Just like You (Keyshia Cole album)

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Just Like You
Just like You (Keyshia Cole album).jpg
Studio album by Keyshia Cole
Released September 25, 2007
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre
Length 57:59
Label
Producer Pete Rock, Missy Elliott, Bryan-Michael Cox, Scott Storch, Ron Fair (exec.), Rodney Jerkins, The Runners, Mario Winans, Diddy, J. Wells, Gregory G. Curtis, Alex Francis, T.Rey & C. Broan, Shawn Carroll, Soulshock
Keyshia Cole chronology
The Way It Is
(2005)
Just Like You
(2007)
A Different Me
(2008)
Singles from Just Like You
  1. "Let It Go"
    Released: June 19, 2007
  2. "Shoulda Let You Go"
    Released: October 19, 2007
  3. "I Remember"
    Released: December 5, 2007
  4. "Heaven Sent"
    Released: March 27, 2008

Just Like You is the second studio album by American R&B singer Keyshia Cole. The album was released on September 25, 2007 through Geffen Records. It was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards that was held February 2008, but lost to Ne-Yo's Because of You. As of December 2007, the album has been certified platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America and remains Cole's highest-selling album to date with 1.7 million copies sold.

Conception[edit]

Cole started work on her second album shortly after the release of her debut album, The Way It Is. About the album, Cole says, "This album is more about you, inside, and how you need to get yourself together, rather than pointing at somebody else and saying, 'You don't treat me right, you don't do this.' I'm truly lovin it, I listen to it myself. The last album, I didn't really listen to until I went on tour. [Because] when you listen to your own experience, it's like, I don't wanna hear it anymore. I do write from my personal experiences, but I think it's very important to young women."[1]

Guests include Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, Too $hort, Amina, Anthony Hamilton, Young Dro, T.I., Chink Santana and Piper. The US version has Cole's guest appearance on the song 'Last Night' by Diddy while the UK version has that, along with Boyfriend/Girlfriend by C-Side and (When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me by Sean Paul and the International Version contains both tracks.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Billboard (favorable)[4]
The Boston Globe (mixed)[5]
Entertainment Weekly (C)[6]
New York Times (favorable)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Stylus A−[9]
Village Voice (favorable)[10]
Washington Post (favorable)[11]

The first single off the album is "Let It Go", an upbeat club track that features Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim. The video premiered on BET's Access Granted on July 11, 2007. The second single is the Darkchild-produced "Shoulda Let You Go". The album was promoted with the second season of her reality show Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, which premiered on October 30, 2007.[12] Just Like You debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 281,419 copies in its first week, more than quadruple the first week of her first album.[13] "Give Me More" came in at No.1 on The Editor's List inside Cove Magazine October 2007 Issue for the top 5 Soul/R&B recordings for the month of September 2007. As of January 17, 2009, Just Like You has sold approximately 1.7 million copies in the United States. The album's title track was the theme for Cole's BET reality series during seasons 2 and 3.

On November 27, 2008 the album was released in Australia, titled Just Like You (International Deluxe Version). This release is a hybrid of Just Like You and The Way It Is and also features Keyshia's collaborations with P. Diddy and Sean Paul. It contains 16 songs and has a different cover to the original version of the album. On May 9, 2008 the international album had been released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Unless otherwise noted, information is taken from Liner Notes[15] and Discogs.com[16]
Background Vocals performed by Keyshia Cole (Tracks 2-4, 6-7, 9, 11-12, 14)

