Jeremih (album)

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Jeremih
Studio album by Jeremih
Released June 30, 2009 (2009-06-30)
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 51:54
Label Def Jam
Producer Mick Schultz (exec.)
Jeremih chronology
Jeremih
(2009)
All About You
(2010)
Singles from Jeremih
  1. "Birthday Sex"
    Released: March 24, 2009
  2. "Imma Star (Everywhere We Are)"
    Released: June 9, 2009[1]
  3. "Break Up to Make Up"
    Released: September 22, 2009[2]

Jeremih is the eponymous debut studio album by American recording artist Jeremih, released on June 30, 2009, under Def Jam Recordings. It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, selling 59,000 copies in its first week.

Background[edit]

While attending Columbia College Chicago, Jeremih collaborated with record producer Mick Schultz.[3] Together, they wrote all the songs, while Schultz produced the entire album. The duo recorded approximately 20 songs for the album.[4] In February 2009, Jeremih met with Island Def Jam chairman L. A. Reid and executive vice president of A&R Karen Kwak. After performing for the two, Jeremih was signed to Def Jam Recordings that same day.[5][6]

Release and promotion[edit]

Prior to its release, the album was previewed exclusively on social networking website MySpace. "Birthday Sex", the lead single from the album, topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[7] It peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 58 on the Canadian Hot 100.[8][9] "Imma Star (Everywhere We Are)", the second single, has peaked at number 23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its release, Jeremih received generally positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, it received an average score of 70 based on four reviews.[11] Andy Kellman of Allmusic described Jeremih's vocals as "charmingly sly", expressing a comparison to Slim of 112 and Raphael Saadiq.[12] Giving the album a C-, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune felt that the use of Auto-Tune made Jeremih sound like a "clone" of Kanye West, but showed "little of West's imagination on his debut album".[13] Meanwhile, following the album's August 2009 UK release, noted R&B writer Pete Lewis of 'Blues & Soul' referred to it as "A promisingly-diverse R&B set which combines jiggy, club-flavoured tracks like the sexy 'That Body' and catchy 'My Ride' with classy soulful ballads like the hauntingly mellow 'Starting All Over' and wistful 'My Sunshine'.[14] The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, selling 59,000 copies in its first week.[15] As of late 2010, Jeremih's debut album has sold over 500,000 copies in the US.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "That Body"   3:54
2. "Birthday Sex"   3:47
3. "Break Up to Make Up"   3:47
4. "Runway"   4:04
5. "Raindrops"   4:33
6. "Starting All Over"   4:38
7. "Imma Star (Everywhere We Are)"   4:21
8. "Jumpin"   3:19
9. "Hatin' on Me"   3:28
10. "My Sunshine"   4:18
11. "My Ride"   3:40
12. "Buh Bye"   4:09

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
French Albums Chart[16] 100
UK Albums Chart[17] 95
US Billboard 200[18] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[18] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Imma Star (Everywhere We Are)" release date
  2. ^ "Break Up to Make Up" release date
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Jeremih - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  4. ^ Carter, Lauren (2009-09-25). "'Birthday' suitor Jeremih's star rises". Boston Herald. Herald Media. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  5. ^ Vaughn, Shamontiel L. (2009-05-22). "Triple threat: Chicago native Jeremih, the singer, rapper, musician". Chicago Defender. Real Times. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  6. ^ Concepcion, Mariel (2009-04-15). "Jeremih". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  7. ^ Trust, Gary (2009-05-21). "Chart Beat: Kris Allen, SWV, Green Day, Al B. Sure!". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  8. ^ Ben-Yehuda, Ayala (2009-06-04). "Lady GaGa Takes Two Top 10 Spots On Billboard's Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  9. ^ "Jeremih - Birthday Sex - Music Charts". αCharts. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  10. ^ "Imma Star (Everywhere We Are) - Jeremih". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  11. ^ "Jeremih reviews at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jeremih - Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  13. ^ "New CD reviews". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The New York Times Company. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  14. ^ Lewis, Pete (2009-08-25). "'Perfect Presence - Pete Lewis Interviews Jeremih'". Blues & Soul. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  15. ^ Grein, Paul (2009-07-08). "Week Ending July 5, 2009: All Michael, All The Time". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  16. ^ Steffen Hung. "Jeremih - Jeremih". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  17. ^ "Chart Stats - Jeremih - Jeremih". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  18. ^ a b "Jeremih - Jeremih". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-07-31.