Lessons in Love (Lloyd album)

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Lessons in Love
Lloyd - Lessons in Love.jpg
Studio album by Lloyd
Released August 4, 2008 (2008-08-04)
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre R&B, Hip hop
Length 45:53
Producer Big Reese & Jasper, Eric Hudson, J. Lack, Polow da Don, Oak, Adonis "The Phenom"
Lloyd chronology
Street Love
(2007)Street Love2007
Lessons in Love
King of Hearts
(2011)King of Hearts2011
Singles from Lessons in Love
  1. "How We Do It (Around My Way)"
    Released: March 4, 2008
  2. "Girls Around the World"
    Released: May 12, 2008
  3. "Year of the Lover"
    Released: September 2, 2008

Lessons in Love is the third studio album by American singer Lloyd, released by Young Goldie Music, The Inc. Records, and Universal Motown on August 5, 2008. This is the last album to be released on The Inc. Records.


The album was originally to be titled Sexual Education but was later changed to Lessons in Love for a more suitable title. Lloyd describle the album as '"The title concept derives from a schoolboy fantasy of mine".[1] Following their participation on previous album Street Love (2007), the singer re-teamed with producers Big Reese and Jasper Cameron to work on the majority of the album, with additional production resulting from collaborations with Polow Da Don, Adonis Shropshire, James Lackey, Oak (of the Knightwritaz), and others.


Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, with moderately successful first week sales 51,000.[2][3]

The first single, "How We Do It (Around My Way)" features rapper Ludacris, only peaked at number seventy-seven on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[4] It peaked at number seventy-five on the UK Singles Chart. "Girls Around the World" was the album's second single. It features the rapper Lil Wayne. The single was sent to U.S. radio stations for airplay consideration on May 12, 2008.[5] It peaked at sixty-four on Billboard's Hot 100 and thirteen on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[6] The third and final single was "Year of the Lover". The single version featured rapper Plies. It only peaked at number one on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. "I Can Change Your Life" was supposed to be the fourth single from the album, but was cancelled due to the lackluster chart performance of "Year of the Lover".

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 2.5/5 stars[7]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[8]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[9]
New York Daily News 4/5 stars[10]
Newsday (B) link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link at the Wayback Machine (archived September 15, 2008)
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[11]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[12]
UGO Networks (C+) link
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[13]

Lessons in Love received mixed or average reviews from critics. It holds a 60 out of 100 from Metacritic.[14] AllMusic gave the album 3 out of 5 stars saying, "Between 'I'm Wit It', 'Girls', and a couple other standouts, Lessons in Love cannot be dismissed, but Lloyd will have to really change it up with his fourth album to evade a real holding pattern."[8] Rolling Stone also gave the album 3 out of 5 stars saying, "Throughout Lessons in Love, Lloyd sounds like he's actually having fun dishing out come-ons, adding an emphatic exuberance to each one."[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Sex Education" Jasper Cameron, Lloyd Polite, Maurice Sinclair Big Reese, Jasper Cameron 3:36
2. "Girls Around the World" (featuring Lil Wayne) Cameron, Dwayne Carter, Jr., L. Pinchback, Polite, Sinclair Big Reese, Jasper Cameron 3:49
3. "Treat U Good" Johntá Austin, Eric Hudson Eric Hudson 4:08
4. "Year of the Lover" Hudson, Richard Butler, Jr. Eric Hudson 4:06
5. "I Can Change Your Life" Warren Felder, Robert Huggar, Polite Warren "Oak" Felder 3:28
6. "Lose Your Love" Cameron, Polite, Sinclair, J. Spinks Big Reese, Jasper Cameron 4:04
7. "Have My Baby" Cameron, Polite Big Reese, Jasper Cameron 4:15
8. "Love Making 101" Hudson, Polite, Shropshire Eric Hudson 4:04
9. "Party All Over Your Body" Cameron, Jamal Jones, Polite Polow da Don 3:46
10. "Touched By An Angel" Cameron, Polite, Sinclair Big Reese, Jasper Cameron 4:09
11. "I'm Wit It" James Lackey, Keri Hilson, Ryon Lovette James "JLack" Lackey 3:05
12. "Heart Attack" Polite, Shropshire, J. White Adonis Shropshire 3:23


See also[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom August 4, 2008
United States August 5, 2008
Canada September 30, 2008


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  2. ^ Katie Hasty (August 13, 2008). 'Mamma Mia!' Leaps To No. 1 On The Billboard 200 Billboard. Accessed August 13, 2008.
  3. ^ Andreas Hale (August 21, 2008). Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 8/17/08 Hip Hop DX. Accessed August 21, 2008.
  4. ^ "How We Do It (Around My Way)" (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart), Billboard, April 12, 2008.
  5. ^ FMQB: Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!
  6. ^ Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales
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  8. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Lessons in Love - Lloyd". AllMusic. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (August 1, 2008). "Lessons in Love". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ Farber, Jim (August 5, 2008). "Lloyd is R&B's new true falsetto". New York Daily News. Mortimer Zuckerman. Archived from the original on August 6, 2008. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  11. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (August 7, 2008). "Lloyd Lessons in Love". Slant Magazine. Retrieved November 25, 2016. 
  12. ^ Macpherson, Alex (August 8, 2008). "CD: Urban review: Lloyd, Lessons in Love". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  13. ^ Jones, Steve (August 4, 2008). "This week's reviews: Lloyd 'Lessons' impact; Randy in Weill humor". USA Today. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on August 7, 2008. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  14. ^ Lloyd: Lessons In Love (2008): Reviews Metacritic. Accessed August 8, 2008
  15. ^ Lessons In Love : Lloyd : Review Rolling Stone. Accessed August 8, 2008
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