# Title and Personnel Information Producers Time
1. "Let It Go" (featuring Missy Elliott & Lil' Kim)
Background Vocals performed & arranged by Keyshia Cole
DJ Scratches: Souldiggaz
Keyboards: Prince Maestro & Taurian "TJ" Osborne
Missy Elliott, Cainon Lamb (co.) 5:14
2. "Didn't I Tell You" (featuring Too $hort)
Background Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Music Recorded by Alec Newell & Dru Castro
The Runners (music), Ron Fair (vocals) 3:51
3. "Fallin' Out"
Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
Soulshock (music) and Karlin (music), Ron Fair (vocals & additional strings) 4:27
4. "Give Me More"
Background Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Scott Storch (music), Ron Fair (vocals) 3:53
5. "I Remember"
Background Vocals performed & arranged by Keyshia Cole
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
All Other Instruments: Gregory G. Curtis Sr.
Gregory G. Curtis Sr. 4:20
6. "Shoulda Let You Go" (featuring Amina Harris)
Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Music Recorded by Josh Butler
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (music), Ron Fair (vocals) 3:40
7. "Heaven Sent"
Background Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Music Recorded by Dru Castro
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
Alex "Lex" Francis and Jason "J-Vibe" Farmer for The Ghostwriters, Ron Fair (additional) 3:52
8. "Same Thing (Interlude)"
Guitar & Bass Guitar: Kevin Hicks
T.Rey & C. Brown 1:35
9. "Got to Get My Heart Back"
Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Music Recorded by Dru Castro
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
Pete Rock (music) (Credit given solely to Ron Fair),[17] Ron Fair (vocals & additional strings only) 4:17
10. "Was It Worth It?"
Background Vocals performed & arranged by Keyshia Cole
Instruments played & programmed by Bryan-Michael Cox
Strings & Addiitional Music Programming by Kendrick "Wyldcard" Dean
Additional Vocals: Adonis Shropshire
Bryan-Michael Cox (instruments), Kendrick "WyldCard" Dean (co.), Adonis Shropshire (vocals) 3:36
11. "Just Like You"
Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
Shawn Carroll (music), Ron Fair (vocals) 4:06
12. "Losing You" (featuring Anthony Hamilton)
Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Sampled Intro Vocals performed by Natalie Cole
Additional Music Recorded by Dru Castro
Additional Drums: Varo
Frederick "Toxic" Taylor (instruments & sampling), Donald Alford (instruments & sampling), Ron Fair (All vocals except Sampled Intro) 3:49
13. "Last Night" (featuring Diddy)
All Instruments (for Outro): Jeffrey "J Dub" Walker
All other instruments played by Mario Winans
Intro Vocals: Betty Wright
Mario Winans (all instruments & vocals), Diddy (co.), Shannon "Slam" Lawrence (Keyshia Cole's Vocals) 4:15
14. "Work It Out"
Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Keyboards: J. Wells & Chanz Parkman
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
J. Wells (instruments), Chanz Parkman (co.), Ron Fair (vocals) 4:04
15. "Let It Go (Remix)" (featuring Missy Elliott, Young Dro & T.I.)
Background Vocals performed & arranged by Keyshia Cole
DJ Scratches: Souldiggaz
Keyboards: Prince Maestro & Taurian "TJ" Osborne
Missy Elliott, Cainon Lamb (co.) 3:40

UK Version[edit]

Background Vocals performed by Keyshia Cole (Tracks 3-5, 8-9, 11, 13-14, 16)

# Title and Personnel Information Producers Time
1. "Let It Go" (featuring Missy Elliott & Lil' Kim)
Background Vocals performed & arranged by Keyshia Cole
DJ Scratches: Souldiggaz
Keyboards: Prince Maestro & Taurian "TJ" Osborne
Missy Elliott, Cainon Lamb (co.) 4:00
2. "(When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me" (with Sean Paul) Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett (aka Don Corleon) (music & Sean Paul's vocals), Ron Fair (Keyshia Cole's vocal performance) 4:04
3. "Didn't I Tell You" (featuring Too $hort)
Background Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Music Recorded by Alec Newell & Dru Castro
The Runners (music), Ron Fair (vocals) 3:51
4. "Fallin' Out"
Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
Soulshock (music) and Karlin (music), Ron Fair (vocals & additional strings) 4:27
5. "Give Me More"
Background Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Scott Storch (music), Ron Fair (vocals) 3:53
6. "I Should Have Cheated"
Strings arranged and conducted by Ron Fair
Harmonica & Organ played by Ron Fair
Bass played by Tal Herzberg
Daron Jones & Ron Fair 5:28
7. "I Remember"
Background Vocals performed & arranged by Keyshia Cole
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
All Other Instruments: Gregory G. Curtis Sr.
Gregory G. Curtis 4:20
8. "Shoulda Let You Go" (featuring Amina Harris)
Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Music Recorded by Josh Butler
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (music), Ron Fair (vocals) 3:40
9. "Heaven Sent"
Background Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Music Recorded by Dru Castro
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
Alex "Lex" Francis and Jason "J-Vibe" Farmer for The Ghostwriters, Ron Fair (additional) 3:52
10. "Same Thing (Interlude)"
Guitar & Bass Guitar: Kevin Hicks
T.Rey, C. Broan 1:35
11. "Got to Get My Heart Back"
Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Music Recorded by Dru Castro
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
Pete Rock (Credit given solely to Ron Fair),[17] Ron Fair (vocals & additional strings only) 4:17
12. "Was It Worth It?"
Background Vocals performed & arranged by Keyshia Cole
Instruments played & programmed by Bryan-Michael Cox
Strings & Addiitional Music Programming by Kendrick "Wyldcard" Dean
Additional Vocals: Adonis Shropshire
Bryan-Michael Cox (instruments), Kendrick "Wyldcard" Dean (co.), Adonis Shropshire (vocals) 3:36
13. "Just Like You"
Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
Shawn Carroll (music), Ron Fair (vocals) 4:06
14. "Losing You" (featuring Anthony Hamilton)
Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Sampled Intro Vocals performed by Natalie Cole
Additional Music Recorded by Dru Castro
Additional Drums: Varo
Frederick "Toxic" Taylor (instruments & sampling), Donald Alford (instruments & sampling), Ron Fair (All vocals except Sampled Intro) 3:49
15. "Last Night" (featuring Diddy)
All Instruments (for Outro): Jeffrey "J Dub" Walker
All other instruments played by Mario Winans
Intro Vocals: Betty Wright
Mario Winans (all instruments & vocals), Diddy (co.), Shannon "Slam" Lawrence (Keyshia Cole's vocals) 4:15
16. "Work It Out"
Vocals Arranged by Keyshia Cole & Ron Fair
Keyboards: J Wells & Chanz Parkman
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Ron Fair
J. Wells (instruments), Chanz Parkman (co.), Ron Fair (vocals) 4:04
17. "Let It Go (Remix)" (featuring Missy Elliott, Young Dro & T.I.)
Background Vocals performed & arranged by Keyshia Cole
DJ Scratches: Souldiggaz
Keyboards: Prince Maestro & Taurian "TJ" Osborne
Missy Elliott, Cainon Lamb (co.) 3:40

