Finally (CeCe Peniston album)

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  • January 28, 1992 (1992-01-28)
  • February 21, 1992 (1992-02-21) (JP)[1]
  • April 1, 1993 (1993-04-01) (JP, reissue)[2]
  • September 11, 1996 (1996-09-11) (JP, reissue)[3]
GenreDance, R&B
LabelA&M (#75021 5381)[4]
ProducerFelipe Delgado, Steve Hurley, Daniel Abraham, Rodney K. Jackson, Steve Lindsey, Brian Malouf, David Morales, DeVante Swing
CeCe Peniston chronology
Female Preacher
Finally / We Got a Love Thang: Remix Collection
Singles from Finally
  1. "Finally"
    Released: September 21, 1991
  2. "We Got a Love Thang"
    Released: January 1992
  3. "Keep On Walkin'"
    Released: May 5, 1992
  4. "Inside That I Cried"
    Released: September 11, 1992 (US)
  5. "Crazy Love"
    Released: September 1992 (UK)

Finally is the debut album by American singer CeCe Peniston, released on January 28, 1992 by A&M Records. Prior to the release of this album, Peniston released her debut single "Finally", which topped the US Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play chart on October 26, 1991, peaking eventually at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number two in the UK Singles Chart. The album yielded two additional singles which achieved dance number one status in the US; "We Got a Love Thang", co-written by Chantay Savage, and "Keep On Walkin'", written in collaboration with Kym Sims. Both songs entered the UK Singles Chart top 10 and the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 in the US.[5] Despite the success of the singles, the album itself climbed only to number seventy on the US Billboard 200. However, during its thirty-six weeks long presence in the chart it sold over 554,000 copies in the US.[6] The album peaked at number ten on the UK Albums Chart. The total worldwide sales of the album surpassed 3,000,000 units.[7] Two further tracks were released from the album which were more in the R&B field; "Inside That I Cried" charted at number ten in the US R&B chart and at number forty-two in the UK, while "Crazy Love" peaked at number thirty-one in the US and at number forty-four in the UK.[8] The album was part of the resurgence of dance music in the United States during the mid-1990s.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[10]
Entertainment Weekly(B-)[11]

Finally received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Craig Lytle from AllMusic lauded the album in his review as "outstanding", and it being a "solidly produced collection". Giving the set four out of five stars, he wrote that the album warranted an additional single release.[10] Amy Linden from Entertainment Weekly stated that Peniston has "a good enough voice" (which she stressed as a novelty among dance-music dollies), but apart from its title single, plus the funky ode "Virtue", she ranked the rest of album a B- for being "mainly standard issue and pretty dull".[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Initially, Finally entered the albums charts overseas. On February 2, 1992 the album debuted in the UK Albums Chart at number ten, its peak, spending nineteen weeks in total on the chart.[12] On February 15, the album appeared for the first time in the Canadian Albums Chart at number sixty, as well as on the US Billboard 200 at number ninety-nine. In both countries, the album reached its peak position in its fourth week on the chart; number twenty in Canada, where it spent twenty-two weeks in the chart,[13] and number seventy in the US, where it spent thirty-six weeks on the chart, of which eighteen were within the Top 100.[14] In the Dutch MegaCharts, the album began its twelve-week run on February 22 at number ninety, reaching number thirty-one.[15] In Billboard's component chart, the album debuted on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart on March 7 at number eighty-eight, and climbed to number thirteen on August 8, spending fifty-two weeks in the chart.[16] In addition, the album charted for two weeks in Austria, peaking there at number thirty-eight, its debut, on March 8.[17]

Track listing[edit]

1."We Got a Love Thang"Eric Miller, Jeremiah McAllister, Chantay Savage5:29
2."Finally"CeCe Peniston, Felipe Delgado, Rodney K. Jackson, E.L. Linnear4:03
3."Inside That I Cried"Rodney K. Jackson, Malik Byrd, Otto D' Agnolo5:51
4."Lifeline"George Lyter, Michael O'Hara, Denise Rich4:52
5."It Should Have Been You"Darryl Thompson5:50
6."Keep On Walkin'"Steve Hurley, Marc Williams, Kym Sims4:30
7."Crazy Love"George Lyter, Michael O'Hara, Denise Rich4:48
8."I See Love"Byron Drew Counts4:46
9."You Win, I Win, We Lose"Rodney K. Jackson, Danny Moore4:02
10."Virtue"Felipe Delgado, Danny Moore, Rodney K. Jackson4:47
Total length:48:58



