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'''''Transition''''' is the second studio album by British hip-hop artist [[Chipmunk (rapper)|Chipmunk]]. It was released on 15 April 2011 by [[Jive Records]] in the United Kingdom, but was set to be released in the United States on 12 July 2011 by RCA Records at the same time with Jive Records and [[Sony Music Entertainment]]. The album debuted at number 10 in the United Kingdom, with first-week sales of 9,445 copies.<ref>{{cite web|last=Jones|first=Alan|title=Adele returns to top spot in album charts|url=http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=22&storycode=1045015|work=[[Music Week]]|publisher=[[United Business Media]]|accessdate=3 May 2011|date=25 April 2011}}</ref>
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'''''Transition''''' is the second studio album by British hip-hop artist and is a pile of poo! [[Chipmunk (rapper)|Chipmunk]]. It was released on 15 April 2011 by [[Jive Records]] in the United Kingdom, but was set to be released in the United States on 12 July 2011 by RCA Records at the same time with Jive Records and [[Sony Music Entertainment]]. The album debuted at number 10 in the United Kingdom, with first-week sales of 9,445 copies.<ref>{{cite web|last=Jones|first=Alan|title=Adele returns to top spot in album charts|url=http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=22&storycode=1045015|work=[[Music Week]]|publisher=[[United Business Media]]|accessdate=3 May 2011|date=25 April 2011}}</ref>
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==

Revision as of 17:24, 4 September 2011

Transition
Transition Chipmunk cover.PNG
Studio album by Chipmunk
Released 15 April 2011 (UK)
12 July 2011 (US)
Recorded The Black Rooms
(Los Angeles, California)
Titanium Music Studios
(London, England)
The Record Plant
(Los Angeles, California)
MSM Studios
(London, England)
The Boom Boom Rooms
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Hip-Hop, pop
Length 50:28
Label Jive, Sony Music
Producer Harmony "H-Money" Samuels (also exec.), Parker, Dready, Elliott "E-Man", Fyffe, Claybeat, Jahmaal Fyffe (exec.)
Chipmunk chronology
I Am Chipmunk
(2009)I Am Chipmunk2009
Transition
(2011)
Singles from Transition
  1. "Flying High"
    Released: 12 November 2010
  2. "Champion"
    Released: 6 February 2011
  3. "In the Air"
    Released: 13 March 2011
  4. "Take Off"
    Released: 17 June 2011

Transition is the second studio album by British hip-hop artist and is a pile of poo! Chipmunk. It was released on 15 April 2011 by Jive Records in the United Kingdom, but was set to be released in the United States on 12 July 2011 by RCA Records at the same time with Jive Records and Sony Music Entertainment. The album debuted at number 10 in the United Kingdom, with first-week sales of 9,445 copies.[1]

Background

While discussing Transition, Chipmunk said, "It kinda represents the growth in me as a person since my last album, so the sound has matured as well as I have and that’s the main thing for me with the record - I just wanted the sound, the sound and the feel of the album to feel… I feel like a granddad but you know, just more mature than my first album, you know life’s changed." The album features American artists Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, Trey Songz,[2] Kalenna Harper from Diddy-Dirty Money,[3] Jamaican dancehall musician Mavado[4] and British rapper Wretch 32.[5] In late 2010, the second single off Transition, "Champion" had leaked onto the Internet. In an interview with BBC Newsbeat, Chipmunk said: "When it [the track] leaked, I was looking at the sky asking, 'God, why?’ I just didn't understand. The amount of thought process that went into that track, the amount of battles we had for that track." [6][7]

Singles

"Flying High" was a promotional single released from the album. It was released on 12 November 2010 for digital download.[8] It's highest charting position on the UK Singles Chart is number 72. "Champion" was the second single released from the album, and features vocals from American singer Chris Brown and was released on 6 February 2011.[9] It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. The third single released from the album - on 11 April 2011 - was "In The Air" featuring vocals from US R&B singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, which peaked at Number 37 on the UK Singles Chart.[10]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
4Music (positive)[11]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[12]
BBC Music (favourable)[13]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[14]
The Independent 2/5 stars[15]
Metro 3/5 stars[16]
Daily Mirror 3/5 stars[17]
The Observer 2/5 stars[18]
Virgin Media 3/5 stars[19]

Transition received mixed to positive reviews from most music critics. Robert Copsey of Digital Spy was positive, he commented that After dazzling us with his 'Diamond Rings' two years ago and platinum selling debut I Am Chipmunk, the one-time underground MC withdrew from the music scene after criticism came from his original fans for abandoning his roots and a non-stop promo schedule led to a bout of exhaustion. The result of his sabbatical is his aptly titled Transition LP, but does it live up to its promising name? Transition is an impressive effort that focuses as much on the lyrics as it does production - both of which are slick, on point and considered throughout. The album suffers from being two tracks too long, particularly as there is little deviance in subject matter, but it's nonetheless a significant step up from his debut that ultimately leaves us excited for his next metamorphosis.[20]

Track listing

UK edition

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Transition" Jahmaal Fyffe, Harmony Samuels Harmony "H-Money" Samuels 4:48
2. "Follow My Lead" (featuring Eric B) Fyffe, Samuels, Eric Bellinger H-Money 3:48
3. "Flying High" Fyffe, Samuels H-Money 3:13
4. "Champion" (featuring Chris Brown) Fyffe, Samuels, Bellinger, Chris Brown, Kevin McCall, Erika Nuri H-Money 5:54
5. "Foul" Fyffe, Peter Ighile Parker 3:16
6. "In the Air" (featuring Keri Hilson) Fyffe, Samuels, Bellinger H-Money 3:56
7. "Then and Now" Fyffe, Karl Daniel, Jermaine Riley Dready 4:12
8. "White Lies" (featuring Kalenna of Diddy-Dirty Money) Fyffe, Samuels, S. Joshua H-Money 3:35
9. "Every Gyal" (featuring Mavado) Fyffe, Daniel, David Brooks Dready 4:11
10. "Take Off" (featuring Trey Songz) Fyffe, Samuels H-Money 4:03
11. "Armageddon" (featuring Wretch 32) Fyffe, Samuels, T. Parker, Jermaine Scott H-Money 3:40
12. "Picture Me" (featuring Ace Young) Fyffe, Samuels, Bellinger, A. Rowe H-Money 3:57
13. "Pray for Me" Fyffe, Elliott Fyffe, Clayton Morrison, Samuels, Daniel Elliott "E-Man" Fyffe, Claybeat, H-Money 4:28
iTunes bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "2011 Freestyle" Fyffe, Sam Gumbley 1:53
15. "Last One Standing" (featuring Sincere, Wretch 32 and Loick Essien) Fyffe 4:42

Notes

  • New tracklist is set when release starts
  • New editions coming to release history when started

Charts

Charts (2011) Peak position
Scottish Albums Chart[21] 13
UK Albums Chart[22] 10
UK R&B Albums Chart[23] 3

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Ireland 15 April 2011 CD, digital download RCA Records
Belgium Sony Music Entertainment
Italy Jive Records
Phillippines Digital download
Brazil CD, Digital download
United Kingdom 18 April 2011 Jive, Sony Music United Kingdom
Germany 12 July 2011 RCA Records Germany
France Jive
India
United States
Australia
Canada Digital download
Japan Sony Music Entertainment Japan
China RCA Label Group
South Africa Sony Music Entertainment
Mexico RCA Records South America
Spain 28 June 2011 CD, digital download
Turkey 14 June 2011 Jive Records
Chile RCA Records South America
Indonesia 8 July 2011 CD RCA Records, Jive

References