Love Me Back (album)

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Love Me Back
Jazmine Sullivan - Love Me Back.jpg
Studio album by Jazmine Sullivan
Released November 29, 2010 (2010-11-29)
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 40:12
Label J, Arista
Producer Anthony Bell, Missy Elliott, Toby Gad, Chuck Harmony, Cainon Lamb, Los da Mystro, Ne-Yo, No I.D., Prolyfic, Salaam Remi
Jazmine Sullivan chronology
Love Me Back
Reality Show
Singles from Love Me Back
  1. "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)"
    Released: July 10, 2010
  2. "10 Seconds"
    Released: October 15, 2010

Love Me Back is the second studio album by American R&B recording artist Jazmine Sullivan, released on November 29, 2010, by J Records. Sullivan co-wrote the album with producers Missy Elliott, Ne-Yo, No I.D., Los da Mystro, and Salaam Remi, among others.

The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 and sold 57,000 copies in its first week. It produced two singles, including the lead single "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)", which peaked at number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Love Me Back received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised its songwriting and Sullivan's singing.


The album is the follow-up to Sullivan's debut album Fearless (2008), which was well received by music critics, sold 517,000 copies, and earned Sullivan seven Grammy Award nominations.[1] Recording sessions for the album took place at various recording locations, including Carrington House Studios, Goldmind Studios, and Lostas Studi in Atlanta, Georgia, CNSO Recording Studio in Czech Republic, Cutting Room Studios, Germano Studios, KMA Studios, and MSR Studios in New York, New York, Instrument Zoo in Miami, Florida, Metropolis Studios in London, Waya Flow Studios and Westlake Studios in Los Angeles, California, Strawberrybee Studios in California, and The Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]


"Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)" was released on July 10, 2010, as the album's lead single.[3] It had leaked to the Internet on June 29, 2010.[4] The single peaked at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100,[5] and at number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[6] It spent nine weeks on the Hot 100 and 16 weeks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[5][6] A music video for the single premiered August 30, 2010 on BET's 106 & Park program.[7] Directed by Marcus Raboy, the video features references to 1980s hip hop culture and house parties, with cameos by hip hop artists Missy Elliott, Doug E. Fresh, Sandra "Pepa" Denton, Pete Rock, and Kwamé.[7] The song has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, set to be presented at the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011.[8]

The album's second single, "10 Seconds", leaked to the Internet in September, and was officially released as a single on October 15, 2010.[9] It has spent 10 weeks on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at number 18.[6] The single's music video was released to the Internet on November 13, 2010.[10] It features the theme of revenge towards an unfaithful boyfriend.[10] It charted at number 17 and has spent 14 weeks on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[6]

Release and promotion[edit]

Love Me Back was originally scheduled to be released on September 28, 2010.[11] It was released by J Records on November 29 in the United Kingdom,[12] November 30 in the United States,[13] and December 8, 2010 in Japan.[14] Prior to its release, Sullivan accompanied R&B recording artist Mary J. Blige on the latter's Music Saved My Life concert tour during October 2010.[15][16] The album's cover was premiered on September 21, 2010 and features Sullivan dressed in all black, leaning against a vintage model Chevrolet Impala, a reference to her hit single "Bust Your Windows".[17]

Love Me Back debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 57,000 copies in the United States.[18] It also entered at five on Billboard‍ '​s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at number 12 on its Digital Albums chart.[19][20] The album ultimately spent six weeks on the Billboard 200.[21]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[22]
Robert Christgau A–[23]
Entertainment Weekly B+[24]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[25]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[26]
The Philadelphia Inquirer 3.5/4 stars[27]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[28]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[29]
Spin 8/10[30]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[31]

Love Me Back received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 85, based on 10 reviews.[32] AllMusic's Andy Kellman said that it "sprawls and stuns in equal measure".[22] In her review for Spin magazine, music journalist Maura Johnston found Sullivan "both feisty and classy",[30] while Michael Cragg of The Guardian said her singing is marked by experience and accommodates each song.[25] Jon Pareles, writing in The New York Times, said Sullivan sounds "narrow and jagged" on the album, "with more grain and more tears as she applies gospel dynamics to her venting".[33] New York magazine's Nitsuh Abebe described her voice as "warm, well-textured, and big — authentically, naturally big", and stated, "the warmth and weight of the songwriting and production live up to the singing".[34] Alex Macpherson of The Quietus commended Sullivan for "letting [her] ideas run riot while staying true to genre values" on the "most creative R&B album of the year".[35] In his review for MSN Music, Robert Christgau felt that the songwriting is "a big extra difference maker, with enough pop moves to lighten the overall mood" amid "the soulful melodrama". He believed Sullivan role-plays "with unflinching intelligence" on each song and, although the lyrics could be based on personal history, "it's simpler just to wish every pro was such an astute student of the female condition."[23]

In a mixed review, Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone was ambivalent towards Sullivan's decision to play "a little nicer, adhering to the Mary J. Blige school of gritty, nuanced hip-hop soul".[28] Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani felt that the album "fails to reprise many of its predecessor's themes or explore any overarching new ones".[29] Margaret Wappler of the Los Angeles Times said that Sullivan "walks herself to the precipice of emotion without falling off", but criticized that the album "could use more experimentation".[26]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)"   Melissa Elliott, Cainon Lamb, Jazmine Sullivan Missy Elliott, Cainon Lamb 3:36
2. "10 Seconds"   Salaam Remi, Sullivan Salaam Remi 3:07
3. "Good Enough"   Charles Harmon, Sullivan Chuck Harmony 4:02
4. "Don't Make Me Wait"   Carlos McKinney, Sullivan Los da Mystro 3:29
5. "Love You Long Time"   Remi, Sullivan Salaam Remi 3:12
6. "Redemption"   Anthony Bell, Steve McKie, Sullivan Anthony Bell 3:51
7. "Excuse Me"   Elliott, Lamb, Sullivan Missy Elliott, Cainon Lamb 3:33
8. "U Get on My Nerves" (featuring Ne-Yo) Brandon Green, Shaffer Smith, Sullivan Ne-Yo 3:53
9. "Stuttering"   Tobias Gad, Sullivan Toby Gad 3:10
10. "Famous"   David Ewing, Kevin Randolph, Sullivan, Ernest Wilson No I.D., Prolyfic 4:43
11. "Luv Back"   Elliott, Lamb, Quame Riley, Sullivan Missy Elliott, Cainon Lamb 3:36


Credits are adapted from AllMusic.[37]


Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard 200[21] 17
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[19] 5

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United Kingdom[12] November 29, 2010
United States[13] November 30, 2010
Japan[14] December 8, 2010


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