LeToya (album)

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LeToya
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Studio album by LeToya Luckett
Released
Recorded 2003–06
Genre
Length 52:18
Label Capitol
Producer
LeToya Luckett chronology
LeToya
(2006)
Lady Love
(2009)
Singles from LeToya
  1. "Torn"
    Released: March 21, 2006
  2. "She Don't"
    Released: July 5, 2006
  3. "Obvious"
    Released: November 21, 2006
Alternative cover
Special edition cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Blender Magazine 3/5 stars[2]
Daily Record 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly (favorable)[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
Prefix Magazine 7/10 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[7]
SPIN 4/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine 3/5 stars[9]
The Phoenix 3/4 stars[10]

LeToya is the debut studio album by American R&B singer and former Destiny's Child member LeToya Luckett, released by Capitol Records on July 25, 2006 in the United States. The album spawned three singles: "Torn", "She Don't" and "Obvious". Besides the officially released singles, LeToya's debut album also includes the promo singles, "U Got What I Need" and "All Eyes On Me". LeToya co-wrote 10 out of the 14 tracks. The album has been recorded after the desist of Luckett's former group, Destiny's Child.

The album garnered mostly positive reception from music critics, debuting at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200,[11] making it the singer's first album released to do so. It was certified Platinum in December 2006.

Production[edit]

LeToya had "bottled up so many things, so many emotions, so many ideas" accumuleted in many years away from the music world (as her claims on the Intro song "too much to tell ya"). Things like her dismissal from Destiny's Child, the deception with the shortly-formed Anjel and subsequent search for a new record deal has apparently made her a stronger person. Finally with a record deal, LeToya entered in studios recording songs for what would be her debut album. Finally about two years making, plans to the release the album came out- surprisingly becoming a number one album through the USA. Letoya worked with producers Dave Young, Scott Storch, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox, Just Blaze, Johnta Austin, Teddy Bishop, and JR Rotem. She also worked with artists such as Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Mike Jones and Rick Ross.

Commercial performance[edit]

LeToya debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first week sales of 165,000 copies and at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart,[11] becoming the second Destiny's Child member to reach that position on SoundScan Mainstream Chart as a solo artist. To date, the album has sold over 529,000 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan,[12] and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA for shipping over a million copies.

The first single from the album was "You Got What I Need", with non-commercial purpose, but "All Eyes on Me", the second single, is claimed as her "original" first single, as this is the first track that showcased her as a solo artist. "Torn", the first official single from the album which was released in March 2006 and soon became a hit having a high airplay and peaking at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[13] "Torn" became a hit on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, peaking at number two. It also entered the top twenty on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Adult R&B charts. In same year, the song was finally released worldwide, namely the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia and became a moderate worldwide hit. Torn had one of its biggest successes on BET's 106 & Park. It reached number one in eleven days and stayed there for twenty-five days straight. It remained on the countdown for sixty-five days.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   G. Luckett, B. Pitre Gavin Luckett 0:56
2. "U Got What I Need"   LeToya Luckett, B. White, J. Smith, D. Young Just Blaze 3:45
3. "So Special"   T. Bishop, L. Luckett, Tiwa Savage, D. Young Teddy Bishop 3:30
4. "Torn"   T. Bell, T. Bishop, L. Epstein, L. Luckett, D. Young Teddy Bishop 4:22
5. "What Love Can Do"   Keri Hilson, P. Medor, D. Nesmith, P. Smith The Corner Boyz 3:47
6. "She Don't"   Y. Davis, W. Millsap, Candice Nelson Walter "Lil' Walt" Milsap III 4:04
7. "Tear Da Club Up (H-Town Version)" (featuring Bun B & Jazze Pha) P. Alexander, B. Freeman, L. Luckett, K. Shelton, D. Young Jazze Pha, Dave Young 3:49
8. "All Eyes on Me" (featuring Paul Wall) L. Luckett, J. Rotem, P. Slayton, D. Young J. R. Rotem 3:34
9. "Hey Fella" (featuring Slim Thug) H. Lang Jr., S. Thomas, D. Young Flash Technology 3:53
10. "Gangsta Grillz" (featuring Mike Jones & Killa Kyleon) T. Allen, S. Graham, M. Jones, L. Luckett, K. Riley, K. Shelton Terry "T. A." Allen 3:50
11. "Obvious"   Bryan Michael Cox, L. Luckett, D. Young Bryan Michael Cox, Dave Young 3:55
12. "I'm Good"   L. Luckett, Makeba Riddick, Scott Storch, R. Waller Scott Storch 3:24
13. "This Song"   B. Cox, Jermaine Dupri, J. Austin Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox 3:16
14. "Outro"   G. Curtis, G. Luckett, L. Luckett, B. Pitre Gavin "Gavo" Luckett, Brandon "B-Don" Pitre 1:37
15. "Torn" (So So Def Remix) (featuring Mike Jones & Rick Ross) T. Bell, T. Bishop, L. Epstein, L. Luckett, D. Young Jermaine Dupri, James "LRoc" Phillips 4:35

