Double Up (R. Kelly album)

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Double Up
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Studio album by R. Kelly
Released May 29, 2007 (2007-05-29)
(see release history)
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre
Length 76:19
Label
Producer
R. Kelly chronology
TP.3 Reloaded
(2005)
Double Up
(2007)
Untitled
(2009)
Singles from Double Up
  1. "I'm a Flirt (Remix)"
    Released: March 2, 2007
  2. "Same Girl"
    Released: May 29, 2007 (US), August 24, 2007 (Germany)
  3. "Rock Star"
    Released: October 2, 2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 63/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10)[4]
PopMatters (7/10)[5]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine 1/5 stars[8]
Yahoo! Music UK (4/10)[9]

Double Up is the eighth studio album by American R&B singer and songwriter R. Kelly. It was released on May 29, 2007, by Jive Records, distributed by Zomba Label Group. The album features the contributions with guest appearances and also the productions, which was handled by R. Kelly, alongside with Swizz Beatz, The Runners, Snoop Dogg, Khao, Nelly, Chamillionaire and Polow da Don.

Its lead single, his remix to "I'm a Flirt", which features guest vocals from American rapper T.I. and American recording artist T-Pain; attaining the prominence of the success on the Billboard's Top 40 charts, while it peaked at number one on the US Top Hot Rap Tracks chart.

The album features the contributions with guest appearances and also the productions, which was handled by R. Kelly, alongside with Swizz Beatz, The Runners, Snoop Dogg, Khao, Nelly, Chamillionaire and Polow da Don.

Prior to the album's release, three songs were leaked onto the Internet: second single "Same Girl", which features Usher;

"Rise Up", a song which only appeared on some releases, a tribute to the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007; also making an early appearance was a song titled "Blow It Up", at first supposed to be featured on the album but absent from the final track listing, mainly due to the inappropriate mood it would have created because of the presence of the Virginia Tech shooting tribute song "Rise Up".

"Rock Star", which features Ludacris and Kid Rock, was released as the album's third single on September 4.

A video for the song "Real Talk" was also made directly on YouTube.

On May 25, 2007, four days before the album's release, the explicit version of the album became available for purchase on iTunes. The edited version became available on May 29, 2007, with a bonus track version available a day later.

On June 3, 2007 it entered the UK Albums Chart at #10.

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 386,000 copies, making this his fifth album to debut at number-one.[10] To date, the album has sold 1,200,000 copies in the United States.[11]

Background[edit]

On YouTube, R. Kelly has a video of him speaking out about his state on his success and his thoughts of collaborating with artists, such Young Jeezy and Ludacris, he thought, "why not put some of that magic on my album?" He stated that 70 percent of the record will be uptempo but he assured fans that "there will be some slow jams on there."

Music and lyrics[edit]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Champ" (featuring Swizz Beatz) Robert Kelly Kelly 1:50
2. "Double Up" (featuring Snoop Dogg) Kelly, Calvin Broadus, Jr., C. Bereal, K. Bereal, C. Brockman, C. Keyes, N. Stewart Kelly, Khao (co.) 4:48
3. "Tryin to Get a Number" (featuring Nelly) Kelly, C. Haynes Kelly, Corey "Keyz" Martin 3:47
4. "Get Dirty" (featuring Chamillionaire) R. Kelly, H. Seriki R. Kelly, Mysto & Pizzi (co.) 3:56
5. "Leave Your Name"   R. Kelly R. Kelly 3:27
6. "Freaky in the Club"   R. Kelly R. Kelly 4:35
7. "The Zoo"   R. Kelly R. Kelly 3:39
8. "I'm a Flirt (Remix)" (featuring T.I. & T-Pain) R. Kelly, S. Moss, R. Jackson, C. Harris, F. Najm R. Kelly, Lil' Ronnie 5:32
9. "Same Girl" (duet with Usher) R. Kelly R. Kelly, Lil' Ronnie 4:12
10. "Real Talk"   R. Kelly R. Kelly 3:00
11. "Hook It Up" (featuring Huey) R. Kelly, L. Franks Jr. R. Kelly, Lil' Ronnie (co.) 4:15
12. "Rock Star" (featuring Ludacris & Kid Rock) R. Kelly, C. Bridges R. Kelly 4:47
13. "Best Friend" (featuring Keyshia Cole & Polow da Don) R. Kelly R. Kelly 4:41
14. "Rollin'"   R. Kelly R. Kelly 4:47
15. "Sweet Tooth"   R. Kelly R. Kelly 2:50
16. "Havin a Baby"   R. Kelly R. Kelly 3:34
17. "Sex Planet"   R. Kelly R. Kelly 5:35
18. "Rise Up" (Virginia Tech Memorial tribute track) (Not included on some releases outside of North America) R. Kelly R. Kelly 3:31
Samples credits
  • Double Up "Iceberg" performed by Tweet

