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Luvanmusiq (Lovin' Musiq) is the fourth release by the singer-songwriter Musiq Soulchild, the first under his contract with Atlantic Records. The lead single, "B.U.D.D.Y.", was released to U.S. radio in late November 2006; it reached number two on the R&B chart,[1] and number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] Following its release, it entered the U.S. Billboard 200 at number 1, with 149,774 copies sold.[3] During the same week, the second single, "Teachme", entered the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number 54, and rose to number five in its thirteenth week. "Teachme" also entered the Hot 100 at number 92 on the issue date, May 26, 2007.[4] By July 11, 2007, the album had sold 789,377 copies in the U.S.[citation needed]

Luvanmusiq
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 13, 2007 (2007-03-13)
Recorded2006–07
GenreR&B, neo soul
Length48:57
LabelAtlantic
ProducerCarvin & Ivan
Harold Lilly
Jake and the Phatman
Lab Ratz
Raphael Saadiq
The Underdogs
Theron "Neff-U" Feemster
Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell
Musiq Soulchild chronology
Soulstar
(2003)
Luvanmusiq
(2007)
OnMyRadio
(2008)

The third single from the album was "Makeyouhappy", first said in an entry on Soulchild's MySpace blog.[5] The song entered the Hot R&B/Hip-hop Songs chart, peaking at number 61. The album was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 50th Grammy Awards.

Contents

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com     [6]
AllMusic     [7]
DJBooth     [8]
Entertainment WeeklyB[9]
Metromix     [10]

Luvanmusiq received positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic editor Andy Kellman gave note of the record's short running time allowing equal attention for each track and the overall throwback aesthetic being the same as Musiq's previous efforts and not containing "insincere trend-hopping or ill-fitting collaborations with hot MCs." He concluded that "[T]hey're neither raunchy nor drab, and they're nearly a lost art form in 2007."[7] DJBooth's Nathan Slavik gave praise to the musicianship feeling mature throughout the record's track list of slow jams and crowd pleasers, despite the former's combination of lush minimalism and sincere lyricism coming across as "background music." He concluded that, "If Musiq’s sole intention for this album was to remind us he’s alive, mission accomplished. Luvanmusiq has several solid tracks, and a couple excellent ones, but as a whole it falls just short of excellent."[8] Mark Edward Nero from About.com gave a mixed review of the album, commending Musiq for remaining consistent in terms of his "soft, deliberate vocal style" and penchant for romantic ballads but felt that it comes across as though he's shown "little creative growth as a singer." He highlighted the tracks "Betterman", "Makeyouhappy" and "Ridiculous" for having enough content to stand alongside the first single "B.U.D.D.Y." and showcasing Musiq's continued talent as "one of the better R&B songwriters in the business today", concluding that "Although Luvanmusiq rates pretty low in the excitement and thrills departments, if you take the time to listen to it repeatedly, it's an album whose subtle romantic charm grows on you."[6]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."B.U.D.D.Y."T. Johnson, C. Haggins, C. Church, R. Stivalet, K. NixLab Ratz3:45
2."Ms.Philadelphia"J. Johnson, S. Smith, S. Ridge II, C. WilsonCurtis "Sauce" Wilson, Musiq Soulchild3:56
3."Teachme"C. Haggins, C. Williams, I. Barias, J. SmithCarvin & Ivan4:22
4."Better Man"T. Johnson, R. Saadiq, R. Ozuna, K. WootenRaphael Saadiq, Jake and The Phatman4:39
5."Thequestions"T. Johnson, H. LillyMusiq Soulchild, Theron Feemster3:11
6."Today"T. Johnson, T. Dixon, H. Mason II, D. ThomasThe Underdogs4:04
7."Makeyouhappy"T. Johnson, W. CampbellWarryn Campbell3:20
8."Ridiculous"T. Johnson, BJ. Sledge, W. CampbellWarryn Campbell3:48
9."Millionare"T. Johnson, H. Lilly, M. Gordon, T. FeemsterTheron Feemster, Harold Lilly3:54
10."Takeyouthere"T. Johnson, W. CampbellWarryn Campbell4:55
11."Lullaby"T. Johnson, C. Haggins, C. Church, K. Guinn, E. Guinn, A. Felder, J. GrantLab Ratz4:19
12."Greatestlove"T. Johnson, W. CampbellWarryn Campbell4:46
13."Turnback" (bonus track)  3:06
14."B.U.D.D.Y." (Remix) (featuring Ja Rule & Fat Joe) (iTunes bonus track)  4:28

Bonus tracksEdit

  1. "Ooo Baby Baby" (3:02) (Circuit City bonus track)
  2. "Movin' On" (4:11) (AOL Black Voices exclusive track)[11]
  3. "Allaboutyou" (2:52) (Best Buy bonus track)
  4. "Ridethrough" (3:06) (Best Buy bonus track)
  5. "Slowdown" (3:50) (Best Buy bonus track)
  6. "Rewind" (3:08) (iTunes bonus track)

SamplesEdit

  • "B.U.D.D.Y." contains interpolations from the Taana Gardner song "Heartbeat".
  • "Lullaby" contains elements from the Blue Magic song "Stop to Start".
  • "Ms.Philadelphia" contains elements from "Overjoyed" by Stevie Wonder.

PersonnelEdit

Charts and certificationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Billboard.com - Charts - Singles - Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  2. ^ Billboard Singles Charts - Billboard Top 100 Songs - Billboard Top 100 Singles
  3. ^ Hasty, Katie (March 21, 2007). "Musiq, Lloyd Usher Six Big Debuts Onto Album Chart". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  4. ^ Billboard.com - Charts - Singles - Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  5. ^ MySpace.com - Musiq Soulchild - Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA - Soul - www.myspace.com/musiqsoulchild Archived August 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b Nero, Mark Edward. "Review: Musiq Soulchild - "Luvanmusiq"". About.com. Archived from the original on March 26, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Luvanmusiq - Musiq Soulchild". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Slavik, Nathan (March 26, 2007). "Musiq Soulchild - Luvanmusiq". DJBooth. Archived from the original on April 20, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  9. ^ Endelman, Michael (March 30, 2007). "Luvanmusiq". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  10. ^ Metromix review[dead link]
  11. ^ "Black Voices News and Opinion on The Huffington Post". Blackvoices.aol.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  12. ^ "Musiq (Soulchild) Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Musiq (Soulchild) Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Musiq – Luvanmusiq". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  15. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2007". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2007". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2018.