  • Producers: Daniel Abraham, Felipe Delgado, R.K. Jackson, Steve Lindsey, Brian Malouf, David Morales, DeVante Swing
  • Engineers: Craig Marcus, Tony Maserati, Rob Paustian, John Poppo, Larry Stur,
  • Assistant engineers: Lolly Grodner
  • Mixing: Daniel Abraham, Terry Burrus, David Morales, DeVante Swing, Elliot Peters
  • Re-mixing: Brian Malouf



Music awards and nominations[edit]

Soul Train Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1993 Finally Best R&B/Soul Album - Female[19] Nominated

Promo EP[edit]

The Heart & Soul of CeCe Peniston (Four Selections from Finally)
The heart and soul of ccp.jpg
EP by
GenreDance, R&B
ProducerSteve Hurley, Daniel Abraham, DeVanté Swing, Felipe Delgado, Rodney K. Jackson

Along with the release of Peniston's single "Keep On Walkin'", a four-track promo EP titled The Heart and Soul of CeCe Peniston (Four Selections from Finally) was issued in the United States in support of Finally.

Apart from her third US Dance number-one hit "Keep On Walkin'", the EP also featured "Crazy Love", which was also promoted with a single, as well as two other songs from Finally—"I See Love", and "You Win, I Win, We Lose" (with background vocals by Malaika).

The artwork of the EP included altered pictures on its front and back cover.

Track listing[edit]

1."Keep On Walkin'"Steve Hurley, Marc Williams, Kym Sims4:30
2."Crazy Love"George Lyter, Michael O'Hara, Denise Rich4:48
3."I See Love"Byron Drew Counts4:46
4."You Win, I Win, We Lose"Rodney K. Jackson, Danny Moore4:02
Total length:18:06


Recording details



  • "CeCe Peniston - Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  • "CeCe Peniston - Discography - Charts & Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-03-19.


  1. ^ "シー・シー・ペニストン". オリコン (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2015-03-21. ファイナリー ▪ 発売日 1992年02月21日 ▪ 品番 PCCY-10292
  2. ^ "シー・シー・ペニストン". オリコン (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2015-03-21. ファイナリー ▪ 発売日 1993年04月01日 ▪ 品番 POCM-1866
  3. ^ "シー・シー・ペニストン". オリコン (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2015-03-21. ファイナリー ▪ 発売日 1996年09月11日 ▪ 品番 POCM-1993
  4. ^ Peniston, CeCe (1992). Finally (Compact Disc). USA: A&M. (#75021 5381 2). |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  5. ^ 'CeCe Peniston, US Dance Chart History' Billboard
  6. ^ To review the original source, you will have to subscribe to website to access the link.
    • Paolletta, Michael (2001-05-01). "Where Have All The Divas Gone?". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-03-19. In comparison, Peniston's 1991 album, Finally, has sold 554,000 copies.
  7. ^ Hutson, Wendell (2009-06-17). "CeCe Peniston Looking Forward To A Come Back". Chicago Defender. Real Times. Retrieved 2010-09-23. Peniston was signed, under the A&M Record label when she put out her 1991 debut album 'Finally', which sold over 3 million copies.
  8. ^ 'CeCe Peniston, US R&B Singles Chart History' Billboard
  9. ^ "Look What We Got: CeCe Peniston's Debut Album 'Finally' Turns 25". Albumism. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  10. ^ a b Lytle, Craig. "Finally album Review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  11. ^ a b Linden, Amy (1992-01-31). "Finally album Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time division of Time Warner. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  12. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston UK Chart History". The Official Charts Company. Music Week. Archived from the original on 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  13. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - Canada - Finally album". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-03-19. Finally album #20
  14. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - US Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  15. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - Netherlands - Albums". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control GfK International. Retrieved 2011-03-19. Finally album #31
  16. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  17. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - Austria - Albums". PhonoNet Austria GesmbH (in German). Musikmarkt. Retrieved 2011-03-19. Finally album #38
  18. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  19. ^ "1993 Soul Train Music Awards - Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Female". Soul Train. Soul Train Holdings. 1993-03-09. Retrieved 2015-02-05.

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