Solo Star

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Solo Star
Solostar.jpg
Studio album by Solange
Released January 21, 2003 (see Release history)
Recorded 2001–2002
Genre
Length 73:27
Label
Producer
Solange chronology
Solo Star
(2003)
Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams
(2008)
Singles from Solo Star
  1. "Feelin' You"
    Released: December 17, 2002
  2. "Crush"
    Released: 2003

Solo Star is the debut album by American R&B recording artist Solange Knowles, released by Columbia Records and Music World on December 26, 2002 in Japan and January 21, 2003 (see 2003 in music) in the United States. It debuted and peaked at number forty-nine on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number twenty-three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in early February 2003. Album produced two singles: "Feelin' You" (featuring N.O.R.E.) and "Crush" (later renamed to "Don't Fight the Feeling"). The former peaked at number two on US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Slant 2/5 stars [2]

William Ruhlmann of AllMusic gave the album three out of five stars saying: "Executive producer [Mathew] Knowles has surrounded Solange with a bevy of trendy writer/producers, including The Underdogs, Platinum Status, Timbaland, The Neptunes and Rockwilder, along with such guest stars as B2K and Lil' Romeo. The result is a state-of-the-art contemporary R&B album full of big beats, catchy choruses, and gimmicky production effects. But the nominal star of the show is lost somewhere in the mix. It doesn't help that the 16-year-old has a thin, undeveloped voice that is easily overwhelmed. Slant Magazine gave two out of five stars, saying: "The largely synthetic-sounding Solo Starfollows the growing industry standard in which the focus is on production rather songwriting", also adding that Solange's voice is uncannily similar to Beyoncé's.

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was released in December 2002 in Japan, while it was released in United States following month. It underperformed in the United States, selling 112,000 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan, and dropped off the chart five weeks after its debut. The only two singles released from the album, the N.O.R.E.-featured "Feelin' You (Part II)" and the Neptunes-produced "Crush" (also known as "Don't Fight the Feeling"), failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Solange is no longer with Columbia Records, and the album is very rare and no longer in print. The popular online music website iTunes does not sell the album; very few stores may still have copies of the album, but once sold out the album will be no longer be available. "Crush" was included on the movie soundtrack for The Fighting Temptations which stars Solange's sister Beyoncé. The song was renamed "Don't Fight the Feeling" to match the movie poster's tagline. The album was promoted with Solo Star Tour in 2003.

2006 re-release[edit]

Solo Star
Studio album (reissue) by Solange
Released November 14, 2006
Recorded 2001–2006
Genre
Length 51:34
Label

The album was re-released in November 2006 with a different artwork and track listing. It was her final release through Columbia Records, before she left the label in 2007. Reissue album contained twelve tracks: seven tracks from 2002 standard release, four remixes and previously unreleased track titled "Bring It on Home". There is a newly recorded version of "Feelin' You" which features American rapper Slim Thug. Both singles from the album were remixed. "Crush" was remixed by Vibelicious. Also, a duet with Beyoncé featuring Da Brat titled "Naïve" was remixed by Maurice Joshua.

No. Title Length
1. "Ain't No Way"   3:44
2. "Dance with You" (featuring B2K) 3:03
3. "Get Together"   4:15
4. "Crush"   4:33
5. "So Be It"   4:08
6. "Wonderland"   4:03
7. "This Could Be Love"   4:04
8. "Feelin' You" (featuring Slim Thug) 4:03
9. "Bring It on Home" (written by Solange Knowles, Bama Boyz and B. Taylor) 3:47
10. "Feelin' You" (Nu Soul Remix) 7:13
11. "Naïve" (Maurice Joshua Remix) (duet with Beyoncé featuring Da Brat) 3:37
12. "Crush" (Vibelicious Remix) 6:24

