The Reason (Lemar album)

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The Reason
The Reason (Lemar album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Lemar
Released 24 November 2008 (UK)
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 37:57
Label Epic
Lemar chronology
The Truth About Love
The Reason
Singles from The Reason
  1. "If She Knew"
    Released: 10 November 2008
  2. "Weight of the World"
    Released: 2 March 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
DSD 10/10 stars
The Guardian Favorable link
The Observer 4/5 stars
Orange 4/5 stars link
The Times 3/5 stars link
95.8 Capital FM Positive link

The Reason is the fourth studio album by English soul/R&B singer Lemar. The album was released on 24 November 2008, and contains the singles, "If She Knew" and "Weight of the World".


Eighteen months after the release of his single, "Tick Tock", Lemar returned in November 2008 with The Reason and its lead single "If She Knew".

The first single, "If She Knew", co-produced by SoulShock and Karlin, combined Lemar's heartfelt lyrics with layers of acoustic guitar. Lemar's signature balladry features on the album too, including the piano-driven "Mayday". He also ventures back to his soul roots with the infectious Over You and the funk-tinged uptempo "Little Miss Heartbreaker", produced by Jim Beanz.[citation needed]

Speaking to the UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of Blues & Soul in November 2008, Lemar explained the thinking behind titling his fourth album The Reason: "I called the album The Reason because I wanted it to remind me of the reason why I became a musician in the first place. You know, I think the reason I became a recording artist was because the music I was listening to at the time was inspirational, exciting; it wasn't obvious... And that's what I wanted THIS album to be. I wanted to bring out a collection of songs that for me was inspiring, was thought-provoking, was current, and that hopefully came with an exciting, eclectic mix of styles."[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

The album entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 41 on the week closing 30 November 2008.


"If She Knew" was released for download at midnight on 6 November. From two full days of download sales, the single debuted on the UK singles chart at No. 61. The following Monday two physical formats were released additionally and the song climbed to its peak of No. 14. The third week it fell to No. 19 and the fourth to No. 21.

The second single, "Weight of the World", was released on 2 March 2009.

Although it was not released as a single, "Mayday" was included on The Hits album, released on 1 March 2010.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length
1. "The Reason" 3:31
2. "Weight of the World" (Jim Jonsin) 4:20
3. "Little Miss Heartbreaker" (Jim Beanz) 3:57
4. "If She Knew" (Claude Kelly, SoulShock, Karlin) 3:33
5. "Trust Me" (Salaam Remi) 4:18
6. "Over You" 3:48
7. "Mayday" 3:37
8. "Wait Forever" (Claude Kelly) 3:32
9. "Not What You Say" 3:17
10. "Black Tide" 3:36
11. "Won't Walk Away" (iTunes Bonus Track) (Ryan Tedder, Savan Kotecha) 3:42
12. "Fall Over" (iTunes Bonus Track) 4:06
13. "Diamonds" (iTunes Bonus Track) 3:47


Charts (2008) Peak
UK Albums Chart 41

The Reason Tour 2009[edit]

Date City Country Venue
16 March 2009 Carlisle England Carlisle Sands Centre
17 March 2009 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
19 October 2009 Reading The Hexagon
20 March 2009 Margate Winter Gardens
21 March 2009 Bournemouth Bournemouth International Centre
23 March 2009 Brentwood Brentwood Leisure Centre
24 March 2009 Ipswich Regent Theatre
25 March 2009 Preston Preston Guildhall
27 March 2009 Birmingham O2 Academy
28 March 2009 Brighton The Brighton Centre
29 March 2009 Oxford New Theatre
31 March 2009 Plymouth Plymouth Pavilions
1 April 2009 Swindon Oasis Leisure Centre
4 April 2009 Cardiff Wales Cardiff International Arena
5 April 2009 Portsmouth England Portsmouth Guildhall
6 April 2009 Cambridge Corn Exchange
8 April 2009 Southend-on-Sea Southend Cliffs Pavilion
9 April 2009 London Royal Albert Hall
10 April 2009 Nottingham Nottingham Royal Centre
12 April 2009 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
13 April 2009 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
14 April 2009 Harrogate Harrogate International Centre
16 April 2009 Glasgow Scotland Clyde Auditorium
17 April 2009 Manchester England Manchester Apollo
  • The Reading Concert was cancelled.
  • Concerts after 27 March were supported by JLS.


  1. ^ "Lemar – The Reason – Music Charts". Retrieved 7 January 2012. 

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