Unpredictable (Jamie Foxx album)

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Studio album by Jamie Foxx
Released December 27, 2005
Recorded 2004–05
Length 62:25
Label J
Jamie Foxx chronology
Peep This
Singles from Unpredictable
  1. "Extravaganza"
    Released: October 4, 2005
  2. "Unpredictable"
    Released: October 18, 2005
  3. "DJ Play a Love Song"
    Released: January 10, 2006
  4. "Can I Take U Home"
    Released: 2006

Unpredictable is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter and actor Jamie Foxx. It was released on December 27, 2005, by J Records. Recording sessions took place from 2004 to 2005, with the production that was provided by Timbaland, Mike City, Sean Garrett and Jim Jonsin, among others. The album serves as a follow-up to the release of Peep This (1994), which occurred to be his first studio release in eleven years. The album was supported by four singles: "Extravaganza" featuring Kanye West, the title track "Unpredictable" featuring Ludacris, "DJ Play a Love Song" featuring Twista, and "Can I Take U Home".

Upon its release, Unpredictable received generally mixed reviews from music critics, who were ambivalent towards its lyrical content and production. The album debuted at number 2, beating behind Mary J. Blige's The Breakthrough on the US Billboard 200, with 597,000 copies in its first week.[1] Its the second week, the album rose to number one, overtaking Blige, making Foxx as the fourth artist to ever won a Academy Award for the acting, while achieving a number-one album on the US Billboard charts.

Commercial performance[edit]

Unpredictable debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart - beaten to number-one by Mary J. Blige with 'The Breakthrough' - moving 597,000 copies in its first week.[1] In its second week, it climbed to number one, despite 77% decrease moving 139,000 copies. In its third week, it slipped to number 3, with a 29% decrease moving 93,000 copies. In its fourth week of sales, it has increased by 2%, moving 96,000 copies. However, the album slid another spot down to number 4. In its fifth week, it suffered a 21% decrease, sliding to number 10, moving 75,000 copies. The album bringing upon the US sales to 1,000,000 copies. To date, the album was a certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with an excess of two million copies in the United States.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 52/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Blender 2.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (dud)[5]
Entertainment Weekly C-[6]
HipHopDX.com 4/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Paste 3/5 stars[10]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Village Voice (favorable)[11]
The Guardian 1/5 stars[12]

Unpredictable received generally mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 52, which indicates "mixed or average reviews", based on 16 reviews.[2] *E! Online - 7.5 out of 10 -"Whether he makes it all work via his musical skills or chameleonic acting ability, we don't know, but it does work."[2] *Rolling Stone - 6 out of 10 - "When the album works, it's because of Foxx's easy charm and A-list confidence."[9] *Paste- 3 out of 10 - "It's better to be the imitation Ray Charles than the poor man's R. Kelly."[10] *Q magazine - 4 out of 10 - "The voice that set such a spark to West's Gold Digger should be capable of more than this exaggerated comedy sex routine."[13] *Alex Petridis of The Guardian was also not impressed with the album, saying: "Unpredictable resembles another legendary thespian's venture into pop, William Shatner's 1968 opus The Transformed Man, in that you start to wonder whether Foxx is actually serious or not."[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Unpredictable" (featuring Ludacris) 3:39
2. "Warm Bed"  
3. "DJ Play a Love Song" (featuring Twista)
4. "With You" (featuring The Game and Snoop Dogg) Tank 4:20
5. "Can I Take U Home"   4:15
6. "Love Changes" (featuring Mary J. Blige)
7. "Extravaganza" (featuring Kanye West) Mike City 4:15
8. "Three Letter Word"  
9. "Get This Money"   Mike City 4:31
10. "VIP"  
  • Mateo Laboriel
  • Tank
11. "Do What It Do"  
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Charlie Bereal
  • Kenny Bereal
12. "Storm (Forecast)"   4:27
13. "U Still Got It (Interlude)" (featuring Common)
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Brainz Dimilo
14. "Heaven"  
15. "Wish U Were Here"   Ron "Neff-U" Feemster 4:13


AlbumBillboard (US) actual sales 1,980,000

Year Chart(s) Peak
2005 US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 1
2006 US Billboard 200 1

SinglesBillboard (US)

Year Song Chart(s) Peak
2005 "Unpredictable" (featuring Ludacris) US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 2
US Billboard Hot 100 8
UK Singles Chart 16
"Extravaganza" (featuring Kanye West) US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 52
UK Singles Chart 43
2006 "DJ Play a Love Song" (featuring Twista) US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 5
US Billboard Hot 100 45
"Can I Take U Home" US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 48


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Preceded by
The Breakthrough by Mary J. Blige
Billboard 200 number-one album
January 8–21, 2006
January 29 – February 4, 2006
Succeeded by
The Breakthrough by Mary J. Blige
Ancora by Il Divo