International Deluxe Edition[edit]

Source: Amazon.com[18]

  1. "Let It Go" (featuring Missy Elliott & Lil' Kim)
  2. "Last Night" (featuring Diddy)
  3. "(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" (Sean Paul featuring Keyshia Cole)
  4. "Love"
  5. "Fallin' Out"
  6. "Was It Worth It?"
  7. "I Changed My Mind"
  8. "I Remember"
  9. "I Should Have Cheated"
  10. "Heaven Sent"
  11. "You've Changed"
  12. "Situations" (featuring Chink Santana)
  13. "Shoulda Let You Go" (featuring Amina)
  14. "Give Me More"
  15. "Let It Go" (featuring Piper)
  16. "Love, I Thought You Had My Back"

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[13] 2
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
Canadian Albums Chart 49

Samples[edit]

  • "Let It Go" contains samples from "Juicy Fruit" by James Mtume
  • "Got To Get My Heart Back" contains samples from "She's Only A Woman" by The O'Jays
  • "Losing You" contains excerpts from “Sorry” by Natalie Cole
  • "Just Like You" is used as the theme song to Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is seasons 2 and 3
  • "You've Changed" contains an interpolation of "Sounds Like A Love Song" by Bobby Glenn and "Song Cry" by Jay-Z.

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Netherlands September 24, 2007
United Kingdom
United States September 25, 2007
Canada
Brazil October 8, 2007
Italy October 24, 2007
New Zealand November 8, 2007
Singapore
Japan
European Union
Germany May 9, 2008
Austria
Switzerland
Australia November 27, 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""The Making of Keyshia Cole's "Let It Go""". Vibe. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  2. ^ About.com review
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Billboard review
  5. ^ The Boston Globe review
  6. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  7. ^ New York Times review
  8. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on October 15, 2007. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  9. ^ Stylus review
  10. ^ Village Voice review
  11. ^ Washington Post review
  12. ^ "Keyshia Cole Readies Sophomore Album". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  13. ^ a b Katie Hasty, "Rascal Flatts Races To No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week", Billboard.com, October 3, 2007.
  14. ^ "Diskografie Keyshia Cole Alben". KeyshiaCole.de. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  15. ^ Cole, Keyshia. "Just Like You" Liner Notes. Geffen, 2007.
  16. ^ Cole, Keyshia. "Just Like You" (CD, Album). Geffen Records. 2007. https://www.discogs.com/Keyshia-Cole-Just-Like-You/release/1321309
  17. ^ a b http://www.xxlmag.com/features/2008/01/pete-rock-keep-it-rollin%E2%80%99/
  18. ^ "Just Like You: Keyshia Cole: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 

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