Joyful

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Joyful
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Studio album by Ayọ
Released 12 June 2006 (2006-06-12)
Recorded January 2006
Studio Sony Music Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre
Length 49:42
Label Polydor
Producer Jay Newland
Ayọ chronology
Joyful
(2006)
Gravity at Last
(2008)
Singles from Joyful
  1. "Down on My Knees"
    Released: 4 September 2006 (2006-09-04)[3]
  2. "And It's Supposed to Be Love"
    Released: 20 November 2006 (2006-11-20)[4]
  3. "Help Is Coming"
    Released: 31 May 2007 (2007-05-31)[5]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
CDstarts.de 8/10 stars[7]
laut.de 3/5 stars[8]
letmeentertainyou.de 4/5 stars[9]
Marie Claire (UK) 4/5 stars[10]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[2]

Joyful is the debut studio album by German singer and songwriter Ayọ, released on 12 June 2006 by Polydor Records. It was recorded over five days in New York City with producer Jay Newland.[11] Joyful was particularly successful in France, where it peaked at number six on the albums chart and was certified double platinum by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP). The album also reached number one in Poland, number five in Italy and number eight in Finland.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Down on My Knees"  
  • Ogunmakin
  • George Brenner
4:01
2. "Without You"     3:57
3. "Letter by Letter"     3:13
4. "How Many Times?"     3:28
5. "And It's Supposed to Be Love"   Abbey Lincoln 4:59
6. "Watching You"     3:53
7. "Only You"     3:55
8. "Help Is Coming"     3:55
9. "These Days"     4:48
10. "Life Is Real"     4:48
11. "What Is Love?"     4:26
12. "Neva Been"     4:19

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Joyful.[12]

  • Ayọ – vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
  • Larry Campbell – guitar, mandolin, steel guitar
  • Chiquito – A&R
  • Keith Christopher – bass great feel
  • Kyle Gordon – backing vocals
  • Jean-Marc Lubrano – photography
  • Andy Manganello – engineering
  • Brian Mitchell – accordion, bass harmonica, Hammond B-3, harmonica, piano
  • Jay Newland – engineering, production
  • Rapho – photography
  • Geoff Rice – assistant engineering
  • Danny Sadownick – percussion
  • Aurélie Ullrich – art direction
  • Mark Wilder – mastering
  • James Wormworth – drums

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[28] 2× Platinum 365,400[29]
Italy (FIMI)[30] Gold 40,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[31] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[32] Gold 15,000x

*sales figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
France 12 June 2006 Polydor [33]
Italy 1 September 2006 Universal [34]
Netherlands 17 November 2006 [35]
Germany 21 November 2006 [36]
Canada 30 January 2007 [37]
Poland 5 March 2007 [38]
Australia 31 March 2007 [39]
United Kingdom 3 September 2007 Polydor [40]
United States 20 November 2007 Interscope [41]

References[edit]

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