Unpredictable (Jamie Foxx album)

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Unpredictable
Studio album by Jamie Foxx
Released December 27, 2005 United States
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre R&B, Hip hop, pop
Length 62:25
Label J
Producer Jamie Foxx, Timbaland, Kanye West, Mike City, Mr. Collipark, Polow da Don, Jim Jonsin, No I.D., Sean Garrett, Tank,Brainz Babyface, Warryn Campbell, Drama Family Entertainment, Miykal Snoddy
Jamie Foxx chronology
Peep This
(1994)
Unpredictable
(2005)
Intuition
(2008)
Singles from Unpredictable
  1. "Extravaganza"
    Released: October 4, 2005
  2. "Unpredictable"
    Released: October 18, 2005
  3. "DJ Play a Love Song"
    Released: January 10, 2006
  4. "Can I Take U Home"
    Released: 2006

Unpredictable is Jamie Foxx's second studio release, and was his first release in eleven years. It was released on December 27, 2005 by J Records in the US.

The album debuted at number two behind Mary J. Blige's The Breakthrough on the US Billboard 200 chart, moving 597,000 units in its first week.[1] The album moved to number one in the following week, overtaking Blige. The album made Foxx the fourth artist ever to have won an Academy Award for acting and to have achieved a number-one album on the Billboard charts. Four singles were released from the album, including the title-track "Unpredictable", "DJ Play a Love Song", "Can I Take U Home" and "Extravaganza".

Commercial performance[edit]

Unpredictable debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart - beaten to number-one by Mary J. Blige with 'The Breakthrough' - moving 597,000 units in its first week.[1] In its second week, it climbed to number-one despite 77% decrease moving 139,000 units. In its third week slipped to number-three with a 29% decrease moving 93,000 units. In its fourth week sales increased by 2% moving 96,000 units but the album slid another spot down to number-four. In Its fifth week it suffered a 21% decrease, sliding to number-ten moving 75,000 units, bringing the albums US sales to 1,000,000 units. Since its release the album has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with an excess of two million copies.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 52/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Blender 2.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (dud)[5]
Entertainment Weekly C-[6]
HipHopDX.com 4/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Paste 3/5 stars[10]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Village Voice (favorable)[11]

Unpredictable received generally mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 52, which indicates "mixed or average reviews", based on 16 reviews.[2]

  • E! Online - 7.5 out of 10 -"Whether he makes it all work via his musical skills or chameleonic acting ability, we don't know, but it does work."[2]
  • Rolling Stone - 6 out of 10 - "When the album works, it's because of Foxx's easy charm and A-list confidence."[9]
  • Paste magazine - 3 out of 10 - "It's better to be the imitation Ray Charles than the poor man's R. Kelly."[10]
  • Q magazine - 4 out of 10 - "The voice that set such a spark to (Kanye) West's (#1 hit single) Gold Digger should be capable of more than this exaggerated comedy sex routine."[12]
  • Alex Petridis of the British newspaper the guardian was also not impressed with Unpredictable saying: "Unpredictable resembles another legendary thespian's venture into pop, William Shatner's 1968 opus The Transformed Man, in that you start to wonder whether Foxx is actually serious or not."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Unpredictable" (featuring Ludacris) Jim Jonsin, Bigg D 3:39
2. "Warm Bed"   Sean Garrett 3:53
3. "DJ Play a Love Song" (featuring Twista) Polow Da Don, Sean Garrett 4:18
4. "With You" (featuring Game & Snoop Dogg) Tank, Jamie Foxx 4:20
5. "Can I Take U Home"   Timbaland 4:15
6. "Love Changes" (featuring Mary J. Blige) Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell 4:30
7. "Extravaganza" (featuring Kanye West) Mike City 4:15
8. "Three Letter Word"   Harold Lilly 4:42
9. "Get This Money"   Mike City 4:31
10. "VIP"   Mateo Laboriel 3:54
11. "Do What It Do"   Jamie Foxx, Tank 4:03
12. "Storm (Forecast)"   Daron Jones 4:27
13. "U Still Got It (Interlude)" (featuring Common) Jamie Foxx Brainz Dimilo 2:47
14. "Heaven"   Babyface 3:54
15. "Wish U Were Here"   Ron "Neff-U" Feemster 4:13
16. "This Love" (Bonus track)   3:27

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (US) actual sales 1,980,000

Year Chart Peak
position
2005 US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
2006 US Billboard 200 1

SinglesBillboard (US)

Year Song Chart Peak
position
2005 "Unpredictable" (featuring Ludacris) US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 2
US Billboard Hot 100 8
UK Singles Chart 16
"Extravaganza" (featuring Kanye West) US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 52
UK Singles Chart 43
2006 "DJ Play a Love Song" (featuring Twista) US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 5
US Billboard Hot 100 45
"Can I Take U Home" US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 48

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Preceded by
The Breakthrough by Mary J. Blige
Billboard 200 number-one album (First Run)
January 8, 2006 - January 21, 2006
Succeeded by
The Breakthrough by Mary J. Blige
Preceded by
The Breakthrough by Mary J. Blige
Billboard 200 number-one album (Second Run)
January 29, 2006 - February 4, 2006
Succeeded by
Ancora by Il Divo