All I Have (album)

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All I Have
Amerie - All I Have album.jpg
Studio album by Amerie
Released July 30, 2002
Recorded 2001–2002
Studio
Genre R&B
Length 42:56
Label
Producer Rich Harrison
Amerie chronology
All I Have
(2002)
Touch
(2005)
Alternative cover
Japanese edition cover
Singles from All I Have
  1. "Why Don't We Fall in Love"
    Released: April 29, 2002
  2. "Talkin' to Me"
    Released: October 8, 2002

All I Have is the acclaimed debut album of American R&B recording artist Amerie, released on July 30, 2002, by Columbia Records. It was recorded at Cue Recording Studios in Falls Church, Virginia, and at Lobo Studios and The Hit Factory in New York City.[1] The album debuted and peaked at number 9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in August 2002, remaining in the top twenty for two weeks only and dropping off the top one hundred in its fourteenth week. Nevertheless, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 3, 2003,[2] and earned Amerie a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist in 2003. According to Nielsen SoundScan, as of July, 2009, the album has sold 661,000 copies in the United States.[3]

Background[edit]

While studying at Georgetown, Amerie befriended a Washington, D.C. club promoter who eventually put her in touch with producer Rich Harrison.[4] During an interview with Maxim, Amerie said she met up with Harrison at a McDonald's parking lot, and performed a song for him in her car.[5] Rich Harrison—who had just worked on Mary J. Blige's albums Mary and No More Drama—began making/developing demos with Amerie. This led to her first record deal with Harrison's Richcraft Entertainment, in collaboration with Columbia Records.[4] According to Amerie, she and Harrison immediately hit it off. In a 2002 interview, she commented "For some reason we had a very special chemistry. When we would work together something great would happen."[6] Amerie recorded the chorus for the 2001 single "Rule", performed by Nas.[7][8] The single peaked at number 67 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in the United States. She also recorded a song with Detroit rapper Royce da 5'9", titled "Life", the third and final single from his Rock City (Version 2.0) album.

Promotion[edit]

In July 2002, Amerie's debut single, "Why Don't We Fall in Love", was released, peaking at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a top ten hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Dance Club Play charts.[9] The song was an urban top twenty hit in Australia and reached the top forty in the UK.[10][11] To promote the album, Amerie went on tour with Usher and Nas, traveling on Usher's Evolution 8701 Tour in 2002.[12][13][14][15][16] Amerie also promoted the album by touring with rapper Nelly, performing on 12 dates in the tour.[17][18][19] The second and final single from All I Have was "Talkin' to Me", a top 20 entry on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, although it peaked outside the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[20]
The Boston Globe mixed[21]
Boston Herald 3/4 stars[22]
PopMatters mixed[23]
Q 3/5 stars[24]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[25]

The album debuted and peaked at number 9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in August 2002, remaining in the top twenty for two weeks only and dropping off the top one hundred in its fourteenth week. Nevertheless, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 3, 2003,[26] and earned Amerie a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist in 2003. According to Nielsen SoundScan, as of July, 2009, the album has sold 661,000 copies in the United States.[27]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Rich Harrison except where indicated. 

All I Have – Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Why Don't We Fall in Love"     2:39
2. "Talkin' to Me"     3:54
3. "Nothing Like Loving You"     3:51
4. "Can't Let Go"     4:21
5. "Need You Tonight"  
3:49
6. "Got to Be There"  
3:01
7. "I Just Died"     3:29
8. "Hatin' on You"     3:57
9. "Float"     4:03
10. "Show Me"     4:14
11. "All I Have"     4:08
12. "Outro"   1:03
Total length:
42:56
Sample credits[1]

Personnel[edit]

Credits for All I Have adapted from liner notes.[1]

  • Rich Harrison - Drum programming, keyboards, synthesizers
  • Recording engineers: Jose Sanchez, Ken Schubert, Rich Harrison, Peter Wade, Nichole Cartwright
  • Pro-Tools editing: Jose Sanchez, Ken Schubert, Peter Wade
  • Mixing: Tony Maserati, Axel Niehaus, Angela Piva, Flip Osman, Pat Woodward
  • Executive producers: Daryl Williams, Rich Harrison, Cory Rooney
  • Co-Executive Producers: Jeff Burroughs, Ed Holmes
  • Photography: Jonathan Mannion
  • Art Direction & Design: Ron Jaramillo

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[28] 181
US Billboard 200[9] 9
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[9] 1

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification Sales
United States Recording Industry Association of America Gold 661,000

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United States July 30, 2002
United Kingdom August 5, 2002 Columbia
Japan November 20, 2002 Sony Music

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c All I Have (CD liner). Amerie. Columbia Records. 2002. CK 85959. 
  2. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum". RIAA. October 3, 2003. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  3. ^ "Amerie's Def Jam Debut Due In August". Billboard. June 2, 2009. Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002DSM8TS Amazon Bio
  5. ^ 8/21/06. ""Maxim Hot 100: Amerie Interview" | Show Clip". VH1.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  6. ^ Hip Online (2002-11-18). "Amerie – Interview". Hip Online. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  7. ^ "Nas feat. Amerie's Rule sample of Tears for Fears's Everybody Wants to Rule the World". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Amerie Interview with MVRemix Urban | US and Canadian Underground Hip Hop and Soul - exclusive interviews, reviews, articles". Mvremix.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  9. ^ a b c Ruhlmann, William (2002-07-30). "All I Have - Amerie". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-03.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "allmusic" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  10. ^ "Pandora Archive" (PDF). Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  11. ^ "Amerie - Why Don't We Fall In Love ft Ludacris". Chart Stats. 2002-11-16. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  12. ^ "Amerie | Features". Saveoursoul.nl. 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  13. ^ "Amerie Video, Pictures, Music". AskMen. 2002-07-30. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  14. ^ "Amerie Articles". Alwaysamerie.tripod.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  15. ^ "Usher Concert Tickets - Usher Concert Reviews - Usher Fan Sites". Concerttickets.com. 2002-06-16. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  16. ^ "User Info". Blurty.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  17. ^ "Amerie On-Board Nelly Tour with Cash Money and Fabolous; New Single, 'Talkin To Me,' Out Now. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. 2002-10-08. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  18. ^ "Amerie Doesn't See Much Of Nellyville Tour-Mates". rapdirt.com. 2002-11-09. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  19. ^ "Amerie Support Thread [Archive] - GreekChat.com Forums". Greekchat.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  20. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Review: All I Have. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-11-05.
  21. ^ Jones, Vanessa E. "Review: All I Have". The Boston Globe: September 13, 2002. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  22. ^ Rodman, Sarah. "Review: All I Have". Boston Herald: A.10. September 22, 2002. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  23. ^ Pride, Felicia. Review: All I Have. PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-11-05.
  24. ^ Columnist. "Review: All I Have". Q: 100. October 2002.
  25. ^ Jones, Steve. "Review: All I Have". USA Today: D.04. August 13, 2002. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  26. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum". RIAA. October 3, 2003. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  27. ^ "Amerie's Def Jam Debut Due In August". Billboard. June 2, 2009. Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  28. ^ "All I Have – Oricon". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-10-20. 

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