My Worlds: The Collection

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My Worlds: The Collection
Compilation album by Justin Bieber
Released November 19, 2010
Genre Pop, dance-pop, teen pop
Label Island, Teen Island, RBMG, Schoolboy
Producer Usher Raymond IV (exec.), Scooter Braun (exec.), Antonio "L.A." Reid (exec.), and other various.
Justin Bieber chronology
My World 2.0
(2010)
My Worlds: The Collection
(2010)
My Worlds Acoustic
(2010)
Singles from My Worlds
  1. "Pray"
    Released: December 9, 2010 (2010-12-09)

My Worlds: The Collection is the first compilation album released by Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber. As the international alternative to the Walmart and Sam's Club exclusive My Worlds Acoustic (2010), My Worlds: The Collection was released in numerous European countries on November 19, 2010. The album consists of two discs; the first is a slightly altered version of My Worlds Acoustic, and the second is My Worlds, a compilation itself made up of My World (2009) and My World 2.0 (2010). In addition, the album also features a new song, an inspirational ballad entitled "Pray", a Jaden Smith collaboration, "Never Say Never", and remixes of "Somebody to Love". The new versions of the songs were produced by Bieber's music director, Dan Kanter, his vocal producer Kuk Harrell, and also producer Rob Wells. While most reviewers complimented the set, several thought that its release was unneeded. The album charted moderately in Europe, reaching the top half of several album charts.

Background[edit]

The first disc includes songs from My Worlds Acoustic, which features acoustic version of songs from Bieber's debut extended play, My World, and his first studio album, My World 2.0. Bieber spoke with MTV News and he wanted to record the acoustic songs for the "haters" who say he cannot sing and saying his voice was auto-tuned, and that "stripping it down and having it kind of really mellow and being able to hear my voice" was his purpose.[1] The singer said he wanted to do the acoustic set because the production sometimes "drowns out your voice" and "takes away from the singer, over the synths and everything."[1] In addition to the acoustic tracks, the first disc also contains the Usher-featuring and J-Stax remixes to "Somebody to Love", the single version of "Never Say Never", featuring Jaden Smith, as well as a new song, an inspirational ballad entitled, "Pray". The second disc features songs that were present on My Worlds, a package of My World and My World 2.0, which was released instead of or in conjunction with My World 2.0 in select international countries.

According to Bieber, "Pray" is a gift to his fans.[2] The song's arrangement is set to reflect Bieber's music before he was discovered, but also includes instrumentation from a string quartet, congas, and a cajon drum, the latter to represent Bieber's worldy travels, specifically to Africa.[2] While Bieber was being interviewed by Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, Bieber talked about the song's initial writing stating the song was influenced by Michael Jackson, and he thought of Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" when writing the song.[3] Vocally, Bieber's vocals are sung in a lower key compared to previous singles.[4][5] Bieber plays guitar on the acoustic versions, along with his guitarist and musical director Dan Kanter.[2] The acoustic versions of the songs were produced by Kanter, Bieber's vocal producer Kuk Harrell, and also producer Rob Wells.[6]

The album was released on November 19, 2010.[7] "Pray" was released as the album's first and only single on in select international countries on December 3, 2010.[8] It charted moderately, reaching number sixty-three in Austria, fifty-one in Germany, and appeared on the Tip charts in Belgium.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The compilation received mixed reviews from critics. Andy Kellman of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars.[9] Although Lucy Jones of The Daily Telegraph said the album seemed as something else to be "cashed in on", she called the collaborations "perfectly polished", and gave the album four out of five stars.[10] Hermonie Hoby of The Guardian said that "regifting" following his past two releases seemed unnecessary, but noted that "the billion or so Beliebers" wouldn't feel "churlish."[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

Due to its limited release in European countries, the album was only eligible to chart in those territories. In Denmark, on the Danish Albums Chart, My Worlds: The Collection debuted at number twenty-six.[12] Six weeks later, on the week labeled January 4, 2011, the album peaked at number thirteen on the chart, and it spent a total of fifteen weeks on chart.[12] My Worlds: The Collection debuted at number forty-five on the Swedish Albums Chart, and six weeks later peaked at number thirty.[12] On the Dutch Albums Chart, the album debuted at number forty-one, and peaked at number twenty-six the next week. It would go on to spend a total of sixteen weeks on the chart.[12]

