Bittersweet (Blu Cantrell album)

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Bittersweet
Blu Cantrell, Bittersweet.jpg
Studio album by Blu Cantrell
Released June 24, 2003 (2003-06-24)
Recorded 2002–2003
Genre R&B, hip hop, soul
Length 48:26
Label Arista
Producer Trixter, Troy Oliver, Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Mike City, Don Vito, Shep Crawford, Mark Pitts, Ivan Matias, Andrea Martin, Soulshock & Karlin, Kevin Veney, Loren Hill, Rich Shelton, Wirlie Morris, Precision
Blu Cantrell chronology
So Blu
(2001)So Blu2001
Bittersweet
(2003)
Hit 'Em Up Style: Chart and Club Hits of Blu Cantrell
(2005)Hit 'Em Up Style: Chart and Club Hits of Blu Cantrell2005
Singles from Bittersweet
  1. "Breathe"
    Released: July 28, 2003
  2. "Make Me Wanna Scream"
    Released: January 22, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]
The Village Voice (choice cut)[4]

Bittersweet is the second studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Blu Cantrell, released in the United States on June 24, 2003 by Arista Records. It debuted at number thirty-seven on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart selling 29,000 units in its opening week[5] and spawned the international hit single "Breathe". The album did not share the domestic success of So Blu, after charting for 4 months sales peaked at 228,000 copies in the U.S. and remaining so far uncertified by the Recording Industry Association of America. However, unlike Cantrell's debut album, Bittersweet managed to reach international markets, performing modestly in certain European nations. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 46th Grammy Awards, but lost to Luther Vandross' Dance with My Father.[6][7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Love You" (Blu Cantrell, Kevin Briggs) – 3:48
  2. "Sleep in the Middle" (Shep Crawford) – 4:34
  3. "Unhappy" (Chris "Tricky" Stewart, Ebony Burks, Tab) – 4:08
  4. "Impatient" (featuring Lil' Kim and Fat Joe) (Larry Gates, Michelle Bell) – 5:01
  5. "Breathe" (Rap Version featuring Sean Paul) (Andrea Martin, Ivan Matias, Richard Bembery, Melvin Bradford, Stefan Harris, Alvin Joiner, Marshall Mathers, Charles Aznavour) – 3:48
    • Contains excerpts from Dr. Dre's "What's the Difference" featuring Eminem and Xzibit (Richard Bembery, Melvin Bradford, Stefan Harris, Alvin Joiner, Marshall Mathers, Charles Aznavour)
  6. "Risk It All" (Charmelle Cofield, Troy Oliver) – 4:59
  7. "Don't Wanna Say Goodbye" (Carsten Schack, Kenneth Karlin, Mischke Butler, Stevie Wonder) – 4:01
  8. "Happily Ever After" (Eritza Laues, Kevin Veney, Loren Hill, Rich Shelton) – 3:49
  9. "Holding on to Love" (Cantrell, Stewart, Tab, Wirlie Morris) – 3:47
  10. "Let Her Go" (Cantrell, Stewart, Tab) – 3:25
  11. "Make Me Wanna Scream" (featuring Ian Lewis of Inner Circle) (Rodney Richard, Cantrell, Kandi Burruss) – 3:28
  12. "No Place Like Home" (Mike City) – 3:44
European, Australian, and Japanese edition
  1. "I Love You" – 3:48
  2. "Sleep in the Middle" – 4:34
  3. "Unhappy" – 4:08
  4. "Impatient" (featuring Lil' Kim and Fat Joe) – 5:00
  5. "Breathe" (Rap Version featuring Sean Paul) – 3:48
  6. "Hit 'em Up Style (Oops!)" (Dallas Austin) – 4:12
  7. "Risk It All" – 4:59
  8. "Don't Wanna Say Goodbye" – 4:01
  9. "All You Had to Say" (Cantrell, DiAndre Davis, Orenthal Harper, Tab) – 4:24
  10. "Happily Ever After" – 3:49
  11. "Holding on to Love" – 3:47
  12. "Swingin'" (Austin, James Wright, James Harris III, Terry Lewis) – 3:59
  13. "Let Her Go" – 3:25
  14. "Round Up" (Lady May featuring Blu Cantrell) (Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Kym Holland, Ron Lawrence, Rhonda Robinson, Arthur Smith) – 4:14
  15. "Make Me Wanna Scream" (featuring Ian Lewis of Inner Circle) – 3:28
  16. "No Place Like Home" – 3:44
Limited-edition bonus DVD
  1. Exclusive Tell-All Interview with Wendy Williams
  2. "Hit 'em Up Style (Oops!)" (Video)
  3. Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Urban Albums Chart[8] 23
Australian Hitseekers[9] 14
Dutch Albums Chart[10] 71
French Albums Chart[10] 91
Irish Albums Chart[10] 73
Swiss Albums Chart[10] 82
UK Albums Chart[10] 20
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 37
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[11] 8

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United States June 24, 2003 Arista
Germany July 21, 2003 BMG
Japan July 23, 2003
United Kingdom July 28, 2003 Arista

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Bittersweet - Blu Cantrell". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ Lindon, Beccy (2003-08-08). "CD: Blu Cantrell: Bittersweet". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  3. ^ Walters, Barry (August 7, 2003). "Recordings: Blu Cantrell, Bittersweet, 2 stars". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on August 11, 2003. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (2003-10-28). "Rousing Constituencies". The Village Voice. 
  5. ^ Martens, Todd (July 2, 2003). "Beyonce, Branch Albums Storm The Chart". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved March 15, 2009. 
  6. ^ Susman, Gary (2003-12-04). "Here are the Grammy nominations". Entertainment Weekly. 
  7. ^ Press, Associated. "Complete list of 46th annual Grammy winners and nominees". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  8. ^ "ARIA Urban Albums Chart – Week Commencing 6th October 2003" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Pandora Archive. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Hitseekers – Week Commencing 22nd September 2003" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Pandora Archive. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Blu Cantrell – Bittersweet – Music Charts". αCharts.us. Retrieved March 15, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "Bittersweet (Bonus DVD) > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved March 15, 2009.