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Feelin' You (Part II)" (featuring N.O.R.E.) Solange Knowles, Mark Penn, V. Santiago, Jr. Knowles, Penn, Damon Elliott 4:07
2. "Ain't No Way"   Harvey Mason, Jr., D. Thomas, Erica Dymakkus The Underdogs 3:45
3. "Dance with You" (featuring B2K) Marques Houston, Jerome Jones, K. Askew, Knowles, K. Kesse, T. Oliver Platinum Status, Chris Stokes 3:03
4. "Get Together"   Sean Garrett, Timothy Mosley Timbaland 4:16
5. "Crush"   Pharrell Williams The Neptunes 4:34
6. "So Be It"   Knowles, Troy Johnson Knowles, Johnson 4:08
7. "True Love" (duet with Lil' Romeo) Luther Vandross, Romeo Miller, Master P Myke Diesel 3:49
8. "Feel Good Song"   Knowles, A. Jackson, T.S. Jackson Alonzo Jackson 3:29
9. "Wonderland"   Linda Perry, Knowles, Rockwilder Rockwilder, Perry 4:03
10. "This Could Be Love"   Knowles, S.P. Young, Johnson Knowles, Johnson 4:04
11. "Feelin' You (Part I)"   Knowles, Penn Knowles, Penn 3:22
12. "Just Like You"   Beyoncé Knowles, Knowles, Damon Elliott, R. Antonio Beyoncé, Elliott 3:37
13. "Thinkin' About You" (featuring Murphy Lee) Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Hoyt Curtin, Beyoncé Knowles, Elliott, Murphy Lee Beyoncé, Elliott 4:04
14. "Solo Star"   Kandi Burruss, Beyoncé Knowles, Talib Kareem, Knowles, Mathew Knowles Beyoncé, Burruss, Kareem 3:14
15. "I Used To"   Knowles, Jackson Jackson 3:28
16. "Sky Away"   Knowles, Michael McClain Knowles, McClain 3:56
  • Note: tracks 17, 18 and 19 are four seconds of silence each with these bonus tracks following:
Sample credits

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Solange Knowles – composer, primary artist, producer, vocal producer
  • Ketrina Askew – composer
  • B2K – featured artist, guest artist, primary artist
  • Rich Balmer – engineer
  • Joseph Barbera – composer
  • Beyoncé Knowles – producer
  • Bruce Buechner – engineer
  • William Burke – programming
  • Skip Burrow – engineer
  • Kandi Burruss – producer
  • Kim Burse – A&R
  • Scott Gusty Christensen – engineer
  • Cedric Courtois – producer
  • John Czornyj – mixing
  • Myke Diesel – engineer, mixing, producer
  • Jimmy Douglass – mixing
  • Erica Dymakkus – backing vocals
  • Damon Elliott – drum programming, engineer, keyboards, percussion, producer
  • Brian Garten – engineer
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Dabling Harward – recording
  • A. Jackson – composer
  • Alonzo Jackson – producer
  • Troy Johnson – composer, engineer, producer
  • Jerome Jones – composer
  • Talib Kareem – producer
  • Mathew Knowles – executive producer
  • Emily Lazar – mastering
  • Murphy Lee – featured artist, primary artist
  • Lil' Romeo – guest artist, primary artist
  • Tony Maserati – mixing
  • Master P – composer
  • Michael McClain – producer
  • Ramon Morales – engineer
  • N.O.R.E. – composer, guest artist, primary artist
  • Huy Nguyen – A&R assistance, artist coordination
  • Tony Oliver – composer
  • Kevin Parker – mixing
  • Mark Penn – producer
  • Dave Pensado – mixing
  • Linda Perry – producer
  • Platinum Status – producer
  • Rockwilder – composer, producer
  • Dexter Simmons – mixing
  • Slim Thug – primary artist
  • Chris Stokes – producer
  • Timbaland – mixing, producer
  • Luther Vandross – composer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 49
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 23

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Format Label
Japan December 26, 2002 Standard Sony Music Entertainment
Australia January 21, 2003
Europe
North America
United States November 14, 2006 Reissue CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2003-01-21). "Solo Star - Solange". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  2. ^ "Solange: Solo Star - Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2011-10-27.