On the Finnish Albums Chart the album debuted at number forty-nine, and fell of the chart the next week.[12] However, the week of January 1, 2011, the album re-entered the chart at number forty-seven, and peaked at number thirty-six the next week.[12] The album debuted and peaked at forty-three on the Greek Albums Chart, spending a week on the chart.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[13]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "One Time" (acoustic version) Christopher Stewart, Terius Nash, James Bunton, Corron Cole, Thabiso Nkhereanye Dan Kanter, Rob Wells, Kuk Harrell 3:06
2. "Baby" (acoustic version) Justin Bieber, Stewart, Nash, Christina Milian, Christopher Bridges Kanter, Wells, Harrell 3:35
3. "One Less Lonely Girl" (acoustic version) Ezekiel Lewis, Balewa Muhammad, Sean Hamilton, Hyuk Shin, Usher Raymond IV Kanter, Wells, Harrell 3:57
4. "Down to Earth" (acoustic version) Bieber, Kevin Risto, Waynne Nugent, Mason Levy, Carlos Battey, Steven Battey Kanter, Wells, Harrell 4:03
5. "U Smile" (acoustic version) Bieber, Jerry Duplessis, Arden Altino, Dan August Rigo Kanter, Wells, Harrell 3:16
6. "Stuck in the Moment" (acoustic version) Bieber, Rigo Jonathan Yip, Ray Romulus, Jeremy Reeves Kanter, Wells, Harrell 3:18
7. "Favorite Girl" (live) Antea Birchett, Anesha Birchet, Dernst Emile II, Delisha Thomas Kanter, Wells, Harrell 5:09
8. "That Should Be Me" (acoustic version) Bieber, Adam Messinger, Nasri Atweh, Luke Boyd Kanter, Wells, Harrell 4:09
9. "Never Say Never" (acoustic version) (featuring Jaden Smith) Bieber, Jaden Smith, Messinger, Atweh, Harrell, Omarr Rambert Kanter, Wells, Harrell 3:43
10. "Pray"   Bieber, Atweh, Messinger, Omar Martinez Kanter, Wells, Harrell 3:34
11. "Somebody to Love" (featuring Usher) Bieber, Reeves, Romulus, Yip, Bright The Stereotypes 3:44
12. "Never Say Never" (featuring Jaden Smith) Bieber, Smith, Messinger, Atweh, Harrell, Rambert The Messengers 3:49
13. "Somebody to Love" (J-Stax Remix) Bieber, Reeves, Romulus, Yip, Bright   3:34
Disc 2 – My Worlds[13]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "One Time"   Stewart, Nash, Bunton, Cole, Nkhereanye Stewart, Kuk Harrell, Bunton, Cole 3:35
2. "Favorite Girl"   Antea Birchett, Anesha Birchet, Dernst Emile II, Delisha Thomas D'Mile 4:16
3. "Down to Earth"   Justin Bieber, Midi Mafia, Mason Levy, Carlos Battey, Steven Battey Midi Mafia 4:05
4. "Bigger"   Bieber, Midi Mafia, Dapo Torimiro, Lonny Breaux Midi Mafia, Dapo Torimiro 3:17
5. "One Less Lonely Girl"   Ezekiel Lewis, Balewa Muhammad, Sean Hamilton, Hyuk Shin, Usher Raymond IV E. Lewis, B. Muhammad, S. Hamilton, H. Shin 3:49
6. "First Dance" (featuring Usher) Bieber, Usher Raymond IV, Jesse "Corparal" Wilson, Ryan Lovette, Dwight Reynolds, Alexander "Prettyboifresh" Parhm, Jr. Prettyboifresh 3:42
7. "Love Me"   Peter Svensson, Nina Persson, Peter Hernandez, Phillip Lawrence, Ari Levine DJ Frank E 3:13
8. "Common Denominator"   Bieber, Lashaunda "Babygirl" Carr L. Carr 4:10
9. "Baby" (featuring Ludacris) Bieber, Nash, Stewart, Milian, Bridges The-Dream, Stewart 3:33
10. "Somebody to Love"   Bieber, Heather Bright & The Stereotypes The Stereotypes 3:40
11. "Stuck in the Moment"   Bieber, The Stereotypes, Dan August Rigo The Stereotypes 3:42
12. "U Smile"   Bieber, Jerry Duplessis, Arden Altino, Dan August Rigo J. Duplessis, A. Altino 3:16
13. "Runaway Love"   Bieber, Melvin Hough II, Rivelino Wouter, Timothy Thomas & Theron Thomas Melvin Hough II 3:32
14. "Never Let You Go"   Bieber, Johnta Austin, Bryan-Michael Cox B. Cox 4:24
15. "Overboard" (featuring Jessica Jarrell) Bieber, Midi Mafia, Dapo Torimiro, Taurian Shropshire Midi Mafia, D. Torimiro 4:11
16. "Eenie Meenie" (with Sean Kingston) Bieber, Carlos Battey, Steven Battey, Kisean Anderson Benny Blanco 3:22
17. "Up"   Bieber, The Messengers The Messengers 3:54
18. "That Should Be Me"   Bieber, The Messengers, Luke Boyd The Messengers 3:54
19. "Where Are You Now?"   J.R. Smith, Justin Bieber   4:27

Credits and personnel[edit]

Adapted from My Worlds: The Collection liner notes.[6]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vena, Jocelyn (2010-11-02). "Justin Bieber Is Recording Acoustic Album For The 'Haters'". MTV News. MTV Networks (Viacom). Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Justin Bieber's My Worlds Acoustic Album Set For November 26th Release". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  3. ^ MTV News (2010-11-17). "Justin Bieber's New Song Inspired By 'Man In The Mirror': The MTV News Quote Of The Day". MTV News. MTV Networks (Viacom). Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  4. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (2010-11-21). "Justin Bieber Gets Serious With 'Pray' At AMAs Teen star performed his new ballad at Sunday's American Music Awards.". MTV News. MTV Networks (Viacom). Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  5. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (2010-11-12). "Justin Bieber's 'Pray' Hits Internet Singer pleads for 'better day' on inspirational track, which will be on upcoming My Worlds Acoustic.". MTV News. MTV Networks (Viacom). Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  6. ^ a b Justin Bieber My Worlds: The Collection (Liner notes) Island, RBMG. (2010).
  7. ^ "My Worlds: The Collection by Justin Bieber". iTunes Store Australia. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  8. ^ "Pray (2-Track):Justin Bieber: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de. Amazon Inc. Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  9. ^ "My Worlds: The Collection". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  10. ^ Jones, Lucy (2010-11-26). "Justin Bieber: My Worlds: The Collection, CD review". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  11. ^ "Justin Bieber: My Worlds – The Collection – review". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Justin Bieber – My Worlds: The Collection (Album)". ultratop.be. Hung Median. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  13. ^ a b http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004BBW75K
  14. ^ "Certificeringer" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Italian album certifications – Justin Bieber – My Worlds" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Justin Bieber in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  16. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Justin Bieber – My Worlds" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.