Pandemonium! (album)

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Pandemonium!
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 10, 2002
Recorded2001–2002
GenreR&B, hip hop, dance-pop
LabelEpic
ProducerR. Kelly, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Beau Dozier, Platinum Status, Steve Russell, Troy Taylor, Chris Stokes, Damon Thomas, Chris "Tricky" Stewart, B2K (executive producer)
B2K chronology
Santa Hooked Me Up
(2002)
Pandemonium!
(2002)
The Remixes - Volume 2
(2003)
Alternative cover
Pandemonium: Special Edition cover
Pandemonium: Special Edition cover
Singles from Pandemonium!
  1. "Bump, Bump, Bump"
    Released: October 2002
  2. "Girlfriend"
    Released: March 2003
  3. "Bump That"
    Released: April 2003
  4. "What a Girl Wants"
    Released: May 2003

Pandemonium! is the second and final studio album from the R&B/pop group B2K. The album was released through Epic on December 10, 2002. It debuted at numbers three and ten on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Billboard 200 charts, and spawned four singles: "Bump, Bump, Bump", "Girlfriend", "Bump That" and "What a Girl Wants".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[3]

AllMusic editor William Ruhlmann noted how the album's production goes over the usual topics of male hip-hop songs, ranging from "lust ("Bump, Bump, Bump"); undying love ("One Kiss"); apology ("Sleepin'"); and, sung with the greatest feeling, accusations that the woman addressed is only interested in money ("Would You Be Here")." Ruhlmann added that there was some label meddling with the addition of "Why I Love You" from the group's self-titled debut and "Dog", a track from one of their artist's upcoming project.[1] Beth Johnson of Entertainment Weekly said of the record, "Just nine months after their R&B-lite debut made the bubblegum set scream, the teenage quartet already have a second disc. This time, between sweet-harmonied ballads, they cue up randy singles ("Bump, Bump, Bump" with P. Diddy), bouncy odes to cruising chicks ("Back It Up"), and "gangsta" boasting. Shouldn’t someone be setting a curfew?"[2] Rolling Stone's Christian Hoard described the album as "livelier-than-average R&B". He highlighted the track "Tease" for its merger of funk-influenced hip hop with smooth seductive delivery.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

Pandemonium! debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 and at number three on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums selling 194,000 the first week.[4] The album's lead single was "Bump, Bump, Bump", which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's first top ten and number one single. The second single was "Girlfriend", which peaked at number 30. A third single from the album was released, "Bump That", but the song did not manage to make both the Hot 100 or Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The fourth and final single was "What a Girl Wants". It contains a sample of the 1999 version of "What a Girl Wants" from Christina Aguilera. The song peaked at number 47 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Track listing[edit]

# Title[5] Time
1. "Intro" 0:31
2. "Bump, Bump, Bump" (featuring P. Diddy) 4:42
3. "Girlfriend" 3:24
4. "You Can Get It" (featuring Makeba "Girl Wonder" Riddick) 3:44
5. "One Kiss" 3:32
6. "Bump That" 3:15
7. "My Girl" 4:38
8. "What a Girl Wants" 4:38
9. "Sleepin'" 4:29
10. "Would You Be Here" 3:57
11. "Everything" 3:57
12. "Tease" (featuring Jhené & Romeo of IMx) 3:13
13. "Back It Up" 3:01
14. "Where Did We Go Wrong" 4:08
15. "Pretty Young Thing" 3:15
16. "I Beat You To It (Turn the Party Out)" 3:52
17. "The Other Guy" 3:16
18. "Why I Love You" 3:59
19. "Boys 4 Life" 4:39
20. "Girlfriend (Ron G Remix)" (featuring 50 Cent) 3:19
21. "Dog" (Jhené featuring Lil' Fizz)/"What You Get" (hidden track) 7:38

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Pandemonium![6]

  • A&R Direction: Max Gousse, David McPherson, Marvin Peart
  • Product Manager: Vanessa Levy
  • A&R Manager: Qiana Conley
  • Management: The Ultimate Group
  • Mastering: Gene Grimaldi (Oasis Mastering, Studio City, CA)
  • Art Direction and Design: Rance Brown, Natasha Jen
  • Photography: Keith Major

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Pandemonium! - B2K". AllMusic. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Johnson, Beth (January 10, 2003). "Pandemonium!". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Hoard, Christian (January 14, 2003). "Pandemonium! : B2K". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on February 6, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  4. ^ Martens, Todd (December 18, 2002). "Holiday Sales Keep Shania 'Up' On Top". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Pandemonium (Spec Ed) (Bonus DVD): B2K: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  6. ^ Pandemonium! (liner notes). B2K. Epic. 2002. EK 86995.
  7. ^ "Australiancharts.com – B2K – Pandemonium!". Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – B2K – Pandemonium!". Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – B2K – Pandemonium!" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – B2K – Pandemonium!". Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "B2K | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  12. ^ "B2K Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  13. ^ "B2K Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  14. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 - 2003". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  15. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2003". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 25, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – B2K – Pandemonium!". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 7, 2015. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Pandemonium! in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – B2K – Pandemonium!". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 7, 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.