And Then...

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And Then...
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Studio album by Joe
Released December 2, 2003
Recorded 2002–2003
Genre
Label Jive
Producer
Joe chronology
Better Days
(2002)Better Days2002
And Then...
(2003)
Ain't Nothin' Like Me
(2007)Ain't Nothin' Like Me2007
Singles from And Then...
  1. "More & More"
    Released: November 18, 2003
  2. "Ride wit U"
    Released: February 24, 2004
  3. "Priceless"
    Released: December 16, 2004

And Then... is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Joe, released through Jive Records on December 2, 2003 in the United States. It features production by Joe's labelmate R. Kelly as well as Roy "Royalty" Hamilton, Kevin "Shekspere" Briggs, Carvin & Ivan, The Underdogs, and others. The album reached number 26 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 121,000 copies in its first week of release. It was eventually certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[1]

Background[edit]

And Then... is an album that focuses on ballads. Joe states on his web site that he prefers singing ballads to up-tempo tracks. "I prefer to sing on ballads rather than up-tempos. You kind of showcase yourself as an r&b singer a lot better."

The album also features a number of collaborations with prominent r&b writers and producers. Joe worked with labelmate R. Kelly on the lead single "More & More" and "Make You My Baby", these two songs were originally intended for R. Kelly's unreleased album "Loveland". Roy "Royalty" Hamilton worked with Joe on the title track, as well as "Sweeter than Sugar" and "Sweet Dreams". Songwriter Kevin "Shekspere" Briggs wrote the song "Bedroom" that appears late on the album. G-Unit appears on the track "Ride wit U". Produced by Frank Romano, which is one of the up-tempo tracks on the album — Joe returned the favour on their debut album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Vibe 3/5 stars[3]

Upon release, And Then... received generally positive reviews from music critics. Allmusic wrote that "Joe maintains his steady recording output with And Then..., another in a line of his generally solid if not overly exceptional albums highlighted by a couple standout cuts [...] Here he's in really good hands, especially on the aforementioned Kelly and Hamilton songs, which rank among the very best of his career.[2] They rated the album three and a half stars out of five.[2]

Commercial success[edit]

And Then... debuted at number 26 on the US Billboard 200 and number four on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 121,000 copies in its first week of release. It was eventually certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[4] Outside the United States, the album reached the top thirty on the Dutch MegaCharts.[5]

R. Kelly-produced lead single "More & More" reached number 15 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while first international single "Ride wit U" peaked at number 22 on the same chart. It also reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart and the top forty of the Australian Singles Chart, becoming his highest-charting single release since 2000's "Stutter". Third single "Priceless" reached number 72 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Sweeter Than Sugar"
Roy "Royalty" Hamilton 3:38
2. "And Then..."
  • Dixon
  • Hamilton
Roy "Royalty" Hamilton 3:26
3. "More & More" R. Kelly R. Kelly 3:43
4. "Ride Wit U" (featuring G-Unit)
4:11
5. "Priceless" The Underdogs 4:35
6. "Jeep"   Allen "Allstar" Gordon 4:35
7. "You Dropped Your Dime"  
3:53
8. "Make You My Baby"   R. Kelly 3:41
9. "Street Dreams"   Roy "Royalty" Hamilton 2:50
10. "It Ain't Like That"   Allen "Allstar" Gordon 4:23
11. "Another Used to Be"  
  • Carvin & Ivan
  • Johnnie "Smurf" Smith[a]
4:59
12. "Bedroom"   Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs 3:31
13. "Testify"   Carvin & Ivan 4:07
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
Sampling credits

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[6] 28
French Albums (SNEP)[7] 108
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[8] 90
US Billboard 200[9] 24
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lavigne Remains No. 1 As Joe Debuts High
  2. ^ a b c And Then... at AllMusic
  3. ^ Vibe review
  4. ^ Lavigne Remains No. 1 As Joe Debuts High
  5. ^ "Mariah feat. Joe & 98 Degrees – Thank God I Found You". dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Joe – And Then.." dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Joe – And Then.." lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Joe – And Then.." charts.de. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Joe Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "Joe Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2014.

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