H.E.R. (album)

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H.E.R.
H.E.R. (2017) album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 20, 2017 (2017-10-20)
GenreR&B
Length71:50
LabelRCA
Producer
H.E.R. chronology
H.E.R.
(2017)
I Used to Know Her: The Prelude
(2018)
Singles from H.E.R.
  1. "Pigment"
    Released: December 23, 2016[1]
  2. "Focus"
    Released: 2017
  3. "2"
    Released: October 13, 2017[2]

H.E.R. is a compilation album by American singer H.E.R., released on October 20, 2017, by RCA Records. The album comprises songs from the singer's EPs H.E.R., Vol. 1 (2016) and H.E.R., Vol. 2 (2017), and includes six additional songs. The album won Best R&B Album and received four other nominations at the 61st Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist for H.E.R.[3]

Background[edit]

Gabi Wilson signed a recording contract with RCA Records at age 14 after performing covers of Alicia Keys songs on the television shows Maury, Today and The View.[4] Her first EP, H.E.R., Vol. 1, was released on September 9, 2016,[5] and peaked at number 28 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[6] A second EP, H.E.R., Vol. 2, was released on June 16, 2017.[7] It peaked at number 49 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and number 22 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[6][8]

The compilation H.E.R., released on October 20, 2017, includes the songs from the two prior EPs along with six new tracks, including the duet "Best Part" from Daniel Caesar's album Freudian (2017).[9] The six new songs were also released on a third EP, H.E.R., Vol. 2: The B-Sides, on October 20, 2017.[10] This EP peaked at number 139 on the Billboard 200.[8]

Reception[edit]

H.E.R. peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard 200 and number 14 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[6][8] It won the Album/Mixtape of the Year at the 2018 Soul Train Music Awards.[11] The album won Best R&B Album, as well as Best R&B Performance for the song "Best Part" with Daniel Caesar at the 61st Grammy Awards and also received a nomination for Album of the Year.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Spotify.[12]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Losing"
3:46
2."Avenue"Lophiile3:34
3."Let Me In"
  • Wilson
  • Andrew Knox Brown
Knox Brown4:57
4."Lights On"
3:40
5."Say It Again"
  • Wilson
  • Camper
  • Strother
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
2:52
6."Facts"
  • Wilson
  • Camper
  • Strother
  • Jermaine Elliott
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
3:39
7."Focus"
  • Wilson
  • Camper
  • Justin Love
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
3:20
8."U"
  • Wilson
  • Ambré Perkins
  • David "Swagg R'celious" Harris
  • H.E.R.
  • Swagg R'celious
2:59
9."Every Kind of Way"
  • Wilson
  • Camper
  • Strother
Camper2:40
10."Best Part" (featuring Daniel Caesar)3:29
11."Changes"
  • H.E.R.
  • Swagg R'celious
3:34
12."Jungle"
  • H.E.R.
  • Swagg R'celious
5:05
13."Free"
  • Wilson
  • Camper
  • Elijah Dias
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
3:18
14."Rather Be"
  • Wilson
  • Alju Jackson
  • Harris
  • Keithen Foster
  • H.E.R.
  • Swagg Rcelious
3:09
15."2"
  • H.E.R.
  • MNEK
  • Ryan Ashley
3:09
16."Hopes Up"
  • Wilson
  • Anthony Bryant
  • Harris
  • Dias
  • Swagg R'celious
  • Ant B
3:06
17."Still Down"
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
2:49
18."Wait for It"
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
2:16
19."Pigment"
  • H.E.R.
  • Qreamybeats
2:59
20."Gone Away"
  • Wilson
  • Anesha Birchett
  • Antea Shelton
  • Christopher McClenney
  • Joshua Scruggs
  • H.E.R.
  • Syk Sense
4:10
21."I Won't"
  • Wilson
  • Camper
  • Jordan-Jones
  • Strother
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
3:31

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2017–19) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[13] 58
US Billboard 200[8] 23
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[6] 14

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Position
US Billboard 200[14] 68

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000double-dagger

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pigment - Single by H.E.R. on Apple Music". iTunes. December 23, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "2 - Single by H.E.R. on Apple Music". iTunes. October 13, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  3. ^ Velez, Jennifer. "H.E.R. Wins Best R&B Album For 'H.E.R.'| 2019 GRAMMYs". Grammy Awards. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Robehmed, Natalie. "Yes, R&B Sensation H.E.R. Is Gabi Wilson". Forbes. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "H.E.R., Vol. 1 – H.E.R." AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "HER Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Kellman, Andy. "H.E.R., Vol. 2 – H.E.R." AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d "HER Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Kellman, Andy. "H.E.R. - H.E.R." AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "H.E.R., Vol. 2 – The B-Sides – EP by H.E.R. on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Mitchell, Gail. "2018 Soul Train Awards Exclusive: H.E.R., Bruno Mars & Cardi B Top Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "H.E.R. by H.E.R. on Spotify". Spotify. RCA Records. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "HER Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  14. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – H.E.R. – H.E.R." Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 17, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.