King of Queens (album)

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King of Queens
King of Queens album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2, 2014 (2014-10-02)
Recorded2013-2014
GenreR&B, afropop
Length70:00
LabelEffyzzie Music Group
Producer
Yemi Alade chronology
King of Queens
(2014)
Mama Africa
(2016)
Deluxe edition cover
King of Queens Deluxe edition.jpg
Singles from King of Queens
  1. "Johnny"
    Released: October 14, 2013
  2. "Tangerine"
    Released: April 14, 2014
  3. "Kissing"
    Released: September 10, 2014
  4. "Taking over Me"
    Released: January 21, 2015
  5. "Temperature"
    Released: March 13, 2015
  6. "Duro Timi"

King of Queens is the debut studio album by Nigerian singer Yemi Alade, released by Effyzzie Music Group on October 2, 2014.[1] Yemi Alade collaborated with producers such as Selebobo, Sizzle Pro, Shady Bizniz, Philkeyz, Young D, GospelOnDeBeatz, Dil, OJB Jezreel, Mr Chido, Fliptyce, EL Mcee and Beat Nation. The album was preceded by three singles—"Johnny", "Tangerine" and "Kissing". It features guest appearances and skits from Bovi, R2Bees, Phyno, Chidinma, DIL, Selebobo and Diamond Platnumz.[2] Yemi Alade promoted the album by touring several African countries, including Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.[3][4]

The deluxe edition of King of Queens was released in November 2014, and contains French versions of songs originally performed in English. It also contains lyrics, exclusive images, music videos, tour footage and hidden tracks. Its cover art was unveiled on 21 October 2014.[5]

Background and composition[edit]

Work on the album started in 2013 and continued through the third quarter of 2014. In May 2014, Effyzzie Music Group revealed the album's title and told Nigeria Entertainment Today that it would be released in July 2014.[6] On September 9, 2014, The Daily Times of Nigeria reported that the album would be released in September.[7]

On King of Queens, Yemi Alade explores various genre of music including reggae, R&B and afropop. She explores her versatility on "Why", a slow tempo reggae track. Yemi Alade infuses her personality on "Pose". "Duro Timi" is a R&B song with a pop undertone. On the slow cuddle "Catch You", Yemi Alade creates sexual rhythm and raps towards the end. "Money" is a reincarnation of "Johnny". Hausa vibes are included on "I Like". "Sugar" is an electropop song, while "Fall in Love" is a ballad that pays tribute to R&B of the 80s.[8][9]

Singles[edit]

On October 14, 2013, Effyzzie Music Group released "Johnny" as the album's lead single.[10] The song was produced by Selebobo. The music video for the song was uploaded onto Yemi Alade's Vevo channel on March 3, 2014. The video was directed in Ogun State by Clarence Peters and features cameo appearances from Bovi, Alexx Ekubo and Beverly Osu.[11] The French version of the song, released on May 20, 2014, was included as a bonus on the album. By releasing the song, Yemi Alade became the first Nigerian musician to release a song entirely performed in French.[12]

On April 14, 2014, Yemi Alade released "Tangerine" as the second single off the album.[13] The song was also produced by Selebobo. The music video for the song was also directed by Clarence Peters. It was uploaded onto Vevo on July 8, 2014.[14] Prior to releasing the video, Effyzzie Music Group unveiled footage and shots from the video shoot.[4] On September 10, 2014, "Kissing" was released as the album's third single. The song, which is a groovy mid-tempo love song, was produced by Fliptyce.[9] On October 16, 2014, Effyzzie Music Group released the music video for "Kissing" which was directed by Sesan in London.[15]

"Taking over Me" was released as the album's fourth single. Its music video was directed by Justin Campos and Taiye Aliyu.[16] On March 13, 2015, Yemi Alade released the album's fifth single titled "Temperature". The song features vocals from British-Nigerian singer DIL. The accompanying music video for "Temperature" was directed by Ovié Étseyatsé.[17] "Duro Timi" was released as the album's sixth single. Its music video was shot and directed in London by Ova.[18]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Pulse3.5/5 stars
Tooxclusive3/5 stars

