Raven-Symoné (album)

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Raven-Symoné
Studio album by Raven-Symoné
Released April 29, 2008
(see release history)
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre Pop, R&B, dance, hip hop
Length 45:13
Label Hollywood
Producer Allison Hamamura (exec.), The Clutch, Sean Garrett, Oak, Kwamé, Eric Hudson, The JAM, Full Scale, Clubba Langg, Great Scott, Bill Jabr.
Raven-Symoné chronology
This Is My Time
(2004)
Raven-Symoné
(2008)
Singles from Raven-Symoné
  1. "Double Dutch Bus"
    Released: March 4, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Common Sense Media 4/5 stars[1]
Neon Limelight Positive[2]
The Armored Stereo C[3]
Gossip On This 2.5/3 stars[4]

Raven-Symoné is the self-titled fourth studio album by American singer Raven-Symoné.[5] The album was released on April 29, 2008 in the United States. It was her last album released by Hollywood Records.

Production[edit]

On April 19, 2007, singer Mario was interviewed by Billboard magazine and he stated that he and his production team, Knightwritaz, had recently worked with Raven-Symoné.[6] She also worked with producers such as The Clutch, Sean Garrett, Kwamé, Eric Hudson and The JAM. Sean Garrett is featured on two songs on the album, "What Are You Gonna Do?" and "Stupid".

Raven-Symoné told Blackfilm.com, "Raven-Symoné is a party album. There are only 2 slow songs, but it's really energetic. It's something you can put on when you are cleaning the house or you are about to come out to a party, or you need to wake up to go to school. It will be fun to perform. I go on tour soon".[7]

Promotion[edit]

Raven performing at the Disson Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular

In the United States, accompanied by the single "Double Dutch Bus" (a promo single from Raven-Symoné's film College Road Trip), the album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 159, selling 4,400 copies in its first week.[8]

Disney Channel did a short series "Raven-Symoné For Real" talking about Raven's new songs and videos. It showed interviews with her where she talked about the new songs and which ones were her favorites, etc. The short series did not air often, and only two episodes were ever produced.

Raven has appeared on The Today Show, Good Day New York, and other local news/morning talk shows to promote the album. Symoné also appeared at World Wrestling Entertainment's flagship Pay-Per-View event Wrestlemania XXIV to present the children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in attendance, where her album was mentioned by the ring announcer. Hollywood Records also opened an official Myspace for Raven which had a few songs on it. It was said to be a way to be promoting the album and was supposed to have a new song every week leading up to the release of the new album.

Tour[edit]

A concert tour, The Pajama Party Tour, to promote the album was scheduled to begin in spring 2008; AEG Live cancelled the tour, citing "unforeseen circumstances".[9] Later on, Raven-Symoné confirmed that the tour would be re-scheduled and would kick off in the Summer of 2008. The tour now dubbed the "Raven-Symoné: Live Tour"[10] kicked off in July 2008, and continued through 2009.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "That Girl"   Kwamé Holland, Chasity Nwagbara Kwamé 3:47
2. "Anti-Love Song"   Warren Felder, Frankie Storm, Mario Barrett Oak 3:41
3. "In the Pictures"   Eric Hudson, Storm Eric Hudson 4:07
4. "What Are You Gonna Do?"   Sean Garrett, Walter Scott Sean Garrett, Great Scott 3:07
5. "Green"   Holland, Nwagbara Kwamé 3:49
6. "Love Me or Leave Me"   Felder, Marsha Ambrosius Oak 3:23
7. "In Your Skin"   Felder, Storm Oak 3:24
8. "Stupid"   Garrett, Ray Oglesby Sean Garrett, Clubba Langg 3:16
9. "Girl Get It"   Garrett, Ray Oglesby Sean Garrett, Clubba Langg 3:43
10. "Keep a Friend"   Ezekiel Lewis, Patrick Smith, Balewa Muhammad, Candice Nelson, Jordan Suecof, Darhyl Camper, Jr. The Clutch, Full Scale 2:38
11. "Shorts Like Me"   Garrett, Elvis Williams Sean Garrett 3:23
12. "Hollywood Life"   Michael Mani, Jordan Omley, Nikki Flores The JAM 3:52
13. "Double Dutch Bus"   Frankie Smith, Bill Bloom The Clutch, Bill Jabr 3:02

Thick Girls, Big Girls - EP[edit]

An extended play of left-over songs from the album was released free of charge on the iTunes Store on June 6, 2009.[12]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Face to Face"   Scott MacFarland Carter, Damon Hayes, Felder, Dabney Oak 3:40
2. "Next"       2:49
3. "Thick Girls, Big Girls"       3:12

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 159

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Canada[14] April 29, 2008 Universal Music
United States[15] Hollywood
Australia July 26, 2008 EMI

Personnel[edit]

[16]

  • Vocals – Raven-Symoné
  • Guitar – Curtis Hudson

Production[edit]

  • Executive producer: Allison Hamamura
  • Producers: The Clutch, Sean Garrett, Oak & Mario, Kwamé, Eric Hudson, The JAM, Full Scale, Clubba Langg
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Engineers: Walter R. Brooks Jr., Ralph Cacciurri, Dave Hyman, Jam, Vernon Mungo, James Murray and Miles Walker
  • Mixing: Brian Stanley, John Fry, Jaycen Hoshua, Dave Hyman, Glen Marchese and Dave Pensado
  • A&R: Allison Hamamura and Kahbran White
  • Photography: Sheryl Nields

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raven-Symone by Raven-Symone - Music Review commonsensemedia.org
  2. ^ Neon Reviews: Raven Symone’s Self-titled Album neonlimelight.com
  3. ^ Review: Raven-Symoné – Raven-Symoné The Armored Stereo
  4. ^ ♫ Raven Symoné Eponymous Album in Stores NOW!
  5. ^ Braxton, Greg (March 6, 2008). "This Raven soars". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mario Interview". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  7. ^ "February 2008 | blackfilm.com | features | COLLEGE ROAD TRIP | An Exclusive Interview with Raven-Symoné". blackfilm.com. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 200 Album Chart w/ Soundscan Numbers". Forum.floppop.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  9. ^ "Raven-Symone: 'I'm not a little kid anymore'". CNN. 
  10. ^ "Radio Disney Summer Concert Series starts July 7". Cape May County Herald. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  11. ^ Raven Symone Rare CD | eBay
  12. ^ "iTunes Download EP". Itunes.apple.com. 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  13. ^ Raven-Symoné - Raven-Symoné | Awards | AllMusic
  14. ^ "Raven Symone: Raven Symone: Music". Amazon.ca. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  15. ^ "Raven-Symoné: Raven-Symoné: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  16. ^ Credits Allmusic

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