Thought 'Ya Knew

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Thought 'Ya Knew
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Studio album by CeCe Peniston
Released
  • January 10, 1994 (1994-01-10)
  • February 10, 1994 (1994-02-10) (JP)[1]
  • September 11, 1996 (1996-09-11) (JP, reissue)[2]
Recorded 1993
Genre Dance music, R&B
Length 72:17
Label A&M (#31454 0138)[3]
Producer Steve "Silk" Hurley, Soulshock & Karlin, Sir Jinx, Marc Dubuclet & Tim Miner, Andres Levin & Camus Maré Celli, David Morales, Brian McKnight, Richard Wolf
CeCe Peniston chronology
Finally / We Got a Love Thang: Remix Collection
(1992)Finally / We Got a Love Thang: Remix Collection1992
Thought 'Ya Knew
(1994)
Remix Collection
(1994)Remix Collection1994
Singles from Thought 'Ya Knew
  1. "I'm in the Mood"
    Released: December 14, 1993
  2. "I'm Not Over You"
    Released: April 5, 1994
  3. "Hit by Love"
    Released: August 1994
  4. "Keep Givin' Me Your Love"
    Released: February 1995 (UK, April '94)

Thought 'Ya Knew is the second solo studio album released by American singer CeCe Peniston, issued on January 10, 1994 by A&M Records. Peniston collaborated with her Chicago-based producer Steve Hurley, Carsten Schack and Kenneth Karlin (better recognized as duo Soulshock & Karlin) from Denmark, David Morales, Sir Jinx, and on one track ("Forever In My Heart") also with the multiple Grammy Award-nominee Brian McKnight. Decided not getting pigeonholed into the dance genre, the singer recorded for the set several ballads, trying to move into a R&B direction. Unlike its predecessor Finally, her second album was, therefore, a calculated mixture of pop ballads and R&B beats, though incorporating also other genres, such as jazz ("I'm in the Mood"), funk (I'm Not Over You"), reggae ("Through Those Doors") and gospel ("I Will Be Received").

The album received generally mixed reviews from music critics, and commercially, it proved to be a moderate success. Debuting on February 12, 1994 at number 102 on the Billboard 200, the album reached its peak a week later at number ninety-six, while spending nineteen weeks on the US chart in total. Overseas, the album entered the UK Albums Chart at number thirty-one, but charted for only two weeks there. Other territories included Switzerland (at number thirty-two), Japan (at number sixty-six), Netherlands (at number sixty-nine), and Germany (at number ninety-two).

Four official singles were released from the set, three of which entered the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the UK Singles Chart. All of them became successful on the dance chart, bringing Peniston two additional number one hits on the US Hot Dance Club Songs. In Japan, the album was shortly followed by Remix Collection, which featured alternate versions of songs issued on singles. The album was not accompanied by a worldwide tour.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
Chicago Reader (mixed)[5]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[6]
People (mixed)[7]

Thought 'Ya Knew received mainly mixed reviews. In terms of artistic achievement, dancefloor potential or chart performance, the album did not match the success of Peniston's debut album, Finally. Jose F. Promis from Allmusic, however, blamed the record label A&M for marketing the artist to an R&B audience, which he called the "big mistake". Giving the album three (ouf of five stars), he highlighted especially "Hit by Love" anthem as the song closer in spirit to the singer's early dance hits, but he admitted that by that time of the single's release its "steam had worn off".[4] Both critics, Martin Johnson from Chicago Reader and Johnny Huston from Entertainment Weekly agreed that the album's low points occurred on its ballads and that Peniston faltered on slower numbers. (Johnson also added that even Toni Braxton, who redefined the urban contemporary ballad, "would have trouble breathing life into them").[5] While Huston noticed Patti LaBelle-influenced vocal stylings (on "Through Those Doors"),[6] Johnson recalled young Chaka Khan and stressed the pungent lower registers of the singer's voice (on "Searchin'").[5] People magazine found the album's problem in Peniston's big-time pop success and her new need to be seen more serious than just a dance-music artist. Calling ballads "the ballads from hell", the magazine reproached that all the slow stuff did was focus on Peniston's vocal limitations.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

