II (Boyz II Men album)

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II
BoyzIIMen-II-Cover.jpg
Studio album by Boyz II Men
Released August 30, 1994
(Release history)
Recorded December 1993—May 1994
Studio Kajem Studios, Studio 4 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Doppler Studios, D.A.R.P. Studios, Studio LaCoCo in Atlanta, Georgia
The Enterprises, Encore Studios in Burbank, California
Flyte Tyme Studios in Edina, Minnesota
Larrabee Sound Studios, Skip Saylor Recording, Lighthouse Studios in Los Angeles, California
Backroom Studios in Glendale, California
Granny's House Studios in Reno, Nevada
Genre R&B, pop, soul, hip hop soul
Length 57:31
Label Motown
Producer Dallas Austin, Babyface, Boyz II Men (also exec.), Jheryl Busby (exec.), Tim & Bob, The Characters, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Brian McKnight, L.A. Reid, Tony Rich
Boyz II Men chronology
Christmas Interpretations
(1993)Christmas Interpretations1993
II
(1994)
The Remix Collection
(1995)The Remix Collection1995
Singles from II
  1. "I'll Make Love to You"
    Released: July 26, 1994
  2. "On Bended Knee"
    Released: November 1, 1994
  3. "Thank You"
    Released: February 7, 1995
  4. "Water Runs Dry"
    Released: April 11, 1995

II is the second studio album by American R&B quartet Boyz II Men, released on August 30, 1994 on Motown Records.[1] It contained the No. 1 singles "I'll Make Love to You" and "On Bended Knee", the latter of which replaced the former at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, making the group the third artist to replace themselves at No. 1 in the United States after Elvis Presley and The Beatles and the first to achieve the feat in 30 years.

"I'll Make Love to You" also spent 14 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 making them the first artist to achieve consecutive double digit runs at the top, with their prior single "End of the Road" topping the charts for 13 weeks and also equaled the record set by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" for the longest run at the top, a record which they held previously with "End of the Road". Other singles released achieved major success, including "Water Runs Dry", which reached No. 2, and "Thank You", which reached No. 21. "Vibin'", however, only reached No. 52.[1]

The spoken track "Khalil (Interlude)" is a tribute to their road manager Khalil Roundtree who was shot in Chicago, Illinois while the band was opening for MC Hammer's Too Legit to Quit tour.[1] II became the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, first presented at the 37th Grammy Awards in 1995.

According to producer Bob Robinson of the duo Tim & Bob, he and his partner Tim Kelley were asked by Boyz II Men to produce most of II. However, Motown Records then-president Jheryl Busby did not feel comfortable with the idea of two unknown producers dominating a second album from a group that was one of the biggest acts in the world at the time.[1] As a result, Busby brought in Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Babyface to deliver hit singles for the project. Busby insisted on "I'll Make Love to You" being the first single, despite objections from the group- who felt there were songs that could have been much stronger singles.[1] The song became one of Boyz II Men's biggest hits.

Over 20 songs were recorded for II, but most of them never made the final track listing.[1] Two of the songs Tim & Bob produced—"Now That We're Done" and "Can I Touch You"—ended up on 112's 1996 self-titled debut.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA[3][4]
Robert Christgau(3-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[7]

The album debuted at No. 1 in the Billboard 200 with 350,000 copies sold. It spent a total of five weeks at No. 1 and was the third best-selling album in 1995 in the United States and sold 12 million copies in the United States.

It did not make a huge impact in the United Kingdom, where it only made No. 17 on the UK Albums Chart. A Spanish language version, II: Yo Te Voy a Amar, was also issued. The album also won Best R&B Album at the 37th Grammy Awards.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Thank You"Michael S. McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Dallas AustinBoyz II Men, Austin4:34
2."All Around the World"James Harris III, Terry Lewis, McCary, N. Morris, W. Morris, Stockman, Daddy-OJimmy Jam & Terry Lewis4:56
3."U Know"McCary, N. Morris, W. Morris, Stockman, Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson, Curtis MayfieldBoyz II Men, Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson4:46
4."Vibin'"McCary, N. Morris, W. Morris, Stockman, Kelley, RobinsonTim Kelley & Bob Robinson4:26
5."I Sit Away"Tony RichL.A. Reid, Rich4:34
6."Jezzebel"W. Morris, Stockman, Troy Taylor, Charles FarrarThe Characters6:06
7."Khalil (Interlude)"N. Morris, StockmanTim Kelley & Bob Robinson1:41
8."Trying Times"W. Morris, Kelley, RobinsonW. Morris, Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson5:23
9."I'll Make Love to You"BabyfaceBabyface4:07
10."On Bended Knee"Harris III, LewisJimmy Jam & Terry Lewis5:29
11."50 Candles"Stockman, Kelley, RobinsonStockman, Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson5:06
12."Water Runs Dry"BabyfaceBabyface3:22
13."Yesterday"Paul McCartney, John LennonBoyz II Men3:07

Notes

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 4
Canadian Albums (RPM) 3
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[9] 7
European Albums Chart (Billboard)[10] 16
French Albums (SNEP)[11] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 18
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[13] 9
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[14] 1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[15] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 20
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 21
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 17
US Billboard 200[19] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[20] 1
Zimbabwe Albums (ZIMA)[21] 3

Decade-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard 200[22] 13

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[24] 5× Platinum 500,000^
France (SNEP)[25] Platinum 300,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[26] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[27] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[29] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[30] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[32] 12× Platinum 12,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[33] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United States August 30, 1994 Motown Cassette, CD
United Kingdom September 12, 1994

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "II Review". Entertainment Weekly. September 9, 1994: 83. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Boyz II Men - II CD Album". CDUniverse.com. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  5. ^ "CG: Artist 182". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  6. ^ Evans, Paul (1994-12-29). "Boyz II Men: II : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 100. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
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  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Boyz II Men – II" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  13. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/154394/ranking/cd_album/
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  15. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
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  19. ^ "Boyz II Men Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  20. ^ "Boyz II Men Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  21. ^ Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: albums chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  22. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1995 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
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  25. ^ "French album certifications – Boyz II Men – II" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Boyz II Men – Boyz II Men" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Dutch certifications" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  28. ^ "de branchevereniging van de entertainmentindustrie". Archived from NVPI the original Check |url= value (help) on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-08-17. Note: User needs to enter "Boyz II Men" in the "Artiest" field and click below "zoek" button. 
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  30. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Boyz II Men – Boyz II Men" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved July 15, 2012.  Select album under "Chart", enter 1994 in the field "Year". Select the certification month in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts".
  31. ^ "British album certifications – Boyz II Men – II". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 25, 2012.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter II in the search field and then press Enter.
  32. ^ "American album certifications – Boyz II Men – II". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 15, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  33. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1996". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 25, 2012.