King of Queens received generally mixed reviews from music critics. Ayomide Tayo of Pulse gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars, stating: "With her first album, she shows that she is the royal highness at stamping her authority on so many genres. She is king at crafting local pop tracks and delivering slow love songs with a regal glow. On King Of Queens, Yemi Alade lays her musical kingdom on the map with beauty, sweetness, and confidence."[8] Al Yhusuff and Jim Donnett gave the album 3 stars, adding that "Is Yemi Alade truly a King of Queens? It’s not a bad debut to be very fair but Yemi not only looks like she’s got better stuff to give, she’s actually given better stuff in the past. Pressures and some careless choices might have swayed a couple of decisions on #KOQ."[19]

Accolades[edit]

King of Queens was nominated for Best R&B/Pop Album and Album of the Year at The Headies 2015.[20] The album was also nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[21]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2015 The Headies Best R&B/Pop Album Nominated
Album of the Year Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Album of the Year Nominated

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro" (featuring Bovi)Bovi Ugboma0:36
2."Johnny"Yemi AladeSelebobo3:56
3."Why"Yemi AladeOJB Jezreel3:52
4."Pose" (featuring R2Bees)
  • Yemi Alade
  • Rashid Mugeez
  • Faisal Hakeem
Young D3:21
5."Duro Timi"Yemi AladeSizzle Pro3:44
6."Catch You"Yemi AladeShady Bizniz4:00
7."King (Koq) [Interlude]"Yemi AladeFliptyce2:13
8."Money"Yemi AladeGospelOnDeBeatz3:25
9."I Like"Yemi Alade
  • EL Mcee
  • Beat Nation
  • OJB Jezreel
3:56
10."Taking over Me" (featuring Phyno)
  • Yemi Alade
  • Azubuike Nelson
GospelOnDeBeatz3:29
11."Sugar"Yemi AladePhilkeyz3:18
12."Selense" (featuring Chidinma)
  • Yemi Alade
  • Chidinma Ekile
Mr Chidoo3:13
13."Fall in Love"Yemi AladeGospelOnDeBeatz3:54
14."Temperature" (featuring DIL)
  • Yemi Alade
  • Dil
Dil4:00
15."Kissing"Yemi AladeFliptyce3:45
16."Tangerine" (featuring Selebobo)
  • Yemi Alade
  • Selebobo
Selebobo3:46
17."Daddy Oyoyo"Yemi AladeFliptyce3:41
Notes
  • "—" denotes a skit

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the back cover of King of Queens.

  • Yemi Alade - Main artist, writer, performer
  • Koribo Harrison - Executive producer
  • Taiye Aliyu - Executive producer
  • Tpiano - Mixing, mastering
  • Clu Briz - Mixing, mastering
  • Selebobo - Featured artist, writer, producer, mixing, mastering
  • Sizzle Pro - Producer, mixing, mastering
  • Shady Bizniz - Producer, mixing, mastering
  • Philkeyz - Producer, mixing, mastering
  • Young D - Producer, mixing, mastering
  • GospelOnDeBeatz - Producer, mixing, mastering
  • DIL - Featured artist, writer, producer, mixing, mastering
  • OJB Jezreel - Producer
  • Mr Chidoo - Producer
  • Fliptyce - Producer
  • EL Mcee - Producer
  • Beat Nation - Producer
  • Bovi Ugboma - Skit
  • R2Bees - Featured artist, writer
  • Azubuike Nelson - Featured artist, writer
  • Chidinma Ekile - Featured artist, writer
  • Nasibu Juma - Featured artist, writer
  • August Udoh - Photography
  • UnravelGfx - Album art

Release history[edit]

Country/Digital platform Date Version Format Label
  • iTunes
  • Nigeria
October 2, 2014 Standard Effyzzie Music Group

References[edit]

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