Pronounced Jah-Nay

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Pronounced Jah-Nay
Pronounced Jah Nay.jpg
Studio album by Zhané
Released February 15, 1994[1]
Recorded 1993
Genre
Length 56:34
Label Motown
Producer Kay Gee (exec.), Steve McKeever (exec.), Zhané (exec.), David Bellochio, Craig King, Naughty by Nature, Renee Neufville, Jean Norris
Zhané chronology
Pronounced Jah-Nay
(1994)
Saturday Night
(1997)
Singles from Pronounced Jah-Nay
  1. "Hey Mr. D.J."
    Released: August 12, 1993
  2. "Groove Thang"
    Released: February 15, 1994
  3. "Sending My Love"
    Released: May 1994
  4. "Vibe"
    Released: August 30, 1994
  5. "You're Sorry Now"
    Released: February 7, 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Pronounced Jah-Nay is the debut studio album by American R&B group Zhané, released on February 15, 1994 on Motown Records. The album features songs produced and co-written by members of hip hop band Naughty by Nature.

The album peaked at number thirty-seven on the Billboard 200 chart. By October 1996 it was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA, after sales exceeding one million copies in the United States.

Release and reception[edit]

The album peaked at number thirty-seven on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached number eight on the R&B Albums chart.[2] The album was certified gold in April 1994 and platinum by October 1996.[3]

Jose F. Promis at AllMusic considered the work to be "definitely one of the better R&B albums of the '90s."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Hey Mr. D.J." Kaygee Gist, Zane Grey, Neufville, Ware 4:11
2. "Intro (Interlude)" Kay Gee 0:35
3. "Vibe" Naughty by Nature, Neufville, Temperton 3:30
4. "Sending My Love" Naughty by Nature, Neufville 3:41
5. "Sweet Taste of Love" Neufville 3:50
6. "Changes" Neufville 4:44
7. "You're Sorry Now" Naughty by Nature, Neufville 4:41
8. "Love Me Today" Neufville 5:25
9. "Off My Mind" Neufville 4:24
10. "La, La, La" Neufville, Norris 5:29
11. "Groove Thang" Brown, Mims, Naughty by Nature, Neufville, Rushen 3:55
12. "For a Reason" Norris 6:56
13. "Hey Mr. D.J. (Remix)" Grey, Kay Gee, Neufville, Ware 5:13

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1994)[2][5] Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[6] 50
UK Albums Chart 89
U.S. Billboard 200 37
U.S. R&B Albums 8

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[7]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Dance Music/Club Play Singles U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks U.S. Rhythmic Top 40 U.S. Top 40 Mainstream
1993 "Hey Mr. D.J." 6 2 1 3 2 16
1994 "Groove Thang" 17 13 1 2 4 33
"Sending My Love" 40 16 5 26
"Vibe" 14 33
1995 "You're Sorry Now" 38

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from AllMusic.[8]

  • art direction – Jonathan Clark
  • assistant engineering – Scott Blockland, John Buttigieg, Scott Canto, Fred Kelly, Ed Miller, Mufi, Rob Polhemus
  • bass – Alan Goldsher, Frank Gravis
  • design – Shauna Woods
  • drum programmer – Kay Gee
  • drums – Steve Williams
  • engineering – David Bellochio, Frank Fagnano, Angela Piva
  • executive production – Kay Gee, Steve McKeever, Zhané
  • guitar – Paul Levante
  • keyboards – David Bellochio, Hitmen, Voe Hitmen, Craig King, Jean Norris, Suga Pop
  • liner notes – Steve McKeever
  • mixing – Angela Piva, John VanNes
  • photography – James Minchin
  • piano – David Bellochio, Jean Norris
  • production – David Bellochio, Craig King, Naughty by Nature, Renee Neufville, Jean Norris, Zhané
  • programming – Kay Gee
  • strings – Renee Neufville
  • trumpet – Kevin Batchelor
  • vocals – Babyface, Kay Gee, Wendell & Face
  • vocals (background) – Les?

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