Michel'le (album)

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Michel'le
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 23, 1989
Recorded1989
GenreNew jack swing[1]
Length45:28
Label
Producer
Michel'le chronology
Michel'le
(1989)
Hung Jury
(1998)
Singles from Michel'le
  1. "No More Lies"
    Released: October 13, 1989[2]
  2. "Nicety"
    Released: 1990
  3. "Keep Watchin'"
    Released: 1990
  4. "Something in My Heart"
    Released: 1990
  5. "If?"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[3]

Michel'le is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer Michel'le. It was released on October 23, 1989 on Ruthless Records, Atco Records and Atlantic Records. The album was produced by Dr. Dre of N.W.A. The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America five weeks after its release.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

Following its release the record reach number 35 on the Billboard 200 and number five on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Five singles were released, "No More Lies", "Nicety", "If?", "Something in My Heart" and "Keep Watchin'". The most successful being "No More Lies", which peak to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart.[5]

New York rapper Tim Dog sampled the song "No More Lies" in his track "Fuck Compton", a diss song towards West Coast hip hop, from his 1991 album Penicillin on Wax. In 2004, P-Dub sampled "Something in My Heart" in his song "4 Walls the After Effect". Song "If?" was sampled in Kehlani's 2014 song "As I Am".

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."No More Lies"3:49
2."Nicety"
  • M. Toussaint
  • A. Young
3:26
3."If?"
  • L. Goodman
  • A. Bolton
5:23
4."Keep Watchin'"
4:24
5."Something in My Heart"
  • M. Toussaint
  • A. Young
5:40
6."100% Woman"A. Young3:50
7."Silly Love Song"
  • E. Johnson
  • M. Stokes
5:29
8."Never Been in Love"
  • M. Toussaint
  • A. Young
3:41
9."Close to Me"
  • M. Toussaint
  • L. Goodman
  • A. Young
5:39
10."Special Thanks"
  • M. Toussaint
  • A. Young
  • L. Goodman
2:33
11."If?" (Reprise)
  • M. Toussaint
  • A. Young
1:34

Notes[6]

  • "Silly Love Song" is a cover of "Silly Love Song" by Enchantment (1977)

Samples[6]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Discogs[7]

  • Michel'le Toussaint - lead vocals, backing vocals (tracks 1, 8)
  • Michael Holmes - backing vocals (tracks 3, 11)
  • Denise West - backing vocals (track 7)
  • Karen Foster - backing vocals (track 7)
  • Vivien Jackson - backing vocals (track 7)
  • Andre "L.A. Dre" Bolton - keyboards, co-producer
  • Andre Young - keyboards (track 1), producer, mixing
  • Donald Tavie - keyboards (track 7)
  • Bruce "Mal" Malament - piano (tracks 3, 7, 11)
  • Stan Jones - bass & guitar (track 7)
  • Dennis Belfield - bass (tracks 3, 11)
  • Mike Sims - guitar, recording
  • Ron Krasinski - drums (tracks 3, 11)
  • Brian Kilgore - percussion
  • Michael Acosta - saxophone
  • William Zimmerman - saxophone
  • Brian Gardner - mastering
  • Antoine Carraby - mixing
  • Donovan "The Dirtbiker" Sound - recording
  • Eric Wright - executive producer
  • Jerry Heller - management
  • Elizabeth Barrett - design
  • David Roth - photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989–90) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[8] 35
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 5

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Promis, Jose F.. Michel'le review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  2. ^ "No More Lies". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Michel'le review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. April 25, 1990.
  5. ^ Michel'le - Chart Singles history. Billboard
  6. ^ a b "Michel'le on WhoSampled". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  7. ^ "Michel'le - Michel'le". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  8. ^ "Michel'le Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Michel'le Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Michel'le – Michel'le". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.