

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It Was All a Dream
Studio album by Dream
Released January 23, 2001
Recorded 1998–2000
Genre Pop, teen pop, dance-pop, R&B
Length 55:04
Label Bad Boy
Producer Steve Kipner, Ken Burns, David Frank, Vincent Herbert, Todd Chapman
Dream chronology
It Was All a Dream
Singles from Dream
  1. "He Loves U Not"
    Released: September 12, 2000
  2. "This Is Me"
    Released: May 1, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars link;
Entertainment Weekly (B-) link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link

It Was All a Dream is the debut studio album released by American girl group Dream. It was released January 23, 2001 by Bad Boy Records.


Initial pressings of the CD feature a darked cover, making the background look brown as well as the picture and text being harder to see, and a misprint on the track listing. The song "Mr. Telephone Man" is listed as simply "Mr. Telephone." Both of these were fixed on subsequent pressings, with the new color being the same image and text, but brightened. Here, the cover's background looks red.


Shortly after being formed, Dream's former manager, Judith Fontaine, signed them to Clockwork Entertainment so they could begin working on their debut album. There, they recorded several tracks for the album. Subsequently, Dream parted ways with Fontaine and Clockwork Entertainment. Shortly thereafter, the group signed a record deal with Bad Boy Records. This meant that much of what was recorded at Clockwork Entertainment would be excluded from the album. In January 1999, original member Alex Chester left the group and was replaced by Diana Ortiz. With Ortiz on board, Dream recorded It Was All a Dream from 1999 to 2000.

Release and promotion[edit]

It Was All a Dream was released on January 23, 2001. It spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #6. The album sold 1.5 million copies in the U.S. and was certified gold by the RIAA on February 21, 2001, then platinum on March 5, 2001.

In order to promote the album, two singles were released: "He Loves U Not" and "This is Me". "He Loves U Not" was released on September 12, 2000 and was a transatlantic hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, #17 on the UK Singles Chart and #35 on the Australia ARIA Singles Chart. "This is Me" was released on May 1, 2001 and although it wasn't as successful as "He Loves U Not", it did peak at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #80 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. "Miss You" and "In My Dreams" were supposed to be released as the album's third and fourth singles, but due to the September 11 attacks, plans for their release were cancelled.

To further promote the album, Dream toured with 'N Sync on their No Strings Attached Tour in November 2000 and toured with Destiny's Child, Eve, Jessica Simpson, 3LW and Nelly on the MTV TRL Tour in 2001. Dream also made several guest appearances on television shows including TRL, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Early Show, Live With Regis and Kelly and Good Morning America.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "It Was All a Dream (Intro)"   Vincent Herbert, Curtis Williams, Kenny Burns, Todd Chapman Burns 1:16
2. "He Loves U Not"   David Frank, Steve Kipner, Pamela Sheyne Frank, Kipner 3:46
3. "In My Dreams"   Sean Combs, Mario Winans, D. Dottin, K. Johnson, Gordon Dukes Combs 4:55
4. "This Is Me"   Frank, Kipner, Sheyne Kipner, Frank 3:12
5. "I Don't Like Anyone"   M. Briley, A. Marvel, D. Calitri Briley, Marvel, Calitri 3:27
6. "Reality (Interlude)"   Burns, Chapman Burns, Chapman 3:27
7. "Pain"   Holly Arnestine, Melissa Schuman, Ashley Poole, Diana Ortiz, Burns, Tom McLaughlin Burns 3:55
8. "When I Get There"   Shelly Peiken, Guy Roche Roche 3:55
9. "What We Gonna Do About Us"   J. Knight, Winans, Combs Winans, Combs 4:28
10. "Jordan (Interlude)"   Burns, Chapman Winans 1:54
11. "Mr. Telephone Man"   Ray Parker, Jr., Williams, Combs, Winans Combs 5:02
12. "Angel Inside"   Knight, Winans, Combs Winans 3:10
13. "Do You Wanna Dance" (features former member Alex Chester on background vocals) Herbert, Williams Herbert, Williams 3:06
14. "Miss You" (features former member Alex Chester on background vocals) Herbert, Williams Herbert, Williams 4:14
15. "Our Prayer (Interlude)"   Burns, Chapman Burns 1:04
16. "How Long"   F. Golde, K. Livingston, Chapman Burns 4:05
17. "He Loves U Not (the Remix)" (uses interpolations of a song by H. Ousley) Kipner, Frank, H. Ousley, Sheyne Kipner, Frank  

Chart performance and sales[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 6
Top Internet Albums 15
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 11


  • Two other versions of the album were released: one version included two bonus tracks, "Baby" and "Back 2 U", released as tracks 18 and 19 with the same original track listing; the second version included three bonus tracks, "Baby", "Back 2 U", and "Daddy's Little Girl" (which features original member Alex Chester) and omitted "In My Dreams", "I Don't Like Anyone", "This Is Me", and "He Loves U Not (Remix)".
  • It Was All a Dream peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on February 10, 2001.
  • "He Loves U Not" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
  • "This Is Me" peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #80 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
  • "Mr. Telephone Man" is a cover of the New Edition song of the same name. Coincidentally, P. Diddy signed that group some time after Dream broke up.

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