Veteran (album)

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Studio album by Marques Houston
Released March 19, 2007 (U.K.)
March 20, 2007 (U.S.)
April 17, 2007 (Germany)
Recorded 2006-2007
Genre R&B, Urban, Hip hop
Length 45:30
Label TUG, Universal Motown
Producer Executive: Ketrina Askew, Marques Houston, Sylvia Rhone, Chris Stokes, Tone
Durrell Babbs, Cory Bold, Melvin Coleman, Bryan-Michael Cox, Kendrick "WyldCard" Dean, Brandon Howard, B. Howard, Rob Knox, Lamonte Lassiter, Candice Nelson "G.G.", Corey Peterson, Rufus Blaq, Stereotypes, Damon Thomas, The Underdogs
Marques Houston chronology
Mr. Houston
Singles from Veteran
  1. "Like This"
    Released: May 17, 2006
  2. "Favorite Girl"
    Released: September 20, 2006
  3. "Circle"
    Released: January 24, 2007
  4. "Wonderful"
    Released: July 18, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Okayplayer 2.5/5 stars[2]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[3]

Veteran is the third studio album of American R&B artist Marques Houston, a former member of the R&B group Immature/IMx. The album was released in the U.S. on March 20, 2007 and is available as a standard version, as well as a Circuit City Exclusive version (which includes a bonus DVD) and a Target Exclusive version (which includes a bonus track). Veteran sold almost 70,000 units in its first week.[4]


Houston describes Veteran as "a reflection of who I am as an artist and as a man. There's a lot that I've been through as far as relationships and just experiencing life. I'm only 25, but I’m a veteran because I've been in the industry since I was 8, and I've watched the changes."[5] The album release date was pushed back to give Houston time to cope with the death of his grandmother.[citation needed]

In the United States, Veteran debuted (and peaked) at number 5 on the Billboard 200[6][7] and debuted at number 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,[7][8] marking this release as Houston's first number one solo album.

The album features guest appearances by Mýa, Shawnna and Yung Joc. Houston had a hand in writing all of the songs on the albums except for "Wonderful", written by Ne-Yo (who worked with Houston previously, in 2003, on the song "That Girl" from Houston's album MH) and produced by Stereotypes.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Time
01 "Veteran (Intro)" The Underdogs 2:28
02 "Like This" (featuring Yung Joc) Cory Bold 3:51
03 "Always & Forever" The Underdogs 4:02
04 "Favorite Girl" Brandon Howard, Exchange Student(co) 3:33
05 "Circle" Bryan-Michael Cox 4:02
06 "Wonderful" Stereotypes 3:42
07 "Exclusively" Bryan-Michael Cox 4:08
08 "How You Just Gonna" The Underdogs 3:35
09 "Hold N' Back" (featuring Mýa and Shawnna) Cory "Co-Pe" Peterson 4:23
10 "Kimberly" LaMont "L" Lassiter 4:24
11 "So Right for Me" Candice "Gg" Nelson 3:44
12 "Miss Being Your Man" The Underdogs 3:35

Bonus tracks

  1. "Excited" – 3:44 (Target Exclusive bonus track)

Bonus DVD listing[9]

  1. "DVD Intro" – 0:10
  2. "Interview with Raw Footage" – 30:54
  3. "Favorite Girl" – 3:34
  4. "Sex wit You" – 4:14
  5. "Live European Performance" – 1:13
  6. "Somebody Help Me Trailer" – 2:10