Traces of My Lipstick

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Traces of My Lipstick
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Studio album by Xscape
Released May 12, 1998
Recorded 1997–1998
Genre R&B, pop, hip hop soul
Label So So Def, Sony
Producer Babyface, Jermaine Dupri, Joe Thomas, Manuel Seal, Jr., Daryl Simmons, Keith Sweat, Warryn Campbell, Guy Roche
Xscape chronology
Off the Hook
(1995)
Traces of My Lipstick
(1998)
Understanding
(2002)
Singles from Traces of My Lipstick
  1. "The Arms of the One Who Loves You"
    Released: February 14, 1998
  2. "My Little Secret"
    Released: July 7, 1998
  3. "Softest Place on Earth"
    Released: September 29, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
The Source (favorable)[3]

Traces of My Lipstick is the third and final studio album by American girl group Xscape released on May 12, 1998, under the So So Def label.

As with previous albums Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha (1993) and Off the Hook (1995), the album was chiefly produced by Jermaine Dupri with Manuel Seal, Jr. and Daryl Simmons, with addition production from Babyface, Joe Thomas, Warryn Campbell and Keith Sweat.

Chart performance[edit]

The group's first album in three years, Traces of My Lipstick debuted at number twenty-eight on the US Billboard 200 and number six on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, lower than their two previous albums. It eventually received platinum certification by the RIAA for more than one million copies shipped to stores.

Traces of My Lipstick spawned two singles: The album's lead single, "The Arms of the One Who Loves You", became one of Xscape's biggest commercial successes in years, reaching the top ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number seven and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts at number four. The second single "My Little Secret" received the same success on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 9 and reached number two on the "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks" chart. The follow-up single, "Softest Place on Earth", was a radio airplay single that never made it on the Billboard Hot 100 but reached number twenty-eight on the "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks" chart. The album also contains the "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks" number five hit, a cover of Atlantic Starr's "Am I Dreamin' " which was featured and released by male R&B group Ol' Skool and their founder Keith Sweat earlier.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length Lead vocals Writer(s)
1. "All About Me (Intro)" 1:59 LaTocha Scott Dupri, Seal
2. "My Little Secret" 4:28 Kandi/Tiny/LaTocha Scott Dupri, Seal, LaTocha Scott
3. "Softest Place on Earth" 4:16 LaTocha Scott J. Thomas, J. Thompson
4. "Do You Know" 3:36 LaTocha Scott Dupri, Seal,
5. "One Of Those Love Songs" 4:15 Kandi/LaTocha/Tiny Campbell, Swirsky
6. "The Arms of the One Who Loves You" 4:20 LaTocha & Tamika Scott Warren
7. "I Will" 4:10 Kandi/LaTocha Scott Dupri, Seal
8. "Your Eyes" 5:09 LaTocha Scott Edmonds, Simmons
9. "All I Need" 4:21 Tiny/Tamika Scott Miles, Tamika Scott
10. "Am I Dreamin" 5:42 Tiny/Kandi/LaTocha Scott (male vocals: Ol' Skool and Keith Sweat) Sam Dees
11. "The Runaround" 5:14 LaTocha Scott/Kandi Simmons, Thomas
12. "Hold On" 4:07 Tiny/Kandi Butler, Crump, Hall
13. "All About Me (Outro)" 1:04 LaTocha Scott Dupri, Seal

Credits and personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Executive producers: Jermaine Dupri, Michael Mauldin
  • Producers: Babyface, Jermaine Dupri, Joe, Manuel Seal, Jr., Daryl Simmons, Keith Sweat, Warryn Campbell, Guy Roche
  • Main performer: Xscape
  • Additional vocals: Jagged Edge, Daryl Simmons, Ol' Skool, Foxy Brown
  • Engineers: Brian Frye, Karl Heilbron, Chris Puram, Everett Ramos, Mike Seieizi, Brian Smith, Rich Tapper
  • Mixing: Jermaine Dupri, Tom "TK" Kidd, Neil Pogue, Chris Puram, Ron A. Shaffer, Phil Tan, Dave Way
  • Mixing assistance: John Frye, Kevin Lively, Alex Lowe, Thomas Rickert
  • Drum programming: Babyface, Bobby Crawford, Sean "Sep" Hall, William "P Sound" Thomas
  • Programming: Guy Roche, Joe Thomas

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 181
US Billboard 200 28
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 6

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