On February 5, 1994 the album entered at number thirty-one (its peak) in the UK Albums Chart, spending two weeks on the chart.[8] Followed by the Oricon list on February 10, Peniston received her first and her only album chart appearance to date in Japan, at number sixty-six (two charting weeks in total)[9] After two weeks since its release, the album entered the US Billboard 200 at number one-hundred-two on February 12, 1994. Peaking its top the following week, at number ninety-six on February 19 (nineteen weeks in the chart).[10] On the component, US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, the album climbed to number twenty (being present for thirty-four weeks in the chart.[11] Later on, the album would be classified as the seventy-first best R&B selling set of 1994.)[12] In Dutch MegaCharts, the record started its five weeks long run on February 19, topping its third week at number sixty-nine.[13] In addition, the album cracked the Swiss Music Charts on February 20, peaking on March 6 at number thirty-two (three weeks in the chart).[14] And on February 28 also the German Media Control Charts, reaching at number ninety-two (with three weeks in the chart).[15]

Track listings and formats[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Searchin'" Steve Hurley, Tonia Hurley, M-Doc 3:43
2. "I'm in the Mood (East 87th St. Mix)" Steven Nikolas, Brendon Sibley, Soulshock & Karlin, Cutfather 4:11
3. "Hit by Love" Steven Nikolas, Brendon Sibley, Soulshock & Karlin, Cutfather 4:34
4. "Whatever It Is" CeCe Peniston, Sir Jinx, Joc 4:35
5. "Forever in My Heart" Brian McKnight, Brandon Barnes 4:47
6. "I'm Not Over You" Steve Hurley, Jamie Principle, M-Doc 4:18
7. "Anyway You Wanna Go" Marc Dubuclet, Tim Miner 4:10
8. "Give What I'm Givin'" CeCe Peniston, Sir Jinx, Johny Rogers, Kymberli Armstrong 4:01
9. "Through Those Doors" Andrea Martin, Andres Levin, Camus Maré Celli 5:20
10. "Let My Love Surround You" Steven Nikolas & Brendon Sibley 4:07
11. "Keep Givin' Me Your Love" Steven Nikolas, Brendon Sibley, Soulshock & Karlin, Cutfather 6:13
12. "If You Love Me, I Will Love You" Marc Dubuclet, Tim Miner 4:29
13. "Maybe It's The Way" CeCe Peniston, Sir Jinx, Johnny Rogers 5:49
14. "I Will Be Received" Richard Wolf, James Wirrick 4:36
Total length: 72:17

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • CeCe Penistonlead vocal, backing vocals, vocal arrangement, executive producer
  • Damon Jones – executive producer
  • Manny Lehman – executive producer
  • Mark Dubuclet – producer, mixing, drum programming, programming, keyboards, bass, multi instruments
  • Steve "Silk" Hurley – producer, arranger, editing, mixing
  • David Morales – producer, arranger, percussion, mixing
  • Richard Wolf – producer, guitar, drum programming, keyboards
  • Steven Nikolas – vocal arrangement
  • Brendon Sibley – vocal arrangement
  • Soulshock & Karlin – producer, mixing
  • Sir Jinx – producer
  • Andres Levin – producer
  • Camus Maré Celli – producer
  • Andrea Martin – backing vocals, talking
  • Norma Jean Wright – backing vocals
  • Kymberli Armstrong – backing vocals
  • Myron Glasper – backing vocals
  • Jackie Gusheyk – backing vocals
  • Sharon Pass – backing vocals
  • Chantay Savage – backing vocals
  • Katreese Barnes – backing vocals
  • Sherree Ford-Payne – backing vocals
  • Faith Wade – choir, chorus
  • Niomisha Wilson – choir, chorus
  • Brian McKnight – backing vocals, multi instruments, producer
  • Rodney Miller – guitar
  • David Fiuczynski – guitar
  • Michael McDonald – guitar
  • Kamaal – bass
  • Greg Mull – engineer, mixing
  • Daryll Dobson – engineer, mixing
  • Scott Ahaus – engineer, remixing
  • Doug Michael – engineer
  • David Sussman – engineer
  • Steve Weeder – engineer
  • Craig Porteils – engineer
  • John Fundingsland – engineer
  • Keith Barrios – engineer
  • Anna Wheaton – engineer
  • Chris Wood – engineer
  • Brian Kinkel – engineer
  • Brad Aldredge – engineer
  • Victor McCoy – assistant engineer
  • Brian Young – assistant engineer
  • Daniel Beroff – assistant engineer
  • Craig Burbidge – mixing
  • Dave Way – mixing
  • Doug DeAngelis – mixing
  • Ken Kessie – mixing
  • Kevin Crouse – mixing assistant
  • Eric Flickinger – mixing assistant
  • Eddie Sexton – mixing assistant
  • Devin Foutz – mixing assistant
  • Christian Delatour – mixing assistant
  • Johnny Rogers – keyboard
  • James Wirrick – keyboards
  • Fernando Harkless – saxophone
  • David Wills – drums
  • Alec Shantzis – programming
  • Satoshi Tomiie – programming
  • Terry Burrus – programming
  • Greg Lawson – drum programming
  • Danny Madden – conductor
  • Bill Ware – vibraphone
  • C-N-A – multi instruments
  • Colleen Donahue-Reynolds – production coordination
  • Michael Lavine – photography

