I Love You (Diana Ross album)

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I Love You
I Love You (Diana Ross album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2, 2006[1]
GenreR&B[2]
Length56:39
Label
Producer
  • Peter Asher
  • Marylata E. Jacobs (co-exec.)
  • Diana Ross (exec.)
  • Steve Tyrell
Diana Ross chronology
Blue
(2006)
I Love You
(2006)
Diana Ross Sings Songs from The Wiz
(2015)

I Love You is the twenty-fourth studio album by American singer Diana Ross. It was released by Parlophone Records and Manhattan Records in Europe in late 2006 and in the United States in 2007, respectively. It was Ross's first studio album of newly-recorded material since Every Day Is a New Day (1999). The album features a number of classic love songs such as Marvin Gaye's "I Want You", Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love" and Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". The only new original song on the album is the title track "I Love You (That's All That Really Matters)" .

Her highest-charting album in over 20 years in the US, it debuted at number 32 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number 16 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. I Love You also charted in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Critical reception toward the album was generally mixed. A special edition format was also released including a DVD featuring behind the scenes footage of the album's production. In support of the album, Ross embarked on the I Love You Tour which began in April 2007 in the United States and eventually visited Europe and Canada.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[2]

Allmusic editor Jeff Tamarkin wrote that "in what might be the least inspired album of her career, iconic diva Diana Ross sleepwalks through a mishmash of seemingly randomly chosen love songs, all covers save for one new composition, adding nothing to them and forcing one to wonder just why she bothered." He found that Ross "puts little emotion or enthusiasm into her recitations here, and seems to have little familiarity with, or understanding of, the songs she and producers Peter Asher and Steve Tyrell have chosen for the album. Her vocals are largely nondescript and at times barely hint at the qualities that made her such a distinctive force for decades, and the arrangements and production are whitewashed and lacking in originality."[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

First release internationally, I Love You debuted and peaked at number 60 on the UK Albums Chart.[3] In North America, the album was released on January 16, 2007. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 as the week's Hot Shot Debut, reaching number 32, with first-weeks sales of 21,222 copies.[4] This marked Ross' highest-charting album since Swept Away peaked at number 26 in late 1984.[5] Other charts I Love You appeared on include the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and the Top Internet Albums, reaching number 16 and number 32, respectively.[5] According to Soundscan, as of 2016, the album has sold around 100,000 copies in the United States.[6]

Track listing[edit]

US version
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Remember"Harry NilssonPeter Asher3:32
2."More Today Than Yesterday"Pat UptonSteve Tyrell2:51
3."I Want You"Tyrell4:34
4."I Love You (That's All That Really Matters)"Fred WhiteTyrell5:30
5."What About Love"Asher4:25
6."The Look of Love"Asher4:28
7."Lovely Day"
Asher4:09
8."Take My Breath Away"Asher3:45
9."Only You"
Tyrell3:58
10."To Be Loved"
Tyrell4:01
11."I Will"Asher2:48
12."This Magic Moment"Asher3:27
13."You Are So Beautiful"Asher3:34
14."Always and Forever"Rod TempertonAsher4:07
15."Remember – Reprise"NilssonAsher2:50
International version
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Remember"NilssonAsher3:32
2."More Today Than Yesterday"UptonTyrell2:51
3."I Want You"
  • Ross
  • Ware
Tyrell4:34
4."I Love You (That's All That Really Matters)"WhiteTyrell5:30
5."What About Love"
  • Russell
  • Willis
  • Bray
Asher4:25
6."The Look of Love"
  • Bacharach
  • David
Asher4:28
7."Lovely Day"
  • Withers
  • Scarborough
Asher4:09
8."Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (featuring Brian May)Freddie MercuryAsher3:15
9."Only You"
  • Ram
  • Rand
Tyrell3:58
10."To Be Loved"
  • Carlo
  • Gordy, Jr.
Tyrell4:01
11."I Will"
  • Lennon
  • McCartney
Asher2:48
12."This Magic Moment"
  • Pomus
  • Shuman
Asher3:27
13."You Are So Beautiful"
  • Fisher
  • Preston
Asher3:34
14."Always and Forever"TempertonAsher4:07
15."Remember – Reprise"NilssonAsher2:50

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006–2007) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[7] 92
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 60
US Billboard 200[5] 32
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wikane, Christian John (November 27, 2006). "Diana Ross: I Love You". PopMatters. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "I Love You". AllMusic. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "Diana Ross - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Diana Ross' New Manhattan/EMI Music Marketing Album, I Love You, is Week's Highest Debut on Billboard's Top 200 Chart at #32". Manhattan/EMI Music Marketing. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  5. ^ a b c "Dian Ross Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 December2019.
  6. ^ "THE SUPREMES, DIANA ROSS, STEVIE WONDER and RAY CHARLES.....USA album sales". Greasy Lake Community. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Diana Ross – I Love You" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 December 2019.