Happy People/U Saved Me

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Happy People/U Saved Me
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Studio album by R. Kelly
Released August 24, 2004
Recorded 2003–04
Studio The Chocolate Factory in Chicago, Illinois
Genre (Disc 1)
(Disc 2)
Length 1:40:12
Label Jive
Producer R. Kelly
R. Kelly chronology
Chocolate Factory
(2003)
Happy People/U Saved Me
(2004)
TP.3 Reloaded
(2005)
Singles from Happy People/U Saved Me
  1. "Happy People"
    Released: September 14, 2004
  2. "U Saved Me"
    Released: October 19, 2004

Happy People/U Saved Me is the sixth studio album and the second double album by R&B singer R. Kelly, where he mixed feel-good danceable soul records (Happy People) with gospel anthems (U Saved Me). Released in 2004, it peaked at No. 2 on the pop albums chart and went on to be certified three times Platinum. This is R. Kelly's 2nd double album in 6 years. The album contained the hit single "Happy People" (US No. 19, UK No. 6), and the minor hit "U Saved Me" (US No. 52, UK No. 6). On "Red Carpet (Pause, Flash), Kelly sampled the song "Step in the Name of Love" on his previous album which was released in 2003.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (66/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
BBC (mixed)[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau D+[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+/(B-)[5]
PopMatters (favorable)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Stylus B−[8]
Uncut 4/5 stars[9]
Village Voice (favorable)[10]

Happy People/U Saved Me received mostly positive reviews. The Los Angeles Times said, "Charming, unpretentious and effortless, the singer presides over a party whose pace never flags and whose soul is fun-loving and wholesome." Uncut said, "Happy People is a cunning, crackling, can't-keep-still classic." However many found his gospel/Christian based songs to be at stark contrast to his legal history.

Commercial[edit]

In his home country of United States, Happy People/U Saved Me debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 264,000 copies in its first week, behind Tim McGraw's Live Like You Were Dying.[11] The album was the sixth consecutive Kelly's solo album (seventh overall) to debut at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. In its second week, the album remained in the top ten at Billboard 200, fell to number six, selling 127,000 copies.[12] On September 24, 2004, the double album has been certified 3x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for selling 3 million copies in the country.[13] As of December 6, 2011, Happy People/U Saved Me has sold 5.2 million copies worldwide.[14]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written, produced and arranged by R. Kelly.
Happy People — Disc one[15]
No. Title Length
1. "Weatherman"   2:41
2. "Red Carpet (Pause, Flash)"   3:37
3. "Love Signals"   5:28
4. "Love Street"   4:37
5. "Ladies' Night (Treat Her Like Heaven)"   3:45
6. "If"   4:49
7. "The Greatest Show On Earth"   4:48
8. "It's Your Birthday"   2:44
9. "Steppin' Into Heaven"   3:54
10. "If I Could Make The World Dance"   5:28
11. "Happy People"   7:49
U Saved Me — Disc two[15]
No. Title Length
1. "3-Way Phone Call" (featuring Kelly Price, Kim Burrell & Maurice Mahon) 7:03
2. "U Saved Me"   6:13
3. "Prayer Changes"   6:24
4. "How Did You Manage"   3:45
5. "I Surrender"   4:45
6. "When I Think About You"   4:06
7. "Diary Of Me"   4:19
8. "Spirit"   3:57
9. "Leap Of Faith"   4:51
10. "Peace"   5:09

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[16]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
Summaries
Worldwide 5,200,000[14]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Smith, Jack (7 March 2003). "R Kelly Happy People/You Saved Me Review". BBC. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "R. Kelly". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Browne, David (16 August 2004). "Happy People: R. Kelly". Entertainment Weekly (779-780). 
  6. ^ Zerwas, Katie (17 September 2004). "R. Kelly: Happy People/U Saved Me". PopMatters. 
  7. ^ Pareles, Jon (2 September 2004). "R. Kelly: Happy People/U Saved Me". Rolling Stone. 
  8. ^ Burns, Todd (25 August 2004). "R. Kelly: Happy People / U Saved Me". Stylus. 
  9. ^ "R Kelly - Happy People". Uncut. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
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