H.E.R. (album)

H.E.R. is a compilation album by American singer H.E.R., released on October 20, 2017, by RCA Records. The album comprises songs from the singer's EPs H.E.R., Vol. 1 (2016) and H.E.R., Vol. 2 (2017), and includes six additional songs. The album won Best R&B Album and received four other nominations at the 61st Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist for H.E.R.[3]

H.E.R.
H.E.R. (2017) album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 20, 2017 (2017-10-20)
GenreR&B
Length71:50
LabelRCA
Producer
H.E.R. chronology
H.E.R.
(2017)
I Used to Know Her: The Prelude
(2018)
Singles from H.E.R.
  1. "Pigment"
    Released: December 23, 2016[1]
  2. "Focus"
    Released: 2017
  3. "2"
    Released: October 13, 2017[2]

BackgroundEdit

Gabi Wilson signed a recording contract with RCA Records at age 14 after performing covers of Alicia Keys songs on the television shows Maury, Today and The View.[4] Her first EP, H.E.R., Vol. 1, was released on September 9, 2016,[5] and peaked at number 28 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[6] A second EP, H.E.R., Vol. 2, was released on June 16, 2017.[7] It peaked at number 49 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and number 22 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[6][8]

The compilation H.E.R., released on October 20, 2017, includes the songs from the two prior EPs along with six new tracks, including the duet "Best Part" from Daniel Caesar's album Freudian (2017).[9] The six new songs were also released on a third EP, H.E.R., Vol. 2: The B-Sides, on October 20, 2017.[10] This EP peaked at number 139 on the Billboard 200.[8]

Critical receptionEdit

It won the Album/Mixtape of the Year at the 2018 Soul Train Music Awards.[11] The album won Best R&B Album, as well as Best R&B Performance for the song "Best Part" with Daniel Caesar at the 61st Grammy Awards and also received a nomination for Album of the Year.

Commercial performanceEdit

H.E.R. peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard 200 and number 14 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[6][8] On January 16, 2020, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over a million units in the United States.[12]

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from Spotify.[13]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Losing"
3:46
2."Avenue"Lophiile3:34
3."Let Me In"
  • Wilson
  • Andrew Knox Brown
Knox Brown4:57
4."Lights On"
3:40
5."Say It Again"
  • Wilson
  • Camper
  • Strother
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
2:52
6."Facts"
  • Wilson
  • Camper
  • Strother
  • Jermaine Elliott
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
3:39
7."Focus"
  • Wilson
  • Camper
  • Justin Love
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
3:20
8."U"
  • H.E.R.
  • Swagg R'celious
2:59
9."Every Kind of Way"
  • Wilson
  • Camper
  • Strother
Camper2:40
10."Best Part" (featuring Daniel Caesar)3:29
11."Changes"
  • H.E.R.
  • Swagg R'celious
3:34
12."Jungle"
  • H.E.R.
  • Swagg R'celious
5:05
13."Free"
  • Wilson
  • Camper
  • Elijah Dias
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
3:18
14."Rather Be"
  • Wilson
  • Alju Jackson
  • Harris
  • Keithen Foster
  • H.E.R.
  • Swagg Rcelious
3:09
15."2"
  • H.E.R.
  • MNEK
  • Ryan Ashley
3:09
16."Hopes Up"
  • Wilson
  • Anthony Bryant
  • Harris
  • Dias
  • Swagg R'celious
  • Ant B
3:06
17."Still Down"
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
2:49
18."Wait for It"
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
2:16
19."Pigment"
  • H.E.R.
  • Qreamybeats
2:59
20."Gone Away"
  • Wilson
  • Anesha Birchett
  • Antea Shelton
  • Christopher McClenney
  • Joshua Scruggs
  • H.E.R.
  • Syk Sense
4:10
21."I Won't"
  • Wilson
  • Camper
  • Jordan-Jones
  • Strother
  • H.E.R.
  • Camper
3:31

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[20] Gold 40,000 
United States (RIAA)[21] Platinum 1,000,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pigment - Single by H.E.R. on Apple Music". iTunes. December 23, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "2 - Single by H.E.R. on Apple Music". iTunes. October 13, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Velez, Jennifer. "H.E.R. Wins Best R&B Album For 'H.E.R.'| 2019 GRAMMYs". Grammy Awards. Retrieved February 10, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Robehmed, Natalie. "Yes, R&B Sensation H.E.R. Is Gabi Wilson". Forbes. Retrieved October 26, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "H.E.R., Vol. 1 – H.E.R." AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b c d "H-E-R Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Kellman, Andy. "H.E.R., Vol. 2 – H.E.R." AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b c d "H-E-R Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Kellman, Andy. "H.E.R. - H.E.R." AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "H.E.R., Vol. 2 – The B-Sides – EP by H.E.R. on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved October 26, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Mitchell, Gail. "2018 Soul Train Awards Exclusive: H.E.R., Bruno Mars & Cardi B Top Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  13. ^ "H.E.R. by H.E.R. on Spotify". Spotify. RCA Records. Retrieved October 26, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "H-E-R Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  15. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved January 16, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2019". Billboard. Retrieved January 16, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2019". Billboard. Retrieved January 16, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2020". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "Canadian album certifications – H.E.R. – H.E.R." Music Canada.
  21. ^ "American album certifications – H.E.R. – H.E.R." Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.