TCG (album)

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TCG
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Studio album by The Cheetah Girls
Released September 25, 2007
Recorded September 2006 — March 2007
Genre
Length 38:06 (Standard edition)
41:35 (Target edition)
Label Hollywood
Producer J.R. Rotem, Antonina Armato, Leah Haywood, Daniel James, Tim James, Steve Lunt, Matthew Gerrard, David Norland, Kristal "Tytewriter" Oliver, RedOne, Soul Nana & Toka
The Cheetah Girls chronology
Cheetah-licious Christmas
(2005
TCG
(2007)
The Cheetah Girls Soundcheck
(2008)
Singles from TCG
  1. "So Bring It On"
    Released: August 25, 2007
  2. "Fuego"
    Released: September 15, 2007

TCG (short for "The Cheetah Girls") is the second studio album by The Cheetah Girls. The album was released on Hollywood Records on September 25, 2007. The album debuted at number 44 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 19,000 copies sold in its first week.[3] It has sold 126,000 copies to date.[4]

Critics gave the album mixed to positive reviews, who while complimenting the girls' vocal performances, felt the album was safe and didn't push any boundaries. It was supplemented by two singles: "So Bring It On" and "Fuego."

Background[edit]

The Girls began work on the album while touring the U.S. on their The Party's Just Begun Tour which began in September 2006 and ended in March 2007.

Group member Adrienne Bailon was quoted as saying, "We'll be making a real studio album, not a soundtrack. It's important for people to see us as a real musical group. We have all this great marketing around us, with the movies and other things. But we are a musical group." She also added that the soundtracks and Christmas album "don't count".[5]

Group member Sabrina Bryan was interviewed by Billboard magazine and stated that the group was eager to showcase a more mature sound to gather an audience of older fans while keeping the lyrics clean for the younger fanbase as well. She stated that the group would work with some of the producers that they had previously worked with, while also exploring new producers as well. They also announced that they'd be releasing the album via Hollywood Records rather than Walt Disney Records, which was the record labels used to release the group's soundtrack albums, their holiday album Cheetah-licious Christmas, and their live album In Concert: The Party's Just Begun Tour.[6]

Group member Kiely Williams, describing the album, stated "It's like the first look at the Cheetah Girls apart from our roles in the show. ... Just Sabrina, Adrienne and Kiely kind of saying what we feel ... We actually co-produced and wrote a good portion of the album." She also confirmed that this album will be "a little bit more mature than what the fans are used to". She also described the music on the album as a blend of hip-hop and R&B.[1] A famous classical piece was also used in the motif of the track titled "Human", which was co-written and co-arranged by award-winning vocalist "Jade Valerie" Villalon, formerly of Sweetbox.

In an interview with Radio Disney about the album, the Girls commented that some leftover tracks would be used on the One World soundtrack.[7]

The CD was released on September 25, 2007. Wal-Mart had a limited time exclusive-edition with a bonus disc of five songs, two of which are Spanish versions of songs that will appear on the regular album. Also a special edition of the album was released at Target which includes a bonus track and a free download for a ringtone.

Singles[edit]

So Bring It On[edit]

"So Bring It On" was a Disney Channel-only promo single from the album. It premiered on Radio Disney on August 25, 2007. The music video officially premiered on Disney Channel on September 7, 2007. The music video consists of footage of the girls performing "So Bring It On" at the 2007 Disney Channel Games closing ceremonies with clips of the Disney Channel Original Movie, Twitches Too, in which "So Bring It On" is featured.

Fuego[edit]

"Fuego" is the second single from the album. On their official MySpace profile, the girls described the song as a "party anthem" with "Latin influences" and a sample of Lionel Richie's '80's hit single "All Night Long (All Night)".[8] The song premiered on Radio Disney on September 15, 2007. It peaked at #27 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[10]
Common Sense Media 3/5 stars[11]

