Listen Up! (Haley Reinhart album)

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Listen Up!
Studio album by Haley Reinhart
Released May 22, 2012 (2012-05-22)
Recorded 2011–12
Genre Pop
Length 35:36
Label Interscope/19
Producer busbee, Rob Kleiner, Chris DeStefano, Chris Seefried, Rune Westberg, David Hodges, Jason Falkner, Shy Carter, J. Bonilla
Singles from Listen Up!
  1. "Free"
    Released: March 20, 2012 (2012-03-20)

Listen Up! is the debut studio album by American Idol tenth season finalist Haley Reinhart. It was released on May 22, 2012, by Interscope Records.[1] The lead single, "Free", was released on March 20, 2012. The album is released in two different versions: the 'Standard Edition' has a total of ten tracks while the 'Deluxe/Walmart Exclusive Edition' has four bonus tracks making it a fourteen-song album. The deluxe edition is currently available on Reinhart's official website and Walmart's Internet site. Haley tweeted that the Walmart Edition and the iTunes Deluxe Edition are the pre-order deluxe version from her website. The album has received critical acclaim upon its release and its songs are featured in several critics' playlists.[2] "Listen Up!" debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart.[3]

Single[edit]

The debut single, "Free", reached number four on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, and also number twenty-seven on the US Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart.[4]

Reception[edit]

Commercial reception[edit]

The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200, selling 20,000 copies in its first week.[5] In its second week. it placed #51 on the Billboard 200, selling 8,000 copies. In the third week, it placed at #96, selling about 5,000 copies. It left the Billboard 200 after a month in release, only to return again a week later.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
USA Today (positive)[2]
Artist Direct 4/5 stars[7]
Spin Magazine 7/10[8]
Entertainment Weekly B+[9]
The New York Times (positive)[10]
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (positive)[11]
Hit the Floor Magazine 9/10[12]
Assignment X B+[13]
People Magazine 3/4 stars[14]

The album received positive reviews from music critics upon release. Allmusic's Matt Collar stated "Definitely an ear-grabber, Listen Up! ultimately posits Reinhart as a kind of old-school pinup, a mini-Mariah Carey if she'd grown up listening to a mix of Dusty Springfield, Lisa Stansfield, and En Vogue.", and gave the album a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He chose the songs "Oh My!", "Liar" and "Now That You're Here" as highlights.[15] Brian Mansfield from USA Today gave the album a positive review, stating "Listen Up! -- out May 22 -- draws heavily on the neo-soul and girl-group R&B of artists like Adele, Duffy and Amy Winehouse. But Haley puts her distinctive twists on the genre, and fans of the Illinois singer likely will be thrilled with the way Listen Up! turned out." He picked the songs "Free", "Now That You're Here" and "Oh My!" as highlights.[16] Rick Florino of Artist Direct gave the album a rating of 4 stars out of 5, and said "Start listening now because Haley Reinhart has made one of the best debuts of 2012, and she might just help revive a little old soul in the process."[17] Barry Walters from Spin Magazine gave the album a 7/10, stating "Thank Adele for an Idol album with depth. Thank Winehouse for dusty soul. Thank Reinhart for the pipes."[18] Grady Smith of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a "B+" grade, and said "With a voice that flips from belt-clear lilt to throaty belt in an instant, Idol's season 10 growler sounds right at home (although occasionally way overproduced) among the blasting horns on her jazzy debut. The disc's retro sound half is a pure funky delight."[19] John Caramanica from The New York Times gave the album a "B" grade, and said "It’s convincing and fresh. In a sense, this is what Cowell’s “Idol” had long been advocating — a return to standards and classic pop modes. It’s unfashionable and a bit out of touch, and what a smart thing that turns out to be."[20]

Promotion[edit]

Live performances[edit]

