Whatever (Hot Chelle Rae album)

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Whatever
Studio album by Hot Chelle Rae
Released November 29, 2011
Genre Pop rock, dance-rock, electropop
Length 34:04
Label RCA
Producer Emanuel Kiriakou
S*A*M and Sluggo
Andrew Goldstein
Dan Book
Alexei Misoul
Hot Chelle Rae chronology
Lovesick Electric
(2009)
Whatever
(2011)
Recklessly
(2014)
Singles from Whatever
  1. "Tonight Tonight"
    Released: March 15, 2011
  2. "I Like It Like That"
    Released: October 4, 2011
  3. "Honestly"
    Released: March 22, 2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 62/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Absolute Punk 55%[2]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Audiopinions 9/10 stars[4]
Billboard 8/10 stars[5]
BLAST C[6]
Entertainment Weekly B[7]
Los Angeles Times 1/4 stars[8]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[9]
Under The Gun Review 7/10 stars[10]

Whatever is the second studio album by Nashville pop rock band Hot Chelle Rae. It was released by RCA Records on November 29, 2011 to generally favorable reviews from music critics.[11] Two singles have been released from the album prior to its release: "Tonight Tonight" and "I Like It Like That", featuring New Boyz. "Honestly" (released March 22, 2012) is the album's third single.

Background[edit]

Hot Chelle Rae released their single “Tonight Tonight” in March 2011, prior to the release of their “Whatever” album the following November.[12] The success of this single, which went double platinum, led to Hot Chelle Rae being named the 2011 winners of the AMA’s “Best New Artist” award.[12] The band then spent the summer of 2011 touring with artists including Mike Posner, Justin Bieber, We the Kings, and the Script.[12][13]

Hot Chelle Rae released their second single “I Like It Like That” in October 2011, before releasing the full “Whatever” album on November 29, 2011.[14]

The cover art of the “Whatever” album, which features the four band members in separate colored squares was referred to by Cambio.com as drawing “inspiration from something in between the memory game Simon and the work of Andy Warhol”.[15]

Reception[edit]

Whatever gained generally positive reviews from most music critics. It holds a Metacritic "generally positive reviews" score of 62 out of 100.[1] Allmusic gave it 3 and a half stars, and stated that Whatever "may not be a formula designed for critical acclaim or longevity, but pop music has always been exactly like this and HCR would make Bobby Vee, the Archies, and the New Radicals proud."

The album debuted at number 48 on the Billboard 200, selling over 18,000 copies in its first week,[16] and debuted at number 166 in Canada.[17]

"Whatever" gained recognition from critics including USA Today’s Brian Mansfield for the multitude of pop-culture references in its tracks.[14] The songs of the “Whatever” album include many notable references to 2011 pop culture including the actor Zach Galifianakis, the Hollywood Sign, beer pong, Facebook, and Skype.[14]

Music critic Jon Caramanica of The New York Times compared Hot Chelle Rae’s “Whatever” album to “the early breakthroughs” of bands including Sum 41 and Blink-182.[18]

Although many critics gave “Whatever” relatively positive reviews, others criticized the album as lacking staying power, or being relatable mainly to teen audiences.[14][19] In a November 2011 review on the website The Wrap, music critic Chris Williams said the album, “has captivated the Radio Disney demographic, but more mature listeners will take the impassive album title to heart”.[19]

Tracklisting[edit]

The tracklist was revealed on October 25, 2011.[20] Songwriting credits and producers per album liner notes.[21]

All lyrics written by Ryan Follese and Nash Overstreet, except track 1, co-written by Dominic Anthony Thomas and Earl Henry Benjamin, track 5, co-written by Bei Maejor and others, track 8, written by Nash Overstreet and Martin Johnson. 

