Big (album)

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Big
Macy Gray - Big.png
Studio album by Macy Gray
Released March 21, 2007 (2007-03-21)
Recorded 2006
Genre
Length 43:47
Label
Producer
Macy Gray chronology
Live in Las Vegas
(2005)
Big
(2007)
The Sellout
(2010)
Singles from Big
  1. "Finally Made Me Happy"
    Released: February 20, 2007 (2007-02-20)
  2. "Shoo Be Doo"
    Released: March 2007
  3. "What I Gotta Do"
    Released: June 26, 2007 (2007-06-26)[1]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 62/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[4]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B−[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[8]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[10]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[11]
Yahoo! Music 8/10 stars[12]

Big is the fourth studio album by American singer and songwriter Macy Gray, released on March 21, 2007 by Geffen Records. It is Gray's first studio album in four years. The album debuted at number 39 on the US Billboard 200, selling 23,000 copies in its first week.[13]

Three singles were released from the album: "Finally Made Me Happy" (a collaboration with Natalie Cole), "Shoo Be Doo", and "What I Gotta Do". The latter was included on the Shrek the Third soundtrack. Music from this album was also featured in the I Love New York season one reunion. The album's cover art was widely illustrated on iPhone ads and featured on the first boxes of the iPod Touch.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Finally Made Me Happy" (featuring Natalie Cole) 4:02
2. "Shoo Be Doo"  
  • Hinds
  • Jared Gosselin
  • Phillip White
  • Meldal-Johnsen
  • Printz Board
  • Mary Brown
  • Jessyca Wilson
  • Gosselin
  • White
  • Fair
4:04
3. "What I Gotta Do"  
  • Hinds
  • Caleb Speir
  • Jeremy Ruzumna
  • Josh Lopez
  • Jason Villaroman
  • Gosselin
  • White
  • Fair
3:08
4. "Okay"  
  • will.i.am
  • Timberlake
4:09
5. "Glad You're Here" (featuring Fergie)
  • Hinds
  • Joe Solo
  • O'Neil
  • Meldal-Johnsen
  • Trevor Lawrence
  • will.i.am
  • Fair
2:54
6. "Ghetto Love"  
  • Hinds
  • Adams
  • Moses
  • Mike Shapiro
  • James Brown
  • Betty Jean Newsome
will.i.am 3:08
7. "One for Me"  
  • will.i.am
  • Fair
4:09
8. "Strange Behavior"  
  • Hinds
  • Farrell
  • Speir
  • Shapiro
  • Gray
  • will.i.am
3:35
9. "Slowly"  
Fair 3:54
10. "Get Out" (featuring Justin Timberlake)
  • Timberlake
  • will.i.am
4:01
11. "Treat Me Like Your Money" (featuring will.i.am)
  • will.i.am
  • Noiztrip
3:27
12. "Everybody"  
  • Hinds
  • Board
  • Pajon
  • Tim "Izo" Orindgreff
will.i.am 3:16
Sampling credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Big.[19]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australian Urban Albums Chart[20] 15
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[21] 63
Czech Albums Chart[22] 38
Dutch Albums Chart[23] 56
European Top 100 Albums[24] 99
Finnish Albums Chart[25] 28
French Albums Chart[26] 149
Italian Albums Chart[27] 33
Japanese Albums Chart[28] 54
Scottish Albums Chart[29] 87
Swiss Albums Chart[30] 38
UK Albums Chart[31] 62
UK R&B Albums Chart[32] 11
US Billboard 200[33] 39
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[34] 14

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
Japan March 21, 2007 Universal [35]
Netherlands March 22, 2007 [36]
Italy March 23, 2007 [37]
Australia March 24, 2007 [14]
France March 26, 2007 [38]
Germany March 27, 2007 [15]
United States [39]
United Kingdom April 2, 2007 Polydor [16]

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