Raven-Symoné (album)

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Raven-Symoné
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 29, 2008
Recorded2007–2008
GenreR&B, hip hop soul
Length45:13
LabelHollywood
ProducerAllison Hamamura (exec.), The Clutch, Sean Garrett, Oak, Kwamé, Eric Hudson, The JAM, Full Scale, Clubba Langg, Great Scott, Bill Jabr.
Raven-Symoné chronology
From Then Until
(2006)
Raven-Symoné
(2008)
Singles from Raven-Symoné
  1. "Double Dutch Bus"
    Released: March 4, 2008
  2. "Anti-Love Song"
    Released: March 27, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Common Sense Media4/5 stars[1]
Neon LimelightPositive[2]
The Armored StereoC[3]
Gossip On This2.5/3 stars[4]

Raven-Symoné is the fourth studio album by singer-actress Raven-Symoné.[5] The album was released on April 29, 2008 in the United States. It was her last album released by Hollywood Records and is her latest album to date.

Production[edit]

On April 19, 2007, singer Mario was interviewed by Billboard magazine and he stated that he and his production team, Knightwritaz, had recently worked with Raven-Symoné.[6] She also worked with producers such as The Clutch, Sean Garrett, Kwamé, Eric Hudson and The JAM. Sean Garrett is featured on two songs on the album, "What Are You Gonna Do?" and "Stupid".

Raven-Symoné told Blackfilm.com, "Raven-Symoné is a party album. There are only 2 slow songs, but it's really energetic. It's something you can put on when you are cleaning the house or you are about to come out to a party, or you need to wake up to go to school. It will be fun to perform. I go on tour soon".[7]

Promotion[edit]

Raven performing at the Disson Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular

In the United States, accompanied by the single "Double Dutch Bus" (a promo single from Raven-Symoné's film College Road Trip).

Disney Channel did a short series "Raven-Symoné For Real" talking about Raven's new songs and videos. It showed interviews with her where she talked about the new songs and which ones were her favorites, etc. The short series did not air often, and only two episodes were ever produced.

Raven has appeared on The Today Show, Good Day New York, and other local news/morning talk shows to promote the album. Symoné also appeared at World Wrestling Entertainment's flagship Pay-Per-View event Wrestlemania XXIV to present the children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in attendance, where her album was mentioned by the ring announcer. Hollywood Records also opened an official Myspace for Raven which had a few songs on it. It was said to be a way to be promoting the album and was supposed to have a new song every week leading up to the release of the new album.

Tour[edit]

A concert tour, The Pajama Party Tour, to promote the album was scheduled to begin in spring 2008; AEG Live cancelled the tour, citing "unforeseen circumstances".[8] Later on, Raven-Symoné confirmed that the tour would be re-scheduled and would kick off in the Summer of 2008. The tour now dubbed the "Raven-Symoné: Live Tour"[9] kicked off in July 2008, and continued through 2009.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 159, selling 4,400 copies in its first week.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."That Girl"Kwamé Holland, Chasity NwagbaraKwamé3:47
2."Anti-Love Song"Warren Felder, Frankie Storm, Mario BarrettOak3:41
3."In the Pictures"Eric Hudson, Frankie StormEric Hudson4:07
4."What Are You Gonna Do?"Sean Garrett, Walter ScottSean Garrett, Great Scott3:07
5."Green"Kwamé Holland, Chasity NwagbaraKwamé3:49
6."Love Me or Leave Me"Warren Felder, Marsha AmbrosiusOak3:23
7."In Your Skin"Warren Felder, Frankie StormOak3:24
8."Stupid"Sean Garrett, Ray OglesbySean Garrett, Clubba Langg3:16
9."Girl Get It"Sean Garrett, Ray OglesbySean Garrett, Clubba Langg3:43
10."Keep a Friend"Ezekiel Lewis, Patrick Smith, Balewa Muhammad, Candice Nelson, Jordan Suecof, Darhyl Camper, Jr.The Clutch, Full Scale2:38
11."Shorts Like Me"Sean Garrett, Elvis WilliamsSean Garrett3:23
12."Hollywood Life"Michael Mani, Jordan Omley, Nikki FloresThe JAM3:52
13."Double Dutch Bus"Frankie Smith, Bill BloomThe Clutch, Bill Jabr3:02


Thick Girls, Big Girls - EP[edit]

An unofficial extended play of left-over songs from the album was released as a free of charge Podcast on the iTunes Store on June 6, 2009.[11]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Face to Face"Scott MacFarland Carter, Damon Hayes, Warren Felder, Frankie StormOak3:40
2."Next"Warren Felder, Frankie StormOak2:49
3."Thick Girls, Big Girls"Sean Garrett, Ray OglesbyOak3:12

Personnel[edit]

Credits adopted from Allmusic.[12]

  • Vocals – Raven-Symoné
  • Guitar – Curtis Hudson

Production[edit]

  • Executive producer: Allison Hamamura
  • Producers: The Clutch, Sean Garrett, Oak & Mario, Kwamé, Eric Hudson, The JAM, Full Scale, Clubba Langg
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Engineers: Walter R. Brooks Jr., Ralph Cacciurri, Dave Hyman, Jam, Vernon Mungo, James Murray and Miles Walker
  • Mixing: Brian Stanley, John Fry, Jaycen Hoshua, Dave Hyman, Glen Marchese and Dave Pensado
  • A&R: Allison Hamamura and Kahbran White
  • Photography: Sheryl Nields

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 159

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Canada[14] April 29, 2008 Universal Music
United States[15] Hollywood
Australia July 26, 2008 EMI

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raven-Symone by Raven-Symone - Music Review commonsensemedia.org
  2. ^ Neon Reviews: Raven Symone’s Self-titled Album neonlimelight.com
  3. ^ Review: Raven-Symoné – Raven-Symoné The Armored Stereo
  4. ^ ♫ Raven Symoné Eponymous Album in Stores NOW!
  5. ^ Braxton, Greg (March 6, 2008). "This Raven soars". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  6. ^ "Mario Interview". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  7. ^ "February 2008 | blackfilm.com | features | COLLEGE ROAD TRIP | An Exclusive Interview with Raven-Symoné". blackfilm.com. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  8. ^ "Raven-Symone: 'I'm not a little kid anymore'". CNN. Archived from the original on July 24, 2008.
  9. ^ "Radio Disney Summer Concert Series starts July 7". Cape May County Herald. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 200 Album Chart w/ Soundscan Numbers". Forum.floppop.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  11. ^ "iTunes Download EP". Itunes.apple.com. 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  12. ^ Credits Allmusic
  13. ^ Raven-Symoné - Raven-Symoné | Awards | AllMusic
  14. ^ "Raven Symone: Raven Symone: Music". Amazon.ca. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  15. ^ "Raven-Symoné: Raven-Symoné: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15.

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