Lessons in Love (album)

Lessons in Love is the third studio album by American singer Lloyd, released by Young Goldie Music, The Inc. Records, and Universal Motown on August 4, 2008. This is the last album to be released on The Inc. Records.

Lessons in Love
Lloyd - Lessons in Love.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 4, 2008 (2008-08-04)
GenreR&B, Hip hop
ProducerBig Reese & Jasper, Eric Hudson, J. Lack, Polow da Don, Oak Felder, Adonis "The Phenom"
Lloyd chronology
Street Love
Lessons in Love
King of Hearts
Singles from Lessons in Love
  1. "How We Do It (Around My Way)"
    Released: March 4, 2008
  2. "Girls Around the World"
    Released: May 12, 2008
  3. "Year of the Lover"
    Released: September 2, 2008


The album was originally to be titled Sexual Education but was later changed to Lessons in Love for a more suitable title. Lloyd describe the album as '"The title concept derives from a schoolboy fantasy of mine".[1] Following their participation on previous album Street Love (2007), the singer re-teamed with producers Big Reese and Jasper Cameron to work on the majority of the album, with additional production resulting from collaborations with Polow Da Don, Adonis Shropshire, James Lackey, Oak Felder (of the Knightwritaz), and others.


Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, with moderately successful first week sales 51,000.[2][3]

The first single, "How We Do It (Around My Way)" features rapper Ludacris, only peaked at number seventy-seven on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[4] It peaked at number seventy-five on the UK Singles Chart. "Girls Around the World" was the album's second single. It features the rapper Lil Wayne. The single was sent to U.S. radio stations for airplay consideration on May 12, 2008.[5] It peaked at sixty-four on Billboard's Hot 100 and thirteen on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[6] The third and final single was "Year of the Lover". The single version featured rapper Plies. It only peaked at number one on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. "I Can Change Your Life" was supposed to be the fourth single from the album, but was cancelled due to the lackluster chart performance of "Year of the Lover".

Critical responseEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com     [7]
AllMusic     [8]
Entertainment Weekly(C+)[9]
New York Daily News     [10]
Newsday(B) link
Rolling Stone      link at the Wayback Machine (archived September 15, 2008)
Slant Magazine     [11]
The Guardian     [12]
UGO Networks(C+) link
USA Today    [13]

Lessons in Love received mixed or average reviews from critics. It holds a 60 out of 100 from Metacritic.[14] AllMusic gave the album 3 out of 5 stars saying, "Between 'I'm Wit It', 'Girls', and a couple other standouts, Lessons in Love cannot be dismissed, but Lloyd will have to really change it up with his fourth album to evade a real holding pattern."[8] Rolling Stone also gave the album 3 out of 5 stars saying, "Throughout Lessons in Love, Lloyd sounds like he's actually having fun dishing out come-ons, adding an emphatic exuberance to each one."[15]

Track listingEdit

1."Sex Education"Jasper Cameron, Lloyd Polite, Maurice SinclairBig Reese, Jasper Cameron3:36
2."Girls Around the World" (featuring Lil Wayne)Cameron, Dwayne Carter, Jr., L. Pinchback, Polite, SinclairBig Reese, Jasper Cameron3:49
3."Treat U Good"Johntá Austin, Eric HudsonEric Hudson4:08
4."Year of the Lover"Hudson, Richard Butler, Jr.Eric Hudson4:06
5."I Can Change Your Life"Warren "Oak" Felder, Robert Huggar, PoliteOak Felder3:28
6."Lose Your Love"Cameron, Polite, Sinclair, J. SpinksBig Reese, Jasper Cameron4:04
7."Have My Baby"Cameron, PoliteBig Reese, Jasper Cameron4:15
8."Love Making 101"Hudson, Polite, ShropshireEric Hudson4:04
9."Party All Over Your Body"Cameron, Jamal Jones, PolitePolow da Don3:46
10."Touched By An Angel"Cameron, Polite, SinclairBig Reese, Jasper Cameron4:09
11."I'm Wit It"James Lackey, Keri Hilson, Ryon LovetteJames "JLack" Lackey3:05
12."Heart Attack"Polite, Shropshire, J. WhiteAdonis Shropshire3:23
United Kingdom bonus tracks
13."How We Do It (Around My Way)" (featuring Ludacris)Christopher Bridges, Polite, Wood WorksBaby Boy, Superkidd3:36
14."How We Do It (In the UK) (Sway Remix)" (featuring Sway)Derek Safo, Polite, WorksBaby Boy, Superkidd3:38
Circuit City exclusive bonus track
13."If He Knew"3:22
Lessons in Love 2.0
1."Lessons in Love"2:40
2."Lights, Camera, Action"3:06
3."I Need Love" (featuring The-Dream)3:42
4."Can't Get Over"3:04
5."I'm Wit It" (featuring Yung Joc)3:39
6."Year of the Lover" (featuring Fabolous & Plies)5:07
7."Do The Damn Thing"3:35
8."Day in the Life"4:21
9."Lose Control" (featuring Nelly)4:19
10."Love Spaceship" (featuring Danah Lewis)4:15
11."If He Knew"3:27
12."Nobody But Me"3:08
13."I Don't Wanna Be"4:13


See alsoEdit

Release historyEdit

Region Date
United Kingdom August 4, 2008
United States August 5, 2008
Canada September 30, 2008


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