V (Vanessa Hudgens album)
|Studio album by Vanessa Hudgens|
|Released||September 26, 2006|
|Recorded||June 1 – August 31, 2006|
|Genre||Pop, R&B, dance-pop|
|Producer||Matthew Gerrard, Brian Reeves, Antonina Armato, Kent Larsson, David Norland, Leah Haywood, Tim James, Daniel James, Jay Jay, Wizard of Oz, Arnthor Birgisson, AJ Junior, Kent Larrson, Johnny Veira|
|Vanessa Hudgens chronology|
|Singles from V|
V is the debut studio album by American pop singer Vanessa Hudgens, first released on September 26, 2006, via Hollywood Records. The album has been given mostly positive reviews. V debuted in the United States at twenty-four, selling 34,000 copies in its first week. The album has so spawned two singles, lead "Come Back to Me" and follow-up "Say OK". In February 2007, the album was certified Gold by RIAA. As August 2009, the album has sold 570,000 copies in the United States. Hudgens supported the album with the The Party's Just Begun Tour and High School Musical: The Concert.The album was voted as the seventh best album of 2007 by the readers of Billboard.
Writing and development
After having participated in High School Musical, the Hollywood Records Vanessa made a proposal: start a solo career. The album was produced June 1 to August 31, 2006, as the record company insisted that the album was produced quickly.
"I did it my way. My single "Come Back to Me" is kind of pop and R&B, but the rest of the album brings a bit of pop rock, electronic music and some ballads. It is a mixture of everything," said Vanessa, who at first thought of making a dance album only.
Hudgens stated the title of the album stands for Vanessa, but also for variety, because the album is a mix of genres and styles.
"Come Back to Me" was released as V's lead single on August 25, 2006. It peaked at number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Hudgens's highest charting single. Internationally, the track was a moderate commercial success, peaking at number 12 in France and peaking at top 40 in Australia as well as peaking at number 6 in New Zealand. The song received generally positive reviews from critics. The accompanying music video featured Hudgens dancing and socializing with her friends, including her sister, Stella Hudgens, and Alexa Nikolas.
"Say OK" was released as the second single from album. It was made available to the iTunes Store on January 12, 2007 and had an impact on U.S. radio two months later, in March of that year. The track was comparatively less commercially successful than the album's previous single, peaking at number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100. There are two versions of music video, the first version takes place on the High School Musical: The Concert Tour in Seattle, Washington. While the second officially released version, featured Zac Efron, had gathered nearly 110 million views on YouTube.
- Promotional singles
"Let's Dance" was released as a promotional single from the album only in the United States. The song was released digitally on September 25, 2007. The live version of the song recorded during the High School Musical tour was used for promotion. The song was also used on Dancing with the Stars on U.S. network ABC. A music video was released, showing Vanessa performing in Chile during a tour of High School Musical. The song failed to enter the Billboard Hot 100.
There were different editions issued, each containing thirteen or fourteen tracks with varying bonus tracks. A twelve-track version was then released internationally on November 28, 2006. The CD was then released on January 17, 2007 in Japan (sixteen tracks) and on March 17, 2007 in Australia (twelve tracks). She had covered "Whatever Will Be" which was originally by Tammin.
Hudgens promoted the album when opening for The Cheetah Girls during their The Party's Just Begun Tour. She also promoted her album on the High School Musical: The Concert tour. Hudgens performed "Come Back to Me", "Say OK" and "Let's Dance" in the concierto.
Upon its release, V received generally positive reviews from most music critics. Mentioned in Identified review, Heather Phares praised the album "was her first step toward a less overtly Disney-affiliated career: released by the studio's Hollywood label, it used Christina Aguilera's soulful pop as a template; even if its songs were a bit faceless, they had surprisingly sophisticated production values." She noted that Hudgens "sings about love, dancing, and hanging with her girls" and repeated again in Identified, "the production outclasses the songs and the singing".
Nate Cavalieri Rhapsody Music said: "This collection of pop and sugary R&B keeps the messages squeaky clean, even with hints that she is willing to break your shyness. The singles are well built and the best are" Come Back to Me "dancing to "Let's Dance" and a dedication surprisingly emotive long-distance, "Afraid".