Hook It Up

Notes
  • There are different iTunes' versions of Double Up. Some features the track "Ringtone", as track 20; instead of 19.[12] Other versions have "I Like Love" or the video for "I'm a Flirt" as bonus features.
  • On all versions (digital and CD) of Double Up, "I'm a Flirt" is presented in its censored form while the other songs are not.
  • On most international versions of the album, the song "Rise Up" is omitted in favor of the aforementioned bonus tracks. The song "Rise Up" was reportedly intended predominantly for North American listeners because it is about the Virginia Tech massacre, something that some non-North American fans of R. Kelly may be unfamiliar with.
  • The extended version of the song "Get Dirty" with an extended verse by Chamillionaire was released on R. Kelly's MySpace page.
  • The new intro to the song "I'm a Flirt (Remix)" was released, only featuring an additional 10 seconds of music before the actual song. The only evidence of this was found on YouTube.[13] The video is no longer available because the YouTube account which uploaded the video has been deleted.

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Jamaica January 9, 2007 (2007-01-09)
Haiti May 29, 2007 (2007-05-29)
United States
Canada
Russia
Japan December 10, 2007 (2007-12-10)
Netherlands March 1, 2008 (2008-03-01)
United Kingdom
New Zealand June 4, 2007 (2007-06-04)
European Union
India
South Africa May 2, 2007 (2007-05-02)
Iran June 7, 2007 (2007-06-07)
Iraq
Israel
Turkey
China
Belgium
Oceania August 12, 2007 (2007-08-12)
Brazil
Mexico
Spain
Philippines
Austria
Poland
Italy October 3, 2007 (2007-10-03)
Germany February 4, 2008 (2008-02-04)
Middle East September 4, 2007 (2007-09-04)
Colombia
Argentina
Bolivia
Chile
Ireland
France
Finland December 3, 2007 (2007-12-03)
Greece
Norway
Indonesia February 19, 2008 (2008-02-19)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 1
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[14] 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 1
UK Albums Chart 10
Canadian Albums Chart 19
German Albums Chart 46
Dutch Albums Chart 34
Italian Albums Chart 62
European Albums Chart 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Double Up Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Hoffman, K. Ross. "R. Kelly: Double Up > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  3. ^ Willman, Chris (25 May 2007). "Double Up: R. Kelly". Entertainment Weekly (936). 
  4. ^ Dombal, Ryan (5 June 2007). "R. Kelly: Double Up". Pitchfork Media. 
  5. ^ Boeckel, Gentry (8 June 2007). "R. Kelly: Double Up". PopMatters. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: R. Kelly". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (29 May 2007). "R. Kelly: Double Up". Rolling Stone. 
  8. ^ Henderson, Eric (31 May 2007). "R. Kelly: Double Up". Slant Magazine. 
  9. ^ Gennoe, Dan (1 June 2007). "R. Kelly - Double Up". Yahoo! Music UK. [dead link]
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1051710/r-kelly-flirts-his-way-to-no-1-album-chart-debut
  11. ^ "R. Kelly Still Steamy On New Song Leaks". Billboard.com. 
  12. ^ gnoos — Internal server error[dead link]
  13. ^ Video on YouTube[dead link] This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated.
  14. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/277270/r-kelly/chart?f=400

External links[edit]

Preceded by
It Won't Be Soon Before Long by Maroon 5
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 10, 2007 - June 16, 2007
Succeeded by
Epiphany by T-Pain