I'm Movin' On (CeCe Peniston album)

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I'm Movin' On
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Studio album by CeCe Peniston
  • September 9, 1996 (1996-09-09)
  • September 11, 1996 (1996-09-11) (JP)[1]
Recorded 1996
Genre R&B
Length 71:56
Label A&M (#31454 0562)[2]
Producer Dave Hall, Darren "Nitro" Clowers & Romany Malco, Danny Sembello & Albert Willis, Bradley & Storm, JoJo Hailey & Daryl Pearson, Oji Pierce, Steve "Silk" Hurley, Jorge "G. Man" Corante
CeCe Peniston chronology
Good News in Hard Times
I'm Movin' On
The Best Of
Singles from I'm Movin' On
  1. "Movin' On"
    Released: July 16, 1996
  2. "Before I Lay (You Drive Me Crazy)"
    Released: November 5, 1996

I'm Movin' On is the third studio album recorded by American singer CeCe Peniston, released on September 9, 1996 by A&M Records. The set that supposed to be the artist's deeper foray into mainstream R&B followed the pattern of her previous release Thought 'Ya Knew (1994), in which Peniston began her unsuccessful transition into the R&B market. The label heavily focusing on hip-hop influenced R&B jams and a variety of slow ballads invited several producers to join her session, in front of with Dave Hall and Gordon Chambers, who co-wrote the title track. This time, Peniston reprised her fellow collaboration with Steve Hurley on two songs. "The Last to Know" that she co-wrote, and "Don't Know What to Do". None of these would be released on single, though. In order to push her musical horizons further, A&M also featured JoJo Hailey and Tenina Stevens (also known as Suga T), as the first time ever that another artists would be vocally credited on her record.

Upon release, the album garnered mixed to favorable reviews from music critics. Most of them criticized the predominant promoting of R&B tracks, as well as her label for insistence on Peniston abandoning dance community in favor of urban arena. In terms of chart performance, the album has been viewed as a commercial failure with no entry on the Billboard 200, nor in the overseas. The only out of two released singles that cracked the Billboard Hot 100 list was the pilot "Movin' On", which climbed to number eighty-free, eventually. The second was named "Before I Lay (You Drive Me Crazy)". Neither I'm Movin' On was accompanied by a worldwide tour.

"Somebody Else's Guy", update of Jocelyn Brown's hit from 1984, became a surprising hit for Peniston in addition (number thirteen in England in February 1998), after being promoted as support of her greatest hits compilation, and the closing release under her contract with A&M.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[4]
Vibe (favorable)[5]

I'm Movin' On met with mixed to favorable reviews from music critics. Allmusic editor Jose F. Promis labeled the A&M calculations to reincarnate Peniston into an R&B diva as "total alienation of her core fans" and her "career killer". Apart from giving the album two and half (out of five) stars, he branded most of songs as "R&B clichés of the 1990s abound", but praised "Don't Know What to Do" and the singer's cover version of "Somebody Else's Guy."[3] William Stevenson from Entertainment Weekly foresaw in his B-graded review that the "blah ballads" are [to be] waste of Peniston's voice tailor-made for dance genre. Citing in addition also the Jocelyn Brown's classic, "Don't Know What to Do", plus the rousing "House Party" as the album's most powerful pipes that should not had been overlooked on single.[4] Rudi Meyer of Vibe was the most enthusiastic about Peniston's approach towards R&B mainstream. Appealing to the singer's past urban hit singles (such as "Keep on Walkin"", "Inside That I Cried" and "I'm in the Mood"), she found potential in her new material (namely in "The Last to Know", "If It Should Rain" and "Before I Lay"). Meyer rated the final result as "mostly pleasing outcome". Nevertheless, she praised club oriented tracks at the same time.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Two weeks after its official shipping to music stores, the album entered the U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart at number forty-eight (its peak) on September 28, 1996. In total, the set spent four weeks in the component chart, with no appearance in the Billboard 200,[6] or in the overseas albums charts.

Track listings and formats[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Movin' On" Dave Hall, CeCe Peniston, Gordon Chambers,StarrStrukk 3:46
2. "Looking for a Love That's Real" Darren Clowers, Romany Malco 3:54
3. "Sprung on You (Groove Me)" Albert Willis, Danny Sembello 5:00
4. "Try" Bradley Spalter, Emanuel Officer, Robert Daniels 4:55
5. "Before I Lay (You Drive Me Crazy)" JoJo Hailey, Darryl Pearson 4:47
6. "Somebody Else's Guy" Jocelyn Brown, Annette E. Brown 5:37
7. "If It Should Rain" Darren Clowers, Romany Malco 3:48
8. "House Party" CeCe Peniston, Oji Pierce, Emanuel Officer 4:11
9. "The Last to Know" CeCe Peniston, Steve Hurley 5:22
10. "Interlude I" Andrea Martin, Jorge Corante, Livio Harris, Damon Thomas, Budd Ford 1:03
11. "I'm Over You" Andrea Martin, Jorge Corante, Livio Harris, Damon Thomas, Budd Ford 4:40
12. "Don't Know What to Do" Steve Hurley, Tonia Hurley 4:49
13. "Interlude II" Andrea Martin, Jorge Corante, Livio Harris, Damon Thomas, Budd Ford 1:03
Total length: 71:56

Credits and personnel[edit]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart[6] 48


Year Single Peak chart positions
CAN Dance
R&B 100
1996 "Movin' On" featuring Suga T[A] 16 29 83
"Before I Lay (You Drive Me Crazy)" featuring JoJo Hailey 52
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that region.
  • A ^ "Movin' On" entered also the U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Pop Singles chart, where it peaked at number seventy-eight.[9]




  1. ^ "シー・シー・ペニストン". オリコン (in Japanese). Oricon. oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2015-03-21. ムービン・オン ▪ 発売日 1996年09月11日 ▪ 品番 POCM-1180 
  2. ^ Peniston, CeCe (1996). I'm Movin' On (Compact Disc). USA: A&M. (#31454 0562 2). 
  3. ^ a b Promis, Jose F. "I'm Movin' On Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  4. ^ a b Stevenson, William (1996-09-13). "I'm Movin' On Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time division of Time Warner. ew.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  5. ^ a b Meyer, Rudi (September 1996). "I'm Movin' On Review". Vibe. Intermedia Vibe Holdings. books.google.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  6. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  7. ^ "CeCe Peniston - "Movin' On" - RPM Dance/Urban - Canada". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. 1996-10-14. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2011-03-20. #16 
  8. ^ For Top 100 peak positions of Peniston's singles in U.S. charts, use the general links or, in order to view especially the under-Top 100 entries, you will have to subscribe to billboard.biz website to review the specific links.
  9. ^ "CeCe Peniston - "Movin' On" - U.S. Cashbox". Cashbox. Cashbox Magazine. 1996-09-28. cashboxmagazine.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. Movin' On" #78 

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