is the debut studio album by American O R&B singer Omarion, released on February 22, 2005 via Epic Records and Sony Urban Music. Despite featuring explicit language, the album doesn't have a Parental Advisory label on the cover. It features three singles: the title track (number 27), " Touch" (number 94) and " I'm Tryna." The album entered at number one, and has sold 758,000 copies in the United States as of November 2008.  O went on to be certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 48th Grammy Awards.
Critical reception [ edit ]
contributor Gail Mitchell praised the collaboration between Omarion and his producers for delivering "a healthy helping of repeat-worthy songs." Billboard Jem Aswad of  said of the record, "[T]he ballads on this solo debut have way too much whipped cream, but there are some surprisingly tough touches of funk and crunk (”Drop That Heater,” the Entertainment Weekly Missy-esque ”Take It Off”)."  AllMusic editor Andy Kellman said that the album works best when the tracks are "lighthearted, summery funk ("Never Gonna Let You Go (She's a Keepa)") and have production done by the Neptunes ("Touch") and Rodney Jerkins ("Drop That Heater") instead of being overly sexual, concluding that "Had Omarion been less concerned with street credibility, realizing that it might be better to allow his young fan base to mature along with him, this debut would've been more than satisfactory." Kathi Kamen Goldmark of  Common Sense Media also found the content overdone in its musings of sexual imagery, saying that it sounds "more jarring than seductive", concluding that "[T]here's a lot of potential here, if the artist can come up with some better, more subtly sexy material."
Track listing [ edit ]
signifies a co- ^[a] producer
signifies an additional producer ^[b] "I Wish" featured background vocals by Omarion and Quintin Aney.
"O" featured background vocals by
Durrell Babbs and Eric Dawkins. "I'm Tryna" featured background vocals by Babbs and Dawkins.
"Drop That Heater" featured background vocals by Omarion and
Sean Garrett. "Never Gonna Let You Go (She's a Keepa)" featured background vocals by Charles "Charlie" Crawford and Jamie Vick.
"I'm Gon' Change" featured background vocals by Omarion, One Chance and Pierre Medor.
"Never Gonna Let You Go (She's a Keepa)" contains a replay of "Electric Frog (Part II)" as written by Richard Westfield, George Brown, Robert Bell, Ronald Bell, Claydes Smith and Robert Mickens.
Personnel [ edit ]
Adapted from the
O media notes.
Joel Campbell –
bass, keyboard Carey Drisdom – bass
Bryan Tate –
trumpet Ryan Tate –
trombone Percy Richard,
Omarion Grandberry, Marques Houston, Henley Regisford Jr., Chris Stokes – executive producers
Pharrell, Darkchild, Chris Stokes, Tank, The Underdogs, Sean Garrett, Corna Boyz, AllStar, L.T. Hutton, Paul "Scooby" Smith – producers Sean Garrett, Pierre Medor – vocal producers
Durrell Babbs, Charles "Charlie" Crawford, Eric Dawkins, One Chance, Sean Garrett, Pierre Medor – vocal assistance David Ashton, Andrew Coleman, Brian Garten, Jaymz Hardy Martin III, Dabling Harward, Sam Lobue II,
Chris 'TEK' O'Ryan, Angelo Quaglia, Dave Russell, Brian Summer, Wassim Zreik – engineers Kevin Mahoney – assistant engineer
Kevin "KD" Davis, Jean-Marie Horvat, Dave Russell, Dexter Simmons,
Phil Tan – mixing Justin Shtuntz, Rob Skipworth – mixing assistance
Herb Powers –
mastering Ellen To –
art direction Kimo Easterwood, Jonathan Mannion, Joaquin Palting – photography
Charts and certifications [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Whitmire, Margo (March 2, 2005). ". 'O' Puts Omarion On Top" . Billboard Prometheus Global Media . Retrieved . October 28, 2007
^ Grein, Paul.
"Chart Watch Extra: What A Turkey! The 25 Worst-Selling #1 Albums" Archived December 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. . November 21, 2008. Yahoo! Music
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Kellman, Andy. "O - Omarion". AllMusic . Retrieved . August 8, 2011
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Goldmark, Kathi Kamen. "O Music Review". Common Sense Media . Retrieved . May 21, 2018
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Aswad, Jem (March 14, 2005). "O Review". . Entertainment Weekly Time Inc. Retrieved . August 8, 2011
Mitchell, Gail (March 5, 2005). ". 'O' Review" . Billboard Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on March 5, 2005 . Retrieved . October 4, 2017
O (booklet). Omarion. Epic. Sony Urban Music. 2005. EK 92818.
"Omarion Chart History (. Billboard 200)" . Retrieved August 23, 2014. Billboard
"Omarion Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". . Retrieved August 23, 2014. Billboard
"American album certifications – Omarion – O". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved . September 22, 2014 If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Album , then click SEARCH .
"Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2005". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media . Retrieved . May 7, 2015
"Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2005". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media . Retrieved . May 7, 2015