Charts[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
CAN
[16]
GER
[17]
NDL
[18]
NWZ
[19]
SWI
[20]
UK
[8]
US[21]
DCP R&B 100
1993 "I'm in the Mood"[A] 88 68 22 29 16 1 7 32
1994 "I'm Not Over You" 2 10 41
"Keep Givin' Me Your Love"[B] 36
"Hit by Love" 33 1 47 90
1995 "Keep Givin' Me Your Love"[B] 26 4 101
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that region.
Notes
  • A ^ "I'm in the Mood" peaked at number eight in the Canadian RPM Dance/Urban component chart,[22] while on the Nederlandse Top 40 it charted two weeks at number twenty-five.[23]
  • B ^ "Keep Givin' Me Your Love" was promoted in England as the second official single taken from Thought 'Ya Knew album. In the States, the song was released on single in addition.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "シー・シー・ペニストン". オリコン (in Japanese). Oricon. oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2015-03-21. ファイナリー ▪ 発売日 1994年02月10日 ▪ 品番 POCM-1047 
  2. ^ "シー・シー・ペニストン". オリコン (in Japanese). Oricon. oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2015-03-21. ソート・ヤ・ニュー ▪ 発売日 1996年09月11日 ▪ 品番 POCM-1994 
  3. ^ Peniston, CeCe (1994). Thought 'Ya Knew (Compact Disc). USA: A&M. (#31454 0138 2). 
  4. ^ a b Promis, Jose F. "Thought 'Ya Knew Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  5. ^ a b c Johnson, Martin (1994-06-09). "Dance Divas". Chicago Reader. Alison Draper. chicagoreader.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  6. ^ a b Huston, Johnny (1994-01-28). "Thought 'Ya Knew Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time division of Time Warner. ew.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  7. ^ a b "Picks and Pans Review: Thought Ya Knew". People. People.com. 1994-02-07. people.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  8. ^ a b c "CeCe Peniston UK Chart History". The Official Charts Company. Music Week. theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  9. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - Japan - Albums". オリコン (in Japanese). Oricon. web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2015-01-25. Thought 'Ya Knew ソート・ヤー・ニュー #66 
  10. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - US Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  11. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  12. ^ a b "The Year in Music - US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums of 1994". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 1994-12-24. p. YE-32. Retrieved 2011-03-13. Thought 'Ya Knew by CeCe Peniston #71 
  13. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - Albums - Netherlands". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control GfK International. dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  14. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - Albums". Hung Medien (in German). hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  15. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - Albums". Bundesverband Musikindustrie (in German). Media Control GfK International. musicline.de. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  16. ^ For Canadian peak positions of Peniston's singles, use a specific single link, respectively the dance links for her entries in the dance/urban chart.(Note: Up to 1994 RPM published only Top 10 positions for dance/urban category, since 1995 Top 30 list is effective.)
  17. ^ "CeCe Peniston - Singles - Germany". Bundesverband Musikindustrie (in German). Media Control GfK International. musicline.de. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  18. ^ For Dutch peak positions of her singles, visit the singles link:
  19. ^ "CeCe Peniston - Singles - New Zealand". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Hung Medien. charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  20. ^ "CeCe Peniston - "I'm In The Mood" - Switzerland (in German)". Hung Medien. hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-03-20. #29 
  21. ^ For Top 100 peak positions of Peniston's singles in US, use the general links. In order to view also the under-Top 100 entry of "Keep Givin' Me Your Love", you will have to subscribe to billboard.biz website to review the billboard.biz link.
  22. ^ "CeCe Peniston - "I'm in the Mood" - RPM Dance/Urban - Canada". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. 1994-03-21. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2011-03-20. I'm in the Mood" #8 
  23. ^ "CeCe Peniston - "I'm in the Mood" - Dutch Top 40 - Netherlands (in Dutch)". GfK Dutch Charts. Media Control GfK International. 1994-02-12. top40.nl. Retrieved 2011-03-20. #25 

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