Reinhart performed the lead single live on the March 22, 2012 episode of American Idol.[21][22][23] She sang the song live for 104.3 MYFM New Music Night.[24] She also performed the single for the March 27 episode of 90210,[25] Right after, she performed the song on Fox 5's Good Day New York[26] and appeared on Conan to perform the single on April 24.[27]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Oh My!" (featuring B.o.B) Haley Reinhart, Rob Kleiner, MoZella, Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. Kleiner 2:49
2. "Free"   busbee, Lucie Silvas busbee 4:14
3. "Liar"   Reinhart, Kleiner, Sam Watters Kleiner 3:24
4. "Wasted Tears"   Reinhart, busbee, Jonathan Green busbee 3:15
5. "Undone"   Reinhart, MoZella, Rune Westberg Westberg 3:49
6. "Now That You're Here"   Reinhart, Watters, Chris DeStefano DeStefano 3:19
7. "Wonderland"   Reinhart, Chris Seefried Seefried 3:40
8. "Keep Coming Back"   Reinhart, Kleiner, Steve McEwan Kleiner 4:01
9. "Hit the Ground Runnin'"   Reinhart, Mike Elizondo, Aimée Proal, Trevor Lawrence busbee 3:43
10. "Walking on Heaven"   Reinhart, Proal, Elizondo, Lawrence busbee 3:24

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Listen Up! adapted from Allmusic[28]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart 52
U.S. Billboard 200[29] 17

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Chart, Billboard. "John Mayer Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200". Billboard 200 chart. Billboard. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Billboard: Free - Haley Reinhart". Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ Today, USA (May 30, 2012). "Haley Reinhart, Kris Allen albums make their chart debuts". Idolchatter (USA Today). Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Collar, Matt (May 15, 2012). "Listen Up! - Haley Reinhart; Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Florino, Rick (May 21, 2012). "Haley Reinhart "Listen Up!" Album Review — 4 out of 5 stars". Artist Direct. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ Walters, Barry (May 22, 2012). "Haley Reinhart, ‘Listen Up!’; Spin". Spin (Magazine). Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ Smith, Grady (May 18, 2012). ""Listen Up!" Reviewed by Entertainment Weekly; Entertainment Weekly". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ Chine, Nate (May 21, 2012). "New Albums by John Mayer, Haley Reinhart and Linda Oh; The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ Seattle, Pi (May 22, 2012). "Music Review: Haley Reinhart - Listen Up!". Music review (Seattle Post- Intelligencer). Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Vincent, Verity (June 18, 2012). "Review: Haley Reinhart – Listen Up (Album)". Hit the Floor Magazine. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ Cortez, Carl (June 18, 2012). "CD Review: Haley Reinhart – LISTEN UP!". Assignment X. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Haley Reinhart: Listen Up!". People Magazine. June 11, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Haley Reinhart's "Listen Up!"". AllMusic. AllMusic. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Haley Reinhart's 'Listen Up!': a track-by-track review". USA Today (USA Today). May 20, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Haley Reinhart "Listen Up!" Album Review — 4 out of 5 stars". Artist Direct. Artist Direct. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Haley Reinhart, ‘Listen Up!’". Spin. Spin. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  19. ^ ""Listen Up!" Reviewed by Entertainment Weekly". Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  20. ^ Chinen, Nate; Caramanica, Jon; Ratliff, Ben (May 21, 2012). "New Albums by John Mayer, Haley Reinhart and Linda Oh". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  21. ^ Barrett, Annie (2012-02-22). "'American Idol' alum Haley Reinhart performs debut single 'Free' on stage: Watch the video here!". Music-mix.ew.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  22. ^ "Haley Reinhart to Perform Debut Single "Free" on American Idol March 22". Wfsb.com. 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  23. ^ "Haley Reinhart to Perform Debut Single "Free" on American Idol March 22". California: Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  24. ^ Medina, Portia. "'American Idol's' Haley Reinhart Sets Release Date for First Single". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  25. ^ "Haley Reinhart to Perform New Single "Free" On ‘90210′". Idolator.com. 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  26. ^ "Haley Reinhart". Myfoxny.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  27. ^ Coco, Team. "Haley Reinhart Free". Music Conan. teamcoco. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  28. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/listen-up-r2440393/credits
  29. ^ "Listen Up! - Haley Reinhart". Billboard.com. June 9, 2012.