Marisa Brown of all music gave the album three out of five stars, stating: "Despite her appearance in the 2006 film Cheetah Girls 2, Raven-Symoné is nowhere to be found on the group's third studio album, TCG (nor was she on their live CD/DVD, In Concert: The Party's Just Begun Tour, released earlier in 2007), which is actually their first actual record, the first two being soundtracks to the accompanying Cheetah Girls films. That being said, the trio doesn't seem to have too much of a problem continuing its brand of super-produced, hook-driven suburban pop that's been thrilling Disney Channel viewers since 2003, and there's not much to distinguish TCG from any of the Girls' other releases. Which shouldn't bother fans too much, anyway, as most are probably looking for this same kind of strong, catchy radio-friendly music in the first place." She finished by stating: "TCG doesn't push any boundaries, but that's not what it's trying to do, anyway, which means that fans of theirs should be pleased with the results."[12]

Kathi Kamen Goldmark of Common Sense Media also gave the album three out of five stars, though gave a more mixed review. She wrote: "Though parents may be grateful for any CD that isn't filled with sexist posturing, and first graders will enjoy the clearly audible lyrics and danceable beats (Spanish-infused "Fuego"), there's a manufactured quality throughout that prevents three young women with obvious talent from strutting any real stuff. In other words, the Cheetah Girls get down on TCG, but not that far."[13]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer Length
1 "Fuego" The Cheetah Girls, Kidd, Rivera, Rotem, Nash 3:28
2 "Uh Oh" The Cheetah Girls, Haywood, James, Peiken 3:15
3 "Human" DioGuardi, Gerrard, Villalon, Nash 3:54
4 "So Bring It On" The Cheetah Girls, Haywood, Norland, Peiken, Rabb 3:00
5 "Break Out This Box" The Cheetah Girls, Chasez, Dixon, Feemster, Harrell 3:51
6 "Crash" RedOne 3:36
7 "Do No Wrong" Bogart, Makeba, Rotem 3:26
8 "All in Me" Bojanic, Hooper, James 3:28
9 "Off the Wall" The Cheetah Girls, Bojanic, Hooper, Elizabet, Obeng, Takayanogi 3:48
10 "Who We Are" Aparo, Kadish 3:04
11 "Homesick" Kiely Williams, Nash 3:29

Bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
12. "How a Girl Feels" (Target exclusive bonus track) 3:29
Total length: 41:35

Wal-Mart bonus EP[edit]

Info
TCG EP
Released: September 25, 2007
Length: 20:18

TCG EP is the debut EP by American recording artists The Cheetah Girls.

No. Title Length
1. "I Wanna Know You Like That" 3:53
2. "On My Way" 3:54
3. "Fuego (Spanish version)" 3:28
4. "Off the Wall (Spanish version)" 3:48
5. "So Bring It On (Remix)" 5:15
Total length: 20:18

Personnel[edit]

All vocals by The Cheetah Girls (Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan, Kiely Williams)

Additional musicians
Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Sales
U.S. Billboard 200[14] 44 126,000+

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Germany[15] September 4, 2007 CD, digital download Universal Music
United States[16] September 25, 2007 Hollywood Records
Canada[17]
Hong Kong[18] CD Universal Music
France[19]
United Kingdom[20] CD, digital download Fascination, Polydor
Japan[18] Avex Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Raven Symone Out of Cheetah Girls' Third Movie Installment". 
  2. ^ "TCG - The Cheetah Girls | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  3. ^ Katie Hasty, "Rascal Flatts Races To No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week", Billboard.com, October 3, 2007.
  4. ^ "Cheetah Girls Launching 50-Date Tour". 
  5. ^ Adrienne Bailon Interview
  6. ^ "Billboard News". 
  7. ^ Sabrina Bryan via Radio Disney Uncut Interview Podcast recorded 2007-09-04
  8. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". 
  9. ^ Cheetah Girls Chart History
  10. ^ Allmusic review
  11. ^ "TCG - Music Review". 
  12. ^ "TCG - The Cheetah Girls | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  13. ^ "TCG - Music Review". Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  14. ^ Billboard.com
  15. ^ "Tcg". 25 September 2007 – via Amazon. 
  16. ^ "TCG". 25 September 2007 – via Amazon. 
  17. ^ "Tcg". 25 September 2007 – via Amazon. 
  18. ^ a b "Tcg" – via Amazon. 
  19. ^ "Tcg". 25 September 2007 – via Amazon. 
  20. ^ "Tcg". 25 September 2007 – via Amazon.