Sample credits[edit]

  • "U Got What I Need" contains a sample of Love Unlimited's "Walking In The Rain (With The One I Love)".
  • "Torn" contains a sample of The Stylistics's 1971 classic "You Are Everything".
  • "She Don't" contains a sample of The Spinners's "We Belong Together" and samples from The Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye".
  • "All Eyes on Me" contains a sample of Sweet Charity's "Hey, Big Spender".
  • "Obvious" contains interpolations from "Break Hard, Dude" by AC/DC and samples Romeo Miller "Maybe".
  • "This Song" contains interpolations from Curtis Mayfied's "Eddie, You Should Know Better".
  • "Outro" contains an interpolations from Just A Prayer by Yolanda Adams and sample of Michael Jackson's 1982 "P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)".

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Executive producers: LeToya Luckett, Carl "Mister C" Cole, Terry Ross, Executive Producer
  • Mixing: Manny Marroquin (tracks 1, 6, 8–12, 14), Dave Russell (5), Kevin "KD" Davis (7), Jean-Marie Horvat (2, 3, 4), Jermaine Dupri (13, 15), Phil Tan (13, 15), Josh Houghkirk (assistant – 15)
  • A&R/Album producers: Scott Storch (track 12), Jazze Pha (original version – 7), Wine-O (7), Dave Young (vocals – 11), Just Blaze (2), Walter Millsap III (6), Candice Nelson (6), Bryan-Michael Cox (All instruments- 11, 13), Candice Childress (coordinator – 11), J. R. Rotem (8), Terry Allen (10), Teddy Bishop (3, 4), Jermaine Dupri (13, 15), James "LRoc" Phillips (15), Tha Corna Boys (5), Steve Prudholme, Brandon "B-Don" Pitre (1, 14), Gavin "Gavo" Luckett (1, 14), Flash Technology (9)
  • Recording Engineers: Phil Tan (track 15), Jermaine Dupri (15), Danny Cheung (1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 14, additional music – 2, 11, 12), Walter Millsap (additional music – 6), Dave Lopez (6), Terrence Cash (10), Dave Ashton (8), Ryan West (2), Tadd Mingo (assistant – 15), Pierre Medor of Tha Corna Boys (5), Sam Thomas (11), Leslie Brathwaite (7), John Horesco IV (13, 15), Conrad Golding (12)
  • Management: Terry Ross, Pamela Luckett
  • Marketing: Jermaine Dupri
  • A&R operation: Steve Prudholme, Josh Houghkirk, Jermaine Dupri
  • A&R administration: Jermaine Dupri
  • Art directions: Eric Roinestad
  • Design: Eric Roinestad
  • Photography: Dusan Reljin
  • Featuring vocals from: Bun B (rap-track 7), Jazze Pha (rap- 7), Paul Wall (rap- 8), Slim Thug (rap- 9), Mike Jones (rap- 10, 15), Killa Kyleon (rap- 10), Rick Ross (rap- 15), Candice Nelson (additional background vocals- 6), Dave Young (additional vocals- 11)

Leftover tracks[edit]

  • "Somethin' 4 Ya" (produced by Nisan) [iTunes limited time purchase]
  • "When I Get Around Him" (produced by Teddy Bishop)
  • "Nothing For Me" (produced by Mike City)
  • "Tear Da Club Up (Original Mix)" (produced by Jazze Pha)
  • "Keep It So Real" (featuring and produced by Jazze Pha)
  • "The Truth"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Canadian Albums
(Billboard)
66
Japanese Albums
(Oricon)
37
UK Albums 57
US Billboard 200 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
(Billboard)
1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Format Label
Japan July 4, 2006 Standard EMI Japan
United States July 25, 2006 Capitol
Canada August 15, 2006 EMI Music
Australia September 16, 2006
Europe October 2, 2006
Puerto Rico December 24, 2006
Japan February 7, 2007 Special EMI Japan

References[edit]

Preceded by
Now 22 by various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 6, 2006 – August 12, 2006
Succeeded by
Now 22 by various artists