New Beginning (SWV album)

New Beginning is the second studio album by American R&B female trio SWV. It was released by RCA Records on April 23, 1996 in the United States. The lead single, "You're the One", became one of their signature songs peaking at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot R&B Singles. The second single, "Use Your Heart", saw the debut of the super producers The Neptunes. This song peaked at twenty-two on the Hot 100 and number six on the R&B chart. The last single, "It's All About U", found Taj taking most of the lead as opposed to Coko. New Beginning was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

New Beginning
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 23, 1996 (1996-04-23)
GenreR&B[1]
Length66:41
LabelRCA
Producer
SWV chronology
The Remixes
(1994)
New Beginning
(1996)
Release Some Tension
(1997)
Singles from New Beginning
  1. "You're the One"
    Released: March 28, 1996
  2. "Use Your Heart"
    Released: July 30, 1996
  3. "It's All About U"
    Released: July 28, 1996 / December 30, 1996

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [3]
Rolling Stone     [4]

Allmusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine found that "the group does take a different approach on New Beginning, backing away from the New Jack grooves that dominated their debut and exploring a more direct, organic R&B vibe. They haven't left hip-hop behind, but they've added a new array of sonic textures that gives their music added depth. But the true strength of New Beginning is the vocal capabilities of SWV [...] There may be a couple of weak spots on the album, but the trio's considerable talents make those moments easy to forgive."[1]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."New Beginning (Interlude)"Herb Middleton1:53
2."You're the One"
Allen "Allstar" Gordon Jr.4:39
3."Whatcha Need"
Gordon3:52
4."On & On" (featuring Erick Sermon)
Sermon3:52
5."It's All About U"
  • Gordon
  • Martin
  • Anthony Burroughs
Gordon3:43
6."Use Your Heart"The Neptunes4:49
7."Where Is the Love (Interlude)"
  • Herb Middleton
  • Gordon Chambers
Middleton2:02
8."Fine Time"
  • Morgan
  • Hightower
  • Fowler
Morgan4:32
9."Love Is So Amazin'"
  • Gordon
  • Johnson
  • Carl Brown
  • Burroughs
Gordon5:58
10."Use Your Heart (Interlude)"
  • Middleton
  • Williams
  • Hugo
  • The Neptunes
  • Middleton (co.)
1:34
11."You Are My Love"Daryl SimmonsSimmons4:56
12."I'm So in Love"
  • Genard Parker
  • Gamble
Parker5:27
13."When This Feeling"
The Neptunes4:20
14."What's It Gonna Be"MorganMorgan4:32
15."That's What I'm Here For"
  • Morgan
  • Brown
Morgan4:48
16."Don't Waste Your Time"Thompson3:56
17."Soul Intact (Interlude)"MorganMorgan1:47

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Gold 50,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[13] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. New Beginning review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  2. ^ Considine, J.D. (April 26, 1996). "New Beginning Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  3. ^ Decurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; Miller, Jim; George-Warren, Holly (1992). The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll: The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music. ISBN 9780679737285.
  4. ^ Decurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; Miller, Jim; George-Warren, Holly (1992). The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll: The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music. ISBN 9780679737285.
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – SWV – New Beginning". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "SWV | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "SWV Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  9. ^ "SWV Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  10. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1996". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  11. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1996". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – SWV – New Beginning". Music Canada. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  13. ^ "Japanese album certifications – SWV – New Beginning" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Select 1997年02月 on the drop-down menu
  14. ^ "American album certifications – S.W.V. – New Beginning". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 20, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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