The album received positive reviews. Commonsense Media's Tony Whittum said: "The first album Hudgens is well positioned to win the approval of the teen market. His 12 relatively simple, romantic and sweet pop songs about boys, hanging out with friends, dancing, female power and tribulations of a very young life are delivered with the latest plain, recycled, computer programmed beats and hip-hop. "He further added, "Hudgens is strong, stable and comfortable in the medium, as when she is singing a dance song" Let's Dance "and pop rock" Never Underestimate a Girl. "Otherwise, your voice can range from the diminutive and shy the strident edge. With his voice and his musical talent mature, it would be nice to see Hudgens take more risks and produce something more original. Then, as their audience matures, they will not leave it behind".
The album was nominated as #7 on "Album of The Year" by Billboard Readers' Choice.
V debuted on the Billboard 200 in early October 2006 at number twenty-four on the chart, with 34,000 copies sold that week. The album dropped out of the Billboard 200 after thirty-two weeks on the chart. On February 2, 2007, the album was certified gold for shipments to retailers of 500,000 copies. The album was certified platinum in Argentina, the sale of 8,000 copies, under DVD category. Until August 2009, the album sold over 570,000 copies in the U.S.
|1.||"Come Back to Me"||Antonina Armato, Tim James, Peter Beckett, J.C. Crowley||Armato, James||2:47|
|2.||"Let Go"||A. Bojanic, E. Hooper, I. Levan||Wizards of Oz||2:48|
|3.||"Say OK"||Arnthor Birgisson, Savan Kotecha||Arnthor||3:41|
|4.||"Never Underestimate a Girl"||Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil||Gerrard||3:01|
|5.||"Let's Dance"||Gerrard, Jonas Jeberg, Bridget Benenate||Gerrard, Jay Jay||2:52|
|6.||"Drive"||Leah Haywood, David Norland||Norland, Daniel James, Haywood||3:25|
|7.||"Afraid"||D. James, Haywood, Bradley Spalter||James, Haywood||3:17|
|8.||"Promise"||D. James, Haywood, Shelly Peiken||James, Haywood||3:16|
|9.||"Whatever Will Be"||Kotecha, Carl Falk, Jake Shultze||Kent Larsson, AJ Junior||3:47|
|10.||"Rather Be with You"||Bojanic, Hooper||Wizards of Oz||3:33|
|12.||"Lose Your Love"||Vieira||Vieira||3:01|
|Wal-Mart exclusive bonus tracks|
|13.||"Too Emotional"||Armato, James, Scappa||Armato, James||2:50|
|14.||"Drip Drop"||Alex Cantrall||Cantrall||3:38|
|Deluxe edition bonus track |
|13.||"Too Emotional"||Armato, James, Nicky Scappa||Armato, James||2:50|
|15.||"Don't Talk"||Armato, James, Scappa||Armato, James||2:37|
|16.||"Make You Mine"||Gerrard, Kara DioGuardi||Gerrard||3:42|
|17.||"Come Back to Me" (Chris Cox Remix Radio Mix)||Armato, James||Armato, James, Beckett, Crowley||4:23|
|18.||"Come Back to Me" (Chris Cox Remix Club Mix)||Armato, James||Armato, James, Beckett, Crowley||9:26|
|Deluxe edition DVD|
|1.||"Come Back to Me" (Music video)||2:49|
|2.||"Say OK" (Music video)||3:39|
|3.||"Come Back to Me" (Music video; live version)||2:56|
|4.||"Say OK" (Music video; live version)||3:28|
|5.||"Vanessa Hudgens Interview"||3:08|
- Sample credits
Charts and certifications
|United States||September 26, 2006||Hollywood|
|Brazil||October 30, 2006||Universal Music|
|Italy||December 1, 2006||EMI|
|United Kingdom||December 4, 2006||Angel|
|Germany||February 9, 2007||EMI|
|United States (Bonus DVD)||June 10, 2008||Hollywood|
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