Bloom (Machine Gun Kelly album)

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The cover consists of a box square showing a left hand, with roses behind it and thorns going through it. The wrist shows tattoos of a spade and the word 'envy', both red.
Studio album by Machine Gun Kelly
Released May 12, 2017 (2017-05-12)
Genre
Length 45:56[4]
Label
Producer
Machine Gun Kelly chronology
General Admission
(2015)
bloom
(2017)
Singles from Bloom
  1. "Bad Things"
    Released: October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
  2. "At My Best"
    Released: March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
  3. "Trap Paris"
    Released: May 12, 2017 (2017-05-12)
  4. "Go for Broke"
    Released: June 27, 2017 (2017-06-27)
  5. "The Break Up"
    Released: February 14, 2018 (2018-02-14)
  6. "27"
    Released: April 21, 2018 (2018-04-21)

Bloom (stylized as bloom) is the third studio album by American rapper Machine Gun Kelly. It was released on May 12, 2017, by Bad Boy, Interscope Records and EST 19XX.[5] The album was preceded by the hit single, "Bad Things", which reached at number four on the Billboard Hot 100,[6] a collaboration with Camila Cabello.[7]

Singles[edit]

On October 14, 2016, "Bad Things" featuring a duet with Cuban-Mexican singer Camila Cabello, was released as the lead single from Bloom. The song peaked at number 4 in the United States and number 16 in the United Kingdom.[6]

The second single from the album, called "At My Best" featuring American singer Hailee Steinfeld, was released on March 17, 2017. It has since peaked at number 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[7]

Originally released as a promotional single on April 13, 2017,[8] "Trap Paris" featuring Quavo and Ty Dolla Sign, was released as the third single for Bloom on May 12, 2017.[9] Its accompanying video was directed by Ben Griffin and debuted on MGK's VEVO on June 7, 2017.[10]

The fourth single from the album, "Go for Broke" featuring UK singer James Arthur, was named as the official theme for WWE SummerSlam 2017 and sent to top 40 radio on June 27, 2017.[11]

The fifth single from the album is called, "The Break Up" and it was out on February 14, 2018.[12]

The sixth single from the album is called, "27" and it was out on April 21, 2018.[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

Bloom debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 with 57,000 album-equivalent units, of which 38,000 were pure album sales.[14] In its second week, the album dropped to number 29 selling 16,500 total album-equivalent units; and in its third week, the album dropped to 43, selling another 11,000 album equivalent units. As of early June 2017, the album has sold a total of 85,000 units.[15][16]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100[17]
Review scores
SourceRating
XXLpositive[18]
HipHopDX4/5[19]
Alternative Press3.5/5 stars[20]
AllMusic3/5 stars[21]

Bloom received generally positive reviews from music critics. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 from reviews from mainstream critics, gave the album an average score of 72 out of 100 based on 4 reviews.[17] In a positive review, Preezy of XXL, praised the growth seen between General Admission, and Bloom. He praised both the lyrical content and production on the album, however, he was critical in the fact that the album was not strong enough to be his big comeback after the critical failure of General Admission.[18] In a positive review, Aaron McKrell of HipHopDX, gave the album a 4/5, and in the review, praised Kelly's vocal delivery on the album, along with the production and lyrical content.[19] Dan Leroy of Alternative Press gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars, and stated that Kelly's vocals were amazing, and his lyrics seemed sincere, however, that it felt like you were listening to more of a persona, than more of an attempt to address a sometimes messy life.[20] In a mixed review, Neil Z Yeung of AllMusic gave the album 3 stars, stating the half of the songs on the album were made to be radio hits, and that it was toned down from Kelly's past 2 albums. However, he said the introspective maturity of the album was admirable.[21]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The Gunner"
  • slimXX
  • Baze
3:38
2."Wake + Bake"
3:03
3."Go for Broke" (featuring James Arthur)
3:30
4."At My Best" (featuring Hailee Steinfeld)
  • Happy Perez
3:19
5."Kiss the Sky"
  • Baker
  • B. Allen
slimXX3:07
6."Golden God"
3:18
7."Trap Paris" (featuring Quavo and Ty Dolla $ign)3:23
8."Moonwalkers" (featuring DubXX)
  • Baker
  • Enoch Harris III
  • Eric Allen
  • Lil Rich
3:05
9."Can't Walk"
  • Baker
  • Samuels
  • Etiene
  • H*Money
  • JV
  • MGK (add.)
3:05
10."Bad Things" (with Camila Cabello)The Futuristics3:59
11."Rehab"
  • Baker
  • Nico Sereba
  • Vincent Dery
  • Samuels
  • Etiene
  • H*Money
  • JV
  • MGK (add.)
4:26
12."Let You Go"
  • Shatkin
  • MGK (co.)
  • slimXX (co.)
  • Baze (co.)
3:05
13."27"
  • Baker
  • B. Allen
  • Basil
  • slimXX
  • Baze
  • MGK
4:58
Total length:45:56[4]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[22] 37
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[23] 36
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[24] 77
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[25] 176
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[26] 6
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[27] 12
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[28] 58
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[29] 37
French Albums (SNEP)[30] 151
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[31] 43
Irish Albums (IRMA)[32] 52
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[33] 26
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[34] 29
Scottish Albums (OCC)[35] 35
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 28
UK Albums (OCC)[37] 37
US Billboard 200[38] 8
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[39] 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[40] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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