The Dana Owens Album

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The Dana Owens Album
Studio album by Queen Latifah
Released September 28, 2004
Recorded 2003–2004
Avatar Studios, Nervous Music, NuNoise Studio, Right Track Recording
(New York City, New York)
Capitol Studios, Conway Studios, Henson Recording Studios, Record Plant Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
O'Henry Studios
(Burbank, California)
Genre Jazz
Length 68:12
Label Flavor Unit / Creative Battery / AEG Live / A&M
Producer Ron Fair, Tal Herzberg, Arif Mardin, Joe Mardin, Mervyn Warren
Queen Latifah chronology
She's a Queen: A Collection of Hits
(2002)
The Dana Owens Album
(2004)
Trav'lin' Light
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

The Dana Owens Album is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Queen Latifah, released in the United States on September 28, 2004 by A&M Records. Unlike Latifah's previous hip hop/R&B-oriented efforts, this album showcases a jazz vocal performance. Even though Latifah has sung songs and choruses during her rap career, she has never put out a full singing album before. The album's title—Latifah's birth name—indicates the different style of music contained on the album. Moreover, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2005. July 2005, Latifah performed on ABC's Good Morning America concert series. R&B singers Erykah Badu and Jill Scott joined her in a singing tribute to singer Luther Vandross. Latifah, Badu and Scott headlined together for a summer concert tour, 2005's Sugar Water Festival Tour. The album has sold 730,000 copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has been certificate gold by the Recording Industry Association of America

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Baby Get Lost" (Leonard Feather) – 3:42
  2. "I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) – 3:08
  3. "Simply Beautiful" (Al Green) – 4:11
  4. "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" (Bill Withers) – 3:53
  5. "Moody's Mood for Love" (James Moody, Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) – 3:59
  6. "Close Your Eyes" (Bernice Petkere) – 2:55
  7. "California Dreamin'" (John Phillips, Michelle Phillips) – 3:42
  8. "Hard Times" (Stony Browder, August Darnell) – 5:21
  9. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" (Gail Fisher, Vincent Levy, Joe Zawinul) – 3:27
  10. "Hello Stranger" (Barbara Lewis) – 3:00
  11. "If I Had You" (Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Ted Shapiro) – 4:04
  12. "Lush Life" (Billy Strayhorn) – 4:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[4] 16
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[4] 11

Singles[edit]

Single Chart (2005) Peak
position
"Simply Beautiful" U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "The Dana Owens Album > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Queen Latifah". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  3. ^ Blashill, Pat (October 28, 2004). [Archived September 26, 2006 at the Wayback Machine "Queen Latifah: The Dana Owens Album : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone"]. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  4. ^ a b "The Dana Owens Album > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-11.