Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture

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Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedDecember 5, 2006
RecordedThe Underlab, Los Angeles: December 2005 – April 2006
Singles from Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture
  1. "One Night Only"
    Released: August 15, 2006
  2. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"
    Released: December 5, 2006
  3. "Listen"
    Released: January 29, 2007

Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture is a soundtrack album for the 2006 film Dreamgirls. The album was released by Music World Entertainment and Columbia Records on December 5, 2006 in two versions: a single-disc standard release, and a two-disc deluxe edition. The one-disc version includes highlights from the film's songs, including "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", "One Night Only", and "Listen", while the two disc version includes all songs present in the film alongside several bonus tracks.


Harvey Mason, Jr. and Damon Thomas of the production team The Underdogs served as producers and arrangers for the film's soundtrack, which is performed by the actors in the film, including Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, Sharon Leal, Keith Robinson, and others.[1] The soundtrack includes four new songs not present in the stage version of Dreamgirls: "Listen", "Love You I Do", "Patience", and "Perfect World". "Listen" was released to radio the week of October 16 as the first official Dreamgirls soundtrack single; the disco version of "One Night Only" was issued in late summer as a 12" club single and as an exclusive download on iTunes.

Critical reception[edit]

The Dreamgirls soundtrack was nominated for the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, losing to The Beatles' Love. "Listen", "Love You I Do", and "Patience" were all nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Original Song. However, "Love You I Do" won the Grammy that same year for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

Commercial performance[edit]

The one-disc version of Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture debuted at number 20 on the US Billboard 200, with sales of 92,000 units.[2] In its fifth week of release, the soundtrack reached the top of the Billboard 200 with a sales week of 68,000 units. The following week, the soundtrack broke its own all-time low record, holding on to the number one spot with a sales decrease of 9% good for 60,000.[3] This record was later broken by Taylor Swift selling 52,000 copies of her album Speak Now.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by The Underdogs (Harvey Mason, Jr. and Damon Thomas) and supervised by Matt Sullivan and Randy Spendlove except for the dance mixes on the Deluxe set (remixed by Eric Kupper & Richie Jones).

All tracks are written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen (unless otherwise noted).

1."Move"Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Anika Noni Rose2:08
2."Fake Your Way to the Top"Eddie Murphy, Rose, Hudson, Knowles3:54
3."Cadillac Car"Murphy, Rose, Hudson, Knowles, Rory O'Malley, Laura Bell Bundy, Anne Warren2:22
4."Steppin' to the Bad Side"Jamie Foxx, Keith Robinson, Hinton Battle, Murphy, Rose, Hudson, Knowles4:55
5."Love You I Do" (Henry Krieger, Siedah Garrett)Hudson2:50
6."I Want You Baby"Murphy, Rose, Hudson, Knowles2:53
7."Family"Robinson, Hudson, Knowles, Rose, Foxx3:22
8."Dreamgirls"Knowles, Hudson, Rose3:20
9."It's All Over"Hudson, Foxx, Knowles, Rose, Robinson, Sharon Leal3:41
10."And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"Hudson4:45
11."When I First Saw You"Foxx2:17
12."Patience" (Henry Krieger, Willie Reale)Murphy, Rose, Robinson3:35
13."I Am Changing"Hudson4:04
14."I Meant You No Harm / Jimmy's Rap"Murphy3:12
15."One Night Only"Hudson2:58
16."One Night Only (Disco)"Knowles, Rose, Leal3:10
17."Listen" (Henry Krieger, Anne Preven, Scott Cutler, Beyoncé Knowles)Knowles3:40
18."Hard to Say Goodbye"Knowles, Rose, Leal2:37
19."Dreamgirls (Finale)"Hudson, Knowles, Rose, Leal2:33
20."When I First Saw You (Duet)"Foxx, Knowles3:03
Deluxe Edition[5]


  • 1 Additional song on this track: "Love Love You Baby" performed by Knowles, Rose and Agron .
  • 2 Track also includes a medley of "Move", "Love Love You Baby" and "Heavy".
  • 3 Present in the musical, "Effie, Sing My Song" was recorded and shot for the film, but cut after early previews and replaced with an alternate dialogue version of the corresponding scene.
  • 4 Contains instrumental versions of "Dreamgirls", "Dreamgirls (Finale)" and "Love You I Do".
  • 5 Hidden song on this track: "Effie White's Gonna Win" performed by Hudson.


Credits are adapted from the album's booklet.[1]

Technical and production


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award show Category Nominated work Result Ref
2006 Satellite Awards Best Original Song "Listen" Nominated [6]
"Love You I Do" Nominated
2007 Academy Awards Best Original Song "Listen" Nominated [7]
"Patience" Nominated
"Love You I Do" Nominated
American Music Award Favorite Soundtrack Nominated [8]
Black Reel Awards Best Original Song "Listen" Nominated [9]
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Won
"One Night Only" Nominated
Best Original Soundtrack Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Song "Listen" Won [10]
Best Original Soundtrack Won
Golden Globe Award Best Original Song "Listen" Nominated [11]
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Album Won [12]
2008 Grammy Award Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated [13]
Best Song Written for Visual Media "Love You I Do" Won
Japan Gold Disc Awards Soundtrack Album of the Year Won [14]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Japan (RIAJ)[19] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] Platinum 1,000,000[20]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture (Liner notes). Music World, Columbia. 2006.
  2. ^ Katie Hasty, "Ciara, Eminem, Stefani Overtake The Billboard 200", Billboard.com, December 13, 2006.
  3. ^ Katie Hasty, "'Dreamgirls' Remains No. 1 As Sales Keep Sliding", Billboard.com, January 17, 2006.
  4. ^ "Latest Music News, Band, Artist, Musician & Music Video News". Billboard.com. 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  5. ^ "Dreamgirls (Music from the Motion Picture) [Deluxe Edition] by Various Artists". US: iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "Official press release for International Press Academy Satellite Awards Nominations" (PDF). pressacademy.com. International Press Academy. 2006-12-01. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-28.
  7. ^ "2007 Academy Awards Winners". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  8. ^ "CBSNews.com List of 2007 AMA Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Black Reel Awards – 2007". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  10. ^ "The 12th Critics' Choice Awards Winners and Nominees". bfca.org. Broadcast Film Critics Association. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  11. ^ "2007 Golden Globe Awards". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Image Awards Upstaged by Resignation of NAACP President". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Grammy 2008 Winners List". MTV.com. MTV. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  14. ^ "Gold Disc Awards". RIAJ. July 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  15. ^ "Dreamgirls – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  16. ^ "Soundtrack – dreamgirls". Achart. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  17. ^ a b "Beyoncé – Billboard 200 chart history". Billboard. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  18. ^ "Beyoncé – Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart history". Billboard. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  19. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Beyoncé – Beyoncé" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.
  20. ^ Sisario, Ben (November 4, 2014). "Beyoncé to Release a New Album, a Version of her Old Album". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Beyonce – BEYONCE". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.