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Stoney is the debut studio album by American artist Post Malone. It was released on December 9, 2016, by Republic Records. The album features guest appearances from Justin Bieber, Kehlani, Quavo, and 2 Chainz. The production on the album was handled by DJ Mustard, Metro Boomin, Vinylz, Frank Dukes, Illangelo, Charlie Handsome, Rex Kudo, Foreign Teck, and Pharrell Williams, among others.

Stoney
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 9, 2016 (2016-12-09)
Recorded2014–2016
Studio
Genre
LengthStandard: 50:40 Deluxe: 68:14
LabelRepublic
Producer
Post Malone chronology
August 26th
(2016)
Stoney
(2016)
Beerbongs & Bentleys
(2018)
Physical deluxe edition cover
Stoney alt cover.jpg
Singles from Stoney
  1. "White Iverson"
    Released: August 14, 2015
  2. "Too Young"
    Released: October 9, 2015
  3. "Go Flex"
    Released: April 21, 2016
  4. "Deja Vu"
    Released: September 8, 2016
  5. "Congratulations"
    Released: January 31, 2017
  6. "I Fall Apart"
    Released: October 17, 2017

Experimenting with hip hop, country, and pop,[1] Stoney debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 and later peaked at number four. "Congratulations" was first released as the album's first promotional single on November 4, 2016. The single was certified nine times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and was Malone's biggest US Billboard Hot 100 hit at the time.

Stoney was certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

BackgroundEdit

On August 14, 2015, Post Malone released his debut single, "White Iverson". The single became his breakthrough song. Due to his success with that single, Malone collaborated with a number of prominent rappers such as Petal Aggression, Young Thug and Kanye West, among others.[2][3] Malone and Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber verge into this friendship, when Bieber made Malone as one of the opening acts for his Purpose World Tour to support the release of his album, Purpose (2015).[4]

On June 9, 2016, Malone made his national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing the song, "Go Flex".[5] In June 2016, XXL editor-in chief Vanessa Satten, revealed that Malone was considered to be on XXL's "2016's Freshmen Class" magazine cover, however, she was "told by his camp that he wasn't paying attention to hip hop so much. He was going into more of a rock / pop / country direction."[6] Malone denied these claims, saying: "My love of music should never be questioned... I shouldn't be chastised in whichever way I see fit." He went on to explain that his latest mixtape, as well as his upcoming album are both hip hop: "I have a hip-hop album coming out in August... I made a HIP HOP mixtape promoting my HIP HOP album."[7]

In May 2016, in preparation for the release of Stoney, Malone released his debut mixtape, titled August 26th. The name was a reference to the original release date for Stoney, however, the album suffered numerous delays.

SinglesEdit

The album's lead single, "White Iverson", was released on August 14, 2015. The song was produced by Post Malone himself, alongside Rex Kudo. The song peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The album's second single, "Too Young", was released on October 9, 2015.[8] The song was produced by Foreign Teck and Justin Mosely. The song was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2017.

The album's third single, "Go Flex", was released on April 21, 2016.[9] The song was produced by Charlie Handsome and Rex Kudo. The song was certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The album's fourth single, "Deja Vu", was released on September 8, 2016.[10] The song features a guest appearance from Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber, while the production was handled by Frank Dukes and Vinylz. The song is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

"Congratulations" was first released as the album's first promotional single on November 4, 2016.[11] It was later sent to rhythmic radio as the album's fifth official single. The song features a guest appearance from Southern hip hop rapper Quavo, while the production was handled by Metro Boomin and Frank Dukes, with additional production by Louis Bell. The song was certified nine times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and became his biggest and first international hit.[12]

A live performance of "I Fall Apart" received significant attention on social media and sales for the song sent it into the top 20 on iTunes. Republic promptly sent the song to rhythmic radio as the album's sixth and final single, on October 17, 2017, despite "Rockstar" having recently been released as a single from his then-upcoming second studio album.[13] As a single, "I Fall Apart" went on to peak at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Promotional singlesEdit

The album's first promotional single, "Patient", was released on November 18, 2016.[14] The song was produced by Louis Bell.

The album's second promotional single, "Leave", was released on December 2, 2016.[15] The song was produced by Rex Kudo, Cashio and Charlie Handsome.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [16]
Exclaim!6/10[17]
HipHopDX3.7/5[1]
NewsdayB[18]
Pitchfork4.5/10[19]

Comparing the album to Malone's debut single, "White Iverson", Glenn Gamboa of Newsday wrote that he "follows through with that style on Stoney, but it generally pales in comparison to the inventiveness and the surprise of that track."[18] Neil Yeung of AllMusic commented that Stoney is "competent and listenable, but many others have tread this same path already. Post Malone has a way to go before standing out with his own unique voice, but there are signs on Stoney that it could happen."[16]

Commercial performanceEdit

Stoney debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 with 58,000 album-equivalent units, of which 19,000 were pure album sales.[20] In its second week, the album dropped to number 23 on the chart, selling an additional 30,000 units.[21] On June 6, 2018, the album was certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over three million units.[22] On the week of October 28, 2017, the album peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200.[23]

By the end of 2017, Stoney had sold 1,564,000 album-equivalent units with 128,000 being pure sales.[24] By September 2018, Stoney had sold 1,044,000 album-equivalent units that year.[25]

