Joyful

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Joyful
Studio album by Ayọ
Released 12 June 2006 (2006-06-12)
(see release history)
Recorded January 2006;
Sony Music Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre Soul
Length 45:42
Label Polydor
Producer Jay Newland
Ayọ chronology
Joyful
(2006)
Gravity at Last
(2008)
Singles from Joyful
  1. "Down on My Knees"
    Released: 21 November 2006
  2. "And It's Supposed to Be Love"
    Released: 19 February 2007
  3. "Life Is Real"
    Released: 14 May 2007
  4. "Help Is Coming"
    Released: 20 August 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
cdstarts.de 8/10 stars[2]
laut.de 3/5 stars[3]
letmeentertainyou.de 4/5 stars[4]
Marie Claire 4/5 stars[5]

Joyful is the debut album by German singer–songwriter Ayọ, recorded in January 2006 within five days under live conditions. The album spawned four official singles as well as a promo single, "How Many Times?", released on 26 November 2007. Released in Europe in June 2006, Joyful has since been certified double platinum in France and Poland and gold in Switzerland, Italy, and Greece.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin, except where noted.

  1. "Down on My Knees" (Ogunmakin, George Brenner) – 4:01
  2. "Without You" – 3:57
  3. "Letter by Letter" – 3:13
  4. "How Many Times?" – 3:28
  5. "And It's Supposed to Be Love" (Abbey Lincoln) – 4:59
  6. "Watching You" – 3:53
  7. "Only You" – 3:55
  8. "Help Is Coming" – 3:55
  9. "These Days" – 4:48
  10. "Life Is Real" – 4:48
  11. "What Is Love?" – 4:26
  12. "Neva Been" – 4:19

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
France 12 June 2006 Universal
Switzerland 21 June 2006
Italy 1 September 2006
United Kingdom 3 October 2006 Polydor
Netherlands Universal
Germany 21 November 2006
Canada 30 January 2007
Australia 31 March 2007
United States 20 November 2007 Interscope

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ cdstarts.de review
  3. ^ laut.de review
  4. ^ letmeentertainyou.de review
  5. ^ Marie Claire review
  6. ^ a b "Ayo – Joyful – swisscharts.com". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  7. ^ "European Top 100 Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-11-28. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Ayo – Joyful – Music Charts". αCharts.us. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  9. ^ a b "Joyful > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  10. ^ "Certifications Albums Double Platine – année 2008". SNEP (in French). 7 February 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  11. ^ "Les Meilleurs Ventes de CD (Albums) en 2007". InfoDisc (in French). Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  12. ^ "Nuovo album per Ayo". OUTune (in Italian). Retrieved 2008-11-28. [dead link]
  13. ^ "ZPAV platinum certification awards – 2007". ZPAV. Retrieved 2009-02-08. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Swiss Certifications – Awards 2007". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Loose by Nelly Furtado
Polish Albums Chart number-one album
10 April 2007 – 23 April 2007
Succeeded by
Loose by Nelly Furtado