Kaleidoscope (Kelis album)

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Kaleidoscope
Kelis - Kaleidoscope.png
Studio album by Kelis
Released December 7, 1999 (1999-12-07)
Recorded 1998–99
Studio Master Sound Recording Studio, Windmark Recording
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Genre
Length 61:37
Label Virgin
Producer The Neptunes
Kelis chronology
Kaleidoscope
(1999)
Wanderland
(2001)
Singles from Kaleidoscope
  1. "Caught Out There"
    Released: September 19, 1999 (1999-09-19)
  2. "Good Stuff"
    Released: November 2, 1999 (1999-11-02)
  3. "Get Along with You"
    Released: February 17, 2000 (2000-02-17)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Melody Maker 3/5 stars[4]
NME 9/10[5]
PopMatters mixed[6]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
Spin 6/10[8]
Yahoo! Music favorable[9]

Kaleidoscope is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Kelis, released on December 7, 1999 by Virgin Records. It was produced by The Neptunes. Despite underperforming in Kelis' home country, the album saw mild success in certain international markets, including the United Kingdom, where it charted at number 43 and was certified gold.

Commercial performance and singles[edit]

Kaleidoscope peaked at number 144 on the Billboard 200,[10] and as of November 2006, it had sold 249,000 copies in the United States.[11] The album fared better in Europe, where all three singles—"Caught Out There", "Good Stuff", and "Get Along with You"—were sizable hits. Kaleidoscope reached number 43 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), denoting shipments in excess of 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[12][13]

After reaching number 52 on the UK Singles Chart on imports alone,[14] "Caught Out There" was given a proper release in the UK, eventually peaking at number four.[13] "Good Stuff" also proved a modest hit, reaching number 19 on the UK chart.[13] The third and final single from the album, "Get Along with You", was her first solo release to miss the top 40, reaching number 51.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro"     1:55
2. "Good Stuff" (featuring Terrar)   3:52
3. "Caught Out There"     4:51
4. "Get Along with You"     4:27
5. "Mafia" (featuring Markita)   4:18
6. "Game Show"     5:04
7. "Suspended"  
4:53
8. "Mars"     5:15
9. "Ghetto Children" (featuring Marc Dorsey and N.E.R.D)
4:48
10. "I Want Your Love"     4:14
11. "No Turning Back"     4:10
12. "Roller Rink"  
  • Rogers
  • Williams
  • Hugo
4:58
13. "In the Morning"  
  • Rogers
  • Williams
  • Hugo
4:20
14. "Wouldn't You Agree" (featuring Justin Vince)   4:32
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Kaleidoscope.[16]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[17] 32
Dutch Albums Chart[18] 50
German Albums Chart[19] 73
New Zealand Albums Chart[20] 46
Swedish Albums Chart[21] 47
Swiss Albums Chart[22] 92
UK Albums Chart[13] 43
UK R&B Albums Chart[23] 7
US Billboard 200[24] 144
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[25] 23

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
United States December 7, 1999 Virgin [26]
United Kingdom February 17, 2000 [12]
Japan March 8, 2000 EMI [15]
Australia April 17, 2000 [27]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Album: Kelis: Kaleidoscope". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved February 21, 2008. 
  3. ^ Robson, Britt (January 7, 2000). "Kaleidoscope". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Kaleidoscope". NME. Time Inc. UK. February 28, 2000. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ Neal, Mark Anthony. "Kelis: Kaleidoscope". PopMatters. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ Berger, Arion (February 17, 2000). "Kaleidoscope: Kelis". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on December 9, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2006. 
  8. ^ Weisbard, Eric (February 2000). "Reviews". Spin 16 (2): 109. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ Johnson Jr., Billy (December 7, 1999). "Kaleidoscope". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on March 31, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Kelis Cooks Up 'Tasty' New Album". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. September 15, 2003. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  11. ^ Caulfield, Keith (November 2, 2006). "Ask Billboard". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c "British album certifications – Kelis – Kaleidoscope". British Phonographic Industry. March 2, 2001. Retrieved January 10, 2015.  Enter Kaleidoscope in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
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  14. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Alex K – Kyuss". Zobbel. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Kaleidoscope : Kelis". HMV Japan. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ Kaleidoscope (CD liner notes). Kelis. Virgin Records. 1999. 7243 8 47911 2 4. 
  17. ^ "Kelis – Kaleidoscope" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Kelis – Kaleidoscope" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Kelis – Kaleidoscope" (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Kelis – Kaleidoscope". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Kelis – Kaleidoscope". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Kelis – Kaleidoscope". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 3, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. June 11–17, 2000. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Kelis – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Kelis – Chart history: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Kelis – Kaleidoscope [Explicit]". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Kelis – Discography". musichead. EMI Music Australia. Archived from the original on September 23, 2006. Retrieved July 16, 2015.