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes, Tidal and BMI.[26][27][28]

Stoney – Standard edition[29]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Broken Whiskey Glass"
3:53
2."Big Lie"
3:27
3."Deja Vu" (featuring Justin Bieber)3:54
4."No Option"
  • Post
  • Idan Kalai
  • Roberts
  • Bell
  • Bieber
  • Michael Hancock
  • Michael McGinnis
  • Christopher Rude
  • Cashio
  • FKi 1st
  • Bell[b]
2:59
5."Cold"
  • Post
  • Feeney
  • Roberts
  • FKi 1st
  • Frank Dukes
  • Bell[b]
4:28
6."White Iverson"
  • Post
  • Roberts
  • Kudo
  • Dre London
4:16
7."I Fall Apart"
Illangelo3:43
8."Patient"
  • Post
  • Bell
  • Rosen
Bell3:14
9."Go Flex"
  • Post
  • Ryan Vojtesak
  • Kudo
  • Kalai
  • Charlie Handsome
  • Rex Kudo
2:59
10."Feel" (featuring Kehlani)
  • Cashio
  • Charlie Handsome
  • FKi 1st
3:17
11."Too Young"
  • Post
  • Michael Hernandez
  • Justin Mosley
  • Foreign Teck
  • Mosley
3:57
12."Congratulations" (featuring Quavo)
3:40
13."Up There"
  • Williams
  • Bell[b]
3:14
14."Yours Truly, Austin Post"
3:39
Total length:50:40

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies a vocal producer
  • "Deja Vu" features background vocals from Kaan Gunesberk
  • "Cold" features background vocals from River Tiber
  • "Go Flex" features background vocals from Charlie Handsome and Peter Lee Johnson
  • "Leave" features background vocals from Peter Lee Johnson
  • "Feeling Whitney" features background vocals from Andrew Watt and Josh Gudwin

Sample credits

  • "Big Lie" contains an interpolation from "Clouds", as performed by Gigi Masin.
  • "No Option" contains excerpts from "Levitate", written by Michael Hancock, Michael McGinnis, and Christopher Rude, as performed by Viigo.

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes and Tidal.[26][27]

Musicians

  • Austin Post – guitars (tracks 1, 15, 18)
  • Peter Lee Johnson – strings (tracks 1, 9, 15), guitars (tracks 9, 15)
  • Matthew Tavares – guitar, bass, keyboards (track 3)
  • Adam Feeney – percussion (track 3)
  • Anderson Hernandez – percussion (track 3)
  • Andrew Watt – guitar (tracks 4, 18), bass, string arrangement (track 18)
  • Charlie Handsome – drums (track 9, 10), guitar (track 9), keyboards (track 10), bass (track 15)
  • Rex Kudo – drums (tracks 9, 15)
  • Idan Kalai – bass, drums, keyboards (track 10)
  • Brent Paschke – electric guitars (track 13)
  • Leon Thomas – guitars, bass (track 14)
  • Khari Mateen – cello (track 18)
  • Jessy Greene – cello (track 18), violin (track 18)

Technical

  • Rex Kudo – recording (tracks 1, 6, 15)
  • Idan Kalai – recording (tracks 1, 6, 15)
  • Andrew Maury – mixing (tracks 1, 15)
  • Mike Bozzi – mastering (tracks 1–5, 7–10, 12–17)
  • Louis Bell – recording (tracks 2–5, 8, 12, 14)
  • Alex Pavone – recording assistance (tracks 2–6, 14, 16)
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing (tracks 2–5, 7–14, 16, 17)
  • Chris Galland – mixing assistance (tracks 2–5, 7–14, 16, 17)
  • Robin Florent – mixing assistance (tracks 2–5, 7–14, 16, 17)
  • Scott Desmarais – mixing assistance (tracks 2–5, 7–14, 16, 17)
  • Jeff Jackson – mixing assistance (tracks 2–5, 7, 8, 10, 12–14, 16, 17)
  • Illangelo – recording (tracks 7, 16)
  • Ike Schultz – mixing assistance (tracks 9, 11)
  • Big Bass Brian - mastering (track 11)
  • Adam Feeney – recording (track 12)
  • Andrew Coleman – recording (track 13)
  • Dave Rowland – recording (track 13)
  • Mike Larson – additional recording (track 13)
  • David Kim – recording assistance (track 13)
  • Josh Gudwin – recording (track 18), mixing (track 18)
  • Nicholas Essig – recording (track 18)

Additional personnel

  • Dre London – management
  • Rob Stevenson – A&R
  • Tyler Arnold – A&R
  • Jim Roppo – marketing
  • Marleny Dominguez – marketing
  • Theo Sedlmayr – legal
  • Bryan Rivera – art direction
  • Travis Brothers – art direction
  • Henock Sileshi – art direction
  • Bobby Greenleaf – art direction
  • Nabil Elderkin – photography

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[66] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[67] Gold 7,500*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[68] Gold 20,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[69] 4× Platinum 320,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[70] 3× Platinum 60,000^
France (SNEP)[71] Gold 50,000*
Italy (FIMI)[72] Gold 25,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[73] Platinum 60,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[74] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Sweden (GLF)[75] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[77] Platinum 315,201[76]
United States (RIAA)[22] 3× Platinum 3,000,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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