Where I Wanna Be (Donell Jones album)

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Where I Wanna Be
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 12, 1999
Donell Jones chronology
My Heart
Where I Wanna Be
Life Goes On
Singles from Where I Wanna Be
  1. "U Know What's Up"
    Released: August 3, 1999
  2. "Where I Wanna Be"
    Released: June 20, 2000

Where I Wanna Be is the second studio album by American R&B singer Donell Jones. It was released by LaFace Records on October 12, 1999, in the United States. The follow-up to his debut album My Heart (1996), it became his most successful album to date, having gone platinum, and produced three singles, including the worldwide hit "U Know What's Up", Donell's biggest hit single to date, peaking inside the top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 and at number two on the UK Singles Chart. The album also includes the UK hit "Shorty (Got Her Eyes on Me)", the minor R&B/Hip Hop hit "This Luv" and the US smash hit, soulful ballad and title track, "Where I Wanna Be".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores

AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated the album four out of five stars. He found that "on the surface of things, Jones may sound similar to a lot of his peers, but there's a greater sense of musical sophistication in his music. There are light touches of jazz, suave electric pianos, and an easy seductiveness to the entire production [...] For much of the album, Jones hits the right tone – balancing mood, song, and performance quite alluringly. It gets him and the listener where they wanna be."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Where I Wanna Be debuted and peaked at number 35 on the US Billboard 200, with first week sales of 39,000 units.[2] It also marked Jones' first top ten album on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[2] The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 8, 2000, and Platinum on May 24, 2000.[3] By June 2002, Where I Wanna Be had sold 1.2 million copies in the US.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Where I Wanna Be track listing
1."U Know What's Up"
2."Shorty (Got Her Eyes on Me)"
  • Donell Jones
  • Eric Williams
  • Wesley Hogges
  • Christopher Leslie
  • Melvin Lewis
  • Thomas Martin
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Hogges
3."Where I Wanna Be"
  • Jones
  • Kyle West
  • Jones
  • West
4."Have You Seen Her"
  • Williams
  • Hogges
  • Lewis
  • Kent Lawrence
  • Williams
  • Hogges
5."This Luv"
  • Jones
  • Sheldon Goode
  • Jones
  • Goode
6."All Her Love"
  • Jones
  • Goode
  • Jolyon Skinner
  • Jones
  • Goode
7."It's Alright"
  • Jones
  • Goode
  • Jones
  • Goode
8."Think About It (Don't Call My Crib)"JonesJones5:37
9."He Won't Hurt You"JonesJones4:50
  • Ferrell
  • D. Lighty
  • C. Lighty
  • Muhammad
  • Veronica McKenzie
  • Hamilton
  • Eddie F.
  • Darren Lighty
11."I Wanna Luv U"JonesJones4:18
12."When I Was Down"
  • Jones
  • Goode
13."U Know What's Up (Remix)" (featuring Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes)
  • Ferrell
  • D. Lighty
  • C. Lighty
  • Muhammad
  • Hamilton
  • Harris
  • Damon
  • Lopes
  • Inga Nandi Willis
  • Eddie F.
  • Darren Lighty
Total length:55:54



Certifications for Where I Wanna Be
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Gold 100,000*
United States (RIAA)[3] Platinum 1,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ a b https://www.allmusic.com/album/r421411
  2. ^ a b c "Eminem's 'Show' Still On Top Of The Chart". Billboard.com. June 13, 2002. Retrieved December 7, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "American album certifications – Donell Jones – Where I Wanna Be". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Donell Jones | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  6. ^ "Donell Jones Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Donell Jones Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2000". Billboard. Archived from the original on January 10, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  9. ^ "2000 The Year in Music". Billboard. Vol. 112, no. 53. December 30, 2000. p. YE-52. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Donell Jones – Where I Wanna Be". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 18, 2020.

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