Jeremih (album)

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Jeremih
Jeremih - Jeremih.jpg
Studio album by Jeremih
Released June 30, 2009 (2009-06-30)
Recorded 2008–09
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 51:54
Label Def Jam
Producer Mick Schultz (also exec.)
Jeremih chronology
Jeremih
(2009)
All About You
(2010)
Singles from Jeremih
  1. "Birthday Sex"
    Released: March 24, 2009
  2. "Imma Star (Everywhere We Are)"
    Released: June 9, 2009[1]
  3. "Break Up to Make Up"
    Released: September 22, 2009[2]

Jeremih is the eponymous debut studio album by American R&B recording artist Jeremih; it was released on June 30, 2009, by Def Jam Recordings. The album debuted at number 6 on the US Billboard 200, selling 69,000 copies in its first week.

Background[edit]

While attending Columbia College Chicago, Jeremih collaborated with record producer Mick Schultz.[3] Together, they wrote all the songs, while Schultz produced the entire album. The duo recorded approximately 20 songs for the album.[4] In February 2009, Jeremih met with Def Jam CEO Russell Simmons and executive vice president of A&R Karen Kwak. After performing for the two, Jeremih was signed to Def Jam that same day.[5][6]

Promotion[edit]

Prior to its release, the album was previewed exclusively on social networking website, including MySpace.

Singles[edit]

"Birthday Sex"; the album's lead single was released on March 24, 2009. It topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[7] The single peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 58 on the Canadian Hot 100.[8][9]

"Imma Star (Everywhere We Are)"; the album's second single was released on June 9, 2009. The song has peaked at number 23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its release, Jeremih received generally positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, it received an average score of 70 based on four reviews.[11] Andy Kellman of Allmusic described Jeremih's vocals as "charmingly sly", expressing a comparison to Slim of 112 and Raphael Saadiq.[12] Giving the album a C-, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune felt that the use of Auto-Tune made Jeremih sound like a "clone" of Kanye West, but showed "little of West's imagination on his debut album".[13] Meanwhile, following the album's August 2009 UK release, noted R&B writer Pete Lewis of 'Blues & Soul' referred to it as "A promisingly-diverse R&B set which combines jiggy, club-flavoured tracks like the sexy 'That Body' and catchy 'My Ride' with classy soulful ballads like the hauntingly mellow 'Starting All Over' and wistful 'My Sunshine'.[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 6 on the US Billboard 200, selling 69,000 copies in its first week.[15] As of late 2010, Jeremih's debut album has sold over 420,000 copies in the US.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "That Body"   Jeremy Felton, Mick Schultz 3:54
2. "Birthday Sex"   Felton, Keith James, Schultz 3:46
3. "Break Up To Make Up"   Felton, Schultz 3:47
4. "Runway"   Felton, Schultz 4:05
5. "Raindrops"   Felton, Schultz 4:33
6. "Starting All Over"   Felton, Schultz 4:39
7. "Imma Star (Everywhere We Are)"   Felton, James, Schultz 4:21
8. "Jumpin"   Felton, Schultz 3:20
9. "Hatin' On Me"   Felton, Schultz 3:28
10. "My Sunshine"   Felton, Schultz 4:19
11. "My Ride"   Felton, Schultz 3:41
12. "Buh Bye"   Felton, Schultz 4:09

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

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Chart (2009) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 100
US Billboard 200[17] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[18] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Imma Star (Everywhere We Are)" release date
  2. ^ "Break Up to Make Up" release date
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Jeremih - Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ Carter, Lauren (September 25, 2009). "'Birthday' suitor Jeremih's star rises". Boston Herald. Herald Media. Retrieved October 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ Vaughn, Shamontiel L. (May 22, 2009). "Triple threat: Chicago native Jeremih, the singer, rapper, musician". Chicago Defender. Real Times. Retrieved June 1, 2009. 
  6. ^ Concepcion, Mariel (April 15, 2009). "Jeremih". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved July 31, 2009. 
  7. ^ Trust, Gary (May 21, 2009). "Chart Beat: Kris Allen, SWV, Green Day, Al B. Sure!". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved June 27, 2009. 
  8. ^ Ben-Yehuda, Ayala (June 4, 2009). "Lady GaGa Takes Two Top 10 Spots On Billboard's Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved June 27, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Jeremih - Birthday Sex - Music Charts". αCharts. Retrieved June 27, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Imma Star (Everywhere We Are) - Jeremih". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved July 31, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Reviews for Jeremih by Jeremih". Metacritic. Retrieved April 7, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jeremih - Overview". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 27, 2009. 
  13. ^ "New CD reviews". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The New York Times Company. July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  14. ^ Lewis, Pete (August 25, 2009). "'Perfect Presence - Pete Lewis Interviews Jeremih'". Blues & Soul. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  15. ^ Grein, Paul (July 8, 2009). "Week Ending July 5, 2009: All Michael, All The Time". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved July 9, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Jeremih – Jeremih". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  17. ^ "Jeremih – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Jeremih. Retrieved July 31, 2009.
  18. ^ "Jeremih – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Jeremih. Retrieved July 31, 2009.