Public Warning

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Public Warning
Studio album by Lady Sovereign
Released 31 October 2006 (2006-10-31)
(see release history)
Recorded 2004–2006
Genre Grime, hip hop, pop rap
Length 44:27
Label Island Def Jam
Universal Island (UK)
Producer Basement Jaxx, Dr. Luke, Medasyn
Lady Sovereign chronology
Blah Blah
(2006)
Public Warning
(2006)
Jigsaw
(2009)
Singles from Public Warning
  1. "Random"
    Released: 14 March 2005
  2. "9 to 5"
    Released: 8 August 2005
  3. "Hoodie"
    Released: 21 November 2005
  4. "Love Me or Hate Me"
    Released: 17 October 2006
  5. "Those Were the Days"
    Released: 9 April 2007

Public Warning is the title of the debut album from UK hip hop artist Lady Sovereign released on 31 October 2006. The album, a mix of grime and hip hop, was originally due for release in November 2005 but was pushed back after Lady Sovereign was signed by Island Def Jam.

In a press release, released on Monday, 17 July 2006, the album's track listing was finally confirmed, featuring all three of her singles, tracks from her two EPs: Vertically Challenged and Blah Blah as well as newly recorded tracks for the release, including "Love Me or Hate Me",[1] and the latest single, "Those Were the Days". In the 2 November 2006 issue of America's Rolling Stone magazine (posted its website 10/18/06), Public Warning was given a 3.5/5 rating.[2] The album has so far sold over 250,000 copies in the US And has sold 300,000 Copies Worldwide.

The CD was released in the U.K on 5 February 2007 and includes Bonus Track "Pretty Vacant" [Performed Live] & Enhanced CD link to a 15-minute documentary on Lady Sovereign.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Blender 2.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[5]
Okayplayer 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (6.4/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Stylus D+[9]

Initial critical response to Public Warning was generally positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 67, based on 34 reviews.[10]

Censored version[edit]

A censored version was also released that used backmasking and sound effects over all the swearing. The album booklet still has all the lyrics written out, but the swearing is starred out.

Tracklist[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "9 to 5"   Louise Harman, Gabriel Olegavich Medasyn 3:32
2. "Gatheration"   Louise Harman, Gabriel Olegavich, Danny Harrison, Arthur Smith Menta 3:23
3. "Random"   Louise Harman, Gabriel Olegavich, Danny Harrison, Arthur Smith Menta 3:36
4. "Public Warning"   Louise Harman, Gabriel Olegavich Medasyn 3:46
5. "Love Me or Hate Me"   Louise Harman, Lukasz Gottwald Dr Luke 3:29
6. "My England"   Louise Harman, Gabriel Olegavich Medasyn 3:57
7. "Tango"   Louise Harman, Gabriel Olegavich Medasyn 3:37
8. "A Little Bit of Shhh"   Louise Harman, Gabriel Olegavich Medasyn 3:45
9. "Hoodie"   Louise Harman, Gabriel Olegavich Medasyn 3:37
10. ""Those Were the Days""   Louise Harman, Lukasz Gottwald Dr Luke 3:50
11. "Blah Blah"   Louise Harman, Gabriel Olegavich Basement Jaxx 3:57
12. "Fiddle with the Volume"   Louise Harman, Gabriel Olegavich Medasyn 3:37
13. "Love Me or Hate Me" (Remix featuring Missy Elliott) Louise Harman, Lukasz Gottwald, Missy Elliott Dr Luke 3:38
  • The enhanced CD contains a link to a 15-minute documentary

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
AUS Albums Chart[11] 97
Japan Albums Chart[12] 212
UK Albums Chart[13] 58
US Billboard 200[14] 48
US Billboard Top Rap Albums[15] 12
Sales and certifications
Country Provider Certification Sales
United States RIAA Unknown 250,000+[16]

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United States 31 October 2006
United Kingdom 5 February 2007

References[edit]