No. Title Music Producer(s) Length
1. "I Like It Like That" (featuring New Boyz) Ryan Follese, Nash Overstreet, Andrew Goldstein, Dan Book, Alexei Misoul, Emanuel Kiriakou, Evan Kidd Bogart, Lindy Robbins Emanuel Kiriakou, Andrew Goldstein 3:08
2. "Tonight Tonight"   Ryan Follese, Nash Overstreet, Emanuel Kiriakou, Evan Kidd Bogart, Lindy Robbins Emanuel Kiriakou 3:20
3. "Honestly"   Ryan Follese, Nash Overstreet, Ian Keaggy, C. Kelly, Sam Hollander, Dave Katz S*A*M and Sluggo, (co.) Chad Royce, Scott Mann 3:22
4. "Keep You with Me"   Ryan Follese, Nash Overstreet, Andrew Goldstein, Dan Book, Alexei Misoul Andrew Goldstein, Dan Book, Alexei Misoul, (co.) Emanuel Kiriakou 3:30
5. "Radio" (featuring Bei Maejor) Ryan Follese, Nash Overstreet, Emanuel Kiriakou, Evan Kidd Bogart, Bryan Folk, Brandon Green, Lindy Robbins Emanuel Kiriakou, (co.) Andrew Goldstein 3:04
6. "Whatever"   Ryan Follese, Nash Overstreet, Andrew Goldstein, Dan Book, Alexei Misoul Andrew Goldstein, Dan Book, Alexei Misoul 2:53
7. "Forever Unstoppable"   Ryan Follese, Nash Overstreet, Andrew Goldstein, Dan Book, Alexei Misoul Andrew Goldstein, Dan Book, Alexei Misoul 4:03
8. "Why Don't You Love Me?" (featuring Demi Lovato) Nash Overstreet, Martin Johnson Andrew Goldstein, Dan Book, Alexei Misoul 3:31
9. "Downtown Girl"   Ryan Follese, Nash Overstreet, Jamie Moore, Andrew Goldstein, Dan Book, Alexei Misoul Andrew Goldstein, Dan Book, Alexei Misoul 2:57
10. "Beautiful Freaks"   Ryan Follese, Nash Overstreet, Emanuel Kiriakou, Evan Kidd Bogart, Lindy Robbins Emanuel Kiriakou, (co.) Andrew Goldstein, Jens Koerkemeier 3:26
11. "The Only One"   Ryan Follese, Nash Overstreet, Ian Keaggy, Jesse Frasure Andrew Goldstein, Dan Book, Alexei Misoul 2:50
Total length:
34:04
Japanese bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "Come Back to California"   3:38
13. "I Wish"   3:14
14. "Tonight Tonight (Kat Krazy Remix)"   3:17
15. "I Like It Like That (Goldstein Remix)"   3:43

Personnel[edit]

Hot Chelle Rae
  • Ryan Keith Follesé – lead vocals
  • Nash Linden Miller Overstreet – guitars
  • Ian Sebastian Keaggy – bass
  • Jamie Christian Follesé – drums
Production
  • Emanuel Kiriakou – production
  • S*A*M and Sluggo – production
  • Alexei Misoul – production
  • Andrew Goldstein – production, mixing
  • Dan Book – production
  • Scott Mann – production
  • Chad Royce – production
  • Jens Koerkemier – additional production
  • Nash Overstreet – additional production
  • Matty Green – mixing
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Sarah Kraus – photography

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011–2012) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[22] 21
New Zealand Albums Chart[23] 21
US Billboard 200[24] 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Whatever". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ Joe DeAndrea (December 10, 2011). "Hot Chelle Rae – Whatever". Absolute Punk. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Whatever". AllMusic. December 10, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Whatever – Hot Chelle Rae". AudioOpinions. December 10, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Whatever – Hot Chelle Rae". Billboard. December 10, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ Chrisanne Grise (December 10, 2011). "Hot Chelle Rae "Whatever" album review". Billboard. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kyle Anderson (December 10, 2011). "Hot Chelle Rae, Whatever". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ August Brown (December 10, 2011). "Album review: Hot Chelle Rae's 'Whatever'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ Brian Mansfield (December 10, 2011). "Hot Chelle Rae, Whatever". USA Today. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ Grace Duffy (December 10, 2011). "REVIEW: Hot Chelle Rae – Whatever". Under The Gun Review. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Whatever". Amazon. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  12. ^ a b c Easterhouse, Jim. "Hot Chelle Rae's Nash Overstreet". Nuvo. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Bronson, Fred. > "Hot Chelle Rae: The Story Behind the Success of 'Tonight Tonight'". Billboard.com. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d Mansfield, Brian (November 28, 2011). "Hot Chelle Rae's 'Whatever' works for right now". USA Today. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  15. ^ Cheung, Nadine. "Hot Chelle Rae Releases 'Whatever' Album Art". Cambio. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Michael Buble – Michael Buble Still On Top In U.S. As Adele And Bieber Bounce Back". Buzzbox. Retrieved 2011-12-25. 
  17. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Charts/ALBUMS.html
  18. ^ Caramanica, Jon (December 29, 2011). "The Year When Rock Just Spun Its Wheels". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Willman, Chris. "Hot Chelle Rae Will Leave Grown-Ups Lukewarm With ‘Whatever’". The Wrap. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Hot Chelle Rae Reveals Tracklisting and Guest Features For New Album!". HotChelleRae.com. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  21. ^ Whatever (liner notes). Hot Chelle Rae. RCA Records, Sony Music Entertainment. 2011.
  22. ^ [1] ARIA Report 1151. March 19, 2012. Pandora Archive. Retrieved 09-04-2013
  23. ^ http://charts.org.nz/weekchart.asp?cat=a
  24. ^ "Whatever – Hot Chelle Rae". Billboard. Retrieved December 27, 2011.