II (Boyz II Men album)
II is the third studio album and second non-Christmas album (hence the title) by American R&B quartet Boyz II Men, released on August 30, 1994 on Motown Records. It contained the No. 1 singles "I'll Make Love to You" and "On Bended Knee", the latter of which replaced the former at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, making the group the third artist to replace themselves at No. 1 in the United States after Elvis Presley and The Beatles and the first to achieve the feat in 30 years.
|Studio album by|
|Released||August 30, 1994|
|Recorded||December 1993—May 1994|
|Studio||Kajem Studios, Studio 4 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
Doppler Studios, D.A.R.P. Studios, Studio LaCoCo in Atlanta, Georgia
The Enterprises, Encore Studios in Burbank, California
Flyte Tyme Studios in Edina, Minnesota
Larrabee Sound Studios, Skip Saylor Recording, Lighthouse Studios in Los Angeles, California
Backroom Studios in Glendale, California
Granny's House Studios in Reno, Nevada
|Genre||R&B, pop, soul, hip hop soul|
|Producer||Dallas Austin, Babyface, Boyz II Men (also exec.), Jheryl Busby (exec.), Tim & Bob, The Characters, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Brian McKnight, L.A. Reid, Tony Rich|
|Boyz II Men chronology|
|Singles from II|
"I'll Make Love to You" also spent 14 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 making them the first artist to achieve consecutive double digit runs at the top, with their prior single "End of the Road" topping the charts for 13 weeks and also equaled the record set by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" for the longest run at the top, a record which they held previously with "End of the Road". Other singles released achieved major success, including "Water Runs Dry", which reached No. 2, and "Thank You", which reached No. 21. "Vibin'", however, only reached No. 52.
The spoken track "Khalil (Interlude)" is a tribute to their road manager Khalil Roundtree who was shot in Chicago, Illinois while the band was opening for MC Hammer's Too Legit to Quit tour. II became the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, first presented at the 37th Grammy Awards in 1995.
According to producer Bob Robinson of the duo Tim & Bob, he and his partner Tim Kelley were asked by Boyz II Men to produce most of II. However, Motown Records then-president Jheryl Busby did not feel comfortable with the idea of two unknown producers dominating a second album from a group that was one of the biggest acts in the world at the time. As a result, Busby brought in Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Babyface to deliver hit singles for the project. Busby insisted on "I'll Make Love to You" being the first single, despite objections from the group- who felt there were songs that could have been much stronger singles. The song became one of Boyz II Men's biggest hits.
Over 20 songs were recorded for II, but most of them never made the final track listing. Two of the songs Tim & Bob produced—"Now That We're Done" and "Can I Touch You"—ended up on 112's 1996 self-titled debut.
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The album debuted at No. 1 in the Billboard 200 with 350,000 copies sold. It spent a total of five weeks at No. 1 and was the third best-selling album in 1995 in the United States and sold 12 million copies in the United States.
It did not make a huge impact in the United Kingdom, where it only made No. 17 on the UK Albums Chart. A Spanish language version, II: Yo Te Voy a Amar, was also issued. The album also won Best R&B Album at the 37th Grammy Awards.
|1.||"Thank You"||Michael S. McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Dallas Austin||Boyz II Men, Austin||4:34|
|2.||"All Around the World"||James Harris III, Terry Lewis, McCary, N. Morris, W. Morris, Stockman, Daddy-O||Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis||4:56|
|3.||"U Know"||McCary, N. Morris, W. Morris, Stockman, Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson, Curtis Mayfield||Boyz II Men, Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson||4:46|
|4.||"Vibin'"||McCary, N. Morris, W. Morris, Stockman, Kelley, Robinson||Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson||4:26|
|5.||"I Sit Away"||Tony Rich||L.A. Reid, Rich||4:34|
|6.||"Jezzebel"||W. Morris, Stockman, Troy Taylor, Charles Farrar||The Characters||6:06|
|7.||"Khalil (Interlude)"||N. Morris, Stockman||Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson||1:41|
|8.||"Trying Times"||W. Morris, Kelley, Robinson||W. Morris, Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson||5:23|
|9.||"I'll Make Love to You"||Babyface||Babyface||4:07|
|10.||"On Bended Knee"||Harris III, Lewis||Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis||5:29|
|11.||"50 Candles"||Stockman, Kelley, Robinson||Stockman, Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson||5:06|
|12.||"Water Runs Dry"||Babyface||Babyface||3:22|
|13.||"Yesterday"||Paul McCartney, John Lennon||Boyz II Men||3:07|
|International bonus track|
|14.||"Fallin'"||Brian McKnight, Brandon Barnes||McKnight||4:09|
- "Thank You" contains a sample from "La-Di-Da-Di", performed by Doug E. Fresh, and written by Richard Walters and Douglas Davis.
- "All Around the World" contains samples from "Kid Capri" by Daddy-O.
- "U Know" contains a sample from "Don't Change Your Love", performed by The Five Stairsteps.
- "Jezzebel" contains a sample of "Hootie Mack" by Bell Biv Devoe.
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||4|
|Canadian Albums (RPM)||3|
|Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)||7|
|European Albums Chart (Billboard)||16|
|French Albums (SNEP)||1|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||18|
|Japanese Albums (Oricon)||9|
|New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)||1|
|Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)||13|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||20|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||21|
|UK Albums (OCC)||17|
|US Billboard 200||1|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||1|
|Zimbabwe Albums (ZIMA)||3|
|US Billboard 200||13|
|Australia (ARIA)||2× Platinum||140,000^|
|Canada (Music Canada)||5× Platinum||500,000^|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||12× Platinum||12,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|United States||August 30, 1994||Motown||Cassette, CD|
|United Kingdom||September 12, 1994|
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